Senator David Perdue Recaps This Year’s Results, Previews 2018 on Fox News

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Senator David Perdue Recaps This Year’s Results, Previews 2018 on Fox News


ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Mike Emanuel on Fox News’ Special Report about President Trump’s significant accomplishments during his first year in office and the priorities heading into 2018.

Delivering Results: “President Trump laid out four agenda items this year. We accomplished most of them. President Trump wants to continue to get results. The economy is going to move now that we started regulatory work and with the tax bill we just passed.”

Early Success: “The President is working diligently to get ready for 2018, but he is very happy with the results of 2017. His first year in office we saw 2 million new jobs created, 860 rules and regulations being reversed, illegal crossings down 60%, 500 people have been fired at the Veterans Administration for non-performance. The President is very excited about the future of our country now that we’re moving to get the economy going again.”

Business Focus: “We have a business guy in the White House for a change. He is moving at a business place, not a bureaucratic pace. Look, 2018 is an election year, but we have different leadership in the White House. He is not going to waive off his priorities for an election process.”

Immigration Solution: “President Trump, Senator Tom Cotton, and I have been consistently saying that any solution for DACA has to include an end to this archaic chain migration and money for border security and the wall at our southern border.”

Helping American Workers: “That’s what’s wrong with Washington, career politicians don’t understand how the free enterprise system works. The best thing we can do for the American worker, the American consumer, for anyone who works in America is to help our businesses, large and small, become competitive again with the rest of the world.”

Breaking The Gridlock: “The problem in Washington is gridlock. The minority party is causing that right now, but there are signs of encouragement. Frankly, the immigration issue is one that should have a bipartisan solution. We believe we can do that early in the new year. The President is going to keep focused on that as we get back to work next week.”

Dent Retirement a Sign of Trump Wave in ‘18?

Politics, State & National

Amidst all the talk among Democrats and the Media that the Trump election and presidency is a one off that will soon be remedied by a Democrat wave — there is actually evidence to suggest that just the opposite will ring true in 2018. For example, look at upstart Pennsylvania Congressional candidate Justin Simmons, who is running to be the GOP nominee in the 15th District. Simmons, 31, currently represents PA State House District 131 and was planning to mount a Conservative challenge to seven term incumbent Rep. Charlie Dent in the Spring 2018 Primary. That was until Dent abruptly announced his retirement, opening the door for 35 year old Ryan Mackenzie to enter the now open race, a race that could prove to be a battle between conflicting wings of the Republican Party.

Simmons recently called in to FYNTV’s Good Morning from the Office for an exclusive interview regarding his initial decision to run, the surprise of Dent’s retirement, and the differences between himself and Mackenzie.

Simmons made it clear from the beginning that his motivation to run was the dissatisfaction among Conservatives in the 15th District with Dent, as evidenced by the recent rally in protest of the seven term Congressman. According to Simmons, “just his voting record alone is bad enough… then going on MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times… being the go to Republican to rip Donald Trump and Conservatives,” had angered voters in the district won by both Donald Trump and Charlie Dent. However, Dent had spoken out aggressively against Trump during the campaign, refusing to endorse him and frequently criticizing him after his inauguration.

“I was never fully on board with Charlie, I always knew he was pro-choice and supported taxpayer funded abortion… but he was fiscally Conservative at first,” said Simmons, adding “as time went on he just got more Liberal.”

The news of Dent’s sudden announcement to retire was a surprise to the Simmons team, although he insists they were “ecstatic” and this it was a “victory” because it creates a chance to elect a Conservative representative. However, it has created a brand new dynamic with the entry of Mackenzie, setting up a race described by The Morning Call as a “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s race” between what they described as two longtime rivals. Although Simmons dismissed the “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” comparison he did elaborate on what he sees as the differences between him and the only other declared candidate.

Ryan and I have worked together on a lot of good issues. The difference between Ryan and I, is Ryan is establishment and I am not. I got my foray into politics by taking on a Liberal Republican, I took on the party and I took on the establishment. Ryan Mackenzie, he came into politics, his Dad was the former chair of the party, he was very connected. When he first ran for State House in the 134th District… there was a special election and the party hierarchy greased the skids for Ryan, they cleared the field in the special election for him, he hasn’t had an opponent since.

Simmons also described Mackenzie as Charlie Dent’s hand picked successor, which means he will be the beneficiary of the PA GOP fundraising network. However, Simmons described it as a negative because it means Mackenzie would be beholden to the moderate Republican structure of the state party and not the Trump Coalition that delivered PA to a Republican presidential candidate for the first time in a generation.

This race will be one of many that pits establishment Republicans against the new, Trump Republicans. In his recent interview with 60 Minutes, former White House strategist Steve Bannon made clear his intentions to target establishment Republicans in the 2018 Primary races. This has already manifested itself in races like the special election for Senate in Alabama, where incumbent Sen. Luther Strange was leading in polling until Bannon endorsed his opponent, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore.

What’s more, the race in Pennsylvania will pit two millennial candidates, Mackenzie is 35 and Simmons is 31.

You can see Simmons’ entire interview here:

Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival 2017 Downtown Blairsville


Jon Ossoff Meets his Opposition: Not Republicans, but Democrats, Slotin wants to know where’s Ossoff’s financial report & why the DNC and DCCC are showing candidate support

Featured, Politics

The Georgia Sixth District Congressional Forum, hosted Sunday, March 12th in Roswell,GA by ‘Needles in a Haystack,’ had over 500 attendees.  The democratic voters and candidates hope to ‘flip the sixth,’ by changing the historically, congressionally Republican led district to a Democratic district.

According to a straw poll taken at the forum, Jon Ossoff is the most supported candidate by a landslide. Yet, the other candidates; Ragin Edwards, Ron Slotin, Rebecca Quigg and Richard Keatley made clear they are still in the race.

Not only does Ossoff have the expressed support from the Sixth District according to the straw poll; but according to Ossoff, his campaign has raised over three million dollars in only seven weeks. Further, he is covered more than any other Democratic candidate by national media; including the New York Times, Esquire and Heavy.

While other candidates at the forum expressed the need for unification among the Sixth District Democrats, Ossoff stated he believes the effort to flip the sixth district has unified the Democrats already. Evidently, Ossoff is not on the same page as the other candidates.

Slotin has extensive political experience. He has served two terms in the State Senate, was involved in the passing of the HOPE Scholarship, has volunteered for various organizations in the sixth district for over fifteen years and more.


slotinSlotin stated, “I have the best chance to beat the Republicans in the runoff in this election.” Slotin then threw a curveball when he asked the audience, “I want to know if anyone is here from the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) or the National Democratic Party? Because I want to ask them, why are they getting involved in this election?” Slotin said “You don’t see the RNC (Republican National Committee) getting involved with Republican Candidates”  Slotin brings up interesting points.

Further, Slotin attacked Ossoff at the forum for not yet filing his federal campaign finance reports. Slotin stated, “Jon did not turn in his financial statements.” Ossoff replied by stating that the deadline for finances is not until April 18th.

(Pictured 6th District Congressional Democratic Candidate Ron Slotin)

Meanwhile, Keatley encouraged voters to stay open-minded to all candidates by stating, “Suspend your judgement, there are many forums coming up.” He also stated, “The people in this district should decide who wins this election,” and finally, “It’s about communicating with people and having a face that they know is not bullshitting them.”

Click here to watch the full forum video



Georgia Department of Public Health encourages “eclipse glasses” for 2017 total eclipse – Press Release


Dawson County upcoming events


Dawson County 2017 Events:

Contact Dawson County Welcome Center for all the latest events

44 Commerce Drive, 706-265-6278 or


2017 Events:

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8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Car Show & Heritage Days Festival

May 27, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Georgia Racing Hall of Fame



Phone: 706-216-7223


(rain date 5/28 or 5/29/2017)

REGISTRATION STARTS 8:00am – $20 (Must be registered to be judged).


Trophies/Awards given for Top 15, Top Ford, Top GM, Top Mopar, Farthest Traveled, and GRHOF Best in Show. Additional trophies include Top Truck, Street Rod and Most Original.

Heritage craft vendors and demonstrations will be on site as well. We will have a kiddie tractor pull contest bring your own tractor for the race, pie eating contest, Antique tractor and gas engine displays.


Sparks in the Motorsports Park Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2017

Location: Atlanta Motorsports Park, 20 Duck Thurmond Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534



Phone: 678-381-8527


Sparks at the Motorsports Park Independence Day Celebration in Dawsonville, GA is the place to be to get your fill of family fun, get a variety of food and see an excellent firework display. No charge for general admission and parking.


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‘Shine Pedalers Metric Bike Ride

July 29, 2017

Location: The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 415 Highway 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30534



Phone: 706-265-6278


Shine Pedalers will start and finish at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville, Georgia.

‘Shine Pedalers Ride offers two rolling routes through the beautiful hills Dawson County.

Download PDF of Ride Information

Metric Century – 62 miles, 5261′ of climb
Half Metric – 31miles, 2076′ of climb
Ride rain or shine! Helmets required
The Ride:

  • Metric riders will climb Burnt Mountain (experienced riders only)
  • Half Metric is for all experience levels
  • Plenty of rolling hills and beautiful scenery to keep riders interested
  • Complimentary continental breakfast, coffee and snacks
  • Well placed SAG stops with snacks, drinks and support
  • Complimentary lunch at the GRHOF (indoors)
  • Complimentary cooling towels at end of ride
  • Friendly and helpful SAG support
  • Goody bag and T-shirt (guaranteed if registered by July 20th)
  • Register Early! Ride capacity is 300 riders.

Address: Dawsonville Municipal Complex
415 Highway 53 East
Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
Ride Day:
6:30 am to 7:15 am—Registration, breakfast and packet pick-up
7:30 am— Metric starts (62 miles 5261’ of elevation gain)
7:45 am— Half-Metric starts (31 miles 2076’ elevation gain)
10:45 am— lunch begins
2:00 pm— all support ends for ride
Questions? contact us at 706-265-6278

2017 Concert in the Hall

August 19, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Georgia Racing Hall of Fame



Phone: 678-622-0460 for reservations and information


Hits from the 50’s to 70’s

Featuring Mark Pitt’s Tribute to Elvis

Family Friendly

Tickets $15

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Opens for the Season

Location: 4520 Highway 53 East


Phone: 770-772-6223


•Explore the Corn Maze

•Find Your Perfect Pumpkins

•Shoot the Corn Cannon

•Great Food and Fun

•Fall Decorations

•Goat Walk


September Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
October – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
SundayThursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


September TBD

Pups in the Park


Location: Rock Creek Park, Dawsonville, GA



Information: Pups in the Park is a day devoted to dogs and their people families and their devotion to one another. The event is open and free to the public. There is a fee for competitions. Proceeds benefit the Dawson County Humane Society.

9 a.m. – 5K fun run

10 a.m. – Dog registration begins

11:30 a.m. – Pup Parade (free to enter)

12 – 2 p.m. – Competitions & Demonstrations

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Cow Patty Bingo


October 27-29, 2017

50th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival

Hosted by: Kare for Kids

Place: Downtown Dawsonville


Phone: 706-216-5273

Information: Moonshine Run, Parade of Authentic Moonshine and Race Cars, Vintage Race Cars, Car Show, Arts & Crafts, Great Food, Souvenirs, Swap Meet and Live Entertainment.


Moonshine Run check-in 9 am

Registration 8 am – 8 pm

Car Show 10 am – 8 pm

Swap meet all-day

50/50 Raffle at Kare Booths


8 a.m. – Festival Opening, Car Show and Registration Opens

9 a.m. – Parade begins at Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

10 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies & Live Music Begins                                                                                   ***Autograph session begins directly after

10 a.m. -Live music

2 p.m. – Moonshine Car Awards (at Castleberry Stage)

4 p.m. – Car Show Awards

50/50 Raffle at Kare Booths (Friday/Saturday drawing at 4 p.m.)

7 p.m. – Festival Closes


8 a.m. – Festival Opening & Car Show Registration

50/50 Raffle at Kare Booths

10 a.m. – 5 pm Car Show

12 p.m. – Live Music Begins

3 p.m. – Top 25 Car Show Awards

4 p.m.Sunday 50/50 Raffle Drawing

5 p.m. – Festival Closes

October 31, 2017

Trunk or Treat

Where: Rock Creek Park

When: October 31, 2017

Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Contact: Dawson County Parks & Recreation

Phone: 706-344-3646


Dawson County Parks & Recreation hosts an annual Trunk or Treat event on October 31st at Rock Creek. The fun begins at 4:00pm and ends at7:00pm. The purpose of this event is to provide the children in the community with a safe place to trick-or-treat and enjoy the festivities of Halloween. Rock Creek is a well-lit area that provides plenty of parking, restrooms, and easy access! The event will be in a designated area in the park that is sectioned off from vehicle traffic, providing a traffic-free area for the children.

Admission is free and so are most of the activities; concessions will be available for purchase.

November 11, 2017

Veteran’s Day Parade

Where: Downtown Dawsonville

When: November 11, 2017

Time: TBA




In honor and with respect to veterans and active military, both in Dawsonville, Dawson County, and around the country, an annual Memorial Day Service is held at Veterans Memorial Park in Dawsonville. On Veterans Day, a ceremony and parade honor veterans of all ages and each military branch as part of Dawsonville’s annual Veterans Day celebration. Lunch is held The Veterans Affairs of Dawson County is dedicated to their goals of increasing recognition, honor, respect, and support of Dawson County’s veterans and active military, and to preserve the memory of veterans that paid the ultimate price.


December 2, 2017

Dawsonville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Hosted by: City of Dawsonville, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development

Parade Time: 5:00 pm

Tree Lighting and Festivities: 5:30 pm (Tree lighting will be at dark)

Place: Downtown Dawsonville

Phone: 706-265-6278


Details: Parade will run through Downtown Dawsonville with starting line-up at the Historic Cemetery on Academy Street, proceeding onto Route 53 and ending at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex. Following the parade, City Hall will hold the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with lots of fun activities for the family. Music, dancing, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, crafts for kids and more.

Dawsonville Jingle Market

December 2, 2017

Time: 3 pm – 8 pm

Place: Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

Contact: 706-265-6278

Details: Arts, Crafts vendors

For vendor information contact:

December 2, 2017

Breakfast with Santa / Christmas Bazaar

Time: 8 am – 11 am

Place: Rock Creek Park, Dawsonville, GA

Contact: Rock Creek Park

Details: Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Bazaar, Activities and vendors.


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