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Governor Deal proposes $42B budget, more education funding

Governor Deal proposes $42B budget, more education funding

A $42.3 billion budget plan from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal would increase spending on education as the economy slowly recovers from a deep recession.

Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia

Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) - After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The laws are among a small number of major bills that become law with the new year. Others include rules requiring all new day care employees to undergo more exhaustive background checks, as well as a requirement that schools provide information about concussion risks to parents. While the ethics laws set the first state limits on how much a lobbyist can spend, there remain considerable loopholes and questions about how it will all be enforced. Under the new laws, lobbyists will not be able to spend more than $75 at a time. Previously, lobbyists could spend as much as they wanted as long as it was noted on disclosure reports filed with the state. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Chamber to host Warner Robins Mayoral debate, featuring Musselwhite and Toms

Chamber to host Warner Robins Mayoral debate, featuring Musselwhite and Toms

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the 2013 Mayoral Debate for the City of Warner Robins.  The event will be held next Thursday, November 21st from 6-7p.m. in the auditorium at the Warner Robins Campus of Central Georgia Technical College, located at 80 Cohen Walker Drive.

Featured Candidates for the 2013 Warner Robins Debate include Joe Musselwhite and Randy Toms.

This event is designed to be an official platform in which the candidates vying for the seat as Mayor of Warner Robins can present their platforms and discuss issues of city-wide concern.  The program will feature brief remarks from candidates, followed by a moderated debate.  

Warner Robins recount does not affect runoffs

Warner Robins recount does not affect runoffs

A recount in Warner Robins ballots did not change the candidates in the Dec. 3 runoff.

Randy Toms and Joe Musselwhite will meet in the runoff to select the city's next mayor.

Friday's recount did show a 100-vote error, which resulted in Daron Lee dropping to fourth place and Chuck Chalk moving to third. The recount showed that tabulators made a counting error and that Lee received 546 absentee votes, not 646.

Also, Bob Wilbanks challenged the Post 4 council race, even though he finished more than 300 votes behind Tim Thomas. If Wilbanks picked just one vote, he could force a runoff.

But the recount did not change those results, which showed Thomas with 681 votes, Wilbanks with 342 and Ben Campbell with 338.

Mayoral candidates Randy Toms and Joe Musselwhite are slated for a Dec. 3 runoff.

Daron Lee, Bob Wilbanks Challenge Election Results

Daron Lee, Bob Wilbanks Challenge Election Results

Warner Robins mayoral candidate Daron Lee and council member Bob Wilbanks both say they will challenge Tuesday's election results.

Tuesday's results say Lee came in third place in the mayor's race behind Randy Toms and Joe Musselwhite.

Toms earned 24.6 percent of the vote. Musselwhite claims 22.9 percent of the vote. Lee came in less than a percentage point behind Musselwhite with 22.2 percent of the vote.

That put him 45 votes behind Musselwhite.
Lee says he has contacted an attorney to take the next step in the challenge. He has scheduled a 5 p.m. meeting with his campaign team.

Lee told 13WMAZ's Lorra Lynch Jones that he believes 76 absentee ballots are missing and uncounted. He also said the precinct totals in the mayor's race don't add up.
And in the council Post 4 race, Wilbanks apparently finished more than 300 votes behind Tim Thomas. But Thomas avoided a runoff by just one vote.

Central Georgia Election Roundup

Central Georgians take to the polls Tuesday in more than 60 races in which mayors and city council members will be elected and Sunday alcohol sales questions will be answered in some areas.

Some voters in the Tuesday elections will also decide special purpose local option sales tax questions.

The following is a list of Central Georgia cities and counties hosting elections.

-Warner Robins

Mayoral Candidate Folse Fined for Violating Cat Laws

A Warner Robins mayoral candidate accused of keeping too many cats faces more than $3,000 in fines for violations of the city's animal ordinance.

That's according to William Childs, clerk of Warner Robins Municipal Court.


He said a municipal court judge found Eva Folse guilty after a four-and-half hour hearing held on Tuesday -- National Cat Day.

Folse last month told 13WMAZ that she was running for mayor to partly to draw attention to poor priorities in the city's animal-control department.

In May, she was given 31 citations because officers found 11 cats in a vacant rental home that she owned on Lynn Avenue.

City law prohibits owning more than three.

The officer described the conditions saying, "The odor inside the residence was very strong. There was trash and animal feces and litter covering the room."