Oct 9 Mon Last day to register to vote in the Nov 6 general election

Oct 15 Mon Advance (in person) voting starts

Oct 26-27 Ludwig Von Mises Institute 30th Anniversary Celebration, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain. www.mises.org

Oct 27 Sat Early voting


Nov 9-11 Fri-Sun Ga Literary Festival, Golden Isles

Dec 1 Sat 1:00-5:00 pm Magnolia Garden Club 4th Annual Historic Christmas Tour http://mgcbrunswickga.blogspot.com


May 17 and 18, 2013, State GOP Convention in Athens, GA

Thursday, August 23, 2012

GAGOP Playbook excerpt

GAGOP Playbook – Morning Report
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Today’s Big Thing: On Tuesday, Georgia’s Primary Runoff Elections took place across the state, and our Party’s ticket is now set for the November elections. To view the full election results, please click here. Now with just 76 days to go until November 6th, the Georgia Republican Party will hit the ground running to ensure victory for our Party’s candidates from the top of the ticket to the very bottom.
Today, the Georgia Republican Party invites you to connect with each of our Party’s 14 Congressional nominees. They are as follows:
GA-1: Jack Kingston - www.jackkingston.org
GA-2: John House* - www.johnhouse.us
GA-3: Lynn Westmoreland - www.lynnwestmoreland.org
GA-4: J. Chris Vaughn - www.chrisvaughnforcongress.com/
GA-5: Howard Stopeck - www.gowithsto.com/
GA-6: Tom Price - www.tomprice.com
GA-7: Rob Woodall - www.robwoodall.com
GA-8: Austin Scott - www.scottforga.com
GA-9: Doug Collins* - www.collinsleads.com
GA-10: Paul Broun - www.paulbroun.com
GA-11: Phil Gingrey - www.gingrey.com
GA-12: Lee Anderson* - www.voteleeanderson.com
GA-13: Shahid Malik - www.malik2012.com
GA-14: Tom Graves - www.gravesforcongress.org
*Pending Certification.
To find out more about how you can get involved with the Georgia Republican Party over the next 76 days, please visit us online at www.gagop.org or connect with us at www.facebook.com/GAGOP and www.twitter.com/GaRepublicans.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Republican National Convention schedule and participants

Headline speakers are identified by their offices and by day.
Not all speakers have been announced yet. This is a partial list:

2012 Presidential candidates on the program:  Rick Santorum
2012 Presidential candidates NOT on the program
  • Michelle Bachman
  • Herman Cain
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Rick Perry
  • Ron Paul but we still hope he'll get to speak
Governors: Chris Christie (NJ), Mary Fallin (OK), Nikki Haley (SC), John Kasich (OH), Susana Martinez (NM), Rick Scott (FL), Scott Walker (WI),
Former Governors: Jeb Bush (FL), Mike Huckabee (AK)

US Senators and nominees: Rand Paul (KY), Ted Cruz (TX), John McCain (AZ), Marco Rubio (FL)

Other state official: Sam Olens (GA AG) speaks Wednesday evening!!
Other US officials: Former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice 
2012 Presidential candidates on the program:  Rick Santorum
2012 Presidential candidates NOT on the program
  • Michelle Bachman
  • Herman Cain
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Rick Perry
  • Ron Paul
Candidates for US Senate on the program:U.S. Rep. Rick Berg (ND); Deb Fischer (NEB)

Candidates for the US House of Representatives on the program:
U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01); U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco (TX-23); U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-3); U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (WI-07); U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (SC-01)
John Archer (IA-02), Andy Barr (KY-06), Steve Daine,Ricky Gill (CA-09)
Richard Hudson (NC-08), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Keith Rothfus (PA-12)
David Rouzer (NC-07), Rick Snuffer (WV-03),Jackie Walorski (IN-02)
See the press releases: August 6August 7August 8   August 13 Romney intro, 
August 23

Monday schedule "We can do better"
2:00 pm           Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus
Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem:  The Oak Ridge Boys
Opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees
Welcoming remarks, and House and Senate candidates and RNC auxiliaries
RNC Chairman Priebus;RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day;Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Convention CEO William Harris;Chairman of Tampa Bay Host Committee Al Austin
Republican Congressional Candidates
State Delegate Barbara Comstock (VA)
Representative Tim Griffin (AR)
Republican Senate Candidates
Republican National Committee auxiliaries
Consideration of convention committee reports
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Committee on Credentials Chairman Mike Duncan
Committee on Permanent Organization Chairwoman Zoraida Fonalledas
Convention Permanent Chairman Speaker John Boehner, Presiding
Official Convention Photograph
Committee on Rules Chairman John Sununu
Committee on Resolutions Chairman Governor Bob McDonnell
Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Senator John Hoeven
Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Roll Call for Nomination of President of the United States
Roll Call for Nomination of Vice President of the United States

7:15 p.m.         Recess
7:45 p.m.         Reconvene
Remarks by Speaker John Boehner
Remarks by Governor Rick Scott (FL)
Remarks by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)
Various Speakers
Remarks by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
To Be Announced
Remarks by Artur Davis and video
Remarks by Senate Republican Candidate Ted Cruz (TX)
Musical Act
Remarks by Governor Nikki Haley (SC)
Remarks by Mike Huckabee
Remarks by Mrs. Luce’ Vela Fortuno
Remarks by Mrs. Ann Romney
Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez and adjournment.

7:30 p.m.            Convention convenes
                          Presentation of Colors; Pledge of Allegiance; National Anthem
                          Remarks by Janine Turner
                          Video and remarks by Mayor Mia Love (Saratoga Springs, UT), U.S.
                          congressional candidate
                          Remarks by former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum
                          Segment to be announced
                          Remarks by U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH), accompanied by Jack Gilchrist
                          Remarks by Governor John Kasich (OH)
                          Remarks by Governor Mary Fallin (OK)
                          Remarks by Governor Bob McDonnell (VA), accompanied by Bev Gray
                          Segment to be announced
                          Remarks by Governor Bobby Jindal (LA)
                          Remarks by Sher Valenzuela (small bus. owner, candidate for DE Lt. Gov)
                          Remarks by Governor Susana Martinez (NM)
                          Remarks by Governor Chris Christie (NJ)
                          Benediction and adjournment

Wednesday's schedule. We can change it.
7:30 p.m. Convention convenes

Call to order; Introduction of Colors; Pledge of Allegiance;

National Anthem; Invocation,

Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Convention Temporary Chairman
Mitch McConnell (KY)

Performance by Beau Davidson

Segment to be announced

Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ)


Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL) and Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)

Remarks by Senator John Thune (SD)

Remarks by Governor Jeb Bush (FL)

Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)

Remarks by Steve Cohen, Screen Machine

Remarks by Governor Luis Fortuño (PR)

Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)

Remarks by Condoleezza Rice


Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan

Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios


Thursday's schedule. We believe in America.
7:30 p.m.Convention convenes

Call to order

Introduction of Colors

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem


Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack


Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign


Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey


Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce

Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney


Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned.

Who else is attending the 2012 Republican National Convention?
  • 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, Wash DC and five territories.
  • 15,000 credentialed media
  • 150 staffers of the Committee on Arrangements
  • 30,000 other unidentified folks expected to saturate Tampa. Security and protestors I presume.
Want to know more? RNC links
  • http://www.gopconvention2012.com/ - convention home
  • http://www.gopplatform2012.com/
  • http://connect.gopconvention2012.com/ - this is the convention without walls. It connects with Facebook and requires sharing all your FB data so I am not participating
  • http://2012tampa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2012-TBHC-Insider-Newsletter_July.pdf

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Aug 21 GOP ballot - Glynn County

NEWS: it looks like there will be THREE runoffs locally on Aug 21: Glynn County Commission district 5 (city); Glynn County Bd of Education District 1 (north Glynn);  and countywide for non-partisan State Court.

See July 31 results at http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/Glynn/40442/94181/en/summary.html

Sample Glynn County ballots: http://www.glynncounty.org/index.aspx?nid=596

All are Republican unless marked Democrat (D) in red. Yes RED. Reagan Republicans are true blue and leftists are RED. 
  • Glynn County Commission District 5 (city). Open seat being vacated by Jerome Clark -D.
    • Robbie Tucker, small business owner.
    • Tashawnta Wells, Habitat for Humanity.  http://www.vote4wells.com/, tashawnta_wells@yahoo.com
    • Allen Booker, insurance agent won the Dem primary
  • Glynn County Board of Education District 1 (north Glynn) incumbent Ray Snow
    • Ingrid Metz - former BHS teacher, electingridmetz@gmail.com
    • Ray Snow
  • State Court Judge (open seat vacated by Orion Douglass) - non partisan race
    • Bart Altman http://www.bartgaltman.com/
    • Wallace Harrell III

Note: this is from the Secretary of State results as of 11:00 pm Tue July 31. It's not certified.

Monday, July 30, 2012


Though I favor regional votes vs a statewide vote on the T-SPLOST I do oppose the T-SPLOST - particularly for south coastal Georgia.

It should tell you something that the sponsors
1- changed the name from TSPLOST to TIA (Transportation Investment Act).
This is straight out of the Obama playbook and is a fallacy that it is a known net investment.  It is a transfer of spending from A (anywhere else anybody might spend their $$) to T (transportation contractors and heavy users).

2- added a biased preamble to the ELECTION BALLOT

 Special interests will deceive you if you let them.

If you're not convinced yet to vote against taxing yourself more with every purchase - on top of your gasoline tax - please consider these sources from Dale Provenzano, Republican candidate for Glynn County Commission District 2 (Dale is unopposed) and current State Representative Ed Setzler.

Dale published this tonight in the Coastal Tea Party Facebook group.

As we get ready to vote in the primaries tomorrow, I am thankful for the friends and supporters that helped me run for County Commissioner! I pray that I will live up to your expectations, and will be thinking about all the other candidates that have put themselves in the "line of Fire" to represent government in some form. Hopefully, everyone has or will vote!!

I also want to state my total commitment to the defeat of T-Splost! I won't go into all of the reasons this insidious tax needs to be defeated, but it does represent the largest tax increase ever on the citizens of Georgia!! If it was only 1 penny, then how come they have 18 billion dollars worth of projects to pay for.

I want some of these projects to be completed! I want people to go back to work! I want my friends to stay in Glynn County. I want Georgia to CONTINUE to have a transportation system we can be proud of for our future growth!! But this tax is not the solution, and it is not the proper funding mechanism for our State. We can do better!

I am upset that bad information has been put out for the public. It is amazing how GDOT has a website that explicitly lists all projects, rules, revenue, expense, and allocations...and yet there seems to be different interpretations of the results.

Finally, I am angry that our State Legislature and Governor, has pitted businesses, friends, neighbors, and citizens against each other over the passage of this bill....because they were not willing to do the tough work in fixing the problems with GDOT and properly funding them! Just think, if all the time, money, and sweat had been used to unite Georgia in fixing problems instead of dividing us, we would be well ahead of the Nation in returning our State to prosperity!!! I pray that come Wednesday morning, we will put his vote behind us and work to put people back to work!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Calendar suspended temporarily

As of Aug 31, Karen's Calendar is suspended briefly due to health issues. All my energy is focused on my day job and medical needs.

Karen's Calendar is a volunteer after hours project which requires about 5 hours a week for research, writing,and production if there are no technical issues.

About technical issues:
The problems since migrating from my Lenovo T61 with Windows XP to a Lenovo T520 with Windows 7 have never been happily resolved. 

Moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 I was  forced to move from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail... and Windows Live Mail lost MANY of the 2000+ names in my address book. The names successfully moved are no longer "nested"   I had neighborhood, precinct, and county lists (all personal info, NOT from GOP lists) from all over Georgia and could include/exclude areas using simple nested groups. Windows Live Mail does not support nested groups. If I want to send an email to everyone on my list in Glynn County I now have to use about 15 different groups instead of 1 or 2.  And it compounds if I try to reach a regional or statewide group of lists.

I've learned it's really not practical to hire someone else to troubleshoot unless they can read my mind and not take my time. A personal computer is just that - very personal. Any technician needs your time and attention while they troubleshoot