Adoptable Georgia dogs for August 27, 2014


Enos is a hound dog, about 2 years old who loves everyone and plays well with other dogs. He especially love to play in the water. If it is a nice day outside, you might find him playing in the kiddie pool at the shelter. Enos is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, Georgia.

Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae is a 2-year old Treeing Walker Coonhound. Ellie Mae is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, Georgia.


Lulu is a nearly-five year old Treeing Walker Coonhound who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, Georgia.

2010 and 2012 General Election Voter Turnout by Race

2010 General Election Voters by Race

Black White Asian-PI Hisp-LT NativeAm Other Unknown All non-W/B Total Voters
2010 General 740,997 1,738,521 16,596 19,320 402 17,407 89,284 143,009 2,622,527
28.26% 66.29% 0.63% 0.74% 0.02% 0.66% 3.40% 5.45%

2010 Data Source: Secretary of State


2012 General Election Voters by Race

Black White Asian-PI Hisp-LT NativeAm Other Unknown All non-W/B Total Voters
2012 General 1,168,287 2,399,345 39,699 51,829 1029 33,962 213,899 340,418 3,908,050
29.89% 61.39% 1.02% 1.33% 0.03% 0.87% 5.47% 8.71%

2012 Source: Secretary of State


Note: in each of the above tables, “All non-W/B” combines the numbers for Asian-Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, “Other,” voters and voters whose race in unknown.




How timely – Attorney General Sam Olens Prevails in Lawsuit Defending Open Government

via Press Release:

On August 21, 2014, Judge Robert Adamson ruled in favor of Attorney General Sam Olens in a lawsuit filed in June 2012 against the City of Cumming and Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt for violations of the Open Meetings Act. Judge Adamson ordered the defendants to pay $12,000 in penalties, the highest amount possible under the law. Defendants have also been ordered to pay attorney’s fees in an amount to be determined at a later hearing.

“This ruling is a major victory for government transparency,” said Olens. “Georgians deserve a government that operates openly and honestly. The essence of our democracy is that elected officials are held accountable to the citizens and that citizens are allowed to exercise their rights granted by the First Amendment.” (more…)

#DraftNancy – Nancy Jester for DeKalb Commission

In the vacuum left by Elaine Boyer’s resignation yesterday from the DeKalb County Commission, now more than ever, we in DeKalb County need a principled fiscal conservative we can trust.

In my opinion, Nancy Jester is the right choice.

Nancy Jester Josh McKoon Molly Dye

In her race for State School Superintendent in this year’s Republican Primary, Nancy Jester carried nearly 40% of DeKalb County votes in a nine-candidate race.

Because more than 180 days remain in the unexpired term of Elaine Boyer, the seat will be filled by Special Election, if I am correct.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 26, 2014

On August 26, 1864, having withdrawn from trenches and fortifications outside Atlanta the previous day, U.S. General Sherman sent most of his forces westward around Atlanta and toward the south of the city.

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. Ratification took place on August 18, 1920, as the Tennessee House of Representatives adopted it, but adoption became official on August 26, when United States Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the Amendment. It reads:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

On August 26, 1939, the first televised major league baseball game aired, as the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader in Ebbets Field.

On August 26, 1961, the 718th Engineer Light Equipment Company of Fort Valley and the 210th Signal Base Depot Company of Augusta were called up to take part in the American response to the crisis in Berlin.

President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 26, 1964.

On August 26, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.

On August 26, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a Welfare Reform bill, called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

More easy listening and a question for readers

Last week, we had a great discussion of the week’s developments in Georgia Politics. You can listen on Fridays at 3 PM on 88.5 FM in Atlanta or on the GPB radio network statewide. They’ve also started posting the show on the GPB website.

Click here for last week’s show, when Bill Nigut hosted me, Republican Eric Tanenblatt, Democrats Buddy Darden and Tharon Johnson, and AJC Political Insider Jim Galloway.

Here’s my question for you: do you listen to podcasts? If so, what are your favorites?

Elaine Boyer resigns from DeKalb Commission

Yesterday, Elaine Boyer resigned her seat on the DeKalb County Commission, where she has served since her election in 1992. From WSB-TV: (more…)

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 26, 2014


Sonny is an American Bulldog/Foxhound mix who is one loving boy, he gets along with everyone and just makes everyone smile. He likes to swim, loves to hike, and would be the perfect exercise partner. Sonny is available for adoption from Dixie Dog Rescue in Vidalia, GA.


In February, Cher was struck by a car on I-285 in Cobb County, Georgia. One of Furkids/SmallDog Rescue’s volunteers spotted Cher on the side of the road and stopped. With the help of several police cars and officers, the volunteer was able to get Cher to an emergency veterinarian hospital. Thousands of dollars were raised to help pay for Cher’s medical treatments.

Cher is finally healed from her double hip surgery and heartworm treatment and she now weighs 40 lbs. Cher is very playful, still acts like a puppy, and is good with dogs that are smaller in size. Cher’s DNA test found her to be 50% Staffordshire Terrier, 25% Akita and 25% Belgian Malinois. Cher is available for adoption from Small Dog Rescue (A Division of Furkids) in Atlanta, GA.


Babe is a 1-2 year old husky/shep mix (she looks very much like a blonde husky) who was found near death by a good samaritan. Poor Babe had been shot and the wound was starting to fester. Thankfully, she was taken in for veterinary care in time to safe her life.

Babe is a very friendly, outgoing and affectionate dog. She is a true testament that most dogs do not hold grudges about their previous mistreatment-she loves everyone and just has a great temperament. She is playful and fun loving and would be a fantastic pet for a home with kids. She is good with most other dogs (untested with cats). She is intelligent and learns quickly. Babe is spayed, current on shots, on heartworm prevention and crate trained/housebroken.

Babe is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

Gov. Nathan Deal: Recommends Computer Programming Satisfy Core Requirement

Your Georgia Desk

From Governor Nathan Deal

Deal recommends computer programming satisfy core requirement

Governor: Georgia businesses say skilled computer programmers, software developers in demand

Gov. Nathan Deal today recommended the State Board of Education amend state policy to allow computer programming courses to satisfy core requirements — math, science or foreign language — for receiving a high school diploma. Deal is asking the Board of Regents of the University System to follow suit by accepting these courses for admission into institutions of higher education.

“Students need to acquire the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the modern workforce,” Deal said. “Computing is currently one of the fastest growing occupations in the country with average salaries nearly twice the national rate. In fact, more than half of the projected job growth in the STEM fields will be in computing occupations. We must begin training our young people in these areas prior to their post-secondary education so they are prepared to fill these high-wage, in-demand positions.”

“This change will support our STEM efforts — science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. (more…)

GA – 1 Buddy Carter: An Earth Day Surprise

Your Washington – GA 1 – Desk

From GOP Congressional- nominee  Buddy Carter

An Earth Day Surprise


For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

On April 22nd of this year we celebrated Earth Day, a day traditionally set aside to appreciate our world and protect our environment.

Also on Earth Day this year, Jud Turner, Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of Georgia, announced a new policy that the Department would be implementing to decide how buffers will be determined along the coastal marshlands.

The new policy announced by Turner deals with buffers along saltwater marshes and where they are measured from.

Buffers along state waters was first addressed by the state legislature in 1975 when the Erosion and Sedimentation Act (E&S Act) was passed.

The E&S Act called for a 25 foot buffer along the banks of all state waters, as measured horizontally from the point where vegetation has been wrested by normal stream flow or wave action.

In interpreting the E&S Act, EPD had determined that two elements must be present to establish a buffer- a bank to waters of the state and wrested vegetation. (more…)