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Your morning jolt: Georgia’s illegal immigration bill goes too far, says Sonny Perdue

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue continues to surprise many Republicans with his comments about Georgia’s new illegal immigration law.

“The problem is the message it sends about Georgia as a friendly place,” Perdue told Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News in a report broadcast Wednesday:

The former governor signed a 2006 bill that prohibited the use of illegal immigrants on public construction projects – but the legislation didn’t include penalties for local governments.

“I thought that was enough. We sent some signals, we put some parameters around that,” Perdue said. “We tried to do it in a way that did not dissuade people who wanted to come here for the American dream for all the right reasons.”

Perdue said this about the burden that undocumented residents place on public schools and hospitals:

“I think that, to some degree, is overstated. I believe that when we did our Declaration and Pledge [of] Allegiance, I really believe we meant liberty and justice for …

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Your morning jolt: State lawmaker owes Georgia Southern $52k in broadcast revenue

You can now count Cecil Staton, the Senate majority whip, among the many state lawmakers in serious financial trouble.

Georgia Southern University says the Macon Republican and his company, Georgia Eagle Media, owes more than $52,000 in shared advertising revenue generated through radio broadcasts of the school’s football games.

According to 13WMAZ in Macon, Staton signed a five-year deal with the university in 2006:

From the TV station’s website:

The university’s response to 13WMAZ’s open-records request showed Staton’s last reply to Georgia Southern dated May 24.

In it, Staton did not directly acknowledge the late payments, but wrote, “As a local business, we are barely surviving the worst three years broadcast media has experienced in decades due to the bad economy. At just the most difficult time for us you simply send a letter saying that’s it. No call to a friend. No word of warning.”

What the WMAZ report doesn’t mention is that Staton chairs the higher education …

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