Green tax breaks in Crawford County causing consternation | Politics |

[T]he Conservation Use Value Assessment program, created more than two decades ago. Property owners pledge to use the land for agricultural or forestry purposes for 10 years. The program is available for parcels from 10 to 2,000 acres, Kelly said.

Some 83,000 acres of Crawford County’s roughly 205,000 acres are in the program, and the county gets no state help to offset the lower tax base. In contrast, a newer program for properties larger than 2,000 acres known as the Forest Land Protection Act offsets the initial costs of the program, and then limits costs to no more than 3 percent of the tax base. The state pays half the costs up to 3 percent, then covers anything over that.

State Rep. Robert Dickey, whose family started Dickey Farms in Crawford County early in the 20th century, said he’s interested in talking with Kelly about possible changes to the Conservation Use Value Assessment program.

But while the conservation agreements limit how much tax money comes in, they also don’t require much government services, Dickey said.

Such conservation agreements block farmland from being turned into cheap housing that would have high demands for services and limited tax payments, he said.

via Green tax breaks in Crawford County causing consternation | Politics |

Officials work to clear voter registration forms in Georgia |

Election officials in Fulton and Muscogee counties — the two Georgia counties with the biggest number of pending voter applications — said Thursday they are working to clear thousands of registration forms turned in by the New Georgia Project ahead of the state’s Oct. 6 deadline.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, meanwhile, has begun to spot-check more than 51,000 applications the Democratic-backed group claims have languished in the system. It says dozens of those forms have been properly recorded and added to voter rolls.

Others, however, appear to be caught up in the state’s verification process — which in Georgia is handled by local elections officials in each county. Some of those officials said they are working hard to catch up with a “significant” increase in new voter applications before this year’s midterm elections.

That work will be front and-center in the remaining three weeks Georgians have to register, as a rare investigation launched last week by Secretary of State Brian Kemp continues.

via Officials work to clear voter registration forms in Georgia |

Candidates for Ga. governor spar over jobless rate | The Augusta Chronicle

Deal told reporters that the unemployment rate reported Thursday doesn’t square with other measures of the state economy, including the number of jobs counted in Georgia rising to its highest level since June 2008 and a drop in initial unemployment applications. Holding up a spreadsheet, he questioned statistics that he said indicate almost all states led by Republican governors had increased unemployment rates and Democrat-led states had lower rates.

“Now I don’t know how you account for that, maybe there is some influence here that we don’t know about,” Deal said. “But when you say that California is in a better position in terms of unemployment than the state of Georgia, there is something that just doesn’t ring true about those numbers.” (more…)

Wilson, Woods draw contrasts at education forum | The Augusta Chronicle

The clearest difference between the two candidates remains their take on Common Core, a set of national math and English standards developed by the National Governors Association and adopted by Georgia lawmakers.

Wilson said she doesn’t have an issue with the standards but would give teachers more support implementing them. Educators have asked her to stay the course, she said.

“What they are saying is, please allow us the opportunity to be successful with these standards,” Wilson said.

Woods said he opposed Georgia adopting the standards because they were not specific to students here. He has previously said they should be reviewed but stopped short of calling for state lawmakers to withdraw.

“We need to have a very precision-type evaluation of the standards themselves and make sure that they are age appropriate, content appropriate and that we can actually cover them during the year,” Woods said.

via Wilson, Woods draw contrasts at education forum | The Augusta Chronicle.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 19, 2014

President George Washington gave his farewell address on September 19, 1796.

The period for a new election of a Citizen, to Administer the Executive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person, who is to be cloathed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those, out of whom a choice is to be made.

I beg you, at the sametime, to do me the justice to be assured, that this resolution has not been taken, without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation, which binds a dutiful Citizen to his country–and that, in withdrawing the tender of service which silence in my Situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness; but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.

On September 19, 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga was joined between the federal Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans and the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Braxton Bragg.

Thirteen marchers were shot and killed and forty more wounded in Camilla, Georgia at the Camilla Massacre on September 19, 1868 as marchers to a Republican Party rally were gunned down.

President James Garfield died on September 19, 1881, of wounds sustained on July 2d of that year. Garfield is one of seven Presidents born in Ohio – he and William McKinley, were both killed by assassins.

Chickamauga National Battlefield was dedicated September 19, 1895.

The Allman Brothers Band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on September 19, 1998.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The deadline to register to vote in the November 4 General Election is October 6, and mail-in ballots are available now at your county board of elections.

Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said mail-out paper absentee ballots are now available for registered voters who complete an application and fax, e-mail, mail or hand deliver it to the elections office in Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Contact your local voter registration and election department with any questions about voting by mail or to learn how to apply.

If you’re not currently registered or you need to update your registration, I suggest moving quickly, as some local boards are processing high numbers of new voter registrations driven by liberal organizations.

Election officials in Fulton and Muscogee counties — the two Georgia counties with the biggest number of pending voter applications — said Thursday they are working to clear thousands of registration forms turned in by the New Georgia Project ahead of the state’s Oct. 6 deadline.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, meanwhile, has begun to spot-check more than 51,000 applications the Democratic-backed group claims have languished in the system. It says dozens of those forms have been properly recorded and added to voter rolls.

State investigators said Wednesday they have confirmed 25 of those forms as forgeries. They labeled another 26 forms as “suspicious.” Their inquiry, which involves complaints from 13 counties, could take months to complete.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 19, 2014

Thursday Sept 18: Cobb County Animal Control is over crowded and putting down good adoptable dogs as a result. These eight are at extreme risk and need your help! If you can rescue any of these please contact:

Shelter: Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb
Phone: (770) 499-4136
Contact: Elizabeth Sherman
E-Mail: [email protected]
Contact: Janice Riccio (for out of state rescue groups)
E-mail: [email protected]
Address: 1060 Al Bishop Dr., Marietta, GA 30008


567433 DIXIE

567433 DIXIE, a sweet Hound mix, I am already spayed, house-trained, up to date with shots, microchipped and tested negative for heartworms. Dixie is a REALLY SWEET, PRETTY GIRL. She was an owner turn-in on July 8th. Not only is she a sweet girl, she sits when asked. Her ID Is 567433 and she is in run 29, she is 1 year old and weighs 44 lbs. She has been to off-site adoptions at PetSmart and has done great, but sadly no one chose her. Since she is an active girl, she is not recommended for small children. Please come meet this sweetie right away, you will fall in love with her!

566762 BOGART

566762 BOGART, a flat-coated retriever mix is already neutered, heart worm negative, micro-chipped, and up to date with shots. Bogart is as CUTE AS CAN BE, CUTER IN PERSON, and VERY PLAYFUL. He is a VERY AFFECTIONATE BOY and LOVES TO GIVE KISSES, as you can see by his one picture. We think Bogart would be a great running or hiking partner and he would love a big fenced in yard. As you can see on his video, he LOVES TO PLAY WITH THE DOGS AT THE SHELTER. Bogart was SUCH A GOOD BOY and sat silently as he got a much needed brushing. He was picked up as a stray on June 16th. Bogart is about 3 yrs old and weighs 47 lbs. He is current on vaccines, has been neutered, so he is ready to go home with you. Bogart’s ID is 566762 and he is in run 81. Come and meet this CUTIE.

567821 COLLINS

567821 COLLINS, a Labrador Retriever mix, is already neutered, up to date with shots, heartworm negative, microchipped and good with dogs. Collins is a HAPPY, PLAYFUL and SWEET PUPPY! Did we mention that he’s ADORABLE and AFFECTIONATE as well? He came to the shelter as a stray on July 21st and is ready to find the perfect family to grow up in. Collins is just 5 months old and currently weighs 28 lbs. He is a SMART BOY and EAGER TO PLEASE. Collins is at the perfect age to begin puppy school with his new owners. He is QUIET IN HIS CAGE and much smaller than he appears in his photos. His ID # is 567821 and he can be found in cage 332 in the puppy/small dog room. Come pick up your puppy today, he’s ready for you!

567833 MARLEY aka TOBIAS

567833 MARLEY AKA TOBIAS, another Lab mix – He is already neutered, microchipped, heartworm negative, and up to date with shots. Marley is an ADORABLE and REALLY SWEET BOY. He is QUIET IN HIS RUN and PLAYFUL OUTSIDE. Marley walks well on a leash, will sit when told as well as lie down. He is about 3 yrs old and weighs 55 lbs. Marley was picked up as a stray on July 22nd. .His ID is 567833 and he is in run 826.

567887 FELLA

567887 FELLA, a Lab mix- This 6 month old puppy is already neutered, up to date with shots, and good with dogs.Upon adoption will be microchipped. He really needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate his devilishly HANDSOME GOOD LOOKS. He arrived to the shelter on July 23rd and is now available for adoption and ready to mingle! He is about 6 months old and weighs 36 lbs. Fella is a SMART BOY and has already learned to sit and stay on command. He is CUTE and PLAYFUL and EVERYTHING THAT IS FUN AND WONDERFUL ABOUT PUPPIES.  Fella’s ID # is 567887 and he can be found in cage 331 in the puppy/small dog room. If you need a little SUNSHINE in your life, come meet Fella today!

568010 JESSIE

568010 JESSIE, an American Bulldog mix, is already neutered, heartworm negative, will be micro chipped upon adoption, and up to date with shots. Jessie is a HANDSOME GUY with the most ADORABLE STUBBY LEGS! He and his buddy Kira (who got adopted) sadly were abandoned and arrived to the shelter on July 25th. Jessie is about 4 years old and weighs 50 lbs. He has a VERY SWEET TEMPERAMENT and he is LOADS OF FUN! He is sure to be the talk of the neighborhood with his UNIQUE LOOKS and STRIKING PERSONALITY. He walks well on a leash, but would not sit for our photographer. Perhaps he was too excited. His ID # is 568010 and he can be found in cage 824, now alone without Kira. We are sure you will fall in love with this sweetie upon meeting him, so come meet him today!

568333 ABIGAIL

568333 ABIGAIL, a Jack Russell Terrier mix, is already spayed, micro-chipped, heartworm negative, and up to date with shots. Sadly she is yet another Senior dump. We just don’t know how people can be so heartless. Not only that, they didn’t even bother to leave any info on her. It is so difficult for a Sr., who has known a home all their life, to be in a busy, noisy shelter. Even though Abigail is about 10 yrs old, she still has some good years ahead of her and would love to spend them in a loving home. She has LOTS OF LIFE TO LIVE, LOTS OF LOVE TO GIVE and MANY HAPPY MOMENTS TO SHARE WITH YOU. Abigail would likely make a great little companion weighing in at 24 lbs. Can you give her the loving, forever home she deserves? Her pictures are not real clear because she is terrified and would not stay still long enough. Her ID is 568333 and she is in cage 901. Come and “spring” this girl.

588599 BELLA

568599 BELLA, a Pit Bull Terrier mix, is spayed, housetrained, up to date with shots, good with kids and dogs. She will be heartworm tested upon adoption. She had a loving owner who adopted her from the shelter in 2010. He loved her and she loved him. He took good care of her and provided for her. Bella’s owner has fallen on hard times and is losing his home. He has nowhere to go and he can no longer provide for Bella. He doesn’t want her out on the streets. He surrendered Bella to the shelter, without a dry eye in the house. Bella is a HAPPY, WELL ADJUSTED GIRL who knows sit, stay, and is playful. Just look at that SWEET FACE!  We hope Bella’s story has a happy ending. She’s waiting for someone to rescue her once again like her owner did years ago, but the shelter is so full, she’s stuck in the back. You will have to ask to see her. Bella is up to date with shots, spayed, and micro-chipped. Her former owner reported that she is GOOD WITH KIDS, HOUSEBROKEN, and GOOD WITH ANIMALS. Bella is in run 875 and her ID is 568599. Please give Bella the wonderful home she deserves.

GA GOP: National Hispanic Heritage Month

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From The Georgia Republican Party

National Hispanic Heritage Month

In 1988, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed into law legislation designating September 15 – October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Every year, during this important month-long celebration, we pay tribute to the incredible contributions that Hispanic Americans have made in this country and recognize the vibrant communities that are doing their part to build a stronger future for us all. (more…)

Rep. Tom Price: Votes to Lower Energy Costs, Enhance Economic Opportunity

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From Congressman Tom Price

Price Votes to Lower Energy Costs, Enhance Economic Opportunity

Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), vice chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, and H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act:

“Americans know how to create jobs and opportunity, how to build up our communities and secure a brighter future. Every day, folks all across this country are doing just that and doing their part to make America stronger and their families more secure. House Republicans are standing on the side of workers and entrepreneurs by breaking down barriers to job creation and to economic opportunity. It’s why we have been consistently focused on bringing solutions forward – whether they be focused on tax reform, regulatory reform, policies to encourage the hiring of veterans or giving workers relief from onerous Obamacare mandates. We are focused on policies that will grow opportunity in America while lowering the cost of living for families and the cost of doing business for job creators. (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: Expand Strategic Industries Grant to Four Additional Areas

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Deal: Expand Strategic Industries grant to four additional areas

Governor targets film industry, computer programming, engineering technicians and manufacturing in plan

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced his proposal to expand Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Grants (SIWG) to include four additional areas of study in high demand: computer programing, certified engineering technician, film/set design and precision manufacturing. The plan builds on an earlier initiative that provides full technical college tuition for students in seven critical-need fields of study.

“To remain the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business we have to move at the speed of business and that means taking aggressive action to meet the workforce needs,” Deal said. “Where there are positions going unfilled, I want Georgians equipped to do the job. This plan is about creating a pipeline filled with more of our students funneling directly into these positions in waiting.”

These four areas were identified through the Governor’s High Demand Career (HDCI) Initiative (more…)

Sen. Johnny Isakson: Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Help Prevent Skin Cancer

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From Senator Johnny Isakson 

Isakson, Harkin, Alexander, Reed Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Help Prevent Skin Cancer

Today, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., along with Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., applauded Senate passage of legislation that seeks to address a regulatory backlog that is blocking U.S. consumers from access to innovative sunscreens widely available in the rest of the world.

The Sunscreen Innovation Act cleared the Senate Wednesday evening, just hours after being approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in a unanimous voice vote.

“As a melanoma survivor, I believe it’s essential that Americans have access to the most safe and effective sunscreen,” said Isakson. “Too often, technological advancements that have the ability to improve the quality of health care and prevent disease are held back by an overly rigid regulatory process. The Senate’s quick action is a strong message that it’s time for the delays at FDA to end, and I hope the House will send this bill to the president soon so we can clear the bureaucratic hurdles that have stood between American consumers and the new and innovative sunscreen products that are already available in many other countries.” (more…)

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