Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections for May 23, 2013


Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections for May 23, 2013

Local Governments, CIDs chip-in for I-285/Ga400 interchange improvements

Govenor Deal announced yesterday that the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts will contribute $10.5 million to unsnarling the unrelenting cluster that is the interchange between I-285 and Georgia 400.

“This interchange is crucial to one of the metro region’s greatest economic engines. This project provides important economic and quality of life benefits,” said Deal. “It improves the movement of people and goods across and within the state, expands Georgia’s role as a major logistics hub for global commerce and assists in creating jobs and growing businesses. Due to limited resources, this model of partnership gives us the tools we need to facilitate major transportation projects.”

Logsdon to run for Peachtree City Mayor

Former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon has announced that he will run in this year’s election to return to the office he previously held.

I am appalled at the lack of leadership Peachtree City has seen over the past three and a half years. You deserve a mayor who has a record of new ideas and innovative problem solving, and a mayor who can bring people together to find practical solutions. You also deserve someone who can restore a sense of cooperation among city, county and state officials. Yes, I am running for Mayor of Peachtree City because you deserve a mayor who will work for you, for your family and friends, and for the city — not someone who will work for his own agenda.

In 2009, Logsdon began a run for Georgia Insurance Commissioner but withdrew when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Last year, Logsdon sued Mayor Don Haddix alleging libel.

You can learn more on his website.

Sam Olens May Wrap Up

olens_newsheader_030611Attorney General Sam Olens sent a May Wrap Up email discussing the work done by his office. Here are some excerpted highlights:

“Pill Mill Bill” Now Law

On May 2, Gov. Deal signed the Georgia Pain Management Clinic Act to take effect July 1, 2013. The Act is the result of H.B. 178, the “Pill Mill” bill we championed in the Georgia legislative session.

Georgia is a safer place now that pain clinics in Georgia must be licensed and regulated by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. The law will shut down narcotic-trafficking pill mills and help reduce prescription drug abuse in our communities, while licensing honest doctors who offer legitimate pain relief to patients with intractable pain.

Tobacco Trafficking Ring Prosecution

Also recently, more than $1.3 million in unpaid taxes were collected and 49 defendants were sentenced after an 18 month prosecution of an extensive tobacco trafficking ring spanning several counties.

Our office prosecuted this complex case on behalf of the State of Georgia.

Prescription Warnings Needed for Newborns

Along with 42 state attorneys general, I have signed a letter urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a black box warning on opioid analgesics to indicate the risk of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

Georgia Lawyers Donate more than 840,000 Pounds of Food

Congratulations to the Georgia legal community for raising the equivalent of 842,317 pounds of food for our 2013 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, a 38 percent increase from last year.

Jason Thompson Sworn In to Fayette State Court

Former Chief Magistrate for Fayette County Jason Thompson has been sworn-in after his appointment by Governor Deal to Fayette County State Court.

Marietta School Board Elections this year

Ward Four incumbent Jill Multimer and Ward Three incumbent Randy Weiner, who chairs the BOE, have told the Marietta Daily Journal that they will seek reelection this year. Zoning Commissioner Jason Ward announced he will seek the Ward Two seat currently held by N. Tony Fasola.

Tyrone Brooks Pleads Not Guilty

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks pled not guilty to federal charges that he stole redirected more than $1 million in charity contributions to himself. Former Governor Foghorn Leghorn Roy Barnes is handling the case Pro Bono Free Publicity Publico.

File Under: Things You Should Know Before Seeking Election

After three Augusta Commissioners were censured for doing paid contract work for the government they oversee, a subcommittee of the Commission has formally said it’s a no-no.

Augusta commissioners won’t be allowed to work as contractors for the city under any circumstances, a subcommittee charged with reviewing the issue decided Tuesday.

The subcommittee of four commissioners had the support of three others who sat in, with the exception of Commissioner Grady Smith, who owns a plumbing company with his brother.

“Y’all are smart. You got in another business besides construction,” Smith said. “You don’t have to lay awake at night thinking about who you may have to lay off.”

Smith and two other commissioners, tile contractor Wayne Guilfoyle and locksmith Joe Jackson, were censured earlier this year by the commission for performing work for the city, prompting a commission review of the ordinance in place for more than a decade. Guilfoyle said he’d never concealed the work he did as a subcontractor while Jackson said he’d quit accepting payment for on-call lock work.

NFL Chips-in for new Falcons Stadium

The National Football League owners approved a $200 million loan toward the construction of a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

The multipurpose stadium could cost as much as $1 billion, with team owner Arthur Blank committed to funding most of it.

The stadium also will be built with $200 million from public bonds.

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