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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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Rep Doug Collins

Collins Statement on Improving Border Safety

WASHINGTON.   Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement concerning safety at America’s southern border. “Every parent’s heart shudders when we learn of the deaths of seven- and eight-year-old children. This month’s tragedies require us to search out what contributed to this loss of innocent life and how we can prioritize safety at the southern […]

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From left: Secretary of State-elect Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden, state Rep. Barry Fleming, Secretary of State’s general counsel Ryan Germany and Rockdale County Elections Supervisor Cynthia Welch listen to a presentation of the Professional Licensing Boards Division of the Secretary of State’s Office in Macon. (Commission provided image)

No consensus over replacing Georgia voting system

A group responsible for vetting a more secure and trustworthy Georgia voting system struggled Wednesday (Dec. 12) to reach agreement over whether to pursue hand-marked paper ballots or touchscreen machines that print ballots. The group of election officials, state lawmakers, political party representatives and voters debated the state’s options to replace its 16-year-old electronic voting […]

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From all the staff at the Fannin Sentinel

From all the staff at the Fannin Sentinel

By Elaine Owen, Editor We all view Christmas in a different way. For those who do not celebrate it, Christmas is just one of many federal holidays that offers a few vacation days away from work. Even for Christians, the day often has different meanings and feelings attached to it. Children may see Christmas only […]

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Hemp growing in Georgia

Cannabis farming a legitimate business in Georgia?

By Elaine Owen, Editor Cultivation, manufacture and distribution of medical marijuana products will likely be considered by the Georgia General Assembly during its 2019 legislative session, which begins next month. Georgia has allowed patients to use medical marijuana since 2015, but state law still prohibits buying, selling or transporting it. A House study committee voted […]

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