Author: IrishPat

9th District Military Academy Appointees

Last week, 9th District Congressman Doug Collins held a reception in Gainesville to honor the following eleven students from the 9th District who were accepted to the U.S. military service academies. Carter Mullikin from Gainesville was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. Carter is a graduate of North Forsyth High School. Jack Haller from Cumming

Rural Broadband Mapping

Currently providers of fixed broadband are required to provide a list of all census blocks where fixed broadband service is currently available. Under this system, providers can report a census block as “served” or report updated speeds in an entire block when, only one specific location has access to broadband service or updated speeds. This

The Heartbeat goes on

On May 7th when Governor Kemp signed HB481 the abortion debate intensified despite the legislation not going into effect until January 1, 2020. Demonstrations and movie studios re-evaluating their Georgia investments continue to dominate the news cycle. This morning the House Judiciary Committee opened a hearing entitled “Threats to Reproductive Rights in America”. Ranking member

Opposition to Financial Services Appropriations Bill

14th District Congressman Tom Graves opposed the Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill. As the Republican Leader of Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Graves specifically opposed the bill increasing spending over last year’s amount by 8 percent, or $1.8 billion. Congressman Graves voiced his concerns as follows: The total level of discretionary spending

Disaster aid clears House

On Monday the House finally approved the disaster aid package that had been blocked on three different occasions in the last few days. The disaster relief package provides $3 billion in critical disaster relief funding for farmers recovering from Hurricane Michael. This legislation passed the U.S. Senate last month and is headed to the President’s

Against all Odds

“We’re an 18th-century institution using 20th-century technology to solve 21st-century problems,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who is in her eighth term. Against that background, the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress is working  in temporary office space with only 2 fulltime staff positions and a long history of establishing select committees to

Innovator in Biotechnology

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) presented 9th District Congressman Doug Collins with the 2019 Innovator in Technology Award. This award recognizes Members of Congress who have been collaborative partners, advocates, and champions of the biotechnology and life sciences industries. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood made the presentation and said, “Congressman Collins has been a stalwart

Dr. NO on record pace

District 8 State Representative Matt Gurtler has earned the nickname Dr. NO from his colleagues in the Georgia House. And during the current session, Gurtler received a standing ovation from his fellow legislators when he actually voted “Yes”. During his first term he was the leading naysayer with 36+% on the red button in 2017.

District 28 – Curiouser and Curiouser

As the race to decide who will represent District 28 heads towards its third election attempt with an April 9 date, a new twist has emerged. Incumbent Representative Dan Gasaway lost the initial May primary race but errors in the District boundaries caused a second election in December. Gasaway also lost that race but the

Conservative Combat Veteran to seek 7th Congressional Seat

Lawrenceville’s Harrison Floyd is reported to be preparing a campaign for the Republican nomination in the race for the 7th Congressional District seat currently held by retiring Congressman Rob Woodall. Floyd is a 10-year veteran of the Marine Corps with three combat tours and is making the rounds of conservative organizations seeking support for his