Two politicos help disabled vet settle HOA dispute

Back in December, I wrote about disabled war veteran Daniel Lister who was amid a battle with his Homeowners Association over yard appearance and covenants violations. The HOA had placed a lien on his home, one funded through a Purple Heart program, and fines were piling up – sparking an outrage by readers.

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Lister served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was injured after he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in 2009. He nearly died. He has since had 30 surgeries, including amputations, over a seven year period. He battled overseas and faced a petty battle here at home upon return.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, February 16, 2017

On this date in 1862, during the Civil War, about 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Tennessee .

In the legislature…

In the House today.
Yesterday in the Senate. Today in the Senate: SB 15 (weapons carry license adjustments) & SB 16 (regarding THC regulation for cannabis oil)

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Morning Reads – January 9, 2017

On this date in 1825, the U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.

In the legislature

  • House bills passed yesterday. House bills on the floor today.
  • Senate bills on the floor today: HB 43 (Amended budget) SB 48 – Hunting/Fishing and SB 52 – Mental health

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Third party candidates in Georgia score win with Appeals Court

Third party candidates didn’t score a win during the presidential election in 2016, but the 11th US. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a landmark decision in favor of those who oppose a two-party system.

In 2016, a U.S. District Judge in Atlanta ruled that the signatures required to get on the ballot as a presidential candidate in Georgia were unconstitutional. Judge Richard Story lowered the number of signatures needed for the petition to a mere 7,500 – a small feat compared to the more than 50,000 signatures needed in 2012.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican protected under the current system, swiftly appealed the decision.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, February 2, 2017

On this date in 1962, the 8th and 9th planets aligned for the first time in 400 years.

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Liberty Drum

Yesterday’s House Daily Report
Today’s Senate Rules Calendar 

Morning Reads – Thursday, January 26, 2017

On this date in 1998, then-President Bill Clinton uttered the words, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

REST IN PEACE Mary Tyler Moore

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Conservative group kicks off 2017 plan for death penalty reform

As Georgia has made great strides with Governor Deal’s justice reform policies, there’s one place (well, maybe a few) that we’re still falling short.

The death penalty.

Georgia led the nation in executions in 2016 putting nine men to death by a lethal injection. Death penalty advocates say the increase is due to a back log after a brief moratorium, but Georgia is among the states that drew attention in 2015 over execution drug choice.

But a group focused on using conservative principles to advocate for death penalty reform is looking to raise awareness about the flaws in the system. Georgia Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty will hold a press conference this Thursday at the state Capitol.

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Morning Reads – Monday, January 16, 2016

January 16th is a big day in history. In 1919, Prohibition was ratified, on this same date in 1920, it went into effect, and it’s the 19th anniversary of the beginning of the Monica Lewinsky/Clinton lies probe.
Today is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, though that date is not affiliated with the 16th, but the third Monday in January.

Today is also National Fig Newton Day.

“No funds for you.” – Rep. Earl Ehrhart

As the inauguration of Donald Trump approaches, the push for sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants at colleges and universities around the country is intensifying, but that isn’t stopping state legislators from doing everything they can to stop such actions.

House Bill 37, already being pushed by four legislators, was filed Wednesday. Republicans Terry England, Greg Morris, and Chuck Williams joined sponsor Earl Ehrhart in backing legislation to block the enforcement of any sanctuary policies at private colleges and universities in Georgia.

The bill would prohibit a private institution from enacting, adopting, implementing, or enforcing sanctuary policies while also revoking any eligible state funding, or state-administered federal funding, the private institution may receive should the institution be found to be enacting or enforcing such policies. The bill specifically includes loans, grants, and scholarships on the list of funding that can be revoked. In Georgia, that could amount to tens of millions of dollars for schools like Emory, Mercer, SCAD, Morehouse, Brewton Parker, and many more.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, January 12, 2017

On this date in 1915, the US House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.

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