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U.S. Sen. Isakson condemns VA center deaths

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U.S. Sen. Isakson condemns VA center deaths
Isakson, a member of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, said his staff has begun coordinating efforts with Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., to have a congressional hearing at the Charlie Norwood VA and hold accountable the personnel responsible for the clinic’s missteps.
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday

Athens-area legislators hear from education advocates on Friday
Three of the delegates, Reps. Spencer Frye and Chuck Williams and Sen. Bill Cowsert, met with the a variety of advocates at the monthly Whatever It Takes community interagency meeting in Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

City Ink, Augusta: Russell was prepared for the witch hunt
“As you no doubt know, seven Augusta Com­mission members abruptly fired City Ad­min­is­trator Fred Russell last week.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed talks about second term
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, in a wide-ranging interview Friday morning, said the priority in his second term will to get an infrastructure referendum passed by voters that will be between $150 million and $250 million.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Political Notebook: Gwinnett doctor testifies on Obamacare
“A Norcross doctor testified before a congressional committee in Washington this week, talking about unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend

Trial for suspended state senator to begin today
The trial of state Sen. Don Balfour is set to start Monday before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk.

Political Insider: Georgia Republicans get it right on Nelson Mandela
“You never get a second chance to make a last impression. But when they uttered their final words over the life and death of Nelson Mandela, Republicans got it right — even and especially in Georgia.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sen. Bill Cowsert, Rep. Bruce Williamson attend gathering to discuss possible Convention of States
A bipartisan contingent of about 100 state legislators from 32 states gathered at Mount Vernon to lay the groundwork for the state-led process for crafting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution potentially forcing the federal government to balance a budget each year.
Source: Walton Tribune (subscription)

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