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24
Aug

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 24, 2015

Pretzel Spalding

Pretzel is a Black Labrador Retriever who will be euthanized today at the Spalding County Animal Shelter unless he finds an adoptive or foster home.

Pammie Spalding

Pammie is a female adult Boxer mix who is available for adoption from the Spalding County Animal Shelter in Griffin, GA.

Lala

Lala is a 10-week old female, Brindle and white Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter.

Manley

Manley is a year-old red-and-white male Pit Bull mix who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter.

A friend of mine had these two sweet dogs show up at her home this weekend. They are unable to keep them, as they already have dogs, but are trying to find them a home. Email me if you’re interested in fostering or adopting these two and I’ll put you in touch.

She wrote about them,

“They could not be sweeter! They just need lots of love!  The white one is male, we’re calling him Roscoe. Trixie is the female and she is a gorgeous shade of brown that is almost red – very unusual, very pretty color! They are both sweet hearts, but we’ve reached our quota!”

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24
Aug

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

General Charles Lee of the Continental Army told Congress that Georgia’s value to the young nation required more forces to defend against the British on August 24, 1776.

The Kimball Opera House, serving as the Georgia State Capitol, was sold to the state on August 23, 1870.

The sale of Coca-Cola Company from the Candlers was announced in the Atlanta Constitution on August 22, 1919.

On August 24, 1931, the Georgia General Assembly adopted a joint resolution appointing a committee to work with the Governor in planning a bicentennial celebration to be held in 1933.

On August 24, 1945, the United States Postal Service held a first day of issue ceremony in Warm Springs, Georgia for the release of a stamp bearing the images of Franklin D. Roosevelt and The Little White House.

N/S Savannah, the first nuclear-powered merchant ship, visited the Port of Savannah on August 22, 1962. Savannah was named after S.S. Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. N/S Savannah is moored at the Port of Baltimore and designated a national historic landmark.

More than 3000 demonstrators disrupted the Democratic National Convention on August 22, 1968.

Nolan Ryan recorded his 5000th career strikeout against Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A’s on August 22, 1989.

Navy diver continue to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to raise the remains of CSS Georgia from the Savannah River.

Since the beginning of June, one of the U.S. Navy’s premier diving teams has been working with the Corps of Engineers and archeologists to help salvage Confederate warship CSS Georgia from the depths of the Savannah River.

Built in 1862, the ironclad was originally intended to be a gunboat but was too heavy to maneuver offensively against the Savannah River’s strong currents, so the Georgia was subsequently anchored in the river to help protect Fort Jackson and Savannah.

Before it ever fired a shot, the 1,200-ton ironclad was scuttled by its own crew to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union army took Savannah in December 1864.

The warship was found during a dredging operation in 1968. Today, it is considered a captured enemy vessel and is the property of the U.S. Navy. The recovery is expected to cost about $14 million.

The divers working in Savannah are pulling up parts of the ship’s armor systems, steam engine components and small structure pieces.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Last week, I spoke with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp about the origin of the SEC Presidential Primary and the effects it is having on the campaigns and on Georgia. Here are the first two parts of our discussion.

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21
Aug

Brian Kemp on the SEC Primary

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21
Aug

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 21, 2015

Sawyer

Sawyer is a 7-month old black and white Lab mix puppy who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

MaconLola

Lola is an 8-month old Black Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from the Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter.

Topanga

Topanga is a sweet little 2-year red Pit Bull Terrier (pronounced “Pibble“) who has a litter of puppies. Mom and pups are available for adoption from the Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter.

Topanga Pups

Macon Lavender

Lavender (above) is a 3-year old female American Bulldog mix who has a beautiful litter of puppies and is hoping to raise them in a safe home. This little family is available for adoption or foster from the Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter.

Lavender Pups

21
Aug

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 21, 2015

Georgia and American History

James Oglethorpe and the Creek Indians signed the Treaty of Coweta Town, delineating geographic areas open to British settlement, on August 21, 1739.

On August 21, 1831, Nat Turner led the largest slave rebellion in American history; Turner was later hanged in Jerusalem, VA.

The first of the Lincoln-Douglass series of seven debates was held in Ottawa, Illinois, on August 21, 1858, pitting Democrat Stephen Douglass against Republican Abraham for the United States Senate seat held by Douglass. Expansion of slavery in the United States was the topic for the debates.

On August 21, 1907, Georgia Governor Hoke Smith signed legislation to place a Constitutional Amendment designed to disenfranchise African-Americans by requiring passage of a literacy test to vote. A number of exceptions allowed local officials to exempt white voters whom they wished to allow to vote; one exemption was for anyone descended from a U.S. or Confederate wartime veteran – the so-called “grandfather clause.”

On the same day, Gov. Smith also signed legislation prohibiting fishing on Sunday, subject to misdemeanor prosecution.

On August 21, 1935, Benny Goodman and his orchestra began a seven-night stand at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, beginning the Swing Era.

Happy 55th birthday to Hawaii, which became the 50th State on August 21, 1959; they’ve undoubtedly been receiving AARP literature in the mail for ten years.

The 1968 Democratic National Convention began in Chicago on August 21, 1968.

The name of Julian Bond of Georgia, then-27 and too young to serve, was placed in nomination for Vice President during the 1968 DNC.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

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Today at 3 PM, I’ll be joining Bill Nigut, Jim Galloway of the AJC, Howard Franklin, and Captain Brian Robinson on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind.”

You can tune in at 88.5 FM in Metro Atlanta, or on your local GPB affiliate. You can also stream the show online and a recording is usually posted a day or two after broadcast.

Jeff Mullis John Wilkinson Jeb Bush

“Governor Bush has a proven conservative track record, as Governor he cut taxes, reduced the size and scope of government and created 1.3 million private sector jobs. Finally, when he left the Governor’s office, he left the state of Florida with an $8 billion dollar rainy day fund surplus. This is the leadership we need in Washington DC,” said State Senator Brandon Beach (R-North Fulton).

“Governor Bush has a proven track record of bringing people together to get results without compromising his conservative principles. Gov. Bush has tremendous experience as a successful Governor of Florida and I am confident he is the leader our country needs,” said State Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga).

Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise
State Senator Brandon Beach (SD-21)
State Senator John Kennedy (SD-18)
State Senator Jeff Mullis (SD-53)
State Senator John Wilkinson (SD-50)
State Representative Matt Dollar (HD-45)
State Representative Joe Wilkinson (HD-52)
Sandy Springs City Councilman Ken Dishman
Ed Lindsey, former State Representative and Majority Whip

Previously Announced:
Lt. Gov Casey Cagle
Attorney General Sam Olens

Paulding County Commission Chairman David Austin announced he will not run for reelection.

Meanwhile, County Commissioner David Carmichael announced Wednesday he plans to run for the chairman’s seat in the May 2016 Republican primary.

Ron Davis, who operates the website openpaulding.org which advocates more transparency in county government, announced Wednesday he will seek Carmichael’s Post 1 seat on the commission in 2016.

Austin, who defeated incumbent Jerry Shearin for the job in 2008, won re-election in 2012 over County Commissioner Tony Crowe.

Dr. Betty Price (R-Roswell) was sworn into office as State Representative for House District 48.

She was sworn in by Judge Tom Campbell who previously served in this seat in the Georgia legislature from 1989 to 2004.

Price was elected in a special summer election called by Gov. Nathan Deal upon the passing of State Representative Harry Geisinger of Roswell who died after a short illness on May 1. Geisinger served in the seat from 1969 to 1974, and again from 2004 until this year.

On hand for the low-key swearing in were her husband Congressman Dr. Tom Price and their son Robert, who both witnessed the first day of officially assuming the office on July 20.

Having met with Speaker David Ralston and Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, and talking with a number of other legislators, the committees I initially serve on will soon be determined,” she said. “In the summer and fall between the two year legislative term, there are study committees and other assignments and requests I am grateful to help with, and I will try to move ahead on issues important to our community and provide needed constituent services on state matters.”

Price’s office is in the LOB room 507-F. She can be reached at (404) 506-0202 and [email protected]

Shaw Blackmon (R-Houston County) was sworn in as State Representative from House District 146.

Just before Shaw Blackmon was sworn in as the District 146 representative to the state House of Representatives, his predecessor advised him to enjoy his last moments as a private citizen.

“It’s probably the last day in your political life that most everybody will like you,” Larry O’Neal quipped, drawing laughter from the crowd of more than 100 people. “You haven’t voted yet and told anyone what they can’t do. Those days will come.”

O’Neal stepped aside in midterm to take a judgeship after serving in the General Assembly for 15 years. Blackmon won the seat Aug. 11 after defeating Larry Walker III in a runoff.

He was sworn in Thursday by Houston County Superior Court Judge George Nunn.

“I promise, as I have before, that you will get the absolute very best I’ve got,” Blackmon told the audience, which included many state and local elected officials.

Senator David Perdue spoke to the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce yesterday, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Perdue (R-Ga.) evoked the “outsider” status that he used during last year’s election campaign as he spoke to hundreds of Gwinnett’s business and political leaders during the chamber’s monthly General Membership meeting at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Legislative term limits, a balanced budget, the Iran nuclear agreement, government regulators and even the popularity of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign were all on the table during the remarks by Georgia’s junior senator.

The Iran deal, in particular, hung over the occassion as the deadline approaches for both legislative houses to pass a resolution oppossing the White House’s proposed agreement to allow Iran to have limited Iran’s nuclear enrichment abilities for the next 10 years. Perdue’s comments on the issue came a day after his colleague, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), announced he would vote against the deal.

“We’re about to be on the verge of having a nuclear Iran,” Perdue said.

The senator talked to reporters after his speech about his opposition to the deal, which is lining up to be a major hurdle for Congress and President Barack Obama in September. Perdue favors tougher sanctions against Iran to prevent it from developing a nuclear weapon.

The Georgia State Charter School Commission staff recommended approval of Brookhaven Innovation Academy in DeKalb County.

SCSC Deputy Director Gregg Stevens told the BIA the final decision to approve or deny petitions for a state charter school will be made by the SCSC. If the SCSC votes to approve Brookhaven Innovation Academy and the State Board of Education does not overrule the approval within 60 days, Brookhaven Innovation Academy will be authorized to open for students as a state charter school in the 2016-2017 school year.

“Congratulations on reaching this stage of the authorization process,” said Stevens. “The SCSC staff is excited to work with you in developing Brookhaven Innovation Academy as a high-quality state charter school.”

Councilman Bates Mattison and Chairman of the BIA said, “The BIA Board is extremely excited that the SCSC staff has recommended approval of Brookhaven Innovation Academy. We are excited to help improve education options in our community with our innovative 21st Century learning curriculum.” Mattison said the BIA Board would like to thank the SCSC staff for their confidence in the BIA petition and the many BIA volunteers who have worked diligently over the past two years to get to this point. “We look forward to the SCSC board meeting on Aug. 26th!”

 

20
Aug

Jeb Bush names additional Georgia campaign supporters

Jeff Mullis John Wilkinson Jeb Bush

“Governor Bush has a proven conservative track record, as Governor he cut taxes, reduced the size and scope of government and created 1.3 million private sector jobs.  Finally, when he left the Governor’s office, he left the state of Florida with an $8 billion dollar rainy day fund surplus. This is the leadership we need in Washington DC,” said State Senator Brandon Beach (R-North Fulton).

“Governor Bush has a proven track record of bringing people together to get results without compromising his conservative principles. Gov. Bush has tremendous experience as a successful Governor of Florida and I am confident he is the leader our country needs,” said State Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga).

Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise
State Senator Brandon Beach (SD-21)
State Senator John Kennedy (SD-18)
State Senator Jeff Mullis (SD-53)
State Senator John Wilkinson (SD-50)
State Representative Matt Dollar (HD-45)
State Representative Joe Wilkinson (HD-52)
Sandy Springs City Councilman Ken Dishman
Ed Lindsey, former State Representative and Majority Whip

Previously Announced:
Lt. Gov Casey Cagle
Attorney General Sam Olens

20
Aug

Neighbor Newspapers – Austin not seeking re election Carmichael running to replace him

Paulding Commission Chairman David Austin will not seek re-election to a third term in the 2016 county elections, he said this week.

Meanwhile, County Commissioner David Carmichael announced Wednesday he plans to run for the chairman’s seat in the May 2016 Republican primary.

Ron Davis, who operates the website openpaulding.org which advocates more transparency in county government, announced Wednesday he will seek Carmichael’s Post 1 seat on the commission in 2016.

Austin, who defeated incumbent Jerry Shearin for the job in 2008, won re-election in 2012 over County Commissioner Tony Crowe.

via Neighbor Newspapers – Austin not seeking re election Carmichael running to replace him.

20
Aug

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 20, 2015

The following dogs were all surrendered by their owners to Athens-Clarke County Animal Control, which makes them the first ones to be euthanized as there’s no statutory waiting period for owner surrenders.

Athens Penny

Penny is a 12-year old female Terrier mix who weighs 25 pounds who came to the because her owner died and the rest of the family either couldn’t or wouldn’t take her in. Penny doesn’t seem to be a whit concerned about it though – in fact whenever we see her out with volunteers she seems to be having the time of her life. She has the energy and attitude of a puppy, and loves to play with anyone, human or canine. It’s hard to believe that Penny’s 12 years old, although little dogs like her often live quite a bit longer than that.

Her owner’s family reported that she was an outside dog, but she seems housebroken here – she never messes in her run. They also said she is good with dogs and cats, something that we can’t confirm, although we can say that she happily plays with other dogs through the chainlink between pens, and seems very relaxed around them. The only thing about Penny that could use improvement is her weight – she’s a little chunky. Given her good energy level and love of walking and play, she will melt those few pounds off quickly. Penny is pure delight!

Athens Queen

Queen is a young girl, a 6-12 month old Labrador/Hound mix girl who weighs 26 pounds and is already spayed.

Queen greets everyone with a smile and a tail wag. She’s a happy, bouncy girl who enjoys being with you and wants to play. Queen is such a joyful pup that she sometimes forgets her manners and jumps up on you. She’s still a young dog, however, and can learn what’s appropriate behavior. She loves treats and already knows how to sit, so treats could be a good motivator for helping her keep her paws on the ground. Queen’s former owner stated that Queen is house trained and good with kids. She’s never lived with other animals, but she was friendly with Jolie in the adjacent interaction pen and wanted to play. If you’re looking for a happy pup who loves people and wants to play, come meet Queen!

Athens Cole

Cole is a 1-year old Black Labrador Retriever mix who weighs 48 pounds and loves toys, his kiddie pool, and people or other dogs.

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Athens Louise2

Louise is a 1-year old female Plott Hound mix who weighs 31 pounds.

Louise and sister Thelma were surrendered to the shelter with no regrets from their family :( The only information they left was that they are good with dogs and like riding in the car. In the two days they have been here so far, we found out other things they like too – people, treats, toys, and getting lots of lovin’. They are adorable, happy pups and lots of fun to be around. Louise is a little shorter and stockier than Thelma, and a cuddly, kissy girl. Thelma is a little taller and lankier, and just a tiny bit shy, but she gets over it very quickly. At one year old the sisters are still quite puppy-like and love to run and play. With a little reminding they sit nicely for treats, and seem to be very smart and willing to learn. These girls deserve a home that can appreciate just how wonderful they are.
Athens Louise

Athens Thelma

Thelma is Louise’s sister and is taller and has some white fur.

All of these urgent dogs are in the Athens Pets video, along with some of their friends.

20
Aug

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 20, 2015

On August 20, 1781, General George Washington sent Continental troops from New York toward Yorktown, Virginia to engage British troops under Gen. Cornwallis.

On August 20, 1906, Gov. Joseph Terrell signed legislation to build a statue of Georgia founding father James Oglethorpe in Savannah and a bill to build a statue of former Confederate General and Georgia Governor John B. Gordon at the State Capitol.

The Georgia Department of Archives and History was created by legislation signed by Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey on August 20, 1918.

On August 20, 1920, the American Professional Football Association, which would later be renamed the National Football League, was formed in Akron, Ohio. If you go to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Professional Football Hall of Fame is about an hour away in Canton, Ohio.

On August 20, 1923, Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation requiring state schools teach the United States and Georgia Constitutions and students pass an exam on the documents before being allowed to graduate.

On August 20, 1965, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones was released in the UK.

On August 20, 1974, President Gerald Ford nominated Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President of the United States.

Yvonne Craig, who played Bat Girl in the original 1960s Batman series has died.

As with many characters on the show, she had to play two roles. By day, she was librarian Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City police Commissioner James Gordon. But in times of need, she transformed into the caped crusader fighting crime alongside Batman and Robin. She even had a purple motorcycle with white lace trim.

Star Trek fans will remember Craig’s work, too. She played Marta, the green-skinned Orion slave girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk in Season 3.

Minnie Martin, who was the first African-American woman elected to the Valdosta Board of Education and first woman elected to the Lowndes County Commission died Tuesday evening at the age of 73.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said yesterday that Jeb Bush will make a stop in Athens this fall for the Georgia v. South Carolina game.Continue Reading..

19
Aug

Adoptable Dogs for August 19, 2015

At Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, intake has been very heavy lately and a number of dogs are scheduled to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted or in a foster home.

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46035

46035 is an adult male Spaniel mix, likely a senior, who is friendly and was found stray.

46059

46059 is a male senior Pug mix – a sweet little old man who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

46314

46314 (above) and 46315 (below) are young female puppies, possibly pug mixes, who are available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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