Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an executive order this morning setting Tuesday, April 18, 2017 as the date for the special election in Senate District 32. This is the same date as the special election for GA-6.
The Executive Order states:
Senate District 32 in the Georgia State Senate has become vacant due to the resignation of the Honorable Judson Hill, effective February 13, 2017.
Therefore, pursuant to Article V, Section II, Paragraph V of the Constitution of the State of Georgia and Section 21-2-544 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, a Writ of Election is hereby issued to the Secretary of State for a special election to be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, to fill the vacancy in District 32 of the Georgia State Senate.
This 17th day of February, 2017.
May the speculation henceforth abound as the candidates line up to replace Sen. Judson Hill.
Qualifying for GA-6 has ended and 18 candidates are listed on the Secretary of State’s website as being officially qualified. The candidates include 2 Independents, 11 Republicans, and 5 Democrats. The election is slated for April 18.
After the second day of qualifying for GA-6, 15 candidates have officially qualified. The candidates include 1 Independent, 9 Republicans, and 5 Democrats. As reported on earlier, Karen Handel is set to qualify tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. No word on whether Betty Price will qualify for the seat, though the bettypriceforcongress.com domain was registered earlier today.
We received a media advisory today stating that former Secretary of State Karen Handel will qualify to represent GA-6 in Congress tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. She is expected to speak shortly after qualifying. She will be joined by her husband Steve and several supporters, including:
Sue Everhart, Former GAGOP Chair
Mike Kenn, Former Fulton County Commissioner
Terry Nall, Dunwood CIty Councilman
UPDATED: There are currently 15 other candidates that have qualified. The candidates include 1 Independent, 9 Republicans, and 5 Democrats. A list of the candidates and links to their websites can be seen after the break.
Sen. David Perdue met recently with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. He released the following statement:
“After meeting with Judge Gorsuch, it is abundantly clear that he is a principled jurist who will put the Constitution, and the rights of all Americans, at the forefront of any decision he makes. We discussed our country’s Founding Principles of economic opportunity, fiscal responsibility, limited government, and individual liberty, and how these principles have made our nation exceptional throughout our history. Additionally, Judge Gorsuch has an impeccable academic and legal career that speaks for itself. Throughout our discussion today Judge Gorsuch’s intellect and profound commitment to the rule of law was evident. I have no doubt Judge Gorsuch will be an outstanding associate justice on the United States Supreme Court and he has my utmost support.”
DuBose Porter, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, released the following statement in response to the confirmation of Rep. Tom Price as HHS Secretary:
“Republicans just doubled-down on their promise to privatize Medicare and dismantle the Affordable Care Act. This founding member of the Tea Party Caucus—who is also associated with one of the most fringe medical groups on record—co-sponsored legislation to ban stem cell research and outlaw abortion, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and has used his office to undermine the wellbeing and economic security of persons with disabilities and the elderly.
“Price—just like Donald Trump—is always looking out for number one. He cashed in on a corrupt sweetheart deal, purchased stock in companies he would later draft beneficial legislation for, and wielded his influence for personal profit like it was a cheap side hustle.
“Democrats will continue champion policies that secure the right to affordable healthcare for everyone—including the expansion of Medicaid here in Georgia. And you can bet your bottom dollar that we will hold Price, Trump, and the rest of the Swamp Cabinet accountable.”
The Gainesville Times and accessWDUN have both reported that Ashley Bell, an attorney from Gainesville, GA (Hall County), was sworn in Monday as a Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He is an emergency appointment that will serve up to 120 days, though President Donald Trump can reappoint him at the conclusion of the period. Bell will work in the area of public affairs to ensure the President’s message on foreign policy is clearly shared with U.S. citizens and the world.
Bell is a former Hall County Commissioner who was elected as a Democrat before switching to the Republican Party in 2010. Bell previously served on Trump’s transition team assisting in the recruitment of staff for the State Department. He was named as the top strategist and national director of African-American political engagement for the Republican National Convention during the summer.
U.S. Senator David Perdue issued a statement today in support of the nomination of Besty DeVos for Secretary of Education. It would be an understatement to say that DeVos has one of the most difficult paths to securing a position in President Trump’s administration.
“Both of my parents were school teachers and education is something very dear to me. Parents, teachers, administrators, and students all know that one-size-fits-all Washington education standards are not working and it is time to return control back to states and communities. Betsy DeVos shares these same beliefs. She has championed school choice and, as evidenced by her years of involvement, will work tirelessly to improve our education system. I look forward to supporting Betsy DeVos’ nomination and working with her to help all students succeed.”
Rep. Jody Hice (R, GA-10) sent out a press release today stating that he and Rep. Steve Scalise (R, LA-01) have introduced the Free Speech Fairness Act (H.R. 781). The bill seeks to amend the United States tax code to “restore free speech for 501(c)(3) organizations including churches, nonprofits, and educational institutions, so long as they are (1) made in the ordinary course of the organization’s regular and customary activities in carrying out its tax-exempt purpose, and (2) any expenditure related to this are de minimis.”
I am not a lawyer, but Merriam-Webster defines de minimis as: “lacking significance or importance : so minor as to merit disregard.”
“Our Nation was built on the foundation that freedom of speech and freedom of religion are unalienable rights. For too long, the IRS has used the Johnson Amendment to silence and threaten religious institutions and charitable entities. As a minister who has experienced intimidation from the IRS firsthand, I know just how important it is to ensure that our churches and nonprofit organizations are allowed the same fundamental rights as every citizen of this great Nation. I’m proud that our legislation accomplishes just that, because America is stronger and better when all of our citizens are free to express their convictions. I am also heartened that President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to repealing Johnson at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast and look forward to working with him to make repeal a reality.”
The text of the bill was not available at the time of this posting.