HIAWASSEE, Ga. – As the 2020 elections approach, the Towns County Board of Elections and Registration wants to ensure that area voters understand the ballot process.
“During the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) and the General Primary, you may select either party ballot of your choice, regardless of your political party affiliation,” Towns County Elections Chair Janet Olivia explained. “However, should a runoff follow the election, you will be required to select that same party ballot. The party ballot you select for one election will not dictate the party ballot you must select for the next election. For example, if you select a Democratic party ballot at the PPP in March, you can choose a Republican party ballot at the General Primary in May or vice versa. The only instance in which you must maintain the same ballot choice is during an election runoff.”
The general primary will take place on May 19, 2020.
Georgia left the group of states that vote on Super Tuesday, opting to hold its presidential primary in late March. The primary has been set for March 24, three weeks after Super Tuesday, which Georgia has joined in past election cycles. Critics of the date change say that last year’s announcement by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger could relegate Georgia voters to a weakened influential position in choosing each party’s nominee. Proponents of the date change, however, cited that the delay would allow ample time for the updated voting machines to be delivered and introduced to precincts.
The Republican Party will select its presidential nominee at the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to Ballotpedia, the convention will be held from August 24-27, 2020. Prior to the national convention, individual state caucuses and primaries are held to allocate convention delegates. Georgia will have an estimated 76 delegates. Delegate allocation is a hybrid system. These delegates vote at the convention to select the nominee. Delegate allocation is proportional. Incumbent President Donald Trump (R) filed for re-election on January 20, 2017, the day of his inauguration. George H.W. Bush (R) was the last incumbent to face a serious primary challenge, defeating political commentator Pat Buchanan in 1992. He was also the last president to lose his re-election campaign. Franklin Pierce (D) was the first and only elected president to lose his party’s nomination in 1856.
Sixteen U.S. presidents—approximately one-third—have won two consecutive elections.
The Democratic Party will select its presidential nominee at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The convention is being held from July 13-16, 2020.
Georgia will have an estimated 120 delegates comprised of 105 pledged delegates and 15 superdelegates. Prior to the national convention, individual state caucuses and primaries are held to allocate convention delegates. These delegates, along with superdelegates who come from the party leadership, vote at the convention to select the nominee. In 2016, a Democratic presidential candidate needed support from at least 2,383 delegates to secure the nomination.
As of February 2020, the following 11 Democrats are running in the primary:
- Michael Bennet
- Joe Biden
- Michael Bloomberg
- Pete Buttigieg
- Tulsi Gabbard
- Amy Klobuchar
- Deval Patrick
- Bernie Sanders
- Tom Steyer
- Elizabeth Warren
- Andrew Yang
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – US Congressman Doug Collins is scheduled to address the Towns County Republican Party at Moondance Restaurant (formerly Cafe Portofino) Tuesday, April 15, from 5-6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
“Do you remember, ‘Madame Attorney General I never thought I would hear myself say this, but, I miss Eric Holder,'” Towns County GOP Betsy Young asked. “Congressman Collins was speaking to Loretta Lynch as she refused to answer questions regarding the visit on the tarmac with Bill Clinton. Now as the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, he has a seat on one of the most powerful committees in the US Government and is the number five person on the Republican side of the US House. He’s vocal and stands up to the tacit remarks of the those who constantly attack and belittle our President, Donald Trump.
“We learned from him that, ‘Nellie Ohr’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee reveals she and Bruce Ohr met with Christopher Steele one day before Peter Strzok opened the FBI Investigation into President Donald J. Trump’s campaign; coincidence?’ He then released the transcript and continues to do so, legally. Transparency is his goal; go to https://dougcollins.house.gov/Papadopoulos for the full report on how it got started. We might have never known if he hadn’t taken the ball and run with it, as they say.”
Congressman Collins has served as a United States Representative of Georgia’s 9th Congressional District since 2013. Collins is a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary and is Vice-Chair of its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. As a member of the House Committee on Rules, he also helps manage every piece of House legislation that comes to the House floor.
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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
Believe me, it’s better than “leading from behind.” Oh, sure, if you are the leader, the view’s the same despite the dust, but when you know what you’re looking for, the perspective changes and the dangers reveal themselves including all the obstacles, the road ruts, the promises broken and the many forks in the road ahead. It’s a dangerous path America is following and the dangers are perceptible if one knows where to look. Look beyond the dust.
On the surface, it is assumed that America has two political parties when in fact, it has five. The once premier American party, the Democrats, long ere since rotted from the inside, changed its stripes from Constitutional Americanism to a good facsimile of the Communist Party USA, intent on collectivizing America by creating two classes, the leadership class composed of the establishments elites (them) who think they know better how to make people happy, and the followers (us) who it is believed, know nothing and need to be led. It’s dusty out there.
The other party is the Republican party, a feckless bunch who desperately want to be in the top class, beloved and respected but clueless to new facts and changing times. They live in fear of being invalidated, of being dismissed as inconsequential which is exactly what is happening now. The tawdry assault against Judge Roy Moore of Alabama is evidence enough of that.
It must be a terrible thing to live in fear not knowing when some muslim will decide to use his automobile to mow you down with other pedestrians, or Christian worshippers fearful of a black clad antifascist, entering their sanctuary and gunning down men, women and children in their pews, or Republican Congressmen and Senators fearful of losing their chairmanships or worse, their jobs because they are afraid to do what is right and Constitutional and what is expected of an American politician instead of what the money lenders want. It’s a choking cloud of dust.
There are however, three other Party’s lurking in the wings, two intent on destroying America regardless of what the other parties do. First, the Marxists far left wing of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that represents the modern version of the old Soviet Bolshevism variety, still playing by the old rules. On the Right, the Constitutional wing of the Republican party, (Tea Party) who will, very shortly I think, become the party of Trump trying to rescue America.
Finally, the Fifth Columnists, “Organizing For America,” the Party of Obama, a collection of violent totalitarian fascists who go where they are led, destroy as they are told, and riot as it pleases them. This group is especially hateful and dishonest. They claim to be anti-fascists when they are the very epitome of fascism. Their propaganda is inflammatory, offensive and deadly. Their mission is to incite violence, always trolling for targets for their hateful wrath, and their goal is to seize America, destroy Trump and protect Obama’s legacy, by force if necessary.
These reprehensible people include the Antifa and Black Lives Matter, et. al., who perform like Germany’s SA, SD, & SS all rolled up into one. Their “Fellow Travelers” include the main stream media who, in their delusional hysteria over Trumps Presidency, have thrown all pretense of objectivity aside and go all in with their lies, and made up stories against all Conservatives they see fit to destroy, while ignoring the offenses of their own (Clinton’s, Menendez, etc.).
We’re organizing into group people states, unreconcilable to any point of view but their own. The Constitution, the guide laid down for us to follow, is out of date they say, because it interferes with the radicals and their desire to destroy the world’s only bastion of freedom, the USA. Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (15Nov17)
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Early voting in the 2018 midterm election came to a close on Friday, and Towns County Board of Elections saw a massive turnout at the Hiawassee polling precinct. Of the 9,386 registered voters in Towns County, 4,030 residents chose to cast their ballots ahead of Tuesday’s general election. A total of 257 absentee ballots had been returned to the election board as of Friday afternoon.
The 2018 turnout rivals that of the 2016 presidential election. Two years ago, 4,564 of the 8,608 voters registered in Towns County turned up to cast early ballots at the polls, with 420 ballots returned by mail. Midterm elections historically do not draw such a high amount of voters to the ballot box.
FYN reached out to Towns County leaders and gathered their thoughts on the phenomenon.
Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton believes that the south-of-the-border “caravan of criminals” that are headed toward the U.S. border plays a part in the impressive turnout at the Georgia polls. “The future of our nation and our state rides on this election. Anyone being honest about these caravans understands what is at stake. If the left wins, the caravans are just the beginning. If the Republicans stay in, I’m willing to bet they turn around,” Clinton warned, “We must stop this madness or we will cease to be a sovereign nation…They aren’t coming for jobs or safety. Mexico offered those. They sure aren’t coming to be Americans. Those aren’t American flags they are carrying during these border assaults.”
Sheriff Clinton recently endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, reiterating on Friday that Stacey Abrams’ “radical, socialist ideas are extremely dangerous.”
District 8 State House Representative Matt Gurtler is optimistic that Georgia will remain a “red” state, adding that according to the Secretary of State’s office, Georgia has seen the highest early voter turnout in the state’s history during this year’s general election. “Our district is the most active in the state and the most conservative by far,” Gurtler explained, “I expect to see the 8th House District in the lead once again this coming Tuesday, and I believe and have great faith in the people of Georgia, that we will see a ‘red wave’ sweep the entire state.”
While Towns County Republican Party Chair Betsy Young is enthusiastic,the GOP leader believes that the race for Georgia’s next governor, in particular, is tight. “I think this is going to be close, but if only legal voters vote – all Democrats and Republicans – we will win. The area around Atlanta will be heavily Democrat, but I believe some who have never voted anything but Democrat will vote Republican because of two things: hate by liberals and their awful demonstration of it, along with the economy and immigration.”
“The fate of our state and our county is at stake,” Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw expressed, “Towns County realizes how important this election is for our future, and I’m very thankful for that.” Commissioner Bradshaw served as Master of Ceremonies at a recent “Get Out the Vote” event sponsored by the Towns County Republican Party.
While the four local leaders agree that the high voter count is good sign for their affiliated political party, the Republicans stressed the importance of an equally healthy turnout at the polls on election day.
Towns County polling precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Count on FYN to deliver local election results as soon as they become available.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton officially endorsed Republican Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, stating that it is, “imperative that we protect our state from the insane radicals who would fundamentally change our state, our nation, and even our beloved county…”
“In my brief 50 years, I have not witnessed a time when America was so polarized,” Sheriff Clinton explained, “We live in a time when the mainstream media is actively and openly lying to viewers. We find ourselves living in a day when public officials appear to be encouraging insurrection, perhaps even treason. The left is no longer interested in civil discourse. Evelyn Beatrice Hall’s famous statement, ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it’ is no longer spoken of in the halls of higher learning. Rather, the left has resorted to the use of paid mobs to bully and intimidate conservatives. Most of us were taught to believe in absolute truth. We are now told we should sit down and shut up as the so-called ‘narrative’ of the left trumps any and all fact. ‘Guilty until proven innocent’ appears to be the new motto of the left.”
“Most of us were taught right from wrong, taught to fear God, to respect others, to tell the truth, and many of us were advised that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” Clinton continued, “We were taught to love our country. In school we learned how our nation’s founders risked their reputations, fortunes, lives, and the lives of their sons to purchase with blood the freedom guaranteed by the Constitution of these United States of America. These wonderful human beings we call police officers, who place their lives on the line each shift, leaving their own precious families at home to go out and protect others, were the good guys. We taught our children to trust them and reach out to them if they needed help. Now children are being taught to fear the police. Who will they turn to for help?”
“These values represent the Georgia and America that I love and believe in,” the sheriff expressed, “This is the state and nation in which I grew up and want to raise my children in. Our home and heritage are currently under siege by the left. My friend Brian Kemp shares our belief in the greatness of Georgia and America. His opponent, a socialist, wants to erase the Georgia we know and love. Whereas Brian Kemp has been a friend to Georgia law enforcement, a friend to Towns County and a friend to all Georgians, his opponent is currently suing Georgia in an apparent attempt to find some liberal judge who will allow illegals and non-Georgia citizens to vote in our elections.
“Many Georgians may not know that Barack Hussein Obama’s Department of Homeland Security attempted to hack into our state elections database during the 2016 elections. Brian Kemp, our Secretary of State, not only stopped them, but under his leadership, the malicious attacks were traced back to the DHS. All we heard on the news were red herring reports of ‘Russian collusion.’ The appointed leftist leaders of the formerly revered FBI, were not only leaking information to the press, but were apparently intentionally deceiving federal judges, and the America people with a phony, paid for, deception. The very same folks were simultaneously clearing Hillary Clinton of any wrong-doing prior to even an interview. Think about that: the FBI being used as a political weapon. That is the vision the left has for Georgia and America.”
“These are just some of the reasons it is imperative that we elect Brian Kemp our Governor of Georgia. I have known Brian personally for many years,” Sheriff Clinton stated, “I consider Brian Kemp a friend and can attest to his deeply held conservative beliefs and values. More importantly, Brian Kemp is an unflinching leader who is unafraid to speak the truth in the face of a malicious press. I would be honored to call my friend Brian Kemp my governor. Brian Kemp is a proven leader we can count on. His opponent presents what I consider a clear and present danger to our very way of life.”
Clinton encouraged voters to elect a team that will support a Brian Kemp administration.
“We cannot allow the insane behavior that has been occurring in Washington, D.C. to infect the State of Georgia,” Clinton concluded, “I cannot state this strongly enough: to protect Georgia as we know it, we must elect Brian Kemp our Governor, Chris Carr for Attorney General, Geoff Duncan for Lieutenant Governor, and Brad Raffensburger for Secretary of State. It is imperative that we protect our state from the insane radicals who would fundamentally change our state, our nation, and even our beloved county into a place I wouldn’t want to live, much less raise my children in. Please stand with me and let us finish this drill by electing conservative, God-fearing, Republican candidates who will protect Georgia.”
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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party invited Georgia Secretary of State candidate, David Belle Isle, to share his campaign platform at their monthly meeting on April 19, 2018.
If elected, Isle says he is focused on two main interests: Defeating voter fraud and championing Georgia jobs.
“I’m committed to cyber-secured, paper-verified elections and empowering individuals through free market solutions and tools of opportunity,” Isle states.
The former mayor of Alpharetta, Georgia, began by addressing issues within the current voting system, offering solutions.
Isle spoke of a need for updated voting machines and explained his plan to bolster voter confidence. Isle described a three-step process involving casting ballots in the current manner, but also the addition of a printed record that can be verified by the voter, then scanned into a second database, with the electronically-printed physical copy stored as well.
Isle also spoke of changes necessary to combat voter fraud and prevent illegal immigrants from voting.
“In Georgia, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to vote in Georgia elections,” Isle told the conservative constituents, “In block five on the front page (on the voter regiation form) there are three options. You can put your driver’s license number, that’s one option. If you don’t have a driver’s license number, in the middle you can put your social security number. If you don’t have a social security number, all you have to do is is check the box on the far right. It says that you have a driver’s license or a social security number. If you fill out the rest of the voter registration form and submit it, you will be registered to vote whether you are a U.S. citizen or not. The state legislature realized this back in 2010, and they passed the Proof of Citizen Act, but we are now in 2018, and the Proof of Citizenship Act has yet to be implemented.”
“If you vote with an absentee ballot, you don’t have to show proof. You don’t have to have a notary, you don’t have to have a witness,” Isle noted, “That’s a hole we need to plug.”
The sixth-generation Georgian says he plans to go above and beyond the duties of State Secretary if elected. Isle intends on delivering rural broadband and strategic workforce development through free market solutions, fighting job killing regulations, and supporting agriculture, technology, and other emerging industries.
Towns County GOP has announced State Representative Incumbent Matt Gurtler will speak at their meeting on April 17, 2018.
The Republican Party meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. for social refreshments, with meetings beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Towns County Civic Center.
Republican Chair Betsy Young encourages the public to attend.
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