As reported by the AJC, Representative Regina Quick has decided to not run again for her seat, Georgia’s 117th House District, occupying parts of Barrow, Jackson, Clark, and Oconee counties. Instead, predecessor Doug Mckillip and newcomer Houston Gaines will challenge one another in the Republican primary and local attorney, Deborah Gonzalez will run on the Democratic ticket.
Georgians may remember my post about HB 51, primarily sponsored by Dean of the House Republican Caucus and Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman, Earl Ehrhart, this past session that Rep. Quick heavily defended. As a female, Republican, attorney, and someone who has the ability to be both intelligent and respectful in committee hearings, Quick was truly the best thing HB 51 had going for it. Yet the legislation was largely opposed by UGA students and ultimately was defeated in the General Assembly. However, carrying water for the longest serving Republican member of the Georgia House has its benefits, (along with Quick’s own legal chops) and Georgia may yet see her awarded a judgeship.
“Your honor” has a certain ring to it, I am sure. Continue reading “The Quick and Already Dead”
In every political system we have abuses of power, some more than others. They are not uncommon, and as long as the abuses are not egregious they can often times be overlooked. That does not make it right, yet one must pick their battles. It should also be said that the very legislators who commit these may do so because they sincerely have good intents. Sadly though, the general public is not always aware that some bills begin under these circumstances, and a bill’s origins often offer a more comprehensive view of the legislation. I would like to shed some light on one such case.
In 2016, the AJC reported on Representative Earl Ehrhart (R-36, Powder Springs) intervening in an investigation at Georgia Tech where he threatened and then followed through on reduced funding for the research institution the next legislative session after the outcome of the school’s investigation. You see, despite thirty-eight years in the Georgia General Assembly and being a past Rules Chairman under Speaker Richardson, Ehrhart is only a sub-committee Chairman. That subcommittee happens to be the House Appropriations sub-committee on Higher Education.
That’s right- Rep. Ehrhart holds the purse strings for all the colleges and universities across the state. Those same universities that are churning out the talent in our state to put it on Forbes’ List of the next tech meccas.
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