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First Slice 5-14-12: George Hooks bids adieu to Gold Dome

Longest serving state senator won't seek re-election

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1. State Sen. George Hooks, D-Americus, the upper chamber's dapper and distinguished "Dean" who's served 32 years under the Gold Dome, won't seek re-election in November. In a nice round-up by the Americus Times-Recorder looking at his legislative career, he says he plans to look for a "few new opportunies," including writing a book. We'd heard whispers a few months back that Hooks would head to the Board of Regents. (H/T Georgia Pundit)

2. The Rev. Raphael Warnock, Ebenezer Baptist Church's pastor, carefully waded into the debate over gay marriage (without taking a yea-or-nay position) during the Sunday service at Martin Luther King, Jr.,'s former church. In short: keep an open mind and don't let the issue dominate the presidential election.

3. The battle for Fulton County Tax Commissioner's office might actually be a little interesting.





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