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4
Jun

Former State Rep. Mike Jacobs Sworn In as DeKalb State Court Judge

Jacobs Last Call

4
Jun

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 4, 2015

On June 4, 1785, James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, met with John Adams, the first ambassador from the new United States to Great Britain.

On June 4, 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to always be right vote. In August 1920, enough states had ratified the 19th Amendment that it took effect.

The Battle of Midway began on June 4, 1942. During the battle, four Japanese aircraft carriers that had participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor and one cruiser were sunk at the cost of one American carrier and one destroyer.

Today is the 26th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing, China.

Jim Galloway was in Beijing during the protests and crackdown and writes about it at the AJC Political Insider Blog.

Georgia Politics

Qualifying ended in the quartet of State House Special Elections being held July 14, 2015. One last candidate entered in House District 155, which was formerly held by State Rep. Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla). Republican Farmer Clay Pirkle of Sycamore, Georgia rounded out the field.

Click here for our listing of candidates in the State House Special Elections.

Hiram, Georgia will elect Mayor and at-large Council Posts 1 and 2 on November 3, 2015 with qualifying Monday, August 31, 2015 through Friday, September 4, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Hiram City Hall. Qualification Fees are set $270 for Mayor and $90 for Council.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Lynette Howard has been appointed Chair of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia’s 2015-16 Economic Development and Transportation Committee Policy Committee.

Ground Control to Major Spencer

I may have once thought State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) to be maybe the slightest bit of a space cadet, but then he went and passed legislation to eliminate the use of state funds in implementing or promoting Obamacare and then he passed legislation to extend the civil statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse and I’ve got to admit that he’s become quite an effective legislator on issues that aren’t necessarily on the radar screen.Continue Reading..

4
Jun

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for June 4, 2015

Pipi

Pipi is a 2-year old Hound mix female who is eager to please and will do just about anything for a treat! She already knows how to sit and lay down on command, she’d love for you to teach her more. Pipi gets along great with other dogs and probably wouldn’t mind having a dog friend in her new home. During June, her adoption is free from the DeKalb County Animal Shelter.

Larson

Larson is a 4-year old Flat-Coated Retriever who is available for free adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Georgia

Georgia is a sweet old Senior Yellow Labrador Retriever girl who was found stray in Walton County. She is an older girl with really thin hips and back legs. She gets ups slowly but can still walk well enough. She is a very sweet, gentle older girl. Georgia is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA beginning June 5, 2015. There’s nothing better than an old dog, especially an old Retriever. If you decided to adopt Georgia or any senior, please feel free to email me for some tips on helping an older dog.
Holley

Holley is a 4-year old Chocolate Labrador Retriever mix whose adoption has been sponsored so there is no fee to take her home. She is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

 

 

3
Jun

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 3, 2015

On June 3, 1941, Georgia voters ratified a Constitutional Amendment extending the term of office for Governor and the other Constitutional Officers from two years to four. Governor Eugene Talmadge campaigned for the Amendment, hoping to serve a four-year term after the two-year term he currently held, but was defeated in the 1942 Democratic Primary by Ellis Arnall. Remember this phrase: legislation almost always has unintended consequences.

On June 3, 1942, Curtis Mayfield was born in Chicago, Illinois and would later live in Atlanta, dying in Roswell in 1999.

On the morning of June 3, 1962, a plane carrying 106 Georgians crashed on take-off from Orly near Paris, the deadliest crash in aviation to that date.

On June 3, 1980, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter had amassed enough delegates to assure his nomination in the Democratic Primary for President.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Tiananman Square Massacre in Beijing, China. Pro-democracy protests had begun on April 15, 1989 and on May 20, martial law was declared. The People’s Liberation Army began taking the square back on the evening of June 3d.

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37 Weeks, a project by the Atlanta History Center and Georgia Public Broadcasting continues documenting Sherman’s campaign in Georgia with Week 8.

Georgia Politics

Erratum: The swearing-in of Mike Jacobs will be tomorrow, Thursday, June 4 at 9 AM in the House Chamber of the Georgia State Capitol.

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, who is running in the Special Election to succeed Jacobs, wrote a letter to Brookhaven voters residents, reviewing the City’s progress since incorporation.Continue Reading..

3
Jun

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for June 3, 2015

This litter of sweet Labrador Retriever/American Bulldog puppies is at the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter in Danielsville, GA, where they are ready to be adopted and brought to your home. Adoption fees are $110 each due to their vetting. I had to look it up so I can tell you that Danielsville is between Athens and Commerce and to the East of those cities.

The Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter is a high intake shelter. Please don’t delay! It could mean the difference of saving a life or two. The one you adopt and the next one that will get a chance at a loving home in our shelter.

Viewing and adoption hours at the shelter are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 pm. All adoption fees include age appropriate vaccinations, registered microchip identification and spay or neuter.

The Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter has saved the lives of over 1300 companion animals already this year. That’s a lot of homeless animals! Right now, they only have two play yards for the numerous dogs that we house, and we have more volunteers wanting to exercise dogs than places to exercise them. The shelter is trying to raise $10,000 for additional fencing of outdoor play and exercise areas for the dogs and volunteers. Please click here if you would consider donating online. Or you may mail a check to:

Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter
PO Box 453
Danielsville, GA 30633

Acorn

Acorn (male).

Walnut

Walnut (male).

Cashew

Cashew (Female).

Linden

Linden (Female).

 

2
Jun

Richard Woods picks two new leaders | www.ajc.com

Georgia’s new top education official continued to fill the leadership roles in his agency, selecting a leader for curriculum and another over arts.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods on Monday named Caitlin Dooley as Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Jessica Booth as Fine Arts Specialist.

via Richard Woods picks two new leaders | www.ajc.com.

2
Jun

Brookhaven Mayor Davis resigns to run for Ga. House | www.ajc.com

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, who is running for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, announced today he’s resigning from the city.

Davis is a candidate in a July 14 special election to fill the vacancy created when Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal last month to serve as a DeKalb State Court judge.

via Brookhaven Mayor Davis resigns to run for Ga. House | www.ajc.com.

2
Jun

Economy fuels proposed DeKalb tax cut | www.ajc.com

Property taxes in DeKalb County will be cut for the first time in 11 years, according to Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May’s proposed budget unveiled today.

The budget also provides start-up funding for police body cameras, beefs up reserve funds and raises overall annual spending to $1.33 billion, a 5 percent increase.

The tax reduction amounts to $50 in yearly savings for

The economic recovery along with rising property values have created a windfall for the county’s tax collections, allowing it to reduce tax rates.

“It’s a sign of the economy turning around,” May told the commission this morning. “The economy is growing at a very exciting pace.”

via Economy fuels proposed DeKalb tax cut | www.ajc.com.

2
Jun

As Burrell Ellis sits in court, Lee May proposes a tax cut for DeKalb | Political Insider blog

He hasn’t formally announced yet, but here’s how you run for CEO of DeKalb County. While the man you’ve temporarily replaced, Burrell Ellis, is on trial for the second time, you announce a tax cut. From the press release:

DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May County presented his 2015 mid-year budget recommendations to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) today. The recommendations include a tax rate decrease, which is the first adjustment downward since 2004. Other highlights include an increase in the budgetary reserve, body cameras for police officers, and an increase in funding for firefighters and sheriff deputies.

via As Burrell Ellis sits in court, Lee May proposes a tax cut for DeKalb | Political Insider blog.

2
Jun

DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May recommends first tax cut in eleven years | The Brookhaven Post | Brookhaven, GA

DeKalb County, GA, June 2, 2015 – by The Post Reports – DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May presented his 2015 mid-year budget recommendations to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday morning during the BOC Committee of the Whole meeting. May’s recommendations include a tax rate decrease – the first adjustment downward in eleven years (since 2004).

According to ICEO May, the budget includes an increase in the budgetary reserve, body cameras for police officers, and an increase in funding for firefighters and sheriff deputies.

“An economic recovery is underway in DeKalb County, which has had a positive impact on our tax digest,” said Interim CEO May. “We are in a great position to fund our critical needs in addition to offering relief to the taxpayers of DeKalb County.”

via DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May recommends first tax cut in eleven years | The Brookhaven Post | Brookhaven, GA.