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19
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 19, 2015

Jeb

JEB is an adult male German Shepherd mix around 4 years old and full of energy! Jeb gets along great with other dogs and loves to romp around with them outside. He needs to learn some manners, but is very food motivated and intelligent, and picks up on commands quickly. Jeb would do best in a home without small children, as he does not know his own strength or size. This stunning shepherd mix would make a wonderful running partner or playmate for another active dog. JEB is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services in Atlanta, GA.

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George (the first), an adult male Terrier mix, was found on the side of the road, after he had been dumped – thrown off the back of a truck. He was brought into a rural Georgia animal control in Jasper County. George had a very rough start to his life, when he was brought in, it looked as though he had been used as a bait dog in dog fighting. They also had filed all his teeth down so he could not defend himself when the fighting dogs went after him.

Because of George’s poor up bringing he has no trust in other dogs, he was taught that all dogs were out to kill him, and because of this he needs to be the only dog in the house. However George loves people and is sweet as pie! He comes running up to you with a big smile and truly just wants to be loved on. He would make an excellent companion and just wants a gentle place to lay his head. He is such an amazing fella and needs his happily ever after so bad! He deserves to live the rest of his life safe and comfortable!! He would be FOREVER grateful! – such a sweetie!!!

George is available for adoption from Rescue Me Ga Inc in Dunwoody, GA.

GeorgeLNR

George (the Second) is a young adult Pointer/Coonhound mix about four years old, though he may have some Rottweiler. He is laid back, friendly, loves kids, and enjoys playing in a kiddie pool. George is available for adoption from Little Nuggets Rescue in Snellville, GA.

Walker

Walker is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Life is Labs Rescue in Temple, GA.

Randy and Sam

Thanks to all of you who gave to support this American Veteran Randy, along with his service dog Sam and personal pet Hot Rod. Randy’s friends are only $72 away from hitting their fundraising goal. Can you help them finish the drill?

18
Feb

Sen. David Perdue: In Israel with PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Via The Times of Israel

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US Senator David Perdue in Jerusalem on February 18, 2015.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said Israel is aware of the details of the negotiations between Iran and world powers on its nuclear program, as reports surfaced indicating that the US was leaving Jerusalem out of the loop on the ongoing talks.

European officials confirmed that the US State Department cautioned them against providing Israel with sensitive information on the current round of negotiations with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The account came amid vehement denials by the White House and State Department that they had stopped updating Jerusalem on the progress in the talks, even though Netanyahu hinted Monday that Israel was indeed not being fully apprised.

In a meeting with US Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia) on Wednesday, Netanyahu said Israel knows the contours of the agreement emerging from the talks, warning that it is “a bad deal, a dangerous deal.”

“While Islamic State butchers the innocent, the Islamic Republic of Iran is relentlessly pursuing nuclear weapons with the express purpose of destroying the State of Israel. The P5+1’s latest proposal won’t stop them,” Netanyahu said.Continue Reading..

18
Feb

VIDEO – Sen. Bruce Thompson: Introduces a Bill to Stop Smoking In a Car with Kids

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From Senator Bruce Thompson

Sen. Bruce Thompson Introduces a Bill to Stop Smoking In a Car with Kids

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18
Feb

VIDEO – Senate Press Office: Senate in a Minute: Day 17 with Sen. P.K. Martin

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From The Senate Press Office and Senator P.K. Martin

Senate in a Minute: Day 17

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18
Feb

Sen. Bruce Thompson: Update from the Gold Dome

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From Senator Bruce Thompson

Senator Bruce Thompson

Update from the Gold Dome

Work in the Senate has definitely picked up steam this week. On Wednesday, the Senate passed our version of the fiscal year 2015 amended budget in House Bill 75. There are very few differences in the budget proposals from the Governor that have now been vetted by the House and Senate. Some of the highlights include an additional $126.2 million to account for midterm enrollment growth in our K-12 education system and $2.4 million for enrollment growth in charter systems.

All three versions of the budget include an additional $4.9 million to fund clinical trials for children with medication resistant epilepsy, $515,000 to establish the Georgia Film Academy to train students for jobs in the booming Georgia film industry and $6.2 million in state and federal funds to hire 103 additional Child Protective Services caseworkers. Another important line item is the $20 million allocated for deal closing initiatives to encourage companies to relocate to Georgia. The amended budget is a testament to the sound fiscal policies of our state that make Georgia the number one state to do business.

On Thursday, the Senate made a bold and decisive step towards ending child sex trafficking in Georgia. It is a sad fact that criminals have had far too easy a time abducting, victimizing and selling children as part of an underground sex trade. Through the great work of my Senate colleague Sen. Renee Unterman, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 7 and Senate Bill 8 with bipartisan support.

Senate Bill 8 creates the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund and Commission, increases the legal punishments for perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse and adds more protections for victims of these despicable situations. These legal protections range from increases on the statute of limitations for civil claims against sex traffickers to the forfeiting of cars used to operate these illegal businesses. The bill also requires convicted sex traffickers to be listed on the sexual offender registry.

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18
Feb

Sen. Jeff Mullis: Update from the Gold Dome

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From Senator Jeff Mullis

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Sen. Jeff Mullis: Update from the Gold Dome

More bills are making their way out of committees and onto the Senate floor as we approach the halfway point of the legislative session. The Senate continues its work to pass sound policies that ensure a better future for the people who our great state “home.”

In 2014, the Georgia General Assembly passed SB 65, a measure allowing licensed professional counselors (LPCs) to perform emergency examinations on individuals who are mentally ill or drug or alcohol dependent. These examinations are used to determine whether an individual requires involuntary treatment. Previously, the only people able to authorize these emergency examinations were medical doctors and psychologists. This bill included a sunset clause repealing the act in its entirety if is not extended through legislative action by March 15, 2015.

Last week, the Georgia Senate passed SB 53 to extend the sunset clause to June 30, 2018.  This extension will allow the state to collect enough data to determine if it is beneficial for LPCs to continue conducting these examinations. SB 53 now goes to the House for consideration.

The Senate also approved several bills focused on protecting family structure and the safety of children last week. Senate Bill 3, the “Supporting and Strengthening Families Act,” will allow parents to temporarily transfer custodial oversight to another adult during times when extenuating circumstances impact the ability to properly care for a child. Companion bills SB 8 and SR 7 aim to bring more severe punishments to those who capitalize on the innocence of a child and establishes a fund that provides support services to these victims.

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18
Feb

SOS Brian Kemp: Alerts Georgia Corporations About Solicitations

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From Secretary of State Brian Kemp 

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Secretary Kemp Alerts Georgia Corporations About Solicitations

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is alerting corporations today that his office has received recent complaints about solicitations sent from a firm called “Georgia Council for Corporations.” The firm offers to complete corporate meeting minutes on behalf of Georgia corporations for a fee of $125. Georgia corporations are not required by law to file corporate minutes with the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division.

Secretary Kemp said, “Georgia’s corporations should be cautious regarding any suspicious solicitation, and practice their due diligence to prevent corporate fraud and identity theft.”

Although the solicitation from the Georgia Council for Corporations contains language from various Georgia Code sections and a disclaimer stating, “Georgia Council for Corporations is not a government agency and does not have or contract with any government agency to provide this service.  This does not fulfill the Georgia annual report filing requirement,” some corporate officers have been understandably confused by the official-looking documents. It is important to remember that any official statement or request from the Secretary of State will clearly indicate its origin by displaying the State Seal and the name of Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

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18
Feb

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: 80,000 ‘Lost’ Lerner Emails Recovered By IRS Watchdog

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From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

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80,000 ‘Lost’ Lerner Emails Recovered By IRS Watchdog

Last week some 80,000 emails to and from former IRS executive Lois Lerner were recovered by the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) watchdog agency, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Both the former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois Lerner and current IRS Commissioner John Koskien have testified before Congress that these emails were “permanently lost” and they went to “great lengths” to recover them. The newfound emails that were previously said to be “destroyed” raise serious questions and concerns about the truthfulness of the IRS throughout the investigation. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s statement.

“It’s time for the administration to come clean,” stated Westmoreland. “It is very obvious the IRS is attempting to cover something up. Their definition of ‘great lengths’ must be vastly different than mine, and fits in the pattern of the administration’s constant inability to produce documents to Congress. The American people deserve to know the truth about this targeting scandal and I hope that these 80,000 emails will provide answers to two year old questions.

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18
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 18, 2015

The following beautiful dogs are all urgent at the Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.
DJ

D.J. is a 8-9 month old Lab mix puppy who loves to play with his tennis ball and is very friendly. D.J. is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.

Dundee

Dundee is a one-year old friendly Shepherd mix weighing 42 pounds and loves to smile. Dundee is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.

Rex

Rex is a sweet little one-year old low-rider Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.

And lest anyone think that GaPundit doesn’t love our brother and sister humans – we do, preferably in small groups – here’s a fundraiser we can all get behind.

Randy and Sam

This Is Randy!  His service dog’s name is Sam and his personal pet is Hot Rod. He is a homeless vet behind in need of any help he can get.  He is currently staying at motor lodge in cedartown ga. He is behind on his rent. He has had brain surgery and can’t work normal jobs that require physical labor because me mobility is off as well as my speech. Please help, it’s getting cold these days!! He can be contacted at 404 645 6914 for the time being.

The Cedartown humane society has paid for his dogs vetting and food items. The money collected here will go towards a permanent home for him. The only issue with renting is that if he doesn’t have help he will not be able to pay rent. He is now working with a lawyer (who is kindly offering his services for free) to get his VA benefits back. There is/was some mix up with his name which is why he hasn’t had is benefits. Another thing, he has had multiple brain surgeries so renting he would need to be able to keep a job. Trust me folks we (a whole team of people are trying to get him situated). Thank you so much for your time, donations, sharing etc. Will update soon!

Click here to give to Randy, Sam and Hot Rod and to honor the veteran in your life.

Randy Sam Hot Rod

 

 

 

18
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 18, 2015

Alexander Stephens, who was born in Crawfordville, Taliaferro County, Georgia, was inaugurated as Vice President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861. Stephens graduated from Franklin College, later known as the University of Georgia, and served in the Georgia legislature. Stephens opposed Georgia’s secession. One year later, Georgia’s delegation to the Confederate Congress, numbering ten members, was sworn in.

Ina Dillard was born on February 18, 1868 in Oglethorpe County Georgia. She married Richard Russell, who served on the Georgia Court of Appeals and as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Their son, Richard B. Russell, Jr., would be elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker and became the youngest Governor of Georgia in the 20th Century. In 1932 he ran for United States Senate and was elected.

In 1936, Russell was elected to his first full term in the Senate over former Governor Eugene Talmadge. In 1952, Russell ran for the Democratic nomination for President and he was an early mentor for Lyndon B. Johnson, who later served as President. Russell served on the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President Kennedy.

Russell served as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee for many years. Russell was an acknowledged leader within the Senate, and especially among Southern members, and he led much of the opposition to civil rights legislation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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