The Georgia Democratic Party is engaged in vicious race-baiting in a divide and conquer strategy to drive African-American voters to the polls. The above photo originated, I believe, from an AJC scan, but has been traveling across the internet for 24 hours. (more…)
The White House recently announced that on Wednesday, President Obama will appoint Washington lobbyist and former chief of staff to Vice President Biden, Ron Klain, as the “Ebola Czar.” Republican Senate candidate, David Perdue, released the following statement on this partisan appointment:
“The American people are concerned about Ebola, but President Obama is more concerned about doling out favors to his political allies. It is this sort of insider behavior that Georgians are fed up with in Washington, and it makes us less safe as a nation. Instead of selecting someone with a medical background and the right experience, the President hand-picked a partisan lobbyist serving as Michelle Nunn’s senior advisor. The fact that Michelle Nunn believes a partisan Washington lobbyist is the right choice for this position only further demonstrates her deference to the President’s judgment on such important issues. (more…)
Isakson Calls on IRS to Take Decisive Action to Tackle Tax Refund Fraud
Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges Agency to Make Fraud Prevention Top Priority
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., this week joined a bipartisan group of 15 senators, including seven members of the Senate Finance Committee, in calling on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen to update Congress on the agency’s efforts to prevent tax refund fraud using stolen identities.
“Tax fraud costs hardworking Americans billions of dollars and further undermines taxpayers’ confidence in our tax system,” said Isakson, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “Targeted action by the IRS to stop the flood of identity theft-related fraudulent refunds is critically important. I look forward to Commissioner Koskinen’s response on what steps are being taken to combat this serious problem.”
As Georgia ranks second highest in the country in the number of fraudulent tax refund claims, Isakson has continually pressed the IRS on the critical need to combat identity theft-related fraudulent refunds. Tax fraud puts innocent taxpayers at risk for audits, multiple layers of bureaucracy and refund delays averaging 18 months. (more…)
In his syndicated column today, Dick Yarbrough says Gov. Nathan Deal’s reform and for his second term “could change the face of public education for decades to come.” In the interview, Deal outlined his vision for education reforms in his second term. Building off the success of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform, Deal will form a special education task force, including educators, school superintendents, administrators and other stakeholders, to study and offer solutions for public education reforms, including:
Updating our current funding formula to meet student needs and the demands of a 21st century classroom
Exploring ways to save students from failing schools
Advancing efforts to ensure students read at grade level
Keeping our best educators in the classroom
Yarbrough, a one-time adviser to Gov. Joe Frank Harris, helped craft the 1984 Quality Basic Education formula.
Deal: Badcock to locate new distribution center to LaGrange
Furniture retailer will employ more than 100 at new Troup County facility, invest $22 million
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that W.S. Badcock Corp., one of the largest privately held furniture retailers in the United States, will construct a new regional distribution center in LaGrange, investing $22 million and employing more than 100.
“Badcock’s new regional distribution center is an excellent addition to Troup County,” said Deal. “This expansion is a testament our state’s top-ranked business climate, and I have no doubt that Georgia’s skilled workforce and globally recognized logistics infrastructure will support future growth and success.”
The 535,000-square-foot facility will be located at the Callaway South Industrial Park in LaGrange and is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015. The project will include enhanced energy efficiency technologies and is designed for expansion to 700,000 square feet. This facility will replace two existing facilities in Thomson and Cullman, Ala. (more…)