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  • Monday, March 16, 2020 9:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Please watch this video about changes concerning Saturday's GOP Conventions:

    Guidance for the Georgia Republican County Conventions during the COVID-19 Emergency

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

  • Monday, March 09, 2020 9:31 PM | Anonymous member

    Qualifying ended this week, but on Saturday the spin began. The Democrats trumpeted the fact that they had qualified the most Democratic candidates since "Reconstruction."

    Is the Democratic Party actually crowing about qualifying the most Democrats since the Democratic Party in Georgia started stripping away the rights of newly freed slaves to vote?

    The AJC quickly picked up on the Democratic Party press release making a big deal about the 800+ Democrats who qualified across the state, especially the 187 who qualified for legislative seats, the most since 1996.

    However, in 1996, Georgia Democrats ran the State House, State Senate, and had most of the statewide constitutional officers, and typically incumbents are not challenged in the primary.

    While Republicans were winning the state at the federal level (Bob Dole would carry Georgia in 1996 after Bill Clinton carried it in 1992), we were still searching for relevancy at the state and local level.

    And while the Democrats are challenging in every Congressional seat, the first time since 2008 that has happened, the GOP is taking on every Democratic member of Congress too, something that is not a common occurrence. What's more, over 1,500 Republicans qualified across Georgia for local, state, and federal office.

    In Cobb, we did not shy away from challenging supposedly "safe" Democrats either with Jim Hickey taking on Erica "Publix" Thomas (should she win her primary) and Stephen George facing off against Democrat Michael Smith.

    Then there is Rose Wing (HD-37) and Taryn Bowman (HD-40), both are challenging incumbents that flipped from red to blue in 2018. And while several Democrats are facing primary challenges in their Cobb legislative seats, the same is not so for our Republican General Assembly members, none of whom had primary challengers. There is a Democratic Primary to challenge Sen. Lindsey Tippins, there are also Democratic primaries in House Districts 35, 39, 42, and 46.

    Locally, however, it was two countywide elected Republicans who saw themselves re-elected for four more years as neither State Court Clerk Angie Davis or Tax Commissioner Carla Jackson saw any challenge.

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

    Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party

  • Monday, March 02, 2020 2:35 AM | Anonymous member

    The GOP is looking for a few good candidates to be the ballot this fall!

    If you ever wanted to run for office, this next week is your chance! If you missed the alert last week, here's nearly everything you need to know to qualify for the GOP ballot this week!

    QUALIFYING begins at 9:00 AM on MARCH 2, 2020 and ends at 12:00 NOON on MARCH 6, 2020.

    The Cobb County Republican Party will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mon-Thu and Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for candidates to qualify. The phone number for the Cobb GOP office is  (770) 272-0458 .

    Candidates may pay their qualifying fees by money order, cashiers check, or in cash.  Personal or campaign checks will not be accepted!

    PARTISAN OFFICES:

    The following  COUNTY  partisan offices qualify with the Cobb County Republican Party at Republican Party Headquarters, 799 Roswell Street NE, Marietta, GA 30060:

    • Commission Chairman
    • Clerk of State Court
    • Sheriff
    • Clerk of Superior Court
    • Tax Commissioner
    • County Commissioner, District 4
    • County Commissioner, District 2
    • County School Board (Districts 1, 3, 5 & 7)
    • Surveyor

    The following  FEDERAL & STATE  partisan offices qualify with one of the State parties at the Georgia Capital:

    • U.S. Senate
    • U. S. Representative (Congress) (All Districts)
    • Public Service Commissioner (Districts 1 & 4)
    • State Senator (All Districts)
    • State Representative (All Districts)
    • District Attorney

    NONPARTISAN OFFICES:

    The following COUNTY nonpartisan offices qualify with Cobb County Elections:

    • State Court Judge (Posts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7)
    • State Court Judge, Division II (Posts 2 & 5)
    • Judge of the Probate Court
    • Chief Magistrate Judge

    The following STATE nonpartisan offices qualify with the Secretary of State:

    • Supreme Court Justice (3 seats)
    • Court of Appeals Judge (6 seats)
    • Superior Court Judge (7 seats)

    Candidates may use the following forms and bring them pre-filled out (BUT NOT PRE-SIGNED UNLESS NOTARIZED). All candidates must fill out the first form. Other candidates may be required to fill out the specific form for their office below.

    The Cobb GOP will have a notary on site to notarize all documents.

    QUALIFYING FEES:

    Fees must be paid with a cashiers check, money order, or cash. No personal or campaign checks will be accepted.

    Click here for the qualifying fee schedule.

    For more information on candidate qualifying, visit  https://www.cobbcounty.org/elections/candidates/qualifying-office

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

    Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party

  • Monday, February 24, 2020 9:38 PM | Anonymous member

    This weekend, the Democratic Party further embraced socialism as the Nevada Caucuses gave Bernie Sanders yet another primary win on his road to the Democratic Party Nomination.

    It shouldn't have been any surprise given the tepid applause the audience at the Democratic Debate this week gave to Michael Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar when they defended capitalism on the debate stage. Clearly, the Democratic Party is poised to complete Barack Obama's fundamental transformation of America, a transformation that was only stymied when the GOP took control of Congress in 2011.

    While I can write all day about the evils of socialism, I decided it would be better to let Gloria Álvarez ‏do it. I met Gloria at a Conservatives International Conference that I attended in May 2017 in Hollywood, FL.I was immediately impressed by her presentation and her story.

    I hope you will watch and share this video.

    Stossel: Socialism Fails Every Time

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

    Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party


  • Monday, February 17, 2020 10:40 PM | Anonymous member

    This Saturday, the road to the 2020 Republican National Convention begins!

    Watch this video to know what to expect at the 2020 Precinct Caucus. If you are registered to vote in Cobb County and haven't pre-registered for the Precinct Caucus, you must do so by WEDNESDAY!

    You can still register at the door.

    Scroll down for more details.

    What to Expect at the 2020 Georgia Republican Precinct Caucus

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

    Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party


  • Monday, February 10, 2020 11:42 PM | Anonymous member

    This week I was at a CLE (Continuing Legal Education) seminar where the topic for the seminar was voting and election law. Any pretense of the event presenting a neutral view was quickly dashed by the first lecture, given by Emmet Bondurant, who is among other things the lead counsel for Common Cause, one of those organizations that claims to be non-partisan, but tends to only be led by progressives.

    Bondurant noted that Georgia is the most partisan gerrymandered state in the nation (not California, Maryland, Illinois, New York, or North Carolina) with the only evidence presented being the fact that in 2016, 80% of legislative incumbents faced no general election opposition.

    Never mind that other considerations like incumbency and the financial advantages and name ID that brings may be a factor, or that people of similar political thinking tend to live by others with similar political thinking.

    But this Chairman's Corner isn't about the biased information presented in that, or any of the other lectures. It's about something sadly far more troubling.

    After the lecture I was getting coffee when I heard another attorney behind me talking with Mr. Bondurant. The man, likely in his late 50's to mid-60's asked Bondruant if he thought there would even be a 2022 election if Donald Trump was re-elected.

    Maybe it was the nearly 2 hour drive in the rain that morning to get to Emory's Law School by 8 am or the fact I had to bite my tongue during Mr. Bondurant's talk, but I couldn't let that level of malarkey go without butting in, to which I turned, looked squarely at him and simply said, "Really?"

    He double-downed his assertion with the progressive's favorite go-to, and claimed it was so because Trump is a "fascist."

    To which I replied, "So he's just like those people who put my great, great uncle in Auschwitz and gassed him to death?"

    He tried to protest, and I said I don't discuss things with illogical and irrational people and he was too old and too educated to state such ridiculous things.

    Sadly though, he is not the only one who believes the fairy tales the left has spun about Donald Trump. To be fair, they are not much different than one's I heard on the right during the last presidency, including questions as to whether or not Obama would relinquish the office to Trump. Maybe in Georgia we are a little skittish. After all, Gov. Ellis Arnall didn't hand over the office after his term had expired during Georgia's " three governors controversy ," however, as much skepticism the right had about the President who reminded Congress he had a "phone and a pen" and bypass them with both (and why wasn’t that abuse of power impeachable), what was not as prevalent on the right was the vitriol that the left has fomented against Donald Trump and those of us on the right.

    The last election was full or stories about GOP headquarters being vandalized and volunteers being attacked by progressives. Even our own Cobb GOP HQ had someone call and say how bad it would be if we found ourselves down range and just last year, our own Carolyn Meadows had to have extra sheriff deputies patrol her house because of threats from the “tolerant” left.

    If you thought this was going away any time soon, it’s now an election year and things are looking to get worse. Just this Saturday, volunteers from the Duval County, Florida (Jacksonville) Republican Party were allegedly nearly run down by 27-year-old Greg Timm while holding a voter registration drive. Luckily, no one was injured and by the end of the weekend, the end of the weekend, Timm was in jail on $500,000 bond .

    However, as with any terrorism, and violence designed to achieve a political end is terrorism, Duval County GOP Chairman Dean Black told the press in a statement that the Duval County GOP would not be deterred. Black stated,  The Republican Party of Duval County will not be intimidated by these cowards and we will not be silenced. I call on every Republican in our great city to stand up, get involved, and show these radicals that we will not be intimidated from exercising our Constitutional rights. 

    I know every Republican volunteer in Cobb County, Georgia would feel the same way.

    The stakes this election are too high to sit on the sidelines. They are too high to say we can live with a Democrat because we just don’t like the Republican. They are too high not to look at the bottom of the ballot with as much passion as the top of the ballot.

    And if you’re not willing to be intimidated into silence by a punk kid (or a 60+ year old lawyer), then there is nothing out there too scary to face to win in November!

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

    Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party


  • Monday, February 03, 2020 2:45 PM | Anonymous member

    Yesterday was Groundhog Day. Apparently Speaker Nancy Pelosi emerged from her office at the Capitol and didn't see her shadow singling an early impeachment acquittal.

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

    Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party


  • Monday, January 27, 2020 9:45 PM | Anonymous member

    The left and the liberal media hit a new low this week (was that even possible?) in a way that should make any right thinking (and logical) person exclaim: BEAM ME UP!!!

    The mainstream media, social media, and the Twitterverse were all in upheaval because this week the Administration unveiled the new logo for the United States Space Force. Critics of the President, who must assume that he is also a graphic designer, immediately started to accuse him of ripping off the logo for Star Trek.

    The Washington Post boldly proclaimed in its headlines: Trump reveals Space Force logo, and ‘Star Trek’ fans aren’t happy

    NPR said in its headline that the logo "Incited 'Star Trek' Fan Outrage"!

    Sopan Debs, a reporter with the New York Times took to Twitter screaming , " THIS IS THE STARFLEET LOGO! THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TOOK A THING FROM A TV SHOW AND MADE IT THE OFFICIAL EMBLEM OF A BRANCH OF THE MILITARY."

    Even Star Trek cast member and left-winged activist George Takei Tweeted he expected royalties from the new emblem .

    The problem with all of these attacks, like so many by the media and left, is none of it's true.

    National Security expert Joe Noonan took to Twitter himself to note that the new logo looked a lot like the shield logo for the United States Space Command, which was established in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan.

    "For those excitedly tweeting that Trump stole the Star Trek logo!!!!, the patch on the left was the existing Air Force Command logo."

    While some media reports did note that the new logo was more likely a modification of the Space Command logo, they pushed it aside basically claiming that Reagan ripped off Star Trek too.

    However, no one seemed too concerned about asking where did the Star Fleet logo come from in the first place?

    Star Trek premiered on NBC in 1966. The US and USSR were locked in a space race and the U.S. was trying to fulfill President John F. Kennedy's desire to land a man safely on the moon and return him back to Earth. That program, the Apollo Program, began in 1962.

    Its patch looks strikingly similar to the Star Fleet logo.

    Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, was a veteran who flew 89 combat missions during WWII. He had a love for aviation and the United States Space Program. The original name for the Enterprise was going to be the S.S. Yorktown, named for the aircraft carrier sunk at the Battle of Midway. Roddenberry drew inspiration from NASA, including inspiration for the Star Trek logo.

    But in the end, the final design for the Space Force drew its inspiration from several existing government logos:

    As usual, the media in its rush to bash the President has completely mischaracterized the efforts of the administration.

    This week saw the passing of journalist Jim Lehrer at the age of 85. Lehrer had penned several " Rules of Journalism . " The first three seem to fall on deaf ears for today's mainstream media:

    1. Do nothing I cannot defend.
    2. Do not distort, lie, slant, or hype.
    3. Do not falsify facts or make up quotes.

    If this week's manufacturer controversy is any indication, I doubt you will find too many members of the modern press who still hold fast to Lehrer's words.

    Scotty, beam me up!

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

    Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 8:52 PM | Anonymous member

    This week we stop and focus on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For the second year in a row, the Cobb Republican Party sponsored a table at the Cobb Ministerial Alliance's (CMA) Martin Luther King, Jr. Gala. We had no idea what an overwhelming response we would have and have to give a shout-out to the Metro Area Republicans for filling three additional tables with Republicans.

    Additionally, as a point of pride for our Party, we got to watch as Cobb Young Republican Chair DeAnna Harris stood at the podium to introduce Kelvin King, an active part of our County Party and the recipient of the Pacesetter award.

    In the end, Pastor Sherman Scott, the head of the CMA, talked about unity, which was the heart and soul King's message. He spoke about how proud he was to have a room full of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, and how his organization would be working with all organizations to educate voters.

    Dr. King's dream was that one day, his four little children will live, "in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

    King's legacy was on full display in that Marriott Ball Room last night, but is it on display in anywhere else in politics? I wrote most of what I am saying below last year, but it's sadly all to still relevant, especially in light of the Democratic members of the Cobb School Board who can all see the color of one's skin, not the content of the character, and are judged by their colleague on their character alone, but they only believe it's because of skin color.

    Today we seem as far away from that dream as our nation was when Dr. King spoke those words over 56 years ago in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Many who would claim the mantel of Dr. King and claim to be among his disciples do not seem interested in that day. They may bring it up in speeches and interviews, they might write it in essays and op-eds, but their actions speak louder than their words. 

    The left continues to use race as a divider and, in the name of social justice, attack minorities who believe in conservative values as somehow being "traitors" to their ethnicity. It is a concept that flies in the face not only of Dr. King's speech, but in the face of the very concept of who we are as Americans.

    Embodied in a statement like, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is the essence of Dr. King's dream.

    How can we be equal when we are judged solely on the color of the skin, a trait that is not chosen by us, but chosen for us when we were conceived, and not the content of our character?

    Dr. King's statement truly resounds more on the right, which holds as its precipice the ideal of "the individual." Republicans go further as we speak of "rugged individualism" as central to the values and platform of the Party. In that regard, we must hold the idea that an individual must be judged by who they are as an individual defined by their character, not by their group or national origin or ethnicity or race.

    My colleague in Gwinnett County, Chairman Edward Muldrow is black. He writes in an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution , " Historically, Black people have been conservatives. We hold strong family values, have an undeniable faith in God, and we believe in hard work. The Second Amendment serves to allow us protection, and today’s conservatives refuse to let us forget that the Republican Party freed Blacks from enslavement. The problem is that, on all sides, they want black people to be monolithic."

    If we are created equal, then none of what is part of our creation can be considered unequal to anyone else's creation. In the eyes of our republican constitutional system, we are all equal, just as we are all equal in the eyes of our Creator.

    It is for these beliefs that Republicans are call "racists."

    You see, for too many Democrats, they do not want to judge an individual by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin (or gender, or sexual orientation, or natural origin). 

    "Diversity" has taken the place of "rugged individualism" as the highest goal and the greatest morality. The goal then becomes making sure groups are represented by checking off boxes in the ultimate triumph of the superficial.  

    Muldrow makes that point as well as he continues to write in his op-ed, "Dr. King’s message of unity was not unity by forsaking individuality. It was quite the opposite. Dr. King recognized there is diversity in unity. Part of his message was that we should live in a place where we would not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. Dr. King recognized there is uniqueness in unity. Individual character, individual experiences and individual thoughts should be the core that unifies us."

    This is possible in our society because people understand the value of true diversity in achieving success. We learn more and understand more when we surround ourselves with those who have had different experiences, come from different backgrounds, and provide different perspectives. But that kind of diversity is still a diversity based on the content of one's character, and not simply the color of one's skin. The best teams do not look at the outside,but what's inside. Talent, character, drive, competence, and devotion do not come from the outside, but the inside.  

    In the end, it is not diversity, but division that is created. That division is used to set those who should be joined together with a common creed, into disunity. We become Balkinized based on the lines and the result is a house divided against itself cannot stand.  

    However, the answer to the dream lies in the very speech itself. Dr. King concluded it with the words, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty we are free at last." 

    The triumph of the individual is also the triumph of freedom. We know that while the Creator created us as equal, man has since made that creation unequal. It is when we are unshackled from man's division of the Creator's order, then our natural state is made whole and that is a state of freedom.

    Speaking in West Berlin in front of the Brandenburg Gate in 1987, Ronald Reagan noted, "Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace. Freedom is the victor."

    That is not to say we do not have those in our party who speak counter to that, but the obsession of our party as a whole is not one bound in the color of one's skin, but the content of one's character. For the Democrats, that is not the case. That is why they can without a moments hesitation call the right "racist" for not being focused on the color of one's skin, while they do not see themselves as such for focusing only on that.

    They see a couple of bad actors and label the group, because they have forgotten the dream and still, like Democrats in 1963, judge people on the color of the skin, not the content of the character.  

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

    Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party


  • Friday, January 17, 2020 11:56 PM | Anonymous member

    Although we do not often send out of full email blast in the mid-week, with so many time-sensitive events coming up over the next few days, we wanted to make sure you were aware of them.

    First, you will not below that we have added a "Trump Victory" section to the newsletter. This section will keep you abreast over the coming months of the efforts to help re-elect Donald Trump President of the United States, so that you can be a part of these efforts, if you would like. The Trump Victory team has two events coming up as soon as tomorrow, Saturday morning.

    Second, today is the last day to take advantage of the "early bird" online registration discount for the GRA's 3rd Annual President's Dinner, being held at the Adventure Outdoors on this coming Tuesday evening, January 21st.

    The Franklin Roundtable has two interesting talks taking place at the Cobb GOP Headquarters Monday evening, January 20th, and GRTL is hosting their annual "March for Life" rally at the state capitol on Wednesday, the 22nd — and the Trump Victory team will be doing a voter registration push at that event.

    There are many more exciting events in store over the next few weeks listed here as well. We appreciate all of you who are active in our community to promote these for the success of our party.

    Yours in Freedom,

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    Jason Shepherd

    Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party


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