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6
Aug

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

On August 6, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began debating the first draft of the Constitution of the United States.

On August 6, 1958 the wagon train carrying gold from Dahlonega to gild the State Capitol dome reached Atlanta, where city officials were not prepared to receive them.

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act; Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in attendance and was given one of the pens Johnson used to sign the Act. Here is an auction for one of the pens used in the VRA signing.

John Hughes, director of every meaningful teen angst movie of the 1980s (except Say Anything) died on August 6, 2009.

Presidential Politics this Weekend

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Attorney General Sam Olens have both endorsed former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for President, according to the AJC Political Insider.

The statement from Cagle, via the Bush campaign:

“Governor Bush is a proven leader with the right vision and skills to strengthen our country and transform Washington. His commitment to reforming education and encouraging private sector job growth is just what we need from our next President. Now, more than ever, we need somebody that can tackle our challenges head on, bring about real solutions, and restore our faith in those elected to represent us in Washington. There’s no doubt in my mind that Governor Bush will be that kind of President and I’m proud to support him.”

And from Olens:

“Our country is in need of a strong leader who can bring us back from the massive federal overreach we have seen for the last six years. Governor Bush’s proven conservative record and can-do style exemplify the qualities we need in the White House in order to get our economy growing and encourage job creation.”

Word on the street, or perhaps on the dirt road, is that Congressman Jody Hice (R-Walton) will be joining the Ted Cruz presidential campaign’s Georgia Leadership team.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will make an appearance at Lovie’s Barbecue, 3420 Piedmont Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30305 in Buckhead for lunch on Saturday. Click here to sign up for free tickets.Continue Reading..

5
Aug

Mike Bowers: DeKalb Government “Rotten to the Core”

Letter from Mike Bowers on DeKalb Ethics Investigation

 

 

 

5
Aug

Gov. Deal on the importance of electing J. Max Davis to the State House on August 11

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5
Aug

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

On August 5, 1774, Royal Governor James Wright issued a proclamation banning assemblies to protest British policy.

President Abraham Lincoln imposed the first federal income tax on August 5, 1861 at the rate of 3 percent on all income over $800 per year.

On August 5, 1910, Gov. Joseph Brown signed legislation outlawing betting on election outcomes.

The caravan transporting 43 ounces of gold from Dahlonega to the State Capitol to be used in gilding the dome arrived in Roswell/Sandy Springs area on August 5, 1958. At the current price of $1291.80 per ounce, that would be worth $55,547.40.

President Ronald Reagan began the process of firing all striking Air Traffic Controllers on August 5, 1981.

Divers raised the turret of USS Monitor near Cape Hatteras on August 5, 2002.

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5
Aug

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 5, 2015

Max Giant2

Max is  2-3 year old adult male Great Dane/Labrador Retriever mix who weighs 56 pounds is available for adoption from Two Tailz Rescue in Roswell, GA. Max enjoys the company of kids, adults, all dogs, and cats! He really couldn’t be a more perfect dog to easily fit into any family. Max needs exercise, like any dog, and the trails and dog park would be perfect for him. He loves to play with toys and walk next to you everywhere you go. He has a gentle spirit and calm demeanor.

Max Mini
(Mini) Max is an adult male Miniature Pinscher, about 6 years old and 16 pounds and is available for adoption from Canine Crusaders of Atlanta in Acworth, GA.

He just wants to be loved and enjoys sitting in your lap and have you all to himself. He’s currently in a foster home with other dogs but his ideal home is one where he could be the only dog or with a laid back dog who won’t fight for attention from people. He just really longs to be in a home of his very own where he gets the attention he craves. Max loves his toys, especially his ball. He’s also great with kids. He does chase cats and is best in a home without them. Max is also neutered and current on shots.

Max Tennis Ball1

Tennis Ball Max is listed as a Pit Bull, but I think he looks more like a Lab. Max is available for adoption from All About Animals Rescue in Macon, GA. From the photos, it looks like he enjoys a good game of fetch followed by belly rubs.

Max Tennis Ball2

Max CPR

The final Max of the day is a young male German Shepherd Dog who is available for adoption from Canine Pet Rescue in Dacula, GA.

Max is an exuberant, young dog who had a lonely start in life, but has since learned to embrace all the great things the world has to offer beyond the confines of a backyard chain. Max has learned that other dogs are potential playmates and now never passes up the chance to romp around once introductions are made. He is still young and can get a little carried away in playing with another dog, so it is important to continue to supervise him around others to remind him of proper play behavior as well as choose canine companions which will be forgiving of young dog enthusiasm.

Even though Max is an energetic dog, he settles down quickly and is content to lay at your feet with a ball or chew toy when you need a break. He listens pretty well and picks up training quickly. Max has a ton of food drive and can be taught almost anything through this route. He may even have potential as an agility dog or participating in some other high activity level event. Max is great in the crate, but should be watched closely indoors otherwise, as he won’t alert you if he needs to go out to potty. He walks well on leash even on a flat collar as long as he is reminded of his manners.

Max is a clownish, goofy type of dog who is always up for an adventure, but without being over the top excitable. He would do well with tolerant, playful dog personalities, or as a single dog living with a more active person.

4
Aug

Nancy Jester: Votes No On DeKalb Soccer Complex,Taxpayers Not Allowed To Speak – Vote Forever Tarnished

From County Commissioner Nancy Jester:

I voted against the proposal before the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners to fund a soccer complex in DeKalb County.

I did so because this particular proposal was not in the best interest of DeKalb County taxpayers. There is no justification for giving away millions of taxpayer dollars while DeKalb County is failing at delivering basic services such as, road maintenance, water management, and fully funding public safety and our first responders.

At DeKalb County Fire Station Seven, mold is putting the lives of DeKalb County firefighters at risk inside a crumbling building. We ask these heroes to put their lives on the line every day. We have a responsibility to give them a safe, working environment. Let me be clear, DeKalb County is failing our fire and police men and women when we vote to give millions to build a soccer complex while we fail to fund safe, working environments.

DeKalb County has private sector job creators, who actually pay taxes to DeKalb County, selling off hundreds of acres and moving out of DeKalb. Instead of giving away millions of dollars to an entity to come to DeKalb, we should focus our attention on how we retain those longtime proven job creators who pay taxes.

This vote was a disaster for DeKalb County taxpayers. A majority of the Board of Commissioners refused to allow members of the public (the people actually paying for all of this) to have a few minutes of comment time prior to the vote. It is disgraceful the public was denied the right to speak on a project they are paying for through their tax dollars.

4
Aug

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 4, 2015

Korat

Korat is an adult female Hound/Terrier mix who weighs about 35 pounds. This little girl has all kinds of personality, walks well on a leash and is good with other friendly dogs. She is curious about cats but not aggressive so she would do fine in a feline home. She is very affectionate and ready for her forever home and family. Korat is available for adoption from Dawson County Humane Society in Dawsonville, GA.

Cooper

Cooper is an adult male Basset Hound who is available for adoption from Lake Lanier Humane League (Georgia Collie Rescue) in Gainesville, GA.

Cooper is one great happy boy. He loves to be with people, get in your lap or just hang out. He enjoys whatever you are doing. Working in the yard, riding in the car or watching TV. He does well with other dogs and children. He is also good with cats. He is a super boy.

Cooper is not a big barker nor does he have the typical ear problems that can come with the breed.

Bouie McBeagle

Bouie McBeagle is a male adult Beagle mix who is available for adoption from Lake Lanier Humane League (Georgia Collie Rescue) in Gainesville, GA.

Maybe a former hunting beagle but now just a love bug hunting for his own home. He is covered in freckles as you can see and each freckle is filled with love, just waiting to lavish on his new owner. Bouie McBeagle is a fantastic boy. He has a great beagle attitude and temperament. He is happy, easy going and always up for a game. He is great with kids, dogs and life. what an easy boy. If you are looking for a family pet that you want to just fit in, he could be your boy. He has good house manners, is good in his crate, but would do just as well out of one. This is a nice family dog. Don’t miss out on a great rescue pet. You can rescue and be rewarded at the same time!

4
Aug

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

On August 4, 1753, George Washington became a Master Mason at the Masonic Lodge No. 4 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

On August 4, 1944, Anne Frank, her family, and two others were found by Nazis in a sealed area in an Amsterdam warehouse. They were sent first to a concentration camp in Holland, then most were sent to Auschwitz. Anne and her sister Margot died from Typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March of 1945.

On August 4, 1958, a wagon train left Dahlonega, headed to Atlanta to pay tribute to the mighty General Assembly deliver 43 ounces of gold to be used to coat the dome of the State Capitol.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Comet Davis

Meet Comet, the newest member of the J. Max Davis campaign family, who was adopted after the family was going door-to-door and knocked on the door of someone who is active in dog rescue.

A scheduling conflict will prevent Gov. Nathan Deal from speaking to the Red State Gathering, which convenes this weekend in Atlanta, but if you want to see him tonight, he’ll be at a fundraiser for House District 80 candidate J. Max Davis in Brookhaven.

Gov Deal Reception

In Fayette County, the election to fill the seat of late County Commissioner Pota Coston will be held in a district, instead of at-large as the Commission previously decided.

A federal judge granted an injunction against Fayette County, requiring the county to use district voting to fill a vacant district seat created by the death of the county’s first black commissioner last month.

U.S. District judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. cited in his 36-page decision, the timing of the Sept. 15 special election and that Pota Coston was elected under district voting – a plan he ordered in 2013 – as his reasons for granting the preliminary injunction requested by the NAACP, which has been in three-year legal fight with Fayette over its electoral system.

The NAACP went to court last month to stop Fayette from using at-large or countywide voting in the upcoming special election to fill the district seat left vacant by the death of Pota Coston, Fayette’s first black commissioner. Coston died July 3.

The 56-year-old Tyrone resident was elected last November using district election, the system ordered by Batten in 2013 to replace at-large voting, an electoral system Fayette had used for nearly two centuries.

The special-election dispute emerged when county officials said they had no choice but to use at-large voting for the Sept. 15 special election because local law requires at-large voting to be used for such elections. Batten’s 2013 ruling did not include provisions for which electoral process should be used for special elections. NAACP attorney Leah Arden contends district voting should be used to fill a district seat.

Early voting continues all week long in the House District 155 Special Runoff Election, according to the Tifton Gazette.

Voters in HD 155 will choose either Clay Pirkle of Turner County or Horace Hudgins of Irwin County to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Jay Roberts, who resigned due to his nomination to serve as planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

In addition to Tift, Turner, and Irwin Counties, House District 155 also includes voters in Ben Hill and Coffee Counties.

As a reminder: any voter who is eligible may vote in a runoff election, even if they did not vote in the preceding election.

To check your voter registration status, you may use the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.

Daniel Malloy of the AJC writes that Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus has written some big checks in support of two GOP candidates for President.

Marcus wrote a $1 million check to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s “Right to Rise USA” Super PAC, among a slew of wealthy Georgians who helped power the PAC’s eye-popping $100 million debut.

But Marcus, of Atlanta, is hedging his bets: He also gave a combined $600,000 to two PACs backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, “Unintimidated” and “Our American Renewal.”

Marcus does not appear to have changed his mind. His big Right to Rise donation was in January, while the Walker PAC gifts were in March and May, then he donated to Bush’s campaign in June.

Peach State Presidential Politics

The Washington Post places Senator Ted Cruz’s bus tour of Georgia and other Southern states in context, noting that Cruz referred to the South as a “firewall” in the GOP Presidential race.

Ted Cruz made the case Sunday that he can win the Republican nomination because of his strength in the South.

“For any serious candidate to play, you’re going to have to run a national campaign,” he said. “If you are going to run a national campaign, you’ve got to be able to compete nationally.”

Cruz plans to spend a good chunk of the August recess traveling by bus around the South, including South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Several of these states will hold primaries on March 1 in a regional primary that has been dubbed the SEC Primary after the Southeastern Conference in college football. March 1 is the first date that non-early states are allowed to schedule their contests. A candidate who wins then might get momentum going into the winner-take-all contests that begin March 15.

“I view the SEC primary as a firewall,” Cruz confided to the audience.

Politico surveyed State GOP Chairman and profiles the Republican presidential race, noting the prominence of Southern states in the SEC Primary.

Expectations are running highest in the South as candidates eye March 1, the date of the so-called SEC primary, when a host of often overlooked states in that region will vote on the same day.

“The move to an earlier primary has sparked interest by many of the candidates,” said Doyle Webb, the Arkansas GOP chairman. “We’ve had at least 10 of the announced candidates contact us directly for information [on how to file, the filing fee, the process]. We’re excited to see all the candidates, but we’ll wait and see who files in Arkansas.”

Added Tennessee GOP Chairman Ryan Haynes, “We anticipate that Tennessee is going to get a lot of attention…Tennessee is a relatively easy state to get on the ballot, and campaigns are starting the process much earlier than they have in prior presidential elections. They’re reaching out to the state party about what the process is, how to get the delegates lined up. The process seems to be starting much earlier this time than four years ago.”

The Republican Party of Virginia, which also chose to compete on March 1, has already disseminated detailed ballot information to all of the campaigns, said Chairman John C. Whitbeck, Jr., something that “reminded [campaigns] strongly to get started now on their work.”

Jeb Bush will hold a fundraising reception today in Brentwood, Tennessee, while Scott Walker will visit Nashville tomorrow.

The list of committee members accompanying the Bush Brentwood invitation includes some of Tennessee’s GOP fundraising heavy hitters. Kim Kaegi, a finance leader for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is organizing the event in some capacity. Committee members include Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Scott Walker hopes his conservative credentials will bolster his chances in Southern states.

Republicans aren’t criticizing Walker’s stance on social issues. He recently signed a Wisconsin bill that bans abortions after a woman is 20 weeks pregnant, and he’s routinely denounced the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

That social conservatism will be popular with Republican voters in Tennessee and throughout the South, but most if not all GOP presidential contenders share Walker’s view on same-sex marriage.

It will be Walker’s work taking on unions in Wisconsin that will especially endear him to southern voters, argued a longtime Tennessee Republican operative.

“Gov. Walker is certainly a top-tier candidate as he has taken on the labor unions and won three times in the past four years in a light blue state,” said the operative, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the race.

“Because of these fights, he has created a national fundraising network and has a compelling narrative of taking on the unions to create a more business friendly climate in Wisconsin that should play well in southern right-to-work states like Tennessee and Georgia.”

MARTA reaches for your wallet

Everytime you buy something in Fulton or DeKalb County, you’re paying for MARTA, and on the basis of one or two years without debilitating financial instability, they’re reaching for our wallets to take out another $200 million. As a DeKalb County resident, I have to say no, thanks to their legislative proposal. MARTA is talking about taking the case to the General Assembly, but if the legislature decides to go along with this boondoggle, MARTA will have to make their case to the voters and pass a referendum before levying an additional half-cent sales tax that will last for the rest of my life. Here are a couple quotes from the AJC story.

MARTA board chairman Robbie Ashe discussed the project and the agency’s strategy:

“[W]e will go to the 2016 General Assembly (and) ask them to permit our member jurisdictions to ask their voters for an additional half-penny sales tax that would last the duration of MARTA’s existing penny (tax). That half-penny would go to finance these expansion projects. They would then roll (into) operations and maintenance once (the projects) are delivered.”

“We believe that the math on that (half-penny) leads us to about $8 billion worth of projects over the next several years. A half-penny in Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton is approximately $200 million a year. If it lasts the duration of our existing penny, we would be able to, conservatively speaking, without remotely taxing our credit card, get to $4 billion.

“Because it would last that 40 years, we get bonding capacity.

“The half-penny, if it lasts for the duration of MARTA’s existing penny (tax), would be a revenue stream and a local match that is virtually without peer anywhere in the United States. It makes us very confident that we could go to Washington and get the highest level of federal match.

Meanwhile, the State Road and Tollway Authority is reaching for their own checkbook, to spread the road-building dollars in the form of grants to local government.

The State Road and Tollway Authority is offering local governments and community improvement districts shares of a $29 million funding pot intended to pay for transportation improvement projects.

The agency announced on Monday that it is accepting applications for transportation improvement grants and loans which will come from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank program. The program is entering its fourth round of grants with the goal of improving mobility in Georgia’s communities through road and bridge projects.

“Last year was a banner season for the GTIB program in that we received the most applications in the program’s history. This year, we anticipate a similar response all across Georgia as we have ramped up outreach efforts inside and outside of the Atlanta metro area,” SRTA Executive Director Christopher Tomlinson said in a statement.

“The program’s success is directly attributable to the support of Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly who continue to approve additional funding in the state budget,” he added.

3
Aug

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 3, 2015

Georgia delegates Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton signed the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.

On August 3, 1910, Georgia became the ninth state to ratify the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which allows Congress to levy a tax without apportioning it among the states.

On August 3, 1982, Michael Hardwick was arrested, setting in motion the prosecution that would eventually lead to the United States Supreme Court in the case of Bowers v. Hardwick.

Skip Caray died on August 3, 2008 and Pete Van Wieren died Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Georgia Politics

Opponents of Planned Parenthood rallied outside the group’s downtown August location, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

With the U.S. Senate scheduled to vote Monday on a bill to strip Planned Parenthood of taxpayer funding, more than 100 residents gathered Sunday for a prayer rally in front of the organization’s downtown Augusta clinic.

“We’re here to pray in defense of the defenseless,” said Pastor David McKinley of Warren Baptist Church. “And to pray for women who choose to walk through the doors of Planned Parenthood.”

After McKinley’s opening remarks, others spoke in favor of ridding the nation’s largest abortion provider of taxpayer dollars.

Our rally wasn’t about protesting or chanting,” said Laura Shipp, the event’s organizer. “And I’m so thankful none of our supporters did that. We just came here to pray the Senate will defund Planned Parenthood so our tax money will not be used to support them. These latest videos have exposed what Planned Parenthood is all about, where the baby’s body parts are being sold for profit.”

“We want our event in Augusta to be heard in Washington.”

Governor Nathan Deal is expected to set the date for a Special Election in House District 122 for November 3, 2015.

Congressman Tom Price spoke to a Meet-and-Greet on Saturday for J. Max Davis, who is running for State Representative in the Special Runoff Election on August 11, 2015. In the following clip, Rep. Price talks about J Max’s record as Mayor of Brookhaven, the special importance of the election to Republican voters in Fulton and DeKalb Counties, and a little bit about how to win a special election.

Tom Price, Nancy Jester, J Max Davis

DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester introduced Rep. Price.Continue Reading..

3
Aug

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 3, 2015

Marco

Marco is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is still in the puppy stage, who is available for adoption from the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society in Thomasville, GA.

Donnie

Donnie is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services in Atlanta, GA.

RickyDekalb

Ricky is an adult male American Staffordshire Terrier & American Bulldog who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Ricky is a laid back lovebug who already knows how to sit, shake, lay down, and possibly more! This smart 5 year old guy gets along great with other dogs and probably wouldn’t mind having a dog friend in his new home. His adoption fee includes his neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and more! For more information email [email protected]

Ricky1

Ricky is a young male Yellow Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Crabapple Knoll Veterinary Clinic in Alpharetta,GA.

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All month long, LifeLine Animal Project, which runs the Fulton and DeKalb County Animal Shelters, is having a $10 adoption event for any dogs over 25 pounds and any cats.