partlycloudy
Wednesday July 1st, 2015 11:19AM

Miller to seek post of Senate majority leader

By Mitch Clarke, Editor
Sen. Butch Miller said today he will seek to become majority leader when the General Assembly convenes in January.<br /> <br /> The Republican from Gainesville made the announcement in a Facebook post to his friends.<br /> <br /> "After prayerful consideration and the support of both my family and a number of my fellow senators, I have, with great humility, decided to stand for majority leader in the Georgia State Senate," Miller wrote.<br /> <br /> The current majority leader, Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone, chose not to seek re-election this year, leaving the post open. It was not immediately clear who, if anyone, might run against Miller, but a Facebook page has been started as part of an effort to draft Josh McKoon, a Columbus Republican, into the race.<br /> <br /> Miller was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 and is unopposed in his bid this year for a third term. Among his committee assignments, Miller is a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and vice chairman of the Transportation Committee. He is currently chairman of the Republican caucus.<br /> <br /> In this Facebook post, Miller said he will devote his political time between now and the November election on helping David Perdue get elected to the U.S. Senate and to helping re-elect his friends, Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.<br /> <br /> He asked his Facebook friends to support those candidates and other Republicans on the ballot.<br /> <br /> "I ask you to join me in support of this important effort working locally with the Hall County Republican Party and statewide with the great team at the Georgia Republican Party." Miller wrote.<br /> <br /> If Miller is successful, it would further solidify Northeast Georgia as the center of power in Georgia politics. Like Miller, Deal and Cagle are both from Hall County, and David Ralston, the speaker of the House, is from Blue Ridge.<br />
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 6 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 6 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 5 months ago )
Local/State News
The Latest: US, Cuba to open embassies to restore ties
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in their capital cities, a major step in restoring ties after more than 50 years of hostilities. The latest developments (all...
10:16AM ( 1 hour ago )
GSP releases more details in Clarks Bridge Rd. hit-and-run
The Georgia State Patrol has collected more evidence in a hit-and-run incident that critically injured a man on Clarks Bridge Road almost a week ago.
By B.J. Williams, Brian Stewart
8:15AM ( 3 hours ago )
UPDATE: Embattled rebel flag reassessed at Georgia's Stone Mountain
ATLANTA (AP) — At Georgia's iconic Stone Mountain — where the Confederacy is enshrined in a giant bas-relief sculpture, the Ku Klux Klan once held notorious cross-burnings and large Confederate flags...
7:00AM ( 4 hours ago )
Probate judges opposed to gay marriage stand firm
TROY, Ala. (AP) — Gay couples can petition, protest and even sue — but that won't change Probate Judge Wes Allen's mind: He is not issuing them marriage licenses, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling t...
6:52AM ( 4 hours ago )
Ga. troopers ramping up enforcement during holiday weekend
Georgia state troopers say they're planning to beef up enforcement during the upcoming July 4 holiday travel period.
By Associated Press
6:36AM ( 4 hours ago )