Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 18, 2014

Tonight, I’ll be speaking to Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta at their Annual Salad Supper at 7 PM at Magnolia Bakery Café, 5175 S. Old Peachtree Road, Norcross, GA 30092.

Also speaking will be Teresa Cantrell, discussing the 9/11 National Prayer Day and Prisca Villa on Victory 2014 and how you can help.

I hope you’ll join us.


On August 18, 1591,the English settlement at Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks of what is now North Carolina was found deserted.

On August 18, 1795, President George Washington signed a treaty with Great Britain called the Jay Treaty, after Supreme Court Justice John Jay who negotiated it. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison led opposition to the treaty.

On August 18, 1862, Confederate Major General of Cavalry J.E.B. Stuart was nearly captured, losing his distinctive hat and cloak and written copies of Lee’s orders near Verdiersville, Virginia.

The Georgia General Assembly adopted a joint resolution urging the creation of a federal Health Department on August 18, 1908.

On August 18, 1916, the Cherokee Rose was designated the official state flower of Georgia by a joint resolution of the State House and Senate.

The practice of tipping service employees was outlawed by legislation signed on August 18, 1918.

Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation regulating the practice of architecture and licensing practitioners on August 18, 1919.

The Georgia Board of Public Welfare was also created on August 18, 1919 when Gov. Dorsey signed legislation establishing that body and a companion bill that created the Community Service Commission.

On August 18, 1924 Gov. Clifford Walker signed legislation that would allow a referendum on a Constitutional Amendment to allow Atlanta, Savannah, or Macon to consolidate their respective municipal governments with their county governments. Macon-Bibb County merged in 2014 after voters passed a referendum in July 2012.

The Beatles played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on August 18, 1965.

On August 18, 1991, hardline Commies in the Soviet Union arrested Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev as part of a coup against Gorbachev’s reforms.


Gould Hagler Stone Mtn

Gould B. Hagler has written a book, Georgia’s Confederate Monuments: In Honor of a Fallen Nation, which is a treat for students of Georgia’s history.

By his kind permission, we’ll be including some of his photos and notes on monuments and memorials across our state, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. From Gould Hagler’s Facebook page for his book:

Everyone is familiar with the carving on Stone Mountain. Most people are probably not aware that Solon Borglum, who began the Stone Mountain carving, also was the sculptor of the equestrian statue of Gen. Gordon at the Capitol.

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Newsbites

Republican Rick W. Allen is approaching the one million dollar mark for self-financing his campaigns in 2012 and 2014 against incumbent Democratic Congressman John Barrow in the Twelfth District – Augusta Chronicle.

As of June 30, Allen’s campaign had raised a total of $1.2 million – with his personal money accounting for a dollar out of every $3. The crowded GOP primary forced Allen to spend most of his money, whereas Barrow was uncontested and able to stockpile cash for the fall campaign. Allen at the end of June had $225,567 left in the bank, compared to $1.8 million remaining in Barrow’s account.

InsiderAdvantage showed Gov. Deal (43%) with a 4-point lead over Jason Carter (39%) and Libertarian Andrew Hunt (7%) and Republican Senate candidate David Perdue (47%) leading Democrat Michell Nunn (40%) and Libertarian Amanda Swafford – Augusta Chronicle.

Democratic candidate for State Senate in District 9 Timothy Swiney is planning to marry his partner in a Virginia ceremony after the Commonwealth’s ban on gay marriages was overturned in court – GaVoice.com.

“I’ve been warned that this is a ‘gift’ to my Republican opponent and that seeking a marriage license at this time could damage my election chances come November,” Swiney said in a press release.

The Ninth Senate District is so solidly Republican that GOP nominee P.K. Martin doesn’t need a gift to win the race in a walkaway. In 2012, Swiney ran unsuccessfully against Republican State Representative Valerie Clark in House District 104.

The Floyd County Commission is considering using a consultant in considering how to finance and build a new animal shelter from SPLOST tax funds – Rome News-Tribune.

State Representative Elect Wes Cantrell’s highest priority will be term limits for state legislators when he takes his seat in January – Cherokee Tribune.

“This is a popular issue with the people but not with most legislators. It’s time for Georgia to reclaim her citizen-led Legislature,” Cantrell said. “This will be a difficult process, but I am determined to do everything in my power and to work with others to see this happen. Our governor is term-limited. Thank goodness our current president is term-limited. State legislators should be term-limited.”

The irony is that the only conceivable way for Cantrell to succeed in this quixotic quest would be to spend at least the next twenty years in office and gain a leadership position.

The Cherokee School Board has approved a new contract for Superintendent Frank Petruzielo that include $224,702 in salary and $600 per month car allowance and other benefits – Cherokee Tribune.

MUST Ministries in Cherokee County saw the busiest month in their history in July and their shelves are nearly bare with only one week’s supply of food on hand – Cherokee Tribune.

To donate online to MUST Cherokee, click here. You may drop off food donations from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday at 111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, GA 30114.

With the no contest plea entered by former Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly, records related to the investigation of bribery allegations are now unsealed – Gwinnett Daily Post.

 For the 10 months following Dec. 3, 2009, a special grand jury met every other Friday to investigate land acquisitions by the Gwinnett County government. Ten everyday women and 13 everyday men heard testimony from more than a dozen people, including county staffers, elected officials, attorneys, land owners and an investigator from the district attorney’s office.

They were provided documents enough to necessitate Porter establishing a secure website to hold it all.

At the end, the grand jury chose, among other things, to indict Kenerly on two counts of failure to disclose a financial interest and one count of bribery — the latter stemming from its belief that it was likely he accepted $1 million from Jenkins in exchange for his influence over the county’s purchase of land to expand Dacula’s Rabbit Hill Park.

Kenerly maintained his innocence and chose to fight. He was indicted twice before accepting last Tuesday the controversial “no contest” plea that gave him 10 years on probation but no prison time.

Jenkins testified that, within a few days, Kenerly approached him again, asking for $1 million in connection with their Silver Oaks project.

“When — when he came in, he wanted to be — he asked me if I could pay him $50,000 a month for 20 months, like you said, a million dollars, just to — and get him out of the deal,” Jenkins told the grand jury. “You know, we had anticipated making, you know, 3- or $4 million in the development part of that deal. He said, I’ll take a million and get out, I’m tight on cash right now, if you could, pay me $50,000 a month. And we agreed to do — I agreed to do that.”

In the aftermath of the Kenerly indictment, near-indictment of a then-Commission Chairman and guilty plea by Commissioner Shirley Fanning-Lasseter, current Chair Charlotte Nash led the County Commisison to adopt a new, more stringent ethics policy – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Savannah is moving faster in removing old trees that may present safety problems – Savannah Morning News.

In Kentucky, bourbon production is up to the highest levels since the 1970s – Savannah Morning News.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will speak to the Muscogee County School Board about economic development at 6 PM tonight at the Muscogee County Public Education Center at 2960 Macon Road – Ledger-Enquirer.

Actress Pam Grier helped arrange transportation on a Pilots ‘n Paws plane for a litter of puppies that had wound up in the Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare shelter – Macon Telegraph.

More suggestions for Jason Carter

I live in Jason Carter’s Senate District, and while I have always disagreed with his liberal agenda, I previously respected him as a thoughtful and hard-working legislator who was responsive to his constituents.

I lost all respect for his bid for Governor when he showed he’s not a serious candidate by saying he would increase the money available for education by cutting waste that “everybody knows” is in the state budget without actually identifying one expense he could cut. That’s a lightweight answer and shows that if his name were Jason Smith nobody would be taking him seriously.

In the spirit of bipartisanship, we have some more suggestions for how to save money in the education budget.

4. Extreme couponing

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 5. Amazon Prime

At $99 per year an Amazon Prime membership will save millions on shipping of textbooks alone.Genius.

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Random Things I like

This weekend, I attended the Caffeine & Exotics car show at Lenox Square, which is becoming a monthly attraction. My favorite: a replica of a Porsche 550 Spyder that was built on a custom chassis.

 

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 18, 2014

John Henry1

John Henry is a four-year old Shepherd/Basset Hound mix, who loves his sister, Essie, and is very bonded to her. They’d like to find a home together where they can play in a fenced yard.

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They’re available for adoption from Heart of Georgia Humane Society in Macon, Ga.

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George is a Chocolate Labrador Retriever & American Bulldog Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Carroll County Animal Shelter is located at 251 Automation Drive in Carrollton GA.

Ringo

Ringo is an adult male Cocker Spaniel who is available for adoption from Colbert Veterinary Rescue in Colbert, GA.

Pauly

Pauly is a young male Pibble mix who was saved from DeKalb County Animal Services, where he was suffering from demodectic mange, but he’s sure gotten better. According to his foster home, Pauly is such a sweet boy, so loving, smart, and good-natured. He shows absolutely no signs of aggression, and never will… he does not have that personality. He would be great with kids and other dogs, and just a great companion. He loves to walk, fetch, cuddle and eat. He asks permission to jump up with me on the couch or in my bed, standing there waiting for me to say it’s okay or not. When I say okay, he hops up and collapses in a perfect cuddle position, like all bully breeds seem to be professionals at.

Pauly is being fostered in a private home and is listed as a courtesy by Doggie Harmony.

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Y’all may remember Ed. He was found stray in Dunwoody and taken to the vet, where he needed some serious help. GaPundit readers responded and donated $995 to Ed’s fund at the Vet.

Ed’s initial stay at the Vet to get him stabilized and deal with his immediate injuries cost about $600, and the remaining balance will be used toward his neutering and removal of a tumor once he’s recuperated a little bit. Ed’s living the good life in a foster home now, and his foster mom sent a message:

I decided to bring Ed home to my house last Saturday.   He was getting cabin fever as you could imagine at the kennel.  I am trying to foster him for the moment, but I am getting attached pretty quickly.

He is awesome.  Please see the attached new photos.   He is a BIG love bug.  He is a gentle giant.  All he wants to do is be near you and he loves being petted.   He still has a little weight that he needs to gain.   I also think he picked up kennel cough thus I am monitering that to make sure it is not something else.   He did vomit up his food this morning while I was upstairs so I am not sure if he ate too fast or coughed it up when he was trying to get out the mucus from the kennel cough.   I did feed him an additional meal before I left for work and he ate it all so it doesn’t seem that he has a lack of appetite, which is a good thing.

Ed and his foster mom send their thanks for helping him. For myself and Mrs. GaPundit, I wish to personally thank all who helped Ed and all who continue to help by supporting foster and rescue groups, telling your friends and family who are considering a dog about adoption and rescue, your prayers and support, and for helping to hold accountable those in government whom we entrust with our money and the animals who have no homes.

It is one of the great joys and privileges of my life to find so many souls who are willing to pitch in. Thank you for your trust and support.

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Smells like Victory – Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 15, 2014

British forces under Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln laid siege to Savannah on August 16, 1779.

On August 15, 1903, Georgia Governor Joseph Terrell signed legislation requiring that Georgia schools teach elementary agriculture and civics. Two days later, on August 17, 1903, the General Assembly condemned the practice of whipping female inmates.

Georgia Tech was designated the State School of Technology on August 17, 1908 by joint resolution of the State Senate and State House.

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914. On September 7, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a treaty promising to give the Canal to Panama.

The State Highway Department was created on August 16, 1916 to comply with federal funding requirements, when Georgia Governor Nathaniel Harris signed legislation by the General Assembly.

Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation creating the State Department of Banking on August 16, 1919.

Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation creating the Georgia State Board of Forestry on August 15, 1921.

Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation changing the method of execution in Georgia from hanging to the electric chair on August 16, 1924.

On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Festival began in upstate New York.

On August 16, 1974, The Ramones played their first public show at CBGB in New York. The famous awning of the club is on display at the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. If you attend the Republican National Convention in 2016, you should visit the Museum, where you can also see Janis Joplin’s Porsche and one of the greatest guitar collections in the world.

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.

Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppolla was released on August 15, 1979.

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Paul Anderson, known for years as the “Strongest Man in the World” for his weightlifting feats, died on August 15, 1994 in Vidalia, Georgia. Anderson was born in 1932 in Toccoa, Georgia. He won an Olympic gold medal in the sport of weightlifting in 1956.

On August 17, 1998, President Bill Clinton testified as the subject of a grand jury investigation.

The testimony came after a four-year investigation into Clinton and his wife Hillary’s alleged involvement in several scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment, potentially illegal real-estate deals and suspected “cronyism” involved in the firing of White House travel-agency personnel. The independent prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, then uncovered an affair between Clinton and a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. When questioned about the affair, Clinton denied it, which led Starr to charge the president with perjury and obstruction of justice, which in turn prompted his testimony on August 17.

Endorsementpalooza

Former Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller endorsed Democrat Michell Nunn for United States Senate in this TV spot:

Jim Galloway notes that Zell Miller also said he would vote to reelect Governor Nathan Deal:

“I’m going to be voting for Nathan for re-election as governor,” said Miller, noting that the Republican had been saddled with serious economic problems when he took office in 2011.

“I respect the manner in which he’s conducted himself addressing those problems,” Miller said. Specifically, Miller cited Deal’s effort to shore up the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program – which Miller established.

I’m serious when I say that I don’t understand Governor Miller’s endorsement of Michelle Nunn. He says in the ad, “I’m so angry about what’s going on in Washington, partisanship over patriotism – they can’t stop themselves.” It has become clear during her campaign that Michelle Nunn is entirely a creation of the Insider/Consultant class of the Democratic Party, which Miller famously called, “A National Party No More.”

Reminds me of the 1990 election, the first I ever voted in. Sam Nunn was uncontested for United States Senate, and I left the space blank. For Governor, I voted for Johnny Isakson.

Speaking of Johnny Isakson, the American Chemistry Council thinks that Perdue and Isakson would make a swell team in the United States Senate.

I’m not sure if this constitutes a formal endorsement, but after David Perdue won the Primary Runoff, Senator Isakson wrote this on Facebook:

Congratulations to Republican Senate Nominee David Perdue. After a long Primary, now is the time for Georgians to rally behind him, win this seat in November, and fire Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. Onwards to victory.

Also jumping into the fray via my mailbox yesterday, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.

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I’m 100% certain the following doesn’t constitute an endorsement, but here it is:

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Carter on the defensive over education

Increasingly on the defensive over his lack of leadership on his hallmark issue, education, the dynamic duo of California kids over at the Carter campaign released his “plan,” if it can be called that. Via Greg Bluestein at the AJC:

“You see it throughout the government. Everyone knows that it’s there,” said Carter, an Atlanta state senator, after a tour of a DeKalb high school. “We have not done a true top-to-bottom review in years and years and years. And the current administration is not looking for answers into how to make the government more efficient.”

The governor in 2010 pledged to move the state toward a “zero-based budget” program designed to bring more accountability to state spending, but the roll-out of that program is still in the works. Carter said it wasn’t moving fast enough.

“There’s a giant amount of waste out their still that we can take from non-education budgets and move them over to education, or the other types of investments that we all know we need for our economy and our future like transportation,” said Carter.

That’s the kind of lightweight and light-on-substance pablum you’d expect from a rookie candidate for Georgia General Assembly, not a credible candidate for Governor. Here are a couple of suggestions for Senator Carter on how to find all that waste that he hasn’t bothered looking for or hasn’t identified in his four years in the State Senate.

1. Costco Cards for every school District!

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At just $50 for each school district, and an extra for the State Department of Education, we’re talking just $8,000 for discounts on toilet paper, Michelle Obama-approved “healthy snacks,” and printer paper that will surely total millions of dollars without raising taxes.

2. Turn down for what? Turn the heating and air conditioning down for massive savings.

Jimmy Carter SweaterJust like his grandfather and chief fundraiser President Jimmy Carter famously proposed in 1977, Georgia school systems could save tons of cash by allowing children to swelter in summer and shiver in winter.

In fact, we can take part of President Carter’s speech and simply rewrite it for his grandson:

Because we are now running out of gas and oil [and President Obama has promised to make electricity more expensive], we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.

There. Now Jason Carter has not only education savings, but an energy policy.

3. Sham savings through solar power

It’s just the kind of two-fer that Democrats love. Put taxpayer money in the pockets of your pals in the solar industry, while fleecing taxpayers with fake savings through Enron-style accounting. Perfect.

On what planet does is make bottom-line sense to pay $300,000 in financing costs for a solar system that “saves” $100,000 per year? Only in government accounting does this make any sense.

Newsbites

Marietta City Councilman indicted in RICO charges involving false statements – Marietta Daily Journal.

Jason Carter tours charter school seeking “innovation,” also a coherent education platform – Augusta Chronicle.

Event Calendar


Happy Birthday – Congressman Doug Collins

August 16

Happy Birthday – Congressman Doug Collins

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Bulloch County GOP: Brooklet Peanut Festival Parade

August 16 @ 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Brooklet Peanut Festival Parade  Looking for volunteers to carry GOP candidate signs and to walk in the parade

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Commissioner Gary-Black: Volunteer Kick-Off with David Perdue

August 16 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lane Southern Orchards,

50 Lane Rd, Ft. Valley , GA 31030

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Gary Black welcomes you to attend our volunteer meet and greet for sign and material distribution and of course, Lane Orchards’ famous peach ice cream! Gary will also welcome special guest, David Perdue for U.S. Senate. We hope to see you there!

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GA College Republicans: 4th Annual Braves Game With The Governor

August 16 @ 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Turner Field,

755 Hank Aaron Dr, Atlanta , GA 30315

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Please join The Georgia Association of College Republicans and Governor Nathan Deal for The 4th Annual Braves Game With The Governor. Pre-Game Events from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Game Begins at 7:00 pm Confirmed Special Guests Include: Governor Deal David Perdue Attorney General Sam Olens Secretary of State Brian Kemp Invited Guests: Lieutenant Governor – Casey Cagle Commissioner of Agriculture – Gary W. Black Speaker of the House David Ralston And others. Student Tickets $15.00 Student Tickets and Parking Pass $25.00…

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August 16 @ 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Savannah Sand Gnats,

1401 E Victory Dr, Savannah , GA 31404

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Chatham County Republican Party – Republicans in the Park  with the Savannah Sand Gnats Chatham GOP event at the Sand Gnats Game. This will be a Republican Rally for all ages with Elected Officials, CCRP and other Republican organizations throughout the area in attendance. We will be inviting a crowd! Congressman – Elect Buddy Carter will attend You must buy your ticket at: savannahgop.com Contact: Nick Blosser 912.308.5056 [email protected]

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August 17 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hammond Glen Senior Community Center,

335 Hammond Drive , Atlanta , GA 30328

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The Atlanta Chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition A Meet and Greet with Governor Nathan Deal. RSVP is Requested Please RSVP by calling Lynne Schultz at 770-438-0376 or email her at [email protected]

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Rep. Doug Collins: Jefferson – Town Hall

August 18 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Jefferson Station Municipal Complex,

1000 Washington Street, Jefferson , GA 30549

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Congressman Doug Collins will hold three public town hall meetings in August.  All residents of Georgia’s 9thCongressional District are invited to attend

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Conservative GOP Women of North Atlanta Meeting

August 18 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Magnolia Cafe,

5175 South Old Peachtree Road, Norcross, GA 30092

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Speakers: Annual Salad Supper

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Cobb Regional Republican Women community forum with Sheriff Neil Warren

August 19 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Cobb County GOP HQ,
799 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060

Sheriff Neil Warren has been a law enforcement professional in Cobb County for over thirty five years. He was elected to his first four year term as Sheriff in November of 2004 and was sworn in as the 42nd Sheriff of Cobb County January 1, 2004. He was re-elected to another four year term in 2008 and 2012. He currently serves on the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Legislative Committee and was appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to the Public Safety…

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 15, 2014

Last night, when I spoke to The Georgia Tea Party on “Seven Things I Learned from the 2014 Primary Elections, I mentioned that many days there is a theme to the dog selection. Some days, like yesterday, it’s explicit, with Black Dogs. Other days, it’s more subtle. Today’s theme was chosen by Mrs. GaPundit, who helped with the dog selection, but I don’t think she realized there’s a theme.

Jax

Jax is a happy pointer/hound mix. He is about 40 pounds right now and will probably top out between 50 and 60.

He is still learning housebreaking but is already crate trained. He doesn’t really know how to give signals yet, so he will need to be kept on a good schedule by his new family to finish up his training.

Jax lives with other dogs and is wonderful with all of them! Since he is still young, his amount of energy can sometimes be annoying to the other dogs. He would do best with another dog that would want to play a lot – or at a dog park where everyone is there to play! He doesn’t quite get that some dogs might not want to play all the time. He could get annoying to the ones that want to take a rest. We have not really seen him with cats, but our guess is that he would want to play and chase them.

Just like with dogs, Jax loves all people too! He will run right up to say hi and will give as many kisses as you can stand. We are teaching him that not everyone is ready for kisses. It’s a hard lesson for him to learn! He does great with kids of all sizes too! He just loves everyone! He doesn’t quite know is own size and might be a bit exuberant for really small kids, but it’s just because he’s so happy to see them and love on them.
Jax would love to be a running partner for someone!

Jax is available for adoption from Athens Canine Rescue in Athens, GA.

AJ

AJ is a little dachshund mix that weighs about 12 pounds and he won’t get any bigger! His little legs are here to stay! AJ is both housebroken and crate trained and that will really help his transition into a new home.

AJ lives with other small dogs and he loves to play with them. One of his favorite things to do is run around in the backyard and play with his puppy friends! When he meets a new dog, he likes to make sure that everyone is still friendly and wants to play and then he is good to go!

AJ has meet people of all sizes and does well with them. At our adoption days, he is happy to be petted and get belly rubs from anyone!

Being close to a year old, AJ still has a little bit of puppy energy but he seems to do well with just some short walks and playtime. He really does love to run and wrestle with the other dogs! The short walks are enough since his little legs have to work twice as hard! Once he has had his playtime, he does like some quiet time too.

AJ is available for adoption from Athens Canine Rescue in Athens, GA.

Gemma

Gemma is a goofy and sweet shih tzu mix who is about 5 years old. She’s 10 pounds of love and fun and ready to be spoiled by her forever family!

Gemma is available for adoption from Athens Canine Rescue in Athens, GA.

Hall County GOP: Stands for Religious Freedom at Chestatee High

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From The Hall County Republican Party 

Hall County GOP: Stands for Religious Freedom at Chestatee High

 

The Hall County Republican Party stands with athletes and coaches at Chestatee High School who choose to pray together and to acknowledge the wisdom of Bible passages as motivation during athletic training.

The founders of our Nation appealed to God for help, at the request of Benjamin Franklin, as they formed the Constitution, which underpins our system of laws. President George Washington, in his proclamation for a national day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” in 1789 stated, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

Since our founding, Americans have freely and openly called on God for help and protection in their various endeavors. Throughout our history, political leaders and church leaders alike have openly and regularly called on God on behalf of the People, not only during our National Day of Prayer, but also during times of war and crisis.

The Supreme Court recently upheld public prayers in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a ruling which upheld the town’s right to open municipal meetings with prayer. Continue reading

GPA: State ports continue record pace – Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved an all-time high of 293,889 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) container units in July.

The GPA surpassed its previous TEU record set in May by 3,453 units. The July TEU performance was up 47,237 TEUs compared to July 2013. Since January, the Port of Savannah has averaged 269,688 TEUs per month.

“Improved confidence among U.S. retailers, newly added port customers, and shifting cargo from U.S. West to East Coast are all fueling the growing cargo volumes at Georgia’s deepwater ports,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz, in a statement. “Savannah has the space to more than double its throughput as more shippers choose East Coast ports to serve the fast-growing Southeastern U.S.”

via GPA: State ports continue record pace – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Cherokee Tribune – Former Nelson mayor says man called him slur

A former Nelson mayor now vying for a seat on the Nelson City Council was allegedly assaulted while at the Pickens County Board of Elections Office to qualify to run.

According to a police report filed with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, David Leister was filling out the necessary paperwork to qualify to run for the City Council seat on July 30 when he heard someone call him an offensive slur.

“While he was filling out paperwork with the assistance of an employee, he (Leister) heard a voice come from behind him say what sounded like the person saying, ‘Who’s that f—–!’ Albert (Leister) said he knew the voice to be that of the suspect, Mr. William McNiff, whom he has had trouble with in the past while Albert was acting as mayor for the city of Nelson,” the police report states.

McNiff, a member of the Canton Tea Party, ran for a Nelson City Council seat in 2012, but lost. Leister filed a police report with the Nelson Police Department in 2012 after he received threatening phone calls from McNiff.

via Cherokee Tribune – Former Nelson mayor says man called him slur.