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Georgia GOP will lose if focus is on prior election

The most important election since 2020 in Georgia is coming up in 2022. It’s only a year and a half away and I can already see the state’s GOP has a big problem. Trump beat and bashed the party into a stupor and if Georgia’s GOP acts like a beaten wife they’re doomed to have a repeat beating at the polls.

The news here is intensely focused on making sure this state remains in the blue column. The coverage of Kemp and the Georgia GOP show them as confused and flailing away while the Democrats are solidifying their position. This may be true. I hope not.

Here the Atlanta Journal hammers in on Brian Kemp.

Republican delegates in more than a half-dozen counties passed resolutions over the past week assailing Kemp for not doing more to help Trump’s false claims of voting fraud. And several more also punished Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who have also drawn Trump’s wrath.

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Here again the Atlanta Journal is painting Raphael Warnock as unbeatable.

Fresh off a narrow January victory, Raphael Warnock “is arguably” one of the most vulnerable U.S. Senate Democratic incumbents on the 2022 ballot. But instead of a superstar Republican quickly joining the race, so far only lesser-known challengers are lining up for the seat.

While competitive U.S. Senate races are already taking shape in other states, the slow-to-develop race to face Warnock is more notable for who is staying on the sidelines rather than who is already maneuvering to take a shot at the freshman Democrat.

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There is a lot to like here in Georgia and I’m not sure the people here truly appreciate what they already have. Rather, they are concentrating on what they don’t have or what the politicians are trying to take away. I think if the republican party in Georgia concentrates on the positives they have a great chance of holding the governor’s chair as well as taking back the Senate seat from the democrats.

I come from the Chicago area. Chicago is heavily segregated. The northern suburb I used to live in was about 80% Caucasian. My subdivision was a little more mixed than the town as a whole but by and large the minority voices were small. Contrast that to where I’m living now. When I walk my dog I can see that this subdivision is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 50% Caucasian. If people are looking for diversity of races it looks like you have it. Even when I’m going from town to town you can see that the greater Atlanta metropolitan area is far more integrated than anything in Chicago. I’m not saying racial diversity is a good thing or a bad thing. Quite frankly I don’t care much about race at all. But this is what people have been screaming about for a long time so it’s important to a lot of people.

The cost of living in Georgia is comparatively low. Property taxes are reasonable and amenities are abundant. Just about every person I’ve run into here have been friendly and welcoming. The public employees are actually friendly and efficient. In Illinois and Chicago I haven’t run across that in my entire life.

The Democrats are trying to capitalize on the voting reform law. They are lying about it and the media is helping them. I do see some advertising trying to combat the lies but I’m not sure it’s taking hold. The GOP need an all out effort to fight back because the new voting law is actually reasonable. If you are unable to cast your ballot with the rules put into place then you’re not making any effort on your own to vote. There is absolutely no reason anyone that is registered to vote can’t vote. There are no impediments whatsoever. Anything else you’re hearing is a lie.

I hope the republicans can get their act together because I would hate for my new state to turn into my old state. Illinois is a mess and getting worse. They’re drowning in public pension debt, the tax base is leaving the state, and they are looking to increase income, property, sales, and other taxes to pay for their out of control spending. Georgia, right now, is an efficiently run state where the general assembly actually returned surplus money to the taxpayers. That has never happened in my life in Illinois.

Are there things to improve. Sure. There are always things that can be made better. But don’t sacrifice the good you have now for some perceived good in the future.

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Asian Senators vote in favor of University discrimination against… Asians

Democrat Asian U.S. Senators, Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono, voted in favor of University discrimination against Asians. Buried by the media, except for this editorial in the Wall Street Journal, was an amendment added to the legislation that would stop universities from discrimination against Asians in their admissions practices. All Democrats voted it down.

The GOP amendment was a single sentence. It said no college “may receive any Federal funding if the institution has a policy in place or engages in a practice that discriminates against Asian Americans in recruitment, applicant review, or admissions.”

All Republicans voted for the amendment, which was sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Democrats voted it down, 49-48.

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This gives Harvard the green light to continue to make it more difficult for Asians to get accepted.

Nothing like Asians hurting Asians for political expediency.

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Woman survives Holocaust only to be killed by Cuomo’s COVID-19 policies

Felicia Friedman lived to be 94 years old. She died on May 19, 2020 due to Emmy winning Governor Cuomo’s decision to send COVID-19 patients into nursing homes. How’s the impeachment going in NYC? Oh… it’s not. Turns out if you’re a Democrat you can send people to their deaths and diddle your staff with no repercussions.

Born Felicia Deutscher, a Jewish girl in Poland, she was 13 when the Germans invaded in 1939. From the ghetto in Kraków to the Płaszów labor camp, from Auschwitz to a death march west to Neustadt-Glewe, she would spend the next 5½ years caught up in the Holocaust. She saw her 6-year-old cousin shot for picking a flower. She was beaten repeatedly for the offense of being a Jew with a German-sounding surname. She was chased by military dogs and hounded by SS guards. She watched a friend executed for humming a Russian tune.

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When I read what the Holocaust survivors had to endure to live another day it makes me sick when today’s “progressives” cry victim. They have no fucking clue what being a victim is.

In the fall of 1944, she and others from Płaszów were shipped by cattle car to Auschwitz. Lined up for the gas chambers twice, she survived the first time when the gas ran out, and the second time when a group of gypsies were herded in ahead of her.

In January 1945, with the Red Army approaching, a group of Auschwitz prisoners were forced on a death march. Felicia observed her 19th birthday trudging through the snow toward the German border.

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The Nazis proficiency in killing people could take her down. She met her end at the hands of an incompetent governor that was heralded by the media and the Democrats because they hated an orange colored man in the White House.

In the end, she died as a result of bureaucratic bungling when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration allowed Covid-19 patients to be moved to nursing homes—stealing from us a treasure of historical memory.

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Racism works for Senators Duckworth and Hirono

U.S. Senate is not EEOC compliant

Seems Biden’s cabinet was looking a little too white for Senator Tammy Duckworth. So she blatantly said she will hold up all his appointments unless the Biden Administration vowed to diversify. How is this not racist? She is specifically excluding a group of people because of the color of their skin.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth and the White House broke an impasse over the Illinois Democrat’s pledge to block President Biden’s nominees who aren’t diverse candidates as a protest over a lack of Asian American representation in the new administration.

Under their deal announced late Tuesday, the White House will add a senior liaison to the community and, in exchange, Duckworth will support Biden’s nominees.

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Duckworth wasn’t able to get her token deal without the help of another Democrat racist, Senator Mazie Hirono.

The about-face came after Duckworth and fellow Democrat Mazie Hirono of Hawaii pledged to vote no on any White House nominees who aren’t diverse candidates. Hirono said late Tuesday she too changed her position.

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Their stance is not EEOC compliant.

Race discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because he/she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race (such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features). Color discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of skin color complexion.

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The government above all should be blind to anything except qualifications for the job.

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Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner seeks to nearly double salary

Why is it the first thing Democrats do when they get into office is to fleece the taxpayers?

Newly elected Democrat Tiffany Porter proposes to tack on $2.00 per parcel in fees in order to boost her own salary. She was elected in November 2020.

Gwinnett Tax Commissioner Tiffany Porter, who was elected in November, makes $141,098. But a proposal to charge cities $2 a parcel in additional fees would raise her salary by $110,734, according to Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington.

The increase would make her the highest paid elected official in Gwinnett County.

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This mirrors the proposal to double the Gwinnett County chairwoman’s salary. She is also a newly elected Democrat.

Legislators Tuesday rejected a request to reconsider three Gwinnett County bills that would have almost doubled the chairwoman’s salary and remade the elections board.

The rejection came a day after the bills were voted down, 97-70. Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, reintroduced the bills Tuesday. The second rejection, by a 90-69 vote, means the bills are dead for this session.

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Rest assured this will come back. My experience with Democrats in Illinois government means these Democrats will be successful if they are not voted out the next election.

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Democrats poised to steal an election in Iowa

A congressional election was had. There was a recount. Both times the Republican came out the winner. The results at the end was a mere 6 votes. But, according to the state, all the rules were followed and the vote was certified and the congressperson was sworn in and seated. The Democrats in congress are illegally attempting to overturn that election.

Democrats have been talking a lot these past few weeks about the sanctity of election results, but their principles on that score may be malleable based on who wins. This week a House committee took the first step in what looks like an effort to unseat the Republican Member for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional district and install a Democrat instead.

GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks won the November race by 47 votes in the first count and six votes after lawyers wrangled over ballots in a recount. Democrat Rita Hart wants the House to use its constitutional authority as “judge of the elections” of its Members to impose another recount and reverse the outcome.

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This has happened before, although not with the same set of circumstances. Both times Democrats were in control of the House of Representatives.

The last time the House reversed a state-certified election result was in Indiana’s “bloody eighth” congressional district in 1985, and the last time it replaced a sitting Member with his opponent was in 1938. In both cases the House was under Democratic control.

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I guess it’s only bad to challenge elections if your a Republican… or Donald Trump

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What do you call it when comedians leave the Democrat Party? Comedexit?

I’m not a huge fan of Sarah Silverman. I do like some of her comedy. I find her very funny when she’s not being terribly vulgar. What do comedians like her do when the “progressives” turn regressive. The Millennial Generation on down don’t seem to be able to take a joke.

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Why do Democrats abhor free speech?

A girl doesn’t get onto the varsity cheerleading team and is unhappy. She makes a post on Snapchat, while off school grounds, to complain by flipping the school the bird and use some colorful language. The school suspended her and the parents took the school to court alleging the school violated the girl’s first amendment right to free speech. The case makes it up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and she wins. But wait… there’s more!

The Biden Justice Department is now asking the Supreme Court to undo B.L.’s sweeping First Amendment victory at the 3rd Circuit. “The court of appeals incorrectly held that off-campus student speech is categorically immune from discipline by public-school officials,” the government argued in a friend of the court brief filed in support of the Mahanoy Area School District.

According to the Biden Justice Department, while some off-campus speech deserves constitutional protection, the 3rd Circuit went too far, unfairly hamstringing school officials, who, the government maintained, require significant leeway when it comes to regulating and punishing student speech. “When the student’s off-campus speech targets an extracurricular athletic program in which the student participates,” the brief argued, “such speech might properly be regarded as school speech that is potentially subject to discipline by school officials if, for instance, it intentionally targets a feature that is essential to or inherent in the athletic program itself.”

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What is the school afraid of? What is the Biden administration afraid of? What possible harm to the school, the school district, or the Democrat Party does a kid spouting off because she’s unhappy for not making the team?

The heavy hand of government crushes all. Let’s hope the Supreme Court upholds the lower court’s decision. Otherwise there will be no limit to the speech a school district can control.

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House Democrats ignore rules to ramrod minimum wage increase through

The Democrats have no shame. When the rules don’t favor them they obfuscate, avoid, circumvent, and even ignore them.

An effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 as part of the relief package was thrown into doubt after a ruling from the Senate parliamentarian late Thursday. The nonpartisan parliamentarian said that raising the minimum wage wouldn’t comply with the body’s rules for legislation passed through a process called reconciliation, which allows a bill to be approved with 51 votes but requires that it be closely tied to the budget.

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They don’t care about equal application of rules or law and they will do what ever it takes to shove their agenda down the nation’s throat.

Progressive lawmakers quickly called for Democrats to ignore the parliamentarian’s ruling or abolish the filibuster to raise the wage, both steps Mr. Biden has resisted. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, began crafting a way to spur companies to boost the rate they pay workers through tax penalties and incentives to conform with Senate rules.

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Because they are not able to put a federal minimum wage hike in a bill that is supposed to be for COVID-19 relief they are coming up with a cockamamie scheme to tax or penalize companies for not raising their employees’ wages to the level the Democrats demand.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) said Friday he was preparing a plan that would impose a 5% penalty on the total payroll of a large corporation if it pays workers below a certain amount, with the penalty increasing over time. The plan would also provide small businesses that pay their employees higher wages with an income tax credit equal to 25% of wages, capped at $10,000 per employer a year.

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Look at those gymnastics. The tax code is complicated enough and they want to throw in all this gobbledygook. And they just don’t care because they don’t have to run businesses. I dare to say that most of Congress have never run a business or had to make a payroll. They know what they are doing and they’re throwing it in the public’s face.

“We couldn’t get in the front door or the back door, so we’ll try to go through the window,” Mr. Wyden said.

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Here is a novel idea. If the Democrats truly want to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour then put forward a bill for that purpose and vote on it. Why don’t they do that? Are they afraid that it will be too obvious what it is for? Are they afraid if they don’t package it with other things that legislators will have to answer to constituents that own businesses? If they are so confident that this is what the citizens of the United States want then they should be able to pass a stand alone bill for this purpose.

They won’t. They can’t. They know it won’t pass. But they want it for their union voters because union wages are indexed to the minimum wage. This isn’t for the mom in St. Louis raising two kids working at a fast food restaurant or the dad of four working in a factory in northern Georgia. Those jobs will be eliminated through automation as wages rise. This is for the special interests that will return votes to the Democrat Party.

Oh, and by the way, the minimum wage, historically, is a racist proposal with the principle aim of pricing unskilled minority labor out of the market.

In practice, the mandated minimum wage in Davis-Bacon “was almost universally determined to be the same as the union wage,” wrote then-Harvard law student John Frantz in this 1994 article for the Foundation of Economic Education.

“Most major union construction unions excluded blacks. This was an effective tool to fight against what some legislators openly complained about, cheap black laborers from the south,” Frantz continued.

Representative John Cochran from Missouri laid bare the motivation behind the act when he stated, “I have received numerous complaints in recent months about southern contractors employing low-paid colored mechanics getting work and bringing the employees from the South.”

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Georgia vs. Illinois on gun ownership

I have been living in Georgia for about four months and the differences between here and Illinois become more stark every day. A great example is obtaining a firearm concealed carry permit. It’s called a weapons carry license (WCL) in Georgia.

In Illinois you have to first obtain a Firearms Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. You can’t do anything firearms related without it. You can’t legally purchase a gun or ammunition if you don’t have this card. If you want to carry a gun for personal protection then you also have to obtain a Concealed Carry License (CCL). It’s only $10.00 for the FOID card but it’s a whopping $150.00 for the CCL. And it doesn’t end there. Illinois requires 16 hours of training and of course that’s not free. That will run about $250 plus 2 days of your time. What’s your time worth? Let’s go with the latest push for $15/hour minimum wage and 8 hour days. That’s equal to $240.00. All in, including your time, it costs around $650.00 to carry a firearm for self-defense.

In Georgia you don’t need anything to purchase a firearm or ammunition.

You do not need a WCL to purchase a firearm, only to carry one in certain situations.

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You’re treated like a responsible adult citizen in Georgia rather than a potential criminal that wants to go out and shoot things up. In Georgia the process is simple. You need to be a citizen or permanent resident, have a valid state ID or driver’s license, complete a simple application, get fingerprinted, and pay $73.25. There is a background check and if all is well within 90 days you have your license. Snip, snap, done.

The strict gun laws in Illinois and Chicago haven’t done a damn thing to stop violent crimes committed with guns. They continue unabated. The politicians blame other state’s for Illinois’ inability to control crimes committed with guns. With the current government it’s going to get a lot harder. Governor Fat Blagojevich (aka J.B. Pritzker) and the Democrat majority in the General Assembly passed a law that will end cash bail. The bill was 700 pages and must have been bad because they had to pass it in the middle of the night during a lame duck session before new representatives were seated.

Republican lawmakers also roundly criticized the effort, with GOP Sen. John Curran of Downers Grove, a former assistant state’s attorney in Cook County, calling the measure “hyperpartisan.”

“This 700-plus page proposal was rammed through in the middle of the night with just hours left in a lame-duck session without the transparency and discourse expected in a democratic process,” Curran said in a statement.

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Illinois doesn’t want its residents to have firearms for protection, they make you pay dearly for it if you do, and with the laws these people pass you’ll need it. And they wonder why the state is losing residents.

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