Sen. Isakson is Having Nunn of Michelle’s Wishy-Washy Statements

Sen. Johnny Isakson agrees with me.

He said in order for Michelle Nunn to replace Saxby Chambliss as our Senator, she’s going to have to be more articulate in explaining what she believes. And by “going to have to be” I mean “start.”

On Wednesday, Isakson was quoted by Walter Jones as saying: “The oldest rule in politics … is you can’t have it both ways. You can’t say, ‘I might,’ and say, ‘I might not,’ and expect the people of Georgia to believe it one way or another. You’ve got to ultimately declare what you’re going to do.”

Isakson was responding to Nunn’s non-statement statement how she doesn’t know if she would vote for Harry Reid as Democratic Senate Leader.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In On $17 Bil BofA Deal

Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation’s largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.

Besides requiring billions in debt forgiveness payments to delinquent borrowers in Cleveland, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago and other Democrat strongholds — and up to $500 million to cover personal taxes owed on those checks — the deal requires BofA to make billions in new loans, while also building affordable low-income rental housing in those areas.

If there are leftover funds in four years, the settlement stipulates the money will go to Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account (IOLTA), which provides legal aid for the poor and supports left-wing causes, and NeighborWorks of America, which provides affordable housing and funds a national network of left-wing community organizers operating in the mold of Acorn.

In fact, in 2008 and 2009, NeighborWorks awarded a whopping $25 million to Acorn Housing.

In 2011 alone, NeighborWorks shelled out $35 million in “affordable housing grants” to 115 such groups, according to its website. Recipients included the radical Affordable Housing Alliance, which pressures banks to make high-risk loans in low-income neighborhoods and which happens to be the former employer of HUD’s chief “fair housing” enforcer.

BofA gets extra credit if it makes at least $100 million in direct donations to IOLTA and housing activist groups approved by HUD.

According to the list provided by Justice, those groups include come of the most radical bank shakedown organizations in the country, including:

• La Raza, which pressures banks to expand their credit box to qualify more low-income Latino immigrants for home loans;

• National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Washington’s most aggressive lobbyist for the disastrous Community Reinvestment Act;

• Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, whose director calls himself a “bank terrorist;”

• Operation Hope, a South Central Los Angeles group that’s pressuring banks to make “dignity mortgages” for deadbeats.

Worse, one group eligible for BofA slush funds is a spin-off of Acorn Housing’s branch in New York.

It’s now rebranded as Mutual Housing Association of New York, or MHANY. HUD lists MHANY’s contact as Ismene Speliotis, who previously served as New York director of Acorn Housing.

The recession has dried up funding for such groups. But Holder’s massive bank shakedown could rebuild their war chests in a hurry.

He’s written back-door funding for Democrat groups into other major bank deals he’s brokered, including the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase settlement and the $7 billion Citibank deal. They stand to reap millions more from those deals.

All told, Holder has shaken down the nation’s largest banks for a whopping $128 billion, more than a 10th of a trillion dollars, and counting. Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo are reportedly in talks with Justice to settle additional mortgage cases.

In effect, lenders are bankrolling the same parasites that bled them for the risky loans that caused the mortgage crisis. With new cash, they can ramp back up their shakedown campaign, repeating the cycle of dangerous political lending that wrecked the economy.

These settlements have little, if anything, to do with “justice” or restitution for innocent victims. In its 30-page “statement of facts,” Justice couldn’t provide a single shred of evidence of fraud against BofA. Nor could it ID a single “victim” by name.

The attorney general is actually perverting justice by extorting billions of dollars from the largest banks in the country and giving it away to the president’s political friends and favorite political causes.

via Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In On $17 Bil BofA Deal – Investors.com.

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Senate Candidates Talk Agriculture at Farm Bureau Event

Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue visited the Georgia Farm Bureau in Macon on Thursday to talk about the farm bill and immigration, and how, as Senators, they would approach agricultural issues. The Macon Telegraph reports that Nunn supported the farm bill passed in Congress earlier this year, while Perdue opposed it.

“We know that it was not a good thing for us to languish two years without the certainty of the bill, and that it actually was the kind of bipartisan compromise that Washington does too rarely,” [Nunn] said. “I think that the bipartisan bill was not perfect, but what it did was ensure that we continue to create a safety net of nutritional supplement, support for families that need it, many of whom are seniors and elderly or disabled.

“At the same time, it provided the critical crop insurance support that farmers want and said is important, invested in research and innovation, and by the way, cut the deficit by a significant margin,” she said.

Perdue said he opposed the measure because it could have done far more, particularly for the Peach State.

“First of all, on the farm side, I don’t think it went far enough to protect the interests of our farmers in Georgia,” he said. “Second, on the nutrition side, I felt like it needed to be bifurcated, that the problems and the abuses on the nutrition side needed to be dealt with separately.

As this year’s bill was being considered in the U.S. House, an effort was made to separate the two main parts of the bill, one part covering agriculture and the other part covering nutrition, notably food stamps. That effort ultimately failed.

Both Perdue and Nunn have indicated they would like to be on the Senate Agriculture Committee.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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David Perdue Ignores Michelle Nunn’s Attacks – pickens.fetchyournews.com

Georgia Senate candidates David Perdue and Michelle Nunn met for the first time on stage yesterday at the annual Georgia Chamber congressional lunch.

If anyone thought Michelle Nunn is a weak candidate she proved that is not the case. Nunn was very strong in her and Perdue’s first meeting yesterday. In her opening statement Nunn wasted no time attacking Perdue. David this, David that, David, David, David. Nunn came out swinging and never stopped. In the forty-five minute forum Nunn might have said ‘David’ twenty times.

In Perdue’s opening statement he stayed calm, cool, and focused. Perdue never responded to Nunn’s attacks. Perdue is the frontrunner. Instead of using Nunn’s name Perdue spent his time using names like Barack Obama and Harry Reid. However, Nunn tried to separate herself from the President yesterday when she explained a picture of her and Obama was not totally accurate. Perdue proved in the primary that no matter how many times his opponent attacks him, he stays focused on his message.

On the question of health care Nunn showed her support for Obama care. Nunn admitted it had problems but said she wanted to fix the problems in the affordable care act. She said she didn’t want to go backward. Perdue said Obama Care is unfixable. Perdue recommends to replace Obama Care with Tom Price’s bill HR2300.

On the question of Immigration Nunn clearly went for U.S. Chamber of Commerce support. Nunn said the U.S. Chamber has been a part of a compromise plan for immigration. Nunn went on to say that even Florida Senator Marco Rubio supported a compromised plan on immigration. Perdue said the Chamber’s plan implies amnesty. “Follow the law of the land.” Perdue said we must secure the border and that this is a national security issue.

Nunn was well prepared for the question on national defense. Her father is retired U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Sam Nunn was the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Nunn said that during the time her dad was in office not one base in Georgia was closed. Nunn attacked Republicans for the government shut down and stressed Perdue’s support for the shut down. She highlighted what sequestration cost Georgia.

Nunn continued her attacks on Perdue in her closing statement. In Perdue’s closing statement he said he was the clear outsider. Perdue is staying with his primary strategy, outsider, national debt is the greatest threat to our national security, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and if you want the same results vote for my opponent.

I feel Nunn came out on top in this debate. She came across strong and set the tone of the day. Nunn showed yesterday that she is ready for this race. She has money to campaign, she has the Democrat machine behind her and even the support of former Governor Zell Miller.

Perdue looks like a statesman when he takes the stage with his opponents. He does not lose his focus during the debate. Recent polls show that Barack Obama and Harry Reid are not very popular in Georgia. If Perdue continues to show Michelle Nunn’s connections with Obama and Reid that may be all he needs.

Never discount a candidate with money and Nunn’s campaign has the money to fight

via David Perdue Ignores Michelle Nunn’s Attacks – pickens.fetchyournews.com.

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Governor and TAG push programming education

Governor Deal’s administration has been characterized by loud rhetorical duels and quiet policy tweaks. In that admirable tradition, the Technology Association of Georgia has joined the governor in backing curriculum reform (no, not that) that will allow students to substitute programming courses for other core requirements like math, science or foreign language. From TAG:

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and other leaders in recommending that the State Board of Education amend state policy to allow computer programming courses to satisfy core requirements — math, science or foreign language — for receiving a high school diploma. Deal is asking the Board of Regents of the University System to follow suit by accepting these courses for admission into institutions of higher education.

“Students need to acquire the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the modern workforce,” Deal said. “Computing is currently one of the fastest growing occupations in the country with average salaries nearly twice the national rate. In fact, more than half of the projected job growth in the STEM fields will be in computing occupations. We must begin training our young people in these areas prior to their post-secondary education so they are prepared to fill these high-wages, in-demand positions.”

Currently, Georgia allows Advanced Placement Computer Science to satisfy the fourth and final science credit in high school. Only 18 percent of Georgia high schools offer this class and less than one percent of students took the course in 2013. Other coding courses can count only as elective credit and access to these courses is limited.

“As the state’s leading voice dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, the Technology Association of Georgia recognizes that we all have to do more to meet the future demand for a tech-ready workforce,” said TAG President and CEO Tino Mantella. “It’s imperative that we prepare Georgia’s kids today for the jobs of tomorrow. To that end, TAG supports this initiative to strengthen coding and programming for Georgia students.”

In July 2014, employers posted 3,060 openings for IT professionals looking for work in the state of Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, STEM occupations will increase in Georgia by more than 22,000 during the current decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that in the year 2020, 50% of the 9.2 million jobs in the STEM fields will be in computing and information technology.

“We are excited that the initiatives that Governor Deal announced today reinforce our long-standing belief that exposing students to computer science will better prepare them for the future, no matter their career interest,” said Michael Robertson, Executive Director of the TAG Education Collaborative. “Today’s announcement will pay dividends for years to come in developing a workforce for the 21st Century.”

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 23,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.

Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.

Most Georgia students currently take something that bills itself as computer science, but that usually works out to Excel 101. If nothing else, the governor’s initiative should breed a generation of interns with no problems navigating the bowels of WordPress. And perhaps, it will be another step toward educating a workforce for the jobs employers currently need skilled workers but are having difficulty finding those workers locally.

via Governor and TAG push programming education — Peach Pundit.

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David Pennington Makes Noise…..Again

Jerusalem Community Center 6-15 012Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington penned his thoughts on what is ailing Georgia: his fellow Republicans.

The 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidate, who came in second with 17% behind incumbent Governor Nathan Deal who garnered 72% of the Republican vote this past May, outlined the ills of Georgia pointing that Republicans don’t “practice what we preach” when it comes to limited government. Are we there after 12 years of holding the governor’s mansion? No, but I believe we are moving in that direction. Recently, we’ve seen pro-2nd amendment legislation given the green light by the Republican legislature and governor as well as zero-based budgeting and other things that have led to the growth of the Georgia economy.

It’s still sluggish, but with Georgia being ranked number one by a leading business news outlet, I believe it means that Georgia has a good long-term outlook as being a pro-business state. Of course, that also means that we need to work on how our public schools educate children, and Governor Deal has been working on that as well. In fact, the Technology Association of Georgia has joined with the governor in an effort to allow students to study programming languages as an alternative to some core curriculum courses. Chet has an article about that.

The former mayor closed with this:

In the last twelve years, Georgia’s Republican leadership has presided over what is arguably the largest economic decline, relative to the rest of the country, since the Civil War. This decline can be reversed if true limited government Republicans have the courage to enact bold policy changes. But the clock is ticking.

If he’s referring to all of Georgia’s Republican leadership, then I’m curious if he is lumping himself into that category since he served as Dalton’s mayor from 2007 until March of this year. Georgia is not an island (although, I’m sure that there are a few that wish it were). In the past 12 years, we have seen the recovery after 9/11 that was sluggish, and we saw the economic collapse due to the housing market in 2007. Georgia’s economy was impacted by the last downturn, and Mayor Pennington saw it first hand…and did help ease some of the woes caused by floor covering manufacturers closing plants in Dalton.

There are plenty of good Republican men and women governing our state, and put a lot of time, effort, and talent to make Georgia an even better state. I thought David was a good mayor and did a lot to help Dalton, and to an extent Whitfield County, ease the blow of the economic collapse. However, I’m willing to bet that governing a state with a population close to 10 million is a bit different than governing a city of about 33,500. I’m not sure if the former mayor is still licking his wounds from a long primary and flinging a few stones at #TheEstablishment Goliath, or if he’s trying to capitalize on the “anti-establishment” tone that has been fluttering about for the past few months and use it as momentum towards a 2018 campaign. The 2014 primaries are in the books, and no amount of rhetoric will change that and may work against his fellow Republicans.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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19th Amendment

Friends,

Today, we celebrate “Women’s Equality Day” and honor the bold visionaries who fought to promote and preserve freedom and opportunity for women in America.

Thanks to the leadership of reformers like Elizabeth Cady Staton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony, women were given not only a vote on August 26, 1920 but also a voice in the direction of our country.

The tireless efforts and countless sacrifices of the suffragists led to the eventual triumphs and successes of so many. Here in Georgia, women are leading the way in government, business, and in our communities. From the boardroom to the bench, we are blessed to have so many women who are working hard to move Georgia forward.

So as we pause to reflect on the past and celebrate the passage of the 19th
Amendment, let us also look towards the future and the battles to come. May we always impart on generations to come a sense of duty, decency, and fairness. Now – and in the future – let’s Choose Freedom.

Sincerely,

John

Georgia Republican Party | 3110 Maple Drive | Suite 150 | Atlanta | GA | 30305

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ANALYSIS: Demographic shifts force parties to change

By WALTER C. JONES

ATLANTA — In a scene that is repeating in the back rooms of restaurants all across the state, long-time political activists listen to party operatives explain what they need to do to thrive in the face of huge demographic changes sweeping Georgia.

The setting and script is almost identical regardless of whether the message is given to a Republican crowd or a Democratic one. Leaders in both have concluded they must do things differently if they want to attract voters who are younger or part of ethnic minorities.

In the back of a Golden Coral on a Saturday morning in Newnan, members of the Coweta County Republican Party listened intently to Jessica Szilagyi, campaign manager for Delvis Dutton’s unsuccessful congressional run and author of the Perspicacious Conservative blog. The 26-year-old explained how people of her generation have unique media-consumption habits that make it difficult to reach them through mass media.

“Our parents listened to their Walkman cassettes, and if they wanted to hear a different song, they had to fast forward all the way to the end,” she told the room full of silver-haired party faithful. “We grew up with MP3 players and now listen on our smartphones, and if we don’t like what we’re hearing, we can change it instantly with a flick of our finger.”

Targeting black voters

And Leo Smith, the Georgia Republican Party’s minority-outreach director, told the predominately white crowd that the secret to gaining support from black voters like him and other minorities is engagement rather than outreach. The difference, he said, was like when his mother instructed him as a child to invite a seemingly shiftless neighbor to help with the family garden in exchange for vegetables.

The man turned out not to be as lazy as the young Smith had thought and instead was an expert gardener.

“The difference was he pitched in when we showed we were ready to listen to him,” Smith said.

Over dinner Tuesday night in a back room of the Ashiana Restaurant & Banquet Hall in Norcross, members of the Red Clay Democrats are the audience hearing the same message from a panel of operatives mapping tactics for expanding the party to blacks and recent immigrants.

Eyeing other minorities

Sebastian Parra, a Columbia native who worked for the Democratic Party of Georgia on outreach while attending Georgia State University, noted that surveys show immigration is nowhere near the top concern for most Asian and Latino voters. Personal finances are.

“When it means your pocket, you’re going to be caring more,” he said.

It is a point Smith had made in his own talk.

Parra also talked about developing a relationship with the members of various groups long before asking them to vote, just as Smith had a week earlier.

That’s one reason the leaders of the national Republican and Democratic parties came separately to Georgia last week. They understand the changing demographics make the Peach State a battleground and that now is the time to dig the foxholes for the critical campaigns of 2016, ‘18 and ‘20.

“We need to be a year-round party,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus said in Marietta Tuesday. “We need to be a party that is engaged full time in black, Hispanic and Asian communities. Not just once in a while, but all the time.”

Thursday, his counterpart at the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, met with reporters before a three-day leadership meeting in Atlanta.

“We are here because the DNC is expanding the map, spreading the Democratic message, and we plan to turn Georgia blue,” she said.

She announced a $60 million, multiyear program to bring new voters to the party.

As the two parties use a combination of sophisticated technology and old-fashioned human interaction to appeal to people on the sidelines, they both face the same conundrum. These people don’t automatically fit the philosophical molds of the parties.

Blacks and Hispanics like the social conservatism of Republicans but the social spending of Democrats. Young people and Asians like the GOP’s fiscal conservatism but the Democrats’ social policies.

Perhaps good will come from the battle, according to Tim Hur, co-chair of the Georgia Democrats Asian-American Caucus.

As he told the Red Clay crowd, “We’re not alone. Both parties are doing this. … If you believe in competition, you should be doing this for the good of the country.”

Walter Jones is the Atlanta bureau chief for Morris News and has been covering Georgia politics since 1998. Follow him on Twitter @MorrisNews and Facebook or contact him at walter.jones@morris.com.

via ANALYSIS: Demographic shifts force parties to change | Dining Guide.

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When Facts No Longer Matter

This week’s Courier Herald Column:

I was scanning Facebook last week when I came upon a nice graphic that featured pictures of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. It included the banner “Banned by Common Core” and the logo of one of Georgia’s largest Tea Party Organizations. The person who posted – a leader of one of suburban Atlanta’s Tea Party chapters, added that if you wanted your children to learn about the Founders, “don’t count on Common Core – they’re left out of the curriculum.”

There are a few problems with that. Common Core standards only include those for Math and English. There are no Common Core Standards for Social Studies which would include American History. Thus, it’s quite impossible for Common Core to have excluded – much less banned – the study of our Founding Fathers from our history classrooms.

Then, of course, there’s the frequent yet fundamental error of confusing the Common Core standards with a curriculum. The curriculum that determines how the students will be taught to meet the goals expressed in any standards is approved locally. It’s one of the most misunderstood facets of Common Core. Given that the first error that Common Core doesn’t deal with Social Studies at all, this makes the compounding of error irrelevant in this example.

Georgia’s performance standards for 9th-12th grade American History include the following:

The student will analyze the natural rights philosophy and the nature of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

A) Compare and contrast the Declaration of Independence and the Social Contract Theory.

B) Evaluate the Declaration of Independence as a persuasive argument.

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the United States Constitution.

a) Explain the main ideas in debate over ratification; include those in The Federalist.

b) Analyze the purpose of government stated in the Preamble of the US Constitution.

c) Explain the fundamental principles upon which the US Constitution is based; include the rule of law, popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

These are the standards currently being taught in Georgia’s classrooms. It’s difficult if not impossible to create a curriculum around those that does not include the Founding Fathers, specifically when referring to “the main ideas in debate over ratification” and The Federalist Papers.

Because nothing that is on the internet should ever go unchallenged (a fact I’ve learned from everyone who likes to post on my Facebook page), I decided to note on this person’s Facebook page the two items above. The responses caused more concern than the distribution of the original false premise.

Another Tea Party leader posted under my comment that “It may not be part of Common Core, but it’s about to be part of A.P. (Advanced Placement History). All posts opposing Common Core are in the best interests of America.” Another gentleman posted “Regardless of who or what is responsible, the FACT is that far too many kids are entirely ignorant about history…Every child age 12 or over should be fully versed in American History as well as the founding documents…”

Therein lies one of the most fundamental problems with conservatism today. To many of us, what we believe to be righteous is now more important than what is right.

But like with many other complex problems, we have leaders and followers who have broken down their frustrations of complex problems into “it’s just that simple” bumper sticker solutions. The problem is that most of these solutions aren’t solutions at all, but merely outlets to vent frustration and disperse anger at the status quo.

Ronald Reagan used to love to say that “the trouble with our liberal friends isn’t that they’re ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” We now have approached a tipping point with conservatism where we reject anything that displeases us as the thinking of a “low information voter”, with complete disregard for facts when they do not align with what we have internalized to be correct.

While I do not personally know the men posting in the above exchange their reputations are those of serious, concerned citizens. They are doing what they believe to be best in order to change the direction of a country they feel is rapidly headed in the wrong direction.

In order to win over the voters needed to secure legislative majorities and eventually the White House, we will need to base our arguments on sound logic, reason, and fact. Allowing facts to get in the way of our otherwise strong arguments is a recipe for continued failure.

Republicans like to claim we are the party of ideas. It would be helpful if our ambassadors of these ideas knew that in order to sell government from the right, we must be able to defend our facts as right.

via When Facts No Longer Matter — Peach Pundit.

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WSB Poll has Nunn up big on Perdue, Carter over Deal

In what was a surprise to some observers, a new poll from Landmark for WSB shows Michelle Nunn opening up a big lead on David Perdue.

Nunn received 47 percent of the vote and Perdue received 40 percent. Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford received 3 percent and 10 percent of respondents remain undecided.

Jason Carter also leads Nathan Deal by 4 in the same poll. Cross-tabs were not immediately available, but we will update the post once they are. And if they aren’t we’ll just speculate this poll has the African-American vote at 28%.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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