4/17/2014 – Joel Aaron Foster – Americans for Prosperity

Our speaker this Thursday will be Joel Aaron Foster. Mr. Foster is the State Communications Director and Grassroots Coordinator for the Georgia chapter of Americans For Prosperity.

Prior to joining AFP, he worked in broadcasting on AM 920 WGKA, so you may remember him from his radio days. He has a sharp wit and you rarely see him without a smile. He has been involved with the Georgia Tea Party since our earliest days in 2009, and has worked with us on many of our major projects.

Joel will give us a review of victories and challenges from the recently ended Georgia General Assembly session. He will also share what legislation will be promoted in 2015, as well as what issues AFP will be tackling this year.

For more info on Americans For Prosperity, see:

http://americansforprosperity.org/?state=ga

Judicial Conversations Meeting (aka JudiCon)

The NEW Judicial Conversations group will give us a chance to learn about the Judicial Courts and process in Georgia, and meet with Judicial candidates. We will come to understand their background and credentials, their judicial philosophy, and have an exchange that allows us to share our political philosophy and ask questions.

Our recent meeting was Monday, April 14. Our guest was Juanita Stedman, a candidate for the Cobb Superior Court Judge seat vacated by the retiring James Bodiford. Ms. Stedman is currently a Juvenile Court Judge.

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 28 at The House of Lu Restaurant, just north of The Strand Theater on Marietta Square, starting at 7pm. You are invited to come at 6:30pm for dinner and fellowship. We normally meet only the 2nd Monday of each month. However, we will be using the 4th Monday slot of the Federal Task force this month. In exchange, we will give them our 2nd Monday slot on May 12. Since early voting starts April 28, we did not want to disadvantage the 3rd candidate for Cobb Superior Judge that we will be meeting with on May 12.

Our speaker that evening will be Nathan Wade. A former prosecutor and a seasoned trial attorney, Nathan J. Wade is a candidate for Cobb County Superior Court Judge. Mr. Wade is a former Special Assistant Attorney General and Pro Hac State Court Judge. He currently serves as an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Marietta, in addition to maintaining his responsibilities as a partner of The Wade & Bradley Firm in Cobb County.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Judicial Conversations group, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings, please contact GTP Board Member JD VanBrink

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views.

County and State Watch

Our last meeting was held Monday March 17. During the first hour, District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott explained his strategy of voting for the Braves deal so as to have the ability to re-negotiate parts of it to protect the taxpayer. During the second hour, we heard from Ashley Bell and Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao, both of whom are candidates for Georgia State School Superintendent. It was a very good exchange and an informative evening.

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 21 at The House of Lu Restaurant, just north of The Strand Theater on Marietta Square.

During the first hour, we will hear from Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr, a member of the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). This 5-member Board regulates utilities in GA.

The second hour will bring us two more State School Superintendent candidates, Mr. Fitz Johnson and Ms. Nancy Jester.

Our start time is 6:30pm. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month.

Nancy Jester – Candidate for State School Superintendent

Fitz Johnson – Candidate for State School Superintendent

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s County and State Watch, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other County or State officials or candidates, please contact GTP Board Member Steve Covert.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Federal Task Force

Our last meeting was held Monday March 24 at The House of Lu Restaurant, just north of The Strand Theater on Marietta Square. We began at 7:00pm. Our guest was Mr. David Perdue, candidate for US Senate. We meet the 4th Monday of every month.

As always, we discussed with our speaker our positions concerning Constitutionally Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Deficit Reduction and Tax Reform. There was a good exchange of ideas with Mr. Perdue, as well as time for questions.

Our next meeting will not be until Monday, May 12. We will be giving our 4th Monday slot on April 28 to the Judicial Conversations group this month. In exchange, we will receive their 2nd Monday slot on May 12. You will receive more info on our May meeting in the next email.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other candidates, please contact GTP Board Members Jim Jess or Ronny West

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Future Thursday Meeting Speakers

Mike Plant, Executive Vice President of the Atlanta Braves will be here April 24 to talk about the Braves move to Cobb County, including their Ballpark plans and their Retail/Entertainment District plans. Be prepared to have a civil discussion about this controversial issue.

Our speaker on May 1 will be Col. (Ret. Army) Michael Steele. He will illuminate us on military readiness, morale, and retention. Are our Armed Forces prepared to fight a two-front war? What are the effects of the Obama defense cuts and social engineering on our military?

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“The Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution.”

— Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81