Last Forum — Gainesville Candidates

Thursday, October 29, the Hall County Republican Party sponsored the final forum for Ward 2 and Ward 3 City Council candidates.  Overall, it was a very good forum and lead moderator, Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard, did an exceptional job.  Below are very quick observations from the forum taken down live during the event…

A Guy Making a Difference


Leo Smith is a man on a mission. That mission, telling and showing people of color that it is okay to be a Conservative. Leo has worked with the Republican Party for years getting out the message. The evidence of his hard work and the work of others was manifested in Gov Deal’s re-election. Did…

Courthouse Perks


I promised to follow the Truth no matter where it leads which makes this one of the hardest articles that I have written. I was alerted to this story in a completely different context, but here I am. I have talked to several friends about this piece, and while I am not held to the…

What Is the Value of Life?


What is the value of life? That was the question offered by the chairman when some of the commissioners refused to give a blank check to the judicial system for a new courthouse. I ask, what is the value of security if what we have isn’t followed?

Do You Get What You Pay For?


Last year I made a motion to not fund an additional Juvenile Court Judge. My rational was that our county population was ~180k and we already had 2 Juvenile Court Judges while Forsyth County (same size) only has 1; Gwinnett County with a population of over 800k only has 3. This was rooted in the…

Go Where the Truth Leads You

If you have read any of my blog, I think it is obvious that I was not a journalism or English major. In fact, for most of my political career, my relationship with the media would have been best described as contentious and untrustworthy. As a blog, I am not held to some of the…

Happiest Guy in Gainesville


Yesterday afternoon Zach Thompson got great news. At the Gainesville City Council Meeting Tuesday afternoon, Bob Hamrick announced he was retiring and wouldn’t seek re-election. I am hoping the best for Bob Hamrick and his retirement. Enjoy the free time.