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Thank you to Trindoe of Milledgeville for submitting this photo of the rainbow earlier in March.

We'd like to feature your photos taken around Baldwin County and Milledgeville.

Send photos, with your name, to whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

 

Baldwin County January Unemployment Rates

Baldwin County January Unemployment Rates

Baldwin County's unemployment rate for January was 13.1 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

That's compared to metro Macon's 9.9 percent unemployment rate for January.

But that's still less than a year ago, at 10.5 percent.

Sam Hall with the Georgia Department of Labor says the increases should not be cause for concern because seasonal workers leaving temporary holiday jobs play a major factor in the variation.

He says the important thing is the rate is lower than it was last year.

Baldwin County January Unemployment Rates

Baldwin County January Unemployment Rates

Baldwin County's unemployment rate for January was 13.1 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

That's compared to metro Macon's 9.9 percent unemployment rate for January.

But that's still less than a year ago, at 10.5 percent.

Sam Hall with the Georgia Department of Labor says the increases should not be cause for concern because seasonal workers leaving temporary holiday jobs play a major factor in the variation.

He says the important thing is the rate is lower than it was last year.

Baldwin County Primary Voter Turnout

Baldwin County Primary Voter Turnout

Baldwin County voter turnout was 18%. That's according to elections superintendent Todd Blackwell.

With 99% of Baldwin County precincts reporting,

Newt Gingrich: 1596 votes

Ron Paul: 250 votes

Rick Perry: 7 votes

Romney: 674 votes

Santorum: 629 votes

 

 

Lobbyists Spend Thousands on Midstate Lawmakers

Capitol lobbyists spent thousands of dollars on midstate lawmakers in 2011, and they're on pace to spend as much or more in 2012.

According to reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, lobbyists shelled almost $37,000 on 12 of Central Georgia's state legislators last year.

The reports reveal that lobbyists bought meals, sports tickets and lodging for the lawmakers. The reports also reveal that the more power a lawmaker has, the more money lobbyists spend on them.

When the General Assembly is in session, hundreds of lobbyists spend thousands of hours on the third floor halls near the House and Senate chambers.

Every day, lobbyists pull lawmakers aside to discuss pending bills, and as the transparency reports reveal, lobbyists open their wallets and pick up legislators' tabs on everything from baseball and football tickets to motel and food expenses.

10th District Congressman Paul Broun Talks Top Issues

Some people in Central Georgia will have a new Congressman come November, as Georgia's 10th Congressional District will then include Washington, Johnson, Hancock, and Baldwin Counties.

Congressman Paul Broun, a Republican, currently holds the seat.

He visited Eyewitness News on Friday to talk about some of the big issues in Congress.

Broun shared his thoughts on the economy, jobs, cutting the corporate tax rate, and his Budget or Bust Act, which would require Congress to pass a budget before getting paid.

Advance Voting Starts for Georgia Presidential Primary

Polls opened Monday morning across the state to kick off the presidential primary election.

Voters will decide who they'll want to face President Barack Obama in the November general election.

Bibb County Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr said it seems that more and more people are taking advantage of voting early.

"The voters are beginning to gradually really tune in to advance voting and they're really picking up on it," said Carr. "The 2008 general election, 29,000 of our voters voted in here in this office."

Carr said their office and others across the state will be open through Friday, March 2, and for the first time this year, you can also vote early on a Saturday.

"It will be February 25; we'll be open 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. for any voters that can't get in here during the week and have trouble on election day going," said Carr.