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Month: July 2018

Open negotiations on SDS appreciated

The residents of Rabun County have witnessed active negotiations concerning the issue of re-establishing what is known as a Service Strategy (SDS) between representatives of Rabun County and the county’s municipalities. An SDS gives local governments and authorities the opportunity to reach agreement on the delivery of mutually agreed upon services in a cost effective…

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Not all viewpoints are respectable

Recent calls for civility without an understanding of the term are not only futile but dangerous. In the political sense, civility does not simply imply etiquette nor does it dictate consensus or agreement. Civility allows us to agree to disagree without being disagreeable by respecting the respectable viewpoint. Not all viewpoints are, in fact, respectable….

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Georgia Superintendent of Education

The Georgia Department of Education manages funding and testing for local educational agencies accountable for student achievement. The Department is managed by the State Superintendent of Schools, a publicly elected position. Otha Thornton currently works as the principal consultant for the Thornton Consulting Group and a military contractor with General Dynamics Information Technology at Fort Stewart. He…

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Deidre Howell – Rabun County Commissioner

Every Georgia county conducts local courts of law, voter registration, and elections; sells motor vehicle tags; files official records of property ownership; builds and repairs county roads; probates wills; and administers welfare and public assistance programs. The 1983 Constitution added supplementary powers to this list of county duties. Counties are allowed to provide: police and…

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Josh McCall – US House of Representatives, 9th District

Georgia’s 9th Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties. Parts of Clarke, Forsyth, and Pickens counties also lie within the district. Josh McCall is running for US Representative from the Georgia…

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Janice Laws – Insurance Commissioner

The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner is a state executive position in the Georgia state government. The commissioner heads the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, which is responsible for regulating the state’s insurance industry and ensuring fire safety in the state. The commissioner is elected to four-year terms in federal midterm election years. …

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Charlie Bailey – Attorney General

The Attorney General is the chief legal adviser for the Governor, as well as for all state agencies, boards, and commissions. The office represents the State of Georgia in all civil cases before any court and in all cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Attorney General also prepares contracts and agreements,…

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Stacey Abrams – Governor

The governor is the state’s chief executive and presides over the executive branch. In doing so, the governor wields strong budgetary powers. To be elected governor, a person must be at least thirty years old and must have been a U.S. citizen for fifteen years and a Georgia resident for six years. Governors serve a…

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Sarah Riggs Amico – Lt. Governor

The Lieutenant Governor of Georgia is a constitutional officer of the state, elected to a 4-year term by popular vote. Unlike in some states, the Lieutenant Governor is elected on a separate ticket from the state Governor. Constitutionally, the Lieutenant Governor’s primary job is to serve as President of Georgia’s Senate. In the case of incapacity of the Governor, the Lieutenant…

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John Barrow – Secretary of State

Responsibilities of the Georgia Secretary of State‘s office include supervising and monitoring elections and providing campaign finance disclosure; managing and preserving public records; providing educational programs about the capitol; and licensing, monitoring, and registering professionals and businesses. The office includes the divisions of archives, elections, corporations, securities and business regulation, professional licensing boards, and the state capitol. Attached…

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