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26
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 26, 2015

Colonists in Georgia signed a letter allowing the beginning of the slave trade in Georgia on October 26, 1749.

Georgia Sons of Liberty protested against the British Stamp Act on October 26, 1765.

On October 25, 1774, the First Continental Congress addressed a petition to King George III raising concerns about the Coercive Acts passed by Parliament and asserting its loyalty to the monarch.

A state Constitutional Convention at Milledgeville, Georgia repealed the state’s Ordinance of Secession on October 26, 1865.

The wooden keel of USS Monitor was laid at Continental Iron Works at Greenpoint, New York on October 25, 1861.

President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act on October 26, 2001.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The AJC has an article about Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed blocking his critics on Twitter.

Blocked by Kasim Reed

You can count me among the rogues gallery of folks who had the audacity to question hizzoner. Actually, I don’t think I wrote anything against him, but that it was a preemptive strike. Also blocked is the @GaPundit account. Presumably we’re guilty of Tweeting while Republican.

Jim Galloway of the AJC Political Insider has a great story about Senator Ross Tolleson, who retired earlier this month from the State Senate, citing early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

Earlier this month, state Sen. Ross Tolleson, a Republican of some weight in the state Capitol, abruptly announced his retirement after 12 years in the Legislature.

In other decades, he might have cited unspecified health issues, or a desire to spend more time with his family. Instead, the 59-year-old lawmaker let the truth be known: He has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

“I’m not going to hide from life. And I’m not going to lay on the porch, either,” said Tolleson, as we sat in his pine-paneled office in downtown Perry. His family had once been in the lumber business.

“I’m going to talk about America, because I’m concerned about the nation. I love America more than the politics, and that’s what’s gone wrong. If you turn on TV and watch Washington D.C., it’s just politics. What happened to America?” he said.

Tolleson came to the Senate in 2003, replacing Sonny Perdue – who had left the chamber to seek employment elsewhere.

The new guy and I struck up a friendship as members of a small, select club at the state Capitol. We both got our first taste of politics by interning for U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn – me in ’77, he in ’78.

That piece typifies what Jim Galloway does best, in my opinion, weaving together personal details from a political career and pointing to big questions ahead.

James Pettis joined the race to succeed Former Senator Ross Tolleson, bringing the clown car field to six.

“I am frustrated with the negative impacts that too much government involvement has created and the direction politicians are taking,” Pettis said in a written statement announcing his candidacy for the state Senate District 20 seat.

Pettis said he began his professional life as a teacher at Perdue Elementary School before starting his own business. He and his family live in Kathleen.

State Senate District 20 covers all of Bleckley, Laurens and Pulaski counties, plus most of Houston County.

The other candidates so far are Houston County residents Vivian Childs, Brooks Keisler, Michael Reece and Larry Walker III as well as Laurens County’s Jon Martin.

Perry City Councilman Riley Hunt is seeking a final term on council before retiring, while retired school teacher Le Ann Tuggle seeks to send Hunt to an early retirement from politics.

The Savannah Morning News writes that crime is the biggest issue in their Alderman’s election for Post 2.

Former Congressman Jack Kingston took up the pen for a look at the Washington fight over who will succeed Rep. John Boehner as Speaker of the House.

I believe Paul Ryan is up for this the challenge. He’s a patriotic, dedicated, natural leader. But he is right in making certain requests from the caucus first. Really, he needs three things before taking the job: 1) he must assemble a kitchen cabinet consisting of Freedom Caucus representatives, moderates, libertarians, and social conservatives; 2) this cabinet must provide a pathway to settling the debt ceiling, budget, and reconciliation in the next 60 days; and 3) establish a six-month peace treaty into the new year in order for him to begin to address the issues of the day without being booted.

If Paul Ryan is not ready or willing, then I know at least two Georgians who could take the gavel and run with it: Lynn Westmoreland and Tom Price.

But whoever is Speaker, and whatever party is in power in the House or in the White House, it’s high time we all hold hands and enter the Forbidden Forest. It’s not a matter of politics; it’s a matter of country.

Hello, Kitty!

I guess it’s not actually an endorsement, but Hello, Kitty is making an appearance in the Brookhaven City Council District 1 election, via campaign direct mail, below.Continue Reading..

23
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 23, 2015

On the Presidential campaign trail, Franklin Delano Roosevelt arrived in Atlanta on October 23, 1932, speaking to 10,000, and continued on to his “second home” at Warm Springs, Georgia.

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FDR campaigning in Atlanta and Georgia in 1932.

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When he arrived at Warm Springs, FDR gave a short speech:

“Two more weeks to go. . . . First, let me say this: this old hat, a lot of you people have seen it before. It’s the same hat. But I don’t think it is going to last much longer after the 8th of November. I have a superstition about hats in campaigns, and I am going to wear it until midnight of the 8th of November. . . . Well, it’s fine to see, and I’m looking forward to coming down here for the usual Thanksgiving party at Warm Springs, and having a real old-fashioned Thanksgiving with my neighbors again. I thank you!”

On October 23, 1971, the Coca-Cola Company launched the advertising campaign “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”

Georgia-born Clarence Thomas was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 23, 1991.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados will take the ice as the first female player in the Southern Professional Hockey League, playing goalie for the Columbus Cottonmouths.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

It’s candidate forum time in cities across Georgia. Brookhaven had a forum for Mayoral and City Council candidates earlier this week. It got interesting about 36 minutes in.

Continue Reading..

23
Oct

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 23, 2015

Flower

Flower is a female Welsh Corgi & Shepherd Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Douglas County Animal Control in Douglasville, GA.

Freeman

Freeman is a young male Welsh Corgi mix who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter and Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County in Marietta, GA. Freeman is darling and sweet. He is happy, playful, and sits when told. He has an adorable face and he was excited to get outside for the first time on picture day since coming to the shelter as a stray on 10/10/2015. Freeman is about a year old and 23 lbs. He is current on his vaccines and neutered. Freeman’s ID# is 579585.

Kayla

Kayla is a young female Welsh Corgi mix who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter and Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County in Marietta, GA.

Kayla is a very sweet, loving, 22 pound, 1 and 1/2 year old girl. She just wants to be held and will sit and stay when told. Kayla is very quiet and calm in her cage. She seems to be house trained as she keeps her cage clean as slong as she can. Kayla came to the shelter as a lost stray on Oct. 13th and is currently available for adoption. Kayla’s ID# is 579681.

Mac

Mac is a 15-pound male Welsh Corgi mix who is available for adoption from Furkids Dog Shelter in Alpharetta,GA.

Mac was picked up as a stray by animal control and subsequently rescued by Furkids. He weighs just 15 lbs. but has a huge personality. If you are looking for a perfect family dog that is also loving and loyal, Mac is your match. He is shy at first, but as soon as he knows he is loved and feels secure, he makes friends with everyone and gives love equally. He is playful, happy, affectionate and forever grateful for being saved from “death row” and given a chance. Mac is good with other dogs and cats. He is smart and very aware of the changes around him.

Mac is house trained and loves going for walks. He also loves sleeping next his human and loves affection.

22
Oct

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 22, 2015

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Number 3439 (above) and 3443 (below) are female Border Collie & American Bulldog Mix puppies who are available for adoption from Gordon County Animal Shelter in Calhoun, GA.

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Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter (male, above) and Noah (male, below) are Yorkshire Terrier mix puppies from the same litter who are available for adoption from Animal Rescue League of Northwest Georgia in Calhoun, GA.

Peanut loves to run and play in the yard with his buddy’s. Chase is a favorite past time . He does great with other dogs , but will try to be all terrier if he see’s a strange dog. He is a awesome little boy who loves to cuddle , and give sweet little kisses. He loves to kiss !

Noah is the shy one of these baby’s. He is very quiet but will bark to alert. He loves to run and play chase, it is one of his favorite things to do with his brother. He loves to cuddle up in a fluffy dog bed for a nap afterwards. He also loves to cuddle with you. He is a real sweetheart.

The brothers must be adopted together, and the adoption fee is $350 for both.

Noah

Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and SAFE Adoption Center will host Howl-O-Ween on Sunday from 2-5 PM.

The event, taking place at the shelter at 4214 Fulton Mill Road, is scheduled for Sunday from 2-5 p.m. It is free and for people only, so no personal pets are allowed. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and do some trick-or-treating, and Mike Fuller the Magician will be performing, the release said.

The center will be accepting donations of Purina Dog and Puppy Chow, Purina Cat and Kitten Chow, non-clumping clay kitty litter, stainless steel food bowls, small washable cat and puppy beds, dog and cat toys and slip dog leashes.

There will be opportunities to tour the adoption and kennel areas and learn more about the new facility and how people can volunteer their time or foster an animal. Betsy the Pet Nanny will be on hand to help families know how to keep their pets safe while they’re not at home, and Barker’s Good Puppies will offer people tips and techniques on training their dogs at home, according to the release.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/living/pets/article40796559.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.macon.com/living/pets/article40796559.html#storylink=cpy
22
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 22, 2015

General James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, signed a treaty with the Spanish government of Florida on October 22, 1736.

On October 22, 1832, the Cherokee Land Lottery began in Milledgeville, with more than 200,000 Georgians competing for 53,309 lots of land.

Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation on October 22, 1887 that increased the number of justices on the Georgia Supreme Court from 3 to 5.

President Grover Cleveland arrived in Atlanta for the Cotton States and International Exposition on October 22, 1895.

On October 22, 1991, the Braves played Minnesota in the first World Series game in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves won Game 2 of the 1995 World Series, beating Cleveland 4-3, on October 22, 1995.

Georgia artist Howard Finster died on October 22, 2001.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Congressman Barry Loudermilk, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, will support Paul Ryan for Speaker if the Wisconsin Republican decides to seek the seat.

“We believe in freedom and freedom of expression and we don’t want to be constrained and controlled, so it makes it even harder to be Speaker over a Republican majority because a lot of times Democrats are willing to compromise their principles just to go along with the team,” Loudermilk said. “It’s harder to do that on the Republican side, because we’re ideologically driven.”

Loudermilk said he supports Ryan but needs to know more about Ryan’s conditions before casting his vote.

“I believe I can get to a place where I would support him, if the rules are in place that constrains the power of the Speaker,” Loudermilk said.

Meanwhile, his colleague in the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jody Hice, told Daniel Malloy of hte AJC that he didn’t vote for Ryan in the HFC vote, but may have left the door open to supporting Ryan on the floor.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp found that Angela Moore is not properly qualified as a candidate in the November 3 Special Election for Senate District 43, which includes parts of DeKalb, Newton, and Rockdale counties.Continue Reading..

21
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 21, 2015

USS Constitution, named by President George Washington, was launched in Boston Harbor on October 21, 1791.

During the War of 1812, the Constitution won its enduring nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British warship Guerriére in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shots merely bounced off the Constitution‘s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. The success of the Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous morale boost for the young American republic.

Today, Constitution serves as a museum ship, and has sailed under her own power as recently as 2012. Southern live oak, harvested and milled on St. Simons Island, Georgia, is a primary construction material for Constitution.

Dizzy Gillespie was born on this day in 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina.

President Warren G. Harding spoke in Alabama on October 21, 1921, and publicly condemned the practice of lynching.

Harding was a progressive Republican politician who advocated full civil rights for African Americans and suffrage for women. He supported the Dyer Anti-lynching Bill in 1920. As a presidential candidate that year, he gained support for his views on women’s suffrage, but faced intense opposition on civil rights for blacks. The 1920s was a period of intense racism in the American South, characterized by frequent lynchings. In fact, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) reported that, in 1920, lynching claimed, on average, the lives of two African Americans every week.

On October 21, 1976, Billy Carter spoke to an audience in Albany, Georgia, about his brother’s campaign for President.

On his brother Jimmy’s drinking habits, Billy said, “Jimmy used to drink liquor. Now he’s running for president he drinks Scotch, and I’ve never trusted a Scotch drinker.” Billy preferred the alcohol choice of his brother’s running mate, Walter Mondale – “I liked him the best of all the ones who came to Plains. He’s from a small town and he’s a beer drinker.”

Today, Billy Carter’s service station is preserved as a museum in Plains, Georgia.

The Atlanta Braves won the first game of the 1995 World Series on October 21, 1995, as Greg Maddux dominated the Cleveland Indians, allowing only two hits. Native American groups protested the names of both teams.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan has several conditions he’d like met before he’s willing to run for Speaker of the House.

The Ways and Means chairman addressed his GOP colleagues at a special conference meeting, finally moving off his long-held position that he wants nothing to do with the speakership.

Inside the closed-door meeting, Ryan “did not announce a final decision on the speakership, but he did discuss what’s necessary, in his view, for the next speaker to be successful,” Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said in an email to reporters.

Ryan’s four conditions to take the speakership are:

  • The GOP moves from an opposition party to a proposition party.
  • Update House rules so everyone can be a more effective representative.
  • Unify as a conference now, not after a divisive speaker election.
  • Avoid giving up time with his family.

The Washington Post Fix column says that Ryan’s gambit is a smart move for several reasons.

It takes away the Freedom Caucus’s ability to vote against something

The conservative/tea party wing of the GOP today has made its mark by, as much as anything, being the opposition. It resists any kind of compromise, and when it shakes things up by voting against the GOP establishment and throwing a curveball — as in the case of would-be-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — the GOP base eats it up.

Ryan is giving these groups the opportunity to reject him before he even runs — a considerably less sexy set of circumstances for members anxious to stick it to the GOP establishment. They still might reject him, but it won’t carry the drama of a floor vote or even a declared candidacy. Things will play out in the coming days, and Ryan will assess them.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-3d CD) is moving closer to a run for Speaker of the House. Continue Reading..

21
Oct

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 21, 2015

Rescue Driver

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter needs a driver who can carry three small dogs from the shelter to Waynesboro, Georgia for a 3:30 PM meeting today with the rescue group that is saving them. This is a great way to help save dogs with a short term commitment of just a few hours.

Gwinnett Female Pug

This adult female Pug is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett Peke

Number 47626 (Pen 236) is a young male Pekingese mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett Maltese

Number 47637 (Pen 234) is a young female Maltese mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett Yorkie

Number 47624 (Pen 231) is a young male Yorkshire Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

20
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 20, 2015

The United States Senate ratified a treaty with France on October 20, 1805, closing the deal on the Louisiana Purchase.

On October 20, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt stopped in Roswell to visit his mother’s girlhood home at Bulloch Hall.

Lewis Grizzard was born on October 20, 1946 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

On October 20, 1977, a small twin-engine plane carrying members of Lynyrd Skynyrd from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana crashed in a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray died in the crash.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Yesterday, the Washington Post inadvertantly pushed “Publish” on a story that wasn’t quite ready.

The Washington Post published an item Monday evening to its website with the headline “Biden to launch a presidential campaign.”

Post congressional reporter Paul Kane, whose byline appeared on the article, was quick to tweet out the details. It seems this wasn’t news published before it was ready—just a “shell” story prepared so that the Post could push the button faster in case Biden did announce.

“Earlier tonight, a technical glitch caused publication of a just-in-case/when-we-kno story of VP running for president,” he told his 10,000 followers on Twitter. “It happened when editors were embedding video file. It carries my byline. I regret that it was published accidentally. Deep apologies.”

That sounds like something Joe Biden would do.

Both FoxNews and NBC are reporting that a decision by Biden is expected in the next 48 hours.

The Feds are moving to require registration of most drone aircraft.

The Obama administration — in a bid to start tracking personal drones and address safety concerns in advance of a holiday season when the industry projects thousands more will be sold — announced Monday it will require the registration of drone aircraft, even for “consumers and hobbyists.”

The decision is meant in part to address the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including sightings near planes and major sporting events.

Federal Aviation Administration chief Michel Huerta said registration will increase pressure on operators to fly responsibly, adding “there will be consequences” when they don’t.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stressed that the DOT is “bullish” on technology in the transportation sector, noting drones are helping farmers, entrepreneurs and even the movie industry. But citing the “astounding” growth in the industry and the safety issues, he said: “We’re going to require operators of drones to register their aircraft just like commercial drone operators do currently.”

Newt Returns

Newt and Callista Gingrich will be touring Georgia to promote his new book, Duplicity: A Novel, which was released last week.

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You can join them next Tuesday, October 27, 2015 with the Fulton County Republican Party at the City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Rd #1850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Tickets are $30 and include breakfast. Pro-tip: the City Club of Buckhead is in the Atlanta Financial Center and is not the same as the Buckhead Club.Continue Reading..

20
Oct

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 20, 2015

Roxy

Roxy (above, female) and Bindi (below, female) are little baby Rat Terrier & Beagle mix puppies who are available for adoption from Animal Ark in Columbus, GA. Six puppies, including two males, are available from the same litter.

Bindi

Moose

Moose is a male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Animal Ark in Columbus, GA.

19
Oct

State Rep. Jason Spencer endorses Ted Cruz for President

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Today, State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) sent out the following by email:

Dear Friends,

Today, I am officially endorsing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) for the presidency of the United States, and I ask all liberty loving conservatives to stand behind him.

It is time for conservatives to unite behind a true conservative that can win. That conservative is Sen. Ted Cruz.Continue Reading..