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TAX DAY RALLY – Lanier Tea Party Patriots – April 12th – Gainesville, GA

TAX DAY RALLY - Lanier Tea Party Patriots - April 12th - Gainesville, GA

TAX DAY RALLY – Forsyth County Tea Party Patriots Alliance

Forsyth County Courthouse

Photo courtesy of Forsyth County Tea Party Patriots Alliance – www.fcteapartypatriotalliance.org/

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Assemble in front of the Forsyth County Courthouse (100 Courthouse Sq., Cumming, GA 30040) & rally around Courthouse Square between 5:30-6:00pm – bring a sign & let your voices be heard.

6:00 pm - Presentation of the flag, Pledge of Allegiance, Nation Anthem, Invocation.

6:20 pm - Emcees Brad Wilkins & Dwight Roberts:

6:21 pm - Gubernatorial Candidate – David Pennington
Topic: Wasteful Government Spending

6:40 pm - Ga. House District 26 Candidate – Tom Knox
Topic: Eliminating the 16th & 17th Amendments

7:00 pm - U.S. Senate Candidate – Derrick Grayson
Topic: Tax Replacements, Fair Tax vs. Flat Tax v. VAT tax, etc.

DEBATES

Thursday, April 17th 7:00 pm - GA House District 26, (Geoff Duncan, Tom Knox); Central Park Recreation Center*

Monday, April 21st – 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm - School Board District 1 (Ann Crow, Amanda Nixon, Mark Weiss); Solicitor General; 7:50 pm to 9:05 pm ( Susan Zereini, Bill Finch): Forsyth County Administration Building**

Thursday, April 24th – 6:30 pm - State School Superintendent TBD / Bond Referendum: Forsyth County Administration Building**

Monday, April 28th – 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm - GA House District 24 (Mark Hamilton vs. Sheri Gilligan); and GA Senate 7:35 pm to 9:00 pm ( Jack Schiff, Michael Williams, Lauren McDonald III): Forsyth County Administration Building**

*[2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming]

**[110 East Main St., Cumming, GA 30040]

OUR NEXT MEETING

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 22nd, from 6:30pm until 8:00pm at the building that houses the Forsyth County Senior Center (595 Dahlonega St., Cumming, GA). Our guest speakers this month will be Georgia State School Superintendent Candidate, Ashley Bell; and Forsyth County School Superintendent, Buster Evans.

Is There an Effort to Kill HB 707?!

Stop Obamacare

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One of the bills that we have been watching down at the Georgia General Assembly is HB707 – that’s that bill that would help prevent the ACA from taking hold in the state of Georgia. The buzz from the capitol is that influence has been exerted on members of the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee to kill this bill!

HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius even appeared in Atlanta earlier this week to aid in the effort to kill the bill by urging Governor Deal to expand Medicaid. The Governor’s (and Lt. Governor’s) silence on this issue has been deafening. The Governor signed to petition for HB 707 and it’s time for him to put some action behind his words. They, and members of this committee, need to be contacted immediately so that they know that the people of Georgia don’t want any part of this federal government takeover of our healthcare system.

Please contact them as soon as possible as the hearing will take place today!

CONTACT INFO AND ORDER CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://georgiansforhealthcarefreedom.org/

***URGENT BREAKING NEWS*** – Stop Common Core – We Can NO LONGER Support SB 167

Breaking News

The Georgia House Substitute for SB 167 has been so watered down that it’s Senate sponsor, Sen. William Ligon can no longer support the bill. It is NOT the same bill that it started out to be and in fact will do harm to the cause of getting our state out of the Common Core State Standards.

Please check out this link for more information: http://georgia.stopcommoncore.com/

We will need to contact (or re-contact) members of the Education Committee —> http://georgia.stopcommoncore.com/uploads/House_Ed_List.pdf — and our own Reps.

We’re sorry to ask so many folks to do this again, but those who are behind to push for Common Core are determined to see to it that it is deeply imbedded within our educational systems — so much so, that it will be nearly impossible to remove.

Also there will be a telephone conference call tonight at 8:00pm — the Conference Dial-in number is: (530) 881-1000 and the Participant Access Code is: 632867# — Please join in if you can!

Crossover Monday

Georgia State CapitolMonday, March 3, 2014 is not just another Monday — it’s “Crossover Day” down at the Georgia General Assembly. “Crossover Day” is so-called because it is the last day that a bill can be passed by its originating chamber in order to cross over to the other chamber for possible passage. This is the final step needed to complete the legislative process, prior to signing (or veto) by the Governor. It traditionally takes place on the 30th day of the 40 day legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly.

One bill that we thought would be of great interest to our members is HB 707. HB 707, The Georgia Health Care Freedom and ACA Noncompliance Act, is a bill that seeks to prohibit the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka –Obamacare) by any local municipality, State Agency or Political subdivision of the State of GA. This bill has passed out of committee and will be introduced to the house floor on Monday, March 3rd. Please call your House Rep and State Senator to let them know that you’re interested in the passage of this bill. FreedomWorks.org has provided a great link to help you get started: https://secure.freedomworks.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=68511DE695E1E51DCA46115314473956.app321b?alertId=1333&pg=makeACall&autologin=true?source

Another bill that may be of interest to our members is SB 167. The purpose of SB 167 is to start rolling back some of the changes that have taken place in curriculum and testing in public schools in Georgia, and throughout the United States, since the acceptance and implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The Georgia Chapter of the group Concerned Women for America, under the leadership of career educator Tanya Ditty, has been among the tireless warriors in the fight to stop Common Core in our state. We and they experienced a partial victory on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, when the Georgia State Senate passed SB 167 by a vote of 34-16. We now need to contact our respective Georgia State House Reps to encourage them to stand with the State Senate, the people, the teachers and students of Georgia by voting yes on the bill and the amendments approved by the bill’s sponsor, Senator William Ligon. The following is some information on just what SB 167 will do for students, parents, and teachers in Georgia’s schools: http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101272616422-99/7+Ways+SB+167+benefits+Georgia.pdf

More information regarding SB 167 — http://www.cwfa.org/sb-167-passes-out-of-senate-and-now-heads-to-the-house/

Proposed IRS Regulations Will Suppress Speech

CensorshipBack in November, during the busy holiday season, the IRS doubled down on its practice of targeting and intimidating political speech that challenges the current administration. At that time, this agency proposed new, iron-fisted regulations that would seriously limit speech by applying a very broad definition to the term “candidate-related political activity.” (See our January 8, 2014 post featuring this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L0-DPTnm_E  - from Freedomworks.org on our Facebook page.)
The IRS has designated a period of time for public comments, but the time to act is becoming very short indeed, as the cut-off date for comments is this Thursday, February 27, 2014.
You can submit your comments directly here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=IRS-2013-0038-0001; or you can go through the portals provided by either FreedomWorks:www.IrsTarget.com; or the Tea Party Patriots: http://www.teapartypatriots.org/irsregulations/.

There is support for organizations such as ours in Congress. Today, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) supported free speech rights of c4 organizations by introducing H.R. 3865. This bill, known as the “Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act,” would delay the regulations from being implemented for a year thereby negating any consequences they might have on the 2014 election cycle. It is recommended that everyone contact their Senators and Representatives to try to get this bill enacted.
It is essential that we take every avenue possible to stop the usurpation of our natural rights by an out-of-control government bureaucracy and an out-of-control administration.

Video from Our January and February Meetings, & Our New YouTube Channel

Censorship ButtonOver the course of the last year, we made a pledge to make our meetings more accessible to those who support our cause but cannot always make it to our meetings. We had been posting videos from meetings on our YouTube Channel, when we could, and it seemed that everything was going along fine.

Unfortunately, our old YouTube Channel was suspended and deactivated some time after our meeting post in November. The videos are still there and the links still work, but no more videos can be posted there; nor can the existing videos be edited.

We had considered using another video rendering service, however those explored to this point have not proven capable of handling the size of some of our videos.

After some doing, we have managed to set up a new YouTube channel. Hopefully we won’t have to deal with this situation again. Until then, we are posting at the new channel which you can access at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/ForsythCoTeaParty

Stop Common Core – Action Alert

Back to School

“Schooling” Needed

Action Alert: – 1/23 6pm until 8pm – Sugar Hill City Hall, 5039 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill, GA – Let’s educate the House Education Committee Chairman, Rep. Brooks Coleman concerning what’s wrong about Common Core – it’s wrong for our state, and it’s bad for our students (and teachers). It’s the wrong approach to solve education problems which have always been made worse by big-government, one size fits all, lowest common denominator, education methods.

Wrapping Up 2013

Our last gathering for the year 2013 was our Christmas Party on Monday, December 16th (the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party). There was plenty of good food, good times, and great company; and we were able to collect a nice stack of goodies for our Christmas charity, Abba House. We were so grateful for the opportunity to share from our hearts, and love our neighbors, by supporting their good works for individuals and for our community.

Our sincere thanks again to Doug Clayton of Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club & Indoor Range for making our fundraising raffle possible by donating the AR-15 rifle. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We look forward to the work ahead in 2014!

Georgia Senators & North GA Reps Vote in Favor of Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

U.S. Capitol

Both US Senators from Georgia (Isakson and Chambliss) voted to approve the Ryan-Murray budget which had been touted as the best deal that both sides could reach in their goal to get a budget passed through Congress. Last Thursday three Congressmen from North Georgia (Graves GA-14, Collins GA-9, and Woodall GA-7) voted to approve the budget deal as well. House Speaker John Boehner expressed anger towards grass-roots conservative groups who opposed the budget deal and elements contained in it, in a statement reminiscent of Nancy Pelosi’s famous “…we have to pass the bill to see all the good things that are in it…” quote.

The Speaker’s comments went way beyond mere irritation and he has likely alienated a good portion of the conservative base that would likely come out to vote for mostly Republican candidates. Hostility towards conservative groups such as the Tea Party, for whose support the GOP should be grateful, has now come out into the open. The bill that has inspired this latest round of hostility from establishment Republicans has been examined carefully and has been found to be a truly terrible deal for the people of this country and future generations of Americans who will be facing financial obligations that have been made without their consent.

Join Us for Our 2013 Christmas Party!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party on Monday, December 16th at 6:30pm until about 8:00pm. It will be held at our usual meeting place at the Forsyth County Senior Center which is located at 595 Dahlonega St., Cumming, GA 30040 (located next to the Cumming branch of the Forsyth County Public Library).

This year we are supporting Abba House. We ask that you bring a board game such as: “Sorry,” “Trouble,” “Candy Land,” “Connect 4,” “Guess Who?,” “Chutes and Ladders,” or any basic game that does not have a lot of little pieces. In addition to board games, card games like “Go Fish” or “Old Maid” would be great.  Finally there is also a need for puzzles for children ranging in ages from 2 to 10.

[If we wind up with some duplications, insofar as the games and puzzles are concerned, it will not be a problem as the games will be used by many.]
We’ll also be announcing the winner of our Diamondback AR-15 raffle. Just in time for Christmas!