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28
Jan

Gov. Nathan Deal: Sees Transportation Bill As Strong Starting Point

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Deal sees transportation bill as strong starting point

Upon introduction of a transportation bill today in the House, Gov. Nathan Deal called the plan a positive step forward and a strong starting point for negotiations.

“The release of a transportation bill is a positive step forward in the process of delivering for Georgians the transportation improvements we desperately need,” said Deal. “There’s still a long way to go as the plan winds through the General Assembly, but we now have a starting point and something to build on. We know what our challenges are – they are well documented – and we’re now working toward the solutions. I am committed this year to passing legislation that will provide for Georgia the transportation infrastructure it needs to keep our people and goods moving efficiently throughout the state for the next generation.”

28
Jan

VIDEO – Sen. David Perdue Questions AG Nominee Loretta Lynch

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From Senator David Perdue

Senator David Perdue Questions AG Nominee Loretta Lynch

 

28
Jan

Sen. David Perdue: Named Senate Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman

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From Senator David Perdue

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Senator David Perdue Named Senate Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman

Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) today announced that Senator David Perdue (R-GA) will serve as Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources. The subcommittee is responsible for oversight on the EPA’s regulation of pesticides, conservation of natural resources, biotechnology, and forestry. Senator Perdue will also serve on two other Agriculture subcommittees: Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade and Rural Development and Energy.

“I’m proud to represent Georgia’s strong and vibrant agricultural community,” said Senator Perdue. “My goal is to make sure that the EPA doesn’t insidiously burden our farmers, and that we continue to foster growth and innovation across our largest industry. As chairman of this subcommittee, I’ll work to ensure that Georgia’s agricultural interests are protected and that our homegrown products are promoted around the world.”

“I am pleased to have Senator Perdue on the Committee and I look forward to the business experience and family farm background that he brings to our work on behalf of American agriculture,” Chairman Roberts said.

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28
Jan

House Transportation Chair Jay Roberts: Introduces Transportation Funding Act of 2015

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From Representative Jay Roberts

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House Transportation Chairman Jay Roberts Introduces Transportation Funding Act of 2015

Provides more than $1 billion in new transportation funding with no state tax increase

State Representative Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla) today announced the Transportation Funding Act of 2015.  This legislation addresses Georgia’s critical transportation infrastructure needs and provides more than $1 billion in new transportation funding without a tax increase.

Thursday morning, House Transportation Chairman Jay Roberts and others will introduce legislation which we believe will lead to bringing our state into the 21st century with our transportation policy.” said Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).  “I expect the bill to be thoroughly vetted as it goes through the legislative process.  We welcome constructive discussion and debate.  But the time to begin the process is now.”

“There has been a need for legislation to address our state’s transportation needs for several years now, and we can no longer ignore it,” said Rep. Roberts.  “Throughout 2014 my colleagues and I who served on the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding traveled to all areas of the state to get feedback on local and regional transportation needs. We have studied how to fund transportation in our state going forward, and I believe that this bill provides the best solution. I am proud to introduce this plan that does not involve a tax increase for our citizens.  This is the beginning of a process and we are listening to any and all suggestions.”

The Transportation Funding Act of 2015 is a comprehensive package of measures.  Rep. Roberts explained the provisions of the bill as follows:

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28
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 28, 2015

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Pen 43667 is a male senior Miniature Pinscher who was turned in by his owner. He’s small, calm, friendly, and hoping you’ll want to carry him home from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Pen 40682 is listed as a male Springer Spaniel, though I suspect he’s mixed with something to give him that beautiful solid black coat. He was also an owner surrender, and is friendly but scared. He is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Pen 43579 is a cute little scruffy Terrier mix or something similar. He just needs a bath, haircut and some love in a new home. He’s available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Pen 43604 is a beautiful little female Shepherd mix puppy who was found stray, and is friendly and playful. She is available from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Pen 43605 is a cute little male Shepherd mix who came in with number 43604; he is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Pen 43597 is a beautiful young adult cream-colored Lab mix, friendly and scared, he came in with a buddy and is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Number 43596 is a beautiful female cream-colored Lab mix who came in with 43597; also friendly and scared, she is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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28
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 28, 2015

On January 28, 1733, Georgia’s first colonists celebrated a day of thanksgiving for their safe arrival in Savannah and Chief Tomochichi’s granting them permission to settle on the Yamacraw Bluff.

On January 28, 1943, Governor Ellis Arnall signed a joint resolution of the Georgia House and Senate amending the Georgia Constitution to make the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia a constitutional board and reduce the power of the Governor over the Regents.

The movement to a constitutional board came after the loss of accreditation of all Georgia state higher education institutions for white people. The previous Governor, Eugene Talmadge, had engineered the firing of UGA’s Dean of the College of Education; after the Board of Regents initially refused to fire the Dean, Talmadge dismissed three members, and replaced them with new appointees who voted for the firing. Talmadge lost the 1942 election to Arnall.

On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff as many Americans watched on live television. President Ronald Reagan addressed the loss of seven astronauts.

Reagan had originally been scheduled to give his State of the Union that evening, but cancelled the speech. His address on the Challenger disaster was written by Peggy Noonan. The speech written by Noonan and delivered by Reagan is ranked as one of the top ten political speeches of the 20th Century.

Happy birthday today to Northwestern University (1851), Yale Daily News (1878), the first daily college newspaper in the country, the United States Coast Guard (1915), and the Lego brick, which was patented on January 28, 1958. Elvis Presley made his first appearance on television on January 28, 1956 on the Stage Show on CBS.

General Assembly Schedule Today

8:00am – 9:00am
House Appropriations – 341 State Capitol
9:00am – 10:00am
House Rules – 341 Cap
9:00am – 10:00am
House Intragovernmental Cooperation – 403 Capitol
10:00am – 12:00pm
House Convenes LD7
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Senate Rules Upon Adjournment – 450 Capitol
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Senate Education and Youth – 307 Coverdell LOB
1:30pm – 2:30pm
House Judiciary Non-Civil – 132 State Capitol
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Joint Retirement Committee Meeting – Canceled – 403 Georgia State Capitol
3:00pm – 4:00pm
House Education – 606 Coverdell LOB
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Joint Health & Human Svcs Committee – 341 State Capitol
3:00pm – 4:00pm
House Defense & Veterans Affairs – 515 Coverdell LOB
3:00pm – 4:00pm
House Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications Committee – 403 Georgia State Capitol
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Senate Judiciary Non-Civil – 307 Coverdell LOB

Of particular note is that the House Appropriations Committee, meeting at 8 AM has the FY2015 Supplemental Budget on its agenda this morning. Passage by the committee means the bill doesn’t even have to leave Room 341 of the Capitol for a Rules Committee meeting that could send it to the floor for a vote on final passage.Continue Reading..

27
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 27, 2015

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Goose, above and below, is a deaf, 1-2 year old English Bulldog who was abandoned at a kennel. Here’s his story:

I love other dogs and even do well with cats and kids! I am looking for an active home where they can continue my training. I do all the Bulldog tricks like snore, fart, and stick out my tongue. Everyone tells me I might be an Old English Bulldog, but I just think I’m fantastic! I have some bad habits like jumping at the leash and biting it, but these are all things you can work with a trainer on. In fact, a trainer has offered a free lesson to whoever adopts me! I am very snuggly and love my people. I am looking for a great family that will have the time and dedication to deal with my deafness and energy. Email [email protected] for more info one me!

Goose is available for adoption from Animal Action Rescue in Clarkston, GA.

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DeeOGee is super handsome 2 year old male English Bulldog/Mastiff mix who is very sweet and playful. If you like big loveable dogs , then this is the boy for you. DeeOGee is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services in Atlanta, Ga.

Buffy

Buffy the Heartworm Slayer is a young female English Bulldog mix, and one of the most happy, affectionate dogs you will ever met. She loves everyone she meets. She has this great big fierce bark, then when someone comes to the door, all she wants to do is jump up on the newcomer to smell and get loves. She’s super snuggly, and will climb on your lap (yes, all 45 lbs of her) for tummy rubs all day long. She’s great with other dogs. She likes being the center of attention, and loves it when her foster mom has lots of friends over, so she can be a social butterfly. She’s great on the leash and will make you meet new friends because she wants to say hello to everyone you pass – people and dogs!

Buffy would be great with older kids, but maybe not little ones as she doesn’t know her size! She has been treated for heartworms and is good to go – what a trooper! She should be the mascot of the Life is Good company, always grinning and loving life. She is a joy and is ready for her forever home!

Buffy is available for adoption from Rescue Me Georgia Inc in Dunwoody, GA; for more info on Buffy please take the first step by submitting an adoption application on www.rescuemega.org and we will follow up.

Nadia

Nadia is a sweet little 35-pound Black Lab mix, about nine months old and scheduled to be euthanized at the Barrow County Animal Shelter tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th. She loves people and if you’d like to save her life, please have your paperwork in to Barrow County Animal Shelter by 4 PM today.

This week saw State Rep. Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus) introduce legislation to name the Gray Fox the Official State Mammal of Georgia. You will also be seeing legislation this session to designate an Official State Dog. What kind do you think it should be?

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Click the picture above or below to follow the Twitter Account for OfficialGaDog to find out.

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27
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for January 27, 2015

On January 27, 1785, a charter was approved by the Georgia legislature for the first publicly-supported state university in America.

On January 27, 1941, Delta Air Lines announced it would move its headquarters from Monroe, Louisiana to Atlanta, Georgia. It was an interesting case of public-money-fueled economic development.

In 1940, the city of Atlanta and Delta had signed an agreement whereby the city agreed to contribute $50,000 for construction of a new hanger and office building for Delta if it would move its headquarters to Atlanta. In turn, Delta agreed to pay the remaining construction costs and then assume a 20-year lease for the new facilities. On Jan. 16, 1941, Delta had secured a $500,000 loan from Atlanta’s Trust Company of Georgia, thus allowing it to make a public announcement of the move.

On January 27, 1965, the Shelby GT 350 was unveiled. Just for fun, here’s the current Shelby Cobra GT 500, photographed last Friday at the Washington DC Auto Show.

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” was released on January 27, 1965, seven weeks after his death.

Senate Committee Meetings Today

12:00 PM RULES UPON ADJ 450 CAP – Cancelled
1:00 PM INTERSTATE COOPERATION 123 CAP – Cancelled
1:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 318 CLOB
2:00 PM JUDICIARY 307 CLOB
3:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 310 CLOB
4:00 PM URBAN AFFAIRS 318 CLOB
4:00 PM BANKING AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 307 CLOB – Cancelled

House Committee Meetings Today

TBD FLOOR SESSION (LD 6) HOUSE CHAMBER- 10:00am
2:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES 406 CLOB
3:00 PM WAYS & MEANS 606 CLOB

Georgia GOP Senate Caucus Agenda

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Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert (R-Athens), Senate HHS Chair Renee Unterman (R-Buford – Go Wolves!) and their Republican colleagues introduced the Senate Republican Caucus 2015 Agenda.

The Republican agenda for the 2015 Session of the Georgia General Assembly will focus on the following five issues:

1. Helping young children with autism
2. Providing opportunities and breaking down bureaucratic barriers for high school students ready to take college-level courses
3. Continuing and expanding the protection of our children
4. Pushing economic development and job creation
5. Ensuring that the founding principles of our constitutional republic are taught to our students so that they are equipped for self-government and able to maintain their heritage of freedom.

“If you take a look at the bills we are considering most pressing, it should be obvious that the Majority Caucus is focused squarely on the education, health and protection of Georgia’s children,” Sen. Cowsert said. “At the same time, we will work to ensure Georgia remains the best place in the U.S. for business, thereby continuing to push every viable job creation mechanism for the benefit of Georgians across the state.”Continue Reading..

26
Jan

AUDIO – Rep. Allen Peake: As He Introduces HB 1

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Interview Representative Allen Peake

Your Ga Pundit correspondent spoke with Representative Allen Peake as he formally introduced HB 1:

26
Jan

Randy Evans – The Evans Report: Why RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Was Re-elected

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From Randy Evans – The Evans Report

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Why RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was re-elected

When Reince Priebus took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2011, the party was $23 million in debt and facing an incumbent Democratic president running for reelection. On Jan. 16, Priebus was re-elected to a third two-year term coming off of one of the most successful midterm elections for Republicans in history and heading into a presidential election with no incumbent.

When he ran for RNC chairman, he challenged Michael Steele, the sitting chairman, and three other contenders, and it took seven ballots to elect him. Today, he was re-elected without opposition. Needless to say, much has changed between his first election and the one today.

Outside of political circles, few people know much about Reince Priebus. Although he regularly appears on television and radio, the stories are rarely about him. Instead, he typically appears as the voice of the Republican Party, defending Republican policies and politicians while remaining consistently on the attack against Democrats and President Barack Obama. Of course, that is his job.

Yet, behind the scenes, Priebus has built a political juggernaut capable of winning elections from county courthouses to statehouses to both houses of the Congress. The distance from where the party began when he took office to where it is today is by all accounts monumental. Now, with a third term to do it, he has set his sights on the ultimate prize for a political party chairman–the White House in 2016.

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