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Senator Staton Honors Wesleyan College

Senator Staton Honors Wesleyan College


Sen. Cecil Staton serves as Senate Majority Whip.  He represents the 18th Senate District, which includes portions of Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, and Monroe counties.

 Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon) presented Wesleyan College with Senate Resolution 797 in the Senate Chamber on Wednesday, commemorating their 175th Anniversary and the schools continued tradition of academic excellence. February 29, 2012, was also recognized as “Macon Day” at the State Capitol.

 “It was an honor to recognize Wesleyan College on their prestigious legacy in educating women,” said Sen. Staton. “Since its inception, Wesleyan College has educated some of Georgia’s best and brightest women and is one of middle Georgia’s finest institutions of higher learning.”

Lobbyists Spend Thousands on Midstate Lawmakers

Capitol lobbyists spent thousands of dollars on midstate lawmakers in 2011, and they're on pace to spend as much or more in 2012.

According to reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, lobbyists shelled almost $37,000 on 12 of Central Georgia's state legislators last year.

The reports reveal that lobbyists bought meals, sports tickets and lodging for the lawmakers. The reports also reveal that the more power a lawmaker has, the more money lobbyists spend on them.

When the General Assembly is in session, hundreds of lobbyists spend thousands of hours on the third floor halls near the House and Senate chambers.

Every day, lobbyists pull lawmakers aside to discuss pending bills, and as the transparency reports reveal, lobbyists open their wallets and pick up legislators' tabs on everything from baseball and football tickets to motel and food expenses.

Advance Voting Starts for Georgia Presidential Primary

Polls opened Monday morning across the state to kick off the presidential primary election.

Voters will decide who they'll want to face President Barack Obama in the November general election.

Bibb County Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr said it seems that more and more people are taking advantage of voting early.

"The voters are beginning to gradually really tune in to advance voting and they're really picking up on it," said Carr. "The 2008 general election, 29,000 of our voters voted in here in this office."

Carr said their office and others across the state will be open through Friday, March 2, and for the first time this year, you can also vote early on a Saturday.

"It will be February 25; we'll be open 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. for any voters that can't get in here during the week and have trouble on election day going," said Carr.

Last Day: Register to Vote for the Primaries

Last Day: Register to Vote for the Primaries

Today is the last day to register to vote in the presidential primaries.

If you're not registered to vote, download and print the voter registration application and head over to:

Peach County Pre-Session Town Hall Meeting

Peach County Pre-Session Town Hall Meeting

FORT VALLEY, GA.--Join Rep. Robert Dickey and other elected officials to

discuss pressing issues and other hot topics facing Peach County in the

2012 Legislative Session.

The pre-session town hall meeting takes place January 3rd at 7 p.m. at Austin Theater.

Sanford Bishop Seeking 11th Term

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has announced plans to seek an 11th term in Congress representing the second Congressional district in southwest Georgia.

The Albany Democrat, who is up for re-election next year,
indicated that he will see another term during an interview with
the Albany Herald.

Bishop, who serves on three subcommittees of the House
Appropriations Committee, narrowly avoided being unseated during his last attempt at re-election when Coolidge Republican Mike Keown provided the strongest challenge yet to defeating the long-time Democrat.

No one has indicated publicly that they will challenge Bishop
for his seat.

If re-elected in 2012, Bishop would represent most of Macon.

Live Blog: Fort Valley Election Results

8:09 p.m. 

Fort Valley: 

Liquor by the drink passes with 57% of the vote.

Fort Valley City Council East Ward:  John Ezell wins with 66% of the vote.

Fort Valley City Council at large: Beth Collins wins with 64% of the vote.