Category Archives: Politics

Rep. Loudermilk Statement in Opposition to Damaging Fiduciary Rule

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) has issued the following statement on today’s release of the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule:

“Today, the U.S. Secretary of Labor joined with liberal Democrats to release the highly controversial fiduciary rule, which would be devastating to consumers and retirement planners nationwide. This rule, which has been in development for many years, was withdrawn in 2010 because of an outpouring of opposition; unfortunately, this year’s rule is no better.

“After meeting with consumers and retirement planners throughout my district, I know that the implementation of this rule will result in enormous compliance costs, which would be passed on to consumers in need of retirement advice. To make matters worse, this rule will force retirement advisors to cut their staff, and will result in certain types of retirement advice being virtually eliminated as an option for many of Americans who are already struggling financially. It is time for the administration to stop its ideological crusade against the free market economy, and put the needs of the people first.

“Last year, I co-sponsored and worked to pass the Retail Investor Protection Act to restrict the administration’s ability to finalize this rule, and I hope the Senate will quickly pass this critically important bill. I am doing everything I can to stop the fiduciary rule from being enforced, and I have already taken action by urging my colleagues in control of Labor Department funding to allow no taxpayer dollars to be used to implement this burdensome regulation. We cannot stand by when the administration is regulating our businesses into the ground, especially when it will have such a crushing impact on consumers throughout Georgia. At a time when every citizen is born owing $60,000 in government debt, we must make it easier, not harder, for every American to save for retirement.”

Congressman Collins “Checks Out” Life Behind the RaceTrac Counter

Congressman Doug Collins visited a RaceTrac location on Cornelia Highway in Gainesville

Today, Congressman Doug Collins visited a RaceTrac location on Cornelia Highway in Gainesville. During the visit, the Congressman participated in clerk training and worked behind the counter. Interacting with employees and customers, he experienced firsthand the economic opportunity and wide range of products and services convenience stores provide to the public. RaceTrac employees took the Congressman on a tour of the store and discussed the important role stores like these play in the community. After the event, Congressman Collins made the following statement:

“I appreciate RaceTrac letting me spend part of my day working behind their counter. It was great to interact with folks stopping in to buy gas or get a cup of coffee. I learned a lot during my training, and got a firsthand look at how hard these employees work. Convenience stores create jobs and provide many essential products that we use in our day-to-day lives – some of which you can’t easily get somewhere else if you live in a rural area. In an economy where every single job created is a victory for the community, I want to thank RaceTrac leadership and employees for taking the time to show me around and talk about some of the issues facing people who live and work in Northeast Georgia.”

Absentee Ballots on the Way to Voters

ATLANTA, GA – Today is the first day absentee ballots can be mailed to Georgia voters for the General Primary and Nonpartisan Election set for May 24. To request an absentee ballot, voters can submit a written application to their local county registrar or log onto the office’s “My Voter Page (MVP)” to print the application and mail the completed form to their registrar.

“Through MVP, requesting an absentee ballot has never been easier in Georgia,” stated Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “I was proud to bring this new innovation to our state along with other helpful web-based platforms, such as the online voter registration system and the ‘GA Votes’ smartphone app. Georgia is a national leader in utilizing technologies to educate citizens about elections, voting, and the importance of participation in the electoral process for all levels of government.”

Voters are advised to request absentee ballots before May 20, 2016 to vote by mail in the General Primary and Nonpartisan Election. Under federal law, uniformed military voters are only required to submit one absentee ballot application to receive absentee ballots for an entire election cycle.

Several other important deadlines are fast approaching for Georgians wanting to vote in the May 24 elections. To participate in the General Primary and Nonpartisan Election, Georgia residents who are not already registered to vote must submit a voter registration application by April 26, 2016. You can register to vote using the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system (OLVR), downloading the “GA Votes” smartphone app, or completing a fillable, postage-paid voter registration application to mail to your county registrar by the registration deadline.

Advance in-person voting begins on May 2, 2016. Georgia law also requires the polls to be open on Saturday, May 14 in all 159 counties for Georgians to vote in the May 24 contests.

“The upcoming primary on May 24 provides an important opportunity for Georgia voters to decide which candidates will best represent their interests in Washington, D.C. and at the Georgia State Capitol,” noted Secretary Brian Kemp. “On May 24, voters will also have the chance to vote in the Nonpartisan Election for many judicial offices, including seats on Georgia’s Supreme Court, and other influential offices in local government, including district attorneys, sheriffs, commissioners, and school board members.”