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Union cavalry under Gen. Kenner Garrard reached Roswell, Georgia on July 5, 1864, setting the town alight. On July 4, 1868, the Georgia General Assembly convened for the first time after passage of the Constitution of 1868 with a legislature comprising 186 members, of whom 36 were African-American. On July 6, 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully

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Union cavalry under Gen. Kenner Garrard reached Roswell, Georgia on July 5, 1864, setting the town alight.

On July 4, 1868, the Georgia General Assembly convened for the first time after passage of the Constitution of 1868 with a legislature comprising 186 members, of whom 36 were African-American.

On July 6, 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully tested a rabies vaccine on a human subject.

On July 4, 1889, the Georgia State Capitol was dedicated, then housing all three branches of the state government.

The Clash played their first live show on July 4, 1976 at The Black Swan in Sheffield, England.

Georgia Politics

Yesterday, Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia hosted enough Republican political heavyweights to shift the center of political gravity to the Peach State.

Bill Barrow of the Associated Press reviewed the speeches by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Huckabee, who enjoyed evangelical support on his way to winning eight states in his 2008 White House bid, called the ruling [by the Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage]“radical” and “illegal.”

“I want to serve notice that the Supreme Court is just the supreme of the court system that is one of the three equal branches of government,” Huckabee told hundreds of members of Rock Springs Church in a rural area outside metro Atlanta. “It is not the supreme branch, and it most certainly is not the supreme being.”

Cruz, the Texas senator, said a five-justice majority “ignored the text of the Constitution” and said the cascade of judicial and public support for same-sex marriage threatens religious liberty in America. He said he hopes the ruling “serves as a spark, to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno as the body of Christ stands up to defend the values that have built America.”

Their appearance about 50 miles south of downtown Atlanta is part of the early, concerted scramble for the conservative evangelicals who remain an important bloc of the GOP presidential electorate. Christian conservatives have long held considerable influence in Iowa, which hosts the first caucus of the primary season, and in South Carolina, home of the South’s first primary a few weeks later.

Rev. Benny Tate, pastor of the 6,000-member Rock Springs congregation, joked about the attention. “Our zip code is E-I-E-I-O,” he said, “and we’ve got two presidential candidates. How about that?” But the minister is also a serious player in Republican politics, with many Georgia politicians, and now national ones, courting his public approval, if not his explicit endorsement.

Tate told the assembly that Huckabee, as Arkansas governor, signed “a ban on partial-birth abortion,” referring to the termination of late-term pregnancies. He hailed Cruz for “standing against the Democratic Party … and even against the Republican Party.”

Greg Bluestein of the AJC added more.

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who won Georgia’s primary in 2008, predicted a protracted fight against the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court (he called it the “extreme court” to scattered laughter) that struck down bans on same-sex weddings.

“Over the next few years I fully believe that people of faith, whether they Christians, Jewish, whatever they may be, are going to be called upon, and already are, to determine, ‘Will you serve God or will you serve government?” he said. “And I wonder, will we be as faithful to our faith and to our freedom as those men who signed that declaration 239 years ago?”

Cruz, the Texas senator and another favorite of religious conservatives, spoke of a brewing “awakening” to defend the values of conservatives in the wake of the marriage ruling and the court’s earlier decision to uphold a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

“In this last election, 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home,” Cruz said, his voice rising. “It’s my hope that that marriage decision serves as a spark to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno and awakening that sweeps this country as the body of Christ rises up to defend the thousands that have built America into this great nation.”

I interviewed both Gov. Huckabee and Sen. Cruz and we’ll post those in the next day or two. But here are some scenes from the Rock Springs Church Independence Day Celebration.

I caught up with Gov. Huckabee and his counterpart, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue in the building that hosted a 6 PM VIP confab with Huckabee and Cruz.

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Huckabee and headliner Charlie Daniels greeted each other like old friends.

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While Gov. Perdue’s cousin, United States Senator David Perdue roamed the church grounds, greeting supporters.

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Sen. Ted Cruz talked with Jep Robertson of Duck Dynasty.

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And prayed with a fellow who came through the book-signing line.

Prayer Ted Cruz

And got selfied with your humble narrator.

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Charlie Daniels Band absolutely tore it up, including great renditions of “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Amazing Grace.”

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I saw State Senator Marty Harbin in the crowd and onstage and was told Sen. Mike Crane joined him, though I didn’t see Crane myself.

Here’s a programming note. The trip by Sen. Cruz was sponsored by the publisher of his book, and for ethics reasons, could not be coordinated by or with his campaign. So it was difficult to get in touch with his people on the scene. Also, someone mentioned on Facebook that they missed his Augusta book-signing and were surprised that their local GOP didn’t let them know. While letting local GOPs know of Cruz’s visit would have moved more books at most of his signings, either the publishers thought it would be improper and too campaigny, or they didn’t know who to talk to. Either way, Cruz will be back in Georgia in August for the RedState Gathering and will be announcing campaign leadership in Georgia soon, so I expect he’ll be back.

Also, I asked him about it and he said that the SEC Primary means Georgia will be more important in this Presidential cycle and will be an important state for his Presidential campaign.

At the Friday book-signing at Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, the owner estimated that 400 people came to the signing. He said the last hard count they made was 355 and “people kept coming.” That was the second-biggest book singing at Fox Tale Book Shoppe. The largest signing to date? Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Here’s Cruz at Fox Tale in Woodstock.

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And at Eagle Eye Book Shop near Emory.

Ted Cruz at Eagle Eye Book Store Square

Here’s our interview with Gov. Huckabee in January of this year.

Heritage Not Hate

Fourth of July parades in North Georgia featured a familiar flag and a message that many wouldn’t have expected, according to FetchYourNews.com.

Heritage not hate seemed to be the common theme today among several groups celebrating the 4th of July.

There was a confederate flag being carried by a black man in the Pickens County Georgia Parade and that was the message emblazoned across it, “Heritage Not Hate.”

Vehicles driving in the Gilmer County 4th of July parade, displaying the Confederate Flag, were heard yelling, “We love you!” and “Heritage not hate!” Sons of the Confederate played a large part in the Gilmer County 4th of July Parade today.

The trending message today from many areas in North Georgia and other areas seem to send a message that a large number of people simply believe the Confederate Flag represents heritage and nothing more. Maybe people just decided to exercise their “rights” after all it is Independence Day! Happy 4th of July!

Former State House member Roger Hines (R-Kennesaw) took up his pen to write about the Confederate flag.

Sorry, but I’m one of those endangered white Southern males who has always been OK with “Heritage, not Hate.” I have been told by those who have the incredible power to know my heart that “Heritage, Not Hate” is a sneaky cover for my bigotry.

If I hate blacks, why did I fight segregation during my youth and young adulthood? Why am I having breakfast next week with a black friend whom I love like a brother? Why did my two sons, during high schools years, bring their black friends to our home? I want those who have the incredible power to know my heart to answer these questions.

As an elected official in well-educated Cobb County, I marched in parades and attended memorial services under the auspices of Confederate organizations. Never have I associated with more decent people. They weren’t racists, just lovers of history and of their own particular heritage. If associating with such good people makes me suspect, I’ll gladly bear the burden.

Like Mark Antony, whipping up the crowd while pointing to Julius Caesar’s dead body, politicians who employ tragedy employ emotion rather than reason. Now, Southern governors and corporate heads can’t imitate Mark Antony fast enough.

Bringing down the Confederate flag won’t do one thing to improve race relations. It only shows intolerance for a segment of the citizenry and a denial of a phase of our history. Do governors and CEOs really think they can appease Al Sharpton? This knee-jerk cleansing will help nothing.

Regarding my black friend and our meeting next week, he doesn’t like the Confederate flag. I do. But we’re Christian brothers and have actually laughed about it all. We both love history, and I believe each of us truly does know the other’s heart.

At the Rock Springs Independence Day Celebration, I saw a Confederate flag and 1956 Georgia Flag in the parking lot and another two Confederate flags in the same tent at the event itself.

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And also this flag, which adorns the lapels of some members of the Georgia State House of Representatives.

Appeal to Heaven Flag

Voting on the Fourth of July

I drove to the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections office on Saturday morning to vote early. This will probably be the only chance I ever have to vote on the Fourth of July, so I took it.

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In DeKalb, a major Metro County that has a Special Election for State House District 80 and a Special Runoff Election in a County Commission District that is home to some 140,000 souls, I was the first HD 80 voter of the day. After the elections office opened at 10 AM, I arrived at 2:30 to cast the first ballot. Today, I checked the early voting records from the Secretary of State’s office and it turns out I was the only voter from House District 80 all day. Commission District 5 saw 15 ballots cast that day.

Houston County, where a Special Election is being waged in House District 155 saw 45 ballots cast on July 4th, 2015.

In Fulton County, 27 voters cast Advance Voting ballots on July 4th in House District 48, where a Special Election is running, and no voters cast Advance Votes in HD55, where a Special Runoff Election is being held.

In House District 155 Advance Voting on July 4, we tallied the numbers:

Coffee County…….0
Irwin County……..8
Tift County………..2
Turner County…24
TOTAL……………34

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Louie is an adult male Pug mix who was surrendered by one of his owners after their spouse died. Louie is around 3 or 4 yrs old and simply a love. He is around 15-20 lbs and will make the best of pets for someone who likes a little meat on their bones but yet

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Louie is an adult male Pug mix who was surrendered by one of his owners after their spouse died.

Louie is around 3 or 4 yrs old and simply a love. He is around 15-20 lbs and will make the best of pets for someone who likes a little meat on their bones but yet still be a lap dog. He is housetrained, crate-trained, up-to-date on shots and microchipped. He will also be getting neutered and his rabies vaccine. He is truly a love and lots of love to give.

Louie is available for adoption from BARC Brantley Animal Rescue Coalition in Nahunta, GA.

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Louie is a male Spaniel mix puppy who is  available for adoption from Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County in Sylvester, GA.

Louie Shih Tzu

Louie is a sweet Shih Tzu male about 5 yrs old and 12 lbs. He’s very calm and makes the best snuggle partner ever. Wherever you go, Louis will be by your side, comforting you and making you feel warm and fuzzy and loved.

Subsequent to being surrendered to the rescue he was fostered to a home along with another Shih Tzu in our program, Toby. Although they did not originate in the same home they are used to living together and would love to stay together. They play sweetly and snuggle up to each other when its quiet time. They make quite the yin and yang pair.

Louie is good with other dogs but is not exposed to cats or kids in his foster home. Louie is up to date on vaccines, HW test and has had a dental.

Louie is available for adoption from Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Atlanta, GA.

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Ga. Residents Can Now Get Financing For Rooftop Solar Panels | WABE 90.1 FM http://gapundit.com/2015/07/05/ga-residents-can-now-get-financing-for-rooftop-solar-panels-wabe-90-1-fm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ga-residents-can-now-get-financing-for-rooftop-solar-panels-wabe-90-1-fm http://gapundit.com/2015/07/05/ga-residents-can-now-get-financing-for-rooftop-solar-panels-wabe-90-1-fm/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:48:20 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=50958 GaPundit:

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Doctors sue to topple Georgia law regulating health industry… | www.myajc.com http://gapundit.com/2015/07/05/doctors-sue-to-topple-georgia-law-regulating-health-industry-www-myajc-com/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=doctors-sue-to-topple-georgia-law-regulating-health-industry-www-myajc-com http://gapundit.com/2015/07/05/doctors-sue-to-topple-georgia-law-regulating-health-industry-www-myajc-com/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:43:17 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=50954 GaPundit:

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

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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.

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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

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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 info@oldfella.org.

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.

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