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Newt Endorses Watson for GA GOP Chair

The Georgia Republican Party convention is coming up June 2-3 in Augusta and is dominated by a lively four-way election by delegates for state chairman to succeed the term-limited John Padgett. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich– a longtime Georgian who won the state’s GOP presidential primary in 2012– has joined the fray. He is endorsing John Watson, a one-time top aide to former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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Lieutenant Governor Announces Law Enforcement Pay Task Force

Two weeks since a report from WalletHub listed Georgia as the 7th worst state to be a police officer, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Senator Greg Kirk (R- 13 Americus) announced the creation of COPS, the Compensation of Police and Sheriffs Task Force. The task force will work with counties, cities and chief law enforcement officers to examine ways of attracting and retaining experienced officers throughout the state.

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Former Turner Field Ty Cobb Statue Finds New Home in Royston

The Braves may have made the move a couple months ago, but one of the pieces from Turner Field found its home on Sunday. The Ty Cobb Statue was unveiled on Sunday in front of the Royston Public Library in Cobb’s hometown of Royston. As the Franklin County Citizen newspaper put it, “Cobb will slide into home one last time Sunday.”

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Georgia law officers need a wage hike

InsiderAdvantage is told by Atlanta Police Department officers (we have to protect their anonymity from retribution) that morale is low because pay is too low and the city’s murder rate is rising. Couple this with a recent study from WalletHub that ranks the best and worst states to be a police officer.

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A Federal Anti-Gang Law: The Wall Trump Can Build Right Now

Since President Donald Trump has taken office, he and key members of his administration have commendably announced combatting criminal street gangs as a major priority. This dynamic clearly distinguishes them from their detractors, many of whom have shown a persistent refusal to acknowledge—much less contend with—the escalating magnitude of gang crime and violence.

Berkeley and Valdosta: a tale of two cities

While conservative commentator Ann Coulter was forced to cancel her appearance at the University of California-Berkeley due to threatened violence, law enforcement officers in Valdosta– a medium-sized South Georgia town– met with both supporters and antagonists of President Donald Trump on the eve of their planned rallies and reaffirmed their First Amendment rights but not their right to violence.

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Civil War museum closes after Confederate flag ban

Following a request from Henry County District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons that all Confederate flags be removed in order to not offend anyone, the Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its doors on June 1st.  “To exclude any Confederate flag would mean the historical value has been taken from our exhibits, and a fair interpretation could not be presented to each guest” said the museum in a public Facebook post.  Attempts to remove Confederate memorabilia from state monuments is one thing, but removing the flags from a museum which serves to educate guests on the state’s and country’s history has Henry County’s ship SINKING…

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