Author: Will Kremer

Isakson: Obama Needs To Rescind His Veto Threat

Senator Johnny Isakson urged President Obama to rescind his veto threat of the National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation is vital to Georgia as it includes funding for the A-10 mission at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta and Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, upgrading Stryker armored fighting vehicles at Ft. Benning, and other vital projects in Georgia.

Here is a segment of his remarks on the Senate floor.

“The National Defense Authorization Act is one thing Congress, House and Senate alike, has agreed upon overwhelmingly. The vote in the Senate was a veto-proof vote. The vote in the House was a significant vote. The president should read that to understand that the representatives of the people are saying to him: We want America to be strong. We don’t want our American military to be reconstituted. We don’t want the dictators of the world taking advantage of vacuums that we have created because we looked at other way and we abandoned ourselves.

“We need to think about something and think about it closely, Mr. President. Right now in Greece, for example, a half a million people in the last year have gone through there fleeing Syria, trying to find their way to Europe. A half a million. A million and a half will probably go through there next year. The world is trying to flee oppression and dictators wherever they are. And the rest of the free world cannot afford to take care of the rest of the world unless we stop what’s happening in the Middle East.

“Bashar Al-Assad should be stopped; the Russians should be asked to retrench and come back, and we should get back to the table and be the strongest power in the world and be an effective player in the Middle East and being a power that is feared rather than one that’s looked at and wondered about. America is abandoning its role that it’s always held since the end of World War II, and it’ll be a shame for us to do that.

“So Mr. President, let me ask you to do this: Think real hard before Halloween because that’s when the time runs out. You have got to either sign the bill or veto it. Think real hard about the America that you took over as president of the United States seven years ago. Think about how we got to where we are today. Think about all those who have sacrificed, who have lived and who have died in some cases, to keep America free.

Morning Reads — Oct 12, 2015

Good morning, Georgia! It’s Columbus Day, so claim someone else’s land as your own.




Trump Gains First Gold Dome Endorsement

We all know Donald Trump is trying to buy the free world. Yet, despite Donald Trump’s liberal record of supporting abortion; donating to Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid; and endorsing other liberal policies; he has secured an endorsement from an (my) elected official: State Senator Michael Williams (R-Cumming).

First reported by the AJC, Senator Michael Williams confirmed on Facebook he is supporting Trump. It should be noted that his political consultant, Seth Weathers, is heading up Donald Trump’s Georgia team.

Trump Endorsement

My hope is Senator Williams remains the only Gold Dome endorsement of Trump. We’ll see.

Houston County Lands German Textile Supplier

It was announced yesterday that Houston County won a bid to be the home of Sandler AG’s new manufacturing plant. This plant represents a $30 million investment and will create 140 new jobs. Perry’s location between the Port of Savannah and Hartsfield-Jackson Airport was key to Sandler AG’s decision.

A big congratulations to a friend of Peach Pundit and former Georgia College Republicans Chairwoman, Jade Morey, Project Manager for the Houston County Development Authority, who was a member of the winning team. Everyone knew she would go places, and it seems she’s taking the residents of Houston County with her.

The full press release is below Read more

Green Construction Rapidly Growing

According to a new study on green construction, the industry is rapidly growing and contributing billions of dollars to the US economy. The study claims that green construction in Georgia will have a $33.37 billion economic impact between 2015 and 2018. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings will bring our state an economic impact to the tune of $8.63 billion.

The press release from the U.S. Green Building Council is below

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (Sept. 16, 2015) – The green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the U.S. and will account for more than 2.3 million American jobs this year, according to a newU.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) study from Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH).

The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, released today by USGBC and prepared by Booz Allen, finds the green building industry contributes more than $134.3 billion in labor income to working Americans. The study also found that green construction’s growth rate is rapidly outpacing that of conventional construction and will continue to rise.

By 2018, the study finds, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs–more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector–and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings. The industry’s direct contribution to U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is also expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015-2018.

“Green building is playing a massive role in the U.S. construction sector, the clean and efficient energy sector and the U.S. economy as a whole,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “More than 2.3 million U.S. workers are taking home $134 billion annually in large part because of green building programs like LEED. Demand for green building will only continue to grow as individuals, businesses and institutions continue to prioritize sustainable approaches to the design, construction and operations of our built environment.”

The new USGBC analysis also explores the multifaceted economic contribution of green construction to the U.S. economy and individual U.S. states, quantifying the economic impact of green building and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

“Our research shows that green building has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy, with the construction of LEED-certified buildings accounting for about 40 percent of green construction’s overall contribution to GDP in 2015,” said David Erne, a Senior Associate at Booz Allen. “This industry is certainly on the rise, and aggressive growth in the green building sector is anticipated over the next four years.”

In addition to national jobs, GDP and labor earnings from green building, the study projects significant growth in green building’s contribution to individual states’ tax contributions and environmental asset indicators at both the national and state levels.

Total state earnings related to LEED building construction projects are estimated to total $8.4 billion by 2018. In Texas alone, almost 1.26 million jobs in the green building sector are projected between 2015 and 2018. As a result, green building will also contribute to significant savings across energy, trash, water and maintenance costs.

Senator Martin Praises The Film Tax Credit

State Senator PK Martin praised Georgia’s film tax credit in a recent op-ed reported by the Gwinnett Daily Post. The film tax credit brought several major films to our state including “The Hunger Games” and “Captain America: Civil War” and several television shows such as “The Walking Dead.” Senator Martin’s district is reaping the film tax credit’s benefit as well with the recent announcement that “The Sleepy Hollow” season three is filmed in Lawrenceville.

The film tax credit’s $6 billion positive economic impact in Georgia is certainly worth praise.

Senator Martin discussed the huge positive economic impact from the tax credit

Diverse landscapes, an international airport and a generous state tax credit are among many reasons Georgia has become the No. 1 state in America for growth in the entertainment industry. Lawrenceville and other areas across the state are witnessing a positive economic impact due to our state’s growing popularity as a filming destination.

Georgia is home to several major movie studios including Pinewood Studios in Fayette County, Moon River Studios in Effingham County, and Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. The Georgia Film Academy–created to train people for the demands of the movie industry–recently named film and writing professor Jeffrey Stepakoff as their executive director. Needless to say, the movie industry is quickly becoming an intricate part of Georgia’s economy.

Morning Reads — August 21, 2015

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!




Morning Reads — August 14, 2015

As if Friday couldn’t get better, here’s how to make a s’mores pizza. You’re welcome.

Morning Riddle: You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?




Morning Reads — August 7, 2015




Morning Riddle: When you have me, you feel like sharing me. But, if you do share me, you don’t have me. What am I?




RE: North Georgia Tea Party Wants To Elect Democrats

I authored a post titled “North Georgia Tea Party Wants To Elect Democrats” last Friday. The post, originally from zPolitics, caused a bit of an uproar among the Tea Party. Almost immediately, Tea Party leaders issued statements distancing themselves from the slideshow. ZPolitics refused to recant the story, but did post the response from a leader in the North Georgia Tea Party Alliance, Jack Smith, and another statement from the slideshow’s creator.

After receiving many phone calls and emails regarding the post, I decided it would be best to let the North Georgia Tea Party Alliance leaders speak for themselves.

From what I was told by people in attendance, the “meeting” was more of an “action conference.” Several Tea Party leaders and groups traveled to meet with fellow Tea Party leaders to present their plan to gain more standing in Georgia politics. The troublesome slideshow demanding the Tea Party elect Democrats was simply one of many action plans presented at the conference.

Here’s the statement made by Jack Smith of the North Georgia Tea Party Alliance

“First of all, all that was was a presentation. There was nobody who jumped up and said, ‘we’ve got to adopt that policy’. It was strictly a presentation by Mr. Scupin, offering his opinion and a possible route that could be taken in the future.

But we would not ever advocate the election of a Democrat. And the reason for that is that their ideology is totally foreign to ours.We believe in the free enterprise system. We do not believe in socialism, and there’s no campaign contemplated to go after, by the North Georgia Tea Party Alliance, to go after any of the elected officials.”

Here’s a statement from Jeanne Murrill Seaver of the Georgia Grassroots Coalition

In defense of all of the attendees of North Georgia TEA Party Alliance, please know we are amazed, how can a reporter write an article WITHOUT being in attendance of the meeting she is writing about? Christy Riggins of ZPOLITICS did just that! It totally misleads the public of what we are all about and the main topics of our meeting.

The issues we all united on were defund Obamacare, and on the State level, Immigration & NO to Driver License for illegals, Ending Common Core (discussion on supporting the GOAL scholarship cap increase to 100 million), tax reform & American Laws for American Courts (ALAC). There was also a key focus on the upcoming 2016 Presidential election and us doing all in our power to elect a real republican conservative to the White House in 2016″

All the attendees should be given a big KUDOS for taking their time out of there busy lives, on a Saturday for the better good of their children’s future and to come up with an action plan, which we are continuing to work on!

In holding with Peach Pundit tradition, I regret the errors and blame others.

Georgia Film Academy Executive Director Named

WSB reported Kennesaw State professor of film and writing, Jeffrey Stepakoff, will act as the Executive Director of the Georgia Film Academy. He is a 28-year veteran of the film industry.

State lawmakers created the academy this year. It’s intended to train more students at state colleges and universities to work in film, television and digital industries. Georgia’s generous incentive program had drawn more productions here in recent years.

The film tax credit brought a plethora of new jobs to Georgia and an economic impact to the tune of $6 billion. Now, Georgia must train people to work in the film industry. Enter right stage: Georgia Film Academy. I’m glad to see Georgia’s workforce development is taking steps in the right direction.

North Georgia Tea Party Wants To Elect Democrats

It’s common knowledge the Tea Party is fed up. If you missed their agonizing screams during session, you might have seen their disgruntled social media presence. Regardless, the Tea Party is taking unorthodox action to gain power.

At a meeting of the North Georgia Tea Party Alliance, first reported by zPolitics, a 50-slide PowerPoint detailing their path to power caused a disturbance in the force. The PowerPoint acknowledged their lack of political power in Georgia, their lack of money, and their lack of outreach. Their past remedies included challenging incumbents with more conservative candidates; however, it has by and large failed.

Their new path to power in the Republican Party is to join the Democratic Party.

For a group dedicated to principle, this development is radically different from their founding doctrine. In 2009, they wanted to restore the Constitution and limit government. It seems their 2015 doctrine is to elect big-government Democrats and raise money. Sounds very establishment if you ask me.

Here’s their plan:

  1. Continue to primary sitting Republicans
  2. Unite the various Tea Party groups
  3. Find candidates to run as Independents to pull votes from both Democrats and Republicans
  4. Identify swing districts and support the Democratic candidate
  5. Inflict pain on Republican leadership
  6. Start a PAC

In theory, their support of Democrats will take the Republican Party back into the minority. After a term in the minority, the Tea Party will back conservative Republican candidates to replace the Democrats they had just elected and return the Republican Party back to the majority.

This, my friends, is their pathway to power. Check out their battle plan in full.

Download (PPTX, 5.95MB)

Morning Reads – July 31, 2015

Georgia joined the United Nations 23 years ago. Not our Georgia, of course.

Riddle: A man lives on the 14th floor of a building. Everyday, he walks down to the elevator, hits the ‘lobby’ button, and rides it to the bottom and then goes to work. When he comes back from work, he only takes the elevator up to the 7th floor and walks the rest of the way on the stairs. Why doesn’t he take the elevator all the way to the top


The Yonder


Prayers for Senator Williams’ son, Ammon Williams

Forsyth County News reported the 17-year-old son of Senator Michael Williams, Ammon Williams, is in a medically induced coma after a skateboarding accident. Senator Williams asks we keep his son in our prayers.

Service is important to Ammon. He might be incapable of serving others right now, but we can serve in his place. If you feel inclined, the Williams Family requests a donation be made to Aminta Norman–a double lung transplant patient from Forsyth County–in Ammon Williams’ name. You can donate here.

We’re cheering you on, Ammon.