Some NSA Surveillance Powers Expired as of May 31,2015

“U.S. Senators left Capitol Hill early Saturday morning without taking action to extend or replace a controversial surveillance program set to expire at month’s end, paralyzed by a debate over the proper balance between civil liberties and national security.”

 

While this is good news for Liberty loving Georgians, it is not a permanent solution.  We urge you to contact Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and ask them to end the controversial surveillance of Georgia citizens.

http://www.isakson.senate.gov/public/

http://www.perdue.senate.gov/content/contact-david

 

The more that they hear from us, the more they will know that we are watching and that it does matter.
billofrights

 

Georgia’s Lady of Liberty – Amanda Swafford Reflects on Senate Run

From AccessNorthGa.com   FLOWERY BRANCH – The local woman who ran for U.S. Senate in Georgia is taking some time to rest through the holidays before planning her next move in politics.

Swafford GPB 02Amanda Swafford of Flowery Branch was the Libertarian candidate in the race, squaring off against Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue.

While several political pundits had said there was a real possibility of a January 6 runoff, Perdue won the mid-term election outright. He will replace Republican Saxby Chambliss who did not seek another term.

On the long campaign trail, Swafford said she encountered a lot of people who care about politics and want to change Georgia for the better, but she said more need to be involved.

She also found people who were completely in the dark about the election cycle.

“Just realizing how many people were disengaged from the political process, and didn’t understand that we were even having elections this year, and I think that’s the great disservice to our state, because we have so many issues that need to be worked out,” Swafford said.

Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Georgia

hand cuffs potA Democratic state senator from Gwinnett County has thrown down the gauntlet to his legislative colleagues on marijuana.

Sen. Curt Thompson of Norcross not only pre-filed a broader version of medical marijuana Monday than has been considered previously by the General Assembly. Thompson also pre-filed a constitutional amendment to legalize and regulate retail sales of marijuana and dedicate the tax proceeds to education and transportation.

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Remembering Chuck Donovan

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Chuck Donovan

We have lost a friend.

Chuck Donovan passed away this week from a battle with cancer. Chuck ran for US Senate in 2010 and was an inspiration to all. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family.

From Chuck’s wife, Claudia

Dear friends,
It is with great sadness that I let you know that Chuck passed away peacefully Wednesday night surrounded by family. Since suffering a massive brain hemorrhage in January and learning that he had cancer, he underwent radiation and chemotherapy until recently. During the ensuing months, Chuck was able to make the most of his time, enjoying activities with family and friends. To the end he never lost his enthusiasm for life, his sense of humor, or his kind, easy-going demeanor.

Per Chuck’s wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to these organizations, which meant so much to Chuck:

FEE: Foundation for Economic Education
https://fee.org/donate/

Mises Institute
http://mises.org/giving

Best wishes,
Claudia

Chuck in Video:

Georgia Libertarian Seeks House Seat in Special Election

Christine AustinJohns Creek, GA: Christine Austin of Johns Creek qualified Wednesday to run for Georgia State House – District 50 in a special election to be held on January 6, 2015. Although this is a non-partisan race, she has declared as a Libertarian Party candidate. FACEBOOK >>>

 
The special election will fill the seat vacated last Friday when Lynne Riley was selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as the state Department of Revenue commissioner.

 
Christine has been working for the cause of liberty for over a decade. She has served on the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of Georgia and other leadership roles.

 
Christine graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting and has served in her local community as Community Liaison for her HOA and as Legislative Director on the PTA board and her son’s school. She is a stay-at-home mother and a financial consultant.

 
Christine is looking forward to the next few weeks and the opportunity to spread the message of liberty and freedom for Georgians.

 
“It would be a pleasure and privilege to serve the people of District 50. As a Libertarian, I would bring a fiscally responsible approach to governance and work to give Georgians more liberty and individual freedom. I will not support increased taxation or limits on personal freedoms. I have no ties to special interest groups and will only serve in the best interest of the people of my district. My campaign will give voters a clear choice.”, said Christine Austin.

 
Special elections give Libertarian candidates a unique opportunity to run for office without the cumbersome requirement of gathering signatures of 5% of registered voters. In General Elections about 50% of state house races are unopposed.

 
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChristineAustinStateHouse50