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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.

Democrat Sanford Bishop told the AJC Political Insider he will run for reelection in the Second Congressional District.Continue Reading..


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..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 7, 2015


Waldo, above and below, is a small, 18-pound Terrier mix (I think he’s actually a miniature Pinscher mix) who loves to snuggle and is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.



Lab #17 is a sweet 1-2 year old female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

Little Chis

Number 3 and Number 4 appear to be Chihuahua mixes, maybe even puppies, who have recently come in to the Walton County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA, where they are available for adoption.


Pebbles is an 11-year old female Lab mix who just wants a home to spend her golden years, with her own dog bowl, a warm place to lie down, and a loving family. She is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

Pebbles smiling



State Senator Ross Tolleson has resigned

from the email he sent his now-former colleagues:


I wanted to let you know ahead of time that I have submitted my letter of resignation to Governor Deal. This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but some personal health issues require that I step back to focus on my family and my health. We will be sending out a press release later today, but I wanted you to hear it first and directly from me. 

Serving in the Senate has been the honor of a lifetime and getting to know each and every one of you is something I will always treasure. This body really is a special place and one that I will miss. But I do look forward to hopefully visiting and, of course, would love to see any of you if you’re ever passing through Perry.

Thank you for your friendship and support – they mean the world to me.



Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 6, 2015

The first Mennonites arrived in America on October 6, 1683 aboard the Concord.

Cy Young threw his last professional baseball game as a member of the Boston Braves on October 6, 1911.

On October 6, 1953, WTVM-TV began broadcasting in  Columbus, Georgia.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience held its first rehearsal on October 6, 1966.

The second Presidential debate between Republican incumbent Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter took place on October 6, 1976. During the debate, Ford said, there was “no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe”.

Pope John Paul II became the first Pope to visit the White House on October 6, 1979. Carter’s notes from the meeting are at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.

The last four B-52 bombers stationed at Robins Air Force Base in Warner-Robins left the base for the last time on October 6, 1983.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

This week, I’m kicking off the GaPundit Fall Tour. On Wednesday, I’ll be speaking to the University of Georgia College Republicans at 7 PM somewhere on campus. On Thursday, I’ll join Tharon Johnson at the Georgia Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Committee to provide lunchtime entertainment. Let me know if you’ve got a group you’d like to invite me to.

Last night, the Georgia Republican Party held it’s fall fundraiser featuring Frank Luntz.

“The Georgia Republican Party is fortunate to have strong supporters who are committed to growing the base and earning victory for our nominees at the ballot box,” said Georgia Republican Party Foundation Chairman Jack Kingston.  “I am confident that we will have the funds in place to launch an aggressive, comprehensive, data-driven victory program that protects our U.S. Senate seat and helps Republicans win back the White House in 2016!”
“Thanks to the outpouring of support from hardworking Republicans throughout the state, the Georgia Republican Party is equipped for battle,” said Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett.  “With our pro-growth, pro-freedom message, we can keep Georgia red and ensure that America’s best and brightest days are still to come.”
Later this month, the Georgia Republican Party will host a 2nd Amendment Celebration at Wild Bill’s in Duluth.  This exciting event on October 24 from 11AM-2PM features music from Beau Davidson, Irlene Mandrell, and T. Graham Brown.  Special invited guests include Georgia elected officials and presidential candidates.   For more information, click here.
I’ve been told the GAGOP raised over $200k last night. Congratulations and next time you see Jack Kingston, please thank him for helping the state party.

Quite bluntly, I’ve had it. I am so over-the-top sick and tired of hearing how corrupt DeKalb County Government is. I am sickened by what I read and sickened that I can’t bear to  read beyond the headline itself. I am just done.

But honestly what sickens me the most is the silence among the politicians and pundits within my own party who have always failed to stand up and call for resignations when it is so incredibly apparent that it has to happen. For the good of the county to say nothing of the Party, is there nobody willing to stand up and say they have had it? Is anybody, pol or pundit or party hack, willing to stand up for anything at all?

For the last twenty years, the DeKalb Democratic Party has done nothing to foster a civic virtue or maintain a culture that incubates a professional and ethical political class. It has failed to vet candidates; it has failed to recruit or build a pipeline for the future. The immediate result is that wannabe candidates can ignore the party organization, but clothe themselves in the once proud and now tattered brand.

So the hard truth of it is this county  will never  enjoy political  renaissance we are all so desperate for unless Democrats get their act together and find candidates and party leadership that the voters can embrace as competent and ethical and post-tribal. Until that happens the County will continue to struggle to find its way back.

And Republicans in DeKalb County have to figure out how they can effectively be part of the solution in a county where they are outnumbered 6-to-1 on the County Commission and have only one legislator in each chamber’s county delegation.

And here’s one of the problems: CEO Lee May continues to ignore North DeKalb, which happens to be largely Republican-held territory.

Some taxpayers in northwest DeKalb County said Monday they’re convinced that the head of the county is avoiding a face-to-face meeting with them as he fends off accusations of corruption.

Interim CEO Lee May announced he will hold five town hall meetings, but none in Brookhaven or Dunwoody.

“We want someone in there who is someone that can be trusted,” resident Mary Kozik said. She was disappointed to hear that May won’t be holding a meeting in northwest DeKalb County.

“It’s bizarre. I don’t understand why not north DeKalb,” Kozik said.

“If town halls are being held elsewhere, why in fact aren’t they being held here? There has to be a reason and probably not a very good one,” Kozik said.

I suspect the Bowers report on corruption in DeKalb County will be a major topic at tonight’s Town Hall meeting hosted by Commissioner Nancy Jester at Brookhaven Town Hall.

iCEO Lee May’s first Town Hall Meeting after the Bowers report was released will be held Thursday night from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Manuel Maloof Center, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.

Both the LaVista Hills Alliance, the pro-city group, and DeKalb Strong, which opposes more incorporations, have called on DeKalb CEO Lee May to resign.

Meanwhile, Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens are open to intervening in DeKalb County if the GBI review of the Bowers investigation concludes it is warranted.

The governor said Monday he was concerned by the report, issued by investigators that Lee hired, and said he would work with Olens to decide whether to launch a state investigation. And Olens said through a spokesman he would “discuss any necessary further steps” with Deal’s office.

“We’ll see as it continues to unfold exactly what the nature of these problems are, and whether or not they overlap into criminal conduct,” Deal said.

If Deal decides to intervene, he could have several options. He could ask the Attorney General’s office or another agency, such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office, to conduct a separate probe. He also could try to remove May from office himself, though it’s unclear whether he has the power to do so.

“There’s not an official investigation launched by the state, and that would probably be something in the hands of the Attorney General working with us in that regard,” said Deal. “We don’t know if it’s going to lead to that at this point.”

GBI spokesman Scott Dutton said the agency’s review would probe the report from a “law enforcement perspective” to delve into what criminal elements, if any, stand out.

Yesterday, foreign ministers meeting in Atlanta announced their consensus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

[T]rade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations announced Monday morning in Atlanta that they had reached consensus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The pact, which encompasses countries comprising 40 percent of the global economy, will cut tariffs on many products and achieve mutual recognition of standards on others.

“Most importantly, the agreement achieves the goal we set for an ambitious, comprehensive, high-standard, balanced agreement that will benefit our nation’s citizens,” said U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman at a press conference at the Ritz-Carlton downtown. He added that the tariff reductions amount to 18,000 tax cuts in countries with which the U.S. currently has no free-trade pact.

The deal would affect international trade for decades to come, and trade ministers seized on that sentiment in their remarks.

But the pact now faces ratification battles in the partner nations’ respective legislatures. If passed in Congress, the TPP would ensure an enduring legacy for President Barack Obama’s trade agenda. Mr. Froman, who will speak before Congress Monday, said the deal will be a “2016 issue,” given that trade-promotion authority requires President Obama to give Congress 60 days notice before putting it to a vote.

Early voting begins next week, and Macon-Bibb County voters will decide on a penny sales tax for education, but they’ll do so in 7 fewer precincts.

Early voting starts next week in Macon-Bibb County as voters weigh in on a 1-percent sales tax referendum that would benefit the public school system. But voters are being encouraged to double-check their polling locations because of recent changes.

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections has reduced the number of precincts from 40 to 33 by combining some as a cost-saving measure to help with Macon-Bibb County’s need to reduce next year’s budget.

Board of Elections Chairwoman Rinda Wilson said the board was considering lowering the number of precincts to 26, but officials compromised and settled on 33, which is projected to save the county $21,000.

Athens was named a top ten city for singles by, while Macon was ranked the number two “best value” city in the nation for travel in 2016. Columbus, Georgia is ranked as the Peach State city with the highest rate of sexually-transmitted diseases based on 2013 data.

Governor and Mrs. Deal kicked off Pre-K Week with a trip to Friendship Learning Center in Buford.

The governor and first lady’s visit marked the beginning of Georgia Pre-K Week. Georgia pre-K programs across the state will receive visits from state leaders, who will have the opportunity to see what the programs are doing firsthand.

“We were so pleased to represent pre-K for the state with the kickoff event this morning,” said Kasandra McDaniel, owner of Friendship Learning Center. “It was an honor.”

In August, Deal announced his intention to devote $50 million back to the Georgia Pre-K Program, after years of cuts to teacher pay and increases in class size. This year, the program serves approximately 84,000 students across the state.

“We do intend to put additional revenue into the pre-K program,” Deal told the press at Friendship Learning Center on Monday. “We know that it is one of the most important elements in increasing the educational level of people in our state. We believe we can reduce the class size back to 20, which is our primary goal, and then of course to raise the salaries for the teachers and assistant teachers in our programs.”

Rafael Cruz Oct20
Rev. Rafael Cruz, father of Senator Ted Cruz, will speak at a lunch in Gainesville on Tuesday, October 20th. Click here for reservations and tickets.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 6, 2015


Perrito is a 9-year old, 8-pound male Rat Terrier who is available for adoption from New Rattitude National Rat Terrier Rescue in Athens, GA.

Compact Perrito packs a lot of personality into his 8-lb. handsome body, which has the typical short-legged shape of a “Type B” Rat Terrier, also known as a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier. His estimated age is 9, and while that’s only middle-aged for this long-lived breed, it’s definitely old enough for him to know that he’s ready to settle down with a very special someone.

Perrito needs his VSS (very special someone) to help him follow a simple diet to manage his chronic pancreatitis. He will do best in an all-adult home as he can guard food and toys and is frightened of quick movements. With help from his foster parent, he gets along with the six dogs in his foster home, but he would also be content being the only dog. Perrito has so far been indifferent to cats. If you are that special human who can give this boy some understanding, loving structure, and security, you’ll earn the devotion of a loyal companion.

Ellie Rat

Ellie is an 8.5-year old Rat Terrier who weighs 12.5 pounds and is available for adoption from New Rattitude National Rat Terrier Rescue in Hampton, GA.

Meet Miss Ellie! She’s a senior with a fresh outlook on life. She knows that in order to stay young, you need to keep working on yourself, and that’s something Ellie has been doing with determination since coming to New Rattitude.

Now Ellie is busy learning to be playful and helpful around the home. She has learned to love playing with her ball, even creating her own game of “Ball Yoga,” giving the ball a Zen-like stare while rolling it gently around on her bed. She also enjoys her puzzles, mastering five different ones that utilize both her nose and her paws in her quest to locate treats, and she has learned the game of search, in which she seeks out the treats that are hidden in bowls inside boxes.

Ellie is house trained and crate trained and knows how to use a doggy door, though she really appreciates it if you go outside with her. Also, she has never been destructive when left loose in the house. Now, Ellie wants you to know that she does have her persnickety side. She doesn’t like kids and should be in an adults-only home. She also doesn’t care for certain dogs (any introductions would have to be made slowly) and thinks that cats and pocket pets, like gerbils and such, are vermin to be chased away (by her).


Gregory is a 3-year old Rat Terrier who weighs 14.5 pounds and is available for adoption from New Rattitude National Rat Terrier Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Gregory loves to cuddle, be petted, and give kisses back any chance he can. He also loves to go walking for as long as you will take him and walks pretty well on leash. One of his favorite activities is going to the dog park, where he happily runs after any dogs that will let him chase them and races with the bigger dogs on the other side of the fence.

Gregory has very good manners and will wait patiently for attention from dogs or humans, and once he knows it’s OK, he plays nicely with everyone. He gets along with all people and dogs, only barking in reply to other dogs who bark at him first when he’s out walking. As for cats, Gregory loves to chase them, especially if they run, so he would not fit in a home with cats.

He has been free to roam the house and has never had a potty accident inside. He learned to use the dog door after about two days and now goes in and out whenever he pleases. Gregory does need to be in a home with other dogs. It just makes him feel more comfortable and gives him someone to be with when his humans are not around.


Gaia is an 8-year old female Rat Terrier who weighs 14 pounds and is available for adoption from New Rattitude National Rat Terrier Rescue in Athens, GA.

This amazing little 8-year-old came into rescue with partially paralyzed legs and since entering foster care, 14-lb. Gaia has been in an intensive therapy program to strengthen her atrophied legs, and that therapy, along with acupuncture treatments, has helped her make wonderful progress. She is now walking most of the time and can even run and climb shallow stairs. And where she previously was bothered by frequent urinary tract infections–a common problem for paralyzed dogs–requiring a diaper at night, a healthy regimen of wet food, chicken or beef broth to increase her fluid intake, and a daily cranberry supplement has pretty much eliminated the infections and, along with it, the need for the nighttime diaper.

Gaia also does a relatively good job of going potty outside during the day, and she gets along well with the other dogs and the kitties in the household and plays often. She has spunk and a can-do attitude and tries sooooooo hard to do everything the other guys do. There’s a special home out there–perhaps yours?–waiting for this little girl who is as affectionate as she is tough. You will find her determination an inspiration and her appreciation, shown with lots of cuddles and kisses, a joy to receive!