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Sunday, September 1, 2019 1:34 PM

25 Year Old Speaks the Truth About Georgia Taxes

Thursday, March 28, 2019 4:07 PM

Rep. Colton Moore Says Citizens Should Demand Passage Of Anti-Abortion Heartbeat Bill

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.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 4:00 PM

Rep. Colton Moore Demands Passing of Anti-Abortion Bill, HB481

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.

Monday, March 18, 2019 12:00 AM

Capitol Recap: Georgia lt. gov thinks two terms should be enough

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.

Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:00 AM

State Rep. Colton Moore vents about his school tax bill that's gone nowhere

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.

Friday, March 15, 2019 10:00 AM

NWGA Republicans oppose hate crime legislation passed by House

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.

Monday, March 11, 2019 1:00 PM

6 Georgia State Representatives Co-Sponsor Constitutional Carry

Kennesaw, Georgia — Constitutional Carry (House Bill 2) was officially dropped into the “House Hopper” on January 31, 2019 at the Capitol in Atlanta.

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.

If you don’t see your State Represenative’s name listed, send them an email encouraging them to support Constitutional Carry (HB 2)

Monday, March 11, 2019 10:00 AM

The Jolt: On the unspoken costs associated with new voting machines

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.

Friday, March 8, 2019 2:38 PM

GOP state lawmakers approve 'heartbeat' abortion bans

ATLANTA — Georgia and Tennessee joined a string of states moving to enact tough abortion restrictions when Republican House lawmakers passed bans on most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

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.)

Thursday, March 7, 2019 4:21 PM

North Georgia sheriffs concerned about proposed bill allowing THC oil sales


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.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 1:00 PM

House Bill 179 suggests removing disciplinary measures from factoring into Georgia schools' ratings

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 and expulsions are negatively reflected back on the success of the school, which indirectly encourages teachers and administrative staff to report far less discipline issues due to fear of their school’s score dropping.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 10:51 AM

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.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 8:36 PM

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.
He said:

"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.”

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:00 PM

Veto HR1 - Our State’s Highest Courts Must Remain Neutral and Impartial

Friday, March 1, 2019 3:30 AM

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."

Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:59 AM

Rep. Moore Memo to Georgia Educators, Administrators and School Resource Officers

Monday, February 25, 2019 10:00 AM

'I won't resign' | Speaker Ralston defends use of law that let him postpone criminal cases

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. 

Monday, February 25, 2019 9:30 AM

Georgia House speaker seeks changes to legislative leave law he used

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.”

Sunday, February 24, 2019 2:58 PM

State of District 1 Townhall - Colton Moore Live

Friday, February 22, 2019 11:00 AM

Resolution Calls For House Speaker Ralston's Resignation

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.

Friday, February 22, 2019 10:00 AM

Georgia state Rep. Colton Moore calls for Speaker of the House David Ralston's resignation

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.

Friday, February 22, 2019 9:00 AM

Rep. Colton Moore Joins Call For House Speaker Ralston To Step Down

Speaker Ralston,

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.

Friday, February 22, 2019 9:00 AM

Rep. Moore Asks House Speaker to Resign or Recuse Himself from Cases

Friday, February 22, 2019 2:14 AM

First legislation passed in the Georgia House this session names the new judicial building under construction the Nathan Deal Judicial Center.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:00 AM

State of District 1 Town Hall

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:


Rep. Colton Moore

PS. We will have limited seating so please show up early for the best seats!

Friday, February 8, 2019 4:00 PM

Rep. Moore Addresses Georgia Supplemental Budget on House Floor


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. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019 10:00 AM

HB2: Constitutional Carry has Rep. Moore's Full Support

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.

Monday, February 4, 2019 8:19 PM

Dade County school board votes to amend elderly tax exemption

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.

Friday, January 25, 2019 12:00 PM

Dade County, Trenton commissioners approve water authority changes

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 11:38 PM

Understanding the power of the 'MAGA ' hat: PART 1

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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 6:06 AM

Georgia's governor's race too close to call

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.

Monday, November 5, 2018 8:48 PM

@briankempga: Big Trucks for Kemp Coalition is Working Hard

Monday, November 5, 2018 7:37 PM

State Representative Colton Moore for working to Get Out The Vote in Northwest Georgia with his Big Trucks for Kemp dump truck!

Monday, November 5, 2018 7:04 PM

Rep.-Elect Colton Moore Driving Kemp Truck Across Northwest Georgia; Creates Election Day Playlist

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.

See original post on The Chattanoogan.

Monday, November 5, 2018 3:57 PM

'Big Trucks for Kemp' Rolling Through Town

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 and Dade counties. On election day, he’ll be heading to Buckhead in Atlanta. “In the evening, I’ll drive to Athens for Kemp’s victory party,” says Moore.

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.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 1:55 AM

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.

Read the full article on The Chattanoogan.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:05 PM

Dialing for Duncan! (Walker County with Colton Moore)

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!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 8:05 AM

Rep. Colton Moore Invited President Trump To Georgia, Tennessee

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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:40 PM

Rep-Elect Colton Moore Welcomes President Trump to Chattanooga

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:

I look forward to seeing you at both rallies,
Colton Moore

See original article on The Patch.

Monday, October 29, 2018 12:00 AM

Fairyland Elementary School issues concern Georgia House District 1 representative Colton Moore

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 and student families have achieved some of the highest educational standards in Georgia. To know that you have achieved these standards with second-hand materials, inoperable cafeteria, and having to fund many of your own teachers and programs is an incredible accomplishment. This speaks volumes about the families of the Fairyland community.

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.

Colton Moore
Georgia House District 1 Representative-elect

Monday, October 15, 2018 10:42 PM

State Representative Buys Domain to Redirect Traffic Back to Kemp

Colton Moore, Michael Gargiulo & BrianKemp.comA month ago if you typed in online, you might have discovered something mysterious.

The traffic was redirected to his gubernatorial opponent's website, 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 for the east coast.

Read the original article by Natisha Lance on 11Alive.

Monday, October 15, 2018 9:38 AM

Georgia Rep-Elect Colton Moore Acquires From California Democrats

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, was forwarding to and was used to 'troll' the campaign of the Georgia Republican and gubernatorial nominee.

“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 future governor should now reap the benefits of those looking to donate and learn more about the real candidate named Brian Kemp. Previously, these supporters were confused and manipulated by this political hack.

Read the original article on The Chattanoogan.

Monday, October 15, 2018 9:03 AM

State Lawmaker-Elect Buys From California Democrat

ATLANTA, GA -- A California Democrat and Stacey Abrams supporter named Brian Kemp had been using his website,, to forward to 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, 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.

Monday, October 15, 2018 6:38 AM

Colton Moore reclaims

For much of the last year, going to the command line on your computer and typing “” 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 for governor of rooting for the Tennessee Volunteers put him over the edge.

So he reached out through an intermediary to another Brian Kemp – a public relations strategist in California – who owned the site.

Read the original article on the AJC by Greg Bluestein.

Monday, October 15, 2018 1:38 AM

State Rep Buys Website Trolling Georgia Governor Candidate Brian Kemp

When you typed 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 — whoever he or she may be — was definitely not Brian Kemp. The owner of thought it would be better to route you to another useful website:

Read the original article by Tyler Jett on The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Monday, October 15, 2018 12:38 AM

Georgia Rep-Elect Colton Moore Acquires from California Democrats

Colton Moore BrianKemp.comOctober 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 and medical marijuana have surfaced as critical topics for Republican candidate Brian Kemp, currently Georgia’s Secretary of State, and Democrat Stacey Abrams.
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 supporter, also goes by the name of Brian Kemp. Up until October 9, his website, was forwarding to and was used to “troll” the campaign of the Georgia Republican and gubernatorial nominee.

“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 future governor should now reap the benefits of those looking to donate and learn more about the real candidate named Brian Kemp. Previously, these supporters were confused and manipulated by this political hack.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 6:28 AM

New State Rep. Colton Moore Working To Bring Chick-fil-A To Dade County

Colton Moore Chick-fil-A ChattanooganNew 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 and comments

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 -

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Sunday, September 23, 2018 5:30 PM

3% Unemployment: Rep-Elect Colton Moore Floats First Chick-fil-A in Dade County

Colton Moore Chick-fil-A"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 Chick-fil-A, than any other state in the country, according to the University of Georgia. To sustain these operations, the poultry industry employs thousands of locals throughout the tri-state area. Moore believes new businesses that grow our existing businesses can help add the 450 new jobs needed before 2020 to achieve a 3% unemployment rate.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 12:00 AM

24-Year-Old Moore Upsets Deffenbaugh for Ga. House District 1

“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.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 5:10 AM

Moore gets quick crash course in Georgia politics

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.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:30 PM

Voters Elect Youngest House Representative in District 1 History

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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:15 PM

Georgia Election 2018: Voters kick out 8 incumbents from Legislature

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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:00 AM

Colton Moore unseats state Rep. John Deffenbaugh in Georgia House race

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:30 PM

UPDATE: 24-year-old challenger defeats incumbent for house district 1 in Dade Co.

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:15 PM

24-Year-Old Moore Defeats Veteran Deffenbaugh In Georgia House District 1

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.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:00 PM

Moore defeats Deffenbaugh

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:00 AM

Dozens of seats in Georgia General Assembly challenged in primaries

Deffenbaugh was defeated by Colton Moore, a 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate. There’s no Democratic Party candidate in the race.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:00 AM

24 Year Old Colton Moore Upsets Incumbent State Representative

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.

Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00 AM

Colton Moore Set To Be Youngest Elected Official Ever in District 1

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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:00 AM

John Deffenbaugh, Colton Moore debate job creation in Rossville, Georgia

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.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 12:00 AM

State House candidates debate education funding [video]

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.

Monday, April 9, 2018 5:10 AM

Incumbent invites challenger to spend a day with him at Georgia State Capitol

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.

Friday, March 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Changing Times: 24-Year-Old UGA Graduate, Colton Moore, Challenges Georgia Republican Leadership

TRENTON, Ga. and ATLANTA, March 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Colton Moore (, 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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 9:26 AM

Trucks & Equipment 5-Day Public Auction - Colton Moore

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 2:44 AM

Dade Native Announces Run for State House of Representatives District 1 Seat

Thank you for a great read Mountain Valley Independent! - Click here to read the original article.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 12:00 PM

19 months after college, Dade County man runs for Georgia State House

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

Friday, March 9, 2018 12:15 PM

Colton Moore, an Auctioneer from Trenton, Qualified to Run for the Seat on the Republican Ballot

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.

Friday, March 9, 2018 10:09 AM

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.