The Republican nominee in a State House seat not being contested by Democrats has died, but as his name is not yet public, I’m withholding it for the moment. You’ll hear later today or tomorrow, I’m sure.
the nomination may remain vacant or may be filled at the decision of the state executive committee of the party. The decision whether to fill such vacancy shall be made by the state executive committee by 4:00 P.M. on the next business day following the actual knowledge of the death or disqualification of the candidate.
Because no Democratic candidate qualified, the new Republican nominee will take office in January.
The Constitution won her way into Americans’ hearts in 1812, when she defeated the British Guerriere off Nova Scotia in an exchange of broadsides. The spirit of the Constitution crew was noted by the Guerriere’s commander, James Dacres, who boarded the Constitution to present his sword in surrender.
”I will not take your sword, Sir,” the captain of the Constitution, Isaac Hull, replied. ”But I will trouble you for your hat.”
In the battle, a sailor — whether British or American is disputed by historians — is said to have cried out, ”Huzzah, her sides are made of iron!” as he watched an English cannonball bounce off the side of the Constitution. It was the birth of her nickname.
Part of the ship’s secret lay in the wood used in the design by Joshua Humphreys. He picked live oak, from St. Simons Island, Ga. The wood has proved so strong and resistant to rot that the original hull is intact, said Anne Grimes Rand, curator of the Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Mass.
I’ve been speaking to groups lately with a presentation called, “Seven things we learned from the 2014 Georgia Primary Elections,” and last night I added item number eight. The 2014 United States Senate election in Georgia is not about Michelle Nunn or even about control of the United States Senate: it’s about Hillary Clinton. On September 14, 2014, Hillary and Bill Clinton will return to Iowa for the annual Steak Fry, her first trip to the Hawkeye State since her 2008 campaign.
Georgia’s importance for 2016 is twofold. In 2008, Obama’s ability to shut her out of the Deep South Democratic Primary elections that were dominated by African-American voters was a key to his winning the nomination. I’d be willing to bet we’ll see her in Georgia this year in support of Michelle Nunn, unless Nunn’s political consultants tell her it would be a political liability. Continue reading →
Everyone is familiar with the carving on Stone Mountain. Most people are probably not aware that Solon Borglum, who began the Stone Mountain carving, also was the sculptor of the equestrian statue of Gen. Gordon at the Capitol.
As of June 30, Allen’s campaign had raised a total of $1.2 million – with his personal money accounting for a dollar out of every $3. The crowded GOP primary forced Allen to spend most of his money, whereas Barrow was uncontested and able to stockpile cash for the fall campaign. Allen at the end of June had $225,567 left in the bank, compared to $1.8 million remaining in Barrow’s account.
“This is a popular issue with the people but not with most legislators. It’s time for Georgia to reclaim her citizen-led Legislature,” Cantrell said. “This will be a difficult process, but I am determined to do everything in my power and to work with others to see this happen. Our governor is term-limited. Thank goodness our current president is term-limited. State legislators should be term-limited.”
The irony is that the only conceivable way for Cantrell to succeed in this quixotic quest would be to spend at least the next twenty years in office and gain a leadership position.
For the 10 months following Dec. 3, 2009, a special grand jury met every other Friday to investigate land acquisitions by the Gwinnett County government. Ten everyday women and 13 everyday men heard testimony from more than a dozen people, including county staffers, elected officials, attorneys, land owners and an investigator from the district attorney’s office.
They were provided documents enough to necessitate Porter establishing a secure website to hold it all.
At the end, the grand jury chose, among other things, to indict Kenerly on two counts of failure to disclose a financial interest and one count of bribery — the latter stemming from its belief that it was likely he accepted $1 million from Jenkins in exchange for his influence over the county’s purchase of land to expand Dacula’s Rabbit Hill Park.
Kenerly maintained his innocence and chose to fight. He was indicted twice before accepting last Tuesday the controversial “no contest” plea that gave him 10 years on probation but no prison time.
Jenkins testified that, within a few days, Kenerly approached him again, asking for $1 million in connection with their Silver Oaks project.
“When — when he came in, he wanted to be — he asked me if I could pay him $50,000 a month for 20 months, like you said, a million dollars, just to — and get him out of the deal,” Jenkins told the grand jury. “You know, we had anticipated making, you know, 3- or $4 million in the development part of that deal. He said, I’ll take a million and get out, I’m tight on cash right now, if you could, pay me $50,000 a month. And we agreed to do — I agreed to do that.”
I live in Jason Carter’s Senate District, and while I have always disagreed with his liberal agenda, I previously respected him as a thoughtful and hard-working legislator who was responsive to his constituents.
Paul Anderson, known for years as the “Strongest Man in the World” for his weightlifting feats, died on August 15, 1994 in Vidalia, Georgia. Anderson was born in 1932 in Toccoa, Georgia. He won an Olympic gold medal in the sport of weightlifting in 1956.
The testimony came after a four-year investigation into Clinton and his wife Hillary’s alleged involvement in several scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment, potentially illegal real-estate deals and suspected “cronyism” involved in the firing of White House travel-agency personnel. The independent prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, then uncovered an affair between Clinton and a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. When questioned about the affair, Clinton denied it, which led Starr to charge the president with perjury and obstruction of justice, which in turn prompted his testimony on August 17.
Former Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller endorsed Democrat Michell Nunn for United States Senate in this TV spot:
“I’m going to be voting for Nathan for re-election as governor,” said Miller, noting that the Republican had been saddled with serious economic problems when he took office in 2011.
“I respect the manner in which he’s conducted himself addressing those problems,” Miller said. Specifically, Miller cited Deal’s effort to shore up the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program – which Miller established.
I’m serious when I say that I don’t understand Governor Miller’s endorsement of Michelle Nunn. He says in the ad, “I’m so angry about what’s going on in Washington, partisanship over patriotism – they can’t stop themselves.” It has become clear during her campaign that Michelle Nunn is entirely a creation of the Insider/Consultant class of the Democratic Party, which Miller famously called, “A National Party No More.”
Reminds me of the 1990 election, the first I ever voted in. Sam Nunn was uncontested for United States Senate, and I left the space blank. For Governor, I voted for Johnny Isakson.
Speaking of Johnny Isakson, the American Chemistry Council thinks that Perdue and Isakson would make a swell team in the United States Senate.
Congratulations to Republican Senate Nominee David Perdue. After a long Primary, now is the time for Georgians to rally behind him, win this seat in November, and fire Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. Onwards to victory.
Also jumping into the fray via my mailbox yesterday, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.
I’m 100% certain the following doesn’t constitute an endorsement, but here it is:
Carter on the defensive over education
Increasingly on the defensive over his lack of leadership on his hallmark issue, education, the dynamic duo of California kids over at the Carter campaign released his “plan,” if it can be called that. Via Greg Bluestein at the AJC:
“You see it throughout the government. Everyone knows that it’s there,” said Carter, an Atlanta state senator, after a tour of a DeKalb high school. “We have not done a true top-to-bottom review in years and years and years. And the current administration is not looking for answers into how to make the government more efficient.”
“There’s a giant amount of waste out their still that we can take from non-education budgets and move them over to education, or the other types of investments that we all know we need for our economy and our future like transportation,” said Carter.
That’s the kind of lightweight and light-on-substance pablum you’d expect from a rookie candidate for Georgia General Assembly, not a credible candidate for Governor. Here are a couple of suggestions for Senator Carter on how to find all that waste that he hasn’t bothered looking for or hasn’t identified in his four years in the State Senate.
1. Costco Cards for every school District!
At just $50 for each school district, and an extra for the State Department of Education, we’re talking just $8,000 for discounts on toilet paper, Michelle Obama-approved “healthy snacks,” and printer paper that will surely total millions of dollars without raising taxes.
2. Turn down for what? Turn the heating and air conditioning down for massive savings.
Gary Black welcomes you to attend our volunteer meet and greet for sign and material distribution and of course, Lane Orchards’ famous peach ice cream! Gary will also welcome special guest, David Perdue for U.S. Senate. We hope to see you there!
Please join The Georgia Association of College Republicans and Governor Nathan Deal for The 4th Annual Braves Game With The Governor. Pre-Game Events from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Game Begins at 7:00 pm Confirmed Special Guests Include: Governor Deal David Perdue Attorney General Sam Olens Secretary of State Brian Kemp Invited Guests: Lieutenant Governor – Casey Cagle Commissioner of Agriculture – Gary W. Black Speaker of the House David Ralston And others. Student Tickets $15.00 Student Tickets and Parking Pass $25.00…
Chatham County Republican Party – Republicans in the Park with the Savannah Sand Gnats Chatham GOP event at the Sand Gnats Game. This will be a Republican Rally for all ages with Elected Officials, CCRP and other Republican organizations throughout the area in attendance. We will be inviting a crowd! Congressman – Elect Buddy Carter will attend You must buy your ticket at: savannahgop.com Contact: Nick Blosser 912.308.5056 [email protected]
The Atlanta Chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition A Meet and Greet with Governor Nathan Deal. RSVP is Requested Please RSVP by calling Lynne Schultz at 770-438-0376 or email her at [email protected]
Sheriff Neil Warren has been a law enforcement professional in Cobb County for over thirty five years. He was elected to his first four year term as Sheriff in November of 2004 and was sworn in as the 42nd Sheriff of Cobb County January 1, 2004. He was re-elected to another four year term in 2008 and 2012. He currently serves on the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Legislative Committee and was appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to the Public Safety…
In the afternoon of August 14, Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up at the Potsdam Conference. That proclamation had already been recorded by the emperor.
The important thing is to first get through the crisis, and once you’re past that, you have my personal guarantee that things will get better. If you are afraid a friend, loved one or acquaintance might hurt himself or herself, call the same number – they’re there for friends and family as well.
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The ERTA included a 25 percent reduction in marginal tax rates for individuals, phased in over three years, and indexed for inflation from that point on. The marginal tax rate, or the tax rate on the last dollar earned, was considered more important to economic activity than the average tax rate (total tax paid as a percentage of income earned), as it affected income earned through “extra” activities such as education, entrepreneurship or investment. Reducing marginal tax rates, the theory went, would help the economy grow faster through such extra efforts by individuals and businesses. The 1981 act, combined with another major tax reform act in 1986, cut marginal tax rates on high-income taxpayers from 70 percent to around 30 percent, and would be the defining economic legacy of Reagan’s presidency.
Reagan’s tax cuts were designed to put maximum emphasis on encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship and creating incentives for the development of venture capital and greater investment in human capital through training and education. The cuts particularly benefited “idea” industries such as software or financial services; fittingly, Reagan’s first term saw the advent of the information revolution, including IBM’s introduction of its first personal computer (PC) and the rise or launch of such tech companies as Intel, Microsoft, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Compaq and Cisco Systems.
The RNC passed a resolution Friday describing how an estimated 500,000 students take the College Board’s Advanced Placement U.S. History course each year, a course it says is traditionally designed to present a balanced view of American history to prepare students for college-level history courses.
Yet the College Board, the RNC resolution states, has released a new framework for the course “that reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing the positive aspects.”
“In Cobb, we’ve got this covered because we would not be satisfied with only this broad framework, without identifying the historical components that kids should have exposure to.”
For example, for students enrolled in the AP History course, in addition to taking the AP exam, they also take the state’s End of Course Test.
“That is much more closely focused on more of the facts and historical characters,” [Cobb County Schools' chief academic officer] Davis said.
On Thursday, I’ll be speaking to The Georgia Tea Party during their meeting from 7-9 PM at the Roswell Street Baptist Church office building, east of the church campus, west of the big chicken at 900 Roswell Street, Marietta, Ga.
I’ll be discussing “Five things I learned in the 2014 Primary Elections.”
Nothing has done more to ruin young press operatives than Twitter. The basic blocking and tackling of press has been lost to the instantaneous food fight of the social media site famous for its 140-character delivery.
Snark, substance-less witticisms, and gotcha moments on social media have replaced the hard spade work of pitching stories, developing relationships with reporters, and the basics of an efficient press operation.
Social media has become the hot commodity for campaigns and like the snake oil salesman of the past, people are saying it will cure every political ill. But in the rush to rightfully develop a strong social media presence, too many young campaign operatives have lost sight of what actually moves persuadable voters.
Here’s some hard, foul tasting medicine: As all encompassing as Twitter seems in the Beltway Bubble, many voters, especially older voters who are your most reliable voting demographic, don’t use it. Some have no idea what Twitter is. And those who do are probably tweeting about the score of the latest baseball game, not the negative attack ad on TV.
Campaign communication plans need to be balanced with both traditional and new media, which means we need operatives who are balanced, and most importantly, know how to filter out the noise. As operatives we have to remember that Twitter is not a representative sample. One or two Twitter loudmouths can make minor issues seem tremendously important when they are, in fact, completely irrelevant.
On August 12, 1908, Ford’s first “Model T” rolled off a Detroit, Michigan, factory floor. Within six years, the car, company and man were propelled to unprecedented success, thanks to the new Highland Park plant’s first-of-its-kind assembly line, which created the intricate product quickly and in large numbers.
“If it hadn’t been for Henry Ford’s drive to create a mass market for cars, America wouldn’t have a middle class today,” wrote [Lee] Iacocca.
Increased travel spurred appeals for better and more roads, the development of suburbs, the oil industry’s rise and a boom in gas stations, strip malls and motels.
But the assembly line itself had the biggest impact on American society, Hyde contended, in making possible the swift, mass production of everything from computers to “fast food.”
[T]he government of East Germany, on the night of August 12, 1961, began to seal off all points of entrance into West Berlin from East Berlin by stringing barbed wire and posting sentries. In the days and weeks to come, construction of a concrete block wall began, complete with sentry towers and minefields around it. The Berlin Wall succeeded in completely sealing off the two sections of Berlin.
The apparently accidental leak of a 144-page strategy memo from consultants to Michelle Nunn is causing heartburn among some of her natural allies.
For instance, blacks vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, but her dismissal of two blacks running against her in the Democratic primary left many African-American leaders miffed. Plus, she put off a lot of party regulars in the primary with her campaign’s tactic of skipping functions organized by Democratic auxiliary groups in favor of events manufactured by her staff and even ducking debates organized by non-partisan civic groups. They all began to feel a little insulted, like she didn’t want to be seen with them.
She also brushed off some of Georgia’s targeted media, such as Atlanta Progressive News by being the only Democrat in the Senate primary refusing to participate in a sit-down interview.
“After all, APN’s questions for Nunn were issue-driven and policy-driven, and the last thing Nunn would want to do is to take positions unless they were right-wing ones (for example, on same-sex marriage, the proposed Keystone Pipeline, the Voting Rights Act, the once-proposed U.S. Invasion of Syria, or the proposed nuclear fuel reprocessing plant),” notes the online publication’s staff writer Barbara Payne.
If Nunn fails to energize her base, it’s not only a blow to her election but also bad news to down-ballot Democrats needing a ride on her coattails. As her memo states, with an expected 52 percent turnout in November, she is aiming to get 1.4 million votes, more than any other Democrat has ever garnered here in a non-presidential year like this one.
The Nunn camp plans to operate sophisticated targeting to send different messages to each segment of the electorate in order to drive up turnout. Many in this audience won’t ever pay attention to political coverage in the general media and will get information about the race from ethnic media, social media or direct mail.
Tracey Lewis, former strategic adviser for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has been chosen to serve as the campaign’s executive director. Lewis has also worked with the Alliance for Climate Protection and has held leadership positions in several other campaigns and voter outreach initiatives.
Managing partner of Franklin Communications, Cabral Franklin, has been chosen as the campaigns senior adviser. Franklin has served as a consultant for several local and state politicians and political action groups.
“The Republicans have finally chosen their candidate in David Perdue. (Boos from the crowd.) Let me tell you a little bit about him, by sharing one of the first things that he said after the election.
“He said, ‘So who brings more value to the debate? Someone who has run a philanthropy for 15 years – or whatever. Or someone who has been out here’ – not bragging, he says – ‘competing in the real world.’”
“So let me tell you about the real world that I’ve been in for the last 26 years here in Georgia. It’s the real world of public school classrooms, where teachers and volunteers are fighting for equality for all of our children. The real world is seniors who depend up on meals to be delivered to them to make sure they can live with dignity and independence.
“The real world of neighbors and communities rebuilding in the wake of natural disasters after they’ve lost all their earthly belongings. This is the real world that I have found, and I believe that there is nobility in helping others….”
A challenge for the Perdue campaign will be found in Nunn’s “Main Street versus Wall Street” rhetoric. As Republicans, we must do a better job of articulating our vision of a strong and robust economy that creates jobs and opportunities for all citizens versus a government colossus that fails to make good on its promises. For the first part of that, Governor Nathan Deal is doing a good job explaining the benefits of job creation.
Perdue and Allen obviously have something in common: decades of experience operating businesses, no experience in government, and therefore “outsider” status.
“We have business backgrounds and the priorities in Georgia right now are the debt and the economy and jobs, and so he and I have had several conversations and his stands on those are very similar to mine,” Perdue told reporters in Statesboro.
Another thing they seem likely to share from now to November is a tactic of linking their opponents with national Democratic Party leaders — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and President Barack Obama — whose names are spoken as anathema in Georgia Republican circles.
“We see the failed policies of this administration as being the centerpiece of this debate, and right now in this district we need to present the fact to the people that his opponent is another supporting voice of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama,” Perdue said, making the charge against Barrow on Allen’s behalf.
Returning the endorsement, Allen noted that his “outsider” talk sometimes sounds like Perdue’s.
“Obviously I have not served in public office, and so I’m an outsider,” Allen said. “I know you’ve probably heard that from our next senator for the great state of Georgia, but yes, I’m a businessman, I’m not a politician. I’ve created jobs, I’ve grown the economy, I’ve balanced budgets, and the politicians in Washington can’t seem to do either. It’s time to change. The country is ready for it.”
[W]when state transportation officials and business groups say there is a need for road improvements, it isn’t hard to be convincing. And that’s even with the less obvious needs like the 16 percent of Interstates falling below state maintenance standards or the 11 percent of state-owned bridges due for major rehabilitation.
The Georgia Department of Transportation only has enough money to resurface 2 percent of roads per year.
“If you have to wait 50 years to see your road resurfaced, you’re not going to be too happy,” Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden said Tuesday to a committee of legislators and citizens chosen to study the issue of road funding.
DOT gets most of its money from taxes on gasoline. But better fuel efficiency means less in taxes for each mile driven.
Road-construction advocates offer a handful of ideas for boosting DOT’s finances.
One is simply to increase the gas tax. No one has offered a specific amount publicly yet. But Georgia’s tax rate is below the national average, and the typical driver pays $85 annually toward state road building and maintenance, which is much lower than the general perception, Golden said.
The idea is unlikely to fly because a large number of legislators got elected on a pledge against any tax increase.
Another idea is to change the basis of the tax from the fuel purchased to the actual miles driven. A device in each vehicle would record the miles and tally the cost for each driver to pay while filling up. However, many conservatives worry about compromising motorists’ privacy.
A third idea is to remove a major expense from DOT by having the state’s general budget pay off bonds issued for road building. After all, no other state agency has to use part of its operating funds for debt service.
The simple fact is that to put more money into our road system, the state DOT needs more money. The overwhelming failure of T-SPLOST in 9 of 12 regions suggest that either voters are unwilling to pay more in taxes, or they distrust elected and appointed officials to spend more money wisely. Probably both. Efforts to roll-out toll-financed improvements and conversions of existing roads hasn’t been smooth or popular either. This puts transportation planners and legislators on the horns of a dilemma.
The former administrators, principals, testing coordinators and teachers all face racketeering charges. Individual charges include influencing witnesses and lying to state investigators.
Prosecutors have said that more than 30 educators participated in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests dating back to 2005, motivated by pressure to meet federal and APS standards and receive bonuses or keep their jobs.
Prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 defendants also included in the initial indictment, and several could testify against their former colleagues. Prosecutors expect jury selection to take two to four weeks and the entire trial to last from four to six months.
West Point Society celebrates College Football Hall of Fame
The West Point Society of Atlanta will celebrate the opening of the College Football Hall of Fame museum in Atlanta with a black tie event featuring United States Military Academy Superintendent Lieutenant General Robert Caslen, Jr. (Class of ’75) on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The gala evening event is the first university function scheduled at the 94,000 square foot facility, which opens in Atlanta on August 23rd. Colonel Greg Gadson, USMA ’89, is also a featured speaker, with sports commentator and author John Feinstein as Master of Ceremonies.
The West Point Alumni Glee Club out of Wash, DC will sing for entertainment. If you come, bring a box of Kleenex – they do “The Mansions of the Lord” from “We Were Soldiers Once & Young.” Along w/ their own arrangement of “God Bless the USA,” courtesy of a royalty free approval from Lee Greenwood.
Join us on Monday, August 11th at 6:00pm for our monthly GOP meeting at the Country Inn & Suites. Our guest for the evening will be Richard Woods, candidate for State School Superintendent. We will also have representatives from the offices of Senator Isakson and Congressman Broun give a presentation on the current Veterans Affairs issues. At the end of the meeting we will hold the drawing for the Big Green Egg. Tickets will be available at the meeting.
For the NEXT 13 TUESDAY NIGHTS GATHER AT THE DeKalb GOP HQ to make phone calls for VICTORY. HELP US FIRE HARRY REID AND SEND DAVID PERDUE TO THE US SENATE. Snacks, Pizza, Drinks and Childcare provided.Call ahead if you are planning to bring your kids. Mary Ann Langford (706) 402-4541 Linda Kelley Smith (404) 422-5462
Bring your appetite to El Bronco as we welcome Benita Dodd, Vice President of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, as our guest speaker for a special evening meeting of the Houston County GOP. Benita Dodd will address legislation being introduced in the next session of the Georgia Legislative Assembly. Check out her recent op-ed response written to the Macon Telegraph.
The Buckhead Freedom Coalition and the Buckhead Young Republicans will co-host our keynote guest speaker Georgia Senator John Albers who will speak about The Impact of the 2014 Elections on Issues Facing Georgia. We encourage especially the Atlanta Young Republicans, all tea party activists, and 912 members to join us for this epic event. Find us on facebook at [email protected] and RSVP or call/text 404-422-0675 for more information.
Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meetings As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson remains in close contact with the Atlanta VA and the veterans’ health care facilities in our state. During the Senate state work period, he will visit veterans’ health care facilities across Georgia, and will hold a series of veteran-focused town hall meetings that will be open to the public.
Join us for a Young Professionals fundraiser in support of Governor Deal’s re-election campaign. Guest tickets – $25 Admission to the event. Sponsor Level – $250 Sponsor our Deal for Governor Young Professional’s fundraiser at Big Sky in Buckhead on Thursday, August 14th. Host Level – $1,000 Become a Deal for Governor Young Professional “Host” and sponsor all 3 upcoming YP fundraisers this fall (August, September, and October). You may mail your contribution to: Deal for Governor P.O. Box 2495…
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If you would like to know what the Fayette County schools will be: teaching? their goals? end results? If so, plan to attend the GFRWC meeting on Thursday, August 14th to hear Dr. Jody Barrow, Fayette County Superintendent of Schools, answer these questions and your questions. Contact Debbie Dickinson at 404-376-4132
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DGOP Executive Committee Meeting This is the regular meeting of the whole Exec. Committee. All are welcome, but only members of the Executive Committee may vote. If you are a member of the committee who cannot attend, please give your proxy to a member that can. Proxy forms are located under the main menu in the left column of this page. All agenda items must be submitted to Chairman Linda Smith by 4pm on the day of the meeting. Contact…
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State Sen. Bill Jackson is speaking, others are pending. Hopefully, several statewide elected officials in the months leading up to the election as well. Stay tuned! Also, information on Party Headquarters for us to use from Labor Day to Election Day. Please plan to attend and bring a friend. The meeting is open to the public. We will have refreshments and fellowship after the meeting. If any questions please contact us at the numbers below. Contact: 706-897-0892 or [email protected] for…
“We regret having to take this action, but the Fulton County Commission voted to increase property taxes contrary to state law and property taxpayers’ best interests,” said Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton. “We’re committed to upholding state law and the Georgia Constitution and protecting Fulton County taxpayers.”
In addition, Atlanta resident Teresa Proctor filed a lawsuit Thursday in the same court. She also is challenging the whether commissioners had the legal authority to raise taxes and is seeking class-action status for the litigation on behalf of all Fulton County property owners.
County Commission Chairman John Eaves, who supported the tax increase, said he was disappointed the lawmakers sued Fulton “for doing what every other city and county in this state has been allowed to do, which is to do everything a local government can do to keep itself on sound financial footing as it strives to maintain a consistent level of service to the constituents it serves.”
Eaves said commissioners “listened to extensive input from residents and took their concerns into account when members cast their votes.”
“No other county should have its rights to govern its own affairs trampled upon by outside entities,” he said.
Last year, the General Assembly approved a tax cap for Fulton – part of a flurry of legislation inspired by concerns that the county spends too much money. Opponents of tax increases say the county should cut spending to balance its budget.
The cap prohibits Fulton from raising property tax rates until 2015. After that, it requires a super-majority of commissioners (five of seven members) to approve a tax increase.
Jones, the primary author, said the legislation is based on a 1951 local constitutional amendment that grants the General Assembly broad authority over Fulton property taxes.
The board was directed to be more humane in its treatment of prisoners and abolished whippings, leg irons, and chains. Until 1945, prisoners in Georgia could expect to have heavy steel shackles put on by a blacksmith upon arrival. They were then taken out to work under severe conditions.
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The original Constitution for the state of Tennessee has this in section 5 of the document:
“The first election for senators and representatives shall commence on the second Thursday of March next, and shall continue for that and the succeeding day, and the next election shall commence on the first Thursday of August, 1797, and shall continue on that and the succeeding day; and forever after election shall be held once in two years, commencing on the first Thursday in August and terminating the succeeding day.”
Last week, the 2014 National Immigration Score Card — a measure of elected representatives’ votes on immigration-related legislation — was released.
“Unfortunately your score is at zero percent so far,” Gonzales said. “We’re here tonight because we want to work with you to help improve that.”
Woodall went to work immediately, engaging the audience and explaining his stance on several issues, including immigration reform.
“The only immigration policy I’m interested in is the one that builds the absolute strongest America possible,” Woodall said.
While acknowledging there will be areas of disagreement, Woodall said he believes a common goal exists.
“What folks agree on is that the future of this country is the only thing that matters,” he said.
Woodall added that his office has worked with hundreds of constituents regarding immigration-related casework and dealt with more than 37,000 immigration-related letters, phone calls, faxes and emails.
“We don’t care what your politics are, we don’t care what your status is,” Woodall said. “We care whether or not the law is on your side because the law exists to protect us all equally.”
The exhibit, titled “Remembering Our Fallen,” opens with ceremonies Sunday and will be on display and open to the public from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15 at the Jackson-Pless Armory, located on Armory Road next to Newnan High School. Those weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., people will be able to visit the Armory and view military and personal photos of the 200 Georgian men and women who have been killed in the war.
I viewed this exhibit when it was in the Sloppy Floyd towers lobby across from the State Capitol. It’s moving, and the hand-written messages from friends and family that were left were heart-wrenching.