Rep Doug Collins: Unacceptable.

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From Congressman Doug Collins

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Unacceptable.

I’ve heard from a lot of Northeast Georgians who are outraged about what President Obama is doing with his executive action on immigration.

Executive action granting amnesty to millions of illegals is President Obama taking out his anger on the American people for rejecting his agenda through the due process of elections two weeks ago. He’s had six years to work with Congress, two of those years with his party in total control of Washington, on constructive, compassionate, and fair immigration reform.

His singular action defies all three of those principles.

Those who are in the United States illegally should be deeply concerned about the president’s intentions.  So many immigrants come to this country from places where the rule of law and the will of the people are defied.  That President Obama has taken it upon himself to do the same thing with his executive order should be as troubling to them as it is for the millions of law-abiding citizens who have trusted this man to uphold the Constitution.

The majority of the People’s House will fight this because it is wrong. It is political retribution under the false guise of compassion, and it is yet another abuse of power the branch of government closest to the people will have to resolve.

To make sure I’ve heard your views on this, please feel free to e-mail me here.

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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.

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

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

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.

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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…)