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Palin PAC gives money to Zoller

Palin PAC gives money to Zoller

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Sarah Palin's political action committee spent nearly three-quarters of a million dollars during the latest fundraising period, with about $55,000 donated to candidates.

SarahPAC raised about $833,900 from July 1 through Sept. 30. The $774,000 it spent went mostly to the business of running the PAC, including consulting, travel expenses, and postage and mailings.

It donated $54,500 to candidates, including U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Allen West and Sandy Adams of Florida; and U.S. House candidates Martha Zoller of Georgia, Mia Love of Utah, Ted Yoho of Florida and Kirk Adams of Arizona.

It also contributed to U.S. Senate candidates Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Dan Bongino of Maryland, Ted Cruz of Texas and Jeff Flake in Arizona.

SarahPAC ended the quarter with nearly $1.3 million available.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

LOCAL PROFILE: Clayton County Commission Chairman, Eldrin Bell

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Eldrin Bell is a local legend in Atlanta local law enforcement and politics.

Recently, the Where U Live spoke with him about his history in Atlanta and his current position in Clayton County.

Commission seeks input on redistricting maps

Commission seeks input on redistricting maps

Hall County residents will have a chance to ask questions and give input about proposed changes to Commission district maps from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Courthouse Annex, 116 Spring St. SE, Gainesville. See the proposed maps online.

“This is an important decision that is made only once a decade. I want to make sure that if people want to comment on the maps, they have the opportunity to do that,” said District 4 Commissioner Ashley Bell, who initiated the public meeting.

The 2010 Census results prompted a shift in the maps to equalize the population in each of the four districts.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.