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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 17, 2016

Georgia Governor Joseph Terrell signed legislation creating the State Board of Health on August 17, 1903.

Georgia Tech was designated the State School of Technology on August 17, 1908 by joint resolution of the State Senate and State House.

In a quaint bit of Georgia history, on August 17, 1908, Governor Hoke Smith signed legislation prohibiting corporate donations to political campaigns. Cute!

On August 17, 1998, President Bill Clinton testified as the subject of a grand jury investigation.

The testimony came after a four-year investigation into Clinton and his wife Hillary’s alleged involvement in several scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment, potentially illegal real-estate deals and suspected “cronyism” involved in the firing of White House travel-agency personnel. The independent prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, then uncovered an affair between Clinton and a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. When questioned about the affair, Clinton denied it, which led Starr to charge the president with perjury and obstruction of justice, which in turn prompted his testimony on August 17.

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Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols takes the fight against human trafficking to Savannah next month.

Every night, at least 100 juvenile girls in Georgia are exploited as a part of child sex-trafficking rings, according to The Center for Public Policy Studies.

Many of them are out of Atlanta, which has been deemed one of the top 14 cities in the United States for child prostitution by the FBI.

But the father of seven says, Savannah is being affected, too.

“These traffickers are bringing girls up and down I-95. They’ll spend a couple of days in Savannah, they’ll go over to Valdosta, they’ll go to Atlanta…they’re moving them around. They trade them like pawns, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,” Echols told News 3.

“Operation Dark Night, which was a sting by the U.S. Attorney’s Office here in Savannah rescued 10 girls that were being kept in dog cages in a home,” said Echols.

That’s why he’s hosting a tour next month in Savannah to make sure law makers and law enforcement get to see what’s really going on…and find solutions.

“Maybe foster some sector-specific training: like medical personnel being trained with what to look for. Taxi drivers, limo drivers, hotel front desk personnel, people that might normally be in a place where a trafficker would be a girl through. If they’ve been trained to see this and can call the tip line and report it, it might trigger and investigation,” Echols said.

It appears that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will not be on Georgia’s General Election ballot because too few of the signatures her party turned in were validated.

The news comes a month after the Green Party submitted what it said was more than 1,600 pages of signatures by the state’s July 12 deadline. Party officials had not been sure of the number of signatures, but they estimated it had been more than 10,000.

That number was key. A federal judge earlier this year significantly lowered the number of signatures required to petition for a place on Georgia’s presidential ballot, from tens of thousands of required signatures to just 7,500.

Local election officials, however, were able to verify only 5,925 signatures on the party’s petition, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

The party has five days to appeal the ruling.

“We are conferring with our attorneys right now,” said Bruce A. Dixon, co-chairman of the Georgia Green Party. “It is highly likely that we will be in court before the end of this week to litigate this matter. So it ain’t over yet.”

We’ve written several times about my Rule of Thumb for Ballot Signatures, which is to get twice as many signatures as you need. If we accept the Green Party’s estimate of 10,000 signatures, it appears that roughly 59% were found to be valid. If they’d collected twice as many signatures as they needed and validated at the same rate, Jill Stein would be on the ballot.

The Trump-Pence campaign added to its Georgia staff, announcing two new additions.

“We have assembled an all-star team dedicated to keeping Georgia in the Republican win column. We are committed to taking Mr. Trump’s message to all Georgians, and turning the enthusiasm of this grassroots movement into votes to win in November,” said Brandon Phillips, Mr. Trump’s Georgia State Director, in announcing the senior members of the Georgia campaign team.

“Georgia voters understand that Hillary Clinton represents a third Obama term while the Trump-Pence campaign of tougher law enforcement, stopping illegal immigration and bringing back jobs is resonating strongly across the state. Voters are tired of the same old Washington corruption and back room deals and will vote for change in November,” said Phillips.

Jennifer Hazelton will serve as Communications Director for the Trump Pence 2016 campaign in Georgia. Hazelton served as an award-winning Communications Director for Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) in Washington. She also occupied the same role during a 2014 congressional campaign in San Diego, CA. Prior to working in politics, Hazelton worked as a journalist in television news. She started her career at CNN, working up the ranks to producer, executive producer, and programming creator in Atlanta, London, and New York. After her time at CNN, Hazelton worked for Fox News, managing the newsroom in the network’s Washington, DC bureau. Hazelton is also an occasional panelist on WAGA-TV’s “Georgia Gang.” She is a native of Atlanta.

Billy Kirkland will serve as the Senior Advisor for the Trump Pence campaign in Georgia. Kirkland is the founder and principal at PWK Group, LLC. He launched the firm in 2015 after overseeing the successful election of David Perdue to the U.S. Senate. Prior to the campaign, Kirkland worked as the National Field Director for the Faith & Freedom Coalition. He also worked in former Governor Sonny Perdue’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office. He brings over 15 years of political and campaign experience of all levels to the table. Kirkland is a native of Henry County, Georgia.

Speaking of Rules of Thumb, I have another one I call, “never get into a peeing contest because you’ll just end up wet.” That means don’t get caught up in personal conflicts during a campaign. But in Extreme Northwest Georgia, they do thing differently. From the Times-Free Press:

Jeremy Jones, failed state representative candidate, sat in a camping chair. Jeff Holcomb, failed state representative candidate, stood nearby. Weeks later, both men would say they were threatened. Somehow, the police got involved.

“I’m going to beat your bald a**,” Holcomb may have said, according to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s incident report.

Jones, who received 13 percent of the vote in May, endorsed [eventual Runoff winner DeWayne] Hill. He insulted Holcomb online, called him a hot head and a racist unfit to work in the Georgia capitol. Holcomb said Jones was merely kowtowing to the political establishment by aligning with Hill, who had received about $30,000 in funding from current state representatives and senators.

Jones said he didn’t take the insults personally. He just thought they were dumb.

“I was somewhat stunned,” Jones said. “We have matching hairlines.”

A better insult would have centered on his last-place finish in the May primary, Jones said, or maybe about how he is “a little robust.”

So here’s how I score that exchange: each participant loses two points for breaking the rules, and each loses three more points when law enforcement gets involved. Two more points are deducted for each party for the spat appearing in the newspaper. Dr. Jones gets 1 point back for witty retorts, leaving both candidates under water or worse. That’s why the rule exists.

The AJC opines that third party voters may send Georgia’s Senate race into overtime.

McCoy and others considering casting a ballot for a third-party candidate could shake up Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s battle for a third term. With polls showing Democrat Jim Barksdale in striking distance, both campaigns are quietly bracing for a possible Jan. 10 runoff.

And Libertarian Allen Buckley is hoping voter disgust with both Clinton and Republican Donald Trump — each has made an unfavorable impression with 58 percent of Georgia voters — buoys a campaign that barely surpassed 3 percent in 2008 when he last ran for a Senate seat.

He warns of an impending fiscal collapse driven by out-of-control federal spending and a refusal to deal with the nation’s mounting debt. And he’s tailoring his message to disaffected conservatives and independents who see Republicans as slightly more conservative versions of Democrats.

“If I can get in the runoff, I’ll win the race,” Buckley said. “The only way anything gets accomplished in this race is if I win. Jim Barksdale shows nothing about a new direction. Johnny Isakson doesn’t, either. I’d be the only third-party senator, and I could fight for what’s right.”

Duffy said a January runoff is certainly possible, a scenario she said that would put Democrats at a disadvantage.

“There tends to be a backlash against whichever party wins the White House,” Duffy said. “If the election were held today, certainly Clinton would win given her lead in the polls, and there would be this backlash against Democrats in a runoff that happens weeks after the general election.”

Here’s my 50-cent analysis – it’s not third party voters who can decide whether Georgia goes into extra innings in the Senate race – it’s Trump voters. In 2008, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) was sent into a runoff election when he fell 9133 votes short of winning the required 50% plus one.

But where he lost those votes wasn’t third party voters going to Allen Buckley, then, as now, the Libertarian candidate. What denied Chambliss an outright victory was the 181,662 voters who pulled the lever for John McCain, but did not vote for Saxby Chambliss. Most of those just left the ballot slot blank. Changing just over 5% of those voters who were already in the ballot box and voting for a Republican at the top of the ticket would have put Chambliss over the top in November 2008.

I’ll also point out that a General Election Runoff this year will be vastly different than 2008. We will have nine weeks instead of three, as the Runoff for Federal Elections is scheduled for January 10, 2017. That means a marathon instead of a sprint, including Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hannukah, and New Years Eve. The worst case scenario is a Senate majority hanging in the balance and an incoming President looking for a big win before taking office.

I’m not in the business of giving unsolicited advice, and I would never second-guess the able strategists working for Senator Isakson, but if I were them, I’d make sure to shore up those voters who are going to be in the poll voting for Donald Trump.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced yesterday that voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. will expand its operations in Cartersville, investing $50 million and creating 150 new jobs.

The newly created jobs will range from advanced manufacturing to hot-forming and assembly positions. The company currently employs approximately 100 Georgians at the facility and offers extensive training opportunities, including an apprenticeship program with the students of the Bartow County College & Career Academy in Cartersville.

“This investment is an important step in the growth strategy of our company in the U.S. and positions us well in the center of the southern automotive hub,” said Philipp Schulz, managing director of voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. “We would especially like to thank state and local officials as well as the Georgia Department of Economic Development for their assistance in this project. We are very excited about expanding operations in Cartersville, where our company has found great partners for our operations.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Senior Project Manager Wylly Harrison and Regional Project Manager Stephanie Scearce represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development and Georgia Power.

“When global manufacturing companies like voestalpine choose to locate or expand their existing presence in Georgia, it is a testament to the international reputation of our top-ranked business climate,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “As our state’s automotive industry grows and manufacturing companies continue to invest, I am confident that voestalpine will find the support it needs to successfully serve its customers around the world and remain competitive in the marketplace.”

Teresa McCartney, who serves as director of the Office of Planning  and Budget under Gov. Deal was named 2016 recipient of the National Association of State Budget Officers Gloria Timmer Award.

“For the past four years, I’ve worked closely with Teresa to develop fiscally conservative budgets that prioritize the needs of Georgians, particularly educators and law enforcement officers,” said Deal. “At the same time, we’ve grown our Rainy Day Fund from $374 million to $1.9 billion. Her efforts have helped Georgia maintain its AAA bond rating, allowing us to better use taxpayer resources. I’ve long considered Teresa an exceptional budget officer and am proud that NASBO recognizes her as one too.”“For the past four years, I’ve worked closely with Teresa to develop fiscally conservative budgets that prioritize the needs of Georgians, particularly educators and law enforcement officers,” said Deal. “At the same time, we’ve grown our Rainy Day Fund from $374 million to $1.9 billion. Her efforts have helped Georgia maintain its AAA bond rating, allowing us to better use taxpayer resources. I’ve long considered Teresa an exceptional budget officer and am proud that NASBO recognizes her as one too.”

“Having Teresa as budget director is like having Michael Phelps anchor the 4×100 meter Olympic relay,” said Chris Riley, chief of staff to Deal. “She has been instrumental in ensuring that the governor’s budgets are responsible, sustainable, and serve the needs of Georgians.”

“MacCartney has overseen the restoration and enhancement of Georgia’s funding for its education system, which took a hit during the recession,” according to NASBO. “For K-12 education alone, she worked with the governor to add more than $1.5 billion over the past three years” with much of that funding going to grant more time in the classroom and retain experienced teachers.

So, I was clicking around on Facebook doing in-depth political history research last night and got sucked into a clickbait article about country music and Jesus, when I came across this photo.

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Those are Go Bo Ginn t-shirts from the 1982 campaign in which then-Congressman Bo Ginn went to a Democratic Primary Runoff against Joe Frank Harris.

Floyd County is adding 19 voting machines – about 10% of the current total – in an effort to speed voting in the November General Election.

Another 19 electronic voting machines will be used in this year’s general election on Nov. 8 in an effort to keep voter traffic moving, Floyd County Elections Supervisor Willie Green III said.

Green said 194 voting machines will be used this election as part of the changes he’s implementing to improve the efficiency of the election process in Floyd County.

A national study released by The Pew Charitable Trusts found Georgia to have the fourth-longest average voter wait time, at 7.4 minutes, in the 2014 midterm election and eighth-longest, at 17.8 minutes, in the 2012 presidential election.

A Brennan Center for Justice study, released in 2014, stated resource allocation, such as the number of voting machines at each polling station, is a major contributor to long lines.



Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 16, 2016


Adeline is a nine-week old Boxer & Labrador Retriever Mix female puppy who is available for adoption from The Pixel Fund in Macon, GA.

Adeline is one sweet approximately 9 week old puppy who is learning housetraining and socializes great with other pups. She would make a wonderful family dog! Adeline is a lover of fun things like playtime , chewing on great toys and in general having great puppy fun – please get your application in well asap , shes beautiful sweet and funny! Ahhh Sweet Adeline!

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Snow Drift is a young female Labrador Retriever and Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from The Pixel Fund in Macon, GA.

Snow Drift is aptly named because she is one chilled out Georgia Peach! Loves belly rubs, is housetrained and we have been told relaxed with cats and other dogs. She is an exploring girl who would love a fenced in area with supervision. She would love to walk and talk with you and become your best friend- she is a gorgeous Shep/Lab Mix of about 9 months old. Fully grown she will be not only beautiful but quite hearty in stature and ready for adventures! Get you application in today! woooof woof hugs and kisses from Snow!


Destiny is an eight-week old female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from The Pixel Fund in Macon, GA.

She is a very sweet little girl who loves playing with and learning from the children in her foster home. She is working very hard on her housetraining manners and is willing to master crate training also! When you look into her eyes you are sure to melt and snuggling her is so divine. Could you be her destiny? Her forever home? Please fill out your application today ~ Thank you so much.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 16, 2016

On August 15, 1903, Georgia Governor Joseph Terrell signed legislation requiring that Georgia schools teach elementary agriculture and civics.

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914. On September 7, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a treaty promising to give the Canal to Panama.

The State Highway Department was created on August 16, 1916 to comply with federal funding requirements, when Georgia Governor Nathaniel Harris signed legislation by the General Assembly.

Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation creating the State Department of Banking on August 16, 1919.

Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation creating the Georgia State Board of Forestry on August 15, 1921.

Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation changing the method of execution in Georgia from hanging to the electric chair on August 16, 1924.

On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Festival began in upstate New York.

On August 16, 1974, The Ramones played their first public show at CBGB in New York.

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.

Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppolla was released on August 15, 1979.

Paul Anderson, known for years as the “Strongest Man in the World” for his weightlifting feats, died on August 15, 1994 in Vidalia, Georgia. Anderson was born in 1932 in Toccoa, Georgia. He won an Olympic gold medal in the sport of weightlifting in 1956.

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Condolences to Senator David Perdue and his family on the loss of his mother.

Gervaise Wynn Perdue, mother of Georgia Sen. David Perdue, died Sunday night following a slow decline in her health.

A schoolteacher for more than 30 years, she established one of the state’s first programs for gifted students in the Houston County School System. Her husband of 49 years, the late David A. Perdue, served as superintendent of Houston County schools for 20 years.

“Both my parents dedicated their lives to educating the children of Houston County,” Sen. Perdue said Monday in a statement.

She was born in Irwin County, Georgia, in 1926. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a specialist in education certification from Mercer University in 1971.

Senator Johnny Isakson has released his first ad in the General Election campaign. See it above. From an email the campaign sent with the ad:

U.S. Senator and Senate candidate Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., released “Kate,” the first ad of his 2016 general election campaign. The video is a tribute to young Georgian Kate Puzey and thousands of Americans who volunteer to represent America in faraway places trying to help others. The ad features Kate’s mother, Lois Puzey.

The 60-second ad, “Kate,” can be viewed here.

After reading Kate’s obituary in the newspaper and attending her funeral in 2009, Johnny reached out to the Puzey parents asking how he could help.  Johnny has traveled twice to the African country of Benin seeking justice for Kate’s murder and he successfully pushed Congress to pass a law giving Peace Corps volunteers the same whistleblower protections that federal employees have. Johnny keeps a framed photo of Kate and one of her African students on his desk.

“This young woman was a bright shining star trying to help young children thousands of miles from her Georgia home,” said Johnny. “I see Kate’s face every day, and it reminds me of my mission as an elected official.”

Suspects in Kate’s murder have been in custody in the country of Benin for several years, and the legal case is ongoing.

Below is a transcript of Mrs. Lois Puzey’s words in the video:

“Kate was just the sunshine of our life. She was just a beautiful spirit.

“She taught English in the northern part of Benin. My husband always worried about her there.

“There was this one teacher who was actually abusing the girls. He actually raped a young girl.

“Kate reported him. He lost his job. A few days later, Katie was found murdered in her house, and our lives were shattered.

“It is hard for me every single day to live without my daughter, Kate.

“Johnny Isakson read about it in the newspaper and felt so much sorrow for us. He said, ‘You know if there’s ever anything I can do, just please call me.’

“So much was done to honor her, and a lot of that is due to Johnny Isakson.

“He keeps a picture of her on his desk.

“Johnny Isakson helped get justice for our daughter in Benin. He also was able to get a law passed that better protects Peace Corps volunteers.

“I’m a lifelong Democrat. I am so grateful that he was my senator.”

In addition to the 60-second ad, a 30-second version will also be shown on broadcast and cable television across Georgia.

Members of the media can learn more about Kate’s story, along with Isakson’s work on her behalf by clicking here.

The AJC Political Insider brings some of Senator Isakson’s thoughts on transit.

It was Friday morning in Sandy Springs. Following a breakfast address to local business leaders, the Republican incumbent was going one-on-one with an express lane of reporters. The last asked him about transportation in metro Atlanta. The future of rail in particular.

“Mass transit is a part of the puzzle. It’s not the end-all solution. It’s certainly part of the solution,” Isakson began. “You can’t pave enough lanes to solve the problem.”

“North of the North Springs station — there’s been lots of talk about taking MARTA to Milton. Voters are there. They would be willing to do it. It would have to be a heavy rail line. There is a BRT – bus rapid transit – proposal involved in that, where you would use dedicated lanes instead of heavy rail traffic, which is a lot more expenses.

“But I think North Fulton people are ready for us to come up with a solution to get them a better connection to the airport through the North Springs MARTA Station, but that’s going to take about 7.2 miles of accessibility and make it available to them.”

My favorite Olympic headline so far reads, “Alabama Legislator Angry That “State of Georgia” Allowed in Olympics”.

Friday afternoon, Alabama State Senator Fred Q. Calhoun, (R-Delbert, Ala.) published an open letter to the International Olympic Committee’s President, Thomas Bach, complaining that it was unfair for the committee to allow only one U.S. state to participate as an independent team in this year’s Summer Olympic Games.

“As I was watching last night’s Olympic games with my family, I was stunned to see that Georgia was permitted to participate as an independent entity,” penned the freshman lawmaker.

“Alabama athletes are among the world’s most talented and passionate competitors…  On behalf of the nearly 5 million people who call the Yellow Hammer State home, we request that Alabama be allowed to compete in future Olympic games — just as you’ve permitted the State of Georgia to do,” concluded the state senator.

Of course, there is no Alabama legislator name Fred Calhoun, but it was good for a laugh.

A Macon couple has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke seized legal coin-operated games from their businesses.

Their lawsuit claims that Cooke has a practice of seizing businesses that use those legal machines, to “extort” funds from the defendants.

“Cooke creates an unaccountable fund with the revenue generated from these illegal seizures… and them expends them, in violation of the Georgia Constitution, on items that he believes will garner him favor with his constituency.”

“The claim is false. It’s going to be proven to be false, and I’m just looking forward to defending not only the integrity and practices of my office, but also the officers who are involved in this case,” said Cooke.



Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 12, 2016

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Number 52031 is a friendly young male Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Darla, aka number 51986 is a young female Coonhound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Number 52006 is a friendly adult female Flat-Coated Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Number 52072 is a friendly adult male Labrador Retriever mix who will available for adoption beginning August 13th from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 12, 2016

On August 12, 1492 by the current calendar, Christopher Columbus set sail from the port of Palos de la Frontera in southern Spain with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Other accounts date his arrival at the Canary Islands off the coast of northwestern Africa on August 12, 1492.

Juan Ponce de Leon invaded Puerto Rico on August 12, 1508 and declared himself Governor.

On August 14, 1784, Russians invaded settled Alaska, founding the first permanent Russian settlement at Three Saints Bay.

Dentist, gambler, and gunfighter Doc Holliday was born on August 14, 1851 in Griffin, Georgia.

On August 14, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln hosted a group of African-American men at the White House to discuss emancipation of American slaves outside the United States as colonists.

On August 12, 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood prohibited Confederate soldiers from seizing civilian property.

The Second Battle of Dalton was joined on August 14, 1864.

The first Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line on August 12, 1904.

On August 12, 1908, Ford’s first “Model T” rolled off a Detroit, Michigan, factory floor. Within six years, the car, company and man were propelled to unprecedented success, thanks to the new Highland Park plant’s first-of-its-kind assembly line, which created the intricate product quickly and in large numbers.

“If it hadn’t been for Henry Ford’s drive to create a mass market for cars, America wouldn’t have a middle class today,” wrote [Lee] Iacocca.

Increased travel spurred appeals for better and more roads, the development of suburbs, the oil industry’s rise and a boom in gas stations, strip malls and motels.

But the assembly line itself had the biggest impact on American society, Hyde contended, in making possible the swift, mass production of everything from computers to “fast food.”

On August 12, 1910, Georgia Governor Joseph M. Brown signed legislation prohibiting the carrying of a pistol or revolver without a license.

The County Unit System of elections was created on August 14, 1917 when Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation by the General Assembly.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. The road to perdition is paved with good intentions.

On August 14, 1945, the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made public in Japan.

In the afternoon of August 14, Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up at the Potsdam Conference. That proclamation had already been recorded by the emperor.

East Germany began building the Berlin Wall on August 12, 1961.

[T]he government of East Germany, on the night of August 12, 1961, began to seal off all points of entrance into West Berlin from East Berlin by stringing barbed wire and posting sentries. In the days and weeks to come, construction of a concrete block wall began, complete with sentry towers and minefields around it. The Berlin Wall succeeded in completely sealing off the two sections of Berlin.

Three churches in Albany, Georgia first allowed African-Americans to attend their services on August 12, 1962.

On August 12, 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time.

The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, made its first flight in the earth’s atmosphere on August 12, 1977.

President Jimmy Carter was nominated for reelection as President by the Democratic National Convention in New York City on August 13, 1980.

President Ronald Reagan signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act on August 13, 1981.

The ERTA included a 25 percent reduction in marginal tax rates for individuals, phased in over three years, and indexed for inflation from that point on. The marginal tax rate, or the tax rate on the last dollar earned, was considered more important to economic activity than the average tax rate (total tax paid as a percentage of income earned), as it affected income earned through “extra” activities such as education, entrepreneurship or investment. Reducing marginal tax rates, the theory went, would help the economy grow faster through such extra efforts by individuals and businesses. The 1981 act, combined with another major tax reform act in 1986, cut marginal tax rates on high-income taxpayers from 70 percent to around 30 percent, and would be the defining economic legacy of Reagan’s presidency.

Reagan’s tax cuts were designed to put maximum emphasis on encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship and creating incentives for the development of venture capital and greater investment in human capital through training and education. The cuts particularly benefited “idea” industries such as software or financial services; fittingly, Reagan’s first term saw the advent of the information revolution, including IBM’s introduction of its first personal computer (PC) and the rise or launch of such tech companies as Intel, Microsoft, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Compaq and Cisco Systems.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High was released on August 13, 1982.

A Special Session called by Governor Miller to address legislative redistricting after the United States Supreme Court threw out Georgia’s Congressional redistricting map was convened on August 14, 1995.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 11, 2016


Shelby is a young female 3-4 month old Labrador Retriever & Hound Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Butts County Animal Control in Jackson, GA.


Maleficent is a young female adult Plott Hound who is available for adoption from Butts County Animal Control in Jackson, GA.


Bonzai is a young male brindle Plott Hound who is available for adoption from Butts County Animal Control in Jackson, GA.


Georiga Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 11, 2016

On August 11, 1862, Confederate General Braxton Bragg declared martial law in Atlanta.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the summer commencement address at the University of Georgia on August 11, 1938. Later that day, Roosevelt endorsed Lawrence Camp over incumbent Governor Walter F. George, saying George had not been sufficiently supportive of the New Deal.

The Atlanta Braves signed legendary Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige on August 11, 1968.

On August 11, 1984, Ronald Reagan jokingly announced that he had “signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever…we begin bombing in five minutes,” without knowing he was speaking into a live microphone.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 10, 2016


Midnight is a two-year old male German Shepherd who weighs 66 pounds and is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

“Midnight” wandered up to a house, probably just looking for a place to shelter after getting lost or dumped. But the poor guy was “jumped” by the dog at that house who didn’t really want another dog around vying for food and attention.  “Midnight” got beat up pretty bad, but wasn’t trying to fight back. He has a pretty nasty puncture on his front leg that may need attention beyond the antibiotic ointment we’ve been applying.  “Midnight” has a pleasant, calm, social personality. He sits instantly when you ask him and does great on the leash.  He has been so cooperative with the treating of his bite wounds and with his heartworm testing and vaccinations. He really seems to be a good boy! 


Charlie is a nine-month old male mixed breed brindle dog who weighs 45 pounds and is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA. He’s described by the shelter as a friendly young boy.


Ritz is a beautiful and friendly 5-month old female mixed breed dog who will be available for adoption beginning on Thursday from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA. She currently weighs 25 pounds, but will probably grow larger. She’s very happy! If you wanted to adopt her, it might be best to go visit her today and put in your paperwork.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 10, 2016

On August 10, 1774, a group calling itself the “Sons of Liberty” met at Tondee’s Tavern in Savannah, the first move in Georgia toward what would become the Revolutionary War. The Sons of Liberty adopted eight resolutions, among those one that reads,

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That we apprehend the Parliament of Great Britain hath not, nor ever had, any right to tax his Majesty’s American subjects; for it is evident beyond contradiction, the constitution admits of no taxation without representation; that they are coeval and inseparable; and every demand for the support of government should be by requisition made to the several houses of representatives.

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That we concur with our sister colonies in every constitutional measure to obtain redress of American grievances, and will by every lawful means in our power, maintain those inestimable blessings for which we are indebted to God and the Constitution of our country–a Constitution founded upon reason and justice, and the indelible rights of mankind.

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Georgia’s Copy of the Declaration of Independence, currently at the Georgia State Archives.


The first copy in Georgia of the Declaration of Independence was read publicly in Savannah on August 10, 1776.

On August 10, 1787, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

Missouri was admitted as the 24th State, and the first entirely west of the Mississippi River, on August 10, 1821.

On August 10, 1864, the bombardment of Atlanta by Union force continued, with Sherman writing, ““Let us destroy Atlanta and make it a desolation.”

Sherman-and-Cannon Atlanta

The first Georgia state Motor Fuel Tax was enacted on August 10, 1921, when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation imposing a one-cent per gallon tax.

Japan accepted unconditional surrender on August 10, 1945, one day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Red Dawn, the first movie rated PG-13 was released on August 10, 1984.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 9, 2016

To learn more about any of today’s featured dogs or to apply to adopt one, visit Save Our Souls rescue’s website.


Bensen is a small male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls in Claxton, GA.

Bensen is a 5 year old, 16 pound Beagle mix that has the most gorgeous eyes! He is a happy fella that was gotten out of a bad situation and he has made the most of his new life! He is dog friendly, it is unknown about cats.

He is a little timid when first meeting, but once he warms up, you have a lifetime shadow. He loves to be around or at least within seeing distance of his human. He learned very quickly what toys are and how to have fun playing with them! (see video).

He is small in stature but large on personality. He would be perfect for someone that wants a mid sized (small/medium) dog, and/or someone that lives in an apartment because of his size.


Quentin is a young male Yellow Labrador Retriever & Border Collie Mix who is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls in Claxton, GA.

Quentin is super sweet and loves the water as you can see. He loves his people and cant wait to have someone to snuggle with. He is good with kids and would make a great family dog. Not a barker or chewer so far, but definably would do better with someone who can keep him active, he has his share of energy.

If you love kisses and cuddles, Quentin is your guy. 2-3years. old.


Wisteria is a 2-3 year old female Border Collie & Labrador Retriever Mix who is available for adoption from S.O.S. Save Our Souls in Claxton, GA.

Wisteria is a very happy, sociable puppy that would do well in any home.

A Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy used a lock out kit to free a dog who was locked inside a car in the parking lot at Cracker Barrel.