Political Notes — Senate finally passes adjournment resolution

[private]The state Senate cleared up a lingering procedural issue Thursday by agreeing to an adjournment resolution passed three days earlier by the House of Representatives.

Senators unanimously agreed to HR 870, which sets the calendar for the first 11 days of the legislative session: the four days they met this week, plus Jan. 18, 19, 22-25, and 29.

Had the Senate not approved this resolution, it would have stayed in session after Thursday and would have fallen out of synch with the House.

The legislative calendar has been a difficult issue for the two chambers to resolve: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wants to get it over quickly so he can resume fundraising in his race for governor while House Speaker David Ralston wants to make sure all legislative business gets done.

Don’t be surprised if you see more wrangling over the calendar as the session proceeds.

The ultimate snub

When Gov. Nathan Deal entered the House chamber Thursday to give his annual “State of the State” address, he was introduced as he customarily is by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).

Ralston compared Deal to great governors of past, and mentioned the names of just two: Carl Sanders and Zell Miller. Both Sanders and Miller were Democrats; Ralston left out the name of Deal’s Republican predecessor: Sonny Perdue.

“You have set a high bar for those who would follow,” Ralston told Deal.

Abel’s fundraising

Kevin Abel, one of the Democrats hoping to unseat Karen Handel in the 6th Congressional District, announced Wednesday his campaign had raised $203,389 since he entered the race. That total includes $50,000 of Abel’s own money, with the rest in contributions raised over a six-week period.

“I’m encouraged and humbled by the enthusiastic and generous responses we’ve been getting from friends, business associates and civic leaders throughout the 6th Congressional District,” said Abel, the founder of an information technology firm.

Trump renominates judicial appointments

Donald Trump has renominated two Georgians for federal judgeships who didn’t get Senate votes last year.

They are Elizabeth “Lisa” Branch, who would be a circuit judge for the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and Billy Ray, who would serve as a district court judge in the Northern District of Georgia. Both Branch and Ray are on the Georgia Court of Appeals.

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