via RN-T.com – Lumsden speaks to Kiwanis Club about written unwritten rules under the Gold Dome and how they are both important.
There are written rules in the halls of the Gold Dome, where state legislators craft laws that affect wide segments of Georgia.
But there are also unwritten rules that can be just as important, state Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, told the Kiwanis Club of Rome at its Monday meeting.
“Understanding the unwritten rules is something that’s very important when trying to do the job,” Lumsden said. “This has been a learning curve.”
Lumsden, whose district includes portions of Floyd and Chattooga counties, finished his first session in the Georgia Legislature last month.
via Applications for weapons carry permits surge in Gwinnett | www.ajc.com.
Gwinnett County residents are seeking permits to carry firearms at a higher pace than ever before.
The county’s Probate Court has received more than 4,500 weapons carry applications through April 10 — a pace that could mean more than 16,000 applications submitted by the end of the year.
The record for applications in a year is 8,300, set last year.
Probate Judge Christopher Ballar has asked county commissioners to add $39,000 to his budget so he can hire four temporary part-time employees to help process the paperwork over the next six months. Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the request Tuesday night.
via The Daily Tribune News – Lindsey adds name to 11th Congressional race.
State Rep. Edward Lindsey made his first trip to Cartersville last week since announcing his candidacy for Georgia’s 11th Congressional District.
Lindsey’s entrance to the race was the second formal announcement behind that of former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr and about a week ahead of State Sen. Barry Loudermilk’s announcement made Saturday at the Republican Party District meeting.
The seat held by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey will be vacated due to his candidacy for the open Senate seat of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election in 2014.
Describing the state of current events as a “crossroads” for America, Lindsey points to economic issues as the nation’s biggest threats, including jobs and the national debt.
“The primary issues right now are economics and jobs, and we desperately need someone up in Washington who has a strong record of a problem solver and a conservative reformer. We have too many folks in Washington who want to step back and at 30,000 feet throw bombs. We need more folks with experience rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty,” Lindsey said. “There is a burden to governing, and in order to advance conservative principals, we have to engage. We can’t simply stand back and say ‘no.’ We have to come up with good, strong conservative pieces of legislation and principals. The No. 1 crises right now in our society is obviously the ever-increasing debt that our nation suffers under. The solution to that is fairly straight forward, but it’s going to be hard.”
via MARTA readies RFQs for King Memorial – Atlanta Business Chronicle.
MARTA is marching ahead with plans to redevelop about 4 acres next to its King Memorial station.
MARTA will test developers’ appetite for the project in May when it issues a request for qualifications. MARTA’s board of directors approved the step at its April 22 meeting.
During roughly the next two months, MARTA planning officials would take an initial list of potential developers of the King Memorial site, and their ideas, and pare it down to the most likely candidates.
MARTA would then send out a request for more detailed proposals.
via Proposed I-75 express toll lanes get mixed response – Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Some at the open house said it’s not right to add lanes that could require tolls of more than $6, when not everyone can afford such a fee, reported Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV. Others there said they are willing to pay the toll if that would trim driving time.
via Investigation finds Hall County violated election rules | GainesvilleTimes.com
The Hall County elections office committed 14 violation of state election law during last year’s July primary, a preliminary investigation by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office has concluded.
The violations were uncovered following two separate complaints filed in conjunction with the July 31 primary election.
The investigation found that Charlotte Sosebee, the director of elections, and two poll workers violated election regulations by allowing at least one voters to vote twice and that three voters either signed incorrect absentee ballots of failed to sign ballots at all.
The election office was also faulted for incorrectly placing about 60 registered voters into the wrong county commission district, which means those voters would have been given the wrong ballot when they went to the polls.
via Georgia high court declines to hear appeal of former commissioner’s perjury conviction | jacksonville.com.
After he had served five days, Tuten released him on an appeal bond but ordered him back to jail for a violation of the terms of his release. Tuten had ordered Grovner to not participate in any matters concerning elections.
Officials said that Grovner provided a election qualification form to a candidate in the Darien City Council election.
The jury had found that Grovner lied under oath in the January 2009 trial of an election contest. Grovner testified that county Board of Elections Chairman Bob Mucha had said during the tabulation of November 2008 election returns that he had found 500 to 600 uncounted absentee ballots.
Mucha and others testified Mucha did not make such a statement and that no additional ballots were uncounted at the time.
Deal signs bill to strengthen public safety on Georgia’s waterways
April 23, 2013
Gov. Nathan Deal today signed SB 136, a bill that lowers the blood-alcohol content limit for boaters from a .10 to a .08 and increases penalties for those caught boating while intoxicated. The legislation also serves to educate the public on boater safety and guidelines. The signing ceremony took place at Holiday Marina at Lake Lanier.
“Far too many tragedies have occurred as a result of boating under the influence and inadequate boater education,” Deal said. “Last June, I vowed to work with the General Assembly to pass legislation in honor of Jake and Griffin Prince, who lost their lives last summer in a tragic accident. As I have said, if you are too drunk to drive an automobile, you are too drunk to drive a boat.” Continue reading
via Bernie Marcus has choice words for Obamacare | The Biz Beat | www.ajc.com.
Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus has choice words for the Affordable Care Act and its impact on small businesses and their employees: “Obamacare is going to kill off the small businesses. There’s no question about it.”
Marcus, who retired from Home Depot in 2002, made the comments recently to Newsmax TV while at a free-enterprise leadership summit sponsored by his Job Creators Alliance in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.