As you know, many influential websites are protesting two pieces of legislation, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), currently in Congress. While its supporters say that legislation is needed to safeguard intellectual property rights and protect jobs, these bills would fundamentally change the Internet by censoring websites that purportedly enable copyright infringement or piracy. Such extreme action would not only come with obvious constitutional issues, but also discourage innovation in an increasingly important area of our economy.
If you haven’t already, please contact the members of Georgia’s congressional delegation today — specifically Rep. John Barrow and Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, who are supporting these bills in their respective chambers — and encourage them to vote against censorship of the Internet.
Here in Georgia…
– Gov. Nathan Deal, who defended his budget proposal in hearings yesterday, has launched a blog to track his agenda in the legislature.
– A Fulton County judge had ordered the City of Atlanta to turnover more documents relating to concession bids at Hartsfield.
– The Georgia chapter of Americans for Prosperity has laid out its legislative agenda for 2012.
– Tea party groups in Georgia are pushing for repeal of the law enabling the TSPLOST referendum.
– Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell raised $40,000 in the last half of 2011, with nearly all of it coming from outside the county.
– The Savannah Morning News says it’s time reform Georgia’s asset forfeiture laws.
– Foreclosures in Georgia were down nearly 16% in 2011.
– While Republicans in the legislature are pushing constitutional carry, some Georgia Democrats want to require gun training via HB 735 for new concealed carry permits.
National stories of interest…
– Sarah Palin says she’d vote for Newt Gingrich.
– Thanks to tough economic times, Americans have raided their personal savings.
– Barack Obama’s new OMB worked at Bain Capital.
– The Heritage Foundation has released the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, which shows the United States falling yet again.
– Roll Call has a look at retiring members of Congress.
– Heh. Here is Monday’s GOP debate in hand gestures.
– Rick Moranis (yes, that Rick Moranis) offers us a lesson in economics.
A few that I like…
– It looks like the iPad 3 is set for a March release.
– The Atlanta Falcons have hired a new defensive coordinator. They also picked up a new offensive coordinator a few days ago.
– Burger King is going to give home delivery a try.
– Need to get on Wikipedia today? Here’s how to get around their blackout.