Carrollton Teen Death Questioned; Digital Textbooks Available; Governor’s Race Update

| September 2, 2014

News Update Logo 2Carrollton Teen Death Questioned

The shooting death of a 13 year old Carrollton teen has family members and friend’s questioning just why the youth’s life was taken. The victim Nizzear Rodriquez had just celebrated his 13th birthday one day earlier. Police say that invaders broke into the home of the teenager’s grandmother made their way to the second floor of the residence and shot Rodriquez in the head while he slept. Three people have been arrested and charged with murder: 17 year old Malik Davis, 21 year old Kenneth Wheat and Jacqueline Freeman age 24. Police have not established a motive for the killing of 13 year old Nizzear Rodriquez.

Digital Textbooks Available through Georgia DOE

Officials with the Georgia Department of Education are reminding teachers, parents and students that they can access free, interactive digital textbooks on the agency’s website. The textbooks currently cover middle and high school courses in an array of subjects including language arts, math, science and social studies. Also included are several languages including Spanish, German, French and Chinese and many include study guides, discussion questions and quizzes. The textbooks, which are aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, can be accessed at www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources.

GOVERNOR’S RACE

While the race for Georgia’s open Senate seat has received the most coverage nationally, the battle between Deal and Carter has major implications. Deal is asking for four more years to continue rebuilding the economy, creating jobs and improving education. Carter, a state senator from Atlanta, argues Georgia can’t afford another four years of Republican policies, citing a chronic underfunding of education and an unemployment rate among the worst in the country. Deal has countered Carter lacks details on how he would close the education funding gap without raising taxes and attacks Carter for voting against his most recent budget, which included a sizeable increase in education funding, after supporting his first three budgets. Meanwhile, Carter has called for an independent investigation into claims one of Deal’s top aides pressured the head of the state ethics commission to settle complaints against the governor. The governor has denied any involvement and dismissed Carter’s call as election-year politics.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Some familiar names will be featured on the ballot this year with the descendants of three prominent Georgia Democrats running for statewide office. In the Senate race, Nunn is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, a popular moderate who represented Georgia for years. In the governor’s race, Carter is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. And Chris Irvin is running for the seat once held by his grandfather, former Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin. While Nunn has featured her father in a TV ad and mentions him frequently at campaign stops.

THE LIBERTARIANS

The Libertarian Party in Georgia is fielding candidates in both the Senate and the governor’s race, hoping their message of small government, personal liberty and fiscal restraint will resonate with voters. Amanda Swafford, a paralegal and former Flowery Branch councilwoman, will compete against Nunn and Perdue. Andrew Hunt, the former CEO of an Atlanta nanotechnology firm, will challenge Deal and Carter. While the Libertarian Party in Georgia has about 1,000 active members, their candidates running statewide have consistently drawn about 3 percent to 4 percent of the vote.

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  1. D. Miballzich says:

    That Teen death is gang related I betcha.

    Libertarians don’t have a shot but least they kind of try and nip at the sorry 2 party system.