Category Archives: Politics

Carter Statement on Supreme Court Nomination

Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (Ga-01) released the following statement today after President Obama nominated federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States:

“For eight years, President Obama and his administration have ignored the Constitution, the rule of law and the balance of power. Confirming a nominee from this Administration could fundamentally alter the balance of the court with someone who shares that view.  The next Justice could have a bigger impact on our political process than the next President.  I strongly support Senate leadership’s decision to wait to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice until a new President takes office next year and urge them to stand strong in their decision.

“Rather than railroading through a last minute appointment, let’s put this to the American people.  I hope each candidate for President will put forward what they are looking for in a judge or the kind of person they would nominate.  Then let the American people decide at the ballot box.”

Loudermilk Named “Taxpayer Super Hero”

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) named Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) a “Taxpayer Super Hero” today for his strong support of legislation that safeguards the interests of American taxpayers. Rep. Loudermilk represents one of only 17 congressional lawmakers to receive a perfect 100 percent score in CCAGW’s 2015 Congressional ratings.

“Americans work hard for their money and deserve to keep more of it,” said Rep. Loudermilk. “As a family man and a small business owner for over 20 years, I know firsthand the struggles of hardworking Americans who are overburdened by excessive government spending and regulations. Our future generations deserve much better than what is being passed down to them, and I look forward to continuing the fight to get our fiscal house back in order.”

Since 1989, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste has issued an annual legislative report that highlights the voting records of all 535 members of Congress. Lawmakers are assigned ratings based on their support of legislation that saves taxpayer money and protects America’s long-term fiscal interests. In 2015, CCAGW scored 100 votes in the House and 35 votes in the Senate.

“We applaud and wholeheartedly thank Rep. Loudermilk for his hard work on behalf of the taxpayers during his first year serving in Congress,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz. “His courageous votes to cut wasteful spending and make government more accountable should serve as an example to other members, encouraging them to make good on their promises to protect the fiscal interests of American taxpayers.”

“We have no doubt that Rep. Loudermilk will continue to help lead the effort to end wasteful spending and reduce the growing national debt,” added Schatz.  “His constituents should be very proud of him.”

Founded in 1984, Citizens Against Government Waste represents the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry Statement On the Passing of HERO Moses King

Today is a very sad day at the Georgia Department of Transportation and my heart is heavy as I bring you news about the passing of one of our Highway Emergency Response Operators (HERO), Moses King. We extend our deepest condolences to the King family. King was an exemplary GDOT employee in his professional life and a kind and giving human being in his personal life.

This sad occasion is a profound loss to the Georgia DOT family, to the Atlanta region and the emergency response communities who place themselves in harm’s way every day to ensure the traveling public’s safety. Moses King was committed to making a difference on our roadways and in the lives of those who travel those roadways.

Moses joined Georgia DOT in September, 2014 as a HERO trainee, and from that moment he was dedicated to providing the very best service possible to the traveling public. In January of 2015, he was promoted to HERO Operator 1 and although he was considered a “rookie,” he exhibited the aptitude, responsibility and the professionalism to be placed on the weekend, overnight “Delta” shift.

When you ask Moses’ co-workers and supervisors who this man was…the words you hear are…soft spoken, dedicated, and committed with an unyielding willingness to get the job done.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 1, 2015 while this dedicated employee worked to protect accident victims; he himself became a victim and was struck by a motorist; was severely injured and has now lost his life.

Every day, our HEROs, other employees and emergency responders work on our roadways, trying to keep drivers safe.  Since August 2015, two other HERO operators were injured while assisting those in need.  We are certainly thankful that HEROs Chris Sesslar and Sam Washington are recovering and improving with each day.

As we mourn the loss of the very vital life of Moses King—I would be remiss to not plead with motorists to take responsibility for YOUR driving behavior. Please make it your obligation, your duty, your commitment and your way of life to Drive Alert.

By doing so, — I know that we will save lives and reduce the number of fatalities and work zone crashes.

Drive Alert Arrive Alive is a campaign that implores everyone to do three simple steps when you get in your vehicle – Buckle up; Stay off the phone and DRIVE ALERT, not impaired.  Driving alert could have saved the life of Moses King and it just might save your life or the life of someone that you love.