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How the 2016 race is playing out en espanol |

[M]any of [Hillary] Clinton’s potential Republican competitors have at least a grasp of the language 13 percent of the country speaks at home.

Marco Rubio regularly gives interviews in Spanish, although his campaign website and social media don’t feature his language skills prominently. He learned Spanish from his parents, who immigrated from Cuba.

And Jeb Bush speaks Spanish almost exclusively at home with his Mexican-born wife and their children. He’s fluent enough to do interviews like this one on Univision.

“En 2016 Jeb Bush va a estar trabajando por la reelección de Mitt Romney,” said Jeb Bush in 2012.

Bush’s campaign website is in Spanish and English, and he regularly features videos of himself speaking Spanish on social media.

Plus, another two Republican contenders speak what they describe as Spanglish.

“Como crecí in Houston es un poco espanglish,” said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

“I’m going to stick to English, senor,” said Ted Cruz.

via How the 2016 race is playing out en espanol |


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 27, 2015


Snowflake is a one-year old, female German Shepherd mix with a stunning white coat. Snowflake is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue, Inc. in Savannah, Ga.


Lucy 3 is a female boxer mix, about 1-2 years old rescued from Bryan County Animal Control. She is very sweet and ready to learn. Lucy would do best in a home without small children, small dogs or cats. Lucy is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue, Inc. in Savannah, Ga.


Baby Girl is sweet, happy, 7-year old German Shepherd mix girl looking for someone who can give her attention and love. Her Daddy passed and unfortunately, no other family member could take her.

Baby Girl is sweet and loving, and likes to lay on your lap and give lots of kisses. She’s a smart girl, and knows when you are sad, and will try to comfort you.  She’s not high energy but she does like to chase tennis balls.

She’s a great dog that is crate trained and house broken. Baby Girl is being fostered with Ashley, and they have grown very close. It would be awesome if they could be adopted as siblings.

Baby Girl is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue, Inc. in Savannah, Ga.


Ashley is sweet, happy girl, an 8-year old Shepherd mix, who is looking for someone who can give her attention and love. Her Daddy passed away a few weeks ago and unfortunately, no other family member could take her. She is housetrained, and would do best in a home with another canine to also keep her company. Ashley and Baby Girl are great buddies and would love to be adopted together. Ashley is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, Ga.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 27, 2015

On July 27, 1974, the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved the first impeachment article against President Richard M. Nixon.

The first such impeachment recommendation in more than a century, it charge[d] President Nixon with unlawful activities that formed a “course of conduct or plan” to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate break-in and to cover up other unlawful activities.

The vote was 27 to 11, with 6 of the committee’s 17 Republicans joining all 21 Democrats in voting to send the article to the House.

The majority included three conservative Southern Democrats and three conservative Republicans.

A bomb exploded at a free concert in Centennial Park in Atlanta on July 27, 1996.

Police were warned of the bombing in advance, but the bomb exploded before the anonymous caller said it would, leading authorities to suspect that the law enforcement officers who descended on the park were indirectly targeted.

Within a few days, Richard Jewell, a security guard at the concert, was charged with the crime. However, evidence against him was dubious at best, and in October he was fully cleared of all responsibility in the bombing.

Former Georgia Governor Zell Miller took the oath of office as United States Senator on July 27, 2000. Miller would go on to win a special election for the remainder of the term in November 2000.

On July 27, 2014, former Braves manager Bobby Cox and pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with former White Sox player Frank Thomas, who was born in Columbus, Georgia.

On July 26, 2015, former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the first pitcher inducted who had undergone Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

Smoltz won the 1996 Cy Young award and reached the playoffs 14 times with Atlanta. The Braves won five pennants and the 1995 World Series with Smoltz on the roster. He’s the first pitcher to win more than 200 games and save at least 150 games. He’s also the first player inducted with Tommy John surgery on his resume.

Smoltz understood his debt to John.

“I’m a miracle. I’m a medical miracle,” Smoltz said. “I never took one day for granted.”

Smoltz also heaped praise on former manager Bobby Cox and teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, who were inducted a year ago, and delivered a message to parents of the players of tomorrow as the number of Tommy John surgeries continues to escalate.

“Understand that this is not normal to have a surgery at 14 or 15 years old,” Smoltz said to warm applause. “Baseball is not a year-round sport. They’re competing too hard, too early. That’s why we’re having these problems.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Cruz Savannah Invite
I asked Congressman Kingston if this means he has chosen Cruz as his favorite among the Republican candidates and he replied,

“I’m happy to introduce Senator Cruz to my friends in South Georgia and the Coastal Counites. With the increasing importance of the SEC Primary and Georgia in the Republican nomination process, it’s a great opportunity for Georgians to meet the candidates face-to-face and I hope to do the same for any Republican candidate who asks.”

“We are excited to have Senator Cruz come to coastal Georgia, an area which is easy to overlook in presidential poltitics. We encourage people to come out and hear what he has to say.”

2016 Georgia Republican Convention in Augusta

Augusta 2016 GAGOP

Next year’s Georgia Republican State Convention will be held June 3-4, 2016 at the Augusta Convention Center. We’ll bring more details as we learn more.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 24, 2015

Georgia and American History

The United States Postal Service was established by Congress on July 26, 1775. I mailed them a birthday card on Monday; they’ll probably receive it next week.

On July 24, 1778, Georgia ratified the Articles of Confederation.

Georgia’s John Walton was present on July 9, 1778, and signed the document then. Georgia’s other two delegates – Edward Telfair and Edward Langworthy – did not sign until July 24, 1778, which is the date most often used for Georgia’s ratification of the Articles.

An interesting sidenote is that John Walton‘s brother, George Walton, signed the Declaration of Independence on Georgia’s behalf.

On July 24, 1919, the Georgia General Assembly rejected ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extends the right of voting to women.

At 12:51 EDT, we mark the safe return from the moon of Apollo 11.

On July 25, 1974, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of United States v. Nixon that executive privilege did not allow the White House to refuse to turn over audio recordings that had been subpoenaed by a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.

The number one song in America on July 24, 1982 was “Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor, from the Rocky III soundtrack.

On July 24, 2000, former Georgia Governor Zell Miller was appointed to the United States Senate to serve in the seat vacated on the death of Senator Paul Coverdell.

Yesterday, LCPL Skip Wells was transported to the funeral home in Kennesaw and grateful mourners flocked to the route, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

Wells’ body was flown into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Thursday afternoon and made its way down I-75 toward the Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home in Kennesaw, where the family will hold public visitations Friday and Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m.

A funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

Organizing the tribute happened in a matter of hours, according to Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin, and was evidence of the city’s commitment to supporting the Wells family and the county’s military community.

“It’s like people were waiting for this (event) to happen,” he said. “You know they were looking for some small way to show support. He went to high school just two miles from here. This was the perfect location. I called the chief at 4:15 yesterday and I said ‘Will you arrest me if I stand out on the bridge?’ and in three hours they had everything put together. What they did in three hours was amazing.”

Meanwhile, in DeKalb County, they got the sentiment correct, but the implementation failed.

DeKalb Half Staff Wrong

The United States Flag Code, 4 USC §77(c) states, (c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, and (e) The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.”

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 24, 2015


Peaches is an adult female Maltese and Poodle mix girl who is good with other small dogs and a little shy when she first meets new people. She is a doll once she gets to know you. She is a sweet little lady that will need professional grooming on a regular basis.

Peaches is available for adoption from Clayton County Humane Society in Jonesboro, GA.


Sam is an adult male Chinese Crested Dog & Pug Mix, a sweet, unassuming old soul approximately 7 y.o., weighing 9 lbs. He is friendly and lovable and calm. He likes an open crate to use as a den where he can observe the goings on around him. Since he has discovered the couch, he’s not going to his crate much at all anymore.

At the top of Sam’s list of needs is a nice sunny spot to snooze indoors where he can dream of his forever home, and put the scary past of being a stray in the suburbs of Atlanta. Sam gets very excited when his foster mom comes home from work, and joins the pack seeking attention and pets. He is truly a gem, a darling little boy who wants only love.

Sam is available for adoption from Alcovy Pet Rescue, Inc. in Monroe, GA.


Mollyrose is an adult female Cairn Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix, 1-2 years old and weighing 15 pounds.

My foster mommy would tell you that my favorite place to be is outside playing so a fenced in secure yard is a priority. I get along very well with my doggy brother but occasionally I like to let my older doggy sister know who’s boss. We get along really well most of the time.

When I’m inside you can find me curled up in a cozy chair or lap. Oh and I’m also potty trained!

Did I mention how much I love my humans? Even my two year old human sister. My foster family absolutely adores me but they would give me up if the perfect furever family came along that way they can continue saving more lives which I think is pretty cool. I look forward to meeting you.

Love, Molly Rose

Mollyrose is available for adoption from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA.


Armed drones: Georgia’s ‘guns everywhere’ law missed a spot | Political Insider blog

We told you earlier this week of the special election for the state House District 80 – and why Democrats have a rare chance to take control of a GOP seat.

We neglected to throw in an extra reason why Republicans are taking the challenge seriously. Should Democrat Taylor Bennett, a former Georgia Tech quarterback, beat former Brookhaven mayor Max Davis, the Republican, then control of the Fulton County House delegation would revert to Democrats. Republicans currrently have a 13-12 edge.

Though mostly in DeKalb County, House District 80 was drawn into Fulton County after the last census – one of several such moves to give Republicans control of local legislation.

via Armed drones: Georgia’s ‘guns everywhere’ law missed a spot | Political Insider blog.


Ga. Lawmaker Taking An In-Depth Look At The Rise Of Drones | WABE 90.1 FM

Georgia lawmakers are now studying the issues surrounding the drone debate and trying to come up with rules that address the potential problems.

Dawsonville Republican and House Study Committee Chair Kevin Tanner discussed why drone legislation is needed, what it might include and more on “A Closer Look.”

via Ga. Lawmaker Taking An In-Depth Look At The Rise Of Drones | WABE 90.1 FM.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 23, 2015

On July 23, 1864, Union and Confederate forces in and around Atlanta gathered the dead and worked to save the wounded. Union artillery began bombarding Atlanta. On July 23, 2014, Republicans did the same in the aftermath of the Primary Runoff Elections the previous day. Democratic artillery advertising would soon fill the air.

Former President Ulysses S. Grant died on July 23, 1885.

The Cleveland Metropolitan Park District was established on July 23, 1917 and currently has a set of beautiful parks winding through the city. If you’re going to be in Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention, take some time to tour the city, including the parks. When I visit my mother and grandmother in Cleveland, I regularly see deer in the parks in Shaker Heights, and outside my grandmother’s retirement home. We’re thirty years past the “mistake on the Lake“ era, and you’ll be missing out if you don’t get to learn about the city.

I’m planning on attending the 2016 Convention and may set up an event or two for my fellow Republicans who are there from Georgia. Stay tuned.

John Smoltz started his first game as a major league pitcher on July 23, 1988, as the Braves took a win over the New York Mets.

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Flags at Liberty Plaza fly at half-staff yesterday

Flags at Liberty Plaza fly at half-staff yesterday

The flags at Georgia’s State Capitol will remain at half-staff in honor of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Skip Wells of Marietta and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith of Rossville through sunset on July 30.

Today, Lance Corporal Wells returns to Marietta.

“Lance Cpl. Skip Wells will be escorted via motorcade from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 1 p.m. and continue north along Interstate 75 towards Kennesaw.  The Marietta Police Department will shut down a portion of the Canton Road Connector Bridge over Interstate 75, so that the City and citizens can gather on the roadway to pay their respects to Lance Corporal Wells and the other United States Marines and Navy Sailor who were killed in Chattanooga in the line of duty.”

“Please join the City at 1 p.m. to pay our respects to Lance Cpl. Wells and his family as they travel along Interstate 75 by bringing your American flags and your thoughts and prayers for the family and friends of those who lost their lives.

“Citizens may access parking for this event by travelling I-75 southbound to exit 267A (Highway 5 North, Canton Road) and exit to the right at the over pass construction parking lot.”

Atlanta becomes ground zero for Republican politics early next month as most of the top tier Presidential candidates make appearances at the RedState Gathering.

Next month businessman and presidential hopeful Donald Trump plans to make a campaign stop in Atlanta.

The controversial Republican candidate will be at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead for the “Redstate Gathering” on August 7 and 8.

Trump will join Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and Carly Fiorina.

Yesterday, Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia State Senator Mike Dugan honored the memory of Captain Herb Emory, longtime Atlanta radio personality, and presented his widow with small versions of the sign naming the I-85/Georgia 400 Flyover Ramp after him.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 23, 2015


Captain is an adult male Pit Bull Terrier (pronounced “Pibble”), who was found stray with his best friend, Tennille, a female Collie and Terrier mix.


Tennille is a young girl at just a year old and small at 32 lbs. She is a happy and full of love! She and Captain may look like an odd match but they are so sweet together and it’s pretty clear that someone spent some time training this duo. They will sit, stay and lay down when asked and walk really nicely on a leash.

Captain and Tennille

Both Captain and Tennille are available for adoption from Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County, Marietta, GA.

His ID # is 576067 and can be found in cage 824 along with Tennille, whose ID # is 576066. Come meet them both today! They love to play so come ready to throw a ball! They would love to stay together however it is not required and they can be adopted to separate homes.


Gherkin is a male Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from Rotts ‘n Pups Rescue in Douglasville, GA.


Honoring Captain Herb Emory at the Georgia State Capitol

Sen Dugan Gov Deal Mrs Emory

L to R: Governor Nathan Deal, Senator Mike Dugan, and Mrs. Herb Emory