#GASEN Republican Candidate David Perdue Announces County Campaign Chairmen And Co-Chairmen — Peach Pundit

20140621_124927The #Outsider’s campaign announced the county campaign chairmen in a press release issued today. It is an interesting selection of people ranging from both elected officials and familiar faces within the Republican ranks to folks who are beginning to get involved with Republican politics. It’s also my understanding that a lot of Kingston supporters have signed on to help the Perdue campaign effort. It looks like the Perdue campaign is doing a lot to bring the different factions of the Georgia Republican Party together and work towards victory in November. You can see the presser below the fold:

ATLANTA, GA – Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, David Perdue, today announced his statewide organization including chairs and co-chairs for all 159 counties who will help lead his campaign:

“I’m both honored and excited to announce my chairs and co-chairs for all 159 counties who will help move our campaign and party forward. Georgians deserve a fresh perspective in Washington to tackle the tough challenges we face as a country. But I can’t do this without the help of dedicated grassroots volunteers and supporters throughout our state and communities. We must stand united behind bold ideas and commonsense conservative solutions to help change Washington. Together, we must motivate our friends, family, and neighbors one door, one phone call, one postcard, and one personal contact at a time. That’s how we will take our country back,” said David Perdue.

Here’s what they’re saying about our campaign:

“I’m standing with David in this campaign because he’s opposed to amnesty and will fight to secure our borders.” – Paul Hamilton, Berrien County

“We’re on David’s team because we trust him to fight for our family and future generations to make sure they have the opportunity to live the American dream.” – Jan & Sen. Burt Jones, Butts County

“I’ve known David for more than 20 years. He’s the same honorable man now that he was when we played church league softball together in Cobb County. I’m proud to stand with David in this campaign to take our country back.” – John Beville, Cobb County

“I’m supporting David because he understands the importance of a high quality public education in true preparation for real life. He’ll work every day to make sure every child has the opportunity to access the very best educational options – regardless of their neighborhood or zip code.” – Rich Thompson, Fulton County

“David Perdue is a commonsense conservative who will work to break the gridlock and get results in Washington.” – Gene Cobb, Hall County

“I played ball with David in school and know firsthand the Middle Georgia values he holds dear. We need David Perdue representing us in Washington.” – David Davidson, Houston County

“As students, we need David to fight for our generation to make sure we have opportunities to succeed once we graduate.” – Wesley and Jacob, Murray County

“David Perdue understands the importance of higher education which leads to further economic opportunity. I trust David to protect education opportunity for all students.” – Mary Sue Polleys, Muscogee County

“David will be a leader for agriculture and rural Georgia as our next United States Senator.” – Senator Tommie Williams, Toombs County

Here’s the entire list of county chairs & co-chairs:

Wil Bell of Pickens County

via #GASEN Republican Candidate David Perdue Announces County Campaign Chairmen And Co-Chairmen — Peach Pundit.

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Jason Carter Announces State Committee

Traditional Democratic constituencies dominate Jason Carter’s gubernatorial campaign committee.

Looking quickly at the 20-person list, 11 members are African-American, nine are women, there’s one gay member, one Hispanic, 13 are from the Metro Atlanta area and only one comes from a non-metropolitan area.

A couple things that stick out: Lois Frank is a member. She is very active in Jewish philanthropic and civic efforts. No doubt an effort to show how Jason is different from his grandfather (President Carter, ICYMI).

Andrew Young continues his role as Georgia Democrats’ doyenne. Michael Coles and Max Cleland are the two other big names from by-gone glory years on there. Representing the future of the party: Scott Holcomb and Stacey Evans.

Atlanta City Council President Caesar Mitchell is a member, but not Kasim Reed or any of his other allies. Reed has pegged much of his political fortunes to Deal’s success and had a generally cool relationship with Senator Carter. This will be as good a sign as any that Reed won’t be actively working against Deal this fall.

The rest of the list is below.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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Warning to Peach State politicians: 71 percent of Georgians oppose the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act”

A recent poll conducted on behalf of the R Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union found that nearly three-quarters of likely Georgia voters oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act, a measure that would allow states to impose and collect sales taxes on Internet purchases from online retailers across state lines:

In the survey of likely 2014 general election voters in Georgia, strong majorities across many ideological and partisan persuasions also indicated their belief that the Internet should remain as free from regulation and taxation as possible (by an overwhelming 51-point margin). One of the most lopsided results concerned federal legislation in Congress called the “Marketplace Fairness Act” – when told (factually) the plan “would allow tax enforcement agents from one state to collect taxes from online retailers based in a different state,” 71 percent of respondents were opposed with just 23 percent in favor.

“It’s clear that Georgians believe that the Internet exists to improve their lives and those of their neighbors, not so that Georgia e-retailers can be used to plug the budget gaps of other states,” said Christian Cámara, State Affairs Director of the R Street Institute. “While Georgia conservatives are strongly against such a law, it’s striking that opposition crosses political divides as independents and Democrats join them in forcefully rejecting new state tax enforcement powers over the Internet. These opinions should be carefully studied by candidates up and down the ballot here in Georgia.”

“Our poll is designed to explore the specific – and sophisticated – opinions of Georgia voters on this critical issue,” said Pete Sepp, President of National Taxpayers Union. “Georgia politicians of all persuasions and philosophies should take note of the results and listen to voters, not some outspoken Washington special interests. Any candidate who had numbers like this Internet tax collection scheme would have to seriously reconsider his or her political future.”

Here’s a look at the key question from the results of the poll, which, as you can see, shows strong opposition across party, ideological, and age demographics:

Some may take issue with the question wording, but even when adjusted to a more simplistic presentation of the issue, nearly two-thirds of likely voters reject the proposed Internet sales tax:

I’m told that the R Street Institute is working on alternatives to the Marketplace Fairness Act, which, if passed, would impose a heavy regulatory burden on online retailers. The measure is currently stalled in the House of Representatives, but supporters from both parties are planning to attach it to a temporary extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which bans state and local taxation on Internet access.

via Warning to Peach State politicians: 71 percent of Georgians oppose the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” — Peach Pundit.

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The top 11 Senate races of 2014

The scene is set. With primary season nearing an end, we know who the nominees will be in almost all of the races that will decide control of the Senate this November.

The GOP establishment largely got the candidates it wanted and avoided any incumbents losing primaries. And Republicans are playing offense in upwards of 10 Democratic-held seats, needing to take six of them to steal control of the Senate.

That appears increasingly likely. Democrats, though, continue to poll very competitively in two states the GOP probably shouldn’t have to defend: Kentucky and Georgia. Losing either would be a huge spoiler when it comes to the GOP’s winning calculus.

At this point, that winning calculus appears to include three likely takeovers: South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana, the last of which featured appointed Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) recently dropping out over revelations of academic plagiarism.

Beyond that, the GOP has three red states and three swing states they are pursuing. Winning just half of them would likely deliver the Senate.

Here’s our latest list of the top 11 races. As always, No. 1 is most likely to flip control.

To the line!

11. Georgia (Republican-controlled): Businessman David Perdue’s (R) primary runoff win over Rep. Jack Kingston means he faces off against Democrat Michelle Nunn. Most recent polling shows Perdue with a slight edge, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee just launched a multimillion-dollar ad campaign here. Clearly, they see Nunn as a real threat, despite Georgia’s continued GOP lean (it’s turning purple more slowly than most people think). (Previous ranking: 10)

10. Colorado (Democratic-controlled): Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), after some uncertainty, announced last month that he would oppose ballot measures, pushed by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), that were aimed at cracking down on fracking. Eventually, the measures were scrapped anyways, but the decision was somewhat surprising from a senator who has often aligned with environmentalists. Democrats fretted rather openly about the measures hurting Udall on the ballot in November. Rep. Cory Gardner (R), though, remains an underdog. (Previous ranking: 9)

9. Kentucky (R): The Democrats’ best shot at a pickup might be in the Bluegrass State, where polling continues to show one of the tightest races in the country. Despite this, though, election models of 2014 have Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as a strong favorite over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes – in large part because the state is so red. FiveThirtyEight says McConnell has an 80 percent shot to win, and the Post pegs his chances even better than that. We’ll see if those models are accurate. (Previous ranking: 7)

8. Alaska (D): The big news Friday was that Joe Miller, the 2010 GOP nominee with strong tea party ties, said that he would support the GOP nominee and not run a third-party campaign if he lost the primary Aug. 26. Anything other than a win by former state attorney general Dan Sullivan in that primary would be a pretty big surprise, and Miller’s assurance has got to make Republicans breathe a little easier. But Sen. Mark Begich (D) is doing a lot of things right. (Previous ranking: 8)

via The top 11 Senate races of 2014 – The Washington Post.

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▶ Weekly Republican Address: Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)

▶ Weekly Republican Address: Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) – YouTube.

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Jasper’s Port Royal Water Park Off to a Slow Start With Permits

For more than a year, citizens throughout the region have anxiously awaited the development of the Port Royal water park complex in Jasper.

Since its splashy announcement celebration May of 2013, the project has captured the attention of surrounding governments and the long term unemployed.

The people of Pickens (although the project is not officially a county project) are holding their collective breath before taking the plunge on the largest family-style development in the area.

FYN sat down with Gerry Nechteval last Friday to talk about the project. When the issue of a lack of permits was addressed, Nechteval old FYN that the permits should have been sought by the engineer responsible for the project.

As of ‘press time’ (1:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon) no phone calls or e-mails had been returned by Michael Ross, of Ross Engineering, Port Royal’s lead consulting engineer.

Regional Economic Development Planning Component

The project’s impact will ‘spill’ well beyond the city of Jasper, requiring the coordination of several regional and state entities.

The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission serves as a ‘one stop shop’ for counties planning large scale projects with an anticipated regional impact.

The commission orchestrates much of the state level permitting processes for counties and can be a tremendous asset in pushing a project forward.

FYN spoke with Julie Meadows, Community and Economic Development Manager for the commission. Meadows told FYN that economic developers within the region are excited about the project, but that paperwork for a “Development of Regional Impact” had not been filed.

FYN contacted the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and learned that a pre- application for Georgia Tourism Act funds had been filed. DCA reviewed the report and invited a final proposal on the project but, as of yesterday, (August 12th) one had not been received.

Water Permitting

Jasper’s mayor, John Weaver, was quoted in a Bigcanoe.com article authored by Wayne Tidwell that the project would need between 90,000 and 120,000 gallons of water each day.

The mayor (who did not contact FYN following phone and e-mail messages made by the network 24 hours before ‘press time’) told Tidwell that 3 water towers located in Pickens County could provide approximately 150,000 gallons of stored capacity for the project.

Although the project will rely on some recycling of water, and the water needed to fill the area- in order to provide an environment meant to replicate a seaside port- will only need evaporation replacement water, the need for additional water is obvious.

The City of Jasper can create intergovernmental agreements to obtain or expand water purchases but, as of press time, no agreements have been verified by FYN.

While the project could rely on water from surrounding governments, a permit would still be required from EPD.

FYN contacted the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) in order to obtain copies of Port Royal’s water withdrawal permits.

EPD permitting manager Philip White told FYN that no permits were filed for either ground or surface water withdrawal extensions for the project. He sent FYN a current copy of the City of Jasper’s withdrawal permit.

The permit allows one million gallons to be withdrawn each day.

In an attempt to identify possible alternatives for the project’s water, FYN contacted Craig Oliver of the Army Corps of Engineers about a possible withdrawal involving Carters Lake. Oliver told FYN he had never been contacted by anyone regarding the project.

Traffic Considerations

Surrounding local governments are preparing for an increase in traffic flow to the project.

At last Tuesday’s Blue Ridge City Council meeting, council members formed a committee tasked to quickly obtain highway signage diverting travelers visiting the Port Royal project to the downtown area.

FYN contacted the state Department of Transportation (GDOT) in order to verify that an Access Management Permit had been obtained.

As of Tuesday, August 12th, no one representing the project had applied for a permit.

A media piece authored by Nechvatal estimates the daily average vehicle count on 515 to be 21,060 below West Church Street and 16,730 north of the intersection of West Church Street and 515.

A GDOT spokesperson told FYN that, regardless of the traffic flow, GDOT needs to estimate both ‘speed and capacity.’

You can watch Pickens County Commissioner Rob Jones discuss the project on FYN’s “O’Dell Report” segment here:

via Jasper’s Port Royal Water Park Off to a Slow Start With Permits – pickens.fetchyournews.com.

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Congressman Doug Collins Hosting Grassroots BBQ

We’re getting into the waning days of summer, but it’s the political season and that means there’s still barbeque to still be eaten! Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-09) is hosting a grassroots barbeque with special guest and House colleague Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX-01). Here are the deets:

Congressman Doug Collins will host a grassroots campaign BBQ with Texas Congressman and national conservative leader Louie Gohmert (TX-01) in Dawsonville on Friday, August 22nd.

Event details are as follows:

1st Annual Collins BBQ

with Special Guest Congressman Louie Gohmert

Friday, August 22, 2014

6:00-8:00PM

Lakeview Center

2057 Dawson Forst Road E

Dawsonville, GA 30534

Requested Contribution to Doug Collins for Congress: $25 per person

RSVP to Maggie Bohannon at 706-394-8893 or maggie@capitolstrategy.us

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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Immigrant children ‘swarm’ Atlanta-area school registration center – EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.

ATLANTA – Immigrant children and their families are flooding a school registration center in Georgia’s DeKalb County this week in hopes of signing up for the school year that started Monday.

immigrantlineSchool district officials are so overwhelmed, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, that they’re passing out numbers and asking many to come back later in the week.

Staff at the district’s International Welcome Center have the capacity to process about 60 students per day, and already registered about 300 immigrant children last week, but hundreds more remain on a waiting list to get in, the news site reports.

“We got here and there was a long line,” Sandra Nunez, who runs the Center, told the AJC Monday.

“Nearly two hundred families with immigrant children had lined up outside a school registration facility in DeKalb County Monday by the time officials arrived around 7:30 a.m., a reminder of the crowd that swamped the building Friday,” according to the news site.

“People camped outside the building from Thursday night to Friday morning, apparently because of a rumor that if they didn’t register by then their kids wouldn’t get into school this year. Nunez said facility workers heard that falsehood repeated by numerous families.”

School officials apparently are unsure if the surge in immigrant students is related to the massive influx of unaccompanied immigrants flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, because they’re forbidden from inquiring about their citizenship, AJC reports.

“We don’t know their immigration status,” Nunez said.

Nunez contends that the proportion of immigrant students seeking to enroll in the district is typical. The county usually registers about 2,000 new immigrants a year, and were at about 1,300 earlier this week, school officials told the news site.

Numerous locals who posted comments to the AJC article (titled “More immigrant students swarm DeKalb’s school registration center”), however, believe the lines of immigrants forming outside the Center are directly related to the current border crisis, with many taking offense to tax dollars spent on students in the country illegally.

“The problem is not that the department can only process 60 immigrant children each day,” wrote Laurie1113. “The problem is WHY are so many of these kids flooding the school system, and WHY are tax payers having to foot the bill?”

Others blamed President Obama’s inaction in regards to the border crisis.

“You voted for CHANGE and now you got it. Now YOU CAN PAY FOR IT,” read a post by Hera. “Stop stealing my savings. I want to keep my money.”

“This will never end as long as this country is providing free education and free healthcare for illegal immigrants,” according to poster Chrisinatl. “This situation is only getting worse and will continue. They way this country is run truly makes me sick!!”

Some posters even took exception with how the AJC presented the situation and its reference to the border surge as a “humanitarian crisis.”

“Well, I bet 90% of out here in the real world recognize the connection of this ‘humanitarian crisis,’” Sticks posted. “The words used and not used in this article are a prime example of the liberal bias of our media. I do feel for these kids, but I also feel for those of us who are picking up the pieces and truly paying the price of this political disaster.”

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▶ Nunn Takes Her First Swing at Perdue

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn took her first televised swing at her opponent this November, Republican David Perdue.
Check it out for yourself -

“Real” — Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate – YouTube.

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ISIS, ISIL or ‘Islamic State’? Are They the Same? What to Call Iraq’s Islamic Militants

Iraq (Photo: Reuters/Stringer)

Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. Militant Islamist fighters held a parade in Syria’s northern Raqqa province to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic “caliphate” after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said.

ISIS and ISIL are currently both being used to refer to Iraq’s Islamic extremist terrorist organization, but recently there has been confusion over what to call the jihadist group. While the U.S. State Department is using the ISIL designation, much of American media still uses the better-known ISIS. Adding to the confusion is a third name, Da’ish, which is being used by some Arabic media and politicians.

ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, and emerged roughly two years ago, according to reports. The highly dangerous offshoot of al-Qaeda is responsible for thousands of deaths in the Syrian civil war and has taken credit for terrorist acts in Iraq. The group, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aims to create a Sunni Muslim state consisting of Iraq, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.

However, the U.N. and the U.S. State Department have now started using the term ISIL to refer to the jihadists because of the group’s broader mission to extend their reach into a wider area. In Arabic, “al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa al-Sham” refers to an area bigger than just Iraq and Syria, which English speakers refer to as the Levant. Thus, the ISIL acronym was created.

The Associated Press followed suit, justifying the change in a short statement.

“The term ‘al-Sham’ refers to a region stretching from southern Turkey through Syria to Egypt (also including Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan). The group’s stated goal is to restore an Islamic state, or caliphate, in this entire area,” the AP stated.

“The standard English term for this broad territory is ‘the Levant.’ Therefore, AP’s translation of the group’s name is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL,” they concluded.

“Al-Sham” has also been translated to mean Greater Syria or Damascus, reinforcing the change. Still, many media sources use ISIS because of its greater circulation since the group’s inception.

The final term for the al-Qaeda offshoot, Da’ish, came from Syrian opposition activists and social media users, BBC reported. The word still refers to ISIS, but has caught on among Arab media and politicians, even though the word itself is not Arabic.

via ISIS, ISIL or ‘Islamic State’? Are They the Same? What to Call Iraq’s Islamic Militants.

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