An administrative law judge has ruled that Matthew Laughridge can remain a Republican candidate in next month’s special election for the District 14 Senate seat in northwest Georgia, despite claiming residence on a houseboat docked on Lake Allatoona.
"Respondent moved to a houseboat docked in Senate District 14 in December 2011 and later moved to an apartment in the District where he remains today. Therefore, Respondent was physically present in Senate District 14 for 1.75 years as of Sept. 17, 2013, when Responsdent filed the sworn Declaration of Candidacy and Affadavit.
"Although Respondent did not intend to live on the houseboat permanently, he established intent to live in Senate District 14 when he moved onto the houseboat. Respondent’s intent to remain in Senate District 14 is evidenced by his purchase of property located in the District. Although the purchase was completed shortly after Nov. 5, 2012, it corroborates the Respondent’s testimony that he temporarily moved to the houseboat while he searched for a more permanent abode within Senate District 14."
The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has served notice to Gov. Nathan Deal that it wants input into any monument to the slain civil rights leader erected on state Capitol grounds – if the state expects free use of King’s copyrighted likeness.