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Augusta Commission members love to travel at taxpayers’ expense


“Augusta Commission members’ love of learning is exceeded only by their love to travel. For the third time in as many months, they’re at a conference. Five of them anyway. Alvin Mason, Corey Johnson, Bill Lockett, Bill Fennoy and Marion Williams are attending the four-day National Association of Counties conference in Fort Worth, Texas.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

Political Insider: Obama’s nominee to the U.N. pulls out her Georgia roots
“You don’t often hear Atlanta TV figures cited as founts of knowledge during dead-serious deliberations of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And yet there was U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., last Wednesday, channeling Jeff Hullinger’s recollections of an intern who held the mike for him during the summer of ’89.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bob Barr leads candidates in race for 11th District seat
Barr reported total receipts of $251,782, followed by state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), who reported $172,898. Marietta businesswoman Tricia Pridemore reported $143,254 and state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) reported $97,174.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal/Sunday

Political Notebook, Gwinnett: Chambliss calls for intervention in Syria
“One of Georgia’s U.S. senators told military leaders last week he believes the U.S. should step into the bloody conflict in Syria. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is vice-chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, stressed the need for action by the U.S. and U.N. Security Council to prevent the deaths of civilians in Syria and to ensure the conflict does not spread to other parts of the region.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend

State Democratic Committee to meet in Newnan next month
The party is expected to elect its new chairman at the August 31 meeting.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Qualifying begins today for Macon-Bibb elections
The new round of qualifying became necessary after the original July 16 date became untenable after the U.S. Department of Justice failed to give Bibb County preclearance under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. However, a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn part of the act rendered the issue of preclearance moot and allowed the election to be rescheduled for Sept. 17.
Source: Macon Telegraph

U.S. Rep. John Lewis promotes graphic novel at ComicCon
U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) was at ComicCon in San Diego over the weekend to promote his new graphic novel, March: Book One, which highlights significant events of the Civil Rights movement.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

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