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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 7, 2014

Georgia and American History

Georgia voted for George Washington for President on January 7, 1789. Technically, they elected Presidential Electors who would later meet in Augusta and cast their ballots for Washington.

On January 7, 1795, Georgia Governor George Matthews signed the Yazoo Act, passed after four land companies bribed members of the General Assembly to vote for legislation selling more than 35 million acres of land for less than 2 cents per acre.

Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich (R) was re-elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on January 7, 1997. In the election for a second term, nine Republicans voted against the incumbent Speaker.

Runoff elections

Kelly Stewart (R) and Brad Raffensperger, (R) both of whom until recently served on the Johns Creek City Council, will meet in a runoff election for State House District 50. Because neither Stewart (44.06%) nor Raffensperger (41.89%) received more than 50% of the votes cast, a runoff election will be held February 3, 2015.

Many folks consider the Stewart v. Raffensperger matchup a continuation of the years-old rivalry between City Council factions that support or oppose the Mayor. If that’s the case, watch for the next four weeks to be heated.Continue Reading..


U. S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk Issues Statement on Speaker Vote

Washington, D.C. (January 6, 2015) | U.S. Rep Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) has released the following statement regarding today’s Speaker vote:

“This past November, Congressional Republicans were given the opportunity to nominate a candidate for Speaker of the House, yet no one stood up to present a viable alternative. When Republicans chose our nominee, I was one of three who voted for new leadership. However, nearly two months later, we still were not presented with another serious candidate.”

“Moving forward, I strongly encourage Speaker Boehner to listen more closely to the voices of the conservative electorate who sent members like me to Congress. Unlike any other time in America history, we are facing an unprecedented era of government overreach and power and must remain focused on the issues at hand: reducing our national debt, protecting our homeland security and preserving liberty for future generations,” said Rep. Barry Loudermilk.


Congressman Jody Hice Statement on Leadership Elections

WASHINGTON D.C.  “I am an unabashed and unapologetic conservative who believes that our Leadership in the House of Representatives should be principled and conservative. And during my campaign, I emphasized the need for strong conservative leadership in the House of Representatives.

That is precisely why when the Republican Conference met in November to elect our Leadership for the 114th Congress, I voted against nominating John Boehner to be the Republican nominee for Speaker. I was one of three out of 247 members of the Republican Conference to do so. I felt extremely disappointed that many of my conservative colleagues did not join with me in what was our only opportunity to nominate a conservative to represent us on the Floor in January — who could then marshal 218 votes against Nancy Pelosi. Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 7, 2015


William is a great-looking male dog. His breed is a Walker Hound and he has a tri-colored coat – mostly white on his body but black and brown on his head. He is about 2 years old. William is available for adoption from Carroll County Animal Control in Carrollton, Georgia.


Cute little Annabelle is one of a litter of Border Collie/Catahoula-mixes available for adoption. She is 8 weeks old and will probably be medium-sized when full grown.

Annabelle is available for adoption from Carroll County Animal Control in Carrollton, Georgia.


Derek is a handsome boy. He’s mostly Golden Retriever and has the wavy coat of that breed. He’s still young – only a year old – but has probably almost reached his full height although he will probably get slightly heavier.

Derek is available for adoption from Carroll County Animal Control in Carrollton, Georgia.


Packer is a very sweet Yellow Lab-mix boy. He was picked up as a stray and is looking for a new home. We estimate his age to be about 1 1/2 years. He has light-colored eyes and nose.

Packer is available for adoption from Carroll County Animal Control in Carrollton, Georgia.


Gov. Nathan Deal: Welcomes Mercedes-Benz to Georgia

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From Governor Nathan Deal


Deal: Welcomes Mercedes-Benz to Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal today made the following statement on the announcement of Mercedes-Benz USA’s upcoming move to Georgia.

“The relocation of Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. headquarters to Georgia is a huge win for our state,” said Deal. “This internationally renowned company is a pioneer in the automotive industry and I’m confident that its legacy of high-quality, innovative products will continue with the help of the Georgia’s pro-business environment and strategic resources. Much like the many other global companies headquartered here, Mercedes-Benz will find that Georgia’s community-based, community-driven support will benefit its employees during this time of transition.Continue Reading..


The potential problem with the proposed GPC-GSU merger

The issue I have is what happens to Georgia Perimeter College tuition rates? Will it skyrocket?

Current tuition at Georgia Perimeter is $88.67 per hour.

Over at Georgia State, it starts at $270.40 per hour and remains roughly three times the tuition rate of GPC.

I hope they’ll keep Georgia Perimeter tuition at the current rates going forward, as otherwise, I’d consider it a tax hike.


University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby, who has already led five college mergers, now wants the biggest yet: combining Georgia State University with Georgia Perimeter College to create the largest college in the state.

Huckaby plans to make that recommendation Tuesday to the Board of Regents, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned exclusively. The Regents, the University System’s governing body, would have to approve the proposal.

via Another merger proposed for Georgia public colleges |


Georgia newcomers fit in with GOP-controlled Congress |

With Republicans now controlling the Senate, Congress is entirely in GOP hands. Georgia has followed suit, as the delegation is the most Republican it has ever been — 75 percent of its members.

- See more at: California and Michigan boast bigger freshman classes, and it’s Georgia’s largest group of newcomers since 2003.

All five — U.S. Sen. David Perdue and U.S. Reps. Rick Allen, Buddy Carter, Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk — are white male Republicans, but they come from varied corners of the state and have vastly different career and political experience.

via Georgia newcomers fit in with GOP-controlled Congress |


Medical Marijuana Is on Its Way to Salem (Massachussetts) – Health –

If all goes well, Salem (Massachussetts) will have the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state to officially open for business.

Massachusetts public health officials Wednesday granted the state’s first certificate of registration for the growth and distribution of medical marijuana to Salem’s Alternative Therapies Group, Inc. (ATG).

ATG can now begin growing marijuana for medical use at its cultivation site at 10 Industrial Way in Amesbury. A dispensary site at 50 Grove Street in Salem has also been approved to begin operations.

At this point, the company has entered the inspection phase of the process, during which the Mass. Department of Public Health’s Medical use of Marijuana Program officials will conduct unannounced inspections to ensure “safe patient access” to medical marijuana.

via Medical Marijuana Is on Its Way to Salem – Health –


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

Georgia History

Samuel Elbert was elected Governor of Georgia for a one-year term on January 6, 1785. Elbert was an early participant in Patriot meetings at Tondee’s Tavern, a Lt. Colonel in the first group of troops raised in Georgia, and a prisoner of war, exchanged for a British General, and eventually promoted to Brigadier General reporting to Gen. George Washington. As Governor, Elbert oversaw the charter of the University of Georgia and afterward, he served briefly as Sheriff of Chatham County.

On January 6, 1961, United States District Court Judge William Bootle found that Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter were “fully qualified for immediate admission” to the University of Georgia and “would already have been admitted had it not been for their race and color,” ordering the desegregation of UGA.

On January 6, 1988, the United States Postal Service released a stamp commemorating the bicentennial of Georgia’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

State Capitol History: Dover, Delaware

Dover, Delaware was first settled by the Dutch prior to 1631 and later colonized under William Penn. The city of Dover was founded in 1717 and became the Capitol of Delaware in 1777. In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in a ratification convention held at Battell’s Tavern, which is also known as the Golden Fleece Tavern. Here’s an excerpt from the history of the Constitution according to the State of Delaware.

The Continental Congress adopted the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. An official copy of the document was presented to the Delaware Assembly by the President of Delaware, Thomas Collins, on October 24, 1787, along with four petitions containing 171 signatures urging ratification.

On November 10, 1787, both branches of the Delaware Legislature adopted a bill which called for a State Convention to be held in Dover, Delaware, on December 3, 1787, for the purpose of considering the ratification of the new Federal Constitution. This piece of legislation provided for the election of ten persons to be selected in each county to attend this convention.

The elections were held and thirty men were chosen to meet in Dover and decide the action Delaware would take on this important matter. History tells us that all the elections were orderly with one exception–the one held in Sussex County. here we find, from the words of a political pamphleteer of the time that armed men prevented a fair election.

Delaware was such a small state in 1787, and many were afraid that the much larger states surrounding Delaware would take advantage of her. Others believed that the only way to survive as a small state would be to join in a union with the larger states. Fortunately, our leaders of Delaware were intelligent men and made the wise decision to ratify the Constitution as soon as possible. Rhode Island, on the other hand, was another small state in similar circumstances, but it was the last of the 13 states to ratify the Constitution.

It’s funny to me to see the rivalry demonstrated in that last sentence between the two smallest states in our nation. So cute! December 7th of each year is celebrated as “Delaware Day” in recognintion of its historic role in the adoption of the Constitution.

Also funny? The tavern that hosted the ratification convention submitted an invoice for “use of a room, fire wood + candles for 5 days for the Convention.”


Georgia Politics

Sunday night will see the Wild Hog Supper, the traditional kickoff of the General Assembly Session.

Stan Jester Swearing In

Yesterday, Stan Jester was sworn-in as a member of the DeKalb County Board of Education, with the Oath administered by Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote about the kerfuffle caused by DeKalb County Schools trying to treat an elected member of their Board as an employee:

Jester said in the statement that he would put his reports online “for anyone to see” and challenged the rest of the board members to do the same.

“I do reject the manner and rationale of the board chair in dealing with this issue,” Jester said in the emailed statement to Channel 2. “It has ranged from inaccurate to intimidating. Rather than try to bully or embarrass other board members, I will take great care to do what is in the best interests of children and taxpayers.”

A check of online court records by The AJC did not show any cases or liens involving Jester.

Reining in the inexorable expansion of government and government power has to start somewhere. Here it is one citizen standing up for his rights against a public entity he was elected to help govern, not to subjugate himself to. In 2009, DeKalb County Public Schools was the sixth largest employer in Atlanta.Continue Reading..


New Years Resolution – Adoptable Dogs for January 6, 2014

The following dogs are brought to you by Mrs. GaPundit.


New Year’s Resolution:  To volunteer

The Dog:   Bojangles, from the Dolly Goodpuppy Society in Barnesville, Georgia.

Adult male Beagle mix. Bo is the perfect gentleman. He loves people and attention, does great with kids and was a big hit when he visited the nursing home over the holidays. This little guy is just a lover and would be an easy addition into any family. Besides, how could you say no to that face!? Email [email protected] for more information. Please complete an online application at

The Scoop:  Bojangles, with his sweet personality and friendliness, was a huge hit when visiting the nursing home!  We at GaPundit have seen firsthand what joy our Roxy brought to some nursing home residents a few years ago, and it is a noble calling.
New Year’s Resolution:  To exercise
The Scoop:  Your spouse may not love the idea of an early morning run, but a border collie will never say no to a brisk jog.  This smiling girl is leash-trained, around 4 or 5 years old, and full of energy!  She needs some serious playtime and running time; and lots of petting, of course.
Oreo is a female border collie mix, she’s approximately 4-5 years old. She’s very sweet and loving with people and kids, but due to her higher engergy level she might do better in a home with no small children. Oreo walks well on a leash, obeys basic commands and is an absolute sweetheart! She needs a person or family that will be active in playing with her and/or have a large fenced yard for her to play in.
New Year’s Resolution:  To nurture spiritual gifts
The Scoop:  Maggie already knows her gift is to serve, and she wants a job.  What she needs is someone to develop her gift(s) and put her to use.  Is she good for children to read to?  Is she meant to be trained for detection?  Of course working dogs still keep the fun/snuggly qualities of being a regular pet.
Maggie is a VERY intelligent, leash trained, energetic border collie/blue heeler mix. She learns very quickly and is food motivated. Maggie will need a home that appreciates her need to work. She is friendly with both dogs and people. If you have the jobs and the training Maggie is ready to serve. Her wage requirements are low. She works for only food and love. Her brief period of unemployment will not last long. So call now!
Resolution:  A new start
The Scoop:  Brownie was rescued from a drug dealer’s home.  He is slow to trust – heaven knows what happened to him – but once he knows you, he bonds deeply.  He is loving, calm, and not aggressive.
Brownie is an adult male shar pei mix, around 40 pounds, that was rescued from a home that was being used to sell drugs. Brownie is a truly wonderful dog once you get to know him but he is shy. There is not a mean or aggressive bone in his body-he is an absolute sweetheart when he gets to know you but you do have to earn his trust. Brownie is a very calm, laid back boy and would probably be better for a quiet home-he will bond very deeply with whoever adopts him. He is good with other dogs but would probably be happier if they are more calm and laid back like him.