State House Majority Leader Larry ONeal of Bonaire has a senate colleagues political fate in his hands.
Gov. Nathan Deal appointed ONeal, Senate Majority Leader Ronnie Chance and retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice George Carley to a panel that will decide whether to suspend indicted state Sen. Don Balfour of Snellville from office. The panel must write a report by Nov. 15. Balfour faces 18 charges in Fulton County Superior Court, mostly felony charges of submitting false expense vouchers as a member of the General Assembly.
Scott protests cuts in defense spending
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott of Ashburn signed on to a letter with other Republican members of the House Committee on Armed Services members to warn House and Senate budget leaders about cuts to the military.
The letter says that Time and again over the last 24 months, the committee has received testimony that sequestration will be devastating to our Armed Forces, their family members, and the defense industrial base, as well as local communities and the economy. Continued sequestration would eliminate 100,000 soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen while canceling programs, the letter says.
The most significant threat to our national defense may be the continued reduction to defense funding without accounting for the impacts to our National Security Strategy, say the letter writers, who said defense spending is 17 percent of the budget while 50 percent of the cuts have been absorbed by the military.
The Georgia Supreme Court is pondering exactly how a border dispute between Bibb and Monroe counties should be settled.
Organizers with Jays Hope Foundation, a charity that helps children with cancer, are advertising a 5K on a lovely, scenic route that leaves Bass Pro Shops and travels all the way into Monroe County. Monroe County, of course, contends that part of the Bass Pro Shops property is in Monroe County, in which there would be no point to a 5K run that actually extended into Monroe County.
The event is scheduled for early Saturday morning. Participants and donors, regardless of their political or legal views on the Bibb-Monroe border, can run in the 5K, and children can participate in the Candy Mile with 15,000 pieces of candy available. For information, visit tinyurl.com/trekortreat13 online.
Staton honored by medical association
State Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon, was named a recipient of the Medical Association of Georgias 1849 Friends of Medicine award in a ceremony Oct. 20 at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.
Staton said in a statement he was honored to receive the award from the organization.
As one of the states premier advocacy organizations for Georgias medical community, the Medical Association of Georgia has done an outstanding job supporting Georgia families and physicians statewide, Staton said.
The 1849 Friends of Medicine Award is given to a state legislator who demonstrates outstanding leadership supporting medical and health care issues in the General Assembly.
Staton was honored during the annual meeting of the associations policy-making House of Delegates. The meeting also covered more traditional business matters, as well as a lunchtime educational seminar on Extremity Trauma on the Modern Battlefield: Lessons Learned in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Writer Mike Stucka compiled this report.