Qualifying Closes for Special Elections

This is Part II of a two part series on the special elections to fill vacant state Senate and House seats. You can find Part I here

Friday was the last day of qualifying for vacant state Senate and House seats. With the Atlanta mayor race, a Fulton County Commission race and several other state races in the Metro area, this special election might just feel like a “real” election. Although, as with nearly all non-presidential elections, turnout might be less than desired.

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Qualifying Closes for Special Elections

This is Part I of a two part series on the special elections to fill vacant state Senate and House seats.

Friday was the last day of qualifying for vacant state Senate and House seats. With the Atlanta mayor race, a Fulton County Commission race and several other state races in the Metro area, this special election might just feel like a “real” election. Although, as with nearly all non-presidential elections, turnout might be less than desired.

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Rep. Loudermilk Answers Data Breach Bill Critics

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., is fighting a wave of criticism– especially by well-known consumer advocate Clark Howard— for sponsoring legislation that hurts victims of credit reporting data breaches by placing a $500,000 cap on the punitive damages anyone could receive from credit companies.

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Here’s an Equifax credit freeze link

Following the massive Equifax data breach that saw the personal information of 143 million Americans, people are looking for ways to protect themselves and their finances. That’s for good reason – identity theft is likely to be at an all-time high as criminals could have access to the personal data of millions.

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Georgia Senate confronts homelessness

The numbers are staggering. According to reports, there are more than 58,000 homeless children in Georgia and more than 29,000 homeless students attending Georgia’s public K-12 schools — making Georgia the second worst state in the nation for child homelessness. Statistics also show that in Georgia more than 75,000 are homeless at some time during the year, and there are approximately 2,766 homeless veterans in Georgia.

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InsiderAdvantage CEO Phil Kent makes some of Georgia’s top lobbyists and business associations his weekly winners on the most recent Georgia Gang – you can see the full list for yourself in our most recent James Magazine!

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Keep the Capitol Hill Focus on Vital Georgia Ports

A popular buzzword in Washington, D.C., right now is infrastructure and how we can get to our goal of seeing a plan finalized. As we continue to discuss an infrastructure plan, we must look beyond the traditional definition of “infrastructure” projects and include projects that add economic value, such as ports.

Red, Purple, & Blue; MARTA – Hope for the Future

​One week ago today, the City of Atlanta received the sad news that MARTA CEO Keith Parker would be resigning to take over management of Goodwill of North Georgia. He had held his post for nearly five years, during which time he proved to be a transformational leader of the agency. Upon assuming leadership of MARTA, he quickly turned their finances around by changing their budget deficit into a surplus.

Nathan Deal: uniter, not a divider

Last week Georgia’s political establishment, Democrats and Republicans, blacks and whites, were on hand for the historic unveiling of an 8-foot bronze statue of Martin Luther King Jr. King’s daughter Bernice King, said “Today, we as the sons and daughters of former slaves and former slave owners are here to witness the unveiling of that statue. It is a glorious and grand day in the state of Georgia and in the United States of America.”

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