Monday, October 19, 2009

Big surge among small donors for GOP helps campaign committees

The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) have seen a surge in the number of small-dollar donors making contributions in recent months, according to new reports.

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Ray McBerry to Speak at South Metro Young Republican Meeting

The South Metro Young Republicans will host its monthly meeting this Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm. Please note the new location, Downtown Grill in Tyrone (1158 Senoia Road). Ray McBerry, a candidate for governor, will be the guest speaker:

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Congressman Joe Wilson Tells the Neal Asbury Show that Incident during President Obama Congressional Address was a “Town Hall Moment”

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Participating in his first full length radio interview since his famously shouted “You Lie” remark during President Obama’s address to Congress propelled him into the media spotlight, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) appeared on the nationally syndicated Neal Asbury Show on WZAB-AM. Congressman Wilson attributed his dramatic vocal response to a “town hall moment,” a visceral reaction to what he inherently knew was Obama’s misrepresentation of the citizenship immigration policy. Congressman Wilson likened his response to the kind of spontaneous reaction he is seeing during full capacity town hall meetings he is holding in his congressional district.

“I respect President Obama, but we have the right to disagree, especially when he promotes an immigration policy related to health insurance that I knew was meaningless. The proof is that two days after the joint session, the citizen verification policy was overhauled,” said Congressman Wilson, who was elected to the United States Congress in 2001. He was grateful that President Obama and other Democratic leaders accepted his apologies, and was particularly grateful that the Republican Conference supported him, as did his staff and constituency.

Congressman Wilson is convinced that the Democrats don’t want the American people to understand the issues related to healthcare, and is angry that consumers are being treated as if “they are stupid – which they are not; they’re just looking for answers and explanations.”

“At least 95 percent of my constituents support what Republicans are trying to do. Our HR 3400 is a good bill, and a logical alternative to the proposed HR3200 being promoted by the Democrats, which is a Trojan Horse for a government option that would create bizarre rules and regulations likely to be controlled by a ‘Health Czar’ with the power to interpret these regulations. Our bill really reflects the power and potential of free enterprise,” said Congressman Wilson, who outlined some of the provisions of HR 3400: choice of affordable private options; consumers can keep their current coverage; tax incentives will be created for the insured; coverage will be allowed to cross state lines; and the bill will promote tort and medical liability reform.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Chambliss to Appear on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Intelligence, will be a guest on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos to discuss Afghanistan, al-Qaeda and Iran. He will be joined by Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., and General Jack Keane, the retired four-star general who was behind the troop surge in Iraq.

Sen. Chambliss Inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. The Georgia 4-H nominated Sen. Chambliss for the distinction for his leadership and exemplary service to 4-H. This year, fifteen men and women from across the country displaying strong support for the organization on a local, state or national level have been selected to be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

“As the largest youth development organization in America, 4-H has the ability to help shape our nation’s future leaders and I am very proud to support its efforts,” said Sen. Chambliss. “My first public speech was as a sixth-grader in a 4-H competition in Tracy City, Tenn., standing on a table in the lunch room. Since then, I have delivered many speeches, but I will never forget that experience 4-H afforded me as a child. It is truly an honor and privilege to support the mission and principles of the 4-H organization as the co-chair of the Senate 4-H Caucus.”

“Senator Chambliss is a wonderful example of our amazing 4-H alumni,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., President and CEO of National 4-H Council. “We are thrilled to honor him today for the passion, dedication and leadership he has shown for our organization and the impact that he has made on the Senate 4-H Caucus.”

Since 2002 when the National 4-H Hall of Fame was created, over 200 individuals have been inducted. Sen. Chambliss joins other distinguished Georgians in this honor including: G.C. Adams, Mary Cresswell, Tommy Irvin, Martha Harrison Jones, W.A. “Bill” Sutton, U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge, and Dr. Tommy Walton.

This week also marks “National 4-H Week” during which 6 million 4-H members and over 500,000 adult and youth volunteers celebrate their involvement in 4-H. In 2008, over 166,000 individuals participated in Georgia 4-H, with over 25,000 being adult volunteers.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Chambliss to Appear on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace at 9:00 a.m. EST

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Intelligence Committee, will be a guest on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace at 9:00 a.m. to discuss Iran and Afghanistan. He will be joined by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Evan Bayh, D-Ind.

World’s bad boys swoon for Obama while our friends get cold shoulder

By Lynn Westmoreland

There aren’t many calls to my office from Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District praising the policies of President Obama.

But Obama need not fear.

As Obama was moving into the White House, his charm, his message of change and his Teleprompter-reading skills, pushed his approval rating to near 70 percent and his disapproval rate a mere 20 percent. Today, that margin has narrowed drastically to 50.4 percent approve and 44.3 percent disapprove.

But, again, Obama need not worry.

Sure, his leftist agenda on deficit spending, cap-and-trade, tax increases and a proposed government takeover of health care has met much resistance in this country.

But who needs the American voters when you have the world’s autocrats singing your praises?

If you’re a national leader who suppresses freedom of speech, jails political opponents on trumped charges or presides over a corrupt regime, you’ve probably had some glowing remarks for our president lately.

Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi put many to sleep with his 1 ½ hour diatribe at the United Nations but his bored audience managed to catch his references to “our son” and “our Obama.”
"The election of Obama is the beginning of change,” Gaddafi said. “We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as the president.”

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez was equally effusive, albeit in his own unique way. Chavez never had many nice things to say about former President Bush; he famously called Bush “the devil” during a speech before the United Nations.

But he was singing a new tune before his U.N. audience in September: "It doesn't smell of sulfur here anymore. . . . It's gone. No, it smells of something else. It smells of hope."

Ever the jokester, Chavez invited his new best buddy Obama “come join the ‘Axis of Evil’ here.”

Chavez buddy Fidel Castro jumped on the bandwagon to praise Obama’s strong language on addressing climate change, saying no other U.S. president has displayed such courage.

Perhaps we can laugh off some of the bluster of Chavez and Gaddafi. On the other hand, we should look warily at any praise coming from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Recently, President Obama pulled the rug out from under our Eastern European allies, the Czech Republic and Poland. Leaders of those nations had braved domestic opposition to stand with the United States to build a missile defense system on their land.

Even though it was intended to thwart any potential nuclear threat from Iran, the missile defense shield faced strident opposition from the Russians.

Putin hailed Obama’s decision to scrap plans for the missile shield as “correct and brave.” I’d bet that the Czechs and Poles, who were blindsided by the move, might use different adjectives.

The Putin example drives home the major point. The world’s sole remaining superpower capitulated to a corrupt, autocratic regime that has invaded our ally Georgia, has blackmailed our European friends by cutting off natural gas supplies and blocked every international attempt to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

And what does the United States get in return? Absolutely nothing. For Putin, it’s win/win.

For our friends, it’s a different story. In addition to the Czechs and Poles, other NATO nations have been blown around by Obama’s winds of change. As they keep their troops in harm’s way in Afghanistan and face down domestic opposition to the ongoing war, Obama waffles on the war’s future.

As NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the Washington Post: The right policy for Afghanistan "is definitely not an exit strategy. It's of crucial importance to stress that we will stay as long as it takes to stabilize the country."

Let’s hope the secretary general doesn’t figure out that the best way to bend the president’s ear is to oppose America at every turn.

Lynn Westmoreland represents Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District.