▪ Tea party activists rally at GA Capitol demand Gov. Deal pull Georgia out
Common Core. www.myajc.com
and tea party activists demanded that Gov. pull Georgia out of Common Core.
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Mar. 9, 2013
▪ Republican Senate Candidates Debate in Macon - Saturday, March 8, 2014
The 7 Republicans running for the U.S. Senate being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) gathered at the Anderson Conference Center in Macon for a debate.
Candidates Karen Handel, Jack Kingston, Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, David Perdue, Art Gardner, and Derrick Grayson discussed everything from health care to how they would handle Robins Air Force Base with an upcoming BRAC.
After the debate, the Bibb County Republicans announced the results of a straw poll of audience members. Handel won - AGAIN! Read more
Left; Karen Handel wins the straw poll following the debate in Macon.
I believe she has won every straw poll so far.
▪ GOP Senate candidates spar in Macon
Last night, zpolitics’ Martha Zoller moderated the 4th in a series of 7 debates hosted around Georgia for the GAGOP in Macon, Georgia. Read article
Mar. 5-8, 2014 --- E-News
CPAC in Washington, D.C.
Conservative Political Action Conference
▪ View all videos from CPAC 2014. They are being uploaded as fast as possible. If you missed something, please check back
▪ CPAC to test 26 candidates for president with straw poll on
Saturday afternoon, March 8,2014. Read list in Washington Times
Martha Zoller in DC at CPAC
Our Martha Zoller of Gainesville, GA is in D.C. this weekend attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and interviewing politicos for her radio show. Zoller and Tim Bryant, her 1340 WGAU colleague, have had a busy few days. Yesterday, they interviewed Dwayne Carson and Ambassador John Bolton. And they attended a panel on "Healthcare after Obamacare", featuring Georgia Congressman Tom Price.
We will continue posting Martha's CPAC interviews on zpolitics.com.
Rep. Tom Price talks Healthcare at CPAC
on March 7
Ken Blackwell joins Rep. Price on a panel discussing,
“Health care after ObamaCare: A Practical Guide”
Click on video at left
on March 7 |
Dinesh D’Souza unveiled the full trailer for his movie, “America,” which will be released on July 4 at CPAC today. He is talking with Georgia’s Morning News with Zoller and Bryant.
▪ Be sure to watch video of D'Souza at CPAC - link is below.
D"Souza to speak at CPAC 2014 Friday Morning - Dinesh D'Souza will speak at CPAC 2014 tomorrow morning (Friday, March 7) at 11:30. . . Click here
▪ The Ten Policy Changes Cruz Thinks Can Transform America
Cruz today advocated "a straightforward and bold, positive agenda" during his speech at CPAC
Read entire article
1. "Defend the constitution. All of it.”
2. “We need to abolish the IRS. We need to adopt a simple flat tax that is fair [so] that every American can fill out his taxes on a postcard.”
3. “We need to expand energy in this country and create high-paying jobs all over America.”
4. “We need to expand school choice. Every child deserves an opportunity to have an excellent education, regardless of your race, your class, your creed, where you come from – every child deserves a fair chance at the American Dream.”
5. “We need to repeal Dodd-Frank.”
6. “We need to audit the Federal Reserve. Unaccountable power in Washington debasing our currency, driving up the cost of food and gas and the basic stuff of life is hurting Americans who are struggling across this country. And I’ll tell you what else it’s doing: It’s fueling the abuse of power by petro-tyrants like Putin.”
7. “We need to pass a strong balanced budget amendment. We need to stop bankrupting our country.”
8. “We need to repeal every single word of Obamacare.”
9. “We need to stop the lawlessness. This President of the United States is the first President we’ve ever had who thinks he can choose which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore. He announces just about every day one change after another after another in Obamacare. It is utterly lawless. It is inconsistent with our Constitution, and it ought to trouble everyone – Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians.”
10. “We need to end the corruption. We need to eliminate corporate welfare and crony capitalism. If you come to Washington and serve in Congress, there should be a lifetime ban on lobbying. And we
need to pass a strong constitutional amendment that puts into law term limits.”
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Mar. 6, 2014
First Family Takes Third Vacation This Year at Posh
Ocean Reef Club in Florida Keys
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Many thanks to John Eidson for sending this
Mar. 5, 2014
▪ GOP brings forth bill that lets Obama be sued
By Cheryl K. Chumley --The Washington Times
Rep. Trey Gowdy, the lead sponsor of the bill,
A new Republican-sponsored bill would open the doors for lawsuits to go forth against the Obama administration, a dramatic measure aimed at curbing the powers of the president when it’s perceived he’s broken federal law.
Called the ENFORCE the Laws Act, the bill is a direct response to Mr. Obama’s ordered delays to certain Obamacare implementations, and to his 2011 executive decision to halt deportation proceedings against illegals who haven’t been charged with crimes, The Hill reported.
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/5/gop-brings-forth-bill-lets-obama-be-sued/#ixzz2v9gkyyQj Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
Mar. 6, 2014
▪ Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize among record number of candidates
Dailycaller.com by Scott Greer
Russian President Vladimir Putin will appear on the Nobel committee’s agenda for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, possibly alongside several Russian dissidents.
Putin is one of 278 candidates — a record for the prestigious prize – who have been nominated and the nominees include such notables as Edward Snowden, Pope Francis and the individual formerly known as Bradley Manning.
Putin is believed to have been nominated for his role in averting a Western military strike on Syria and negotiating the agreement with the Bashar al-Assad regime to surrender its arsenal of chemical weapons. Read more
▪ GA Gov. Deal predicts changes coming to Common Core legislation -
AJC – Political Insider by Jim Galloway – March 5, 2014 read article
Editor's commnent: It is election year, and he knows how unpopular his Common Core is to the majority of voters.
Mar. 4, 2014
Should you have questions or comments about the content of this update, please email Brian Abernathy
Monday, March 3, marked "Crossover Day" at the Georgia State Capitol. On this day, a bill must crossover from the House to the Senate or vice-versa if it is to remain viable this session. Crossover Day typically goes until midnight and involves lots of lobbying, drama, and intensive floor debates. While the Senate finished their work early this year, the House stayed in session until 11:30. Below is a summary of some of the more newsworthy bills and their fate*:
*Please note that vote totals are indicated after the bill number. The first number is the total votes cast in favor of a bill (Y=yea), the second is the total votes cast against a bill (N=nay).
House Bills That Passed Crossover Day:
- HB 702: 138Y - 37N - This bill allows for privately funded monuments containing the Ten Commandments, a portion of the Declaration of Independence, and a portion of the Georgia Constitution to be placed on the grounds of the State Capitol.
- HB 707: 115Y - 59N - This bill prevents the State Insurance Commissioner from enforcing provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), local and state agencies and governments from spending money attached to the ACA, and prevents the University of Georgia from operating the navigator program that assists people who are seeking coverage under the ACA.
- HB 766: 163Y - 1N - The "Work Based Learning" Act would permit schools - in collaboration with the Department of Labor and the Technical College System of Georgia - to award secondary credit for approved off campus work to students age 16 and over.
- HB 772: 107Y - 66N - This bill requires that adult applicants for and recipients of food stamps or benefits under TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) submit to drug testing if a state caseworker from the Department of Family and Children Services determines that there is a "reasonable suspicion" of drug abuse. Eligibility of children under both programs is not affected by this legislation.
- HB 875: 119Y - 56N - This bill allows land owners/lessees the final decision as to whether properly licensed citizens may carry concealed firearms on their premises, potentially significantly expanding the places a licensed individual could carry a firearm to include churches, bars, and certain government buildings where security is not provided. It also allows for school boards to designate a school employee to be armed.
- HB 885: 171Y - 4N - This bill allows for the usage of medical cannabis derivatives for the treatment of patients who suffer from severe seizure disorders and encourages research on additional medical uses of cannabis.
- HB 886: 164Y - 3N - This bill would require the governing body of Charter Schools to hold a minimum of two public hearings to review their budget before its adoption each year.
- HB 897: 121Y - 51N - This bill would eliminate obsolete provisions, and update and clarify other provisions relating to elementary and secondary education. It is noteworthy that aspects of this legislation (section 36) would directly impact the approval process for homeschooling.
▪ View Senate Bills that passed, Bills that did not pass, and Bills that are continuing to fight for implementation:
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Mar. 4, 2014
▪ FREDERICK DOUGLAS REPUBLICANS
Many will recall my 'Short Take' a few weeks ago titled F.D.R. meaning Fredrick Douglas Republicans, not Franklin D. Roosevelt where in I extolled the virtues of how to win arguments with Liberals. Th...e technique lies in knowing what to say and how to say it. K. Carl Smith, founder, teacher and true American conservative is again presenting his program for doing just that, in Dawsonville, Ga. this Saturday under the auspices of Linda Umberger, Dawson Co. GOP Chairman. For those who have not heard K. Carl speak before, I would encourage you to join this group, listen and learn. Details are in the ad below. Now, go get 'em!
George McClellan, Past Chairman, Gilmer Co. GOP
I have heard this man speak, and it is well worth the time to attend and listen. Please forward to your friends. See flyer below.
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GA GOP State Committee Member
Mar. 3, 2014
Please call the governor, so he will know how you feel.
I've just gotten my hands on a letter from Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun group, MAIG, that's been circulating at the Capitol in Atlanta today.
Let me cut to the chase -- Michael Bloomberg has declared all-out war on Georgia.
First, his anti-gun lobbyist, Andy Pelosi, began operating at the Capitol last year. Then, Bloomberg opened an office in Norcross, Georgia.
Next, he gave $5,200 to anti-gun Democrat U.S. Senate nominee Michelle Nunn.
And now, he's running anti-gun web videos and TV ads across the state to KILL HB 875, a bill that would expand gun rights in Georgia.
In the coming days, HB 875 will be heard in a Georgia State Senate Committee . . .
Bloomberg's letter urges legislators, the Governor and Lt. Governor to KILL HB 875.
Bloomberg hopes his threat of spending millions of dollars in Georgia in 2014 will intimidate legislators into backing away from their "pro-gun" pledges, and instead force them to either kill pro-gun legislation or support a gun bill watered-down with anti-gun goodies.
That's why it's vital you call Governor Nathan Deal and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle RIGHT NOW!
Insist they only support pro-gun legislation and not cave into Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun demands.
Call Nathan Deal! >>> 404-656-1776
Call Casey Cagle! >>> 404-656-5030
Right now, Michael Bloomberg is spending BIG money in Georgia to mobilize every anti-gun activist in the state -- hoping to drown out your pro-gun voice.
If you've yet to LIKE GGO on Facebook, please click here to do so right now so you stay up to date on all of the latest developments.
Thank you, in advance, for your activism.
P.S. Here is a link to the anti-gun letter Bloomberg is circulating at the Capitol in Atlanta.
Georgia Gun Owners is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens' organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Constitutionally protected right-to-keep-and-bear-arms through an aggressive program designed to mobilize public opposition to anti-gun legislation. Georgia Gun Owners' mailing address is 1635 Old 41 Hwy. NW, Ste. 112-202, Kennesaw, GA 30152. They can be contacted at 678-719-2348. Its web address is www.GeorgiaGunOwners.org.
Mar. 2, 2014
'Son of God' Blows Away Expectations With $26M Box Office Weekend
Sunday, 02 Mar 2014 08:46 PM
By Newsmax Wires
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"Son of God," the first major cinematic retelling of the story of Jesus in more than a decade, confounded Hollywood elites, mainstream critics, and industry experts Sunday with a staggering $26.5 million box office take.
The Fox release, a brainchild of reality TV producer Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey, nearly toppled reigning box office heavyweight Liam Neeson, coming in a close second to his adventure film "Non-Stop." That film was No. 1 with a $30 million weekend box office.
“Son of God” brings to the big screen an epic from the team that created “The Bible” for cable TV’s History Channel. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado plays Jesus as the film covers his birth, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection.
It marks the first motion picture about Jesus’ life since “The Passion of the Christ” 10 years ago, according to the film’s website. That movie, from director Mel Gibson, generated $612 million in worldwide ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo.
BoxOffice.com had predicted $17.5 million in weekend sales for "Son of God." The film's success also revealed the huge divide between the Christian fan base and mainstream movie critics. The film attracted favorable ratings of 22 percent from critics at Rottentomatoes.com, while 83 percent of fans like it.
"Christian movies are strong," Ted Baehr, a film critic and publisher of Movieguide, told Newsmax. He that the average Christian film earns about $100 million while a non-Christian movie averages about $7 million. "Hollywood, for many years now, has been shown that movies with Christian faith and values do better at the box office."
Filmed in Morocco and directed by Christopher Spencer, "Son of God" launches from the New Testament Gospel of Mark, telling Jesus' story through key moments in his life and crucifixion and continuing through his resurrection.
Downey stars as Mary, the mother of Jesus, but the cast features relatively unknown actors, including Morgado in the title role.
"This really is a love story — the greatest love story ever told," Downey said as she took to morning television to promote the film.
Morgado, in an appearance on "Kathie Lee & Hoda," described the storyline as "all about love and passion and optimism. It is a political thriller as well. The thing about this movie that I really enjoy is that it is an epic, but it's also a really personal and up-close story."
But playing Christianity's Savior, he added, was daunting."I was in a panic, because I knew the responsibility," Morgado said. "I went to Jerusalem. I felt the importance of the story."
Mar. 1, 2014 Jay Leno takes on Obama After he became a “short timer”, Jay did
not feel constrained to stay within the
network guidelines of "no Obama criticism and staying politically correct" -- what a breath of fresh air !
"I was going to start off tonight with an Obama jok...e, but I don't want to get audited by the IRS."
On NSA surveillance: "We wanted a
president who listens to all Americans -
now we have one."
On a new IRS commissioner: "He's called 'acting commissioner' because he has to
act like the scandal doesn't involve the
On closing the Guantanamo prison for terrorists: "If he really wants to close it, turn it into a government-funded solar power company. The doors will be shut in a month."
Concerning the Benghazi, Associated Press, and IRS scandals: "Remember in the old days
when President Obama's biggest embarrassment was Joe Biden?"
On Obama saying he didn't know about the IRS scandal: "He was too busy not knowing
anything about Benghazi to not know anything about the IRS."
"The White House has a new slogan about Benghazi: Hope and change the subject."
"It's casual Friday, which means that at the White House, they're casually going through everybody's phone calls and records."
"It is not looking good for President Obama. Today his teleprompter took the fifth."
"Fox News has changed its slogan from 'Fair and Balanced' to 'See, I told you so!'"
On Obama's commencement address: "He told the young graduates their future is bright
unless, of course, they want jobs."
On a Chicago man who set a record for riding a Ferris wheel: "The only other way to go
around and around in a circle that many times is to read the official report on Benghazi ."
On White House claims of ignorance on the scandals: "They took 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' out of the Pentagon and moved it into the White House."
now the last, and I think best!--
"These White House scandals are not going away anytime soon. It's gotten so bad that
People in Kenya are now saying Obama's 100 percent American."
Feb. 4, 2014
▪ Tea party activists rally at GA Capitol demand Gov. Deal pull Georgia out
Common Core. www.myajc.comDuring a spirited rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday, parents, politicians
and tea party activists demanded that Gov. pull Georgia out of Common Core.
▪ Tea party activists demand Deal pull Georgia out of Common Core
Posted: 5:01 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
By Wayne Washington - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
During a spirited rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday, parents, politicians and tea party activists demanded that Gov. Nathan Deal pull Georgia out of a controversial set of national academic standards called Common Core.
The rally, attended by a couple of hundred people, underscores a challenge Deal faces as he seeks re-election this year: holding on to the support of tea party activists who see the standards as an unnecessary federal intrusion into state control of K-12 public education. The rally also highlighted lingering anger at Deal for the state’s response to last week’s snowstorm.
“We believe he is no more competent to handle our schools than he was to manage the snowstorm last week,” said Sonja Gaither, a parent from the southeastern Georgia town of Jesup.
Deal supports the Common Core standards, which Georgia agreed to adhere to in 2010. Georgia is one of more than 40 states that have agreed to adhere to the standards. Supporters argue that they would improve education in the United States by making sure academic concepts are introduced at the same point in a student’s career, no matter which state the student called home.
Last year, with anger about the standards building among some conservatives, Deal ordered the state Board of Education to review the standards. That review is not yet complete.
The governor made it clear that Georgia, unlike some other states adhering to the Common Core, would not be collecting and sharing student data, a particularly contentious point for many opponents of the standards.
Finally, Deal and state schools Superintendent John Barge — one of two Republicans challenging Deal as he seeks re-election — pulled Georgia out of the consortium that is working on a standardized test tied to Common Core.
Those actions, however, have not satisfied opponents of the standards. They complain that the standards are lower than the standards Georgia adhered to before switching to Common Core and would lead to a homogenization of American students.
“The Common Core, like many things that are going on right now, is trying to make everyone the same,” said Jean Garner, a 62-year-old retired Air Force sergeant who lives in Cherokee County. “Why would you dumb down the standards so everyone can be the same?”
However, one of the supporters’ points is that the standards allow for a deeper understanding of academic material instead of allowing students to rely on rote memorization.
One of the people behind Tuesday’s rally was state Sen. William Ligon, a Brunswick Republican. A determined opponent of the standards, Ligon criticized them Tuesday and what he called the “opaque” process that led to their creation.
Ligon urged support for two pieces of legislation — Senate Bill 203, which would establish an advisory council to come up with new standards; and Senate Bill 167, which would prohibit the collecting and sharing of student data, bar state agencies from making any commitments relating to the federal education grant program called Race to the Top, and require hearings and public input before the adoption of state academic standards.
“Your voice is being heard,” Ligon told those at the rally. “The good news is we can fix this.”
Feb. 4, 2014
▪ Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke about immigration reform on Candy Crowley's State of the Union this past Sunday:
Feb. 4, 2014
▪ Facebook turns 10: Mark Zuckerberg thinks social network still has room to grow -- do you LIKE?
Facebook went public, spawned a feature film and has more than a billion users. But Zuckerberg thinks more can be done with Facebook. View video
Feb. 4, 2014
Why Morgan Freeman Hates Black History Month ConservativeVideos.com
With February upon us we are once again forced to talk about Black History Month. In this classic video, Morgan Freeman says the concept of a month dedicated to black history is “ridiculous.” “You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” the 68-year-old actor says in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes”. “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.” Black History Month has roots in historian Carter G. Woodson’s Negro History Week, which he designated in 1926 as the second week in February to mark the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Woodson said he hoped the week could one day be eliminated — when black history would become fundamental to American history. Freeman notes there is no “white history month,” and says the only way to get rid of racism is to “stop talking about it.”
Jan. 31, 2014
▪ Sen. William Ligon to Participate in Rally to Stop Common Core
ATLANTA (January 30, 2014) | Sen. William Ligon (R – Brunswick) will join grassroots leaders and elected officials from throughout the state at a “Stop the Common Core” rally and press conference at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. The rally will begin at 1:30 p.m. and a press conference will promptly follow at 2 p.m. on the South Wing Steps of the Georgia State Capitol.
During the event, Sen. Ligon and others will call on the Governor as well as the State Legislature to withdraw Georgia from its participation in Common Core national standards and forego any testing associated with these standards. Sen. Ligon will highlight how his bill, SB 203 - An Act to Restore Educational Authority to Georgia Citizens, will provide an orderly process to withdraw from the Common Core and help ensure that a transparent public process is established for the adoption of Georgia's educational standards. Sen. Ligon will also highlight how this unprecedented national framework for education greatly increases data collection and data tracking on students. He will show why it is vitally important for the legislature to pass SB 167, The Student Right to Privacy Act, that he is sponsoring to prevent life-long data tracking from Pre-K through college and career.
WHAT: “Stop the Common Core” Rally and Press Conference
WHO: Sen. William Ligon
WHEN: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Rally
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Press Conference
WHERE: The Georgia State Capitol, South Wing
206 Washington Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30334
Sherena Arrington - P.O. Box 21813 - St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Sen. William Ligon Introduced SB 167 to Withdraw Georgia from Common Core Curriculum last February. View video
▪ Message from Sue Everhart - Kickoff for Karen Handel
I hope you will join me at the kickoff for Karen Handel. If you are a supporter, please attend, if you are not a supporter, please attend and hear Karen’s message. You just may change your mind and support Karen. There is no commitment unless you want to commit. It is free and will be tons of fun. So open the invite and come out for a day with friends that you haven’t seen since the last election.
PLEASE REPLY TO THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL ADDRESS IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, WANT TO MAKE SURE TO HAVE YOU ON THE LIST. In subject line, type “Yes, I plan to attend Kick Off.”
E--mail to Everhart@mindspring.com
I am looking forward to seeing my friends.
Jan. 31, 2014
In case you missed the live debate on Thursday evening, January 30, 2014 . . .
VIDEO: D’Souza vs. Ayers at Dartmouth
January 30, 2014
Click on graphic below to view the video. We think that Dinesh D’Souza scored a huge home run!
Jan. 28 - 31, 2014
Snow time in Georgia
▪ Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's Staff Acknowledged Danger of Winter Storm
Leon 24 Hours in Advance; Apologies Issued for Atlanta Gridlock
By Sean Breslin Published: Jan 31, 2014, 10:57 AM EST weather.com
Read complete article
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's staff began questioning Georgia Emergency
Management Agency Director Charley
English about preparations for Winter Storm Leon nearly 24 hours before the storm
began to cripple Atlanta roads, according
to an AJC.com report.
Emails obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution show that Chris Riley, Deal's chief of staff, asked English why contact hadn't been established between the two as Leon closed in on the state.
“Everyone keeps trying to tell me how bad the weather is going to be but I keep saying if the weather was going to be bad, Charley would have called and he hasn’t called me,” Riley said to English in one of the emails posted by AJC.com.
The report added that the two spoke on the phone before the storm. English has admitted fault for the city's poor storm preparation.
Jan. 31, 2014
As stormjam worsened,
Reed bypassed gridlock
for TV spot
By Katie Leslie -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For thousands of motorists who left downtown Atlanta Tuesday evening, traveling I-75 to the city limits took nearly a day.
But for Mayor Kasim Reed and his support staff, the drive was considerably shorter.
Hours before Reed would stand at a press conference with Gov. Nathan Deal to address a winter storm crisis, the mayor and a handful of staffers used emergency lanes to cruise their way to an interview with The Weather Channel, located just off the heart of the worst congestion I-75 and I-285. Read much more.
Weather Dominates Week
As the General Assembly meets today for day 14 of the session, the subject dominating the headlines is the two days of utter chaos on Georgia's roads this week. With so many children stranded at school and commuters stranded in their cars, the official response to the snow quickly took on political dimensions.
Our 5th Annual School Choice Celebration and Rally was cut short by the weather, but not before many of our participants were able to voice their support of school choice with their legislators. Thanks to all of our partner organizations, volunteers, and participating schools for braving the weather to show their support for more school choice options in Georgia. We'd like to especially thank the Georgia Charter Schools Association, Agudath Israel of America, Americans for Prosperity, Grace Scholars, Students First, and Hennessy Transportation for their partnership in hosting the event.
From Our Blog: Tax Credit Scholarship Cap Reached in Record 22 Days
Just this past week, Georgia's Tax Credit Scholarship program reached its cap of allowable donation commitments (currently, $58 million) in well under a month. That's the earliest the cap has been reached in the program's history, three and a half months earlier than last year, when the cap was reached on May 9th. Click to read more....
Legislation, Study Committees, and Rumors to Watch. Read much more
State of the Union Speech Time
A Message from Team Dinesh
In case you haven't noticed, we have a lot of irons in the fire right now! Dinesh's staff has been working on overtime to get the truth out about his politicized indictment and prepare for the debate with Bill Ayers this Thursday at Dartmouth, as well as continuing production on America, Dinesh's newest film.
Dinesh has received an outpouring of support over the last few days from the media and freedom-loving Americans everywhere. Here are just a few:
Tune in this Thursday at 7:30 PM ET for the LIVE debate with Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers on DineshDSouza.com. The topic of the debate is American exceptionalism, and we hope you'll support our shared vision of a world with American influence by watching the livestream. Add your comments on Twitter using #AyersDSouza during the event. Click here to watch live.
Last week at the Hollywood Reporter, a brand new video about the America film was released by our production team. The feature-length movie is on schedule and will be released nationwide on Independence Day this year.
If you're a freedom-loving American who believes in true American exceptionalism, you need to see the video about America the movie. Click here to watch.
Jan. 12, 2014
Georgia Legislative Session
Begins - Monday, January 13, 2014
▪ Voters: Jobs yes, guns no
By Aaron Gould Sheinin and Kristina Torres - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 11, 2014
On the eve of the 2014 legislative session, Georgia voters are generally pleased with the direction of the GOP-led state but not with one of the lawmakers’ signature proposals to expand access to guns statewide, according to a new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Voters still feel the sting of the recession. An overwhelming number stressed they want jobs and the economy to be the focus of the Gold Dome this year.
Yet the poll, conducted by Abt SRBI of New York, should give heart to legislators and Gov. Nathan Deal: A strong majority of Georgians are optimistic about the state’s progress.
Fifty-nine percent of all respondents said they are satisfied with the way things are going in Georgia today. Across the board of demographic, age, race and region, only nonwhites failed to produce a majority who are satisfied with the direction Georgia is headed.
Forty-five percent of respondents give lawmakers a positive grade about how the Georgia Legislature is doing its job, compared with 39 percent who do not. The approval rating is impressive, pollsters said, given the dismal rating voters give Congress.
But state legislators face not only a gender gap, but also age and race gaps, as majorities of men and whites approve of the General Assembly’s performance. Women and nonwhite voters are less pleased.
And when it comes to Republican proposals to greatly expand the rights of Georgians to carry guns onto college campuses, into churches and other locations, the poll found voters strongly opposed.
Grover Huckabee, a 69-year-old retiree from Cobb County, is a Republican who calls the planned expansion a bad idea. “That’s the one area I think would be a total mistake,” said Huckabee, who plans to vote for Deal in November. “Carrying a weapon is a big responsibility. I’m a Vietnam veteran. I carried one for two years.”But Huckabee also sees positive things on Georgia’s horizon.
“This little island we call Atlanta within the state of Georgia has fared fairly well through this economic crisis,” said Huckabee, a distant cousin of former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. “We’re on the leading edge as far as rebound is concerned.” Read more
▪ Georgia Legislative Navigator --TRACK BILLS AND MEMBERS' VOTES
By John Perry, Ashlyn Still and Jeff Ernsthausen
The second year of the 152nd Georgia General Assembly is upon us and the AJC is proud to offer readers this new tool to track legislation and meet those in power at the Gold Dome. All bills in the tool are categorized by topic, and the AJC staff highlighted legislation with the most significant impact on the general public. Links to lawmakers will show bill sponsorship, recent votes, committee assignments and top campaign donors. The bills and votes reflected are from both sessions of the assembly. Even if a bill was submitted but not voted on before the 2013 session closed, it is technically still active. Information in the tool will be updated daily during the 40-day legislative session.
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Michael Opitz starts 2014 with a '2013 Year in Review' and what is ahead this year. Podcast SUBSCRIBE … Read More »
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The Madison Forum
Jan 11, 2014
Georgia Legislature Begins Monday, January 13, 2014
This is an excellent message from Georgia Insight by Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent. With the GA Legislature starting on Monday, it is MOST important.
Bill to Nullify Obamacare
Radio Commentary, WMVV 90.7, WMVW 91.7 New Life FM, January 10, 2014
Good morning, Jim. By this time next week, the legislature will have been in session several days and it’s important for you to know this: Since 39 of Georgia’s 56 senators are Republicans they have a super majority in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, Republicans outnumber Democrats 116 to 64, making them four votes shy of a super majority. Meaning, Georgia Republicans can pass anything they want to pass, from lowering taxes to reinforcing moral standards and every issue in between.
But, there’s more: The governor and lieutenant governor are Republicans, as are the secretary of state, attorney general, state school superintendent, commissioner of agriculture and the insurance commissioner.
Not only can Georgia Republicans pass any bill they want to pass, they can stop any bill they want to stop. They can make English our official language, prohibit foreign law in Georgia courts, stop issuing drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens, and protect the free expression of religion in public schools and elsewhere.
Those are the facts, so let’s see what happens in 2014, with the continuing power struggle between the federal government and state governments. The General Assembly has a perfect opportunity to express state sovereignty by passing H.B. 707 that was pre-filed by Representative Jason Spencer and five co-sponsors on December 16th. H.B. 707 is "The Georgia Health Care Freedom and ACA [Obamacare] Noncompliance Act," that would stop the implementation of Obamacare in Georgia.
Since Obamacare exceeds the federal government’s authority, Georgia and other states are constitutionally empowered to nullify it. H.B. 707 would prohibit any person, agency, business or entity in Georgia from implementing Obamacare. If H.B. 707 passes, anyone helping implement Obamacare could be penalized by the General Assembly and sued by the attorney general.
Maybe H.B. 707 is a preview of things to come throughout the country. South Carolina is introducing a similar bill and Montana is expected to so the same. Missouri has already pre-filed a bill that would nullify any requirement to participate in a health care system. It also requires immediate suspension of Missouri’s Insurance director and other professionals that accept Obamacare subsidies that contradict public policy.
After H.B. 707 is officially introduced in Georgia, I’ll give you the names of legislators to contact to get it passed. For Georgia Insight I’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent.
Jan 8, 2014
This should be a very informative event. I am a retired teacher and am very much opposed to Common Core. Every citizen should be VERY concerned.
To ALL HALL COUNTY EDUCATORS AND CITIZENS
For Immediate Release
This is an open invitation from the Lanier Tea Party Patriots to Hall County School Board, all Hall County State Legislators, teachers, and all citizens interested in Education to attend the Concerned Women for America event on Monday, Jan. 13th. This is a free event held at the Chattahoochee Rm. in the Civic Center, 830 Green Street, N.E., Gainesville 30501 concerning the Common Core Standards. The time is 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. You can go on the website Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia (http://www.cwfa.org/states/georgia/?) for more details. GA Senator William Ligon originated SB Bill 167 to withdraw GA from Common Core.
Mike Scupin, Local Coordinator
Lanier Tea Party Patriots
Gainesville, GA 30506
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These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. ~ Thomas Paine, The American Crises, No.1, 1776
Jan. 7, 2014
By Michael Gartland, January 5, 2014
President Obama’s famous vow — “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan. Period.” — isn’t the only broken promise of ObamaCare.
Now that the Affordable Care Act has actually been in effect for a week, Americans are discovering more pitfalls associated with the massive overhaul.
Lie #1: “Affordable” Care. Even the president’s ideological allies — like Michael Moore
— acknowledge that the Affordable Care Act is far from inexpensive for most
Americans and that it “risks being a cruel joke.”
For average Americans, the results are prohibitively expensive. “The cheapest plan available to
a 60-year-old couple making $65,000 a year in Hartford, Conn., will cost $11,800 in annual premiums,” according to Moore’s math, as published in a New York Times editorial. “If both become seriously ill, they might have to pay almost $25,000 in a single year.”
The National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization that represents nearly 11,000 entrepreneurs in New York state alone, said it has yet to find a single member whose health-care costs are going down under ObamaCare. Instead, an “overwhelming majority” of businesses have reported increases in their insurance premiums, said Mike Durant, the NFIB’s New York director.
Lie #2: It will prevent people from going into debt.
Patients with cancer and conditions such as multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease can now get insurance and financial but if annual out-of-pocket costs run much higher than expected, they might have to go into debt.
“There are certainly challenges for cancer patients,” said Brian Rosen, a senior vice president
of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. These gaps “need to be addressed in order to fulfill the intention of the Affordable Care Act.”
Caroline Pearson, who tracks the health-care overhaul for the consulting firm Avalere Health, put it in even starker terms.
“Chronically ill people are likely to be underinsured and face extremely high out-of-pocket costs,” she said. “While the subsidies help, there still may be access problems for some populations.”
Lie #3: ObamaCare will lower costs overall.
The idea that people with medical insurance go to the emergency room less, and thus, help to reduce the overall cost of health care, isn’t necessarily true, as a study of Oregon Medicaid recipients has shown.
Researchers compared Medicaid recipients with those with no health insurance and found the following: that people with access to Medicaid went to the ER 40 percent more than those
Lie #4: More Americans will be insured.
Approximately 2.8 million Americans have signed up for new health-care plans since the Affordable Care Act went into effect on Jan. 1. That’s less than the 3.3 million the federal government predicted would sign up, and is also dwarfed by the 4.7 million whose insurance policies have been cancelled as a result of the overhaul.
Stand with the Catholic Church
When the Catholic Church was founded, there were no hospitals. Today, one out of five people in this country
receive their medical care at a Catholic hospital.
When the Catholic Church was founded, there were no schools. Today, the Catholic Church teaches 3 million students a day, in its more than 250 Catholic Colleges and Universities, in its more than 1200 Catholic High Schools and its more than 5000 Catholic grade schools.
Every day, the Catholic Church feeds, clothes, shelters and educates more people than any
other organization in the world.
The new Obama Health Mandate could end all this and the tax payers would have to make up
Also, all Catholic adoption services would come to an end; a human disaster.
There are more than 77 million Catholics in this country. It takes an estimated 50 million
Catholic votes to elect a president. I am asking all of you to go to the polls in 2014 and be united in replacing all Senators and Reps with someone who will respect the Catholic Church, all Christians, and all Religions with the exception of Islam.
**Mr. President, you said**, "The USA is not a Christian Nation". You are wrong, we are a Christian Nation founded on Judeo-Christian values allowing all religions in America to Worship
& Practice Freely. Something Islam will never do.
Oh, by the way, on MUSLIM HERITAGE IN America ...
Have you ever been to a Muslim hospital?
Have you heard a Muslim orchestra?
Have you seen a Muslim band march in a parade?
Have you witnessed a Muslim charity?
Have you seen Muslims shaking hands with a Muslim Girl Scouts?
Have you seen a Muslim Candy Striper?*
*Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of
*DON'T KEEP THIS - SEND IT OUT TO YOUR LIST Let’s circulate this to as many as
*In God We Trust!
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