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Sen. David Shafer Offers Remarks on Dick Pettys Portrait Presentation
Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth) made the following remarks today from the well honoring the late Dick Pettys, longtime member of the Capitol Press Corps.
“Dick Pettys covered Georgia politics for over one third of a century — from Governors Lester Maddox and Jimmy Carter to the election of the first Republican, Governor Sonny Perdue.
“He was the undisputed dean of the Capitol Press Corps. Continue reading
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Making Sense of an Apparently Senseless Foreign Policy
A segment of the American public must be yelling expletives whenever the results of our apparently incoherent foreign policy show up on their TV screens. Many can only react to our dealings with Syria, Iran, Libya, Israel, and now Russia with bewilderment and anger.
The news outlets that are balanced keep replaying the words of Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, four years apart, predicting Russia’s intentions toward Ukraine. Watching those statements leaves us baffled as to why the mainstream media lampooned them when they accurately and perceptively anticipated Russia’s deviant move.
But let me explain what’s going on. It does make sense if you understand the perspective: Continue reading
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Melvin Thompson, the first person elected to the office of lieutenant governor of Georgia, served as the state’s governor in 1947-48. He is best remembered for his fight with Herman Talmadge over the governorship after the death of Governor-elect Eugene Talmadge in 1946.
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No matter who wins, it will be historic.
Though the “old city,” pre-consolidation Augusta elected a black county commissioner, Ed McIntyre, mayor in 1981, and former Augusta-Richmond County Commissioner Willie Mays served as interim mayor for six months after the resignation of former Mayor Bob Young, the 18-year-old consolidated government has never had an elected black mayor.
It will in January, though, as the five candidates who made good on campaign announcements and filed qualifying paperwork are black.
Among those on the May 20 ballot are state Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta, a south Augusta pastor and businessman who has served eight years in the state Legislature; Commissioner Alvin Mason, a retired Army sergeant serving his second term on the commission; and Charles
Cummings, a retired restaurateur.
Mason, a Michigan native, said he had not given the color factor “a thought,” preferring only to be “an effective mayor,” while Davis pointed to McIntyre and said the election would garner “a lot of interest.”
Cummings felt the color shift will be “interesting,” but “my concern about people goes across color lines,” he said.
via History will be made when Augusta’s next mayor is elected | The Augusta Chronicle.
ATLANTA — The government was set up so that ordinary citizens can affect what becomes law, but the first challenge is learning how.
Seen through the eyes of a freshman legislator, the process is complicated but not impossible.
“What you learn in school about how a bill becomes a law is approximate,” Rep. Brian Prince, D-Augusta, says with a grin.
Prince is at the end of the Capitol pecking order as the least senior member of the minority party.
He jokes about that with the legislator sitting in the desk next to him on the House floor, Rep. Dewey McClain, D-Lawrenceville, who has 11 days more seniority since both won special elections.
McClain, a retired pro football player and labor union official who’s often been to the Capitol and the fringes of power, acknowledges things are different as a legislator.
“To me, it’s a whole lot different. When you’re on the outside, you hear what you think is going on. When you’re on the inside, you know what’s going on,” he said, joking that he elected Prince the leader of their “freshman class.”
The process begins with an idea, Prince explains. It takes two weeks or so for the Legislative Counsel’s staff lawyers to draft it into the form of a bill.
The legislator recommends changes, confers with the lawyers, and in another week winds up with something he formally introduces when he “drops it in the hopper,” or actually just an ordinary, letter-size desk bind from any office-supply store.
via Augusta’s Prince learns freshman lawmakers can be effective | The Augusta Chronicle.
A neighborhood group will give three Augusta Commission members a forum to present their views on topics Monday.
The West Augusta Alliance has invited Commissioners Mary Davis, Donnie Smith and Grady Smith.
They are scheduled to speak about the $194.3 million special purpose local option sales tax package. They will also present their positions on implementing a stormwater fee, and their efforts “to improve west Augusta and our neighborhoods,” according to a news release.
via Commissioners to speak on sales tax, stormwater fee | The Augusta Chronicle.
Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen wants Augusta to trust the coroner’s office again, and he says he’s made the changes that give the office the accountability it never had before.
Mark Bowen took over the Richmond County Coroner’s Office after the arrest of Grover Tuten on theft and other charges.
Bowen said the office made “sweeping changes” in the days after the arrest of his predecessor, Grover Tuten, who was indicted on eight counts of theft and five counts of violation of oath of office. Bowen was his chief deputy coroner.
In order to prevent future abuses, Bowen said, he and his deputy coroners immediately amended the department’s policy on the handling of personal property.
“We have accountability with the property now,” he said. “There’s no way that what happened before can happen again.”
via Bowen makes changes at coroner’s office | The Augusta Chronicle.
Fourteen candidates set their sights on five Augusta Commission seats during last week’s qualifying for May 20 elections.
Only District 8 Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle escaped opposition. The elections in districts 2 and 10 garnered two candidates each, while the District 4 race drew four candidates.
The District 6 race to replace two-term Commissioner Joe Jackson, who is term-limited, attracted five candidates, including a former Republican Party official from the Alleluia Community, Bob Finnegan, and newspaper publisher and activist Ben Hasan.
Also signing up to run in the “swing” district, where blacks and whites are almost evenly distributed, were pastor and radio personality Angela Harden and longtime county government employee Roger Garvin.
If no candidate in a race garners more than 50 percent of votes May 20, a runoff will be held July 22.
via 14 candidates qualify for Augusta Commission election | The Augusta Chronicle.
A Georgia Supreme Court ruling Monday handed Bibb County a big victory in a border dispute with Monroe County.
The Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision in the long-running boundary dispute between Bibb and Monroe counties.
In the unanimous decision, written by Justice Carol Hunstein, the high court is sending the case back to the Fulton County Superior Court after determining that while Secretary of State Brian Kemp may be required by state law to resolve the dispute by deciding where the
boundary lies, he is not required to pick a particular boundary.
via Bibb County gets big win in border dispute ruling | Local & State | Macon.com.
A Gwinnett resident will now serve two roles with state government.
Rob Mikell, who is the commissioner of the Department of Driver Services, was recently appointed to the State Employee Benefit Plan Council by Gov. Nathan Deal, he announced Friday.
“I appreciate the opportunity from Gov. Deal to serve on this important Council,” said Mikell, who leads the state agency responsible for driver testing and issuance including motorcycle safety, driver education and driver improvement. “I share a common interest in developing and improving benefit plans which contribute to the quality of life for our state’s workforce.”
The State Employee Benefit Plan Council is composed of State Personnel Board members, state agency management and employees plus a member from the private sector, a press release said, adding that the council is the general policy making entity for the State Health Benefit Plan.
via Drivers services head gets new role | Gwinnett Daily Post.