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Nov

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 17, 2015

King

King is a two-year old male black-and-white Hound mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington is a male, one year old, Treeing Walker Coonhound who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

He still has a lot of his puppy qualities and will need to go to a family that is patient while he learns his potty manners and receives some basic training. He is very energetic and social. Jack came from Animal Control, so his background is a mystery to us, other than what we have observed while he has been here. He loves people and children and enjoys the company of the other dogs here. He likes playing and the outside very much. He enjoys toys, treats and any love that he can find.

Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow is a young, one year old, Hound mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

He was owner surrendered to us because of his owners illness. Jackis a shy, yet charming boy that is searching for a patient owner with a relaxed lifestyle. He would love to be your lap buddy. He will need gentle guidance to help him come out of his shell. But with some time, he should blossom right before your eyes. Jack is a tad more shy around men because there were no men in his home. He has been neutered, micro-chipped and is current on his vaccinations. Come and meet this well behaved and loving boy. He sure would love to become a part of your family!

Beenie

Beenie is a two-year old male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Beenie was found as a stray in a local park having himself a very good time! He was taken to Animal Control to search for his owners but none could be found. That is when Beenie found his way to PAWS! Beenie is full of energy and very curious! He would love to find a home where he could explore and run but still be part of his loving family. He loves to chase squirrels and bark at kitties! Beenie can be choosey about the dogs he likes, so if you have another furry companion at home, he would need to meet them before considering going home with you. Beenie does not have a background with us because he was a stray but since he has been at PAWS he has stolen a few hearts! We would love for Beenie to find his forever home very soon. Could that be your home? He has been neutered, micro-chipped and is current on his vaccinations.

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Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 17, 2015

On November 17, 1732, the first English headed to colonize Georgia set off from Gravesend, England, down the Thames. Their supplies included ten tons of beer.

On November 17, 1777, Congress submitted the Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification.

Abraham Lincoln began the first draft of the Gettysburg Address on November 17, 1863.

Herman Talmadge was sworn in as Governor of Georgia on November 17, 1948, ending the “Three Governors” controversy. Click here for a review of the “Three Governors” episode by Ron Daniels.

Richard Nixon declared before a television audience, “I’m not a crook,” on November 17, 1973.

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Governor Deal issued an Executive Order after terrorist attacks in Paris.

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he will not accept Syrian refugees in Georgia and called upon President Obama to suspend the resettlement program in the United States. Since 2012, Deal has demanded that the federal government limit the number of refugees sent to Georgia.

“In light of the terror attacks in Paris, I’ve issued an executive order directing state agency heads to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia,” said Deal. “Further, I call upon the Obama administration to work with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security to confirm the backgrounds of the 59 Syrian refugees recently resettled to ensure they do not pose a security threat to our citizens. Until the federal government and Congress conducts a thorough review of current screening procedures and background checks, we will take every measure available to us at the state level to ensure the safety of Georgians.”

Read the executive order here.

Heidi Cruz spoke to Cobb County Republicans yesterday, and the Marietta Daily Journal covered the story.Continue Reading..

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Nov

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 16, 2015

PAWS Humane is a private charitable group that works with the Columbus Animal Care and Control to reduce the need for euthanizing dogs and cats by moving them to a private shelter and from there, into forever homes. They do not receive any government money, but you can donate online here. You may send a check to PAWS Humane, 4900 Milgen Road, Columbus, Georgia 31907 if you prefer.

Henry

Henry is a three-year old German Shorthaired Pointer who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Henry was previously adopted but was too energetic for his new family. Often with high-energy dogs, firm and consistent discipline will help them learn to be better family members, and their energy level also tends to lower over time. If you made this boy your running buddy and took him with you, I think that would go a long way to helping him settle into family life.

Henry is a super happy and active dog. He enjoys his time outdoors investigating his surroundings. He does tend to jump up on you when he greets you to gain attention. He is good with other dogs and children, but cats we do not know about. Henry would love to find a family that will include him in their family activities and give him the love that he deserves. He has been neutered, micro-chipped and he is current on vaccinations. Please come and meet this sweet boy. He loves attention and just wants to be a part of someones life.

Flanders

Flanders is a three-year old Golden Retriever mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Daisy

Daisy is a year-old Terrier mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

She is a sweet and delightful girl that just wants to make your day! Daisy is happy with everything and loves to wiggle her tail when she sees you! She would like a family that has plenty of time to teach her all of the new things that pups should learn. She has been spayed, micro-chipped and is completely vetted.

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Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 16, 2015

The Georgia Trustees visited the first group of settlers on November 16, 1732, the day before they were scheduled to depart England for the New World.

On November 16, 1737, the Georgia Trustees learned that England’s King George II would send 300 soldiers, along with 150 wives and 130 children to the settlement in Georgia.

On November 16, 1864, Sherman left Atlanta in smoking ruins.

A 2010 Wired article argues that Sherman’s rampage through Georgia and the Carolinas changed modern warfare.

Vengeance aside, the real objective of Sherman’s march was to cut the Confederacy in two, cripple Southern industrial capacity, destroy the railroad system and compel an early Confederate surrender. It was also intended to break Southern morale — in Sherman’s words, to “make Georgia howl.”

Sherman was vilified for his barbarism, but the Union commander was a realist, not a romantic. He understood — as few of his contemporaries seemed to — that technology and industrialization were radically changing the nature of warfare.

It was no longer a question of independent armies meeting on remote battlefields to settle the issue. Civilians, who helped produce the means for waging modern war, would no longer be considered innocent noncombatants. Hitting the enemy where he ate and breaking him psychologically were just as important to victory as vanquishing his armies in the field.

Sherman grasped this and, though he wasn’t the first military proponent of total war, he was the first modern commander to deliberately strike at the enemy’s infrastructure. The scorched-earth tactics were effective. The fragile Southern economy collapsed, and a once-stout rebel army was irretrievably broken.

Meanwhile, the marshals of Europe watched Sherman’s progress with fascination. And they learned.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Early voting begins this week for the runoff elections on December 1, 2015.

Former Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) on Friday wrote on Facebook that he supports businessman Eddie DeLoach in the runoff election for Mayor of Savannah.

Kingston Endorses DeLoach

Kingston wrote:

Savannah has an important election coming up on December 1st. I’m supporting my friend Eddie DeLoach in this runoff election for Mayor.

I’ve worked with Eddie when he was a County Commissioner and as a businessman. He is a dedicated, thoughtful leader who is not afraid to make tough decisions. If Eddie disagrees with you, he’ll tell you upfront; and if he tells you he’s going to do something, take it to the bank that it’s going to get done.

Savannah has had over 11,000 “shots fired” incidents this year, with an average of 16 shots per incident. We’ve had 39 murders. That’s why addressing crime is Eddie’s number one issue. But he can’t do it without your vote.

Elections during the holidays are always difficult, but you can vote early before Thanksgiving from Nov 23 – 25. A runoff election during the holiday season means we’ll probably see low turnout, making every vote that much more important. Eddie needs you. Please vote early Nov 23-25, or on Election Day Dec 1.

For information on runoff election voting, please visit Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s MVP website and sign-in.

Heidi Cruz is traveling across Georgia today and tomorrow. If you’re able to go to one of the events, I’d be interested your thoughts and see any photos or video you take.

Cobb Meet & Greet, Monday, November 16th, 3-5 PM
Cobb GOP Headquarters
799 Roswell St, Marietta GA 30060

Conservative Republican Woman Reception, Monday, November 16th, 7-9 PM
550 Trackside
550 N Clayton St, Lawrenceville GA 30046

Houston County Breakfast, November 17th, 8-9:30 AM
Bare Bulb Coffee
1117 GA Hwy 96, Kathleen GA 31047

Ladies Luncheon in Blackshear, Tuesday, November 17th, 1-2:30 PM
Okefenokee Golf Club
1204 S River Oaks Dr, Blackshear GA 31516

Brunswick Meet & Greet, November 17th, 5-7:00 PM
Old City Hall
1229 Newcastle St, Brunswick 31520

The Savannah Morning News takes a look at the process for using eminent domain for a petroleum pipeline like the one envisioned by Kinder Morgan.

Georgia law governs petroleum pipelines — including this one — with a stringent set of rules that don’t apply to the more common natural gas pipelines. Initially written in the ‘90s to protect wealthy and influential landowners whose quail plantations were threatened by an oil pipeline, the law erects extra hurdles for petroleum pipelines that natural gas pipelines don’t need to jump.

A pipeline carrying gasoline, diesel and ethanol, as this one proposes, must first get DOT approval and then another go-ahead from the state Environmental Protection Division before it can force the sale of easements from unwilling sellers.

This eminent domain process doesn’t exist in most states although South Carolina is among those looking into beefing up restrictions in the face of new pipeline projects.

Kinder Morgan has indicated it is willing to spend more freely than in the past to ensure the opportunity to build Palmetto but won’t discuss how much it’s spent already on its public relations effort.

Kinder Morgan advertised heavily in the Peach State over the summer, but it hasn’t abandoned old-fashioned lobbying. The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission lists 12 lobbyists working for Kinder Morgan or the Palmetto Products Pipe Line, each of them making at least $10,000.

“They spend the bulk of their time doing, I really call it education,” Fore said. “Education focused on elected officials and making sure they understand who we are, what we do, why we’re doing what we’re doing and being a resource for them because as elected officials they get questions, and we want to make sure those questions are answered.”

Among those dozen lobbyists are at least five who have previously worked in state government, some in high positions.

In April, the Palmetto Products Pipe Line engaged the services of Joe Tanner and Associates, an Atlanta lobbying firm full of former top environmental regulators, including former EPD director Harold Reheis and two former assistant EPD directors.

If the pipeline gets its DOT certificate, its next and final stop is DNR before it can exercise eminent domain. Tanner and Associates may be particularly helpful on a petroleum pipeline. Company founder Joe Tanner, who helped create the DNR and twice served as its commissioner, also wrote the current petroleum pipeline law. Kinder Morgan in August hired a former GDOT staffer, Stephanie Carter Kindregan, to work for the company directly.

Meanwhile, William Morris, whose family company owns the Savannah Morning News, the Augusta Chronicle and several other newspapers, took to his bully pulpit unapologetically to discuss his opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Confronted with growing opposition, the vice president of public affairs for Kinder Morgan had this explanation: “What’s different about this project – unprecedented – is that a landowner controls three major newspapers along the pipeline route.”

Given that I am this unidentified landowner, allow me to respond.

Yes, my company does publish three major newspapers along the route.

Yes, the pipeline would run through our property.

No, I do not want it.

But allow me to add this as well. The opposition forming in Geor­gia and South Carolina to this project may be as wide a coalition as I’ve seen. It includes state and local politicians, led by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, as well as business leaders, environmental groups and families whose property has been in their families for generations.

I acknowledge my conflict of interest on this issue and have been wholly transparent in disclosing it.

But because of my personal situation, I am not going to hold back the news staffs of our newspapers in aggressively covering a story that is of great importance to our region.

And in that coverage, Kinder Morgan will be given ample opportunity to present its case for the pipeline.

Neither am I going to hold back my personal views in forums such as this one, which will be clearly delineated from the newspapers’ standard editorial content.

I readily concede that I have a privileged platform. But I do not apologize for making use of it given the circumstances.

Today, Gov. Nathan Deal will visit Jekyll Island after $200 million in renovations, including $75 million in state funds.

Gov. Nathan Deal will visit the beachside park on Monday for what he bills as a “rededication” ceremony to celebrate the sprawling new convention center, cluster of retails shops and restaurants and 200-room hotel. In all, the makeover cost nearly $200 million, with most of the money coming from private partners.

It’s a decade-long gamble for Georgia officials, who began to consider an overhaul of the island’s dilapidated hotels and crusty convention center in the early 2000s.

The Jekyll Island Authority, with about $75 million in state-backed financing, picked up where they left off. The authority redid the island entryway, remade the public beach and underwrote the $36 million convention center, which overlooks the beach.

The Westin secured financing for a new hotel, and Holiday Inn remodeled an aging hotel into a new oceanfront resort. A new Jekyll Island Youth and Learning Center to replace a faded 4-H Center is in the works with the help of $16 million in tax dollars.

For Deal, who signed legislation that rewrote Jekyll’s development guidelines, Jekyll’s turnaround is as much a legacy project as his criminal justice overhaul or his bid to expand the judiciary.

In the runoff election for Mayor of Powder Springs, first-place finisher Al Thurman picked up the support of former candidate Alison Feliciano.

Miss America Betty Cantrell took to the stage at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA to perform “Georgia on my Mind.”

Gwinnett County Commissioner Jace Brooks and Loganville City Council member Rey Martinez endorsed Marco Rubio for President.

Brooks said he decided to endorse Rubio after studying each of the Republican candidates and listening to what they said in debates. The commissioner called Rubio a “visionary.”

“His comments are almost Reagan-esque in the sense of (saying) ‘Yes, we have some issues that need to be dealt with, here’s my plan to deal with those issues, but we have a great vision,’” Brooks said.

“He has a great vision and I’m for that vision. That’s what drives me. I love big vision and I love positive vision.”

There are now five known endorsements for Rubio from Gwinnett County. Sen. P.K. Martin, R-Lawrenceville, and state Reps. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, and Chuck Efstration, R-Dacula, previously endorsed Rubio’s campaign and serve on the candidate’s state leadership team.

New legislative endorsements for Rubio include state House Majority Whip Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, and state Reps. Bill Werkheiser, R-Glennville, Michael Caldwell, R-Woodstock, Brian Strickland, R-McDonough, and Mike Dudgeon, R-Cumming.

Also joining the team supporting Marco Rubio was Gainesville-based Ashley Bell, a former supporter of Rand Paul.

Gainesville and Hall County have seen a dramatic rise in the number of children running away, according to the Gainesville Times.

Bell broke the news to Rubio campaign manager Terry Sullivan when Sullivan was in Atlanta last week. Bell will be among the hosts for Rubio’s Dec. 2 fundraising visit to Atlanta.

13
Nov

Jack Kingston endorses Eddie DeLoach in Runoff for Mayor of Savannah

 

Via Facebook:

 Savannah has an important election coming up on December 1st. I’m supporting my friend Eddie DeLoach in this runoff election for Mayor.
I’ve worked with Eddie when he was a County Commissioner and as a businessman. He is a dedicated, thoughtful leader who is not afraid to make tough decisions. If Eddie disagrees with you, he’ll tell you upfront; and if he tells you he’s going to do something, take it to the bank that it’s going to get done.

Savannah has had over 11,000 “shots fired” incidents this year, with an average of 16 shots per incident. We’ve had 39 murders. That’s why addressing crime is Eddie’s number one issue. But he can’t do it without your vote.

Elections during the holidays are always difficult, but you can vote early before Thanksgiving from Nov 23 – 25. A runoff election during the holiday season means we’ll probably see low turnout, making every vote that much more important. Eddie needs you. Please vote early Nov 23-25, or on Election Day Dec 1.

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Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 13, 2015

President George Washington returned to the City of Washington on November 13, 1789, ending the first Presidential tour.

On the same day, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his friend Jean-Baptiste LeRoy, in which he said,

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

General Sherman’s army prepared for the March to the Sea on November 14, 1864. The March to the Sea began on November 15, 1964.

The planned route for the 17th Corps was to march from White Hall to Stockbridge, McDonough, Jackson, Monticello, and Gordon and encountered Confederate regiments from Kentucky at the Battle of Stockbridge. To the west, one or two Kentucky regiments engaged the 15th Corps in another skirmish.  [E]arlier that morning, Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum had led the 20th Corps eastward out of Atlanta with instructions to follow the Georgia Railroad eastward to Decatur, Lithonia, Covington, and Madison, tearing up the railroad along the way.

With three of his four columns on the road, Gen. Sherman remained in Atlanta with the 14th corps to oversee the destruction of anything with possible military value to the Confederacy. The next day, they would then proceed east on the road to Lithonia, then in a southeastern direction to Milledgeville, where the 20th and 14th corps would reunite in seven days.

On November 13, 1865, the United States government issued the first Gold Certificates.

The Georgia General Assembly adopted a resolution against ratifying the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution on November 13, 1866.

In deciding not to ratify the 14th Amendment, the General Assembly adopted a committee report explaining that: “1. If Georgia is not a State composing part of the Federal Government known as the Government of the United States, amendments to the Constitution of the United States are not properly before this body. 2. If Georgia is a State composing part of the Federal Government … , these these amendments are not proposed according to the requirements of the Federal Constitution, and are proposed in such a manner as to forbid the legislature from discussing the merits of the amendments without an implied surrender of the rights of the State.”

Excavation began for a new Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on the site of the former City Hall/Fulton County Courthouse on November 13, 1884.

Walt Disney released “Fantasia” on November 13, 1940.

Georgia Governor and Constitutional Commission Chair Ellis Arnall moved that a home rule provision be included in the new draft of the state Constitution and his motion passed 8-7 on November 13, 1944.

On November 14, 1944, the Constitutional Convention working on a revised document for Georgia reversed its position on home rule that had been adopted the previous day on the motion of Governor Ellis Arnall

On November 13, 1956, the United States Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that struck down a law requiring segregation on buses in Montgomery, Alabama.

Ronald Reagan announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States on November 13, 1979.

“The people have not created this disaster in our economy; the federal government has. It has overspent, overestimated, and over regulated. It has failed to deliver services within the revenues it should be allowed to raise from taxes. In the thirty-four years since the end of World War II, it has spent 448 billion dollars more than it has collection in taxes – 448 billion dollars of printing press money, which has made every dollar you earn worth less and less. At the same time, the federal government has cynically told us that high taxes on business will in some way “solve” the problem and allow the average taxpayer to pay less. Well, business is not a taxpayer it is a tax collector. Business has to pass its tax burden on to the customer as part of the cost of doing business. You and I pay the taxes imposed on business every time we go to the store. Only people pay taxes and it is political demagoguery or economic illiteracy to try and tell us otherwise.”

“The key to restoring the health of the economy lies in cutting taxes. At the same time, we need to get the waste out of federal spending. This does not mean sacrificing essential services, nor do we need to destroy the system of benefits which flow to the poor, the elderly, the sick and the handicapped. We have long since committed ourselves, as a people, to help those among us who cannot take care of themselves. But the federal government has proven to be the costliest and most inefficient provider of such help we could possibly have.”

“I believe this nation hungers for a spiritual revival; hungers to once again see honor placed above political expediency; to see government once again the protector of our liberties, not the distributor of gifts and privilege. Government should uphold and not undermine those institutions which are custodians of the very values upon which civilization is founded—religion, education and, above all, family. Government cannot be clergyman, teacher and parent. It is our servant, beholden to us.”

“We who are privileged to be Americans have had a rendezvous with destiny since the moment in 1630 when John Winthrop, standing on the deck of the tiny Arbella off the coast of Massachusetts, told the little band of pilgrims, “We shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.”

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on November 13, 1982 in Washington, DC.

On November 13, 2006, groundbreaking began for a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Three astronauts with connections to Georgia – Eric Boe, Robert Kimbrough, and Sandra Magnus – were aboard the space shuttle Endeavor when it lifted off on November 14, 2008.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Our prayers and condolences go out to Sen. Josh McKoon and his family on the passing of his mother, Sharon McKoon. The service will be held Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1 PM at Trinity Methodist Church in Phenix City, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. McKoon asked that donations be made to PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

A Gwinnett County grand jury has indicted Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill for reckless conduct after he shot a friend earlier this year, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.Continue Reading..

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Nov

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 13, 2015

Shorty

Shorty is a little 5-year old, 30-pound Terrier/Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services for half-off his normal adoption fee this month. For $47.50 ($40 if you’re 55 or older), your new best friend comes with his shots, microchip,etc. The shelter writes about Shorty,

It doesn’t get much cuter than little Shorty! This 30 pound pittie mix has short little legs and a personality for the books. He is a sweet little low rider that loves everyone he meets. He greets everyone with kisses and all the love he can muster. Come meet Shorty today, he is a wonderful pup!

Bo

Bo is a Bassador – a 3-year old, 50-pound Basset Hound/Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, GA. He is friendly and loving and gets along with other dogs.

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Baxter

Baxter is a Beagle/Basset Hound mix who is a little less than a year old and weighs 45 pounds. Baxter is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, GA. He is friendly and playful with people and other dogs.

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Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 12, 2015

General William Tecumseh Sherman ordered the destruction of railroad and telegraph lines between Atlanta and Northwest Georgia on November 12, 1864. Sherman also burned the railroad bridge over the Chattahoochee, cutting his own supply line from Chattanooga.

In what looks to me like a surprisingly progressive move for the 19th century, Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation on November 12, 1889 opening the University of Georgia to white women.

On November 12, 1918, Atlanta held a victory parade to celebrate the Armistice with Germany.

On November 12, 1944, the Atlanta Constitution released a poll of Georgia legislators indicating that most wanted more local rule for cities and counties in the new Constitution being drafted.

President Jimmy Carter ordered an end to oil imports from Iran on November 12, 1979.

Tim Berners-Lee published a Proposal for a HyperText Project, laying the foundation for the World Wide Web, on November 12, 1990.

HyperText is a way to link and access information of various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will. Potentially, HyperText provides a single user-interface to many large classes of stored information such as reports, notes, data-bases, computer documentation and on-line systems help.

A program which provides access to the hypertext world we call a browser. A hypertext page has pieces of text which refer to other texts. Such references are highlighted and can be selected with a mouse. When you select a reference, the browser presents you with the text which is referenced.

The texts are linked together in a way that one can go from one concept to another to find the information one wants. The network of links is called a web.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Marco Rubio will be in Atlanta, likely it’ll actually be Historic Brookhaven, in December to collect checks.

Microsoft Word - 12.2 Atlanta Invitation.docx

The Atlanta Journal Constitution fact-checked Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, and summed it up with the headline, “PSC’s Echols on target with comments about power and Georgia rivers.”

MARTA continues to move forward with a tax increase proposal, perhaps emboldened by the legislature’s move on the gas tax this year.

A plan to expand MARTA with funds from an additional half-cent sales tax in Fulton and DeKalb is getting more and more attention from Georgia lawmakers, although not all that attention is positive.

“I’m for it,” said prominent Republican Sen. Brandon Beach of Alpharetta at a gathering of state transportation industry leaders, corporations and lawmakers on Tuesday. “I’m for the voters being able to decide if they want that half-penny to go towards transit expansion. I think transit is going to become more and more important, especially with economic development.”

Beach and Sullivan both noted that 2016 is an election year, meaning the issue could mean the issue gets bumped to 2017 if MARTA doesn’t get traction quickly after the session starts in January. Capitol-watchers agree the next session is likely to be a short one. And other issues like education reform and casino gambling loom large.

Fran Millar, R-Atlanta, said that he believes the bill will face serious opposition from the DeKalb and Fulton delegations.

“You have this sense by a lot of us that we’ve been paying one penny for how long, and don’t tell me everybody doesn’t benefit from MARTA,” Millar said. “Some of us think if we’re going to have a regional transportation system, let’s let regional people pay for it.”

I agree 100% with Senator Millar – as a DeKalb County resident, I’ve more than paid my fair share for MARTA – let’s have some other folks chip in.

A third deepwater port for Georgia at St. Mary’s could be in the planning stages, as a private company has applied for a zoning change to begin preparation for portside development.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams will hear an appeal of the state’s denial of a request to exercise eminent domain for construction of the Palmetto Pipeline in Coastal Georgia.

Kessel Stelling of Columbus has been elected Chair of the Georgia Board of Regents, with the term beginning January 1, 2016. The Board of Regents also approved the merger of Albany State University and Darton State College.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 12, 2015

Sissy

Sissy is a 10-year old, 75-pound mixed breed female dog and she is the sweetest, most lovable teddy bear! She loves hanging outside on the front porch or the deck. She also loves putting her head on your lap and going to sleep, or will roll over for a full on belly rub. Although slightly older, glucosamine treats take care of any arthritis she may have. Sissy gets along great with other dogs and kids; big or small, and seems to be tolerant of cats (at least at adoption events). Sissy doesn’t need to be crated, and while she does love lounging on the couch, would do best in a home without stairs.

Sissy is available for adoption for a reduced fee of $50 during November from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

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Number 2015-10-202 (above) and 2015-10-201 (below) are 1-year old male Labrador Retriever (maybe Hound) mix dogs who came into the shelter together and are best friends. They could be adopted separately, but it would be very nice to keep this bonded pair together forever. They are available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

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Nov

Dave Baker takes the reins at Faith & Freedom Coalition Georgia

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The Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Georgia organization has named former Public Service Commissioner Dave Baker as Executive Director. From the release:Continue Reading..