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12
Feb

You’re going to love Donald Trump’s hugest list ever of incredible supporters

Yesterday, the Trump campaign sent out a list of endorsements:

(New York, NY) February 11th, 2016 – Today Donald J. Trump for President Inc. announced the endorsements of dozens of Georgia officials including that of his first statewide elected official, Public Service Commission Chairman Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr.

Mr. Trump stated, “It is my great honor to receive these coveted and influential endorsements from tremendous people in the state of Georgia. I have visited many times and had great crowds and poll numbers. I look forward to being in Georgia again soon and working with each of these local leaders to Make America Great Again.”

McDonald served 20 years as a State Representative in the Georgia Legislature and also served as a commissioner in Jackson County, served on the Board of Managers of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, and volunteered as a Firefighter for the city of Commerce for 35 years. He joins the campaign as a Statewide Co-Chair.

McDonald said, “Mr. Trump is a proven leader with unparalleled success. He has the capabilities to make our country stronger and better than ever before. I am proud to endorse his candidacy for President of the United States along with many other community leaders here in Georgia.”

Former State Representative Mitchell Kaye will lead the local elected officials coalition. Mitchell Kaye served east Cobb county for five terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, rising to deputy GOP Whip and ranking member of the tax-writing and cutting House Ways and Means committee. Kaye was awarded “Legislator of the Year” by the Georgia Association of Taxpayers for his tax cutting successes and by Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum for his educational efforts.

The Georgia officials endorsing Donald J. Trump for President join State Senators Burt Jones and Michael Williams. Mr. Trump continues to lead in all national and state polls after winning the New Hampshire Primary by a landslide. He will campaign in South Carolina and other SEC states prior to the first in the south primary on February 20th.

We’ve done some digging, and I think this is a complete list of Trump supporters who are doing incredible jobs Making Georgia Great Again.

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald – Public Service Commissioner
Doug Everett – Public Service Commissioner
Mac Collins – Former Congressman
Steve Tarvin – State Representative
John Yates – State Representative
Bill Hembree – Former State Representative
Barbara Bunn – Former State Representative
Charlice Byrd – Former State Representative
Gene Callaway – Former State Representative
Alan Hammontree – Former State Representative
Mitchell Kaye – Former State Representative
John Lunsford – Former State Representative
Gene Maddox – Former State Representative
Bob Young – Former Mayor of Augusta
Mark Wisenbaker – Lowndes County Commissioner
Mike Davis – Mayor of Dunwoody
Tony Thomas – Savannah City Council Chairman
Dean Kicklighter – Chatham County Commissioner
Billy Hair – Former Chatham County Commission Chairman
Bob Blackburn – Coweta County Commissioner
David Banks – Cobb County School Board
Wallace Mathis – Crisp County Commissioner
Troy Alford – Effingham County School Board, Vice Chair
Terry Raber – Carl Police Chief
Cori Davenport – Johns Creek City Council
Jeff Riley – Mayor of Mansfield
Bessie Kicklighter – Garden City Council
Joe Allen – Former Bibb County Commission, Vice Chair
Cole Thomason – Former Macon City Council
Don Hawbaker – Spalding County Commissioner
Rick Austin – Mayor of Demorest, Former State Rep.
Anthoney Chesser – Homeland City Council
Vera Jones – Effingham County Commissioner
Frank Eaves – Former Elbert County Commissioner, School Board Member
Nancy Thrash – Lamar County Commissioner
Johnny Murphy – Richmond Hill City Council
David Austin – Paulding County Commission Chairman
David Brown – Bleckley County Tax Commissioner
Gary Fricks – Floyd County Commission, Vice Chair
Bertram “Lee” Boone – Heard County Commission Chairman
Charlton Gillis – Atkinson County Commissioner
Ralph Richardson – Jackson County Commissioner
William Howell – Dodge County Commissioner
Joe Lee Williams – Stewart County Commissioner
Danny Turner – Ware County Commissioner
Jennifer Hulsey – Polk County Commissioner

12
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 12, 2016

Lollipop

Lollipop is a female Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from CARES Cedartown Animal Rescue, Education & Sterilization in Cedartown, GA.

Reggie Lab

Reggie is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.

Roxy Doxy

Roxy is a small brindle female Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Georgia Homeless Pets in Atlanta, GA.

Roxy is a sweet little puppy that’s working on her crate training, potty training and doggie manners. She can sit and lay down and is great with other dogs but wants to play with cats. She’s just a wonderful puppy looking for her forever home.

Jasper

Jasper is an adult male Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA.

Jasper is a perfect dog. He was adopted from us as a puppy and he was raised in a loving home with a good family. Due to a change in circumstances, Jasper now spends 10-12 hours alone every day. His family knows it isn’t fair to him so they’ve asked ORHS to try and find another family to take their boy and give him the time and attention he deserves. Wait until you meet this guy – he’ll steal your heart instantly.

Henry Beagle0212

Henry is a young male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from the National Detector Dog Training Center in Newnan, GA.

Henry is a calmer type dog but can be playful too. He likes people but would probably try to be the boss over smaller children. He gets along with other dogs. He can also be stubborn at times and a person with some dog savvy would probably be best for him.

Dolly Min Pin

Dolly is a young female Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) mix who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.

I’m Dolly and I am a minpin mix. I am sweet but I am a high energy dog so get ready to have some fun!! Please come and get me.

12
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 12, 2016

Today is Georgia Day, celebrating the founding of the Thirteenth Colony on February 12, 1733.

After years of planning and two months crossing the Atlantic, James Oglethorpe and 114 colonists climbed 40 feet up the bluff from the Savannah River on this day in 1733 and founded the colony of Georgia.

George II granted the Georgia trustees a charter for the colony a year earlier. The trustees’ motto was Non Sibi Sed Allis—not for self but for others. Georgia would be a philanthropic and military enterprise that would provide the “worthy” poor a new start and serve as a buffer between Spanish Florida and the English colonies.

The trustees prohibited slavery and large landholdings….

Congress enacted the first fugitive slave law, on February 12, 1793 requiring states to return runaway slaves to their owners, even if the state in which the slave was captured did not permit slavery.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky.

On February 12, 1867, the editor of the Milledgeville Federal Union expressed dismay at the rapidity with which Atlanta was growing and basically everything about Atlanta.

“Atlanta is certainly a fast place in every sense of the word, and our friends in Atlanta are a fast people. They live fast and they die fast. They make money fast and they spend it fast. They build houses fast, and they burn them down fast… . They have the largest public buildings, and the most of them, and they pass the most resolutions of any people, ancient or modern. To a stranger the whole city seems to be running on wheels, and all of the inhabitants continually blowing off steam.”

On February 13, 1941, Gov. Eugene Talmadge signed legislation that proposed a Constitutional Amendment changing the 2-year terms for Governor and other statewide Constitutional Officers to 4-year.

On February 13, 1956, Gov. Marvin Griffin signed legislation adopting a new state flag incorporating the Confederate battle flag.

On February 12, 1999, the United States Senate voted 55-45 against convicting impeached President Bill Clinton on a charge of perjury. Senator Paul Coverdell voted guilty and Senator Max Cleland voted not guilty. On the second charge of obstructing justice, Coverdell and 49 other Republicans voted guilty and Cleland joined 49 other senators in voting not guilty. A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required to convict a President, so Clinton was acquitted on both counts.

On February 13, 2007, United States Congressman Charlie Norwood (R-Augusta) died at home.

On February 14, 2012, we published the first edition of the GaPundit daily political news, featuring dogs. We originally thought that the dogs would be temporary until enough people complained about them that we felt the need to go to once a week. We were surprised that the adoptable dogs have become the signature of GaPundit’s otherwise-political offerings and our greatest success. With you help, we estimate we’ve saved about 70 dogs during the past two years, based on reports from readers. Thank you!

Two years ago, on February 12, 2014, most of Georgia state government was closed by Executive Order because of an ice storm.

On February 10, 2015, on the anniversary of the United States House of Representatives passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation proclaiming February as Black History Month.

Under the Gold Dome

Today, the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee meets from 9:30 AM to noon in Room 406 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building. They are scheduled to hear testimony, but not vote on, House Bill 772 by Rep. Allen Peake (Medical Cannabis) and House Bill 941 by Chairman Rich Golick (Review of incidents involving law enforcement use of deadly force).

The State House passed the Pastor Protection Act unanimously.

Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a variety of proposals creating legal exemptions for same-sex marriage opponents.

Supporters of the “Pastor Protection Act” acknowledge that religious leaders already have that protection under the U.S. Constitution, but argue it will reassure them following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year legalizing gay marriage.

The court’s decision has prompted at least eight bills that would create exemptions for opponents of the marriages in Georgia, one of more than 20 states where lawmakers have introduced such proposals.

The Georgia bill shielding religious officials moved quickly through the House with backing from the chamber’s top Republican, House Speaker David Ralston, and little resistance from gay-rights advocates and business leaders who have opposed broader bills.

“I hope that the passage … will ease the concerns that some have expressed that last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision would threaten the independence of places of worship and the actions of clergy,” said Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, the leading LGBT rights advocacy group in the state. “I can relate to the fears of discrimination because the LGBT community is not currently protected by any nondiscrimination laws on a state or federal level.”

An old story has a veteran House member counseling a younger colleague that members of the other party aren’t the enemy, but the opposition. “The Senate is the enemy,” is both the punchline and a truism of legislative politics. Yesterday, the Georgia General Assembly illustrated this dynamic.

You can watch the story on WSB-TV.

Senate Bill 308 by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and others was passed by the Senate yesterday on a party-line vote and heads to the State House. From the AJC report:

The Georgia Senate approved an effort Thursday to make state grants available to dozens of pregnancy resource centers across Georgia, something the legislation’s sponsor said was a “positive alternative” to restricting women’s access to abortions.

Senate Bill 308 would create a grant program through the state Department of Public Health that promoted pregnancy and parenting efforts at these centers. The bill would require the department to ensure none of the money was used to counsel women to get an abortion unless necessary to prevent her death. The money also could not be used to pay for an abortion or for referrals to clinics that provide abortions.

During an emotional hour-and-a-half-long debate in the chamber, the bill’s sponsor, Senate Health and Human Services Chairwoman Renee Unterman, R-Buford, said there are about 70 pregnancy resource centers statewide and that their objective is to encourage a live birth. “They do a fabulous job because they offer alternative services other than abortion,” said Unterman, who estimates that there are about 27,000 abortions each year in Georgia. The bill would require the state to track how many women seek an abortion after receiving services from the centers.

Unterman identifies as an anti-abortion advocate and has actively pushed a number of abortion bills in her 17 years at the Capitol, including helping to write a 2007 law requiring an ultrasound or sonogram be offered before an abortion is performed in Georgia.

Democrats opposed Unterman’s new proposal, saying it allowed the state to fund what state Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, called “biased organizations” that may not employ doctors or anyone with medical experience that some women need to see for health reasons. State Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, said she worried the centers may provide “false advertising” or “misleading information” about their services.

Senator Unterman also recently introduced Senate Bill 352 to regulate online fantasy sports contests that include an entry fee and cash prize, commonly referred to as “fantasy sports websites.” Again from Kristina Torres at the AJC.

Unterman called the legislation a “consumer protection” effort, saying an estimated 1.5 million people play daily fantasy sports in Georgia.

Notably, she wrote the bill to differentiate daily fantasy sports from gambling — something Georgia bans other than in lottery games and slot-like machines known as coin-operated amusement machines.

“This is a game of skill, that you are actually following and researching the players and teams, versus just going in and plopping down $3 for a lottery ticket and the computer generates the numbers,” Unterman said.

Peach State Presidential Endorsements

Former Georgia Republican Party Chairman Alec Poitevint has endorsed Marco Rubio for President. I questioned on Twitter last night how much an AJC headline reading “Marco Rubio picks up another establishment Georgia Republican endorsement” helps in the era of Outsider David Perdue, whose 2014 campaign Poitevint chaired, and Donald Trump.

Is Alec Poitevint “the ultimate insider in Georgia’s Republican Party,” as the AJC called him, or is he “the original ‘outsider’ in Georgia politics,” as Perdue 2014 Campaign Manager Billy Kirkland said? I’d argue that he’s both.

When I worked at the Georgia Republican Party in 1991 or 92, Alec Poitevint was chair, and he since chaired the GAGOP during much of the 2000s and managed the 2012 Republican National Convention. That last credential arguably makes him an “insider” at the national level, at least. During the 1990s, the Georgia Republican Party was an insurgent minority party made up of definitive outsiders.

Since the early 2000s, when Alec led the party to takeover state government in Georgia, roles have switched. David Shafer, who served as Executive Director of the GAGOP in those early years now sits in the office closest to the floor of the State Senate, where he serves as the chambers elected President Pro Tem.

At some level we’re arguing about the number of angels dancing on the head of a pin.

Speaking of outsiders and insiders, Donald Trump’s campaign has released a list of endorsers:

Today Donald J. Trump for President Inc. announced the endorsements of dozens of Georgia officials including that of his first statewide elected official, Public Service Commission Chairman Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr.

Mr. Trump stated, “It is my great honor to receive these coveted and influential endorsements from tremendous people in the state of Georgia. I have visited many times and had great crowds and poll numbers. I look forward to being in Georgia again soon and working with each of these local leaders to Make America Great Again.”

McDonald served 20 years as a State Representative in the Georgia Legislature and also served as a commissioner in Jackson County, served on the Board of Managers of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, and volunteered as a Firefighter for the city of Commerce for 35 years. He joins the campaign as a Statewide Co-Chair.

McDonald said, “Mr. Trump is a proven leader with unparalleled success. He has the capabilities to make our country stronger and better than ever before. I am proud to endorse his candidacy for President of the United States along with many other community leaders here in Georgia.”

Former State Representative Mitchell Kaye will lead the local elected officials coalition.

We’ve also got a huge list of incredible winners endorsing Trump, the biggest list of endorsers ever. You’re going to love it.

 

11
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 11, 2016

Bandit Vienna

Bandit is an adult male Great Pyrenees & German Shorthaired Pointer Mix who is available for adoption from Flint Humane Society in Vienna, GA.

Hi, I’m Bandit. I am a very good looking dog and I am intelligent, too. I am ready for you to teach me what you want me to know. I am gentle and kind. I love people and other dogs. I have not been around cats. My breed is usually not a cat loving type, but I could be the exception. I am a confident dog and I respond well to positive reinforcement. My shelter staff loves me, but I have not been loved like I need. I am a very affectionate dog. I don’t get to give my love and loyalty back to a family. It is my time. Please take me home with you.

Bandit Winder

Bandit is an adult male Border Collie & Labrador Retriever Mix who is available for adoption from Pup & Cat Co. in Winder,GA.

Bandit is a cute little guy, only guessing his breed of Border Collie/Lab mix and about 30#. He is timid and shy but in no way aggressive because of it and is somewhat bewildered at being relinquished, along with his buddy Bella. He met with an unfortunate turn in his life, his person dying and wife unable to care of him. He has such great potential because of his sweetness and take patience and time will come around quickly to most any situation.

Reynolds

Reynolds is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Orphan Annie Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

11
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 10, 2016

On February 11, 1733, the first military formation in Georgia was held, as male colonists assembled with their muskets.

On February 11, 1776, Georgia Royal Governor Sir James Wright escaped from house arrest in Savannah to a waiting British warship HMS Scarborough.

Burt Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, though some accounts say Waycross, Georgia. Beginning with Deliverance, filmed along the Chattooga River in North Georgia in 1972, Georgia rose to number three in the nation for film production while Reynolds’s star rose to prominence. Other Reynolds movies filmed in Georgia include The Longest Yard, Gator, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, and Sharkey’s Machine.

Under the Gold Dome

Senate Committee Meetings

12:00 PM RULES UPON ADJ’T 450 CAP

1:00 PM Insurance and Labor 450 CAP

2:00 PM Judiciary – CANCELED 307 CLOB

3:00 PM Transportation – CANCELED 125 CAP

3:00 PM Judiciary Non-Civil 307 CLOB

House Committee Meetings

TBD Floor Session (LD 20) House Chamber – 10:00AM

8:00 AM Approp Higher Ed Sub 506 CLOB

8:00 AM NAT’AL RES. & ENV’T 606 CLOB

8:30 AM Juvenile Justice Ballinger Sub 515 CLOB

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM Juvenile Justice Efstration Sub 415 CLOB

1:30 PM Judiciary Non-Civil Pak Sub 505 CLOB

2:00 PM Judiciary Civil Setzler Sub 406 CLOB

2:00 PM JUDICIARY CIVIL 132 CAP

Senate Rules Calendar

SB 115 – Physician Assistants; authorize a physician to delegate to physician assistant the authority to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances (H&HS – Hufstetler)

SB 158 – Consumer and Provider Protection Act; provide certain consumer and provider protections regarding health insurance (I&L – Burke)

SB 271 – Mental Health; provide reasonable standards for providing patients notice; admission to an emergency receiving facility (H&HS – Unterman)

SB 308 – Health; Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program; establish; definitions; administration and duties (H&HS – Unterman)

House Rules Calendar

Modified Open Rule

HB 193 Life Insurance Consumer Disclosure Model Act; enact (Substitute) (Ins-Rogers-29th)

HB 219 Health; swimming pools; exempt certain privately owned pools from inspection and licensing requirements (Substitute)(SP&CA-Jones-167th)

HB 821 “Military Spouses and Veterans Licensure Act”; enact (SBD-Williams-168th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 811 Banking and finance; update, modernize, and streamline numerous Code
sections; revise provisions (Substitute)(B&B-Williamson-115th)

Structured Rule

HB 769 Ad valorem tax; certain watercraft held for sale or resale; make permanent an exemption (W&M-Hawkins-27th)

HB 822 Sales and use tax; energy used in agriculture; revise definition (W&M-Coomer-14th)

HR 1198 Natural Resources, Department of; Environmental Protection Division1; review its regulations providing for the protection of underground drinking water; encourage (Substitute)(NR&E-Smith-70th)

Legislation & Local Issues

Yesterday, Franklin Graham drew a capacity crowd, filling Liberty Plaza across the street from the State Capitol. Here’s what it looked like:

Capitol Franklin Graham Panorama

Continue Reading..

10
Feb

Former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon announces for HD 72

Peachtree City, Georgia — Former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon (R) today announced his candidacy for Georgia’s 72nd House District seat to replace Representative Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City).

“We need proven conservative leadership to succeed Rep. Ramsey in our state’s capital, and I’m confident my 38 years with the National Guard, 36 years with BellSouth, and full-term as Mayor of Peachtree City will enable us to achieve conservative legislative success,” said Logsdon. “Rep. Ramsey will be a tough act to follow; he’s done an exceptional job while in office. However, I believe I am up to the challenge to represent the 72nd District.”

Raised on a farm in Kentucky, Logsdon learned the value of commitment and hard work at an early age. As a high school senior, he enlisted as a private in the National Guard.Continue Reading..

10
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 10, 2016

Dobby

Dobby is a 4-year old, 10-pound male Chihuahua who was owner-surrendered and is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA. He is neutered and current on vaccinations.

Walton Aussie

987071 is an adult male Australian Shepherd/Catahoula Leopard Hound mix who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA. He was picked up stray after his owner died.

Kutie

Kutie is a 9-month old female mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA. She is housebroken and said to be good with kids, dogs, and cats. She reminds me of my coonhound mix, Dolly, who has a very similar coat, eyes, and pinkish nose.

10
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 10, 2016

On February 10, 1787, the Georgia House of Assembly named William Few, Abraham Baldwin, William Pierce, George Walton, William Houstoun, and Nathaniel Pendleton to the Constitutional Convention called to revise the Articles of Confederation at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

On February 10, 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi received word that he was chosen as President of the Confederate States of America.

On February 10, 1972, David Bowie made his first appearance as Ziggy Stardust.

Under the Gold Dome

Senate Committee Meetings

8:30 AM Health Care Delivery HHS Sub 122 CAP

12:00 PM RULES UPON ADJ’MT 450 CAP

1:00 PM Public Safety – CANCELED 125 CAP

1:00 PM Regulated Ind and Utilities 310 CLOB

1:00 PM Education & Youth 307 CLOB

2:00 PM Health and Human Svcss 450 CAP

2:00 PM Interstate Cooperation 125 CAP

2:00 PM Science and Technology 310 CLOB

3:00 PM Higher Education 307 CLOB

4:00 PM Special Joint Com Rev Structure Mezz

House Committee Meetings

TBD Jud’y Non-Civil Setzler Sub132 CAP (upon adjournment)

TBD Floor Session (LD19)House Chamber – 10:00AM

8:00 AM INSURANCE 606 CLOB

8:00 AM Approp Econ Dev Sub 506 CLOB

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM W&M Pub Fine & Policy Sub 133 CAP

1:30 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 132 CAP

2:00 PM GOV’NTAL AFFAIRS 406 CLOB

2:00 PM CODE REVISION 415 CLOB

2:00 PM RETIREMENT – Canceled 515 CLOB

2:00 PM BUDGET & FISCAL AFFAIRS OVRST 506 CLOB

3:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 406 CLOB

3:00 PM INDUSTRY AND LABOR 506 CLOB

3:00 PM DEFENSE & VETERANS AFFAIRS 415 CLOB

3:00 PM Appropriations Public Safety Sub 515 CLOB

Senate Rules Calendar

HB 750 – Supplemental appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 (As Passed House)(Substitute) (APPROP-4th) Ralston-7th

SB 262 – Courts; when a judge, judicial officer, grand juror; may be disqualified by being related by consanguinity/affinity to a party; provisions (As Introduced)(Substitute)(JUDY-23rd)

House Rules Calendar

Modified Open Rule

HB 635 – Judges of Probate Courts Retirement Fund; increase number of years of mandatory contribution; provisions (Substitute)(Ret-Epps-144th)

HB 659 – Education; provide transparency of financial information of local school systems and schools; provisions (Substitute)(Ed-Belton-112th)

HB 840 – Conservation and natural resources; rules and regulations used to establish criminal violations; change provisions (Substitute)(GF&P-Stephens-164th)

HB 844 – Georgia Firefighters’ Pension Fund; insurance premiums subject to taxation; update certain provisions (Substitute)(Ret-Maxwell-17th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 509 – Georgia Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council; create; provisions (Substitute)(H&HS-Petrea-166th)

Structured Rule

HB 726 – Excise tax; tobacco products; clarify certain charges (W&M-Tanner-9th)

Legislation & Local Issues

Today at noon, Franklin Graham is holding a rally as part of his Decision America 2016 at Liberty Plaza across the street from the State Capitol.

Legislation by State Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna) would effectively adopt the federal civil rights standards and apply them under Georgia law. Democrats led by State Rep. Taylor Bennett attempted to insert LGBT as a protected class.

A House Judiciary subcommittee voted 6-4 to defeat an amendment from state Rep. Taylor Bennett, D-Brookhaven, to bar discrimination in Georgia based on “religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or veteran’s status.”Continue Reading..

9
Feb

Sam Olens: U.S. Supreme Court Halts EPA’s Unlawful Power Plan

Attorney General Sam Olens offered the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court decision blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing its illegal and unprecedented Power Plan until the court challenge concludes.

“This is a victory against an out of control Environmental Protection Agency. We will continue to fight this executive overreach which will put Americans out of work and drive up the cost of electricity for consumers.”

25 States challenged the EPA’s power plan on Oct. 23, 2015, the day it was published. The states argue the EPA exceeded its authority by double regulating coal-fired power plants and forcing states to fundamentally shift their energy portfolios away from coal-fired generation among other reasons.

Those joining Georgia in seeking a stay Jan. 26 with the Supreme Court were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, , Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, along with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Public Service Commission, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

9
Feb

Early Voting for the March 1 SEC Primary in Georgia

County Name
ELECTRONIC
IN PERSON
MAILED
(blank)
Grand Total
APPLING6223229
ATKINSON22
BACON412622
BAKER74148
BALDWIN264874
BANKS1127487
BARROW755136198
BARTOW844132184
BEN HILL224466
BERRIEN32583111
BIBB1683390489
BLECKLEY1232246
BRANTLEY31215
BROOKS374555
BRYAN10224072
BULLOCH4227197
BURKE1122437
BUTTS5549104
CALHOUN437
CAMDEN1519111145
CANDLER1362057
CARROLL1887146251
CATOOSA46261127
CHARLTON13922
CHATHAM481534797687
CHATTAHOOCHEE279
CHATTOOGA181230
CHEROKEE19994365559
CLARKE1758148223
CLAY437
CLAYTON1859210287
CLINCH1618
COBB10239418882384
COFFEE2161331
COLQUITT1632387
COLUMBIA63130413606
COOK1187796
COWETA12141672825
CRAWFORD111416
CRISP133952
DADE3141431
DAWSON533115153
DECATUR2133348
DEKALB14632510691540
DODGE12021
DOOLY19515
DOUGHERTY33384120
DOUGLAS7115155277
EARLY141226
ECHOLS459
EFFINGHAM31278194
ELBERT224062
EMANUEL56570
EVANS181221
FANNIN47194169
FAYETTE30651961292
FLOYD1365111189
FORSYTH313596501040
FRANKLIN1154864
FULTON10050712671782052
GILMER7421201170
GLASCOCK101121
GLYNN164281139
GORDON76494165
GRADY2172443
GREENE5254171
GWINNETT771801343171617
HABERSHAM738296341
HALL16193433642
HANCOCK1463149
HARALSON323870
HARRIS432106142
HART1174664
HEARD321109133
HENRY31133270434
HOUSTON37452474333
IRWIN14115
JACKSON24960111
JASPER122436
JEFF DAVIS352762
JEFFERSON1102334
JENKINS222042
JOHNSON88
JONES440347391
LAMAR1183251
LANIER212317
LAURENS31266297
LEE204060
LIBERTY5301348
LINCOLN171936
LONG11
LOWNDES20122307449
LUMPKIN4375293
MACON171734
MADISON23172105
MARION142034
MCDUFFIE120526232
MCINTOSH13192124
MERIWETHER131014
MILLER279
MITCHELL2314138
MONROE2283868
MONTGOMERY8311
MORGAN3233965
MURRAY8232960
MUSCOGEE22139323484
NEWTON11111134256
OCONEE6216087
OGLETHORPE431125160
PAULDING8162360530
PEACH322153
PICKENS7421059
PIERCE12427153
PIKE342152197
POLK45473131
PULASKI2828
PUTNAM7314381
QUITMAN527
RABUN36567603
RANDOLPH16420
RICHMOND2635235296
ROCKDALE58792184
SCHLEY19313
SCREVEN6713
SEMINOLE15511
SPALDING611964189
STEPHENS85118203
STEWART66
SUMTER32231359
TALBOT51621
TALIAFERRO16411
TATTNALL2193253
TAYLOR1618227
TELFAIR142732
TERRELL1010719136
THOMAS264470
TIFT3334581
TOOMBS92534
TOWNS183755
TREUTLEN12416
TROUP356393452
TURNER44
TWIGGS1121932
UNION254102158
UPSON222446
WALKER8156386
WALTON429213246
WARE315586
WARREN51419
WASHINGTON18102120
WAYNE216118136
WEBSTER00000
WHEELER729
WHITE549253307
WHITFIELD648203257
WILCOX33033
WILKES4221339
WILKINSON75663
WORTH1301748
Grand Total116767882000026928224

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