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30
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 30, 2014

Champ

Champ is an adult male Hound mix who was turned in by his owners when they could no longer afford him. He is current on vaccines, heart worm negative and neutered. His adoption fee is $50.00. Champ is playful and loving and needs a new home soon. Champ is available for adoption from the LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society in LaGrange, GA.

Herschel

Herschel is an adult male Hound mix who was surrendered by his owner due to a job change. He was the only dog in the home. We rechecked for heart worms and he is negative. He is also neutered and current on vaccines! His adoption fee is $ 50.00. He is really sweet and loves to play and run. He needs a new family to take him in! Herschel is available for adoption from the LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society in LaGrange, GA.

50200

Number 50200 in Kennel 38 is an adult female Hound or Pointer mix who is available for adoption from the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter in LaGrange, GA.

29
Apr

Senator Marco Rubio will address GAGOP State Convention

(Atlanta, GA) – Florida senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio will speak at the 2015 Georgia Republican Party Convention in Athens. 

 

Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Rubio was elected to the United States Senate in 2010.  He serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Committee on Foreign Relations, Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

 

Rubio announced his candidacy for president on April 13, 2015 at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida.

 

Senator Rubio is scheduled to speak on Friday, May 15, at approximately3PM in the Athena Ballroom.  Times, locations, and availability for featured speakers during the convention are subject to change.

 

Tickets for the convention are available for purchase at www.GAGOP.org.  Discounted guest tickets ($25) are available on-site during the convention for College and Teen Republicans with a photo ID. 

 

Credentialed media are encouraged to attend.

29
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 29, 2015

Franklin Delano Roosevelt made his fourth trip to Georgia on April 29, 1926, closing on the purchase of property at Warm Springs, Ga.

Dachau concentration camp was liberated by American troops on April 29, 1945. At least 31,951 inmates died there, more than 30,000 survivors were found on liberation day, and more than 250,000 passed through the camp and its subcamps.

Dobbins Air Force Base was dedicated on April 29, 1950, named for in honor of the late Capt. Charles M. Dobbins and in memory of the other servicemen from Cobb County. Dobbins was shot down over Sicily in 1943 and his family attended the opening of the base.

Hank Aaron hit his first home run in Atlanta against the Houston Astros on April 29, 1966, providing the winning margin as the Braves won 4-3.

Atlanta was selected as the host city for the 1996 Summer Olympics on April 29, 1988.

On April 29, 1993, Barry White guest-starred on The Simpsons. I guess that makes today “Whacking Day.”

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Georgia Politics

Bill Signings

After setting aside his bill signing pens for several days, Governor Deal at 11:30 this morning at the State Capitol will sign HB 429, Ava’s Law, in a ceremony in the Georgia State Capitol.

Here’s a bill signing from two years ago.

The Governor uses multiple pens to sign legislation and then presents them to legislators and others who were instrumental in advocating for the legislation. Sometimes folks get a little grabby.

After today’s bill signing, Gov. Deal will head over to the 191 Peachtree building to speak to the Atlanta Press Club luncheon beginning at 12:45 PM.

Governor Deal will sign Senate Bill 8 and Senate Resolution 7, collectively called “Rachel’s Law,” on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM. We don’t know if it will be a public signing ceremony or a closed signing in his office.

Ethics Commission

Congratulations and condolences to Stefan Ritter, who will leave his post as Senior Assistant Attorney General to become Executive Secretary for the Georgia State Ethics Goverment Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.Continue Reading..

29
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 29, 2015

Patches2

Patches is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is in urgent need of a new home by the close of business today or he’ll be euthanized tomorrow. Patches is available for adoption from Polk County Animal Adoption and Recovery Shelter in Cedartown, GA.

Patches

 

Champion

Champion is a 3-year old, 70 pound black Labrador Retriever mix who is in urgent need of a new home.

He is very well mannered. Does not jump up on you. Walks on leash and does not pull. Sits when asked. Great dog!!

Champion is available for adoption from Polk County Animal Adoption and Recovery Shelter in Cedartown, GA.

Baby Catahoula

Female Catahoula Leopard Dog mix (above) and her brother, a male Catahoula Leopard Dog mix (below) weigh about 40 pounds each and are about 5 months old.

These puppies are available for adoption from Polk County Animal Adoption and Recovery Shelter in Cedartown, GA.

Baby Catahoula2

29
Apr

Deal to sign autism bill into law

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign HB 429, legislation that includes the autism coverage requirement known as ‘Ava’s Law,’ on Wednesday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m.

28
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 28, 2015

Gwinnett County Animal Control had to evacuate the shelter in order to deep clean after a number of animals came down with Bordatella. A number of dogs are currently in a temporary shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville and have been treated with antibiotics.

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44547 is a friendly female Dachshund who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Temporary Animal Shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville, GA.

44553

44553 is a Senior male Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Temporary Animal Shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville, GA.

44552

44552 is a Senior female Golden Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Temporary Animal Shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville, GA.

44542

44542 is an adult male Pekingese who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Temporary Animal Shelter at 632 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville, GA.

Here’s a video bonus.

28
Apr

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

On April 28, 1776, Colonel Lachlan McIntosh wrote from Savannah to General George Washington.

he concluded his letter with the report that because the South had limited manufacturing capability, the price of needed goods was two or three times higher than in the North, making procurement of clothing and arms for the new recruits difficult.

This last tidbit would prove prescient as lack of manufacturing proved an insuperable problem for the Confederacy. On May 16, 1777, McIntosh dueled against Button Gwinnett, scoring a fatal wound against one of Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. McIntosh was acquitted at trial but forced to leave Georgia and eventually served under Washington at Valley Forge.

In 1787, McIntosh was a Commissioner representing Georgia in a series of three boudary disputes with South Carolina, two which were resolved on April 28, 1787 with the Convention of Beaufort.

In 1874, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation designating April 26th of each year as “Confederate Memorial Day,” choosing the day of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s surrender to Union General William T. Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina. There is no longer a statutorily-recognized Confederate Memorial Day, but it has become custom for Governors to issue a proclamation yearly designating April 26th as Confederate Memorial Day or to make it the Monday or Friday closest to the 26th. Yesterday was Confederate Memorial Day 2015 for state employees.

On April 28, 2014, the earliest ever Primary Elections in Georgia began, as in-person early voting started across the state. From Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

WABE has an interesting story about a mostly-symbolic incorporation of the now-defunct city you’ve never heard of – Chattahoochee Plantation in Cobb County.

Not only was there once a city in this part of East Cobb (an area that’s all unincorporated today), but it was one that was once 30 or so miles long. It spanned Cobb County’s entire border with the Chattahoochee River, all the way up to where the county meets Roswell and back down to where Six Flags is today.

And for much of that length, the city was just 10 feet wide.

Now, this got us really curious. What could possibly be the purpose of incorporating such a long stretch of land so narrow it couldn’t even fit a house?

“What you had then was in effect a symbolic strip, so that there was an incorporated city that would prevent any effort on the part of the city of Atlanta to expand its limits into Cobb County,” Crimmins said.

Georgia Politics

Yesterday, Senator David Perdue delivered his maiden speech on the floor of the United States Senate.

The AJC was kind enough to transcribe parts of the speech.

“I rise today because I believe our republic is in grave danger,” Perdue said. “We need to create a new beginning by dealing with the very real crisis of leadership we face today. It’s why I ran for the Senate in the first place; because we need a new perspective in Washington.”

His economic prescriptions included tax code changes. Perdue hopes eventually for a national sales tax (known as the FairTax) to replace the income and corporate taxes. But in the meantime, he will settle for reducing the corporate rate, ending the “repatriation tax” for companies to bring back overseas profits and getting rid of “corporate welfare.”

He said that those immediate steps would “allow us to fund our infrastructure needs,” among other benefits. A bipartisan group of senators has proposed to use a reduction — but not elimination — of the repatriation tax to pay for more road funding.

“From what I’ve seen so far up here, there is not a great enough sense of urgency in tackling this skyrocketing debt,” he said. “There are no innocent parties up here. Both sides have pushed us to the brink, contributing to this unsustainable level of debt we face today.”

Tenth District Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville), who has served as a military chaplain, was on Fox News.

Eighth District Congressman Austin Scott (R-Tifton) spoke to students at Warner Robins High School,

“I think it’s one of the most important things we do as members of Congress,” said Scott, R-Ga., pointing to the growing disenchantment with some aspects of government. “These young people need to know that they matter.”

One of the first things he discussed with the class was the way the representatives interact during the session. While Scott recognized that the legislative branch is often depicted as a dysfunctional, bipartisan body, he said the group is usually able to come together for the greater good.

The representatives that are brought in for cable television interviews, he said, often represent the most polar ends on a topic, which creates conflict — and interest.

“It’s not as bad as it seems on TV,” Scott said. “For the most part, we’re able to solve some problems.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Atlanta in early May for an event with Georgia Speaker David Ralston to raise money for Christie’s PAC. The timing could lend itself to a trip to Athens for the GOP State Convention. I’m not holding my breath for that, but you never know.Continue Reading..

27
Apr

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

On April 25, 1734, James Oglethorpe won reelection to Parliament despite being in Georgia.

On April 27, 1773, the British Parliament enacted the Tea Act, granting a monopoly on selling tea to the American colonies.

On April 26, 1866, the Atlanta Ladies’ Memorial Association held a Confederate memorial observance at Oakland Cemetery for the first time.

On April 25, 1996, Governor Zell Miller signed legislation making English the official language of Georgia.

Senate Bill 519, sponsored by Sen. Mike Crotts (R-Conyers) and Rep. John Mobley (D-Winder), passed the Georgia House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin (135-31). The legislation will set in place a policy regulating the use of languages other than English in most state operations.

The Augusta Chronicle has an article about the Bon Air Hotel, which has hosted U.S. Presidents William Howard Taft, War­ren G. Harding and Dwight Eisen­hower.

Georgia Politics

United States Senator David Perdue will make his debut speaking formally from the Senate well today, with an expected launch time of 6 PM following a 5:30 vote. You can watch his debut on C-SPAN2 or online here.Continue Reading..

27
Apr

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 27, 2015

Xena

Xena is an adult female Hound who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, GA.

Coral

Coral is a young female Hound puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, GA.

Clover

Clover is a young female Hound puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, GA.

Daisy

Daisy is an adult female Hound who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, GA.

26
Apr

Rule of law must trump political agendas for liberty to thrive | Mobile Augusta

We often think of the Constitution as protecting the rights of the people, but that document also provides the foundation for our liberty by securing a structure of government.

Over the past six years we have seen President Obama govern with seemingly total disrespect for the Constitution, and the roles of the states and the legislative branch. What he cannot achieve legislatively, he accomplishes through unilateral action without regard for Congress or the states.

While this may be the most expeditious way to achieve his agenda, it leads to lawlessness and flies in the face of the constitutional principles of the rule of law, federalism and separation of powers upon which our democracy is built.

STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL are the last line of defense against the burdensome, and oftentimes unconstitutional, policies of the Obama administration. We have banded together time and time again to protect our states and constituents from the unconstitutional executive overreach of the federal government. Currently we are engaged in two high-stakes challenges to what we believe are unlawful actions by the Obama administration.

The first case is a direct challenge by a coalition of more than half of our states to the president’s proposed revision of the nation’s immigration laws by regulatory action. The Department of Homeland Security directive issued last fall usurped the power of Congress to make and change laws. That rule not only puts on hold deportations of 4 million undocumented immigrants, but also grants affirmative rights that Congress has not debated or passed.

As the complaint itself states, the lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about the rule of law. We are a nation proudly strengthened by immigrants, and everyone agrees that immigration reform is sorely needed. But we are also a nation of laws. The president simply does not have the authority to bypass Congress and single-handedly change the law. As the president himself recognized on April 20, 2011, “I can’t solve this problem by myself. … We’re going to have to change the laws in Congress… .”

On Feb. 16, federal Judge Andrew Hanen granted the injunction sought by the states to block the implementation of the president’s directive, saying “the public interest factor that weighs the heaviest is ensuring the actions of the Executive Branch … comply with this country’s laws and its Constitution.”

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