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Adoptable (Official) Georiga Dogs for July 25, 2016

All adoption fees are waived today for dogs over 25 pounds and all cats at the DeKalb County Animal Services and Fulton County Animal Services shelters.


Naka is a four-year old female terrier mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Naka is a happy four year old girl who loves going for walks, exploring new places, and hanging out with her people. She knows how to sit and would love to learn more. Her adoption is FREE and includes her spay, microchip, vaccinations, and more!


Bear is a two-year old male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Bear is a handsome two year old who is determined to find his forever home. He is a confident boy who doesn’t let anything slow him down. When you talk to him in a sweet voice he totally melts. He loves to sniff around in the grass and dreams of having outdoor adventures with his forever family. He hasn’t gotten along with dogs here at the shelter, but may do well with the right dog in a forever home. Feel free to bring your dog in for a supervised meet and greet.


Mighty is a three-year old Terrier mix who weighs 41 pounds and is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services.

Mighty is a frightened little guy. He cowers and shakes when you approach him. He has never shown any aggression with people and does loosen up after spending time with him. He allows touch and seems to enjoy it. We are housing him alone as to not further stress him out at this point. He needs a quiet place that can allow him time to decompress and gain some much needed confidence.


Carson is a young male Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 25, 2016

James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, left the colony for the last time on July 23, 1743, returning to England.

On July 24, 1778, Georgia ratified the Articles of Confederation.

Georgia’s John Walton was present on July 9, 1778, and signed the document then. Georgia’s other two delegates – Edward Telfair and Edward Langworthy – did not sign until July 24, 1778, which is the date most often used for Georgia’s ratification of the Articles.

An interesting sidenote is that John Walton‘s brother, George Walton, signed the Declaration of Independence on Georgia’s behalf.

On July 24, 1919, the Georgia General Assembly rejected ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extends the right of voting to women.

The All-Star Game was held in Atlanta on July 25, 1972, with the National League winning 4-3 in ten innings.

On July 25, 1974, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of United States v. Nixon that executive privilege did not allow the White House to refuse to turn over audio recordings that had been subpoenaed by a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.

On July 22, 1975, the United States House of Representatives voted to restore U.S. Citizenship to General Robert E. Lee posthumously.

Though President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation of amnesty and pardon to the Southern rebels in 1865, it required Lee to apply separately. On Oct. 2, 1865, the same day that Lee was inaugurated as president of Washington College in Lexington, Va., he signed the required amnesty oath and filed an application through Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Nonetheless, neither was Lee pardoned, nor was his citizenship restored. After receiving it, Secretary of State William Seward gave Lee’s application to a friend as a souvenir. Meanwhile, State Department officials, apparently with Seward’s approval, pigeonholed the oath.

In 1970, an archivist, examining State Department records at the National Archives, found Lee’s lost oath. That discovery helped set in motion a five-year congressional effort to restore citizenship to the general, who had died stateless in 1870.

President Gerald Ford signed the congressional resolution on July 24, 1975, correcting what he said was a 110-year oversight. The signing ceremony took place at Arlington House in Virginia, the former Lee family home. Several Lee descendants, including Robert E. Lee V, his great-great-grandson, attended.

On July 24, 2000, former Georgia Governor Zell Miller was appointed to the United States Senate to serve in the seat vacated on the death of Senator Paul Coverdell.

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According to the mainstream media, the 2016 Republican National Convention was “negative,” “mean,” riven with “fear,” and “The Worst Convention in History.” It might have looked negative and mean if your name is “Hillary Clinton,” but I disagree with almost everything being written about the convention to the extent that I wonder if any of those folks actually attended the same event I was at.

Yes, Ted Cruz’s speech got booed. I might suspect it was organized, but if it was, it would have been the single most well-organized event at the convention with the exception of the buses running between hotels and the convention center.

But for those of us who were Republicans, it was a great event. The City of Cleveland got rave reviews, as did Cleveland law enforcement, which was supplemented by federal, state, and local officers from across the nation.

Jade Morey, a Georgia Delegate, wrote on Facebook,

It’s hard for the Republican Party to get a message of inclusion out when the media literally refuses to print/air it. Can’t tell you how many times I gave interviews this weekend and they don’t want to hear it. They want divisive, crazy quotes. Their view of the convention was in some ways a stark contrast from my personal experience. Never ceases to amaze me how far they will go to push their bias. #RNCinCLE‬

At the Convention, Ginger Howard took her seat as Republican National Committeewoman for Georgia.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 21, 2016


Kadence is a young female Hound puppy who is available for adoption from Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.


Remmy is a female Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.


Cooter is a young male Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 21, 2016

Union General Irvin McDowell’s forces engaged Confederates under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard and General Joseph Johnston at the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on July 21, 1861.

On July 21, 1868, the Georgia General Assembly ratified the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution as a condition for readmission.

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois.

On July 21, 1988, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic nomination for President at the National Convention in Atlanta.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Today, I feel like I have a political hangover from the Convention this week. I’m not going to do any real mental processing until tomorrow or Monday, so for today, I can’t tell you what it all means.

But here are my three takeaways from the Convention:

1. Most of the delegates I spoke to are comfortable, even enthusiastic, to work for the Trump-Pence ticket, and most of the dissidents are reserved in speaking about their misgivings.

2. The Trump-Pence campaign team is still at an early stage in its professional development, and we saw some hiccups at the Convention, but nothing earth-shattering.

3. Pro-Trump delegates and alternates are peeved at Ted Cruz, some even furious. There was pretty loud booing after Cruz delivered his Wednesday night speech without endorsing Trump. I wasn’t at the 1976 Convention, being all of five years old, so I don’t know what the immediate sentiment was after Reagan’s famed speech at the Convention. I have nothing to compare it to, and it’ll be a while before we know how this will play out.

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Georgia Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Herbert Phipps will retire, leaving Governor Nathan Deal the opportunity to appoint yet another appelate judge to the bench.

So, it’s good timing that Governor Nathan Deal has appointed members to a newly-constituted Judicial Qualifications Commission.

J. Randolph Evans, Co-Chair
Pete Robinson, Co-Chair
State Rep. Stacey Abrams
Mary Paige Adams
Christopher Carr
Peter W. Carter
Dennis T. Cathey
Scott D. Delius
Arthur B. “Skin” Edge
State Rep. Chuck Efstration
Robert S. Highsmith
Darren R. Jones
William T. Mitchell
Patrick T. O’Connor
Attorney General Sam Olens
Jonathan Pannell
Charles E. Peeler
Lee W.O. Shafer
Patty S. Veazey
Rebecca “Ashley” Wright

Tonight at 6:30 PM, the Republican candidates in the Senate District 24 runoff election will appear at an event at the Rock Gym organized by the Elbert County Republican Party.

Lee Anderson and Greg Grzybowski, the two top vote-getters in the May primary for the 24th seat, are involved in a July 26 runoff to see which candidate will face Democratic candidate Brenda Jordan in November.

Anderson received 34 percent of the ballots cast in the primary, while Grzybowski picked up 19 percent of the votes in the primary, more than three other candidates in the race.

Elbert County Republican Party Chairman Mack Powell said the event has been scheduled to allow Elbert County voters to “personally interact” with the two candidates.



Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 20, 2016


Cleveland is a young male German Shepherd Dog mix who is available for adoption from Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.

Cleveland and his brother Chewy spent their entire lives on a chain before coming to the rescue. Cleveland is still a little nervous around new people, but once he adjusts to you, he becomes your buddy! He also loves going for a good walk and can play fetch like no other! He always has a ball around him or in his mouth! This sweet boy deserves a good home and a family to call his own!


London is a small female Jack Russell Terrier & Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from Lake Lanier Humane League (Georgia Collie Rescue) in Gainesville, GA.

London was born sometime in December and weighs about 6lbs. Her mom weighs 13lbs and the dad is 10lbs, so she will remain small. She is a very social and cute little girl. Came from a family with children and seems to do well. She is smart, alert and seems to be easily trained.


Donovan is a small male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services in Atlanta, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 20, 2016

On July 20, 1864, the Battle of Peachtree Creek took place in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a special online section on the Battle of Atlanta.

Sir Edmund Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. He and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first to summit Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.

Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton gave the speech nominating Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for President on July 20, 1988 at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Dukakis accepted the nomination the next day.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Yesterday, Donald J. Trump was nominated for President of the United States by the Republican National Convention. From the New York Times,

In the roll call vote that began the night, formally marking Mr. Trump’s capture of the Republican nomination, 721 delegates cast their votes for candidates other than Mr. Trump.

As Georgia’s delegates were bound by the results of the Presidential Preference Primary, the delegation cast 42 votes in favor of Trump.

Yesterday, I spoke to two of Georgia’s delegates about the procedural vote on whether to have a roll call vote on the Convention rules.

The Macon Telegraph asked some of their local delegates to the Republican National Convention about the 2016 platform.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 19, 2016


Spider is a 10-week old male Corgi and Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Pregnant Dog Rescue, Inc. in Griffin ,GA. He loves everyone he meets.


Liberty is a 2-month old female Shepherd & Labrador Retriever Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Pregnant Dog Rescue, Inc. in Griffin, GA. She’s a typical puppy – happy, playful, and loving.


Dragon is a small 2-year old male Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Pregnant Dog Rescue, Inc. in Griffin ,GA.

Dragon is the sweetest, most loyal and bonded dog his rescue group has saved in a while. He has loads of personality and is very in tune with being with ‘his person’ He is a great lap dog and is calm and gentle. But if you want to play you can easily get him into ‘wrestle’ or ‘play’ mode. If you tire of playing, (and he can play rough at times) just tell him no and he will stop. He wants to be a good and obedient dog. Dragon wants to learn what it is you want from him, and to be your constant little shadow. Dragon is currently neutered and on treatment for his skin.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 19, 2016

Griffin, Georgia native John Henry “Doc” Holliday killed Mike Gordon after Gordon shot up Holliday’s saloon in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony was held on July 19, 1996 and competition started the next day.

The Georgia State Quarter was released on July 19, 1999.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Floor fight!

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Anti-Trump delegates and alternates (and probably some guests) attempted to call for a roll call vote on the floor of the Convention yesterday. If successful, the Convention would have ground to a halt, and some individuals might have cast votes for candidates not on the ballot or other than those to whom they are bound.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 18, 2016

Hunter Terrell County

Hunter is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

Hunter is a small lab mix who was picked up by animal control as a stray and not reclaimed – he is super sweet! He is very submissive and can be just a little shy when you first meet him but once you give him a little attention, he instantly comes out of his shell and wants nothing more than to give and receive affection. He is a little unsure of walking on a leash but we are working on that. He is really an awseome dog and with a good temperament. He is great with other dogs, he likes kids and does not seem to mind cats either way. Hunter is current on shots, crate trained, negative for heartworms/on prevention and neutered.

Hunter Murray County

Hunter is a 3-4 year old male Hound dog who is available for adoption from Murray County Humane Society in Chatsworth, GA.

Hunter was found abandoned in a crate along with a female companion. He is super sweet and energetic. Hunter is heartworm positive & will receive treament prior to being adopted.

Hunter Marietta

Hunter is a 7-month old Shetland Sheepdog and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeless Pets Foundation in Marietta, GA.

Hunter and his brother Max (please see his listing too) were surrendered when their owner figured out he was allergic to dogs. So the two boys, born in December 2015 are trying to find new homes. They’re gentle and sweet though a little shy with strangers. They don’t have to be adopted together but wouldn’t that be fun?

Hunter is gentle with kids and knows “sit”!


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 18, 2016

The greatest political journalist to ever put pen to paper, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, was born on July 18, 1929. That makes today “Gonzo Day.” You have been warned.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a third term at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 18, 1940.

President Harry S. Truman signed the second Presidential Succession Act on July 18, 1947

The original succession act designated the Senate president pro tempore as the first in line to succeed the president should he and the vice president die unexpectedly while in office. If he for some reason could not take over the duties, the speaker of the house was placed next in the line of succession. In 1886, during Grover Cleveland‘s administration, Congress removed both the Senate president and the speaker of the house from the line of succession. From that time until 1947, two cabinet officials, (their order in line depended on the order in which the agencies were created) became the next in line to succeed a president should the vice president also become incapacitated or die. The decision was controversial. Many members of Congress felt that those in a position to succeed the president should be elected officials and not, as cabinet members were, political appointees, thereby giving both Republican and Democratic parties a chance at controlling the White House.

In 1945, then-Vice President Truman assumed the presidency after Franklin Roosevelt died of a stroke during his fourth term. As president, Truman advanced the view that the speaker of the house, as an elected official, should be next in line to be president after the vice president. On July 18, 1947, he signed an act that resurrected the original 1792 law, but placed the speaker ahead of the Senate president pro tempore in the hierarchy.

On July 18, 1988, the Democratic National Convention opened at the Omni in Atlanta. That night, actor Rob Lowe would shoot a videotape in a hotel with two hairdressers, one 22 and one 16. Several weeks later, the era of the celebrity sex tape began.

On July 18, 2000, United States Senator Paul Coverdell died of a cerebral hemorrhage. I remember where I was when I heard the news.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

More than 53,000 Georgians have cast votes in early and advance voting.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office reported that more than 53,000 people so far cast ballots for races around the state since July 5. Georgia law requires a runoff if no candidate wins a majority in a general primary. There are no statewide races this time, but a competitive congressional and several heated local races are drawing interest in the heat of summer.

In Cobb County, for example, election officials are seeing higher turnout for earlier voting in the Republican runoff to lead the county’s commission than they did in May. Incumbent chair Tim Lee is trying to hold off a challenge from Mike Boyce, who got the highest vote total in the primary but fell short of the majority needed to prevent a runoff.

Janine Eveler, director of elections for the Cobb County Board of Elections, said about 2,800 people voted early in the runoff so far compared to about 1,680 at this point in May.

“It is unusual,” Eveler said. “Normally, we see those numbers go down for runoffs.”

In the South Georgia Judicial Circuit, runoff candidates Ryan Cleveland and Heather Lanier are urging their voters to the polls.

“Based on history, there’s going to be a drop-off in the numbers (of voters), but my job is to let people know how serious this race is,” Cleveland said. “Superior Court, maybe more than any other court, touches people’s lives in many ways. From family court, to domestic law, to criminal proceedings, it affects so many people.”

In the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, campaign spending is at a high rate headed into the runoff.

Campaign spending in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge race topped $220,000 by June 30, including the dollars spent by Martha Hall and Michael Muldrew, who are contenders in the July 26 runoff, as well as by a third candidate left behind in May.

With contributions and self-financing totaling $231,180 by the reporting date, this is the most richly funded “local” election this season, but the circuit encompasses four counties. Other races still in play are confined to Bulloch County. Primary season spending in the sheriff’s race exceeded $142,000.The race for Bulloch County Probate Court judge, with originally five candidates and now down to two in the runoff, accounted for $57,574 in spending through June 30.

For the next few days, most of Georgia politics will take place on the shore of Lake Erie at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where four delegates learned yesterday how to spell O-H-I-O.


Here’s what I consider to be yesterday’s number one most important result from yesterday: Georgia Delegates signed paperwork demonstrating that Trump has support of a majority of the delegation, one of eight states required to do so for his name to be put formally into nomination at the convention.

Senator David Perdue was optimistic heading to Cleveland, where he serves as honorary delegation chair for Georgia.

“I think you saw people beginning to realize…not only can this guy win in November, but he can help us turn the direction of our country,” said Perdue. “Which is why some of us got involved in the first place.”

Perdue says Trump was responsive to his two main concerns; national security and the debt crisis. He’s confident the republican party will highlight the issues next week.

“I think it’s bigger than any one candidate,” said Perdue. “What we’re talking about is the future of our country.”

The Georgia Delegation began its convention festivities with a Sunday brunch, as noted by Scott Johnson, writing in the MDJ,

At the delegation brunch at the Wyndham, Chairman John Padgett fired up the party faithful with a rousing welcome to Cleveland and a call for party unity. He reminded us that this election is about not just our future but the future of our children and grandchildren. His words brought the partisan crowd to their feet.

Following his speech, Padgett introduced Georgia’s junior Senator, David Perdue. Perdue was genuinely emotional in his appreciation of the welcome he received and the very fact that Georgians have entrusted him to be our U.S. Senator. He points out that he and the GOP presidential nominee have more than a little in common — both businessmen with little or no political experience regarded as outsiders and given little chance of success when they launched their campaign. Perdue believes that Trump can take the nation in a new direction and be the change that America needs. He’s obviously on board to help make that happen.

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After speaking to the delegation, Perdue was surrounded by a gaggle of AJC reporters and others.

“We’ve got to take Georgia out of play. We need to throw the hammer down and make sure we drive the early polls so we can help other states, like Pennsylvania and Ohio, that could be in play,” said Perdue. “This guy could win big. And I’ll tell you, if you want to do anything for conservative causes, you need to win big.”

Georgia is one of 17 states Trump’s campaign has targeted as must-wins to preserve his chance of taking the White House. A united front, Perdue said, will prevent Democrat Hillary Clinton’s camp from pouring resources and staff into the state. And Perdue will be among the Trump supporters traveling from delegation-to-delegation to drum up support for the candidate.

Said Perdue:

“We don’t have any drama in the Georgia delegation. We’re here to make sure Donald J. Trump is the next president of the United States. I know what you’re thinking – he wasn’t my first choice. He wasn’t my second choice. But let me remind you: This is not a candidate to be embarrassed about. And let me tell you why: We have an outsider. This isn’t something from the Washington establishment.”

He said he’s confident the 76 delegates would vote unanimously for Trump.

Eighteen year-old Tanner Goldsmith of Columbus is among the alternates from Georgia to the Republican National Convention.

“I’m definitely excited to go to the convention, as far as going and seeing how all the under-workings go,” said Goldsmith, who as an alternate can participate as much as a full delegate except vote. “But at the same time, it’s a little nerve-wracking, looking at the news, seeing what’s going on with Trump, seeing some of these protests, hearing Fox reporters saying, ‘I wonder what’s going to happen in Cleveland.’”

From Middle Georgia, Jade Morey and Bill Knowles and Vance Dean from South Georgia joined the Georgia delegation in Clevland.

In 2008, a then 20-year-old Jade Morey attended the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. This week, the Houston County resident returns to another convention as an at-large delegate, giving her a prime position as the party nominates its candidate for president and adopts the party platform, among other duties.

“There are an immense amount of logistics that go into a national convention, and it’s quite a process leading up to and keeping up with the week,” Morey said by email. “You will run into all sorts of celebrities (both Hollywood and the political kind) as it’s a relatively small number of attendees. Sometimes it feels like there are more members of the media present than actual delegation members.”

This is the third consecutive trip to a Republican National Convention for Macon businessman and alternate Bill Knowles. There’s more freedom for alternates, he said, since they sit in the balcony, while the delegates are on the main floor.

“We get to do whatever we want,” Knowles said of being an alternate. “We’ll mill around with other people.”

Another alternate is Vance Dean, chairman of the GOP’s 8th Congressional District. He said he’s ready for a festive affair.

Dean supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee until he dropped out of the race, then became a Ted Cruz backer. Now, though, he said he’s “110 percent” behind Trump.

“I expect this to be a really busy week,” he said. “There’s an activity from the time you wake up to way after I’ll be asleep. … I feel like we’ve come off eight years of a president who has promised a lot and really delivered none of that.”

The Augusta Chronicle spoke to local delegates headed to the convention.

They include Evans state GOP second vice chairwoman and Savannah River Site analyst Debbie McCord, attending her third convention this year.

Though she’d gone “through probably five” candidates, McCord said she’s now planted firmly behind Trump, to whom she’s a pledged delegate.

“In talking with our national committee man and national committee woman, I don’t anticipate any shenanigans,” McCord said.

Trump “won 1,237 delegates. He’s entitled to be the nominee and I agree with them 100 percent.”

Augusta Republican and attorney Sherry Barnes said Trump also wasn’t her first choice, but “when it was evident he was coming out on top then I fully supported him.”

Michael Welsh, delegate and the 12th Congressional District chairman, expects “a media show” but nothing unusual during the convention, despite support for the “Never Trump” movement among area Republicans.

“There were a lot of never Romneys too, never McCains, never Bushes and never Reagans before that,” Welsh said. “You have a very diverse and large environment called the American populace and you’re never going to get consensus on anything.”

Georgia’s own Nick Ayers is serving as Senior Adviser to Governor Mike Pence, Trump’s VP nominee.