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Georgia Reps Help Pass Defense Authorization Act

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (FY18 NDAA). The final bill included $695.9 billion in spending for base budget national defense funding and Overseas Contingency Operations. It passed the House by a vote of 344 to 81.

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No sales tax holiday may send shoppers out of state

Georgia will not have a sales tax holiday for back-to-school shoppers this year, but most neighboring states will forgo sales taxes on select items for a weekend. That combination could send some Georgia shoppers, especially those who live close to a state line, out of state for many purchases.

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Atlanta Mayor Candidates Talk Greenspace

The “city in a forest” held a mayoral candidate forum on Thursday night. Sponsored by Cox Enterprises, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Cox Conserves, the forum was focused on greenspace. One of the challenges for the candidates, and Atlanta overall, is keeping that city in a forest character amid rapid development.

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Williams “Reprehensible Actions” Press Conference Less than Expected

The invitation email from the Michael Williams governor campaign promised a press conference regarding “reprehensible actions” by Lt. Governor (and governor race opponent) Casey Cagle. Media and long-time Georgia politics watchers wondered about the fireworks that might emerge from the press conference by the self-described “outsider” senator from Forsyth County.

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Focus on DeKalb’s Refugee Hellhole — Again

InsiderAdvantage first reported in 2015 on appalling conditions at a refugee condominium complex known as Brannon Hills in DeKalb County. While some charities praise this Clarkston area as a triumph for refugee resettlement, this writer (along with a Fox5Atlanta TV reporter and policeman) visited a Third World nightmare.

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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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Red, Purple and Blue: The Path Forward

The last eight months have not gone ideally for Democrats, particularly in Georgia. Beginning with President Donald Trump’s tragically shocking electoral victory on November 8th of last year and ending most recently with Congresswoman Karen Handel’s somewhat less shocking electoral victory on June 20th, Democrats are being forced to do a lot of soul-searching. It is not the most pleasant process, but it is necessary. 

Certificate of Need Laws Ensure Healthcare Access for All

Last month the Georgia Supreme Court heard a case that could have far reaching impact not only on the health of all Georgians, but that of communities throughout our state. Women’s Surgical Center, LLC et al v. Berry et al challenges the need for the state’s Certificate of Need laws, which for over 30 years have ensured access to care for all Georgians regardless of where they live, how serious their medical need, or their ability to pay.

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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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