GA 12 – Delvis Dutton Congress: Announces 'Farmers For Delvis' Coalition

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Delvis Dutton Campaign Announces ’Farmers for Delvis’ Coalition

Today, the Delvis Dutton for Congress campaign announced the ‘Farmers for Delvis’ coalition. These 12th district agricultural leaders will help recruit and organize local farmers for the campaign and advise the campaign on agricultural policy and issues. Kyle Durrence, a Reidsville pecan farmer, said, “I’m enthusiastically supporting Delvis because he understands the importance of farming not only for South Georgia, but for the entire country. The agriculture community has no better friend than Delvis Dutton –  he’s one of us.” Delvis has been a strong advocate for the agriculture community while in Atlanta and will continue to look out for the best interests of Georgia farmers. The coalition includes the following team members: Continue reading

GA 12 – Rick Allen Congress: Announces Farmers For Rick Coalition Chair

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Rick Allen Announces Farmers For Rick Coalition Chair

Rick Allen Announces H.G. Yeomans as Farmers For Rick Coalition Chair.

Yeomans, of Swainsboro, endorsed Rick by saying, “I support Rick Allen because he understands the importance of a strong farming and agricultural economy. I believe Rick Allen’s conservative ideas will help lead our country back to the principles we believe in.”

Rick thanked Yeomans by saying, “The 12th District of Georgia needs someone in Washington who will stand up for its agricultural community. Continue reading

Gov. Nathan Deal: Volunteer on 26 April

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From Nathan Deal Governor:

Join us this Saturday, April 26, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm to get out the vote and re-elect Governor Deal. Sign up here to volunteer.

WHAT: Volunteer at Deal for Governor

WHERE: 225 Corey Center SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, from 8:30 AM-1:00 PM

Breakfast will be provided. Please drop by and stay for as long as you can!

Gov. Nathan Deal: Support HB 60 – Sign The Petition

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Deal signs bill underscoring Second Amendment rights

Governor: Legislation will protect rights of licensed concealed carry permit holders

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law House Bill 60, legislation that protects law-abiding, licensed Georgia citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

“For decades now I have staunchly defended our Second Amendment rights as both a legislator and as governor,” said Deal. “This legislation will protect the constitutional rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License. Roughly 500,000 Georgia citizens have a permit of this kind, which is approximately 5 percent of our population. Continue reading

Gov. Nathan Deal: Signs Bill Underscoring Second Amendment Rights

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Deal signs bill underscoring Second Amendment rights

Governor: Legislation will protect rights of licensed concealed carry permit holders

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law House Bill 60, legislation that protects law-abiding, licensed Georgia citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

“For decades now I have staunchly defended our Second Amendment rights as both a legislator and as governor,” said Deal. “This legislation will protect the constitutional rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License. Roughly 500,000 Georgia citizens have a permit of this kind, which is approximately 5 percent of our population. Continue reading

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 23, 2014

Jasper

Jasper was adopted from a kill-shelter and went home to a new family with three small children who love him. But when his initial vetting turned up heartworms, the young family was put in a bind – they can’t afford the treatment, but don’t want to return him to the shelter where he’s almost certain to be euthanized.

They received bad news after his vetting, he is heartworm positive. Like most of us, this family does not have the extra money to pay for his treatment. They considered bringing him back to the shelter but had already fallen in love with him.

Jasper’s new mom says he is the perfect dog for them, good with their three small children, housebroken and loves to snuggle. They don’t want to give up on him and neither do I. The quote given by the vet is $681.

Donations would be greatly appreciated, no matter how small! They can be called in to Shannon Vet Services

765 Storey Ln
Jefferson, GA, 30549
(706) 367-1198

The account is under “Jasper Sweat”.

I hope you’ll join me in making a contribution to not only save this dog’s life, but to help three children grow up with a loving family dog. If you can call in or mail a credit card donation to the veterinarian, that will help. If you prefer to donate online, click the button below. You’ll actually be paying me directly, and then I’ll phone in a contribution to the vet covering anything you donate, plus my own $25. I’ll even cover the PayPal processing fee.

DONATE TO JASPER BUTTON

Peeter

Peeter is a loving and beautiful Golden Retriever mix who needs a temporary foster home for about a week. If you’d like to help Peeter, visit Angels Among Us rescue and fill out a foster home application and let them know you’d like to foster Peeter.

Bianca

My name is Bianca which means white in Italian. I’m about 1.5 years old. I’m a good girl, quiet and love to run around the back yard and play with my buddies. I’m crate and housetrained, walk well on a leash, and will sit for a treat. I love to run so mom thinks I would make a great jogging companion for someone but it will take a little more time for me to get used to being a city girl. I love to play with other dogs so a doggie companion would be great. Bianca is available for adoption through the K-9 Rescue League in Lawrenceville, Ga.
TitusTitus is a sweet 9 month old Labrador mix. He has a beautiful sable colored coat and is very handsome. He gets along well with other dogs and will make a great addition to any family. Titus is Dekalb County Animal Services Decatur, GA.
RomeoLittle Romeo is a two-year old, 20-pound Springer Spaniel, just the right size for snuggling, and he is more than happy to share the love with adults, children, other dogs and yes, even cats. He is looking for an active family who will provide plenty of playtime and plenty of toys. This energetic guy might also be a good candidate for agility.Romeo is new to the perks of family life and is catching on quickly to housetraining. His favorite place to sleep is in bed with the foster family’€™s teenaged boy and is a great cuddler. He now comes when called, knows the meaning of No and walks quite nicely on his leash. He is quiet and rarely barks. Given the chance, he will snatch the occasional sock and slipper, and he may jump for joy now and then.
Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Romeo. Romeo is available for adoption through English Springer Rescue America in Atlanta, GA.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 23, 2014

William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 and died April 23, 1616.

Lucius D. Clay was born on April 23, 1898, the son of Georgia U.S. Senator Alexander Stephens Clay, who served in the Senate from 1896 until his death in 1910. Clay graduated West Point in 1915 and eventually rose to serve as Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Deputy for Military Government. During the Berlin Airlift, Clay helped keep Allied-occupied West Berlin supplied with food for almost a year after Soviet forces blockaded all land routes into the city.

Hank Aaron his his first home run in major league baseball on April 23, 1954, playing for the Milwaukee Braves against the St. Louis Cardinals.

New Coke was announced on April 23, 1985.

Lawrenceville’s Mountain View High School held a second prom to allow a student who was in the hospital for the original prom to attend.

A dual enrollment student, Abbie Williamson was on her way to afternoon classes at Georgia Gwinnett College, but instead was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The collision left Williamson with a broken pelvis in two places, which has since healed, and a diffuse axonal injury, a type of traumatic brain injury. In the beginning, her prognosis was questionable. When she walked for the first time in six weeks, her mother, Mary Beth, called it a joyous day and a time to celebrate.

The next time to celebrate was Friday when about 80 people from the Mountain View community, Williamson family friends and Shepherd staff attended a prom specifically for Williamson to make up for the prom she missed.

“I thought it was a great idea because Abbie’s missed so much of the activites at school and she’s been so involved,” Mary Beth said. “This would be a nice way to re-introduce her back to her friends, because she’s doing so well and we’re so grateful to the whole Mountain View – Lawrenceville community. The prom is just a part of what the whole community has done in standing behind us and supporting Abbie.”

Eight weeks after her family didn’t know if she’d be able to talk, walk or laugh, she participated in a daddy-daughter dance at the prom. An Atlanta disc jockey, “Johnny D,” donated his services, and a tapas bar restaurant provided catered food for the event.

Georgia Politics

A new poll was released yesterday, not on a political race, but the “State of the State” Poll by Georgia College and State University’s Department of Government and Sociology in Milledgeville. It’s kind of a Rorschach test for readers of surveys.

The Savannah Morning News story on the poll highlighted support for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

The majority of Georgians, according to the poll, support the deepening of the Savannah Port (56 percent) and oppose public funding for professional stadiums (76 percent).

“Key highlights from respondents include that Georgians are optimistic about the direction of the state,” said Costas Spirou, Georgia College professor and chair of the Department of Government and Sociology. “We also found that jobs, education and health care are the three most important issues facing the state.”

Other sources mentioned opposition to Obamacare and support for education spending.

Most Georgians would be willing to pay higher taxes to improve education, but don’t want to spend public money on a new stadium for a pro sports team.

The Peach State generally opposes President Obama’s health-care law — although most blacks and Hispanics support “Obamacare” and most whites oppose it.

And nearly 60 percent of Georgians disagree with the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid under the health care law.

Cameron McWhirter, writing for the Wall Street Journal noted this from the Political section of the survey results:

The GOP dominates Georgia politics, but a new poll may give its leaders reason to worry.

When asked which party they trusted most to lead the state in the next four years, 40.2% chose the Democratic Party while 36.9% chose the GOP. More than 15% chose other parties and 7.6% didn’t give an answer.

“You could read that as a response to a party that has been dominating and maybe we are getting close to shifting,” said Costas Spirou, who is chairman of the college’s Department of Government and Sociology.

About 51% of whites polled said they trusted the Republican Party, and only 24.6% of whites trusted the Democratic Party. But 77.9% of blacks supported the Democrats, and only 9.3% of blacks backed the GOP. Hispanic voters, a fast-growing part of the Georgia electorate, were split, with 30.4% backing the GOP and 29.9% backing the Democratic Party. Almost 40% of Hispanics polled supported third parties.

Even though the Democratic Party polled well, individual Democratic candidates still have hurdles, according to the poll. The poll did not ask about individual political races but it did ask about perceptions of some leading politicians. For example, 8.2% of those polled listed gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter as the most trusted Democrat, while 16.7% declared Gov. Nathan Deal, the incumbent, the most trusted Republican.

The survey of 500 adults between Feb. 5 and Feb. 18 has a 4.4 percentage point margin of error.

We’ll be discussing the poll and its results at length in coming days. But for now, here’s your glimmer of hope for Republicans, if only we don’t squander it.

Glimmer of hope

While the GOP is likely to hang onto to everything this year on the strength of white voting in a non-Presidential year, here’s a glimpse at the reality going forward, courtesy of the Washington Post.

The math isn’t complicated.  Winning 27 percent of the Hispanic vote and six percent of the African American vote -- as Romney did in 2012 — makes it hard to win a majority of the overall vote when those groups represent 10 percent and 13 percent of the electorate, respectively. If Hispanics grow to 20 percent of the electorate by 2024 or 2028 and the Republican presidential nominee performs roughly equivalent to Romney’s 2012 showing, it will be impossible — or damn close to impossible — for that GOP nominee to win a national majority.

The concentration of young minority population in the Southwest and South means that states like Texas and Arizona as well as Georgia and South Carolina — all of which have been conservative redoubts at the presidential level for decades could be in real jeopardy for the party in the medium and long term.

Republicans have a demographic problem. And it is going to get way, way worse unless they find a way to improve their numbers among Hispanics.

The problem, in my opinion, with GOP outreach to Hispanic voters is that we tend to treat them the way we treat touring Europe – to make ourselves understood, we simply speak more loudly. Perhaps we should begin listening more, talking less.

Georgia Senate 2014 really about 2016

This morning, I wrote at InsiderAdvantage.com that a Michelle Nunn win this year has a far greater impact than one Senate seat or even partisan control of the United States Senate. It could show a path for Hilary Clinton as the Democratic nominee and eventual winner of the Presidency in 2016. Read it and panic.  If you’re not an InsiderAdvantage subscriber, I’ll be posting the entire article on GaPundit.com in a day or two.

But consider this also in the light of what I just wrote: Atlanta has been asked by the Democratic National Committee to prepare a bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. If Georgia’s in play for the next Presidential election, our electoral math gets tougher. We’ll watch that process as sort of a canary in the coal mine.

That said, the New York Times prognistication machines predicts a 73% chance of Georgia electing a Republican to the Senate this year.

Sean Sullivan, writing in the Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog calls the Georgia Senate race a “SuperPAC arms race.” As what could be considered a political campaign arms merchant, I like the sound of that.

The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia has caught the attention of super PACs — but not the usual heavy hitters that typically muscle into primaries with tea party-vs.-establishment battle lines. Instead, obscurer cousins like Ending Spending Action Fund and Citizens for a Working America have populated the air space. In a crowded race most watchers predict will head to a top-two runoff on May 20, that dynamic is mostly good news for Republicans hoping to nominate an electable contender. It’s especially good news for businessman David Perdue, who has not taken any blows on the air from a third-party group yet.

If the election were held today, most observers feel that Perdue and Kingston would be best-positioned to make an all-but-certain runoff. If no candidate receives a majority of the May 20 vote — and no candidate is polling anywhere near 50 percent right now — the top two would face off in July.

If the runoff ends up being Kingston vs. Perdue, Republicans with an eye on the majority will be breathing a little easier.

Campaigns on Facebook

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What do you do when you send me a campaign photo and I don’t include it in the morning news email? Stephanie Coop from Valdosta got it right: rather than criticizing what was an honest oversight, she addressed it with a sense of humor and a photo of the world’s largest Chihuahua with a yardsign.

Personally, I support Governor Nathan Deal and intend to vote for him as many times as I can. But, I also support Georgians who care enough about our government to get off the couch and go get involved in the political process.

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Jason Lovett Campaign

And the most interesting campaign photo award for today goes to Jason Lovett, a Republican candidate for State House District 130, currently held by incumbent Republican David Knight. That’s a funny looking dog.

Brookhaven gets more interesting

Last night, City Council member Jim Eyre resigned his seat effective immediately during a meeting of the Brookhaven City Council.

Open seat! Special Election!

On news that Brookhaven’s 30319 is the fastest-growing zip code in Metro Atlanta, the City Council becomes more important as it is clear that the planning and zoning horizon is getting closer. While the diversity (especially among restaurants) of the Buford Highway corridor is a great asset to the City, dilapidated apartments lining the roadside are likely candidates for upgrade or redevelopment as inspections begin actually happening. How much the Brookhaven of 2024 will look like the Brookhaven of 2014 will likely be determined in planning meetings and city council.

State of the state: Majority of Georgians support harbor deepening | savannahnow.com

The Georgia College Department of Government and Sociology has released the first edition of Georgia’s State of the State Poll.

Conducted during February, the results focus on key issues facing the state and information about political leaders.

The majority of Georgians, according to the poll, support the deepening of the Savannah Port (56 percent) and oppose public funding for professional stadiums (76 percent).

“Key highlights from respondents include that Georgians are optimistic about the direction of the state,” said Costas Spirou, Georgia College professor and chair of the Department of Government and Sociology. “We also found that jobs, education and health care are the three most important issues facing the state.”

via State of the state: Majority of Georgians support harbor deepening | savannahnow.com.

John McCallum Congress: Endorsed By Senator Bob Dole

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SENATOR BOB DOLE ENDORSES JOHN MCCALLUM FOR CONGRESS

Former Senate Majority Leader and Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole today announced his endorsement of conservative businessman John McCallum, a Republican candidate for the United States Congress in Georgia’s First Congressional District.

“Nearly twenty years ago, Elizabeth and I met a young couple on the campaign trail named John and Heather McCallum,” said Senator Dole.  “Their support was instrumental throughout my presidential campaign, and we have been friends ever since.

“Every family, wage earner, and small business in America can do better – if only we have the right people and policies in Washington, D.C.  John is committed to restoring freedom and opportunity in America, and replacing government reliance with individual responsibility.  Continue reading