Netanyahu Slams White House Deal With Iran: “Even If Israel Has to Stand Alone, Israel Will Stand”

Capitol Hill – Despite rumblings of boycotts ahead of his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was met with roaring applause and standing room only attendance as he entered the U.S. Senate Chamber.

Before addressing the threat of a nuclear Iran, Netanyahu tried to clear up the misconception his visit was political after the White House condemned his invitation from House Speaker John Boehner, which was extended without President Obama’s consent. He also thanked Congress for their support of Israel’s Iron Dome.

“My friends, I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to speak for a third time before the most important legislative body in the world, the US Congress,” Netanyahu said. “Some perceived my being here as political, that was never my intention.”

“I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for your support for Israel, year after year, decade after decade,” he continued, saying the relationship has always been above politics and should remain there. “I know that no matter which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel.”

During his address, Netanyahu described the failure to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon as a “countdown to a nuclear nightmare,” and said he has a “profound obligation” to warn against the current deal the White House is working on with the Iranian regime.

“This is a bad deal, it’s a very bad deal, we’re better off without it,” he said. “We’re told that the alternative to this deal is war. That’s just not true. The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal.”

Netanyahu said he does not believe the current deal being negotiated will do anything to change Iran’s long held violent behavior and called on Congress and the White House to demand Iran stop its aggression against it’s neighbors in the Middle East, stop supporting terrorism around the world and to stop threatening the annihilation of Israel. He also reminded lawmakers of Iran’s responsibility in maiming and killing thousands of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country,” he said, arguing Iran’s nuclear program can be rolled back more significantly than what’s being proposed in the current deal between the White House and the regime.

“I don’t believe Iran’s radical regime will change for the better after this deal,” Netanyahu said. “Its rapid appetite for aggression grows more every year…This deal will not change Iran for the better, it will change the Middle East for the worse.”

Just as he did in his speech to AIPAC yesterday in Washington D.C., Netanyahu hinted that Israel will take on Iran by itself, if necessary, to prevent the regime’s nuclear program from moving forward, but expressed hope America wouldn’t force the Jewish State to do it alone.

“The days of the Jewish people remaining passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over,” Netanyahu said. “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”

“I know that Israel does not stand alone, I know that America stands with Israel,” he added.

via Netanyahu Slams White House Deal With Iran: “Even If Israel Has to Stand Alone, Israel Will Stand” – Katie Pavlich.TownHall

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House GOP leaders unveil sweeping tax-reform plan for Georgia

A sweeping — and curious — bill to overhaul much of the state’s tax code was introduced Monday. Let me try to explain what I mean by both of those words.

I call it sweeping because, really, there’s no other way to put it. The gist: It would lower the state’s income-tax rate (both for individuals and corporations) to a flat 4 percent from the current brackets ranging from 1 percent to 6 percent. It would raise the state’s sales tax to 5 percent from the current 4 percent. It would add the sales tax to groceries (local governments already tax them) and to “digitally delivered goods”: think iTunes and software downloads. It would create a 7 percent “communications service tax” to cover cable, satellite and streaming services (e.g., your Netflix subscription). It would raise the cigarette tax to $0.65/pack from the current $0.37/pack. It would eliminate dozens of tax credits and exemptions for individuals and businesses, including Delta’s partial exemption from sales tax on jet fuel — these eliminations account for much of the heft in the 81-page bill. It would begin implementing these changes as soon as Jan. 1, 2016, but some of them would be phased in between then and 2019.

Like I said, that’s a pretty sweeping bill.

It’s also a bit curious because of the timing. On the one hand, state Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta, introduced it at a press conference flanked by, among others, Speaker David Ralston, Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, Majority Leader Larry O’Neal and Majority Whip Matt Ramsey. They had handouts for the reporters and printed signs for the TV cameras. The House took the somewhat unusual step of allowing it to be read for the first time the day it was introduced, speeding up the legislative process for it just a bit. (That’s unusual not because members object when it’s requested, but because it isn’t requested all that often.) You might also recall that, back in December, Ralston told me tax reform was his top priority when it comes to jobs-related bills.

On the other hand, yesterday was day 20 out of 40 in this legislative session, and Ralston pointedly would not commit to getting it passed this year (which, let’s note, is consistent with what he told me in December). Better, he said Monday, to get it right than to do it quickly. It would not be unheard of for such a sweeping bill to make it through one chamber in 10 days — by rule, bills must clear the House or the Senate by day 30 if they are to have a chance to clear the other by day 40 — but it would be a rather daunting task. Although Carson said the bill should be either revenue-neutral or a slight tax cut, it still needs a fiscal note to establish whether the math officially adds up. That might not be ready until the end of this week or beginning of next week.

So, I’m not sure what to make of the bill, and not just because I’m still going through its 81 pages.

It is generally the kind of change that the state needs to update a tax code that still largely reflects what the economy was like in the mid-20th century, and to help keep Georgia competitive with other states when it comes to attracting, retaining and growing businesses. Many of its provisions dovetail with the recommendations a special tax reform council offered back in 2011. Carson said the bill should result income-tax savings of $400/year for a family at the median household income of $48,000, although any net savings would depend on how a household spends its money. Services, which largely remain untaxed in Georgia, make up an estimated 70 percent of the economy vs. 30 percent for goods — which ought to mean savings for any household whose spending has a similar services-to-goods ratio. But I don’t know if that ratio holds up for all or most households. It will also be interesting to see what kind of economic effects the bill is forecast to have.

All of which is to say, put this bill on your radar — but let’s wait and see exactly how what kind of impact, economic and legislative, it ends up having.

via House GOP leaders unveil sweeping tax-reform plan for Georgia | Kyle Wingfield.

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A Message from Teb Bowman, PC Republican Party Chairman

Teb leading a meetingChairman’s Message for March 2015

For this month there are two important things for Pickens County Republicans to know about and consider taking action. The first will be establishing 2015 county party membership and attendance at our county convention at Chattahoochee Tech doors open at 8 am on Saturday, March 14. This special meeting occurs every two years at which members elect the county party officers for two years and select delegates to the upcoming 9th and 14th congressional district conventions and the state convention in April and May. Here is where your voice is initially heard and you are encouraged to complete membership from the web as soon as possible to reduce admin time. Please attend and become engaged!

Second, there will be a reception and dinner at Big Canoe clubhouse cosponsored by Dawson County Republicans on Friday, March 13, featuring Mr. Duncan Sandy who is Winston Churchill’s great-grandson; he will be giving a presentation on Churchill covering his historical guiding concepts of leadership that shaped his actions with respect to war and the ensuing peace. Learning about and carefully considering this information is important to us all in today’s dangerous world and you are encouraged to attend this, as well. Among those present will be our 9th district Congressman Doug Collins.

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I’m Tired.

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

I’m Tired.

This article is for all my Republican and Democrat party member friends who complain that government is broken, but believe the folks they elect somehow *already* know what the ‘right thing to do’ is. It’s for my Libertarian and Anarchist friends who spout off on social media and leave it at that. A brief reminder, if you will, that none of you are doing enough.

It’s hard not to be negative. When you’re an idealist like me, it’s even harder. A couple of people have texted me since session started and asked, “Seriously – how hard is it for you to work at the Capitol?” It’s really freaking hard because I’m not just advocating for or against one bill, but a general reform of government and the process. Daily. So, generally, I opt for being snarky to mask the complete loathing for the process and the system. And most of you all.

To be perfectly blunt, I’m tired of it.

I’m tired of the laziness. I’ve noticed, especially advocating for the opposition of HB 244/SB 8 table flipthat I’m not alone in my opinions, but that means so very little. People make up every excuse as to why they don’t have time or why they can’t do something. I can lay out the email addresses with what to say so all you have to do is copy-paste. We see this with petitions for FreedomWorks and grassroots organizations trying to mobilize people to lobby their elected officials. Uber. Craft Beer. Transportation. Everything you need within 3 clicks. And people won’t do it.

I’m tired of people thinking a once-a-month dinner social or happy hour is sufficient for activism. Or the people who think the political parties are the end-all, be-all. If that is your mindset, I can’t even begin to tell you everything you’re missing. How did you affect change this month? What do you have to show for progress?

I’m tired of the lack of prioritization. We all need an outlet, but obsessing over the The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, The Bachelor, fighting over whether or not ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is the demise of our society, and losing friends over football games? None of these things change our lives. They don’t. Yet they consume us.

I’m tired of people not recognizing that we have it easy. We live in an information age that allows us to instantly share information with the click of a mouse. We should be the most educated generation, we should know all the ways we’re failing our brand and The People…and yet, we fall short because we are sharing videos of Bostonians running around in the snow with only swim trunks and the latest BuzzFeed article that tells us “Which Disney Duo You and Your BFF Would Be”

I’m tired of pet issues and people not recognizing that every bill that passes through actually does affect them. If it’s not you this time, that only means it’ll be you next time. What reason have you given the state for it not to be?

I’m tired of people not understanding perpetuity. Every time we pass something, it is precedent. It is permanent. It might, maybe, if-we-try-really-hard one day be repealed but that’s just a strike through. It stays on the books. Nothing is erasable. Everything will be referenced at a later date.

I’m tired of being disappointed by the people I’m surrounded by because they don’t realize that by not paying attention to why we are afforded such a lovely life, it won’t be long before we no longer have such a life. Actually do something – today. Oh, and the stones you occasionally throw when something blatantly affects you…you’re throwing them from the cheap seats.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

via I’m Tired. | The Perspicacious Conservative.

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A Salute To Sir Winston Churchill and his Legacy of Leadership

The Dawson & Pickens County Republican Parties invite you to a special evening to mark the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death.  This is a one time historical event you don’t want to miss!

Mr. Duncan Sandys is the great grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and the former Lord Mayor of London. He will will be speaking on Churchill and Leadership and how Churchill’s courage and failures prepared him for his supreme task in the 1940’s

TICKETS ARE $50.00 PER PERSON

Contact Charlie Vincent 404.210.5965 or cvincent@windstream.net
Or purchase online at http://victorydinner.eventbrite.com

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015
5:30-6:30 COCKTAIL RECEPTION
6:30-8:30 DINNER AND PROGRAM
BIG CANOE CLUBHOUSE
BIG CANOE, GEORGIA

VICTORY THEN AND NOWTHE DAWSON COUNTY & PICKENS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTIES INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THIS HISTORIC EVENING.

 

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Federal Judge Stalls Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Republicans are applauding a federal judge’s ruling temporarily blocking President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, saying the ruling underscores assertions that the president acted beyond his authority.

A U.S. federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Obama’s plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, an issue likely to be seized upon in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Ruling in favor of about two dozen U.S. states opposed to the plan, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, said the administration had not complied with procedure.

The White House said the Department of Justice would appeal the decision, which was posted on The Los Angeles Times website.

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Some 26 states, led by Texas and its Republican governor, Greg Abbott, sued the administration to halt the programs, arguing that Obama’s orders violated constitutional limits on his powers. They requested an injunction to block the programs from going into force while the legal process played out.

“Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the president’s overreach in its tracks,” said Abbott, who took to Twitter to laud the ruling.

“The president’s attempt to by-pass the will of the American people was successfully checked today.”

Republicans had said Obama’s plan amounted to an essential amnesty for people who entered the country illegally.

House Speaker John Boehner said the judge’s ruling underscores that the president acted beyond his authority.

“The president said 22 times he did not have the authority to take the very action on immigration he eventually did, so it is no surprise that at least one court has agreed,” Boehner said in a statement. “We will continue to follow the case as it moves through the legal process.”

Boehner said he hoped that Senate Democrats will relent in their opposition to a Homeland Security Department spending bill that overturns Obama’s actions to spare millions of immigrants from deportation. The department’s funding expires Feb. 27 and Congress has only a few legislative days to act.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said in a statement that he hoped Obama obeys the court’s ruling.

The ruling “reinforces what I and many others have been saying for a long time: that President Obama acted outside the law when he went around Congress to unilaterally change our nation’s immigration laws,” Cornyn said in a statement. He added that “the fight to reverse the President’s unconstitutional overreach is not over.”

Obama announced a program in November to lift the threat of deportation from some 4.7 million illegal immigrants using his executive authority. The move bypassed Congress, which has not passed immigration reform legislation despite several attempts.

The program would allow some 4.4 million people whose children are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents stay in the country temporarily.

Another 270,000 people would be able to stay under the expansion of a 2012 program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that offered deportation relief to people brought illegally to the United States as children, allowing them work. That expansion was scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Responding to the ruling, the White House said the Supreme Court and Congress had made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing immigration laws, “which is exactly what the President did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system.”

“Top law enforcement officials, along with state and local leaders across the country, have emphasized that these policies will also benefit the economy and help keep communities safe.”

Both Democrats and Republicans are likely to seize upon the issue and the court’s ruling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The administration’s move had drawn praise from immigrant advocates including Hispanics, who make up a critical voting bloc that has largely thrown its support to Democrats in favor of granting relief to the some 11 million undocumented people.

“We firmly believe that these programs will be implemented, and whether it’s now or several months from now, we have no question that the president was well within the bounds of his executive authority,” said Melissa Crow, Legal Director of the American Immigration Council group.

“We really feel that this case is more about politics than law,” she said.

Barring an unlikely legislative deal in the last two years of his presidency, the executive action would become a key legacy item for Obama, who promised in his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns to reform the system.

via Federal Judge Stalls Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration.

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Corporate Giveaways and Tax Expenditures: An Examination

As the legislature continues to examine Governor Deal’s proposed 2016 state budget and the Transportation Committees in the House and Senate try to figure out how to raise more than a billion dollars to maintain the state’s roads and bridges, there is a parallel discussion about eliminating waste, fraud and abuse, along with corporate giveaways. And while much of that discussion involves taking a line-by-line look at the budget, a related but less noticed area of examination is of the so-called tax expenditures the state makes each year.

What’s a tax expenditure?

Tax expenditures are provisions in the tax code that allow for special treatment of a source of income or a certain type of expense. Such treatment usually results in a reduction in tax liability for the taxpayer. In principle, these tax benefits could be provided by direct appropriation, thus these provisions are referred to as “expenditures”. They represent tax revenues that would have been otherwise generated if not for this preferential treatment in the tax code.

Like direct government expenditures, tax expenditures are an allocation of government revenue that are intended to achieve a particular policy outcome or generate some activity. The value of a tax expenditure can be thought of as representing the amount of money that would be needed in the budget to provide the same level of financial support in the form of a government grant instead of through the tax code. Tax expenditures are received by businesses and individual taxpayers and are present in all of Georgia’s major taxes, including the individual income tax, corporate income tax, and sales tax.

That description comes from the Georgia Tax Expenditure Report for FY2015. The report goes into considerable detail in its listing of tax revenue lost to the state via exemptions and deductions in the personal and corporate income taxes, the state sales tax, and several other smaller excise or special purpose taxes.

There is a lot of foregone revenue simply because the state largely uses the same exemptions and deductions individual taxpayers receive on their federal 1040 tax returns. The deduction for employer paid healthcare is just over $1 billion. Another $199 million comes from the exclusion of capital gains upon the sale of a primary residence. Eliminating just three deductions taken from Schedule A–property tax paid, mortgage interest, and charitable contributions–could provide the $1 billion seen as a floor for additional spending on transportation. Yet, it’s unlikely politicians will modify the exclusions and deductions the federal government sees fit to impose. The same thing is true for similar exclusions and deductions from the federal corporate income tax.

Let’s look at some state level credits and exemptions from income taxes. I was able to identify $318 million in income tax credits related to job creation. Each one has an individual and a corporate component. The largest is the film tax credit, at $163 million. The employer’s job tax credit is $74 million, the manufacturer’s investment tax credit is $65 million, the quality jobs tax credit is $9 million, and the research tax credit is $7 million. Altogether, they add up to $318 million, yet the economic effects of just the film industry is over $5.1 billion. Many would say that’s a pretty good return on investment.

The final major area where the state gives up revenue in tax expenditures is exempting certain items from sales tax. Many of these exemptions are very narrowly targeted, and as a result have less than a million dollar effect, such as “sales to Georgia Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution” (who knew?) or “sales of pipe organs or steeple bells to any church qualifying as a nonprofit.” Some, like the $22 million for “partial sales tax exemption for jet fuel sold to or used by a qualifying airline at a qualifying airport” have drawn the attention of activists and some lawmakers, while the larger $30 million exemption for “Sales of fuel or consumable supplies used by ships engaged in inter-coastal or foreign commerce” flies under the radar. There are big items, like the exemption for food and drugs, totaling $900 million. And Governor Deal has regularly touted removing the sales tax on energy as a way of attracting manufacturing jobs to the Peach State. That combined with no sales tax on manufacturing equipment, materials, and supplies is worth $3.09 billion.

Finally, there is the $4.798 billion in tax revenue forgiven because the state does not tax services. That’s something FairTax proponents might want to keep in mind.

There is a lot of tax policy to consider when looking at the report, and each person will have his or her own opinion of what constitutes a needed tax expenditure. But, for those who think changes should be made, Grover Norquist, the guy who opposes HB 170 as a tax increase would also say that removing any of these tax expenditures is a tax increase, and would require a reduction in taxes elsewhere.

via Corporate Giveaways and Tax Expenditures: An Examination – Peach Pundit — Peach Pundit.

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You Scare Me

A LETTER FROM A PROCTER AND GAMBLE EXECUTIVE TO THE PRESIDENT*
THE LAST SENTENCE IS THE MOST CHILLING

Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America ‘s true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world’s highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management.. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as “partnering.” Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years; made corporate history.

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Dear President Obama: You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

* You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

* You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

* You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

* You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

* You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.

* You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

* You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail..

* You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America ‘ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

* You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

* You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

* You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibility capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

* You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
* You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.

* You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

* You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

* You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

* You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

* You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh’s, Hannitys, O’Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

* You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Lou Pritchett

This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise. Since it hit the Internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men do nothing.. It’s happening right now.
The CHANGE is here!!  WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!

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Teachers Want Representation on Education Reform Commission

(Personal Question:  What about parent groups, individuals and/or business people being included on these many panels?  Other citizens besides teachers pay taxes for programs and retirement issues.)

A hodgepodge of different teacher associations in the state are calling on Governor Nathan Deal to rethink the composition of his Education Reform Commission, which will recommend a new package of education proposals later this year.

Their main complaints: the Commission that Gov. Deal announced last month includes zero active classroom teachers and too few parents of public school students.

The signatories of the joint resolution include representatives from the following groups:

Georgia Association of Educators

Georgia Federation of Teachers

Georgia Retirees Educators Association

Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Teachers Rally to Advocate for Georgia Insurance Choices (TRAGIC)

The resolution specifically calls for each of the five organizations above to have representation on the Commission so it will hear “input from individuals and groups who confront the challenges and successes of Georgia’s public education system on a daily basis.”

A technical point here: The Commission does seem to include some former classroom teachers, including 2011 Teacher of the Year Pam Williams. But it would seem that none are currently teaching in a classroom or would be directly affected as a teacher by the eventual changes the Commission recommends.

You can read the full press release for yourself below the fold:

Education Groups Issue Joint Resolution Seeking Representation on Education Reform Commission

ATLANTA — On January 21, 2015, Governor Nathan Deal’s office released the names of the members of his “Education Reform Commission,” which the Governor has convened to “study the state’s education system, including its funding formula, and provide recommendations intended to improve the system, increase access to early learning programs, recruit and retain high-quality instructors and expand school options for Georgia’s families.”

This commission is charged with an extraordinarily wide examination of our public education system. Unfortunately, the members of the commission do not represent a wide array of backgrounds. The Education Reform Commission lacks fair representation from those who would have first-hand knowledge of our state’s public education system. As currently constituted, zero active classroom teachers, one principal, and five Superintendents serve on the commission. In contrast, the committee includes ten legislators and seven representatives from charter schools or education consulting firms.

The commission does not include representatives from our state’s leading teacher organizations or parent representatives whose own children are subject to the “reforms” that might be suggested by this commission.

The undersigned organizations, representing thousands of Georgia educators, parents and students who have a direct stake in the success of our state’s public education system, have established a joint resolution to call for fair representation. We ask that each of the undersigned organizations be granted representation to be placed on the commission immediately.

Our organizations exist to see Georgia’s public school systems remain strong and vibrant, while serving the educational needs of all of Georgia’s children. We believe current and active educators and parents must be included in any discussion regarding the future of Georgia’s schools.

Sid Chapman, President

Georgia Association of Educators

Verdaillia Turner, President

Georgia Federation of Teachers

Bill Sloan, President

Georgia Retirees Educators Association

Margaret Ciccarelli, Director of Legislative Affairs

Professional Association of Georgia Educators

John Palmer, Vice-President

Teachers Rally to Advocate for Georgia Insurance Choices

via Teachers Want Representation on Education Reform Commission – Peach Pundit — Peach Pundit.

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You Ain’t Woman Enough

To Senator David Perdue, President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch’s “patience, perseverance, professionalism and . . . graciousness” doesn’t outweigh her support of the president’s immigration executive actions. Perdue announced Wednesday that he will oppose her nomination to the nation’s top law enforcement official:

“While Ms. Lynch may have an impressive resume, she did not adequately answer the committee’s questions nor alleviate my concerns about the consistency with which she applies our nation’s laws. After thoroughly reviewing her record and testimony, I am not confident she will defend the Constitution, especially when the President seeks to abuse his power.

“We need an Attorney General who will maintain independence and will put the law above partisan politics. I strongly disagree with her support for the President’s executive action on amnesty, which is both unlawful and unconstitutional. Ultimately, Ms. Lynch’s actions and answers did not demonstrate that she will consistently enforce the law and uphold our Constitution.”

Lynch is expected to receive Republican support on the Judiciary committee. Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake have announced their support, and Senator Lindsey Graham is expected to vote in her favor as well. It’s worth noting that Lynch’s belief in the constitutionality of Obama’s immigration executive actions is far from an extreme position – in fact, a panel at the conservative Federalist Society last November generally conceded that the president is acting within the law and Constitution.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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