Libertarian Party of Georgia Nominates 2014 Candidates
On March 8, The Libertarian Party of Georgia held their annual state convention in Marietta, nominating their slate of 2014 candidates. Gathering at the former location of Theatre in the Square, Libertarians from across the state came together for the annual meeting to decide who will represent them on the ballot and in the boardroom.
The 2014 candidate slate is led by founder and former CEO of the nanotechnology company, nGimat, Dr. Andrew Hunt, running for Governor. Continue reading →
GAINESVILLE, Ga.—In Georgia’s Republican Senate primary, five leading candidates are each battling to prove to voters that they are the most conservative in the field. That competition has some in the party anxious.
At a recent debate in this city about 50 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, four of the five called for elimination of the Internal Revenue Service. Some called for elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency. U.S. Rep. Paul Broun said the U.S. should pull out of the United Nations and kick it out of the country. He also called for elimination of the Department of Education. “I directly challenge the constitutional legitimacy of today’s federal government,” he said.
Many of these positions drew applause at the debate, held in one of the most conservative areas of this red state. But even here, Republicans worry that swinging too far right in the primary may hurt the GOP’s chances in a general-election contest likely to feature a formidable Democratic challenger.
Dean Rowan, a 62-year-old handyman in the audience, said he liked Mr. Broun, who said in 2012 that evolution and the Big Bang Theory were “lies straight from the pit of hell.” But Mr. Rowan said he wasn’t sure whom he would vote for. While he supports Mr. Broun’s views, “that’s not the way to get elected,” he said.
In the race to fill the seat of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a two-term Republican who isn’t seeking re-election, many Georgia Republican voters are looking for the most conservative candidate who they think can win a general election. The leading primary candidates are Mr. Broun, U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston and Phil Gingrey, former Dollar General Corp. Chief Executive David Perdue and former Secretary of State Karen Handel. The primary will be held May 20, likely followed by a July runoff between the two top vote-getters.
The winner probably will face Democratic front-runner Michelle Nunn, 47, who has never held elected office but is the daughter of former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn. She has focused her campaign on introducing herself to voters and raising money—$3.3 million by the latest reporting period, surpassing each of the GOP candidates besides Mr. Kingston, who has raised $4.2 million.
Day 30 (Monday, March 3, 2014): While serving on the Appropriations committee is a great honor, it is also a big responsibility. While most legislators went home last Thursday andFriday, myself and other members of the Appropriations committee remained in Atlanta working on the FY15 budget. This is a big week for all of those running for office this year as this is qualifying week. I am one of the first candidates to qualify as a candidate for the First Congressional District House of Representatives that is being vacated by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) who is running for the United States Senate. Continue reading →
Some of you might remember a popular song from the 80’s called “The Final Countdown.” Two decades later, this song is still played in sports venues and used to get the crowd pumped up during the last moments of a game. If the legislative session was a sporting event, this would be the time to play those familiar synthesized notes, because we are truly in the final countdown of the 2014 legislative session. Just a few days remain between today and Sine Die, the date when the Georgia General Assembly will adjourn for the last time in 2014.
Since we won’t come together as a legislative body until next year, the pressure is on to review as many bills as possible Continue reading →
The Senate cleared a big hurdle last week as we surpassed Crossover Day on Monday, March 3. As expected on day 30, the Senate worked until we had all 27 bills passed before the midnight deadline. The Crossover deadline means legislation must pass its chamber of origin in order to still be considered a ‘live’ bill for the remainder of the session. Because this is the end of a two-term legislative session, all bills that did not pass the Senate on Crossover Day must be re-introduced into the legislative process during the 2015 session.
Two weeks ago, the Senate granted final approval to the FY 2014 Amended Budget, Continue reading →
The 30th day of the legislative session—Crossover Day—is always one that requires a lot of patience and even more caffeine. This is a significant deadline for the Georgia General Assembly because it’s the last day for legislation to pass the chamber in which it was introduced. This means that any bill that does not pass its original chamber will not move on in the legislative process and must be re-introduced in 2015. While many legislators and advocates are happy to see their bills receive a passing vote on Crossover Day, there are just as many who are left disappointed. Continue reading →
Gingrey on Sebelius Atlanta Obamacare visit: Disingenuous and unfair to Ga. moms, families
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today took part in an Atlanta press conference, aimed at boosting Obamacare enrollment among Georgia mothers and women. After the event, Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., criticized Sebelius for misrepresenting Obamacare’s plans to Georgia families as cost-effective and mom-friendly.
“It is extremely disingenuous an unfair for Secretary Sebelius to carry on telling Georgia mothers that their families will be better off under Obamacare, Continue reading →
Isakson Commends Administration’s Decision to Withdraw Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Program
Urges Administration to Also Re-think Devastating Cuts to Medicare Advantage Program
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw proposed changes to the Medicare prescription drug program.
“I am pleased the administration has agreed to withdraw proposed changes to Medicare Part D that would have undermined the continued success of the Medicare prescription drug program and forced many Georgia seniors to lose their current drug coverage. Continue reading →
This is Reuben, and he’s on death row. Unless someone can spare a warm place for him to sleep until he finds a forever home, he will be euthanized on Wednesday morning at the Barrow County Animals Shelter.
He’s about 2-3 years old, and you can see that he smiles. He’s probably got some Lab in his background, and he’s very sweet and playful.
If you can help provide a foster (or forever) home, please contact me directly and we’ll see what we can do to save this poor guy’s life.