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23
Dec

Sen. Judson Hill: Joy Unspeakable Joy – Merry Christmas

Your Georgia Desk

From Senator Judson Hill

Judson Joy

 

Merry Christmas
 
May the Peace of the Lord Be Always With You
May this Christmas renew our faith in Almighty God and strengthen our stand for the Judeo-Christian values upon which America was founded.

This is a joyous time of the year when Christians around the world pause to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ. Hopefully, you’ll have time to pause and rest in the busyness of life to spend time with loved ones, to reflect on God’s blessings and have a little time to rejuvenate.

Christmas is about Jesus – God’s perfect gift to you and me. He came as God’s gift of love, to be a sacrifice to clean, purify and atone for our sin – to redeem us and restore a our relationship with our Father God. But a gift is only ours if we accept it as our own. A gift under a tree or left on a desk … unopened isn’t worth much. Jesus came as a baby, as Emmanuel – God with us – because He loves us.  The question is – have you opened and accepted God’s gift for you? Are we seeking Him, embracing Him, loving Him – with all our heart?

Let nothing turn our hearts away from the Christ child whose birth we celebrate Christmas day. As the angel Gabriel declared at Jesus’ birth, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11.Continue Reading..

23
Dec

‘SEC’ presidential primary idea picking up steam, has support of Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett | AL.com

Alabama’s Secretary of State Jim Bennett said he will encourage his successor to join in a plan to create a “Super SEC” presidential primary.

In a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Bennett said he supported the idea of changing the date of Alabama’s primary from March 8 to March 1.

“It will take legislative action to change the date,” Bennett wrote. “I will certainly work with the incoming Secretary of State and the Alabama Legislature to see that the goal of changing that date to March 1 is accomplished.”

via ‘SEC’ presidential primary idea picking up steam, has support of Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett | AL.com.

23
Dec

SEC is sporting giant but can it compete in 2016 presidential primary season? | AL.com

The Southeastern Conference is well known as a sports powerhouse. Georgia’s Secretary of State thinks it could be a political one, too.

Secretary Brian Kemp has sent a letter to his counterparts in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi to propose the idea of an “SEC” presidential primary. He proposes holding the regional primary on the first Tuesday of March – or March 1 – in 2016.

Tennessee’s 2016 primary is already planned for March 1 but Alabama and Mississippi’s dates are currently set at March 8. Louisiana’s is planned for March 5 and Arkansas is set for May 24.

Two other major southern region states – Florida and Texas – have  March 1 as their primary dates.

Proponents of early primaries said it helps states, particularly areas seen as squarely in one party’s corner, to gain early attention and rake in more campaign cash.

via SEC is sporting giant but can it compete in 2016 presidential primary season? | AL.com.

23
Dec

The Five Political Stories to Watch in 2015 – NBC News.com

2. What does the ’16 presidential primary calendar look like?

Besides the presidential field, keep an eye on the 2016 primary calendar, which will come into clearer focus next year.

As of now, the nominating contests are expected to begin in Iowa (Feb. 1, 2016), New Hampshire (Feb. 9), Nevada (Feb. 20) and South Carolina (Feb. 27).

And Politico reports that several southern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee – are thinking about holding their primaries at the beginning of March. Call it the “SEC Primary.”

But as we’ve seen in past presidential cycles, all it takes is for one state to move up its primary to have all of these contests start much earlier.

via The Five Political Stories to Watch in 2015 – NBC News.com.

23
Dec

The Brief: Gearing Up for a SEC Primary in 2016 | The Texas Tribune

A clutch of Southern states are in talks to hold 2016 presidential primaries on the same day, according to a story by James Hohmann of Politico. The goal of the group, which could end up including Texas, would be to preserve the region’s influence on who emerges as the GOP nominee.

For now, five states — Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas — are pushing the regional primary concept. Florida and Texas might join, but others believe those two large states might wait a couple of weeks instead.

Among the states pushing the regional primary, there is some fear that Texas and Florida would end up overwhelming them.

via The Brief: Gearing Up for a SEC Primary in 2016 | The Texas Tribune.

23
Dec

Louisiana not inclined to join ‘SEC’ presidential primary day in 2016 | NOLA.com

Neither the Louisiana Republicans nor the Democrats are interested in participating in the so-called “SEC primary” for the 2016 presidential nominations that most other states in the Deep South have decided to join.

Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama are likely to hold their presidential primary contests on the same day — March 1, 2016. Florida and Texas are also considering scheduling their primary contests on that date. But Louisiana seems poised to stick with it’s original plan — a March 5 primary contest.

“We are better off being on a date by ourselves. … If you throw us in with Georgia and Texas, we are not going to get a whole lot of attention,” said Jason Dore, executive director of the Republican Party of Louisiana.

The Southern states participating in the “SEC primary” believe they have a better chance of influencing the candidates — particularly those on the Republican side — if they are seen as a larger voting block. The candidates might be forced to appeal to more conservative voters, for example, with a block of Deep South states holding their primaries on the same day early in the election season.

via Louisiana not inclined to join ‘SEC’ presidential primary day in 2016 | NOLA.com.

23
Dec

Georgia Senate May Discuss Medicaid Expansion; But Some Say Unlikely To Pass | WABE 90.1 FM

Georgia’s governor and many state Republican leaders have been opposed to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But one GOP lawmaker says the Georgia Senate could soon take another look. However, he says if the state does move forward it would be on its own terms.

State Senator Chuck Hufstetler (R- Rome) says this legislative session he thinks Senators will discuss and hold hearings on whether Georgia should create its own proposal.

 

“I think there’s a significant interest in exploring these plans on the Senate side.”

 

But he says any plan Georgia would adopt would include ideas that would be more palatable to conservatives.

 

“There’s going to be work requirements, possibly copayments, wellness care requirements that we would look at to make sure that we can craft a plan that would provide these people access to healthcare, but encourage it to be of a short-term nature while they move into better positions in their own economic growth.”

 

But some Republicans say even if the state comes up with its own plan, they’re still opposed to Medicaid expansion. That’s the case with Senator Judson Hill (R- Marietta).

He believes the state can’t afford to put more people on its Medicaid rolls.

“I don’t think we should move into a program that by every account is flawed and potentially twice as expensive as initially projected and brings worse health care options to the people we’re trying to help.”

via Georgia Senate May Discuss Medicaid Expansion; But Some Say Unlikely To Pass | WABE 90.1 FM.

23
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 23, 2014

On December 23, 1783, George Washington resigned as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Georgia Female College was chartered when Gov. William Schley signed legislation incorporating the school on December 23, 1836, later changing its name to Wesleyan College.

Governor George Gilmer signed legislation appropriating $20,000 to build the Georgia State Insane Asylum in Milledgeville on December 23, 1837

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site was created in Plains, Georgia on December 23, 1987.

Southern Super Tuesday

After my article on the Southern Super Tuesday Presidential Primary in 2016, James Hohmann published an article at Politico arguing that the Southern Super Tuesday might result in a GOP nominee who is “too conservative” to win a general election.

The joint primary, which appears increasingly likely to happen, would present a crucial early test for Republican White House hopefuls among the party’s most conservative voters. It could, in theory, boost a conservative alternative to a Republican who has emerged as the establishment favorite from the four states that kick off the nominating process. But one risk is that the deep-red complexion of the Southern states’ primary electorates would empower a candidate who can’t win in general election battlegrounds like Ohio and Colorado.

Republicans from the South say their states make up the heart of the GOP and that it’s only fitting the region should have commensurate say over whom the party puts forward to compete for the White House. Proponents are already dubbing March 1 the “SEC primary,” after the NCAA’s powerhouse Southeastern Conference.

“We think it’s important that the next president of the United States — he or she, Democrat or Republican — come through our states and speak with our citizens about our issues,” said Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “My gut feeling is this will happen, and you’ll see candidates start to spend a lot more time in the South in the next six months.”

“It gives them a real power punch right after the early states get out of the way,” said former Tennessee Republican chairman Chip Saltsman, who managed Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Someone who can come out of February having won two of the four early states and then run the table in the South would be set up with huge momentum.”

“If it’s limited to six or eight states, I think it would bring candidates to the Southern part of the United States,” said [Alabama Secretary of State Jim] Bennett. “The problem with the old Super Tuesday is … that it really didn’t accomplish the goal of bringing candidates before our voters. It was too spread out.”

President Obama did indeed nominate Sally Q. Yates for Deputy Attorney General, the number two job at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Yates, 54, would replace Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, who steps down in January. Her appointment must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

John Horn, Yates’ chief assistant, will become acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia until Obama appoints a successor.

Yates’ nomination drew praise from Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss. Isakson and Chambliss called her “an exceptionally skilled attorney with a strong record of public service and a well-qualified nominee to be deputy attorney general.”

Sen.-elect David Perdue said he has “heard very positive things about Ms. Yates” but stopped short of a full-throated endorsement.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, a former U.S. attorney, worked with Yates on a several high-profile cases.

“I think Sally is as good a federal prosecutor as there is in the country,” Nahmias said. “She’s smart and a very talented advocate. More importantly, she has great judgment and a real sense of fairness.”

David Perdue dropped another $200k into his campaign in the final days of the election, bringing his total personal spend to $3 million. Total candidate spending in that election was just under $47 million. OpenSecrets.org tallied the outside spending on the Georgia Senate race at just under $29 million, for a total of nearly $76 million spent on a single Senate seat in a state that wasn’t really even competitive.

23
Dec

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 23, 2014

IlyaLab

Ilya (pronounced “Eye-la”) is a young female Lab mix, less than a year old, who weighs 62 pounds and loves to play. She is available for adoption from the Barrow County Animal Shelter.

MinPinMale

This little guy is a Miniature Pinscher mix, less than a year old and weighing 14 pounds. He is available for adoption from the Barrow County Animal Shelter.

MinPin Male 2

And another little Min Pin mix male, also less than a year old and weighing 15 pounds.

Dalmatian

A beautiful female Dalmatian, still pretty young at 1-3 years old, and weighing in at 49 pounds; available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter.

22
Dec

Rep. Austin Scott: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Your Washington – GA 8 – Desk

From Congressman Austin Scott

Austin Scott

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

As the year winds down with the Holiday season upon us, it has been an honor to represent you in Congress for the past two years.  We have made some important progress for the Eighth District, and I look forward to continuing to do so in the 114thCongress.

This year in our district offices, our casework team helped 2,339 constituents with issues relating to federal agencies and benefits. Our offices answered over 14,000 constituent letters and emails. Your comments and concerns have continued to be invaluable, and I always welcome your input.  The Washington, D.C. office gave 212 Capitol tours to Eighth District families and flew 92 flags over the Capitol for constituents. Additionally, we traveled nearly 5,000 miles over the past year, visiting all twenty-four counties in the Eighth district.

If you have not done so already, please click HERE to sign up for my weekly e-newsletter which will keep you updated on important legislation in Washington, D.C. and events I will hold in the district.Continue Reading..