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22
Jan

Rep. Tom Graves: Announces 2015 ‘County Connection’ Schedule for 14thDistrict

Your Washington – GA 14 – Desk

From Congressman Tom Graves 

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Rep. Tom Graves Announces 2015 ‘County Connection’ Schedule for 14thDistrict

Congressional Staff Will Keep Satellite Office Hours Across District

 Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) announced the 2015 schedule for the 14th Congressional District’s County Connection Program. The County Connection Program stations members of Rep. Graves’ staff in counties across the 14th District in order to provide a personal link to Congress for Georgians who may not be able to visit the permanent district offices in Dalton and Rome.

Speaking of the County Connection Program, Rep. Graves said, “Constituent services is one of the most important aspects of my congressional office. The County Connection Program brings Congress to every county in the 14th District, and gives people who may not live near my permanent offices the ability to meet with my staff at a location closer to their home. Whether it’s an issue with the VA, Social Security, Medicare or any other federal program or agency, my staff will be prepared to help.”

Note: The counties of Floyd and Whitfield do not have County Connection days because they are home to Rep. Graves’ two permanent congressional offices that have full-time staff and are open five days per week.

The full 2015 schedule is available on the website HERE and below:

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22
Jan

GA GOP: Something Worth Celebrating

Your Georgia Desk

From The Georgia Republican Party

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Something Worth Celebrating

 

Georgia Republicans have much to celebrate.

Last year’s midterm elections solidified the Grand Old Party’s dominance in the Peach State.  From re-electing Governor Nathan Deal to sending businessman David Perdue to the U.S. Senate, ousting longtime congressman John Barrow from his perch in Augusta, to holding majorities in the State House and Senate, the “clean sweep” quashed the national narrative that Georgia was going purple and gave conservatives the mandate to lead.

Similarly, the Georgia Republican Party’s Minority Engagement Department has cause for celebration following the November election.  After a year of hard work, our efforts to engage, inspire, and turn out non-typical, like-minded voters, showed real impact at the ballot box.  According to exit polls, 47% of Hispanics and 10% percent of African American voters backed Gov. Deal.  Clearly, the “changing demographics” in Georgia are an opportunity to grow the conservative movement.

But all Georgians – regardless of political affiliation or affinity – have reason to be optimistic and excited about the New Year.

Rapid population growth has quickly transformed our state into a melting pot of cultures, creeds, and colors.  And the desire to find qualified public servants with new perspectives has grown just as quickly.

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22
Jan

Rep. Tom Price: Statement on March for Life

Your Washington – GA 6 – Desk

From Congressman Tom Price 

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Price Statement on March for Life

Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement expressing support for today’s March for Life and applauding passage in the House of Representatives of H.R. 7, a bill to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion:

“It is an honor to join with so many Americans all across the country today in showing our support and commitment to defending the sanctity of life. We have an obligation to stand up and be a voice for the innocent and the unborn, to protect that most precious gift. At the very least, Congress must take action to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions. A majority of the American people support such a prohibition, and I was proud to stand with a bipartisan majority of my colleagues in voting today to prevent taxpayer funding of abortions.”

22
Jan

SOS Brian Kemp: Reminds Corporate Customers of Annual Registration Renewal Period

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From Secretary of State Brian Kemp

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Secretary of State Kemp Reminds Corporate Customers of Annual Registration Renewal Period

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds officers and registered agents of corporate entities registered in Georgia that the annual registration renewal period has begun. The deadline for the annual registration renewal period is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Georgia law requires all corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships to file annual registrations with the Secretary of State and pay the renewal fee. Business entities that fail to renew by the deadline will be charged a $25 late filing penalty fee and risk being administratively dissolved.

Customers are encouraged to renew their existing corporate entities and provide at least one valid email address with their filing. Customers can then receive future renewal notices and important notifications related to their filing in email format.

Customers are also able to file hard copy annual registrations with a check or money order by mail to P.O. Box 23038 Columbus, GA 31902. Customers can also file in person at the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division, in Atlanta, the Professional Licensing Boards Division, in Macon and the agency’s South Georgia Office, in Tifton. Absolutely no cash is accepted for payment of renewal or registration fees.

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22
Jan

Gov. Nathan Deal: Names Education Reform Commission Members

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Deal names Education Reform Commission members

Gov. Nathan Deal today named the individuals who will serve on the Education Reform Commission that he announced during his State of the State address. The commission will study the state’s education system, including its funding formula, and provide recommendations intended to improve the system, increase access to early learning programs, recruit and retain high-quality instructors and expand school options for Georgia’s families.

“My vision for K-12 education in Georgia is a system driven by student need that provides local school and district leaders with real control and flexibility,” said Deal. “With this commission now in place, it is my hope that we will work together to make education more accessible and effective in preparing our state’s students for the rigors of college and the workforce. Georgia families depend on our classrooms, and now it’s time we take the responsibility in full to provide the high-quality, technologically advanced education they so deserve. I fully anticipate this commission will help bring my vision to reality and I’m grateful for the members’ willingness to serve.”

The commission will convene throughout the year to comprehensively review the state’s education system and QBE funding formula in order to provide recommendations on possible executive, legislative and agency fixes. The recommendations will be sent to Deal by Aug. 1of this year, with some going into effect as early as the 2016-2017 school year. Chuck Knapp, former president of the University of Georgia, will chair both the commission and the subcommittee on funding reform.

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22
Jan

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Your Washington – GA 3 – Desk

From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

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No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015. H.R. 7 prohibits tax credits and subsidies under ObamaCare from being used to purchase health plans that cover abortion except in cases related to rape, incest, or preserving the life of the mother.  The bill also codifies the long standing Hyde Amendment and states that no funds authorized or appropriated shall be used for abortions. Additionally, H.R. 7 requires health plans to disclose to enrollees at the time of enrollment in the plan the extent of abortion coverage and abortion premium surcharges. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s statement.

“It is disgraceful that any American who religiously or morally disagrees with abortion should be forced to pay for one,”stated Westmoreland. “As a staunch pro-lifer, I am proud to support H.R. 7 to prevent any taxpayer dollars from being used to end an innocent child’s life. I will do everything I can to prevent federal dollars or subsidies from being manipulated into paying for an abortion that I adamantly oppose. I believe that all life is sacred, and we must do all we can to protect the voice of the unborn.”

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22
Jan

Rep. Tom Graves: Votes to Prohibit Taxpayer Funded Abortions

Your Washington – GA 14 – Desk

From Congressman Tom Graves 

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Rep. Tom Graves Votes to Prohibit Taxpayer Funded Abortions

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) released the following statement after voting in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7), which prohibits taxpayer funded abortions: 

“This legislation is especially meaningful to me because my days working to protect and promote innocent life go back many years. From the time that my wife Julie was the president and founder of the Gordon County chapter of Georgia Right to Life to my first floor speech in the Georgia General Assembly. And I’m proud to say that nothing has changed. My vote for this legislation is a vote to protect unborn lives, and the conscience of millions of people around the country who, like me, believe every unborn baby has the right to life.” 

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22
Jan

Sen. Bill Cowsert: It’s Your Money

Your Georgia Desk

From Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert

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It’s Your Money

 

There is only one bill that the Georgia General Assembly has to pass each year – the budget. It is our predominant duty, more important than any law we pass under the Gold Dome and a duty more important that any partisan agenda. As your elected representatives and senators, we must remain good stewards of your money.

It is my opinion that Georgia citizens work harder and better than anyone else in the world. When the government takes a percentage of your money – no matter how small – we must ensure that Georgia and its citizens are better off for the effort.

The Georgia Constitution, unlike its federal counterpart, mandates a balanced budget. Since we cannot spend more than our tax revenues, we had to make large budget cuts when revenues fell during the great recession. As the economy recovers, our revenues are growing more than they have in many years, allowing us to restore funding in many areas of state government. We are seeing that Georgia – through budget cuts and thoughtful planning – has emerged from the recession stronger than most states. We are in an excellent position to prosper even more in the coming years.

In Georgia, we keep a “rainy day” fund to help balance our budget when the economy has an inevitable downturn. Our rainy day fund was more than $1.6 billion in 2007. These reserves helped us to weather the storm of the recession.

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22
Jan

VIDEO – Sen. Butch Miller: Recaps Week 1 In The State Legislature

Your Georgia Desk

From Senator Butch Miller

Sen. Butch Miller Recaps Week 1 in the state legislature

22
Jan

VIDEO – Sen. David Perdue: Iran Sanctions – Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Your Washington Desk

From Senator David Perdue

Senator David Perdue in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Asking Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism & Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen about sanctions with Iran