Tesla Fight Erupts in Georgia as Dealers Seek Sales Ban – Bloomberg

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), which has fought U.S. dealers over its direct sales of electric cars, faces a new challenge in Georgia where auto retailers want the Peach State to bar distribution of sedans from the company’s store.

Tesla [allegedly] sells vehicles in violation of the state’s rules limiting the annual volume of cars it can sell directly to the public, the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association said in a petition filed with the Georgia Department of Revenue.

The group, which represents 500 dealerships, asked that Tesla’s license be revoked and the agency block sales of Tesla’s Model S sedan at its shop in Marietta, near Atlanta.

The carmaker’s license in Georgia allows it only to sell vehicles made “in accordance with custom design specifications of the customer” and retail fewer than 150 a year, the group said in the petition. Tesla sold 173 sedans at its suburban Atlanta outlet, its only store in the state, from October to June, according to the petition, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News from the revenue department.

via Tesla Fight Erupts in Georgia as Dealers Seek Sales Ban – Bloomberg.

Will Tailwind Carry Republicans to Senate Majority? – Bloomberg View

Republicans have the advantages of a friendly turf, the history of this political cycle — which favors the party that doesn’t hold the White House — and the waning popularity of President Barack Obama, who sometimes seems indifferent.

Democrats hope to minimize losses as stronger candidates face a few gaffe-prone opponents, and by benefiting from a superior ground game or voter turnout machine and the waning popularity of the Republican brand.

As the nine-week home stretch starts, Republicans have a tailwind. They are solid favorites to capture three seats of retiring Democrats: Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. Then, of the eight races both sides agree are very competitive, Democrats are defending six. A half-dozen states — Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina — were carried by Mitt Romney two years ago; Colorado and Iowa went Democratic then. There are only two Republican-held seats subject to serious challenge, Georgia and Kentucky, where the party’s Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, is almost as unpopular as Obama.

 

Democratic strategists [] believe that in a number of states their candidate will outperform polls by a point or two because of a superior voter targeting and turnout apparatus, building on Obama’s campaign infrastructure. Unlike the last midterm elections, in 2010, when Republicans dominated, they predict respectable turnouts from black voters, Hispanics and unmarried women.

Republicans counter that their voters are more enthusiastic and thus more likely to turn out. They acknowledge that the party’s brand name is worse than it was two or four years ago, though they argue that this midterm contest is overshadowed by the president’s negatives.

via Will Tailwind Carry Republicans to Senate Majority? – Bloomberg View.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 3, 2014

Rainbow

Rainbow is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is a volunteer favorite at Cobb County Animal Shelter. She is available for adoption today and very urgent.

She is posted as an Amer. Staff Terrier but we think she may have more Australian Shepherd in her rather than Amer. Staff. She is an AWESOME, SWEET GIRL and she is GOOD WITH OTHER DOGS. She seems like she has known love in her short life so we don’t understand why her owners would not have come to look for her. Rainbow was picked up as a stray on July 14th. She has been taught sit, stay, lay down and roll over and she is leash trained. Rainbow is about 1 yr old and weighs 41 lbs. She is current on vaccines and will be spayed, micro chipped and heartworm tested upon adoption. Her ID is 567621 and she is in run 824. Please come and meet this beauty!!!

Tobias

Marley, also called Tobias, a Chocolate Lab mix,  is an ADORABLE and REALLY SWEET BOY. He is QUIET IN HIS RUN and PLAYFUL OUTSIDE. Marley walks well on a leash, will sit when told as well as lie down. He is about 3 yrs old and weighs 55 lbs. Marley was picked up as a stray on July 22nd. He is current on vaccines, neutered , micro chipped and will be heartworm tested upon adoption. His ID is 567833 and he is in run 826.

Because the shelter is very crowded all dogs, including the volunteers’ favorite are urgent.

Dixie

Dixie, a female Hound mix, has a huge smile and a loving soul. Dixie is a REALLY SWEET, PRETTY GIRL. She was an owner turn in on July 8th and the family said she is POTTY TRAINED. It seems she snapped at their kids so we suggest no young children, even though it could have been a stress situation. Not only is she REALLY SWEET, she sits when told. Dixie is current on vaccines, spayed and tested negative for heartworms. She will be micro chipped upon adoption. Her ID Is 567433 and she is in run 29.

Dixie is available for adoption today from Cobb County Animal Shelter.

Britt0903

Britt is a female Boxer mix whom the volunteers describe as their precious girl. She is SO CUTE with her ONE EAR UP AND ONE DOWN. She is an INCREDIBLY SWEET LITTLE GIRL with a HEART OF GOLD. She’s no stranger to the streets as it appears she’s been on her own for a while. She arrived on July 7th as a stray, but it’s obvious she has been a family pet because she is VERY WELL TRAINED and WELL MANNERED. Britt will sit, stay and lay down on command. She also walks easy on a leash. She is about 4 years old and weighs a mere 34 lbs at the moment. She could definitely stand to get some meat on her bones. Britt is going to make such a fabulous addition to a lucky family and we are so excited for her future. She is current on her vaccines, spayed, tested negative for heartworms and is micro chipped. Britt’s ID # is 567400 and she can be found in cage 804.

TatumSept3

Tatum is a Chocolate Lab mix girl. She is SO VERY CUTE and VERY SWEET TOO. In person, she looks more Labby than in her pics. She’s true to her heritage, and is a SMART GIRL who knows sit and stay and walks well on leash. Tatum arrived at the shelter as a stray on Aug 24th and no one ever came to find her. She is up to date on shots, spayed, heartworm tested negative and will be micro chipped when adopted. Her ID is 568808, she is in run 26. Tatum is about 3 years old and weighs 41 lbs. Come on over and meet this PRETTY GIRL!

Huey

Huey is an Australian Shepherd mix. He is a SWEET, HAPPY and PLAYFUL BOY. He appears to know sit and walks nicely on a leash. Huey was picked up as a stray on July 9th. He is about 2 yrs old and weighs 44 lbs. He is current on vaccines and will be neutered, micro chipped and heartworm tested upon adoption. His ID is 567485 and he is in run 83. Come and meet this CUTIE!!!!

Fulton Animal Services Free

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 3, 2014

The Stars and Stripes first flew in battle on September 3, 1776 at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware.

A fleet of 22 French ships arrived off the coast of Savannah on September 3, 1779 to help wrest control of the city from the British.

On September 3, 1862, the writ of habeas corpus was suspended in Atlanta and within five miles of its border by the Confederate government. Two years later, September 3, 1864, General William T. Sherman would occupy Atlanta.

The Georgia General Assembly expelled 25 of 29 African-American members from the State House on September 3, 1868, arguing that Georgia’s constitution did not allow them to hold office.

Anne Frank, age 15, and seven other Jews who were hiding together in Amsterdam were the last Dutch prisoners transported to Auschwitz on September 3, 1944.

Having received the Democratic nomination for President, Jimmy Carter began the General Election with an address from his front porch in Plains, Georgia on September 3, 1976.

Lunch today?

Today, I’ll be speaking to the North Metro Republican Women’s lunch at 11:30 AM, at Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Road, NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. The cost for lunch is $18.oo and will be provided by Royal Affair. I’ll be discussing “Lessons from the 2014 Georgia Senate Primary” and maybe we’ll dig into a poll that was released yesterday. I hope to see you there.

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Tesla Fight Erupts in Georgia as Dealers Seek Sales Ban – Bloomberg

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), which has fought U.S. dealers over its direct sales of electric cars, faces a new challenge in Georgia where auto retailers want the Peach State to bar distribution of sedans from the company’s store.

Tesla sells vehicles in violation of the state’s rules limiting the annual volume of cars it can sell directly to the public, the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association said in a petition filed with the Georgia Department of Revenue.

The group, which represents 500 dealerships, asked that Tesla’s license be revoked and the agency block sales of Tesla’s Model S sedan at its shop in Marietta, near Atlanta.

The new dispute follows similar spats this year with dealers in Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Elon Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and chief executive officer, has said the unique nature of the Model S, priced from $71,000, and electric cars generally, are best sold through the company’s stores and staff.

The carmaker’s license in Georgia allows it only to sell vehicles made “in accordance with custom design specifications of the customer” and retail fewer than 150 a year, the group said in the petition. Tesla sold 173 sedans at its suburban Atlanta outlet, its only store in the state, from October to June, according to the petition, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News from the revenue department.

via Tesla Fight Erupts in Georgia as Dealers Seek Sales Ban – Bloomberg.

Social messaging in Maine’s political campaigns has become downright anti-social — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

LEWISTON, Maine — In the battle to message voters, political campaigns and their supporters in Maine are increasingly turning to social media — including Twitter and Facebook — to promote candidates and causes. But, the ever-evolving and instant medium also pre

sents pitfalls and problems that may cause more trouble than they are worth.

And, some experts say, the anti-social messaging may even be ruining the young political operatives responsible for the social media bloom.

“Social media has become the hot commodity for campaigns and, like the snake oil salesman of the past, people are saying it will cure every political ill,” Mark Harris, a co-founder and partner of Cold Spark Media said in a recent column published by Campaigns & Elections. “But in the rush to rightfully develop a strong social media presence, too many young campaign operatives have lost sight of what actually moves persuadable voters.”

Harris goes on to point out that the most dependable voters, usually older and not always dissuaded or distracted by social media, are seldom influenced by a Facebook post, let alone a tweet.

“Many voters, especially older voters who are your most reliable voting demographic, don’t use it. Some have no idea what Twitter is,” Harris said.

via Social messaging in Maine’s political campaigns has become downright anti-social — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine.

Why Democrats Now Have a Shot in Georgia – NYTimes.com

In 2005 and 2006, two moderate Democratic candidates, Jim Webb and Tim Kaine, won in Virginia with large margins in the Washington suburbs. Their victories demonstrated that there was a new path to victory for Democrats, one that did not depend on winning Southern conservative Democrats, the way Mark Warner did in 2001.

Georgia might well be moving down the same road as Virginia. No other plausibly competitive state — not Nevada or Virginia, not Colorado or North Carolina — has had a change in the racial composition of the electorate that’s as favorable for Democrats. That’s giving Georgia Democrats hope that they might win a race that they almost certainly would have viewed as a lost cause only a few years ago.

Since 2000, the white share of registered voters in Georgia has fallen to 59 percent, from 72 percent. That’s mainly because of demographic change — the white share of eligible voters has fallen to 60 percent from 68 percent over the same period.

What makes this decline particularly helpful for Democrats is that 48 percent of the newly eligible nonwhite voters are black. (Hispanics make up a larger share of newly eligible nonwhite voters elsewhere in the country, and blacks typically vote Democratic in larger proportion.) Over the past decade, Georgia’s pool of eligible black voters grew by nearly 600,000, compared with about 375,000 newly eligible white voters. Some of this is because of generational change, but many new black voters have moved from expensive northeastern cities to growing middle-class suburban communities on the south side of Atlanta.

President Obama lost Georgia by 8 points in 2012. The reason was simple: He posted the worst showing among Georgia’s white voters (he won 18 to 21 percent of them) by a Democrat since George McGovern in 1972.

via Why Democrats Now Have a Shot in Georgia – NYTimes.com.

Facebook’s Call to Action Buttons Are a Win-Win | Social Media Today

acebook turned a lot of heads last month with the announcement it was testing a “Buy” button on sponsored ads and Pages updates. Positioned as a way for brands to sell their wares while keeping customers inside Facebook’s social embrace, it’s pretty much a win-win for retailers and Facebook combined.

That wasn’t the first time Facebook added a feature designed to help marketers reach customers. Earlier this year, the social media platform added options to its Custom Audience tool that allows brands to choose a call to action (CTA) from a list of five: Shop Now, Sign Up, Learn More, Download, and Book Now. By opening up the range of CTA options businesses can offer, the feature becomes more useful to companies that don’t sell tangible products.

Now some brands on Facebook are seeing a new type of call to action feature on video posts that may help expand the reach of just Facebook updates. InsideFacebook.com reports “As discovered by Memorado and Inside Facebook reader Matteo Gamba, some pages have the option to add a call to action when they upload a video.Facebook has made the call to action button a powerful option for direct response through ads, but now it looks like page admins could get the ability to add such a button on non-advertised posts.”

For anyone watching the evolution of brand engagement on Facebook, the pervasive call to action feature comes as no surprise. The social platform is happy to create a welcoming environment for companies to market and sell but, as with their approach to individual users, Facebook keeps a fairly tight grasp on what it considers acceptable behavior.

Earlier this year, Facebook announced that brands are no longer allowed to ask for shares or “likes” on Facebook Page posts or risk a penalty for noncompliance.

via Facebook’s Call to Action Buttons Are a Win-Win | Social Media Today.

David Perdue: Receives Endorsement From Ambassador John Bolton

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Perdue Receives Endorsement From Ambassador John Bolton

 Highlights Need For Perdue’s Leadership & Resolve In U.S. Senate

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, David Perdue, today received the endorsement of Ambassador John Bolton, a well-respected leader on foreign policy. Earlier this week, Perdue also expressed his interested in serving on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee if elected.

“I’m grateful for the support of respected leaders like Ambassador John Bolton. President Obama’s failed foreign policies have made America less safe at home and abroad. (more…)