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19
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 19, 2016

Griffin, Georgia native John Henry “Doc” Holliday killed Mike Gordon after Gordon shot up Holliday’s saloon in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony was held on July 19, 1996 and competition started the next day.

The Georgia State Quarter was released on July 19, 1999.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Floor fight!

Quicken Arena Inside

Anti-Trump delegates and alternates (and probably some guests) attempted to call for a roll call vote on the floor of the Convention yesterday. If successful, the Convention would have ground to a halt, and some individuals might have cast votes for candidates not on the ballot or other than those to whom they are bound.Continue Reading..

18
Jul

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 18, 2016

Hunter Terrell County

Hunter is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

Hunter is a small lab mix who was picked up by animal control as a stray and not reclaimed – he is super sweet! He is very submissive and can be just a little shy when you first meet him but once you give him a little attention, he instantly comes out of his shell and wants nothing more than to give and receive affection. He is a little unsure of walking on a leash but we are working on that. He is really an awseome dog and with a good temperament. He is great with other dogs, he likes kids and does not seem to mind cats either way. Hunter is current on shots, crate trained, negative for heartworms/on prevention and neutered.

Hunter Murray County

Hunter is a 3-4 year old male Hound dog who is available for adoption from Murray County Humane Society in Chatsworth, GA.

Hunter was found abandoned in a crate along with a female companion. He is super sweet and energetic. Hunter is heartworm positive & will receive treament prior to being adopted.

Hunter Marietta

Hunter is a 7-month old Shetland Sheepdog and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeless Pets Foundation in Marietta, GA.

Hunter and his brother Max (please see his listing too) were surrendered when their owner figured out he was allergic to dogs. So the two boys, born in December 2015 are trying to find new homes. They’re gentle and sweet though a little shy with strangers. They don’t have to be adopted together but wouldn’t that be fun?

Hunter is gentle with kids and knows “sit”!

18
Jul

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

The greatest political journalist to ever put pen to paper, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, was born on July 18, 1929. That makes today “Gonzo Day.” You have been warned.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a third term at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 18, 1940.

President Harry S. Truman signed the second Presidential Succession Act on July 18, 1947

The original succession act designated the Senate president pro tempore as the first in line to succeed the president should he and the vice president die unexpectedly while in office. If he for some reason could not take over the duties, the speaker of the house was placed next in the line of succession. In 1886, during Grover Cleveland‘s administration, Congress removed both the Senate president and the speaker of the house from the line of succession. From that time until 1947, two cabinet officials, (their order in line depended on the order in which the agencies were created) became the next in line to succeed a president should the vice president also become incapacitated or die. The decision was controversial. Many members of Congress felt that those in a position to succeed the president should be elected officials and not, as cabinet members were, political appointees, thereby giving both Republican and Democratic parties a chance at controlling the White House.

In 1945, then-Vice President Truman assumed the presidency after Franklin Roosevelt died of a stroke during his fourth term. As president, Truman advanced the view that the speaker of the house, as an elected official, should be next in line to be president after the vice president. On July 18, 1947, he signed an act that resurrected the original 1792 law, but placed the speaker ahead of the Senate president pro tempore in the hierarchy.

On July 18, 1988, the Democratic National Convention opened at the Omni in Atlanta. That night, actor Rob Lowe would shoot a videotape in a hotel with two hairdressers, one 22 and one 16. Several weeks later, the era of the celebrity sex tape began.

On July 18, 2000, United States Senator Paul Coverdell died of a cerebral hemorrhage. I remember where I was when I heard the news.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

More than 53,000 Georgians have cast votes in early and advance voting.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office reported that more than 53,000 people so far cast ballots for races around the state since July 5. Georgia law requires a runoff if no candidate wins a majority in a general primary. There are no statewide races this time, but a competitive congressional and several heated local races are drawing interest in the heat of summer.

In Cobb County, for example, election officials are seeing higher turnout for earlier voting in the Republican runoff to lead the county’s commission than they did in May. Incumbent chair Tim Lee is trying to hold off a challenge from Mike Boyce, who got the highest vote total in the primary but fell short of the majority needed to prevent a runoff.

Janine Eveler, director of elections for the Cobb County Board of Elections, said about 2,800 people voted early in the runoff so far compared to about 1,680 at this point in May.

“It is unusual,” Eveler said. “Normally, we see those numbers go down for runoffs.”

In the South Georgia Judicial Circuit, runoff candidates Ryan Cleveland and Heather Lanier are urging their voters to the polls.

“Based on history, there’s going to be a drop-off in the numbers (of voters), but my job is to let people know how serious this race is,” Cleveland said. “Superior Court, maybe more than any other court, touches people’s lives in many ways. From family court, to domestic law, to criminal proceedings, it affects so many people.”

In the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, campaign spending is at a high rate headed into the runoff.

Campaign spending in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge race topped $220,000 by June 30, including the dollars spent by Martha Hall and Michael Muldrew, who are contenders in the July 26 runoff, as well as by a third candidate left behind in May.

With contributions and self-financing totaling $231,180 by the reporting date, this is the most richly funded “local” election this season, but the circuit encompasses four counties. Other races still in play are confined to Bulloch County. Primary season spending in the sheriff’s race exceeded $142,000.The race for Bulloch County Probate Court judge, with originally five candidates and now down to two in the runoff, accounted for $57,574 in spending through June 30.

For the next few days, most of Georgia politics will take place on the shore of Lake Erie at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where four delegates learned yesterday how to spell O-H-I-O.

O-H-I-O

Here’s what I consider to be yesterday’s number one most important result from yesterday: Georgia Delegates signed paperwork demonstrating that Trump has support of a majority of the delegation, one of eight states required to do so for his name to be put formally into nomination at the convention.

Senator David Perdue was optimistic heading to Cleveland, where he serves as honorary delegation chair for Georgia.

“I think you saw people beginning to realize…not only can this guy win in November, but he can help us turn the direction of our country,” said Perdue. “Which is why some of us got involved in the first place.”

Perdue says Trump was responsive to his two main concerns; national security and the debt crisis. He’s confident the republican party will highlight the issues next week.

“I think it’s bigger than any one candidate,” said Perdue. “What we’re talking about is the future of our country.”

The Georgia Delegation began its convention festivities with a Sunday brunch, as noted by Scott Johnson, writing in the MDJ,

At the delegation brunch at the Wyndham, Chairman John Padgett fired up the party faithful with a rousing welcome to Cleveland and a call for party unity. He reminded us that this election is about not just our future but the future of our children and grandchildren. His words brought the partisan crowd to their feet.

Following his speech, Padgett introduced Georgia’s junior Senator, David Perdue. Perdue was genuinely emotional in his appreciation of the welcome he received and the very fact that Georgians have entrusted him to be our U.S. Senator. He points out that he and the GOP presidential nominee have more than a little in common — both businessmen with little or no political experience regarded as outsiders and given little chance of success when they launched their campaign. Perdue believes that Trump can take the nation in a new direction and be the change that America needs. He’s obviously on board to help make that happen.

David Perdue Cleveland

After speaking to the delegation, Perdue was surrounded by a gaggle of AJC reporters and others.

“We’ve got to take Georgia out of play. We need to throw the hammer down and make sure we drive the early polls so we can help other states, like Pennsylvania and Ohio, that could be in play,” said Perdue. “This guy could win big. And I’ll tell you, if you want to do anything for conservative causes, you need to win big.”

Georgia is one of 17 states Trump’s campaign has targeted as must-wins to preserve his chance of taking the White House. A united front, Perdue said, will prevent Democrat Hillary Clinton’s camp from pouring resources and staff into the state. And Perdue will be among the Trump supporters traveling from delegation-to-delegation to drum up support for the candidate.

Said Perdue:

“We don’t have any drama in the Georgia delegation. We’re here to make sure Donald J. Trump is the next president of the United States. I know what you’re thinking – he wasn’t my first choice. He wasn’t my second choice. But let me remind you: This is not a candidate to be embarrassed about. And let me tell you why: We have an outsider. This isn’t something from the Washington establishment.”

He said he’s confident the 76 delegates would vote unanimously for Trump.

Eighteen year-old Tanner Goldsmith of Columbus is among the alternates from Georgia to the Republican National Convention.

“I’m definitely excited to go to the convention, as far as going and seeing how all the under-workings go,” said Goldsmith, who as an alternate can participate as much as a full delegate except vote. “But at the same time, it’s a little nerve-wracking, looking at the news, seeing what’s going on with Trump, seeing some of these protests, hearing Fox reporters saying, ‘I wonder what’s going to happen in Cleveland.’”

From Middle Georgia, Jade Morey and Bill Knowles and Vance Dean from South Georgia joined the Georgia delegation in Clevland.

In 2008, a then 20-year-old Jade Morey attended the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. This week, the Houston County resident returns to another convention as an at-large delegate, giving her a prime position as the party nominates its candidate for president and adopts the party platform, among other duties.

“There are an immense amount of logistics that go into a national convention, and it’s quite a process leading up to and keeping up with the week,” Morey said by email. “You will run into all sorts of celebrities (both Hollywood and the political kind) as it’s a relatively small number of attendees. Sometimes it feels like there are more members of the media present than actual delegation members.”

This is the third consecutive trip to a Republican National Convention for Macon businessman and alternate Bill Knowles. There’s more freedom for alternates, he said, since they sit in the balcony, while the delegates are on the main floor.

“We get to do whatever we want,” Knowles said of being an alternate. “We’ll mill around with other people.”

Another alternate is Vance Dean, chairman of the GOP’s 8th Congressional District. He said he’s ready for a festive affair.

Dean supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee until he dropped out of the race, then became a Ted Cruz backer. Now, though, he said he’s “110 percent” behind Trump.

“I expect this to be a really busy week,” he said. “There’s an activity from the time you wake up to way after I’ll be asleep. … I feel like we’ve come off eight years of a president who has promised a lot and really delivered none of that.”

The Augusta Chronicle spoke to local delegates headed to the convention.

They include Evans state GOP second vice chairwoman and Savannah River Site analyst Debbie McCord, attending her third convention this year.

Though she’d gone “through probably five” candidates, McCord said she’s now planted firmly behind Trump, to whom she’s a pledged delegate.

“In talking with our national committee man and national committee woman, I don’t anticipate any shenanigans,” McCord said.

Trump “won 1,237 delegates. He’s entitled to be the nominee and I agree with them 100 percent.”

Augusta Republican and attorney Sherry Barnes said Trump also wasn’t her first choice, but “when it was evident he was coming out on top then I fully supported him.”

Michael Welsh, delegate and the 12th Congressional District chairman, expects “a media show” but nothing unusual during the convention, despite support for the “Never Trump” movement among area Republicans.

“There were a lot of never Romneys too, never McCains, never Bushes and never Reagans before that,” Welsh said. “You have a very diverse and large environment called the American populace and you’re never going to get consensus on anything.”

Georgia’s own Nick Ayers is serving as Senior Adviser to Governor Mike Pence, Trump’s VP nominee.

15
Jul

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 15, 2016

Ginger Mary Ann

Ginger and Mary Ann are 9-week old female Labrador Retriever puppies who are available for adoption from Rotts ‘n Pups Rescue in Douglasville, GA.

Ginger and Mary Ann are full of spunk and love and play great with other dogs. They weigh 10 lbs and should be about 35 lbs when fully grown. Ginger is the fawn one and Mary Ann is the brindle and white one. They are great cuddlers and love to be held. You can’t go wrong adopting either one or both of them.

Cody

Cody is a 2-3 year old adult male Dachshund & Chihuahua Mix who is available for adoption from Dog Days Rescue in Villa Rica, GA. Cody is good with other dogs, adults, and children.

abby VR
Abby is a young female Pointer mix who is available for adoption from Dog Days Rescue in Villa Rica, GA. Abby is friendly with other dogs and people, super sweet and playful.

15
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 15, 2016

On July 16, 1790, Congress declared Washington, DC the new capital city.

On July 15, 1864, Sherman’s army began crossing the Chattahoochee River and would take the better part of three days to complete the crossing. Georgia Public Broadcasting has a series on Sherman’s Georgia campaign, and you can watch this week’s episode here.

Major General George Stoneman’s cavalry had come to the area south of Atlanta. On July 15, 1864, Stoneman wrote from camp near Villa Rica, Georgia.

As I indicated to you in my last note, we completed the bridge (Moore’s), and were ready to cross at daybreak yesterday morning, but before we essayed it a report came from Major Buck, in command of a battalion seven miles above, that the enemy had been crossing above him on a boat or a bridge, and that his pickets had been cut off.

Colonel Biddle, who was left with his brigade at Campbellton, reports the enemy quite strong at that point, with two guns of long range in each of the two redoubts on the opposite bluff, which are opened upon him whenever any of his men show themselves.

I was very anxious to strike the railroad from personal as well as other considerations, but I became convinced that to attempt it would incur risks inadequate to the results, and unless we could hold the bridge, as well as penetrate into the country, the risk of capture or dispersion, with loss of animals (as I could hear of no ford), was almost certain.

On July 15, 1870, Georgia was readmitted to the United States, with the signature by President Ulysses Grant of the “Georgia Bill” by the U.S. Congress.

On July 16, 1914, Asa Griggs Candler, retired President of Coca-Cola, wrote his brother Warren, who was a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, a letter offering one million dollars and 72 acres of land in Atlanta for the church to establish a new university in the East.

On July 15, 1938, the first recorded use occurred of the name “Alcoholics Anonymous” in a letter from Bill W. Next July, the organization will gather in Atlanta to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

The United States performed the first test of an atomic bomb on July 16, 1945 at the Trinity site in New Mexico.

Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the project, watched the mushroom cloud rise into the New Mexico sky. “Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds,” he uttered, reciting a passage from an ancient Hindu text.

On July 15, 1948, President Harry Truman was nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to run for a full term as President of the United States.

Georgia Congressman Carl Vinson set a new record for longevity in office on July 16, 1963, having served 48 years, 8 months, and 12 days since his election in 1914. Vinson’s record held until 1992 and his tenure is now sixth-longest.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Amid reports that IN Governor Mike Pence would be the GOP nominee for Vice President, Donald Trump delayed the announcement.

Trump was due to make his official announcement on his choice on Friday at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) in Manhattan. But he tweeted on Thursday night that the attack in Nice, where a truck slammed into a crowd, killing dozens of people, prompted him to delay.

“In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow’s news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement,” said Trump. He said in a Fox News interview: “We will announce tomorrow when it will be.”

As I wrote earlier this week about the Veepstakes:

Here’s my two-cent analysis on Trump’s VP pick. Everyone’s still centering their speculation on who would make a solid VP choice under traditional political analysis. That kind of analysis has brought people like me to the point where we’re collectively about 0-for-2000 in predicting what Trump is going to do.

Trump is not a traditional politician. He’s a reality TV star, so use that frame for your analysis and think what any good reality TV producer would do.

Hype and tease, and raise the drama level before the big reveal. That’s what we’re seeing now. A dance of seven veils that shows peeks at what might happen without giving too much away.

Each major political party in Georgia is sending an 18-year old delegate to their national conventions.

Georgia delegates and politicos are beginning to make the trek to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention next week.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said the carnivallike aspect of this year’s convention — and the unpredictability of the race — is part of the draw.

“I want the experience of being at one, and what better one to have an experience at than this one?” the Pooler Republican said. “I don’t really know what to expect.”

And for Perdue, one of the most popular GOP politicians in Georgia, it could be a way to burnish his reputation. He is the honorary chairman of the state delegation at next week’s confab and is Trump’s most prominent surrogate in Georgia, though he is not on the list of convention speakers. Instead, he is expected to take part in panels on the national debt and foreign policy throughout the meeting.

“I’ve never done one of these, but I’m going to be there supporting our delegation in Georgia, supporting our nominee,” Perdue said Thursday on the Athens radio station WGAU. “I like our chances right now, and I think these polls are going to reflect that in the next few months.”

The Newnan Times-Herald spoke to Judy Griffin, who is heading to Cleveland as an RNC delegate.

Woodstock resident Judy Griffin, who loves politics, horseback riding and the Republican Party, says she’s thrilled to represent the 11th Congressional District and looks forward to casting her vote for Donald Trump to ensure he gets the nomination.

Her extensive political record dates back to the ’60s when she first became involved in conservative politics. Since then, she’s worked just about every election cycle to get Republicans elected, both locally and at the national level.

“To become a national delegate, you really have to be involved and work your way up,” she said. “You have to put on galas and park cars, pour drinks, decorate, run campaigns, put up fliers and signs … You’ve got to be involved at the grassroots level.”

Griffin was chosen to serve as an at-large delegate this year for the second time in a row. She also attended the 2012 convention in Tampa to nominate then-candidate Mitt Romney.

Polk County Commission District 2 voters continue early voting, passing the 271-vote mark in advance and early voting earlier this week.

Kenneth Zachary submitted 3000 signatures, more than twice the 1487 necessary to be placed on the ballot as an independent in House District 155.

State Democrats enticed Zachary, who had previously been ruled ineligible to run for sheriff in Calhoun County because of past legal issues, to sign up for an independent run at the House District 151 seat when Kemp and later an administrative law judge ruled that Democratic qualifier James Williams, of Albany, was ineligible to run for the seat because he does not live in the district.

Kemp’s office issued a statement saying the Dougherty County Elections Office had erred in allowing Williams to qualify for the HD 151 seat.

Greene, R-Cuthbert, said Tuesday he would not challenge Zachary’s independent candidacy even though he has reservations about his meeting state qualifications.

“Here’s a guy who was disqualified from running for sheriff, so they turn around and run him for the state House,” Greene, who was at a speaking engagement in Kentucky, said. “There are certainly issues with his candidacy, but I’m not going to challenge him. We’ll just let the people decide.”

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin vetoed a measure by city council to narrow the municipality’s financial disclosures for elected officials.

First Lady Sandra Deal toured the Austrian headquarters of Voestalpine Group, which employs more than 200 Georgians near Cartersville.

Governor and Mrs. Deal have meetings scheduled with German manufacturing companies that have operations in Georgia including Dusseldorf, Nuremberg, Munich, Linz and Regensburg, to learn about German and Austrian  workforce development practices.

Gov. Deal will also participate in the RLS annual conference in Munich giving him an opportunity to promote Georgia’s competitiveness and attractiveness as the number one state in the U.S. in which to do business. The Deals will return on July 19.

Napleon Jenkins, former Mayor of Tennille, Georgia, was arrested and charged with stealing more than $6600 from the city.

The Gwinnett County Board of Education has scheduled three public meetings to discuss the property tax millage rate, expected to stay at the same level as last year’s.

The meetings are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 21, and at 8 a.m. on Aug. 1. All of the meetings are scheduled to happen in the board room of the district office at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee.

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ enrollment is expected to grow by nearly 1,800 students, which would take the projected enrollment to 177,800 students. Two new schools in Duluth and Norcross are expected to open to make way for the growth.

Local revenue also is budgeted to increase by about $28.6 million because of a projected net growth of five percent in the property tax digest. But the school district is collecting about $51 million less in local property tax compared to what was collected for the 2009 budget.

All employees will see the equivalent of a three percent raise and there’s also a longevity step salary increase. Those raises cost $46.7 million.

Former Columbus Mayor Bob Poydasheff was inducted into the Army Rangers Hall of Fame.

14
Jul

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 14, 2016

Taz

Taz is a young male Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

He is very sweet and loving and just wants to play and have fun. He is a the perfect age to be adopted to a home with kids and other pets. Someone will be lucky to make this guy their newest familty member! Taz is current on shots, on heartworm prevention and working on basic commands and housebreaking.

Libby

Libby is a small female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

Libby is one of 8 puppies found in an abandoned home along with the mother. Libby loves to play. Whether its playing tug a war with her brothers and sisters or running around with a stuffed animal hanging from her mouth. She will definitely keep you entertained.

Ponyo

Ponyo is a small female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA. She’s one of Libby’s siblings who were found abandoned with their mother.

14
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 14, 2016

Happy Birthday to the French, who today celebrate the 225th anniversary of Bastille Day, 14 July 1798, when citizens stormed the Bastille, a prison in Paris.

On July 14, 1798, the Alien and Sedition Act became federal law.

The first three acts took aim at the rights of immigrants. The period of residency required before immigrants could apply for citizenship was extended from five to 14 years, and the president gained the power to detain and deport those he deemed enemies. President Adams never took advantage of his newfound ability to deny rights to immigrants. However, the fourth act, the Sedition Act, was put into practice and became a black mark on the nation’s reputation. In direct violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech, the Sedition Act permitted the prosecution of individuals who voiced or printed what the government deemed to be malicious remarks about the president or government of the United States. Fourteen Republicans, mainly journalists, were prosecuted, and some imprisoned, under the act.

On July 14, 1864, General Sherman issued Special Field Order 35, outlining the plan for the Battle of Atlanta.

On July 14, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Cobb County voters are coming out at a higher rate for the runoff election than for May’s General Primary Election, according to the MDJ.

Through Wednesday, a total of 2,796 ballots have been cast in the runoff election. By this time in the May primary, just 1,685 ballots had been cast, according to Janine Eveler, director of Cobb elections.

The ballot for the runoff election features Cobb Chairman Tim Lee squaring off against retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce for the Republican nomination for the chairman’s seat as well as a race between local attorneys John Morgan and Kellie Hill for a seat on the county’s State Court.

Meanwhile, embattled Cobb Chairman Tim Lee was the only candidate in the GPB runoff debate.

Cobb commission Chairman Tim Lee criticized his opponent, retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce, for not taking part in a Wednesday debate to which the two had been invited, but the challenger said he believed his time was better spent staying on the campaign trail.

The Atlanta Press Club had invited both candidates to participate in the debate’s taping; it is scheduled to air Sunday morning. Last week, press club officials said Boyce had opted to not to participate, which the candidate himself confirmed.

Marietta City Council will place an advisory referendum on the November ballot to gauge voter support for term limits.

Both Drew Ferguson and Sen. Mike Crane are seeking votes in Carroll County for the Third Congressional District runoff election.

District 3 congressional candidate Drew Ferguson, campaigning in Carroll County Tuesday, discussed his stance on the Dallas shooting, what Carroll County constituents are most concerned about, meeting fundraising goals and what he is doing to gain votes from those who supported the candidates who did not make the run-off.

Carrollton Mayor Walt Hollingsworth ….[o]n Thursday… joined Ferguson at Lakeshore Park for a meet-and-greet with Carroll County constituents, going on record to say that he is now supporting him….

Early voting is under way in the July 26 runoff.

Ferguson’s challenger in the runoff, Mike Crane, this week received the support of Villa Rica City Council member Leslie McPherson, who said she has watched him over the last five years as a state senator stand strong against the many temptations of elected office, unwavering in his commitment to the communities he serves. She said she knows Crane will keep his promise of principled leadership once in Washington

“Mike has a proven track record of choosing the people over the politically powerful,” McPherson said. “Mike has demonstrated that elected officials have a choice — they can sell out to big business, big government, big interests and cave to pressure from leadership, or they can truly represent the people they serve.”

Carrollton City Councilmen Jim Watters and Met Lane are also throwing their support behind Crane.

DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton is a disgrace

The DeKalb County Board of Ethics asked for the dismissal of a lawsuit by Sharon Barnes Sutton seeking to prevent the Board to hear complaints against Barnes Sutton.

Allegations of 12 ethical violations by Sutton have been put on hold since she sued in November, alleging that the Board of Ethics is unconstitutional because some of its members are appointed by private organizations. A judge prevented her ethics cases from moving forward while the lawsuit is pending.

“Likely, the commissioner’s real plan is to avoid investigation entirely, or at least to stall any particularized inquiry until after the runoff election on July 26,” according to the motion to dismiss filed Friday by attorney Darren Summerville, who represents the board.

Sutton’s attorney, Dwight Thomas, said the Georgia Supreme Court has made clear that government board members can’t be chosen by private entities. He said the DeKalb Board of Ethics is attacking Sutton to distract from the legal issues of the case.

“When you don’t have the facts or the law on your side, then you try to smear your opposing party,” Thomas said. “This is not about delaying anything.”

Remember that line from the lawyer for Sharon Barnes Sutton, “When you don’t have the facts or the law on your side, then you try to smear your opposing party.” As we’ll see, that’s Sutton’s strategy in her reelection campaign as well.Continue Reading..

13
Jul

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 13, 2016

Paisley

Paisley is a young adult female Beagle mix who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.

Hello! I’m Paisley. I am a beagle mix with brindle legs and face. I am a very distinctive dog! I love to play and I am will behaved around people. I don’t really like other dogs too much so I would like to be your one and only dog. I will love you and snuggle with you forever! Please come and get me.

Tito

Tito is a small adult male Chihuahua who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.

My name is Tito. I am a chihuahua mix. I am a very active and playful guy and I love everyone! Please come and get me. I want to play with YOU!

Brandi

Brandi is a young female Hound dog who is available for adoption from Animal Rescue Foundation Inc in Milledgeville, GA.

My name is Brandi. I am a sweet hound mix. I am young so right now I am full of energy! But when I grow up just a little, I will settle down and be the best friend you could ever have! Please don’t let me grow up in the shelter. Come and get me.

13
Jul

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 13, 2016

On July 13, 1787, Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance, in which states ceded some claims to the west, and a process was set up for admitting new states.

On July 13, 1865, James Johnson as provisional Governor of Georgia, issued a proclamation freeing slaves and calling an election in October of that year to elect delegates to a state Consitutional Convention. Johnson had previously opposed Georgia’s secession and after the war was appointed Governor by President Andrew Johnson.

Savannah, Georgia-born John C. Fremont, who was the first Presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 1856, died in New York City on July 13, 1890.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Republican delegate to the Republican National Convention Scott Johnson is writing about the Platform Committee deliberations for the Marietta Daily Journal. It’s well worth reading, especially if you’re headed to Cleveland or will be glued to the TV set during the convention.

That work began on Monday with 112 delegates, a man and a woman elected by the GOP delegation from each state or territory, that form the Platform Committee. Rayna Casey of Atlanta and I have had the honor of representing Georgia Republicans for two very long days of meetings.

The goal there is to craft a document that reflects who we are as Republicans. Our values. Our principles.

After 12 hours meeting on Monday followed by 10 hours on Tuesday (broadcast for all to see on C-SPAN), we have now completed what I believe is a handbook for making America great again.

When I undertook this task, I promised one thing to my fellow Georgians — we will keep it conservative.

The platform is truly a living dynamic document crafted by debate, consideration of hundreds of amendments and a whole lot of passion. As I write this, just moments after the Platform Committee’s adjournment, I can firmly say we have accomplished my goal: keep it conservative.

Speculation has the choice for Trump’s VP candidate between Newt Gingrich and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Judging by Trump’s campaign insiders, the battle for his No. 2 gig is between Pence, the radio host-turned politician known as an unwavering conservative willing to buck his party’s leaders, and Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker who led his own anti-establishment insurgency two decades ago.

The Washington Times reported Trump was almost certain to pick Pence as his running mate, while CNN quoted an adviser saying it was down to Gingrich and the Indianan. Time Magazine has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie still in the running, though his hometown paper says that’s unlikely.

Gingrich and FoxNews agreed that the former Speaker will step away from his paid gig with the network, also fueling speculation Gingrich is in the mix for VP.

Here’s my two-cent analysis on Trump’s VP pick. Everyone’s still centering their speculation on who would make a solid VP choice under traditional political analysis. That kind of analysis has brought people like me to the point where we’re collectively about 0-for-2000 in predicting what Trump is going to do. Trump is not a traditional politician. He’s a reality TV star, so use that frame for your analysis and think what any good reality TV producer would do. Hype and tease, and raise the drama level before the big reveal. That’s what we’re seeing now. A dance of seven veils that shows peeks at what might happen without giving too much away.

The Club for Growth has released a new ad against Drew Ferguson in the Third Congressional District runoff election.

Campaign spokesman Dan McLagan told the AJC Political Insider,

“It’s hilarious. They are calling a tax-cutting, debt-reducing, pro-gun, pro-life, conservative who wears camo in the woods and Carhartt to church, drives a pickup truck and has a daughter in the Navy a liberal? They can spend as much as they want — ain’t nobody gonna believe it.”

Tamar Hallerman from the AJC analyzes the race thusly,

Thomas Hunter, a political science professor at the University of West Georgia, said runoffs typically attract about one-half to two-thirds of the initial primary turnout. Since fewer than 58,000 GOP ballots were cast in the seven-man 3rd District GOP contest this spring, there could be very little that separates the winner from the loser in this month’s runoff, he said.

“It is the end of July — a lot of people are on vacation. There are really few county races in the counties of the 3rd District that would cause turnout to increase greatly,” Hunter said. “It could be as low as 35,000 or 40,000 people who are voting, which means that as long as you can get 20,000 of your supporters to the polls that you should be able to win.”

University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock, who wrote a book about congressional runoffs, said history shows that typically the candidate who leads in the primary wins the runoff about 70 percent of the time. But because the initial matchup between Crane and Ferguson was so close, the race becomes much harder to call ahead of time.

This month’s contest will mainly come down to who can best turn out his base and potentially attract some of the supporters of their other primary opponents who have since dropped out of the race, Bullock said.

“The situation is such that if you can get the same number of people to come out and vote for you in the runoff as voted for you in the primary, you’d almost certainly win because of this drop in participation,” he said.

For the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Chuck Williams also takes a look at the Congressional runoff election.

An interesting contrast is shaping up in the heated race for the Republican nomination in the ultra-conservative Third Congressional District, a 13-county area that stretches from Metro Atlanta into north Columbus.

State Sen. Mike Crane of Newnan is running as a strict Constitutionalist who will fight big government all the way to Washington, and points to his record in the General Assembly as proof.

Former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson is running on his record of building coalitions and the economic success his community has enjoyed since 2005 when South Korean automobile manufacturer Kia decided to locate there.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article89158597.html#storylink=cpy

And some shenanigans in the House District 80 runoff between Meagan Hanson and Alan Cole.

An expensive, full size campaign flyer was sent to homes in the district attacking Alan Cole, a candidate, City Councilman Bates Mattison and the former mayor, J. Max Davis.

The men were pictured together, each labeled negatively – Mattison for a personal bankruptcy, for instance. Cole was alleged to be a slumlord. The handiwork echoed that of Democrats who poured thousands of dollars into defeating Davis for the House seat last year.

Hanson in return did some detective work and tracked down the bulk mail permit holder. She said she was told by the printing company that a Democratic activist, Allison “Sally” Carter, purchased the mailers, paying cash for them last month.

Carter is the wife of James Earl Carter IV, grandson of the former president and a Democratic Party activist who specializes in undercover videos and dirty tricks.

The AJC heard from James Earl Carter, IV, who took credit for the mailer.

James Carter, the Democratic activist and opposition research impresario, has confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he — and only he — is responsible for an anonymous flier that hit the district’s mailboxes in June. The piece attacks not just Cole, but former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis and Brookhaven Council Member Bates Mattison.

“I take full responsibility for the mailer,” James Carter said. “All of the allegations contained in it are 100 percent true.”

Carter on Tuesday indicated that the real target of the mailer was Davis, not Cole, the current candidate.

“A few years ago, J. Max Davis called my wife and yelled at her for asking his ex-wife about him, which she had done as a favor to me,” Carter said. “My wife is not a Democratic activist and her only connection to politics is through me. Davis’ extreme overreaction to the circumstances was memorable, as was the way he treated my wife. Since that incident, I have reveled in every opportunity to take a shot at J. Max. He deserves it.”

Henry County Republicans will choose in the runoff between Lisa McGarity and June Wood for County Commission Chair to face Democrat Carlotta Harrell in November.

In Paulding County, Roger Leggett and David Carmichael approach the July 26 Republican Primary runoff for Commission Chair with Leggett leading slightly in contributions during the most recent disclosure period.

Leggett reported receiving $9,010 and Carmichael $7,960 between April 1 and June 30 on their final contributions disclosure reports before the July 26 runoff election for the Republican nomination for the office. The winner will be unopposed in the November general election.

The latest contributions brought Carmichael’s total contributions collected by June 30 to $22,435, compared to Leggett’s $25,615 by the same date.

State tax collections were up slightly in June, according to Gov. Nathan Deal via the Gwinnett Daily Post.

State revenues increased last month by a slight 0.7 percent margin from a year ago, Gov. Nathan Deal’s office announced on Tuesday.

Georgia collected a total net of $1.91 billion in taxes in June, which is $13.4 million higher than the total net collections from June 2015. It continues a trend of continual growth in tax collections that, year-to-date, is up 9.4 percent from last year.

June also marked the completion of the first year under tax reforms stemming from a re-configuring of the state’s gas tax. Officials said transportation revenues collected under the new method totaled $77 million last month.

The two former county commissioners are seeking the commission chairmanship being vacated by David Austin, who is not seeking re-election this year. They qualified for the runoff after finishing first and second out of four candidates in the May 24 Republican primary.

A new DeKalb County school will be named John Lewis Elementary School and another school will be called the Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology.

The City of Lula, Georgia is edging closer to a Sunday Sales vote, but likely only for beer and wine, not liquor.

The Marietta City Council will consider holding a non-binding referendum for voter input on term limits.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 12, 2016

Weensy

Weensy (above, female) and Squeak (below, male) are dachshund puppies who are available for adoption from Newnan-Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.

Squeak

Rudy

Rudy is an adult male Flat-Coated Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Newnan-Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.

Rudy is a very handsome young boy who was rescued barely in the nick of time! He was to be euthanized the day NCHS rescued him. Rudy would be best in a home with kids who are older than toddler age and a single dog family would be ideal. He is a very loving, affectionate and playful boy – if you take the time to meet and get to know Rudy, you will fall in love!