Sen. Steve Gooch: Rally Time at the Georgia State Capitol

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Rally Time at the Georgia State Capitol

By: Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega)

Some of you might remember a popular song from the 80’s called “The Final Countdown.” Two decades later, this song is still played in sports venues and used to get the crowd pumped up during the last moments of a game. If the legislative session was a sporting event, this would be the time to play those familiar synthesized notes, because we are truly in the final countdown of the 2014 legislative session. Just a few days remain between today and Sine Die, the date when the Georgia General Assembly will adjourn for the last time in 2014.

Since we won’t come together as a legislative body until next year, the pressure is on to review as many bills as possible Continue reading

Sen. Mike Dugan: Update from the Capitol

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Sen. Mike Dugan: Update from the Capitol

The Senate cleared a big hurdle last week as we surpassed Crossover Day on Monday, March 3.  As expected on day 30, the Senate worked until we had all 27 bills passed before the midnight deadline.  The Crossover deadline means legislation must pass its chamber of origin in order to still be considered a ‘live’ bill for the remainder of the session.  Because this is the end of a two-term legislative session, all bills that did not pass the Senate on Crossover Day must be re-introduced into the legislative process during the 2015 session.

Two weeks ago, the Senate granted final approval to the FY 2014 Amended Budget, Continue reading

Sen. Frank Ginn: Patience and Caffeine: Essentials for the Final Days

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Patience and Caffeine: Essentials for the Final Days

By: Sen. Frank Ginn (R – Danielsville)

The 30th day of the legislative session—Crossover Day—is always one that requires a lot of patience and even more caffeine. This is a significant deadline for the Georgia General Assembly because it’s the last day for legislation to pass the chamber in which it was introduced. This means that any bill that does not pass its original chamber will not move on in the legislative process and must be re-introduced in 2015. While many legislators and advocates are happy to see their bills receive a passing vote on Crossover Day, there are just as many who are left disappointed. Continue reading

Rep. Phil Gingrey: On Sebelius Atlanta Obamacare Visit: Disingenuous and Unfair To Ga. Moms, Families

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Gingrey on Sebelius Atlanta Obamacare visit: Disingenuous and unfair to Ga. moms, families 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today took part in an Atlanta press conference, aimed at boosting Obamacare enrollment among Georgia mothers and women. After the event, Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., criticized Sebelius for misrepresenting Obamacare’s plans to Georgia families as cost-effective and mom-friendly.
“It is extremely disingenuous an unfair for Secretary Sebelius to carry on telling Georgia mothers that their families will be better off under Obamacare, Continue reading

Sen. Johnny Isakson: Commends Administration’s Decision to Withdraw Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Program

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Isakson Commends Administration’s Decision to Withdraw Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Program

Urges Administration to Also Re-think Devastating Cuts to Medicare Advantage Program

 – Today, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw proposed changes to the Medicare prescription drug program.

“I am pleased the administration has agreed to withdraw proposed changes to Medicare Part D that would have undermined the continued success of the Medicare prescription drug program and forced many Georgia seniors to lose their current drug coverage. Continue reading

A warm place to sleep for just a little while


This is Reuben, and he’s on death row. Unless someone can spare a warm place for him to sleep until he finds a forever home, he will be euthanized on Wednesday morning at the Barrow County Animals Shelter.


He’s about 2-3 years old, and you can see that he smiles. He’s probably got some Lab in his background, and he’s very sweet and playful.

If you can help provide a foster (or forever) home, please contact me directly and we’ll see what we can do to save this poor guy’s life.


Sen. David Shafer: Offers Remarks on Dick Pettys Portrait Presentation

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Sen. David Shafer Offers Remarks on Dick Pettys Portrait Presentation

Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth) made the following remarks today from the well honoring the late Dick Pettys, longtime member of the Capitol Press Corps.

“Dick Pettys covered Georgia politics for over one third of a century — from Governors Lester Maddox and Jimmy Carter to the election of the first Republican, Governor Sonny Perdue.

“He was the undisputed dean of the Capitol Press Corps. Continue reading

Dr. Michael Youssef: Making Sense of an Apparently Senseless Foreign Policy

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From Dr. Michael Youssef – read

Making Sense of an Apparently Senseless Foreign Policy

A segment of the American public must be yelling expletives whenever the results of our apparently incoherent foreign policy show up on their TV screens. Many can only react to our dealings with Syria, Iran, Libya, Israel, and now Russia with bewilderment and anger.

The news outlets that are balanced keep replaying the words of Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, four years apart, predicting Russia’s intentions toward Ukraine. Watching those statements leaves us baffled as to why the mainstream media lampooned them when they accurately and perceptively anticipated Russia’s deviant move.

But let me explain what’s going on. It does make sense if you understand the perspective: Continue reading

Gov. Melvin Thompson

Melvin Thompson Highway Sign

Your Georgia Desk:   This information from - a great resource for all things Georgia Melvin Thompson, the first person elected to the office of lieutenant governor of Georgia, served as the state’s governor in 1947-48. He is best remembered for his fight with Herman Talmadge over the governorship after the death of Governor-elect Eugene Talmadge in 1946.

Family and Early Career

Melvin Ernest Thompson was born in Millen on May 1, 1903, Continue reading