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21
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 21, 2015

Union General Irvin McDowell’s forces engaged Confederates under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard and General Joseph Johnston at the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on July 21, 1861.

On July 21, 1868, the Georgia General Assembly ratified the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution as a condition for readmission.

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois.

On July 21, 1988, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic nomination for President at the National Convention in Atlanta.

Georgia Campaigns and Elections

Ted Cruz Barbecue Tour

The second event on Ted Cruz’s tour of Georgia will be Saturday, August 8th at 4 PM at Sprayberry’s Barbecue, 229 Jackson Street in Newnan, Georgia.Continue Reading..

20
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 20, 2015

Kelly

Kelly is a young female Bernese Mountain Dog & Spaniel Mix, a sweet girl that gets along with other dogs. She still has some puppy behaviors such as jumping that she is working on in her foster home. She is on the shy side and needs a family that can give her rules, consistency, and structure that will help to make her feel secure and gain confidence. Kelly walks nicely on a leash and adores her people and for the most part has a very easy going personality. She will be best suited in a home with older children and can be adopted to a home with or without other dogs.

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

Corbin Blue

Corbin Blue is a young, male blue-eyed 52 pound Mountain Dog and Lab mix who is great with small children. He believes small dogs and cats are his personal chase toys. This would have to be addressed by his new parents if Corbin is not an only child. Corbin is move in ready. He is both house, crate trained, and fully vetted. If your family is missing that special someone Corbin Blue awaits your call.

Corbin Blue is available for adoption from Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Inc. of Gilmer County in Ellijay, GA.

Winston

Winston is an adult male Hound & Bernese Mountain Dog Mix, a real good guy. He just naturally, automatically loves people. He is medium in size and he is a Hound mix. Winston is 2 years old and his neuter day is today. Winston is a very, very, very, very, very good dog hoping he can find a quick home!!! Likes other dogs. Loves people. Higher energy. Does well on a leash. Winston is known to be a ***DIGGER***.

Winston is available for adoption from Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA.

20
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 20, 2015

On July 20, 1864, the Battle of Peachtree Creek took place in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a special online section on the Battle of Atlanta.

Sir Edmund Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. He and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first to summit Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.

Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton gave the speech nominating Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for President on July 20, 1988 at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Dukakis accepted the nomination the next day.

The 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony was held on July 19, 1996 and competition started the next day.

The Georgia State Quarter was released on July 19, 1999.

The Augusta Chronicle has a piece on the 1963 Mayoral election.

Augusta’s 1963 mayoral campaign took place between Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington and President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.

In fact, the pages of The Chronicle throughout 1963 are filled with national stories of civil rights debates, international accounts of communist threats, nuclear worries and rising concerns with a country called Vietnam.

Augusta, for its part, was talking about illegal gambling.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released video of the recovery of artifacts from the sunken CSS Georgia in the Savannah River, which is being done as part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released footage of the efforts being taken to recover the Civil War ironclad CSS Georgia, currently at the bottom of the Savannah River directly in front of Fort Jackson.

The video is courtesy of Michael Jordan of Cosmos Mariner Productions. Jordan is currently filming a documentary of the recovery efforts.

U.S. Navy Divers from the Mobile Diving and Salvage UNIT (MDSU) 2 and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technicians from Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 6, in conjunction with archaeologist and conversations, Naval History and Heritage Command and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working to secure and raise the 153-year-old ship.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Ted Cruz Columbus GA

We are told that the Cruz campaign is also planning stops in Savannah, Macon, Newnan, and of course, will be in Atlanta for the RedState Gathering.

Former Congressman Jack Kingston headlined a Meet-and-Greet for J. Max Davis, the Republican candidate for State House District 80 on Saturday at Lucky’s Burgers and Brew in Town Brookhaven.

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18
Jul

Jack Kingston supports J. Max Davis for Georgia State House District 80

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17
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 17, 2015

Benedict

Benedict is a 2-year old white and black Fox Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter in Macon, GA.

Scamp

Scamp is a 2-year old male Rat Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter in Macon, GA. He also looks a lot like Stanley, who is Dolly’s best friend from the dog park. I’d be willing to be he’s very friendly and playful.

Gurdy

Gurdy is a 9-week old female puppy described as a Pit Bull mix, but who looks more like a Chocolate Lab mix to me, and who is available for adoption from the Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter in Macon, GA.

Teddy

Teddy is a 2-year old male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter in Macon, GA.

17
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 17, 2015

On July 17, 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman set up headquarters in Fulton County on Powers Ferry Road near the Chattahoochee River. Late that night, Confederate General Joseph Johnston was replaced by newly-commissioned Gen. John Bell Hood.

For nearly three months, Johnston and Sherman had maneuvered around the rugged corridor from Chattanooga to Atlanta. Although there was constant skirmishing, there were few major battles; Sherman kept trying to outflank Johnston, but his advances were blocked. Though this kept losses to a minimum, there was also a limit to how long Johnston could maintain this strategy as each move brought the armies closer to Atlanta. By July 17, 1864, Johnston was backed into the outskirts of Atlanta. Johnston felt his strategy was the only way to preserve the Army of Tennessee, but Davis felt that he had given up too much territory.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a third term at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 18, 1940.

President Harry S. Truman signed the second Presidential Succession Act on July 18, 1947

The original succession act designated the Senate president pro tempore as the first in line to succeed the president should he and the vice president die unexpectedly while in office. If he for some reason could not take over the duties, the speaker of the house was placed next in the line of succession. In 1886, during Grover Cleveland‘s administration, Congress removed both the Senate president and the speaker of the house from the line of succession. From that time until 1947, two cabinet officials, (their order in line depended on the order in which the agencies were created) became the next in line to succeed a president should the vice president also become incapacitated or die. The decision was controversial. Many members of Congress felt that those in a position to succeed the president should be elected officials and not, as cabinet members were, political appointees, thereby giving both Republican and Democratic parties a chance at controlling the White House.

In 1945, then-Vice President Truman assumed the presidency after Franklin Roosevelt died of a stroke during his fourth term. As president, Truman advanced the view that the speaker of the house, as an elected official, should be next in line to be president after the vice president. On July 18, 1947, he signed an act that resurrected the original 1792 law, but placed the speaker ahead of the Senate president pro tempore in the hierarchy.

Georgia-born Ty Cobb died on July 17, 1961.

The Beatles premiered The Yellow Submarine on July 17, 1968 in London.

On July 18, 1988, the Democratic National Convention opened at the Omni in Atlanta. That night, actor Rob Lowe would shoot a videotape in a hotel with two hairdressers, one 22 and one 16. Several weeks later, the era of the celebrity sex tape began.

On July 18, 2000, United States Senator Paul Coverdell died of a cerebral hemorrhage. I remember where I was when I heard the news.

The greatest political journalist to ever put pen to paper, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, was born on July 18, 1929. That makes tomorrow “Gonzo Day.” You have been warned.

Earlier this week, a Confederate cannon was salvaged from the wreck of the CSS Georgia in the Savannah River.

The Army Corps of Engineers says a CSS Georgia cannon was removed from the Savannah river Wednesday after spending 150 years at the bottom of the river.

Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Billy Birdwell says the cannon weighed roughly 1,000 pounds and is the first of two that is being pulled from the water as part of the Savannah port expansion project.

Birdwell says more than 100 cannonballs are also in the river and will be removed. Birdwell says two other cannons were removed from the river in 1986.

Officials say Confederate soldiers intentionally sank the CSS Georgia as Union troops approached Savannah in December 1864.

Georgia Politics

Former Republican Congressman Jack Kingston is endorsing Republican J. Max Davis in the Special Runoff Election for State House District 80 and will attend a meet-and-greet on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 11 AM to noon at Lucky’s Burger & Brew in Town Brookhaven.

“I’ve known the Davis family for over 25 years, dating back to when I served in the Georgia House of Representatives with Max Davis.““Last year, I got to know J. Max Davis better in his role as Mayor of Brookhaven, and as friend and supporter for our family. Just like when I served with his father, J. Max Davis embodies the Republican principles of limited, local and efficient government and lower taxes for all citizens.”

“I am proud to endorse my friend J. Max Davis and to ask the voters of House District 80 to vote to send him to the State House,” said Kingston. “In the Special Runoff Election, every single vote counts, and I’m asking Republicans to turn out in force on August 11th to vote for J. Max Davis.”

“J. Max Davis is the only candidate in the Special Election with a proven record of lowering property taxes,” said Kingston. “There is no better friend to the homeowners of House District 80 than J. Max Davis.”

“I hope voters will join me on Saturday at Lucky’s Burger in Town Brookhaven to meet J. Max Davis and learn about his positive campaign for State House,” said Kingston.

On the other side, liberal Better Georgia is endorsing Democrat Taylor Bennett and raising money to promote his candidacy.

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New York Times agrees South is important to GOP

This morning, I read in the New York Times the exact same pull-quote I used in yesterday’s morning news email.

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Here’s the NYT’s take on Walker’s comments.

Speaking at a campaign fund-raiser before about 100 people at the Buckhead Club, Mr. Walker — who spent the day on a three-city swing through South Carolina — said the March 1 primaries through much of the South would be key to his chances of winning the nomination.

“We didn’t just come here by accident,” Mr. Walker said. “With March 1 being not long after those first four states, we think that the March 1 primaries — the S.E.C. primaries, if you will — are going to be incredibly important, and we feel we can do well.”

“Georgia’s going to make a difference,” he added, “so get used to seeing us.”

Advisers say that the March 1 states of Alabama, Minnesota, Tennessee and Virginia are also shaping up well for Mr. Walker, based on endorsements and grass-roots voter support that they are seeing so
far. Mr. Walker is focused on winning the first state to hold a nominating contest, Iowa on Feb. 1, and hopes to leave there with momentum to help him in the next states: New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

Holy 2016, GaPundit! Isn’t it still the Year of Special Elections any more?

Jay Trevari is the first candidate we’ve noticed for Georgia State House District 99, which is currently held by State Rep. Hugh Floyd (D-Norcross). Floyd has announced he will not be running for reelection. She’s got a Twitter account and Facebook page set up.

In House District 122, where State Rep. Ben Harbin has submitted his resignation, we have a growing field of candidates.

Two Columbia County businesswomen – Pat Goodwin and Jodi Lott – announced their intentions to run for the state District 122 seat.

Harbin’s surprise mid-term resignation, which took effect Tuesday, created one of the first open House seats in almost two decades. Harbin, who served for 20 years, many as Appropriations Committee chairman, announced last week he had decided to take a job with a Columbia-based lobbying firm.

Joe Mullins joined the field later in the week.

Joe Mullins, a developer and entertainment promoter, officially tossed his hat into the ring to compete for the state House District 122 seat recently vacated by Ben Harbin.

Mullins touted himself as a conservative businessman who would work to bring jobs to the community and introduce legislation to replace the state income tax with a so-called “Fair Tax,” consumption tax on all sales. He also said he wanted to provide relief to property owners by increasing the homestead exemption in Columbia County.

Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor resigned his seat to run for Harbin’s former state house seat.

Taylor, who was elected in December to fill the seat vacated by Charles Allen in March 2014, is resigning to pursue the State House District 122 seat left open by the recent resignation of Ben Harbin.

“Now more than ever, we need experienced, pragmatic leadership in the state House to grow our economy, enhance educational opportunities for students, and preserve our unmatched quality of life,” Taylor said in his letter to Gov. Nathan Deal.

His resignation takes effect at 9 p.m., July 21, so his last actions as a commissioner with be at the regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

And predictably, Taylor’s resignation has set off yet another Special Election.

Frank Spears announced Sunday that he is entering the race for the District 3 seat on the Columbia County Commission.

Spears served as a Colum­bia County commissioner from 1999 to 2003.

Friday Wrap Up

Governor Nathan Deal has ordered a review of Planned Parenthood clinics in Georgia, according to a press release.

Gov. Nathan Deal is committed to protecting life at all stages, particularly the most vulnerable and defenseless among us. In light of recent revelations regarding alleged illegal Planned Parenthood activity and to ensure this horrific practice is not occurring here, the governor is directing the Department of Community Health and the Department of Public Health to conduct a joint review of the clinics run by Planned Parenthood Southeast in Georgia.

Attorney General Sam Olens also issued a press release, applauding Deal’s action.

“I applaud Governor Deal’s swift call for a review of Planned Parenthood in Georgia following alarming allegations of horrendous practices occurring at its clinics. Every life is sacred and should be respected, especially the most vulnerable among us.

“My office stands ready to assist the Department of Community Health and the Department of Public Health with their joint review of Planned Parenthood if needed.”

The State Bar of Georgia doesn’t want to settle a complaint against Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, according to the AJC, but in my mind the highlight of this article is the mention of one of Ralston’s lawyers, James Balli.

In his Petition for Voluntary Discipline, filed in June, Ralston attorney James Balli of Marietta suggests that the speaker face no more than “formal admonition” or public reprimand.

Balli, who is Ralston’s co-counsel, along with former Gov. Roy Barnes, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he believes “the pleadings filed by Speaker Ralston are comprehensive, compelling and consistent with the narrative that has been communicated from the beginning by Speaker Ralston’s counsel.”

Balli writes in Ralston’s petition that the “State Bar would not meet its burden of proof on many counts of the formal complaint” and that several of the charges are factually incorrect.

James is a friend of mine and a very able lawyer, and I know the Speaker is well-represented by the team of Balli and co-counsel, former Governor Roy Barnes.

Once again buying the lede, the AJC writes that United States Senator Johnny Isakson’s last fundraising quarter, in which the Senior Senator raised $1.39 million, was down from the previous quarter. That still leaves Johnny with $4.8 million in the bank and greater popularity among rank-and-file Georgians than any politician I can remember.

File this one under “unintended consquences”: after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, employee benefits for domestic partners may be cut, according to the AJC.

Delta Air Lines said it is ending its domestic partner program and giving couples until 2018 to marry or be cut off. The city of Decatur is doing the same for city employees, requiring those covered to tie the knot in a year or lose coverage.

Home Depot, Emory University, and others, have said they are evaluating whether to make potential changes to domestic partner benefits.

Some worry that the withdrawal of domestic partner benefits could push some couples into marriages they are not ready for or even break up relationships.

“Your employer should not be in the business of setting your wedding date,” said Michael Bishop, who is in a domestic partnership with Shane Thomas.

The two, who have been together almost 10 years, have two adopted children, Thomas, 6, and Mariella, 4. Bishop works for AT&T, which offers domestic partner benefits to both same- and opposite-sex couples. The company said it plans to continue its domestic partner program.

In Fayette County, the Special Election to replace the late County Commissioner Posta Coston will use at-large voting instead of a district to elect her successor, according to The Citizen.

The Fayette County Board of Elections voted the evening of July 14 to set Tuesday, Sept. 15, as the date that voters in all five voting districts will go to the polls and select the person to fill the Board of Commissioners seat left vacant by the July 3 death of District 5 representative Pota Coston.

The manner in which Coston’s successor will be chosen is also set — for now.

The election is to be decided by at-large voting and using the 2012 district map, and those two details were not included in the board’s motion, which passed 2-1 with Darryl Hicks voting against.

More than 90 minutes of public comment took place before the vote, the majority of it by people who urged the board to maintain the district voting process and 2014 map used in Coston’s election last November.

But County Attorney Dennis Davenport advised the Board of Elections that those two issues were essentially out of their hands, as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in January made the gerrymandered map and district voting process obsolete for now as a matter of law.

Notable Events

Tomorrow, the Gwinnett County Republican Party is holding a cookout at McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth.

Gwinnett Cookout

Next Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 1 PM in the Georgia State Capitol, a ceremony will be held to commemorate the life of longtime Atlanta radio voice and Great Georgian Captain Herb Emory, and naming the new flyover ramp on I-85 at Georgia 400 the “Captain Herb Emory Flyover Ramp.”

Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush will hold a Town Hall meeting in Aiken, South Carolina on July 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. in Aiken. RSVP via email to [email protected]

On July 28th, Republican Rick Santorum will also visit Aiken, SC, to address the Aiken Republican Club lunch.

The event is open to members of the public.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Santorum, who also ran in the 2012 presidential race but did not win the nomination, is expected to arrive between 10:45 and 11 a.m.

On Saturday, August 8th, the Eighth District Georgia Republican Party will host their 2015 Fish Fry, featuring Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee.

Fish Fry

16
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 16, 2015

On July 16, 1790, Congress declared Washington, DC the new capital city.

Georgia Congressman Carl Vinson set a new record for longevity in office on July 16, 1963, having served 48 years, 8 months, and 12 days since his election in 1914. Vinson’s record held until 1992 and his tenure is now sixth-longest.

On July 16, 1914, Asa Griggs Candler, retired President of Coca-Cola, wrote his brother Warren, who was a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, a letter offering one million dollars and 72 acres of land in Atlanta for the church to establish a new university in the East.

The United States performed the first test of an atomic bomb on July 16, 1945 at the Trinity site in New Mexico.

Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the project, watched the mushroom cloud rise into the New Mexico sky. “Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds,” he uttered, reciting a passage from an ancient Hindu text.

Georgia Politics

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was in Atlanta twice yesterday. The first time when he and his family and entourage missed their connecting flight from Atlanta to Charleston. When that happened, they rented cars and drove to North Charleston, SC for an 8 AM event, and then spent the day traveling back toward Atlanta with stops in Lexington and Mauldin, SC.

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The Walker itinerary shows how Georgia and the Southeast are gaining clout in the Republican Presidential campaign due to the SEC Primary.

Along with tour stops in the first four Primary and Caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada came Georgia, the only stop that wasn’t in one of those traditional early states.

Of course the fact that he had to go through Atlanta to get to-and-from Charleston probably helped, but Walker discussed how Atlanta and the SEC Primary figure into his strategy. The quoted text begins at about 2:30 in the video.

I want to begin by stressing how important Georgia is.

You see, we didn’t just come here by accident. You know, the other states you hear about nationally, you hear about Iowa the first primary, you hear about New Hampshire, you hear about South Carolina and Nevada now.

But with March First, being not long after those first four states, we think that the March First primaries, the SEC Primaries, if you will, are going to be incredibly important, and we feel we can do well.

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16
Jul

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 16, 2015

Darsey

Darsey is a Boxer/Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc. in Milledgeville, GA.

Hello! My name is Darsey. I am one of five puppies here at the ARF shelter. Don’t you love the heart shape on the end of my nose! It’s so cute!! I am a little shy but I love to be around people and I warm up to people pretty quickly. Then I can’t stop wagging my tail! Please don’t let me grow up in the shelter. They are taking really good care of me but I need a family to love and play with.

Dennis

Dennis is a male Boxer/Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc. in Milledgeville, GA.

I’m Dennis. I am one of two boys in a litter at the ARF shelter. But I am the only brown one. So I am unique!! And I love to play and wag my tail. Sometimes the girls at the shelter call me Dennis the Menace. I don’t know what that means but they kiss me right after they say it so it must be a good thing! I am a happy boy but I would be even happier if I had my furever home.

Ralph

Ralph is a young male Yorkshire Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc. in Milledgeville, GA.

Hello! My name is Ralph. I am a Yorkie but I sort of have a cute monkey face. I love to play fetch and run around. I have a lot of energy because I am young. I need a home with a yard I can run around in and play fetch with you. Come and get me!

15
Jul

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in Atlanta

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15
Jul

Guest Post: Julianne Thompson at the Wisconsin Announcement for Scott Walker

July 13, 2015 was a beautiful day in Waukesha, Wisconsin, as scores of supporters packed-out the Wausheka Country Expo Center to see Governor Scott Walker announce his candidacy for President of the United States.

Faith, family, and freedom were at the center of every message spoken by those who took the podium at Walker’s announcement. Every member of the Walker family had a role to play. Rev. Walker (the Governor’s father) gave the invocation. His brother and two small nieces led the audience in the pledge. His wife introduced him, and his sons, Matt and Alex kicked-off the event.

Tonette Walker introduces her husband, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Tonette Walker introduces her husband, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

“My father is running for two reasons, myself and my brother Matt, so we and all American families can have a future.”, said Alex Walker. The two served as masters of ceremonies for the announcement program.Continue Reading..