Town Hall Meeting 9.22.16

  • By Emory Dunahoo Jr.
  • 22 Sep, 2016

Join Rep. Dunahoo and Fair Tax Officials for a Town Hall

Rep. Dunahoo will be joined by representatives from the Georgia Fair Tax for a Town Hall Meeting at 6:00 P. M. on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Hall County Republican Party Headquarters which is located at 715 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.

News

By Emory Dunahoo Jr. 15 Jan, 2018
Legislative session 2018 is underway!  Last week was a flurry of meetings and getting things ready to do business under the gold dome.  Hot topics this year include REFRA, the adoption bill, hands free driving, and of course the 25 billion dollar budget that grows with every passing year.  

Week 1   1/7-10  - Govenor Deal gave his State of the State address highlighting his legacies in the past 8 years and laying out emphasis for the upcoming session.  He was moved to tears several times as he spoke about issues dear to his heart.  He also warned upcoming candidates for governor not to misrepresent his legacy.  It is with great anticipation that I begin a new year with my colleagues.

This week 1/15 - the appropriations committee is meeting to get the budget ready to present Tues/Wed and the whole house convenes again for discussion on the year's topics.

NEW BILLS FOR THE YEAR:

Personally, I am still educating and pushing for a fair tax here in Georgia. I will drop that bill again this year in hopes that a future governor will be on board.   I am dropping a bill for a new motor vehicle tag for Beekeepers/bees due to the fact that I am a beekeeper myself and that our lives revolve around bees and their pollination of the world food supply.  This tag will allow for awareness of this important but often neglected issue.  I am still working on a social host bill that will hold adults accountable for knowingly serving substances to minors that can impair them in the home setting.  Wording in this bill is crucial and I have spent a few years in getting it right so the purpose intended can be carried out correctly.  I hope to drop this bill this session.  SB2 is about license and permits for local municipalities that would speed up the time frame for this and hold them accountable for response time (this originated from Casey Cagle's office).

During a new time when politics has become a news staple in the daily news and being politically correct has gone out of control; please pray for your government leaders daily so that our great state and country can move forward and be lead by a higher power as mere men try to lead our nation. Thank you for your trust and support!
By Emory Dunahoo Jr. 15 Jan, 2018

After reading the editoral on the Times page for Sunday, I feel compelled to respond as a legislator from Hall County. The Times is supporting the position that our state should avoid religious liberty legislation due to economic consequences that COULD result from backlash from corporations that would be offended by the legislation. What The Times failed to mention was that this issue was PASSED by the legislature who is elected to represent the citizens of Georgia. When the bill passed the legislature, it passed because the majority of its members felt that their constituents supported the measure. The bill was later vetoed in the interest of the economic impact it MAY have on our state. The wishes of the citizens of our state were put aside in the interest of future investments that may or may not come to our state.  

For example, for the last few years the legislature has passed Hollywood “friendly” measures to encourage investment in Georgia and it has been very successful. I have to admit that thinking that these measures were economically sound until our most recent round of elections. What I really did was to invite liberals here to my state to invest their dollars, philosophy, opinions and help turn my state away from its conservative values. For example, take the recent election between Jon Ossof and Karen Handel where millions of dollars supporting Ossof came from outside our state. Why are outsiders so interested in a senate race in Georgia?   Because we are in a battle between conservatism and liberalism; we have invited the fox into the hen house with our Hollywood friends and their ideals. Do we really want the likes of Amazon, Disney, and other vocally stated corporations that are vowing to promote these liberal agendas? We are being sold a bill of goods that says we must go along in order to compete; we have to be friendly to draw these corporations to provide jobs, we must grow as a state economically and can’t commit economic suicide. Many people in Georgia like our values the way they are and wish them to stay this way.

We are allowing small groups of people in our society to overrule the majority. Lastly, why is it that if a conservative statement is made that it is intolerant and if an opposing statement is made it is called the right to free speech? Why are there so many double standards? Where has common sense gone? People find offense in every form, where will it end?

 Our founding fathers limited religion in government not because they were opposed to religion but because they didn’t want any ONE religion to come into power over another religion. After all, that was why they left the Church of England, not because they were agnostics. I truly believe they never thought we would not be a Christian nation and could have never envisioned the path we are currently traveling down. Lastly, why is it that if a conservative statement is made that it is intolerant and if an opposing statement is made it is called the right to free speech? Why are there so many double standards? Where has common sense gone? People find offense in every way, where will it end?

I believe that we as a state and country are falling far away from our values that made us a great nation. The Bible states that “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12.   Also in Romans 1:28 Paul warned that “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness…”   and in Judges 17:6 “…every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Many times we try to reason as humans do and don’t trust God to be God and be our salvation.   We should despise sin and love the sinner. We have banned God from our schools and society but question “where is God?” when tragedy occurs. He is right where we left Him.

Judas sold his soul for thirty pieces of silver for what he thought was right, God help us if we make the same mistake.

By Emory Dunahoo Jr. 01 Feb, 2017

The Atlanta Journal Constitution sums it up this way:

Education:

The issue:Voters resoundingly rejected Deal’s signature education initiative last year, voting down his proposal to allow the state to take over local public schools that it deemed as failing. So now what? One potential new measure could give the state more leeway to let students transfer from struggling schools. Another could revamp the decades-old state funding formula for schools that almost everybody — from teachers to school board members to state lawmakers — say is outdated and untenable. There’s also a question of retribution: Before the vote in November, Deal’s staff asked Georgia school districts to tell them how much their teachers paid in dues toward state teacher organizations — which, as it happened, opposed the ballot measure. Those groups are now warily watching for any type of proposal aimed at eliminating or restricting professional associations’ dues from being collected or to mandate districts assess administrative fees to collect them.

Key players: Senate Education and Youth Committee Chairman Lindsey Tippins, R-Marietta ; House Education Chairman Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth ; the Georgia Association of Educators; and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.

Prospects:Likely.

Budget

The issue:Deal headed into the new year expected to announce a record state budget of about $24.6 billion , but little else is certain. Georgia leaders await direction from President-elect Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders over plans for major changes to programs that will likely affect how much federal money flows into the state. Deal also has a penchant for conservative budgeting: State agencies have already been told not to ask for “extras,” generally setting low-ball estimates for tax revenue that let the governor sock away big surpluses when the economy outperforms his projections .

Key players:Deal; Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, R-Reidsville ; and House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn .

Prospects:Bingo! Passing the state budget is actually the only thing lawmakers are mandated to do every year, according to the Georgia Constitution.

Medical marijuana

The issue:While Georgia lawmakers in 2015 allowed a very limited form of medical marijuana,    proponents believe the law should be expanded to include more treatable illnesses and — in a “home run” scenario — an in-state program to grow and cultivate cannabis in Georgia for medicinal purposes.


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ver, both Deal and law enforcement advocates have opposed any type of expansion without a corresponding move by federal officials to ease restrictions and reclassify the drug. Trump, in the meantime, has nominated someone for attorney general — U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. — who has been a fierce critic of the drug.

Key players: state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon ; and Senate Health and Human Services Chairwoman Renee Unterman, R-Buford .

Prospects:Not likely.

Immigration

The issue: Likely efforts include blocking the state from accepting federal refugee resettlement funding and adding a new fee for out-of-state wire transfers that many immigrants and refugees use to send money to their families abroad. Other measures would cut state funding to private universities that don’t comply with immigration laws and ban immigrants without legal status from paying in-state tuition — a hot topic after a Fulton County judge recently ruled that the state should grant in-state tuition to immigrants who have received a special reprieve from deportation through the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The state Board of Regents is appealing the judge’s ruling.

Key players:McKoon; state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs ; state Rep. Jeff Jones, R-Brunswick ; and state Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta .

Prospects:Likely.

Alcohol

The issue:Last year, for the second year in a row, a “better brunch bill” that would have let Georgia restaurants sell alcoholic drinks before 12:30 p.m. on Sundays failed to pass. Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, blocked it, saying it would upset what he called a “fragile compromise” between legislative leaders and the faith community over allowing Sunday alcohol sales. Now it’s back, and it is expected to be introduced by Unterman, who calls it both an economic and fairness issue, since government-owned buildings — such as the Georgia World Congress Center — are already allowed to serve before 12:30 p.m. on a Sunday because the current restriction only applies to privately owned restaurants. Separately, many are watching to see whether Georgia’s beer wholesalers and craft brewers — who have been at loggerheads for years — can reach a compromise that overcomes the state’s ban on allowing breweries to sell beer directly to consumers.

Key players:Unterman; Cowsert; state Rep. Brett Harrell, R-Snellville ; and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Prospects:Uncertain.

Casinos

The issue:Gaming advocates have tried for years to legalize casinos and bets on horse racing in Georgia, and they’ve come up with yet another plan they hope is a winner. Their proposal, to be carried by state Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta , would allow up to five casinos and one horse track, including a minimum $1 billion investment in a new facility within 25 miles of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The plan tinkers a bit with previous efforts, although it makes one notable change to lure Democratic support: a new needs-based component to the Hope scholarship that would be funded with some of the proceeds. Significant hurdles remain, however, including objections from Deal and faith-based groups.

Key players:Beach; House Economic Development and Tourism Chairman Ron Stephens, R-Savannah ; and state Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna .

Prospects:Unclear.

Health care

The issue:GOP congressional leaders are poised to dismantle the Affordable Care Act but have so far released few details over how to do it, leaving state lawmakers in a guessing game over just how the changes could affect Georgia. Trump proposed during his campaign to issue block grants for Medicaid, although it’s not yet clear what that could mean for individual states. Other issues also loom, including renewal of a fee on hospitals that helps the state’s ailing Medicaid program but has been criticized by opponents as a “bed tax.” There’s also been fierce fighting over state-issued “certificates of need” that restrict where and how hospitals and clinics can compete throughout the state.

Key players:Deal; Cagle; England; Hill; Unterman; and House Health and Human Services Chairwoman Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta .

Prospects:Likely, but unclear in what form.

Guns

The issue:Gun rights advocates have long pushed to allow guns on Georgia’s public college campuses, and they won passage for such an effort last year after several high-profile cases of robberies, including some inside Georgia State University’s library. Deal vetoed the measure, however, saying proponents had not justified changing colleges’ status as “sanctuaries of learning” and the state’s long history of barring firearms on campuses. The University System of Georgia has also long opposed allowing students to carry guns on campus. But advocates have vowed to come back this year with another campus gun bill, likely setting off a battle that could again put Georgia in a national spotlight.

Key players: House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge ; state Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper ; and state Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta .

Prospects:Likely.


Taken from the AJC/About the Author





By Emory Dunahoo Jr. 29 Sep, 2016
Rep. Dunahoo has been hard at work the past few weeks gearing up for the Fall Election on November 8, 2016.  Signs are flying out of the campaign headquarters and are blanketing southern Hall County as voters choose to back Emory as the clear, conservative choice.  Emory was pleased to attend a meeting of the Young Poultry Leaders Association earlier this week while members of his campaign were represented at the annual Georgia Mountain Food Bank Empty Bowl Lunch.  

"As always, I am enjoying getting out and about in the district to visit with and listen to those that I am so blessed to represent in Atlanta.  I would be so honored to once again earn your support so that we can continue to send our North Georgia conservative values down to Atlanta under the Gold Dome." Dunahoo said.
By Emory Dunahoo Jr. 22 Sep, 2016
Rep. Dunahoo will be joined by representatives from the Georgia Fair Tax for a Town Hall Meeting at 6:00 P. M. on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Hall County Republican Party Headquarters which is located at 715 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.
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