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GOP gubernatorial candidate Pennington delivers campaign speech in Carrollton

Special to SEGAZINE

Dalton Mayor David Pennington brought his Georgia gubernatorial campaign message of limited government and limited spending to Carrollton Thursday night, but he got to deliver his speech only to a limited audience, likely due to the popular Taste of Carrollton event taking place downtown.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

 Whitfield County GOP plans downtown Dalton festival
On Saturday, September 28, the Whitfield GOP will host a “Freedom Rocks” festival and free concert in Dalton.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

 Audio: Gov. Deal speaks with BBC’s Tim Franks on Obamacare, Medicaid expansion

U.S. House votes to cut $4 billion from food stamps program
The cut reflects a 5% reduction to the feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans; savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new work requirements in place for many recipients and to test applicants for drugs.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

• House and Senate deeply divided over food stamps
The food stamp bill, which in the past had been combined with the farm bill, is a stand-alone this year.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Nomination period for Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit judge vacancies extended two weeks
The initial deadline for nominations was last Monday and the commission, which will interview candidates and submit a short list to Gov. Nathan Deal, has received 19 nominations for the two Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit openings.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Former Georgia lawmaker files paperwork to run for governor
Connie Stokes, a former senator became the first Democratic candidate to announce a bid for governor in August; she has now filed the necessary paperwork to begin her campaign for governor.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

• First Democrat enters gubernatorial race
Connie Stokes released a five-point platform emphasizing job creation, building strong families and communities, education and government transparency.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Ethics probe: Gov. Deal says there was no tampering in the ethics probe
Gov. Nathan Deal is blasting accusations that his inner circle tampered with a wide-ranging investigation into his use of campaign money.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

• Democrats want investigation into head of Ethics Commission and Gov. Deal

Three candidates for Sen. Loudermilk’s seat may not be qualified to run
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

U.S. Rep. Gingrey responds to controversial comments about pay
Gingrey has come under fire for commenting on his congressional pay.
Source: WSB-TV

Political Insider: GOP reaction to renewed scrutiny of ethics complaints against Nathan Deal
“On the bright side for Gov. Nathan Deal, the fact that he’s patched up relationships with the Georgia Republican party is paying dividends today.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jamie Dupree: GOP takes aim at Obamacare
“After a rebellion of more conservative Republicans torpedoed work last week in the House on a stop gap budget plan, GOP leaders decided to go “all-in” with Tea Party lawmakers, adding provisions to a temporary budget that would defund the Obama health reform law and lay down a marker in the fight over the debt limit.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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