Monday, May 20, 2013
American Atheists plan to send the Georgia Department of Natural Resources enough popular atheist books to place one in every state park cabin. Tell us if you believe the books should join Bibles in the park cabins.
American Atheists, an atheist organization based out of Cranford, N.J., say they plan to send books on atheism to Georgia state parks. In a recent press release the organization wrote: American Atheists announced Friday that it will send the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) enough popular atheist books to place one in every state park cabin in the state. The atheist books will be placed alongside Gideon Bibles already in every state park cabin as directed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday. The Bibles were initially removed following a complaint from former American Atheist President Ed Buckner who found nine Bibles in a cabin he had rented last month. But on May 15 Gov. Deal ordered Bibles to be returned to all cabin …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday overturned a decision from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to remove Bibles from the cabins and lodge rooms of state parks. Tell us what you think of the decision.
If you stay in a cabin or lodge room at a Georgia state park, you can take in the native flora and fauna outside. Inside, you shouldn’t have to look hard to find a Bible—at least for now. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources this week had been set to remove Bibles from such rooms across the state following a citizen’s complaint. "Recently, due to a citizen concern, Georgia Department of Natural Resources management directed Parks staff to remove Bibles from cabins and lodge rooms until management can fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision," a DNR spokeswoman told the news station. On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal instructed DNR officials to return the Bibles to cabins and lodge rooms. His…
Monday, April 29, 2013
The governor's office announced Friday that Dawnn Henderson will continue to represent the 6th District on the Georgia Board of Early Care and Learning.
Gov. Nathan Deal has reappointed a Northeast Cobb woman to the board responsible for supporting the agency that oversees Georgia's Pre-K and early education programs. The governor's office announced Friday that Dawnn Henderson will continue to represent the 6th District on the Georgia Board of Early Care and Learning. Deal first appointed Henderson to the board in May 2012. Married with three children who attended Georgia Pre-K, Henderson was actively involved as a parent volunteer. Last year, she participated in a parent task force that provided input to the Bright from the Start program. A University of Nebraska journalism graduate, Henderson is the chief writer and web content coordinator for Memorial Health in Savannah.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The lawsuit alleges that the preamble and the question on the Nov. 6 ballot is biased in favor of approval of the measure.
A public school teacher and Atlanta minister have filed a lawsuit in Fulton Superior Court against members of the state of Georgia government over the language of the Nov. 6 ballot as it pertains to charter schools. The lawsuit, filed by Dalton teacher Beverly Hedges and Rev. Timothy McDonald, senior pastor at First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, names Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp as co-defendants. The complaint alleges that Gov. Deal used language in the preamble to the ballot question and the ballot question itself that is misleading and that was not passed by the General Assembly. This is how the ballot language currently appears: Provides for improving student achievement and parental …
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.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
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 (EPA) 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. Members of the Georgia Petroleum Council predicted shortages of the cleaner burning, low volatility gasoline would occur within a week without …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Voters will head to the polls in November and decide if the state can override local school boards and create charter schools.
If voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to override local school boards on charter decisions, schools with rejected bids like Smyrna Academy of Excellence could still become a reality. The bid for the proposed Smyrna charter school was rejected in June by the Cobb Board of Education with a 4-3 vote. Ever since a May 16, 2011 Supreme Court of Georgia ruling dissolved the commission that approved 16 state-commissioned charter schools, proponents of school choice–like Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell)– have worked to reverse the 4-3 ruling that left a number of charters scrambling to find ways to open their doors in time for the start of the 2011-12 school year. The Families for Better Public Schools …
Friday, June 15, 2012
"It is a tax increase that the people themselves will decide about," the Georgia Governor said this week.
With traffic creeping along the I-75/I-85 Connector below, Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle stood high atop an 18-story Midtown office tower Wednesday night and urged Metro Atlantans to vote in favor of next month’s regional transportation penny sales tax referendum. The pair addressed a small group of reporters atop the Atlantic Station building prior to a private fundraiser for local business leaders who are in favor of the tax’s passage. A new Insider Advantage poll of 539 people shows that 47 percent of those asked would vote against the 10-year, one cent sales tax, with 32 percent for it and 21 percent undecided. But those numbers didn’t faze Deal, who brushed aside the notion that he was backtracking on his no-tax pledge. “…