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Congress Considers “No Budget, No Pay”

By   /  January 23, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

Tweet Last week I argued that Republicans needed to reorder the deadlines they face to unwind the remainder of the fiscal cliff by pushing the debt ceiling back until after sequestration and a new Continuing Resolution (CR) are passed.  The debt ceiling seemed the wrong battle to have first both politically and for the well-being [...]

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House District Changes

By   /  January 9, 2013  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet Most people we have heard from are completely disgusted about the recent Congressional mess over the fiscal cliff issues. There is a pathetic lack of cooperation and any desire to negotiate with the other party. Why? We elect people to Congress to work together, negotiate and get deals done, not to stick stubbornly to [...]

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Chambliss On Fiscal Issues

By   /  January 9, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet Most of us rang in the New Year at some sort of festive gathering.  Senator Saxby Chambliss rang in the new year preparing to vote on the latest solution to avert fiscal crisis in Washington.  It was a bit less than festive.  The votes were cast in the first hours of 2013. Now one [...]

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BISHOP STATEMENT ON FISCAL CLIFF LEGISLATION

By   /  January 3, 2013  /  Politics  /   Comments

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Tweet WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement regarding last night’s passage of the Senate Amendments to HR 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The resolution passed 257 to 187; Congressman Bishop voted in favor of passage.

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The problems with the fiscal cliff deal for Albany

By   /  January 2, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Apparently, Congress has averted the “fiscal cliff”, even if only for a short time.  However, there are real problems with what I have read about the deal that was reached.  These problems have a real impact on us here in the Albany area, and we need to start understanding how these national issues factor [...]

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BISHOP URGES House Leadership to Block Member of Congress Pay Increase

By   /  January 1, 2013  /  Government  /   Comments

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Tweet WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) and other colleagues in urging the House Leadership to oppose the pay increase for Members of Congress, as dictated by an Executive Order from the President of the United States on December 27, 2012.

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Time to Fix the Debt

By   /  December 19, 2012  /  Charlie Harper, Dougherty County Jail List  /   Comments

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Tweet Yesterday in my inbox I received an update from Fix The Debt, a national interest group formed to push for bi-partisan progress toward not only averting the fiscal cliff issue looming with an immediate deadline, but to emphasize the nation’s $16 trillion national debt which continues to grow.  They are pushing a blend of [...]

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Somebody Get Washington a Bigger Rug

By   /  December 10, 2012  /  Jim Layne  /   Comments

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Tweet Everything these days is a headline until the scandal mileage runs out.  If the big news media players were doing their jobs, we’d see a lot more being made of Benghazi and a lot less being made of morons smoking marijuana in Seattle.  How is it bigger news that Duchess Kate is pregnant than [...]

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Holidays Are Approaching; Legislators Still Working

By   /  December 10, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet There will be a few meetings this week for Georgia politics.  After all, there’s still that whole “fiscal cliff” that Washington has to decide how to deal with.  Georgia’s Congressional delegation will spend most of this week, again, in anticipation of some movement from those who are negotiating the “grand bargain” that will allow [...]

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Easter Seals Southern Georgia Employees Travel to Washington D.C.

By   /  December 4, 2012  /  Politics  /   Comments

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Tweet Special to the Journal ALBANY, GA- The White House Office of Public Engagement hosted a roundtable conversation with Georgia’s leadership team entitled, “Working Together to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff.”  The conversation pulled together critical stakeholders from the federal, private, association, creative, and grassroots sectors.

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