People Are Complaining About Voter Ids; Those People Should Try Getting a Driver’s License In Georgia!

Ya know, it’s funny…We hear people all the time bitching about Voter ID laws.  Those people that are bitching must not live in Georgia, and the states that they are in, must have relaxed laws on renewing their Driver’s Licenses. 

I had to get my Driver’s license renewed, hell, nobody bothered to tell me that it had expired about six months prior to when I found out it had expired.  James’s renewal time was up too.  Oddly, when I went to the website to apply for the renewal, there were all these rules, if’s and’s and butt’s that we would have to conform to, in order for our licenses to be renewed.  Say what?

It said:  “NOTE: If you are renewing your Georgia driver’s license for the first time since July 1, 2012 or you do not hold a Secure ID driver’s license, you must renew in person”. (http://www.dmv.org/ga-georgia/renew-license.php)

That was not even the worst of it…Check this out:

In-Person Driver License Renewal

To renew your Georgia driver’s license in person, visit your local Georgia Department of Driver Services office and:

  • Provide original or certified copies of:
    • 1 document proving your identity, such as your:
      • Valid U.S. passport.
      • U.S. birth certificate.  (They will not accept your Original Birth Certificate your parents got when you were born, they want the one after that, the one with Registration Numbers on it.  James had his original and they told him that “that is a keepsake”!  A Keepsake?  Hell, it was what the doctor filled out, the day he was born, but that ain’t good enough.  It ended up costing $50 for each of us to obtain a Certified Birth Certificate from the State, what a crock!  I was born here, and had a license for…well let’s just say, that I was not born yesterday,  I have had a license for a good many years.)
      • U.S. citizenship certificate.
    • 1 document proving your SSN, such as your:
      • Social Security card.
      • W-2 form.
      • Social Security annual statement.
    • 2 documents proving your GA residency, such as your:
      • Bank statements.
      • Utility bills.
      • Rental agreements.

    For more details, please see the complete list of accepted documents.

  • Complete an Application for Driver’s License, Permit, or Identification Card (form DDS-23S).
  • Have your photo taken.
  • Pay the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your Driver License in Georgia” section below.)
  • (Their little list is ridiculous!  How many hoops does one have to jump through, after having driven in a state almost forever?  I could understand, if you were 16 years old, or moved here from another state or something, but Geezzz, after having driven for lets just say more than thirty years in this state, and they want me to do what?  They not only want you to prove that you are you, but they want you to prove that you were born, where you were born, and why you were born.)

You will receive a temporary driver’s license to use until you receive your new card.

NOTE: If your legal name has changed and is different than your name on your document proving your identity when you renew, you must also provide a document proving your name change, such as a:

  • Marriage certificate.
  • Divorce decree.
  • Court order.

So, quit your whining about Voter ID violating your rights, try to come to Georgia and get a Driver’s License, you will see what a Rights violation really is!

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GEORGIA ON MY MIND..>..

Tuesday, June 12, 2012Last Update: 7:06 AM PT

Squirrely Ethics in Georgia, Former Exec Says

By IULIA FILIP

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ATLANTA (CN) – A former executive claims in court that the Georgia Ethics Commission fired her for trying to investigate a gubernatorial candidate’s violations of campaign finance laws.
     Stacey Kalberman claims the chairman of the state ethics commission board, who was the candidate’s appointee, retaliated against her to deter the investigation and promote his political career.
     Kalberman sued the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission fka Georgia State Ethics Commission, Executive Secretary Holly LaBerge and Chairman Patrick Millsaps, in Fulton County Superior Court.
     The state ethics commission oversees campaign funding and spending of elected officials and lobbyists.
     Kalberman was executive secretary of the commission from April 2010 until June 2011, when she says she was “forced out of her job”.
     As executive secretary, Kalberman managed the commission’s administrative, legal and investigatory functions, including investigations of complaints under the Georgia Campaign Finance Act, according to her complaint.
     “Between March and May of 2010, Kalberman became aware of three third-party complaints made against a gubernatorial candidate (the ‘candidate’) concerning his campaign’s compliance with the Georgia Campaign Finance Act,” the complaint states.
     “The candidate had reappointed Millsaps to his position on the commission.
     “The commission’s investigation revealed troubling irregularities with the candidate’s campaign financial disclosures.”
     After the candidate’s counsel ignored her request for documents, Kalberman says, she prepared draft subpoenas for the commission’s review.
     Kalberman says she discussed the subpoenas with Millsaps at least four times and told him that “the candidate’s campaign had possibly violated campaign contribution limits on many occasions.” But she says Millsaps asked her to keep the matter in “strict confidence” and refused to sign the subpoenas.
     Kalberman claims that in June 2011, less than 3 weeks after she provided the subpoenas to the commissioners, Millsaps asked her to meet him to discuss the commission’s budget.
     But instead of discussing the budget, Millsaps told her the commission was cutting her salary by 35 percent and eliminating the position of deputy secretary, filled by Kalberman’s chief investigator, according to the complaint.
     “At the June meeting, it was obvious to Kalberman that Millsaps’ sudden ‘budget cut’ was retaliation against her for pursuing the ethics investigation into the candidate,” the complaint states. “Kalberman, exhausted from previous weeks of dealing with her mother’s diagnosis of stage IV metastatic breast cancer, became emotional and stated she could not work for the drastic reduction in salary Millsaps proposed.
     “At no time did Kalberman resign her employment with the commission.”
     Kalberman says that though she denied she had resigned, Millsaps sent her an email saying that the commission had accepted her “resignation.”
     She says Millsaps refused to return her phone calls or further discuss the proposed budget cuts with her.
     “Millsaps then began maliciously spreading false rumors to the press and to the public that Kalberman had resigned from her position during the June meeting,” the complaint states.
     “On June 15, 2011, Kalberman sent a detailed email to Millsaps outlining several alternative plans for restructuring the budget to avoid Millsaps’ proposed cuts.
     “Kalberman also indicated in her email that she felt that Millsaps’ alleged ‘budgetary concerns’ were pretextual to hide his real reason for removing Kalberman from her position: to deter the investigation into the candidate. Kalberman made it clear to Millsaps that she planned to proceed with her job duties, which included the investigation.
     “Millsaps ignored Kalberman’s overtures to discuss the commission’s budget, leaked Kalberman’s email to the press, and told the press that Kalberman had resigned from her position and that she behaved badly by becoming ‘upset’ at the June meeting. In addition, Millsaps misled the press when he reported he could not really remember if he ever received the candidate’s subpoenas.”
     Kalberman says the commission enacted Millsaps’ proposed cuts and forced her to resign, claiming her authority had been compromised.
     The complaint adds: “Kalberman’s resignation as executive secretary amounted to a constructive termination because the commission, and specifically Millsaps, forced her out of her job and made it clear she would be rendered powerless, amounting to nothing more than a figurehead.”
     Kalberman says Millsaps’ statements to the press hurt her reputation and prevented her from getting similar ethics-related jobs.
     She seeks compensatory and punitive damages for retaliation under the Georgia Whistleblower Act and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
     She is represented by Kimberly Worth with Joyce Thrasher Kaiser & Liss.

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