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7
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 7, 2015

On July 7, 1742, General James Oglethorpe was victorious over the Spanish at the Battle of Bloody Marsh and the Battle of Gully Hole Creek; a week later Gov. Montiano would call off the invasion of Georgia from Florida, leaving Georgia to develop as a British colony.

Sliced bread was invented on July 7, 1928 at the Chillicothe Baking Company in Chillicothe, Missouri.

On July 7, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act.

The first female cadets enrolled at West Point on July 7, 1976.

Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan on July 7, 1981.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Georgia Low THC Cannabis Oil registry is now online, according to an Op-Ed by Dr. Brenda Fitzgeral, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

As one might imagine, setting up the registry was no simple task. First the Department of Public Health (DPH) had to address the requirement in HB 1, or the “Haleigh’s Hope Act,” that physicians certify their patients suffer from one of eight conditions. Working closely with the Georgia Composite Medical Board — which created a waiver for patients to sign (acknowledging this product is not FDA approved) and a certification form for physicians to fill out — we developed an electronic system that allows doctors to input patient information quickly and securely through an online portal.

All of this leads, of course, to the question: “How do I get a card?” The basic steps to obtaining one are as follows:

1. Patients and caregivers of patients who believe they may be eligible should consult with their physician about the possibility of obtaining a card allowing them to possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil within the state of Georgia.

2. If approved by the physician, the patient or patient’s caregivers’ information will be entered into DPH’s secure “Low THC Oil Registry” and a card(s) will be issued.

3. Patients and caregivers will be notified when the cards are ready for pickup (within 15 business days) from one of several public health offices geographically spread around the state.

“Low THC Oil Registry” cards cost $25 – the standard fee for obtaining a vital record in Georgia – and will be valid for two years from the date issued. After that time, cardholders will need to again consult with their physician about their continued eligibility and to request that they update and confirm their information into the registry. You can learn much more on our website: www.dph.ga.gov.

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7
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 7, 2015

Stoli

Stoli (above) is a 2-year old male Husky who weighs 37 pounds and is heartworm positive and will begin his treatment soon.

Stoli’s sister, Misha, (below), is a 2-year old Husky female weighing 38 pounds who is also hearworm positive and will retrieve treatment.

The bonded pair are both very sweet and have lived together since birth. They cry when kept separate and would be great if they are adopted together. Stoli and Misha are available for adoption from Clayton County Humane Society in Jonesboro, GA.

Misha

Meeko

Meeko is a 10-month old male Siberian Husky mix puppy who is available for adoption from Dekalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA. Meeko is probably eligible for the $17.76 July adoption special at DeKalb County Animal Services.

Wolfie

Wolfie, a young 2-year old, 58-pound adult male Siberian Husky mix is available for adoption from Doggie Harmony in Atlanta, GA.

Wolfie is beautiful and gets interest from any and everyone, but he is not for everyone. He needs an experienced dog owner that can let him be an alpha dog in a state of submission. He is a very smart and alert dog. He is friendly if he trusts you, but reserved and on guard if not. He is a FABULOUS guard dog.

Wolfie is fun to play fetch with and a good workout partner when hiking. He loves to splash in creeks. He curls up tiny at my feet to sleep and sprawls on his back overnight. He is not a trash thief, but food left out is tempting. He is very protective and loyal to the one he attaches to and will be kind and tolerant of those in ‘his person’s’ circle. Older children (10+) are good with him if they are confident and calm; he prefers women, but some men have earned his trust.

6
Jul

Senator Ted Cruz on Why the Simpsons Matter for Politics

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6
Jul

Onstage at Rock Springs Church, Milner, Georgia on July 5, 2015

Huckabee Milner

David Perdue Milner GA

Ted Cruz Onstage Milner

6
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 6, 2015

Union cavalry under Gen. Kenner Garrard reached Roswell, Georgia on July 5, 1864, setting the town alight.

On July 4, 1868, the Georgia General Assembly convened for the first time after passage of the Constitution of 1868 with a legislature comprising 186 members, of whom 36 were African-American.

On July 6, 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully tested a rabies vaccine on a human subject.

On July 4, 1889, the Georgia State Capitol was dedicated, then housing all three branches of the state government.

The Clash played their first live show on July 4, 1976 at The Black Swan in Sheffield, England.

Georgia Politics

Yesterday, Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia hosted enough Republican political heavyweights to shift the center of political gravity to the Peach State.

Bill Barrow of the Associated Press reviewed the speeches by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Huckabee, who enjoyed evangelical support on his way to winning eight states in his 2008 White House bid, called the ruling [by the Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage]“radical” and “illegal.”

“I want to serve notice that the Supreme Court is just the supreme of the court system that is one of the three equal branches of government,” Huckabee told hundreds of members of Rock Springs Church in a rural area outside metro Atlanta. “It is not the supreme branch, and it most certainly is not the supreme being.”

Cruz, the Texas senator, said a five-justice majority “ignored the text of the Constitution” and said the cascade of judicial and public support for same-sex marriage threatens religious liberty in America. He said he hopes the ruling “serves as a spark, to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno as the body of Christ stands up to defend the values that have built America.”

Their appearance about 50 miles south of downtown Atlanta is part of the early, concerted scramble for the conservative evangelicals who remain an important bloc of the GOP presidential electorate. Christian conservatives have long held considerable influence in Iowa, which hosts the first caucus of the primary season, and in South Carolina, home of the South’s first primary a few weeks later.

Rev. Benny Tate, pastor of the 6,000-member Rock Springs congregation, joked about the attention. “Our zip code is E-I-E-I-O,” he said, “and we’ve got two presidential candidates. How about that?” But the minister is also a serious player in Republican politics, with many Georgia politicians, and now national ones, courting his public approval, if not his explicit endorsement.

Tate told the assembly that Huckabee, as Arkansas governor, signed “a ban on partial-birth abortion,” referring to the termination of late-term pregnancies. He hailed Cruz for “standing against the Democratic Party … and even against the Republican Party.”

Greg Bluestein of the AJC added more.

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who won Georgia’s primary in 2008, predicted a protracted fight against the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court (he called it the “extreme court” to scattered laughter) that struck down bans on same-sex weddings.

“Over the next few years I fully believe that people of faith, whether they Christians, Jewish, whatever they may be, are going to be called upon, and already are, to determine, ‘Will you serve God or will you serve government?” he said. “And I wonder, will we be as faithful to our faith and to our freedom as those men who signed that declaration 239 years ago?”

Cruz, the Texas senator and another favorite of religious conservatives, spoke of a brewing “awakening” to defend the values of conservatives in the wake of the marriage ruling and the court’s earlier decision to uphold a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

“In this last election, 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home,” Cruz said, his voice rising. “It’s my hope that that marriage decision serves as a spark to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno and awakening that sweeps this country as the body of Christ rises up to defend the thousands that have built America into this great nation.”

I interviewed both Gov. Huckabee and Sen. Cruz and we’ll post those in the next day or two. But here are some scenes from the Rock Springs Church Independence Day Celebration.

I caught up with Gov. Huckabee and his counterpart, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue in the building that hosted a 6 PM VIP confab with Huckabee and Cruz.

Sonny Perdue Mike Huckabee

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6
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 6, 2015

Louie BARC

Louie is an adult male Pug mix who was surrendered by one of his owners after their spouse died.

Louie is around 3 or 4 yrs old and simply a love. He is around 15-20 lbs and will make the best of pets for someone who likes a little meat on their bones but yet still be a lap dog. He is housetrained, crate-trained, up-to-date on shots and microchipped. He will also be getting neutered and his rabies vaccine. He is truly a love and lots of love to give.

Louie is available for adoption from BARC Brantley Animal Rescue Coalition in Nahunta, GA.

Louie BF

Louie is a male Spaniel mix puppy who is  available for adoption from Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County in Sylvester, GA.

Louie Shih Tzu

Louie is a sweet Shih Tzu male about 5 yrs old and 12 lbs. He’s very calm and makes the best snuggle partner ever. Wherever you go, Louis will be by your side, comforting you and making you feel warm and fuzzy and loved.

Subsequent to being surrendered to the rescue he was fostered to a home along with another Shih Tzu in our program, Toby. Although they did not originate in the same home they are used to living together and would love to stay together. They play sweetly and snuggle up to each other when its quiet time. They make quite the yin and yang pair.

Louie is good with other dogs but is not exposed to cats or kids in his foster home. Louie is up to date on vaccines, HW test and has had a dental.

Louie is available for adoption from Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Atlanta, GA.

5
Jul

Ga. Residents Can Now Get Financing For Rooftop Solar Panels | WABE 90.1 FM

Putting solar panels on your rooftop just became way more affordable: Customers can now pay for just the power they get from the solar panels.

A new law took effect Wednesday that allows financing for residents who want to lease rooftop solar panels.

Bo Finau, vice president of business development with Creative Solar USA in Kennesaw, expects his business to double by the end of the year.

“They wouldn’t be paying for the installation, the labor, for the actual panels themselves, and also the insurance,” Finau said. “So there’s quite a few things that are covered and protected while this third-party leasing is in effect.”

Finau said people will likely save around 15 percent off their current utility bills by leasing panels.

via Ga. Residents Can Now Get Financing For Rooftop Solar Panels | WABE 90.1 FM.

5
Jul

Ga. ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill Sponsor Vows To Continue Fight | WABE 90.1 FM

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Georgia and other states has raised a new debate.

One of the many questions is whether the decision will have any effect on the fight over the bill titled the Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

On “A Closer Look,” the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), provided an update on his plans to re-introduce that measure and related topics.

McKoon, who said his state legislation is designed to mirror a federally approved RFRA law, has indicated he would not support an anti-discrimination clause into his bill.

via Ga. ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill Sponsor Vows To Continue Fight | WABE 90.1 FM.

5
Jul

Doctors sue to topple Georgia law regulating health industry… | www.myajc.com

Two Cartersville ob/gyns filed suit Tuesday to overturn the state’s health care regulatory process, saying it restricts competition and is unconstitutional.

Drs. Hugo Ribot and Malcolm Barfield are challenging the Georgia Certificate of Need program, a complex set of regulations governing the creation and expansion of medical facilities.

The Certificate of Need process has long been controversial because hospitals often use it to challenge competitors’ proposed projects. It has also pitted doctors against hospitals in battles over building surgery centers.

The physicians’ lawsuit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court, is believed to be the first such litigation seeking to overturn the state’s entire Certificate of Need, or CON, program, said Glenn Delk, an Atlanta attorney for the physicians.

Georgia’s hospital industry generally has been a fierce defender of the CON laws, maintaining that hospitals need money-making services such as surgery protected by regulation to offset the financial losses they incur through intensive care, trauma treatment and other unprofitable services.

But the physicians’ lawsuit says Georgia’s CON laws “are a restraint on competition, economic liberty and consumer choice.”

The CON regulations “encourage and facilitate state-granted monopolies and have the effect of restricting competition in the provision of health care services,” the lawsuit says.

via Doctors sue to topple Georgia law regulating health industry… | www.myajc.com.

3
Jul

Ted Cruz at Eagle Eye Bookstore in Atlanta, Georgia

Ted Cruz at Eagle Eye Book Store Square