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Isakson Commends Administration’s Decision to Withdraw Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Program
Urges Administration to Also Re-think Devastating Cuts to Medicare Advantage Program
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw proposed changes to the Medicare prescription drug program.
“I am pleased the administration has agreed to withdraw proposed changes to Medicare Part D that would have undermined the continued success of the Medicare prescription drug program and forced many Georgia seniors to lose their current drug coverage. Continue reading
This is Reuben, and he’s on death row. Unless someone can spare a warm place for him to sleep until he finds a forever home, he will be euthanized on Wednesday morning at the Barrow County Animals Shelter.
He’s about 2-3 years old, and you can see that he smiles. He’s probably got some Lab in his background, and he’s very sweet and playful.
If you can help provide a foster (or forever) home, please contact me directly and we’ll see what we can do to save this poor guy’s life.
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Sen. David Shafer Offers Remarks on Dick Pettys Portrait Presentation
Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth) made the following remarks today from the well honoring the late Dick Pettys, longtime member of the Capitol Press Corps.
“Dick Pettys covered Georgia politics for over one third of a century — from Governors Lester Maddox and Jimmy Carter to the election of the first Republican, Governor Sonny Perdue.
“He was the undisputed dean of the Capitol Press Corps. Continue reading
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Making Sense of an Apparently Senseless Foreign Policy
A segment of the American public must be yelling expletives whenever the results of our apparently incoherent foreign policy show up on their TV screens. Many can only react to our dealings with Syria, Iran, Libya, Israel, and now Russia with bewilderment and anger.
The news outlets that are balanced keep replaying the words of Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, four years apart, predicting Russia’s intentions toward Ukraine. Watching those statements leaves us baffled as to why the mainstream media lampooned them when they accurately and perceptively anticipated Russia’s deviant move.
But let me explain what’s going on. It does make sense if you understand the perspective: Continue reading
Your Georgia Desk: This information from www.georgiaencyclopedia.org - a great resource for all things Georgia Melvin Thompson, the first person elected to the office of lieutenant governor of Georgia, served as the state’s governor in 1947-48. He is best remembered for his fight with Herman Talmadge over the governorship after the death of Governor-elect Eugene Talmadge in 1946.
Family and Early Career
No matter who wins, it will be historic.
Though the “old city,” pre-consolidation Augusta elected a black county commissioner, Ed McIntyre, mayor in 1981, and former Augusta-Richmond County Commissioner Willie Mays served as interim mayor for six months after the resignation of former Mayor Bob Young, the 18-year-old consolidated government has never had an elected black mayor.
It will in January, though, as the five candidates who made good on campaign announcements and filed qualifying paperwork are black.
Among those on the May 20 ballot are state Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta, a south Augusta pastor and businessman who has served eight years in the state Legislature; Commissioner Alvin Mason, a retired Army sergeant serving his second term on the commission; and Charles
Cummings, a retired restaurateur.
Mason, a Michigan native, said he had not given the color factor “a thought,” preferring only to be “an effective mayor,” while Davis pointed to McIntyre and said the election would garner “a lot of interest.”
Cummings felt the color shift will be “interesting,” but “my concern about people goes across color lines,” he said.
ATLANTA — The government was set up so that ordinary citizens can affect what becomes law, but the first challenge is learning how.
Seen through the eyes of a freshman legislator, the process is complicated but not impossible.
“What you learn in school about how a bill becomes a law is approximate,” Rep. Brian Prince, D-Augusta, says with a grin.
Prince is at the end of the Capitol pecking order as the least senior member of the minority party.
He jokes about that with the legislator sitting in the desk next to him on the House floor, Rep. Dewey McClain, D-Lawrenceville, who has 11 days more seniority since both won special elections.
McClain, a retired pro football player and labor union official who’s often been to the Capitol and the fringes of power, acknowledges things are different as a legislator.
“To me, it’s a whole lot different. When you’re on the outside, you hear what you think is going on. When you’re on the inside, you know what’s going on,” he said, joking that he elected Prince the leader of their “freshman class.”
The process begins with an idea, Prince explains. It takes two weeks or so for the Legislative Counsel’s staff lawyers to draft it into the form of a bill.
The legislator recommends changes, confers with the lawyers, and in another week winds up with something he formally introduces when he “drops it in the hopper,” or actually just an ordinary, letter-size desk bind from any office-supply store.
A neighborhood group will give three Augusta Commission members a forum to present their views on topics Monday.
The West Augusta Alliance has invited Commissioners Mary Davis, Donnie Smith and Grady Smith.
They are scheduled to speak about the $194.3 million special purpose local option sales tax package. They will also present their positions on implementing a stormwater fee, and their efforts “to improve west Augusta and our neighborhoods,” according to a news release.