Jan. 15, 2015 – Matthew Lauer, The Heritage Foundation

This Thursday, we welcome Matthew Lauer, Sentinel Coordinator from Heritage Action for America, to explain the Sentinel program.  Heritage Action is the advocacy arm of The Heritage Foundation.

Before joining Heritage Action, Matt completed a double major in political science and finance at Washington University in St. Louis. While studying, Matt was the President of the WashU College Republicans, where he publicly debated members of the College Democrats and organized events to advance the conservative movement. Matt also interned in the strategic communications department at the Heritage Foundation and for Senator Mike Lee in Washington, D.C.

More Info: http://heritageaction.com 


Come join the discussion this Thursday evening at 7pm!

Meeting Info

Time: EVERY Thursday night, 7-9 pm

Location: 900 Roswell ST, Marietta, GA

(Roswell Street Baptist Church office building, east of the church campus, west of the Big Chicken)

Judicial Conversations Meeting (aka JudiCon)

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

JudiCon meets on the 2nd Monday of most months. We look forward to hearing from Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens on Monday, February 9.

As Attorney General, Olens is committed to serving Georgians by defending the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions and upholding the rule of law.  Olens has also worked to protect Georgia’s rights and natural resources. He ledGeorgia’s legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act and continues to defend Georgia from federal regulatory overreach. Olens has represented the State in crucial litigation to preserve Georgia’s water rights and removed legal barriers that were delaying the critical deepening of the Savannah Harbor.

We meet at The House of Lu Restaurant just north of the Marietta Square. You can come for fellowship and dinner at 6:30pm, the meeting begins at7:00pm.

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

The Georgia Tea Party does not endorse or support candidates, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Officials and Candidates are invited to our Committee Meetings to learn of their views.

County and State Watch                

Our next meeting will be Monday, January 19 at 6:30pm, at the House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square. Our speakers will be Cobb County Interim School Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and Georgia State Representative Ed Setzler (R-Acworth).

Chris Ragsdale is Interim Superintendent for the Cobb County School District, the second largest public school system in Georgia, and 24th largest in the United States, with an enrollment exceeding 109,000 students.  Mr. Ragsdale previously served the District as Deputy Superintendent for Operations from 2011-2014 and Chief Technology Officer from 2006-2014.

Mr. Ragsdale has more than two decades of experience in school operations and information technology in the public and private sectors.  Born at Kennestone Hospital, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Shorter University in Rome GA.

Representative Ed Setzler is a businessman, veteran, and father of four who has served northwest Cobb County in the Georgia House of Representative since 2005.  He is committed to the principles of personal freedom, free markets, and constitutionally limited government.


In addition to serving in the legislature, Ed is a leader in the architecture/engineering industry. A graduate of the US Army Ranger school, Ed earned a BS in Physics from Furman University in 1992, and served as a US Army officer for nine years with leadership assignments in Europe, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf.

Ed and his family are active in a variety of community organizations, and attend the St. Stephen Orthodox Christian Church in Hiram GA.                                    

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


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


Future Speakers

January 22- Kelly McCutchen/Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation, on issues and agenda in the upcoming Georgia Legislative session

January 29 -Matthew Schwartz, entertainment attorney, How Culture is affected by the Entertainment Industry

February 5 - David Heavener, actor, director – Film and Culture


We welcome your contributions to further the cause of individual liberty and constitutionally-limited self-government.  To make a donation, visit our website athttp://www.georgiateaparty.org/donate


“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

– Voltaire