On November 25, 1864, Sherman’s 14th and 20th Corps moved toward Sandersville while the 17th Corps fought briefly against a mix of Kentucky Militia, Georgia Military Institute cadets, and Georgia convicts.
On November 25, 1867, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel filed a patent for dynamite. On November 25, 1895, Nobel wrote his will, leaving the equivalent of roughly $186 million (2008 dollars) to endow the Nobel prizes.
On November 25, 1920, the first play-by-play broadcast of a college football game took place at College Station as Texas A&M (then Mechanical College of Texas) took the field against Texas University.
President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 25, 1963.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its first show at the Bag O’Nails Club in London on November 25, 1966.
A rally will be held at Five Points in Downtown Atlanta today from 5 to 9 PM to address concerns about the Ferguson decision. Will reporters outnumber protesters?
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
“I feel we ran a good campaign. I feel proud of it. We had a great team – volunteers and staff,” she began. “You spend the first few days being disappointed. Then you spend the next few days feeling a lot of gratitude for the experience. And then you start to get into the analysis of it. I think that will go on for some time.”
When asked if she had another statewide race in her, Nunn’s reply was again studied.
“I will stay involved in service. That’s been the trajectory of my whole career,” she said. But politics?
“I’m certainly invested in continuing to build the kind of Georgia electorate that I think would be most healthy for our state – a two-party dialogue, one that engages more and more people,” Nunn said. “I’ll just leave open the possibility of electoral office.”
This guy is named “Beast,” but he’s a sweetheart. He’s become the favorite of several staff members who are begging for a home for him – he’s been adopted out and returned several times, for things like chasing the family cat – not necessarily his fault, but a bad home match. See how sweet and playful he is in his video below. He’s not as big as he looks in the photo above. He needs to be out of the shelter before 4 PM today. We’re praying for a Thanksgiving miracle for this guy. Call the Shelter for more information 770-339-3200 or email jaclyn.nguyen@gwinnettcoun
Number 42884 here is listed as a Shepherd, but I think he’s got even more hound dog in him. In fact, I think he’s probably a cousin to my hound dog Dolly. He was surrendered by his owner and is friendly and playful. Call the Shelter for more information 770-339-3200.
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Washington Watch: Executive Overreach
I want to begin this week wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. Millions of people are travelling the country this week, returning home to share this uniquely American holiday with their friends and families and giving thanks for all of our blessings…READ MORE.
President Obama Proposes Unilateral Action on Immigration
Whether you identify yourself as a liberal Democrat, a conservative Republican, or anything in between, the President’s actions should trouble you as much as they trouble me…READ MORE.
House Supports Quality Scientific Research at the EPA
During a recent visit with my friends at the Georgia EMC, they shared that one of their biggest concerns about new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations is the detrimental effect they will have on ratepayers’ energy bills…READ MORE.
Supporting the FairTax in Washington, D.C.
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Isakson, Murray Lead Bipartisan Letter Pressing Army Secretary on “Grave Concern” Over Retirement Benefits
In letter to Army Secretary McHugh, senators call for immediate reversal of policy forcing officers to retire at highest enlisted rank
Current policy results in significant decrease in lifetime retirement benefits, for some as much as $1,000 per month or more
This week, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., led a bipartisan group of colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh over the Army’s treatment of a significant number of captains and majors who are former non-commissioned officers and are being forced to retire at their highest previous enlisted rank.
The senators are seeking answers about the Army’s use of Enhanced-Selective Early Retirement Boards (E-SERB), which will result in a significant decrease in lifetime retirement benefits for the impacted soldiers, for some as much as $1,000 per month or more, or just over $1 million over a 40 year retirement in the case of a captain forced to retire as a sergeant first class.
“These former non-commissioned officers answered the Army’s call for volunteers to attend Officer Candidate School as the Army expanded its officer corps to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, despite having served for years as commissioned officers and rising through the ranks to become captains and majors, these dedicated soldiers will soon be forced to retire at their highest previous enlisted rank,” the senators wrote in their letter. “To demote these soldiers in retirement is an injustice that devalues their service and will materially disadvantage them and their families for the rest of their lives… We strongly urge you to take the necessary steps to rectify this situation in order to allow these soldiers to retire at the rank they have earned and appropriately honor their service to our nation.” (more…)
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Isakson Statement on Resignation of Defense Secretary Hagel
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., issued the following statement regarding the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel:
“Whether a resignation or a firing of Secretary Hagel, this decision reflects the uncertainty of this administration as it relates to foreign policy in general, and in particular the destruction of ISIS. Given the crisis with ISIS, along with situations of unrest in the Ukraine, Iran, and west Africa, this president and his administration need to send a clear message of strength and commitment.”
Deal appoints individuals to serve in public safety, education, family services and community affairs
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced appointments to positions of leadership in various state government roles.
Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth will become the director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) effective in January. Butterworth will replace Charley English, who will assume the position of deputy director of GEMA. The governor has also tapped Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, current assistant adjutant general of the Georgia Department of Defense, to serve as the adjutant general of Georgia effective in January. (more…)
Atlanta, Ga. – November 24, 2014 – Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson (D-Norcoss) today pre-filed legislation that would legalize medical marijuana, along with a separate measure that would legalize and regulate marijuana retail sales to adults.
“Few would disagree that physicians need every good tool in their medical toolbox to provide the best health care possible to their patients. Whether that tool is a new diagnostic test, a new antibiotic or a form of proven pain reliever, doctors need the ability to provide the best possible short and long-term health care for their patients, SB 7 is designed to do just that,” Thompson said.
ROME — The hard part now begins for lawmakers and others who have spent the past four months studying ways to find an extra $1 billion or more each year to pay for Georgia’s growing transportation infrastructure needs.
The panel has traveled the state, holding eight public hearings, but now it must actually produce a set of recommendations that leaders of the House and Senate have promised will be “significant” and “bold.” Legislation that created the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding set a Nov. 30 deadline for the panel to submit recommendations to the General Assembly.
While there were few clues given at Thursday’s final committee meeting, panelists heard a variety of concerns and suggestions, especially about the growing impact that hybrid and electric vehicles have on the state’s bottom line. The more fuel-efficient the car, the less gasoline is purchased. The less gasoline purchased means the less collected in gas taxes for transportation projects.
“All of these new types of vehicles are coming on the market, and we as a state and a country are offering tax incentives for people to buy them on one hand,” Rome City Commissioner Buzz Wachsteter said. “But on the other hand, what are we doing? We’re taking away the revenue that was being produced by conventional vehicles that use motor fuel to provide revenue.”
Panelists appeared particularly interested Thursday in a presentation from Virginia transportation executive Nick Donahue, who detailed how his state paid for $1.9 billion in improvements to the Beltway around Washington. Through aggressive bond sales to public-private partnerships that left private firms in charge of toll collection, Virginia added two extra toll lanes going each way on I-495 around the nation’s capital, Donahue said.