January 2017 Newsletter

Electoral College Equalizes Power of Voters in All States

“Using Census data, we’ve¹ figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here’s the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list¹ of all the counties,
so you can see if you live in one of them.”

Georgia Statistics: According to the latest figures available, the total population of Georgia is 9,687,653, which is almost equally divided among males (4,729,171) and females (4,958,482). The blue sections below identify the 146 most populace counties in the U.S., which includes four Georgia counties with the following residency: Fulton, 1,010,562; Gwinnett, 895,832; Cobb, 741,334; and DeKalb, 734,871. Taliaferro County has the fewest residents with 1,639.

NPV vs. Electoral College. Consider this half-and-half fact: The 146 blue counties outlined below include half of the population in the U.S. Over 2,854 gray counties are home to half of the U.S. population. The Electoral College provides voting equality for each half.

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April 1, 2016 Radio Commentary

Official Language & National Popular Vote

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 1, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

An important bill that died this session was Senator McKoon’s S.R. 675 to designate English in the State Constitution as Georgia’s official language. Legally, it became the state official language in 1996 when Governor Zell Miller signed S.B. 519, but legislators have failed to put it in the Constitution.

The intent of S.B. 519 was to save the state money, but getting it passed 20 years ago was not easy. In 1996, Georgia’s tax booklet was being printed in five or more languages and fiscal conservatives wanted that to stop. English-only bills had been introduced four times as a cost-cutting way to operate government.

But consider the situation in Georgia today, when many government documents are printed in multiple languages. A prime example is the drivers’ license test, which is printed in eleven languages. That means, multiple interpreters must be employed to translate the test from English into those languages, then read and evaluate the completed tests.

If S.R. 675 had passed, English would have been used for local and state laws, ordinances, decrees, programs and policies, including drivers’ license tests, but local governments would have been authorized to use other languages in nine specific circumstances. Had S.R. 675 passed, voters could have decided the question in November. Continue reading

February 19, 2016 Radio Commentary

Beware of the National Popular Vote Movement

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, February 19, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

I cringe every time I hear someone say the United States is a democracy. It is NOT a democracy. It is a representative republic where law is supreme and everyone is subject to the law, including leaders.

A democracy is different from a republic, because the majority rules in a democracy. Whatever the majority wants, a majority can vote for and get.

Recently, a bill surfaced in the General Assembly that would be a better fit for a democracy. H.B. 929 introduced by Representative Earl Ehrhart is an Agreement among the States to elect the president by national popular vote. The national popular vote is a movement to by-pass the Electoral College and elect the president by a majority of votes cast throughout the country.

Some say that sounds like a good idea, but they might not know what the Electoral College is and why it was established as the best way to elect our most powerful officials.

The Electoral College is a process to which each state appoints electors to equal the state’s number of senators and congressmen. Meaning, Georgia has 16 electors – one for each of 14 congressmen, plus two more – one for each of our U.S. senators. Electors may be appointed at state party conventions, central committees or they may be listed on the ballot. Georgia’s 16 electors will meet with other state electors at a time and date set by Congress and all 16 votes may or may not be cast for the candidate that got the majority vote in Georgia. Continue reading

February 15, 2016 Newsletter

(The February 15, 2016 Newsletter content includes these topics: Sex-Neutral Public Accommodations, Hemp/Marijuana Connection, In-State Cultivation of Marijuana,Side-stepping the Electoral College with NPV, Restrooms: Privacy Rights of Students)

H.B. 849 Unisex in Public Accommodations
Separate Restrooms for Males and Females would be Illegal in Public Facilities

H.B. 849, “The Georgia Civil Rights in Public Accommodations Act,” was introduced January 27th by Representative Rich Golick, and assigned to his House Judiciary Non Civil Committee. It requires nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in any place of public accommodations. H.B. 849 was introduced, specifically, as a means to add sexual orientation as a protected civil rights status. That was done in committee when the word “sex” was added. Meaning, it will require sex neutral public accommodations in Georgia.

Exception is Ambiguous
H.B. 849 “shall not apply to a private establishment, except¹ to the extent that facilities of such private establishment perform as a place of public accommodation.”
Conversation with the author of H.B. 849: “What will you do if someone tries to amend H.B. 849 with ‘gender,’ ‘gender identity’ or ‘sexual orientation’?” His reply, “No gender, no gender identity, but I don’t know about sexual orientation.” Then he was asked, “Does sexual orientation include gender and gender ID?” He didn’t answer, but, yes, it does. Currently, 58 identifications are acknowledged sexual orientations. Some of the 58 are listed in footnote 3.
The U.N. is lobbying for five² genders; Australia’s Human Rights Commission acknowledges 23 genders; Facebook and the Australian Broadcasting Commission recognize 583 genders.

Background. In the February 8th subcommittee meeting, Representative Taylor Bennett proposed amending H.B. 849 to prohibit discrimination based on “religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or veteran’s status.” The subcommittee defeated that amendment 6-4, but he offered it again the next day. Then, Representative Beskin offered “sex” as a one-word amendment and it passed. Then, the full committee voted 8-5 to pass the amended bill into the Rules Committee where sex should be deleted, because its multiple genders (behaviors) have been expanded far beyond natural male/female contact.

Give this message to the Rules Committee: “Delete the word ‘sex’ from H.B. 849
or defeat the bill.” Note: See page four to learn about students’
right to privacy in restrooms, etc.

ACTION – Oppose. Call any or all on the following list and ask them to defeat the bill or remove the word “sex.” House Rules Committee Representatives Meadows, Ch., 404 656-5141; Harrell, V-Ch., 656-0254; Richard Smith, Sec., 656-6831; Abrams, 656-5058; Ballinger, 656-0254; Benton, 463-3793; Burns, 656-5052; Cooper, 656-5069; Dempsey, 463-2247; Dickson, 463-2247; Drenner, 656-0202; Ehrhart, 463-2247; Evans, 656-6372; Fleming, 656-0152; Golick, 656-5943; Greene,656-0202; Hugley, 656-5058; Jackson, 656-0314; Jan Jones, 656-5072; Knight, 656-5099; Morris, 656-5115; Parrish, 463-2247; Peake, 656-5132; Alan Powell, 463-3793; Jay Powell, 656-7855; Ramsey, 656-5024; Rice, 656-5912; Carl Rogers, 656-7855; Terry Rogers, 651-7737; Setzler, 656-7857; Sims, 656-7857; Lynn Smith, 656-7149; Smyre, 656-0116; Stephens, 656-5115; Weldon, 656-5105; Willard, 656-5125; and Al Williams, 656-6372.
¹ Does that exception include (a) public facilities at religious events held in public buildings or (b) nonreligious events held in facilities owned and operated by religious entities?
² Male, female, asexual, transsexual, and hermaphrodite
³ Included in the 58 genders: agender, androgyne, androgynous, bigender, cisgender, cis female, cis male, gender fluid, gender nonconforming, gender questioning, gender variant, genderqueer, intersex, neither, neutrois, non-binary, pangender, transgender, trans person, transfeminine, transmasculine, transsexual, transsexual female, transsexual male, transsexual person and two-spirit.

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