Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of the Honorable Larry O’Neal as administrative law judge for the Georgia Tax Tribunal. O’Neal fills the vacancy created by the Honorable Charles R. Beaudrot, Jr. The appointment will take effect upon swearing in.
O’Neal is the outgoing House majority leader, and he has represented House District 146, which includes Warner Robins, since 2001. During his tenure, he held roles as the Governor’s floor leader and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. O’Neal is a tax attorney at Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore, LLP, located in Perry. He sits on the advisory board of directors of CB&T Bank of Middle Georgia. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children and live in Bonaire. They are members of Perry United Methodist Church.
Assuming the dominoes fall as they appear to be leaning, rumor has it Lawrence Walker, III will run in the Special Election for State House for the remained of Larry O’Neal’s seat. Walker is the son of former State House Democratic Leader Larry Walker.
Gwinnett leaders agreed this week to hire an internal auditor, adding another layer of review to county spending and operations.
The job will not be filled immediately, and finance director Maria Woods would not give any kind of time frame for when the Office of Internal Audit would be created, it’s cost, or when a related internal audit committee would be formed.
“There’s a lot to be done,” she said.
The county first hired an internal auditor more than 30 years ago, but has been less committed to the position in recent years. In 2007, Gwinnett changed its audit division to a Performance Analysis Division, which focused not only on auditing, but on advisory services and measuring employees’ performance. The head of that department left in 2012, and since then, the work has largely been done by an outside firm.
The new office and committee will help with the oversight of public funds and “add to the accountability of the county,” Woods said. County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to create the two groups. In many ways, it is a continuation of their efforts to restore trust in local government.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a series of bills affecting the current Internal Revenue Code (IRC), including H.R. 1058, The Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Congressman Hice released the following statement in regards to the current tax code:
“Today is Tax Day, the day that Americans are forced to comply with antiquated, cumbersome, and burdensome system. This system forces the American taxpayer to spend more than $1 billion and 6 billion hours just to comply with the current tax code. Imagine how much more time we could spend with our friends and loved ones, if we weren’t investing our human capitol in a system that only perpetuates the problem.
At the current rate the IRC averages one new change per day. Simply put, it is long past time that we simplify our tax code. As an original co-sponsor of the H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act of 2015, I am committed to furthering legislation that will streamline our tax code and let American’s get back to living their lives, rather than fearing Tax Day.”
(Washington, DC) – On April 15 – Tax Day – U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA 07) and U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) issued the following statements in support of H.R. 25 and S. 155, the FairTax Act of 2015. A proposal to remove all aspects of the current income tax code and replace it with a system based on consumption of new goods and services, the FairTax has been introduced and championed by Representative Woodall since coming to Congress, with Senators Perdue and Moran now leading the charge in the U.S. Senate. With 74 supporters, it remains one of the most widely supported fundamental tax reform bills in Congress.Continue Reading..
He came with Gov. Carl Sanders, an Augusta native, as well as U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge, an influential state leader.
Johnson’s national election over Republican Barry Goldwater appeared certain, and a week later he would easily trounce the Arizona Republican.
Lyndon Johnson, however, would not carry Richmond County on Election Day 1964, and he probably got a hint of things to come during his speech before a crowd gathered in front of the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building.
He was heckled.
At least four times during a routine stump speech, calls from the crowd interrupted the former vice president who had taken office less than a year before with John Kennedy’s assassination.
“We want Barry!” people would shout.
Johnson didn’t carry The Peach State because he had become unpopular among whites in the Deep South for his civil rights initiatives, according to Merle Black, an Emory University professor who has spoken and written on Southern politics over the years.
Black recalled the Augusta incident in his 1992 book The Vital South: How Presidents Are Elected, which he wrote with Earl Black. He also described Johnson gaining the crowd’s support with the anecdote about his earlier abuse by hostile crowds.
“Earl Black and I wrote in The Vital South that, ‘There was no more booing from the young Goldwaterites after he finished his story,’” Merle Black wrote in an e-mail from Atlanta. “President Johnson’s leadership in passage of the civil rights bill was the main reason he lost Georgia that year.”
Twenty-six years ago this month “Say Anything” was released, marking the directorial debut of Cameron Crowe, who wrote “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and later directed “Singles.”
John Cusack, four years past playing a college freshman in The Sure Thing, plays graduating high school senior Lloyd Dobler. Ione Skye, three years after her debut in the very dark dramaRiver’s Edge, plays the brilliant and shy Diane Court. And John Mahoney, four years before he found sitcom immortality as Frasier Crane’s father Martin, plays Diane’s adoring and deeply flawed father, Jim. Writer and first-time director Cameron Crowe was best-known at the time for the screenplay for Fast Times at Ridgemont High — which is fondly remembered now as the launching pad for many respectable careers, but which Roger Ebert had called “a failure of taste, tone and nerve.”
“Limited government, low taxation, reduced spending, a balanced budget, and adhering to the U.S. Constitution is the
platform I will be standing on,” Mickey Tuck said in a statement Wednesday.
The district covers the 12 counties of Northwest Georgia. Tuck said he’s been meeting with “Republicans and conservatives” across the district and “(t)hey say their strong conservative Republican values are not being represented in Congress.
The Silver Creek resident is a former Lindale Mill employee who works at Gildan Yarns in Cedartown. He is a deacon at Crosspointe Community Church in Aragon. Tuck made an unsuccessful run at a Floyd County Commission seat in 1992.
Qualifying is expected to be in March 2016 for the May 2016 primary.
“I am proud that Georgians continue to feel that I effectively represent their interests in Washington,” Isakson said. “I look forward to this campaign and supporting all those conservative candidates across the country who are also dedicated to keeping our Republican majority and taking back the White House.”
Isakson said he again will organize official support operations in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. This is Isakson’s third Senate race. He won with nearly 57.9 percent of the vote in 2004 and was re-elected with 58.3 percent in 2010.
At 11 AM today, Governor Nathan Deal will sign House Bill 1, the medical marijuana bill in the North Wing of the Capitol.
Afterwards, political hacks will dissect whatever Deal says for any hints of future actions. Specifically, what Deal says about Allen Peake, the prime mover behind the legislation.
Lancelot is an adult male Border Collie mix, a very calm and intelligent dog. He has great leash manners. He rides well in a vehicle. Lancelot would be a great addition to any family. Please look into those eyes and say “Come home with us, Lance!”
Hi, I’m Bandit. I am a very good looking dog and I am intelligent, too. I am ready for you to teach me what you want me to know. I am gentle and kind. I love people and other dogs. I have not been around cats. My breed is usually not a cat loving type, but I could be the exception. I am a confident dog and I respond well to positive reinforcement. My shelter staff loves me, but I have not been loved like I need. I am a very affectionate dog. I don’t get to give my love and loyalty back to a family. It is my time. Please take me home with you.