Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 12, 2014

Gwinnett 41788

41788 is a friendly adult male Black Lab mix who available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Gwinnett 41808

41808 is a friendly adult female German Shepherd who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.


41738 a friendly, medium-sized mixed breed male dog, maybe part Hound, part Spaniel, who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA. If you adopt this dog you’ll be constantly stopped on the street and in the park to be told how gorgeous he is.

Gwinnett 41803

41803 is a beautiful female Siberian Husky who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Gov. Nathan Deal: Third Business Media Outlet Ranks Georgia No. 1

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Governor: Third business media outlet ranks Georgia No. 1 

Area Development names our state top state for business, citing labor climate as best in the nation

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Area Development magazine has ranked Georgia as the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business. Area Development is a leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and relocation.

“Georgia’s success has come from dead reckoning in areas that are crucial to business locators,” said Area Development Staff Editor Dale Buss. “That includes the state’s welcoming and business-friendly government, to be sure. The state also enjoys a strong infrastructure, featuring Hartsfield International, one of the world’s most efficient passenger airports; two deepwater ports; and one of the nation’s most extensive surface-transportation networks. No wonder that Georgia has been able to announce a continuing string of business expansions and relocation over the last year.”

“This is the third time in less than a year that objective judges have named Georgia the top state for businesses,” said Deal. “Since taking office, I’ve made it my top priority to make Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation to do business and create jobs. (more…)

Fulton County to Offer Saturday and Sunday Early Voting for the November 4th General and Special Election

Fulton County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote early starting October 13 through October 31, 2014. During the first week of early voting, seven sites will be open to include opportunities for Saturday and Sunday voting. During the final two weeks of early voting, 19 locations will be open, to include Saturday and Sunday voting.

“After reviewing past voter patterns, we have developed a strategic roll-out plan to provide our residents with more choices regarding when and where to cast their votes,” stated Richard Barron, Director of Fulton County Registration and Elections. “We strongly encourage residents to take advantage of the early voting period that includes Saturdays and Sundays.”


Monday, October 13 – Friday, October 31 – Weekdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays October 18 & 25 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sundays October 19 & 26 – Noon – 5 p.m.

Johns Creek Environmental Campus – 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Chastain Park Gymnasium – 140 West Wieuca Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30342*

Ocee Library – 5090 Abbott Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30005

North Fulton Service Center – Room 232, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

South Fulton Service Center- 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Room 108, College Park, GA 30349

Adamsville Recreation Center – 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SW., Atlanta, GA 30311*

Fulton County Government Center -130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303


Monday, October 20 – Friday, October 31 – Weekdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 25 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 26 – Noon – 5 p.m.

College Park Historical Building – 3675 Auditorium Way, College Park, GA 30337

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library – 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022

Roswell Library – 115 Norcross St, Roswell, GA 30075

The Milton Center – 86 School Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30004

Sandy Springs Library – 395 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Northside Library – 3295 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Washington Park Library – 1116 Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr., Atlanta, GA 30314

Welcome All Recreation Center – 4255 Will Lee Road, College Park, Georgia 30349

East Point Library – 2757 Main Street, East Point, GA 30344

Fairburn Library – 60 Valley View Drive, Fairburn, GA 30213

Southwest Arts Center – 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331

Georgia Hills Neighborhood Facility – 250 Georgia Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312*

(*Sunday voting tentative, based on final approval.)

“We are excited to offer Saturday and Sunday voting,” said Barron. “We believe that by adding these dates, we will not only provide voters with more chances to vote at any of the 19 early voting locations, we will also alleviate the crowds on Election Day.”

For more information regarding Fulton County Registration and Elections, call 404-612-7020 or visit

via Fulton County to Offer Saturday and Sunday Early Voting for the November 4th General and Special Election.

Sunday Voting Approved for Lowndes County | Valdosta Today – South Georgia’s News Source

VALDOSTA — Lowndes County will be the second county in Georgia to implement Sunday Voting.

Sunday voting will occur as part of the Early Voting Cycle and will be available on Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 12 noon to 5 p.m., in the Elections Office at 2808 N Oak St., in Valdosta.

The rest of the Early Voting Schedule is as follows:

Mon Oct 13th – Fri 17th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mon Oct 20th – Fri 24th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 25th , 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 26th, 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Mon Oct 27th – Fri Oct 31st, 7a.m. – 7 p.m.

If you have any questions call the Elections Office at 229-671-2850.

via Sunday Voting Approved for Lowndes County | Valdosta Today – South Georgia’s News Source.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 11, 2014

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I was in my car that morning, on the way to my job when I heard on the radio of the first plane hitting. The announcers thought at first that it must be a small plane and likely an accident. Seventeen minutes later all doubt vanished as the second hit. Over the next hour, a third plane hit the Pentagon and a fourth went down in a field in Pennsylvania. We watched on television as the towers burned, then collapsed.

Shortly afterwards, the Family Room opened in a nearby tower to provide a place for loved ones to grieve out of the public eye.

The Family Room opened in April 2002 in space donated by Brookfield Office Properties, the owners of 1 Liberty Plaza, across Church Street from the trade center site. By presenting what was known as a medical examiner’s family identification card, victims’ relatives were admitted during regular workdays and at night, on weekends and on holidays.

On the 20th floor, behind a door marked “The Family Room,” relatives could settle into ample leather couches or stand at windows 15 and 20 feet wide. The room was intended for “quiet contemplation,” said a 2002 notice from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which created and maintained the space, just a few doors down from its own headquarters and those of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation.

When the Family Room at 1 Liberty Plaza was replaced this summer by a new private gathering space in the National September 11 Memorial Museum pavilion, the [New York] State Museum and the memorial museum painstakingly documented the older room, and the State Museum acquired what contents family members themselves did not choose to reclaim.

There are materials in the Family Room collection related to about 1,000 victims, Mr. Schaming said, or roughly one-third of all casualties that day. “It is the most singular collection of the faces of people who were killed on 9/11,” he said.

One day after Perry’s victory in the Battle of Lake Erie, American Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough led American forces in the Battle of Plattsburg at Lake Champlain, New York on September 11, 1813.

The Union Army began evacuating civilians from Atlanta via Lovejoy’s Station on September 11, 1864.

Georgia-born Ty Cobb took his last at-bat on September 11, 1928.

After a week-long Presidential campaign swing through ten states, former Governor Jimmy Carter returned to Plains on September 11, 1976. At the time Republicans said he was too liberal; today they say that about his grandson, Democrat Jason Carter.

On September 11, 1985, Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s career hit record, notching number 4,192 against the San Diego Padres.

A New Show on GPB

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Last night, I was honored to appear in the inaugural episode of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new TV show called Political Rewind with BIll Nigut, Jim Galloway of the AJC and Georgia State House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams.

We’ll post a link to video if they get it online soon, but you can put it on your weekly schedule for 7 PM Wednesday evenings on your local GPB station.

New Poll from 11Alive Deceptive

Yesterday, 11Alive released a new poll in a story that is sloppy at best, deceptive at worst.

ATLANTA — A new exclusive scientific poll shows the race for Georgia’s governor is statistically tied. The poll was commissioned by 11Alive and conducted by Survey USA.

Over the past three weeks, since an identical poll was conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of 11Alive, incumbent Republican Nathan Deal has watched a 9-point lead evaporate.

Forty-five percent of registered likely voters plan to vote for Jason Carter, 44% for Nathan Deal. The margin of error is +/- 4.2%, so they are statistically tied.

The part I want to discuss is where 11Alive says the polls were “identical.” That simply isn’t true. I’ve discussed at length the importance of weighting, and specifically the assumption about what percentage of voters will be African-American. (more…)

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 11, 2014


Annie is a 2-month old female puppy who weighs 4.6 pounds and is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Control Shelter in Monroe, GA.


Autumn is a two-month old, 4.2 pound female puppy who is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Control Shelter in Monroe, GA.


Kane is a six-week old, four-pound male mixed puppy who is available for adoption beginning Friday from the Walton County Animal Control Shelter in Monroe, GA, beginning tomorrow.


T-Bone is one of the best-looking dogs I’ve ever seen – a 2-year old, 50-pound Dalmatian/Pointer mix male who is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Control Shelter in Monroe, GA.



Jack is a one-year old, 63-pound male Black Lab mix, typically-friendly, adores people and plays well with other dogs, who is  available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Control Shelter in Monroe, GA.


Senior Mom

This sweet senior mom and her eight puppies were rescued from a shelter but need your help to pay for their vetting. If you’d like to chip in, you can donate via PayPal to [email protected] and we’ll share an address you can send a check to if you’d like.

Agreement to deepen Ga. harbor almost ready, governor says

SAVANNAH — Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he expects an agreement with the federal government to be finalized later this month allowing Georgia to spend $266 million of its own money upfront to start deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah.

If Georgia can sign a cost-sharing agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers before October, it’s possible dredging could get underway in the Savannah River by the end of the year, Deal told reporters after speaking to local economic developers in Savannah.

“We’re ready to start spending,” Deal said. “We can’t afford to wait.”

Savannah and other East Coast seaports are scrambling to deepen their harbors to make room for supersized cargo ships expected to begin arriving soon through an expanded Panama Canal. The Panama project’s completion date, originally expected this October, has been pushed back to late 2015. And experts say further delays are possible.

The federal government gave its final approval to the Savannah harbor deepening almost two years ago, but it got held up by an outdated spending cap of $459 million placed on the project in 1999. In May, Congress raised the price tag to $706 million as part of a sweeping water projects bill. However, the federal government still hasn’t put up enough of its 60 percent share to start construction.

via Agreement to deepen Ga. harbor almost ready, governor says.

Planned microbrewery a step closer to opening taps

Pap Datta is one step closer to his dream of opening a microbrewery in Gainesville.

The Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday voted to support his request to rezone a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, from general business to light industrial.

That’s where Datta plans to launch Left Nut Brewing Co.

Gainesville City Council will take up the rezoning request next month.

via Planned microbrewery a step closer to opening taps.

Gainesville crowd debates Common Core’s merits |

An English professor told a Gainesville audience Tuesday night that educators, including herself, were heavily involved in the development of Common Core standards but they also were “passionate” about their work.

“Part of the reason we believe in what we’re doing is because these standards are an opportunity for us … in a lot of different ways,” said Jennifer Wunder, who spoke for nearly an hour during a public hearing at Gainesville High School.

She likened the standards to bowling pins and “there’s a lot of ways to get that (bowling) ball down that lane.”

“What we’re trying to do is give our teachers the ability to help our students get those balls down those lanes in the ways that work best,” said Wunder, who teaches at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville. “For those students and teachers, we’re trying to say, ‘Knock those pins down. How you get the ball down the lane matters less.’”

via Gainesville crowd debates Common Core’s merits.

Deal campaign often pits Carter stances against past votes |

It’s becoming a familiar attack on the campaign trail in Georgia’s race for governor: Democrat Jason Carter criticizes a policy under Gov. Nathan Deal, who points to a previous vote that binds them together.

As November nears, the Atlanta state senator is facing increasing criticism from Deal and his allies for past votes in favor of state funding blueprints, economic policy and executive branch appointees that Carter is now slamming.

Carter’s campaign said his votes show a willingness to cross party lines and work with Republicans to shape legislation. The candidate has also cast the attack as a distraction to divert attention from his vision to significantly boost education funding and increase transparency in Georgia government.

The governor, locked in a tight race with Carter in the final weeks of the campaign, said it’s a sign that the Democrat isn’t ready for the state’s highest office. Carter, he said at a recent campaign stop, is guided by “purely political motivations” on pressing issues.

via Deal campaign often pits Carter stances against past votes |