Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 29, 2014

William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England on September 28, 1066.

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General George Washington led continental troops into the siege of British forces under General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on September 28, 1781.

On September 28, 1863, two Union generals lost their commands after the Confederates routed federal forces at the Battle of Chickamauga.

On September 28, 1889, Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation designating January 19th a state holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Lee’s birthday is still a state holiday, though it has become “a moveable feast.”

Sir Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey was appointed British Governor General of Canada on September 26, 1904. We shall drink his tea in his honor this afternoon.

On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.

Atlanta-born Robert Trent “Bobby” Jones won his first Grand Slam on September 27, 1930.

WSB-TV took to the airwaves for the first time on September 29, 1948.

On September 26, 1960, Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican Vice President Richard M. Nixon met in the first nationally-televised Presidential debate.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

AJC Liberal columnist Jay Bookman wrote last week that the sky is falling for Georgia Republicans,

“Among voters 49 and younger, Democrat Michelle Nunn has a nine-point advantage over Republican David Perdue. Among those 50 and older, Perdue has an 11-point margin. If you’re a GOP strategist in this state, those numbers have to alarm you about the future. ”

But put down the Pepto-Bismol, my fellow Republican strategists. The news isn’t nearly as dire, in fact it doesn’t even really qualify as news. Because Jay Bookman’s margin of error is huge.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 29, 2014

Seven Puppies

These seven puppies look to be Labrador Retriever mixed with some sort of Pointer. 5 males and 2 females are available for adoption individually from Polk County Animal Control in Cedartown, GA, where they are urgent. If you are interested in this Pet, please call Gail Posey of Posey Shelter Pets at 678-361-7304 or [email protected] **** Adoption fee for dogs is only $35. This facility only accepts Checks or Money Orders. They do NOT accept Cash or Credit/Debit cards. You will sign a contract stating you will get your new pet spayed/neutered and a rabies vaccine by a specified date. **** Upon adoption, adopters are required to fill out a rabies and sterilization contract. ****

Save Sophia

Sophia is an adult female Yellow Lab who has a rescue group lined up out of state, but needs money to help pay for her vetting and transportation. Click here to donate online to help save Sophia. She has raised $150 of a total of $600 needed.

Save Bud

Bud is a Chocolate Lab who has a rescue ready to save him but needs help with his vetting. Click here to donate to Bud’s veterinary fund. He has raised $400 of $500 needed.

Quaker

Quaker is a little Black Lab who is in the Spalding County Animal Shelter. He has a rescue lined up for him, but needs help with his vetting. Click here to donate to Quaker’s fund. He has raised $270 of his $450 goal.

[Disclaimer: GaPundit.com nor I receive anything for promoting dog rescue or fundraising to save dogs. The only reward we get is hearing about dogs who have found homes because of our readers' help. Thank you.]

For fun, here are two videos of a dog dancing with her owner. It’s a great way to waste a few minutes.

Jay Bookman’s Margin of Error

AJC Liberal columnist Jay Bookman writes this morning,

“Among voters 49 and younger, Democrat Michelle Nunn has a nine-point advantage over Republican David Perdue. Among those 50 and older, Perdue has an 11-point margin. If you’re a GOP strategist in this state, those numbers have to alarm you about the future. ”

But put down the Pepto-Bismol, my fellow Republican strategists. The news isn’t nearly as dire, in fact it doesn’t even really qualify as news. Because Jay Bookman’s margin of error is huge.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 25, 2014

On September 25, 1789, Congress adopted the first twelve amendments, called the Bill of Rights, to the United States Constitution. A little more than two years later, in 1791, enough states had ratified ten of the Amendments, with two not receiving sufficient support.

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On September 25, 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis met with General John Bell Hood and visited troops at Palmetto, Georgia.

Ronald Reagan appointee Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Justice of the United States on September 25, 1981. In an interview with Terry Gross, she recalled receiving the call from President Reagan:

“I was working in my office on the Arizona Court of Appeals,” she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I was at the court in my chambers when the telephone rang. And it was the White House calling for me, and I was told that the president was waiting to speak to me. That was quite a shock, but I accepted the phone call, and it was President Reagan, and he said, ‘Sandra?’ ‘Yes, Mr. President?’ ‘Sandra, I’d like to announce your nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow. Is that all right with you?’ Well, now, that’s kind of a shock, wouldn’t you say?”

On September 25, 2008, the last car came off the line at GM’s Doraville Plant

Given that last historical tidbit, it’s fitting that yesterday, the site of the GM Doraville Plant was bought by Egbert Perry’s Integral Group, which will lead in the redevelopment of the facility. From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

Money changed hands on Wednesday. “As of a few hours ago we officially closed. We own the GM site,” Perry told Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Now work will begin to turn the 162 acres just north of Atlanta into 20 blocks of office buildings, housing, stores and restaurants.

Now the focus turns to at least eight months of demolition and the removal of 78,000 tons of scrap metal and other salvageable materials left after the plant closed in 2008.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

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If your first reaction upon hearing that 11Alive’s polling moved from Deal +1 to Carter +1 over the last two weeks, relax. It’s not really a difference. It’s well within the margin of error and a net 2 point change is meaningless. The real headline is that nobody is paying attention to the elections yet, and nothing is changing. Libertarian Andrew Hunt’s 4-point share is unchanged. (more…)

Governor’s race ads drive campaign spending | GainesvilleTimes.com

All but $100,000 of this year’s Georgia television spending has been in the governor’s race, as Republican incumbent Nathan Deal tries to withstand a challenge from Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter.

In Georgia, CPI found that Carter and Deal have each spent about $2.2 million from their own campaigns.

According to CPI estimates, $1.8 million of Deal’s total includes ads touting the governor, while he spent $383,100 on negative spots aimed at his Democratic opponent. Deal also benefited from a $787,000 ad blitz by the Republican Governors Association, all of it on spots attacking Carter.

Carter’s distribution was slightly more in favor of positive ads, with $2 million on ads promoting his candidacy and $193,000 on negative ads targeting Deal. The Democratic Governors Association reported no television spending on Carter’s behalf.

via Governor’s race ads drive campaign spending.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 25, 2014

Sandy Calhoun

Sandy (Calhoun) is a sweet 3 year old female lab mix, with maybe some Hound or Pointer. She is good natured, and will make a great addition to any family. This sweet girl gets along well with others, and can’t wait to find her forever family! She is available for adoption from Animal Rescue League of Northwest Georgia in Calhoun, GA.

Sandy Doggie Harmony

Sandy (Doggie Harmony) is an adult female American Bulldog & English Bulldog Mix who weighs about 50 pounds. Sandy is a friendly 2 year old. She is very good with people and other dogs. She loves toys and playing outside in a yard. She will make a great pet to almost anyone – someone single, a couple or a family! Sandy is available for adoption from a private home via Doggie Harmony in Atlanta, GA.

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Sandy (Flowers) is an adult female Pit Bull Terrier who is outgoing, loves to play, and loves to give kisses.

Sandy has an athletic, muscular build and a short, grayish-blue coat. One of her favorite games is tug-of-war and she will wear you out with her tenacious pulling on a rope toy. She also loves crazy-dog dashes around a fenced yard. She seems very people-centered. We’re not sure how she feels about other dogs, but she did make friendly overtures to some other shelter inhabitants through the fence, assuming the front legs on the ground, butt up, come-play-with-me pose. The best bet is to bring your existing dogs along for a meet and greet in one of the fenced play yards. Sandy will make a personable addition for the right family.

If you’re interested in a Pit Bull-type dog and have questions, there are resources on the web, as well as volunteer organizations dedicated to educating potential owners and helping them make the right choice for their individual circumstances.

Groups Push To Register Immigrant Voters in Georgia As Deadline Nears | Georgia Public Broadcasting

ATLANTA — With the deadline to register less than two weeks away, Georgia voter registration groups are holding drives all across the state. Some groups are focusing on immigrant voters as the state’s demographics continue to shift.

According to recent census data, nearly 1 in 10 Georgians are foreign-born. In 2013, the number of residents in Georgia born in other countries was 970,979, up from 795,419 in 2005.

On an early Friday morning, about 100 people became United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Atlanta. They took the oath of citizenship, which seals the responsibilities that come with citizenship – including voting – which is why a group of volunteers outside the ceremony have voter registration forms ready.

‘We want everyone to leave a New American and a registered voter,” one volunteer told the crowd.

Elmer Ventura, 36, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was one of the first at the registration table after the ceremony. He came to the United States from El Salvador 25 years ago, and says that he’s looking forward to having his voice count.

“I’m very excited because I’ve been in this country since I was 11 years old and since then, I haven’t had the chance to vote,” Ventura said.

The drive was held by a coalition of groups, including the League of Women Voters of Georgia, the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

“These are new Americans, and they are so excited about being an American. And the second step of that is to become a registered voter because that’s what being an American is,” said Elizabeth Poythress, president of the League of Women Voters of Georgia.

Since the coalition started registering new citizens at naturalization ceremonies in August of 2013, more than 5,000 voters have been registered, the League said. Recently, the coalition has been holding voter registration drives at five to six ceremonies per week, Poythress said.

via Groups Push To Register Immigrant Voters in Georgia As Deadline Nears | Georgia Public Broadcasting.