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7
Dec

Southern Airways Express looking to expand | 11Alive.com

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — With minutes to go before this Southern Airways Express flight is set to take off for Memphis, business traveler Harold Sloves couldn’t be more relaxed.

“It’s just extremely convenient,” he said. “You park right in front of the terminal, there’s no long security line, you don’t feel like cattle going through the airport.”

Southern is a scheduled public charter that sells by the seat, with direct flights from DeKalb Peachtree Airport to Destin, Memphis, Jackson and Oxford, Mississippi.

“It’s great. You come up, you show up 20 minutes before your flight, sign in, when everybody gets here, we go,” Sloves said.

Southern uses the Signature terminal on the north side of PDK. Valet and self-parking are free and there are no security checkpoints or airline baggage fees.

via Southern Airways Express looking to expand.

7
Dec

2014 Public Official of the Year: Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams has made history for several reasons. In 2011, with her installation as leader of the Democratic caucus in the Georgia House of Representatives, Abrams became the first woman ever to lead a party bloc in the Georgia General Assembly. She was also the first African-American to assume the top spot of either party in the lower chamber.

But Abrams took over a caucus in crisis. Eight Democrats in the House — including one who had just been elected to the No. 2 spot — switched to the Republican side following the 2010 election. The Republicans were close to controlling a supermajority. They got even closer the next year when Democrats lost more seats in subsequent redistricting. “My selection was heralded by defection,” Abrams says. “I very clearly framed my campaign and my leadership around the idea that we have to be good at being in the minority. It is not sufficient to simply be the opposition party lambasting the other side.”

That meant being willing to work with Republicans in the House, even as she tried to boost the size of the Democratic caucus.

Abrams walked that tricky line, for example, by supporting legislation championed by Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, to overhaul the state’s Hope Scholarship program. While she disagreed with the governor that the program should be based on merit rather than need, Abrams was able to convince Deal and a majority of Republicans to compromise on other parts of the bill. Ultimately, the two sides agreed, among other things, to include low-interest loans and preserve most funding for pre-K programs. “My fundamental philosophy,” she says, “is that my first job is to cooperate and collaborate with the other side whenever I can.”

But sometimes conflict is unavoidable. “When those ideological differences are evident and are necessary, it is insufficient to say simply say, ‘I don’t like what the other side is doing,’” she says. “We have an affirmative obligation to offer either an alternative or a cogent rebuttal that shows what they’re trying to do is wrong for Georgia.” In 2011, she gathered an unlikely coalition­ — including fellow Democrats, Tea Party activists and Southern Baptist leaders — and successfully fought Deal on a plan to cut income taxes and raise sales taxes. It worked. A narrower package of tax breaks passed with bipartisan support the next year.

via 2014 Public Official of the Year: Stacey Abrams.

5
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 5, 2014

On December 5, 1765, the British ship Speedwell arrived in Savannah with supplies for implementing the Stamp Act.

Georgia voters approved a new state Constitution, the seventh in state history, on December 5, 1877; also approved on the statewide ballot was to keep the state capital in Atlanta instead of returning it to Milledgeville. Notably, Section II, Paragraph V of the 1877 Constitution read:

“Lobbying is declared to be a crime, and the General Assembly shall enforce this provision by suitable penalties.”

On December 5, 1933, the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Utah ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition under the 18th Amendment. FDR ran for President in 1932 supporting repeal.

On December 5, 1941, ten state institutions of higher learning, including the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, lost their accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools due to political meddling by Gov. Eugene Talmadge.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Today at 10 AM, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will hold a meeting to introduce Commissioner-elect Nancy Jester, who will be the only Republican on the County Commission.

5
Dec

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 5, 2014

BlazeWalton

Blaze is a one-year old female Yellow Lab mix who looks tough, but is sweet and tender as can be. She is a little nervous in the loud kennel, so she’ll snuggle into your lap.  In a quieter area she’s a social and friendly girl.  She interacted well with another larger dog and showed no aggression toward a cat.  She isn’t very big, just 45 pounds.  She has a cute corkscrew on the end of her tail. Blaze is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Ga.

Zeke

Zeke is a 4-year old, 70# Chocolate Lab who is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Ga. He doesn’t really like it in the loud kennel and just sits in the corner. Maybe he wasn’t socialized too well, but he doesn’t show any aggression toward people or animals.  He is a bit reluctant to walk on leash indoors, but is much more comfortable outside and opens up more. He’ll wag his tail, come up to you, and walk on the leash when outside the kennel. He’ll do just fine with some socialization and TLC. He interacted with another dog and did fine. He did some sniffing and tail wagging, but was mainly disinterested.

Pope

Pope is a a 3/5-year old  greyhound/lab mix. He is the last dog from a litter of 12 that still needs a forever home. Pope is a SPECIAL NEEDS dog. He has Diabetes Insipidus. This means is that Pope drinks a LOT of water and pees a lot. His sugar levels are just fine. He is fat and healthy but he will need to be an outside dog. Pope is also heartworm positive but is receiving monthly Heartguard. He is very loving and wants to be somebody’s treasured companion. Pope is available for adoption from Helping Hands Humane Society in Crawfordville, GA.

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Batman is a 3.5 year old male Black Lab and Hound mix who was picked up at Alexander Stephens State Park in Crawfordville in October 2009 after Helping Hands Humane Society got a call from the park rangers. He was SO emaciated that he was just skin and bones. When he crouched down, his bony legs jutted up over his body and he looked very much like a bat…hence the name. Batman has been in foster care and is now shiny and healthy. He is a lab mix, we estimate about 3 1/2 years old. He’s been an outside dog but loves to go on leash walks. He is a high energy dog and would love a BIG fenced yard in which to run. He is people oriented, gets along with his yard dog friends but doesn’t like cats. He may take a little while to get used to you but would be a devoted animal companion once you gain his trust.

Batman is available for adoption from Helping Hands Humane Society in Crawfordville, GA.

4
Dec

AUDIO – Senator-elect David Perdue About His Committee Assignments, First Legislative Issues, & What He Learned at Freshman Orientation

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Your Ga Pundit correspondent talking with Senator-elect David Perdue about his committee assignments, the first legislative issues in the new Congress, and what he learned at Freshman Orientation 

 

4
Dec

AUDIO – First Lady Sandra Deal On Christmas At the Governor’s Mansion

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Your Ga Pundit correspondent talking with First Lady Sandra Deal about Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion

4
Dec

AUDIO – Gov. Nathan Deal: Remarks on His Inauguration and Christmas

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Your Ga Pundit correspondent talking with Governor Nathan Deal about his Inauguration, the With a Servant’s Heart program, and Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion

 

4
Dec

VIDEO – James Bond 24 – SPECTRE

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4
Dec

Gov. Nathan Deal: November Revenues Up 4.3 percent

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Deal Leadership

Deal: November revenues up 4.3 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for November totaled nearly $1.46 billion, an increase of approximately $60.5 million, or 4.3 percent, compared to November 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $7.7 billion, which was an increase of $359 million, or 4.9 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $7.34 billion after five months. Year-to-date gross tax revenues, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled $10.1 billion, which was an increase of nearly $523 million, or 5.4 percent, compared to November 2013.

The following changes within the various tax categories led to the overall net revenue increase in November:

Individual Income Tax:  Individual Income Tax collections for November totaled nearly $747.75 million, up from $694.25 million in November 2013, for an increase of $53.5 million, or 7.7 percent.

The following notable components within Individual Income Tax account for the net increase:

•      Individual Income Tax Withholding payments were up $44 million, or 6.2 percent

•      Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were down $20.5 million, or -39.8 percent
•      All other Individual categories including Return & Estimated payments were down a combined $11 million

Sales and Use Tax:  Gross Sales Tax collections for November increased roughly $46.25 million, or 5.8 percent, compared to FY 2014. In addition, net Sales & Use Tax collections increased $14.5 million, or 3.4 percent, over the previous year, when net Sales Tax totaled nearly $423.5 million. The adjusted distribution of sales tax to local and county governments totaled $399.25 million, which was an increase of $24.75 million compared to last year. Lastly, Sales Tax refunds increased almost $7 million compared to last year, when just $1.5 million in refunds were processed.Continue Reading..

4
Dec

GA GOP Chair John Padgett: 2014 Victory Wrap-Up

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From Georgia Republican Party Chair John PadgettJohn Padgett GAGOP Convention Speech

 

We Did It!  The 2014 Victory Wrap-Up 

When I ran for chairman, I made a commitment to upgrade the Party’s technology and digital efforts, prioritize the grassroots, and fully fund our Victory Program.

These were lofty goals but thanks to the hard work of District and County Chairman, elected officials, and grassroots leaders around the state, we turned a campaign promise into a political reality.

This year, the Georgia Republican Party had the most comprehensive, data-driven, grassroots focused ground game in State Party history.  From opening up 17 Victory Headquarters throughout the state to incorporating VOIP phones and the “WalkApp” into our Voter ID and GOTV program, we had the tools and resources necessary for victory.

We prepared a document (which you can find HERE) that offers a brief snapshot into our Victory 2014 program.  I hope you will take a moment to review the amazing accomplishments of our grassroots leaders and learn more about initiatives spearheaded by the Party that helped secure victory for the entire Republican ticket.Continue Reading..