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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 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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Gwinnett Place CID seeks image feedback

The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District wants to find out what people who live, work and shop in the area really think about the community, so it is gathering feedback through an online survey this month. CID leaders know the mall itself doesn’t have a great reputation, but they will look to find out how much of that negative perception spreads to the surrounding area.

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A Ga. Democrat centrist/leftist split

Several Georgia Democrats tell InsiderAdvantage that tensions are increasing within their party over the drive by activists to move the party “further left” and the push-back by others to move more to the political center in order to appeal to independent voters that can help win elections.

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Gubernatorial candidates boast big fundraising hauls

The 2018 race for Governor may be some 16 months away, but already the declared candidates are hard at work at the most important facet of campaigning – fundraising.  Each of the candidates who have announced their totals for the first fundraising period reported impressive numbers, making this race look like one that will stay crowded and heated all the way into the next year.

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The Value of Interest Deductibility

While federal health care reform has dominated recent headlines and airwaves across the country, another less publicized, but equally important, issue is also unfolding in Washington. Currently, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee is holding hearings on our country’s outdated tax code.

Address the Fulton Co. Tax Fiasco with a Cap

As most Fulton County residents are aware, there is a systemic problem with not only the recent property tax assessments but with issues that have involved the Fulton County Tax Assessors Office for many years. This department has come under scrutiny for issues with inaccurate appraisals, unfrozen appeals, members not working well together, lawsuits, etc. The recent uproar over the proposed 2017 property tax assessments brought many of these issues to the forefront.

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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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