GaPundit http://gapundit.com Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:32:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.8 Dulek announces run for Savannah’s 3rd District | savannahnow.com http://gapundit.com/2015/08/29/dulek-announces-run-for-savannahs-3rd-district-savannahnow-com/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dulek-announces-run-for-savannahs-3rd-district-savannahnow-com http://gapundit.com/2015/08/29/dulek-announces-run-for-savannahs-3rd-district-savannahnow-com/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:32:04 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=51888 GaPundit:

Gordonston resident Kim Dulek announced Thursday her intention to run against incumbent Savannah Alderman John Hall for the District 3 seat. After three bullets entered her home’s window during a nearby shooting March 15, Dulek said it became clear that crime has gotten out of hand and that she did not think Hall was taking

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Gordonston resident Kim Dulek announced Thursday her intention to run against incumbent Savannah Alderman John Hall for the District 3 seat.

After three bullets entered her home’s window during a nearby shooting March 15, Dulek said it became clear that crime has gotten out of hand and that she did not think Hall was taking it seriously enough.

“I just felt stronger and stronger that there has to be some change,” she said.

In addition to working to improve public safety by supporting the Savannah-Chatham police, Dulek said as an alderman she would focus on economic development, tourism, increasing community involvement and developing more mentors for young people.

via Dulek announces run for Savannah’s 3rd District | savannahnow.com.

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The following dogs are all urgent at the Monroe County Animal Shelter in Forsyth, GA and will be euthanized on Monday, August 31, 2015 unless arrangements for adoption or foster are made before then. Lucy is a young female hound who came in emaciated and has been putting on some weight. Lucy needs a family

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The following dogs are all urgent at the Monroe County Animal Shelter in Forsyth, GA and will be euthanized on Monday, August 31, 2015 unless arrangements for adoption or foster are made before then.

Lucy

Lucy is a young female hound who came in emaciated and has been putting on some weight.

Lucy needs a family to teach her how to be a dog who is loved and cared for. Available at Monroe County Animal Control 157 L Cary Bittick Dr. Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-7976.

Skylar

Skylar is a spayed female Shepherd mix who had a family who loved her, but they couldn’t afford to care for her anyomore and she wound up on death row at Monroe County Animal Shelter, from where she was originally adopted. She’s a wonderful dog who deserves a second chance.

You can also donate to a Fundrazr set up for Skylar to help pay for vetting costs and make her more attractive for rescue groups.

Ponder

Ponder is a 3-4 year old Foxhound or Coonhound male. He’s a little bit shy, but likes people and other dogs.

You may also donate online to a Fundraze for Ponder to help pay for vetting costs and make him more attractive for rescue groups.


 

Protecting Your Dog at the Dog Park

Last night at the dog park, two dogs nearly died and one of them may die yet. In the off-leash area, a large mixed-breed attacked a Sheepdog and couldn’t be restrained by its owner.

Eventually, the sheepdog’s owner was able to choke the large mixed-breed unconscious. Absent the attacked dog’s owner having the presence of mind and testicular fortitude, I have no doubt the sheepdog would have been killed.

The mixed breed dog’s owner is likely to find animal control impounding the dog and in danger of euthanasia. Especially since it was the second time that dog attacked another dog in the same session. If the sheepdog owner had been armed at the time (he’s a police officer) it’s very likely the mixed-breed would have been shot.

My advice to my fellow dog owners is that if you are physically unable to restrain your dog, you should not take it to an off-leash area ever. Period.

If your dog does anything that could remotely be considered an attack beyond the scope of play, you should restrain your dog and leave immediately. If there’s any question about your dog’s behavior, restrain them and leave immediately. Sometimes the atmosphere can get a little out of hand at the dog park, so know how to recognize when your dog is getting too excited and separate them and let them cool down.

In this case a stupid owner endangered a handful of dogs and it’s likely her dog that will pay the ultimate price.

It’s great that you rescued a dog, but please don’t kill it by being a stupid owner.

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General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates met General John Pope’s federal forces at the Second Battle of Manassas on August 29, 1862. Union General William T. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864. August 28, 1929 saw Governor Lamartine Hardman sign a Constitutional Amendment authorizing the

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General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates met General John Pope’s federal forces at the Second Battle of Manassas on August 29, 1862.

Union General William T. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864.

August 28, 1929 saw Governor Lamartine Hardman sign a Constitutional Amendment authorizing the levy of a state income tax.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the “I Have a Dream Speech” on the Mall in Washington, DC.

If you’re interested in the structure of speeches, Nancy Duarte has done an excellent analysis of the speech, which you can watch here:

On August 29, 1971, Hank Aaron broke the National League record for most seasons with 100 or more RBI, as he drove in his 100th run to make 11 seasons hitting that mark.

An obscure college professor named Newt Gingrich began his political career on August 28, 1976, as he kicked off his first campaign against Congressman Jack Flynt.

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On August 28, 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked the accreditation of the Clayton County Public Schools. Later that day, Governor Sonny Perdue removed four members of the Clayton County Board of Education upon the recommendation of an administrative law judge.

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Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) opened a new front in the culture war that is Religious Freedom.

If there’s any question of Donald Trump’s appeal in the South, take a look at this quick video of the line to get into his speech yesterday in Greenville, SC.

And this happened:

The November 2015 election cycle kicks off properly as qualifying for many city council and mayoral seats opens Monday.

Qualifying opens Monday for three Milton City Council seats, and Mayor of Alpharetta and three Alpharetta City Council seats.

In Roswell, qualifying opens for three City Council seats, including the one formerly held by State Rep. Betty Price, as well as for Municipal Court Judge.

Austell will elect a Mayor and three members of City Council.

The State Charter School Commission yesterday approved a charter for Brookhaven Innovation Academy.

BIA Chair Bates Mattison said the board will meet on September 3rd to continue to working on finding a location for the school and hiring administrative Staff.

BIA says they will offer students an innovative curriculum combining Blended Learning & STEM focused Project Based Learning with computer coding integrated as a component of the core program.

New Georgia Republican Party Foundation Chair Jack Kingston appears to be getting off to a good start with two major events on the calendar.

Cocktail Reception in Support of the Georgia Republican Party with Special Guest Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 PM
The Peachtree Club 999 Peachtree St. NE #2800, Atlanta, GA 30309
Sponsorship Levels: Gold: $20,000 Silver: $10,000 Bronze: $5,000

Fall Banquet in Support of the Georgia Republican Party with Special Guest Frank Luntz
Monday, October 5th at 6:00 PM
The Hyatt Atlanta/Buckhead 3242 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30305
Details: Sponsorship Levels: Gold: $20,000 Silver: $10,000 Bronze: $5,000

Click here for more information on these events.

Attorney Kevin Gooch will replace the controversial Vaughn Irons as Chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority. Other new Board members include Don Bolia of Brookhaven, and Baoky Vu, who also serves on the board of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Jeremy Collins has left the office of Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer and joins Holland & Knight’s lobbying practice. Collins previously served as political director for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign and as Deal’s liaison to the state Senate. Taking his place in the Pro Tem’s office will be Jay Florence, who moves over from serving as Assistant Commissioner of Insurance under Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, whose 2014 campaign he ran.

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Martha is an adult female Beagle and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA. Martha is personality plus. She talks to you and wants to cuddle. She is a meduim sized dog at 35 pounds. What a cuddler she is!! She will make a wonderful addition to

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Martha

Martha is an adult female Beagle and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

Martha is personality plus. She talks to you and wants to cuddle. She is a meduim sized dog at 35 pounds. What a cuddler she is!! She will make a wonderful addition to any home as she loves other pups and playing with her foster siblings. Call 912-270-0119 for more information about Martha.

Ding

Ding is an adult male Basenji mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

Dingo was a feral, scared little puppy who has grown into an intelligent, loving, beautiful adolescent. He is a nice size at 38 pounds. Dingo is still a little timid around strangers but warms up quickly. Please call 912-270-0119 for more information about adopting this sweet boy.

Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen is an adult female Black Mouth Cur and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

Mary Ellen had six sweet puppies who have found their forever homes, and now Mary Ellen is looking for a home for herself where she’ll be the canine baby.

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Advertising in the rights of way of state roads and placing signs on private property without the owner’s approval were prohibited in the first Georgia law regulating outdoor advertising, which was signed by Governor Richard Russell on August 27, 1931. Over the years, both practices would become enshrined in Peach State political strategy. Former Georgia

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Advertising in the rights of way of state roads and placing signs on private property without the owner’s approval were prohibited in the first Georgia law regulating outdoor advertising, which was signed by Governor Richard Russell on August 27, 1931. Over the years, both practices would become enshrined in Peach State political strategy.

Former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox was nominated for President on the American Independent Party ticket on August 27, 1976, making the race probably the only one to ever feature two former Georgia governors. During the campaign, Maddox described Jimmy Carter as “the most dishonest man I ever met.”

On August 27, 1982, Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson broke the record for stolen bases in a season, nabbing number 119 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Georgia Governor Zell Miller addressed the Democratic National Convention on August 27, 1996. In 2004, Miller would address the Republican National Convention, likely becoming the first Georgian to address both major parties’ national conventions. Congressman John Lewis and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney also addressed the ’96 DNC.

I can’t find video of Miller’s 1996 speech anywhere. So here’s his 2004 speech to the RNC.

On August 27, 2008, Barack Obama became the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, the first African-American nominee of a major United States political party.

Anita Perry in Atlanta

Former Texas First Lady Anita Perry will appear at a Meet and Greet at Ginger Howard Selections, located at 3164 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 at 5:30 PM tonight.

As it happens, Ginger Howard’s shop is just a couple of doors down from the White House Restaurant. Perhaps a good sign?

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After being sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday, the Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission met and discussed Peach State cultivation of marijuana and processing and distribution of oil to medical patients. From Maggie Lee at the Macon Telegraph,

“There is a good, effective business model for what Georgia allows now,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, just after a Wednesday hearing of the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis.

[W]hat Peake and other committee members want to do is figure out if and how Georgia can germinate an in-state industry that will grow specially bred cannabis and process it into a no-buzz medicine for a limited customer base.

Such liquid already is legal to possess under state law for the nearly 200 Georgians who have a medical marijuana card for any one of eight diagnoses. But growing cannabis, much less making anything out of it, is still illegal under state and federal law. Patients either pick up their medicine in a state like Colorado where it is legal to manufacture, or they rely on an out-of-state company to send it. That kind of interstate transport of a cannabis compound is a legal gray area at best.

[T]here is still a national cannabis prohibition, with only the tiniest exceptions for some hemp products. That fact is important to GBI Director Vernon Keenan, who sits on the panel. The Obama administration has decided to close its eyes to state-legal, tightly regulated medical marijuana programs. But a future president might be of a different mind, he said.

“I think this has to be resolved at the federal level,” Keenan said.

The state ought to approach medical cannabis guardedly, he said.

“This is getting outside of the scope of the (Food and Drug Administration) and the medical community,” he said. “To me that is very problematic.”

In Effingham County, a controversy over the local high school mascot and accompanying accessories continues.

The Effingham NAACP remains committed to removing the vestiges of the Confederacy from Effingham County High School, the group’s president said.

“This is far from over and we are not going quietly in the night!” Leroy Lloyd said in a news release. “Parents are outraged and may pull their children from band and the playing fields.”

Lloyd was responding to a statement released Tuesday by Superintendent Randy Shearouse, which said the school will continue to use the nickname “Rebels.”

Johnson said the fight is “about the failure of the school system to engage parents, listen to the community and to put the common good over allegiance to a heritage of hate.”

Lloyd said an “anti-diversity climate” is “pervasive.”

“Superintendent Shearouse is desperately trying to nip this in the bud because what he describes as a system where every student is successful is as untruthful as his attempt to reconcile the Confederate swastika and the racist tune ‘Dixie’ with a heritage of pride,” Lloyd said.

The Political Consultant Apprentice

The AJC Political Insider reports that Donald Trump is shopping for Georgia-based political consultants to help his Presidential campaign.

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Erstwhile kingmakers who wish to audition might make their way to Greenville, South Carolina, where Trump is set to speak to the Upstate Chamber Coalition at noon. The bad news is if you’re not already standing in line with a ticket in hand, you might not make it through the door.

Folks started lining up about 8 a.m. to get in the door. For video of the line, click here.

The event is sold out with about 1,400 people preregistered and about 100 media personnel expected.

WYFF 4 will stream his speech live on WYFF4.com and the WYFF 4 app.

A recent Monmouth University poll shows Trump has 30 percent of South Carolina Republicans support. In second place, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 15 percent. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has 4 percent.

The Greenville Chamber website said registration to the event was closed due to maximum capacity.

Here are my thoughts on Donald Trump. The fear of some Republicans is that Trump is a loose cannon, but loose cannons tend to do their damage and then end up on the sea floor. If Trump doesn’t rein in his statements and actions, he may well take himself out of the race without GOP insiders or operatives having to show him the door. He may also make the decision that he doesn’t want to actually serve as President, which might not be as fun as waking up super-rich on any given Thursday.

But he may also learn the ropes and become a formidable candidate for President. Think dialing down the showman and dialing up the statesman. He enters the race with the star power and money that most candidates, certainly everyone in the current GOP field, can only dream of. In that case he might revolutionize politics the way some of his supporters expect him to.

Even if he doesn’t become the nominee, a Donald Trump who is committed to the election of a Republican President could be a great asset. If he spent the last six months of the 2016 campaign jetting around in Trump Force One, filling stadiums with a mixture of GOP voters and non-voters who share some of our values, he could be a turnout machine like you’ve never seen.

The big question, as yet answered, is whether he will be committeed to the election of a Republican not named “Donald Trump.” For those who seek to rein in The Donald, perhaps setting your goal as keeping him in the party as an effective force should replace the idea of casting him offstage.

For the other candidates, here’s the best advice I’ve seen:

“At this point, ignore him and stay the course,” says Mike Dennehy, a New Hampshire adviser to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. “I am a firm believer that you try to run positive until it’s absolutely necessary to contrast. And with such a large field, the contrast or attack will likely help another candidate rather than your own.”

“The most important thing for Team Walker is to stay with our game plan,” says David Polyansky, Walker’s Iowa strategist.

“You contrast with Trump on issues and substance, of which he has little. And, you don’t allow the media or Trump himself to make you a contestant in his game show,” says Jamie Burnett, a political consultant and Bush backer in New Hampshire.

That last part is the money quote. You’ll never beat Donald Trump if you’re on his television show.

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On August 26, 1864, having withdrawn from trenches and fortifications outside Atlanta the previous day, U.S. General Sherman sent most of his forces westward around Atlanta and toward the south of the city. On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. Ratification took place on August 18, 1920, as

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On August 26, 1864, having withdrawn from trenches and fortifications outside Atlanta the previous day, U.S. General Sherman sent most of his forces westward around Atlanta and toward the south of the city.

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. Ratification took place on August 18, 1920, as the Tennessee House of Representatives adopted it, but adoption became official on August 26, when United States Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the Amendment. It reads:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

On August 26, 1939, the first televised major league baseball game aired, as the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader in Ebbets Field.

On August 26, 1961, the 718th Engineer Light Equipment Company of Fort Valley and the 210th Signal Base Depot Company of Augusta were called up to take part in the American response to the crisis in Berlin.

President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 26, 1964.

On August 26, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.

On August 26, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a Welfare Reform bill, called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

Georgia Politics

Yesterday, I went to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Congressional Luncheon in Macon and got the chance to speak with Senator David Perdue before he went onstage. In addition to Senator Perdue, the crowd also heard from Senator Johnny Isakson.

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And Congressman Rob Woodall introduced the main speaker, Dr. Frank Luntz.

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My most interesting takeaway from the event was from when Frank Luntz asked for applause from people supporting the various presidential candidates. In my opinion, Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina received the most applause. We also got to see the dial groups on a Hillary Clinton ad that’s airing in one of the early states and on Donald Trump at the GOP Presidential Debate in Cleveland.

Here are a couple clips similar to what he said yesterday.

The Macon Telegraph wrote about Luntz’s speech to the Chamber.

Political strategist and pollster Frank Luntz spoke about the current state of politics during the Georgia Chamber of Commerce 2015 Luncheon at the Macon Marriott City Center. Luntz was the featured speaker at the event that drew about 900 business leaders along with local, state and national politicians.

“This is the first time in my life that I have no clue who is going to win,” Luntz said.

He touched on the attributes of candidates who have led to candidates such as Donald Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gaining traction while Hillary Clinton is struggling so far.

Luntz said he is unsure if Clinton will be the Democratic nominee.

“We have never elected someone in the modern history of America who six months before the first vote had a 38 percent favorability rating,” Luntz said.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/politics-government/article32330496.html#storylink=cpy“Donald Trump in the latest Reuters poll is pulling almost (two) times as much support as Jeb Bush,” Luntz said. “It’s truly remarkable. We’ve never seen anything like it.”

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/politics-government/article32330496.html#storylink=cpy

The New York Times had an interesting story about Donald Trump’s popularity among voters.

A review of public polling, extensive interviews with a host of his supporters in two states and a new private survey that tracks voting records all point to the conclusion that Mr. Trump has built a broad, demographically and ideologically diverse coalition, constructed around personality, not substance, that bridges demographic and political divides. In doing so, he has effectively insulated himself from the consequences of startling statements that might instantly doom rival candidates.

In poll after poll of Republicans, Mr. Trump leads among women, despite having used terms like “fat pigs” and “disgusting animals” to denigrate some of them. He leads among evangelical Christians, despite saying he had never had a reason to ask God for forgiveness. He leads among moderates and college-educated voters, despite a populist and anti-immigrant message thought to resonate most with conservatives and less-affluent voters. He leads among the most frequent, likely voters, even though his appeal is greatest among those with little history of voting.

But the breadth of Mr. Trump’s coalition is surprising at a time of religious, ideological and geographic divisions in the Republican Party. It suggests he has the potential to outdo the flash-in-the-pan candidacies that roiled the last few Republican nominating contests. And it hints at the problem facing his competitors and the growing pressure on them to confront him, as several, like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, are starting to do.

His support is not tethered to a single issue or sentiment: immigration, economic anxiety or an anti-establishment mood. Those factors may have created conditions for his candidacy to thrive, but his personality, celebrity and boldness, not merely his populism and policy stances, have let him take advantage of them.

Tellingly, when asked to explain support for Mr. Trump in their own words, voters of varying backgrounds used much the same language, calling him “ballsy” and saying they admired that he “tells it like it is” and relished how he “isn’t politically correct.”

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz is promoting defunding Planned Parenthood to evangelical voters.

His latest pitch to religious voters came in a conference call Tuesday with church pastors from around the country.

“This is an incredible gathering of faith leaders across the country, of pastors who are standing up and answering the call,” Cruz said on the call.

It’s all part of an effort to build a grass-roots movement that his campaign can tap into and for him to be able to distinguish himself from the rest of the field to win what he calls the “evangelical bracket.” Cruz has some competition in that lane, notably from the last two Iowa winners former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Tea Party favorite Ben Carson.

In the conference call earlier, and at every campaign event, Cruz attacks Planned Parenthood. He highlights the recent series of undercover videos from an anti-abortion-rights group accusing the organization of selling fetal tissue from abortions for profit.

“I don’t have to remind anyone here of the atrocities being committed every day by Planned Parenthood,” Cruz said in Iowa, adding, “These videos that have been made public make vivid what we already knew.”

Vicki Willard RNC

Vicki Willard has made public her campaign for Republican National Committeewoman.

Georgia State Senator Josh McKoon has filed suit against members of the Coweta County Commission on behalf of three voters who say the Commission violated requirements of the Open Meetings Act before voting on a pension package for the former deputy fire chief. The alleged violation is that the Commission intentionally left the “golden parachute” vote off the agenda for the meeting at which it was voted on. McKoon told Fox 5 Atlanta

“What’s happened in this case is a real breach of public trust. These are taxpayers who are fed up with a government that’s trying to conduct business behind the scenes and behind closed doors. If the Commissioners want to commit $1.2 million dollars of tax money, they have the authority to do it, but they’ve got to stand and face the music and hear from the public before they do so.”

At 11 AM today, members of the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis will be sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal in his office. At 12:30 PM, the Commission will meet in Room 606 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.

DeKalb changes Testing Schedule

The DeKalb County schools have changed the testing dates that parents said conflicted with the Jewish High Holy Days.

Superintendent Steve Green says Iowa Tests of Basic Skills testing will now take place on Sept. 9, 10, 11, 16, 18 and 21, with make-up days from Sept. 22-25. Testing for the Cognitive Abilities Test will take place Oct. 5-7, with a make-up day on Oct. 8. The changes remove potential conflicts with several religious observances, including Rosh Hashanah and Eid-ul-Adha.

“The revised school testing calendar removes all conflicts with religious holidays while ensuring timely testing for students,” Green said in a district press release. “We have been responsive to concerns that have been raised and we have sought and arrived at a solution that is in the best interest of our children.”

Culture of Corruption

Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Fanning-Lasseter spoke about what she calls a “culture of corruption” in government.

“I just don’t see it as a culture of corruption. This is something that has gone on for years and years, unfortunately, in DeKalb, in Fulton, in Gwinnett,” she said. “I think the corruption is not that bad in Gwinnett, as you look over in the other counties, I really don’t.”

Lasseter, 67, served 33 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe for taking $36,500 from an undercover FBI agent. The agent posed as a businessman seeking her vote on a real estate project. She was sentenced in 2012.

Despite her stance that Gwinnett is less corrupt than most places, Lasseter went on to say corruption is evident in the county. A number of county workers live in mansions or expensive subdivisions, she said, and “they’re not making that here at the county.” Still, she also said corruption is more prevalent among developers, though she admitted that she has no idea how widespread corruption in the county might be.

 

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Today is National Dog Day, and Lifeline Animal Services is celebrating by offering free adoptions of any dogs in the DeKalb or Fulton County shelters. Georgia is a 4-year old female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA. Georgia is a smiley

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Today is National Dog Day, and Lifeline Animal Services is celebrating by offering free adoptions of any dogs in the DeKalb or Fulton County shelters.

Georgia Dog

Georgia is a 4-year old female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Georgia is a smiley 4 year old Labrador mix that would love to be your new best friend! She loves all people and greets everyone she meets with happiness and wiggles. If you see weekend hikes in your future, Georgia may be the girl for you! IT seems like she would be able to keep up with the most active of families. Georgia gets along great with other dogs would probably do well with a canine companion in her forever home.

Wilbur

Wilbur is a 4-year old Staffordshire Terrier mix who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Bunny ears and a goofy grin? That’s Wilbur! This friendly guy is happiest by your side. He gets along great with other dogs and would probably enjoy having a canine companion to hang out with in his forever home. Wilbur has enough energy to keep up with any family, but he is not the type to bounce off the walls. He will happily join you for your daily walks or runs! Come meet Wilbur, he’d make an awesome family pet!

Rowen

Rowan is an 8-month old Pit Bull (pibble) puppy who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Rowen is a ridiculously sweet and cuddly pup that would love to bound into your life on his lanky legs. This smiley guy is waiting for you at DeKalb Animal Services!

Layne Dog

Layne is a 5-year old Golden Retriever/Terrier mix female who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Blondes DO have more fun! Layne the 5 year old Golden Retriever / Spaniel mix is as happy as they come. Even though she has a touch of grey on her nose, that doesn’t stop this playful and totally sweet girl from prancing around happily. Layne gets along great with other dogs and probably wouldn’t mind having a canine companion in her forever home. Come meet her today!

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On August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted that Pluto was not a planet. The tough decision comes after a multiyear search for a scientific definition of the word “planet.” The term never had an official meaning before. According to the new definition, a full-fledged planet is an object that orbits the sun and

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On August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted that Pluto was not a planet.

The tough decision comes after a multiyear search for a scientific definition of the word “planet.” The term never had an official meaning before.

According to the new definition, a full-fledged planet is an object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity. In addition, a planet has to dominate the neighborhood around its orbit.

Pluto has been demoted because it does not dominate its neighborhood. Charon, its large “moon,” is only about half the size of Pluto, while all the true planets are far larger than their moons.

In addition, bodies that dominate their neighborhoods, “sweep up” asteroids, comets, and other debris, clearing a path along their orbits. By contrast, Pluto’s orbit is somewhat untidy.

Pluto

Pluto is an adult male Brindle Pit Bull mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Mars

Mars is a brindle Labrador Retriever and Pointer mix about 2-3 years old. He’s a sweet boy who gets along with other dogs and is available for adoption from Pup & Cat Co. in Winder, GA. Mars has a brother, Jupiter, who is also available for adoption.

Jupiter Pup Cat Co

Jupiter

The other Jupiter is a little female Chihuahua and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

If you are looking for a lap dog – you have found one here. She is sweet and loves to cuddle.

Pax

Pax is a handsome 2 year old boy with a lot of love and kisses to give to everyone he meets! He is a friendly wigglebutt who already knows how to sit, lay down, and possibly even roll over on command! He is a lively boy who would love a family that integrate him into their fitness routine. He’d make a great work out buddy! He loves treats and already knows his basic commands, so teaching him new things should be fun! If you are looking for a charismatic, active, and devoted boy, Pax is the one for you!

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

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On August 25, 325, the Council of Nicea adopted the Nicene Creed. On August 25, 1864, Union troops stopped artillery bombardment of Atlanta and withdrew from fortifications around the city. On the same day, in Virginia, Confederate forces attacked Federals under Gen. Grant at Ream’s Station. On August 25, 1877, delegates to the state Constitutional

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On August 25, 325, the Council of Nicea adopted the Nicene Creed.

On August 25, 1864, Union troops stopped artillery bombardment of Atlanta and withdrew from fortifications around the city. On the same day, in Virginia, Confederate forces attacked Federals under Gen. Grant at Ream’s Station.

On August 25, 1877, delegates to the state Constitutional Convention approved a new post-Reconstruction state Constitution, the seventh in state history, to be submitted to the voters on December 5, 1877.

The all-time highest score in a professional baseball game was recorded on August 25, 1922, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies by 26-23.

Paris was liberated from German army control on August 25, 1944.

On August 25, 1950, President Harry S. Truman ordered the seizure of the nation’s private railroads by executive order.

On August 25, 1973, the Allman Brothers of Macon, Georgia released “Ramblin’ Man” as the first single from the album “Brothers and Sisters.” From the Wall Street Journal,

Dickey Betts: In 1969, I was playing guitar in several rock bands that toured central Florida. Whenever I’d have trouble finding a place to stay, my friend Kenny Harwick would let me crash at his garage apartment for a few days in Sarasota. One day he asked me how I was doing with my music and said, “I bet you’re just tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best you can.”

Then one day in 1972, I was sitting in the kitchen of what we called the Big House in Macon, Ga.—where everyone in the band lived—and decided to finish the lyrics.

My inspiration was Hank Williams’s “Ramblin’ Man,” from 1951. His song and mine are completely different but I liked his mournful, minor-chord feel.

Except for Kenny’s line, the rest of the lyrics were autobiographical.

The WSJ article is worth reading in its entirety if you’re a fan of the Allmans.

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This weekend, Senator David Perdue delivered the keynote address at the Americans for Prosperity “Defending the American Dream” conference in Columbus, Ohio.

From ThePoliticalInsider.com

Senator David Perdue rocked the Americans for Prosperity microphone at the Defending the Dream Conference in Ohio over the weekend, giving a dynamic speech that left many wondering why he isn’t running for president.

Speaking to about 3,000 conservatives at a summit in Columbus, Perdue charged Barack Obama with bypassing Republican majorities on Capitol Hill with a series of executive orders and agency regulations that overstep his constitutional authority.

Perdue, a relatively unknown Senator from Georgia, got a warmer reception from the thousands of assembled conservative grassroots activists than Jeb Bush did.

South Georgia’s own Don Cole wrote about Perdue’s speech,

He agreed that the current administration has multiplied the crisis in a few short years, but he pointed out that our problem did not start with Obama. Perdue noted that historically, one political party has held a super-majority in congress 3 times in the last 100 years.

The first time was with Roosevelt who gave us the New Deal. The second was Lyndon Johnson who gave us the Great Society and War on Poverty. The third was Obama who gave us Dodd-Frank and Obamacare. He summed up history in a few words,

“Now look, I’m just a business guy but I can put at the feet of those three super majorities, the majority of the responsibility for this financial catastrophe that we have right now today. And the irony is that we let the Democrats get away with the ultimate lie they are perpetrating that they still champion the working men and women of America. Now I have to tell you, I’m incensed by that.”

He sees another crisis in three forms. The first form is a Constitutional crisis where the executive branch is running the country without congress by way of unconstitutional executive orders. The second form is a global security crisis. Russia and China are growing in power. When we withdrew from Iran in 2011, it left a vacuum that was filled by ISIS. The third form is a pending nuclear Iran.

Summarizing he noted that our Army is the smallest it has been since WWII, the Navy the smallest it has been since WWI, and the Air Force is the smallest it has ever been. “The problem is that in order to have a strong military, you have to have a strong economy.”

Zpolitics also wrote about Perdue’s trip to Columbus,

“I’ll tell you, it’s a miracle I got through the political process,” Perdue said early in his address. “The political process is not set up for outsiders to be successful. From the money standpoint to the political insider standpoint.”

Perdue went on to call out many of his fellow Senators, who he says have become engrained in the political process for too long and now contribute to Washington’s brokenness.

“In the United States Senate today, there are over 36 Senators who have been in elected office of one form or another for more than 30 years,” Perdue said. “Worse than that, there are 60 United States Senators- these are well-meaning, well-intentioned, very capable men and women, who I do have respect for. But, we have 60 United States Senators today, in this Congress, who’ve been in elected office for more than 20 years. Now that’s the rise of the career politician. That’s not what the Founders had in mind.”

Yesterday, news broke that Atlanta-based Southern Company will buy AGL Resources in a transaction valued at $8 billion dollars in cash and assumption of an additional $4 billion in debt.

“Natural gas will play a greater and greater role in primary energy needs,” Tom Fanning, Southern’s chief executive, said on a conference call. “Driving this deal are growth opportunities.”

The merger “should provide a crucial diversification away from Southern’s headline-grabbing construction projects,” said Angie Storozynski, a utility-industry analyst at Macquarie Group.

Southern’s bid for AGL expands its roster of customers and bolsters its ability to buy low-cost natural gas to supply its own power plants. Burning gas creates far less air pollution than coal, which also could help meet increasingly strict federal utility-pollution limits.

Southern, based in Atlanta, operates 73 power plants and has 4.4 million retail customers in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Last year the company’s power-plant portfolio was 40% coal-powered, 40% gas, 16% nuclear and 4% hydroelectric and other sources, according to Southern’s annual report. By 2020, company management hopes as much as 55% of its electricity will be generated from gas if prices stay low, while coal would be reduced to 21%.

AGL, which also is based in Atlanta, has 4.5 million natural-gas customers in Georgia, Tennessee, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, Illinois and Virginia. It serves additional customers through a joint venture called SouthStar Energy Services.

AGL also operates several gas storage plants and is developing gas pipeline projects, said John Somerhalder II, AGL’s chief executive.

And more from the New York Times,

The deal, announced on Monday, represents an important step for Southern as it moves from coal to natural gas. Once combined, the company will be the second-largest United States utility, with about nine million customers. The scale should lead to some cost-cutting, but Southern isn’t saying. That’s not uncommon, as there are local regulators to win over, and they like to see some savings passed on to consumers.

AGL shareholders are being offered 38 percent more than their stock was worth last week.

From a regulatory perspective, the deal will have to be approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission, as well as agencies in other states and federal agencies like the Federal Trade Commission. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Georgia’s Public Service Commission will begin reviewing the deal in the next weeks and months. Among the commission’s questions will be how does a combined Southern Co.-AGL affect competition? As separate companies the two often compete both at the consumer level and among corporate clients.

Commission Chairman Chuck Eaton said there are plenty of positives to recommend the deal.

“If you’re going to be acquired, it’s great that it’s an Atlanta company, great that it’s Southern Co.,” Eaton said. “That way we can keep it all here.”

It also makes business sense, he said.

“Energy is becoming more and more dependent on natural gas,” Eaton said. “That’s a combination of low prices due to the shale gas out West and the fracking. We’re being heavily encouraged through Obama’s clean power plan to move off coal. Natural gas has become more important.”

Eaton also said the Federal Trade Commission will review the deal for anti-trust implications.

Governor Nathan Deal issued a statement on the proposed merger.

“In Georgia, we’ve laid the foundations for a strong, successful business climate,” said Deal. “Across the state, our commitment to job creation and economic development is evident in the number of companies who’ve expanded or relocated here. The decision by Southern Company and AGL Resources to remain in Georgia is further proof that our pro-jobs, pro-growth policies have put our state on the right track.”

“Not only does this venture keep two Georgia-based energy companies here, it creates one of the most robust energy companies in the United States. Together, Southern Company and AGL Resources employ nearly 10,000 Georgians and have a major economic impact each year on our state. I look forward to the continued growth of these two companies and am confident that together, we’ll keep our state one of the top places in the country for business.”

Two other members of the Georgia Public Service Commission issued a statement on the transaction.

“While I will withhold final judgment until the commission has an opportunity to review this merger, I am impressed that both Southern Company and AGL Resources are committed to continuing to expand their lines and pipelines to support economic development throughout Georgia, and to keep a robust, competitive market place for energy available for customers to have real choices,” said Commissioner Doug Everett of Albany.

“Anything that helps Georgia consumers is of interest to me,” said Commissioner Tim Echols. “The commission will review the merger and I will be looking to see if it could potentially help provide additional natural gas infrastructure, economies of scale, more expertise to Georgia Power, and ultimately more customer choice.”

Georgia DFCS Director Bobby Cagle will hold a Town Hall meeting to discuss the agency’s “Blueprint for Change” at 5:30 PM tonight at the Augusta-Richmond County Library, 823 Telfair Street in Augusta.

Federal judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contract for probation services between Treutlen County and Judicial Alternatives of Georgia.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Philip Keen Jr., sought to overturn the state statute that outsourced probation services for misdemeanor offenses and municipal code violations. As written in 2000, the statute directed local governments to create their own probation offices or contract with private, for-profit firms.

Most courts opted to contract with private firms that earn income not by charging the local government but by charging probation fees.

“The legislation effectively caused the proliferation of private probation service companies throughout the state,” Bowen noted in his opinion.

How much money local governments might save by contracting with private probation companies is unknown, as is the profits earned by them, Bowen wrote. “However, it is known that many abuses are alleged as a result of the system.”

Bowen found the contract to be valid.

As for the constitutional challenge to the state statute, Bowen wrote that Keen lacks standing – having a stake in the outcome – because he is no longer on probation.

DeKalb School Testing Schedule Questioned

After learning from congregants at a local synagogue that proposed testing dates in the DeKalb County schools conflict with Jewish religious holidays, DeKalb County Commissioner and former School Board Member Nancy Jester wrote to the county superintendent.

I am writing today to express my concern about the dates for the upcoming administration of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in the DeKalb County School District. As you know, the testing window includes two of the most sacred holy days for the Jewish faith. We are also the only metro district that has chosen to administer these tests in such a way as to conflict with these important holidays.

I do recognize that the movement of the testing window to mid-September is an attempt to help identify and deploy resources more quickly for those students that are identified as “gifted”. I commend the administration for recognizing the need to improve on this aspect of education. As a mom with two children in elementary school and one in middle school, I fully recognize the challenges of this process and its timeline. But, surely the faith traditions of our friends and neighbors must be given considerable weight when crafting the testing calendar. In 2011, the school district was advised by parents in early October that the testing schedule would include the day after Halloween. Parents pointed out the myriad of problems this created for students and communities, and the district, wisely, adjusted the schedule. When the district is flexible and listens to the community, it gains credibility and goodwill. I believe that our current scheduling conflicts represent just such an opportunity again.

I respectfully ask that you and your administration reconsider the testing window for ITBS and CogAT. I know that you inherited this calendar from your predecessor. Please fix the mistake made by the previous administration and eliminate the scheduling conflict with the testing dates and the Jewish holidays. Please join me in standing with our Jewish students, teachers, friends, and neighbors so that they can fully observe their sacred, holy days. Please make sure that all of our students can have the optimal testing environment they all deserve.

Superintendent Green told 11Alive that he’s looking into the issue.

“I’m reviewing the situation and doing some extensive research,” said DeKalb Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green. “I’ve heard the concerns and take the concerns very seriously.”

Green is considering changing test dates for DeKalb County gifted programs – currently set during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Green has only been on the job about eight weeks and continues to deal with issues he has inherited, including a school calendar created In October, 2014.

“It’s not set in stone for now and it’s something I’m seriously looking at and can potentially change,” said Green.

Green said it is important to look carefully at any changes

“You also don’t want to solve one problem and create another problem, so I want to make sure the research is thorough,” said Green.

An indictment against former DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cyntha “C.J.” Becker was dismissed in favor of a settlement with the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission.

On Monday, Hart County District Attorney Parks White dismissed six felony charges and a misdemeanor count against former Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker. In return, Becker signed a consent order with the state judicial watchdog agency that she will never seek judicial office again, according to the dismissal order. Becker also delivered a written apology for what White said in the dismissal were “erroneous statements that became the object of this legal investigation and prosecution.”

White dismissed the indictment to allow Becker’s conduct to be resolved “as an internal ethics matter” with the state Judicial Qualifications Commission, according to the dismissal order.

The grand jury on Thursday indicted Becker—who retired from the DeKalb bench March 1—on four counts of making false statements to JQC members and staff during a private, informal conference last September. She also was charged with two counts of making, or authorizing, false statements in writing to the JQC.

“I am relieved and satisfied that the criminal case is nol-prossed forever, and that the JQC dismissed the false statement claim and the claim that Judge Becker did not follow the law in the case,” Becker’s attorney, Brian Steel, said after White dismissed the indictment Monday morning.

“Judge Becker never committed any crime and it was a shame that she was even indicted.”

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