Georgia: Deal shows big reserves. The administration of Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announced that as of June 30, the end of the fiscal year, the state of Georgia had a record $2.05 billion in its reserves, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This compares with $116 million when Deal took office in 2011. Better economic times and conservative revenue estimates by the governor, which limited the legislature’s spending, helped produce the reserves ……. Alabama: Bentley praises BP bill. After the legislature refused to approve a state lottery to provide funds for Medicaid, which assists some one million Alabamians, lawmakers did approve use of a $1 billion oil spill settlement from BP to provide the funds, reports AL.com. “This is a victory for the people of the state of Alabama, especially those who cannot help themselves,” said Gov. Robert Bentley (R), who is a physician ……. Arkansas: Cotton says US not safer now. “I don’t think America is safer today than we were in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks,” US Sen. Tom Cotton (R) told Briebart News. Cotton, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, credited today’s problems to Obama Administration policies that withdrew US troops from Iraq prematurely …….