Monday, September 28, 2009

Oxendine Remarks on GA Supreme Voting Machine‏

With all due respect and appreciation for the Supreme Court of Georgia, I am deeply disappointed in the decision today to reject the challenge to touch-screen electronic voting machines.

Like many Georgians, I am concerned about the integrity of the voting process. Outside of one's faith, an argument can be made that the right to vote is the most sacred secular right a free person enjoys.

Certainly Justice George Carley is correct when he observes that no balloting system is perfect. No reasonable person would argue that premise. However, Justice Carley in citing the 2000 presidential election as an example validates the point that a verifiable backup system is needed.

With deep respect, many Georgians will suggest, and I agree, that the 2000 presidential election demonstrates the exact need for a backup paper system to establish the integrity of the voting process. Consider this: without a verifiable backup system for each individual vote, how can the American people have confidence in the electoral process?

I assure Georgia that if I have the honor to serve as Governor, our state will have a system for voting which provides a verifiable backup system to address any legitimate questions that might arise after an imperfect voting process.

I do not mean to suggest that our high court was wrong on a strictly legal basis. Rather, my point is that the state has an obligation to provide an absolute, verifiable, and trusted system for counting votes, especially when there is a problem or crisis. Many reasonable Georgians have appeared at countless meetings with state officials to express their concern. Instead of listening to the people, working with the people, and trying to find a verifiable paper-based backup system, certain state officials decided to go to court.

I promise Georgia that an Oxendine Administration will not go to court. Instead, we will work together as a state and find a common sense solution to this important issue.

John Oxendine

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Oxendine to Perdue - No Teacher Pay-cuts‏

“I want the 2,000 Georgia teachers who hold certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to know that I am totally opposed to the proposed cuts from this Administration,” said John Oxendine, candidate for Governor. “I acknowledge and understand that in order to avoid raising taxes Georgia must address serious and substantial budget cuts, but teacher pay is off limits.”

Oxendine said he respects the work being done by Governor Perdue and like many Georgians he realizes there are no easy answers. “I do not wish to criticize the Governor and continue to offer my support in these trying times,” said Oxendine.

Oxendine said that while cuts are necessary, there are certain aspects of the budget, like teacher pay, that not only should be exempt from any cuts, but should receive annual cost of living increases.

“I call on Governor Perdue and the General Assembly to immediately reverse this policy and restore this vital funding to the very best of Georgia teachers,” said Oxendine. “The message this cut sends to those education students in our colleges and universities is demoralizing.”

Oxendine said that it is important that Georgians understand that in an Oxendine Administration there will be three areas off-limits from budget cuts: Teachers, Veterans and Law Enforcement/First responders. This last category includes the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia
National Guard.

“Georgia needs to reexamine our taxpayer funded financial commitment to social welfare programs in the budget and perhaps decide we can no longer sustain in these trying financial times,” said Oxendine.

John Oxendine

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rob Wasinger, Candidate for Congress, Kansas

Dear Friend,

The health care "debate" is getting out of control.

I put "debate" in quotations since the liberals in Washington don't want to debate... they demand a health care bill that will result over time in a complete government-run health "care" system.

I now put "care" in quotations because there is no way the government can provide "care" for people.

As a former chief-of-staff in the United States Senate I can tell you one thing about Washington: most politicians in Washington don't care about people, they care about influence, money, and ultimately, their own re-election.

And on health care, Obama advisers have made it clear they won't settle for a defeated bill. They are going to twist as many arms as they can in Washington until they get enough votes to pass.

Obama believes any bill passed is better than no bill at all simply to make it look like he's accomplished something.

Forget about the millions of lives at stake.

This is scary.

Make no doubt about it: The Obama and Pelosi plan will lead to rationing of health care.

I know it might sound crazy. But read closely at these statements.

-- Obama has said, "Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the pain-killer."

-- Obama has said Americans are taking too many tests, too many exams, and too many services of all types.

-- Obama's economic advisor, Peter Orszag, has called for doctors to practice medicine more "efficiently."

-- Top White House health care advisor Ezekiel Emanuel has said young adults should be given priority over senior citizens because younger people have more years of life ahead of them.

This is disgusting.. and almost hard to believe.

But think about it a little more.

Obama said that efforts to save Terri Schiavo's life, a disabled woman who was being dehydrated to death by court order, were a mistake. Obama has supported infanticide.

The pattern is clear: Obama has no respect for human life and ObamaCare will lead to rationing.

So what do we do about it? We fight back!

That's why I am running for Congress.

As the father of nine children, I have a lot at stake for the future of America. And I know you do too.

That's why I am asking for your help.

As the former chief-of-staff to Senator Brownback, I have experience solving complex health care issues.

And I can tell you this: I have always put people and their health above political games.

When Terri Schiavo was being dehydrated by court order, I didn't look at poll numbers to rally the effort to save her life. That's why her brother, Bobby Schindler, has endorsed my candidacy.

I will always put lives above politics unlike the current liberal regime in Congress.

And I will fight for real health care reform. Cut the red tape. Establish real liability reform.

And let me tell you this and be very clear: I will not let anyone stop me.

We've had a real problem with politicians getting to Washington and becoming part of the Washington culture of special interests and lobbyists.

As the son of dairy truck driver and a public school cook, I have never forgotten my roots. I worked in Washington for over a decade and I've seen it all. I am ready to go back to Washington and clean things up. I have no time for lobbyists or special interests.

What I do have time for is fighting against the Obama/Pelosi agenda and fighting for real health care reform.

We cannot let Washington take over the health care system.

Please help my candidacy today.

My race has been named one of the Top 10 most competitive in the country and I really need your help to win it.

One of my liberal opponents has already donated himself $100,000.

I didn't make friends with lobbyists in Washington. I am not personally wealthy.
That's why I'm counting on you.

Will you join my team? I really need your help!

Let's work together to take back Congress in 2010. I am ready to lead the charge. I have the experience and values necessary to take on Washington and be a public servant for the people.

It's what I've been called all my life to do. I am a fourth generation Kansan from a family that has always answered the call to serve. My father served three tours of duty in Vietnam. His father served in World War II. My family has always answered the call to serve and I am proud to continue the tradition.

Will you help me? I need it more than ever.

I can't tell you how grateful I am that you took the time to read my request and I hope you will join my cause.

We can do this together. I look forward to working with you!


Rob Wasinger
Candidate for Congress
1st Congressional District of Kansas

P.S. I am fed up with liberal agenda of Obama and Pelosi. As the father of nine children, I am stepping up to the plate to take this country back and to get Washington out of our everyday lives and communities. I believe individual communities and local doctors know best how to care for each other, not federal bureaucrats in Washington! Please join my team today, I really need your support!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Handel for Governor E-Update

Our Thoughts With Flood Victims

Karen, Steve and the entire campaign team want to extend their thoughts and prayers to the victims of this weeks terrible flooding. The loss of life – especially of children – is painful beyond words. Our hearts also go out to all of those who suffered property damage and financial loss. Tragedies like this put into perspective how vulnerable we all are and how precious life is.

Please take a moment and make a donation to The Red Cross. This great organization is working across Georgia today to assist those in need. To make a donation, follow this link.

Karen Pulls Away From the Pack in Recent Poll

A poll released today by Strategic Vision shows that Karen has pulled away from the pack and has made it essentially a two-person race for Governor.

According to pollster David Johnson who conducted the survey:

“Secretary Handel increased her support to move into a solid second place... In making her gains she continues to solidify her support among female voters. In many ways, she has demonstrated a strong comeback from several months ago when Congressman Deal first entered the race. Her current numbers are the highest we have registered for her in any of our polls. Her challenge is to expand her base support of support from beyond Fulton County and female voters.”

“Congressman Deal remains in the top tier but has taken a beating over the past month falling into third place,” said Johnson. “Part of this decline of support can be attributed to the negative news stories and also concerns about his age. However this decline can be overcome and is happening early enough in the campaign that he can regain his footing, barring other negative attacks.”

Karen continues to dominate straw polls

Insider Advantage reported this week on Karen’s strong showing in straw polls across the state. Karen won in DeKalb County which is where John Oxendine is from. She won in Oglethorpe and Muscogee Counties. She also did very well in Union County, finishing second, which is in Congressman Deal’s district.

These results show that Karen has a broad base of support all across the state. Her campaign organization and grassroots support is growing as more and more Republicans join he “Bring it On” campaign.

Here are the results:
Oglethorpe Co. Straw Poll Last Weekend
Karen Handel: 80
Nathan Deal: 60
John Oxendine: 44
Eric Johnson: 27
Austin Scott: 9
Jeff Chapman: 6
Ray McBerry: 5

Union Co. straw poll, Sept. 12

Nathan Deal: 24
Karen Handel: 13
John Oxendine: 13
Eric Johnson: 4
Ray McBerry: 3
Austin Scott: 3

Muscogee County Straw Poll September 8
Karen Handel: 57
Nathan Deal: 42
Eric Johnson: 41
John Oxendine: 37
Austin Scott: 25
Ray McBerry: 1
Jeff Chapman: 0C
hose not to vote: 6

DeKalb GOP Straw Poll August 29
Karen Handel: 101
John Oxendine: 63
Eric Johnson: 38
Nathan Deal: 27
Ray McBerry: 20
Austin Scott: 7

Show Your Support for Karen at Upcoming Events

Over the next 90 days Karen's campaign has dozens of events scheduled all across the state. We need your help and if you're interested in showing your support for Karen the next time she's in your community -- or if you would like to host an event of your own -- please let us know.
Contact Ally ( or Amanda ( for more information.

Young Professional Kick-Off Event a Huge Success

Last week we kicked-off the Young Professionals for Karen with an event in Atlanta. It was a huge success with almost 200 young professionals attending and showing their support for Karen.

We want to send a special thanks to the host committee for putting together such a strong event, and to all those who attended and joined Karen’s “Bring it On” campaign.

The hosts for the event were: Charlene Marino, Sarah Hawkins, Brian Stimson, Andrew Allman, Daniel Allman, Charlie Ozburn, Hunter Hill, Vincent Russo, Bo Keatley, Clay Cheshire, David Gordon, Andre Egros, Ginger DuBose, Rob Fortson, Steve Rickman, Danielle Simms, Jennifer Tommasello, Amy Salloum, Steve Butler, Jason Lunsford, Tray Guepet, Mike Kerfeld, Chris Wagner, Baoky Vu, Emily Culbertson, Craig Cancienne, Glenn Harvin, Amy Shultz, Lesley Newell and Chad Wingate.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

.Lazio to Enter N.Y. Governor's Race

Rick Lazio, a former Republican congressman from Long Island, N.Y., will announce on Tuesday that he's running for governor, a spokesman said...

Note: Lazio ran against Hillary Clinton and garnered national attention and support from Republicans... If Rudy Giuliani jumps into the race as rumored, it'll really be interesting! Current Democrat Governor Patterson is under fire, even from the White House. If we didn't write about it in Republican Candidates, check out State and National Politics.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mike Huckabee Wins Values Voter Summit Straw Poll

Mike Huckabee has convincingly won Family Research Council's second-ever Values Voter Summit Straw Poll. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin, and Mike Pence finished roughly tied for second place.

Only registered participants of the Summit who were present at the event were allowed to vote.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement in reaction to the second ever Values Voter Summit Straw Poll:

"We were surprised that the event's turnout was more than double our expectations, clearly showing intensity among social conservatives. This was the first time potential conservative candidates could present their vision for change. We have over 1,800 registrants and over 175,000 unique online viewers."
The following are the straw poll results:

Candidate Name Total Votes Percentage

1. Mike Huckabee170 28.48%
2. Mitt Romney 74 12.40%
3. Tim Pawlenty 73 12.23%
4. Sarah Palin 72 12.06%
5. Mike Pence 71 11.89%
6. Newt Gingrich 40 6.70%
7. Bobby Jindal 28 4.69%
8. Rick Santorum 15 2.51%
9. Ron Paul 13 2.18%
10. Undecided 31 5.19%
11. Other 10 1.68%

* The full results can be accessed at

Members of FRC Action are only allowed to vote once. For more information on The Values Voter Summit, log onto

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jones Impresses Members of Gilmer County TEA Party

Jeremy Jones, candidate for US House for Georgia’s 9th district, participated in the Gilmer County TEA party candidate forum. The forum was held on Tuesday the 15th, on the heels of the trip the group took to Washington DC to be a part of the 9/12 March on DC.

Jones energized the near capacity crowd at the ETC pavilion with his opening remarks. Rather than saying the similar, expected, Conservative phrases in line with all of the other candidates, Jones took the time to challenge the members to keep up the good work. “Don’t stop after the primary, don’t stop after the election. No matter who wins, keep the pressure on us.”

Because of the large number of candidates, the number of questions from the audience was limited. Questions that were asked touched on various topics such as illegal immigration, term limits, and the proposed audit of the Federal Reserve System.

To the question of the audit of the Federal Reserve, Jones set himself apart from the rest of the candidates when he replied, “…be careful for what you ask.” Jones insisted he was for the audit, but cautioned, “I know how bad the results of the audit will be. I will not want an audit until we have a plan in place to address the major financial meltdown that will occur when we confirm what we all assume. “

When asked to expand on his answer later, Jones said, “I agree an audit must take place, but if we do not have “plan B” in place, we will witness the dive of the Dollar to levels so low, our country could become bankrupt overnight. Everything from savings bonds to 401K’s will be worthless, unless a plan is in place first. If you knew you were going to the beach when a hurricane was approaching, you would not go unprepared. All I am saying, we cannot do the audit until we are prepared for the aftermath.”

After the meeting several attendees said Jones seemed to have the greatest knowledge of the topics and he was, “…well informed and well prepared.” Of such statements, Jones said, “It was the TEA movement that confirmed the drive to run for me. The beliefs and frustration among this group, and thousands similar across the country are exactly how I feel. I am simply saying what is from my heart.”

The event comes after a Union County picnic where Jones placed third in a straw poll, out of a field of almost 10 candidates. “The recent poll shows we have a lot of work left to do, but considering how little money we have spent, and how well we are received at all events, including the TEA party events, it is clear, this seat is not going to be bought. The people are tired of politicians shuffling jobs.”

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tom Graves at 9-12 Rally, D.C.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tea Party Speakers

We had a question on one of our posts from someone regarding the speakers at Tea Party events. They wanted to know if only Republicans spoke at the Tea Party protests / events (whatever you want to call them ;-). The ones I've been to had independent speakers, libertarian speakers and many who didn't claim any particular party. As a rule, the various efforts that I'm aware of want to shy away from attaching themselves to any party... In particular those involved in Glenn Beck's 9-12 project are not enamored of any political party. The meetings I've attended included Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Constitutionalists, Libertarians and a whole bunch of people who have never ever been involved in any political party or event. I've even run across a few who haven't voted in a while, but now they're engaged.

In this blog we focus on Republicans, thus we're not going to include things from other political groups. We also have Potluck Politics, State & National News, Republican News Sweep, Good Government, and numerous other blogs (and websites) which cover the range of political efforts.

We don't post ANY comments that include a link to another site or blog (even those that are hidden). The main reason we do that is that we simply don't have staff to go check out every site that's linked in comments. The comment I'm writing about here (re: speakers at tea party events) had a link and we had to be consistent so couldn't publish it. Sorry.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Graves Address Taxpayer March on Washington

State Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger), Republican candidate for Georgia’s 9th District, spoke to an estimated 1.5 million individuals and a nation-wide television audience at today’s Taxpayer March on Washington. Graves was one of a handful of elected officials to address the Tea Party on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

“We must take back America, the Republic. And we must push back this over reaching, over taxing, over burdensome, money hungry government that seeks to preserve itself at our liberty,” said Graves.

“We will demand from Washington…we will demand less spending, not deficit spending…we will demand a balanced-budget, not a pork-filled budget…we will demand personal responsibility, not the bureaucratic nanny…and yes, yes we will demand empower the patriots and not the politicians anymore,” said Graves.

“Here at this capitol on this high ground, we are bound together. Here together united and we will be steadfast and resolved in preserving America and her liberty. And, may today be forever known as the day that we stood together and said in one voice, ‘Don’t Tread on Me!’” added Graves.

Prior to the Tea Party, Graves led hundreds of Georgians in the March from Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, D.C., down Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol building.

Graves joined other notable conservatives at the U.S. Capitol, including Georgia Congressman and Chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee Tom Price, Chairman of the House Republican Conference Mike Pence, Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn and South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint.

Graves was invited to speak because of his conservative leadership in the Georgia House of Representatives and for authoring the Jobs, Opportunity and Business Success Act, HB 481 and 482, last session. The JOBS Act received national attention and was focused on helping small businesses and creating, expanding and attracting jobs through a series of tax credits, cuts, and incentives for businesses to hire Georgians.

Organizers of the Taxpayer March on Washington and Tea Party Rally said the purpose of the March was to send a “clear message that governments at all levels have been spending way too much money. The federal government is especially guilty of this, as they pile up the debt, deficits and unfunded liabilities. They are taxing, borrowing or printing money with no end in sight. This madness has to stop, and that is why we are demanding that they stop the wasteful spending and stop burdening taxpayers with more debt. This protest is about defending our liberty, and about restoring our Constitution by reducing the size and scope of the federal government,” according the group’s website.

Graves was also a speaker at the Atlanta Tea Party at the Georgia State Capitol last April.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Join Karen Handel at the Killer Creek Harley Davidson 9/12 Sendoff Rally" tomorrow

Join Karen Handel at the Killer Creek Harley Davidson 9/12 Sendoff Rally
"Karen Handel for Governor! Bring It On!"

What: Rally

Host: Karen Handel for Governor

Start Time: Tomorrow, September 10 at 10:00am

End Time: Tomorrow, September 10 at 11:00am

Killer Creek Harley-Davidson
11480 Alpharetta Hwy
Roswell, GA

Killer Creek Harley-Davidson will host the Georgia March on Washington Rendezvous Rally on Thursday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. Join Secretary of State and Republican Candidate for Governor Karen Handel and others to stand strong with those travelling to Washington, DC to stand up for smaller government and less taxes. The 9/12 March is a national tea party event where hundreds of thousands of citizens are expected at our nation’s capital to speak out for less government, less taxes, more freedom, and to oppose a government-run healthcare system.

* Be sure to wear your Karen Handel for Governor "Bring it On!" T-Shirts
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Graves To Speak AT Georgia March On Washington Rendezvous Rally

State Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger), Republican candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 9th District, will attend tomorrow’s Georgia March on Washington Rendezvous Rally in Roswell. Georgians from across the state will gather before departing for Washington to attend Saturday’s Taxpayer March on Washington and Tea Party. Graves will be a featured speaker at the rendezvous rally, which begins at 10:00 am at the Georgia-Killer Creek Harley-Davidson.

Graves will also attend the Taxpayer March and Tea Party in Washington, D.C. where he will be a speaker on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Graves was invited by organizers of the March and Tea Party and is one of a handful of elected officials speaking. Georgia Congressman Tom Price, MD will also join Graves as a speaker. Graves announced he was invited to speak in a video to GA-9 Freedom Fighters yesterday. Click here to view the video.

WHO: State Rep. Tom Graves, Republican candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 9th District

WHAT: Georgia March on Washington Rendezvous Rally

WHEN: Thursday, September 10, 2009 ~ 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Georgia- Killer Creek Harley-Davidson11480 Alpharetta HwyRoswell, GA 30076
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Come see Karen Handel in Fayette County this Thursday, September 10!

Karen Handel will take her “Bring it On” campaign for Governor to Fayette County on Thursday. Come out and support Karen at this great event.

The Greater Fayette County Republican Women will host the event this Thursday, September 10 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at:

The Downtown Grill
1158 Senoia Road
Suite B
Tyrone, GA

If you would like to attend, please contact the GFCRW President, Grace Caldwell, at (678) 642-4187.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Ray McBerry at Two Labor Day Tea Parties

Ray will be speaking at both of the following Tea Parties on Monday for Labor Day... come out and join us for some fun with like-minded Georgians who love liberty, limited government, and States' Rights! Dont be late for the LaGrange event, since Ray will be speaking first in order to make it to the Barnesville event in time!

As the only States' Rights candidate in the race for Governor, Ray has been asked to speak on the subject of "States' Rights" at both Tea Parties today!

On the square downtown LaGrange

Ray McBerry - Republican for Governor
Josh McKoon - running for Seth Harps seat
Danny Daniel - local attorney
Marty Harbin - Fayetteville business man
Melvin Everson - running for labor commissioner
Brian Miller - reading a letter from Zell Miller
Johnathan Krohn - young conservative writer

Downtown Barnesville
6:30-7:00 Music
Song - Caleb Henry (Just before welcome)
7:00-7:05 Welcome - Jay Matthews
7:05-7:15 Rev. Bob Chappell/Calvary Bapt. - Opening Prayer & Comments
7:15-7:25 Julia Heidbrink - "Glen Beck" letter
7:25-7:35 Tony Selier - Illegal Immigration?
7:35-7:45 Bobby Smith - Conservative Values
7:45-8:15 John Oxendine - Health Care
8:15-8:25 Robert Heiney - Cap & Trade
8:25-8:40 Ray McBerry - States' Rights
8:40-8:50 Johnny Nieman - Hate Crime amendment?
8:50-9:00 Rev. Benny Tate - Closing Prayer
9:00 Song - Ashley Hawkins

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Jones Impresses Members of Carpet and Rug Institute in Dalton

Jeremy Jones, a Republican candidate for Georgia’s 9th congressional seat, recently participated in The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Government Issues Committee political forum. Mr. Jones, in keeping with his theme of a smaller, less powerful, federal government, said he wishes to eliminate the need for the CRI, and all PAC’s, to contribute to political campaigns if elected. “Your money will be better spent on research and development, and consumer education, not paying money to politicians to try and keep the federal government out of your business; they have no reason to be in your business in the first place.”

Mr. Jones’ message was well received, with many members saying they are now supporters of Jones and his campaign for Congress. The Republican Education Network, also in attendance, said of Jones, “Jones clearly held his own demonstrating a depth of study and accuracy, with great enthusiasm.” After the forum, Jones said, “I am continually amazed at the level of dissatisfaction of professional politicians. I am humbled by the enormous support I have received at this, and every, event. We are about to see a major change in Washington.”

Mr. Jones has been invited to speak at local TEA Parties and Right to Life organizations. His message of eliminating federal government involvement and the power of citizens to effect change in the government has been well received. “Electing career politicians to office will not insure that the voice of citizens is heard, but electing ‘a citizen to represent citizens; will guarantee the voice of the 9th district in Georgia is adequately represented in Washington D.C.”

Jeremy Jones’ next major speaking event will be at the Union County BBQ on September 12th. Residents in Catoosa, Dade or Walker County interested in attending and need transportation, please contact the campaign. Tickets for the barbeque are $10 per person, and include lunch and chance for a door prize.

For more information on Jeremy Jones, please visit his website at To have him speak at an event, please call the campaign office at 706-937-7635 or e-mail
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