John Oxendine Supports Small Businesses!

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

A statement from John Oxendine:
There are approximately one half million small businesses in Georgia and they deserve a state government which protects and promotes their interests.  Georgia small businesses need fewer taxes, less regulation, and less bureaucratic interference in their operations.
Georgia’s small businesses and stock market investors are the economic strength of Georgia. During my travels across our great state, I have had the honor to visit and listen to many small business owners and their employees. As a former small business owner myself, I share their concerns and their passion for free enterprise.
I applaud the efforts of leaders such as Joe McCutchen and Col. Oscar Poole.  Their efforts to support the Georgia small business community personify the spirit of the conservative movement.
It is time for the Republican Party to return to the Reagan Principles.  Many conservatives, including myself, are fed up with the way Ronald Reagan’s core conservative principles are being disregarded.
Consider the recent big government Wall Street bailout. Basically $750 billion taxpayer dollars were transferred from small business owners and working men and women to Wall Street.  Why? It is so bad that even Donald Trump, no enemy to Wall Street, was explaining on Fox News it is not working.
This is unacceptable.
The Republican Party is experiencing an internal set of decisions.  There are those who are just fine with moving away from core Reagan conservative philosophy. They abandoned the principles that Speaker Gingrich wisely crafted in the Contract With America. I advocate a restoration of these core conservative principles that say government should be the servant of our families and small businesses and empower their liberty, not hinder their productivity.
It is my intention, if I am honored to serve as Georgia’s Governor, to take a firm stand, maintain the Reagan conservative principles, and renew a philosophy of listening to taxpayers.
Georgia small businesses need tax cuts, less regulation, and less bureaucrats getting in their way. I am going to work on the side of small business in Georgia.

John Oxendine
Oxendine Working for Georgia

John Oxendine’s Statement on the 2nd Amendment

The following is the latest press release from Georgia State Insurance Commissioner and Republican Candidate for Governor, John Oxendine:  



A Statement from Commissioner John Oxendine:

Like many Georgians who support the Second Amendment, I was disappointed Casey Cagle all but abandoned his support for the Second Amendment during his annual pre-Session press conference.
Casey Cagle was emphatic that pro-Second Amendment legislation sponsored by State Senator Mitch Seabaugh, which would allow law abiding Georgians to expand the areas they can legally carry their concealed weapon, would be dead on arrival in a Casey Cagle Senate.
Casey Cagle stated he has “no appetite for it” and Georgians “should be content with where we are.”
Casey Cagle may not have an appetite for expanding and protecting the Second Amendment Rights of Georgians, but I do.  I support those legislators who stand for the Second Amendment.
Casey Cagle may be content and want a respite in standing up for our Second Amendment rights, but I will never rest until we ensure that we have protected the Second Amendment and made every effort to ensure our Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
I am a proud Life Member of the National Rifle Association, the Georgia Sports Shooting Association and I remain unapologetic and offer unqualified support of the Second Amendment.  I will always have an appetite to protect and defend the Second Amendment.
It is of concern that people can legally carry guns in more places in states such as, California and Oregon. Georgians who understand the principles of the Second Amendment will not be content until we have the legal right in Georgia to enjoy the blessings of our liberty.




The Latest on The FairTax & The GA Senate Race

Last Friday, on very short notice (less than 24 hours) a press conference was scheduled for the Western steps of the Georgia State Capitol by FairTax supporters to address the fallacies of attack ad against Georgia Senator, Saxby Chambliss that is being run by the Democrats in support of Jim Martin.  Unfortunately I was not able to get down there and it was raining heavily so the conference was moved inside the “Gold Dome” (as we call it down here).  My friend  Don Williamson was there and he filed this report that you can read after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

John Oxendine: "Put Georgia Taxpayers first!"

The following is the latest press release from John Oxendine, the current Georgia Insurance Commissioner and Republican Candidate for Governor in 2010:   

September 26, 2008                         Kathryn Ballou,  (404) 558-4905


Oxendine Urges a Solution Focused on Wal-Mart – Main Street Working Georgians, Not Wall Street – D.C. Special Interests

A Statement from Commissioner John Oxendine:

Atlanta, GA – The idea of a government bailout in which we’d entrust $700 billion to one man without Congressional oversight or accountability is absurd.  

The idea that America and Georgia need a solution that is Washington D.C. and Wall Street based is just not in the best interest of the Georgia taxpayer.  Georgia taxpayers want a solution that is focused on Wal-Mart – Main Street working Georgians not Wall Street – D.C. special interests.  

What happened to the “free market” idea?   

If you are a small business owner, is this the way it works at your place? When you have a bad month, a bad year, or face having to close, can you go up to Congress and get them to write YOU a fat check to take away your risk?  

America needs a solution, but it needs one that is focused on the best interests of  the hard working taxpayers who make America what it is.  I care about the farmer in Moultrie, the dock worker in Savannah, the teacher in Roswell, the health care professional in Kennesaw, the factory worker in Dalton.  I do not care about fat cat Wall Street executives or Washington D.C. lobbyists. 

I urge Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isakson and the entire Georgia delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose any so called deal or solution that does not include the following:  

Repeal of the Sarbanes/Oxley law.  This law costs American businesses million of dollars in unnecessary fees.  

An elimination of ALL capital gains taxes and taxes on savings and dividends.  Free up the capital and encourage investment. This is the kind of economic stimulus the Fair Tax would bring, and if Congress is going to lose money, let them lose it with lower taxes, not with public dollar bailouts of private market mistakes.  

Apply appropriate safeguards for good mortgage risk to the “market to market” accounting provision, which is driving companies into bankruptcy unnecessarily.  

Pass a strong energy bill. Speaker Gingrich points out that if America had an extra $5 trillion in energy spending in our economy in the next ten years with a zero capital gains tax and a liberated entrepreneurial sector no longer crippled by Sarbanes-Oxley, we would generate the wealth to absorb all the current losses. Speaker Gingrich is correct on this point.

Somebody needs to be held accountable. Liberal Democrats such as, Senator Chris Dodd, who was very much involved in the Countrywide mortgage business, sweetheart loans and interest rates – what about him?  What about Barney Frank?  What about the heads of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae?   

Liberals are trying to lay the blame on the Free Market. When they talk about needing more regulation – they’re telling America that the Free Market has caused this crisis.  They’re telling America that capitalism is responsible.   

They are wrong.  

This is not the fault of the American people or of Free Market capitalism.  This is the fault of liberals in Washington D.C., Wall Street and special interest lobbyists in Washington, D.C.  

I stand with Georgia taxpayers who expect – demand – that any solution protect their interests and families and not Wall Street and Washington D.C.

Atta boy John!  You tell ’em! 

PRESS RELEASE – Our Mourning Is Short Lived

PRESS RELEASE: Huckabee Grassroots Coalition,…
Our Mourning is short lived!!!
Contact: Debra Mantey  989-551-7493

September 4, 2008

Our preference for John McCain’s Vice President, Gov. Mike Huckabee was not selected!!!  We were disappointed, and could not figure out why John McCain didn’t “get it”,…”get” what things Mike would bring to the ticket.

But, after seeing and hearing Gov. Palin at the roll-out event in Dayton, Ohio, at the O’Fallon, MO rally, and last night at the RNC in MN, we know know that…John McCain made a great executive decision in picking Gov. Palin to be his Vice President!!!

Even Gov. Huckabee said the day following the announcement: 

“Sarah Palin is a pleasant surprise for those of us who had hoped that Senator McCain would pick a principled and authentic conservative pro-life leader.  Sarah Palin is both principled and authentic.  As a Governor, she also brings an important balance of understanding of the critical domestic issues that is needed and that the Democrats have ignored with their ticket.  Governor Palin is smart, authentic, tough, and a dynamic choice that will remind women that they are not welcome on the Democrat’s ticket, but they do have a place with us Republicans.”
Trucker Randy, Huckabee Grassroots Coalition Founder added:
“I hope Gov. Palin gives John McCain a personal tour of ANWR, and shows him the real place that they want to drill for oil,..and that hopefully influences John to change his position on drilling for oil there!!!  If John does, the energy debate is over with Obama’s position,…it’s CHECKMATE!!!  Also, I’m so glad that the women of our country who are the foundations of our families,…now have a real wife and mother who they can relate to and support with their vote!!!”
RGeorge Dunn, Huckabee Grassroots Coalition Historian commented:  
“John McCain has done the right thing in appointing Sara Palin as the VP.  The unifying from choosing Sara has already brought the Huckabee Coalition Leaders forward enthusiasticly endorsing the McCain/Palin Candidacy including Dr. Dobson.  The greatest message that comes from picking Palin is Senator McCain’s willingness to take on the Beltway elites and be a Maverick for the Constitution and the Tenth Amendment, teaming up with another Maverick.  Both are for doing what is right, not what is politically expedient.  We the people can look forward to a Federal Government that is going to have to behave it self, finally.  We can also expect that the Judicial appointments will be those of Good Behavior as clarified by Alexander Hamilton and demanded by the Constitution.  Our support and hopes for Mike Huckabee are still the focus for us and for another day.  Till then, we will stand up for this McCain/Palin Executive.  Though Governor Huckabee has said ‘no’ to a cabinet position, maybe the future President John McCain can persuade Mike to be the Secretary of State.”

Liz Sipfle, Huckabee Grassroots Coalition Legal Counsel said
“We are pleased to support this ticket, and will work to get them into the White House!!!”
Debra Mantey, Huckabee Grassroots Coalition Press Secretary, said:
“A woman who made a personal decision to value life in all conditions and all stages, even when it might be ‘inconvenient’ and difficult, knowing her child and her family would face hard challenges if she chose to give life to a disabled child–that is real CHOICE.  Choosing to value and see purpose in each life, and trusting God who gives it.  That is real character and integrity.  It’s what great leaders and presidents are made of.  Making hard decisions when it really counts.  Sarah Palin is ONE of US–a soccer mom, an outdoorswoman, she knows what real traditional values mean and how much we cherish them, she is a common sense conservative, who understands us and the problems of Main St. Americans, not pandering to the Washington elites, but standing up to them.  She is a female Mike Huckabee to me.  I don’t support her because she is a woman, but because she has proven that she is not afraid to stand up for what is right.”

Randy Davis, Huckabee Grassroots Coalition of Iowa said: 
“I recall, last fall our conservative friend, Glen Williams from Alaska contacted me and wondered if there was anything I could do to get Governor Huckabee to come to Alaska.  At the time, I was working as a Regional Coordinator for Mike here in Iowa.  Glen told me a little about Sarah Palin (his Governor) and as I remember it…. said that she was a supporter of Huckabee and wanted to campaign with him in her state to generate more votes for Huckabee in the primary.  I sent several e-mails to the campaign and made some calls to this end.  At that time, Mike was extremely busy campaigning here in the main part of the nation.  As I remember it, Janet Huckabee ended up going to Alaska in place of Governor Huckabee.
He is a Saint Bernard breeder and specialist.  We have a Saint Bernard and we “met” through e-mail because of our dog, Harrison.  Glen is a Christian and a big Huckabee supporter.  Back at this time, I researched Sarah Palin because I had heard she had just given birth to a Down’s Syndrome baby.  Since we have a Down’s Syndrome daughter named Wendy (see, we were automatically interested in her story.  I was impressed with what I learned about her but never really thought about her being an eventual VP pick.”

Brian Donnegan, Huckabee Grassroots Coalition from GA:
“From our perspective we see Sarah Palin as one of us.  She is a member of the new breed of Republicans trying to take the party back from corrupt country-club conyism and handing it back to the people (as Reagan did).  Palin has fought corruption tooth and nail.  She has fought pork and tax increases in a big way in Alaska (against her own party).  She is also 100% Pro-Life and a proponent of off-shore drilling and fighting for our energy independence by any means necessary.  While it might not be Huck, McCain has made an awesome choice!”

Gary Glenn, Michigan American Family Association President, found Governor Palin an advocate for the family:
“As a candidate for governor, Sarah Palin rightly called the termination of prenatal life an ‘atrocity,’ supported a Marriage Protection Amendment to her state constitution, and said creationism should be taught alongside evolution in public schools. She’s a former state champion and captain of her high school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a hockey mom of five children including an Army infantryman deploying to Iraq, and a gun-owning life member of the NRA.  And she’s the only member of either party’s ticket with executive experience in government.  As they get to know her, Gov. Palin will excite not only conservative Republicans who are less than enthusiastic about Sen. McCain, but American voters at large, and their election in November will obviously be a barrier-shattering even of historic proportions for women.

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PRESS RELEASE – John McCain Shows Presidential Leadership and Unifies GOP!!!

The following is the latest press release from the Huckabee Grassroots Coalition  It refers to the rally that is being held near St. Louis, MO exactly one week from now that both Governor Huckabee and Governor Romney will be attending.  This is the speech that we feel that John McCain should make at that and other similar functions.  Below it I will explain why this is the best way to unite the party for this and future cycles.  


August 24, 2008
Contact: Debra Mantey, 989-551-7493

Ronald Reagan would be Proud of John McCain:

Conservatives United – Social, Economic, & Military

John McCain Shows Presidential Leadership and Unifies GOP!!!
August 31, 2008 

St. Louis, MO

Today marked the beginning of John McCain’s demonstration of his Presidential Executive judgment and leadership. At a rally held at a minor league baseball stadium in O’Fallon, Missouri to an overflow crowd of GOP supporters, John McCain entered the stage flanked by former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee.  The three men approached the podium, as John McCain stepped forward to the microphone:

“My fellow Americans, we come here today to make unprecedented presidential history.  
I am joined onstage this afternoon by two great fellow Americans.  These two men have 
shown great executive experience as governors of their states.  During this presidential 
campaign, all three of us have been able to get to know each other, debate the important 
issues facing our country, and share with the American people our distinct backgrounds, 
life experiences, and political differences. 

Today, I announce that all of those said differences have been laid to rest.  As I prepare
to accept, this upcoming week, the Republican nomination for President of the United States,
I have been forced to evaluate and make some fundamental decisions regarding my
administration.  In looking at these two gentlemen, I feel honored to be able to consider 
both of them for key roles in this administration.

Former Governor Mitt Romney, in my review of his experiences, leads me to believe
that he has keen business acumen, as well as proven leadership skills in economics,
business, understanding of capital markets, world trade agreements and job creation.  
Due to the fact that the majority of challenges that currently face our nation, are 
economically related, I have asked, and he has graciously accepted, my request for 
him to be my U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.  Additionally, I have requested Governor 
Romney to work with the U.S. Congress-House of Representatives to pass a legislative 
bill to repeal our Constitution’s 16th Amendment, to shut down and permanently close
the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Agency, and replace it with the FairTax system.  
(John McCain then turns to Governor Romney, reaching out in acknowledgement and 
agreement, they shake hands.) 

(John McCain then returns to the podium and looks at Governor Huckabee)
My review of Governor Huckabee and his lifetime accomplishments, include those
things he was able to achieve in his home state of Arkansas, and his length of executive
experience has compelled me to ask Gov. Huckabee to be my Vice President.

As my Vice President, Governor Huckabee will also preside as President of the U.S. Senate.
I have conveyed to Governor Huckabee that I would like him to create similar legislation 
to that which will be passed in the House of Representatives. I have conveyed to
both of these men that I want these joint bills pushed through the legislative process
and brought to my desk for my signature on April 15, 2009.  As someone on this stage has
said in the past, “We will make April 15 just another beautiful spring day in America!”

I have conveyed to Governor Huckabee my great concern for our country’s future
and direction in the event that I am unable to fulfill my term as President.
I shared with Governor Huckabee my observation during the Presidential campaign,
that Governor Huckabee and his supporters did not always see eye-to-eye with
Governor Romney and his supporters.

Going into office as President is a heavy burden of responsibility that is placed on
just one individual.  Knowing this, I am prepared to fully accept this responsibility.
However, I do so knowing that our Country would be in good hands in my absence.
I have asked Governor Huckabee, and he has honorably agreed that if he assumes
the office of President of the United States during my administration, to ask then 
Secretary Romney to step up and be his Vice President.  To this, he has given me 
his solemn vow.  I have asked Governor Huckabee to accept the role of my Vice President,
knowing full well, that whatever differences they may have had in the past, they will forgive
and forget them, providing healing to our nation and its people.
(Governor Huckabee steps forward in acceptance of this commitment and obligation, 
reaches out and shakes John McCain’s hand. Governor Huckabee then walks over and 
shakes the hand of Governor Romney.)

(McCain returns to the podium and closes with these statements)
By announcing these appointments here today, I know that the American people will
clearly see the direction to which I intend to lead our country.  I am confident and 
optimistic that through these decisions, the American people will bless us with the opportunity
to serve them well.

In closing, I would like us to pray.  (John McCain reaches back and grabs the hands of
Governor Romney and Governor Huckabee, pulling them to his side)
Lord, as we go forward into our Convention this week, we ask that you would continue
to bless and protect our Country, our military, and all of the great people of this
country.  Amen.”
(All three men raise their heads and hands amongst a thunder of rousing cheers and 
applause from the audience) 

January 21, 2008 by Jill Stanek
The simple truth is that the conservative coalition – a three-legged stool – stands when social, economic and defense conservatives work together on an interlocking agenda. The coalition collapses when any of the legs is missing. [Dick] Armey and others, especially the early enthusiasts for Rudy Giuliani, suggested the social conservative leg of the stool is dispensable, or at least that it can be appreciably shortened without impact on the greater stability of the coalition. This thesis is not only false in theory, it now has been decisively shown not to represent what the conservative coalition actually believes…

… Mike Huckabee: Social leg
… John McCain: Defense leg
… Mitt Romney: Economic leg

In the key battleground state of Michigan, these three individuals, McCain, Romney, and Huckabee, won more than 85% of the vote. the conservative coalition is to re-form, these three legs need their favorites to unite around the strongest themes of each, to wit: 1) the surge worked, and it is no longer business-as-usual against radical Islamic terrorism – we will take the fight to them and win for our values (McCain); 2) the government is run with all the efficiency of a bar room brawl where the sailors are bad enough but it’s actually the drunken captains doing the damage, and someone with business acumen has to clean it up (Romney); and 3) moral values are indispensable to a free nation that hopes to have and keep small government, and we can’t get there without some Old-Time Religion, and those old-timers, our nation’s almost uniformly Christian founders, knew it (Huckabee).

Obviously, each of the three leading Republicans can lay some claim to the other two themes that are not their primary ones….
is probably nothing they could do that would be more unifying than to rally now 
around a platform that embodies the coalition in full.
A unified agenda beckons the GOP to a surge of its own.

While reading the above release I realized what the impact of such of an speech and act by John McCain would be.
This would truly unify all three legs of the Reagan “Three legged stool” of Conservatism. In coming to this 
conclusion I thought of it from the vantage point of a Romney supporter as well. I thought it would be
completely acceptable because of the promise that Governor Romney would become both Vice President 
and possibly President himself. I also considered a reversal of roles but came to the conclusion that
giving Governor Huckabee the the VP slot and Governor Romney the Secretary of the Treasury was the 
only viable option because of the background and platforms of the two candidates: Huckabee as a social conservative
and former Baptist Minister and Romney as a successful businessman and economic scholar. 

Unifying the GOP in this way would create a compromise to solve a ever-widening rift between the supporters
of the two candidates. The wider the rift becomes and the longer the schism exists the worse off the Republican 
Party will be. The only way to properly resolve our differences is to make a compromise in this fashion.
In addition a plan of succession is established that would result in the lack of necessity of a divisive primary 
season in 2012, 2016, and possibly beyond that point. The money reserved for such a process could be invested 
in the Republican Congressional and Senatorial Committees to help elect a GOP majority in the House and Senate. 
Therefore, it is a win-win situation for everyone!

PRESS RELEASE – John Oxendine For The FairTax!

The following is a Press Release issued by John Oxendine. for those of you who don’t live in Georgia, John is our State Insurance Commissioner (he is a Republican). He has already declared his candidacy for Governor in 2010 to succeed Sonny Perdue who will be finishing up his 2nd term and cannot run for a 3rd. I proudly endorse John Oxendine and this press release pleases me very much as a FairTax fighter and supporter! Go John Go!


August 18, 2008 Kathryn Ballou, (404) 558-4905


Atlanta, GA – “I want to stand with Congressman John Linder and Neal Boortz and lend my name and leadership to supporting the fair tax. I am very disappointed that the US Congress has not followed the outstanding leadership of Congressman Linder.

Therefore, pursuant of Article V of the U.S. Constitution, I call upon the states to join together in a constitutional convention to adopt the Fair Tax. If you honor me in 2010 by allowing me to serve as Governor of Georgia, I will invite the nation’s Governors to meet and draft a plan to implement legislation in every state to adopt the Fair Tax by Constitutional Amendment.” – May 17, 2008 Georgia GOP Convention, Columbus, GA.

The only way, other than Congress, to bring reality and the Fair Tax together is for the people – the states – to take charge in the form of a Constitutional Convention. Yes, I hope to become the next Governor of Georgia, but I am committed to the cause of the Fair Tax because it is right for America and will help my children by once again making America the greatest manufacturing and economic capitol of the world. Win or lose, I will promote the Fair Tax across Georgia and across America – we will never allow the professional politicians to ignore the American people on this issue.

I understand how difficult the struggle has been to make the Fair Tax a reality. We have both Republicans and Democrats sitting on the fence waiting for someone else to make the first move.

I am honored that our Fair Tax leader in Georgia and DC, Congressman John Linder, the author of the Fair Tax, is supporting this effort. We are going to bring the voices of all Fair Tax supporters to bear on our state legislatures and ask for only one thing: to call a Constitutional Convention to repeal the 16th amendment and pass a Fair Tax amendment!

I give my solemn pledge to all Fair Tax supporters across America and my home state of Georgia; I will endeavor to ensure that we the people take back our country and reclaim our freedoms from an intrusive and corrupted tax code that has been manipulating our behavior since most of us have been born. We will, additionally, reclaim jobs that have moved off shore due to invasive taxes under our current system.

Never again are we going to hear the phrase “Congress will never pass the Fair Tax” because we the people are going to do it!

We need to begin talking with our neighbors, our friends, family, co-workers, our faith leaders and anyone else you can bend an ear to tell them that the power of putting the IRS out of business, once and for all, is in our hands and our voices. We need to use our voices to get our local government officials to pledge their support for this action, and then remind them – we vote.