GCDC Update

2019.03.21 – Gilmer democrats had a great meeting tonight!  Here is some news shared at the meeting.

We need every Democrat to help with this terrible legislation!

The Georgia House has passed HB 481, the “Heartbeat Bill.”  It is now in the Senate and may be voted as soon as next week.

“Heartbeat Bills” are being introduced in many states as part of a right-wing strategy to advance anti-abortion legislation to the Supreme Court. With the recent appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it has been widely theorized that laws such as these may be not be deemed unconstitutional, restricting abortion access in many states and thus making Roe v. Wade obsolete.

A similar bill has been struck down in Iowa but we can’t be sure other courts will do the same.

According to HB 481:

❌ Abortions would be banned after 6 weeks (before most women even know they’re pregnant) – and potentially threaten Roe vs. Wade.
❌ If a woman is raped and becomes pregnant, she must file a police report to get the care she needs.  (Think of a young teen having been raped by a stepfather, for example!)
❌ A white male legislator is given more power over a pregnant woman’s body than she, herself, has.

If HB 481 passes the Senate, it will make Georgia the most dangerous state to be a woman in America – period. Contact your senator RIGHT NOW to tell them to stop the ban.

Send a postcard to:

The Honorable Steve Gooch
421-F State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

Call his Atlanta office:   (404) 656-9221

Send him a Fax:   (404) 651-6768

Write his District Office:

The Honorable Steve Gooch
P.O. Box 600
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Those who attended the meeting tonight signed pre-addressed postcards to be sent.

If you do not act, who will?

State Democratic Party elections

State Party elections were held on January 26, and we have new State officers.  Josh McCall is now our District Coordinator, having been elected to replace David Robinson.

Legislation Monitoring

Are you interested in monitoring legislation in Georgia or the U.S. Congress?  If so, let us know.  We are looking for someone to sign up for LegiScan.com to monitor Georgia State House bills and let us know what is going on at our monthly meetings.  The U.S. Congress’ bills also can be monitored online through the Federal Register.  If you would like to help, we need you!

Monthly Gilmer Democrat Meetings

The Gilmer County Democratic Committee has recommended new activities for our meetings.  At every meeting:

1.       An issue of timely political importance will be discussed, and action will be facilitated by making pre-addressed postcards available to all attendees.  We are pleased to announce that the first of these discussions will be led by Jack Neumeyer at the April meeting on the subject of immigration.

2.      We will be appointing individuals to make a presentation at each meeting about a candidate for President.  This will enable us to get to know about the candidates’ policies and proposal for action if they become President.  Thank Beth Williams, who will make the April presentation about Kamala Harris, and Terry Woehr who will tell us about Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

3.      We will continue to meet at Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church whenever possible.

4.      Instead of using money for food that could be used to support Democratic candidates, future meetings will be “potluck.”

Melba Gandy
Chair, Gilmer County Democratic Committee

New from the Georgia Democratic Party

Event opportunity: This week, CNN is hosting a town hall in Atlanta with presidential candidate Gov. John Hickenlooper. If you are interested in attending the event, registration is available here.

Please continue to sign up for BLUE School training in Atlanta on March 30th (link), as well as for young people interested in joining Organizing Corps 2020 (link).

General Assembly Update- Fighting for Women’s Rights

The Senate Science and Technology Committee heard testimony on House Bill 481, the abortion ban bill. Women, medical providers,  and Democrats from across Georgia came to share their stories and fight against this bill that would make Georgia the most dangerous place to be a woman in America. The committee chair is accepting amendments over the weekend, and we are keeping a close eye as this bill moves forward to a vote.

 

2019 March Meeting

Update on Gilmer Dems Activities

Next Meeting:

          March 21, 6:00 p.m., at Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church

We will discuss the first of a series of issues of interest to Democrats; and Melba Gandy will share the speech she gave at the 9th District Democratic Women’s Annual Meeting on the subject of women in Georgia politics.  

 9th District Democrats have a new website

          The newly elected officers of the Democratic Party of Georgia heard us say we needed better communication.  They have established a new 9th District FaceBook page.  Please visit it and “like” it!

https://www.facebook.com/9th-Congressional-District-County-Party-Communications-608569516232735/

 

New Members

          New Members are needed to serve on the Gilmer County Democratic from Districts A and C.

o   District A comprises precincts 1 and 4, and votes at Ellijay South and Town Creek

 

o   District C comprises precincts 7, 8, and 10, and votes at Boardtown, Mountaintown, and Ellijay North.

If you live in one of these districts and are interested in serving, OR if you don’t live in one of these districts but would like to serve At-Large, please contact a current member of the Committee and express your interest.

See you on the 21st!

H.R. 1

2019.03.08 – Background: Today the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1, the For the People Act.

  • After making historic gains in the House, Democrats immediately got to work for the people and introduced H.R. 1., the For the People Act.

  • H.R. 1 includes provisions to strengthen our election systems and  make it easier, not harder, for people to vote.

    • The legislation creates a nation-wide automatic voter registration, ensures that individuals who have completed felony sentences have their full rights restored, and expands early voting and absentee voting.

  • H.R. 1 will also reduce the role of money in politics and restore transparency, accountability and unity to government.

  • The White House has threatened to veto, and McConnell has already refused to take up, this bold, transformative legislation that puts the power back in the hands of the people and cleans up the corruption in Washington.

    • Republicans are beholden to special interests and won’t take action to make Washington work for the people.

Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta
National Broadcast Media Manager
Director of LGBTQ Media
Democratic National Committee
(c) 202-664-7609


Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

VoteVets to Sue Trump Administration

VoteVets is suing the Trump administration, and we need your help to blow this story wide open. Here’s why:

Shortly after the election, Trump essentially installed three members of Mar-a-Lago as shadow rulers of the Department of Veterans Affairs. His golf buddies.  Not kidding.

There was no formal appointment. They have no background with veterans’ health care or houselessness or job training. They just belong to Trump’s club. And VA appointees and employees are expected to report to them.

So we’re suing to stop this travesty. But there’s also going to be House Committee hearings on the issue. And that’s why we’re asking:

Sign VoteVets’ petition: tell House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair, Mark Takano, you stand with him in calls for an investigation and hearings into Trump’s golf buddies’ role in running the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The health and safety of America’s veterans isn’t a game for President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago members to play with between rounds of golf or over shrimp cocktails. It’s not just insulting that veterans were forced to sue the Trump administration to have a voice in its veterans’ policies, it’s dangerous.

All our best,

The team at VoteVets

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KEY TAKEAWAYS: COHEN TESTIMONY

2019 FEB 27 Here are key takeaways from Michael Cohen’s testimony today:

REPUBLICANS WOULD NOT DEFEND TRUMP: Republicans refused to ask Cohen questions about Trump or try to demonstrate that his testimony today was false, instead focusing on his lying to Congress — which he did in an attempt to protect Trump.

Cohen: “I just find it interesting, sir, that between yourself and your colleagues, that not one question so far, since I’m here, has been asked about President Trump.”

New York Times: “At a surprise federal court hearing in Manhattan, Mr. Cohen admitted that he had minimized Mr. Trump’s role in efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and gave the false impression to Congress that the negotiations had ended in January 2016, just before the Iowa caucuses.”

TRUMP COMMITTED FRAUD: Cohen testified that Trump committed financial fraud by inflating or deflating his assets and revenues in order to get loans or avoid taxes.

Cohen: “I’m giving the Committee today three years of President Trump’s financial statements, from 2011-2013, which he gave to Deutsche Bank to inquire about a loan to buy the Buffalo Bills and to Forbes. […] It was my experience that Mr. Trump inflated his total assets when it served his purposes, such as trying to be listed among the wealthiest people in Forbes, and deflated his assets to reduce his real estate taxes.”

Cohen: “Everything was done with the knowledge and at the direction of Mr. Trump.”

TRUMP DIRECTED HUSH MONEY PAYMENTS: Cohen testified that Trump told him to buy the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels during the campaign — and even provided a personal reimbursement check that Trump himself signed months into his presidency.

Washington Post’s Max Boot: “Cohen testified that Trump told him to pay off a porn star and reimbursed him for doing so. Cohen even produced a check Trump signed while he was president and another one that was signed by Donald Trump Jr., implicating the president’s son in this felony, as well.”

Cohen: “Mr. Trump directed me to use my own personal funds from a Home Equity Line of Credit to avoid any money being traced back to him that could negatively impact his campaign.”

POSSIBLY MORE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY: Cohen implied that federal prosecutors are looking at other illegal acts committed by Trump that have not been disclosed publicly.

Rep. Krishnamoorthi: “When was the last communication with President Trump or someone acting on his behalf. […] And what did he or his agent communicate to you.”

Cohen: “Unfortunately, this topic is actually something that’s being investigated right now by the Southern District of New York and I’ve been asked by them not to discuss and not to talk about these issues.”

STONE TOLD TRUMP ABOUT WIKILEAKS: Cohen claimed Roger Stone told Trump about WikiLeaks’ planned release of hacked DNC emails, and suggested that the special counsel’s office might have corroborating evidence.

WSJ’s Dustin Volz: “Cohen says call between Stone and Trump about Wikileaks took place on July 18 or July 19, 2016. If true, that would mean the call happened the EXACT same day or one day after Mueller said Wikileaks told Guccifer it had received the stolen DNC archive”

Rep. Wasserman Schultz: “Roger Stone says he never spoke with Mr. Trump about WikiLeaks. How can we corroborate what you are saying?”

Cohen: “I don’t know, but I suspect that the special counsel’s office and other government agencies have the information that you’re seeking.”

TRUMP AND HIS LAWYERS CHANGED COHEN’S STORY: Cohen said Trump’s attorneys edited his testimony about the Trump Tower Moscow deal, in which he committed perjury.

The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand: “Big: Cohen says changes were made to his testimony about the Trump Tower Moscow deal by Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow (and maybe others on Trump’s legal team, but he was cut off.) The changes included his statements about how long the negotiations went on, Cohen says.”

TRUMP TOLD COHEN TO LIE: Cohen said Trump directed him to lie that Trump had no knowledge of the illegal hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels.

New York Times’ Maggie Haberman: “Big – Cohen says Trump asked him to say that Trump wasn’t knowledgable of Cohen’s payments to Daniels. This was Feb 2018, when Trump was president for a year already. He says Trump called him to direct him to mislead the public.”


Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta

National Broadcast Media Manager
Director of LGBTQ Media
Democratic National Committee
(c) 202-664-7609


Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

NO COST Hepatitis A Shots Offered at Health Departments in North Georgia

2019 FEB 25, North GA – Due to an increase in eastern Alabama, southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia of reported cases of hepatitis A, a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus, public health departments in north Georgia are providing hepatitis A vaccinations at no out-of-pocket expense. We are especially urging people who are at greatest risk for becoming infected with hepatitis A, including people who are incarcerated in jails, homeless persons, injecting drug users, and men who have sex with men, to come to a county health department in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens or Whitfield County for a no-cost-to-clients hepatitis A vaccination. Learn more at http://bit.ly/No-Cost-Hep-A-Shot_NorthGA.

Contact information for each county health department in North Georgia:

Cherokee: 1219 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115, (770) 345-7371 or 7545 North Main Street, Woodstock, GA, (770) 928-0133

Fannin: 95 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, (706) 632-3023

Gilmer: 28 Southside Church Street, Ellijay, GA 30540, (706) 635-4363

Murray: 709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705, (706) 695-4585

Pickens: 60 Health Way, Jasper, GA 30143, (706) 253-2821

Whitfield: 800 Professional Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30720, (706) 279-9600

General Meeting 2019 FEB

The next General Meeting of the Gilmer County Democrats will be on Thursday, 2019 February 21. We will be meeting at Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church, 2502 Tails Creek Road (GA 282 West), Ellijay GA.  The start time is 6 PM.  Please Click Here for directions.

Join us for pizza and beer, plus a chance to hear the experiences from some of the 15-plus Gilmer Democrats who participated in the Women’s March in Washington DC last month.  The suggested contribution is $3.00.

We are gearing up to support candidates in 2020 and have started to build our campaign fund.

 

DNC on Trump Address and Democratic Responses

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after President Trump delivered his State of the Union address and Stacey Abrams and Xavier Becerra delivered the Democratic responses:

“Separating families does not unify our nation. Taking away people’s health care does not unify us. Blocking access to the ballot box does not unify us. Shutting down the government does not unify us. Building walls does not unify us.

“Donald Trump’s words tonight were hollow. His calls for unity were undermined by the most divisive agenda in modern history. His vague platitudes were punctured by lies, fearmongering, and broken promises.

“Unlike Trump, Stacey Abrams and Xavier Becerra laid out a vision for progress and prosperity for all people, not just those at the top. They spoke to our shared values of inclusion and opportunity. And they made clear which party truly has the backs of the American people: The Democrats.”


Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

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