GA GOP: While Georgians Suffer Under ObamaCare… Michelle Nunn Gets Big Checks from ObamaCare Supporters

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While Georgians Suffer Under ObamaCare, Nunn Celebrates It’s Fourth Birthday with Big Checks from ObamaCare Supporters

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While Georgians Suffer Under ObamaCare, Nunn Celebrates It’s Fourth Birthday with Big Checks from ObamaCare Supporters

Four years ago this Sunday, ObamaCare was signed into law.  Since then, millions of Americans have lost their health insurance and their doctor, watched health care costs skyrocket, and seen the national debt grow to more than $16 trillion.  Continue reading

Sen. Bill Heath: Gold Dome Update: Sine Die

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Gold Dome Update: Sine Die

Sen. Bill Heath (R–Bremen)

March 20th marked two important milestones in Georgia; the beginning of spring and the final day of 152nd term of the Georgia General Assembly. The legislature was only in session two days this week, but adopted over 93 pieces of legislation between day 39 and day 40.

The two days leading up to day 40, or Sine Die, are traditionally two of the busiest days at the Gold Dome. In what can only be described as chaos, legislators rush feverishly against the clock to pass bills prior to the midnight deadline. At this time, the large wooden doors of the Senate chamber are opened to allow the President of the Senate—the Lt. Governor—and the Speaker of the House to adjourn at exactly the same time.

Sine Die is Latin for “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.” In other words, the General Assembly will not meet again to consider legislation until January 2015. Continue reading

Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Increase in State Income Tax Receives Final Legislative Approval

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Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Increase in 
State Income Tax Receives Final Legislative Approval

Senate Resolution 415, a constitutional amendment prohibiting the Georgia General Assembly from increasing the state income tax above a set maximum marginal rate, received final approval from the Georgia Senate on Thursday, March 20, after passing the Georgia House on Tuesday, March 18, by a vote of 120 to 54.  The resolution was proposed by Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer (R – Duluth), a longtime supporter of tax reform, and carried in the House by House Majority Whip Matt Ramsey (R – Peachtree City).

“If approved by voters this November, Georgia will be the only Southeastern state that constitutionally prohibits income tax increases,” said Sen. Shafer.  “This measure will help Georgia compete, attracting business and encouraging job formation.”  Continue reading

Americans for Prosperity – Georgia Legislature Stands Against ObamaCare, AFP Urges Governor’s Signature

“HB 990 passes outright, HB 707 language passes in HB 943”

ATLANTA – Americans For Prosperity Georgia (AFP-GA), the state’s premiere organization for economic and health care freedom, applauds the Georgia Legislature on passage of HB 990 and HB 943 – bills that send a strong message of Georgia’s active opposition to the Affordable Care Act. The state-based efforts further AFP’s highly visible, on-going campaign as the foremost opponent of ObamaCare nationwide that includes TV ad buys, print articles and grassroots activism through rallies, our Exempt Me Too petition drive and town hall-style events. Continue reading

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 21, 2014

Sixty days from today, on May 20th, 2014, voters will head to the polls for the Primary Elections for United States Senate, Governor, State School Superintendent, and the rest of the state and local offices on the ballot this year.

Lyman Hall was elected to the Continental Congress on March 21, 1775 from St. John’s Parish; the next year he would sign the Declaration of Independence as a representative from Georgia.

On March 21, 1941, Governor Eugene Talmadge signed legislation establishing the Eastern Standard Time Zone as the only Time Zone in Georgia.

On March 21, 1965, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. led more than 3000 protesters in a march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery.

On March 21, 1980, President Jimmy Carter announced the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Georgia Governor and United States Senator Herman Talmadge died on March 21, 2002.

Professional Announcements

I mentioned yesterday on Facebook and Twitter that I am ending my time at InsiderAdvantage after a little more than a year. I am thankful to Matt Towery, Patrick Hickey, Angelic Moore, Gary Reese, and everyone else over there for the opportunity and for all that I learned.

There may be a forthcoming announcement from me, since that frees up a little bit of my time. I look forward to the next opportunity.

Legislative Wrap-Up

We’re working on a comprehensive legislative wrap-up for Monday and Tuesday, but here are the results (we think) of some of the hot-button legislation from yesterday and last night.

Over the next 40 days, Governor Nathan Deal will be signing or vetoing a passel of legislation sent to him by the General Assembly. Expect to see a lot of this:

Also, expect to see a bill-signing tour across the state, as sort of a post-Session victory tour.

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AUDIO – Sen. David Shafer: The Shafer Amendment - Senate Resolution 415 by Senator David Shafer will place a referendum on the ballot to add a Constitutional Amendment freezing the top marginal income tax rate for state taxpayers, if Governor Deal signs it.

The Macon Telegraph has a good review of some of the bills passed during the 2014 Session, written by Maggie Lee.

The second-to-last day of the annual state legislative session closed Tuesday, sending bills to the Republican governor’s desk on topics ranging from car tags to gopher tortoises.

Georgia’s plan to spend $20.8 billion in state revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30 may get some trims in Deal’s office, but the budget will definitely be signed. It will be signed without $25,000 dedicated to researching a plan to provide emergency room services in underserved rural areas.

The Senate endorsed the spending after the death of Senate Bill 338, by state Sen. David Lucas, D-Macon. That bill would have lifted some licensing restrictions on standalone rural ERs. Lucas objected to the House-Senate compromise that cut the spending, but Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, told Lucas he had made his point.

In a separate bill, some $2 million annually could go to nongame wildlife conservation programs if Deal signs House Bill 881 by state Rep. Bubber Epps, R-Dry Branch. It would cut the renewal fee on “Give Wildlife a Chance” special car tags and would channel more of that fee to the forest, instead of the state’s general bank account.

A yearlong effort by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, to channel some cash into downtown redevelopment efforts finally was sent to the governor with Senate passage of House Bill 128.

If signed by Deal, it would set up a revolving loan fund of up to $20 million for authorities aiming to redo their downtowns.

Gopher tortoises will be protected from people piping exhaust into their burrows if Deal signs Senate Bill 322.

The gopher tortoise is not the intended target of the deadly exhaust, but rather its sometime housemate, the poisonous rattlesnake.

To run out the snakes, people “sometimes take a rubber tube and put it in the hole to emit fumes” from gasoline, explained state Rep. Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, the bill’s sponsor in the House.

State Rep. Allen Peake’s bill to allow parents of children with seizure disorders to use CBD oil derived from cannabis but with extremely-low levels of the intoxicating THC did not win final approval, despite being passed in different forms by both House and Senate.

Next week, we will discuss the path this bill took and what the future looks like for similar legislation, but for now we will say that we regret that this bill did not ultimately pass. For most issues debated under the Gold Dome, the protagonists and antagonists will live on to see another day and a rematch in the next session. Unfortunately, the type of seizure disorder this bill was intended to help with causes serious problems for the children who were hoped to have been helped and some of them may not survive the year.

More from Maggie Lee’s story on the bill:

“For these families, their reality is … a child who is going to have one hundred seizures tomorrow,” said Peake, R-Macon, author of House Bill 885, which would have decriminalized possession of a liquid medicine derived from cannabis that’s used to treat pediatric seizures.

With just more than two hours remaining in this year’s session, Peake had pinned his hopes on a maneuver that unhitched his bill from an unrelated issue of requiring insurance companies to cover pediatric autism treatment.

Earlier, the autism bill was linked with his medical marijuana effort.

But in the last hour of this year’s session, the Senate failed to take up the medical marijuana issue for a final vote.

We are pleased to read that Haleigh, the namesake of the “Haleigh’s Hope Act” is in Colorado, receiving treatment, and appears to be doing better. From Facebook:

We have seen a great reduction in her seizures. She still has some clusters, but not nearly as bad as she was. Praying as we continue to build the CBD up her body, the seizures will go away.

 

The greatest gift so far? Haleigh sees us! When she looks at Brian or I she smiles when we smile. I even got the smallest laugh out of her when I was playing peek-a-boo with her. Oh. My. Heart!

 

Imagine a child that never smiles to show that they are happy and never can keep their eyes from moving from side to side that she doesn’t realize you are even there. Heartbreaking. But now, Brian and I can talk to her and she looks right at us and smiles.

Our prayers are with Haleigh and her family, the families of all children who suffer from intractable seizure disorders and all who seek a better future for Georgia’s children.

The zero-tolerance policy that occasionally seemed a parody in application will change to allow local school systems more latitude in addressing students found with weapons on their person or in vehicles on campus. From the Marietta Daily Journal:

Authored by state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), House Bill 826 was carried in the Senate by Lindsey Tippins (R-west Cobb). The bill now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal to be signed into law or vetoed.

“It eliminates the zero-tolerance policy under Georgia law of pocket knives and similar objects on school campuses and gives school boards complete control in how to manage and bring cases against people who violate their rules,” Setzler said.

Until now, if school officials discovered a fishing knife in a student’s car they were required to turn the student over to police and charge him or her with a felony.

Setzler’s bill allows school districts to decide how they want to respond in such cases.

“(Cobb District Attorney) Vic Reynolds has used great common sense in not bringing charges against kids in these cases, like having a knife in a tackle box,” Setzler said. “A soccer mom having a Swiss army knife in the glove box of her minivan should not be a crime under Georgia law. It should be within the school board’s discretion to determine how those things are handled on their property and unless the Legislature fixes it, nothing is going to change.”

More financial assistance will be available for technical school students under legislation by State Reps. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) and Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs).

Under HB 697, students who achieve a 3.5 GPA in technical college will receive a grant equal to full tuition. Those students who maintain a 2.0 in technical college will continue to receive a regular HOPE grant, which covers a percentage of tuition depending on lottery revenues.

There are 16,000 students enrolled who have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

The estimated $7 million cost to fund the bill will be paid for out of lottery revenues, Evans said.

Privatization of foster care, designed to improve outcomes for children in state care, failed to win final approval on Sine Die.

The failure comes one week after Gov. Nathan Deal, who in January endorsed the privatization push, announced he was forming a commission to study child welfare services in an attempt to delay the proposal at least a year. Senate leaders pressed on, believing they had a compromise in the final hours to launch a three-year pilot program. But it fell victim to broader infighting between the two Republican-led chambers.

A sweeping plan to privatize the state’s child welfare system failed to pass Thursday in the frenzied final hours of the legislative session amid infighting between the House and Senate over unrelated bills to legalize medical marijuana and mandate autism coverage for some children.

The failure comes one week after Gov. Nathan Deal, who in January endorsed the privatization push, announced he was forming a commission to study child welfare services in an attempt to delay the proposal at least a year. Senate leaders pressed on, believing they had a compromise in the final hours to launch a three-year pilot program. But it fell victim to broader infighting between the two Republican-led chambers.

The push for privatization has long been a priority for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and other Republican leaders, but it has failed to gain steam in previous sessions. This year, though, GOP lawmakers introduced the legislation in response to at least two high-profile child deaths and widespread failings by the state’s Division of Family and Children Services uncovered by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Senate leaders wanted the state to start bidding out all child welfare services by 2017, while House heavyweights wanted a scaled-back pilot program to test privatization in select areas.

As negotiations stalled, the governor announced a commission to review the state’s child welfare system, which will convene later this year. But state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, the bill’s main sponsor, pressed on for privatization.

The legislation was fraught with emotion. More than 150 children died in 2012 despite DFCS’ intervention in their families. Thirteen of those, or about 9 percent, died while in foster care.

The General Assembly passed another gun bill this year.

House Bill 60 received final passage by a vote of 112-58 and now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk. The approval came despite national efforts by opponents to defeat what they dubbed the “guns everywhere” bill.

Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, the main sponsor of the House’s effort on gun legislation, said it’s been a “long and winding road.”

“The House has finally come along for Georgia’s gun owners,” said Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen.

As lawmakers negotiated behind the scenes, there appeared to be two sticking points: whether to force churches to allow weapons holders to carry guns into houses of worship and whether Georgia will legalize silencers, known technically as suppressors.

The Senate wanted to legalize silencers but ban guns from churches unless specifically authorized; the House wanted to continue to ban silencers but require churches to “opt out” of allowing weapons.

The final version would legalize the use of silencers for hunting and says guns remain banned in houses of worship unless church leaders allow them.

Politics: Opening Day

Today is like opening day for campaign junkies. Spring Training is over, and these games count toward the championships.

Earlier this year, I saw James Carville and Mary Matalin speak at the Atlanta History Center: it was a great time for political buffs and historians of all stripes. This week, the dynamic duo spoke at Berry College.

James Carville sees Georgia turning blue.

It might not be in this year’s midterms, and maybe not in 2016. But trends point toward a more Democratic Peach State, according to the folksy political operative.

“Georgia’s still a pretty tough state for Democrats,” Carville noted, before turning optimistic. “(Gov. Nathan) Deal is not overly popular.

“Georgia is changing — immigration, migration. People are talking about Texas turning into a Democratic state.”

Democrats have an advantage in turning Georgia blue because of strong candidates, Carville said. Jason Carter, state senator and grandson of President Jimmy Carter, is running for governor. Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, hopes to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss after he retires.

“She does very well out there,” Carville said of Nunn. “The short answer is, yes, I think she’s got a shot.

“I think we fielded a really good candidate this time. I think the trends in Georgia are going to favor the Democrats.”

Erick Erickson wrote on RedState.com that Democrat Jason Carter starts his campaign with an ethics issue.

Jason Carter had intended to make ethics a big issue in his gubernatorial campaign. He might want to rethink that with what appears to be an ethics violation at the kick off of his own campaign. And it’s not just any old ethics violation, but one a state legislator in Georgia should absolutely, positively know about.

The Georgia legislature did not adjourn sine die until midnight last night.

But the New York Post reported two days ago that Jimmy Carter is going to New York to fundraise for Jason Carter. Not only that, but there is already a host list of people who’ve committed money, including Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Gerald Rafshoon who worked for Jimmy Carter.

In fact, the invitation showed up on this website while Jason Carter was still on the floor of the Georgia State Senate working on its last day. It lists seventeen people and to join on as a co-chair or co-host, a person had to pledge to raise money or donate money.

The New York Post reported on it March 19, 2014.

The invitation appeared online on March 20, 2014, at 10:40pm ET.

Now, Carter could claim that the invitation says it is a fundraiser for the “Democratic Party of Georgia’s Georgia Victory 2014 Fund,” except the invitation also says it is “paid for and authorized by Carter for Governor, Inc.,” and the law and regulations are pretty straight forward. The victory fund accounts are directly related to the “campaign committee of such public officer,” in this case Carter. The Georgia Democratic Party will be using those funds to help elect James Carter.

I’m not sure it’s an actual ethics violation, as legislators are allowed to participate in fundraisers for political parties. Section 21-5-35(b)(3) explicitly exempts from the prohibition on Session fundraising:

The receipt of a contribution by a political party consisting of the proceeds from a dinner, luncheon, rally, or similar fundraising event in which a member of the General Assembly or a public officer elected state wide participates
That said, in ethics, as in fish-mongering, it’s often the smell that matters.
We have seen the release of new polling by SurveyUSA on the Georgia Senate race. From 11Alive:

In the Republican primary for Governor, incumbent Nathan Deal overwhelms two nominal challengers: Deal 65%, David Pennington.11%, John Barge 7%. Some 17% said they were undecided.

In a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, David Perdue tops six challengers: Perdue at 29%, Jack Kingston at 19%, with Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun, and Karen Handel effectively tied for 3rd place. A runoff is likely, according to the poll.

In the Republican primary for School Superintendent, nine candidates battle for name recognition and voter share of mind, with any outcome possible. 45% are undecided. The top five candidates have between 7% and 10% support levels. A runoff is certain. The sitting Superintendent, John Barge, is running for Governor.

Mark Blumenthal, at HuffPollster, makes several great points that all consumers of polling data should keep in mind:

Both voter preferences and polls can be highly volatile for open primary elections – Primary pre-election polls don’t come with that warning label, but they probably should. Open primaries typically feature a big slate of initially obscure candidates, and voters are not locked into their preferences by the party affiliation the way they are in general elections. Their preferences can shift rapidly as the campaign progresses.

The tools that many public pollsters use to select “likely voters” — self-reported intent to vote or past participation — typically overstate the size of the likely electorate.

SurveyUSA result could indicate a Perdue surge, or could be an outlier – Earlier polls taken since last summer on the race — nearly all of which have had partisan sponsorship — found either Broun or Gingrey, both current House representatives known for controversial statements, leading. Perdue lagged in either fourth or fifth place, often pulling in only single-digit support. But Perdue, a former CEO, has put more than $1 million into his campaign.

We will know more as others track the race in the coming weeks.

So, here are the salient points in reading polls, from my perspective:

1. Early polls are not useless, but subject to great variance as we get closer to the election. Early voter opinion based on who is advertising first are likely to be soft preferences and may be changed by subsequent events or media buys.

 

2. The electorate is constantly in flux, and this year’s primary election, earlier than ever before in my career, and longer-than-ever primary runoff mean that no one knows what the electorate will look like on May 20th. As a general rule of thumb, I’ve found that roughly 80% of the people who vote in any given election will be the same people who voted in the last similar election. But Georgia has no precedent for a May Statewide Primary. Anyone who tells you he or she knows who will vote in the Primary is trying to fool themselves or you.

 

3. Some polls are just wrong. Most polls’ margin of error is calculated at the 95% confidence interval. It’s a moderately complicated statistical concept, but one way to restate it is to say “for 19 of 20 polls, the actual results will be within the margin of error as reported for the 95% confidence interval.” Yet another way is “1 of 20 correctly-constructed polls will be outside the margin-0f-error, also called ‘dead wrong.’” Experience in polling and a keen sense of skepticism help you determine which is which.

 

4. Multiple polls over time are a better indicator than any single point-in-time survey. My personal rule is that a trend consists of at least three data points over time in the same direction and of similar magnitude. One poll does not a trend make or break.

 

5. When you see changes in polling numbers, ask yourself what could have caused the changes. A million-dollar television buy is a great explanation for a previously-unknown candidate moving ahead in the polls. But when you see a poll that purports to show a sea change in, say, the Governor’s race, with nothing having happened to cause a change in voter opinion, put on your skeptic’s hat.

The Daily Beast writes that Georgia is now “Ground Zero in the GOP Civil War” between establishment types and the Tea Parties.

In his pursuit of the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Saxby Chambliss, Kingston left his audience with the impression that he is friendly, reasonable, and entirely competent. But in a GOP primary packed with Tea Party pleasers, pro-life crusaders, gun lovers, and a millionaire whose cousin is a former governor, being friendly, reasonable and entirely competent may be Jack Kingston’s biggest problem.

“I think he was pretty much right on it,” said Danny Graddy, a Republican and financial planner from Pine Mountain, Ga., who got what he was looking for in Kingston’s Rotary speech, which focused on preserving America’s military, supporting agriculture in the state, balancing the federal budget and ending the gridlock in Washington. “But being right on it and getting elected are two different things.”

Broun has gotten activists’ (and the media’s) attention by giving away magazine-fed rifles on his campaign website, racking up local Tea Party endorsements, or offering up quotable declarations like calling evolution and other sciences “lies straight from the pit of Hell.”

But Kingston is taking a different approach, suggesting his more than two decades in the House is proof that he knows Washington well enough to make it work for Georgia and listing “uniting the country” as one of his top priorities—a concept so unusual in GOP primaries it is almost radical.

“I come from a county where you need to get things done,” he said. “Sometimes yelling and screaming is not the most effective way to get things done.”

The balance in Kingston’s message reveals his dilemma, which is nearly identical to that of Republicans nationally. He needs to capture Tea Party activists’ passion, social conservatives’ electoral power and Chamber of Commerce Republicans’ money, all without running so far to the right that he becomes unelectable in November.

“What I said today at the Rotary is what I say to the Tea Party groups and they appreciate it. I say it to mainstream Republican groups and they appreciate it,” he said.  “I would unify the conservative family and I believe the conservative family needs to be unified.”

“Whoever we nominate, they have to make sure that they are appealing to a broad base,” said Eric Tanenblatt, a top adviser to former Gov. Sonny Purdue, the late Sen. Paul Coverdell and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

“The Republican primary electorate is very different from the electorate you’ll see in the general election. If all you are going to do is try to appeal to the most conservative elements of the Republican primary electorate, it’s going to make it very difficult for you to move to the center to win independent voters.”

Event Calendar


Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance: GA 10 GOP Congress Candidate Forum

March 21, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Peachtree Academy Private School, 14101 Hwy 278 E, Covington, GA 30014
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The second of three candidate forums that the Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance is co-hosting along with The Covington News This forum is for GA CD 10 which includes the eastern part of Newton Co. So far, five candidates have confirmed for this event including: Mike Collins for Congress,Gary Gerrard, Jody Hice, Stephen Simpson, and Mitchell Swan. Moderators for this event include Greg Williams, prominent Republican activist and radio host; Jason Pye – editor in chief of United Liberty and contributor atPeach Pundit; and a representative from The Covington…

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Floyd County GOP: Breakfast with Rep. Tom Graves

March 22, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Fuddruckers Restaurant, 595 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161+ Google Map

Join your Congressman Tom Graves as he addresses the Floyd County Republican Party

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Buckhead Freedom Coalition: Conservative Candidates Conference with Broun, Kingston, Gingrey, & Handel

March 22, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Flying Biscuit, 3280 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta , GA 30305+ Google Map

The Buckhead Freedom Coalition is building a bigger and better Conservative Candidates Conference. We’re inviting Dr. Paul Broun, Mr. Jack Kingston, Dr. Phil Gingrey, and Mrs. Karen Handel based on rankings by Freedomworks from 2011 and past service in statewide office. If you plan to attend and you would like the candidates to answer a specific question, please submit your suggestions for consideration: two select questions from among those received will be asked, in addition to questions from the panel.…

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Newton County GOP: Meeting with Stan Edwards & Jeff Meadows

March 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Covington Women’s Club, Covington, GA 30015+ Google Map

Newton GOP Meeting

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 21, 2014

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Saki is a medium, young female bull terrier mix. The Shelter volunteers say, “This little gem is an affectionate, happy young lady who loves everyone. She does well on leash, and loves her blanket. She is a nice smaller to medium size with a soft, short coat that is easy to care for. What a sweatheart!!”

Saki is available for adoption from the Fayette County Animal Shelter, where she is listed as urgent.
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Apparently, she also like to dress up as a butterfly:

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Puumba is a big boy, described as “sweet, goofy, and squeezable.” You can’t go wrong with a dog who loves to smile. He was abandoned at the Fayette County Animal Shelter, where he is available for adoption.
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Bella is a Yellow Lab mix who is available for adoption from the Fayette County Animal Shelter. She looks like she might be 3-5 years old, which, in my opinion, is ideal for a Lab mix. You still get a young-at-heart dog with plenty of energy and plenty of years of companionship, without some of the very young dog teething and behavioral issues.
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Sen. Hardie Davis: Releases Sine Die Statement

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Sen. Hardie Davis Releases Sine Die Statement

Sen. Hardie Davis (Augusta) has released the following statement today regarding the final day of the 2014 legislative session:

“The last day of the 2014 legislative session is always a mixture of emotions, but this year, it is only bittersweet. The Georgia General Assembly has been a second family to me since my election to the House of Representatives in 2007, and subsequent election to the Senate in 2010. Continue reading

Georgia Senate: Passes Bill Creating the Zell Miller Grant

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Georgia Senate Passes Bill Creating the Zell Miller Grant

The Georgia Senate today approved House Bill 697, a bill that establishes the Zell Miller Grant and defines additional opportunities for taxpayer contributions towards educational assistance nonprofits. The bill passed unanimously by a vote of 56 to 0 and carried by Sen. Charlie Bethel (R – Dalton). Rep. Stacey Evans (D – Smyrna) sponsored the bill in the House. Continue reading