9/11/2014 – Lance Lamberton – Upcoming SPLOST TAX: Cobb County Taxpayers Assoc.

Lance Lamberton – Founder: Cobb County Taxpayers Association

Our featured speaker this week is the founder and president of the Cobb Taxpayers Association, which was established in 2005 to oppose the County SPLOST then on the ballot.  Since then, CTA has been in the forefront, fighting for the interests of taxpayers in Cobb County.  Its campaigns include opposition to the 2011 County SPLOST and property tax increase, the 2012 T-SPLOST, the Education SPLOST, and use of taxpayer dollars to fund the Braves new stadium. CTA supported the 2012 Charter School Amendment.  Currently, CTA, as does the Georgia Tea Party, supports state legislation to allow for fractional SPLOSTs.

He has been involved, either professionally or as a volunteer, in political activities related to promoting and advocating for limited government for many years, going back to his undergraduate days at Syracuse University (Go Orange!)  In 1979 he became the communications director of the National Taxpayers Union in Washington DC. In 1982, he became a political appointee in the Reagan White House, where he served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Policy Information.  In that position, he was responsible for articulating administration policy on a wide range of domestic policy issues, which included the balanced budget amendment and Tuition Tax Credits.

As a volunteer taxpayer activist, he founded New Jerseyans for a Balanced Budget, and successfully defeated two sales tax increases that were on the ballot in Lewisville, Texas in the 1990s.  He is an extensively published writer in over 30 newspapers and opinion journals, including the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and of course, the AJC and MDJ.  When he is not working directly on behalf of liberty, he has spent most of his professional career in corporate communications, where he has worked for Fortune 500 companies like Exxon, Delta, and Lockheed Martin.  He also wants you to know he is a die-hard, lifetime Mets fan, and has the tattoo to prove it.

Lance will give us his reasons why each of us should vote AGAINST the SPLOST this November 4.

(FYI – In the interest of balance, at the October 9 meeting, Ron Sifen of the Cobb County Civic Coalition will make his case as to why each of us should vote FOR the SPLOST.  Come to both meetings, and then you will have the info to make up your own mind.)

More info: http://cobbtaxpayer.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.

Our next JudiCon speaker will be Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds. This will be held Monday, October 13 at the House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square. This meeting will run from 7:00 to 9:00pm. You are welcome to
come at 6:30pm for dinner and fellowship.

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 part of future meetings, please contact GTP Board Member JD Van Brink

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.

County and State Watch

Our next meeting will be held Monday, September 15, at 6:30pm at the House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square. Our speaker will be PSC Commissioner Tim Echols re: Energy.

Tim Echols - Public Service Commissioner

Tim Echols – Public Service Commissioner

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 other 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.

Federal Task Force

On Monday August 25, our Federal Task Force met with Senator Johnny Isakson, who shared the current political environment in Washington, as well as issues and trends that will affect our nation. We thank Senator Isakson for sharing his insight with us.

Senator Johnny Isakson and Jim Jess, VP of Georgia Tea Party.org

Our next meeting will be Monday, September 22, at 7:00pm, at The House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other candidates, please contact GTP Board Members Jim Jess or Ronny West

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 Thursday Meeting Speakers

September 18 – John Nothdurft, The Heartland Institute, The Real Fight is in the States in 2015
September 25 – Robert Potts of Faith & Freedom Coalition, and Joel Aaron Foster of Americans for Prosperity

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– Benjamin Franklin