Isakson, Perdue praise judicial nominees

Isakson, Perdue praise judicial nominees

Last week Senate Republicans were able to confirm four of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees and Georgia’s two Republican US Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson praised the choices. Those who were confirmed included Michigan Supreme Court Judge Joan Larsen to serve on the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, conservative Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephanos Bibas to the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court Judge Allison Eid to the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and attorney Trevor McFadden to serve on the US District Court for the District of Columbia. “The United States Senate has been stalled by historic obstruction from Senate Democrats. Despite this partisan gridlock, we confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court earlier this year, and have since confirmed 15 judicial nominees, including eight judges to the powerful United States Circuit Courts,” said Perdue. “These judges will help shape the direction of the courts for years to come. Unlike most things in Washington, we are moving quickly to get more judges in place. By comparison, in Obama’s first year in office, only three Circuit Court judges were confirmed. While we are making significant progress, there is still a lot more work to be done. President Trump has been in office for 10 months now and still doesn’t have his full team in place. Washington needs to pick up the pace and get all of President Trump’s nominees confirmed as quickly as possible.” Isakson said: “From Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to a...
Georgia Attorney General Tackles the Opioid Crisis

Georgia Attorney General Tackles the Opioid Crisis

This is the first of a two-part series by our staff writer. Opioid addiction is the country’s latest epidemic. Public health officials have called the current opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history, killing more than 33,000 people in 2015. It’s showing no signs of letting up— and Georgia is not immune. Last year alone, there were 982 deaths in Georgia from an opioid-related drug overdose— a death toll that has increased tenfold since 1999 according to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. That number ranks Georgia among the top 11 states with the most opioid overdose deaths, and 55 Georgia counties have an overdose rate higher than the national average. From June of 2016 to May of 2017, the total number of opioid doses prescribed to Georgia patients surpassed 541 million (put into perspective, that is approximately 54 doses for every man, woman and child in Georgia). “We have an epidemic that is showing no signs of easing,” said Carr. “And it’s have a major impact on our state, our country. It’s time to fight back. We must work to make sure there are no more deaths, no more tears, no more heartbreaks because of opioids We need to do a better job of connecting across all areas of expertise to specify what each other is doing and, together, leverage the strengths we each have to collectively combat this crisis”. Carr is hoping his newly created statewide task force will provide some answers. The task force is unique in that it is open to all Georgians. “It’s time to bring everyone to the table on this issue,”...
Georgia launches ‘Defense Exchange’

Georgia launches ‘Defense Exchange’

By Cindy Morley – Georgia businesses will now have the tools they need to be more competitive in acquiring contracts through the Department of Defense, according to Gov. Nathan Deal. Monday, Gov. Deal announced the launch of the Georgia Defense Exchange (GDX) — which he refers to an “innovative interactive business development platform.” According to information from the Governor’s office, GDX offers a one-stop data research and collaboration platform which was designed to support and engage Georgia businesses across a wide variety of industry sectors with its rich data visualizations, interactive dashboards, real-time DOD data and business-to-business communication tools. “From the Bell Bomber Plant during WWII to the NSA and U.S. Army Cyber Command in Augusta today, Georgia enterprises enjoy a storied history of fulfilling contracts for national defense,” said Deal. “Last year alone, defense contracts executed in Georgia were valued at $6.4 billion. These contracts provide significant opportunities for Georgia businesses and drive new development in local communities across the state.” According to Deal, the GDX platform will help ensure that the long-standing tradition of Georgia companies contracting with DOD continues across the state. Lockheed Martin, Meggitt, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman account for some of the largest defense contracts in Georgia. Additionally, more than $3 billion of Georgia’s defense contracts are related to services for facility maintenance, science and engineering, equipment and construction. GDX is a product of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s GUARD Initiative, partially funded through a grant from the DOD Office of Economic Adjustment and supported by the Center of Innovation for Aerospace and the Workforce Division. GDX will open new opportunities for...