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Georgia Manufacturers Add Jobs for a Fifth Straight Year | Business Wire

Manufacturing employment increased in Georgia for a fifth straight year, reports the 2016 Georgia Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, Georgia manufacturers added 5,555 jobs from May 2014 to May 2015, an increase of 1.1%.

Manufacturers’ News reports Georgia is now home to 9,325 manufacturers employing 487,158 workers.

“Georgia’s industrial base has reinvented itself following the recession’s steep losses,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The double-digit growth of the state’s transportation equipment sector over the past several years is among the highest in the nation, while its large labor pool and business-friendly environment continue to fuel growth and attract investment in a variety of sectors.”

Job growth was led by the transportation equipment sector, which climbed 6.2% over the year, overtaking industrial machinery as the state’s third largest sector by employment. MNI data shows employment in the industry rose 26% over the past five years, and currently accounts for 45,405 jobs.

via Georgia Manufacturers Add Jobs for a Fifth Straight Year | Business Wire.


Nancy Jester responds to Bowers letter calling DeKalb Gov’t Rotten to the Core

DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester sent out the following statement this morning:

DeKalb County is a great county with amazing people. Among those are many good and dedicated public employees of the DeKalb County government who, everyday, work hard for the taxpayers with honor and professionalism.

It is both the taxpayers and these many honest employees of DeKalb County who are the victims of an out of control, corrupt DeKalb County government that is rotten to the core.

It does not serve the taxpayers nor employees of DeKalb County for elected officials to deliberately mischaracterize and misquote the initial update from the DeKalb County Special Investigators. Instead of living in denial and attempting to cover up the stunning reality we face at this point in the investigation, the Administration should – with all due haste – ensure the taxpayers and honest employees that those stealing taxpayer dollars will face the full force of the law.

Instead of criticizing the DeKalb County Special Investigators, the Administration should order every county employee to fully cooperate and make all information and documents available or face immediate termination.

Instead of criticizing the DeKalb County Special Investigators, the Administration should acknowledge that when employees refuse to cooperate by withholding information and documents, it is the employees who refuse to cooperate that delay the investigation and raise the cost of the effort.

As long as the Administration fails to send a clear and direct message that every employee will cooperate with the investigation, taxpayers and honest employees will continue to endure the consequences of the few who are acting outside the law.

It is unacceptable for some of my fellow Commissioners to both refuse to make their records and documents available and refuse to support this investigation while giving away millions of tax dollars for a soccer complex.  If there are millions for billionaires, there is money to expose waste, fraud, and abuse.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 6, 2015

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George is a beautiful young Labrador Retriever mix who lost his home because of his owner’s illness, and now is in the dog pound. He is in urgent need of a foster or forever home and needs a commitment by 3 PM on August 10, 2015 or he may be euthanized. If you’re interested in helping George, contact Jan S. Granai,  Rescue Coordinator for Etowah Valley Humane Society via Facebook or by email at [email protected]


Bo is an American Bulldog/Boxer mix about a year old, who is available for adoption from the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga.


Bo is a 2-year old chocolate-and-white Retriever mix boy who is available for adoption from the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga.


Jethro is a small 1.5 year old Terrier mix boy who is available for adoption from the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga.


Ninja is a nearly 2-year old Italian Greyhound mix boy who is available for adoption from the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 6, 2015

On August 6, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began debating the first draft of the Constitution of the United States.

On August 6, 1958 the wagon train carrying gold from Dahlonega to gild the State Capitol dome reached Atlanta, where city officials were not prepared to receive them.

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act; Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in attendance and was given one of the pens Johnson used to sign the Act. Here is an auction for one of the pens used in the VRA signing.

John Hughes, director of every meaningful teen angst movie of the 1980s (except Say Anything) died on August 6, 2009.

Presidential Politics this Weekend

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Attorney General Sam Olens have both endorsed former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for President, according to the AJC Political Insider.

The statement from Cagle, via the Bush campaign:

“Governor Bush is a proven leader with the right vision and skills to strengthen our country and transform Washington. His commitment to reforming education and encouraging private sector job growth is just what we need from our next President. Now, more than ever, we need somebody that can tackle our challenges head on, bring about real solutions, and restore our faith in those elected to represent us in Washington. There’s no doubt in my mind that Governor Bush will be that kind of President and I’m proud to support him.”

And from Olens:

“Our country is in need of a strong leader who can bring us back from the massive federal overreach we have seen for the last six years. Governor Bush’s proven conservative record and can-do style exemplify the qualities we need in the White House in order to get our economy growing and encourage job creation.”

Word on the street, or perhaps on the dirt road, is that Congressman Jody Hice (R-Walton) will be joining the Ted Cruz presidential campaign’s Georgia Leadership team.

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Mike Bowers: DeKalb Government “Rotten to the Core”

Letter from Mike Bowers on DeKalb Ethics Investigation





Gov. Deal on the importance of electing J. Max Davis to the State House on August 11

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 5, 2015

On August 5, 1774, Royal Governor James Wright issued a proclamation banning assemblies to protest British policy.

President Abraham Lincoln imposed the first federal income tax on August 5, 1861 at the rate of 3 percent on all income over $800 per year.

On August 5, 1910, Gov. Joseph Brown signed legislation outlawing betting on election outcomes.

The caravan transporting 43 ounces of gold from Dahlonega to the State Capitol to be used in gilding the dome arrived in Roswell/Sandy Springs area on August 5, 1958. At the current price of $1291.80 per ounce, that would be worth $55,547.40.

President Ronald Reagan began the process of firing all striking Air Traffic Controllers on August 5, 1981.

Divers raised the turret of USS Monitor near Cape Hatteras on August 5, 2002.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 5, 2015

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Max is  2-3 year old adult male Great Dane/Labrador Retriever mix who weighs 56 pounds is available for adoption from Two Tailz Rescue in Roswell, GA. Max enjoys the company of kids, adults, all dogs, and cats! He really couldn’t be a more perfect dog to easily fit into any family. Max needs exercise, like any dog, and the trails and dog park would be perfect for him. He loves to play with toys and walk next to you everywhere you go. He has a gentle spirit and calm demeanor.

Max Mini
(Mini) Max is an adult male Miniature Pinscher, about 6 years old and 16 pounds and is available for adoption from Canine Crusaders of Atlanta in Acworth, GA.

He just wants to be loved and enjoys sitting in your lap and have you all to himself. He’s currently in a foster home with other dogs but his ideal home is one where he could be the only dog or with a laid back dog who won’t fight for attention from people. He just really longs to be in a home of his very own where he gets the attention he craves. Max loves his toys, especially his ball. He’s also great with kids. He does chase cats and is best in a home without them. Max is also neutered and current on shots.

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Tennis Ball Max is listed as a Pit Bull, but I think he looks more like a Lab. Max is available for adoption from All About Animals Rescue in Macon, GA. From the photos, it looks like he enjoys a good game of fetch followed by belly rubs.

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The final Max of the day is a young male German Shepherd Dog who is available for adoption from Canine Pet Rescue in Dacula, GA.

Max is an exuberant, young dog who had a lonely start in life, but has since learned to embrace all the great things the world has to offer beyond the confines of a backyard chain. Max has learned that other dogs are potential playmates and now never passes up the chance to romp around once introductions are made. He is still young and can get a little carried away in playing with another dog, so it is important to continue to supervise him around others to remind him of proper play behavior as well as choose canine companions which will be forgiving of young dog enthusiasm.

Even though Max is an energetic dog, he settles down quickly and is content to lay at your feet with a ball or chew toy when you need a break. He listens pretty well and picks up training quickly. Max has a ton of food drive and can be taught almost anything through this route. He may even have potential as an agility dog or participating in some other high activity level event. Max is great in the crate, but should be watched closely indoors otherwise, as he won’t alert you if he needs to go out to potty. He walks well on leash even on a flat collar as long as he is reminded of his manners.

Max is a clownish, goofy type of dog who is always up for an adventure, but without being over the top excitable. He would do well with tolerant, playful dog personalities, or as a single dog living with a more active person.


Nancy Jester: Votes No On DeKalb Soccer Complex,Taxpayers Not Allowed To Speak – Vote Forever Tarnished

From County Commissioner Nancy Jester:

I voted against the proposal before the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners to fund a soccer complex in DeKalb County.

I did so because this particular proposal was not in the best interest of DeKalb County taxpayers. There is no justification for giving away millions of taxpayer dollars while DeKalb County is failing at delivering basic services such as, road maintenance, water management, and fully funding public safety and our first responders.

At DeKalb County Fire Station Seven, mold is putting the lives of DeKalb County firefighters at risk inside a crumbling building. We ask these heroes to put their lives on the line every day. We have a responsibility to give them a safe, working environment. Let me be clear, DeKalb County is failing our fire and police men and women when we vote to give millions to build a soccer complex while we fail to fund safe, working environments.

DeKalb County has private sector job creators, who actually pay taxes to DeKalb County, selling off hundreds of acres and moving out of DeKalb. Instead of giving away millions of dollars to an entity to come to DeKalb, we should focus our attention on how we retain those longtime proven job creators who pay taxes.

This vote was a disaster for DeKalb County taxpayers. A majority of the Board of Commissioners refused to allow members of the public (the people actually paying for all of this) to have a few minutes of comment time prior to the vote. It is disgraceful the public was denied the right to speak on a project they are paying for through their tax dollars.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 4, 2015


Korat is an adult female Hound/Terrier mix who weighs about 35 pounds. This little girl has all kinds of personality, walks well on a leash and is good with other friendly dogs. She is curious about cats but not aggressive so she would do fine in a feline home. She is very affectionate and ready for her forever home and family. Korat is available for adoption from Dawson County Humane Society in Dawsonville, GA.


Cooper is an adult male Basset Hound who is available for adoption from Lake Lanier Humane League (Georgia Collie Rescue) in Gainesville, GA.

Cooper is one great happy boy. He loves to be with people, get in your lap or just hang out. He enjoys whatever you are doing. Working in the yard, riding in the car or watching TV. He does well with other dogs and children. He is also good with cats. He is a super boy.

Cooper is not a big barker nor does he have the typical ear problems that can come with the breed.

Bouie McBeagle

Bouie McBeagle is a male adult Beagle mix who is available for adoption from Lake Lanier Humane League (Georgia Collie Rescue) in Gainesville, GA.

Maybe a former hunting beagle but now just a love bug hunting for his own home. He is covered in freckles as you can see and each freckle is filled with love, just waiting to lavish on his new owner. Bouie McBeagle is a fantastic boy. He has a great beagle attitude and temperament. He is happy, easy going and always up for a game. He is great with kids, dogs and life. what an easy boy. If you are looking for a family pet that you want to just fit in, he could be your boy. He has good house manners, is good in his crate, but would do just as well out of one. This is a nice family dog. Don’t miss out on a great rescue pet. You can rescue and be rewarded at the same time!