Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Surprise Candidate Rising Like a Meteor in the Governor's Race

Having won several polls in the Governor's race across the state in the past month, Ray McBerry's campaign continues to pick up steam across the state.

In the past month, McBerry won first place in the governor's race straw poll conducted in Tifton the week following two candidate forums in south Georgia, one in Tifton and another in Valdosta. Even Austin Scott, a native of Tifton, came in second to McBerry among the seven Republicans.

Meanwhile, Ray McBerry scored overwhelming victories in the online polls for the Governor's race that were conducted by both the Augusta area Young Republicans in east Georgia and the Paulding County GOP in west Georgia.

In north Georgia's Walker County, the McBerry Campaign came in second place in the Republican party's straw poll, being bested only by Nathan Deal, in whose "back yard" the straw poll was conducted.

For several months now, there have been record turnouts each time that Ray McBerry has spoken at different county GOP meetings across the state, leading to an increase in the number of speaking invitations from other county chairmen.

Additionally, Ray has been invited to be the "kickoff" speaker for nearly a dozen " tea party patriot" groups springing up around the state -- groups who are looking for candidates who are not part of the current Democrat and Republican establishment. The most recent of these events was this past Thursday evening in Dalton in which approximately 200 people turned out to hear Ray speak on the subject of "States' Rights."

The record turnout at both Republican-sponsored events and these "town hall" type meetings every time that Ray McBerry is invited to speak have certainly gotten the attention of many within the Republican Party. Being called "the best public speaker in Georgia today" by a number of statewide candidates, Ray's message of "States' Rights" is resounding incredibly well in all areas of the state and among all groups, including "blue dog" Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents, as well as traditional conservative Republicans.

The McBerry Campaign team continues to grow with each new week and is the largest volunteer organization in the governor's race among both Republican and Democrat contenders. With the rapid growth of the campaign, the success in numerous recent polls, and the increasing demand for his speaking across the state, Ray McBerry appears to be rising like a meteor in the Republican race for Governor.

For more information or to contact Ray McBerry's campaign about interviews and speaking engagements, please visit the campaign website at www.GeorgiaFirst.org
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Handel "All In" For Governor's Race

The following statement from Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel was released today, December 22nd, 2009:

I have spoken to Governor Perdue and informed him that I will resign as Secretary of State by the end of the year.

This was an extraordinarily difficult decision - professionally and personally. However, I know that it is the right one - for the Office of the Secretary of State, the team there, and the citizens of Georgia who have entrusted me with this important position, as well as for my campaign for Governor.

Over the past month, Georgia's economic climate has continued to deteriorate, and we've all experienced disbelief and anger over the actions of some in the State Legislature. As I've considered this new landscape, it became clear to me that, while certainly manageable, serving as Secretary of State while also running for Governor was no longer the best approach for the office or my campaign.

I also took into consideration that I did not want any perceived conflicts of interest concerning my overseeing the primary or general elections, investigating complaints that arise, and certifying the results of the elections while a candidate for Governor and serving as Secretary of State.

Georgia's next Governor must be a real leader with solid, conservative principles, a vision for our state, and the executive/business management experience needed to actually run our state and achieve meaningful progress on the issues we face.

Our next Governor must also have a commitment to ethics reform that is beyond question and a track record of ethical leadership. These are the reasons I decided to run for Governor, and they are the reasons that I am going to win.

So, as we enter the new year, the people of Georgia need to know that I am all in for the Governor's race. This decision allows me to focus 100% on becoming the Republican nominee and winning the election in November.

This decision allows the Governor to appoint an interim Secretary of State to focus completely on the important issues in the agency, including the ongoing situation with the US Department of Justice involving Georgia's voter verification process and overseeing the 2010 elections.

The next Secretary of State will have the benefit of a team of very talented individuals who will continue to serve the office - and the State - with the same level of commitment and dedication that I have appreciated for three years. I am confident that the transition will be smooth, and the people of Georgia will be well served by this team and whomever the Governor appointments to lead them.

Finally, I want to thank the people of Georgia for their trust and confidence in me to serve as their Secretary of State. My thanks, as well, to the tremendous team within the Secretary of State's office for their commitment and hard work.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Fight With Frisbee - 12/20 Money Bomb (Frisbee For Congress 2010)

Facebook Message: Counting Down - Why A Money Bomb Now


First, I want to thank those who have signed up to be a part of my Campaign Facebook Group. Your support doing so is greatly appreciated. Additionally, I want to thank those that have confirmed as attending or maybe attending the Money Bomb event page.

I know there has been a flurry of money bombs out there. Seems like Rand Paul, Adam Kokesh, or Peter Schiff is having one all the time and seemingly people are constantly sending money by the flurry to them. I also recognize that this is the holidays, and people in this area specifically are hurting financially. I can feel your pain, I too am personally dealing with such hardships due to this ongoing economic slowdown.

However, from speaking with people around Georgia's 13th Congressional District, they tell me constantly the long overdue need to get Congressman David Scott removed from office, and that it must be done in 2010.

When I tell them of my plan to offer a stimulus package in Congress that does not include additional spending, but instead, tax cuts on individuals and small business, tax credits for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and tax roll backs for investors - then explain the reasons why and how these things will spur the growth of small businesses that then will lead to the hiring of Americans across this country, people see that this is the true economic recovery we need. Private sector jobs is the key - and they recognize I have a plan that will work.

When they hear of my plan to merge private sector and public sector into a cooperative program that helps to educate and retrain unemployed and welfare recipients to become business owners and managers, to assist them in launching their own business, and then have those new business owners hire other unemployed and welfare recipients, and that through this process, we help instill pride, respect, and esteem back into the individual - they realize that here is real change that is needed for our country, change that will raise up urban populations to self reliance and fiscal independence, and that I am the man to bring this to Congress.

When I explain my plan to reform education to get the Federal Government out of the schools and get more control back in the hands of parents, too help get more resources to the states to help build up urban schools, expand teacher availability and retention, as well as, reward student involvement and hard work - they see a vision that can revolutionize our education system and give opportunity for all children and give hope to those who feel hopeless in their communities.

However, I am having trouble reaching out and getting my message heard by everyone in the District - and I must reach everyone.

I am not rich, I am not even modestly comfortable. I'm a regular guy just like you, working hard to make a living, and provide for my family. I don't have the vast resources that my opponent does. He has raised a huge sum already - most of which has come from OUTSIDE of Georgia. Special interests and lobbying groups have a marked interest in making sure David Scott stays in office.

I know you are struggling - I know this is a bad time of year. I'm asking you to help me despite that. Let me demonstrate what a small donation of $5, $10, and $25 can do. There are 880 or so members on my campaign Facebook.

If each person was to donate only $5, that would bring in $4400.

With that I could purchase for the campaign:

The complete voter registry for the 13th Congressional District

1,000 Bumper Stickers
500 Lawn Yard Signs
1000 EZ Wires
50 Highway Signs
1,500 Literature Bags
1,000 Lapel Stickers
60 Campaign T-shirts
3' x 8' Banner
1000 Business Cards

If each person was to donate only $10, that would bring in $8800.

With that I could purchase for the campaign:

The complete voter registry for the 13th Congressional District

2,500 Bumper Stickers
2,500 18" x 24" Yard Signs
2,500 U Wires
100 Highway signs
10,000 Literature Bags
10,000 Lapel Stickers
144 Campaign T-shirts
144 Embroidered Hats
4 3' x 8' Banners
2000 Business Cards
2000 Campaign push cards

4 Portable 3' x 6' Event Tables
8 Portable Chairs

If each person was to donate only $25, that would bring in $22,000.

With that I could purchase for the campaign:

The complete voter registry for the 13th Congressional District

5,000 Bumper Stickers
5,000 18" x 24" Yard Signs
5,000 U Wires
200 Highway signs
20,000 Literature Bags
20,000 Lapel Stickers
288 Campaign T-shirts
288 Embroidered Hats
8 3' x 8' Banners
3000 Business Cards
5000 Campaign push cards

6 Portable 3' x 6' Event Tables
12 Portable Chairs

Rent Paid for a Campaign office for 12 months
Basic Office Furnishing & equipment (Used)

I plan on running a very financially lean campaign - but I need to get some basics taken care of to get my message out, and I can only do that with your help. In addition, I need your help as volunteers to help reach out door to door starting January 8th, when we begin the Signature Petititons.

So please - help me in my campaign to oust David Scott, and become the representative this district and this country needs in Washington.

Please donate to my campaign on December 20th, 2009, the date for the Fight With Frisbee 12/20 Money Bomb.


Thank you one and all.

Michael Frisbee
Independent Constitutional Conservative
Congressional Candidate
Georgia's 13th Congressional District

Gerry Purcell, GA Candidate for Insurance Commissioner

We began this campaign with a simple idea: We can do better in Georgia. We can start by choosing new leadership.

We can say "No" to business as usual in our state government. We can say "No" to Washington, D.C. controlling our healthcare. We can say "No" to out of control spending.

We can say "Yes" to common sense health care. We can say "Yes" to electing statesmen over career politicians, we can say "Yes" to electing industry experts and true leaders.

When I declared my candidacy for Insurance Commissioner, my goal was to reach out statewide to meet voters and listen to their concerns about the course of our state and nation. Voters across Georgia are tired of politics as usual, and want new leadership. I decided to run not because the insurance industry asked me to, because I felt like it was my turn, or because I needed to keep a government salary. We stand at a crossroads in Georgia, and in our nation. We can take the road of special interests, outrageous spending, and government control, or we can take a new road.

Our campaign has always been about ideas. It is clear that our ideas are taking hold all around Georgia.

We chose to invest our time at grassroots events, county party meetings, and community gatherings. Some of our opponents chose to stuff their coffers with special interest money. Our investment paid off with numerous straw poll victories. Straw polls are an excellent barometer to determine who has support among the grassroots supporters. We are humbled and honored by the success of our investment, as seen in our victories in straw polls across Georgia. Some of these victories include:

Cobb: 40% (5 candidates) DeKalb: 51% (7 candidates) Cobb Women GOP: 38% (8 candidates)
Henry: 73% (6 candidates) UGA CR's: 66% (4 candidates) Glynn: 41% (7 candidates)
Walker: 79% (6 candidates) Oglethorpe:36% (7 candidates) Union: 54% (8 candidates)

These wins show support in every corner of Georgia. They are a testament to our dedication and organization that is reaching out across Georgia. Members of my team constantly hear grassroots organizers say "Gerry is all over the state" and "You guys are everywhere!"

That will remain our mission: listening to voters across Georgia, and bringing new leadership to state government. To do so, I need your vote, and your financial support. Your financial support will spread our message of stopping national healthcare and making state government more accountable to the citizens of Georgia.

Please donate $25, $50, $100, $250, or $500 today.

I look forward to seeing you again on the campaign trail, and thank you for your continued support.

Thank you,
Gerry Purcell

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reception for Melvin Everson, Candidate Labor Commisioner

Please join our host committee:
Rep. Billy Horne
Rep. Jerry Keen
Rep. David Knight
Rep. Matt Ramsey
Rep. John Yates
Mayor Casey Houston
Coun. Debi Rogers
Shahid Malik

For a reception honoring Melvin Everson
Candidate for Labor Commissioner
Thursday, December 17, 20095:30 to 7:30
Downtown Grill -
1158 Old Senoia Road,
Tyrone GA 30290
(next to the Legacy Theatre in Tyrone)

RSVP to Michelle Carver by Wednesday, December 16 at michelle.carver@comcast.net (404) 579-7127

Donate online at http://www.melvineverson.com/donate.html

Or you can make checks out to Georgians for Everson and mail a check to
Georgians for Everson
P.O. Box 1006
Snellville, GA 30078

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Health Care bill without verification is "a toothless tiger," Deal says

As the U.S. Senate takes up the debate on Health Care, Congressman Nathan Deal is urging the U.S. Senate to include verification of citizenship in their version of the bill.

"We have seen indications that the Senate wants to include language requiring U.S. citizenship," said Deal. "But without a requirement of verification, this is a toothless tiger."

A Republican candidate for governor, Deal was the author of a 2005 law which required verification of citizenship to receive Medicaid benefits. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that requiring enrollees to document their U.S. citizenship would reduce Medicaid spending by $220 million over five years and by $735 million over ten years.

Deal's action in 2005 has allowed millions of deserving U.S. citizens to keep their Medicaid benefits at a time when states are facing budget shortfalls because states have been given the tools to prevent millions of illegal aliens from using up limited public assistance resources.

"This is an important anti-fraud provision that has effectively and efficiently prevented millions of illegal aliens from fraudulently accessing taxpayer-funded benefits," Deal said

He proposed a verification amendment in the first House health care bill this year and it was voted down on a party line vote. A second attempt was not allowed by House leaders, including liberal Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"If we fail to include verification in the final legislation, we can thank Speaker Pelosi for giving illegal aliens taxpayer-funded health care," Deal said. "This is taking place at a time when Georgia and other states across the nation are forced to make dramatic cuts to their budgets. It is more important than ever to make sure that our limited public assistance dollars are focused exclusively on those who legally qualified to receive them."

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