Author: Erick

Boehner Did Not Give Barr a “Blessing”

Jonathan Strong has the details. Bob Barr had claimed that Speaker John Boehner gave him “his blessing” for his congressional run in the 11th.

That was a surprise to Georgia’s congressional delegation.

One of them spoke to National Review and gave this quote:

“It’s up to the steering committee, and Bob Barr left the party. And now he’s coming back, saying, ‘here I am, I want all my seniority and all back.’ You know, I don’t see the steering committee bending over backwards to accommodate him,” says a current Georgia congressman, who asked that his name not be used.

Lynn Westmoreland was willing to go on the record that Barr would get his seniority back, but would be behind anyone who has been there in the past eight years. Jeff Breedlove, however, stands by the claims that Speaker Boehner has “privately assured Barr he would help him secure his previous committee assignments.”

Of course, there is a difference between getting back on old committees and getting back seniority.

Huge Election Problem in Bibb County

Macon and Bibb County have consolidated and have their election in September for a new mayor and commission for the consolidated government.

The districts are here.

I’ve confirmed with several residents who have had it happen and with a consultant involved that as many as several hundred residents have been placed in the wrong districts.

It all stems from the border between districts two and three. One resident I spoke with received a a robo call from current city councilman Henry Ficklin, which she thought was funny because she is in District 3, where the only candidates are Elaine Lucas, wife of State Senator David Lucas, and her challenger Terry Tripp.

When the lady and her husband went to vote, District Two candidates Henry Ficklin and Larry Schlesinger appeared on the ballot. Both voters complained and the Board of Elections looked up their address, determined the computer was wrong, and gave them ballots for district 3 instead.

Their neighbors, also in district 3 and who early voted, had to vote between Ficklin and Schlesinger. In a low information race and more concerned about the mayoral race, they hadn’t paid attention that they were placed by the ballot in the wrong district.

A consultant involved who has pulled the voter file says there appears to be an extensive voter placement problem along the borders of Districts 2 and 3 in Bibb County. It appears the information transmitted by the county to the state was wrong and the Secretary of State’s office consequently has bad, locally generated, inputs.

In a low turnout election, as many expect this will be, those errors could throw victory to people based on votes of those who do not live in their districts.

Amazing Audio from @GRTL : “If All Aren’t Protected, None Are Protected.”

Fox 5 Atlanta led their newscast last night with Georgia Right to Life joining pro-abortion groups to oppose pro-life legislation in Congress. I have been telling you that Georgia Right to Life’s position has descended to the insane position of letting all children die unless all can be saved.

Last night, Georgia Right to Life went on record to publicly embrace that characterization. You can see the video for yourself.

Georgia Right to Life’s Suzanne Ward told Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Justin Gray, “If all aren’t protected, none are protected.” In other words, legislation that pro-life groups around the country have showed would stop 99.4% of late term abortions was not good enough because 0.6% of late term abortions could be carried out.

This is an absurd position when lives are at stake. What is so amazing is the follow up statement from Georgia Right to Life.

Rape and incest is a horrible scenario and we have the utmost sympathy for anyone in those circumstances, but we can’t condone murder in those circumstances

No one is asking them to condone it. But what conservatives have asked is that we at least move the ball forward where we can on this issue. Georgia Right to Life has refused to do so.

And now they are going on record with their position — better all die than work to save as many as we can. This is horrific. This is Westboro Baptist Church insanity.

Georgia needs a new pro-life group — one that actually wants to save as many lives as possible.

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Moral Vacancy at Georgia Right to Life

“As far as I am concerned, Georgia Right to Life has now become the Westboro Baptist Church of the pro-life movement Instead of saving souls, they’d rather stone those who are trying to save souls. We need a new pro-life group in Georgia.

The United States House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday evening that would prohibit abortions in the United States after 20 weeks of pregnancy, which is the time a fetus of normal development begins to feel pain.

The legislation made its way through committee with Democrats claiming the Republicans were again at war with women. Republicans, however, pointed to the horrific acts of Kermit Gosnell and others as evidence of the need for the legislation. With little change the legislation made it out of committee and then arrived in the Rules Committee of the House of Representatives.

The Rules Committee refused to let it out without an amendment excepting rape and incest. To be clear, members of Congress, congressional staffers, and members of the pro-life lobby have all confirmed to me that the legislation would not get a vote at all on the floor of the House without those two exceptions in the legislation.

After twenty weeks the number of abortions performed due to rape and incest are quite small. The percentage most often cited is 0.6%. In other words, 99.4% of late term abortions would be prohibited. National pro-life leaders, long time pro-life members of Congress, and religious organizations were all willing to make that legislative compromise in order to get a vote on the most significant piece of pro-life legislation to come before Congress since the partial birth abortion ban — a piece of legislation that was vetoed several times before it finally became law.

This, however, was not good enough for Dan Becker and the folks at Georgia Right to Life. Calling other pro-life groups “morally vacant,” Dan Becker declared that this was only a messaging bill that would never get passed, therefore the GOP should go all in with no exceptions.

But then that’s the point, isn’t it? The GOP leadership was not willing to go all in. The leadership blocked the legislation and would not give it a vote at all without those exceptions.

What if the legislation, as amended, could pass and could be signed into law? Would Dan Becker and Georgia Right to Life oppose it? Given their position at this point, we should conclude that they would. The organization calling other pro-life groups around the country “morally vacant” has taken the fringe position that it is better for all children to continue being aborted than to save 99.4% of them.

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CONFIRMED: Georgia Right to Life Opposes Legislation to Prohibit Abortions

With friends like these…

Life News confirms Georgia Right to Life is opposed to one of the most pro-life pieces of legislation to come out of Congress since the partial birth abortion ban.

While the rest of the pro-life movement lobbies today for the ban on abortions from 20 weeks to the point of birth, one pro-life organization is apparently calling members of Congress to oppose it.

Georgia Right to Life issued an action alert to its members calling on them to urge members of Congress to oppose the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) because it, as most pro-life legislation does, has exceptions for rape and incest. Women considering an abortion late in pregnancy likely never consider an abortion for such a reason, but GRTL decided that those exceptions were enough to seek the defeat of a bill that would stop late-term abortions that have killed 1-2 million unborn children since Roe.

This all or nothing approach might be admirable until you consider, not the conjecture, but the actual data. The number of abortions after 20 weeks that arise from rape or incest are very small. Even if, suddenly, women started claiming rape or incest to have abortions after 20 weeks, we would more likely than not see a 100% increase.

For the sake of argument and because math is hard, presume there are 100,000 annual post-20 week abortions excluding rape and incest. Now presume suddenly 90% of those abortions become attributed to rape or incest. While that is not going to happen, even so, that would still save 10,000 additional lives per year.

For the sake of further argument, let’s assume the absolutists are right and that 100% of those cases will suddenly claim rape or incest. Well then the situation would be no different from status quo.

So if Georgia Right to LIfe were right, the situation under HR 1797 would be unchanged from the status quo. If Georgia Right to Life is wrong — the more likely presumption — they would rather keep the slaughter for purity of cause than save lives. You can read the Georgia Right to Life action alert here.

They claim the legislation was hijacked. In truth, the legislation had the rape/incest exception added to increase its likelihood of passage and prevent Democrats from attacking the GOP as anti-women in the process.

Members of the Georgia General Assembly tell me that this past year the Georgia legislature passed a fetal pain bill that was heavily opposed by left-wing groups and Georgia Right to Life. One member of the state legislature told me, while the legislature was actively working to stop abortions after 20 weeks — the point at which a child in utero can feel pain — Georgia Right to Life was impossible to work with, rude, and quite obnoxious. It left members of the legislature scratching their heads wondering why they were bothering to pass pro-life legislation that would save lives when the pro-life group in town was attacking them for doing it.

And we can now add for certain that Georgia Right to Life would rather keep having children slaughtered, even past the point of feeling pain, unless they can get an all or nothing solution. How many children must die before Georgia Right to Life recognizes its folly.

How Many Kids Will Die Before Pro-Lifers Are Willing to Move the Ball Toward Life?


Up in Washington, DC, House Republicans have the opportunity to save the lives of children and put the Democrats on defense all in one turn. They are set to consider legislation that would prohibit abortions in the United States after 20 weeks, which is the point a child in the womb can feel pain.

In light of the Kermit Gosnell horror story, you would expect a majority of Americans would support this legislation. They do. The GOP put in exceptions for rape and incest so the left cannot demonize them as being at war with women. As Trent Franks of Arizona noted, the instances of abortions due to rape is not high, nor are the instances of abortion due to incest. While they happen, they are not most common.

In other words, the House Republicans are set to restrict abortions in America in a way that the overwhelming majority of both men and women in the United States support. This will result in lives saved. It will put the Democrats on the defense on abortion in a way they haven’t been since the partial birth abortion ban.

Sadly, like Lt. Colonel Nicholson unwilling to blow up the damn bridge over the River Kwai, some pro-life groups are unable to bring themselves to actually save children from having their brains sucked out or injected with saline or all the other gruesome ways they are slaughtered. These pro-life groups have decided it is better that all children to be aborted keep getting aborted rather than spare the majority unless the law gets rid of the exception for rape and incest.

This is having ramifications for the legislation. And the discontent causing those ramifications is coming from the Georgia pro-life movement.

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Why Dale Russell Is a Must Watch Reporter

If you don’t want Dale Russell’s reporting on TV you are missing out and behind the news instead of in front of it. This nugget at the website TV Newser explains why.

Fox News got the first national scoop on the Boston Marathon bomb photos. Why? Because Dale Russell beat the AP and everyone else to them for WAGA in Atlanta.

Dale Russell, an investigative reporter for WAGA, was the first to obtain the photos, TVSpy reports. They aired on the local Fox affiliate on the 6:30 p.m. newscast and first aired nationally at the top of Shepard Smith‘s 7pmET Fox News program.

Well done.

Casey Cagle Does Union Bidding Against Non-Union Companies

This is fascinating and I suspect some enterprising reporter could find an interesting scoop looking at the financial disclosures that’ll come out in June.

Ed Lindsey proposed legislation that passed the House about unions. The legislation would prevent Georgia cities and counties from favoring union businesses.

Georgia is one of the few states that is seeing increased union membership going against a national trend. Needless to say, it also works against the GOP.

Cities and counties in several metropolitan areas in Georgia, particularly Atlanta and DeKalb County, have shown increasing boldness in giving city business to unionized companies when those companies are competing against non-union companies.

Ed Lindsey’s legislation would have blocked the cities and counties from doing that.

It passed the House.

Casey Cagle today referred it to the Senate Urban Affairs Committee Chaired by a Democrat. This ensures the legislation will die.

Makes you wonder who Cagle is talking to in his run up to seeking higher office.

Also, it would seem the Chamber of Commerce and the NFIB both would not like this move. Given their ability to influence members of the Senate it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. Assuming the Chamber, in particular, cares. Given the increasing unionization in Georgia, they’d be crazy not to care and to sit on the sidelines.

Teaching Earnest Smith About the First Amendment

State Rep. Earnest Smith wants to pass a law that prohibits people from photoshopping elected officials to make fun of them.

According to Rep. Smith, ““No one has a right to make fun of anyone. You have a right to speak, but no one has a right to disparage another person. It’s not a First Amendment right.”

Some enterprising listener of my radio show has taken up my idea to show Earnest Smith how wrong he is. Whoever it is has created where you can submit your photoshop efforts.

Merry Christmas

From all of us here at Peach Pundit to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

— Erick

The Gospel of Luke 2:1-20

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.



Just have to share this with you guys.

I took the dog out this morning at 4am. Some weird noise woke us both us and the dog insisted on going outside. We did. She sniffed around, peed, and came back inside.

At 7:15 this morning we went back out and the dog started going nuts. She doesn’t bark at anything — deer, dogs, cats, nothing. And she was going absolutely nuts. All the fur on her back was up. her tail turned bushy. I looked to see what she was barking at and it was a giant black lab in the tall grass of the natural gas easement behind our house.

I stepped forward to shoo the lab out of our yard and it was no lab. It was a big ass black panther. Scared the mess out of me.

Dessa, our dog, and I quickly exited the scene as the panther lumbered toward the woods.

So I called the Department of Natural Resources, which kindly informed me I had seen a dog. There are no black panthers in Georgia. There are occasional South Florida Cougars, but they are not black, so I must have seen a coyote. Except it was a coyote with a three foot long black tail and a cat’s head.

The neighbors’ cats have all gone missing and the deer that usual dwell behind all our houses have not been seen in days.

That’s some coyote.

By the way, my wife saw it walking up the street late last night into the woods and said it was the most big cat looking dog she’s ever seen.

Don Balfour and a Failure of Leadership

As Nathan noted below, Don Balfour is under a GBI investigation.


Just a couple of points. The Senate had an ethics complaint on Balfour and basically punted. Some of them will, no doubt, say they knew outside authorities would look into it. That’s not true though. Josh McKoon, a Republican from Columbus, requested the Attorney General look into the matter.

McKoon was the only State Senator to take this issue seriously on the Ethics Committee. McKoon opposed the settlement agreement the Senate Ethics Committee came up with — a settlement that was a slap on the wrist of $5,000.00.

Back in the mid-2000’s, the Republicans in Washington had become indisputably corrupt. Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, and more were all implicated in corruption scandals. The GOP failed to hold their own accountable and the voters beat the hell out of them in 2006, deservedly so.

To this day there are Republicans who complain about 2006 and those members of their party who had no problem with the voter smack down. “Oh, did the nation really deserve Nancy Pelosi?” they sarcastically say. As a partisan, obviously I’d prefer someone other than Pelosi. But as an American, if the GOP won’t hold themselves accountable and clean their own house, the voters will do so and have every right to do so.

The same applies here in Georgia. If the Republicans will not govern themselves, the people will govern them. Deservedly so.

What Don Balfour did was inexcusable. What the State Senate Republicans did in response was also inexcusable. Good for Josh McKoon for standing up and saying no.

Rick Allen for Congress in GA-12

The12th Congressional District of Georgia is routinely cursed with less than stellar candidates for Congress on the Republican side trying to take out John Barrow, the play it safe liberal who has cat like lives.

There is a runoff for the 12th District between Rick Allen and Lee Anderson. I’m going with Rick Allen.

Naturally, Lee Anderson would have you believe that Allen, a small businessman, is a corrupt liberal. Naturally, Rick Allen would have you believe the same about Anderson. Read more

Martha Zoller: Let’s Get Her To Congress

Georgia’s 9th Congressional District runoff presents the two faces of the Republican Party and asks voters to choose.

On one hand is Doug Collins. Collins would fit right in with the Congressional Republicans who raised the debt ceiling on the promise of spending cuts and then weaseled out of the cuts. He’d fit right in with a GOP that gives lip to repealing Obamacare, but is actually too scared of picking a fight on defunding it.

Doug Collins was an inconsequential legislator in the Georgia General Assembly whose only question when asked by Republican Leaders to jump was “how high?” He supported the largest tax increase in Georgia history, the T-SPLOST, but, like Lee Anderson running in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, lacked the testicular fortitude to actually vote for the tax increase himself. Instead, he sent it off to voters telling them the legislature would punish them if they didn’t vote to raise their own taxes.

This is the second time Collins did this. The first time was with trauma funding. Doug Collins is not afraid to be a big spender or a big taxer, but is too chicken to man up and take responsibility himself for the consequences of his policy choices.

Then there is Martha Zoller. Martha is supported by Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, various tea party groups, and me. She’s been a talk radio host in North Georgia who, like me, has been just as willing to take on Republicans as she has Democrats.

Doug Collins is beating the stew out of Martha, taking her words out of context, and distorting her record as a way to distract from his. I want you to support Martha Zoller because, unlike Doug Collins, we won’t ever have to worry about lobbying Martha to be with us once she gets to Congress.

The runoff election in Georgia is August 21st and Martha is seriously going to need our help. Make a donation as soon as you can.