Ralphie is a 7-year old male English Bulldog who is available for adoption from Georgia English Bulldog Rescue in Metro Atlanta, GA. He needs a family that doesn’t have any other dogs.
Ralphie is a 7-year old male English Bulldog who is available for adoption from Georgia English Bulldog Rescue in Metro Atlanta, GA. He needs a family that doesn’t have any other dogs.
On February 24, 1803, the United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Marshall decided the case of Marbury v. Madison, enunciating the principle of judicial review under which the Court has authority to review Congressional action and hold them unconstitutional.
In writing the decision, John Marshall argued that acts of Congress in conflict with the Constitution are not law and therefore are non-binding to the courts, and that the judiciary’s first responsibility is always to uphold the Constitution. If two laws conflict, Marshall wrote, the court bears responsibility for deciding which law applies in any given case.
President elect Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington, DC on February 23, 1861.
Union troops under General George Thomas attacked Confederates led by General Joseph Johnston near Dalton, Georgia on February 24, 1864.
Casualties were light. Thomas suffered fewer than 300 men killed, wounded, or captured, while Johnston lost around 140 troops. The Union generals did learn a valuable lesson, however; a direct attack against Rocky Face Ridge was foolish. Three months later, Sherman, in command after Grant was promoted to commander of all forces, sent part of his army further south to another gap that was undefended by the Confederates. The intelligence garnered from the Battle of Dalton helped pave the way for a Union victory that summer.
The first prisoners of war were moved to Andersonville on February 24, 1864.
The Atlanta Journal was first published on February 24, 1883.
In 1867, the first Reconstruction Act was passed by a Republican-dominated U.S. Congress, dividing the South into five military districts and granting suffrage to all male citizens, regardless of race. A politically mobilized African American community joined with white allies in the Southern states to elect the Republican party to power, which in turn brought about radical changes across the South. By 1870, all the former Confederate states had been readmitted to the Union, and most were controlled by the Republican Party, thanks in large part to the support of African American voters.
On January 20, 1870, Hiram R. Revels was elected by the Mississippi legislature to fill the Senate seat once held by Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy. On February 25, two days after Mississippi was granted representation in Congress for the first time since it seceded in 1861, Revels was sworn in.
On February 25, 1876, the first Georgia state law against abortion was passed.
On February 23, 1945, United States Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi, the highest point on the Pacific island Iwo Jima.
This first flag-raising was photographed by Marine photographer Sgt. Louis R. Lowery. On Lowery’s way down Mt. Suribachi, he ran into AP photographer Joe Rosenthal and two other Marine photographers, PFC Bob Campbell and PFC Bill Genaust, who was shooting movies, informing them that the flag-raising they were looking for had already occurred, but encouraging them to check out the view from the top of the hill. The three men continued up the volcano.
Once atop Mt. Suribachi, Rosenthal attempted but was unable to find the soldiers involved in the first flag-raising, deciding instead to photograph the second flag-raising, which featured a much bigger and more photogenic Stars and Stripes. Lowery’s film was sent back to military headquarters for processing via ordinary army post–and took a month to arrive. Rosenthal’s film was sent by seaplane to Guam, and sent from there via radio-photo to the United States. The photograph so impressed President Roosevelt that he ordered the men pictured in it to return home for a publicity tour. Rosenthal later won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo, but for years was forced to deny erroneous reports that he personally staged the second flag-raising and attempted to pass it off as the original.
Although the famous photograph has long led people to believe that the flag-raising was a turning point in the fight for Iwo Jima, vicious fighting to control the island actually continued for 31 more days.
Today, the first and second flags flown atop Mt. Suribachi are held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia.
On February 23, 1954, the first children in the U.S. were inoculated against polio using a vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.
On February 24, 1988, the United States Supreme Court held in the case of Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, that the First Amendment protects publishers against claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress where the plaintiff is a public figure being parodied by the publication.
On February 25, 1999, Johnny Isakson was sworn into Congress from the Sixth District, a seat vacated by the resignation of then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Legislative Day 26 convenes at 10 AM in both chambers.Continue Reading..
The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act on February 22, 1766.
Georgia’s first Governor Archibald Bulloch died mysteriously on February 22, 1777.
[Bulloch] became a leader in the state’s Liberty Party and was elected to the Commons House of Assembly in 1768, to the post of speaker of the Georgia Royal Assembly in 1772 and finally to the Continental Congress in 1775.
On June 20, 1776, Bulloch was elected the first president and commander in chief of Georgia’s temporary government, posts he held until February 5, 1777, when Georgia adopted its state constitution. Just over three weeks later, on February 22, 1777, Georgia faced a British invasion, and the state’s new government granted Bulloch executive power to head off the British forces. A few hours later, Bulloch was dead. The cause of his death remains unknown but unsubstantiated rumors of his poisoning persist.
[H]e is also known as the great-great-grandfather of America’s 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt.
The first Georgia state law allowing divorce was signed on February 22, 1850 by Governor George Towns.
The Cyclorama painting of the Battle of Atlanta went on display on Edgewood Avenue on February 22, 1892. The Atlanta History Center recently began the process of moving the Cyclorama to a new building from its long-time home in Grant Park.
On February 22, 1976, a series of U.S. Postage stamps commemorating the Bicentennial was issued, featuring the state flags.
Three months from today, voters will go to the polls for the May 22d General Primary Elections.
Governor Nathan Deal yesterday appointed Tricia Pridemore to the Public Service Commission seat vacated by the resignation of Stan Wise.
“I would like to thank Stan Wise for his more than two decades of dedicated service to our state and I wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Deal. “Tricia has significant experience in both the private and public sectors, and I am confident she will be an effective member of the Public Service Commission.”
Tricia Pridemore – Public Service Commission, District 5
Pridemore is a businesswoman with experience in technology, consulting and workforce development. She is a co-founder of Accucast, a software company. Pridemore is the former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and helped to establish Georgia’s skilled trade initiative, which encourages workforce growth in the fields of energy, transportation and construction. She is a former member of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Board of Governors and the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority. Pridemore was a member of Deal’s 2011 transition team and co-chaired Deal’s Inaugural Committees in 2011 and 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University. Pridemore and her husband, Michael, reside in Marietta and attend Mount Paran Church in Atlanta.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
8:00 AM HOUSE GAME, FISH AND PARKS 403 CAP
8:00 AM HOUSE NATL RES & ENVT 606 CLOB
9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP
UPON ADJOURNMENT SENATE RULES 450 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SVCS 450 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE EDUCATION AND YOUTH 125 CAP
1:00 PM HOUSE JUVENILE JUSTICE 406 CLOB
1:30 PM HOUSE JUDY (NON-CIVIL) 415 CLOB
2:00 PM SENATE BANKING AND FINANCE MEZZ 1
2:00 PM SENATE AGRICULTURE 125 CAP
2:00 PM SENATE REGULATED IND 450 CAP
2:00 PM SENATE STATE AND LOCAL GOVTAL OPS 307 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE Transportation Sub Resolutions 506 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE EDUCATION 606 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE JUDY (CIVIL) 132 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE Ways & Means Sub Public Finance 133 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE BANKS & BANKING 341 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE Insurance Life & Health Sub 515 CLOB
2:15 PM HOUSE Transportation Sub Transit 506 CLOB
3:00 PM SENATE GOVT OVERSIGHT 125 CAP
3:00 PM SENATE ETHICS 307 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE WAYS & MEANS 406 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TELECOM 403 CAP
3:00 PM HOUSE DEFENSE AND VETERANS AFFAIRS 515 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE TRANSPORTATION 506 CLOB
3:30 PM SENATE ECON DEV & TOURISM 450 CAP
4:00 PM SENATE TRANSPORTATION 450 CAP
4:00 PM SENATE JUDY 307 CLOB
4:00 PM SENATE NATL RES & ENVT 310 CLOB
4:00 PM HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS DEV 515 CLOB
SENATE RULES CALENDAR
SB 397 – Real and Personal Property; municipalities to hire state licensed real estate brokers to assist in sale; allow (SLGO(G)-1st)
SB 401 – Individual Graduation Plans; guidance in career oriented aptitudes and career interests; provide (Substitute) (ED&Y-37th)
HOUSE RULES CALENDAR
Modified Open Rule
HB 714 – Motor vehicles; reference date to federal regulations regarding the safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles; update (Substitute)(MotV-Rogers-10th)
HB 743 – Jeremy Nelson and Nick Blakely Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act; enact (Substitute)(Ed-Clark-98th)
HB 785 – Solid waste management; certain definitions; modify and enact (Substitute)(NR&E-Nix-69th)
HB 814 – Coroners; county governing authority may establish salaries and benefits; provide (Substitute)(GAff-Williams-145th)
HB 876 – Buildings and housing; counties and municipalities proscribing the use of wood in the construction of certain buildings when state minimum standard codes are met; prohibit (A&CA-Corbett-174th)
Modified Structured Rule
HB 695 – Special license plates; Georgia Forestry Foundation; establish (MotV-Epps-144th)
HB 721 – Motor vehicles; criteria by which the Department of Driver Services shall authorize licensed driver training schools to administer on-the-road driving skills testing; revise (Substitute)(MotV-Powell-32nd)
HB 787 – Education; certain provisions relative to charter schools; revise (Substitute)(Ed-Hilton-95th)
HB 826 – Law enforcement; alarm monitoring company may contract out certain requirement; provide (Substitute)(RegI-Cauble-111th)
HB 835 – Revenue and taxation; issuance of special event tobacco permits to licensed dealers; provisions (RegI-Lott-122nd)
HB 853 – Quality Basic Education Act; children placed in psychiatric residential treatment facilities may not be charged tuition; provide (Ed-Dempsey-13th)
HB 907 – Public officers and employees; appointment and election of successor in event of vacancy in the office of district attorney; provide (GAff-Fleming-121st)
HB 840 – Revenue and taxation; penalties and interest in the event of military service in a combat zone; provide exemption (Substitute)(W&M-Hitchens-161st)
HB 918 – Revenue and taxation; Internal Revenue Code; provisions (Substitute)(W&M-Efstration-104th)
Moms Demand Action rallied at the Capitol yesterday seeking stricter gun laws. From The Signal:
Over 1,500 protesters gathered outside of the Georgia Capitol on Feb. 21, 2018 to protest for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Parkland massacre. The protesters were mostly mothers and grandmothers representing the organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. They protested outside until around 11:30 a.m., and then entered the golden domed building to bring their claims to representatives, at the time breaking from session.
“We are standing in support of common-sense gun legislation being passed here in the Georgia General Assembly. We want to make our representatives aware that us as young people and also moms, parents around the country and specifically here in Georgia fighting to end the killing and end the violent and to prevent the bloodshed,” [Chamblee Charter High School Senior Jake] Busch said.
In Georgia, it is illegal to text behind the wheel, but drivers are currently allowed to dial and hold their phone. Law enforcement officers have testified that they often cannot tell whether a driver is texting or merely dialing, making it difficult to enforce the law.
Under Carson’s measure, drivers would still be allowed to use GPS navigation and talk via a hands-free device. Violators would be fined at least $300.
Carson said the issue caught his attention when he found out that auto insurance rates had been rapidly rising across the state, in conjunction with an increasing number of fatal crashes. In 2016, Georgia personal auto insurance rates went up an average of 12 percent, the most in the nation, Carson said. Drivers who are texting, surfing the internet or using social media apps behind the wheel, are largely to blame for the rise in accidents, Carson believes.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a federal lawsuit seeking to throw out 2015 district line changes in two Georgia State House districts.
Chatham County began demolishing the old jail to make room for a new courthouse.
Chatham County and local municipalities collected $60 in federal assistance after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Columbus has the state’s largest prison work camp. From the Ledger-Enquirer:
On any given weekday, hundreds of prisoners hit the streets to collect trash, clean city buildings, dig ditches, maintain roadways and other locations such as golf courses.
“You need to understand that our work camp yields about $17 million in value to this city,” [Mayor Teresa Tomlinson] said while answering a question at her last State of the City address. “So right now your garbage fee is $17 a month. That’s because the labor is largely free.
“If the work camps were to go away, you need to start thinking in the range of $32 to $35 a month,” she added. “And that’s just sort of the beginning.”
The Muscogee County Prison has 576 prisoners. Of that amount, 528 are state prisoners and 48 belong to the county.
Glynn County Commission candidate Julian Smith was led out of a public meeting in handcuffs, according to the Brunswick News.
Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood has called for the resignations of Canton Housing Authority members after staff misuse of agency credit cards, according to the Tribune-Ledger News.
Bleckley County Public Schools are considering allowing staff members to carry guns, according to the Macon Telegraph.
The Bleckley County school district is considering letting some employees carry guns on school property, according to a Twitter post from the district.
“In light of recent events in FL, we are reviewing security & emergency plans, booking active shooter training updates for all schools, and considering a policy to allow certain staff members at each school to be armed. Our prayers go out to everyone affected,” the tweet said.
Floyd County Public Schools are reviewing security policies and may fund security upgrades with E-LOST (Local Option Sales Tax for Education) proceeds, according to the Rome News-Tribune.
The Hall County Planning Commission adopted new regulations governing short-term rentals, according to the Gainesville Times.
New regulations for vacation rental properties being proposed by county planners make deep changes to the county code, including banning vacation rentals from the Residential-I zone and stepping up requirements to rent out homes in the Vacation-Cottage zone bordering Lake Lanier.
The new rules also try to address the fact that the vast majority of vacation rental properties are operating without business licenses or county oversight. If approved by the Hall County Board of Commissioners, the code changes would direct the Hall County Marshal’s Office to troll through popular rental sites like VRBO and AirBnb to make contact with homeowners renting their properties without licenses.
“It looks to me like it’s hard to hit everybody,” said Planning Commission Chairman Don Smallwood at the end of the meeting. “What we’re trying to do is cut out some of the problems that have surfaced.”
Homeowners operating without a license would face fines of up to $1,000 under the proposed regulations.
Democrat John Barrow campaigned for Secretary of State in Columbus.
Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp campaigned in Cartersville.
State Rep. Jan Tankersley (R-Brooklet) announced she is running for reelection.
Mandy is very friendly and likes other dogs. When you see her you will immediately fall in love.
When you first meet him, he is a little shy and stand-offish but gets to be friendly if you give him a few moments to get to know you. He likes to “talk” to you when you talk to him. He is afraid of new experiences so he needs a home that will gently encourage him to try a few new things. Gucci had to be surrendered because his family moved into a new home where they don’t allow dogs. We recommend a home with no other male dogs or cats and a fenced yard.
The Washington Monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885.
Happy Birthday to Congressman John Lewis, who was born on this date in 1940 in Pike County Alabama. In 1963, Lewis became President of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, based in Atlanta. In 1981, Lewis was elected to an at-large seat on the Atlanta City Council, and in 1986, he was elected to Congress, defeating Julian Bond in the Democratic Primary.
On February 21, 1958, Governor Marvin Griffin signed legislation creating the Stone Mountain Memorial Association to oversee construction and operation of a Confederate memorial and public park at the site.
On February 21, 1998, Julian Bond was selected as Chairman of the NAACP. Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, but the House initially refused to seat him due to his opposition to the war in Vietnam. The United States Supreme Court eventually ruled against the House and Bond was sworn in on January 9, 1967, serving there until his election to the Georgia State Senate. In 1986, Bond left the Senate to run for Congress.
On February 20, 1792, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, creating the United States Postal Service.
The act allowed for newspapers to be included in mail deliveries and made it illegal for postal officials to open anyone’s mail.
On February 20, 1970, Georgia ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.The Amendment states:
Section 1. The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Seriously. 1970. Luckily ratification occurred when Tennessee approved adoption of the Amendment on April 18, 1920.
Interestingly, the only case in which the United States Supreme Court has addressed the Nineteenth Amendment arose in Georgia. Breedlove v. Suttles was a suit brought in Fulton County Superior Court concerning the poll tax. Here’s an excerpt:
The tax being upon persons, women may be exempted on the basis of special considerations to which they are naturally entitled. In view of burdens necessarily borne by them for the preservation of the race, the state reasonably may exempt them from poll taxes.
The laws of Georgia declare the husband to be the head of the family and the wife to be subject to him. To subject her to the levy would be to add to his burden. Moreover, Georgia poll taxes are laid to raise money for educational purposes, and it is the father’s duty to provide for education of the children. Discrimination in favor of all women being permissible, appellant may not complain because the tax is laid only upon some or object to registration of women without payment of taxes for previous years.
Privilege of voting is not derived from the United States, but is conferred by the state and, save as restrained by the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments and other provisions of the Federal Constitution, the state may condition suffrage as it deems appropriate.
It is fanciful to suggest that the Georgia law is a mere disguise under which to deny or abridge the right of men to vote on account of their sex. The challenged enactment is not repugnant to the Nineteenth Amendment.
Bless their hearts.
On February 20, 1974, Reg Murphy, an editor for The Atlanta Constitution was kidnapped and held until managing editor G. James Minter delivered $700,000 in ransom. I’m not sure if they’d pay 700 cents to get any employee back nowadays.
Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Speaker Ralston and others will hold a press conference today in the North Wing of the State Capitol at Noon to discuss changes to tax code legislation.Continue Reading..
On February 19, 1807, Aaron Burr was arrested in the Mississippi Territory, in what is now Alabama. Burr had served as Vice President during the first term of President Thomas Jefferson, leaving the administration after the 1804 election; later Jefferson issued a warrant accusing Burr of treason.
On Febrary 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the military to remove from military areas any people whose exclusion was “necessary or desirable.” By June 1942, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans had been interned in concentration camps in the western United States.
Union College in New York may have discovered a sample of hair from George Washington. From the Augusta Chronicle:
While college officials can’t say for sure it’s the real deal, the historical evidence is there. The hair was discovered in a pocket-sized almanac for the year 1793 that belonged to Philip J. Schuyler, son of General Philip Schuyler, who served under Washington during the Revolutionary War and founded Union College in 1795.
Susan Holloway Scott, an independent scholar and author, said locks of hair were frequently given as gifts during Washington’s day and it’s likely Martha Washington gave the snip of her husband’s hair to Eliza Schuyler, daughter of the general and wife of Alexander Hamilton.
Eliza passed it on to her son, James A. Hamilton, as noted by the handwriting on the envelope: “from James A. Hamilton given him by his mother, Aug. 10, 1871.”
Georgia flu deaths are now up to 79 this season, according to Georgia Health News.
That total easily surpasses the 58 deaths the state reported in 2009, the first year that all flu deaths were required to be reported to Georgia Public Health.
The Department of Public Health on Friday also reported 165 hospitalizations in the eight-county metro Atlanta area during the week of Feb. 4 through Feb. 10. That’s the highest number of flu hospitalizations reported this season.
Three of four children who died had not received the flu shot, the CDC’s acting director said.
About half of the children who died had underlying medical conditions that made them more vulnerable to severe complications from the flu, and 60 percent had been admitted to the hospital before they died, WebMD reported Thursday.
CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said Friday that flu activity is still high, but it did not increase significantly over the past week.
“While this may mean that we’ve peaked, we won’t know until know more until we see the data for the coming weeks,” Nordlund said.
Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter is recovering from surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
The Georgia General Assembly will convene for Legislative Day 23 at 10 AM on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The House Public Safety Committee will meet at 1 PM today in Room 606 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.Continue Reading..