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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 13, 2015

Rocky Forsyth
Rocky is a male baby Weimaraner & Australian Shepherd Mix who is available for adoption from Forsyth County Animal Shelter in Cumming, GA.
Lady is a female baby Weimaraner & Australian Shepherd Mix who is available for adoption from Forsyth County Animal Shelter in Cumming, GA.
Cody is a male baby Weimaraner & Australian Shepherd Mix who is available for adoption from Forsyth County Animal Shelter in Cumming, GA.
Molly Forsyth
Molly is a female baby Weimaraner & Australian Shepherd Mix who is available for adoption from Forsyth County Animal Shelter in Cumming, GA.

Lexi is an adult female Vizsla mix who is available for adoption from Forsyth County Animal Shelter in Cumming, GA.


Nikki is an adult female Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from Forsyth County Animal Shelter in Cumming, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 12, 2015

Georgia History

Former Confederate President Alexander Stephens was released from federal prison on October 12, 1865 and returned to Georgia.

1929 UGA vs Yale Tix

The first game in Sanford Stadium was played on October 12, 1929, with the University of Georgia Bulldogs beating the Yale Bulldogs. Here is the first ten minutes of the game.


On October 12, 1958, The Temple was bombed after a phone call to WSB warned that Black churches and Jewish temples would be blown up.

Georgia Politics

On Saturday, the Donald J. Trump Show came to the North Atlanta Trade Center, and it was unlike anything I’ve seen in politics before.

If you want to understand what happened in Norcross this weekend, you have to watch this short video clip of the crowd.

In the first clip, I could pan about 60% of the crowd before getting to the right where a large broadcast camera blocked me from showing any further. In the second clip, I could get maybe a third of the crowd because I was now blocked by a small blonde reporter to my left and a large broadcast camera to my right. But you get the idea.

You can also hear booing in the second clip. That’s when Trump was trashing the media and telling us to pan the crowd. To be fair, the platform was packed with camera, many of whom wouldn’t have been able to pan without being blocked, but who’s interested in being fair to the media.

Here is a video of the press availability Trump held before the rally.

And a high-quality audio feed of the entire speech by Trump.

State Senator Michael Williams, who was the first Georgia elected official to endorse Trump, spoke before The Donald.

Senator Michael Williams Trump

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 12, 2015

Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea is a female Cairn Terrier and Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in Atlanta.

My mom, Daisy May, is a Cairn Terrier mix. I keep hearing that is a Toto dog from the Wizard of Oz but to me, she’s just a really good mom! My foster mom and the vet believe that my dad was probably a Chihuahua which means I’m going to be small and extra cute.

I’m one of the three girls from the litter. My coloring is a very light cream color with a little bit of darker cream. My sister, Frenchie, looks almost exactly like me. I’m the biggest one of the litter.

I’m super sweet and I love to play with my sisters and brother. I like to lick and bite at the toes of my foster mom.


Peanut is a young male Feist and Carolina Dog mix who weighs 20 pounds and is available for adoption from SANG – Save the Animals of Northeast Georgia in Cleveland, GA.

He is such a friendly little guy! He’s good on a leash and loves to go on walks! He’s very social too, he loves playing with the other little dogs and people! He’s a lot of fun! He is neutered and up to date on his shots.


Biscuit is a young male Terrier and Hound mix (maybe a little Shepherd to my eye) who is available for adoption from Bainbridge – Decatur County Humane Society in Bainbridge, GA.

Biscuit was found in the Hardee’s parking lot hoping for some breakfast. He is an entertaining guy that is ready to find a forever home! He is a 31 lb low-rider. Biscuit is a year old.



Donald Trump Atlanta Rally

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 9, 2012

Georgia and American History

Today is Leif Erikson Day, celebrating the Norse explorer being the first European to visit North America. From Mental Floss:

While the actual date of Leif Erikson Day doesn’t have anything personally to do with Leif, it was picked for the holiday because it’s the anniversary of the day that the ship Restauration arrived in New York from Stavanger, Norway, back in 1825. The arrival of the Restauration marked the beginning of organized immigration from Scandinavia to the USA. The holiday was first recognized by Wisconsin in 1930, eventually becoming a nationally observed holiday in 1964.

The United States Naval Academy opened at Annapolis, Maryland on October 10, 1845.

The first tuxedo was worn to a dinner at the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, New York on October 10, 1886.

On October 10, 1920, Bill Wambsganns of the Cleveland Indians made an unassisted triple play in Game 5 of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Chiang Kai Shek took office as Chairman of the Chinese National Government on October 10, 1928.

On October 10, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Ghana’s Finance Minister after the diplomat was refused service at a restaurant in Delaware.

On October 9, 1963, the Board of Regents approved a new junior college in Cobb County that is today Kennesaw State University. The next year, Cobb County voters approved a bond referendum to fund construction.

Vice President Spiro Agnew pled guilty to federal tax evasion charges and resigned his office on October 10, 1973.

Democrat Jimmy Carter challenged President Gerald Ford to make his income tax returns public on October 9, 1976.

A Time magazine survey released October 10, 1976 showed Democrat Jimmy Carter with a 2-1 lead in electroral college votes over Republican President Gerald Ford.

Fleetwood Mac received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on October 10, 1979.

United States Senator Sam Nunn announced on October 9, 1995 that he would not run for reelection. From CNN’s contemporary story:

“I know in my heart it is time to follow a new course,” Nunn told reporters gathered in the Georgia State Capitol. He said his decision followed “a lot of thought and prayer” and he expressed enthusiasm about meaningful days ahead in the private sector.

“Today I look forward to more freedom, to more flexibility,” he said, adding he planned to spend time with his family, to write, and “devote a substantial amount of time” to public policy and public service. He said he has no immediate plans for a presidential bid.

Nunn hailed America as “the greatest country in the world,” but cited problems that need attention, including education concerns, illegitimate children, and widespread violence and drugs. He expressed optimism on such items as the strong military and entitlement reform.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said of Sam Nunn’s retirement,

“For those who listened carefully, it is clear that the Democratic Party is not the vehicle for the values outlined by Sen. Nunn.”

Nolan Waters of Knight-Ridder wrote of the announcement,

Nunn’s departure is a watershed.

“Nunn is the last of the great moderate Southern Democrats. This creates a huge hole for the party,” said Merle Black, a specialist on Southern politics at Emory University in Atlanta.

Nunn, like President Clinton, helped organize a group of moderate Democrats, the Democratic Leadership Council, in an attempt to move the party rightward after the 1984 landslide re-election of President Reagan.

“He has been fighting the liberal wing of his party for over two decades,” Black said. “It’s been a losing battle.”

In place of Nunn, the state’s most prominent politician is becoming House Speaker Newt Gingrich – whose futuristic, activist style of conservatism seems radical along-side Nunn’s traditionalism.

Former President Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 11, 2002, becoming the second native Georgian to win the award, with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., having won in 1964.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

This doesn’t count as politics, but it’s nice to start Friday morning with this story: the CEO of Duluth-based Kids R Kids Learning Academies has promised to cover the remaining half of the $70,000 required to provide prosthetics for a young Rome boy whose parents’ insurance won’t cover them. Click here to help the family by donating to their GoFundMe page. Their Facebook page says you can also make a donation at any WellsFargo branch to the account named “Trax for Jax.”

Early voting begins Monday for November elections in many cities across Georgia. Click here to check your voter registration and for information on how to vote early in person or by mail.

In Carroll County, ballot items will include a penny sales tax for education and Whitesburg residents may vote on package sales of liquor.

Professional golfer (and Georgia Tech graduate) Stewart Cink tweeted his support for the Gwinnett County E-SPLOST penny sales tax for schools.

Stewart Cink ESPLOST

Michael Reece announced he will run for the Georgia State Senate seat vacated by Sen. Ross Tollison. From,

Reece said it is time for new blood and that he wants to be a voice for the people.

“I’m not doing it for the money; there’s no money to be made in it,” Reece said.

He said getting jobs in the district will be a key issue for his campaign.

Reece owns Reece Heating and Air Conditioning, the HeliVation flight training school and a small car lot.

Reece is the second candidate to announce intentions to run for the state Senate District 20 seat that will be decided in an upcoming special election. The district covers most of Houston County, plus all of Bleckley, Laurens and Pulaski counties.

Reece joins Larry Walker, III, who recently ran for State House in the HD 146 Special Election.

Former Eighth Congressional District Georgia Republican Party Chair and Second Congressional District candidate Vivian Childs sent me a Facebook message confirming she will announce for that seat as well.

Governor Nathan Deal announced that Alcon has invested $500 million and created more than 550 jobs since its 2013 expansion in Johns Creek.

The LaGrange Daily News is covering the election for Mayor of West Point extensively, covering disagreements between the candidates over how to bring new jobs to the city, as well as areas of agreement. They followed up with a Fact Check on statements made by the candidates.

Peanut Poll

Check out the website that Secretary of State Brian Kemp created for the Peanut Poll at the Georgia National Fair in Perry.

Peanut Poll logo

I went by the Fairgrounds yesterday to check it out. Governor and Mrs. Deal joined Secretary Kemp for the opening of the inaugural Peanut Poll.

Gov Mrs Deal Kemp Peanut Poll

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 9, 2015

All dog and cat adoptions are free during the month of October at Lifeline Animal’s DeKalb County Animal Shelter and Fulton County Animal Services.

Lifeline Animal is also celebrating National Feral Cat Day on October 16th by collecting unopened bags of dry cat food and donations at both their locations.

Lucile is a 3-year old female Border Collie mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Lucile’s feathered coat is one to be admired! This beautiful 3 year old girl is a little shy at first. With a little time and TLC, Lucile will make a loyal companion. She loves treats and would love to learn some tricks! Come meet her at Dekalb County Animal Services! Her adoption is FREE! It includes her spay, microchip, vaccinations, and more! For more information email [email protected]


Wilhelmina is a 2-year old Pit Bull mix female who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Wilhelmina is a people-loving Pittie mix who can’t imagine her life without you! She is a bona fide wiggler who loves toys, playing, and giving kisses. Wilhelmina is a treat motivated girl who does a little happy dance when she sees a treat. She has perfected her sit command! She would love to learn more tricks from her new family! Wilhelmina will make a wonderful workout buddy. She is nice on a leash and will walk right next to you once she gets out her first excited to be outside wiggles. Wilhelmina has been kenneled with other dogs since she arrived in April and has done great up until recently. Understandably, Wilhelmina is really tired of kennel life and is ready to finally find her forever family. Can you give Wilhelmina the life she’s always dreamed of? Come meet her at DeKalb Animal Services. Her adoption includes her spay, vaccinations, microchip, and more! For more information please email [email protected]

Here’s a video of Wilhelmina that shows how playful and friendly she is.


Anya is a 3-year old female Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Anya is a sweet and friendly 3 year old girl who would love a home to call her own. She is currently living in a foster home and is doing great! She seems to get along with other dogs and has a shy-sweet nature. She loves to play with toys and be close to the people she loves most. Anya is most likely partially blind in her left eye. We are unsure of the exact cause of this but it doesn’t seem to bother her. If you would like to arrange a meet and greet with Anya, please email [email protected] Her adoption is FREE! It includes her spay, microchip, vaccinations, and more!


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 8, 2015

The Chicago Fire began on October 8, 1871. A completely different kind of Chicago Fire is underway now. Here’s a great story about how a catcher whose hitting is mediocre at best is leading the Chicago Cubs into the postseason.

On October 8, 1895, the Liberty Bell arrived in Atlanta for the Cotton States Exposition.

The famously–cracked 2,000 pound pealer left Philadelphia on seven trips between 1885 and 1915. Each time it came home with more cracks. It turned out the men hired to guard the Bell were taking liberties, literally: chipping off pieces and selling them as souvenirs.

Cheering crowds greeted the Bell in Atlanta. A two–mile parade took it to Piedmont Park, where 50,000 people lined up to see it.

Liberty Bell in Atlanta

Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Georgia Historical Society have an interesting video on the Liberty Bell’s trip to Atlanta. You can view a photo of the Liberty Bell Parade at the Atlanta History Center.

Polling released on October 8, 1976 indicated that Democrat Jimmy Carter won the second debate against President Gerald Ford by a 50-27 margin.

On October 8, 1981, former Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter visited with President Ronald Reagan at the White House before heading to Egypt to represent the United States at the funeral of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Four Presidents

Long-time Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro won his 300th game on October 8, 1984, though he wore Yankees pinstripes for that game.

The first C-5A airplane arrived at Robins Air Force Base on October 8, 1997.

C-5 at Robins

On October 8, 1998, the United States House of Representatives voted 258-176 to authorize an impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton.

President George W. Bush issued an Executive Order establishing the Department of Homeland Security on October 8, 2001.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

2008 Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley, who sent that year’s Senate race into a runoff, will run again in 2016 against incumbent Republican Johnny Isakson.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 8, 2015


Bert is a 14-week old Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.


Harry is a 6-week old Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.


Petey is a 6-week old Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

Maize and Indie

Maize and India are two of five puppies from the same litter who are all available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

A recent clarification by the Georgia Department of Agriculture of rules governing shelters is drawing complaints from animal rescue advocates who say it will result in thousands more dogs being put to death by making it harder for rescues to pull and transport animals from shelters.

Now only the president, director, or [other officers] are allowed to pull. This creates an undue burden on rescues across this state.

Before this “clarification”, rescues would send over official authorization to the animal control giving the transporter authority to pick up and transport the animal to the rescue or foster home. Most directors or board members are busy in the day to day operations of running a rescue and do not have time to physically go to the animal control and pull.

In fact, most transporters spend 3-4 hours on just one pull, so the sheer amount of time it takes would be a logistical nightmare for rescues. Plus, many animal controls are in very rural areas of the state. In fact, the rural counties will be hit hardest by this new rule as the big rescue in Atlanta will now be unable to pull from them. There will be no hope or help for these death row animals.

It was later added that the Georgia Department of Agriculture told shelters that no changes were required to existing procedures, but it seems like an issue that should have written guidelines and perhaps the legislature should clarify how rescue groups can designate volunteers or employees for these functions.


Larry Walker, III announces State Senate District 20 campaign

Businessman Larry Walker, III today announced that he would run for the State Senate District 20 seat being vacated by Senator Ross Tolleson.

Senator Tolleson announced on Tuesday that he is resigning from the State Senate. A special election will be called to fill the seat in the near future. Senate District 20 includes Bleckley, Houston, Laurens and Pulaski Counties.

In his announcement, Larry stated, “I first want to thank my good friend Ross Tolleson for his years of tireless service to our community and to all of Georgia as our State Senator.  I hold he and his family in high regard and wish them the very best.”

“I have been encouraged to run for this seat by people all over the district because they believe I am the right leader to effectively represent this district. Due to this encouragement and the support of my family, I am proud to announce my candidacy for State Senate.  Having recently gone through a tough campaign, I know firsthand the time and hard work a campaign requires, but I remain committed to public service and to putting my unique experience to work to represent the people of Middle Georgia. I ask the people of Senate District 20 for their prayers and their votes with the promise that I will always put them first and secure a prosperous future for Middle Georgia.”

About Larry Walker, III

Born and raised in Perry, Larry is an honor graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

A successful businessman, Larry began his career working as a staff accountant for The Coca-Cola Company.  Since that time, he has started numerous successful small businesses including, Walker Insurance Agency that he founded in 1996.

He is a Certified Insurance Counselor and maintains a Georgia Insurance License for property, casualty, life, and health. Larry also serves as statewide Marketing Manager for Health Care Mutual Captive Insurance Company.

Larry is a proven leader in our community. He serves on the Museum of Aviation Foundation Board, and the Board of Directors for ComSouth. He is past Chairman of the Perry Downtown Development Authority and now serves on the Houston County Development Authority. A past president of the Perry Rotary Club, Larry is a Paul Harris Fellow and was named Perry Rotarian of the Year in both 2004 and 2008. In 2004, Houston Magazine named Larry a top 10 leader under 40, and the Macon Telegraph listed him as one of 14 to watch in 2014.

A committed family man, Larry has been married to Adrienne, his high school sweetheart, for 30 years. They are the proud parents of three sons, Ben, Cody and Wade. The Walkers reside in Kathleen and are active members of Perry United Methodist Church.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 7, 2015

King George, III issued the Proclamation of 1763 on October 7, 1763.

With respect to Georgia’s official boundaries, the proclamation expanded Georgia’s southern boundary by giving the colony all lands between the Altamaha and St. Marys rivers. Previously, the Altamaha had served as Georgia’s southern boundary.

So, the impact of the Proclamation of 1763 was to set Georgia’s official southern boundary as the St. Marys River from its mouth to the headwaters, then north to the Altamaha River, then north to the headwaters of that river, and then westward to the Mississippi River. Georgia’s northern boundary was the Savannah River from its mouth to its headwaters.


Patriot militia defeated Loyalists at the Battle of King’s Mountain in North Carolina, near the South Carolina border on October 7, 1780.

On October 7, 1916, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College in the most-one-sided college football game in history, by a score of 222-0.

The Engineers led 63–0 after the first quarter and 126–0 at halftime. Tech added 54 more points in the third quarter and 42 in the final period.

Tech Cumberland Scoreboard Tech Cumberland Ball

Recently, a Georgia Tech alumnus paid $44,388 for the game ball with the intention of donating it to the trade school.

The Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany) was created by the Soviets on October 7, 1949.

Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Vice President Richard Nixon met in the second televised Presidential debate on October 7, 1960.

President Richard Nixon proposed a structure for peace and eventual withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam on October 7, 1970.

President George W. Bush (43) announced military action in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001.

In a televised address that evening, Bush informed the American public that “carefully targeted actions” were being carried out to crush the military capability of al-Qaida and the Taliban, with help from British, Canadian, Australian, German and French troops. An additional 40 nations around the world provided intelligence, as well as bases from which the operations were conducted.

Bush touted the multinational effort as proof that America, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, was “supported by the collective will of the world.” He also warned that the war in Afghanistan would likely be only the first front in a long struggle against terrorism. He vowed to continue to take what he called the “war on terror” to those countries that sponsored, harbored or trained terrorists.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California on October 7, 2003.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Tonight, I head to Athens to speak to the University of Georgia College Republicans at 7 PM in the Miller Learning Center. If you’re in the area, I’m sure they’d welcome you.

This past weekend, this Ted Cruz sign was spotted in Athens for the big game and I saw it on Twitter via @1stbornAmerican. That’s +1 to the Cruz campaign or whomever came up with this.

Cruz Sign UGA cropped

The University of Georgia College Republicans will be selling game day buttons beginning at tonight’s meeting. I’ll probably be giving some of these away to readers in the next few days.

UGACR buttonsCropped

The Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission has sent a short list of 11 names to Governor Deal for his consideration in appointing three judges to new Court of Appeals seats created by House Bill 279 during this year’s session of the General Assembly.

  • Joe C. Bishop – Chief Superior Court Judge, Pataula Judicial Circuit
  • Ural D. Glanville – Superior Court Judge, Atlanta Judicial Circuit
  • Britt C. Grant – Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General
  • Stephen D. Kelley – Superior Court Judge, Brunswick Judicial Circuit
  • Amanda D. Mercier – Superior Court Judge, Appalachian Judicial Circuit
  • Nels S.D. Peterson – Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs & Secretary to the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia
  • Eric A. Richardson – State Court Judge, Fulton County
  • Brian M. Rickman – District Attorney, Mountain Judicial Circuit
  • Charles L. Ruffin – Shareholder and partner, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
  • Lawton E. Stephens – Superior Court Judge, Western Judicial Circuit
  • Gail S. Tusan – Superior Court Judge, Atlanta Judicial Circuit

Generally speaking, the Court of Appeals hears and decides cases by three-judge panels and currently has twelve judges. Adding three judges should add roughly 20% to the capacity of the Court. In recent years, the Court of Appeals has been described as busier than most or all other state courts of appeals because Georgia has a unique requirement that appellate courts rule on cases within about eight months.Continue Reading..