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8
May

Brian Donegan on Mike Huckabee’s Presidential Kickoff

Brian Donegan of Lawrenceville traveled to Arkansas for the Presidential campaign kickoff of former Governor Mike Huckabee and sent in this report.

I was honored and proud to travel to Hope Arkansas the other day to attend what was billed as Mike Huckabee’s big announcement.  Ever since he told the world he would make an announcement on May 5th during an interview with Fox News last month an online community of Huckabee supporters has been alive with excitement.  Several of us made plans to go.

I’d estimate that there were 50-75 of us that made the trip.  We came from as far away as California, Iowa, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.  Most of us were supporters the first time and active on a (now dormant) forum and called ourselves “Huck’s Army”  We were all new to the political game and had no experience and it showed.  However what was a ragtag bunch of greenhorns did everything possible to help Mike get as far as he did in 2008.

Since then we have grown up, worked on numerous campaigns, suffered the heartbreak of a declined 2012 bid for President, and have left the message boards for Facebook.

As for his announcement  You can read about it from his hometown newspaper  and you can watch the speech.

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7
May

Commissioner Nancy Jester: DeKalb County – A Broken Government In Disarray | The Brookhaven Post | Brookhaven, GA

A broken government in disarray.

That is not just the perception, it is our reality. It is time for both elected and appointed officials in DeKalb County to accept this, admit this, and demonstrate we have the will to change this.

Those who say the perception is worse than the reality are part of the problem – not the positive solution.

In just the past few days DeKalb County taxpayers have witnessed media reports highlighting the following:

Federal prosecutors issuing a subpoena to DeKalb County seeking records on Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Darryl Jennings, Sr. and a pool hall at the center of a bribery scandal.

A former DeKalb County police officer indicted on charges that he violated his oath of office by taking bribes.

Media reports that of the 11 officials and vendors mentioned in the blockbuster Special Purpose Grand Jury report, in addition to Burrell Ellis, none has come to criminal prosecution and there is a possibility the statute of limitations will expire.

And, the issue of the now infamous $4,000 payment from a DeKalb County vendor, which could have been graft, theft – or a setup to embarrass a high-ranking official.

J. Tom Morgan, a former DeKalb County District Attorney has stated, “This is just the tip of an iceberg, is my best guess.”

I fear Mr. Morgan may be correct. The true victims of our broken government in disarray are the taxpayers – the working men and women of DeKalb County who love our county, love their families, and try to do the right thing by going to work, obeying the law, and paying the very taxes that fund DeKalb County government.

Others are breaking what they are building – and it must stop.

I told WSB TV and the Atlanta Journal: “We can’t just keep depending on reform by scandal and reform by indictment.”

via Commissioner Jester: DeKalb County – A Broken Government In Disarray | The Brookhaven Post | Brookhaven, GA.

7
May

Lee May to resign from DeKalb commission seat | www.wsbtv.com

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News has learned that Lee May will announce Friday that he is resigning his commission seat which has been vacant since Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him interim CEO nearly two years ago.

May will serve as interim CEO as long as Burrell Ellis is suspended while awaiting trial on corruption charges.  The information comes to Channel 2′s Richard Belcher from a well-placed source familiar with May’s intentions.

The vacancy in May’s District 5 seat on the DeKalb County Commission has made it difficult for the remaining six members to pass numerous pieces of legislation.

The impasse has also stymied efforts for the commission to appoint a temporary replacement for May in District 5.

via Lee May to resign from DeKalb commission seat | www.wsbtv.com.

7
May

Former St. Senator Joey Brush killed in accident – NBC 26, Augusta-Aiken, Here for You

GROVETOWN, Ga. – Former Georgia State Senator Joey Brush was killed Thursday morning in a car accident. According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened around 8:30 am at the intersection of Columbia and Louisville Roads.

via Former St. Senator Joey Brush killed in accident – NBC 26, Augusta-Aiken, Here for You.

7
May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 7, 2015

George Washington attended the first inaugural ball on May 7, 1789 on Broadway near Wall Street in New York.

Washington arrived at the ball in the company of other American statesmen and their wives. That evening he danced with many of New York’s society ladies. Vice President John Adams, members of Congress and visiting French and Spanish dignitaries, as well their wives and daughters, joined in the festivities. Eliza Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton, recorded her impressions of the ball in her memoirs, noting that the president liked to dance the minuet, a dance she thought was suited to his dignity and gravity.

On May 7, 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant disengaged his Army of the Potomac from fighting against General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ending the Battle of the Wilderness.

Although the Wilderness is usually described as a draw, it could be called a tactical Confederate victory, but a strategic victory for the Union army. Lee inflicted heavy numerical casualties (see estimates below) on Grant, but as a percentage of Grant’s forces they were smaller than the percentage of casualties suffered by Lee’s smaller army. And, unlike Grant, Lee had very little opportunity to replenish his losses. Understanding this disparity, part of Grant’s strategy was to grind down the Confederate army by waging a war of attrition. The only way that Lee could escape from the trap that Grant had set was to destroy the Army of the Potomac while he still had sufficient force to do so, but Grant was too skilled to allow that to happen. Thus, the Overland Campaign, initiated by the crossing of the Rappahannock, and opening with this battle, set in motion the eventual destruction of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Therefore, even though Grant withdrew at the end of the battle (which is usually the action of the defeated side), unlike his predecessors since 1861, Grant continued his campaign instead of retreating to the safety of Washington, D.C. The significance of Grant’s advance was noted by James M. McPherson:

[I]nstead of heading north, they turned south. A mental sunburst brightened their minds. It was not another “Chancellorsville … another skedaddle” after all. “Our spirits rose,” recalled one veteran who remembered this moment as a turning point in the war. Despite the terrors of the past three days and those to come, “we marched free. The men began to sing.” For the first time in a Virginia campaign the Army of the Potomac stayed on the offensive after its initial battle.

Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta History Center have produced a series called 37 Weeks, which chronicles serially Sherman’s March to the Sea through Georgia in 1864. This is week three of the series, with episodes clocking in at under two minutes. If you enjoy learning about Georgia’s history, it’s great watching.

May 7, 1864 saw some of the first fighting in the Atlanta campaign, northwest of Dalton, Georgia.

Keith Richards recorded the first version of the guitar riff that would become “Satisfaction” early in the morning of May 7, 1965 before passing out.

On May 7, 1996, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell responded to the FBI Report that ranked Atlanta the most violent city in the nation. Campbell would succed in replacing headlines about Atlanta’s violent crime by substituting headlines about official corruption.

Jimmy Carter’s Presidential campaign received a boost on May 7, 1976 when he received the personal endorsement of the President of the United Auto Workers.

Happy Birthday to Bill Kreutzman, one of the drummers for the Grateful Dead. On Kreutzman’s 31st birthday, the Dead played at Boston Garden. The next night was the legendary Cornell show.

This past weekend, the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA hosted a reunion of veterans who served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. Attendees remembered Milton Lee Olive, III, the first African-American recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam war and who served with the 173rd.

Upcoming Elections

Here’s a run-down of elections to be held June 16, 2015

State House District 55 in Fulton County

Tyrone Brooks Jr. (D)
Alysia Brown (D)
John Franklin Guest Jr. (I)
Marie R. Metze (D)
Michael B. Fitzgerald (D)
Raghu R. Raju (D)
Shelitha Renee Robertson (D)

State House District 146 in Houston County

Shaw Blackmon (R)
Larry Walker, III (R)

We are likely to see an additional State House Special Election for District 48. Quite possibly others will follow.Continue Reading..

7
May

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for May 7, 2015

The following dogs are all available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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Originally listed as a Pit Bull, Snuffy is now thought to be a 5-year old male Dogue de Bordeaux. At 108 pounds, he is a whole big hunk of love! He needs to go to someone who appreciates him and knows that big is beautiful! Snuffy knows several commands and is very human-oriented and healthy, though he might be a little bit overweight.

You’ve got to watch his video to see how sweet and loving this boy is.

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Gwinnett Morgan

Morgan is a sweet female pit bull mix who is in urgent need because she’s getting anxious in the shelter.

You will not find a more loving, attentive, and gentle dog. Morgan came to the shelter as a neglect/backyard breeding case. As you can see from her before and current pictures she was almost starved to death but is now at a healthy weight. The officers have done their part, the court did their part(convicted), Morgan has done her part and survived (and stayed so sweet), now it is your turn to do your part and help her get her happy ever after!! Morgan has one more thing to overcome as she just tested HW positive. Please help save this sweet girl!!

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Flora

Flora is a sweet, young female mixed breed who is very loving. Watch her video here to see how much she loves people and why she has become a favorite of the shelter staff.

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Bobo (number 44620) is a friendly Golden Retriever or Golden mix adult male. Bobo is currently housed at the temporary shelter facility located at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville, Ga.

6
May

Report: Victor Hill to be charged in shooting incident | www.ajc.com

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill will be charged in a Sunday shooting incident that wounded a woman in Gwinnett County, a source told Channel 2 Action News on Wednesday night.

Hill has been notified that he will be charged with a misdemeanor, Channel 2 said. He reportedly is making arrangements to turn himself in at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

via Report: Victor Hill to be charged in shooting incident | www.ajc.com.

6
May

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

On May 6, 1789, the Constitutional Convention in Augusta, Georgia adopted a new Georgia Constitution.

Jefferson Davis spoke in Savannah, Georgia on May 6, 1866.

Davis … defend[ed] the South’s cause in the Civil War, stating, “In 1776 the colonies acquired State sovereignty. They revolted from the mother country in a desperate struggle. That was the cause for which they fought. Is it a lost cause now? Never. Has Georgia lost the State sovereignty which … she won in 1776? No, a thousand times no.” Davis’s fiery remarks were captured by reporters for the New York Times and other northern newspapers.

Because of the national attention generated over his visit to Alabama and Georgia, Davis took a more conciliatory tone in a speech that evening, noting, “There are some who take it for granted that when I allude to State sovereignty I want to bring on another war. I am too old to fight again, and God knows I don’t want you to have the necessity of fighting again… . The celebration today is a link in the long chain of affection that binds you and the North together. Long may it be true.”

Roger Bannister became the first person to break the four-minute barrier for running the mile.

For years, so many athletes had tried and failed to run a mile in less than four minutes that people made it out to be a physical impossibility. The world record for a mile was 4 minutes and 1.3 seconds, set by Gunder Hagg of Sweden in 1945. Despite, or perhaps because of, the psychological mystique surrounding the four-minute barrier, several runners in the early 1950s dedicated themselves to being the first to cross into the three-minute zone.

At 6 p.m., the starting gun was fired. In a carefully planned race, Bannister was aided by Chris Brasher, a former Cambridge runner who acted as a pacemaker. For the first half-mile, Brasher led the field, with Bannister close behind, and then another runner took up the lead and reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 3 minutes 0.4 seconds, with Bannister at 3 minutes 0.7 seconds. Bannister took the lead with about 350 yards to go and passed an unofficial timekeeper at the 1,500-meter mark in 3 minutes 43 seconds, thus equaling the world’s record for that distance. Thereafter, Bannister threw in all his reserves and broke the tape in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. As soon as the first part of his score was announced–”three minutes…”–the crowd erupted in pandemonium.

A “sub-four” is still a notable time, but top international runners now routinely accomplish the feat. Because a mile is not a metric measurement, it is not a regular track event nor featured in the Olympics. It continues, however, to be run by many top runners as a glamour event.

On May 6, 1984, Spinal Tap played a “comeback show” at CBGB’s in New York.

On May 6, 1996, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Atlanta was the most dangerous city in America.

Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on May 6, 1997.

Georgia Politics

Rachel’s Law

Yesterday, Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 8, called “Rachel’s Law”.

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The legislation focuses on ending the sexual exploitation of Georgia minors and establishes more severe punishments for those found guilty of this crime. Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford), the bill’s sponsor, has been a long-time supporter of stricter laws and punishments intended to keep human traffickers from operating in Georgia. The new law will allow children who have been victimized by sex trafficking to be treated as victims—not criminals.Continue Reading..

6
May

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for May 6, 2015

“We miss our mama!!! We were with her and then somebody picked us all up and put us in a box! We were so scared, but we snuggled up together and stayed real quiet. The next thing we knew, a man looked into our box and said nice things to us and picked us up in the box. He took us to his home for a little while, but said he just couldn’t keep us all. The man did keep two of our brothers and sisters; he told us he would take very good care of them and that he would help us get homes too! He brought us here and so we’re waiting for our turns to go to a furever home.” – Puppies in a Box

These puppies are currently at the Dublin-Laurens County Humane Society in Dublin, Georgia. A rescue group is interested in helping them, but needs foster homes. If you’re interested in fostering, you can contact the shelter volunteers via Facebook.

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5
May

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for May 5, 2015

Jupiter

Jupiter is a male Hound/Lab Mix, approximately 2-3 years old. He’s a sweet boy who gets along with other dogs, has a sibling Poseidon featured here as well, but both agreed they would prefer to have their very own identity and not share a home with each other. Jupiter keeps his space clean so is well on the road to being housebroken. He has not had the opportunity to be placed in a foster home thus far. Both he and his brother Poseidon tested positive for heartworm and are on a heartworm therapy regime. Both are happy and full of energy. Jupiiter would make a great family pet. Fence required.

Jupiter is available for adoption from Pup & Cat Co. in Winder, GA.

Star

Star is a white female adult Cattle Dog and Spitz mix with black spotted ears. She has one blue eye and one brown eye. Beautiful girl. She is not really interested in toys at this point, but she will learn. Curious and alert.

Star is available for adoption from Warner Robins Animal Control in Warner Robins, GA.

Luna

Luna is a 4 year old Stafford-shire Terrier who is a recruit in Operation Second Chance, the awesome partnership between the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s office and the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia. This great program saves shelter dogs from euthanasia, placing them with inmates at the countyjail who have been approved to train and nurture them so that they will be good pets in their permanent adoptive homes. The goal is for each dog to be leash trained, housebroken, and have knowledge of basic obedience commands. The dogs also receive agility training.

She is one sweet girl! However she needs a home with no other dogs or small children.

Luna is fully vetted — spayed/neutered, heartworm negative, and current on vaccinations and deworming. The adoption fee is $150 (cash only, please).

You can apply to adopt by submitting an application via our website at http://www.sohfga.com/, or by selecting the e-mail inquiry option on this page.