Augusta Democrat John Barrow says he wants to end the partisan manipulation of political boundaries in Congress. He's introduced legislation that would require states to set up independent panels to oversee redistricting in the U-S House. But some political observers doubt the change would rid federal politics of gridlock.
A bus caravan organized by the Farmworker Association of Florida and 6 other immigration advocate groups stopped in Atlanta today/yesterday (Tuesday) on their way to march in Washington. The group plans to call on the Obama administration and Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
A tax exemption for struggling homeowners could expire at the end of the year. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act keeps the I-R-S from taxing mortgage debt a lender forgives. According to Realty Trac, 31 percent of Georgia property owners owe more on their loans than their property is worth.
An economic forecaster predicts the country will go over the so-called “fiscal cliff” in January. Rajeev Dhawan, director of Georgia State University's Economic Forecasting Center also predicts Georgia will only see sluggish growth in 2013.
It’s good to be a Georgia incumbent this year in the U.S. Congress. In east Georgia's hotly-contested 12th district, John Barrow held off Republican Lee Anderson Tuesday to remain the only white Blue Dog Democrat from the Deep South in Congress. In southwest Georgia's 2nd district, Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop of Columbus has defeated a Republican challenger to win an 11th term in Congress. Bishop beat John House of Midland.
After weeks of debate, Congress agreed to a two-year plan to fund the nation’s transportation projects. The agreement allots 54 Billion dollars a year to transportation. It came just one day shy of the Saturday night deadline for current funding to run out.
Four Republicans running for a shot at ousting U.S. Rep. John Barrow are mostly in agreement on broad themes of slashing the national debt, shutting down a federal agency and vastly simplifying the tax code. They attended a debate Thursday hosted by the Effingham County tea party.
About 100 people gathered near the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah to remember those who died at the plant on the same night four years ago. Fourteen people were killed because of a dust explosion at the facility on Feburary 7th, 2008. First responders, ministers and survivors gathered at a church near the blast site.
Bob Barr will not seek a return trip to the U.S. House. The Georgia congressman had been weighing whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Graves in a newly-drawn congressional district in northwest Georgia.