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29
Sep

Georgia Chamber of Commerce applauds Ga Power Coal Ash Pond Announcement

via Press Release:

The Georgia Chamber supports Georgia Power’s announcement today that it is proactively moving to close all ash ponds associated with its power generation activities across Georgia.

“Georgia Power has a long and distinguished history of delivering high quality, safe, reliable and affordable energy supplies to businesses, industries and communities across the state and this decision exemplifies that tradition,” said Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark.

The Chamber is confident that through this decision, Georgia Power will continue to proactively position its business to satisfy Georgia’s current and forecast energy needs.

This decision will continue to position the state as a national leader in the provision of environmentally responsible and diverse energy supplies.

While supporting this Georgia Power decision, the Chamber is concerned with the continued endeavors of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose layers of costly regulations on the nation’s energy sector.

Each additional regulation adds upward pressure to energy costs and become an additional burden on industry, pressuring industry profitability and competitiveness.

28
Sep

Georgia Power to schedule ash pond closure

Via Press Release:

Georgia Power announced today that the company is developing a closure timeline for all of its 29 ash ponds and expects to finalize and release the schedule within the next six months. The schedule will be developed in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) costly Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Rule as well as the soon-to-be signed Steam Electric Effluent Limitation Guidelines. The company will consult with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to develop the plan.

“We are developing an ash pond closure timeline that will meet all federal regulations in the most economical way for our customers and our business,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “Safety and compliance will continue to be our primary focus throughout the closure process, while fulfilling our longstanding commitment to protect the environment and the communities we serve.”

Georgia Power has a strong safety and compliance record with a comprehensive and rigorous inspection program to safely maintain its containment structures and facilitate long-term planning. The company is in the pre-closure process at several retired or converted coal-fired generation sites which includes some preliminary site work such as ash relocation and tree clearing, as well as considering vendors for potential closure activities.

The company’s 29 ash ponds are located around 11 coal plants across the state – Plant Bowen (Euharlee), Plant Branch (Eatonton), Plant Hammond (Coosa), Plant Kraft (Port Wentworth), Plant McDonough (Smyrna), Plant McIntosh (Rincon), Plant McManus (Brunswick), Plant Mitchell (Albany), Plant Scherer (Macon), Plant Wansley (Carrollton), and Plant Yates (Newnan).

The company delivers clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through a diverse generation mix including nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewable sources such as solar and wind. As the company has increased its use of natural gas, renewable and other non-coal sources of generation over the past decade, its production of coal ash and other byproducts has significantly declined, and it now recycles more than 50 percent of its current production.

28
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 28, 2015

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.”

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 Tyre “Bobby” Jones won his first Grand Slam on September 27, 1930.

Georgia Politics,  Campaigns, and Elections

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Tonight at 7:30 PM, First Lady Sandra Deal and co-authors Dr. Jennifer Dickey and Dr. Catherine Lewis will speak at the Atlanta History Center about their new book, Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion.

The Marietta Daily Journal spoke to Mrs. Deal.

“I didn’t know a lot about the mansion when we moved here,” she admits, although they had been frequent visitors during the governor’s time in the state Senate.

After the 2010 election, she remembers walking the gardens, admiring the fountains and wondering about elements of the house and property. She became curious about the seven families who lived there before her.

Gardeners and docents were able to answer few of her questions about the mansion’s past.

Sandra Deal invited former governors and their wives to dinner to “pick their brains” about the history of the mansion.

“I didn’t want it to be a political book,” insists Deal, “I wanted it to be about the families and life here. I wanted it to be something that can continue if other governors wish to add to it in the future.”

“With the history, we started with Oglethorpe’s tent in 1733,” says Lewis, “But what really sets this book apart — and this was Mrs. Deal’s idea — was that each family that has lived here had a full chapter to tell their experience.”

“We were able to interview members of all eight families that lived here,” says Dickey, who would sometimes accompany former residents in a walk through and “talk through” of the mansion.

At the Democratic Party of Georgia’s fundraising dinner Saturday, Rev. Raphael Warnock spoke about the possibility he will challenge Republican.U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson next year.

[T]he senior shepherd of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic church made crystal clear he was leaning toward challenging Republican Johnny Isakson, and he outlined what would be his platform in a campaign against the two-term incumbent.

A call for the expansion of Medicaid. A push to raise the minimum wage. A demand to expand voting rights. A promise to end wage inequality between men and women. And a vow to “defend the dignity” of gays and other minorities.

In short, it was a blueprint for a Democratic campaign that tries to supercharge the party’s base by appealing to core issues – a campaign that would veer from the more moderate-leaning bid for office last year from Michelle Nunn.

“It has been rumored that I am considering a run for the United States Senate. It’s true, I’m thinking about it. I’m mulling it over,” said Warnock to cheers, adding: “I’m sick and tired of seeing the people I serve every day as a pastor work harder and longer and have less to show for it.”

“Let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s expand Medicaid. Because when we expand Medicaid, we expand Georgia’s economy. And protect voting rights. Protect worker rights. Give women equal pay for equal work … Raise the minimum wage. Defend the dignity and equality of our gay and lesbian sisters and brothers.”

Since the announcement that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will resign at the end of October, the question for Georgia Republicans is what it will mean for Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell). Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) currently serves as Majority Leader and appears to be the early favorite to succeed Boehner in the Speaker’s seat. Thatt would open the Majority Leader position and there’s no shortage of ambitious pols in Washington.

Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is now the Republican whip, No. 3 in the leadership, has told colleagues he wants McCarthy’s current job. Others said to be considering bids for the No. 2 spot include Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia, Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas, and the No. 4 Republican, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.

Representative Dennis Ross of Florida has told colleagues he’ll seek to become whip. Challengers may include Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, currently Scalise’s top deputy, and Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma. Peter Roskam of Illinois and Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas may also seek leadership positions.

Tom Price emailed his fellow Republicans, according to Politico.com,

Georgia Republican Tom Price sent an email Sunday afternoon to his fellow lawmakers reflecting on the future of the House Republican Conference.

“I am hopeful for the opportunity to talk with all of you about the best path forward,” Price wrote. “There are many questions and real concerns that must be aired and addressed so that we all have stock in the decisions that will be made in the days ahead.”

Price, chairman of the Budget Committee, is said to be considering a bid for House Majority Leader, but his message did not announce a formal bid.

“At the end of the day, we have the opportunity, and the obligation, to champion a bold, positive vision for our nation – one that is built on honest, principled, common sense solutions to achieve a more limited and accountable government, consistent with the greatness of our nation,” Price wrote. “I look forward to working with you to achieve that vision and to serve our team in the best capacity possible.”

An impasse over whether to pass a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood is at the center of events that lead to John Boehner’s resignation.

Most recently, Mr. Boehner was trying to devise a solution to keep the government open through the rest of the year, but was under pressure from conservatives who told him that they would not vote for a bill that provided funding for Planned Parenthood.

Mr. Boehner’s announcement lessened the chance of a government shutdown because Republican leaders joined by Democrats will almost certainly go forward with a short-term funding measure to keep the government operating, and the speaker will no longer be deterred by those who threatened his job.

And Tom Price’s current job as Chairman of the House Budget Committee puts him in the mix over any budget deal. It may also provide him an opportunity to show how he could work with members of the Republican caucus to provide more of the progress that the right wing of the party seeks.

The Floyd County Republican Party picked up two new members this weekend, as District Attorney Leigh Patterson and Coroner Barry Henderson joined the GOP.

“I have been thinking about this for about five years and I just decided that it was time to make it official,” said Patterson.

Patterson cited the National Democratic Party’s movement away from her personal values and beliefs as the main reason behind her decision to switch parties.

“I am just more conservative fiscally and I’m conservative about law enforcement, and I don’t like the way I see things moving in that direction nationally,” said Patterson.

While Henderson also cited growing differences with the Democratic Party as a reason for the switch, he said he believes that the coroner’s position should be non-partisan and he considered running as an independent. He decided that the Republican Party is more in line with his values as a born-again Christian.

“I differ so much with the national Democratic party it had just come to a time where the change was necessary,” said Henderson.

Two other constitutional officers switched to the GOP earlier this year — Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Clerk of Superior Court Barbara Penson.

The Gwinnett County Commission has approved a permit for a fireworks store at Pleasant Hill Road.

The commission unanimously granted Phantom Fireworks’ request to stay at its location on Pleasant Hill Road. The store opened July 1 on a temporary permit which was supposed to extended permanently a month ago, but a vote was pushed back to this past Tuesday.

It is the only fireworks store in Gwinnett that has permission to operate year-round. Year-round fireworks stores began pushing their into the Georgia market after the state legislature legalized fireworks sales earlier this year. The legalization went into effect on July 1.

Peach State Presidential Politics

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee released his Georgia leadership team for 2016:

Governor Sonny Perdue, Huckabee for President State Chair

U.S. Representative John Linder, State Steering Committee
State Representative Sam Teasley, Co-Chair State Legislative Committee
State Representative Tom Kirby, Co-Chair State Legislative Committee
Phil Dacosta, State Grassroots Co-Chair
Colonel Larry Mrozinski, State Grassroots Co-Chair

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the architect of the SEC Primary, is talking about the next step to world domination greater influence for Georgia voters on the 2016 Presidential election.

People flock to the Georgia National Fair at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry for food and rides, but to cast a vote?

That’s the idea this October 8th through the 18th.

Secretary of State Brian Kempplans to organize the first-ever “Peanut Poll”.

Similar to the Iowa Straw Poll, Georgians will be invited to drop a peanut in a Mason jar, as a vote for their favorite presidential candidate during the fair.

During a visit to 13WMAZ, Kemp said, “You come up, and we’ll have an undecided, all 15 Republican candidates. We’ll have all five Democratic candidates. We’ll have an undecided for people who haven’t made up their mind. And obviously, this is not scientific, but it’s a reason to excite people about this race, raise awareness to it.”

He said he has invited all of the presidential candidates to come and speak at the fair. Kemp said some candidates have shown interest, but not officially committed to attending.

28
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 28, 2015

Barrow County Animal Shelter has taken in thirty animals in two days and overcrowding will mean some healthy animal are euthanized. All dog and cat adoptions will be $10 through September 30 and include include spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and microchip.Bear

Bear is a 3-year old Flat-Coated Retriever mix male with a penchant for dressing up in a tie. He is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter.

Bagira

Bagira is a 6-month old Catahoula Leopard Dog male who is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter.

Rowan

Rowan is a sweet 2-4 year old female Boxer mix who is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter.

25
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 25, 2015

Kippy

Kippy is a 3-year old male Beagle who is very playful, independent and likes to be around his people. He is offered for adoption by the National Detector Dog Training Center in Newnan, GA.

The National Detector Dog Training Center is part of the United States Department of Agriculture where the dogs are trained to detect animals and plant diseases being brought into the United States. Some dogs don’t work out and make it to the field as detector dogs, so they’re offered for adoption as pets. Here’s an interesting blog post from the USDA about the training of detector dogs.

Snoopy2

Snoopy is a little male Beagle puppy who is available for adoption from For Paws Rescue in Newnan, GA.

 gemma

Gemma is a year-old female Beagle whose owners moved away and left her outside on a runner. She is available for adoption from For Paws Rescue in Newnan, GA.

Scarlett

Scarlett is an adult female Yorkshire Terrier who was hit by a car and has healed but may still need some care. Scarlett is available for adoption from For Paws Rescue in Newnan, GA.

If you’re not in Athens on Saturday supporting some other Bulldogs, you can go to Burpees for Bulldogs at Elite Edge Fitness in Chamblee to support Georgia English Bulldog Rescue.

Burpees for Bulldogs

25
Sep

Georgia Politics, Camapaigns, and Elections for September 25, 2015

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.

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.

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

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.

Boehner Resigning

The New York Times reports that House Speaker John Boehner will give up his leadership duties and his seat in Congress at the end of October.

Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Boehner made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.

Mr. Boehner’s surprise announcement came just a day after Pope Francis visited the Capitol, the fulfillment of a 20-year dream for Mr. Boehner of having a pontiff address Congress. He had a private audience with Francis before the pope’s address to a joint meeting of Congress.

More from Politico.com,

Boehner, 65, planned to leave Congress at the end of 2014, one of his aides said Friday morning, but returned because of the unexpected defeat of Eric Cantor.

“The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution,” the Boehner aide said. “He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.”

On Thursday evening as he left the Capitol, Boehner (R-Ohio) told two reporters — one from POLITICO and another from the Washington Post — that he had nothing left to accomplish after he brought Pope Francis to the Capitol. When asked if he was resigning, Boehner laughed before exiting into an awaiting SUV with his Capitol Police detail.

Now that he doesn’t have internal political considerations to weigh, Boehner is certain to push through a government-funding bill next week that funds Planned Parenthood, and keeps the government open.

Boehner’s decision, relayed in a closed Republican meeting Friday morning, will set off one of the most intense leadership scrambles in modern Congressional GOP politics. Second in line is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is widely expected to serve as the next speaker.

Georgia Politics

The AJC Political Insider reports that casino magnate and 2012 Newt Gingrich supporter Sheldon Adelson visited the Georgia Capitol yesterday to meet with Speaker of the House David Ralston and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

Kristina Torres writes in the AJC that Georgia legislators may see a push for marijuana cultivation in next year’s session.Continue Reading..

24
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 24, 2014

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President Georgia Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012.

The Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was delivered to President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 24, 1964.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

On Saturday, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will host a lecture on The Battle of Allatoona Pass.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Georgia State Representative and Majority Caucus Chair Matt Hatchett has endorsed Chris Christie for President.

Georgia State Representative Matt Hatchett announced his endorsement of Governor Chris Christie for President. Hatchett is a successful small business leader and a strong voice of the Republican party throughout Georgia.

“I believe Governor Christie is clearly the strongest candidate in this race to serve as our next President and to take on the Democratic nominee next year. His bold leadership style and strong conservative record stand out in a crowded field. He is also the only candidate with a comprehensive plan to address the entitlement crisis facing this country. I firmly believe Governor Christie is the best choice to move our country forward and restore sanity in Washington D.C.,” said State Rep. Hatchett.

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24
Sep

Georgia’s House Majority Caucus Chairman Matt Hatchett Endorses Christie For President | Chris Christie for President

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Today, Georgia State Representative Matt Hatchett announced his endorsement of Governor Chris Christie for President. Hatchett is a successful small business leader and a strong voice of the Republican party throughout Georgia.

“I believe Governor Christie is clearly the strongest candidate in this race to serve as our next President and to take on the Democratic nominee next year. His bold leadership style and strong conservative record stand out in a crowded field. He is also the only candidate with a comprehensive plan to address the entitlement crisis facing this country. I firmly believe Governor Christie is the best choice to move our country forward and restore sanity in Washington D.C.,” said State Rep. Hatchett.

Representative Hatchett is the House Majority Caucus chair and serves on the House Appropriations; Economic Development & Tourism; Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications; and Health & Human Services, Ethics & Rules Committees.

Hatchett joins a growing list of national endorsements that include Maine Governor Paul LePage and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

via Georgia’s House Majority Caucus Chairman Matt Hatchett Endorses Christie For President | Chris Christie for President.

24
Sep

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for September 24, 2015

Gili

Gili is a female Pug and Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Forsyth County in Cumming, GA. Four of her brothers and sisters from the same litter are also available for adoption.

Otis

Otis is a super sweet, 12 year old male pug who is being fostered in Atlanta, GA. He is ready to find his forever home. He is visually impaired and diabetic. His diabetes is under control with insulin and if you have never had a diabetic pug before, don’t let that scare you off! The rescue group that’s caring for Otis can show you how to administer his medication. Otis is available for adoption from Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Ruby

Ruby is an 18-year old female Pug who weighs 15 pounds. She has limited vision and hearing and is stiff from arthritis. She is going to be taking some joint supplements as well to help with her joints. Ruby is available for adoption from Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Here’s the best Presidential election video I’ve seen yet this year, from Mildred the Pug.

Mildred is a resident at Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, one of my favorite rescue groups, even though they aren’t in Georgia. Old Friends takes in senior dogs from shelters and provides them the highest quality of life and veterinary care for their golden years.

Mildred Shirt

The Mildred for President campaign is a fundraiser for Old Friends. Twenty dollars gets you that t-shirt and long-sleeve and other types of shirts are available. The proceeds will go to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary.

23
Sep

Best Presidential Election ad this year

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