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House Loan Bill Considers Energy Use

Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson is co-sponsoring a bill aimed at mortgage underwriting. The measure would give federal loan agencies access to information that predicts a homeowner’s energy bills.

$3.5 Million Transportation Campaign

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has begun raising $3.5 million to fund an educational and marketing campaign for the transportation tax vote.

Fort Benning Delays Expansion

Officials at Fort Benning say a plan to expand training land at the post by 82,800 acres has been put on hold. Post officials issued a statement Thursday saying issues have arisen that make it necessary to delay a decision. The considerations include a shrinking federal budget and community concerns.

Police Move Occupy Athens Protesters

The area around the famous arch at the University of Georgia has been home to Occupy Athens protesters round-the-clock since Oct. 6. Now UGA police are enforcing a long-standing policy that prevents demonstrators from rallying on the steps at the arch, and they cannot camp in the area.

Alligator Case Headed To Supreme Court

Georgia Supreme Court Justices say, they'll hear a case testing how much protection property owners have from claims stemming from attacks of wild animals. The case comes from the heirs of a woman eaten by an alligator in 2007 at The Landings. It's a private residential community on the marshes near Savannah.

Democrats Open New Headquarters

Democrats opened a larger state party headquarters in Atlanta Wednesday. It’s part of a long-term strategy aimed at reviving the Democratic party in Georgia.

Early Voting on Sunday Alcohol Sales

The early voting period started Tuesday in Georgia. More than 100 communities are voting on whether to allow retailers to sell alcohol on Sundays, in addition to selecting candidates. People on both sides of the issue are urging voters to go to the ballot box.

Chambliss Joins Law Enforcement Caucus

Georgia's senior U.S. senator has joined a new law enforcement caucus. Republican Saxby Chambliss is one of 18 founding members of the bipartisan group. The caucus is designed to educate and inform senators about programs keeping communities safe, while advocating for policies and resources needed by law enforcement agencies.

Poll Firm Goes Outside Atlanta

Savannah politics recently got an injection of outside polling. An Atlanta-based research firm surveyed voters in the city's mayoral race. And it could be a harbinger of things to come in the state's other mid-sized cities. Researcher Tim Alborg says, he founded his company partly to fill a knowledge gap about politics outside Metro Atlanta.

Immigrant Visa Fixes Stalled

Two bills to overhaul a federal foreign guest worker program are under consideration by the U.S. Congress. Washington is also considering a law mandating the E-Verify employment check system. Following labor shortages during the spring harvest, Georgia’s agriculture industry is keeping a close eye on these bills.

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