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State Sen. Beach urges MARTA expansion

Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) believes it’s time to move mass transit into the 21st Century in metro Atlanta.

“We have to make some big, bold decisions, and this is big and bold,” said Beach during a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the State Capitol to discuss SB 330.

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UGA Whistleblower Still Struggling to Find Answers

The facts surrounding the former Executive Director of the UGA Alumni Association are difficult to ignore. Falsified travel reports (65 violations in a two-year period), skipping work (at least 28 days in one 13-month period), improper guests in the alumni association football SkySuite suite and a litany of issues regarding management and treatment of subordinate employees have all basically been confirmed by UGA officials.

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House Rep. pushes bill to fight street gangs

Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta) wants to give Georgia prosecutors more tools in their fight against illegal street gang activity.

“We are dealing with an epidemic in Georgia,” said Reeves. “Street gang violence continues to grow in this state. We have to find a way to fight it.”

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Lung Association flunks state on tobacco control

ATLANTA — Georgia received three F’s and one C in the latest American Lung Association assessment of states’ tobacco control efforts, released this week.

The 2016 Georgia grades, the same as last year, reflect inadequate funding for anti-smoking initiatives, the report says.

Most other states also received an “F” on three measures: spending on tobacco prevention and control; smoking cessation programs; and tobacco taxes.

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‘Pastor Protection Bill’ up for approval

One of eight religious freedom bills made its way through subcommittee Thursday, and how heads to the full Judiciary Committee for approval.

HB 757, the “Pastor Protection Bill” ensures that a religious official is not required to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Kevin Tanner, (R-Dawsonville) but also has the backing of House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).

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The 2016 January/February issue of James is now available online!  CLICK HERE to view the interactive version.

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Iowa and New Hampshire: What’s really going on

With the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire “first in the nation” primary just days away, the average viewer and reader might think that the Republican and Democratic nominations are on the line. In reality, the nominations for both the Democratic and Republican Parties are just getting started.

Instructive Debate Between Two Democrat Scholars on Clinton & Sanders

Two Democratic Party scholars recently battled over the talking points between the Clinton and Sanders campaigns. Result? The professor presenting Hillary ‘Hawk’ Rodham Clinton’s side in the debate on DemocracyNow endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ policies, as well. However, the scholar touting the program of Sanders challenged Mrs. Clinton’s positions — specifically on the national minimum wage and Wal-Mart workers.

2016 State of the University of Georgia Address

(These are excerpts of Jan. 20 remarks by the president of Georgia’s flagship university.)

Let me start by sharing one of my core beliefs as president of this great institution: there are few organizations more important to the vitality of our communities, to the strength of our democracy, and to the health of our economy than the American research university.

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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, long a fixture in the local community, revealed Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Blank vowed to fight hard against the disease, and said that, “the overall prognosis is good”.  Any form of cancer is awful, but with an early diagnosis and a great support system behind him, Blank’s future outlook is RISING…

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