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19
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 19, 2016

Randy

Because everyone in politics should have a pit bull named Randy on their side. Randy is a 2-3 year old lemon-and-white American Pit Bull Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Georgia Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation in Cochran, GA.

Randy plays well with others. Very gentle boy.You can also support the care of dogs like Randy by donating to Georgia Canine Rescue and Rehabilitiation.

Sam Evans

Sam Evans is a young male German Shepherd Dog & Canaan Dog Mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA.

Dexter

Dexter is an adult male Chocolate Lab mix who is available for adoption from the CSRA Humane Society in Augusta, GA.

Dexter loves tennis balls. He needs someone who will play with him in a fenced yard on a daily basis. He is a large dog with a lot of energy.

19
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 19, 2016

On April 20, 1861, Robert E. Lee resigned his commission as a Colonel in the United States Army.

On April 20, 1982, the Atlanta Braves set a major league record, winning the first twelve games of the regular season.

On April 20, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation authorizing a $165 billion dollar bailout for Social Security, saying,

“This bill demonstrates for all time our nation’s ironclad commitment to Social Security. It assures the elderly that America will always keep the promises made in troubled times a half a century ago. It assures those who are still working that they, too, have a pact with the future. From this day forward, they have one pledge that they will get their fair share of benefits when they retire.”

On April 20, 1992, Governor Zell Miller signed legislation naming Pogo ‘Possum the official state possum of Georgia.

On April 20, 1999, two students entered Columbine High School in Colorado and killed twelve student and one teacher, and wounded 23 others before shooting themselves.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Randy Evans Referee Shirt

On Friday night, Georgia’s Republican National Committeeman Randy Evans spoke to the Seventh District Georgia Republican Party dinner, discussing the four scenarios delegates might face in Cleveland this year: a presumptive nominee, a brokered convention, a contested convention, and an open convention. Then he discusses the scheduling problems that might face organizers of the convention.

I’ve published a partial transcript on the website for your reading enjoyment. It’s worth reading so that you understand what is meant by (1) presumptive nominee; (2) brokered convention; (3) contested convention; and (4) open convention. You’ll also understand why the members of the Republican National Committee may be moving things around on the convention schedule when they meet later this week in Hollywood, Florida.Continue Reading..

18
Apr

Jack Kingston Endorses Doug Collins for Congress

Cites Effective Representative and Consistent Conservative Values

Kingston Head HorizontalGainesville, GA., April 18, 2016 - Former US Congressman Jack Kingston today endorsed Doug Collins for Congress in the May 24th GOP Primary. Kingston served along side two of the candidates in this race in the US House of Representatives. He also volunteers his time serving as the Foundation Chairman for the Georgia Republican Party.

“Men like Doug Collins are a rare breed in Washington. What you see is what you get with Doug. He stands up for what he believes in and he represents common sense 9th district conservative values” said Jack Kingston. “Doug Collins has a servant’s heart and he effectively represents those who have entrusted him with this office.”

Jack added “Congress has very low approval ratings with the American people. Public servants like Doug Collins are shining stars of the right way to serve. Other members and those seeking elected office would do well to follow the good example he sets. Doug Collins is the 9th District, he will continue to make all of us proud and I’m standing with him in this election.”

“Jack Kingston served alongside me and my opponent from the 10th District while we were all in Congress. Jack calls it like he sees it and I greatly appreciate his support so that I can continue to serve Georgia’s 9th District. His fundraising for the Georgia Republican Party will help keep GA red and make sure that Hillary Clinton is defeated this November” said Doug Collins.

18
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 18, 2016

Teddy Terrier

Teddy is a young male Yorkshire Terrier and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Clayton County Humane Society in Jonesboro, GA.

Teddy Chow

Teddy is an adult male Chow Chow who is available for adoption from Heart of Georgia Humane Society in Macon, GA.

Because of his full mane, I’d probably call him “Lion Ted.”

Donny

Donny is an adult male Chihuahua who is available for adoption from Athens Area Humane Society in Athens, GA.

18
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 18, 2016

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes mounted up on horseback to warn of British troops on their way to confiscate American arms and to warn patriots Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who the British sought to capture.

By 1775, tensions between the American colonies and the British government had approached the breaking point, especially in Massachusetts, where Patriot leaders formed a shadow revolutionary government and trained militias to prepare for armed conflict with the British troops occupying Boston. In the spring of 1775, General Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, received instructions from Great Britain to seize all stores of weapons and gunpowder accessible to the American insurgents. On April 18, he ordered British troops to march against Concord and Lexington.

The Boston Patriots had been preparing for such a British military action for some time, and, upon learning of the British plan, Revere and Dawes set off across the Massachusetts countryside. They took separate routes in case one of them was captured….

About 5 a.m. on April 19, 700 British troops under Major John Pitcairn arrived at the town to find a 77-man-strong colonial militia under Captain John Parker waiting for them on Lexington’s common green. Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation, the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead and 10 others were wounded; only one British soldier was injured. The American Revolution had begun.

President William H. Taft learned on April 18, 1912 of the death of his military aide, Major Archibald Butts of Augusta, Georgia on RMS Titanic.

The honeybee was recognized as the official state insect of Georgia on April 18, 1975.

On April 18, 2006, Governor Sonny Perdue signed legislation establishing February 6 of each year as “Ronald Reagan Day” in Georgia and celebrating the date of President Reagan’s birth.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

On Saturday, Georgia Republicans held Congressional District Conventions to elect three delegates and three alternates to the Republican National Convention.

First District Delegates

William Carter, 18-years old, who beat out Jeanne Seaver, a Grassroots Coordinator for the Trump Campaign
Kay Godwin, Georgia Grassroots Director for Ted Cruz
Linda Olson

First District Alternates

James Hall of Savannah
Carri Johnson
Clint Day

Second District Delegates

Joseph Brannan, 2d District Chairman
Alec Pointevint, former GAGOP Chair, Nat’l Committeeman
Brandon Phillips, Trump Campaign State Director

Second District Alternates

Rick Allen, Columbus, Muscogee County GOP Chair
Nora Laughlin, Macon (Bibb)
Cindy Summerlin, Mitchell County

Third District Delegates

Katie Frost, Cruz Team
Dale Jackson, Third District Chair
Denise Ognio, Fayette GOP Vice Chair

Third District Alternates

Tanner Goldsmith
JD Stallings
Leslie McPherson

Fourth District Delegates

Rachel Little, 4th CD Chair, Cruz for Women National Co-Chair
Robert Seigle
Michael Howington

Fourth District Alternates

Gloria DiMaggio Tow
Eleanor Toppins
Bronwyn Jennings

Fifth District Delegates

Dave Baker
John Bush, 5th District Chair
Jill Chambers, Trump supporter

Fifth District Alternates

Lavin Gartland Briggs
Sarah G. Looper
Amy A. Borden

Sixth District Delegates

Michael Fitzgerald, 6th CD Chair
Donna Rowe
Bruce Levell, Trump Supporter, former Gwinnett GOP Chair

Sixth District Alternates

Claire “Clara“ Bartlett, former Fulton GOP Executive Director
Dan Israel
Angelyn Dionysatos

Seventh District Delegates

B.J. Van Gundy, former Chair, Gwinnett GOP
Carolyn Fisher
David Hancock, United Tea Party of Georgia

Seventh District Alternates

Buzz Brockway, State Rep., former Gwinnett GOP Chair
Kathy Ramey Statham
Mary Adamski

Eighth District Delegates

Anthony Morris
Lott Dill
Nolan Cox

Eighth District Alternates

Vivian Childs, former District GOP Chair
Suzanne Wood, former Bibb County GOP Chair
Vance Dean, Chair 8th District GAGOP

Ninth District Delegates

Bruce Acevedo, 9th District Chair
Ashley Bell
Carol Mahoney

Ninth District Alternates

Tommy Benton
Carl Blackburn
Andrew Clyde

Tenth District Delegates

Brian Burdette, 10th District Chair
Bill Cowsert, State Senator
Kirk Shook, GAGOP Secretary

Tenth District Alternates

Miclene D’Antonio
Janice Key Westmoreland
Regina Quick, State Representative

Eleventh District Delegates

Scott Johnson, former 11th District Chair, Cruz organizer
Bob Barr, former Congressman, Cruz surrogate speaker
Brad Carver, 11th District Chair

Eleventh District Alternates

Rose Wing, Chair, Cobb GOP
Eric Johnson
Bruce Thompson, State Senator

Twelfth District Delegates

Michael Welsh, 12th District Chair
Brittany Dasher
Chris Papierz

Twelfth District Alternates

Bob Finnegan, current or former Richmond County GOP Chair
Ronald Schwartz
Ricardo Bravo

Thirteenth District Delegates

Pamela Glanton
Robert W. Booth, Sr.
Ron Moon

Thirteenth District Alternates

Teri Sasseville
Matthew Krull
Joyce Hinton

Fourteenth District Delegates

David Guldenschuh
Leanne DeFoor
Lydia Hallmark

Fourteenth District Alternates

Nancy Burton
Clint Wilder
Duane Beck

The Republican Women of Muscogee-Harris County will host Bonnie Perdue, wife of Senator David Perdue, at their meeting Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

GOP Women Muscogee-Harris

An ethics complaint has been filed against Jay Lowe, candidate for State House in the 95th District.

Click here for the complaint and the State Ethics Commission’s initial response.

 

15
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 15, 2016

Daisy

Daisy is available for adoption from the Macon Bibb County Animal Welfare Safe Adoption Center.

Gina

Gina is available for adoption from the Macon Bibb County Animal Welfare Safe Adoption Center.

Jackson

Jackson is available for adoption from the Macon Bibb County Animal Welfare Safe Adoption Center.

15
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 15, 2016

On April 15, 1741, the Georgia colony was divided into two counties – Savannah County and Frederica County.

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On April 15, 1776, the Georgia Provincial Congress issued “Rules and Regulations,” which would serve as an interim state Constitution until the Constitution of 1777 was adopted.

On April 15, 1783, the United States Congress ratified a preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain, which was signed in November 1782.

President Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865 of a gunshot suffered the previous evening.

The Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association was formed on April 15, 1966 to assist and honor Confederate veterans. One of its most well-known projects was the “Lion of the Confederacy” memorial in Oakland Cemetery.

Photo: J. Glover (AUTiger)

RMS Titanic sunk at 2:20 AM on April 15,1912.

Jackie Robinson, born in Cairo, Georgia, became the first African-American professional baseball player in the Major Leagues on April 15, 1947, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves. Robinson scored the winning run in that game.

On April 15, 1989, Chinese students and intellectuals in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, mourned the death of Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaoban, considered a liberal reformer.

DeForest Kelley, born in Atlanta and known for playing Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy on the original Star Trek series, was inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame on April 15, 1992.

Three years ago today, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon killing three people and wounding more than 260 others.

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host a sensory-friendly day for people on the Autism spectrum at its National Train Day for Autism from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7..

“Our goal is to create opportunities for autistic children to enjoy community activities in a safe, supportive space,” said Dr. Richard Banz, the museum’s executive director. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy a nostalgic pastime and create great memories with their family.”

Participation in this event is included with general admission to the museum, located at 2829 Cherokee St. NW in Kennesaw.

For more information, call 770-427-2117 or visit southernmuseum.org/autismevent.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

State Representative Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) was charged with DUI in Rabun County last week.

Georgia state Rep. Tom Taylor on Thursday said he will work to regain the trust of his constituents after being arrested for driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit.

“I profoundly regret this mistake,” Taylor said in a statement to the AJC. “There’s no one to blame but me and I greatly appreciate the professionalism of the officers involved. This was my first run-in with the law in my life and it will also be my last.”

aylor vowed to “demonstrate my remorse not just in words but in my actions.” He said he’s dedicated his life to public service, from the Navy to Dunwoody City Council to the General Assembly.

“This offense falls far short of the standards expected of someone who holds a position of public trust, and I will work every day to restore that trust as I continue to serve the people of my district,” he said.

If you missed your chance to qualify for State Representative in District 3 in Northwest Georgia, you will have yet another opportunity to qualify, as the Georgia Republican Party reopens qualifying a second time.

Update (7:15 p.m.): Catoosa County Republican Party Chair Denise Burns said that candidates seeking the House District 3 seat can fill out paperwork to qualify again. An official from the state party informed her that the GOP Executive Committee voted around 6 p.m. to re-open the qualifying process.

Interested candidates can fill out the necessary paperwork in Atlanta between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday.

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The Republican Primary for a state representative seat is back to a one-person race.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office announced this afternoon that three of the four candidates running for the House District 3 seat in the May 24 Primary have been disqualified.

Why? Because the Georgia Republican Party failed to provide the election office with the proper paperwork on time. This leaves only Dewayne Hill, a former Catoosa County Commissioner, in the race.

The party re-opened qualifying for the seat April 6-7. Jeff Holcomb, Zach Hubbs and Jeremy Jones filled out their paperwork to run and began their campaigns. But today, the secretary of state’s office said the three men cannot run. Though the state party received their paperwork last week, they did not provide the state’s elections office with that information on time.

Under Georgia law, a secretary of state spokeswoman said, the Republican Party needed to turn in the information by noon Monday. They did not do so until 3:24 p.m.

“This is a very unfortunate situation for the candidates,” Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement. “However, I have a duty to uphold the integrity of elections in Georgia.”

Secretary of State Kemp appealed a federal court decision that lowers the bar for third party candidate access to Georgia’s Presidential ballot, according to the AJC Political Insider.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who oversees elections in Georgia, on Wednesday asked the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta to review a ruling that lowered the number of signatures required to petition to get on the ballot from tens of thousands to 7,500.

Kemp’s office said he filed the appeal both to uphold Georgia law and because the plaintiffs seek more than $200,000 in attorneys fees if the state loses the case.

The Georgia Public Service Commission approved the merger between Southern Company and AGL in a move that will result in freezing Georgia Power’s rates through 2019.

The PSC-approved settlement of the merger includes a number of items to protect the ratepayers of Atlanta Gas Light Company and Georgia Power Company as well as consumers who receive natural gas from Commission certificated natural gas marketers in Georgia’s deregulated natural gas market.

“I believe this agreement contains safeguards for ratepayers and consumers while at the same time allowing this merger to move forward in accordance with Georgia law and Commission rules,” said PSC Chairman Chuck Eaton.

“The merger is good for the Georgia economy,” said Commissioner Tim Echols. “Had AGL Resources left our state with one of the other companies pursuing them, they would have taken many jobs with them. Keeping them in Georgia has a very positive impact.”

“I am proud to support this settlement that means stable rates for Georgia Power customers for the next three years,” said Commissioner Doug Everett. “All consumer protections remain in place to ensure that customers of both companies continue to receive reliable, safe and efficient service.”

Congratulations to Tricia Pridemore on her appointment to the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority Board.

14
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 14, 2016

The first American society advocating for abolition of slavery was founded on April 14, 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Benjamin Franklin would later serve as President of the organization.

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln as the President attended a showing of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater, seven blocks from the White House.

RMS Titanic hit an iceberg just before midnight on April 14, 1912. Among those losing their lives was Major Archibald Butt of Augusta, Georgia, who had served as a military aide to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

“Captain Smith and Major Archibald Butt, military aide to the President of the United States, were among the coolest men on board. A number of steerage passengers were yelling and screaming and fighting to get to the boats. Officers drew guns and told them that if they moved towards the boats they would be shot dead. Major Butt had a gun in his hand and covered the men who tried to get to the boats. The following story of his bravery was told by Mrs. Henry B. Harris, wife of the theatrical manager: ‘The world should rise in praise of Major Butt. That man’s conduct will remain in my memory forever. The American army is honored by him and the way he taught some of the other men how to behave when women and children were suffering that awful mental fear of death. Major Butt was near me and I noticed everything that he did.”

“When the order to man the boats came, the captain whispered something to Major Butt. The two of them had become friends. The major immediately became as one in supreme command. You would have thought he was at a White House reception. A dozen or more women became hysterical all at once, as something connected with a life-boat went wrong. Major Butt stepped over to them and said: ‘Really, you must not act like that; we are all going to see you through this thing.’”

“He helped the sailors rearrange the rope or chain that had gone wrong and lifted some of the women in with a touch of gallantry. Not only was there a complete lack of any fear in his manner, but there was the action of an aristocrat. ‘When the time came he was a man to be feared. In one of the earlier boats fifty women, it seemed, were about to be lowered, when a man, suddenly panic-stricken, ran to the stern of it. Major Butt shot one arm out, caught him by the back of the neck and jerked him backward like a pillow. His head cracked against a rail and he was stunned. ‘Sorry,’ said Major Butt, ‘women will be attended to first or I’ll break every damned bone in your body.’”

“The boats were lowered one by one, and as I stood by, my husband said to me, ‘Thank God, for Archie Butt.’ Perhaps Major Butt heard it, for he turned his face towards us for a second and smiled.”

Kennesaw Junior College became a senior college on April 14, 1976 by vote of the Georgia Board of Regents.

By this time, enrollment had tripled from an initial student count of 1,014 in the fall of 1966 to 3,098 in the fall of 1975. Numerous local leaders were involved in the fight for four-year status, but the two politicians playing the most pivotal roles were state Representatives Joe Mack Wilson and Al Burruss of Marietta. In time the memories of both would be honored by having buildings named for them on the Kennesaw campus

A U.S. Postage stamp bearing Georgia’s state bird and state flower was issued as part of a series including all 50 states on April 14, 1982, with first day ceremonies held in Washington and each state.

On April 14, 2010, a signature by Button Gwinnett, one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence sold at auction for $722,500 at an auction by Sotheby’s. About 50 examples of his signature are known to exist and six have been auctioned since 1974.

Happy birthday to former Atlanta Braves David Justice and Greg Madden, who were both born on this date in 1966.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Early voting begins today in the Special Runoff Election for the State House District 162 seat formerly held by the late Bob Bryant. Voters will choose between Alicia Blakely and Carl Gilliard.

Meanwhile, April 26 is the deadline to be registered to vote for the May 24 General Primary Election.

The Fulton County Daily Report, read primarily by lawyers, writes that the Georgia General Assembly needs more lawyers.

Georgia’s legislature, which once teemed with lawyers, could hit its lowest numbers of legal membership in a decade.

In the current General Assembly, 42 legislators hold law degrees—32 of the 180 members of the House of Representatives (18 percent) and 10 of the 56 members of the Senate (also 18 percent).

W. Thomas Worthy, the bar’s director of government affairs…. noted that seven are not seeking re-election: Reps. Stephen Allison, Alex Atwood, LaDawn Jones, Ronnie Mabra, BJ Pak, Matt Ramsey and Tom Weldon—but new lawyer-candidates are vying for seats in 10 districts.

Assuming the 35 lawyer-lawmakers seeking re-election win, the number of lawyers in the General Assembly could range from 35 to 44, depending on how many of the new lawyer candidates prevail. (One race will pit a new lawyer contender against a lawyer-legislator, so a lawyer will remain in that seat regardless who wins.)

Meagan Hanson, a Brookhaven-based family law attorney and Republican running for House District 80, believes that her legal training is critical to building effective legislation. “It’s an art,” she said, noting she took a class in law school about how courts interpret what’s on the books.

“You have to know what you’re asking for, and how that will be interpreted in the court to know how it will affect things in practice,” said Hanson.

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James and challenger Sherry Boston clashed in a forum this week.

“In DeKalb, we have a community that has lost trust in many of its leaders, and so we have to have a DA that is not only complying with the law, but fairly applying the law. Right now, this community has lost faith that we don’t have that,” Boston charged.

James defended his record and integrity, saying, “I think I’ve done a good job, I think the men and women who work with me have done a good job.”

Whether James is doing a good job is not as important as the community’s sense of the office, according to Boston. “I think a lot of what we talk about about fairly applying the law comes down to the perception in the community. If the community doesn’t believe that your office is operating at the highest level of integrity, than it doesn’t matter if you think you are,” said Boston.

Boston pointed to James’ failure to file campaign disclosure reports for five years and to $1,915 in meal charges made to his government spending accounts as evidence that he has not upheld the “highest standard of integrity” for the office. James paid a fine for his missed disclosure filings in September, and he maintains that his meal charges were appropriate, but repaid the county in October.

“There is a great concern that we have a district attorney that breaks the law, because we have a district attorney who has admitted to violating the law. And when that happens, it drives the entire system down,” Boston said.

The Macon Telegraph is doing a great job covering local elections this year. Today, they cover a proposal by former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis to suspend garbage collection for people who don’t pay their garbage bills.

Ellis, who will face interim Tax Commissioner Wade McCord in the May 24 election, said at a Wednesday morning news conference that he would work closely with local officials to push for a new process for handling late garbage fees. Macon-Bibb County has about $7 million in uncollected garbage bills.

“There are ways to collect money without being as draconian as selling people’s property on courthouse steps,” he said.

Reacting to the Ellis campaign’s suggestion of not picking up some people’s garbage, county officials said that plan could pose health risks and create unsightly streets strewn with containers of uncollected trash.

“There is a very real public health risk to having residences within the county who do not have regular scheduled garbage pickup,” McCord said in a statement. “Insect and rodent infestation and the spread of communal diseases are risks public health officials raise when they call for mandatory universal garbage pickup.”

The Telegraph also notes a challenge to 19-year incumbent Jones County Commissioner (District 1) Larry Childs by political newbies Cliff Greene and Sam Kitchens. Houston County at-large Board of Education member Bryan Upshaw faces challenger Andy Rodriguez.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter (R) has criticized Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to veto HB 757.

“I generally don’t take the time in these meetings to make political statements, but since I do have this venue, and I don’t know if he watches it or not, but I want to address it to our governor and let him know that I disagree with his decision to veto House Bill 757,” Hunter said during the commission’s business meeting on Tuesday.

“I believe he’s wrong and I believe he’ll find that will be on the wrong side of history.”

Yesterday, the Board of Regents voted to not increase tuition for state universitites and colleges in the 2016-17 school year.

Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, has said the decision shows the board is “listening to students, their families and legislators” who have voiced concerns about year-over-year tuition hikes in Georgia.

Until this year, the system’s governing board had approved some form of tuition increase every year since at least 2002.

Last year, most state-operated colleges in Georgia saw a 2.5-percent tuition increase for the fourth year in a row. Students at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia received even greater increases of 9 percent.

Kimberly Chere Crouch of Grovetown, Georgia will plead guilty to charges from an accident that killed former Georgia legislator Joey Brush.

District Attorney Ashley Wright said negotiations on the plea deal have not been finalized. A hearing could be set in May at the earliest, Wright said.

Brush, an avid motorcyclist, served two terms in the state House in the 1990s and was sworn into the state Senate in 1997. He also was a builder and developer. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Brush; his mother; four children; three stepchildren; a sister; and six grandchildren.

What local politician could resist a forum for senior citizens? Very few, apparently. From the Augusta Chronicle,

More than 100 senior citizens – many bused from Augusta senior citizen centers – filled the auditorium at Carrie J. Mays Community Center to hear appeals from candidates for more than a dozen local and state offices on the May 24 ballot, including three contested Augusta Commission elections.

The head of the city’s senior programs, Joyce Downs, said she’d invited all local candidates to attend, and nearly all did, although one – incumbent Richmond County Marshal Steve Smith – asked a supporter to speak on his behalf.

Georgia Republican Party District Conventions this Saturday

This Saturday, I will join many of my friends and probably an equal number of people who dislike me at the Sixth District Republican Convention. As a duly-elected delegate, ten days ago, I received the “Call Letter” via email, informing me of the convention and how to apply to move forward as a delegate to the national convention. The email came from 6th District Chairman Michael Fitzgerald and I promptly registered online and paid my delegate registration fee.

Now, a Facebook page called “Georgia for Donald Trump” that bills itself as “The Official Facebook page of the Donald Trump for President Campaign in Georgia” is going nuts complaining about Michael Fitzgerald, writing, “This Establishment RINO is doing everything he can to reverse Trump’s win in Georgia,” and one poster writes, sent him a private message to stop dragging his feet and get the paperwork done.”

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Here’s the thing: the paperwork was done and it said that the deadline to apply as a delegate to the national convention was April 7th, a day before these folks started complaining. That suggests to me that maybe they weren’t delegates from their county conventions, or they would have received the information several days before.

Then they turned up the heat crazy on Rachel Little, who Chairs the Fourth District.

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That was posted yesterday, April 13, a full six days after most district conventions closed the application process to be a delegate from District to National Convention. And some of the comments might be considered menacing.

In short, be prepared for quite a show on Saturday. I’ll be tweeting from my convention and will be keeping an eye on the #gapol hashtag. We look forward to hearing what’s going on at your conventions.

14
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 14, 2016

Darby

Darby is a young male Coonhound and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Inspire Pet Rescue Kennesaw, GA. He’s an adorable Hound mix puppy who loves to play and loves to snuggle.

Darcy

Darcy is a young female Boxer and Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from Inspire Pet Rescue Kennesaw, GA. She’s a fun, friendly Boxer mix puppy who loves to play and is always ready for an adventure.

Harper

Harper is a 3-year old Terrier mix girl who is available for adoption from Inspire Pet Rescue Kennesaw, GA. She is good with dogs and great with children. Harper aims to please and loves to cuddle. No cats please.She recently completed heartworm treatment and is ready for her forever home.

Claire

Claire is a 4-month old female Terrier mix puppy who loves playing with other dogs and who is available for adoption from Inspire Pet Rescue Kennesaw, GA.

The Supreme Court of Georgia may decide whether a family pet has legal value beyond its simple replacement value, according to the Washington Post.

People, it’s clear, increasingly think of  pets as family — or fellow people.

The law, however, sees pets very differently: They are property, like a car or a toaster.

Now the Supreme Court of Georgia is mulling the disconnect between those two views. In a case that could be decided next month, judges are considering whether a rescue mutt whose death was allegedly caused by a kennel’s negligence had the value of a used toaster — zilch — or a value relative to how the dog’s owners felt about her and the $67,000 they spent to save her.

In short: How much is a pet dog worth?

[W]hen it comes to damages for the death of a pet, state supreme courts have usually knocked down trial and appellate court decisions that award emotional or “non-economic” damages, Favre said, because they view it as a slippery slope. (Separately, a small number of states have enacted legislation on recoverable damages in such cases; Tennessee dog or cat owners, for example, can recover up to $5,000 “for the loss of the reasonably expected society, companionship, love and affection of the pet.”)

Courts more often allow juries to award damages for “reasonable” veterinary costs, Favre said, though some are wary of leaving that judgment in juries’ hands.

13
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 13, 2016

Kirby

Kirby (above, male) and Kyra (below, female) are 3.5 month old Plott Hound mix puppies who are available for adoption from Clover Run Rescue in Jefferson, GA. Both are friendly and love people. They weigh 20 pounds each and will be large dogs when fully grown.

If you are interested in Kira, you can meet her at adoptions which will be on Saturdays – 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. and Sundays – 12:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. PetSupermarket, Johns Creek 5805 State Bridge Road, Duluth, GA 30097. Please check the website www.cloverrunrescue.com first, to verify the place of the next adoptions.

Kyra

Snookie

Snookie is a 9-week old Dachshund and Chihuahua mix female puppy who is available for adoption from Clover Run Rescue in Jefferson, GA.