Voters across Georgia went to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections. In two special elections, they were there to elect two new state lawmakers. Both Representative Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, and Senator Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, stepped down from their positions earlier this fall to run for U.S. Congress.
A Savannah Republican is pulling the plug on his congressional campaign barely two months after entering the 2014 race for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston. David Schwarz, a former Kingston aide and consultant, said Monday he's suspending his campaign.
A State Senator from the Georgia coast on Monday announced plans to follow Jack Kingston into the U-S House. Buddy Carter of Pooler says he has the name recognition to get past what could become a crowded field of Republican candidates to run in the GOP-leaning 1st Congressional District. Kingston last week announced he's running for the US Senate, making his seat open for the first time in 20 years.
A Republican state lawmaker from the Savannah area plans to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by longtime GOP Rep. Jack Kingston. State Sen. Buddy Carter, a pharmacist from Pooler, was scheduled to announce his campaign Monday.
Georgia Congressman Paul Broun is expected to announce his run for the US Senate. The news is just the start of what could be be a year of dominoes falling in state politics. US Senator Saxby Chambliss' decision last week not to seek re-election is prompting several Congressmen to consider running for his seat.
Republican lawmakers are pushing a series of bills to make more local elections nonpartisan. Backers told the Senate ethics committee Monday that it would save money by nixing primaries in those races. But others say the move reflects Georgia shifting demographics.
The state Senate's Higher Education Commitee chairman says, he's been assured, there won't be any mergers of Georgia's historically black universities. Savannah-area State Senator Buddy Carter says, that word comes from University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby. Carter says, Huckaby told him, historically-black schools won't be on a coming list of colleges to be merged amid legislative cost-cutting.
A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists is now state law. The Board of Pharmacy will also have more authority to investigate license applicants.