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Meagan Hanson Announces for House District 80

Meagan Hanson for House2

Republican Meagan Hanson announced today that she is running for Georgia State House District 80.

“Over the past few years, House District 80 has experienced incredible growth and transformation. Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Chamblee have each seen home values increase, local businesses succeed, and families choose this community to raise their children.

“Maintaining these advancements presents serious challenges – especially with prevalent corruption in county governance. Ensuring that our community and our state continue to move in the right direction should be our first priority. To do this, our community needs an effective, principled leader who shares our community’s values and will champion our causes. This is why I am excited to announce my candidacy to represent House District 80.

“In the State House, I will work every day protect what we have built in our community. I will work with my colleagues to find solutions to our transportation challenges, fight to keep taxes low, foster successful schools for our children, and hold county governments accountable,” said Hanson.

More about Meagan Hanson
Meagan Hanson is an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle. In 2014, James Magazine listed her as one of Georgia’s most influential attorneys. For the last two years, Hanson has regularly appeared on Fox 5′s ‘The Georgia Gang’ as a guest panelist.

As a homeowner and active community leader in Brookhaven, Hanson was deeply involved in the grassroots effort for the Brookhaven cityhood movement as a board member for BrookhavenYES.

Hanson is an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta, where her service earned her the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award.

As a Republican leader, Hanson is the immediate past chair of the Georgia Young Republicans, having served three years as Chair. She was awarded the Georgia Young Republicans’ 2015 Woman of the Year.

Hanson is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. She and her husband, David, also an Atlanta attorney, are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and live in Brookhaven with their two chocolate labs, Beau and Lucy.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 9, 2015

Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare and SAFE Adoption Center has two needs today. The first is the easy one, all it takes is money to save a mother dog and her four puppies. You can either donate online via PayPal or send a check to:

Happy Tails
4280 Interstate Dr
Macon, GA 31210

To donate online via PayPal with your account, simply login, click “Send Money” and then enter [email protected] as the recipient.

Save Pups Macon

The second great need is for a Monday Miracle of ten adoptions by 5 PM so they can avoid euthanizing any dogs.


Carnelian is a 7-year old female German Shepherd and Labrador Retriver mix female. She looks so much like my Roxy, who died last month that if anyone is interested in rescuing her, I’ll sponsor her adoption fee. Just email me if you’re that person.


Jamie is a sweet 3-year old Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.


Larry is an 8-month old black-and-white Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.


Thorn is a handsome 5-year old Black-and-Tan Coonhound (labeled by the shelter as a Catahoula Leopard Dog) who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.


Bunny is a 9-week old female Black Mouth Cur puppy, one of a litter of eight, who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.


Catie is a 9-week old Black Mouth Cur puppy, one of a litter of eight, who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.


Eddy is a 9-week old male Black Mouth Cur puppy, one of a litter of eight, who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 9, 2015

On November 8, 1860, Savannah residents protested in favor of secession following the election of Abraham Lincoln.

President Abraham Lincoln (R) was reelected on November 8, 1864.

General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 120 on November 9, 1864.

Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi, in the Field, Kingston, Georgia, November 9, 1864

5. To corps commanders alone is intrusted the power to destroy mills, houses, cotton-gins, etc.; and for them this general principle is laid down: In districts and neighborhoods where the army is unmolested, no destruction of such property should be permitted; but should guerrillas or bushwhackers molest our march, or should the inhabitants burn bridges, obstruct roads, or otherwise manifest local hostility, then army commanders should order and enforce a devastation more or less relentless, according to the measure of such hostility.

6. As for horses, mules, wagons, etc., belonging to the inhabitants, the cavalry and artillery may appropriate freely and without limit; discriminating, however, between the rich, who are usually hostile, and the poor and industrious, usually neutral or friendly. Foraging-parties may also take mules or horses, to replace the jaded animals of their trains, or to serve as pack-mules for the regiments of brigades. In all foraging, of whatever kind, the parties engaged will refrain abusive or threatening language, and may, where the officer in command thinks proper, given written certificates of the facts, but no receipts; and they will endeavor to leave with each family a reasonable portion for their maintenance.

7. Negroes who are able-bodied and can be of service to the several columns may be taken along; but each army commander will bear in mind that the question of supplies is a very important one, and this his first duty is to see to those who bear arms.

8. The organization, at once, of a good pioneer battalion for each army corps, composed if possible of Negroes, should be attended to. This battalion should follow the advance-guard, repair roads and double them if possible, so that the columns will not be delayed after reaching bad places.

Former Confederate General John B. Gordon was sworn-in as Governor of Georgia on November 9, 1886.

Franklin D. Roosevelt made his 15th trip to Warm Springs, Georgia on November 8, 1928 after winning the election for Governor of New York.

Richard B. Russell, Jr. was elected to the United States Senate on November 8, 1932 and would serve until his death in 1971. Before his election to the Senate, Russell served as State Representative, Speaker of the Georgia House, and the youngest Governor of Georgia; his father served as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. On the same day, part-time Georgia resident Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States.

The next day, November 9, 1932, President-elect FDR addressed a national broadcast to the American people and mentioned that he would spend Thanksgiving at his “second home” in Georgia.

On November 9, 1938, Kristallnacht began the organized destruction and looting of Jewish businesses and homes in Munich, Germany.

On November 9, 1989, the former East Germany announced that citizens could cross the border to West Germany. That night, crowds began tearing down sections of the wall that divided the city. Earlier this year, former State Senator Chuck Clay spoke to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation about his grandfather’s role in leading the Berlin Airlift that kept the western part of the city supplied during the beginning of its Cold War blockade. Hans Rueffert of The Woodbridge Inn in Jasper, Georgia told of his father’s experience in East Germany and his flight across the wall to freedom in the west.

On November 8, 1994, Republicans won control of the United States House of Representatives and Senate in what came to be called the “Republican Revolution.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

State Senator Renee Unterman was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Georgia Chiropractic Association in recognition of her work against human trafficking in Georgia.

“This is a very, very special award,” Georgia Chiropractic Association legal counsel Aubrey Villines said in a statement. “All of (Sen.) Unterman’s accomplishments, before she even ever got to the legislature, are absolutely amazing. She’s just a wonderful person and we’re pleased to honor her for her work preventing sex trafficking.”

The Safe Harbor and Rachel’s Law toughens laws that deal with human trafficking, including the addition of hefty fines for adults and adult entertainment businesses who violate the law. It also lets the criminal justice system treat sexually exploited children as victims instead of criminals.

The age-based statute of limitations for sex trafficking victims was also raised from 23 to 25 under the law, which went into effect July 1.

“The issue of human trafficking is something that’s been near and dear to my heart for eight years now,” Unterman said in the association’s announcement. “At that time, Georgia was one of the worst in the nation for human trafficking and specifically for child sex trafficking. And now, we actually have other states replicating our efforts.”

State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) and Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) will lead a fact-finding group to Colorado to learn about the production of CBD oils that were made legal for treatment of certain medical conditions earlier this year. After the fact-finding trip, the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis will meet on December 9, 2015 to forumulate recommendations for legislation.

Butch Fundraiser

Speaking of Senator Butch Miller, a writer for his hometown Gainesville Times notes speculation that he may be looking at a run for higher office in 2018.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 6, 2015


Slash is a 6-month old female Boston Terrier mix female puppy who is fully vetted, spayed, microchipped, housebroke, and crate trained, dog and cat friendly. She is available for adoption from Pawsome Southern Rescue in Warner Robins, GA.

TheodoreTheodore Erin

Theodore (above, male) and Erin (below, female) are four-month old Airedale Terrier mix puppies. They are both playful and like other dogs, and are available for adoption from Pawsome Southern Rescue in Warner Robins, GA.



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

Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th President of the United States and the first Republican to hold the office on November 6, 1860. By his inauguration in March, seven states had seceded.

Georgia Governor Joseph Brown addressed the Georgia legislature calling on them to consider Georgia’s future on November 7, 1860, the day after Abraham Lincoln’s election as President.

On November 6, 1861, one year after Lincoln’s election, Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens of Georgia were elected President and Vice President of the Confederate States of America.

President Teddy Roosevelt left for a 17-day trip to Panama on November 6, 1906 to inspect work on the Panama Canal; he was the first President to take an official tour outside the continental United States.

Jeanette Rankin was elected to Congress, the first female Member, on November 7, 1916 from Montana. After leaving Congress, Rankin moved to Watkinsville, Georgia in 1925. The Jeanette Rankin Scholarship Foundation, based in Athens, Georgia provides college scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a record fourth term on November 7, 1944.

A dam on the campus of Toccoa Falls Bible College burst on November 6, 1977 under pressure from heavy rains, killing 39 students and faculty.

Democrat Sam Nunn was reelected to the United States Senate on November 7, 1978.

On November 7, 1989, David Dinkins was elected the first African-American Mayor of New York and Douglas Wilder was elected the first African-American Governor of Virginia.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA) resigned his office and his Congressional seat on November 6, 1998, effective in January 1999, despite having been reelected three days earlier.

On November 7, 2006, Georgia reelected its first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Sonny Perdue, and elected its first GOP Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

After the very narrow defeat of the LaVista Hills incorporation referendum, allegations surfaced of voting irregularities and possible fraud in the election.

The LaVista Hills cityhood proposal failed by 136 votes. If a judge finds any irregularities that could change the outcome, Tuesday’s results could be invalidated.

From WSB-TV in Atlanta,

Reports of intimidation and criminal activity have led to a state investigation into voting fraud in LaVista Hills.

Only Channel 2 Action News was there as investigators with the GBI removed a computer and voting machine from the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office on Memorial Drive.

Leonard Piazza, the second in command at DeKalb County’s office of voter registration and elections, says there were very serious irregularities regarding the LaVista vote.

Piazza says in addition to voters being turned away at their polling place, voter material wasn’t properly secured.

He also told Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston, there was a memory card that collects citizen votes loose in the office.

According to Piazza, when he told his boss Maxine Daniels, he says she told him not to worry about it and sent him home.

Piazza is now on paid leave.

Daniels says that she can guarantee to the voters that nothing irregular happened. She blames the investigation on a disgruntled employee.

And from CBS 46,

“It’s a complete disappointment as a voter that one of our most sacred rights would be violated,” said Mary Kay Woodworth with LaVista Hills Alliance, a group that supported LaVista Hills becoming a city. “We need to have government we can trust and if indeed this is true, we have a government we can’t trust.”

The complete statement from the Georgia Secretary of State is below:

“As Secretary of State I take any allegations of elections fraud seriously.  Our office has opened an official investigation of possible criminal activity during the November 3rd elections in DeKalb County.  Given the serious nature of these allegations, I have asked the Center for Elections at Kennesaw State University and the GBI to assist in this investigation.  I asked the GBI to assist due to the alleged theft of secured memory cards and fraud allegations.  Once completed, the investigation will be presented to the State Elections Board.  We will have no further comment until that time.”

The Secretary of State’s office said that in addition to possible fraud, they are also looking into a potential theft of a memory card following the election. There’s also a probe into why nearly 50 people who qualified to vote on LaVista becoming a city were given ballots without the proposition on it.

“The DeKalb County voter registration has had since April 2 to get this right and now here we are on Nov.5 or [Nov 6] and they didn’t get it right, but it really boils down to anger and frustration with DeKalb County government,” Woodwoth added.

In Smyrna City Council Ward 6, former Democratic State Senator Doug Stoner bested first-time candidate Tara Simon by a 637-623 margin, with the 14-vote difference putting it just outside the 1% window that entitles candidates to a recount. But on election night, 34 provisional ballots were uncounted, with the potential to change the election or put it in the recount window.

Crisp County passed an E-SPLOST by a 75:25 margin, and in Worth County, the E-SPLOST garnered 71% yes votes.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard won reelection with 57% of the vote against two challengers.

The cities of Ocilla and Sylvester passed liquor by the drink referenda by more than 60% each.

In Unadilla, Myron Mixon defeated incumbent Mayor Dr. Bobby West by 241-221. Mixon is a renowned Barbecue competitor.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 5, 2015


Pilgrim is a 2-month old, 8-pound male mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.


Squash is a 2-month old, 8-pound female mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.


Mayflower is a 2-month old, 8-pound female mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.


Amber is a 2-year old female Chocolate Lab who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.


Duncan is a 1-year old male Lab mix who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 5, 2015

Peter Early was sworn in as Governor of Georgia on November 5, 1813 after being elected by the Georgia General Assembly.

John Clark was sworn in to the first of two two-year terms on November 5, 1819, again after election by the legislature.

Howell Cobb, who previously served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was sworn in as Governor of Georgia on November 5, 1852, having been elected by popular vote.

Democrat Woodrow Wilson, who spent part of his youth in Augusta, Georgia and married Ellen Louise Axson, whom he met in Rome, Georgia, was elected President in a landslide victory on November 5, 1912.

Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to his unprecedented third term as President of the United States on November 5, 1940.

Richard M. Nixon was elected President of the United States by a plurality vote on November 5, 1968.

On November 5, 2002, Sonny Perdue was elected the first Republican Governor of Georgia since Reconstruction, beginning the modern era of Republican dominance of Georgia state politics.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

State Senator Judson Hill (R-Cobb) announced an initiative to put a face with a name for every Georgian who gave their life in the Vietnam War.

Sen. Judson Hill (R – Marietta) announced the need for pictures of Georgia’s fallen Vietnam War veterans for a multimedia display at the new Education Center at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (‘The Wall’). The display wall honors veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War, including 1,584 Georgia soldiers. This effort is part of a national program by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to put a face with each of the 58,300 fallen veterans from across the nation whose names appear on The Wall.

“We currently know the faces of 831 Georgia soldiers whose names are listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall,” said Sen. Hill. “However, this leaves 753 Georgia Vietnam veterans who remain faceless. By sending in photos of these heroes, we can better honor those who made such a costly sacrifice for our country.”

Standing with Sen. Ed Harbison (D – Columbus) and Adjutant General Joe Jarrard, Sen. Hill launched the statewide initiative to find pictures of the remaining 753 Georgia Vietnam War veterans. Legislative colleagues, members of the media, as well as fellow citizens in Marietta and Sandy Springs, are asked to search for photos that prominently feature these faceless fallen heroes. To encourage engagement in the Senate, the list of faceless veterans has been sorted by Senate District and will be sent to each senator as part of a larger packet. It is Sen. Hill’s hope that each Georgia Vietnam veteran’s name will have a face and background story associated with it by the end of the project.

Photos of fallen veterans can be submitted online at Photos may also be mailed to: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Attn: Call for Photos, 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC 20037. Please send a COPY of the original photo, as the VVMF will not be responsible for returning any photos.

To see if someone you know is among those without a picture, or to view submitted pictures, visit The Wall of Faces website at For more information on Georgia’s statewide initiative, contact Sen. Hill’s legislative assistant Macy McFall at 404.656.0150.

I forgot to mention this yesterday. I heard from multiple sources that strippers had been deployed to wave signs for one of the candidates for Mayor of Brookhaven on election day. I was also emailed a photo that I won’t publish, but the skirts and shoes were Ally McBeal length. Not exactly “going to church” clothes, but neither does it prove the allegation. I guess when the biggest contribution to that candidate came from a company tied to a strip club in the city, it’s believable to some folks.

Six Republicans qualified for the Special Election in State Senate District 20 on December 1, 2015.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 4, 2015


Moses is a senior male Retriever mix (and I suspect some Hound in his heritage) who is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA.

Moses is a wonderful dog! He gets along with everyone and loves to spend his time snuggling his humans on the couch. He is in great shape for a senior and can still do stairs and go for long walks. But he’s also mellow enough that he’s happy relaxing around the house. If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged family member to your home, don’t let this one get away.


Anna is a senior female Yellow Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA.

Anna is a sweetheart! She is good with dogs, cats, and kids. This wonderful girl ended up in a shelter after her owner asked an animal control officer to shoot her because she had a large mass growing on her side. The animal control officer obviously refused to shoot her, but took her to the shelter which is when Retired Retrievers were called. They had the mass removed and Anna is doing great. She would be a wonderful addition to any home!


DJ is a 13-year old senior male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA.

This handsome 13-year old ended up in a shelter because his 92-year old mom has Alzheimer’s and was no longer able to care for him. When none of her relatives were willing or able to care for him either, he found himself homeless. DJ gets along with other dogs and cats. He could stand to lose a few pounds and needs a home without a lot of steps. He is a very sweet old man!

Retired Retrievers is a Savannah-based rescue group that concentrates on finding new homes for senior dogs.

Click here to donate online to Retired Retriever.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 4, 2015

Alexander Stephens was sworn-in as Governor of Georgia on November 4, 1882; Stephens had earlier been elected Vice-President of the Confederate States of America.

Howard Carter found an entrance to the tomb of King Tutankhamen on November 4, 1922.

Georgia Governor Richard B. Russell, Jr. campaigned on behalf of Democratic candidate for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

On November 4, 1980, Republican Ronald Reagan was elected President, winning 489 electoral votes to 49 for incumbent Jimmy Carter.

Note on the electoral map in that clip, states that Reagan won were colored blue, and Georgia was a red state, going for Jimmy Carter.

On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected President, becoming the first African-American elected to the position.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

We’ll start in my home town of Brookhaven, where the third mayor in three years will take office after John Ernst won with more than 85% of the vote and Linley Jone, who was appointed earlier this year to District 1 City Council won her own term with more than 80%.

Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman was reelected.

In Dunwoody, Mayor Mike Davis was defeated by former City Council Member Denis Shortal.

The DeKalb County Ethics Reform ballot question was passed with more than 90% of votes in favor.

Tucker incorporation passed with 73.92% in favor, while LaVista Hills incorporation failed, losing by 136 votes out of 13,714 cast, less than 1%.

Gwinnett County voters passed the E-SPLOST by nearly 3:1 margin.

In Augusta, the SPLOST passed with 61.5% voting in favor.

Columbia County Commission District 3 will see a runoff on December 1 between Gary Richardson with 38% and Greg Grzybowski, who carried 22%.

House District 122, vacated by the retirement of former Rep. Ben Harbin also will see a December 1 runoff, between Jodi Lott (41%) and Mack Taylor (30%).

Republican JaNice Van Ness took 37% of votes cast and Democrat Tonya Anderson carried 26% to earn slots in the December 1 runoff for State Senate District 43.

The House District 92 election will not produce a runoff, but should merit a recount, as vote returns show Democrat Sherri Washington with 706 votes and Democrat Doreen Carter with 703.

More than 64% of Bartow County voters approved of the E-SPLOST extension for five years beginning after the current E-SPLOST expires in 2017.

Seventy-five percent of Bibb County voters cast their ballots in favor of the E-SPLOST.

Perhaps the biggest news of the night came from Savannah, where incumbent Mayor Edna Jackson was limited to 44% and faces former County Commissioner Eddie DeLoach (42%) in a runoff on December 1, 2015.

DeLoach said that he was feeling good about his chances in the runoff, citing the total vote accumulated by him and the other two challengers.

“I think 60 percent of the people said they were looking for change,” he said. “I think with everybody else we can give them some change.”

Jackson could not be reached for comment in time for publication.

DeLoach hit Jackson hard with criticism for the increase in violent crime that he claimed she and the council took too long to acknowledge and try to address. He also said the city lacked a plan for the future.

Heidi Cruz to Tour Georgia

Heidi Cruz, wife of Senator Ted Cruz appears to be embarking on her own tour of Georgia.

Cobb GOP Headquarters
799 Roswell St, Marietta GA 30060
550 Trackside
550 N Clayton St, Lawrenceville GA 30046
We’ve also seen Facebook mentions of events with Heidi Cruz in Middle and South Georgia and will bring you all the details as we gather them.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 3, 2015


Toast is a young female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Okefenokee Humane Society, Inc. in Waycross, GA.

Pop Tart

Pop Tart is a young male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Okefenokee Humane Society, Inc. in Waycross, GA.


Chex is a young male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Okefenokee Humane Society, Inc. in Waycross, GA.


Bacon (or Becon) is a young male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Okefenokee Humane Society, Inc. in Waycross, GA.