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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.

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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, call the Twiggs County Board of Elections 478-945-3477 for more information.

Monday, February 6 is the voter registration deadline.

Sheriff's Office Open House to Feature Tours, Demonstrations

Sheriff's Office Open House to Feature Tours, Demonstrations

 

JEFFERSONVILLE, GA -- The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Open House this weekend.  Saturday Feb. 11th from 10am is until 2 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office in Jeffersonville. 

Please come out to meet and greet your local law enforcement.  Bring the children. 

There will be K-9 demonstrations, a tour of our offices, a tour of the equipment used such as the DUI trailer, the hazmat trailer, crime scene van, CSU quick response truck, CSU and patrol units, Sheriff’s hazmat tanker used by the fire departments, Twiggs County fire truck, GBI crime scene unit will be on hand as well as the Department of Natural Resources.

Free child safety seat inspections and demonstrations will be given.

The new Sheriff’s Office annex that houses the E911 center, records, crime lab, investigations, medical, and command staff will be open to the public with tours.

Macon Political Newcomer Wants State Senate Seat

Political newcomer Irving Martinez plans to seek the state Senate District 26 seat next year.

Calling himself a lifelong Democrat, the 50-year-old Martinez announced his intentions to run during a Wednesday morning news conference in front of Macon City Hall.

Martinez spent most of his time attacking alleged problems in Macon, saying the city's dirty and that officials aren't doing enough to get litter and trash off the streets.

He said the city needs better leaders, "people who love people." He said the leaders can't get along with themselves.

Asked why he didn't seek a city office in the recent elections, Martinez said he is interested in city politics, and if elected to the Senate, would use his state office to help the city.

But he also said he would use the Senate seat to contact people like television icon Oprah Winfrey and actor-director Tyler Perry to get them to donate money to improve the city.

Live Blog: Jeffersonville Election 2011 Results

Live Blog: Jeffersonville Election 2011 Results

10:54 p.m.

Jeffersonville City Council Ward 1 Post 5 Jeff Lempke leads with 60% of votes, 99% of precincts reporting.

 

7:43 p.m. Jeffersonville City Council

Ward 1, Post 2: 57% Daniel Young, 43%Tommy Jones

Ward 1, Post 5: 53% Jeff Lempke, Reicarido Glover 47%

Ward 2, Post 2: 74% Victor Jordan, William Watson 26%

That's with 2% of precincts reporting.