Sunday, September 14, 2014

Year ago or so at Watkinsville City Council

One final glimpse of a packed Kumquat Mae with a Neil Young cover

Soft opening of Local Table

Few more views of some favorite things around Watkinsville this week

Enjoyed speaking with voters Sunday in Watkinsville, walking from the south end to the north. We have an incredibly close and diverse small town, where almost everyone at least knows of one and other, but for the most part we respect each other and leave each other alone. If we need help it is always good to know it is there, and that is beyond color of skin, church you attend, or what party you may or may not belong to. We take care of each other.  I want to give businesses a honest opportunity to be reckoned with on the merits of their application and not try to force my moral agenda on anyone ever. Bought some DeWitt Smith pottery coffee mugs at the OCAF sale, and enjoyed eating at the last day of the Watkinsville edition of Kumquat Mae.

Taha Abas of Watkinsville comments about younger kids bullying habits

UGA researchers report bullying shift in local K-12 schools

Star football player steps out of his comfort zone

Star football player steps out of his comfort zone

Friday, September 12, 2014

North High Shoals ballot blank, write-in running - Oconee Enterprise: News

North High Shoals ballot blank, write-in running - Oconee Enterprise: News

Trade group ready to move beyond First Friday in Watkinsville - Oconee Enterprise: News

Trade group ready to move beyond First Friday in Watkinsville - Oconee Enterprise: News

State leaders rediscovers Oconee

State leaders rediscovers Oconee

I respect the views of the woman and my opponent, but....

Bible, preaching inspire woman to fight alcohol issue

Glad to see Pastures of Rose Creek getting some love in the Red & Black

Athens Farmers Market guarantees natural, organic products

Vote like your future depends on it. Because it does.

From: "Raven Bennett, Ken Dious for Congress 10th District"
Vote like your future depends on it. Because it does.

If the future is important to you, then the 10th Congressional election matters more than you think.

I'm writing you to let you know about Attorney Ken Dious, the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Congress in the 10th District. In his forty years practicing law, Ken has traveled and served the people throughout this area and is familiar with their issues and concerns. Ken's life work as an attorney, businessman and community leader has well prepared him for the challenges of leading the 10th District. 

Ken faces an uphill battle on November 4th against his opponent, Jody Hice. Who is Jody Hice? Let him tell you for himself.  If elected, Mr. Hice will potentially disenfranchise many voters and could potentially set the district back 60 years with his extremely inflammatory remarks against women's rights, race, religion and sexual orientation. Not only will Mr. Hice be fully ineffectual in congress when it comes to policy making, he will fail to attract desperately needed industry and economic development because companies will not want to be affiliated with him. Georgia has a rich and growing biomedical and manufacturing base that needs to be promoted. Mr. Hice continues to be a national embarassment to Georgia Without a strong contest, Jody Hice will win. 

America is a remarkable place. It's a place where we can express ourselves without the fear of our government. It's a place where our sons and our daughters can grow up to pursue the lives they want. It's a place where everyone is valued and everyone is protected under the law. These are not black values or white values. These are not democratic values or republican values. These are American values. 

Now is the time we need to stand up and protect our country from fanatics on both sides of the political aisle. There's a job to do and we need to send people that can get that job done. The opposition is counting on voters in an off election year to stay home and not vote; but remember this is how we arrived where we are now. Not voting is not the answer. We do not have to concede our vote.

Ken is committed to taking a rational and conservative approach to finding common ground with Democrats and Republicans; creating workable solutions to the many problems we face, both locally and nationally, instead of engaging in partisan divisiveness. 
We can win this election if we educate, share and participate. Please forward and share this email with your friends, families and colleagues. Elect Ken Dious on Tuesday, November 4th. 

For a more in-depth explanation of Ken's positions on the issues, please visit his website at


Raven Bennett
Campaign Director, Ken Dious, U.S. Congress, 10th District
Office: 706.546.9013
Mobile 706. 338.1307

Kemp’s actions

From: "Bryan Long, Better Georgia"
Subject: Kemp's actions
Date: September 11, 2014 at 8:12:53 PM EDT

Reply-To: "Bryan Long, Better Georgia"

Better Georgia 
Earlier today, Better Georgia released an audio recording of Georgia's Secretary of State speaking about the Nov. 4 election:
"Democrats are working hard...registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November."

Secretary Kemp started his speech reminding the conservative crowd about ACORN's voter registration efforts.
"Everybody remembers ACORN right?," Kemp asked.
He went on to reassure the room that Republicans shouldn't worry about voter fraud in Georgia, especially if voters use the new online voter registration tool.
And Secretary Kemp ended his speech saying, "we need to make sure we continue to do that so we can win this U.S. Senate race, make sure Governor Deal gets re-elected."
Secretary Kemp's words in this speech -- the words in his full speech -- show that he intends to act in a partisan manner.
But his actions speak even louder than his words.
Just this week, a couple of months after giving that partisan speech, Secretary Kemp filed subpoenas against a Georgia-based non-profit group in an effort to generate headlines about "voter fraud."
The subpoenas are broad and vague and are intended to thwart voter registration -- not stop voter fraud.
Kemp's actions are nothing more than a partisan attack.
Better Georgia will continue to fight for the sacred right of every legal Georgia voter to register and cast a ballot.

Executive Director
Better Georgia
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The Latest from the Farm

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The Latest from the Farm!
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Happy Friday!

Farm News

We have 90 new chicks - a mix of Barred Rocks, Red Stars, and Rhode Island Reds that have now entered into the "teenage phase" of development - that is to say that they love texting their friends, but haven't begun laying eggs for us yet! This group will help us compensate for the general decline we have been experiencing due to predator attacks and the simple fact that some of our lovely ladies are aging and thus laying less frequently. 

For anyone interested in purchasing a quarter, half, or whole cow we still have spaces left. As you already know from last week's email, we have two cows that we will be taking in to be processed at UGA October 6th. Send us an email if you would like more information!

Where to find us...

  • Athens Farmers Market - Come see us at Bishop Park from 8am to 12pm. We will have our wonderful Piedmontese grass-fed beef fresh, free-range eggs, and dog treats for sale! 
  • Oconee Farmers Market -  Find us in Downtown Watkinsville by the Court House from 8am to 1pm. Our Piedmontese grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, and dog treats will be for sale!
  • Wednesday Athens Farmers Market - We'll be at the parking lot next to Creature Comforts Brewing Company, 271 W Hancock Avenue, from 4pm - 7pm! We'll have eggs and grass-fed beef!
  • Sunday Farm Stand - Come visit us here at the farm between 2pm and 4pm this Sunday. This week's Gold Club Deal is a glass of complimentary lemonade with a visit to  the farm stand - hope to see you there!


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Watkinsville honors U.S. Constitution

Watkinsville honors U.S. Constitution

Senate Democrats Condemn Millar for Racially Divisive Remarks

From: Liz Flowers - Senate Democratic Caucus
Date:09/09/2014 6:34 PM (GMT-05:00)

Subject: Release - Senate Democrats Condemn Millar for Racially Divisive Remarks

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September 9, 2014
For Immediate Release

Liz Flowers
Senate Democratic Caucus

Senate Dems Condemn Millar for Racially Divisive Remarks
Vote suppression must be stopped, says Henson

Atlanta, Ga. - September 9, 2014 - Georgia Senate Democrats were quick to condemn racially divisive statements made by State Sen. Fran Millar with regard to DeKalb County's plan to expand voter access by adding a Sunday early voting day.  

Millar opposes the addition of a Sunday voting day because the early voting location is located in an area "dominated by African American shoppers and ... near several large African American mega churches."

"I am excited that DeKalb County is taking the lead in strengthening voting rights by adding a Sunday early voting day.  With voting rights under attack across the nation and here in Georgia, it is refreshing to see DeKalb County countering this trend and making it easier and more convenient for residents to exercise their right to vote," said Sen. Steve Henson, Democratic caucus leader.

"While I cannot even begin to express my disappointment in Sen. Millar's comments, I must say that I am not surprised. Sen. Millar has had a history supporting legislation that is highly partisan, racially divisive and has the effect of negatively impacting minority voter participation, such as his bill to make the DeKalb CEO non-partisan and his past support to reduce the number of days for early voting. Voter suppression must be stopped," Henson said.

"It is unconscionable that, in this day and age, an elected official is so blatantly calling for suppression of minority voting rights. Millar's promise to introduce legislation to outlaw Sunday voting, just like the 2006 Voter ID law and a long list of other changes, is one more step in Republican Party's attempt to suppress voter participation as much as possible. Voter discrimination simply cannot be tolerated in this day and age," said Sen. Vincent Fort, whip of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Any legislation that Senator Millar and other Republicans plan to introduce in the next legislative session that is designed to reduce voting participation because of race and partisan politics will certainly face a legal challenge.

"Sen. Millar seems to think that he is above the Voting Rights Act.  Despite the disappointing Supreme Court decision in Shelby County, Section 2 of the VRA still applies, and it clearly prohibits voting changes intended to disenfranchise voters based on race. If Sen. Millar passes legislation targeted at minority voting rights, residents in DeKalb County will sue under Section 2 and we will win," said Sen. Gloria Butler (D-Stone Mountain).  

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What are you gonna do?

From: Junia Telamour - DPG
Date:09/11/2014 9:03 AM (GMT-05:00)

Subject: What are you gonna do?

A few weeks ago, I started working at the Democratic Party of Georgia as our first Voter Expansion Director. My mission is to build a permanent infrastructure that is focused on expanding and protecting the vote of all Georgians—regardless of party.
For us, expanding voter participation isn't some gimmick—it's a value we hold. We believe that our government is stronger and works better when more voices are heard.
Unfortunately—as evidenced by Tuesday's events—not everyone shares this value.
Just days ago, we got the great news that DeKalb County would offer its voters the option—for the first time in our state's history—to vote on a Sunday during the early voting period. DeKalb leaders have realized that working Georgians often do not have the flexibility to go to the polls on Election Day or regular early voting days. We applaud all counties and their leaders who take into consideration the needs of their voters by expanding voting access. We are disappointed to hear the remarks made by a Republican state senator.
In reaction to the news that his county would participate in Sunday voting, Sen. Fran Millar said "Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise… I have spoken with Representative Jacobs and we will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January."
But the insults didn't end there. Later in the day, Millar said "…I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters…"
Everything that Sen. Millar said is wrong. Bringing more Georgians into the process and allowing them to have a seat at the table is not a loophole—it's an invitation for citizens to participate in their government and get involved in the democratic process.
Sen. Millar did not just insult DeKalb voters—he insulted every Georgian who shares the belief that our government is at its best when all voters are able and encouraged to participate in democracy.
Georgia Republicans are so afraid of their futures and so out of touch that they believe their best path to victory is to have fewer voices heard.
Georgia Democrats believe in expanding voting access—not restricting it.
That's why I'm challenging you to do three things:
1)      Make a plan to vote. Decide if you will take advantage of early voting (which I highly encourage you to do) or if you'll be voting on Election Day. If you do wait until Election Day to vote, make a plan for the exact time you'll head to the polls.
2)      If you have any questions about your polling location, early voting location, or the process for absentee voting, visit MVP.SOS.GA.GOV.
3)      Encourage others to register to vote and make their own plan to vote. This means your mom and dad, your friends, your neighbors, fellow PTA members, your mail carrier, and even the folks you play Bingo with on Thursday night.
To register to vote, go to MYGAVOTE.COM. Then:
1)      Fill out the online form.
2)      Print the form and mail it to the address given. You can also take this form to your county board of elections office.
It's as easy as that.
Over the next fifty-four days, if I see you, I will ask you one question—"What is your plan to vote?"
So, make your plan to vote today—then challenge others to do the same.
Junia Telamour
Voter Expansion Director

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