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State Sen. Mike Crane announces for 3d Congressional District

via Press Release

[On Wednesday], State Senator Mike Crane announced his candidacy for Congress in Georgia’s Third Congressional District to succeed retiring Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.

Crane Announcement Podium

Crane, who quickly became known for his willingness to stand up to the political establishment, said he his running to send reinforcements to conservatives currently fighting for small government principles in Washington.

“The message is we are tired of vending machine politics.” Crane said. “You put in enough money, you push a button and you get what you want. That ends today.”Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 21, 2016


Sable is a female Chihuahua and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Harris County Humane Society in Hamilton, GA.


Miguel is a male Chihuahua and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Harris County Humane Society in Hamilton, GA.


Juan is a male Chihuahua and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Harris County Humane Society in Hamilton, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 21, 2016

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

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

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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GRTL March 20162

Georgia Right to Life will hold its annual Georgia March for Life tomorrow, beginning at 11 AM in Liberty Plaza across the street from the Capitol. Click here for more information.

House Committee Meetings




2:00 PM Ways & Means Sub on Income Tax 133 CAP

2:30 PM Judiciary Civil Fleming Sub 132 CAP

Senate Committee Meetings

8:00 AM APPROPRIATIONS – Subcommittees schedule 341 CAP, 406 CLOB, 506 CLOB, 606 CLOB



Like Heisenberg with a heart, State Rep. Allen Peake spoke on the record with the AJC’s Political Insider Jim Galloway about the issues surrounding procurement of medical cannabis oil for parents in Georgia.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 20, 2016


Dapple is a young male Dachshund who is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services.


Zeus is a young male Dachshund mix, about a year-and-a-half old. He’s good with kids and weighs 17 pounds.


Khloe is a 5-year old, 19 pound female Dachshund who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta. She’s a very sweet little lapdog and a favorite of the staff and volunteers.

Attorneys for an Atlanta kennel face off in the Georgia Supreme Court against the owners of a dachshund who died in their care over how the value of a dog is computed in legal proceedings.

The Monyaks sued [the kennel] for negligence, fraud, and deceit (they claimed the kennel tried to cover up their mistake). They sought to recover more than $67,000 in veterinary and emotion-based damages for the death of Lola. Attorneys for Barking Hound Village argued the damages should be capped at Lola’s “market value”. They argued that value would be “non-existent or nominal”, because Lola was an 8-year-old mixed-breed rescue dog.

“This dog was a rescue dog. There was no purchase price. Lola, while very much beloved by the Monyaks didn’t have any specialized, pecuniary (monetary) value,” Attorney Joel McKie argued in court Tuesday.

Lower courts issued conflicting rulings about whether or not the family could present evidence about the actual value of their pet as well as intrinsic and emotional value. The issue before the Georgia State Supreme Court is how the legal system can measure damages for the death of a family pet.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for January 20, 2016

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.”

Rooesevelt 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

If you’re waking up in North Georgia today, you may be in a weather emergency as declared by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 15 counties in north Georgia, saying that the state was “well prepared” for a wave of snow and ice expected over the next two days.

In a statement Tuesday, Deal said that the order extends through Thursday and frees up state employees and equipment to respond to the wintry weather.

The executive order covers Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Chatooga, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.

The General Assembly gavels in at 10 AM today, and most of the day’s work will be in Appropriations Subcommittees. Click here for the full listing of subcommittee meetings.

Brian Kemp SEC Sticker

Secretary of State Brian Kemp told the joint budget committees yesterday he is confident that information from last year’s inadvertant release of social security numbers of Georgia voters did not result in the data falling into the wrong hands.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 19, 2016

On January 17, 1733, Georgia’s Trustees in London voted to ban Jews from the colony.

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

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.

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. began the Chicago civil rights campaign on January 17, 1966.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The legislature is not in Session today and will convene tomorrow at 10 AM.

Joint Budget Committee Hearings begin at 9:30 AM this morning in Room 341 of the State Capitol. Click here for the Budget Meeting agenda. Governor Nathan Deal will speak to the Joint Committee at 9:45 AM.

Gov Deal Budget Speech

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 19, 2016


Layla is a 2-year old, 45-pound female Boxer who is in search of a forever home through a private placement. She’s had a litter of puppies previously, she is potty trained, does not like crates, loves bones and loves being loved on. Layla would do her best w/ a family that has a fenced in yard (over 4ft) as she can jump. She needs space to run and play and she’s great with other dogs and little kids. Contact her current owner via Facebook.

Buckhead Boys

The Buckhead Boys are two young male Lab mixes who were taken in when their previous owner could not take care of them, and they need permanent homes, either together or separately. They could probably be fostered if you have the room to spare and are willing to work with a rescue group. The boys are not yet neutered, but they may be by the time they’re adopted. Contact their current caregiver via Facebook.


Former State Rep. Jeff Brown Exploring run for CD-3

Press release via email:

Jeff BrownRepresentative Jeff Brown (Ret) of LaGrange announces that he is forming an Exploratory Committee to help him decide whether he will announce as a candidate for the 3rd District Congressional seat. Earlier Congressman Lynn Westmoreland announced that he will not seek re-election this fall. He says of Lynn, “I served with him in the Georgia House of Representatives for 8 years, count him as a good friend, appreciate how he serves the 3rd Congressional District and agree with most of his votes.

During his 12 years as a Legislator Brown represented precincts in Carroll, Coweta, Heard and Troup counties all of which are in the 3rd District. During his last term he served as Chairman of the Health Appropriations Sub Committee and on the Ways and Means, Rules and Health and Ecology Committees. In 2006 he announced he would not seek re-election due to a number of factors including a possible run for Congress if Congressman Westmoreland ran for Governor or U.S. Senator which were being speculated at the time.

During his time in the legislature Brown won a number of awards including Legislator of the Year from 4 statewide organizations. Prior to his time in the legislature he served as a LaGrange City Councilman and was the first Republican elected to LaGrange City Council and the Georgia House of Representatives from Troup County.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 15, 2016

Big Red

Big Red is an adult male Great Dane and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.

Joan Jett

Joan Jett is a young adult Labrador Retriever female who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.

Velvet is one of four Hound/Labrador Retriever puppies who are available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.


Ashton is a male Labrador Retriever or Treeing Walker Coonhound puppy who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.


Elvis is a male American Bulldog puppy who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 15, 2016

An elected Provincial Assembly first convened in Georgia on January 15, 1751. The Assembly did not have the power to tax or spend money, but was to advise the Trustees.

The state of New Connecticut declared its independence of both Britain and New York on January 15, 1777. In June of that year they would decide on the name Vermont. Vermont would be considered part of New York for a number of years, finally being admitted as the 14th state in 1791.

The donkey was first used as a symbol for the Democratic Party on January 15, 1870 by cartoonist Thomas Nash.


Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and named Michael Luther King, Jr., after his father. After a 1934 trip to Germany and the Holy Land, the senior King changed both his own first name and that of his firstborn son to Martin.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

There are no House or Senate Committee meetings scheduled for today.

2016 and 2017 state budget documents have been released by Gov. Deal’s Office of Planning and Budget. Here’s a short summary from Gov. Deal of some of the highlights.Continue Reading..