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Gov. Deal announces 2015 floor leaders

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Reps. Robert Dickey (R-Musella) and Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville) will join Reps. Chad Nimmer (R-Blackshear) and Christian Coomer (R-Cartersville) on his House floor leader team while Sens. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) and Sen.-elect John F. Kennedy (R-Macon) will team up with Sen. Bill Jackson (R-Appling) to carry the governor’s bills in the Senate.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 30, 2014


These two seniors desperately need a helping hand; they are available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.


Number 43370 is posted as a Retriever/Chow mix, but I think he’s really just a fluffy flat-coated retriever mix. He is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. He is friendly and he knows how to “sit” and “shake”.


Number 43352 is a Pibble-mix mama who is friendly and calm and came in with her two puppies, from whom she cannot be separated. The little family is available only for owner reclaim or rescue groups, but if you wanted to open your home to them, I’m sure a rescue group could be found to work with you.


Number 43354 is one of the mama’s puppies. She’s sweet and playful and needs to be in a home so she doesn’t get sick in the shelter.


Number 43353 is the other puppy, also a female.


Gov. Nathan Deal: Announces 2015 Floor Leaders

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Deal announces 2015 floor leaders

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Reps. Robert Dickey (R-Musella) and Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville) will join Reps. Chad Nimmer (R-Blackshear) and Christian Coomer (R-Cartersville) on his House floor leader team while Sens. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) and Sen.-elect John F. Kennedy (R-Macon) will team up with Sen. Bill Jackson (R-Appling) to carry the governor’s bills in the Senate.

Robert Dickey

Dickey is serving his second term representing House District 140, which covers Crawford County and parts of Bibb, Houston, Monroe and Peach counties. A fourth generation peach and timber grower, Dickey and his father own Dickey Farms, Inc. He serves as a board member and past president of the Georgia Peach Council and is a member of the Georgia Commodity Commission for Peaches and the Georgia AgriBusiness Council. Dickey is a past president and treasurer of the National Peach Council. He has served on the Crawford County Industrial Authority for the last 20 years. He is a past president and a current board member of the Crawford County Farm Bureau and is a founding board member of the Crawford County Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia AgriLeaders Forum. He is a member of the board of directors of the SunTrust Bank of Middle Georgia and the Gordon College Foundation. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia College. Dickey and his wife, Cynde, have two children and are active members of Musella Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and chair of the finance committee and they both teach Sunday School.

Terry Rogers

Rogers has represented House District 10 since his election in November 2011. He currently serves as a deputy whip for the House Majority Leadership Caucus and as vice chairman of the State Planning and Community Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Appropriations, Defense and Veteran Affairs, Economic Development and Tourism, and Human Relations and Aging committees and also serves as a House representative to the Legislative Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee and the Professional Board Oversight Study Committee. Rogers is a past chairman of the Banks, Rabun and Habersham County Joint Development Authority, the Clarkesville Better Hometown board and is a past vice chairman of the Habersham Development Authority. He is a Rotarian and has served on the executive board of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America and on the board of directors for Tallulah Falls School. In 2014, he was selected by Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia’s 100 Most Influential citizens. Rogers and his wife, Laura, have five children and two grandchildren. They live in Clarkesville and are active members of First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville, where he is an elder.

Butch Miller

Miller has represented Senate District 49 since his election in 2010 and in 2012 was elected as majority caucus chairman. He serves on the Appropriations, Assignments, Banking and Financial Institutions, Education and Youth, Ethics, Rules and Transportation committees. Miller serves on several special appointment committees, including the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Board, the Georgia World Congress Center Board and the MARTOC Oversight Committee. He is a member of the Gainesville Rotary Club and is a volunteer and board member of numerous trade, nonprofit and philanthropic causes. Miller was recently named Gainesville Rotary Man of the Year. A businessman, Miller joined the team of veteran auto dealer Milton Martin in 1993. In 1997, Miller and Jim Foote acquired Martin’s Honda franchise that has become one of the leading dealerships in the state. Miller and his wife have three sons and attend Lakewood Baptist Church, where he has served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.

Mike Dugan

Dugan is a local contractor at the Carrollton branch of RA-LIN and Associates. In the Senate, Dugan represents District 30, which includes portions of Carroll, Douglas and Paulding counties. Dugan is the vice chairman of the Government Oversight Committee, secretary of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee and serves as a member of the Economic Development and Transportation committees. Prior to his election in the Senate, Dugan was president of the Carrollton Kiwanis Club and served on the executive board of the Carrollton Housing Authority and West Georgia Athletic Foundation Executive Committee. Dugan is a veteran of the U.S. Army, with more than 20 years of service before his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 2008. During his career, he was deployed to more than 32 countries, including hostile fire deployments in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Dugan graduated from the University of West Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Organizational Development. He and his wife, Missy, have two children and are members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Carrollton.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 30, 2014

Georgia Governor George Towns signed a constitutional amendment that removed the requirement that governors own at least 500 acres real estate and other property valued at least $4000 on December 30, 1847. At the time, an amendment to the state constitution had to be passed twice by the General Assembly in subsequent sessions, but did not require voter approval.

The Gadsden Purchase, establishing the southern border of the United States with Mexico, was signed on December 30, 1853.

The USS Monitor, the first federal ironclad steamship, sank on December 30, 1862 off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The American Political Science Association was formed on December 30, 1903, and has been misunderstood ever since.

The first live recording of Led Zeppelin was made at Gonzaga University on December 30, 1968.

Lockheed received the contract to produce 50 C-5B cargo aircraft for the federal government on December 30, 1982.

Georgia Politics

Inaugural Invitations

Congratulations to Cassandra Kirk, whom Gov. Deal appointed Chief Magistrate of Fulton County. Deal also appointed Alison T. Burleson and Brenda Holbert Trammell to the bench, filling vacancies on Superior Court for the Ocmulgee Circuit, which comprises Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putman, and Wilkinson Counties.

The Judicial Nominating Commission has received 70 nominations for one State Court judgeship and one Superior Court judgeship in DeKalb County. Notable nominees include State Rep. Mike Jacobs, Brookhaven Mayor Max Davis, 2010 State Court candidate Akintunde Akinyele, Griffin B. Bell, III, grandson of the late Attorney General, and State Senator Ronald Ramsey, Sr.

State Rep. Christian Coomer will serve again as Administration Floor Leader for Gov. Deal.

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Judges, Officials Want Gun Law Cleanup | Daily Report

Probate judges and county officials are hoping for tweaks in state gun laws in the upcoming legislative session that would clear up what they describe as ambiguities and contradictions.

But the lawmaker who sponsored last session’s bill—House Bill 60—that relaxed many carry and licensing restrictions said he and other proponents aren’t keen to tinker with the code.

Athens-Clarke County Probate Judge Susan Tate said she and her colleagues on the bench are flummoxed by a change in statute dealing with gun license renewals. HB 60 eliminated the fingerprinting requirement for application renewals in one section of the code but not in another.

Tate said she and other probate judges believe the reference to a fingerprinting requirement still in the code was an editing mistake.

“It’s clear that it’s language left over from the previous law and likely overlooked when some of [the changes] were made,” she said. “So, we as probate judges have decided we will not comply with it, but it makes us nervous.”

Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, who shepherded the lengthy bill through the General Assembly last session, said lawmakers will continue to listen to various groups on all sides. But he doesn’t think the state Legislature should move quickly on any possible legislation to tweak existing gun laws, especially if it would move the needle toward more restrictions on carry.

via Judges, Officials Want Gun Law Cleanup | Daily Report.


DeKalb prosecutor’s chief investigator arrested for DUI, speeding |

The chief investigator for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office was jailed overnight in Rockdale County for allegedly driving under the influence.

Channel 2 Action News reported that Craig Scott was driving a county-issued car on I-20 eastbound at Ga. 138 when he was pulled over for speeding about 11:30 p.m. by Rockdale sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies clocked Scott at more than 100 miles per hour before he was stopped, according to Channel 2. Scott refused to take a breathalyzer test, but deputies obtained a search warrant for blood to be drawn. Results of the blood test have not been released.

via DeKalb prosecutor’s chief investigator arrested for DUI, speeding |


Republicans: Wins show success in digital battle – Washington Times

Republicans say their 2014 campaign victories are proof they’ve made up ground in the battle with Democrats for digital supremacy, but consultants say they’ll need to continue cultivating a pool of talent to make sure they’re ready to compete at the presidential level in 2016.

Campaigns boosted their commitment to their online strategies, treating them as integral parts of their campaigns, rather than add-ons, and the GOP now has access to the same software and tools as President Obama’s successful 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

Part of the proof of the GOP’s gain was the level at which digital strategy was discussed, said Anton Vuljaj, director of advertising at IMGE, a consulting firm in Alexandria. He said in 2012, online message conversations were handled by communications directors, but this year those conversations often involved campaign managers themselves.

via Republicans: Wins show success in digital battle – Washington Times.


Last train load of coal expected at UGA this week | Online Athens

A lonesome train whistle will mark the end of an era on the University of Georgia campus this week, or at least the beginning of the end.

The train, a short line called the Athens Line, is scheduled to roll parallel to East Campus Road with the last shipment of coal for the university’s coal-fired steam boiler, slated for replacement after this winter.

The Athens Line brought in five cars of coal, about 500 tons, last week from Virginia’s Red River Coal Company, said Tom Satterly, assistant vice president of UGA’s facilities management division. With this week’s expected shipment of another six cars with 600 tons, UGA will have a winter stockpile of just more than 4,000 tons to help heat the Athens main campus in the cold months ahead.

“This is the last planned shipment,” Satterly said.

via Last train load of coal expected at UGA this week | Online Athens.


Fulton remains a county divided |

New leadership in Fulton County government has inspired talk of bipartisan cooperation. But November’s election results show Georgia’s largest county remains divided along geographic, partisan and racial lines, and it will take more than rhetoric to overcome them.

Democratic County Commission Chairman John Eaves cruised to re-election with 63 percent of the vote – but lost nearly all precincts in north Fulton, a Republican stronghold. Earl Cooper, his Republican opponent, did best in far north Fulton and in other largely white and affluent areas.

Fulton’s partisan divide remains so stark that Democrats didn’t bother to field candidates in three northern commission districts, while Republicans abandoned two of the three Atlanta and south Fulton districts. In the one contested district election, Atlanta Democratic incumbent Emma Darnell trounced her Republican opponent, gaining 91 percent of the vote.

Those political dynamics will shape the new Board of Commissioners – four Democrats and three Republicans – that will hold its first meeting Jan. 7.

via Fulton remains a county divided |


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 29, 2014

Savannah, Georgia was captured by British troops on December 29, 1778.

The American Colonization Society was organized in Washington, DC on December 28, 1816 to return African-Americans to Africa, with William Harris Crawford, the first Georgian to run for President (1816 and 1824) as a founding member. In 1822, the American Colonization Society founded a colony on the West coast of Africa that would later become Liberia.

The City of Atlanta was re-incorporated on December 29, 1847, changing from a “town” to a “city,” a meaningless distinction, though the date is often cited as the creation of Atlanta.

Good News and Bad News

Last week, Tamara Paquette ran out of gas somewhere in South Georgia on the way to her home in Florida. Luckily for her, Georgia State Patrol officer Sergeant Elbert Slappey was there to help.

[T]he voice recorder, and AAA was going to be four hours before they came to get me.

Things appeared they were just not going to go my way tonight.

Then, I saw blue lights on the horizon, turn on, drive towards me, turn around, then  pull up behind. With all the reports I read of cops shooting unarmed people, my stomach turned. I immediately rolled down my window, held my hands on the steering wheel and held the cell phone high enough so I would not be seen as a threat.

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