NRA endorses David Shafer

Election 2018, Politics

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) continues to unveil their endorsements for the upcoming May General Primary, and the latest announcement revealed their pick for the next Georgia Lieutenant Governor, Senator David Shafer.

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Georgia State Senator David Shafer.

Shafer currently serves as a State Senator of the Georgia State Senate, a position he has held since first being elected in 2002. Shafer has also held the title of President Pro Tempore. He has had this designation since 2013 when his fellow Senators unanimously elected him to this position.

Shafer received a letter from the Chairman of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund Chris Cox. In this letter Cox noted Shafer’s work in Georgia in regards to protecting Second Amendment rights: “Nearly every Second Amendment bill in the last 16 years has had your name attached to it.”

“David Shafer is a voice for freedom and faithful friend to Georgia’s law abiding gun owners,” Cox said explaining the decision made by the NRA, “This endorsement is a reflection of his unwavering support for the Second Amendment.”

Shafer received the Defender of Freedom award from the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action in 2013.

This award came after Shafer’s key role in passing Senate Bill 101 by an overwhelming majority in the Georgia Senate.

The bill essentially made what the NRA deemed as “several important changes to Georgia firearms laws”. Among these changes were increasing reciprocity for out-of-state concealed carry permit holders and preempting a ban on firearms in public housing giving residents the ability to defend themselves regardless of their economic stature.

Shafer has long held an A+ rating with the NRA Political Victory Fund and the NRA says of Shafer that he is “one of the nation’s strongest champions of the Second Amendment.”

“The framers of the Constitution intended for us to be able to defend ourselves,” Shafer said. “I am proud of my record fighting for the Second Amendment rights of every law abiding Georgian.”

The NRA’s endorsement is sure to pull some weight in the upcoming May General Primary. There are currently more than 100,000 active members of the NRA in the state of Georgia.

The May General Primary is scheduled to take place May 22, 2018. Voter registration deadline for this General Primary is April 23.

 

 

 

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Casey Cagle receives NRA endorsement

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) announces its pick for Georgia’s next Governor, and released that the association would officially be backing Casey Cagle. Not all Republican candidates are happy with the NRA’s decision.

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Casey Cagle receives NRA endorsement.

With more than 100,000 active members in the state of Georgia, the NRA’s endorsement is sure to pull some weight in the upcoming May General Primary.

Earning an A+ rating from the NRA for each year that he has served in office, this is not the first time that Cagle has been endorsed by the organization.

“Gun ownership is a right that Georgians take seriously, and the NRA endorsement is the gold standard in our state,” Cagle said explaining his enthusiasm for receiving this endorsement. “I’m an avid outdoorsman, and I taught all three of my boys how to hunt, shoot and respect firearms. That’s an American legacy that I want to see handed down to my grandchildren and to the generations that follow them.”

“I’m honored and excited to have the NRA’s support because its cause is one that I share and that I have fought for,” Cagle continued. “I’m a lifetime member of the NRA, and I’m proud of my unwavering record for the Second Amendment. Like the NRA, I believe the framers of the Constitution meant what they said when they wrote that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Having already received backing from Educators First and the Georgia Realtors, the NRA endorsement makes a third announcement of support for Cagle this week.

The NRA endorsement comes on the heels of Secretary of State of the U.S. State of Georgia and Republican Governor hopeful Brian Kemp sending an email to a top NRA lobbyist, Christopher Cox, concerning Cagle’s true allegiance to the organization.

In regards to Cagle’s stance on Delta Airlines and recent Georgia legislation passed, Kemp stated in the email, “The NRA is getting played.”

Kemp added, “As those of us involved in Georgia politics like to say…..you’ve been “Casey Cagled”.”

Brian Kemp shared his thoughts with FetchYourNews on the recent announcement from the NRA: “The 2nd Amendment is not a talking point to me. It’s a way of life. I shoot, hunt, and carry – because we have the right to protect ourselves and defend our families from harm. As governor, I won’t compromise or play games for political gain.”

 

 

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Speaker, Governor & Lieutenant Governor Announce Tax Cut Plan

Politics, State & National

Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston, today outlined updates to HB 918, which addresses state tax code. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Chuck Efstration, now combines the 2017 Internal Revenue Code (IRC) bill, HB 821, with 2018 IRC updates. It also addresses the state revenue projections resulting from the Federal Tax Act.

HB 918 would double the standard deduction for Georgia taxpayers for all filing statuses, effective Jan. 1, 2018. It would also reduce the income tax rate for individuals and businesses from 6 percent to 5.75 percent effective Jan. 1, 2019. Finally, the legislation includes a provision further reducing the tax rate to 5.5 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2020. This reduction would require approval of the General Assembly and signature of the governor in order to take effect.

The bill will also help our state be more competitive by eliminating the sales tax on jet fuel, which will encourage airlines to fly additional direct flights from Georgia to destinations around the globe.

“Taxpayers have already started to experience the positive effects of federal tax reform here in Georgia and throughout the country,” said Deal. “Our state is also projected to benefit significantly in the coming years. The legislation presented today is a result of ongoing dialogue between House and Senate leadership and addresses Georgia’s projected windfall while balancing the state’s fiscal health and protecting our AAA bond rating.

“This bill keeps more of taxpayers’ hard-earned money in their pockets by doubling the standard deduction and reducing income tax rates. It will save taxpayers more than $5 billion over the next five years. Doubling the standard deduction will also allow Georgia filers to take fuller advantage of the newly enhanced federal standard deduction. Further, these combined changes mark one of the biggest income tax cuts in state history, and does so in a fiscally responsible manner. The standard deduction was last increased in 1981. The individual rate was set at 6 percent in 1937 and has not changed since, while the corporate rate has also remained at 6 percent since 1969. I’m confident HB 918 will be passed by the General Assembly quickly and immediately transmitted to my desk. The sooner I sign this landmark reform legislation, the sooner taxpayers may file.”

“This historic tax cut lowers Georgia’s income tax rate for the first time ever, returning significant savings to millions of families across our state,” said Cagle. “Most importantly, this framework sets the stage for continued reductions – building on the Trump administration’s tax reform to allow Georgians to keep more of what they earn.”

“I am committed to keeping the tax burden on Georgians as low as possible,” said Ralston. “This measure is yet another example of the General Assembly working with Governor Deal to empower families to save more of their money. I appreciate the Governor’s leadership and the cooperation between the House and the Senate in developing this income tax cut legislation. I look forward to it moving quickly through the legislative process.”

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Vows to Preserve Georgia’s History

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Hiawassee, GA – Sanctuary Cities. The Second Amendment. Planned Parenthood.

Towns County residents were not shy in asking Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle his stance on the topics they care about.

Casey Cagle, a contender in Georgia’s 2018 Governor’s race, made an appearance at the Sundance Grill in Hiawassee on Friday morning. The cozy cafe was standing room only by the time the Lieutenant Governor arrived.

Sam Fullerton, Co-Founder of Movers and Shakers, the group which hosted the event, opened with remarks on Towns County’s economy. Fullerton announced the local economy is strong, specifying over 700 homes have been sold in the area since the start of 2017. Fullerton noted tourism has produced a $60 million dollar income, two and a half times the amount in comparison to neighboring Union County.

Peyton Barrett, a ninth grader at Towns County High School, was given the honor of welcoming Casey Cagle to the podium. Barrett spoke of Cagle’s background, citing Cagle as the sole Republican elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor in Georgia’s history.

Prior to taking questions from the crowd, Lieutenant Governor Cagle focused on the importance of updated infrastructure and the educational criteria necessary to fill the employment needs of Georgia’s growing economy.

Casey Cagle referenced the I-85 bridge which collapsed in late March and voiced his support for private contractors rebuilding Georgia’s framework.

Cagle went on to inform the attentive audience that there are approximately 150,000 jobs open in the state, citing 25% of the employment opportunities demand a 4-year degree while the remaining 75% require a 2-year degree or industry certification.

The Lieutenant Governor noted that without an adequate education, Georgia’s youth are susceptible to turning to a life of crime or becoming dependant on government.

“All work that is honest work is good work,” Lieutenant Governor Cagle said, quoting words of wisdom passed down from his grandfather.

Cagle went on to say he’s “fed up with the bickering” in Washington D.C. and tired of the establishment’s lack of accountability.

The Republican candidate touched on the recent civil unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, and assured the crowd that Stone Mountain, a chiseled Confederate monument located on the outskirts of Atlanta, will be preserved should he become the next Governor of Georgia.

“We cannot erase history,” Lieutenant Governor Cagle told attendees, who erupted in an applause of approval.

The self professed conservative went on to condemn “all hate groups” involved in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lieutenant Governor Cagle wrapped up his visit by taking questions from the audience. The first inquiry concerned sanctuary cities. Cagle stated there are no sanctuary cities or counties in the state of Georgia.The Republican had previously noted Georgia’s immigration laws are the toughest in the nation and signified opposition toward cities elsewhere that defy federal rules..

The subject of Planned Parenthood was raised and the Lieutenant Governor asserted his approval of defunding taxpayer dollars from the pro-choice program.

An attendee asked Lieutenant Governor Cagle where he stood on the Second Amendment.
“Let me reach in my boot and show you where I’m at,” Cagle joked as the crowd responded with laughter. He went on to confirm he is a strong advocate of the right to bear arms.

Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton shared his thoughts on the Lieutenant Governor’s run for office.

“I’m proud to support the Lieutenant Governor. He’s not about lip service; he’s the man for the job. [Casey Cagle] is the hardest working man in state politics and a good friend,” Sheriff Clinton said.

State Senators Steve Gooch and John Wilkinson accompanied Casey Cagle on his six day, 17 county tour across Georgia.

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