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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 1, 2016

Keep your dogs safe on July 4th and all year.

Every July 4th, large numbers of dogs are scared by fireworks and run away. Local shelters will receive many of them, and others might get injured or never return home. The American Kennel Club has a list of precautions you should take before the fireworks begin. And I’ll add a few more tips.

1. The Lost Dogs Georgia Facebook page gets flyers for many lost animals and I’ve seen a number of dogs find their way home through posting there.

2. NextDoor.com for your local neighborhood seems to be where a lot of found dogs get posted in my area.

3. Go ahead and check to make sure that your dog’s microchip registration is up-to-date. You’d be surprised how many microchipped dogs end up in shelters with a notation that the owner’s information from the microchip is not up-to-date.

4. Make sure your dog’s tags are secure, up-to-date, and still legible. We’ve had to replace our dog’s tag when it became illegible.

5. Take a couple pictures of your dog with your smartphone today. That way if something happens, you can post photos online and make flyers without having to search for a good photo.

6. If you have neighbors who are likely to have their own private fireworks, talk to them and make sure you know when they’ll be shooting them off.

Liberty Griffin

Liberty is a female Shepherd & Labrador Retriever mix puppy who will be available for adoption beginning July 7, 2016 from Pregnant Dog Rescue, Inc. in Griffin, GA.

Firecracker

Firecracker is a female Corgi and Labrador Retriever puppy who will be available for adoption beginning July 7, 2016 from Pregnant Dog Rescue, Inc. in Griffin, GA.

Prince Freedom

Prince Freedom is a male Pit Bull Terrier puppy who is available for adoption from Friends of the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. in Dallas, GA.

Prince loves playing with other dogs, cuddling up to sleep and snore, playing with toys, chewing bones, and swimming in his foster familys pool! Prince does great with all dogs and would probably do best with a dog his size that he can play with. He rides well in the car and is good for baths. He is fully crate-trained, about 75 percent housebroken, and he uses a doggie door. Prince sleeps well in a crate at night and also enjoys sleeping in bed with his foster mom. He was DNA tested and Prince came back as 75 percent American Staffordshire Terrier and 25 percent Mixed Breed Groups. This includes Guard, Asian, and Sporting Groups.

Prince is a great puppy with a fantastic personality. He needs a family that can continue to socialize him, work with him on training, and keeping him active and engaged. Prince will be neutered on June 24th and he will be ready to go into his forever home shortly after that! Get your applications in on this adorable little guy!

Liberty McD

Liberty is a female Labrador Retriever & Collie Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Street Paws, Inc. in McDonough, GA.

Liberty is not your typical 4 1/2 month old puppy. Liberty likes a quiet and calm surrounding.

She is crate trained and working on her potty training. She likes other dogs and cats. No children, please! She knows how to sit and walks well on a leash.

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Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for January 6, 2014

Polls open for the 2014 Georgia Republican Primary Election in 134 days. Polls open tomorrow at 7 AM for Special Elections in Georgia State House District 2 (Catoosa, Walker and Whitfield) and District 22 (Cherokee, Forsyth and Fulton Counties.

If you live in one of those counties and have questions about whether you’re eligible to vote tomorrow and where, please login to the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page. You may also check with your county Board of Elections.


State House District 2 candidates

Neal Florence (R)  Facebook | raised $58k, spent $27k

Steve Tarvin (R)  Facebook | no reports filed

Doug Woodruff (R)  Facebook | raised $22k, spent $12k


State House District 22 candidates

Meagan Biello (R)  Facebook | raised $5k, spent $3k

Nate Cochran (R)  Facebook | no report filed

Jeff Duncan (R)  Facebook | raised $16k, spent $12k

Sam Moore (R)  Facebook | raised $18k, spent $11k

Note: all totals above are from the 15-days before report, though some have since filed a December 31 report. Reports were checked on Monday, January 6, 2014 between 9 and 9:30 AM.

History

On January 5, 2001, Congress certified George W. Bush as winner of the 2000 Presidential election.

On January 6, 1785, Samuel Elbert was elected Governor of Georgia by the General Assembly and later served as Sheriff of Chatham County.

On January 6, 1961, United States District Court Judge William Bootle ordered the University of Georgia to enroll Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, ending the segregation of UGA.

Events


 Glynn GOP: US Senate Candidate Forum with Rep. Jack Kingston

January 6, 2014 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Christian Renewal Church, 4265 Norwich St Ext (aka Hwy 341) Brunswick , GA 31520

Jack Kingston, US House Representative for Dist 1 and US Senate Candidate for GA, is appearing in the fourth of our US Senate candidate forums We are expecting a large crowd so come early to get your seat and to spend time talking with Rep Kingston before the program begins. Short candidate speech followed by questions posed by our panel Please bring a friend, neighbor, spouse – or even a stranger – who is interested in learning more about candidates…

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January 7, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Red Lobster, 700 Shorter Ave SW Rome, GA 30165+ Google Map

The Floyd County Republican Women meeting  - guest speaker will be Sam Olens, GA Attorney General. Please come and bring a friend.

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January 7, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub,

705 Town Boulevard, Brookhaven , GA 30319 United States

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Please join Speaker David Ralston, Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, Majority Leader Larry O’Neal, Brookhaven Mayor J Max Davis, Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson and Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis at a campaign fundraiser for State Rep. Mike Jacobs. With Ron Paul inspired primary opposition set to formally announce after the start of the legislative session, we need your help now. Olde Blind Dog is located in Town Brookhaven, off of Peachtree Road just south of Oglethorpe University.

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January 7, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway Atlanta , GA 30339

You are Invited to a Reception For Senator Judson Hill, Vice Chairman of the Republican Senate Caucus, Chairman Senate Finance Committee. Suggested Contribution $250    Contributions may be made payable to Friends of Judson Hill, 3102 Raines Court, Marietta, GA 30062. In lieu of your appearance, please consider making an online contribution at www.judsonhill.com

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January 7, 2014 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Pinetree Country Club , 3400 McCollum Parkway, Kennesaw, GA 30144
January 7, 2014 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Gilmer county Court House, 1 Broad S Ellijay, GA 30540

The Gilmer County Republican Party with David Pennington, candidate for Georgia Governor. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this very important meeting.

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January 7, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Henry County Public Safety Complex Community Room, 116 Zack Hinton Pkwy McDonough, GA 30253

The monthly meeting of the Henry County GOP with  DAVID PERDUE Candidate for U.S. Senate and NANCY JESTER  Candidate for Georgia State School Superintendent

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January 7, 2014 from 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
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January 8, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Johnny Harris Banquet Hall,

1651 E. Victory Drive Savannah, GA 31404 United States

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PROGRAM: Forum of Candidates for 1st District Congressional Seat Candidates: Buddy Carter, Darwin Carter, Jeff Chapman, Bob Johnson, John McCallum and Earl Martin. PERMANENT RESERVATION LIST: If you are on permanent list and you fail to show or notify otherwise, you are responsible for paying for lunch. You will be removed from the permanent list after two infractions. You must cancel by Monday before the luncheon. Please RSVP: Reservations to: Rebecca Rhinehart (398-0111) [email protected] Reservation’s by Noon, Monday, January 6,…

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January 9, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Green Ginger Restaurant, 200 Market Place Connector Peachtree City , GA 30269

The Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club will hold their installation of officers for 2014-2015 on Thursday, January 9th. The officers to be installed are President Alberta Lucas,  Vice President Mary Kay Rudd,  Secretary Becky Steely, and  Treasurer Debby Dickinson.  For more information, please contact Debby Dickinson, 404-376-4132 [email protected]

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January 9, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue Columbus , GA 31901

For 168 years the Chamber has been working for you in the Greater Columbus region. Join us for our Annual Meeting as we celebrate the successes of 2013.  A review of 2013 and a preview of 2014 will be presented. There is no cost to attend this event. Reservations on-line only by January 6, 2014.

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January 9, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
The Capital Grille, 255 E. Paces Ferry Road Atlanta , GA 30305+ Google Map

You are invited to support Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer at this fundraising reception for his re-election campaign. Authorized by the David Shafer Senate Committee. Kindly RSVP to Denise Deal at 678.617.1625.

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January 9, 2014 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
VFW, 725 Hwy 27 Cataula, GA 31804
Meet and Greet at 6:00 pm and Meeting at 6:30 pm.  Meals, Snacks, and Beverages available.
January 9, 2014 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Be My Guest: Catering and Events,

4216 Washington Rd Evans, GA 30809 United States

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Our speaker, Dr. Linda Tucciarone, is the Executive Director of Heritage Academy in Augusta, Georgia. She will discuss Georgia’s GOAL Scholarship program, school choice as well as the mission and success of Heritage Academy in providing quality education for students who would normally be in poorly performing schools. Social/Dinner is 6-7 pm. Meeeting is 7-8pm. $12 buffet style dinner per person.

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January 9, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Six Feet Under – Grant Park, 437 Memorial Drive S.E. Atlanta , GA 30312
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Happy New Year!  We enjoyed our break after the Holiday Party and look forward to catching up with everyone at our January Happy Hour. With the venue just down the street from the Georgia Capitol, we hope that interns and staffers (and any interested legislators) can drop by as well.

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January 9, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Charlton County Public Library,

1291 Indian Trail Folkston , GA 31537 United States

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Charlton County GOP We will hold our first meeting of 2014 this Thursday, January 9th at 7pm in the Meeting Room of the Charlton County Public Library.

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January 9, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Mt. Pleasant UMC,

55 Hwy 229 Social Circle , GA 30035 United States

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Our January meeting. Featured speakers will include U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel and Mike Collins for Congress, candidate for the 10th Congressional District.

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January 11, 2014 from 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Cobb GOP HQ, 799 Roswell St Marietta, GA 30060
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Cobb GOP January Pancake Breakfast with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson

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January 11, 2014 9:00 AM @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
VFW, 1011 Corder Road. Warner Robins, GA 30188
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Houston County Republican Party welcomes to its January meeting Phil Gingrey, Republican candidate for Senate and Congressman representing Georgia’s 11th District

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January 11, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Golden Corral, 605 Bullsboro Drive Newnan , GA 30265
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Please join us for the monthly Coweta GOP breakfast meeting. This month’s speakers will be U.S. Senate candidates Karen Handel and David Perdue. This will be your opportunity to meet the candidates in person and ask them questions about their vision for Georgia and America. We encourage everyone to come early and have breakfast. We look forward to seeing you Saturday!

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Cherokee County GOP: Meeting with Rep. Phil Gingrey & Allan Levine

January 11, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Winchester’s Woodfire Grill,

110 Mountain Vista Blvd Canton, 30115

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Congressman Phil Gingrey and Allan Levine will be joining us to talk about their respective campaigns for US Senate and US Congress. We look forward to a productive and exciting 2014 with you!

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January 11, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Kingwood Resort,

401 Country Club Drive Clayton, 30525

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Guest Speaker: Sen. John Wilkinson

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January 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
DeKalb GOP HQ,

1532 Dunwoody Village Court Dunwoody , GA 30338 United States

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Join us as we invite the candidates for the State School Superintendent to present their insights and vision for education in Georgia. Contact : Linda Kelley Smith, Chairman, Dekalb [email protected]

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January 11, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Fayette GOP HQ,

174 GLYNN ST N Fayetteville, GA 30214 United States

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Fayette County Teens Republicans have planned out their winter season projects and are ready to roll.  Chairman Tylan Jones, VC Matt Stordy, Secretary Arik Li and Treasurer Jack Fredrikson are the newly elected Executive Board and ask you to attend the first meeting. Teens are very welcomed from the ages of 14-18 years of age and have the desire to learn of the political process especially with an upcoming active 2014 campaign year.  Becoming a leader and learning lifelong skills…

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January 12, 2014

Happy Birthday – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle

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January 12, 2014 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Georgia Railroad Depot,

65 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, S.E. Atlanta , GA 30334 United States

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The “Wild Hog Supper,” a Georgia tradition dating to 1962, marks the opening of the legislative session each year. In recent years, the Atlanta Community Food Bank has collected non-perishable food items donated by attendees. Please join our Honorary Host Committee Governor Nathan Deal, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Chairman John Wilkinson, Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, Chairman Tom McCall, House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, and the Executive Directors of Georgia’s 7 Regional Food Banks as we celebrate the…

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January 12, 2014 from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Atlanta Dayanut Institute, 5065 High Point Rd Atlanta , GA 30342

“Israel Alone?” A Lecture with Michael Medved How Israel can continue to flourish in an increasingly hostile world

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January 13, 2014 12:00 AM
Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington St SW Atlanta, 30334

First Day of Session – 2013 Georgia General Assembly

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January 13, 2014 from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Georgia State Capitol,

206 Washington St SW Atlanta, GA 30334 United States

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On Monday, Jan. 13, SGA, in partnership with the Office of Government and Community Relations, will host its annual Georgia Tech Day at the Capitol and is inviting all students to join. At this event, students will learn more about what happens under the gold dome and can thank state leaders for their commitment to higher education. Students who attend will have the opportunity to: – Interact with representatives – Take a tour of the Capitol, receiving a special…

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January 13, 2014 6:45 PM @ 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Gainesville Civic Center,

830 Green Street, NE Gainesville, GA 30501 United States

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Register for Free Event Today! Invite A Friend! Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia in partnership with American Principles Project is excited to announce the upcoming Confronting the Common Core education event in Gainesville, Georgia. Come hear a panel discussion that exposes the threat of the Common Core to Georgia’s educational sovereignty. Be ready to be educated, equipped and empowered to stop the Common Core! Walk away with the tools you will need to help Georgia reverse course and return…

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January 13, 2014 7:00 PM @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Mimi’s Restaurant,

4880 Mall of Georgia Blvd Buford, GA 30549 United States

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The January meeting of the GGRW will be on Monday, the 13th at Mimi’s Restaurant in Buford near Mall of GA. The featured speaker will be Mark Rountree, noted political consultant and campaign advisor for some of the most prominent Georgians.  Since this is an election year. and Georgia will be electing a new Senator and several Congressmen, Mark will discuss “winning in 2014” a strategy for Republicans. All are invited to attend what will surely be a topical and interesting meeting.…

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January 13, 2014 from 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Congressman Rob Woodall Telephone Town Hall Please join me for a Telephone Town Hall Meeting on January 13th. Dial-in: 877-229-8493 Password: 17849

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections for April 26, 2013

Governor Deal signs Juvenile Justice Reform

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Yesterday att the Marietta Kiwanis Club, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a second round of criminal justice reforms to implement “smart on crime” policies that save tax dollars and promote public safety. HB 349, which contains recommendations from the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform, is follow-up legislation to HB 1176, the criminal justice reform act of 2012.
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“HB 349 is another step in the right direction in making Georgia smarter on crime,” said Deal. “Public safety will be improved by giving prosecutors leverage in certain cases and by ensuring that our prison resources are reserved for the ‘kingpins’ while the ‘mules’ are given a chance at reform.”
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The bill restores judicial discretion by allowing a departure from mandatory minimum sentences in some very limited circumstances. As a result, judges now have the option to make more appropriate decisions in drug-related cases where the defendant is not the ringleader of the criminal enterprise, or in other cases where the prosecution, defense attorney and judge agree.
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In addition, the legislation creates the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Commission. The commission will conduct periodic comprehensive reviews of the juvenile justice system and criminal justice system to help ensure that they are effective and efficient in fulfilling their purposes.
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The bill also contains provisions to keep communities safer by breaking the cycle of recidivism. Limited driving permits will now be available for issue to defendants and participants in a drug court or mental health court program, allowing them to get to school or work as long as they meet the program’s requirements. The legislation also permits individuals who have earned a HOPE GED voucher while incarcerated to use it within two years of release.
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Additional Bills Signed by Gov. Deal

Deal also signed Senate Bill 160 without a press conference and release. From the Associated Press via Augusta Chronicle:

Georgia’s governor has signed a bill that aims to fix some unintended consequences of the state’s 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration.

The legislation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednes­day also expands certain parts of that law, including those having to do with secure forms of identification and public benefits. Critics have said the law could keep people in the country illegally from accessing certain government services or buildings that require an ID.

Under the 2011 law, the state attorney general’s office was charged with creating a list of “secure and verifiable” documents that government agencies could accept if they require identification for an official purpose. The bill signed Wednesday removes foreign passports from the list unless they are accompanied by federal documents proving legal residence. It adds U.S. birth certificates and certification of birth abroad issued by the U.S. State Department to the list.

The bill adds grants, public and assisted housing, retirement benefits and state driver’s licenses to a list of public benefits for which people living in the country illegally are not eligible.

HB 349 Criminal cases; provide state with more direct appeal rights April 25, 2013
HB 147 Elberton, City of; change description of election districts April 24, 2013
HB 174 Lavonia, City of; change and extend the coporate limits April 24, 2013
HB 204 Sale City, City of; staggered, four-year terms of office for city council; provide April 24, 2013
HB 206 Hoschton, City of; corporate boundaries and powers; provide April 24, 2013
HB 209 Pharmacists and pharmacies; revise definition of “security paper”; revise requirements April 24, 2013
HB 220 Crisp County; Board of Commissioners; change descriptions of districts April 24, 2013
HB 223 Banks County; board of elections and registration; create April 24, 2013
HB 224 Coffee County; reestablish Board of Commissioners April 24, 2013
HB 252 Athens-Clarke County; chief magistrate judge; provide nonpartisan elections April 24, 2013
HB 253 Athens-Clarke County; provide future nonpartisan elections for office of probate judge April 24, 2013
HB 277 Randolph County; vehicles shall be registered and licensed to operate during four-month nonstaggered registration; repeal April 24, 2013
HB 278 Arlington, City of; provide duties of mayor April 24, 2013
HB 281 Cobb County Commission on Children and Youth; provide annual report April 24, 2013
HB 286 Hawkinsville, City of; Pulaski County; create and incorporate new political body corporate under name Hawkinsville-Pulaski County, Georgia April 24, 2013
HB 294 Lamar County school district; $7,000 of assessed value of specified five-year phase-in period for residents 70 years or older; provide homestead exemption April 24, 2013
HB 319 Fairburn, City of; exercise all redevelopment and other powers under the Redevelopment Powers Law; authorize April 24, 2013
HB 320 Solid waste management; currently existing and compliant inert waste landfill operations from regulatory permitting; exempt April 24, 2013
HB 321 Fairburn, City of; millage caps on ad valorem taxation of real and personal property; remove April 24, 2013

Cobb School Board Rejects Common Core

The Marietta Daily Journal writes that a majority of the Cobb County Board of Education voted against the $7.5 million purchase of textbooks tied to the controversial Common Core national standards.

Board members who voted against buying the materials were Kathleen Angelucci, Tim Stultz, Randy Scamihorn and Brad Wheeler.

Angelucci questioned the purchases because of their association with Common Core Standards, a curriculum that has been adopted by 45 states nationally.

She argued that many states are looking at getting rid of these standards for a number of reasons, and Georgia legislators were looking at doing the same with the introduction of House Bill 167, which was withdrawn this past session.

“I have on good authority that it will be introduced,” she told her colleagues.

Asked about the Common Core standards, Gov. Deal told the MDJ, “I think the misconception is that this was federally imposed on the state of Georgia and on the other states, and I think all but maybe one or two actually have subscribed to the Common Core.”

Yet More Campaign Email

Former Congressman Ron Paul has endorsed Paul Broun for United States Senate, signing a fundraising email.

Thankfully, there are a few strong defenders of the Constitution who stand firm against out-of-control spending and overreach by politicians in both political parties…

Dr. Paul Broun of Georgia’s 10th District is one of those principled Constitutional conservatives in Congress.

If we’re going to restore our Constitution and put our nation back on the path to prosperity, we must elect principled conservatives who will fight in Washington.

Paul Broun will continue fighting, and that’s why I endorsed his candidacy for U.S. Senate in Georgia.

If you look at the entire email, this is classical direct-mail style fundraising. It explicitly asks for a donation no fewer than eight times, each time suggesting amounts that start with the legal maximum and go down to a small dollar figure.

It includes two separate postscripts to drive home the urgency of the request, and direct mail fundraising specialists know that often the PS is among the most-read parts of any letter.

Liberal use of underlining and bold-face to enhance skimmability? Check.

If you long for the good old days when you came home to a mailbox full of thick fundraising pleas from right-wing organizations and politicians who trade mailing lists like Milhouse traded pogs, happy days are here again.

Of course, Ron Paul also endorsed disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford for Congress in SC-1, so we’ll see what his endorsement is worth in the South Carolina Special Election.

Weekend Events

April 27, 2013 8:30 Fulton GOP – BuckSprings Breakfast: Private Tour of Anne Frank Exhibit - at the Anne Frank In The World Exhibit, 5920 Roswell Road Suite 209, Sandy Springs, GA, 30328. This special event will be hosted in the Exhibit itself which is located in the same shopping center but across the parking lot from our FultonGOP headquarters.

Please register for the breakfast and tour online so they’ll know how much food to order.

As usual, the Fulton GOP will have a full catered breakfast by The Flying Biscuit. Breakfast  at 8:30am, followed by a short video presentation, “The Short Life of Anne Frank.” Then we will make our way through the collection of 600 photographs & over 8,000 words.

Visit their website for more information: annefrankexhibitsandysprings.org

April 27, 2013 at 9 AM — Bartow GOP April Forum – at Bartow GOP HQ, 162 West Main Street, Cartersville, GA, 30120.

April 27, 2013 at 10 AM — DeKalb GOP Forum for Candidate for GAGOP Chairman – at Wright’s Gourmet, 5482 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd,Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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April 27, 2013 at 6 PM Georgia Republican Assembly Debate for Candidates for Georgia Republican Party Chairman - Shorty Howell Park Community Center, 2750 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA,30096