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Sat
06
May
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Rep Jeff Brown (Ret) LaGrange, GA: Cautions about the budget and tax cuts

The two subjects in the title are dominating the news coming out of Washington so I decided to delay my second of three articles on healthcare and comment on these subjects. However in the short space of 24 hours I have written two very different articles on these subjects.

As an example On Tuesday 5/2 when I wrote the first article there was $295M in the Omnibus budget to help Puerto Rico with its Medicaid deficit. However as of Wednesday morning 5/3 Speaker Ryan said this was no longer in the bill. By the way did you realize about half of Puerto Ricans living there get Medicaid and/or ACA at a cost of over $1B/year but they do not pay personal income taxes?

Wed
22
Mar
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Select the best tomatoes for your garden and table

by Melinda Myers

Sliced, sauced, or cooked in your favorite recipe; tomatoes are a favorite and versatile vegetable. What’s more, they taste best when grown and harvested from your own garden or container.

Ensure the best flavor and greatest results by selecting the most disease-resistant varieties and growing your tomatoes in full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Select plants with the growth habit that works best with your garden space and gardening style. Determinate tomatoes are perfect for small-space gardens and containers. They grow to a certain height, stop growing, and produce their fruit over a relatively short timeframe. Indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow throughout the season, producing flowers and fruit until frost kills the plant or you prune off the growing tip found at the end of the main stem(s). Stake or tower the plants to save space, reduce disease and insect problems, and make harvesting more convenient.

Mon
20
Mar
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Rep. Randy Nix – Weekly Report March 18, 2017

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly has five legislative days left. This past week, the House spent time considering several bills as well as the fiscal year 2018 state budget which must be passed before we adjourn. Also known as HB 44, the FY 2018 budget estimate has been established at $24.9 billion, which is $1.25 billion more than the FY 2017 budget. There have been two procedural votes on the budget and a conference committee, comprised of both Representatives and Senators, has been organized to work through any differences and to form a consensus about the fiscal needs of our state. I will keep you apprised about this process, but if you would like to read updates and highlights about the budget, you can find them on the House Budget and Research Office website at www.house.ga.gov/budget.

Sat
18
Mar
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Sen. Mike Dugan (R – Carrollton): Update from the Capitol

We’re in the home stretch of the 2017 legislative session with only five more legislative days left to vet and pass legislation. Committees are continuing to review remaining bills to see which ones are ready to be voted on this session and which will need a little more refining over the summer. A lot of the bills passed this week were clean up bills, which correct language or update bills passed in previous years.

Mon
13
Feb
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Fred O’Neal: Celebrate Lamargie

I have had the great ability and opportunity to serve this community both through our business and my affiliations with civic, service and fraternal groups. As it has been said before, service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy on earth. I owe so much to the person who laid the groundwork for me and set such a servant-leader example, my mother, the late Mrs. Lamargie Glenn O’Neal.

Sun
12
Feb
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Rep Jeff Brown (Ret)

What is former President Obama’s legacy?

It is important to understand what Former President Obama did and did not accomplish during his 8 years. For one reason they create the benchmarks by which we can objectively judge what President Trump does or does not accomplish.

There were positive accomplishments during Obama’s 8 years such as Osama bin Laden being killed, nothing like 9/11 but instead isolated ISIS attacks and possibly restored relations with Cuba.

For gays, transgender and pro-abortionists his 8 years were good but in reality most of those gains came through the courts. However Obama made 369 judicial appointments including Sotomayor and Kegan to the Supreme Court.

As a husband and father he set a good example as did Michelle and he was re-elected. Hopefully as the first African American president he did/will motivate those of his race.

Sat
11
Feb
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Sen. Mike Dugan (R - Carrollton): Update from the Capitol

Like a well-oiled machine, the 2017 legislative session is running smoothly as we near the half way point. The General Assembly has sailed through legislative day 16, and we are fully involved in the committee process and passing legislation to better Georgia.

This week, the Senate passed House Bill 43, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 amended budget, one of the most important pieces of legislation we pass every year. If the General Assembly fails to pass a budget, it could lead the state government to shut down. The amended budget is often referred to as the “little budget” and gets passed half way through each fiscal year. We go through the entire bill, line by line, and look for areas that are being over or under-funded and make adjustments where necessary to ensure our state departments, agencies and school systems are able to operate at the best possible efficiency.

Sun
05
Feb
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Rep. Randy Nix – Weekly Report Feb. 3, 2017

If you follow politics then you know that sometimes issues on the national level impact lawmaking on the state level. This week at the state capitol the issue of illegal immigration had such a ripple effect. Several representatives co-sponsored legislation that would prohibit private colleges in Georgia from creating safe havens on campus for illegal immigrants. If this bill becomes law any private college that does not adhere to it will lose state funding, grants, and scholarships. Since the recent presidential election, students and faculty from more than 100 universities have expressed a desire for their schools to become sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. I know that this is a complex subject with strong feelings on both sides of the issue. After all, we are talking about people’s lives, their future, and in some instances even survival itself.

Fri
03
Feb
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Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) : Update from the Capitol

The General Assembly has now completed our 12th legislative day in the 2017 session and we are well on our way to Crossover Day, the final day for Senate Bills to be passed by the Senate. We’ve set the calendar for the remaining 28 days and are scheduled to complete our final legislative day on March 30.

Each year, the Senate Majority Caucus releases a list of priorities they will take up during the legislative session. This year we have named six issues we will work to address. One of them is Senate Bill 2, the “FAST Act – Fairness, Accountability, Simplification and Transparency – Empowering Small Businesses to Succeed,” which I sponsored.

Tue
24
Jan
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Rep Jeff Brown (Ret): My reflections on the inauguration

The most unlikely of all presidential inaugurations happened Friday January 20, 2017 when Donald Trump became our 45th President. I spent hours in front of the TV watching most of the inaugural activities, filled 14 pages with notes, Googled a lot to verify facts and reflected on experiences my wife and I had at another inauguration before writing this article.

As has been the practice since 1933 Inauguration Day started with a private church service for the Trumps and Pences and 300 invited guests at St John’s Episcopal Church.

Next the Trumps were invited by President Obama and the Pences by Vice President Biden to a coffee at the White House. From all appearances the Obamas and Bidens were very cordial epitomizing our peaceful transfers of power since 1801. In this present age with hyper changes the traditions of inaugurations are reassuring.

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