And the winners are…..

Current leadership in the Georgia General Assembly never fails to disappoint. This year’s session has been a catalog of hate-baiting legislation against LGBTQ citizens and people of faith (and no faith). Rape victims have been dismissed, and Georgia’s Guns Everywhere mentality threatens campuses across our state.

Creative Loafing Atlanta didn’t wait until the end of the session to announce this year’s Golden Sleaze Awards. If you want to hear keen political analysis of this year’s General Assembly session in Georgia, tune in to GPB’s Political Rewind at 3:00 this afternoon.

 

Rural Georgia needs to suck it up

Health professionals know minutes, 60 to be exact, matter following a stroke. For someone struggling to breathe during an asthma attack, or stopping the bleeding after an accident, or consumed by a mental health crisis, seconds matter. Minutes are too long.  State Representative Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, should know this. She’s a registered nurse.

She also has the luxury of living in a metro county with a wealth of hospitals, four to be exact, according to the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.

Cooper opposes the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid funding, a critical financial piece for rural hospitals. Walking lockstep with Gov Deal and fellow state legislator Rep Jason Spencer, Nurse Cooper told WABE in Atlanta, “There are some of those rural hospitals that need to close.”

I guess we’re just spoiled out here in rural Georgia, expecting to have access to an Hospital_Rightemergency room without driving 20+ miles to get care. All 1 Million of us rural Georgians who were cared for in small rural hospitals last year just need to suck it up, buckle up, and floor it.

Who cares how far away the hospital is? It’s only time and miles.

Testing, 1,2,3

I may be jumping on the bandwagon, but I am thinking about adding links to things that are worth a read and posting them here (some will also be Tweeted). With the Gold Dome buzzing again, there is a lot of ground to cover in addition to national politics and happenings (and I’m just one rural resident who needs another cup of coffee).

I can check the stats and see if people are visiting my site and clicking on links, but that may not tell me the full story. If you have a suggestion (or want to send me things to include) please comment below.

Here’s what I’ve read this morning:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Georgia House Rep Jason Carter delivered the Democrat’s response to Gov Deal’s State of the State and simultaneous campaign speech yesterday. Maureen Downey at the AJC covers it today.

Georgia Public Broadcasting covers state legislator interest in medical marijuana

Jim Galloway at the AJC”s Political Insider reports that Former EPD Director Harold Reheis was rescued from frigid water in Cobb County quarry (why didn’t Cobb county authorities want to identify him??)