An out-of-state rescue will take these five puppies, but they’ll need a foster home for 3-4 weeks before they can be transported. If you’re interested in fostering, please fill out the online application here and note that it’s for the Black Lab puppies from Barrow County.
This announcement harkened back to when George Washington was in his first term as the first president in 1789 and the young American nation had only a few years earlier emerged from the American Revolution. At that time, George Washington called for an official celebratory “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” While Congress overwhelmingly agreed to Washington’s suggestion, the holiday did not yet become an annual event.
Thomas Jefferson, the third president, felt that public demonstrations of piety to a higher power, like that celebrated at Thanksgiving, were inappropriate in a nation based in part on the separation of church and state. Subsequent presidents agreed with him. In fact, no official Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by any president between 1815 and the day Lincoln took the opportunity to thank the Union Army and God for a shift in the country’s fortunes on this day in 1863.
Polls routinely give Hunt between three and seven points of support, which could be enough to deprive Deal and Democrat Jason Carter of a majority and force the governor’s race into a December runoff. Both major party campaigns are quietly confident that Hunt’s support will wane as attention focuses on the race.
Georgia’s runoff election [for Senate] would be held Jan. 6—a day after the new Congress convenes. Polling shows libertarian Amanda Swafford capturing a small percentage of the vote—but an amount that could prevent Republican nominee David Perdue or Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn from reaching 50%.
If those races go to runoffs, the uncertainty would shadow Congress when it returns on Nov. 12 for a postelection lame-duck session to handle unfinished legislative business. Already, senior Senate aides say that their ability to plan for the lame-duck session has been frozen until after the election.
“If you have two outstanding races, everything slows to a crawl,” a senior Senate Democratic aide said.
The two parties’ willingness to compromise could be affected by their expectations of controlling the chamber in January as they address must-pass legislative items, such as a bill extending funding for the government after a stopgap measure expires on Dec. 11.
Senate Democrats, who now control the chamber, have been expected to advance legislation to extend funding through the rest of the 2015 fiscal year. But Republicans, if they expect to take the majority, might push for a shorter extension so they could have more say in spending priorities early next year.
Here’s the interesting thing: it’s not just Libertarian voters who hold the power to send the Senate and Gubernatorial races into a runoff – it’s also Republican voters who fail to fill out their entire ballot.
The next item on the ballot was the Senate race: here, Senator Chambliss carried only 49.8% of the vote and Democrat Jim Martin, with 46.8% joined him in the runoff election.
What’s notable to me is the amount of voter dropoff between the Presidential and Senate elections. Republican Saxby Chambliss took 91.1% of the votes cast for GOP Presidential candidate McCain, while Martin took 95.3% of votes cast for Democratic candidate Obama.
That 4.2% net loss in downballot voting for the Republican translates to roughly 85,307 voters who clicked next to John McCain but did not vote at all in the Senate race. If Republicans had simply voted for the Senate candidate at the same rate Democrats did, Chambliss would have escaped a runoff election.
This year, the State School Superintendent’s race lacks a Libertarian candidate, and will thus be decided in the General Election. During the Republican Primary Runoff, 85,206 Republican voters voted in the Senate race but did not cast a ballot in the State School Superintendent’s race.
If the top of the ticket races for Governor and Senate are close enough this year to go into a runoff, those 85,000 odd Republicans who do not bother to vote all the way down the ticket could cost us the State School Superintendent’s race and elect a Democrat.
Here’s why that’s important: the Georgia Department of Education spends more than 50% of the tax dollars you pay to the state. Having a Democratic candidates freely spending your money without accountability means Georgia will continue to underperform in education. Combined with the constant Democratic drumbeat for more dollars for education rather than doing a better job of spending the money we already spend will cause upward pressure on the state budget and on taxes.
The DeKalb County School District recently announced that it is running a $30.9 million surplus. This represents an impressive improvement of $52.3 million over the $21.4 million deficit that faced the school district in February 2013.
February 2013 was the same month that Governor Nathan Deal removed six members of the DeKalb County Board of Education after the board had brought our school system to the brink of accreditation loss. In replacing these six members, Governor Deal appointed six highly qualified and professional citizens who promptly rolled up their sleeves and righted the ship.
Governor Deal led when DeKalb needed him. He took necessary steps in a moment of real crisis. His swift action vastly improved the trajectory of our school system. Now our schools’ accreditation is heading in the right direction. Accreditation loss no longer is a threat. (more…)
Today the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My thoughts are with those who are currently fighting this battle, those who have lost loved ones, and those resilient survivors who fought to overcome this disease. Please join me in showing support for this cause. #BCA#BCAware
Deal: Tokyo-based manufacturer to create 170 jobs in Gwinnett County
Haso USA Inc. will expand U.S. operations and invest $7 million into new Peachtree Corners location
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Haso USA Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer of personal use cleaning products, will create 170 jobs and invest $7 million in in a new location in Peachtree Corners.
“When internationally-based businesses such as Haso USA choose Georgia, it shows the strength of our No. 1 business climate’s reputation on a global scale,” said Deal. “I have no doubt that our dynamic manufacturing network, coupled with our top-ranked workforce and solid transportation infrastructure, will allow this company to succeed and remain globally competitive. Our state shares a rich and longstanding cultural and business relationship with Japan, and I’m proud to welcome Haso USA to Georgia.”
Haso USA Inc. will lease a 100,000-square-foot building in Peachtree Corners, located at 2850 Northwoods Parkway. The 170 jobs will be in the areas of manufacturing and distribution, with potential for future job creation as the company continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market. (more…)
Perdue Receives Endorsement of National Federation of Independent Business
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, David Perdue, today received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB, established in 1943, has over 7,000 members in Georgia across an array of industries and is the nation’s leading small business association.
Following the endorsement, David Perdue, said, “I am honored to have the support of the NFIB and the thousands of small businesses they represent here in Georgia. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, but right now they are under attack from Washington. The impact of Obamacare and overregulation is preventing people from working full-time, increasing energy prices, and holding back innovation and job creation. We need someone in the U.S. Senate who understands how to make it easier for small businesses to grow, thrive, and create more opportunities for all Georgians.” (more…)