State Rep. Matt Ramsey named House GOP whip

Rep. Ramsey said maintaining the flow of information, and making sure legislators get to have critical questions answered before a bill comes up for a vote, is a key part of the process.
Source: Fayette Citizen News

Head of Ga. Ethics Commission got pay increases despite agency cutting costs
The head of Georgia’s Ethics Commission, who is accused of intervening in a case involving Gov. Nathan Deal, received pay raises despite being hired as the agency said it had to cut costs.
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday

Political Notebook, Macon: Hail the odd victors!
“Macon-Bibb County voters will have to settle runoff elections for the mayor and districts 2, 4, 6 and 8. That means only the candidates in odd-numbered districts won. Those odd-district winners are District 1’s Gary Bechtel, District 3’s Elaine Lucas, District 5’s Bert Bivins, District 7’s Scotty Shepherd and District 9’s Al Tillman.”
Source: Macon Telegraph/Saturday

Columbus-area food stamp recipients react to news of possible cuts
About 23,000 in the Columbus metro area get food stamps.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Sunday

Lawmakers to visit coastal Georgia for education trip
As many as 15 members of the House Committee on Natural Resources will sit through briefings and make site visits from Jekyll Island to Savannah.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

Obamacare won’t change VA benefits
Georgia has 770,000 military veterans.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

Political Insider: What Johnny Isakson said that has everyone talking
“House Republicans like Tom Graves may be celebrating the coming federal shutdown, but other Georgians may be less excited.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution/weekend

South Hall Republican Club plans political forums in Flowery Branch
The meetings will focus on this year’s Flowery Branch city elections and next year’s U.S. Senate race.

Jamie Dupree: Feds question grant spending by Atlanta
“In a detailed 96 page report, the U.S. Justice Department said the City of Atlanta may have mismanaged hundreds of thousands of dollars in “Weed and Seed” grants from 2007-2010, charging that government officials were unable to document how money was used, and in some cases never gave investigators any answers.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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