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23
Mar

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 23, 2015

Big Buck
Buck (above) and Bear (below) are brothers, believed to be a combination of Great Pyrenees and Malamute. Probably something else. Each weighs about 70-75 pounds. They will be 3 years old in April. They are used to being outside dogs and will need a large fenced area in which to run. We prefer that they be adopted together. The big boys are available for adoption from Charles Smithgall Humane Society and Adoption Center in Sautee-Nacoochee, GA.
Bear

Buck Lab

Buck (above) and Bitsy (below) are two small lab mixes 3-4 years old who were abandoned at a home in the country and the owners of the home are fostering them until they can be placed into good homes. Both are sweet as can be and have great dispositions.
Both are very sweet dogs and very smart. They will make great pets for a homes with kids; they also good with most other dogs (untested with cats)-he loves to chase tennis balls!. Buck and Bitsy are available for adoption separately or together from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.
Bitsy

Buck Greyhound
Buck is a brindle with white Greyhound mix. He’s about 3 years old and weighs 56 pounds. Buck is very sweet and friendly. Buck would make a wonderful addition to someone’s family, possibly yours! Buck is available for adoption from the Douglas-Coffee County Humane Society in Douglas, GA.

MelodyUrgent

Melody is what is commonly referred to as a Pit Bull Terrier female with a gorgeous brindle coat. This lovable brindle girl is Urgent; her time is almost up!! This sweet girl is a playful three year old that loves the company of people. She knows how to sit, is a great listener and with a little guidance from her humans she will be a very well behaved girl for her forever family. She would love for you to teach her more tricks and games and help her to be the best dog she can be!

If you can find it in your heart to save Melody she is at DeKalb County Animal Services. Not only would you be saving Melody, but you’ll be able to take advantage of the March “Adopt a Lucky Charm” special. If you’re the loving person who adopts her during March you’ll pay an adoption fee of only $40 for this wonderful pet including her spay, vaccines and microchip. Please hurry the shelter is running out of space. For more information about Melody email [email protected] or call (404) 294-2165. To view other great pets available for adoption visit www.dekalbanimalservices.com.

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23
Mar

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 23, 2015

King George III approved of the passage of the Stamp Act legislation on March 22, 1765 designed to pay for some of the costs the UK incurred in protecting the colonies, but it would lead to the movement that culminated in the American Revolution. No word on where the Myrmidons were on this.

Ten years and one day later, Patrick Henry addressed the Virginia Convention in Richmond on March 23, 1775, stating,  “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

On March 23, 1861, the Georgia Secession Convention adopted a new state Constitution to be submitted to a referendum of the voters on the first Tuesday in July and then adjourned.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act on March 22, 1933, allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages, and later that year, the federal Prohibition was ended.

The first Masters golf tournament began on March 22, 1934 in Augusta, Georgia.

The state prohibition on all alcoholic beverages ended on March 22, 1935 with Governor Eugene Talmadge’s signature of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.

Governor E.D. Rivers signed a resolution on March 24, 1939, calling for the return of “General” locomotive made famous in the Great Train Chase from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Georgia. It currently resides in The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia. The other locomotive involved in the chase, The Texas, is displayed at the Atlanta Cyclorama in Grant Park.

The United States Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment on March 22, 1972; it would fail to garner enough state ratifications.

On March 23, 1972, in the case of Gooding v. Wilson, the United States Supreme Court held that a Georgia statute, OCGA § 26-6303, which provided: “Any person who shall, without provocation, use to or of another, and in his presence . . . opprobrious words or abusive language, tending to cause a breach of the peace . . . shall be guilty of a misdemeanor,” was unconstitutionally vague and violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution

On March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan called for the development of an anti-missile system that would come to be known as the Strategic Defense Initiative.

On March 25, 2006, Alvis E Owens, Jr, known as “Buck” Owens of Hee-Haw fame, died. Buck Owens named himself after the family donkey at the age of three or four. During his musical career, Owens had twenty #1 hits on the Billboard Country Music charts.

ERRATUM: Last week, I mistakenly referred to Gov. Melvin Thompson as having been sworn-in to succeed Ellis Arnall as Governor at the conclusion of the “Three Governors Affair” in 1947. Luckily, a reader caught my error and emailed me,

Lt Governor [later Governor from 1947-1948] Melvin Thompson is the correct name.   He ran for re-election later with the campaign slogan “ME for Me.   I vividly recall attending his campaigning in Albany, GA  (1948) with my Dad.  We stood on the lawn of the Dougherty County Courthouse, with ME speaking from the courthouse steps to the gathering.   My first political rally in South Georgia.

One of the great treasures of publishing this morning news is hearing firsthand stories from our readers about the historical events of Georgia.

An exhibition at the Old Capitol museum in Milledgeville commemorates the visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to Georgia 190 years ago.

Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette of France was nearly moved to tears by the Southern hospitality he enjoyed in Milledgeville in 1825.

His secretary noted in his diary that Lafayette was shown so many kindnesses at a ball in his honor that “the general forgot that Georgia was a new acquaintance.”

The Milledgeville celebration nearly 200 years ago included speeches, rockets, cannon fire, a hot air balloon and a picnic.

Lafayette feasted on squirrel pie and barbecue deer at the $6 a plate ball that night that would be now worth $146, Wright said.

Milledgeville will celebrate Lafayette’s contributions this week, culminating Friday with a 10 a.m. parade from the Old Governor’s Mansion to Georgia Military College, where a “welcome ceremony” is planned at 11 a.m.

GMC alumnus and benefactor, W.J. “Bill” Usery, who was U.S. secretary of labor under President Gerald Ford, is sponsoring the celebration in honor of Lafayette.

To learn more about Milledgeville’s celebration, visit www.lafayette190.com and www.oldcapitalmuseum.org.

Under The Gold Dome Today

8:15 AM SENATE FINANCE 307 CLOB
9:00 AM Regulated Sub of Reg Ind 506 CLOB
9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP
10:00 AM FLOOR SESSION (LD 34)  HOUSE CHAMBER
12:00 PM SENATE RULES – UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
1:00 PM House Fleming Sub of Judiciary Civil  403 CAP
1:00 PM HOUSE ECONOMIC DEV & TOURISM  341 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY 310 CLOB
1:00 PM SENATE INS & LABOR 125 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE EDUCATION & YOUTH 307 CLOB
1:30 PM HOUSE HUMAN RELATIONS & AGING  515 CLOB
1:30 PM HOUSE JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL  132 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE JUVENILE JUSTICE  506 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE BANKS & BANKING  341 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE MOTOR VEHICLES  606 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE INSURANCE  406 CLOB
2:00 PM SENATE ETHICS 310 CLOB
2:00 PM SENATE GOV’T OVERSIGHT 123 CAP
2:00 PM SENATE RETIREMENT 307 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE EDUCATION  406 CLOB
3:00 PM House Alc & Tob Sub Reg. Ind 515 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE DEFENSE & VETERANS AFFAIRS  415 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE HEALTH & HUMAN SVCS  606 CLOB
3:00 PM SENATE AGRICULTURE AND CONS. AFF. 450 CAP
3:00 PM SENATE REAPPORTIONMENT & REDISTRICTING 307 CLOB
4:00 PM House Jacobs Sub of Judiciary Civil  403 CAP
4:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY NON CIVIL 307 CLOB
4:00 PM SENATE TRANSPORTATION MEZZ 1

Senate Rules Calendar

HB 164 – Professional Standards Commission; professional learning requirements for certification renewal; extend the suspension (As Passed House) (ED&Y-50th) Martin-49th

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21
Mar

Boyer sentenced to federal prison for defrauding DeKalb taxpayers | www.ajc.com

Elaine Boyer said she wasn’t going to be the poster child for bad accounting when she was first confronted about spending taxpayer dollars on herself and her family. Instead, the former DeKalb County commissioner became one of the faces of DeKalb County corruption.

Friday afternoon, Boyer was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for defrauding DeKalb taxpayers. She also was ordered to pay $87,350 in restitution to the county.

She will report to prison at a later date.

Boyer, who was the commission’s only Republican and its longest-serving member, postured herself for decades as its watchdog over public spending.

Yet, secretly, she pilfered public funds, masking the financial shambles Boyer and her husband, John, were drowning in. They had lost their Stone Mountain strip mall to foreclosure and were struggling to hold on to their Smoke Rise home, which they would eventually lose, too.

via Boyer sentenced to federal prison for defrauding DeKalb taxpayers | www.ajc.com.

21
Mar

GA Senate backs budget boosting spending $900 million | www.myajc.com

The Georgia Senate approved a $21.8 billion budget for the upcoming year on Friday that would spend a little bit more in a lot of areas and makes clear that the state’s post-recession fiscal picture is brightening.

Now it will be up to House and Senate leaders to negotiate a final spending deal for fiscal 2016 — which begins July 1 — before the session ends in early April. The House passed its version of the budget, House Bill 76, earlier this month.

The budget would provide 1 percent raises for about 90,000 state and University System of Georgia employees. It holds out the hope of raises for teachers, but that will depend on the finances of local school districts. And it would give 4 percent raises to judges on the Supreme and Appeals courts and 2 percent raises to Superior Court judges, district attorneys and public defenders.

Both chambers rejected Gov. Nathan Deal’s recommendation to boot 22,000 part-time school workers and their dependents off the State Health Benefit Plan. But like the House, the Senate plan would make local school districts pay $103 million extra for part-time and full-time school worker insurance.

via GA Senate backs budget boosting spending $900 million | www.myajc.com.

21
Mar

DeKalb board member accused of backing Atlanta annexation | www.myajc.com

Emails from a DeKalb County Board of Education member show his advocating Atlanta’s annexation of a portion of west DeKalb County, disenfranchising 3,000 students and shifting tax revenues to the city, annexation opponents said.

Board member Marshall Orson denied his advocacy, saying his emails were misunderstood.

Some DeKalb County residents in the affected area are calling for Orson’s resignation, saying he is not working in the best interests of the district.

“What he wrote (in the emails) should concern any parent in this district,” said DeKalb County resident Dawn Forman, an 18-year educator who now home-schools her 7-year-old son. “When he’s been confronted (about advocating for annexation) he’d always say he wasn’t orchestrating this.

In emails from his personal email account, Orson discusses the matter with Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan and State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur.

via DeKalb board member accused of backing Atlanta annexation | www.myajc.com.

20
Mar

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 20, 2015

The following dogs are urgent at the Dublin-Laurens Humane Society – they will be euthanized on Monday if they aren’t saved before then.
Chip

Chip is a young male Australian Shepherd mix who is Heartworm Positive, but has a $50 sponsor toward his treatment. @Dublin Laurens County (GA) Humane Society; (478) 272-5341

Darby

Darby is a young male Black Lab mix @Dublin Laurens County (GA) Humane Society; (478) 272-5341

Jewel

Jewel is a sweet young female Black Labrador Retriever mix available for adoption from Dublin-Laurens Humane Society.

Rhino

Rhino is a male Pibble mix who was owner surrendered and is heartworm positive, but his treatment will be sponsored.

20
Mar

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 20, 2015

March 20, 1854 saw a meeting in Ripon, Wisconsin that is generally considered the founding of the Republican Party.

[F]ormer members of the Whig Party meet to establish a new party to oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories. The Whig Party, which was formed in 1834 to oppose the “tyranny” of President Andrew Jackson, had shown itself incapable of coping with the national crisis over slavery.

The Civil War firmly identified the Republican Party as the party of the victorious North, and after the war the Republican-dominated Congress forced a “Radical Reconstruction” policy on the South, which saw the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution and the granting of equal rights to all Southern citizens. By 1876, the Republican Party had lost control of the South, but it continued to dominate the presidency until the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.

The Georgia State Capitol was completed on March 20, 1889. Ron Daniels, the Poet Laureate of GaPundit, has written an ode to the Gold Dome:

Well I guess it was back in eighteen eighty nine,

When a couple of boys in Dahlonega went down in a mine,

And found it was slap full of gold.

Then these folks in Atlanta wanted to keep growing,

So they told the legislature the Capitol had to be going,

And so those politicos said “Good Bye Milledgeville! Our attorneys will be in touch.”

Now the Capitol had been moved before,

Savannah, Louisville, and more,

They’d even moved it down to Macon on an overloaded poultry wagon.

Atlanta sure wanted to lend the State a hand,

Giving the legislature plenty of land,

Hammers started swingin’ and, boy howdy, they sure were buildin’.

The architect of this here building was feeling bold,

Covering the building’s dome all in beautiful gold,

Leaving the gold mine empty, and leaving someone with the shaft.

Well, Governor Gordon was slap full of delight,

When his eyes did recognize that impressive sight,

On March 20, 1889, a completed Capitol building.

He grabbed the keys and a few words he spoke,

The words he uttered were no joke,

“Boys when you’re hot, you’re hot! Now thanks a lot.”

On March 20, 1943, Governor Ellis Arnall signed legislation authorizing a referendum to amend the Georgia Constitution and make the Public Service Commission a Constitutional agency.

On March 20, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson notified Alabama Governor George Wallace that Alabama National Guard troops would be called up to maintain order during a third march from Selma to Montgomery. Within five months, the Voting Rights Act would be passed by Congress.

On March 20, 1970, Governor Lester Maddox signed legislation designating the Brown Thrasher the official state bird, and the Bobwhite Quail the official state game bird.

On March 20, 1982, this song was #1 on the Billboard charts:

Happy birthday to Georgia-born actress Holly Hunter (1958) and film director/actor Spike Lee (1957).

March 20, 2014 was the 40th Legislative Day of the Georgia General Assembly.Continue Reading..

20
Mar

Ode to a Capitol

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Well I guess it was back in eighteen eighty nine,

When a couple of boys in Dahlonega went down in a mine,

And found it was slap full of gold.

Then these folks in Atlanta wanted to keep growing,

So they told the legislature the Capitol had to be going,Continue Reading..

19
Mar

Jeb Bush at the Georgia State Senate

Jeb David Casey

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19
Mar

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 19, 2014

The following dogs are all cared for by Adopt a Golden Atlanta, though they needs foster homes. We’ve previously adopted from AGA and they are the gold standard for breed specific dog rescue in my book.

AGAClara
I got lost but lucky for me AGA came and signed me up to be an orphan. It’s a good thing too, because my new doctor says I need medicine to get rid of things called heartworms. You can’t just wish them away – you have to have $500 dollars to buy the medicine. I’m kind of scared and worried because I don’t have any money and I think the shots they give you will hurt! It would take away one of my worries if I could find an AGA angel with $500 in their pocket that they wouldn’t mind giving me. And what a relief it was that an AGA angel swooped down and sent AGA the money! Thank you Agnieszka Wesolowski. I love you. I guess there is nothing to be done about getting shots that hurt but I am just going to squint my eyes and hold my breath and think about something else. After all, to be healthy is worth it isn’t it? I am maybe 7 years old and have already learned good house manners besides liking other dogs and kids. I am a medium size girl -not too big and not too small. And everyone says I am a sweet, easy going golden I would LOVE a new home just as soon as possible so why not give AGA a call and ask about me? Lots of love, Clara.

AGA Charlie Doodle Dolly
We are each 7 years old and we are “brother and sister”. Of course you may have noticed that we don’t actually look much alike but we have always been together (since we were little puppies) so we feel related! We love each other so much and couldn’t get along without the other. Right now we are so sad to leave our home that if we didn’t have each other to lean on things would be even worse. Our family couldn’t take care of us anymore and it was very hard for all of us to have to separate but there was nothing else to be done. We are looking for a home together and AGA promised we would not be separated. We were relieved that there was some good news in all of this. Being with your very best friend makes you strong when everything feels sad. We are a healthy twosome who are very good at snuggling up to you! We have perfect house manners and love everybody and all animals. We know that with one of us on each side of you, then you will know exactly what it’s like to be loved! Your friends, Charlie and Dollie.

AGABarley

Well , you can’t miss me in a crowd! I am a BIG boy and I am only a year and a half old! Already my number on the weighing machine says 107 and my new doctor says that’s just right for me. My other family asked AGA to find me a new home because they said I was WAY too interested in getting all the food before anyone else did!! I’m kind of a “chewer” dog too-like when left with an unlucky collar or leash! I don’t know why I do that but maybe AGA can find a teacher who will help me stop. I like to play and have lots of energy and I like kids and big people and playing with dogs. I don’t like sharing food and it may be better for me to be in a “no other dogs” house and no cats because I like chasing them. I’m a healthy fellow and don’t mind staying in a crate (a big one) when I’m left alone. I also know some commands. So I am a good student when it comes to lessons and now I am going to concentrate on working on this food “thing”. You could call and ask how I am doing even though I’m not quite ready to move into a new family. I hope I can be your newest friend! Barley.

AGA Zac Zelda

We go together like jam and bread or maybe birds of a feather! That’s why we are looking for a home together and, thank goodness, that’s exactly what AGA is going to help us find. How exciting that we will be able to stay with each other! We are a boy and a girl doodle (or so we think) and only around 2 or 3 years old. We even got lost together and ended up in a shelter where the nice people helped AGA to rescue us. We look like twins and we try to be really sweet even though we might seem a little shy at first. My brother Zac is bigger than me (I guess that’s ’cause he’s a boy) and weighs number 45 but I am only number 36 so you can tell we won’t take up a lot of space. We are a healthy, happy pair and have all our toes (and that’s a lot) crossed that soon we will be part of a new family. Just call and ask about the “two peas in a pod” doodles! Love to everyone, Zac and Zelda.