Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Georgia Campaign for Liberty to Host 5th District Primary Forum

The Georgia Campaign for Liberty is pleased to announce a forum for candidates with a primary challenge in the race for Georgia's 5th Congressional District.

The Primary Candidate Forum will be held on Wednesday, July 7 at 6 pm in the Fulton County Central Library Auditorium in downtown Atlanta.

Fenn Little and Kelly Nguyen face each other in the Republican primary on July 20. Both Nguyen and Little have been invited to participate in the forum. The incumbent, John Lewis, faces no challenger in the Democratic primary.

Because the Atlanta Press Club declined to host primary debates in District 5, the July 7 Primary Candidate Forum is the best opportunity to hear Republican candidates speak in turn on the issues.

Interim Region 5 Coordinator Jesse Bickel said this year's unpredictable election cycle provides an exciting opportunity for people to get involved.

"We hope to give the citizens of the 5th District a chance to engage the candidates, especially when there are few opportunities to hear from them," Bickel said.

Campaign for Liberty’s mission is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.
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Roy Barnes - At it Again (from Eric Johnson, candidate for GA Gov)

As you know I released a detailed plan to combat illegal immigration not too long ago. Our comprehensive plan got national coverage on FoxNews and Georgians across the state have told us how excited they are about my crackdown on illegal immigration. And what does Roy Barnes decide to do? Attack me and our plan!

Folks, we all know exactly what Roy is planning- raise as much money as he can from trial lawyers and his liberal friends, tap his $16 million dollar personal fortune, and tear down our Republican nominee. I’ve gone toe to toe with him before as the Republican leader in the Senate the same four years Roy was Governor and believe me when I say he’ll do anything to win.

That’s why I’m writing you today. At midnight tonight, the final fundraising disclosure period of the primary election cycle ends. Anything you can give by clicking here today to access our secure on-line contribution system will send a strong message to Roy, to Washington, and to the Democrats. We’ve had ENOUGH of their failed policies of open borders, bigger government, and higher taxes.

Roy might be more concerned about what the New York Times says than what Georgians say, but I disagree. I’m proud to stand with you and say it’s time to enforce our immigration laws! The Democrats know our plan makes sense and they understand that now that we have launched our television ads and kicked up our grassroots campaign, more and more Georgians are joining our team. And you know what? They’re worried. That’s why they’re attacking now.

If you would, please consider clicking here today to help us fight back. Anything you give- $25, $50, $100 or any amount you’re comfortable, your contribution will help us continue to spread our message of proven conservative leadership and remind Georgians that there is an alternative to the top down, government knows best style of the Obama-Pelosi-Barnes Democrats.

Our next Governor is going to have to stand up to Washington and say enough is enough. Enough of the out of control spending. Enough of the record deficits that will burden future generations. Enough of the refusal to secure our borders and enforce the rule of law. I’m going to do just that, but will need your help to make it happen. By clicking here, you can make sure we reach our goals for the final disclosure period, but remember- time runs out at midnight!

Form the bottom of my heart, I say thank you for your trust and support. Together, we’re going to win this race. Together, we’re going to stand up to Washington and show them how to balance a budget, cut taxes, and create jobs in the private sector. Together, we’re going to put Georgia back to work. I appreciate you being a part of that effort.

Yours for a better Georgia,
Eric Johnson

P.S. We knew it was coming! Roy Barnes and the Democrats are on the attack. Please click here to give a secure on-line contribution before the deadline at midnight tonight so we can fight back and stand up for our conservative principles. Thanks.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Oxendine Announces Selection of Finance Chairman

Last week Republican gubernatorial front-runner John Oxendine announced the selection of Sam Kellett, Jr. to serve as the Finance Chairman in his campaign for Governor.

Mr. Kellett is an Atlanta native and highly successful entrepreneur with extensive business experience and contacts. His experience in fundraising includes co-founding and serving as a Chairman of The 159 Group, one of the largest fundraising entities for political candidates in Georgia.

“I am honored to have someone of Sam’s caliber leading our finance committee. His experience, knowledge, and outstanding reputation will go a long way in expanding our network – I know that he will take our finance operation to the next level,” remarked Oxendine.

Mr. Kellett is currently a partner at Arcadia Capital Partners, and serves on the boards of Inland Container Express, Arcadia Systems, and NAMX (National Automotive Market Exchange). He has a long history of being active in Georgia politics including appointments by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Board of Trustees of Georgia’s Public School Employee’s Retirement System (PSERS) and the Jekyll Island Authority.

This selection is the most recent in a series of moves by the Oxendine campaign over the last several months to bring on top-level talent. The announcement comes on the heels of Monday’s Survey USA poll that shows a commanding 16 point lead in the Republican Primary, and Tuesday’s release of the campaign’s first major broadcast media buy.

Karen Handel ~ Candidate for Georgia's Next Governor

As you considering your choices for Georgia's next governor I would ask that you check out Karen Handel and tell your family and friends about her. Operation 2010 Victory endorses Karen Handel as we see that she is the only ethical candidate in the race, a down to earth person with a proven record of fighting and winning against the Obama Administration when she was Secretary of State in Georgia. Karen is for a smaller, less intrusive government that respects the Constitution.

Check out what others are saying about her:

"Joining our long list of conservative candidate endorsements like Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Mitch Daniels, and Bobby Jindal, RedState is pleased to add Karen Handel, our choice for Republican gubernatorial candidate in Georgia."


"Before becoming Secretary of State, Karen Handel was Chairman of the Fulton County Commission. Fulton County is the most heavily populated county in Georgia — it is Atlanta. And it was broke. Under Handel’s tough leadership, Fulton County prospered with a balanced budget.

Throughout her tenure, Karen Handel has been an unapologetic budget slasher. She is pro-life, pro-family, and pro-business. Refreshingly, she’s also not a wild-eyed populist, but believes in conservative reforms to effect not just smaller government, but more efficient and less intrusive government."

Stand with Karen and tell Obama, Pelosi, Reid and any others who stand in the way of liberty and freedom to BRING IT ON!!!

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We are a grassroots effort that is working towards the goal of removing every statist at every level of government and supporting true conservative candidates that support smaller government, less taxes, supports free market solutions to problems like healthcare and our economy, and more freedom and liberty for all Americans.

Attorney General candidate Preston Smith: Champion of taxpayers and implementing a zero-based budget

Announces First of Four Major Policy Initiatives
When state attorney general candidate Preston Smith ran for the Senate in 2002, he promised his constituents he would never vote for a tax increase. When he ran for re-election in 2004, 2006 and 2008, he made the same promise. Eight years later, Preston Smith proudly tells Georgians he never voted for a tax increase. Not once, not ever.

“In feudal times, the serfs in medieval Europe only paid one-third of their income to the King and no textbook considers them free men,” Smith says. “Yet today, many Americans pay more than fifty percent of their income to the governing authorities through combined federal, state and local taxes. When are we going to blow the whistle and say, ‘Enough!?’

“The founders of our country would never have agreed to our enslavement to a government so big as to give you everything you want and so powerful as to take away everything you have. But, over time, we have sacrificed our freedom at the alter of security,” he continues. “We have become so dependent upon the provision of Government to meet every need that we find ourselves in a cage having voluntarily surrendered our precious liberties for the solace of servitude.”

When Preston was recruited to run for the Senate, he was encouraged to make a taxpayer protection pledge to his constituents that he would not go to Atlanta and vote to raise taxes.

He agreed. Preston Smith wanted to be a different kind of Senator – one who spoke his mind and meant what he said. He made that commitment to his constituents, not to the special interest groups.

“I gave my word – my bond – that I would not sit in the state capitol and vote to raise taxes,” he goes on to say. “I believe that one of the foundational cornerstones of the Republican Party is to reduce the size and scope of government and to cut fraud, waste and abuse rather than raising taxes.”

Preston Smith will keep his word as Georgia’s attorney general too. As attorney general, Preston will not have the responsibility of voting on the state budget, but he will be responsible for the budget of the attorney general’s office. Preston Smith will trim the fat out of that budget before it is sent to the governor and the legislature. He will see to it that your tax dollars allocated to the attorney general’s office are spent judiciously. He will personally determine if every position in the attorney general’s office is necessary and will eliminate those he believes to be excessive and unnecessary.

Preston Smith will do this by voluntarily implementing a zero-base budget for the attorney general’s office within his first term. “I voted for and co-sponsored the zero-based budget this previous legislative session. Though the bill was veto, I will to put his commitment into action as the head of the office of attorney general within my first term,” stated Smith.

As the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Preston oversaw the budgets of the judicial agencies – including the attorney general’s office. He knows the law and how it should be used to protect and defend the people of Georgia.

“The people of Georgia work hard everyday for the money they earn, and while taxes are necessary to run our state, it is important that we, as elected officials, remember that this is not our money,” he adds. “It is the people’s money. As attorney general, as I did as a state senator and budget writer, I will keep that in mind. You have my word.”

Preston Smith is seventh generation Georgian. He was elected to the State Senate in 2002 and became the youngest serving Senator in recent history. He is a graduate of Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. He later earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia. As an attorney, Smith specialized in civil litigation and has been admitted to practice in Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

MAG Supports Pro-Physician Leader Scott for Congress

The Medical Association of Georgia has endorsed State Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) in his bid to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Georgia’s 8th Congressional District.

“Representative Scott has been at the forefront of the effort to create a more favorable practice environment for physicians in Georgia,” says MAG President Gary C. Richter, M.D. “Of course, that practice environment goes hand-in-hand with ensuring that our patients have access to the medical care they need.”

In addition to the key role that he played in passing Certificate of Need (CON) reform in 2008, Dr. Richter says Rep. Scott has led the legislative charge for physicians in Georgia on a number of fronts, including…

· Trauma Network. Rep. Scott sought millions of additional dollars for the state’s trauma network on multiple occasions.

· Third Party Payers. Rep. Scott has actively promoted the MAG-sponsored prompt pay bill in Georgia to close the loopholes that have allowed self-funded and private third-party payers to get around the state’s prompt payment statute.

· Medicaid Reimbursement. Rep. Scott has actively opposed efforts to cut the Medicaid reimbursement rates for physicians in Georgia, which has significant ramifications for patients when it comes to physician accessibility.

“The bottom line is that Representative Scott has been an effective advocate for both physicians and patients in Georgia,” says Dr. Richter. “It is imperative that we support him in his bid for the U.S. Congress if we hope to achieve our vision for health care in this state.”

MAG is encouraging patients and physicians to visit to learn more about Rep. Scott’s campaign and to support him with a campaign contribution.

Help Gerry Sprint To The Finish!

Supporters like you have built our campaign over the last year. We are 21 days away from the July 20th primary, where you will decide Georgia's next Insurance Commissioner.

We are strengthened by each and every donation, and we continue to win straw polls around the state -- 32 Total! -- which proves our message of Free-Market Solutions is resonating and winning.

We are humbled by our success on the grassroots level and with the Party base, and we are excited to have several commercials ready to deploy statewide -- but we need your help! We need your financial backing to spread our message to all voters all across the state!

The quarterly fundraising deadline is tomorrow at midnight, so the time to send your financial donation is now! To donate, please click this link, or send a check postmarked by tomorrow to:

The Committee to Elect Gerry Purcell
5665 Atlanta Highway
Suite 103-115
Alpharetta, GA 30004

A donation of $100, $75, $50 or more will go a long way to bring New Leadership to Georgia.

MacGinnitie Receives Gwinnett Forum Endorsement

With three weeks remaining until the July 20th primary election, the MacGinnitie for Secretary of State campaign is pleased to announce the endorsement of the Gwinnett Forum, which today called MacGinnitie a “fresh presence” and “forceful and energetic.”

MacGinnitie is “concerned about streamlining the licensing of professionals in Georgia, but also understands the need to improve balloting for those in the military,” said Forum editor Elliot Brack.

The Gwinnett Forum is an online community commentary which describes itself as “exploring pragmatic and sensible social, political and economic approaches to improve life in Gwinnett County, Georgia. It strives to stimulate an idea exchange, promote a public debate, and move toward achieving an improved and enlarged quality of life in Gwinnett.”

"I greatly appreciate the endorsement of the Gwinnett Forum," said MacGinnitie. “I hope to bring a new perspective and my private sector experience to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. I am most grateful for the support of the publication for the more than 750,000 people living in Gwinnett County.”

Doug MacGinnitie attended elementary and high school in DeKalb County, Georgia. He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and Emory Law School. Following work as an associate at Alston & Bird, Chief Counsel for Georgia Pacific and General Counsel for Hobbs Group, he co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer for Beecher Carlson, a commercial insurance brokerage firm based in Atlanta. He and his wife Missy live in Sandy Springs with their three children.

Preston Smith endorsed by Georgia Right to Life in state’s attorney general race

Preston Smith, a Republican candidate for Georgia’s next attorney general, has been endorsed by Georgia Right to Life.

“I am honored to have the support of Georgia Right to Life and the pro-life community,” Smith said today. “I am proud to be a pro-life candidate, and their endorsement of me is important if we are going to elect a true conservative to the office of attorney general. As a senator, I have written and passed many pieces of pro-life legislation. As attorney general, I will make sure our pro-life laws are enforced.”

Smith has an established track record in the pro-life movement. As a state senator, Smith authored or supported many pieces of legislation to protect the lives of the unborn during his eight year tenure – including the Choose Life License Plate Act, the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act, the Woman’s Right to Know Act, the Option of Adoption Act, the Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Act, and the Human Life Amendment. Smith has also been a long-time financial supporter of the pregnancy center in Rome.

“Preston Smith has been and will be, an outstanding advocate for our pro-life issues,” Georgia Right to Life President Daniel Becker said following the announcement of the organization’s endorsement. “As our attorney general, I am confident Preston Smith will enforce our laws that protect the innocent lives that are lost each year to abortion. We always have supported Preston Smith because he is a rock-solid conservative who has been a life-long, ardent defender of innocent life.”

Preston Smith is seventh generation Georgian. He was elected to the State Senate in 2002 and became the youngest serving Senator in recent history. He is a graduate of Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. He later earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia. As an attorney, Smith specialized in civil litigation and has been admitted to practice in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. He also is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

A Message from Steve Handel

When Karen announced she would run for Governor well over a year ago, we knew that it would be a tough battle. But as we go into the final three weeks of the election, we are poised for victory. Make no mistake, we still have a lot of work to do, but due to the strength and support of friends like you we are well positioned in the race.

You have shown tremendous support for Karen, but now we are in the closing days of a tight election. Just a few dollars could mean the difference between winning and losing. Will you help us get Karen’s message to the voters in the closing days? Any amount will help. Click here to make a secure on-line donation today.

Yesterday we announced the endorsement of Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona. It has been a tremendous boost to our campaign. Governor Brewer has worked with Karen and agrees with what I have been speaking to you about, Karen is a person of integrity, and has a proven track record of getting things done.

Governor Brewer is the national leader on the issue of illegal immigration, and she knows that Karen is the best candidate in Georgia on the issue. You can help Karen stop illegal immigration in Georgia by making a contribution today.

Our next disclosure period ends at midnight tomorrow. With your help, this report will show that we have the resources to close out the election strong, and go into the run-off with the momentum. Your donation will send a message to our opponents that we have the resources to counter their negative attacks in the final days.

Can I count on you to help us in these final days of the primary? Thank you for your support of Karen.

Steve Handel
#1 Supporter of Karen Handel for Governor

Oxendine for Governor Launches Second TV Ad: “Welcome to Georgia”

Today, Republican gubernatorial front-runner John Oxendine announced the release of his second TV ad. The ad, titled “Welcome to Georgia,” features Oxendine on the Georgia-Tennessee border discussing his plan to make Georgia friendlier for job creation. The plan is part of his “Contract with Georgia” and includes downsizing government, scrapping the income tax, and supporting small businesses.

“Government doesn’t create jobs, but we must create an environment for businesses and entrepreneurs to flourish,” said Oxendine. “My contract with Georgia is my philosophy and written commitment on how we will bring more jobs to Georgia.”

The 30 second ad will begin airing Tuesday, June 29.

To view the ad, “Welcome to Georgia,” please visit: www.

Key Endorsements Added as Seth Harp For Insurance Commissioner Continues to Gain Momentum

Hello from the campaign trail!

The excitement is building. Early voting is underway, and we are only 21 days away from the July 20 Primary. The race for Insurance Commissioner is heating up, and at this crucial time, I am honored to receive a number of key endorsements from Conservative Republican leaders from across the state. The state and local leaders share my conservative values of limiting government, cutting wasteful spending, and lowering taxes, and join a growing list of statewide support for my campaign.

With so much at stake in the 2010 elections, we need leaders that will fight for conservative principles, not waiver for political expediency. I promise to run the Office of the Insurance Commission with integrity, honor and accountability and to defend our shared conservative values. I appreciate your support and your vote.

Recently Added Endorsements:

Senator Cecil Staton, R-Macon
Senator John Douglas, R-Social Circle
Senator Ross Tolleson, R-Perry Senator Bill Hamrick, R-Carrolton
Representative Larry O'Neal, R-Perry
Representative Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla
Representative Richard Smith, R-Columbus
Representative Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs
Representative Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell
Representative Jill Chambers, R-Atlanta
Former Representative Buddy Delaoch of Hinesville
Sandy Springs City Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny
Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley
Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick
Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager
Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon
Former Mayor of Columbus Bob Poydasheff
Former Mayor of Peachtree and candidate for Insurance Commissioner, Harold Logsdon

As always, please don't hesitate to contact me with your questions about my plan for the Office of the Insurance Commission. I can be reached at or by calling my office at 706.653.7741

Monday, June 28, 2010

Arizona Governor Brewer Endorses Handel

Say's Karen is the One to Pass AZ Style Illegal Immigration Law in Georgia

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today announced her endorsement of former Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel to be Georgia's next Governor. Governor Brewer recently pushed through a tough new immigration law in her state and is now preparing to battle an Obama Justice Department legal challenge to that law.

In her endorsement, Governor Brewer said:

"As a former Secretary of State, I know how that office prepares you to be Governor. I've had to make tough choices. When Congress failed to act on illegal immigration, I took action to solve the problem. Now I'm taking on the Obama Administration as they try to stop us. I know Karen Handel. She has the experience, courage and tenacity that make her the best candidate to be Governor. Karen will fight to pass similar illegal immigration laws in Georgia. If President Obama tries to stop her, she will tell him to 'Bring it On.'"

"I am humbled and excited by Governor Brewer's support," Karen said today. "She has become an inspiration to conservatives and represents the new kind of leadership that we need across the country. She stood firm and pushed forward with the nation's toughest law to fight illegal immigration and she'll stand firm against the Obama Administration too. She also made the hard decisions and cut Arizona's budget to align with today's economic realities. She is a conservative hero and I thank her for her strong support and friendship."

Handel noted that she is the only candidate for Governor who has actually implemented programs to fight illegal immigration in Georgia. As Secretary of State, she launched the use of the federal SAVE database to verify the immigration status of applicants for professional licenses. She also initiated Georgia's voter verification system that includes citizenship verification for newly registered voters and has fought her own battle with the Obama Justice Department.

"There is a difference between executive experience and legislative experience: career legislators – whether in Georgia or in Congress -- seem to think that casting a vote, sponsoring legislation or sending out a press release is all that counts," Karen said. "Well, what really counts is delivering results. That's leadership, and the people of Georgia know the difference."

The 9.12 Project Action Network Endorses Sam Olens for Attorney General

Grassroots group makes another endorsement in July 20, 2010 Republican primary

The 9.12 Project Action Network of Georgia is pleased to announce their endorsement of Sam Olens to be GeorgiaŹ¼s next Attorney General. Sam Olens is the immediate past Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners and the Atlanta Regional Commission, and is now running for the open office of Attorney General.

“With a proven track record of Constitutional conservative credibility and fiscal sanity Sam Olens is our choice in the Republican primary in July,” said Tricia Pridemore, Chair of the 9.12 Project Action Network in Georgia. “His deep understanding of issues critical to Georgia such as water rights and illegal immigration, coupled with his exemplary legal background make him an obvious choice to serve as GeorgiaŹ¼s top legal counsel.”

“I am thrilled to receive the endorsement of the 9.12 Project Action Network. As Attorney General, I will fight for the rights of Georgians to be represented and protected by individuals who respect limited government, equal justice and the rule of law. Our government must be based on common sense conservative values,” said Sam Olens.

Endorsements are determined by an 11-person board of 9.12 Project members who research every candidate in a given race then vote to determine the endorsement.

Endorsed candidates must agree to the 9 principles and 12 values core to the group, and agree to uphold the Georgia and United States Constitutions. Beyond the public endorsement, 9.12 Project Action Network members actively volunteer for the endorsed candidates through neighborhood canvassing, phone banking, and other forms of voter outreach.

Sam Olens for Attorney General joins other 9.12 Project Action Network endorsed candidates: Melvin Everson for state Labor Commissioner; Doug MacGinnitie for Secretary of State; Gerry Purcell for Insurance Commissioner; Christian Coomer for Georgia House District 14; Charlice Byrd for Georgia House District 20; Calvin Rhodes for Georgia House District 41; Buzz Brockway for Georgia House District 101; Brett Harrell for Georgia House District 106; Joe Anderson for state Senate District 9; Judson Hill for state Senate District 32; Barry Loudermilk for state Senate District 52; and David Belle Isle for state Senate District 56.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Oxendine for Governor Launches First TV Ad: “Contract with Georgia”

Today, Republican gubernatorial front-runner John Oxendine announced that he is launching his first TV ad. The ad, titled “Contract with Georgia,” features Oxendine’s reform plan to downsize government, scrap the income tax, and fix our infrastructure problems.

“The Contract with Georgia is my written commitment to the principles and strategies that I will embrace as Governor” said Oxendine. “This ad takes our common sense conservative message directly to Georgians. As we head into the final month of the primary, our campaign continues to grow momentum.”

The 30 second ad will begin airing Tuesday, June 22.

To view the Ad, “Contract with Georgia”, please visit:

To download the entire “Contract with Georgia” please visit:

Johnson Releases New Television Ad

Denounces Washington’s failures and offers better, conservative alternative

Senator Eric Johnson, Republican candidate for Governor, today released a television ad entitled “Too Much”, which denounces the federal government’s failures and lays out a better way forward. The ad will air on broadcast networks starting on Tuesday. It can be viewed online here.

“It is time to hold the federal government accountable for their out of control spending, higher taxes, and refusal to stop illegal immigration. Enough is enough,” said Johnson. “They are costing us too many jobs and too much money. As Governor, I’m going to fight back and offer a clear alternative to their failed policies.”

Johnson has released a detailed plan to create jobs that includes cutting taxes, reducing regulations, personalizing education, making Georgia the energy leader of the Southeast, providing small businesses and entrepreneurs the capitol and climate they need to grow, building the infrastructure the private sector needs to prosper, and standing up to the job-killing policies of politicians in Washington.

He has also laid out a comprehensive plan to take on the Obama Administration by:

· Continuing the fight against Obamacare through every legal and legislative avenue possible.

· Verifying citizenship status in schools and emergency rooms to mount a court challenge to Pyler v. Doe, the US Supreme Court case that forced the costs of illegal immigration onto states.

· Enforcing our immigration laws if the federal government won’t by incentivizing local law enforcement to participate in 287(g) and Secure Communities.

· Aggressively defending the citizenship verification process in voter registration.

· Spearheading the effort to protect Georgia’s water rights through legislative and judicial means.

“Some in Washington seem to be content with the idea that this might be the first generation of children that isn’t better off than their parents. I reject that view,” continued Johnson. “We can show Washington how you create jobs in the private sector by balancing the budget, cutting taxes, and enforcing the rule of law. With the right leadership, we can put Georgia back to work. And I’m just the guy to do it.”

An architect and a respected conservative leader, Eric Johnson served as President Pro Tempore of the Georgia State Senate. In that role, he passed legislation that cut taxes and spending, empowered small businesses, and strengthened Georgia’s laws against illegal immigration. He and his wife, Kathryn, have two grown children and live in Savannah. More information is available at

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Georgia Water Coalition to Host Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Water and the Environment

Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez, GA (North of Augusta)

Hundreds of Georgians who support clean water and a healthy environment will gather to hear candidates in the 2010 governor’s race discuss their views on water, energy, transportation and other environmental issues. The forum will be moderated by Mr. Rob Pavey, the Outdoors Editor of the Augusta Chronicle.

The forum is being hosted by the Georgia Water Coalition, an alliance of more than 170 organizations working to protect and care for Georgia’s water resources.

The forum is being held in conjunction with Paddle Georgia 2010. The sixth annual Paddle Georgia is a weeklong kayak and canoe adventure in which more than 300 people from 49 different Georgia counties travel more than 80 miles on the Broad and Savannah Rivers, from Franklin Springs to Augusta. Paddle Georgia is a project of the Georgia River Network.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Oxendine Responds to Barnes’ Support of Obamacare

Says Barnes Demonstrates He’s Still Out of Touch with Georgians

Today, John Oxendine responded to comments made last week by Democrat gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes that criticized Commissioner Oxendine’s decision not to set up a state-run high-risk insurance pool that was inadequately funded by the federal government. The implementation of this pool was the Obama Administration’s first step in the overall implementation of the new federal healthcare legislation.

In April, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to the states asking them to set up or expand high risk insurance pools by June 21st, or allow her department to administer the program. HHS has been allocated $5 billion for the entire nation to finance the plans until 2014. The Chief Actuary for Medicare and Medicaid calculated that the funds allocated to the program would run out in 2012, leaving the states responsible for payment of programs they administer.

Commissioner Oxendine was the first constitutional officer in the nation to respond to the letter, stating that he would not commit the State of Georgia to a new entitlement program that would ultimately become the financial responsibility of Georgians in the form of an unfunded mandate. HHS has stated that high-risk Georgians will still be covered because the federal government will administer the program directly. Since Oxendine’s decision, a total of 18 states have followed his lead and declined to participate in setting up the pool, including 3 states (DE, TN, WY) whose decisions on the matter were controlled by Democrat Governors or Insurance Commissioners.

In comments made in Dekalb County last week, Roy Barnes vowed to undo the decision, saying that he would have the state administer the program through the Department of Administrative Services.

“It is clear that Roy Barnes still isn’t listening to Georgians. Georgians are overwhelmingly opposed to Obama Care and the trillions of dollars of new spending that comes with it. He apparently is more interested in supporting the Obama Administration’s entitlement programs than about how those failed policies will actually impact Georgia,” said Commissioner Oxendine.

“The contrast between Roy Barnes and myself is extremely clear. I believe that Georgians don’t need additional government mandates coming from Washington. I believe we need less spending, lower taxes, and more jobs. With all the teacher layoffs, I’d like to know how Roy Barnes is going to pay for the entitlement programs that he wants to put Georgia taxpayers on the hook for.”

Thursday, June 10, 2010

FreedomWorks PAC Gains Key Victories in “Super Tuesday” Elections

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The hard work and dedication of FreedomWorks PAC activists were rewarded at the close of a nationwide series of primary, run-off, and special elections held yesterday, June 8th. Two key conservative victories in Nevada and Georgia will be sure to advance FreedomWorks PAC’s ambitious “Take America Back in 2010” campaign agenda.

“It is so exciting to see a new generation of conservative leaders emerge in the ongoing fight for small government, lower taxes and more individual freedom”

In the Nevada Republican Senate primary, FreedomWorks PAC joined the likes of other national conservative groups including Club for Growth, Tea Party Express, and Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund, to propel small-government conservative Sharron Angle to a landslide victory with 40.1 percent of the 3-way vote.

Angle earned a “Champion of Freedom” endorsement from FreedomWorks PAC for her strong commitment to limited government, and will take on one –if not the biggest- target for the conservative movement this fall: Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Meanwhile, FreedomWorks PAC was also heavily engaged in yesterday’s special election to fill Georgia’s 9th Congressional District seat, supporting State Representative and longtime FreedomWorks ally Tom Graves. When all was said and done, Graves cruised to victory thanks to his campaign’s strict, limited government, fiscally conservative message and the hard work of FreedomWorks Georgia activists who engaged in “Get Out The Vote” (GOTV) phone calls and door-to-door literature drops on his behalf.

Graves won an impressive 12 out of 15 counties in the northern Georgia District, with 56 percent of the overall vote.

“It is so exciting to see a new generation of conservative leaders emerge in the ongoing fight for small government, lower taxes and more individual freedom,” commented Dick Armey, Chairman of FreedomWorks PAC. “Tom Graves and Sharron Angle have the principles and the promise necessary to defeat the culture of corruption in Washington and to take back the conservative majority in 2010.”

In addition to yesterday’s gains, FreedomWorks PAC has enjoyed success in other key early electoral contests. In Senate primary races in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, FreedomWorks PAC endorsed “Champions of Freedom” Rand Paul and Pat Toomey, who both won outright and easily. In Utah, PAC efforts played a significant role in ousting the long time big-government apologist Senator Bob Bennett, and advancing PAC endorsed candidate Mike Lee to a run-off election on June 22.

To continue the momentum this election cycle, FreedomWorks PAC has begun to mobilize for aggressive GOTV campaigns in House and Senate races all over the country. Campaign efforts will include volunteer phone banks, district door-to-door walks, and 72 hour teams that will ensure success for the true conservative Champions of Freedom, and defeat for those candidates that most threaten the limited government agenda.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Karen Handel: What did last night mean for Georgia?

As women candidates across America emerged victorious in last night’s primary, political pundits weighed in early noting that the outcome demonstrated that voters were disenchanted with politics as usual. Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman won their respective nominations for Senate and Governor. Sharron Angle secured the Senate nomination in Nevada, and Nikki Haley heads into South Carolina's Gubernatorial runoff with a strong lead. They are all to be congratulated.

But what the candidates had in common was not simply gender. They are all outsiders who are not part of the good-old-boy establishment. Fiorina and Whitman bring extensive business experience, while Angle and Haley took on the career politicians, and delivered a serious blow to politics as usual in their states.

And, in Georgia, journalists and voters are already speculating on what this will mean in the Governor's race here. The Fayette County Examiner weighed in first, asking this morning, "Could all of this mean a heavier support of women in the State of Georgia as Karen Handel makes her bid as the first woman, Republican or Democrat, to become governor?"

Clearly, notice has been served on career politicians.

Karen's main opponents in this race have all been in office 15, 20 and even 25 years. They are part of the system that has allowed our most serious challenges to go unanswered.

Our transportation system in Georgia has deteriorated during that time. There have been no long term solutions to our water issues. There has been only marginal improvement in education. And government spending spiraled out of control until they were forced to make cuts in a crisis. Does anyone really believe that the guys who helped create this mess have any idea how to get us out of it?

The status quo has brought us corruption and complacency. While in public office, two candidates and their business partners pocketed nearly $1 million doing business with the state. Another has taken $120,000 in illegal campaign contributions from executives whose business he regulates. Do we really want to trust them to lead our state?

How about a bold reformer like Karen Handel? She is the only candidate to offer real ethics reform. She proposes a $25 gift limit for elected officials and making the state legislature subject to open records like the rest of state government. They should no longer be able to operate in secret. And, the big one that our opponents hate, we will cut off their gravy train of profiting off of our tax dollars. We must put in place strict conflict of interest laws for our elected officials.

2010 may be the "year of the woman" but it is definitely the "the year of the outsider." It is the year voters say "we have had enough" and we take back our government. Karen is the leader who will do that. Join her "Bring it on" campaign today.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Gubernatorial Candidates Debate in Cumming June 26th

Please join us as the candidates for Georgia's Governor debate the issues in Forsyth County.

When: June 26, 2010
Time: 0900 AM – 1200 PM
Place: Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
212 Kelly Mill Road
Cumming, GA 30040

Invited Gubernatorial Candidates:

Mr. Eric Johnson
Mr. Jeff Chapman
Mr. John Oxendine
Mr. Ray McBerry
Ms. Karen Handel
Mr. Nathan Deal
Mr. John Monds

Moderated by Martha Zoller

This event is being sponsored by The Moral Nation and FoundersFreedom.
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Georgia Right To Life Endorses Stephen Northington as Georgia’s Next Insurance Commissioner

Republican Candidate Stephen Northington Has Been a Lifelong Supporter of the Sanctity of Life

As early voting begins for the July 20, 2010 primary, Stephen Northington has been honored with the endorsement of the Georgia Right to Life.

“It has always been my strong belief that life begins at conception and the sanctity of life must be preserved at all cost” said Mr. Northington. “This is not an issue on which there should ever be compromise.”

GRTL President Daniel Becker says “The days ahead will bring us new opportunity to defend the civil rights of the unborn, those with disabilities and the elderly. Your support and leadership in Georgia will be absolutely essential in restoring the basic right to life to the most helpless members of our human family”

About Stephen Northington

Stephen Northington has been in the insurance industry for 17 years, working as a mediator between consumers and insurance companies. Reducing insurance rates and extending coverage to more Georgians are top priorities for him. When Northington is elected Georgia’s next Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, his primary focus will be on making Georgia the number one environment in the country for the areas affected by this Department. To learn more about Northington, visit or call (770) 712-1395.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Senator Cecil Staton Endorses Handel for Governor

Joins Congressman Tom Price, House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, Senator John Douglas, and 75 Elected Officials on Karen’s Team

Karen Handel announced today that State Senator Cecil Staton has joined her team and added his endorsement to those of Congressman Tom Price, House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, Senator John Douglas, PSC Commissioner Chuck Eaton and 74 elected officials from across Georgia.

"I am really excited that Cecil has joined our team because he is a truly respected conservative leader in the Senate and brings a grassroots organization that is second to none in Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, and Monroe Counties," Handel said. "Cecil and I worked hard together on a number of elections issues including Voter ID and I deeply respect his intellect and his tireless work ethic."

In endorsing Karen, Senator Staton said:

Karen’s personal story is a reflection of the promise of America. Karen’s life is an example of the positive results of hard work, strong values, and a solid faith. She is a hard worker who lives out true conservative values. Her integrity is beyond question. As the Senator who sponsored Georgia’s photo identification requirement for voting, I will always be grateful for her leadership as Secretary of State, her willingness to fight to insure that our elections are free and fair for all Georgians. I have watched her tenacity and her hard work. But most of all, I endorse her because I believe she is the only candidate who can lead Republicans to defeat the Democrats this fall. This is of enormous importance for Georgia at this critical time in our nation’s history. I am honored to endorse Karen Handel, who will be the next Governor of Georgia.

Senator Staton joins a growing team of elected officials who are supporting Karen’s campaign. They include:
Tom Price
John Douglas
Cecil Staton
Chuck Eaton
Roger Boatright
Jan Tankersley
James Dixon
G.S. "Gator" Hodges
Ashley Hendrix
Kevin Jackson
Karen Mahurin-Bosch
Helen Goreham
Mark Mathews
Tommy Allegood
Bill Byrne
Pat Farr
Mike Berg
Elaine Boyer
Eric Clarkson
Mike Mulcare
Tom Worthan
Reggie Loper
Don Rehwaldt
Brian Barcomb
Lynne Riley
Tom Lowe
Arthur Letchas
Joe Lockwood
Jim Still
Jere Wood
D.C. Aiken
David Belle Isle
Tibby DeJulio
Douglas DeRito
Ivan Figueroa
Dianne Fries
Ashley Jenkins
Randall Johnson
Karen Meinzen McEnerny
John Monson
Lee Morris
Jim Paine
Howard Shook
Becky Wynn
Joe Wilkinson
Amy Callaway
Don Hogan
Tony Thaw
Howard Lynn
Lillian Webb
Mike Beaudreau
Jerry Oberholtzer
Dan Reyen
Reid Bowman
Randy Stamey
Ned Sanders
Thomas McMichael
Mary Patrick
Jack Foskey
Nancy Thrash
Jimmy Hearn
Bob Walker
Bill Scott
Dave Belton
Tim Fleming
Steven Fry
Alan Foster
Billy Webster
Bob Young
Eddie Freeman
Ken Hickey
Robert Davis
Ken Smith
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sadie Fields Joins MacGinnitie Campaign

Doug MacGinnitie, candidate for Secretary of State, announced today the addition of Sadie Fields to his campaign staff. Fields is the former head of the Christian Coalition of Georgia and the Georgia Christian Alliance.

"We are excited to have Sadie working with us during the last weeks of our campaign for Secretary of State. She brings years of political experience to the table and is a welcome addition to our staff," MacGinnitie said.

Fields recently took a leave of absence as Chair of the Georgia Christian Alliance after having served in that position for 14 years; first as Chair of the Christian Coalition of Georgia and more recently the Georgia Christian Alliance.

"Doug MacGinnitie is a most impressive candidate. I met with him over a year ago - right after he made the decision to run. He has since traveled the state working hard to gain the confidence of Georgia voters. A successful businessman, Doug brings a fresh perspective to the office of Secretary of State. He is a man of character and integrity, and I am delighted to be a part of his campaign team," said Fields.

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