Trusting Governor Deal

I have a concern I might as well throw out there to you. I’ve been dwelling on since last night when I heard the Governor, Speaker, and the rest of the GOP Leadership was going to throw Christians under the bus in exchange for Democrat votes for the transportation tax increase.

Follow along with me.

We saw David Ralston push a billion dollar transportation tax increase through the legislature just months after road pavers and their PAC wrote him a check. Governor Deal gave it his full throated support.

We saw S.B. 63, the beer jobs bill, get scuttled because beverage wholesalers wrote massive checks. Governor Deal was a big recipient. Casey Cagle was a big recipient. And the legislation was corrupted and gutted.

Then we saw S.B. 129 gutted. Large donors opposed to protecting religious liberty weighed in. They had donated to Governor Deal. They had donated to David Ralston. They had donated to Casey Cagle. And ultimately they all folded like cheap suits for special interests. Religious liberty protections got tossed aside.

Now several credible people tell me that the Republican leaders have cut a deal with the Democrats. They’ll refuse to reconsider the religious liberty bill in exchange for Democrat votes for a tax increase.

I’ve been a big proponent of Governor Deal’s education reform plan. But watching monied interests corrupt so much sound policy, I do have to wonder how we can trust that education reform won’t also get tainted.

I understand the wheeling and dealing involved in getting legislation passed, but the ability to write a check to shape public policy reeks of corruption and bribery, legal or not.

When schools are passed into the state run system, how can we trust that monied interests won’t shape curriculum, etc. Look at the way large dollars prop up common core.

At this point, seeing so many good initiatives go down in flames because of donors to the GOP, I’m thinking we cannot trust the education reforms will not also be corrupted based on donations to key players.

It’s worth pondering. And I’m beginning to believe I was wrong to suggest this education reform package is worth fighting for. Looking at the pattern, I’m betting the only people who’ll be fighting for it are those who can profit from it.

Prostitutes and Their Johns

State Senator Hunter Hill proposed legislation, Senate Bill 63 (“SB63”) to bring some semblance of common sense to the State of Georgia.

Georgia is one of five states that prohibits beer brewers from selling their beer directly to the public. Wineries can, but breweries cannot.

The issue is not about beer. It is not about whether or not you like beer. It is about whores and the siren call for money. It is about corruption.

Hunter Hill’s legislation was put on the slow track, according to multiple Republican state senators, by the Republican Lt. Governor Casey Cagle who has received over $100,000.00 in campaign contributions this past campaign cycle from groups opposed to S.B.63.

Once it came up for a vote in the Regulated Industries Committee in the State Senate, a “compromise” plan gutted the legislation.

SB63 would have allowed beer breweries to sell up to 1440 ounces of beer, or a 12 pack of beer, to people who visit the brewery. But with the compromise plan reached in the Senate, all the breweries could do would be to give away free beer up to 64 ounces in a single container.

Free beer sounds awesome, but it comes with an incredible price. The breweries could only give the beer away to individuals who paid a jacked up price for a tour of the brewery. There’d be no free beer at all.

It’s the most absurd contradiction. The legislature now claims they’ve legislated that breweries can give away free beer, while forcing the breweries to raise the costs of tours and add additional burdens to both them and the public.

Why they did it is most galling. They did it because Republican members of the State Legislature, like whores, love money. Instead of prostituting themselves with sex for cash, they are prostituting themselves for legislative protectionism in exchange for cash. Their johns — Casey Cagle’s john — are alcoholic beverage wholesalers who have flooded the state legislature with cash to prop up an antiquated distribution system for alcohol.

And here is the frank fact of the matter. Unless you make your legislator feel pain and fear you, this will not change.

Tomorrow, S.B. 63 comes to a vote on the floor of the Senate. The votes are there to amend it to put it back in its original form. This is the list of members of the State Senate, both the whores and the righteous.

You should call every damn one of these corrupt prostitutes and demand they support S.B.63 in its original form instead of the bastardized amended version their johns have insisted on.

Republicans and Democrats in Georgia will not change the system of bribery and prostitution among our elected officials unless we all commit to waging violent war against our own side in both party contests and primaries.

They Gutted the Beer Jobs Bill

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee in Georgia has gutted S.B.63, the beer jobs bill. Breweries will continue to be prohibited from making direct sales to customers. Now, you’ll have to buy a tour and, in the price, be able to pay extra for no more than 64oz. of beer in a single container.

This is ridiculous. So many of these guys got major contributions from beer wholesalers and they are listening to them and not the voters.

Clearly we need a change in tactic. Try these phone numbers. They are their in-district office numbers. They won’t listen at the Capitol. Make them listen in their offices back home.

Tell them how angry you are that they gutted S.B.63. And then go find someone to challenge them in a primary.

Name

District Number

Rick Jeffares

(678) 432-7676

Frank Ginn

(706) 680-4466

Joshua McKoon

(706) 442-9130

Ed Harbison

(404) 656-0074

David Shafer

(404) 497-0048

Renee Unterman

(404) 463-1368

Brandon Beach

(678) 640-1811

Bill Cowsert

(706) 543-7700

Steve Gooch

(404) 656-9221

Steve Henson

(404) 243-5107

Jack Hill

(912) 557-3811

David Lucas

(478) 254-7600

Butch Miller

(678) 989-5301

Jeff Mullis

(706) 375-1776

The Committee Votes on Beer Today

Today, the Georgia Senate’s Regulated Industries Committee will meet to vote on the “Beer Jobs” bill. The legislation, S.B. 63 sponsored by Senator Hunter Hill, would allow craft breweries in Georgia to sell limited amounts of beer to the public.

The legislation is common sense. Georgia is one of only five states that does not allow it. Allowing it will create jobs. No one disputes that except the beer wholesalers. All the outside economists and business analysts who have reviewed the legislation agree it will increase sales and increase local jobs.

Opponents to the legislation have been sending massive amounts of money to members of the legislature to, in essence, buy their votes to oppose the legislation.

Below are the members of the Regulated Industries Committee. If you click their names, you can generate an email. Your smart phone should be able to generate phone calls from their phone numbers.

Call each of them and ask them to support S.B. 63 when they vote today.

Name

Phone

Rick Jeffares

(404) 463-1376

Frank Ginn

(404) 656-4700

Joshua McKoon

(404) 657-3217

Ed Harbison

(404) 656-0074

David Shafer

(404) 656-0048

Renee Unterman

(404) 463-1368

Brandon Beach

(404) 463-1378

Bill Cowsert

(404) 463-1366

Steve Gooch

(404) 656-9221

Steve Henson

(404) 656-0085

Jack Hill

(404) 656-5038

David Lucas

(404) 656-5035

Butch Miller

(404) 656-7454

Jeff Mullis

(404) 656-0057

Here Comes the Beer Jobs Bill

Tomorrow, the Georgia Senate’s Regulated Industries Committee will meet to begin review of the “Beer Jobs” bill. The legislation, S.B. 63 sponsored by Senator Hunter Hill, would allow craft breweries in Georgia to sell limited amounts of beer to the public.

The legislation is common sense.

A vote on the legislation will be held on Thursday. Opponents to the legislation have been sending massive amounts of money to members of the legislature to, in essence, buy their votes to oppose the legislation.

Below are the members of the Regulated Industries Committee. If you click their names, you can generate an email. Your smart phone should be able to generate phone calls from their phone numbers.

Call each of them and ask them to support S.B. 63 when they vote on Thursday.

Name

Phone

Rick Jeffares

(404) 463-1376

Frank Ginn

(404) 656-4700

Joshua McKoon

(404) 657-3217

Ed Harbison

(404) 656-0074

David Shafer

(404) 656-0048

Renee Unterman

(404) 463-1368

Brandon Beach

(404) 463-1378

Bill Cowsert

(404) 463-1366

Steve Gooch

(404) 656-9221

Steve Henson

(404) 656-0085

Jack Hill

(404) 656-5038

David Lucas

(404) 656-5035

Butch Miller

(404) 656-7454

Jeff Mullis

(404) 656-0057

Saving You From Beer

In Georgia, we have a first hand look today at crony capitalism and its destructive effects on your liberty.

After the end of prohibition, Georgia adopted a three-tier system for selling alcohol. Brewers and distillers make it, then a distribution company sells it for them, and retailers purchase and resell to the public. With the rise of craft breweries, however, the three-tier system creates a problem.

When people go on brewery tours, they want to buy beer on site. The three-tier system prevents that from happening. A law in Georgia’s Senate, SB63, would change that. The law would allow consumers, when they visit a brewery, to buy up to 144 ounces of beer, about a 12 pack, on site without having to go through a retailer.

The distributors and retailers are angry that the law might pass and, naturally, are claiming such a law is against consumers’ interests.

Martin Smith is the Assistant Director of the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association.

Mr. Smith seems to think you need protection from the craft breweries in Georgia. According to a report by Walter Jones for the Morris News Service, Mr. Smith said, “The three-tier system has been beneficial to consumers because it allows all brewers, large and small, equal access to consumers.”

As one brewer pointed out, “When you visit a winery, you don’t go back there when you want a bottle, you go to the retailers.” But Mr. Smith responds that is nonsense and gives away the game with “It simply shifts existing jobs and revenue.

See, allowing breweries to sell to the on site customers deprives Martin Smith’s distributors of money. He doesn’t really care about you.

And the Georgie Beer Wholesalers Association has taken Governor Deal to breakfast and given more than $1 million in contributions to members of the Georgia legislature.

If you live in Georgia, you might want to call Martin Smith at (404) 231-4292 and tell him to stop claiming he knows what is best for consumers.

Then I suggest you go here, put in your address, and call your state representative and state senator to demand they support Senator Hunter Hill’s S.B. 63.

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