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Citizen Newsletter #305 Henry Citizen (hccitizen@hccitizen.net) hc.citizen@hccitizen.org; Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5:15 PM

The Citizen Newsletter

Issue # 305

November 10, 2011

The Conservative Voice of Henry County
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www.scribd.com/Henry_Citizen€€ View or download at www.scribd.com/Henry_Citizen In This Edition • The People Won • Steinberg “Thank You” Video • Winner & Losers • Henry County: How You Voted • Douglas Renews E-SPLOST • Cherokee GOP Gives Kudos • Fayette Election Commentary • Meetings & Organizations • Thank You, Veterans • Sunday Alcohol Sales a Winner • $3.2 Billion in Ed Funding • Bimbos vs. Cain • YOUR VOICE • Living in Poverty • New Christmas Tradition • Anti-TSPLOST Rally • Unity for TSPLOST Unlikely Do you have a story to tell? Become a Citizen contributor.€ Submit your opinions, commentaries and articles to HC.CITIZEN@HCCITIZEN.ORG

The People Won In Stockbridge
By Dr. Michael Moon The count is in and the citizens of Stockbridge have won a great victory for themselves. I was at the Elections Office in McDonough with Richard and Anna Steinberg when the vote came through and he was so thankful and Anna cried for the fact her husband would be sitting on the next Stockbridge City Council. Alphonso Thomas had the most votes with 482, Richard Steinberg had 419, and Robin Buschman had 372. These are the new Council Members Elect for Stockbridge. Richard and Anna would like to thank everyone for voting for him as they have put their hearts into this election. Richard knows he can work with Mr. Thomas and Ms. Buschman to create something much better for the citizens of Stockbridge. I am happy that all turned out well for the citizens of Stockbridge because that is who this election was all about. Now walking forward with the knowledge that the citizens wanted a change and are giving these folks the chance to make things better; will give them the incentive to do their utmost best for everyone. I know the supporters of Richard are very tired but happy. Richard and Anna are very tired from the daily routine of going out to meet the public which was the most rewarding part of the campaign. I know as his publicist that I am very tired myself and can rest in the fact that things will change in Stockbridge with these folks laying the groundwork for that change. I feel that Mr. Thomas will continue his support of the Cemetery Research Group whom I am a member with the founder Mr. Alfred Britt III. I know that Ms. Buschman will work hard because of the work she does in her business. I can relate to her work because my parents had the Little Diner on Hood Street in McDonough some 40 years ago. I remember those early mornings getting up at 3:00am to have breakfast ready by opening time at 5:30am. I know Richard will be a great asset for the city because I have seen what the man can do. Now it is time for everyone including the citizens to go to work and make our home a place to be proud of and a place that others will envy. Thank you and May God Bless everyone on this great day in history for Stockbridge.

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Richard Steinberg Thank You Video http://youtu.be/sblA8kcsPUM Winners & Losers
From Booji BJ's close associates in the elections in Hampton and Stockbridge lost. The ones that did not lose were not up for election. I was very interested in how her close relationship with these candidates would work for them. I was pleased when they all lost. This makes be feel much better that BJ will lose in 2012. Several of these candidates included her in their e-mails seeking votes.

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HENRY COUNTY - How You Voted

COUNTY SALES & USE TAX QUESTION Total Number of Precincts Precincts Reporting Total Votes 38 38 9025 100.00%

STOCKBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL
Total Precincts Reporting Total Votes 1 2938 100.00%

Education SPLOST
YES NO 6054 2971 67.08% 32.92%

ROBIN F. BUSCHMAN RASHIDA CLOUD SHIRLEY DABNEY (I) BEVERLY A. EDWARDS KATHRYN R GILBERT (I) HOUSTON NELSON

372 248 364 139 357 284

12.66% 8.44% 12.39% 4.73% 12.15% 9.67%

STOCKBRIDGE REFERENDUM ON ALCOHOL SALES Total Number of Precincts Precincts Reporting Total Votes YES NO MCDONOUGH REFERENDUM ON ALCOHOL SALES Total Number of Precincts Precincts Reporting Total Votes 2 2 1138 100.00% 1 1 1202 796 406 66.22% 33.78% 100.00%

CHARLES REID

255

8.68%

RICHARD STEINBERG ALPHONSO THOMAS Write-in Votes

419 482 18

14.26% 16.41% 0.61%

LOCUST GROVE REFERENDUM ON ALCOHOL SALES Total Number of Precincts Precincts Reporting Total Votes 1 1 343 100.00%

YES NO

683 455

60.02% 39.98%

YES NO

188 155

54.81% 45.19%

HAMPTON REFERENDUM ON ALCOHOL SALES Total Number of Precincts Precincts 2 2 100.00%

Reporting Total Votes

787

YES NO

414 373

52.60%

47.40%

DOUGLAS COUNTY

VOTERS GIVE ESPLOST EXTENSION A BIG THUMBS UP
by Haisten Willis/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County Sentinel The voters of Douglas County turned out in favor of the 1-cent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) renewal, passing it 5490-3180. The 2,310-vote margin indicates tremendous ...

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The Cherokee County Republican Party takes great pride in the achievements of its members! Indeed, any of our members who seek public office are to be lauded! Special congratulations to our CCRP members who succeeded in their election bid in this most recent election: Liz Baxter successfully regained a seat on the Woodstock City Council. Jack Goodwin was re-elected to the Canton City Council. To each of these CCRP members go our praise and applause!

FAYETTE COUNTY The election results in Fayetteville were another decisive indication of the voters' desires to put an end to foolish road projects like the West Fayetteville Bypass, to keep financially unproductive mass transit out of Fayette County and to be wary of Fayette County’s inclusion in any type of regional governance that could adversely affect home rule. The defeat of incumbent Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele is another key indicator that our regional representatives to the Atlanta Regional Commission were taking us astray. Both Steele and former Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith both voted in favor of mass transit in Fayette County (Concept 3) and, on April 21, 2010, in favor of a resolution committing to a regional transit system and governance structure. When the facts regarding mass transit were brought to light, both Smith and Steele suffered significant voter confidence setbacks in Fayette County. The November 8 election results effectively seals the end to both of Fayette County's ARC representatives who supported the Transportation Investment Act and regional governance. In my personal opinion, Mayor Steele, and many others in the ARC, lost touch with the people who are suffering in this poor economy, asking for exorbitant spending on unproductive transit projects and increased taxes for pet projects like the Beltline at a time when traffic levels have actually decreased each year over the last five years. The same sentiments were recently echoed from the citizens of Colorado voting to reject a new tax referendum. Steve Brown Fayette County Board of Commissioners, Post 4

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Meetings
*Coweta TEA Party Patriots every second Tuesday, 6:30 PM Carnegie Library Newnan. *Senoia Tea Party Patriots meeting on 4th Monday of the month. * Atlanta Tea Party Political Action Committee Meeting, November 3rd, 5:30 PM. The Meridian in Buckhead. Hosted by: The Atlanta Tea Party *Prayer Meeting for the Country, Tuesday, November 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m. John and Susan Potts, 228 Newport Drive in Peachtree City.

Local Organizations
HENRY C OUNTY TEA PARTY
mailto:hctpp1776@gmail.com

fayettecountyissuesteaparty.org
http://www.fayettecountyissuesteaparty.org/

November 15, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Monthly meeting of the Fayette County Issues Tea Party (see Calendar page for details)
SOUTHATLANTATEAPARTY.ORG

http://southatlantateaparty.org/

COWETA T EA P ARTY P ATRIOTS
http://www.cowetateaparty.org/

Coweta Tea Party Patriots meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm, upstairs in the Carnegie Library in Downtown Newnan located at the corner of Jackson Street and E Broad Street. SENOIA T EA P ARTY P ATRIOTS
http://www.senoiateapartypatriots.org/

CLAYTON COUNTY R EPUBLICANS
HTTP://WWW .CCGARP.ORG

The Clayton County Republican Party meets twice monthly. The Executive Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 8007 Woods Lane, Jonesboro. The Republican Breakfast meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at the same location.. All are invited.

CARROLL C OUNTY TEA PARTY ASSOCIATION
carrollteaparty@gmail.com

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, a temporary cessation of hostilities—an armistice—was declared between the Allied nations and Germany. Regarded as the end of World War I—“the war to end all wars”—it became Veterans Day in 1954, and is set aside to formally honor all those living and dead who have served the United States of America in all branches of our armed forces. So to all veterans, in recognition of your personal sacrifice, dedication to duty, and selfless service to our nation, we say most humbly and gratefully, "thank you."
http://youtu.be/Z8CS0DZLCYo

Sunday alcohol sales prove popular with most voters
Georgia's age-old, all-out ban on buying beer, wine and liquor at shops on Sunday has met its end. Early poll results had voters in most of the 51 metro Atlanta jurisdictions giving a resounding yes Tuesday to seven days of package sales in referendums, continuing the slow dissolution of a blue law dating to the late 1800s, one of the last restraints on Sunday consumption.

Don't go dropping 12-packs on the checkout conveyer belt just yet. Stores that can offer the sales will be spotty throughout the area, and in places where voters approved, effective dates will vary, ranging from the second Sunday after election results get certified to perhaps as late as February.

Voters approve $3.2 billion worth of educational funding
By ERNIE SUGGS and D. AILEEN D ODD The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Over the next five years, a projected $3.2 billion will flow into metro Atlanta schools after voters Tuesday approved an extension of a penny sales taxes to fund school construction. Schools in Atlanta, Buford and Decatur, as well as Cherokee, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett and Henry counties will receive funding. Throughout metro Atlanta, the SPLOST passed despite a struggling economy, heated opposition from tax weary residents and sagging public confidence in several school systems recently rocked by scandal.

AP Exclusive: Accuser filed complaint in next job

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned. Karen Kraushaar, 55, filed the complaint while working as a spokeswoman at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Justice Department in late 2002 or early 2003, with the assistance of her lawyer, Joel Bennett, who also handled her earlier sexual harassment complaint against Cain in 1999. Three former supervisors familiar with Kraushaar's complaint, which did not include a claim of sexual harassment, described it for the AP under condition of anonymity because the matter was handled internally by the agency and was not public. To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. Kraushaar, who is married and lives in suburban Maryland, was among two women who formally settled harassment complaints against Cain in exchange for severance payments in the late 1990s when they worked at the restaurant association. Bennett has said Kraushaar settled her claim during the summer of 1999, shortly after Cain left the organization. Neither Kraushaar nor Bennett have described exactly what Cain was accused of saying or doing to Kraushaar when she worked there, although Bennett said Kraushaar wants to conduct a joint news conference with all the women who have accused Cain.

YOUR VOICE
CORRECTION
Dear hc.citizen, References in your newsletter dated Nov. 4, 2011, on page 5 refer to a NON-Sanctioned (by the State GOP) Clayton GOP web site. The official web site http://www.ccgarp.org is the correct one. The one posted is, unfortunately unable to be brought down at this time since its creator cannot be reached and isn’t a member of the CCGOP.

www.ProvisionProperties.com

Cemetery Research Group
www.crghenry.org

Your correction would be greatly appreciated and I’m certain it was an honest mistake.. Carl A. Swensson

Please publish the following CHANGE OF DATE for November meeting of Republican Signature Broadcasting

Women of Henry County:
Due to Elections on Nov 8, the regular monthly meeting of the Republican Women of Henry County will be as follows:

Network – SBN TV We’re all about you! http://sbn.tv/

Thursday, November 17th at Ryan’s Steakhouse on North Henry Blvd in Stockbridge starting at 6:30 pm. The speaker for the night and also the Installation of new Officers for the next two years will be performed by State Representative Steve Davis. Everyone is welcome and invited to come and bring as many guests as you would like.
Thanks, Eleanor Toppins VP/Programs Chair RWHC

www.henrycountybeekeepers.org

or for more information call 770-473-5434 ************

Hey Henry is a feature of the Henry County Times Hey Henry, somebody needs to remind the commissioners (especially District 2) that when you say you are getting something "free" for the taxpayers of Henry County because you are paying with federal money, the feds got it by taxing us. Nothing is free, certainly not the $15 million in federal money that went to buy Tara Field, and not the previouslyapproved operating budget. The voters aren't nearly as stupid as you assume.

Contact Nicole Curry
Dmcur1@bellsouth.net

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************ Head ‘em up. Move ‘em out. Relocating RINOs to more suitable habitat is the humane thing to do.

Living in Poverty
More than 49 million Americans — even more than thought — live in poverty, new measure finds Last year, 46.2 million Americans lived in poverty--the highest total since record keeping began more than half a century ago, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Thanks to an unemployment rate that averaged 9.6 percent, and anemic economic growth, the share of Americans who lived below the official poverty line rose to 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009. That marks the fourth straight year that the rate has climbed. The figure for children was even higher -- 22 percent. The Census Bureau defines as poor any individual person living on an income of less than $11,139, and any family living on an income of less than $22,314. The percentage of people living below the poverty line is now approaching levels not seen since President Johnson launched the War on Poverty in 1965. And the total would have been higher still--by around 3.2 million people--were it not for the existence of unemployment benefits, according to an estimate by the National Employment Law Project, which advocates for a stronger unemployment insurance system. In addition, the Census Bureau reported that median household income, adjusted for inflation, fell 2.3 percent last year, to $49,445. That's lower than it was in 1997, according to New York Times economics correspondent David Leonhardt--a finding he calls "chilling."

Hat tip to Jimmy Martin

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin's on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy or girl (Or some displaced retiree) who is struggling to get his/her repair business up and running. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip. You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

11/12 Capitol Rally T-Splost

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Unity behind transportation tax? Don't count on it
By JOHNNY EDWARDS and TAMMY JOYNER The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Metro Atlanta's $6.14 billion transportation plan is set in stone and voters from the 10 counties that will benefit are being asked to raise sales taxes to pay for the plan. But elected leaders are not falling in line behind the plan. Some well-placed local-level officials say they'll encourage their constituents to shoot the 1-cent tax down. While there will be heavyweights campaigning for it, such as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, who chaired the roundtable of locally elected officials that unanimously approved list, others say they'll speak out against it, or withhold support. Local elected officials' support is considered crucial to convincing disparate communities to raise sales taxes to fund multimillion-dollar projects outside their borders over a 10-year period. It's clear now that the objections by some leaders were more than just negotiation rhetoric. “I’m a fiscal conservative who wants to see highway improvements, but doesn't want to waste excessive amounts of money,” said Fayette Commissioner Steve Brown, who thinks his county would be better off with its own transportation tax. “I can’t approve it. I would tell (voters) the same thing. They shouldn't vote for it.” Earlier this year, in a Georgia Municipal Association poll of 609 mayors, city council members, city managers and city clerks across the state, 40 percent said they didn't think their region would approve a penny transportation tax if it were held then. Thirty percent said their region would support a tax and 30 percent said they didn't know. Across metro Atlanta, more fissures are showing among commissioners, mayors and council members. Opposition remains in Fulton and DeKalb counties, which already pay a 1-cent MARTA tax and have a combined 41 percent of the region's registered voters. There's also hostility in Cobb, which spawned an antirail movement. In far-flung Henry County, the mayor of Stockbridge charges that the plan doesn't do enough for his community to justify the tax. Without regional cohesion, the referendum has little chance of passing, said GMA's Amy Henderson. Roswell Mayor Jere Wood is among the Fulton and DeKalb mayors demanding the state create a regional transit authority to control funding, and unless that's done during next year's legislative session, Wood said he can't support the tax.

Other leaders said they're torn. Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos said the final list only gives her city a $10 million down payment on her top request, the $40 million widening of Hammond Drive. It also includes a $50 million project to widen Piedmont Road and run bus rapid transit from the Lindbergh MARTA station to Atlanta city limits at Wieuca Road, but not $46 million to run the service on to the Perimeter Mall area. "Why not take people somewhere?" Galambos said. "To me, it's a bridge to nowhere." Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin, who chairs the council's transportation committee, said he's undecided . Martin said he's troubled that Atlanta could be left with a 9-cent sales tax, one of the highest in the nation, and that so much of the list is for roadwork. Fifty-two percent of the list is for mass transit. Southside leaders remain defiant against a project selection process, laid out by a Republican-controlled legislature, which they feel marginalized urban areas. "We all recognize what the repercussions are, but we're not getting our fair share," said south Fulton Commissioner Bill Edwards, who says he'll be speaking out against the tax at town hall meetings and listening sessions. DEKALB C OUNTY Commissioner Lee May had promised to oppose the tax if the final list didn't include full funding for the I-20 rail project. The draft list included the first $225 million for the project, which would cover engineering work and add bus routes along the proposed line between the Indian Creek MARTA station to Wesley Chapel Road. It would take another $297 million to build a train line on that 5-mile stretch, which was to eventually expand along the interstate to Stonecrest Mall. "They made the decision for the south and southeast part of this region to be left behind for the good of the overall region," May said. "My constituents know that, and they're not going to vote for something they don't get any direct benefit from." Over in Henry, STOCKBRIDGE M AYOR LEE STUART is dead-set against the list. A project that would have created better access to HENRY COUNTY Medical Center was removed at the last minute, leaving no real direct route to people coming in from the north side who need to get to the hospital quickly in emergencies. “You can say regional all you want, but once you drive down into our neck of the woods, wouldn't you like to have access to the hospital?” Stuart said. "I’m encouraging people not to vote for it."

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