CHOOSE FREEDOM! #COBBFIRST
It's 2020 and it's election time again!
While the Cobb GOP has spent 2019 training and organizing, 2020 will be time to reach down and put all we have learned and all we have organized into effect.
We kicked off 2020 with what is possibly the largest Cobb GOP breakfast ever. Selling out 4 days before didn't stop people from travelling, some over 100 miles, to attend the breakfast!
In addition to a fantastic visit by our new Senator, who will be sworn in by Vice-President Mike Pence today, we premiered our 2020 "Pumped for Trump" Hype video!
Be sure to watch and share!
Yours in Freedom,
Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party
This week we remembered the nearly 3,000 who lost their lives 16 years ago on September 11, 2001. This year, that remembrance came again at a time of national strife as Hurricane Irma bared down on Florida and Georgia. It is at times like these that we truly see the greatness of Americans.
Sixteen years ago, Americans came together and stood as one against a common enemy. We also pitched in and volunteered, donated our time and funds to help shattered lives begin to rebuild.
We saw that same spirit again last week after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. We will see that again in the aftermath of Irma. The media would love to continue to portray an American that's hopelessly divided, but when faced with adversity, we find an American that is hopefully united.
Please continue to keep those still trying to recover from Harvey and now Irma in your thoughts and prayers and we will also be posting on our Facebook page ways you can help out.
Also, see below for a great event for Congressman Barry Loudermilk on Saturday. You may have heard that Barry and his wife Desiree were involved in a rollover crash in Tennessee today, but, thankfully, neither were injured.
Have a great Republican week!
Chairman, Cobb GOP
This weekend our nation was rocked by news of violence surrounding a white supremacist march and counter-march in Charlottesville, VA. Many on the right were quick to condemn, almost as quick as the media and the American left was to lay the blame at the feet of President Trump. The reason is the American left and the media are quick to call these groups "right-winged." That may be true when you talk about the European definition of "right-winged" which is synonymous with "authoritarianism."
In the America definition, this is false.
In the American experience, the "right" champions rugged individualism and rejects the idea that people are nothing more than a group they belong to.
These Nazis want the government to get rid of everyone not them (blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Catholics, etc) which requires a pretty big government accomplish their goals. This is preciously why conservative Republicans abhor big government. It is in totalitarian states, not Constitutional Republics, where people's rights to life, liberty, and property can be taken away because those in charge of the government define them as "inferior."
I received a very stark reminder of that when I visited the Auschwitz Concentration Camp this past summer. There, on the wall of the Dutch memorial to their victims of the Holocaust were the names of my great-great uncle, aunt, and their children. His sister, my great-grandmother, came to America. He didn't. He and his family died in Nazi gas chambers in the fall of 1943.
The left is not even immune to these types of protests at their own events as Cobb County Democratic State Representative Stacey Evans, a candidate for Georgia Governor, was shouted down at the progressive NetRoots Convention in Atlanta this weekend. These supporters of her Democratic Primary opponent, Stacey Abrams, carried signs and shouted messages like, "support black women."
Evans had to give up and leave the stage without being able to speak, but Abrams is refusing to condemn the actions of her supporters. Liberal State Senator Nan Orrock even took up for Abrams posting on her Facebook page, "[W]hy is Stacey Abrams expected to disavow a protest she did not organize? Whether you disagree with their actions or not, please understand that protestors <sic> make their own decisions to exercise the right to independently organize and act, particularly at a progressive conference for activists..."
Can you imagine the outrage if a Republican U.S. Senator made the same statement about Donald Trump and the white supremacists in Virginia?
This reminds me of the crickets from the left in 2002 when State Representative Billy McKinney, father of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, blamed her loss on the, "J-E-W-S." McKinney wasn't condemned, far from it. In fact, a portion of I-285 in Fulton and Cobb Counties is still named for him.
We are reminded it is the left which turns to scapegoats when their socialist policies fail to create the worker's paradise on Earth they have sold to their willing victims. That's why the path of socialism always eventually leads to the gulag and the concentration camp.
While Republicans should condemn and, in fact, are condemning, what is happening in our nation at the hands of domestic terrorists, and should name the names and the groups responsible, we should also be quick to add which side of the political spectrum this violence comes from, and it's not the American right, whose very DNA rejects the policy of hyphenated Americanism.
Just because they wear "MAGA" hats does not make them part of us any more than buying camouflage at a hunting store and sewing a patch that says "Army" onto the sleeve would make one a soldier.
Oh, and never forget, you can't spell "NAZI" without "National Socialism."
If you agree, and you have not joined the Cobb County Republican Party, then we need your help standing up for our freedoms and conservative, Republican values. Join or rejoin the Cobb GOP today! The invite a friend to join with you.
The above statement reflects my views and my views only and not necessarily the views of the other officers, leaders, and members of the Cobb County Republican Party.
Great news. Last night the Cobb Board of Commissioner voted 3-2 to keep the millage rate the same. Thanks to Commissioners Birrell, Ott, and Weatherford who stood the line against the tax increase.
We will also be having our first training for House District and Precinct officers. The training will be held Saturday, August 19 from 9AM-1PM at Cobb GOP headquarters. The training and lunch are free, but we need to have a headcount to prepare. Please click here to get your free ticket and register for the training. TRAINING IS CRITICAL TO HELP YOU PREPARE YOUR PRECINCT FOR 2018!
Remember, Pre-orders are now open for our Saturday, August 5th breakfast, which is returning after a 2-month hiatus due to the State GOP Convention and July 4th. Our speaker is the winner of our straw poll for Secretary of State, State Rep. Buzz Brockway. Before being elected to the State House in 2010, Rep. Brockway served as Chairman of the Gwinnett County Republican Party, a candidate who like so many of us, got his start serving at the grassroots. We also will have a very special surprise guest who you will not want to miss!
Save $2 on breakfast by getting your ticket early, or RSVP for a free ticket which does not include breakfast to save a spot. See below for more information!
Between the Congressional Special Election and promoting the Freedom BBQ on July 4, we thought you were due for a well deserved break from emails. That said, this one is packed full of information and events including what's happening in the Cobb Young Republicans and the Cobb County Republican Women's Club .
Pre-orders are now open for our Saturday, August 5th breakfast, which is returning after a 2-month hiatus due to the State GOP Convention and July 4th. Our speaker is the winner of our straw poll for Secretary of State, State Rep. Buzz Brockway. Before being elected to the State House in 2010, Rep. Brockway served as Chairman of the Gwinnett County Republican Party, a candidate who like so many of us, got his start serving at the grassroots.
Our annual Freedom Day BBQ was a huge success. More than 500 tickets were sold and more than 250 people participated in our straw poll. The winners were:
Governor: Hunter Hill
Lt. Governor: David Shafer
Secretary of State: Buzz Brockway
We also had a stirring tribute to our veterans and honored our POW/MIAs with a special ceremony.
photo credit Jeff Souther
Special thanks goes out to all of our volunteers who worked diligently to decorate and work the event including, Helen Story, Phyllis Slaght, Wanda Becker, Scott Johnson, Jeff Souther, Charlie Williams, Eileen Alberstadt, Debra Lieb, Lisa Atkins, Bette Tempest, Michael Davis, Miriam Corbin, Darlene Knight, Sue Marshall, Dorothy Baskin, Pam Croxton, and, especially, our event chairman, Debra Williams.
You may have also heard in the news this past week that the Cobb County Board of Commissioners are proposing to increase the millage rate. Chairman Mike Boyce is having a couple of town hall meetings to hear from Cobb taxpayers on the tax increase. See below for the schedule.
It was an exciting weekend at the State Convention...or at least so I heard. I had the honor of being appointed to the Credentials Committee along with two other great Cobb Republicans, Phil Daniell and Johnell Woody. Our work started at 9:00 AM on Friday and didn't finish until about 11:00 PM. We started back at 7:00 AM on Saturday and closed up business when the Convention ended at 7:00 PM. After handling the credentialing challenges, we became the vote counters along with the Sgt. at Arms Committee members. The vote in each section was certified by both the Credentials Committee member and Sgt. at Arms member assigned to each section. Our totals were certified by Chairs of each committee.
While I was in constant meetings, Pamela Croxton did a great job leading the Cobb delegation. All of our alternates were moved up.
I was also honored by my fellow county party chairmen who elected me to represent them on the State Executive Committee as the Over 80,000 Caucus Chairman.
Finally, I would like to thank all of the candidates for all offices who put themselves out there to serve the Party. I would especially like to thank Alex Johnson, Michael McNeely, and Mike Welsh. Each one is a fine individual who I would have been proud and honored to work with.
Moving on to Karen Handel's runoff, we will be hosting a Debate Watch Party at Cobb HQ on Tuesday, June 6. Doors open at 7:00 PM. See below for more information.
Finally, you can still get tickets for the Meet-and-Greet and Braves Game with Taiwan's Ambassador to the United States, the Hon. Stanley Kao. Tickets are $100 and include the reception and the game. This is an event not to be missed!
Get your ticket now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youre-invited-to-a-reception-braves-game-with-taiwan-ambassador-stanley-kao-tickets-33940530039.
We have a little more than a week to go before voters in the 6th District will choose between Karen Handel and that guy who lives somewhere other than the 6th. We will have opportunities to volunteer both at Cobb GOP Headquarters and Karen Handel's Cobb campaign office through the week. Handel's headquarters are at 3750 Palladian Village Drive, Marietta, GA 30066-8207.
We will also be having the Meet-and-Greet and Braves Game with Taiwan's Ambassador to the United States, the Hon. Stanley Kao. Friday, June 16. Tickets are no longer available, but those who did purchase tickets, they will be available at will call. Be sure to arrange your parking in advance and arrive before the reception starts at 6:00PM.
It's also now time to get ready for July 4 and tickets are on sale now for $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Purchase your advance tickets now. We will have great BBQ from Williamson Brothers Catering, live music, candidate speeches, as well as plenty of activities for the kids.
There will so be a straw poll for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Secretary of State, so come out and support your favorite candidates.
Sponsorships are also available through the ticket link above or you can download the application and send it back in.
We had a fantastic volunteer event on Saturday for our Kay in May Day BBQ. We had more than 50 Republicans from, not just Cobb, but Fulton, Cherokee, and Gwinnett as well, all working to win the Senate District 32 runoff!
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle came by to thank volunteers and enjoy a great BBQ lunch thanks to Andy Soha and Bob Terrell. Then at the end of the day, State Senator Hunter Hill drew our winners! Thanks as well to Rep. Bert Reeves for helping sponsor the event.
If you would like to see photos from Saturday, click here and visit our photo gallery.
There is still a lot of work to be done before the polls close tomorrow at 7:00PM. You can still help by filling out the form at http://cobbgop.org/volunteer-for-kay/.
We especially need sign wavers for key intersections!
Be sure to reach out to friends and family who live in the 32nd and remind them to vote on Tuesday for Kay Kirkpatrick!
Today is also the last day to get the early bird rate for the Meet-and-Greet and Braves Game with Taiwan's Ambassador to the United States, the Hon. Stanley Kao. Tomorrow the price will go up from $65 to $100 a ticket. This is an event not to be missed!
Let's make this a GREAT REPUBLICAN WEEK for Kay Kirkpatrick and Karen Handel!
This has been an exciting week in the Cobb GOP. Each day Cobb volunteers worked to get out the vote for Kay Kirkpatrick and Karen Handel. Once again, it was standing room only at our monthly Cobb GOP Breakfast as Scott Slade, host of Atlanta's Morning News on WSB radio moderated the forum with State Party Chairman candidates Alex Johnson, Michael McNeely, John Watson, and Mike Welsh. The forum was covered by The Marietta Daily Journal and CBS 46 Atlanta, as well as the Monica Matthew's Show Sunday morning on WBS radio.
At the breakfast, Virginia Galloway with the Faith and Freedom Coalition held a drawing for a free trip to Washington, DC to attend the FFC's "Road to Majority" Conference. Another trip will be given away at Saturday's KAY IN MAY DAY BBQ (see below for more details and how you can win!)
Karen Handel also opened her campaign's Cobb HQ on Sunday and it was great to see so many Cobb Republicans out to support her.
Early voting starts TODAY for State Senate District 32 and the election is a week from tomorrow, Tuesday, May 16. We need you help making sure District 32 voters come out for Kay in May. To volunteer, please click here and sign up to make calls, wave signs, or canvass neighborhoods.
We did suffer a set-back as a federal judge re-opened voter registration striking down the Georgia law. More than 20,000 new voters who turned in their registration late will be added to to rolls just in Cobb County and registration will remain open until May 21.
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