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First Fannin Habitat homeowner pays off mortgage early

By Elaine Owen, Editor Almost 20 years ago, Paula Behrens applied for a Habitat for Humanity loan. The length and terms of a Habitat mortgage is based on affordability. In Behren’s case, she and her three boys, twins Paul and Stephen and John Henry, a 20 year note was the best option. Chris Hall, Executive […]

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Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and Senator Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) speak to reporters after a series of floor speeches in the senate decrying female representation on committees.

Female Ga. Senators call out male-dominated committee assignments

By STEPHEN FOWLER, NPR A bipartisan group of women in the state senate delivered blistering remarks Wednesday about the makeup of the chamber’s 27 standing committees, most of whom are led by men. It’s the latest drama in the senate, which opened last week with a controversial rule change that limited the window someone could […]

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Georgia legislators begin new session

By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia legislators returned to Atlanta on last week (Jan. 14), to convene the new General Assembly, and for the first time in more than eight years, the state has a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and other top elected and appointed leaders. Though Democrats gained 13 legislative seats in […]

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David Ralston Re-Elected as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives

David Ralston Re-Elected as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives

By Kaleb McMichen ATLANTA – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) was re-elected by the members of the House of Representatives as Speaker for the 2019-2020 legislative session today. Speaker Ralston was unanimously nominated by the Majority Caucus and he was unopposed for the position. After his election, Speaker Ralston addressed the House of Representatives during […]

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Collins introduces legislation to expand rural broadband

Collins introduces legislation to expand rural broadband

By Elaine Owen, Editor U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) last week introduced H.R. 427, the Connect America Fund (CAF) Accountability Act of 2019. The bill will help rural communities access broadband services by outlining additional guidelines for the Federal Communications Commission program that incentivizes broadband carriers to provide service to underserved or rural areas. “For […]

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Flu level High in Georgia, 5 Deaths Reported

Flu level High in Georgia, 5 Deaths Reported

By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia is one of 30 states where the flu is now considered widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Friday, Jan. 11, the CDC reported the first week of 2019, three children died of flu-related causes nationwide and five deaths have been reported to date in Georgia. […]

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Congressman Doug Collins

Collins, Jordan request update from U.S. Attorney on investigation of DOJ and FBI actions

WASHINGTON, JANUARY 7, 2019. Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and House Oversight and Reform Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney John W. Huber requesting an update on his investigation of the actions taken by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) […]

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Portrait of Gov. Deal, Mrs. Deal

Portrait of Gov. Deal, Mrs. Deal unveiled at State Capitol

By Elaine Owen, Editor Dec. 3, 2019 – Gov. Nathan Deal was today joined by First Lady Sandra Deal, chief of staff Chris Riley and House Speaker David Ralston to unveil the official portrait of Gov. Deal and Mrs. Deal at the Georgia State Capitol. The portrait, painted by Thomas Nash, will be displayed outside […]

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Changes in Federal tax deductions

Taxpayers can no longer claim these 4 deductions

TurboTax Tips As Americans get ready for the upcoming tax season, sweeping changes are going to affect how individuals and families file this year—including which deductions and credits they can claim. While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the standard deduction for both individuals and married couples filing jointly–meaning fewer people are expected to […]

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Happy New Year 2019

2018 comes to an end and a NEW YEAR begins!

By Elaine Owen, Editor To review some of the major national political news of the past 12 months, let’s look back to how the year began—and ended—the same way—with a government shutdown. Ironically, both times it was over disputes related to immigration and funding for President Trump’s border wall. The one in January 2018 lasted […]

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