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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 9, 2016


Devan is a 2-year old male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA. Devan looks like he’s comforting his little friend Katie. I think these two would probably be great to adopt together if you’re looking for a nice pair of dogs.


Katie is a 14-week old German Shepherd mix female who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.


Chum is an 18-month old male tricolor Beagle who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA


Donavan is a 5-year old male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 9, 2016

On February 9, 1825, the United States House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams as President of the United States, despite his having received fewer popular votes than Andrew Jackson. Congress voted for the President after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes in the 1824 election.

The 12th Amendment states that if no electoral majority is won, only the three candidates who receive the most popular votes will be considered in the House.

Representative Henry Clay, who was disqualified from the House vote as a fourth-place candidate, agreed to use his influence to have John Quincy Adams elected. Clay and Adams were both members of a loose coalition in Congress that by 1828 became known as the National Republicans, while Jackson’s supporters were later organized into the Democratic Party.

Alexander Stephens was elected Vice President of the Confederate States of America on February 9, 1861.

On February 9, 1926, the Atlanta Board of Education voted to prohibit teaching evolution in the Atlanta Public Schools.

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles debuted in America on The Ed Sullivan Show.

On Friday, February 12, 2016, the Georgia Archives in Morrow will display’s Georgia’s copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Royal Charter that created the colony in commemoration of Georgia’s founding on February 12, 1733.

On Jan. 18, 1777, the Continental Congress met in Baltimore, Md., and ordered that copies of the Declaration of Independence be printed and sent to each of the 13 states. The states were directed to make the Declaration a part of their official records. Georgia’s copy was officially entered into the records on March 2, 1777.

Today, the Declaration is protected with Georgia’s other “birth documents,” which are the Royal Charter that created the colony in 1733 and Georgia’s 1788 ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the document that made Georgia a state. All are kept in a high-security vault where a constant temperature and humidity are maintained to ensure their long-term survival.

The Georgia Archives has limited public viewing of its copy of the Declaration in order to mitigate the fading, deterioration and other damage caused by frequent exhibits.

The Georgia Archives is at 5800 Jonesboro Road in Morrow. For more information, visit or call 678-364-3710.

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Senate Committee Meetings


1:00 PM Ethics 307 CLOB

1:00 PM Government Oversight 125 CAP

2:00 PM Retirement 310 CLOB

2:00 PM Judiciary 307 CLOB

2:00 PM State and Local Gov’t Ops 125 CAP

3:00 PM Banking and Finance 310 CLOB

4:00 PM Judiciary Non-Civil 307 CLOB

House Committee Meetings

8:00 AM Approp Econ Dev Sub 606 CLOB

8:00 AM Approp Gen’l Gov’t Sub 403 CAP

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP



1:30 PM W&M Tax Reform Sub 133 CAP


2:00 PM Health Human Svcs 606 CLOB

2:00 PM W&M Sales Tax Sub 133 CAP


2:00 PM Ins Admin/Licensing Sub 515 CLOB

3:00 PM Pub Safety Homeland Sec 406 CLOB

3:00 PM Local Government Sub 515 CLOB

3:00 PM HB 872 Sub 403 CAP

3:30 PM Approp Gen’l Gov’t Sub 415 CLOB

4:00 PM Elections Sub 515 CLOB

Senate Rules Calendar

SB 255 – Garnishment Proceedings; modernize, reorganize, and provide constitutional protections (As Introduced) (Substitute) (JUDY-23rd)

SB 307 – Public Roads; provide for definitions relative to advertising (As Introduced) (Substitute) (TRANS-21st)

HB 742 – Revenue and taxation; Internal Revenue Code; define terms; incorporate certain provisions of federal law into Georgia law (As Passed House)(FIN-32nd) Knight-130th

House Rules Calendar

Modified Open Rule

HB 483 State symbols; shoal bass as official state native riverine sport fish; designate (GF&P-Buckner-137th)

HB 697 Unsolicited merchandise; solicitors to receive from consumers affirmative assent to continued receipt of certain merchandise following a free trial before charging; require (Substitute)(A&CA-Kirby-114th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 739 Elementary and secondary education; process for state approved instructional materials and content is optional; provide (Substitute)(Ed-Tanner-9th)

HB 765 Social services; board member appointments may include certain retired individuals; provide (GAff-Powell-171st)

HB 866 Insurance; multiple employer self-insured health plans; exempt from premium taxes (Ins-Blackmon-146th)

HB 870 Quality Basic Education Act; high schools that receive state funding cannot participate in an athletic association which prohibits religious expression on clothing of student athletes; provide (Ed-Strickland-111th)

Legislation & Local Issues

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Yesterday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 278 by Sen. Renee Unterman, increasing penalties for people found guilty of the crimes of pimping and pandering. From the AJC’s Janel Davis,

[S]econd and subsequent convictions for the crime would be a felony and carry a punishment of between one and ten years in jail for victims 16 and older. For convictions involving victims younger than 16, the penalty would be ten to 30 years in jail and a maximum fine of $100,000.

The bill, approved 53-0 by the Senate, takes the work Georgia has done combating child sex trafficking a step forward, said Unterman, R-Buford.

Today, the House will consider HB 870 by Rep. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough), which addresses the issue of high school athletes with religious expressions on their uniforms. From Neighbor Newspapers,

In the state Legislature, Henry County delegate District 111 State Rep. Brian Strickland, R-McDonough, said he wants to “prohibit discrimination” by the Georgia High School Association.

A bill … proposes to use the purse strings of the Georgia Department of Education to vacate the association’s membership.

If passed, all schools receiving funding through the Quality Basic Education Act of 1984 – basically, all public schools in Georgia – will have to resign from the association

Strickland said he wrote the piece of legislation because Community Christian School and Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in Stockbridge, which are in his district, “use the same cross country track but are not allowed to even have practice meets together” due to association rules.

“I was approached about the inability of our local private schools to play scrimmage matches this past fall and agreed to help,” he said.

[A]nother provision bars schools that receive state funds from participating “in athletic associations that prohibit religious expression on the clothing of student athletes.”

State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) continues to try to move forward with legislation to expand the diseases for which cannabidiol oil is prescribale and to enable in-state cultivation and processing, according to Maggie Lee with the Macon Telegraph.

Peake’s House Bill 722 would allow the state to license up to six medical cannabis cultivators. Each license holder could grow the plant and manufacture liquid or pill treatments for Georgians who have any of 17 diagnoses.

Peake, R-Macon, said the point of his bill is to get the compounds into the hands of seriously ill Georgians.

But after two hours of being examined by a panel packed with lawyers, Peake said there are parts of his bill that he will need to work on in the coming days.

Members of the committee who were hearing the bill poked holes in its language. Among other things, they suggested that the diagnosis of “intractable pain” might be open to abuse and that patients might cause legal problems for employers who want to comply with the state’s drug-free workplace program.

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said the bill is hard to swallow. The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association opposes cultivation in the state.

“We already have a number of guidelines that are used for prescription drugs and controlling that. However we see that doctors and patients abuse that daily, and we deal with it every day on the street. … To only add something else to that issue is a grave concern,” Sisk said.

13WMAZ in Macon has more on Sheriffs’ objections to in-state cultivation.

Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese went with some members of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to speak in opposition of the bill. He says his biggest concern is how law enforcement would regulate it.

Deese says their counterparts in Colorado call it a “nightmare.”

“When we were convinced there was some medical use for sick children, naturally, we want the medicine to be used for the people that need help,” he explains. “But last year, that bill was increased by adding other illnesses, and this year it’s migrated into more illnesses, and now into grow houses.”

Peake, however, says those concerns are unwarranted and the legislation will not lead to recreational use.

“I believe there is a little bit of overreaction as far as the security concerns given the limited number of facilities that will be growing medical marijuana in our state,” says Peake.

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners could increase their pay to as much as $45,000 per year, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The consensus was reached to increase the salaries, which could go up to as much as $45,000 per district commissioner, during a short, informal work session on Monday morning. The increase would not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2017, after this year’s elections for three commission seats has been held, and would only affect the four district commission seats.

Chairman Charlotte Nash proposed the increase, but emphatically told her colleagues that she did not want her own position’s salary increased. The chairman’s salary of about $50,000 has not been changed in decades, and Nash said she felt it was inappropriate for her to accept a raise when she is also on the county’s retirement rolls.

“Since I’m already drawing a retirement check, it did not feel right to me to accept a raise,” Nash said. “That’s just my stance on it … I don’t want the district commissioners to be held up from getting an increase because of me, though.”

The commission is set to vote on the increase at its 2 p.m. business meeting on March 1. Whether the commissioners actually adopt a $45,000 salary for themselves remains to be seen, because they left the door open to possibly adopt a lower rate.

The Augusta Commission is set to renew a controversial contract with private probation provider Sentinel Offender Services, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

The private contract costs the local government nothing up front, but it gives the for-profit company exclusive access to Augusta probationers, to whom it charges monitoring fees and leases monitoring equipment, such as a continuous alcohol monitoring bracelet that costs offenders $11 per day.

The company has been named in more than a dozen civil rights lawsuits across the state. On Monday, the Geor­gia Supreme Court heard arguments in a case involving a Glynn County man jailed on a warrant obtained by Sentinel months after his probation sentence had expired.

As they did in 2014, Au­gusta commissioners heeded the elected judges’ opinion on keeping Sentinel.

“Most of the judges are for it, and who are we going to turn it over to?” Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith said. “Who ought to know better about it than anybody? Not me, that’s for sure.”

Campaigns & Elections

Holly Veal announced she is running for Henry County District Attorney. Also running is McDonough attorney Matthew McCord.

Yesterday, I went to Tucker Recreation Center, where early voting is underway. At shortly after noon, 45 ballots had been cast, and there was no wait. Here’s the Republican sample ballot: you may note that several candidates who dropped out of the race still appear on the ballot.

Sample Ballot Georgia Early Voting 2016

As of the most recent Secretary of State’s absentee voting files, here are the DeKalb County votes so far

Total: 1540
In-Person: 325
Electronic: 146
Mailed: 1069

By Political Party
Democrat:  972
Republican:  558
None:  4
Non-Partisan:  6

And Gwinnett County, which has 5% higher turnout so far than DeKalb.

Total: 1617
In-Person: 180
Electronic: 77
Mailed: 1343

By Political Party
Democrat:  434
Republican:  1142
None:  34
Non-Partisan: 7

I should note that a Mailed ballot does not mean it has been returned yet, just that it has been issued.

The Marco Rubio campaign held a press conference with Congressman Austin Scott at the Georgia State Capitol yesterday.

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Senator P.K. Martin also spoke to the press conference.

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As did Rep. Buzz Brockway.

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The Rubio campaign also released an updated list of Georgia endorsements.

The list is headed by Republican U.S. Reps. Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville and Austin Scott of Tifton.

The list of Rubio’s endorsements was broken down into early supporters including Georgia Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, and state Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives. Among those listed as “new” supporters were state House Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, and veteran Georgia Reps. Tom Rice of Norcross and Chuck Martin of Alpharetta.

Scott, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said Rubio has been a strong advocate for the U.S. military. He criticized GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for voting repeatedly against military appropriations bills before the Armed Services panel.

“It was Sen. Rubio who helped get the money back … after President Obama cut the military,” Scott said.

Greg Bluestein of the AJC has more on the Rubio endorsements.

Among Rubio’s newest supporters are state Sen. Rick Jeffares and longtime state Reps. Howard Maxwell and Gerald Greene. Also on the list were a handful of prosecutors, including Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

“Marco Rubio has the strength to restore our military might, destroy ISIS, protect Israel, and secure our homeland,” said Reynolds in a statement. “I’m excited to join his effort to build a New American Century.”

They join a growing core of supporters that also include Rep. Austin Scott, Rubio’s Georgia chair, and state Reps. Geoff Duncan, Michael Caldwell, Chuck Efstration, Buzz Brockway, Trey Kelley and Bert Reeves.

Here’s the full list of Rubio’s latest pickups:

Marco Rubio’s Georgia Leadership Team:

State Representative Gerald Greene, Cuthbert
Cobb County DA Vic Reynolds
Cherokee County DA Shannon Wallace
Paulding County DA Dick Donovan
Douglas County Assistant DA Ryan Leonard
Senator Rick Jeffares; Chairman of Senate Regulated Industries
Representative Howard Maxwell; Chairman of House Regulated Industries
Mayor Teresa Philyaw, Hiram
Councilman Brandon Hembree, Sugar Hill

It was a well-timed event, garnering broadcast news time in Atlanta on the day that in-person early voting for the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary kicked off, though I’m not certain in a post-David Perdue world how helpful a headline like “Georgia GOP establishment rallies around Rubio” really is.



Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 8, 2016


Boomer is an adult male Beagle who is available for adoption from Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption Inc. in Smyrna, GA.

Boomer has a tender heart that he is hoping someone will take the time to treat it gently. This adorable guy has found himself homeless when his owner no longer wanted him. He found himself confused and overwhelmed his first day at the adoption center. He has started to settle in and is now waiting patiently for his special home. He does well with other dogs and would most likely do best in a home with another canine companion. He walks well on leash and is very bright and motivated.

He loves learning new things, especially if there are treats involved! His ideal home will be loving, patient and not have any young children. When he gets excited you can even hear him do a “Beagle Bay.” If you are a giving, kind and generous person who is searching for a new family member, come see if Boomer is the right fit for you.

Henry Beagle

Henry is a 5-year old, 28-pound male Beagle who is available for adoption from Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue in Acworth, GA.

Henry is the sweetest and strangest beagle I have ever met. Sweet because he has a happy wiggle butt, loves everyone and just wants to lay close. He spends half his life belly up snoozing and also flips over for belly rubs constantly. Strange because he refuses to take food from my hands. I truly think he was in a home with kids once and got in trouble for taking food from them. I have never seen a dog tuck his head submissive,y when you try to give him steak! He ended up at Henry county animal control as a stray so we don’t know his history.

Henry is housebroken and goes in his crate on command. He likes bones but won’t chew on them if people or other dogs are around. He is learning to walk on leash. He is so submissive it just will take some time for him to build his confidence.


Leia is a young Beagle and Hound mix female who is available for adoption from Gwinnett Humane Society in Lawrenceville, GA.

Hi! My name is Leia! I am a very sweet girl that was lost on a busy highway. Luckily a good Samaritan rescued me before I was hurt. I am now spayed and up to date on vaccines. I am good with other dogs and LOVE people. They think I’m around 2 years old and crate trained. Did I mention I am very sweet?!

Two Georgia canine officers are in a Facebook contest to win a bulletproof vest.

DeKalb k9 Tomi Conyers K9 Eddie

K-9 Eddie is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois who joined Conyers Police Department with handler Officer Myra Scruggs just over one year ago.  Eddie’s official job description is Narcotic Detection and Tracking.  Eddie’s tracking efforts are specifically used for lost children, Alzheimer’s patients and anyone “at risk”.  Due to Eddie’s personable disposition, this type of tracking was later added to his extensive training.

K-9 Tomi is a 23 month old German Shepherd from Deutschland, Germany [who works with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office]. K-9 Tomi is out of the Southern Coast K-9 School out of New Smyrna Beach, Florida ran by Bill Heiser. K-9 Tomi is a dual purpose dog and trained in narcotics, apprehension, and tracking.

“Sadly, three K-9s have been killed in the line of duty already this year while attempting to apprehend suspects, said Kim Lucas, Public Information Officer for the Conyers Police Department.  “We’d love to get the message out there about this non-profit that protects our K-9’s.”

VOTE for EDDIE: Eddie is the 13th post down the page.

VOTE for TOMI: Tomi is the 2nd post down the page.



Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 8, 2016

On February 8, 1751, the first session of the Georgia Provincial Parliament adjourned, having convened on January 15, 1751.

On February 8, 1955, Gov. Marvin Griffin signed a resolution by the General Assembly calling on Congress to require racial segregation in the military.

On February 8, 1956, the Georgia State House adopted a resolution purporting to hold the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education null and void.

On February 8, 1981, R.E.M. held their first recording session at Bombay Studios in Smyrna, recording “Gardening At Night,” “Radio Free Europe” and “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville,” as well as others.

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Senate Committee Meetings

TBD Rules – Upon Adj. 450 CAP

8:15 AM Appropriations 341 CAP

1:00 PM Regulated Ind & Util 310 CLOB

1:00 PM Public Safety Sub 125 CAP

2:00 PM Education & Youth 307 CLOB

2:00 PM Public Safety 125 CAP

2:00 PM Insurance & Labor 450 CAP

3:00 PM Health & Human Svcs 450 CAP

4:00 PM Econ Dev & Tourism 310 CLOB

4:00 PM Finance – CANCELED Mezz

House Committee Meetings

8:30 AM Approp Gen’l Gov’t Sub 506 CLOB

10:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM Life and Health Insurance Sub 506 CLOB


1:30 PM Judiciary Civil Fleming Sub 403 CAP

1:30 PM W&M Income Tax Sub 133 CAP


2:00 PM Approp. Human Res Sub 341 CAP

2:00 PM Approp Education Sub 606 CLOB

3:00 PM Approp Public Safety Sub 506 CLOB

3:00 PM Regulations Sub 605 CLOB

3:30 PM Jud’y Non-Civil Pak Sub 406 CLOB

Senate Rules Calendar

SB 278 – Criminal Offenses; increase the penalty provisions; pimping and pandering (Substitute)(JUDYNC-45th)

SB 283 – Accounting for Public Funds; provide multibank pooling of depositories for acceptance of deposits of public funds from public bodies (Substitute) (B&FI-18th)

House Rules Calendar

Modified Open Rule

HB 649 –  Georgia Lactation Consultant Practice Act; enact (Substitute) (H&HS-Cooper-43rd)

HB 759 Courts; financial institutions; certain activities shall not constitute the unauthorized practice of law; provide (Judy-Willard-51st)

HB 775 Health; restrictions on sale and dispensing of spectacles; provide (Substitute)(RegI-Ehrhart-36th)

HB 780 Health; certain nondiagnostic laboratories not subject to state licensure as a clinical laboratory; provide (H&HS-Lott-122nd)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 737 Code Revision Commission; revise, modernize and correct errors of said Code (CR-Caldwell-131st)

HB 767 Motor vehicles; add utility service vehicles to the “Spencer Pass Law”; provisions (MotV-Powell-32nd) AM 39 0147

Legislation & Local Politics

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Georgia supporters of Marco Rubio deploy to New Hampshire

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 5, 2016


Miller is a male Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.


Lila is a female Jack Russell Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA. She and her sister Lailey were found as stray puppies searching for food at a dumpster.


They were adopted but the family was not spending enough time with them so they returned to us. She looks like a large Jack Russell Terrier.Lila is a sweet, outgoing and playful girl; typical JRT in that she bounces! She would be great for a home that wants an active dog. Lila is great with other dogs and she loves children. She is housebroken, current on shots and spayed.


Wags is a female Labrador Retriever and Collie mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

Wags is one of a litter of 7 puppies that were found under a handicap ramp of an abandonded home when they were only 10 days old. Their mother had been struck and killed by a car; one of our foster homes took the puppies in and bottled fed them and happily, they all survived and have thrived! But, Wags and the gang need a home of their own.

Wags and her brother, Lewis, must be adopted together. Lewis is very attached to Wags, and since they have been together their entire lives, we think it best for both of them to keep them together. If ever there were a dog appropriately named, it is Wags. She is great with other dogs, likes children and is all around sweet girl, her tail never stops wagging, hence her name (she is untested with cats). She would be great for a home that is looking to “balance out their pack”-she seems to have a calming effect on other dogs.


Louis is the brother of Wags. He is good with all female dogs and some male dogs; he likes children, he is smart and eager to please (he is untested with cats). He is fun loving and just wants to be where ever the people are. He is current on shots, neutered and on heartworm prevention.


Nugget is a male Bassador puppy – a Labrador Retriever and Basset Hound mix – who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

I love to fetch, run and play! My favorite things to do are: chasing my favorite ball, playing with my stuffed monkey, eating and cuddling.

My foster mom says to tell you that I’m housebroken “if you stay on top of it”. (She swears you’ll understand that even though I don’t.) She says I listen well and that I understand the difference between play time and calm down time. (She is telling the truth! I know what all of that means.)I get along great with the other dogs and cats in my foster home too.

My previous family took me to stay at a nice persons house during recent flooding because they offered to help by keeping me safe. When it was time for my family to pick me up, they refused to come get me. I’m doing great though and I love being at my new foster home. My foster family says I am such a joy to have. My foster mom said I’m an adorable goofball and will be an awesome addition to YOUR home!


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 5, 2016

Georgia and American History

On February 7, 1733, the first Georgia colonists had been here a week and they finished building a hand-operated crane to move heavy supplies and livestock from their boats to the top of the forty-foot high bluff where they were building a settlement.

John and Charles Wesley arrived at Tybee Roads, at the mouth of the Savannah River on February 5, 1736, along with James Oglethorpe and 254 other colonists.

On February 5, 1777, Georgia’s first Constitution was adopted in Savannah, creating the first eight counties. Happy birthday to Wilkes, Richmond, Burke, Effingham, Chatham, Liberty, Glynn, and Camden counties.

The 1777 Constitution was progressive for the time, outlawing primogeniture and entail, English common law doctrines that controlled inheritance of land.

Primogeniture ensured that the eldest son in a family inherited the largest portion of his father’s property upon the father’s death. The practice of entail, guaranteeing that a landed estate remain in the hands of only one male heir, was frequently practiced in conjunction with primogeniture. (Virginia abolished entail in 1776, but permitted primogeniture to persist until 1785.)

Georgians restructured inheritance laws in Article LI of the state’s constitution by abolishing entail in all forms and proclaiming that any person who died without a will would have his or her estate divided equally among their children; the widow shall have a child’s share, or her dower at her option.

The House of Assembly, Georgia’s legislative body, held its second meeting after statehood on February 6, 1788 in Savannah.

The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its “Sunset Route” from New Orleans to California on February 5, 1883, giving the SP a dominant position in transcontinental railroading.

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. In 1980, Reagan would be elected President of the United States, beating incumbent Jimmy Carter. When he was born, his father said, “he looks like a fat little Dutchman.  But who knows, he might grow up to be president some day.”

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced his “court packing” plan on February 5, 1937. After the United States Supreme Court found some of his “New Deal” legislation unconstitutional, Roosevelt’s proposal would have encouraged the retirement of justices older than 70 and for those who did not retire, appoint an assistant Justice with full voting rights on decisions by the Court.

On February 5, 1945, Governor Ellis Arnall signed legislation abolishing the poll tax, making Georgia the first Southern state to do so.

Georgia’s 1877 constitution authorized the tax, which limited voter participation among both poor blacks and whites. But most whites got around the provision through exemptions for those whose ancestors fought in the Civil War or who could vote before the war.

In 1937, the U.S. Supreme court upheld Georgia’s poll tax as constitutional. But in 1942, Georgia voters chose Ellis Arnall for governor and the progressive Arnall ushered in a wave of reforms, including abolishing Georgia’s poll tax.

Nigel Tufnel, of the band Spinal Tap, was born on February 5, 1948.

On February 6, 1952, Governor Herman Talmadge signed resolutions of the General Assembly that included:

A resolution calling on Congress to call a convention to propose a constitutional amendment to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment and instead allow a maximum rate of 25 percent on any federal income, transfer, gift, or inheritance tax.

A resolution urging U.S. Senator Richard B. Russell to run for the presidency.

On February 6, 1956, Governor Marvin Griffin addressed a joint session of  the Georgia General Assembly, asking their support for House Resolution 1185, which introduced the idea of “interposition,” in which the State of Georgia would declare the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 and 1955 Brown v. Board of Education decisions “null and void” in Georgia. That day Griffin also signed a raft of legislation for his “massive resistance” agenda against integration of state schools.

On February 5, 1974, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” by Barry White reached #1 on the charts.

Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” began a 92-week run on the best-seller charts on February 5, 1983. Rock on.

On February 6, 1985, Reagan gave the State of the Union. During the speech he announced what would be known as the “Reagan Doctrine.”

Reagan began his foreign policy comments with the dramatic pronouncement that, “Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few; it is the universal right of all God’s children.” America’s “mission” was to “nourish and defend freedom and democracy.” More specifically, Reagan declared that, “We must stand by our democratic allies. And we must not break faith with those who are risking their lives—on every continent, from Afghanistan to Nicaragua—to defy Soviet-supported aggression and secure rights which have been ours from birth.” He concluded, “Support for freedom fighters is self-defense.”

With these words, the Reagan administration laid the foundation for its program of military assistance to “freedom fighters.”

On February 7, 1990, the Communist Party Central Committee of the Soviet Union agreed to a proposal by Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev that is should give up its political monopoly.

The response from the United States was surprise and cautious optimism. One State Department official commented that, “The whole Soviet world is going down the drainpipe with astonishing speed. It’s mind-boggling.” Former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger indicated that he was “personally gratified and astonished that anyone would have the chance to say such things in Moscow without being shot.” President George Bush was more circumspect, merely congratulating President Gorbachev for his “restraint and finesse.”

Ironically, the fact that the Communist Party was willing to accept political challenges to its authority indicated how desperately it was trying to maintain its weakening power over the country. The measures were little help, however–President Gorbachev resigned on December 25, 1991 and the Soviet Union officially ceased to exist on December 31, 1991.

Georgia Politics

State Rep. Tom Rice (R-Norcross) announced yesterday that he will not run for reelection, and will endorse Scott Hilton to succeed him.

Tom Rice Retiring

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Marsy’s Law aims to put victims’ rights in constitution

Rep. Don Parsons (R-Marietta) and Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) on Thursday introduced Marsy’s Law for Georgia to elevate crime victims’ rights to the state constitution.

“In Georgia, people convicted or accused of crimes have constitutional rights, but their victims do not,” said Parsons. “In 2010, I sponsored and passed a bill that put comprehensive victims’ rights into state law. In these six years, we’ve shown we can prioritize the needs of victims and their families without putting an undue burden on the criminal justice system. We know it works; now it’s time to join the majority of states by putting victims’ rights in the state constitution.”Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 4, 2016


Lucky is a senior female Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

Lucky is a super sweet and cute girl and even much prettier in person. She is very friendly and sits when told. She does have some skin allergies, but a good diet and medicated baths should take care of that. Lucky was brought to the shelter as an owner turn in on 1/19/2016. She is about 10 years old and 60 lbs.

Lucky’s ID at the shelter is 581719 and she is in run 17. Her run number could change, so please make a note of her ID and ask for assistance if you don’t find her in run 17.


Abigail is an adult female Flat-Coated Retriever who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

If you are looking for a fun companion then this 2 year old, 58 pound girl is for you. She loves to play ball, she knows sit, stay, shake, and lay down on command. She would make an excellent running partner. Abigail has been spayed and tested negative for heart worms and is current on vaccines. She is waiting to meet her new best friend in cage 806 and her ID# is 581756.


Lady is a senior female Dachshund who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

Lady is a sweet, sweet 13 year old, 11 pound baby doll. Her family left her at the shelter on 02/03 because they said she did not like small children bothering her any longer. How can she be blamed for that? How sad for her to have a home for 13 years and then dumped in a big, loud and scary shelter. At this point she has not figured out her family is not coming back for her.

Lady is quiet in her cage and is a very loving girl who wants to sit on your lap. The family said she is house trained. Lady is spayed and current on her vaccines. She is hoping not to spend much of her senior years stuck in a cage. She is waiting in cage 327 and her ID# is 581962.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 4, 2016

On February 4, 1789, George Washington was unanimously elected by the Electoral College as the first President of the United States; Washington’s runner-up John Adams served as Vice President. Washington would repeat the feat four years later on February 4, 1793.

On February 4, 1801, John Marshall took office as Chief Justice of the United States. Marshall continued to hold the post of Secretary of State until March 4th. In one of American history’s rich ironies, Marshall, who served at the same time in the judicial and legislative branches of the federal government, would write the Court’s opinion in Marbury v. Madison, establishing the supremacy of the Supreme Court in matters of applying the Constitution through judicial review and establishing the doctrine of separation of powers. Marshall would serve during the terms of six Presidents.

On February 4, 1861, the Provisional Confederate Congress convened in Montgomery, Alabama, where it would draft a Constitution for the Confederate States of America, beginning with a near-verbatim copy of the United States Constitution.

On January 4, 1976, the Georgia Senate approved a resolution previously passed by the State House proposing a Constitutional Amendment to allow Governors of Georgia to serve two consecutive terms and voters approved in November 1976. Then-Governor George Busbee won reelection in November 1978, and since then Democrat Roy Barnes is the only Georgia Governor to not win reelection.

Under the Gold Dome

Senate Committee Meetings





2:30 PM Health Care Delivery Sub – HHS 122 CAP




4:00 PM NAT’L RES. & ENV’MNT 450 CAP

House Committee Meetings


8:00 AM Approp. Econ. Dev. Sub 506 CLOB

8:30 AM Judiciary Non-Civil Setzler Sub 132 CAP

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

12:00 PM Tags & Title Sub 606 CLOB

1:00 PM Approp. Human Res. Sub 403 CAP

1:00 PM Approp. Education Sub 606 CLOB

1:30 PM Jud’y Non-Civil Pak Sub415 CLOB

1:30 PM Resolutions Sub on Transport. 506 CLOB




3:00 PM Judiciary Civil Caldwell Sub 132 CAP

Senate Rules Calendar

SB 230 – ‘Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act’; enactment (Substitute) (H&HS-52nd)

House Rules Calendar

Modified Open Rule

HB 593 Low-voltage Contractors, Division of; require continuing education; authorize (Substitute)(RegI-Hawkins-27th)

HB 730 Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council; commissioner of juvenile justice as a voting member; add (Substitute)(JuvJ-Powell-32nd)

HB 747 Motor vehicles; safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles; update reference date to federal regulations (MotV-Rogers-10th)

HB 800 Veterinarians; veterinarian-client-patient relationship; clarify scope (A&CA-Jasperse-11th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 228 Sheriffs; collect and deposit certain fees; provide (Substitute) (Judy-Jones-167th)


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