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Mason Rountree

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  1. Carroll County learned from Pauilding's mistake by not ripping the heart out of its downtown. The new Courthouse in Carroll (at a cost of around $35M vs. $90M here) is beautifully attached to its historic Courthouse and maintains the sanctity of the downtown area. While it's not just about keeping the courthouse downtown, that is a critical factor in keeping it as a thriving city IMO.
  2. FINAL RECOUNT Valbuena 2,980 Collins 2,972 Valbuena wins by 8 votes.
  3. Still waiting on a several uploadings. Absentee ballots are done (454 total) and provisional ballots are done, and the gross numbers did not change from tuesday night. Still don't know percentages. I would guess it will take another 15 minutes.
  4. I am at election board right now following recount in paulding election board. Final results will be reported in about 20 minutes. The finall certified results according to deidre Holden were 2,980 for Valbuena and 2,973 for Collins, which was posted around 12:25 pm today. There were 3 accepted provisional ballots (2 went to Collins and 1 to Valbuena) which made the difference of only 7 votes between them. Both Valbuena and Collins are here along with election board and county attorney. I will report final tally as soon as the recount is done.
  5. Children should be exposed to different cultures and taught foreign language at a young age. As a country, we have encouraged free market capitalism in a global economy. Our ability to succeed in that economy is dependent upon our ability to understand and communicate with others, whether they speak English or another language, whether it is Spanish, Chinese or French. We cannot assume that the rest of the world just needs to learn English. Since the largest minority in America is Latino, it certainly makes sense that Spanish be one of or the primary secondary language our children learn.
  6. If the Courthouse is your regular precinct location, though, it will be open.
  7. And when I didn't think the Heath campaign could get any more desperate, the same "incumbent protection program" created with heath's assistance that sent 6 mailers earlier in the race just sent another one. According to the candidate disclosures, the senate PAC which funded the program (and has now paid for 7 mailers in this race) also donated $2500 to Heath as well. But Mr. Heath proclaimed at the debate that we don't even need ethics laws for honest politicians like him.
  8. JK had a lot to say about this race. Below is a condensed version of his Facebook Statement on August 15, 2012 (my emphasis supplied): “Some people have asked me how I feel about the State Senate District 31 race. I have known Senator Heath for several years... I met with Senator Heath briefly on Saturday and met with Bill Carruth yesterday. I have friends on both sides of this race, so, I felt like the best thing for me to do is just put the facts out there, help inform the people and let them make their best decision on who to choose. That is until tonight. When I came home I received
  9. The song "Our House" by Madness was embarrassing. It sounded like a bad middle-aged karaoke singer who had one too many.
  10. Not to point out the obvious, but WTH is not an "acronym". ***Edited to add that noahsdad is a good guy. I have known him for around 10 years and we often agree. Not on this one though...didn't know he was a heathen and am surprised.
  11. Don't get me wrong. I like Jeff. So if Carruth had experience running the county and serving as the chairman of the Georgia department of natural resources, I guess that does not provide enough experience to be a state senator? That's ridiculous Jeremy and you know it. Carruth is far more qualified to be state senator than Heath ever was before he took office. And what did we get with heath's "experience"? I like to call it the "What The Hell?" or WTH agenda of bill heath. W: is the Water issue. Heath lost the reservoir in Haralson and did nothing for paulding's reservoir except
  12. And I guess you supported Sam Clark for coroner too because the other candidate would have been a newbie. Darn, that Kool-aid must be spiked.
  13. With that kind of reasoning, I guess you are supporting Obama for president since he has experience and Romney has never been president.
  14. No, Rep. Braddock was not there. No one from the Legislature was there, but there were a lot of Haralson County car tags there.
  15. Following up on my prior post on report of the Heath pep rally last night. On the TSPLOST, will someone please ask Sen. Heath if the TSPLOST bill that he sponsored had been a 10% tax instead of 1% tax, would he have supported allowing voters to choose or would he have withheld his sponsorship of it? I have been unable to get any response from the campaign on this question. Heath also misrepresented his prior position on the ethics pledge. First, he claimed that Common Cause is some rabid liberal organization when, in fact, it is a bipartisan organization with the Executive Director b
  16. I attended and here is my report of the Pep Rally..er..debate. Within the first 60 seconds, Sen. Heath made his first misrepresentation. Recall that in his press release/challenge to Carruth, he stated that an AJC reporter had agreed to moderate the debate. In his opening, Heath introduced Steve Graddick as the moderator who is not associated with the AJC but rather a radio station in Carrollton. Heath then stated that Jim Galloway of the AJC had agreed to moderate the debate but then refused to attend because Carruth would not show. Contrary to Heath's press release/challenge, ACCORDING
  17. I plan to be there and will be ready and willing to discuss Heath's 2004 and 2012 misrepresentations. Fondly, Pigpen
  18. Sounds like you are a Heath supporter. How about you bring your documents, etc. to a debate that show what I have stated is "twisted" and "cute". I will certainly bring mine. Perhaps P.com can provide a video of the debate (same rules as Heath suggest) and post on the site to see who is lying. You can name the date and time (provided Pubby or LPPT is available), and I will be there. Pubby: is that something we could organize? -Pigpen
  19. Noahsdad: I'm your huckleberry. Tell Bill Heath to meet me at each of these events and I will bring all the proof that he is a liar, that he said "if given the chance" he would vote against the funding for the Hope Scholarship, that he said we do not need ethics laws for politicians like him, that he supports unlimited gifts from lobbyists, and that he voted for the TSPLOST bill and guided its passage through the state senate as the Governor's floor leader. Please pass along the challenge. Let's see who the liar is. If Heath does not have the guts, perhaps we could schedule similar
  20. No, but i practice trial and appellate work and have reviewed all of the pleadings in the various cases. Did you actually read the opinion from the court of appeals?
  21. Our state (as well as every state in the union as far as I know) decided as a matter of public policy that voters have a right to know who is giving how much to a candidate, along with the Address and occupation of the donor. I believe this informAtion is relevant to make an informed decision so that we know what entities and individuals support the candidate. One of the relevant factors to me (and voters in general based on anectdotal evidence) is whether the candidate receives financial support from the voters in the district he or she serves. Do you believe it is relevant?
  22. Bill Heath has received around 95% of his donations from PAC's and special interests, which came from outside the district. I think it does say something about who is supporting you. It is not illegal (unless you funnel money to one of those special interests in order to exceed the campaign contribution limits of $2500), although voters have a right to know where your bread is buttered. Using that metaphor, Mr. Heath is gonna have a serious cholesterol problem when this election is over.
  23. You need to read the opinion. It says no such thing and no attorney fees were awarded. The trial court ruled in favor of mr. Valbuena's client, after which ms. Lowe appealed to the appeals court. Mr. Lowe did not have an attorney in the appeal and did not respond to any of the allegations made in the appeal. As a result, the court only had one version of events and references to the record. The appeals court ultimately ruled that paulding was not the proper jurisdiction and, based on the reversal on that ground, further ruled that the trial court should hold a hearing on the request for atto
  24. What discrimation has chick fil a engaged in? No one, as far as I have heard, has claimed that chick fil a refuses to serve gays. Where we're these bozos when President Obama said 4 years ago and even as recently as this year that he opposed gay marriage. Obama only recently voiced support for gay marriage. The hypocrites have manufactured a bogeyman in the person of Dan Cathy and sought to label his personal views as some kind of indictment of his business. I disagree with you about its effect. It is failing miserably and many folks who I know that support gay marriage are astounded by t
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