Governor Nikki Haley who has endorsed Republican Mitt Romney said Obama was coming in the way of development in her State. "In South Carolina, we can't even pass our own bills without him getting in the way." "We pass illegal immigration reform, he stops it. We pass voter ID, he stops it. We get Boeing, he stops it. I mean, I'd just like to be a governor and be able to take care of my state. The president's trying to handle the entire country, and he's failing," Haley said.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Republican presidential pre candidate Rick Santorum spent most of his speech repeating the themes he does on the stump, including his mention of the Declaration of Independence, but last evening there was a twist on that. “The men and women who signed that declaration wrote the final phrase, ‘We pledge to each other our lives, our fortune, and our sacred honor,” Santorum said. There were no women who signed the Declaration of Independence. Updated 4/10/2012: Santorum is out of the race.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Only in our nation’s capital does having a conversation cost a few billion dollars. Two weeks ago, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled a $5 billion competitive grant proposal designed to “formally renew this national conversation around the future of teaching.” Project RESPECT – Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching – is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to revamp the way the nation’s public school teachers are trained, evaluated, and compensated.
Monday, February 27, 2012
ATLANTA, GA - Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, the two top leaders in the General Assembly introduced SB 889 seeking to ignore any federal law coming from president Barack Obama that they don't like, such as ACA. "It shall be the duty of the General Assembly to adopt and enact any and all measures that may become necessary to prevent the wrongful enforcement of any federal laws or regulations duly nullified within the boundaries and limits of this state."
Friday, February 24, 2012
ATLANTA, GA - The House of Representatives voted Friday 24, 2012, to change the date of elections in Augusta. The measure by Rep. Barbara Sims, R-Augusta, shifts the election date for consolidated cities and counties from November to July. She argued that legislation last year that changed the election date for judicial elections was intended to include Augusta as well.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Women voters outnumber men by millions. Maybe Republicans should have thought of that before launching "the most comprehensive and radical assault on women's health in our lifetime," according to House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi.
Augusta, Georgia - Since 2007 (SB 529), Georgia has mandated that counties comply with several state and federal immigration laws. These requirements have been significantly expanded over the years, most recently with the passage of HB 87 during the 2011 legislative session which added new reporting and penalty provisions. The laws impose these mandates without funding. Augusta put an outreach program.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Half of all Americans—over 160 million of us—live in judicial districts or circuits that have a vacancy that would be filled today if the Republican obstruction of judicial nominations would end. Over the past few months, even consensus nominees who were supported unanimously by the bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee have been subject to unprecedented delays and, as was the case of Judge Adalberto Jordán and Jesse Furman, filibusters.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials say they will not sign new contracts for 287(g) officers working in the field and will terminate the "least productive" of those agreements — saving an estimated $17 million. All the contracts between Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and local police agencies run for three years, so that portion of the program could be finished by November when the last contract for field officers expires.
Washington, D.C. - Caterpillar Inc. announced that the company will build a new manufacturing facility in Clarke and Oconee counties. The facility is expected to directly employ 1,400 people once it is fully operational and the total investment for opening the new facility is estimated to be approximately $200 million.
ATLANTA (February 17, 2012) – "This untimely effort is nothing more than an attempt to dilute the voting strength of the citizens of Augusta by inserting another Republican legislator from Columbia County into its legislative delegation". Senator Hardie Davis (D-Augusta) has offered the following statement regarding the Senate Redistricting Committee’s decision to draw the 24th Senate District into Richmond County.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
A new study by the Guttmacher Institute reports that teen pregnancy rates have reached a 40-year low. Still, teen pregnancy costs Georgia taxpayers more than $465 million annually and intersects with every social issue that burdens our state such as poverty, high school dropout rates, healthcare, unemployment, and fragile families. Richmond County has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state, 22.9 percent higher than the state rate.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
One year ago, today, Governor Scott Walker unleashed legislation eliminating collective bargaining rights for public workers, cutting funding for education and human services, and giving Wisconsin's public utilities and resources away to his corporate backers. On that day, February 11, 2011, the Wisconsin protest wave began.
Friday, February 10, 2012
North Augusta, South Carolina - Don't shoot the messenger! Too late. The North Augusta Department of Public Safety (NADPS) has asked Liberty Tax Service to stop their advertising campaign using employees dressed as Statues of Liberty because their behavior is distracting and a violation of the law. Pictured Lark W. Jones, Mayor of North Augusta.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Keynote speaker Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Miami, FLORIDA, Mike Kane for EVN – The hundred or so families who live at Royal Duke Trailer Park in the Brownsville area of Miami share a tight bond. Some are extended families living in groups of trailers; many are immigrants — from Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua. Most work hard at low-wage jobs, some are unemployed, others retired. They all struggle financially.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
As I read with utter disbelief Lori Davis's paranoid ravings in the January 26 Metro Spirit article, I couldn't help thinking about one of history's most important lessons, to wit: Whenever lunacy is combined with overzealousness, excessive ego and the gift of persuasion, you have the perfect recipe for disaster.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Law schools may be feeling similar to Dr. Frankenstein as their fledgling graduates turn on them, and it may not be long before graduates in other fields turn on their respective universities. The litigation was brought against law schools in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois and New York, concerning allegations that they engaged in subterfuges such as hiring their own graduates for temporary jobs and counting law grads working in nonlegal jobs as employed.
A majority (55%) of the public believes that parts of the health reform law will still be implemented even if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate, while 30% think a ruling against the mandate effectively will mean the end of the entire law.