Today, Gov. Nathan Deal asked the Obama administration to provide much-needed answers on how states will be affected by the surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America. Just this week, the Deal administration learned from a federal agency that it had sent 1,154 unaccompanied children to Georgia from Jan. 1 to June 30.
“These children from Central America are the victims of misguided federal policy implemented by President Obama,” said Deal for Governor spokeswoman Jen Talaber. “The executive order sent a clear signal that the United States is negotiable when it comes to the rule of law – and this is the consequence of it. Democrat Jason Carter has remained quiet, but his record speaks for him. Senator Carter voted against requiring Georgia employers to use E-Verify, which simply determines if an applicant is eligible under federal law to work here.
“So, we know where Carter stands on the rule of law. Like the president, he thinks it’s negotiable. Where does he stand now that he knows the humanitarian crisis this has sparked? Does he think the Obama administration is handling this well? Does he think the administration should continue sending unaccompanied minors to Georgia without informing the state?
“When faced with tough decisions – which a governor makes every day – Senator Carter runs and hides. Georgians deserve to know where a candidate for governor stands on these issues.”
Gov. Nathan Deal today sent this letter to ask the Obama administration to define the status of the Central American unaccompanied minors being held by federal authorities before asking private or state organizations in Georgia to take them in.
“The state of Georgia has received no guidance from the federal government about what it plans to do with these children, even though we’ve read news reports that federal agencies have touched base with private charitable organizations in the state,” Deal said. “Before any children are sent to Georgia, we need to know their federal status and the plan for returning them to their parents or guardians. (more…)
Last week, members of the House Rules Committee, of which Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-7) is a member, held a hearing regarding the Constitution’s balance of power.
#“While the witnesses at the hearing differed in their approaches to regaining Congress’ rightful authority, there was no doubt that the President has been steadily consolidating power,” Woodall said in a press release. “To be clear, it’s not just President Obama who has done this. Presidents from both parties for many years have slowly usurped Congress’ legislative authority, and Congress has let it happen.”
#On July 22, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, introduced a resolution authorizing the House to bring suit against President Obama for what Woodall described as the President’s “failure to faithfully execute the Affordable Care Act.”
#“Jealously protecting the power of the Article I Congress – which is really the power of the American people – and supporting the basic structure of our Republic’s co-equal branches of government is my most important responsibility,” Woodall said. “All Members of the House take an oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States,’ and that’s what this resolution intends to do.”
via POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall: Lawsuit defends Congress’ ‘rightful authority’ | Gwinnett Daily Post.
While Carolyn Cosby claimed Wednesday her name will be on the Nov. 4 ballot to run against County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens, elections officials confirmed that Cosby will not be a candidate unless her nomination petition is verified.
Cosby, a former T.E.A. Party leader attempting to run as an independent candidate, brought attorney Channing Ruskell on board Wednesday, who sent a letter to Board of Elections Chairman Randy Gravely.
In Ruskell’s letter, he said Cosby’s nomination petition should have been verified by now, claiming that interim Elections Supervisor Kim Stancil did not treat Cosby equally because she is “a woman and former local Tea Party leader.”
Stancil said Cosby was “absolutely not” treated differently because she was a woman or because of her political affiliation, adding “that is simply untrue.”
via Cherokee Tribune – Officials Cosby s petition validation concerns untrue.
Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. “Patsy” Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.
The Morgan County school board member defeated Newton County’s Aaron Brooks in the Republican runoff by a margin of 108 votes. Belton, unofficially, tallied 2,885 votes, while Brooks, unofficially, had 2,777.
“I want to congratulate Aaron Brooks,” Belton said. “He had a fantastic race, and I think he has a great political future in front of him.”
The two Republicans were attempting to fill the seat voided by Doug Holt, who held the house seat for 10 years, before announcing his retirement.
via Belton defeats Brooks in runoff.
FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County’s election supervisor attributed the 16 percent voter turnout for Tuesday’s state primary runoff election to the efforts local politicians made to get to know constituents.
“The candidates got out and pushed people to go out and vote,” said Barbara Luth, adding turnout that high for a runoff is unusual.
According to Luth, voters encountered no delays at the polls Tuesday. All the voting machines functioned properly, and lines were not long at any of the 16 precincts.
“As soon as [voters] got their cards encoded, they were at the machines,” Luth said. “Nobody had to wait.”
The early voting period may have helped. Nearly 5,200 people cast ballots early either by mail or in person between June 30 and July 18.
Two local races highlighted the Republican ballot — District 27 state Senate and Forsyth County solicitor general.
via Turnout strong in Forsyth for runoff.
SOUTHWEST FORSYTH — Wes Cantrell won the July 22 Republican primary runoff election against Meagan Biello to represent District 22 in the state House of Representatives, carrying the vote in Forsyth County as well as districtwide.
Because no Democrats are seeking the position, Cantrell clinched the election and will begin his two-year term in January.
To make the runoff, he and Biello beat out Sam Moore, who has held the office since February.
via Cantrell headed to the state House.
Commissioners voted 4-1, with Bob Ott opposed, to put a six-year special purpose local option sales tax before voters in November.
Several changes were made late Tuesday night to the list of projects to be funded by the SPLOST, which is expected to raise $750 million over its duration. Among the changes were a removal of a $72.5 million dollar project for intersection and pedestrian improvements along Cobb Parkway from the “tier two” section of the list, a move suggested by Chairman Tim Lee.
The $72.5 million line item was one of several in the SPLOST project list cited by critics as being connected to a controversial bus rapid transit project.
Initially, the BRT project was on the SPLOST list, but after receiving public comment on the issue, the commissioners decided to remove the project from the list. Lee reiterated the BRT absence from the list during the meeting.
via The Marietta Daily Journal – SPLOST passes 4 1 Special tax headed to November ballot voters.
AUGUSTA, GA – 12th District Congressional Nominee Rick W. Allen, today, suggested that Congressman John Barrow join Rick for a series of debates across the district. The debates would be held in Augusta, Dublin, Statesboro, Vidalia and at Georgia Public Broadcasting for statewide availability via television.
A Libertarian hoping to run against Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) in the November general election will not get his name on the ballot, after officials said more than 98 percent of the pages in his petition had to be disqualified.
Secretary of State’s office spokesman Jared Thomas confirmed Wednesday that Jeff Amason’s nomination petition failed, after 225 of 228 pages of the petition were disqualified due to a violation of Georgia law.
“Mr. Amason’s wife served as a notary on many of the pages of the petition. She also served as a circulator of the petition and signed the petition,” Thomas said. “Georgia law provides that ‘no notary public may sign the petition as an elector or serve as a circulator of any petition which he or she notarized.’”
Thomas added, along with Amason’s wife, “another person who notarized the petition served as circulator and also signed the petition.”
“The law states that any pages notarized by a person who also circulated and/or signed the petition have to be disqualified,” Thomas said. “Out of 228 pages, all but three had to be disqualified.”
via Cherokee Tribune – House District 21 hopeful s petition deemed ineligible.