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17
Feb

Jack Kingston endorses Ted Cruz for President

Kingston Headshot SquareHouston – Today, Former Congressman Jack Kingston of Georgia endorsed Ted Cruz for President of the United States.  Kingston served eleven terms in the U.S. House and was known as a consistent and principled conservative fighting for smaller government, health care reform, a strong national defense, and the protection of life at all stages.  A former businessman, Kingston was a staunch opponent of Obamacare due to its job-killing regulations, tax hikes, and government invasion of health care, and helped lead the charge to dismantle it in Congress.Continue Reading..

17
Feb

Will this be the new DeKalb Commission Map?

It’s the map that accompanies Senate Bill 378 by Sen. Fran Miller.

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17
Feb

Georgia’s Senior US Senator: Save Scalia’s Vacancy for Next President to Fill | Daily Report

Georgia’s senior United States senator has come down firmly on the side of delay in filling the vacancy created by the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“The American people are going to the polls in November to pick the next president, and I think the next president ought to be the one who fills that vacancy, not the one who’s on the way out,” Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson said in a statement sent Sunday to answer a question from the Daily Report. Isakson added, “I’d like to see a Supreme Court justice who rules on the law and doesn’t try to make the law.”

via Georgia’s Senior US Senator: Save Scalia’s Vacancy for Next President to Fill | Daily Report.

17
Feb

Warner Robins gets new city court judge | The Telegraph

Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms swore in a new Municipal Court judge Tuesday night.

Local attorney Monica Wilburn was sworn in at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. She is one of three associate judges for the Municipal Court system.

via Warner Robins gets new city court judge | The Telegraph.

17
Feb

Chill hours coming up short for Middle Georgia peach growers | The Telegraph

Although the past few days have been cold, it likely won’t be enough for Middle Georgia’s peach crop.

Feb. 15 is the traditional cutoff date for chill hours, which are the hours that temperatures fall below 45 degrees while peach trees are dormant.

Ideally, growers like to have about 1,000 hours. But based on weather forecasts, this season’s chill hour tally is looking to be about 750 hours or a little less. That will be enough for some varieties, but not others. It could have been worse had it not been for the past week being consistently cold.

Jeff Cook, county agent for Peach and Taylor counties, said measuring the impact of low chill hours is not an exact science. But based on what he is seeing, his best guess is that the overall crop value could be reduced 25 percent this year.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/community/houston-peach/article60409051.html#storylink=cpy

Chill hours coming up short for Middle Georgia peach growers | The Telegraph.

17
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 17, 2016

Parker

Parker is a young male Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from Albany Humane Society in Albany, GA.

Delilah Waycross

Delilah is a young female Hound and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Okefenokee Humane Society Inc. Waycross, GA.

DelilahPuppy

Delilah is a precious little Hound mix female puppy who is available for adoption at a reduced rate in February of $70 form Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, GA.

A group of Georgians in Early County started Friends of Blakely Animal Shelter and has helped place more than 30 dogs in forever homes.

“We have volunteers coming, we’ve had so many donations the city’s been great helping us,” said Amanda Willis, Founder. “It’s been a whirlwind and emotional roller coaster, but it’s been wonderful. It’s all worth it.”

The organization still needs volunteers to help with cleaning, feeding, transporting, and walking dogs.
You can help volunteer by calling the Blakely Animal Shelter at 229-724-7474.

Click here to support Friends of Blakely on Facebook.

17
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 17, 2016

On March 17, 1739, Thomas Jones wrote to the Georgia Trustees in London of the appalling conditions in Savannah.

“The profanation of the Lord’s Day. When at church in the time of divine service, can hear continual firing of guns by people that are shooting at some game, others carrying burdens on wheelbarrows by the church door.

“The uncommon lewdness practiced by many and gloried in.

“The negligence of officers in permitting several in this town to retail rum and strong liquors, unlicensed, who have no other visible way of livelihood, where servants resort and are encouraged to rob their masters… .

“I need not mention profane swearing and drunkenness, which are not so common here as in some other places, and few are notorious therein, besides Mr. Baliff Parker, who I have seen wallow in the mire….

Kind of reminds me of the itinerary the first time I ever visited Savannah.

The Georgia legislature, on February 17, 1783, passed legislation granting land to veterans of Georgia militia who served during the Revolutionary War.

On February 17, 1784, the Georgia legislature passed a bill to increase an earlier formula for settling the state, allotting 200 acres to each head of a family, plus 50 acres for each family member (including up to 10 slaves) up to a maximum of 1000 acres.

Thomas Jefferson was elected Third President of the United States on February 17, 1801. The election was deadlocked for three months between Jefferson and his running-mate Aaron Burr.

On November 4 [1800], the national election was held. When the electoral votes were counted, the Democratic-Federalists emerged with a decisive victory, with Jefferson and Burr each earning 73 votes to Adams’ 65 votes and Pinckney’s 64 votes. John Jay, the governor of New York, received 1 vote.

Because Jefferson and Burr had tied, the election went to the House of Representatives, which began voting on the issue on February 11, 1801. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality–handing Jefferson victory over his running mate–developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. Jefferson needed a majority of nine states to win, but in the first ballot had only eight states, with Burr winning six states and Maryland and Virginia. Finally, on February 17, a small group of Federalists reasoned that the peaceful transfer of power required that the majority party have its choice as president and voted in Jefferson’s favor. The 35th ballot gave Jefferson victory with 10 votes. Burr received four votes and two states voted blank.

On February 17, 1820, the United States Senate passed the Missouri Compromise to govern the admission of new states as either slave-holding or not.

On February 17, 1854, Georgia Governor Herschel Johnson signed legislation by the Georgia General Assembly placing on the ballot for the next generation the question of whether to move the state capital from Milledgeville to Atlanta.

The first portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to hang in the state capitol was unveiled on March 17, 1974 and was replaced in 2006 by the current portrait.

Under the Gold Dome

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12:00 PM RULES – UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM REGULATED IND & UTILITIES 310 CLOB

1:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY 125 CAP

1:00 PM EDUCATION AND YOUTH 307 CLOB

2:00 PM HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 450 CAP

2:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 310 CLOB

3:00 PM STATE INST AND PROP MEZZ

3:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 307 CLOB

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4:00 PM ECON. DEV.AND TOURISM 310 CLOB

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

7:15 AM Appropriations Subcommittee Meetings 341 CAP

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8:00 AM W&M Local Sales Tax Refund and Interest Rate Issues Sub 133 CAP

8:00 AM AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER AFFAIRS 403 CAP

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM Admin/Licensing Sub 415 CLOB

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2:00 PM Academic Achievement and Curriculum Sub 515 CLOB

2:00 PM Judiciary Civil Fleming Sub 403 CAP

2:00 PM Juvenile Justice Ballinger Sub 415 CLOB

2:00 PM STATE PROPERTIES 606 CLOB

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3:00 PM WAYS & MEANS 406 CLOB

3:00 PM STATE PLANNING & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS 403 CAP

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16
Feb

Adoptable Dogs for February 16, 2016

King Mastiff

King is a 5-year old male Mastiff who is available for adoption from The Bullpen Way Station and Sanctuary in Norwood, GA.

King is just big ol’ sweetheart of love looking for the right family. He is everything a mastiff is supposed to be… gentle, fun-loving and family oriented. His only desire is to hang out by your side. Disregard the premature grey in his muzzle, this boy is in his prime. 5 yrs old and runs around like a pup one minute but will be back at your side with the snap of your fingers. It just kills me that my boy doesn’t have a family because of something that may never happen.

A boy with special needs, King has a heart condition that the vet said could end his stay here on earth at any time… or he could live to see a ripe old age. Whatever King’s future, we don’t want to see this big hunk of love not get to live a full life surrounded by a family of his own.

King loves other dogs and hanging with his best doggy buddies.

Are you the special person that can give King the life he deserves?

Please fill out an Adoption Application at www.bullpenrescue.org.

King Pibble

King is an adult male Pit Bull Terrier (pronounced “Pibble”) who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County in Statesboro, GA.

King is certainly a beautiful boy. He is enjoying a second chance with the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County. He is vet examined, fully vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. Give King a look and you will be glad you did!

Tut

Tut is an adult male German Shepherd Dog & Husky Mix who is available for adoption through a private home in Metro Atlanta. He was posted by
German Shepherd Dog Rescue Group of Georgia Inc. as a courtesy to help him find a home, though the rescue doesn’t have custody of him, nor have they assessed him.

Tut is a sweet and calm dog who enjoys human companionship, according to his owner. He is a brown and white male GSD mixed with husky, about 7 years old. His owner adopted Tut when he was younger, but the adopter had a lifestyle change, and had to return him. His owner can not afford to keep him permanently, but can keep him until a new home is found.

Tut gets along with kids ,dogs and cats. He is up to date on shots and vet care and is neutered. He has tested slightly positive for Heartworms, but the vet says that he can be treated by giving the regular preventive monthly, he does not require the usual treatment.

Tut will need a moderately active home where he can get a few leash walks a day or play in a yard. He’s over the puppy phase, and would like to relax with people. He is housebroken, and knows basic commands.

Click through to Tut’s Petfinder listing for more information on how to meet and adopt this sweet boy.

Almost Official (State Dog)

Today, the Georgia House of Representatives will debate the passage of House Bill 561 by State Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs), which will designate the Official State Dog of Georgia as being “any adoptable dog.” From a story last year on the bill’s introduction,

State Representative Joe Wilkinson (R-Atlanta), along with officials from the Atlanta Humane Society, FixGeorgiaPets.org, GaPundit.com, and Georgia English Bulldog Rescue, held a press conference on Wednesday, March 4, to discuss legislation that would designate the official state dog of Georgia. Rep. Wilkinson’s legislation, House Bill 561, was officially in the House on Thursday and names “the adoptable dog” as the official state dog of Georgia.

“Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe and became a place where people could go for a second chance at life,” said Rep. Wilkinson. “So, it is fitting that we recognize the importance of giving homeless dogs a second chance at life in this state.”

“Having something like this come before the state of Georgia will heighten awareness for shelters and for adoption being an option, “said Tara High, Vice President of Operations for the Atlanta Humane Society.

Rubye Reid with FixGeorgiaPets.org highlighted the importance of spaying and neutering pets to prevent pet overpopulation in Georgia shelters.

“Dogs live longer happier lives when they’re spayed, and ensuring that adopted dogs are spayed or neutered helps reduce the number of pets in shelters,” said Reid.

Ruthann Phillips, Director of Georgia English Bulldog Rescue, noted that the organization currently has nearly 40 foster bulldogs in private homes in Atlanta.

“Every dog and cat deserves a home, and every home needs a dog or cat,” said Phillips.

We look forward to the bill’s passage, and to seeing it come up for a hearing in the Senate. We have a team of adoptable English Bulldogs from Georgia English Bulldog Rescue on call for a committee meeting.

Meaty and Zeus

16
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 16, 2016

Georgia and American History

On February 16, 1923, Howard Carter and his archaeology party entered the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen.

The steps led to an ancient sealed doorway bearing the name Tutankhamen. When Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb’s interior chambers on November 26, they were thrilled to find it virtually intact, with its treasures untouched after more than 3,000 years. The men began exploring the four rooms of the tomb, and on February 16, 1923, under the watchful eyes of a number of important officials, Carter opened the door to the last chamber.

Inside lay a sarcophagus with three coffins nested inside one another. The last coffin, made of solid gold, contained the mummified body of King Tut. Among the riches found in the tomb–golden shrines, jewelry, statues, a chariot, weapons, clothing–the perfectly preserved mummy was the most valuable, as it was the first one ever to be discovered. Despite rumors that a curse would befall anyone who disturbed the tomb, its treasures were carefully catalogued, removed and included in a famous traveling exhibition called the “Treasures of Tutankhamen.”

On February 16, 1948, the United States Air Force renamed Robins Air Field to Robins Air Force Base. Robins AFB and the City of Warner Robins are named for Air Force General Augustine Warner Robins.

On February 14, 1958, Governor Marvin Griffin signed a resolution by the Georgia legislature censuring President Dwight D. Eisenhower for ordering in the 101st Airborne Division and federalizing National Guard troops in Little Rock, Arkansas after Gov. Orval Faubus used the Guard to resist integration.

Fidel Castro was sworn-in as Prime Minister of Cuba on February 16, 1959.

On February 16, 1968, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representative Rankin Fite placed the first 911 call from Haleyville City Hall to Congressman Tom Bevill at the Haleyville police station.

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2:00 PM STATE AND LOCAL GOV’TAL OPS 125 CAP

2:00 PM RETIREMENT 310 CLOB

3:00 PM NATURAL RES & ENV’T – CANCELED 450 CAP

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4:00 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 307 CLOB

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

8:30 AM W&M Sales Tax Sub 133 CAP

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1:00 PM Tags & Titles Sub 506 CLOB

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1:30 PM W&M Tax Reform Sub 133 CAP

2:00 PM BANKS & BANKING 341 CAP

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3:00 PM Industry & Labor Pruett Sub 415 CLOB

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3:00 PM W&M Income Tax Sub 133 CAP

3:00 PM State Government Admin Sub 515 CLOB

3:00 PM Judiciary Non-Civil Setzler Sub 514 CLOB

4:00 PM Judy Civil Caldwell Sub 132 CAP

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 308 – Health; Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program; establish; definitions; administration and duties (As Introduced) (Substitute) (H&HS-45th)

SB 115 – Physician Assistants; authorize a physician to delegate to physician assistant the authority to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances
(As Introduced) (Substitute) (H&HS-52nd)

SB 158 – “Consumer and Provider Protection Act”; provide certain consumer and provider protections regarding health insurance (As Introduced) (Substitute) (I&L-11th)

SB 271 – Mental Health; provide reasonable standards for providing patients notice; admission to an emergency receiving facility (As Introduced) (Substitute) (H&HS-11th)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Modified Open Rule

HB 561 Adoptable dog; official state dog; designate (GAff-Wilkinson-52nd)

HB 592 Professional engineers and land surveyors; provide profession of professional structural engineer; provisions (RegI-Harrell-106th)

HB 738 Local government; county law libraries; revise uses of excess funds (Substitute)(GAff-Caldwell-131st)

HB 882 Insurance; foreign and alien insurer deposit requirement of securities eligible for investment of capital funds in certain amounts; eliminate (Substitute)(Ins-Taylor-173rd)

HB 883 Insurance; insurers rehabilitation and liquidation; change certain provisions (Substitute)(Ins-Taylor-173rd)

HB 884 Insurance; company action level event to include a health organization withcertain total adjusted capital levels; revise definition (Ins-Taylor-173rd)

HB 885 Health; certain counties to create a county board of health and wellness; repeal statute (GAff-Jones-47th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 34 Georgia Right to Try Act; enact (Substitute)(H&HS-Dudgeon-25th)

HB 588 Controlled substances; possession of substances containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine and restrictions of sale of products containing pseudoephedrine; change provisions (Substitute)(H&HS-Clark-101st)

HB 764 Motor vehicles; drivers to stop at crosswalks with pedestrian-activated rectangular rapid flash beacons; require (Substitute)(PS&HS-Powell-32nd)

HB 798 HOPE; home study students who receive certain scores on standardized college admission tests; provide eligibility (Substitute) (HEd-Chandler-105th)(AM 33 1588)

HB 853 “Coverdell-Murphy Act”; update current system of levels of certified stroke centers to reflect advances in stroke treatments and therapy; provisions (Substitute)(H&HS-Hawkins-27th)

HB 871 “Georgia Lemon Law”; consumer fees forwarded to the Department of Law for deposit in the new motor vehicle arbitration account; require (Judy-Dickey-140th)

Legislation & Local Issues

A press conference will be held today at 2:30 in the State Capitol by supporters of Allen Peake’s legislation to allow in-state cultivation of marijuana for processing into CBD oil.Continue Reading..

15
Feb

Jack Kingston sizes up the GOP Presidential Field

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Like many others I have had a tough time making a decision on who to support for President. It goes without saying that I will enthusiastically be with whoever the Republican nominee is. If we let the media divide us we have ourselves to blame. During tough family discussions like these, it is important to always remind folks that we will be wearing the same conservative jersey soon. That being said, here are my thoughts on the remaining candidates.

The State of the GOP Nomination

By Jack Kingston

As March 1st approaches we should rejoice that Ga’s presidential preference primary is relevant and that the outcomes of the first-to-vote, small but key states haven’t eliminated all of our choices. Now we all must chose and get out to vote. In fact early voting started February XXXth!

It doesn’t need to be said again, but all of these candidates are indescribably better options than progressives Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.. If we allow a perfectionist standard to pervade, that keeps  our people at home in November, it could be over for America.

As I finalize my support in the coming days, here is my brief analysis of the field in no particular order:Continue Reading..