Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Que Camera 1.
Candidate Name: ___Shane Bruce______________________________________________
Seeking Office of: ____Commissioner of Insurance and Fire Safety_____________________________________________
Please provide information about your professional and educational background. Descriptions should be no more than 40 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
Examples: Chair, Boys & Girls Club of Colquitt Co. and JD, University of Georgia
1. BS Speech,
2. Officer, US Army Signal Corps 1982-1986_________________________________________________________
3. Libertarian Blogger and political activist 2008 to present______________________________________________________________
Please provide information about your platform. Again, descriptions should be no more than 40 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
Example: Support creation of charter schools
1. Fund the Georgia High Risk Pool by reallocating the 4.5% insurance premium tax.____________________________________________________________
3. Hire additional Fire Safety Inspectors by sacking Oxendine’s political appointees.______________________________________________________________
Please provide information about your family background. Again, descriptions should be no more than 40 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
Example: Married to Mary Smith for 40 years
1. Married for 26 years to the incredibly tolerant Lisa Cranwell-Bruce. Proud father of 4 talented children on their way to adulthood. ______________________________________________________________
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Democrat candidate for Insurance Commissioner Mary Squires gave a pretty good stump speech at the democrat convention in Athens and it's had 13 views since 20 AUG 10? What's wrong with that picture? It was a pretty good speech by democrat standards, that bit about being qualified for the State Fire Inpector because she went to NBC school was a stretch, but since I went to NBC school during my service career, I'm gonna have to give her a by on that.
All I remember about the course was counting rentgens and using field expedient methods to measure the size of the mushroom cloud to see if it was time to BOAKYAG or not. There wasn't a whole lot of info on fire sprinklers or building codes and stuff, but maybe she went to a longer course. Maybe not.
It's the 13 views I'm concerned about. Of the the 13 views, 3 of them came from the post I put up here on Bludgeon & Skewer on the 20th when Georgia Politico first released the video. It took me a while to find the copy because Georgia Politico used to be Georgia Liberal and must have changed the name to grab some extra hits on search phrases like that Paulding Pundit guy. Jeeze Louise, I put up a flippy of Libertarian Kevin Cherry's son, Andrew, endorsing his dad and it's got 44 downloads since the 22nd.
You democrats need to step up and support your candidate and watch her damn stump speech. It's the polite thing to do. If you don't, then Ralphie is gonna win clean even after I take 15% out of his hide in the general and you don't want that. I don't want that either but I'm sure that Ralphie wouldn't mind.
I know she can't win, it's republican year in a republican state and Ralph's got all the money insurance industry lobbyists and owners can legally shovel into his war chest not to mention $8 million bucks of his own, but how about giving it the old college try democrats. It's not like it's costing you aything except 6:43 of your life you'll never get back.
So watch Mary's video and be quick about it.
Friday, August 27, 2010
We have a new member of the Libertarian Ticket this fall. Our original candidate for Lt Governor, Rhonda Martini, was faced with the difficult choice of continuing her candidacy and forgetting about a member of her family or getting out of the race and focusing on whats important. I believe she made the correct choice.
Politics is politics and family is family. Politics are transient while our families form the foundations of who and what we are. Rhonda has been a Georgia Libertarian party stalwart and was instrumental in making sure that the Libertarian party ticket came together this year and got all 10 candidates on the ballot. That would not have happened without her, she truly made history with own two hands.
That she is not a traditional politician is an understatement. We all watched our republican and democrat brothers and sisters eviscerate each other during the primary season. They are true examples of what the lust for political power will cause a supposedly sane person to do and say to gain it. Can you imagine Casey Cagle or Nathan Deal making the same decision as Rhonda? I can not.
So a 21 gun salute to you Rhonda. I know you'll be around the campaign trail as the fall progresses, just not as much as I would have liked. Know that you have been instrumental in moving Liberty in Georgia closer to the goal line and that contibution is invaluable.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Although I have been against receiving RT3 funds, we now must face the fact that they are here for four years. It is not a lot of money (one percent of our budget), but here’s what we can do with it: we can use it to fund innovation in education. I will vehemently and actively oppose any “created positions” that take more funds from our schools and from our kids. The last thing we need is to put another tier into the GADOE or into the local counties of Georgia.
Most of us who have been in education know that alternative tracks toward graduation is not a new concept, but it is a concept that we can sink our teeth into and give more students more opportunities for success. As State School Superintendent, my plan will be to afford local counties the freedom to give their students more avenues toward graduation. I will encourage them to find ways to ensure academic success for all of their students, not just the ones who plan on attending university. This could include an agricultural school, a computer technical track, a culinary arts track, or an arts diploma. True innovation in education means meeting the needs of each individual student. Innovation also means implementing real school choice for our children by opening more charter schools or simply allowing students to attend any school that they wish to attend.
As our RT3 application states, we will promote innovation. Local counties will have the ability to take the invitation to be creative and run with it. I will not create more administrative positions at the state and county levels.
When the money runs out, and it will, the schools that are successful with their improvements will have my recommendation to continue with their programs. This will help us to analyze how we can even further advance education for our children without keeping positions that will no longer be funded by the Race to the Top Grant.
You can check out her opponents boilerplate responses by heading over to the Get Schooled blog for yourself. Three short paragraphs of nothing are three short paragraphs of nothing, but republican Barge gets brownie points for flinging a good sized cowpie at democrat Martin.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
We, as a county, are at a turning point in our history. We have always been a force to be reckoned with in the industrialized south, being centralized from Atlanta air hubs and coastal ports in Charleston and Savannah. Our transportation infrastructure, rail and Interstate, provide the means to get goods and raw materials in and out of the area. We have low cost real estate and sprawling areas of land easily converted to factory space.
So why isn't Augusta, GA considered an industry powerhouse?
In my belief, we have less to offer due to not having a well trained workforce able to meet the hands on requirements that industry wants. We have great secondary education colleges to provide this type of training. Fine examples are Augusta Tech and Aiken Tech. We are simply missing a link between the last years of High School, and the first years of Technical training.
We, as a whole, have to bring ourselves to the conclusion that not every person in school will find themselves in a four year institution. This is not a bad thing, as I have proven in my long career as a European auto technician. Without my skills I learned in High School, Tech School, and on the job training, I'm not sure where I would be right now. There are people out there like me without guidance, and they are slipping trough the cracks.
My plans are to find students that are not planning to attend a four year program and provide them links to technical, clerical, or vocational training. This could be started in 10th grade, negating the dropout rate and giving kids something to shoot for.
We must include outside agencies, such as factories, unions, job placement companies, and non-profits in our plans. We have after school programs now for children such as Jessee Norman School of Arts to teach music, art, and dance. I would love to see an after school program so kids could learn welding, electronics, auto repair, and HVAC repair provided by a nonprofit.
Ideas like this will send a clear message to industries that we are open for business and lower our dropout rate. We need productive citizens, and this is yet another tool in increasing that outcome.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Liberarian Candidate for Insurance Commissioner Shane Bruce goes Politickin' at the Georgia Carry Convention
Savannah Morning News Runoff scenario looms in tight governor's race
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Bludgeon & Skewer
August 19th, 2010
Epic News isn’t it? A poll for the Georgia Governors race has been released that includes the Libertarian Candidate John Monds! That has never happened before, it is simply historical. And the icing on the cake is that John is already polling at 5% with a massive 9% of respondents still undecided. 14% of Georgians are saying that the same old same old republican and democrat candidates just ain’t gonna cut it anymore.
That’s great news for Liberty folks. And bad news for our brothers and sisters marooned over there in republican/democrat land. The fall is still quite a ways off and there is still time for you consider who’ll you will cast your ballot for this time around. Will you waste your vote on Nathan Deal or Roy Barnes or will you look to the future and cast your vote for Liberty?
Vote for Smaller Government, Lower Taxes and More Freedom! Vote for Libertarian John Monds for Governor of Georgia!