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May 31, 2013 --
▪ Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare To Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums By 64-146% Avik Roy Avik Roy, Contributor - Forbes.com
Angela Braly, then-CEO of WellPoint, testified before Congress about allegations that its California unit, Anthem Blue Cross, was raising premiums on some customers by more than 30 percent. Last week, California announced that the Affordable Care Act would increase non-group insurance premiums by as much as 146 percent. (Image courtesy U.S. House of Representatives)
Read more at Forbes.com
May 30, 203
More Holder Scandals -
Fox News Will Not Attend DOJ's Eric Holder Meeting, Along With ...
Executive Vice President Michael Clemente says Fox News will be among those media outlets not attending the DOJ meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder if it is "off the record." The embattled attorney general invited members of the media to a conversation on his department's surveillance of reporters as a part of what's being called the office's "charm offensive." Read more and watch video
Eric Holder: Giving Justice a Bad Name – Targets Fox News’ James Rosen RealClearPolitics.com
Attorney General Eric Holder approved a search warrant targeting Fox News' James Rosen for the crime of journalism with malice aforethought. Then the Justice Department shopped around for a judge who would keep the surveillance of professional and private emails secret. Then the department fought the public disclosure of the warrant since it wanted the flexibility to continue the investigation "for many years." Read more
RUN, Eric, Run far away . . . Should he resign or be charged with a number of crimes?
▪ Congressman Gingrey to IRS: Has anyone actually been fired yet?
Kyle Wingfield – AJC
Since the IRS scandal broke, many conservatives have been frustrated at the lack of publicly known consequences for the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. So far, the only known responses are: a) the departure of the agency's current acting commissioner just weeks earlier than previously scheduled, and b) paid administrative leave for the person in charge of the office that carried out the targeting.
With that in mind, Phil Gingrey -- a GOP congressman from Marietta, GA and candidate for U.S. Senate -- yesterday sent a letter to the new acting commissioner of the IRS asking why more heads haven't rolled. Gingrey's office sent me the letter, which you can read in its entirety here, but here's the gist of it: Click here
ACLJ Files Suit Against the IRS
Hope you heard Jay Sekulow on Herman Cain radio today and also on Fox News. Things are looking up for those of us who want justice for what the IRS has done to so many innocent people!
Today, we are holding the IRS accountable for its abuse.
We are filing a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of more than 20 conservative groups, demanding that the IRS cease its unconstitutional practices and compensate the groups for all damages caused by IRS abuse.
The fact remains: the IRS's systematic targeting of U.S. citizens for their political beliefs is still ongoing. Since it began, the Obama Administration has failed to protect our constitutional rights.
If the Obama Administration won't protect the Constitution, we will.
As we file one of the largest lawsuits we have ever filed to protect the free speech rights of countless Americans, take action with us.
ACLJ Chief Counsel
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▪ 25 Tea Party Groups File Suit Against the IRS - ABC News
May 30, 2013
Common Core: Education Without Representation - Watch video. . .
This is a great video with in depth explanations of the Common Core and why it is so wrong for our state as well as Utah.
▪ Tea party groups mobilizing against Common Core education overhaul
Concerned grandparent Sue Lile of Carmel, Ind., shows her opposition to Common Core standards during a rally at the State House rotunda in Indianapolis.
By Peter Wallsten and Lyndsey Layton, Published: May 30
Tea party groups over the past few weeks have suddenly and successfully pressured Republican governors to reassess their support for a rare bipartisan initiative backed by President Obama to overhaul the nation’s public schools. Click here to read article in Washington Post
▪ Race for Congress in GA 11th District
Bob Barr Internal Poll -- from GA Pundit - May 30, 2013
An internal benchmark poll by Kellyanne Conway for the Bob Barr campaign shows Barr with 93% name ID among likely 2014 Republican Primary Voters and 49% favorable ratings while none of his announced opponents breaks 20% favorable.
On the ballot test, Barr leads his nearest competitor nearly 3-to-1 with 38% to 13%. Here's what might be the most significant point raised in the internal memo:
At some point, [Barr's] competitors will face the decision to go negative. We have already heard the whispers of their potential negative attacks - so we decided to ask the voters ourselves.
The good news is that even after a barrage of the most negatively-worded questions, Bob Barr still leads on a follow-up ballot test with an impressive 30% support among undecided voters - actually moving up six points.
In other words, without any positive messaging from our campaign, supporters, or candidate, a series of negative attacks failed to erode the support Republicans have for Bob Barr in any significant degree. This must give our competitors pause --even going negative, they simply do not have a path to victory.
So, here's what that means. They asked the ballot question and Barr got 38%. They then asked a lot of questions testing potential negative attacks on Barr. This is standard for a benchmark poll when the candidate has existing name ID and a public record on political issues. Then after however many questions that sound like, "would you be more or less likely to vote for Bob Barr if you knew X," you ask the ballot question again as a means of testing the effect of potential negative attacks. Asking the ballot question a second time after the negative attacks, Barr still took 30% of the vote.
Jim Galloway wrote last week that he received a similar poll attempting to quantify the effectiveness of attacks against Barr. We'd love to see that poll and see the full results of Barr's poll and compare them.
May 29, 2013
Learn How to Spread the GOP Message at the Communications Workshop in Lawrenceville on June 8. Newcomers and visitors welcome until room capacity is reached.
Sponsored by the Gwinnett GOP. Read more on Gwinnett website
May 29, 2013
▪ Reality Check: The truth behind 'Common Core' -
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By Ben Swann - Fox19.com
▪ The Beginning of Common Core's Trouble
Weekly Standard - May 29, 2013
May 26, 2013
Click here to view page and read history of Memorial Day
▪ Remember The women who also gave their lives - read more on Fox News
Second Lt. Ruth M. Gardiner died in an aircraft crash en route to evacuating patients in Alaska in July 1943, making her the first Army Air Forces flight nurse killed in a combat theater. She was one of 17 flight nurses who died during World War II and one of more than 500 military women who lost their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Common Core Curriculum Resolution at recent GA GOP Convention in Athens
▪ JUDY CRAFT: Most Republicans support withdrawal from Common Core - Read article
May 26, 2013 in Gwinnett Daily Post
On May 17-18, Republican delegates descended on Athens, Ga. like a herd of elephants. More than 1,600 voting delegates and several hundred guests came to meet candidates, to hear from elected officials, to vote on party leaders, and to do the work of the party concerning rules and resolutions. I had the honor of serving on the State Resolutions Committee for the 7th Congressional District. The purpose of resolutions is to offer elected officials guidance on the policy priorities of the Republican party from the grass-roots level.
The latest education topic in the country these days is Common Core. It was sold quickly, much like Obamacare, in that states had to commit to the national education program before they found out what was in it.
The hottest resolution for the Georgia Republican Party was, likewise, Common Core. Eight of 14 Congressional districts passed resolutions on to the state convention opposing Common Core, and two other districts passed resolutions opposing this nationalization of education in principle. Sen. William Ligon introduced legislation this year, SB 167, to withdraw Georgia from Common Core and the national PARCC testing.
Here are some of the highlights of the "hottest" Republican resolution sent forward to the state convention. - Read more in Gwinnett Daily Post
May 24, 2013
The Evans Report
With Saxby Chambliss’ departure, Georgia will lose seniority in Congress
by Randy Evans - Read report
Senate Candidate Forum - June 29, 2013
Come and meet the candidates and see which one will replace Saxby Chambliss
More on recent Obama scandals . . .
▪ Benghazi, IRS hearings: Political grandstanding, or has "do-nothing Congress"
found its legs? - CBS News
▪ Boehner: More Benghazi hearings on the way - CBS News May 19, 2013 ---
Georgia Republican Party State Convention - Classic Center
May 17 - 18, 2013
Officers Elected on Saturday, May 18
CONGRATULATIONS to the new officers of the Georgia Republican Party:
Chairman John Padgett,
2nd Vice Chairman Michael McNeeley
2nd Vice Ron Johnson
Secretary Debbie McCord
Asst. Secretary Kirk Shook
Treasuer Bob Maizies.
May 10, 2013
▪ Happy Mother's Day to all Moms -- especially those in our military
▪ IRS Apologizes for Targeting Conservative Groups During the 2012 Election
Read more on RushLimbaugh.com
Above: Another timely and true cartoon by our favorite, Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle
May 10, 2013
▪ White House Meets Privately with Press to Discuss Benghazi
by Ben Shapiro10 May 2013, 11:18 AM
In the White House’s latest efforts at transparency, the administration announced to reporters that it would brief reporters on the latest shocking developments about the Benghazi situation … behind closed doors. Politico reports that the meeting started at approximately 12:45 PM ET, and that it moved the normal press briefing to 1:45 PM ET. Jay Carney, White House press secretary, did not comment on whether the meeting took place.
Politico reports: The off-the-record session was announced to reporters in the wake of an ABC News report showing that White House and State Dept. officials were involved in revising the now-discredited CIA talking points about the attack on Benghazi. Read more on Breitbart.com
May 9, 2013 --Benghazi Hearings
May 9, 2013 -
▪ HURT: Benghazi shows Democrats at most desperate
Washington Times Video -- Read more and view video
Vice Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) speaks as State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/ChargÃˆ dÃAffairs in Libya Gregory Hicks, and Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya Eric Nordstrom testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
A key Benghazi whistle-blower, responding to Democratic claims that the prolonged scrutiny over the administration's botched talking points is unwarranted, testified Wednesday that the early mischaracterization of the attack may have actually hurt the FBI's investigation. "I definitely believe that it negatively affected our ability to get the FBI team quickly to Benghazi," said Greg Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya who became the top U.S. diplomat in the country after Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed. He claimed the Libyan president was angered by the mischaracterization, in turn slowing the U.S. probe.
The claim was one of several new accounts given at Wednesday's high-profile hearing where three whistle-blowers testified. Read more on Fox News. (many thanks to these brave men!)
May 8, 2013 Faces of Evil -- Combination photo created from May 7, 2013 booking photos provided by the Cleveland Police Department show brothers Ariel (L-R), Onil and Pedro Castro. Cleveland Police Dept/Handout via Reuters
(Reuters) - Cleveland resident Ariel Castro was charged on Wednesday with kidnapping and raping three women who were rescued from his house on Monday after nearly a decade in captivity. Castro's two brothers Pedro and Onil, originally arrested in the case, were not charged, said Cleveland city prosecutor Victor Perez at a news conference. The charges came as police revealed that the women, who were rescued on Monday after one of them, Amanda Berry, fled with the help of a neighbor, had not seen any previous chances to escape in nearly ten years of captivity. Read more
May 9, 2013
In case you missed it. . .
▪ Here Are The 22 GOP Senators Who Just Voted To Raise Your Taxes - Internet
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Most actually signed a pledge that they would not raise taxes. Obviously those pledges mean little when they believe you aren't looking. Here are the names of the 22 Republican Senators who just voted in favor of taxes on purchases on the Internet... be sure to share with your friends.
Jeff Sessions [AL], Richard Shelby [AL], John McCain [AZ], John Boozman [AR], Saxby Chambliss [GA], Johnny Isakson [GA], Dan Coats [IN], Susan Collins [ME], Thad Cochran [MI], Roger Wicker [MI], Roy Blunt [MO], Deb Fischer [NE], and Mike Johanns [NE], Richard Burr [NC], John Hoeven [ND], Rob Portman [OH], Lindsey Graham [SC], John Thune [SD], Lamar Alexander [TN], Bob Corker [TN] and Mike Enzi [WY]
May 7, 2013
You can get a thorough history of Common Core Standards from which our schools should withdraw. Watch it and then contact your state rep., state senator and your governor and tell them we don't want this inferior, expensive and anti-American program in our schools.
"GRAB YOUR COFFEE OR TEA, A COMFORTABLE CHAIR, WATCH & LISTEN TO Karen Bracken EXPLAINING COMMON CORE"
Click on video at left
This will help you understand why it is important to remove this from our schools.!
May 4, 2013 xx
Many friends and colleagues of Chairman Sue Everhart came out to honor her on
April 18, 2013 at the beautiful Georgian Club in Cobb County. The Cobb County
Republican Women past presidents presented her with a large gift certificate. Michael Fitzgerald, 6th District Chairman, gave her a beautiful "flame" award. There were many other items presented as well as two dozen red roses and a limo ride to and from the event. Judson Hill presented her with a Resolution
prepared by the Legislature.
CONGRATULATIONS, Sue. You have faithfully served the Republicans in Georgia and led the charge for a Republican take over!
The following photos are from the Facebook page of Bobbie Frantz. Click here to view many more. Click thumbnail photos to enlarge
May 2, 2013
Gainesville Civic Center
Georgia GOP Chairman Debate - May 2, 2013
Active Republicans from Hall County, White County and the 9th district filled the hall at the Gainesville civic center to listen to all four candidates running for Chairman of the GA Republican Party. All officers for the GA GOP will be elected at the state convention in Athens on May 18. .
Todd Rehm, Republican political campaign consultant and editor of GaPundit.com served as moderator for the debate.
Click on thumbnail photos below to enlarge
1. Above: Rebecca Yarbrough, 3rd Vice Chairman of the 9th District, welcomed the audience to the event. 2. The 9th District Chairman Andrew Turnage also welcomed everyone. 3. Todd Rehm, moderator of the debate, explained the procedures for the debate process. Todd presented a number of interesting questions to the candidates. The questions were very important to all Republicans today.
Candidates above L - R: Alex Johnson of DeKalb Co.,
John Padgett of Athens, Seth Harp of Columbus and
B.J. Van Gundy of Gwinnett Co.
Above: B.J. Van Gundy and John Padgett. express their strong feelings against Common Core Standards. In fact, all candidates indicated a dislike for Common Core.
All question will be posted here ASAP. Read more tomorrow on www.GAPundit.com
▪ B.J. Van Gundy ▪ Seth Harp ▪ Alex Johnson
▪ John Padgett
Sponsored by GA 9th District, White County GOP
and Hall County GOP
If you are unable to attend, you can watch live online at
Scenes around the room. . . This event was televised.
About the candidates running for GA GOP chairman:
BJ Van Gundy, 51, a management consultant from Peachtree Corners and second vice chairman of the Georgia GOP; Alex Johnson, 28, general counsel for the DeKalb County Republican Party; John Padgett, 67, secretary of the Georgia GOP from Athens; and Seth Harp, 70, former state senator from Columbus and the managing partner of the law firm Harp & Poydasheff.
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.
▪ News from the RNC Spring Board Meeting - Resolutions passed -
Click here to read all resolutions.
- 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
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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