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28
Jul

State lawmakers expecting contentious 2016 session | GainesvilleTimes.com

It’s still the dog days of summer, but state lawmakers are already anticipating a heated session of the Georgia General Assembly beginning in January 2016.

A few national debates have stirred the pot of controversy in recent weeks — for example, the Confederate battle flag’s place in the public arena — and representatives from Hall County said they expect these issues to flare up next year.

With major transportation funding in the bag, and medical cannabis now legal for eligible patients, it’s time to start thinking about what comes next.

Rep. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, said he has been keeping busy speaking to professional dental, psychologist and medical groups lately.

Health care has long been a passion for Hawkins.

And it’s an issue Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, is taking up as a current member of a House study committee on life insurance consumer disclosures.

Meanwhile, Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, is part of a group of lawmakers reviewing how cannabis oil might be manufactured, sold and purchased in the state.

While it is legal to possess the oil to treat eight medical conditions, including seizure disorders and cancer, access to medical cannabis remains an obstacle for most patients.

Made up of physicians, attorneys, state legislators and law enforcement representatives, the Commission on Medical Cannabis will help set Georgia’s policies on medical marijuana and will make recommendations regarding access and availability to cannabis oil to the governor and General Assembly later this year.

Previous commission meetings have addressed how Georgia’s policies and enforcement measures regarding cannabis oil compare with other states that have legalized some form of medical marijuana.

The commission will meet next in late August or early September, according to Miller.

via State lawmakers expecting contentious 2016 session.

28
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 28, 2015

On July 28, 1868, United States Secretary of State William Seward proclaimed that the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution had been ratified and was now part of the Constitution. The first section of the 14th Amendment often forms the basis for litigation and reads:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Georgia at first rejected the 14th Amendment in 1866, later ratifying it on July 21, 1868 as a condition for readmission.

On July 28, 1978, Animal House was released, instantly becoming one of the greatest films of all time. In case you’ve never seen the film, there is some adult language in the following clip. +1 for Otter’s plaid pants.

On July 28, 1994, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating “The General” locomotive, which was stolen in 1862 during the Great Locomotive Chase. Today, The General may be viewed at The Southern Museum in Kennesaw.

Georgia Politics

Longtime Republican activist Betty Voyles died on Friday at the age of 84. From the obituary,

Betty was deeply committed and involved with the Republican Party, locally and nationally. She was proud to promote conservative causes long before Georgia became a Red State.

Betty was a Goldwater Girl. She volunteered countless hours over the years for prominent politicians including managing Senator Johnny Isakson’s very first state office campaign and staying on his campaign for every election thereafter. One of her most favorite memories was flying up with Johnny Isakson for his federal Congressional Inauguration. She had a double thrill when she was able to witness his Senatorial Inauguration in 2005.

Other friends for whom she worked hard were Newt Gingrich, Congressman Tom Price, and a slew of others who are indebted to her victorious efforts.

Her smiling face could always be seen at County and State Conventions, usually registering countless numbers of delegates and alternates. She was also a willing volunteer at fundraising dinners for the GAGOP and serving on the State Committee since 2000.

She earned the GAGOP State Volunteer Award in 1998. Her energy was only surpassed by her humility. Betty was totally surprised to be awarded the 2005 Connie Russell Midura Volunteer Legacy Award from the Fulton County Republican Party. She was a longtime member of the Fulton County GOP Circle R Club and was an active member and volunteer with the North Fulton Republican Women’s Club.

Governor Nathan Deal said that concern over the carving on Stone Mountain is misplaced,

I would ask those who think this is such a big issue, if they would exert the same amount of influence and time and effort to try to make sure that the children in our school systems in this state who are in failing schools get a good education, it will erase any of the things that they think the memorials symbolize. I would hope they see that in the same light in which I do.

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28
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 28, 2015

Summer Chow

Summer is a small young female Chow,  just under 30 lbs and about 2 years old. She needs to gain a few pounds. She’s good with other dogs, very sweet, outgoing. Summer is available for adoption from Chap’s Chow Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Summer Boxer

Beautiful Miss Summer is an adult female Boxer mix and is so, so sweet. She loves people, kids, and other dogs. She doesn’t seem to be able to make up her mid about cats. Summer weighs approximately 50 pounds, and enjoys being loved on and pamper and doesn’t even really mind if you dress her up. What kid wouldn’t like live baby doll like Summer. She even knows commands, sit, stay, down. Summer is available for adoption from Pup & Cat Co. in Winder, GA.

Summer Catahoula

Summer is a young female Catahoula Leopard Dog who is available for adoption from White County Animal Control in Cleveland, GA.

27
Jul

How the 2016 race is playing out en espanol | www.ajc.com

[M]any of [Hillary] Clinton’s potential Republican competitors have at least a grasp of the language 13 percent of the country speaks at home.

Marco Rubio regularly gives interviews in Spanish, although his campaign website and social media don’t feature his language skills prominently. He learned Spanish from his parents, who immigrated from Cuba.

And Jeb Bush speaks Spanish almost exclusively at home with his Mexican-born wife and their children. He’s fluent enough to do interviews like this one on Univision.

“En 2016 Jeb Bush va a estar trabajando por la reelección de Mitt Romney,” said Jeb Bush in 2012.

Bush’s campaign website is in Spanish and English, and he regularly features videos of himself speaking Spanish on social media.

Plus, another two Republican contenders speak what they describe as Spanglish.

“Como crecí in Houston es un poco espanglish,” said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

“I’m going to stick to English, senor,” said Ted Cruz.

via How the 2016 race is playing out en espanol | www.ajc.com.

27
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 27, 2015

Snowflake-1

Snowflake is a one-year old, female German Shepherd mix with a stunning white coat. Snowflake is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue, Inc. in Savannah, Ga.

lucy3-1

Lucy 3 is a female boxer mix, about 1-2 years old rescued from Bryan County Animal Control. She is very sweet and ready to learn. Lucy would do best in a home without small children, small dogs or cats. Lucy is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue, Inc. in Savannah, Ga.

babygirl-new-2015

Baby Girl is sweet, happy, 7-year old German Shepherd mix girl looking for someone who can give her attention and love. Her Daddy passed and unfortunately, no other family member could take her.

Baby Girl is sweet and loving, and likes to lay on your lap and give lots of kisses. She’s a smart girl, and knows when you are sad, and will try to comfort you.  She’s not high energy but she does like to chase tennis balls.

She’s a great dog that is crate trained and house broken. Baby Girl is being fostered with Ashley, and they have grown very close. It would be awesome if they could be adopted as siblings.

Baby Girl is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue, Inc. in Savannah, Ga.

Ashley

Ashley is sweet, happy girl, an 8-year old Shepherd mix, who is looking for someone who can give her attention and love. Her Daddy passed away a few weeks ago and unfortunately, no other family member could take her. She is housetrained, and would do best in a home with another canine to also keep her company. Ashley and Baby Girl are great buddies and would love to be adopted together. Ashley is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, Ga.

27
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 27, 2015

On July 27, 1974, the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved the first impeachment article against President Richard M. Nixon.

The first such impeachment recommendation in more than a century, it charge[d] President Nixon with unlawful activities that formed a “course of conduct or plan” to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate break-in and to cover up other unlawful activities.

The vote was 27 to 11, with 6 of the committee’s 17 Republicans joining all 21 Democrats in voting to send the article to the House.

The majority included three conservative Southern Democrats and three conservative Republicans.

A bomb exploded at a free concert in Centennial Park in Atlanta on July 27, 1996.

Police were warned of the bombing in advance, but the bomb exploded before the anonymous caller said it would, leading authorities to suspect that the law enforcement officers who descended on the park were indirectly targeted.

Within a few days, Richard Jewell, a security guard at the concert, was charged with the crime. However, evidence against him was dubious at best, and in October he was fully cleared of all responsibility in the bombing.

Former Georgia Governor Zell Miller took the oath of office as United States Senator on July 27, 2000. Miller would go on to win a special election for the remainder of the term in November 2000.

On July 27, 2014, former Braves manager Bobby Cox and pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with former White Sox player Frank Thomas, who was born in Columbus, Georgia.

On July 26, 2015, former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the first pitcher inducted who had undergone Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

Smoltz won the 1996 Cy Young award and reached the playoffs 14 times with Atlanta. The Braves won five pennants and the 1995 World Series with Smoltz on the roster. He’s the first pitcher to win more than 200 games and save at least 150 games. He’s also the first player inducted with Tommy John surgery on his resume.

Smoltz understood his debt to John.

“I’m a miracle. I’m a medical miracle,” Smoltz said. “I never took one day for granted.”

Smoltz also heaped praise on former manager Bobby Cox and teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, who were inducted a year ago, and delivered a message to parents of the players of tomorrow as the number of Tommy John surgeries continues to escalate.

“Understand that this is not normal to have a surgery at 14 or 15 years old,” Smoltz said to warm applause. “Baseball is not a year-round sport. They’re competing too hard, too early. That’s why we’re having these problems.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Cruz Savannah Invite
I asked Congressman Kingston if this means he has chosen Cruz as his favorite among the Republican candidates and he replied,

“I’m happy to introduce Senator Cruz to my friends in South Georgia and the Coastal Counites. With the increasing importance of the SEC Primary and Georgia in the Republican nomination process, it’s a great opportunity for Georgians to meet the candidates face-to-face and I hope to do the same for any Republican candidate who asks.”

“We are excited to have Senator Cruz come to coastal Georgia, an area which is easy to overlook in presidential poltitics. We encourage people to come out and hear what he has to say.”

2016 Georgia Republican Convention in Augusta

Augusta 2016 GAGOP

Next year’s Georgia Republican State Convention will be held June 3-4, 2016 at the Augusta Convention Center. We’ll bring more details as we learn more.Continue Reading..

24
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 24, 2015

Georgia and American History

The United States Postal Service was established by Congress on July 26, 1775. I mailed them a birthday card on Monday; they’ll probably receive it next week.

On July 24, 1778, Georgia ratified the Articles of Confederation.

Georgia’s John Walton was present on July 9, 1778, and signed the document then. Georgia’s other two delegates – Edward Telfair and Edward Langworthy – did not sign until July 24, 1778, which is the date most often used for Georgia’s ratification of the Articles.

An interesting sidenote is that John Walton‘s brother, George Walton, signed the Declaration of Independence on Georgia’s behalf.

On July 24, 1919, the Georgia General Assembly rejected ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extends the right of voting to women.

At 12:51 EDT, we mark the safe return from the moon of Apollo 11.

On July 25, 1974, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of United States v. Nixon that executive privilege did not allow the White House to refuse to turn over audio recordings that had been subpoenaed by a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.

The number one song in America on July 24, 1982 was “Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor, from the Rocky III soundtrack.

On July 24, 2000, former Georgia Governor Zell Miller was appointed to the United States Senate to serve in the seat vacated on the death of Senator Paul Coverdell.

Yesterday, LCPL Skip Wells was transported to the funeral home in Kennesaw and grateful mourners flocked to the route, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

Wells’ body was flown into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Thursday afternoon and made its way down I-75 toward the Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home in Kennesaw, where the family will hold public visitations Friday and Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m.

A funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

Organizing the tribute happened in a matter of hours, according to Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin, and was evidence of the city’s commitment to supporting the Wells family and the county’s military community.

“It’s like people were waiting for this (event) to happen,” he said. “You know they were looking for some small way to show support. He went to high school just two miles from here. This was the perfect location. I called the chief at 4:15 yesterday and I said ‘Will you arrest me if I stand out on the bridge?’ and in three hours they had everything put together. What they did in three hours was amazing.”

Meanwhile, in DeKalb County, they got the sentiment correct, but the implementation failed.

DeKalb Half Staff Wrong

The United States Flag Code, 4 USC §77(c) states, (c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, and (e) The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.”

Georgia Politics

Brace yourselves for the upcoming Sales Tax Holiday.Continue Reading..

24
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 24, 2015

Peaches

Peaches is an adult female Maltese and Poodle mix girl who is good with other small dogs and a little shy when she first meets new people. She is a doll once she gets to know you. She is a sweet little lady that will need professional grooming on a regular basis.

Peaches is available for adoption from Clayton County Humane Society in Jonesboro, GA.

Sam

Sam is an adult male Chinese Crested Dog & Pug Mix, a sweet, unassuming old soul approximately 7 y.o., weighing 9 lbs. He is friendly and lovable and calm. He likes an open crate to use as a den where he can observe the goings on around him. Since he has discovered the couch, he’s not going to his crate much at all anymore.

At the top of Sam’s list of needs is a nice sunny spot to snooze indoors where he can dream of his forever home, and put the scary past of being a stray in the suburbs of Atlanta. Sam gets very excited when his foster mom comes home from work, and joins the pack seeking attention and pets. He is truly a gem, a darling little boy who wants only love.

Sam is available for adoption from Alcovy Pet Rescue, Inc. in Monroe, GA.

Mollyrose

Mollyrose is an adult female Cairn Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix, 1-2 years old and weighing 15 pounds.

My foster mommy would tell you that my favorite place to be is outside playing so a fenced in secure yard is a priority. I get along very well with my doggy brother but occasionally I like to let my older doggy sister know who’s boss. We get along really well most of the time.

When I’m inside you can find me curled up in a cozy chair or lap. Oh and I’m also potty trained!

Did I mention how much I love my humans? Even my two year old human sister. My foster family absolutely adores me but they would give me up if the perfect furever family came along that way they can continue saving more lives which I think is pretty cool. I look forward to meeting you.

Love, Molly Rose

Mollyrose is available for adoption from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA.

23
Jul

Armed drones: Georgia’s ‘guns everywhere’ law missed a spot | Political Insider blog

We told you earlier this week of the special election for the state House District 80 – and why Democrats have a rare chance to take control of a GOP seat.

We neglected to throw in an extra reason why Republicans are taking the challenge seriously. Should Democrat Taylor Bennett, a former Georgia Tech quarterback, beat former Brookhaven mayor Max Davis, the Republican, then control of the Fulton County House delegation would revert to Democrats. Republicans currrently have a 13-12 edge.

Though mostly in DeKalb County, House District 80 was drawn into Fulton County after the last census – one of several such moves to give Republicans control of local legislation.

via Armed drones: Georgia’s ‘guns everywhere’ law missed a spot | Political Insider blog.

23
Jul

Ga. Lawmaker Taking An In-Depth Look At The Rise Of Drones | WABE 90.1 FM

Georgia lawmakers are now studying the issues surrounding the drone debate and trying to come up with rules that address the potential problems.

Dawsonville Republican and House Study Committee Chair Kevin Tanner discussed why drone legislation is needed, what it might include and more on “A Closer Look.”

via Ga. Lawmaker Taking An In-Depth Look At The Rise Of Drones | WABE 90.1 FM.