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19
Apr

Randy Evans: a brain teaser for Republicans

Audience Member: Is there any discussion or would you look forward to changing the way the debates are structured so that the media doesn’t have so much control over them? Like more like a pool system or something?

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Randy Evans: We’re just going to take them over next time. To be honest, I’m just telling you.

This time, all I did, for those of you who are lawyers, is all I did was Marbury versus Madison, which was demonstrate that in fact we have the power to control them and the next time around we’re just going to take them.

And so, the short answer is, yeah that’s what we’ll do.

Well I don’t want to keep you here forever, so I’m going to leave you with one brain teaser that’s really occupying the leadership at the RNC and the congress and the senate and the campaigns.Continue Reading..

19
Apr

Gov. Deal names new judges

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointments of Mary Beth Priest and John Worcester to Superior Court judgeships within the Appalachian Judicial Circuit and Eric Norris to the Superior Court judgeship within the Western Judicial Circuit. He also announced the appointment of Tammi Long Hayward to the Clayton County State Court.

The vacancies within the Appalachian Judicial Circuit were created by the appointment of the Honorable Amanda Mercier to the Georgia Court of Appeals and the resignation of the Honorable Roger Bradley. The vacancy within the Western Judicial Circuit was created by the passage of House Bill 279 during the 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly. The Clayton County State Court vacancy was created by the resignation of the Honorable Morris Braswell. The appointments will take effect upon swearing in.Continue Reading..

19
Apr

Randy Evans on the upcoming Republican National Convention

Randy Evans delivered the keynote address at the Seventh District Georgia Republican Party dinner last Friday night before taking the gavel on Saturday in the Sixth District. Randy first described the four scenarios delegates might face in Cleveland this year: a presumptive nominee, a brokered convention, a contested convention, and an open convention. Then he discusses the scheduling problems that might face organizers of the convention. Following is a partial transcript.


Randy Evans: Number one there is a brokered convention, there is an open convention, there is a contested convention and there’s a presumptive nominee. Those are the four possibilities that exist, they’re completely different possibilities.

A presumptive nominee will mean that one candidate has twelve hundred and thirty seven legally bound delegates before the convention gavel begins.

So that’s the only way that somebody locks up the nomination before the convention, and that’s the only way we avoid the other three options.

Option number two is that, let’s say at the end of, remember the California primary is June 7th. So, California comes and goes, we have a front runner who is, let’s say, one hundred and thirty seven delegates short, in other words they get to eleven hundred bound delegates, but short of twelve hundred thirty seven.

And that nominee goes over to another candidate, say John Kasich, and he says, “You know John, you’ve got a hundred and seventy two delegates and I’m a hundred and thirty seven delegates short, you’d make a great running mate. In fact, I think you’d be a great running mate.” And they agree that one will pick the other for the VP if the other one provides their delegates for to put them over the top, at twelve thirty seven.Continue Reading..

19
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 19, 2016

Randy

Because everyone in politics should have a pit bull named Randy on their side. Randy is a 2-3 year old lemon-and-white American Pit Bull Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Georgia Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation in Cochran, GA.

Randy plays well with others. Very gentle boy.You can also support the care of dogs like Randy by donating to Georgia Canine Rescue and Rehabilitiation.

Sam Evans

Sam Evans is a young male German Shepherd Dog & Canaan Dog Mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA.

Dexter

Dexter is an adult male Chocolate Lab mix who is available for adoption from the CSRA Humane Society in Augusta, GA.

Dexter loves tennis balls. He needs someone who will play with him in a fenced yard on a daily basis. He is a large dog with a lot of energy.

19
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 19, 2016

On April 20, 1861, Robert E. Lee resigned his commission as a Colonel in the United States Army.

On April 20, 1982, the Atlanta Braves set a major league record, winning the first twelve games of the regular season.

On April 20, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation authorizing a $165 billion dollar bailout for Social Security, saying,

“This bill demonstrates for all time our nation’s ironclad commitment to Social Security. It assures the elderly that America will always keep the promises made in troubled times a half a century ago. It assures those who are still working that they, too, have a pact with the future. From this day forward, they have one pledge that they will get their fair share of benefits when they retire.”

On April 20, 1992, Governor Zell Miller signed legislation naming Pogo ‘Possum the official state possum of Georgia.

On April 20, 1999, two students entered Columbine High School in Colorado and killed twelve student and one teacher, and wounded 23 others before shooting themselves.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

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On Friday night, Georgia’s Republican National Committeeman Randy Evans spoke to the Seventh District Georgia Republican Party dinner, discussing the four scenarios delegates might face in Cleveland this year: a presumptive nominee, a brokered convention, a contested convention, and an open convention. Then he discusses the scheduling problems that might face organizers of the convention.

I’ve published a partial transcript on the website for your reading enjoyment. It’s worth reading so that you understand what is meant by (1) presumptive nominee; (2) brokered convention; (3) contested convention; and (4) open convention. You’ll also understand why the members of the Republican National Committee may be moving things around on the convention schedule when they meet later this week in Hollywood, Florida.Continue Reading..

18
Apr

Jack Kingston Endorses Doug Collins for Congress

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Kingston Head HorizontalGainesville, GA., April 18, 2016 - Former US Congressman Jack Kingston today endorsed Doug Collins for Congress in the May 24th GOP Primary. Kingston served along side two of the candidates in this race in the US House of Representatives. He also volunteers his time serving as the Foundation Chairman for the Georgia Republican Party.

“Men like Doug Collins are a rare breed in Washington. What you see is what you get with Doug. He stands up for what he believes in and he represents common sense 9th district conservative values” said Jack Kingston. “Doug Collins has a servant’s heart and he effectively represents those who have entrusted him with this office.”

Jack added “Congress has very low approval ratings with the American people. Public servants like Doug Collins are shining stars of the right way to serve. Other members and those seeking elected office would do well to follow the good example he sets. Doug Collins is the 9th District, he will continue to make all of us proud and I’m standing with him in this election.”

“Jack Kingston served alongside me and my opponent from the 10th District while we were all in Congress. Jack calls it like he sees it and I greatly appreciate his support so that I can continue to serve Georgia’s 9th District. His fundraising for the Georgia Republican Party will help keep GA red and make sure that Hillary Clinton is defeated this November” said Doug Collins.

18
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 18, 2016

Teddy Terrier

Teddy is a young male Yorkshire Terrier and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Clayton County Humane Society in Jonesboro, GA.

Teddy Chow

Teddy is an adult male Chow Chow who is available for adoption from Heart of Georgia Humane Society in Macon, GA.

Because of his full mane, I’d probably call him “Lion Ted.”

Donny

Donny is an adult male Chihuahua who is available for adoption from Athens Area Humane Society in Athens, GA.

18
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 18, 2016

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes mounted up on horseback to warn of British troops on their way to confiscate American arms and to warn patriots Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who the British sought to capture.

By 1775, tensions between the American colonies and the British government had approached the breaking point, especially in Massachusetts, where Patriot leaders formed a shadow revolutionary government and trained militias to prepare for armed conflict with the British troops occupying Boston. In the spring of 1775, General Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, received instructions from Great Britain to seize all stores of weapons and gunpowder accessible to the American insurgents. On April 18, he ordered British troops to march against Concord and Lexington.

The Boston Patriots had been preparing for such a British military action for some time, and, upon learning of the British plan, Revere and Dawes set off across the Massachusetts countryside. They took separate routes in case one of them was captured….

About 5 a.m. on April 19, 700 British troops under Major John Pitcairn arrived at the town to find a 77-man-strong colonial militia under Captain John Parker waiting for them on Lexington’s common green. Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation, the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead and 10 others were wounded; only one British soldier was injured. The American Revolution had begun.

President William H. Taft learned on April 18, 1912 of the death of his military aide, Major Archibald Butts of Augusta, Georgia on RMS Titanic.

The honeybee was recognized as the official state insect of Georgia on April 18, 1975.

On April 18, 2006, Governor Sonny Perdue signed legislation establishing February 6 of each year as “Ronald Reagan Day” in Georgia and celebrating the date of President Reagan’s birth.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

On Saturday, Georgia Republicans held Congressional District Conventions to elect three delegates and three alternates to the Republican National Convention.

First District Delegates

William Carter, 18-years old, who beat out Jeanne Seaver, a Grassroots Coordinator for the Trump Campaign
Kay Godwin, Georgia Grassroots Director for Ted Cruz
Linda Olson

First District Alternates

James Hall of Savannah
Carri Johnson
Clint Day

Second District Delegates

Joseph Brannan, 2d District Chairman
Alec Pointevint, former GAGOP Chair, Nat’l Committeeman
Brandon Phillips, Trump Campaign State Director

Second District Alternates

Rick Allen, Columbus, Muscogee County GOP Chair
Nora Laughlin, Macon (Bibb)
Cindy Summerlin, Mitchell County

Third District Delegates

Katie Frost, Cruz Team
Dale Jackson, Third District Chair
Denise Ognio, Fayette GOP Vice Chair

Third District Alternates

Tanner Goldsmith
JD Stallings
Leslie McPherson

Fourth District Delegates

Rachel Little, 4th CD Chair, Cruz for Women National Co-Chair
Robert Seigle
Michael Howington

Fourth District Alternates

Gloria DiMaggio Tow
Eleanor Toppins
Bronwyn Jennings

Fifth District Delegates

Dave Baker
John Bush, 5th District Chair
Jill Chambers, Trump supporter

Fifth District Alternates

Lavin Gartland Briggs
Sarah G. Looper
Amy A. Borden

Sixth District Delegates

Michael Fitzgerald, 6th CD Chair
Donna Rowe
Bruce Levell, Trump Supporter, former Gwinnett GOP Chair

Sixth District Alternates

Claire “Clara“ Bartlett, former Fulton GOP Executive Director
Dan Israel
Angelyn Dionysatos

Seventh District Delegates

B.J. Van Gundy, former Chair, Gwinnett GOP
Carolyn Fisher
David Hancock, United Tea Party of Georgia

Seventh District Alternates

Buzz Brockway, State Rep., former Gwinnett GOP Chair
Kathy Ramey Statham
Mary Adamski

Eighth District Delegates

Anthony Morris
Lott Dill
Nolan Cox

Eighth District Alternates

Vivian Childs, former District GOP Chair
Suzanne Wood, former Bibb County GOP Chair
Vance Dean, Chair 8th District GAGOP

Ninth District Delegates

Bruce Acevedo, 9th District Chair
Ashley Bell
Carol Mahoney

Ninth District Alternates

Tommy Benton
Carl Blackburn
Andrew Clyde

Tenth District Delegates

Brian Burdette, 10th District Chair
Bill Cowsert, State Senator
Kirk Shook, GAGOP Secretary

Tenth District Alternates

Miclene D’Antonio
Janice Key Westmoreland
Regina Quick, State Representative

Eleventh District Delegates

Scott Johnson, former 11th District Chair, Cruz organizer
Bob Barr, former Congressman, Cruz surrogate speaker
Brad Carver, 11th District Chair

Eleventh District Alternates

Rose Wing, Chair, Cobb GOP
Eric Johnson
Bruce Thompson, State Senator

Twelfth District Delegates

Michael Welsh, 12th District Chair
Brittany Dasher
Chris Papierz

Twelfth District Alternates

Bob Finnegan, current or former Richmond County GOP Chair
Ronald Schwartz
Ricardo Bravo

Thirteenth District Delegates

Pamela Glanton
Robert W. Booth, Sr.
Ron Moon

Thirteenth District Alternates

Teri Sasseville
Matthew Krull
Joyce Hinton

Fourteenth District Delegates

David Guldenschuh
Leanne DeFoor
Lydia Hallmark

Fourteenth District Alternates

Nancy Burton
Clint Wilder
Duane Beck

The Republican Women of Muscogee-Harris County will host Bonnie Perdue, wife of Senator David Perdue, at their meeting Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

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An ethics complaint has been filed against Jay Lowe, candidate for State House in the 95th District.

Click here for the complaint and the State Ethics Commission’s initial response.

 

15
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 15, 2016

Daisy

Daisy is available for adoption from the Macon Bibb County Animal Welfare Safe Adoption Center.

Gina

Gina is available for adoption from the Macon Bibb County Animal Welfare Safe Adoption Center.

Jackson

Jackson is available for adoption from the Macon Bibb County Animal Welfare Safe Adoption Center.

15
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 15, 2016

On April 15, 1741, the Georgia colony was divided into two counties – Savannah County and Frederica County.

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On April 15, 1776, the Georgia Provincial Congress issued “Rules and Regulations,” which would serve as an interim state Constitution until the Constitution of 1777 was adopted.

On April 15, 1783, the United States Congress ratified a preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain, which was signed in November 1782.

President Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865 of a gunshot suffered the previous evening.

The Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association was formed on April 15, 1966 to assist and honor Confederate veterans. One of its most well-known projects was the “Lion of the Confederacy” memorial in Oakland Cemetery.

Photo: J. Glover (AUTiger)

RMS Titanic sunk at 2:20 AM on April 15,1912.

Jackie Robinson, born in Cairo, Georgia, became the first African-American professional baseball player in the Major Leagues on April 15, 1947, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves. Robinson scored the winning run in that game.

On April 15, 1989, Chinese students and intellectuals in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, mourned the death of Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaoban, considered a liberal reformer.

DeForest Kelley, born in Atlanta and known for playing Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy on the original Star Trek series, was inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame on April 15, 1992.

Three years ago today, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon killing three people and wounding more than 260 others.

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host a sensory-friendly day for people on the Autism spectrum at its National Train Day for Autism from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7..

“Our goal is to create opportunities for autistic children to enjoy community activities in a safe, supportive space,” said Dr. Richard Banz, the museum’s executive director. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy a nostalgic pastime and create great memories with their family.”

Participation in this event is included with general admission to the museum, located at 2829 Cherokee St. NW in Kennesaw.

For more information, call 770-427-2117 or visit southernmuseum.org/autismevent.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

State Representative Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) was charged with DUI in Rabun County last week.

Georgia state Rep. Tom Taylor on Thursday said he will work to regain the trust of his constituents after being arrested for driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit.

“I profoundly regret this mistake,” Taylor said in a statement to the AJC. “There’s no one to blame but me and I greatly appreciate the professionalism of the officers involved. This was my first run-in with the law in my life and it will also be my last.”

aylor vowed to “demonstrate my remorse not just in words but in my actions.” He said he’s dedicated his life to public service, from the Navy to Dunwoody City Council to the General Assembly.

“This offense falls far short of the standards expected of someone who holds a position of public trust, and I will work every day to restore that trust as I continue to serve the people of my district,” he said.

If you missed your chance to qualify for State Representative in District 3 in Northwest Georgia, you will have yet another opportunity to qualify, as the Georgia Republican Party reopens qualifying a second time.

Update (7:15 p.m.): Catoosa County Republican Party Chair Denise Burns said that candidates seeking the House District 3 seat can fill out paperwork to qualify again. An official from the state party informed her that the GOP Executive Committee voted around 6 p.m. to re-open the qualifying process.

Interested candidates can fill out the necessary paperwork in Atlanta between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday.

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The Republican Primary for a state representative seat is back to a one-person race.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office announced this afternoon that three of the four candidates running for the House District 3 seat in the May 24 Primary have been disqualified.

Why? Because the Georgia Republican Party failed to provide the election office with the proper paperwork on time. This leaves only Dewayne Hill, a former Catoosa County Commissioner, in the race.

The party re-opened qualifying for the seat April 6-7. Jeff Holcomb, Zach Hubbs and Jeremy Jones filled out their paperwork to run and began their campaigns. But today, the secretary of state’s office said the three men cannot run. Though the state party received their paperwork last week, they did not provide the state’s elections office with that information on time.

Under Georgia law, a secretary of state spokeswoman said, the Republican Party needed to turn in the information by noon Monday. They did not do so until 3:24 p.m.

“This is a very unfortunate situation for the candidates,” Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement. “However, I have a duty to uphold the integrity of elections in Georgia.”

Secretary of State Kemp appealed a federal court decision that lowers the bar for third party candidate access to Georgia’s Presidential ballot, according to the AJC Political Insider.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who oversees elections in Georgia, on Wednesday asked the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta to review a ruling that lowered the number of signatures required to petition to get on the ballot from tens of thousands to 7,500.

Kemp’s office said he filed the appeal both to uphold Georgia law and because the plaintiffs seek more than $200,000 in attorneys fees if the state loses the case.

The Georgia Public Service Commission approved the merger between Southern Company and AGL in a move that will result in freezing Georgia Power’s rates through 2019.

The PSC-approved settlement of the merger includes a number of items to protect the ratepayers of Atlanta Gas Light Company and Georgia Power Company as well as consumers who receive natural gas from Commission certificated natural gas marketers in Georgia’s deregulated natural gas market.

“I believe this agreement contains safeguards for ratepayers and consumers while at the same time allowing this merger to move forward in accordance with Georgia law and Commission rules,” said PSC Chairman Chuck Eaton.

“The merger is good for the Georgia economy,” said Commissioner Tim Echols. “Had AGL Resources left our state with one of the other companies pursuing them, they would have taken many jobs with them. Keeping them in Georgia has a very positive impact.”

“I am proud to support this settlement that means stable rates for Georgia Power customers for the next three years,” said Commissioner Doug Everett. “All consumer protections remain in place to ensure that customers of both companies continue to receive reliable, safe and efficient service.”

Congratulations to Tricia Pridemore on her appointment to the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority Board.