RNC Releases "Full Program" (Or Is It?)

The RNC has released what they are calling their “Full Convention Program” this afternoon.  The release follows and then I have some thoughts and questions about it:  

“Country First”: 2008 Republican National
Convention Announces Full Program

Convention Announces Additional Speakers and Program Details


SAINT PAUL, Minn.
– The 2008 Republican National Convention today announced the names of additional speakers for the program of events that will run Sept. 1-4. The convention’s overall theme, “Country First,” reflects John McCain’s remarkable record of leadership and service to America. Each day of proceedings will center on a touchstone theme that has defined John McCain’s life and will be central to his vision for leading our nation forward as president.

“The 2008 Convention program will bring together Americans who will speak to John McCain’s vision for reforming our government, building prosperity and ensuring peace for future generations. We are excited about next week and we are looking forward to showcasing John McCain’s life-long record of putting his country first,” said Jill Hazelbaker, McCain 2008 communications director.

Among the new speakers announced today are Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio), U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist (Tenn.) and Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission Michael Williams. Their remarks will echo the themes that have been selected for each of the convention’s four days: service, reform, prosperity and peace.

“We are thrilled to announce our full program of speakers and program participants. We look forward to presenting a convention program that will share Senator McCain’s unparalleled record of experience and service with millions of Americans,” said Maria Cino, president and CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention.

The program of events follows. Additions to the program appear with an asterisk (*).

Monday, Sept. 1
Service

“Love of country, my friends, is another way of saying love of your fellow countryman.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain’s commitment to his fellow Americans, a commitment forged in service to his country, is one of the defining hallmarks of his life. Monday’s events will highlight John McCain’s record of service and sacrifice and reflect his commitment to serving a cause greater than one’s own self-interest.

Speakers will include:

  • President George W. Bush
  • Vice President Richard B. Cheney
  • First Lady Laura Bush
  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)*
  • Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)*
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.)
  • Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)*
  • U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.)*
  • U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)*
  • U.S. Sen. John Ensign (Nev.)*
  • U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah)*
  • U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.)
  • U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake (Va.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif)*
  • Maria Cino, President and CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention*
  • Jo Ann Davidson, Chairman of the 2008 Republican National Convention Committee on Arrangements*
  • Tommy Espinoza*
  • Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)*
  • Bill Gross*
  • Ashley Gunn*
  • Chris Hackett*
  • Doug Leatherdale*
  • Jay Love*
  • Cynthia Lummis*
  • Erik Paulsen*
  • Capt. Leslie Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.)*

Program participants will include:

  • Victoria Blackstone, Stars and Stripes Winner, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Boy Scout Troop 738 of St Louis Park, Minn. will serve as the Color Guard

Tuesday, Sept. 2
Reform

“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you are disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and correct them.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain’s life is a testament to the fundamental truth that every American can be a force for change. A restless reformer who has dedicated his career to taking on special interests and the status quo, John McCain will deliver the right kind of change and reform to meet the great challenges of our time. On Tuesday, the convention program will underscore his vision of a government that is transparent, principled and worthy of the American people it serves.

Speakers will include :

  • Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani
  • Gov. Jon Huntsman (Utah)
  • Gov. Linda Lingle (Hawaii)
  • Gov. Sarah Palin (Alaska)
  • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.)
  • Former Gov. Tom Ridge (Pa.)
  • Former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (Md.)
  • U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.)*
  • Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.)
  • House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)*
  • U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Luis Fortuño (Puerto Rico)*
  • U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam (Fla.)*
  • State Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (Calif.)*
  • Rosario Marin, California Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency and former Treasurer of the United States
  • Chris Collins*
  • Carolyn Dunn*
  • Phil Hayes*
  • Lisa Keegan*
  • Ruth Novodor*
  • Dr. Elena Rios *
  • Shirley Sadler*
  • Joe Watkins*

Program participants will include:

  • Mary Leavitt will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
  • The VFW of Red Lake, Minn. will serve as the Color Guard
  • Rabbi Ira Flax will lead the convention in prayer
  • Dr. Robert Certain will lead the convention in prayer

Wednesday, Sept. 3
Prosperity

“America’s best days are still to come.”
–Sen. John McCain

The American story is one of perseverance. Even in the face of tough times, the ingenuity and spirit of the American people has ushered in a new era of prosperity. Wednesday’s program will focus on John McCain’s plans to get our economy back on track and continue our long tradition of meeting the challenges we face and using our prosperity to help others. The day will conclude with an address by the vice presidential nominee.

Speakers will include:

  • Mrs. Cindy McCain
  • Republican Party’s Vice Presidential Nominee
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
  • Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
  • U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)
  • U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas)*
  • U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.)*
  • Mayor Mick Cornett (Okla.)*
  • State Sen. Abel Maldonado (Calif.)*
  • Carly Fiorina, Victory ‘08 Chairman for the Republican National Committee and former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Meg Whitman, National Co-Chair for McCain 2008 and former President and CEO of eBay
  • Renee Amoore*
  • Anne Beiler*
  • Jessica Colon*
  • Christy Swanson*
  • Raul “Danny” Vargas*

Program participants will include:

  • Sharon Clahchischillage will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
  • The Law Enforcement Memorial Association of Minnesota will serve as the Color Guard
  • Father Edward Reese will lead the convention in prayer
  • Rev. Eva Rodriguez will lead the convention in prayer

Thursday, Sept. 4
Peace

“Our next president will have a mandate to build an enduring global peace on the foundations of freedom, security, opportunity, prosperity, and hope.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain understands the challenges that America faces in the world and the sacrifice necessary to defend our freedom in a way that few others can fathom. Thursday’s events will reflect his vision of an America in pursuit of peace and seen as a beacon of goodwill and hope throughout the world. The evening will close with John McCain accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for the Presidency of the United States.

  • John McCain
  • Gov. Charlie Crist (Fla.)
  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)
  • U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.)
  • U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)*
  • U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (Fla.)
  • Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist (Tenn.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (Okla.)*
  • Michael Williams, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission*
  • David Flaum*
  • Christopher Fussner*
  • Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)*
  • Charlie Smith*

Program participants will include:

  • The 934th Airlift Wing Air Force Reserves Joint Color Guard of Minn.
  • Pastor Dan Yeary will lead the convention in prayer
  • Archbishop Demetrios will lead the convention in prayer

About the Republican National Convention
The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center from Sept. 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000 delegates, alternate delegates, volunteers, members of the media and other guests are expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is expected to receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive economic boost from the four-day event. For more information about the 2008 Republican National Convention, please visit our website at www.GOPConvention2008.com and join our social network sites on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

 Very interesting.  Just as the original list brought forth more questions than answers so does this so-called “Full Program list.”  

1.  Does the RNC have any clue as to who McCain’s Veep Choice will be?  It doesn’t look like it.  Nearly all of the possibilities are scheduled at some point during the week (and those who are not are very unlikely choices).  
 


2.  Again the next question is, Where’s Newt Gingrich?  Is he waiting in the wings to fill in for one of the speakers that gets the VP slot?  He would fit quite nicely in the “Reform” theme for Tuesday night.  Or is my first choice for President (late spring of 2007) possibly a surprise VP pick?  I’d sign on that ticket in a heartbeat!  What a shot in the arm that would be!  Picking Newt might have an even more positive impact on the Conservative base than choosing Mike Huckabee (because of the shock factor alone)!

3.  While this question is not brought forth by the schedule it has to deal with a subplot.  The sub plot has a name.  No, it’s not Ron Paul.  His name is Gustav, Hurricane Gustav to be more precise.  the forecast track is taking it into the Gulf as a Major Hurricane.  that will occur just as the Convention is ramping up.  Will Charlie Crist and Bobby Jindal have to go home to serve their respective states of Florida and Louisiana?  What effect will that have on all this?   

DEVELOPING…..

NOW SHOWING: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington II

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 06:  Former Speaker of the...Image by Getty Images via DaylifeI really hope most of Y’all understand the movie reference.  However for those of you who don’t I will explain.  Mr. Smith Goes To Washington was one of the many fantastic movies of 1939.  Starring in the inspiring drama is one of the greatest actors to grace the big screen, Jimmy Stewart.  The movie is a true lesson in civics and should be required viewing in every classroom through this great land.  That brings me to what is currently happening on Capitol Hill.  

Last Friday was the last day before the Summer Congressional Recess.  There was a push in The House to cancel the Recess until a solution was reached on the current Energy crisis.  the motion lead by House Republicans failed by a single vote as there were several Democrats who voted in favor of it.  So before lunch of Friday Nancy Pelosi ended the session, adjourned for five weeks and promptly left to go on vacation and promote her new book.  

However several Republicans refused to leave and continued to speak on the House floor in protest.  They continued despite having the lights and microphones cut off to an enthusiastic crowd of tourists that were invited down to the floor.  they continued for six hours and left for the weekend.  Personally I thought that the show was fantastic but felt that they should keep it up.  It was wonderful news when I found out that the protest resumed on Monday morning.  We are now in Day 4 of the Energy Revolt Each day more and more House Republicans are showing up to continue to protest and urge Speaker Pelosi to call a special session to have an Up or Down vote on the Energy Bill.  They have been joined today by Former Speaker of the House and Chairmen of American Solutions, Newt Gingrich (R-GA).  


There are many ways to stay up to date on the REvolt.  First you can get the latest from the blog of House Minority Leader, Boehner’s (R-OH) Blog and Twitter feed.  You can keep up with the grassroots arm of the movement by clicking HERE.  Way to go! Keep it up!  We need Immidiate solutions for our Energy Crisis.  Pelosi needs to wake up or find her majority dwindling come November!

Let’s Declare July 4th as Energy Independence Day!

We are less than ten days away from July 4th, the day we celebrate our nation’s Birthday and 232 years of American Independence from the (then) tyranny of the British crown.  However we are not without oppression in this country.  We are currently being oppressed by OPEC and other foreign entities that control our energy.  Each day that goes by our energy prices rise and our economy is crippled a little more.  While there are many to blame for this problem from the past three decades it is not time to point fingers.  It is time to stand up as one and demand real solutions decrease our dependency on foreign sources for gas and energy.  Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich is leading the charge with his American Solutions platform.  A few weeks ago he started a DRILL HERE DRILL NOW PAY LESS petition to Congress.  In just a few weeks time more than 1,160,000 people of all political stripes have signed t and have sent their message to Washington.  If you have not signed it would you please add your voice to the throng?  PLEASE CLICK HERE AND SIGN THE PETITION

Let’s declare this July 4th to be Energy Independence Day!  

The Only Way McCain Can Win

I just finished reading an article on World Net Daily and I am convinced that if their advice is heeded that it is the only way John McCain will ever be elected this cycle. The article goes in depth about the economic problems we face from a global perspective. I won’t really repeat a lot of it here. I am going to analyze it.

The article recommends that Mike Huckabee be brought on as Vice President, Warren Buffett be brought on as Secretary of the Treasury and Ron Paul be brought on to be in charge of the federal budget. There are two “Change” movements within the Republican Party at present – A movement by Huckabee/Gingrich to create a national “Vertical” platform and Ron Paul’s Libertarian movement. The followers of both movements are at odds with McCain and if left unchecked the result will be a scattered conservative electorate. Bob Barr looms in the distance as a possible Perot/Nader spoiler and if the economy and the War tank bad enough he could play George Wallace (considering Barr is a very popular man down South, especially in my home state of Georgia).

The biggest issue in this election by far is and will continue to be the economy. The McCain/Huckabee/Paul/Buiffet “Dream Team” could be a very tough team to beat on economic policy. Each member of that team would come from a facet of the presently large Republican fold. Before this cycle the Republican party was like a wobbly chair with three legs – Social Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives, and Foreign Policy Conservatives (the establishment). Now that Ron Paul has run for President in the GOP Primary he has brought a considerably large Libertarian wing of the party and the GOP is currently a four-legged table. However if Ron Paul and his supporters don’t find a seat at the table they will take their leg and go home. In addition without a Social Conservative as McCain’s running mate or part of his team one of the three legs of the chair will break and leave a big mess.

The advice in the article would be a perfect balance based on economic concerns. You have McCain from the establishment, Huckabee the anti-IRS Social Conservative, Buffett the fiscal conservative, and Ron Paul the Low-government, balanced budget Libertarian. It’s the only way McCain can unite his party (not to mention the Conservative movement) and equalize Bob Barr. It’s brilliant! There is no other way John McCain will win otherwise. Not only that but the ticket has the potential to reign over a period of the biggest economic growth this country has ever seen. The budgets would be balanced, taxes would be low and “Fair”, Our budget and trade deficits would disappear in the blink of an eye, and the Contract With America would finally be fulfilled.

FairTax Vs Flat Tax

First of all I am no expert on this argument. The following are my opinions on the matter. I cannot get much deeper that I will get. I am not the best person to ask questions about this subject to. However let me set you in the right direction. First of all there is the FairTax Website. If you are willing to spend hours upon hours of time getting all the specifics there ya go. Libertarian Talk-show host Neal Boortz and Republican Congressman John Linder have written two books on the subject. First there is the original FairTax Book that was released in 2005. There were many questions and critics that resulted from the first book so a second book was written to answer those questions and clear the air. FairTax: The Truth. Answering The Critics was written last fall and released this Spring, just a month or two ago. On the other side of the argument are Steve Forbes’ and Dick Armey’s books.

Is that not enough for ya? Are you thirsty for more? There were two relevant workshops hosted during Newt Gingrich’s Solutions Day last September. Linder & Boortz hosted one for the FairTax and Dick Armey hosted on on the Flat Tax. In addition Neal Boortz has produced a Web Seminar on the FairTax and you can view it HERE (it works better in Internet Explorer than it does in Firefox).

Okay so we’ve got that out of the way. Now to the meat and potatoes of this post. It is no secret I am a proponent of the FairTax. I think it is the only way we should go to fix our system. I know that some of you disagree with me and have let me know that in no uncertain terms. Fine. Let’s all agree on one thing before we move forward. Our tax system sucks and we need to do something about it. It’s terrible and horrible. It needs to be fixed in some form or fashion.

First of all for the person who is coming by and has no idea what I am talking about let me explain. The FairTax (aka the National Retail Sales Tax) is a plan that would eliminate the Internal Revenue Service (or IRS for short), eliminate payroll taxes, corporate taxes, FICA, The Death Tax, Medicare Tax, Social Security Tax, etc and replace it with a flat 23% sales tax on every new item that you purchase at the consumer level. The tax would be included in the price of every item you buy (in other words not added to the price at the counter like a normal sales tax). The plan was developed by a group of professors and economic experts back in the early 1990’s after much research and development. The plan was designed to be revenue neutral. In addition the plan includes a prebate check issued to each legal American citizen and family to offset the purchase of items that are needed each month (like groceries) and would pay you for each person lving in your household up to the poverty level. In simplistic terms the FairTax replaces our current tax on productivity and income and replaces it with a consumption tax. The FairTax wa supported and pushed by several GOP candidates for President (Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes,) and a Democratic candidate (Mike Graval, who is now running for the Libertarian nomination). In addition Libertarian candidate, Bob Barr is a supporter. The FairTax is an actual bill in the hopper of the house and Senate and has over 70 co-sponsors at present.

So why do I favor the FairTax over a Flat Tax. It’s very simple. We’ve already tried it before. Back in the 1980’s under the Reagan administration we went to a flat tax. It basically wiped the slate clean as far as the tax cod is concerned. Almost twenty years later the tax code is hundreds of pages long and very complex. Let’s all agree that it is too complex. Here are reasons why I favor the FairTax over the Flat Tax (these are all things not possible under a Flat Tax):

  • Under the Fairtax, April 15th becoems just another Spring Day. No more filing to worry about. No more filing stress! No more paying someone to do the work for you. Go out have a picnic and celebrate the end of Tax Opression!
  • While there is a tax code still in place, the Federal Government, along with help from K Street lobbyists and their soft money will continue to influence our behavior with tax breaks and tax increases depending on who you are and what behavior they want to punish or reward.
  • The poor are untaxed! That prebate check is designed to cover their basic necessities. The FairTax does more to fight poverty than Lyndon B. Johnson ever did during his “War on Poverty.”
  • Under this system the States will realize that this is the best way to collect their money too and when that happens you get to keep every dime that you earn and nothing is taken away!
  • Your money is your money. You get to decide what to do with it. The consumption tax is voluntary. You can save or invest your money and when you want to withdraw that or cash in there are no more taxes paid when you collect!
  • There are many companies that have relocated overseas for tax purposes. the day the FairTax is enacted and the 16th Amendment repealed the United States will become the world’s tax haven. All those companies, their jobs, and their dollars will return to American soil and they will be followed by many more companies that will decide that it will be better to do their business here in the United States! Talk about the ultimate economic stimulus!
  • Remember that prebate check I talked about? Well if you are not a legal citizen you don’t get one. The only way you are going to get one is to go back home and enter this country legally. In other words the FairTax punishes illegal aliens and is a motivation for them to actually become legal citizens!
  • Most importantly the FairTax would be the single most transfer of power from the Federal Government back to the people.

That’s why I prefer the FairTax over a Flat Tax. I am sure there are people out there that still disagree with me. that’s fine. This is America. The great thing is that we can share our opinions with each other and it is not a crime to disagree with the Government and how it works. If yo uwant to give a rebuttal, go ahead. You have free reign. I won’t fire back at ya. I will now allow you, my readers to opine. Any rebuttals on the side of the FairTax will not come from me (if any they will come from supporters of the FairTax). I have already stated my case. Just don’t attack anyone or their views on the issue. There ya go. Have at it.

Friday Huckabee Roundup

Good afternoon.

It’s time for the latest Mike Huckabee Roundup!

Yesterday was an awesome day for the campaign. It was “Mobilize for Mike” Day. The goal was for supporters to e-mail 100,000 new voters about Mike through the campaign website. Things were slow going most of the day. By dinner time last night the numbers of E-mails sent wasn’t even halfway there. But then suddenly as everyone came home from work that number shot up like a skyrocket on the 4th of July! the goal was eventually reached in the 11 PM hour last night. Great work everyone!

Here are some of the latest poll numbers: Rasmussen’s Daily Tracker has Mike increasing his national lead on Guiliani. The latest AP national poll has Mike as a strong 2md to Rudy. A 2nd South Carolina poll shows Huck in the lead. Huck has shot up from nowhere to 2nd in an ARG poll of Nevada!

Newt Gingrich says “Mike Can Win!”

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Great news from Georgia For Huckabee! the following was a press release they issued yesterday. I am very pleased to see everything coming together. Way to go to my friends Shelby and Don for stepping up to the plate!

NEWS . . . FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Shawn Davis, Georgia Communications Director
404-202-2599 (media only)
news@georgiaforhuckabee.com

Mike Huckabee Leadership Team
Forming in Georgia

Past Presidential Electors, Lawmakers
and GOP Activists Top List

National Poll Places Him First in Crowded Field,
First in South Carolina

(ATLANTA, December 6, 2007) — With a national poll showing Governor Mike Huckabee as the new leader in the race for the Republican nomination for President and many Georgia Republicans still seeking a viable conservative candidate, a leadership team is forming to put the Peach State in his win column on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008. Congressional districts are being organized and key business leaders and lawmakers are on the Governor’s campaign in Georgia.

Among the key supporters from the business community are Ron Terwilliger and Virgil Williams. Terwilliger, Chairman and CEO of Trammel Crow Residential, is active in civic circles in Atlanta and is the new owner of a yet to be named Atlanta WNBA (Women’s National basketball Franchise) franchise. Williams is a Gwinnett entrepreneur who served on the National Finance Committee for George W. Bush’s Presidential Campaign and was later named a Presidential Elector in the 2000 and 2004 Electoral Colleges. He chaired the campaigns of former Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller.

“Governor Mike Huckabee appeals to me because he is authentic and believes what he says,” said Williams of his endorsement. “It takes a bold thinker to push big ideas, such as the fair tax. From an electability standpoint, the American people are identifying with him not only because he is warm and charming, they see him as a unifying force,” said Williams.

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise, a Presidential Elector for Bob Dole in 1996 and a surrogate speaker for the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell, is backing Governor Huckabee because he is a genuine conservative who can connect with the average Georgian.

“I don’t choose a candidate simply because he or she might have the rank and file behind them,” said Wise. “I want to be inspired. In Governor Huckabee I see a leader who is comfortable in his skin and holds steadfast to his convictions, which has resonated with voters. He will continue to surge as Americans realize he is the social conservative who can fill the current void among the field,” said Wise.

Serving on Huckabee’s Executive Committee from the General Assembly are State Representatives Ed Setzler (Executive Committee Director), Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock), Melvin Everson (R-Snellville) Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell), Mike Keown (R-Coolidge), Martin Scott (R-Rossville), Tommy Smith (R-Nicholls), Len Walker (R-Loganville), and State Senator Judson Hill (R-Marietta). See full list in progress …

The state organization will include co-directors Joe Dendy and Sam Teasley, both of Cobb County. Dendy has served in various local and state campaigns, including manager of former State Representative Roger Hines’ Congressional bid. Teasley has worked in various positions in congressional and General Assembly campaigns.

Craig Dowdy, of the law firm of McKenna, Long and Aldridge, will serve as Finance Director. Dowdy served as Cobb County Co-Chairman and member of the Georgia Steering Committee and Finance Committee for the 2000 George W. Bush for President Campaign; including the 2000 Bush Recount Team in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was Chairman, Counsel, and Treasurer for Congressman Bob Barr’s campaign committees.

Shawn Davis, a public affairs executive with Joe Tanner & Associates, will serve as Communications Director. Davis is a former press secretary for the Public Service Commission and co-chaired Governor Sonny Perdue’s reelection campaign in Cobb County.

Dave McCleary, a GOP activist in Fulton County, will coordinate the Congressional District outreach efforts.

Serving as Congressional District Directors are:
District 1: Pat Tippet and Kay Godwin
District 2: Brad Hughes
District 3: Shelby Barker
District 5: Jim Voyles
District 6: Lori Hullett
District 7: John McGee
District 8: Steve Dillard
District 9: Jane Teasley
District 11: Nancy Hollingshed
District 12: Susie Davis
District 13: Wayne Bray

The organization is building its coalition groups as well. Leading faith based groups will be U.D. Roberts, President and CEO of Brentwood Christian Press of Columbus. African-American outreach will be led by Catherine Davis of Stone Mountain. Supporters of the Fair Tax will be led into the Huckabee campaign by co-directors Gene Key of Fayetteville and Don Williamson of Conyers. The campaign will organize down to the county level.

Momentum for the Huckabee campaign has been building since his strong performance in the recent debates and a weekend surge in the nationwide polls. Rasmussen Reports now has Huckabee in first place for the second day straight. According to today’s tracking, Huckabee has earned the support of 21% of the likely Republican Primary voters; three points over Rudy Giuliani. In polls taken in South Carolina over December 3rd and 4th, Huckabee has also taken the lead in South Carolina for the first time in the race with 25% of the vote over Romney and Thompson, both of whom are holding at 18%.

The Huckabee surge may be stronger in Georgia than the national polls indicate. In a straw poll of Republican leaders in the 10th Congressional District, Governor Mike Huckabee emerged the clear winner with 50% of the vote. Approximately 60 Republican Party officials and public officials were in attendance at the November 30 Leadership Conference, which included U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Congressman Dr. Paul Broun, State Representatives Barbara Sims, Barry Fleming (Majority Whip), Ben Bridges, Tommy Benton, and State Senators Ralph Hudgens and Nancy Schaefer. State GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart and twenty GOP County Chairmen were present. According to the 10th District Chairman Dave Barbee, the results of the straw poll were as follows: Huckabee, 50%; Giuliani, 21%; Thompson, 15%; Romney, 9%; McCain, 2.5%; Paul, 2.5%; Hunter, 0; Tancredo, 0.

As the organization builds, updates can be found on the Georgia for Huckabee campaign website http://www.georgiaforhuckabee.com (not an official website of Huckabee for President, Inc.).


That’s about all the time I have for the moment. I’ll catch Y’all tomorrow with another roundup of Mike Huckabee news!

"Why I Decided Not to Run For President" by Newt Gingrich

the following is an article written by former Speaker of the House, Newt gingrich and we he decided against running for President. His selflessness on this matter is highly admireable. You can read the article HERE

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