Two of Gwinnett’s three congressmen tied for the highest marks in Georgia’s Congressional Delegation on a conservative scorecard, according to the American Conservative Union Foundation.

The foundation gave U.S. Reps. Rob Woodall and Jody Hice, both R-Ga., scores of 96 percent. They were tied with Reps. Tom Graves and Barry Loudermilk for the highest score in the delegation.

Meanwhile, Gwinnett’s third congressman, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., had the third lowest score, tying with Rep. John Lewis at 7 percent.

“In the 2017 session, we saw Republicans come together to pass the most important corporate tax reform in decades, confirm a true conservative in Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and repeal the Obamacare individual mandate,” ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said in a statement.

The foundation said it graded congressmen on how they voted on 25 bills in the House of Representatives and 21 bills in the Senate. Some votes they were graded on included the repeal of Obamacare, comprehensive tax reform, defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Dodd-Frank.

Senators were also graded on votes on whether to confirm several of President Donald Trump’s nominees to various offices and seats, including cabinet members and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

GGC College

Republicans holding

GOP House District 105

candidates forum

The College Republicans chapter at Georgia Gwinnett College is planning to hold a GOP candidates forum for the House District 105 race this week.

The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Republican Party Headquarters, which is located in Gwinnett Place Mall at 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite J19 in Duluth. Patrick Batubenge, Robin Mauck and Donna Sheldon are each expected to attend.

Shafer endorsed by

Family Policy Alliance

State Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, picked up the endorsement of the Focus on the Family ministry’s public policy partner in the open lieutenant governor’s race this week.

Family Policy Alliance announced it is backing Shafer in the race for the No. 2 job in state government because of his support of conservative issues. Family Policy Alliance President Cole Muzio told the group’s members about the endorsement in an email.

“David Shafer has a proven track record of being more than empty campaign rhetoric but instead truly fighting for our values,” Muzio wrote. “I am proud to announce our endorsement of him for Lieutenant Governor.”

It is the latest in a long line of endorsements that Shafer has secured in the lieutenant governor’s race. His other backers include U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz; former U.S. Sens. Rick Santorum and Mack Mattingly; former Congressmen John Linder, Bob Barr, Mac Collins and Barry Goldwater Jr.; former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush; the National Rifle Association and the Republican Liberty Caucus.

Perdue, Isakson:

There’s ‘no doubt’

that Atlanta should get

Army Futures Command

U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue celebrated the news that Atlanta was on the list of finalists for the site of the U.S. Army Futures Command this past week.

The command is one of several steps the Army is taking to improve its handling of modern-day threats, and military officials have expressed an interest in being near academic and commercial institutions to provide a talent pool experienced in emerging technology.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Atlanta is the best place for the Army Futures Command,” said Perdue, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Atlanta is the Southeast’s innovation hub and gateway to the world. These resources will support the Army Futures Command in their efforts to modernize and prepare for combat missions.”

Isakson added: “I’m glad to see that the Army recognizes Atlanta’s unique advantages. As final decisions are considered, the Georgia delegation and I will gladly continue working together with Army leaders to see to it they fully understand all that Atlanta and the surrounding region have to offer.”

Political Notebook appears in the Wednesday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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