Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 29, 2014

Last night, the Dawson County Republican Party passed the hat at their monthly meeting and raised $80 to donate to the Dawson County Humane Society. My thanks to the members for their generosity. Is this a good thing for local political organizations to do?

Bows

Bows is an adult male Hound mix who weighs 60 pounds, and loves his leash walks, behaves beautifully and is easy to handle. Bows is available for adoption from the Dawson County Humane Society in Dawsonville, Georgia.

Alabama Dog

Alabama is a middle-aged, mid-sized male Terrier mix. He suffers from the aches and pains that come with age and would probably do well with someone who is older and understands those things. He loves a nice leash walk and might be a candidate for a little pain medication for his senior years but a little pampering would go a long way toward making him happy.

I can tell you from experience that there’s nothing better than an older dog.

Alabama is available for adoption from the Dawson County Humane Society in Dawsonville, Georgia.

Mami

Mami, also called “The Dolly Mama” is a spayed female American Staffordshire Terrier & Bull Terrier Mix. She lives to play fetch and run. She is very energetic. She is house trained and crate trained . She does well with cats but should be a one dog household.

Mami is available for adoption from the Dawson County Humane Society in Dawsonville, Georgia.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 29, 2014

Sir Walter Raleigh, founder of the first permanent English settlement in America, was beheaded on October 29, 1618 for conspiring against King James I.

Georgia’s first Royal Governor, John Reynolds, arrived at Savannah on October 29, 1754.

John Hancock resigned as President of the Continental Congress on October 29, 1777.

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia on October 29, 1971.

The New York Stock Exchange crashed on October 29, 1929, beginning the spiral to the Great Depression.

The first ballpoint pen went on sale at Gimbel’s Department Store on October 29, 1945.

On October 29, 1998, at 77 years of age, John Glenn became the oldest human to travel in space, on the shuttle Discovery.

More on Democratic GOTV efforts

Dexter Sharper is a Democratic State Representative from Valdosta, and he offered his thoughts via Facebook on why you should vote.

Dexter Sharper Facebook

Hat tip to GaUnfiltered, who noted that:

According to the federal government, more than 46 million Americans receive food stamps as of June 2014. 43% of those getting food stamps are white, 33% are African-American, 19% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 2% are Native American.

Section 8 is a federal rent assistance program administer by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As of 30 September 2014, 49% of [Section 8 recipients are] white and 46% [are] black….

 

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AG Sam Olens: Announces Settlement with Drug Manufacturer Organon

Your Georgia Desk

From Attorney General Sam Olens 

Sam Olens

Attorney General Olens Announces Settlement with Drug Manufacturer Organon

Attorney General Sam Olens announced today that Georgia has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that drug manufacturer Organon underpaid rebates to Georgia’s Medicaid program, offered improper financial incentives to nursing home pharmacy companies, promoted its anti-depressants for unapproved uses and misrepresented its drug prices to Georgia’s Medicaid program.

“This settlement holds Organaon accountable for falsely billing our Medicaid program and marketing drugs for off-label uses,” said Olens. “There are already too many excess prescription drugs in our communities. Promoting drugs for uses that are not approved by the FDA is unacceptable and only adds to the prescription drug abuse problem we face.”

Organon was headquartered in Oss, Netherlands and the company’s assets are now owned by Merck.  The total value of the settlement is $31 million, of which Georgia received $413,444.48 in restitution and other recoveries. The settlement resulted from two whistleblower lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the District Massachusetts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and resolves four separate allegations. (more…)

David Perdue: Surges Ahead In Latest Poll

Your Washington Desk

From David Perdue US Senate 

28 Oct Poll

 

David Perdue Surges Ahead In Latest Poll

A new WXIA-TV poll conducted by SurveyUSA shows that Georgians are excited for a new direction in Washington. With a “5-point right turn in one of the nation’s most high-visibility contests,”David Perdue now leads 48-45 over his liberal opponent.

Speaking about the results of the new poll, Perdue spokesman Mark Bednar said: “Our campaign continues to gain momentum because Georgians know that David Perdue has the right experience and vision to get our country back on track. Like so many Georgians, David knows Washington has gotten us into this mess, and it will take a true outsider to get us headed in the right direction. That’s why he will go to Washington to grow our economy and create jobs, repeal and replace Obamacare, and create more opportunity for all Georgians. (more…)

Fulton County Superior Court Dismisses Frivolous Voter Registration Lawsuit

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From Secretary of State Brian Kemp

Fulton County Superior Court Dismisses Frivolous Voter Registration Lawsuit

Judge Christopher S. Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Third Sector Development and The New Georgia Project against the Secretary of State and the counties of Clayton, Fulton and Muscogee.

“From the time this lawsuit was filed, I have made it very clear that it was frivolous and totally without merit.  Today, the court validated this,” said Kemp.

“The claim that there are 40,000 missing or unprocessed voter registration applications is absolutely false,” said Kemp.  “The counties have processed all of the voter registration applications that they received for the General Election.”

“The judge looked at the evidence and found that no claim had any merit. He is exactly right when he said that the counties were already processing all applications, providing the required notice, and that the Secretary of State’s office was already adding all qualified voters to the rolls,” said Kemp. (more…)

Michelle Nunn gets help from John Lewis – Associated Press – POLITICO.com

DECATUR, Ga. — Michelle Nunn’s difficult political balancing act as she seeks Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat was on full display at a rally Monday alongside civil rights icon John Lewis.

Calling Nunn a “smart, gifted” force who would help “move Georgia into the 21st century,” the Atlanta congressman roused several hundred black voters in the Democratic stronghold of south DeKalb County.

“Now, look, almost 50 years ago, I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama,” Lewis boomed, recalling Bloody Sunday in 1965. “I almost died for the right to vote. Some of my friends died. We’re still alive, so you have to go out there and vote like you never voted before.”

The crowd roared with the kind of enthusiasm Nunn needs for black voters to wield enough influence on Nov. 4. Yet even with a strong minority turnout, she needs a decent slice of the white vote — perhaps as much as a third — to defeat Republican David Perdue.

via Michelle Nunn gets help from John Lewis – Associated Press – POLITICO.com.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 28, 2014

Yogi Doxie

Yogi is an adult male Dachshund who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County  in Cumming, GA.

Yogi Comp

Yogi is a young male Collie mix who had to be shaved down, but has regrown much of his coat since then; he is available for adoption from the Georgia S.P.C.A. in Suwanee, GA.

Yogi Black White

Yogi is an American Staffordshire Terrier/Lab mix, about eight months old, who will eventually weigh some 50-60 pounds. Here’s his story:

I was a stray dog roaming the streets of Roswell. A volunteer from You Lucky Dog had been trying to catch me for a while, and though I loved visiting her dogs through the fence I was still really scared of people. One Saturday morning, I saw a woman who was out for a run. She came back later to find me, but I had already moved on. Later that same night and about a half mile away from where she had seen me earlier, I found her again walking with her two dogs! I was nervous for her to approach me, but desperately wanted to play with her 9 month old puppy. (That puppy happened to be a dog adopted earlier this year from You Lucky Dog Rescue!)
I followed them home and finally got the courage to go into her house. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was safe there so I started to fall asleep. The woman walked away so I could rest, but then I saw her leaning over the puppy gate to love on her dogs. It looked like fun so I ran up and gave her a kiss when she wasn’t looking. It made me laugh that she was so surprised, but I really wanted some love too! She took it slow with me, but I knew she was kind so I nuzzled right up to her for more. I guess I made an impression on her because after only a day with me she decided I was worth saving and offered to foster me with the help of You Lucky Dog. Now I’m a lucky dog too!

New people still make Yogi a little nervous, but he’s not aggressive and is gaining confidence with every positive encounter. Once he learns to trust you, Yogi will show you endless affection and loyalty. Yogi is a low to moderate energy dog who enjoys walks and playing with his canine companions (9 months and 14 ½ years). He enjoys taking long naps just the same and would be happy to curl up in your lap if you let him. Yogi learns things very quickly and requires only gentle corrections. He knows how to sit and is getting better at his downs. He holds “place” command for over 2 hours at a time several times a day. Yogi is also superb on walks, adjusting his pace to yours and is learning to sit when you stop. Yogi is most happy when he is around a caring human or other dogs but, he doesn’t have to be right next to them to be content. He would do best in a home with older children that understand he needs time and patience to feel comfortable.

Yogi is available for adoption from You Lucky Dog Rescue in Alpharetta, GA.

Sunday sales on Grady County ballot – Thomasville Times-Enterprise: News

Grady County residents have the opportunity to allow beer and wine sales on Sunday’s. The Grady County referendum asks voters “Shall the governing authority of Grady County be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.?”

The referendum mainly impacts liquor and convenience stores and possibly a restaurant or two in the county that sell wine and beer. If passed, those who operate within Cairo will still fall under city ordinances and not be able to sell beer and wine on Sundays.

John Monds, a Cairo resident and a Libertarian candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission, approached the Grady County Commission in March about putting the issue before the voters.

“The state had passed laws to let counties decide if they wanted alcohol sales on Sunday. I thought it was ridiculous to have those kinds of restrictions in Grady County,” said Monds. “I thought it should have happened a long time ago.”

via Sunday sales on Grady County ballot – Thomasville Times-Enterprise: News.

Landmark Communications analysis of Sunday voting

Eleven counties enabled early voting on Sunday October 26, 2014. Because these eleven counties generally have historically been more Democratic, many analysts assumed that this would create a large potential windfall of additional voters for Democratic candidates.

Once compiled, 12,708 voters were listed as having voted on Sunday.

Based on current polling conducted by Landmark Communications as well as based on election results from demographics groups in previous election, it is our analysis that Sunday voting resulted in approximately 5,500 net additional statewide votes for Democrats over Republicans.

However, many of these voters would have also likely voted on Tuesday, meaning that the large majority of these Democratic net votes are simply the result of “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.”

Our conclusion is that, unless a statewide election is decided by around 1,000 votes, then Sunday voting will not have been decisive.

# Votes……..% Votes

White………………….3,351………26.39%
Black………………….8,461………66.53%
Unknown………………618………..4.89%
Hispanic………………..111………..0.88%
Other Race……………..84………..0.66%
Asian……………………..78…………0.62%
Indian……………………..5…………0.04%

TOTAL   12,708