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Write-in votes for Darwin may be result of Broun's comments

Write-in votes for Darwin may be result of Broun's comments

ATHENS, Ga. -- According to the Augusta Chronicle, the race for the 10th Congressional District ended with more than 4,000 write-in votes from Athens-Clarke County being cast for Charles Darwin.

The write-ins were an apparent response to comments from incumbent US Rep. Paul Broun. At a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell in late September, Broun referred to evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory as "lies from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior.

Georgia congressman: evolution lie from 'pit of hell'

Georgia congressman: evolution lie from 'pit of hell'

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell."

The Republican lawmaker made those comments during a speech Sept. 27 at a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell. Broun, a medical doctor, is running for re-election in November unopposed by Democrats.

During the remarks, Broun said that he believes the Earth is about 9,000 years old and that it was made in six days. Those beliefs are held by fundamentalist Christians who believe the creation accounts in the Bible are literally true.

Broun spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti said Broun was recorded speaking to a church group about his religious beliefs. He sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Abortion surfaces as runoff issue for lawmaker

Abortion surfaces as runoff issue for lawmaker

ATHENS, Ga. -- The sponsor of a new law tightening abortion restrictions in Georgia is getting a primary challenge from a woman who says the measure is too intrusive.

Regina Quick is running against Republican state Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens in the July 31 primary.

McKillip was the sponsor of a new law banning abortions after five months of pregnancy, except when doctors diagnose a fatal defect in a fetus. Women have been able to get abortions for any reason through the sixth month.

McKillip has argued that abortion should be largely illegal at the five-month mark, when he says fetuses can feel pain.

Quick told the Athens Banner-Herald that she opposes abortion but believes women and doctors should decide when to end a pregnancy through the sixth month, a period she calls a legal and medical gray area.

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Broun draws Democratic challenger

Broun draws Democratic challenger

An Athens Democrat announced today that he’ll run against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens.

Tim Riley, an alcohol and drug abuse counselor who unsuccessfully ran for state Senate in 2008 and 2010, said he would provide “proactive and effective leadership and representation.”

Riley said he would protect Social Security and Medicare — Broun wants to privatize those programs — and criticized Broun for voting against extending a payroll tax cut.

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Kemp to speak at November Eggs & Enterprise

Kemp to speak at November Eggs & Enterprise

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be the keynote speaker for the November Eggs & Enterprise breakfast, sponsored by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Kemp has served as Secretary of State since January 2010. Prior to that, he was a state senator from 2002 to 2006, and has founded and developed many small businesses throughout his career. He is the owner of Kemp Properties, which specializes in real estate investments and property management.

As Secretary of State, Kemp is committed to utilizing fiscally conservative business principles, implementing technology throughout government divisions, and removing regulations that block economic recovery and job growth.

A lifelong Athens resident, Kemp is a graduate of Clarke Central High School and the University of Georgia, where he received a degree in agriculture. He and his wife Marty have three daughters and are active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.