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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 20, 2015

On January 20, 1788, the First African Baptist Church was established in Savannah, Georgia, one of the first black churches in the United States.

John Marshall was nominated as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President John Adams on January 20, 1801.

On January 20, 1920, DeForest Kelley was born in Atlanta and he grew up in Conyers. Kelley sang in the choir of his father’s church and appeared on WSB radio; he graduated from Decatur Boys High School and served in the United States Navy. Kelley became famous as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the original Star Trek series.

On January 20, 1928, Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia for the tenth time, staying through February 11th. During the visit, he spoke to the Chamber of Commerce of Americus and Sumter County, telling them

“In Georgia the movement towards the cities is growing by leaps and bounds and this means the abandonment of the farms or those farms that are not suited to the uses of agriculture. It means that we will have vacant lands but these can and should be used in growing timber.”

Rooesevelt was sworn-in to a fourth term as President on Jauary 20, 1945 and died in Warm Springs on April 12, 1945.

On January 20, 1939, Paul D. Coverdell was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Coverdell was one of the key figures in the development of the Georgia Republican Party.

On January 20, 1977, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States.

On January 20, 1981, Ronald Wilson Reagan was inaugurated 40th President of the United States.

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Georgia DOT commissioner plans to retire in January – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

ATLANTA (AP) – The leader of Georgia’s transportation agency plans to retire at the end of the month.

Department of Transportation spokesman David Spear says Commissioner Keith Golden will apply for retirement on Jan. 31.

via Georgia DOT commissioner plans to retire in January – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5.


UberX drivers protest rate cut by company – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

ATLANTA – Uber drivers in Atlanta are upset and it might just cost you on your night out Friday.

Drivers rallied at Piedmont Park on Friday afternoon after what they say is the third driver cut in a year and the elimination of the flat-rate fees for airport runs. They also express concerns that the Atlanta market is saturated with drivers and that Uber keeps adding more.

They say they will be turning off their apps from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. on one of the busiest nights in Atlanta for the app-based transportation network.

via UberX drivers protest rate cut by company – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5.


Porsche 911 range goes turbo – BBC Top Gear

The turbocharger continues its march across some of our most cherished engines. The next batch of Porsche 911s will get blowers for the mainstream models, Porsche’s engineering chief Wolfgang Hatz told us at the Detroit show.

“You have to respect legal requirements [for lower CO2], so yes we’re thinking turbos for standard 911s. You can’t afford to keep an engine for 10 years any more.”

He had earlier explained that the new 911 GT3 RS, which will be launched in March at the Geneva show, features an all-new very powerful naturally aspirated engine. A version of that engine, with turbos but less power, strangely, will be what’s in the facelifted 911s in 2016.

“Emissions are important for us,” said Hatz, “And we will reduce faster than the industry. Every new model will have lower CO2 than before. There aren’t so many technologies to do it. If you look at euro per g/km then it’s turbo. Then at the end of the decade electrification has to be the next huge step.” Does that mean a hybrid for the all-new 911? “Yes.” With expertise from the 918 and 919 racer, Porsche is in a good position.

via Porsche 911 range goes turbo – BBC Top Gear.


Georgia prepares for new phase in long-running water wars |

After more than two decades of legal battles with neighbors over regional water rights, Georgia officials have steeled themselves for an even longer and costlier fight over the resource.

Gov. Nathan Deal has beefed up the staff to handle the new round of high-stakes litigation with Florida, and he tapped a water czar who would, for the first time, coordinate the state’s efforts. And lawmakers will soon consider a fresh legislative push to claim water from the mighty Tennessee River.

Once, state officials openly talked about a timely resolution of the long-running dispute. Now, weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a Florida lawsuit, Georgia is digging in.

“We are at the beginning of the process. And it’s a long process,” said Judson Turner, the state’s environmental chief and new water czar. “This is a serious matter. And we are taking it seriously.

via Georgia prepares for new phase in long-running water wars |


‘It’s about prevention’ |

Covington — On a bright, fall day — the kind of day that kids love to be outdoors in, riding a bike, playing ball — a 15-year-old walked into a juvenile courtroom in Newton County for a hearing, wearing a dark blue jumpsuit, handcuffs and a look of fear on his face.

He had been picked up for riding a bicycle under the influence in next-door Rockdale County a day or two before and placed in detention.

Had Judge Lisa Mantz not known about the teen’s home difficulties, she might have sent him back to his foster mother’s home.

He’s faced some very hard obstacles. His father is in prison. His mother is absent for unknown reasons, and he hasn’t seen her in years.

Because Mantz and the Newton County juvenile justice team make it a matter of protocol to find out whether a youth has been in protective custody or has an open case with the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), Mantz knew in this case not to send the boy home.

via ‘It’s about prevention’ |


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 19, 2015

Gwinnett Urgents
Because of the large number of dogs coming in to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, the three puppies above are in danger of being euthanized tomorrow.

Two Pairs

Gwinnett County also has two bonded-pairs of seniors who would prefer to find forever homes together. To be clear, each pair would like to go to the same home, not all four.


This friendly Dalmatian mix male will be available for adoption on Thursday, January 22, 2015, if he isn’t pre-adopted by then. What a beautiful dog.

Gwinnett Lab Puppy

A sweet, friendly female Lab Puppy who loves to snuggle and play. Available for adoption today from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 19, 2015

On January 17, 1733, Georgia’s Trustees in London voted to ban Jews from the colony.

On January 18, 1776, James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, was arrested by John Habersham, a member of the Provincial Congress.

Delegates to the Secession Convention in Milledgeville voted 208-89 in favor of seceding from the United States on January 19, 1861.

On January 19, 1871, Savannah, Georgia became the first city to recognize Robert E. Lee’s Birthday as a public holiday.

L.Q.C. Lamar, born near Eatonton, Georgia, was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on January 18, 1888.

Martin Luther King, Jr. began the Chicago civil rights campaign on January 17, 1966.

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AUDIO – AG Sam Olens: From Sen. David Perdue GA Inaugural

Your Washington Desk

Interview with Attorney General Sam Olens

Your GaPundit correspondent spoke with Attorney General Sam Olens  at the Georgia Inaugural of Senator David Perdue:

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AUDIO – Alec Poitevint: On Sen. David Perdue, RNC leadership & 2016 GOP Debates

Your Washington Desk

Interview with Alec Poitevint

Your GaPundit correspondent spoke with Alec Poitevint about  Senator David Perdue, the Republican National Committee leadership and 2016 GOP Presidential debate schedule: