Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 8, 2014

The Chicago Fire began on October 8, 1871.

On October 8, 1895, the Liberty Bell arrived in Atlanta for the Cotton States Exposition.

The famously–cracked 2,000 pound pealer left Philadelphia on seven trips between 1885 and 1915. Each time it came home with more cracks. It turned out the men hired to guard the Bell were taking liberties, literally: chipping off pieces and selling them as souvenirs.

Cheering crowds greeted the Bell in Atlanta. A two–mile parade took it to Piedmont Park, where 50,000 people lined up to see it.

Liberty Bell in Atlanta

Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Georgia Historical Society have an interesting video on the Liberty Bell’s trip to Atlanta. You can view a photo of the Liberty Bell Parade at the Atlanta History Center.

Polling released on October 8, 1976 indicated that Democrat Jimmy Carter won the second debate against President Gerald Ford by a 50-27 margin.

On October 8, 1981, former Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter visited with President Ronald Reagan at the White House before heading to Egypt to represent the United States at the funeral of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Four Presidents

Long-time Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro won his 300th game on October 8, 1984, though he wore Yankees pinstripes for that game.

The first C-5A airplane arrived at Robins Air Force Base on October 8, 1997.

C-5 at Robins

On October 8, 1998, the United States House of Representatives voted 258-176 to authorize an impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton.

President George W. Bush issued an Executive Order establishing the Department of Homeland Security on October 8, 2001.


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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 8, 2014


Brennan is a young, adult male Collie & Greyhound Mix about 2.5 years old and 65 pounds.

Brennan is also a little shy but warms up quickly and has really learned to trust people again. He gets along great with other dogs and is actually learning to play and clown around with the others at ‘recess’ time. He is housetrained and has impeccable house manners! He is getting a little spoiled for sofas and beds, but really all he wants is to be near you. If you have the love and patienct to give this sweet boy, he will reward you with years of loyal devotion But beware….when you take this stunning dog for a walk EVERYONE you meet will stop you and ask what breed he is….his markings are so striking!

Brennan is available for adoption from Star Bright Animal Rescue in Perry, GA.


Darla is a young, female Pointer & Rottweiler Mix, about 1.5 years old and 68 pounds. She was rescued from a high volume shelter and has a sweet loving nature. Skittish at first, she will blossom in no time.

Darla is available for adoption from Star Bright Animal Rescue in Perry, GA.


Dexter is an American Bulldog & Shar Pei Mix, approximately 8 mos old and weighs around 45 lbs.

You find a sweeter boy who loves to play with his foster dog buddies but mostly, loves his guardians who can’t say enough good things about him. Dexter is very smart and responds well to training. He knows a few basic commands, and is good at coming to you when called. He loves to play with the other dogs but he also has learned to be calm in the house when its time to settle down. He will be a great companion for anyone who loves to go on walks, runs, or just hanging out.

Dexter is available for adoption from Star Bright Animal Rescue in Perry, GA.

GA GOP: Five Questions for Carter at the Debate in Perry Tonight

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From The Georgia Republican Party 

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Five Questions for Carter at the Debate in Perry Tonight 

During tonight’s debate in Perry, GA, liberal Democrat Jason Carter’s “gift of gab” will be on full display.  While we can expect Carter to lash out at Governor Deal with baseless attacks and worn-out rhetoric from the Democratic playbook, Georgia voters are really looking for answers to these 5 questions:

  1. As Governor, Jason Carter wants to add $2.5 billion in new spendingbut promises to not raise taxes.  Where is he growing the money?
  2. Carter wants to empower the Middle Class but also advocates for aMedicaid Expansion Plan that costs more than President Obama’s proposal.  How can the Middle Class afford that?
  3. Jason Carter voted for three of Governor Deal’s budgets but accuses the Governor of “underfunding education.”  In what world does that logic make sense?
  4. Jason Carter promised to release a report after touring the state with his “Education Task Force.”  Where’s the report and what did Carter propose in the State Senate to improve education?
  5. On the campaign trail, Jason Carter criticizes Governor Deal on the same economic policies that made Georgia #1 for business.  Why did Carter vote for this “grab bag of economic incentives” if he thought they were so bad for Georgia’s economy?


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 7, 1941


These five sweet Black Lab puppies are so close to freedom they can taste it. They’ve got foster and transportation to an out-of-state rescue lined up, but need donations to cover their second vetting and shots. Click here to visit their Facebook page and make your pledge to save the little bundles of fur. Once the needed total is raised, you’ll be notified by that Facebook page (and probably GaPundit) to redeem your pledge via online donation.

All of the following dogs are on the euthanasia list at Barrow County Animal Shelter for tomorrow morning. They must have rescue paperwork in hand at the shelter by 4 PM today to be saved.


Inmate number 153, called “Della” is a friendly young female mix, about 2-3 years old and weighing 37 pounds. She is on the euthanasia list at Barrow County Animal Shelter and needs rescue paperwork in hand at the shelter by 4 PM today. She is sweet and friendly and appears to get along well with kids.


Little Libby is still a baby – 6-8 months old and friendly, full-of-kisses and smaller than she appears.


Olivia is also a baby, just 4-6 months old and weighing in at under 19 pounds. She is very sweet.


Zoe is a young hound mix female, around 1-3 years old and weighing 40 pounds. She’s very sweet and the volunteers just love her. She may be able to be fostered if you’re willing to give her a place to stay but are uncertain about your ability to keep her in the long term.


Tiramisu is 3-5 years old and weighs 57 pounds. She is velvety soft, just stunning, precious and friendly.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 7, 2014

King George, III issued the Proclamation of 1763 on October 7, 1763.

With respect to Georgia’s official boundaries, the proclamation expanded Georgia’s southern boundary by giving the colony all lands between the Altamaha and St. Marys rivers. Previously, the Altamaha had served as Georgia’s southern boundary.

So, the impact of the Proclamation of 1763 was to set Georgia’s official southern boundary as the St. Marys River from its mouth to the headwaters, then north to the Altamaha River, then north to the headwaters of that river, and then westward to the Mississippi River. Georgia’s northern boundary was the Savannah River from its mouth to its headwaters.


Patriot militia defeated Loyalists at the Battle of King’s Mountain in North Carolina, near the South Carolina border on October 7, 1780. (more…)

RNC: Principles for American Renewal

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From The Republican National Committee

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Principles for American Renewal

Republicans have fresh ideas and bottom-up, sensible solutions to our country’s problems. But we must make our case to the American people: that a Republican Senate Majority is critical to renewing American principles and getting our country on the right track.

Here are the Republican Party’s Principles for American Renewal

  • Constitution: Our Constitution should be preserved, valued and honored.
  • Economy: We need to start growing America’s economy instead of Washington’s economy so that working Americans see better wages and more opportunity.
  • Budget/Debt: We need to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, make government more efficient, and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt.
  • HealthcareWe need to start over with real healthcare reform that puts patients and their doctors in charge, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington.
  • Veterans: Our veterans have earned our respect and gratitude, and no veteran should have to wait in line for months or years just to see a doctor.
  • Security: Keeping America safe and strong requires a strong military, growing the economy, energy independence, and secure borders.
  • Education: Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.
  • Poverty: The best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job, so our focus should be on getting people out of poverty by lifting up all people and helping them find work.
  • Values: Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work.
  • Energy: We should make America energy independent by encouraging investment in domestic energy, lowering prices, and creating jobs at home.
  • Immigration: We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy.







GA GOP: Jason Carter: Fact Check

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From Georgia Republican Party 

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Jason Carter: Fact Check 

Question: Why did liberal Democrat Jason Carter vote for three of Governor Nathan Deal’s budgets but voted against this year’s budget that added half a billion dollars in education funding?

Carter Said:

“Here’s the way the budgeting process works in Atlanta. And this is why I believe it is broken. The budget passes unanimously every year, so the idea that all of the sudden it’s strange that I voted for the budgets is, the folks who know, know that that’s a hollow attack.” PTA Advocacy Day, October 2, 2014

He also said:

“You gotta have a budget. But I led that task force on education, and I went out there and sat with teachers and educators in rural Georgia, and saw the impact of the cuts. And after you’ve done that, after you’ve talked to people I could not justify voting for that budget ever again.” AJC, September 16, 2014

But let’s look at the facts: (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: Endorsed by Karen Handel

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Handel endorses Deal for re-election

Former secretary of state says governor has ‘earned’ second term

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Speaking at a Women for Deal rally today at the state Capitol, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel endorsed Gov. Nathan Deal for re-election, citing his strong record of accomplishments and the need for his future leadership.

 “I’m supporting Governor Deal because there is far too much at stake in this election for Georgia,” said Handel. “There’s just too much at stake to let the past take priority over the future of our state. Governor Deal has done a good job and, as a result, has earned my support for a second term as governor of this great state.”

Handel pointed out that, under Gov. Deal, Georgia has created nearly 300,000 private sector jobs and is ranked No. 1 by three different entities as the best place to do business.

“Governor Deal brings the experience, maturity and track record to ensure that Georgia continues to be a great place to live and work and raise a family,” Handel said. “In the next four years, I know he’ll continue to keep taxes low, (more…)