Will the death penalty become obsolete?

The Death Penalty Information Center’s (DPIC) year-end report provided hard data that pointed to a conclusion that many of us already suspected – that capital punishment is being used with much less frequency. DPIC found that executions are at a 20-year low and death sentences are at a 40-year low. This comes at a time when Gallup found that support for capital punishment is near a 40-year low, and Republican support for the death penalty dropped by 5 points in a single year.

It’s no wonder that capital punishment is becoming obsolete. Just last month, George Stinney, the youngest person to ever be executed in the United States, had his murder conviction vacated. He was executed at the age of 14 in 1944 by the electric chair, and his conviction was overturned 70 years later. He had inadequate counsel, and there was no real evidence linking him to the crime other than what was ruled to be a coerced confession by a circuit court judge.

Following the news of Stinney’s vacated conviction, Washington State joined the myriad of other states with studies concluding that the death penalty is vastly more costly than life-without-parole. The study found that death cases cost at least $1 million more than similar non-capital cases.

Conservatives Concerned in the media

Again, numerous media outlets covered CCATDP’s work as we continue to shatter the myth that all conservatives support the death penalty.

We were highlighted in TimeUnited LibertyMSNBC, and even Al-Jazeera America.

CCATDP’s Heather Beaudoin was a guest on the Crossroad Bible Institute’s video broadcast and the Joe Convert Radio Show with Sean Herriott.

I was a guest on the Lip TV’s Media Mayhem with Allison Hope Weiner, and I returned as a guest to StandUp! With Pete Dominick on Sirius XM Radio.

The Watchdog also published an op-ed penned by conservative Nebraska State Senator Colby Coash this month. He explained why the death penalty is a failed policy.


Ben Jones of CCATDP will be headed to Upper Marlboro, Maryland to exhibit at the Students for Life East Coast National Conference on January 23.

Following the Students for Life conference, we will return to where it all started a few years ago – CPAC. Once again, we will be exhibiting at the largest gathering of conservatives in the United States from February 26-28.

If you are in town, we hope you drop by and say hello at CPAC and/or the Students for Life conference. We’d love to see you there!


Marc Hyden, Coordinator

Twitter: @CCATDP
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CCATDP

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Buddy Carter Statement on the State of the Union Address

Georgia Representative Buddy CarterWashington, D.C. – Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01) released the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union Address tonight.

“While I watched my first State of the Union Address on the House floor tonight as a United States Representative I was disappointed, but not surprised, to hear the same false promises and reckless policies from the President in his sixth address. I hoped for a call to unity and a desire to work with the new Congress for a better America. Instead, I heard a vision for our nation that promotes class warfare and burdens Americans with increased regulation and more bureaucracy. Of even greater concern is my fear that the President will act on his agenda with or without Congress while blatantly ignoring the United States Constitution. I will do everything in my power to ensure he cannot act alone.

“If we want to truly put an end to our nation’s out of control fiscal situation we must enact true spending and tax reforms and advance solutions that increase opportunities for all Americans — not implement irresponsible policies that allow the government to choose winners and losers like we heard tonight. It’s time to empower the middle class by creating a fairer, simpler tax code. It’s time to increase our energy security and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. It’s time for Washington to get out of education and provide the states the ability to promote an equal opportunity to a great education for all. It’s time to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that provides more choices, lower costs and better services. Most importantly, it’s time to cut up the credit cards and make sure the President realizes we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. The President’s agenda tonight focused on failed policies of the past and I strongly encourage him to join Congress in our fight to empower America for the future.”

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Atlanta’s Icy Logjam a Beacon of Hope for The Future

Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Atlanta’s Icy Logjam a Beacon of Hope for The Future
By Benita M. Dodd

The metro Atlanta region came to a standstill this week, its interstates, highways and side streets glazed over with ice after a sudden snowfall, and thousands of commuters left stranded. Children spent the night at school, people bedded down in churches, restaurants, hotel lobbies and grocery stores.

The rest of America chuckled good-humoredly at those silly Atlantans who can’t even drive in a dusting of snow.

The fingerpointing and soul-searching began early. Whose fault? Why didn’t government learn from the last ice storm? What can policy-makers do better next time? What is wrong with motor-centric Atlanta that it won’t embrace mass transit? Why isn’t Georgia spending more on (fill in the blank)?

None of that matters. Although, tell those Northerners time and again that it’s not about the snow but about the ice that follows … they just won’t hear you.

What does matter is the mettle of Atlanta that was polished and shone through in the trying hours that followed. Every way you turned in Atlanta on Tuesday night, January 28, 2014, the examples of kindness and character were heartwarming. Continue reading “Atlanta’s Icy Logjam a Beacon of Hope for The Future” »

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Gingrey responds to final Keystone XL Environmental Impact Statement

Phil Gingrey

Gingrey responds to final Keystone XL Environmental Impact Statement

After today’s U.S. State Department release of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline, Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, again called on President Obama to move the project forward.

“After more than five years of being held hostage to partisan politics and fringe environmental groups, the Obama administration still doesn’t have an excuse to stop this project,” said Gingrey. “To no surprise, the State Department again found that Keystone will bring energy independence, decrease the security threat on relying on oil from unstable nations, and put workers who’ve been hardest-hit by the recession – welders, mechanics, pipefitters, and others – back to work. With even more proof that this project is environmentally safe, authorizing this project will bring the opportunity President Obama continuously promises and will finally give him something useful to do with his pen.”

Keystone XL pipeline background:
Since the application was submitted to the State Department in 2008, this project has been one of the most studied pipeline construction efforts in U.S. history. According to an Energy and Commerce Committee report, Canada’s growing oil production holds the potential to provide the U.S. with a much needed additional energy supply from a reliable ally and trading partner. However, the existing pipeline system linking the two countries is close to capacity and thus unable to take advantage of this opportunity. TransCanada, a Canadian energy company, has proposed the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project to carry nearly a million additional barrels of oil per day. The pipeline would create 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs. Despite this, the Obama administration has repeatedly delayed and attempted to derail this vital infrastructure project. View the Keystone XL timeline and read more here.


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Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST

Promoting Individual Liberty and Limited  Government

Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST Bill in Georgia General Assembly requires more fiscal responsibility 

Marietta, Georgia – Feb. 3, 2014 – The Georgia Tea Party™ (GTPI), a non-partisan advocacy group headquartered in Marietta, has endorsed Senate Bill 99 and House Bill 153, which are being considered in this session of the Georgia General Assembly. Both bills would allow for enactment of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) of less than one percent. SB 99 passed the Senate last year, and HB 153 is being considered in the House.

State Sen. Judson Hill (R-East Cobb) introduced SB 99, and state Rep. John Carson (R-East Cobb) is the sponsor of HB 153. Under current law, all SPLOSTs must be one percent. A lower rate would give counties the flexibility to conserve precious tax dollars by funding only projects that are truly needed, such as replacing bridges, repairing roads or building new ones. Continue reading “Georgia Tea Party Supports Fractional SPLOST” »

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McCallum Posts Big Fundraising Numbers, Outpaces Opponents

McCallum for Congress



(St. Simons Island, Georgia) – Entrepreneur and former Newt Gingrich aide John McCallum submitted his first fundraising report today as a candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District.  After filing his report with the Federal Election Commission, which showed the campaign raising over $360,000 in the 4th quarter of 2013, the following statements were released:

“America is at a tipping point, and the American Dream hangs in the balance,” said John McCallum.  “These numbers reflect that Americans are ready for bold, new ideas, not business as usual.  We can’t keep sending the same kind of people to Washington and expect different results.  We need a new generation of bold, conservative leaders who will fight to defend the Founder’s vision, regardless of the political consequences.”

“We are overwhelmed by the strong support from those in Georgia’s 1st District and beyond,” said Rachel Dodsworth, Campaign Manager for John McCallum. “John has a proven track record of helping others build businesses, create jobs, and pursue their dreams.  We need bold, conservative leadership like his in Washington to preserve and protect the American Dream for future generations.”

With $363,658.67 in contributions (including a $100,000 loan from the candidate) and $304,562.80 Cash on Hand, McCallum raised more money than all of his opponents.  In fact, McCallum raised more campaign cash in Q4 than any other Republican candidate for an open U.S. House seat in Georgia.

For more information on John McCallum and his campaign for Congress in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, visit www.JohnMcCallum.us or on Facebook, www.FB.com/JohnMcCallumGA.

For Immediate Release

Friday, January 31, 2014

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Discover the Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment

February 26, 2013
Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org

Discover the Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment

Atlanta – Are you tired of out-of-control federal spending? Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday, February 26 for “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Galleria Centre featuring constitutional scholar Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute.

This event is open to the public. The charge is $25 to attend. Register online by Monday, February 24 at http://bit.ly/LewuTz.

Dranias will discuss the non-partisan effort to promote and seek legislation by the states and the U.S. Congress to ratify a balanced budget amendment into the U.S. Constitution via Article V.

Nick Dranias is Director of Policy Development and Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix, Arizona-based public policy advocacy and research organization established in 1988. He led the Institute’s successful challenge to Arizona’s system of government campaign financing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Using an emergency motion invoking the archaic All Writs Act, Dranias was able to persuade the Court to block campaign subsidies from being paid to government-funded candidates during the 2010 election cycle. Continue reading “Discover the Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment” »

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DPG Chair DuBose Porter Issues Statement on Winter Storm

Georgia Democrats

DPG Chair DuBose Porter Issues Statement on Winter Storm

Porter calls Nathan Deal’s response “unacceptable”

Dublin, GA – Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter issued the following remarks in response to Georgia’s recent snow storm.

“First, our thoughts and prayers are with the men, women, and children who still haven’t made it home. I also want to commend Georgia’s first responders, teachers, and unexpected guardian angels who have demonstrated the strength of community in our state,” said Chairman Porter.

While the Chairman lauded the extraordinary acts of Georgia citizens, he also addressed the anger expressed by many.

“People are furious, and rightfully so. This is as big and bad a dumpster fire I’ve seen. Deal’s lack of leadership to manage GDOT’s resources and subsequent failure to competently respond to the aftermath of the storm is appalling.” Continue reading “DPG Chair DuBose Porter Issues Statement on Winter Storm” »

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The President’s State of the Union Address: Unpopular and Harmful For Georgians

The President’s State of the Union Address: Unpopular and Harmful For Georgians

By Joel Aaron Foster

President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address resembled a man speaking to himself more than anyone else in the room, a desperate effort to convince himself of his own relevance at a time when his approval ratings are in the toilet. 51% disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president while 43% approve. 63% of Americans have some/no confidence in Obama to make the right decisions for the country’s future and 49% say Obama is not honest or trustworthy. Despite President Obama’s soaring rhetoric, this is his fifth State of the Union Address; Americans have heard these promises before. It is time for the President to take ownership of his record and be held accountable for the results.

On Obamacare

The President had the audacity to speak of the hope that Obamacare is bringing to millions, conveniently ignoring the story of women like Emilie. Emilie voted for Barack Obama, and believed that ObamaCare would make things better. Sadly, Emilie’s insurance plan was cancelled because of ObamaCare. Emilie had pre-existing conditions and still lost her coverage. [Watch her story here] The simple fact is that despite the promises, Obamacare is delivering higher costs, fewer choices, cancelled plans and mass confusion on the part of patients, insurers, hospitals and the administration. According to McKinsey & Company, only 11% of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were uninsured to begin with. Continue reading “The President’s State of the Union Address: Unpopular and Harmful For Georgians” »

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