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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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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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.”

Revitalizing DeKalb Infrastructure – Why SPLOST Must Go on the Ballot

​DeKalb County is one of the largest counties in the State of Georgia, with 740,000 residents calling the area home. Those residents travel hundreds of thousands of miles on DeKalb streets every day, walk millions of steps on DeKalb sidewalks, and take advantage of all that DeKalb’s infrastructure has to offer. Indeed, the robust network that connects the county together is a large part of why economic and population growth remains strong there. 

Red, Purple, & Blue: A Long Overdue Day at the Capitol

Yesterday, Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Mayor Kasim Reed, Chairman Emeritus of the House Democratic Caucus Calvin Smyre, House Speaker David Ralston, Rev. Bernice King, and many other members of the King family and the public came together to unveil a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol building.

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DeKalb teacher suspended after vulgar lesson

Bonnecia Williams, a music teacher at Bethune Middle School in DeKalb County, has been removed from the classroom for the time being after giving a homework assignment filled with expletives, slurs, and violent and sexually suggestive lyrics. The assignment was intended for the students to replace the “bad” words, with “more positive” words, such as the vocabulary words the 6th graders were studying. Administrators released a statement calling the assignment “inappropriate, unacceptable, and contrary to our standards”. Williams apologized on Wednesday, saying she should’ve used better judgement, but another teaching scandal has the district’s ship SINKING…   

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