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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.”


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 9, 2015


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


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


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


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.

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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..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 8, 2015


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


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.


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.



Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 8, 2015

Georgia and American History

On September 7, 1864, General William T. Sherman sent a letter to his Confederate counterpart, General John Bell Hood, offering to transport civilians out of Atlanta for their safety.

The Georgia General Assembly appropriated $1 million for construction of a new State Capitol on September 8, 1883.

President William McKinley was shot on September 6, 1901. He is buried in Canton, Ohio, not far from the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Alonzo Herndon founded the Atlanta Life Insurance Company on September 6, 1905, one of Georgia’s great success stories.

The Fulton County Courthouse was dedicated on September 8, 1914.

On September 6, 1941, Margaret Mitchell christened the cruiser USS Atlanta – Atlanta would later sink after being hit by 50 shells and a torpedo during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

The Professional Football Hall of Fame opened on September 7, 1963 in Canton, Ohio.

The Summerhill Race Riot broke out in Atlanta on September 6, 1966.

President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon on September 8, 1974 for“all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.”

Former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter returned to the Little White House in Warm Spring, Georgia, on September 6, 1976 to kick off the final phase of his presidential campaign.

Future Atlanta resident Curtis Mayfield saw his song, “Superfly” turn gold on September 7, 1972.

Here’s my favorite song by Curtis Mayfield, “People Get Ready.”

On September 7, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty, which promised to turn over control of the canal to Panama by 2000.

On September 8, 1976, the Georgia State Board of Education began reviewing the FY 1977 Department of Education budget, the first to exceed one billion dollars.

On September 8, 1986, Herschel Walker made his professional football debut with the Dallas Cowboys.

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on September 7, 1998.

Happy 77th birthday to Sam Nunn, who graduated from Emory College (1960) and Emory University School of Law (1963) before being elected to the United States Senate in 1972. If you were born before November 6, 1972, you’ve never seen his name on your ballot.

On September 6, 2014, USS John Warner (SSN-785), a mighty Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine, was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding. Big John calls Naval Station Norfolk its homeport. USS John Warner was commissioned on August 1, 2015 at Norfolk Naval Station.

The submarine’s namesake, John W. Warner served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974 and as United States Senator from Virginia from 1979 to 2009. As a Senator, Warner chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee during three different periods, and chaired the Senate Rules Committee.

A graduate of Washington & Lee University and the Commonwealth’s public law school, Warner served in the United States Navy during WWII and in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Chick-fil-a founder S. Truett Cathy died one year ago today.

Tomorrow, the Macon Vet Center will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

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 The New York Times writes that Hillary Clinton is “methodically building a political firewall across the South in hopes of effectively locking up the Democratic nomination in March,” but perhaps her strategy is based on memories of cratering across the Deep South in 2008 after then-upstart Barack Obama set her packing. Early wins in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina set in motion a collapse of Clinton’s campaign that also saw her lose the entire Deep South, as well as North Carolina and Virginia. Here’s the map we’ve used multiple times before:


But back to the Times article:

Mrs. Clinton’s advisers, struck by the strength of Senator Bernie Sanders in those [Iowa and New Hampshire], have been assuring worried supporters that victories and superdelegate support in Southern states will help make her the inevitable nominee faster than many Democrats expect. They point to her popularity with black and Hispanic voters, as well as her policy stances and the relationships that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have cultivated. Mrs. Clinton was similarly confident at this point eight years ago, before Barack Obama and his superior organizers began piling up delegates, including in many Southern states.

In interviews, advisers said the campaign was increasingly devoting staff members and money to win the South Carolina primary on Feb. 27 while laying the groundwork to sweep Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia on March 1.

Mrs. Clinton’s Southern strategy shows in sharp relief the imprint of the data-driven, organization-focused nature of the Obama 2008 campaign on the Clinton operation.

“There’s so much focus on Iowa and New Hampshire, but Secretary Clinton and her team know that the South will deliver a huge number of delegates that will essentially seal the nomination for her,” said DuBose Porter, the Georgia Democratic Party chairman and a Clinton supporter.

Southern states will play a far bigger role than usual in this nominating cycle, with most voting by March 15, and black and Hispanic votes will be crucial in many of those Democratic primaries.

This week will see a visit to Atlanta by Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders, who is running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. From the AJC Political Insider:

Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and insurgent Democratic presidential candidate, makes his first Georgia visit of the campaign on Friday [September 11, 2015] for an Atlanta fundraiser.

The 6 p.m. event at 200 Peachtree will cost you a minimum of just $50 to attend and, unlike most candidates, Sanders opens his fundraisers to the press.

News of the Sanders visit comes a day after Hillary Clinton canceled a Sept. 17 campaign appearance. Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a run, spoke at an Atlanta synagogue on Thursday.

This weekend on the way to Dragon Con, I saw this button, the first Bernie Sanders piece I’ve seen in person. Is it any wonder there’s a strong overlap between people who live in a fantasy world and those who attend Dragon Con?

Bernie Sanders Pin 2016

I award the Bernie Sanders supporters 2 points for having a sense of humor about their candidate.

“Bernie, y’all” buttons and brochures titled, “Who the hell is Bernie Sanders” got Georgians for Sanders a feature in the New York Times.

Speaking of Dragon Con, longtime Congressman John Lewis (D-Atlanta) was there to discuss March 2, the second comic book graphic novel based on his experiences during the Civil Rights movement.

Lewis and Aydin touched on everything from the Freedom Rides to Lewis’ relationship with Malcolm X and what Lewis thinks of the Black Lives Matter movement:

On making young people aware of the Civil Rights movement: Lewis said we have to find a way to make the movement “plain and clear,” which he thinks the “March” books are trying to do. He related a story about Martin Luther King Jr.’s father saying “Son, you have to make it plain” when he was writing his sermons.

On the 1961 Freedom Rides: Lewis, who was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders, recalled the white and black activists eating a meal of Chinese food before they left from Washington, DC. “Eat well,” someone said. “This might be our last supper.” He said an interracial group being able to sit down and eat together in the U.S. capitol created a “circle of trust” amongst the activists, “a band of brothers and sisters.”

MARTA is considering adding wifi and cell service in part of the tunnel under downtown Atlanta. From the AJC:

If all goes as planned, a six-month pilot project would start in January with three stations — Five Points, Peachtree Center and Georgia Dome/Georgia World Congress Center and inside a tunnel that connects them. All 38 stations would feature cellular connectivity and Wi-Fi access by July 2018. The $25 million system would be designed, installed and maintained at no cost to MARTA.

In fact, the transit agency would profit from the deal.

MARTA would get $1 million up front by signing the contract prior to construction. After the vendor signs up cellular carriers, it would provide MARTA with a 55 percent profit share for the first 10 years and 60 percent for the next decade.

The profit-sharing agreement could bring in as much as $10 million in revenue to MARTA in the first decade and almost double that amount in years 11 through 20, according to the vendor’s estimates. However, MARTA officials acknowledge those projections may be rosy and said they aren’t counting on getting that large of a return.

During the legislative session, I frequently take MARTA and one sore spot from the ride is the cell phone and internet blackout that starts once you get into the tunnels.

In addition to the five pounds of crazy that will be Snellville’s elections, Norcross will also see a contested Mayoral race this November.

The talk about Snellville’s mayoral race has focused largely on Mayor Kelly Kautz and former Councilman Tom Witts, but the final list of candidates released on Friday shows they are not the only people seeking the city’s top elected post.

Garry Lapides, a former representative of the city on the Evermore Community Improvement District board, also qualified to run for the mayor’s seat as the race, which was already expected to be hotly contested, becomes a three-way battle.

Meanwhile, each of the council seats up for election this year in the city will be contested. Post 1 Councilman Dave Emmanuel will be challenged by Barbara Moston, while Dexter Harrison and Roger Marmol are running for the Post 2 seat currently held by Councilman Diane Krause, who opted to not seek re-election.

Mike Sabbagh and Cristy Lenski will face off for the Post 3 council seat that Witts vacated to run for mayor.

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson will be challenged by Gordon Tomlinson. Meanwhile, Councilman Craig Newton faces a challenge from Vincent Maiello and fellow Councilman Charlie Riehm is opposed by Pierre Levy.

On Tuesday, the Cobb County Commission will vote on a 2016 budget that totals about $785 million dollars.

Gasoline was available for under $2 in Valdosta this weekend.

In Richmond County, your next traffic citation could be issued electronically.

Currently, officers in the three-man High­way Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic unit are the only ones with the technology, but the sheriff’s office hopes to expand it.

Electronic citations work with the aid of small, handheld machines that resemble a BlackBerry. Officers can enter licenses, vehicle identification numbers and license plates into the system and print out a citation from the patrol car.

The job of Mayor of Gordon, Georgia pays $3,600 per year, but the legal bills racked up by current Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue in an effort to keep her job have totalled more than $95k, with the bill being sent to taxpayers.

Legal bills for Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr and Superior Court Clerk Linda Pierce in their lawsuits against the city government total nearly $400k, with the bill to be footed by the taxpayers.

All told, the latest expenses total $389,980 for the two city officials. The city’s tab for expenses in defending the case is almost $500,000.

Council’s approval of the fees and expenses is sought after Superior Court Judge Hilton Fuller of Stone Mountain, Ga., ruled April 23 that the city must pay legal expenses for both elected officials from the city’s general fund and not from their budgets. Fuller was appointed to hear the cases because local judges recused themselves.

Four ordinances must be approved to pay all the expenses. It takes six votes from council to approve each request.

Bob Coggin is making a gentlemanly exit from Newnan City Council, declining to run again after a 2013 redistricting because, he says, both of his potential opponents “ do a heck of a good job in their service on the city council.”

Declining docks and derelict boats on Lake Lanier are a problem for local governments and neighboring homeowners, according to the Gainesville Times.

Forsyth County commissioners are seeking a crackdown on spas and massage parlors that may be fronts for prostitution.

Cherokee County school superintendent Frank Petruzielo will retire this coming February after 17 years on the job.

Solarize, a project in Savannah for bulk purchase of solar panels, resulted in 60 installations of panels, tripling the county’s installed base.

Port Wentworth will host contested elections for two district seats on City Council and one At Large seat.

In Cumming, one incumbent City Council member faces no opposition, while two incumbents who previously announced retirements will face reelection against challengers.

Longtime Mayor of Carrollton and legendary Georgia politician Wayne Garner changed his mind about seeking a fourth term and will retire at the end of his current term.

DeKalb County gets weirder

Lee May or someone in DeKalb County may be in hot water after releasing to the media copies of search warrants that had been ordered sealed by the judge issuing them.

Earlier this week, May’s office released search warrants that they had received pertaining to some of his emails. CBS46 has now learned that information was sealed in Superior Court to protect the investigation and should not have been made public.

“I was told that the information was open and available to the public anyway,” DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan said.

Brennan was asked if he was informed that the warrant should have been sealed.

“No, there was no discussion of that at all. As a matter of fact, on the documents it says, ‘filed in open court’ and courts are open to the public,” Brennan said.

The FBI is investigating whether a company won a county contract in return for a contribution. In 2011, Water Removal Services of Alpharetta allegedly wrote a $4,000 check to May after doing some work on a sewer in front of May’s home. The company later won a county contract for $300,000.

Brennan said May did nothing wrong and that someone forged the CEO’s signature on the check.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 4, 2015

On September 4, 1682, Edmund Halley first sighted the comet that bears his name.

On September 5, 1774, the Continental Congress convened for the first time at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia; delegates attended from all the colonies except Georgia.

Scheduled steamship service first began on September 4, 1807, when Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began plying the trade on the Hudson River.

General William T. Sherman ordered all civilians out of Atlanta on September 4, 1864.

Vince Dooley was born on September 4, 1932. Happy birthday, coach!

The Heart of Atlanta Motel opened at 255 Courtland Street in downtown Atlanta on September 5, 1956. It included a three-story diving platform reached by spiral stairs and a pool large enough to hold a ski boat. African-Americans were not allowed at the Heart of Atlanta. [Photos © Georgia State University]

heart of atlanta

After passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned racial discrimination in interstate commerce, the Heart of Atlanta’s owner sued the federal government, asserting that the Act was an overly broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.

The resulting decision by the United States Supreme Court upheld the Act, finding that Congress was within its authority to ban racial discrimination in businesses affecting interstate commerce.

Atlanta Time Machine has a webpage with interesting images of the Motel.

Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called out National Guard troops to prevent the desegregation under court order of Little Rock’s Central High School on September 4, 1957.

On September 5, 1969, United States Army Lieutenant William Calley was charged with murder in connection with the deaths of 109 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. An Army inquiry listed 30 people who knew of the event and charges were filed against 14; Calley was the only conviction. Later, President Nixon paroled Calley. From 1975 to 2005 or 2006, Calley lived and worked in Columbus, Georgia, before moving to Atlanta. In 2009, Calley apologized for the events at My Lai while speaking to a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus.

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Uncle Vice President Joe Biden defended the Obama Administration’s foreign policy achievements Iran Deal in a speech in Atlanta last night, calling it a big f*cking “good deal,”according to Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 4, 2015


Liberty is a 2 year old female hound mix. House trained. Loves kids and very affectionate. She loves to wrestle with other dogs. Must have someone who is willing to let her play fetch with a tennis ball! Extremely smart and knows some commands. She’s 40lbs. Which is small for a hound and won’t get any bigger. Liberty is available for adoption from BARC Humane Society in Valdosta, GA.


Ellie is a two year old boston terrier/boxer mix. She is a petite gal, weighing about 30 pounds. Ellie is calm, quite, well mannered, very good natured and low energy. She gets along with other dogs but does not care for active players. She would be fine being the only dog. She gets along with cats. Ellie is house and crate trained. Ellie is heartworm positive but currently being treated. Ellie is the perfect little companion and likes to be her person’s shadow.

Ellie is available for adoption from BARC Humane Society in Valdosta, GA.


Goofy is a young male Hound and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from BARC Humane Society in Valdosta, GA.

In addition to rescuing and fostering dogs from local shelters, BARC Humane operates the Moody Pet Guardian Angel Program to provide foster homes to pets of Moody Air Force Base personnel who are deployed. After their owner’s deployment ends, the foster animals return to their homes.

Click here to make an online donation to BARC Humane Society, or you may mail a check to:

BARC Humane Society
307 E Jane St
Valdosta, GA 31601

PHARM Dog USA is a Missouri-based charity that helps place assistance dogs with farmers to allow them to continue farming after an accident or disability. From the Macon Telegraph,

PHARM Dog USA has a shoestring budget, but founder Jackie Allenbrand is committed to help disabled farmers prove they can be as independent as their able-bodied peers.

“People think of farmers as rugged and tough,” Allenbrand said. “When you see a big, burly farmer crying after they get a dog because they know they can keep farming, you see what a difference it’s making. That’s what drives us.”

PHARM Dog USA trains Labrador retrievers and lab mixes for service skills, such as retrieving tools, carrying buckets or opening gates, while border collies are trained only to herd and help control cattle and other animals. The farmers never pay for the dogs, which are donated or rescued from shelters, and agriculture rehabilitation groups pay for the training. PHARM Dog also has received some grants and gets dog food donated by Cargill Nutrition.



Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 3, 2015

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.

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United States Senator Johnny Isakson will visit Fort Benning this afternoon.

Fort Benning is the second military post on Isakson’s list as he visits four installations in Georgia over two days. The visit includes a briefing with the command staff, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and the 75th Ranger Regiment. U.S. Reps. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., will accompany Isakson, R-Ga., during the visit.

Isakson voiced concerns about military cuts not only at Fort Benning but other Georgia posts on July 8, a day before the same numbers were announced by the Army. The cuts are part of the U.S. Department of Defense plans to reduce the Army to 450,000 soldiers by Sept. 30, 2017.

In addition to the military personnel, officials have said that cuts to the civilian employees may come sometime this fall. Across the Army, officials have said about 17,000 civilian positions will be eliminated.

The Ranger School at Benning is going fully coed, as the Army announced the leadership training course will be opened to women.

Earlier this week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment William H. Mills of Blakely County as state court judge in Early County.

Nominations for three new seats on the Georgia Court of Appeals closed this week. Nominees who submit full application packets will be interviewed and the Judicial Nominating Commission will send a list to Gov. Deal.

State Senator Michael Williams (R-Forsyth County) will serve on the Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the Senate and the House during the 2016 legislative session to address any tax reform legislation,” he said.

The committee will be made up of appointed members from both chambers of the legislature. Its main objective is to draft legislation relating to tax reform and introduce it during next year’s General Assembly.

“I’m proud to appoint Sen. Williams to the [committee] and look forward to thoroughly evaluating their findings,” Cagle said in a statement. “[He] has been a leader on these issues, and I’m thankful he’s lending his time and expertise to the important work this committee will perform.”

Two Cumming City Council seats will see contested elections, while the incumbent is the only candidate in the third.

While incumbent Lewis Ledbetter will not face opposition for the Post 3 seat he has held since 1971, the Post 4 and 5 races drew six and two candidates, respectively.

The Post 5 contest features Linda Ledbetter and Julie Tressler, both of whom ran unsuccessfully in the June special election to fill the unexpired Post 1 term of Rupert Sexton, who retired. Chuck Welch won the seat and took office in July.

For Post 4, the six-candidate field includes John Crowe, Christopher Light, Guy McBrayer, Dana Sexton, Marcus “Jack” Shoemake and Avery Stone. Sexton is the wife of Rupert Sexton.

In Canton, incumbent Mayor Gene Hobgood faces former City Council member Pat Tanner.

Ward 2 incumbent Jack Goodwin qualified for re-election Tuesday and will face opposition from residents Jeff Adams and John Clark, City Clerk Susan Stanton said.

Incumbent Farris Yawn will face opposition from resident Jim Busi in his re-election bid. Yawn and Busi faced off in the 2014 race to fill the then-vacant Ward 3 seat.

The only candidate to qualify for the Ward 1 seat was former Councilwoman JoEllen Wilson. The seat is now held by Hooky Huffman, who did not qualify for re-election.

Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn will not run for reelection, creating an open seat election.

Vaughn, who had said she would run, instead threw her support behind Councilman Chris Wizner, who entered the race the same day. Councilman Al Thurman and Alison Feliciano, a local business owner, have also signed up to run for mayor.

Gwinnett County will undoubtedly host the craziest election this year, as City Council Member Tom Witts (sane) has qualified to run against incumbent Mayor Kelly Kautz. Qualifying continues through Friday.

The City of Attapulgus, GA has the lowest qualifying fees I’ve seen – $30 to run for Mayor and $18 for City Council. Climax, GA is a close second with candidates ponying up $20 to run for City Council.

The expected tab for administering next year’s elections will be $6.5 million for Gwinnett County. This is but one of the tidbits that Curt Yeomans of the Gwinnett Daily Post gleaned from the 2016 county budget proposal.

Walker County, Georgia has a mixed bag for November elections. LaFayette will not hold elections as only the incumbents qualified while Rossville has only non-incumbents on the ballot for City Council.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 3, 2015

LifeLine Animals continues their September free adoptions at DeKalb County Animal Services and Fulton County Animal Services.

BG Rascal2

Baby Girl is an 11-year old Terrier mix and Rascal is her 6-year old Chihuahua mix BFF. They’re inseparable and are looking for a home to spend the rest of their days together.

Baby Girl loves everyone and everything, she is the first one to check new things out and will shower you with love and affection as much as you let her. Rascal is a little shyer than Baby and sticks close to her side. Once he gets to know you, he is a happy, wiggly little guy who loves to play.

Baby Girl and Rascal are available for no-cost adoption at DeKalb County Animal Services.

Baby Girl Rascal


Kacey is a 4-month old Hound dog girl who is available for adoption with no fee from DeKalb County Animal Services.


Beatrice is a 4-year old female Black Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption with no fee from DeKalb County Animal Services.


Vicente is an 11-month old Retriever mix who wants to shake your hand. And that of everyone he meets.

This hand-shaking, bubbly, and totally hilarious Labrador mix would love to entertain your with his goofy personality and enthusiasm for tricks. Vicente already knows how to sit, shake, and lay down! He dreams of doing zoomies around your yard, shaking hands with all of your guests, and rolling around in a bed of toys. Come meet Vicente at DeKalb Animal Services! His adoption fee includes his neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and more! For more information email [email protected]


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 2, 2015

Atlanta Mayor James Calhoun surrendered the city to federal forces on September 2, 1864.

Calhoun’s two-sentence letter, directed to Brig.-Gen. William Ward stated: “Sir: The fortune of war has placed Atlanta in your hands. As mayor of the city I ask protection of non-combatants and private property.”

The cornerstone of the Georgia State Capitol was laid on September 2, 1885.

Author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien died on September 2, 1973.

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Vice President Joe Biden will speak at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Buckhead for the Eizenstat Memorial Lecture: “Challenges Facing the U.S. and the World in the 21st Century” from 7:30 to 10 PM Thursday night. Expect horrible traffic that day. This is what happened when Biden came to town in 2013.

Search warrants were served yesterday seeking emails between DeKalb County iCEO Lee May and two former county employees.

[Kelvin] Walton is DeKalb’s former director and chief procurement officer. [Morris] Williams is the former DeKalb County government chief of staff.

The emails for May, Walton and Williams were ordered to be turned over for the period of Dec. 13, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2011 and concern conspiracy to defraud and making false statements.

May issued a statement promising his cooperation. “Today, DeKalb County received search warrants issued by DeKalb Superior Court for emails for myself and two former DeKalb County employees,” May said in the statement.

“I have said from the very beginning that I expect full cooperation from all county employees as it pertains to the ongoing investigations into DeKalb County government.  I include myself in that directive, and I have ordered staff to comply completely and as rapidly as possible.”

“I share the sentiments of everyone who wants to get to the bottom of corruption and wrongdoing, and these search warrants are a step in this process.  Personally, I have nothing to hide; and there will be nothing in my email to suggest I have done anything wrong.”

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