GaPundit http://gapundit.com Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:50:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Third District GAGOP Straw Poll http://gapundit.com/2015/04/18/third-district-gagop-straw-poll/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=third-district-gagop-straw-poll http://gapundit.com/2015/04/18/third-district-gagop-straw-poll/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:43:45 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49837 GaPundit:

State Party Chair Johnson 75% Padgett 17% Undecided 8% Presidential Straw Poll Paul   40% Cruz   24% Walker 17% Kasich   4% Carson 4% Huckabee 4% Rubio    3% Other   4%

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State Party Chair

Johnson 75%
Padgett 17%
Undecided 8%

Presidential Straw Poll

Paul   40%
Cruz   24%
Walker 17%
Kasich   4%
Carson 4%
Huckabee 4%
Rubio    3%
Other   4%

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Shaw Blackmon announces for State House District 146 http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/shaw-blackmon-announces-for-state-house-district-146/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shaw-blackmon-announces-for-state-house-district-146 http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/shaw-blackmon-announces-for-state-house-district-146/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:40:00 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49835 GaPundit:

Special Election Will Be Held to Fill the Unexpired Term of Rep. Larry O’Neal Bonaire – Local businessman Shaw Blackmon announced this morning that he is running to fill the unexpired term of Georgia Rep. Larry O’Neal. “Today, I announce my candidacy for State House”, said Blackmon. “Houston County has a long tradition of great

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Special Election Will Be Held to Fill the Unexpired Term of Rep. Larry O’Neal

Bonaire – Local businessman Shaw Blackmon announced this morning that he is running to fill the unexpired term of Georgia Rep. Larry O’Neal.

“Today, I announce my candidacy for State House”, said Blackmon. “Houston County has a long tradition of great leadership, and Larry O’Neal will be sorely missed. However, I am ready for this challenge.”

“Georgia is headed in the right direction, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have our challenges,” expressed Blackmon. “I want our children to have the same opportunities as my generation. We have to continue to show strong conservative reform and ensure our next generation’s success.”

Shaw Blackmon is a conservative Republican candidate raised in Bonaire, GA. He is the President and CEO of National Bank Products in Warner Robins. Shaw serves on the boards of the Houston County Development Authority, Museum of Aviation Foundation, Technical College System of Georgia and SunMark Community Bank. He also served as the Chairman of the Houston County Heritage Foundation and is a member of the AFMC Community Liaison Program.

A graduate of Warner Robins High School, Blackmon received his BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia. He is an avid golfer and also helps coach Little League baseball. He is also a member of Central Baptist Church.

Blackmon looks forward to representing the people of this district with solid leadership and a fresh perspective.

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Gainesville budget proposal includes no property tax increase | GainesvilleTimes.com http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/gainesville-budget-proposal-includes-no-property-tax-increase-gainesvilletimes-com/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gainesville-budget-proposal-includes-no-property-tax-increase-gainesvilletimes-com http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/gainesville-budget-proposal-includes-no-property-tax-increase-gainesvilletimes-com/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:38:08 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49833 GaPundit:

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett has recommended no property tax increases as part of a $30.76 million spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Facing rising health care expenses and only slight increases in tax revenue, the general fund budget is $400,000 greater than the current fiscal year. via Gainesville budget

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Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett has recommended no property tax increases as part of a $30.76 million spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Facing rising health care expenses and only slight increases in tax revenue, the general fund budget is $400,000 greater than the current fiscal year.

via Gainesville budget proposal includes no property tax increase.

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Council urges Congress to keep historic tax credit http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/council-urges-congress-to-keep-historic-tax-credit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=council-urges-congress-to-keep-historic-tax-credit http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/council-urges-congress-to-keep-historic-tax-credit/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:37:30 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49831 GaPundit:

The Gainesville City Council has joined other municipalities across the state in signing a letter of support for the federal historic tax credit, which offers incentives for the reuse of historic buildings to drive economic development and create new jobs. The tax credit is particularly beneficial to Gainesville, which has a number of historic homes

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The Gainesville City Council has joined other municipalities across the state in signing a letter of support for the federal historic tax credit, which offers incentives for the reuse of historic buildings to drive economic development and create new jobs.

The tax credit is particularly beneficial to Gainesville, which has a number of historic homes and buildings that have been repurposed for commercial use over the years.

“We’ve got a tremendous inventory of historical homes and properties in and around Gainesville,” said Mayor Danny Dunagan.

In a letter to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA, also signed by leadership in Athens-Clarke County, Macon, Augusta and Milledgeville — among other places — the council cautions about the impact scrapping the tax credit could have.

“Weakening or eliminating the federal credit, as has been proposed by some in Washington (D.C.), would endanger the economic feasibility of nearly all historic rehabilitation projects in Georgia,” the letter states.

via Council urges Congress to keep historic tax credit.

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Parks budget bolstered by SPLOST passage http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/parks-budget-bolstered-by-splost-passage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parks-budget-bolstered-by-splost-passage http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/parks-budget-bolstered-by-splost-passage/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:37:04 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49829 GaPundit:

In March, Hall County voters approved a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, to fund $158 million in infrastructure projects. For county department heads, passage of the 1 percent sales tax proved a relief as they prepare their 2016 fiscal year budgets. The county’s parks department stands to

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In March, Hall County voters approved a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, to fund $158 million in infrastructure projects.

For county department heads, passage of the 1 percent sales tax proved a relief as they prepare their 2016 fiscal year budgets.

The county’s parks department stands to benefit handsomely from the sales tax, with nearly $5 million earmarked for parks projects, as well as shoreline protection programs and the Elachee Nature Science Center.

“It helps us tremendously with capital improvements and things like that,” said Hall County Parks and Leisure Services Director Mike Little.

Little said SPLOST VII revenue will be used for renovations, including parking lot paving, at Cool Springs park in northwest Hall County, as well as for a countywide trail program ­— among other projects.

Meanwhile, Little’s budget request for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, of about $1.5 million will help with management and maintenance of county parks.

via Parks budget bolstered by SPLOST passage.

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Maryland approves Tesla direct sales | New and Used Car Reviews, Research & Automotive-Industry News & LeftLaneNews http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/maryland-approves-tesla-direct-sales-new-and-used-car-reviews-research-automotive-industry-news-leftlanenews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maryland-approves-tesla-direct-sales-new-and-used-car-reviews-research-automotive-industry-news-leftlanenews http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/maryland-approves-tesla-direct-sales-new-and-used-car-reviews-research-automotive-industry-news-leftlanenews/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:36:34 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49827 GaPundit:

The Maryland General Assembly this week voted in favor of a bill that allows Tesla to become a licensed dealer in the state. It now heads to Governor Larry Hogan for a signature. The legislation carries several restrictions, however, limiting direct sales to zero-emissions vehicles and barring any dealers that sell internal-combustion vehicles from entering

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The Maryland General Assembly this week voted in favor of a bill that allows Tesla to become a licensed dealer in the state. It now heads to Governor Larry Hogan for a signature.

The legislation carries several restrictions, however, limiting direct sales to zero-emissions vehicles and barring any dealers that sell internal-combustion vehicles from entering into franchise agreements with Tesla. Like compromises in other states, the company is also limited to just a few retail outlets.

“This type of legislation can and should serve as an example to other states still blocking free markets, consumer choice, and American innovation,” Tesla’s VP of business development, Diarmuid O’Connell, said in a statement to the Washington Times.

via Maryland approves Tesla direct sales | New and Used Car Reviews, Research & Automotive-Industry News & LeftLaneNews.

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Who threw a dog into a Goodwill Dumpster? | www.myajc.com http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/who-threw-a-dog-into-a-goodwill-dumpster-www-myajc-com/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=who-threw-a-dog-into-a-goodwill-dumpster-www-myajc-com http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/who-threw-a-dog-into-a-goodwill-dumpster-www-myajc-com/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:36:00 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49825 GaPundit:

Most people donate old clothes and shoes to their local Goodwill store. But on Friday, someone got rid of a dog and his bed, according to Fulton County Animal Services. The gentle 1-year-old terrier mix was thrown into a Dumpster behind the Goodwill on Roswell Road, according to witnesses. An anonymous caller reported the abandoned

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Most people donate old clothes and shoes to their local Goodwill store. But on Friday, someone got rid of a dog and his bed, according to Fulton County Animal Services.

The gentle 1-year-old terrier mix was thrown into a Dumpster behind the Goodwill on Roswell Road, according to witnesses. An anonymous caller reported the abandoned pup to Animal Services, who arrived to find a scared dog and his bed among the trash, a spokeswoman for the LifeLine Animal Project said.

The dog got a good bill of health from a veterinarian and tested negative for heart worms, but he does not have a microchip to help track his former owners, Hirsch said. The 48-pound dog, which Animal Services employees named Broham, is gentle and loving and gets along well with other dogs.

All potential adopters will be screened to ensure Broham goes to a good home, Hirsch said. For more information, email adoptions@fultonanimalservices.com.

via Who threw a dog into a Goodwill Dumpster? | www.myajc.com.

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Business got what it wanted from General Assembly – Atlanta Business Chronicle http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/business-got-what-it-wanted-from-general-assembly-atlanta-business-chronicle/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=business-got-what-it-wanted-from-general-assembly-atlanta-business-chronicle http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/business-got-what-it-wanted-from-general-assembly-atlanta-business-chronicle/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:49:10 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49823 GaPundit:

Georgia business leaders got most of what they were looking for out of the 2015 General Assembly session. By the time lawmakers filed out of the Gold Dome a few minutes after midnight April 3, they had passed a bill that will raise more than $900 million a year for transportation projects, seeded the state-run

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Georgia business leaders got most of what they were looking for out of the 2015 General Assembly session.

By the time lawmakers filed out of the Gold Dome a few minutes after midnight April 3, they had passed a bill that will raise more than $900 million a year for transportation projects, seeded the state-run venture capital fund, approved a series of targeted tax incentives and jolted Georgia’s solar industry.

And, on the defensive side of the ball, the legislature had beaten back efforts to enact a religious freedom law business groups warned would hurt tourism….

via Business got what it wanted from General Assembly – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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The Marietta Daily Journal – Cumberland CID to ask voters to expand its purposes http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/the-marietta-daily-journal-cumberland-cid-to-ask-voters-to-expand-its-purposes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-marietta-daily-journal-cumberland-cid-to-ask-voters-to-expand-its-purposes http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/the-marietta-daily-journal-cumberland-cid-to-ask-voters-to-expand-its-purposes/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:48:27 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49821 GaPundit:

The Cumberland Community Improvement District’s board voted Thursday to ask members of the 6.5-square-mile district whether it should increase its powers. On May 28, the CID will call a caucus of its members, with all commercial property owners inside the district invited, to vote on broadening how the CID can spend the money it collects.

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The Cumberland Community Improvement District’s board voted Thursday to ask members of the 6.5-square-mile district whether it should increase its powers.

On May 28, the CID will call a caucus of its members, with all commercial property owners inside the district invited, to vote on broadening how the CID can spend the money it collects.

Members are also set to vote on filling two board slots and extending the life of the CID to 2024.

The CID was created in 1988.

At its Thursday meeting, the CID board voted 6-1 with Barry Teague opposed, to put a question on the ballot for the May meeting asking members if they’d like to see the taxes collected on their properties be used for “anything else that typically government would engage in, we would be entitled to do” including public safety, said Tad Leithead, board chairman.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Cumberland CID to ask voters to expand its purposes.

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The Marietta Daily Journal – Chatter Rep Ehrhart isn t derailed by comments from Reed staffer http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/the-marietta-daily-journal-chatter-rep-ehrhart-isn-t-derailed-by-comments-from-reed-staffer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-marietta-daily-journal-chatter-rep-ehrhart-isn-t-derailed-by-comments-from-reed-staffer http://gapundit.com/2015/04/17/the-marietta-daily-journal-chatter-rep-ehrhart-isn-t-derailed-by-comments-from-reed-staffer/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:47:55 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49819 GaPundit:

Jenna Garland, Reed’s press secretary, emailed the MDJ to say the Texas deserved to be moved to the Atlanta History Center. There is no better place for the Texas locomotive than the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta History Center,” Garland said. “With the relocation of the Cyclorama and the Texas locomotive from Grant Park

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Jenna Garland, Reed’s press secretary, emailed the MDJ to say the Texas deserved to be moved to the Atlanta History Center.

There is no better place for the Texas locomotive than the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta History Center,” Garland said. “With the relocation of the Cyclorama and the Texas locomotive from Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center, these iconic pieces of Atlanta’s history will have the restoration, facilities and audiences they deserve.”

Not so fast, said state Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs).

“She sounds a little bit like those Yankees did when they stole our train,” Ehrhart said. “She’s counting her trains before she gets them on the tracks. I think Cobb County and the Kennesaw Museum of Southern Locomotive History can make a really good case that Conductor William Fuller, if he was looking at this today, he’d be casting a gimlet eye on those folks across the river there. You know, he was the conductor on the Texas, chasing the boys up there, and he’d be looking back and saying ‘hmm.’ What did they call them back then? ‘Scallywags.’”

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Chatter Rep Ehrhart isn t derailed by comments from Reed staffer.

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