Monday, 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
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.
Over 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
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.
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.
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.]
“WHY THE 2014 ELECTION MATTERS: THE THREAT OF ISLAMISM TO AMERICA”
“A 45 to 60 minute presentation that addresses four areas of Islamism that are currently active within the United States which threaten the fundamental fabric of our society. The first area is an overview of how the Muslim Brotherhood has penetrated into the White House and into various entities of the federal government. The second concerns how Islamism has become integrated into our legal system through the use of “lawfare,” anti-blasphemy measures to control free speech, and the use of Shar’ia law in American courts. The third area covers how federal law enforcement agencies and the military have become victims to Islamist pressure to have their respective training materials and instructional programs purged of all references to anything related to Islam. Finally, the fourth area covers how Islamism has influenced public education within our local school systems through text books, the use of supplemental materials provided to teachers, and various classroom student activities.” – David Bores
In the coming weeks there will be some community events that we thought our members may want to be aware of as they promise to be very informative.
The Gwinnett GOP’s Chili Cook-off & Republican Rumble – Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 11:00am until 2:00pm, at Thrasher Park in Norcross – all seven GOP candidates for US Senate will be present and each is scheduled to give a ten minute speech about their candidacy.
**** CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER – PAT PITTS!!! ****
We are raffling off a Diamondback AR-15 .223 x 5.56 A3 flattop, with case, that has been generously donated to us by Bulls Eye Marksman & Indoor Gun Range. There will only be a limited number of tickets (no more than 1,000 will be sold), which means that the odds of winning for participants will be that much better. The tickets are $10 a piece, or you can buy a book of five tickets for $40. The drawing for the rifle will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013, at the Forsyth County Tea Party’s December meeting and Christmas Party!