Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for January 27, 2015

On January 27, 1785, a charter was approved by the Georgia legislature for the first publicly-supported state university in America.

On January 27, 1941, Delta Air Lines announced it would move its headquarters from Monroe, Louisiana to Atlanta, Georgia. It was an interesting case of public-money-fueled economic development.

In 1940, the city of Atlanta and Delta had signed an agreement whereby the city agreed to contribute $50,000 for construction of a new hanger and office building for Delta if it would move its headquarters to Atlanta. In turn, Delta agreed to pay the remaining construction costs and then assume a 20-year lease for the new facilities. On Jan. 16, 1941, Delta had secured a $500,000 loan from Atlanta’s Trust Company of Georgia, thus allowing it to make a public announcement of the move.

On January 27, 1965, the Shelby GT 350 was unveiled. Just for fun, here’s the current Shelby Cobra GT 500, photographed last Friday at the Washington DC Auto Show.

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” was released on January 27, 1965, seven weeks after his death.

Senate Committee Meetings Today

12:00 PM RULES UPON ADJ 450 CAP – Cancelled
1:00 PM INTERSTATE COOPERATION 123 CAP – Cancelled
1:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 318 CLOB
2:00 PM JUDICIARY 307 CLOB
3:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 310 CLOB
4:00 PM URBAN AFFAIRS 318 CLOB
4:00 PM BANKING AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 307 CLOB – Cancelled

House Committee Meetings Today

TBD FLOOR SESSION (LD 6) HOUSE CHAMBER- 10:00am
2:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES 406 CLOB
3:00 PM WAYS & MEANS 606 CLOB

Georgia GOP Senate Caucus Agenda

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Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert (R-Athens), Senate HHS Chair Renee Unterman (R-Buford – Go Wolves!) and their Republican colleagues introduced the Senate Republican Caucus 2015 Agenda.

The Republican agenda for the 2015 Session of the Georgia General Assembly will focus on the following five issues:

1. Helping young children with autism
2. Providing opportunities and breaking down bureaucratic barriers for high school students ready to take college-level courses
3. Continuing and expanding the protection of our children
4. Pushing economic development and job creation
5. Ensuring that the founding principles of our constitutional republic are taught to our students so that they are equipped for self-government and able to maintain their heritage of freedom.

“If you take a look at the bills we are considering most pressing, it should be obvious that the Majority Caucus is focused squarely on the education, health and protection of Georgia’s children,” Sen. Cowsert said. “At the same time, we will work to ensure Georgia remains the best place in the U.S. for business, thereby continuing to push every viable job creation mechanism for the benefit of Georgians across the state.” (more…)

Randy Evans – The Evans Report: Why RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Was Re-elected

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From Randy Evans – The Evans Report

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Why RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was re-elected

When Reince Priebus took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2011, the party was $23 million in debt and facing an incumbent Democratic president running for reelection. On Jan. 16, Priebus was re-elected to a third two-year term coming off of one of the most successful midterm elections for Republicans in history and heading into a presidential election with no incumbent.

When he ran for RNC chairman, he challenged Michael Steele, the sitting chairman, and three other contenders, and it took seven ballots to elect him. Today, he was re-elected without opposition. Needless to say, much has changed between his first election and the one today.

Outside of political circles, few people know much about Reince Priebus. Although he regularly appears on television and radio, the stories are rarely about him. Instead, he typically appears as the voice of the Republican Party, defending Republican policies and politicians while remaining consistently on the attack against Democrats and President Barack Obama. Of course, that is his job.

Yet, behind the scenes, Priebus has built a political juggernaut capable of winning elections from county courthouses to statehouses to both houses of the Congress. The distance from where the party began when he took office to where it is today is by all accounts monumental. Now, with a third term to do it, he has set his sights on the ultimate prize for a political party chairman–the White House in 2016.

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Sen. David Perdue: Calls For Sense of Fiscal Urgency

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From Senator David Perdue

 

 

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Senator David Perdue Calls For Sense of Fiscal Urgency

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office’s Budget and Economic Outlook, which concludes that our $18 trillion debt will skyrocket to over $27 trillion over the next decade:

“I didn’t come to Washington to sit idly by as lawmakers in both parties pretend the deficit is shrinking and that our national debt is not a concern. We have a genuine fiscal crisis on our hands. We’re already handing our kids and grandkids a national debt of over $18 trillion and tens of trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities for entitlement programs. The latest CBO report shows that the deck is stacked to get even worse.

“We need a sense of urgency to seriously tackle our national debt because of the threat it poses to our economy and national security. We need to break from the budget gimmicks and spending tricks that have been used by both parties in the past and finally balance our budget before it’s too late. We need to inject some honest accounting and real transparency into how we spend taxpayer dollars.

“As a member of the Budget Committee, I look forward to working with both my Senate colleagues and House Budget Chairman Tom Price in the pursuit of a budget that reflects the tough decisions necessary to eliminate wasteful spending, prioritize our resources, and grow the economy.”

Key Findings from the Budget and Economic Outlook:

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Sen. Frank Ginn: A Closer Look at Georgia’s Fiscal Future

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From Senator Frank Ginn

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A Closer Look at Georgia’s Fiscal Future

The General Assembly took a break from the regular legislative schedule during the week of January 19 – 23 to attend budget briefings and review the funding requests presented by state agencies. While the Governor’s budget recommendations are certainly a guiding framework, it is up to the House and Senate to finalize the general FY 2016 and the amended FY 2015 appropriations bills—right down to the very last line item. While the amended FY 2015 bill will likely see legislative action in the next week or two, the general FY 2016 budget will take much longer to review.

Georgia’s Constitutional requirement of operating on a balanced budget is the reason why we have maintained our AAA bond rating and are widely considered as one of the top states for business. Past years of responsible budgeting, even during tough financial times, has allowed our state’s economic landscape to rebound faster than many other states. The proposed budget increase—from $20.8 billion in FY 2015 to $21.7 billion in FY 2016—is proof that Georgia is continuing to grow and invest in the future of our state.

Georgia’s education programs continue to see the benefits of an improving economy. Governor Deal’s FY 2016 budget recommendations include $239 billion to fund enrollment growth and training for over 1.72 million K – 12 students and 121,000 teachers and administrators. An additional $280 million has been included to increase instructional days and properly compensate our best educators.

The HOPE scholarship program allows Georgia college students to receive a quality, affordable education in their home state, but the program has seen a sharp decrease in funding in recent years. I am pleased that Governor Deal has recommended, for the second year straight, a 3 percent increase in the award amount for HOPE scholarships and grants. This will be funded through $16.7 million in additional lottery funds. Nearly $19.7 million in bonds has been recommended for new capital projects, as well as renovations and new equipment, throughout the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

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