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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for June 19, 2018

Walton Colt

Colt is a 1-year old, 55-pound male mixed breed dog (looks like a lab mix) who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

Walton Dover

Dover is a 3-year old, 45-pound, Hound-looking male dog who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

Walton Pup Pup

Pup Pup is a young, male 3-4 month old, 20-pound mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 19, 2018

The Georgia Whig Party held its first convention on June 19, 1843 in Milledgeville and elected ten delegates to the 1844 National Convention.

The first Republican National Convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ended on June 19, 1856.

The Republicans, who called for the abolition of slavery in all U.S. territories, rapidly gained supporters in the North, and in 1856 their first presidential candidate, John Fremont, won 11 of the 16 Northern states. By 1860, the majority of Southern states were publicly threatening secession if a Republican won the presidency.

The Civil War firmly identified the Republican Party as the official party of the victorious North. After the war, the Republican-dominated Congress forced a radical Reconstruction policy on the South, which saw the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, abolishing slavery and granting voting rights to African American men in the South. By 1876, the Republican Party had lost control of the South, but it continued to dominate the presidency, with a few intermissions, until the ascendance of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.

On June 19, 1864, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston retreated from Pine Mountain and Lost Mountain toward Marietta. Click here to watch a two-minute video by Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta History Center about this week in Georgia in 1864.

On the same day, USS Kearsarge sank CSS Alabama off the coast of Cherbourg, France in one of the most-celebrated naval battles of the Civil War.

Under its captain, Raphael Semmes, the Alabama prowled the world for three years, capturing U.S. commercial ships. It sailed around the globe, usually working out of the West Indies, but taking prizes and bungling Union shipping in the Caribbean, off Newfoundland, and around the coast of South America. In January 1863, Semmes sunk a Union warship, the Hatteras, after luring it out of Galveston, Texas.

During its career, the Alabama captured 66 ships and was hunted by more than 20 Federal warships.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

My analysis of 2018 Primary Voting: “new” Democratic primary votes do not mean the sky is falling. From the AJC:Continue Reading..


New Voters in the 2018 Georgia Primary Election

Republican readers of the AJC Political Insider may have felt a frisson when they read about a third party’s analysis of the 2018 General Primary Election voters.

Chris Huttman is a Democratic operative now crunching numbers on behalf of Lucy McBath of Marietta, one of two Democratic candidates in the Sixth District congressional runoff. She faces Kevin Abel, a Sandy Springs businessman, in the July 24 runoff.

Huttman sent over a spreadsheet on Wednesday that broke down the GOP and Democratic primaries by race, voting history, and the 14 congressional districts. Some of his findings:

On the other hand,102,330 participants in the Democratic primary, who cast 21 percent of the ballots, were new or had not voted in a primary at least since 2010. On the GOP side, 50,533 were likewise new or infrequent voters – making up 8 percent of Republican ballots cast. A 2-to-1 ratio when it comes to new voters is good news for Democrats.

But the question I wanted an answer to was different. Because a “new” primary voter doesn’t necessarily enhance the party’s November total if they’re only “new” to Primary voting, but have previously voted for the same party in General Elections. So I went to to run some numbers of my own.

My primary finding is that substantially identical percentages of 2018 Republican Primary voters (96.70%) had voted in the 2016 General Election as 2018 Democratic Primary voters (96.03%). Unless these voters changed their party preference in the last two years, which is possible, the “new” Democratic Primary voters won’t add appreciably to the 2018 General Election numbers for their party.

2018 Georgia General Primary Voters by General Election Voting History

Voting Criteria
Number of voters
%age of 2018 PRI voters
2018 Democratic Primary557,539
2018 Republican Primary616,538
2018 DEM PRI + 2016 General535,38496.03%
2018 GOP PRI + 2016 General596,16396.70%
2018 DEM PRI + 2014 General436,15078.23%
2018 GOP PRI + 2014 General518,51184.10%
2018 DEM PRI + 2012 General463,06383.05%
2018 GOP PRI + 2012 General549,77989.17%
2018 DEM PRI + 2010 General383,59968.80%
2018 GOP PRI + 2010 General485,57378.76%


Data courtesy of


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for June 18, 2018

Ebony Pup Astrid

Ebony Pup Astrid is a young female Labrador Retriever and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Inc. in Ellijay, GA.

Ebony Pup Emmett
Ebony Pup Emmett is a young male Labrador Retriever and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Inc. in Ellijay, GA.

Dixie Pup Abby

Dixie Pup Abby is a female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Inc. in Ellijay, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 18, 2018

British forces under General Sir Henry Clinton left Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1778 after occupying the former capital for nine months.

On June 18, 1807, commissioners from Georgia and North Carolina agreed to recognize the 35th parallel as the boundary between the two states. North Carolina conducted a survey that placed the boundary further South than the 35th parallel, though Georgia never accepted the survey and continues to argue that the 35th is the proper boundary against both North Carolina and Tennessee.

As of today, the dispute with Tennessee continues.

The War of 1812 began on June 18, 1812, as President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain passed by the House and Senate.

On June 18, 1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for illegally voting in Rochester, New York. At the conclusion of her trial, the judge read a statement that, “The Fourteenth Amendment gives no right to a woman to vote, and the voting by Miss Anthony was in violation of the law,” and directed the jury to convict her. Anthony responded,

“Yes, your honor, I have many things to say; for in your ordered verdict of guilty, you have trampled underfoot every vital principle of our government,” Anthony said. “My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject; and not only myself individually, but all of my sex, are, by your honor’s verdict, doomed to political subjection under this, so-called, form of government.”

The Southern Railway Company was organized on June 18, 1894 and through predecessor railroads traces its heritage to the nation’s first regularly-scheduled railroad service, The Best Friend of Charleston. Samuel Spencer, of Columbus, Georgia, was the first President of the Southern. In the 1980s, the Southern merged with Norfolk & Western Railway to form Norfolk Southern.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Paulding County has opened early voting for the July 24 Runoff Elections, according to

Early voting is being held at the Paulding County Election Office, located at 240 Constitution Boulevard, and will continue until June 20.

Early voting hours until July 13 will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. From July 16 to July 20, an additional hour will be added and hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no early voting on Saturdays for the runoff election.

If you did not vote in the primary election, you can still vote in the runoff but you must stick with the same political party as was used for the first ballot. If you voted using a nonpartisan ballot, you can vote using either the Republican or Democrat ballot.

Gwinnett County early voting for the runoff election will not open until July 2d, and will take place only at the Gwinnett County Elections office‘.

Georgia voters led by former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder are suing the state, claiming racial gerrymandering in Congressional districts, according to WABE.

The NRF is suing Secretary of State Brian Kemp on behalf of four Georgia voters. Its focus is on Congressional District 12, which the foundation argues should have included Savannah, with its majority black population. Instead, the district gained voters from whiter, nearby counties.

Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia, says convincing a court that not enough of Georgia’s 14 districts are majority minority may be a challenge.

“Georgia’s black population is right around 30 percent, and I suspect one of the defenses the state would offer would be that four out of 14 comes closer to that than five out of 14,” said Bullock.

The NRF said the suits were filed now in hopes they might have an impact on the 2020 congressional elections. The group is led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office says the Department of Justice, under Holder, approved the 2011 congressional maps and calls the complaint baseless.

Liberal special interest group Common Cause will hose the California Citizens Redistricting Commission in Savannah, according to the Savannah Morning News.

It’s a part of CC’s Georgia Gerrymandering Tour: Redistricting in GA 101, a statewide educational tour that aims to highlight the issues of gerrymandering and solutions to help alleviate it.

According to the group’s website, the meetings will focus on the problems with gerrymandering in Georgia, solutions at both the state and local levels and how citizens can become protectors of democracy in their own communities. “Legislators put partisan politics ahead of the rights of the people by manipulating districts for political advantage,” the website reads.

According to a release from the organization, the group will provide insights into how Georgians might address the issue as part of a 7-state national tour in states [Common Cause] sees the subject as “relevant and timely.”

Georgia Conservation Voters is asking Gwinnett County Commissioners to hold a November transit referendum, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

County leaders have been looking at holding a referendum on doing a major expansion of transit for a while. County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash first announced plans for such a referendum during her 2017 State of the County Address, and local transportation officials have been working on a transit development plan for the past year.

The passage and signing into law of House Bill 930, the regional transit bill opened up a new option for Gwinnett, to hold a referendum as early as this year on whether the county should join MARTA.

Georgia Conservation Voters said it is time for commissioners to act on that option.

“Calling a MARTA referendum now for the November election would allow Gwinnett County to invest in transit two years sooner and would preserve the option of building heavy rail,” the group said in an information packet sent to the Daily Post on Friday.

“This group has apparently not taken into account changes to the law included in HB930,” Nash said. “We have longer to make a decision on a 2018 referendum than this group has calculated. Also, we have multiple options about how to proceed in 2019 and 2020.”

Democrat Steve Foster, running against Rep. Tom Graves in the 14th Congressional District, is calling for universal healthcare, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

“What Harry Truman tried to put in place in the 1940s has been kicked back 71 years, and it’s long overdue,” said Foster, a former military physician and surgeon and owner of Dalton’s MedNow clinic.

President Harry Truman called for a national health insurance plan that would have had workers pay a fee that would not only fund health coverage but reimburse the wages of those who lost work because of injury or illness.

“The time for private health insurance companies to basically make their profits on the back of the populace, on the health of the populace, is passed. It is overdue,” Foster said.

The Dalton Daily Citizen has more video with Foster, discussing his campaign.

The Columbus Government Center is closed due to flooding from a broken waterpipe, according to the Macon Telegraph.

The busted 2.5-inch pipe on the 12th floor was discovered about 3 a.m., Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mike Massey said. Non-emergency workers are being told to stay away from the downtown facility as the repair and clean-up work is being done, Massey said.

City officials estimate that thousands of gallons of water escaped from the water main that feeds the building’s boiler over the weekend.

One photo from inside an 11th-floor court room shows standing water on the floor. Massey said there is water damage to “many floors” and the sheriff’s office and city officials are working to assess that damage now.

City Manager Isaiah Hugley said that both 11th-floor courtrooms, one belonging to State Court Judge Andy Prather and the other to Chief Superior Court Judge Gil McBride, were underwater.

The Bulloch County Board of Education sold $43 million in bonds backed by E-SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education) proceeds, according to the Statesboro Herald.

Before Thursday evening’s meeting ended, portions of the money had been spent on school buses, gym bleachers, science learning kits and a plan to put school-owned Chromebook computers in the hands of all students in second through 12th grades who don’t already have them. Last November, a large majority of Bulloch voters approved a five-year extension of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

This latest installment of the ESPLOST, expected to net at least $51 million and capped at $62 million, doesn’t begin until Jan. 1. But Thursday’s bond sale, also authorized by the referendum, lets the school system move ahead with major purchases as well as some building improvements.

“Board members, we are excited to announce that we went onto the bond market this morning and sold $40 million worth of bonds – we didn’t, but our underwriter did,” announced Superintendent Charles Wilson.

Glynn County is considering regulating short-term rentals, according to The Brunswick News.

Rental houses can also lead to problems for full-time residents, as evidenced in a court case brought against the county by Catherine Kyker earlier this year. She claimed short-term rentals were not one of the allowed uses of a single-family residence as defined by the county’s ordinances.

Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelly sided with the county, dismissing the case, but Peter Murphy, Glynn County Commissioner for St. Simons, Jekyll and Sea islands, said he agreed with Kyker’s intent.

“That bus left the station a long time ago,” Murphy said. “So she lost the suit, but I think the spirit of what she was trying to do was correct. I don’t think we should have unregulated short-term rentals in neighborhoods.”

“They’re competing with our hotels, but not having to play by the same rules,” Murphy said. “The short-term rental situation is unregulated. We don’t even know the number of rentals in an area like this.”

“We’ve got to make sure they have adequate fire detectors, emergency ingress and egress, and that we don’t overtax the infrastructure of an individual home by putting an inordinate amount of guests in a single-family home,” Murphy said. “Those issues will only be better handled if we find the people who run them and hold them to higher standards.”

Coweta County law enforcement has opened up additional locations for people to make internet-based swaps and sales, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.

“It’s for the safety of our citizens,” said Newnan Police Chief Douglas Meadows.

Currently, there are safe swap locations at the Newnan Public Safety Center, Senoia Police Department and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

At the Newnan Public Safety Center, there are two parking spots for the exchanges, and there is a phone number on the sign to advise the police department if buyers and sellers are meeting someone there.

The signs have been up for less than five years, but Meadows said that people use the spots frequently.

“If someone’s doing something bad, they aren’t going to go to a law enforcement agency to do it,” Meadows said.

The Rome Alcohol Control Commission will consider allowing earlier Sunday sales of alcohol at restaurants, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

A new Georgia law — dubbed the “brunch bill” or “Mimosa mandate” — allows local residents to vote on pushing back the start time of alcohol service to 11 a.m. from 12:30 p.m. if they already allow Sunday pouring.

“While I have not had any request for consideration of this option by any of our alcohol pouring establishments, it is appropriate for the (ACC) to acknowledge this legislation and discuss whether a recommendation should be made to the City Commission,” City Clerk Joe Smith said in a memo to the citizen-board.

The panel is scheduled to convene at 5 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 601 Broad St. The meetings are open to the public.

Chatham County has to recruit teachers year-round, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Demand for teachers in Chatham County and throughout most of the nation exceeds supply, but this is particularly true for teachers in specialized fields, such as math and science. While enrollment at Savannah Chatham County public schools is growing at certain schools, the number of newly trained teachers hasn’t kept pace. “The challenge for us is that the pipeline isn’t there,” said Heather Bilton, director of employment services for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. “Not as many people are going into teaching.”

The Savannah Chatham County Public School System hires about 400 teachers a year to fill openings due to retirements and other vacancies. In an area with a large military employment, when a military family is transferred, a spouse who’s a teacher will leave the district, Bilton said.

“We work very hard all year to recruit. We keep that cycle open all year round,” Bilton said, noting the district has about 100 vacancies it hopes to fill before school opens this fall.

Banning Mills near Whitesburg is now home to a 4-year old male Bald Eagle, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.

The eagle is 4 years old, and was trained by Dale Arrowood of Winged Ambassadors. Arrowood and Banning Mills have had her for about a year.

Lady Liberty was found in Alabama when she landed on someone’s house. The homeowner reported the eagle to the U.S. Fishing and Wildlife Service. When they collected her, she was starving and close to death, according to Arrowood.

Arrowood said that Lady Liberty was starving because she has cataracts. She can see clearly enough to fly but not to catch food, so she has to remain in captivity to survive.

Department of Irony

A Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy’s car was stolen while the deputy was responding to an earlier call about a stolen car, according to The Macon Telegraph.

A Crawford County man allegedly stole and wrecked a sheriff’s patrol car while the deputy answered a call about a different vehicle the man was accused of stealing.

Gator Leon Shaw, 26, was charged with two auto theft Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from Sheriff Lewis Walker.

Someone reported a car stolen from an address on Burnette Road just before 1 p.m., but before the deputy arrived, the caller said the car had been returned.

“Shaw managed to get into the deputy patrol vehicle that was left unsecured,” the news release said.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for June 15, 2016

Shirley Pup

Shirley is a young female Shepherd and Hound dog puppy who is available for adoption from Mutt Madd-ness in Marietta, GA.

Willie Pup

Willie is a young male puppy who is available for adoption from Mutt Madd-ness in Marietta, GA.

Tricksy Pup

Tricksy is a young female puppy who is available for adoption from Mutt Madd-ness in Marietta, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 15, 2018

The Magna Carta was sealed by King John on June 15, 1215.

The charter consisted of a preamble and 63 clauses and dealt mainly with feudal concerns that had little impact outside 13th century England. However, the document was remarkable in that it implied there were laws the king was bound to observe, thus precluding any future claim to absolutism by the English monarch. Of greatest interest to later generations was clause 39, which stated that “no free man shall be arrested or imprisoned or disseised [dispossessed] or outlawed or exiled or in any way victimised…except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.” This clause has been celebrated as an early guarantee of trial by jury and of habeas corpus and inspired England’s Petition of Right (1628) and the Habeas Corpus Act (1679).

On June 16, 1736, General James Oglethorpe arrived in England with Tomochichi, the Yamacraw Indian chief, Tomochichi’s wife and several other members of the tribe on a trip to meet the Georgia Trustees and King George II.

On June 15, 1740, Spanish troops attacked the English who were led by James Oglethorpe, at Fort Mose, two miles north of St. Augustine, Florida. With 68 English killed and 34 wounded, it was the heaviest losses sustained by Oglethorpe during his campaign against St. Augustine.

On June 17, 1759, Sir Francis Drake claimed California for England.

George Washington accepted the assignment of leading the Continental Army on June 15, 1775.

On June 17, 1775, British forces under General William Howe engaged American colonists at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

On June 17, some 2,200 British forces under the command of Major General William Howe (1729-1814) and Brigadier General Robert Pigot (1720-96) landed on the Charlestown Peninsula then marched to Breed’s Hill. As the British advanced in columns against the Americans, Prescott, in an effort to conserve the Americans’ limited supply of ammunition, reportedly told his men, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” When the Redcoats were within several dozen yards, the Americans let loose with a lethal barrage of musket fire, throwing the British into retreat.

After re-forming their lines, the British attacked again, with much the same result. Prescott’s men were now low on ammunition, though, and when the Redcoats went up the hill for a third time, they reached the redoubts and engaged the Americans in hand-to-hand combat. The outnumbered Americans were forced to retreat. However, by the end of the engagement, the Patriots’ gunfire had cut down some 1,000 enemy troops, with more than 200 killed and more than 800 wounded. More than 100 Americans perished, while more than 300 others were wounded.

A distant ancestor of mine, John Logue, fought with the Americans at Bunker Hill, though he was not yet an enlisted soldier.

Creek Indians signed the Treaty of Fort Wilkinson on June 16, 1802, ceding two parcels of land in Georgia to the United States.

The Oregon Treaty was signed on June 15, 1815 between England and the United States, establishing the border between the U.S. and Canada.

On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln addressed the Illiniois Republican Convention as a candidate for U.S. Senate and warned that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

On June 15, 1864, a funeral was held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta for Confederate General Leonidas Polk, who was killed the day before at Pine Mountain near Marietta.

President Andrew Johnson appointed John Johnson (no relation) provisional Governor of Georgia after the Civil War on June 17, 1865; John Johnson had opposed secession.

The Atlanta Constitution was first published on June 16, 1868.

France announced its intention to surrender to Germany on June 17, 1940.

Newton Leroy Gingrich was born on June 17, 1943 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Gingrich graduated from college at Emory University, where he founded the Emory College Republicans. Gingrich’s congressional papers are collected in the the Georgia’s Political Heritage Program at West Georgia College, where he taught before being elected to Congress. Also at West Georgia are the papers of former Congressmen Bob Barr, Mac Collins, and Pat Swindall, along with a near-perfect replica of Georgia Speaker Tom Murphy’s office.

Bob Dylan recorded “Like a Rolling Stone” on June 16, 1965.

The Monterey Pop Festival opened at the Monterey Fairgrounds on June 16, 1967, often considered one of the opening events of the “Summer of Love.” Among the artists playing the Festival were the Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Macon-born Otis Redding.

Six Flags Over Georgia opened on June 16, 1967.

Five men were arrested for burglary of the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate office and apartment complex in Washington, DC on June 17, 1972.

The affair began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) connected cash found on the burglars to a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President, the official organization of Nixon’s campaign.

In July 1973, as evidence mounted against the president’s staff, including testimony provided by former staff members in an investigation conducted by the Senate Watergate Committee, it was revealed that President Nixon had a tape-recording system in his offices and he had recorded many conversations.

After a protracted series of bitter court battles, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the president had to hand over the tapes to government investigators; he ultimately complied.

Recordings from these tapes implicated the president, revealing he had attempted to cover up the questionable goings-on that had taken place after the break-in.

Facing near-certain impeachment in the House of Representatives and equally certain conviction by the Senate, Nixon resigned the presidency on August 9, 1974. His successor, Gerald Ford, then issued a pardon to him on September 8, 1974.

Atlanta Braves player Otis Nixon tied the modern record for steals in one game with six stolen bases agains the Montreal Expos on June 16, 1991.

The Bulloch County Historical Society will discuss a book about a gruesome 1904 lynching, according to the Statesboro Herald.

Dr. Charlton Mosley, author of “The Hodges Family Murders and the Lynching of Cato and Reed,” and editor Jenny Foss will discuss the historical account with Bulloch County Historical Society President Joe McGlamery and Dr. Brent Tharpe.

“I believe you will learn a great deal of additional Bulloch County history by attending this year’s annual meeting,” McGlamery said in a recent letter to group members. Non-members are invited and encouraged to attend as well.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Albany Herald looks at how Democrat Stacey Abrams is campaigning while her GOP rivals fight it out in a runoff election.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for June 14, 2018

June Macon

June is a young female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from All About Animals Rescue in Macon, GA. June is very affectionate and loves tennis balls.

Chloe Macon

Chloe is a female Labrador Retrieve mix puppy who is available for adoption from All About Animals Rescue in Macon, GA.

Bernie Macon

Bernie is a young male Fox Terrier who is available for adoption from All About Animals Rescue in Macon, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 14, 2018

On June 14, 1736, James Oglethorpe ordered plans to be drawn for a new city to be called Augusta.

Happy birthday to the United States Army, established on June 14, 1775.

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution, “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” One hundred years later, on June 14, 1877, was the first observance of Flag Day.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Macon-Bibb County District 1 voters will choose a new commissioner in a runoff election next Tuesday, according to the Macon Telegraph.

The runoff for the District 1 special election between resource development director Lynn Wood and retired insurance adjuster Valerie Wynn is Tuesday. But voter turnout for the election is not expected to be as high as the May 22 election when other races were up for grabs.

There were 2,912 votes cast in the District 1 race in May. Forty-six votes were cast during the first two days of the runoff’s early voting period that ends Friday, according to the Bibb County Board of Elections.

The winner will fill the remainder of the term that ends on Dec. 31, 2020. The north Macon district was represented by Gary Bechtel before his bid for state representative.

Wynn and Wood said it’s been imperative to encourage their supporters to get out and vote. One of them could be in office in time to vote on a new Macon-Bibb budget that will likely include a property tax increase.

Statesboro City Council District 5 voters continue early voting this week before next week’s runoff election, according to the Statesboro Herald.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, only 51 people had participated in early voting for next Tuesday’s Statesboro City Council special election runoff between Don Armel and Derek Duke in Council District 5.

About seven other voters had returned absentee ballots, said Bulloch County Elections Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones.

The Macon Telegraph asked the major party candidates for Governor whether sports gambling is likely to be legalized in Georgia.

The Telegraph asked the three remaining gubernatorial candidates — Republicans Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp, and Democrat Stacey Abrams — for their positions on the topic. The two Republicans, who are in the midst of a runoff, rejected the idea, and the Democratic nominee didn’t exactly endorse it.

“I do not support sports betting in Georgia,” Kemp said in a statement. “As a Georgia grad and diehard Dawg fan, losing the national championship was painful enough. Would have been even worse if I had money on the game!”

Brian Robinson, a Cagle spokesman, said his boss “doesn’t favor an expansion of gambling.”

Abrams, however, is open to the topic but only if tax revenue raised from sports betting went toward educational opportunities for Georgia students.

“As House Democratic Leader, I refused to support gambling legislation that did not also ensure the revenue went to need-based aid for Georgia students,” Abrams said. “Georgia must dedicate any funds from gambling to addressing our current opportunity gap and open the doors of higher education to everyone.”

Former Governor Roy Barnes (D) has unsurprisingly endorsed Democrat Stacey Abrams in the November general election, according to the AJC.

Former Gov. Roy Barnes endorsed Abrams’ campaign for governor, calling her a progressive who can also work with GOP leaders to “harness the full potential of Georgia.”

“Too many have made this election about a choice between working with Republicans to maintain our AAA bond rating or fighting for access to education, health care, and jobs,” said Barnes. “Stacey Abrams has already proven she can work across the aisle to do both, and has the experience and vision to strengthen Georgia.”

Nita Cagle campaigned in Columbus for her husband, Casey Cagle, according to WRBL.

Cagle offered a side of her husband that most people don’t get to see. Cagle stayed away from policy, instead choosing to talk about family life. However, she did share the issues she’d take on as First Lady of Georgia if voters choose to elect her husband in November.

“We started out as small business owners so I’d like to champion small businesses and help get conversations going for small businesses,” says Cagle. “I’d like to help with the regulations and that kind of thing because we’ve got some personal experiences with that. Pre-school education is very important to me. I’d like to carry on with Mrs. Sandra Deal’s legacy of literacy and carry that on.”

Early voting begins on July 2.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp convened a panel to begin considering new voting machines, according to the AJC.

Brought together by Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Secure, Accessible & Fair Elections (SAFE) Commission will review options for the state’s next voting system and then make a recommendation to the General Assembly before next year’s legislative session. A new voting system could be in place in time for the 2020 presidential election.

There’s broad consensus that Georgia should buy a voting system with a verifiable paper trail to double-check results, conduct recounts and prevent potential fraud.

But as state lawmakers found earlier this year when they failed to pass a bill for a new voting system, finding agreement on a new multimillion-dollar voting system won’t be easy.

Kemp said the state’s 16-year-old touchscreen voting machines should be phased out and replaced with a system that uses paper for verification.

Ken Hodges, who recently won a seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals, was sworn in as President of the Georgia State Bar, according to the Albany Herald.

On May 22, Hodges won a statewide election to serve on the Court of Appeals of Georgia and will be sworn in as judge in January 2019. Currently, he focuses his law practice on criminal defense and civil litigation, including but not limited to personal injury, commercial litigation and civil rights cases. He has offices in Atlanta and Albany.

Hodges spent 15 years as a prosecutor, including 12 as district attorney of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit. He was honored as Georgia’s District Attorney of the Year in 2002 and is a past recipient of the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service and the Commitment to Equality Award, both presented by the State Bar, and the Eagle Award, presented by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia, for his work championing victims’ rights. He was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 election for Georgia attorney general.

Born and raised in Albany, Hodges is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Georgia School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar in 1991. He is past chairman of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia and past president of the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia and the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association.

Japanese Consul General Takashi Shinozuka met with Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock and toured two businesses, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

“We have two major Japanese companies here in Dalton (Shiroki-GA and Kobayashi Healthcare) and many Japanese people living here, and I just want to thank the community for welcoming our companies and our people,” Shinozuka said.

Shinozuka, who requested the visit, said Dalton is a hub for international business and the recent announcement that Hanwha Q Cells Korea will be opening a solar module manufacturing plant in the Carbondale Business Park shows it will continue to be attractive to international firms.

“Dalton has many assets, including the (Appalachian Regional Port), which will open soon,” he said.

Shinozuka said the inland port, which is slated to open in August in northern Murray County, will make it easier for firms in northwest Georgia to receive raw materials and ship products overseas through the Port of Savannah. The port will connect to the Port of Savannah by the CSX railroad.

Chris Clark, President of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, spoke in Gwinnett County on Wednesday, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

“We are facing a historic election in Georgia that will set the course for policy and prosperity for the next decade,” Clark said. “Now we have been very fortunate that we’ve been the best place to do business for five years in a row. If we elect the wrong people who have the wrong policies we won’t continue to be the best place to do business. We won’t continue to grow like we need to.”

Clark said after the luncheon that his comment was not meant to suggest a preference for one political party versus another, or one candidate versus another in the upcoming Republican runoff.

The four candidates that the state chamber’s Political Affairs Council has endorsed so far, including House District 102 candidate Paula Hastings and House District 105 candidate Donna Sheldon, are Republicans, but Clark said the group remains nonpartisan in how it views candidates for elected office.

“As people are making their decisions on who they want to vote for, Republican or Democrat, they just need to think through how are these people going to be to help grow the economy,” Clark said. “Job creation is still the No. 1 issue for Georgians in any poll that you do and you want to make sure that those candidates who are running have the right policy positions, think the right way and are going to engage, in a proactive way, in being job creators.”

Savannah officials hosted a public meeting on homelessness, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Advertised as a “thoughtful dialogue with the community,” the public forum hosted by the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless was a “listening opportunity” for both citizens and elected leaders , according to Joe Ervin, CSAH board chair and moderator for Wednesday’s discussion.

“Typical rent in Savannah is $1,350 a month and 41 percent of residents are renters,” Erwin said. “The average income for a woman is $19,000 and the average income for a man is $20,000. .. So I open the floor to you citizens. How do we solve our homeless problem in Savannah?”

The forum comes on the heels of State Rep. Jesse Petrea publicly decrying the appearance of homeless camps as a smudge on scenic Savannah and her tourist draw.

Petrea said Wednesday at the forum that he hopes the discussion will spur officials and the community into action. Petrea said he supports is consolidating the camps into one manageable camp.

“I’m continuously barraged with constituent complaints about the issue but none of the officials have asked for help,” he said. “We have a situation where people are living in conditions that are unfit for human life and they deserve better. Everybody deserves fundamental services… There has got to be a better way. I don’t have all the answers. I’m not an expert on homelessness. I’m hear to listen and stimulate a conversation about the conversation.”

A lawsuit claiming discriminatory voting maps and backed by Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, has been filed against Georgia, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods spoke at the opening of the Coweta County library system’s summer reading program, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for June 13, 2018

Pearl Hart

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Wrigley Puppy

Wrigley is a male Chihuahua & Shetland Sheepdog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Mostly Mutts in Kennesaw, GA.

Wiggles Puppy

Wiggles is a male Chihuahua & Shetland Sheepdog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Mostly Mutts in Kennesaw, GA.