Walker County GOP Meet-n-Greet

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The Walker County Republican Party will be hosting a 9th District Congressional candidate meet-and-greet on Saturday, April 10th at 5:00 PM at the Lee and Gordon Mills (71 Red Belt Rd. Chickamauga, GA 30707). Candidates who will be attending are:

Dr. Chris Cates

Rep. Tom Graves

Sen. Lee Hawkins

Rep. Bobby Reese

Councilman Steve Tarvin

Sen. Bill Stephens

This is an opportunity for citizens of the 9th District to meet with candidates, ask questions, and voice concerns in order to make a more informed decision in upcoming elections. This is a free event and refreshments will be provided.


  1. GOPGrassroots says:

    This is much better than over in Hall County where the local Executive Committee/Hawkins Fan club is setting up the Hawkins Love Fest/Candidate Forum.

    Nice work up in Walker Nathan. Running things the right way.

      • provisional says:

        No, I think everyone just needs to be aware the bias in its organing, but you helped make that point by confirming it is his supporters that are organizing the event.

        • Joshua Morris says:

          The executive committee of the Hall County Republican Party does not endorse or favor any candidates in primary races, including this one. I declined to be a member of the committee because of the rules that disallow any preference in primary contests.

          The fact that Lee Hawkins enjoys strong support in his hometown by an overwhelming majority of the members of the Hall GOP is a good thing. This is to be expected for an appreciated, well-respected, conservative elected official.

          • seekingtounderstand says:

            This is a mis-representation of the truth, Hawkins has done nothing for the people of HAll County and he will do nothing for the people of GA in Congress.

    • seekingtounderstand says:

      Ask Mr. Hawkins about the corrupt commissioners in Hall County currently under investigation by the GBI.
      Then ask him how often he has actually helped anybody in Hall County with the propterty tax issue. Hall County is the only county in the state to not lower any property taxes. They froze the property rates at 2007 levels. Mr. Hawkins doesn’t care.
      IS this the kind of person you want to send to congress?

    • seekingtounderstand says:

      Hall County republicans only support corrupt republican candidates from Hall County.

      • provisional says:

        Note to BIB…the only one “sniveling” is Joshua Morris who can not figure a way to make his guy, Lee Hawkins, a conservative after GOPGrassroots has pointed out numerous times that Hawkins’ record incudes:

        – An outspoken critic of the JOBs Bill

        – A candidate who states he has nothing to do with the Tea Parties

        – A former Democrat

        – A candidate who welcomed Joe Biden and his deficit funded “stimulus” funds

        I think Joshua should be the embarassed one.

        • ByteMe says:

          He should be more embarrassed to keep talking about supply-side economics as though it works.

  2. McDawg81 says:

    Looking forward to seeing Hawkins/Graves together. Maybe they can both brng their jobs bills and we can compare them to settle this issue between them. What’s that you say? Hawkins doesn’t have a jobs bill? Well then, why does he keep hammering Graves’ bill?

    • Joshua Morris says:

      Here’s why:

      JOBS Act falls short?

      “The ‘JOBS Act,’ which won final passage in the General Assembly last week, would provide small unemployment tax breaks to businesses for hiring. But that would happen only if the federal government gives its approval and the state labor commissioner determines the unemployment trust fund has enough money to handle it. And the U.S. Department of Labor has already expressed doubts about the provision.

      “The bill would provide up to $9 million in tax credits over three years to investors who provide funding for certain small businesses. However, the investments that qualify wouldn’t begin until 2011 at the earliest.

      “The state would also cut in half its tax on long-term capital investments such as stocks and bonds, a move critics say will benefit mostly the wealthiest Georgians at a cost of $340 million to state coffers. Even that wouldn’t kick in until the state has built up its reserve fund, which has shrunk to almost nothing during the recession. That could take years.

      Here’s the bill Lee worked on with Rep. Stephens:

      “Business enterprises shall be allowed a tax credit for taxes imposed under this article for each eligible new full-time employee job created on or after January 1, 2010, and prior to January 1, 2012…”

      Now THAT is supply side economics.

      • steelfist says:

        Josh, what did Lee do to advance that legislation? Were hearings held? Testimony from experts? Push from Lee to include in any legislation? It is easy to be against something and say “I’d vote no.” It’s another thing to show leadership, offer solutions and get things accomplished. We need a Congressman who will work to get results, not make the cocktail party rounds.

        • reaganrev4 says:

          you both have ignored the fact that Graves JOBS bill wont do anything and people are beginning to see through the smoke and mirrors. Great, Graves wasted not one, but two years with “strong leadership” to promote a bill that won’t get anything done due to the fact it “would happen only if the federal government gives its approval and the state labor commissioner determines the unemployment trust fund has enough money to handle it. And the U.S. Department of Labor has already expressed doubts about the provision”. Real showing of leadership. Talk about politicing

          • GOPGrassroots says:

            Graves’ legislation was researched, input was gathered from a wide variety of stakeholders, House and Senate members worked together on it, and the Governor’s office was consulted…all of this work was done to produce a good piece of legislation, that would help Georgians, and that would have a fighting chance of passing and being signed by the Governor. That work ethic is a good indicator of how Graves would serve as a member of Congress.

            No one is saying this is a perfect piece of legislation, but it is a good bill.

            It has been endorsed by numerous local and national conservative organizations who agree that this approach is the right one. House and Senate Leadership all support this bill and have praised its passage. Lee’s arm chair criticism rings hollow, especially in light of the fact that he has done nothing on this issue. No action, just talk and negative attacks which continue on yet another Peach Pundit thread.

            Graves’ approach stands in stark contrast to a candidate who goes on the attack out of desperation – trying to get attention for his campaign that continues to suffer from a lack of ideas, negative uninformed attacks, and from positions that are out of touch with the conservative voters he continues to alienate.

  3. GOPGrassroots says:

    …Rep. Stephens (of the Cigarette Tax) put up a bill that lived for less than a week…why? Because it was a dumb bill. Employers could fire all their employees, hire them back the next day, and claim tax credits for all of their “new hires.” Like I said, dumb bill.

    Lee fired out an illadvised press release attacking Tom (and thus all the GOP legislators) trying to get someone to notice him and didn’t do any basic research as he should have.

    Also, there is a 100% chance the Governor would have vetoed Stephens’ bill. Remember that whole pesky requirement that our state have a balanced budget? I know that fun fact won’t be mentioned by the Senator trying so hard to show that he has done something, ANYTHING, on the most important issue facing Georgians.

    Bottom line, Lee is all talk, no walk, no work, no results.

    • Joshua Morris says:

      So, in your view, creating a tax credit for hiring employees that is effective Jan. 1, 2010 is a “dumb bill.”

      Okay. Run with that.

      No bill is better than a do-nothing bill that bows to the Governor’s opposition to supply side economics.

      • debbie0040 says:

        Joshua, is the bill better than we we have now? What good does it do to pass a bill that will not be signed into law because the Governor will veto it? I don’t believe in introducing legislation for political grand standing if it has no chance of being signed into law.

        • Joshua Morris says:

          No, it’s not better than what we have now. The bill doesn’t change anything ‘now.’ The earliest possible effects of the bill happen when businesses file their taxes in 2012.

          Instead of increasing revenue and building the surplus through tax cuts, the bill enacts tax cuts after the surplus is already replenished. That’s counterintuitive for a fiscal conservative.

          Is it not “political grand standing” to water down a bill into a do-nothing bill just so the Governor will sign it and make for a campaign line with a catchy title?

          Look at this from a supply side economic point of view, which submits that lower tax rates lead to additional economic activity and in turn lead to additional government revenue. Waiting for the additional government revenue/surplus before enacting the tax cut is backwards. No principled economic conservative can thoughtfully support this.

      • GOPGrassroots says:

        Offering tax credits for hiring employees who you fired one day prior is a dumb bill. You disagree???

        I thought Lee had a bill, Stephens bad bill that he claims as his own.

        Tom’s bill does a lot, and you Joshua and Lee Hawkins are the only ones criticizing it due to political self-interest and a feeble attempt to cover over a 4 year record in the State Senate with nothing on this issue to show for it. It’s all talk.

  4. GOPGeorgia says:

    I’ll be there. If there’s enough interest, I’ll get a dunking machine and let people dunk me as long it raises enough money for the machine and a little more.

  5. GVilleMan says:

    I believe that there are two tested conservative leaders in this race, Graves and Stephens. I expect the voters will see the same. What does Hawkins support look like outside of Hall county?

  6. GOPGrassroots says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that it won’t be:

    – A Max Cleland contributor

    – An outspoken critic of the JOBs Bill

    – A candidate who states he has nothing to do with the Tea Parties

    – A former Democrat

    – A candidate who welcomed Joe Biden and his deficit funded “stimulus” funds

    Just a guess. 🙂

    • Joshua Morris says:

      Same ol’ slimy misrepresentations. Why attack the fiscal conservative in the race? Don’t you have anything new?

      • provisional says:

        I am with you. I wonder why the moderate, RINO Hawkins keeps attacking the fiscal conservative Graves with false, negative, attacks. Since you seem to be so close with him, will you ask him why for us??

  7. GOPGrassroots says:

    Everything is factual and I’m sorry you don’t like the facts.

    It must be hard for you to have to try and keep calling an apple and orange to sell your moderate (at best) candidate to the conservative voters of the 9th.

  8. seekingtounderstand says:

    To whomever canceled my comments…. why are you trying to hide the truth? Voters need to know from people who live in Hall County and are conservative really think. Guess this site is just a way to promote your canidate, regardless of the truth.

    • Chris says:

      You’re comments weren’t canceled. You’re new and someone had to make sure you weren’t a spammer. they’ve been released.

    • ByteMe says:

      why are you trying to hide the truth

      LOL! So your opinion is “the truth”, huh? Got ego?

      This isn’t talk radio. There are documented facts and opinion. Truth is what happens when both line up.

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