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Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Broun draws Democratic challenger

Broun draws Democratic challenger

An Athens Democrat announced today that he’ll run against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens.

Tim Riley, an alcohol and drug abuse counselor who unsuccessfully ran for state Senate in 2008 and 2010, said he would provide “proactive and effective leadership and representation.”

Riley said he would protect Social Security and Medicare — Broun wants to privatize those programs — and criticized Broun for voting against extending a payroll tax cut.

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Hall County Commissioner optimistic about 2012

Hall County -  Below is a link to video of the Hall County Board of Commissioners speaking about the end of a tough 2011 and giving optimism about the opportunities in 2012.  


Hall County Connection - County Commission Update - January 2012 from TV18 The Government Channel on Vimeo.

Hall County has found additional cost cutting and revenue opportunities resulting in millions saved

Since the fiscal year 2012 budget took effect on July 1, Hall County has found additional cost reductions and revenue opportunities resulting in millions saved for the taxpayers.

Hall County to start e-newsletter, citizens’ academy

Hall County to start e-newsletter, citizens’ academy

Hall County residents soon will have two new ways to interact with their local government. The county will begin publishing a monthly e-newsletter on Nov. 1 and will hold its first Citizens’ Government Academy in the spring.

“An e-newsletter and government academy are both cost-effective ways to improve communication with our residents and promote the services Hall County provides,” County Administrator Randy Knighton said. “We want to encourage citizens to be active in their local government.”

During the seven-week academy, participants will interact with each county department. Beyond learning about the basic structure and services, residents will gain an intimate understanding of how their tax dollars are spent and what issues face Hall County Government.

Radio host Zoller to run for new congressional seat

Radio host Zoller to run for new congressional seat

ATLANTA (AP) - A conservative radio show host from Gainesville has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to run for Georgia's new congressional seat.

Martha Zoller said, through a spokesman Wednesday, she will remain on the air until next spring when she qualifies as a candidate with Georgia officials.

Zoller hosts a daily talk radio show on WXKT-FM, owned by Cox Radio, and is syndicated across Georgia.

Ryan Mahoney, a spokesman for Zoller, said she was told by Cox lawyers she may continue to broadcast until she qualifies to run.

A spokeswoman for Cox did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Republican state Rep. Doug Collins, also of Gainesville, has also said he will run for the new seat in northeast Georgia.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.