Category: Events

Not in Atlanta This Weekend? There Are Politics for You, Too.

It’s a big political weekend in metro Atlanta, with the RedState Gathering bringing in 10 presidential candidates. In turn those candidates will conduct their own fundraisers and meets and greets around town, like the Scott Walker event Will told you about yesterday.

For those below the Fall Line, though it’s a different story. But, don’t abandon hope.

If you are in the Savannah area tonight, you can see Senator Ted Cruz at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street in Savannah from 5:30 PM until 7 PM tonight. The event is being organized by the Coastal Georgia Republicans, who hope that good attendance will encourage other Presidential candidates to visit the area (Go, GAGOP GO!) First District Congressman Buddy Carter and former congressman Jack Kingston will also make welcoming remarks. The welcoming committee list is pretty long, so it sounds like a good opportunity to mix and mingle with the who’s who of coastal Georgia politics.

Many might remember “Sonny’s Fish Fry,” an event held each summer during the former governor’s term at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. It gave the gov a chance to show off to the grassroots, and brought attendees from Atlanta to Valdosta. After leaving office, the tradition went dormant, but this year, it’s back, sponsored by the 8th Congressional District GOP. The event runs from 10 AM – 3 PM at the Georgia Grown Building at the fairgrounds.

A gaggle of GOP luminaries will be in attendance, including Senator Johnny Isakson, Attorney General Sam Olens, Congressman Austin Scott and Ag Commissioner Gary Black. Former Governor Sonny Perdue is expected to stop by, and if that’s not enough the keynote speaker is expected to be presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

For those in the Columbus area, the Muscogee GOP will present the last Georgia stop on the Ted Cruz tour at Solid Rock Church in Midland.

I’ll be at the fish fry in Perry. I hope to see some of you there … others, not so much.

It’s BBQ Season

It seems like we just got done with GOP convention season a week ago, so now it’s time to move to the next item on the Georgia Republican calendar, and that’s BBQ season. Leading off for the second year in the row is the Walton County GOP, who holds their event from 5-8 PM today in Monroe.

Roy Roberts always puts on a good show that typically brings almost every statewide politician to his farm at 54 Nunnally Farm Road. This year attendees will have the opportunity to take the measure of one likely presidential candidate, Governor John Kasich of Ohio. Others in attendance include Governor Nathan Deal, Senator Johnny Isakson, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Commissioners Ralph Hudgens and Gary Black, and Congressman Jody Hice.

Tickets are just $15.00 and can be ordered at the Walton County GOP website. Just click the PayPal Donate button, contribute at least $15 per person, and then bring your receipt to the event.

Bored Now That the Legislative Session Is Over? Here Are Some Events to Attend

There will be three special political events over the next week that might interest our readers. All are free and open to the public.

Thursday evening April 9th from 6:30 until 7:15 PM, Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre will host a Community Conversation addressing “The Economic Impact of Immigration: Do Facts Matter?” from 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. with a panel of experts including Josefina López (playwright/activist), Mariela Romero (Director, Community Empowerment Univision 34 Atlanta), Estela Martinez (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials) , Dr. Sylvia Choi (Georgia Gwinnett College), and Dr. Luis Mora (Georgia Gwinnett College). López is the author of the play Real Women Have Curves, which chronicles immigration and its impact on women and their families. It will be presented at the Aurora from April 10-26.

The Aurora is located at 128 East Pike Street in Lawrenceville. More information is available at the Theatre website.

Tuesday, April 14th at 6 PM, The Arch Conservative is sponsoring a talk by National Review staff writer Charles C.W. Cooke. Cooke will address the topic of gun rights, and how the Constitution’s second amendment guarantees these rights. Cooke regularly writes about gun rights, free speech, and American exceptionalism, and he is the author of The Conservatarian Manifesto, which addresses the intersection of libertarian and conservative politics.

Cooke’s talk will be in room 348 of the University of Georgia Miller Learning Center, located at 48 Baxter Street in Athens. You can find more information about the event here.

On Wednesday April 15, also at the Miller Learning Center, talk show host and former presidential candidate Herman Cain will be taping his radio show in front of a live audience for a future broadcast. In addition to Cain offering his opinions on the news of the day, those in attendance will be able to participate in “Rapid Fire” segments, where an audience member and Cain go one-on-one to address a topic of interest.

The event is sponsored by the UGA College Republicans, and will be held in Room 101 of the Miller Learning Center. Cain’s program is broadcast nationally, and heard in Atlanta on WSB Radio.

College Republicans To Hold Convention

Governor Nathan Deal and College Republican National Committee Chair Alex Smith are among the featured speakers at the Georgia Association of College Republicans 2014 convention, to be held on April 25th and 26th in downtown Atlanta. Other speakers include Georgia GOP First Vice Chair Michael McNeely and State Representative Michael Caldwell.

The two day convention features a banquet on Friday evening at the Capitol Park Hotel on Capitol Avenue and a business session on Saturday afternoon at the Capitol. Convention delegates will elect leadership for the 2014-15 academic year, and celebrate the success of the current one.

The convention is open to the public, and is a great opportunity to connect with the college students and recent graduates who will be shaping the Republican Party in the not too distant future. You can get more information and register for the convention here.

Sponsorships are also available. For more information on sponsorships, contact Chairman Will Kremer.

Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame Reaches Milestone

Class of 2014

What began as the dream of one man reaches a major milestone Friday night, as the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Ted Turner, John Smoltz, George Rogers, Antonio McKay, Cindy Brogdon and Corky Kell will all be inducted into the hall during its induction ceremony.

Larry Winter, founder and president of the hall, realized one day that Atlanta was the only Georgia city without its own sports hall of fame. With the support of numerous volunteers, Winter and the Hall have inducted the metro area’s most famous sports figures, all of whom have lent their presence and support to the organization. You’ll probably recognize some of these names …

Bobby Cox, Evander Holyfield, Claude Humphrey, Edwin Moses, Gayle Barron, Furman Bisher, Hank Aaron, Tom Glavine, Steve Bartkowski, Bill Hartman, Dr. Homer Rice … A list of all of the hall’s members the list can be found here.

Congratulations to the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame for 10 years of excellence.

Open Houses: Woodall on Veterans Benefits, and Barrow on How To Get Online

Congress is not in session this week. While some might wonder why our elected representatives appear to spend so much time in their districts and away from Washington, spending time at home gives them the opportunity to interact with their constituents, and sometimes, offer help.

Two such events are planned in the next ten days.

On Thursday, January 23rd, Seventh District Congressman Rob Woodall will provide an opportunity for military veterans to meet in person with representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Georgia Department of Labor, and other agencies that can help them get benefits to which they are entitled, or to get questions about topics including educational benefits and medical care answered. According to Woodall,

Politics can be complicated and divisive, but serving your neighbor is not. Our military veterans and their families embody the best of these service values, and they are such a remarkable blessing to all of us. One of the greatest honors I have in serving the Seventh District in Congress is the opportunity to assist our veterans. My office works with individual veterans daily and our Veterans Assistance Open House this Thursday is an extension of that service. We’re bringing experts from all of the VA service agencies together in one place so that veterans can get face-to-face solutions.

The Veterans Open House is scheduled from 10 AM – Noon at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

Small businesses can get help in using the Internet to expand their reach in a workshop co-sponsored by 12th District Representative John Barrow and Google. At the “Georgia Get Your Business Online” event, participants will be able to create their own websites. They will also receive a customized domain name, web hosting for a year, and additional training and resources. According to Congressman Barrow,

Access to an online marketplace is changing the way small businesses operate. Google is providing an invaluable resource to these entrepreneurs and opening up some of the great businesses we have here in the 12th District to a new customer base. I’m looking forward to welcoming them to our region, and hope small businesses will take part in the workshops.

Two sessions are available on Thursday, January 30th, the first from 9 AM – Noon, and the second from 1 PM – 4 PM. They will be held at the Enterprise Mill Event Center, 1450 Greene Street in Augusta. More information and pre-registration is available at

A New Pope!

BREAKING: As we wait and watch the balcony, who do you think will emerge as the new Pope?

Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan?

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Canadian head of the Vatican’s bishops’ office?

Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer?

Cardinal Peter Erdo of Hungary?

Or an American? Cardinal Sean O’Malley or Cardinal Timothy Dolan?

The new Pope is…. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina.

He takes the name “Francis I.”

PRSA Panel in Atlanta (and shameless self-promotion)

Tomorrow, I’ll be participating in the “Breakfast with Bloggers” panel hosted by the Georgia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at Maggiano’s in Buckhead.

The event is to help give PR pros an idea of how they can best interact and work with bloggers in the state. Other bloggers on the panel, which will be moderated by Kristi York Wooten, will include:

You can find more details about the event and panel here.

The Next Peach Pundit Roadshow — Manuel’s Tavern on Monday, March 26 at 6 PM

Join us for the next Peach Pundit Roadshow this coming Monday.  The General Assembly will likely adjourn a few days later, thus enabling our annual “Peach Pundit Pre-Post Session Roadshow.

The location will be Manuel’s Tavern and will start at 6 PM Monday, March 26th. The address: 602 N Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta.

Manuel’s is arguably Atlanta’s most famous political tavern hangout and headquarters. Regardless of your political affiliation, Manuel’s is truly an Atlanta institution worthy of your beer money.

A short history of Manuel’s Tavern:

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A Supernova Now Dark

There will be a number of posts from people on this site and others today about Andrew Breitbart. Editorially, you’re supposed to have one post that everyone can rally around, but Andrew Breitbart was such a multifaceted fascinating renaissance man. We each have our own descriptions and stories of Breitbart.

When I first heard the news I thought it was another twitter hoax. But it sadly is not.

Andrew Breitbart was, in every room I ever saw him in, the brilliant bright light and ball of energy people gravitated to and fixated on. It is like a supernova has gone dark.

For all the focus on his activism — something he was highly effective at despite criticism from the left and media who were beaten at their own game by him — he is not often credited enough for being a dot-com entrepreneur.

Having worked at the Drudge Report keeping the lights on for Matt, Breitbart had the brilliant idea of getting the AP news feed and setting up Many sites then followed suit, but he was one of the first and definitely the most successful guy to do that.

He helped get the Huffington Post off the ground and then set about building the Big sites.

What I admired most about Andrew was his willingness to be the lightening rod despite criticism from both the left and the right. He was the lightening rod and when lightening struck, Andrew used the brilliant flash of light to direct everyone’s attention to precisely what he wanted them to see. He was a master at it. The attention he garnered was never about getting attention for himself, but using the attention to tell the story and share the news he wanted told and shared.

This brilliant ball of energy has gone dark. My and our shared prayers are for his family, friends, and colleagues who will miss his friendship, leadership, and no doubt as I have more than once received, his 3 o’clock in the morning (Eastern Time) phone calls from the Los Angeles Freeway on his way home to his wife and kids that abruptly end when he gets pulled over by the police for using his cell phone while driving. But you never had to worry. He’d call and wake you back up around 4:30 to apologize for having called so late. I speak from personal experience.

God bless you, Andrew.

LP Georgia to hold convention next week in Athens

Apologies for the duplicate post (this was posted a couple of weeks ago), but I’ve been asked to put it up once more.

The Libertarian Party of Georgia will host its annual convention on Saturday, February 25th in Athens at the Georgia Center on the campus of the University of Georgia. The day will include some great speakers, including Brian Brawdy, Page Pate, Rich Sullivan, and Jeff Edgens. Package information and details are available here. The business session is free, of course.

LP Georgia will also host a presidential debate, moderated by Sharon Harris of the Advocates for Self-Government, at 3:30pm on the day of the convention. While all candidates seeking the party’s nomination have been invited, here are the confirmed participants:

The Libertarian Party’s nominee will be chosen at the national convention in Las Vegas in May.

Peach Pundit Road Show Tonight

Reminder that tonight’s the night!  Come join us for tonight’s Peach Pundit Roadshow, the 2012 Wild Hog Supper Edition.

The Roadshow is Pundit’s occasional social event in which people who almost never agree with each other get together and have a beer. It’s also the place where pseudonyms become faces, thus making the declaration Godwin’s Law less necessary.   (Wikipedia: Godwin’s Law)

Everyone’s invited — and you too!  And bring a friend if you have one.

Where:  Max Lager’s, 320 Peachtree Street Atlanta, probably upstairs

When:  Tonight — Sunday, January 8th,  7 PM until it’s over

Parking:  SunTrust Plaza parking is across Peachtree Street, as well as a surface lot.


Charlie, Buzz To Talk Blogging With Cobb YRs

Charlie picking up Buzz on the way to speak to the Cobb YRs
For some reason, the Cobb County Young Republicans have invited Charlie and I to speak. I would have thought our previous joint appearance would have been our last.

Nevertheless, if you’re in the area come and join us at the House of Lu in Marietta beginning at 6:30 PM tonight as we try to impart wisdom to the young skulls full of mush. We promise it will be entertaining.

Come out for the Cobb YR’s monthly meeting on August 2nd at the original House of Lu just behind the historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

This month’s meeting will feature a guest panel of prominent Georgia political bloggers. Charlie Harper and State Rep. Buzz Brockway have confirmed they will participate. This will be a great opportunity to hear a discussion on blogging and its impact on the political process!

Rep. Eric Cantor Visits the Atlanta Press Club

Rep. Eric Cantor / Photo by David Goldman AP
U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor is in Atlanta for a couple of days and stopped by the Atlanta Press Club. His remarks were short and to the point – jobs and the economy are the driving issues.

Rep. Cantor exhibited his usual frankness during Q&A while discussing the hyper-partisanship of DC, entitlements, the lack of a Senate budget, Medicare, Medicaid, the targeting of specific companies/industries by the current administration, gas prices, the debt ceiling, immigration reform, states passing immigration laws because the federal government is purposefully derelict in border control, regulatory overreach, the Arab Spring, Israel, President Obama’s “unworkable” ideas about Israel and Palestine and even the Paul Clement / King & Spalding debacle.

Helping small businesses gives the greatest return in job numbers in this “recovering” economy. Cantor cited a study by the Kauffman Foundation that 3-5 year old small businesses create the most jobs. He also noted that while visiting Home Depot, he was told that Arthur and Bernie wouldn’t have started their company in the current oppressively regulated small business environment. America does innovation the best. Stop killing it in the name of big government.

Jobs and the economy.

Jobs and the economy.

Jobs and the economy. Remember that.

On a curious note, none of the local news channels were to be seen. But a search on the event shows local AP journalists reporting only on his Middle East comments, which constituted less than 1% of the press conference. Interesting.