Political Notes — Deal appoints Rep. Quick to a judgeship

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed state Rep. Regina Quick (R-Athens) to a Superior Court judgeship for the Western Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Clarke and Oconee counties.

Quick will replace David Sweat, who recently retired from the bench.

The appointment had long been expected, since Quick had already started spreading the word that she would not run for her legislative seat again.

Quick, an Athens attorney, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 when she upset incumbent Doug McKillip in the Republican primary.

Isakson’s VA bill is signed

Sen. Johnny Isakson saw Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act signed into law Wednesday by President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

The new law updates the benefits claims appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“For far too long, our veterans have faced unacceptable delays in their claims appeals,” Isakson said. “With this legislation, we’re going to reduce the time it takes for our veterans to get a decision and increase the opportunity for them to receive their just benefits.”

Hospital sale approved

The Georgia Attorney General’s Office has approved the pending sale of Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville to Navicent Health Oconee in Macon. Oconee Regional had filed for bankruptcy last May.

As reported by the Milledgeville Union-Recorder, the two entities still have to execute the property closing along with the transfers of state-issued licenses and permits.

Rockmart business expansion

Meggitt Polymers & Composites, a manufacturer of environmental components, announced it will spend $30 million to expand its facility in Rockmart.

Meggitt designs and manufactures military and commercial aircraft fuel tanks, fuel systems and advanced composite structures, including radomes for in-flight satellite communications.

“As Meggitt Polymers & Composites continues to grow globally, we will also continue to expand here in Rockmart, Georgia,” said David Horner, the company president. “The state of Georgia is the perfect environment for us to accelerate our business growth and create more jobs in the near future.”

Sonny Perdue visits Georgia

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will hold two events in Tifton Friday: a listening session on agriculture and rural prosperity and a speech to the Georgia Farm Bureau.

One of Perdue’s deputies, Sam Clovis, has been very much in the news this week for past inflammatory statements he made that homosexuality is a choice and that the sanctioning of same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of pedophilia.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Democrats will oppose the confirmation of Clovis, who was nominated by Donald Trump as the agriculture department’s chief scientist.

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