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Posted 28 August 2014 - 01:09 PM

Anyway, from reading reports, including those in the AJC and the Dawson News, it appears that the GOP Insurance commissioner Ralph Hudgens - the one that got caught and had is words broadcast and netcast nationwide saying he would do everything he could to obstruct Obamacare - was speaking as this citizen journalist was in the audience on the front row recording the stump speeches at this gathering at a place of public accommodation. - It is a private venue where they hold the pumpkin festival in Dawson County so pictures are generally considered okay ... I mean it is a place for celebration called Burts Farm.

But then Ralph Hudgens took umbrage at the idea of being video recorded, probably because he knows he's a loose cannon of limited capability apt to say the stupid and he frankly didn't want to have his stupidity put on parade ... again.

The meeting, which was 'open to the public' and which had not had any formal notice or post rule that cameras were not allowed - some Democratic trackers with cameras were identified and refused entry but Ms. Nydia Tisdale is a private blogger generally associated and positive toward Republican candidates was granted permission. She sat on the front row of the gathering and proceeded to record the event.

As an aside, here youtube channel shows she self-publishes her own blog. She does what a lot of local vbloggers do - city council meetings, court appearances/cases (including hers), and also seems to be following and documenting the campaigns of Gov. Deal and David Purdue ... and images of both seem to be smiling. She edits some of the stuff and but also posts long form video of public meetings. She seems drawn to conservatives and the presentation includes videos of tea party speakers on topics like 'petro-dollars'.

Ms. Tisdale gained some fame when she was kicked out of a meeting of the Cumming Ga. city council about a year ago. While there were several retrenchments in the new open meetings law proposed by AG Sam Olens (which passed the General Assembly and was signed into law in 2012) it did improve a few things including the imposition of sanctions (fines) ... and AG Olens prosecuted the city of Cummings extracting a $12,000 fine for their violation of open meetings in a decision announced this week.

So, when Hudgens, who being one of the lower-level candidates started speaking, he asked and Burt of Burt Farms heard his request, Burt got a deputy attending the event to ask her to turn off the video. She declined and ultimately she was removed.

That the citizen journalist was treated like a criminal in this case comes from the report in Jim Galloway's column:

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Tisdale would eventually be charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor, and obstructing an officer “by elbowing him in the right cheek area and kicking him in the right shin.” That last one’s a felony.

”He didn’t need to have his body pressed against my rear end,” Tisdale said Wednesday.

Linda Clary Umberger, chairman of the Dawson County GOP, followed the citizen journalist and the officer to an outbuilding. “I watched as a woman was bent over the counter on her face, with an officer over her,” Umberger said. “If I had been her, I would have elbowed him in the face, too.


While screams from the 'back of the venue' could be heard - Ms. Tisdale's protests - the speakers continued through their efforts to engage the crowd and voters. It wasn't until Sam Olens - the AG who brought and won the case involving Ms. Tisdale and her being barred from videotaping an open public meeting in Cumming - that the issue was raised publicly at the rally.

The Dawson news reported his comments this way:

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Olens, the state's attorney general, was the only official present to address the incident publically that day.

"If we stand for anything as a party, what are we afraid of having a lady with a camera filming us? What are we saying here that shouldn't be on film? What message are we sending that because it's private property they shouldn't be filming it?" he told the crowd.


There are some reports that say that Olens advised the farm owner that he should drop the charges against the woman as soon as he gets the chance.

Anyway, the message the GOP sends here, I believe, is that they are grossly incompetent even as politicians.

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