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Cobb County Republican Women’s Club Candidate’s Forum TONIGHT

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The Cobb County Republican Women’s Club (CCRWC) is presenting a series of Candidates Forums in April.  The third Candidates Forum takes place on Tuesday, April 15, from 7-9 pm.  Candidates for US Senate will participate.

The venue is the Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting room, 2nd floor, 100 Cherokee St (Building A), Marietta.

Admission is free, and the public is invited.  All forums will be broadcast on TV23, the Cobb County public access channel.

For more information, please contact Tonya Boga (tonya.boga@gmail.com) or Rose Wing (wingr@bellsouth.net).

 

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Cumberland CID Latest Move is Disturbing to some East Cobbers

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The following post was submitted by East Cobb’s Larry Savage:

A story in the MDJ recently is very disturbing. It is easily overlooked if you don’t know the background.

View the story at http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/24833967/article-CID-approves-extension-into-fed-parklands?instance=special%20_coverage_right_column

The Cumberland CID has voted to annex 572 acres of national park land into their District. This is the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The CID says they do not need permission from the National Park Service to do this but they also say the NPS does not oppose the move.
Adding this area to the CID would allow the CID to help pay for projects in the park area.
What they did not say specifically is that they can now claim this part of a national park as “green space” in the CID. Malaika Rivers, Excecutive Director of the Cumberland CID hinted as much, saying “It sneaks in a lot of green space”. Before this annexation the CCID was 7.4% green space. With the park land added in, The CCID can boast 20.3% green space. Get ready for some serious paving in the Cumberland area.
The CCID has already acted to intensify development even before the Braves stadium project was known. With the help of Commissioner Bob Ott (sometimes referred to as ‘the good Commissioner’) they were close to getting their own zoning code that would allow them to control their own zoning and development unchecked by County or community oversight. This effort was put on the back burner when the stadium story went public, probably to return when people aren’t watching so closely.
More than 20% of Cobb County is now in flood plain due to unchecked development over the years. There has to be some way to force people to accept responsibility
All that remains is for the Commissioners to vote their approval of the annexation. What are the odds that are Commissioners will suddenly start to act responsibly?

  

Submitted by East Cobber Larry Savage. Savage can be reached  at savage.larry044@gmail.com

Do you have a viewpoint about an East Cobb issue that you’d like to share? Email cynthia@eastcobber.com and tell us your story.

Did you catch one of our Georgia Senators on TMZ recently?

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Did you see East Cobb’s Senator Johnny Isakson on TMZ recently? View the video HERE.

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Jefferson Jackson Tickets On Sale Now

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Georgia Democrats will hose the 2014 Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Thursday, April 24, at the Georgia World Congress Center. This year’s special guest speaker is none other than the Ragin’ Cajun himself—Political Strategist and Professor of Practice at Tulane University James Carville.

The general reception begins at 6:30 pm and the dinner program begins at 7:30 pm at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd.

General admission tickets are $250 and can be purchased at http://www.georgiademocrat.org/jj2014/. Current members of the Yellow Dog Club can purchase a ticket for $200. Current members of the Young Democrats of Georgia or the Emerging Leadership Council can purchase a ticket for $125.

To purchase a ticket at a discounted rate, email JJ@georgiademocrat.org.

The DPG has reserved a block of rooms at two area hotels. To make a reservation, ask for the Democratic Party of Georgia Room block when calling the hotel. Reservations must be made by April 14 to take advantage of the discounted rate.

Participating hotels are:

The Omni Hotel at CNN Center
190 Marietta Street NW
(404) 659-0000
Rate: $149

The Hilton Garden Inn (Near the Airport)
3437 Bobby Brown Parkway
(404) 477-6600
Rate: $109

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Candidates for 11th Congressional District, Governor, State School Superintendent, and Cobb County School Board to Participate in Forums This Week

The Cobb County Republican Women’s Club (CCRWC) is presenting a series of Candidates Forums in April.  The events will take place on April 8, 10, 15, 17, and 29.
The first Candidates Forum takes place on Tuesday, April 8, from 7-9 pm.  Candidates for the 11th Congressional District and for Governor will participate.
The second Candidates Forum takes place on Thursday, April 10, from 7-9 pm.  Candidates for State School Superintendent and Cobb County School Board will participate.
The venue is the Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting room, 2nd floor, 100 Cherokee St (Building A), Marietta.
Admission is free, and the public is invited.  All forums will be broadcast on TV23, the Cobb County public access channel.
For more information, please contact Tonya Boga (tonya.boga@gmail.com) or Rose Wing (wingr@bellsouth.net).

 

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Attend the 60th Anniversary of League of Women Voters Marietta-Cobb

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The League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Saturday, May 17 at their annual meeting. Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the National League of Women Voters, will be the featured speaker.

MacNamara will share information about the League’s national efforts on various issues, including voting rights. The program will also include Cathy Kaemmerlen’s dramatization of the trial of Susan B. Anthony (Susan B. Anthony: Failure is Impossible), accused of illegally voting in the 1872 presidential election.

The cost of the brunch and event is $16 per person and is open to the public. Send your reservation by May 12 to Janet Cohen at lwvmcpublicity@gmail.com for the mailing address and menu choices. The event will be held from 9:30am – noon in the private room of Cosmopolitan Restaurant at 2475 Delk Road Marietta 30067. Call Elizabeth Melville for further information at 770-592-0625.

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Learn ‘How to do Business with Cobb County’ this May

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The first ‘How to do Business with Cobb’ seminar of 2014 will be held on Tuesday, May 13, from 5-7pm at the Cobb Chamber, 240 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, 30339. Learn how to become a vendor for the county and network with other businesses and county personnel that make the purchasing decisions.

Free to attend but space is limited. To RSVP, please send an email to Inger.Eberhart@cobbcounty.org or call 770-528-3317

 

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Political Forum on Educational Financing coming to Hightower Trail Middle School

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There will be a political forum panel discussion on education financing on Thursday April 17, 2014, in the Hightower Trail Middle School auditorium, 3905 Post Oak Tritt Road.  State and local political leaders will be in attendance and speaking at the forum.

The focus of the discussion will be the practical realities of the budget shortfall for students, teachers, parents and schools, as well as potential short-term and long-term solutions for education funding and ensuring the high quality of education for students now and in the future. In addition, organizers will focus on the voting process and the upcoming May 20th primary.

For more information, contact Amy Surasky president@trittpta.org or (770) 642-5630 or Jennifer Limeri president@huskyptsa.info or (770) 578-7225. The PTA follows 501(c) 3 practices and invites all candidates from the state representative race for districts; 44, 45 and 46, and the state senate race for district 32, as well as the Gubernatorial race for the State of Georgia.  Hosting of this candidate forum should not and cannot imply endorsement of any candidate.

 

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Paul Broun, Bob Barr and Tricia Pridemore will speak to Cobb GOP

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The April First Saturday Breakfast for the Cobb County Republican Party on Saturday, April 5, will feature US Senate candidate Paul Broun and 11th Congressional District candidates Bob Barr and Tricia PridemoreEach speaker will have 20 minutes to address breakfast attendees and answer questions.

The breakfast will be held at the Cobb County Republican Party headquarters, 799 Roswell St, MariettaThe breakfast buffet opens at 8:15, and the program begins at 8:45. 

Admission is $10 per person.  There is no extra charge for breakfast or coffee.
 
For more information, please contact Joe Dendy at 770-820-6545.

 

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State Legislative Update by Representative Don Parsons

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This information was reprinted from the newsletter of Representative Don Parsons Newsletter, March 26, 2014
The 2014 session of the General Assembly adjourned Sine Die at midnight on Thursday, March 20. We were in session for the full 40 legislative days. Those days were very busy and productive, but we were still able to conclude the session at the earliest calendar date in many years.
It was a productive and successful session for me. I am happy to report that two very important pieces of legislation that I sponsored were approved by by both chambers and are now on the Governor’s desk. HB 176 and HB 348 are explained below.
The economy of the state is improving, and state revenues are beginning to increase. During the recent years of declining revenues that were brought about by the “Great Recession”, many tough cuts in funding had to be made by the General Assembly and the Governor. Total cuts of approximately 20% were made in state spending. Cuts were made for all state agencies. Among those cuts were education, and QBE, in particular. There has been a lot of questions and some misunderstanding about this. It is important to keep in mind that education, including K-12, the university system and technical education makes up well over half of all state funding. Also, although state spending was cut approximately 20% during those years, funding for education was cut approximately 8%. I have more information on my website at: http://www.donparsons.org
The following are some highlights of 2014 legislation
HB 176 streamlines the permitting process for the siting of cell towers. The snow and ice storms this winter illustrated the need for cellular bandwidth. The demands on cellular continue to rise with more smartphones and ever increasing amount of data downloaded and uploaded. Cellular bandwidth is critical for public safety, economic development and the use of wireless data for daily commerce and everyday life. This legislation was approved.

HB 348 provides an income tax credit for the purchase of certain commercial vehicles that use alternative sources of fuel. Alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas (cng) are produced in the US, are less expensive and produce no to low pollutants. The tax credit is capped at $5 million over two years. This legislation was approved.

HB 744, the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The total state amount appropriated is $20.8 billion, an increase of $602.5 million more than the amended Fiscal Year 2014 budget. This reflects increasing state revenue due to rebounding state economy. 72% of this new money went to education. $314 million is appropriated to K-12 schools as “no string attached” new money. It can be used to reduce teacher furloughs, restore 180 days, give raises, or whatever the local Board of Education deems the smartest use of the funds. The budget was approved.

HB 60 This important legislation clarifies where licensed owners may carry firearms. Among the highlights: Allows K-12 schools who cannot afford resource (police) officers the option to train and arm a staff member, using similar firearms training to law enforcement. The bill  makes a lesser penalty for someone who inadvertently brings a weapon to security at the airport but immediately surrenders it. It will be more difficult for mentally ill people to get access to weapons. Firearms will remain prohibited from churches unless the church membership opts-in to allow them. This bill was approved

SB 167 This legislation, known as the “common core” bill passed the Senate but was not approved by the House Education Committee. Among other things, the legislation would have prohibited Prohibited testing based on national Common Core standards. It would have also prohibited state education agencies from entering into any commitments relating to the federal Race to the Top program, required hearings and public input prior to adoption of state-wide competencies and content standards, limited the compilation and sharing of personal student and teacher data and prohibited the expenditure of funds for a state-wide longitudinal data system.

SR 415 approved a referendum to be placed on the General Election ballot that will ask the voters of Georgia if they wish to amend the Georgia Constitution to cap the state’s income tax rate at the current 6%. The resolution was approved.

HB 885 Known as the “Medical Cannabis” bill, this legislation sought to provide a legal means for parents of children who suffer from seizures, many of whom suffer from hundreds of lengthy and heartbreaking seizures a day, to obtain a form of cannabis in pill or liquid form that has been shown to dramatically lessen the number of those seizures. This bill was approved by the House overwhelmingly but failed to be enacted due to action in the senate.

 

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