Magnolia was sadly dumped after a life of abuse and neglect. The vet thinks she possibly may have had her jaw broken at one point. Although she may have had a rough start at life, she surely holds no grudges. She is a very sweet and gentle girl. She would make a great companion to any family.
Gracie was saved from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare. She’s a young (1-2 years old, August, 2016), purebred, smooth coat Chihuahua. She is very sweet and gets along well with other dogs and children (cats unknown, but can tested). She is a tiny baby…she only weighs 6.6lbs! If you are interested in meeting and adopting Gracie please request an adoption application at: [email protected]
The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a written approval for restart of the line late Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Reuters reported that the approval was forthcoming, citing an official familiar with the matter.
When Line 1 restarts, it will take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal, and some markets served by the pipeline may experience “intermittent service interruptions,” Colonial said.
Retail prices may continue to climb until supply kinks are straightened out.
[A] type of political group that does not have to disclose its donors is responsible for $80 million in ads nationally.
That’s 35.8 percent of all advertising in Senate races, according to the study out this week.
Without knowing who is paying for the ads, voters are robbed of “an important clue” that allows them “to take a claim made in an ad with a grain of salt,” said Travis Ridout, a Washington State University political science professor who works with the Wesleyan University project that analyzes campaign donations.
Robert Maguire, a Center for Responsive Politics investigator, said voters should know the identities of those supporting their elected representatives.
“If you, as a voter, are watching an ad about a certain candidate’s stance on environmental regulations, it makes a difference if that ad is funded by a true grassroots organization or if it’s bankrolled by an energy company that has a financial incentive in certain policy outcomes,” Maguire said.
Number 52839, Pen H15, is a female Boxer with her seven puppies who are at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. The little family is available only for rescue, but most rescue groups needs fosters, so the best way to help this mama and her pups is to volunteer to foster them. I’d imagine a foster would also get the pick of the litter for permanent adoption. If you’re interested and need a rescue referral, please email me directly.
What is the purpose of public education? Writing from his experience as a father, small business owner, and policymaker, Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle presents a comprehensive vision to transform the way that public schools educate our students. Beginning with an idea which unites all Americans–that public education establishes the foundational promise of opportunity for all individuals by empowering us with the ability to learn, develop, and obtain anything we are willing to work for–Cagle makes the case for reforming our schools and rethinking the premise behind how we set and measure goals for student achievement. This is truly the challenge of a generation.
Public schools are important–not just because of the millions of students who will spend thirteen years of their lives learning and preparing for the future in their classrooms–but also for the hundreds of thousands of teachers and educators who spend countless hours each week going above and beyond their duties to make sure all students are able to succeed. Most importantly, the central role of public education includes fostering the strength of our families, communities, and upholding the guiding principles of our nation.
Seeking to remove the obstacles that impede student achievement, while eliminating any justification for complacency in our schools, Cagle explains a thoughtful vision for the future of public education, turning the status quo on its head in favor of leading individual systems, schools, teachers, students, and communities to educational excellence–today and for future generations.
Kaine shook hands and spoke with dozens of people before he was enticed on stage by festival hosts from the La Raza radio station.
Kaine, who once worked in Honduras, spoke briefly to the crowd in Spanish. He first asked if anyone in the crowd was from Honduras. A few indicate they were.
“There are people from Mexico, right?” he said, according to a translation provided by the campaign. “But we are all Americans, right? I’m in Georgia because the Latino vote in Georgia is a powerful vote.”
In Gwinnett County, a majority-minority county, that may be true, but Latinos make up just 2 percent of the state’s registered voters and 4 percent of Georgia’s voting-age population. The number of Latinos registered to vote, however, has increased by 47 percent since 2010, according to data from the secretary of state.
“The population is growing really fast and the Latino vote can make the difference in almost every election here,” Kaine said. “I trust Hillary Clinton because we support the Latino community, we want to reform our immigration system, because we are a nation of immigrants not a nation of deportations.”
Keith McBrayer is a lifelong Henry County resident and has worked with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office most of his adult life. Even so, he continues to look for innovative ways to keep the department moving forward as he seeks re-election to his third term as sheriff.
“I’ve been here a long time. I have watched Henry County grow and change, and I have grown and changed with it,” McBrayer said. “I come to work every day excited to serve the people in our county.”
Staying on the cutting edge of technology has been a priority for McBrayer. For example, he said, all the patrol cars have computers so that deputies can enter in the information when they serve papers. All deputies, including baliffs at the courthouse, are equipped with Tasers, giving them another option when confronting a combative individual. An iris scanner is now in place in the jail as part of the book-in and book-out process. The Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team is equipped and trained so that they can assist the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force with drug raids.
McBrayer also said that the Sheriff’s Office has a firearms simulator. This way, deputies receive ongoing firearms training not only at the firing range but with the simulator that places them in various situations where they have to decide when and if to shoot.
“We do a lot of training on judgmental firearms use,” he said. “In today’s time, you cannot train officers enough so they can stay on track mentally, keep up with the laws that are changing constantly or all the physical work we do.”
New Jerusalem Baptist Church’s Political Action Ministry, the United Ebony Society, the Gwinnett County Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Raising Empowered Voices Uplifting People Inc. will host a Gwinnett County Candidates Forum at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The gathering will give voters a chance to hear from candidates in the races for county commission chairman, commissioner District 3 and state House of Representatives districts 81, 96, 101, 102, 105 and 108. Former Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz will moderate the forum.
“The purpose of the candidate forum is to give Gwinnett voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss the issues of importance to them in this election,” organizers said in an announcement. “This event is free and open to the public as well as the media.”
The church is located at 422 E. Crogan St., in Lawrenceville.
France awarded the Legion of Honor to Whitemarsh Island, Georgia resident James Livingston.
“On behalf of France and the French people, I am here to thank you, James L. Livingston, for the role that you played in liberating France and defending the values of freedom and democracy that we have in common,” [Honorary French Consul Denis] Blackburne said during the ceremony.
Every year, hundreds of Georgia children, some as young as 9, are lured to run away, or they’re brainwashed. They’re pimped, sold for sex.
“People in the rural areas they say, ‘It doesn’t happen here.’ (But) it happens any place you got the internet. You got chat rooms and kids run away from home. Or they make an acquaintance in the chat rooms, and they get picked up,” she said.
And it happens wherever you have a lot of potential buyers passing through, she said. Like say, on the big highways through Macon.
If Georgia voters approve, people convicted of things like pimping would pay a new $2,500 fine, above whatever a court may fine them. And strip clubs would pay a fee of either $5,000 or 1 percent of their annual revenue, whichever is greater.
Those collections would be worth about $2 million for services for children who have been extracted from the sex trade.
As for the question of the fund for victims, early voting begins Oct. 17. The final day to vote is Election Day, Nov. 8.
Amendment 2 would allow the development of a fund to provide services to sexually exploited children and teens — without the need to levy any new taxes.
Services desperately needed for these young victims include shelter, therapy, educational resources and medical care, but particularly lacking in our part of the state is housing. Currently, only two such facilities are available for juvenile trafficking victims, both in the Atlanta area.
Unfortunately, however, of eight girls placed in one of those two group homes earlier this summer, six were from the Savannah area.
Developing appropriate options for safe and secure therapeutic shelter is crucial — away from the city centers the girls’ pimps frequent, and the streets they know so well — and in areas away from urban cores. But without adequate funding to support the development of such residential treatment facilities in southeast Georgia, these girls will continue to be forced to ply their trade in seedy motels in Savannah and surrounding areas.
We have an opportunity to change that.
Let’s do so. For the future of our exploited kids, please vote “yes” on Amendment 2 on Nov. 8.
Kris Rice is the former director of the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center in Savannah.
Voting “yes” would allow for the creation of the Opportunity School District. If approved by voters this November, the OSD would authorize the state to temporarily intervene in chronically failing public schools and rescue the children languishing within them. These are schools receiving an “F” on standardized tests for three consecutive years.
Unfortunately, we have almost 68,000 students in Georgia trapped in these failing schools. The graduation rate for students attending failing schools is an abysmal 55.7 percent. As a former teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for the Gwinnett County School System and current chairman of the State House of Representatives Education Committee, this statistic is not acceptable. That is why I support the sorely needed state intervention and passage of the Opportunity School District amendment.
Supporters of the status quo continue to use scare tactics to intimidate voters and parents; however, what’s really scary is the fact that there are 68,000 children trapped in these failing schools statewide. These groups have yet to come forward with any viable solutions to fix that. How much longer can our students wait for their districts to turn these failing schools around?
The OSD will give our neighborhoods a needed voice for change, and hold those accountable that refuse to roll up their sleeves and commit to improving Georgia’s schools. The OSD has been uniquely designed to heavily involve local parents and teachers, improve failing schools and meet the needs of our local communities.
It would be a mistake to continue to devote precious taxpayer funds to schools where failure is the norm and accountability for those in charge is altogether absent. Children are suffering – in some instances for the entire duration of their K-12 careers – because of it.
We have a real chance on Nov. 8 to provide students, families and communities a lifeline. Voting “yes” on Question 1, the Opportunity School District amendment, is a vote to ensure that future generations of Georgians will have the best opportunities available. It is an opportunity to declare that in Georgia, the zip code you were born into will not determine your path in life.
The OSD superintendent would determine if the school taken over would be, (1) operated by the OSD, (2) converted to a state charter school, which currently are experiencing a 25 percent failure rate, (3) operated by the local board of education under strict supervision and veto power by the OSD, (4) closed completely with students re-assigned to other schools.
The OSD superintendent would also determine if services would be purchased from for-profit educational service providers. The superintendent or charter governing board would make all decisions, including those regarding finances, personnel and curriculum.
Funding for opportunity schools would be with regular local, state and federal entitlements, plus any special appropriations made by the Legislature or received from private solicitations.
I urge you to vote no on Amendment No. 1 in November. Then urge Georgia’s political leaders to redirect the $50-plus million in tax credits given annually for scholarships to private schools. These schools are not subject to the state grading system and never risk being labeled failing. Use these redirected funds in schools labeled as failing to provide tutoring for students, additional training for teachers, school and district level leaders and parents and rigorous supervision by the Georgia Department of Education.
And from Carrollton’s Times-Georgian,
“I don’t speak for our entire board, but I believe we have a consensus that the Opportunity School District is something that we oppose,” said Mike Rothschild, a Carrollton Board of Education at-large member. “I have to applaud Gov. Deal for coming up with a plan to help failing schools, but this would eliminate the system of checks and balances we have between our state and local government.”
Carroll County Superintendent Scott Cowart urged voters to oppose the amendment during the November elections.
“Some of the concerns we have with that is that the state has changed the way they have rated the CCRPI each of the last three years,” said Cowart. “There is no consistency in how they grade the CCRPI from year to year because it has changed each year.”
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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.
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] 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.”
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.
“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?”
About 44 percent of Georgia’s population are members of minority groups, according to the Center for American Progress. That’s up from 37 percent just a decade ago. During that period, minorities have accounted for 81 percent of the state’s population growth.
African-Americans account for the largest share of that growth, followed by Hispanics, whose numbers nearly doubled during that period to more than 850,000, making it the 10th-largest state by Hispanic population.
This demographic shift is apparent in the state’s largest city. Atlanta is 54 percent black — the vast majority of whom are Democrats — 38 percent white and 11 percent Hispanic. Political pollsters, Democratic officials and some residents say racial politics in Georgia could significantly impact the presidential race.
But Republicans in Georgia remain optimistic.
“This is a critical year for the party as we work to elect conservative candidates and advance the Republican message of limited government, personal responsibility, economic freedom and fiscal accountability,” Trey Kelly, chairman of the Fulton County Republican Party, wrote on the party’s website.
“Our efforts in Fulton are essential to keeping Georgia red and achieving victory in statewide elections and our local communities.”
The only thing that’s turning blue or purple in Georgia this year is your face if you’re holding your breath for Georgia to go Democratic.
(Under Georgia law, the governor appoints the state school board with consent of the state Senate.)
The resolution says the state school board supports the OSD “in order to improve the education of Georgia children trapped in failing schools.” Voters will decide Amendment 1 in November.
It states, “Whereas the mechanisms available to the Opportunity School District may involve the local districts, will involve the members of the community and will provide a mechanism for a period of up to five years to correct the problems within those failing schools, we, the state Board of Education, resolve that we support the Opportunity School District.”
Deal issued this statement, “I commend the members of the State Board of Education for their formal resolution in support of the Opportunity School District. There is a shared mission between the proposed Opportunity School District and the state school board, which is to establish an environment where every public school in Georgia is successful and every child can thrive. Students across our state have been left behind to languish in failing schools for far too long, and I believe Georgia can and must do better. By supporting the Opportunity School District, the State Board of Education is taking a stand against the failing status quo. They are seizing the chance to improve our schools and make our children’s future brighter.”
Will Hillary vs Donald draw more people to the polls on election day, or send them running? Georgia’s Secretary of State is as interested to know as everyone else.
It might be the most polarizing presidential election in history. Kemp told folks in Metter that the two candidates may get as many votes from people voting against the other candidate as those voting for them. However, he says numbers show that more people turn out to vote in presidential elections compared to ballots with local candidates only, but he’s still not sure what to expect this time around.
“Somewhere between 69 and 72 percent, maybe as high as 75 percent, is what we normally see in a presidential election. I would expect us to have that kind of normal turnout. But this year, it’s almost impossible to predict,” said Brian Kemp, Secretary of State.
Harvey argued the Bibb County Board of Elections didn’t properly post signs about Frank Austin Jr. being disqualified from the race.
“Even assuming that the 93 total votes cast for Mr. Austin, the disqualified candidate, at the three polling places at which the notices were not posted were not cast due to one of the potential reasons listed … these votes are not enough to cast doubt on the results of the election under any standard which might be applicable to this case,” the judge wrote.
Watson’s lawyer, William Noland, said, “The margin of victory in the race was 475 votes. Accordingly, the outcome of the election could not possibly have been affected, even if you assume that all 93 votes would have gone to Mr. Harvey.”
Seven Bibb County voters who cast ballots in the election testified at the hearing, saying they didn’t see signs at the polls saying Austin had been disqualified. When questioned by lawyers representing the board of elections and Paris, each witness admitted to being a friend or associate of Harvey.
“Last year, more Americans died of overdoses from heroin, prescription drugs and opioid pain relievers than in traffic accident or firearms-related deaths,” Tarver told a gathering of law enforcement, health care providers and others as part of National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week.
According to Tarver, heroin overdoses have increased by 244 percent between 2001 and 2013, and on an average day at least 78 people will die from an opioid-related overdose.
“This crisis is real,” he said, adding that Savannah has experienced a “substantial increase” in numbers but not the same increases experienced elsewhere.
“Though the alarming national rise in opioid and heroin abuse has not yet hit Savannah in epidemic proportions, every measure is being taken to ensure prevention and preparedness to prevent this issue from having a larger impact on this community,” he said.
But Diane Diver, chief operating officer at Recovery Place Inc., said local statistics tell her the epidemic is here in Savannah.
Between 2012-2014 there were 82 opioid overdoses reported in Chatham County or 10 per 100,000 people, she said. There were 146 opioid overdoses in DeKalb County or 7 per 100,000 for the same period, she added.
The penny sales tax has been approved by county residents four times since it was first placed on the ballot in 1997 and typically generates between $30 and $35 million a year for the school system, said Cherokee County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens.
Ahrens serves as the chair of the Committee to Renew Ed-SPLOST for Cherokee Schools, a group made up of about 30 community leaders that champions the renewal of the 1-cent sales tax.
Other leaders of the group to pass the tax include community volunteer Amy Turcotte, who is serving as vice chair, and treasurer Dennis Burnette, a local businessman.
Those serving as ex-officio members include Cherokee School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, Vice Chair Patsy Jordan, Cherokee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, assistant superintendent for financial management Kenneth Owen, and Jeremy Law, Cherokee Teacher of the Year.
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“. . . on the first day of January  . . . 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.”
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.
Georgia’s gas supply could be restored by the weekend, but it may take several more days before all stations are running again, according to Gov. Deal.
“We have been told by the Federal Energy Commission that they’re putting a quota on every state at the outset, so that the line and product on the line is distributed throughout the entire area that is effected by this,” Deal told reporters, according to a report by WXIA 11Alive, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s broadcast partner.
“Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions, the company said in a statement. “Colonial continues to move as much gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as possible and will continue to do so as markets return to normal.”
“When the polls go up and the polls go down, he’s said all along it’s going to be a close race.” Holton told a group of about 100 women gathered at Amelie’s French Bakery in downtown Atlanta for a phone-banking event. “But we’re gonna win it. And let’s win it with Georgia in the plus column. If you all deliver Georgia, we will deliver the nation.”
“While political revenue remains significant, Gray stations are receiving political advertising orders later than usual and current orders generally are being placed with only a few days advance notice before broadcast,” the company reported Sept. 20. The company owns and/or operates television stations across 51 television markets.
“The Trump campaign and/or allied PAC’s have purchased advertising time in some Gray markets, and it has expressed interest in placing advertising in up to 9 states involving up to 17 Gray markets,” the company added. “At this time, however, the campaign’s future spending is currently impossible to predict. The Clinton campaign and allied PAC’s are currently active and/or are expressing interest in placing advertising in up to 6 states involving up to 7 Gray markets. Recent polling between Clinton and Trump appear to have tightened and could lead to increased ad spending by the respective campaigns and related PAC’s. Nevertheless, there can be no assurance that increased spending will materialize given the very unusual nature of this year’s late presidential campaign season.”
Gray also reported that its stations “are currently seeing somewhat more competitive statewide races in Missouri, Indiana and North Carolina than previously predicted. On the other hand, Senate races in Ohio and Colorado have not led to the robust advertising spending as was widely anticipated. Furthermore, some historically large political advertisers have very recently indicated that they may direct funds to organizing voters and other campaign activities rather than advertising.”
U.S. District Judge William Duffey Jr.’s ruling on Tuesday is a victory for Project Vote, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit waging an ongoing fight for records detailing Georgia’s process for reviewing voter registration applications and the reasons why applications are rejected.
Project Vote has been seeking the records since May 2014, and finally sued, it said, after Kemp responded to its request with incomplete database records.
The NAACP and others have accused Georgia of frustrating the minority vote by failing to promptly determine the eligibility of thousands of black, Latino and Asian voters. In 2014, the organization sued the state, contending the delays could potentially deprive minorities of their right to vote in that year’s elections.
In the separate Project Vote case, Judge Duffey said Tuesday that the threatened injury over caused by blocking the release of certain voter registration records outweighs the harm to the state, which had sought to dismiss the case citing privacy concerns and the costs, monetary and in worker’s time, associated with producing the records.
Kemp has consistently maintained his office was cooperative and transparent with Project Vote over the records, and that his staff always acted in good faith in dealing with Project Vote.
Dougherty County voters will be able to vote on Sunday, October 30, after the county board of elections approved a full weekend of voting.
The Dougherty County Board of Registration and Elections voted unanimously Wednesday to allow a Sunday voting period from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 30.
The Sunday vote would follow a state-mandated Saturday voting period, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 29. Both weekend voting sessions will be conducted at the Riverfront Resource Center’s Candy Room at 125 Pine Ave.
“My recommendation is that we hold the Sunday vote on Oct. 30, the day after the state-mandated Saturday vote,” Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said. “That would allow for a full weekend of voting in Dougherty County.”
Nickerson noted that the county had approved a similar Sunday voting period in 2014, and that it had been well-attended. Asked by Board Chairman Walter Blankenship if there was talk of a statewide move to take the Sunday vote out of the separate counties’ hands and make it mandatory, the elections supervisor said only “five or six” counties had indicated they were interested in such action when polled.
“I believe during the last county-determined Sunday voting day in 2014, there were only about 10 counties that voted to approve it,” Nickerson said.
“We should ask for federal protection,” the Georgia Democrat said Wednesday, warning “the election can be stolen on election day at polling places.”
Lewis, who was badly injured in 1965 while marching in Selma, Alabama for voting rights for African-Americans, said several states including Georgia, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina should be monitored, and potentially all of the states that belonged to the confederacy.
Lewis said the 2016 presidential election is the first since 1965 that voters don’t have the full protections of the Voting Rights Act due to a Supreme Court ruling three years ago. The lawmaker said it was a “shame and a disgrace” that Congress hasn’t acted on the issue.
Georgia legislators receiving the award are: Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Reps. Rick Allen, Sanford Bishop, Buddy Carter, Doug Collins, Tom Graves, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Tom Price, Austin Scott, Lynn Westmoreland and Rob Woodall.
Perdue, serving his first term in the U.S. Senate, is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. Allen and Scott serve on the House Agriculture Committee, where Scott chairs the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit.
Bishop serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee in Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies. Hice is a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
[W]hile Wilbanks didn’t take a side on the issue, he also noted how the question is presented to voters.
“As with many ballot issues, the preamble and the question that will appear on the ballot are written in a way that someone who’s not informed about it would be inclined to vote in support of it,” the superintendent said. “Obviously, if I was writing the preamble about the ballot question, I would probably do the same thing. I’m not here today to advocate for or against Amendment 1, but I do encourage you to learn all you can about it.”
Wilbanks went on to note that Gwinnett does not have any schools on the list that’s subject to a potential state takeover, and the Gwinnett County Board of Education has not issued an official policy statement.
“But we do believe that something does need to be done and that’s what we’re trying to work through,” he said.
However, Gwinnett School Board Chairman Dr. Robert McClure has told the Daily Post that while the board hasn’t made an official policy about the issue, the group is not in favor of the proposal. He said it doesn’t make any more sense than the federal government running local schools, and that it would be only slightly better because the best government is the smallest that’s closest to the problem.
Two weeks before they’re scheduled to vote on a process leading to a Nov. 7, 2017, referendum on a 1 percent local sales tax hike for transportation projects, Athens-Clarke County commissioners are asking about moving the referendum to May 2018.
Moving the referendum forward by six months would mean it would coincide with a number of local nonpartisan elections that could increase voter interest in going to the polls, Commissioner Mike Hamby noted at Tuesday’s commission agenda-setting meeting, where commissioners decided on items they’ll consider at their Oct. 4 voting meeting.
Locally, the May 2018 nonpartisan election will include a mayoral race and could also include as many as five commission races. According to information presented to commissioners Tuesday, the only local races set for Nov. 7 of next year are a couple of city council seats in Winterville, with no countywide races on the slate.
The Georgia General Assembly approved new boundaries for 17 of the 180 House districts, including several in metro Atlanta. But one in particular has drawn interest: Critics say lawmakers took a highly competitive Gwinnett County district and made it easier for incumbent Republican Rep. Joyce Chandler of Grayson to get re-elected.
While partisan gerrymandering is almost as old as the United States, removing hundreds of minorities from District 105 and placing them in adjacent District 104 is a violation of the Voting Rights Act, they argue. They say the move intentionally spreads out minorities so they can’t join together to elect a candidate they think represents their interests.
Prominent Atlanta voting rights attorney Emmett Bondurant agreed it’s worth taking a look to see if a violation has occurred. “I would need to see the demographics of the district before and after (redistricting),” he said. “But if the precincts moved were overwhelmingly minority precincts, the likelihood of a (voting rights) violation is very high.”
[State Rep. Randy] Nix, chairman of the House Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee, said lawmakers requested the changes.
“We had done no redistricting since 2011 and numerous members had asked for minor changes,” Nix said. “We announced to all members of the House that we would consider changes during the 2015 session. The requirement was that it not make significant statistical changes and that all members involved in the changes had to agree.”
Chandler said she doesn’t recall requesting a change to her district. “I was not privy to the reason behind that,” she said.
“Last night the board voted 3 to 2 to terminate the contract of the Superintendent, Dr. Gary Gibson. In another motion, the board voted 3 to 2 to appoint a former Superintendent, Mr. Norman Carter, as interim Superintendent.”
Voters in Georgia can request an absentee ballot by submitting a written application to the local county registrar or by logging onto the Secretary of State office’s “My Voter Page (MVP)” to print the application and mail the completed form to the local registrar.
“Through MVP, requesting an absentee ballot has never been easier in Georgia,” Secretary of State Brian Kemp said. “I was proud to bring this new innovation to our state, along with other helpful web-based platforms such as the online voter registration system and the ‘GA SOS’ smartphone app. Georgia is a national leader in utilizing technologies to educate citizens about elections, voting, and the importance of participation in the electoral process for all levels of government.”
Kemp said voters should request absentee ballots to vote by mail in the Nov. 8 election well in advance of the Nov. 4 deadline, officials said. Uniformed military voters are only required to submit one absentee ballot application to receive absentee ballots for an entire election cycle. Currently, there are more than 6.4 million registered voters in Georgia.
Colonial Pipeline said Tuesday it had finished construction of the 500-foot bypass at the work site near Birmingham and was testing the system. Fuel deliveries through the 3-foot-diameter line will start Wednesday barring any problems, it said.
The leak and resulting disruptions in supply have bedeviled motorists for days in metro Atlanta and other parts of the South. Sporadic outages have meant longer than usual lines at some stores in the region and dry pumps at others.
“It’s an amendment that creates a permanent indelible fund that sets up money for children who have been sexually exploited, specifically sex trafficking of children,” said Unterman.
She says kids as young as 9-years-old are victims of sex trafficking.
“It’s actually yours and my kids,” said Unterman. “These are kids that go to the mall, these are kids that go into chat rooms and they get picked up at the four-way stop sign right outside their house and unfortunately they’re picked up for very bad reasons.”
If passed, she says this amendment could bring millions of dollars to the state’s Department of Human Resources and the Department of Public Health.
“The money is brought in from adult entertainment establishments where they pay a certain fee and it’s estimated between a million to two million dollars,” said Unterman.
Last year July 4 fell on an early voting Saturday and state law required that the polls open. Poll workers had to sit there all day with very few people voting.
Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker asked Clark to get a bill passed that would fix the problem and Clark got it done. It was the first bill he got passed.
Clark said it came “down to the wire” to get it passed in time in the Senate.
Previously, early voting was held on the second Saturday before an election. Under the new law if a holiday falls on that Saturday or the following Sunday or Monday, then early voting will fall to the third Saturday before the election.
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia backed the law, and a representative of the organization came to Tuesday’s commission meeting to present Clark with groups Legislative Service Award for his efforts to get the bill passed. Only six of the awards were given out this year.
A seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals has 79 lawyers nominated for the bench with the possibility of other openings on the Court of Appeals if Gov. Deal appoints one or more of the sitting judges to openings on the Georgia Supreme Court.
Chief Judge Gregory Fowler of the Chatham County State Court was recognized by the Council of Accountability Court Judges, receiving a 2016 STAR Award.
David Wood, the DUI court administrator who nominated Fowler, has been with the court since it started in May 2003. In that time, 1,207 people have graduated with a recidivist rate of 7.9 percent, compared to the 32 percent national rate, he said.
Classes run between 130-180 participants at a time and the current class is 148, Wood said.
“We’re always accepting new people,” Wood said.
Fowler “refuses to allow participants to give up on their sobriety,” Wood said. “Judge Fowler understood, even before DUI Court existed, that jail alone would not help the addict become sober and that the addict need not hit rock bottom to succeed.”
In a statement last week, the Butts County School System blasted the plan.
“I don’t think there is a citizen of Georgia who disagrees with the governor that we need to fight to give every student in our state the best education possible,” Butts County School Superintendent Robert “Buddy” Costley said in the statement. “But the governor is apparently misleading our state in allowing this question to be posed to the voters without being transparent about what this question really means. This appears to be more about money and power than it is any real chance to help students and communities. He wants to take away the voices of the local taxpayers and voters because he doesn’t trust them, and he believes the best way to turn around schools is run them from the bureaucracy in Atlanta, a bureaucracy that knows nothing about our people and our community.”
Deal spoke Sept. 8 at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute Conference, lashing out at those who oppose the plan, Costley said. “The governor basically ridiculed locally elected board members in his speech for expressing concerns about the proposed amendment’s effect on the communities the voters elected them to serve, and he almost literally told the superintendents in the state to keep ‘their mouths shut,’” Costley said.
Costley said he has been talking to local organizations about the upcoming vote, including the Butts County Republican Party.
“Some of them were quite surprised,” Costley said. “I guarantee you local taxpayers want control over their own tax money.”