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  • Georgia governor's race: State once solidly red is now in play

    10/19/2018 11:49:09 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 October 2018 | Emilie Ikeda
    ATLANTA – The duel for the governor’s office in Georgia is a tale of two anti-establishment candidates, riddled with controversy and poised to make history. This once solidly red state is now considered to be in play. Meet the players On the right is Georgia’s top election official, two-term Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who captured President Trump’s attention and endorsement in the primary with his provocative campaign ads. The self-identified “everyman” is running on the premise of putting Georgians first. His opponent, the state’s former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, has already stamped the race historic – running as...
  • Georgia Teacher Found Dead After Being Accused of Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Boy

    10/19/2018 9:02:16 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    KTLA ^ | October 19, 2018 | Associated Press
    Police say a middle school English teacher in Georgia has been found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after being accused of sexually assaulting a sixth-grade boy. News outlets report a Gwinnett County police release says 28-year-old Zachary Meadors was found dead in a vehicle Wednesday afternoon. A Dekalb County police warrant says the Freedom Middle School teacher was accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old male student, and was wanted on charges of child molestation, computer pornography and child exploitation. He was placed on unpaid leave and scheduled to meet with district officials Monday, but didn’t show up. A...
  • 107,000 purged from Georgia voter rolls for not voting in past elections: report

    10/19/2018 8:38:30 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/19/18 | MORGAN GSTALTER
    Georgia officials removed an estimated 107,000 people from voter rolls because they decided not to vote in prior elections, according to a new report. An APM Reports analysis found the voters were removed under the state's "use it or lose it" law, which starts a process for removing people from voter rolls if they fail to vote, respond to a notice or make contact with election officials over a three-year period. After that three-year span, those who don't vote or make contact with authorities in two elections can be purged from the voter rolls under the Georgia law. Such laws,...
  • Atlanta Reaches $1.2M Settlement With Ex-Fire Chief Fired Over Christian Views on Sex, Marriage

    10/18/2018 12:05:13 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 15 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Oct 16, 2018 | By BRANDON SHOWALTER
    On January 9, 2015, I wrote an article titled, "The Mayor of Atlanta Declares War on Religious Freedom." Now, more than three-and-a-half years later, sanity has prevailed and religious freedoms have been preserved. Atlanta must pay up. The case involved Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, a man who had served the city of Atlanta for more than 30 years, working with distinction and without blemish. But when he self-published a 160 page book for use in his home church, gay activists rose up against him, demanding that he be fired. What was his crime? On his own time and on his...
  • Jimmy Carter: Kavanaugh is 'unfit' to be a Supreme Court justice

    10/18/2018 11:04:29 AM PDT · by detective · 117 replies
    MSN News ^ | 10/18/12018 | Avery Anapol
    Former President Jimmy Carter harshly criticized newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling him "unfit" to serve on the court. Speaking to a class at Emory University in Atlanta on Wednesday, Carter said that Kavanaugh's behavior during his confirmation hearings demonstrated that his appointment was "a very serious mistake," according to Emory's independent, student-run newspaper, The Emory Wheel. "Whether or not [Kavanaugh] attempted to rape [Christine Blasey Ford], I thought he was temperamentally unfit to serve on the Supreme Court because of his outburst during the hearing," Carter said, according to video taken by a student during his remarks....
  • Atlanta forced to pay $1.2 million to fired Christian fire chief

    10/17/2018 12:00:57 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 17, 2018 | Rick Moran
    In a big victory for freedom of religion and speech, the Atlanta city council agreed to pay former fire chief Kelvin Cochran $1.2 million in damages and attorneys' fees for firing him after he wrote a book expressing biblical views on sex and marriage. Opposition to redefining marriage is not a "fringe" position, nor is it illegal. It is the deeply held belief of millions of people. But opposing the social justice agenda is tantamount to expressing "hate" and needs to be punished. The offender must be taught to "sensitize" himself against expressing politically incorrect views. In other words, he...
  • Atlanta to Pay $1.2 Million to Former Fire Chief After Violating His First Amendment Freedoms

    10/16/2018 5:54:05 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 21 replies
    CBN News ^ | 10/16/18 | Steve Warren
    The City of Atlanta, Georgia has agreed to pay former fire chief Kelvin Cochran, $1.2 million after a Federal District Court ruled in December 2017 that the city's policies which led to Cochran's termination were unconstitutional. *** [I]n 2015 . . . the City of Atlanta fired him because he wrote a men's devotional book in his spare time – a book that briefly mentions his views on a biblical understanding of marriage and sexuality. As CBN News reported, the city did not approve of Chief Cochran's book. After a 30-day suspension without pay, in order to complete "sensitivity training,"...
  • GA: Absentee ballots, initial in-person voting lines in Cobb showing early election enthusiasm

    10/15/2018 4:19:45 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 15 replies
    Marietta DIly Journel ^ | Oct 15, 2018 | Jon Gargis
    Vote early, and often. The oft-used mantra seems to have been taken to heart by many Cobb residents based on initial election turnout numbers released Monday before the end of the first day of early voting. Votes submitted by absentee mail as of Friday, prior to the start of Monday’s in-person early voting, totaled 6,379 — nearly four times the number of votes returned by the same time ahead of the 2014 general election: 1,659. Absentee ballots issued for this year’s election total 21,689 — more than triple the 6,496 issued in 2014 prior to in-person voting then. This year’s...
  • High rate of absentee ballots thrown out in Gwinnett

    10/15/2018 1:44:24 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 24 replies
    AJC ^ | 15 Oct 2018 | Mark Neisse and Tyler Estep
    Nearly one in 10 vote-by-mail ballots have been rejected by Gwinnett County election officials, alarming voting rights groups. Gwinnett is throwing out far more absentee ballots than any other county in Georgia, according to records from the Secretary of State’s Office. Ballots were discarded because of allegedly mismatched signatures, incomplete forms or missing residential addresses....
  • Abrams was asked if she’ll ‘take away’ guns. Here’s a detailed look at her [disingenuous] response

    10/15/2018 6:17:15 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 56 replies
    Stacy Abrams is attempting to become Governor of Georgia. One of her primary focuses is gun control and gun bans. From the article: Near the end of Stacey Abrams’ latest town hall meeting, she heard a question that’s become a near-ritual at these events. A voter wanted to know if talk that Abrams “is going to take away all of the guns” is correct. Her gun stance is a key factor in the race, not least because she embraces firearms restrictions and openly wars with the gun lobby, a shift that breaks with the party’s decades-old political approach to the...
  • Georgia Dem: 'You Shouldn't Have to Work More Than One Job Full-Time to Make a Living' [Abrams]

    10/15/2018 5:31:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2018 | 6:05 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Stacey Abrams, the Democrat hoping to make history as the first black governor of Georgia, was asked by CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday if she believes the “Trump economy” has been good for Georgia. Abrams credited President Barack Obama, not Trump:I would say that the Obama economy and that Nathan Deal, as governor, have both done a very good job of shepherding our society. But the problem we have is that, while our unemployment rate has fallen, we still are a low-wage state, where you have a lot of folks who are working two or three of those...
  • Abrams makes history with Atlanta Pride march

    10/14/2018 3:04:21 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 56 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/14/18 | Greg Bluestein
    Stacey Abrams emerged from her SUV on a busy Midtown Atlanta street corner on Sunday with a declaration to make to the throngs of voters attending the Atlanta Pride Parade, the annual celebration of LGBT rights in the heart of the city. “We’re here because we stand together, because we know that allies do not run from fights. And because we know we all have pride in Georgia,” she told cheering supporters, adding: “We stand with you and not against you.” Shortly after, she became the first major-party nominee for governor to march in the parade, a vibrant spectacle that...
  • Stacey Abrams accuses GOP foe of voter suppression as Georgia breaks voter-registration record

    10/14/2018 12:28:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, continued Sunday to accuse her Republican opponent of voter suppression even though the state recently broke its voter-registration record on his watch. Ms. Abrams alleged that Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has stalled 53,000 voter-registration forms as part of a “pattern of behavior” aimed at gaming the election in the GOP’s favor. “It’s part of a pattern of behavior where he tries to tilt the playing field in his favor or in the favor of his party,” the Georgia House Minority Leader told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This should not require...
  • Newt Gingrich: Here's a leader with a plan to genuinely control our southern border. He needs our...

    10/13/2018 9:10:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 13, 2018 | Newt Gingrich
    Full title: Newt Gingrich: Here's a leader with a plan to genuinely control our southern border. He needs our supportWhen House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., introduced the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act he set the stage for a vital national debate on important questions. Does our safety matter? Does the safety of our children matter? Does the safety of our neighborhoods and communities matter? Every American should be grateful that McCarthy is boldly setting out a plan to genuinely control our southern border and provided the resources and organization needed. He has written a bill that he...
  • Civil rights groups sue Georgia Republican Brian Kemp over 53,000 'pending' voter registrations

    10/13/2018 5:15:28 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | October 12, 2018 | Gregory Kreig
    (CNN)A coalition of advocacy groups has launched a lawsuit to block Georgia from enforcing a practice critics say endangers the votes of more than 50,000 people in November and potentially larger numbers headed into the 2020 presidential election cycle. The Campaign Legal Center and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law argued in the suit, which was filed in a federal district court on Thursday, that the state's "exact match" requirement violates the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is now running for...
  • Carpetbagging: 99.7 Percent Of Donations From Hollywood Executives Go To Democrats

    10/12/2018 8:57:26 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-11-2018 | Justin Carusco
    While Hollywood constantly preaches diversity, some of the entertainment industry’s most powerful and influential executives have given almost exclusively to Democrat candidates and left-wing PACs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, nearly 100 percent of the millions donated from the top executives in Hollywood went to Democrats or PACs working to elect Democrats. Of the more than $4 million in federal donations made by the top Hollywood executives and entertainers, 99.7 percent went to Democrats and Democratic-leaning political action committees or organizations, according to a Hollywood Reporter data review of Federal Election Commission records. Only three members of this year’s THR...
  • Stacey Abrams: ‘Blue Wave’ Is ‘Comprised of Those Who Are Documented and Undocumented’

    10/12/2018 3:56:50 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 12, 2018 3:20 pm | Paul Crookston
    Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Tuesday the Democrats’ "blue wave" in November would be comprised of those who are "documented and undocumented." Abrams was speaking with supporters at the Clayton County campaign office during an event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.). She touted the diversity of the coming "blue wave" that she thinks will sweep Democrats into office nationwide. "The thing of it is, the blue wave is African American. It is white. It is Latino. It is Asian-Pacific Islander," she said, going through a diverse list of groups. "It is made up of those who've been...

    10/11/2018 4:07:21 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 47 replies
    Peacan Report. ^ | OCTOBER 11, 2018 | Staff
    Pecan growers in the Southeast are in the orchards this morning assessing the damage from the CAT 4 Hurricane Michael that ripped through last night causing excessive winds and dumping large amounts of rain in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and now making its way through the Carolinas. Pecan growers with early pecan varieties like the Pawnee were scrambling earlier this week to get as much harvested as possible before the category 4 (at time of landfall) hurricane Michael, ripped through the southern states with wind gust of up to 75 miles per hour in pecan producing areas of South Georgia, South...
  • Black Man Claims Police Were Called on Him as He Was Baby-Sitting 2 White Children

    10/10/2018 3:16:40 PM PDT · by ETL · 81 replies
    Inside Edition - Yahoo News ^ | Oct 9, 2018 | MAYA CHUNG
    A black baby sitter in Georgia has claimed cops were called on him over the fact that he had two white children in his care. Corey Lewis said he was in the parking lot of a Cobb County Walmart Sunday when he noticed a white woman watching him and the two children, ages 6 and 10, whom he was baby-sitting. “She pulls around to the car and she asks, ‘Are the kids alright?’ I said, ‘Why wouldn’t they be?’” Lewis told “She gave a shoulder shrug. She left and then she came back … and said, ‘Can I speak...
  • Eric Holder: When Republicans go low, 'we kick them'

    10/10/2018 11:58:22 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/10/18 | MICHAEL BURKE
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder said at a recent campaign event that when Republicans "go low," Democrats should "kick them" in response, video that surfaced Wednesday shows. Holder, while campaigning for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D), said that it's time for Democrats to be as "tough," "dedicated" and "committed" as Republicans are. "Michelle (Obama) always says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about," he said. Holder, who has said he is interested in a possible 2020 White House bid, also said that Republicans...