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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Senators vote with GOP against health care bill

It isn't much of a surprise that Georgia's U.S. senators voted "no" in last weekend's vote to move the proposed health care reform bill forward.

Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both Republicans, have been vocal in their opposition to the Democrat-lead bill.

"Our health care system needs to be reformed -- period," Chambliss said in a speech on the Senate floor. "We need to ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. But the folks on the other side of the aisle have their minds made up that they are going to do what they can to move us toward universal health care coverage and saddle our children and grandchildren with overwhelming debt. ...

"People all across this country are calling and writing our offices because they don't understand why we are mortgaging and sacrificing our children's future. We don't have to go that route."

Isakson said he was disappointed in the 60-39 vote to move forward.

"This bill is bad for Georgia, bad for families and small businesses, bad for our seniors and bad for America. We should scrap it and start over," Isakson said. "This disastrous bill would raise taxes, raise premiums and drive millions of Americans to a public option where there is no option."

Cox endorses Lawrenceville candidate

A state representative from Lilburn has chosen sides in Lawrenceville's council runoff.

Rep. Clay Cox, a Republican who represents District 102, has endorsed Katie Hart Smith for Tuesday's election.

"I have known her personally for many years and she is dedicated to helping the city move forward," Cox said. "Her business experience, involvement in the Chamber of Commerce and her existing relationships in the public sector make her the clear choice in the runoff."

Smith said she was humbled by Cox's endorsement.

"I truly appreciate the recognition of my business expertise and professional skill set -- unique qualities that can enhance our Lawrenceville community as we continue to work together to grow, thrive and be successful."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.