A pair of stray Savannah dogs that have gained national online media attention over the past few days may have found a new home.
Joanie the pit bull mix and her little buddy Chachi, the long-haired chihuahua mix, could be headed to a home in Florida in a few weeks, the Savannah-Chatham police department announced Wednesday.
The pair were told of their new home Wednesday afternoon and were “elated,” according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
The unusual pairing — 8-pound Chihuahua mix Chachi and 65-pound Joanie, who carries the smaller guy around in her mouth — went up for adoption last week, and staffers
at the police department’s Animal Control shelter had been hoping to find a home where the duo could live together.
Georgia Republicans picked their Senate nominee Tuesday night. Former corporate CEO David Perdue will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the November general election.
Nunn, the daughter of a popular former senator, is among several Democratic female candidates who are showing strength as the party tries to preserve its Senate majority. She’s also considered a real contender to turn the Georgia seat Democratic.
Nunn has taken advantage of the Republicans’ late runoff date, which gave her time to raise money for November, says Justin Barasky, press secretary for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington.
The GOP “will be in a pretty bad financial position,” Barasky says. “Meanwhile, Michelle Nunn has built her organization and her cash-on-hand advantage to a really strong place.”
Thirty-three Senate seats are up in November. Georgia is one of just two states where Democrats might pick up a Republican seat. The other is Kentucky, where Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
SMYRNA — Residents of Smyrna will not see their taxes increase in the coming year after the City Council approved keeping the city’s millage rate the same this week.
Smyrna’s millage rate will stay at 8.99 mills after a 4-2 vote, with Wade Lnenicka and Susan Wilkinson opposed. Councilman Charles Welch was absent from the Monday meeting.
Lnenicka said he opposed the millage rate vote because he wanted to lower the millage rate to 8.90. He said Smyrna’s tax digest showed it had received more money in the last year than in previous years.
“I just thought because the tax digest went up that we should lower the millage rate and give that money back to the taxpayers,” Lnenicka said.
MARIETTA — The dust has settled, and the winners of the runoff elections have been crowned. So why did the elections shake out the way they did?
Political experts in Cobb pointed to a variety of factors, including name recognition, endorsements and a strong ground game, as the reason some candidates succeed while others did not.
Some pundits predicted the results of the race for a seat on the Cobb Board of Education, but were surprised by how one-sided the election was as Susan Thayer defeated incumbent Tim Stultz by a significant margin; Thayer received 3,030 votes, or 70 percent, while Stultz took home only 1,271, or 30 percent.
“We thought all along she would win,” said Tana Page, executive director of the Georgia teacher’s organization Educators First. “We were rather surprised at the margin … that she won by.”
Page added the results show voters overwhelmingly want new representation.
“She is a fresh face on the board, and I think that was what the public wanted and what educators probably wanted,” she said. “We were ready for a change. We did not think Mr. Stultz … was open to hearing a lot of the concerns that are faced by educators.”
A typically hard-fought primary season has finally drawn to a close thanks to Tuesday’s balloting to cap the nine-week long runoff period.
We congratulate the local winners (11th District Congressman-elect Barry Loudermilk, Cobb Commission District 1 GOP nominee Bob Weatherford, Cobb school board member-elect Susan Thayer and Cobb Superior judge-elect Ann Harris) and console the losers.
We also congratulate businessman David Perdue, who eked out a hair’s-breadth victory over fellow Republican Jack Kingston in the state GOP senatorial primary. Perdue spent more than $3 million of his own money in his pursuit of the nomination.
Job 1 for Georgia Republicans at this point is to begin healing their fractured party. And Kingston took a big step in that direction on election night, pledging in no uncertain terms to help Perdue win this fall.
And as former Georgia Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart of east Cobb said, “Republicans will do what they usually do. The ones that it really didn’t matter, who said ‘I like Jack better,’ they will be just as enthused for Perdue. Then there will be those of us that say any Republican is better than no Republican.”
Perdue’s foe this fall will be Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn of Atlanta.
ATHENS, Ga. — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the “outsider” arguments they’ve used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.
Their first targets: each other’s private sector experience.
Perdue was a journeyman corporate CEO; Nunn is a nonprofit executive on leave. Neither has held public office, making Georgia’s Senate race the only one in the country to feature two self-styled “outsiders” who now must find other distinctions to capitalize on voter discontent.
“I do think that our records are very different,” Nunn told reporters in Athens, a liberal enclave that is home to the University of Georgia.
Nunn, 47, is on a leave of absence as CEO of Republican former President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light foundation, which coordinates various volunteer efforts.
“My record, obviously, is around building communities, lifting people up, trying to make a difference, working in collaboration with folks from the other side,” she said in offering a more muted version of earlier criticism from Perdue’s primary rivals who noted that he presided over layoffs and outsourcing.
Perdue, 64, downplayed Nunn’s resume as inferior to his.
“My issue isn’t so much how she ran that organization,” he said in a Wednesday interview. “It’s just that that leadership does not prepare you, in my mind, to deal with issues we have in a free-enterprise system. I want to focus on why my background is more appropriate to lead in the Senate in regard to bringing economic and free-enterprise solutions to fix the problems that we have with the economy today.”
The American people claim they really, really hate Congress. We’re a little skeptical.
Want proof? According to a new Pew Research Center poll of voter attitudes, 69 percent of people would like to see most members of Congress sent packing in the 2014 election. That’s up 13 points since the last midterm in 2010. And … wow.
When it comes to their own members, though, only 36 percent say the same. That’s up just two points from four years ago and not much higher than in 2006. Clearly, people aren’t lining up to toss their baby out with the bathwater.
Quick: To what political party does your member of Congress belong?
About three-quarters of you came up with an answer. Of that number, a third of you were wrong. At least if we can extrapolate from analysis released by Pew Research on Thursday. They found that 53 percent of Americans could identify their representative’s political party which, let’s be honest, is not so good.
The numbers vary slightly based on various demographic data, but not a whole lot. The more educated you are, the more likely you are to get it right (unsurprisingly). Men were more likely to get it right than women, but got it wrong just as much. Republicans got it right the most, but that appears to be in part because moderate Democrats were remarkably bad at the question.
Any time I write about President Obama’s lackluster poll numbers, any number of people take to Twitter to helpfully remind me that he isn’t on the ballot this fall and is constitutionally barred from seeking a third time. Their argument comes down to this: Who cares what President Obama’s approval ratings are?
A new national Pew Research Center poll shows why any Democrat on the ballot this November should care. Roughly three in ten people said that their vote this fall would be “against” Obama as compared to just 19 percent who said that their vote would be to show support for the president. Those numbers aren’t as bad as what George W. Bush and Republicans faced before the 2006 midterms (38 percent voting against Bush, 15 percent voting for him) but are worse for Obama than at this time in the 2010 election cycle (28 percent vote against, 23 percent vote for) in which the president’s party lost 63 house seats.
As interesting/important question is who Obama is motivating to vote this fall. A majority (51 percent) of voters who say they are planning to vote for a Republican in their district say they mean that as a vote against Obama. Among self-identified Republicans, 55 percent say their congressional vote is meant to be against Obama; 61 percent of conservatives say the same. On the other end of the spectrum, just 36 percent say that their vote for Congress is meant as a vote for Obama. More than one in four (27 percent) of independents say their vote is against Obama; just 10 percent say it is in support of the president.
What those numbers suggest is that while Obama is not the only factor in how people will vote this fall, he is absolutely a factor in how people are making up their minds. And, at the moment, people who see 2014 as a way to send a signal of disapproval about Obama greatly outnumber the people who want to use their vote to show their support for him and his agenda.
Former Dollar General CEO David Perdue surprised the political world on Tuesday night, eking out a win over establishment favorite Rep. Jack Kingston for the Republican Senate nod in Georgia.
The key to that victory was how Perdue effectively leveraged his outsider status — this is his first run for elected office — to capitalize on the public’s distaste with business as usual in Washington. And that all began with his first TV ad — called “The Outsider.”