Georgia Political News for April 11, 2012


Georgia Political News for April 11, 2012

Hunny Bunny is a 3-year old female Golden Retriever who is available for adoption from Adopt A Golden Atlanta.

She is small at 46 pounds and like all AGA Goldens, she will come spayed, up-to-date on her shots, and microchipped.

Adopt A Golden  Atlanta is the finest dog rescue in the world, and accepts donations and foster applications on their website. In addition to adoptions, they hold Golden Retriever events and ongoing support to adoptive families. They have rescued 2688 dogs at an average cost of $841 per dog. Their adoption fees are downright reasonable.

Governor Deal Still Signing Bills

Gov. Deal continues to review and sign bills passed during the legislative session, and an up-to-date list can be found here.

Philip Wilheit, who served as campaign treasurer for Gov. Deal for many years and chaired the successful gubernatorial campaign, was interviewed on education issues by the Gainesville Times.

Chip Rogers Reviews Legislative Session

It’s nearly eleven minutes, but well worth watching.

Gingrich Still Standing?

On the heels of Rick Santorum pulling out of the Presidential Primary, Newt Gingrich sent out an email claiming to be “The Last Conservative Standing.” Taking us back to the good old days of 1992, when he was Republican House Majority Whip and helped publicize the Congressional Banking Scandal, Newt Gingrich’s campaign bounced a $500 check that paid for his entry to the Utah Presidential Primary. The Gingrich campaign is currently $4.5 million in debt.

Matt Towery, who chaired Gingrich campaigns in the 1990s, sat for an interview with WABE’s Dennis O’Hayer on the state of the presidential race.

Reminder: South Georgia Economic Development Summit

Georgia Conservatives in Action will host a South Georgia Economic Development Summit on Saturday, April 28th at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 or at the door for $15.

Confirmed speakers include Governor Nathan Deal with the Keynote, Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, SOS Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Attorney General Sam Olens. You won’t want to miss this premier public policy event.

Campaigns and Elections

The Marietta Daily Journal thinks that “educational” ads by advocates for the T-SPLOST may have crossed the line into advocacy, which would render CID donations to the campaign illegal.

[T]here is no other conclusion that could be drawn by a fair-minded observer. None of the promo materials offer any other solution other than passage of the TSPLOST referendum. Although they don’t actually say “Vote for TSPLOST,” their content is about as subtle as a Lady Gaga video.

While advocates insist the ads and CID donations are legal, the Cobb County-owned television channel CobbTV23 pulled the pro-TSPLOST infomercials after citizen complaints.

“They had concerns and thought that it could be perceived as advocating,” county spokesman Robert Quigley told the MDJ.

Hall County Elections Department moved into the County’s new building on Browns Bridge Road, a change that required USDOJ preclearance under the voting rights act.

Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell, who switched to the Republican Party shortly after Gov. Deal took office, will run for reelection. Bell has $42,900 in his campaign fund against $2500 for his opponent.

Coweta County Tax Commissioner Tommy Ferrell will run for reelection, seeking a ninth full term.

Cynthia Maisano has announced that she will run for Columbus Municipal Court against incumbent Judge Steven D. Smith. Judge Smith was appointed to the bench by former Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2010 and will run as a Republican.

Hunter Bicknell, who is running for Congress from the new Ninth District, will be at a meet-and-greet in Flowery Branch tonight.

Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia) will kick off her reelection campaign with a breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, April 28th, from 9 AM to 11 AM. The event is hosted by what appears to be the entire Democratic legislative leadership team.

Candidates for Augusta County Commission spoke at a forum hosted by the Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government, at Julian Smith BBQ Pit yesterday.

The City of Cornelia Commission again has enough members to do business for the first time in three months, as new Mayor J.C. Irby was sworn in.

Atlanta lawyer Robert Highsmith, who is kind of a big deal, will be playing guitar, keyboard and signing at Westside Cafe, located at 2341 Marietta Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30318, on Friday, April 20th from 8 to 10 PM. Tell him I sent you when you request “Free Bird.”


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