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Save the Date! June 13-14th

Save the Date! June 13-14th

The summer meeting of the GFRW Board of Directors will be held June 13-14, at the beautiful Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for another great gathering of Republican Women!

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VOICES Magazine

VOICES Magazine

VOICES Magazine:

VOICES is published three times per year by the Georgia Federation of 2014 Voices Spring CoverRepublican Women. Information is compiled from resources believed to be reliable, but accuracy of information is not guaranteed.

VOICES provides a forum for a wide spectrum of opinions. This permits divergent viewpoints without implying the endorsement of the Federation. Bylined articles represent the opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the GFRW.

Any written portion of this publication may be reprinted as long as credit as given to the author and to VOICES. Articles are invited for publication. Acceptances are on a contributing basis only and are subject to editorial review.

For more information email VOICES editor, Judy True:

Current Issues:

2014 Voices Spring Edition
2013 GFRW Convention Scrapbook
2013 Voices Fall Edition
2013 Voices Summer Edition
2013 Voices Winter Edition

Past Issues:

2012 June Jamboree Scrapbook
2012 Spring VOICES
2012 VOICES January Special Issue
Winter 2011, Vol. 6, Issue 3
Fall 2011, Vol 6, Issue 2
Spring 2011, Vol. 6, Issue 1
Winter 2010, Vol. 5, Issue 3
Fall Board Meeting 2010 Scrapbook

Bus Caravan 2010 Scrapbook
Summer 2010, Vol. 5, Issue 2
Spring 2010, Vol.5, Number 1
Fall 2009, Scrapbook
Fall 2009, Vol. 4, Number 3
NFRW 35th Biennial Convention Scrapbook
Summer 2009, Vol. 4, Number 2
Winter 2009 Scrapbook
Tea Party Scrapbook
Spring 2009, Vol. 4, Number 1
Fall 2008, Vol. 3, Number 3
Summer 2008, Vol. 3, Number 2
Spring 2008, Vol. 3, Number 1
Fall 2007, Vol. 2, Number 2 (50th Anniversary Issue)


GFRW History

GFRW History

History of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women  

The Georgia Federation affiliated with the NFRW in 1957. Following the Republican National Convention in 1956, Mrs. Harold McGeorge of Florida, regional director for the NFRW, and Margaret Twiggs, vice chairman of the Georgia Republican State Committee, toured the state organizing the first Republican women’s clubs in Atlanta, Macon, Rome, Americus and Blue Ridge. When General Eisenhower carried Richmond County, the Republican women were given the credit. The Georgia Federation’s first convention was held in Augusta in January 1957, and President Eisenhower wired his congratulations. One of the state’s leading newspapers, The Atlanta Constitution, said, “The two-party system in Georgia gained momentum Monday when a state-wide organization of Republican Women was formed in Augusta.”

Past presidents include:

Suzy Voyles, 2010-2011
Millie Rogers, 2006-2009
Valerie Betz, 2002-2005
Emma Hinesley, 1998-2001
Sharon Jacoby, 1993-1997
Katherine Miller, 1989-1990
Reva Jennings, 1987-1988
Sandra Deyton, 1985-1986
Helen Von Waldner, 1983-1984
Katherine Miller, 1979-80
June Kidd, 1977-1978
Lil McAfee, 1975-1976
Margaret Holliman, 1971-1974
Virginia Estes Massey, 1969-1970
Bootsie Calhoun, 1967-1968
Ague Miller, 1965-1966
Mrs. W.C. LeShanna, 1964-1965
Rita Creeson, 1963-1964
Anne Bateman, 1961-1962
Mrs. Halycon Bell, 1959-1960
Mrs. S.S. Haliburton, 1957 (founding)


Women’s Suffrage

Women’s Suffrage

This is the story of our Grandmothers, and Great-grandmothers, as they lived only 90 years ago. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of “obstructing sidewalk traffic.”

They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the “Night of Terror” on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their food – all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won’t vote this year because – why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s new movie “Iron Jawed Angels.” It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was angry with herself. “One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,” she said. “What would those women think of the way I use – or don’t use – my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.” The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her “all over again.”

HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum. I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

Alice Paul circa 1901

Alice Paul circa 1901

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: “Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.”

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party – remember to vote.

Republican Because

Republican Because


The strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

In equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

Free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

The government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

The proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which governs least.

The most effective, responsive government is government closest to the people.

Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

The Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.



Why Should You Join?

* To make our voices stronger in the issues important to women
* To financially support and activate grassroots efforts in electing republicans
* To keep updated on issues through the Capitol Connection, Political Briefings,
NFRW Magazine

* To train and elect women for office and support women candidates on the
campaign trails

“Decisions Are Made by Those Who Show Up”

Be one of those who show up, speak-up, and work for the greater good of our great nation; become a member of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women.

Paths to Membership

Join a local club: Local clubs are located throughout the state. Contact Billie Dendy: 770-424-1324 or via email: to locate the club nearest you. Or, you can click here.

Form a new club: If you live in a county or area of the state where there is no club and would like information on how to form a club contact: Billie Dendy: 770-424-1324 or via email:

Membership at large: If you do not wish to join a local club or start a club, you can join GFRW by downloading the membership form, filling it out and mailing it along with a check for $50 made payable to GFRW.


Mail to:

Billie Dendy
411 Creek View Dr.
Marietta, GA 30084

Benefits of Membership

As a member of a local club or through at-large membership, you become a member of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women, the National Federation of Republican Women and will receive updated information on legislation at the state and federal level. The GFRW advocates community service through participation in the following programs under the direction of the NFRW:

  • Caring for America – Encourages volunteerism and private sector initiatives at the local, state, and national levels
  • Support Our Troops – Encourages local clubs and members to show support for the Armed Forces by engaging in projects that aid our U.S. troops and their families
  • Education and Literacy – A series of programs that promote education and literacy in our nation’s communities
  • Patriotism – Resources, links, and program ideas designed to help federation members raise awareness of flag protocol and promote patriotism in their communities
  • Mamie Eisenhower Library Project (MELP) – Fosters Republican philosophy and ideas through the donation of related books to libraries, schools, hospitals, other institutions, and more

Pay At-Large Membership Dues Online

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.”

At-Large GFRW Membership Dues – $50.00




Ronald Reagan Club

Ronald Reagan Club

The Georgia Federation of Republican Women would greatly appreciate your financial contribution, so that we may continue to achieve the organization’s goals for the Republican cause in Georgia. Your contribution makes it possible to maintain the website, print materials, post an on-line magazine, form new clubs and support existing clubs. We welcome your contribution as a Ronald Reagan Club member or as a sustaining member in support of GFRW efforts to advance the participation of Republican women in all areas of politics and to promote Republican candidates and philosophy.

Membership in the Reagan Club entitles members to a special pin, receptions, recognition in VOICES Magazine and on the website, as well as VIP seating at  GFRW Board of Directors.

Membership at the sustaining level entitles members to recognition on the website.   Get the GFRW Reagan Club 2014 form here.

Reagan Club Members:

2014 Reagan Club Photo

Coastal Republican Women’s Club
Central Savannah River Area Republican Women
Golden Isles Republican Women’s Club
Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club
Greater Gwinnett Republican Women
Middle Georgia Republican Women
Republican Women of Henry County
Savannah Area Republican Women’s Club  


Babe Atkins-Byrne
Niki Broun
|Vivian Childs
Wanda Duffie
Bobbie Frantz
Shelia Galbreath
Lydia Hallmark
Sarah Looper
Audrey Mahoney
Denise Ognio
Ruby Robinson
Varie Rustin
Kathy Strickland
Judy True
Linda Clary-Umberger
Chris Waldman
Sharon White
Margaret Williamson
Rose Wing


GFRW Reagan Club 2014  Form:

  •  Club Membership (1 representative allowed per event) Dues $100.00 (Included in all quarterly receptions)
  • Individual Membership Dues $100.00 (Included in all quarterly receptions)
  • Individual Sustaining Membership Dues $25.00

Ronald Reagan Remembered:

Remarks by the President Upon the Death of President Ronald Reagan

President Bush’s Eulogy at Funeral Service for President Reagan

Ronald Reagan’s final letter to America – the Alzheimers Letter

Some of President Reagan’s Famous Speeches:

We Will Be a City Upon a Hill
January 25, 1975

First Conservative Political Action Conference

“The Evil Empire”
March 8, 1983

Address to the National Association of Evangelicals, Orlando, Florida

The Boys of Pointe du Hoc
June 6, 1984

U.S. Ranger Monument at Point du Hoc, Normandy, France

“Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall!”
June 12, 1987

Speech at the Brandenburg Gate, West Berlin

Ronald Reagan on the Cold War
November 19, 1990

Westminster College Cold War Memorial, Fulton, Missouri

Empire of Ideals
August 17, 1992

Republican National Convention, Houston, Texas

Last Letter to America
November 5, 1994

In His Own Words

Reagan Photo Library:

View many images from the Reagan Library archives selected by the Reagan Library audiovisual staff. All the photographs are in the public domain.




Red Coat Day

Red Coat Day

Our GFRW Red Coat Day was a smashing success!    

Red Coats flooded the State Capitol for a photo op on the rotunda stairs and a meeting with State Senators.  The ladies then worked their way to the Judicial Building where we sat in the Supreme Court Chambers and listened to four of the judges. Then away the crowd went to the Agricultural Building where a wonderful lunch was prepared and where we listened to several State Candidates.     

A good time was had by all!


2017 GFRW BOD Meeting & 30th Biennial Convention

2017 GFRW BOD Meeting & 30th Biennial Convention

Campaign Management School 2017

Campaign Management School 2017

Congratulations to New NFRW Board!

GFRW congratulates the 2018-19 NFRW Officers elected at the 39th Biennial NFRW Convention recently held in Philadelphia, PA.

Delegates to the 39th Biennial Convention made pivotal decisions as they elected the women who will lead the National Federation of Republican Women during the 2018-2019 biennium. 

The slated candidates drew no opposition and were elected by acclamation on Saturday, September 16. They are:

Following the convention, the Board of Directors elected the Members-at-Large to the Executive Committee. They are Kim Reem of Iowa, Carol Hadley of California, and Lynne Hartung of Nevada. 

Rounding out the 2018-2019 Executive Committee is Carrie Almond of Missouri, who will serve as immediate past president. 

The incoming Executive Committee takes office on January 1, 2018.

2017 Legislation Signed Into Law

2017 Legislation Signed Into Law




HB 348

Waycross, City of; change corporate limits

March 24, 2017

HB 463

Early Care and Learning, Department of; establish nonprofit corporation to qualify as a public foundation; authorize

March 24, 2017

HB 283

Revenue and taxation; Internal Revenue Code and Internal Revenue Code of 1986; revise definitions

March 21, 2017

SB 124

“City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority Act”

March 17, 2017

HB 449

DeKalb County; taxes, fees, and assessments; change certain provisions

March 16, 2017

HB 42

Elections; election superintendents to correct mistakes and omissions on ballots for a primary or election; authorize

February 23, 2017

HB 272

Villa Rica, City of; ad valorem tax; provide homestead exemption of $8000 for residents 65 and older

February 15, 2017

HB 43

Supplemental appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

February 15, 2017

SB 70

Hospital Medicaid Financing Program; sunset provision; extend

February 13, 2017

HB 187

Monroe County; Board of Commissioners; provide nonbinding advisory referendum

February 9, 2017

SB 13

Jefferson County Hospital Authority; ad valorem tax; provide for a nonbinding advisory referendum

February 3, 2017

HB 31

Jefferson County; Board of Commissioners; levy additional ad valorem tax; provide nonbinding advisory referendum

January 24, 2017

GFRW remembers the fallen and honors the heroes of 9/11


Georgians Go to Cleveland!

Our thanks to various Facebook posts.

Happy July 4, 2016

Happy July 4, 2016

Dear Ladies:

Every July 4th we celebrate those brave representatives of the 13 Colonies who declared our ‘Independence from Britain and King George’s rule’. Because the Colonists had no vote or voice in the British Parliament, “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION” became their rally cry.

Our 2016 election year’s rally cry centers on UNITY and TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY! I hope you are continuing to prepare for a very exciting campaign season where we expend all our energy, talents and commitment to ensuring that:

  • The future Supreme Court decisions reflect our Conservative values.
  • That those who wish us harm will be stopped before they can wreak havoc on our lives and the lives of those who protect us.
  • That the word ‘illegal’ truly means NOT LEGAL.
  • That our public officials will ensure that they will make every effort to hold to the promises fought for by our Patriots and the promises of the Declaration of Independence for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Have an enjoyable 240th celebration of July 4th and a campaign season that MUST END IN SUCCESS!

Let’s Do It…Together,


2016 Legislative Highlights

2016 Legislative Highlights

House Bill 34 — The Georgia Right to Try Act

The law makes Georgia one of 30 states in the past two years to allow terminally ill patients the use of experimental drugs that are undergoing clinical trials but have not yet won full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Patients are responsible for paying for the drugs (although drug manufacturers may offer discounts and charitable foundations may also help defer costs). The movement is being led by the libertarian-leaning Goldwater Institute in Arizona. Advocates say the FDA drug approval process — which can take more than a decade — is too long a wait for more than 1 million people who die annually from terminal illness.

House Bill 555 — Mandates additional reporting about abortions in Georgia

The law sets a new mandate that supporters say will help the state track abortions by juveniles in Georgia. It requires the Juvenile Court and Administrative Office of the Courts to compile and deliver statistics on girls 17 and younger who seek an abortion without notifying their parents. State health officials already keep track of those numbers; it’s the first time these numbers must be confirmed via the courts. The report must be completed annually by March 15.

House Bill 649 — The Georgia Lactation Consultant Practice Act

Advocates say passage of this law made Georgia the second state, after Rhode Island, to license lactation consultants to help mothers who have problems breastfeeding their babies. The effort, supported by the state Department of Public Health, comes as the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia reports that nearly 75 percent of new moms in Georgia leave the hospital breastfeeding their babies but only 19 percent of them are still doing it at six months (something recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics). The idea, they say, is to help more women get the services and advice of breastfeeding experts. Another plus? Women may also now get help paying for it, since insurance companies often help pay for licensed heath care professionals.

House Bill 775 — Restrictions on sale and dispensing of spectacles

You can buy anything online, right? Just not eye exams in the Peach State, at least as of Friday. Georgia is among a number of states taking sides on the issue in the eye care industry, which has gotten a jolt from a Chicago-based startup called Opternative. The company, which officially launched last year, offers online eye exams and then, for $40, has a doctor review the online results and email a prescription for glasses or contacts. It’s drawn the ire of the American Optometric Association, which in April filed a complaint with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the company’s lack of federal approval and what it said was misleading claims over the online test’s accuracy.

House Bill 792 — Use of electroshock weapons by people who are students or who are employed at a public institution

Students at least 18 years old will now be legally able to carry Tasers and stun guns on Georgia’s public college and university campuses. Some dubbed the effort “campus carry lite” — after a bill vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal that would have allowed some students to carry guns on Georgia campuses. The author of the law — state Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville — said he intended to provide an alternative to students wanting to protect themselves on campus but not use a lethal weapon. The law states that what are formally called electroshock weapons must only be used for self-defense, getting to concerns by some lawmakers that somebody could use the device to zap somebody else just for fun.

House Bill 941 — Review of incidents involving a peace officer’s use of deadly force that results in death or serious bodily injury

No other state had allowed as much leeway as Georgia, but now this law aims to limit police officers’ ability to influence the outcome of grand jury proceedings when they face possible charges. Previously, officers were allowed to sit in on the entire grand jury hearing, listen to all the evidence against them and make a statement at the end that could not be questioned or challenged by prosecutors. Now, police officers may offer a statement to grand jurors but will not be allowed to stay in the grand jury room. They also will face cross-examination.

House Bill 951 — Sales and use tax; admissions to major sporting events; create exemption

The National Football League in May awarded Atlanta the 2019 Super Bowl, in no small part because Georgia lawmakers — with the backing of Gov. Nathan Deal — passed what amounts to an estimated $10 million tax break on ticket sales for the big event. The measure additionally extends a tax break for all-star games, college championships and any other game deemed to qualify as a “major sporting event.” And it will renew a sales tax break for back-to-school shoppers for a weekend in late July and restores an incentive to buy energy-efficient products in late September.

House Bill 965 — The Honorable Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act

Yes, you read that right. Carter is a constituent of the law’s author, state Rep. Mike Cheokas, R-Americus, who says the former president’s recent cancer battle inspired him to try to help others get access to the same drugs. Carter, 91, announced in August that doctors found four small melanoma lesions on his brain, and that he would undergo treatment at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University using the drug pembrolizumab as well as radiation therapy. In early December, Carter announced that tests showed no sign of the cancer in his body. Now, any insurance company that offers a health care plan in Georgia cannot force patients with advanced cancer to first fail to respond to other treatments before trying more aggressive treatment programs such as helped Carter.

Senate Bill 309 — High schools that receive state funding cannot participate in an athletic association that prohibits religious expression on student athletes’ clothing

There were many battles fought at the state Capitol this year over so-called “religious liberty” bills. This is the only one that made into the law books — and with little backlash or bickering. Inspired by a high school runner disqualified from an association event last year while wearing a headband with a Bible verse written on it, the law expressly prohibits discrimination against religious expression on student athletic uniforms and pressures the powerful Georgia High School Association to allow its member schools to compete against nonmember schools. The association says it is changing its policy to allow inter-association competition. It has also said the runner’s disqualification had nothing to do with what was written on his headband.

Senate Bill 316 — Bingo; remove the daily permissible prize limitation

Bingo! One of the few legalized forms of gambling in Georgia, the games draw thousands of players daily to bingo halls and auditoriums across the state hoping to get a chance at cash prizes. Yet, while the state retains what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation considers one of the most restrictive bingo laws in the country, lawmakers agreed this year to loosen the rules just a bit. They’ve removed what had been a daily winnings cap of $1,500 — although a $3,000 weekly limit remains in place.

Senate Bill 364 — Revise annual teacher, principal and assistant principal evaluations

Increased emphasis on testing in schools has been bemoaned by teachers and parents alike for years, making this rollback all the more significant. The law officially reduces the number of state-mandated tests taken by students in Georgia’s public school classrooms and lessens how testing results influence teacher evaluations — something supporters say will allow for more spontaneity and less rote “teaching to the test.” Among the changes, the improvement by a student in test scores over time will drop from counting as at least half of a teacher’s evaluation to 30 percent.

Senate Bill 367 — Changes to the criminal justice system

One of Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature efforts in office has seen a number of changes to Georgia’s criminal justice system, from getting more nonviolent offenders into nonjail alternative programs to giving judges more discretion in sentencing. This latest law expands that work on a number of fronts. Among its provisions, this creates new charter schools in prisons, offers a new chance at parole for some serving decades-long sentences and blocks state licensing boards from requiring most people with criminal histories to disclose that information on a job form. The effort has already won praise from President Barack Obama, who has applauded it “for demonstrating that making our criminal justice system more fair is a bipartisan idea.”

Legislation Passed in The Senate  

SB 278

Increases the penalties for pimping and pandering, and requires regulation on the State Sex Offender Registry upon the second conviction for pandering. 

SB 308

Provides grants to nonprofit organizations which provide pregnancy services to women who are not likely to be able to afford them otherwise with the intention of reducing abortions.

HB 742;

Aligns the Georgia Tax Code with changes in the federal tax code, especially with respect to corporations. This measure makes permanent the federal Section 159 deduction for small business owners. All corporations must file taxes April 15th, except for S corporations which must file March 15th

We concluded the fifth legislative week of session on Monday, February 8th.  By Thursday, February 11, we have already reached the half-way mark of the 2016 legislative session, legislative day 20. With only 20 working days to complete our business, and “cross-over day,” legislative day 30, looming, we quickly got to work.  Committees were in full-swing, and many pieces of legislation started making their way over from the Senate to be heard in House committees.   

Below is a select list of bills that passed on the House floor this week:

HB 649, by Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta), proposes to enact the “Georgia Lactation Consultant Practice Act.”  While statistics show that breast feeding helps babies by reducing a number of problems such as asthma, childhood obesity, SIDs, and other health issues, is it necessary for government to license a practice that humans have been engaging in for eons? The bill purports to give nursing mothers an option to a clinically trained specialist to work with them on breast feeding.  If passed, this newly licensed group of consultants will fall under the Composite Board of Medicine. From my professional perspective as a clinician, I can appreciate the role of lactation consultants and respect the training they receive through standards already set forth by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. However, this bill calls for the creation of a state licensure pathway that I feel is unnecessary. If there is already a pathway to clinical certification by the IBLCE, then why is licensure necessary? The author of the bill stated that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) “mandates” lactations services on insurance companies; therefore, the state had to create a pathway to licensure.  The author made the claim on the House floor when presenting the bill that licensure of these consultants was necessary for legitimacy, but as in most cases, licensure is typically an economic protectionist move by one group who wants to squeeze out another from providing a given service, which only introduces more unnecessary regulation into the perverted reimbursement structure climate in healthcare, which is the most troublesome and costly feature of our healthcare system. Furthermore, any legislation that is promulgated as a result bad federal policy, like Obamacare, only serves to conscript the state’s governing machinery to carry out federal policies and grows the size of state government as a result at the expense of the state’s own sovereignty.  I voted NO on this legislation.  However, the legislation ultimately passed 129-27.

HB 821, by Rep. Al Williams (D-Midway), requires professional licensing boards to implement a process by which military spouses and transitioning service members may qualify for temporary licenses, licenses by endorsement, expedited licenses, or a combination of these for each profession, business, or trade for which a license is issued. I voted in favor of the bill.  This will help our military spouses here in the Camden County area.  It passed by a vote of 164-0.

HR 1198, by Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan), encourages the Environmental Protection Division to review its current regulations regarding aquifer storage and recovery to ensure they are sufficient and to revise those rules if necessary. I voted in favor of this resolution.  This resolution was adopted by a vote of 161-0.

HB 739, by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), addressing elementary and secondary education and textbook content, moved through the House by Committee Substitute with a vote of 165-3.  I voted in favor of the bill.

HB 509, by Rep. Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah), establishes a new Article 10 in Chapter 7 of Title 31 and will require that the Department of Community Health implement initiatives to improve quality and delivery of patient-centered and family-focused palliative care in Georgia.  Also, it will create a nine-member Georgia Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council who will be appointed by the Commissioner (experts on palliative care will be on this Council).  It came to the House Floor in a Committee Substitute form.  The bill is heavily backed by the American Cancer Society.  It attempts to focus on quality versus quantity of life.  However, my major concern with this bill is found on lines 78 and 79 stating, “The department may develop and implement any other initiatives regarding palliative care services…”  First, the Commissioner of the Department of Community Health has the authority to establish his own advisory council; therefore, this legislation serves as another unnecessary mandate only to grow the sizes of state government.  Second, the language suggesting that the department may implement “any other initiatives” about palliative care could suggest and imply that this advisory council could make future recommendations regarding controversial end of life decisions, like euthanasia. I do not believe that is the author’s intent, but that is my concern with this legislation.  I voted NO on this legislation; however, the Committee Substitute was adopted and passed with a vote of 138-23.

HB 870, by Rep. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough).  It permits two schools to play in an event; it places the decision with local schools and they can enter into an agreement to do so. It adds language in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-316.3.  It also addresses religious expression and safety of players.  Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) asked about religious items/expression and the wearing of headbands.  Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) also commended the efforts of Rep. Strickland.  He commented on recent actions taken by GSHA but they are not final “actions.”  The GSHA’s actions were taken in a Committee meeting on the same day that this legislation was in Committee.  Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) asked for clarification on the event which caused the legislation; it dealt with the disqualification of a runner who wore a headband with some sort of insignia.  It is not illegal to wear a headband but because the headband had some sort of insignia/language it was illegal.  This legislation clarifies all of that per Rep. Strickland.  Rep. Tom Dickson (R-Cohutta) asked about lines 27-29 and competitions with other schools – does it limit to scrimmage or others or does it envision full competition?  It permits the schools to play and they get to choose the type of game that they wish to play.  Rep. Demetrius Douglas (D-Stockbridge) asked about lines 19-25 – it does not impact national events.  Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek) explained the vetting that was done on this legislation; there are seven pages in the rule books about uniforms.  There are narrow exceptions in every sport on what can be permitted (on logo/writing on equipment).  Chairman Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth) also spoke on the legislation; they met with the Georgia High School Association and their attorneys for hours on this issue.  The Georgia High School Association will still govern.  It provides local control for the schools.  I voted in favor of the bill.  HB 870 passed with a vote of 136-25.

HB 219, by Rep. Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick), exempts private swimming pools, including pools in apartment complexes, country clubs, subdivisions, condominium associations, home owners associations, town homes, and time shares from health inspections by the Department of Public Health at the county level. It also states that a resident, member, or the owner of such private pool may request an inspection at any time for informational purposes only.I voted in favor of the bill.  This bill passed by committee substitute by a vote of 152-8.

HB 757, by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), is known as the ‘Pastor Protection Act’. This bill came as a response to the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (SB 129), by Sen. Josh McKoon. It provides for ministerial protections for religious clergy in the State. Specifically, it provides that such clergy shall not be required to solemnize any marriage that would be in violation of his or her right to freely exercise religion, under the United States or Georgia Constitutions. Any refusal would not give rise to a cause of action. It also prohibits any business from being compelled to work on Saturdays or Sundays. It further exempts religious organizations from being required to rent or lease property space to be used for purposes that are objectionable to such religious organization. There were a number of folks who spoke to this proposal.  Rep. Kevin Cooke (R-Carrollton) stood before colleagues as a son of a pastor and the grandson of a pastor.  He explained that the legislation creates classes and does not protect all classes.  Rep. Randy Nix (R-LaGrange) also rose, with mixed emotions, in support of the legislation and expressed that he is dismayed that the State needs to provide such faith community protections from overreaching government.  Rep. Paul Battles (R-Cartersville) also spoke to the legislation as did Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth).  Rep. Al Williams (D-Midway) also took the Well to speak and expressed the need to have “freedom of the pulpit.”  I voted in favor of the bill; however, I want to stress that I feel this protection should extend to ALL Georgians. Not just to once certain group of people.  I think this bill’s language should be broadened as it moves forward in the legislative process.  HB 757 passed by a vote of 161-0.

SB 331

This bill protects victims of rape by helping rape victims who conceive a child with a process to remove the offender parental rights. in Superior Court, through a presentation of clear and convincing evidence, the offender loses the ability to ever be legitimized as a parent plus rights to visitation or guardianship. Today a rapist may have parental rights once the baby is born.

SB 367 

Under this bill, two new classes of court divisions are created- DUI Court division and Family Treatment Court division.  The bill provides for educational service through state charter schools for people in custody or supervision of the department of Correction and Juvenile Justice. 

SB 369  

This bill will regulate the sale and use of fireworks.  The bill creates new restrictions where fireworks cannot be used, revises times during which fireworks can be ignited, restricts the use of fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and revises requirements relating to licenses to distribute fireworks.  It also provides criminal penalties for violations of provisions related to the sale, manufacture, and use of fireworks.  It passed in the Senate 50 to 1. 

SB 364 

Senate Bill 364, known as the Quality Basic Education Act, will reduce the number of tests students in Georgia have to take as well as lower the weight the results of those tests would have on teacher and school administrator evaluations.  The federal government requires 11 tests and Georgia currently requires almost three times that.  Georgia’s current policies require 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation to be based on student progress and 70 percent of a principal’s evaluation.  This bill would bring those percentages down to 30% for teachers and 40% for principals.  The bill passed 45 to 0.

SB 327 

This bill prohibits the state from contracting with companies that boycott good and services from Israel.  12 other states have similar legislation, as do countries across Europe to support Israel against corporate boycotts.

SB 258

This Bill protects property owners from tax valuation increases during tax appeals. 

SB 269 

This bill requires, as a condition of funding, local governments to certify that they are not enforcing any sanctuary policies.  



NFRW 2016-2017 Executive Committee Elected at Convention

    2016-2017 Executive Committee Elected at Convention

NFRW 2016-17 Officers2

The 2016-2017 NFRW Executive Committee are pictured. Front Row (l-r): Kim Reem (IA), 4th Vice President; Lynne Hartung (NV), 2nd Vice President; Carrie Almond (MO), President; Becky Johnson (KS), 1st Vice President; Eileen Sobjack (WA), 3rd Vice President. Back Row (l-r): Kathy Brugger (CA), Immediate Past President; Julie Harris (AR), Secretary; Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman (IL), Member-at-Large; Jody Rushton (TX), Member-at-Large; JoAnn Parker (LA), Member-at-Large; Pam Pollard (OK), Treasurer.

September 13, 2015

PHOENIX, Ariz. –  Congratulations to the following Republican leaders who were elected at the 38th Biennial Convention to lead the NFRW during the 2016-2017 term:

President: Carrie Almond, Missouri
1st Vice President: Becky Johnson, Kansas
2nd Vice President: Lynne Hartung, Nevada
3rd Vice President: Eileen Sobjack, Washington
4th Vice President: Kim Reem, Iowa
Secretary: Julie Harris, Arkansas
Treasurer: Pam Pollard, Oklahoma
Member-at-Large: Jody Rushton, Texas
Member-at-Large: JoAnn Parker, Louisiana
Member-at-Large: Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman, Illinois

CONTACT: Lisa Ziriax, 405-596-3873 or

Georgia Woman Selected as NFRW Intern


Erica Barker

Erica Barker is a junior at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, where she is studying Political Science with a focus on American politics. Erica is Chairwoman of the College Republicans at her university and a member of the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club. ‘Through College Republicans as well as various Republican Women groups around north Georgia, I’ve found a passion for educating my peers as well as garnering female interest in the Republican Party and dispelling the myths that may keep women from affiliating, “ she says. “I’m excited to intern for an organization that shares the same values and passions as I do this summer. I can’t wait to learn more about the NFRW and its mission!”

[The Dorothy Andrews Kabis Memorial Internship: Erica is one of two women selected nationally to intern at NFRW headquarters this summer.]


2015 Legislation of Note Passed or Introduced in the Senate

2015 Legislation of Note Passed or Introduced in the Senate:

SB 139:   Passed in the Senate – The purpose of this Bill is to create uniform standards for the use of plastic containers for restaurants and other establishments that use such materials as local communities across the country begin to outlaw or tax plastic bags costing people money and creating a patchwork of regulations from town to town.

SB 34: Passed in the Senate – This Bill passed the Senate to provide that in an emergency someone can enter a locked vehicle to rescue an incapacitated or endangered individual without being prosecuted.

 SB 157: This Bill was introduced to provide protections and restrictions on student data. It prevents the school systems from distributing any identifiable data to a third party without written consent from an eligible student or the parents.

SB 88: Passed in the Senate – This Bill would allow businesses to pay their employees using a payroll card with an opt out provision for the employee.

SR 389: This is Resolution was introduced to oppose the new FCC decision called Net Neutrality which will treat broadband, the internet and wireless communications like a utility with corresponding regulations. Many believe this will discourage technical innovations which have benefited billions.

HB 292: This House Bill is an annual update to Georgia law incorporating certain provisions into state law. The House Bill passed through the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday with an amendment to help small business owners increasing their same year Section 179 deduction for equipment purchases to $500,000.

HB 1: This Bill passed the House this week to change the provisions of Georgia law to allow for the use of medicinal marijuana oil for seizures and other medical conditions.The bill was first introduced last year and passed the Senate in a prior form; it has gone through several new changes before passage by the House. The Bill was sent to a Senate Committee for consideration.

HB 75: The 2016 state budget passed the House this week and is being heard in various Appropriations Sub-Committees over the next week before Senate floor consideration.

HB 170 : One version of a House transportation measure remains under consideration by the House. It will likely be amended again. Currently, it calls for the following:

  • Eliminates sales tax on gasoline, local and state and converts it to an excise tax.
  • Expands present Excise (by the gallon) fuel tax to 29.2 cents per gallon and based on last four years sales price.
  • Includes Bonds $100 million for FY 16 for transit.
  • Provides an annual $200 fee yearly on alternative fuel vehicles
  • Allows local governments to add fuel excise taxes to replace sales taxes on fuel.
  • ESPLOST’s, SPLOST’s are intact until planned expiration

SB 109:   This Bill was introduced to clarify the use and effectiveness of Physician orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment forms. It will provide alternate terminology for do not resuscitate orders and reflect patients’ Advance Medical Directives.These are very important documents to have to indicate your end of life decisions.

SB 18:   This Bill passed to allow the Technical College System of GA to accept prior work experience and skills learned through the Military to count for academic credit.

SB 58: This Bill passed to allow each member of the General Assembly, the Governor, and the Lieutenant Governor to publicly distinguish a deserving student with a written letter of recommendation for that student’s use in the college admissions process, providing that the student is committed to serving in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.

SB 51:  This Bill passed to clarify Georgia law for the dispensing of expensive medical products called biologics. It defines the terms “biological product” and “interchangeable biological product” to better resemble definitions from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Public Health Service Act. The Bill will annotate the Code of Georgia with respect to implementing a special purpose local option sales tax to add to the purposes of the proceeds of the tax.

 SB 72: This Bill called “Tanja’s Law,” passed to strengthens the punishments for crimes committed against a police dog while the dog is performing its official duties. 
SB 3:
The Supporting and Strengthening Families Act” passed to allow parents to temporarily transfer custodial oversight to another adult during times when extenuating circumstances impact the ability to properly care for a child.
SB 8 / SR 7:  Rachel’s Law / the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund Commission passed the Senate to increase criminal and civil penalties for perpetrators of human trafficking. It includes certain protections for and increases the statute of limitations on sexual exploitation crimes.
SB 86: This was introduced to propose to create an alternative to medical malpractice litigation whereby patients are compensated for medical injuries to provide for filing of and disposition of applications, appellate review, and administrative expenses. A similar bill titled the Patient Compensation Act has been under consideration in prior legislative sessions.
SB 87: This Bill was introduced to amend the Georgia Code so as to limit the use of specialty board designations by physicians unless the physician was Board certified.

SB 92: This Bill was introduced to establish an Education Savings Account program to provide for  qualifications and requirements, management of accounts, participating schools, responsibilities of parents, and the Office of Student Achievement.
SB 103: This Bill was introduced to change the laws to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday.
SR 155:  I introduced a Resolution calling on the US Congress to adopt and submit to the states a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution and to balance our current United States budget.
HB 75:  The Amended FY2015 Budget passed the Senate adopting a $21.1 billion supplemental budget runs through June 30, 2015, and increases for K-12 education growth and public health initiatives.This budget amends the FY2015 budget passed last session to make adjusts for revenues and program changes such as education.

SB 1: Passed. unanimously. This bill provides insurance coverage for basic autism therapy. It exempts businesses with 10 or fewer employees and imposes an annual limits of $35,000 for children 6 and younger. The bill was sent to the House and hopefully will be taken up for consideration.

SB 3:  This bill would allow a temporary transfer of custody and power of attorney from the parent to another person providing for the child’s care without court approval for up to one year.

SB 6: This bill would prohibit deferred deportation status from qualifying an alien to purchase a driver’s license in Georgia.

SB 38 This bill would create a recommendation process for legislators for qualified students who commit to ROTC service at Georgia colleges and universities.

SB 63 – This bill would allow craft breweries to sell up to one 12 pack of beer per customer for carry out.

SB 74 – I sponsored this bill to create a Charity Care Organization to provide a tax deductible contribution to raise moneys Charity Health Clinics that offer low cost and free healthcare for the uninsured.

SR 25 – I cosponsored this Senate Resolution recognizing the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association for their work and growing popularity among middle and high school students.

SR 95 – Recognizes the Pope High School Girls Softball team winning the State Championship 6A


The House announced a transportation proposal this week –

HB 170

Transportation Funding Act of 2015 with its main provisions being:

  • Eliminates sales tax on gasoline, local and state and converts it to an excise tax.
  • Expands present Excise (by the gallon) fuel tax to 29.2 cents per gallon and based on last four years sales price.
  • Includes Bonds $100 million for FY 16 for transit.
  • Provides an annual $200 fee yearly on alternative fuel vehicles
  • Allows local governments to add fuel excise taxes to replace sales taxes on fuel.
  • ESPLOST’s, SPLOST’s are intact until planned expiration
If you would like additional information regarding a specific piece of legislation, you may access the Georgia General Assembly website at



March 20 & 21, 2015


FROM: Ruby Robinson, President GFRW

Purpose: Meetings will be conducted at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. This is an organizational meeting and to conduct such business as is reasonable and necessary.


I am delighted to invite you to the combined Winter Board Meeting and Red Coat Day at the Georgia Dome. We will meet at the Georgia Gold Dome on March 20, at 9:00 a.m. The GFRW Board Meeting will be held the following day, March 21, 2015 at 9:00. I look forward to welcoming the 2015 Board Members. As always please remember to bring your Red Coat.

Location: SHERATON ATLANTA HOTEL, 165 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Hotel Reservations: $89.00 per night. (ask for Legislative Rate) Please make your own hotel reservations by calling the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel Reservations 1-800-833-8624. When making reservations, please indicate that you are attending the GFRW Board Meeting. There is a $10.00 per day parking fee for overnight guests.

Registration Fee: Fee of $45.00 includes the Red Coat Day Lunch, Friday Afternoon Seminars and Lunch/Brunch on Saturday. Additional Saturday lunch tickets may be purchased for guest participants at $35.00 each. Lunch on Friday only is $20.00. Round trip bus fare to the Capitol is $20.00.

Registration for this meeting closes on Wednesday, March 12, 2015.


Friday, March 20, 2015
8:45 a.m. Depart from Hotel for Gold Dome. Transportation will be provided round trip. There is an extra charge for transportation costs. This information is forthcoming. Deadline for RSVP for transportation is February 12, 2015.

9:30 a.m. Red Coat Day- Georgia Dome-Capitol Steps, Lunch at the Department of Agriculture Room adjacent to the Capitol.

2:00 p.m. Depart from Capitol to Sheraton

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Training seminars for Presidents- Room to be announced.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Brad Carver, Esq. Senior Managing Director of Government Affairs for Hall Booth Smith, PC

6:30 p.m. Reagan Club Reception. President’s Suite TBA . Full Members ($100.00) Only with Proof of Registration. Reagan Club Membership for Individuals and Cl ubs should be sent to Wanda Duffie, Reagan Club Chair, 4193 Day Road, Martinez, GA 30907. If your Club joins the President can attend the reception.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Call to order – Ruby Robinson
Invocation – Joyce Hinton
Pledge of Allegiance – Barbara Schmader

Introductions and Welcome
Welcome and introduction of head table – Ruby Robinson
Appointment of Parliamentarian, Proxy Committee and Call of Proxies – Ruby Robinson
Introduction of Time Keeper and Sergeants-at-Arms- Ruby Robinson
Welcome to the Club Presidents – Ruby Robinson

Roll Call, Proxy Report, Minutes, Committee Reports
Roll Call – Varie Rustin
Report of Proxy Committee – Proxy Committee Chair
Presentation and Approval of Minutes – Varie Rustin
Reports Executive Committee Report
Treasurer’s Report – Billie Dendy to include # of Clubs and # of members per Club

New Business
Election of Nominating Committee Pursuant to Article VI of the GFRW Bylaws.

Section 1. Nominations
A. The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) members and two (2) alternates

  1. The Nominating Committee shall be elected at the first meeting in the calendar year in which the Convention is to be held.
  2. The alternates shall serve in the order of number of votes at their election.
  3. The members of the committee shall elect a chairman and secretary from their own numbers.
  4. Any member of the Nominating Committee who wishes to seek a position on the Executive Committee shall resign and be replaced by an alternate, selected as described in # 2 above of this Section.
  5. Scheduled meeting for qualified Candidates in good standing in GFRW seeking an Office will be included in the second “Call” of the calendar year to the Board of Directors. Written credentials from candidates should be sent to each member of the Nominating Committee prior to this meeting.
  6. The nominating committee shall submit one nominee for each office in a report sent out with the “Call” thirty (30) days prior to the biennial Convention to all members of the Board of Directors.

    B. Nominations may also be made from the floor following the report of the Nominating Committee.
  7. Nominee(s) from the floor shall give written consent to be nominated.
  8. Nominees from the floor shall give written notice of agreement to serve, if elected.
  9. Written notices in #1 & #2 above may/can be presented in the same document to GFRW Secretary.
Spring Meeting: June 13 and 14 location and details to be announced
Fall Meeting: October 16 and 17 location and details to be announced Adjourn

Luncheon: 12:00 Noon

Invocation – Kathy Strickland
Pledge of Allegiance – Heather Hulsebus
During Lunch- Introduction of Speaker Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols


Get Involved in 2015

Get Involved 2015

GFRW Fall Meeting in Macon was a Huge Success

The GFRW Fall Meeting in Macon was a huge success!

Friday’s workshop presentations on Leadership presented by Johnell Woody and Achievement Awards presented by Denise Ognio were very interesting, educational and well received.

Lobbyist Neill Herring, who represents a group of six conservation groups, although the number can vary each session, depending on particular problems in consideration, spoke on Friday regarding the Aquifer Storage & Recovery-Marsh Buffers, a water issue dear to many of the GFRW members.  He praised our own Anne Mueller for being a Champion of this cause for many years. 

There was a bountiful buffet on Friday night followed by a special Reagan Club Members wine and dessert reception.

IMG_0820Saturday’s speakers included US Senator Elect David Perdue who reminded us of his three priorities:
(1) Growing the Economy, (2) Tax Reform, and (3) Term Limits.  Mr. Perdue thanked the women of the GFRW for their tireless work in making phone calls, knocking on doors, writing letters, and working to Get Out the Vote.  

State School Superintendent Elect Richard Woods reminded us that he intends to see that we teach to the child, not to the test.  RNC Committeewoman Linda Herren gave us details regarding what the RNC did in the various states regarding the Victory Centers and the new technology that helped us win this election cycle.  She also spoke of the 2016 GOP Convention which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.  RNC Committeeman Randy Evans spoke to us regarding some proposed changes in the future election cycles and also encouraged us to help the Louisiana runoff by donating time and money to help our Republican candidate to win that seat.  

State GOP General Counsel Anne Lewis was the guest speaker during our delicious southern luncheon following the meeting. Each speaker was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation which was prepared by Sheila Galbreath. 

If you are a member of a GFRW club and have never attended one of the meetings, we urge you to plan to be at our next meeting February 20-21 when we visit the State Capitol again for RED COAT DAY. Mark you calendars now and plan to attend.

14 by “14 RNC Program

RNC_Women2Women will be a critical group of voters in the upcoming elections. We have a unique opportunity in 2014 to show that Republicans offer solutions that work to fix America’s problems and provide for economic opportunity for all Americans and to elect Republicans who will make that happen.

Only 25 percent of women believe the country is headed in the right direction, while 67 percent say it’s on the wrong track.

Women aren’t single-issue voters, and we won’t stand for the status quo. Women have many top priorities: the economy, government spending, education and health care.

Democrats fixate on a fabricated “war on women” in an attempt to connect with female voters. They haven’t been able to appeal to women voters beyond trying to convince women that “Republicans don’t like you.” And Democrats and their Super PACs are running false attack ads against Republicans – because they have nothing else to say to women.

We’ve talked with women in battleground Congressional Districts. We’ve listened, and you’ve told us what we already believed: Republican priorities are more in line with women’s priorities than Democrat priorities are.

  • The most important issues to women involve jobs and household finance.
  • The vast majority of women are upset with the status quo.
  • Women endorse changes to our tax and retirement laws to allow you to keep more of what you earn.
  • 55 percent of women oppose ObamaCare. Women agree with the statement that, “we need to start over and create real health care reform that allows us to choose the plans we want, the doctors we need at the cost we can afford.”

Under President Obama’s watch, women are facing higher levels of poverty, lower incomes, and stagnant wages.

  • Since Obama took office, nearly four million women have fallen into poverty.

Women are struggling more under the Obama Administration than ever before – and that needs to change.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with his iron fist, blocks dozens of job bills passed by the Republican-led House from ever reaching the Senate floor. His refusal to bring these bills to a vote proves that job creation is not Democrats’ first priority.

For the Democrats, job creation is only a political ploy.

Democrats also refuse to consider bills sponsored by Senate Republicans that would help working families.

  • Senator Tim Scott is sponsoring the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act, or the SKILLS Act, which would transform our broken workforce development and training system into a more responsive and efficient program to enable workers to compete in the 21st century economy. This bill already passed the House in a 215-202 vote.
  • Senator Susan Collins has a bill to restore the 40-hour work week with her Forty Hours Is Full Time Act. The act would repeal ObamaCare’s 30-hour workweek rule, which has cut American workers’ hours and wages. It, too, has passed the House.
  • Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska is working to prevent workplace discrimination with the Workplace Advancement Amendment. It would equip women with tools to fight discrimination in the workplace.
  • Senator Marco Rubio’s Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees Act, or the RAISE Act, would amend the National Labor Relations Act to allow employers to give merit-based compensation increases to individual employees, even if those increases are not part of a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Senator Mike Lee’s Working Families Flexibility Act would help workers handle the constant challenge of work-life balance. It would allow private-sector employers to give employees who work overtime a choice between extra pay or extra comp time. This passed the House in a 223-204 vote.
  • Senator Mitch McConnell’s Working Parents Home Office Act would fix a flaw in the tax code that penalizes parents who work from home. Right now, women and men can’t claim a tax deduction for a home office if that office includes a baby crib. This ridiculous provision punishes parents who work from home and care for their kids at the same time; the act would change that.

I hope you will take a few minutes to share some of this information with women in your network of family and friends and encourage them to get involved in 14 in ’14 by signing up at

Thanks for your support,

Sharon Day
RNC Co-Chair

2014 Legislative Highlights – Passed Legislation

2014 Legislative Highlights – Passed Legislation

SR 415: Constitutional State Income Tax Cap

  • Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution that would prohibit the General Assembly from raising the state income tax.
  • Will strengthen the pro-business environment in Georgia by giving businesses certainty that Georgia will remain a low-tax state.
  • Sends a clear message to businesses looking to move from another state or expand within our borders; spurs economic development by putting a spotlight on Georgia as a low-tax state while not costing a dime in tax revenue; will encourage job creation and potentially increase revenue from increased economic activity.
  • Requires ratification by the voters in the 2014 General Election.

HB 658: Death Tax Elimination

  • Eliminates the estate tax (also known as the death tax) after July 1, 2014. There will be no estate taxes levied and no estate tax returns will be required after this date.
  • The final nail in the coffin for the death tax in the state of Georgia.

 SB 98: Prohibits Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

  • Prohibits health plans offered through a state or federal health exchange within Georgia from providing abortion coverage except in the case of a medical emergency. Also prohibits the State Health Benefit Plan from covering expenses for abortion services, except to the extent permitted under the plan that existed on January 1, 2014 which is to save the life of the mother.
  • Bans the use of taxpayer funds for the use of abortion services through an Obamacare exchange or the State Health Benefit Plan.
  • Every neighboring state has passed similar legislation banning the use of taxpayer funds through an Obamacare exchange.

HB 990: Prohibits the Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility Without Prior Legislative Approval

  • Prohibits the Board of Community Health from adjusting income limits to expand Medicaid without prior legislative approval.
  • Federal government is trillions of dollars in debt and borrowing over 40 cents of every dollar that it currently spends and cannot be relied on to fund an expanding Medicaid program forever.
  • Keeps the decision-making authority on this important issue away from unelected bureaucrats and places it firmly in the hands of elected officials.
  • Potentially saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

HB 772: Drug Testing for Applicants and Recipients of Public Assistance

  • Allows drug testing of welfare applicants and recipients upon a reasonable suspicion of drug use; also requires electronic benefits transfer (“EBT”) cards for food stamp benefits to contain a photo of the recipient.
  • A recipient of welfare benefits who tests positive for controlled substances is ineligible for those benefits until he or she tests negative and for the following time periods corresponding with one’s history of positive results:
  1.   One month for a first positive result;
  2.   Three months for a second positive result;
  3.    One year for a third or subsequent positive result.
  • Encourages welfare recipients with drug problems to obtain help and ensures welfare benefits are not being used to promote drug habits.
  • Prevents the misuse of public funds designed to help feed, clothe, and shelter families in need.

HB 943: The Georgia Health Care Freedom Act

  • Prohibits state and local governments from advocating for the expansion of Medicaid coverage in Georgia and prohibits state and local governments from establishing or operating a health care exchange or navigator program, or accepting any money to do so.
  • Limits the negative fiscal impacts of Obamacare.
  • Disallows state and local officials from acting to support the Affordable Care Act in ways that are contrary to the official policies of Georgia.
  • Does not prohibit public employees or officers from advocating for Medicaid expansion on personal time, as part of his or her official duties, or from providing bona fide educational instruction about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in institutions of higher learning.
  • Does not apply to any navigator-related grant in effect on this bill’s effective date.

HB 60: Safe Carry Protection Act

  • Changes provisions relating to the carrying of weapons in Georgia.
  • Prohibits the state from creating and maintaining a database of those licensed to carry firearms.
  • Lowers the age from 21 to 18 for active duty military personnel with specific training to obtain a concealed firearms license for self-defense.
  • Allows for the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting.
  • Protects Second Amendment rights for those living in public housing, thereby ensuring that the right to self defense is not limited by place of residence.
  • Provides that government or military officials cannot use the pretext of a declaration of emergency to seize firearms of law-abiding citizens.
  • Removes the criminal ban on those with firearms licenses legally carrying a firearm in bars, leaving this decisions about firearms carrying to the private property (bar) owner.
  • Removes the criminal ban on those with firearms licenses legally carrying a firearm into unsecured government buildings.
  • Allows churches the option of permitting those with firearms licenses to lawfully carry, with only a civil penalty of a $100 if a person unknowingly carries into a church where firearms are prohibited.

 HB 810: HOPE Eligibility Requirements

  • Revises eligibility requirements for HOPE scholarships for entering freshman students who obtained a GED or graduated from a home study program or a non-eligible high school. Revises current law to allow students who earned a score in the eightieth percentile or higher to be eligible for HOPE.
  • Allows more students who have excelled in non-traditional education formats to be HOPE-eligible.
  • Levels the playing field for HOPE eligibility requirements between traditional and non-traditional high schools.

HB 766: Work Based Learning Act

  • Reforms the Youth Apprenticeship Program to the Work Based Learning Program. Any eligible student aged 16 or above, regardless of grade, may participate. Skill development must be focused on those skills related to the student’s career pathway.
  • Gives career minded high school students an opportunity to gain on-the-job training and practical knowledge relevant to their chosen career path while still in school.
  • New incentives for employers to participate and broader fields of work.

HB 697: Zell Miller Grant Scholars

  • Establishes a full-tuition scholarship grant for students who attend technical colleges. Defines Zell Millar Grant Scholars as students who: 1) have met applicable eligibility requirements to receive a HOPE grant; and 2) have earned a cumulative grade point average (“GPA”) of at least 3.5 at the end of any quarter or semester in which the student has attended courses toward a diploma or certificate.
  • Technical colleges educate thousands of students each year, thereby preparing Georgians for work in fields vital to the state’s economic prosperity.
  • Makes job-based technical education available to more Georgians, helping Georgia attract new businesses that create jobs.
  • Recognizes that a four-year liberal arts degree is not a practical option for many students
  • Scholarship gives students and their parents a real alternative to the traditional four-year college degree path.

Multiple bills designed to rein in federal spending through the powers retained by the states under Article V of the United States Constitution

  • SR 736: Applies to Congress for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing certain amendments to the U.S. Constitution that place clear restraints on federal abuses of power.
  • HB 794: By adopting the Compact for a Balanced Budget, Georgia agrees to perform and comply strictly with the terms of the Compact; once three-fourths of the states have adopted the Compact, a declaration petitioning Congress pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution, to call a Convention for the purpose of adopting a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States, will be transmitted.
  • SR 371: Requests that Congress call for a convention to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States with limited consideration of only proposing a balanced budget in the absence of a national emergency.
  • SB 206/HB 930: Provides a method of selecting delegates and alternates to an Article V Convention and qualifications of delegates.

Other Notable Legislation

  • HB 740: Allows active duty military personnel and their dependents to pay the less-expensive resident rate for Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses, regardless of whether they are Georgia residents.
  • SB 276: Designates Georgia as a “Purple Heart State,” honoring our combat wounded veterans for their service and sacrifice in allowing the United States of America to maintain its sovereignty.
  • SB 235: Allows permanent, compensated firefighters who perform at least 1,040 hours of annual service to be eligible for membership in the Georgia Firefighters’ Pension Fund; also allows all members to receive credit for prior eligible service rendered between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2014.
  • HB 702: Provides for the placement within the State Capitol or grounds, a historic granite monument depicting:
    1. The Preamble of the Georgia Constitution
    2.  Part of the Declaration of Independence
    3.  The Ten Commandments
    4.  the monument is subject to the availability of private funds.
  • HB 1080: Provides for the placement of a statue of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Capitol grounds, subject to the availability of private funds.
SB 391: Requires medical facilities in Georgia to apply to participate in the TRICARE program, which insures members of the military and their families. Although the bill requires medical facilities to apply, it does not require facilities to participate.

Great time in St. Simons at GFRW BOD meeting

Great time in St. Simons at GFRW BOD meeting

The GFRW Board Meeting held in St. Simons was a great success.  The American Legion Post #9 made the Presentation of the Colors and demonstrated Flag Etiquette. 

We were greeted and welcomed to the Golden Isles by Georgia State House District 179 Representative, Alex Atwood.  It was a delight to have NFRW Regional Director and radio personality Cindy Graves as our Guest Speaker. 

Following the general meeting, Senatorial Candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue as well as Candidate for State School Superintendent, Richard Wood spoke to the crowd.  Dr. Bob Johnson running Congressional seat in Georgia’s District 1 also spoke. 

We were given a lesson in history by Mr. Jim Conine, national award-winning portrayer of Abraham Lincoln.  Jeffrey L. Williamson of J.L. Williamson Law Group spoke to on Estate and Elder Care Laws.

On Friday evening, Reagan Club members were treated to a trolly ride and Sunset Dolphin Cruise.  The dolphins must have known we were coming because they put on a great show for all. 

Hope Lamb, a Student of Glynn Academy, sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Saturday luncheon to get us started off right.  A scrumptious southern lunch of fried chicken, BBQ, corn on the cob, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and other southern delights was enjoyed by all.

The Reagan Club raffle and reception was a great success.  The Coastal Republican Women, Golden Isles Republican Women, Central Savannah River Area Republican Women and the Savannah Area Republican Women generously donated gifts that were given at the Saturday luncheon. The decorations provided by Denise Ognio of the Greater Fayettee RWC for the luau on Friday were absolutely fabulous.

Thanks to the staff of the Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island for their hospitality by providing us with a full breakfast each day and for the wonderful accommodations. 


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On to Victory in November

Ruby Robinson_edited-1With the success of our first board meeting and Red Coat Day behind us, we must now nurture the momentum coming from that meeting to show the country that Georgia is and will continue to be a Red State and that the women of GFRW play an important role in this process. While many of you are currently busy on various campaigns and will be glad to see the May primary come and go, my years of experience tell me that there will be runoffs in many areas of the state. However, when the primary is over and the runoffs have been held, I hope to lead the charge to rally behind our Republican federal and state candidates and, with your help, see them all the way to victory in November.

Since money is the driving force in politics, I propose that GFRW — as an organization — sponsor fundraisers for the candidates that are facing stiff Democrat competition. In order to do this, I will rely heavily on our presidents and district directors to monitor the races in their area and then strategically identify, after the primary and/or runoffs are over, the races where our assistance is most needed. I will then ask GFRW presidents and district directors to contact those campaigns to advise them that we are ready and willing to assist them in their road to victory.

The reelection of President Barack Obama sent many voters into a tailspin of voter apathy. If we expect to take back the Senate and White House in 2016, this must change. We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and our mission is clear: to return the Senate and White House to Republican control; to return our country to the conservative principles upon which it was founded; and, to show the world that the United States is still a superpower to be respected. However, to reach our goal, we must educate Georgia’s electorate on the importance of midterm elections. I pray that each and every GFRW member makes this a priority and that you reach out to the registered voters in your area to encourage them to vote in the Republican primary and/or runoff.

I want to personally thank Rose Wing, immediate past president of GFRW, for sharing with me her knowledge and experience as president. I look forward to working with you and my executive committee for the benefit of GFRW and the Republican Party.

Ruby Robinson
GFRW President

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Rose Terry Award given to Tashina Eller

Rose Terry Award given to Tashina Eller
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tashina_awardTashina Eller from the Northeast Georgia Republican Women received the Rose Terry Award for her achievements in helping to bring Republican principles and values to the community. Additionally, Tashina is the first female elected official in the history of Towns County where she is the County Coroner.

Red Coat Day 2013

Red Coat Day 2013

48143_4387467532852_351358802_nOur GFRW Red Coat Day 2013 was a smashing success! The bus overflowed into cars and even a van provided by the Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club (KUDOS Ladies!). Make sure you check out the video below to see all of the fun!

Red Coats flooded the Governor’s mansion where we met with Sandra Deal, First Lady of Georgia. There could not have been more Southern hospitality than displayed by the First Lady with a private tour and history of the Governor’s Mansion. Flash bulbs of cameras went flashing as she graciously posed with everyone followed by refreshments in the press room.

From the Governor’s Mansion the bus tour whisked us away to the State Capitol for a photo op on the rotunda stairs and a meeting with Senators Judson Hill and Renee Unterman. Then away the crowd went to the Agricultural Building where a wonderful lunch was prepared by Mary Mac’s Tea Room and where we listened to several State Representatives.

The ladies then worked their way to the Judicial Building where we sat in the Supreme Court Chambers and listened to three of the judges as well as our State Attorney General, Sam Olens.

The day was topped off with a ride back on the bus to the Swan Coach House for High Tea. The company and food was amazing and the perfect ending to a perfect day.

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