Ethics case against Cobb chairman dropped | www.myajc.com

After surviving a request to have the ethics complaint against Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee thrown out, west Cobb resident Tom Cheek questioned his only witness — county attorney Deborah Dance — then abruptly decided to drop the case Thursday night.

Cheek’s ethics complaints allege Lee exceeded his authority in hiring an attorney for stadium negotiations with the Atlanta Braves. Cheek also claims Lee was not responsive to his requests for documents related to those negotiations under Georgia’s Open Records Act.

Cheek said his decision to drop the case was based upon two things: Lee’s apology, issued last week, and the ethics board’s decision earlier in the night to dismiss the two complaints over open records.

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Libertarian Seeks Georgia House District 50 Seat in Special Election

Johns Creek, GA: Christine Austin of Johns Creek qualified Wednesday to run for Georgia State House – District 50 in a special election to be held on January 6, 2015. Although this is a non-partisan race, she has declared as a Libertarian Party candidate.

The special election will fill the seat vacated last Friday when Lynne Riley was selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as the state Department of Revenue commissioner.

Christine has been working for the cause of liberty for over a decade. She has served on the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of Georgia and other leadership roles.

Christine graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting and has served in her local community as Community Liaison for her HOA and as Legislative Director on the PTA board and her son’s school. She is a stay-at-home mother and a financial consultant.

Christine is looking forward to the next few weeks and the opportunity to spread the message of liberty and freedom for Georgians.

“It would be a pleasure and privilege to serve the people of District 50. As a Libertarian, I would bring a fiscally responsible approach to governance and work to give Georgians more liberty and individual freedom. I will not support increased taxation or limits on personal freedoms. I have no ties to special interest groups and will only serve in the best interest of the people of my district. My campaign will give voters a clear choice.”, said Christine Austin.

Special elections give Libertarian candidates a unique opportunity to run for office without the cumbersome requirement of gathering signatures of 5% of registered voters. In General Elections about 50% of state house races are unopposed.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChristineAustinStateHouse50

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 21, 2014

All fees for dog and puppy adoptions are waived at DeKalb County Animal Services for the month of November. Thanksgiving is better with a new best friend lying at your feet. We brought Dolly, our rescued Coonhound mix, home on the day before Thanksgiving two years ago.

Candace

Candace (ID#: 22214136) is a precious 4-year old Boxer/Lab mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services. She is very sweet and gets along great with the other dogs in her kennel. Candace is the perfect age if you want a more laid back dog. Her dream home has a few toys, a nice comfy bed to lay on, and most importantly, a family to love. Candace can’t wait to finally find her forever family after these few months at the shelter. Please visit sweet Candace at the DeKalb Shelter and ask about our monthly pet adoption special. For more information about Candace please call 404-294-2165 or email [email protected]

Glen

Glen (ID#: 23863067) is as sweet as pie! He is an affectionate 4-year old German Shepherd mix with the cutest face around and is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services. Four years old is such a great age; you won’t have to worry about Glen chewing your shoes. Glen is a cuddly boy that would love to have a family to love. Please come meet Glen at the DeKalb shelter and ask about the monthly adoption special; for more information email [email protected] or call (404) 294-2165.

Todd Dog

Todd is a super sweet boy, a little over 2-years old and a Pointer/Pit Bull mix, who is a little nervous at the shelter. He has a sweet personality that will flourish in his forever home. He can’t wait to find a family that will give him the love and kindness he deserves! He gets along with other dogs too! Please come and meet Todd at the DeKalb Animal Shelter! For more information email [email protected] or call (404) 294-2165.

Todd is a Pit Bull. That’s something I’ve never, ever heard in my life.

Rep. Jody Hice: President Obama Overreaches on Immigration Policy

Monroe, GA- US Representative-Elect, Jody Hice, today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s unfortunate decision to bypass Congress and issue an executive order on immigration reform-

“President Obama has once again chosen to disregard not only constitutional constraints on his authority, but also the will of the nation he claims to represent,” said Hice. (more…)

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 21, 2014

Georgia History

On November 21, 1620 (November 11 under the calendar used then), the first governing document of the English colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts, the Mayflower Compact, was signed by most of the male passengers of the Mayflower.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

The Georgia Trustees outlawed rum in the colony on November 21, 1733 after James Oglethorpe wrote them that it was responsible for sickness and death in Georgia. Two-hundred eighty-one years later, Richland Rum is being distilled with Georgia-grown sugar cane in Richland, Georgia.

North Carolina ratified the Constitution on November 21, 1789, becoming the twelfth state to do so.

On November 21, 1860 Governor Joseph Brown called a Secession Convention following the election of Abraham Lincoln as President.

November 21, 1922 was the first day of Rebecca Latimer Fulton’s service in the United States Senate from Georgia as the first woman to serve in that chamber.

Here are two TV ads from the 1970 campaign by Carl Sanders for Governor.

Yesterday, we taped Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Political Rewind early and it began with special guests former Governor Roy Barnes (D) and former Congressman Buddy Darden (D) discussing their experiences in Georgia politics with Carl Sanders. It was fun to hear first-hand stories of a time in Georgia politics that I’d only read about. The show will air today at 3 PM on WRAS 88.5 FM in Atlanta and statewide on the GPB radio network. If you enjoy Georgia history, you’ll enjoy the show.

Buddy Darden Roy Barnes

In the context of a movement to legalize the medicinal use of an oil derived from cannabis in Georgia, this clip of Jimmy Carter from 1977 is interesting.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The first legislation of the 2015 Session of the Georgia General Assembly, House Bill 6, has been introduced by State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, to allow grades higher than 4.0 for AP, International Baccalaureate or dual credit courses. It would take a real overachiever to come up with something like that.

The Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting nominations for three vacancies on state courts:

Northern Judicial Circuit comprising Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, and Oglethopre Counties

Coweta Judicial Circuit comprising Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup Counties

Waycross Judicial Circuit comprising Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Coffee, Pierce, and Ware Counties

Nominations for all three of the vacancies are due on or before December 29, 2014.

In Washington, Congressman Tom Graves (R-Upper Left-hand Corner) will serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.

“I joined this committee because of the unique opportunity to fight for taxpayers and reform the federal government,” said Rep. Graves. “I want the Appropriations Committee to be known as a place where taxpayer dollars are saved, not spent. As the Legislative Branch Subcommittee chairman, I’ll have a prime opportunity to walk the conservative talk. It’s an honor to have Chairman Rogers and the House Majority entrust me with this major responsibility.”

Immigration

Yesterday’s big news mainly revolved around President Obama’s immigration speech. Here are reactions from some of Georgia’s members of Congress.

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Rep. Tom Graves: To Chair House Appropriations Subcommittee

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From Congressman Tom Graves

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Rep. Graves To Chair House Appropriations Subcommittee
Georgia Congressman Will Oversee Annual Spending For The Legislative Branch

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, was selected today to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch for the 114th Congress.

“I joined this committee because of the unique opportunity to fight for taxpayers and reform the federal government,” said Rep. Graves. “I want the Appropriations Committee to be known as a place where taxpayer dollars are saved, not spent. As the Legislative Branch Subcommittee chairman, I’ll have a prime opportunity to walk the conservative talk. It’s an honor to have Chairman Rogers and the House Majority entrust me with this major responsibility.”

Rep. Graves was elected to the House in 2010 and joined the House Appropriations Committee at the start of the 112thCongress in 2011. It is rare for a House member to ascend to a subcommittee chairmanship after just four years, particularly on the Appropriations Committee, which is considered one of the most influential congressional committees due to its power over federal spending. The Committee has cut over $165 billion in federal discretionary spending since Rep. Graves joined. (more…)

Rep. Rob Woodall: RSC Statement on President Obama’s Unilateral Plan to Move on Immigration

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From Congressman Rob Woodall

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RSC Statement on President Obama’s Unilateral Plan to Move on Immigration

House Republican Study Committee Chairman Rob Woodall issued the following statement after the White House announced President Obama will bypass Congressional authority and take executive action to provide legal status and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants:

“President Obama’s unconstitutional plan to circumvent Congress and grant amnesty by unilateral executive order is unprecedented, and an insult to the American people who on Election Day rejected his policies and voted to change the way Washington functions. A majority of Americans oppose President Obama’s amnesty plan and want the White House to work together with the newly elected Congress to find solutions that secures our borders and reforms the process so that it actually works for those trying to do it the right way. Unfortunately, President Obama is securing his legacy of ignoring the Constitution by playing political games with immigration. House Republicans will use every tool available to stand up against this unconstitutional plan”
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GA GOP: RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION

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From The Georgia Republican Party

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GEORGIA REPUBLICANS RESPOND TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 

EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION

Following President Obama’s announcement that he will use Executive Order to prevent the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, Georgia Republicans issued the following statements:

“Tonight, President Obama once again proved that he’s more concerned with advancing his own personal agenda than the will of the American people,” said Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett.  “Americans deserve a robust debate on immigration reform, not a swift edict from a ultra partisan, power hungry president.”

“For the millions of fellow Americans of foreign descent just like us, becoming an American citizen was the capstone moment in their journey in search of freedom and opportunity,” said businessman and Republican activist Baoky Vu.  “I am sure that they, like me, are unsure what to make of President Obama’s executive action on immigration.  The spectrum of feelings range from being cheated to being ignored.”

“Representative democracy is the cornerstone of America’s freedom,” said Leo Smith, Georgia Republican Party Minority Engagement Director.  “Americans want solutions to this country’s immigration crisis made in Congress after robust debate and discourse, not by one person with the stroke of a pen.”   (more…)

Rep. Tom Price: President is Trampling the Constitution, Inventing Laws

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From Congressman Tom Price

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Price: President is Trampling the Constitution, Inventing Laws

Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after President Obama announced his administration’s unilateral actions to offer amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants:

“President Obama’s actions are not only unlawful, they are emblematic of this administration’s increasingly brazen disregard and disrespect for the American people – not to mention every immigrant who has come to this country legally. The president has wandered so far outside his constitutional authority that he’s doing incredible harm to the integrity of this country’s rule of law. At the same time, he is saying that he cannot be trusted to keep his own word. After all, President Obama himself, on multiple occasions, has told the American people that he does not have the authority to take the type of unilateral actions he’s now pursuing.

“The Obama Administration’s reasoning and excuses are increasingly nonsensical. The president is not exercising his authority. He’s trampling on the Constitution that prescribes him his authority; he is to enforce the laws of this land, not invent them. Moreover, when the American people are asking Congress and the president to work together on solving the challenges facing our nation, the president is doing the exact opposite. (more…)

Rep. Tom Graves: Statement On President Obama’s Executive Orders

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From Congressman Tom Graves

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Rep. Graves Statement On President Obama’s Executive Orders

 U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement on President Obama’s executive orders that aim to provide amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants:

“President Obama’s action defies voters, the law and even his own statements. My constituents are outraged by his brazenly political and lawless behavior. In response, the Republican Majority in Congress is exploring every tool we have to keep the constitutional checks and balances intact. Our system of government is stronger than one man’s ambition, and I know that Congress will steadily lead the country through the final chapter of the Obama presidency. In the days ahead, it should be clear to everyone that the president’s political agenda for illegal immigrants will not be allowed to derail the work Congress needs to do for over 300 million American citizens. Congress must use its power to keep the government open and shut the president down.”