NRA Convention in Atlanta – Exhibit Hall Edition

The National Rifle Association came to Atlanta over the weekend and made a little news as President Trump and other speakers addressed the convention on Friday. For the vast majority of attendees though, that was not necessarily the focus of the weekend. The focus of the weekend for them was the 15 acres worth of booths spread out over the floor of Building B in the Georgia World Congress Center. An estimated 80,000 attendees perused the offerings of some 800 companies selling everything from a $48,000 antique Gatling gun to truck bed liners.

Lest the name fool you, the firearms on offer at the convention were far more than rifles. Besides the aforementioned Gatling gun, also available were pistols, revolvers, shotguns, semiautomatics and every type of holster, sight, grip, and any other firearm accoutrements you can imagine. All the names from Big Gun were there – Beretta, Glock, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Remington. Not to mention all the knives, jewelry and Kubota tractors. If it had to do with the outdoors – hunting, fishing, camping, farming – or people who are married to people who are into the outdoors, it was probably on sale over the weekend.

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Governor Deal Signing Pen: Fast and Furious Part 7

It’s that time of the year for Governor Deal. Now in his seventh year in his office, this time of the year is perhaps the most high-profile for the governor. The legislature has done its work and whatever decisions remain this year for the future of Georgia lie solely with the gentleman from Gainesville. Some years may attract more attention than others – for instance, last year when Deal vetoed the religious liberty bill. This year’s highest drama is still looming with the campus carry bill, something Deal also vetoed last year but the legislature is hoping a few tweaks may mean it can make it through this year.

Besides the drama surrounding campus carry, there are plenty of other bills being signed. This week, Deal signed 15 different bills. Most of this week’s bills had to do with education. Of the 10 bills that were signed on Thursday, all of them were related to education. The big one was HB 338, the “turnaround legislation.” the “First Priority Act – Helping Turnaround Schools Put Students First.”

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Attorney General Talks Priorities at Young Republican Meeting

The next year and a half may be a boon to those planning political events – no candidates for dogcatcher on the agenda. There will likely be candidates for major offices coming out of the woodwork to put their faces in front of as many people as possible. The Atlanta Young Republicans are usually able to lure good speakers and good crowds but Wednesday’s meeting featured a packed house to see a surrogate on behalf of a congressional candidate, a secretary of state candidate and an attorney general (who is also a candidate). With the Georgia Republican Convention a little over a month away, more candidates may start announcing in the next few weeks to try and ensure a speaking slot in Augusta.

First up was, David Belle Isle, the mayor of Alpharetta, who has thrown his hat into the ring for the secretary of state race. Belle Isle noted how it would be beneficial for the state to have a secretary of state “with a mayor’s heart.” He spoke of the growth he has successfully managed and been a part of in Alpharetta. “Mayors focus on making irresistible places,” said Belle Isle.

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Fate of Georgia Dome Announced by Blank, Reed

Days after the Falcons announced another delay on Mercedes-Benz Stadium, now scheduled to be open August 26th for the Falcons’ third preseason game, Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled the plans for the site of the still-standing Georgia Dome.

Naming rights being an important piece of professional sports revenue, the “Home Depot Backyard” will be a 13-acre greenspace on the footprint of the current Georgia Dome site. The site will be used for game day parking, arts and culture events, entertainment and other community events beginning in 2018. “The Blank Family Foundation and the City of Atlanta are really working tirelessly every day to restore and revitalize communities such as Vine City and English Avenue. The step we are taking today is also a part of that effort as well,” said Reed.

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Atlanta Hones in on Energy Efficiency Amid Uncertainty from Georgia Power

As the Atlanta metro area was dealing with an interstate collapse, an interstate upheaval and a special election heretofore unheard of, energy watchers were eyeing the news from Toshiba that it was filing bankruptcy for its subsidiary, Westinghouse Electric Company. The news has put the future of the Plant Vogtle expansion in doubt and it remains uncertain when, or even if, the new reactors will be completed. The news is bad enough for Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols to declare on Twitter, “I hope Georgians never buy another Toshiba product or service ever again. Bankrupting WEC Nuclear so they escape a contract is shameful.”

According to Echols, the bankruptcy could end up costing ratepayers $500 million. It’s still possible Westinghouse may be able to finish the project. The company has signed an interim agreement for the company to continue as the primary contractor until April 28. After that, almost no matter what happens, costs are going to increase. Westinghouse may want a larger contract in order to continue or Georgia Power could take over the project itself – which could be costly as this is not the utility company’s exact area or expertise. There are not that many companies around the world that do nuclear reactor builds. Westinghouse may get bought by an existing company but the United States would like to see that buyer be based here, as opposed to another possible suitor, China.

For the rest of the story – http://insideradvantage.com/2017/04/24/atlanta-hones-in-on-energy-efficiency-amid-uncertainty-from-georgia-power/

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