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21
Jul

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 21, 2016

Kadence

Kadence is a young female Hound puppy who is available for adoption from Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.

Remmy

Remmy is a female Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.

Cooter

Cooter is a young male Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.

21
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 21, 2016

Union General Irvin McDowell’s forces engaged Confederates under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard and General Joseph Johnston at the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on July 21, 1861.

On July 21, 1868, the Georgia General Assembly ratified the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution as a condition for readmission.

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois.

On July 21, 1988, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic nomination for President at the National Convention in Atlanta.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Today, I feel like I have a political hangover from the Convention this week. I’m not going to do any real mental processing until tomorrow or Monday, so for today, I can’t tell you what it all means.

But here are my three takeaways from the Convention:

1. Most of the delegates I spoke to are comfortable, even enthusiastic, to work for the Trump-Pence ticket, and most of the dissidents are reserved in speaking about their misgivings.

2. The Trump-Pence campaign team is still at an early stage in its professional development, and we saw some hiccups at the Convention, but nothing earth-shattering.

3. Pro-Trump delegates and alternates are peeved at Ted Cruz, some even furious. There was pretty loud booing after Cruz delivered his Wednesday night speech without endorsing Trump. I wasn’t at the 1976 Convention, being all of five years old, so I don’t know what the immediate sentiment was after Reagan’s famed speech at the Convention. I have nothing to compare it to, and it’ll be a while before we know how this will play out.

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Georgia Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Herbert Phipps will retire, leaving Governor Nathan Deal the opportunity to appoint yet another appelate judge to the bench.

So, it’s good timing that Governor Nathan Deal has appointed members to a newly-constituted Judicial Qualifications Commission.

J. Randolph Evans, Co-Chair
Pete Robinson, Co-Chair
State Rep. Stacey Abrams
Mary Paige Adams
Christopher Carr
Peter W. Carter
Dennis T. Cathey
Scott D. Delius
Arthur B. “Skin” Edge
State Rep. Chuck Efstration
Robert S. Highsmith
Darren R. Jones
William T. Mitchell
Patrick T. O’Connor
Attorney General Sam Olens
Jonathan Pannell
Charles E. Peeler
Lee W.O. Shafer
Patty S. Veazey
Rebecca “Ashley” Wright

Tonight at 6:30 PM, the Republican candidates in the Senate District 24 runoff election will appear at an event at the Rock Gym organized by the Elbert County Republican Party.

Lee Anderson and Greg Grzybowski, the two top vote-getters in the May primary for the 24th seat, are involved in a July 26 runoff to see which candidate will face Democratic candidate Brenda Jordan in November.

Anderson received 34 percent of the ballots cast in the primary, while Grzybowski picked up 19 percent of the votes in the primary, more than three other candidates in the race.

Elbert County Republican Party Chairman Mack Powell said the event has been scheduled to allow Elbert County voters to “personally interact” with the two candidates.

 

20
Jul

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 20, 2016

Cleveland

Cleveland is a young male German Shepherd Dog mix who is available for adoption from Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.

Cleveland and his brother Chewy spent their entire lives on a chain before coming to the rescue. Cleveland is still a little nervous around new people, but once he adjusts to you, he becomes your buddy! He also loves going for a good walk and can play fetch like no other! He always has a ball around him or in his mouth! This sweet boy deserves a good home and a family to call his own!

London

London is a small female Jack Russell Terrier & Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from Lake Lanier Humane League (Georgia Collie Rescue) in Gainesville, GA.

London was born sometime in December and weighs about 6lbs. Her mom weighs 13lbs and the dad is 10lbs, so she will remain small. She is a very social and cute little girl. Came from a family with children and seems to do well. She is smart, alert and seems to be easily trained.

Donovan

Donovan is a small male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services in Atlanta, GA.

20
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 20, 2016

On July 20, 1864, the Battle of Peachtree Creek took place in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a special online section on the Battle of Atlanta.

Sir Edmund Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. He and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first to summit Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.

Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton gave the speech nominating Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for President on July 20, 1988 at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Dukakis accepted the nomination the next day.

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Yesterday, Donald J. Trump was nominated for President of the United States by the Republican National Convention. From the New York Times,

In the roll call vote that began the night, formally marking Mr. Trump’s capture of the Republican nomination, 721 delegates cast their votes for candidates other than Mr. Trump.

As Georgia’s delegates were bound by the results of the Presidential Preference Primary, the delegation cast 42 votes in favor of Trump.

Yesterday, I spoke to two of Georgia’s delegates about the procedural vote on whether to have a roll call vote on the Convention rules.

The Macon Telegraph asked some of their local delegates to the Republican National Convention about the 2016 platform.Continue Reading..

19
Jul

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 19, 2016

Spider

Spider is a 10-week old male Corgi and Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Pregnant Dog Rescue, Inc. in Griffin ,GA. He loves everyone he meets.

Liberty

Liberty is a 2-month old female Shepherd & Labrador Retriever Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Pregnant Dog Rescue, Inc. in Griffin, GA. She’s a typical puppy – happy, playful, and loving.

Dragon

Dragon is a small 2-year old male Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Pregnant Dog Rescue, Inc. in Griffin ,GA.

Dragon is the sweetest, most loyal and bonded dog his rescue group has saved in a while. He has loads of personality and is very in tune with being with ‘his person’ He is a great lap dog and is calm and gentle. But if you want to play you can easily get him into ‘wrestle’ or ‘play’ mode. If you tire of playing, (and he can play rough at times) just tell him no and he will stop. He wants to be a good and obedient dog. Dragon wants to learn what it is you want from him, and to be your constant little shadow. Dragon is currently neutered and on treatment for his skin.

19
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 19, 2016

Griffin, Georgia native John Henry “Doc” Holliday killed Mike Gordon after Gordon shot up Holliday’s saloon in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony was held on July 19, 1996 and competition started the next day.

The Georgia State Quarter was released on July 19, 1999.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Floor fight!

Quicken Arena Inside

Anti-Trump delegates and alternates (and probably some guests) attempted to call for a roll call vote on the floor of the Convention yesterday. If successful, the Convention would have ground to a halt, and some individuals might have cast votes for candidates not on the ballot or other than those to whom they are bound.Continue Reading..

18
Jul

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 18, 2016

Hunter Terrell County

Hunter is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

Hunter is a small lab mix who was picked up by animal control as a stray and not reclaimed – he is super sweet! He is very submissive and can be just a little shy when you first meet him but once you give him a little attention, he instantly comes out of his shell and wants nothing more than to give and receive affection. He is a little unsure of walking on a leash but we are working on that. He is really an awseome dog and with a good temperament. He is great with other dogs, he likes kids and does not seem to mind cats either way. Hunter is current on shots, crate trained, negative for heartworms/on prevention and neutered.

Hunter Murray County

Hunter is a 3-4 year old male Hound dog who is available for adoption from Murray County Humane Society in Chatsworth, GA.

Hunter was found abandoned in a crate along with a female companion. He is super sweet and energetic. Hunter is heartworm positive & will receive treament prior to being adopted.

Hunter Marietta

Hunter is a 7-month old Shetland Sheepdog and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeless Pets Foundation in Marietta, GA.

Hunter and his brother Max (please see his listing too) were surrendered when their owner figured out he was allergic to dogs. So the two boys, born in December 2015 are trying to find new homes. They’re gentle and sweet though a little shy with strangers. They don’t have to be adopted together but wouldn’t that be fun?

Hunter is gentle with kids and knows “sit”!

18
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 18, 2016

The greatest political journalist to ever put pen to paper, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, was born on July 18, 1929. That makes today “Gonzo Day.” You have been warned.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a third term at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 18, 1940.

President Harry S. Truman signed the second Presidential Succession Act on July 18, 1947

The original succession act designated the Senate president pro tempore as the first in line to succeed the president should he and the vice president die unexpectedly while in office. If he for some reason could not take over the duties, the speaker of the house was placed next in the line of succession. In 1886, during Grover Cleveland‘s administration, Congress removed both the Senate president and the speaker of the house from the line of succession. From that time until 1947, two cabinet officials, (their order in line depended on the order in which the agencies were created) became the next in line to succeed a president should the vice president also become incapacitated or die. The decision was controversial. Many members of Congress felt that those in a position to succeed the president should be elected officials and not, as cabinet members were, political appointees, thereby giving both Republican and Democratic parties a chance at controlling the White House.

In 1945, then-Vice President Truman assumed the presidency after Franklin Roosevelt died of a stroke during his fourth term. As president, Truman advanced the view that the speaker of the house, as an elected official, should be next in line to be president after the vice president. On July 18, 1947, he signed an act that resurrected the original 1792 law, but placed the speaker ahead of the Senate president pro tempore in the hierarchy.

On July 18, 1988, the Democratic National Convention opened at the Omni in Atlanta. That night, actor Rob Lowe would shoot a videotape in a hotel with two hairdressers, one 22 and one 16. Several weeks later, the era of the celebrity sex tape began.

On July 18, 2000, United States Senator Paul Coverdell died of a cerebral hemorrhage. I remember where I was when I heard the news.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

More than 53,000 Georgians have cast votes in early and advance voting.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office reported that more than 53,000 people so far cast ballots for races around the state since July 5. Georgia law requires a runoff if no candidate wins a majority in a general primary. There are no statewide races this time, but a competitive congressional and several heated local races are drawing interest in the heat of summer.

In Cobb County, for example, election officials are seeing higher turnout for earlier voting in the Republican runoff to lead the county’s commission than they did in May. Incumbent chair Tim Lee is trying to hold off a challenge from Mike Boyce, who got the highest vote total in the primary but fell short of the majority needed to prevent a runoff.

Janine Eveler, director of elections for the Cobb County Board of Elections, said about 2,800 people voted early in the runoff so far compared to about 1,680 at this point in May.

“It is unusual,” Eveler said. “Normally, we see those numbers go down for runoffs.”

In the South Georgia Judicial Circuit, runoff candidates Ryan Cleveland and Heather Lanier are urging their voters to the polls.

“Based on history, there’s going to be a drop-off in the numbers (of voters), but my job is to let people know how serious this race is,” Cleveland said. “Superior Court, maybe more than any other court, touches people’s lives in many ways. From family court, to domestic law, to criminal proceedings, it affects so many people.”

In the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, campaign spending is at a high rate headed into the runoff.

Campaign spending in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge race topped $220,000 by June 30, including the dollars spent by Martha Hall and Michael Muldrew, who are contenders in the July 26 runoff, as well as by a third candidate left behind in May.

With contributions and self-financing totaling $231,180 by the reporting date, this is the most richly funded “local” election this season, but the circuit encompasses four counties. Other races still in play are confined to Bulloch County. Primary season spending in the sheriff’s race exceeded $142,000.The race for Bulloch County Probate Court judge, with originally five candidates and now down to two in the runoff, accounted for $57,574 in spending through June 30.

For the next few days, most of Georgia politics will take place on the shore of Lake Erie at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where four delegates learned yesterday how to spell O-H-I-O.

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Here’s what I consider to be yesterday’s number one most important result from yesterday: Georgia Delegates signed paperwork demonstrating that Trump has support of a majority of the delegation, one of eight states required to do so for his name to be put formally into nomination at the convention.

Senator David Perdue was optimistic heading to Cleveland, where he serves as honorary delegation chair for Georgia.

“I think you saw people beginning to realize…not only can this guy win in November, but he can help us turn the direction of our country,” said Perdue. “Which is why some of us got involved in the first place.”

Perdue says Trump was responsive to his two main concerns; national security and the debt crisis. He’s confident the republican party will highlight the issues next week.

“I think it’s bigger than any one candidate,” said Perdue. “What we’re talking about is the future of our country.”

The Georgia Delegation began its convention festivities with a Sunday brunch, as noted by Scott Johnson, writing in the MDJ,

At the delegation brunch at the Wyndham, Chairman John Padgett fired up the party faithful with a rousing welcome to Cleveland and a call for party unity. He reminded us that this election is about not just our future but the future of our children and grandchildren. His words brought the partisan crowd to their feet.

Following his speech, Padgett introduced Georgia’s junior Senator, David Perdue. Perdue was genuinely emotional in his appreciation of the welcome he received and the very fact that Georgians have entrusted him to be our U.S. Senator. He points out that he and the GOP presidential nominee have more than a little in common — both businessmen with little or no political experience regarded as outsiders and given little chance of success when they launched their campaign. Perdue believes that Trump can take the nation in a new direction and be the change that America needs. He’s obviously on board to help make that happen.

David Perdue Cleveland

After speaking to the delegation, Perdue was surrounded by a gaggle of AJC reporters and others.

“We’ve got to take Georgia out of play. We need to throw the hammer down and make sure we drive the early polls so we can help other states, like Pennsylvania and Ohio, that could be in play,” said Perdue. “This guy could win big. And I’ll tell you, if you want to do anything for conservative causes, you need to win big.”

Georgia is one of 17 states Trump’s campaign has targeted as must-wins to preserve his chance of taking the White House. A united front, Perdue said, will prevent Democrat Hillary Clinton’s camp from pouring resources and staff into the state. And Perdue will be among the Trump supporters traveling from delegation-to-delegation to drum up support for the candidate.

Said Perdue:

“We don’t have any drama in the Georgia delegation. We’re here to make sure Donald J. Trump is the next president of the United States. I know what you’re thinking – he wasn’t my first choice. He wasn’t my second choice. But let me remind you: This is not a candidate to be embarrassed about. And let me tell you why: We have an outsider. This isn’t something from the Washington establishment.”

He said he’s confident the 76 delegates would vote unanimously for Trump.

Eighteen year-old Tanner Goldsmith of Columbus is among the alternates from Georgia to the Republican National Convention.

“I’m definitely excited to go to the convention, as far as going and seeing how all the under-workings go,” said Goldsmith, who as an alternate can participate as much as a full delegate except vote. “But at the same time, it’s a little nerve-wracking, looking at the news, seeing what’s going on with Trump, seeing some of these protests, hearing Fox reporters saying, ‘I wonder what’s going to happen in Cleveland.’”

From Middle Georgia, Jade Morey and Bill Knowles and Vance Dean from South Georgia joined the Georgia delegation in Clevland.

In 2008, a then 20-year-old Jade Morey attended the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. This week, the Houston County resident returns to another convention as an at-large delegate, giving her a prime position as the party nominates its candidate for president and adopts the party platform, among other duties.

“There are an immense amount of logistics that go into a national convention, and it’s quite a process leading up to and keeping up with the week,” Morey said by email. “You will run into all sorts of celebrities (both Hollywood and the political kind) as it’s a relatively small number of attendees. Sometimes it feels like there are more members of the media present than actual delegation members.”

This is the third consecutive trip to a Republican National Convention for Macon businessman and alternate Bill Knowles. There’s more freedom for alternates, he said, since they sit in the balcony, while the delegates are on the main floor.

“We get to do whatever we want,” Knowles said of being an alternate. “We’ll mill around with other people.”

Another alternate is Vance Dean, chairman of the GOP’s 8th Congressional District. He said he’s ready for a festive affair.

Dean supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee until he dropped out of the race, then became a Ted Cruz backer. Now, though, he said he’s “110 percent” behind Trump.

“I expect this to be a really busy week,” he said. “There’s an activity from the time you wake up to way after I’ll be asleep. … I feel like we’ve come off eight years of a president who has promised a lot and really delivered none of that.”

The Augusta Chronicle spoke to local delegates headed to the convention.

They include Evans state GOP second vice chairwoman and Savannah River Site analyst Debbie McCord, attending her third convention this year.

Though she’d gone “through probably five” candidates, McCord said she’s now planted firmly behind Trump, to whom she’s a pledged delegate.

“In talking with our national committee man and national committee woman, I don’t anticipate any shenanigans,” McCord said.

Trump “won 1,237 delegates. He’s entitled to be the nominee and I agree with them 100 percent.”

Augusta Republican and attorney Sherry Barnes said Trump also wasn’t her first choice, but “when it was evident he was coming out on top then I fully supported him.”

Michael Welsh, delegate and the 12th Congressional District chairman, expects “a media show” but nothing unusual during the convention, despite support for the “Never Trump” movement among area Republicans.

“There were a lot of never Romneys too, never McCains, never Bushes and never Reagans before that,” Welsh said. “You have a very diverse and large environment called the American populace and you’re never going to get consensus on anything.”

Georgia’s own Nick Ayers is serving as Senior Adviser to Governor Mike Pence, Trump’s VP nominee.

15
Jul

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 15, 2016

Ginger Mary Ann

Ginger and Mary Ann are 9-week old female Labrador Retriever puppies who are available for adoption from Rotts ‘n Pups Rescue in Douglasville, GA.

Ginger and Mary Ann are full of spunk and love and play great with other dogs. They weigh 10 lbs and should be about 35 lbs when fully grown. Ginger is the fawn one and Mary Ann is the brindle and white one. They are great cuddlers and love to be held. You can’t go wrong adopting either one or both of them.

Cody

Cody is a 2-3 year old adult male Dachshund & Chihuahua Mix who is available for adoption from Dog Days Rescue in Villa Rica, GA. Cody is good with other dogs, adults, and children.

abby VR
Abby is a young female Pointer mix who is available for adoption from Dog Days Rescue in Villa Rica, GA. Abby is friendly with other dogs and people, super sweet and playful.

15
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 15, 2016

On July 16, 1790, Congress declared Washington, DC the new capital city.

On July 15, 1864, Sherman’s army began crossing the Chattahoochee River and would take the better part of three days to complete the crossing. Georgia Public Broadcasting has a series on Sherman’s Georgia campaign, and you can watch this week’s episode here.

Major General George Stoneman’s cavalry had come to the area south of Atlanta. On July 15, 1864, Stoneman wrote from camp near Villa Rica, Georgia.

As I indicated to you in my last note, we completed the bridge (Moore’s), and were ready to cross at daybreak yesterday morning, but before we essayed it a report came from Major Buck, in command of a battalion seven miles above, that the enemy had been crossing above him on a boat or a bridge, and that his pickets had been cut off.

Colonel Biddle, who was left with his brigade at Campbellton, reports the enemy quite strong at that point, with two guns of long range in each of the two redoubts on the opposite bluff, which are opened upon him whenever any of his men show themselves.

I was very anxious to strike the railroad from personal as well as other considerations, but I became convinced that to attempt it would incur risks inadequate to the results, and unless we could hold the bridge, as well as penetrate into the country, the risk of capture or dispersion, with loss of animals (as I could hear of no ford), was almost certain.

On July 15, 1870, Georgia was readmitted to the United States, with the signature by President Ulysses Grant of the “Georgia Bill” by the U.S. Congress.

On July 16, 1914, Asa Griggs Candler, retired President of Coca-Cola, wrote his brother Warren, who was a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, a letter offering one million dollars and 72 acres of land in Atlanta for the church to establish a new university in the East.

On July 15, 1938, the first recorded use occurred of the name “Alcoholics Anonymous” in a letter from Bill W. Next July, the organization will gather in Atlanta to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

The United States performed the first test of an atomic bomb on July 16, 1945 at the Trinity site in New Mexico.

Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the project, watched the mushroom cloud rise into the New Mexico sky. “Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds,” he uttered, reciting a passage from an ancient Hindu text.

On July 15, 1948, President Harry Truman was nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to run for a full term as President of the United States.

Georgia Congressman Carl Vinson set a new record for longevity in office on July 16, 1963, having served 48 years, 8 months, and 12 days since his election in 1914. Vinson’s record held until 1992 and his tenure is now sixth-longest.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Amid reports that IN Governor Mike Pence would be the GOP nominee for Vice President, Donald Trump delayed the announcement.

Trump was due to make his official announcement on his choice on Friday at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) in Manhattan. But he tweeted on Thursday night that the attack in Nice, where a truck slammed into a crowd, killing dozens of people, prompted him to delay.

“In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow’s news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement,” said Trump. He said in a Fox News interview: “We will announce tomorrow when it will be.”

As I wrote earlier this week about the Veepstakes:

Here’s my two-cent analysis on Trump’s VP pick. Everyone’s still centering their speculation on who would make a solid VP choice under traditional political analysis. That kind of analysis has brought people like me to the point where we’re collectively about 0-for-2000 in predicting what Trump is going to do.

Trump is not a traditional politician. He’s a reality TV star, so use that frame for your analysis and think what any good reality TV producer would do.

Hype and tease, and raise the drama level before the big reveal. That’s what we’re seeing now. A dance of seven veils that shows peeks at what might happen without giving too much away.

Each major political party in Georgia is sending an 18-year old delegate to their national conventions.

Georgia delegates and politicos are beginning to make the trek to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention next week.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said the carnivallike aspect of this year’s convention — and the unpredictability of the race — is part of the draw.

“I want the experience of being at one, and what better one to have an experience at than this one?” the Pooler Republican said. “I don’t really know what to expect.”

And for Perdue, one of the most popular GOP politicians in Georgia, it could be a way to burnish his reputation. He is the honorary chairman of the state delegation at next week’s confab and is Trump’s most prominent surrogate in Georgia, though he is not on the list of convention speakers. Instead, he is expected to take part in panels on the national debt and foreign policy throughout the meeting.

“I’ve never done one of these, but I’m going to be there supporting our delegation in Georgia, supporting our nominee,” Perdue said Thursday on the Athens radio station WGAU. “I like our chances right now, and I think these polls are going to reflect that in the next few months.”

The Newnan Times-Herald spoke to Judy Griffin, who is heading to Cleveland as an RNC delegate.

Woodstock resident Judy Griffin, who loves politics, horseback riding and the Republican Party, says she’s thrilled to represent the 11th Congressional District and looks forward to casting her vote for Donald Trump to ensure he gets the nomination.

Her extensive political record dates back to the ’60s when she first became involved in conservative politics. Since then, she’s worked just about every election cycle to get Republicans elected, both locally and at the national level.

“To become a national delegate, you really have to be involved and work your way up,” she said. “You have to put on galas and park cars, pour drinks, decorate, run campaigns, put up fliers and signs … You’ve got to be involved at the grassroots level.”

Griffin was chosen to serve as an at-large delegate this year for the second time in a row. She also attended the 2012 convention in Tampa to nominate then-candidate Mitt Romney.

Polk County Commission District 2 voters continue early voting, passing the 271-vote mark in advance and early voting earlier this week.

Kenneth Zachary submitted 3000 signatures, more than twice the 1487 necessary to be placed on the ballot as an independent in House District 155.

State Democrats enticed Zachary, who had previously been ruled ineligible to run for sheriff in Calhoun County because of past legal issues, to sign up for an independent run at the House District 151 seat when Kemp and later an administrative law judge ruled that Democratic qualifier James Williams, of Albany, was ineligible to run for the seat because he does not live in the district.

Kemp’s office issued a statement saying the Dougherty County Elections Office had erred in allowing Williams to qualify for the HD 151 seat.

Greene, R-Cuthbert, said Tuesday he would not challenge Zachary’s independent candidacy even though he has reservations about his meeting state qualifications.

“Here’s a guy who was disqualified from running for sheriff, so they turn around and run him for the state House,” Greene, who was at a speaking engagement in Kentucky, said. “There are certainly issues with his candidacy, but I’m not going to challenge him. We’ll just let the people decide.”

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin vetoed a measure by city council to narrow the municipality’s financial disclosures for elected officials.

First Lady Sandra Deal toured the Austrian headquarters of Voestalpine Group, which employs more than 200 Georgians near Cartersville.

Governor and Mrs. Deal have meetings scheduled with German manufacturing companies that have operations in Georgia including Dusseldorf, Nuremberg, Munich, Linz and Regensburg, to learn about German and Austrian  workforce development practices.

Gov. Deal will also participate in the RLS annual conference in Munich giving him an opportunity to promote Georgia’s competitiveness and attractiveness as the number one state in the U.S. in which to do business. The Deals will return on July 19.

Napleon Jenkins, former Mayor of Tennille, Georgia, was arrested and charged with stealing more than $6600 from the city.

The Gwinnett County Board of Education has scheduled three public meetings to discuss the property tax millage rate, expected to stay at the same level as last year’s.

The meetings are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 21, and at 8 a.m. on Aug. 1. All of the meetings are scheduled to happen in the board room of the district office at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee.

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ enrollment is expected to grow by nearly 1,800 students, which would take the projected enrollment to 177,800 students. Two new schools in Duluth and Norcross are expected to open to make way for the growth.

Local revenue also is budgeted to increase by about $28.6 million because of a projected net growth of five percent in the property tax digest. But the school district is collecting about $51 million less in local property tax compared to what was collected for the 2009 budget.

All employees will see the equivalent of a three percent raise and there’s also a longevity step salary increase. Those raises cost $46.7 million.

Former Columbus Mayor Bob Poydasheff was inducted into the Army Rangers Hall of Fame.