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No Plan B - We Must Raise Taxes

No Plan B - We Must Raise Taxes

Congressional Democrats were tossed a bone, and that is to allow President Obama to move through the 2012 campaign year without the nation’s debt and budget impasse hanging over him.  Congressional Republicans held strongly against raising taxes.  The crisis may be averted, but the nature of the problem has not gone away.  The debt ceiling will still rise. Taxpayers remain on the hook.

The Sunday July 31 print edition of Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured Atlanta Forward> 2012: The Turning Point. 

Metro Atlanta traffic has merged into the ninth circle of hell. Unemployment is up. Real estate is in a persistent vegetative state. The city schools have been stained by scandal.

”All of a sudden the recipe that has worked beautifully in Atlanta for 40 years has stopped working,” said Tad Leithead, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Politics of Fear is Unacceptable

Politics of Fear is Unacceptable

The following FaceBook post was forwarded to The Citizen newsletter.  We have seen news stories in Army Times, Military Times and on televised news shows.  The situation resulting from Congressional dealings is reprehensible. 

In this, the greatest nation on earth, people are forced into fear and despair by national debt and policies that threaten life itself.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

The comment below is from my daughter-in-law.  I have two sons, both in the United States Navy, fighting and defending our freedom.  The actions of the American people have caused her to feel in fear of the security her family depends on.  The same people she and my sons are risking their lives for.  Is this what we want?

~ June Fields

Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan

Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan

WASHINGTON -- A House vote on Speaker John Boehner's debt reduction plan is expected Thursday, but not all Republicans are on board.

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Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-11th District) says Congress needs to get the job done, but it needs to be done the right way.  

A Voice For The Citizens of Stockbridge

A Voice For The Citizens of Stockbridge

Stockbridge GA:  The Citizen newsletter received the following campaign information for Mr. Richard Steinberg, a candidate for city council in Stockbridge, Georgia.  Over the years the city has been in the news for egregious actions, often against the citizens.

An example that drew national attention involved a local flower shop and its owners who fought against eminent domain.  National press picked up the story in the wake of the Kelo Decision, making it legal for governing authorities to take private property for so-called public good – even economic development.  In this case, the city built a new City Hall with walls that now encircle the flower shop seriously impeding even view from the main street.  The shop owners ‘won’ but lost against the abuses of power. 

A more recent calamity to befall Stockbridge came when newly elected Mayor Lee Stuart used his veto power to eliminate questionable contracts and spending.  That was exactly what his campaign was about.  Members of the city council attempted a coup to strip the mayor of his authority, pass local legislation that would only be effective until his first term ends in 2013, and implement a change to the City Charter that proved completely illegal. 

Citizen activist Richard Steinberg has worked diligently to keep citizens informed.  A group called Concerned Citizens of Stockbridge has been his public platform, and halting illegal and unethical actions by members of the city council has been on his radar for over a year.

The following submission was written by Stockbridge resident, Dr. Michael Moon.

Henry County to provide Code Enforcement for City of Stockbridge

Henry County to provide Code Enforcement for City of Stockbridge

Stockbridge, GA --  In an effort to avoid duplication of services, the Henry County Board of Commissioners and the City of Stockbridge signed an intergovernmental agreement where Henry County will provide code enforcement services for the City of Stockbridge. The action came at a regular meeting earlier this week.

The agreement calls for Henry County to supply the City of Stockbridge with one full-time code enforcement officer to perform code enforcement duties exclusively within the jurisdictional bounds of the city. Henry County will furnish all the equipment, tools and a transportation vehicle. The agreement allows Henry County to save a code enforcement position that would have otherwise been eliminated due to recent budget issues.

The initial term is for six months to allow for review and to coordinate with the city’s calendar year budget cycle and is renewable in one-year terms thereafter.

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

ATLANTA -- Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has more than $208,000 in the bank for a possible re-election bid in 2014.

A report Cagle filed with state officials Friday showed the Gainesville Republican has raised a little more than $18,000 in the first six months of 2011, a non-election year when fundraising is typically sluggish.

He already had $344,262 left over from last year's successful bid for a second term as the state's No. 2.

Finance reports detailing campaign contributions and expenditures were due with the state ethics commission by Friday night.

Cagle trailed at least one other top Republican in the Senate, where he presides. House Rules Committee Chairman Don Balfour of Snellville raked in $137,000 for the first six months of the year. He has more than $174,000 in the bank.

(The Associated Press)

Georgia appeals ruling on immigration law

Georgia appeals ruling on immigration law

ATLANTA -- A spokeswoman for the state attorney general says the state has filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect.

Spokeswoman Lauren Kane says the notice was filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, but has not yet been filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The office will file court papers outlining the state's objections to last week's ruling.

The decision from federal Judge Thomas Thrash granted a request filed by civil liberties groups to block two sections of the law from taking effect until a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality has been resolved.

Other parts of the law, passed by the Georgia Legislature this year, took effect Friday.