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posted : Jun 05, 2016

Georgia Republicans get their annual Pow Wow in Historic Augusta. GOP Convention talking about unity, going to the National Convention and much more about denim jackets, red hats and Trump

While Governor Deal was no where to be found, Georgia Republicans passed eight resolutions at their state convention Satur­day, including one expressing displeasure over the failure to enact laws for “religious liberty” and guns on college campuses.

 By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post.

 

The historic city of Augusta rolled the red carpet to the the leadership of Georgia State Republicans in 2016.

The city was clean, safe and ready, welcoming many republican guests, according To Jo Martin of Richmond County Sheriff Office.

You can not ignore the rich history of Augusta. In 1735, two years after James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, he sent a detachment of troops to explore the upper Savannah River. He gave them an order to build at the head of the navigable part of the river.

Oglethorpe named the town Augusta, in honor of Princess Augusta, wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales (she was the mother of King George III of the United Kingdom). 

Cotton Patch Jazz & Blues Cafe, a walking distance from the Augusta Marriott and convention Center, very popular among GAGOP Convention goers, the historic building where Cotton was traded and now becoming a must visit and have event by the conventioneers in Augusta. 

Oglethorpe visited Augusta once, in September 1739. He did so while returning to Savannah from a perilous visit to Coweta Town, where he had met with a convention of 7,000 Native American warriors and concluded peaceful relations with several Native American groups in what is today the northern and western part of Georgia.

Augusta was the second state capital of Georgia from 1785 until 1795, alternating for a period with Savannah, the first.

Open, weekend farmer market.This reporter encountered 250 years old true Southern charm in Augusta, Georgia's second oldest city. Known worldwide as the home of the Master's Golf Tournament, Augusta is alive with music, art galleries, shops, countless culinary pleasures, a beautiful Riverwalk, street market and year-round events.

 

Augusta developed rapidly as a market town as the Black Belt in the Piedmont was developed for cotton cultivation. Invention of the cotton gin made processing of short-staple cotton profitable, and this type of cotton was well-suited to the upland areas.

Cotton plantations were worked by slave labor, with hundreds of thousands of slaves shipped from the Upper South to the Deep South in the domestic slave trade.

Hundreds of the elected leaders were on hand to greet them as they spoke about unity and lined up delegates to go to the Republican National Convention. It was. - a known face - Randy Evans's job to keep the convention under control and follow the agenda.

 

Many of the slaves were brought from the Low country, where their Gullah culture had developed on the large Sea Island cotton and rice plantations

As a major city in the area, Augusta was a center of activities during Reconstruction and after.

In the mid-20th century, it was a site of civil rights demonstrations.

In 1970 Charles Oatman, a mentally disabled teenager, was killed by his cellmates in an Augusta jail.  The Brick Jail house is still standing few steps away from the modern convention center.

Phyllis Grayson and Derek Grayson. They made the rounds. After loosing the primary he is till determined to return to the next race. At the present time both are leading an anti-Hillary Clinton political coalition.

 

A protest against his death broke out in a riot involving 500 people, after six black men were killed by police, each found to have been shot in the back. The noted singer and entertainer James Brown was called in to help quell lingering tensions, which he succeeded in doing. A glass casing  displaying Browns's personal belongings is on display at the main entrance at the main lobby.

 

 

That was then. One year ago in Athens, Georgia. 2015.

Now in Augusta, Georgia, The 3,500 party regulars met and elected 31 delegates to their national convention in Cleveland next month, defeating a slate proposed by supporters of former presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The convention was trumprd this year, according to many who spoke to Georgia Weekly Post. Photo by the Staff reporters of Georgia Weekly Weekly Post.

 

Thousands of die hard Republications, political junkies, consultants, advisers, experts, bloggers, lobbyists of conservative causes, vendors of T-shirts with a massage, overwhelming Trump supporters, state and federal elected  officials, most names in the Republican circles,  and their guests spent the weekend  -  hot 93 degrees - in the historic city of Augusta. The city was clean and safe. People were warm and friendly.

 

Donald Trump Supporters were able to make gains this time. The convention was trumped this year, acording to many who spoke to Georgia Weekly Post. A Trump bus made and overwhelming appearance at the entrance to the Convention complex during the meetings. Though the Cruz camp has earned a reputation for being well-versed on party mechanics, it failed to ensure that six of its nominees for the remaining 31 delegates had submitted a political résumé by the May 1 deadline. That invalidated their whole slate of 31, leaving the nominating committee’s slate to win.

 

 

Many  hundreds of candidates for office filled the side hallways, the hotel's bars and restaurants, Beamie's across the street, The Cotton Patch Jazz & Blues Cafe, Whiskey bar Kitchen and beyond.  Augusta's population is 142,000 strong, most are in their 30's and the more than half are made up of women. Yes, and  there were many pretty women too.

 

Hundreds of the elected leaders were on hand to greet them as they spoke about unity and lined up delegates to go to the Republican National Convention. It was.  - a known face - Randy Evans's job to keep the convention under control and follow the agenda.

 

Thousands of die hard republications, political junkies, consultants, advisers, experts, bloggers, lobbyists of conservative causes, vendors of T-shirts with a massage, overwhelming Trump supporters, state and federal elected officials, vendors, who's who in the Republican circles, friends, wives, husbands, girlfriends, boy friends and their guests spent the weekend in the historic city of Augusta.

 

Among those Republican names who joined the gathering  were John Padgett - GAGOP Chairman, Jimmy Ho, Senators Isakson and Perdue, Georgia popular Attorney General Sam Olens, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Congressmen Allen, Loudermilk and Price and Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.

 

The buzz words, including their political future centered around four names, Jack Kingston, Sam Olens, Brian Kemp and Casey Cagle. In addition Georgia Weekly Post learned, Governor Nathan Deal will head up a private fundraiser to be attended by GOP presumptive nominee Donald J Trump later this month in the city of Atlanta. Senator David Perdue will also headline the event.

This will be the first fundraising effort for Trump's presidential bid to be held in the state, according to several  GAGOP sourcses.

  

The buzz words, including their political future centered around four names, Jack Kingston, Sam Olens - above, Brian kemp and Casey Cagle

 

Senator David Perdue helped kick off the Georgia's GOP Convention by exchanging his suit jacket for a denim jacket.

Perdue says the denim is a symbol of his outsider status, something he shares with Donald Trump. "I would love to see him temper his comments on some things, but remember, he got to where he is because he says these things in a way that people back home want it said,"  said Senator Perdue.

 

Perdue - a freshman - spoke about Donald Trump. Called the Donald "strong on military spending and national defense, something he hopes Augusta's military community will buy into" he said.

"I believe if you get a conservative in there they are going to get that funding in a way that will provide for the national defense," he added.

Supreme Court Justices couldn't steal the spotlight from a denim jacket and a famous red hat, as Perdue donned a 'Make America Great Again' hat. Perdue says, "This guy can help us lead again, but he can also help make America great again. It's an ugly hat with a great message," said Perdue.

 

Govenor Rick Perry speaking at the Georgia GOP Dinner during their annual convention - at Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. Ted Cruz was the key speaker during the previous convention in Athens, Georgia.  He came to sell Trump to GAGOP members. Though the Cruz camp has earned a reputation for being well-versed on party mechanics, it failed to ensure that six of its nominees for the remaining 31 delegates had submitted a political résumé by the May 1 deadline. That invalidated their whole slate of 31, leaving the nominating committee’s slate to win.

 

Representative Rick Allen spoke to the convention. "All of Washington can learn something from Georgia. Georgia is the number one state in which to do business. You know what, Washington needs to learn a few lessons from the state of Georgia," Allen said.

 

Allen warned, when people go to the voting polls they're voting for more than the next President, they're voting for the makeup of the Supreme Court. "This election does have generational consequences, basically what I'm talking about is the Supreme Court and the possibility of replacing five judges or maybe more within eight years," he said.

 

Georgia GOP Chairman John Padgett addressing fellow members and guests during the the weekend event. Observer noted lesser turnout in comparison of the previous gathering in Athens, Georgia.

 

 During the two day event, the party regulars  - under 4000 attended  according to  GAGOP's Director of Comuncations Ryan Mahoney -  also elected 31 delegates to their national convention in Cleveland next month, defeating a slate proposed by supporters of former presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

The convention was trumped  this year, acording to many  who spoke to Georgia Weekly Post.

 

The votes came during the second day of the convention. 

Party Chairman John Padgett  was among many who spoke to the convention. He said the convention had more rallies, receptions, dinners and auxiliary meetings than any state GOP convention in the country.

 

Many Delegates found the side hallways  or resturants and bars across the streets, a better place to exchange political views related to the future and Trump. Party Chairman John Padgett said the convention had more rallies, receptions, dinners and auxiliary meetings than any state GOP convention in the country.

 

 

The absent Gov. Nathan Deal might disagree, at least about the resolution chastising him for vetoing bills on “religious liberty” and campus guns.

According to sources, the Resolutions Committee combined proposals and reportedly toned them down into one that identified the Governor and legislators by office only, not name. Deal is not runing for re-election.

The combined resolution said, “The delegates of the Georgia Republican Party convention … call upon our elected Republican legislators and our Governor to get back to the basics of Republican principles.”

More work is done in the hallways. Among those Republican names who joined in the gathering were John Padgett - GAGOP Chairman, Senators Isakson and Perdue, Georgia popular Attorney General Sam Olens, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Congressmen Allen, Loudermilk and Price and Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle. The buzz words, including their political future centered around four names, Jack Kingston, Sam Olens, Brian Kemp and Casey Cagle.

 

It was the subject of the most and heated debate before passing.

“This resolution is complete and utter garbage – garbage,” said Will Kemer of Forsyth County. “We have several politicians that work toward solutions. This resolution is doing nothing to honor them. It’s merely going after a few things we don’t like.”

Speaker Kent Kingsly from Lamar County, thought otherwise.

“It’s time that we start holding these politicians accountable for not meeting the will of the people, the will of Republicans that make up the majority of the state of Georgia,”said Kingsly.

Other resolutions passed included support for school vouchers, state income-tax reduction and medical marijuana as well as opposing Medicaid expansion.

 

More than 200 people had submitted applications to be delegates and at the national convention in Cleveland.

 

Those attending were selected at county sessions in February, meetings that the Donald Trump presidential campaign paid little heed to but that Cruz operatives actively focused on. 

 

Since then, Cruz has withdrawn and Trump has gained enough pledged delegates to win the nomination. Still, Cruz backers wanted to have enough of their people in Cleve­land to pass a set of rules that would benefit him four years from now.

▲ Thousands of die hard Republications, political junkies, consultants, advisers, experts, bloggers, lobbyists of conservative causes. Dr. Rhonda Moorman,was a classmate of President Obama at Harvard. She came to the GAGOP Convention to make her views of Obama care known. She is a Georgian, attended Harvard Law school 25 years ago.

 

 

Though the Cruz camp has earned a reputation for being well-versed on party mechanics, it failed to ensure that six of its nominees for the remaining 31 delegates had submitted a political resume by the May 1 deadline.

That invalidated their whole slate of 31, leaving the nominating committee’s slate to win.

 

Many hundreds of candidates for office filled the side hallways, the hotel's bars and restaurants, Beamie's across the street and beyond. Yes, and there were many pretty women too.

 

More than 200 people had submitted applications to be delegates and at the national convention in Cleveland.

The 31 Delegates selected are Gordon Austin, Sherry Barnes, Rayana Casey, Fred Elrod, Dee Gay, Judy Griffin, Liz Housmann, Barbara Hickey, Ginger Howard, Trey Kelly, Jeffrey Kunkes, Anne Lewis, Debbie McCord, Bubba McDonald, Josh McKoon, Michael McNeely, Carolyn Meadows, William Mitchelfree, Jade Morey, Deborah Moscato, Sam Olens, Mary Pedgett, Alton Russell, Ed Rynders, Jean Seaver, David Shafer, Jean Studdard, Rick Tillman, Greg Williams, Michael Williams and Charles Wingo.

Georgia Weekly Post learned, Governor Nathan Deal will head up a private fundraiser to be attended by GOP presumptive nominee Donald J Trump later this month in the city of Atlanta. Senator David Perdue will also headline the event.

 

 

 

In addition, thirty one alternates we selected after careful evaluations. It was a slow painfull process. Those selected are, Andre Adamski, Jason Anevilarte, Avery Anderson, LaNell Babbage-Torres, Gabriel Bnsuda, James Burnham, Charlise Byrd, Joshua Campbell, Lynda Chapman, Jenny Eckman, Delia Fleming, John Gamble, Paul Gurtler, Piper Hutcheson, Alex Gimenez, Louie Hunter, Barbara Jessop, Derek Keeney, William Kirkland, Bill Knowles, Steven Kramer, Camilia Moore, Chris Owen, Dianne Putnam, Adam Reynolds, Maria Strollo Zack, Miriam Shook, Todd Tibbetts, Trey Taylor, Mathew Watson and Linda Umberger.

 

 

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