Raffensperger wins nomination for Secretary of State

Election, Election 2018

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Brad Raffensperger has defeated David Belle Isle in the July Runoff Election.

Raffensperger and Belle Isle vied for the Republican nomination to seek the seat of Georgia Secretary of State. The Secretary of State seat is open with no incumbent as current Secretary of State Brian Kemp moves forward in the gubernatorial race.

With all 159 counties reporting, Raffensperger was able to receive 61.76 percent of the vote while Belle Isle fell short only receiving 38.24 percent.

Raffensperger will move forward to the November General Election where he will face Democratic nominee John Barrow.

 

 

 

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Duncan wins tightest race in July Runoff

Election, Election 2018

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Geoff Duncan narrowly beats out David Shafer in the July Runoff Election.

In what was by far the closest race to take place during the runoff, Duncan beat out Shaffer by a mere 1672 votes. In some precincts across the state this race showed wins by a margin of only 2 votes.

Duncan and Shafer vied for the Republican nomination to seek the seat of Georgia Lt. Governor. The Lt. Governor seat is open with no incumbent as current Lt. Governor Casey Cagle chose to throw his name in the hat for the Republican nomination in the gubernatorial race.

With all 159 counties reporting, Duncan was able to receive 50.15 percent of the vote while Shafer fell short receiving 49.85 percent.

Duncan will move forward to the November General Election where he will face Democratic nominee Sarah Riggs Amico.

David Cooper feels he can reach across party lines and defeat Doug Collins

Election 2018, News, Politics

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – David Cooper will face off against Josh McCall for Georgia’s 9th congressional district seat Democratic nomination. The winner of the May General Primary will then run against Republican incumbent Congressman Doug Collins.

Collins has held the Georgia 9th Congressional District seat since 2013.

David Cooper seeks Democratic nomination in May General Primary.

Cooper stopped by the Fannin County Democratic meeting to share with Fannin County residents why he feels that he is the best man for the job.
“I am soldier. I have served in the forces that have guarded this country and our way of life, and I am prepared to serve again,” Cooper introduced himself.

Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Cooper has also had a career working various levels of government, is currently retired from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During his employment with the EPA, Cooper worked in hazardous waste clean up and also worked in commercializing green options, such as, solar, wind, and geothermal.

Because of his background, Cooper feels that he can reach a wide audience, “I speak the language of patriotism and sacrifice. I speak the language of compassion and selfless service. I speak the language of public participation, cost effective regulation and legislation.”

“It is not about giving a speech. It’s not about making a list of here’s my issues, and wouldn’t it be cool if we could do these things. That is what every politician is taught to do,” Cooper said explaining he wants to see real accomplishments.

“I am an unconventional candidate, and I will be running an unconventional campaign,” Cooper noted that unlike his opponent, McCall, he would in fact seek to sway Republican voters. “I have the skills and experience to have those conversations.”

Cooper is convinced that there is no such thing as a single issue voter, and is confident that he can find common ground and common values among all residents of Georgia’s 9th District.

Cooper summarized his beliefs and his platform into three key elements, the first being a need to “save democracy”. He feels this can be accomplished by stopping fake news, ensuring clean elections, and implementing term limits.

His second stance is to “protect what we hold dear”. Cooper cited a few areas that deserve our attention and care, these being social security, medicare, women’s rights, the environment, veterans, and small businesses.

Cooper labeled his final stance as “progress for the future”. He would like to see steps made towards universal health care, common sense gun control, clean energy, fair taxes and affordable education.

“Not free education,” Cooper pointed out, “until we can get healthcare for everybody, don’t talk to me about free education.”

Locally Cooper would like to work to support small businesses, citing that they are uniquely numerous in our area due to the tourism industry. He feels that one way to promote this would be to “energize the Small Business Administration to do more to support and provide more outreach.”

“That’s how we keep the Georgia 9th vibrant, keep these small businesses going,” Cooper added.

“Collins should not be making rules for anyone,” Cooper spoke of his Republican opponent, “His loyalties are not with the people.”

In the General Primary Cooper says the focus should not be about himself running against McCall but instead he advised the crowd, “You need to pick the person who can beat Doug Collins and who has a plan.”

 

 

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FYN Interviews Rebbeca Yardley on Georgia’s 2018 Sine Die – Last Day of Legislative Session

Politics, State & National

It’s Sine Die day, that means it’s the last day of the 2018 Legislative Session! Interviews First Vice Chairman of Georgia Congress 9th District GOP Rebecca Yardley on the experience and what to expect from the Georgia Capitol today!

 

Short Takes – Unpredictability – And the World Trembles

Opinion

Donald Trump remains a surprise. He did a first yesterday (03/09/18). He popped his head into the White House briefing room and threw a bone to the assemble goof’s of the main stream media, to wait for a big announced at 3:30pm, He then left while their mouths hung open. At 3:30, the South Korean representative announced that North Korea’s “Rocket Man” has asked to meet face to face with Donald Trump, another first. Kim Jung Un has never yet met with the head of state of any country save probably China. What is going on here and why with Trump?

As expected, the media went wild. By the evening’s news, CNN was crediting Obama’s policies against No. Korea for bringing Kim to the table. Other media nay sayers, from their lofty platforms, were all positing the reasons why any “summit” between Trump and Kim could not possibly work by regurgitating all the failed efforts previous presidents experienced in dealing with the Hermit kingdom. If they couldn’t, how could that awful Trump achieve such a feat?

We have a serious contradiction here right now. All the major players in the world today are unpredictable. Putin is trying to support a collapsing economy with a strategy of provoking his neighbours to keep them off balance so he can create political room for his dreams of renewing an Imperial Russia.

China’s president Xi, who just made himself President for life, is unpredictable too because no-one really has any idea about his character the party;s ideas or his long-term objectives. China needs internal stability but no one can predict how China’s external policies of stirring the pot, may react to the potential of political change on the Korean peninsula.

China is still reeling from Trumps steel and aluminum tariffs when suddenly, here Trump is ready to reunite the Koreas, and Kim asked for it. I don’t believe it will happen, but China must seriously consider it. On top of that, China has its own social problems that threaten its internal stability. So does No. Korea for that matter. Kim fears his military could oust him now that Trumps total embargo on banking and commerce is forcing No. Korea intro bankruptcy. China can’t carry Kim’s economic burdens forever. It’s the unpredictability of it all that makes us think “out of the box.” What’s next?

Trumps “Anaconda Plan” for No. Korea is squeezing Kim’s economy far more then any previous policy any American president or the UN has enacted. Common thinking works on the basis of fear of reigniting the as yet unresolved Korea War. “Rocket man,” who has threatened the US with a hail of nuclear terror raining down from the sky has suddenly and quietly opted for a first meeting with the last unpredictable world leader, Donald Trump.

We live in a world of fear. Two of those three unpredictable but powerful world leaders, Putin and Xi, plus No. Korea’s Kim, could react negatively to a single bad decision possibly plunging the world into a nuclear holocaust. That’s the fear. Since Putin and Xi are both effectively free of any democratic constraints, and Trump probably wished he were, the anticipation and fear of the future lies in the hands of a psychotic despot and an always smiling billionaire negotiator who eschews the title “politician” but revels in getting the job done. Trump has managed to force North Koreas Kim to at least express a willingness to meet with him, and the world trembles.
America does not yet even have an ambassador to South Korea thanks to Chuckie Schumer. Trump is on the cusp of greatness, The democrats will prevent it at all costs. Maybe Trump will actually earn a Nobel Peace Prize.

Remember freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go Get ‘em! 

Congressman Doug Collins and Blue Ridge Business Owners Talk Pro-Growth Policies

Politics, State & National

Collins and Blue Ridge Business Owners Talk Pro-Growth Policies

BLUE RIDGE, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) joined the Blue Ridge Business Association recently to hear from business leaders about the local economy and related policy issues.

Collins asked the Fannin County group to share the economic outlook for their operations and invited questions on policy issues affecting the local economic landscape.

“This roundtable brought together a lot of business experience and deep commitment to the economic success of the Fannin community. As I remain committed to supporting pro-growth policies, it’s invaluable to receive feedback from the Blue Ridge Business Association and other job creators on a number of policy issues that my colleagues and I are working on in Congress,” said Collins.

One of the strongest themes at the roundtable was the increasing need for workers to fill job openings being fueled by the expanding economy. Collins explained how the House of Representatives is turning its attention toward workforce development aimed at bringing unemployed Americans into the labor market. Participants seemed to agree that elevating vocational training in community schools would also help equip workers for local job opportunities.

The group also asked Collins about the president’s infrastructure plan and its potential impact on Fannin County and considered how communities should approach potential infrastructure investments.

The White House’s recently released approach to infrastructure emphasizes the needs of rural America, including affordable broadband access. Collins has championed this issue in his work with the Trump Administration and through his introduction of the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act, which would incentivize greater investment in broadband infrastructure.

Bipartisan Group Introduces CLOUD Act in House

Politics, Press Release

Bipartisan Group Introduces CLOUD Act in House

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) is joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act today. The CLOUD Act would better balance the interests of cloud users while incentivizing bilateral agreements for law enforcement to fight crime.

Collins and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) sponsored the legislation in the House, and cosponsors include Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and John Rutherford (R-Fla.).

“The digital age demands our vigilance in protecting the privacy and the safety of American citizens. The CLOUD Act paves the way for the U.S. to forge bilateral agreements establishing frameworks for fighting crime and terrorism and for guarding information stored electronically. It’s encouraging to see both bodies of Congress and both sides of the aisle join the Justice Department and tech community in supporting a wise, balanced approach to information storage in the 21st century,” said Collins.

“The CLOUD Act paves the way for the United States to enter modern bilateral agreements for effective investigations of cross-border crime and terrorism—without international legal conflicts—and ensures that customers and data holders are protected by their own nation’s privacy laws. Representative Doug Collins, Senators Orrin Hatch and Chris Coons, the Department of Justice, and our industry partners should all be thanked for their hard work and leadership in this regard,” said Jeffries.

“Updating our laws to reflect the way the world works in the 21st century has been one of my top priorities in Congress. I’ve supported a number of different proposals to reform our electronic privacy laws and will continue to push for those, including the CLOUD Act. This bill guarantees that users of technology have confidence that their privacy rights will be protected by due process while simultaneously ensuring law enforcement agencies have necessary access to information through a clear, legal framework to keep us safe,” DelBene said.

“As technology has made tremendous leaps and bounds forward, our digital privacy laws unfortunately have stayed frozen in time. Today, the growth of cloud computing, online storage, and other services are increasingly taking American data to servers and other facilities all across the world. This often creates conflict between different legal systems that can undermine consumer privacy and generate uncertainty as to when law enforcement may or may not access certain information on those servers. This bill updates digital privacy rights to strike an important balance that safeguards consumer privacy and establishes a clear framework to ensure requests for information comply with the law,” said Issa.

“The CLOUD Act represents compromise between industry stakeholders, the Department of Justice, and consumer groups. This legislation will resolve the uncertainty surrounding law enforcement access to data stored abroad, ensuring they can have timely access while protecting the privacy of consumers. I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues to ensure swift passage of the CLOUD Act,” said Marino.

“During my 40 years in law enforcement, quality intelligence often made the difference in stopping crimes and bringing justice to victims. As our world’s information systems grow in complexity, it is essential we fix our outdated laws to ensure law enforcement agencies can access the critical information they need. This bill will update our data laws to protect citizens’ privacy rights and allow law enforcement to properly access data in today’s modern world. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their hard work and commitment to keeping our world safe,” said Rutherford.

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) led the introduction of the CLOUD Act in the Senate today.

“The CLOUD Act is landmark legislation that addresses an increasingly pressing problem,” said Hatch. “In today’s world of email and cloud computing, where data is stored across the globe, law enforcement and tech companies find themselves encumbered by conflicting data disclosure and privacy laws. We need a commonsense framework to help law enforcement obtain critical information to solve crimes while at the same time enabling email and cloud computing providers to comply with countries’ differing privacy regimes. The CLOUD Act creates such a framework and will also help set a precedent for our allies as they deal with this problem too.”

“In a globalized world, we need clear rules governing access to data stored abroad,” said Coons. “I am encouraged that the legal framework included in today’s bill is supported by law enforcement and the tech community. I am proud to join Sens. Hatch, Whitehouse, and Graham in advancing legislation that protects data across borders and encourages fair treatment by our international partners.”

Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act of 2018 Pillars:

  • Bilateral Agreements: The CLOUD Act enables the United States to enter into formal agreements with other nations to set clear standards for cross-border investigative requests for digital evidence. The CLOUD Act further identifies a series of statutory requirements that these agreements must satisfy, including privacy and security protections.
  • Extraterritoriality of U.S. Warrants and International Comity: The CLOUD Act amends U.S. law to make clear that U.S. warrants and other legal process issued for data held by communications providers reach data stored anywhere in the world. The reach of U.S. warrants and legal process, however, would be limited by international comity. The CLOUD Act would give providers, for the first time, a statutory right to challenge legal process based on international comity concerns.
  • Transparency: When a communications provider receives a request from U.S. law enforcement related to a national or resident of a country that has entered into a bilateral agreement with the United States, the provider will be permitted to notify that government of the existence of the request. This will allow the foreign government to assess compliance with the terms of the bilateral agreement and enable it to intervene diplomatically if it believes the request is inappropriate.
  • Reciprocity: The CLOUD Act would also require participating countries to remove legal restrictions that prevent compliance with data requests from U.S. law enforcement. To qualify for the statutory benefits of the legislation (removal of the U.S. blocking statute, a right for providers to object based on international comity and a right for providers to notify the government of the existence of requests), a foreign government must provide reciprocal rights and benefits to U.S. law enforcement and communications providers.

US Congressman Doug Collins Statement on Trey Gowdy Retirement

State & National

WASHINGTON—Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has announed his retirement from legislating in order to return to the justice system. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement in response:

“The pool of individuals with Trey Gowdy’s skill set is small. His abilities as a legislator and prosecutor have strengthened the House Judiciary Committee that we serve on together, and I know that my good friend will continue to be an incredible agent for justice as he returns to the courtroom.”

Northeast Georgia Worker to Attend State of the Union with Collins

Politics, Press Release
January 27, 2018
Jessica Andrews
(202) 225 9893

Northeast Georgia Worker to Attend State of the Union with Collins

WASHINGTON—January 30 marks President Trump’s first State of the Union address, where he will speak to a joint session of Congress. Mr. William Robert “Robbie” Salemi, Jr. will join Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) for the event.

Last December, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. The tax reform package focuses on delivering relief to Middle America by lowering tax rates at every bracket level and roughly doubling the standard deductions for both families and individuals.

“I believe the American Dream is most achievable when big government gets out of the way and allows my hardworking neighbors to keep more of their own money to invest in their own priorities. Robbie’s story illustrates the opportunities that we want to promote for every American by cutting taxes across the board.

“While he was still a student, Robbie joined Home Depot’s team part-time as a flooring associate and eventually worked his way into a management role that allows him to help others build their careers with the company. As our country considers the progress it has made in the last year, I’m proud to share stories of the hard work and big dreams that run throughout northeast Georgia,” said Collins.

Salemi is married to Mallory and a father to two-year-old Wesley. He’s been with Home Depot since 2001, and his company area covers much of north Georgia.

Last week, Home Depot announced that it is providing a one-time bonus of up to $1,000 to its hourly employees.

“I look at tax reform as a win not only for my family but for business as well,” said Salemi.

“The most rewarding part of my job is working with people to help them realize their potential, to help them develop within our company and serve our community. Now, the company that helped me—as an hourly worker—build a seventeen-year career is offering roughly 1,800 hourly associates in my region up to $1,000 in bonuses as a direct result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I’m excited to see the opportunities these bonuses bring to my colleagues.”

Many of the more than 1,800 Home Depot employees in Salemi’s region are service members and veterans. Last year, this team of associates participated in 38 distinct projects that focused on improving veterans’ homes and schools’ community gardens. They also offered Kids’ Workshop initiatives that enabled over 1,500 youths to complete hands-on projects.

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Our Revolution Georgia Endorses Joshua McCall in Bid to Unseat Congressman Doug Collins

State & National

(Martin, Georgia) – Monday, January 22nd, the statewide Georgia affiliate of Our Revolution, the organization created to continue pushing the policy goals of the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, endorsed Joshua McCall in his bid to unseat Congressman Doug Collins in the Georgia 9th Congressional District. His candidacy will now be passed up to the national organization for consideration.

 

“I’m running for congress for two reasons. First, Bernie Sanders’ grassroots organization inspired me to examine what forces were limiting political possibilities in our country. I realized, unfortunately, that many of those forces were in the party that I belonged to,” said Candidate Joshua McCall.

 

He continued, “I’m also running because parts of our government are dangerously close to fascism. Branches of it prey on racial fears and offer simple solutions through state violence. I am running not only to unseat Doug Collins, but in the process speak to the people of this district and unite them behind a Christian and humanist ethic.”

 

McCall joins Savannah based candidate Lisa Ring as the only currently endorsed congressional candidates in the state. The endorsement includes volunteer coordination and the possibility of national endorsement and fundraising.

 

Our Revolution Georgia State Committee Member, Vice President of the Young Democrats of Georgia, Hall County Board of Elections Member, and former candidate for State House Michelle Sanchez Jones said of the endorsement, “the Republican Party has purported to represent North Georgia for a generation now, and, outside of the Governor’s backyard, we deserve more from our government. Our hospitals need more money. Our classrooms need more teachers. We need the tools to help those struggling with opioid addiction. The burden of supporting our communities falls disproportionately on our churches and faith institutions. It’s time we got our money’s worth from Washington, and Joshua McCall is exactly the man to help make that happen.”

 

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Background: Consideration of endorsement by the national organization requires prior endorsement from a local affiliate. Our Revolution has numerous affiliates throughout the state whose leadership jointly approve endorsements – with deference given to the chapter closest to the district in question. McCall’s endorsement represents the agreement of affiliates and leadership from Savannah to Atlanta, Athens to Henry County.

 

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