Gov. Nathan Deal: Give Edge to Georgians in State Contracts

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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 Deal: Give edge to Georgians in state contracts

Governor vows to renew law that helps local small businesses compete for bids

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced a commitment in his second term to renew opportunities for Georgia-based businesses through legislative recommendations and guidelines for strategic practices for state entities.

“Upon taking office, I spearheaded legislation to increase the bidding threshold for state entities from $5,000 to $25,000, opening the door for more local businesses to do business with the state without cumbersome bidding requirements,” Deal said. “This legislative fix expires June 2015, but I will take action to extend it. I’ve also tapped our Department of Administrative Services to work with state entities to identify strategies, revise policies and procedures and develop guidelines to enhance opportunities for Georgia-based businesses. (more…)

SOS Brian Kemp: Reminds Georgians of October 6th Voter Registration Deadline

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From Secretary of State Brian Kemp

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Secretary of State Kemp Reminds Georgians of October 6th Voter Registration Deadline for

the November 4thGeneral Election

Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants to remind Georgians they must be registered to vote by October 6th in order to participate in the November 4th General Election.  This leaves less than one full week before the deadline.

“Every Georgian should have the opportunity to vote in the November 4th General Election,” said Kemp.  “The good news is that it is easier than ever to get registered to vote or to change your registration information.”

Georgians with a valid Georgia driver’s license can go online and register at:https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button. (more…)

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: The Overdue Resignation of Eric Holder

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From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland 

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 The Overdue Resignation of Eric Holder

On September 25th, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder officially announced his resignation. Holder’s job as attorney general was to serve as the country’s highest lawyer, and instead he squandered the opportunity and played petty politics.

Lawmakers, like me, have been calling for his resignation for years now. Holder has a pattern of failing to enforce the constitution. Instead, he chooses when he wants to implement the law and which cases he wants to take seriously. This was clear when Holder took a back seat and did not aggressively investigate the administration’s largest scandals, like Fast and Furious and the IRS targeting.

When the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee began looking into the scandals, Holder obstructed the investigation and failed to produce documents subpoenaed by the committee.  (more…)

Rep. Rob Woodall: Diverse Coalition Calls on Congress to Repeal Congressional Mail Perks

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From Congressman Rob Woodall

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Diverse Coalition Calls on Congress to Repeal Congressional Mail Perks

Today, a diverse coalition of government watchdog groups has called on Congress to adopt H.R. 4872, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to repeal the outdated congressional Franking privilege, which allows Members of Congress to send mail using a signature in place of postage, and reimburse the Postal Service at a later date.

“The Woodall-Duckworth legislation is a bipartisan and measured response designed to rein in some of the worst abuses of the privilege by making it clear to both constituents and Congress alike that ‘franked mail’ costs taxpayers,” said the coalition in a letter addressed to the U.S. House of Representatives.  “In the end, making the actual costs of the franking privilege evident to constituents and members will encourage greater self-restraint by members and more accurate accounting,” the coalition letter continued.   “We urge Congress to adopt the bipartisan Woodall-Duckworth legislation to rein in abuses of the franking privilege.” (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: Ivy Linen Services to Create 150 Jobs in Fulton County

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Deal: Ivy Linen Services to create 150 jobs in Fulton County

Company to invest up to $6 million into new metro Atlanta facility over the next three years

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Ivy Linen Services, a linen management and outsourcing firm for upscale Atlanta hotels, will open in Fulton County, creating new 150 jobs and investing up to $6 million into a new facility.

“Ivy Linen Services’ decision to locate in Georgia illustrates how our top-ranked workforce, cutting-edge logistics infrastructure and other assets help companies compete and flourish,” Deal said. “I look forward to the positive impact Ivy Linen Services will have on the Fulton County community and the hospitality industry, and remain confident that Georgia’s No. 1 business climate will support this innovative company for many years to come.”

Ivy Linen Services uses eco-friendly detergents, water reclamation and conservation methods to deliver quality linens to upscale Atlanta hotels. The company is the preferred vendor for several large corporate hotel brands, allowing hoteliers to concentrate on their core business and increase revenues while contributing to the community’s water preservation efforts. The new 56,000-square-foot facility, located on six acres at 4600 Fulton Industrial Boulevard, will support and expand existing operations to better meet demand in Atlanta’s expanding hotel market.

“Our customers have been eager to partner with a strategic, environmentally conscious linen service provider and now they have that opportunity,” said Ivy Linen Services Vice-President of Sales Thomas Bresson. (more…)

Chatham County approves Sunday early voting | savannahnow.com

Chatham County voters will have the opportunity for the first time to vote on a Sunday in the upcoming general election.

The county’s Board of Registrars on Wednesday unanimously approved opening its polls Oct. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Board of Registrars Main Office, 1117 Eisenhower Drive, Suite E.

The extra day during the three-week early voting period — Oct. 13 through Oct. 31 — ahead of the Nov. 4 election could allow poll access to people who would otherwise not have time to vote in person, said Colin McRae, the board’s chairman.

via Chatham County approves Sunday early voting | savannahnow.com.

Thumbs down for Sunday voting at testy board meeting | Local & State | Macon.com

After an at-times fiery debate over whether to allow Sunday voting in the November elections, the Bibb County Board of Elections on Thursday voted 3-2 against it.

The proceedings began with a prayer and grew increasingly contentious, divided along party lines.

Democratic appointees Steve Allen and Ronnie Miley voted for the proposal, while Republican appointees Rinda Wilson and Herb Spangler along with independent Barbara Clowers opposed it.

via Thumbs down for Sunday voting at testy board meeting | Local & State | Macon.com.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 29, 2014

William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England on September 28, 1066.

Washington Yorktown

General George Washington led continental troops into the siege of British forces under General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on September 28, 1781.

On September 28, 1863, two Union generals lost their commands after the Confederates routed federal forces at the Battle of Chickamauga.

On September 28, 1889, Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation designating January 19th a state holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Lee’s birthday is still a state holiday, though it has become “a moveable feast.”

Sir Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey was appointed British Governor General of Canada on September 26, 1904. We shall drink his tea in his honor this afternoon.

On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.

Atlanta-born Robert Trent “Bobby” Jones won his first Grand Slam on September 27, 1930.

WSB-TV took to the airwaves for the first time on September 29, 1948.

On September 26, 1960, Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican Vice President Richard M. Nixon met in the first nationally-televised Presidential debate.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

AJC Liberal columnist Jay Bookman wrote last week that the sky is falling for Georgia Republicans,

“Among voters 49 and younger, Democrat Michelle Nunn has a nine-point advantage over Republican David Perdue. Among those 50 and older, Perdue has an 11-point margin. If you’re a GOP strategist in this state, those numbers have to alarm you about the future. ”

But put down the Pepto-Bismol, my fellow Republican strategists. The news isn’t nearly as dire, in fact it doesn’t even really qualify as news. Because Jay Bookman’s margin of error is huge.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 29, 2014

Seven Puppies

These seven puppies look to be Labrador Retriever mixed with some sort of Pointer. 5 males and 2 females are available for adoption individually from Polk County Animal Control in Cedartown, GA, where they are urgent. If you are interested in this Pet, please call Gail Posey of Posey Shelter Pets at 678-361-7304 or [email protected] **** Adoption fee for dogs is only $35. This facility only accepts Checks or Money Orders. They do NOT accept Cash or Credit/Debit cards. You will sign a contract stating you will get your new pet spayed/neutered and a rabies vaccine by a specified date. **** Upon adoption, adopters are required to fill out a rabies and sterilization contract. ****

Save Sophia

Sophia is an adult female Yellow Lab who has a rescue group lined up out of state, but needs money to help pay for her vetting and transportation. Click here to donate online to help save Sophia. She has raised $150 of a total of $600 needed.

Save Bud

Bud is a Chocolate Lab who has a rescue ready to save him but needs help with his vetting. Click here to donate to Bud’s veterinary fund. He has raised $400 of $500 needed.

Quaker

Quaker is a little Black Lab who is in the Spalding County Animal Shelter. He has a rescue lined up for him, but needs help with his vetting. Click here to donate to Quaker’s fund. He has raised $270 of his $450 goal.

[Disclaimer: GaPundit.com nor I receive anything for promoting dog rescue or fundraising to save dogs. The only reward we get is hearing about dogs who have found homes because of our readers' help. Thank you.]

For fun, here are two videos of a dog dancing with her owner. It’s a great way to waste a few minutes.

Jay Bookman’s Margin of Error

AJC Liberal columnist Jay Bookman writes this morning,

“Among voters 49 and younger, Democrat Michelle Nunn has a nine-point advantage over Republican David Perdue. Among those 50 and older, Perdue has an 11-point margin. If you’re a GOP strategist in this state, those numbers have to alarm you about the future. ”

But put down the Pepto-Bismol, my fellow Republican strategists. The news isn’t nearly as dire, in fact it doesn’t even really qualify as news. Because Jay Bookman’s margin of error is huge.

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