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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall: Lawsuit defends Congress' 'rightful authority'

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall

Last week, members of the House Rules Committee, of which Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-7) is a member, held a hearing regarding the Constitution’s balance of power.

“While the witnesses at the hearing differed in their approaches to regaining Congress’ rightful authority, there was no doubt that the President has been steadily consolidating power,” Woodall said in a press release. “To be clear, it’s not just President Obama who has done this. Presidents from both parties for many years have slowly usurped Congress’ legislative authority, and Congress has let it happen.”

On July 22, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, introduced a resolution authorizing the House to bring suit against President Obama for what Woodall described as the President’s “failure to faithfully execute the Affordable Care Act.”

“Jealously protecting the power of the Article I Congress – which is really the power of the American people – and supporting the basic structure of our Republic’s co-equal branches of government is my most important responsibility,” Woodall said. “All Members of the House take an oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States,’ and that’s what this resolution intends to do.”

Rep. Broun to host grants workshop

Congressman Paul Broun (GA-10) will host a grants and small business workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Oconee County Civic Center. During the workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. until noon, individuals seeking grant funding and business loans can learn about strategies for grant writing, keys to small business success and tips for navigating federal grants.

“This workshop is a great opportunity for individuals and organizations seeking grant funding or business loans to learn about the tools that will help them succeed,” Rep. Broun said in a press release. “I encourage 10th district residents to take advantage of this free workshop and the opportunity to network and speak with state and federal representatives about the application process and their programs.”

The Oconee County Civic Center is located at 2661 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, Ga. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Beth Blalock at Beth.Blalock@mail.house.gov or call 706-969-1461.

Turnout below 10 percent for runoff

Unofficial totals show 41,373 — roughly 9 percent — of Gwinnett’s 457,111 registered voters cast ballots during the July 22 runoff. According to Gwinnett County Elections Director Lynn Ledford, turnout for runoff elections generally falls in the 5-15 percent range.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Gwinnett voters supported Republican David Perdue over Rep. Jack Kingston by a 56 to 45 percent margin. For state school superintendent, 55 percent of Gwinnett voters chose Richard Woods over Michael Buck. Fifty-eight percent of Gwinnett Democratic voters picked Valarie Wilson with 42 percent of the vote going to Alisha Morgan.

The Republican runoff for State Senate District 9 was the closest race in Gwinnett with P.K. Martin winning the nomination with 53 percent of the vote to Mike Beaudreau’s 47 percent. Republican congressional candidate Jody Hice captured the largest margin of victory among Gwinnettians with 61 percent of voters choosing him over businessman Mike Collins.

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