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Scenes from A Taste of Conservatism
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Gretchen Blade, Georgia regional chair of Operation Paperback, and Sharon Blade collect books and donations to help send paperback books to troops overseas.

More than 300 people attended the "Taste of Conservatism" event at the Georgia Veteran's Memorial Park on Saturday to hear from a slate of Republican candidates before the primaries.

Some of the candidates invited included Gary Black, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Darwin Carter, Liz Carter, Sen. Jeff Chapman, Rep. Nathan Deal, Doug MacGinnitie, Seth Harp, Sen. John Douglas, Melvin Everson, Larry Gause, Karen Handel, Roger Hines, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. Eric Johnson, Tom Knox, Harold Lodgson, Ray McBerry, Stephen Northington, Sam Olen, John Oxendine, Gerry Purcell, Cory Ruth, Rep. Austin Scott, Maria Sheffield, Com. JaNice Van Ness, Diana Williams, Max Wood, and Richard Woods.

In addition to political speeches and voter registration, the Rockdale GOP also collecting books and donations for Operation Paperback, which sends books worldwide to active military and to veteran's hospitals, and places like USO transit points. In December, the Rockdale Republican party collected nearly 3,000 books and aims to collect 25,000 books by July 2.