At the Fayette County Republican Party Precinct Mass Meeting Saturday, James Clifton, small business owner and local United States Supreme Court licensed attorney, announced his campaign to run for the State House of Representatives, District 72.
Two weeks ago, Matt Ramsey, current State House Majority Whip, announced his intention not to seek reelection.
State House District 72 includes Peachtree City, South Fayette County, including Brooks and Woolsey, as well as, Senoia and Haralson and the surrounding areas of East Coweta County.
Said Clifton, “I want to thank Representative Ramsey for his service to this District over the last nine years. He has led with conservative values that I intend to continue.”Continue Reading..
Liza is a beautiful chocolate lab mix. She weighs 48 lbs. She is shorter than the average lab. Liza grew up from a puppy around a local football field. No one could catch her so she remained very unsocial. She eventually started staying at a near by house where she was fed and socialized over a 4 month period. She is now house broken, very loving, and gets along well with other dogs. She loves to play and is a happy, happy girl. She does not like a leash but we are working on that. She warms up to strangers very quickly and will make some family a wonderful family pet. She still needs patience, love and reassurance.
This first flag-raising was photographed by Marine photographer Sgt. Louis R. Lowery. On Lowery’s way down Mt. Suribachi, he ran into AP photographer Joe Rosenthal and two other Marine photographers, PFC Bob Campbell and PFC Bill Genaust, who was shooting movies, informing them that the flag-raising they were looking for had already occurred, but encouraging them to check out the view from the top of the hill. The three men continued up the volcano.
Once atop Mt. Suribachi, Rosenthal attempted but was unable to find the soldiers involved in the first flag-raising, deciding instead to photograph the second flag-raising, which featured a much bigger and more photogenic Stars and Stripes. Lowery’s film was sent back to military headquarters for processing via ordinary army post–and took a month to arrive. Rosenthal’s film was sent by seaplane to Guam, and sent from there via radio-photo to the United States. The photograph so impressed President Roosevelt that he ordered the men pictured in it to return home for a publicity tour. Rosenthal later won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo, but for years was forced to deny erroneous reports that he personally staged the second flag-raising and attempted to pass it off as the original.
Although the famous photograph has long led people to believe that the flag-raising was a turning point in the fight for Iwo Jima, vicious fighting to control the island actually continued for 31 more days.
How many times in life have you thought that a dog represented you well? Perhaps even so well that they should have something a little special, like say a government-designated title?
The dogs at BarkPost’s NYC office have been barking up a storm ever since they caught wind that their adoptable furry brethren in Georgia may just have the chance to have the coolest designation ever – the official state dog of Georgia. That’s right, the pooches at BarkPost’s office are preemptively celebrating by running through the halls with bacon-scented streamers, binging on chicken jerky treats while splayed out on the couches (and even some desks) and working on their pawtographs because you know, they were adoptable once, too.
Introduced this past Tuesday, House Bill 561 (HB 561), would make “the adoptable dog” the official state dog of Georgia. The bill passed through the Georgia House without any objection.
State Representative Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, was the perfect person to introduce the bill in March of 2015. Why? Because he was dressed for the occasion, wearing a Vineyards Vines tie called “Booze Hound.” The tie featured a Bloodhound sallied up with a martini glass. For this Tuesday’s introduction and vote, Rep. Wilkinson chose a Brooks Brothers blue tie, accented with yellow Labradors, who also sported their own ties.
He hopes that introducing HB 561 will bring “attention to the plight of these homeless animals.”
As for us, we’re keeping our paws are crossed and hoping this Bill passes and helps to find forever homes for Georgia’s adoptable pups!
Wilkinson said his reasons for pushing the bill were not only for the animals’ welfare, but also financial.
“Some shelters spend $15 a day to house each animal, but that price can go as high as $40 — it’s hard to get an accurate estimate because of this,” he said. “We do know at least $250,000 was spent in Georgia shelters in 2015, and that number could go as high as $500,000. We’re talking millions of dollars to house these animals!”
Now that the bill has been passed by the House, it goes on to the Senate “sometime in March,” Wilkinson said.
“My goal is to enrich the lives of our citizens as well as help the shelters,” he said. “An adopted pet is a lifelong gift.”
The tax being upon persons, women may be exempted on the basis of special considerations to which they are naturally entitled. In view of burdens necessarily borne by them for the preservation of the race, the state reasonably may exempt them from poll taxes.
The laws of Georgia declare the husband to be the head of the family and the wife to be subject to him. To subject her to the levy would be to add to his burden. Moreover, Georgia poll taxes are laid to raise money for educational purposes, and it is the father’s duty to provide for education of the children. Discrimination in favor of all women being permissible, appellant may not complain because the tax is laid only upon some or object to registration of women without payment of taxes for previous years.
Privilege of voting is not derived from the United States, but is conferred by the state and, save as restrained by the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments and other provisions of the Federal Constitution, the state may condition suffrage as it deems appropriate.
It is fanciful to suggest that the Georgia law is a mere disguise under which to deny or abridge the right of men to vote on account of their sex. The challenged enactment is not repugnant to the Nineteenth Amendment.
Pursuant to House Rule 33.3, debate shall be limited to one hour on HB 859. Time to be allocated at the discretion of the Speaker.
HB 859 Firearms; weapons carry license holders; carrying and possession of certain weapons in certain buildings or real property owned or leased to public institutions of postsecondary education; authorize (Substitute) (PS&HS-Jasperse-11th)
Founder Kelvin Williams said in an interview Saturday that he knew the legislation is not yet law – and may be substantially changed or halted – but that he was so disgusted by the legislation that he decided to call the moving vans.
It makes no sense. It’s absolutely unnecessary. We are a startup and we are trying to get the best talent we can,” said Williams, who is gay. “And I don’t want to be in a state where it is hard to attract the best talent.”
Williams’ company, which started in April, has about 20 employees, including five in Georgia. He’s giving them the option to stay here – but he’s headed out.
Frankie is a sweet boy. He gets along well with other dogs, and when presented to a cat, he wagged his tail and seemed interested in what that creature was. That doesn’t mean he loves cats, but a cat home might be a possibility if the introduction goes well. Frankie LOVES going for rides in the car and travels really well. He’s a big love and really hopes his forever family shows up soon.
Sunshine is a longtime resident of the CSRA Humane Society. Found many years ago as a stray puppy (alongside his brother and his mom), our sunny boy is a bit on the shy side. He’ll greet most strangers with a bark and a retreat, but if you take the time to get to know him first, you will gain his trust and have a friend forever. Once he feels safe, he’s more than happy to sit next to you so you can stroke his head and pull on his ears. Sunshine is a bit selective with regards to doggy companions (he prefers submissive female dogs best).
Georgia created the nation’s first censorship board.
The vote was unanimous. The Georgia State Assembly approved House Bill 247 on Feb. 19, 1953, with no dissent, establishing the Georgia Literature Commission. Despite being born into controversy, it lived on for 20 years surviving legal and legislative challenges until the administration of then-Gov. Jimmy Carter defanged it, setting off its slow death.
After years of support, then-Gov. Jimmy Carter cut the commission’s annual appropriation by about 20 percent in 1971, while simultaneously fighting a public battle against pornography. His administration then implemented zero-based budgeting, in which each governmental organization had to justify itself, which had become increasingly hard to do for the commission.
The Georgia State Senate will today take up House Bill 757, the Pastor Protection Act originally by State Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), into which have been transplanted the core of Sen. Greg Kirk’s First Amendment Defense Act. Call it a shotgun marriage, perhaps, or at least an arranged marriage.
The powerful Senate Rules committee on Tuesday added that language to a bill unanimously approved by the House last week allowing religious officials to decline performing same-sex marriage ceremonies. The move combines two of the eight bills introduced this year seeking legal exemptions for opponents of same-sex marriage after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling effectively legalized the unions.
The bill protecting pastors, however, received little opposition on its way to a House vote. Gay rights advocates though harshly criticized the broader Senate bill, known as the “First Amendment Defense Act,” shielding adoption agencies, schools and other organizations from penalty for opposing same-sex marriage.
Georgia’s business community also remains leery of any bill that could prompt boycott threats Indiana received in 2015 following passage of a different religious measure. In a joint statement Tuesday, officials with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce said they worked with senators to “help improve the bill.”
Senate Republicans said during Tuesday’s hearing that the measure would protect any view of legal marriage, including same-sex marriage. The bill goes on to specifically state those views may include “the belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a union.” No other opinion of marriage is included in the bill’s language.
If there’s Senate sign-off, there’s talk there may be a rush to send it back to the House today for final approval – perhaps allowing the Legislature to dispose of a highly controversial issue before the weekend.
One possible reason for the push: A crush of local GOP precincts hold meetings across the state on Saturday, and this could give Republican lawmakers some red meat to take home to the conservative activists who make up the party’s base.
The mass precinct meeting is where we organize our County GOP from the grassroots up. If you want to be involved and are interested in learning about how to build the Republican Party in your community, please be sure you join us on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Locust Grove Recreation Center.
Registration starts at 9:00AM and will end promptly at 10:00AM. Any registered voter who lives in Henry County and believes in the principles of the Republican Party is free to attend!
Doors open at 9:00AM for registration; anyone NOT in the registration line by 10:00AM may only be seated as a guest. On-hand staff can confirm which precinct you are in, or you can do it yourself here!
If you have any questions about your Precinct Mass Meetings tomorrow, please contact your local county party for correct information.
Peach State Presidential Politics
The Marco Rubio campaign has announced additional events in Georgia:
The upcoming so-called SEC primary could help bring more attention to Georgia, state Secretary of State Brian Kemp said.
Speaking at the recent Effingham Day at the Capitol event, Kemp said he has been working on the idea for two years. As a result, Georgia, along with Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, will hold presidential preference primaries March 1. Other states holding their primaries that day include Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont.
Kemp came up with the strategy to have several Southeastern states to hold their primaries simultaneously to bring more attention to their states and in particular Georgia.
“In years past, as a legislator and as secretary of state, I was really frustrated that it seemed like Georgia was overlooked,” he said. “So when we went to vote, it didn’t matter, or if we did go early, it would be the same day as a big state like New York or California.”
Gwinnett County District 1 Commissioner, Republican Jace Brooks, announced today that he would seek a second term on the Board of Commissioners.
Brooks reported $65,000 cash on hand for his campaign as of the January 31st campaign disclosure deadline.
“It has been a privilege to serve the people of District 1 and Gwinnett County for the last three years. I am proud of my record of doing what I promised I would do—champion conservative solutions to Gwinnett’s serious challenges. Thanks to these efforts, Gwinnett is on the rise again with a growing economy, low taxes, increased funding for public safety, reforms to restore the public’s trust, and meaningful investments to improve mobility.”Continue Reading..