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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 8, 2015

Griffin Mud Dogs

The Griffin Mud Dogs are 37 dogs living in muddy pens – it sounds like the owner became overwhelmed and the dogs are living in less-than-ideal conditions. A rescue group is coordinating finding homes, veterinary care, and supplies to improve their conditions until they can be adopted and fostered. Click here to find out what you can do to help by donating food and supplies, time and effort, or money.


Gus is chocolate male Pit mix and 4 years old. Gus is people friendly, but his status with dogs is unknown.

He is currently not neutered, nor up to date on vaccines. Gus is current on his rabies vaccine, however. His HW status is unknown at this time.

Funds are being raised to have Gus and all other dogs HW tested and fixed. If you are interested in sponsoring Gus’ vetting, please donate here.

If you are a rescue and are interested in taking Gus in or if you can foster Gus until a rescue or permanent home is found, please email [email protected].

Tater is a chocolate male with white markings, a Pit/Weimaraner mix about 4 years old. Tater is people friendly and dog-friendly.

As you can see in the photos, Tater has some sort of skin condition on his back end. We are unsure of the cause yet, but it is isolated to Tater and his pen partner TJ. We believe it may be one of 3 causes: 1. Demodectic Mange, 2. Flea or another Environmental allergy, 3. Irritation from constant scraping on the buckets used for shelter. Tater will need to be evaluated by a vet.

He is currently not neutered, nor up to date on vaccines. Tater is current on his rabies vaccine, however. His HW status is unknown at this time.


Susie is a grey female Weimaraner mix with white markings about 4 years old. Susie is great with people and other dogs!

She is currently not spayed, nor up to date on vaccines. Susie is current on her rabies vaccine, however. Her HW status is unknown at this time.

Funds are being raised to have Susie and all other dogs HW tested and fixed. If you are interested in sponsoring Susie’s vetting, please donate here.

Chester Hot Dog

In Columbus, Georgia, Nicole Elliott is caring for a terminally-ill dog named Chester and making sure his final days are filled with love and hot dogs.

Meet Nicole Elliott, the 24-year-old mom and animal foster parent who is caring for Chester. She picked him up from Animal Ark, a nonprofit animal rescue, where they told her of his fate.

“He wasn’t in the best shape. They bathed him and shaved away all of the matted, dirty hair. They found a very large tumor on his side, and had it removed. Since then they have shown up all over his body,” Elliott said.

Elliott says Chester’s history is mostly unknown before April 2015, when Animal Ark rescued him from a high-kill shelter in Columbus after his owners dropped him off there. Chester is a senior dog, about 13 or 14 years old.

“I was scrolling through, and saw a post with a before and after picture, and ‘hospice needed’ as the title. I had to think hard about if I could handle this since I have a young daughter, and my Grandma just passed away,” Elliott said. “I slept on it, and woke up knowing it was the right thing to do. I knew that it would be my responsibility to make his final days the best I could, to mine and his ability. I arrived before the shelter opened, and they let me in to get him. I fell in love the moment I saw him.”

“I am taking it a day at a time and trying to give him normal doggy experiences that he may have never had the chance to do before, and a ton of spoiling. So far he took a ride with the windows down, he had a famous Nathans hot dog, he had a doggie sundae, he had a milk and oatmeal bath (spa day), he went on a shopping spree where he got a cozy bed, bandannas, lots of treats, and toys. Out of all of that his favorite part has been any of the food and treats – he still has a HUGE appetite!”

She has other plans for Chester that include a dinner at a nice restaurant, a day at the beach and a birthday party at the animal rescue with his four-legged friends.


Atlanta Fed might ditch Stone Mountain for conference, amid Confederate concerns | Political Insider blog

Stone Mountain Park may lose a big meeting in the wake of its decision to continue displaying Rebel flags.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is reconsidering whether it will hold its annual conference at the park amid threats of boycotts to the park for its prominent display of the Confederate war emblems.

Said spokeswoman Jean Tate:

“The Atlanta Fed is committed to diversity and is sensitive to the concerns raised surrounding the display of confederate flags at Stone Mountain State Park. Each year, the Bank evaluates potential venues for the Financial Markets Conference, taking into consideration costs and other criteria. With that in mind, the concerns raised by the display of the flags will be a part of the evaluation process moving forward.”

via Atlanta Fed might ditch Stone Mountain for conference, amid Confederate concerns | Political Insider blog.


$140 million contract awarded for I-85 HOT lane extension | Route 666

And the winner is… C.W. Matthews. (Oh, and thousands of Northeast Atlanta commuters.)

A contract for $139.6 million was awarded Tuesday to the Marietta-based road contractor to design and build a 10-mile extension of the existing I-85 HOT lane in Gwinnett County, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced. That means drivers will be able to bypass congestion on the heavily traveled northeast Atlanta corridor for a far longer stretch.

The project involves construction of a single toll lane in each direction between Old Peachtree Road and Hamilton Mill Road.

via $140 million contract awarded for I-85 HOT lane extension | Route 666.


A Georgia-led ‘SEC primary’ is becoming a reality |

What was once a gleam in the eye of Georgia’s top elections official has become reality in recent months, as most of the South has aligned for a blockbuster March 1, 2016, presidential primary.

Voters in Georgia, where Secretary of State Brian Kemp has been the loudest cheerleader for the college athletics-themed “SEC primary,” will be joined by those in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia for the regional vote that could shape what looks to be a drawn-out Republican race. North Carolina also could still move in.

Presidential hopefuls are taking notice, particularly on a Republican side that seems to gain a candidate per day. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is making four stops in Georgia this holiday weekend. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was among three candidates who showed up in Athens in May for the Georgia GOP convention.

“I’m excited about the SEC primary and being an active participant,” Rubio told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at that meeting. “And you should be excited, too. You’re going to get a lot of people visiting.”

via A Georgia-led ‘SEC primary’ is becoming a reality |


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 7, 2015

On July 7, 1742, General James Oglethorpe was victorious over the Spanish at the Battle of Bloody Marsh and the Battle of Gully Hole Creek; a week later Gov. Montiano would call off the invasion of Georgia from Florida, leaving Georgia to develop as a British colony.

Sliced bread was invented on July 7, 1928 at the Chillicothe Baking Company in Chillicothe, Missouri.

On July 7, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act.

The first female cadets enrolled at West Point on July 7, 1976.

Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan on July 7, 1981.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Georgia Low THC Cannabis Oil registry is now online, according to an Op-Ed by Dr. Brenda Fitzgeral, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

As one might imagine, setting up the registry was no simple task. First the Department of Public Health (DPH) had to address the requirement in HB 1, or the “Haleigh’s Hope Act,” that physicians certify their patients suffer from one of eight conditions. Working closely with the Georgia Composite Medical Board — which created a waiver for patients to sign (acknowledging this product is not FDA approved) and a certification form for physicians to fill out — we developed an electronic system that allows doctors to input patient information quickly and securely through an online portal.

All of this leads, of course, to the question: “How do I get a card?” The basic steps to obtaining one are as follows:

1. Patients and caregivers of patients who believe they may be eligible should consult with their physician about the possibility of obtaining a card allowing them to possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil within the state of Georgia.

2. If approved by the physician, the patient or patient’s caregivers’ information will be entered into DPH’s secure “Low THC Oil Registry” and a card(s) will be issued.

3. Patients and caregivers will be notified when the cards are ready for pickup (within 15 business days) from one of several public health offices geographically spread around the state.

“Low THC Oil Registry” cards cost $25 – the standard fee for obtaining a vital record in Georgia – and will be valid for two years from the date issued. After that time, cardholders will need to again consult with their physician about their continued eligibility and to request that they update and confirm their information into the registry. You can learn much more on our website:

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 7, 2015


Stoli (above) is a 2-year old male Husky who weighs 37 pounds and is heartworm positive and will begin his treatment soon.

Stoli’s sister, Misha, (below), is a 2-year old Husky female weighing 38 pounds who is also hearworm positive and will retrieve treatment.

The bonded pair are both very sweet and have lived together since birth. They cry when kept separate and would be great if they are adopted together. Stoli and Misha are available for adoption from Clayton County Humane Society in Jonesboro, GA.



Meeko is a 10-month old male Siberian Husky mix puppy who is available for adoption from Dekalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA. Meeko is probably eligible for the $17.76 July adoption special at DeKalb County Animal Services.


Wolfie, a young 2-year old, 58-pound adult male Siberian Husky mix is available for adoption from Doggie Harmony in Atlanta, GA.

Wolfie is beautiful and gets interest from any and everyone, but he is not for everyone. He needs an experienced dog owner that can let him be an alpha dog in a state of submission. He is a very smart and alert dog. He is friendly if he trusts you, but reserved and on guard if not. He is a FABULOUS guard dog.

Wolfie is fun to play fetch with and a good workout partner when hiking. He loves to splash in creeks. He curls up tiny at my feet to sleep and sprawls on his back overnight. He is not a trash thief, but food left out is tempting. He is very protective and loyal to the one he attaches to and will be kind and tolerant of those in ‘his person’s’ circle. Older children (10+) are good with him if they are confident and calm; he prefers women, but some men have earned his trust.


Senator Ted Cruz on Why the Simpsons Matter for Politics

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Onstage at Rock Springs Church, Milner, Georgia on July 5, 2015

Huckabee Milner

David Perdue Milner GA

Ted Cruz Onstage Milner


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 6, 2015

Union cavalry under Gen. Kenner Garrard reached Roswell, Georgia on July 5, 1864, setting the town alight.

On July 4, 1868, the Georgia General Assembly convened for the first time after passage of the Constitution of 1868 with a legislature comprising 186 members, of whom 36 were African-American.

On July 6, 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully tested a rabies vaccine on a human subject.

On July 4, 1889, the Georgia State Capitol was dedicated, then housing all three branches of the state government.

The Clash played their first live show on July 4, 1976 at The Black Swan in Sheffield, England.

Georgia Politics

Yesterday, Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia hosted enough Republican political heavyweights to shift the center of political gravity to the Peach State.

Bill Barrow of the Associated Press reviewed the speeches by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Huckabee, who enjoyed evangelical support on his way to winning eight states in his 2008 White House bid, called the ruling [by the Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage]“radical” and “illegal.”

“I want to serve notice that the Supreme Court is just the supreme of the court system that is one of the three equal branches of government,” Huckabee told hundreds of members of Rock Springs Church in a rural area outside metro Atlanta. “It is not the supreme branch, and it most certainly is not the supreme being.”

Cruz, the Texas senator, said a five-justice majority “ignored the text of the Constitution” and said the cascade of judicial and public support for same-sex marriage threatens religious liberty in America. He said he hopes the ruling “serves as a spark, to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno as the body of Christ stands up to defend the values that have built America.”

Their appearance about 50 miles south of downtown Atlanta is part of the early, concerted scramble for the conservative evangelicals who remain an important bloc of the GOP presidential electorate. Christian conservatives have long held considerable influence in Iowa, which hosts the first caucus of the primary season, and in South Carolina, home of the South’s first primary a few weeks later.

Rev. Benny Tate, pastor of the 6,000-member Rock Springs congregation, joked about the attention. “Our zip code is E-I-E-I-O,” he said, “and we’ve got two presidential candidates. How about that?” But the minister is also a serious player in Republican politics, with many Georgia politicians, and now national ones, courting his public approval, if not his explicit endorsement.

Tate told the assembly that Huckabee, as Arkansas governor, signed “a ban on partial-birth abortion,” referring to the termination of late-term pregnancies. He hailed Cruz for “standing against the Democratic Party … and even against the Republican Party.”

Greg Bluestein of the AJC added more.

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who won Georgia’s primary in 2008, predicted a protracted fight against the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court (he called it the “extreme court” to scattered laughter) that struck down bans on same-sex weddings.

“Over the next few years I fully believe that people of faith, whether they Christians, Jewish, whatever they may be, are going to be called upon, and already are, to determine, ‘Will you serve God or will you serve government?” he said. “And I wonder, will we be as faithful to our faith and to our freedom as those men who signed that declaration 239 years ago?”

Cruz, the Texas senator and another favorite of religious conservatives, spoke of a brewing “awakening” to defend the values of conservatives in the wake of the marriage ruling and the court’s earlier decision to uphold a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

“In this last election, 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home,” Cruz said, his voice rising. “It’s my hope that that marriage decision serves as a spark to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno and awakening that sweeps this country as the body of Christ rises up to defend the thousands that have built America into this great nation.”

I interviewed both Gov. Huckabee and Sen. Cruz and we’ll post those in the next day or two. But here are some scenes from the Rock Springs Church Independence Day Celebration.

I caught up with Gov. Huckabee and his counterpart, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue in the building that hosted a 6 PM VIP confab with Huckabee and Cruz.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 6, 2015

Louie BARC

Louie is an adult male Pug mix who was surrendered by one of his owners after their spouse died.

Louie is around 3 or 4 yrs old and simply a love. He is around 15-20 lbs and will make the best of pets for someone who likes a little meat on their bones but yet still be a lap dog. He is housetrained, crate-trained, up-to-date on shots and microchipped. He will also be getting neutered and his rabies vaccine. He is truly a love and lots of love to give.

Louie is available for adoption from BARC Brantley Animal Rescue Coalition in Nahunta, GA.

Louie BF

Louie is a male Spaniel mix puppy who is  available for adoption from Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County in Sylvester, GA.

Louie Shih Tzu

Louie is a sweet Shih Tzu male about 5 yrs old and 12 lbs. He’s very calm and makes the best snuggle partner ever. Wherever you go, Louis will be by your side, comforting you and making you feel warm and fuzzy and loved.

Subsequent to being surrendered to the rescue he was fostered to a home along with another Shih Tzu in our program, Toby. Although they did not originate in the same home they are used to living together and would love to stay together. They play sweetly and snuggle up to each other when its quiet time. They make quite the yin and yang pair.

Louie is good with other dogs but is not exposed to cats or kids in his foster home. Louie is up to date on vaccines, HW test and has had a dental.

Louie is available for adoption from Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Atlanta, GA.