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Rep. Jody Hice Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Prop-Up Obamacare

Washington D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in King v. Burwell in favor of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act. In response to the ruling of the Court, Congressman Hice released the following statement:

“I am extremely disappointed with the Court’s ruling today. By finding in favor of the Administration, this Court has defied all reasonable logic. My thoughts align with those expressed by Justice Scalia in his dissent that under all normal circumstances the Government should have lost this case. By essentially rewriting the law with its ruling, this Court is setting the actual language in the law because it feels Obamacare must be saved no matter what. The American people deserved better than this disastrous law and they deserved better than this flawed ruling. Regardless of today’s unfortunate decision, Obamacare is a raw deal for the American people and I remain committed to repealing it in its entirety.”


Congressman Doug Collins on King v. Burwell Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Doug Collins today issued the following statement in response to the ruling on King v. Burwell from the Supreme Court:

“It is disappointing that this poorly crafted and poorly executed law will stand, all because the Supreme Court has decided they are better qualified than Congress to make laws. Clearly the Supreme Court’s decision is flawed, and continues to further the President’s liberal agenda.Now that the backbone of Obamacare has been upheld by the Supreme Court, the best option left to Congress, despite voting to repeal or defund the law 66 times, is to try to replace it. Since being elected to Congress, I have personally voted to dismantle this economic nightmare of a law 28 times.”

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Rep. Rick Allen Statement on King v. Burwell Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S.Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell and renewed his call to repeal and replace ObamaCare with patient-centered reforms:

“While the Supreme Court’s ruling upholds the law’s subsidies, it does not affirm ObamaCare as the right health care solution for the American people. The fact remains that ObamaCare has made health care more expensive and continues to hurt families, individuals and businesses in Georgia and across the country. Over the last five years, millions of patients have seen their premiums increase and have lost the plans and doctors they were promised they could keep. Small businesses have been forced to cut back on hiring, while hardworking employees have seen their hours and paychecks cut.Continue Reading..


Senator David Perdue: Obamacare Still A Disastrous Law That Must Be Repealed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today released the following statement about the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare:

“Today’s ruling doesn’t change the fact that Obamacare is a disaster and should be entirely repealed. Right now, many Georgians are seeing their premiums skyrocket by double-digits, their hours cut back because of the employer mandate, and less access to the doctors of their choice because of the empty promises made by President Obama. These aren’t theoretical problems discussed in a courtroom. They are real-world economic problems caused by Obamacare. I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered alternative.”


Rep. Rob Woodall Statement On SCOTUS Decision to Uphold Obamacare Subsidies

Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell ruling.

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Rep. Buddy Carter criticizes King v. Burwell decision

Pledges to Redouble Efforts to Repeal Obamacare

Washington, D.C. – In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld controversial subsidies offered by the Obama Administration’s Internal Revenue Service to individuals purchasing insurance on federally-maintained health care exchanges.

Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01), the only pharmacist in Congress, criticized the ruling and pledged to redouble his efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“The only thing worse for health care in America than Obamacare has been its implementation which clearly ignores the rule of law,” said Carter. “While this ruling is a deep disappointment to those who, like me, have seen the devastating impact of this train wreck of a law first hand, we cannot lose hope that we will prevail in repealing and replacing it with real reforms.”

To that end, Carter joined the Republican Study Committee’s Health Care Task Force earlier this year in introducing H.R. 2653, the American Health Care Reform Act, to fully repeal Obamacare and create patient-centered reforms while bringing the free market back into our health care system.

Among the reforms in the proposal are provisions that would:

  • provide the same tax benefits to those purchasing health care coverage on the individual market as those with employer-sponsored coverage;
  • expand federal support for high-risk pools and expand portability to increase insurance access for those with pre-existing conditions;
  • allow for the purchase of health insurance across state lines; and
  • give small businesses the ability to pool together to negotiate better rates.

“With these commonsense, market-oriented reforms, we can empower all Americans to have access to quality health care coverage without expanding the role of government in our lives,” Carter said. “In contrast, Obamacare empowers government bureaucrats to drive up cost, take away choice, and eliminate innovation in the system.”


Attorney General Olens: Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell Ruling a Loss for the Rule of Law

Attorney General Sam Olens today released the following statement on the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in King v. Burwell:

“I am deeply disappointed by today’s Supreme Court ruling in the King v. Burwell case. By permitting President Obama to ignore and rewrite important provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has threatened our constitutional structure, which has always been understood to give Congress—and only Congress—the power to enact and amend the laws of our nation. Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a loss for everyone who cares about the Constitution and the rule of law.

“For my part, I’ll continue to fight for our Constitution, the rule of law, and for the Georgians hurt by President Obama’s failed domestic policies.”


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 25, 2015

On June 25, 1788, the Commonwealth of Virginia became the tenth states to vote for ratification of the United States Constitution by a vote of 89 to 79. A committee was appointed to be chaired by George Wythe to draft a proposed Bill of Rights.

On June 25, 1868, the United States Congress provisionally readmitted Georgia to the Union following the Civil War with the requirements that they ratify the Fourteenth Amendment and never deprive any citizens of voting rights.

On June 25, 1876, Indians under the leadership of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse defeated the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry under Lt. Colonel George Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

On June 25, 1888, the Republican National Convention nominated Benjamin Harrison for President of the United States; Harrison’s grandfather was WIlliam Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States.

On June 25, 1990, the United States Supreme Court released its opinion in Georgia v. South Carolina, a boundary dispute. From Wikipedia:

A… 1922 Supreme Court decision, also called Georgia v. South Carolina, 257 U. S. 516, also held that all islands in the river belong to Georgia, but that the border should be in the middle of the river between the two shores, with the border half way between any island and the South Carolina shore.

Since the 1922 case, a number of new islands were created in the river between the city of Savannah and the ocean, due to the deposit of dredging spoilage or the natural deposit of sediments. In some cases, the new islands were on the South Carolina side of the previously drawn boundary, and Georgia claimed that once a new island emerged, the border should be moved to the midpoint between the new island and the South Carolina shore of the river. In some cases, the state of South Carolina had been collecting property tax from the land owners and policing the land in question for a number of years.

When an island causes the border to leave the middle of the river, it raises the question as to how the border line should return to the middle of the river at each end of the island. South Carolina advocated a right angle bend at each tip of the island, while Georgia advocated a “triequidistant” method which kept the border an equal distance between the two shores and the tip of the island (resulting in a smooth curve.

Georgia Politics

Georgia has fallen to fifth place in the CNBC ranking of the top states for business. We fell in the Workforce, Infrastructure, and Economy categories and continue to be weak in Quality of Life.

After a recount, Sheri Gilligan still came up short in the race for House District 24, and a runoff will be held July 14th between her and David Van Sant, who came in second.

Carroll County will put a SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) on the ballot in November.

Leonard Church 628

I received this postcard in my mailbox yesterday despite living nowhere near Kennesaw. It was hand-addressed and stamped, and I suspect it means some larger number of these are being mailed to actual residents in Kennesaw. I hit the Google to see if it’s true, and it appears that Leonard Church was indicted in January for .Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for June 25, 2015


Alejandro is a 16-pound, three-year old adult male Pomeranian & Pekingese Mix who is available for adoption from Hickory Level Hound Rescue in Carrollton, GA.

So far in his foster home, Alejandro has been happy but somewhat timid. He likes to explore and does so with a wagging tail, however he seems to be very alert. He will likely settle in some with time, so we will update once that happens. He is fine with other dogs his size or smaller, but has not spent any time with cats or been tested with human children yet.


Clara is a baby Hound and Terrier mix girl, about fourteen weeks old, who is available for adoption from Hickory Level Hound Rescue in Carrollton, GA.

Clara went straight to a foster home after her vet care was completed and they report that she is an absolute cuddle bug!! She does however, love to play. She has a favorite soft toy that she will fetch over and over. She is intelligent and not overly energetic or destructive at this point. Her attention span is short right now, but that should change as she matures.

She is doing ok with crate training and has just begun leash walking. It is slow going, but that is mostly due to her age.

Both hounds and terrier, especially those of bully descent are extremely intelligent BUT both are also VERY stubborn!! An experienced adopter would be fantastic!!

Her foster group believes that she will be a medium sized dog when fully grown….probably between 30 and 55 pounds. Her ideal home would have a fenced in yard.


Nell is a 4-year old female Redbone Coonhound who is receiving treatment for a mild heartworm case and is available for adoption from Southeast Bloodhound Rescue in Carrollton, GA.


Shadow is an adult male Bloodhound mix who is available for adoption from Southeast Bloodhound Rescue in Carrollton, GA. He is shown here in one of two natural habitats that hound dogs are known to inhabit. The other natural habitat of the hound dog is the couch.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for June 24, 2015

All dogs are urgent at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter due to overcrowding, high continuing intake, and the usual summer population explosion. If you’ve been considering adopting or fostering, this is a great time to save a life.

Urgent Dogs Gwinnett

Champ and Justin

Gwinnett 45423

ID number 45423 at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is a sweet 3-month old Border Collie mix female puppy.

Gwinnett 45446

ID number 45446 at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is a 3-year old Terrier mix female.


Gwinnett County Animal Shelter #45434 is a 5-year old male Pomeranian.


Gwinnett County Commissioners amended a new dog-tethering ordinance that prohibits tethering a dog outside unless the owner is also outside and within sight of the tethered dog.

Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said it was the advocates’ “polite persistence” that won her over to their side.

“We are so grateful you brought the issue back up,” said one resident, Jennifer Summers. “I certainly applaud you.”

Commissioners also tabled a proposal to ease restrictions on chickens in residential areas.

The Board of Commissioners had been expected to make a decision on revising the county’s livestock ordinance this week, after the Planning Commission recommended its approval with conditions. After a half-hour of debate between residents, however, Commissioner Tommy Hunter asked his colleagues to table the matter so it could be vetted more thoroughly.

Hunter said there were “valid concerns” raised on both sides of the debate. He initially sought to have it postponed until July 7, but later changed the date to July 21 because of a scheduling conflict Commissioner Jace Brooks had with the earlier date.

“That gives us (four) weeks to figure out where we want to go from there,” Hunter said.

The livestock ordinance was one of two law changes commissioners dealt with on Tuesday. They also passed changes to the county’s beekeeping law that makes it easier to engage in backyard beekeeping.

Andor, a 13-year old German Shepherd who served with the Lawrenceville Police Department beginning in 2005 was laid to rest.

On Andor’s day, he had dozens of police officers from around Gwinnett and Barrow counties and other officials, including Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson, turn out to send him off.

And he had a grassy plot among other dogs in a small, gated section of the cemetery off Harbins Road.

And he had a funeral flag, like a soldier.

Two officers, in full dress uniforms, folded it into a triangle. Corso, down on one knee, his head bowed, presented it to the Humphreys, like a soldier’s family.

Funding for a new DeKalb County Animal Shelter is a heated topic. From the Brookhaven Post,

The hot topic of the night was the building of a new DeKalb County Animal Shelter. Back in December, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved an RFP for Architectural and Engineering Design Consulting Services for a new DeKalb Animal Shelter, for an amount not to exceed $800,000. The BOC chose Jackson & Ryan Architects out of Houston, Texas as the Architectural and Design firm.

The proposed new facility will be approximately 40,000 square feet contained on 5.3 acres of land.

Attendees expressed their concerns to ICEO May that the facility will be obsolete from day one. “The animal shelter will not be large enough and will only add to the numbers of animals that are euthanized each year,” one woman told May. “Why would the County build something that it will only have to expand in the near future?”

Attendees stressed the practices and capacity should be the driver in designing this facility – not the budget. “We are never going to get this chance again. We are not asking for more than was originally allocated. It just needs to be designed to handle the capacity in the best humane fashion.”

DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester (R-Dunwoody) released a statement on funding for the shelter.

I support DeKalb County building a new animal shelter which accommodates the number of dogs for whom we need to provide shelter. For this to occur, it is essential we design a shelter which can safely house approximately 340 – 400 dogs.

I have and will continue to advocate for an appropriately sized facility that is congruent with my goals of fiscal responsibility and humane treatment of animals. We must also have a shelter with adequate capacity to meet our public health responsibilities.

In the County Operations and Public Safety (COPS) Committee, the Commissioners and Interim CEO instructed the design team to prepare a facility which can accommodate 340 – 400 dogs. As the design team continues to draft the animal shelter design, the COPS Committee will receive updates. After the design is finalized, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) will vote on funding the shelter as designed.

I support investment in capital assets rather than increasing the scope and size of county government through increases in employment liabilities. Investing in an appropriate animal shelter yields a better return on investment than allocating your tax dollars to bloated government functions.

I have heard from many taxpayers across our district. Together, we will work for a humane animal shelter which is appropriate in design to serve our needs, care for the animals, and respect our tax dollars.