After consultation with GEMA Director Charley English and other state agency heads, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration related to the winter storm for the entire state of Georgia. The governor has delayed the opening of state government until noon tomorrow.
“Many parts of our state have experienced heavy sleet and snowfall, and in the metro areas we’re experiencing traffic jams caused primarily by heavy volume after the quick onset of the winter storm,” Deal said. “Unfortunately, traffic is delaying the ability of crews to treat highways all across the state. I know many people are trying desperately to pick up their children or simply to get home, and I hope they can get to safe, warm stopping point soon. Once at your destination, if at all possible, please stay off the roads until conditions improve. State DOT crews will work around the clock to get roads clear; in addition, the National Guard, the Department of Public Safety and GEMA will work to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible.”
The state of emergency declaration opens up state resources necessary for government response. It also activates the State Emergency Operations Plan, which assigns specific responsibilities to certain agencies.
After consultation with GEMA Director Charley English and other state agency heads, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration related to the winter storm for the entire state of Georgia. The governor has delayed the opening of state government until noon tomorrow. Continue reading →
United for Care, the campaign to put a medical marijuana petition on the Florida ballot, just surpassed the total number of verified petition signatures it needs to qualify for the ballot.
According to data provided by the Florida secretary of state, the campaign has — as of as of Friday afternoon — 710,508 verified signatures, surpassing the 683,149 total needed. The state notes that these ‘verified totals’ are still unofficial until the initiative receives certification and a ballot number.
SUWANEE, Ga. – If you don’t follow politics closely, trying to learn more about an issue can be quite overwhelming. A local man has launched a website that not only helps you keep up with it all, but holds lawmakers accountable.
Consider it the Facebook or Twitter for politics. On PoliticalTracker.com you can follow politicians and issues that really matter to you and it all shows up on your personal news feed.
The site allows you to keep up with lawmakers and track exactly what they’re doing with your tax dollars.
“It’s a way to know everything they sponsor, everything they do on Facebook and Twitter to provide the user the insight on exactly what their elected official is doing” said PoliticalTracker.com founder Steven Hayes. “You can follow different bills, every time something happens on that bill, you see them.”
ATLANTA — A metro Atlanta bookkeeper who is credited with talking a school gunman into surrendering will be a guest of President Barack Obama for his State of the Union address.
The White House announced that Antoinette Tuff is among guests who will join first lady Michelle Obama to watch the speech Tuesday evening. The White House frequently invites guests to sit with the first lady during the address to emphasize a policy or issue the president wants to underscore.
ATLANTA — An effort to bring medical marijuana to Georgia under certain circumstances is gaining momentum.
Republican Rep. Allen Peake of Macon introduced a bill Tuesday that would revive a long-dormant research program allowing academic institutions to distribute cannabis oil to those suffering from specific medical conditions.
Peake says the cannabis oil will be “limited in scope, tightly restricted, well regulated and managed by doctors.”
Peake was joined by three families as he introduced the bill. The families say they hope the access to medical cannabis will ease their children’s symptoms and improve their quality of life.
The bill drew more than 80 sponsors in the House, although Peake cautioned it’s still a difficult road to get the bill passed and signed.
NEW YORK — Jimmy Carter’s next book will be a defense of women’s rights and an attack against those who use religion to deny equality.
Simon & Shuster announced Tuesday that the former president’s “A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” will be published March 25. The publisher says Carter will draw upon personal observations from his worldwide travels as he condemns abuses of women and girls and the alleged distortions of religious texts cited as justification.
ATLANTA — The right to carry a gun would be expanded under a proposal from Georgia lawmakers.
Republican state Rep. Rick Jasperse submitted legislation Tuesday that would allow people with a government-issued license to carry guns to take their weapons into churches if religious leaders allow it. Churches are now off-limits.
The bill would also allow school districts to decide whether to arm an employee. GOP lawmakers have said they hope the provision will deter school attacks.
Today, the first step in a challenging journey was taken. On behalf of children and families in our state, HB 885, Haleigh’s Hope Act, was introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives.
This bill, co-sponsored by Ben Watson, Mickey Channell, Micah Gravley, Margaret Kaiser, Tom McCall, as well as over 80 other Representatives, would legalize medical cannabis in a tightly restricted, very regulated, doctor managed process for patients with seizure disorders.
It would be administered in a Cannabidiol oil based formula, NOT SMOKED. It has the support of the Medical Association of Georgia, and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This video shares the stories of some of Georgia’s families that this bill would impact. Please share this video, these families stories, and contact your State Rep and Senator and express your support.
Walk in any restaurant or coffee house in Georgia today and what will you see at virtually every table? Rock out at Lakewood Amphitheater and what dots the crowd of concert-goers, held high overhead throughout the show? What was the most conspicuous aspect of the crowd shot boasting 100,000 attendees in St. Peter’s Square in March 2013, bearing witness to history in the election of Pope Francis, relative to the same shot in April a mere 8 years earlier at the election of Pope Bendict XVI? Mobile devices.
As Georgia consumers ask for more informational freedom to take their data mobile, the infrastructure to keep up is in high demand. Cell towers are popping up around the State. The potential for a free market boon is there that allows consumers to experience lower prices brought by free market competition between carriers and more reliable and available access to strong cell tower signals. Continue reading →