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Georgia Legislative Black Caucus gathers in Savannah on energy and telecommunications symposium

Special to SEGAZINE

About 50 elected officials — state legislators, mayors and county commissioners — are meeting over the weekend to learn about current and emerging technology.
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday

Gov. Deal to lead trade mission next week to Asia
Deal will lead a delegation of state officials and business leaders on the nine-day trip to China and Japan from Aug. 22-30. The group plans to visit Shanghai, Qingdao and Jinan in the People’s Republic of China as well as Tokyo.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Saturday

Political Notebook, Macon: Inadvertent Cousino endorsement?
“At Thursday’s mayoral debate at the Douglass Theatre, moderator Charles Richardson and former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis drew some laughs when Ellis told those in attendance that he supported getting a casino as a means for economic development.”
Source: Macon Telegraph/Saturday

Political Insider: At ‘kickoff’ of political season, a taste of what’s to come
“Barbecued pork was on the menu at Floyd County’s GOP gathering Saturday, but red meat was the main course. Republican politicians produced dollops of it at the event that Rep. Tom Graves called ‘the kickoff of the political season.’”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution/weekend

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial ready for 50th anniversary in Washington
The anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech is August 28.
Source: New York Times

City Ink, Augusta: Commission rhetoric hits new low at meeting
“Augusta Commission members could well take a page out of GRU President Ricardo Azziz’s book and hire a media consultant to help improve their image.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

Bill Kirby: Talmadge at 100: Forgotten, tarnished political force
“Almost 40 years ago, I sat in the office of Georgia U.S. Sen. Her­man Talmadge and we talked about a job.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

Walter Jones: Demographic shifts will impact government
“Much has been written and said since November’s election about how demographic trends affect politics with a growing minority voter base fueling Democrats, but the policy repercussions have gotten less attention.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

Political Notebook, Gwinnett: Legislators receive conservative kudos
“Four local legislators have taken home honors from the American Conservative Union. State Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, was named a “Defender of Liberty” by the organization, while Sens. David Shafer, R-Duluth, Renee Unterman, R-Buford and Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, were bestowed with Conservative Awards.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend

State lawmakers look at technology to improve process
As changes to bills progressed with the winding down of the legislative session, the House had an advantage over the Senate thanks to an internal website designed by a state lawmaker that compared versions and highlighted changes electronically.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to be honored by Georgia Chamber this morning
Organizers say Chambliss is being honored for his contributions to the state and for his career in public service.
Source: Macon Telegraph


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