HIAWASSEE, Ga. – State House Representative Matt Gurtler addressed the Towns County Republican Party Thursday, June 20, at Daniel’s Steakhouse in Hiawassee. The second-term official reviewed the highlights of the recent legislative session, explaining his voting history to the crowd-filled room, while promoting an ongoing mission to “bring principles back into politics.” Gurtler has unapologetically represented District 8 since 2016 when elected to serve Georgia’s top conservative district.
Representative Gurtler spoke in opposition of the ever-increasing state budget which continues to rise between $1.1 to $1.5 billion annually, while heavily favoring the “Heartbeat Bill” which prohibits abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, advancing the House floor by a single vote. The staunch conservative touched upon free-market broadband service, the importance of historical monument preservation, and advocated for “in-house” hemp cultivation, stating that the proposed bill incorporates a high level of governmental control, referencing the measure as “the most highly regulated bill in the nation at this point.”
Gurtler concluded the address with an emotive argument against House Speaker David Ralston, a feud that reached its peak during Gurtler’s 2018 re-election campaign; fueled by Ralson’s open support of Gurtler’s challenger, and Ralston’s critique of the rebel of the House. Gurtler defined Ralston as exhibiting an “abuse of power,” claiming that the speaker “rules with an iron fist” while blocking bills, and attempting to oust those who oppose him. “This is someone who needs to be replaced,” the District 8 representative said. True to past form, Gurtler called for Ralston’s resignation as House speaker. “It’s all about power. It’s all about maintaining power…,” Gurtler professed, adding, “They know that the power is crumbling underneath their feet.”
Representative Gurtler’s full legislative voting record is available online..
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party is gearing up for the 2020 election cycle by hosting a presidential watch party this evening, Tuesday, June 18, at the residence of Towns County GOP Chairwoman Betsy Young. President Donald Trump is expected to announce his intent to pursue a second term as America’s commander-in-chief during a televised launch rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL.
“The GAGOP has asked people all over Georgia to have a celebration and use social media to share it, showing our support for this president,” Chairwoman Young said.
“The Fake News doesn’t report it, but Republican enthusiasm is at an all time high,” President Trump tweeted on the morning of the launch. “Look what is going on in Orlando, Florida, right now! People have never seen anything like it (unless you play a guitar). Going to be wild – See you later!” While the Orlando venue is expected to be filled to capacity with 25,000 supporters, an estimated 100,000 individuals were noted to have requested attendance. ClickOrlando, a Florida-based news source, reported Trump’s supporters began arriving outside of the vast arena 40 hours prior to the start of the event.
The local watch party is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Hiawassee with President Trump taking the Sunshine State stage at 8 p.m. For information on attending the open event, dial Betsy Young at 904-382-1912 or email TCGOPChair@gmail.com
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Towns County Republican Party hosted two guest speakers Thursday, May 16, at their monthly meeting at the Towns County Civic Center in Hiawassee. Georgia State Senator John Wilkinson addressed the “Good, Bad, and Ugly of the 2019 Session” and Dr. Gerry Chotiner spoke on subject of political correctness, “To Be or Not to be PC.”
Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw opened the meeting with quotes by former President Ronald Reagan. Top of Georgia Speech Training contest winner Gabe Moody spoke on the importance of the American flag before leading the group in the Pledge of Allegience. Students Summer Rahn performed the National Anthem, and Samantha Church introduced Senator Wilkinson.
The senator praised the state’s balanced budget and AAA bond rating, noting that 90-percent of senior citizens pay no state income tax. Wilkinson informed that Georgia is considered the number one state to do business in the county, and relayed that he believes Governor Brian Kemp had “a great first session.” The state official expressed disappointment in the failure to pass the “recess bill” which would have mandated 30 minutes of recess each day for school children. Wilkinson said it was a good year for education, as teachers received pay raises, and 2,300 schools which took part in a study will each receive $30,000 to improve school safety. The senator spoke favorably on the “heartbeat bill” which bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. “Georgia need to be a state that stands for life,” Senator Wilkinson said.
Dr. Chotiner spoke on the history of political correctness, providing statistics from a 2015 study conducted by Yale University. According to Chotiner, 51 percent of students favored speech codes, and 33 percent could not identify the First Amendment which protects free speech.
Towns County Republican Party recently launched a website, and GOP Chair Betsy Young displayed it on a laptop computer near the refreshment table for attendees to view. Towns County GOP meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the civic center on the courthouse campus.
DILLARD, Ga. – Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw was awarded “Distinguished Local Elected Official” by the Ninth District Republican Party at a dinner ceremony at the Dillard House in Rabun County April 12. Towns County citizens submitted letters of nomination, leading to Bradshaw being selected for the recognition.
“Since Cliff was sworn in as commissioner, he has been going to available classes to help him become a better leader…,” one such letter read. “Cliff is a very high energetic young man who always states he wants our county to be successful. It’s our county not his. He is very receptive to all Towns County residents. He is transparent and accountable, especially at the third Tuesday monthly county commissioner‘s meeting. I consider it an honor to be able to nominate Cliff Bradshaw for consideration of the GOP Award for DISTINGUISHED COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIAL in recognition of his outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in addressing the issues of Towns County.”
Commissioner Bradshaw told FYN that he was deeply honored to be nominated and recognized.
The Republican Party hosted the Ninth District convention the following day, April 13, in Dillard. Towns County Delegates representing Hiawassee are Chair Donna Barrow, Secretary Betty Phillips, GOP Chair Betsy Young, GOP First Vice Chair John Alger, Cecil Dye, and Trina Coleman. Young Harris delegates are Chair Charles “Chuck” Luca, Secretary Betty Luca, Scott Ledford, and Harvey Cohen. Delegates representing Macedonia are Chair Daren “Bear” Osborn, Secretary Todd Tibbets, Jeff Pierot, and Melissa Griggs. US Congressman Doug Collins attended the convention, addressing the delegates.
The Georgia Republican Party will hold its state convention May 16-18, 2019, at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. The event is open to the public, although only delegates may participate in the business matters of the convention.
Feature Photo: Towns County GOP Chair Betsy Young with Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party, in cooperation with Towns-Union Tea Party, is scheduled to host a presentation on Islam, Jihad, and Sharia Law, featuring Chris Gaubatz, a renowned expert on the subject. The presentation will take place Thursday, March 28, at the Towns County Civic Center in Hiawassee. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will begin at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend at no charge.
The following morning, Friday, March 29, Gaubatz will address the Mountain Movers and Shakers at 8 a.m. at Sundance Grill in Hiawassee. Meetings are open to the public.
Gaubatz trains law enforcement on strategies and modus operandi of jihadists in order to locate and prosecute the networks, testifying before the U.S. Senate on the importance of minimizing radical Islam in combatting terrorism. Gaubatz works with citizens, legislators, and leaders at the local and state levels to expose and dismantle the networks.
“Muslim terrorists, by whatever name, are all believers in fundamental Islam and have declared war against western civilization, especially America and the Jewish State of Israel,” Gaubatz said.
Gaubatz is Vice President of Understanding the Threat.com, an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operational threat-focused consultation, education and training for federal, state, and local leadership and agencies, and designing strategies at all levels of the community in order to defeat the jihadi threat. As the son of a career Air Force OSI Special Agent, Gaubatz grew up in England, Korea, California, and Utah, and today calls southwest Virginia home. Gaubatz worked for several Fortune 500 companies conducting fraud investigations and asset protection, as well as insurance sales.
In 2007, Gaubatz began researching the threat of jihadi organizations in the United States by posing as a Muslim convert and attending Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas conferences gaining access as an intern with the Hamas organization Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Virginia.
While working at the CAIR MD/VA office, Gaubatz uncovered a fraud scheme perpetrated by CAIR’s “immigration attorney” who was defrauding Muslims in the community while lying about handling their immigration proceedings. When the office was shut down by CAIR in an effort to conceal this criminal activity, Gaubatz was invited by Hamas/CAIR leaders to work at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. During that time, Gaubatz obtained over 12,000 pages of documents from Hamas/CAIR and over 300 hours of covert audio/video recordings. The entire story is featured in the book Muslim Mafia authored by investigative journalist Paul Sperry and Dave Gaubatz.
Towns County Republican Chair Betsy Young encouraged the community to attend the presentation. “Please plan to come and hear Chris open your eyes,” Young remarked. “Bring a friend.”
HIAWASSEE. Ga. – Towns County Republican Party held their “mass” county convention at the civic center Saturday, March 9. Hiawassee, Macedonia, and Young Harris precincts were represented. A total of 13 delegates registered. A maximum of 105 delegates were allowed.
Former Towns County Secretary Scott Ledford led the meeting. “We are here, essentially, to start 2020,” Ledford began. Resolutions that will advance to the 9th District include support for House Bill 481, restricting abortion, Constitutional Carry, which would eliminate the need for gun permits, support for a study panel to assist veterans’ transitions to civilian life, support for a balanced state budget, term limits for political leaders, and “strong support” for the rights of solely United States citizens to vote. A resolution to repeal the 17th Amendment – which allows the people to elect state senators, rather than by governmental appointment – failed.
Delegates representing Hiawassee are Chair Donna Barrow, Secretary Betty Phillips, GOP Chair Betsy Young, GOP First Vice Chair John Alger, Cecil Dye, and Trina Coleman.
Delegates representing Macedonia are Chair Daren “Bear” Osborn, Secretary Todd Tibbets, Jeff Pierot, and Melissa Griggs.
Delegates representing Young Harris are Chair Charles “Chuck” Luca, Secretary Betty Luca, Scott Ledford, and Harvey Cohen.
Tate City was permitted one delegate although no residents attended.
The delegates will represent Towns County at the upcoming district and state conventions.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party will hold the GAGOP County, District, and State delegate registration Saturday, March 9, at the Towns County Civic Center on the Towns County Courthouse campus.
Towns County GOP asks, “Do you support the US Constitution? Our President? The Wall? Voter Accountability? Become a delegate.” A total of 105 delegates are permitted.
Doors open at 8 a.m. and the registration meeting begins at 9 a.m. Delegates must register prior to 10 a.m.
To qualify, delegates must be a registered Towns County voter, present identification, and be at least 18 years of age. A $10 fee is required to off-set the cost of the county convention.
Coffee and pastries will be served.
For additional information, contact Towns County Republican Chair Betsy Young at 904-382-1912 or TCGOPCHAIR@gmail.com
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party took to social media in an attempt to persuade against “yes” votes on ballot amendments, including “Marsy’s Law.” Towns GOP Chair Betsy Young shared a letter attributed to Georgia resident Dottie McIntosh Honea, addressed to family and friends.
“Amendments are hard to read and written that way on purpose,” Young stated, later adding, “I almost always vote against all amendments.”
While Honea’s letter included opposition to a taxation amendment, the initial segment focused on the crime victim portion of November’s ballot.
“One Amendment (#4) so-called Marcy’s (sic) Law is particularly ambiguous. The TV ad supporting this amendment is compelling; a victim stating her abuser was let out of prison and she was not notified. She begs the TV audience to help the victim by voting in favor of this amendment. Who wouldn’t want the victim to be helped?,” Honea wrote, “But when the Amendment is read carefully, you will note that it states ‘…the Constitution shall be amended so as to provide ‘certain rights’ to victims against whom a crime has allegedly been perpetrated and allow victims to assert such rights.'”
Honea continued on to assert that the ‘certain rights’ to be granted to crime victims are vague, without clear assurance of notification when a perpetrator is released from prison.
“The victim can assert such rights….what rights? Certain ones? What are they referring to? Will it be left up to a judge to decide what ‘certain rights’ the victim has? No guarantee of being notified of anything. Please do not vote in favor of changing our state Constitution to contain something so non-specific as Amendment #4…’Marcy’s (sic) Law.’ This Amendment will not help Marcy, or you, at all,” Honea concludes.
National opponents of the crime victim amendment warn “Marsy’s Law” could undermine due process.
“Since 2008, a national campaign entitled “Marsy’s Law” has sought to enshrine in state constitutions a specific and lengthy set of victims’ rights,” ACLU Policy Director of New Hampshire Jeanne Hruska stated earlier this year, “Funded by California billionaire Henry Nicholas, the campaign’s goal is to lock its formula into every state constitution and then to amend the U.S. Constitution to include similar victims’ rights. Though well intended, the Marsy’s Law formula is poorly drafted and is a threat to existing constitutional rights. Victims’ rights are not rights against the state. Instead, they are rights against another individual. The Marsy’s Law formula includes the rights to restitution, to reasonable protection, and to refuse depositions and discovery requests, all of which are enforced against the defendant. Such rights do nothing to check the power of the government. In fact, many of the provisions in Marsy’s Law could actually strengthen the state’s hand against a defendant, undermining a bedrock principle of our legal system — the presumption of innocence.
As of April 2018, five states had adopted Marsy’s Law, including California, Ohio, Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Montana passed Marsy’s Law, although it was later ruled unconstitutional, and subsequently, overturned.
Georgia joins Nevada, Oklahoma, and Kentucky in voting on the crime victim amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot.
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