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April 27, 2013
Review of Saturday, April 27, Candidate Debate for GA GOP Chairman
by Todd Rehm of the GA Pundit
On Saturday I was lucky to participate as a panelist in the Georgia Republican Assembly debate for Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, along with moderator Julianne Thompson, President of GRA, and fellow panelists Martha Zoller and Rachel Little, newly elected Chair of the Gwinnett Republican Party.
▪ GAGOP Round-up: 2nd Vice Chairman Candidate Questionnaire
on Peach Pundit -- April 28, 2013 7:00 am by Nathan · 5 comments
I sent out a questionnaire to the candidates for 2nd Vice Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. You can read their responses below the fold.
First off, let’s get a little background information on you. Tell us a little about yourself: how long you’ve lived in Georgia, what part(s) of the state that you live in, what your “real job” is (or was if you have retired), what sort of interests you have outside of politics:
Read some very interesting responses to several important questions on Peach Pundit.
(comment) Very interesting n/a on all questions for the following two candidatesRon Johnson: n/a
Tim Wessinger: n/a
Announced candidates for 2nd Vice Chairman:
Stephen Aaron - From Ellijay, where I lived up until attending college. I currently reside in Tifton, GA
Doug Grammer - I was born in Chattanooga in 1965, and I have lived in Georgia since 1975
Greg Williams - I was born and raised in Cobb County. I graduated from Wheeler High School in Marietta in 1993, then from the University of Georgia in 1997 with a BA in Journalism
Ron Johnson - according to his website he is from New York and CT. Moved to GA in 1995.
Tim Wessinger - bows out of race on April 28, 2013.
- RESOLUTION CALLING FOR COOPERATION WITH THE CONSERVATIVE GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT
- RESOLUTION CONCERNING CHINA’S ONGOING PRACTICE OF ESPIONAGE
- RESOLUTION CONCERNING COMMON CORE EDUCATION STANDARDS
- RESOLUTION CONCERNING VOTING OF OVERSEAS MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY
- RESOLUTION FOR MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN 2013
- RESOLUTION HONORING RON PAUL, FORMER CONGRESSMAN AND MEDICAL DOCTOR
- RESOLUTION REQUESTING ACCOUNTABILITY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
- RESOLUTION SUPPORTING A STRONG SPACE PROGRAM
- RESOLUTION SUPPORTING CORE VALUES OF THE 2012 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM
- RESOLUTION TO RESTORE STATE SHARE OF MINERAL ROYALTIES
- RESOLUTION CELEBRATING THE LIFE, ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND MEMORY OF BORAH VAN DORMOLEN
- RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE LIFE AND HONORING THE MEMORY OF SHIRLEY LESLIE
April 26 - 27, 2013
Common Core raises its ugly
head again in Georgia !
▪ Textbooks rejected: Board votes against books tied to Common Core
▪ Cobb School Board Rejects Common Core
The Marietta Daily Journal writes that a majority of the Cobb County Board of Education voted against the $7.5 million purchase of textbooks tied to the controversial Common Core national standards.
Board members who voted against buying the materials were Kathleen Angelucci, Tim Stultz, Randy Scamihorn and Brad Wheeler. Angelucci questioned the purchases because of their association with Common Core Standards, a curriculum that has been adopted by 45 states nationally.
She argued that many states are looking at getting rid of these standards for a number of reasons, and Georgia legislators were looking at doing the same with the introduction of House Bill 167, which was withdrawn this past session. "I have on good authority that it will be introduced," she told her colleagues.
Asked about the Common Core standards, Gov. Deal told the MDJ, "I think the misconception is that this was federally imposed on the state of Georgia and on the other states, and I think all but maybe one or two actually have subscribed to the Common Core."
▪ Glenn Beck Outs the Common Core
read more and view video "Dumbing Down Students"
Filed in Common Core State Standards by Shane Vander Hart on March 14, 2013
▪ Common Core makes sense, says GA Governor Nathan Deal
by Jon Gillooly The Marietta Daily Journal - April 26, 2013
Gov. Nathan Deal, who was in Cobb County on Thursday for a bill-signing ceremony, was asked to explain his support for the controversial Common Core school curriculum.
The Common Core State Standards are a national effort to provide a consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn.
But the standards have recently been denounced by the Republican National Committee, and a groundswell of local Republican leaders are now coming out against the program. They say they fear it will lead to the federalization of education and loss of local control.
“I think the misconception is that this was federally imposed on the state of Georgia and on the other states, and I think all but maybe one or two actually have subscribed to the Common Core,” Deal said.
The governor said he was aware that some states were considering withdrawing from the program, but noted that Common Core was an effort developed through the states. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Common Core makes sense says governor
Comment: I strongly disagree with common core, and cannot believe that our Governor has taken this stance. If you are against Common Core, please let the Governor know how you feel. Hope this is not going to be another battle similar to T-SPLOST.
Retired High School Teacher - Florida and Georgia
Apparently Gov. Deal doesn’t know that one of the prime architects/supporters of Common Core is University of Illinois/Chicago professor Bill Ayers, a self-avowed communist who has hated this country and everything it stands for since the 1960s. Ayers is a primary force behind the hard-left indoctrination of America’s school children – see the info below.
Above: Bill Ayers arrested in 1968
▪ What Bill Ayers Wants
By Debra Pickett at ChicagoMag.com
The sixties radical stayed quiet during last year’s presidential campaign, but as a prominent education professor, he’s speaking out now about his prescription for ﬁxing the public schools. He and this liberal group want to make sure that all children get the same indoctrination through Common Core Standards nationally in our public schools. Read more
▪ Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools
Live link to Wall Street Journal article by Stanley Kurtz. A MUST read to learn more
about Ayers radical concepts on Chicago's public schools.
Above: Bill Ayers today
New Movie by Robert Redford: "The Company you Keep" romances radicalism, Bill Ayers
and the Weathermen Underground terrorist group. The film gives a highly sanitized view of the Weather Underground, ignoring the unquestionable terrorist activity that is the hallmark of the group’s dark legacy. The organization’s goal was a simple one, to overthrow the U.S. government. According to a position paper distributed in 1969, the group sought to destroy “US imperialism and achieve a classless world: world communism.” Ayers participated in the bombings of the New York City Police Department headquarters, United States Capitol building, and Pentagon.
April 27, 2013
President Obama attends and addresses Planned Parenthood Convention loud and clear!
▪ The President of the United States Asks God to Bless an Abortion Factory
RUSH: Obama, he didn't do the keynote last night to Planned Parenthood, but he did show up and make a speech, and his comments were the first to Planned Parenthood by a sitting president. And he lauded 'em. He praised their nearly 100 years of service to women. This makes me ill, by the way. That a president of the United States shows up at an abortion factory, essentially, and praises their work. You know what else he said? He said the opponents of abortion want to return to the 1950s.
. . . RUSH: I have a question, ladies and gentlemen. What happened to the Barack Obama of last week? Last week Barack Obama talking about what happened in Boston said, "If we can save just one child. If we can save just one child," and today Obama goes and celebrates an abortion factory and closes by saying "God bless you" to Planned Parenthood. Read more
April 25, 2013 Bone and Yellow Roses
▪ Bush 43: 'History will ultimately judge ... I'm a content man' By John King, CNN Chief National
Correspondent - updated 3:19 PM EDT, Thu April 25, 2013
Bush: I was reminded that evil exists
CNN's John King sat down with George and Laura Bush for a special private interview on the eve of the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. CNN TV and CNN.com will cover the dedication live from Dallas on Thursday, April 25, beginning at 11 a.m. ET.
Dallas (CNN) -- George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting. But some things haven't changed a bit: the trademark smirk when he is amused, a squinty glare when he doesn't appreciate the question -- and a quick turn to humor when the conversation turns to "legacy," including the scars of Iraq or the cloud of Katrina.
"History will ultimately judge the decisions that were made for Iraq and I'm just not going to be around to see the final verdict," the two-term president told CNN in a wide-ranging interview.
"In other words, I'll be dead." Read more
▪ Inside The George W. Bush Presidential Library
View many photos of new facility – Fox News
The presidential library and museum will along with the 43rd president’s policy institute be open to the public on May 1.
▪ GW Bush Library and Museum Dedication
Photos and comments by at Free Republic - View many more priceless photos ;- )
Forgive me, I could not resist
YES, we do!
April 25, 2013
▪ NEXT STOP: TIMES SQUARE
Boston Marathon bombers' next target was Times Square, says Bloomberg - Fox News
The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had Times Square in their sights before law enforcement authorities put an end to their bloody terror spree, according New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "New York was next on their list of targets," Bloomberg said of brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Bloomberg said he received confirmation of the chilling second phase of their plot from the FBI. “The fact is, New York City remains a prime target for those who hate America and want to kill Americans.” Read more
THIS IS TRUE: CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF (SEE LINKS AT BOTTOM) - UNBELIEVABLE THIEVERY
Thanks to friends for sending this in an e-mail.
▪ Obama Daughters are Michelle's 'Senior Staffers'
Michelle was caught cheating on her expense report. What a show of arrogance! This information was obtained by Judicial Watch March, 2012. The administration had to be sued to get this through the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT.
Michelle Obama listed daughters as 'Senior Staffers' to justify her expensive African vacation and safari.
October 5, 2011, Judicial Watch said the U.S. Air Force provided a C-32 ( a Boeing 757 ), modified by the military for the purpose of flying big-wigs around the world, to fly the First Lady and her entourage to and from Africa , at a cost of $424,142. Another $928.44 was listed as 'bulk food' costs per meal for the192 on board meals for the 21 people who made the trip. Lobster ain't cheap when you fly it around the world.
The Obama daughters were listed on the manifest as senior staff. 'This trip was as much an opportunity for the Obama family to go on a safari as it was a trip to conduct government business,' said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. 'This junket wasted tax dollars and the resources of our over extended military. No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.' The nation is suffering with the economy sputtering, the national debt soaring and Obama's economic rescue policies not only failing, but actively making things worse.
Meanwhile, the First Lady justifies an expensive trip to Africa to take a vacation and safari with her daughters by saying it's 'official business' and even going so far as to list her children as staffers. The level of arrogance and dishonesty on display here is nothing short of shocking.
But, 'hope for change' - when? It's a true story. Check out these links and read it for yourself:
▪ Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing the Cost to Taxpayers for Michelle Obama’s Family
Trip to Africa - read article
Folks, if the truth gets out, you will have to be the one to pass the info along to others. The major media outlets would NOT DARE say anything negative about the poster child for diversity and Marxisim! Can you imagine what the liberal news media would say about a Republican pulling such a stunt? Out and out lying! God save the nation from this administration of the Obama-nation.
April 24, 2013
Did you attend the New Fair Deal Action Day? If not, you’ll definitely want to check out Rep. Tom Price’s moving and powerful speech.
GA Republican District Conventions Across the State
April 20, 2013
Scenes from the 9th District Convention in Dawsonville, GA
Friday Evening Banquet at Lakeview Center - April 19, 2013
2057 Dawson Forest Road E.
Dawsonville, GA 30534
The sold out banquet was a wonderful event complete with top notch
entertainment, candidates for the U.S. Senate and featured speaker
Governor Nathan Deal. The MC for the evening was District Chairman
Click on thumbnail graphics to enlarge
Rep. Paul Broun, candidates for Senate
Rep. Jack Kingston,
candidate for Senate
Rep. Phil Gingrey,
candidate for Senate
Governor Nathan Deal
Scenes around the room
1. Early arrivers on Friday afternoon: Bettye Chambers of Hall County, Sally Forest and Rita Odom of Gilmer County. 2. Chairman Andrew Turnage welcomes everyone to the sold out banquet 3. Entertainment by Riverside Military Academy 4. Entertainment by Dawson County High School Chorale 5 - 6. Rebecca Yarbrough chats with Theresa Webb and others at Hall County table.
What a pleasure to have Steve and Karen Handel at the banquet. Welcome home Karen! Hope to see you on
the campaign trail soon when you run for office. Karen said that she has not ruled out the possibility of running
for U.S. Senate.
Saturday District Convention
Below: some of new officers and State Committee Members
Officers elected at convention:
Chairman: Andrew Turnage
1st Vice Chairman: Bruce Azevedo
2nd Vice Chairman: Ethan Underwood
3rd Vice Chairman: Rebecca Yarbrough
Treasurer: Faye Harvey
Asst. Treasurer: Kimberlie Gurtler
Secretary: Judy Johnson
Asst. Secretary: Lisa Mathis
To view many more photos from the 9th District Convention, go to 9th District Facebook Page
Voting Strength of Convention: 239
Six Resolutions presented, discussed, amended and passed.
These are to be posted on the 9th district website ASAP www.gagop9.org
State Committee members
(After redistricting, the 9th picked up three additional State Committee members.)
1. Bruce Azevedo
2. Bettye Chambers
3. Blake Collins
4. Paul Gurtler
5. Kevin Harris
6. Ron Johnson
7. Rich Lacey
8. Amanda Nixon
9. Rita Odom
10. Mark Pettitt
11. Jim Pilgrim
12. Rick Post
13. Dwayne Turner
14. Ethan Underwood
15. Issaac Weathers
There was only one challenge from the floor:
Travis Williams of Lumpkin county challenged Ron Johnson for State Committee
Williams received 95 votes and Johnson received 121.
2013 Seventh District Republican Party Convention
Buford Convention Center
Carol Field and Linda Williams with Rep. Rob Woodall at 7th District Convention
7th District Convention News You Can Use -- From Gwinnett GOP website
District Convention News:
District Conventions were held Saturday and we want to thank all who attended. Gwinnett is fortunate to have tremendous representation in each of the Congressional GOP Districts and we are pleased to have a number of our members elected to serve their respective districts:
4th Congressional District
Mike Seigle - Chairman
Gloria DiMaggio Tow - State Committee
Bill Reynolds - State Committee
7th Congressional District
Jason Thompson - Chairman
Scott Haggard - 1st Vice Chair and State Committee
Adrienne Ellis - Treasurer
Peg Murray - Secretary
Tom Ellis - District Committee
Pat Quigley - District Committee
Jonathan Gordon - District Committee, Member at Large Post 2
Judy Bailey - State Committee
Ben Satterfield - State Committee
Julianne Thompson - State Committee
Joan Zellner - State Committee
Karl Swab - State Committee
State Convention News:
State Convention Registration
The State Convention is only a month away and we hope all Delegates and Alternates are making plans to attend. If you haven't received your information packet from the State Party, please contact our County Party Chairman, Rachel Little as soon as possible. You can also pre-register and confirm your Delegate/Alternate status directly with the State Party at: www.gagop.org
2013 Georgia Republican Party 11th Congressional District Convention Results
Chairman: Scott Johnson
First Vice Chair: Brad Carver
Vice Chairman of Communication and IT: Rob Adkerson
Vice Chairman of Fund Raising: Matthew Watson
Vice Chairman of Programs and Events: Billie Dendy
Recoding Secretary: Valerie Betz
Corresponding Secretary: Carolyn Garcia
Treasurer: Chad Teague
Assistant Treasurer: Murray Nunes
Click here to read more from their website
Video from the Eleventh Congressional District
BartowPolitics.com has video from the Eleventh Congressional District Convention of Senator Barry Loudermilk announcing his candidacy for Congress, and State Rep. Edward Lindsey discussing his campaign. Their website is currently down, but the video is still accessible.- Thanks to GA Pundit for these links.
Editor's Comment. The 11th District has an excellent district website which other districts might well use as a guide. They even have the minutes of their convention already posted as well as photos and important information.
14th District Convention
Rome, GA - April 20, 2013
Georgia Northwest Technical College
The 2013 14th District Convention was held this past weekend in Rome, GA, April 20th at the Georgia Northwest Technical College.
View convention photos.
Georgia 14th District Officers
The District 14 officers are as follows:
• Darrell Galloway(Paulding County) Chairman
• Nathan Smith,(Walker County) 1st Vice Chairman
• Zach Hubbs, (Catoosa County) 2nd Vice Chairman
• Ed Painter , (Murray County) Secretary
• Craig McDowell, (Paulding County) Treasurer
• Linda Fowler (Murray County) Assist Secretary
• Tom Salt...ino (Floyd County) Assist Treasurer
• Scott Minter – Murray
• Nancy Hollingshed - Paulding
• Layla Shipman – Floyd
• Clydeen Tomanio -Catoosa
• Judy Grammar- Walker
• David Duke – Chattooga
• Rocky Swann- Paulding
• Larry Hutchinson, Haralson
• Blake Silvers- Floyd
• Joel McDurmond - Paulding
• Lynn Hartman- Dade
• Kathy Minter- Polk
April 22, 2013
▪ Sen. Cruz on Immigration Reform: Focus on Areas of Agreement
Katherine Rosario | April 22, 2013
This morning in a Senate hearing on immigration, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made a compelling case that Congress should focus on areas of bipartisan agreement if they ever want to get a bill passed, echoing the ideas expressed by Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. First, he noted that there is broad bipartisan agreement that we must “get serious about securing the border, that we need to increase manpower, that we need to increase technology.” He added, “in a post 9/11 world… it doesn’t make sense right now that we don’t know the criminal history, we don’t know the background of those coming in.” We should fix all of this, including the problem of visa-overstays. Read more and watch video.
►BREAKING: Judge drops nine charges (three murder charges) against
by Ben Johnson - Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:44 EST
Tags: abortion deaths, house of horrors, kermit gosnell
PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A federal judge has dropped nine charges – including three murder charges and one count of infanticide – against Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, as his trial resumed this morning.
Local media report the judge has determined Gosnell will not face three counts of murder, one count of infanticide, and five counts of abuse of a corpse. The latter charges related to Gosnell's keeping the severed feet of aborted babies in jars in his clinic.
Gosnell still faces the remaining four charges of first degree murder in the deaths of newborn babies, and an additional charge of third degree murder over the death of one of his abortion clients. Read more
► 'Boston Strong' emerges as rallying cry, from stadiums to tweets in Boston
area -- Read more
Favorite Cartoon of the Day. . .
▪ George Bush says brother Jeb best man for White House - read more on Fox News
April 20, 2013
Check your Cell phone bill at the bottom... You're gonna need some blood pressure pills after watching this one!!
This is another look at our out of control Government in action! Your Federal tax dollars at work! . . .
April 19, 2013
click on video at left to view
▪ BREAKING: Marathon Bombing ‘Suspect 2′ Captured Alive - read more
▪ Teen Terror Suspect Wounded, Captured, in Serious Condition
Newsmax.com Read story
By Todd Beamon and Bill Hoffmann
April 17, 2013
Senate Defeats the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Amendment
Today, the American people dealt a devastating blow to the left's attempt to undermine the Second Amendment. The Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Amendment was an ineffective Washington solution crafted behind closed doors that has no place in our political system. The Senate rightly rejected it.
This week, Heritage Action launched a $150,000 campaign in 16 states targeting nearly 3 million voters. The ads singled out "pro-gun" Senators who voted last week for the motion to proceed to the Reid gun control legislation. The ads amplified your phone calls, leading many of those Senators to change their votes and defeat this dangerous amendment.
Heritage Action will continue to oppose any bill that infringes on the constitutional rights of the American people.
Thank you for your hard work on behalf of freedom and for your support.
Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America
▪ Liberals Hope the Boston Bomber is a White, Right-Wing American
Rush Limbaugh - Read more on Rush's Website
▪ 2014 Senate Contenders to replace Saxby Chambliss (From the GA Pundit)
First quarter and cash-on-hand for the usual suspects. Only Broun and Gingrey have announced, but unconfirmed rumor has it that Congressman Jack Kingston will announce for the Senate in the first week of May.
Q1 raised Cash on Hand
Paul Broun $207,752.00 $217,136.00
Phil Gingrey $666,399.00 $2,430,171.00
Jack Kingston $842,580.00 $1,754,012.00
Tom Price $542,751.00 $2,072,069.00
John Barrow $416,826.00 $439,531.00
April 14, 2013 -- Baseball Time in Georgia
Justin Upton, Andrelton Simmons and Braves sweep Nats for 9th win in row By DAVID GINSBURG The Associated Press
Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons homered and the Atlanta Braves won
their ninth in row as Paul Maholm beat the Washington Nationals 9-0 Sunday
to complete a three-game sweep.Upton hit his seventh home run of the season. Chris Johnson had four hits and two RBIs for the Braves, who took a 7-0 lead
in the third inning against Gio Gonzalez (1-1).
In sweeping their NL East rivals and compiling the best record in the major leagues, Atlanta (11-1) has outscored the opposition 62-23 and built a 20-6 advantage in home runs.
The Braves have swept three straight series (Cubs, Miami and Washington)
for the first time since April 2000, when they swept four in a row (Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers, and Padres). Read more in AJC
RNC Spring Board Meeting in Los Angeles
April 12, 2013 - ▪ Republican National Lawyers Association at the RNC Spring Board Meeting in Los Angeles
Many thanks to GA National Committeeman Randy Evans for keeping us updated on events there.
*Randy voted with Morton Blackwell, Committeeman from Virginia, to repeal and replace Rule 16(a)(2) from the Republican National Convention which wrongly punished grassroots. It passed. Sue Everhart, GA GOP Chairman, also voted the same as Randy.
RNLA Randy Evans speaking to the crowd. Republican Party of TN Chairman Chris Devaney and National Committeewoman Peggy Lambert with John Ryder in the background. — at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Click on thumbnail photo to enlarge.
RNLA Chairman Randy Evans, RNLA Vice President for Judicial Affairs and RNC General Counsel John Ryder and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at the RNC Spring Meeting. — at Loews Hollywood Hotel.
At reception honoring RNC General Counsel John Ryder
Really appreciate the support from Chairman Priebus and his support of new ideas to lead our cause. And I've enjoyed working with my new partners in this endeavor - Millsaps & Dash. Much work to do my friends. — at The Ronald Reagan Irish Pub in Los Angeles
April 12, 2013
▪ Republican National Committee Meeting in Los Angeles Friday, April 12, 2013
Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, at podium, and Sharon Day, RNC Co-Chairman National Committeewoman Florida Republicans meet at the Spring . With compromises on immigration, guns and potentially taxes and spending in the works, Republicans gathering at a national party meeting are deeply divided over whether leaders in Washington should meet President Obama half way on these matters and more. DAMIAN DOVARGANES — AP Photo - NewsObserver.com
Anita-Sisi Hingano, with the American Samoan delegation sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the opening of the Spring Republican National Committee meeting in Los Angeles Friday, April 12, 2013. With compromises on immigration, guns and potentially taxes and spending in the works, Republicans gathering at a national party meeting are deeply divided over whether leaders in Washington should meet President Obama half way on these matters and more. Damian Dovarganes — AP Photo
▪ RNC Spring meeting wrap up
Click here to read more on GOP.com website
Posted April 12, 2013
The RNC Spring Meeting was a resounding success. Speakers including Hugh Hewitt, Michael Reagan, David Horowitz, Allen West and Larry Solov praised the bold and honest work being done as part of the Growth and Opportunity Project and our continued efforts fundamentally to change our political operation for decades to come. There is work ahead, but we are laying the groundwork for a decisive 2016 victory.
We made important announcements furthering our engagement with communities and voters by announcing Stephen Fong as our Asian and Pacific Island Field Director and Jason Chung as our Asian and Pacific Island Communications Director. Matt Pinnell was also announced as our State Party Director to ensure we’re giving state parties the support they need, so they can in turn support and empower the work of grassroots activists and volunteers. We held workshops aimed at implementing the Growth and Opportunity Project, increasing our digital and data footprint, and working with specialty media. In addition, breakout sessions were held to review the tools and services that RNC Strategy and GOP Data Center provide for free to all state parties.
For several weeks, conservative leaders have been working on a resolution that reaffirms all planks of our platform–a set of values and core principles that stand for liberty and opportunity for all Americans. The committee approved this resolution today. But we also won’t tell anyone they can’t be a part of this party. If you’re willing to defend liberty and champion opportunity, then you should be a Republican. And it should be the job of all Republicans to welcome new voters in word and deed. In the end, we are about changing minds, not changing values. As the Chairman said in his speech at the general session today, “You can’t govern if you don’t win, and we can’t win if we can’t grow.”
Lastly, the membership overwhelmingly voted to empower the state parties and grassroots in the selection of delegates. We all agree the grassroots are the center of this party and are vital to winning elections. This change makes clear that the grassroots will pick their delegates and that presidential candidates can neither veto delegates or unseat delegates for voting their conscience. This was a win for both delegates and candidates by unifying our party behind this delegate allocation process.
▪ RNC Statement on Changes to Rules of the Republican Party - Posted April 12, 2013
PRESS RELEASE - GOP.com
LOS ANGELES, CA—RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement regarding rules of the Republican Party as voted on at the RNC Spring Meeting in Los Angeles, CA:
“During the general session at the RNC Spring Meeting, the membership overwhelmingly voted to empower the state parties and grassroots in the selection of delegates,” said Chairman Reince Priebus. “We all agree the grassroots are the center of this party and are vital to winning elections. This change makes clear that the grassroots will pick their delegates and that presidential candidates can neither veto delegates nor unseat delegates. This was a win for both delegates and candidates by unifying our party behind this delegate allocation process.”
Rule 16 as passed at convention resolved a perceived problem recognized by many in the 2012 primary process that candidates may have won a statewide vote in which delegates were bound to a specific candidate and then had to come back and win the delegates at another contest which sometimes didn’t reflect the results of statewide presidential preference elections.
Today’s amendment clarifies that bound delegates must vote in accordance with state party rules and state law – in other words, delegates cannot claim to support one candidate when elected at the state level and then change their loyalty to someone else later. This rule also ensures that the delegate could not be removed for failing to vote as bound and made clear a presidential candidate cannot veto delegates.
Another proposed amendment to Rule 16 did not pass, which would have reinstated the practice of so-called “beauty contests” in which states hold non-binding primaries, conventions, or caucuses where there is a presidential preference vote.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Remarks From 2013 RNC Spring
MeetingPosted April 12, 2013
Remarks As Prepared For Delivery -- Click here to read from the GOP.com websiste.
▪ RNC affirms definition of marriage to be one man and one woman - from Illinois Review
LOS ANGELES - The Republican National Committee affirmed its support for marriage as "the union of one man and one woman" Friday at its annual spring meeting in Los Angeles California. Illinois' RNC Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte, who also serves on the RNC Executive Board as Secretary, reports the resolution upholding the traditional definition of marraige passed unanimously. Chief Sponsor: Carolyn McLarty, DVM RNCW for Oklahoma
Click here to read the complete resolution.
Liberal Los Angeles Times cartoonist
has fun at the RNC expense ;- )
▪ RNC splits on deals as Congress weighs compromises
Published: April 12, 2013 Updated 3 hours ago -- By THOMAS BEAUMONT — The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — With bipartisan deals emerging on President Barack Obama's top priorities, the GOP's most devout activists are deeply divided over potential compromises in Congress - only the latest fissure for a party struggling to regain its footing. Some Republicans worry that across-the-aisle agreements could end up trapping them in the long run.
"It's a trust factor," said Janet Beihoffer of Minnesota, among the Republican National Committee members gathered this week at a Hollywood hotel. She argued that Obama has used his office to bait Republicans with what appear to be concessions only to walk away and accuse the GOP of obstruction. "The president has the bully pulpit. And it's an unenviable situation for Republicans."
Others at the meeting to hash out a way forward for the party after tough November elections see the idea of congressional accords on gun control and immigration as timely opportunities to demonstrate seriousness at a time when the public has low regard both for its leaders in Congress and the GOP itself. "People in this country are tired of a national government that can't get anything done," said committeeman Bill Palatucci of New Jersey. "No one gets everything they want."
The split over how Republicans more than 2,000 miles away in Washington should proceed reflects a larger divide in the GOP. Establishment and moderate Republicans generally advocate for the party to be more inclusive, while many conservatives and tea partyers insist the party adhere closely to its ideological principles at any cost.
A spotlight has shone on the divide in the month since RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released a report he commissioned from a panel of national GOP strategists about how the party can rebound. Read more here:
Washington Times -- News from RNC Meeting in Los Angeles - April 11, 2013
▪ RNC meeting on rules may decide future of the GOP April 11, 2013
By Editor 1 Comment
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2013 — This weekend the Republican National Committee will reluctantly give those who agree with the concerns of the grassroots of the party a chance to make their arguments against new rules that were announced at the Republican convention in Tampa. Under pressure from party members, they finally agreed to schedule a special session to address problems with the rules at the Spring Republican National Committee Meeting this weekend in Los Angeles.
At issue are several changes to the rules, all of which have the effect of reducing the influence of state parties and grassroots party members as voters and convention delegates in determining party policies and the selection of the presidential candidate. They make official the top-down organizational methods which led to the ill-fated Romney nomination and hand control of the party to a small leadership class which is dominated by long-time insiders and powerful special interests.
Continue reading at the Washington Times below
▪ RNC rejects conservative-backed rules changes
Proposals would have undone convention ‘power grab’
By Ralph Z. Hallow - The Washington Times - Thursday, April 11, 2013
Republican National Committee members failed to reach a compromise over rules changes pushed by the party’s grass-roots activists, defeating on a 28-25 vote a proposed amendment that would return more decision-making power to the state Republican parties.
The defeat angered conservative GOP activists who complained that changes pushed through last year by the campaign of 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney were a “power grab” that concentrated too much power in the party’s central machinery, whose priorities include nominating a candidate considered wealthy enough and moderate enough to win a national election.
This week, RNC Rules Committee member Morton Blackwell pushed an amendment to party rules that would reverse all of last summer’s actions. Those rules changes sparked an angry floor protest from conservatives, including supporters of libertarian candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas when they were adopted at the party’s Tampa, Fla., national convention last summer.
Wednesday’s vote “had inflamed the grass roots — my Facebook page exploded on Wednesday” — because the grassroots saw it as the Republican National Committee failing to restore to them the power the Romney campaign took away in August,” said FreedomWorks Vice President Russ Walker. But by Thursday his Facebook page had quieted down on the rules issue.
Among the rules in dispute was a modification pushed last summer by Mr. Romney’s representatives allowing the RNC to alter the party’s rules on the presidential nomination system in the four years between official party conventions, including on how delegates are awarded to candidates from state caucuses. Read more
▪ RNC meeting eyes outreach to minority voters, internal reforms
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. | Desperate to reverse a quarter-century death spiral with minority voters and restore the grass-roots decision-making that many here feel Mitt Romney undermined in 2012, Republican National Committee members will take on both issues at their spring meeting here this week.
RNC officials will take yet another shot at analyzing why Hispanics, Asians and blacks went overwhelmingly for President Obama in November and have become almost totally unresponsive to GOP “outreach” tactics.
These tactics have been based on the belief that many Hispanic, Asian-American and culturally conservative black voters share the GOP’s core principles of self-reliance, limited government, opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion and opposition to the decriminalization of marijuana and other recreational drugs. Read more
▪ Open Letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington Times
to read more in the Washington Times
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April 10, 2013 -- AJC
Political Insider -- Georgia News
with Jim Galloway
▪ Rep. Donna Sheldon announces for 10th; Pridemore resigns Capitol job
Within the last 15 minutes, we’ve had one new candidate for Congress jump in, and another prepare for the leap. Both are Republican women. Less than 24 hours after state Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, declared himself out of the race to replace Paul Broun in Congress, state Rep. Donna Sheldon (R-Dacula) announced herself as a candidate in the 10th District.
Sheldon is currently the House GOP caucus chair – which means she has been in charge of fundraising. That should provide a leg up. Sheldon comes from the far west side of the 10th, which stretches to Georgia’s eastern border. But it’s the population-heavy side of the district, and she’s sure to have House Speaker David Ralston’s support.
(Tim Echols, a member of the Public Service Commission, reports that he is trying to put together a lunch for Jody Hice, a Christian conservative who ran for the 7th District in 2010, to persuade him to enter the 10th District race.)
Also today, my AJC colleague Greg Bluestein reports that Tricia Pridemore, executive director of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Office of Workforce Development, has handed in her resignation – presumably in preparation to join Bob Barr as a candidate to replace Phil Gingrey in Congress. Pridemore is a resident of Marietta, and was Deal’s candidate for chairman of the state GOP in 2010. Read more
▪ Isakson, Chambliss won't join Senate gun bill filibuster
Read more and view video
▪ Nathan Deal’s chief of staff endorses Kasim Reed with $250 check
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed reports raising $320,836 since the first of the year, and now has nearly $1.5 million for a re-election campaign against two vastly underfunded opponents.
Take a stroll through Reed's campaign disclosure form here. You'll see many contributions in the four figures, but none is more notable than the $250 endorsement from Christopher W. Riley of Gainesville – chief of staff to Gov. Nathan Deal.The check was dated Feb. 13, long before the Falcons stadium deal was completed with a vote by the Atlanta City Council – but only weeks after the governor had banished the issue from the Capitol.
Riley wasn’t the only GOP chief of staff to think well of the most influential Democrat in the state. Eric Tanenblatt, who served Gov. Sonny Perdue, contributed $1,000. And John Watson, who succeeded Tanenblatt, donated $500 to the Reed re-elect campaign.
Read more. . .
April 8, 2013
Remembering Margaret Thatcher -- a true hero for all Republicans
Left: Tribute by Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle
Lady Thatcher Pushed Back
April 08, 2013 – by Rush Limbaugh
Margaret Thatcher has passed away, We've got some audio sound bites from Lady Thatcher who I was very fortunate to know. Because of some friends of mine who knew her, I was often invited to social occasions with her. I must have spent quality time with Lady Thatcher on 10 to 15 different occasions, all in the 1990s. I've regaled you with some of the stories.
In every one of those instances -- every one -- she was identically the same. She was purely formal and sophisticated. I don't mean boring and dull and old-fashioned. She carried herself with a dignity and a self-respect and a seriousness that led no one to question who she really was. If you ever had the chance to be around her, you would know that she was in person as you saw her on television. She was committed, she was serious. She was formal. She was a great woman, a great human being.
Some people call it a coincidence -- I think it's more than that -- that at the same time in the world we had Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher. During those years were the only time in my lifetime where the left was actually turned back. Not just stopped, but defeated and turned back. It was the only time in my life. Poland, Berlin, Moscow, the United States. Wherever. Those three leaders on the political stage, the world stage at the same time, did more for freedom and liberty for people all over this world than any three people since the founding of this country -- and they all served at the same time, overlapping. Read much more on Rush’s website.
▪ Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady, Has Died at 87
Biography.com - April 8, 2013
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▪ Margaret Thatcher dies: as it happened
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April 8, 2013
NCAA FINAL-- Louisville beats Michigan 82-76 to win NCAA title
Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Read article in USA Today
Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when relentless Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night.
This title came on the same day Pitino was announced as a member of the latest Hall of Fame class, a couple of days after his horse won a big race on the way to the Kentucky Derby, and a few more days after his son got the head coaching job at Minnesota.
This was the best feeling of all. The Cardinals (35-5) lived up to their billing as the top overall seed in the tournament, though they sure had to work for it.
A perfect week for a humble
YEAH -- my pick won -- for a change!
April 7, 2013
Kim Jung Un In the News
Kim Jung Un had NO military experience whatsoever before Daddy made him a
four-star general. This little kid had never accomplished anything in his life that would even come close to military leadership.
He hadn't even so much as led a Cub Scout troop, coached a sports team, or commanded a military platoon.
So he is made the "Beloved Leader" Of North Korea . Terrific!-
I just remembered that we did the same thing.
We took an arrogant community organizer, who had never worn a uniform, and made him
A guy, who had never had a real job, worked on a budget, or led anything more than an ACORN demonstration, and we made him "Beloved Leader" of the United States TWICE !!!
I'm sorry I brought this up.
April 6, 2013 --
Saturday Sports Highlights
Braves Win again on Sunday and Sweep the Cubs!
They are now 5 and 1-- a great start
▪ Upton brothers homer in ninth as Braves stun Cubs - click here to read article
This is the first time in baseball history that brothers on the same team have hit home runs in the 9th inning.
Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton is doused by
teammates as he crosses home plate after
hitting a walkoff home run during the ninth
inning of a baseball game against the
Chicago Cubs, Saturday, April 6, 2013, in
Atlanta. Atlanta won 6-5. (AP Photo/Butch
April 6, 2013
2013 NCAA DIVISION I April 6 and 8 -- Georgia Dome, Atlanta MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
It's Michigan vs. Louisville in the NCAA Championship game on Monday
Syracuse falls short in its quest to advance to Monday's championship at the Georgia Dome
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Local Grassroots Leaders to RNC: 'Join Us or Get the Hell out of the Way'
Breitbart.com by Michael Patrick Leahy 6 Apr 2013
Tuesday's remarks by new Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Mike Shields seen as critical of conservative grassroots activists have not been well received by either the icons of the conservative movement or local grassroots leaders.
Despite efforts by RNC spokesperson Sean Spicer to walk those comments back, local conservative grassroots leaders--almost all of whom have been working hard for over four years with no compensation--remain unimpressed.
Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville Tea Party and one of the leaders of the decade earlier Tennessee Tax Revolt, told Breitbart News that "we are not about to be led by a bunch of timid Washington, D.C. Brahmins who are interested in making a buck off of people they see as naive. Either join us in the fight or get the hell out of the way."
Cunningham added that "the problem for Washington, D.C.-based Republican consultants is they have become almost completely detached from the passion and purpose of the grassroots. To the grassroots Tea Party activist," Cunningham continued, "the future of the country is at stake and they immediately distrust 'consultants' who feel uneasy about manifesting their passion and fighting for the cause. Tea Party activists have been demonized and vilified and called every name in the book by liberals for four years and it has only made us stronger and more determined than ever." Read more
▪ Charles Krauthammer ’s Obama Comment Shocks Fox Panel Into Silence
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer brought momentarily silence, and not the kind that is out of respect, to a Fox News panel on “Special Report” after National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg said that Obama will not get a vote on the majority of new gun control legislation that he wants. “All he wants now is the money,” Krauthammer responded.
Read more on Freedom Outpost
▪ Why campus carry could become law in Georgia next year
by Jim Galloway - AJC
If you are a mom or dad with a firm Republican voting history and the thought of concealed weaponry on the same university campus with your offspring gives you the heebie-jeebies, then you have perhaps eight months to make your case. Maybe less.
If by Thanksgiving you can’t convince the occupants of the state Capitol that you are a force to be reckoned with, resign yourself to the fact that 21-year-old sweetums might soon be hitting you up for a fashionable Glock and matching holster to go with that tuition and three-a-day meal plan. Read more
April 5, 2013
2013 Session Just Ended
Good Bills Passed
April 5, 2013
By Sue Ella Deadwyler
After a long, hard 40 days, this year’s session ended March 28th. During those 40 days, well over 2500 bills were introduced – some good, some bad, some passed, some didn’t. It’ll be some time before we have a final analysis of what actually happened this year. But, one thing I know. We’re in a battle for the very soul of our country.
Maybe that’s why I’m so thrilled that Representative Barbara Sims’ legislation passed. Her simple 32-line bill was prompted by two very important facts: (1) Georgia’s children are not being taught United States history or The Constitution of the United States. (2) So, unless they have an exceptional teacher, Georgia’s public school students have no idea how important the Constitution is or why it should be studied and followed as the founding document of our great nation.
H.R. 218 asks that all local school superintendents recognize that learning the Constitution is a vital part of education, beginning in kindergarten. If Representative Sims’ request is implemented by local superintendents and teachers in their respective districts, Georgia’s future high school graduates should be well informed about the United States Constitution and its monumental importance to our country.
Representative Sims does NOT suggest a separate course to get this done. Instead, she suggests that the study of U.S. history and the Constitution be integrated into the entire curriculum to help students understand the unique government of our one-of-a-kind country.
Although the author of H.R. 218 represents only two counties, her bill encourages superintendents across the state to initiate an enhanced school curriculum that teaches the U.S. Constitution. Then, she asks superintendents to REQUIRE educators in their districts to make it happen. H.R. 218 passed the House 160 to 1. 10 didn’t vote and 9 were excused. I’d like to know the reason behind that NO vote.
Another good bill that passed was Senator Ligon’s 52-line S.B. 1 to create a law requiring health insurance information and records to be equally available to both parents in all types of custody arrangements. Under current law, both parents have had access to all of their children’s records and information, including, but not limited to, education, health, extracurricular activities and religious communications and, now, S.B. 1 added “health insurance” to that list.
So, these important documents will be available to the custodial parent AND the noncustodial parent UNLESS a court order specifically stops access to the documents or their parental rights had been terminated. S.B. 1 passed the House 164 – 0 and the Senate 49 – 3. Again, I would like to know the reason behind the NO votes. For Georgia Insight I’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent.
April 3, 2014 - E-News -
Your daily jolt: The mayor of Dalton considers a primary challenge to Nathan Deal
by Jim Galloway of the AJC
David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, has given himself until June 1 to decide whether he’ll challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in next year’s GOP primary. But the insurance executive sounds an awful lot like he’s already made up his mind. In an interview on Monday with my AJC colleague Greg Bluestein, Pennington panned some of the governor’s most recent and high-profile decisions, criticizing Deal's backing of the so-called "bed tax" and his intervention in local school districts. Pennington also criticized what he said was Deal’s lack of attention when it comes to improving the economy.
If Pennington runs, he expects to court tea party supporters, small business owners and voters who are upset by what he views as "status quo" leadership. "I'd appeal to people who believe in limited government. I don't care what they're saying. I've watched what they're doing, and we've expanded government over the last few years," he said. Read more
and more here
April 3, 2013
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
ZOLLER TO LAUNCH POLITICAL WEBSITE ON MONDAY
(Gainesville, GA) – Conservative leader and popular radio talk show host, author, and political pundit Martha Zoller announced this morning on the “Zoller and Bryant Show” that she will launch her own Georgia-based political website on Monday, April 8.
"I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new website, ZPOLITICS," said Zoller on Fox News 1340 WGAU. "We created this online hub to satisfy the desire for relevant news, smart political commentary, and sharp analysis from Georgia's top pollsters, strategists, and grassroots activists." Read more
April 2, 2013 Many thanks to Judy Craft for her Summary below . . .
More from the Georgia Gold Dome - Sine Die
Summary of HB 487 - Gambling Legislation
by Judy Craft of Stop Predatory Gambling Georgia
I wanted to get out a report on our issue, HB 487 and let you know we will be staying in contact on gambling issues. Thank you all for the phone calls, emails and lists that you forwarded to others to try to stop HB 487. Our group asked that more time be given to look for better solutions and also to limit the power of the Ga. Lottery Commission and the appointed new commission. That did not happen. The final conference committee report was 39 yeas and 12 nays with 5 not voting.
HB 487 was introduced only two weeks before crossover day and rushed though by design. Only the senate had a healthy 3 hour debate. In the end, it was the Governor’s legislation and a top priority for him and had other endorsements such as the GBI, the GMA, and the ACCG. It’s tough to stand against those endorsements but we had some great men and women who did.
The first thing we need to do is THANK THESE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES for standing against what we believe will lead to the expansion of gambling in Georgia. Please send out to your lists if you wish and send emails thanking them.
The following Senators voted NO on HB 487:
For your information, Stop Predatory Gambling Georgia – Leadership team requested a meeting with Gov.Deal to discuss our concerns. We were told that since he was on the same page as we are about gambling, we could have a 5 minute photo op. We did on Feb. 14 and gave him a packet of materials including the Senate Study Committee Reports on Horse Racing and Pari-mutuel Betting. He missed a very good opportunity to explain his legislation and listen to our input. The Governor says he does not get involved with the issues, but we did not find that to be the case.
The next challenge will be HORSE RACING AND PARI-MUTUEL BETTING. Legislation has been introduced by Rep. Harry Geisinger and Senator Curt Thompson calling for a constitutional amendment of the 2014 ballot letting the people decide. We will keep you updated on this and we will oppose this.
Thanks again for all you did. It has not been in vain. It helps us be better prepared for what is coming and it raised many good issues. We believe that as a result, we did get a better conference committee report, some degree of local control and hopefully, there will be more of an effort to enforce the law.
Judy Craft, Stop Predatory Gambling Georgia
April 2, 2013 -- Atlanta Public School - Cheating Scandal
by Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle
Atlanta Public Schools -- Cheating Our children - The Saga Continues
AJC.com - April 2, 2013
▪ Hall, others report to the Fulton County Jail (She finally returns from Jamaica)
Booking photos of APS educators.
Left; Former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall
More than a dozen of the 35 educators indicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal have turned themselves in to authorities.
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Mar. 31, 2013 -- HAPPY EASTER
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Mar. 30, 2013
The Beat Goes on. . .
Behind the scenes: Beverly Hall's tenure
at Atlanta school
▪ 'The art of war' at Atlanta Public Schools
January 1, 2011
GOP sweep named top Ga. story of 2010
Base bails on Democrats in droves
By Chris Joyner - AJC
Georgia Democrats enter the upcoming 2011 session of the General Assembly reeling from a series of defections and facing an uphill climb toward relevance. The once-dominant party holds 85 of 236 seats in the House and Senate, Democrats’ lowest ebb since Reconstruction. And the number has been slipping. Read entire article
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