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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

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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..

4
Dec

Bob Barr: Bizarro-World View of Self-Defense on Display in Ferguson

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From Bob Barr

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Bizarro-World View of Self-Defense on Display in Ferguson

Last week, residents of Ferguson, Missouri might have noticed a strange sight amidst the scenes of burning buildings, overturned cars, crazed rioters, and police in full military dress. Standing stoically on the rooftops of buildings in areas threatened by prolonged rioting were men dressed in masks and camouflage, armed with buckets of water, fire extinguishers, and occasionally AR-15 rifles.

These men were not members of the Ferguson Police Department or the Missouri National Guard. They were members of the Oath Keepers, a nationwide collective of military veterans, former law enforcement officers, first responders and other concerned citizens who have sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. They were drawn to Ferguson to help protect the people and property of the town from the rioters and criminals, who largely had avoided being stopped by the police and National Guard troops.

While the appearance of the Oath Keepers came as a relief to citizens and small business owners affected by the riots, to the authorities they posed a threat. That’s right. Within just days of arriving, rather than being thanked by the police for volunteering to help protect lives and property, these law-abiding volunteers were ordered to get out of town, apparently for “operating without a license.”

Absurd as it is that a person would need a “license” to do nothing more than protect private property from wanton destruction — especially when the police force’s apparent “best efforts” to do so were woefully deficient — that is exactly how government views the right to self-defense in the Bizarro World of 21st Century America.Continue Reading..

4
Dec

Newt Gingrich: President Obama and the Real Lessons of Ferguson

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via – Speaker Newt Gingrich  - www.gingrichproductions.com 

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President Obama and the Real Lessons of Ferguson

The gap between reality and President Obama’s left-wing ideology was never more vivid than during television coverage of his statement about the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown cast last Monday night.

The self-delusion surpassed even his statements on the Obamacare website, the Syrian red line, the Crimean ultimatum, the IRS scandal, and a dozen other examples of maximum incompetence. The speech captured the symbolic core of this hopeless administration, which consistently says and does things that bear little relation to reality and are intended only as vague gestures of good intentions.

Callista and I watched at home as President Obama was saying on one side of the screen, “I appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur.” On the other side of the split-screen there were violent protesters and cars and buildings burning.

As in so many other cases of the administration constructing its own imagined reality, much of the news media reinforced the President’s false narrative of peaceful, justified protests even as they stood on the street covering the violence and the burning. They then reported on every available demonstration around the country over the next few days even though in most places there were very few people involved.

The real lessons of Ferguson begin with facts this left wing President and the left wing media choose to ignore.Continue Reading..

4
Dec

The Georgia Transportation Summit

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via – The Georgia General Assembly 

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Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) and Rep. Jay Roberts (R – Ocilla) will be featured guest speakers at the Georgia Transportation Summit on Tuesday, December 9, in Athens, Ga. Sen. Gooch and Rep. Roberts, who chair their respective chambers’ transportation committees, will address attendees alongside Gov. Nathan Deal and Keith Golden, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). More than 600 transportation leaders and advocates are expected to attend this event, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston, local elected officials and members of the Georgia General Assembly.

Panel discussions and breakout sessions during the event will cover topics such as federal funding for local projects, managed lanes, the design and permit process for new construction, and innovations in intersections/interchanges. The sessions will be presented by GDOT and other industry professionals. The event will conclude after an afternoon public policy briefing addressing Georgia’s annual billion dollar transportation funding shortfall and proposed legislation to close the funding gap.Continue Reading..

4
Dec

Tybee officials to audit vacation rentals to find unpaid taxes | savannahnow.com

There could be several factors to credit for a recent jump in Tybee Island’s room tax collections, but city officials say one big reason is a renewed effort to catch lodging businesses that aren’t paying their fair share.

Tybee Island City Manager Diane Schleicher said city staff in recent months has been seeking out and catching vacation rentals that have been operating without a business license and shirking their contributions to the island’s hotel/motel and sales tax coffers.

The main goal of the effort is fairness, Schleicher said, but the work has also resulted in the collection of thousands of dollars in previously unpaid taxes.

In one case, the city was able to collect $30,000 in back taxes and penalties from a single business, said Keith Gay, a Tybee real estate agent and chairman of the Tybee Island Tourism Council.

via Tybee officials to audit vacation rentals to find unpaid taxes | savannahnow.com.

4
Dec

Potential cities fight for territory | www.myajc.com

Dreams of creating the cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills won’t come true unless supporters of the idea can compromise in their border war, said state lawmakers during a packed public hearing Wednesday.

Leaders of the cityhood efforts are fighting over coveted commercial property surrounding Northlake Mall, as well as the more residential area near Spaghetti Junction.

“If the people in this room want something to happen, they’d better get their act together and come up with a map that we can approve,” said Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming. “There will be some happy people and some unhappy people no matter what the outcome is.”

via Potential cities fight for territory | www.myajc.com.