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

General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates met General John Pope’s federal forces at the Second Battle of Manassas on August 29, 1862.

Union General William T. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864.

August 28, 1929 saw Governor Lamartine Hardman sign a Constitutional Amendment authorizing the levy of a state income tax.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the “I Have a Dream Speech” on the Mall in Washington, DC.

If you’re interested in the structure of speeches, Nancy Duarte has done an excellent analysis of the speech, which you can watch here:

On August 29, 1971, Hank Aaron broke the National League record for most seasons with 100 or more RBI, as he drove in his 100th run to make 11 seasons hitting that mark.

An obscure college professor named Newt Gingrich began his political career on August 28, 1976, as he kicked off his first campaign against Congressman Jack Flynt.

Old Newt Pic

On August 28, 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked the accreditation of the Clayton County Public Schools. Later that day, Governor Sonny Perdue removed four members of the Clayton County Board of Education upon the recommendation of an administrative law judge.

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Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) opened a new front in the culture war that is Religious Freedom.

If there’s any question of Donald Trump’s appeal in the South, take a look at this quick video of the line to get into his speech yesterday in Greenville, SC.

And this happened:

The November 2015 election cycle kicks off properly as qualifying for many city council and mayoral seats opens Monday.

Qualifying opens Monday for three Milton City Council seats, and Mayor of Alpharetta and three Alpharetta City Council seats.

In Roswell, qualifying opens for three City Council seats, including the one formerly held by State Rep. Betty Price, as well as for Municipal Court Judge.

Austell will elect a Mayor and three members of City Council.

The State Charter School Commission yesterday approved a charter for Brookhaven Innovation Academy.

BIA Chair Bates Mattison said the board will meet on September 3rd to continue to working on finding a location for the school and hiring administrative Staff.

BIA says they will offer students an innovative curriculum combining Blended Learning & STEM focused Project Based Learning with computer coding integrated as a component of the core program.

New Georgia Republican Party Foundation Chair Jack Kingston appears to be getting off to a good start with two major events on the calendar.

Cocktail Reception in Support of the Georgia Republican Party with Special Guest Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 PM
The Peachtree Club 999 Peachtree St. NE #2800, Atlanta, GA 30309
Sponsorship Levels: Gold: $20,000 Silver: $10,000 Bronze: $5,000

Fall Banquet in Support of the Georgia Republican Party with Special Guest Frank Luntz
Monday, October 5th at 6:00 PM
The Hyatt Atlanta/Buckhead 3242 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30305
Details: Sponsorship Levels: Gold: $20,000 Silver: $10,000 Bronze: $5,000

Click here for more information on these events.

Attorney Kevin Gooch will replace the controversial Vaughn Irons as Chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority. Other new Board members include Don Bolia of Brookhaven, and Baoky Vu, who also serves on the board of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Jeremy Collins has left the office of Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer and joins Holland & Knight’s lobbying practice. Collins previously served as political director for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign and as Deal’s liaison to the state Senate. Taking his place in the Pro Tem’s office will be Jay Florence, who moves over from serving as Assistant Commissioner of Insurance under Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, whose 2014 campaign he ran.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 27, 2015


Martha is an adult female Beagle and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

Martha is personality plus. She talks to you and wants to cuddle. She is a meduim sized dog at 35 pounds. What a cuddler she is!! She will make a wonderful addition to any home as she loves other pups and playing with her foster siblings. Call 912-270-0119 for more information about Martha.


Ding is an adult male Basenji mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

Dingo was a feral, scared little puppy who has grown into an intelligent, loving, beautiful adolescent. He is a nice size at 38 pounds. Dingo is still a little timid around strangers but warms up quickly. Please call 912-270-0119 for more information about adopting this sweet boy.

Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen is an adult female Black Mouth Cur and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

Mary Ellen had six sweet puppies who have found their forever homes, and now Mary Ellen is looking for a home for herself where she’ll be the canine baby.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 27, 2015

Advertising in the rights of way of state roads and placing signs on private property without the owner’s approval were prohibited in the first Georgia law regulating outdoor advertising, which was signed by Governor Richard Russell on August 27, 1931. Over the years, both practices would become enshrined in Peach State political strategy.

Former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox was nominated for President on the American Independent Party ticket on August 27, 1976, making the race probably the only one to ever feature two former Georgia governors. During the campaign, Maddox described Jimmy Carter as “the most dishonest man I ever met.”

On August 27, 1982, Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson broke the record for stolen bases in a season, nabbing number 119 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Georgia Governor Zell Miller addressed the Democratic National Convention on August 27, 1996. In 2004, Miller would address the Republican National Convention, likely becoming the first Georgian to address both major parties’ national conventions. Congressman John Lewis and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney also addressed the ’96 DNC.

I can’t find video of Miller’s 1996 speech anywhere. So here’s his 2004 speech to the RNC.

On August 27, 2008, Barack Obama became the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, the first African-American nominee of a major United States political party.

Anita Perry in Atlanta

Former Texas First Lady Anita Perry will appear at a Meet and Greet at Ginger Howard Selections, located at 3164 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 at 5:30 PM tonight.

As it happens, Ginger Howard’s shop is just a couple of doors down from the White House Restaurant. Perhaps a good sign?

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Gov Deal MMJCommission628

After being sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday, the Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission met and discussed Peach State cultivation of marijuana and processing and distribution of oil to medical patients. From Maggie Lee at the Macon Telegraph,

“There is a good, effective business model for what Georgia allows now,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, just after a Wednesday hearing of the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis.

[W]hat Peake and other committee members want to do is figure out if and how Georgia can germinate an in-state industry that will grow specially bred cannabis and process it into a no-buzz medicine for a limited customer base.

Such liquid already is legal to possess under state law for the nearly 200 Georgians who have a medical marijuana card for any one of eight diagnoses. But growing cannabis, much less making anything out of it, is still illegal under state and federal law. Patients either pick up their medicine in a state like Colorado where it is legal to manufacture, or they rely on an out-of-state company to send it. That kind of interstate transport of a cannabis compound is a legal gray area at best.

[T]here is still a national cannabis prohibition, with only the tiniest exceptions for some hemp products. That fact is important to GBI Director Vernon Keenan, who sits on the panel. The Obama administration has decided to close its eyes to state-legal, tightly regulated medical marijuana programs. But a future president might be of a different mind, he said.

“I think this has to be resolved at the federal level,” Keenan said.

The state ought to approach medical cannabis guardedly, he said.

“This is getting outside of the scope of the (Food and Drug Administration) and the medical community,” he said. “To me that is very problematic.”

In Effingham County, a controversy over the local high school mascot and accompanying accessories continues.

The Effingham NAACP remains committed to removing the vestiges of the Confederacy from Effingham County High School, the group’s president said.

“This is far from over and we are not going quietly in the night!” Leroy Lloyd said in a news release. “Parents are outraged and may pull their children from band and the playing fields.”

Lloyd was responding to a statement released Tuesday by Superintendent Randy Shearouse, which said the school will continue to use the nickname “Rebels.”

Johnson said the fight is “about the failure of the school system to engage parents, listen to the community and to put the common good over allegiance to a heritage of hate.”

Lloyd said an “anti-diversity climate” is “pervasive.”

“Superintendent Shearouse is desperately trying to nip this in the bud because what he describes as a system where every student is successful is as untruthful as his attempt to reconcile the Confederate swastika and the racist tune ‘Dixie’ with a heritage of pride,” Lloyd said.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 26, 2015

On August 26, 1864, having withdrawn from trenches and fortifications outside Atlanta the previous day, U.S. General Sherman sent most of his forces westward around Atlanta and toward the south of the city.

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. Ratification took place on August 18, 1920, as the Tennessee House of Representatives adopted it, but adoption became official on August 26, when United States Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the Amendment. It reads:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

On August 26, 1939, the first televised major league baseball game aired, as the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader in Ebbets Field.

On August 26, 1961, the 718th Engineer Light Equipment Company of Fort Valley and the 210th Signal Base Depot Company of Augusta were called up to take part in the American response to the crisis in Berlin.

President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 26, 1964.

On August 26, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.

On August 26, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a Welfare Reform bill, called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

Georgia Politics

Yesterday, I went to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Congressional Luncheon in Macon and got the chance to speak with Senator David Perdue before he went onstage. In addition to Senator Perdue, the crowd also heard from Senator Johnny Isakson.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 26, 2015

National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day, and Lifeline Animal Services is celebrating by offering free adoptions of any dogs in the DeKalb or Fulton County shelters.

Georgia Dog

Georgia is a 4-year old female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Georgia is a smiley 4 year old Labrador mix that would love to be your new best friend! She loves all people and greets everyone she meets with happiness and wiggles. If you see weekend hikes in your future, Georgia may be the girl for you! IT seems like she would be able to keep up with the most active of families. Georgia gets along great with other dogs would probably do well with a canine companion in her forever home.


Wilbur is a 4-year old Staffordshire Terrier mix who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Bunny ears and a goofy grin? That’s Wilbur! This friendly guy is happiest by your side. He gets along great with other dogs and would probably enjoy having a canine companion to hang out with in his forever home. Wilbur has enough energy to keep up with any family, but he is not the type to bounce off the walls. He will happily join you for your daily walks or runs! Come meet Wilbur, he’d make an awesome family pet!


Rowan is an 8-month old Pit Bull (pibble) puppy who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Rowen is a ridiculously sweet and cuddly pup that would love to bound into your life on his lanky legs. This smiley guy is waiting for you at DeKalb Animal Services!

Layne Dog

Layne is a 5-year old Golden Retriever/Terrier mix female who is available for adoption (at no cost today) from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

Blondes DO have more fun! Layne the 5 year old Golden Retriever / Spaniel mix is as happy as they come. Even though she has a touch of grey on her nose, that doesn’t stop this playful and totally sweet girl from prancing around happily. Layne gets along great with other dogs and probably wouldn’t mind having a canine companion in her forever home. Come meet her today!


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 25, 2015

On August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted that Pluto was not a planet.

The tough decision comes after a multiyear search for a scientific definition of the word “planet.” The term never had an official meaning before.

According to the new definition, a full-fledged planet is an object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity. In addition, a planet has to dominate the neighborhood around its orbit.

Pluto has been demoted because it does not dominate its neighborhood. Charon, its large “moon,” is only about half the size of Pluto, while all the true planets are far larger than their moons.

In addition, bodies that dominate their neighborhoods, “sweep up” asteroids, comets, and other debris, clearing a path along their orbits. By contrast, Pluto’s orbit is somewhat untidy.


Pluto is an adult male Brindle Pit Bull mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.


Mars is a brindle Labrador Retriever and Pointer mix about 2-3 years old. He’s a sweet boy who gets along with other dogs and is available for adoption from Pup & Cat Co. in Winder, GA. Mars has a brother, Jupiter, who is also available for adoption.

Jupiter Pup Cat Co


The other Jupiter is a little female Chihuahua and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

If you are looking for a lap dog – you have found one here. She is sweet and loves to cuddle.


Pax is a handsome 2 year old boy with a lot of love and kisses to give to everyone he meets! He is a friendly wigglebutt who already knows how to sit, lay down, and possibly even roll over on command! He is a lively boy who would love a family that integrate him into their fitness routine. He’d make a great work out buddy! He loves treats and already knows his basic commands, so teaching him new things should be fun! If you are looking for a charismatic, active, and devoted boy, Pax is the one for you!

Pax is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 25, 2015

On August 25, 325, the Council of Nicea adopted the Nicene Creed.

On August 25, 1864, Union troops stopped artillery bombardment of Atlanta and withdrew from fortifications around the city. On the same day, in Virginia, Confederate forces attacked Federals under Gen. Grant at Ream’s Station.

On August 25, 1877, delegates to the state Constitutional Convention approved a new post-Reconstruction state Constitution, the seventh in state history, to be submitted to the voters on December 5, 1877.

The all-time highest score in a professional baseball game was recorded on August 25, 1922, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies by 26-23.

Paris was liberated from German army control on August 25, 1944.

On August 25, 1950, President Harry S. Truman ordered the seizure of the nation’s private railroads by executive order.

On August 25, 1973, the Allman Brothers of Macon, Georgia released “Ramblin’ Man” as the first single from the album “Brothers and Sisters.” From the Wall Street Journal,

Dickey Betts: In 1969, I was playing guitar in several rock bands that toured central Florida. Whenever I’d have trouble finding a place to stay, my friend Kenny Harwick would let me crash at his garage apartment for a few days in Sarasota. One day he asked me how I was doing with my music and said, “I bet you’re just tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best you can.”

Then one day in 1972, I was sitting in the kitchen of what we called the Big House in Macon, Ga.—where everyone in the band lived—and decided to finish the lyrics.

My inspiration was Hank Williams’s “Ramblin’ Man,” from 1951. His song and mine are completely different but I liked his mournful, minor-chord feel.

Except for Kenny’s line, the rest of the lyrics were autobiographical.

The WSJ article is worth reading in its entirety if you’re a fan of the Allmans.

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This weekend, Senator David Perdue delivered the keynote address at the Americans for Prosperity “Defending the American Dream” conference in Columbus, Ohio.

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Deal: Southern Company and AGL Resources deal a victory for Georgians

Gov. Nathan Deal today praised the deal struck between Georgia energy firms Southern Company and AGL Resources. Southern Company will acquire AGL Resources and remain in Georgia. 

“In Georgia, we’ve laid the foundations for a strong, successful business climate,” said Deal. “Across the state, our commitment to job creation and economic development is evident in the number of companies who’ve expanded or relocated here. The decision by Southern Company and AGL Resources to remain in Georgia is further proof that our pro-jobs, pro-growth policies have put our state on the right track. Not only does this venture keep two Georgia-based energy companies here, it creates one of the most robust energy companies in the United States. Together, Southern Company and AGL Resources employ nearly 10,000 Georgians and have a major economic impact each year on our state. I look forward to the continued growth of these two companies and am confident that together, we’ll keep our state one of the top places in the country for business.”


Southern Company buying AGL Resources

Shares of AGL Resources Inc. surged almost 9% in premarket trade Monday, after Southern Co.  said it has agreed to buy AGL in a deal with an enterprise value of about $12 billion.

Southern Co. said it expects the deal to boost earnings per share in the first full year after the close, and to drive long-term EPS growth to 4% to 5%.

AGL will become a wholly owned unit of Southern Co., creating the second-biggest utility in the U.S. by customer base. AGL shareholders will receive $66 in cash for each share, a premium of 36.3% over the volume-weighted average stock price over the last 20 trading days through Aug. 21.

“We believe the addition of AGL Resources to our business will better position Southern Company to play offense in supporting America’s energy future through additional natural gas infrastructure,” Chief Executive Thomas Fanning said in a statement.