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19
Feb

Gallup: Georgia’s a top 10 state for weekly church attendance | www.ajc.com

Georgia is in the top 10 states for weekly church attendance, according to a new Gallup poll, though it trails Deep South compatriots such as Alabama, Tennessee and both Carolinas.

Thirty-nine percent of Georgia respondents attended church weekly, according to Gallup’s daily tracking from January-December 2014.

“These results are based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews throughout 2014 with 177,030 U.S. adults, and reflect those who say ‘at least once a week’ when asked, ‘How often do you attend church, synagogue or mosque — at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom or never?’” Frank Newport wrote.

But Georgians also reported a 25 percent “next week/monthly” church attendence — one of the highest in the nation, ahead of many of the states that top it in the weekly rate. Thirty-four percent of Georgians reported seldom or never attending church.

via Gallup: Georgia’s a top 10 state for weekly church attendance | www.ajc.com.

19
Feb

RCBOE voices concerns over new ‘failing’ school legislation | The Augusta Chronicle

Richmond County School Superintendent Angela Pringle and school board members voiced concern for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s new “school opportunity zone” legislation Tuesday, with some saying it could “punish disadvantaged students.”

The legislation, unveiled last week, calls for a statewide “district” of “consistently failing schools” scoring under 60 on the Department of Education’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index for three consecutive years. The state of Georgia could assume complete operation of a designated “failing” school, partner with local school districts to run it, convert it to a charter school or close it.

State officials would also have the authority to change curriculums and fire school employees.

Around 141 schools across the state could be affected, 21 of them are located in Richmond County.

via RCBOE voices concerns over new ‘failing’ school legislation | The Augusta Chronicle.

19
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 19, 2015

On February 19, 1953, Governor Herman Talmadge signed legislation creating the Georgia State Literature Commission to investigate and refer for prosecution anyone selling obscene materials. Last year, the Washington Post wrote about the State Literature Commission.

Georgia created the nation’s first censorship board.

The vote was unanimous. The Georgia State Assembly approved House Bill 247 on Feb. 19, 1953, with no dissent, establishing the Georgia Literature Commission. Despite being born into controversy, it lived on for 20 years surviving legal and legislative challenges until the administration of then-Gov. Jimmy Carter defanged it, setting off its slow death.

After years of support, then-Gov. Jimmy Carter cut the commission’s annual appropriation by about 20 percent in 1971, while simultaneously fighting a public battle against pornography. His administration then implemented zero-based budgeting, in which each governmental organization had to justify itself, which had become increasingly hard to do for the commission.

On February 19, 2014, Elana Meyers (now Elana Meyers Taylor) won the Silver Medal in bobsled in the Sochi Olympics. Last week, Meyers Taylor won the overall World Cup for women’s bobsledding. This tremendous athlete is from Douglasville, Georgia and her father Eddie Meyers was a standout running back at the Naval Academy who served six years in the Navy and signed with the Atlanta Falcons after his service.

The Breakfast Club

If you find yourself hungry one month from today and you’re unwilling to wait in the McDonald’s drive-thru as they try to make change for a $1000 bill, you can head over to the Capital City Club Downtown for breakfast with Jeb Bush.

Jeb Invite

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19
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 19, 2015

Jeb

JEB is an adult male German Shepherd mix around 4 years old and full of energy! Jeb gets along great with other dogs and loves to romp around with them outside. He needs to learn some manners, but is very food motivated and intelligent, and picks up on commands quickly. Jeb would do best in a home without small children, as he does not know his own strength or size. This stunning shepherd mix would make a wonderful running partner or playmate for another active dog. JEB is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services in Atlanta, GA.

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George (the first), an adult male Terrier mix, was found on the side of the road, after he had been dumped – thrown off the back of a truck. He was brought into a rural Georgia animal control in Jasper County. George had a very rough start to his life, when he was brought in, it looked as though he had been used as a bait dog in dog fighting. They also had filed all his teeth down so he could not defend himself when the fighting dogs went after him.

Because of George’s poor up bringing he has no trust in other dogs, he was taught that all dogs were out to kill him, and because of this he needs to be the only dog in the house. However George loves people and is sweet as pie! He comes running up to you with a big smile and truly just wants to be loved on. He would make an excellent companion and just wants a gentle place to lay his head. He is such an amazing fella and needs his happily ever after so bad! He deserves to live the rest of his life safe and comfortable!! He would be FOREVER grateful! – such a sweetie!!!

George is available for adoption from Rescue Me Ga Inc in Dunwoody, GA.

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George (the Second) is a young adult Pointer/Coonhound mix about four years old, though he may have some Rottweiler. He is laid back, friendly, loves kids, and enjoys playing in a kiddie pool. George is available for adoption from Little Nuggets Rescue in Snellville, GA.

Walker

Walker is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Life is Labs Rescue in Temple, GA.

Randy and Sam

Thanks to all of you who gave to support this American Veteran Randy, along with his service dog Sam and personal pet Hot Rod. Randy’s friends are only $72 away from hitting their fundraising goal. Can you help them finish the drill?

18
Feb

Sen. David Perdue: In Israel with PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Via The Times of Israel

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US Senator David Perdue in Jerusalem on February 18, 2015.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said Israel is aware of the details of the negotiations between Iran and world powers on its nuclear program, as reports surfaced indicating that the US was leaving Jerusalem out of the loop on the ongoing talks.

European officials confirmed that the US State Department cautioned them against providing Israel with sensitive information on the current round of negotiations with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The account came amid vehement denials by the White House and State Department that they had stopped updating Jerusalem on the progress in the talks, even though Netanyahu hinted Monday that Israel was indeed not being fully apprised.

In a meeting with US Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia) on Wednesday, Netanyahu said Israel knows the contours of the agreement emerging from the talks, warning that it is “a bad deal, a dangerous deal.”

“While Islamic State butchers the innocent, the Islamic Republic of Iran is relentlessly pursuing nuclear weapons with the express purpose of destroying the State of Israel. The P5+1’s latest proposal won’t stop them,” Netanyahu said.Continue Reading..

18
Feb

VIDEO – Sen. Bruce Thompson: Introduces a Bill to Stop Smoking In a Car with Kids

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From Senator Bruce Thompson

Sen. Bruce Thompson Introduces a Bill to Stop Smoking In a Car with Kids

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18
Feb

VIDEO – Senate Press Office: Senate in a Minute: Day 17 with Sen. P.K. Martin

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From The Senate Press Office and Senator P.K. Martin

Senate in a Minute: Day 17

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18
Feb

Sen. Bruce Thompson: Update from the Gold Dome

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From Senator Bruce Thompson

Senator Bruce Thompson

Update from the Gold Dome

Work in the Senate has definitely picked up steam this week. On Wednesday, the Senate passed our version of the fiscal year 2015 amended budget in House Bill 75. There are very few differences in the budget proposals from the Governor that have now been vetted by the House and Senate. Some of the highlights include an additional $126.2 million to account for midterm enrollment growth in our K-12 education system and $2.4 million for enrollment growth in charter systems.

All three versions of the budget include an additional $4.9 million to fund clinical trials for children with medication resistant epilepsy, $515,000 to establish the Georgia Film Academy to train students for jobs in the booming Georgia film industry and $6.2 million in state and federal funds to hire 103 additional Child Protective Services caseworkers. Another important line item is the $20 million allocated for deal closing initiatives to encourage companies to relocate to Georgia. The amended budget is a testament to the sound fiscal policies of our state that make Georgia the number one state to do business.

On Thursday, the Senate made a bold and decisive step towards ending child sex trafficking in Georgia. It is a sad fact that criminals have had far too easy a time abducting, victimizing and selling children as part of an underground sex trade. Through the great work of my Senate colleague Sen. Renee Unterman, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 7 and Senate Bill 8 with bipartisan support.

Senate Bill 8 creates the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund and Commission, increases the legal punishments for perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse and adds more protections for victims of these despicable situations. These legal protections range from increases on the statute of limitations for civil claims against sex traffickers to the forfeiting of cars used to operate these illegal businesses. The bill also requires convicted sex traffickers to be listed on the sexual offender registry.

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18
Feb

Sen. Jeff Mullis: Update from the Gold Dome

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From Senator Jeff Mullis

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Sen. Jeff Mullis: Update from the Gold Dome

More bills are making their way out of committees and onto the Senate floor as we approach the halfway point of the legislative session. The Senate continues its work to pass sound policies that ensure a better future for the people who our great state “home.”

In 2014, the Georgia General Assembly passed SB 65, a measure allowing licensed professional counselors (LPCs) to perform emergency examinations on individuals who are mentally ill or drug or alcohol dependent. These examinations are used to determine whether an individual requires involuntary treatment. Previously, the only people able to authorize these emergency examinations were medical doctors and psychologists. This bill included a sunset clause repealing the act in its entirety if is not extended through legislative action by March 15, 2015.

Last week, the Georgia Senate passed SB 53 to extend the sunset clause to June 30, 2018.  This extension will allow the state to collect enough data to determine if it is beneficial for LPCs to continue conducting these examinations. SB 53 now goes to the House for consideration.

The Senate also approved several bills focused on protecting family structure and the safety of children last week. Senate Bill 3, the “Supporting and Strengthening Families Act,” will allow parents to temporarily transfer custodial oversight to another adult during times when extenuating circumstances impact the ability to properly care for a child. Companion bills SB 8 and SR 7 aim to bring more severe punishments to those who capitalize on the innocence of a child and establishes a fund that provides support services to these victims.

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18
Feb

SOS Brian Kemp: Alerts Georgia Corporations About Solicitations

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From Secretary of State Brian Kemp 

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Secretary Kemp Alerts Georgia Corporations About Solicitations

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is alerting corporations today that his office has received recent complaints about solicitations sent from a firm called “Georgia Council for Corporations.” The firm offers to complete corporate meeting minutes on behalf of Georgia corporations for a fee of $125. Georgia corporations are not required by law to file corporate minutes with the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division.

Secretary Kemp said, “Georgia’s corporations should be cautious regarding any suspicious solicitation, and practice their due diligence to prevent corporate fraud and identity theft.”

Although the solicitation from the Georgia Council for Corporations contains language from various Georgia Code sections and a disclaimer stating, “Georgia Council for Corporations is not a government agency and does not have or contract with any government agency to provide this service.  This does not fulfill the Georgia annual report filing requirement,” some corporate officers have been understandably confused by the official-looking documents. It is important to remember that any official statement or request from the Secretary of State will clearly indicate its origin by displaying the State Seal and the name of Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

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