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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 26, 2015

On August 26, 1864, having withdrawn from trenches and fortifications outside Atlanta the previous day, U.S. General Sherman sent most of his forces westward around Atlanta and toward the south of the city.

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. Ratification took place on August 18, 1920, as the Tennessee House of Representatives adopted it, but adoption became official on August 26, when United States Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the Amendment. It reads:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

On August 26, 1939, the first televised major league baseball game aired, as the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader in Ebbets Field.

On August 26, 1961, the 718th Engineer Light Equipment Company of Fort Valley and the 210th Signal Base Depot Company of Augusta were called up to take part in the American response to the crisis in Berlin.

President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 26, 1964.

On August 26, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.

On August 26, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a Welfare Reform bill, called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

Georgia Politics

Yesterday, I went to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Congressional Luncheon in Macon and got the chance to speak with Senator David Perdue before he went onstage. In addition to Senator Perdue, the crowd also heard from Senator Johnny Isakson.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 26, 2015

National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day, and Lifeline Animal Services is celebrating by offering free adoptions of any dogs in the DeKalb or Fulton County shelters.

Georgia Dog

Georgia is a 4-year old female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Georgia is a smiley 4 year old Labrador mix that would love to be your new best friend! She loves all people and greets everyone she meets with happiness and wiggles. If you see weekend hikes in your future, Georgia may be the girl for you! IT seems like she would be able to keep up with the most active of families. Georgia gets along great with other dogs would probably do well with a canine companion in her forever home.


Wilbur is a 4-year old Staffordshire Terrier mix who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Bunny ears and a goofy grin? That’s Wilbur! This friendly guy is happiest by your side. He gets along great with other dogs and would probably enjoy having a canine companion to hang out with in his forever home. Wilbur has enough energy to keep up with any family, but he is not the type to bounce off the walls. He will happily join you for your daily walks or runs! Come meet Wilbur, he’d make an awesome family pet!


Rowan is an 8-month old Pit Bull (pibble) puppy who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Rowen is a ridiculously sweet and cuddly pup that would love to bound into your life on his lanky legs. This smiley guy is waiting for you at DeKalb Animal Services!

Layne Dog

Layne is a 5-year old Golden Retriever/Terrier mix female who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Blondes DO have more fun! Layne the 5 year old Golden Retriever / Spaniel mix is as happy as they come. Even though she has a touch of grey on her nose, that doesn’t stop this playful and totally sweet girl from prancing around happily. Layne gets along great with other dogs and probably wouldn’t mind having a canine companion in her forever home. Come meet her today!


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 25, 2015

On August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted that Pluto was not a planet.

The tough decision comes after a multiyear search for a scientific definition of the word “planet.” The term never had an official meaning before.

According to the new definition, a full-fledged planet is an object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity. In addition, a planet has to dominate the neighborhood around its orbit.

Pluto has been demoted because it does not dominate its neighborhood. Charon, its large “moon,” is only about half the size of Pluto, while all the true planets are far larger than their moons.

In addition, bodies that dominate their neighborhoods, “sweep up” asteroids, comets, and other debris, clearing a path along their orbits. By contrast, Pluto’s orbit is somewhat untidy.


Pluto is an adult male Brindle Pit Bull mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.


Mars is a brindle Labrador Retriever and Pointer mix about 2-3 years old. He’s a sweet boy who gets along with other dogs and is available for adoption from Pup & Cat Co. in Winder, GA. Mars has a brother, Jupiter, who is also available for adoption.

Jupiter Pup Cat Co


The other Jupiter is a little female Chihuahua and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

If you are looking for a lap dog – you have found one here. She is sweet and loves to cuddle.


Pax is a handsome 2 year old boy with a lot of love and kisses to give to everyone he meets! He is a friendly wigglebutt who already knows how to sit, lay down, and possibly even roll over on command! He is a lively boy who would love a family that integrate him into their fitness routine. He’d make a great work out buddy! He loves treats and already knows his basic commands, so teaching him new things should be fun! If you are looking for a charismatic, active, and devoted boy, Pax is the one for you!

Pax is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 25, 2015

On August 25, 325, the Council of Nicea adopted the Nicene Creed.

On August 25, 1864, Union troops stopped artillery bombardment of Atlanta and withdrew from fortifications around the city. On the same day, in Virginia, Confederate forces attacked Federals under Gen. Grant at Ream’s Station.

On August 25, 1877, delegates to the state Constitutional Convention approved a new post-Reconstruction state Constitution, the seventh in state history, to be submitted to the voters on December 5, 1877.

The all-time highest score in a professional baseball game was recorded on August 25, 1922, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies by 26-23.

Paris was liberated from German army control on August 25, 1944.

On August 25, 1950, President Harry S. Truman ordered the seizure of the nation’s private railroads by executive order.

On August 25, 1973, the Allman Brothers of Macon, Georgia released “Ramblin’ Man” as the first single from the album “Brothers and Sisters.” From the Wall Street Journal,

Dickey Betts: In 1969, I was playing guitar in several rock bands that toured central Florida. Whenever I’d have trouble finding a place to stay, my friend Kenny Harwick would let me crash at his garage apartment for a few days in Sarasota. One day he asked me how I was doing with my music and said, “I bet you’re just tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best you can.”

Then one day in 1972, I was sitting in the kitchen of what we called the Big House in Macon, Ga.—where everyone in the band lived—and decided to finish the lyrics.

My inspiration was Hank Williams’s “Ramblin’ Man,” from 1951. His song and mine are completely different but I liked his mournful, minor-chord feel.

Except for Kenny’s line, the rest of the lyrics were autobiographical.

The WSJ article is worth reading in its entirety if you’re a fan of the Allmans.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

This weekend, Senator David Perdue delivered the keynote address at the Americans for Prosperity “Defending the American Dream” conference in Columbus, Ohio.

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Brian Kemp on SEC Primary, skepticism, football schedules, and SEC tailgating

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Deal: Southern Company and AGL Resources deal a victory for Georgians

Gov. Nathan Deal today praised the deal struck between Georgia energy firms Southern Company and AGL Resources. Southern Company will acquire AGL Resources and remain in Georgia. 

“In Georgia, we’ve laid the foundations for a strong, successful business climate,” said Deal. “Across the state, our commitment to job creation and economic development is evident in the number of companies who’ve expanded or relocated here. The decision by Southern Company and AGL Resources to remain in Georgia is further proof that our pro-jobs, pro-growth policies have put our state on the right track. Not only does this venture keep two Georgia-based energy companies here, it creates one of the most robust energy companies in the United States. Together, Southern Company and AGL Resources employ nearly 10,000 Georgians and have a major economic impact each year on our state. I look forward to the continued growth of these two companies and am confident that together, we’ll keep our state one of the top places in the country for business.”


Southern Company buying AGL Resources

Shares of AGL Resources Inc. surged almost 9% in premarket trade Monday, after Southern Co.  said it has agreed to buy AGL in a deal with an enterprise value of about $12 billion.

Southern Co. said it expects the deal to boost earnings per share in the first full year after the close, and to drive long-term EPS growth to 4% to 5%.

AGL will become a wholly owned unit of Southern Co., creating the second-biggest utility in the U.S. by customer base. AGL shareholders will receive $66 in cash for each share, a premium of 36.3% over the volume-weighted average stock price over the last 20 trading days through Aug. 21.

“We believe the addition of AGL Resources to our business will better position Southern Company to play offense in supporting America’s energy future through additional natural gas infrastructure,” Chief Executive Thomas Fanning said in a statement.



Ballot-booth selfies: A threat to secret voting? | The Telegraph

In the age of the omnipresent cellphone and the proliferation of social media, it might seem a fool’s errand for government to try to ban the selfie.

In New Hampshire, a federal judge recently said it is also unconstitutional.

The selfie in question is something called the ballot selfie. The Granite State in 2014 amended state law to prohibit voters from taking photos of their marked ballots “and distributing or sharing the image via social media or by any other means.”

The state said it was protecting the sanctity of the secret ballot and guarding against vote-buying or voter coercion. The latter two could be aided by a person producing evidence of how he or she voted.

But opponents said the prohibition was a violation of free-speech rights.

via Ballot-booth selfies: A threat to secret voting? | The Telegraph.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 24, 2015

Pretzel Spalding

Pretzel is a Black Labrador Retriever who will be euthanized today at the Spalding County Animal Shelter unless he finds an adoptive or foster home.

Pammie Spalding

Pammie is a female adult Boxer mix who is available for adoption from the Spalding County Animal Shelter in Griffin, GA.


Lala is a 10-week old female, Brindle and white Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter.


Manley is a year-old red-and-white male Pit Bull mix who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter.

A friend of mine had these two sweet dogs show up at her home this weekend. They are unable to keep them, as they already have dogs, but are trying to find them a home. Email me if you’re interested in fostering or adopting these two and I’ll put you in touch.

She wrote about them,

“They could not be sweeter! They just need lots of love!  The white one is male, we’re calling him Roscoe. Trixie is the female and she is a gorgeous shade of brown that is almost red – very unusual, very pretty color! They are both sweet hearts, but we’ve reached our quota!”




Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 24, 2015

General Charles Lee of the Continental Army told Congress that Georgia’s value to the young nation required more forces to defend against the British on August 24, 1776.

The Kimball Opera House, serving as the Georgia State Capitol, was sold to the state on August 23, 1870.

The sale of Coca-Cola Company from the Candlers was announced in the Atlanta Constitution on August 22, 1919.

On August 24, 1931, the Georgia General Assembly adopted a joint resolution appointing a committee to work with the Governor in planning a bicentennial celebration to be held in 1933.

On August 24, 1945, the United States Postal Service held a first day of issue ceremony in Warm Springs, Georgia for the release of a stamp bearing the images of Franklin D. Roosevelt and The Little White House.

N/S Savannah, the first nuclear-powered merchant ship, visited the Port of Savannah on August 22, 1962. Savannah was named after S.S. Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. N/S Savannah is moored at the Port of Baltimore and designated a national historic landmark.

More than 3000 demonstrators disrupted the Democratic National Convention on August 22, 1968.

Nolan Ryan recorded his 5000th career strikeout against Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A’s on August 22, 1989.

Navy diver continue to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to raise the remains of CSS Georgia from the Savannah River.

Since the beginning of June, one of the U.S. Navy’s premier diving teams has been working with the Corps of Engineers and archeologists to help salvage Confederate warship CSS Georgia from the depths of the Savannah River.

Built in 1862, the ironclad was originally intended to be a gunboat but was too heavy to maneuver offensively against the Savannah River’s strong currents, so the Georgia was subsequently anchored in the river to help protect Fort Jackson and Savannah.

Before it ever fired a shot, the 1,200-ton ironclad was scuttled by its own crew to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union army took Savannah in December 1864.

The warship was found during a dredging operation in 1968. Today, it is considered a captured enemy vessel and is the property of the U.S. Navy. The recovery is expected to cost about $14 million.

The divers working in Savannah are pulling up parts of the ship’s armor systems, steam engine components and small structure pieces.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Last week, I spoke with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp about the origin of the SEC Presidential Primary and the effects it is having on the campaigns and on Georgia. Here are the first two parts of our discussion.

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