via Gov. Nathan Deal: Yarbrough: Deal’s Plans For Education Should Be Taken Seriously

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From Governor Nathan Deal


Deal Leadership

In his syndicated column today, Dick Yarbrough says Gov. Nathan Deal’s reform and for his second term “could change the face of public education for decades to come.” In the interview, Deal outlined his vision for education reforms in his second term. Building off the success of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform, Deal will form a special education task force, including educators, school superintendents, administrators and other stakeholders, to study and offer solutions for public education reforms, including:

  • Updating our current funding formula to meet student needs and the demands of a 21st century classroom
  • Exploring ways to save students from failing schools
  • Advancing efforts to ensure students read at grade level
  • Keeping our best educators in the classroom

Yarbrough, a one-time adviser to Gov. Joe Frank Harris, helped craft the 1984 Quality Basic Education formula.

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David Perdue: Obama Confirms Michelle Nunn’s Support For His Failed Policies

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Obama Confirms Michelle Nunn’s Support For His Failed Policies

President Obama recently admitted that Michelle Nunn is fully on board with his agenda, when he told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton that Democrat candidates in states that he lost (like Georgia) “are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me, and I tell them, you know what, you do what you need to do to win.

This statement comes on the heels of Obama reminding the country that his “policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.” That includes Georgia.

Michelle Nunn’s own campaign plan exposed that she was “too liberal,” for Georgia, and her recent support for Obama’s agenda proves her plan was accurate. (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: Badcock To Locate New Distribution Center To LaGrange

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Deal Leadership

Deal: Badcock to locate new distribution center to LaGrange

Furniture retailer will employ more than 100 at new Troup County facility, invest $22 million

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that W.S. Badcock Corp., one of the largest privately held furniture retailers in the United States, will construct a new regional distribution center in LaGrange, investing $22 million and employing more than 100.

“Badcock’s new regional distribution center is an excellent addition to Troup County,” said Deal. “This expansion is a testament our state’s top-ranked business climate, and I have no doubt that Georgia’s skilled workforce and globally recognized logistics infrastructure will support future growth and success.”

The 535,000-square-foot facility will be located at the Callaway South Industrial Park in LaGrange and is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015. The project will include enhanced energy efficiency technologies and is designed for expansion to 700,000 square feet. This facility will replace two existing facilities in Thomson and Cullman, Ala. (more…)

How Democratic GOTV works

From a reader report:

Just saw a white van drop 6 people off at the Gwinnett voter registration office where early voting is and the driver told all the passengers to remember to vote for Carter and Nunn as 5-6 other people who were waiting to be picked up climbed in the van.

Hecht campaign caught lying about Sheriffs’ endorsements?

Hecht Fabricates Sheriff Endorsements

Late Friday, the campaign of Democrat Greg Hecht rolled out a false press release claiming 37 Georgia sheriffs had “switched” from backing Attorney General Sam Olens. After multiple news outlets ran the story, listed sheriffs began contacting both campaigns to complain. As the sheriffs have called the Hecht campaign to demand their name be taken off, the number he claims continues to change daily.

“I’m proud to support Sam Olens and I am shocked that his opponent claimed to have my endorsement,” said Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton. “Sam is a friend and has done a tremendous job as Attorney General helping my office of Sheriff here in South Georgia with many criminal cases. Sam has always had my full support and my endorsement.”

Mike Dewey, Sheriff, Brooks County, said “I don’t know why Attorney General Sam Olens’ opponent would falsely list my name as switching my endorsement. Sam Olens has proven himself as a friend and supporter of Georgia’s law enforcement efforts and has always had my full support.”

Sheriffs confirming to the Olens’ campaign that Hecht fabricated their endorsement to date, include: Sheriff Nick Norton, Lanier County; Sheriff Mike Dewey, Brooks County; Sheriff Josh Hilton, Calhoun County; Floyd County; Sheriff Neal Walden, White County; Sheriff Thomas, Pike County; Sheriff Young, Grady County; Sheriff Kight, Toombs County; Sheriff Peterson, Clinch County; Sheriff Thomas, Franklin County and Sheriff Nobles, Long County. One of the “switchers” listed was not on the Olens’ list to begin with.

Additional names listed on the original press release have also been redacted from the current list on the website.

“It is shameful that someone this fundamentally dishonest could run for the state’s top legal office. In his failed lieutenant governor’s campaign eight years ago, Hecht’s tactics were so deceptive and corrupt; one Atlanta newspaper actually revoked its endorsement,” said campaign spokesperson Sheri Kell.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 21, 2014


Annabelle is a young female flat-coated border collie mix, nicely sized to fit in a comfy chair as pictured.  Her foster family has several children and she is great with them.  Annabelle has lots of puppy energy and loves a good toy.  Border collies are said to be “able to change speed and direction with great agility and is an intense worker. Constantly alert and energetic, the Border Collie thrives with a job to complete and needs lots of exercise. They are also well known for having excellent Frisbee-catching skills.”  The good people of Country Pet Rescue in Monroe, GA are taking care of Annabelle until her forever family comes along.


Ivy is a senior female Viszla mix from our beloved Dixie Dog Rescue in Lawrenceville. She’s a sweet senior girl who’s a great family dog. describes viszlas as “versatile and suited for field, forest or water. Highly trainable, this lively and affectionate dog requires daily exercise and makes an excellent family pet.” She is in the care of Dixie Dog Rescue in Lawrenceville, GA.

Big Ben

Big Ben is a gorgeous chocolate lab/Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix. His foster mom reports that he’s a sweetheart who’s energetic and patient in equal measure. says the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is “…used to facing harsh winds and long, cold swims, this canine still maintains a happy disposition. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a protective and affectionate nature and is best suited for an active family. The breed also enjoys close proximity to water.”

Big Ben is in the care of Labrador Friends of the South, Inc. in Cumming, GA.

Dem candidate Nunn uses HW Bush image in campaign ad — despite being warned | Fox News

Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn once again has used former President George H.W. Bush’s image to push her own Senate bid, despite repeatedly being asked by the 41st president not to do that.

Bush already endorsed Nunn’s Republican opponent, David Perdue, and his office is not happy about Nunn defying his wishes again.


Nunn’s new ad is meant to respond to Perdue’s narrative that she is a President Obama lackey. The ad, which began airing Saturday, tries to explain a photo the Perdue camp has used of her standing next to the sitting president. The picture was taken at an Oct. 16, 2009, event that Nunn and Obama attended.


Nunn’s new 30-second ad starts off with the same picture that Perdue uses in his ads. In the ad, Nunn asks, “Have you seen this picture? It’s the one David Perdue has used to try and attack me in this campaign. But what he doesn’t tell you is that it was taken at an event honoring President [H.W.] Bush, who I worked for as CEO of his Points of Life Foundation.”

The ad then shows an image of Nunn next to the 41st president.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath made clear that the former president did not approve that message.

“Michelle and her team have been clearly, repeatedly and consistently told that President Bush did not want them to use his photo as part of this campaign,” McGrath said in an email to “Apparently, the Nunn team feels they can repeatedly disregard the former president’s wishes, which is very disappointing because it’s so disrespectful.”

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 21, 2014


USS Constitution, named by President George Washington, was launched in Boston Harbor on October 21, 1791.

During the War of 1812, the Constitution won its enduring nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British warship Guerriére in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shots merely bounced off the Constitution‘s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. The success of the Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous morale boost for the young American republic.

Today, Constitution serves as a museum ship, and has sailed under her own power as recently as 2012. Southern live oak, harvested and milled on St. Simons Island, Georgia, is a primary construction material for Constitution.

Dizzy Gillespie was born on this day in 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina.

President Warren G. Harding spoke in Alabama on October 21, 1921, and publicly condemned the practice of lynching.

Harding was a progressive Republican politician who advocated full civil rights for African Americans and suffrage for women. He supported the Dyer Anti-lynching Bill in 1920. As a presidential candidate that year, he gained support for his views on women’s suffrage, but faced intense opposition on civil rights for blacks. The 1920s was a period of intense racism in the American South, characterized by frequent lynchings. In fact, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) reported that, in 1920, lynching claimed, on average, the lives of two African Americans every week.

On October 21, 1976, Billy Carter spoke to an audience in Albany, Georgia, about his brother’s campaign for President.

On his brother Jimmy’s drinking habits, Billy said, “Jimmy used to drink liquor. Now he’s running for president he drinks Scotch, and I’ve never trusted a Scotch drinker.” Billy preferred the alcohol choice of his brother’s running mate, Walter Mondale – “I liked him the best of all the ones who came to Plains. He’s from a small town and he’s a beer drinker.”

Today, Billy Carter’s service station is preserved as a museum in Plains, Georgia.

The Atlanta Braves won the first game of the 1995 World Series on October 21, 1995, as Greg Maddux dominated the Cleveland Indians, allowing only two hits. Native American groups protested the names of both teams.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

I was listening to GPB’s “Political Rewind” on the radio on Friday (3-4 PM on 88.5 FM in Atlanta), when Beth Schapiro said about one or another of the current crop of ads, “if you’re going to do an ad that doesn’t match the actual facts, do it late in the campaign.” I’m paraphrasing, and I don’t think she was condoning it, rather pointing out something that happens regularly in the terminal stage of campaigns.

To illustrate, we have Michelle Nunn once again using the photo of her with former President George H.W. Bush (41), against his wishes.

Bush already endorsed Nunn’s Republican opponent, David Perdue, and his office is not happy about Nunn defying his wishes again. (more…)