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24
Jan

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for January 24, 2017

Camo

Camo is a young male Australian Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from Hero Dog Rescue in Cumming, GA.

Carole King

Carole King is a young female Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from Hero Dog Rescue in Cumming, GA.

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin is a young female Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from Hero Dog Rescue in Cumming, GA.

24
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 24, 2017

Georgia History

Jekyll Island

On January 24, 1915, the first transcontinental telephone call was placed from Jekyll Island, Georgia

January 24, 1933 saw the first sales tax in Georgia proposed to fund schools and aid for farmers.

On January 24, 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr. became co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, sharing the pulpit with his father.

On January 24, 1987, some 12,000 to 20,000 civil rights protesters marched in Forsyth County, a week after a smaller protest. From the New York Times reporting:

CUMMING, Ga., Jan. 24— This small town in Forsyth County was overwhelmed today by civil rights marchers, members of the Ku Klux Klan and their sympathizers and an army of National Guardsmen and law-enforcement officers who kept the opposing groups separated.

Guarded by what a spokesman for the Governor’s office called ”the greatest show of force the state has ever marshalled,” a crowd of marchers estimated at 12,000 to 20,000 funneled slowly into Cumming, where a week earlier counterdemonstrators, throwing stones and bottles, disrupted an interracial ”walk for brotherhood” prompted by the all-white county’s racist legacy.

As the marchers headed into Cumming, which has a little more than 2,000 people, they found waiting for them, behind a stern-faced force of 2,300 guardsmen and police officers, a group of hundreds if not thousands of white, mainly young, rural men and women, repeatedly shouting, “N***er, go home!”

Whatever the final figure, the march was one of the largest civil rights demonstrations since a 1965 rally that followed a march from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery. The rally, led by Dr. King, drew 25,000 people.

Seriously, read the Times report.

On January 24, 2001, the Georgia House of Representatives approved legislation changing the state flag to the Barnes design with the state seal on a blue background and a banner depicting five previous flags that flew over Georgia.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Yesterday, Governor Nathan Deal extended the state of emergency in South Georgia to nine additional counties.

He is also extending the executive order to run through midnight on January 30.

The state of emergency now exists in the following 16 counties: Atkinson, Baker, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Lowndes, Mitchell, Thomas, Turner, Wilcox and Worth. Mitchell and Dougherty Counties, previously impacted by similar severe weather, are now covered under this emergency declaration.

Gov. Deal plans to visit the affected areas on Wednesday, January 25.

Local leaders in South Georgia are asking the Trump Administration for federal assistance.Continue Reading..

23
Jan

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for January 23, 2017

Lavonia

Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter in Lavonia, Georgia says it needs funds urgently to help care for the animals in its custory. The shelter serves Hart and Franklin Counties and six municipalities.

Donations of food or funds can be donated directly to the shelter if you live nearby. Canned and dry dog and cat food are needed. For others wishing to help, we have set up a fundraiser with all donations going directly to the shelter. You can also contact them via Facebook.

Harper

Harper is a medium-sized female Doberman Pinscher who is available for adoption through Hart County Humane Society in Hartwell, GA. Harper is very sweet, loves attention & has been fine with other dogs so far. We aren’t sure about cats. She is fine with kids. To adopt Harper please fill out our online application at hartcountyanimalrescue.org

Yeti

Yeti is a young male mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption through Hart County Humane Society in Hartwell, GA.

Yeti is the cutest little mix. He was found in a ditch & brought to the shelter. He has received his vetting and is in a foster home working on his potty skills. He’s great with other dogs.

Bessie

Bessie is a young female Coonhound or Foxhound mix who is available for adoption through Hart County Humane Society in Hartwell, GA.

Bessie was found with an old injury to her leg. She is so loving and would love to come be your best friend.

23
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 23, 2017

Georgia History

On January 22, 1733, James Oglethorpe arrived at Yamacraw Bluff, where the colony of Georgia would be founded. Yamacraw Bluff is now known as River Street in Savannah.

On January 23, 1775, the Georgia Commons House elected three delegates to the Second Continental Congress.

Lieutenant William T. Sherman was ordered to Georgia for the first time in his military career on January 21, 1844.

On, January 22, 1861, following the passage of Georgia’s Secession Resolution, six delegates, including both from Gwinnett County, signed a statement protesting the decision to secede.

On January 23, 1861, Georgia’s members of the United States House of Representatives resigned following passage of the Secession Ordinance; her Senators had resigned earlier. The next day, the secession convention in Milledgeville elected ten delegates to a conference of Southern states in Montgomery, Alabama

On January 22, 1866, Georgia Governor Charles Jenkins signed a resolution by the legislature asking for federal troops to be removed from Georgia.

On January 23, 1923, Georgia ratified the Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution, which ended Presidential terms on January 20th following an election and those of Congress to January 3d.

On January 22, 1959, Atlanta buses were integrated after a federal court decision.

United States Senator and former Georgia House Speaker and Governor Richard B. Russell, Jr. died on January 21, 1971.

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court issued its 7-2 decision in the case known as Roe v. Wade.

On January 23, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced that terms had been reached to settle the Vietnam War, a document known as the “Paris Peace Accords.”

On January 21, 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned draft resistors from the Vietnam War era and urged Americans to conserve energy.

On January 21, 1978, the Bee Gees Saturday Night Live album hit #1 on the sales charts, where it would stay for 24 weeks.

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ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017, GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY in seven South Georgia Counties.

Severe weather impacts Atkinson, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes and Thomas

Following the recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies (EMA), Gov. Nathan Deal is declaring a state of emergency for seven South Central Georgia counties impacted by severe weather and tornado touchdowns on January 21 and 22. The state of emergency is currently in effect and will remain so for the next seven days.

“These storms have devastated communities and homes in South Central Georgia, and the state is making all resources available to the impacted areas,” Deal said. These storms have resulted in loss of life, numerous injuries and extensive property damage, and our thoughts and prayers are with Georgians suffering from the storm’s impact. As we continue to assess the damage, I’m prepared to expand or extend this emergency declaration as needed. In addition to the state’s response, all indications suggest we will also be submitting a request for federal assistance as well.

“The National Weather Service predicts a third wave of severe weather today, which may reach as far north as metro Atlanta. I urge all Georgians to exercise caution and vigilance in order to remain safe and prevent further loss of life or injuries.”

Gov. Deal plans to visit the affected areas in the coming days.

State agencies assisting in the seven counties include:

  • GEMHSA, which is coordinating all disaster response
  • Department of Public Heath, which has deployed trauma trailers
  • Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force 2 (Valdosta)
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Public Safety

President Donald J. Trump spoke to Gov. Deal and sent his condolences to Georgia’s tornado victims.

From the Los Angeles Times:

A spate of violent, fast-moving tornadoes continued to wreak havoc across the Deep South on Sunday, killing at least 14 people in south Georgia and raising the weekend’s severe-weather death toll to 18.

Some of the most extensive damage came Sunday afternoon, when a large twister with winds of 60 mph tore across Albany, Ga., killing at least three people and mangling homes across suburban neighborhoods.

“There are no words to tell you how bad this is,” Ron Rowe, Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency director, said at a news conference in Albany, a city of just more than 75,000 people about 170 miles south of Atlanta. “It’s just tornadoes and pure destruction.”

“It ripped through here bad,” Chris Cohilas, chairman of the Dougherty County Commission, said on a Facebook live feed Sunday afternoon as he walked along a two-lane road past fallen trees and upturned cars. “We’ve got people that are hurt …. It looks like a nuclear bomb went off.”

Earlier Sunday, just before 3 a.m., a single long-track tornado, or a couple of smaller tornadoes, struck the Georgia-Florida line, hurtling northeast for about 80 miles, said Mark Wool, the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tallahassee, Fla., office.

Seven were killed in Cook County, Ga., where a tornado ripped through the Sunshine Acres mobile home park, destroying many of its structures and leaving a muddy grass field strewn with metal siding and smashed cars. Pink fiberglass insulation clung to downed power lines. Blankets dangled high in pine trees.

Two more fatalities were confirmed in Berrien County, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. And in Brooks County, a husband and wife were killed after a tornado picked up their mobile home.

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20
Jan

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for January 20, 2017

Barrow Mom and Pup

This 3-year old Boxer mix female and her 4-week old puppy are available for adoption from the Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

Barrow Three Puppies

Three nine-week old puppy siblings are available for adoption, either separately or as a matched set, from the Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

Barrow One of Three

20
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 20, 2017

On January 20, 1788, the First African Baptist Church was established in Savannah, Georgia, one of the first black churches in the United States.

John Marshall was nominated as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President John Adams on January 20, 1801.

On January 20, 1920, DeForest Kelley was born in Atlanta and he grew up in Conyers. Kelley sang in the choir of his father’s church and appeared on WSB radio; he graduated from Decatur Boys High School and served in the United States Navy. Kelley became famous as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the original Star Trek series.

On January 20, 1928, Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia for the tenth time, staying through February 11th. During the visit, he spoke to the Chamber of Commerce of Americus and Sumter County, telling them

“In Georgia the movement towards the cities is growing by leaps and bounds and this means the abandonment of the farms or those farms that are not suited to the uses of agriculture. It means that we will have vacant lands but these can and should be used in growing timber.”

January 20th became Inaugural Day in 1937; when the date falls on a Sunday, a private inauguration of the President is held, with a public ceremony the following day. The Twentieth Amendment moved inauguration day from March 4 to January 20. Imagine six additional weeks of a lame duck President.

Roosevelt was sworn-in to a fourth term as President on Jauary 20, 1945 and died in Warm Springs on April 12, 1945.

On January 20, 1939, Paul D. Coverdell was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Coverdell was one of the key figures in the development of the Georgia Republican Party.

On January 20, 1977, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States.

On January 20, 1981, Ronald Wilson Reagan was inaugurated 40th President of the United States.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Georgia State Patrol troopers were sworn in temporarily as Deputy United States Marshals to help with security at today’s inauguration.

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Former Georgia Governor and President Jimmy Carter flew commercial and shook hands on the plane.

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Seventy of Georgia’s deplorables rode buses wrapped in “Make America Great Again” to Washington for the inauguration.

[M]ore than 70 Trump enthusiasts left Atlanta, arriving early Thursday morning at an RV campsite in College Park, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.

“We got a bunch of folks that’s really enjoying what we’re doing and it ain’t breaking the bank and we’re just having a good time,” said Wallace Mathis of Cordele, Ga.

“I think it’s going to be one of the greatest moments in history for the United States,” said Kim McCarthy of Alpharetta, Georgia. “I think he’s going to be one of the best presidents we’ve ever had.”

Sonny Perdue was introduced as the next Secretary of Agriculture by President-elect Donald Trump.

“Today, as you know, we appointed a secretary of agriculture. He happens to be a farmer. He happens to be… Oh, there his is. Look at that man. Sonny Perdue,” Trump said.

“He came into my office two months ago. Since then, I saw 10 people that everybody liked. Politically correct. And I kept thinking back to Sonny Perdue, a great, great farmer.”

Trump said he questioned the other candidates about their farming knowledge.

“Do you have any experience with farms or agriculture?” he asked one unnamed gentleman.

“No sir, I don’t.”

“Have you ever seen a farm?” the future president followed up.

Trump praised the applicant as a “great guy” but said “I can’t make him secretary of agriculture.”

It was the literal dirt on Perdue that set him apart.

“He loves the farms. Knows everything about farming. Knows everything about farming. He’s been successful in farming,” Trump said. “He knows the good stuff and the bad stuff.”

AJC Columnist Kyle Wingfield writes that he is optimistic for the Trump Presidency.

Education: As a candidate, Donald Trump promised a large federal school-choice program.

Tax reform: Trump talked a lot about fixing the U.S. tax code, and the area most in need of reform is the corporate income tax….Lowering that rate while reducing the number of exemptions would make the tax code, and companies’ tax-conscious decisions, more efficient.

Infrastructure and debt reduction: Yes, you read that correctly. One of Trump’s big talking points was the need to update our infrastructure, from roads and rails to airports….Use the money to reward states and cities that are also putting their own money into such projects, and it’d go even farther.

Ronna McDaniel was elected Chair of the Republican National Committee and Bob Paduchik was elected Co-Chair.

McDaniel is the second woman ever elected Chair of the RNC. Outgoing Chairman Reince Priebus gave his final remarks to the RNC capping the most successful run as Chairman in RNC history.

The votes electing McDaniel and Paduchik to their respective positions were both unanimous.

About Ronna McDaniel

This November, Ronna McDaniel helped deliver Michigan for Donald Trump and the GOP for the first time in decades. She was elected as the State Chairman from Michigan in February of 2015.

Ronna served as a Trump delegate and chaired the Michigan Delegation to the 2016 Republican National Convention. She has served as a Precinct Delegate, as a District Committee Executive Member and State Committeewoman in Michigan and served as National Delegate to the Tampa Convention representing Michigan’s 11th District.

In 2013, she served as Co-Chair for the Mackinac Leadership Conference and was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve on the Board of Marriage and Family Therapists.

In her local community of Northville, Ronna has served on land planning and public safety committees and is actively involved in her local PTA. She received her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. Ronna is married to Patrick McDaniel and has two children, Abigail and Nash.

About Bob Paduchik

Bob Paduchik most recently served as the Ohio State Director for the Trump-Pence presidential campaign. He was the Campaign Manager for Ohio Senator Rob Portman’s successful campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010, and was the Ohio State Director for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign in both 2000 and 2004, helping President Bush carry the state both times. From 2011 through 2015, Bob worked in a variety of roles at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade association representing the coal-fueled electricity industry. From October 2001 to January 2003, Bob served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols hosted another “Unholy Tour” to help Georgia leaders understand the extent of the sex trafficking problem in Metro Atlanta.

I think all elected officials in this state should be concerned about something that is a blight on our state where kids are being sold and their lives are being ruined,” he said.

Echols is among those who see strong connections between Atlanta’s reputation as a strip club mecca and its designation as a top city for sex trafficking.

Georgia voters appear to make the same conclusion. In November, 83 percent of voters agreed to a constitutional amendment requiring strip clubs and other adult businesses to contribute $5,000 annually to a fund for exploited children.

Echols’ tour began downtown, cruising the bus stations that organizers say are commonly used to bring minors in and out of the city for illicit reasons. From there the tour went west to Fulton Industrial, then north to strip clubs in Sandy Springs recently raided by police there.

That the purveyors of sex with children are mostly local makes some common sense as well. An Urban Institute study from 2014 found Atlanta’s sex trade generated nearly $300 million annually. It’s unlikely anything other than a fraction of that trade could be coming from out-of-towners.

You can watch a video of the Unholy Tour on Commissioner Echols Facebook page.

A Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney was arrested in an anti-prostitution sting in Dunwoody.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Wednesday he’s aware of the arrest and awaiting more information.

Quinn’s attorney, Noah Pines, has declined to comment on the facts of the case. But he described Quinn as “an outstanding lawyer who finds himself caught up in the system.”

Quinn turned himself in Tuesday and has been charged with pandering and violation of Georgia’s felony racketeering statute.

He is considered on leave from the DA’s office, where he works in the appeals section after years with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Porter said.

19
Jan

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for January 17, 2017

The City of Perry, Georgia opened a new animal shelter this week.

The shelter will have 21 dog pens in a climate-controlled building with outdoor runs. It also has a room for cats and a separate room to quarantine cats.

The city has sought for years to get a new shelter, which has been delayed by the cost.

Last March, the City Council approved a contract for $544,022 to build the new facility, which also has an exam room and a quarantine area for dogs. The old block building nearby that had been the shelter is beyond repair and likely will be torn down, said Perry police Capt. Bill Phelps, who oversees animal control.

“This is a thousand times better than what we had,” Phelps said. “The animals were exposed to inclement weather. Now it can be raining or it can be snowing and you can still come down here and adopt a dog, It just lends a good atmosphere that people will want to come to.”

Angie Reed, the senior animal control officer, said she is also hopeful that with a better building more people will come to adopt dogs.

“It’s a lot cleaner and a lot nicer,” she said. “People will actually want to come down here and look at dogs.”

The Friends of the Perry Animal Shelter also has a separate facility where it holds dogs and cats from the shelter for adoption.

Ruby

Ruby is an adult female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Friends of Perry Animal Shelter in Perry, GA.

Daisy Perry

Daisy is a young female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Friends of Perry Animal Shelter in Perry, GA.

Cindy

Cindy is a young adult female Pointer mix who is available for adoption from Friends of Perry Animal Shelter in Perry, GA.

19
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 19, 2017

Delegates to the Secession Convention in Milledgeville voted 208-89 in favor of seceding from the United States on January 19, 1861.

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 at at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia the son of a former Congressman and Governor of Virginia.

On January 19, 1871, Savannah, Georgia became the first city to recognize Robert E. Lee’s Birthday as a public holiday.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal appointed Ashley Wright as a Judge for the Superior Court for the Augusta Judicial Circuit. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Wright served as District Attorney for the August Circuit.

Deal also made a wager with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on the NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers.

“Given the Atlanta Falcons’ stellar season under the leadership of Coach Dan Quinn and soon-to-be MVP and Pro Bowler Matt Ryan, I’m confident Falcons’ fans will be celebrating another win on Sunday,” said Deal. “The additional five Falcons named to the 2017 Pro Bowl roster—Vic Beasley Jr., Matt Bryant, Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones and Alex Mack—will help ensure a strong victory, bringing the Packers’ winning streak and season to an end. We are excited to host the Packers at the Georgia Dome. Given Sunday’s forecast, which is 68 degrees, our guess is that many Packers fans are excited too. Falcons fans, let’s get ready to cheer our home team on to victory and show the world what it means to Rise Up.”

“The Green Bay Packers are on a roll and have what it takes to go all the way this season,” said Gov. Walker. “The Falcons are going to be a tough opponent, but with the leadership of Mike McCarthy, the dedication and teamwork of the players, and, of course, our secret weapon – Aaron Rodgers, I am confident the Packers will pull out yet another ‘W’ in Atlanta. This Sunday, all of Packer Nation will be cheering on our team to victory.”

The wager:

In the unlikely event of a loss, Deal wagered ice-cold Coca Cola (which is not “pop”), chili dogs from The Varsity, peach pies from Dickey Farms, Georgia peanuts and two six-packs of Creature Comforts’ Tropicalia.

Gov. Walker wagered two six-packs of Leinenkugel’s Wisconsin Red Pale Ale, a box of assorted chocolates from Seroogy’s Chocolates in De Pere, jars of liquid and spreadable crystal raw honey from Wisconsin Natural Acres in Chilton, assorted Wisconsin artisan cheeses, crackers, and sausage, and a pair of Travel Wisconsin Old Fashioned glasses.

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue will be named Secretary of Agriculture by President-elect Donald Trump.Continue Reading..

18
Jan

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for January 18, 2017

Tacoma

Tacoma is a ten-week old male Cattle Dog & Labrador Retriever Mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA. He’s smart, alert, and ready for a new family.

Almond

Almond is a nine-week old male Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA. He’s an easy-going and friendly pup.

Pecan

Pecan is a nine-week old female Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA.

18
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 18, 2017

Georgia History

On January 18, 1776, James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, was arrested by John Habersham, a member of the Provincial Congress.

L.Q.C. Lamar, born near Eatonton, Georgia, was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on January 18, 1888.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Committee Meetings Today

10:00 AM Joint Budget Hearings 341 CAP

1:00 PM Joint Block Grant Hearing 341 CAP

Todd Rehm Rand Paul

Dentons Atlanta office last week hosted Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who spoke about the current state of healthcare reform in Washington.Continue Reading..