Atlanta Young Republicans and Georgia Tech College Republicans Debate Viewing

Charlie keeps asking me to post this; I assume he just wants Angelyn to quit talking about it. Georgia GOP Chairman Padgett will provide opening remarks.

Thursday, February 25
7:00 p.m. Reception/Campaign Rally
8:00 p.m. Welcome Program
8:30 p.m. Debate

You can buy a ticket here.

$10 – Members of Young or College Republican clubs
$15 – General Admission


WGST GeorgiaPol Radio – It’s Only The Beginning Edition

It’s Friday! Thursday, and you get GeorgiaPol Radio.  Yes, GeorgiaPol Radio on a Thursday.  No, we didn’t get the FBI to hack into Charlie’s phone and change the date to make him think today’s Friday.  The Sully Show will be remote out in Smyrna tomorrow, so we’re bumping GeorgiaPol Radio up a day for your listening pleasure.

Today, Charlie is joined in-studio by GeorgiaPol Front Page Editor Jon Richards and Aaron Sheinin from the AJC to talk Georgia Film tax credits, updates from the legislature, presidential politics, and that vote thingy next week called the #SECPrimary which could be a beginning to the end of the GOP presidential nomination race.

Tune in at 12 noon today to 640 on your AM dial in the Atlanta metro area, from your web browser, or on the iHeartRadio mobile app.

Trump Has 23-Point Lead Over GOP Rivals in GA

A new poll from WABE predicts Donald Trump will cruise to victory in Georgia’s GOP primary on March 1.

The baboon turned baboon reality TV star businessman from New York has the support of 41.25% of likely GOP voters. Marco Rubio is riding that strong momentum from Iowa into a distant second with 18.25% and Ted Cruz is hot on his heels with 15.25% of those polled.

WABE got the numbers through internet polling so take that as you will.

I think Republicans need to start bracing themselves for “presumptive nominee Donald Trump”.

Georgia’s Film Industry Benefits a Wide Variety of Businesses

Across from Matthews Cafeteria on Main Street in Tucker sits Cofer Brothers, which is getting ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary in three years. It’s a family run business, providing building materials to contractors for almost four generations.

Film industry attendees at Georgia Film day said thanks for the state's support. Photo: Jon Richards
Film industry attendees at Georgia Film day said thanks for the state’s support.
Photo: Jon Richards
The business went through some tough times during the recession that started in 2008. The building industry slowed to a standstill, as new home construction was almost nonexistent. That’s when Chip Cofer, the President and CEO got a call from a movie production house wondering if Cofer Brothers could supply some needed materials for a production being worked on. After listening to what was needed, Cofer went to his team and figured out how to get the job done.

Since that time, supplying the film industry has become a business within a business. has grown to encompass between 20% and 35% of the company’s overall business. In addition to providing lumber and trim for studio sets, Cofer Brothers trucks have delivered north Georgia clay to locations in South Georgia. “It’s all about logistics,” Cofer told me at his display in the Capitol on Monday, when Governor Deal, Speaker Ralston and others celebrated Georgia Film Day, and the $6 billion impact the industry has on the Peach state. Continue reading “Georgia’s Film Industry Benefits a Wide Variety of Businesses”

Trump, Rubio, Cruz vie for Georgia delegates — a look at the numbers

If the Republican Party primaries followed the same rules as the Democratic primaries, Donald Trump would have little chance to win the nomination.

The Democrats are assigning pledged delegates based on the proportion of the vote, and they also have the so-called “super delegates” that consist of unpledged party leaders who can eventually vote for whomever they want. With Trump yet to break 50 percent in any state, he would likely never accumulate half of the pledged delegates under a proportional allocation system, much less convince the super delegates to get behind him.

But the Republican primary process has been geared this year to give huge advantages to the winners of primaries, no matter how weak those wins are.

If Trump meets expectations on Tuesday in Georgia and other states, he will have an overwhelming advantage in delegates even if he gets less than 40 percent of the popular vote. Continue reading “Trump, Rubio, Cruz vie for Georgia delegates — a look at the numbers”

Savannah Representative Bob Bryant Passed Away

Bob Bryant, who represented Savannah in the 162nd House District, passed away at 5:30 this morning.

He was hospitalized on Wednesday “after falling ill earlier in the week” according to a Savannah Morning News report. It’s unclear what the cause of death was, although the SMN article says he went to the hospital after collapsing in January. Bryant said at the time he had lower back pain and an elevated heart rate.

Ron Stephens told the paper of Bryant: “He’s someone that everyone, on both sides of the aisle, loves to death. He’s one of my best friends. He’s one of the most beloved members of this House.”
Continue reading “Savannah Representative Bob Bryant Passed Away”

HD – 8 Race Getting Crowded

Once State Representative Stephen Allison announced his retirement, a tidal wave of potential candidates cascaded over House District 8. Wednesday, political consultant, Bryan Miller sent a press release with the following excerpts:

Kent Woerner has announced his candidacy for the Georgia House of Representatives in House District 8. The District represents Union, Rabun, Towns and portions of White counties…

Mr. Woerner served as a public school educator, teaching social sciences at the middle and high school levels in both Clayton and Henry Counties…While working as an educator and administrator, Mr. Woerner also coached high school football, wrestling, basketball, cross country, and track.  After 32 years in public education, he retired as principal of Rabun County Elementary School…

Mr. Woerner earned a full football scholarship to Furman University in 1975 and graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.  In 1979, the United States Congress commissioned Mr. Woerner as an Officer of Field Artillery in the U.S. Army where he served his country in assignments to both the National Guard and Reserves in the States of South Carolina and Georgia…

The family, who has always embraced strong Christian values, worships at Clayton Baptist Church in Clayton, Georgia. 

For more information contact Bryan Miller 706 835 6727

Woerner joins the earlier announced Republican candidates Matthew Gurtler, a general contractor from Rabun County and HD-8 Legislative Aide, David Barton, a builder from Union County and Joshua Littrell founder of Veterans for Cannabis. Of course we’ll have to wait until qualifying week to see who is real but it is good to see people getting involved and offering themselves for public service..

Morning Reads – Thursday, February 25, 2016

On this date in 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Would You Purchase Telecom Services From This Man?

Kelvin Williams insults Christians
Kelvin Williams insults Christians
Last week, Kelvin Williams, founder and owner of 373K, announced his company would depart from Georgia after the State Senate passed FADA. The announcement was picked up by numerous media outlets and sparked a debate within Georgia over the possible economic impact of Religious Freedom legislation.

It should be noted 373K is a telecommunications vendor for the Democratic Party and Kelvin Williams is an openly gay man. It makes sense for him to be displeased about the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act. Given the circumstances, his departure is anything but surprising.

After conducting a bit of research on Kelvin Williams, it turns out the man is a piece of work. His Google+ and Twitter accounts are laden with posts promoting violence, misogyny, Christian-bashing, and rape. It’s pretty sick, actually. Democrats and Republicans jumping to make Mr. Williams the poster-child for the side effects of religious liberty legislation should think twice before using him. He might represent the potential economic impact of religious liberty, but he also represents violence, bigotry, and the rest of the aforementioned ugliness.

We grabbed these screenshots this afternoon from Williams’s public Twitter and Google Plus feeds, and have linked the screenshots to the original posts. You can click any image to make it larger. If the links don’t work by the time you get to them, you can imagine why. Continue reading “Would You Purchase Telecom Services From This Man?”

Is Medical Cannabis Oil Already Legal in Georgia?

State Rep. Allen Peake of Macon has spent the better part of three sessions working to make cannabis oil available to Georgians seeking relief from seizures and other ailments. His latest effort, House Bill 722, is being presented in substitute form at a Judiciary Non-Civil committee hearing today. One of the challenges he has faced is trying to legalize what has been assumed to be a Schedule 1 drug with no medical benefit.

While Peake’s bill attempts to define low THC oil as containing less than 5% THC, a portion of Chapter 16 of the Georgia Code already exempts CBD oil if it has less than 15% of tetrahydrocannabinols:

2014 Georgia Code
§ 16-13-25 – Schedule I
Universal Citation: GA Code § 16-13-25 (2014)

The controlled substances listed in this Code section are included in Schedule I:

(3) Any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substances, their salts, isomers (whether optical, position, or geometrics), and salts of isomers, unless specifically excepted, whenever the existence of these salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation:

(P) Tetrahydrocannabinols which shall include, but are not limited to:

(i) All synthetic or naturally produced samples containing more than 15 percent by weight of tetrahydrocannabinols; and

(ii) All synthetic or naturally produced tetrahydrocannabinol samples which do not contain plant material exhibiting the external morphological features of the plant cannabis;

By one reading of the code, CBD oil with an under 15% concentration of THC has been as legal as Coca-Cola in Georgia for many years.

Update: The version of HB 722 that passed committee today takes the maximum percentage of tetrahydrocannabinols in CBD Oil down to 5%, so if you want to take advantage of this loophole, do it quickly.