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First Meeting of the Special Tax Exemption Study Committee

The first meeting of the Special Tax Exemption Study Committee took place at the Capitol in Atlanta on Tuesday. Senator John Albers (R- 56 Alpharetta), the chairman of the committee, was joined by other members Senators Hunter Hill (R- 6 Atlanta) – via the phone, Chuck Hufstetler (R- 52 Rome), William Ligon (R- 3 Brunswick), Jack Hill (R- 4 Reidsville) and Mike Dugan (R- 30 Carrollton).

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Insurance Commissioner Retiring; Beck Poised to Run

Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said yesterday he won’t seek re-election in 2018, which leaves open an important constitutional office. Also yesterday, at the 28th annual Corn Boilin’ event in Marietta hosted by Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, 30-year insurance veteran/businessman Jim Beck was working the crowd and openly signaling that he will run to replace Hudgens.

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Georgia Lottery posts record-breaking year

Fresh off the heels of a record breaking fiscal year 2016, the Georgia Lottery has one-upped itself by transferring $1.1 billion to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account.  Players won $2.74 billion  and local retailers brought in $268 million worth of revenue in the fiscal year, which ran from June of 2016 through July 1st of this year.  

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Meet Cobb County’s ‘Tax Hike Mike’

Seven months ago I and most concerned and involved taxpayers in Cobb County were looking forward to the dawn of a new day, when the autocratic ways of the outgoing chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Tim Lee, were going to be put behind us. 

Red, Purple and Blue: Racing to Lead Atlanta

​In less than four short months, Atlanta will vote to elect itself a new mayor. Mayor Kasim Reed will leave behind large shoes to fill, as his bold leadership and forward-thinking vision for the city pulled it out of the recession and solidified Atlanta’s reputation as one of the best cities in the country to not only do business, but to live and raise a family as well.

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Norwood still up big in polls

With just over four months to go in Atlanta’s mayoral race city councilwoman Mary Norwood appears to be maintaining her lead.  In a poll released this week by SurveyUSA, Norwood holds a comfortable lead with 27% of the vote while her closest competitors all sit at around 10%.  She seems a near lock for a runoff, exactly where she found herself in 2009 where she was narrowly defeated by current Mayor Kasim Reed.  The race will surely heat up, but more strong numbers have Norwood’s ship RISING…

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