David Cooper feels he can reach across party lines and defeat Doug Collins

Election 2018, News, Politics

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – David Cooper will face off against Josh McCall for Georgia’s 9th congressional district seat Democratic nomination. The winner of the May General Primary will then run against Republican incumbent Congressman Doug Collins in the November General Election.

Collins has held the Georgia 9th Congressional District seat since 2013.

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David Cooper seeks Democratic nomination in May General Primary.

Cooper stopped by the Fannin County Democratic meeting to share with Fannin County residents why he feels that he is the best man for the job.

“I am soldier. I have served in the forces that have guarded this country and our way of life, and I am prepared to serve again,” Cooper introduced himself.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, Cooper has also had a career working various levels of government and is currently retired from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During his employment with the EPA, Cooper worked in hazardous waste clean up and also worked in commercializing green options, such as solar, wind, and geothermal.

Because of his background, Cooper feels that he can reach a wide audience: “I speak the language of patriotism and sacrifice. I speak the language of compassion and selfless service. I speak the language of public participation, cost effective regulation and legislation.”

“It is not about giving a speech. It’s not about making a list of here’s my issues, and wouldn’t it be cool if we could do these things. That is what every politician is taught to do,” Cooper said, explaining he wants to see real accomplishments.

“I am an unconventional candidate, and I will be running an unconventional campaign,” Cooper noted, adding that unlike his opponent, McCall, he would in fact seek to sway Republican voters. “I have the skills and experience to have those conversations.”

Cooper is convinced that there is no such thing as a single-issue voter and is confident that he can find common ground and common values among all residents of Georgia’s 9th District.

Cooper summarized his beliefs and his platform into three key elements, with the first being a need to “save democracy”. He feels this can be accomplished by stopping fake news, ensuring clean elections, and implementing term limits.

His second stance is to “protect what we hold dear.” Cooper cited a few areas that deserve our attention and care, with these being social security, medicare, women’s rights, the environment, veterans, and small businesses.

Cooper labeled his final stance as “progress for the future.” He would like to see steps made toward universal health care, common sense gun control, clean energy, fair taxes and affordable education.

“Not free education,” Cooper pointed out, “until we can get healthcare for everybody, don’t talk to me about free education.”

Locally, Cooper would like to work to support small businesses, citing that they are uniquely numerous in our area due to the tourism industry. He feels that one way to promote this would be to “energize the Small Business Administration to do more to support and provide more outreach.”

“That’s how we keep the Georgia 9th vibrant, keep these small businesses going,” Cooper added.

“Collins should not be making rules for anyone,” Cooper spoke of his Republican opponent. “His loyalties are not with the people.”

In the General Primary, Cooper said the focus should not be about himself running against McCall, but instead he advised the crowd, “You need to pick the person who can beat Doug Collins and who has a plan.”

 

 

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Josh McCall prepares to face Doug Collins in upcoming election

Election 2018, News, Politics

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Josh McCall hopes to receive the Democratic nomination in the race for Georgia’s 9th congressional district seat.

This seat is currently held by incumbent Congressman Doug Collins. Collins has been Georgia’s 9th District representative since 2013.

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Josh McCall seeks Democratic nomination in May General Primary.

McCall has been traveling the district during his campaign, and made a stop at the Fannin County Democratic meeting to discuss with residents why he should represent our district.

Tired of hearing negativity in politics and disagreeing with many of today’s political moves, McCall stated that it had gotten to the point where he dreaded looking at his phone to get the latest news.

“Inevitably, as though it is some kind of force of fate, I do open my phone because I do care about my country and I want to know what’s happening,” McCall added.

Criticizing the Republicans, McCall referred to the party’s Debt Clock: “because everything that goes into feeding the poor people, those Republicans are putting it on the clock.”

“They just passed a bill handing over the fortunes of our children that was supposed to go into green infrastructure and the educational facilities of tomorrow,” McCall spoke of the party’s hypocrisy, “and it went into the pockets of billionaires.”

McCall added, “Let me tell you the red letters of our (Democrats) debt clock. They are written in the blood of students who died at Parkland. They’re written in the blood of the children who died daily from gun violence in this nation, which is breaking out like an epidemic.”

According to McCall Republicans used to care about urgent matters such as the National Debt and what is being left to the nation’s children, but their concerns have since shifted.

McCall wants to see focus put on healthcare and the costs related to this field, stating, “Those are the threats that are really facing us. You deserve life and you deserve health.”

“It is my fundamental belief that nobody should die because they are poor, and that nobody should be poor because they are dying,” McCall reiterated his passion to see meaningful change.

On national matters, McCall would like to see corporations “put on check” for environmental damage, and for lobbyists and organizations to have less of a hold on our government, citing that NRA (National Rifle Association) money is what stops real change to gun control.

“We are in too many nations right,” McCall said stating that we should pull forces out and invest at home,”There is not a single nation with a possible exception of Korea, that is any better off than it was before we invaded it.”

McCall would like to form a Public Service Coalition to serve at home and focus on social needs. The Civil Conservation Corp. could provide services such as taking care of the elderly in their homes and aid in environmental protection and clean up in exchange for scholarships to colleges.

For a two year term, McCall suggests, participants could receive a two-year technical degree scholarship, and for a four-year term, participants could receive a scholarship for a four year Bachelor’s Degree.

McCall switched gears to speak of his stance on the Second Amendment, “I firmly believe in the Second Amendment. The problem is the NRA does not. They only believe in that second part that makes them money.”

Citing that no one is safe in any public space in today’s climate, McCall emphasized that there is need for a well regulated militia.

“If they are law abiding citizens of sound mind, I want them to have that bolt action rifle. Their hunting rifle,” McCall stated, but also explained that there needs to be meaningful change.

One simple solution that he felt could have a lasting impact would be to have a 10 bullet limit on magazines, and outlaw removable clips. Other solutions would be to have gun owners secure weapons in their homes to keep them away from children. McCall stated that Georgia was number one in the nation for toddlers to die of gun related deaths.

“I don’t believe in confiscation,” McCall made very clear if new reform were to pass.

Locally McCall would like to focus on infrastructure in the 9th District, and have improvements to infrastructure done by people trained in our area.
If McCall were to receive the Democratic nomination, he spoke of where he differs from his Republican opponent Doug Collins.

“I believe that Doug Collins is most vulnerable in his complacency,” McCall stated and added that this election year Collins cannot ignore the Democratic party.

“Compassion and cooperation are the center pieces of my campaign,” McCall said and then added, “That is where he is vulnerable, he has not a compassionate or cooperative bone in his body, and that is our strength.”

McCall concluded by saying, “Am I my brother’s keeper? My answer to that is a resounding yes. This race is truly not about me. I have faith in the people of the 9th District.”

 

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Board of Education Monthly Meeting

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Jasper, GA – The Pickens County Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Thursday, August 10, at 6:00 P.M.

On the general fund report, the BOE explained most of the revenue that the board receives during the months of July and August are added to the prior year payroll. Currently, for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year, the board has only collected 0.86% of revenue and have spent 4.4% of its budgeted expenditures.

At the ending enrollment of May 25, 2017, we were at 4,265 students, currently we are at 4,453 students. The school system has 74 no shows this school year. Many have gone to other schools and homeschooling so the number of no shows should decrease as they are located.

Next on the agenda the board discussed transportation. Currently we are running 61 buses with 73 routes so we are down around twelve bus drivers. Bus driver training is coming up and there are seven attending to get more buses on the road. Last year buses drove 521,000 miles with 543 field trips and athletic trips. Our buses drive around 3,000 miles a day.

The Board approved an out of state field trip for Pickens High School’s cross country team to Orlando. Eight students will be attending along with three coaches from October 5 to October 8. The group will be having a big cross country meeting and be able to go to Disney World. Boost club will be covering the expenses for the trip.

At the end of the Board of Education Meeting Delane Lewis stated,

Thank you to everyone for all the hard work. It’s been a great first part of the year from my perspective.

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GA Senator and Candidate for Governor (R) Hunter Hill Interviews with BKP

Election, Politics

Constitutional conservative GA Senator and Candidate for GA Governor Hunter Hill came on the show this morning to discuss why he is running for Governor. Hill has been a member of the GA Senate since 2012 after returning home from his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. During this interview Hunter Hill talks about the importance of the core competencies that he would focus on in the state if elected as Governor. These being public safety, education, and transportation. Hill made the statement that the current restrictions on the education system is “stifling leadership” not just within the classroom but even into the administration within the schools. Hear all these details and more in this interview.

Educating Fake News Reporters

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The Huffington Post, it’s reputation for Left-wing accuracy based on its cunningly creative polling techniques, predictions and prognostications, now sullied and left in tatters after Trumps victory, is embarked on what one might call a Corporate Retreat event, in fact a bus tour of “Middle America,” visiting twenty-three “Hick” states, so their young staffers can observe and decide what went wrong with their message and what they can do to correct it. The “yokels” must be convinced they were wrong; that Trump is a buffoon, not to be trusted and because of them (the yokels) America passed its last best chance, with Hillary, to be an equal among equals.

It means of course, not just observing, but actually associating face to face, with those country “rubes,” sitting at their dirty lunch counters, drinking their oily coffee, tasting their greasy hamburgers and occasionally being urged to enjoy an RC Cola and a MoonPie. Perhaps the Huffington Post crew should start their faux American educational tour at Frostbite Falls, Mn.. These self-important “reporters,” not limited to Huff-Po alone of course, come in at least two identifiable categories. The ‘shallow reporter’ who immediately writes and publishes the first thing they hear, even if it’s from an anonymous source (rumor), a ‘reliable’ source (an official rumor), an open source (somebody else’s rumor), or no source at all, so long as it advances the Leftists agenda of destroying conservatism. If it’s anti-Trump or anti-Republicans, more the better, even if it has to be manufactured (fake) rumors.

These young people have a limited education about real life, meaning, they know the world according to Marx, Lenin and George Clooney, but not what middle-American writers have said. To them, Mark Twain was rustic “hick” and his writings basically reflected a white America. Edgar A. Guest, an English born American, who wrote a poetry column for over forty years in the Detroit Free Press and syndicated throughout the nation, encapsulated a 19th-20th century America in a prose that these people simply don’t understand. These “shallow reporters” have
less than a passing acquaintance with fact checking but, facts be damned, if it destroys someone then it must be used and the facts can be sorted out later to fit the narrative.

The second category is the establishments all knowing reporter, usually a Cable News type, whose suave voices, calm demeanor and in your eye commentary, demands belief. Sheppard Smith of Fox News fits this category, as does CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (Wolfgang Lightening),  Anderson Cooper and Rachael Madcow. Every network has them. Most are laughable in the display of their hysterical anti-Trump dysfunction, visible for all to see; but, they don’t see.

I’ve long suspected Sheppard Smith was a crypto-lefty, certainly a #NeverTrumper, but he was always clever enough to appear “fair and balanced“ until a Trump story comes up and then all pretense is swept aside. Wolf Blitzer gets breathless when trying to connivence us that some CNN manufactured story of Trumps association with the evil Russians has a hidden element in it that will make it true. Their viewership numbers, by the way, have dropped below the Rocky and Bullwinkle levels on MeTv. That’s why Frostbite Falls, Mn. should be on their bus tour.

I’m getting weary of this constant fake news reporting that pounds at us daily. So are others apparently, which would explain the dropping viewership numbers of most major cable news channels. For me, the OAN network is replacing Fox news as my go to choice but, the Colbert Report will never get my vote. Like the fake news reporters, he’s starting to believe his own copy and that’s dangerous. Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now,  y’all git out tha’r and help educate them tha’r reporters.

Pickens County Board of Education Adjusts Start and End Times

Education, News

Pickens County Board of Education agreed last night to change all schools start and end times.

On May 23, 2017 The Board posted an online survey for the community to give their input on the subject. Before taking the survey there was a section above on information to consider before deciding.

Information To Consider:

  •         High school students involved in extracurricular activities will miss less academic time by not missing as much or  any of 4th block class period.
  •         Students who participate in work exit may go to work early and get home earlier.
  •         High school and middle school students will be home before elementary siblings.
  •         Elementary students will not have to be at the bus stop at 6:10 in the morning reducing the time they spend at the bus stop in the dark.

Current start and end times

Proposed start and end times

3,602 surveys were completed to either keep the current times or change to the proposed.

The results were 58.7% were in favor to change the school starts times and 41.3% were not in favor of the changes.

All of the drop off times will remain as they were in the current year. The high school end time was changed and will be 10 minutes earlier than the current end time. Only the middle school adjusted the start time so it will bring the day in sync with the other schools.

2017-18 Start and end times

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