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Sine Delay – Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 31, 2017

Last night, following a fire below an elevated section of I-85 north of downtown Atlanta, a section of roadway collapsed.

Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency shortly thereafter.

Gov. Nathan Deal [Thursday] evening declared a state of emergency for Fulton County following a major fire and subsequent bridge collapse on Interstate 85. State government agencies in Metro Atlanta will delay opening until 10 a.m. Friday and employees able to telecommute are encouraged to do so.

“The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety and minimize disruption of traffic as we continue emergency response efforts,” said Deal. “The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is coordinating response efforts with the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and other state and local officials. As this safety investigation and bridge assessment continues, we encourage the public to avoid the affected area, remain patient and allow first responders to perform their jobs. We will continue updating the public on alternative traffic routes and other information as it becomes available.”

GDOT and other state and local transit agencies are working to quickly identify all possible options for commuters, including utilizing the Xpress Bus Service and Peach Pass express lanes. As GDOT continues its assessment, DPS is working closely with local law enforcement to safeguard motorists and ensure safe operation of alternate routes and detours.

Today, Governor Deal is receiving a briefing from federal officials on the highway.

Gov. Nathan Deal today met with the Acting Deputy Director of the Federal Highway Administration Butch Waidelich, senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation James Ray, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry, Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner Mark McDonough and other officials to receive a full briefing and updates regarding the Interstate 85 fire and bridge collapse.

“As we continue to assess the damage and begin repairs, I ask for the public’s patience and understanding. The fact that no lives were lost is a blessing, and I’m grateful for the courage, hard work and tireless efforts by our state and local first responders. I’m also thankful for the timely response from the federal government. Their expedited assistance will allow GDOT, city officials and private contractors to begin work immediately. The state of Georgia, City of Atlanta and federal government are committed to an expedited and safe resolution of this disaster.”

“Despite our coordinated efforts, this will be a long process. This is due, in part, to the fact that bridge beams must be cast, poured, tested, transported and individually installed. During this time, public safety is our chief priority and primary concern. With your help, we will be better able to ensure the safety of motorists, travelers, first responders and construction crews.”

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Congressman Jody Hice honored Jon Richards of Gwinnett County on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I rise today with a heavy heart to celebrate the life of Jon Richards, a Georgia treasure, brilliant political journalist and selfless mentor,” Hice said. “I pray and grieve for the family and friends of Jon during this incredibly difficult time.”

Richards’ death has brought an outpouring of grief from a wide range of politicians, from local officials and legislators to Gov. Nathan Deal, congressmen and U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga. In his brief remarks, Hice highlighted the work Richards did with and his mentoring high school and college students who are interested in politics.

The political writer’s involvement in the Gwinnett County Republican Party, the Gwinnett Chamber, the Gwinnett Transit Advisory Council among other community groups and organizations was also highlighted in the congressman’s remarks.

“Jon Richards was known by the Gwinnett community as someone who lived life to its fullest and made the most of every day. His leadership was unmatched and cannot be overstated,” Hice said. “I’m grateful to know that, through Christ, we will be able to meet again.”

The Georgia General Assembly continued legislating well past midnight last night, finally adjourning Sine Die near 1 AM. We’ll have much more on Monday, but today, we’re resting after getting home at 2 AM last night.

Former Governor Sonny Perdue’s nomination for Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump Administration moves forward after an affirmative vote by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Perdue’s nomination now heads to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote. It was not immediately clear when that vote would be held. Perdue, a former two-term GOP governor of Georgia, was supported by every lawmaker present for the vote, except for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who logged her disapproval over Perdue’s record on food stamps, and Sen. David Perdue, Sonny Perdue’s cousin, who abstained.

The timing of a full Senate vote on Perdue’s nomination is tricky. Next week the upper chamber will be dominated by intense partisan debate over the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch. After it wraps up its business next Friday — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised that Gorsuch will be confirmed by then — the chamber will break for a two-week recess.

This morning, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced he is running for Governor in 2018.

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From the email sent by his campaign:

Conservative small businessman and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that he is running to serve as Georgia’s next governor.

“I’m a conservative small business owner who knows how to put government in its place,” said Kemp. “In the State Senate, I fought to cut taxes and fees on job creators and hardworking Georgia families. As Secretary of State, I’ve used my decades of experience in the private sector to turn bureaucracy into business-friendly government.

“I’m running for Governor because I’m not finished fighting for Georgia. As your Governor, I will fight to make Georgia #1 for small business, treat all parts of our state – including rural Georgia – the same, work to fundamentally reform government, and always put the needs of Georgians – not special interests – first.

“Now is not the time to compromise our conservative values, make empty promises, or play political games in the State Capitol. It’s time to fight for Georgia and I am prepared to lead the charge.”

Kemp’s first stop on the campaign trail is the Cobb County Republican Party Breakfast on Saturday, April 1.

Tax breaks were a hot topic in the last hours of the General Assembly yesterday.

If Gov. Nathan Deal signs on to what the General Assembly has done, Georgia musical artists and music producers would for the first time receive income tax credits for musical and theatrical performances and musical recordings that take place in the Peach State.

In a nod to a growing number of lawmakers critical of special interest tax breaks, the legislature on Thursday reduced the proposed tax credits from 20 percent in earlier versions of the bill to 15 percent. To qualify for the credit, a performer or producer would have to spend at least seven days in Georgia.

The film industry, which already has benefited greatly from the tax credits the General Assembly enacted in 2008, would for the first time receive tax credits for money spent in Georgia on post-production work.

The legislature also approved a bill expanding the rural hospital tax credit program lawmakers created last year by increasing the credit from 70 percent of the amount donors contribute toward rural hospitals to 90 percent.

The AJC reports that yacht repairs and vehicle leases also will get tax cuts.

The General Assembly approved legislation to lower taxes on Georgians who lease vehicles on the last night of the 2017 session, but only after stripping a controversial provision that would have raised taxes on many used-car buyers.

Owners of giant yachts willing to get their boats repaired in Savannah also got a tax break from legislators.

But lawmakers couldn’t reach a deal on a bill to lower the state’s top income tax rate.

Senators said the Georgia House sent them $588 million worth of tax-credit and tax-cut bills to consider this year. Some got through, some didn’t.

Kathleen Foody and Ezra Kaplan of the Associated Press wrap-up the legislative session:

Georgia lawmakers approved legislation permitting concealed handguns on college campuses but failed to pass an update to state law on adoption before the gavel fell on the legislative session.

Attention now turns to Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican in his final term. Georgia law gives Deal 40 days to decide whether to sign, veto or allow measures to become law without his name.

Changes to Georgia adoption law that proponents call long overdue stalled in the Senate despite a last-minute effort to force a vote.

Senators brought that measure up for a vote past 12:30 a.m. and after a testy debate, sent it to a committee for further debate. The move killed the bill for the year.

An expansion of Georgia’s program allowing patients with certain conditions to possess oil derived from marijuana is headed to the governor’s desk

After House and Senate leaders announced a compromise, the bill adds new diagnoses to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis oil, including autism, AIDS, Tourette’s syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Party On

Atlanta City Council will consider lowering fines and eliminating jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Tybee Island will ban public consumption of alcohol for four days expected to coincide with some Spring Break festivities.



Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for March 31, 2017


Dee is a three-year old Pit Bill Terrier mix female who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society’s Howell Mill Road Campus in Atlanta, GA.

Is that not the sweetest face?


Albert is an 8-month old male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society’s Howell Mill Road Campus in Atlanta, GA.

I am a young energetic puppy that would love a family- feel free to bring your other dogs to do a Meet & Greet because sometime I can be a lot for some dogs. I need someone that can be consistent with me and help break my puppy mouthiness.


Goldie is a 2-year old Terrier (and maybe Dachshund?) mix female who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society’s Howell Mill Road Campus in Atlanta, GA.


Coffee is a 3-year old mixed breed male dog who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society’s Howell Mill Road Campus in Atlanta, GA.

This sweet, handsome boy needs a loving home. He is crate trained, house trained, and walks great on leash. He is high energy, loves to run, bounce around, and play fetch! He gets along with other dogs, and would do well in a family as an only dog, or with other dogs his size. He will do best in a family without young kids as he is easily excitable and doesn’t quite understand his size! Coffee is shy and nervous with new people, but once he opens up to you he is a total love bug. With some patience and training, Coffee will be a wonderful addition to your family! Coffee is living in a foster home with another dog. If you are interested in meeting him please email [email protected]


Gov. Deal declares state of emergency following I-85 fire

Gov. Nathan Deal this evening declared a state of emergency for Fulton County following a major fire and subsequent bridge collapse on Interstate 85. State government agencies in Metro Atlanta will delay opening until 10 a.m. Friday and employees able to telecommute are encouraged to do so.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for March 30, 2017

Abby Calhoun

Abby is a young female Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from the City of Calhoun Animal Control in Calhoun, GA.

Abby is a great dog, but she is a little shy. She loves to be loved on, but wants you to be slow and gentle. Adoption fee = $60.

Abby Cobb

Abby is an adult female American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County Marietta, GA at the Cobb County Animal Shelter.

Abby is just a big, sweet, teddy bear. She is adorable, she sits and stays, and she walks nicely on a leash. Abby is good with kids and housebroken also.

Abby is about 4 years old and 72 lbs. She is current on her vaccines and she will be microchipped, spayed, and tested for heartworms when adopted. Her ID at the shelter is 594759 and she is in run 856. Her run number could change, so please make a note of her ID number and ask for assistance if you don’t find her in run 856.

Abby Newnan1

Abby (above and below) is an adult female Bloodhound who is available for adoption from the Newnan Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.

Abby is an older lady that loves being outside sun bathing, or on her favorite spot on the sofa! She’s a hound dog at heart and always has her nose to the ground… or on the counter if you leave food unattended. Abby is laid back and enjoys going for long walks, especially in the woods where there’s lots of scents to track. She loves her stuffed toys, what we call her “babies”, but will eventually tear them to pieces if given the chance! Abby will make a great addition to any family looking for a laid back hound!

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 30, 2017

On March 31, 1776, future First Lady Abigail Adams wrote her husband, John Adams, suggesting that a greater role for women be considered in the fight for Independence and establishment of the United States.

“I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

On March 31, 1889, Gustave Eiffel led a group of government officials and press to the top of the Eiffel Tower by foot. It would open to the public nine days later.

On March 31, 1976, the Georgia General Assembly adopted a joint resolution proposing a new Constitution of Georgia, which would be placed on the ballot for voter referendum on November 2, 1976.

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The House Rules Committee meets at 9 AM in Room 341 of the Georgia State Capitol.

Click here for  legislation tabled on Day 39 and available today in the Senate.

Today is Sine Die, the 40th and final day of the Georgia legislative session. It may go past midnight.

The Marietta Daily Journal has a chart of where some of the major legislation stands going into today’s session.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for March 29, 2017

Copper AAAR

Copper is a young male Labrador Retriever and Hound mix who is available for adoption from All About Animals Rescue in Macon, GA.

Kirby AAAR

Kirby is a young male Plott Hound mix who is available for adoption from All About Animals Rescue in Macon, GA.

Annie AAAR

Annie is a young female Plott Hound mix who is available for adoption from All About Animals Rescue in Macon, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for March 29, 2017

Charles Wesley, hymnist, and brother of Methodist founder John Wesley, died on March 29, 1788 in London, England. Charles Wesley served as Secretary to James Oglethorpe and as a Chaplain at Fort Frederica on St Simons Island. This past Sunday, his hymns were played in churches across the globe, including Christ the Lord Is Risen Today and Rejoice, the Lord Is King.

On March 29, 1865, Federal troops under General Ulysses S. Grant began the Appomattox campaign.

On March 29, 1937, Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge signed legislation imposing the first state tax on distilled spirits in Georgia.

If made in another state and imported into Georgia, distilled spirits were taxed at 80 cents per gallon and alcohol at $1.60 per gallon – or at fractional amounts for smaller containers. If made in Georgia, distilled spirits were taxed at 40 cents per gallon and alcohol at 80 cents per gallon.

On March 29, 1973, the last American troops left Vietnam, ending United States engagement in the war.

Tonight, friends and family will gather at the 1818 Club at 7:30 PM to celebrate the life of Jon Richards.

The gathering at the 1818 Club is expected to draw a diversity of people ranging from elected officials to journalists, Gwinnett community leaders, as well as Richards’ friends and family. His family will receive guests beforehand, starting at 7 p.m.

Richards had long been a presence in Gwinnett political circles, including being heavily involved in the county’s Republican Party. He also continued attending some local events — such as Chairwoman Charlotte Nash’s State of the County Address in February — while battling cancer.

At the same time, Richard was also a popular member of the press corps at the State Capitol, receiving applause from senators when he visited earlier in the session.

Gwinnett County Sens. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, P.K. Martin, R-Lawrenceville, David Shafer, R-Duluth, Gloria Butler, D-Stone Mountain, Steve Henson, D-Stone Mountain, and Fran Millar, R-Atlanta, honored Richards’ life by filing a resolution recognizing him on Friday.

The news of Richards’ death brought reactions on Twitter from officials at various levels of governor, including Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice and current and former state legislators.

“May God rest his soul,” Deal wrote.

The earlier resolution honoring Jon and naming him an “honorary Georgia native” was Senate Resolution 539. A new version sending condolences was introduced yesterday as Senate Resolution 558.

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The Joint House and Senate Education Committee meets today at 10:30 AM in room 606 of the CLOB to hear two presentations.

After yesterday, in the tradition of Jedediah Springfield and Whacking Day, the 39th Legislative Day of the Georgia General Assembly will be known as “Rat Stomp Day.”

On the third floor of the Capitol, a large rat skittered across the floor outside the Senate Chamber, drawing screams from young children and a single well-placed stomp from a Senate doorkeeper. Now, the rat’s brother has opened a Twitter account.

Later, in the evening, we were treated to an early Festivus, in which the Lieutenant Governor aired the Senate’s grievances against the House, noting Senate legislation that languished in the lower chamber. Among the bills notably delayed were Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 2.

The House would go on to vote twice against Senate Bill 1, leaving it ineligible for another shot at passage.

The first vote on passage of Senate Bill 1, one of that chamber’s top priorities for the year, was 85-83. It takes 91 votes to pass a bill in the House. After a procedural vote to revive the bill, the House then voted 84-83 to pass SB 1.

That measure is now dead, although it can be added to another measure before lawmakers quit for the year on Thursday.

“Less than one week after a deadly terrorist attack struck London, and in the wake of countless acts of terrorism at home and abroad, 83 members of the House declined to approve a measure to enhance Georgia’s defense against potential terrorist threats,” [Lieutenant Governor Casey] Cagle said. “I will not give up on protecting our citizens and we can never subject the safety and security of Georgians to political gamesmanship.”

SB 1 would classify a crime as “domestic terrorism” if it is a felony that causes bodily harm or death, or the disabling or destruction of “critical infrastructure” that results in major economic losses. It would also have to be proven the crime was intended to intimidate residents or to change public policy.

Shortly after SB 1 failed the second time, the Senate adjourned until Thursday morning.

Earlier in the day, the Senate passed House Bill 280, the Campus Carry legislation.

The proposal would allow anyone 21 and older with a state-issued permit to carry a concealed handgun on campus.

Hoping to win Deal over, lawmakers retained exemptions included in last year’s measure — fraternities, sororities, other student housing, and athletic facilities — and added new exemptions: for on-campus preschools and buildings where high school-age students attend classes.

In his sweeping veto last year, Deal signaled that his opposition to permitting concealed handguns on the state’s public campuses was deeply rooted. Citing legal precedent, he referenced Thomas Jefferson and James Madison’s opposition to guns on the University of Virginia campus, as well as U.S. Supreme Court opinion by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, which described schools as “sensitive places” under the Second Amendment.

Senate Amendments to HB 280 mean that the House will vote to agree or disagree with the Senate version. An agree vote by the House would send the legislation to the Governor’s desk, while a disagree would send it to a conference committee of three House members and three Senators.

The Senate also amended and passed House Bill 329, the original version of which would have flattened Georgia’s income tax rates to 5.4 percent.

The Senate bill, which passed 38-16 along party lines, would reduce the income tax rate in Georgia from the current maximum of 6 percent to 5.65 percent. While that’s not far from the rate set by the House bill, senators made other changes that will have to be worked out with the House.

Besides lowering state income taxes, the House bill would establish a flat tax rate of 5.4 percent. But a flat tax actually would raise taxes on low- and middle-income Georgians, according to an analysis by Georgia State University cited by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome.

The Senate bill would keep the current graduated system, setting the lowest tax rate at 1 percent. It also would increase the exemption Georgia taxpayers currently receive by $300, indexed to inflation.

With Georgia’s economy humming along, state government can afford to reduce taxes, Hufstetler told his Senate colleagues.

“We have had a good increase in revenue,” he said. “We have a record fund balance now.”

House Bill 338 by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) passed the Senate and is headed to the Governor for signature.

About four months after voters rejected Gov. Nathan Deal’s amendment to take over failing schools, a similar piece of legislation is heading to his desk.

Tuesday, the Georgia House voted 133 to 36 to approve the latest version of House Bill 338, authored by state Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville. The Senate passed the measure Friday.

House Bill 37 by Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) addresses potential sanctuary campuses and was passed by the Senate.

The Georgia Senate passed the bill on Tuesday by a vote of 37-16.

If signed by the governor, Ehrhart’s bill would revoke all state funding, including scholarship and research grants, if a private college in Georgia became a “sanctuary campus” to protect undocumented students.

Sanctuary campuses are colleges and universities who have said they will not provide student information to federal immigration authorities.

“You must follow the law,” Ehrhart, a Powder Springs Republican, told the MDJ after his bill passed the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.

There are no sanctuary colleges in Georgia, and Ehrhart’s bill would keep it that way.

The House adopted Senate Bill 16 in a compromise version, expanding the use of medical cannabis in Georgia.

“While this bill does not go as far as many of us would like, it does add six more conditions to the already successful program in our current law and this will allow many more hurting Georgians to benefit from medical cannabis oil as an option,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, presenting Senate Bill 16 to the House on Tuesday. The House approved it on Tuesday by a vote of 167-4.

The diagnoses that would be added are: “severe” autism for people under the age of 18; autism for people ages 18 or older; severe or end-stage cases of Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS or peripheral neuropathy; severe Tourette’s syndrome; or any case of the painful skin disease epidermolysis bullosa. It would also open the registry to people in hospice.

The bill is a compromise with the state Senate, which passed a bill which would have added only autism and would have lowered the cap on THC. The state House approved a bill with more diagnoses and left the 5 percent THC cap untouched.

State Sen. Ben Watson, R-Savannah, authored the original Senate Bill 16 and has said he expects the Senate will approve the compromise, which also leaves the THC cap at 5 percent.

Gwinnett County Commissioners are in Athens this week for strategic planning meetings.

Gwinnett Tax Commissioner Richard Steele notes that Saturday is the last day to apply for a homestead exemption if your situation has changed.

Sixth District

University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald crunched the numbers on early voting so far in the Sixth District and it looks bad for Republicans.

The Club for Growth is airing a new TV ad attacking Republican Karen Handel in the Sixth District.

It’s a $250,000 ad buy on Atlanta cable, according to a Club source, and is scheduled to run through the initial April 18 election. If none of the 18 candidates receives a majority of the vote in the jungle primary, the top two finishers, regardless of party, will move on to a June 20 runoff. The conservative outside group endorsed one of Handel’s 10 GOP opponents, businessman Bob Gray, on March 14.

The 30-second ad, entitled “Trees,” highlights Handel’s spending record as Georgia secretary of state and Fulton county commissioner (since she doesn’t have a legislative voting record).

It’s the first negative ad against Handel that mentions her by name. Previous ads made references to career politicians and one featured an elephant wearing a pearl necklace.

As a former statewide officeholder and with two other unsuccessful bids for statewide office, Handel started the special election with the highest name identification. While Gray has improved his standing with his own ads, someone (or some group) likely needed to dethrone Handel first for a Republican other than Handel to make the runoff.

All 18 candidates for the Sixth District are invited to debate today at 11:30 AM at Cobb Energy Centre.

Former Democratic candidate for Attorney General Ken Hodges will run for an open seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals in 2018, according to the AJC.

The former Dougherty district attorney signed on former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to chair his campaign. And his campaign treasurer is Edward Johnson, the court’s former chief judge.

“The people of Georgia deserve fair judges who bring a diverse and broad range experience to the bench,” said Hodges. “That’s exactly what I’ve done throughout my legal career representing Georgia families and businesses, and that’s exactly why I’m running to serve on the Georgia Court of Appeals.”



Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for March 28, 2017


Skylar is an adult female German Shepherd Dog who is available for adoption from the Henry County Humane Society in McDonough, GA.


Rush is an adult female German Shepherd Dog who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA.

“Hi! My name is Rush. I’m a very sweet and friendly girl. I’m a little shy at first, but once I get to know you, I love you. I LOVE attention. I’m looking for my forever family to love. Are you my forever family?”


Chief is an adult male German Shepherd Dog who is available for adoption from the Clayton County Humane Society in Jonesboro, GA.

Chief is even more stunning in person than he is in these photos! He is 3 years old and weighs 89 pounds. The rescue requires previous large breed experience and a fenced in yard in order to adopt this beautiful dog. He walks great on a leash but is extremely strong and will need someone strong enough to handle him. Chief needs to be the only pet in the home.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 28, 2017

The British Parliament enacted The Coercive Acts on March 28, 1774.

The Coercive Acts were a series of four acts established by the British government. The aim of the legislation was to restore order in Massachusetts and punish Bostonians for their Tea Party, in which members of the revolutionary-minded Sons of Liberty boarded three British tea ships in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 crates of tea—nearly $1 million worth in today’s money—into the water to protest the Tea Act.

Passed in response to the Americans’ disobedience, the Coercive Acts included:

The Boston Port Act, which closed the port of Boston until damages from the Boston Tea Party were paid.

The Massachusetts Government Act, which restricted Massachusetts; democratic town meetings and turned the governor’s council into an appointed body.

The Administration of Justice Act, which made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in Massachusetts.

The Quartering Act, which required colonists to house and quarter British troops on demand, including in their private homes as a last resort.

Governor Ernest Vandiver signed legislation authorizing the construction of monuments to Georgians killed in battle at the Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields on March 28, 1961.

Identical 15 1/2-foot-tall monuments of Georgia blue granite were sculpted by Harry Sellers of Marietta Memorials. At the top of the shaft is the word “GEORGIA” over the state seal. Lower on the shaft is the inscription, “Georgia Confederate Soldiers, We sleep here in obedience; When duty called, we came; When Countdry called, we died.”

Georgia’s first “Sunshine Law” requiring open meetings of most state boards and commissions, was signed by Governor Jimmy Carter on March 28, 1972.

A nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania overheated on March 28, 1979 and within days radiation levels had risen in a four county area. It was the most serious accident in commercial nuclear history in the United States.

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Bart Simpson Chalkboard Erratum

Former United States Senator Saxby Chambliss has endorsed Karen Handel in the Sixth Congressional District.

Chambliss served in the United States Senate from 2003 to 2015.

“Karen is one of those people who simply gets things done,” he said. “Her reputation from Atlanta to Washington is that she is the kind of person…that you can work with. And she will do what she says she’s going to do.”

Handel is the candidate he “feels most comfortable” with as Republicans work to maintain control of the seat, which covers north Fulton and parts of Cobb and DeKalb counties.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to receive the support of Senator Chambliss, who was an effective advocate in Washington,” Handel added. “If elected to represent the 6th Congressional District, I intend to lead by his example and always put the interest of Georgians first.”

Senator David Perdue endorsed Dan Moody for the Sixth District this morning. From the Press Release:

U.S. Senator David Perdue today endorsed Dan Moody’s campaign for Congress in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  Perdue, a successful businessman and CEO before his outsider campaign for the U.S. Senate, is seen as a major force for change and getting things done in Washington, and is a staunch ally of President Donald Trump.

“In politics, there are endorsements and there are endorsements,” Moody said.  “This is an Endorsement with a capital “E.” and I couldn’t be prouder to have David’s support.  He is one of the top “get things done” members of the Senate and I look forward to helping him strike while the iron is hot and implement real conservative change in Washington.”

In the ad, Perdue says:

You sent me to Washington as an outsider to help fix a broken system. With a new president who isn’t afraid to shake things up, we finally have a real chance.

Trust me, we don’t need another career politician up here.

Dan Moody cares more about getting results, than getting credit. 

That’s so uncommon and exactly what we need.

Dan’s one of us.

The ad is running on broadcast and cable television across the district.  Bigly.

Liberal Democrat Jon Ossoff has Alyssa Milano and some guy I’ve never heard of driving voters to the polls for early voting.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for March 27, 2017


Dylan is a young male Labrador Retriever and Basset Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeless 2 Happiness in Blue Ridge, GA.

Dylan is a sweet, happy, loving baby boy, who is approximately 10 months old. He gets along great with other dogs, cats and children. He loves riding in the car with his person, going for walks and snuggling up in your lap. He is just a big baby all around.

Dylan will make a wonderful addition to any family. He is compact with a punch of awesome! Please consider making Dylan a special member of your family.

Sophie Blue Ridge

Sophie is a young female Miniature Pinscher and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Homeless 2 Happiness in Blue Ridge, GA.

Sophie has that puppy energy going on, loves to play with other dogs, cuddle with humans and is learning to play with toys.  Sophie will make a wonderful addition to any family as she seems to get along with everyone she has met.

Jersey Jacey

Jersey and Jacey are a bonded pair of Miniature Pinscher & Cocker Spaniel mix brother and sister who are available for adoption as a pair from Homeless 2 Happiness in Blue Ridge, GA.

Most important to note Jersey and Jacey are a BONDED pair who can NEVER be separated, they are available for adoption ONLY together and MUST remain together.

These little bundles of joy came to H2H after they were abandoned on the side of the road. They had demodex mange, fleas and were in real bad shape. After extensive vetting, bottle feeding and nurturing they were thriving and so full of energy. DNA tests revealved: Min pin, bichon, cocker spaniel and some other variations in there.

This brother and sister pair are about as bonded as they come, they cry without each other, they sleep together, eat together, play together…..they NEED each other. I cannot stress this enough.

Jersey stands quite a bit taller than his sister with his long skinny legs and fat little sausage body. He has big floppy ears, short coat and a spunky personality.

Jacey has short little legs, fat body and a medium length wirey coat! Total opposites, but such a cute pair.

They are both love bugs, they keep each other occupied with their antics and play all day long! Where one goes, the other isn’t far behind.