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19
Dec

Are Republicans actually behind the Tesla sales bans?

Tesla supporters have been wondering: Are state auto-dealer lobbyists working with Republican legislators to push laws banning direct sales of Teslas to retail buyers It’s a valid question, but is it true?

The New York Times published an article last month that included data that helps assess the situation.

While the article actually focused on Republican support for Uber—which was far from universal, it turns out—it alludes to the issues between Tesla and state dealer groups.

via Are Republicans actually behind the Tesla sales bans?.

19
Dec

Bibb school board mulls change in its numbers | Education | Macon.com

The Bibb County school board Thursday discussed changing its makeup of eight members to an unspecified odd number but took no formal action.

Board members Jason Downey and Lester Miller wanted to trim the number of board seats, but board member Wanda West said she would like to see a nine-member school board, which would mirror the size of the Macon-Bibb County Commission.

Downey, however, said state law prevents school boards from having more than seven members. The Bibb County Board of Education was grandfathered in to allow eight members.

Downey made a motion to take action on the item but withdrew his motion late in the meeting, and no vote was taken. Board member Ella Carter was absent for medical reasons.

via Bibb school board mulls change in its numbers | Education | Macon.com.

19
Dec

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 19, 2014

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Boston, the three-legged Boxer who was found abandoned and injured still needs a foster home for the holidays. Email me if you’re interested, or you can contribute to his medical expenses online.

Norwood Puppies

This mother and her male puppy were found in the Augusta area and appear to have been abandoned by their owner. They have been taken in temporarily by a family that is helping them try to find a home, but they’re unable to stay permanently. Email me if you’d like to be put in touch with the kind folks who found this mother-and-child pair.

Shiloh

Shiloh is a friendly and playful Black Lab mix male, about 1.5 years old and weighing 54 pounds. He was found abandoned and tied up behind a business and is seeking a forever home. Shiloh is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, Georgia.

19
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 19, 2014

George Washington’s Continental Army entered winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on December 19, 1777.

On December 20, 1864, Confederate forces in Savannah retreated ahead of Sherman’s army, crossing over into South Carolina, four years to the day after South Carolina’s secession.

On December 19, 1868, Congress opened hearings into barriers African-Americans faced to voting in Georgia, which included threats, violence, and death, on

Eugene Talmadge, who was elected four times as Governor of Georgia, in 1932, 1934, 1940, and 1946, died on December 21, 1946, leading to the Three Governors Controversy.

On December 19, 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the United States House of Representatives for “high crimes and misdemeanors” for lying under oath and obstructing justice by a vote of 228-206.

Georgia Politics

Dean Bucci, who was appointed earlier this week by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Paulding Superior Court is believed to be the first Hispanic judge appointed to a Georgia Superior Court.

Aaron Gould Sheinin of the AJC writes that a poll of Georgia voters shows 80 percent support for medical marijuana. Among the findings:

•  80 percent of Georgians support legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, even if the drug includes higher levels of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that produces a high.

•  27 percent support full legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

•  17 percent oppose any legalization of marijuana.

•  85 percent support legalization of marijuana if the medication “would not get a person high.”

The poll was by McLaughlin & Associates, about whose widely-lauded work for Gov. Deal I wrote two weeks ago in TownHall.com.

Yesterday, Governor Nathan Deal announced 190 new jobs to be brought to Georgia by Hyundai Glovis, a logistics company serving the automotive industry.

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19
Dec

White clout buoyed Georgia’s Republican wave | Political Insider blog

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office just released a racial breakdown of November’s voters, and the numbers tell how whites came out in disproportionate numbers to fuel the Republicans’ statewide sweep.

Overall some 1.5 million African-Americans registered to vote, making up 30 percent of the electorate. About half of them, or 743,414, voted. That’s about 28.6 percent of the vote, meaning Democrats failed to make this year’s electorate more resemble 2012 (30 percent black) than 2010 (28 percent).

Compare that with the white turnout. White voters made up 58 percent of the registered electorate, with roughly 3 million voters. Of those, 1.65 million voted, for about 63.5 percent of the vote. White males made up 27 percent of the electorate but surged to 31 percent of voters.

That’s still about 110,000 fewer ballots than white voters cast in 2010, giving Democrats hope in the long-term. But Democrats are concerned that the black vote total has stayed steady over the last two mid-term elections. In both contests, blacks totaled about 740,000. And for Democrats, who hoped changing demographics and new voter registration efforts aimed at minorities would lead to an election upheaval, that’s clearly a disappointment.

Just 47,803 voters identified themselves as Asian, Hispanic or Native American. Another 135,422 voters were listed as unknown. Analysts say many tend to be minorities.

via White clout buoyed Georgia’s Republican wave | Political Insider blog.

18
Dec

GA GOP: Applauds Governor Deal’s Appointment of the First Hispanic Superior Court Judge In Georgia

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From The Georgia Republican Party 

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GA GOP Applauds Governor Deal’s Appointment of the First Hispanic Superior Court Judge In Georgia 

Following Governor Nathan Deal’s appointment of Dallas lawyer Dean Bucci to the Superior Court within the Paulding Judicial Circuit, the Georgia Republican Party issued the following statements:

“Well-qualified, competent, and community-focused, Dean Bucci’s appointment to the Superior Court sends a clear message to minority communities throughout Georgia that Governor Deal is working to give all Georgians a voice within state government,” said Leo Smith, Minority Engagement Director for the Georgia Republican Party.  “As the first Hispanic Superior Court Judge in Georgia, Mr. Bucci will offer fresh perspective and insight while serving his community in a fair but firm manner.

“We applaud Governor Deal for his bold leadership and congratulate Dean Bucci on this momentous honor.”

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18
Dec

Gov. Nathan Deal: Hyundai Glovis Georgia To Create 190 Jobs In Harris County

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Deal: Hyundai Glovis Georgia to create 190 jobs in Harris County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Hyundai Glovis Georgia, a leading logistics services company for the automotive sector, will relocate its parts consolidation center to West Point, creating up to 190 jobs over four years.

“Georgia’s booming automotive and logistics industries play critical roles in creating jobs and bringing investment to the state,” said Deal. “To serve their global customer base and remain internationally competitive, companies like Hyundai Glovis need high-quality resources like those found throughout Georgia at their disposal. Hyundai Glovis Georgia’s expansion here speaks to the strength and vitality of our ready-to-work labor force and top-ranked business climate, and I have no doubt that this industry leader will continue to find success in our state.”

The company will work with a general contractor to develop a new, state-of-the-art 310,080-square-foot sub-assembly and sequencing facility in the Northwest Harris Business Park. The facility will be used to assemble and distribute components to meet the strict demands and timetables of its suppliers.

“We look forward to expanding our operations in Georgia and are appreciative of the support that we have received from West Point, Harris County and the state of Georgia,” said Hyundai Glovis Georgia Chief Operating Officer Hong Kee Rhee. Continue Reading..

18
Dec

Gov. Nathan Deal: Inaugural Gala To Showcase Georgia Artists

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Gov. Nathan Deal: Inaugural Gala To Showcase Georgia Artists

Gov. Nathan Deal’s inaugural team today announced details for the Inaugural Gala, including performances by a slate of Georgia musicians. The gala will be held on Jan. 15 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

“Georgia is blessed with a deep pool of talented musicians, and some of the most famous artists in the world call Georgia home,” Deal said. “These talented singers and songwriters span several genres, and I look forward to enjoying their performances.”

The Georgia musical acts include

Alan Jackson

The Newnan-native and Grammy Award-winning artist, Alan Jackson, will headline the Inaugural Gala. Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and scored more than 50 Top-10 hits. He has written or co-written 24 of his 35 #1 hit singles. Jackson is an 18-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient, a two-time Grammy-winning artist and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. Jackson’s songwriting has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee. Jackson received the first-ever ASCAP Heritage Award in 2014 having earned the title of most performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. Jackson is a true testament to the state of Georgia.Continue Reading..

18
Dec

Hospitals cutting payrolls to cope with hard times – Rome News-Tribune: Business

A recent series of job cuts shows that tough financial times remain for the state’s hospitals – and may get worse next year, experts say.

The biggest cuts have come in two hospital systems in Columbus.

Columbus Regional Health eliminated 219 positions in a cost-reduction move in November. The cuts came after a $17 million operating loss in fiscal 2013 and a similar loss in fiscal 2014, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. The job cuts included 99 terminations.

Later in the month, St. Francis Hospital, also in Columbus, eliminated 65 filled positions and 15 vacant positions while grappling with a $30 million accounting inaccuracy it discovered in October.

And last Friday, 23 employees of Newton Medical Center in Covington were affected by staff cuts, the Rockdale Citizen reported.

The layoffs are not at the level that Georgia hospitals pursued during the depths of the recession. And they may be partly a sign of necessary belt-tightening during difficult times.

via Hospitals cutting payrolls to cope with hard times – Rome News-Tribune: Business.

18
Dec

Deal: Hyundai Glovis Georgia to create 190 jobs in Harris County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Hyundai Glovis Georgia, a leading logistics services company for the automotive sector, will relocate its parts consolidation center to West Point, creating up to 190 jobs over four years.

“Georgia’s booming automotive and logistics industries play critical roles in creating jobs and bringing investment to the state,” said Deal. “To serve their global customer base and remain internationally competitive, companies like Hyundai Glovis need high-quality resources like those found throughout Georgia at their disposal. Hyundai Glovis Georgia’s expansion here speaks to the strength and vitality of our ready-to-work labor force and top-ranked business climate, and I have no doubt that this industry leader will continue to find success in our state.”Continue Reading..