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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 14, 2016


Taz is a young male Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

He is very sweet and loving and just wants to play and have fun. He is a the perfect age to be adopted to a home with kids and other pets. Someone will be lucky to make this guy their newest familty member! Taz is current on shots, on heartworm prevention and working on basic commands and housebreaking.


Libby is a small female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

Libby is one of 8 puppies found in an abandoned home along with the mother. Libby loves to play. Whether its playing tug a war with her brothers and sisters or running around with a stuffed animal hanging from her mouth. She will definitely keep you entertained.


Ponyo is a small female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA. She’s one of Libby’s siblings who were found abandoned with their mother.


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

Happy Birthday to the French, who today celebrate the 225th anniversary of Bastille Day, 14 July 1798, when citizens stormed the Bastille, a prison in Paris.

On July 14, 1798, the Alien and Sedition Act became federal law.

The first three acts took aim at the rights of immigrants. The period of residency required before immigrants could apply for citizenship was extended from five to 14 years, and the president gained the power to detain and deport those he deemed enemies. President Adams never took advantage of his newfound ability to deny rights to immigrants. However, the fourth act, the Sedition Act, was put into practice and became a black mark on the nation’s reputation. In direct violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech, the Sedition Act permitted the prosecution of individuals who voiced or printed what the government deemed to be malicious remarks about the president or government of the United States. Fourteen Republicans, mainly journalists, were prosecuted, and some imprisoned, under the act.

On July 14, 1864, General Sherman issued Special Field Order 35, outlining the plan for the Battle of Atlanta.

On July 14, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention.

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Cobb County voters are coming out at a higher rate for the runoff election than for May’s General Primary Election, according to the MDJ.

Through Wednesday, a total of 2,796 ballots have been cast in the runoff election. By this time in the May primary, just 1,685 ballots had been cast, according to Janine Eveler, director of Cobb elections.

The ballot for the runoff election features Cobb Chairman Tim Lee squaring off against retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce for the Republican nomination for the chairman’s seat as well as a race between local attorneys John Morgan and Kellie Hill for a seat on the county’s State Court.

Meanwhile, embattled Cobb Chairman Tim Lee was the only candidate in the GPB runoff debate.

Cobb commission Chairman Tim Lee criticized his opponent, retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce, for not taking part in a Wednesday debate to which the two had been invited, but the challenger said he believed his time was better spent staying on the campaign trail.

The Atlanta Press Club had invited both candidates to participate in the debate’s taping; it is scheduled to air Sunday morning. Last week, press club officials said Boyce had opted to not to participate, which the candidate himself confirmed.

Marietta City Council will place an advisory referendum on the November ballot to gauge voter support for term limits.

Both Drew Ferguson and Sen. Mike Crane are seeking votes in Carroll County for the Third Congressional District runoff election.

District 3 congressional candidate Drew Ferguson, campaigning in Carroll County Tuesday, discussed his stance on the Dallas shooting, what Carroll County constituents are most concerned about, meeting fundraising goals and what he is doing to gain votes from those who supported the candidates who did not make the run-off.

Carrollton Mayor Walt Hollingsworth ….[o]n Thursday… joined Ferguson at Lakeshore Park for a meet-and-greet with Carroll County constituents, going on record to say that he is now supporting him….

Early voting is under way in the July 26 runoff.

Ferguson’s challenger in the runoff, Mike Crane, this week received the support of Villa Rica City Council member Leslie McPherson, who said she has watched him over the last five years as a state senator stand strong against the many temptations of elected office, unwavering in his commitment to the communities he serves. She said she knows Crane will keep his promise of principled leadership once in Washington

“Mike has a proven track record of choosing the people over the politically powerful,” McPherson said. “Mike has demonstrated that elected officials have a choice — they can sell out to big business, big government, big interests and cave to pressure from leadership, or they can truly represent the people they serve.”

Carrollton City Councilmen Jim Watters and Met Lane are also throwing their support behind Crane.

DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton is a disgrace

The DeKalb County Board of Ethics asked for the dismissal of a lawsuit by Sharon Barnes Sutton seeking to prevent the Board to hear complaints against Barnes Sutton.

Allegations of 12 ethical violations by Sutton have been put on hold since she sued in November, alleging that the Board of Ethics is unconstitutional because some of its members are appointed by private organizations. A judge prevented her ethics cases from moving forward while the lawsuit is pending.

“Likely, the commissioner’s real plan is to avoid investigation entirely, or at least to stall any particularized inquiry until after the runoff election on July 26,” according to the motion to dismiss filed Friday by attorney Darren Summerville, who represents the board.

Sutton’s attorney, Dwight Thomas, said the Georgia Supreme Court has made clear that government board members can’t be chosen by private entities. He said the DeKalb Board of Ethics is attacking Sutton to distract from the legal issues of the case.

“When you don’t have the facts or the law on your side, then you try to smear your opposing party,” Thomas said. “This is not about delaying anything.”

Remember that line from the lawyer for Sharon Barnes Sutton, “When you don’t have the facts or the law on your side, then you try to smear your opposing party.” As we’ll see, that’s Sutton’s strategy in her reelection campaign as well.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 13, 2016


Paisley is a young adult female Beagle mix who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.

Hello! I’m Paisley. I am a beagle mix with brindle legs and face. I am a very distinctive dog! I love to play and I am will behaved around people. I don’t really like other dogs too much so I would like to be your one and only dog. I will love you and snuggle with you forever! Please come and get me.


Tito is a small adult male Chihuahua who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.

My name is Tito. I am a chihuahua mix. I am a very active and playful guy and I love everyone! Please come and get me. I want to play with YOU!


Brandi is a young female Hound dog who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.

My name is Brandi. I am a sweet hound mix. I am young so right now I am full of energy! But when I grow up just a little, I will settle down and be the best friend you could ever have! Please don’t let me grow up in the shelter. Come and get me.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 13, 2016

On July 13, 1787, Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance, in which states ceded some claims to the west, and a process was set up for admitting new states.

On July 13, 1865, James Johnson as provisional Governor of Georgia, issued a proclamation freeing slaves and calling an election in October of that year to elect delegates to a state Consitutional Convention. Johnson had previously opposed Georgia’s secession and after the war was appointed Governor by President Andrew Johnson.

Savannah, Georgia-born John C. Fremont, who was the first Presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 1856, died in New York City on July 13, 1890.

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Republican delegate to the Republican National Convention Scott Johnson is writing about the Platform Committee deliberations for the Marietta Daily Journal. It’s well worth reading, especially if you’re headed to Cleveland or will be glued to the TV set during the convention.

That work began on Monday with 112 delegates, a man and a woman elected by the GOP delegation from each state or territory, that form the Platform Committee. Rayna Casey of Atlanta and I have had the honor of representing Georgia Republicans for two very long days of meetings.

The goal there is to craft a document that reflects who we are as Republicans. Our values. Our principles.

After 12 hours meeting on Monday followed by 10 hours on Tuesday (broadcast for all to see on C-SPAN), we have now completed what I believe is a handbook for making America great again.

When I undertook this task, I promised one thing to my fellow Georgians — we will keep it conservative.

The platform is truly a living dynamic document crafted by debate, consideration of hundreds of amendments and a whole lot of passion. As I write this, just moments after the Platform Committee’s adjournment, I can firmly say we have accomplished my goal: keep it conservative.

Speculation has the choice for Trump’s VP candidate between Newt Gingrich and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Judging by Trump’s campaign insiders, the battle for his No. 2 gig is between Pence, the radio host-turned politician known as an unwavering conservative willing to buck his party’s leaders, and Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker who led his own anti-establishment insurgency two decades ago.

The Washington Times reported Trump was almost certain to pick Pence as his running mate, while CNN quoted an adviser saying it was down to Gingrich and the Indianan. Time Magazine has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie still in the running, though his hometown paper says that’s unlikely.

Gingrich and FoxNews agreed that the former Speaker will step away from his paid gig with the network, also fueling speculation Gingrich is in the mix for VP.

Here’s my two-cent analysis on Trump’s VP pick. Everyone’s still centering their speculation on who would make a solid VP choice under traditional political analysis. That kind of analysis has brought people like me to the point where we’re collectively about 0-for-2000 in predicting what Trump is going to do. Trump is not a traditional politician. He’s a reality TV star, so use that frame for your analysis and think what any good reality TV producer would do. Hype and tease, and raise the drama level before the big reveal. That’s what we’re seeing now. A dance of seven veils that shows peeks at what might happen without giving too much away.

The Club for Growth has released a new ad against Drew Ferguson in the Third Congressional District runoff election.

Campaign spokesman Dan McLagan told the AJC Political Insider,

“It’s hilarious. They are calling a tax-cutting, debt-reducing, pro-gun, pro-life, conservative who wears camo in the woods and Carhartt to church, drives a pickup truck and has a daughter in the Navy a liberal? They can spend as much as they want — ain’t nobody gonna believe it.”

Tamar Hallerman from the AJC analyzes the race thusly,

Thomas Hunter, a political science professor at the University of West Georgia, said runoffs typically attract about one-half to two-thirds of the initial primary turnout. Since fewer than 58,000 GOP ballots were cast in the seven-man 3rd District GOP contest this spring, there could be very little that separates the winner from the loser in this month’s runoff, he said.

“It is the end of July — a lot of people are on vacation. There are really few county races in the counties of the 3rd District that would cause turnout to increase greatly,” Hunter said. “It could be as low as 35,000 or 40,000 people who are voting, which means that as long as you can get 20,000 of your supporters to the polls that you should be able to win.”

University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock, who wrote a book about congressional runoffs, said history shows that typically the candidate who leads in the primary wins the runoff about 70 percent of the time. But because the initial matchup between Crane and Ferguson was so close, the race becomes much harder to call ahead of time.

This month’s contest will mainly come down to who can best turn out his base and potentially attract some of the supporters of their other primary opponents who have since dropped out of the race, Bullock said.

“The situation is such that if you can get the same number of people to come out and vote for you in the runoff as voted for you in the primary, you’d almost certainly win because of this drop in participation,” he said.

For the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Chuck Williams also takes a look at the Congressional runoff election.

An interesting contrast is shaping up in the heated race for the Republican nomination in the ultra-conservative Third Congressional District, a 13-county area that stretches from Metro Atlanta into north Columbus.

State Sen. Mike Crane of Newnan is running as a strict Constitutionalist who will fight big government all the way to Washington, and points to his record in the General Assembly as proof.

Former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson is running on his record of building coalitions and the economic success his community has enjoyed since 2005 when South Korean automobile manufacturer Kia decided to locate there.

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And some shenanigans in the House District 80 runoff between Meagan Hanson and Alan Cole.

An expensive, full size campaign flyer was sent to homes in the district attacking Alan Cole, a candidate, City Councilman Bates Mattison and the former mayor, J. Max Davis.

The men were pictured together, each labeled negatively – Mattison for a personal bankruptcy, for instance. Cole was alleged to be a slumlord. The handiwork echoed that of Democrats who poured thousands of dollars into defeating Davis for the House seat last year.

Hanson in return did some detective work and tracked down the bulk mail permit holder. She said she was told by the printing company that a Democratic activist, Allison “Sally” Carter, purchased the mailers, paying cash for them last month.

Carter is the wife of James Earl Carter IV, grandson of the former president and a Democratic Party activist who specializes in undercover videos and dirty tricks.

The AJC heard from James Earl Carter, IV, who took credit for the mailer.

James Carter, the Democratic activist and opposition research impresario, has confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he — and only he — is responsible for an anonymous flier that hit the district’s mailboxes in June. The piece attacks not just Cole, but former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis and Brookhaven Council Member Bates Mattison.

“I take full responsibility for the mailer,” James Carter said. “All of the allegations contained in it are 100 percent true.”

Carter on Tuesday indicated that the real target of the mailer was Davis, not Cole, the current candidate.

“A few years ago, J. Max Davis called my wife and yelled at her for asking his ex-wife about him, which she had done as a favor to me,” Carter said. “My wife is not a Democratic activist and her only connection to politics is through me. Davis’ extreme overreaction to the circumstances was memorable, as was the way he treated my wife. Since that incident, I have reveled in every opportunity to take a shot at J. Max. He deserves it.”

Henry County Republicans will choose in the runoff between Lisa McGarity and June Wood for County Commission Chair to face Democrat Carlotta Harrell in November.

In Paulding County, Roger Leggett and David Carmichael approach the July 26 Republican Primary runoff for Commission Chair with Leggett leading slightly in contributions during the most recent disclosure period.

Leggett reported receiving $9,010 and Carmichael $7,960 between April 1 and June 30 on their final contributions disclosure reports before the July 26 runoff election for the Republican nomination for the office. The winner will be unopposed in the November general election.

The latest contributions brought Carmichael’s total contributions collected by June 30 to $22,435, compared to Leggett’s $25,615 by the same date.

State tax collections were up slightly in June, according to Gov. Nathan Deal via the Gwinnett Daily Post.

State revenues increased last month by a slight 0.7 percent margin from a year ago, Gov. Nathan Deal’s office announced on Tuesday.

Georgia collected a total net of $1.91 billion in taxes in June, which is $13.4 million higher than the total net collections from June 2015. It continues a trend of continual growth in tax collections that, year-to-date, is up 9.4 percent from last year.

June also marked the completion of the first year under tax reforms stemming from a re-configuring of the state’s gas tax. Officials said transportation revenues collected under the new method totaled $77 million last month.

The two former county commissioners are seeking the commission chairmanship being vacated by David Austin, who is not seeking re-election this year. They qualified for the runoff after finishing first and second out of four candidates in the May 24 Republican primary.

A new DeKalb County school will be named John Lewis Elementary School and another school will be called the Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology.

The City of Lula, Georgia is edging closer to a Sunday Sales vote, but likely only for beer and wine, not liquor.

The Marietta City Council will consider holding a non-binding referendum for voter input on term limits.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 12, 2016


Weensy (above, female) and Squeak (below, male) are dachshund puppies who are available for adoption from Newnan-Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.



Rudy is an adult male Flat-Coated Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Newnan-Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.

Rudy is a very handsome young boy who was rescued barely in the nick of time! He was to be euthanized the day NCHS rescued him. Rudy would be best in a home with kids who are older than toddler age and a single dog family would be ideal. He is a very loving, affectionate and playful boy – if you take the time to meet and get to know Rudy, you will fall in love!



Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 12, 2016

John Percival, an Irish Member of Parliament who served as a Georgia Trustee, was born on July 12, 1733.

In the British House of Commons, Percival served on the committee on jails with a young member named James Oglethorpe, who shared his idea about a new colony in North America for the deserving poor. Percival, like Oglethorpe became a Georgia Trustee, and during Georgia’s first decade, with Oglethorpe in America, Percival worked harder than anyone to champion Georgia’s cause and secure its future.

The United States Army Medal of Honor was created on July 12, 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation authorizing the award.

The first U.S. Army soldiers to receive what would become the nation’s highest military honor were six members of a Union raiding party who in 1862 penetrated deep into Confederate territory to destroy bridges and railroad tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Lt. Frank Reasoner of Kellogg, Idaho died in action on July 12, 1965 and was later posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor to a United States Marines.

On July 12, 1984, Congresswoman Geradine Ferraro (R-NY) joined the Democratic ticket with Presidential nominee Walter Mondale. Ferraro was the first woman and first Italian-American woman nominated for Vice President. Mondale and Ferraro lost the General Election in the largest ever Republican landslide to Republican President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush.

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Jim Galloway of the AJC writes from Cleveland about Dale Jackson’s unsuccessful attempt to include medical marijuana in the platform proposed by the Republican National Convention’s Platform Committee meeting.

Dale Jackson, a heating and air-conditioning man and father of an 8-year-old autistic son, flew up to the site of the Republican National Convention on Monday, to ask his party’s platform committee to endorse the use of medicinal marijuana where appropriate.

“I knew that this issue was a long shot. Traditionally speaking, the RNC tends to be behind the general public and public sentiment. I was prepared for the failure of the amendment,” said Jackson, who took the rebuke hard. “Like other defeats in the past, I will continue on to fight for my son and his medicine.”

Jackson is chairman of the Third District [Georgia] GOP. The very conservative congressional district stretches from metro Atlanta to Columbus. Jackson has been active in state Rep. Allen Peake’s effort to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana in Georgia. An effort to permit a few licensed companies to grow the drug for therapeutic use failed this session.

Republicans killed an effort to permit states to bar welfare recipients from purchasing junk food – a position that brought a Georgia delegate into the debate. Scott Johnson of Marietta said such restrictions, attempted in some states, expose retailers to uncertain and often hair-splitting regulation.

Jackson had the support of the two Georgia delegates, Johnson and Rayna Casey. But it was Eric Brakey of Maine, a young state senator who chairs his chamber’s health and human services committee, who introduced the amendment to the RNC platform.

The Platform Committee also voted on several other changes to the party’s platform.


A  ballot committee will work in opposition to the Opportunity School District Constitutional Amendment on the November ballot.

Called the Committee to Keep Georgia Schools Local, the group includes the Georgia Association of Educators, the Georgia AFL-CIO, Better Georgia, the Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta and a half-dozen other organizations. They kicked off a statewide campaign over the weekend at Piedmont Park.

It’s another sign that the opponents of Deal’s plan to create an Opportunity School District are trying to muster their forces ahead of a contentious vote. The measure, which gives the state the power to take control of persistently failing schools, must be approved in a November referendum.

The public unveiling came after the National Education Association disclosed plans for a statewide campaign to derail the initiative.

Leading Democrats and some influential educators groups have staunchly opposed the plan, fearing it gives the governor’s office far too much power.

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle will be in Rome, Georgia today to meet with Floyd County Schools Superintendent John Jackson and the County Board of Education at 11 AM and speak at the Rome Rotary Club at noon.

Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is appealing his conviction on corruption charges, according to the AJC.

Former Chatham Area Transit Executive Director Chadwick Reese was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for mail fraud related to bid rigging at the agency.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert Burney awarded custody of the traveling Bible that belonged to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. while ownership of King’s Nobel Prize remains to be decided.

Protestors in Atlanta held a sit-in at the Governor’s Mansion, while Gov. Nathan Deal was out of the country on a trade trip to Germany. Black Lives Matter supporters also met for a vigil in Savannah’s Forsyth Park on Sunday.

In Macon, District Attorney David Cooke, Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert, former Mayor C. Jack Ellis, current county commissioners, and Bibb County Sheriff David Davis joined about 300 others at a prayer vigil at First Baptist Church of Macon.

Bryan County voters are heading to the polls to decide Republican Primary runoff elections for Solicitor General and Bryan County Board of Education vice chair. In Gwinnett County, voters in a single precinct will be able to vote in the Republican Primary Runoff for State House District 81 between Jim Duffie and Lane Flynn.

In Columbus, GA, increasing convcern over gun violence prompts a gun buyback event from 2-6 PM today.

Snellville is hosting an event promoting unity at 7 PM on the Town Green on Thursday, in the wake of recent shootings across the nation.

The Cobb County Board of Education is holding meetings at 8:30 AM and 6 PM today to discuss setting the property tax millage rate at the same level as last year, which will result in higher property tax bills for some property owners.

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis helped break ground for the first of three solar installations in a partnership with the city government, Inman Solar, and Georgia Power.

Researchers off the Georgia coast have spotted Manatees further offshore than previously expected.

Researchers recently tracked a group of the animals in open ocean about three miles off the Georgia coast.

Trip Kolkmeyer, a marine mammal technician with Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said it was surprising to see the manatees swimming so far off the coast. He and other researchers believe they have an explanation.

“It looks like a female was pursued by a group of males,” he said.


Official (Adoptable) Georgia Dogs for July 11, 2016

All dogs who weigh 25 pounds of more, and all cats, are available for adoption for $17.76 in July from DeKalb County Animal Services and Fulton County Animal Services.

Flearoy Andie

Flearoy is a young male dog who found his best friend, Andie, a cat, at the DeKalb County Animal Services Shelter, where they are available for adoption individually or as a pair.

Flearoy came to the shelter with a kitty friend, Andie. While walking down the hall, he stopped in the door way of the cat area and would not go forward. We realized that the cats he lived with previously were directly in front of him. He wagged his tail happily while he was with them, happy to see his friends. We reintroduced him to Andie and it was like they had never been apart. These two love to snuggle and are wonderful together. It is not mandatory that they be adopted together, but would be a plus! If you are interested in adopting Flearoy or Andie, please visit our shelter. For more information email [email protected]

Piper and Pedro

Piper (right, in box) a 9-year old, 97-pound female, and Pedro (left) a small 12-pound male senior Chihuahua mix are best friends who were found abandoned in a hotel room.

Pedro Fulton Piper Fulton

Piper writes: Pedro and I get to stay in the same place and we snuggle every night. I know that we can”t live here forever so I hope someone will come and give us a new home. I am a very sweet girl. I love people large and small, plus I know some basic commands and I”m house trained. All I need is for you to come and meet us.

Tatum Tot

Tatum Tot is a 2-month old male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 11, 2016

On July 11, 1782, British colonists including British Royal Governor Sir James Wright, fled Georgia.

Wright had been the only colonial governor and Georgia the only colony to successfully implement the Stamp Act in 1765. As revolutionary fervor grew elsewhere in the colonies, Georgia remained the most loyal colony, declining to send delegates to the Continental Congress in 1774.

Congress ordered the creation of the United States Marine Corps on July 11, 1798, after the Corps was inactive for a period following the Revolutionary War. From 1799 to 1921, Marine Corps Day was observed on July 11, but is now celebrated on November 10, the date of it’s Revolutionary War establishment.

On July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Burr was the sitting Vice President of the United States and Hamilton a former Secretary of the Treasury.

After he shot Hamilton, Aaron Burr quickly fled the nation’s capitol, making his way to St. Simons Island, Georgia, spending a month as a guest of Pierce Butler at Hampton Plantation.

Burr was a fugitive, but his killing Hamilton in a duel held a certain justifiable reasoning since dueling was not illegal, though morally questionable, to be sure. According to H. S. Parmet and M. B. Hecht in their Aaron Burr: Portrait of an Ambitious Man, after the duel, he immediately completed, by mid-August, plans which he had already initiated, to go to St. Simons, “an island off the coast of Georgia, one mile below the town of Darien.”

Jonathan Daniels’ “Ordeal of Ambition” handles the situation this way: “With Samuel Swartwout and a slave named Peter (‘the most intelligent and best disposed black I have ever known’), Burr secretly embarked for Georgia. There on St. Simons Island at the Hampton Plantation of his friend, rich former Senator Pierce Butler, he found refuge…” As Georgia Historian Bernice McCullar, author of “Georgia” puts it, Burr was “fleeing the ghost of Alexander Hamilton” when he arrived on the Georgia island.

“Major Pierce Butler,” she relates, “had fought in the British army and remained in America after the war.” He had married a South Carolina heiress, Miss Polly Middleton, and acquired two Georgia Coastal plantations, which he ran like a general storming after the troops. In fact, he was so strict that none of his slaves could associate with any of the others. He also required anyone who visited his plantations to give his or her name at the gate. With this tight security, Burr should have felt safe..

Actually, Butler’s invitation to visit the island fitted the escapee’s plans nicely. Not only was the Hamilton affair a bother, but also Burr needed to get away from a lady by the name of Celeste; however, the real reason, aside from being near his daughter, who was also in the South, was the nearness of the Floridas. No real purpose is given why the Vice-President wanted to spend “five or six weeks on this hazardous and arduous undertaking.”

Daniels underscores that from this St. Simons point Burr could “make any forays into Florida he wished to make. He traveled under the name ‘Roswell King.” After his Florida odyssey, he planned to meet his South Carolina son-in-law “at any healthy point.”

Parts of the Hampton Plantation survive in the form of tabby ruins on St Simons.

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A house in St. Marys, Georgia bears a plaque stating that Aaron Burr visited there in 1804.

Clark lived in the home from 1804 until his death in 1848. He was appointed in 1807 by then-President Thomas Jefferson as customs collector for the Port of St. Marys, a position he held until his death. The year Clark bought the house, he is said to have provided a temporary hideout to Aaron Burr, who was traveling in the South to evade federal authorities holding a warrant for his arrest after he killed Alexander Hamilton in their infamous duel in July 1804.

Verification of Burr’s stay in St. Marys is hard to come by. But it is confirmed that he stayed on St. Simons Island and Cumberland Island late in the summer after he killed Hamilton. That Burr knew Clark is not disputed. The two attended law school together in Litchfield, Conn., but there is no mention in either man’s records that Burr stayed in the home.

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Aaron Burr House St Marys GA Front

On July 11, 1877, a Constitutional Convention convened in the Kimball Opera House in Atlanta to replace the 1868 Reconstruction Constitution.

On July 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Aid Road Act, establishing a federal program of paying for highway development.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the Democratic nomination for a fourth term on July 11, 1944.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was nominated for President by the Republican National Convention on July 11, 1952.

July 11, 1969 was an epic day in rock and roll history, with David Bowie releasing “Space Oddity” and the Rolling Stones releasing “Honky Tonk Women.”

On July 11, 1985, Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan became the first major league player to strike out 4000 batters.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

In the runoff election for the Third Congressional District, state senator Mike Crane and former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson are up with competing ads.

If you’re headed to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention, there’s an app for that.Continue Reading..


Official (Adoptable) Georgia State Dogs for July 10, 2016


Hunter is a young Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Blakely Animal Shelter in Blakely, GA. He currently weighs about 20-25 pounds, but is expected to get bigger; he survived parvo.


Shoelace is a young female Boxer and Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Blakely Animal Shelter in Blakely, GA. She survived parvo, is very friendly and known to love snuggling.

Friends of Blakely Shelter shirt

Friends of the Blakely Animal Shelter is selling t-shirts to help them continue their efforts to place dogs and cats from the Blakely shelter into loving permanent homes. The group appears to be having great success in reducing the euthanasia rate, along with an extension by the shelter of how long they will hold animals before putting them down.

If you’d like to help support them, please Like their Facebook Page, and consider buying one of their t-shirts.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 8, 2015

On July 8, 1776, the bell now known as the Liberty Bell rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House, now called Independence Hall, to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Rung to call the Pennsylvania Assembly together and to summon people for special announcements and events, it was also rung on important occasions, such as King George III’s 1761 ascension to the British throne and, in 1765, to call the people together to discuss Parliament’s controversial Stamp Act. With the outbreak of the American Revolution in April 1775, the bell was rung to announce the battles of Lexington and Concord. Its most famous tolling, however, was on July 8, 1776, when it summoned Philadelphia citizens for the first reading of the Declaration of Independence.

The Liberty Bell inscription includes a reference to Leviticus 25:10, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to General George Washington’s troops at the parade grounds in Manhattan.

On July 11, 1782, British colonists including British Royal Governor Sir James Wright, fled Georgia.

Wright had been the only colonial governor and Georgia the only colony to successfully implement the Stamp Act in 1765. As revolutionary fervor grew elsewhere in the colonies, Georgia remained the most loyal colony, declining to send delegates to the Continental Congress in 1774.

President Zachary Taylor died of cholera on July 9, 1850 and  Millard Fillmore was sworn in as the 13th President of the United States on July 10, 1850.

The first of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops, under Major General Schofield, crossed the Chattahoochee River between Powers Ferry and Johnson Ferry on July 8, 1864.

On July 9, 1864, Confederate troops retreated across the Chattahoochee River from Cobb County into Fulton County. Upriver, Sherman’s troops had already crossed and moved toward Atlanta.

On July 10, 1864, Conferderate forces retreated south across the Chattahoochee and burned the bridge behind them. General Sherman wrote later of the day,

General Garrard Moved rapidly on Roswell, and destroyed the factories which had supplied the rebel armies with cloth for years.

Over General Garrard was then ordered to secure the shallow ford at Roswell and hold it until he could be relieved by infantry, and as I contemplated transferring the Army of the Tennessee from the extreme right to the left, I ordered General Thomas to send a division of his infantry that was nearest up to Roswell to hold the ford until General McPherson could send up a corps from the neighborhood of Nickajack.

General Newton’s division was sent and held the ford until the arrival of General Dodge’s corps, which was soon followed by General McPherson’s whole army.

The Scopes “Monkey Trial” began on July 10, 1925, in which a Tennessee public school teacher was tried for teaching evolution, against state law. Three-time Democratic candidate for President William Jennings Bryan volunteered to help the prosecution, and famed lawyer Clarence Darrow defended John Thomas Scopes.

Former United States Senator from Texas Phil Gramm (R) was born on July 8, 1942 in Columbus, Georgia, where his father was stationed at Fort Benning.

On July 8, 1975, President Gerald Ford announced his candidacy for President in the 1976 elections.

On July 10, 1985, “Classic“ Coke returned, joining the new formula on store shelves.

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games broke ground for Atlanta Olympic Stadium on July 10, 1993; after the Olympics, the stadium was modified for baseball and became Turner Field.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Today ends the grace period for filing campaign disclosures. If you’ve forgotten about them, you might want to drop everything and start pulling together your recipts.

The body of an African-American man found hanging from a tree in Piedmont Park has been referred to the FBI and a march to protest police shootings took place last night on the downtown connector.

Yesterday, former State Rep. Ed Lindsey announced he would join the Dentons law firm, to help lead the State Government Affairs team for Georgia.Continue Reading..