COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Georgia Congressman Jack Kinsgton made a stop in Columbus on Monday June 30.
He met with local leaders at the National Infantry Museum to talk about maintaining a strong national defense and fighting for Fort Benning– which is a huge economic boost for Columbus and the state of Georgia.
It’s all part of the Kingston’s American Renewal Tour.
“In terms of knowing the military and working on military policy and serving on the defense committee, and making it my number one committee assignment, I am the one who’s going to best represent Fort Benning and the surrounding area,” Kingston said.
U.S. Senate candidate Jack Kingston made a quick campaign stop in Warner Robins Monday afternoon where he talked about strengthening national defense.
He says as a senator, his top committee assignment would be the armed services.
One of his top priorities he says is strengthening the Robins Air Force Base.
He also spoke about the problems with the VA hospitals, saying it needs a top-down review.
“We need to make sure that our servicemen and women have the best healthcare system that there is. We owe it to them. The day they take off the uniform, it’s our turn to say thank you to you for your service, now we’re going to make sure you have good healthcare,” said Kingston.
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Congressman Jack Kingston says he’s on a mission to put support in the country’s armed services at the forefront of his campaign.
The U.S. Senate candidate stopped in Warner Robins Monday afternoon. He believes the men and women who protect the country should be protected themselves both here and abroad.
Kingston says it’s time to shake things up in D.C.
“I’m leaving what would be a safe re-election in the house to enter a political street brawl to earn the right to fight for change in the United States of America,” he said.
A couple of dozen people were on hand to hear how Kingston wants to bring support of the country’s armed services to the capitol.
“I have devoted my congressional career to make sure that our military is well trained and well equipped. I don’t want them to ever have to fight a fair fight. I want them to go into any conflict with the outcome certain,” Kingston said.
The longtime congressman is up against David Perdue in a runoff.
“My seniority in the house goes with me to the United States senate,” Kingston said.
AUSTELL— Commissioner Lisa Cupid says she has been fielding requests for more sidewalks in her district since before she took office in 2012.
As county commissioners each prepare a list of projects in their districts to be funded with a proposed 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax, Cupid says spending $25 million on building more sidewalks is her top priority.
Cupid estimates her south Cobb district would collect $80 to $100 million during a six year SPLOST. County Chairman Tim Lee says a six year SPLOST would collect a total of $750 million.
Other list-topping projects include updating support technology, improving public facilities and providing better public safety resources.
MARIETTA — A week after declaring a possible conflict of interest in the case, the Cobb Superior Court judge set to validate bonds for the new Braves stadium has recused himself.
Judge Tain Kell issued a recusal order late Tuesday afternoon, explaining that he wanted to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
“Our legal system is based on the principle an independent, fair and competent judiciary will interpret and apply the laws that govern us,” reads the recusal order. “The role of the judiciary is central to American concepts of justice and the rule of law.”
Kell is a board member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Vice President Brooks Mathis helped lead the group’s efforts to draw the baseball franchise to Cobb. The bond hearing is set for July 7, with Judge Robert Leonard presiding in place of Kell.
“While the court is unaware of any party to this action having moved the undersigned judge to recuse himself, the court believes that it is of utmost importance that any hint of impropriety or partiality with respect to the judicial officer who hears the case be taken into consideration,” the order reads.
KENNESAW — Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews said the bulk of the $30.6 million his city would receive under a renewed sales tax program would go toward improving conditions along busy or dangerous streets.
The Cobb Board of Commissioners is expected to finalize a project list July 22, and voters would decide whether to renew a 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax to fund those projects Nov. 4.
Chief among the mayor’s concerns is the Sardis Street overpass, a juncture at which two roads and a railroad converge.
“For the city, No. 1 (priority) is probably going to be our Sardis Street overpass, which is over the railroad, and which will help the very dangerous intersection at Cherokee and Main,” Mathews said.
The proposed project would “create a new overpass and new access to Main Street, without being bogged down by the train and the very unsafe crossing.”
The Cherokee County Board of Elections voted unanimously July 2 to terminate Supervisor of Elections and Voter Registration Janet Munda. Munda has headed the department for 10 years, said Board of Elections Chairman Randy Gravley.
After the vote at the special called meeting, which followed a half-hour executive session, Gravley said election board members would have no further comment because the situation involved a personnel issue as well as “an active criminal investigation” regarding Munda.
Sheriff Roger Garrison confirmed to the Ledger-News that an investigation is under way regarding “potential unauthorized use of a county purchasing card.”
Garrison said the Board of Elections had brought forth some concerns regarding use of the card to County Manager Jerry Cooper, and Cooper and the Board of Elections requested a Sheriff’s Office investigation.
“We have informed the Board of Elections of our preliminary findings, but we are continuing to investigate,” Garrison said. “We still need to interview several people and examine historical data to determine what the potential might have been for illegal use.”
MARTA Board members on Wednesday rejected a contract to provide bus service to Clayton County in exchange for a half-penny sales tax on the dollar, putting the county back where it started without any local public transportation unless Commissioners act to approve a full-penny sales tax before a Sunday deadline.
The MARTA board voted unanimously to reject the half-cent deal, saying it was unfair to existing jurisdictions of DeKalb, Fulton and the city of Atlanta who have been paying a one-cent sales tax for 35 years.
“At the present time we need to have those counties who are going to participate in our system to help maintain and improve our infrastructure of the rail,” said Harold Buckley Sr., who represents DeKalb County on the MARTA board. “In this particular instance, they are not taking that into consideration. We need the full one-cent sales tax in order for us to help improve the infrastructure so that when the rest of the county comes into the system we have a first-class rail system available for them to join.”
The MARTA board instead approved a one-cent sales tax agreement with Clayton County, putting the ball back in the county’s court. Now, Commissioners must either call another meeting to reconsider a full penny, or let the whole deal die.
ATLANTA — Democrat Michelle Nunn this week released five years of federal tax returns as she awaits the winner of a July 22 runoff between Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue for Georgia’s open Senate seat.
To gain insights into the candidates’ personal finances, The Associated Press requested access to the last 10 years of tax returns of the major candidates in the race. Perdue released 10 years of returns ahead of the May 20 primary, while Kingston provided access last month to five years.
The filings, which span from 2009 to 2013, show Nunn’s income as the CEO of the nonprofit Points of Light provided the bulk of the family’s income. Nunn’s husband, Ron Martin, manages the family’s investments, which also provided a steady stream of income.
The couple’s total income ranged from $224,500 in 2009 to a high of about $346,000 in 2012. Last year, the couple’s total income was just over $191,000, as Nunn took a leave of absence after deciding to run for the Senate seat. That year, they claimed about $68,200 in itemized deductions and paid about $26,000 in taxes, or about 13.6 percent of their total income.
Monroe County commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday a zoning application for a solar energy site just north of Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer.
Lilburn-based Solar Support Works filed the application in May for a 1-megawatt site in Juliette, nestled between Ga. 87 and the Ocmulgee River.
A representative of Solar Support Works addressed the commission before the vote, detailing the company’s plans.
Monroe County Commission Chairman Mike Bilderback said Tuesday’s approval included a stipulation in which the solar energy site couldn’t interfere with a nearby road, where the county has an easement to give access to the water treatment plant located nearby.