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  • Georgia Knife Preemption Bill Passes Senate 41-12

    03/10/2012 1:48:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Doug Ritter
    Gilbert, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- Congratulations! With the help of the many knife enthusiasts who emailed and called Georgia Senators, the Georgia Senate passed SB432 by a vote of 41-12. SB432 is Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill that would repeal all local knife ordinances more restrictive than state law. Now it moves to the House for consideration. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “We are very excited and pleased by the outpouring of emails and calls from knife enthusiasts around the country who let Georgia Senators know that this bill was important to them. Thanks for your help!” Ritter also gave...
  • Georgia Senate Approves Pair of Gun Bills: Concealed Carry at 18, Return Stolen Guns (VIDEO)

    03/09/2012 7:04:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    guns.com ^ | 8 March, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    The Georgia Senate has approved two pro-gun bills, one that would require authorities to return stolen guns to their lawful owners and one that would lower the concealed carry license age requirement from 21 to 18. Senate Bill 350 would require law enforcement agencies throughout the state to return all seized firearms, not being held as evidence, to their lawful owners no later than 30 days after the court renders its final judgment. Now, if the firearms cannot be traced back to the original owners, S.B. 350 would require that authorities sell those firearms at a public auction. Current Georgia...
  • ***FOX NEWS IGNORES GEORGIA PRIMARY ON Channel Crawl***

    03/07/2012 2:20:34 AM PST · by The Wizard · 31 replies
    Stardate: 1203.7
    I am appalled that Fox news, whom a lot of us trusted, is NOT listing the results of the GEORGIA Primary on the bottom of the screen crawl....they act like it didn't happen..... They are so biased against Newt that they won't run the information that shows he won Georgia.... It may be a small thing, but what it tells me about Fox News is disturbing... Romney is the one the government has decided will replace bambi....a George Soros approved Republican.....
  • Gingrich Takes Georgia, Keeping Campaign Alive With a Southern Strategy

    03/07/2012 12:18:08 AM PST · by Brown Deer · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 6, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    Mr. Gingrich is poised to gain a substantial share of the state’s 76 delegates to the Republican convention. “In the morning, we are going on to Alabama,” Mr. Gingrich told an enthusiastic crowd here on Tuesday night, some waving “Newt-a-Mania” signs. “We’re going on to Mississippi. We’re going on to Kansas. And that’s just this week.” Alabama and Mississippi, which hold the next primaries on the calendar next Tuesday, both figure into Mr. Gingrich’s grand strategy for reanimating his candidacy by carrying Super Tuesday momentum into other victories in the South. So does Kansas, which holds its caucuses on Saturday.
  • Gingrich wins Georgia, predicts 3rd comeback

    03/06/2012 5:11:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/06/2012
    ATLANTA — Newt Gingrich won the Georgia primary Tuesday, ending a weeks-long drought in the Republican presidential race for the former House speaker who quickly tried to capitalize by looking to upcoming Southern primaries. Far behind in the Republican presidential delegate hunt, Gingrich campaigned in Alabama even before the polls closed in Georgia, and predicted his neighboring state would mark a third resurgence for his up-and-down campaign. In visiting Huntsville, he also sought to get GOP voters to look beyond Super Tuesday, with Gingrich only assured one of the 10 states voting. "For the third time, we're going to come...
  • Newt Gingrich touts surge in Tennessee polls, predicts Georgia win

    03/06/2012 10:50:09 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 68 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2-6-2012 | Amy Gardner
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Republican Newt Gingrich launched a final, two-day swing across the South on Monday in advance of the biggest voting day so far of the year. Gingrich planned to campaign on Monday and Super Tuesday in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia -- and vowed to exceed expectations in all the Southern states voting this week and next. Gingrich touted new polls showing that he is closing the gap in Tennessee, and he predicted again that he will win his home state of Georgia with ease. In a morning interview on CNN, Gingrich admitted that losing Georgia could end his...
  • Georgia Pastors Endorse Gingrich for President

    03/05/2012 8:18:00 PM PST · by Fred · 52 replies
    Newt2012.org ^ | 030512 | Newt2012
    Atlanta, GA – Pastors and faith leaders from throughout Georgia — including from more than a dozen churches — announced Monday they are personally endorsing Newt Gingrich in Tuesday’s Republican primary and joining his Faith Leaders Coalition. The pastors include Dr. Richard Lee, pastor of First Redeemer in Cumming, Dr. Michael Youssef, an Atlanta Christian author and broadcaster, and the Rev. Benny Tate of Rock Springs Methodist in Milner, Ga. Lee, Youssef and Tate are national co-chairs of Gingrich’s Faith Leaders Coalition. They will be working with the new Georgia faith leaders on Gingrich’s advisory coalition. “Our nation sorely needs...
  • A Win In Georgia Heralds Ultimate Defeat for Newt Gingrich [Santorum "Can Take The Fight to Obama"]

    03/03/2012 11:11:53 AM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | March 02, 2012
    A Win In Georgia Heralds Ultimate Defeat for Newt Gingrich Gingrich may win his home state, but Santorum has already beaten him for the role of conservative alternative to Romney Newt Gingrich doesn't really have to try to make the sale in Georgia – though he has been barnstorming the state nonetheless, practicing the kind of retail politics that made him a representative of the state's sixth district for 20 years. In Savannah on Friday, Gingrich entertained the audience with an anecdote about having been a (honorary) Girl Scout, revealing yet another text – in addition to Alcoholic Anonymous' Big...
  • Gingrich, Santorum battle for Bible Belt voters

    03/03/2012 7:55:23 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 22 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/3/2112 | Russ Bynam
    The GOP presidential candidates are fighting to win over conservative voters in the Bible Belt as the race takes on a more prominent Southern focus. After bowing out of recent contests north of the Mason-Dixon line, Newt Gingrich is staking his entire campaign on a big victory Tuesday in Georgia, where the onetime House speaker represented a suburban Atlanta district for 20 years.
  • Tough Questions: How secure is the U.S. border?

    03/03/2012 5:20:58 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 38 replies
    CBS ATLANTA ^ | Feb 27, 2012 | Jennifer Mayerle
    ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) - CBS Atlanta News reporter Jennifer Mayerle travels to the Texas-Mexico border to get tough questions answered about security at our national border. Illegal immigrant Jesus Jimenez was deported after committing a crime in metro Atlanta. He returned to the U.S. illegally, only to be accused of committing another crime. Jimenez is in jail charged with murdering his wife. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard thinks that may be the main reason he illegally crossed the border again.
  • Gingrich carries double-digit lead into Georgia primary (Mason-Dixon poll- Newt 38 R24 S22)

    03/03/2012 10:37:31 AM PST · by VinL · 13 replies
    AJC ^ | 3-3-12 | Sheinin
    Newt Gingrich is poised to win Georgia's Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, as a new poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows him with a double-digit lead in a state that he represented for 20 years in Congress. The poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, shows Gingrich with the support of 38 percent of respondents. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are essentially tied for second place, with Romney favored by 24 percent and Santorum 22 percent. Only 3 percent of those polled said they plan to vote for Ron Paul. Another 12 percent are undecided. The poll's...
  • Poll shows Gingrich expanding lead in Georgia (Newt 42% Mittens 22% Santorum 16% Paul 5%)

    03/02/2012 2:49:22 PM PST · by Red Steel · 35 replies
    wsbtv ^ | 5:14 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012
    ATLANTA — A new poll shows Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum losing ground in Georgia to Newt Gingrich, even after an extensive visit to the state. The Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll of 950 likely Republican primary voters was conducted Thursday exclusively for Channel 2 Action News. The survey showed Newt Gingrich earning 42 percent of the vote, Mitt Romney with 22 percent, Rick Santorum with 16 percent and Ron Paul with 5 percent. Fifteen percent of Georgians remained undecided. A Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll conducted one week ago had Santorum in second place, but the candidate has lost nearly 10 percent of...
  • Intruder killed in Martinez(GA)

    03/02/2012 8:20:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    augusta.com ^ | 29 February, 2012 | Gracie Shepherd
    A man was killed Wednesday night after breaking into a Martinez apartment, where the renter’s son shot him with a .22-caliber rifle, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Two men broke into a Cedar Lane apartment about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. Steve Morris said. After a brief struggle with the renter, the renter’s 15-year-old son fired at least two rounds, striking and killing one man. Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins declared that man dead on the scene. Morris said the second man ran away, and there is no indication that he was injured. The second man was described as...
  • GOP pres. campaign rolls into Columbus with Newt Gingrich visit and stop by Rick Santorum's bus

    03/01/2012 6:54:18 PM PST · by Red Steel · 17 replies · 8+ views
    Ledger Enquirer ^ | Thursday, Mar. 01, 2012 | MIKE OWEN
    One presidential candidate will be in Columbus this weekend, but it looks a second one who was believed to be coming will not make a local stop days before the Georgia primary. Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, Baker High class of ’61, will fly into Columbus Airport Friday evening at about 8 p.m. for a campaign stop, according to Johnson Trawick, Muscogee County chairman of Gingrich’s campaign for the Republican nomination. Local Republicans were under the impression that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum would be making a Saturday morning stop in downtown Columbus. It doesn't look like that will happen,...
  • Gingrich campaign declares Rick Santorum has a ‘Jimmy Hoffa problem’ (Campaign Audio at link)

    03/01/2012 4:16:18 PM PST · by Red Steel · 36 replies · 2+ views
    ajc ^ | 6:48 pm March 1, 2012 | jgalloway
    In a sign of where Newt Gingrich thinks he can – or needs to – gain ground, his GOP presidential campaign on Thursday launched a round of robocalls in both Oklahoma and Tennessee, accusing Rick Santorum of being a union lackey. My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy, who has been traveling with Gingrich, says campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond has been trying out a new line, saying Santorum must deal with his “Jimmy Hoffa problem” — explaining “why he tried to bury his big-labor voting record in the end zone of this primary.” The robocall is Gingrich’s first paid-media swipe at Santorum....
  • Newt Gingrich rallies supporters in Covington

    03/01/2012 10:23:14 AM PST · by Red Steel · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Rockdale Citizen ^ | February 29, 2012 | Crystal Tatum
    COVINGTON -- GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich stopped in Covington Wednesday to tell voters the upcoming presidential election is "the most important election of your lifetime." #Gingrich wasted no time in attacking President Barack Obama on his foreign and energy policies in a speech that earned him lots of cheers and a few outbursts of "Give him the boot Newt!" from an enthusiastic crowd gathered at Peachtree Academy on U.S. Highway 278. #"The Bible teaches us that without vision, the people perish," Gingrich said. But Obama's vision "is not the answer we want and it's not American," he said. #Gingrich...
  • Gingrich to address Ga. lawmakers ahead of primary

    02/29/2012 5:54:41 PM PST · by Red Steel
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 29, 2012
    (AP) Republican candidate Newt Gingrich will speak to lawmakers in his old home state ahead of Georgia's primary on Super Tuesday. The former House speaker will start Wednesday with one-on-one meetings with key supporters, including Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Gingrich is then scheduled to speak before the state House of Representatives and appear at a Statehouse news conference with supporters. House Speaker David Ralston has not endorsed any candidates in the presidential primary.
  • Gingrich eyes Super Tuesday states

    02/29/2012 3:54:20 PM PST · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    msnbc ^ | February 28, 2012 | Alex Moe
    ROME, GA -- While his Republican presidential rivals await voter returns from Michigan and Arizona, Newt Gingrich is continuing to fight for his political life in the South while on a bus tour across his home state of Georgia. “Georgia is the biggest group of delegates up on Super Tuesday so this is a big deal. And it really, really matters,” Gingrich told an overflowing crowd this morning in Dalton. -snip- The lyrics, “I am a real American. Fight for what's right, fight for your life!" from the popular Hulk Hogan entrance song -- “Real American” -- blasted through the...
  • Georgia Democratic party exec resigns; chairman denies financial crisis

    02/27/2012 7:08:08 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10:27 pm February 26, 2012 | Jim Galloway, Political Insider
    The state Democratic party has problems. On Saturday, the chief of staff of the party, Page Gleason, handed in her resignation. The letter announcing her decision included these lines: I have dedicated my adult life to fighting for the Democratic Party and its ideals throughout the State of Georgia. The situation at the Democratic Party of Georgia, however, has made it impossible for me to continue serving effectively as your Executive Director. …I strongly recommend that the Executive Committee and the By-laws Committee review the sections of the Democratic Party of Georgia by-laws…. A thoughtful review and additional wording would...
  • Gingrich to Church: 'Apologists' and 'Elites' Imposing Will on Citizens

    02/26/2012 8:40:02 PM PST · by Red Steel · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Fox ^ | February 26, 2012 | Joy Lin
    CUMMING, Ga. - Newt Gingrich turned the church pulpit into a history class when he addressed the congregation at First Redeemer Church, comparing the struggle of American colonies -snip- "I don't come here as a religious leader and I don't come here as a saint," Gingrich said as soon as he began talking. "I come here as a citizen who has had a life that at times has fallen short of the glory of God, who has had to seek God's forgiveness and has had to seek reconciliation." As such, Gingrich said, he was speaking in the pulpit "as a...
  • Iowa, Wisconsin Agree to Recognize Georgia CCW Permits

    02/26/2012 5:10:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies · 1+ views
    guns.com ^ | 23 February, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    We are still waiting on the Senate to decide the fate of a National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill, one that would provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State. But in meantime, states are continuing to reach out to each other to forge state-to-state concealed carry reciprocity agreements (there’s no reason to wait on the Fed). The latest state to expand its reciprocal recognition program is Georgia, which added Iowa and Wisconsin to its list last month bringing its total to 26. Georgia currently reciprocates in recognizing firearms licenses with...
  • Gingrich's gun rack quip about Volt shot full of holes (projectile vomit alert)

    02/25/2012 4:12:30 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 60 replies
    Politifact ^ | February 24, 2012 | Willoughby Mariano
    The Truth-O-Meter Says: Gingrich "You can’t put a gun rack in a [Chevrolet] Volt." Newt Gingrich on Saturday, February 18th, 2012 in a campaign speech in Cobb County Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently went gunnin’ for greenies. Gingrich’s target is the Chevy Volt, an electric car that also can run on gas. During a recent Republican presidential campaign swing through Georgia, he revved up crowds by calling it the car that rich, liberal environmentalists think you ought to drive. President Barack Obama would make you ditch your gas guzzler at the side of the road for the Volt, if...
  • Jerguson introduces gun bill(GA)

    02/24/2012 8:26:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ledgernews.com ^ | 21 February, 2012 | Staff
    Under proposed House Bill 981, a piece of legislation that co-sponsor Rep. Sean Jerguson, R-Holly Springs, is confident will pass, Georgians would have the right to carry concealed weapons in some traditionally banned places. “I believe it will pass,” he said, adding that it has received a tremendous amount of support. Rep. Stephan Allison, R-Blairsville, is sponsoring the bill. “I’m a third signer,” Jerguson said last week. “Basically, it’s a culmination of a lot of work from lot of people.” Developed as a tactic to remove state restrictions where a licensed individual can carry a concealed weapon, Jerguson said HB...
  • Poll: Pennsylvania’s perking up for Rick Santorum; Update: Rick Within five of Newt in … Georgia?

    02/23/2012 7:00:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2012 | Tina Korbe
    In a GOP primary in which all four GOP candidates face the rare prospect of a home-state loss, Rick Santorum looks like he might be able to pull off a win in Pennsylvania, after all. Washington Wire calls attention to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll that has good news for the former senator from the Keystone State: Mr. Santorum [now leads] former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 45 percent to 16 percent. The other two candidates are in single digits: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich comes it at 9 percent and Ron Paul at 7 percent.Mr. SantorumÂ’s victories in...
  • Gingrich plans campaign stops in Georgia, including Gainesville

    02/23/2012 12:53:20 PM PST · by Red Steel · 13 replies
    AccessNorthGa ^ | Thursday, February 23rd 2012 at 2:47pm
    ATLANTA (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is planning several campaign appearances in Georgia as candidates prepare for the upcoming Super Tuesday primary in the state on March 6. Gingrich's campaign announced the two-day bus tour in Georgia would include stops in Dalton, Rome and Carrollton on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Gingrich is scheduled to visit the State Capitol in Atlanta and appear at events in Covington and Gainesville.
  • Gingrich to rally supporters in Dalton on Tuesday

    02/23/2012 8:34:45 AM PST · by barmag25 · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Dalton Daily Citizen ^ | February 23, 2012 | Charles Oliver
    Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich will kick off his final push for votes in Georgia’s March 6 presidential primary with a rally in Dalton on Tuesday. Gingrich will speak to supporters at 11 a.m. at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center. The event is open to the public. Susan Meyers, Gingrich’s Southeast communications director, said the Dalton rally will be the start of a bus tour through North Georgia that includes stops later that day in Rome and Carrollton and picks up on Wednesday in Atlanta at the state Capitol before moving to Covington and Gainesville. “He’s coming...
  • Rick Perry spends his first day as Gingrich surrogate, argues Newt is only true conservative

    02/22/2012 7:47:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Febuary 22, 2012
    Rick Perry spent his first day on the campaign trail as a Newt Gingrich surrogate, sticking closely to his talking points that Gingrich is the only true conservative left in the race. The Texas governor spoke on several national radio shows and on CNN’s John King USA before visiting the post-debate spin in Mesa, Ariz. Perry had a busy afternoon in the Valley of the Sun with live interviews with King, Michael Medved, Rusty Humpheries and Hugh Hewitt. Similar themes came through in all of his interviews, as he promoted Gingrich as the true conservative and took time to promote...
  • Gingrich taps Rick Perry on campaign trail in Arizona

    02/22/2012 12:16:21 PM PST · by Red Steel · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/22/12 01:50 PM ET | Alicia M. Cohn
    Rick Perry will campaign with Newt Gingrich and attend the GOP debate in Arizona on Wednesday, according to reports. It will be the Texas governor’s first public appearance with Gingrich since he dropped out of the GOP race and endorsed him last month. Perry dropped his presidential bid in mid-January, endorsing Gingrich just days before the South Carolina primary. Gingrich won the vote in the state, but has since fallen behind the other GOP candidates in the polls and has failed to win any other nominating contests. Perry’s appearance with Gingrich in Arizona is his first major campaign event for...
  • Should Georgia exempt itself from federal law?

    02/21/2012 10:09:59 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    AJC ^ | 2/21/2012 | Kristina Torres
    The measure has the backing of the Senate's top two leaders -- President Pro Tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock -- who have signed on as co-sponsors. "The federal government has excessively abused the authority of state and local governments for some time," Albers said, explaining why he sponsored the proposal. SR 889 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • GBI investigating SWAT team shooting of Iraq war vet in Appling County standoff

    02/21/2012 8:54:11 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 53 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | 21 Feb 2012 | Terry Dickson
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the weekend shooting death of an Iraq war veteran in an armed standoff near Appling County’s Surrency community, Appling Sheriff Bennie DeLoach said. Neighbors of James M. Dixon III, 31, called the Sheriff’s Office about 3:50 a.m. Sunday to say someone had fired a shot through their house, DeLoach said in a release. Deputies went to Dixon’s house but decided for safety reasons to wait until daylight before confronting whoever fired the shot, DeLoach said. As they waited, Dixon left the house and drove to his parents’ house about a half mile away...
  • 5 killed in shooting at Georgia health spa

    <p>NORCROSS, Ga. –  Five people were shot dead Tuesday night in what police suspect was a murder-suicide at a health spa in Norcross, Ga., myFOXatlanta.com reported.</p> <p>Authorities responded to the shooting at the Su Jung Health Sauna on Buford Highway, just northeast of Atlanta, around 9:00pm ET.</p>
  • Poll: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Nearly Even In Georgia

    02/21/2012 7:26:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 95 replies
    Savannah Morning News ^ | February 21, 2012 | Larry Peterson
    Poll: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Nearly Even In Georgia February 21, 2012 By Larry Peterson A new poll pegs Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as nearly even in Georgia as its March 6 Republican primary approaches. Gingrich’s double-digit lead has dried up in less than three weeks, and experts say his White House hopes likely are over if he can’t carry his home state. In a Monday InsiderAdvantage Georgia poll of 711 likely primary voters, Gingrich, a former long-time Georgia congressman and House speaker, had 26 percent. Former Massachusetts governor Romney had 24 percent and former...
  • Georgians could be seeing more lenient gun laws in the future

    02/21/2012 5:45:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    wltz.com ^ | 20 February, 2012 | Sara Belsole
    COLUMBUS, GA - A new bill introduced this legislative session aims at amping up your second amendment rights. "I can potentially defend myself and my wife in more places, which I like. I like having the ability to pretty much carry wherever I want just in case," Phillip Huckaby, an instructor at Shooters of Columbus, says. If House Bill 981 passes, it would allow Georgians to carry concealed weapons in places like bars, public schools, college campuses and government buildings. "Gun laws are pretty lenient right now, and with this new legislation they want to make even more areas available...
  • Gingrich: Michigan is do-or-die for Romney

    02/20/2012 9:46:09 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 60 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 19, 2012 | By Tim Devaney
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich hinted Sunday that if rival Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney loses the primary election in his home state of Michigan, he should drop out of the race. “If he loses his home state, I don’t see what he says the next morning to his donors to stay in the race,” Mr. Gingrich told “Fox News Sunday.” If Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, can’t win his home state in a primary election, how can he beat President Obama in Michigan, which typically votes with the Democrats, Mr. Gingrich asked.
  • Gun sales increase in 2012

    02/19/2012 3:53:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 69 replies
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | 19 Feb 2012 | Bianca Cain Johnson
    In the gun business, fear drives sales, and recently, sales have increased. About 300 people have already applied for a Georgia Weapon Carry license in 2012, according to Richmond County Probate Court records. Last year, approximately 1,600 permits were submitted. At the current rate, applications could nearly double 2011’s numbers by the end of this year. Kayna Widener was driven to purchase a gun after she saw a man attack a woman outside the Augusta Mall several months ago. She was the only witness to the attack. In this case, the man fled after the victim put up a...
  • Atlanta Cops Arrest Second Suspect In Brutal Videotaped Assault Of Gay Man

    02/19/2012 11:06:39 AM PST · by EveningStar · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | February 17, 2012
    Police today arrested a second suspect in connection with the videotaped beating of a gay man outside an Atlanta convenience store.
  • Herman Cain rallies Georgia crowd for Newt Gingrich

    02/18/2012 1:42:15 PM PST · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2-18-12 | Juliet Eilperin
    CUMMING, Ga.— Herman Cain may no longer be seeking the GOP presidential nomination, but he still has plenty of fans in Georgia. The erstwhile presidential candidate received a standing ovation at South Forsyth High School, where he introduced former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) at a county precinct meeting. “You know, I knew I had some friends in Forsyth County,” Cain said, as the crowd cheered. “But we’re here because we believe Newt Gingrich should be the next president of the United States in America.” “And contrary to what the mainstream, lame-stream, lapdog media want you to believe, he can...
  • Herman Cain rallies Georgia crowd for Newt Gingrich

    02/18/2012 12:05:52 PM PST · by Red Steel · 81 replies · 2+ views
    WaPo ^ | 11:21 AM ET, 02/18/2012 | Juliet Eilperin
    CUMMING, Ga.— Herman Cain may no longer be seeking the GOP presidential nomination, but he still has plenty of fans in Georgia. The erstwhile presidential candidate received a standing ovation at South Forsyth High School, where he introduced former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) at a county precinct meeting. “You know, I knew I had some friends in Forsyth County,” Cain said, as the crowd cheered. “But we’re here because we believe Newt Gingrich should be the next president of the United States in America.” “And contrary to what the mainstream, lame-stream, lapdog media want you to believe, he can...
  • Gingrich Places Second in Gwinnett GOP Straw Poll (Mitt distant 4th)

    02/18/2012 11:52:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Patch ^ | February 18, 2012 | Kristi Reed
    Ron Paul finished ahead of Newt Gingrich on Saturday in a straw poll taken during a Gwinnett County Republican meeting in Suwanee, Suwanee Patch reports. Paul collected 115 votes to Gingrich's 73 in voting at Collins Hill High. Finishing third was former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum with 60 votes. Mitt Romney, currently the overall delegate leader among GOP candidates, got 25 votes. During his speech, Gingrich outlined his presidential plans and called President Obama the "most dangerous president in modern American history." The meeting was just one of Gingrich's campaign stops today. Early Saturday morning, Gingrich, along with former candidate...
  • Top GOP Senator Says ‘If Romney Loses Michigan, We Need a New Candidate’ (Anonymous Coward)

    02/18/2012 7:19:05 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 65 replies
    ABC The Note ^ | Jonathan Karl
    A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race. “If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity. The senator believes Romney will ultimately win in Michigan but says he will publicly call for the party to find a new candidate if he does not. “We’d get killed,” the senator said if Romney manages to win the nomination after he failed to win...
  • Gingrich: 'Our goal is to win Georgia'

    02/18/2012 12:08:01 AM PST · by Red Steel · 15 replies
    msnbc ^ | February 17, 2012 | Alex Moe
    PEACHTREE CITY, GA -- Newt Gingrich made his intentions in Georgia known Friday night while criticizing his GOP rivals for skipping his home state. “It's very important for me to win Georgia. Our goal is to win Georgia,” Gingrich told reporters inside an airport hangar following a rally with roughly 350 people. Fresh off a fundraising swing through California, the former House speaker challenged Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum not to ignore Georgia, a Super Tuesday state. “If you’re afraid to debate Newt Gingrich, you sure can’t debate Barack Obama,” Gingrich said at the event just outside of Atlanta. “I...
  • Georgia Turns Into Shaky Ground for Gingrich ["Evangelicals and Tea Party Breaking for Santorum"]

    02/17/2012 11:53:47 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 18, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    Georgia Turns Into Shaky Ground for Gingrich By TRIP GABRIEL February 18, 2012 ATLANTA — If Newt Gingrich has any hope of a comeback, it must begin here, in the state he represented for 20 years as a congressman and where the haul of delegates to the Republican National Convention is the biggest prize of the Super Tuesday contests next month. Yet when asked about the once-unthinkable possibility that he might lose the primary in Georgia, where Rick Santorum is surging just as he is nationally, Mr. Gingrich offered a shrug. “Given this kind of a year, who knows?” he...
  • Gingrich slams rivals for backing out of debate

    02/17/2012 9:30:46 PM PST · by quantim · 73 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 17, 11:52 PM EST | BETH FOUHY
    PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich slammed his Republican rivals Friday for refusing to appear in a nationally televised debate from his home state of Georgia, a state the former House speaker has made central to his strategy of getting his struggling presidential bid back on track. Gingrich made his remarks at a rally in the congressional district he represented for 20 years, speaking to a few hundred supporters. He planned several campaign stops across Georgia on Saturday with Herman Cain, a fellow Georgian and former contender for the GOP nomination who has since endorsed Gingrich. CNN was forced...
  • In Georgia, Newt Gingrich says 'it's nice to be home'

    02/17/2012 10:41:27 PM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/12 10:34 PM EST | GINGER GIBSON
    PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Newt Gingrich is back in the state he represented for over two decades in Congress. On Friday, the former House speaker kicked off a two-day tour in Georgia, where he represented a suburban Atlanta district for 10 terms and first became a household name. He will campaign in his old district Saturday with former presidential rival and Atlanta businessman Herman Cain, who has endorsed him. Gingrich will be back in Georgia the end of the month, with a bus tour through the state on Feb. 28 and 29, one week before the Super Tuesday primary on...
  • Gingrich rallies Georgia faithful as time grows short

    02/17/2012 7:43:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    ajc ^ | 8:56 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2012 | Aaron Gould Sheinin and Jeffry Scott
    Newt Gingrich returned Friday to the one place polls say he's still the front-runner and vowed to fight to win his former state. Gingrich rallied more than 300 supporters in Peachtree City to kick off a two-day swing through Georgia, the state he represented for 20 years in Congress as a backbencher, firebrand and speaker of the House. "The primary in Georgia is very important, and I need your help and no one should take it for granted," Gingrich said from the stage in a hangar at Falcon Field. "This is a wide-open race." He urged his supporters to spread...
  • Thomson Police Department receives M-16 assault rifles through state program

    02/17/2012 2:24:30 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 53 replies
    wrdw.com ^ | 16 Feb 2012 | Katie Beasley
    APPLING, Ga. -- Police officers in Thomson are bringing out the big guns to help them fight crime. Officers now have military M-16 rifles, and they didn't have to dig deep in their pockets to pay for them. It's straight to training and target practice as the officers learn how to use the rifles in their fight against crime. "It's very important to me as the chief of police of the Thomson Police Department to return my officers home at the end of every tour of duty safe from harm," said Thomson Police Chief Joe Nelson. A state program gives...
  • Elementary school teacher, 39, jailed for FORTY years for her affair with boy of 14

    02/17/2012 1:57:49 PM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 17, 2012 | Paul Thompson and Rachel Quigley
    An elementary school teacher has been jailed for 40 years for having sex with a 14-year-old student. Shannon Alicia Schmieder, 39, was told she will have to serve 20 years - by far the toughest sentence ever handed out by a U.S. court to an educator accused of underage sex.
  • Gingrich to play up southern roots in Georgia campaign swing (Newt 43% Mittens 29% Santorum 12%)

    02/17/2012 12:40:44 PM PST · by Red Steel · 91 replies
    Fox ^ | February 17, 2012
    ATLANTA – The campaign trail in Georgia is getting crowded. With less than three weeks left until the state's March 6 presidential primary, candidates in the topsy-turvy Republican race are turning their attention to Super Tuesday's biggest delegate prize. Newt Gingrich will play up his roots when he returns to his old home state to campaign for two days, beginning with a rally in Peachtree City Friday night. Surging after a trio of wins in recent weeks, Rick Santorum will focus on his evangelical base, appearing Sunday night at a "God and Country" rally at First Redeemer Church in Cumming....
  • Live Thread:Newt speaks at a Peachtree City, GA Rally February 17, 2012 7:30-8:30 pm.

    02/17/2012 10:33:05 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 6 replies
    2/17/2012 | nikos1121
    I'm going to try attend this rally tonight as it's open to the public. Will be at the PTC airport. If I can get in, I'll post pixx. Newt speaks at a Peachtree City Rally Friday February 17, 2012 - 7:30-8:30pm ET Hanger B4 500 Aviation Drive Peachtree City, GA Note: This event is free and open to the public
  • Bill proposes massive overhaul to Georgia gun laws

    02/17/2012 5:59:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 16 February, 2012 | Laura Diamond and Christopher Quinn
    Georgians would be allowed to carry concealed weapons in bars, public schools, most government buildings, college campuses and other locations under a sweeping gun bill filed in the House. In addition to banishing many current restrictions, House Bill 981 would prevent police or the National Guard from disarming people during states of emergency, and it would allow citizens to sue if that occurred. Rep. Sean Jerguson, R-Woodstock, one of the bill's co-sponsors, said Thursday that it strikes a balance between the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms, and personal property rights. For instance, any church or business,...