GAGOP Grassroots Newsletter: December 5, 2012Posted by chris on Dec 5, 2012
December 5th, 2012
“The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.”
- Ronald Reagan
7:00 PM – Bibb County Republican Party Annual Christmas Party
8:00 AM – Senator Jim Tysinger Saturday Morning Breakfast Forum
8:30 AM – Fayette County Republican Party First Saturday Breakfast
10:00 AM – Gwinnett County Republican Party Christmas and Hanukkah Brunch
12:00 PM – NDRW Luncheon
4:00 PM – Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club Christmas Party
7:00 PM – Greater Gwinnett Republican Women Christmas Party
5:30 PM – Cobb GOP Christmas and Holiday Party
6:30 PM – Gilmer County Republican Party Christmas Reception
6:30 PM – DeKalb County GOP Christmas Party
7:00 PM – The 2012 Athens GOP Christmas Party
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Did You Know?
Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and nights, starting on the 25th in the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. Since the Hebrew calendar is lunar rather than solar, Hanukkah falls on a different day each year, anywhere from November to early January on the standard calendar.
Cartoon of the Week!
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News from the RNC
For Obama, “Unprecedented Level Of Openness In Government” Are Just Words
Transparency ADvocates are Still Looking for Leadership from the White House
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From The Chairman’s Desk
I would like to begin by congratulating Republican State Senate candidate Mike Dugan on his resounding victory in Tuesday’s District 30 Republican Primary Runoff Election! All of our Party’s candidates ran great races, and I am proud of the efforts of each of them. After the January 8th General Election, I have no doubt that Mike will be a tremendous asset to our Party and to the great State of Georgia!
Over the remainder of this week, we will also recognize two very important moments for our nation, as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is Friday, December 7th, and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins at sunset on Saturday, December 8th.
On Friday, American flags all across our great nation will fly at half-mast as we remember the attacks at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 – a date which will forever live in infamy. A solemn reminder of the lives lost and sacrifices made by so many brave Americans, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is also an opportunity to salute the survivors of that day and pay humble tribute to America’s greatest generation.
You’re Invited: 2012 Presidential Electoral College Ballot Casting Ceremony
Holiday Message from GAGOP Faith-Based Outreach Chairman Terri Green
Dear Fellow Georgians,
It’s hard to believe that 2012 is almost over and 2013 is upon us, and the season of Hanukkah, a Jewish Holiday known as the Festival of Lights, and the advent season of Christmas, is here.
Hanukkah is a happy, festive, joyous eight-day Jewish celebration that starts on Kislev 25 on the Hebrew calendar (same as November-December on the Gregorian calendar). It is also called the Festival of Lights. The word Hanukkah means “dedication.”
Hanukkah is an important feast for the Jewish people, for it reminds them of how God miraculously delivered their ancestors when they were persecuted.
On the first day, the shammash, the prominent branch of the Hanukkah Menorah, the nine-branched lamp is lighted. Theshammash, which means “servant,” is usually in the center and is the tallest of the branches of the menorah. From it each of the other branches is lighted on subsequent days, until all are lighted.
The Jewish people celebrated this great eight-day festival of Hanukkah, sometimes calling it the “Festival of the Dedication of the Altar,” “the Memorial of the Purification of the Temple,” and the “Festival of the Lights.”
Join Georgia’s College Republicans for the Annual GACR Christmas Party!
The Georgia Association of College Republicans will host their Annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 PM. Held at the Hudson Grille in Brookhaven (4046 Peachtree Road NE), the suggested attire is business casual and the evening will feature College Republicans from every corner of our great state.
For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/events/242471375880403/.
Senator Chambliss Speaks at Cobb GOP Breakfast
On Saturday, December 1st, Senator Saxby Chambliss was the special guest speaker at the Cobb County Republican Party’s First Saturday Breakfast. In addition to fielding questions from the crowd of nearly 200 Republicans in attendance, Senator Chambliss also discussed his ongoing efforts to avert the quickly-approaching ‘fiscal cliff’ in Washington, D.C.
For more information about Senator Saxby Chambliss’ work in the U.S. Senate, please visit: www.chambliss.senate.gov.
Please enjoy some of the sights from Cobb GOP’s First Saturday Breakfast:
Photos courtesy of Senator Saxby Chambliss.
Governor Nathan Deal appoints new Senate floor leaders
Gov. Nathan Deal today named Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove) and Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton) as new state Senate floor leaders. Jeffares and Bethel will join Sen. Bill Jackson (R-Appling) and serve as liaisons between Deal and the state Senate when lawmakers return Jan. 14.
Jeffares serves as vice chairman to the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee. He is also a member of the Government Oversight; Natural Resources and the Environment; Regulated Industries and Utilities; and Veteran, Military and Homeland Security committees. Jeffares previously served as city manager to Locust Grove and on Henry County Commission. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from Clayton College and State University. Jeffares is currently the owner of J&T Environmental Services and vice president of the Georgia Rural Water Association. He and his wife, Leslie, have four children and reside in Locust Grove.
Bethel is a Human Resources executive with J&J Industries in Dalton. He also serves on the Judiciary; Special Judiciary; Insurance and Labor; Retirement; and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees. Prior to his service in the Senate, Bethel was elected twice to the Dalton City Council. Bethel earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and a juris doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law. He and his wife, Lynsey, have three children and reside in Dalton.
The Devastating Effect of Barack Obama’s Proposed Tax Increases
Chart courtesy of the Office of Congressman Paul Broun.
In the Headlines: Chambliss talking common sense on avoiding dreaded fiscal cliff
It seems that U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia is trying his dead-level best to find a common sense way to fix some of the liberal Democrat spending policies that have brought our country to the brink of a fiscal cliff.
Chambliss, whose conservative credentials are suspect in the Tea Party movement, faced the issue head-on in his speech to Cobb Republicans at their monthly breakfast and in a Journal op-ed piece Saturday. He said at the GOP meeting, “I have never voted for a tax increase” and “I don’t intend to vote for a tax increase.”
Chambliss rightly pointed out the need to fix entitlement spending, notably Medicare and Medicaid along with Social Security. Surely, there are some common sense steps that would go far toward fixing these programs. Just one example: if the Social Security retirement age were raised by a few years, it would help insure solvency of the program. That seems to be a no-brainer, but the Democrats won’t even bend on that.
Click here to read more from the Marietta Daily Journal.
Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club Hosting Christmas Party
The Greater Fayette County Republican Women’s Club will host their annual Christmas Party on Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 PM. Located at the Rebecca Lakes Clubhouse in Fayetteville, the Christmas Party will be a potluck, with all Republicans encouraged to being their favorite appetizer or dessert to share!
The Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club Christmas Party will also serves as a benefit to ‘Embracing Military Families,’ a non-profit group which supports the children of American servicemembers deployed from Ft. Benning. As such, everyone is asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the organization.
Additional details are as follows:
Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club Christmas Party
Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Rebecca Lakes Clubhouse
Young Cir & R and R Cove
Fayetteville, GA 30215
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Debbie Dickinson at (404) 376-4132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 Cobb County GOP Christmas Holiday Reception
Broun: Democrats Say Raise Taxes or Go to Hell
U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s dismissal of Republican efforts to provide a solution to the looming fiscal cliff:
“Democrats have basically told Republicans to either raise taxes, or go to hell,” said Broun. “Forcing us to choose between hurting families and small businesses or going off the fiscal cliff is not only counter-productive – it simply doesn’t make sense for righting our nation’s fiscal crisis. The Democrats’ math just doesn’t add up; there is no way to tax our way out of this mess. Even if they attempt to tax every millionaire and billionaire in America at 100% of their earnings, it still won’t even begin to put a dent in the deficit our federal government is currently running. The only way to begin restoring limited government is to attack the crux of our problem and drastically scale back this nation’s spending. Unfortunately, this impasse is exactly what the President wants – for the fiscal cliff debate to focus on demonizing the nation’s job creators instead of on how his tax-and-spend policies kill jobs and hurt small businesses. If he’s really on the side of the middle class, the President should lighten the load of debt he’s saddled them with over the last four years.”
Click here to view this release online.
Bartow GOP Hosts 1st Annual Food Drive
At the November/December Meeting of the Bartow County Republican Party, the 1st Annual Susan Crockett Food Drive was held at Bartow GOP HQ! Said Bartow GOP Chairman Louis Debroux, “This event was held to commemorate our dear friend Susan who went home to be with the Lord this year. She was always thinking of others, especially the downtrodden of our community. In that spirit we will be collecting food items to benefit the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter in Cartersville.”
“Thanks to all who came out for the November/ December Meeting and the kick off of the first annual Susan Crockett Food Drive,” said Bartow GOP. “One more chance to donate food items on November 6th during the Christmas Parade when we will have a tent in front of the HQ with coffee and hot chocolate. You can find the needs list at www.BartowGOP.com.”
Photos courtesy of the Bartow County Republican Party.
This week, the Georgia Republican Party mourned the loss of a true patriot and GOP pioneer as Tommy Ragsdale of Albany passed away after a long battle with cancer.
A stalwart in the 2nd District and all across Georgia, Tommy has been for many years one of the most dedicated, hard working Republicans that our Party has ever had the pleasure of knowing.
During this time of sorrow, please keep Tommy’s friends and family in your thoughts and prayers. May he Rest in Peace.
Picture of the Week
Gov. Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal last night kicked off the Christmas season at the Governor’s Mansion tree lighting ceremony. “Sandra and I wish you and your families a safe and joyful holiday,” said Deal. “Be sure to take in all the festivities and traditions that Christmas has to offer and never forget the reason for the season.”
Georgians have a chance to see the mansion décor by attending one of the Governor’s Mansion Christmas tours, which run from Dec. 3-18, Monday thru Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Sundays: 1 – 4 p.m. To make a reservation or for more information on the Christmas tours, call 404-261-1776. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
Photo courtesy of Governor Nathan Deal.
Save the Dates: 2013 GAGOP Convention Cycle
With the 2012 Election Cycle now safely in our rear-view mirror, the Georgia Republican Party is gearing up for the 2013 Convention Cycle! Please review the dates below, and mark them in your calendar!
Precinct Mass Meetings: Saturday, February 9th, 2013
County Conventions: Saturday, March 9th, 2013
District Conventions: Saturday, April 20th, 2013
GAGOP State Convention (Athens, GA): May 17th – 18th, 2013
For more information, please contact your County GOP Chairman by visiting: http://www.gagop.org/local/county/.
Help Lead the Charge Today!
In the shadow of the reelection of Barack Obama, Georgians should stand evermore resolved to spread our message and return America to prosperity, strength, hard work and the American Dream. Georgians took a stand on November 6th by giving our electoral votes to the Romney/Ryan ticket, electing a new Republican Congressman in Doug Collins, and re-electing our two PSC Commissioners while strengthening our majorities in the Georgia General Assembly!
Our state still holds the ideals that this country was founded on and we proved that on Election Day. However, we saw that the course of our country is significantly changing. We must now continue our fight to take back our America and continue moving Georgia forward!
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