If this Independence Day isn't a total washout, you may get to meet some pretty powerful politicians.
Several U.S. Senate candidates and other politicians are expected to attend a GOP 7th District party this holiday, at the party district chair Jason Thompson's law office at 2675 Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford.
With a view of the Mall of Georgia fireworks, the $5 event includes music, food, face-painting and some stumping.
Congressmen Jack Kingston and Paul Broun and former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who are running as Republicans for the U.S. Senate seat Saxby Chambliss currently holds, have confirmed they will attend. (Well, they did before the rain forecast.)
Local Congressman Rob Woodall will also be there, and other bigwigs, including the governor have been invited.
The Gwinnett GOP will also hold a straw poll for the 2014 race.
Broun amendment passes
Broun, who represents a portion of Gwinnett with his 10th District, celebrated last week adding an amendment to the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act. The amendment is meant to prevent frivolous, duplicative lawsuits from holding up new energy leases.
"We've seen it happen time and again: extremist environmental groups file multiple lawsuits to stonewall new energy projects, causing endless delays even when the community is supportive," Broun said in a statement. "My amendment limits outside groups to filing one -- and only one -- claim, with one chance for appeal. It also requires a final decision to be made regarding that claim within 180 days. At the same time, my amendment forces these anti-energy groups onto a 'loser pays' system to discourage them from filing suit without real merit, protecting taxpayers in the process.
Broun's amendment passed 217-202 on the act, which will require Secretary of the Interior to open up at least 50% of the available area within the Outer Continental Shelf to new leases.
"We must free up access to our natural resources," Broun said. "My amendment will ensure that new energy projects aren't stopped in their tracks before they've begun."
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