The Mayor’s office was kind enough to send over the following:
1. A report has been filed with the State Campaign Finance Commission with contributions listed as of 2/24/12.
2. There has been “no advocacy of a tax measure using city resources.” All city-produced videos, posters and materials have been educational in nature, and convey factual information regarding the MOST as allowed by Georgia law. The materials do not expressly call for the approval or rejection of the MOST referendum by the voters.
Residents in neighborhoods around College Street, Waverly Circle and Riva Ridge all reported finding the flyers on their driveways Sunday morning.
“I was kind of shocked,” said Susan Conlan, who lives on College Street. “I didn’t think that organization still existed. I’m disappointed to think it might be here in Newnan.”
Conlan said she saw several flyers on College Street between Wesley Street and Temple Avenue.
In a prepared statement, the Newnan Police Department officials said it “has received several telephone calls from Newnan residences as well as inquiries from the news media about handbills being passed out this weekend in Newnan.”
The police stated in the release that any person or organization wishing to distribute handbills must have a permit from the chief of police. The Klan organization did not get a permit, according to police.
Ancona said the intent of the flyer was so residents will know the Klan is watching out for crime and will report it to law enforcement.
Exactly how many handbills were distributed is unknown.
In a follow-up response, Newnan Police Deputy Police Chief Rodney Riggs said, “At this point there are no known members of the group to take action against. If members are identified and the person responsible for the distribution can be identified, we will consider action at that time.”
Tiana is about 5 months old and 20# and is a recent arrival at Walton County Animal Control. She’s described as a “spunky, playful girl” who looks to be mostly German Shepherd. Walton Animal Shelter is a great bargain if you’re interested in rescuing a dog, as they come pre-vetted for a $40 adoption fee. Their Director does an outstanding job of photographing the dogs and cats that end up there, and as a result they appear to have a pretty high adoption rate.
House Bill 1176, by Rep. Rich Golick, proposes reduced prison sentences for some offenders and expansion of diversionary and treatment programs. According to the AJC “The governor will need to see changes in the current bill that will bring it back toward the recommendations of the Criminal Justice Reform Council,” said Brian Robinson, Deal’s spokesman. “The process is intended to reduce costs to taxpayers, and it’s his opinion that this bill might actually increase costs.”
Both the Gingrich ads earlier this week, and now the Romney-superPAC ads appear to have been placed through Google, but it’s still pretty funny that Restore Our Future is paying to have their anti-Gingrich ad placed (a) on one of the most anti-Gingrich sites in Georgia, and (b) directly next to a story about how much Romney sucks.
From my days working for the Secretary of Transportation in Virginia, I retain a strong interest in freight, which is a major component of Georgia’s economy. The items below are par of my weekend political news summary, but I thought they’re interesting enough to share here.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp has asked that Senate Bill 445, which his office helped developed and was introduced by Sen. Bill Hamrick (R-Carroll County) be withdrawn from consideration:
Secretary Kemp stated, “In October, I began discussions with the Governor’s Office, legislative leaders, members of the professional licensing boards, leaders of professional associations and license holders themselves to identify options for reducing the time required to approve license applications, renewals and to determine sanctions. These discussions provided the impetus for legislation to streamline operations at PLB.”
“Due to time constraints in drafting a compromise and the ability for stakeholder review, it was not realistic to have a final bill drafted by day 30 of the legislative session. Therefore, I have decided to withdraw the bill from consideration during this year’s General Assembly session. Withdrawing the legislation will allow my office to continue to meet in a spirit of cooperation and compromise with all stakeholders so we can produce a bill that addresses the critical needs facing PLB and, most important, the 460,000 licensed Georgians and businesses we serve.”
“Frankly, the easiest thing for me to do would have been nothing, and allow the license application waiting time to gradually grow over time, year after year. But, as General Colin Powell so succinctly states, ‘Leadership is solving problems.’ I was elected to be a leader and public servant, which means increasing operations efficiency in each agency division and reducing regulations for license holders and entrepreneurs. I would rather spend the coming year crafting a bill that addresses the needs and concerns of all parties than to haphazardly rush the legislative process.”
“Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or comments about Senate Bill 445 and streamlining our licensing procedures. Together we can make government a friendlier and more efficient partner of Georgia’s businesses and professional license holders.”
The act was intended to streamline licensing operations under various professional boards attached to the Secretary of State’s office and reduce the time and expense associated with applying for a license without sacrificing the boards’ strict quality control procedures.
Last week, I advised Daniel Fullerton that he’d probably get more donations for his kidney transplant from Peach Pundit readers if he sends us a picture of himself dressed in a puppy costume. No photo has been forthcoming, but maybe if we help him reach his first fundraising goal today (he needs $80), he’ll see the light.
Yesterday was National Guard Day at the Georgia State Capitol, with Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Speaker of the House welcoming Georgia National Guard members to the Capitol and their respective chambers. Also attending and honored were family members of Guard members who lost their lives in overseas service to our state and country.
The state house passed HB 514 by Rep. Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville) by a 146-20 vote, which will allow Georgia distilleries to provide a single half-ounce sample per day for each person of drinking age on a tour of the distillery.
House Resolution 1162, to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to allow the state board of education to create charter schools, passed the State House by a 123-48 margin, surpassing the required two-thirds majority for constitutional amendments.