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7
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 7, 2016

Georgia voted for George Washington for President on January 7, 1789. Technically, they elected Presidential Electors who would later meet in Augusta and cast their ballots for Washington.

On January 7, 1795, Georgia Governor George Matthews signed the Yazoo Act, passed after four land companies bribed members of the General Assembly to vote for legislation selling more than 35 million acres of land for less than 2 cents per acre.

Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich (R) was re-elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on January 7, 1997. In the election for a second term, nine Republicans voted against the incumbent Speaker.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Two candidates have already announced for Republican National Committeewoman from Georgia, which will be elected at this year’s Georgia Republican State Convention. Ginger Howard will be making a repeat run for the position and Vicki Willard, former Chair of the Georgia Republican Foundation will also contest the election.

An Epic Proposal. More properly, a modest Epi-Proposal. I got this idea from a friend’s posting on Facebook. Under a new law that went into effect January 1, 2016, pharmacists in Texas are now allowed to administer an epinephrine injection, most commonly done with an Epi-Pen, when a person in allergic distress is at their pharmacy.Continue Reading..

7
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 7, 2016

Sissie

Sissie is an older female Black and Tan Coonhound who is available for adoption from the Washington-Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA. She is friendly, but a little shy.

Erwin

Erwin is a 2-year old adult male Coonhound (Treeing Walker by the looks) and Basset Hound mix boy who is available for adoption from the Washington-Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA. He showed up at someone’s house and stayed on their porch for 2 days. He is very friendly and very energetic.

Carol

Carol is a 1-2 year old Black Mouth Cur & Labrador Retriever Mix female who is available for adoption from the Washington-Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA. She’s described as sweet and energetic, and her photo looks like she’s playful too.

Norman

Norman is an adult male Labrador Retriever and Staffordshire Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Washington-Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

Norman was taken from his previous owner because he had been tied up to a tree outside and left with no food or water. He is a friendly guy who gets along with other dogs.

6
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 6, 2016

Koda

Koda is a large male Retriever mix with a beautiful long brindle coat who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Control.

Koda is nervous around small children so he should be in a home with no small kids, but is fine with larger children. Koda is beautiful and well mannered and will sit and lay down when he is told.
King
King is a 1.5-year old, 32-pound Pointer mix boy who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Control.

The person who brought him in said he is house trained, good with kids and other dogs. He will sit,, stay, shake and lay down when he is told and is ever so gentle on leash.
Jona
Jonas is a three-year old, 62-pound male German Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Control.

He is very sweet and smart and knows sit, stay, shake, and lay down. Jonas arrived at the shelter as a lost dog on 12/27 and no one has come to find him.
Felicity

Felicity is a sweet 1-year old, 60-pound female Hound mix who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Control.

She is so calm and gentle with all she meets and loves other dogs. She came top the shelter as a stray with ID and her family has not come to pick her up. She is hoping she can find a new home very soon. She will sit and stay when she is told and walks very well on leash, no pulling at all. Felicity is already spayed, current on vaccines and micro-chipped. She will be tested for heart worms when adopted. She is waiting to meet her new family in run 112 and her ID# is 581331.
Bridget

Bridget is a 1-year old, 38-pound Border Collie mix who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Control. She’s a very happy, playful puppy.

6
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 6, 2016

Georgia and American History

Samuel Elbert was elected Governor of Georgia for a one-year term on January 6, 1785. Elbert was an early participant in Patriot meetings at Tondee’s Tavern, a Lt. Colonel in the first group of troops raised in Georgia, and a prisoner of war, exchanged for a British General, and eventually promoted to Brigadier General reporting to Gen. George Washington. As Governor, Elbert oversaw the charter of the University of Georgia and afterward, he served briefly as Sheriff of Chatham County.

On January 6, 1961, United States District Court Judge William Bootle ordered the University of Georgia to enroll Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, ending the segregation of UGA.

On January 6, 1988, the United States Postal Service released a stamp commemorating the bicentennial of Georgia’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Cobb County State Court Judge Irma Glover will not seek reelection, creating the fourth open judicial seat in Cobb County this year.

State Court Judge Melodie Clayton, who has served for 24 years, also announced yesterday she will retire.

In November 2015, Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley announced she will retire and her seat is also open in the May 24, 2016 election.

Joining the three State Court Judges in retiring will be Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs.

“It’s going to be a judicial campaign frenzy in Cobb,” said Kimberly Childs, a business litigator, founder of the Childs Law Firm and one of four lawyers who have announced plans to run for the Grubbs seat. “Seems like a bit of a change of the guard.”

Childs’ announced opponents for superior court are: Charles Bachman Jr., a business litigator with Gregory Doyle Calhoun & Rogers; Grady Moore, a former prosecutor who now does criminal defense with his own firm, Moore Legal; and Nathan Wade, who handles criminal and family law in his own firm, the Law Offices of Nathan Wade.

Qualifying is in March, and the election is in May for the four-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2017.

The AJC Political Insider writes that Allison Barnes Salter, daughter of former Governor Roy Barnes, will run for one of the open State Court seats.

Judge A. Quillian Baldwin will retire from the Superior Court for the Coweta Circuit, which covers Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup Counties on January 31, 2016.

Baldwin’s retirement will leave an opening for a new judge. Gov. Nathan Deal will appoint Baldwin’s successor, following a vetting process by the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission.

Here’s one important fact I haven’t seen picked up by casino-gambling proponents. In the statewide 2012 General Primary Election, Republican voter were asked, “Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?” and approved the question by a 50.25% margin with 49.75% opposed. If I were working for the casino folks, I’d be interested in seeing the results broken out by county and by legislative districts.

State Rep. Ronnie Mabra (D) announced via email earlier this week that he will not seek reelection to State House District 63.

 

5
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 5, 2016

Aspen Orphan Annie

Aspen is a sweet 2-3 year old mixed breed who is seeking a foster or adoptive home with the help of Orphan Annie Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Hi my name is Aspen!!! I am a very sweet boy around 2-3 years old. I’m a total lover and I cannot wait to find my forever home. I get along well with other dogs. I am well mannered in the house and I am house trained. I was found as a stray on a very cold and rainy morning. Thankfully I was saved by a Good Samaritan and now I’m ready to find a family that will love me for the rest of my life.

Fosters must be in the Atlanta GA area. For fosters we provide a crate, take care of all medical expenses and can even provide food. If interested in fostering or adopting me please email the rescue at [email protected].

The Barrow County Animal Shelter is waiving all adoption fees on a number of dogs who have been there for a long time. Click here to see the no-fee adoptable.

RubyBarrow

Ruby is an 8-year old cattle dog mix female who is available for adoption for no fee from Barrow County Animal Control in Winder, GA.

KyraBarrow

Kyra is a 2-3 year old Pit Bull mix female with an irrepressible smile who is available for adoption for no fee from Barrow County Animal Control in Winder, GA

Barrow Stanford

Sanford is a dignified-looking 5-7 year old Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption for no fee from Barrow County Animal Control in Winder, GA

Potter

Potter is a young dog who came down with Parvo while in the care of a rescue group and had to spend the holidays at the vets under constant treatment and supervision. Parvo is, unfortunately, all too common in rescues, and my best uneducated guess is that it tends to come in with dogs who were in public animal shelters.

A single dog with Parvo can cost several thousand dollars in vet bills, and for a small rescue, that can be the difference between solvency and insolvency. Country Livin’ Pet Rescue, who rescued Potter needs your help to pay off his vet bills. You can donate online here or phone the vet’s office, Happy Tails at 678-963-5004 and ask to make a donation for Potter and Country Livin’ Pet Rescue.

5
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 5, 2016

On January 5, 1734, the Trustees of Georgia ordered the return of 42 Jewish settlers who had come in 1733, primarily from Portugal, without the knowledge or approval of the Trustees. The Brits who sponsored the Jewish settlers refused and Georgia is home to the oldest Jewish settlement in the United States.

On January 5, 1781, traitor Benedict Arnold and 1600 British troops captured Richmond, Virginia.

On January 5, 1978, the British band the Sex Pistols started their American tour at the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta, GA. The AJC has a photo gallery from the show, including the young promoter, Alex Cooley, who would become legendary.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Mrs. GaPundit nominated as the legislative drama of 2015 the night when the General Assembly continued legislating past midnight. That was a not-entirely unpredictable result of Georgia’s most horrible hallowed legislative tradition, the last-minute sausage grinding sessions. WABE has a squib on the yearly late-night lawmaking,

The last-minute scramble to pass bills is a bipartisan Georgia tradition that some lawmakers say does not allow enough time to review legislation and avoid harming Georgians, let alone assess the potential effects of complicated laws.

Last year, just before midnight on the second-to-last day of the 2015 General Assembly, transportation bill HB 170, which aimed to raise hundreds of millions in tax dollars, appeared before the state Senate for a vote.

It was the most discussed piece of legislation during the session, but the version that passed included a $5 per night tax for hotel customers that was added just hours before the Senate voted to approve it.

That came as a shock to lobbyist Jim Sprouse, who leads the Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association.

“We didn’t have any heads up, any advance warning, no discussion or opportunity to provide data,” Sprouse said.

Republican Sen. Bill Heath of Cedartown called this situation “a disgrace.” Heath said that on that late night at the end of the 2015 session, hotel owners in his district did not have time to tell him what they thought about the transportation bill.

“Those people were back in their businesses trying to get people settled in for the night,” Heath said. “They weren’t down here looking over the rail at the legislature working.”

Heath voted against the bill, because he said he did not have enough time to review it.

The other most horrible hallowed tradition of the Georgia General Assembly is the yearly fixit bills that undo hasty changes made the previous year after the law of unintended consequences kicks in. It’s a yearly ritual. The hotel-motel fee is the worst of both situation.

If I were king for a day, the first thing I’d do after I got tired of taking hot laps around the track at Porsche’s Atlanta headquarters would be to institute a truly-biennial legislative process. Substantive bills would have to be introduced in the first year of a two-year cycle and would be eligible for passage in the second year, unless they first received a vote designating them at time-sensitive. Time-sensitive bills could compose no more than 5 percent of legislation in any two-year cycle, which would also limit the number of bills that would ultimately pass, while giving ample time for careful consideration of the other 95 percent of bills.Continue Reading..

4
Jan

State Rep. Brett Harrell announces reelection campaign

State Representative Brett Harrell Announces That He Will Seek Re-Election. Exceeds Over $100,000 Cash On Hand for His Campaign.

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State Representative Brett Harrell (R-106) announced today that he will seek re-election to the State House in 2016. District 106 covers parts of Snellville, Grayson, Loganville and Lawrenceville.

The Primary Election will be held on May 24th, 2016. Harrell also announced that he has raised over $100,000 for his re-election campaign.

“It has truly been a pleasure representing the people of District 106 at the state Capitol, and I am grateful for the opportunity they have given me to do so. I am proud of my record of putting taxpayers first, supporting balanced budgets, passing meaningful transportation reform, and championing efforts to curb the tide of illegal immigration.”Continue Reading..

4
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 4, 2016

Georgia and American History

On January 1, 1751, the law prohibiting slavery in Georgia was repealed after an act passed by the Georgia Trustees the previous year.

On January 2, 1766, some Sons of Liberty marched on the Royal Governor’s Mansion in Savannah to “discuss” the Stamp Act, which required the use of stamped paper for all printing as a means of taxing the colonies. They were met by a pistol-toting Governor Wright. The next day, January 3, 1766, the Royal Stamp Master arrived at Tybee Island and was taken to the Governor’s Mansion. On that day, Georgia became the first and only colony in which the stamp tax was actually collected.

Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution on January 2, 1788.

Timothy Pickering of Massachusetts became the first United States Senator to be censured by the body on January 2, 1811.

Delaware, technically at the time a slave state, rejected a proposal to secede from the United States on January 3, 1861.

The Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln went into effect in eleven Southern states on January 1, 1863, though parts of Virginia and Louisiana were exempt.

On January 3, 1973, Andrew Young was sworn in as the first African-American Congressman from Georgia since 1871.

Utah was admitted as the 45th state on January 4, 1896. Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.

Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich was elected Speaker of the House on January 4, 1995, the third Georgian to wield the gavel. This marked the first time in more than forty years that Republicans controlled the House of Representatives.

On January 4, 1999, in DeKalb County, State Court Judge Al Wong became the first Asian-American judge in Georgia and the Southeast.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

We’re now less than sixty days from the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary here in Georgia, and two candidates have dropped out of the Republican race since Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced the lists of qualified candidates.Continue Reading..

4
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 4, 2016

Nala

Nala is a pit/dalmatian? mix, about 4-5 months old, albino white with a few brown spots. She is completely deaf but very playful, going through crate and leash training and housebroken( almost),  just needs lots of attention.  Nala is a great pup, getting better on a leash, and is adapting well to crate training.Current on all shots and is negative for heart-worm. She’s in a foster home but needs a new foster home or forever home as soon as possible. If you’re interested in helping her, email me directly and I’ll put you in touch with her foster.

Newnan Coweta Humane

Newnan-Coweta Humane Society is hosting an adoption day and fundraiser for shelter pets on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 9 AM to Noon at Coweta Animal Control, 91 Selt Rd, Newnan, GA.

Barney

Barney is a 40-pound Australian Shepherd/Pointer mix male who is available for adoption from Coweta County Animal Control in Newnan, GA.

“Barney” is such a fun-loving, sweet, playful, and loving young fella! He never, ever meets a stranger and always loves to have a good time! “Barney” would love nothing more than to be with a forever family where he will be a cherished companion pet. Please don’t let “Barney” sit for one more day at the shelter….his time is rapidly running out! Can you open your heart and home and offer him a second chance at life and love. PLEASE HURRY! This pet has been at the shelter since 08/17/15!!

Oscar

Oscar is a 7-month old Great Dane mix male who already weighs 33 pounds and is available for adoption from Coweta County Animal Control in Newnan, GA.

“Oscar” is the SWEETEST young man despite someone cutting his ears. It looks like someone tried to cut his ears to make them stand up like a Great Dane ……. how can anyone be so horrible to such a precious, loving soul. Just look at his picture and you can see…..just horrible. Please……can you open your heart and home to this precious loving, sweet, playful and charming guy? “Oscar” desperately needs someone to open their heart and home and offer him a second chance at life and love. Sadly, he is rapidly running out of time due to shelter overcrowding. PLEASE HURRY!

Stella

Stella is a 5-year old female American Bulldog who is available for adoption from Coweta County Animal Control in Newnan, GA.

Precious….absolutely PRECIOUS!!!! If “Stella” doesn’t melt your heart….you may need to see a doctor. This precious girl was brought in as a stray along with her sibling, “Stevie” (A031614). Just like “Stevie” a very cruel individual cut off her ears. In fact, they cut down to the ear canal. How can anyone be so cruel??? “Stella” is so incredibly sweet, loving, humble and only desires to be loved and safe. We have never seen any aggression and she loved the two little girls that are with her in the video. “Stella” is a little nervous – and rightly so – but she warms up once she knows that you mean her no harm.

Her brother, “Stevie”, is a little more confident but he is a little head shy……hands have not been good to him. “Stella” is not as head shy but when she first meets you, she will need a little time to know that you are kind. It is truly HEARTBREAKING. However, despite people (or person) not being kind to her in the past, she holds no grudges and loves everyone she meets. “Stella” desperately needs a safe and loving home and quickly…her time is rapidly running out. Can you open your heart and home and offer her a second chance at life and love. Please….please don’t overlook this precious, loving, sweet, kind and humble soul. PLEASE HURRY!

1
Jan

2015 Georgia Politics in Review

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