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U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and the Republican frontrunner challenging the incumbent Democrat were among the first candidates Monday to qualify officially for this year's elections, as the weeklong qualifying period began. Read more on Georgia Primary Qualifying on the Rome News-Tribune.
Georgia House District 1 Rep. Colton Moore said he is asking Senator Jeff Mullis to debate him in Dade County.
Rep. Moore is not running for his current seat, but is trying to unseat the veteran Mullis.
Rep. Moore said in a letter to Senator Mullis:
Since 2018, we have both represented over 50,000 constituents in Northwest Georgia however, our leadership styles, ideas and problem solving abilities could not be more different. The time has come to show the people the differences of all candidates in a formal debate, as citizens deserve when voting for their next State Senator on June 9, 2020.
"On behalf of Northwest Georgia, your attendance has been requested on April 30, 2020 at the Dade County Library at 6:30 p.m. ET for the KWN News Talk Debate.
"Founding Father and third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson said, 'Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.'
"I hope we can agree the people of Georgia deserve openness and transparency as they vote for their next State Senator. There is no better method to deliver this than an open debate."
Three candidates are seeking the Georgia Senate District 53 seat: incumbent Jeff Mullis, who is seeking re-election, and challengers Colton Moore and Todd Noblitt. All three are Republicans.
No Democrats are running in this race, so the primary election will decide the winner. District 53 includes Catoosa, Dade, and Walker counties and portions of Chattooga County.
Primary election day is June 9. The last day to register for this election is May 11. Early voting starts May 18.
Georgia State Rep. Colton Moore, who is running against longtime incumbent state Senator Jeff Mullis, said, "Over the past 10 days, Jeff Mullis has announced multiple times, to Northwest Georgia, that Cloudland Canyon State Park is closed. The Dade County Commission and I would like to make clear the park is not closed."
Rep. Moore said, "The public always deserves transparency with government operations.This is especially true with a virus crisis when mass confusion is most dangerous.
"To bring clarity, day visitors from anywhere can still visit the park, 150 cars at a time. Those with reservations can still enjoy the park overnight.
"Today, I attended a meeting of DNR officials, local commissioners, and Senator Jeff Mullis escorted by two Georgia State Patrol cars. Our State Troopers have other more valuable business to tend to during this State of Emergency.
"Mullis made sure I was not invited to represent our people in this meeting. A meeting regarding State property in Dade County, Ga., which I also represent. This is a crystal clear display of Jeff Mullis’ shady tactics and the inability of working on a team with other elected Representatives. This disrespect to our State is no different than the treatment or support Jeff Mullis gives District 1 at the Georgia State Capitol.
"Thirty minutes before the meeting, I was notified. Thank you Georgia Department of Natural Resources for their openness and willingness to make changes to facilitate the increased demand of our state park.
"That said, the Senator has no authority to announce the shutdown of the park or to instruct park officials of the same. This has caused serious confusion for the people and the Dade County Commission.
"In addition, this behavior and lack of authority directly conflicts with Governor Brian Kemp's instruction.
"Moving forward, please disregard announcements about Cloudland Canyon from Jeff Mullis. You will continue to get politics over policy with him, as you have for 18 years.
"Park officials have assured me a new traffic pattern has been developed to maintain the efficiency of traffic, avoiding a dangerous situation on Highway 136.
"While the people of Dade County wish for a full shutdown of Cloudland Canyon, this is unlikely to occur.
"Please pray for the safety of our law enforcement officers as they process visitors over the coming days."
Ringgold Mayor Nick Millwood announced that he is supporting Colton Moore over veteran state Senator Jeff Mullis in the upcoming election. Rep. Moore said earlier he was leaving his House District 1 seat to run for the higher office. Mayor Millwood is in his second term as mayor.
Mayor Millwood said, "I am endorsing Colton Moore over Jeff Mullis for our area’s 53rd state Senate seat. He is unafraid to stand up to the current power structure and will continue to fight for what is right. As a state representative, he worked for educators to eliminate the discipline aspect in our state’s CCRPI scores in order to allow our schools to effectively deal with bad behavior. The fact that he understands what is hurting our morale in the schools is so refreshing, and I hope my fellow teachers take note that he gets to the root of problems to enact change.
Rep. Moore also tried to pass constitutional carry for our state and has consistently stood up or our 1st Amendment rights as well. During Colton’s term as a state representative, his frustrations at being blocked and talked down to by Jeff Mullis lead him to tackle the problem directly and run for that seat. I admire his tenacity and ability to go right to the source of the problem and launch a public challenge to make a difference.
"When I won the mayoral election as an outsider, politics in Ringgold had been poisoned by cronyism and getting things done was about who you knew and how well you fell in line with the power structure. Having a public opinion that spoke directly to the voters was heavily frowned upon and attacked as causing division among elected officials. Specifically, one thing caused a great amount of turmoil on my council. When our charter was changed by Senator Mullis without the council or public being given an opportunity to discuss, it became even more apparent that backroom deals are alive and well within my city.
"One of my councilmen absolutely ripped me during an open meeting and argued that I was potentially costing our city millions of dollars. My fellow councilman eloquently spoke about how I was endangering our “most favored nation” status. What he was saying, without actually saying it, was that our city would be punished because I was speaking out against a piece of legislation at our state capitol slipped in by our current state senator. I also received an intimidating text message from Mullis telling me, “I would change direction if I were you” and accusing me of dirty politics. He consequently chose to fund Paul Lee’s candidacy in the city of Ringgold, and some of the dirtiest politics came about as a result of that funding. I encourage you to ask Jeff Mullis what his justification is for supporting Paul Lee’s attempt to lead your city.
"This is the main reason I am endorsing Colton: He checks his ego at the door and focuses on what’s right for the voters. Insisting on a public conversation about difficult topics and not demonizing, threatening, or marginalizing opposition should be the order of the day. It is time to start building a positive political environment in our district.
"At some point, politicians can become more enamored with themselves, other politicians, Political Action Committees, and big donors as opposed to the people who elect them. Two of the senator’s recent bills come from this mindset. One was called the “Casey Cagle Bill”. It was an attempt to limit people’s rights to record their own conversations as they see fit. This session, he introduced a bill nicknamed the “liar” bill which would limit citizens' rights to address their legislature. If you are deemed as lying to the legislature, it strips your right to address the legislature for the rest of the session. A second offense would result in a lifetime ban. The legislators aren’t held to that same standard, but it’s now law that you are. Also, the wild amount of money Senator Mullis brings in from PACs like payday and title lenders and insurance companies also leaves me wondering if he is looking out for the best interest of voters or the insurance companies and loan shark businesses contributing to him.
"I am speaking from my own experience, and I can relate to Colton’s experience he has had at the state capitol. Having an opinion contrary to one of the area’s political “higher-ups” should be something he listens to and embraces. The feeling in the county is that you cannot publicly disagree with our state senator or he will come after you politically and use the state purse strings or his campaign war chest to punish you. He has systematically worked to fill local elections with candidates who are loyal to him.
"I truly believe Colton is not that kind of politician. I have had personal conversations with him, and I’m sold on his commitment to do the right thing. It was no easy decision to walk away from his state representative seat in order to continue his fight more effectively, but the best among us run toward the problems. Please mark April 27th on your phone or calendar as the beginning of early voting and bring a breath of fresh air to our local politics by casting your ballot for Colton Moore."
Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross said Thursday that his deputies will start to help vulnerable citizens across the county pick up groceries and medications as a way to help them stay inside during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Cross spoke with State Rep. Colton Moore Thursday and discussed ways the county could help those in need. After the talk, Cross instructed his deputies to assist the county's most vulnerable citizens — namely the sick and elderly — with picking up their pre-paid groceries and medication from local grocery stores and pharmacies.
The service will be on an "as needed" basis.
Residents in Dade County who would like to take advantage of the service should call Detective Chad Payne at 706-944-3329.
The Georgia Legislature on Monday gave Governor Brian Kemp extraordinary powers to deal with the current health emergency.
House 1 Rep. Colton Moore said it was the most sweeping powers in the state's 232-year history.
Meanwhile, the state's coronavirus cases have reached 146 - up from 121 in one day. The state has one coronavirus death - a 67-year-old Cobb County man.
Kemp can renew the declaration without their approval in the event the health risk is too high before April 13, when lawmakers are scheduled to return to the state capitol in Atlanta.
“We didn't want to come across a situation where the governor would lose his emergency powers, and the Legislature would not be there to give them back to him,” Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, said.
The Senate voted unanimously to approve the measure. Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, was the lone member of the House to vote against it.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 146 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, including one death.
State Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga, one of the most powerful Republicans in the Legislature, drew a challenge from state Rep. Colton Moore, a first-term lawmaker who had recently flirted with a bid for Congress and recently sent a press release announcing his plans to leave public office.
Georgia state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, told the Times Free Press in a phone call Friday morning that he is running against Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, for the Senate seat in District 53.
"I'm going up against the political boss of Northwest Georgia," Moore said. "Against all odds."
On March 3, 1779, 238 years ago  , the first major battle of the British Army’s push into the American South took place at Brier Creek at the old road between Savannah and Augusta. According to Battle and President of the Brier Creek Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Craig Wildi, the American loss resulted in the deaths of at least 200 patriots.
Studies done by Battle in conjunction with other professional organizations have uncovered evidence that some of Georgia’s soldiers who lost their lives in the fight for independence may still lie in graves at the battle site.
“This was the 16th bloodiest of all battle sites throughout the Revolutionary War,” Battle said. “We found so many artifacts under our original permit, Georgia DNR (Department of natural Resources) shut the study down.”
Rep. Colton Moore announced he will not be seeking re-election in the Georgia House of Representatives.
He said, "Forever, I will be humbled by your confidence in me to serve. I hope you will find I have served diligently and with integrity. It is my opinion that Georgia is better off today than two years ago. The unborn have a better chance at life, our debt has been acknowledged, and the problems of over regulating teachers is now common discussion amongst lawmakers.
Qualifying starts today, so you’ll see a lot of these candidates who think they want to run for office now get to put their money where their mouth is.
The retirement of US Representatives Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) and Tom Graves (R-GA-14) from Congress and US Representative Doug Collins (R-GA-09) challenging US Senator Kelly Loeffler (R) will create some turnover in the Georgia General Assembly as folks jump into those congressional races.
Governor Brian Kemp also gets to make an appointment to the Georgia Supreme Court with Justice Keith Blackwell announcing his resignation this past Friday, so there may be some additional shifting if the Governor decides to tap someone who is currently serving under the Gold Dome.
In a surprising announcement that will shake up the political landscape in Northwest Georgia, Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, announced he will not run for reelection in House District 1.
In an announcement released Sunday night, Moore said, "politics should never be a profession and public office should never be a career."
Colton C. Moore, Georgia's House of Representative from District 1, has announced he will not be seeking a second term as representative.
Earlier this week, five Georgia counties declared themselves "Second Amendment sanctuaries," joining a national movement to protect gun rights on a local level.
And North Georgia residents are continuing the momentum by teaming up to gather gun owners across the state.
On Saturday, the RALLY Up! Georgia group will host a pro-Second Amendment gathering in LaFayette to promote "Second Amendment sanctuaries," which have spiked nationally over the last few months with hundreds of counties and cities passing resolutions stating they will not use resources to enforce proposed new state and national anti-gun laws.
“Each year I traverse the globe selling bulldozers, excavators and cranes at
auction. Being a world-class auctioneer, similar to a successful U.S.
Congressman, requires an incredible amount of skill, focus and awareness. Over
50% of the legislation Congress votes on involves international affairs. Few
politicians have this international experience before arriving in D.C.,”
Moore said. This comes on the heels of the Young Americans for Liberty, led by Mr. Cliff Maloney Jr., featuring Rep. Colton Moore in a video about the Georgia’s state budget. The video has now been viewed nearly 700,000 times.
Should Moore be elected to Congress he would likely join other vocal Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus with Georgia Congressman Jody Hice (R-10), Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan (R-4) and North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows (R-11). Read the full article.
State Representative Colton Moore (R-HD-1) dropped hints through his own press release that he’s considering running for Congress. Read the full article.
Lookout Mountain district attorney Clayton Fuller announces run for Georgia's 14th Congressional District
Georgia's District 1 Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, told the Times Free Press that he is strongly considering running for Georgia's 14th Congressional House seat in 2020, but he has yet to make it official.
Colton Moore (R) - State Rep. & Auctioneer
GA-14: State Sen. Jeff Mullis (R) will not run for the open deep-red northwest Georgia seat of retiring Rep. Tom Graves (R). Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R) is the lone candidate in the race so far, though State Rep. Colton Moore (R) is publicly considering.
The race then grew to two when state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, then entered the contest.
He’s an auctioneer whose work often takes him overseas. The Center Square, in reporting on the launch of Moore’s campaign, mentioned that the candidate points to his international travel as an asset concerning foreign affairs policy.
Rep. Colton Moore from Georgia District 1, which includes Walker and Dade counties, said he’s considering a run for Georgia’s 14th Congressional House seat, which is currently filled by Congressman Tom Graves.
Graves recently announced he would not be seeking re-election.
District 1 includes these counties Northwest Georgia: Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens (partial), Polk, Walker and Whitfield. Read the full article.
Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Dade, is gunning for the U.S. Capitol in 2020. Colton announced Sunday that he wants to run for the 14th Congressional House seat currently held by U.S. Congressman Tom Graves.
GA-14: On Sunday, freshman state Rep. Colton Moore became the latest Republican to express interest in seeking this safely red open seat. Moore ran for office last year at the age of 24, and he won his primary by unseating the [6-year] incumbent 54-46.
Freshman state Rep. Colton Moore says he’s exploring a run for the #ga14 seat held by retiring Republican @RepTomGraves
Freshman state Rep. Colton Moore says he’s exploring a run for the #ga14 seat held by retiring Republican @RepTomGraves. Moore, 25, is a recent college graduate in northwest Georgia who won an upset victory in the GOP primary against a state House incumbent. #gapol
Moore is the seventh most conservative legislator across all 236 members of Georgia’s State Legislature, according to the American Conservative Union. He has been known to be an avid supporter of Georgia’s Heartbeat law.
“Being a state representative has allowed our district to be recognized and respected across the state in ways Sen. Jeff Mullis and I never thought were possible,” Moore said. “Bringing this pace and progress to Washington D.C. would expand our impact to more families and businesses across Northwest Georgia and our United States.”
Moore is an auctioneer by trade who travels all over the globe to lead auctions. He touts his international travel as an advantage in foreign affairs policy. Read the full article.
Representative Colton Moore from Georgia District 1 announced that he is considering a run for the United States House of Representatives. Rep. Moore would be running for Georgia’s 14th Congressional House seat which is currently filled by Congressman Tom Graves. This comes from Rep. Moore as Congressman Graves recently announced he would not be seeking re-election. Read the full article.
Before he can run for Congress, Moore wants to find someone he can endorse for his District 1 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.
"My number one priority is finding someone I can endorse for District 1," Moore said. "I can not endorse former Representative John Deffenbaugh, Mike Cameron or Robert Goff. I would have to find someone else."
Moore said he does not think a leader's job is finished until they find a replacement leader. Moore hasn't found one and until that is accomplished he can't push forward on a congressional campaign.
Georgia's District 1 Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, told the Times Free Press Monday that he is strongly considering running for Georgia's 14th Congressional House seat in 2020.
Congressman Tom Graves of Ranger, the senior-most Republican in Georgia's House delegation, said earlier this month he will not stand for re-election next year, triggering an unexpected battle to represent the deeply conservative district. Read the full article.
Rep. Colton Moore, Republican from Dade County, is urging citizens to call for passage of the anti-abortion Heartbeat Bill.
He said: Dear Citizens of Georgia, The matter of abortion before us is one of the most controversial bills in Georgia’s history. Passing by only two votes in the House, no vote this session has been as close as House Bill 481. This bill pulls at the deepest heartstrings of who we are as citizens and human beings as we fight for a better Georgia for all.
Memorandum sent from Rep. Colton Moore to the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Life Alliance and the Georgia Right to Life on March 28, 2019, in regard to House Bill 481.
No Deal? State Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, cast one of only two votes opposing House Resolution 1, which calls for naming the state’s new judicial building after former Gov. Nathan Deal.
The vote came with risks for the freshman legislator because it put him at odds with Ralston, the resolution’s sponsor.
The resolution, meant to honor Deal for his work in overhauling the state’s criminal justice system, has now passed both chambers.
But Moore isn't giving up.
He has now taken his case to Deal’s successor, Gov. Brian Kemp, using a thing they call a letter. He’s urged Kemp to veto HR 1.
State Rep. Colton Moore said his bill to change a school tax break for the elderly in Dade County is dead, and he believes one of the most powerful members of the Legislature helped spike it.
Moore, R-Trenton, said he met with legislative counsel four times over the last three weeks to explain how he wanted his bill to look. Each time, the draft came back differently than he requested. After the most recent drafts came back Wednesday and Thursday, he said he was giving up.
But Moore, a freshman who has not been afraid to criticize his party's leadership, has a theory on why he's had so much trouble. He believes state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, has orchestrated confusion to hold him back.
The Georgia House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a bill that would increase penalties for crimes committed against certain classes of people.
A number of state representatives from northwest Georgia opposed the measure, including Eddie Lumsden, Steve Tarvin, and Colton Moore, and they joined a few other a Republicans in their dissent. Katie Dempsey was absent. The measure passed 96-64.
House Bill 426 is sponsored by State Representative Chuck Efstration and has the bipartisan support of Republicans Deborah Silcox and Ron Stephens and Democrats Calvin Smyre, Karen Bennett, and Karla Drenner. It passed narrowly, 96-64, with a number of Republicans voting NO.
Kennesaw, Georgia — Constitutional Carry (House Bill 2) was officially dropped into the “House Hopper” on January 31,
Lead sponsor State Rep. Matt Gurtler was joined by State Reps. Kevin Cooke, Emory Dunahoo, Michael Caldwell, David Stover, and Colton Moore as original cosponsors of the legislation.
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We’ve told you before of state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, who cast one of two votes in the House against HR 1, a resolution to name the state’s new judicial building after former Gov. Nathan Deal. Moore has now written a letter to Brian Kemp, asking the new governor to veto HR 1, which has now been approved by both chambers. Read more from the AJC in the link above.
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Also on Friday morning, about half a dozen protesters stood outside the capitol dressed like characters from Margaret Atwood's "The Handmade's Tale," a dystopian novel about an overarching, male-dominated government that uses women as machines for reproduction. The protesters wore red capes and dresses with white bonnets that covered their down-turned faces. They held hangers with the words "NOT A MEDICAL DEVICE" on them.
"They are freaky-scary," State Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, said after walking past them. (Moore voted to approve the heartbeat bill.)
Georgia lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow the growing of cannabis and selling of THC oil in the state.
But several sheriffs throughout the state are against this bill, saying it could lead to the legalization of marijuana.
Georgia Representative Colton Moore is one of many Georgia lawmakers in favor of passing a bill, allowing THC oil to be created and distributed in the state.
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He says this bill is for medicinal use only.
"You would have to get a prescription from a doctor. And you could only go to one of these medical oil places with a prescription and access it,” Moore said.
In the Georgia House, a new bill has been introduced, which would allow school teachers and administrators to utilize discipline in schools without having it negatively impact their school’s climate ratings.
House Bill 179 was introduced to representatives by Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, who was sworn into office on Jan. 14. Others in support of his bill include Reps. Ken Pullin, R-Zebulon; Emory Donahoo, R-Gainesville; and Steve Tarvin, R-Chickamauga.
Currently, discipline measures such as suspensions, alternative school assignments
Georgia legislator asks Gov. Kemp to veto bill to name new state courthouse for former governor Nathan Deal
A Georgia legislator is voicing his concerns to a bill that would rename the new, $127 million State of Georgia Appellate Courthouse for a former governor.
House Resolution 1, passed in both the Georgia House and Senate, would rename the building as the “Nathan Deal Judicial Center.”
"In light of this, I request you veto any Resolution that names a living person to a building equal to the reach and influence of our State Capitol," Moore's memo requests.
Rep. Colton Moore Calls On Governor Kemp To Veto Bill Naming New State Appellate Courthouse For Nathan Deal
Rep. Colton Moore, of Dade County, has asked new Governor Brian Kemp to veto a bill that would name the new state Supreme Court building for former Governor Nathan Deal.
"SUBJECT: Veto HR1 Our State’s Highest Courts Must Remain Neutral and Impartial
"Dear Governor Kemp, House Resolution 1, which has passed the House and Senate, seeks to rename one of the most important and expensive government buildings in Georgia history. The new $127 million State of Georgia Appellate Courthouse will hold the highest, most precious courts of justice in Georgia. Should this Resolution obtain your approval, the building would be renamed the “Nathan Deal Judicial Center.”
Facing Dade County commissioner's critique, freshman legislator Colton Moore defends aggressive stances
"It wouldn't be the first time that's happened," Goff told the Times Free Press on Thursday. "That's for sure. It happens all the time when money is to be given out and you've got someone fighting the system and the powers. We tried to build a relationship [with state leaders]. And it seems like things he's done is not helping that relationship."
Goff, who has been a commissioner since 2009, did not point to any particular grant he thinks the county has received because of a good relationship with leaders in the capitol. He said he has never seen the county punished because of unpopular actions by a state lawmaker. But he would prefer the county's representative not take that kind of risk. He argued Moore should pick his spots, and said his attack on Ralston was "the straw to break the camel's back."
"I don't think [Goff] could imagine if he was the father of a rape victim," Moore said. "The only person that can elect the speaker are the House of Representatives. I hope, if he was a representative, he would have the same moral opposition. Morality and the law do not always equate."
When 11Alive checked court records in Gilmer County, the cases ranged from assaulting a police officer to child enticement. In the case of Derek Key, charged 10 years ago with enticing a child and furnishing obscene material to a minor, Ralston requested 34 postponements for calendar calls, plea hearings and jury trials while Key has been out of jail on bond.
Key is currently scheduled to go to trial in June. Ralston said Monday he would not postpone trials scheduled for June.
House Resolution 328, introduced by some members of Ralston’s own party, accuse Ralston of “abuse of power” which “prevented access to justice for crime victims for 5-10 years” in courtroom delays “81.7 percent of which were granted for dates outside of the legislative session.” It encourages Ralston to “resign immediately” as House speaker.
"I asked the speaker to recuse himself of these cases, or resign as speaker and go take care of this justice for himself," Moore said Monday.
Others, such as state Rep. Colton Moore, said the facts were clear to them.
“While legislative continuance is a right all legislators have access to, your use of this right has resulted in unjust delay in violent criminal cases in our state,” Moore, a Republican from Trenton, wrote in a letter to Ralston. “May these victims and those accused have their day of justice.”
A Republican in the state house has filed a resolution calling for House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) to step down after a recent news investigation into Ralston’s day job as a lawyer.
According to the AJC, Ralston used a Georgia law that he helped write to repeatedly postpone court dates for clients charged with child molestation, child cruelty, assault, terroristic threats and drunk driving, among other things.
Rep. David Clark (R-Buford) filed HR 328 Friday afternoon calling for Ralston’s resignation. Reps. Kevin Cooke (R-Carrollton), David Stover (R-Newnan ), Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick ), Sheri Gilligan (R-Cumming), Matt Gurtler (R-Tiger), Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) and Colton Moore (R-Trenton) all signed on to the resolution. Rep. Karen Mathiak (R-Griffin) originally signed but removed her signature after it was filed with the clerk’s office.
Georgia state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, took an aggressive step against Republican leadership Friday, when he signed on to a resolution calling for the ouster of Speaker of the House David Ralston.
Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has been the head of the chamber since 2010 but is embroiled in a scandal over his work as a private defense attorney. According to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, Ralston has continually used his work as a lawmaker to push back trial dates, sometimes in cases involving allegations of violent crimes.
"It is clear your public service and private business cannot function at the appropriate and prompt pace called for in your agreement with the State Bar of Georgia and their Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct," Moore, R-Trenton, wrote in a letter to Ralston on Friday. "District 1 and many citizens across our great State believe you should no longer serve as the leader of Georgia's largest governing body." Read more from Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Over the last two weeks, citizens of District 1 and the State of Georgia have brought your discretion and use of legislative continuance as a private-practicing lawyer to my attention.
While legislative continuance is a right all legislators have access to, your use of this right has resulted in unjust delay of violent criminal cases in our state. With more than 57 continuances in the last two years from your law firm, it is clear your public service and private business cannot function at the appropriate and prompt pace called for in your agreement with the State Bar of Georgia and their Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.
District 1 and many citizens across our great State believe you should no longer serve as the leader of Georgia’s largest governing body. In light of this situation and these trusted opinions, I request you immediately pursue one or both of the following actions.
1. Resign as Speaker of the House
– Please accept House Resolution 328 and peacefully resign so you may promptly attend to your judiciary responsibilities and allow the victims of your clients to obtain prompt justice without further delay.
2. Withdrawal Representation from All Delayed Cases
– As called for in Rule 1.16 of the State Bar Handbook of Georgia, your representation should be terminated for all cases you have been unable to promptly serve due to your legislative continuances. These victims deserve verdicts and your service as a member in the House of Representatives should not impede the wheels of our justice system.
First legislation passed in the Georgia House this session names the new judicial building under construction the Nathan Deal Judicial Center.
Good day Citizens of Dade and Walker County,
You are invited to our first ever State of District 1 Town Hall on Sunday, February 23rd at 3pm ET at the Dade Senior Center with me, Representative Colton Moore.
I will share a short speech about the status of our District, State and the progress we are making in Atlanta. After the speech, we will open up the floor for public comments to discuss all issues with each of you.
5 Minute - Welcome and Introduction
15 Minute - State of District 1 Address
40 Minute - Public Q&A with Colton
5 Minute - Conclusion
25 Minute - Networking / Clear Room
We will discuss local and state legislation, taxes, votes and so much more. My goal is to answer as many questions, as effectively as possible.
Should we need more opportunity to share your thoughts, you are always welcome to contact me directly and/or fill out the Quality of Life survey listed at the top of this page.
I look forward to sharing this time with each of you and updating our entire community as to the newfound progress, strong voice and fast pace District 1 is bring to the Capitol.
Please RSVP to this event at: coltonmoore.com/townhall
Rep. Colton Moore
PS. We will have limited seating so please show up early for the best seats!
Rep. Colton Moore takes the House floor to address Georgia's supplemental budget for the 2019 fiscal year. Rep. Moore was 1 of 2 representatives to vote "no" on the supplemental budget. Watch above to find out why District 1 believes in the State saving a portion of the excess tax revenues that creates the entire supplemental budget.
The same day Governor Brian Kemp gave is State of the State of Georgia speech, Rep. Moore encouraged other House members to sign on and support House Bill 2 for Constitutional Carry.
The proposal now goes to the desks of state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, and state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga. To put the item on a referendum, the lawmakers have to pass a local act through the Legislature.
Harris said school board members previously asked former state Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, to carry a similar local act, but he rebuffed them. She does not remember exactly when that happened but said the meeting took place after she joined the district in April 2016.
"He was not in favor of taking it forward," she said. "That's what stopped the process."
Mullis said he supported the school board's request. Moore, meanwhile, called for a change to the current exemption when he campaigned against Deffenbaugh last year. He said the law allows rich people who retire on Lookout Mountain to avoid paying for local education. (His April 9 letter to the website Dade Planet was headlined, "Keep the Carpetbagging Yankees From Exploiting Our School System!")
Moore met with Board of Education members Carolyn Bradford and Jennifer Hartline on Thursday to discuss the resolution. He said they told him they would cut the overall millage rate if the referendum passes, lowering most residents' taxes as they add more people on the rolls. Read more from the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
The Dade County and Trenton City commissions unanimously voted to change the structure of the local water and sewer authority Thursday night, county clerk Don Townsend said.
The proposed change will remove County Executive Ted Rumley from the authority board. Rumley, who runs the day-to-day operations of the county, now serves as the board's chairman, calling meetings and breaking ties among the board's other four members.
The proposal will go to state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, and state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga. They will need to push the proposal through a local act in the General Assembly to put it into effect. Read more at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
It's often perceived as a negative symbol. From President Donald Trump to Kanye West to Colton Moore, learn what the 'Make America Great Again' hat means and why it stirs up so many emotions. Natisha Lance demystifies it all on part 1 of this 11Alive segment.
Voters in 51 local counties hit the polls to cast their votes… Kemp supporters and campaign staff gather in Athens, GA to celebrate Brian Kemp victory via WSBTV.
After working with Brian Kemp over the last six months, State Rep-Elect Colton Moore said he was asked to take the District 1 'Kemp Truck' all across Northwest Georgia this week.
He said the Republican candidate for governor "wants us targeting big crowds and near polling stations to remind voters to complete their civic duty and to help stop socialism from spreading throughout Georgia."
Rep.-Elect Moore, who at 24 won the District 1 House seat, said, "Kemp's entire campaign is excited about the truck as they hit the campaign trail for the final time from Trenton to Kemp's victory party in Athens on Election Day.
"President Trump and Vice President Pence got us fired up last night in Chattanooga for the 'red wall' that we, conservatives, are putting up on Tuesday. District 1 and all hard-working Georgians across the state must get out and vote tomorrow."
Also, Rep.-Elect Moore said he has created a Northwest Georgia Voter's Guide and Election Day Playlist.
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Georgia District 1 State Representative Colton Moore is on the campaign trail – in a giant dump truck decked out with American and Georgia flags and huge red, white and blue signs urging people to vote for Republican Brian Kemp for governor.
Moore says he’s spending Monday driving all around Catoosa, Walker
Moore noted both doors are lettered with "Hardworking Georgians - Vote Kemp"
See pictures and the original article by Denise Burns on The Walker County Messenger.
Rep-Elect Moore: Ted Metz & Libertarians Hold Critical Votes in Georgia Governor Race
“Georgia Libertarians have a lot of power with their vote, they always have. Their 2-4% will be the deciding factor in this race and I hope they understand their candidate cannot and will not win or proceed to a runoff. I ask all Georgia Libertarians and independents to think strongly about their vote and to consider Brian Kemp if they want to avoid creeping socialism that is already taking over many states across our country,” Moore said.
Even though the Georgia State Representative-Elect agreed Metz should concede to Republican Brian Kemp before election day, he recognized they share many of the same ideals when it comes to solving issues the State faces.
“I share many of the same values as Mr. Metz. In fact, I strongly agree with him when it comes criminal justice reform and jury nullification, both of which I have planned legislation for. Interestingly, I also support decriminalizing marijuana to allow for Georgia medicinal research and to help provide legal access to families with ill family members who already qualify for THC and cannabis prescriptions. Overall, Mr. Metz and I both want the same thing; less government and more freedom,” Moore added.
Moore indicated he would enjoy working with Metz after the general election to bring many of their aligned values to the Georgia General Assembly in January.
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Honored to have been officially invited by Republican Lt. Governor candidate, Mr. Geoff Duncan!
It was an incredible experience to see a campaign and operation working so efficiently.
Thank you to all of the people at the Walker County GOP Office who helped arrange this and thank you to Geoff Duncan for having me out.
I look forward to working with you over the next four years!
Rep. Colton Moore, from Dade County, said he earlier invited President Donald Trump to make campaign stops in Georgia and Tennessee. The 24-year-old state rep said he plans to attend both events.
He said, "On October 21, 2018 my staff and I extended an official invite to President Trump, via his website, asking him to visit Georgia and Tennessee before the November 6, 2018 General Election.
"Nine days later, on October 30, it is my great pleasure to welcome President Donald J. Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence to the Northwest Georgia and the Tri-state area. If you are interested in attending either of these events I have included that information below. You will need to obtain tickets very quickly as they are expected to be gone by 11/1.
Read the original article on The Chattanoogan.
Over the next five days, we will have President Trump and Vice President Pence visit Northwest Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee! The most powerful leaders of the free world are coming Appalachia in great style.
A little over a week ago, we extended an invitation to President Trump to bring a rally to Georgia or Chattanooga before the general election to help get voters energized to vote on November 6. The President is making this invitation a reality and in a very exciting way for Georgia voters.
These visits are unprecedented for our area and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those of us that can attend the event. I have included all of the information that you need for times, dates, tickets, directions, and parking for both President Trump's rally in Chattanooga on November 4 and Vice President Pence's rally with Brian Kemp on November 1 at: https://coltonmoore.com/trump
I look forward to seeing you at both rallies,
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Over the last few weeks, several ongoing issues have been brought to my attention about the school your children attend. During this time, I have met with parents, faculty and reached out to the Department of Education to better understand these situations and how I can help from my position at the state level.
Take pride in knowing that your school is among the elite across Georgia. Your faculty, teachers
Unfortunately, Fairyland Elementary is receiving second-hand cold food from Ridgeland High School. Given how long this situation has continued, I believe the leaders from the Walker County Board of Education can do better. It is my understanding that this could be the only hot meal that up to 25% of Fairyland students may receive. From rural Alabama to Tennessee, I have never seen a money tree grow on Lookout Mountain. These are not problems the PTO should be responsible for solving.
I urge the Walker County Board of Education and Superintendent Damon Raines to publicly propose solutions to these problems. Additionally, I ask they create an open dialog with the community regarding ways to improve situations for these children. This feedback and conversation will move us all forward.
To understand how I can better assist as a representative, I have contacted state school Superintendent Richard Woods and state School Board Member for the Fourteenth Congressional District Larry Winters for clarification on the state's official position on Fairyland Elementary.
I look forward to seeing progress on these issues and continued success out of Fairyland and all Walker County schools.
Georgia House District 1 Representative-elect
A month ago if you typed in briankemp.com online, you might have discovered something mysterious.
The traffic was redirected to his gubernatorial opponent's website, staceyabrams.com. Turns out there are two Brian Kemps. One of them lives on the west coast.
The domain name was bought in 1999 but had little activity until 2013. That's when the California public relations manager named Brian Kemp, started using it.
In April, the site started linking anti-Kemp articles. By August, the traffic was forwarded to Stacey Abrams' website, who is Kemp's opponent in the race for governor.
However, that has changed. State Rep. Colton Moore and domain expert Michael Gargiulo, CEO at VPN, worked together to come up with a resolution. They brokered a deal to reclaim briankemp.com for the east coast.
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Upcoming Georgia House member and ardent Brian Kem,p for governor supporter Colton Moore said he has taken one step to back his choice.
Rep. Colton Moore said, "One California Democrat and vigilant Stacey Abrams supporter also goes by the name of Brian Kemp. Up until last Tuesday, his website
“As Georgia’s first and only state representative-elect to endorse Brian Kemp after the Georgia primaries, I found it difficult to stand by and watch Democrats abuse our future governor’s campaign like this. After seeing this other Brian Kemp and Abrams’ supporters rent a plane with a sign in tow at the UGA football game that read 'Brian Kemp says Go Vols!,' I had had enough.”
He said he and Secretary of State Kemp are both graduates from the University of Georgia. He said, "I made it clear that my fellow Georgia Bulldog and
Read the original article on The Chattanoogan.
ATLANTA, GA -- A California Democrat and Stacey Abrams supporter named Brian Kemp had been using his website, BrianKemp.com, to forward to StaceyAbrams.com. That was, until last week, when a state lawmaker-elect in Georgia, Colton Moore, purchased the domain for an undisclosed sum. Both Abrams and Kemp are locked in a virtual tie in the race for Georgia governor, an election that has made national headlines.
"I found it difficult to stand by and watch Democrats abuse our future governor's campaign like this," said Moore who, like Kemp, is a UGA graduate. "After seeing this and other Brian Kemp and Abrams' supporters rent a plane with a sign in tow at the UGA football game that read 'Brian Kemp says Go Vols!,' I'd had enough."
To secure the domain name, Moore turned to Forbes' domain expert and CEO at VPN.com, Michael Gargiulo, to broker and facilitate the domain name acquisition. Moore said the exact price is under a non-disclosure agreement and that he used personal funds to acquire the domain name.
Read the original article on The Patch by Tim Darnell.
For much of the last year, going to the command line on your computer and typing “briankemp.com” brought you to the website for his archrival Stacey Abrams.
But over the weekend, the Republican reclaimed the rights to his name – sort of.
He has newly-minted state Rep. Colton Moore and domain broker, Michael Gargiulo, to thank for it. Moore is a recent college graduate in northwest Georgia who won an upset victory in the GOP primary against a state House incumbent and has grand designs of bringing Chick-fil-A to his Dade County hometown and reducing the area’s unemployment.
He’s also a vocal Kemp supporter who told us that the sight of an airplane circling Athens on a football Saturday accusing the Republican candidate
So he reached out through an intermediary to another Brian Kemp – a public relations strategist in California – who owned the site.
When you typed briankemp.com into your browser as of a week ago, someone popped up on your computer screen who was definitely not Brian Kemp.
In fact, when you went to that website, you saw a person who was the exact opposite of Brian Kemp.
You saw Stacey Abrams, his Democratic opponent for governor. That's because the owner of briankemp.com — whoever he or she may be — was definitely not Brian Kemp. The owner of briankemp.com thought it would be better to route you to another useful website: staceyabrams.com.
Read the original article by Tyler Jett on The Chattanooga Times Free Press.
October 15, 2018 - ATLANTA and ATHENS, Ga. and TRENTON, Ga., Oct. 15, 2018 -- The race for Georgia governor is expected to be one the nation’s most heated elections to unfold on November 6. Gun laws, voter rights, armed school systems, Georgia healthcare
Funding and support for both nominees are at a near deadlock, with Kemp raising $16.88 million and Abrams raising $16.25 million, as of their latest October 10 filings. According to this AJC article, Abrams has obtained more funds from out of state supporters, specifically those from New York and California, than from citizens of Georgia.
One California Democrat and vigilant Abrams
“As Georgia’s first and only State Representative-Elect to endorse Brian Kemp after the Georgia primaries, I found it difficult to stand by and watch Democrats abuse our future Governor’s campaign like this. After seeing this other Brian Kemp and Abrams’ supporters, rent a plane with a sign in tow at the UGA football game that read 'Brian Kemp says Go Vols!,' I had had enough,” Representative-Elect Colton Moore of Georgia comments.
Secretary Brian Kemp and Rep-Elect Colton Moore are both graduates from The University of Georgia. Moore made it clear that his fellow Georgia Bulldog and
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New State Rep. Colton Moore is carrying out a campaign to bring a Chick-fil-A to Dade County.
He said, "Our folks love Chick-fil-A and it clearly showed in our Chick-fil-A Facebook post that received more than 983 likes, shares
The post reached over 19,000 people or more than the entire population of Dade County.
"More importantly, this Chick-fil-A will help us hire a large portion of the 450 people we need to achieve a three percent unemployment rate.
Rep. Moore said he has written the popular restaurant's Dan Cathy to urge him to bring a unit to Trenton - https://coltonmoore.com/cfa
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"Representative-Elect Colton Moore will be sworn in on January 14th, 2019 but that is not stopping him from moving District 1 forward as other candidates are still focused on winning their elections. One critical metric Moore is focused on is the unemployment rate throughout the District.
“Both Dade and Walker Counties have roughly a 4% unemployment rate. Over the next two years, we will have the opportunity to decrease this by over 25%. This would make for our lowest unemployment rate in the last three decades and the lowest of nearly all districts throughout Georgia. By working with our District’s largest employers and paving a way for new ones, we can continue moving our business and family bank accounts in a very positive direction,” Moore commented.
One Georgia business Moore wants to pave a road for is Chick-fil-A. Georgia produces more broiler chicken, for restaurants like
Read more at: https://coltonmoore.com/cfa
“Oh, Colton. You know, there’s not enough words really to describe Colton,” Moore’s Future Business Leaders of America adviser Tonya Gatlin said.
And now there are two more. “State representative.”
“We were neck-and-neck, 50 percent, for quite a while. And then when those final votes came in, that’s when things got exciting,” Moore remembered. Read Moore.
Colton Moore's political career started 10 minutes after his upset win Tuesday night.
He stood in the Dade County administrative building, having just knocked off Georgia state Rep. John Deffenbaugh by 325 votes in the Republican primary, when local radio station owner Evan Stone handed him the phone. "I think you need to talk to this guy," Stone said.
State Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, was on the other end. He congratulated Moore, told him he looked forward to working with him.
In Tuesday’s primary, 24-year-old Colton Moore unseated incumbent John Deffenbaugh who has held the position for the last five years. Watch more.
Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, was defeated by Colton Moore, a 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate. There’s no Democratic Party candidate in the race. Read more.
Carried by his hometown, 24-year-old Colton Moore will join the Georgia Legislature, according to unofficial election results.
With all precincts reporting, Moore edged incumbent state Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, 2,184 votes to 1,858 in the state House District 1 Republican Primary on Tuesday. No Democrats are running in the race.
"I don't think it's really sunk in yet," Moore said after seeing the results pour in around 10 p.m. "I still feel like I'm in campaign mode. I feel quite honored. It was essentially Dade County that carried me." Read More.
UPDATE: Colton Moore has won the GOP nomination in District 1 for the Georgia's House of Representatives Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old defeated incumbent John Deffenbaugh, receiving 67% of the vote to Deffenbaugh's 33% in Dade County. Read More.
Twenty-four-year-old Colton Moore defeated veteran House District 1 Rep. John Deffenbaugh in voting on Tuesday.
The University of Georgia graduate won with 54 percent of the vote. Read more.
The final tally was 2,184 to 1,858. By a margin of 326 votes, Colton Moore upset incumbent state Rep. John Deffenbaugh (R-Lookout Mountain) to become the newest ¬– and possibly youngest – member of the Georgia Legislature.
The 24-year-old Republican has no challenger in the November general election, so he effectively was elected as District 1 representative to the Gold Dome.
Deffenbaugh was defeated by Colton Moore, a 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate. There’s no Democratic Party candidate in the race.
TRENTON, Georgia (WDEF) – 24 year old newcomer Colton Moore has upset incumbent State Representative John Deffenbaugh.
District One represents Dade and Walker Counties. Moore defeated Deffenbaugh by just 226 votes in the Republican Primary. Read more.
With a campaign budget of $3,500, Colton Moore of Dade County has his sights set on the District 1 Georgia State House election. At 24 years old, he will be the youngest elected official in District 1’s history.
Moore’s incumbent disclosed more than $40,000 in donations received primarily from Atlanta and out-of-district donors making many, including Moore, question the influence of large donations received from those who cannot vote in the election. Read more.
Colton Moore and his opponent in the upcoming primary, Georgia State Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, talk about their ideas about infrastructure Wednesday, May 16, 2018 during a forum held at the Rossville Public Library in Rossville, Ga. The event was hosted by the Wilson Road Neighborhood Group.
During a debate Thursday night, state Rep. John Deffenbaugh and opponent Colton Moore square off as final moments of election near. Voting ends May 22.
Colton Moore, at right, listens as State Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, describes what is happening Thursday, March 29, 2018 in the House of Representatives at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga. Moore is Deffenbaugh's opponent in this year's election and was invited by Deffenbaugh to spend last Wednesday and Thursday at the Capitol learning more about what the job of State Representative entails from a first-hand perspective.
TRENTON, Ga. and ATLANTA, March 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Colton Moore (https://ColtonMoore.com), the 24-year-old Republican candidate for Georgia State House District 1, is shaking things up for the Republican Party as one of the youngest candidates to run in recent times. Moore has his sights set on unseating incumbent, State Rep. John Deffenbaugh, in the Republican Primary for the District 1 Seat.
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Moore is only 24. But he believes he can unseat Deffenbaugh and make a quick impact in the legislature. "The pace that Mr. Deffenbaugh operates in at the state capitol is just too slow," Moore said. "To be a loud voice in Dade and Walker county, we need someone who can take a fast pace and fight in the legislature."
Thank you for your article Tyler. - Colton
Colton Moore, an auctioneer from Trenton, qualified to run for the seat on the Republican ballot. So that race will be decided on May 22nd.
According to the GA Secretary of State's website, Colton Moore of Trenton has qualified as a Republican.
NEWS ALERT: According to the GA Secretary of State's website, Colton Moore of Trenton has qualified as a Republican to run against John Deffenbaugh (incumbent) for the Georgia House of Representatives District 1 seat.