3/26/15 – Tim Tyler of Concerned Veterans for America

This Thursday, we welcome Tim Tyler, State Director of Concerned Veterans for America.

Mr. Tyler is a former career intelligence officer with the Department of Defense. He spent twenty-two years serving in the intelligence field, with assignments in Bermuda, Key West, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Bolivia, Kuwait and Afghanistan. He did six tours in Afghanistan, serving as an intelligence adviser there, and worked with the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, Afghan Border Police and National Directorate of Security. He is fluent in Dari, French and Spanish, and is a specialist in human intelligence operations. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, and also attended the Navy War College.

More info: http://www.cv4a.org

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 the 2nd Monday of most months. We had an informative meeting with Election Law Attorney Bryan Tyson on Monday, March 9.

Our next meeting will be Monday April 13. Our speaker will be Supreme Court of Georgia Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

Supreme Court of Georgia Justice Keith R. Blackwell

Justice Keith R. Blackwell was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on June 25, 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal. Before that, he served as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia, where he was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue on November 1, 2010. Justice Blackwell is a native of Cherokee County and now lives in Cobb County with his wife, Angela, and their three daughters.

The son of a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force and a history teacher, Justice Blackwell was raised in Ball Ground. After graduating as valedictorian from Cherokee High School in Canton, Justice Blackwell was awarded a University of Georgia Foundation Fellowship. He attended the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia, where he was enrolled in the Honors Program and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated summa cum laude from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1996 with a degree in political science and as a First Honor Graduate, having the highest grade-point average in his graduating class. Justice Blackwell then attended the School of Law at the University of Georgia, where he served as Senior Editor of the Georgia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He graduated summa cum laude from the School of Law in 1999, again as First Honor Graduate.

Following his graduation from law school, Justice Blackwell served as a law clerk to Judge J.L. Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Justice Blackwell then practiced law as an associate at Alston & Bird, LLP, where he represented clients in criminal and regulatory investigations, consumer class actions and other complex commercial litigation. Beginning in early 2003, Justice Blackwell served as an Assistant District Attorney in Cobb County, where he represented the State of Georgia in several hundred felony prosecutions, including prosecutions for murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, carjacking, drug trafficking and financial crimes. In late 2005, Justice Blackwell joined Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, LLP, in Atlanta as an associate and three years later, he was elected as a partner of the firm. At Parker, Hudson, Justice Blackwell focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, including contract, real estate, insurance and business-tort cases. His practice also included the representation of crime victims in connection with criminal investigations and prosecutions, the representation of brokerage firms in securities arbitration and litigation and the representation of businesses and non-profit organizations in connection with issues concerning trade secrets, computer crimes, the privacy of nonpublic personal information and other data security matters. In 2010, Justice Blackwell was appointed as Deputy Special Attorney General to represent the State of Georgia in litigation challenging the constitutionality of federal healthcare reform legislation.

Justice Blackwell has been active in a number of professional and legal police organizations. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, and he previously served as the Chapter president for three years and as a member of its Executive Board. He also is a member of the Cobb Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. Justice Blackwell presently serves as an advisor to the State Bar Committee on Business Courts, and he has been active in the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar as well, having served on its Committee on State Practice and Legislation. In addition, Justice Blackwell is a master of the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court and the Columbus American Inn of Court. Prior to his service as a judge, Justice Blackwell served as a member of the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Commission and as an advisor to the House Judiciary Committee with respect to the revision of the state evidence code.

For more info: http://www.gasupreme.us/index.php

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 at 7:00pm.

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 part of 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, April 20 at 6:30pm, at the House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month.

At our next meeting, our speakers will be Georgia House Representative Sharon Cooper AND Georgia Senator Hunter Hill.

Georgia House Representative Sharon Cooper

Born in Houston, Texas, Sharon Cooper is proud to have called Georgia home for over 38 years. She was married to the late Dr. Tom Cooper for more than 33 years. She was first elected in 1996 as the State Representative for the 41st District of Georgia (now 43rd district). In 2000 Sharon was chosen as legislator of the year by the Georgia Republican Party and in 2002 she was elected Caucus Chairman by her Republican colleagues. In 2004 she was elected Majority Caucus Chairman making her the highest ranking woman in the Georgia House. In 2007, in response to her ever increasing committee responsibilities, Rep. Cooper assumed the role of Caucus Chair Emeritus.

Currently Rep. Cooper chairs the Health and Human Services committee, one of the busiest committees in the House. She was also appointed chairman of the Special Committee on Certificate of Need as well as chair of the Special Committee on Grady Hospital. Rep. Cooper is also a member of the Rules, Judiciary Non-Civil and Regulated Industries committees. Rep. Cooper holds several degrees, including a B.S. in Child Development; a M.A. in Education and MSN in Nursing. Sharon has written two textbooks on Psychiatric Nursing and in 1994 she authored Taxpayer’s Tea Party – a how-to book that encouraged the average citizen to become politically active. Recently she was asked to update this book, also available now in E-book form.

A graduate of the first class of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, Rep. Cooper was able to pass a major revision of the state’s stalking law while still in her freshman term. In 2002 US Attorney General Ashcroft appointed her to the President’s 30-member, National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. In 2006 Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens credited Rep. Cooper as being the major catalyst behind the creation of Cobb County Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit. She has also served on the First Lady, Mary Perdue’s Advisory Committee on Foster Care.

Rep. Cooper Continues to Author and foster legislation that promotes improved health care for Georgians such as: the HIV Screening Bill for Pregnant Women, Georgia Smoke Free Air Act, and the “Health Share” Volunteers in Medicine Act. Rep. Cooper has earned the reputation of being one of the hardest working legislators at the Capitol as well as being honest, straightforward and committed. Former governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller still calls her the little legislator that tells it like it is.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP * Health and Human Services, Chair * Judiciary – Non Civil, Member * Regulated Industries, Member * Rules, Member

State Senator Hunter Hill

We will also hear from State Senator Hunter Hill.
State Senator Hunter Hill, a Republican, was elected to the State Senate for Georgia’s 6th District in 2012. Sen. Hill represents portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. In 2014, he was elected Majority Caucus Vice-Chairman by his colleagues. Sen. Hill is the Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee and Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is a member of Appropriations (Vice-Chairman of the Public Safety Subcommittee), Judiciary Non-Civil, and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees. Sen. Hill is also an Ex-Officio of the Retirement and Rules committees. He was also appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to sit on the MARTOC Committee. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management and Civil Engineering, Sen. Hill became a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He went on to graduate from the Airborne, the Air Assault, and the US Army Ranger Schools. In June 2001, Hunter took command of a rifle platoon with the 101st Airborne Division, which he led into battle in Afghanistan in 2002. Sen. Hill subsequently led another platoon into battle in Iraq in 2003, and he commanded three different teams on other deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to his combat roles, he also served as a General’s Aide in Iraq, and earned two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal and two Army Commendation Medals. Like his Army career, His business career is about leadership development. Sen. Hill is currently the President of Tommy Newberry Coaching, where he leverages his military, real estate development and security industry experience to lead and grow his business. In his first year in the Senate, Sen. Hill was voted Freshman Legislator of the year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was also given a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union. In 2012, Sen. Hill was appointed by his colleagues to serve as the Majority Deputy Whip. In addition to his leadership roles, Sen. Hill is active in the community. He has volunteered to assist the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Cobb County Citizens Oversight Committee for the T-SPLOST and the Georgia Energy Forum. Sen. Hill graduated from the inaugural class of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute in 2010. Sen. Hill is a native of Vinings and Buckhead, and his family currently resides in Smyrna. He is married to Shannan Reese Hill. They are the proud parents of Hunter Bradley Hill, Jr. and Annie Christine Hill. The Hills attend Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead.

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.

Federal Task Force

Our next meeting will be held Monday, March 30, at 7:00pm, at The House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square. We usually meet the 4th Monday of every month, but for March, we are meeting the 5th Monday due to a special guest opportunity.

Congressman Barry Loudermilk, a Constitutional Conservative, represents Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Bartow and Cherokee counties

Our guest speaker will be 11th District US Representative Barry Loudermilk.

Congressman Barry Loudermilk, a Constitutional Conservative, represents Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Bartow and Cherokee counties as well as portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.

Congressman Loudermilk first entered public service in 2001, serving as chairman of the Bartow County Republican Party until 2004. With a reputation as one of Georgia’s foremost conservative leaders, Loudermilk was then elected to serve in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2004 -2010 and the Georgia State Senate from 2011- 2013.

Some of his recognitions as a legislator include, Georgia Wing Legislator of the Year and National Legislator of the Year by the Civil Air Patrol (2006 and 2012), Legislator of the Year by Advocates for Children (2007), “50 Most Influential Georgians” by James Magazine (2008), Sanctity of Life Award by the Bartow Republican Women’s Club (2010), Legislator of the Year by Technology Association of Georgia (2011), American Conservative Union “Defender of Liberty” Award (2012, 2013).

During his time in the Georgia State Senate, Loudermilk served as Chairman of the Senate Science and Technology Committee and Secretary of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security and Public Safety Committees. He was also a member of the Senate Transportation Committee. In the Georgia House of Representatives, Loudermilk served as Secretary of the Transportation and Energy Utilities and Telecommunications Committees. He also served as a member of the Science and Technology and Health and Human Services Committees.

In the 114th Congress, Rep. Loudermilk currently serves as a member of two influential U.S. House Committees, including Homeland Security, and Science, Space, and Technology.

A Georgia native, Rep. Loudermilk holds an Associate degree in Telecommunications Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education and Information Systems Technology. He also proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years.
Congressman Loudermilk is a member of the NRA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the American Legion. He is a Lt. Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and Former Commander of the Georgia Legislative Squadron.

Loudermilk is a small business owner and a motivational speaker, and is on the Board of Directors for Barley Loaf Ministries and Firm Reliance. He recently published a book called “And Then They Prayed” featuring inspirational stories from America’s history.

Barry Loudermilk and his wife Desiree have been married for 32 years. They reside in Cassville, Georgia, and have three grown children – Travis, Christiana and Michael, as well as a daughter-in-law, Sarah, and a granddaughter.

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.

Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Georgia Tea Party present “Grassroots Leadership Academy”

An opportunity to learn grassroots activism will be offered on Thursday evenings starting in mid to late April. There will be six sessions spread out over 12 weeks, so that you can digest and apply the principles taught, in the intervening week. There is no cost, but you must apply for this program no later than March 25.

To learn more, visit: www.grassrootsleaders.org
For questions, or to enroll, contact Joel Foster
at 678-910-3101 or jfoster@afphq.org

Future Thursday Meeting Speakers

April 2 – Open Discussion of Georgia Assembly session results
April 9 – Dr. Jose Rodriguez, Pediatrician, on Cannabis Oil, Coming to America
April 16 – Dr. Alveda King, “Facing Threats to Religious Liberty” held at Roswell Street Baptist Church Sanctuary at 7pm

Donate

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

“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that Eternal Vigilance by the People is The Price of Liberty, and that You Must Pay the Price if you Wish to Secure the Blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.”
– President Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, 1837