Adoptable Georgia Dogs for June 23, 2014

Lucas

Lucas is a 4.5 month-old, 30 pound Cattle Dog mix puppy who needs a temporary foster home as his regular foster family is going out-of-town from June 28 – July 5.

This sweet boy is about 4.5 months old, almost 30 lbs, house broken, crate trained, fun and a TOTAL LOVE BUG! He loves to cuddle, is great with other dogs and kids, too.

He is also available for adoption – to foster temporarily or adopt Lucas, contact Rescue Me, Georgia.

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Ransom

Ransom is a beautiful Flat-Coated Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Georgia.

Trix and Bubbles

A group of volunteers with the Barrow County Animal Shelter would like to pay for the spay/neuter for Trix and Bubbles, pictured above, so that they can attend an offsite adoption event and increase their chances of being adopted rather than euthanized.

They need $85 for bubbles & $55 for trix. If you would like to help (every $ helps) please Paypal your donation to [email protected]. Please note which dog the funds are for when making your donation. Please share! Thank you!!

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 23, 2014

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On June 23, 903 AD, the Icelandic Parliament, the Althing or Althingi, was established and is the world’s oldest.

In honor of the Icelandic Parliament, here’s the greatest Icelandic band ever, the Sugarcubes, playing at Auburn in 1988.

Off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, British Commodore Sir Peter Parker spent June 23, 1776 preparing to land the next day, charged with supporting loyalists to the British crown.

On June 23, 1819, Texas declared its independence from Spain.

On June 23, 1862, General Robert E. Lee met with his commanders in preparation for what would be known as the Seven Days’ Battles.

On June 23, 1865, Georgia-born Cherokee Stand Watie became the last Confederate general to surrender.

On June 23, 1888, Frederick Douglass became the first African-American nominated for President, receiving one vote from Kentucky at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Former Atlanta mayor Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. died on June 23, 2003.

This past weekend in Marietta, reenactors commemorated the Civil War.

The women wore hoopskirts, the men carried muskets and the children played hoop and stick around the cemetery as they played out the personalities of people who are buried there.
In the first hour of the event, about 85 people had visited the cemetery to go on a tour of the graveyard, stopping at 15 gravesites to hear a re-enactor tell the story of the person buried there, said Joan Ellars, the director of Keep Marietta Beautiful, which cares for the cemetery and puts on the event.
Residents also went on tours to learn about the history of the city and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the battles around Marietta, including those at Pine Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain and Kolb’s Farm.

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Pickens County GOP and the 9th and 14th Districts held their Tomato Sandwich Fiesta this weekend and had a great turnout. Senate candidate Jack Kingston is pictured below with Ron Johnson, Second Vice Chair of the Georgia Republican Party and Chair of the GAGOP Veterans Committee. (more…)

The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb SPLOST 30 years later

MARIETTA — If Cobb voters choose to renew a potential 1 percent sales tax for county government projects Nov. 4, they will be acting on a tax program about to mark 30 years in Georgia.

The special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST, became a legal option in 1985 by an amendment to the Georgia Constitution. The purpose was to allow citizens to vote for an added sales tax to fund a specific project list, said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), who was the Republican Leader in the Georgia House at the time.

“What was happening was people were getting tired of bond referendums and borrowing, and so using a local option sales tax that was voted on by the people like a bond issue, but had a sunset of five or six years, and all the places the money was going to be spent had to be posted on the question, was a lot more palatable to the voters than having a bond issue where you’d authorize the county to go out and borrow a bunch of money not knowing where it was going and having to pay interest on it,” Isakson said.

The decision was given to the people and, for the most part, Cobb’s voters have said yes.

Not including SPLOST votes specifically for education or the ill-fated T-SPLOST in 2012, sales tax referendums have come before Cobb voters eight times.

Five have passed.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb SPLOST 30 years later.

The Marietta Daily Journal – Working together County cities eye sharing costs of proposed community centers road upgrades

MARIETTA — Five of Cobb’s six cities hope to partner with the county to pay for such things as community centers and road work with a sales tax program voters may approve Nov. 4.

The Cobb Board of Commissioners will decide July 22 whether to put before voters a 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax, expected to collect $750 million over six years.

Some of the projects would be paid for solely by the county and some by the cities, but the costs of a dozen or so may be shared.

During a joint meeting between the mayors and commissioners Friday, Cobb’s mayors shared what projects they hoped the county will help them pay for.

Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins was the only mayor who said his city had no joint projects planned.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Working together County cities eye sharing costs of proposed community centers road upgrades.

The Marietta Daily Journal – Push for BRT is a roll of the dice for Lee

FORMER state GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart of east Cobb has endorsed Jack Kingston in the runoff race for U.S. Senate.

“Jack Kingston has been in the trenches with Georgia Republicans for over three decades fighting for the causes you and I believe in,” she said. “He is one of us, a lifelong Georgia Republican with a proven conservative record of service.”

THE JULY 8 CANDIDATE FORUM co-sponsored by The Acworth Business Association and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce is more than two weeks away, but the sniping is already well under way between District 1 Cobb Commission candidates Bill Byrne and Bob Weatherford.

“I will debate him anytime, anywhere and under any circumstances,” Byrne told AT this week. “He is John Loud’s candidate, and I would think Loud is getting tired of seeing Weatherford get his ass kicked. But if he wants to go into Acworth and do that, I’ll be more than happy to oblige.”

Loud is owner of Loud Security and is managing Weatherford’s campaign. Loud has become somewhat of a controversial figure as of late thanks to his high-profile role boosting the Atlanta Braves’ move to Cobb.

Byrne and Weatherford will meet in the July 22 GOP Primary runoff for the District 1 seat.

Weatherford told AT that Byrne’s comments were “typical Byrne. He also said I would be last in the election, and that didn’t prove right either. So you have to take what he says with a grain of salt.”

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Push for BRT is a roll of the dice for Lee.

Patients find fewer doctors, hospitals to choose from | www.myajc.com

The cancer had already spread to her abdomen by the time Beth Brock managed to escape from her health insurance nightmare.

The Woodstock business owner learned last fall her insurance didn’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s new standards, so she reluctantly chose a different health plan that her doctors assured her they accepted. But they didn’t.

Brock, 48, was waiting at her OB/GYN for a pre-surgical visit — the last step before an operation to remove an ovarian cyst — when the billing office called to say it didn’t accept her new plan after all. It would be two months before she untangled the mess and switched to a health plan that covered a broader array of doctors. By then, the cyst had grown from slightly larger than a walnut to bigger than a softball.

“I had lost all that time,” said Brock, who is undergoing chemotherapy. “If (the surgeon) could have operated on me in January … it wouldn’t have had the opportunity to grow huge and spread.”

Her chance of living for another five years is 40 percent.

Nearly nine months after the scrambled launch of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, some Georgians have been shocked and dismayed to find their new insurance plans offer far fewer doctors, specialists and hospitals to choose from than they’ve come to expect.

via Patients find fewer doctors, hospitals to choose from | www.myajc.com.

DeKalb Ethics Board filled out amid inquiries | www.myajc.com

DeKalb County CEO Lee May restored the county Board of Ethics to full strength Friday, replacing an inactive member as the board investigates several complaints against county commissioners and employees.

May appointed Robert Blackman, a Vietnam War veteran and a member of the county Code Enforcement Advisory Committee, to replace board member Isaac Blythers, whose term expired Dec. 31.

Blackman’s addition to the board gives it another potential vote as it decides whether to take action on pending cases involving three commissioners, several employees and former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, who faces trial in September on charges that he strong-armed county vendors into giving campaign contributions.

The seven-member Ethics Board needs five votes to reprimand, suspend or remove officials from office.

Ethics cases are pending against Commissioners Elaine Boyer, Larry Johnson and Sharon Barnes Sutton based on complaints that they used their county purchasing cards to buy personal items.

via DeKalb Ethics Board filled out amid inquiries | www.myajc.com.

City properties gain ‘phenomenal’ value in DeKalb County | www.ajc.com

Properties in DeKalb County’s cities are gaining far more value than those in unincorporated areas, according to the county’s mid-year budget.

The taxable value of city properties is expected to increase 13.1 percent this year, while the taxable value of unincorporated properties is up only 0.6 percent. Countywide, taxable property values are growing 5.9 percent this year.

via City properties gain ‘phenomenal’ value in DeKalb County | www.ajc.com.

Lee fails to sway Cobb commissioners on transit line | www.myajc.com

Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee made an impassioned plea Friday for the county’s political leadership to support the $500 million bus rapid transit system and to fund part of its cost with a proposed special purpose sales tax.

That appeal seemed to largely fall flat.

After the meeting of commissioners and mayors, all four district commissioners said they would not support including $100 million for the transit system on the list of projects for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. That money is needed as a local match to qualify for a federal grant that could provide up to $250 million for the project.

Only commissioners can vote on which projects to include in the upcoming SPLOST, to be voted on in November.

Faye DiMassimo, the county’s transportation director, has said that the transit project was dead without the SPLOST funding.

via Lee fails to sway Cobb commissioners on transit line | www.myajc.com.