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Sen. Harper Dodging questions on Immigration Enforcement Bill

Senators trying to get a public hearing and vote on an updated Senate Bill 6, which would ban Georgia from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, so far are being blocked by Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla. The chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee apparently wants to consider only driver’s license-related language in the new S.B. 6, while ignoring and/or wanting to strip out most other immigration law enforcement sections.

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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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Obama budget ‘underfunds’ SHEP, Deal says

ATLANTA – Release of President Barack Obama’s budget recommendations Tuesday drew immediate criticism from Gov. Nathan Deal for including only $42 million for the deepening of the Savannah River ship channel.

Deal had said that any amount less than $90 million would put the project further behind schedule and jeopardize the Port of Savannah’s market share.

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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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Floating Boats

A year after being announced, Google’s uber-high speed Fiber internet service has arrived at two apartment complexes in Atlanta.  Much more expansion is already planned, so expect to see the Fiber lines installed across the city in 2016.  Already the looming threat of Google has caused rivals Comcast and AT&T to speed up service and lower prices – so this competition sees consumers RISING…

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