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by Wild Bill posted Jan 19 2015 4:30PM

Here's a review of Georgia Senate Bill 6 that I recieved from D.A. King from the Dustin Inman Society.

* Refines and updates the definition of "legal alien status" for purposes of the Department of Driver Services (DDS) issuing a Georgia drivers license. Definition excludes any illegal alien who has been granted any deferred deportation status. Language establishes authority and directs for the DDS Commissioner to share information obtained for the purpose of issuing a drivers license with appropriate governmental authorities.

* Strikes the current language of state law that includes illegal aliens who are beneficiaries of any federal deferred action on deportation in eligibility for a drivers license. Requires aliens applying for a temporary drivers license or state ID card to submit fingerprints with application. Requires DDS to include fingerprint or alternate biological characteristic of temporary license holder on the license or ID card after January 1, 2016.

* Requires DDS to obtain an affidavit from alien applicants for drivers license swearing that applicant is not a recipient of any deferred deportation action grant from the federal government. False statements (felony here) may be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, or both.

* Increases penalties for driving without being properly licensed, reduces number of convictions of driving without being licensed for offender to be guilty of a felony. With exclusions, including for expired drivers licenses and drivers 15 years old or younger, establishes authority of peace officer to have discretion to order that a vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver be impounded for 60 days.

* Requires the Commissioner of Driver services to participate in the federal E-Verify affiliated and little-known 'RIDE' program.

Firearms - NOTE: Legislative Counsel shares our concern that existing law could allow a deferred action illegal alien to legally obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Georgia. Language is being prepared to meet that possibility as an addition in committee to SB 6.

Also – North Carolina state election officials say they have discovered 145 names on the voting rolls who are ineligible to vote because they are illegal immigrants who have been granted President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status. According to a Winston-Salem Journal report, the State Board of Elections discovered the potential illegal voters when the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles ran a search for DACA licenses. The 145 DACA recipients whose names appear on the SBOE's voting rolls will be sent letters requesting documentation that they are citizens, the report noted. The Journal notes that it is likely more ineligible people may still remain on the voting rolls.

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by Wild Bill posted Jan 19 2015 10:20AM

House Bill 60 2015-2016 Regular Session

The bill to raise the gas tax and transition to an excise tax has been introduced in the Georgia House. As of 01/19/15 It has currently gone to the House Committee and if it passes will go to the Senate Comittee. If it gets out of the House Committee and passes, it goes to the Georgia Senate. Sen. Tommie Williams (R – Lyons) has been named chair of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2015- 2016 legislative term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.Sen. Tommie Williams represents the 19th Senate District, which includes Appling, Jeff Davis, Long, Montgomery, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, and Wheeler counties and a portion of Liberty and Tattnall counties. He can be reached at 404.656.0089 or by email at tommie.williams@senate.ga.gov.

Here are all the Georgia state representatives that fall within the WBYZ-94 listening area. If you agree or disagree with this bill, contact them and let them know what you think.

ALEX ATWOOD DISTRICT 179 ST SIMONS ISLAND CAPITOL OFFICE: 404-656-0152 DISTRICT OFFICE: 912-264-4211 alex.atwood@house.ga.gov

AMY CARTER DISTRICT DISTRICT 175 VALDOSTA CAPITOL OFFICE: 404.463.2248 DISTRICT OFFICE: 229.245.1092 amy.carter@house.ga.gov

JIMMY PRUETT DISTRICT 149 EASTMAN CAPITOL OFFICE: 404.656.7857 DISTRICT OFFICE: 478-374-4316 jimmy.pruett@house.ga.gov

GREG MORRIS DISTRICT 156 VIDALIA/BAXLEY CAPITOL OFFICE: 404.656.5115 DISTRICT OFFICE: 912.293.0725 greg.morris@house.ga.gov

WILLIAM WERKHEISER DISTIRCT 157 GLENNVILLE DISTRICT OFFICE: 912.654.3610 william.werkheiser@house.ga.gov

BUTCH PARRISH DISTRICT 158 SWAINSBORO CAPITOL OFFICE: 404.463.2247 DISTRICT OFFICE: 478.237.3838 butch.parrish@house.ga.gov

JEFF JONES DISTRICT 167 BRUNSWICK jb.jones@house.ga.gov

DEXTER SHARPER DISTRICT 177 VALDOSTA CAPITOL OFFICE 404.656.0126 dexter.sharper@house.ga.gov

chad.nimmer@house.ga.gov 912.807.6190

All members are listed on the Georgia House Website HERE.

by Wild Bill posted Jan 14 2015 11:25AM


Contact: Jennifer Yarber, Director

Adam Sweat, Senior Communications Specialist



Sen. Tommie Williams Appointed Chair of the
Senate Transportation Committee

ATLANTA (January 14, 2015) | Sen. Tommie Williams (R – Lyons) has been named chair of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2015- 2016 legislative term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

"The network of roads, waterways, bridges, railways and runways are some of Georgia's most valuable resources," said Sen. Williams. "I'm honored Lieutenant Governor Cagle and my colleagues have entrusted me to chair the Senate Transportation Committee as we begin a new legislative term. Our transportation infrastructure has played a defining role in our state's storied history and, together, we can continue our work to maintain our world class reputation while investing in a better future for our children and grandchildren."

The jurisdiction of the Transportation Committee includes legislation relating to highway safety, regulation of intrastate common carriers, including railroads, buses, trucks, vessels, pipelines, and civil aviation. Also included are inland waterways and any other means of transportation.

Sen. Williams was also selected as a member of the Natural Resources and Environment, Judiciary, Appropriations, and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committees.

"I appreciate Sen. Williams taking on these critically important leadership roles in the Georgia Senate. Like all of us, he is committed to building a better Georgia. I look forward to working closely with Sen. Williams during the upcoming session to move our state to a stronger and more prosperous future," said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

"The Committee on Assignments worked hard to match every senator to positions where they could best serve the people of Georgia," said President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth).ý "I have great confidence in our new committee leadership team."

Once a piece of legislation is introduced in the Senate, it is assigned to a Committee, depending on its topic. If the Committee gives the legislation a "do pass" recommendation, then the proposed law is sent to the Rules Committee for consideration. The appointed chairs will oversee the operation and order of Senate committee meetings, including calling for action on bills, resolutions or other matters assigned to that committee.

The first term of the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly convened January 12, 2015 at the Georgia State Capitol.

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Sen. Tommie Williams represents the 19th Senate District, which includes Appling, Jeff Davis, Long, Montgomery, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, and Wheeler counties and a portion of Liberty and Tattnall counties. He can be reached at 404.656.0089 or by email at tommie.williams@senate.ga.gov.

by Wild Bill posted Jan 13 2015 5:13PM
Religious leaders gather outside of the Georgia State Capitol to protest a decision by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to terminate Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Supporters believe the decision was based on religion, while the Mayor contends the decision was about judgement and protocol.

by Wild Bill posted Jan 12 2015 4:22PM

Simon Turner is a daredevil, which is a nicer way to say "lunatic." Recently, he and a pal visited a lava lake inside a volcano and took a break to roast some marshmallows.

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by Wild Bill posted Nov 19 2014 5:40PM


Americans nationwide reacted to a now-viral photo of a 98-year-old veteran who, too ill to attend the annual Veterans Day celebrations last week, asked that he be dressed in his uniform.

Justus Belfield was too weak to leave his bed, but The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reported that he has worn his uniform every Veterans Day since he and his wife moved to a nursing home in upstate New York several years ago.

It was the last time Belfield, who passed away early Wednesday morning, ever wore his uniform.

“I could see him breathing, and I leaned down and I looked at him and I said, ‘Happy Veterans Day. Thank you for your service,’” Christine Camp, who works at the home, recalled.

Belfield’s response, pictured below, will never be forgotten: Commenters at The Huffington Post were equally full of praise for the 98-year-old veteran.

“I was approached a few years ago by on old vet,” one wrote. “[He wore a] WW2 victory medal, his Pacific campaign ribbon, and a bronze star with four clusters, an arrowhead, and a ‘V’ device. I felt unworthy to polish this old man’s boots. Respect for these old guys. They were tougher than we are.”

“That’s a powerful picture, and it exemplifies everything about that generation. RIP,” another commenter wrote.

The Associated Press reports that Belfield served for 16 years in the Army, participating in — among other historic battles — the Battle of the Bulge.

The Daily Gazette adds that Belfield was discharged multiple times, but always re-enlisted “right away.”

He told the paper in 2013: “I loved it because it was my country. It’s still my country. I don’t like the president. I don’t like the way he handles things, but it’s still the United States. It’s still my country.”

Camp said Belfield lit up the hallways of the nursing home, waking up each day with a smile saying: “Thank you, Jesus, for another day.”

“He loved the family, he loved his country, and he loved God,” Robert Stubbs, Belfield’s son in law, said. “Those three things right there will be his legacy.”

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by Wild Bill posted Nov 4 2014 9:32PM


‪#‎GASen‬- Perdue. No runoff.
‪#‎GAGov‬ - Deal. No runoff.

10:28pm John Barrow concedes #GA12 

10:10pm  Still waiting on 550 absentee votes, but Rick Allen has won Bulloch County in . Allen up 7883 to 5521 (58.67%)

10:09pm Perdue 57%, Nunn 41.1%; 57.8% reporting in #GASen election. 

10:06pm Only 3 counties to go in !

10:02pm With 16 of 19 counties reporting: - 52%   47%

10:00PM Results for Rick Allen in #GA12 Effingham: 69.2% Emanuel: 60.3% Tattnall: 62.7%

9:59PM  wins Emanuel Co by 1,037 votes. The nominee won it by only 250 votes in 2012.

9:58PM  68% reporting now in . Barrow trails Allen, 60-40........

UPDATE 9:54PM: Waiting for Bulloch, Columbia and Richmond Counties to finish reporting for the race. leads by 10 thousand.



9:00PM Rick Allen wins Evans County; 1,196 votes to Barrow's 856. Ten of #GA12's 19 counties now reporting with Allen leading 40,136 to 20,673

RickAllen carries both Treutlen & Wheeler. Barrowv won both of those counties in 2012. #GA12 #gapol #GOP

Allen wins first six counties to report in #GA12. Appling County goes to Allen 3,238 to 1,201

Local Election Results for Appling Co contested races CC Dist 1:
Sarah Boatright 572
Timothy Ryan Davis 277
This is an unofficial final.


by Wild Bill posted Oct 27 2014 9:34AM
  Democrat incumbent John Barrow faces Republican challenger Rick Allen in a debate to win votes for the 12th Congressional District seat.  Here's the debate video.  

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by Wild Bill posted Oct 22 2014 12:47PM


Oct. 22, 2014

Since completing its initial review of the eligibility matter involving UGA student-athlete Todd Gurley on October 9, the University has been supporting Todd and cooperating with his legal counsel as they review the matter.   

Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd's request.  The University plans to file the necessary paperwork with the NCAA later today.

“I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support,” Gurley said.  “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made, and I can’t thank the University, my coaches, and teammates enough for supporting me throughout this process.  I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates.” 

Gurley’s attorney, William King, said, “Todd has taken responsibility for his actions and is ready to rejoin his teammates.  The University has been great throughout the past two weeks and has done everything it can to support Todd.  I would especially like to thank President Morehead, Greg McGarity, and Coach Richt for standing by Todd.”

The University hopes for and expects a prompt ruling by the NCAA so that Todd, his coaches, and teammates can adequately prepare for our next game.

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