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18
Feb

Gwinnett County Commissioner Jace Brooks running for reelection with strong balance sheet

Gwinnett County District 1 Commissioner, Republican Jace Brooks, announced today that he would seek a second term on the Board of Commissioners.

jace brooks logoBrooks reported $65,000 cash on hand for his campaign as of the January 31st campaign disclosure deadline.

“It has been a privilege to serve the people of District 1 and Gwinnett County for the last three years.  I am proud of my record of doing what I promised I would do—champion conservative solutions to Gwinnett’s serious challenges. Thanks to these efforts, Gwinnett is on the rise again with a growing economy, low taxes, increased funding for public safety, reforms to restore the public’s trust, and meaningful investments to improve mobility.”Continue Reading..

18
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 18, 2016

During the month of February, the adoption fee has been reduced to $70 for the animals in the adoption area at the Carroll County Animal Shelter.

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Duncan is a young male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, GA.

Pablo

Pablo is a sweet 9-month old Basset Hound mix male who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, GA.

ElvisCarroll

Elvis is a 6-year old male Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, GA.

18
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 18, 2016

Alexander Stephens, who was born in Crawfordville, Taliaferro County, Georgia, was inaugurated as Vice President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861. Stephens graduated from Franklin College, later known as the University of Georgia, and served in the Georgia legislature. Stephens opposed Georgia’s secession. One year later, Georgia’s delegation to the Confederate Congress, numbering ten members, was sworn in.

Ina Dillard was born on February 18, 1868 in Oglethorpe County Georgia. She married Richard Russell, who served on the Georgia Court of Appeals and as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Their son, Richard B. Russell, Jr., would be elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker and became the youngest Governor of Georgia in the 20th Century. In 1932 he ran for United States Senate and was elected.

In 1936, Russell was elected to his first full term in the Senate over former Governor Eugene Talmadge. In 1952, Russell ran for the Democratic nomination for President and he was an early mentor for Lyndon B. Johnson, who later served as President. Russell served on the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President Kennedy.

Russell served as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee for many years. Russell was an acknowledged leader within the Senate, and especially among Southern members, and he led much of the opposition to civil rights legislation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

12:00 PM RULES – UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM INSURANCE AND LABOR 450 CAP

1:00 PM Finance Subcommittee B 328 CLOB

2:00 PM JUDICIARY 307 CLOB

3:00 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 307 CLOB

3:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 125 CAP

4:00 PM Rules Subcommittee 125 CAP

4:00 PM NATURAL RES & ENV’T 450 CAP

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

7:30 AM APPROPRIATIONS 341 CAP

8:00 AM Juvenile Justice Efstration Sub 406 CLOB

8:00 AM W&M Public Finance and Policy Sub 133 CAP

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM Pak Sub Judiciary Non-Civil 606 CLOB

2:00 PM BUDGET & FISCAL AFFAIRS OVERSIGHT 506 CLOB

2:00 PM MOTOR VEHICLES 406 CLOB

2:00 PM SMALL BUSINESS 515 CLOB

2:00 PM TRANSPORTATION – Canceled 506 CLOB

2:00 PM JUDICIARY CIVIL 132 CAP

3:00 PM Judiciary Civil Caldwell Sub 132 CAP

3:00 PM Regulations Sub 406 CLOB

4:00 PM BANKS & BANKING 506 CLOB

4:00 PM Telecommunications Sub 403 CAP

4:00 PM Professions-Boards-Commissions Sub 406 CLOB

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 277 – Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act; neither a franchise/franchisee employee shall be deemed employee of franchisor (I&L – Albers)

SB 309 – Education; high school that receives state funding cannot participate in athletic association which prohibits religious expression on clothing of student athletes (ED&Y – Stone)

SB 314 – Nurses; advanced nursing practices; revise certain provisions; provide for changes to roles and definitions (H&HS – Unterman)

SB 329 – Education; expand provisions relating to awarding of high school diplomas based on certain dual credit coursework (H ED – Tippins)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Open Rule

HB 676 Accountability, Change Management, and Process Improvement Act of 2015; enact (Substitute)(GAff-Brockway-102nd)

HB 876 Animals; license and surety requirements of livestock dealers and market operators; update (A&CA-Pirkle-155th)

Modified Open Rule

HB 777 School buses; drivers use cellular telephones in similar manner as a twoway radio; allow (Substitute)(PS&HS-Dudgeon-25th)

HB 826 Medical practice; physicians; provide for certain requirements for advertisement or publication of representations of board certification
(Substitute)(H&HS-Price-48th)

HB 879 Elementary and secondary education; seal of biliteracy for high school graduates with a high level of proficiency in one or more foreign languages in addition to English; provide (ED&T-Taylor-79th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 745 Public property; extend automatic repeals of certain provisions relating to writing off small amounts due to the state; provisions (B&FAO-Ehrhart-36th)

HB 772 Elections; advanced voting with regard to Saturday voting; revise period of time (GAff-Clark-147th)

HB 783 Controlled substances; Schedules I and IV; change certain provisions (Substitute)(H&HS-Broadrick-4th)

HB 847 Crimes and offenses; fraud in obtaining public assistance; redesignate and revise Code Sections (JudyNC-Clark-98th)

HB 927 “Appellate Jurisdiction Reform Act of 2016″; enact (Substitute) (Judy-Coomer-14th)

Legislation & Local

The State House Committee on Interstate Cooperation recommended that the full House “do pass” House Bill 929, to enact the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.” Continue Reading..

17
Feb

Jack Kingston endorses Ted Cruz for President

Kingston Headshot SquareHouston – Today, Former Congressman Jack Kingston of Georgia endorsed Ted Cruz for President of the United States.  Kingston served eleven terms in the U.S. House and was known as a consistent and principled conservative fighting for smaller government, health care reform, a strong national defense, and the protection of life at all stages.  A former businessman, Kingston was a staunch opponent of Obamacare due to its job-killing regulations, tax hikes, and government invasion of health care, and helped lead the charge to dismantle it in Congress.Continue Reading..

17
Feb

Will this be the new DeKalb Commission Map?

It’s the map that accompanies Senate Bill 378 by Sen. Fran Miller.

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17
Feb

Georgia’s Senior US Senator: Save Scalia’s Vacancy for Next President to Fill | Daily Report

Georgia’s senior United States senator has come down firmly on the side of delay in filling the vacancy created by the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“The American people are going to the polls in November to pick the next president, and I think the next president ought to be the one who fills that vacancy, not the one who’s on the way out,” Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson said in a statement sent Sunday to answer a question from the Daily Report. Isakson added, “I’d like to see a Supreme Court justice who rules on the law and doesn’t try to make the law.”

via Georgia’s Senior US Senator: Save Scalia’s Vacancy for Next President to Fill | Daily Report.

17
Feb

Warner Robins gets new city court judge | The Telegraph

Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms swore in a new Municipal Court judge Tuesday night.

Local attorney Monica Wilburn was sworn in at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. She is one of three associate judges for the Municipal Court system.

via Warner Robins gets new city court judge | The Telegraph.

17
Feb

Chill hours coming up short for Middle Georgia peach growers | The Telegraph

Although the past few days have been cold, it likely won’t be enough for Middle Georgia’s peach crop.

Feb. 15 is the traditional cutoff date for chill hours, which are the hours that temperatures fall below 45 degrees while peach trees are dormant.

Ideally, growers like to have about 1,000 hours. But based on weather forecasts, this season’s chill hour tally is looking to be about 750 hours or a little less. That will be enough for some varieties, but not others. It could have been worse had it not been for the past week being consistently cold.

Jeff Cook, county agent for Peach and Taylor counties, said measuring the impact of low chill hours is not an exact science. But based on what he is seeing, his best guess is that the overall crop value could be reduced 25 percent this year.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/community/houston-peach/article60409051.html#storylink=cpy

Chill hours coming up short for Middle Georgia peach growers | The Telegraph.

17
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 17, 2016

Parker

Parker is a young male Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from Albany Humane Society in Albany, GA.

Delilah Waycross

Delilah is a young female Hound and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Okefenokee Humane Society Inc. Waycross, GA.

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Delilah is a precious little Hound mix female puppy who is available for adoption at a reduced rate in February of $70 form Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, GA.

A group of Georgians in Early County started Friends of Blakely Animal Shelter and has helped place more than 30 dogs in forever homes.

“We have volunteers coming, we’ve had so many donations the city’s been great helping us,” said Amanda Willis, Founder. “It’s been a whirlwind and emotional roller coaster, but it’s been wonderful. It’s all worth it.”

The organization still needs volunteers to help with cleaning, feeding, transporting, and walking dogs.
You can help volunteer by calling the Blakely Animal Shelter at 229-724-7474.

Click here to support Friends of Blakely on Facebook.

17
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 17, 2016

On February 17, 1739, Thomas Jones wrote to the Georgia Trustees in London of the appalling conditions in Savannah.

“The profanation of the Lord’s Day. When at church in the time of divine service, can hear continual firing of guns by people that are shooting at some game, others carrying burdens on wheelbarrows by the church door.

“The uncommon lewdness practiced by many and gloried in.

“The negligence of officers in permitting several in this town to retail rum and strong liquors, unlicensed, who have no other visible way of livelihood, where servants resort and are encouraged to rob their masters… .

“I need not mention profane swearing and drunkenness, which are not so common here as in some other places, and few are notorious therein, besides Mr. Baliff Parker, who I have seen wallow in the mire….

Kind of reminds me of the itinerary the first time I ever visited Savannah.

The Georgia legislature, on February 17, 1783, passed legislation granting land to veterans of Georgia militia who served during the Revolutionary War.

On February 17, 1784, the Georgia legislature passed a bill to increase an earlier formula for settling the state, allotting 200 acres to each head of a family, plus 50 acres for each family member (including up to 10 slaves) up to a maximum of 1000 acres.

Thomas Jefferson was elected Third President of the United States on February 17, 1801. The election was deadlocked for three months between Jefferson and his running-mate Aaron Burr.

On November 4 [1800], the national election was held. When the electoral votes were counted, the Democratic-Federalists emerged with a decisive victory, with Jefferson and Burr each earning 73 votes to Adams’ 65 votes and Pinckney’s 64 votes. John Jay, the governor of New York, received 1 vote.

Because Jefferson and Burr had tied, the election went to the House of Representatives, which began voting on the issue on February 11, 1801. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality–handing Jefferson victory over his running mate–developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. Jefferson needed a majority of nine states to win, but in the first ballot had only eight states, with Burr winning six states and Maryland and Virginia. Finally, on February 17, a small group of Federalists reasoned that the peaceful transfer of power required that the majority party have its choice as president and voted in Jefferson’s favor. The 35th ballot gave Jefferson victory with 10 votes. Burr received four votes and two states voted blank.

On February 17, 1820, the United States Senate passed the Missouri Compromise to govern the admission of new states as either slave-holding or not.

On February 17, 1854, Georgia Governor Herschel Johnson signed legislation by the Georgia General Assembly placing on the ballot for the next generation the question of whether to move the state capital from Milledgeville to Atlanta.

The first portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to hang in the state capitol was unveiled on March 17, 1974 and was replaced in 2006 by the current portrait.

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SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

12:00 PM RULES – UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM REGULATED IND & UTILITIES 310 CLOB

1:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY 125 CAP

1:00 PM EDUCATION AND YOUTH 307 CLOB

2:00 PM HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 450 CAP

2:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 310 CLOB

3:00 PM STATE INST AND PROP MEZZ

3:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 307 CLOB

4:00 PM FINANCE MEZZ

4:00 PM ECON. DEV.AND TOURISM 310 CLOB

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

7:15 AM Appropriations Subcommittee Meetings 341 CAP

8:00 AM INSURANCE 606 CLOB

8:00 AM W&M Local Sales Tax Refund and Interest Rate Issues Sub 133 CAP

8:00 AM AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER AFFAIRS 403 CAP

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM Admin/Licensing Sub 415 CLOB

1:00 PM Academic Innovations Sub 515 CLOB

1:00 PM INTERSTATE COOPERATION 403 CAP

2:00 PM BUDGET & FISCAL AFFAIRS OVERSIGHT 506 CLOB

2:00 PM GOVERNMETAL AFFAIRS 406 CLOB

2:00 PM Academic Achievement and Curriculum Sub 515 CLOB

2:00 PM Judiciary Civil Fleming Sub 403 CAP

2:00 PM Juvenile Justice Ballinger Sub 415 CLOB

2:00 PM STATE PROPERTIES 606 CLOB

3:00 PM EDUCATION606 CLOB

3:00 PM WAYS & MEANS 406 CLOB

3:00 PM STATE PLANNING & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS 403 CAP

3:00 PM INDUSTRY & LABOR 506 CLOBContinue Reading..