In his new ad, “When,” Governor Deal highlights his pro-business record and affirms his commitment to ensuring that Georgians are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
In his second term, Governor Deal will continue to work with like-minded lawmakers to pass legislation that empowers job creators, encourages investment, and equips our workforce. With Governor Deal at the helm, we can trust that Georgia’s best days are still ahead.
Thanks to Governor Deal’s bold leadership, Georgia is making headlines. Check out what trusted publications are saying about The Peach State’s highly skilled workforce:(more…)
Rep. Graves Votes To Allow President Obama To Pursue Counter-Terror Strategy
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting for an amendment to a short-term funding bill that will allow President Obama to pursue the portion of his strategy to fight the Islamic State that involves training and equipping Syrian opposition fighters:
“It’s clear that the Islamic State is a threat to the United States and must be destroyed. (more…)
The National Rifle Association has reserved $11.4 million for its initial fall advertising campaign and will begin airing its first TV commercials Wednesday in three Senate races crucial to determining which party controls the chamber next year.
The gun rights group, which outlined its fall priorities exclusively for POLITICO Campaign Pro, said it plans to spend much more than the initial outlay during the final weeks before the midterm elections.
The first ads will begin airing in the Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina Senate races. They will be followed in the next few days with a mix of TV, radio and digital ads to help out the GOP Senate candidates in Georgia, Kentucky, Iowa and Louisiana.
In Georgia, the NRA plans to spend about $300,000 initially — spread across Augusta-Aiken, Macon and Savannah — to help Republican David Perdue against Democrat Michelle Nunn.
PRICE FUNDRAISING WITH A SIDE OF HONKY TONK: Georgia Rep. Tom Price is looking to spice up the fundraising breakfast scene with a “Bluegrass Breakfast” Thursday. The 9 a.m. event with about two dozen expected to attend will feature his son Robert Price’s band Go Down Moses. Cost to attend: $1,000. It won’t be the only musical stylings of the band, which recently signed with Sony Music Nashville, Thursday — they also have plans to hit up a handful of congressional offices to play for staffers and will be at Hill Country BBQ to play for roughly 200 people for a free show.
The battle for control of the Senate is a pure toss-up. Not just like a this-is-very-close toss-up, but like a 50-50-odds toss-up.
Our team ran 10,000 simulations using our most recent ratings of the 36 seats up for grabs on Nov. 4. It showed Republicans with a 50.03 percent chance of winning the Senate and Democrats with a 49.97 percent chance of holding the Senate. Again: pure toss-up.
Governor breaks ground on Northwest Corridor project
Lanes will create more commute options for motorists and bolster economic development, Deal says
Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the State Transportation Board and other state and local leaders today broke ground for the Northwest Corridor (NWC) Georgia Express Lanes project, some 30 miles of managed lanes which will increase mobility for I-75 and I-575 motorists and bolster economic development efforts.
“The Northwest Corridor project is a critical addition to Georgia’s interstate highway system, providing a reprieve for congestion on two of the state’s busiest thoroughfares,” said Deal. “This project will create new commute options for motorists and boost our state’s economic development efforts, as maintaining a strong transportation system is a key component to attracting new business to the state.”
“The Northwest Corridor is the first of a system of Express Lanes we will be constructing,” said State Transportation Board member Dan Moody. “As a taxpayer and as a board member, I am especially pleased to see the commitment of all those involved in ensuring these projects are delivered on time and on budget.” (more…)
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013. H.R. 24 would require the Government Accountability Office to conduct an official audit of the Federal Reserve System and Federal Reserve banks within one year of the bill’s enactment. The GAO would then present its findings in a report to Congress 90 days after the audit is completed. Congressman Westmoreland supported this bill.
“Government agencies, such as the Federal Reserve, have become these large, bureaucratic corporations,” stated Westmoreland. “There is always room to increase accountability and oversight, and improving transparency is the place to start. The president promised this administration would be the most transparent yet, but the reality is it’s been anything but that.(more…)
Senate Committee Advances Bipartisan Isakson-Reed Sunscreen Bill
Aims to help prevent skin cancer, ease access to new sunscreens available
A Senate committee today unanimously passed legislation by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., that seeks to address a regulatory backlog that is blocking U.S. consumers from access to innovative sunscreens widely available in the rest of the world.
The Sunscreen Innovation Act was approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today in a unanimous voice vote, advancing the measure to the full Senate for consideration.
“As a melanoma survivor, I believe it’s essential that Americans have access to the most safe and effective sunscreen,” said Isakson. “Too often, technological advancements that have the ability to improve the quality of health care and prevent disease are held back by an overly rigid regulatory process. I am hopeful this legislation will help clear the bureaucratic hurdles that have stood between American consumers and the new and innovative sunscreen products that are already available in many other countries.”(more…)
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland Questioning Security Practices at Benghazi Hearing
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi held its first hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations following the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s statement.
“Today’s hearing is just the beginning of the investigation,” stated Westmoreland. “Reviewing the Accountability Review Board’s suggestions is the first hearing of many that will ensure that we not only have all the facts, but we are also providing proper oversight of the implementation from the review board’s requests. This is important in order to prevent a repeat of Benghazi at any other embassy. Now that the Committee Minority began with this hearing request, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.(more…)
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Tuesday it raised $7.7 million in August, topping its Republican counterpart and bringing its total raised for the cycle to more than $111 million.
With spending on independent-expenditure advertising and a field operation picking up, the DSCC ended last month with more than $25 million in cash on hand.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced last week bringing in $6.1 million and ending August with $19.9 million on hand. While conceding national Democrats hold a financial advantage, Republicans have said they’ll have the money necessary to pick up the six seats needed to win the majority.