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U.S. Sen. Isakson condemns VA center deaths

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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.
Source: AccessNorthGa.com/AP

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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