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25
Sep

Georgia Politics, Camapaigns, and Elections for September 25, 2015

On September 25, 1789, Congress adopted the first twelve amendments, called the Bill of Rights, to the United States Constitution. A little more than two years later, in 1791, enough states had ratified ten of the Amendments, with two not receiving sufficient support.

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On September 25, 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis met with General John Bell Hood and visited troops at Palmetto, Georgia.

Sir Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey was appointed British Governor General of Canada on September 26, 1904. We shall drink his tea in his honor this afternoon.

On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.

Atlanta-born Robert Trent “Bobby” Jones won his first Grand Slam on September 27, 1930.

On September 26, 1960, Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican Vice President Richard M. Nixon met in the first nationally-televised Presidential debate.

Ronald Reagan appointee Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Justice of the United States on September 25, 1981. In an interview with Terry Gross, she recalled receiving the call from President Reagan:

“I was working in my office on the Arizona Court of Appeals,” she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I was at the court in my chambers when the telephone rang. And it was the White House calling for me, and I was told that the president was waiting to speak to me. That was quite a shock, but I accepted the phone call, and it was President Reagan, and he said, ‘Sandra?’ ‘Yes, Mr. President?’ ‘Sandra, I’d like to announce your nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow. Is that all right with you?’ Well, now, that’s kind of a shock, wouldn’t you say?”

On September 25, 2008, the last car came off the line at GM’s Doraville Plant.

Boehner Resigning

The New York Times reports that House Speaker John Boehner will give up his leadership duties and his seat in Congress at the end of October.

Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Boehner made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.

Mr. Boehner’s surprise announcement came just a day after Pope Francis visited the Capitol, the fulfillment of a 20-year dream for Mr. Boehner of having a pontiff address Congress. He had a private audience with Francis before the pope’s address to a joint meeting of Congress.

More from Politico.com,

Boehner, 65, planned to leave Congress at the end of 2014, one of his aides said Friday morning, but returned because of the unexpected defeat of Eric Cantor.

“The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution,” the Boehner aide said. “He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.”

On Thursday evening as he left the Capitol, Boehner (R-Ohio) told two reporters — one from POLITICO and another from the Washington Post — that he had nothing left to accomplish after he brought Pope Francis to the Capitol. When asked if he was resigning, Boehner laughed before exiting into an awaiting SUV with his Capitol Police detail.

Now that he doesn’t have internal political considerations to weigh, Boehner is certain to push through a government-funding bill next week that funds Planned Parenthood, and keeps the government open.

Boehner’s decision, relayed in a closed Republican meeting Friday morning, will set off one of the most intense leadership scrambles in modern Congressional GOP politics. Second in line is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is widely expected to serve as the next speaker.

Georgia Politics

The AJC Political Insider reports that casino magnate and 2012 Newt Gingrich supporter Sheldon Adelson visited the Georgia Capitol yesterday to meet with Speaker of the House David Ralston and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

Kristina Torres writes in the AJC that Georgia legislators may see a push for marijuana cultivation in next year’s session.Continue Reading..

24
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 24, 2014

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President Georgia Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012.

The Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was delivered to President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 24, 1964.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

On Saturday, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will host a lecture on The Battle of Allatoona Pass.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Georgia State Representative and Majority Caucus Chair Matt Hatchett has endorsed Chris Christie for President.

Georgia State Representative Matt Hatchett announced his endorsement of Governor Chris Christie for President. Hatchett is a successful small business leader and a strong voice of the Republican party throughout Georgia.

“I believe Governor Christie is clearly the strongest candidate in this race to serve as our next President and to take on the Democratic nominee next year. His bold leadership style and strong conservative record stand out in a crowded field. He is also the only candidate with a comprehensive plan to address the entitlement crisis facing this country. I firmly believe Governor Christie is the best choice to move our country forward and restore sanity in Washington D.C.,” said State Rep. Hatchett.

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24
Sep

Georgia’s House Majority Caucus Chairman Matt Hatchett Endorses Christie For President | Chris Christie for President

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Today, Georgia State Representative Matt Hatchett announced his endorsement of Governor Chris Christie for President. Hatchett is a successful small business leader and a strong voice of the Republican party throughout Georgia.

“I believe Governor Christie is clearly the strongest candidate in this race to serve as our next President and to take on the Democratic nominee next year. His bold leadership style and strong conservative record stand out in a crowded field. He is also the only candidate with a comprehensive plan to address the entitlement crisis facing this country. I firmly believe Governor Christie is the best choice to move our country forward and restore sanity in Washington D.C.,” said State Rep. Hatchett.

Representative Hatchett is the House Majority Caucus chair and serves on the House Appropriations; Economic Development & Tourism; Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications; and Health & Human Services, Ethics & Rules Committees.

Hatchett joins a growing list of national endorsements that include Maine Governor Paul LePage and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

via Georgia’s House Majority Caucus Chairman Matt Hatchett Endorses Christie For President | Chris Christie for President.

24
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 24, 2015

Gili

Gili is a female Pug and Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA. Four of her brothers and sisters from the same litter are also available for adoption.

Otis

Otis is a super sweet, 12 year old male pug who is being fostered in Atlanta, GA. He is ready to find his forever home. He is visually impaired and diabetic. His diabetes is under control with insulin and if you have never had a diabetic pug before, don’t let that scare you off! The rescue group that’s caring for Otis can show you how to administer his medication. Otis is available for adoption from Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Ruby

Ruby is an 18-year old female Pug who weighs 15 pounds. She has limited vision and hearing and is stiff from arthritis. She is going to be taking some joint supplements as well to help with her joints. Ruby is available for adoption from Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Here’s the best Presidential election video I’ve seen yet this year, from Mildred the Pug.

Mildred is a resident at Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, one of my favorite rescue groups, even though they aren’t in Georgia. Old Friends takes in senior dogs from shelters and provides them the highest quality of life and veterinary care for their golden years.

Mildred Shirt

The Mildred for President campaign is a fundraiser for Old Friends. Twenty dollars gets you that t-shirt and long-sleeve and other types of shirts are available. The proceeds will go to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary.

23
Sep

Best Presidential Election ad this year

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23
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 23, 2015

All dog and cat adoptions are free this month at both DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, though the usual application process still applies.

Baby

Baby is a 2-year old male Hound mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Lindsey

Lindsey is a 1-year old female Labrador Retriever mix (I think she’s a Shepherd) who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Parrothead

Parrothead is a 4-year old female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Parrothead is a sweet, gentle girl who would love to finally experience a loving home. This girl hasn’t had the best start in life. She came to the shelter with severe hairloss on her rear end and tail and bad teeth. She is being treated by our vet, but needs a calm environment to fully recovery. She is waiting patiently at DeKalb Animal Services for her hero. Will it be you?

Click here to see a brief video of Parrothead and you can see how sweet and well-behaved she it.

23
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 23, 2015

Bon Homme Richard

John Paul Jones, at the helm of US ship Bonhomme Richard, won a naval battle off the coast of England on September 23, 1779.

After inflicting considerable damage to the Bonhomme Richard, Richard Pearson, the captain of the Serapis, asked Jones if he had struck his colors, the naval sign indicating surrender. From his disabled ship, Jones replied, “I have not yet begun to fight,” and after three more hours of furious fighting the Serapis and Countess of Scarborough surrendered to him.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned to St. Louis Missouri from their exploratory trip to the Pacific coast on September 23, 1806.

On September 23, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was speaking at a dinner with the Teamsters union and addressed attacks that had been made by Republicans, including the allegation that after leaving his dog, Fala, behind in the Aleutian Islands, he sent a Navy destroyer to fetch the dog. This would become known as the “Fala speech.”

These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family don’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I’d left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars—his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.

The idea for the joke was given to FDR by Orson Welles. The political lesson here is that any time you get an audience laughing at your opponent, you are winning.

A statue of former Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol was unveiled on September 23, 1949, the 65th anniversary of Talmadge’s birth near Forsyth, Georgia in 1884.

On September 23, 1952, Senator Richard M. Nixon was under fire for allegedly accepting $18,000 and using it for personal expenses. To salvage his place as the Vice Presidential candidate on Eisenhower’s Republican ticket, Nixon took to the airwaves in the first nationally-televised address and delivered what came to be known as the “Checkers Speech. From The Atlantic:

[A] 1999 poll of leading communication scholars ranked the address as the sixth most important American speech of the 20th century — close behind the soaring addresses of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The “Checkers” speech wins this high rank for one stand-out reason: It marked the beginning of the television age in American politics. It also salvaged Nixon’s career, plucking a last-second success from the jaws of abject humiliation, and profoundly shaped Nixon’s personal and professional outlook, convincing him that television was a way to do an end-run around the press and the political “establishment.”

Click here for the full text of the “Checkers Speech.”

On September 23, 1976, President Gerald Ford and former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter met in their first televised debate.

The last game played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium took place on September 23, 1996.

Marine archaeologists working to recover the CSS Georgia from the Savannah River surfaced a second Dahlgren rifled cannon from the Civil War wreck.

Georgia Politics

Governor Nathan Deal has issued the Writ of Election officially setting March 1, 2016 as the Presidential Preference Primary for Georgia. Deal has also called a Special Election to fill House District 92, which became vacant when Rep. Tonya Anderson (D-Lithonia) qualified in the Special Election for Senate District 46, formerly held by Sen. Ron Ramsey. The Special Election in District 92 will be held November 3, 2015.

Here’s the entire Marco Rubio speech in Atlanta this Monday. Matt Damon will play Marco Rubio if they make a movie about him.

Yesterday, the Ted Cruz presidential campaign announced it picked up all three former Scott Walker Georgia co-chairs.

The addition of Julianne Thompson and Rachel Little… means that all three of Walker’s former state grassroots co-chairs will now be helping to organize the state for Cruz.

Thompson is one of Georgia’s most active Republican leaders. She is the former co-chairman of the Atlanta Tea Party and co-founder of the Capitol Coalition of Conservative Leaders, Georgia’s largest political coalition, and a former press secretary of the Georgia Republican Party.

Little is the immediate past Chairman of the Gwinnett County Republican Party and recently received the Georgia Republican Party Chairman of the Year Award. She was recognized as the Woman of the Year by the Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta and served as Mitt Romney and Herman Cain’s Georgia state co-chair in 2012.

“We are encouraged and excited to see the caliber of support flowing to the Cruz campaign,” said Cruz national political director Mark Campbell.

Janet Huckabee, wife of Mike Huckabee has four tour stops in Georgia today and tomorrow.

10:00 AM today at MUST Ministries in Canton, GA

Noon today at The Varsity in Kennesaw, GA

7:30 PM today for dinner at Calvary Baptist in Ball Ground, GA

Thursday, 12:30 PM, Muscogee County GOP Luncheon with Janet Huckabee in Columbus, GA

The Georgia Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at the Albany Municipal Auditorium on October 29, 2015.

On March 1, 2016, DeKalb County voters will cast ballots on yet another penny sales tax, this one to enhance the current Homestead Option Sales Tax property tax exemption.

DeKalb solicited firms this month to develop a project list and organize a public input process for a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST). The county asked contractors to submit quotes under $50,000.

Then voters will decide next spring whether to increase their sales taxes to a total of 8 percent under a proposal that would also lower property tax bills under DeKalb’s existing homestead option sales tax (HOST).

The change would allocate HOST distributions entirely for the purpose of reducing residential property tax bills. Currently, 80 percent of HOST funds go toward property tax relief, and the rest is distributed to city and county governments.

Adjusting the HOST formula would result in about $21 million worth of additional discounts on residential property tax bills each year.

An ethics complaint against DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton will move forward, though a hearing date is not set.

Atlanta City Council member Keshia Lance Bottoms is the beneficiary of two publicly-financed mailings inside and outside of her district.

Atlanta Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms recently mailed out thousands of glossy annual reports extolling the successes of District 11. But her decision to send the document to households across the city is raising questions about whether she used district funds to raise her political profile ahead of the 2017 mayor’s race.

Bottoms, a second-term council member closely linked to Mayor Kasim Reed, appears on the cover of the report, as well as 23 of its 30 pages. In the report, she discusses her work on school and health initiatives, property improvements and participation in international trade missions.

That’s not the only piece of mail bearing Bottoms’ face these days. She also appears on a flyer sent to residents near Turner Field last week because of her work as the executive director of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority.

Still, Bryan Long, executive director of the left-leaning advocacy group Better Georgia, said the pair of mailings raise questions about intent. “Every single person on the city council is a politician at heart, so it’s wise to question their next moves,” he said.

That her photo appears so often in the report gives “at least an appearance that she’s using her office to advance her profile in advance of a city-wide election, at a minimum,” he said.

The Atlanta United soccer team is keeping tabs on a backup site in Cobb County in case the taxpayer giveaway deal in DeKalb County falls apart.

In Gainesville, city council candidates will meet in a debate on Thursday night from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Gainesville Civic Center, located at 830 Green St. NE.

A committee of the Macon-Bibb County Commission voted to move forward on spending $50,000 to study whether a market exists for minor league baseball in the middle Georgia city.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs will not run for reelection, kicking off what is likely to be an expensive open-seat election to her seat on the bench.

Georgia legislators are studying whether and how to regulate AirBNB and other short-term property rental sites.

Representatives for Georgia’s hotels, motels and inns said the status quo isn’t fair statewide. Holly McHaggee, president of the Georgia Innkeepers Association, owns a bed-and-breakfast in Rome, Ga. McHaggee said she bought her home specifically to run a business, complying with required licensing and inspections. New technology, she said, makes it too easy for others to skip those steps.

Airbnb and HomeAway representatives, two popular services for finding rentals, told the committee they’re open to simple regulations but also count on renters to hold owners accountable.

22
Sep

Cruz Signs Up All Three Walker GA Statewide Grassroots Co-Chairs | Cruz for President

via Press Release:

Julianne Thompson and Rachel Little Join Previously Announced Louie Hunter To Bolster Cruz’s GA Campaign

HOUSTON, Texas — Today, the Cruz for President campaign announced that two key leaders in Georgia would be joining the Cruz campaign after being previously allied with Governor Scott Walker. The addition of Julianne Thompson and Rachel Little, along with Louie Hunter who previously announced his support for Cruz, means that all three of Walker’s former state grassroots co-chairs will now be helping to organize the state for Cruz.

Thompson is one of Georgia’s most active Republican leaders. She is the former co-chairman of the Atlanta Tea Party and co-founder of the Capitol Coalition of Conservative Leaders, Georgia’s largest political coalition, and a former press secretary of the Georgia Republican Party.

Little is the immediate past Chairman of the Gwinnett County Republican Party and recently received the Georgia Republican Party Chairman of the Year Award. She was recognized as the Woman of the Year by the Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta and served as Mitt Romney and Herman Cain’s Georgia state co-chair in 2012.

“We are encouraged and excited to see the caliber of support flowing to the Cruz campaign,” said Cruz national political director Mark Campbell. “It’s evidence that Cruz’s record of being the only consistent conservative in the race is having a significant impact on the grassroots. Julianne, Rachel and Louie’s experience, knowledge, and network will give our team a sizeable advantage in Georgia and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

via Cruz Signs Up All Three Walker GA Statewide Grassroots Co-Chairs | Cruz for President.

22
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 22, 2015

On September 22, 1862, Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which stated,

“. . . on the first day of January [1863] . . . all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

President Rutherford B. Hayes visited Atlanta on September 22, 1877.

White vigilantes seeking to assault African-Americans after reports of four white women being assaulted led to the Atlanta Race Riots on September 22-24, 1906, which would claim the lives of at least 25 African-Americans and one white person.

On September 22, 1918, the City of Atlanta gasoline administator prohibited non-emergency Sunday driving to conserve fuel for the war effort.

Friends debuted on NBC on September 22, 1994.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Rubio Water Bottle

Here is perhaps the most controversial thing Rubio said yesterday:

Congressman Austin Scott (R-Tifton) introduced Senator Rubio.

Austin Scott Marco Rubio

Rubio Medium Shot

In the front row of the crowd were State Reps. Bert Reeves (with his lovely wife and their baby), and Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), state Senator P.K. Martin (R-Gwinnett) and Senator Judson Hill, who had previously endorsed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Rubio Frat Row

Did Judson Hill know that he would become a free agent in the Presidential race later that day?

Greg Bluestein has a wrapup of Rubio’s speech at the AJC.

The 44-year-old Republican warned a crowd of a few hundred supporters at a Buckhead hotel  that “America is on the road to decline” because of a Washington establishment that is increasingly out-of-touch with the rank-and-file.

“If you keep electing the same people, we’re going to get the exact same results. And I wish I could tell you that the people disconnected from your lives are all Democrats. And they are. But it’s not just Democrats,” said Rubio. “There are even people in my party as well.”

At Monday’s speech, the Florida senator vowed to be the “vocational education president” who would expand student aid to 16- and 17-year-olds seeking careers in welding and other high-growth hands-on fields.

He earned the sharpest applause, though, when he outlined what he said would be a more muscular approach to foreign policy.

Rubio repeated his pledge to reverse the Iranian nuclear deal his first day in the White House, enthusiastically embrace Israel and check the ambitions of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who Rubio called a “thug” and a “gangster.”

Later yesterday, news began to circulate that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker would be pulling out of the Presidential race.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, whose early glow as a Republican presidential contender was snuffed out with the rise of anti-establishment rivals, announced Monday that he was quitting the race and urged some of his 15 rivals to do the same so the party could unite against the leading candidate, Donald J. Trump.

“Today I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field,” Mr. Walker said. “With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.

“I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same,” he said, “so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current front-runner.”

After Walker’s announcement, the other campaigns started picking apart the carcass talking to former Walker fundraisers and supporters.

The most sought-after prizes for Republican candidates still in the race will be Nebraska billionaires Joe and Marlene Ricketts, who had already given Walker’s super-PAC at least $5 million, and Wisconsin roofing billionaire Diane Hendricks who gave Walker’s Unintimidated PAC a further $5 million.

The Ricketts family has already sent $10,000 apiece to super-PACs supporting former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to the mid-year FEC reports. But it is not yet clear who their second choice is behind Walker.

While donors look at other campaigns, those campaigns are looking at who they can recruit from Walker’s organization.

Richard Graber, the former Wisconsin GOP chairman, joined former Gov. Jeb Bush’s (R-Fla.) soon after Walker’s announcement, aides confirmed.

Terry Sullivan, the campaign manager for Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) presidential bid said Monday that Walker’s New Hampshire state co-chair will switch his endorsement to Rubio, which the campaign later confirmed is former state party vice-chairman Cliff Hurst.

“We are prepared as people move on in the race to capitalize on that,” he said at an event in Washington for presidential campaign managers. He did not clarify which of the three Walker New Hampshire co-chairs was switching over.

Rubio is picking up more support as well.

Drew Johnson, South Carolina Executive Committeeman from Chester County, who was an early supporter of Walker, said in a statement Monday evening that he will now support Rubio.

“After great thought, I’ve decided to support Marco Rubio for President. Marco has a positive vision for a New American Century and he is the candidate who gives our party the best opportunity to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Marco has my complete support and I look forward to helping him win South Carolina’s primary in February.”

In Georgia, state Senator Judson Hill (R-Cobb) has now endorsed Marco Rubio, writing after the meet-and-greet,

“After much thought and discussions with Senator Rubio’s staff this weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with Senator Rubio this morning and discuss his vision for our country. His optimistic vision is exactly what we need to move our country forward, and I am honored to endorse Rubio and will work hard to help him become our next President.”

“Senator Rubio has a refreshingly optimistic message and plan to restore America to greatness. Americans face many challenges today, however our strength and standing in the world cause me perhaps the greatest concern. I believe that Marco has the experience and the foreign-policy background to protect and defend Americans both at home and abroad.”

The Ted Cruz campaign also picked up some of the pieces of the Walker campaign.

One of Walker’s Georgia state co-chairs,  Louie Hunter, will now help Cruz in the delegate-rich state. Cruz sees Georgia as critical to success in the so-called “SEC Primary,” a regional blitz of states that vote March 1.

In an interview, Hunter said he received calls Monday from the campaigns of Carly Fiorina and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cruz’s father, Rafael, a pastor.

Hunter said he believes Cruz will deliver on the same message that attracted him to Walker, that “it’s time to take America back to a very conservative values system.” He also believes that Cruz, who is working to shoring up grass-roots support nationwide, is forging a path to the nomination.

Hunter said a majority of Walker’s leadership team now plans to support Cruz and he believes more of Walker’s grass-roots Georgia supporters will follow.

22
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 22, 2015

Petey

Petey is a young male American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County, Sylvester, GA.

Bessie

Bessie is a female Basset Hound who is available for adoption from Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County, Sylvester, GA.

Lil Joe

Lil Joe is a young adult male Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County, Sylvester, GA.