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  • Perdue, mayors lobby for transportation fund

    05/24/2010 4:07:10 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 2 replies · 276+ views
    WRAL ^ | 5/24/10 | WRAL staff
    Gov. Bev Perdue and North Carolina mayors aren't giving up on her effort to set aside extra money to build critical transportation projects that have been slowed down over the years. Perdue and mayors from Asheville to Newport scheduled a Monday news conference off Interstate 40 in Wake County to talk up the Mobility Fund she inserted in her budget proposal last month. The governor said the fund would build urgent projects like the Yadkin River Bridge replacement on Interstate 85 and ultimately grow to $300 million. Revenues would come from higher transportation fees like a 25 percent increase in...
  • Perdue RAT-NC owes public some explanations (Charlotte Observer questions campaign contributions)

    03/28/2010 6:16:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 302+ views
    Perdue owes public some explanationsWas no one paying attention when the checks were flowing? Posted: Thursday, Mar. 25, 2010 State Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer is right about this much: Gov. Bev Perdue and her political campaigns have some explaining to do about questionable campaign contributions. Among the questions that need to be answered is why no one noticed when the campaigns failed to report, until recently, a number of donated airplane flights - and why no one wondered whether there was anything wrong with sizable contributions from nine people associated with Wilmington businessman Rusty Carter. It's not enough to...
  • Perdue RAT-NC begins Medicaid fraud, waste prevention effort (newly created Medicaid “SWAT” team)

    03/25/2010 8:01:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 278+ views
    Perdue begins Medicaid fraud, waste prevention effortThe Associated Press Wednesday, March 24, 2010 RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue said Wednesday that North Carolina can recover tens of millions dollars annually by shifting more Medicaid investigations from file cabinets to computer files that can be flagged for potential abuse and fraud in the state’s $10 billion system. Perdue rolled out the state’s latest effort to target patients or physicians who are gaming the system. The program will run Medicaid claims through a contractor’s software program, crunching raw electronic billing and other data to identify suspicious trends among the nearly 2 million...
  • Governor Perdue to Congressman Sanford Bishop, Yes Health care is not in Georgia's best interest

    03/20/2010 4:59:50 PM PDT · by jafojeffsurf · 9 replies · 651+ views
    Georgia Offical Web Site ^ | 20 Mar 2010 | Governor Perdue (Georgia)
    STATE OF GEORGIA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Sonny Perdue GOVERNOR OP-ED / For Immediate Release Contact: Office of Communications Saturday, March 20, 2010 (404) 651-7774 ***Editor’s Note: Below is an op-ed by Governor Sonny Perdue. The Governor’s Office is aware of the late notice, but please consider this op-ed for publication in your opinions section or on your website.*** Bishop’s Healthcare Vote Important for Georgians to Watch By Governor Sonny Perdue Last Thursday, I wrote to Congressmen Sanford Bishop and John Barrow asking them to put the needs of their districts and state before their political party, and oppose the...
  • Georgia Governor joins colleagues in questioning constitutionality of health care bill

    12/24/2009 4:19:17 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 30 replies · 1,116+ views
    State of Georgia ^ | 12/23/09 | State of Georgia
    This is my title. The original document title is too long. This is an FYI (SNIP) ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue today requested Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker join colleagues from around the nation in reviewing the Constitutionality of the health care bill under consideration in Congress. At least seven Attorneys General have confirmed that they are looking at several special deals made by Senate leadership to buy the votes of wavering Senators.
  • The new plan: more taxes for all

    07/22/2009 5:18:50 AM PDT · by SuperSonic · 19 replies · 659+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | July 22, 2009 | BY KEVIN KILEY AND BENJAMIN NIOLET, Staff Writers
    Increased sales and sin taxes and an income tax surcharge could raise nearly $1 billion. After more than a month of strained negotiations about how to raise money to offset a gigantic state budget deficit, lawmakers saw a third path Tuesday morning: Raise the tax burden on everybody. The Senate put forth a plan that takes pieces of both the House and Senate proposals without giving either chamber what it really wanted. The proposal calls for increases in sales taxes and sin taxes, as well as a two-year surcharge on corporate and individual income taxes for all taxpayers, to raise...
  • 25% (number of aproval for Gov Perdue of North Carolina)

    07/15/2009 6:13:21 PM PDT · by bilhosty · 30 replies · 671+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | July 14, 2009 | ANNOYMOUS (he wrote al lot of articles)
    Bev Perdue's approval rating is now down to 25%, with 55% of voters disapproving of her performance and 20% ambivalent. From a high of 44% in March, Perdue's approval dropped to 41% in April, 34% in May, 30% in June, and now 25%.
  • Gov. Beverly Perdue's Polling Numbers Plummet to Burris-Like Lows

    07/15/2009 2:11:58 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 26 replies · 1,508+ views
    PPP / N&O ^ | July 14, 2009
    The Democratic polling outfit Public Policy Polling has released the latest approval numbers for NC Governor Bev Perdue: Perdue continues sinking (PDF)Raleigh, N.C. – Bev Perdue’s approval rating has continued its steady drop over the last month. From a high of 44% in March it went to 41% in April, 34% in May, 30% in June, and now down to 25% in July, Public Policy Polling’s newest survey finds. 55% of voters in the state disapprove of Perdue’s performance and 20% have no opinion. Her decline at this point is largely happening among Democrats. Last month 46% of them gave...
  • Could Easley (ex-RAT governor) investigation expand to Perdue (new RAT governor)?

    05/31/2009 5:53:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 568+ views
    WBTV ^ | 5/22/09 | Melissa Hankins
    Could Easley investigation expand to Perdue?Updated: May 29, 2009 06:36 PM EDT By Melissa Hankins WBTV (Charlotte) - Sources tell WBTV that the federal probe into former Governor Mike Easley's travel records and expenses may grow to include our current Governor, Beverly Perdue. The FBI is investigating trips taken by Easley during his time in office. The News and Observer in Raleigh reports, while in office, he flew on at least 25 private jets provided by several businessmen. Easley didn't pay for some flights, and the value of other trips appears to exceed campaign donation limits. It's a matter of...
  • Georgia Passes Nation's First Embryo Adoption Law

    04/04/2009 6:12:59 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 2 replies · 379+ views
    The Voice magazine ^ | April 4, 2009 | Daniel Becker
    ATLANTA -- By a vote of 108 to 61, the Georgia House sent the nation's first ever embryo adoption bill, HB 388, to the desk of Governor Sonny Perdue for him to sign into law. "We are pleased that we are making headway in our goal of establishing personhood for the pre-born" says Daniel Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life. "Gone are the terms designating the human child at an embryonic stage as property ... devoid of rights." says Becker. The language of the bill stops short of declaring full personhood for the child but does introduce new terms...
  • Perdue taps into NC lottery funds early in term

    03/04/2009 8:25:16 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 15 replies · 474+ views
    Carolina Journal Online ^ | 3/4/09 | GARY D. ROBERTSON
    During her campaign for governor, Beverly Perdue often said she wanted take extra steps to ensure profits from the North Carolina Education Lottery were spent solely on education. She was worried lawmakers might tap the ready source of cash for something else. And less than two months in office, faced with a brutal economy that's sapping the state of revenue, both lottery critics and allies say she's become the prime example of her own fears. Perdue said last week she would use $87.6 million in lottery profits to ensure there's money available in the state's day-to-day operating accounts to pay...
  • Perdue takes break while economic woes go unabated

    02/10/2009 8:16:47 AM PST · by Troy McGreggor · 25 replies · 678+ views
    WRAL ^ | 2/9/09 | Cullen Browder
    Raleigh, N.C. — While the stimulus debate raged in Washington, D.C., on Monday and North Carolina's economic picture continued to look bleak, Gov. Beverly Perdue was out of state on vacation. Perdue and her husband, Bob Eaves, have taken a weeklong vacation in an undisclosed, warm-weather location, spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said. The governor and her husband are paying for the trip.
  • Perdue asks Congress for money

    01/15/2009 1:36:48 AM PST · by ComputerGuy · 9 replies · 530+ views
    The Raleigh News and Observer ^ | Jan. 15, 2009 | Barbara Barrett
    Not a week into her tenure, Gov. Beverly Perdue flew to Washington to tell North Carolina's congressional delegation she needs $18 billion to kick-start the economy -- on top of another unspecified amount to fill the state's budget hole.
  • Kenneth Perdue, Pres. WV AFL-CIO, tells WV Voters to Vote for Obama BECAUSE He's NOT WHITE Like Bush

    10/21/2008 1:06:37 PM PDT · by BIOCHEMKY · 96 replies · 3,579+ views
    CNN (Live Television) | October 21, 2008 | Me
    A news anchor on CNN just interviewed Kenneth M. Perdue, President of the West Virginia chapter of the powerful union, the AFL-CIO. (The AFL BTW is related to SEIU local 100 which is an ACORN subsidiary. ACORN and SEIU local 100 were both founded by Wade Rathke.) Perdue was being interviewed because he has been giving speeches around WV telling WV voters to vote for Obama BECAUSE he's black, NOT WHITE like Bush and the rest of the politicians in Washington that have screwed up America's economy etc. so badly of late. Perdue further stated that WV voters are well...
  • Education and Health Care Bills Worthy of GOP

    06/05/2008 4:45:32 PM PDT · by JavaJumpy · 89+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 16, 2008 | Jim Wooten
    Saving the best for last, Gov. Sonny Perdue “sealed his legacy as one of America’s foremost ‘education governors’ ” last week. That’s the view of Lori Drummer, director of state projects for the Washington-based Alliance for School Choice, the nation’s largest nonprofit promoting school vouchers and scholarship tax credit programs. “Georgia is now a national leader in a school choice movement that is gaining momentum,” she said. The reason for her exuberance? On the final day allotted to deal with legislation passed by this year’s General Assembly, Perdue signed a bill authored by State Rep. David Casas (R-Lilburn) that will...
  • Perdue signs law allowing guns in restaurants [and other places] (HB 89 now GA law on June 1)

    05/14/2008 1:13:32 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 21 replies · 142+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 05/14/08 | James Salzer
    Georgians with carry licenses will be able to tote their concealed guns on public transportation, in restaurants that serve alcohol and in state parks under legislation signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday.

    05/09/2008 11:19:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 53 replies · 631+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 9, 2008 | KEITH JOHN SAMPSON
    IN November, I was found guilty of "racial harassment" for reading a public-li brary book on a university campus. The book was Todd Tucker's "Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan I was reading it on break from my campus job as a janitor. The same book is in the university library. Tucker recounts events of 1924, when the loathsome Klan was a dominant force in Indiana - until it went to South Bend to taunt the Irish Catholic students at the University of Notre Dame. When the KKK tried to rally, the...
  • "Extreme" How to contribute and keep the NC GOP ad on the air!

    04/24/2008 11:20:01 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 11 replies · 84+ views
    This ad released by the North Carolina Republican Party opposes Bev Perdue and Richard Moore for Governor.
  • Georgia’s Most Important Right-to-Carry Reform Bill in Over 20 Years Needs Your Help!

    04/11/2008 11:06:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 225+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | April 10, 2008 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Georgia’s Most Important Right-to-Carry Reform Bill in Over 20 Years Needs Your Help!   Thursday, April 10, 2008   Please Contact Governor Perdue Today! On Friday, April 4, House Bill 89 finally agreed upon by both the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate was sent to Governor Sonny Perdue (R) for his consideration. This critical Right-to-Carry Reform legislation will strengthen Georgia’s current laws by: ü      allowing licensed carry permit holders to possess a firearm in any private motor vehicle, while on any publicly accessible parking lot;  ü      prohibiting gun dealer entrapment schemes, such as...
  • GOP Governors Seek To Lead Party (Coup led by Sonny Perdue)

    02/01/2008 10:08:55 PM PST · by littlehouse36 · 59 replies · 177+ views
    CBS News ^ | 9/24/2007 | Jeanne Cummings
    Fearing additional losses in 2008 among their own ranks, Republican governors are trying to wrest control of the party’s re-branding campaign away from their Washington brethren. The project is the brainchild of Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who heads the Republican Governors Association. The way Perdue sees it, Washington Republicans haven’t even coined the campaign properly. “I want to dispel you of the notion that I call this a re-branding campaign,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m calling mine a ‘Do what you say you are going to do’ campaign.” Next month, a small group of governors spearheading the effort...
  • Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue Signs Abortion-Ultrasound Bill Into Law

    05/24/2007 2:06:59 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 18 replies · 612+ views ^ | May 23, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Atlanta, GA ( -- Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue today signed into law a bill that requires abortion practitioners to show a woman considering an abortion an ultrasound of her unborn baby if she wants to see one beforehand. Pro-life groups and legislators hope the measure will help reduce the number of abortions. With the signing, Georgia will become the tenth state in the nation to pass an ultrasound law -- important because many women change their minds about having an abortion when they see one.The measure will go into effect on July 1 and representatives of Georgia Right to Life,...
  • Leading Free Market Groups Call on Georgia Governor Perdue to not Break Campaign Pledge

    05/11/2007 11:04:02 AM PDT · by bstein80 · 419+ views
    FreedomWorks ^ | 5-10-07 | Adam Brandon
    After coasting to reelection, Governor Sonny Perdue is turning his back on fiscal conservatives. The Georgia legislature proposed a budget that includes a $142 million property tax refund. Governor Perdue vetoed the budget this week, but refused to send it back to the legislature out of fear of being overridden. Instead Governor Perdue rescinded his veto, and used a line-item veto to strike the property tax refund from the budget. FreedomWorks believes that government should cut spending first before eliminating any tax cuts. FreedomWorks alerted its 13,000 members in Georgia through an email action alert to call and email Governor...
  • Lame duck? Heck, no. '08 presidential fodder.

    11/10/2006 5:31:37 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies · 1,425+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | November 10, 2006 | Political Insider
    In two years, remember that the tsunami started here. Or rather, here. The chatroom at has nominated Gov. Sonny Perdue as presidential timber, to replace faltering Republican planks like George Allen. It?d be nice if they could learn to spell his name before the convention in Minneapolis, but it?s the thought that counts...
  • Flier Takes Racial Dig at Perdue, Voter ID

    10/28/2006 3:36:36 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 20 replies · 635+ views
    A group of Democrats began mailing a racially provocative campaign flier this week that compares Gov. Sonny Perdue's support of the state's overturned photo ID law to the struggle for black voting rights in the 1960s.
  • Georgia Primary Results (Live thread)

    07/18/2006 4:27:46 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 340 replies · 8,937+ views
  • Georgia Primaries

    07/18/2006 7:23:34 AM PDT · by bu9418 · 1 replies · 283+ views ^ | 7.18.6 | markbureau
    I voted this morning in the primary. True to my word. I voted for one incumbent, my Governor. I like Sonny Perdue. He has done more for the Georgia economy in under 4 years than any governor before him including Zell Miller (who I also liked). Every other incumbent, i voted to give them the boot. It is a shame. When I got to the precinct this morning, I WAS THE ONLY VOTER THERE. Primaries are just as important, people. Voting the status quo will only give you the status quo. If your primary hasn't happened yet, get informed, get...

    06/23/2006 7:24:57 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 86 replies · 1,899+ views
    VARIOUS LINKS | 23 JUNE 2006 | FR
    Lost among the FR discussion regarding potential Republican presidential candidates for 2008, there is one candidate that conservatives should seriously take a good hard look at, one in which the RNC should immediately get behind as soon as he wins his re-election bid this year - Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. Brief Bio: Born: December 20, 1946 Licensed pilot for 30 years Businessman Community leader Sunday school teacher State Senator Majority Leader President Pro Tempore of the Georgia State Senate "At the time [When he took office in January 2003] Georgia was in its worst economic crisis since the...
  • GOP Primary Issues Concert & BBQ

    06/14/2006 8:55:00 PM PDT · by GPBurdell · 1 replies · 618+ views
    GOP Capital PAC ^ | 6/14/06 | Buzz Brockway
    CONFIRMED STATEWIDE & FEDERAL ELECTED OFFICIALS & CANDIDATES: GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE Ralph Reed - Candidate, Lt. Governor Karen Handel - Candidate, Sec. of State Eric Martin - Candidate, Sec. of State Bill Stephens - Candidate, Sec. of State Perry McGuire - Candidate, Attorney General Kathy Cox - Candidate, State School Superintendent John Oxendine - Candidate, Insurance Commissioner Brent Brown - Candidate, Labor Commissioner Gary Black - Candidate, Agriculture Commissioner Bob Greer - Candidate, Agriculture Commissioner Brian Kemp - Candidate, Agriculture Commissioner Deanna Strickland - Candidate, Agriculture Commissioner Chuck Eaton - Candidate, Public Service Commissioner Catherine Davis - Candidate, Congress District...
  • May 1 closures: who to boycott? Rallies (Live thread)

    04/30/2006 9:38:02 PM PDT · by Heartofsong83 · 1,385 replies · 35,974+ views
    This should be a list of who is planning to close their business on Monday, May 1 in response of the Great American Boycott. We should compile it and boycott them ourselves if possible! Remember to go shopping or work overtime on May 1!
  • Georgia Governor: Perdue Lead Shrinks

    04/01/2006 1:42:51 AM PST · by NapkinUser · 5 replies · 424+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 15, 2006
    March 26, 2006--In the race for the governor's mansion, Republican Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue still leads in projected match-ups with Democrats Secretary of State Cathy Cox and Lt. Governor Mark Taylor. But the latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds that both Democrats have gained ground compared to polls conducted earlier in the year. Perdue leads Cox 49% to 41% and leads Taylor 51% to 41%. A month ago, he led both Democrats by 20 points. He also held a double digit lead against both Democrats in January. Perdue, the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction, remains a well-liked chief executive, viewed...
  • Governor Perdue Keeps High Numbers in Georgia

    03/11/2006 8:44:36 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Angus-Reid ^ | 3/10/06
    Angus Reid Global Scan) – Public support for Sonny Perdue remains high in the Peach State, according to a poll by Strategic Vision. 58 per cent of respondents in Georgia approve of their governor’s performance, down one point since January. Perdue—a Republican—has acted as Georgia’s governor since January 2003. The former state senator defeated Democrat incumbent Roy Barnes in the November 2002 election with 52 per cent of the vote, becoming the first GOP member to head the state’s government in 130 years. Earlier this month, the General Assembly passed a bill that establishes a $3 million U.S. grant program...
  • DFU SONG: That's Amore (that's Hillary's thug, Pellicano)

    02/06/2006 8:07:04 PM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies · 499+ views
    DFU SONGS | 2-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - THAT'S AMORE (fairly long intro) hired him to shut up Bill's women, Pellicano Were there threats, oh, you bet...'cause you should never test Pellicano He would break Sally Perdue's legs even if she begged Only fools don't believe it If you had Clinton evidence he would hop your fence He'd go in and retrieve it hired him to shut up Bill's women, Pellicano When you mess with the Clintons, there is not a rule that applies If you're posing a threat, you'll be facing him mano a ma-ano He had worked for the mob and did 's job,...
  • Gov. Perdue Signs Voter ID Bill (Georgia)

    01/28/2006 9:50:03 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 15 replies · 580+ views
    ATLANTA – Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Thursday Senate Bill 84, legislation requiring the Board of Registrar office in each county to issue photo identification cards for voting purposes, free of charge. The bill passed the State Senate 32-22 and the State House 111-60. “We believe that every qualified Georgia citizen should have easy access to cast a ballot,” said Gov. Perdue. “This legislation ensures that every Georgian who does not already have proper identification can get a voter identification card at no cost.” Under SB84, voter identification cards will be available free of charge for any Georgian in...
  • Ga. lawmakers approve requiring voter ID

    01/25/2006 9:38:43 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 7 replies · 400+ views
    ATLANTA - A birth certificate might not be enough to vote in Georgia this year - legislation sent to the governor Wednesday would require photo identification before voters could cast their ballots. Gov. Sonny Perdue said he would sign it quickly to give counties time to prepare for the primary in July and the general election in November. The U.S. Justice Department also must approve the requirement before it takes effect. The legislation would require voters to have a driver's license, military ID or state-issued identification card with a photo. Social Security cards, birth certificates and utility bills would no...
  • Perdue discusses spending plan during stop in Macon

    01/17/2006 11:38:05 PM PST · by NapkinUser · 2 replies · 173+ views
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | 01/13/2006 | Travis Fain
    Gov. Sonny Perdue continued to push his education initiatives Thursday as he stopped in Macon on the first leg of a state tour to tout his recently unveiled state budget proposal. Perdue got a warm reception from a friendly, over-capacity crowd that filled theater seats and aisles at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame downtown and applauded frequently during his speech. From Macon, Perdue planned to fly to Albany and Valdosta before returning to Atlanta for a transportation meeting. "What a warm welcome home," said Perdue, a Republican from nearby Houston County. Gov. Sonny Perdue, left, makes his way out...
  • Perdue draws high ratings in poll (Georgia)

    01/05/2006 8:37:48 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 426+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/6/06 | James Salzer
    Gov. Sonny Perdue heads into this re-election season and next week's legislative session riding some of the highest approval ratings of his three-year tenure, according to a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll. The Zogby International poll of 501 likely voters gave Perdue a nearly 61 percent job approval rating, and about 70 percent had a favorable opinion of the Republican governor. Perdue will stand for re-election in November. In head-to-head matchups with two Democratic candidates, Perdue holds a 53-37 percent lead over Secretary of State Cathy Cox, and a 56-31 percent advantage over Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, according to the poll....
  • Bill aims to stop state from hiring illegal immigrants (Georgia)

    12/16/2005 8:24:46 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 10 replies · 452+ views
    Gwinnet Daily Posyt ^ | 12/15/05 | Dave Williams
    ATLANTA — The head of the General Assembly’s immigration caucus vowed Wednesday to aggressively push legislation that would prohibit the state from hiring contractors that employ illegal immigrants. The bill is part of a package introduced this year by Sen. Chip Rogers that also would deny taxpayer-funded services to illegals and prohibit illegal immigrants from enrolling in Georgia’s university system. During a news conference last September, Senate Republican leaders said they would make the bill stopping illegals from receiving taxpayer-funded services their top priority and put the others aside for now. Since then, however, both civil rights groups and opponents...
  • Three or Four Injured in Perdue (Chicken) Explosion (Salisbury, MD)

    12/13/2005 7:24:23 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 124 replies · 3,097+ views
    WAVY ^ | 12/13/2005 | n/a
    Three or four injured in Perdue explosion SALISBURY, Md. Firefighters in Salisbury, Maryland say three or four people were taken to the hospital following a chemical explosion this morning at the Perdue Farms plant. Fire department spokesman Steve Dickerson tells The Associated Press the explosion happened about 5:30 a-m while a truck was unloading sodium chloride at the plant. The exact cause of the explosion isn't clear. Dickerson says the injuries are NOT serious. Workers reported a partial building collapse. Some cinder blocks appeared to be missing from one of the buildings at the plant. Hazardous materials teams from two...
  • Ga. Gov Changes 'Holiday' Press Release

    12/02/2005 10:06:02 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies · 1,376+ views
    AP ^ | December 3, 2005 | Associated Press
    When it comes to Christmas, political correctness apparently only lasts about a half-hour in Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's office. A press release sent by Perdue's office Friday afternoon announced plans for a "holiday tree" lighting ceremony ... Thirty minutes later, a second release went out reading: "It is, in fact, a Christmas tree." That release blaming the earlier wording on "a politically correct staff brain-freeze," ... Perdue spokesman Dan McLagan said there's no doubt where the Republican governor comes down on the issue. "When the governor learns that one of my staffers even inadvertently used the words 'holiday tree,' I...
  • Feds clear Georgia to use new congressional redistricting map

    10/01/2005 10:57:34 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 26 replies · 986+ views ^ | 10/1/05
    ATLANTA - The U.S. Justice Department gave Georgia the go-ahead Friday to use a new map drawn by Republicans for congressional elections next year. The map, drawn after Republicans gained control of the Legislature this year, replaces an earlier one crafted by Democrats when they held the power to redistrict. The map significantly restructures the state's 13 congressional districts, eliminating oddly shaped districts which Republicans argued were purposefully designed by Democrats to punish Republicans and retard that party's growth. Republicans gained the governorship and control of the state Senate in 2002 and control of the House in 2004. Before that,...
  • SurveyUSA: Storm Surge Lifts Governors Barbour, Riley, Easley, Perdue & Perry, but Sinks Blanco

    09/20/2005 10:43:47 PM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 9 replies · 999+ views
    SurveyUSA ^ | 9/20/05
    September 20, 2005 04:00 PM US Eastern Timezone Storm Surge Lifts Governors Barbour, Riley, Easley, Perdue & Perry, but Sinks Blanco, SurveyUSA Finds VERONA N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2005--Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour-R went up 26 points in "Net Job Approval" from August to September, the largest increase of any of 6 Governors directly affected by hurricanes in the past month, and the largest increase of any Governor in the country, according to 50 separate but concurrent public opinion polls released today by SurveyUSA. Barbour went from a Minus 7 Net Job Approval in August to a Plus 19 Net Job Approval...
  • The Great American Smoke Out By William John Hagan

    06/07/2005 8:18:34 PM PDT · by WJHII · 24 replies · 760+ views
    Houston Home Journal ^ | June 8, 2005 | William John Hagan
    The Great American Smoke Out By William John Hagan Houston Home Journal (Warner Robins, Perry, GA) June 8, 2005 C.S. Lewis warned us that, “Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive.” There was a time in our nation’s history when our political parties were defined by the amount of personal freedom they allowed the populace. Restrictive regulations and social engineering had been the hallmark of the Democratic Party: gun control legislation and the implementation of the income tax are just two examples. The Republican Party had, historically, taken a hands...
  • Body Parts Fall From Airplane

    06/07/2005 7:30:18 PM PDT · by stm · 30 replies · 1,496+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 07, 2005 | AP
    FLORAL PARK, N.Y. — A man's leg and part of his torso dropped out of the wheel well of a jetliner near Kennedy Airport (search) and plunged into a suburban neighborhood Tuesday, coming to rest in a home's backyard, authorities said.
  • Perdue signs abortion waiting period law (Georgia)

    05/10/2005 9:00:00 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 7 replies · 397+ views ^ | 5/10/05 | Dick Pettys
    ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue gave his approval Tuesday to a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, a measure long pushed by his fellow Republicans but blocked by Democrats while they had control of the Legislature. The measure was approved in March by the first Legislature under Republican control in Georgia since Reconstruction. Perdue called it "a commonsense approach to a sensitive issue" and said it reflects "the mainstream values that Georgians share." With his signature, it became law and onlookers from the faith community, assembled in his office, applauded. The law requires a woman seeking an abortion to...
  • Georgia Lawmakers Pass Demand for Voter Photo ID

    04/01/2005 4:23:26 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 15 replies · 752+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 4/1/05 | Ariel Hart
    ATLANTA, March 31 - The Georgia legislature on Thursday approved what election officials called the strictest measure in the country for screening voters, requiring one of six forms of government-issued photo identification at the polls. Sponsors said they were trying to prevent fraud and breed confidence in election results. But Democrats accused the legislature's fledgling Republican majority of trying to screen out poor, rural and minority voters, who they said were less likely to have such identification and less likely to vote Republican. The vote in the Senate, which passed the measure on Tuesday, was strictly along party lines, and...
  • Frank Perdue Dies at 84 After Illness

    04/01/2005 6:35:58 AM PST · by billorites · 50 replies · 1,934+ views
    WTOP ^ | April 1, 2005
    SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Frank Perdue, who built a backyard egg business into one of the nation's largest poultry processors using the folksy slogan, "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken," has died, the company said Friday. He died after a brief illness at the age of 84. At the time of his death, Perdue was chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors of Perdue Farms Inc., headquartered in Salisbury. Perdue turned over the day-to-day responsibilities of running the company over to his son, Jim Perdue, in 1991. In 1971, Perdue became his company's...
  • Former Hostage (Ashley Smith) Honored, Rewarded

    03/24/2005 8:10:52 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 59 replies · 1,549+ views
    WXIA-TV Atlanta (11Alive News) | March 24, 2005 | Tracey Christensen
    One by one, various federal and state agencies handed former hostage Ashley Smith reward checks for her heroism and bravery that ended the hunt for a fugitive wanted in four separate murders. During a ceremony inside the state Capitol Thursday, law enforcement officials along with Gov. Sonny Perdue praised Smith, 26, for her actions after being taken hostage by courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols on March 12. "We never counted on Ashley Smith. We never took that into consideration but, Ashley, with your calm demeanor and handling of the situation, with your cool headed reasoning, you were able to overcome...
  • Oxendine Out of Lt. Governor Race (Georgia)

    03/19/2005 8:48:23 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 1 replies · 508+ views
    ATLANTA (AP) -- The first man in the 2006 lieutenant governor’s race is now the first man out of it. State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a Republican who said last May he’d seek the state’s No. 2 job, announced Friday that he’ll run for his current post instead. In a letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue, Oxendine said he’d rather remain insurance and fire commissioner because the lieutenant governor’s job has become “ineffectual.” But the commissioner also may have been sizing up his chances. Two other Republicans—state Sen. Casey Cagle and well-known activist Ralph Reed—have since joined the race. Oxendine insisted...
  • Georgia Flag Vote update

    01/27/2005 10:15:33 AM PST · by DixieOklahoma · 294 replies · 2,490+ views
    Southern Heritage PAC ^ | Jan 25 | SHPAC
    Support Georgia's right to have a REAL vote on their state flag... The only vote issued did not include the flag that sparked all the controversay in the first place!. In addition, only 6% of registered voters showed up at the polls, BECAUSE the real Georgia state flag wasn't included in the referendum!! There is currently a bill that has just been filed with the Georgia State House to allow the real flag to be included in a statewide vote, as well as the current flag. No matter your feeling on the flag personally... There SHOULD BE a vote on...
  • Perdue Proposes $1 Billion Spending Increase (Republican spending spree)

    01/13/2005 3:38:25 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 60 replies · 963+ views
    wsb radio (Atlanta) ^ | 1/13/05 | wsb radio
    ATLANTA (AP) For the first time in two years, Gov. Sonny Perdue laid out good news to a Georgia Legislature weary of budget cuts, outlining a proposed $1 billion budget increase for next year that will put bulldozers to work on school, road and port construction projects across the state. But even as he outlined his proposed $17.4 billion spending package to a joint legislative session Wednesday night, he cautioned that the ``New Georgia'' he envisions as the first Republican governor since 1870 is one of making government an instrument to help people do more for themselves not to do...