When Donald Trump attacked Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., early in Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, the crowd at Washington D.C.’s Union Pub roared.
“Yeah! Boom!” yelled one guy in the packed crowd, as Trump said he “never attacked [Paul] on his looks, and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.”
One person in the crowd wasn’t so thrilled, though. It’s not because Michael Burleson was backing Paul, but because he had money riding on the situation. Trading on a website called PredictIt, Burleson had wagered that Trump would not be the candidate with the most speaking time.
Before the debate began, Burleson explained he was strategically zigging where the market zagged.
“Everyone in the market is favoring that he’s going to speak the most, and I bet against that,” Burleson explained before the debate started. “I feel like I could make some good money.”
DeKalb County is preparing for a March 1 referendum to raise sales taxes by 1 percentage point, with proceeds paying for road resurfacing, transportation and infrastructure projects.
DeKalb solicited firms this month to develop a project list and organize a public input process for a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST). The county asked contractors to submit quotes under $50,000.
Then voters will decide next spring whether to increase their sales taxes to a total of 8 percent under a proposal that would also lower property tax bills under DeKalb’s existing homestead option sales tax (HOST).
The change would allocate HOST distributions entirely for the purpose of reducing residential property tax bills. Currently, 80 percent of HOST funds go toward property tax relief, and the rest is distributed to city and county governments.
Adjusting the HOST formula would result in about $21 million worth of additional discounts on residential property tax bills each year.
Because DeKalb lacks dedicated infrastructure funding through a SPLOST, it’s at a competitive disadvantage to counties like Gwinnett and Cobb, according to the county’s solicitation.
Because their health issues make them very expensive, they often wind up neglected and requiring extensive veterinary care. I would guess that Georgia English Bulldog Rescue likely has the highest cost per dog of any rescue group in the state. If you’d like to help GEBR care for these dogs, consider donating online, buying some Bulldog swag, or attending their next Bully Ball.
Jezebel will be 9 years old in December and Tobey just turned 6 years old last week. They love each other! They are bonded and they will be staying together. They have lived with each other since Tobey was three months old. They do like other dogs too. They are not so sure about the cat in their foster home. They do like children. They are both smaller dogs; under 45 pounds.
We know from that newspaper article, and from Masonic ritual, that Washington placed an inscribed silver plate under the cornerstone at the southeast corner of this building. However, we do not know whether that meant the southeast corner of the Senate wing, the first section of the building to be completed, or the southeast corner of the whole building as intended, which would locate it over on the House side. Two centuries later, the Architect of the Capitol is still searching for that cornerstone. Metal detectors have failed to locate the silver plate.
The period for a new election of a Citizen, to Administer the Executive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person, who is to be cloathed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those, out of whom a choice is to be made.
I beg you, at the sametime, to do me the justice to be assured, that this resolution has not been taken, without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation, which binds a dutiful Citizen to his country–and that, in withdrawing the tender of service which silence in my Situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness; but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.
Carter was preparing to give a speech at a Lions Club meeting. At about 7:15 p.m (EST), one of the guests called his attention to a strange object that was visible about 30 degrees above the horizon to the west of where he was standing. Carter described the object as being bright white and as being about as bright as the moon. It was said to have appeared to have closed in on where he was standing but to have stopped beyond a stand of pine trees some distance from him. The object is then said to have changed color, first to blue, then to red, then back to white, before appearing to recede into the distance. Carter felt that the object was self-luminous, but not a solid in nature. Carter’s report indicates that it was witnessed by about ten or twelve other people, and was in view for ten to twelve minutes before it passed out of sight.
In light of Bush’s visit, the College Republicans have more than just a football game to plan for.
Abigail Frye, the chairman of the College Republicans, said the group has put together a tailgate, and Bush plans to stop by.
“Our tailgate will begin at noon and will be hosted on Herty Field,” Frye said. “This will be a typical tailgate — [Bulldog] fans enjoying each other’s company and prepping to cheer the [Bulldogs] to victory. The governor will be dropping by the tailgate mid-afternoon to join the fun.”
Frye said students will have the opportunity to meet Bush and ask him questions.
“This opportunity is an amazing way to allow our members and interested students to engage with a candidate who is carrying our party’s message on a national level through a presidential campaign,” Frye said.
She said Bush’s visit shows Kemp’s SEC Primary is already getting the attention of the biggest names in politics, and that it could mean big things for Georgia and other states this election.
“The fact that 2016 presidential candidates are coming to Georgia implies that the state of Georgia carries weight in the primary election, which is all the more reason for college students to have an interest in the process,” Frye said.
The Port of Savannah is the highest-volume exporter to Liberia among U.S. south Atlantic ports and the highest in imports from Liberia.
The Port of Savannah’s total container trade with Liberia increased 19 percent between 2013 and 2014, with imports and exports increasing 45 and 13 percent, respectively. During calendar year 2014, the Port of Savannah handled the most container trade with Liberia among U.S. southeast ports.
Liberia is a producer and exporter of basic products, primarily raw timber and rubber. Other agricultural products include coffee, cocoa, rice, sugar cane and bananas. Imports from Liberia to the southeastern United States include metalware, fruits, rubber and rubber products.
Exports from Savannah to Liberia include apparel, automobiles, plastic products, grocery products and other miscellaneous general cargo, while imports via Savannah primarily include natural rubber and empty containers.
Bob Andrews asked, with all the new commercial development and with two permanent sales taxes, why isn’t the city’s income growing enough to cover its budget without the city always being in a budgetary bind every year?
Tomlinson said, as for the sales tax revenue, it is sent to the state and then supposedly all sent back to the municipalities. But because of the way the system is set up, the city has no way to check whether it is getting all of the proceeds that it is due. They just have to take the state government’s word for it.
The city has asked its legislative delegation to pass a law that would allow cities and counties access to the necessary information, but no such law has been passed, Tomlinson said.
Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge said that the city’s tax digest grew 2.86 percent last year due to new development, but that is barely enough to keep up with the constantly rising costs of doing business.
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Organized by JapanFest Inc., the event aims to promote understanding between Japanese and Americans living in the Southeast. The eight regions and 47 prefectures of Japan are known to be rich in unique cultures, dialects, arts and cuisine, which is why this year’s theme is “Re-Discover Japan.” The festival will celebrate and highlight cultures and characteristics from different regions of Japan.
Festival-goers can experience numerous musical performances such as J-Rock and J-Pop, taiko drumming and classical music. Tehre will be both modern and traditional dance performances, including Okinawan dance. Martial arts fans can watch aikido, karate, kendo, kyudo and sumo demonstrations.
Visitors can browse an array of Japanese goods like kimonos, Japanese tea dolls, rice paper ceramics, masks, toys and much more. The Children’s Area will give young visitors the chance to make a Japanese top, and the Suburban Atlanta Kite Enthusiasts will be on hand to teach them how to make a Japanese kite. The Ginza Dori shopping arcade will also have a selection of kid’s games and activities, such as ring toss, water yo-yos and more.
Attendees can shop local from the approximately 550 Japanese companies based in Georgia in the Made in Georgia exhibition. Local Japanese restaurants will offer a menu of sushi rolls, bento boxes, ramen noodles, takoyaki, shaved ice, curry rice, yakisoba, torikaraage and more.
The Battle of Antietam actually consisted of three battles. Beginning at dawn on September 17, Union General Joseph Hooker’s men stormed Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s troops around the Dunker Church, the West Woods, and David Miller’s cornfield. The Federals made repeated attacks, but furious Rebel counterattacks kept the Yankees in check. By early afternoon, the fighting moved south to the middle of the battlefield. Union troops under General Edwin Sumner inflicted devastating casualties on the Confederates along a sunken road that became known as “Bloody Lane,” before the Southerners retreated. McClellan refused to apply reserves to exploit the opening in the Confederate center because he believed Lee’s force to be much larger than it actually was. In the late afternoon, Union General Ambrose Burnside attacked General James Longstreet’s troops across a stone bridge that came to bear Burnside’s name. The Yankees crossed the creek, but a Confederate counterattack brought any further advance to a halt.
The fighting ended by early evening, and the two armies remained in place throughout the following day. After dark on September 18, Lee began pulling his troops out of their defenses for a retreat to Virginia. The losses for the one-day battle were staggering. Union casualties included 2,108 dead, 9,540 wounded, and 753 missing, while Confederate casualties numbered 1,546 dead, 7,752 wounded, and 1,108 missing.
“Asian-Americans tend to have progressive positions on things like taxes, on things like preserving social safety net, supporting the Affordable Care Act,” said [UC Riverside Professor Karthick] Ramakrishnan. Asian-Americans, he added, “including wealthy Asian-Americans, support policies that tend to be more in line with the Democratic Party than the Republican Party.”
But Ramakrishnan said it wasn’t always that way. The Asian-American political conversion started during Bill Clinton’s presidency because of a deliberate effort to court Asian-Americans.
“There’s a big shift that happens there,” said Ramakrishnan. “The Democratic Party is changing itself. It is portraying itself as a centrist party with respect to economic policy, and it is also trying to see itself as ‘big tent’ kind of party.”
During the George W. Bush administration, the leftist Asian tilt continued.
“The most likely explanation there is the kind of exclusionary rhetoric after 9/11 with the Patriot Act and racial profiling of South Asians,” said Ramakrishnan. “Many South Asians I know personally who might have been sympathetic to the Republican Party were starting to have second thoughts.”
“Because our current District Attorney has not stopped the corruption, I’m announcing today my campaign for that office,” Boston said in prepared remarks. “He has not aggressively pursued corruption in DeKalb government. I will.”
“The District Attorney must stop hiding his own documents, comply with open records requests and hold himself to the same standard as any other elected official. His recent efforts are too little and too late. It’s time for honest leadership from the District Attorney’s office, and I’ll bring that.”
Flanked by civic leaders including former mayor Deke Copenhaver and state transportation board member Don Grantham, Mark Newton announced his campaign as a leader and “bridge builder,” representing parts of Richmond and Columbia counties in District 123.
Newton joins former Augusta mayor Bob Young and attorney Wright McLeod in seeking the seat, which comes open when Barbara Sims retires next year.
Tonight as you watch the GOP Presidential debate, you may see something new if you’re following Twitter: cashtags.
[Twitter] teamed up with Square to enable anyone in the US to make a donation directly to a US candidate through a Tweet, starting today. This is the fastest, easiest way to make an online donation, and the most effective way for campaigns to execute tailored digital fundraising, in real time, on the platform where Americans are already talking about the 2016 election and the issues they are passionate about.
When you see a Tweet containing a candidate’s $Cashtag and hit the “contribute” button, the Tweet will enable you to select a donation amount and add your debit card and FEC required information.
You’ll then have the option to Tweet the candidate’s $Cashtag to your followers or return to where you were in Twitter.
Kingston’s firm was one of five to bid for the advocacy role and was rated highest when CAT officials considered costs, the proposed work plan, staffing and project organization and past performance, according to CAT agenda documents.
However, the $144,000 proposed by Squire Patton Boggs exceeds CAT’s budget for advocacy services by $36,000 and will require further negotiation.
CAT board member Helen Stone pointed out that federal laws will initially limit Kingston from lobbying on the transit system’s behalf. Once a congressman leaves office, they are required to wait one year before they are allowed to lobby their former colleagues directly.
Even so, Reese said, Squire Patton Boggs is “uniquely qualified” to handle CAT’s business.
“They have an area of specialty in transit,” he reported to the board Tuesday.
he $1 billion that the Georgia lottery aims to raise for education this year would be a record haul, but lottery cash buys less college than it used to.
The gap has state lawmakers’ attention, and some are pushing for allowing casinos and horse racing as a way to prop up HOPE Scholarship funding.
“Our marching orders are pretty simple. It’s to look at those proposals, study the economic and social issues around (casinos and horse racing),” said state Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, opening two days of state House and Senate committee hearings on gaming and the HOPE Scholarship, which started in Atlanta this week.
If the committee members come up with a consensus, they will make recommendations in time for the legislative session in January. So far, there are two major proposals on the table.
Georgia could issue licenses for up to six casinos, as long as they are spread throughout the state, approved by local voters and pay 12 percent of gross revenue to the state each year, according to language in House Bill 677, a measure brought by state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah. A Senate committee has approved a separate measure, Senate Resolution 135, by state Rep. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, to allow horse racing and betting.
Legislators seeking more revenue for the HOPE Scholarship probed Lottery Corp. executives Monday about cutting costs or reducing prizes.
During a joint meeting of the temporary committees created by the House and Senate to study the issue, lawmakers are looking for ways to address the shrinking share of tuition that the scholarships cover. One avenue is to increase the available money from the existing sources, and another would be to find new sources by legalizing casinos and betting on horse races.
The scholarships are funded by profits generated by the Georgia Lottery Corp., owned by the state. While the annual payments to the scholarship fund have usually increased every year since the program’s creation in 1993, tuition costs have risen faster.
The corporation’s CEO, Debbie Alford, said profits have shrunk from 36 percent in 1995 to 24.8 percent this year because customers are more interested in the scratch-off games with the larger, instant prizes than the more profitable games based on drawings.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, challenged her.
“What keeps coming back to me is the fact that the lottery is compelled by law to return 35 percent to education,” he said, pointing to the state law establishing the lottery after voters approved it in 1992.
A fun and beautiful princess! Xena is a 5-7 year old mixed breed girl who was the mother of our Gilligan’s Island puppies. She is a medium-sized gal at 26 pounds and will make a great companion; just look at that smile! She is being treated for heartworms and is ready for a life with the best care and lots of love. Xena loves to be around people and a loyal friend; she has been waiting far too long for her forever family. She enjoys leash walking, tearing up stuffed animals, giving kisses, and chewing bones.
So handsome! Zeus is a 5-7 year old mixed breed fellow who was the father of our Gilligan’s Island puppies. He is a medium-sized guy at 30 pounds and will make a great companion. He has been treated for heartworms and is ready for a life with the best care and lots of love. Zeus loves to be around people and a loyal friend.