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Sen. Emanuel Jones has No Credibility

By Larry Stanley, Editor The Citizen newsletter

Today’s Georgia Senate session devoted four hours discussing and debating Henry County district maps.  Thanks to Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-10) the frontal assault on Rep.

Our Embarrassing Senator

Our Embarrassing Senator

I was born in 1955, the son of a career Coast Guard father.  We lived in rental houses, base housing and only one house my father actually bought.  I did not know I was a Southerner until he retired and the family moved back to the very place he farmed as a boy.  It was 1968 when we landed in Dacula, Georgia – or half way between Dacula and Lawrenceville on the Alcovy River. 

In our family there was a sense of the world and its people having different colors; different accents depicting wherever they were from; and, different cultures.  A sense of it all, but we were sheltered from the discord of the 1950s and 1960s when our country experienced growing pains.

Rise of the Modern TEA PARTY

Rise of the Modern TEA PARTY

From the very beginning of the American Experiment, colonization was funded in order to return the wealth and natural resources of the colonies to Mother England.  Government was achieved by royal appointments.  Economic standards were created and maintained by wealthy merchants, stock jobbers and bankers.

We saw Bacon’s Rebellion, the American Revolution, Shays’s Rebellion, and the Whiskey Rebellion.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.

1,901 Georgia elected officials failed to file disclosures on time

1,901 Georgia elected officials failed to file disclosures on time

ROSWELL-- One thousand nine hundred and one elected officials in Georgia missed a deadline to disclose their campaign finances by June 30, according to the state Ethics Commission. 

Most of them are down-ballot politicians little-known outside their locales.  11Alive News obtained the list after filing a request under the Georgia Open Records Act.

RELATED: List of non/late-filers as of June 30, 2011

One of those named is the mayor of Roswell.

"I thought I'd filed everything, so it's a surprise," said Mayor Jere Wood.  "I'll have to look into it," he said after an 11Alive News reporter informed Wood of his presence on the list.

Is legislative redistricting "transparent?"

Is legislative redistricting "transparent?"

ATLANTA -- It may be to the state Capitol what Area 51 is to the Nevada desert -- a place shrouded in mystery, with red letters warning against entry, and black curtains blocking the glass.

It's next to the reapportionment committee office. It's the room where the maps are made.

"They've got computers in there, a lot of equipment and stuff," said Rep. Roger Lane, chairman of the House Reapportionment Committee. Lane couldn't explain why the windows were blacked out, though. "I didn't do it. I don't know."

The maps are the legislative boundaries, redrawn during a special session of the legislature based on 2010 census data. The process, behind the glass, is touted by Republicans as "transparent."

"It's been the most transparency I've seen in the system in twenty years," said Sen. Don Balfour, Republican chairman of the Rules Committee.

The Georgia Collective

The Georgia Collective

T-SPLOST, the Georgia transportation tax, will benefit some counties while all others hope for crumbs from the table. Ayn Rand wrote that “Fascism and communism are not two opposites, but two rival gangs fighting over the same territory . . . both are variants of statism, based on the collectivist principle that man is the rightless slave of the state.

Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group . . . and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests.