Political Notes — Cagle hasn’t announced, but he’s officially running

[private]Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle hasn’t made the big public announcement yet that he’s running for governor — that will happen sometime around April 30 in Gainesville — but he is officially and formally in the race.

Cagle’s campaign filed the paperwork Monday with the state ethics commission that registers his campaign for governor, which means he can start legally raising money for that race.

There’s not much information in the filing, but it does disclose that the campaign chairman is Charles Tarbutton of the Sandersville Railroad family and the treasurer is Tommy Gay of Gainesville.

Cagle is the second Republican to jump into this race — Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced a few weeks ago — but he is far from the last.

Former congressman Lynn Westmoreland has been kicking the tires on a run for governor, Republican consultant Nick Ayers is considering it, and Attorney General Chris Carr may decide to step up and try to run for the higher office.

GHA: We haven’t endorsed

The Georgia Hospital Association is protesting the unauthorized use of its official logo in an online ad produced by the liberal activist group, MoveOn.org, for congressional candidate Jon Ossoff.

The organization released this statement:

“The Georgia Hospital Association denounces the online advertisement from MoveOn.org and its unauthorized use of the GHA logo, a fact that is being communicated to that organization along with a formal request to remove our logo from the ad,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers.

The MoveOn.org ad implies that GHA is aligned with the Ossoff for Congress Campaign in opposition to the AHCA, an assertion that has been furthered by other online media sources. Although we are interested in the outcome of the special election, GHA has not endorsed a candidate in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race. The same is true of our national organization, the American Hospital Association, which makes appropriate campaign contributions on behalf of Georgia’s hospitals with guidance from GHA. Furthermore, GHA continues to work with both Republican and Democrat policymakers toward the mutual goal of protecting Georgia’s patients and ensuring that all citizens of Georgia have access to quality health care services.

“GHA is proud to serve as an unbiased resource to Georgia’s state leadership and congressional delegation as they consider options to improve our complex health care system, including potential changes to the Affordable Care Act,” Rogers continued. “With the help of our member hospitals, we will continue to analyze the impact of any state or federal health reform legislation and voice our concerns about any proposals that would result in additional payment cuts to providers or less affordable coverage options for Georgians.”

Isakson urges more broadband

Sen. Johnny Isakson and 55 of his Senate colleagues have sent a letter to the FCC urging that the commission do more to provide rural areas with access to broadband internet services.

“Rural Georgians have been waiting too long for the FCC to address this issue,” Isakson said. “Standalone internet services should be available to all Americans at this point, and dependable rural access to broadband services are a necessity in this day and age, not a luxury.”

“We appreciate the steps taken by the FCC last year to address this concern,” the senators said in their letter. “However, we are still hearing frustration about the prices for and the availability of standalone broadband. Many operators remain unable or unwilling to offer such broadband because their prices would still be unreasonably high even after the reforms.”

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