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On August 31, 1864, Confederates charged Union forces at the Battle of Jonesboro, in which the CSA suffered more than 1400 casualties in one hour.

Atlanta Mayor James Calhoun surrendered the city to federal forces on September 2, 1864.

Calhoun’s two-sentence letter, directed to Brig.-Gen. William Ward stated:

“Sir: The fortune of war has placed Atlanta in your hands. As mayor of the city I ask protection of non-combatants and private property.”

The cornerstone of the Georgia State Capitol was laid on September 2, 1885.

The last hanging in Atlanta took place on September 1, 1922 outside the Fulton County jail.

Author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien died on September 2, 1973.

On September 1, 2004, United States Senator Zell Miller, a Democrat, spoke at the Republican National Convention.

Later that evening, Senator Miller had a televised run-in with Chris Matthews.


This monument stands in Banks County, Georgia.

Middle River Volunteers

Photograph courtesy of Gould B. Hagler, Jr., author of Georgia’s Confederate Monuments: In Honor of a Fallen Nation.


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Visitors to Athens for the Georgia game this weekened may have noticed this love letter in the sky – a message from the Ending Spending Action Fund SuperPAC. I assume that the usual disclaimer is omitted here because of the exemption that states “a disclaimer notice is not required for communications using skywriting… or other forms or advertising where it would be impracticable to display the disclaimer notice.” Or maybe it’s just not pictured.

Here’s a video also produced by the Ending Spending Action Fund and they have a website at AbsolutelyNunn.com.

AJC’s Bill Torpy thinks Republican women are just “white girls”

Most days I enjoy Bill Torpy’s column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, but today I’m puzzled whether referring to former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer as “the white girl” is merely politically incorrect or an attempt to ratchet up the racial rhetoric in a county that’s seen more than its fair share of corruption and racial politics.

The white girl outdid them all.

In recent years it has become accepted fact that DeKalb County is a mess. And within that narrative is a subplot saying much of the mess is due to corruption among some black politicians and government officials.

Now, it turns out that Commissioner Elaine Boyer, the board’s sole Republican, a white woman from North DeKalb and a good-government watchdog, was stealing money faster than a busy smash-and-grab crew.

For what its worth, the AP-style guide reserves the terms “boy” and “girl” for people under the age of 18.

There’s simply no excuse for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to engage in a War on Women. Why would Torpy write that, and why would the AJC editors let it slide by when one can imagine no circumstances under which a male Commissioner would be referred to as a “boy.” Kudos to Michael Thurmond, former Georgia Commissioner of Labor and DeKalb County Interim School Superintendent for getting this right:

Michael Thurmond, a former legislator and elected state labor commissioner, is a longtime DeKalb resident who was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to help pull the county’s schools out of the ditch. He stressed he was speaking as a former pol, not an educator. OK, agreed.

“Public corruption is an equal-opportunity vice,” he said. “We reinforce our beliefs, no matter what the facts are, to see what we believe, to reinforce our pre-existing perceptions.

“The fact that Elaine Boyer may be pleading guilty may be filtered out by beliefs, biases and prejudices,” he said. Then he added, “As an African-American who has spent 30 years in politics, Elaine Boyer is not representative of all white Republican female elected officials.”

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Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway has an invitation for Congressman Hank Johnson – Gwinnett Daily Post.

“I don’t think I have Hank’s cellphone number,” Conway said this week, “but I would like to contact him the next SWAT callout we have and, instead of taking one of our armored vehicles to the location, I would invite Hank to walk up to the door and see if they’ll surrender their weapons and come out peacefully. Because Hank seems to think that’s all it takes.”

“The congressman’s bill is not in any way trying to take Sheriff Conway’s tank away from the Gwinnett County sheriff’s department,” said Andy Phelan, Johnson’s communications director. “All Congressman Johnson’s bill would do is limit the types of weaponry that are free through the 1033 program and put important accountability standards in place for this program.”

The bill — which Phelan said currently has about 15 co-sponsors, including one Republican — would prohibit the following from being transferred directly from the military to law enforcement agencies: automatic weapons that are .50 caliber or greater; “highly mobile multi-wheeled vehicles, armored vehicles, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles”; drones and other aircraft; grenades, “including flash-bang grenades and stun grenades”; silencers; and “long range acoustic devices.”

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Lilburn and Norcross in Gwinnett County will hold City Council Elections in November, and Peachtree Corners voters may see a referendum on alcohol sales – Gwinnett Daily Post.

“The city has yet to call an election, but I do anticipate one item for [Peachtree Corners] voters in November — a referendum on whether to approve package sales,” said Peachtree Corners communications director Judy Putnam.

Christina A. Cassidy with the  Associated Press has got a listicle of “5 Things to Know about Georgia Election,” which is a good refresher for political junkies – via GainesvilleTimes.com. This one sends a cold chill down my back:

Runoffs?

Under Georgia law, a candidate wins only if he or she claims 50 percent plus one vote. Depending on how Libertarians perform, a close race for Senate or governor could lead to a runoff. And that’s where things get tricky. Earlier this year, state lawmakers responded to a federal judge’s ruling that Georgia must give more time for overseas ballots and extended the time period between the state primary and the state runoff to nine weeks. But lawmakers didn’t make the same change for the Nov. 4 general election. That means a runoff in the governor’s race would be the traditional four weeks long and held on Dec. 2, while a runoff in the Senate race would be five weeks after that on Jan. 6.

The AJC reviews how the weaponization of SuperPACs has affected races in Georgia – Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The fiscally conservative Ending Spending Action Fund Super PAC has spent $1 million since late July to attack Democrat Michelle Nunn, much of it as Republican David Perdue was crossing the finish line in a draining primary runoff. The National Republican Senatorial Committee reserved $2.5 million of airtime in August and September to bash Nunn, as well.

The American Chemistry Council, a trade group for chemical companies, spent $720,000 on ads promoting Perdue as a future partner to Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia.

The Nunn campaign spent more than $2 million on ads of its own in late July and August, and it went negative on Perdue in response to the attacks on her. Emily’s List, a group that backs women who support abortion rights, jumped in the fray with a $1 million buy in late August attacking Perdue.

The money and the vitriol is flowing as well in Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s race against Democrat Jason Carter.

The Republican Governors Association dropped $1.5 million on ads that cast Carter as a “liberal trial lawyer” and questioned his willingness to expand Medicaid. Campaign finance disclosures show that Deal’s campaign, at the least, has spent an additional $2.4 million this year on TV and digital ads.

More outside help for the governor could soon be on the way. The RGA has reserved time to unleash a new volley of ads boosting Deal as November nears. And the governor is also courting casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire who is a major GOP benefactor, to chip in to his campaign.

 

In Savannah this weekend, a group celebrated the 280th anniversary of the landing of the first Salzburgers in Georgia – Savannah Morning News. The Georgia Salzburger Society dates the landing as March 12, 1734.

The City of Kennesaw has imposed a one-year moratorium on new pawn shops and payday lenders – AccessNorthGa.com.

At least 365 incumbents in 435 Congressional districts are likely to be reelected, according to the Associate Press – via Savannah Morning News.

Alabama is considering an amendment to the state constitution to enshrine gun ownership as a fundamental right – AP via NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com

A public forum to discuss medicinal cannabis will be held in Gainesville on Thursday – GainesvilleTimes.com.

Two Augusta Commissioners are seeking the Attorney General’s opinion on how to disburse SPLOST funds to nonprofit organizations – Augusta Chronicle.

Lacking rules to govern the cleanup of areas made toxic by illegal meth labs, the Georgia Department of Public Health counsels “common sense and due diligence.” – Augusta Chronicle.

Local Party News

Oglethorpe County HQ

The Oglethorpe County Republican Party will open its new headquarters on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM to host Republican candidate for State School Superintendent Richard Woods. Free hot dogs will be provided.

A new Young Republicans chapter will be started in August later this week with a meeting on September 6th, 7:00 pm, at Carolina Ale House, 203 Robert C Daniel Parkway, Augusta,Ga 30909. Contact Sam Haffner at (706) 414-8151 for more information.


Central DeKalb GOP Women: Meeting with Bonnie Perdue

September 2 @ 2:00 PM3:00 PM
Northlake/Barbara Loar Library, 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084+ Google Map

Bonnie Perdue, wife of Senatorial Candidate David Perdue, will speak to the Cent…

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DeKalb County GOP: Take The Senate Tuesday

September 2 @ 5:00 PM9:00 PM
DeKalb GOP HQ, 1532 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338

GATHER AT THE DeKalb GOP HQ to make phone calls for VICTORY. HELP US FIRE HARRY …

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Middle Georgia Republican Women welcome Mike Daugherty

September 2 @ 6:00 PM

VFW Memorial post 6605, 1011 Corder Rd. Warner Robins, Ga.

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Mike Daughery is Founder, CEO & Pres. at LabMD, as well as author of the Non-Fiction Thriller, “The Devil Inside the Beltway”

Over the last six years he has personally witnessed a government power grab and intimidation that, if not for the fact that it is all real, would make for a brilliant novel.

 

Meal $15 Donation, RSVP to bch5050@cox.net


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West Point Society of Atlanta: College Football Hall of Fame Gala

September 2 @ 6:00 PM10:00 PM
The College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta Street, Atlanta , GA 30313

Celebrate the opening of the College Football Hall of Fame museum with USMA Supe…

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Cobb County YR: Meeting with Sen. Judson Hill & Rep. – Elect Bert Reeves

September 2 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM

The Cobb County Young Republicans are excited to announce our September Regular …

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Savannah Area GOP Women: Monthly Luncheon Meeting

September 3 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM
Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404

The Savannah Area Republican Women are looking forward to hosting Roy Harris, Ch…

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Brunswick – Public Town Hall Meeting

September 4 @ 2:30 PM3:15 PM
College of Coastal Georgia, 1 College Drive, Brunswick , GA 31520

Public Town Hall Meetings As a part of his constituent outreach efforts, Senator…

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Fulton County GOP: Road To Victory Dinner

September 4 @ 6:00 PM9:00 PM
Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, 866 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, 30308

Governor’s VIP Roof-Top Reception: 6:00 pm With Governor Nathan Deal, Former Con…

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Hinesville – Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meeting

September 5 @ 10:45 AM11:30 AM
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Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meetings As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs C…

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Cobb County GOP: Breakfast with Rep. Lynn Westmoreland

September 6 @ 8:00 AM10:00 AM
Cobb GOP HQ, 799 ROSWELL STREET, Marietta, GA 30060

Update on the House Select Committee on Benghazi from Congressman Lynn Westmorel…

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Gwinnett GOP: Breakfast with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle & Sen. Johnny Isakson

September 6 @ 8:30 AM9:30 AM
550 Trackside, 550 North Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Monthly Breakfast Speakers: Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Senator Johnny Isakson

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Frodo is a sweet, young Great Pyrenees boy who found himself in a shelter, all dirty and a mess..but Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta stepped up and took him in! Now he is a clean boy, who has a big smile on his face because now he is on the road to finding my family! He does need some help with his leash manners as he still pulls a little bit. Frodo is young and can act puppy-like but is smart and eager to learn. He is good with other dogs and is housebroken. Frodo is available for adoption from Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins is a young male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the City of Lyons Animal Shelter in Lyons, GA.

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Hobbit

Hobbit is a sweet little (under 35 pounds) mixed breed female dog looking for a loving home. She is a little shy when she first meets new people, but once she warms up to you she’s very friendly and sweet. She gets along great with other dogs. Hobbit is currently living in a foster home. If you would like to meet her, please email volunteer@dekalbanimalservices.com to arrange a visit. Hobbit is available for adoption from Dekalb County Animal Services Decatur, GA.

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Police officials in the beautiful and historic South Carolina city of Charleston have identified a major new public safety menace requiring their immediate attention. This latest threat — being met by the authorities with an aggressive public awareness campaign and “sting” operations coupled with hefty fines in excess of $1,000 — is not drugs, gangs, or illegal immigration. The threat posed the good citizens of Charleston is: Uber!

Uber is a fast-growing, popular digital app for smart phones that provides consumers in Charleston and many cities across the country and around the world with an alternative to traditional taxi services. It is just one of many new digitally-based innovations having a major impact in the marketplace — entrepreneurial-based businesses creating new options for consumers in everything from online commerce (Bitcoin), to how you get around (Lyft), to where to stay on vacation (Airbnb). Even food trucks, a mobile spin on the concept of street food, have exploded with the formation of digital communities and communications.

So why is Uber seen as a public-safety threat rather than a benefit to consumers and businesses? Simple. Uber challenges the establishment; it is a threat to the status quo; it must be . . . regulated and controlled. And what better way to do this than through police power; in this particular case, the police power of the City of Charleston.

Welcome to the brave, new world that the Land once of the Free has become. Products and services like Uber are revolutionizing markets and marketing; shifting power long-dominated by large and powerful corporations and cartels, to individual entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. They are challenging the most powerful force in the universe – the force of the status quo.

Consumers are embracing these new technologies with open arms and open wallets; ready and willing to pay for new products and services that offer what they want, when they need it. But, in the same way that automobile manufacturers and dealers are fighting to keep upstart Tesla from competing against them on a level marketing playing field, government-empowered regulators whose mission is to protect the taxi industry from competition, are fighting Uber, and enlisting the support of the police to aid them.

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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.

The United States Air Force Academy moved to its permanent home in Colorado Springs on August 29, 1958

The Beatles played their final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.

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.

On August 29, 1977, Lou Brock stole his 893d base, to surpass the record set by Georgia-born Ty Cobb.

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A State Senate Study Committee met yesterday to hear about disciplinary issues in Georgia schools.

In Milledgeville, two years ago, a kindergartner was handcuffed at school. Last year in DeKalb County, a child was beaten at middle school. A few months ago, a child was confronted by another child with a knife in Newton County.

In each case, it wasn’t just the just the incident, but how the school handled it that angered parents. Either over-reaction – or no punishment at all.

Now, the state Senate committee is looking into criticism that the disparities and discipline across the state are harmful to certain kids.

There are five more public hearings planned across the state in the coming months.

The Study Committee is chaired by Sen. Emanuel Jones and includes Senators Hardie Davis (D-Augusta), Bill Heath (R-Bremen), Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) and John Wilkinson, (R-Toccoa).

Kennesaw State University has unveiled its inaugural football uniforms – Marietta Daily Journal.

Construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is meeting scheduling issues, but completion of the project is not expected to go over schedule or over budget – Augusta Chronicle.

Facebook chats took an ugly turn as a 25-year old man shot at a 17-year old girl he met on Facebook – Augusta Chronicle.

A Fort Stewart soldier is charged with vandalizing Battlefield Memorial Park in downtown Savannah – Savannah Morning News.

Democratic-leaning Georgia Association of Educators has endorsed Jason Carter for Governor despite his laughable lack of qualifications, accomplishments in office, and actual, concrete proposals for improving education other than throwing more money at it that he’ll find with his secret waste-eliminating ring.

Deal’s spokesman Brian Robinson pooh-poohed the endorsement.

“Gov. Deal has increased education spending every year he’s been in office, even during the hard times of the Great Recession when most state agencies were still taking cuts,” Robinson said. “His budgets show education is his priority. Jason Carter agreed. He voted for all of the governor’s budgets until he decided to run for governor.”

Robinson notes that this during this year’s legislative session was the only time he voted against Deal’s budget.

“Ironically, this year he voted against more than half a billion dollars in new spending for schools, ending furlough days, raising teacher salaries and extending broadband internet service to every school in Georgia,” Robinson said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin issuing new dock permits for Lake Lanier – AccessNorthGa.com.

The Shoreline Management Section at Lanier will begin accepting requests for new dock permits after 8:30 a.m. on September 16 on a first come, first serve basis. Requests received before this time will not be accepted.

All requests must be made to the Shoreline Management Help Desk at Buford Dam only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 770-945-9531 ext. 3262. Walk-In requests will also be accepted on those days.

The Sheriff’s Deputy who arrested Nydia Tisdale at a Dawson County political event has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the incident – Gainesville Times.

The Columbus community is rallying to support Fort Benning as the military considers cutting up to 11,000 jobs at the installation – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Columbus High School in Muscogee County has been rated as the top high school in Georgia by DailyBeast.com – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle addressed supporters in Dalton this week – Dalton Daily Citizen.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle reaffirmed his commitment to ensure that every Georgia student have access to a college and career academy by 2020, if they choose to attend.

“We have got to finish the goal and meet the mark. People are depending on us, and it’s important,” Cagle said. “I really believe in this kind of workforce development. I believe there is a real skills gap and we’ve had a one-size-fits-all educational system for too long. We need more kids to get excited about education, and when you look at these academies, kids are fighting to get in. They love what they do and want to be there all day long.”

Cagle is a major proponent for College and Career Academy schools, which attempt to prepare students for the work force by partnering with businesses and technical colleges to allow students to receive a technical certificate upon graduation and begin employment. The schools offer specific training and teach relevant, specialized job skills.

“We look at some of these instances at academies, where kids are leaving school with an industry certified certificate or an associates degree, and we’re doubling their income right out of high school,” he said. “This leads to better lives and a better Georgia. That is what we all need to be about.”

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard spoke at the first Albany-Dougherty Chamber of Commerce State of the Community luncheon – Albany Herald.

I am excited about the possibilities for Albany,” Hubbard said. “We are working on a five-year plan for the city where efficiency is the key. We are looking at ways to make $6 million in cuts in the way we do business. If all goes well, we think we can create an environment for growth. As the economic hub of the region, other communities look to us to help lead the way. We can be a big brother to the rest of the region.

“Economic development and public safety are our number one priorities.”

Georgia’s Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2015 Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Awards – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Walmart is opening its first Georgia in-store primary care clinics at locations in Carrollton and Columbus – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn met separately with the state board of the Georgia Farm Bureau yesterday – Macon Telegraph.

When it comes to the farm bill, Nunn supports it, noting that it is one of the few successful bipartisan efforts in Washington lately. Perdue said he opposed the measure, saying it didn’t do enough.

Lawmakers passed the $956 billion farm bill in February and President Barack Obama signed it after four years of sharp debate about farming subsidies and Republican efforts to reduce financing for food stamps.

The final bill replaced direct crop payments with an insurance program, and it also cut $8 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years. That was far less than the $40 billion reduction that some Republicans had called for.

Nunn criticized Perdue’s opposition to the bill, noting that Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both R-Ga., supported it.

“We know that it was not a good thing for us to languish two years without the certainty of the bill, and that it actually was the kind of bipartisan compromise that Washington does too rarely,” she said. “I think that the bipartisan bill was not perfect, but what it did was ensure that we continue to create a safety net of nutritional supplement, support for families that need it, many of whom are seniors and elderly or disabled.

“At the same time, it provided the critical crop insurance support that farmers want and said is important, invested in research and innovation, and by the way, cut the deficit by a significant margin,” she said.

Perdue said he opposed the measure because it could have done far more, particularly for the Peach State.

“First of all, on the farm side, I don’t think it went far enough to protect the interests of our farmers in Georgia,” he said. “Second, on the nutrition side, I felt like it needed to be bifurcated, that the problems and the abuses on the nutrition side needed to be dealt with separately.

“And that’s what I would like to do (in Washington), to make sure we get the items in the farm bill that protect the farmers of Georgia, make sure that they can stay healthy and fulfill their mission.”

Peach County Commissioners are considering raising property taxes 1 mill, and have delayed a decision on whether to spend money to help build an entrance road for a proposed private water park – Macon Telegraph.

Bill Ferguson writes that Michelle Nunn’s newest campaign ad is a cheap shot by political mercenaries – Macon Telegraph.

Any hope I had that she would stick to her early message about reaching across the aisle to address our country’s big issues was dashed to pieces by the TV spot her campaign is currently running in frequent rotation.

The ad makes it obvious that Nunn is employing the same type of campaign hit-men that all politicians seem to utilize these days. Their strategy never changes. They search through every nook and cranny of their opponent’s personal and professional life, identify something they have done or said that puts them in a bad light, and then try to drum that negative image into the voters’ minds via endless repetition.

It’s true that Perdue was CEO of Pillowtex for a short time and that they folded not long after he left. What the ad doesn’t tell you is that Pillowtex was in bad financial shape already and attempting to emerge from bankruptcy when Perdue came on board. He had a plan to turn the company around, but it obviously didn’t work out.

What the ad also doesn’t tell you is that after Perdue took over the company it was discovered that it had $40 million to $50 million in unfunded pension liabilities that were not discovered during their original bankruptcy proceedings. Perdue has said that the massive unaccounted liability torpedoed his plan to turn the company around.

But political campaigns are not about telling the whole truth. They are about smearing your opponent more effectively than they smear you. It is how the game is played and Nunn is playing the game just like everyone else does.

She has proven herself to be just another politician who will use the same intelligence-insulting, underhanded tactics to try to win her office that all the rest of them use.

Event Calendar


Sen. Johnny Isakson: Young Harris – Public Town Hall Meeting

August 29 @ 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Young Harris College, 1 College Street, Young Harris, GA 30582

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Fayette County GOP – Dance the Night Away

August 30 @ 5:30 PM8:30 PM

Fayette Event Center, 174 N. Glynn St., Fayetteville, GA 30214+ Google Map

The Fayette GOP is proud to present an evening of good food, fun times and fello…

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Central DeKalb GOP Women: Meeting with Bonnie Perdue

September 2 @ 2:00 PM3:00 PM

Northlake/Barbara Loar Library, 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084+ Google Map

Bonnie Perdue, wife of Senatorial Candidate David Perdue, will speak to the Cent…

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DeKalb County GOP: Take The Senate Tuesday

September 2 @ 5:00 PM9:00 PM

DeKalb GOP HQ, 1532 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA

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West Point Society of Atlanta: College Football Hall of Fame Gala

September 2 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
The College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30313+ Google Map

Celebrate the opening of the College Football Hall of Fame museum with USMA Supe…

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Cobb County YR: Meeting with Sen. Hunter Hill & Rep. – Elect Bert Reeves

September 2 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM

The Cobb County Young Republicans are excited to announce our September Regular …

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Savannah Area GOP Women: Monthly Luncheon Meeting

September 3 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM

Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404+ Google Map

The Savannah Area Republican Women are looking forward to hosting Roy Harris, Ch…

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Brunswick – Public Town Hall Meeting

September 4 @ 2:30 PM3:15 PM

College of Coastal Georgia, 1 College Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520+ Google Map

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Fulton County GOP: Road To Victory Dinner

September 4 @ 6:00 PM9:00 PM

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, 866 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308+ Google Map

Governor’s VIP Roof-Top Reception: 6:00 pm With Governor Nathan Deal, Former Con…

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Hinesville – Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meeting

September 5 @ 10:45 AM11:30 AM
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Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meetings As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs C…

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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face “challenges” sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future.

The Southern Co. subsidiary and its co-owners are building two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, southeast of Augusta. That plant and a sister facility under construction in South Carolina are the first in a new generation of nuclear plants built in the United States.

Georgia Power has so far spent $2.8 billion on the project, according to company filings. The other owners, Oglethorpe Power Corp., the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and the city of Dalton, do not report their spending to the Public Service Commission.

The latest cost estimates are uncertain.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Construction time uncertain for Georgia nuclear plant.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 29, 2014 http://gapundit.com/2014/08/29/adoptable-georgia-dogs-august-29-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=adoptable-georgia-dogs-august-29-2014 http://gapundit.com/2014/08/29/adoptable-georgia-dogs-august-29-2014/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:40:42 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=40304 GaPundit:

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Ty

Ty is an American Bulldog puppy who is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA. His sister, Tallulah (below), is also looking for a new home.

Tallulah

Brock

Brock is an adult German Shepherd who is calm and sweet, and gets along with other dogs. He is available for adoption from Dekalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

 

Hank

Hank is a year-old, 36-pound Boxer Lab mix who loves to smile, is very social and gets along with the other dogs. He loves to play and romp. Hank is available for adoption from SANG – Save the Animals of Northeast Georgia in Cleveland, GA.

The Savannah Morning News features local dogs available for adoption.

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April is an eight-week old Boxer/Basset Hound puppy who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.

Starbuck

Starbuck is a two-year old female Chocolate Lab mix, who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.

Volley

Volley is a year old female Hound mix, maybe with a Golden Retriever or Lab. She is a young dog – about a year old – and has a nice personality. She’s been trained to walk on a leash in her past and is well-behaved. On a hot day, she likes nothing better than to get into a kiddie pool to cool off. Volley is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.

Danny

Danny is a 4-year old, petite little male Dachshund. He has a merle pattern in his coat which is sometimes called ‘dapple’ in the Dachshund breed. Danny is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.

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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. http://youtu.be/jw1R_JBuHEQ If you’re interested in the structure of speeches, Nancy Duarte has done an excellent analysis of the speech, which you can watch here: http://youtu.be/1nYFpuc2Umk?t=11m49s

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.

Old Newt Pic 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.

What have Republicans done?

My friend, Leo Smith, serves as Minority Engagement Director for the Georgia Republican Party. He wrote on Facebook:

As I travel the state to speak with civic organizations, churches, and black leadership groups about the Republican Party, the most prevalent question is this: “What have Republicans done to better the lives of African Americans in Georgia?”

And, of course, he went on to answer the question. I’d like to offer my own answer of three things the Georgia Republican Party has done to improve the lives of African-Americans. 1. Creating 250,000 new jobs in Georgia – nationally, unemployment rates among African-Americans have been significantly higher than among whites, so it’s not surprising that many African-Americans name jobs as their most important issue. Governor Deal’s proven record of bringing more than 250,000 new jobs to Georgia by making it the #1 state in which to do business will benefit all Georgians, regardless of race. Additionally, word-readiness programs like the expansion of the HOPE Grant for Technical Colleges helps Georgians seeking jobs by helping them gain needed skills for new industries. 2. Sentencing reform – Governor Nathan Deal has instituted sentencing reform to concentrate more on “accountability courts” to address issues like psychological problems, alcohol- and drug-dependency, and persistent poverty that underlie much criminal behavior, rather than simply “warehousing” a substantial number of Georgians. Among other effects, this has helped lower the number of African-Americans as well as Georgians of all other races who are being incarcerated and helped put them on a path to recovery.

“Accountability court funding and improved rules for probation detention centers have successfully addressed the large jail backlog and high costs paid to counties housing state offenders. By identifying low-risk, nonviolent offenders and more effective ways to rehabilitate them, we are steering these offenders away from a life of crime and reserving our expensive prison beds for the violent offenders who pose a public safety risk,” said Governor Deal.

3. Removing members of the Clayton and DeKalb County School Boards that threatened our childrens’ education – When SACS, the regional accrediting agency, placed DeKalb County’s accreditation on probation, Gov. Deal moved decisively and quickly to remove the Board of Education members whose lack of leadership led to the crisis (ironically, along with the member who first brought to light the issues that led to the probation). DeKalb County serves a student body more than 70% African-American, and Gov. Deal’s leadership put the school system back on track to improving the quality of education these students receive. Additionally, much of the tax burden to support DeKalb County schools falls on African-Americans, who were being cheated of the effective use of their tax dollars, and whose children were being cheated of the education they deserve. Similarly, in 2008, former Gov. Sonny Perdue acted swiftly to put Clayton County schools under new leadership after SACS revoked that system’s accreditation. In other areas of education, Governor Deal has led strongly, expanding the HOPE Grant, saving the HOPE program from financial ruin, and investing an additional $500 million in education in this year alone. I don’t believe that is an exhaustive list of what Republicans have done to improve the lives of African-Americans in our state, but those three things are absolutely vital to improving the lives of all Georgians.

New State Rep. Candidate in HD 98

The Georgia Republican Party named David Clark to fill the vacancy created when GOP nominee for House District 98 Michael Brown died unexpectedly.

“Congratulations to David Clark and best wishes as he prepares to serve House District 98 in the Georgia General Assembly,” said GAGOP Chairman John Padgett in a released statement. “We appreciate everyone who offered themselves up for public service and look forward to working together this fall to secure victory for the Republican ticket.”

More DeKalb Commission shenanigans

WSB-TV reports that questions have arisen about DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton paying her boyfriend for political advice and consulting from taxpayer funds.

Documents indicate DeKalb County taxpayers paid a commissioner’s boyfriend tens of thousands of dollars for his consulting services. Sharon Barnes Sutton is a commissioner for District 4. Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution secured documents which show Warren Mosby received more than $34,000. Channel 2′s Erica Byfield asked Barnes Sutton via phone on Wednesday if she and Mosby had a personal relationship. “That does not matter because I have not broken any laws or violated any county policies,” said Barnes Sutton.

Between an ongoing federal investigation and an Atlanta news media apparently looking into the public documents, I would be surprised if we don’t have more shoes dropping in the future.

Yet another DeKalb election in November

A special election to fill the DeKalb County Commission seat from which Elaine Boyer resigned has been scheduled to coincide with the General Election on November 4, 2014.

Qualifying for the special election will begin Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m. and close Sept. 10 at noon and will be in the office of the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections, 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur. The fee to qualify is $1,151.24.

GOP to control Senate?

Senator Johnny Isakson told the Gwinnett Rotary this week that he expects the Republican Party to gain control in the United States Senate after November’s elections.

Georgia, he said, will play a key role in that battle. According to Isakson, Georgia and Kentucky are two seats the GOP currently controls which must be protected. Both Republican candidates, he said, are in competitive races putting those seats in danger of being lost. “Our first line of defense is to re-elect Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and elect a Republican Senator in Georgia,” Isakson said. Winning those races is necessary just to maintain the current total of 45 Republicans in the Senate. To improve the margin, Republicans would have to gain ground in the remaining 31 races, of which, Isakson said, only 12 are in play. Three of those dozen seats are more or less decided and should be a net gain for the Republicans — West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota. If those races end as expected, Republicans would go from 45 to 48 seats. Isakson believes the party has a good chance to reach a 50-50 split with the races in Louisiana, North Carolina and Arkansas. “None of those are a shoo-in, but I would think probably two out of three of them probably will go Republican,” he said.

RealClearPolitics.com is increasingly bullish on GOP chances of gaining the upper hand in the senior chamber.

The momentum appears to be on the Republicans’ side, as Obama’s approval rating is low, dissatisfaction with Washington is high, incumbents are showing signs of weakness, and the midterm dynamics and climate are favorable. Three Democratic-held states already appear to be in the Republicans’ column: Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia. If the GOP can hang on to Georgia and Kentucky, they would need to pick up just three more to win the majority. And there are a few different pathways that get them there. Perhaps most significantly, Republicans survived what could have been a problematic spring and summer: With most of the primaries over, the party has avoided the selection of flawed, stumble-prone candidates, a tendency that cost them seats in previous years. Part of Democrats’ strategy in difficult races was tied to a repeat of this history of picking weak candidates itself. The GOP’s feat bolstered Republicans’ prospects in several races — for now. “For the last five months, Democrats have been saying that their ‘legacy candidates’ provide an advantage, but the data shows it’s irrelevant,” said Brad Dayspring, the spokesman for the [Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee]. “If it were true, Landrieu, Begich, Udall, and Pryor would be at or above 50 percent.”

The New York Times writes that Republicans have crossed the 65-percent threshold in probability of winning a Senate majority.

Recent polls are one big reason. As we discussed last week, the latest evidence from Georgia has been favorable for Republicans. In West Virginia, polling continues to suggest that Natalie Tennant, the Democratic secretary of state, is a long shot to win. In Alaska — an important state for Democrats to hold — a Rasmussen poll released on Monday suggested the race was close. Another reason for the Republican gains in our model is the mere passage of time. Every day that passes with things remaining roughly as they are will gradually increase the leading candidate’s forecasted probability of winning. This is simply because there are incrementally fewer opportunities for a campaign-changing gaffe, or some other event that could swing the polls. It’s analogous to a football game in which one team is up by 3 points with the ball at its 40-yard line. Given this situation at the start of the second half, we can forecast, based on historical outcomes, that the leading team has a 67 percent chance of victory. But that 67 percent morphs into an almost certain victory with only one minute left on the clock.

In The Fix column at the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza writes that the major online models for Senate elections are converging on a conclusion that the GOP is likely to win a majority in the Senate.

First, the Post’s Election Lab, run by George Washington University professor John Sides, gives Republicans a 58 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to be in the majority come 2015. Writes Sides: “The Republicans are very likely to control at least 48 seats after the elections, including Georgia. With just three seats out of the [six] discussed above, they would take control of the Senate. That’s why we still see them as having a better than 50:50 chance to do it.” Leo, the New York Times’ Senate model, shows Republicans with a 67 percent chance of taking the majority. The third major modeler, 538′s Nate Silver, hasn’t issued a prediction from his model of late but as of early August he wrote that Republicans were “60-40″ favorites to win the Senate majority. Georgia: WaPo 84 percent GOP win/NYT 82 percent GOP win

 

Events Tonight


DeKalb County GOP: FREE Social Media Tech Boot Camp 

Seating is Limited. Please RSVP to maryann.langford@gagop.org

TechBoot
August 28 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM
DeKalb GOP HQ,
1532 Dunwoody Village Pkwy, Dunwoody, GA 30338 United States

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Valdosta State CR: Interest Meeting

August 28 @ 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Valdosta State University,
UC Theater, Valdosta, GA United States

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