McKoon believes Atlanta and the three liberal Georgia counties are evolving into a San Francisco, which is why he and other lawmakers are reacting with today's proposed legislation.
Look for McKoon to give a shout-out to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who this spring publicly invited foreigners in rural Georgia to move to the more inviting embrace of his city.
The lawmaker who championed the legalization of fireworks sales in Georgia said he wants tighter restrictions for the new law amid a growing backlash by residents who complained of explosive shows well after midnight.
State Sen. Jeff Mullis told WSB-TV's Lori Geary that he was open to stricter time limits on when folks can set off their bottle rockets, Roman candles and mortars. The Chickamauga Republican also said he would push for a constitutional amendment that would funnel tax revenue from the sales of fireworks toward fire safety or trauma care.
Mullis is one of the most forceful advocates of House Bill 110, which legalized the sale of consumer fireworks in Georgia. But the fine print also set rather permissive restrictions, allowing residents to set off fireworks between 10 a.m. and midnight for most of the year and until 2 a.m. around New Year's Day and the Fourth of July.
That led to a public backlash over the weekend as many residents of otherwise quiet neighborhoods were besieged by fireworks shows well after nightfall. One change to expect in January: Mullis told Geary that he agreed 2 a.m. was too late to light up the sky.
Southeastern Legal Foundation says it has reached a settlement, including an apology, in the case of a Douglas County voter whom election officials required to doff his NRA hat before voting. From the press release:
Bundy Cobb, a Douglas County, Georgia voter, …was forbidden from voting in October 2014 unless he removed his hat, which has an "NRA Instructor" logo on it. Cobb was told by an elections official that the NRA is perceived to be "associated with the Republicans." Bundy Cobb v. Douglas County, Georgia, et al., Case No. 14-3898-CAP.
The Douglas County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) and the individual defendants, including Voter Registration Clerk Constance Bowen and Elections Supervisor Laurie Fulton, agreed to the following as a result of the federal lawsuit alleging violations of Cobb's constitutional rights:
-- The BOER has adopted a formal policy forbidding poll workers and elections officials from banning persons who are wearing clothing or displaying other materials that are not directly related to candidates or issues on the ballot.
-- The BOER has issued a public apology letter to Cobb, acknowledging that "you should not have been asked to remove your NRA Instructor hat, and I am sorry that you were asked to do so." The apology letter cites the new policy adopted by the Board "to ensure that it protects the rights of all persons in or around polling places in Douglas County."
The Georgia Chamber has endorsed former Brookhaven mayor J. Max Davis in the July 14 race for House District 80. The deep-pocket group will sponsor a local rally for Davis on Friday.
The Marietta Daily Journal reports that former Democratic state senator Doug Stoner will run for the Ward 6 seat on the Smyrna City Council. The seat has been vacated by Wade Lnenicka, who intends to challenge incumbent Mayor Max Bacon in this year's municipal elections.
WAGA's Dale Russell has this eyebrow-raiser
from fiscally conservative Coweta County:
The vote to abolish his position followed an internal investigation of the deputy chief and then fire chief.
But then, the same commission voted to give the deputy chief an immediate early retirement that boosted his retirement benefits by over a million dollars.
State government once did something similar, offering immediate pensions to the "involuntarily separated." It resulted in an era in which many best friends were "fired" -- much to their delight.
This tweet from Charlie Harper over at Peach Pundit caught our eye:
While the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
may spurn Stone Mountain for its next conference, another prominent Georgia group recently held its annual meetings there.
The State Bar of Georgia hosted its big gathering at the site two weeks ago, just as criticism of Confederate symbols was growing in the wake of the murders of nine black worshippers by a suspected white supremacist.