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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Isakson: Georgians have lost confidence in the government

Even before people rallied at the state Capitol last week to protest the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson took those frustrations to Washington.

During a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, the Georgia senator demanded answers from former IRS Commissioners Steven Miller and Douglas Shulman.

"I've heard from Georgians from across the state that they have lost all confidence in the IRS and in the federal government. We need to get to the bottom of what happened at the IRS and find out who knew what, where and when, so that we can restore the American people's confidence in the IRS," Isakson said. "The audit clearly shows that there was major wrongdoing at the IRS, and I strongly believe that there should be an internal investigation conducted at the IRS so that the corrupt culture of targeting individuals never happens again."

Isakson also called for testimony from Sarah Ingram, who once oversaw the division at the IRS that processes tax-exempt applications and has now been promoted to head the implementation of Obamacare.

Last week, Isakson co-sponsored two pieces of legislation in response to the IRS targeting conservative political groups for additional screening, and he joined his Republican colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama demanding full compliance with congressional investigation requests for information on how the IRS targeted conservative groups.

Chamber scores

Two local state senators got top rankings from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce on legislative scorecards released last week.

Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer, R-Duluth, and Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, received A+ ratings on the scorecard, which recognizes legislators that support business initiatives.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce," Shafer said. "I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common sense, pro-business laws that encourage growth and job creation in the private sector."

Unterman also said she was honored by the rating.

"I will continue to work diligently to provide Georgia with free market solutions that drive down the cost of doing business and allows Georgia to remain a competitive place for future business growth and development," she said.

The ratings dealt with a number of issues important to the business community, including education, economic development, business and industry and judiciary reform, a press release said.

"What is clear from this year's scorecard is that lawmakers -- both Democrat and Republican -- are taking private-sector growth seriously. They realize how important these issues are to the state and to their constituents and that we must take action to encourage investment and job creation," Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark said. "We are proud that there was such broad-based, bipartisan support for each of the scorecard bills. As a result, we will improve Georgia's overall competitiveness and reputation as a state that is open for business. We commend Sen. Shafer for his dedication and commitment to the betterment of our state."

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

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Comments

NorcrossDot 11 months ago

Isakson you forgot to mention how many Georgians have lost confidence in you and Chambliss also.

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Gundoctor1 11 months ago

Now here is a real cogent statement by the Senator from GA. Really!!!!!!!! Just how long have you fed from the public trough?????? Let's find someone with some real "brass" ones to go up there and tell them exactly what the people you represent think.

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snellvillemike 11 months ago

hey, Johnny, you do not speak for this Georgian. You cannot lose what one does not have. The Dems want to get into my wallet and the Repubs want to tell me how to live. Just leave me alone to my own ingenious self and I will figure it out. Both parties are morally corrupt.

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Kent 11 months ago

Johnny needs to look in the mirror and he will immediately see who is responsible for distrust of his constituents. He complains about the IRS, yet on his watch he keeps proposing to "reform" the IRS. Reform has been going on for decades and the corruption, complication, and costs, have gone off the chart. The IRS has been proven to not work, and a solution like the fair tax while not perfect, but it is sure an improvement over what we have now. He claims to support the fair tax, yet has basically done nothing to actively get it passed. I have yet to call his office and get specifics on any legislation which will cut the size of government and bring about major tax reform. His staffer is always vague and indicates the senator agrees that there needs to be reform. What else can we expect from a senator who takes his wife to Greenland on the taxpayer dime to first hand see the effect of climate change.

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Jan 11 months ago

Either you believe the rich should pay less taxes while shifting the extra tax burden to the middle class or you do not understand the grossly unfair proposal that Linder labels as the "FairTax". Please do some research before supporting such an absurd idea. Very few of those tea party house representatives have even been convinced that it is a decent idea otherwise it would have passed the house.

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Reason 11 months ago

Pushing away Lobbyists would be a start. But, that will never happen, especially when they begin to try to control a political party. As the song goes, "Same as it ever was".

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kevin 11 months ago

Any Congressman that has been in office more than 10 yrs MUST get voted out. Yes we lost confidence in them all. They are the problem, not the folks back home. They all talk but it is their actions that makes me vote for a candidate.

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SuxBeanU 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Just more lip-service All style and no substance, typical georgia politician.

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skalawag 10 months, 3 weeks ago

"I've heard from Georgians from across the state that they have lost all confidence in the IRS.."

At what point did they have confidence in the IRS Senator?

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