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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 17, 2014


Cruz is a male Black Mouth Cur puppy about ten weeks old, who gets along well with everyone. Cruz is available for adoption from Pawsome Southern Rescue in Warner Robins, GA.


Gator is a young male Terrier mix who is shy but playful and he gets along with other dogs. Gator is available for adoption from Critical Care for Animal Angels in Warner Robins, GA.


Aspen is an adult female mix of Labrador Retriever and Husky. She’s happy, loves people and other dogs, and is crate trained. Aspen is available for adoption from Pawsome Southern Rescue in Warner Robins, GA.


Deal appoints O’Neal to Georgia Tax Tribunal

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of the Honorable Larry O’Neal as administrative law judge for the Georgia Tax Tribunal. O’Neal fills the vacancy created by the Honorable Charles R. Beaudrot, Jr. The appointment will take effect upon swearing in.

Larry O’Neal

O’Neal is the outgoing House majority leader, and he has represented House District 146, which includes Warner Robins, since 2001. During his tenure, he held roles as the Governor’s floor leader and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. O’Neal is a tax attorney at Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore, LLP, located in Perry. He sits on the advisory board of directors of CB&T Bank of Middle Georgia. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children and live in Bonaire. They are members of Perry United Methodist Church.


Lawrence Walker, III to run for Larry O’Neal’s House Seat

Assuming the dominoes fall as they appear to be leaning, rumor has it Lawrence Walker, III will run in the Special Election for State House for the remained of Larry O’Neal’s seat. Walker is the son of former State House Democratic Leader Larry Walker.


Gwinnett to hire internal auditor |

Gwinnett leaders agreed this week to hire an internal auditor, adding another layer of review to county spending and operations.

The job will not be filled immediately, and finance director Maria Woods would not give any kind of time frame for when the Office of Internal Audit would be created, it’s cost, or when a related internal audit committee would be formed.

“There’s a lot to be done,” she said.

The county first hired an internal auditor more than 30 years ago, but has been less committed to the position in recent years. In 2007, Gwinnett changed its audit division to a Performance Analysis Division, which focused not only on auditing, but on advisory services and measuring employees’ performance. The head of that department left in 2012, and since then, the work has largely been done by an outside firm.

The new office and committee will help with the oversight of public funds and “add to the accountability of the county,” Woods said. County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to create the two groups. In many ways, it is a continuation of their efforts to restore trust in local government.

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Cong. Jody Hice Rails Against Current Tax Code

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a series of bills affecting the current Internal Revenue Code (IRC), including H.R. 1058, The Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Congressman Hice released the following statement in regards to the current tax code:

“Today is Tax Day, the day that Americans are forced to comply with antiquated, cumbersome, and burdensome system. This system forces the American taxpayer to spend more than $1 billion and 6 billion hours just to comply with the current tax code. Imagine how much more time we could spend with our friends and loved ones, if we weren’t investing our human capitol in a system that only perpetuates the problem.

At the current rate the IRC averages one new change per day. Simply put, it is long past time that we simplify our tax code. As an original co-sponsor of the H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act of 2015, I am committed to furthering legislation that will streamline our tax code and let American’s get back to living their lives, rather than fearing Tax Day.”


Woodall, Perdue Lead FairTax Effort in Congress

(Washington, DC) – On April 15 – Tax Day – U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA 07) and U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) issued the following statements in support of H.R. 25 and S. 155, the FairTax Act of 2015. A proposal to remove all aspects of the current income tax code and replace it with a system based on consumption of new goods and services, the FairTax has been introduced and championed by Representative Woodall since coming to Congress, with Senators Perdue and Moran now leading the charge in the U.S. Senate. With 74 supporters, it remains one of the most widely supported fundamental tax reform bills in Congress.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 16, 2015

April is the national month set aside to recognize Autism Awareness, Sexual Assault Awareness, and National Pecan Month. We are in the middle of National Library Week. April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day.

George Washington, recently elected President, left his Mount Vernon home on April 16, 1789 for his inauguration in New York.

“I bade adieu to Mount Vernon, to private life, and to domestic felicity; and with a mind oppressed with more anxious and painful sensations than I have words to express.”

On April 16, 1865, Columbus, Georgia fell to Union forces. The Battle of Columbus is widely considered to be the last battle of the Civil War. Though it is not unanimously held to be, a 1935 Act of the Georgia General Assembly declared it the war’s last battle.

Hall of Famer Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians threw his first no-hitter on April 16, 1940 against the Chicago White Sox in Comiskey Park.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” on April 16, 1965. On April 16, 2006, a new, larger portrait of Dr. King was unveiled in the Georgia State Capitol.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson visited Augusta, Georgia on a campaign stop this week in 1964.

He came with Gov. Carl Sanders, an Augusta native, as well as U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge, an influential state leader.

Johnson’s national election over Republican Barry Goldwater appeared certain, and a week later he would easily trounce the Arizona Republican.

Lyndon Johnson, however, would not carry Richmond County on Election Day 1964, and he probably got a hint of things to come during his speech before a crowd gathered in front of the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building.

He was heckled.

At least four times during a routine stump speech, calls from the crowd interrupted the former vice president who had taken office less than a year before with John Kennedy’s assassination.

“We want Barry!” people would shout.

Johnson didn’t carry The Peach State because he had become unpopular among whites in the Deep South for his civil rights initiatives, according to Merle Black, an Emory University professor who has spoken and written on Southern politics over the years.

Black recalled the Augusta incident in his 1992 book The Vital South: How Presidents Are Elected, which he wrote with Earl Black. He also described Johnson gaining the crowd’s support with the anecdote about his earlier abuse by hostile crowds.

“Earl Black and I wrote in The Vital South that, ‘There was no more booing from the young Goldwaterites after he finished his story,’” Merle Black wrote in an e-mail from Atlanta. “President Johnson’s leadership in passage of the civil rights bill was the main reason he lost Georgia that year.”

Twenty-six years ago this month “Say Anything” was released, marking the directorial debut of Cameron Crowe, who wrote “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and later directed “Singles.”

John Cusack, four years past playing a college freshman in The Sure Thing, plays graduating high school senior Lloyd Dobler. Ione Skye, three years after her debut in the very dark dramaRiver’s Edge, plays the brilliant and shy Diane Court. And John Mahoney, four years before he found sitcom immortality as Frasier Crane’s father Martin, plays Diane’s adoring and deeply flawed father, Jim. Writer and first-time director Cameron Crowe was best-known at the time for the screenplay for Fast Times at Ridgemont High — which is fondly remembered now as the launching pad for many respectable careers, but which Roger Ebert had called “a failure of taste, tone and nerve.”


Congressman Tom Graves (R-Ranger) will face Republican challenger Mickey Tuck from Floyd County.

“Limited government, low taxation, reduced spending, a balanced budget, and adhering to the U.S. Constitution is the

platform I will be standing on,” Mickey Tuck said in a statement Wednesday.

The district covers the 12 counties of Northwest Georgia. Tuck said he’s been meeting with “Republicans and conservatives” across the district and “(t)hey say their strong conservative Republican values are not being represented in Congress.

The Silver Creek resident is a former Lindale Mill employee who works at Gildan Yarns in Cedartown. He is a deacon at Crosspointe Community Church in Aragon. Tuck made an unsuccessful run at a Floyd County Commission seat in 1992.

Qualifying is expected to be in March 2016 for the May 2016 primary.

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Marietta) raised $1.6 million for his 2016 reelection campaign during the first quarter of 2015.

“I am proud that Georgians continue to feel that I effectively represent their interests in Washington,” Isakson said. “I look forward to this campaign and supporting all those conservative candidates across the country who are also dedicated to keeping our Republican majority and taking back the White House.”

Isakson said he again will organize official support operations in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. This is Isakson’s third Senate race. He won with nearly 57.9 percent of the vote in 2004 and was re-elected with 58.3 percent in 2010.

Georgia Politics

At 11 AM today, Governor Nathan Deal will sign House Bill 1, the medical marijuana bill in the North Wing of the Capitol.

Afterwards, political hacks will dissect whatever Deal says for any hints of future actions. Specifically, what Deal says about Allen Peake, the prime mover behind the legislation.

That’s because Peake, who currently serves as Republican Caucus Secretary/Treasurer and may be looking to move up in his chamber’s leadership structure.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 16, 2015


Lancelot is an adult male Border Collie mix, a very calm and intelligent dog. He has great leash manners. He rides well in a vehicle. Lancelot would be a great addition to any family. Please look into those eyes and say “Come home with us, Lance!”

Lancelot is available for adoption from the Flint Humane Society in Vienna, GA.

Bandit is an adult male Great Pyrenees & German Shorthaired Pointer Mix.

Hi, I’m Bandit. I am a very good looking dog and I am intelligent, too. I am ready for you to teach me what you want me to know. I am gentle and kind. I love people and other dogs. I have not been around cats. My breed is usually not a cat loving type, but I could be the exception. I am a confident dog and I respond well to positive reinforcement. My shelter staff loves me, but I have not been loved like I need. I am a very affectionate dog. I don’t get to give my love and loyalty back to a family. It is my time. Please take me home with you.

Bandit is available for adoption from the Flint Humane Society in Vienna, GA.

Cierra is a sweet young female Black Mouth Cur about 1.5 years old.

Cierra is available for adoption from the Flint Humane Society in Vienna, GA.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 15, 2015


Sweet Spidey, a 1.5 year-old female Pointer mix who weighs about 40 pounds and her pups were rescued from Effingham County Animal Control. Spidey has all the spidey powers a family could want: she’s housebroken, great with other dogs and kids, knows basic commands (sit, stay, paw, lay down). Spidey is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, Ga.

Mary Jane

Mary Jane is one of Spidey’s puppies – she’s about six weeks old and ready for a permanent home in May. Mom Spidey is a Pointer mix, but Dad may have been a Newfoundland or a Newfie mix, so Mary Jane could get pretty big, maybe up to 50-75 pounds. Mary Jane is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, Ga.


Peter Parker is another of Spidey’s puppies – he’s about six weeks old and ready for a permanent home in May. Mom Spidey is a Pointer mix, but Dad may have been a Newfoundland or a Newfie mix, so Peter Parker could get pretty big, maybe up to 50-75 pounds. Peter Parker is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, Ga.


Kosher is a 4-month old male Pointer mix puppy. He and his littermates were rescued from Bryan County Animal Control. Kosher is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

You can donate online to support Coastal Pet Rescue or mail a check to:

Coastal Pet Rescue
PO Box 30462
Savannah, GA 31410


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 15, 2015

On April 15, 1741, the Georgia colony was divided into two counties – Savannah County and Frederica County.


On April 15, 1776, the Georgia Provincial Congress issued “Rules and Regulations,” which would serve as an interim state Constitution until the Constitution of 1777 was adopted.

On April 15, 1783, the United States Congress ratified a preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain, which was signed in November 1782.

President Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865 of a gunshot suffered the previous evening.

The Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association was formed on April 15, 1966 to assist and honor Confederate veterans. One of its most well-known projects was the “Lion of the Confederacy” memorial in Oakland Cemetery.

Photo: J. Glover (AUTiger)

RMS Titanic sunk at 2:20 AM on April 15,1912.

Jackie Robinson, born in Cairo, Georgia, became the first African-American professional baseball player in the Major Leagues on April 15, 1947, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves. Robinson scored the winning run in that game.

On April 15, 1989, Chinese students and intellectuals in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, mourned the death of Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaoban, considered a liberal reformer.

DeForest Kelley, born in Atlanta and known for playing Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy on the original Star Trek series, was inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame on April 15, 1992.

Two years ago today, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon killing three people and wounding more than 260 others.

Georgia Public Broadcasting has an interesting piece on the first female Presidential candidate. Hint: it’s not Hillary Clinton.

Sic Semper Tuition

The Georgia Board of Regents approved tuition increases ranging from 2.5 percent to 9 percent for all Georgia colleges and universities, according to WMAZ in Macon.

In-state students at Georgia Tech will see the biggest increase, up $405 per semester. That’s a 9 percent increase.

University of Georgia tuition is going up by the same rate, an additional $387 per semester.

Georgia State University and Georgia Regents University will see a 5.5 percent increase, around $220.

Tuition has gone up each year since at least 2002.

The Year of Political Socks

Perhaps ultimate blame credit goes to former President George H.W. Bush (R-41) for the current trend of politicos wearing silly socks. When I’m 90, God-willing I make it that long, I’ll wear what I please too.

Anyway, next to fall was Georgia State Senator Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton), whose GOP socks made the Macon Telegraph’s print edition.

Mike Dugan Socks

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