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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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26
Jan

Sen. David Perdue: Calls For Sense of Fiscal Urgency

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From Senator David Perdue

 

 

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Senator David Perdue Calls For Sense of Fiscal Urgency

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office’s Budget and Economic Outlook, which concludes that our $18 trillion debt will skyrocket to over $27 trillion over the next decade:

“I didn’t come to Washington to sit idly by as lawmakers in both parties pretend the deficit is shrinking and that our national debt is not a concern. We have a genuine fiscal crisis on our hands. We’re already handing our kids and grandkids a national debt of over $18 trillion and tens of trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities for entitlement programs. The latest CBO report shows that the deck is stacked to get even worse.

“We need a sense of urgency to seriously tackle our national debt because of the threat it poses to our economy and national security. We need to break from the budget gimmicks and spending tricks that have been used by both parties in the past and finally balance our budget before it’s too late. We need to inject some honest accounting and real transparency into how we spend taxpayer dollars.

“As a member of the Budget Committee, I look forward to working with both my Senate colleagues and House Budget Chairman Tom Price in the pursuit of a budget that reflects the tough decisions necessary to eliminate wasteful spending, prioritize our resources, and grow the economy.”

Key Findings from the Budget and Economic Outlook:

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26
Jan

AUDIO – Sen. Renee Unterman: On The U.S. House Passing Human Trafficking Legislation

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Interview Senator Renee Unterman 

Your Ga Pundit correspondent interviews Senator Renee Unterman on the U.S. House of Representatives passing human trafficking legislation:

26
Jan

Sen. Frank Ginn: A Closer Look at Georgia’s Fiscal Future

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From Senator Frank Ginn

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A Closer Look at Georgia’s Fiscal Future

The General Assembly took a break from the regular legislative schedule during the week of January 19 – 23 to attend budget briefings and review the funding requests presented by state agencies. While the Governor’s budget recommendations are certainly a guiding framework, it is up to the House and Senate to finalize the general FY 2016 and the amended FY 2015 appropriations bills—right down to the very last line item. While the amended FY 2015 bill will likely see legislative action in the next week or two, the general FY 2016 budget will take much longer to review.

Georgia’s Constitutional requirement of operating on a balanced budget is the reason why we have maintained our AAA bond rating and are widely considered as one of the top states for business. Past years of responsible budgeting, even during tough financial times, has allowed our state’s economic landscape to rebound faster than many other states. The proposed budget increase—from $20.8 billion in FY 2015 to $21.7 billion in FY 2016—is proof that Georgia is continuing to grow and invest in the future of our state.

Georgia’s education programs continue to see the benefits of an improving economy. Governor Deal’s FY 2016 budget recommendations include $239 billion to fund enrollment growth and training for over 1.72 million K – 12 students and 121,000 teachers and administrators. An additional $280 million has been included to increase instructional days and properly compensate our best educators.

The HOPE scholarship program allows Georgia college students to receive a quality, affordable education in their home state, but the program has seen a sharp decrease in funding in recent years. I am pleased that Governor Deal has recommended, for the second year straight, a 3 percent increase in the award amount for HOPE scholarships and grants. This will be funded through $16.7 million in additional lottery funds. Nearly $19.7 million in bonds has been recommended for new capital projects, as well as renovations and new equipment, throughout the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

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26
Jan

Rep. Tom Price: CBO Outlook – A Sober Reminder of the Challenges We Face

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From Congressman Tom Price

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Price Statement on CBO Outlook: A Sober Reminder of the Challenges We Face

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Budget and Economic Outlook, which projects a $468 billion deficit for fiscal year 2015. Annual deficits will stop falling and start rising again in 2017, reaching $1.1 trillion in 2025. According to the CBO, these deficits will add another $9.5 trillion to the national debt by the end of the decade – bringing the total to over $27 trillion.

In response, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement:

“Today’s CBO report is a sober reminder of the fiscal and economic challenges we face as a nation. If nothing is done, we will continue down an unsustainable path full of rising annual deficits that will add to an already $18 trillion debt. Our vital health and retirement programs will continue to grow further toward insolvency. Perhaps most disturbing is the projected steady decline in economic growth. This ‘new normal’ is unacceptable, and it will mean less opportunity for American families and job creators now and in the years to come.

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26
Jan

Sen. Tyler Harper: Update from the Capitol

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From Senator Tyler Harper

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Update from the Capitol

The 2015 Legislative Session is officially underway, and there is much work to be done. With four of the 40 allotted days for session complete, we spent last week passing housekeeping legislation, receiving committee assignments, and listening to Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State address outline the status of Georgia.  Now that we have all of this in order, we are on to business, as the legislature will be addressing transportation and transportation funding, education, tax reform, as well as many other issues this session.

Before legislation can be presented on the Senate floor for a full body vote, it must first be assigned to a committee by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.  Last Tuesday, we received our committee assignments.  I was honored to be selected as the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and Vice Chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee.  I will also be the secretary of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee and a member on the Retirement Committee.

On Wednesday, Gov. Deal presented his annual State of the State address to both the House and Senate bodies to report the current and future condition of our state.  The State of the State address recounted recent achievements and advised future policies regarding transportation and education.

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26
Jan

AUDIO – LG Casey Cagle: On Transportation Funding, Education, and Jobs

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Interview Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle 

Your Ga Pundit correspondent spoke with Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle on education, jobs, and transportation funding:

26
Jan

AUDIO – Sen. Josh McKoon: Refutes Attacks on Religious Freedom Bill

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Interview Senator Josh McKoon

Your Ga Pundit correspondent spoke with Senator Josh McKoon moments after he went to the well to refute attacks on the Religious Freedom bill from Better Georgia:

 

 

26
Jan

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Address Congress

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From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Address Congress

During President Obama’s sixth State of the Union speech he stated “new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails.” This is just another example of how America’s international presence has diminished under the Obama administration and how out of touch he is with our foreign policy.  The president claims that negotiations with Iran are “going well” and we should give it more time to develop rather than slapping on economic sanctions. However, Republicans are not going to sit idly by and watch the president make a bad deal with Iran. In giving Iran more time and by not monitoring and sanctioning their country, we give them opportunities to continue developing their nuclear program – a huge threat to American’s national security. I believe that Congress must pass an Iran Sanctions bill.

Following the State of the Union, House Speaker John Boehner took it upon himself to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address a joint session of Congress in the coming months. Although the White House may disagree, I value Netanyahu’s perspective on the threats that Iran poses to not only to the Middle East, but to the entire world. Netanyahu has warned of Iran’s security threat in the Middle East for years and has been a strong supporter of the economic sanctions placed on Iran by Congress.

 

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