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Republicans Put Politics Ahead of Georgians

By   /  January 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /   Comments

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Tweet The following comes from the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus. Atlanta, Ga. – Republicans in the Georgia General Assembly have put political fundraising ahead of the people of Georgia by eliminating the traditional budget process and compressing hearings into a single, half-day session. State legislators will have little time to discuss the state’s supplemental budget.

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Lawmakers To Consider State Level Healthcare Reforms

By   /  December 2, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet With the holiday season upon us, the thoughts of most will turn away from politics and on to things that actually matter.  And yet, when the presents have been opened and the calendar turns to 2014, there will be less than 2 weeks before the start of Georgia’s General Assembly session.  Thus, while most [...]

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CONGRESSMAN BISHOP COMMENTS ON FARM BILL AT AGRICULTURE ISSUES SUMMIT

By   /  August 8, 2013  /  News, Press Releases  /   Comments

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Tweet Special to the Journal PERRY, GA – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined Tom McCall, Georgia House Agriculture Committee Chairman; John Wilkinson, Georgia Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman; Gary Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture; Bo Warren, Director at the Georgia Department of Agriculture; Amy Oneacre, Policy Manager with the Georgia Department of Revenue; [...]

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What They’re Saying Is Not What They’re Doing

By   /  March 28, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet In politics, too many are judged on what they say.  Too often, there is quite a distance between what politicians tell us they will do, and what is actually done.  Sometimes that distance can be measured in days – quite literally.  Forty days, to be exact.

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Ethics Reform Transparently Lacks Will

By   /  March 25, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet Most items of consequence within the Georgia General Assembly happen during the final few days.  This is sometimes because lengthy negotiations require the full allotment of time to come to a consensus of the interested parties in each chamber.  Sometimes it is because positions require feedback that is part of an iterative process involving [...]

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Georgia House passes ‘parent trigger’ bill

By   /  March 6, 2013  /  Politics, Uncategorized  /   Comments

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Tweet Staff Reports Atlanta, Ga – For parents who want school choice, the opportunity to exercise the so-called “parent trigger” is now one step closer.  House Bill 123, which calls for the “parent trigger” passed the House 97 to 23 despite strong opposition from public teachers groups.

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To Crossover Day, And Beyond

By   /  March 6, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

Tweet Thursday will be “crossover day” in the Georgia legislature.  That is the day when a bill must pass either the House of the Senate in order to be considered by the other body this session.  In short, if a bill doesn’t pass somewhere by Thursday, it is dead for this session.

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Ethics Reform On The Table; Must Be Watched

By   /  January 29, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet This week, the Legislature is finally expected to return its focus to ethics legislation.  It is important that the Georgia voting electorate that angrily demanded ethics reform at the polls this past summer focus on this as well.

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Ethics a Bigger Issue Than Gift Caps

By   /  January 17, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet Ethics, again, will be a much talked about topic around the legislature this session.  Unlike other sessions, however, the legislature may not just limit themselves to just talk. Senators have started the ball rolling, adopting new Senate Rules that install a cap on lobbyist expenditures for any member of the body in excess of [...]

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Governor Asks Legislature to Abdicate Responsibility

By   /  January 15, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet Monday, the Georgia General Assembly convened for the first of its 40 days.  It’s clear that budget issues will dominate the early part of this session, with uncertainty in Washington threatening to delay completion of the budget and threatening to extend the legislature well into the spring.

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