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Lt. gov. discusses education, water
GOP Secretary of Labor candidate also on show
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The first guest on Thursday's "Mornings unPHILtered" show was Mark Butler, the Republican candidate for the position of secretary of labor for Georgia.

Butler said he decided he wanted to be the secretary while he was serving in the Georgia Legislature and realized that someone with a small business background could make the office run much more smoothly.

Therefore, when it came time to qualify for the position, he decided to actually run for the office instead of just sitting around complaining about how he could do better.

He said that in this economy it is absolutely necessary that whoever fills the seat do whatever is necessary to help Georgia's businesses survive. Butler served as the chairman of the Human Resources Sub Committee while in the Georgia Legislature.

Leading the Human Resources Task Force, Butler and his group examined all of the many state departments and restructured the appropriate state agencies for the first time in some cases in thirty years.

As Labor Commissioner he promised to help make Georgia' s labor force more attractive. Other states have succeeded in this area but getting all state departments to communicate amongst themselves so that they can assist workers with certain skill sets get even more training.

Developing college programs to give people the skills needed to work in areas of new technologies such as the Bio-Tech industry is very important. Another thing he promised to do was to take advantage of all the available federal monies to build these college programs and then train Georgia's workers in the skills needed to get new jobs.

Butler said that he will be coming to Statesboro to speak at the Leadership Bulloch County "Stump Speech" event held at the Sea Island Bank parking lot where the Farmers Market is held on Saturday.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who is running for re-election, was host Phil Boyum's next guest. Cagle said he will be in Statesboro for a luncheon event at RJ's Steakery on Friday from 11:45 am until 1 pm.

Cagle said he is staying in town after the Friday event, so he can first attend the Leadership Bulloch "Stump Speech" event on Saturday morning and then attend the GSU football game. He even promised to join the tailgaters before the event.

Cagle said his campaign's main focus has been on bettering Georgia's education system, with a large emphasis on the state's new "Career Academies," which are similar to the Charter Schools established across the state of Georgia.

Cagle said the state of Georgia's water supplies and the condition of Georgia's transportation network are also big concerns for him, and he promised to aid and assist in efforts to solve the many problems in those two areas.

Concerning the state's Charter Schools, Cagle said they are trying in Atlanta to shift the entire educational focus to design an educational curriculum that meets the needs of both the students and Georgia' s businesses, which he said is far more important than just maintaining the educational status quo.

For instance, in Ware County it has been proven that giving schools a great deal of flexibility will reap remarkable success, and he said he will encourage all of the other school systems to begin adopting a similar type of flexible school program.

Cagle invited folks to come by and meet him, along with State Senator Jack Hill and local State Representative Jan Tankersly. For more information on his campaign, go to

Mornings unPHILtered airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on


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