Two Cartersville ob/gyns filed suit Tuesday to overturn the state’s health care regulatory process, saying it restricts competition and is unconstitutional.
Drs. Hugo Ribot and Malcolm Barfield are challenging the Georgia Certificate of Need program, a complex set of regulations governing the creation and expansion of medical facilities.
The Certificate of Need process has long been controversial because hospitals often use it to challenge competitors’ proposed projects. It has also pitted doctors against hospitals in battles over building surgery centers.
The physicians’ lawsuit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court, is believed to be the first such litigation seeking to overturn the state’s entire Certificate of Need, or CON, program, said Glenn Delk, an Atlanta attorney for the physicians.
Georgia’s hospital industry generally has been a fierce defender of the CON laws, maintaining that hospitals need money-making services such as surgery protected by regulation to offset the financial losses they incur through intensive care, trauma treatment and other unprofitable services.
But the physicians’ lawsuit says Georgia’s CON laws “are a restraint on competition, economic liberty and consumer choice.”
The CON regulations “encourage and facilitate state-granted monopolies and have the effect of restricting competition in the provision of health care services,” the lawsuit says.
Zack is a happy-go-lucky adult male chocolate lab mix. He is not a big dog (about knee high) and approx. 40 pounds. Zack gets along well with other dogs and loves to play. He is very energetic and would do best with an active family or a large fenced yard. Zack does appear to be housetrained. He has been using a belly band at his foster’s home with no issue. Zack is HW positive but was treated at the beginning of June. He will have a follow up appointment in the next few weeks and should be ready for his furever home. Zack is available for adoption from Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue in Waynesboro, GA. If you would like to schedule a meeting with Zack please email [email protected]
A 15,000-man strong column under General George Pickett was organized, and Lee ordered a massive bombardment of the Union positions. The 10,000 Federals answered the Confederate artillery onslaught, and for more than an hour the guns raged in the heaviest cannonade of the Civil War. At 3 p.m., Pickett led his force into no-man’s-land and found that Lee’s bombardment had failed. As Pickett’s force attempted to cross the mile distance to Cemetery Ridge, Union artillery blew great holes in their lines. Meanwhile, Yankee infantry flanked the main body of “Pickett’s charge” and began cutting down the Confederates. Only a few hundred Virginians reached the Union line, and within minutes they all were dead, dying, or captured. In less than an hour, more than 7,000 Confederate troops had been killed or wounded.
The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War, costing the Union 23,000 killed, wounded, or missing in action. The Confederates suffered some 25,000 casualties.
As a student of Dr. Merle Black in the political science department at Emory, we began our study of Southern politics from the premise that race relations and the legacy of racial discrimination shaped Southern politics. One book we read every year was The Longest Debate: A Legislative History of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which belongs on the bookshelf of any serious student of American politics, political history, and legislative process.
Paul Maner announced that he will run against incumbent State Senator Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) in the 2016 Republican Primary election for State Senate District 40. From the Press Release:
Long-time Atlanta resident Paul Maner has announced he will be seeking the Republican nomination in the upcoming 2016 state election cycle. Running as a conservative Republican, Paul Maner promises to bring honesty, leadership, & accountability to Georgia State Senate District 40 because It’s Our Time Now!
Paul Maner, an experienced Financial Advisor at National Financial Services Group (ATL), has spent 22+ years helping others become debt-free, financially independent, & personally protected. He is the author of “Bible Centered Principles for Personal Finance” and a dedicated volunteer at the Atlanta Bible Camp. Most recently, Paul was awarded the “5 Star Wealth Management Award” by a group of industry peers. Paul and his wife Paula, married since 1983, have a son and daughter-in-law (married by Paul) – both currently serving in the U.S. Army as Combat Medics. Paul describes his priorities are “God, family, work, & Falcons”.
About Paul’s Campaign
Why is he running? Well, simple – Paul believes that It’s Our Time Now. It is time to take control of our state’s future with solid financial planning and conservative Republican leadership and secure Georgia’s place as a national leader in education, jobs, & economic growth. We’d like to invite you to learn more about Paul and his campaign by visiting www.paulmaner.com.
In Augusta, Wright McLeod, who ran for Congress in the 12th District in 2012, send out a press release announcing his campaign for State House District 123 in 2016 when incumbent Barbara Sims will not run for reelection.
Augusta native Wright McLeod officially announces his run for Georgia House of Representatives District 123.
District 123 is currently held by Barbara Sims. She has announced that she will not seek re-election after completing her fifth term. “Barbara has selflessly served this District with grace and effectiveness. Thank you Barbara for a job well done.”
McLeod, a Republican and decorated Navy Commander and Naval Flight Officer, flew the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet for 20 years, including 38 combat missions in Operation DESERT STORM. McLeod earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a masters in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law.
After his retirement from the Navy, McLeod brought his family back to Augusta and started a successful real estate law firm. He and his wife, Sheri, have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents to three daughters, Collier (23), Maggie (21) and Grace (15). The McLeod’s attend the Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta where McLeod serves on the Vestry. McLeod also serves on the Board of Directors of the Augusta Warrior Project and the Hephzibah Charter School Commission.
Bob Young is back. The former Augusta Mayor announced Monday that he was entering the race for House District 123, a seat currently held by Barbara Sims. Sims announced on Monday, via email, that she would not be seeking re-election. On his Facebook page, Young announced he would run in the Republican primary for the Georgia State House seat.
In his Facebook post, Young wrote “I look forward to carrying my message as the conservative choice to the voters in Richmond and Columbia Counties in the coming months.”
Bieser said she decided that, at 75, she was too old to pursue another four-year term on the council after her current one expires at the end of the year. She has decided to retire instead and endorse Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority Chairman David Still to replace her. Bieser was first elected to the council in 2008.
“If it were a two-year term, I might have considered running again, but four years is just too much,” Bieser told the Daily Post on Wednesday. “I think it’s time for the younger people to step up to the plate and get involved in the running of the city.”
Bieser’s seat is one of three spots that are up for election in the city this year. Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson and Council member Tony Powell are also up for re-election this year.
The criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion charge carries a possible sentence of one to five years in prison. A charge of perjury has a sentence of one to 10 years. It is expected that the three perjury charges will be rolled into one charge during sentencing.
The perjury counts related to testimony Ellis gave to a special grand jury in 2013. The jury also found that Ellis ordered the county to stop doing business with Power and Energy Services after they refused to donate to Ellis’ campaign.
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May released a statement hours after Ellis’ conviction:
I encourage everyone to join me in keeping the Ellis family in our thoughts and prayers. I wish them strength in the days and months ahead.
Mr. Ellis remains under suspension during any appeal until the final disposition of his case or the expiration of his term of office, whichever comes first. While the suspension is in effect, I remain as Interim Chief Executive Officer. As Interim CEO, I will continue to stay focused on moving the county forward.
Today the taxpayers, businesses, and residents of DeKalb County received a portion of justice long due to them. I congratulate District Attorney Robert James on his success in Court today. I thank Judge Courtney Johnson and the jury of DeKalb County citizens that heard this case, thoughtfully deliberated on the facts, and delivered their verdict.
Today’s verdict, while important and necessary, does not close the book on corruption in DeKalb. To the contrary, these verdicts, along with guilty pleas of a former Commissioner, are but a fraction of the justice that must be tendered to the citizens of this county.
The fact remains that the trust and goodwill between the citizens in DeKalb and county government has been completely eroded. This one case, albeit a significant one, represents one facet of the problems that plague DeKalb. Corruption, waste, incompetence, bias, and an abusive bureaucracy have all found homes in various crevices of DeKalb County. I remain optimistic that investigators, law enforcement officials, and prosecutors will continue to mete out more justice for the people. Perhaps the harder task before us is to eradicate the quieter, but equally as harmful, scourge of incompetence, waste, bias, and abusive bureaucracy. Only when we completely address all of these negative attributes of DeKalb County government, will we be able to regain public trust and goodwill.
Despite the consistent appearance of both sessions on the city calendar, council members — with one exception — rarely bother to show up on time.
Regardless of who’s waiting.
People who take the starting times seriously end up cooling their heels until council members decide to make an appearance.
This behavior on the part of council members is unacceptable. It’s rude and arrogant.
Excuses such as “I was busy” or “I was delayed” don’t work because the dates and start times for these meetings are set well in advance. It requires only a minor effort for the aldermen to ensure they’ve made appropriate arrangements to meet that schedule.
It’s a matter of eight elected officials, in effect, telling those who sit and wait “my time is more important than yours.”
Alderman Hall is the exception, the one member who consistently is on time.
Dodger is a happy-go-lucky 2-year old Pointer / Lab mix with adorable speckles and a personality for the books. This boy is always happy! Dodger loves to make his humans happy. He already knows how to sit and would love to learn more, especially if treats are involved. One thing Dodger loves more than treats is getting a good back scratch from the human closest to him. He seems like an active boy who would not only be an awesome workout buddy, but a great cuddle buddy too! He gets along great with other dogs and probably wouldn’t mind having a dog friend in his new home. His adoption fee includes his neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and more! For more information email [email protected]
Cheyenne is an adorable 27-pound 4-month old lab mix girl who came into the shelter with demodex (a non-contagious form of mange). This sweet shy girl is available for adoption or rescue. Come break Cheyenne out of the shelter so she can recover outside of this stressful environment. Decatur, GA.
Demodex mange is considered non-contagious and is usually treated with getting the dog into a home, which helps their immune system strengthen and fight better and anti-parasitic Ivermectin. It’s not at all difficult to deal with in a dog.
As governor of Georgia, I successfully pushed for the replacement of that flag during our 2001 legislative session.
Everywhere I appeared in public after the flag change, I was greeted with protesters — almost exclusively older white men — waving Georgia’s 1956 flag and the Confederate battle emblem itself. It did not come as a surprise. My predecessor as governor, Zell Miller, had a political near-death experience running for re-election in 1994 after attempting to persuade our Legislature to replace the 1956 flag in 1993.
Many believe my effort to change the flag led to my defeat for re-election in 2002. That year, the Georgia Republican Party’s candidates, including its gubernatorial nominee, promised that if elected, they would hold a referendum that would allow Georgians to vote to bring back the state flag with the Confederate battle emblem. The tactic worked. Republicans won the governor’s office for the first time since Reconstruction.
The Republican Party in the South created its modern dominance on racial division, building a supermajority of white voters to win elections. Ironically, this strategy now gives it the chance to bring change to our region in a way that would be much more difficult for Democrats such as me.
One example here in Georgia is Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s push to reform draconian sentencing laws that we have enacted over the last several decades. A Democratic governor would no doubt be attacked as “soft on crime” and be hard-pressed to garner significant GOP support for such an effort. A Republican governor, however, can make the case as an ally to his party’s legislators and supporters about the need for such reform.
Abby is a 4-6 year old adult female Great Dane who was abandoned when her previous owner was evicted. She is being treated for eye and ear infections and is working on putting on some weight.She is housebroken and gets along with other large dogs. She will need to be on eye drops for the remainder of her life due to chronic dry eye. Abby will need to be in a home with no cats, no young children, and no small dogs. Abby is a very sweet and loving girl. Loves walks and water!! She has great manners and gets along well with most dogs and older children.