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11
Sep

Georgia’s garnishment law unconstitutional | www.myajc.com

A federal judge has halted garnishments in Gwinnett County, ruling that the state law that governs the process is unconstitutional.

The law is flawed because it doesn’t require creditors to tell debtors that some money — like Social Security benefits, welfare payments and workers’ compensation — is off limits to garnishments. When that money is wrongly taken, the law doesn’t require creditors to tell people how to get it back, and it doesn’t provide a timely procedure for determining whether funds should have been exempt, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Marvin H. Shoob wrote.

Tuesday’s decision only affects Gwinnett County because the lawsuit was brought against the clerk of court there. But many believe it could lead to changes in the state’s garnishment law.

“I think it’s probably going to affect the whole state of Georgia. Lawyers are going to be reluctant to file garnishments,” said William Randall, chief judge of civil and magistrate court in Bibb County. “It’s going to bring the whole process to a standstill.”

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11
Sep

Cancer hospital skirts Legislature in bid for more Georgia… | www.myajc.com

Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s big lobbying effort couldn’t convince the Legislature this year to let it see more Georgia patients.

But on Thursday, a state board approved a plan that could help the politically-connected facility in Newnan shed its in-state patient cap. In doing so, it reignited a decade-long war between Georgia’s hospitals and the national cancer treatment chain, which has a huge stable of well-connected lobbyists and a track record of generous giving to elected officials.

The decision gives the company the chance to get around elected officials, who stalled its bid during the 2015 session. The company said that it is unfair to Georgia patients to have to turn them away.

Other hospitals counter that if the company wants to see more Georgia patients, it should go through the same process they face if they want to expand. They also contend the company cherry-picks patients with the highest-paying insurance coverage while leaving them to shoulder the burden of care of Medicaid and other indigent cancer patients.

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11
Sep

Feud turns bitter between Fulton County district attorney, judge | www.myajc.com

A long-simmering dispute between Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob has become so bitter, it’s ensnared others in its wake.

The dust-up has erupted into a bar complaint and a contempt finding against a sex-crimes prosecutor, and an ethics investigation of Shoob.

Both the DA and the judge have retained high-profile lawyers. And both those lawyers agree that Shoob’s disdain for mandatory-minimum prison sentences is at the heart of the controversy.

“The friction is caused by the minimum mandatories,” said former Gov. Roy Barnes, who is representing Shoob. “And that friction, plus the fact there’s a disagreement between the district attorney and the judge over the actions of an assistant DA, has led to dueling complaints.”

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10
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 11, 2015

Starla

Starla is a two-year old female American Bulldog mix with a litter of young puppies. She is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

Hunter

Hunter is a 9-week old male Black Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

Dino

Dino is a 9-week old Pit Bull Terrier mix male who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

Macon Sugar

Sugar is a 9-week old Pit Bull Terrier mix female who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

OJ

OJ is a 9-week old Pit Bull Terrier mix male who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

Macon Babe

Babe is a 9-week old Pit Bull Terrier mix female who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

 

10
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Election for September 10, 2015

An American fleet of nine ships under the command of Captain Oliver Hazard Perry routed a British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813.

After the battle, Perry sent a famous dispatch to U.S. General William Henry Harrison that read, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.” The Battle of Lake Erie forced the British to abandon Detroit, ensuring U.S. control over Lake Erie and the territorial northwest.

Years later, Pogo, Georgia’s Official State Possum, would paraphrase Perry’s dispatch.

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And eventually, Pogo’s statement that, “We have met the enemy and he is us” would become the official slogan of the Georgia Republican Party.

On September 10, 1991, Senate confirmation hearings began for Georgia-born Clarence Thomas, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush (41) to the United States Supreme Court.

Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit was released as a single on September 10, 1991.

On September 10, 2002, the Atlanta Braves clinched an eleventh straight division title without playing, as a loss by the Philadelphia Phillies assured the Braves the title.

Take a free, guided bicycle tour of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park on Saturday, September 19, or Saturday, October 17.

The public is invited to bring their bicycles and join in the leisurely-paced historical rides, which takes approximately two hours. National Park Service rangers will talk about the history of the battlefield while Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers provide ride leadership and support.

Loaner bicycles from the Outdoor Chattanooga mobile bicycle fleet will be available for riders five feet tall and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Park and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. Reservations for these bicycles are required, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241.

The monthly tours begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Ride length is approximately three to four miles on flat to moderately-hilly terrain.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Hopefully, Senator David Perdue was able to get it across that he will vote against the Iran Deal, as he spoke against the deal three times yesterday. First, a video released by his office:

Click here for a transcript of Perdue’s statement, but here’s the money quote:

“Congress has a Constitutional role to advise and consent on treaties, yet this opportunity was not even afforded by President Obama, who purposely sought to go around Congress, and instead make his deal with Iran a non-binding political agreement.”

“That’s why I supported the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives to guarantee Congress and the American people had a say in this Iran deal.”

“This fight is not over, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I completely reject this dangerous deal, and I will definitely vote to stop it.”

Then at a rally against the Iran Deal in front of the Capitol and hosted by Tea Party Patriots.

Finally, on the Floor of the Senate.

In the City of Nelson, Georgia, an ethics complaint filed by City Council Member Jackie Jarrett against Mayor Larry Ray has been dismissed.

Calhoun, Georgia is a mixed bag as Mayor Jimmy Palmer faces challenger Mary Mays and Council Post 1 member George Crowley faces challenger Jackie Palazzolo and three other city council incumbents are reelected without opposition, according to NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com.

The City of Pooler will give about five acres of land to the state to house a new regional lab for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Floyd County Commissioners are meeting with representatives of bidders to build a new animal shelter.

The Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Board may seek dedicated funding through the property tax millage rate.

Money Quotes

The Augusta Redevelopment Board will issue $15.5 million in bonds and possibly borrow another $5 million toward a redevelopment project.

The Brookhaven City Council is considering issuing $2.9 million in bonds in a complicated deal that they say does not require voter approval for the bond issuance.

Citizens in the City of Brookhaven will not see a question on the November ballot as to whether the City should allow the Development Authority to issue up to $2.9 million in bonds to purchase Skyland Center from the State of Georgia.

The City says the issuance of bonds by the Development Authority in this case is appropriate without requiring a referendum because the bonds do not constitute a debt of the City, although the bonds will be guaranteed by the City.

If the City wanted to have a referendum and let the people decide, they certainly could do that and there is even enough time to get it on the November ballot. Consultants told the City Tuesday however, the measure would likely not pass if it did go to a vote.

Events

At 7 PM tonight, Atlanta Young Republicans will have a Happy Hour at the 57th Fighter Group on Clairmont Road next to Peachtree-DeKalb Airport.

On Saturday at 8:30 AM, the Fulton County Republican Party will host Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker as their featured breakfast speaker. The event is at St. Ives Country Club in Johns Creek. R.s.v.p. via Facebook or on the Fulton GOP website. Cost is $15 by pre-registration or $16 at the door.

Jeb Bush will appear at a fundraiser in Atlanta on September 29, 2015 at 5:30 PM and will address the Atlanta Young Republicans at the same location immediately afterward.

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Congressman Barry Loudermilk’s office will hold two citizen meetings in Cherokee County today.

10 AM to noon at Ball Ground City Hall, at 215 Valley St. in Ball Ground, GA

2 to 4 PM at Waleska City Hall (old fire house), 8891 Fincher Road in Waleska, GA

10
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 10, 2015

Boss

Boss is a 3-4 year old black neutered male adult Lab with white on neck and chest who is available for adoption from Warner Robins Animal Control in Warner Robins, GA. He walks well on a leash. He sits (like a Boss) really well on command. Good boy! It’s obvious he has had training. What a package! Good looks, good boy, and training! Wow!

Please call the Warner Robins Animal Control at 478 929-7290 if you are interested in adoption.

Roxy Perry

Roxy is a brown female adult Lab / Viszla mix  about one to two years old and is available for adoption from Warner Robins Animal Control in Warner Robins, GA. She is a good girl that really loves to play with toys. Happy, pretty girl.

Bailey

Bailey is an adult male Chocolate Lab who is available for adoption from Warner Robins Animal Control in Warner Robins, GA. He had a collar imbedded in his neck at one time and has scar from it. He does not look to be over two years old. Willing to learn. A little hyper, but he just needs some attention! Once you give him some he calms down for you. Smart dog that needs training.

9
Sep

Sen. David Perdue: “No on Iran Deal”

“As I’ve traveled across Georgia, I have heard your concerns about President Obama’s dangerous Iran deal. I share those concerns and I will vote against it this week in the United States Senate.

From the beginning, I have always believed that any international agreement of this magnitude should of course be a treaty.

This belief was reinforced when I personally met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel. He shares our concerns. The most dangerous threat to mankind’s future is a nuclear Iran.

Still, President Obama and Secretary Kerry made it clear they didn’t want to subject their nuclear agreement to such scrutiny and seriousness.

Congress has a Constitutional role to advise and consent on treaties, yet this opportunity was not even afforded by President Obama, who purposely sought to go around Congress, and instead make his deal with Iran a non-binding political agreement.

That’s why I supported the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives to guarantee Congress and the American people had a say in this Iran deal.

This was the only tool to ensure that Congress even got a vote. Without this legislation, President Obama could have waived sanctions on Iran the same day he brokered his bad deal.

There would have been no review period for Congress and no way to reimpose sanctions potentially should Iran cheat.

Every single Senate Republican has come out against this agreement. Democrats who support this dangerous deal have put partisan politics and special interests ahead of national security.

Sadly, President Obama and Secretary Kerry will stop at nothing to force this agreement through against the will of Georgians and the majority of the American people.

This fight is not over, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I completely reject this dangerous deal, and I will definitely vote to stop it.”

9
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 9, 2015

Cajun

Cajun is a young male American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from Okefenokee Humane Society Inc. in Waycross, GA. Cajun is a goofy, playful, silly older guy with tons of personality. Cajun loves people, kids, other dogs, and life! Cajun is always smiling, and would be a wonderful addition to a family. For more information, please email [email protected]

Caliper

Caliper is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Okefenokee Humane Society Inc. in Waycross, GA.

Shellie

Shellie is a female Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from Okefenokee Humane Society Inc. in Waycross, GA.

Pablo

Pablo is a young male Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from Okefenokee Humane Society Inc. in Waycross, GA.

9
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 9, 2015

Georgia and American History

The Continental Congress renamed their new nation the United States of America, from the previously used “United Colonies.”

On September 9, 1933, WSB Radio in Atlanta was upgraded to broadcasting via 50,000 watt transmitter. The first broadcast included Will Rogers and a letter from President Roosevelt.

On September 9, 1939, an audience at the Fox Theater in Riverside, California watched a preview of Gone With the Wind.

The first actual computer bug was identified on September 9, 1947, when Grace Hopper removed a moth from an electrical relay in the Harvard Mark II computer. Hopper received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale in 1934 and attained the rank of Rear Admiral, Lower Half in the United Stated Navy. USS Hopper (DDG-70) was named after her.

On September 9, 1954, Marvin Griffin won the Democratic Primary election over Melvin Thompson.

Elvis Presley first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956.

Today, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-serving monarch in British history, surpassing the record set by her great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

Happy 72d birthday to former Congressman John Linder. Linder served in the State House from 1974-1980 and 1982-90. In 1990 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress against incumbent Democrat Ben Jones; in 1992, after redistricting, Linder was elected to Congress from the 7th District and served until his retirement after the 2010 election.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Candidates for the November 3, 2015 Special Election to fill the House District 122 seat vacated by former State Rep. Ben Harbin and the Special Election to fill the Senate seat formerly held by now-Judge Ronald Ramsey will qualify next week.Continue Reading..

8
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 8, 2015

Charlie

Charlie is a young male Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

Buster

Buster is an adult male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

Imperial

Imperial is a young female Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA. She has shown a tendency to develop urinary track infections and HSNEGA highly recommends she stay on a special diet to prevent her from future infections. If the GaPundit hound Dolly is any indication, Imperial is also highly likely to spend most of her waking hours on the couch.

pippa

This regal beast is Pippa, an adult female Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA. True to her hound dog heritage, she has found a bench, which is the outdoor equivalent of a couch.

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