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Cobb RA Chapter Hosting County Endorsement Convention on April 30th

Cobb RA Chapter Hosting County Endorsement Convention on April 30th

If you live in Cobb County or the surrounding area, be sure to check out the Cobb RA chapter’s county Endorsement Convention for local candidates on Saturday, April 30th at the Cobb GOP Headquarters!

Early-bird registration ends after this coming Friday, April 22nd!

Come hear candidates for local office running in the Republican primary speak, ask them questions, and then—if you’re a Cobb RA member—vote on whether to endorse a candidate for office! Everyone who registers is welcome to attend, but only members may vote.

Remember: It takes a two-thirds majority of the participating membership in order for a candidate to win endorsement of the county organization. Proxies are not permitted at endorsement conventions. 

Date: Saturday, April 30th

Registration Early bird special: $20 (before April 22nd) (lunch included)

Late registration: $25 (after April 22nd) (lunch included)

Location: Cobb GOP Headquarters

Time: Opens at 10:00am / Business starts at 10:30am

Register here to participate in this county event!

NWGRA Announces Endorsed Local Candidates

NWGRA Announces Endorsed Local Candidates

Last week the NorthWest GRA chapter (NWGRA) completed their electronic endorsement convention for local candidates, confirming many of those recommended at the state convention, and adding several others.

Congratulations to the following candidates for receiving the NWGRA endorsement! These candidates automatically receive the Georgia Republican Assembly endorsement as well:

• State Senate District 52: Derek Keeney

• State Senate District 53: Colton Moore

• State Senate District 54: Doug Keener

• State House District 1: Jackie Harling

• State House District 2: Jim Coles

• State House District 3: Mitchell Horner

• State House District 4: Nick Voyles

• State House District 5: No Endorsement

• State House District 6: No Endorsement

• Catoosa County Commission District 2: Britt Fant

• Catoosa County Commission District 4: Charlie Stephens

Catoosa is the only county in the NWGRA chapter that has a GRA County Chairman to facilitate the vetting, but they anticipate having more county chairmen in the future. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts from the NWGRA on their Facebook page about each of the endorsed candidates!

Announcement: 2022 GRA Republican Primary Endorsements!

Announcement: 2022 GRA Republican Primary Endorsements!

Newnan, GA— GRA members from all over the state met on Saturday, April 2nd at the Newnan Centre to hear speeches from candidates and vote on endorsements. The event was called to order at 10:00am and wrapped before 5:00pm with Chick-fil-A lunch included.

Over 300 tickets were sold to this GRA Convention. Under the rules of the organization, a candidate may only be endorsed if he receives at least a 2/3rds vote of the participating membership. A vote for “no endorsement” is always an option.

Here are the official results of the 2022 GRA Endorsement Convention:

GRA Candidates Endorsed for State House

  • State House District 1: Jackie Harling (pending chapter approval) *
  • State House District 12: Robert Watson (Chattooga County)
    • Challenging Republican incumbent Eddie Lumsden with a vote score of “F” 38% (2019) and “F” 35% (2020)
  • State House District 13: Luke Martin (Floyd County area)
    • Challenging Republican incumbent Katie Dempsey with a vote score of “F” 39% (2019) and “F” 39% (2020)
  • State House Distrct 17: Neil Wolin (Paulding County area)
  • State House District 20: Charlice Byrd (Cherokee County) (incumbent)
  • State House District 22: Jordan Ridley (Cherokee County area)
  • State House District 23: Allen Hutchinson (Waleska / Cherokee area)
  • State House District 24: Sheri Gilligan (Forsyth County area) (incumbent)
  • State House District 28: Blake McClellan (Forsyth County area)
  • State House District 33: Dylan Purcell (Hart & Franklin County area)
  • State House District 37: Tess Redding (Marietta / Cobb County area) *
  • State House District 39: Olivia Angel (south Cobb County area) *
  • State House District 50: Jill Trammell (John’s Creek area)
  • State House District 51: Peter Korman (south Fulton County area)
  • State House District 64: Shane Miller (Douglas & Paulding County area)
  • State House District 65: Jan Horne (Coweta County area)
  • State House District 67: Marziyah Marzi Amirizadeh (South Fulton)
  • State House District 68: Stoney Mathis (Fayette County)
  • State House District 70: Angel Nunez (Coweta County)
  • State House District 74: David Ballard (Fayette & Spaulding Counties)
  • State House District 83: Catherine Bernard (DeKalb County area)
  • State House District 100: David Clark (Buford area) (incumbent)
  • State House District 108: Johnny Crist (Lilburn area)
  • State House District 117: Noelle Kahaian (McDonough & Griffin)
  • State House District 144: Jayson Stonne (Macon area)
    • Challenging Republican incumbent Dale Washburn with a vote score of “F” 39% (2019) and “D” 41% (2020)
  • State House District 164: Chasity Pawvlik (Savannah area)
    • Challenging Republican incumbent Ron Stephens with a vote score of “D” 48% (2019) and “F” 36% (2020)
  • State House District 175: Bill Blanchard (Valdosta area)
    • Challenging Republican incumbent John LaHood with a vote score of “C” 51% (2019) and “F” 35% (2020)
  • State House District 178: Cason Carbaugh (Blackshear area)
    • Challenging Republican incumbent Steven Meeks with a vote score of “F” 39% (2019) and “D” 43% (2020).

The number of endorsed candidates running for State House was particularly encouraging since virtually every one of these candidates pledged to not support David Ralston for re-election as Speaker of the House, if elected as a State Representative. Many of them also spoke against H.B. 1013.

* Under GRA rules, where a local race has an operational county or regional RA chapter, that chapter has primary jurisdictional authority to vote on endorsement of candidates. While this candidate was approved by the state convention, this approval must be finalized by the approval of the local chapter’s participating membership before it is made official.

GRA Endorsed Candidates for State Senate

  • State Senate District 3: Jeff Jones (Brunswick area)
  • State Senate District 6: Angelic Moore (Smyrna & Sandy Springs area)
  • State Senate District 17: Brett Mauldin (McDonough area)
  • State Senate District 18: Dianne Vann (Macon area)
  • State Senate District 27: Greg Dolezal (Forsyth County area)
  • State Senate District 32: Andy Soha (Cobb & Cherokee area)
  • State Senate District 47: Charlie Chase (north Athens area)
  • State Senate District 48: Shawn Still (north Fulton & Gwinnett area)
  • State Senate District 52: Derek Keeney (Bartow & Floyd area) *

* Under GRA rules, where a local race has an operational county or regional RA chapter, that chapter has primary jurisdictional authority to vote on endorsement of candidates. While this candidate was approved by the state convention, this approval must be finalized by the approval of the local chapter’s participating membership before it is made official.

GRA Endorsed Candidates for U.S. Congress

Candidate Surrea Ivy
  • Congressional District 1: No endorsement
  • Congressional District 2: Vivian Childs
  • Congressional District 3: Jared Craig
  • Congressional District 4: Surrea Ivy
  • Congressional District 5: No endorsement
  • Congressional District 6: No endorsement
  • Congressional District 7: Dr. Lisa Babbage (write-in)
  • Congressional District 8: No endorsement
  • Congressional District 9: Michael Boggus
  • Congressional District 10: No endorsement
  • Congressional District 11: No endorsement
  • Congressional District 12: No endorsement
  • Congressional District 13: Caesar Gonzales
  • Congressional District 14: Marjorie Taylor Greene (incumbent) (unanimous vote)
Marjorie Taylor Greene at the event.

GRA Endorsed Candidates for State Office

  • Public Service Commissioner: Tim Echols
  • Insurance Commissioner: Patrick Witt
  • Labor Commissioner: Bruce Thompson
  • State School Superintendent: No endorsement
  • Attorney General: John Gordon
  • Secretary of State: Jody Hice
  • Lt. Governor: Burt Jones

GRA Endorsed Candidates for Top Ballot Offices

  • U.S. Senator: Kelvin King
  • Georgia Governor: No endorsement

In the race for Governor, both David Perdue and Kandiss Taylor performed strongly, but each candidate had an even number of votes, so neither received the two-thirds necessary to earn the GRA endorsement.

Candidate for Governor, Kandiss Taylor
GRA endorsed candidate for U.S. Senator Kelvin King
Which Republicans Voted for the Terrible Version of H.B. 1013?

Which Republicans Voted for the Terrible Version of H.B. 1013?

First, who were the Republican authors who joined with two Democrats to author this terrible legislation in its original form? Answer:

• Speaker David Ralston, Vote Scorecard Rating: “F”
• State Rep. Todd Jones, Vote Scorecard Rating: “D”
• State Rep. Don Hogan, Vote Scorecard Rating: “D”
• State Rep. Sharon Cooper (Cobb), Vote Scorecard Rating: “D”

The fact that these were willing to propose a bill that had all the things in it that the original version had says a lot about them. It also says a lot that these House Republicans voted to rubber-stamp the proposal without any changes:

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GRA Announces 2022 Endorsement Convention!

GRA Announces 2022 Endorsement Convention!

Georgia Republican Assembly has announced the 2022 GRA Endorsement Convention on April 2nd in Newnan, Georgia! Tickets are now available! Plan to come and invite your favorite candidates to join us as well!

Registration has now officially opened for the Georgia Republican Assembly’s State Endorsement Convention! At this event, GRA members from around the state may attend to vote on any state-wide candidate they would like to see the GRA endorse for civil government office. Congressional candidates may be allowed to participate as well. Candidates can only win the endorsement if they get at least a 2/3rd majority of the participating membership.

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene

In 2020, for example, the GRA endorsed then-candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene in the 14th Congressional District run-off race. Since then, she went on to win election and make headlines as a true fighter for American, Republican values in Congress! She’s one of several endorsed candidates we’ve helped win races across the state.

We will be hearing from candidates from across the state, and we will be voting on endorsement for U.S. Senator, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Constitutional Officer, State Legislature, and others. There are only two requirements to attend and vote: You have to be a GRA member and you have to register. Plan to come and invite your favorite candidates to join us as well! 

Click here to register now!

Here is a summary of the details:

The 2022 GRA Endorsement Convention
April 2, 2022
The Newnan Centre
1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd
Newnan, GA 30265
Call to Order: 10:00am
Lunch Served: 12:00pm
Cost: $45

Hart Charters the Newest GRA County Chapter!

Hart Charters the Newest GRA County Chapter!

Congratulations to the Hart County GRA Members who met tonight to charter the newest chapter! Much appreciation for Chapter Relations Committee Chairman Silas Roberts who organized this launch.

The participants broke bread at a local Mexican restaurant, and the meeting included an appearance from a potential candidate for State House looking to challenge a low-voter-scorecard Republican in the primary.

NWGRA Chapter Adds Walker County to Regional Chapter

NWGRA Chapter Adds Walker County to Regional Chapter

NWGRA President Eddie Caldwell and GRA Secretary Joanna Hildreth led a good chapter meeting last weekend, adding Walker County to the NWGRA chapter and voting on their local platform! If you live in northwest Georgia, be sure to reach out to Eddie or Joanna to get involved in the NWGRA!

The WGRA chapter is also scheduled to add Douglas and Harlson counties to regional chapter this week. In order to start a county chapter, according to the GRA state bylaws, a county has to have at least ten GRA members.

Eddie Caldwell serves as the President of the NWGRA chapter, which includes Whitfield, Catoosa, Murray, Gordon, and now Walker counties. Working together, their membership has successfully defeated several proposed SPLOSTs and Tax Allocation Districts (“TADs”) that were introduced by low-voter scorecard Republicans from the Georgia General Assembly.

The GRA Passes Resolution Calling for Withdrawal of Children from Civil Government Schools

The GRA Passes Resolution Calling for Withdrawal of Children from Civil Government Schools

Fayetteville, GA—At the GRA State Convention on Saturday, the GRA membership passed a series of strong resolutions addressing several hot-button controversies of the day. Among them was a resolution to “END INDOCTRINATION OF CHILDREN IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS.”

The text of the resolution was unique in that it called upon families and parents to take action to solve a societal problem, rather than calling upon anyone in civil government to act. The text of the resolution reads in full:

WHEREAS, the civil government school system has been the primary promoter of socialistic, anti-Republican ideas in our communities; and

WHEREAS, the government school has been responsible for countless children from Republican homes turning against the principles that were taught to them by their parents and has led to many graduates voting Democrat; and

WHEREAS, government schools have proven themselves to be untrustworthy by forbidding prayer and the teaching of the Bible, and promoting Critical Race Theory, cultural Marxism, sexual deviancy, abortion, atheism, evolutionism, mandated vaccination and other false and harmful ideas; and

WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory is a flagrant attempt to teach unveiled, hard-core Marxism and racism; and

WHEREAS, the conservative exposure and intervention that prevented certain schools from teaching Critical Race Theory this year in no way guarantees government schools will not attempt this kind of indoctrination again in the future with greater success; and

WHEREAS, this damaging indoctrination usually occurs before parents are made aware of it or have organized to oppose it; and

WHEREAS, parental protest and interference at school board meetings has proven to be insufficient at checking the advance and of leftism and has only brought parents under investigation for being “domestic terrorists”; and

WHEREAS, the sustainability of all conservative victories are at risk if the next generation does not understand and embrace Republican values, which are American values;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the GA Republican Assembly calls upon all Republican families to immediately remove their children from these harmful facilities and pursue alternative education options and furthermore suggests that local church leaders and Republicans without school-age children designate a portion of their volunteer time and personal resources to assist struggling families in their community in the pursuit of alternative education options.”

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