GA Right To Life: Reach Banquet 25 September – Cobb County

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GRTL Reach


The annual GRTL REACH banquet returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre on September 25th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm! 

This year’s talented keynote speaker will be Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director.

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Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement.During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization’s ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her fellow workers. Despite a growing unrest within her, she stayed on and strove to serve women in crisis.

All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion.

She watched in horror as a 13 week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist.


AG’s office pays $10,000 fine in ethics case. |

Attorney General Sam Olens’ office on Tuesday paid a $10,000 fine to Fulton County Superior Court, just ahead of a judge’s deadline.

Judge Ural Glanville on Monday ordered the AG’s office to pay by Tuesday or face a contempt of court charge. Olens’ team had asked the judge to delay the payment until after any potential appeal is decided. Glanville refused.

Glanville earlier this month sanctioned both the Attorney General’s Office and former state ethics commission director Holly LaBerge and fined them $10,000 each after it was revealed that LaBerge and Olens’ staff had failed to turn over key records in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by LaBerge’s predecessor.

LaBerge, meanwhile, has filed notice with the Georgia Court of Appeals that she plans to challenge Glanville’s ruling, her attorney, Lee Parks, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. LaBerge was not required to pay the fine before that appeal is heard.

The Attorney General’s Office will also appeal, Olens spokeswoman Lauren Kane said.

via AG’s office pays $10,000 fine in ethics case. |

DeKalb CEO Ellis sought money from high-ranking executives |

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis asked for lists of county contractors he could hit up for political donations, and he wanted to be sure those lists included phone numbers for top executives of those companies.

In a cover recording created by DeKalb Purchasing Director Kelvin Walton, Ellis said he wanted the numbers of “the real people I need to deal with” when he requested campaign funds.
Those people were company presidents and vice presidents who would be best positioned to give him contributions up to the $2,500 maximum allowed under state law.

Ellis is fighting charges that he shook down contractors by threatening to pull their business with the county unless they gave to his campaign.

Jurors heard the words of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis as he spoke on a secret recording about county contractors and campaign contributions.

via DeKalb CEO Ellis sought money from high-ranking executives |

Political Diary: Lies, Damned Lies and (Jobs) Statistics – WSJ

Jobs numbers don’t lie, but they don’t always capture the entire truth. Just ask Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who was ridiculed by Democrats last week for suggesting that the gnomes at the Bureau of Labor Statistics were rigging state unemployment data.

“It’s ironic that in a year in which Republican governors are leading some of the states that are making the most progress, that they almost, without exception, are classified as having a bump in their unemployment rates,” Mr. Deal groused. “Whereas states that are under Democrat governors’ control, they are all showing that their unemployment rate has dropped. And I don’t know how you account for that. Maybe there is some influence here that we don’t know about.”

The point here is that unemployment numbers can be misleading, which is why Republicans like Mr. Deal need to be able to cite significant policy accomplishments and present a broader governing agenda.

via Political Diary: Lies, Damned Lies and (Jobs) Statistics – WSJ.

Election statistics: Georgia by the numbers

Georgia elections by the numbers

African-American voters

In 2012, Exit Polling by CNN showed that 93% of African-Americans reported having voted for Barack Obama for President. No Georgia exit polls were available for that year.

In 2008, 98% of African-Americans surveyed in exit polls in Georgia reported having voted for Obama.

In 2008, 93% of African-American voters in Georgia reported to exit polls that they voted for Democrat Jim Martin for United States Senate.


Women Voters

In 2010 General Election, women cast 54.9% of vote to 45.1% from men.

In the 2012 General Election, women cast 56.4% of vote to 43.6% for men.

Amazingly, in 2012, 213,899 votes were cast by voters of unknown gender, which are excluded from the calculations above.


African-American Women Voters

In 2010 General Election, African-American women cast 61.8% of votes by African-Americans and African-American men cast 38.2%

In 2012 General Election, African-American women cast 62.8% of votes by African-Americans and African-America men cast 37.2%

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 24, 2014

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President Georgia Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012.

The Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was delivered to President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 24, 1964.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

Carter steps in it

Quite possibly the worst idea the Jason Carter campaign brain trust has had was to propose using the Teachers Retirement to invest in startup firms.

The Democrat argues in his economic pivot  that he wants teacher pensions to be able to pump funds into local startups “so long as we’re making sure that we can manage the risk in ways that make sense.” He sees it as a way to boost a state-backed effort to invest in venture capital firms that…has lagged.

“The things that concern the teachers is to make sure you’re stewarding the pension appropriately. So it’s crucial to make sure that we are managing the risk in ways that works,” he said. “But we shouldn’t have those pension funds losing out on higher growths and higher returns just because of artificial caps on what it can do.”

Essentially, he wants to start strip-mining the teachers’ pension system to “invest” in risky new companies. The two problems with this are (a) teachers are apoplectic at the idea of using their retirement funds for risky investments; and (b) the government doesn’t have a very good track record of picking winning investments. (more…)

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 24, 2014


Albert is a Scottish Terrier mix adult male who is available for adoption from Pound Puppies ‘N Kittens Incorporated in Social Circle, GA. Albert is a sweet, quiet guy. He likes to go on long walks. He does well with other dogs and cats.


Krebs is an adult male Scottish Terrier Scottie & Wirehaired Terrier Mix who is available for adoption from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in Alpharetta, GA. Krebs is a sweet, gentle soul who nuzzles your hand for pets at any opportunity. He is about 2 years old and a thin 48 pounds. Krebs had been hit by a car and was saved from a high kill shelter. Krebs gets along with the larger dogs best over the little ones.


A066828 is an adult male Scottish Terrier Scottie & Basset Hound Mix who is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services in Appling, GA.

Rep. Tom Price: Moving Solutions & Tackling Challenges

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From Congressman Tom Price

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Moving Solutions & Tackling Challenges

With a myriad of diverse and important challenges before the nation, the House took several steps last week to tackle those challenges and move real solutions forward.

As I’ve written many times lately, there is a growing and disturbing threat posed by the terrorist ISIS army in Iraq and Syria and more generally the chaos, violence and instability occurring around the world. These circumstances have emerged in no small part because of the vacuum that occurs when America fails to lead. We’ve called on the president to put forth a strategy to explain how he plans to reassert American leadership and protect Americans and our interest in the face of terrorism and tyranny. As promised, I carefully considered the president’s recent proposal – particularly his call to arm Syrian opposition forces to battle ISIS on the ground in Syria.

In light of what is known, and particularly what is unknown, about the nature of opposition forces in Syria, I voted against a proposal offered last week that authorizes the training and equipping of Syrian groups. The amendment did pass and was included in a larger spending bill that Congress sent to the president’s desk for his signature. While I believe we need to combat the threat of ISIS and more importantly have a coherent strategy of engagement, I do not have confidence that the president’s current strategy is one that can effectively and competently address the crisis brought on by ISIS and ultimately be successful.

On the domestic front, the House of Representatives passed two key pieces of legislation – H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, and H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act. (more…)

Rep. Rob Woodall: Washington Watch – Energy Security and Jobs Take Center Stage

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From Congressman Rob Woodall



Congress Welcomes Ukrainian President Poroshenko

Last Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a special Joint Session of Congress. The United States is focused on providing assistance to the new Ukrainian government and supporting sanctions against Russia for its occupation of Crimea…READ MORE.

House Passes Jobs and Economic Growth Packages

On Thursday, I was so proud to join my colleagues in passing two important bipartisan bills – H.R. 2, the “American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act,” and H.R. 4, the “Jobs for America Act,” – that will stimulate the private sector to grow jobs, lower energy prices, and jumpstart our economy…READ MORE.

House Passes Government Funding Resolution

On Wednesday, the House passed a short-term funding resolution that will keep the government running through December 11th…READ MORE. (more…)