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3
Feb

Rep. Rob Woodall: Supports Full Repeal of Obamacare

Your Washington – GA 7 – Desk

From Congressman Rob Woodall

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Woodall Supports Full Repeal of Obamacare

Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement regarding his support of H.R. 596, the “To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.”

“Today, I voted to fully repeal Obamacare, and set in motion a targeted approach to solve the problems created by a law that has regrettably been anything but affordable for American families and taxpayers,” said Woodall.  “From the time it was first jammed through on an entirely party-line vote, Obamacare has been a source of great conflict among the American people, and has broken the very promises on which it was based.  For the millions of Americans unable to keep their doctor or the plan they had, and unable to afford an alternative, the problem has only expanded.”

“The American people want practical solutions to these problems, and Republicans in the House are working hard to offer principled solutions, just as we did last Congress with the American Health Care Reform Act, and much more.”

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3
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 3, 2015

Wild and Wary

This is a meme that’s going around – the formerly wild and wary couch hounds.
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Gwinnett County inmate #43716 is a beautiful female Hound dog, described as “semi-friendly.” Sometimes dogs become scared, defensive, less friendly when they’re in the shelter, but teaching them what a loving home, regular meals, and a comfortable couch allow them to come out of their shells. Hounds have wonderful temperaments and make great family dogs. Dolly, our coonhound mix, is a Gwinnett Shelter alum too.

Barrow Award

Barrow County Animal Shelter volunteers received the 2014 Community Service award from the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce. They helped save more than 1,400 lives in 2014. 94% of healthy, friendly dogs were saved and 100% of healthy, friendly (non feral) cats were saved.

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Barrow County inmate #2015-01-065 is a 63-pound senior male Mastiff who needs a good home to help him through his golden years. He’s on the euthanasia list at Barrow County for tomorrow and needs to have adoption or a foster today.

Barrow Chihuahua Zoey

Zoey is at the other end of the size spectrum, a 14-year old, 18-pound Chihuahua mix female. She’s on the euthanasia list for tomorrow and needs a home today.

Barrow Male Lab

Barrow County #2015-02-003 is a friendly Male Lab mix, about 3-4 months old. He’s not yet been put on the list for Euthanasia, but he deserves a chance at life and adopting or fostering him will help save another dog.

Barrow Female Labs

Numbers 2015-02-004 and 2015-02-005 could very well be sisters to the other young Lab mix – they’re friendly 3-4 month old Lab mixes who weigh 24-27 pounds and are available for adoption today at the Barrow County Animal Shelter.

All dogs and cats in the Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare will be “pardoned” and adoption fees reduced to get them into homes and reduce the relocations (and possible euthanasia) associated with moving to a new facility.

3
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 3, 2015

On February 3, 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, prohibiting racial discrimination in voting.

On February 3, 1887, Congress adopted the Electoral Count Act to clarify how Congress was to count electoral votes.

Electoral vote counting is the oldest activity of the national government and among the oldest questions of constitutional law. It was Congress’s first task when a quorum appeared in the nation’s new legislature on April 6, 1789. It has happened every four years since then. Yet, electoral vote counting remains one of the least understood aspects of our constitutional order.

The Electoral Count Act of 1887 (ECA) lies at the heart of this confusion. In enacting the ECA, Congress drew on lessons learned from its twenty-five previous electoral counts; it sorted through innumerable proposals floated before and after the disastrous presidential election of 1876; and it thrashed out the ECA’s specific provisions over fourteen years of sustained debate. Still, the law invites misinterpretation. The ECA is turgid and repetitious. Its central provisions seem contradictory. Many of its substantive rules are set out in a single sentence that is 275 words long. Proponents of the law admitted it was “not perfect.” Contemporary commentators were less charitable. John Burgess, a leading political scientist in the late nineteenth century, pronounced the law unwise, incomplete, premised on contradictory principles, and expressed in language that was “very confused, almost unintelligible.” At least he thought the law was constitutional; others did not.

Over the nearly 120 years since the ECA’s adoption, the criticisms faded, only to be renewed whenever there was a close presidential election. Our ability to misunderstand the ECA has grown over time. During the 2000 presidential election dispute, politicians, lawyers, commentators, and Supreme Court justices seemed prone to misstate or misinterpret the provisions of the law, even those provisions which were clear to the generation that wrote them. The Supreme Court, for example, mistakenly believed that the Supreme Court of Florida’s erroneous construction of its election code would deny Florida’s electors the ECA’s “safe harbor” protection; Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s hasty submission of his state’s Certificate of Ascertainment was untimely under the Act; and Democratic members of Congress framed their objections to accepting Florida’s electoral vote on the wrong grounds. Even Al Gore, the presidential candidate contesting the election’s outcome, misread the federal deadline for seating Florida’s electors.

Only the United States Congress could so obfuscate a matter as seemingly simple as counting that its Act remained undecipherable for more than one hundred years.

The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by Delaware on February 3, 1913, giving the Amendment the requisite Constitutional supermajority of three-fourths of the states. The text of the Amendment reads, in its entirety,

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

President Woodrow Wilson died on February 3, 1924 in Washington, DC. Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia (pronounced Stan-ton) and spent most of his youth to age 14 in Augusta, Georgia. Wilson started practicing law in Atlanta, Georgia in 1882, leaving the next year to pursue a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. His wife, Ellen Louise Axson, was from Savannah, and they married in Rome, Ga in 1885.

On February 3, 1959, a chartered Beechcraft Bonanza carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson crashed near Mason City, Iowa, killing all aboard.

Jimi Hendrix recorded Purple Haze on this date in 1967.

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Feb

VIDEO – Senate in a Minute: Day 9

Your Georgia Desk

From The Senate Press Office and Senator Bruce Thompson

Senate in a Minute: Day 9

3
Feb

Sen. David Perdue: Calls For Fiscal Responsibility

Your Washington Desk

From Senator David Perdue

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Senator David Perdue Calls For Fiscal Responsibility

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today called for fiscal responsibility, as President Obama released yet another budget that never balances and adds to the national debt. In a statement, Senator Perdue said:

“The President’s budget drastically misses the mark. Once again, the President proposes his Washington-knows-best approach of higher taxes, more spending, and bigger government. Handing our kids and grandkids even more debt like this is downright irresponsible.

“Georgians sent me to the Senate to stop this insanity, and finally take some serious steps to tackle our full-blown fiscal crisis now – not down the road. We already have a growing debt of $18 trillion, plus tens of trillions of dollars of unfunded future liabilities – that is unsustainable.

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2
Feb

Sen Isakson & Perdue, & Rep. Carter: Statement of Support for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

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From Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue

and Congressman Buddy Carter

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Isakson, Perdue, Carter Statement of Support for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

Administration finally increases federal share, sets in motion future federal funding for construction of Savannah harbor project

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., and U.S. Representative Buddy Carter, R-Ga.-01, today applauded the inclusion of new construction funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) in the president’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

The administration’s budget request includes $29.7 million for the Savannah harbor — $21.05 million for the expansion project and an additional $8.66 million to dispose of the dredging waste in Georgia and South Carolina — in Fiscal Year 2016. In addition, the budget lists the project for the first time as an ongoing construction project in order to keep this vital economic infrastructure project on track for future federal funding.

“After the shock and disappointment we felt last year when SHEP was omitted from the president’s budget, the inclusion of funding today for our state’s number one economic development project in the president’s budget is welcome but long overdue,” said Senator Isakson. “In addition to providing funding in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, I’m pleased the Army Corps of Engineers has indicated that it is also working to secure an additional $21 million dedicated to the Savannah project in the Corps’ budget for this year’s FY15 budget.”

“This victory for SHEP and our state is the result of many years of work and partnership between many people, including Governor Deal, former Senator Saxby Chambliss and former Congressman Jack Kingston,” Isakson continued. “The expansion and deepening of the Port of Savannah has been a top priority of mine since coming to the Senate in 2005 and I am so pleased to see this critical project get underway.”

“I am very disappointed it has taken nearly 17 years to get this done. After all, we’re only talking about deepening the harbor five feet,” said Senator Perdue. “I applaud Georgia’s Governors who have consistently committed the state’s portion of funds for this project. This is a necessary infrastructure investment in order for the Savannah Port to remain competitive. At a time when we are spending more money than we are taking in, every federal government expenditure needs to be scrutinized. That said, expanding the Savannah Harbor should be a priority because it is an infrastructure investment that creates jobs and grows the economy.”

“I am thrilled to see that the President has finally decided to stop playing games and provide what is needed to allow this vital project to move forward after Georgia’s tireless fight for almost two decades,” Representative Carter said. “I hope the Obama Administration will continue to honor its commitment to SHEP and match the dedication of the state. While I know we still have a lot of work to do, the start of construction last week and the news today are strong steps to seeing this important project become a reality.”

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2
Feb

Deal: Port funding in budget ‘important building block’ | Governor Nathan Deal Office of the Governor

Gov. Nathan Deal today said the Obama administration’s budget recommendation of $21 million will greatly aid the state’s ongoing efforts on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. For the first time, the budget categorized the project as “ongoing construction,” a critical step that allows for additional funding. The Obama administration also announced today that it has increased funding of the project to $21 million for this current fiscal year.

“This is welcome news for our state, and for the Southeast as a whole,” Deal said. “This funding from the federal government is an important building block, and federal investment is critical to a timely completion of this project. This funding, along with the state’s investment of $266 million, will allow the port deepening to move along as scheduled for now. However, in order to see this project through to completion on time, a larger federal share is needed. Georgia’s congressional delegation is aware of our needs and of the construction timetable, and I’m confident our representatives will spend a lot of time on this issue as the budget winds its way through Congress.”

via Deal: Port funding in budget ‘important building block’ | Governor Nathan Deal Office of the Governor.

2
Feb

Seven Southern States Plan Their Own Super Tuesday for 2016 Race – WSJ

A potential Southern Super Tuesday with as many seven states voting near the start of the presidential primary calendar could become a pivotal moment in the 2016 GOP nomination battle.

Georgia’s secretary of state is leading an effort to hold a regional primary on March 1 next year that could include Texas and Florida, the nation’s second- and third-most-populous states. Non-Southern states also could hold elections that day.

The timetable could boost candidates who can afford expensive media markets and who have ties to the region, among them former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio , both of Florida, and Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Mr. Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul , another likely candidate, also have family ties in Texas that could prove advantageous.

For their rivals, that could add to the importance of winning the earlier and less-costly contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada—states sanctioned by the national parties to lead off the nominating process.

Texas’ likely vote on March 1 would be one of the biggest changes from 2012, when a court battle over redistricting pushed it to the tail end of the nominating process.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas are on board to join his state for a March 1 primary, “giving the South more bang for our buck.”

via Seven Southern States Plan Their Own Super Tuesday for 2016 Race – WSJ.

2
Feb

Florida GOP unlikely to flout RNC orders on 2016’s presidential primary | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald

When it comes to picking the Republican nominee for president of the United States, the Florida GOP carved a special role for itself in the last two presidential campaigns: Self-entitled scofflaw.

Sunshine State Republican elected leaders, convinced that America’s biggest and most diverse battleground state should have an outsized voice in selecting the nominee, unapologetically blew up their national party’s carefully crafted primary schedules by setting Florida’s primary earlier than allowed in 2008 and 2012.

But for 2016, when former Gov. Jeb Bush and/or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio could be running to become the first Floridian ever nominated for president, the state GOP appears poised for a new role: compliant pussycat.

This time, no one is talking about ignoring the rules set forth by the Republican National Committee, at least so far. Party leaders are signaling they are content for Florida to share the spotlight with several other states on what is likely to be a “Super Tuesday” primary day on March 1, 2016.

“As big as our state is we’ll be influential regardless of the timing,” Florida Republican party chairwoman Leslie Dougher said.

via Florida GOP unlikely to flout RNC orders on 2016’s presidential primary | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald.

2
Feb

Texas Republican Party Chairman to Step Down for Job on Rand Paul’s 2016 Presidential Campaign | Ben Swann Truth In Media

Republican Senator Rand Paul’s presumptive 2016 presidential campaign just scored a major victory in its quest to win the prized Lone Star State. Despite the fact that Texas Senator Ted Cruz and the state’s former Governor Rick Perry are rumored to be considering their own bids for the White House in 2016, the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Steve Munisteri, has announced, according to The Associated Press by way of Yahoo! News, that he will be stepping down from his official role as the state party’s chief in order to clear his schedule for a new job as a national senior adviser on Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign team. Texas GOP Vote notes that Munisteri will officially be resigning as chairman on March 7, 2015.

Texas’ presidential primary election will take place on March 1, 2016, meaning it will be an early opportunity for a campaign to gain momentum by picking up a large number of delegates in one state. With the former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas on Rand Paul’s 2016 campaign team, he will have strong inroads into the state’s hardest working activists and wealthiest donors.

via Texas Republican Party Chairman to Step Down for Job on Rand Paul’s 2016 Presidential Campaign | Ben Swann Truth In Media.