Calling Shenanigans On The Blogosphere!

About ten days ago, Commissioner John Oxendine released a campaign statement in support of the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.  Ever since I have breezed past blog after blog claiming that The Ox is calling for Secession

I CALL SHENANIGANS!!!

Where are y’all getting this bologna?  Did you actually read the statement?  In complete contrast to Governor Rick Perry the word “secession” or anything close to it was not written or implied at all by Commissioner Oxendine.  Have we gone so far from our founding principles in the country that expressing support for the 10th Amendment is “calling for secession?”  Is that how much respect we have for our Constitution today?  Have we soiled the document that much?

UNBELIEVABLE!!

John Oxendine’s Contract With Georgia

The following is the latest press release from John Oxendine’s Campaign for Governor:

The John Oxendine Contract with Georgia

Today, John Oxendine releases the John Oxendine Contract with Georgia. As the Republican front-runner for Governor, Oxendine continues to run a positive, issues oriented campaign. In the Contract with Georgia, John offers positive solutions for the problems facing Georgians. The initial release offers John’s message to Georgia and the 12 issues covered in the Contract. Subsequent releases, over the next several days, will offer a broader synopsis of the 12 issues.

In 1994, Newt Gingrich introduced the Contract with America. His vision transformed politics on a national scale and made government more accountable to the taxpayers. We can do the same in Georgia. We will transform our state government with a service oriented philosophy that prioritizes families and taxpayers ahead of political self-interest.

Politics as usual have failed Georgians. Whether meted out by Democrats or Republicans, the results have been the same – mediocrity at best, regress at worst. The centerpiece of my campaign for Governor is a pledge. This pledge will break the cycle of promises made but not kept and transform government with one basic ideal – the good of the people before politics. I offer this contract for a better Georgia; a detailed agenda for transformation of state government, which is a written commitment.

The critics will complain, the doubters will hesitate, and the status quo will oppose; but I will move forward in a positive, determined and inclusive way. I will work for Georgia and offer real solutions to our most pressing issues. If you have been seeking an innovative approach, a new direction for government, then join me as we transform Georgia.

On the first day of the 2011 General Assembly, the new Oxendine Administration will have our Legislative Floor Leaders begin to introduce the following major reforms aimed at transforming our state government:

John Oxendine’s Contract with Georgia

First – make state government smaller and more accountable by implementing zero-base budgeting.

Second – create a modern 21st century tax code for Georgians which abolishes the state income tax.

Third – implement a comprehensive statewide transportation system.

Fourth – actively assert that pursuant to the tenth amendment of the U.S. Constitution belongs to the American people and not Washington politicians.

Fifth – break ground on new water reservoirs to ensure an adequate water supply for our future.

Sixth – invest in all schoolchildren by allowing tax dollars to follow the child in the form of an education voucher. An equal access voucher system supports the rights of parents to decide how to best educate their children.

Seventh – create an outcome-based, educational model which eliminates process micromanagement at the state level; maintaining local control but ensuring accountability.

Eighth – aggressively support legislation which protects and preserves human life from conception to death.

Ninth – fight for less government restrictions on where law abiding and permitted citizens can carry a firearm.

Tenth – protect taxpayers by defending the integrity of Georgia’s borders through upholding and enforcing immigration laws.

Eleventh – implement focused domestic and international economic development which targets our efforts on the recruitment of industries for which Georgia is a talent and resource fit.

Twelfth – work with the Governors of other states to strongly encourage Congress to adopt The Fair Tax.


John Oxendine Launches Grassroots Georgia Tour

The following is the latest press release from John Oxendine:

John Oxendine Governor 2010 – The Grassroots Georgia Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  13 April, 2009                                                                           Kathryn Ballou, (404) 558-4905

John Oxendine Governor 2010 – The Grassroots Georgia Tour

John Oxendine, Republican candidate for Governor, has begun his grassroots listening tour of Georgia. The tour is called John Oxendine Governor 2010 – The Grassroots Georgia Tour.  It will be a multistage tour throughout the spring and summer taking John to every region of the state.

Stage one of the John Oxendine Governor 2010 Grassroots Georgia Tour runs Monday 13 April – Monday 20 April, 2009.

John will visit Appling, Bartow, Bibb, Carroll, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, Coffee, Colquitt, Coweta, DeKalb, Dougherty, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Glynn, Gwinnett, Lowndes, McIntosh, Pierce, Thomas, Ware, Wayne, and Whitfield counties.

For regular photo updates on the trip, visit Facebook at John Oxendine for Georgia’s Governor and www.johnoxendine.com.

Follow John’s journey as he posts on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook throughout the tour.

“I want to listen to Georgia.  I want to connect local governments back to our state government in a positive partnership based on mutual respect.  I want to protect our small business owners and local chambers of commerce.  I want to restore the grassroots of the Georgia GOP to their appropriate place in the party.  More than any of the above, though, I want every Georgia taxpayer to understand John Oxendine will be a Governor for all of Georgia,” said John Oxendine.

John Oxendine
Governor 2010

John Oxendine’s Open Letter To The Georgia GOP

The following is Commissioner John Oxendine’s Open Letter to the Georgia GOP:

An Open Letter to The Georgia Republican Party from John Oxendine:

The grassroots work each of you do for the Georgia Republican Party establishes the foundation which allows Georgia families to enjoy the traditional, conservative values we all share and support.

I will be your Grassroots Governor.

If you honor me with our nomination, I will work with the grassroots leaders in our party on a regular basis. It will be my posture to seek the consul of our grassroots activists, listen to our local party leaders, and include grassroots Republicans in the decision making process.

There is a battle for the soul of our Party. I am proud to come from, and will stake my claim with, the true leaders of the Georgia Republican Party – the grassroots.

I know who built our Party, I know who the heart and soul of our Party is, and I know who I intend to empower in our Party. It is the grassroots – it is you.

We must do all we can to support our outstanding State Chair Sue Everhart. Sue is leading by example. From Valdosta to Tallulah Falls, West Point to Sandersville, if the GOP is doing an event, you will see Sue leading the way. Sue has done an outstanding job as state chair and we owe her our deepest appreciation and our united and unanimous support for another term as our State Chairman.

Sue has worked to establish a strong grassroots network across Georgia to bring our conservative values to the people of Georgia. I am very proud to be associated with the Georgia Republican Party and look forward to being of service to contribute to our mission of strengthening Georgia families, protecting free enterprise, and preserving freedom.

As Governor, I will support a large dollar fundraising event for our Party and proudly so. But, I will also offer a motion, and more importantly provide support and resources, to re-establish a President’s Day dinner, among other events, for our grassroots activists and leaders – at a price that is affordable to an activist not a lobbyist.

If you honor me with the privilege to serve you as Governor, I will have one morning a month, every month, where I meet with grassroots Georgia Republican party leaders and activists. It will be exclusive to you – the Georgia GOP. I will not give a speech – I will do the listening and I will learn from you. That is my solemn pledge – to respect and listen to the leadership of my Party – YOU!

The Members of the General Assembly and the taxpayers of Georgia deserve a Governor who will work with both the House and Senate, treat them with respect, and get to work on the hard issues for the taxpayers of Georgia. I will do this.

Here is my personal e-mail address and cell number which will go to me and not staff. I am accessible. I want to listen to you.

My direct e-mail: johnox@earthlink.net My direct cell: (404) 734-5738.

I look forward to earning your trust, confidence, respect and support as I campaign across Georgia. My pledge to each of you is to be a Governor who respects, works with, and unites the General Assembly and honors the grassroots leadership of the Georgia Republican Party.

We can bring this country back to its Judeo-Christian roots and to the traditional values which make America great.

Georgians still have no meaningful tax reform, are still stuck in traffic, still have no new major economic development projects, and still trail other states on school test scores.

My message to Georgia taxpayers: Let’s join together and transform Georgia.

My First County GOP Convention

n1209198483_30075583_3028418Yesterday I attended my first county GOP Convention.  It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it immensely!  It ended up being a long meeting but it was worth it at the end of the day! 

After getting up early to head to Collins Hill High School,  I made my way through the rain into the right building.  I ran into many people I knew from the county GOP breakfast I had attended last week.  I had help getting to the right registration table.  There was quite a line and it was somewhat disorganized.  However I made it through.  By the time I was done my friends with Team Oxendine were already hard at work and things pretty well covered.   

So I made my way towards the theatre where the meeting was going to be held.  On the way I ran into Commissioner John Oxendine and talked to him for a few minutes.  He voiced his support for the “Can-Do Conservatives of America” and pledged to help in any way he could.  After meeting John on several occasions, I finally got a chance to get a few pictures taken with him.  You can see one of them above.    It’s always a pleasure to meet with him.  I’m proud to represent John! 

On my way to getting a seat right in front I was pleased to meet Dr. Ralph Reed.  He’s a former Georgia state GOP Chairman, leader of the Christian Coalition, and 2006 candidate for Lt. Governor.  He was one of our speakers and he made a great speech.  He was speaking to the choir when he talked about “opening the doors of the country club and putting out the welcome mat.” 

Also speaking at our convention was my US Rep, John Linder, Commissioner John Oxendine, a very brave Charles Bannister (he’s our infamous county commissioner and definitely not the most popular man in the room, let alone with myself), Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (also running for Governor and spoke to us very late), and a few other candidates for high office next year. 

Next up were the heads of the different committees.  We were told that we had about 250 delegates at this convention.  It was the highest number of delegates in several years.  The only other big turnouts were in 2001 (before we swept the 2002 elections) and 1993 (after Bill Clinton was elected).  We passed several resolutions including one against the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) and one in support of state sovereignty (10th amendment). 

Everything was going smoothly until we were met with the rules committee.  The resolutions committee was very organized, had handouts at the ready, and showed the resolutions to everyone in a power point presentation.  No such luck with the rules committee.  This caused several rounds of questions about the rules changes and much confusion.  After 25 minutes a measure was made to postpone the rules committee portion of the convention until the next business meeting.  

The speeches and committee proceedings pushed us toward the Noon hour.  We had not even heard from the candidates for party officers yet so we could vote on them.  That took another thirty minutes.  Then we were finally let out to vote and caucus to determine delegates to the district and state convention.  Based on the number of people in the room compared to the available slots to both the district and state conventions we were all elected as delegates!  I did not expect to get farther than the county convention.  I am thrilled to death to be able to represent my county, John Oxendine, and Team Huck down in Savannah in May!  

Congratulations are in order to Chuck Efstration and his team for winning the officer elections.  Chuck is the new county GOP chairman for Gwinnett County.  He is also my first endorsed candidate at the state level to win office!  I am looking forward to being a member of his team to help move the Gwinnett GOP forward to the lead in the state party!  

My favored candidates for Governor (John Oxendine) and Lt. Governor (David Shafer) both won the straw poll here.  John won the straw polls in Rockdale, Cherokee, and Fayette counties too, as well as the vote count from all statewide polls!  David Shafer won the straw polls in at least 13 counties.  There was more good news from Rockdale County, Mike Huckabee’s campaign chair in 2008 was elected chairman of the party down there.  

All in all, it was a great day!  I was proud to be a part of it.  On to the District and state conventions!      

John Oxendine For Governor March Newsletter

The following is the latest news from John Oxendine’s Gubernatorial campaign:
Issue Eight: 12 March, County Conventions

Good afternoon Georgia.

A message from John Oxendine:

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– County Conventions: This Saturday Team Oxendine has an opportunity to span out across the state to show our support for John Oxendine. Please plan to attend your local county conventions on Saturday at 10 AM. In most counties, the Oxendine County Coordinator will be on site at 9 AM. It should be pretty obvious who this person is and they will welcome your help and support. If you want to know who your contact is, email Brian at: brian@johnoxendine.com.

Team Oxendine continues to organize across Georgia. This will only happen if we utilize the grassroots networks. This is where you come in. Please plan to attend your county convention, if you need the address or more information please call Brian at 770-256-8394.

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– John Oxendine wishes Georgia a Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2009: From the Ireland Chamber of Commerce office in Atlanta to the Hibernian Society in Savannah and to the city of Dublin where on December 9, 1812 local legend has it that Jonathan Sawyer, a pioneer citizen of the county, was granted the privilege of naming the new county seat, and he named it Dublin in honor of the capital of his native land, Ireland; Georgia and Ireland have special and long standing ties.

Let us all appreciate this traditional Irish prayer:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

– Team Oxendine Launches First Campaign Advertisements: John Oxendine launched an aggressive Facebook campaign advertisement Tuesday beginning a new phase in his campaign for Governor.  John Oxendine is committed to embracing the new technology available in the virtual campaign world and using technology to reach out to Georgia voters.  Over the weeks and months ahead, Georgia will see John Oxendine introduce many new and innovative technologies to his campaign.  In every way, this will be a cutting edge campaign utilizing every resource available regarding new technology.

The initial Facebook advertisements are below:

– Commissioner Oxendine is proud to support Party with a Purpose: To benefit children with special needs and their families in the Rockdale and Newton counties area.  The event is Saturday, April 1, 2009, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Atlanta East-Stonecrest Mall, 1890 Mall Ring Road, Lithonia, GA  30038.  Starts at 6:30pm, tickets are $20 and there is a silent auction.  The event benefits “Haven House Respite Home” at Light House Village has just been opened to support the needs of special needs families and children.

Rockdale County Republican Party leaders Ed and Angie Tracey are organizing this event.  This is a perfect example of people taking the conservative message of people helping people and not relying on the government. Ed has a special needs daughter in a full time care facility in Massachusetts. As opposed to a large party and gifts for his 50th birthday party, Ed and Angie decided to raise money for those in their community. Please attend this wonderful event and give as generously as you can.

For information and tickets: Angie Tracey, etracey@comcast.net or 678-414-3617.

– Meet Gabe Winslow – Director of Web Strategies for Oxendine Governor 2010: Gabe and his wife Mandy and their three children reside in Smyrna. Gabe attended Hillsdale College where he was active in several conservative and Christian organizations. Gabe brings leadership experience from the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), Teen Pact, and several campaigns in Oregon. Contact Gabe at gabe@johnoxendine.com and via cell at 770-710-9881.

– John Oxendine Bumper Stickers Available: There are several exciting Team Oxendine bumper stickers available.  Call the campaign at 404-872-1740 or email to campaign manager Kathryn Ballou at campaignmanager@johnoxendine.com for your FREE bumper stickers.

– March is Red Cross Month: In every disaster response and relief effort, volunteers are the cornerstone of what the Red Cross does; they are 96 percent of the work force of the Red Cross-without their giving spirit, disaster relief operations would fall short, blood donations would not be there for those in need, and the mission of the Red Cross could not be fulfilled. From helping military families stay connected with service members around the world, teaching CPR and first aid in community centers, or supporting other Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with emergencies around the world, volunteers are critical to the success of each and every Red Cross endeavor.

During the month of March, in celebration of Red Cross Month and in the spirit of volunteerism, the Red Cross is also launching the first ever Change a Life contest. Entrants are invited to tell us how a Red Cross experience changed your life or someone else’s life.

This month serves as an occasion to honor and thank the members of our Red Cross family and also as a reminder that the American Red Cross makes a difference everyday in communities around the nation and the world.

– Georgia Fun Facts: In 2008 Georgia’s total population was 9,685,744. Of that, 50.5 percent is male and 49.5 percent is female. The Port of Savannah is the second largest container port in the Southeast and is the fastest growing port in the United States. The world’s largest kitchen is located in Milledgeville at Central State Hospital. It is reported to be able to prepare 30,000 meals a day. Perry is known as the Crossroads of Georgia because it is the closest city located near the geographic center of the state. The Carillion at Stone Mountain uses 732 different bell sounds to make music on the lake. Historic Saint Mary’s Georgia is the second oldest city in the nation.

– John Oxendine and Facebook: Visit these John Oxendine Facebook pages – (1) John Oxendine for Georgia’s Governor (we need you to join if you have not already done so); (2) John has created a personal Facebook page. John welcomes you as a Facebook friend.  Team Oxendine has a contest to win a VIP ticket to the Sean Hannity Freedom Fest on Saturday, 22 August at Gwinnett Arena and a challenge to get the coveted and limited edition Oxendine Facebook Friend lapel pin.

– John Congratulates: Sue Everhart on a great President’s Day dinner.  Jonathan Krohn on his speech at CPAC.  Orit Sklar and Ruth Malhotra on their receiving the Ronald Reagan AWARD at CPAC. Pat Tippett and Kay Godwin on the launch of Georgia Conservatives in Action.

– Visit http://www.johnoxendine.com to see the latest update to the site – photos from the campaign trail.

John Oxendine
Governor 2010

I Am Proud to Endorse John Oxendine For Governor of Georgia!!

Last May, Georgia’s current State Insurance Commissioner, John Oxendine made waves at the Georgia State Republican Convention when he announced he candidacy for Governor while he voiced his extreme displeasure with Congress for failing to follow the leadership of Representative John Linder on the FairTax.  A few weeks later after doing some research I endorsed Commissioner Oxendine on my old blog.  Since I have imported that blog’s posts here you can find it HERE. I would like to reiterate my endorsement for Commissioner Oxendine right here and right now.  

John Oxendine has been our State Insurance Commissioner since he was first elected during the Republican Revolution of 1994.  He became the first Republican elected to high state office in many years (if not since Reconstruction).  Ever since he has been one of the most popular Republicans in our state.  In his last two re-election contests he earned the highest amount of votes of any Republican on the ticket (winning many traditionally Democratic precincts).  Margin-wise it reminds me of the margins that Governor Mike Huckabee enjoyed when winning re-election in Arkansas.  

If there is a dictionary definition for “Public servant” Commissioner Oxendine’s picture would accompany the term’s entry.  He keeps his office open past traditional business hours to serve the citizens of Georgia at hours that are more convenient to us.  He has also done the unthinkable – cut jobs at the office but increased productivity and efficiency.  On matters of insurance and other consumer matters he is highly praised time and time again for the job he has done.  I can only see great things for Georgia under his leadership.  

Commissioner Oxendine is putting his job on the line running for Governor (he can’t continue to be insurance commissioner if he loses his bid for Governor).  One of the major planks in his platform is the FairTax.  He has not waited to be elected to work hard for us on this matter.  He has traveled across the country building support for limited constitutional conventions to get this true economic stimulus adopted.  There are already 16 states on board to follow Georgia’s lead once the language is agreed upon.  There is no other candidate in this race that is so committed to our cause in putting the “Going Out of Business” sign on the door of the IRS.   

I can also say without hesitation that John Oxendine is the strongest conservative in this race.  He is unequivocally Pro Life and Pro Family.  He knows that the 2nd Amendment is crucial to defend our 1st amendment rights.  He is committed to stand strong to improve education, energy, health care, and our economy through innovative and effective means.  

There are two other major Republican candidates at present for Governor in 2010.  One of them is Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.  He has not gotten along well with the General assembly and electing him may create a legislative log jam that would hamper our ability to grow and operate.  He has also been no friend to the FairTax thus far.  The other candidate is our current Secretary of State Karen Handel.  She announced her candidacy right before the session of the General Assembly began and the delay in its conclusion may force her out because compared to Cagle and Oxendine she has not raised any money.  The only State Republican convention before the election is this May and she can’t spend any money to promote herself by law there.  Therefore she is at a great disadvantage.  She has been a wonderful Secretary of State, taking strong stands against illegal immigration as it pertains to elections  However, she has only served for two years and I wish she would stay at her post for a little while longer.        

Under Governor Perdue’s leadership for the past eight years, we have seen “Sonny” days and have moved in the right direction, compared to the days under Democrat Roy Barnes.  I feel that John Oxendine is our best chance to make Georgia a better state and a leader in the nation.  I feel he is the right man, for the right job, at the right time.  Getting to know him, follow him, and listen to him speak he reminds me of the kind of person and candidate I found in Governor Mike Huckabee in the 2008 Presidential race.  He is very real and speaks from his heart.  He’s already taken some unpopular positions in this race but like Mike, he won’t change based on the advice of paid staff or the direction of the political winds.  

Therefore it is with great pride that I endorse Commissioner John Oxendine for Governor of Georgia!