Two former state legislators said Georgia Chamber of Commerce members, not unexpectedly, have tremendous influence at the State Capitol, but those two men also said Chambers’ members sometimes work against political conservatives’ best interests.
Former State Rep. Jeff Jones, who represented District 167 from 2015 until last month, told The Georgia Star News this week that he never hesitates to speak freely, and he didn’t even when he held office. And he said he won’t hold back now.
“The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is not the friend of the average Georgia citizen. They don’t sponsor legislation. They don’t undertake initiatives that benefit anybody other than the large corporate members. You can look at the corporate membership structure and figure that out,” Jones said.
“The influencers of the Georgia Chamber are the large corporate entities in this state. Anybody else that is a member of the Georgia Chamber pays their dues, but the Georgia Chamber is responsive to large corporate entities in this state.”
The second former state legislator, Ken Pullin, who represented District 131 from 2019 until last month, said Thursday that members of the Georgia Chamber want the state’s economy to flourish. And Chamber members, he went on to say, think economic development sometimes means going against conservative politics.
“The Chamber pushes a lot of policies in regard to tax benefits, and they try to push the Georgia legislature to that kind of stuff. Tax benefits for the movie industry,” Pullin said.
“The Chamber also pushes hard around social type issues. They don’t necessarily want Georgia being socially conservative, for example.”
Jones and Pullin are both Republicans.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s top leaders listened in stunned silence this month: One of their peers, they were told, had devised a plan with President Donald Trump to oust Jeffrey Rosen as acting attorney general and wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results.
The unassuming lawyer who worked on the plan, Jeffrey Clark, had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Trump was about to decide whether to fire Rosen and replace him with Clark.
The department officials, convened on a conference call, then asked one another: What will you do if Rosen is dismissed?
The answer was unanimous. They would resign.
Their informal pact ultimately helped persuade Trump to keep Rosen in place, calculating that a furor over mass resignations at the top of the Justice Department would eclipse any attention on his baseless accusations of voter fraud. Trump’s decision came only after Rosen and Clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre White House meeting that two officials compared with an episode of Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis.
The previously unknown chapter was the culmination of the president’s long-running effort to batter the Justice Department into advancing his personal agenda. He also pressed Rosen to appoint special counsels, including one who would look into Dominion Voting Systems, a maker of election equipment that Trump’s allies had falsely said was working with Venezuela to flip votes from Trump to Joe Biden.
Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene believes that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, was a “false flag” operation.
In newly surfaced Facebook posts from May 2018, the Georgia politician questioned why Scot Peterson, the disgraced cop who infamously stayed outside the school during the attack, was receiving $8,702 per month in a state pension.
Several people responded to the post to claim that the pension was a payoff. Greene expressed her agreement with the comments, including one which read: “It’s called a pay off to keep his mouth shut since it was a false flag planned shooting.”
The February 2018 massacre at the Florida high school claimed the lives of 17 students and staff. It sparked a widespread push for introducing new gun control laws. The shooting has also been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories, including claims that it never happened and that the students were crisis actors.
Greene’s controversial comments were met with a wave of condemnations, including from politicians, officials and families of the victims.
After two of the most expensive Senate races in United States history, Democrats will take control of the Senate after Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both won their runoff Senate elections in Georgia in early January. With these wins and Joe Biden’s win in November, Democrats will control the Senate, House of Representatives, and Presidency for the first time in a decade.
Warnock and Ossoff made history with their election victories. Warnock is the first African-American to win a senate election in Georgia, while Ossoff becomes the first Jewish person to be elected a Georgia senator. This will be the first time two Democrats represent Georgia in the Senate since 2003. Republicans have held both seats since 2005.
When asked about what Ossoff’s win means going forward, Junior Aaron Kopp, who is also Jewish, said, “I think we’ve heard for a long time that the South is getting more progressive, and I think this may be an indication of that.”
Kopp also expressed concern for the Jewish people because of a Jewish person being elected, “That’s time and again why anti-semitism happens.”
These wins give the Democratic party two more seats in the Senate for a total of 50, while the Republican party holds 50 seats as well. Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, is able to break any 50-50 ties. This effectively gives Democrats the majority in the Senate. Combined with their control of the House of Representatives and soon-to-be control of the Presidency, Democrats will be able to pass legislation without Republican support much more easily. Democrats will have this control for at least the next two years. In the 2022 midterm elections, the entire House of Representatives and 34 Senate seats will be up for grabs.
Gabriel Sterling, the Voting Systems Manager for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
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Through the rally that preceded Wednesday’s lethal assault on the Capitol by enraged Trump supporters, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s private legal professional, said he was about to blow the lid off machine-facilitated election fraud in Georgia. That was not true. The subsequent day, President Donald Trump’s attorneys dropped 4 lawsuits alleging election irregularities and fraud in Georgia, claiming that they had reached settlement agreements with state officers, who supposedly had promised to research Trump’s outlandish charges. That was not true both.
These two lies verify that Giuliani by no means had any credible proof to again up his reckless allegations towards Dominion Voting Methods, which he claims helped Democrats rig election machines to modify “a whole lot of hundreds” of Trump votes to Biden votes. That extensively promoted conspiracy principle, which on Friday prompted Dominion to sue former Trump marketing campaign lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, was on the coronary heart of the grievances underlying Wednesday’s violence. But Giuliani now has implicitly admitted it was all a hoax.
Source: Jim Hoft
Earlier this week Trump attorney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani testified before Georgia’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Elections and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urged the state lawmakers to take action.
President Trump was absolutely crushing Joe Biden in Georgia on election night when all of a sudden elections officials at the State Farm Arena stopped counting ballots.
The crooked Democrats in Georgia counted tens of thousands of ballots for Joe Biden while blocking GOP observers.
Rudy once again urged Georgia lawmakers to show they have courage and to hold a hearing to decertify the vote or be remembered as cowards who allowed false election results to be sent to Washington.
“This stops right now! No more of this stuff in America. This is the stuff they do in a third world country,” Rudy said.
“This is the stuff they do in a Third World country, and if we let them get away with this, it will get so much worse”. @RudyGiuliani speaking about the overwhelming election fraud in the state of Georgia! pic.twitter.com/IqYRFelkf1
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) December 30, 2020
This will be an election like another…said every single television pundit ever, during every election ever.
It is a trick of logic that allows these pundits to be so cavalier about this call. You see, the only election that matters at all is the next election, by default. The previous elections have all been decided, and we don’t yet know the circumstances under which we’ll be voting in anything too far into the future.
Very literally, we can only care about the imminent and inevitable election ahead of us.
But, we must concede that this next election will be hard fought and angst-ridden, as enthusiasm and unease remain the most prevalent emotions we have toward it.
This has led to incredibly long lines and technical issues for early voting in the State of Georgia.
Early voting for the Nov. 3 election began Monday in Georgia, and thousands of voters lined sidewalks and streets throughout the state to have their voices heard in one of the most contentious elections the country has ever seen.
The computer failures that plagued the primary elections in June were again an issue in pockets of precincts. There were reports of polling locations with too few poll workers. High turnout on Columbus Day when many voters were off work contributed to the logjam, as did continued concerns among many voters about mail-in ballots.
Election officials in Fulton County were aware of an issue with the electronic pollbooks used to check voters in at State Farm Arena, where Atlanta’s NBA and WNBA teams play, county spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez told the Associated Press. Technicians were on site working to resolve it, she said.
Georgia’s Senate runoff elections have already surpassed one million votes, less than a week into the state’s early voting period.
Early voting for the runoffs began on Monday. As of Friday approximately 1,123,095 early votes have been cast, according to data from GeorgiaVotes, a website that tracks early voting data.
Data from GeorgiaVotes also shows that at the same point in the general election, roughly 1,223,045 early votes have been cast—indicating a 100,950 vote difference when compared to the early voting numbers in the Senate runoffs.
Among the total number of early votes cast as of Friday, more than 481,000 have been mail-in ballots and over 641,000 were early votes, according to the website.
Using numbers provided by the Georgia secretary of state’s office, The Hill reported that roughly 168,000 votes had been cast on the first day of early voting for the Senate runoffs, which surpassed the 128,000 number of votes submitted on the first day of early voting for the general election.
According to the U.S. Elections Project, created by Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida, roughly 24,106 people who did not vote in the general election have already cast their ballot in the Senate runoffs, while 889,991 have voted in both.
Newsweek reached out to the Georgia secretary of state’s elections division for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
The number of early votes cast in Georgia’s Senate runoffs comes less than a month before the January 5 elections, consisting of two races that will decide which political party controls majority of the Senate next year.
The untimely death and heartbreaking tragedy of the charismatic 20-year-old man with his future ahead of him, Harrison Deal, was a field staffer to Georgia republican politicians, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Harrison Deal was also the boyfriend and best friend of Governor Kemp’s daughter Lucy.
On Friday, December 4, 2020, just outside of Savannah Georgia, at about 10:00 am, the Pooler Police were on a three-car scene of a major accident that took place at 16 eastbound and Pooler Parkway. Neighboring community members reported hearing a large explosive boom and fire filled the air, sealing the fate of this young Georgia political staffer.
The other three individuals caught up in the three-car tragedy were treated on the scene and released unscathed. There was a great deal of chatter on the scene, as witnesses were questioning the tragedy with comments like these:
“It’s more like a car bomb than a normal highway accident.”
“It’s been said that those car explosions in the movies are just for effect because cars that get into even bad wrecks don’t actually blow up like this. Interesting.”
“That’s no freaking crash, that car was blown by a bomb or hit by a missile.”
“Exactly, modern cars don’t burst into flames even at crazy high-speed impacts. Something was either catastrophically wrong with that car or someone planted C4.”
“I worked as a volunteer firefighter in my youth and flaming car wrecks are very rare in modern cars made after the 1980s.”
“That’s a car bomb. not an accident.”
Actual footage from the scene was captured and can be seen here: Gov Kemp’s Daughter’s Boyfriend Harrison Deal Dies in Car Accident Under Suspicious Circumstances.