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9/21/2014 – Discussion on Ferguson MO, Obamacare Update and Constitutional Jeopardy!

This Thursday we will have a public discussion about the recent black teen shooting by a white Police Officer at Ferguson, MO. Our discussion will touch on current race relations, the Militarization of Police, and our rights of free speech, to assemble and to protests.

Georgia Tea Party releases revised Marietta Declaration

For Immediate Release:        Contact:  Jerry Kotyuk (404) 374-0580 or Jim Jess (770) 403-9853  The Marietta Declaration calls for the end of the imperial presidency  Marietta, Georgia – July 15, 2014 – Georgia Tea Party Inc. (GTPI), a non-partisan advocacy group based in Marietta, has renewed

Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST

For Immediate Release:        Contact:  J.D. Van Brink (678) 313-6199 or Jim Jess (770) 403-9853 Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST Bill in Georgia General Assembly requires more fiscal responsibility Marietta, Georgia – Feb. 3, 2014 – The Georgia Tea Party™ (GTPI), a non-partisan advocacy group

1/16/2014 – David Wellons – Health Care Policy

Our speaker this week will be David Wellons. Mr. Wellons holds a 25 year background in health care focused in the sales, marketing and operations activities of medical software and communications companies that serve the health care industry. He has participated on task forces and

9/21/2014 – Discussion on Ferguson MO, Obamacare Update and Constitutional Jeopardy!

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JD VanBrink – Chairman of the GTP

This Thursday we will have a public discussion about the recent black teen shooting by a white Police Officer at Ferguson, MO. Our discussion will touch on current race relations, the Militarization of Police, and our rights of free speech, to assemble and to protests.

This will be followed by our insurance expert and GTP Board Member, Mark Lane, who will provide an update on the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. This will include recent legal rulings (that could decimate the law); what is to be implemented in 2015 and 2016; how politics and this election will affect this law. Finally, how this law will affect you.

We will close the meet with round of our fun and educational game, Constitutional Jeopardy, hosted by our Board Member, Ronnie West, with help from Mark Lane.

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Mark Lane, Insurance Expert, Board Member and Treasurer of GTP

So come join the fun this Thursday evening at 7pm!

Meeting Info
Time: EVERY Thursday night, 7-9 pm
Location: 900 Roswell ST, Marietta, GA
(Roswell Street Baptist Church office building, east of the church campus, west of the Big Chicken)

Judicial Conversations Meeting (aka JudiCon)

The NEW Judicial Conversations group will give us a chance to learn about the Judicial Courts and process in Georgia, and meet with Judicial candidates. We will come to understand their background and credentials, their judicial philosophy, and have an exchange that allows us to share our political philosophy and ask questions.

Our next JudiCon speaker will be Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan. This will be held Monday, September 8 at the House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square. This meeting will run from 7:00 to 9:00pm. You are welcome to
come at 6:30pm for dinner and fellowship.
To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Judicial Conversations group, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings, please contact GTP Board Member JD Van Brink
Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views.

County and State Watch

Our last meeting was held Monday, August 18, at 6:30pm at the House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square. We discussed the upcoming SPLOST vote in Cobb County. Cobb Taxpayer Association President Lance Lamberton and Cobb County Civic Coalition President Ron Sifen were our guest speakers.

http://cobbtaxpayer.com/

http://cobbcountyciviccoalition.wordpress.com/

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Lance Lamberton – GA Taxpayers Assoc.

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Ron Sifen – Public Transportation Expert

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s County and State Watch, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other County or State officials or candidates, please contact GTP Board Member Steve Covert.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

FEDERAL TASK FORCE

Our next meeting will be Monday, August 25 at 7:00pm, at the Marietta Museum of History, just west of the Marietta Square, behind Hemingway’s Restaurant. Our speaker will be US Senator Johnny Isakson. With all the crucial issues facing America today, such as Immigration, Ukraine and Russia, Israel, foreign aid to enemy and terrorist countries such as Hamas and Pakistan, the War against Jihadist Terrorism, Global persecution of Christians, withdrawal from Afghanistan, the VA and other scandals, etc., this will be a very interesting and lively evening. The focus will be on Foreign Policy and National Security issues.Johnny_Isakson

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other candidates, please contact GTP Board Members Jim Jess or Ronny West

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

OTHER UPCOMING ACTIVITIES OF INTEREST

Neil_WarrenSheriff Neil Warren

Immigration: How the crisis at the border affects Cobb and surrounding counties.

Cobb Regional Republican Women is pleased to present a community forum with Sheriff Warren.

Sheriff Neil Warren has been a law enforcement professional in Cobb County for over thirty-five years.

He was elected to his first four-year term as Sheriff in November of 2004 and was sworn in as the 42nd Sheriff of Cobb County January 1, 2004. He was reelected to another four-year term in 2008 and 2012.

Sheriff Warren received his BS Degree in Criminal Justice from Brenau College. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Academy, as well the Cobb County Police Academy.

Sheriff Warren serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit and is on the Advisory Board for the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy. He currently serves on the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Legislative Committee and was appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to the Public Safety Advisory Board.

In 2012, Fox News named Warren one of America’s top 10 Immigration Sheriffs and he was recently named the state’s ‘Sheriff of the Year’ by 158 of his peers.

What:
Cobb County Regional Republican Women (CRRW) meeting

When:
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Where:
799 Roswell St., Marietta
Cobb County Republican Party headquarters

Time:
6:30pm – Registration begins
7:00 – 8:00pm – Guest Speaker
$5 admission

For more information please call Patricia Rhodes @ 404.569.9565 or
email patricia.rhodes@me.com

Future Thursday Meeting Speakers

August 28 – David Bores, Islam: Sharia Law and Women
September 4 – Loren Spivack, Learning from the Left
September 11 – Forum on Cobb County SPLOST
September 18 – John Nothdurft, The Heartland Institute, The Real Fight is in the States in 2015

Donate

We welcome your contributions to further the cause of individual liberty and constitutionally-limited self-government. To make a donation, visit our website at http://www.thegeorgiateaparty.org/donate

QUOTE:

“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” Otto von Bismarck

Georgia Tea Party releases revised Marietta Declaration

For Immediate Release:        Contact:  Jerry Kotyuk (404) 374-0580 or Jim Jess (770) 403-9853 

The Marietta Declaration calls for the end of the imperial presidency 

Marietta, Georgia – July 15, 2014 – Georgia Tea Party Inc. (GTPI), a non-partisan advocacy group based in Marietta, has renewed its call for the end of the imperial presidency with the re-release of The Marietta Declaration. The Marietta Declaration enumerates federal executive branch abuses of authority and challenges federal elected officials to end these abuses and restore the principles of our Constitution. In the Constitution, the president is charged with carrying out the laws, instead of coming up with his own policies without the approval of Congress.

The Marietta Declaration was first introduced by Georgia Tea Party in 2012, and a number of local, state and national candidates and public officials signed it at that time. The new version has been revised slightly, mostly to clarify the legitimate powers of the president as commander-in-chief.

Bob Barr and Barry Loudermilk, candidates for Congress from the 11th Congressional District, both signed The Marietta Declaration on June 16, becoming the first candidates to sign it since its revision. David Perdue, candidate for the U.S. Senate, signed on June 23. Congressman Jack Kingston, who faces Perdue in the July 22 runoff, is reviewing the document and has not yet made a decision about whether he will sign it.

GTPI Vice Chairman Jim Jess, who authored the Declaration, said, “The Marietta Declaration is a natural response by freedom-loving people to the abuse of executive power and the lack of congressional action that has caused a century-long drift away from the Constitution as the law of the land. The Marietta Declaration calls on the president, as well as members of Congress, to restore our Constitution, consistent with the vision of our Founding Fathers.”

Jess also said, “Stopping executive branch overreaches is an important step in putting an end to what has become an imperial presidency, and we are urging all members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate and candidates for these offices to sign this document.”

Once candidates for president begin to emerge later this year or next year, Georgia Tea Party will be contacting each of them to urge them to sign The Marietta Declaration.

About Georgia Tea Party, Inc.

Georgia Tea Party, Inc. is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy group. Its mission is to impact public policy by teaching all who seek to learn, the principles and spirit of individual liberty and constitutionally-limited self-government.  Its objectives are: 1. To teach the principles of individual liberty and limited government as described in the nation’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  2. To inform the public about current issues from a perspective of individual liberty and limited, constitutional government.  3. To train and organize individuals to involve themselves in the political process and to address public policy issues with their elected officials.  For more information, visit the website: www.georgiateaparty.org.

Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST

For Immediate Release:        Contact:  J.D. Van Brink (678) 313-6199 or Jim Jess (770) 403-9853

Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST

Bill in Georgia General Assembly requires more fiscal responsibility

Marietta, Georgia – Feb. 3, 2014 – The Georgia Tea Party™ (GTPI), a non-partisan advocacy group headquartered in Marietta, has endorsed Senate Bill 99 and House Bill 153, which are being considered in this session of the Georgia General Assembly. Both bills would allow for enactment of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) of less than one percent. SB 99 passed the Senate last year, and HB 153 is being considered in the House.

State Sen. Judson Hill (R-East Cobb) introduced SB 99, and state Rep. John Carson (R-East Cobb) is the sponsor of HB 153. Under current law, all SPLOSTs must be one percent. A lower rate would give counties the flexibility to conserve precious tax dollars by funding only projects that are truly needed, such as replacing bridges, repairing roads or building new ones.

Recent SPLOST project lists in CobbCounty, for instance, have included items that were not capital projects and projects that were not critical needs. A SPLOST of less than one percent allows counties to focus on true priorities without needing to pad project lists with items to justify a request for a full one percent tax.

The House bill has an additional provision not in the Senate bill. It would change the implementation time for a newly-approved SPLOST from 80 to 45 days. This would allow voters to approve a SPLOST in a November election and for collection of the tax to begin in January. With the current 80-day standard, this is not possible.

 

Georgia Tea Party supports having all SPLOST votes held in a General Election in presidential or gubernatorial election years, when the greatest number of citizens go to the polls.

Georgia Tea Party Chairman J.D. Van Brink said, “Georgia Tea Party thanks Sen. Hill and Rep. Carson for their work on this issue. A fractional SPLOST will give public officials the flexibility necessary to request only projects that are truly needed for the community.”

The fractional SPLOST is supported by county commissions in Cherokee and Cobb counties, Georgia Tea Party, Americans For Prosperity and Cobb Taxpayers Association.

About Georgia Tea Party, Inc.

Georgia Tea Party, Inc. is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy group. Its mission is to impact public policy by teaching all who seek to learn, the principles and spirit of individual liberty and constitutionally-limited self-government.  Its objectives are: 1. To teach the principles of individual liberty and limited government as described in the nation’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  2. To inform the public about current issues from a perspective of individual liberty and limited, constitutional government.  3. To train and organize individuals to involve themselves in the political process and to address public policy issues with their elected officials.  For more information, visit the website: www.thegeorgiateaparty.org.

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1/16/2014 – David Wellons – Health Care Policy

Our speaker this week will be David Wellons. Mr. Wellons holds a 25 year background in health care focused in the sales, marketing and operations activities of medical software and communications companies that serve the health care industry. He has participated on task forces and panels that addressed state and federal health care policy matters. He has experience in both payer and provider sides of health care.

He has worked for both small and large companies, including Bell South’s health care division and Baxter, and was appointed to the Board of NCHICA (North Carolina Health care and Information Communications Alliance) by the Governor of North Carolina where he served for 9 years. He worked with Newt Gingrich and the Center for Health Transformation producing white papers on the regulation of Electronic Health Record systems. He holds 7 US patents for communications-based health care networks.

Because of his extensive experience in the health care industry, David will give us his perspective on the impact of Obamacare, and what we can do about it.

Time: Thursday night, 7-9 pm

Location: 900 Roswell ST, Marietta, GA

County and State Watch

On Monday, January 20, the Georgia Tea Party’s County and State Watch will hold a private meeting with Gubernatorial candidate John Barge. Mr. Barge is currently Georgia’s State School Superintendent.

A life-long public school educator, Dr. Barge brings years of experience and common sense approaches to improving Georgia’s schools.

John was born and raised in Cobb County, graduated from Campbell High School in 1984, and attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia on academic and journalism scholarships where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1988. He has earned three advanced degrees, a master’s degree and a specialist’s degree from the State University of West Georgia and his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Georgia. In his 20 years in education, Dr. Barge has served as a high school English teacher, middle school Spanish teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He also served as the State Director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education for the Georgia Department of Education. John has been recognized as a STAR teacher in 1996, as Georgia’s Assistant Principal of the Year in 2001, and received the Berry College Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2005.

In his run for Governor, Dr. Barge is focusing on three “E”s – Education, Ethics, and Economic Development. He feels that Education is the pathway to success in life, the pathway to freedom, and the pathway to economic development for Georgia.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s County and State Watch, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other County or State officials or candidates, please contact GTP Board Member Steve Covert.

This meeting will be Monday January 20 at The House of Lu Restaurant, just north of The Strand Theater on Marietta Square.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

 

On Monday, January 27, the Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force will hold our monthly meeting. We will discuss various National issues with our speaker and amongst ourselves. The speaker will be announced soon. We always discuss with our speakers our positions concerning Constitutionally Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Deficit Reduction and Tax Reform.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other candidates, please contact GTP Board Members Jim Jess or Ronny West

 

The upcoming meeting will be Tuesday December 27 at The House of Lu Restaurant, just north of The Strand Theater on Marietta Square.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Future Thursday Meeting Speakers

Our speaker on Thursday, January 23 will be Kelly McCutchen of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Mr McCutchen will speak on Tax Reform in Georgia.

On Thursday, January 30, Joel Aaron Foster of Americans For Prosperity will give us an update on the Georgia Legislative session which starts January 13.

Donate

We welcome your contributions to further the cause of individual liberty and constitutionally-limited self-government. To make a donation, visit our website at http://www.thegeorgiateaparty.org

“Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”

— President Thomas Jefferson