Two Georgia Activists Address Trump Immigration Orders

Two Georgia Activists Address Trump Immigration Orders

Two Georgia activists who stand on polar opposites regarding illegal immigration released statements on Trump administration instructions issued yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security. One of the memos is titled “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest” and another one is “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies,” which provides guidance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Border Patrol on how to execute President Donald Trump’s Jan. 25 executive orders. “Big smiles and a happy dance here! After eight years of Obama, it looks like immigration enforcement is breaking out all over the country,” says Dustin Inman Society president D.A. King. “Memo to the now panicked liberal mainstream media: Don’t forget to tell your readers, viewers and listeners that all illegal aliens are deportable. While we bask in the glow of a president who seems to genuinely care about Americans and our jobs, we still point to Mexico’s enthusiastic and unapologetic immigration enforcement policies as a goal for the rest of our elected officials, including here in Georgia.” King cites Homeland Security figures that show Georgia with more illegal aliens than Arizona and the fact that Georgia driver’s licenses have been issued to aliens with illegal status since 2012. Mexico does not issue drivers licenses to any class of illegal aliens. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the left-leaning Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), issued this warning: “This is the extremist mass deportation policy that Trump announced during his campaign. These policies will expand the categories for people who would be prioritized for deportation. This is a dangerous policy...
The Johnson Amendment: What’s the Big Deal?

The Johnson Amendment: What’s the Big Deal?

By Randy Evans – Until President Donald Trump pledged to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment, most Americans (except a few well-informed church leaders and tax lawyers) had no idea what he was talking about. After all, the law has apparently never been enforced or even discussed to any significant degree. So, what exactly is the Johnson Amendment? Well, it was a stealthy addition to a large piece of tax legislation enacted by Congress on July 2, 1954. The amendment itself had a very specific purpose. It prohibited nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations created and operating pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue tax code from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Generally speaking, section 501(c)(3) organizations are nonprofit groups more commonly known as charities. Most charities are legitimate and do good work for the people and communities they serve. As a result, the federal government gives them some tax benefits. First and foremost, functioning as a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit makes it much easier to raise money. Donations are tax deductible for the donor and not taxable to the donee. As a result, every taxpayer effectively contributes the taxes lost from the deduction by the donor from their income for tax purposes. Senator Lyndon Johnson (who became President Johnson) insisted that the amendment helped keep charities true to their altruistic principles and out of the dirty business of politics. In reality, Senator Johnson, up for reelection, had become concerned about a tax-exempt, nonprofit group calling itself the Facts Forum which “educated” voters through “public service programs” about a litany of issues and politicians. Senator Johnson, tipped off that he was on their...
Oklahoma GOP favored to hold the governor’s mansion in 2018

Oklahoma GOP favored to hold the governor’s mansion in 2018

By Hastings Wyman – Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is finishing her second-term and will be term-limited in 2018. An open seat for governor is always a plum, easier to win than challenging an incumbent, with all the built-in advantages that a state’s CEO enjoys. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (R) “is obviously going to run and is the presumed frontrunner,” says former state GOP chairman Chad Alexander. Lamb, who will be finishing his second term in the number two spot, served in the state senate for seven years, where he was elected Majority Floor Leader. He won the 2010 Republican Primary for lieutenant governor with 67% in a five-candidate race and won the General Election by 64% to 32%. “He transcends the Republican factions,” says Professor Keith Gaddie of the University of Oklahoma. He was a Secret Service agent during George W. Bush’s presidency. Other assets include that he has “a good personality and is a good fundraiser,” says Gaddie. Lamb has already latched on to an issue which may be a vote-getter. Gov. Fallin has proposed a major tax overhaul, which would eliminate the corporate income tax but extend the sales taxes to services. The proposal would net local governments some $769 million dollars. Those directly affected, such as lawyers and funeral directors, have already begun to complain. In addition, the tax on cigarettes will increase from $1.03 a pack to $2.50, a levy that falls mainly on poor people, but proponents believe this is offset by discouraging smoking, thus improving the health of those who quit. Says Gaddie, the proposal “is not horrible, but it is controversial.” Last...
Battle over Ga. driver’s licenses to illegal aliens

Battle over Ga. driver’s licenses to illegal aliens

The Georgia Department of Driver Services liaison to the General Assembly, Michael Mitchell, is locked in a battle with the Dustin Inman Society’s D.A. King. The issue? Mitchell has been telling state lawmakers that illegal aliens are not getting Georgia drivers licenses. King flatly says: “That is not true” and adds documentation from former Attorney General Sam Olens: It has been happening since mid-2012. King notes legislation ( Senate Bill 6) has been passed in the state Senate to alter the license given to illegals so that it does not look exactly like the license given to foreign diplomats, legal visa holders like Mercedes Benz executives and real, legal immigrants. Indeed, he notes even the liberal AJC covered it. Last Thursday, Atlanta’ WSB TV station interestingly even ran a correction to a story based on DSS’s Mitchell’s statements claiming illegals don’t get driver’s...
Attorney General secures big win for Georgians

Attorney General secures big win for Georgians

The battle against predatory pay-day lenders is not a new issue in Georgia, but recently-appointed Attorney General Chris Carr may have just won the war.  A settlement between the state and online lending companies Western Sky Financial, CashCall, and other affiliates has resulted in $40 million going back into the pockets of Georgians who fell victim to the schemes.  \ Last Fall the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that out of state online lenders such as the defendants were subject to Georgia’s Payday Lending Act, which dictates that loans of $3,000 or less may not have interest rates above 10%.  The ruling threw a wrench into the business of the California-based lending companies, which were charging nearly 20,000 Georgians with interest rates between 140% and 340%. The settlement demanded the companies pay some $27 million in restitution to their ex-customers as well as offering  $17 million in loan relief.  An additional $1 million civil penalty to the State and $500,000 in legal fees capped off the deal, the largest monetary settlement with the lender in the nation to date. A monumental victory for Chris Carr and his legal team, including Counsel for Legal Policy Timothy Butler and Assistant Attorneys General Charlene Swartz, Monica Sullivan and Andrew Chesser.  More good press for the AG as he continues to make himself one of the state’s most popular politicians heading into his (re)election bid in...
McConnell: Trump’s powers aren’t above judicial review

McConnell: Trump’s powers aren’t above judicial review

By Louis Nelson (Politico) – The executive powers of President Donald Trump are not above judicial review, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday, offering gentle pushback that followed assertions from White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller that federal judges overstepped their bounds by blocking one of Trump’s controversial executive orders on immigration. “I mean, under the Constitution, all of our actions are subject to judicial review,” McConnell (R-Ky.) told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in an interview taped on Tuesday that aired Wednesday morning. “All of the president’s actions?” host Joe Scarborough followed up? Read...