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C-SPAN series to feature Rosalynn Carter tonight

Special to SEGAZINE

The episode will focus on Carter’s work as a campaigner, mental health advocate and political advisor.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City Ink: Augusta budget is like a sandwich
The subject this week is ham. In an effort to get Au­gusta Commission members to agree on balancing next year’s general fund/law enforcement budget, City Admin­istrator Fred Russell said, ‘The budget is like a sandwich. We might, at some point, take out the lettuce. We might take out the mayonnaise, and then you might be allergic to ham.’”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/weekend

Jimmy Carter to attend Nelson Mandela memorial
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday


• Political Notebook, Gwinnett: Hank Johnson, Johnny Isakson react to Nelson Mandela’s death
“Gwinnett Congressman Hank Johnson lost an idol this week with the death of South African President Nelson Mandela.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend 

• Political Insider: Newt Gingrich pushes back on Nelson Mandela criticism
“The following was posted on Newt Gingrich’s website on Friday. Between the lines you’ll find a rare criticism of President Ronald Reagan, who was no friend of the anti-apartheid crowd in the 1980s.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution/weekend 

State Sen. Don Balfour says his indictment is unconstitutional
A lawyer for indicted state Sen. Don Balfour is arguing the state’s prosecution of his client is unconstitutional because it violates the concept of separation of powers and violates the exclusive authority of the Senate to discipline its members.
Source: Georgia Times-Union/AP

Political Insider: The legislature and the coming battle for Northlake Mall
“If things get out of hand, next year’s session of the Legislature could become the Battle of Northlake Mall. We’ve got a land rush going on in DeKalb County that could require the attention of the entire state Capitol. And allow ruling Republicans to reshape Georgia’s most Democratic county.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Daily Jolt: 38% of state lawmakers are ALEC members
“Using unauthorized internal documents, The Guardian newspaper this week had a piece on one of the most influential conservative organizations around: ALEC.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution


• ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin issue
Source: The Guardian 

Political Insider: A harsh assessment of Jack Kingston haunts a current supporter
“This morning’s Jolt contained an item in which the Senate campaign of Jack Kingston challenged an endorsement cited by GOP rival Karen Handel.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson addresses national issues in Coweta County
Isakson spoke at West Georgia Technical College earlier in the week.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald/Sunday

Georgia Senate Health and Human Services Committee to meet in Gwinnett County
When the General Assembly opens its session next month, Sen. Renee Unterman said she also expects some tweaks to come to a new law that regulates pain clinics, which are often regarded as the source of prescription drug addicts.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Two GOP rivals complicate Gov. Deal’s bid for another term
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)

Three sitting Senators work to hold off GOP in South
“Pryor is the 60th vote, Hagan is the 60th vote, Landrieu is the 60th vote,” said Merle Black, a professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta. “Everybody is the 60th vote.”
Source: New York Times

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