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Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for January 20, 2016

On January 20, 1788, the First African Baptist Church was established in Savannah, Georgia, one of the first black churches in the United States.

John Marshall was nominated as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President John Adams on January 20, 1801.

On January 20, 1920, DeForest Kelley was born in Atlanta and he grew up in Conyers. Kelley sang in the choir of his father’s church and appeared on WSB radio; he graduated from Decatur Boys High School and served in the United States Navy. Kelley became famous as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the original Star Trek series.

On January 20, 1928, Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia for the tenth time, staying through February 11th. During the visit, he spoke to the Chamber of Commerce of Americus and Sumter County, telling them

“In Georgia the movement towards the cities is growing by leaps and bounds and this means the abandonment of the farms or those farms that are not suited to the uses of agriculture. It means that we will have vacant lands but these can and should be used in growing timber.”

Rooesevelt was sworn-in to a fourth term as President on Jauary 20, 1945 and died in Warm Springs on April 12, 1945.

On January 20, 1939, Paul D. Coverdell was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Coverdell was one of the key figures in the development of the Georgia Republican Party.

On January 20, 1977, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States.

On January 20, 1981, Ronald Wilson Reagan was inaugurated 40th President of the United States.

Georgia Politics

If you’re waking up in North Georgia today, you may be in a weather emergency as declared by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 15 counties in north Georgia, saying that the state was “well prepared” for a wave of snow and ice expected over the next two days.

In a statement Tuesday, Deal said that the order extends through Thursday and frees up state employees and equipment to respond to the wintry weather.

The executive order covers Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Chatooga, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.

The General Assembly gavels in at 10 AM today, and most of the day’s work will be in Appropriations Subcommittees. Click here for the full listing of subcommittee meetings.

Brian Kemp SEC Sticker

Secretary of State Brian Kemp told the joint budget committees yesterday he is confident that information from last year’s inadvertant release of social security numbers of Georgia voters did not result in the data falling into the wrong hands.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 19, 2016

On January 17, 1733, Georgia’s Trustees in London voted to ban Jews from the colony.

On January 18, 1776, James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, was arrested by John Habersham, a member of the Provincial Congress.

Delegates to the Secession Convention in Milledgeville voted 208-89 in favor of seceding from the United States on January 19, 1861.

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 at at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia the son of a former Congressman and Governor of Virginia. On January 19, 1871, Savannah, Georgia became the first city to recognize Robert E. Lee’s Birthday as a public holiday.

L.Q.C. Lamar, born near Eatonton, Georgia, was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on January 18, 1888.

Martin Luther King, Jr. began the Chicago civil rights campaign on January 17, 1966.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The legislature is not in Session today and will convene tomorrow at 10 AM.

Joint Budget Committee Hearings begin at 9:30 AM this morning in Room 341 of the State Capitol. Click here for the Budget Meeting agenda. Governor Nathan Deal will speak to the Joint Committee at 9:45 AM.

Gov Deal Budget Speech

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 19, 2016


Layla is a 2-year old, 45-pound female Boxer who is in search of a forever home through a private placement. She’s had a litter of puppies previously, she is potty trained, does not like crates, loves bones and loves being loved on. Layla would do her best w/ a family that has a fenced in yard (over 4ft) as she can jump. She needs space to run and play and she’s great with other dogs and little kids. Contact her current owner via Facebook.

Buckhead Boys

The Buckhead Boys are two young male Lab mixes who were taken in when their previous owner could not take care of them, and they need permanent homes, either together or separately. They could probably be fostered if you have the room to spare and are willing to work with a rescue group. The boys are not yet neutered, but they may be by the time they’re adopted. Contact their current caregiver via Facebook.


Former State Rep. Jeff Brown Exploring run for CD-3

Press release via email:

Jeff BrownRepresentative Jeff Brown (Ret) of LaGrange announces that he is forming an Exploratory Committee to help him decide whether he will announce as a candidate for the 3rd District Congressional seat. Earlier Congressman Lynn Westmoreland announced that he will not seek re-election this fall. He says of Lynn, “I served with him in the Georgia House of Representatives for 8 years, count him as a good friend, appreciate how he serves the 3rd Congressional District and agree with most of his votes.

During his 12 years as a Legislator Brown represented precincts in Carroll, Coweta, Heard and Troup counties all of which are in the 3rd District. During his last term he served as Chairman of the Health Appropriations Sub Committee and on the Ways and Means, Rules and Health and Ecology Committees. In 2006 he announced he would not seek re-election due to a number of factors including a possible run for Congress if Congressman Westmoreland ran for Governor or U.S. Senator which were being speculated at the time.

During his time in the legislature Brown won a number of awards including Legislator of the Year from 4 statewide organizations. Prior to his time in the legislature he served as a LaGrange City Councilman and was the first Republican elected to LaGrange City Council and the Georgia House of Representatives from Troup County.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 15, 2016

Big Red

Big Red is an adult male Great Dane and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.

Joan Jett

Joan Jett is a young adult Labrador Retriever female who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.

Velvet is one of four Hound/Labrador Retriever puppies who are available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.


Ashton is a male Labrador Retriever or Treeing Walker Coonhound puppy who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.


Elvis is a male American Bulldog puppy who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 15, 2016

An elected Provincial Assembly first convened in Georgia on January 15, 1751. The Assembly did not have the power to tax or spend money, but was to advise the Trustees.

The state of New Connecticut declared its independence of both Britain and New York on January 15, 1777. In June of that year they would decide on the name Vermont. Vermont would be considered part of New York for a number of years, finally being admitted as the 14th state in 1791.

The donkey was first used as a symbol for the Democratic Party on January 15, 1870 by cartoonist Thomas Nash.


Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and named Michael Luther King, Jr., after his father. After a 1934 trip to Germany and the Holy Land, the senior King changed both his own first name and that of his firstborn son to Martin.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

There are no House or Senate Committee meetings scheduled for today.

2016 and 2017 state budget documents have been released by Gov. Deal’s Office of Planning and Budget. Here’s a short summary from Gov. Deal of some of the highlights.Continue Reading..


Greg Duke announces a second run at Sanford Bishop’s seat | Government |

ALBANY — Citing the degradation of family values in the United States, Leesburg’s Greg Duke announced Friday he would challenge veteran congressman Sanford Bishop for the District Two seat Bishop has held for more than two decades.

Duke said his goal was to become just the second Republican to hold the seat in the heavily Democratic district. The only Republican to hold the seat was Richard H. Whiteley from 1870 to 1875.

This is Duke’s second run at Bishop’s seat, after losing by nearly 20 percent in 2014.

“We’ve got to get our priorities straight in the country — God, family and country. These values are currently under attack,” Duke said. We are being marginalized. The family is being redefined and we seem to be placing more emphasis on concern for illegals than American citizens. It is the basic duty of a country to define and defend its borders.

“The Democrats are looking to replenish their voter pool with these illegals.”

via Greg Duke announces a second run at Sanford Bishop’s seat | Government |


Thurmond Considering Run for DeKalb CEO | Patch

Michael Thurmond may challenge interim DeKalb CEO Lee May this fall for the county’s top elected position.

Thurmond told the AJC on Wednesday that people are encouraging him to run, but he hasn’t made any decision.

via Thurmond Considering Run for DeKalb CEO | Patch.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 14, 2016

Today’s adoptable dogs all come from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA.

Rex Retriever

Rex is a very sweet senior Labrador Retriever male who is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA. Rex has had a rough life and is now looking for a home where he can enjoy his retirement years. We’re not sure if he has dementia or has a bit of reduced mental capacity due to abuse he suffered (his previous owner shot him with a BB gun and we’re not sure what else happened to him in his life). He is still a wonderful dog with a lot of love left to give. Rex gets along with other dogs and cats.

Duck Retriever

Duck is a senior male Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption through Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA.

Duck was saved on his last day at the shelter by someone who was there to pick up another dog. She saw him and just couldn’t let this handsome guy’s life end there. Now she is looking for someone to adopt him (or a rescue to take him in) to make sure he gets the love and care that he so deserves. Please consider opening up your heart and home to this sweet older guy. Duck is in Thomasville, GA. We are happy to help transport within Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. For more information about Duck, email [email protected] and we will put you in touch with his rescuer.

DJ Greenbeans

DJ Greenbeans is a senior male Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA.

This handsome 13-year old ended up in a shelter because his 92-year old mom has Alzheimer’s and was no longer able to care for him. When none of her relatives were willing or able to care for him either, he found himself homeless. DJ gets along with other dogs and cats. He could stand to lose a few pounds and needs a home without a lot of steps. He is a very sweet old man!

DeKalb County Animal Shelter Moves Forward

Yesterday, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward and approve the contract to build a new animal shelter near Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. From Commissioner Nancy Jester,

“I was proud to stand with so many across DeKalb who lead the way advocating for our animals. Because of your leadership, hard work, and dedication the new DeKalb County animal shelter is now a reality.”

“I am thankful for this important development on the path to completing the new shelter. This action is a testament to the efforts of the dedicated animal advocates whose consistent, determined, and inspired work created the success we saw today. DeKalb’s current shelter is in deplorable conditions.”

“Having a healthy building for the workers and animals, that can adequately meet the capacity requirements, has been a capital improvement that DeKalb has needed for many years. Thankfully, we now know where the shelter will be and who will build it.”

“The construction contract was awarded to Reeves & Young Construction onTuesday. The Board of Commissioners deferred the decision of the fundingsource for. The Board is currently reviewing the 2016 budget and will makea determination about the most appropriate source of funding as we review and finalize the budget. We are working to best determine whether to use accumulated cash reserves or Certificates of Participation (COPs).”

“I look forward to a positive and united solution to the payment method. However, the important news is we are moving forward with our new shelter.”


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 14, 2016

Representatives of three cities in Connecticut adopted the “Fundamental Orders,” the first written Constitution in an American colony and one of the first founding document to cite the authority of “the free consent of the people.”

On January 14, 1733, James Oglethorpe and the rest of the first colonists departed Charles Town harbor for what would become Savannah, and the State of Georgia.

The Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris to end the Revolutionary War on January 14, 1784. The Treaty was negotiated by John Adams, who would later serve as President, and the delegates voting to ratify it included future Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

On January 14, 1835, James M. Wayne took the oath of office as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. A Savannah native, Wayne had previously served in the Georgia House of Represestatives, as Mayor of Savannah, on the Supreme Court of Georgia, and in Congress. His sister was the great-grandmother of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, and his home is now known as the Juliette Gordon Low house. When Georgia seceded from the Union, Wayne remained on the Supreme Court.

On January 14, 1860, the Committee of Thirty-Three introduced a proposed Constitutional Amendment to allow slavery in the areas it then existed.

Julian Bond was born on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee, and was one of eleven African-American Georgians elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965. After his election, on January 10, 1966, the State House voted 184-12 not to seat him because of his publicly-stated opposition to the Vietnam War. After his federal lawsuit was rejected by a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States Supreme Court ordered Bond seated.

True story: Julian Bond was the first Georgia State Senator I ever met, when I was in ninth grade and visited the state Capitol.

On January 14, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Presidential Proclamation No. 2537, requiring Japanese-Americans, including American-born citizens of Japanese ancestry, as well as Italians and Germans to register with the federal Department of Justice. The next month, Roosevelt would have Japanese-Americans interned in concentration camps in the western United States.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

House Committee Meetings
8:30 AM Public Finance and Policy Subcommittee 133 CAP
1:00 PM Ad Valorem Tax Subcommittee 133 CAP
3:00 PM Reg Ind-Boards-Commissions Subcommittee 515 CLOB

State of the State

Here is the full text of Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State Address.

Gov Deal SOTS 2016 8

And a couple excerpts from the speech.Continue Reading..