Senator Loeffler hosts meet and greet

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On Oct. 2, Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler and Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn hosted a meet and greet at Black Diamond Grill. Both Senators were behind schedule – planned to start at noon – due to getting tested for COVID-19 prior to their arrival.

Both. Loeffler and Blackburn had been in contact with President Trump in recent days. Both senators’ tests came back as negative. Loeffler’s goal for her campaign and the upcoming election is to shake up the status quo as a businesswoman.

Blackburn –who introduced Loeffler – said since Trump has been in office, the economy has grown as well as the strength of the country. It will continue to grow with the leadership of figures like Trump and Loeffler, according to Blackburn.

“This country is coming back because with Donald Trump and Republican leadership, we can do this again and we will,” Blackburn said.Senator Blackburn introduced Senator Loeffler at meet and greet.

Loeffler said Washington is in need of more businesspeople like herself and Trump. Her fight for the Georgian’s will not stop, according to Loeffler.

“There’s nothing that the radical left fears more than a strong, conservative businesswoman, so I am proud to stand by you,” Loeffler said. “The radical left is working overtime to take away our freedoms, our opportunities, our way of life here in Georgia. They’re trying to get outsiders, like myself, like President Trump out of Washington but we’re not going to let them.”


Loeffler’s campaign is based on the American Dream and to continue to fight for it. Loeffler has focused on her core values of pro-life, pro-second amendment and holding China accountable.

“I have stood up to the radical left’s cancel culture and I’ve drawn the line and said we will not be canceled; we will not be silenced. I’m going to be that voice for every single Georgian who feels like they can’t speak out,” Loeffler said. “I am working for you…for all Georgian’s.”


“Freedom is why” Marjorie Green speaks to Whitfield GOP

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Marjorie Taylor Green spoke to Whitfield County Republicans Tuesday night.

Protecting all freedoms, from faith to press, was Marjorie Taylor Greene’ told Whitfield County Republicans to cherish their freedom at Tuesday’s GOP meeting. Green is the Republican candidate for the 14th Congressional district.

“Freedom is why we have so many people trying to come into America illegally,” she said. “It’s not for socialism.”

She told the packed GOP office in Dalton that she has lived the proverbial American Dream, from being the first in her family to graduate from college, to opening her own business and making is successful, to taking over the family’s construction company.

“I”m thrilled to be a mother of three with the freedom to teach them from my faith and how to work hard,” she said.

She cautioned those in attendance that those freedoms were endangered by the Democratic party. She squares off against Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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Dianne Putnam, Chairman for the Whitfield County Republican party, talks to guest as they arrive to hear Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican candidate for the 14th Congressional Distrcit.


“If we don’t flip the house and keep the senate, they will push the Green New Deal through,” she said. “They are planning to do that fast.”

Greene referred to the 110-page document created by a joint Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders task force recommending “combating the climate crisis and pursuing environmental justice.”

“The Green New Deal will kill the oil industry,” Greene warned. “Look at California

She added that also high on Biden’s list, if elected, is taking the country back under the Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal.

“We don’t like pollution, but more taxes won’t fix it,” she said. “And they want us to have a deal with a country that yells ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.'”


“We need good guys with guns.”

She continued to tell supporters that the Second Amendment would be protected. She told them her high school was a gun-free zone, an effort pushed by then-Congressman Biden, when a fellow classmate, broke down after being bullied, and brought three guns to school and took control of the class.

“I was afraid and the government is not going to tell me how many guns or how much ammo I need to protect my family,” she said. “We didn’t have a good-guy with a gun in my school. We need good guys with guns.”


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Joshua Abernathy, of Chatsworth, signs into the meeting. He worked on Greene’s campaign, knocking on doors over Whitfield and Murray counties.

“Abortion is the most evil lie”

She took a more compassionate approach to women who have had abortion.

“I do not judge them. I believe when a woman makes that choice, she is in crisis,” she said. “I do judge our government for selling the most evil of lies to women in crisis. They are telling these women that a baby will get in the way and prevent them from accomplishing their goals and dreams. My kids are my reason why.”

She said the problem, besides government funding abortions and Planned Parenthood, was that abortions cost $400 compared to adoptions, which can range up to $40,000.

“We have to do better,” she said.

“Freedom of press is a gift.”


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Greene spoke to members of the Whitfield County Republicans.

“Our freedom of press is a gift, a beautiful gift,” she said. But, there were some things she said that the conservatives were tired of. Speaking openly to a New York Times reporter at the event, she said “We don’t like the far left media. We’re also tired of the Russian collusion”

She stressed she was glad the reporter was there, but added “We know the mainstream media is the mouthpiece of the Democratic party.”

Green urged the media to understand that conservatives are able to read non-bias news, do their own research and judge the information given. “We are smart.”

In closing, Greene said the federal government needed to be reminded they were owned by the regular people.

“We need a congress that works for the people from both sides,” she said. “I’ll remind congress who they work for.”

Early voting

Early voting starts Oct. 12 and the last day to register to vote is Oct. 5. October 24 is the only Saturday for early voting.






Pickens County August 11 runoff election returns

General Primary runoff election

PICKENS COUNTY, Ga – The polls have closed for the August 11 runoff election. To review the unofficial election returns for your local, state, and federal races, check out the list below. Please remember all the results are unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State.

Precincts: 100% reporting


Tax Commissioner 


Amy Gibson – 2,348

PROJECTED WINNER – Daniel Reeves – 2,503

Board of Education Post 1


Donna Enis (I) – 1,896

PROJECTED WINNER: Thomas Gartrell – 2,947


U.S. House of Representatives District 14


John Cowan – 516

Marjorie Greene – 1,067

U.S. House of Representatives District 9


Andrew Clyde – 1,784

Matt Gurtler – 1,441


Devin Pandy – 186

Brooke Siskin – 106

To see the state election returns, click here. This article contains the overall race winner and identified runoffs for State House, State Senate, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate in FYN’s coverage area.

The General Election is scheduled for November 3 as well as the jungle primary for Senator Kelly Loeffler’s seat.

Pickens County 2020 General Primary Election Returns

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election returns

PICKENS COUNTY, Ga – The polls have closed for the June 9 General Primary. To review the unofficial election returns for your local races, see below. Please remember all the results are unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State.

Pickens Board of Elections stopped counting votes around 12:30 a.m. and will resume at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10. The Secretary of State gave his permission to halt the count for the night.

United States



Donald J. Trump (I) Presumptive Winner


Michael Bennet

Joseph R. Biden Presumptive Winner

Pete Buttigieg

John K. Delaney

Tulsi Gabbard

Amy Klobuchar

Deval Patrick

Bernie Sanders

Tom Steyer

Elizabeth Warren

Andrew Yang


US Senate Georgia


David Perdue (I) Presumptive Winner


Sarah Riggs Amico

Marckeith DeJesus

Maya Dillard Smith

James Knox

Tricia Carpenter McCracken

Jon Ossoff Presumptive winner

Teresa Tomlinson


US GA District 9


Michael Boggus

Paul C. Broun

Andrew Clyde Run-off

Matt Gurtler Run-off

Maria Strickland

Kevin Tanner

Ethan Underwood

Kellie Weeks

John Wilkinson


Devin Pandy

Brooke Siskin

Dan Wilson

US House District 14


John D. Barge

Ben Bullock

Kevin Cooke

John Cowan

Clayton Fuller

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Andy Gunther

Bill Hembree

Matt Laughridge


Kevin Van Ausdal Presumptive Winner


State Offices

Georgia Public Service Commission District 1


Jason Shaw (I) Presumptive winner


Robert Bryant Presumptive winner


Georgia Public Service Commission District 4


Lauren McDonald Jr. (I) Presumptive winner


Daniel Blackman Leading

John Noel


State Senate

Georgia State Senate District 51


Steve Gooch (I) Presumptive winner


June Krise Presumptive winner


State House District 11


Rick Jasperse (I) Presumptive winner

Charlotte L. Williamson


Kayla Hollifield Presumptive winner


District Attorney

District Attorney Appalachian District


B. Alison Sosebee (I)



Georgia Supreme Court


Georgia Supreme Court

Charlie Bethel (I)Leading

Beth Beskin


Sarah Warren (I)Leading

Hal Moroz


Georgia Court of Appeals

Christian Coomer (I) Presumptive winner


Georgia Court of Appeals

Elizabeth Gobeil (I) Presumptive winner


Georgia Court of Appeals

Sara Doyle (I) Presumptive winner


Georgia Court of Appeals

E. Trenton Brown III (I) Presumptive winner


Georgia Court of Appeals

D. Todd Markle (I) Presumptive winner



Commission Chairman


Rob Jones (I)

Kristopher Stancil Presumptive winner



David Shouse

Tax Commissioner 


Tracy Chester

Amy Gibson Run-off

Daniel Reeves Run-off




Donnie Craig (I)Presumptive winner

Chris Tucker


Clerk of Superior Court 


Jennifer Edwards Jordan (I) Presumptive winner


Chief Magistrate Judge 


Alan Morris Presumptive winner


Probate Judge


David W. Lindsey (I) Presumptive winner


Board of Education District One 


Thomas H. Gartrell Run-off

Mathew O’Bryant

Donna Enis (I) Run-off


Board of Education District Four 


Sue Finley (I) Leading

Brian Rittenberry



County Coroner


Mark Godfrey (I) Presumptive Winner


To see the state election returns, click here.

Run-off elections will be held on August 11 if needed. The General Election is scheduled for November 3 as well as the jungle primary for Senator Kelly Loeffler’s seat.

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