So far, according to data released by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, 91,905 absentee ballots have been requested. Of those, 46,431, or more than 50%, of the requests come from people who voted in a Republican Primary (including Presidential Preference Primary, General Primary, or General Primary Runoff). Past Democratic Primary voters in the same period number 27,420.
Absentee ballot requests by race/ethnicity
Make of it what you will.
On September 29, 1526, 600 Spanish colonists led by Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon landed on the Georgia Coast, the first European colonists in Georgia.
Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on Sapelo Sound in present–day McIntosh County. He sailed north from Hispaniola during the summer and first landed in present–day South Carolina. Meeting no natives, he traveled south along the coast before settling in Georgia.
To help establish the colony, Ayllon brought with him the very first group of slaves. But hunger, disease, and conflict with the natives all took their toll, and the settlement survived for only three months.
WSB-TV took to the airwaves for the first time on September 29, 1948.
Annette Bowling, long-time Albany doyenne, advocate and policy expert on disability issues has died.
“With great sadness, we announce the passing of Annette Bowling,” [Albany Advocacy Resource Center] Executive Director Sonny Slate said Wednesday. “The State of Georgia has lost a tremendous advocate and leader who dedicated most of her life to serving people with disabilities. We are fortunate to inherit Annette’s legacy and are challenged to carry on her good work in her honor. We will announce memorial details as they become available.”
Bowling, who retired from ARC after 40 years of service in 2014, was an ardent supporter of the needs of disabled citizens. Throughout her career, she worked as a transformative figure, turning a fledgling resource center that had an operational budget of $56,000 into an organization spanning 34 counties with more than 450 employees (more than 150 of them with disabilities) and an operating budget of $11 million.
“When Ms. Bowling took over as executive director in 1973, there were only a handful of parents taking care of their kids,” said ARC Director of Marketing and Public Relations Eddie McCarty. “As far as Albany and Southwest Georgia, there were no programs. There were no services and there was no support, but she was a visionary all of her life and she envisioned what ARC could be. Then she set about doing it.”
n 1978, with the help of then-Gov. George Busbee and legislators Charles Hatcher, Al Holloway and others, Bowling was awarded the first-ever line item for a nonprofit in the State of Georgia, for Project ARC.Bowling was also an influential figure in getting House Bill 100 passed, a bill that changed the course of mental health services in Georgia by making regional Community Service Boards the responsible agents and removing state bureaucracy from the process. With the passage of HB 100, individuals and their families were able to have a direct voice and opinion in the services and support that people with disabilities would receive.
Annette Bowling also was a friend, confidant, and mentor to many women working in government and advocating for people with disabilities, including Mrs. GaPundit. She will be sorely missed.
I also want to weigh-in with my two cents on the departure of Brandon Philips from the Trump Campaign.
Brandon did more to move the Georgia Trump Campaign forward than anyone else I’m aware of, showing creativity, discipline, and a strong work ethic. His work for Mike Collins in 2014 was of the highest caliber. I’ve worked with him over the years and always found him to be professional and mature.
I don’t think he would have had trouble over something that happened 8 years ago and was resolved if he were working in the private sector. But the cardinal sin for political professionals is to take the spotlight off the candidate for even a moment. This was clearly inside baseball. I hope Brandon will continue to work in Georgia politics, and I look forward to the chance to work with him again.
By the numbers: as of last night, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office had mailed out 90,197 absentee ballots.
For comparison, in the 2014 U.S. Senate General Election, 104,023 mail-in absentee ballots were cast and the Gubernatorial election garnered 106,807 early voters.
In 2012, mail-in ballots accounted for 212,695 votes for President, with nearly 58% of those cast for John McCain, about 4.5% stronger than the GOP nominee did overall.
William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England on September 28, 1066.
General George Washington led continental troops into the siege of British forces under General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on September 28, 1781.
On September 28, 1863, two Union generals lost their commands after the Confederates routed federal forces at the Battle of Chickamauga.
On September 28, 1889, Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation designating January 19th a state holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Lee’s birthday is still a state holiday, though it has become “a moveable feast.”
On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.
Atlanta-born Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones won his first Grand Slam on September 27, 1930.
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle spoke yesterday at a legislative meeting to kick ff the Rural Healthcare 180 task force.
Andy Miller of Georgia Health News wrote about the kickoff.
The chief executive of two financially stressed hospitals in southwest Georgia looks forward to the promise of donations under a new state tax credit program.
“The tax credit legislation is a lifeline for us, helping us keep essential services in our rural communities,’’ said Kim Gilman, who runs Phoebe Worth Hospital in Sylvester and Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert.
Since the beginning of 2013, five rural hospitals in the state have closed, and many others are struggling financially, such as Phoebe Worth and Southwest Georgia Regional.
Gilman’s remarks illustrated how small hospitals often feel caught between forces they can’t control. Each of her hospitals, she said, has had to sink more than $1 million into an electronic medical records system to comply with federal regulations. Meanwhile, “we are unable to improve our facility infrastructure.”
The tax credit program can help sustain the state’s rural health care network, said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who is honorary co-chairman of the new task force. “We have way too many of our rural hospitals closing.”
The big news yesterday was supposed confirmation that Attorney General Sam Olens will be appointed President of Kennesaw State University, leaving a vacancy to which Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr is expected to be appointed.
No source is named nor timing. Make of it what you will.
I texted the AG at about 10 PM last night asking for comment, to which he replied, “no comment.” So, I’d say the party balloons are premature at this time. If this were to happen, I would expect no announcement until at the earliest November 1, 2016.Continue Reading..
Finchie is heartworm positive and being treated. Sweet young male who is neutered and loves to cuddle and play. Great with other dogs and is currently in foster care with other dogs. Great manners.
My experience with owning a brindle Dachshund mix is that you’ll be stopped frequently when walking Finchie for people to tell you how beautiful his coat is.
Tom is just a happy go lucky type of guy! Loves to play – chase and loves to be loved on! He’s a hugger so we’re working on his manners! He came in with his brother jerry and they are fun to play with!
Jerry was picked up as a stray running with his brother Tom! He is a coonhound blend with a neat pattern to his fur that looks like angel wings! HE loves people – other dogs – loves to play! Very laid back with a great temperament! Vetted, neutered and heartworm negative.
Magnolia was sadly dumped after a life of abuse and neglect. The vet thinks she possibly may have had her jaw broken at one point. Although she may have had a rough start at life, she surely holds no grudges. She is a very sweet and gentle girl. She would make a great companion to any family.
Gracie was saved from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare. She’s a young (1-2 years old, August, 2016), purebred, smooth coat Chihuahua. She is very sweet and gets along well with other dogs and children (cats unknown, but can tested). She is a tiny baby…she only weighs 6.6lbs! If you are interested in meeting and adopting Gracie please request an adoption application at: [email protected]
Jade is really smart and friendly. She learns fast and is easy to correct. She can be quite the goofball. She loves water.
Santana needs a quiet and loving home to retire in. She was sadly neglected and is a great dog looking for a family to live the rest of her life out with.
On September 27, 1779, John Jay, who previously served as President of the Continental Congress, was appointed minister to Spain to seek Spanish support for the revolution.
President Franklin Roosevelt made his ninth visit to Warm Springs, Georgia on September 27, 1927.
September 27 is a red-letter day for the Atlanta Braves and pitcher John Smoltz. The team won a record 14th straight Division Championship on this day in 2005. Smoltz set a team record for regular season wins (24) on September 27, 1996 and extended his team record for strikeouts hitting 276. On September 27, 2002, Smoltz set a National League record with 54 saves.
The Feds approved a restart of the Colonial Pipeline scheduled for Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a written approval for restart of the line late Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Reuters reported that the approval was forthcoming, citing an official familiar with the matter.
When Line 1 restarts, it will take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal, and some markets served by the pipeline may experience “intermittent service interruptions,” Colonial said.
Retail prices may continue to climb until supply kinks are straightened out.
Dark money groups are responsible for one-third of television ad spending in United States Senate races, according to a study by the Center for Responsive Politics and Wesleyan University’s Media Project.
[A] type of political group that does not have to disclose its donors is responsible for $80 million in ads nationally.
That’s 35.8 percent of all advertising in Senate races, according to the study out this week.
Without knowing who is paying for the ads, voters are robbed of “an important clue” that allows them “to take a claim made in an ad with a grain of salt,” said Travis Ridout, a Washington State University political science professor who works with the Wesleyan University project that analyzes campaign donations.
Robert Maguire, a Center for Responsive Politics investigator, said voters should know the identities of those supporting their elected representatives.
“If you, as a voter, are watching an ad about a certain candidate’s stance on environmental regulations, it makes a difference if that ad is funded by a true grassroots organization or if it’s bankrolled by an energy company that has a financial incentive in certain policy outcomes,” Maguire said.
Six weeks before the November 8 General Election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp agreed to register voters whose information did not match precisely records from state driver’s license and social security databases.Continue Reading..
Number 52839, Pen H15, is a female Boxer with her seven puppies who are at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. The little family is available only for rescue, but most rescue groups needs fosters, so the best way to help this mama and her pups is to volunteer to foster them. I’d imagine a foster would also get the pick of the litter for permanent adoption. If you’re interested and need a rescue referral, please email me directly.
Number 52768, Pen 179, is a young female Dachshund who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.
Number 52799, Pen 212 is a male long-haired Dachshund who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.
On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle will soon add another title – published author – when his book, Education Unleashed, goes on sale October 3d.
From the blurb at Amazon.com
What is the purpose of public education? Writing from his experience as a father, small business owner, and policymaker, Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle presents a comprehensive vision to transform the way that public schools educate our students. Beginning with an idea which unites all Americans–that public education establishes the foundational promise of opportunity for all individuals by empowering us with the ability to learn, develop, and obtain anything we are willing to work for–Cagle makes the case for reforming our schools and rethinking the premise behind how we set and measure goals for student achievement. This is truly the challenge of a generation.
Public schools are important–not just because of the millions of students who will spend thirteen years of their lives learning and preparing for the future in their classrooms–but also for the hundreds of thousands of teachers and educators who spend countless hours each week going above and beyond their duties to make sure all students are able to succeed. Most importantly, the central role of public education includes fostering the strength of our families, communities, and upholding the guiding principles of our nation.
Seeking to remove the obstacles that impede student achievement, while eliminating any justification for complacency in our schools, Cagle explains a thoughtful vision for the future of public education, turning the status quo on its head in favor of leading individual systems, schools, teachers, students, and communities to educational excellence–today and for future generations.
Democratic VP candidate Tim Kaine was in Atlanta yesterday, for a private fundraiser and a public stop at Gwinnett Place Mall for the Fiesta Mexicana.
Kaine shook hands and spoke with dozens of people before he was enticed on stage by festival hosts from the La Raza radio station.
Kaine, who once worked in Honduras, spoke briefly to the crowd in Spanish. He first asked if anyone in the crowd was from Honduras. A few indicate they were.
“There are people from Mexico, right?” he said, according to a translation provided by the campaign. “But we are all Americans, right? I’m in Georgia because the Latino vote in Georgia is a powerful vote.”
In Gwinnett County, a majority-minority county, that may be true, but Latinos make up just 2 percent of the state’s registered voters and 4 percent of Georgia’s voting-age population. The number of Latinos registered to vote, however, has increased by 47 percent since 2010, according to data from the secretary of state.
“The population is growing really fast and the Latino vote can make the difference in almost every election here,” Kaine said. “I trust Hillary Clinton because we support the Latino community, we want to reform our immigration system, because we are a nation of immigrants not a nation of deportations.”
A Trump-Pence event in Macon featured well-known African-American supporters of the GOP nominee.
Diamond and Silk urged others to ditch the Democratic party for Trump. The sisters from North Carolina spoke their minds and threw political correctness out the window.
The sisters shared the same type of political commentary as on their YouTube channel, “The Viewers View.”
“I’m tired of being up under the bus, and you know I’m not trying to talk about Obama,” Diamond said.
Diamond continued, “Because there ain’t no sense crying over spilled milk. … We’re going to bring somebody in like Donald J. Trump that can clean up the milk.”
Jones County may have been the safest place in Georgia when more than 40 Georgia sheriffs were hosted.
More than a quarter of Georgia’s 159 elected sheriffs attended the fourth annual Salute to the Georgia Sheriffs in Jones County on Thursday.
“It’s just a pleasure to be in a crowd that makes you feel at home and lets you know you’re appreciated,” Terry Norris, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association said.
At a time when law enforcement feels push back, Norris wanted the state’s top cops to be thanked.
“Most people don’t realize the public truly supports law enforcement,” Norris said. “It’s no surprise that we had such a good turnout today as we have in past years.”
There were approximately 500 people that attended.
Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer was profiled by the Henry Herald.
Keith McBrayer is a lifelong Henry County resident and has worked with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office most of his adult life. Even so, he continues to look for innovative ways to keep the department moving forward as he seeks re-election to his third term as sheriff.
“I’ve been here a long time. I have watched Henry County grow and change, and I have grown and changed with it,” McBrayer said. “I come to work every day excited to serve the people in our county.”
Staying on the cutting edge of technology has been a priority for McBrayer. For example, he said, all the patrol cars have computers so that deputies can enter in the information when they serve papers. All deputies, including baliffs at the courthouse, are equipped with Tasers, giving them another option when confronting a combative individual. An iris scanner is now in place in the jail as part of the book-in and book-out process. The Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team is equipped and trained so that they can assist the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force with drug raids.
McBrayer also said that the Sheriff’s Office has a firearms simulator. This way, deputies receive ongoing firearms training not only at the firing range but with the simulator that places them in various situations where they have to decide when and if to shoot.
“We do a lot of training on judgmental firearms use,” he said. “In today’s time, you cannot train officers enough so they can stay on track mentally, keep up with the laws that are changing constantly or all the physical work we do.”
Gwinnett County voters can hear from candidates at a forum Tuesday night.
New Jerusalem Baptist Church’s Political Action Ministry, the United Ebony Society, the Gwinnett County Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Raising Empowered Voices Uplifting People Inc. will host a Gwinnett County Candidates Forum at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The gathering will give voters a chance to hear from candidates in the races for county commission chairman, commissioner District 3 and state House of Representatives districts 81, 96, 101, 102, 105 and 108. Former Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz will moderate the forum.
“The purpose of the candidate forum is to give Gwinnett voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss the issues of importance to them in this election,” organizers said in an announcement. “This event is free and open to the public as well as the media.”
The church is located at 422 E. Crogan St., in Lawrenceville.
France awarded the Legion of Honor to Whitemarsh Island, Georgia resident James Livingston.
“On behalf of France and the French people, I am here to thank you, James L. Livingston, for the role that you played in liberating France and defending the values of freedom and democracy that we have in common,” [Honorary French Consul Denis] Blackburne said during the ceremony.
Senator Renee Unterman spoke to Maggie Lee of the Macon Telegraph about Constitutional Amendment 2, the Safe Harbor Amendment.
Every year, hundreds of Georgia children, some as young as 9, are lured to run away, or they’re brainwashed. They’re pimped, sold for sex.
“People in the rural areas they say, ‘It doesn’t happen here.’ (But) it happens any place you got the internet. You got chat rooms and kids run away from home. Or they make an acquaintance in the chat rooms, and they get picked up,” she said.
And it happens wherever you have a lot of potential buyers passing through, she said. Like say, on the big highways through Macon.
If Georgia voters approve, people convicted of things like pimping would pay a new $2,500 fine, above whatever a court may fine them. And strip clubs would pay a fee of either $5,000 or 1 percent of their annual revenue, whichever is greater.
Those collections would be worth about $2 million for services for children who have been extracted from the sex trade.
As for the question of the fund for victims, early voting begins Oct. 17. The final day to vote is Election Day, Nov. 8.
In the Savannah Morning News, Kris Rice writes in favor of voting Yes on the Safe Harbor Amendment.
Amendment 2 would allow the development of a fund to provide services to sexually exploited children and teens — without the need to levy any new taxes.
Services desperately needed for these young victims include shelter, therapy, educational resources and medical care, but particularly lacking in our part of the state is housing. Currently, only two such facilities are available for juvenile trafficking victims, both in the Atlanta area.
Unfortunately, however, of eight girls placed in one of those two group homes earlier this summer, six were from the Savannah area.
Developing appropriate options for safe and secure therapeutic shelter is crucial — away from the city centers the girls’ pimps frequent, and the streets they know so well — and in areas away from urban cores. But without adequate funding to support the development of such residential treatment facilities in southeast Georgia, these girls will continue to be forced to ply their trade in seedy motels in Savannah and surrounding areas.
We have an opportunity to change that.
Let’s do so. For the future of our exploited kids, please vote “yes” on Amendment 2 on Nov. 8.
Kris Rice is the former director of the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center in Savannah.
State Rep. Brooks Coleman, Chairman of the House Education Committee and a retired career educator from Gwinnett County writes in favor of passing the Opportunity School District Amendment.
Voting “yes” would allow for the creation of the Opportunity School District. If approved by voters this November, the OSD would authorize the state to temporarily intervene in chronically failing public schools and rescue the children languishing within them. These are schools receiving an “F” on standardized tests for three consecutive years.
Unfortunately, we have almost 68,000 students in Georgia trapped in these failing schools. The graduation rate for students attending failing schools is an abysmal 55.7 percent. As a former teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for the Gwinnett County School System and current chairman of the State House of Representatives Education Committee, this statistic is not acceptable. That is why I support the sorely needed state intervention and passage of the Opportunity School District amendment.
Supporters of the status quo continue to use scare tactics to intimidate voters and parents; however, what’s really scary is the fact that there are 68,000 children trapped in these failing schools statewide. These groups have yet to come forward with any viable solutions to fix that. How much longer can our students wait for their districts to turn these failing schools around?
The OSD will give our neighborhoods a needed voice for change, and hold those accountable that refuse to roll up their sleeves and commit to improving Georgia’s schools. The OSD has been uniquely designed to heavily involve local parents and teachers, improve failing schools and meet the needs of our local communities.
It would be a mistake to continue to devote precious taxpayer funds to schools where failure is the norm and accountability for those in charge is altogether absent. Children are suffering – in some instances for the entire duration of their K-12 careers – because of it.
We have a real chance on Nov. 8 to provide students, families and communities a lifeline. Voting “yes” on Question 1, the Opportunity School District amendment, is a vote to ensure that future generations of Georgians will have the best opportunities available. It is an opportunity to declare that in Georgia, the zip code you were born into will not determine your path in life.
Robert A. Clay, also a retired educator, writes against the OSD Amendment.
The OSD superintendent would determine if the school taken over would be, (1) operated by the OSD, (2) converted to a state charter school, which currently are experiencing a 25 percent failure rate, (3) operated by the local board of education under strict supervision and veto power by the OSD, (4) closed completely with students re-assigned to other schools.
The OSD superintendent would also determine if services would be purchased from for-profit educational service providers. The superintendent or charter governing board would make all decisions, including those regarding finances, personnel and curriculum.
Funding for opportunity schools would be with regular local, state and federal entitlements, plus any special appropriations made by the Legislature or received from private solicitations.
I urge you to vote no on Amendment No. 1 in November. Then urge Georgia’s political leaders to redirect the $50-plus million in tax credits given annually for scholarships to private schools. These schools are not subject to the state grading system and never risk being labeled failing. Use these redirected funds in schools labeled as failing to provide tutoring for students, additional training for teachers, school and district level leaders and parents and rigorous supervision by the Georgia Department of Education.
And from Carrollton’s Times-Georgian,
“I don’t speak for our entire board, but I believe we have a consensus that the Opportunity School District is something that we oppose,” said Mike Rothschild, a Carrollton Board of Education at-large member. “I have to applaud Gov. Deal for coming up with a plan to help failing schools, but this would eliminate the system of checks and balances we have between our state and local government.”
Carroll County Superintendent Scott Cowart urged voters to oppose the amendment during the November elections.
“Some of the concerns we have with that is that the state has changed the way they have rated the CCRPI each of the last three years,” said Cowart. “There is no consistency in how they grade the CCRPI from year to year because it has changed each year.”
Basil is a handsome, confident three year old has a goofy face and a heart of gold. He’d love to meet you at LifeLine’s DeKalb Animal Services!
His adoption fee is waived throughout September!
Agatha (left, female, Hound, 2 years old) and Einstein (right, male, Hound 8 years old) are best friends who are available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA. Their story will make you want to adopt both so they can live together happily ever after.
Einstein was found by a good Samaritan laying in the middle of the road. Agatha was by his side in the middle of the road – not wanting to leave her friend alone.
This special pair has stolen our hearts with their zest for life and loving personalities. They both have some medical issues that would need to be addressed by their adopter’s vet. We would love to see them living the good life in their forever home.
Truman is the happiest Hound we know. This one year old boy loves a good sniff around the yard. He is super friendly, great with other dogs, and ready to join your family. Does Truman sound like your perfect match? Meet him at LifeLine’s DeKalb Animal Services!
His adoption fee is waived throughout September! For more information email [email protected]