Sunday, July 26, 2009

Governor Perdue to Co-host Second Annual Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces Alliance Conference

In second year, group aims to increase economic relationships between southern states, Canada

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue will co-host the second annual Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS//CP) conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador from July 26 through July 28. Last year, Governor Perdue hosted the inaugural conference in Savannah, which drew hundreds of delegates from six southeastern states and seven Canadian provinces.

“Canada is Georgia’s top trading partner and it is critically important to continue to form business connections and collaborations that will only improve the trade and investment relationship that we have developed over the years,” said Governor Perdue. “In these economic times, reaching across borders to find commonalities in business and research is the way to help bolster the economies in our states and provinces.”

Approximately 200 delegates from across the Southeast and Canada are expected to attend the second annual conference. The itinerary includes a town hall session on public sector leadership in today’s economy, business sessions regarding energy, green economic development and ocean technology and many opportunities for participating businesses and organizations to network and form lasting partnerships.

“Last year’s conference was an outstanding start to what we believe will be a long, productive alliance among the six southeastern states and seven Canadian provinces,” said Heidi Green, deputy commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Georgia businesses will have the opportunity to network with Canadian businesses and delve further into our strategic industries.”

The SEUS-Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS//CP), which is modeled after the successful 33-year SEUS-Japan association, is designed to present opportunities for businesses to enhance commercial exchanges, promote two-way investment, and encourage technological and scientific exchanges between and among six southeastern States and seven Canadian Provinces. Member states include Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama and member provinces include Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.

In addition to representatives from southern states, three Canadian premiers will attend the conference: Danny Williams, Newfoundland and Labrador; Shawn Graham, New Brunswick; and Darrell Dexter, Nova Scotia.

“On behalf of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, I extend a warm welcome to delegates of the second annual SEUS//CP conference,” said Premier Williams. “Over the course of this conference, businesses from all jurisdictions will have the opportunity to enjoy an itinerary that focuses on key areas of growth. The opportunity to meet with individuals from across the SEUS//CP region will hopefully result in new partnerships being forged and the valuable exchange of ideas.”

SEUS//CP was initially spearheaded by the State of Georgia and the Province of Quebec with support from the U.S. Embassy in Canada and the Canadian Consulate General for the Southeastern U.S. in Atlanta. The program is led this year by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Next year, the state of Misssissippi will chair the alliance
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sen. Balfour Begins Term as President of National Conference of State Legislatures

Sen. Don Balfour (R-Gwinnett) today took office as president of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) at the organization’s annual legislative summit in Philadelphia. The first legislator from Georgia to be elected to NCSL office, Balfour will lead the bipartisan Conference in serving the nation’s state lawmakers and advocating for their interests before Congress.

“I have dedicated my political career to serving the people of Georgia, and am humbled by the opportunity to serve the states of this nation as president of such an esteemed organization,” said Balfour. “NCSL is at the forefront of bringing state legislatures together to develop public policy that will strengthen our country and the lives of its citizens. I look forward to working with state leaders from across the nation to enhance the state legislatures’ influence in the federal system.”

Sen. Balfour has been an influential member of NCSL throughout his legislative career. Prior to his election as president, Balfour served as vice president and is a member of the executive committee. He will serve as president in 2009-2010. Known for his work in helping Georgia pass some of the strongest ethics and eminent domain laws in the nation, Sen. Balfour’s colleagues agree that his leadership skills will serve him well as NCSL president.

“This is truly a great day for our state,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “Senator Balfour is one of our strongest and most experienced Senators with over 17 years championing conservative policy and representing his Gwinnett constituents admirably. Now heading one of the most prominent legislative organizations in the nation, Senator Balfour’s expertise and forward-thinking mindset give NCSL a tremendously capable leader who will do an outstanding job as president.”

Balfour’s longtime colleague, Sen. Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), remarked: “Senator Balfour is a driving force in some of the most important political issues facing our state. I greatly respect his commitment and dedication to serving our citizens. We are lucky to have such a seasoned leader representing the state of Georgia in one of the most influential legislative organizations. The states are getting a strong leader at NCSL as we face record deficits and unemployment challenges.”

“I am proud to serve alongside Senator Balfour in representing the citizens of Gwinnett County,” said Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford). “Throughout my years in the Senate, I have watched him fiercely champion the issues that are important to his constituents. He is committed to doing all he can to help those he represents, and I am confident that he will serve as NCSL president with the same determination and convictions that have made him a cornerstone in the Georgia legislature.”

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. The Conference is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Rep. Tom Graves Honored as “Legislator of the Year” by ALEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) today honored state Representative Tom Graves (R-Ranger) as its “Legislator of the Year.”

The “Legislator of the Year” Award is given to state legislators who are ALEC members in good standing and have distinguished themselves by advancing, introducing and/or enacting policies based on the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty.

Graves peers honored him with the award for his work on the Jobs, Opportunity and Business Success Act of 2009 (JOBS Act).

“It has been a pleasure to work with the leadership of the Georgia House and ALEC to formulate a true economic stimulus proposal for Georgia,” said Rep. Graves. “We recognize that sustainable job creation only results from the expansion of the private sector and not from the expansion of government. Hats off to ALEC for their tireless effort to advance sound public policy based on Jeffersonian principles.”

Graves received the award for his authorship and passage of The JOBS Act, HB 481 and 482, which received national attention. These bills were focused on helping small businesses and creating, expanding and attracting jobs through a series of tax credits, cuts, and incentives for businesses to hire Georgians.

ALEC’s 36th Annual Meeting, which began this past Wednesday and wraps up July 18, featured former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and others who addressed an audience of nearly 1,500 state legislators and business leaders in Atlanta.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Statement From NEA-Alaska President Barbara Angaiak on Resignation of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

/PRNewswire/ -- Sarah Palin's announcement that she's resigning provides educators with an opportunity to open a fresh dialog about the pressing issues in Alaska's classrooms. NEA-Alaska stands ready to meet with Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell as he takes over as Governor.

We will meet with him at any time and location of his convenience. Despite numerous overtures during the past year, Governor Palin has not made the time to meet with NEA-Alaska.

Education for Alaska's children cannot be put on hold any longer.

Attracting and retaining the best educators for Alaska is critical to ensure Alaska's students are prepared for tomorrow's challenges.

We're confident when Lieutenant Governor Parnell is sworn in as Governor he'll make it a priority to meet with educators and address our concerns.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Boehner, Westmoreland Unveil “Bloodhounds” Video Asking: Where Are the Jobs?

Job-Sniffing GOP Bloodhound Ellie Mae Makes Debut, Finds Few Jobs from Trillion-Dollar “Stimulus”

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today released a new web video targeting Washington Democrats’ trillion-dollar “stimulus” bill and asking “where are the jobs?” The tongue-in-cheek web video, inspired by a classic 1984 TV commercial by now-Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), features a job-sniffing GOP bloodhound named Ellie Mae and a down-home voiceover by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA).

"This is a lighthearted web video, but the underlying point is no laughing matter,” Boehner said. “At a time when Americans are looking to Washington for leadership, the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ isn’t working. Americans were promised the ‘stimulus’ would keep the unemployment rate from going above eight percent. It’s now at 9.x percent, and rising. Where are the jobs?”

In the video, job-sniffing bloodhounds follow the “stimulus” money trail across the nation in search of the millions of jobs the Obama Administration promised to “save or create” if the trillion-dollar spending bill were enacted. The trail takes them to AIG Headquarters in New York City, where “stimulus” funds were used to pay big bonuses to top executives; to Wisconsin, where “stimulus” funds are paying for repairs to a bridge that reportedly carries about 260 cars per day, many to a place called Rusty’s Backwater Saloon, according to a June 16 report in the Wall Street Journal; and to North Carolina, where “stimulus” funds were reportedly used by one town to hire a new worker whose job is to apply for more “stimulus” funds from Washington.

“A real ‘stimulus’ would help small businesses across America get back on their feet and create jobs,” Boehner said. “Washington hasn’t tried that yet. Instead we’ve made government bigger, wasted taxpayers’ money, and piled new debt on our children and grandchildren. Republicans have put forth a better solution – a plan that recognizes small business, not government, is the engine of the American economy. We hope Washington Democrats will work with us in the months ahead to make it a reality.”
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Tonight on Evil Conservative Radio 10-11PM EDT

Note: Well, well, guess this is our day for passing along all kinds of info. Been getting all these updates and info, we look at it, sometimes listen, sometimes click, but generally we've kept it to ourselves. Little light bulbs went off in the brain this morning (caffeine after good night's sleep 'll do it to ya), and we're sharing. Not sure if we'll do it on a regular basis yet, will decide after another cup o' strong Irish tea and a bit of waiting to see if we get a reaction from our readers...

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Wednesday (7/1): Gun-Hunting Feds and Grab-Bag Thursday on Wednesday, as EC covers some of the stories we haven't had time to get to during this abbreviated week.

Have a GREAT 4th of July and don't forget EC's on vacation most of next week, but we'll be back LIVE on Thursday 9 July.

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Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Conservatism

Note: We haven't had time to listen to the program below, but it looked interesting. Some of you have been asking where you can find an alternative to YouTube... They are part of What's that have to do with this post? We get updates from Heritage New Media, and the following is one we rec'd today. They sponsor or own or whatever the site. We have a page on NMATV ( with one lonely video on it. We're going to add more soon.)

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Conservatism

Can conservative + grassroots + Christian = edgy and insightful political commentary? Tune in and find out!

Every Thursday at our NEW TIME of 6:00 pm PT hosts Babe Huggett and Warner Todd Huston discuss and examine current political events, put them in historical context and follow trends to their logical conclusions through a conservative, Christian viewpoint. Scheduled guests will enjoy their own featured isegment. Phone in comments from listeners always welcome!On tonight's show:

Hosts Babe Huggett & Warner Todd Huston dig deep & analyze the news with their usual insightful and historical approach all the while being as politically irreverent as possible! We're heading into cloak & dagger territory tonight with Mr. A Nonymous, a retired Department of Defense analyst, Arabic linguist and author of Tremble The Devil, who will explain why the police can not handle terrorism from the African-American community's islamic converts.

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Date / Time: 7/2/2009 at 6:00 PM Pacific/ 8:00 PM Central/9:00 PM Eastern
Tonight's Topic: Mr. A Nonymous explains why the police can not handle terrorism from the African-American community's islamic converts.

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RNC / Michael Steele: Obama Foreign Policy Survey

(Note: Generally we dislike passing along anything that has a request for money. We figure if you want to donate to a campaign or cause, you'll do so on your own. Although the following asks for money... when do you ever get anything from the RNC without a request for money ... we decided to pass it along in hopes you'll take the survey. At this critical juncture in our country's history it's important that we ALL get involved on some level.)

A couple of weeks ago, I asked for your thoughts and opinions about President Obama's domestic agenda. Thousands of grassroots leaders like you were gracious enough to take the RNC's online survey and make your voice heard about how the liberal Democrats are governing our country.

Today, I am asking for your input on President Obama's foreign policy.

President Obama came into office promising a new kind of American foreign policy. One in which America would open up dialogues with some of the world's worst dictators and tyrannical regimes. The closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay -- where some of the world's most dangerous terrorist reside -- would earn us goodwill. And apology tours of Europe and the Middle East would yield greater cooperation.

The results:

Obama kept his promise to engage tyrants by exchanging pleasantries with Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez and starting low level talks with the Iranian Mullahacracy, which has now turned on its own citizens to keep an iron grip on power.

North Korea, feeling slighted by the Obama Administration, brazenly conducted a nuclear test and continues to threaten America and our allies through bellicose rhetoric.

He instructed that the phrase "War on Terror" be discarded for "overseas contingency operations" and acts of terrorism renamed the Orwellian term "man-caused disasters."

And Obama signed an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay, but has no plan on where to move the terrorists except to the United States as his apology tour of Europe yielded no takers, save one, for any of the prisoners.

The liberal media would have you believe that President Obama has already "rebuilt" America's image in the eyes of the world. That our country is now safer and more secure.

I'm not buying it -- and I don't think you are either.

But I want to know firsthand your thoughts about some of the most critical foreign policy issues facing our nation.

Please take a moment right now to fill out online the Obama Foreign Policy Survey to let Republican leaders in Washington, D.C. and across the country know where you stand on matters of global importance.

And when you've completed your survey, I hope you will make a secure online contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 to help the RNC hold President Obama accountable for his foreign policy decisions.

Your participation in the Obama Foreign Policy Survey -- and your continuing generous support of the RNC -- is vital. Please make your voice heard today.


Michael Steele
Chairman, Republican National Committee

P.S. President Obama's foreign policy that caters to the "Blame America", wing of the Democrat Party is detrimental to our nation's security. As a Republican grassroots leader, the RNC wants to know where you stand on the top foreign policy priorities of the Obama Democrats. Please complete your Obama Foreign Policy Survey online today and make a special contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 to support the RNC's efforts to elect more Republicans at all levels in 2009 and 2010. Thank you.

Herman Cain's July 4th Appearances

July 4th Holiday Rallies

Dear Georgia,

Come celebrate this upcoming Independence Day with Herman and the Tea Party Patriots.

Cobb Independence Day Tea Party
Marietta, Georgia
Friday, July 3, 2009
6:00PM -10:00PM
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Live Broadcast of The New Herman Cain Show
Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Rd SW Marietta, GA
Ken Cook (organizer)
678-946-0101 (organizer phone)

Tea Party Patriots Rally Peachtree City, Georgia
Saturday, July 4, 2009
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Herman Cain Guest Speaker Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater (Fred's)
201 MacIntosh Trail, Peachtree City, GA
Denise Ognio (organizer)
770-719-9382 (organizer phone)

See you there!