Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement.During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization’s ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her fellow workers. Despite a growing unrest within her, she stayed on and strove to serve women in crisis.
All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion.
She watched in horror as a 13 week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist.
Attorney General Sam Olens’ office on Tuesday paid a $10,000 fine to Fulton County Superior Court, just ahead of a judge’s deadline.
Judge Ural Glanville on Monday ordered the AG’s office to pay by Tuesday or face a contempt of court charge. Olens’ team had asked the judge to delay the payment until after any potential appeal is decided. Glanville refused.
Glanville earlier this month sanctioned both the Attorney General’s Office and former state ethics commission director Holly LaBerge and fined them $10,000 each after it was revealed that LaBerge and Olens’ staff had failed to turn over key records in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by LaBerge’s predecessor.
LaBerge, meanwhile, has filed notice with the Georgia Court of Appeals that she plans to challenge Glanville’s ruling, her attorney, Lee Parks, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. LaBerge was not required to pay the fine before that appeal is heard.
The Attorney General’s Office will also appeal, Olens spokeswoman Lauren Kane said.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis asked for lists of county contractors he could hit up for political donations, and he wanted to be sure those lists included phone numbers for top executives of those companies.
In a cover recording created by DeKalb Purchasing Director Kelvin Walton, Ellis said he wanted the numbers of “the real people I need to deal with” when he requested campaign funds.
Those people were company presidents and vice presidents who would be best positioned to give him contributions up to the $2,500 maximum allowed under state law.
Ellis is fighting charges that he shook down contractors by threatening to pull their business with the county unless they gave to his campaign.
Jurors heard the words of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis as he spoke on a secret recording about county contractors and campaign contributions.
Jobs numbers don’t lie, but they don’t always capture the entire truth. Just ask Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who was ridiculed by Democrats last week for suggesting that the gnomes at the Bureau of Labor Statistics were rigging state unemployment data.
“It’s ironic that in a year in which Republican governors are leading some of the states that are making the most progress, that they almost, without exception, are classified as having a bump in their unemployment rates,” Mr. Deal groused. “Whereas states that are under Democrat governors’ control, they are all showing that their unemployment rate has dropped. And I don’t know how you account for that. Maybe there is some influence here that we don’t know about.”
The point here is that unemployment numbers can be misleading, which is why Republicans like Mr. Deal need to be able to cite significant policy accomplishments and present a broader governing agenda.
Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.
MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.
The Democrat argues in his economic pivot that he wants teacher pensions to be able to pump funds into local startups “so long as we’re making sure that we can manage the risk in ways that make sense.” He sees it as a way to boost a state-backed effort to invest in venture capital firms that…has lagged.
“The things that concern the teachers is to make sure you’re stewarding the pension appropriately. So it’s crucial to make sure that we are managing the risk in ways that works,” he said. “But we shouldn’t have those pension funds losing out on higher growths and higher returns just because of artificial caps on what it can do.”
Essentially, he wants to start strip-mining the teachers’ pension system to “invest” in risky new companies. The two problems with this are (a) teachers are apoplectic at the idea of using their retirement funds for risky investments; and (b) the government doesn’t have a very good track record of picking winning investments. (more…)
With a myriad of diverse and important challenges before the nation, the House took several steps last week to tackle those challenges and move real solutions forward.
As I’ve written many times lately, there is a growing and disturbing threat posed by the terrorist ISIS army in Iraq and Syria and more generally the chaos, violence and instability occurring around the world. These circumstances have emerged in no small part because of the vacuum that occurs when America fails to lead. We’ve called on the president to put forth a strategy to explain how he plans to reassert American leadership and protect Americans and our interest in the face of terrorism and tyranny. As promised, I carefully considered the president’s recent proposal – particularly his call to arm Syrian opposition forces to battle ISIS on the ground in Syria.
In light of what is known, and particularly what is unknown, about the nature of opposition forces in Syria, I voted against a proposal offered last week that authorizes the training and equipping of Syrian groups. The amendment did pass and was included in a larger spending bill that Congress sent to the president’s desk for his signature. While I believe we need to combat the threat of ISIS and more importantly have a coherent strategy of engagement, I do not have confidence that the president’s current strategy is one that can effectively and competently address the crisis brought on by ISIS and ultimately be successful.
On the domestic front, the House of Representatives passed two key pieces of legislation – H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, and H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act. (more…)
Last Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkoaddressed a special Joint Session of Congress. The United States is focused on providing assistance to the new Ukrainian government and supporting sanctions against Russia for its occupation of Crimea…READ MORE.