Three senior female Dachshund mixes in the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter with consecutive intake numbers seems like someone dropped off their pets. These girls, who may have lived together as sisters, will be available for adoption beginning tomorrow, November 21, 2014. What a blessing it would be to bring this sweet trio home together.
Last week, Kemp told the five other secretaries of state he’s working with in establishing a so-called “SEC” regional primary (named after the powerhouse college sports conference) that he intends to schedule Georgia’s presidential primary for March 1, 2016—an authority he was granted by the state Legislature in 2011. Tennessee has already set March 1 as its primary day, while the other four states still need to act through their respective legislatures to do the same. Primaries in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are currently slated for later in March, while Arkansas’s is set for May.
ATLANTA— Today House Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Amy Carter (R-Valdosta) announced five appointees to the DeKalb County Cityhood Subcommittee of the House Governmental Affairs Committee. The following House members were appointed to serve on this subcommittee:
A defining feature of Republican economic policy for decades has been its benefits for the well off. The stated goals of that policy have been to shrink government and lift economic growth, but the main method has been cutting taxes much more for high-income families than others. At the same time, the party has opposed an expansion of health insurance for low- and middle-income families, increases in the minimum wage and college financial aid and extensions of jobless benefits.
The country’s voting patterns largely reflect these stances, despite all the talk about the conservative white working class or affluent liberal elites. Democrats handily won voters with family incomes below $50,000 in this year’s midterm elections, and Republicans handily won those with incomes above $100,000. The same has been true in nearly every national election for the last two decades.
One of the most intriguing questions heading into the 2016 presidential campaign is how serious Republicans are about trying to change this situation.
A new Republican economic approach could still revolve around cutting taxes, but the cuts would no longer be focused on the affluent. “I would expect to see a marriage of sorts between shrinking government and helping the middle class,” said Michael R. Strain of the American Enterprise Institute. Specifically, several conservatives, including Conn Carroll of Townhall.com and Timothy P. Carney of The Washington Examiner, have called for a cut in the payroll tax, which helps pay for Medicare and Social Security. Though it receives less attention, 63 percent of taxpayers pay more in payroll taxes than income taxes.
Policies aside, there is no question that the Republican candidates in 2016 will claim to be allies of the middle class. Mark Hemingway, of The Weekly Standard, wrote last week on Twitter that he worried about nominating Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney, because neither would easily be able “to run *hard* against Hillary the elitist.” Republicans with more of a middle-class image include Mr. Rubio and three Midwestern governors: John Kasich of Ohio, Mike Pence of Indiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
21st Century Technology and Government Power Put Orwell’s “Thought Police” to Shame
“Thought crime was not a thing that could be concealed forever,” George Orwell wrote in 1984, describing the “Newspeak” term for any crime that was evidence of disloyalty. “You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.”
Though written more than six decades ago in 1949, Orwell’s dystopian fiction has been hauntingly prophetic in its accuracy describing the nature of totalitarian societies, particularly the frightening methods for exacting control over the population.
Orwell’s omnipresent “Thought Police,” who penetrated every facet of civilian life, were replicated for decades until the fall of the Berlin Wall by the feared East German “Stasi”; and until the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, by the KGB. Russian citizens today, under Vladimir Putin, himself a former KGB official, reportedly suffer similar “Big Brother-ism.”
Even in the United States, we see eerie similarities developing within and among the myriad federal agencies that are either directly or indirectly involved in gathering, processing, disseminating, and data-basing information on and about the citizenry. This is no longer a concern that should be directed only at those agencies historically tasked with such activities – the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA primarily. Virtually every federal agency has now become part of the problem.
The Transportation Safety Administration employs “behavior detection officers” to scan facial expressions in order to identify would-be terrorists. DNA is harvested at roadblocks on public highways. The US Postal Service conducts hundreds of thousands of “mail covers” each year, “come rain, shine or dead of night.”
Earlier this week, Georgia Young Republicans (GYR) Chairwoman Meagan Hanson announced her candidacy for Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF).
A lawyer, civic leader, and humanitarian, Meagan has led efforts to grow the Republican Party by encouraging young conservatives to get involved in the political process. During her tenure, the Georgia Young Republicans volunteered thousands of hours for conservative candidates around the state and country. Thanks to Meagan’s bold leadership, Georgia has maintained “Red State” status.
I have the utmost confidence in Meagan’s ability to lead the Young Republican National Federation and I encourage you to join me in supporting her candidacy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after being elected to serve as Chairman of the House Budget Committee for the 114th Congress:
“It is an honor to be chosen to serve as the next Chairman of the House Budget Committee. I look forward to working with members of the committee, our House Republican Conference and our colleagues across the aisle to help put our nation on a stronger economic and fiscal footing. (more…)
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after being elected to serve as Chairman of the House Budget Committee for the 114th Congress:
“It is an honor to be chosen to serve as the next Chairman of the House Budget Committee. I look forward to working with members of the committee, our House Republican Conference and our colleagues across the aisle to help put our nation on a stronger economic and fiscal footing.
“In years past, the House Budget Committee along with the House of Representatives as a whole have drafted, debated and adopted bold budgets that have staked out a path to greater American prosperity. In the next Congress, we will build upon that success. We will put forward a budget that restores balance to the nation’s books. It will provide a blueprint for how to save and strengthen vital health and retirement programs while ensuring needed resources for those who protect and defend our great nation. Key to accomplishing real results will be to use budgetary processes at our disposal to move meaningful legislation through the House and Senate and to the president’s desk for his consideration. This can and must be done in a transparent manner with consultation and input from members across different committees of jurisdiction and Congress at large.
“Unique to our committee will be a continued commitment to the review and reform of the Congressional budget process. Congress budgets and assesses the fiscal and economic impact of policies using a 40-year old framework in which the default is to spend more, not less. The current Congressional Budget Office rules and analytical limitations lead to unrealistic projections and are vulnerable to manipulation. We need to modernize the budget process so Congress has a more complete and realistic understanding of the impact policies will have on the nation’s fiscal health, the economy and the well-being of families and businesses.(more…)
Lawsuits aimed at getting the Army Corps of Engineers to act on decades-old water supply requests for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin have been filed in federal court.
Allatoona Lake and the Etowah River both are part of the river basin.
It’s an ongoing battle to get the Army Corps of Engineers to take action on water supply issues for metro-Atlanta’s growing population, and Georgia leaders allege politics have kept the Corps from definitively addressing the more than 30-year-old issue.
“It is regrettable, but necessary, that we must now ask the court to require the Corps to do its job and make a decision. We need to know how Allatoona Lake will be operated for water supply so we can plan for the future,” Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said. “That’s all we’re asking the Corps to do — put politics aside, make a decision and let the chips fall where they may.”
There are two lawsuits that have been filed: one by the state of Georgia and the other by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA).
Discussions on asking the local delegation to introduce a piece of legislation that would authorize Municipal Court jurisdiction on Interstate 575 are expected to carry on, as Woodstock City Council members continue to debate the issue.
The portion of I-575 the city is seeking Municipal Court jurisdiction over extends from the Cherokee County/Cobb County line to the northernmost city limits of Woodstock. This stretch of highway was annexed into the city in April 2011 following the passage of House Bill 590. The bill, however, came with a stipulation that the State and Superior Courts of Cherokee County, which are located in Canton, were given court jurisdiction over the property.
This restriction, city officials said, consumes taxpayers dollars that cannot be recouped, as Woodstock Police officers must travel to Canton to adjudicate citations written on the interstate — an extra cost of about $24,000 every year.
The resolution currently being considered by the mayor and council asks the Georgia General Assembly to reconsider the Municipal Court restriction, citing that other cities that border I-575, such as Ball Ground, Canton and Holly Springs, have Municipal Court jurisdiction over their annexations on the interstate.