Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 7, 2014


Cricket is listed as a Doberman Pinscher mix, but in my opinion, she’s more likely a Coonhound mix. She weighs 43 pounds, a nice medium-size, and she’s just a precious girl whose super hero power is to make people fall in love with her instantly! Cricket is playful but very well behaved and smart. She knows sit, stay and lay down and is very eager to please. She is current on her vaccines, spayed and tested heartworm negative. She’ll be micro chipped upon adoption and can go home with you right away! Cricket’s ID # is 563825 and she can be found in run 81. Come meet her today! Cricket is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter.

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Jade is a 14-year old mixed-breed who has won the hearts of the volunteers at the shelter.

When people think about adopting a dog, they usually look for the young, energetic, fun, happy dog. Hardly anybody would consider taking a 14-year old girl home.

So Jade here needs a MIRACLE! She had a home but judging by her rough fur and patches of no hair, she was not spoiled. But to make matters worse, her owner decided to turn her into the shelter. Can you imagine what has to go through that dogs mind? Jade is absolutely wonderful! She is patient and quiet but loves to go outside to use the bathroom. She enjoys sitting in the sun and watching her surroundings. Jade does not need much more than a bed, food and somebody to love.

Would you be willing to give her all that for whatever time she has left? She is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter, where she is waiting in run 22 and her ID# is 563777. When adopted, she will get micro chipped and heart worm tested. Could you be the miracle that Jade is hoping for???

Right now, a 14-year old female mixed breed dog is snoring softly at my feet. There’s nothing in this world better than the love of an old dog. Her fur will heal with love, veterinary care, good food, and a warm place to sleep, and you’ll be her best friend until her last day.


If you want a Lab, but prefer a smaller size, Chopper is the guy for you – a low rider Lab mix, probably with some Basset Hound heritage.

He is very sweet and loving but confused as to where he is. He knows sit and stay and walks well on a leash. Chopper is a 2 year old, 34 pound Lab-Basset Hound, or Bassador. Chopper was surrendered to the shelter by his owner on March 1st and is currently available for adoption. His former owner reported that he is good with kids and house trained. Chopper is up to date with shots and already neutered. He will be heartworm tested and micro-chipped upon adoption. Chopper is at the Cobb County Animal Shelter, where he waits for you in cage 202 and his ID is 563917.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 7, 2014

On March 7, 1861, delegates to the Georgia Secession Convention reconvened in Savannah to adopt a new state Constitution. A resolution offering to host the Confederate Capitol did not pass.

On March 7, 1965, a group of marchers led by Martin Luther King, Jr., met Alabama State Troopers on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

“I was hit in the head by a state trooper with a nightstick… I thought I saw death.”

—John Lewis, SNCC leader

As a student of Southern politics at Emory, we were immersed in reading about the Civil Rights Movement and its effect on Southern politics, and American politics. But it was not until years later that I saw the PBS series called “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1956-1985.” It’s chilling to see American citizens turned away by armed police from attempts to register to vote.

Earlier this week, John Lewis qualified to run for reelection to Congress from Georgia’s Fifth District.

Under the Gold Dome

The Senate Insurance and Labor Committee will meet at 2 PM in the Mezzanine. The House Rules Committee meets at 8:30 in 341-CAP and the Pak Subcommittee of Judiciary Non-Civil is scheduled to meet from 1-3 PM in 132-CAP.


HB 646 Magistrates Retirement Fund of Georgia; part-time chief magistrates may become members of such fund; provide (As Passed House) (RET-24th) Fleming-121st

HB 740 Game and fish; full-time military personnel on active duty and dependents be considered residents of state for procuring certain hunting and fishing licenses; provide (As Passed House) (NR&E-30th) Tanner-9th

HB 764 Georgia State Employees’ Pension and Savings Plan; certain employees make contributions at rate of 5 percent unless otherwise specified; provide (As Passed House) (RET-40th) Maxwell-17th

HB 786 Game and fish; Type I nonresident infant lifetime sportsman’s license; add (As Passed House) (NR&E-7th) Knight-130th


Modified Open Rule

HR 1279 Savannah River Basin; development of water management plan; encourage

HR 1599 Joint Study Committee on the Georgia Alcoholic Beverage Code; create (Substitute)(RegI-Maxwell-17th)

SB 65 Mental Health; authorize licensed professional counselor to perform certain acts; secure certification (Substitute)(H&HS-Houston-170th) Unterman-45th

SB 117 Blasting or Excavating Near Utility Facilities; revise/add definitions (EU&T-Roberts-155th) Jeffares-17th

Campaigns and Elections

Deal Mail One Front

Yesterday, I received the first direct mail I’ve seen this campaign season from Governor Nathan Deal’s campaign.


Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer has drawn a Democratic opponent in his bid for re-election. Richard A. “Rick” Underwood is a Union Representative with the AFL-CIO and Aircraft Electrician at Lockheed Martin.

Senator Mike Dugan has drawn two opponents – former State Representative Bill Hembree will take a second shot at the seat. In 2012, Mike Dugan pulled an upset win in the Special Primary Election Runoff for Senate District 30 over former State Representative Bill Hembree. Later, Dugan beat the Libertarian candidate as well.

The upset came weeks after Hembree led the field in the Special Primary Election with 48.4 percent and narrowly missed winning without a runoff.

Dugan also has a Democratic opponent, James Harrison Nixon, a professional body piercer, seen below. Ladies and gentlemen, the new face of the Georgia Democratic Party.

James Harrison Nixon

After rumors to the contrary, Senator Jack Murphy qualified for reelection yesterday. Murphy faces at least three opponents in the Republican Primary.

Columbus, Georgia attorney Stacey Jackson qualified as a Republican for State House District 137, one of the only competitive seats, currently held by Democrat Debbie Buckner.

One of the other competitive seats, House District 81 in DeKalb, has a single Republican qualified as of yesterday, Jim Duffie, a leader in the FairTax movement.

In South Georgia’s House District 156, former Navy SEAL Lee Burton qualified against incumbent Republican Greg Morris.

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John McCallum: Qualifies For Congress in GA – 1

Lee Burton Qualifies For State House District 156

Events Calendar

Morgan County GOP: House District 112 Debate

March 7, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Peachtree Academy, 14101 Hwy 278 E, Covington, GA 30014

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Morgan County GOP House Seat 112 Debate this Friday

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The Tysinger Breakfast Forum

March 8, 2014, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Panera Bread in Briarcliff Village, 2100 Henderson Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA 30345

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The Tysinger Breakfast Forum Meets every Saturday

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Coweta County GOP: Breakfast with Bacallao & Woods

March 8, 2014, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Golden Corral, 605 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan, GA 30265

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Please join us for the monthly Coweta GOP breakfast meeting. This month’s speakers will be State School Superintendent candidates Mary Kay Bacallao and Richard Woods.

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Fulton County GOP: Breakfast With Reps. Jack Kingston & Phil Gingrey

March 8, 2014, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Drive, Roswell, GA 30076

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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from TWO U.S. Senate Candidates: Congressman Jack Kingston and Congressman Phil Gingrey And as always, enjoy a great breakfast and meet various other candidates and elected officials PLEASE Register online at:

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Sen. Steve Gooch: Town Hall Meeting – Ellijay

March 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Mike’s Restaurant, 351 Tails Creek Rd., Ellijay, GA 30540

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Sen. Steve Gooch to Host Ellijay  Town Hall Meeting on Saturday ATLANTA (March 6, 2014) – Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) will hold a town hall meeting to answer questions about legislative efforts at the Georgia State Capitol in 2014. During the 2014 legislative session, Sen. Gooch will travel through District 51 to meet with constituents and discuss common questions and concerns, both locally and at the state level. Additional meeting times and dates will be set in the weeks…

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Dawson County GOP: Training Day

March 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Ryan’s, 126 Georgia 400, Dawsonville, GA 30534 United States

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Training Day! This Saturday is an opportunity to learn how to effectively communicate our message of freedom and opportunity. And why do we want to effectively communicate? So, we can win 51 seats in the US Senate, win state races, and make a difference!

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Cherokee County GOP: Breakfast with Barry Loudermilk, Karen Handel, & Allan Levene

March 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Winchester Woodfire Grille, 110 Mountain Vista Blvd, Canton, GA 30114

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Karen Handel, Barry Loudermilk and Allan Levene will be joining us to talk about their respective campaigns for US Senate and US Congress.

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Chatham County GOP: Breakfast with Rep. Ron Stephens

March 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 E. Victory Drive, Savannah, GA 31404

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Representative Ron Stephens will be joining us to discuss happenings in Atlanta.

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David Perdue: Grand Opening Middle Ga Campaign HQ

March 8, 2014, Noon – 1:00 PM

David Perdue For Senate Middle GA HQ, 1824 Watson Blvd, Warner Robins, 31093

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David Perdue – U.S. Senate Join ‪#‎TeamPerdue‬ on Saturday in Middle Georgia! Grand Opening of our Middle Georgia Campaign Office If you have any questions or want to join us please call our office at (678) 248-6444.

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David Perdue: Tailgate in Macon

March 8, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy, Macon, GA 31206

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Join #TeamPerdue on Saturday in Middle Georgia! Perdue Tailgate at GOP Debate

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March 8, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy, Macon, GA 31206

GEORGIA REPUBLICANS TO HOST US SENATE DEBATE IN MACON WHAT: The Georgia Republican Party, in conjunction with local GOP organizations, will host their fourth U.S. Senate candidate debate in Macon at the Anderson Conference Center. WHO:  Candidates vying to fill the seat of retiring United States Senator Saxby Chambliss will participate in a structured debate.

CONTACT:  Adam Pipkin, Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party, 404.257.5559cor [email protected]

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The Senior Network and Central DeKalb GOP Women: Meeting With Nancy Jester, SOS Brian Kemp, & David Pennington

March 10, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Embry Hills Library, 3373 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta , GA 30341

The Senior Network and Central DeKalb GOP Women will host candidates: Nancy Jester for State School Superintendent Brian Kemp for Secretary of State David Pennington for Governor Refreshments are provided and all are invited.

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Ambassador John Bolton: Foreign Policy Remarks at CPAC – A Must Watch

Your Washington Desk:

The Honorable John Bolton, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Speaking at CPAC 2014 on 6 March 2014 in Washington, DC. on foreign policy.

This is a very important speech which your Ga Pundit correspondent  submits is worth a few minutes of your time if you have interest in foreign policy and national defense issues


Gov. Nathan Deal: Carter Plays Politics, Votes Against Georgia Jobs and Classrooms

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Carter plays politics, votes against Georgia jobs and classrooms

State Senator Jason Carter today voted against the FY15 budget, which contains millions of dollars of funding for deepening the Port of Savannah, safeguarding Georgia’s water supply, and protecting our state’s most vulnerable children. It also includes $8 billion in education investments. The budget passed the Senate in a 51-4 vote.

“This marks the first time that Senator Carter has ever voted against Gov. Deal’s budget, which includes funding priorities like education, strengthening the rainy day fund, and implementing criminal justice reforms,” said Deal campaign spokesperson Jen Talaber. Continue reading

The Georgia Congressional Delegation: Urges Obama Administration to Support Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

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Georgia Delegation Urges Obama Administration to Support Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

Today, all 16 members of the Georgia congressional delegation sent a letter to Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), expressing disappointment in OMB for its failure to support for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP.) Earlier this week, the Obama administration released its FY 2015 budget, and again failed to provide construction funding for the Savannah Harbor deepening.

SHEP is the state’s number one economic development project, and has bipartisan support from Georgia’s local, state and federal leaders. The president previously included SHEP in his 2012 “We Can’t Wait” initiative, in which he specifically pledged to expedite SHEP and four other port projects. Just seven months ago, Vice President Biden visited the port in Savannah and said the project would be expedited and built “come hell or high water.” Continue reading

Gov. Nathan Deal: Federal Disaster Declaration Granted For 39 Counties

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Deal: Federal disaster declaration granted for 39 counties  

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that President Obama approved his request for a major disaster declaration for 39 counties that sustained damage the Feb. 10-14 winter storm. The declaration allows for the federal government to reimburse 75 percent of eligible expenditures and damage costs. Continue reading

Statement from the Georgia Chamber on the Passage of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013

On Tuesday, March 4, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, to provide relief to homeowners and businesses in flood-prone areas who have seen a sharp hike in their insurance premiums as the result of a 2012 law. Georgia Representatives John Barrow, Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, Jack Kingston, John Lewis, David Scott, and Rob Woodall voted in support of the bill which now awaits action in the Senate.

“We appreciate the House action this week to address some of the unintended consequences of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012,” said Georgia Chamber of Commerce President Chris Clark. Continue reading

Rematch between Mike Dugan and Bill Hembree in Senate District 30

On December 4, 2012, political newcomer Mike Dugan pulled an upset win in the Special Primary Election Runoff for Senate District 30 over former State Representative Bill Hembree. Later, Dugan beat the Libertarian candidate as well.

The upset came weeks after Hembree led the field in the Special Primary Election with 48.4 percent and narrowly missed winning without a runoff.

Senate District 30 Qualifying