We’re told that House Speaker David Ralston today will appoint the first black woman to the 20-year-old Georgia Civil War Commission, a volunteer board that coordinates the preservation and promotion of structures, battlefields, and other sites associated with the conflict.
Inger Eberhart of Acworth currently serves as a staffer for Cobb County Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, and serves on the board of advisors for the Dustin Inman Society, an anti-illegal immigration group that lobbied for HB 87.
The civil war commission has one African-American board member. James Yancey of Atlanta was reappointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle last year. And before him, Karl Barnes, a West End preservationist and Coke executive, served on the commission.
Rusty Henderson, a longtime member of the civil war commission, said Eberhart would be the first black woman.
Her appointment is a subtle reminder of Ralston’s unusual genealogical background. His family, like many in north Georgia, was on the Union side of the Civil War.
After prayerful consideration, and with the full support of my wife, Billie, I have made the decision not to seek the office of Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. That decision was largely based on the fact there already is a candidate running who will move this Party forward, my friend John Padgett. He is a proven, principled and strong leader, and I am fully confident in his ability to take our Party to new and greater heights.
After Susan Rice’s TV appearances to discuss the fatal attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, White House officials said their edits to her statements were insubstantial and largely stylistic. They may have to rethink that:
ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensive edited as they evolved from the draftsfirst written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack.
White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.
Even as automatic budget cuts force various federal agencies to cut spending, a group of federal judges from the Atlanta-based Eleventh Circuit went ahead with their 2013 Judicial Conference last week, spending several days - and maybe several hundred thousand dollars - at a golf resort and spa in Savannah….
The gathering of 167 federal judges from Georgia, Florida and Alabama came just weeks after the Chief Judge for the Eleventh Circuit was quoted on a legal web site as saying the $85 billion sequester was having a "devastating impact" on the federal judiciary.
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