Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Wins StudentsFirst Endorsement

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Georgia State Representative from Paulding County, has been endorsed by Georgia Parents and Teachers for Putting StudentsFirst, the Georgia arm of StudentsFirst, a nationwide, bipartisan grassroots movement that works to focus the U.S. education system on what’s best for students. Legislators achieving the endorsement were evaluated based upon their responses to a questionnaire on education policies and, if incumbents, their record of support for common sense education reform efforts.

In the announcement, StudentsFirst said, “In her time in the House, Rep. Rakestraw has helped the cause of education reform by voting for HR 1162 (constitutional amendment authorizing charter schools), SB 184 (ending “last in, first out” layoff policies), and SB 410 (creating performance-based public ratings for schools). However, Rep. Rakestraw’s opponents in the primary prioritize the wishes of the education status quo instead of putting the interests of students first.”

Rep. Rakestraw said, “My position on education matters is very clear. When our students rank #26 in math and science when measured against other countries, our educational systems are failing. Our children will have to compete for jobs in the future in a global economy, against students whose education has better prepared them. Parents are ready for more educational choices that fit their children so they can succeed at learning. This will help our students in the future compete for jobs in a global marketplace. Teachers also want to be free of government paperwork and red tape that prohibit them from spending their time in the classroom teaching. The system is broken and StudentsFirst does a great job in shedding light on the problems we face in our schools all across America. I am very proud to been endorsed by this movement, which defends the interests of children in public education and pursues transformative reform.”

StudentsFirst is a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 1 million members nationwide, working to focus our education system on what’s best for students, supporting common-sense reforms that help make sure all students have great schools and great teachers. Launched by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in December 2010, StudentsFirst has successfully helped pass more than 70 student-centered policies in 17 states, and our movement continues to grow.

Rep. Rakestraw, Paulding County’s first female legislator, represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development.

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Endorsed by Georgia Carry

Georgia State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Georgia State Representative from Paulding County learned this week of her endorsement for the July 31 Republican primary by Georgia Carry, the leader in the fight to reclaim and expand citizens’ right to bear arms. In a letter to Rep. Rakestraw announcing the endorsement, Georgia Carry Executive Director Jerry Henry cited her “continued support of the Second Amendment, dedication to protecting our individual right to self defense and dedication to restoring our rights as originally enumerated in the bill of rights of the U.S. Constitution.”

In a statement responding to the endorsement, Rep. Rakestrawk said, “I am honored to have been recognized by Georgia Carry, an organization that shares my views on protecting our second amendment rights. In my first session in the House, I co-sponsored a couple of key pieces of solid pro-gun legislation that unfortunately didn’t make it to the floor for a vote. I intend to continue working with the Georgia Carry and other like-minded organizations to make sure that our Second Amendment rights can withstand the constant attacks by the liberal left. I am proud to consistently support Georgia Carry with pro-gun legislation.”

With more than 6000 members, Georgia Carry is an information clearinghouse for Georgia Firearms License issues and news. It is Georgia’s no-compromise voice for gun owners.

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

###

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Earns Award from American Conservative Union

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Georgia State Representative from Paulding County, has earned the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) “ACU Conservative” award. The award recognizes Rep. Rakestraw’s voting record in support of legislation reflecting conservative principles during the 2012 legislative session.  The ACU recently released its inaugural rankings of the Georgia General Assembly, which include scores for state House and Senate members based upon their votes on legislation the ACU deemed important to conservative principles.

“As a consistent, common-sense conservative, I am proud to uphold the conservative principles that the vast majority of my constituents sent me here to represent.  This award reflects and validates my conservative voting record and I am proud to have received this most high honor,” said Rep. Rakestraw.

For 2012, the ACU tracked a wide range of issues before the General Assembly to determine which issues and votes served as a clear litmus test for a representative’s conservative principles.  According to the ACU, this includes support for a constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and traditional values.

This is the first year the Georgia General Assembly was rated by the ACU.  In 2011, the ACU expanded its annual Ratings of Congress to include ratings of state legislators in Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. This year, the ACU further expanded its rating program to state legislators in 15 additional states.

“I am proud to present the inaugural Georgia ACU awards to those conservative state legislators who continue to fight for fiscal responsibility, the rights of the unborn and the Second Amendment,” said Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union.

Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security.

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

###

Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Endorsed by Small Business

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Georgia House Representative from Paulding County, has been endorsed by The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Georgia’s leading small-business association, in the House Republican primary on July 31.

The endorsement was made by NFIB/Georgia SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is composed exclusively of NFIB members.

“Representative Rakestraw understands the challenges facing Georgia’s small, family businesses and is the clear choice in the race for the 19th House District,” said Kyle Jackson, state director of NFIB/Georgia. “We believe Paulette Rakestraw will continue to take a fiscally responsible approach to managing state government and support legislation that helps our small businesses grow and create jobs and puts the state back on the pathway to success.”

Said Rep. Rakestraw, “It’s a real honor to receive this endorsement from NFIB. As a member of the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation, much of my energy in my first term in the House was devoted to creating an environment conducive to job growth in the small business sector. I am definitely supportive of the NFIB business-growth initiatives.”

The NFIB/Georgia SAFE Trust’s endorsement is critical to the Braddock campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of the campaign. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Endorsed by NRA

Georgia State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19)  has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) with an “A+” rating. The NRA defines qualifications for an “A+” rating as “A solidly pro-gun candidate that has sponsored pro-gun legislation. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.”

In a statement, Rep. Rakestraw said, “I am honored to have earned the NRA endorsement. In my first session I co-sponsored a couple of key pieces of solid pro-gun legislation that unfortunately didn’t make it to the floor for a vote. I intend to continue working with the NRA to make sure that our Second Amendment rights can withstand the constant attacks by the liberal left. I am proud to consistently support the NRA with pro-gun legislation.”

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

###

Rep. Paulette Rakestraw Wins Newt Gingrich Endorsement

ATLANTA — Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich today announced his endorsement of State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-Hiram). The announcement came as Rakestraw is ramping up her campaign for the Republican primary election on July 31.

Gingrich said, “I urge District 19 voters to come out strongly for Paulette Rakestraw in this important race. She is a tea party conservative who already has a strong track record of supporting conservative values, with consistent votes for personal responsibility and against bigger government and more bureaucracy. Since she has taken office, Paulette cut taxes across the board for Georgians, protected the senior tax exemption, and helped bring jobs home to Paulding County with business-friendly legislation and tax initiatives. I’ve worked closely with Paulette and know that she has kept her promises to bring prosperity back to Paulding. There is no question in my mind that she is the right choice to represent District 19.”

Rakestraw, who is Paulding County’s first female legislator, was elected to the Georgia House for her first term in 2010. Known for her consistent, common-sense approach to conservative values, she is pro-jobs, pro-tax reform, pro-life, and pro-gun rights.

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

Rep. Paulette Rakestraw Scores A+ on Georgia Chamber Legislative Scorecard

ATLANTA — GA State Representative Paulette Rakestraw is one of the few representatives to have been graded A+ on the 2012 Legislative Scorecard produced by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. This is the second consecutive year that Rep. Rakestraw has scored an A or A+, which is the highest grade given by the Chamber.

The scorecard provides an overall grade on how House and Senate members voted during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions on business-friendly measures. The Chamber identifies pieces of legislation critical to the business community and scores in these policy areas: education, business and industry, judiciary, and economic development.

Rep. Rakestraw said, “I believe in tax reform and in creating an environment in Georgia that fosters entrepreneurship and attracts companies that can provide jobs to Georgians while being profitable. I am proud of the votes I cast to on these important issues and salute the Chamber for diligently reporting lawmaker activity to our citizens.”

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

Rep. Paulette Rakestraw Endorsed by Dr. John Covington

ATLANTA — State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R, Hiram) announced that longtime Paulding County physician Dr. John Covington has endorsed her in the July 31 Republican primary. During his 25 years of practice, Dr. Covington delivered many babies who are now grown and active in the Paulding County community.

Rep. Rakestraw said, “Dr. Covington is, of course, a Paulding institution, known not only for his medical practice but also for his wisdom an common sense on political and commercial issues. I am honored to have his endorsement.”

In a statement, Dr. Covington said, “Paulette Rakestraw has kept to her agenda and kept her promises in the Gold Dome. She has cut taxes for all Georgians and, importantly, protected the Senior Tax Exemption. We can count on her to continue to represent the core values of Paulding County citizens. I urge my fellow Paulding citizens to cast their vote for Paulette.”

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

###