Former Libertarian candidate for president and congressmen representing Georgia, including Bartow County, in Washington D.C., Barr is seeking the 11th District seat of Rep. Phil Gingrey, who is vacating it for a shot at the U.S. Senate.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
HB 386 replaces the annual ad valorem tax on newly purchased vehicles.
The so-called "birthday tax" that Georgia vehicle owners pay will end in March 2013—for people who purchase a new vehicle. Effective March 1, 2013, House Bill 386 removes the sales tax and the annual ad valorem tax on newly purchased vehicles, Bartow County Tax Commissioner Steve Stewart said in a statement, attached. Instead, there will be a new title tax of 6.5 percent of the fair market value, as identified by the Georgia Motor Vehicle Assessment Manual, in 2013—only due each time the vehicle is sold and titled. It applies to dealer sales as well as sales between individuals, but excludes non-titled vehicles, such as trailers and other non-motorized vehicles, which will remain subject to ad valorem tax. You'll pay this tax in the county…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, who represents portions of Cartersville and Bartow County introduced a bill that would allow those with military training to get a Georgia weapons carry license.
State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R- Cassville, has introduced Senate Bill 74, which would authorize military-trained 18- to 21-year-olds to be issued a Georgia weapons carry license. "Our military personnel are highly trained in the use of firearms," Loudermilk said in a press release. "We send them to professional military training where they are taught how to properly and safely carry and use these weapons. Even as young as seventeen, we train them, issue them a weapon and send them to patrol some of the most dangerous streets in the world where they are faced with making instantaneous life or death decisions. However, when they come home, we tell them that they are not responsible enough to legally carry a weapon for their own protection or…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I briefly touch on the history of this issue and then respond to each of the basic objections from detractors.
I feel compelled to write this piece in light of the conversations I've had with a few of my friends whom I know to be sensible, grounded and good people, regarding Senate Resolution 28, introduced by State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, of the 14th District. While there are actually only a handful of basic arguments being presented in opposition, the thing I find most amazing is the number of detractors who haven't even bothered to take two minutes to actually read the resolution. This list includes party officials, TV hosts and even a few elected officials, which I guess shouldn't surprise me since we already know that many of them don't even read the bills they vote on most of the time. What's just as baffling to me however, is to…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, who represents portions of Cartersville and Bartow County, filed a joint resolution that, if passed, would be the first official acknowledgement of the injustices of slavery and an official expression of regret an
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
State Rep. Paul Battles, R-Cartersville, has introduced legislation that would give school systems in Georgia the option of arming and training an administrator in each school. The session starts Jan. 14.
Updated Wednesday, 8 a.m. Bartow Schools Superintendent John Harper, who expressed concern about limited security across a big school district, prompted Battles to file the legislation, The Daily Tribune News reports. Bartow's is the 24th largest school system in the state with 19 schools and the Bartow County Learning Center, according to its Facebook page and website. School administrators who would carry guns, if the bill passes, would be required to undergo law enforcement training, pass a background check and get a permit. Original Report As states and communities across the country try to think of ways to prevent another shooting like Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT, a local lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow school …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The plans detail how the two-year college with a Cartersville campus will help meet Gov. Nathan Deal’s goal of adding 250,000 post-secondary graduates to Georgia’s rolls by 2020.
Georgia Highlands College says it's implementing new programs and strengthening existing ones to help meet the goals of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative. Completion plans, part of the governor’s Complete College Georgia initiative launched last August, were submitted by every institution in the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia, making Georgia the first state to have such plans for every public higher education institution, according to the press release. They detail how the schools will meet Deal’s goal of adding 250,000 post-secondary graduates to Georgia’s rolls by 2020. At GHC, several directorship positions have been created to provide greater stewardship of key programs …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The federal agency temporarily relaxed environmental requirements for gas sold in the state to allow Gulf Coast refineries to resume normal production.
Remember those gas shortages after Hurricanes Ike and Gustav hit refineries in 2008? Did you wait in line to get gas at one of the few stations with gas? It appears that Hurricane Isaac won't have that affect, even though several fuel refineries were shut down by power outages and flooding. The U.S. Environmental Production Agency granted Gov. Nathan Deal's request and temporarily waived environmental requirements for gas sold in Georgia to avoid a potential shortage. The EPA granted the waiver through Sept. 15, which will give Gulf Coast fuel refineries time to resume normal production. What are your memories of the 2008 gas shortage? Tell us in the comments. Members of the Georgia Petroleum Council predicted shortages of the cleaner …