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18
Feb

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: 80,000 ‘Lost’ Lerner Emails Recovered By IRS Watchdog

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From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

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80,000 ‘Lost’ Lerner Emails Recovered By IRS Watchdog

Last week some 80,000 emails to and from former IRS executive Lois Lerner were recovered by the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) watchdog agency, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Both the former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois Lerner and current IRS Commissioner John Koskien have testified before Congress that these emails were “permanently lost” and they went to “great lengths” to recover them. The newfound emails that were previously said to be “destroyed” raise serious questions and concerns about the truthfulness of the IRS throughout the investigation. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s statement.

“It’s time for the administration to come clean,” stated Westmoreland. “It is very obvious the IRS is attempting to cover something up. Their definition of ‘great lengths’ must be vastly different than mine, and fits in the pattern of the administration’s constant inability to produce documents to Congress. The American people deserve to know the truth about this targeting scandal and I hope that these 80,000 emails will provide answers to two year old questions.

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18
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 18, 2015

The following beautiful dogs are all urgent at the Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.
DJ

D.J. is a 8-9 month old Lab mix puppy who loves to play with his tennis ball and is very friendly. D.J. is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.

Dundee

Dundee is a one-year old friendly Shepherd mix weighing 42 pounds and loves to smile. Dundee is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.

Rex

Rex is a sweet little one-year old low-rider Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.

And lest anyone think that GaPundit doesn’t love our brother and sister humans – we do, preferably in small groups – here’s a fundraiser we can all get behind.

Randy and Sam

This Is Randy!  His service dog’s name is Sam and his personal pet is Hot Rod. He is a homeless vet behind in need of any help he can get.  He is currently staying at motor lodge in cedartown ga. He is behind on his rent. He has had brain surgery and can’t work normal jobs that require physical labor because me mobility is off as well as my speech. Please help, it’s getting cold these days!! He can be contacted at 404 645 6914 for the time being.

The Cedartown humane society has paid for his dogs vetting and food items. The money collected here will go towards a permanent home for him. The only issue with renting is that if he doesn’t have help he will not be able to pay rent. He is now working with a lawyer (who is kindly offering his services for free) to get his VA benefits back. There is/was some mix up with his name which is why he hasn’t had is benefits. Another thing, he has had multiple brain surgeries so renting he would need to be able to keep a job. Trust me folks we (a whole team of people are trying to get him situated). Thank you so much for your time, donations, sharing etc. Will update soon!

Click here to give to Randy, Sam and Hot Rod and to honor the veteran in your life.

Randy Sam Hot Rod

 

 

 

18
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 18, 2015

Alexander Stephens, who was born in Crawfordville, Taliaferro County, Georgia, was inaugurated as Vice President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861. Stephens graduated from Franklin College, later known as the University of Georgia, and served in the Georgia legislature. Stephens opposed Georgia’s secession. One year later, Georgia’s delegation to the Confederate Congress, numbering ten members, was sworn in.

Ina Dillard was born on February 18, 1868 in Oglethorpe County Georgia. She married Richard Russell, who served on the Georgia Court of Appeals and as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Their son, Richard B. Russell, Jr., would be elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker and became the youngest Governor of Georgia in the 20th Century. In 1932 he ran for United States Senate and was elected.

In 1936, Russell was elected to his first full term in the Senate over former Governor Eugene Talmadge. In 1952, Russell ran for the Democratic nomination for President and he was an early mentor for Lyndon B. Johnson, who later served as President. Russell served on the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President Kennedy.

Russell served as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee for many years. Russell was an acknowledged leader within the Senate, and especially among Southern members, and he led much of the opposition to civil rights legislation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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17
Feb

VIDEO – Senate Press Office: Senate in a Minute: Day 16 with Sen. Michael Williams

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From The Senate Press Office and Senator Michael Williams 

Senate in a Minute: Day 16

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17
Feb

Gov. Nathan Deal: Comcast To Create 300 Jobs In Fulton, Gwinnett Counties

Your Georgia Desk

From Governor Nathan Deal

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Deal: Comcast to create 300 jobs in Fulton, Gwinnett counties

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Comcast will expand its business in greater Atlanta, creating 300 new jobs in Fulton and Gwinnett counties and relocating to a new, more modern regional headquarters in Peachtree Corners as part of the company’s overall effort to enhance the customer experience.

“With approximately 4,000 employees in Georgia, Comcast has long been a strong corporate partner of our state,” said Deal. “Not only has the company created high-quality jobs, but Comcast has also continued to invest in technology infrastructure statewide. With our competitive business climate that includes a solid logistics infrastructure and some of the best and brightest minds in technology, I have no doubt that Comcast will continue to flourish in Georgia.”

Comcast has selected Peachtree Corners in Gwinnett County for the location of its new regional headquarters, which will house the company’s existing 532 full-time local employees. The new 88,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will feature four floors, a high-tech demonstration lab and a Comcast University space for employee training and continuing education. The company will add 150 positions at its new headquarters and 150 additional employees to its existing facility in Alpharetta on North Point Parkway.

“By bringing 300 new jobs to Atlanta, Comcast continues to support Georgia’s economic development by building a strong, highly skilled workforce, deploying innovative products and services, and investing in the most advanced broadband network in the state,” said Comcast Regional SVP Doug Guthrie. “Our new regional headquarters in Peachtree Corners puts us in a larger, more contemporary environment, allowing us to better meet the needs of our customers across our service area. I want to thank Governor Deal, Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr, Fulton Chairman John Eaves, Gwinnett Chairman Charlotte Nash, our partners from the state, and those from Fulton and Gwinnett counties for their terrific support.”

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17
Feb

Rep. Buddy Carter: Statement on Federal Judge’s Ruling to Halt President’s Overreach on Immigration

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From Congressman Buddy Carter

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Carter Statement on Federal Judge’s Ruling to Halt President’s Overreach on Immigration

Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01) released the following statement after United States District Judge Andrew Hanen granted a preliminary injunction to block President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration. The decision allows a lawsuit from twenty-six states, including Georgia, aimed at permanently stopping the executive orders to move through the courts.

“This is a welcome announcement as the President himself said he did not have the authority to move forward with his executive orders. This is yet another warning to the President that he will not get away with his blatant overreach on amnesty and I look forward to watching this case as it progresses.

“House Republicans have already acted to stand up to the President and restore the balance of powers.

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17
Feb

Sen. Johnny Isakson: Time To Act On Homeland Security Funding

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From Senator Johnny Isakson

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Isakson Statement on Federal District Court Issuing Temporary Stay of Obama Immigration Executive Order

‘Time to act on Homeland Security funding’

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today issued the following statement after a federal district court in Texas issued a temporary stay of President Obama’s executive order on immigration:

“The Senate has voted multiple times on the House-passed Homeland Security appropriations bill that would hold the president accountable for his unconstitutional executive amnesty. The U.S. District Court in Texas has now affirmed that the president’s executive action on immigration may be illegal. It’s time to act on the Homeland Security funding bill and to stop this executive overreach.”

The legal challenge against President Obama’s executive overreach was brought by 26 states, including Georgia.

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security is set to expire on Feb. 27, 2015. The Senate voted on whether to begin debate on a U.S. House of Representatives-passed Homeland Security appropriations bill on Feb. 2, Feb. 3, and Feb. 4, 2015. The motion needed 60 votes to pass, but failed each time because of Democratic opposition.

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17
Feb

Sen. Gloria Butler: Elected Chairwoman of DeKalb County Senate Delegation

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From Senator Gloria Butler

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Sen. Gloria Butler Elected Chairwoman of DeKalb County Senate Delegation

Sen. Gloria Butler (D-Stone Mountain) has been elected Chairwoman of the DeKalb County Senate Delegation. The DeKalb Delegation will play an integral role in the decision-making process when determining what local legislation goes forward for a vote in the Senate Chamber.

“I look forward to working in collaboration with the members of the Senate Delegation as well as members of the House delegation,” said Sen. Butler. “The constituents of DeKalb County are the inspiration behind every decision I make and they remain my top priority. It is an honor to have their support and I am very blessed to represent them in this position.”

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17
Feb

Sen. Jesse Stone: Week Four Updates From the Capitol

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From Senator Jesse Stone

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Week Four Updates From the Capitol

Another eventful week has passed at the Georgia State Capitol, and the Senate has been hard at work passing meaningful legislation that will continue to improve our state. This week, my colleagues and I spent much time discussing, and then passing five very important bills that will help create a better life for Georgia’s children and families and encourage critical economic development. After a busy fourth week, I know that week five promises to be another productive one for the Georgia State Senate.

The passing of Senate Bill 8, or Safe Harbor/Rachel’s Law, was a big step toward ending child sex trafficking in Georgia. SB 8 establishes the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund and Commission, which will offer medical treatment, counseling and other assistance programs to victims of child sex trafficking. This legislation will extend the statute of limitations for actions relating to childhood sexual abuse, provide state regulation of certain adult entertainment businesses and will require anyone found guilty of sexually exploiting a child to be registered in the State Sexual Offender Registry. As chairman of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, I heard Rachel, the inspiration behind Rachel’s Law, address the committee and express the importance of SB 8.

On Monday, Feb. 9, the Senate passed SB 53, which would allow licensed professional counselors to perform certain emergency examinations of individuals who are mentally ill, or alcohol or drug dependent. I see this bill as an opportunity to diagnose and aid these patients as early as possible to protect them and the public.

SB 3, the Supporting and Strengthening Families Act, was passed by the Senate on Tuesday. It provides that parents may delegate power of attorney and authority regarding the care and of a minor child to another adult for up to one year.

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17
Feb

Sen. Ed Harbison: Bill Allowing Military Experience to Count for Technical College Academic Credit Gains Senate Approval

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From Senator Ed Harbison

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Bill Allowing Military Experience to Count for Technical College Academic Credit Gains Senate Approval

Sen. Ed Harbison (D – Columbus) sponsored Senate Bill 18, a bill that allows the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to accept prior work experience and skills learned through the Military for academic credit. SB 18 passed the Georgia Senate today by a vote of 53-0. SB 18 ensures that members of Georgia’s military have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through their service to their academic careers.

“Georgia must provide every opportunity for the men and women who serve in our military to advance their academic careers,” said Sen. Harbison. “Georgia’s military members have received world class training and education in their respective fields. These men and women who have made immense sacrifices for our country deserve to be given the opportunity to put these valuable skills to use in our workforce. Allowing Technical Colleges to grant academic credit for knowledge gained through military service gives deserving veterans in Georgia an additional pathway to a successful future.”

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