“As I’ve traveled across Georgia, I have heard your concerns about President Obama’s dangerous Iran deal. I share those concerns and I will vote against it this week in the United States Senate.
From the beginning, I have always believed that any international agreement of this magnitude should of course be a treaty.
This belief was reinforced when I personally met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel. He shares our concerns. The most dangerous threat to mankind’s future is a nuclear Iran.
Still, President Obama and Secretary Kerry made it clear they didn’t want to subject their nuclear agreement to such scrutiny and seriousness.
Congress has a Constitutional role to advise and consent on treaties, yet this opportunity was not even afforded by President Obama, who purposely sought to go around Congress, and instead make his deal with Iran a non-binding political agreement.
That’s why I supported the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives to guarantee Congress and the American people had a say in this Iran deal.
This was the only tool to ensure that Congress even got a vote. Without this legislation, President Obama could have waived sanctions on Iran the same day he brokered his bad deal.
There would have been no review period for Congress and no way to reimpose sanctions potentially should Iran cheat.
Every single Senate Republican has come out against this agreement. Democrats who support this dangerous deal have put partisan politics and special interests ahead of national security.
Sadly, President Obama and Secretary Kerry will stop at nothing to force this agreement through against the will of Georgians and the majority of the American people.
This fight is not over, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I completely reject this dangerous deal, and I will definitely vote to stop it.”
Happy 72d birthday to former Congressman John Linder. Linder served in the State House from 1974-1980 and 1982-90. In 1990 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress against incumbent Democrat Ben Jones; in 1992, after redistricting, Linder was elected to Congress from the 7th District and served until his retirement after the 2010 election.
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Candidates for the November 3, 2015 Special Election to fill the House District 122 seat vacated by former State Rep. Ben Harbin and the Special Election to fill the Senate seat formerly held by now-Judge Ronald Ramsey will qualify next week.Continue Reading..
President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon on September 8, 1974 for“all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.”
Happy 77th birthday to Sam Nunn, who graduated from Emory College (1960) and Emory University School of Law (1963) before being elected to the United States Senate in 1972. If you were born before November 6, 1972, you’ve never seen his name on your ballot.
Mrs. Clinton’s advisers, struck by the strength of Senator Bernie Sanders in those [Iowa and New Hampshire], have been assuring worried supporters that victories and superdelegate support in Southern states will help make her the inevitable nominee faster than many Democrats expect. They point to her popularity with black and Hispanic voters, as well as her policy stances and the relationships that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have cultivated. Mrs. Clinton was similarly confident at this point eight years ago, before Barack Obama and his superior organizers began piling up delegates, including in many Southern states.
In interviews, advisers said the campaign was increasingly devoting staff members and money to win the South Carolina primary on Feb. 27 while laying the groundwork to sweep Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia on March 1.
Mrs. Clinton’s Southern strategy shows in sharp relief the imprint of the data-driven, organization-focused nature of the Obama 2008 campaign on the Clinton operation.
“There’s so much focus on Iowa and New Hampshire, but Secretary Clinton and her team know that the South will deliver a huge number of delegates that will essentially seal the nomination for her,” said DuBose Porter, the Georgia Democratic Party chairman and a Clinton supporter.
Southern states will play a far bigger role than usual in this nominating cycle, with most voting by March 15, and black and Hispanic votes will be crucial in many of those Democratic primaries.
This week will see a visit to Atlanta by Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders, who is running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. From the AJC Political Insider:
Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and insurgent Democratic presidential candidate, makes his first Georgia visit of the campaign on Friday [September 11, 2015] for an Atlanta fundraiser.
This weekend on the way to Dragon Con, I saw this button, the first Bernie Sanders piece I’ve seen in person. Is it any wonder there’s a strong overlap between people who live in a fantasy world and those who attend Dragon Con?
I award the Bernie Sanders supporters 2 points for having a sense of humor about their candidate.
Lewis and Aydin touched on everything from the Freedom Rides to Lewis’ relationship with Malcolm X and what Lewis thinks of the Black Lives Matter movement:
On making young people aware of the Civil Rights movement:Lewis said we have to find a way to make the movement “plain and clear,” which he thinks the “March” books are trying to do. He related a story about Martin Luther King Jr.’s father saying “Son, you have to make it plain” when he was writing his sermons.
On the 1961 Freedom Rides:Lewis, who was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders, recalled the white and black activists eating a meal of Chinese food before they left from Washington, DC. “Eat well,” someone said. “This might be our last supper.” He said an interracial group being able to sit down and eat together in the U.S. capitol created a “circle of trust” amongst the activists, “a band of brothers and sisters.”
MARTA is considering adding wifi and cell service in part of the tunnel under downtown Atlanta. From the AJC:
If all goes as planned, a six-month pilot project would start in January with three stations — Five Points, Peachtree Center and Georgia Dome/Georgia World Congress Center and inside a tunnel that connects them. All 38 stations would feature cellular connectivity and Wi-Fi access by July 2018. The $25 million system would be designed, installed and maintained at no cost to MARTA.
In fact, the transit agency would profit from the deal.
MARTA would get $1 million up front by signing the contract prior to construction. After the vendor signs up cellular carriers, it would provide MARTA with a 55 percent profit share for the first 10 years and 60 percent for the next decade.
The profit-sharing agreement could bring in as much as $10 million in revenue to MARTA in the first decade and almost double that amount in years 11 through 20, according to the vendor’s estimates. However, MARTA officials acknowledge those projections may be rosy and said they aren’t counting on getting that large of a return.
During the legislative session, I frequently take MARTA and one sore spot from the ride is the cell phone and internet blackout that starts once you get into the tunnels.
The talk about Snellville’s mayoral race has focused largely on Mayor Kelly Kautz and former Councilman Tom Witts, but the final list of candidates released on Friday shows they are not the only people seeking the city’s top elected post.
Garry Lapides, a former representative of the city on the Evermore Community Improvement District board, also qualified to run for the mayor’s seat as the race, which was already expected to be hotly contested, becomes a three-way battle.
Meanwhile, each of the council seats up for election this year in the city will be contested. Post 1 Councilman Dave Emmanuel will be challenged by Barbara Moston, while Dexter Harrison and Roger Marmol are running for the Post 2 seat currently held by Councilman Diane Krause, who opted to not seek re-election.
Mike Sabbagh and Cristy Lenski will face off for the Post 3 council seat that Witts vacated to run for mayor.
Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson will be challenged by Gordon Tomlinson. Meanwhile, Councilman Craig Newton faces a challenge from Vincent Maiello and fellow Councilman Charlie Riehm is opposed by Pierre Levy.
Currently, officers in the three-man Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic unit are the only ones with the technology, but the sheriff’s office hopes to expand it.
Electronic citations work with the aid of small, handheld machines that resemble a BlackBerry. Officers can enter licenses, vehicle identification numbers and license plates into the system and print out a citation from the patrol car.
All told, the latest expenses total $389,980 for the two city officials. The city’s tab for expenses in defending the case is almost $500,000.
Council’s approval of the fees and expenses is sought after Superior Court Judge Hilton Fuller of Stone Mountain, Ga., ruled April 23 that the city must pay legal expenses for both elected officials from the city’s general fund and not from their budgets. Fuller was appointed to hear the cases because local judges recused themselves.
Four ordinances must be approved to pay all the expenses. It takes six votes from council to approve each request.
Earlier this week, May’s office released search warrants that they had received pertaining to some of his emails. CBS46 has now learned that information was sealed in Superior Court to protect the investigation and should not have been made public.
“I was told that the information was open and available to the public anyway,” DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan said.
Brennan was asked if he was informed that the warrant should have been sealed.
“No, there was no discussion of that at all. As a matter of fact, on the documents it says, ‘filed in open court’ and courts are open to the public,” Brennan said.
The FBI is investigating whether a company won a county contract in return for a contribution. In 2011, Water Removal Services of Alpharetta allegedly wrote a $4,000 check to May after doing some work on a sewer in front of May’s home. The company later won a county contract for $300,000.
Brennan said May did nothing wrong and that someone forged the CEO’s signature on the check.
After passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned racial discrimination in interstate commerce, the Heart of Atlanta’s owner sued the federal government, asserting that the Act was an overly broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.
The resulting decision by the United States Supreme Court upheld the Act, finding that Congress was within its authority to ban racial discrimination in businesses affecting interstate commerce.
Uncle Vice President Joe Biden defended the Obama Administration’s foreign policy achievements Iran Deal in a speech in Atlanta last night, calling it a big f*cking “good deal,”according to MyAJC.com.Continue Reading..
Ellie is a two year old boston terrier/boxer mix. She is a petite gal, weighing about 30 pounds. Ellie is calm, quite, well mannered, very good natured and low energy. She gets along with other dogs but does not care for active players. She would be fine being the only dog. She gets along with cats. Ellie is house and crate trained. Ellie is heartworm positive but currently being treated. Ellie is the perfect little companion and likes to be her person’s shadow.
PHARM Dog USA has a shoestring budget, but founder Jackie Allenbrand is committed to help disabled farmers prove they can be as independent as their able-bodied peers.
“People think of farmers as rugged and tough,” Allenbrand said. “When you see a big, burly farmer crying after they get a dog because they know they can keep farming, you see what a difference it’s making. That’s what drives us.”
PHARM Dog USA trains Labrador retrievers and lab mixes for service skills, such as retrieving tools, carrying buckets or opening gates, while border collies are trained only to herd and help control cattle and other animals. The farmers never pay for the dogs, which are donated or rescued from shelters, and agriculture rehabilitation groups pay for the training. PHARM Dog also has received some grants and gets dog food donated by Cargill Nutrition.
Fort Benning is the second military post on Isakson’s list as he visits four installations in Georgia over two days. The visit includes a briefing with the command staff, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and the 75th Ranger Regiment. U.S. Reps. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., will accompany Isakson, R-Ga., during the visit.
Isakson voiced concerns about military cuts not only at Fort Benning but other Georgia posts on July 8, a day before the same numbers were announced by the Army. The cuts are part of the U.S. Department of Defense plans to reduce the Army to 450,000 soldiers by Sept. 30, 2017.
In addition to the military personnel, officials have said that cuts to the civilian employees may come sometime this fall. Across the Army, officials have said about 17,000 civilian positions will be eliminated.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the Senate and the House during the 2016 legislative session to address any tax reform legislation,” he said.
The committee will be made up of appointed members from both chambers of the legislature. Its main objective is to draft legislation relating to tax reform and introduce it during next year’s General Assembly.
“I’m proud to appoint Sen. Williams to the [committee] and look forward to thoroughly evaluating their findings,” Cagle said in a statement. “[He] has been a leader on these issues, and I’m thankful he’s lending his time and expertise to the important work this committee will perform.”
While incumbent Lewis Ledbetter will not face opposition for the Post 3 seat he has held since 1971, the Post 4 and 5 races drew six and two candidates, respectively.
The Post 5 contest features Linda Ledbetter and Julie Tressler, both of whom ran unsuccessfully in the June special election to fill the unexpired Post 1 term of Rupert Sexton, who retired. Chuck Welch won the seat and took office in July.
For Post 4, the six-candidate field includes John Crowe, Christopher Light, Guy McBrayer, Dana Sexton, Marcus “Jack” Shoemake and Avery Stone. Sexton is the wife of Rupert Sexton.
Vaughn, who had said she would run, instead threw her support behind Councilman Chris Wizner, who entered the race the same day. Councilman Al Thurman and Alison Feliciano, a local business owner, have also signed up to run for mayor.
Walker County, Georgia has a mixed bag for November elections. LaFayette will not hold elections as only the incumbents qualified while Rossville has only non-incumbents on the ballot for City Council.
Baby Girl loves everyone and everything, she is the first one to check new things out and will shower you with love and affection as much as you let her. Rascal is a little shyer than Baby and sticks close to her side. Once he gets to know you, he is a happy, wiggly little guy who loves to play.
This hand-shaking, bubbly, and totally hilarious Labrador mix would love to entertain your with his goofy personality and enthusiasm for tricks. Vicente already knows how to sit, shake, and lay down! He dreams of doing zoomies around your yard, shaking hands with all of your guests, and rolling around in a bed of toys. Come meet Vicente at DeKalb Animal Services! His adoption fee includes his neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and more! For more information email [email protected]
Calhoun’s two-sentence letter, directed to Brig.-Gen. William Ward stated: “Sir: The fortune of war has placed Atlanta in your hands. As mayor of the city I ask protection of non-combatants and private property.”
[Kelvin] Walton is DeKalb’s former director and chief procurement officer. [Morris] Williams is the former DeKalb County government chief of staff.
The emails for May, Walton and Williams were ordered to be turned over for the period of Dec. 13, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2011 and concern conspiracy to defraud and making false statements.
May issued a statement promising his cooperation. “Today, DeKalb County received search warrants issued by DeKalb Superior Court for emails for myself and two former DeKalb County employees,” May said in the statement.
“I have said from the very beginning that I expect full cooperation from all county employees as it pertains to the ongoing investigations into DeKalb County government. I include myself in that directive, and I have ordered staff to comply completely and as rapidly as possible.”
“I share the sentiments of everyone who wants to get to the bottom of corruption and wrongdoing, and these search warrants are a step in this process. Personally, I have nothing to hide; and there will be nothing in my email to suggest I have done anything wrong.”