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Ga. politicians cool to global warming |

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked a dozen of the state’s top elected officials and the director of the agency tasked with the state’s environment whether they believe the globe is warming, and whether they think pollution caused by human activity is a cause.

Several officials didn’t respond to repeated calls or emails from the AJC. Among those who did, some said they’re not convinced the climate is changing; others said it’s not their problem; yet others said it’s happening but humans aren’t necessarily a cause. None voiced acceptance of proposed federal mandates that would reduce the nation’s output of greenhouse gasses.

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$5000 fine over fradulent campaign donations in FL – The Observer Group

Former Sarasota GOP Chairman Bob Waechter does not face jail time for an arrest stemming from fraudulent campaign contributions.

Judge Donna Berlin on Thursday, Dec. 12, sentenced Waechter to two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and three months of house arrest for making donations to Democratic candidates using the name of Sarasota County Commission candidate Lourdes Ramirez. According to prosecuters, Waechter made the donations to hinder Ramirez in the coming election, in which she is running as a Republican.

via Waechter accepts plea deal – The Observer Group.


VIDEO – Auld Lang Syne

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 31, 2014

On December 31, 1695, a British law taxing windows went into effect, causing many property owners to brick-up some windows to avoid paying the tax. This may be the first recorded instance of the “Law of Unintended Consequences” in response to a tax increase. See also: Revolution, American.

The Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park closed on December 31, 1895.

On December 31, 1999, the Panama Canal was turned over to Panama pursuant to the Torrijos-Carter Treaties signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

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Coincidental timing that the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding released it’s report on the day before New Year’s Eve as the University of Georgia Bulldogs prepared to take the field? Or was it the Gold Dome version of “Take the Trash Out Day” in which politicians release news they don’t want folks to pay attention to on a day it’s unlikely to receive much attention?Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 31, 2014

The following dogs are all scheduled to be euthanized on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11 AM if they are not rescued before then. Adoption fees are $30 and they are available at Monroe County Animal Control 157 L Cary Bittick Dr. Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-7976. Animal Control closes at noon today, and reopens Friday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM and again on Monday at 8:30 AM.

Patti is a female 1-2 year old 50+/- pound hound lab mix. She is very sweet and wants all your love and attention. Patti likes to lay around while inside, but loves to run, romp, and play when she is outside, She knows a few simple commands, especially “SIT”, likes to play with other dogs, and seemed non interested in our shelter cat.


Bandit is a nice 2+ year old male weighs around 40 pounds. He is sweet, gets along well with other dogs, loves to be petted and talked to, enjoys treats, and likes to play with children. He would love to have a home for the Holidays!


Cassie is a wonderful 7-8 month old smaller mix breed female. She only weighs around 20 pounds and is a sweet little thing. Cassie likes to go for walks/runs, plays with toys, loves children of all sizes, enjoys being loved on and petted, and talks to you when you talk to her. Cassie needs a wonderful family to come fall in love with her, she has been here a little longer than the others but was to scared to come out of her kennel when we photographed week before last. Now that she knows we will love her she is just as happy and sweet as can be!


Bluebell is a sweet 2+ year old female mostly lab weighs around 55 pounds. She is very sweet loving and shy. She is not as outgoing and friendly as a lot of other dogs but she is still just as lovely as can be. She loves to be talked to, petted, walked, loved on, and snuggled. Bluebell is friendly with other dogs and didn’t seem to notice our shelter cat when her came near. She is sad and lonely and needs a new family for the Holidays!


Gov. Deal announces 2015 floor leaders

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Reps. Robert Dickey (R-Musella) and Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville) will join Reps. Chad Nimmer (R-Blackshear) and Christian Coomer (R-Cartersville) on his House floor leader team while Sens. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) and Sen.-elect John F. Kennedy (R-Macon) will team up with Sen. Bill Jackson (R-Appling) to carry the governor’s bills in the Senate.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 30, 2014


These two seniors desperately need a helping hand; they are available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.


Number 43370 is posted as a Retriever/Chow mix, but I think he’s really just a fluffy flat-coated retriever mix. He is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. He is friendly and he knows how to “sit” and “shake”.


Number 43352 is a Pibble-mix mama who is friendly and calm and came in with her two puppies, from whom she cannot be separated. The little family is available only for owner reclaim or rescue groups, but if you wanted to open your home to them, I’m sure a rescue group could be found to work with you.


Number 43354 is one of the mama’s puppies. She’s sweet and playful and needs to be in a home so she doesn’t get sick in the shelter.


Number 43353 is the other puppy, also a female.


Gov. Nathan Deal: Announces 2015 Floor Leaders

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Deal announces 2015 floor leaders

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Reps. Robert Dickey (R-Musella) and Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville) will join Reps. Chad Nimmer (R-Blackshear) and Christian Coomer (R-Cartersville) on his House floor leader team while Sens. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) and Sen.-elect John F. Kennedy (R-Macon) will team up with Sen. Bill Jackson (R-Appling) to carry the governor’s bills in the Senate.

Robert Dickey

Dickey is serving his second term representing House District 140, which covers Crawford County and parts of Bibb, Houston, Monroe and Peach counties. A fourth generation peach and timber grower, Dickey and his father own Dickey Farms, Inc. He serves as a board member and past president of the Georgia Peach Council and is a member of the Georgia Commodity Commission for Peaches and the Georgia AgriBusiness Council. Dickey is a past president and treasurer of the National Peach Council. He has served on the Crawford County Industrial Authority for the last 20 years. He is a past president and a current board member of the Crawford County Farm Bureau and is a founding board member of the Crawford County Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia AgriLeaders Forum. He is a member of the board of directors of the SunTrust Bank of Middle Georgia and the Gordon College Foundation. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia College. Dickey and his wife, Cynde, have two children and are active members of Musella Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and chair of the finance committee and they both teach Sunday School.

Terry Rogers

Rogers has represented House District 10 since his election in November 2011. He currently serves as a deputy whip for the House Majority Leadership Caucus and as vice chairman of the State Planning and Community Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Appropriations, Defense and Veteran Affairs, Economic Development and Tourism, and Human Relations and Aging committees and also serves as a House representative to the Legislative Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee and the Professional Board Oversight Study Committee. Rogers is a past chairman of the Banks, Rabun and Habersham County Joint Development Authority, the Clarkesville Better Hometown board and is a past vice chairman of the Habersham Development Authority. He is a Rotarian and has served on the executive board of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America and on the board of directors for Tallulah Falls School. In 2014, he was selected by Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia’s 100 Most Influential citizens. Rogers and his wife, Laura, have five children and two grandchildren. They live in Clarkesville and are active members of First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville, where he is an elder.

Butch Miller

Miller has represented Senate District 49 since his election in 2010 and in 2012 was elected as majority caucus chairman. He serves on the Appropriations, Assignments, Banking and Financial Institutions, Education and Youth, Ethics, Rules and Transportation committees. Miller serves on several special appointment committees, including the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Board, the Georgia World Congress Center Board and the MARTOC Oversight Committee. He is a member of the Gainesville Rotary Club and is a volunteer and board member of numerous trade, nonprofit and philanthropic causes. Miller was recently named Gainesville Rotary Man of the Year. A businessman, Miller joined the team of veteran auto dealer Milton Martin in 1993. In 1997, Miller and Jim Foote acquired Martin’s Honda franchise that has become one of the leading dealerships in the state. Miller and his wife have three sons and attend Lakewood Baptist Church, where he has served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.

Mike Dugan

Dugan is a local contractor at the Carrollton branch of RA-LIN and Associates. In the Senate, Dugan represents District 30, which includes portions of Carroll, Douglas and Paulding counties. Dugan is the vice chairman of the Government Oversight Committee, secretary of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee and serves as a member of the Economic Development and Transportation committees. Prior to his election in the Senate, Dugan was president of the Carrollton Kiwanis Club and served on the executive board of the Carrollton Housing Authority and West Georgia Athletic Foundation Executive Committee. Dugan is a veteran of the U.S. Army, with more than 20 years of service before his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 2008. During his career, he was deployed to more than 32 countries, including hostile fire deployments in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Dugan graduated from the University of West Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Organizational Development. He and his wife, Missy, have two children and are members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Carrollton.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 30, 2014

Georgia Governor George Towns signed a constitutional amendment that removed the requirement that governors own at least 500 acres real estate and other property valued at least $4000 on December 30, 1847. At the time, an amendment to the state constitution had to be passed twice by the General Assembly in subsequent sessions, but did not require voter approval.

The Gadsden Purchase, establishing the southern border of the United States with Mexico, was signed on December 30, 1853.

The USS Monitor, the first federal ironclad steamship, sank on December 30, 1862 off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The American Political Science Association was formed on December 30, 1903, and has been misunderstood ever since.

The first live recording of Led Zeppelin was made at Gonzaga University on December 30, 1968.

Lockheed received the contract to produce 50 C-5B cargo aircraft for the federal government on December 30, 1982.

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Inaugural Invitations

Congratulations to Cassandra Kirk, whom Gov. Deal appointed Chief Magistrate of Fulton County. Deal also appointed Alison T. Burleson and Brenda Holbert Trammell to the bench, filling vacancies on Superior Court for the Ocmulgee Circuit, which comprises Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putman, and Wilkinson Counties.

The Judicial Nominating Commission has received 70 nominations for one State Court judgeship and one Superior Court judgeship in DeKalb County. Notable nominees include State Rep. Mike Jacobs, Brookhaven Mayor Max Davis, 2010 State Court candidate Akintunde Akinyele, Griffin B. Bell, III, grandson of the late Attorney General, and State Senator Ronald Ramsey, Sr.

State Rep. Christian Coomer will serve again as Administration Floor Leader for Gov. Deal.

Just as we were pressing send, we received an email announcing the full slate of Floor Leaders for Governor Deal.Continue Reading..


Judges, Officials Want Gun Law Cleanup | Daily Report

Probate judges and county officials are hoping for tweaks in state gun laws in the upcoming legislative session that would clear up what they describe as ambiguities and contradictions.

But the lawmaker who sponsored last session’s bill—House Bill 60—that relaxed many carry and licensing restrictions said he and other proponents aren’t keen to tinker with the code.

Athens-Clarke County Probate Judge Susan Tate said she and her colleagues on the bench are flummoxed by a change in statute dealing with gun license renewals. HB 60 eliminated the fingerprinting requirement for application renewals in one section of the code but not in another.

Tate said she and other probate judges believe the reference to a fingerprinting requirement still in the code was an editing mistake.

“It’s clear that it’s language left over from the previous law and likely overlooked when some of [the changes] were made,” she said. “So, we as probate judges have decided we will not comply with it, but it makes us nervous.”

Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, who shepherded the lengthy bill through the General Assembly last session, said lawmakers will continue to listen to various groups on all sides. But he doesn’t think the state Legislature should move quickly on any possible legislation to tweak existing gun laws, especially if it would move the needle toward more restrictions on carry.

via Judges, Officials Want Gun Law Cleanup | Daily Report.