Tag: Sue Everhart

Dodge County, District 113, and Everything in Between

Several news items to start off the day:

District 113 Update:

As reported in this earlier post, the campaign to fill Hank Huckaby’s seat in District 113 is well underway. I’ve been informed that June 8th will mark the first forum of the season. For those interested, it will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Oconee County Library in Watkinsville.

Additionally, I was in attendance at the Oconnee County GOP meeting last week. Chuck Williams was unfortunately unable to attend due to a medical emergency (he’s fine now) but his campaign spokesman (Ed Perkins) spoke in addition to Sarah Bell and Alan Alexander. My notes on their statements:

Chuck Williams: “Community-based values, common-sense government.”

Sarah Bell: “I’m for any form of standard to be put on the HOPE Scholarship, be it the SAT or anything else, because kids come into my classroom and don’t know what a noun is.” (This is pretty close to a direct quote)

Alan Alexander: “I don’t know how I feel about that because I haven’t researched it enough yet, I won’t shut the door on a grocery tax, and when a church is having trouble paying for something, you ask the members to give more. That’s just the way it works.”

The Dodge County Courthouse Issue:

I don’t believe this has been touched on in a post on here yet, so I wanted to do the thing any Dodge County native would do: get more attention for my county.

As has been reported on numerous occassions by numerous sources, the Dodge County Courthouse displays a Confederate flag at the Confederate Memorial outside the courthouse grounds. In recent weeks, there has been quite a stir about this matter after the County Commissioners voted 4-1 to keep the flag flying. See the following for their reasoning:

§ 50-3-10.  Use of flag for decorative or patriotic purposes

Nothing in this article shall be construed to prevent the use of the flag of the United States or any flag, standard, color, shield, ensign, or other insignia of the State of Georgia or of the Confederate States of America for decorative or patriotic purposes, either inside or outside of any residence, store, place of business, public building, or school building.

I’ve spent a good bit of time in Dodge County recently, have talked to people in many walks of life, and the overal consensus I have found is an overall idea of indifference. The flag has been flying there since 2001-2002. I’m in no way, shape or form willing to debate the pros and cons of this matter (I understand both) but this is a very noteworthy.

King Roy, a Boquet of Flowers and More Convention Fallout:

According to this report from the AJC, newly re-elected Georgia GOP Chairman Sue Everhart arrived home to a boquet of flowers from former Governor Roy Barnes last week.

Everhart stated that if Barnes really liked her, he would vote Republican.

Full disclosure: I supported Tricia Pridemore but the reasonable thing to do is move on. It’s over and done with, now the best thing to do is move forward, make peace and plan for the future. Period.

On the GAGOP Campaign Trail: Updates for the Week of 5/1 – 5/7

Here is your weekly round-up of campaign updates for the GAGOP that were sent in to us for the week of May 1st:

NOTE: If I didn’t post enough or anything about your favorite candidate for chairman or 1st vice chairman for the state GOP this week, email me press releases or other notes of interest to me by noon on Fridays before  the state convention in May.  Click hereto email me.  I’m only posting what I have been sent by the candidates themselves or by people on behalf of candidates.

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On the GAGOP Campaign Trail: Updates for the Week of 3/20 – 3/26

Here is your weekly round-up of campaign updates for the GAGOP that were sent in to us for the week of February 20th:

NOTE: If I didn’t post enough or anything about your favorite candidate for chairman or 1st vice chairman for the state GOP this week, email me press releases or other notes of interest to me by noon on Fridays before  the state convention in May.  Click here to email me.

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On the GAGOP Campaign Trail: Updates for the Week of 2/20 – 2/26

Here is your weekly round-up of campaign updates for the GAGOP that were sent in to us for the week of February 20th:

NOTE: If I didn’t post enough or anything about your favorite candidate for chairman or 1st vice chairman for the state GOP this week, email me press releases or other notes of interest to me by noon on Fridays before  the state convention in May.  Click here to email me.

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On the GAGOP Campaign Trail: Updates for the Week of 2/13 – 2/19

Here is your weekly round-up of campaign updates for the GAGOP that were sent in to us for the week of February 6th:

NOTE: If I didn’t post enough or anything about your favorite candidate for chairman or 1st vice chairman for the state GOP this week, email me press releases or other notes of interest to me by noon on Fridays before  the state convention in May.  Click here to email me.

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GAGOP Chairman and 1st Vice-Chairman Debate Recap (Part 2)

And here’s part two…the GAGOP chairman’s debate.  It’s a long one.   -NAS

After a 5 minute break, the candidates for GAGOP state chairman took the stage: Sue Everhart, Shawn Hanley, and Tricia Pridemore.  The format followed along the same line of questioning as the 1st Vice-Chairman debate.  The first question was about the importance of grassroots.  Again, all of the candidates agreed on the importance of grassroots in the party.  Tricia pointed to her 4 point plan to grow the grassroots of the Georgia Republican Party, that the GOP needs to be organized from the bottom up, and that the grassroots need to be listened to and included.  She also said that the GOP couldn’t have done it alone this past November and that the GOP had a lot of help from the Tea Party, the 9/12 project, and other conservative groups.  Shawn pointed to his “6-in-60” plan and said that the technology component of his platform makes him more distinct from his opponents and said that the Fulton County GOP has been leading the way in campaign technology through the use of BlackBerry and Droid apps and integrating technology for phone banking and door-to-door campaigning before the state party did.  Sue said that the GAGOP is already ran by the grassroots and is inclusive and pointed to how she began in the women’s club and worked her way up through the ranks.  She also said that the GAGOP needs to continue building a base of grassroots that reaches out to others, but it also needs to be fun.  She used a recent young professional’s event where the party got 175 new email addresses.  She said that the grassroots were not appreciated before she was chairman.

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On the GAGOP Campaign Trail: Updates for the Week of 1/23 – 1/29

Here is your weekly round-up of campaign updates for the GAGOP for the week of January 23rd:

NOTE: If I didn’t post enough or anything about your favorite candidate for chairman or 1st vice chairman for the state GOP this week, email me press releases or other notes of interest to me by noon on Fridays before  the state convention in May.  Click here to email me.

Tricia Pridemore has announced new additions to her campaign steering committee for chairman of the Georgia Republican Party:

Pridemore in reply to these latest endorsements, “After only twelve days on the campaign trail, I am honored to have the endorsements of a broad range of conservative GOP activists.  These activists represent Georgia Republicans’ desire for a bold, energetic party exemplified in the GROWroots plan.  Working together across Georgia, Republicans have an opportunity to build a lasting majority.”

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Tricia Pridemore Is Governor Elect Deal’s Pick For GA GOP Chair

Cobb County Republican activist and Deal Innagural co-Chair Tricia Pridemore is slated to be Governor-elect Deal’s pick to be the new Georgia GOP Chair, replacing Sue Everhart.    Everhart has not yet announced her intentions toward re-election.  Fulton County GOP Chairman Shawn Hanley is an announced candidate.  Deal’s folks are making calls to inform party insiders of their news.  

Reached this evening, Pridemore didn’t specifically announce her candidacy, but did add “I would be honored if Georgia Republicans would consider me to serve.”   In addition to her activities for Deal, Pridemore serves as the State Director for The 912 Project.

Consider this the topic for most Republican breakfasts and Christmas parties scheduled for tomorrow.

About That State GOP Chairman’s Race

As I noted when posting about Shawn Hanley’s announcement that he is seeking the  State GOP Chairmanship, it was suggested to me that I go enjoy Thanksgiving rather than start handicapping a horserace that won’t happen until May.   And, frankly, I was content to do just that.

The rumor mill doesn’t get federal holidays, however, and has taken little time off.   Speculation is that Nathan Deal will be backing his own candidate for GOP Chairman, and it will most likely not be either the current Chair Sue Everhart of Hanley.  

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Fulton GOP Chair Shawn Hanley To Run For State Republican Chairman

I received the press release (below the fold) yesterday afternoon announcing Shawn Hanley’s decision to seek the Chairmanship of the Georgia Republican Party.   I spoke with him as well late yesterday afternoon.

Hanley is framing the election as a decision of what we want and expect as the future of the party, and not an exercise of looking backward on the party’s past accomplishments.   As noted in his release, he is not anticipating current chairperson Sue Everhart to stand for re-election.

On that note, I have heard contradictory information.  While there is no official statement from Everhart or the State GOP, the focus is clearly right now on the Governor’s transition, and one insider suggested that some of us may want to take some time and enjoy Thanksgiving with our families before we dive back into yet another campaign.

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Kevin Harris Named Acting Executive Director Of Georgia Republican Party

From a press release:

Atlanta—Sue Everhart, Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, today named Kevin Harris as acting Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party. Harris replaces Toby Carr, who joined Governor-elect Nathan Deal’s Transition Team.
 
“I appreciate Toby’s hard work throughout the Election that led us to historic victories in 2010, including a Republican sweep of all statewide offices,” Everhart said. “I look forward to working with Kevin as we prepare for the upcoming State Convention and the Presidential election in 2012.”
 
Kevin Harris previously served as Political Director for the Georgia Republican Party. Kevin is a professor of political science and a seasoned member of Georgia’s Republican grassroots organization. He has served as a precinct captain, Chairman of the Fannin County Republican Party and Chairman of the 9th District Republican Party.

UGA College Republicans To Hold Campaign Rally

Received via email:

The UGA College Republicans will be hosting a campaign rally on campus. The speakers will include Chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party, Sue Everhart and Representative Paul Broun. The event will be at the MLC room 214 at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 20th.

All are welcome.

If anyone needs a Carol Porter for LG T-Shirt like the one I wore to the joint Peach Pundit/UGA CR event last week, please let me know.

Problems in GA GOP 3rd District Committee

In the midst of the drama over Glenn Richardson at the beginning of December, we received a tip about some unrest in the Georgia GOP 3rd District Committee involving Lane Watts (Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook), chairman of the district organization (pictured).

Concerns were evidently expressed late in the summer over a series of allegedly unauthorized expenses from debit cards in the possession of Watts and Debbie Groninger (LinkedIn), then-3rd District treasurer. Based on the information forwarded, the 3rd district organization formed an Audit Committee on August 22 to investigate the matter.

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