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16
Jan

Former State Rep. Jeff Brown Exploring run for CD-3

Press release via email:

Jeff BrownRepresentative Jeff Brown (Ret) of LaGrange announces that he is forming an Exploratory Committee to help him decide whether he will announce as a candidate for the 3rd District Congressional seat. Earlier Congressman Lynn Westmoreland announced that he will not seek re-election this fall. He says of Lynn, “I served with him in the Georgia House of Representatives for 8 years, count him as a good friend, appreciate how he serves the 3rd Congressional District and agree with most of his votes.

During his 12 years as a Legislator Brown represented precincts in Carroll, Coweta, Heard and Troup counties all of which are in the 3rd District. During his last term he served as Chairman of the Health Appropriations Sub Committee and on the Ways and Means, Rules and Health and Ecology Committees. In 2006 he announced he would not seek re-election due to a number of factors including a possible run for Congress if Congressman Westmoreland ran for Governor or U.S. Senator which were being speculated at the time.

During his time in the legislature Brown won a number of awards including Legislator of the Year from 4 statewide organizations. Prior to his time in the legislature he served as a LaGrange City Councilman and was the first Republican elected to LaGrange City Council and the Georgia House of Representatives from Troup County.Continue Reading..

15
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 15, 2016

Big Red

Big Red is an adult male Great Dane and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.

Joan Jett

Joan Jett is a young adult Labrador Retriever female who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.

Velvet
Velvet is one of four Hound/Labrador Retriever puppies who are available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.

Ashton

Ashton is a male Labrador Retriever or Treeing Walker Coonhound puppy who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.

Elvis

Elvis is a male American Bulldog puppy who is available for adoption from Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA.

15
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 15, 2016

An elected Provincial Assembly first convened in Georgia on January 15, 1751. The Assembly did not have the power to tax or spend money, but was to advise the Trustees.

The state of New Connecticut declared its independence of both Britain and New York on January 15, 1777. In June of that year they would decide on the name Vermont. Vermont would be considered part of New York for a number of years, finally being admitted as the 14th state in 1791.

The donkey was first used as a symbol for the Democratic Party on January 15, 1870 by cartoonist Thomas Nash.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and named Michael Luther King, Jr., after his father. After a 1934 trip to Germany and the Holy Land, the senior King changed both his own first name and that of his firstborn son to Martin.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

There are no House or Senate Committee meetings scheduled for today.

2016 and 2017 state budget documents have been released by Gov. Deal’s Office of Planning and Budget. Here’s a short summary from Gov. Deal of some of the highlights.Continue Reading..

14
Jan

Greg Duke announces a second run at Sanford Bishop’s seat | Government | albanyherald.com

ALBANY — Citing the degradation of family values in the United States, Leesburg’s Greg Duke announced Friday he would challenge veteran congressman Sanford Bishop for the District Two seat Bishop has held for more than two decades.

Duke said his goal was to become just the second Republican to hold the seat in the heavily Democratic district. The only Republican to hold the seat was Richard H. Whiteley from 1870 to 1875.

This is Duke’s second run at Bishop’s seat, after losing by nearly 20 percent in 2014.

“We’ve got to get our priorities straight in the country — God, family and country. These values are currently under attack,” Duke said. We are being marginalized. The family is being redefined and we seem to be placing more emphasis on concern for illegals than American citizens. It is the basic duty of a country to define and defend its borders.

“The Democrats are looking to replenish their voter pool with these illegals.”

via Greg Duke announces a second run at Sanford Bishop’s seat | Government | albanyherald.com.

14
Jan

Thurmond Considering Run for DeKalb CEO | Patch

Michael Thurmond may challenge interim DeKalb CEO Lee May this fall for the county’s top elected position.

Thurmond told the AJC on Wednesday that people are encouraging him to run, but he hasn’t made any decision.

via Thurmond Considering Run for DeKalb CEO | Patch.

14
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 14, 2016

Today’s adoptable dogs all come from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA.

Rex Retriever

Rex is a very sweet senior Labrador Retriever male who is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA. Rex has had a rough life and is now looking for a home where he can enjoy his retirement years. We’re not sure if he has dementia or has a bit of reduced mental capacity due to abuse he suffered (his previous owner shot him with a BB gun and we’re not sure what else happened to him in his life). He is still a wonderful dog with a lot of love left to give. Rex gets along with other dogs and cats.

Duck Retriever

Duck is a senior male Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption through Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA.

Duck was saved on his last day at the shelter by someone who was there to pick up another dog. She saw him and just couldn’t let this handsome guy’s life end there. Now she is looking for someone to adopt him (or a rescue to take him in) to make sure he gets the love and care that he so deserves. Please consider opening up your heart and home to this sweet older guy. Duck is in Thomasville, GA. We are happy to help transport within Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. For more information about Duck, email suzanne@retiredretrievers.org and we will put you in touch with his rescuer.

DJ Greenbeans

DJ Greenbeans is a senior male Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA.

This handsome 13-year old ended up in a shelter because his 92-year old mom has Alzheimer’s and was no longer able to care for him. When none of her relatives were willing or able to care for him either, he found himself homeless. DJ gets along with other dogs and cats. He could stand to lose a few pounds and needs a home without a lot of steps. He is a very sweet old man!

DeKalb County Animal Shelter Moves Forward

Yesterday, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward and approve the contract to build a new animal shelter near Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. From Commissioner Nancy Jester,

“I was proud to stand with so many across DeKalb who lead the way advocating for our animals. Because of your leadership, hard work, and dedication the new DeKalb County animal shelter is now a reality.”

“I am thankful for this important development on the path to completing the new shelter. This action is a testament to the efforts of the dedicated animal advocates whose consistent, determined, and inspired work created the success we saw today. DeKalb’s current shelter is in deplorable conditions.”

“Having a healthy building for the workers and animals, that can adequately meet the capacity requirements, has been a capital improvement that DeKalb has needed for many years. Thankfully, we now know where the shelter will be and who will build it.”

“The construction contract was awarded to Reeves & Young Construction onTuesday. The Board of Commissioners deferred the decision of the fundingsource for. The Board is currently reviewing the 2016 budget and will makea determination about the most appropriate source of funding as we review and finalize the budget. We are working to best determine whether to use accumulated cash reserves or Certificates of Participation (COPs).”

“I look forward to a positive and united solution to the payment method. However, the important news is we are moving forward with our new shelter.”

14
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 14, 2016

Representatives of three cities in Connecticut adopted the “Fundamental Orders,” the first written Constitution in an American colony and one of the first founding document to cite the authority of “the free consent of the people.”

On January 14, 1733, James Oglethorpe and the rest of the first colonists departed Charles Town harbor for what would become Savannah, and the State of Georgia.

The Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris to end the Revolutionary War on January 14, 1784. The Treaty was negotiated by John Adams, who would later serve as President, and the delegates voting to ratify it included future Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

On January 14, 1835, James M. Wayne took the oath of office as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. A Savannah native, Wayne had previously served in the Georgia House of Represestatives, as Mayor of Savannah, on the Supreme Court of Georgia, and in Congress. His sister was the great-grandmother of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, and his home is now known as the Juliette Gordon Low house. When Georgia seceded from the Union, Wayne remained on the Supreme Court.

On January 14, 1860, the Committee of Thirty-Three introduced a proposed Constitutional Amendment to allow slavery in the areas it then existed.

Julian Bond was born on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee, and was one of eleven African-American Georgians elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965. After his election, on January 10, 1966, the State House voted 184-12 not to seat him because of his publicly-stated opposition to the Vietnam War. After his federal lawsuit was rejected by a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States Supreme Court ordered Bond seated.

True story: Julian Bond was the first Georgia State Senator I ever met, when I was in ninth grade and visited the state Capitol.

On January 14, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Presidential Proclamation No. 2537, requiring Japanese-Americans, including American-born citizens of Japanese ancestry, as well as Italians and Germans to register with the federal Department of Justice. The next month, Roosevelt would have Japanese-Americans interned in concentration camps in the western United States.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

House Committee Meetings
8:00 AM NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT 606 CLOB
8:30 AM Public Finance and Policy Subcommittee 133 CAP
1:00 PM Ad Valorem Tax Subcommittee 133 CAP
2:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 506 CLOB
3:00 PM Reg Ind-Boards-Commissions Subcommittee 515 CLOB

State of the State

Here is the full text of Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State Address.

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And a couple excerpts from the speech.Continue Reading..

13
Jan

Gov. Nathan Deal, State of the State 2016

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Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Shafer, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, members of the consular corps, my fellow Georgians:

Every year during this second week in January, we gather in this chamber of the people to assess the condition of our Ship of State. We review its travel log for the prior year, we inventory its store of resources, we evaluate the effectiveness of its crew, we plan its journey for the coming year, and we attempt to forecast the weather and the condition of the seas it must traverse. Like mariners of old, we consult our charts as we plan how to best avoid the rocky shoals that would damage our vessel and jeopardize the safety of our crew.Continue Reading..

13
Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 13, 2016

Last night, at the Brookhaven City Council meeting, Mayor John Ernst began by introducing Pandora, an adoptable dog from DeKalb County Animal Services. (Photo courtesy of Meagan Hanson.)

All month long, dogs over 25 pounds and all cats may be adopted from DeKalb County Lifeline Animal Services for the discount fee of $16, which includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchip.

Brookhaven Dog

Stanley

Stanley is a 1-year old brindle-coated male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Stanley is a super sweet boy that is bouncy, lovable, and totally cute! This one year old boy takes a few minutes to warm up to new people and place, but is a total sweetheart once he does. Stanley would love a family that understands his shy nature and will give him all the love and care he needs to feel confident everywhere. His adoption includes his neuter, microchip, vaccinations, and more! For more information email adoption@dekalbanimalservices.com.

Cherish

Cherish is a beautiful 1-year old Retriever mix girl who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Jolly

Jolly is an 11-month old Brindle coated Terrier mix boy who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Jolly’s name rings true in every sense of the word. This happy, joyful guy has a unique brindle and merle coat that is absolutely stunning! Jolly is about 11 months old and has never met a stranger. He loves absolutely everyone! He already knows his sit and shake commands and would love to learn more. Meet Jolly at Lifeline’s DeKalb Animal Services!

13
Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 13, 2016

On January 13, 1733, the ship Ann (sometimes spelled “Anne”) sailed into Charles Town harbor and was met by South Carolina Governor Robert Johnson and the Speaker of the Commons House of Assembly. Aboard the ship were James Oglethorpe and the first 114 colonists of what would become Georgia. Later that year they would land at a high bluff on the Savannah River and found the city of Savannah.

On January 13, 1959, Ernest Vandiver was inaugurated as Governor of Georgia.

On January 13, 1966, President Lyndon Baines Johnson appointed Robert C. Weaver head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), making Weaver the first African-American cabinet secretary in U.S. History.

On January 13, 1982, Hank Aaron was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

This day in 1987 saw the inauguration of Governor Joe Frank Harris to his second term in office.

On January 13, 1998, Governor Zell Miller presented his $12.5 billion FY1999 budget to the Georgia General Assembly, including $105,000 to provide CDs of classical music for every baby born in the state. According to the New York Times,

“No one questions that listening to music at a very early age affects the spatial, temporal reasoning that underlies math and engineering and even chess,” the Governor said[]. “Having that infant listen to soothing music helps those trillions of brain connections to develop.”

Mr. Miller said he became intrigued by the connection between music and child development at a series of recent seminars sponsored by the Education Commission of the States. As a great-grandfather and the author of “They Hear Georgia Singing” (Mercer University Press, 1983), an encyclopedia of the state’s musical history, Mr. Miller said his fascination came naturally.

He said that he had a stack of research on the subject, but also that his experiences growing up in the mountains of north Georgia had proved convincing.

“Musicians were folks that not only could play a fiddle but they also were good mechanics,” he said. “They could fix your car.”

Legislators, as is their wont, have ideas of their own.

“I asked about the possibility of some Charlie Daniels or something like that,” said Representative Homer M. (Buddy) DeLoach, a Republican from Hinesville, “but they said they thought the classical music has a greater positive impact.”

“Having never studied those impacts too much,” Mr. DeLoach added, “I guess I’ll just have to take their word for that at the moment.”

In 2003, on January 13 at the Georgia Dome, Sonny Perdue took the oath of office as Georgia’s second Republican Governor, the first since Reconstruction.

Remember this fact for a couple minutes: a little over two years ago, on January 10, 2013, the Atlanta Journal-Consistution released a poll of the Georgia Governor’s race that showed Nathan Deal with 47 percent to 38 percent for Jason Carter. The nine-point Deal advantage was as close as the AJC polling firm would come all year to correctly predicting the point spread in the General Election.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Committee Meetings
2:00 PM HOUSE RETIREMENT 515 CLOB
2:00 PM JOINT PUBLIC SAFETY 506 CLOB
2:00 PM SENATE FINANCE MEZZANINE 1

At 11 AM today, Governor Deal will give his State of the State address in the House Chamber.

Polling and Casinos

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been squawking about it’s “Exclusive Poll” for nearly a week, touting various results, including what it says the poll shows about Georgians’ attitudes toward casino gambling.

The poll conducted by the national firm Abt SRBI for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed 62 percent of registered voters favor legalizing casino gambling to support the HOPE scholarship, and 72 percent say Georgia should create a medical marijuana harvest and distribution system. Fifty-three percent believe lawmakers should pass a so-called religious liberty bill and 39 percent support “merit pay” for teachers.

Before I dive in a little more deeply, let us remember two things. First, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s best poll in terms of being close to the eventual result was in January 2014, eleven months from the election and they never got closer. Second, they’re using the same polling firm that embarrassed them in 2014.Continue Reading..