Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections for November 22, 2012

This good-looking hound dog is called “Dolly,” which is short for Dahlonega. She was an hour or so from being euthanized on November 9th, one year and one day after we lost our Golden Retriever, Henry. She’s our new foster dog and is settling into our home well.

Today, I am thankful for your willingness to adopt, foster, and support rescue organizations. This year, GaPundit.com readers have donated more than $2000, which led directly to at least six puppies being saved from euthanasia. Several dogs are being fostered or have been adopted. I also am thankful for the volunteers who work to rescue dogs and cats and who are working to change our state so that we no longer lead the nation in euthanasia of shelter animals.

This sweet brown dog is a mother at ten months of age, and she and her puppies are destined to be euthanized tomorrow morning if no one steps up to adopt or foster. They are available for adoption immediately and transportation can be arranged.

We’ve asked for an update on these two 15-week old lab puppy males and believe they are still available for adoption.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections

The Savannah-Chatham Police Department offers some best practices for staying safe during holiday shopping.

  • Shop with someone else. The more the better.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Shopping is an exciting time and thieves can prey on those who are not paying attention.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Store all valuables out-of-sight. Thieves don’t mind breaking your $1,200 window to get a handful of coins. Put all items in the trunk or in areas where they won’t be seen by passers-by.

Garden City Rescue Mission in Augusta provided Thanksgiving dinner for 300-400 people yesterday.

Ron Daniels is half the man he used to be and more. Congratulations to Ron and Maggie and best wishes for their life together.

Daniels said he was inspired to lose about 200 pounds by realizing how much he wanted to live a long life with his best friend. He and Maggie were married two months ago.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever told her straight on, but I felt like I had a real reason to live and planned to be long living, something that made me happy, and something that made me happy was motivation to, ‘Hey, I’ve got to get myself in shape,’” Daniels said.

He spoke as Maggie Daniels looked on in his new law office at the Burke Lasseter firm in Warner Robins, which hired him as a part-timer this year and then made him a full-time associate partner. He also graduated from law school and passed the bar this year.

It’s been a busy year for Daniels, 26. The newlyweds and Maggie’s family plan to join together for Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, when she won’t be working a nursing shift. Ron Daniels said her family has long been drawing him in.

The national abortion rate fell five percent, the largest single-year decrease in at least a decade. Whichever side of the debate you are on, that’s news to be grateful for.

The new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that both the number and rate of abortions fell 5 percent in 2009, the most recent statistics available from most states.

The researchers found that abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age fell from about 16 in 2008 to roughly 15 in 2009. That translates to nearly 38,000 fewer abortions in one year.

Nationally since 2000, the number of reported abortions has dropped overall by about 6 percent and the abortion rate has fallen 7 percent, but the figures essentially leveled off for a few of those years.

By all accounts, contraception is playing a role in lowering the numbers.

Some cite a government study released earlier this year suggesting that about 60 percent of teenage girls who have sex use the most effective kinds of contraception, including the pill and patch. That’s up from the mid-1990s, when fewer than half were using the best kinds.

Columbus, Georgia’s benighted neighbors to the west, Phenix City, Alabama, have finally joined the 1980s, as their city council voted to allow “dancing with a jukebox” in licensed facilities. Here’s exclusive footage.

The City of Suwanee is trying to decide how best to display a 1638-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

The Gwinnett County Republican Party did a great job this election season and Chairman Bruce Levell reviewed the members’ accomplishments with the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Atlanta’s jobless rate was down slightly to 8.2 percent for October. Home sales were up about 4% in the metro area for October.

In Northeast Georgia, unemployment is down to 7.6 percent for October.

Atlanta Gas Light has proposed replacing more than 3300 miles of plastic pipe as a preventive safety measure.

Georgians could be paying an additional $1.35 a month for the next several years, if the project is approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission. The approximate 1 percent increase would be included in “AGL pass-through” surcharges on a monthly natural gas bill. The GPSC is not expected to rule on the project until early next year.

That surcharge would cover replacing about 756 miles of the older pipe, installed before 1974, to start the project, the company said. The so-called “vintage” pipe has a tendency to crack more frequently compared with other types of newer plastic, according to findings from the gas industry and federal regulators.

“We’ve identified the worst-performing pipe that needs to come out on an accelerated basis,” said David Weaver, AGL’s vice president of regulatory affairs.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau will hold a public meeting on Saturday morning from 10 to 11 AM at at Fire Station 30, 1052 Ozora Road in Loganville.

Richmond County Sheriff-elect Richard Roundtree has announced his Chief Deputy will be Patrick Clayton Richard Roundtree has announced his Chief Deputy will be Patrick Clayton who currently serves with the Richmond County schools and was formerly a DEA agent.

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