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Plans for Savannah Canal District drawing enthusiasm, questions |

With litter-lined embankments and the occasional rusty pipe stretching across the murky water’s surface, it’s unlikely someone would look at the Ogeechee-Springfield canal on Savannah’s west side and think about kayaking.

Images of a swamp monster rising from the muddy depths would be more likely.

But some city officials have a different vision in mind.

Instead of serving as a tributary full of trash, the canal would transport boaters past a future arena as couples take leisurely strolls along the waterway.

Surrounding the canal, new businesses would serve the influx of visitors transported there via sidewalk-lined roads, biking paths and a streetcar system.

Altogether, the city’s proposed Canal District, located north of Gwinnett Street and west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, is being touted as an extension of the downtown Historic District and a future draw for tourists and residents.

The plan is in its conceptual stages now, but city officials have begun taking steps to make the vision a reality.

via Plans for Savannah Canal District drawing enthusiasm, questions |


Mali added to Ebola screening list at Atlanta, other airports |

With new cases of Ebola confirmed in Mali, airline passengers from that West African country will be subject to the same screening as people flying from other Ebola-affected nations beginning Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security on Sunday added Mali to the watch list that already includes Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Passengers from those nations are subject to “enhanced entry screening” and three weeks of monitoring when they fly into the United States at one of five airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International.

via Mali added to Ebola screening list at Atlanta, other airports |


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 17, 2014

Shih tzu

“Tiny” is a 9.3-pound, 12-year old senior female Shih Tzu who was surrendered by her owner who was moving to a retirement home to Barrow County Animal Shelter, where she is available for adoption. This month is “Adopt a Senior Dog” month, in honor of which we’ll donate $20 toward her vet needs if a reader adopts Tiny.


Mowgli is a handsome brindle-and-white Boxer male who is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga. He weighs about 50 pounds and is 3-5 years old.

Dolly Barrow

Dolly is a 3-4 month old 14-pound, young hound mix female puppy who is available for adoption from the Barrow County Animal Shelter. The volunteers say she is very sweet.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 17, 2014

On November 17, 1732, the first English headed to colonize Georgia set off from Gravesend, England, down the Thames. Their supplies included ten tons of beer.

On November 17, 1777, Congress submitted the Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification.

Abraham Lincoln began the first draft of the Gettysburg Address on November 17, 1863.

Herman Talmadge was sworn in as Governor of Georgia on November 17, 1948, ending the “Three Governors” controversy. Click here for a review of the “Three Governors” episode by Ron Daniels.

Richard Nixon declared before a television audience, “I’m not a crook,” on November 17, 1973.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders has died.

Moving forward in Washington

Longtime Jack Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford will serve as Chief of Staff to newly-elected Congressman Buddy Carter, while David Perdue started hiring Washington staff last week. Congressman-elect Rick Allen is working on hiring a chief of staff.

Allen said he had three strong candidates to interview for chief of staff. Coming off a victory over Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta that surprised many in Washington, Allen is the only Georgia newcomer taking over for a member of the opposite party. That means if there are any staff holdovers from the previous regime, they likely would be handling case work in the district — given Washington staffers’ party segregation.

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GA YR: Meagan Hanson Declares Candidacy For Young Republican National Chair

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From The Georgia Federation of Young Republicans

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The Georgia Young Republicans (GYR) are proud to announce Chairman Meagan Hanson’s candidacy for Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF). The YRNF is an organization for like-minded individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 who support the principles of the Republican Party. Mrs. Hanson currently serves as the Chair of the YRNF State Chairmen’s Association.

Under Chairman Hanson’s leadership, the Georgia Young Republicans have evolved from a niche player in Georgia politics to an organization indispensable to Republican candidates and elected officials statewide. Her inclusive leadership style, insatiable drive to perform, and impeccable organizational skills have delivered tens of thousands of volunteer man-hours to candidates across Georgia. Beyond simply delivering volunteers, she has played a vital role in developing strategies with Republican party officials and elected leaders to expand the Republican brand to minorities, women, and other young voters.

“I am excited to announce my candidacy for Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation. The Georgia YRs have accomplished a lot over the past few years. We’ve launched multiple campaign deployments, trained grassroots volunteers, and hosted successful legislative luncheons at the state capital. I look forward to accomplishing the same success on a national level that Georgia has experienced.”Continue Reading..


POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Chambliss, Isakson voice opposition to Warthog plans | Gwinnett Daily Post

Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss do not want to see the Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the “Warthog,” pulled out of service prematurely.

On Thursday, the Republican senators, along with other members of Congress, expressed their concern that retiring the Warthog fleet could impact the ability of the United States to provide close air support and could place the safety of service members in jeopardy.

The United States Air Force has proposed eliminating a portion of the A-10 fleet and transitioning support staff to F-35A joint strike fighter operations. However, the A-10 — a low- and slow-flying aircraft with excellent maneuverability — remains popular with close air support experts.

“It’s imperative that Congress make decisions regarding the A-10 based on information we receive from our service members who have their boots on the ground,” Chambliss said in a released statement.

According to Chambliss, experts have consistently described the A-10 as a “critical weapon system that has saved lives time and time again.”

Isakson also emphasized the importance of the A-10 to service men and women.

“The close air support provided by the A-10 is unmatched and unequal to anywhere else in the world, and to divest of this aircraft without an alternative ready and in place would put U.S. troops at increased risk in future conflicts,” he said.

via POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Chambliss, Isakson voice opposition to Warthog plans | Gwinnett Daily Post.


Gwinnett animal control officer under investigation for actions involving rottweiler | Gwinnett Daily Post

Shane is friendly but timid. Untrusting.

It sometimes takes two, three, four commands for the thoroughbred rottweiler, a one-time show dog, to sit or stay or come. He takes time to warm up to visitors and, even then, it’s different than it used to be. He’s jumpy.

“Look at his tail,” owner Sabahuddin Grbic says, hurt, in a thick Bosnian accent. Whether from fear or shame or intimidation, Shane’s long tail is almost ceaselessly tucked between his legs.

He is not at all like he was prior to that fateful August encounter — the one that triggered what may be the first-ever criminal investigation into the actions of a Gwinnett County animal control officer.

At 1:13 p.m. on Aug. 30, Gwinnett County Animal Control Officer Austin H. Fetner was dispatched to 1343 Pendale Drive, where Shane had been corralled in a yard after escaping from his own about half a mile away. By Fetner’s own official account, he was at the scene for 15 minutes before leaving with the dog.

What happened over that quarter-hour has become the center of controversy, a contentious imbroglio with two very different versions: one describing a justified case of self-defense, the other detailing a bloody, abusive overreaction.

“When the 120 (pound) rott ran towards me showing teeth and growling,” Fetner wrote in his report, “I was in fear for my life and I had to hit the K9 with my pole.”

Said Annabella Flynn-Dempsey, one of several witnesses: “The dog wasn’t chasing him. He was chasing the dog. He chose to stay in there and beat the dog into submission.”

via Gwinnett animal control officer under investigation for actions involving rottweiler | Gwinnett Daily Post.


The Marietta Daily Journal – Taking the bypass Cobb lawmakers weigh in on gas tax but don t commit to hike

Cobb’s representatives in the state’s General Assembly agree transportation funding will need to be addressed in the coming legislative session, but none would commit to the possibility of raising the state’s gas tax.

According to Keith Golden, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia has the 10th largest transportation system in the United States, but is 49th in spending on transportation per capita.

State Rep. John Carson (R-northeast Cobb) explained how the gas tax works.

“Here in Cobb, we have 6 percent (sales tax) on retail purchases, including motor fuel sales,” he said. “Of the 6 percent, 2 cents go to Cobb County, 3 cents go to the DOT and 1 cent goes to the state general fund.”

This funding system has resulted in lower revenue for transportation projects as gas mileage has improved in newer cars, said state Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-west Cobb).

“I think one of the problems compounding it is through the years — as automobiles have gotten better gas mileage — the gas tax is not producing the revenue that we have needed to maintain our highway system,” he said.

State Rep. Don Parsons (R-east Cobb) said the funding system is “not based upon all the current realities,” and he hopes a state committee looking at funding for transportation projects — the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding — will come up with “out-of-the-box” suggestions, rather than simply raising taxes.

State Sen. Judson Hill (R-east Cobb) also would not say whether he could support a tax increase.

“It’s way too early for me to decide because there’s a lot of implications,” he said. “As the finance chairman in the Senate, I’ve been having tax reform hearings around the state, and one of the things we’re exploring is the possibility of, in a fiscally responsible way, to reduce our state income tax. So, I’m not going to go on record that I’m for any tax increase, especially without any details attached.”

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Taking the bypass Cobb lawmakers weigh in on gas tax but don t commit to hike.


The Marietta Daily Journal – Moving the goalposts Olive branch rebuff boomerangs on critic

COBB Commission Chairman Tim Lee issued an unexpected public apology to one of his most dogged critics Thursday in connection with the Atlanta Braves move to Cobb. And the apology appeared to meet the conditions the critic had earlier set for pulling the plug on an ethics case he has filed against the chairman.

So did the apology do the trick?

No. The critic responded not by dropping the suit, but instead by “moving the goalposts.”

“(The apology) does not address the Open Records Act issues in my complaint, so I’m not going to drop the complaint,” said Cheek, although his public requests for an apology had never been conditional on a point-by-point response to his suit.

Cheek later elaborated in an email to Around Town that if he were to drop the suit, someone else would pick it up and pursue it.

“I prefer to just bring the matter to a head now, and everyone, even Chairman Lee will be better off when it is all behind us,” he wrote.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Moving the goalposts Olive branch rebuff boomerangs on critic.


The Marietta Daily Journal – Marietta City Council addresses traffic by school

MARIETTA — The City Council has been steadily voting to approve measures to control traffic on Maple Avenue after parents complained their children were unsafe walking to Marietta Middle and West Side Elementary schools.

On Wednesday, the council approved creating a five-way stop at an intersection one block away from Marietta Middle School with a 7-0 vote.

Five stop signs will be installed at the intersection where Maple Avenue meets Winn, Camp and Holland streets.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Marietta City Council addresses traffic by school.