Yesterday’s annual Eggs and Issues event sponsored by the Georgia Chamber featured the usual array of speakers, highlighted by the governor, who focused on business-oriented priorities and progress that move the state forward. But Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP state House Speaker David Ralston also spoke—and they underscored the deep, divisive partisan divide in both Georgia and the nation.
Warnock’s remarks included a long-winded advocacy of “voting rights” (i.e. controversial Democratic election legislation currently pending in the U.S. Congress) and then bluntly claimed that Georgia is “suppressing voters” with the election integrity law passed last year
Speaker David Ralston, who spoke after Warnock, had had enough.
Ralston began by deadpanning that he thought President Joe Biden was coming to Georgia on Tuesday to congratulate the University of Georgia’s football team for winning Monday’s national championship game against Alabama. Instead, Ralston said the Democrat president came to Georgia and lied about the state’s election reform law passed by the General Assembly. He emphasized that Biden’s lies are hurtful to Georgia’s reputation as a great state in which to do business.
Ralston was particularly outraged at Biden’s slur that Republicans who oppose the federal legislation pushed by Democrats to abolish state-run elections and voter ID requirements are as bad as (former Confederate president) Jefferson Davis. The speaker ended with one last jab at Biden and Warnock, noting that “more people are voting in Georgia than ever before.” That got a nice round of applause.
Today's Brew is made a little extra strong this morning.
Joe Biden Demonizes Trump and His Supporters in Poisonous Bid to Overturn Election Law
Joe Biden went down to Georgia Tuesday looking for elections to steal. Specifically, he came to pitch his effort to codify into law the outrages that made the 2020 Election such a joke. What the Dems, in their Orwellian splendor, call "voting rights."
"I'm tired of being quiet!" Joe yelled -- though whether about the issue or about being prevented by his staff from answering questions, we don't know for sure. Actually, he was talking about throwing his support behind upending Senate rules to get the voting "rights" legislation passed that will allow Democrats to fix future elections coast to coast.
In the process, the president poured poison into the wounds of America.
The man who promised unity blatantly slandered Donald Trump and his 75 million voters, declaring, "A defeated former President and his supporters use the big lie about the 2020 Election to fuel torment." (You want to talk torment? How about those Americans and allies you abandoned in Afghanistan? For starters.) More ghastly, Biden declared Trump "sought to win through violence what he had lost at the ballot box."
Shameless. Outrageous. Unhinged. Delusional. Hostile. Dangerous. Very, very dangerous. A house divided cannot stand, the Bible and Abe Lincoln tell us. A house lead by mad arsonist will burn to ashes.
SMYRNA, Ga. — Facing an unusual challenge from fellow Republicans in his bid for a second term, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that he will push for a new state law that would loosen requirements to carry a handgun in public.
Kemp made the announcement at a gun shop in the Atlanta-area city of Smyrna that bills itself as the “world’s largest gun store,” where he was joined by members of the National Rifle Association and state lawmakers.
Kemp did not lay out specific changes that he was seeking but expressed support for what gun rights advocates call “constitutional carry.” Multiple bills purporting to advance that idea in the state Legislature would do away with the need for a license to carry a handgun in public — either openly or concealed on one’s body. The current license requirement includes a background check.
“Building a safer, stronger Georgia starts with hardworking Georgians having the ability to protect themselves and their families,” Kemp said. “In the face of rising violent crime across the country, law-abiding citizens should have their constitutional rights protected, not undermined.”
The move drew condemnation from gun-safety advocates and the campaign of Kemp’s likely Democratic opponent in this year’s governor’s race, Stacey Abrams.
Kemp emphasized his support for the 2nd Amendment during his first campaign for governor, appearing in multiple ads with shotguns, including one in which he brandished a shotgun at an actor playing a suitor of one of his daughters.
“The same guy who pointed a gun at a teenager on TV now panders with reckless proposals threatening Georgia lives,” Abrams’ campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, said in a tweet.
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Wins in 19 out of 20 mayoral races in the October 30th runoff local elections in Georgia cemented the ruling Georgian Dream party’s sweep of the country’s major cities. The opposition immediately decried the election as rigged and announced a series of large-scale protests.
– Most of the opposition will likely retain their parliamentary mandates and focus their efforts on the ongoing protests, court challenges and impeachment efforts
– With the end of ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili’s hunger strike, the opposition will likely refocus its attention on snap election demands in protest efforts in the near term
– Saakashvili’s apparent push to give the protests a revolutionary character will likely further divide the opposition
– Increased political divisions and polarization, perceived democratic backsliding and uncertainty will likely further erode ties with the West and shift the US’s focus away from democratic development and toward military cooperation
LOCAL ELECTIONS WITH NATIONAL RESONANCE
Although EU observers stated that the second round of local elections was competitive and generally well run, they also noted a major imbalance of res in favor of the ruling party, the presence of alleged voter intimidation and an escalating atmosphere of negative rhetoric. Given the narrow margin of Georgian Dream’s wins, Transparency International stated that physical confrontations outside polling places and other violations may have swayed the election results.
During the November 3, 2020 presidential election, Georgia law was broken in DeKalb County and, as such, the results should never have been certified, according to the chair of the Republican Party there.
Marci McCarthy, head of the DeKalb County GOP since April 2021, told The Georgia Star News that the handling of absentee ballots in her home county during the November 2020 election violated Georgia law.
As someone who served on a Vote Review Panel (VRP) representing the GOP during three elections in 2020 – the June presidential preference primary, August run-off election, and the combined general/special election in November 2020, McCarthy has knowledge of the absentee ballot adjudication and duplication process as well as a point of comparison in the handling of the three elections.
The VRP, established in state law, includes one member from each major political party as well an election superintendent. The VRP manually reviews or adjudicates all absentee ballots rejected by the ballot scanner that creates an electronic image of the ballot and generates duplicate ballots that can be accepted by the scanner.
In the case of a non-partisan election or a question on the ballot, the two elector members of the VRP are non-partisan.
Absentee ballots are duplicated when they are so torn, bent or otherwise defective, such as the voter’s intent not being clear, that they cannot be processed by the scanning machine. In addition, all UOCAVA – Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act – because they are not on ballot paper are unable to be fed into the scanner and are also duplicated.
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In the race for the Republican nomination to run for Senate in Georgia, former NFL star Herschel Walker is running away with it.
The Trump endorsed Walker holds a significant lead on all the other candidates.
If this trend continues, Walker will easily be the candidate and that’s not a bad thing.
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BRUNSWICK, COLUMBUS and TIFTON, GA – October 27, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is excited to welcome three attorneys in the state of Georgia: J. Keith Pollette, Rebekah Maddox Ditto and Roger C. Grantham, Jr.
Keith Pollette joins as Of Counsel in Brunswick where he focuses his practice on business litigation, construction, transportation and real estate matters. He also protects the rights of clients in general liability, governmental liability and premises liability matters. In addition, he is a licensed Mediator and Arbitrator and has assisted dozens of clients in resolving disputes outside of court.
Prior to joining HBS, Keith served as General Counsel for a parent company which owned auto dealerships, operated an insurance agency, and ran a petroleum supply company and convenience store operation which included franchised fast food restaurants. He also served as a title insurance agent for two nationally recognized title insurance companies. As a former city attorney, assistant county attorney, municipal court judge and county solicitor, Keith has handled numerous governmental liability matters for government officials and government entities. Keith earned a J.D. from Samford University Cumberland School of Law, and he completed a B.A. at the University of Georgia and an A.S. at Middle Georgia College.
Rebekah Maddox Ditto joins as an Associate in our office in Tifton where she specializes in governmental liability and general liability matters. She protects the rights of clients in a wide range of complex liability litigation. Rebekah also assists with the firm’s representation as County Attorney for Ben Hill, Berrien, Coffee, Tift and Ware Counties.
A public service that made its debut in 1996 thanks to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was the innovative Report Card on Georgia’s public schools, highlighted here in a 1996 article in the Macon Telegraph. One of the Foundation’s most popular publications, the Report Card, which ranked schools and education spending, was eagerly awaited by real estate agents across the state as they worked with families on home purchases. The Foundation ceased publication after the state Department of Education began publicizing the data. This year, the Foundation celebrated 30 years of Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives.
Quotes of note
“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“The Constitution was a product of learned men observing the failures of other experiments in governance. Out of their contemplations of generations of political philosophers, they disaggregated authority across, and among, states and the national government. They protected the minority from the risk of mob rule and laid the groundwork for the ultimate dissolution of the greatest blight on the continent, slavery.” – Ronny Just