It’s not surprising that a push for four-year terms of office would garner wide support from Georgia’s state senators, who are currently up for election every two years. Whether that desire for longer terms should get the OK of Georgia voters is another matter entirely.
According to a Tuesday story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 53 of the state Senate’s 56 members have signed on to Senate Resolution 279, authored by Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle. The bill would extend the terms of state senators beginning with the 2010 election. Happily, though, the measure has a high bar to clear. While it clearly has the two-thirds majority it would need for passage in the Senate, it would have to get that same majority vote in the House of Representatives, and then get the governor’s signature. And all that is just to get the issue in front of the state’s voters, who would have the final say on the extended terms.”
Source: Athens Banner Herald
National recall of peanut butter will cost up to $60 million
Third quarter earnings at ConAgra will take the hit as all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at the Sylvester, Georgia plant is recalled. Nearly 300 people have become sick from a salmonella outbreak since August that has been blamed on the peanut butter. The plant in Sylvester remains closed while an FDA investigation is underway. ConAgra may yet face a class-action lawsuit over the peanut butter.