The Madison Forum was pleased to have former Dalton Mayor, candidate for Georgia Governor and Madison Forum member, David Pennington, speak at the luncheon meeting on Monday, December 12th at the Rib Ranch restaurant in Marietta Georgia. Pennington spoke on the topic of “Why Trump” and how to make America great again as well as what we need to do locally to reign in Georgia government.
Angela Bean, of the Madison Forum and Restore & Preserve the Constitution, spoke to the Madison Forum on Monday, October 10, 2016. She discussed the four amendments on the November ballot that will change our Georgia Constitution and the importance of knowing what you are voting for when casting your vote:
- Amendment 1 Opportunity School Districts
- Amendment 2 The Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund
- Amendment 3 Judicial Qualification Commission
- Amendment 4 Excise Tax on Fireworks Sales
Angela also advised, when voting in this election or others, if you aren’t sure how to vote on an issue, vote no… Read more...
Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State, speaking engagement with The Madison Forum in June.
Thanks to Ted Metz for video production.
Larry Savage spoke to the Madison Forum on Saturday, February 27th. The topic was the new Cobb County hotel taxes and whether the new special tax districts have the authority to make some hotels charge higher taxes depending on their location.
Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao
E Pluribus Unum, on U.S. coins is Latin for “out of many, one.” Part of America’s national identity has been connected to the use of one language. Immigrants from many lands and language groups have assimilated into the United States. Learning English has been a large part of that process. New education legislation, passed in 2015, requires schools to test certain students in other languages, if they accept federal education money.
The “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015” includes new requirements for schools serving students who speak other languages. On page 39, line 5, S. … Read more...
Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols, in a speech to the Madison Forum discussed with the group his concerns for Georgia and the nation regarding the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. He was encouraging in some aspects of his remarks explaining that Georgia had managed to get some concessions from the EPA on nuclear energy as a zero-pollution resource under the rules. However, Mr. Echols is not a fan of the plan and he has been vocal in that regard with both the administration and the press.
Three years ago Metro-Atlanta voters roundly rejected a one percent (1%) transportation tax when the public learned that the proposed T-SPLOST was not a remedy for Atlanta’s chronic traffic congestion as promoted but actually a taxpayer funded stimulus for developers who planned to transform Metro-Atlanta from a predominantly suburban landscape into a high-density, high-rise environment concentrated along MARTA rail lines.
While Metro voters roundly rejected urbanization, still the state, some municipalities and other parties with vested interests haven’t given up on their plans to stack-and-pack we the unwashed into multifamily housing and have us riding cheek-to-jowl on … Read more...
No doubt, Gov. Nathan Deal has already made a lasting impact on Georgia’s courts. Just into his second term, he has appointed almost 60 judges to the State (18) and Superior (34) courts, as well as the Georgia Tax Tribunal (2), the Georgia Court of Appeals (4) and the Georgia Supreme Court (1).
While legislators and the governor pass laws, courts interpret them. And, how they interpret them often has as much, if not more, impact on the law itself. This is especially true for the appellate courts.
So far, Gov. Deal’s appointments to Georgia’s appellate courts … Read more...
Paul L. Nally
Not To ask what price our Liberty, but what price inattention to it.
Mrs. Katharine Johnston’s death should never have happened. Then the Habersham child and now David Hooks.
As a former Police Chief and Judge, I have found it useful to look to the past for guidance and understanding. In 1604 Lord Coke ruled that (paraphrasing) a man’s home is his castle, and if the sheriff comes upon the King’s business, he may not break down the door, but he must announce his business at the portal.
From that time until our Constitution, that was … Read more...
Former Georgia State Senator, Chip Rogers, spoke to the Madison Forum on Monday, June 12, after an 11 Alive news report on ALEC was released attacking ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.