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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.

Stephen Heard Conan OBrien

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.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

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..


Georgia Senate Committee on Assignments Announces New Chairmanships

The Senate Committee on Assignments has announced changes to its list of standing committee chairs and vice chairs for the second session of the 153rd Georgia General Assembly:

• Sen. Brandon Beach (R – Alpharetta) will serve as chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee.
• Sen. Frank Ginn (R – Danielsville) will serve as chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
• Sen. Jack Hill (R – Reidsville) will serve as vice chair of the Senate Rules Committee.
• Sen. Lester Jackson (D – Savannah) will serve as chair of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee.
• Sen. Bruce Thompson (R – White) will serve as chair of the Senate Science and Technology Committee.

“The Georgia State Senate’s top priority is preserving Georgia’s reputation as a leading state for business development, job creation and educational opportunity. I look forward to working directly with Senate leadership in order to find real solutions for Georgia’s most significant and pressing issues,” said Lt. Governor Cagle.

“We are fortunate to have a wealth of talent and experience in the State Senate,” said President Pro Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth). “I am confident that our new committee chairs and committee members will do great work.”

Once a piece of legislation is introduced in the Senate, it is assigned to a committee depending on its topic. If the committee gives the legislation a “do pass” recommendation, the proposed law is then sent to the Rules Committee for consideration.

The appointed chairs will oversee the operation and order of Senate committee meetings; including calling for action on bills, resolutions or other matters assigned to that committee.


Ted Cruz expands Georgia campaign leadership

Cruz For President Announces 100 County Chairs in GA

Leadership Team Adds 11 Current and Former Elected Officials as Co-Chairs

HOUSTON, Texas – Today, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced he now has 100 County Chairs in Georgia, growing his grassroots network all across the state. He has also expanded his Georgia State Leadership Team to include 11 new current and former legislators and four of Georgia’s top grassroots leaders who join the campaign as co-chairs. This announcement comes as the Cruz Campaign continues to build a strong grassroots army across the southeast.

“I am encouraged to have the endorsement of so many conservative Georgia leaders,” said Cruz. “We are continuing to build the strongest operation in Georgia to get out the message that is resonating with so many Americans. I’m confident that we’re building the conservative coalition to compete and win Georgia on Super Tuesday.”

“This is an incredibly powerful group of leaders from across Georgia,” said State Chair Ralph Hudgens. “It shows that Ted Cruz is the candidate that best reflects our Georgia values in the presidential race and that Georgia is confident a President Cruz will stand up and fight for them.”Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 8, 2015

The video is from an earlier contingent of Turkey Dogs, but the newest group of rescued Golden Retrievers from Turkey has arrived in Atlanta.

Over 100 golden retrievers have been rescued from Turkey and brought to Georgia by the group Adopt a Golden Atlanta.

Turkish rescuer Yasemin Baban said golden retrievers were fashionable gifts in the country, but when puppies grew into big, barking dogs, thousands of families set them loose.

“They would be abandoned with broken legs. This is terrible because they don’t want to pay the vet, or they feel like the toy is broken,” she said.

Baban helped round up the dogs from the streets and forests in Istanbul, and packed their crates for the long plane trip to Atlanta.

Adopt a Golden welcomed 29 new dogs at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sunday night. They all have holiday names like Sugar Cookie, Elf and Frosty.

Because most of the dogs arrive with few medical conditions, Adopt a Golden said it costs about the same or less than it does to rescue local strays.

Because most of the dogs arrive with few medical conditions, Adopt a Golden said it costs about the same or less than it does to rescue local strays.

Thoroughly vetted and not a terrorist terrier among them. You can make an online donation to Adopt A Golden Atlanta and Operation Turkey Dog.

While the newest Turkey Dogs are not yet ready for adoption, here are some beautiful Golden Retrievers who are looking for a new home for the holidays.

AGA Jake

Jake is a 2-year old English Cream-colored Golden Retriever originally from Maryland who is available for adoption from Adopt A Golden Atlanta. If you can believe it, Jake was put in a cardboard box and dropped off at a shelter.

I like strong toys because I can chew up the soft ones in no time. My favorite is one you can put treats in like peanut butter or some pudding called yogurt. I also love an occasional banana. Yum!

Rosie TD
Rosie is a 7-year old female Golden Retriever, originally from Turkey, who is available for adoption from Adopt A Golden Atlanta.

>Rosie is friendly and loves attention once she gets to know you. Her favorite thing in the world is swimming and she will go morning, noon and night if permitted.

Rosie can be toy and food possessive which makes sense since she lived most of her life having nothing and having to guard what she did get. She will get along and learn to share with an easy going older dog.

She loves going for walks, is great on a leash, and very well-behaved for car rides. Rosie is a sweet and very affectionate blonde girl, but has a very Golden glow in her heart.

Matlin in foster

Matlin is a 9 or 10-year old female Golden Retriever who weighs 60 pounds and is available for adoption from Adopt A Golden Atlanta.

My new friend said I am a sweet girl with good house manners and that I am the best kind of dog- one that can give you lots of love. Now my friends at AGA say that I am beautiful too and that if anyone ever wanted a the perfect family member then I am the dog to choose!

If you like walks around the neighborhood or a nap in the afternoon or a friend to keep you company then why not think about me because I am very good at all those things. I’ll even show you how to look at the clouds and see pictures in them and , if you’re up to it, I can even give you a lesson in rolling in the grass? Thank you for reading about me- you friend to be, xxx Matlin.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 8, 2015

Georgia and American History

President Abraham Lincoln issued his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction on December 8, 1863.

First, it allowed for a full pardon for and restoration of property to all engaged in the rebellion with the exception of the highest Confederate officials and military leaders.

Second, it allowed for a new state government to be formed when 10 percent of the eligible voters had taken an oath of allegiance to the United States.

Third, the Southern states admitted in this fashion were encouraged to enact plans to deal with the freed slaves so long as their freedom was not compromised.

On December 8, 1899, Georgia Governor Allen Candler signed legislation to levy a tax on all dogs older than four months.

The United States declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941. Montana Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin, the first female elected to the United States House of Representatives, cast the sole dissenting vote.

John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment building in New York City on December 8, 1980.

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Spotted at Road Atlanta: a Nissan GT-R with “We the People” Constitution graphics and a Ted Cruz sticker.

Kennesaw city council member and former Mayor Leonard Church plead guilty to child molestation charges, losing his council seat and now faces 18 years in prison.

[Cobb County District Attorney Vic] Reynolds said there was a good chance, given his age, that Church would die in prison, but if he were to be released at some point in the future, he would be under strict supervision as a sex offender. The DA acknowledged the case generated a great deal of public interest, especially in Kennesaw, due to Church’s standing there as a former mayor and sitting councilman.

“It’s easier to admit a murder than it is molesting a child and possessing the volume of child pornography that he possessed,” Reynolds said. “I hope and pray that he was remorseful for what he’s done … whether … (his tears were) sincere or not, I can tell you he’s going to have a long time to think about it.”

Church was transported directly to the county jail in preparation for transfer to Jackson State Prison. A special election for this council seat is set for May.

As far as the election to replace Church, it is likely to be held May 24, 2016 in conjunction with state and local primary elections and nonpartisan judicial races.

WSB-TV reports that what appear to be secret bank accounts for the benefit of DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson and former Commissioner Elaine Boyer were maintained by the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce.

Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore vetoed an ordinance that would have raised the retirement pay for Mayor and Council members.

“The approval of this increase in retirement pay for elected officials is demonstrative of elected officials placing their personal financial interests above the public interest and the interests of the employees of the City of Statesboro,” Moore gave as the last of three reasons in her written explanation.

She attached the two-page explanation to a copy of the 35-page revised ordinance, with “VETO” written in the space for the mayor’s signature, and delivered it Friday morning to City Clerk Sue Starling.

The retirement raise was adopted, as part of Ordinance 2015-13, by a three-vote majority of the council Tuesday. Councilman Will Britt made the motion, Councilman Gary Lewis seconded it, and Councilman Travis Chance also voted for it. Councilman Phil Boyum abstained, and Councilman John Riggs voted “no.”

That Britt and Lewis did not seek re-election, and that their terms end Dec. 31, figure in the second reason Moore cited for the veto.

But first, she asserted that there was no real justification for the retirement increase.

A ceremony previously scheduled for today to swear in three new members of the Georgia Court of Appeals was cancelled last week, likely due to a lawsuit challenging the governor’s ability to appoint members to newly-created seats.

Fayetteville solo Wayne Kendall, who represents a half-dozen petitioners demanding that the judgeships be filled by elections, said that he in fact speaks for more than 6 million Georgia voters “who have had the right to vote taken away from them.”

Gov. Nathan Deal has already named Amanda Mercier, Nels Peterson and Brian Rickman to the judgeships, which were created by the General Assembly earlier this year. They are slated to assume office on Jan. 1, but a planned swearing-in ceremony slated for Tuesday has been postponed.

In documents and before Superior Court Judge John Goger, Kendall argued that the Georgia Constitution has, since 1906, required that newly created seats on the Court of Appeals must be filled by elections—unlike vacancies, which the governor may fill with his own selections. Although the Constitution has been re-drafted several times, most recently in 1983, Kendall said that the election requirement remains the law of the land.

Since the 1983 constitution, the General Assembly has created three new judgeships on the Court of Appeals, and all three were filled by gubernatorial appointment: one by Gov. Zell Miller in 1996, and two by Gov. Roy Barnes in 1999.

Those appointments were also made in violation of the constitution, Kendall told a reporter after the hearing. The relevant language of the 1983 Constitution states, “All Justices of the Supreme Court and the Judges of the Court of Appeals shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis for a term of six years.”

Some Gwinnett County residents asked Commissioners last night to add more money for early voting to the 2016 budget, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The county has proposed six days of early voting at eight locations. Members of the elections board and community groups want commissioners to double that voting window to 12 days, which would require an increase in spending on the election.

“People of Gwinnett County may not be able to vote (during a shorter voting window) because … of work (or) they may not be able to come because of other obligations that usurp their coming out to vote,” Tucker resident Penny Poole told commissioners. “That sounds so very despicable to me that our vote has been reduced to a dollar amount.”

The proposed $1.5 billion budget includes $7.5 million to pay for elections next year because of expected interest in the presidential election, which coincides with elections for several key county-level posts.

“It’s going to be very expensive next year to do the elections,” commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said.

County officials also have to plan for the extra voting window created for the presidential primary on March 1, which will be followed a couple of months later by a primary for local and state offices.

The eight early voting locations set to be used for the election is up from five for the 2012 presidential election and seven for the 2014 county and state elections, according to figures provided by county officials.

State Senator-elect JaNice Van Ness was cleared to take office after a recount of DeKalb County ballots showed a final tally of 3865 for VanNess to 3781 for Democrat Tanya Anderson. Van Ness will be sworn in at the State Capitol on December 18 at 10 AM.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 7, 2015

Toffee, Tootsie, and Heath are Pointer/Labrador Retrieve mix dogs who were born in the same litter in February 2012. Each dog is available for adoption from the Berrien County Humane Society, Inc. in Nashville, GA.


Toffee is a very sweet spayed female. She loves walks, attention and treats and is just longing for that person to be all hers. She would be a very loyal companion and given attention and time would become very bonded to her person.


Tootsie is a sweet spayed female. She will roll over for belly rubs if you linger in her area. She is not very fond of the leash and will run and hide when you bring it out so needs work on that. She lives in outside kennel so if she’ll be an inside dog, she will need some housetraining.


Heath is a neutered male that was born at the shelter February 24, 2012 along with his sisters Toffee and Tootsie. His mother, Godiva, and other sister, Snickers, have been adopted; but Heath, Toffee and Tootsie are still looking for their forever home.

Heath is a sweet dog, loves to go for walks, does well on a leash and behaved wonderfully at adoption events. He is currently kept in an outdoor kennel so may need some work on housetraining if indoors. He gets along with most other dogs but may not do well with strong aggressive males.

Could you be Heath’s forever home?