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Dec

Rep. Austin Scott: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Your Washington – GA 8 – Desk

From Congressman Austin Scott

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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.

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Dec

Rep. – Elect Buddy Carter: Love, Marriage and Hope

Your Washington – GA 1 – Desk

From Congressman-Elect Buddy Carter 

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Love, Marriage and Hope

My wife and I welcomed a new member to our family on December 13th as our middle son married his college sweetheart whom he has dated for the past nine years. She is from New Orleans and the wedding took place in the French Quarter of New Orleans. With its quaint shops, great music, art galleries, 18th century architecture and street performers at every corner, New Orleans is unsurpassed when it comes to culture and ambiance. And, of course, the food is among some of the greatest in the world. Although our son was raised in a traditional Methodist Church in Savannah and our new daughter-in-law was raised Catholic in the garden district of New Orleans, they chose not to have the wedding ceremony performed in a church or cathedral.  Instead they had the ceremony at a beautiful building called Latrobe’s.

 Built in 1822 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, known as the “Father of American Architecture,” Latrobe’s is one of New Orleans most architecturally significant buildings and originally served as the Louisiana State Bank. Our son and daughter-in-law chose a local Hospice Chaplin to perform the wedding ceremony and after witnessing the event we understood why.  He did an outstanding job, performing a Christian ceremony stressing the importance of love and sharing his feelings of how the newlywed’s love for each other had inspired him and given him hope for the future. The couple chose Romans 12:9-18 as their scripture reading.  In this letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul describes how love changes one’s life and a new life begins.  A life that hates what is evil and clings to what is good.  A life that honors one another and a life that gives hope.Continue Reading..

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Dec

Rep. Rob Woodall: District Connection – Celebrating a New Generation of Leaders in Gwinnett County

Your Washington – GA 7 – Desk

From Congressman Rob Woodall

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District Connection: Celebrating a New Generation of Leaders in Gwinnett County

Welcoming a New Generation of Leaders

Last Thursday I had the honor of speaking to the almost 300 new graduates of Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). This graduating class is a testament to the immense growth that our region is experiencing and how important it is for Americans to strive for life-long learning. In fact, GGC’s 2,000th graduate was a life-long learner; an adult student who is also a full-time working husband and father.  The great news for us is that this commitment to education permeates our community from preschool to college, and we are all stronger for it.

Too often, when we talk about education from the federal perspective, we’re talking about mandates and funding formulas, not enhancing the learning experience or connecting what we do in the classroom to what businesses need in the workroom.  The good news is that GGC is an example of how a community can come together to build a beacon of learning that is focused on the community’s needs.

Working Together to Forge a Stronger Economic Partnership

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to address the members of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce at their yearly legislative luncheon.  The Chamber of Commerce represents a wide cross section of our local business community, from small, independent businesses with just a few employees to large multinational companies, but what they all have in common is a desire to make Gwinnett County an economic powerhouse and premier destination for jobs and investment.  Continue Reading..

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Dec

Rep. Tom Price: Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

Your Washington – GA 6 – Desk

From Congressman Tom Price

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Merry Christmas 

My family and I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. At this time of celebration and fellowship, we are reminded of how blessed we are to live in a nation that respects, protects and celebrates individual freedom and human dignity. We are also mindful that too many of our fellow citizens are still struggling today to make ends meet and to provide for their families and pursue their dreams. May the new year bring new opportunity as we strive to work toward positive solutions to the myriad of challenges facing our great nation.

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Dec

Senators Isakson & Chambliss: Applaud Nomination of Sally Yates

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From Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss

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Isakson, Chambliss Applaud Nomination of Sally Yates as Deputy Attorney General

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today released the following statement applauding the administration’s decision to nominate Sally Yates, U.S. attorney for Georgia’s Northern District, to the position of deputy attorney general:

“Sally Yates is an exceptionally skilled attorney with a strong record of public service and a well-qualified nominee to be deputy attorney general. She has served with distinction as U.S. attorney for Georgia’s Northern District and throughout her career has demonstrated her abilities as a talented prosecutor in a wide array of challenging cases.

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Dec

Sen.-elect David Perdue: Statement On Sally Yates Nomination

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From Senator-Elect David Perdue

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Senator-elect David Perdue Statement On Sally Yates Nomination

U.S. Senator-elect David Perdue released the following statement regarding the nomination of Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Yates to be Deputy Attorney General:

“Sally Yates has dedicated her life to serving the people of the United States and Georgia. I am pleased that the President looked to Georgia when choosing someone to serve in this important position at the Justice Department.

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Dec

Bob Barr: Statement on Sally Yates

Your Georgia Desk

From Bob Barr

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Bob Barr: Statement on Sally Yates 

Congratulations to US Attorney Sally Yates on her well-deserved promotion to Deputy AG.  I knew when I hired her back in 1989 she would truly excel.

22
Dec

Sen. Johnny Isakson: Newsletter

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From Senator Johnny Isakson 

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The Isakson Newsletter

December 19, 2014

Dear Friends,
 
The Senate adjourned on Tuesday, ending the 113th Congress. The 114th Congress will convene at noon on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. 
 
Prior to the adjournment, the Senate voted on a number of pending nominations, as well as a bill to retroactively extend a number of tax deductions. 
 
As we move into 2015 with a Republican majority, I will work with Republican leadership to advance comprehensive changes to our tax system that are long overdue. 
 
I look forward to continuing my work on the Senate Committee on Finance in the 115th Congress, and I welcome your suggestions on how to simplify, make fairer and lower the current tax burden borne by taxpayers. Together, we can make a difference to craft a tax code for the 21st century.
 
Government Funding and Amnesty 
On December 13, 2014, the Senate passed H.R.83, the appropriations legislation to fund the government for nine months that was previously passed by the U.S. House on December 11, 2014. 
 
Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of confusion regarding this legislation and its impact on immigration funding and policy, as well as on Obamacare. While this is not the bill I would have written, I supported it because it included several key victories for conservative principles and for the state of Georgia, while also setting up the opportunity for the new Republican majority in the Senate to make more progress next year.
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Dec

As Jeb Bush gears up for 2016, South Carolina is a case study in GOP’s shift right – The Washington Post

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina has been good to the Bushes.

This is where George W. Bush vanquished John McCain on his way to clinching the 2000 Republican presidential nomination. Once in the White House, Bush nurtured his family’s strong ties to the state by making frequent visits here and tapping local supporters for ambassadorships.

But as Jeb Bush considers his own presidential campaign, deep-red South Carolina — which he visited on Monday — offers a case study in how dramatically the political waters have shifted since his older brother and father entered the White House.

When the Bush network was at its zenith here, this state’s current Republican power players were relative nobodies. Gov. Nikki Haley was balancing the books at her mother’s clothing and jewelry boutique, Sen. Tim Scott was sitting on the Charleston County Council and state GOP chairman Matt Moore was finishing high school.

The Republican Party here and elsewhere has become more strident and restless, with new power centers and less certainty, presenting a candidate like Bush with fresh challenges in navigating the Republican primaries. Some of South Carolina’s leading GOP strategists and elected officials said the former Florida governor will have to nimbly adapt.

via As Jeb Bush gears up for 2016, South Carolina is a case study in GOP’s shift right – The Washington Post.

22
Dec

Local attorneys combat sex trafficking with new tactics | www.wsbtv.com

A new non-profit group, made up of prominent Buckhead attorneys, and other activists, is hoping to curb sex trafficking by suing the venues, and the customers that are part of the problem.

The founders of Civil Lawyers Against World Sex-Slavery, or CLAWS, noticed that there was a void.

“Nothing that was bringing, civil lawsuits aggressively against the customers, against the venues, against the boyfriends and handlers in order to try to eradicate the problem,” said David Boone, a longtime Buckhead attorney.

“There is a gap, there is a whole aspect of the courthouse that we can use for social change,” Boone said.

via Local attorneys combat sex trafficking with new tactics | www.wsbtv.com.