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Deal to sign autism bill into law

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign HB 429, legislation that includes the autism coverage requirement known as ‘Ava’s Law,’ on Wednesday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 28, 2015

Gwinnett County Animal Control had to evacuate the shelter in order to deep clean after a number of animals came down with Bordatella. A number of dogs are currently in a temporary shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville and have been treated with antibiotics.


44547 is a friendly female Dachshund who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Temporary Animal Shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville, GA.


44553 is a Senior male Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Temporary Animal Shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville, GA.


44552 is a Senior female Golden Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Temporary Animal Shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville, GA.


44542 is an adult male Pekingese who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Temporary Animal Shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville, GA.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 28, 2015

On April 28, 1776, Colonel Lachlan McIntosh wrote from Savannah to General George Washington.

he concluded his letter with the report that because the South had limited manufacturing capability, the price of needed goods was two or three times higher than in the North, making procurement of clothing and arms for the new recruits difficult.

This last tidbit would prove prescient as lack of manufacturing proved an insuperable problem for the Confederacy. On May 16, 1777, McIntosh dueled against Button Gwinnett, scoring a fatal wound against one of Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. McIntosh was acquitted at trial but forced to leave Georgia and eventually served under Washington at Valley Forge.

In 1787, McIntosh was a Commissioner representing Georgia in a series of three boudary disputes with South Carolina, two which were resolved on April 28, 1787 with the Convention of Beaufort.

In 1874, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation designating April 26th of each year as “Confederate Memorial Day,” choosing the day of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s surrender to Union General William T. Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina. There is no longer a statutorily-recognized Confederate Memorial Day, but it has become custom for Governors to issue a proclamation yearly designating April 26th as Confederate Memorial Day or to make it the Monday or Friday closest to the 26th. Yesterday was Confederate Memorial Day 2015 for state employees.

On April 28, 2014, the earliest ever Primary Elections in Georgia began, as in-person early voting started across the state. From Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

WABE has an interesting story about a mostly-symbolic incorporation of the now-defunct city you’ve never heard of – Chattahoochee Plantation in Cobb County.

Not only was there once a city in this part of East Cobb (an area that’s all unincorporated today), but it was one that was once 30 or so miles long. It spanned Cobb County’s entire border with the Chattahoochee River, all the way up to where the county meets Roswell and back down to where Six Flags is today.

And for much of that length, the city was just 10 feet wide.

Now, this got us really curious. What could possibly be the purpose of incorporating such a long stretch of land so narrow it couldn’t even fit a house?

“What you had then was in effect a symbolic strip, so that there was an incorporated city that would prevent any effort on the part of the city of Atlanta to expand its limits into Cobb County,” Crimmins said.

Georgia Politics

Yesterday, Senator David Perdue delivered his maiden speech on the floor of the United States Senate.

The AJC was kind enough to transcribe parts of the speech.

“I rise today because I believe our republic is in grave danger,” Perdue said. “We need to create a new beginning by dealing with the very real crisis of leadership we face today. It’s why I ran for the Senate in the first place; because we need a new perspective in Washington.”

His economic prescriptions included tax code changes. Perdue hopes eventually for a national sales tax (known as the FairTax) to replace the income and corporate taxes. But in the meantime, he will settle for reducing the corporate rate, ending the “repatriation tax” for companies to bring back overseas profits and getting rid of “corporate welfare.”

He said that those immediate steps would “allow us to fund our infrastructure needs,” among other benefits. A bipartisan group of senators has proposed to use a reduction — but not elimination — of the repatriation tax to pay for more road funding.

“From what I’ve seen so far up here, there is not a great enough sense of urgency in tackling this skyrocketing debt,” he said. “There are no innocent parties up here. Both sides have pushed us to the brink, contributing to this unsustainable level of debt we face today.”

Tenth District Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville), who has served as a military chaplain, was on Fox News.

Eighth District Congressman Austin Scott (R-Tifton) spoke to students at Warner Robins High School,

“I think it’s one of the most important things we do as members of Congress,” said Scott, R-Ga., pointing to the growing disenchantment with some aspects of government. “These young people need to know that they matter.”

One of the first things he discussed with the class was the way the representatives interact during the session. While Scott recognized that the legislative branch is often depicted as a dysfunctional, bipartisan body, he said the group is usually able to come together for the greater good.

The representatives that are brought in for cable television interviews, he said, often represent the most polar ends on a topic, which creates conflict — and interest.

“It’s not as bad as it seems on TV,” Scott said. “For the most part, we’re able to solve some problems.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Atlanta in early May for an event with Georgia Speaker David Ralston to raise money for Christie’s PAC. The timing could lend itself to a trip to Athens for the GOP State Convention. I’m not holding my breath for that, but you never know.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 27, 2015

On April 25, 1734, James Oglethorpe won reelection to Parliament despite being in Georgia.

On April 27, 1773, the British Parliament enacted the Tea Act, granting a monopoly on selling tea to the American colonies.

On April 26, 1866, the Atlanta Ladies’ Memorial Association held a Confederate memorial observance at Oakland Cemetery for the first time.

On April 25, 1996, Governor Zell Miller signed legislation making English the official language of Georgia.

Senate Bill 519, sponsored by Sen. Mike Crotts (R-Conyers) and Rep. John Mobley (D-Winder), passed the Georgia House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin (135-31). The legislation will set in place a policy regulating the use of languages other than English in most state operations.

The Augusta Chronicle has an article about the Bon Air Hotel, which has hosted U.S. Presidents William Howard Taft, War­ren G. Harding and Dwight Eisen­hower.

Georgia Politics

United States Senator David Perdue will make his debut speaking formally from the Senate well today, with an expected launch time of 6 PM following a 5:30 vote. You can watch his debut on C-SPAN2 or online here.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 27, 2015


Xena is an adult female Hound who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, GA.


Coral is a young female Hound puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, GA.


Clover is a young female Hound puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, GA.


Daisy is an adult female Hound who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, GA.


Rule of law must trump political agendas for liberty to thrive | Mobile Augusta

We often think of the Constitution as protecting the rights of the people, but that document also provides the foundation for our liberty by securing a structure of government.

Over the past six years we have seen President Obama govern with seemingly total disrespect for the Constitution, and the roles of the states and the legislative branch. What he cannot achieve legislatively, he accomplishes through unilateral action without regard for Congress or the states.

While this may be the most expeditious way to achieve his agenda, it leads to lawlessness and flies in the face of the constitutional principles of the rule of law, federalism and separation of powers upon which our democracy is built.

STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL are the last line of defense against the burdensome, and oftentimes unconstitutional, policies of the Obama administration. We have banded together time and time again to protect our states and constituents from the unconstitutional executive overreach of the federal government. Currently we are engaged in two high-stakes challenges to what we believe are unlawful actions by the Obama administration.

The first case is a direct challenge by a coalition of more than half of our states to the president’s proposed revision of the nation’s immigration laws by regulatory action. The Department of Homeland Security directive issued last fall usurped the power of Congress to make and change laws. That rule not only puts on hold deportations of 4 million undocumented immigrants, but also grants affirmative rights that Congress has not debated or passed.

As the complaint itself states, the lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about the rule of law. We are a nation proudly strengthened by immigrants, and everyone agrees that immigration reform is sorely needed. But we are also a nation of laws. The president simply does not have the authority to bypass Congress and single-handedly change the law. As the president himself recognized on April 20, 2011, “I can’t solve this problem by myself. … We’re going to have to change the laws in Congress… .”

On Feb. 16, federal Judge Andrew Hanen granted the injunction sought by the states to block the implementation of the president’s directive, saying “the public interest factor that weighs the heaviest is ensuring the actions of the Executive Branch … comply with this country’s laws and its Constitution.”

via Rule of law must trump political agendas for liberty to thrive | Mobile Augusta.


Jeb Bush’s Social Media Casualty Creates an App to Save Other People From His Fate – Bloomberg Politics

Ethan Czahor never even got to Miami. In February, the 31-year old developer became the chief technology officer for Jeb Bush’s presidential exploratory committee. He was welcomed with a Time magazine exclusive, reporting on the cute code he’d created to promote a Bush speech, and how he’d cut his teeth on

Hours later, Czahor got a request for comment on his old tweets. He ignored it–he’d deleted some of them, anyway. “I wasn’t hired to do any public social media outreach or any of that,” he remembered last week in a conversation with Bloomberg. “It was a purely technical position.”

Czahor’s benign neglect failed to stop Andrew Kaczynski, a Buzzfeed reporter who toils in the social media salt mines, from finding 45 deleted tweets. They were mostly from 2009 and 2010, and mostly jokes.

One day later, after the Huffington Post dug up Czahor’s old blog posts from his days as a campus conservative, he resigned. He declined media interviews, including one from Bloomberg. Czahor only returned, this month, when he had a product designed to save other millennials from his fate. Clear, an app that works as an add-on to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, is meant to “make sure situations like mine never happen to anyone ever again.”

via Jeb Bush’s Social Media Casualty Creates an App to Save Other People From His Fate – Bloomberg Politics.


Rome’s city manager answers questions on Facebook – Rome News-Tribune: Local

Rome’s city manager made the most out of his lunch hour Thursday without leaving City Hall.

Sammy Rich took to the Internet and answered questions posted by people on the city’s Facebook page.

Topics were varied, but a few focused on the city’s role in the new joint recreation agreement and what online services the city offers.

via Rome’s city manager answers questions on Facebook – Rome News-Tribune: Local.


DeKalb News: Interim CEO Lee May Calls for Investigation

Statement: Interim CEO Lee May Calls for Investigation

“When I assumed the position as Interim CEO for DeKalb County in July 2013, my number one priority was to restore the peoples’ trust in their government.  My commitment to reform our government and root out any corruption or malfeasance is firm and unwavering.

That is why I retained former Attorney General Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde to provide top to bottom systematic review of DeKalb County Government; recommend specific ways to make DeKalb County Government more transparent, efficient and ethical; and expose any corruption of malfeasance in the course of the investigation and findings.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 24, 2015

The Library of Congress was founded on April 24, 18000 and is the largest library in the world today.

Jack Kingston was born on April 24, 1955. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1984 and served four terms and in 1992 was elected to the United States Congress.

“Georgia On My Mind” became the official state song on April 24, 1979, when Governor George Busbee signed legislation designating it.

IBM introduced the Personal Computer Model 5150 on April 24, 1981, though some authorities date the introduction to April 12. It sported an Intel 8088 processor at 4.77 Mhz, a whopping 16k of RAM, which was expandable to 256k, and a clicky keyboard. The initial price tag was $1565, equivalent to more than $4000 today.


The City of Locust Grove, Georgia has called a Special Election to fill the City Council seat vacated by the death of City Council Member James Rosser.

The special election will be held on June 16.

Qualifying for the special election shall be held at the Locust Grove City Hall, 3644 Hwy. 42, Locust Grove, Georgia, beginning at 8:30 a.m. April 27 and ending at 12:30 p.m. April 29. Each candidate shall file a notice of candidacy in the office of the city clerk of the city of Locust Grove and must meet the qualifications of the charter of the city of Locust Grove, as well as all applicable state and constitutional laws.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §21-2-131 (a)(1), the qualifying fee shall be three percent of the total gross salary of that office paid the preceding calendar year. The qualifying fee for councilmember is $252.

Several of the folks who are mulling a run for Mayor of Macon-Bibb in 2016 could wear t-shirts that say, “I lost an election to Robert Reichert and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.”Continue Reading..