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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 14, 2015

Atlanta Lab Rescue works to foster and adopt out Labrador Retrievers and Lab mixes and has helped more than 2000 dogs in six years. Please consider donating online to help them continue saving dogs from shelters.
Logan Lab

Logan is a 1-year old two-tone Lab mix whose mother was a purebred yellow lab and whose father was a scoundrel; Logan is available for adoption from Atlanta Lab Rescue. He was adopted and returned last month because he was too big and active and they didn’t have time to spend with him. He is friendly and sweet, housetrained and crate trained, good with other dogs and bigger kids, but as “Captain Obvious” would point out, he’s a young lab! If you would like more info about Logan you can email [email protected]

SweetieAtlanta Lab Rescue

Sweetie is a small 7-8 year old Lab mix male who is available for foster or adoption from Atlanta Lab Rescue. He is super sweet and easy and I long overdue for a HOME. If you can foster him, please email [email protected].

Juniper and Danielle

Juniper and Danielle are young female Black Lab mixes who aren’t biological sisters, but were paired in the same foster home and have become best friends. The two have the same personalities, energy level and love of chasing tennis balls. They’re both great in the house and they keep each other entertained and exercised, yet they are cuddly and lovable, too. Juniper and Danielle are available for adoption from Atlanta Lab Rescue.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 14, 2015

President George Washington died at Mount Vernon on December 14, 1799. Here’s an article about the nation’s mourning for our first President.

The Congress, in session at the capital of Philadelphia when Washington’s death was announced, immediately adjourned. The House of Representatives assembled the next day and resolved to shroud the Speaker’s chair in black and have members wear black during the remainder of the session. On December 23, John Marshall speaking for the joint committee of both houses, presented five points that became the foundation for the United States’ first “state” funeral. Resolutions structured mourning events around public commemorations that fostered unity and a sense of national identity among grieving Americans.

President William McKinley addressed the Georgia General Assembly on December 14, 1898.

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On December 14, 1939, a parade was held through downtown Atlanta with stars from Gone With the Wind and the Junior League held a ball that night. The next day, December 15, 1939, Gone With the Wind held its world premiere at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

State Senator P.K. Martin (R-Gwinnett) made good on his wager with Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) over a high school football game.

Meanwhile, Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and Sen. Bruce Thompson (R-White) followed the lead of their colleagues and met at the Georgia Dome for a charity challenge to support their local high school football teams.

Chatham County Sheriff Roy Harris, who took over the office when Sheriff Al St. Lawrence died in office, will run for the job in a Special Election on March 1, 2016.

He qualified to run on Tuesday and is one of five candidates in the nonpartisan March 1 election, each of whom has experience in the department.

St Lawrence’s daughter, Tammy St. Lawrence Canfield, said afterward the family supports Harris as her father’s successor.

“Today I speak for my beloved father who wished for Roy Harris to continue his legacy as a public servant. It was his belief that Roy Harris is committed to protecting your family and our dedicated law enforcement professionals.”

Harris is one of five candidates to qualify for the post by the Wednesday deadline:

• John Wilcher, 71, a 40-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who retired in 2014 as jail administrator with the rank of colonel.

• McArthur Holmes, 60, who served in the sheriff’s office for more than 33 years before retiring as jail administrator in 2011 with the rank of colonel.

• Ken Williamson, 57, who served 10 years in the Deputy Sheriff’s Reserve Unit before leaving in 2008 and with more than 30 years in the commercial finance industry.

• Kimberly Middleton, 54, who served for 28 years in the sheriff’s office before retiring in September as chief of operations with the rank of major.

Clarkesville Mayor Dr. Terry Greene died Sunday after a gunshot wound to the head and the investigation continues.

Reva Jennings, a well-known and popular Georgia Republican activist, died this weekend after it appears she accidentally drove into Lake Lanier. She’ll be sorely missed by all who knew her. I’ll miss most her always-positive and enthusiastic attitude.

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Van Ness appointed to four Senate committees for 2016 |

Sen. JaNice Van Ness was recently appointed to serve on four committees for the 2016 Legislative Session by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

Van Ness was appointed to serve as a member of the Economic Development and Tourism, Education and Youth, Health and Human Services and State Institutions and Property Committees.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on four vital Senate Committees, and thankful to my constituents for their constant support,” said Senator Van Ness. “I am confident that my experiences in early childhood and k-12 education as well as my eight year tenure as a county commissioner will enhance my role as a member on these committees. I’m passionate about strengthening Georgia’s future, and I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass effective legislation that will benefit not only District 43, but will continue to improve our state as a whole.”

via Van Ness appointed to four Senate committees for 2016.


Ted Cruz in Savannah December 19, 2015, Kennesaw the 18th

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We’ve also been informed that the Cruz campaign will hold a rally in Kennesaw, GA on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Cobb County International Airport at McCollum Field, Kennesaw at the Hawthorne Aviation Hangar.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 11, 2015


Valentina is a young, female Welsh Corgi & Labrador Retriever Mix who is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls Rescue in Claxton, GA. She has such a soft, sweet nature and those GORGEOUS eyeliner eyes !! A long legged beauty!


Sicily is a young female Welsh Corgi mix who is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls Rescue in Claxton, GA. Her Welsh Corgi personality definitely shines through..Stout in body and HUGE in personality

Elijah Blue

Elijah Blue is an adult male Australian Shepherd & Welsh Corgi Mix who is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls Rescue in Claxton, GA.

Elijah Blue is a smart, obedient, loving dog. At approx 35 lbs, he won’t take up much space in your house, but watch out for your heart as he most likely will FILL it ! He knows sit, wait, and will roll over for belly rubs. Anyone looking for a running buddy or agility prospect, Elijah is your man! He also gets along great with other dogs so off to the park you can go.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 11, 2015

On December 11, 1777, during their movement to Valley Forge for the winter, Washington’s colonial forces engaged British troops under General Cornwallis as the Americans were crossing the Schuylkill River.

Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the Constitution on December 12, 1787.

Indiana became the 19th State on December 11, 1816.

Governor Charles McDonald signed legislation on December 11, 1841 to prevent a person from having his or her testimony excluded in court because of the individual’s religious beliefs.

The first use of nitrous oxide as a dental anesthetic took place on December 11, 1844.

On December 11, 1872, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback took office in Louisiana as the first black Governor in the United States.

A memorial service for Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America, was held in the Georgia State Capitol on December 11, 1889 while his funeral was that day in New Orleans.

On December 11, 1941, Germany declared war on the United States.

Dickey Betts, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, was born on December 12, 1943.

On December 11, 1960, a civil rights demonstration including 8000 African-American citizens was held in Atlanta as part of the movement to boycott stores that remained segregated.

The Libertarian Party was founded on December 11, 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jimmy Carter announced he would run for President of the United States on December 12, 1974.

The United States Supreme Court released its decision in Bush v. Gore on December 12, 2000, stopping manual recounts of contested ballots in Florida.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Yesterday, I took the free public Christmas tour of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion. It was spectacular and was decorated with trees for each of the first families that have lived there since its opening. I highly recommend taking the holiday tour.

The Governor’s Mansion is open to the public for tours through December 17th.

Monday thru Friday 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Saturday, December 12th 10:00 AM –12:30 PM
Sunday, December 13th 2:00 – 4:00 PM

For more information and to make sure they’ll be open when you get there, call 404-261-1776.

First Lady Sandra Deal personally greeted hundreds of guests, something she makes an effort to do every year. She took time to talk to folks, especially children, and I heard a number of folks mention how special it made their trip.

TMR Mrs Deal

In the basement, along with portraits of past Governors, hangs this portrait of Conan O’Brien Stephen Heard.

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Stephen Heard served as Georgia’s 12th governor from May 24, 1780 to August 18, 1781. He represented Elbert County in the Georgia Constitutional Convention of 1795. He fought in the French and Indian War and was active in the Revolutionary War.

So far, only one candidate, Democrat Park Cannon, has qualified for the January 16, 2016 Special Election in State House District 58. Qualifying closes at noon today. I hope this election won’t go uncontested.

In Tucker, 15 candidates have qualified so far for the March 1, 2016 elections for Mayor and six City Council seats. Only one seat, District 1 Post 1, has no competition so far, with Honey Van De Kreke the only candidate for that slot.

Mansfield, Georgia will hold a Special Election for Post 5 City Council on March 1, 2016.

Qualifying for the March special election will begin on Monday, Jan. 11, and run through Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Candidates will file the notice of candidacy at the Mansfield City Hall, where the forms are available.

Legislators from Hall County discussed their legislative priorities for the 2016 Session of the General Assembly.

This includes considering changes to the funding formula for transportation projects, more debate over whether to allow the in-state cultivation of medical cannabis oil and building on plans to reform public schools and boost the technical college system.

The priorities were discussed at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs & Issues breakfast held Thursday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who calls Hall County home, also spotlighted proposals to shift how the state generates its tax revenue.

State Republicans have rallied around calls to lower personal income taxes and offset that lost revenue with increases in the sales tax.

But Cagle said certain investments must still be made.

Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, said education is “paramount to the future of Georgia” and goes hand in hand with economic development as part of the state’s long-range funding plans.

“The economy and the demands are changing,” he added.

Some elected officials in Middle Georgia have opened the door to considering a regional sales tax for transportation.

Leaders from across Middle Georgia met Thursday in Macon for the first discussion of a proposed regional transportation sales tax.

If voters approve the tax dedicated to projects such as roads and airports, the overall sales tax in the 11-county region would increase by a penny on every dollar. In places such as Bibb and Houston counties, that would mean an 8-cent sales tax.

A required roundtable to be held later will be the real start of the process and will include the commission chairman from each of the 11 counties in the region as well as one mayor from each county.

The leaders could have decided Thursday that the next meeting would be the roundtable meeting, but Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker suggested having another informational meeting. By a show of hands, a majority agreed, and the second meeting will be set in early January.

Thursday’s meeting was at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission office in Macon, but no Macon-Bibb County officials attended.

About 20 officials from cities and counties in the region were there, as well as Regional Commission staff.

Prosecutor Scott Minter will seek the Conasauga Circuit Superior Court (Murray and Whitfield Counties) seat being vacated by Judge Jack Partain, who is retiring.

Donna Coleman-Stribling will run for Solicitor General in DeKalb County, as Sherry Boston will vacate the seat to run for District Attorney.

The open seat on Cobb Superior Court will have at least four candidates in next May’s election.

The candidates are: Charles Bachman Jr., a business litigator with Gregory Doyle Calhoun & Rogers; Kimberly Childs, a business litigator and founder of the Childs Law Firm; Grady Moore, a former prosecutor who now does criminal defense with his own firm, Moore Legal; and Nathan Wade, who handles criminal and family law in his own firm, the Law Offices of Nathan Wade.

Qualifying is in March, and the election is in May for the four-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2017. More candidates could come forward, but these four have already begun campaigning.

Darien, Georgia voters may have to return to the polls if a McIntosh Superior Court judge throws out election results after four votes were disqualified.

A Senior Superior Court Judge informed the McIntosh County clerk of court he is reconsidering an order he issued Tuesday upholding a contested Darien City Council election and will issue a new order Friday.

Clerk of Court Bootie W. Goodrich said Judge Gary McCorvey sent an email Thursday informing her a new order would be sent by 5 p.m. Friday.

As McCorvey instructed, she informed the three trial lawyers in the case.

City Councilman Jeff Clark had contested his Nov. 3 loss in the District 1 election to Augustus “Bubba” Skeen.

Skeen finished first with 126 votes, Clark was second with 85 and Bill Johnson was third with 36. In his contest, Clark asserted that enough illegal votes had been cast to drop Skeen’s total below the three-vote margin he needed for a majority to avoid a runoff.

Three appointments by Gov. Nathan Deal to new Court of Appeals judgeships are cleared to go forward after a Fulton County Superior Court ruling.

Governor Nathan Deal’s three new appointments to the Georgia Court of Appeals are constitutional, a Fulton County judge ruled Thursday afternoon.

Superior Court Judge John Goger also held that a state law increasing the number of appeals court judges from 12 to 15 is also constitutional. Goger issued his ruling in response to a suit seeking an injunction that would have barred the three gubernatorial appointees to the newly created vacancies—Brian Rickman, Amanda Mercier and Nels Peterson—from being sworn in until the constitutionality of their appointments could be determined. Deal announced the appointments on Oct. 29.

Atlanta attorney Wayne Kendall, who filed the suit last month on behalf of three attorneys, a former Macon city commissioner and a Douglasville minister, said he will appeal the ruling.

“After reviewing Judge Goger’s order it is apparent that he interpreted the Georgia Constitution in a manner that gives a broad and expansive meaning to the term “vacancies” as it is used in the Constitution,” Kendall said. “We do not agree with his interpretation and will immediately appeal his decision to the Georgia Supreme Court.”


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 10, 2015

Newton 15-2083

Newton County #15-2083 is a 7-month old male Aussie mix puppy with one blue eye who is available for adoption from Newton County Animal Control in Covington, GA.

Newton 15-2085

Newton County #15-2085 is a medium-sized adult female, maybe a Lab mix, who is available for adoption from Newton County Animal Control in Covington, GA.


Newton County 15-2077 is a 6-month old small male Manchester Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Newton County Animal Control in Covington, GA. From his photo he looks like a Lab, but keep scrolling to get a sense of how small he actually is.


Newton County 15-2085 (Puppy Pen 5) is a male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Newton County Animal Control in Covington, GA.

Small dog combo

Here’s a two-shot of those last two so you can get a sense for their size. Also, they look to get along well enough to share a pen, so maybe they’d make a great pair for your home.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 10, 2015

Solomon’s Masonic Lodge, the first in Georgia, was organized on December 10, 1735. Upon his return to the colony, James Oglethorpe would join the group.

John Jay was elected President of the Continental Congress on December 10, 1778.

On December 10, 1850, a special convention met in Milledgeville to determine the state’s reaction to the Compromise of 1850, a series of five bills passed in Congress attempting to deal with issues between slave states and free states.

The [Georgia] platform established Georgia’s conditional acceptance of the Compromise of 1850. Much of the document followed a draft written by Charles Jones Jenkins and represented a collaboration between Georgia Whigs and moderate Democrats dedicated to preserving the Union. In effect, the proclamation accepted the measures of the compromise so long as the North complied with the Fugitive Slave Act and would no longer attempt to ban the expansion of slavery into new territories and states. Northern contempt for these conditions, the platform warned, would make secession inevitable.

This qualified endorsement of the Compromise of 1850 essentially undermined the movement for immediate secession throughout the South. Newspapers across the nation credited Georgia with saving the Union.

Emory College was incorporated on December 10, 1836, as Governor William Schley signed legislation chartering the school.

The Atlanta City Council appointed the first Board of Education on December 10, 1869.

The Spanish-American War was ended on December 10, 1898, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

Cecil Burke Day, founder of Days Inn, was born on December 10, 1934.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1964 in Oslo, Norway, becoming the youngest recipient of the award.

Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2002.

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House Speaker David Ralston has suggested that if the Department of Revenue sticks by its interpretation of the craft beer tour rules, the legislature may have to take action to rewite the law.

Ralston, a Blue Ridge Republican, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the department exceeded the authority the General Assembly granted and that lawmakers will act if the agency doesn’t.

“I was disappointed in what the Department of Revenue did, because I think that thwarted the legislative intent of that legislation,” Ralston said. “And I would like to see them eliminate the need for legislative action, if they would go back and revisit that, because if they don’t, we may have to.”

Legislation adopted earlier this year gave craft brewers the ability to sell facility tours and give away their product afterward — a kind of backdoor way to actually sell their beer directly to customers, something brewers have long sought. After Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill into the law, the state Revenue Department enacted rules governing the tours. Those regulations allowed brewers to create different tour packages at different price levels.

But months later, on Sept. 25, the department issued a “bulletin” saying while brewers can offer different levels of tours, the price differences cannot be based on the value of the beer. Many breweries, however, had already begun doing just that, based on the original rules the department issued in late June and on their understanding of lawmakers’ intentions.

Proponents of in-state growing to provide Cannabidiol Oil to eligible patients took it on the chin as the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis voted against recommending a state-based production solution. From Maggie Lee for the Macon Telegraph,

A majority of the members of the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis say the governor and the state Legislature should continue to tell Georgians to comply with the federal ban on growing cannabis.

“It is the federal law. We can’t change that. We are bound to support the Constitution and federal law,” GBI Director Vernon Keenan said just before he and eight other commission members voted against the proposal.

Deal recently said he will not support in-state cultivation of cannabis because he is not convinced that the state can adequately control the plants and products. Deal’s executive counsel, Ryan Teague, sits on the commission and voted against growing marijuana for medical use.

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, voting with four others, said it’s worth crossing the feds in the case of licensing medical cannabis growers.

“At the end of the day, this is a states’ rights issue,” Peake said. “We, as the leaders of this state, have a responsibility to come up with a reasonable solution for this issue. We should control the destiny of our citizens.”

In Augusta, area Democratic legislators met to discuss military issues earlier this week.

Augusta area Reps. Gloria Frazier, Earnest Smith and Brian Prince held a roundtable discussion with members of the Augusta military community to learn more about what could be done to serve the area.

Georgia, home to 10 military installations and more than 750,000 veterans and 105,000 active duty personnel, lags behind its border states in creating a friendly environment for military families, Frazier said.

The state doesn’t adequately utilize data identifiers for military children in tracking education outcomes, nor does it provide employment protections during state-sponsored activations, the caucus says. Current law in South Carolina addresses both, and Frazier said Georgia should do the same.

“The school systems are different now,” Frazier said, adding that she had a frustrating personal experience with tracking credits when putting her two daughters through grade school. “Everybody has a different system, but this will truly help out our children.”

One fear, Smith said, is that Georgia could be missing out on economic growth by failing to provide military families and veterans incentives to stay in state once they arrive. He’s most excited for a piece of legislation that would make the pension checks of military retirees exempt from taxes.

Both legislative chambers have studied the process for creating new cities.

The [State House] committee’s suggestions include greater transparency about pending incorporations, a two-year cityhood review process in the Georgia Legislature and a requirement for proposed cities to define their boundaries during the first year of the process.

In addition, House leaders could require an assessment of how incorporations and annexations affect school systems, counties and other municipalities.

A Senate task force that also reviewed how the state approves cities issued its own conclusions.

Senators recommended passing a law to formalize the rules for communities seeking to become cities. Those rules could include a two-year review process in the Legislature and an evaluation of their financial impacts on surrounding school systems and local governments.

Legislators in Albany and Dougherty County met with local elected officials to hear about their legislative priorities for the 2016 Session.

As usual, most of the morning and early afternoon discussion revolved around funding requests.

The County Commission got the day started presenting the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) legislative agenda before going solely local when county Library Board Chairman Walter Kelley and Library Director Pauline Abidde brought up the county’s request for $2 million in Capital Outlay Funding to finance renovations of the Northwest Library branch.

The Albany city Commission was next, presenting a more modest list of three priorities — pavement resurfacing, a possible Downtown University Center, and setting standards for residential rental properties.

The city also requested funding to study and plan the scope and function of a possible Regional University Center to be located downtown.

The Darton State College contingent, led by former President Paul Jones, requested $2.9 million in small capital project funding for improvements to the school’s Plant Operations building. The plan also includes a partial demolition of the building to make way for new offices for the college’s public safety department.

The inland port designed to bring freight and jobs to Murray County is running into opposition from some local residents.

Qualifying for the Special Election in State House District 58 continues today and until noon tomorrow. So far, a single candidate has qualified. That candidate is Park Cannon, who lives in the Old Fourth Ward and names the local Krispy Kreme as her favorite spot for meetings. +1 for Krispy Kreme.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 9, 2015

Coastal Pet Rescue is a small volunteer and foster home-based dog and cat rescue in Savannah, Georgia. If you’re interested in supporting rescue groups, CPR does fine work and could use the help this holiday season. You can make a donation online here. Or mail a check to:

Coastal Pet Rescue
PO Box 30462
Savannah, GA 31410


Homer is a 7-9 year old smallish Golden Retriever who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, Georgia. He’s a senior who was found stray and wound up in animal control, missing some fur, very thin, heartworm positive, and in need of veterinary care. He’s receiving the care he needs and in a foster home waiting for his forever family.

Homer has special needs and is looking for someone who is willing to take extra care and time with a senior dog. He is a beautiful soul who is quiet, with a lot of love to give, and is hoping that he’ll find a similar soul to share the rest of his life with.

If you’d like to help Homer but can’t adopt him, please consider giving online to help pay the costs of his veterinary care.


Dixie is a year old female Black Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, Georgia.

Dixie loves people and being outside, especially games of fetch! She is not always so sure about other dogs, so trips to the dog park aren’t high on her to-do list. Dixie would make a great dog for someone with a big yard where she can run and play (did we mention she likes fetch?), and is full of love to share.


Sage is a 4-month old female Treeing Walker Coonhound and Bulldog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, Georgia.

Sage is such a ham. Still a young pup, she’s goofy and eager to love.

Byron Pups

These two young Labrador Retriever puppies are not in the care of Coastal Pet Rescue – they’re a last minute addition this morning.

They were found stray and their owner won’t come pick them up. Frankly, they need a Christmas miracle.

The folks who found them can’t keep them as they already have dogs, but they’re willing to help transport them from Byron.

If you have room in the inn your home and your heart to help these two on their way to a forever home, please touch base with the folks helping them on Facebook or email me directly.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 9, 2015

Georgia and American History

On November 8, 1860, Savannah residents protested in favor of secession following the election of Abraham Lincoln.

President Abraham Lincoln (R) was reelected on November 8, 1864.

General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 120 on November 9, 1864.

Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi, in the Field, Kingston, Georgia, November 9, 1864


5. To corps commanders alone is intrusted the power to destroy mills, houses, cotton-gins, etc.; and for them this general principle is laid down: In districts and neighborhoods where the army is unmolested, no destruction of such property should be permitted; but should guerrillas or bushwhackers molest our march, or should the inhabitants burn bridges, obstruct roads, or otherwise manifest local hostility, then army commanders should order and enforce a devastation more or less relentless, according to the measure of such hostility.

6. As for horses, mules, wagons, etc., belonging to the inhabitants, the cavalry and artillery may appropriate freely and without limit; discriminating, however, between the rich, who are usually hostile, and the poor and industrious, usually neutral or friendly. Foraging-parties may also take mules or horses, to replace the jaded animals of their trains, or to serve as pack-mules for the regiments of brigades. In all foraging, of whatever kind, the parties engaged will refrain abusive or threatening language, and may, where the officer in command thinks proper, given written certificates of the facts, but no receipts; and they will endeavor to leave with each family a reasonable portion for their maintenance.

7. Negroes who are able-bodied and can be of service to the several columns may be taken along; but each army commander will bear in mind that the question of supplies is a very important one, and this his first duty is to see to those who bear arms.

8. The organization, at once, of a good pioneer battalion for each army corps, composed if possible of Negroes, should be attended to. This battalion should follow the advance-guard, repair roads and double them if possible, so that the columns will not be delayed after reaching bad places.

Former Confederate General John B. Gordon was sworn-in as Governor of Georgia on November 9, 1886.

Franklin D. Roosevelt made his 15th trip to Warm Springs, Georgia on November 8, 1928 after winning the election for Governor of New York.

Richard B. Russell, Jr. was elected to the United States Senate on November 8, 1932 and would serve until his death in 1971. Before his election to the Senate, Russell served as State Representative, Speaker of the Georgia House, and the youngest Governor of Georgia; his father served as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. On the same day, part-time Georgia resident Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States.

The next day, November 9, 1932, President-elect FDR addressed a national broadcast to the American people and mentioned that he would spend Thanksgiving at his “second home” in Georgia.

On November 9, 1938, Kristallnacht began the organized destruction and looting of Jewish businesses and homes in Munich, Germany.

On November 9, 1989, the former East Germany announced that citizens could cross the border to West Germany. That night, crowds began tearing down sections of the wall that divided the city.

On November 8, 1994, Republicans won control of the United States House of Representatives and Senate in what came to be called the “Republican Revolution.”

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State Capitol Lobby Christmas

Yesterday, the Georgia State Senate Committee on Assignments announced several new committee chairs after the retirements of Sen. Ross Tolleson and Sen. Ron Ramsey opened slots.Continue Reading..