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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 13, 2015

Georgia and American History

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.

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.

On July 12, 1984, Congresswoman Geradine Ferraro (R-NY) joined the Democratic ticket with Presidential nominee Walter Mondale. Ferraro was the first woman and first Italian-American woman nominated for Vice President. Mondale and Ferraro lost the General Election in the largest ever Republican landslide to Republican President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced at about 6:30 AM this morning that he is running for President. If you want to show your support for Walker, you can order your campaign swag from his online store.

Walker will be in Atlanta on Wednesday as part of an announcement tour, according to the AJC Political Insider.

We interviewed Walker on his last stop in Atlanta.

Tomorrow, voters go to the polls to decide a Special Election in House District 155, comprising Ben Hill, Irwin, Tift, and Turner Counties, and part of Coffee County. The Douglas Enterprise reports that Coffee County voters don’t appear too excited.

As of Tuesday morning, July 7, only 16 votes had been cast in Coffee County since early voting opened on Monday, June 22, in a race that affects local citizens living in and around Ambrose and a portion of Broxton.

More than 3,000 Coffee County citizens (3,109 to be exact) are registered to vote in the House District 155 election that will fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Jay Roberts.

Four individuals are vying for the seat, and they are: Irwin County’s Horace Hudgins, the former Mayor of Ocilla and longtime Georgia Power official; Ben Hill County’s Scott Downing, a former Ben Hill County Commissioner; Tift County’s Sherry Miley, a former Tift County Commissioner; and Turner County’s Clay Pirkle, a farmer.

In House District 48, voters go to the polls tomorrow in a Special Election to fill the vacancy created by the death of State Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell).

When asked about their stance on the issues, both candidates shared similar views on prioritizing education and transportation. Both agree that passing a Fair Tax a high priority, and both have stated that they would fight for an independent “Milton County”, which would break north Fulton County from the financial strings of the city of Atlanta.

You may recognize Dr. Betty Price by name- she’s the wife of powerful Georgia Congressman Tom Price, who serves as the Chair of the U.S. House Budget Committee.

But it would be a mistake to measure Betty Price’s political savvy simply by her connection to her husband.

Boasting a long resume of Republican Party and community involvement, Price has served on list of community organizations almost too long to mention. Most prominently, however, is her recent roll [sic] as an elected member of the Roswell City Council.

But Republican opponent Dave McCleary shouldn’t be underestimated, as he has the support of Geisinger’s family, and claims to have received the blessing of former Representative Geisinger himself. (That’s not to mention the support of conservative celebrity Herman Cain, who tapped McCleary as a Georgia state director during his presidential bid.)

As a long-time GOP leader and activist, McCleary has built goodwill with many Roswell Republican voters and leaders. In addition to being widely known for his efforts to end human trafficking, he’s chaired races at the state and local level for Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator David Perdue (and candidate Jack Kingston before him), and even served as a Fulton County Co-Chair on Representative Tom Price’s campaign in 2006, according to his website.

“Ever since I was twelve years old, I’ve been involved in Republican campaigns,” McCleary said. “About eight or nine months ago, Harry Geisinger and I had dinner and he said he wasn’t going to run for reelection. I’ve been involved for so many years and felt this was an opportunity to serve.”

However, the current special election, which will be decided by voters on July 14th, will mark McCleary’s first time campaigning for himself.

House District 146 Special Election voters will choose between three Republicans: Shaw Blackmon, former Houston County District Attorney Kelly Burke, and Larry Walker, III.

As at other forums, candidates were asked about repealing the 6 cent gas price increase that went into effect July 1 as part of a $1 billion transportation plan.

Burke, 56, an attorney and a former Houston County district attorney, previously said he’d work to repeal the tax. He said Tuesday there are better ways to fund the state Department of Transportation than a tax increase.

Larry Walker III, 50, an insurance agency owner, said that repeal of the tax sounds good but noted the Georgia House of Representatives has many lawmakers. He said thinks most are interested in education, job creation, family values and issues other than the gas tax.

Blackmon, 42, president and CEO of National Bank Products, said he wouldn’t have voted for the tax but said it amounts to about $6 a month for the average Georgia driver.

Forsyth County voters in House District 24 will decide a Special Runoff Election between Republican Sheri Gilligan and Trial Lawyer David Van Sant. If you’re in that district, please note that Polo Precinct voters (usually at Grace Chapel Church of Christ) will cast ballots at Berean Baptist Church, 7110 Majors Rd., Cumming, GA 30040.

In Fulton County House District 55, Special Runoff Election between Marie Metz and Shelitha Robertson will decide who succeeds Tyrone Brooks (D-Federal Prison).

Metze garnered 841, or 30.15 percent, and Robertson earned 851, or 30.51 percent.

District 55 stretches from E. Rivers Elementary School in Buckhead to Deerwood Academy in south Fulton.

Metze, 76, is a retired educator and community organizer.

She credited her Election Night results to the “unwavering support” of her family, church and community.

Robertson, 53, an attorney, previously ran for Atlanta City Council and Fulton County Superior Court.

She attributed her results to both high-level endorsements and a “rigorous” grass-roots campaign.

“This effort consisted of canvassing door-to-door, phone banking targeted voters, sending out targeted direct mail, attending [neighborhood planning unit] meetings, participating in forums and community events, purchasing local radio [ads], visiting churches and senior citizens’ residential facilities to meet and greet voters and driving residents to the polls on Election Day,” Robertson said.

Finally, four candidates are contesting the Special Election in House District 80, vacated when State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven) was appointed to DeKalb County State Court. I expect this to come down to a runoff election between former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis (R) and Democratic newcomer Taylor Bennett. Disclosure: I’ve handled a small project for the Davis campaign this year, and I did some work for his campaign in 2004. I voted for J. Max Davis.

DeKalb Commission District 5 has the potential for highest number of voters, as Mereda Davis Johnson meets fellow Democrat George Turner in a runoff.

Mereda Davis Johnson, an attorney who is married to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., will face George Turner, a retired MARTA manager and leader of several neighborhood improvement groups. Johnson and Turner received the most votes among 10 candidates in last month’s special election.

Johnson says she has the political savvy needed for the job, having worked for her husband’s campaign and as DeKalb’s first black female judge when she served in magistrate court in the 1980s.

Turner says he’s the candidate who is most in-touch with the 144,000-person southeast DeKalb community because he’s been volunteering for decades with various homeowners’ associations and civic organizations before deciding to run for office.

The winner of the election may tip the scales of power in DeKalb, potentially breaking repeated stalemates on the divided county commission.

Southeast DeKalb’s seat at the county commission’s table has been vacant since July 2013, when the area’s elected commissioner, Lee May, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to run the county, replacing CEO Burrell Ellis who was suspended form office while facing corruption charges. Ellis was convicted July 1. May resigned from the commission in May, clearing the way for the special election.

I think this is probably the first time Georgia has seen the wives of two sitting Congressmen on the ballot, though no ballots will include both candidates as they’re running in different areas.

In Baldwin County, former Milledgeville Mayor Floyd Griffin and Businessman Gary Thrower will contest a Special Runoff Election for Mayor of Milledgeville after the resignation of former Mayor Richard Bentley in February.

A runoff between Harvey McCoy and Margaret Wimberly will be held tomorrow for Blakely City Council in Early County.

After the death of Fayette County Commissioner Posta Coston, the first African-American Commissioner in the southside county, tensions are ratcheting up over how commissioners are elected.

Fayette’s voting system has long been a contentious one for the affluent southside county and as more black residents move in and seek public office, the issue has grown more strident. In August 2011, a group of black Fayette residents along with the NAACP sued the county saying its nearly 200-year-old practice of at-large voting violated the Voting Rights Act and kept blacks from serving on the school board and county commission.

County officials have repeatedly argued that the county’s small minority population made it impossible to create a mostly-black district and that a race-based district was, in itself, discriminatory. Blacks now account for about one in five Fayette residents.

A U.S. District Court judge ultimately ordered Fayette to create five districts – one of which would be mostly black. The county appealed, prompting the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year to send the case back to the lower court for trial. So far nearly $1 million has been spent by each side.

County elections board officials are fielding calls from potential candidates for Coston’s seat and from voters wanting to know when an election will be held for her replacement. They aren’t sure what to tell them. County leaders meanwhile are consulting attorneys about their options.

“We don’t have the ability to appoint someone,” County Manager Steve Rapson said. “It has to be a special-called election but the details of how that will work is unclear, We don’t know if it’s district or at-large (voting) or which maps to use. We have to work all of that out.”



Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 13, 2015


Johnny (above, male) and Jenny (below, female) are 9-week old Treeing Walker Coonhound puppies.

Johnny is clever and full of sweetness, curiosity, love, and adorability. Jenny is sweet, cuddly, loving, exploratory and has a huge heart. Both have a slight case of Demodex mange, which is easy, and inexpensive to treat, and non-contagious.

Johnny and Jenny are available for adoption from Safe Harbor Animal Rescue in Atlanta, GA.



Loretta is a young adult female Treeing Walker Coonhound whose 8 puppies have found homes and she’s now looking for her own forever home. She is a very sweet and loving girl and enjoys treats and lots of attention.

Loretta is available for adoption from Pickens Animal Rescue Inc in Jasper, GA.


Sabrina is also an adult female Treeing Walker Coonhound whose puppies have been adopted. Sabrina is friendly with people and other dogs and is heartworm negative. She is available for adoption from Meriwether County Animal Shelter in Greenville, GA.

Sabrina also happens to look like she could be a sister or cousin of the Hound-in-Chief, Dolly, shown below sunning herself this weekend.

Dolly Front Yard 07122015

If Mrs. GaPundit was willing to adopt Sabrina, we’d name her Meriwether, after her home county, and call her “Meri.”


Election will ease standoff, add representation to Southeast… |

No matter who wins Tuesday’s runoff election for DeKalb County Commission, one thing is for sure: Southeast DeKalb will finally regain political representation after going without for two years.

Mereda Davis Johnson, an attorney who is married to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., will face George Turner, a retired MARTA manager and leader of several neighborhood improvement groups. Johnson and Turner received the most votes among 10 candidates in last month’s special election.

Johnson says she has the political savvy needed for the job, having worked for her husband’s campaign and as DeKalb’s first black female judge when she served in magistrate court in the 1980s.

Turner says he’s the candidate who is most in-touch with the 144,000-person southeast DeKalb community because he’s been volunteering for decades with various homeowners’ associations and civic organizations before deciding to run for office.

via Election will ease standoff, add representation to Southeast… |


Georgia Department of Education names lowest performing schools |

More than 60 Atlanta and DeKalb County public schools — including most of Atlanta’s high schools — are among those the Georgia Department of Education considers the lowest-performing in the state.

The schools appeared on the Georgia Department of Education’s list of nearly 250 “priority” and “focus” schools released Wednesday.

Those labels are the revised version of designating a school “failing” under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The lists, introduced in 2012, are based on state test scores and high school graduation rates.

via Georgia Department of Education names lowest performing schools |


Marietta school board to hold tax increase hearings |

The Marietta Board of Education will hold three public hearings this month on a proposed tax increase.

For a $218,267 house, the proposed annual tax increase would be about $62.64.

Hearings will be 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. July 14 and 6 p.m. July 21 at Marietta City Schools Administrative Offices, 250 Howard St., Marietta.

While the millage rate will remain the same as last year’s at 17.97 mills, this rate is .752 mills more than the 17.218 rollback millage rate.

via Marietta school board to hold tax increase hearings |


Huckabee Serves Food to Customers, Meets with Voters at Chick-fil-A – Breitbart

South Carolina – GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee rolled up his sleeves and served customers, as he mingled at a Chick-fil-A in Anderson, South Carolina.

Huckabee was welcomed to a packed Chick-fil-A store, where he first met with voters and went table-to-table introducing himself and taking photos with supporters.

He then helped serve the customers both at the front counter and at the drive through with Chick-fil-A employees.

Eric Stephens, Director of Operations at the Chick-fil-A in Anderson, South Carolina, told Breitbart News that both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich served food and met with voters at this location in previous elections.

via Huckabee Serves Food to Customers, Meets with Voters at Chick-fil-A – Breitbart.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for July 10, 2015

On July 11, 1782, British colonists including British Royal Governor Sir James Wright, fled Georgia.

Wright had been the only colonial governor and Georgia the only colony to successfully implement the Stamp Act in 1765. As revolutionary fervor grew elsewhere in the colonies, Georgia remained the most loyal colony, declining to send delegates to the Continental Congress in 1774.

Congress ordered the creation of the United States Marine Corps on July 11, 1798, after the Corps was inactive for a period following the Revolutionary War. From 1799 to 1921, Marine Corps Day was observed on July 11, but is now celebrated on November 10, the date of it’s Revolutionary War establishment.

On July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Burr was the sitting Vice President of the United States and Hamilton a former Secretary of the Treasury.

Millard Fillmore was sworn in as the 13th President of the United States on July 10, 1850, following the death of President Zachary Taylor.

On July 10, 1864, Conferderate forces retreated south across the Chattahoochee and burned the bridge behind them. General Sherman wrote later of the day,

General Garrard Moved rapidly on Roswell, and destroyed the factories which had supplied the rebel armies with cloth for years.

Over General Garrard was then ordered to secure the shallow ford at Roswell and hold it until he could be relieved by infantry, and as I contemplated transferring the Army of the Tennessee from the extreme right to the left, I ordered General Thomas to send a division of his infantry that was nearest up to Roswell to hold the ford until General McPherson could send up a corps from the neighborhood of Nickajack.

General Newton’s division was sent and held the ford until the arrival of General Dodge’s corps, which was soon followed by General McPherson’s whole army.

On July 11, 1877, a Constitutional Convention convened in the Kimball Opera House in Atlanta to replace the 1868 Reconstruction Constitution.

On July 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Aid Road Act, establishing a federal program of paying for highway development.

The Scopes “Monkey Trial” began on July 10, 1925, in which a Tennessee public school teacher was tried for teaching evolution, against state law. Three-time Democratic candidate for President William Jennings Bryan volunteered to help the prosecution, and famed lawyer Clarence Darrow defended John Thomas Scopes.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the Democratic nomination for a fourth term on July 11, 1944.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was nominated for President by the Republican National Convention on July 11, 1952.

July 11, 1969 was an epic day in rock and roll history, with David Bowie releasing “Space Oddity” and the Rolling Stones releasing “Honky Tonk Women.”

On July 11, 1985, Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan became the first major league player to strike out 4000 batters.

On July 10, 1985, “Classic“ Coke returned, joining the new formula on store shelves.

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games broke ground for Atlanta Olympic Stadium on July 10, 1993; after the Olympics, the stadium was modified for baseball and became Turner Field.

Georgia Politics

Governor Nathan Deal announced yesterday that the Peach State reaps a $6 billion dollar economic bounty from the burgeoning film industry.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $6 billion during fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015). The 248 film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $1.7 billion in spending in the state.

“As evidenced by today’s announcement, Georgia’s film industry has had a significant impact on our state,” said Deal. “These statistics represent job creation, increased business opportunities and the revitalization of communities statewide, and I am committed to building a strong film-ready workforce in Georgia to ensure that the industry continues to flourish here.”

Providing a sustainable workforce to meet the needs of productions coming to Georgia is a priority for the state. Deal established the Georgia Film Academy earlier this year, bringing together the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia and members of the film industry to collaborate. Working together, they established a program to provide students with degrees or certifications that fulfill industry needs and demands.

“Georgia is one of the fastest-growing entertainment production centers in the world with 42 productions currently filming across the state,” said Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “More than 100 new businesses have relocated or expanded in Georgia to support the industry – creating jobs for Georgians as well as economic opportunities for our communities and small businesses – ensuring Georgia’s place in the industry well into the future.”

The highly anticipated Georgia-lensed “Ant-Man,” set to premiere nationwide in theaters on July 17, made a major economic impact in Georgia during filming (October-December). “Ant-Man” employed 3,579 Georgians, spent more than $106 million in Georgia and utilized 22,413 hotel rooms during filming. In addition to filming at Pinewood Atlanta Studios, “Ant-Man” shot scenes in Atlanta including the state-owned Archives Building, Bank of America building and on Broad Street.

Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren (R), who stood with Sen. Josh McKoon as a press conference earlier this week on immigration-related legislation, supports the creation of a national registry of people who entered the country illegally and committed other crimes.

Warren said he first met McKoon when the state senator was drafting the bill last year and asked for his input because the sheriff is known to be a big believer in protecting the U.S. borders and working with federal immigration authorities.

“I’m pretty impressed with all those issues,” Warren said. “As a taxpayer, I have an issue (with) illegals that are not citizens of the United States being able to get in-state tuition (to college). I have an issue with a non-citizen of the United States getting a driver’s license. Those driver’s licenses are a privilege.”

On Monday, Sheriff Warren will host the 26th annual Corn Boilin’ at Jim Miller Park.

The outdoor celebration, sponsored by Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren’s Campaign Committee, started in 1990 when former Sheriff Bill Hutson decided to share his family traditions of boiling July-ripened corn to bring some “mountain traditions” to Cobb.

“About 25 or more years ago, I said, ‘Look, we need to do something that’s traditional from the mountains. We need to have a corn boilin’.’ I kept prescribing it to them, and we went over to Johnny Woodward’s horse barn and we boiled some corn,” Hutson said.

The event also served as a fundraiser for the Cobb County Youth Museum on Cheatham Hill Drive, which had lost funding from the county because of budget cuts, he added.

“I think over the years it’s just become a family tradition,” Warren said. “Shortly after the first year and holiday season, we started getting a lot of calls about (it). It’s just turned into a great event for the citizens. Republicans, Democrats, people with no political affiliation — it’s just one big family. What’s so great about is not only we get to see old friends and get new friends every year, but the best part about it is we’re raising a little bit of money for the museum.”

This year’s expected attendees include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Attorney General Sam Olens, Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds, Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan, Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee, Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin, Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins and Phil Kent, co-host of the Georgia Gang.

The Rome News-Tribune takes a look a lobbyist spending on local legislators.

The Floyd County Commission is considering removing the exemption of the excise tax on electricity used in manufacturing and raising the millage rate.

The Floyd County Board of Education will consider ethics complaints against the county superintendent and two employees.

The City of Bainbridge has raised the millage rate by .14 mills.

The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight takes a look at the effect of the $5 per night hotel/motel fee on local establishments.

Andy Patel of Glen Oaks Motel on Tallahassee Highway said it could result in a loss in profit for his business.

“Independent people and poor people on the road, they hurt because of stuff like that,” Patel said. “If people stay seven days they have to pay extra $35. With that money they can have one more night.”

Senator Dean Burke said he believed those who proposed that part of the bill were looking for sources of revenue that would have the least ill effect on the economy.

“Nobody likes an increase in any sort of fee or tax, but the bottom line though is the roads are deteriorating way faster than the Department of Transportation could repair,” Burke said. “I was told of 150 bridges in my district that are in need of repair. You start thinking about school buses going over country business and what can happen.”

Seven Muscogee County schools are among the nearly 250 identified by the Georgia Department of Education as the worst-performing in the state.

The Mexican Consulate in Atlanta will visit Valdosta later this month.

Macon-Bibb County elected leaders joined the chorus against parts of the fireworks legalization bill that passed the Georgia General Assembly this year.

County leaders said they were bothered about the law that permits fireworks to be fired up to midnight on weekdays and till 2 a.m. on the weekend.

The new law, which allows for more high-powered fireworks in Georgia, could be revisited in the state Legislature, one state leader said.

Commissioner Mallory Jones said he doesn’t know what legislators were thinking by allowing fireworks to be shot that late at night.

“I think that’s insanity,” he said at the July 7 commission meeting.

State law overrides the county’s nuisance ordinance. Dispatchers received about 50 calls during the Fourth of July night.

“I’ve heard that the sheriff’s office on a couple occasions said ‘don’t call us, call your legislator,’ ’’ Mayor Robert Reichert said.

State Rep. Allen Peake’s Facebook page was littered with complaints about fireworks over the weekend. The posts ranged from dogs being unnerved to a mother saying her epileptic child had seizures because of the noise.

Peake thinks the law could get a second look during the next legislative session, which begins in January.

“In particular, possibly allowing local ordinances to determine when the cutoff time is,” he said in an email.

Presidential Polling

For those who are overjoyed or distraught by the lead some polls are showing for Donald Trump in the Republican Presidential Primary, let’s take a look at what the polling looked like in 2012. Here’s a slide from the presentation I gave at the Gwinnett County Republican Party meeting last night. The information was compiled from polls listed at Real Clear Politics.

2014 Presidential Polling Corrected

Someone asked me on Facebook if the lesson I derive from this is that Jeb Bush, whom some consider the Mitt Romney of 2016, is the inevitable Republican nominee. I answered no, the lesson is that there will likely be several “Flavor of the Month” candidates who show some strength for a period before fading away. I don’t know if this will be the case with Trump. But I do know that polls more than a year out have little predictive value.

Read more here:

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 10, 2015

The Barrow County Animal Shelter is full to capacity. The following dogs and a number of others have been placed on the Euthanasia List for Wednesday, July 15, 2015, but may be put down before then.

Barrow Urgent

Barrow Senior

Lindy is a sweet Senior Lab mix girl who weighs only 27 pounds and is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.


Montana (above and below) is a sweet male Labrador Retrieve mix, about 3-6 years old, who is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

Montana2 Barrow Nolly

Nolly is a sweet Female Lab mix who weighs 56 pounds, is very human-oriented, is well-mannered, and walks well on a leash. Nolly is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 9, 2015

All of the following dogs are available for adoption for $17.76 during the month of July.


Mercy is a very sweet adult female Boxer mix. Her foster family says, “WOW!!! This girl is AMAZING!! She is PURE sweetness and gentleness – she is a very low key, low energy dog who rarely barks. She is very trusting to all humans, crate trained and house trained; no accidents at all. She will come to you for some loving and then will go about her business of finding a good spot to lay down. Not very demanding at all. She is timid of our hardwood and laminate floors – she has made a lot of progress so far but is still working on her confidence in this area. Anyone looking for a companion? This is your girl!! Please come meet her and spend some time with her……she will own your heart!! LOVE this girl!”

Mercy is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services.


Betty is a 10-year old female Boxer mix. Her foster family writes, “I absolutely love people and am the gentlest old soul you will ever meet. Whether I am getting a bath, being given medication, taking walks around the block, hanging out in my crate, or just snuggling on the couch, I’ll just looked up at you with my sweet brown eyes and you’ll know how much I love you.”

“My foster mom thinks I would be the perfect companion for an older human or a family with small children because I am so calm and gentle. My activity level is low. I like walking around the block one or twice a day, and the rest of the time I am content to snooze on the couch or in my crate. (I am wonderful in my crate and also house trained). The only time I bark is when I’ve gone out to the back yard and am ready to come back in.Even though I am so laid back with humans, there are a few situations when I can behave reactively to other dogs.”

“I should never be housed with cats. They just look like squeaky toys to me.All I want in this world is someone to love me and let me live out my golden years giving snuggles and taking naps on the couch. Will you be my forever family?”

Betty is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services.


Kaiser is a happy-go-lucky 2-year old Boxer boy who loves to play just as much as he loves sitting by your side. This fun-loving boy seems to know his sit and would love to learn more tricks. He has a soft spot in his heart for treats and he will do just about anything for them! His kissable face and lovable personality are the icing on the cake for this sweet boy.

Kaiser is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.


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

The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to General George Washington’s troops at the parade grounds in Manhattan.

President Zachary Taylor died of cholera on July 9, 1850 and was succeeded in office by Millard Fillmore.

On July 9, 1864, Confederate troops retreated across the Chattahoochee River from Cobb County into Fulton County. Upriver, Sherman’s troops had already crossed and moved toward Atlanta.

Georgia Politics

Peach Stand

July is the peak of peach season in Georgia, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.

Sea turtles are likely to break their own record for nesting sites in Georgia.

A little more than halfway through their nesting season, Georgia sea turtles are poised for record-setting reproduction with more nests already documented than in all of last year. As of Sunday, the nest total was 1,764 on beaches from Tybee Island to Cumberland Island.

“Based on the mid-season total, we predict 2,500- 2,800 loggerhead nests on Georgia beaches in 2015,” Georgia Sea Turtle Coordinator Mark Dodd wrote in an email update to the small army of volunteers and professionals who patrol the beaches daily to monitor and protect sea turtles. “The final number will depend on how strongly they finish up the season.”

The previous record season was 2013 when 2,289 nests were recorded.

Loggerheads, which are federally listed as threatened, can grow to be more than 3 feet long and tip the scales at more than 300 pounds.

Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston announced study committee members.Continue Reading..