Gov. Nathan Deal: Launches Innovation in Teaching Online Resources

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Governor launches Innovation in Teaching online resources

Georgia Public Broadcasting-produced videos will serve as a model for teachers statewide

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Office of Student Achievement today launched a series of online videos, unit plans and supplementary materials featuring this year’s winners of the Innovation in Teaching competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who demonstrate innovative teaching strategies for the Georgia standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.

“The classroom teacher has the single biggest impact on learning, and these online resources will give teachers statewide access to award-winning techniques and practices,” Deal said. “This is yet another opportunity for us to increase the quality and quantity of our digital learning resources and to ensure that our students are college or career ready.”

Georgia Public Broadcasting filmed Innovation in Teaching award-winning teachers in their classroom environments while they presented lesson plans designed to help other teachers and students across the state.  (more…)

SOS Brian Kemp: Reminds Georgians of Options for Reporting Suspected Voter Registration Fraud

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From Secretary of State Brian Kemp

Secretary Kemp Reminds Georgians of Options for Reporting Suspected Voter Registration Fraud

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgians many options exist when it comes to voter registration.  We have received reports of voter registration drives where personal data is obtained that could possibly be used for identity theft.

Please be aware of the following:

  • Never give personal information to anyone over the phone who claims to be running a voter registration drive.
  • You do not have to provide an email address in order to register to vote.
  • You do not have to provide a phone number in order to register to vote.
  • You do not have to provide a full social security number in order to register to vote.

Georgians with an ID issued by the Department of Driver Services now have the ability to register to vote or update their information online through the Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) at  The process is safe and secure. (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: American Textile To Create More Than 100 Jobs In Tifton

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Deal: American Textile to create more than 100 jobs in Tifton

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that American Textile Company (ATC), a leading provider of innovative sleep solutions, will expand operations in Tifton, creating more than 100 new jobs and investing $10 million over the next three years.

“It comes as no surprise that American Textile Company would choose Georgia to expand its operations,” said Deal. “Our state’s No.1 business climate and strong network of textile manufacturing companies make it easy for industry leaders to grow. In a relatively short time, American Textile has proven to be a true team player for economic development in Tifton, and we look forward to its continued success.”

The expanded 418,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility currently employs 200 Georgians. With its newest expansion, ATC will grow employment and sales with a strategy to manufacture and ship most items from four strategically located sites in the United States. (more…)

David Perdue U.S. Senate: More About Michelle Nunn’s So-Called “Jobs Plan”

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From David Perdue U.S. Senate 

More About Michelle Nunn’s So-Called “Jobs Plan”

After reading Michelle Nunn’s so-called “jobs plan” it’s clear her campaign will stop at nothing to deceive Georgians about who she really is and what she stands for. This confusing attempt to describe her vision for job creation is full of contradictions. Michelle Nunn mimics many of David’s ideas and then immediately undercuts them by advocating some of the same failed liberal approaches that caused the economic problems in the first place.

Missing from the “jobs plan” are obvious solutions to address the economic crisis President Obama and Democrats in Washington have created. For example, Michelle Nunn claims she is for reducing the regulatory burdens on small businesses, but completely ignores the negative impacts of Obamacare, which is cutting back workers hours and increasing costs for families. Similarly, she claims she supports energy independence, but refuses to address how burdensome regulations on the coal industry will raise energy prices and destroy jobs.

By talking out of both sides of her mouth on specific policies, Michelle Nunn is simply trying to cover up how she will support Obama and Reid’s liberal policies for bigger government, the disaster that is Obamacare, amnesty and open borders. Georgians want a leader in the U.S. Senate who will deliver real results, not someone who will say one thing to get elected and then do another. (more…)

GA GOP: Jason Carter: “Can’t Have it Both Ways” With His GrandDaddy’s Money

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From The Georgia Republican Party

Jason Carter: “Can’t Have it Both Ways” With His GrandDaddy’s Money

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When Jason Carter announced his candidacy for the State Senate, everyone wanted to know what role his grandfather, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, would have in his grandson’s political career.

Carter made numerous statements tying himself to his grandfather’s legacy; saying, “the fact that Jimmy Carter is my grandfather…gives me a profile and it gives me an opportunity.

But that was when he was running to represent one of the most liberal Senate districts in Georgia.  Now, as he runs for governor, Carter’s admiration of the former president varies by audience. (more…)

Bob Barr: Launches Liberty Guard

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From Liberty Guard

Bob Barr Launches Liberty Guard

Will Score Votes and Candidates

Former Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA, 1995-2003) today announced the launch of the next phase of Liberty Guard, with a vision to “make liberty work in the real world.”

Barr serves as Chairman of Liberty Guard.

“Liberty Guard is unique in that we will hold America’s leaders’ feet to the fire in defense of liberty and freedom. Sound bites are no longer good enough; we will educate America’s leaders on liberty, work with them to advance liberty, thank them when they advance liberty, and hold them accountable when they don’t,” said Barr.

“Liberty Guard is committed to the cause of liberty and to the concept of America as a free Republic governed pursuant to our Constitution. The dream that is “America” is not dead, and we at Liberty Guard will do everything we can to make sure it not only does not die, but flourishes in the real world,” said Barr. (more…)

Election Lab: 2014 midterm elections forecast – The Washington Post

The Washington Post’s electoral model favors Republican Rick W. Allen in GA-12 over incumbent Democrat John Barrow by 59-41 probability of winning in November.

Three factors are worth noting, however. First, Barrow has raised nearly twice as much money as Allen. Second, Barrow has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has deep pockets and a willingness to spend. Third, Barrow has more political lives than a cat, and isn’t due to run out any time soon.

Election Lab: 2014 midterm elections forecast – The Washington Post.

GPB: Republicans more likely to vote for Libertarian candidate – I disagree

via A Runoff Election In November? That’s A Real Possibility | Georgia Public Broadcasting.

50 Plus One No Problem? Not So Fast

“I think there’s a very good possibility you could have one or both elections in a runoff,” says Tom Crawford, who writes the online political digest The Georgia Report.

He says the gubernatorial race is likelier to go to a runoff. And that’s partly because of Libertarian candidate, Andrew Hunt.

“I’ve seen him, talked to him, sized him up – actually a very impressive candidate,” Crawford said. “An attractive guy, speaks well, has a real grasp of the issues, and I think could draw an extra one or two percent of the vote away.”

He would pull those votes away from Gov. Deal.

Republicans vote for Libertarians more often than Democrats. Those votes would then revert to the Republican candidate most likely in the runoff. [emphasis added]

I disagree. In fact, I have data to backup my disagreement. From the recent poll for WRBL News 3, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, and PMB Radio, here are the cross tabs for the Gubernatorial and Senatorial races by Party Self-Identification. (more…)

Sen. Burt Jones: Named to UGA’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2014

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From Senator Burt Jones

Sen. Burt Jones Named to UGA’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2014

Senator Burt Jones (R- Jackson) was recently named to the University of Georgia’s (UGA) 40 Under 40 Class of 2014 by the UGA Alumni Association.

“I am honored to be nominated for the 40 Under 40 Class of 2014 by my alma mater,” said Sen. Jones.  “The University of Georgia not only provided me with a top-tier education, but also taught me countless lessons outside of the classroom that have made me who I am today.  I am thankful to the alumni association and look forward to continuing (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: Economic Impact of Georgia’s Tourism Industry Hits Record $53.6 billion

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Governor presents Georgia tourism industry awards

Economic impact of Georgia’s tourism industry hits record $53.6 billion, Deal says

Gov. Nathan Deal today recognized several of the state’s top tourism professionals at the 2014 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in Augusta. Hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau, the annual event gathered more than 500 of Georgia’s tourism industry professionals from Georgia’s convention and visitor bureaus, attractions, hotels and more.

“Tourism is a powerful job and economic development generator in our state,” said Deal. “With a record $53.6 billion in economic impact, this industry employs more than 410,000 Georgians. Our tourism professionals play an instrumental role in ensuring Georgia’s economic vitality, (more…)