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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

3
Jul

Ted Cruz at Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia

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3
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 3, 2015

Zack

Zack is a happy-go-lucky adult male chocolate lab mix. He is not a big dog (about knee high) and approx. 40 pounds. Zack gets along well with other dogs and loves to play. He is very energetic and would do best with an active family or a large fenced yard. Zack does appear to be housetrained. He has been using a belly band at his foster’s home with no issue. Zack is HW positive but was treated at the beginning of June. He will have a follow up appointment in the next few weeks and should be ready for his furever home. Zack is available for adoption from Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue in Waynesboro, GA. If you would like to schedule a meeting with Zack please email [email protected]

Rusty

Rusty is a male Hound puppy who was found wandering around the Wal-Mart Garden Center. Rusty is available for adoption from Emanuel County Humane Society in Swainsboro, GA.

Ruby

Ruby appears to be a female Golden Retriever mix with a new litter of puppies. She is available for adoption (puppies come with her) at Emanuel County Humane Society in Swainsboro, GA.

3
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 3, 2015

On July 3, 1863, General George Pickett led a charge against Union lines at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

A 15,000-man strong column under General George Pickett was organized, and Lee ordered a massive bombardment of the Union positions. The 10,000 Federals answered the Confederate artillery onslaught, and for more than an hour the guns raged in the heaviest cannonade of the Civil War. At 3 p.m., Pickett led his force into no-man’s-land and found that Lee’s bombardment had failed. As Pickett’s force attempted to cross the mile distance to Cemetery Ridge, Union artillery blew great holes in their lines. Meanwhile, Yankee infantry flanked the main body of “Pickett’s charge” and began cutting down the Confederates. Only a few hundred Virginians reached the Union line, and within minutes they all were dead, dying, or captured. In less than an hour, more than 7,000 Confederate troops had been killed or wounded.

The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War, costing the Union 23,000 killed, wounded, or missing in action. The Confederates suffered some 25,000 casualties.

On July 3, 1889, the Georgia General Assembly held its last session at the Kimball Opera House, located at the corner of Marietta and Forsyth Streets in downtown Atlanta before moving into a new Georgia State Capitol.

Happy birthday to Idaho, which became a state on July 3, 1890.

On July 3, 1913, the Georgia state Senate tabled a motion to allow the Georgia Women’s Suffrage Association to address the chamber.

On July 3, 1970, the Atlanta Pop Festival was held in Byron, Georgia.

Among the artists playing at Byron were the Allman Brothers Band and Jimi Hendrix.

Back to the Future was released thirty years ago today, on July 3, 1985. The good news from its sequel is that we’ll all have hoverboards this time next year.

On July 3, 1986, President Ronald Reagan reopened the Statue of Liberty after a two-year restoration.

Georgia Politics

Ted Cruz at GA Republican Convention

Senator Ted Cruz appears at Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia at 10 AM today for a “non-campaign” appearance, signing his new book, A Time for Truth.

At 3 PM today, he’ll be signing at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur.

Sunday at 7 PM, Cruz will be at Dr. Benny Tate’s Rock Springs Church in Millen, Georgia.

Huckabee Georgia Interview GaPundit

Also at Rock Springs Church on Sunday will be former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Both will be speaking at the “Independence Day Celebration and Picnic,” which starts at 5 PM. Huckabee will speak at 7:15 PM.

Also at the Independence Day Celebration in Millen will be Jep Robertson from Duck Dynasty and the Charlie Daniels Band.

 

2
Jul

Electric car owners take hit with new tax | ForsythNews.com

BUFORD — A new state tax structure that takes effect today has stirred ire among some electric car owners.

The measure is projected to generate an additional $830 million to $850 million every year to be used for road and bridge repairs.

Approved this year by the Georgia General Assembly, the changes primarily eliminate the state fuel sales tax and increase the excise tax.

But the law also calls for electric car owners to pay an annual $200 fee and removes a $5,000 tax credit serving as a purchase incentive for what many say are more environmentally friendly cars.

“This is completely ridiculous,” said Jamie Lanier Loudermilk, a Buford resident who leases a Nissan Leaf with her husband, Ron.

“We’re more than willing to pay our fair share when it comes to helping maintain this state’s roads, but this isn’t a fair tax,” Loudermilk said.

via Electric car owners take hit with new tax.

2
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for July 2, 2015

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution by Richard Henry Lee (father of Robert E. Lee) calling for independence from Britain. The delegations of twelve colonies voted in favor, while New York’s abstained, not knowing how their constituents would wish them to vote.

On July 2, 1826, representatives from Georgia and Alabama met to begin surveying the border between the two.

On July 2, 1861, Georgia voters approved a new state Constitution, which had been adopted by the state’s Secession Convention.

July 2, 1863 saw day 2 of the Battle of Gettysburg, with Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia attacking Meade’s Army of the Potomac.

On July 2, 1898, the first pot of delicious Brunswick Stew was made in Brunswick, Georgia. I think I’ll celebrate with a bowl for lunch today.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2, 1864. Major provisions included outlawing discriminatory application of voting laws, prohibiting racial discrimination in public accomodations, allowing the Attorney General to join lawsuits against states operating segregated public schools, and prohibiting discrimination by state and local governments or agencies receiving federal funds.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a witness to Johnson’s signature, standing behind the President in the Oval Office. Johnson presented King with one of the 72 pens used in signing the legislation.

Occasionally, pens from the Civil Rights Act signing come onto the collectors’ market. A collection of 50 pens used to sign legislation by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson went across the block in November 2013. This pen went unsold.

As a student of Dr. Merle Black in the political science department at Emory, we began our study of Southern politics from the premise that race relations and the legacy of racial discrimination shaped Southern politics. One book we read every year was The Longest Debate: A Legislative History of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which belongs on the bookshelf of any serious student of American politics, political history, and legislative process.

Georgia Politics

Paul Maner announced that he will run against incumbent State Senator Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) in the 2016 Republican Primary election for State Senate District 40. From the Press Release:

Long-time Atlanta resident Paul Maner has announced he will be seeking the Republican nomination in the upcoming 2016 state election cycle. Running as a conservative Republican, Paul Maner promises to bring honesty, leadership, & accountability to Georgia State Senate District 40 because It’s Our Time Now!

About Paul

Paul Maner, an experienced Financial Advisor at National Financial Services Group (ATL), has spent 22+ years helping others become debt-free, financially independent, & personally protected. He is the author of “Bible Centered Principles for Personal Finance” and a dedicated volunteer at the Atlanta Bible Camp. Most recently, Paul was awarded the “5 Star Wealth Management Award” by a group of industry peers. Paul and his wife Paula,  married since 1983, have a son and daughter-in-law (married by Paul) – both  currently serving in the U.S. Army as Combat Medics. Paul describes his  priorities are “God, family, work, & Falcons”.

About Paul’s Campaign  

Why is he running? Well, simple – Paul believes that It’s Our Time Now. It is time to take  control of our state’s future with solid financial planning and conservative Republican leadership  and secure Georgia’s place as a national leader in education, jobs, & economic growth. We’d like to invite you to learn more about Paul and his campaign by visiting www.paulmaner.com.

In Augusta, Wright McLeod, who ran for Congress in the 12th District in 2012, send out a press release announcing his campaign for State House District 123 in 2016 when incumbent Barbara Sims will not run for reelection.

Augusta native Wright McLeod officially announces his run for Georgia House of Representatives District 123.

District 123 is currently held by Barbara Sims. She has announced that she will not seek re-election after completing her fifth term.  “Barbara has selflessly served this District with grace and effectiveness. Thank you Barbara for a job well done.”

McLeod, a Republican and decorated Navy Commander and Naval Flight Officer, flew the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet for 20 years, including 38 combat missions in Operation DESERT STORM. McLeod earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a masters in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law.

After his retirement from the Navy, McLeod brought his family back to Augusta and started a successful real estate law firm. He and his wife, Sheri, have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents to three daughters, Collier (23), Maggie (21) and Grace (15). The McLeod’s attend the Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta where McLeod serves on the Vestry.  McLeod also serves on the Board of Directors of the Augusta Warrior Project and the Hephzibah Charter School Commission.

Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young will join McLeod in the race for HD 123.

Bob Young is back.  The former Augusta Mayor announced Monday that he was entering the race for House District 123, a seat currently held by Barbara Sims.  Sims announced on Monday, via email, that she would not be seeking re-election.  On his Facebook page, Young announced he would run in the Republican primary for the Georgia State House seat.

In his Facebook post, Young wrote “I look forward to carrying my message as the conservative choice to the voters in Richmond and Columbia Counties in the coming months.”

Lawrenceville City Council Member Marie Bieser will not run for reelection this year.

Bieser said she decided that, at 75, she was too old to pursue another four-year term on the council after her current one expires at the end of the year. She has decided to retire instead and endorse Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority Chairman David Still to replace her. Bieser was first elected to the council in 2008.

“If it were a two-year term, I might have considered running again, but four years is just too much,” Bieser told the Daily Post on Wednesday. “I think it’s time for the younger people to step up to the plate and get involved in the running of the city.”

Bieser’s seat is one of three spots that are up for election in the city this year. Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson and Council member Tony Powell are also up for re-election this year.

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis Convicted

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis was found guilty on 4 of 9 charges related to political corruption in the second trial.

Ellis was acquitted of four counts of criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion and one count of bribery. He will be sentenced Wednesday, July 8 at 9 a.m.

Ellis was on trial for the second time after a first jury failed to reach a verdict.

The criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion charge carries a possible sentence of one to five years in prison. A charge of perjury has a sentence of one to 10 years. It is expected that the three perjury charges will be rolled into one charge during sentencing.

The perjury counts related to testimony Ellis gave to a special grand jury in 2013. The jury also found that Ellis ordered the county to stop doing business with Power and Energy Services after they refused to donate to Ellis’ campaign.

DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May released a statement hours after Ellis’ conviction:

I encourage everyone to join me in keeping the Ellis family in our thoughts and prayers. I wish them strength in the days and months ahead.

Mr. Ellis remains under suspension during any appeal until the final disposition of his case or the expiration of his term of office, whichever comes first. While the suspension is in effect, I remain as Interim Chief Executive Officer. As Interim CEO, I will continue to stay focused on moving the county forward.

DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester (R-Dunwoody) also released a statement.

Today the taxpayers, businesses, and residents of DeKalb County received a portion of justice long due to them. I congratulate District Attorney Robert James on his success in Court today. I thank Judge Courtney Johnson and the jury of DeKalb County citizens that heard this case, thoughtfully deliberated on the facts, and delivered their verdict.

Today’s verdict, while important and necessary, does not close the book on corruption in DeKalb. To the contrary, these verdicts, along with guilty pleas of a former Commissioner, are but a fraction of the justice that must be tendered to the citizens of this county.

The fact remains that the trust and goodwill between the citizens in DeKalb and county government has been completely eroded. This one case, albeit a significant one, represents one facet of the problems that plague DeKalb. Corruption, waste, incompetence, bias, and an abusive bureaucracy have all found homes in various crevices of DeKalb County. I remain optimistic that investigators, law enforcement officials, and prosecutors will continue to mete out more justice for the people. Perhaps the harder task before us is to eradicate the quieter, but equally as harmful, scourge of incompetence, waste, bias, and abusive bureaucracy. Only when we completely address all of these negative attributes of DeKalb County government, will we be able to regain public trust and goodwill.

The Savannah Morning News gave the Savannah City Council an earful over the issue of tardiness to public meetings.

Despite the consistent appearance of both sessions on the city calendar, council members — with one exception — rarely bother to show up on time.

Regardless of who’s waiting.

The result?

People who take the starting times seriously end up cooling their heels until council members decide to make an appearance.

This behavior on the part of council members is unacceptable. It’s rude and arrogant.

Excuses such as “I was busy” or “I was delayed” don’t work because the dates and start times for these meetings are set well in advance. It requires only a minor effort for the aldermen to ensure they’ve made appropriate arrangements to meet that schedule.

It’s a matter of eight elected officials, in effect, telling those who sit and wait “my time is more important than yours.”

Alderman Hall is the exception, the one member who consistently is on time.

2
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 2, 2015

Lifeline Independence

Lifeline Animal Services is running a special at DeKalb County Animal Services and Fulton County Animals Services, where any dog who weighs 25 pounds or more and all cats are available for adoption for $17.76 during the month of July. If you’ve been considering adopting a new best friend, this might be the right time to start looking.

Edith2

Edith is a 4 year old blue Pittie beauty who doesn’t understand why she doesn’t have a family yet. She’s the whole package! She loves to play, nap, and has a lot of human friends here at the shelter. She dreams of the day where she can sleep on the sofa and sunbathe in your window. She seems like she has a moderate energy level and seems like she would be eager to learn some basic commands. Come meet this cutie today! Her adoption fee includes her spay, vaccinations, microchip, and more! For more information email [email protected] Edith is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

You can also see a video of Edith and how playful she is.

Dodger2

Dodger is a happy-go-lucky 2-year old Pointer / Lab mix with adorable speckles and a personality for the books. This boy is always happy! Dodger loves to make his humans happy. He already knows how to sit and would love to learn more, especially if treats are involved. One thing Dodger loves more than treats is getting a good back scratch from the human closest to him. He seems like an active boy who would not only be an awesome workout buddy, but a great cuddle buddy too! He gets along great with other dogs and probably wouldn’t mind having a dog friend in his new home. His adoption fee includes his neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and more! For more information email [email protected]

Dodger is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Cheyenne2

Cheyenne is an adorable 27-pound 4-month old lab mix girl who came into the shelter with demodex (a non-contagious form of mange). This sweet shy girl is available for adoption or rescue. Come break Cheyenne out of the shelter so she can recover outside of this stressful environment. Decatur, GA.

Demodex mange is considered non-contagious and is usually treated with getting the dog into a home, which helps their immune system strengthen and fight better and anti-parasitic Ivermectin. It’s not at all difficult to deal with in a dog.

Email: [email protected]

Cheyenne is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.