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Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 27, 2021

Kaylee is a young female mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Albany Humane Society/Sally Wetherbee Adoption Center in Albany, GA.

Ernie is a male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Albany Humane Society/Sally Wetherbee Adoption Center in Albany, GA.

Ricky is a young male mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from the Albany Humane Society/Sally Wetherbee Adoption Center in Albany, GA.

Albany City Commissioners and the Albany Humane Society discussed changes to the animal control ordinance, according to the Albany Herald.

[Albany Ward 4 Citty Commissioner Chad] Warbington, who proposed changes to put more teeth (no pun) in the city’s dangerous dog ordinance after the King and Chloe incident but found little interest among fellow commissioners in pursuing the matter, says the time has come for the city to take some kind of action to prevent dog owners from allowing dangerous animals to run free.

Ward IV Commissioner B.J. Fletcher said she’s looked deeper into the current city ordinance since she received a call from a constituent who said she not only had had to grab up her small dog and risk being bitten by large dogs in her neighborhood but that she’d been threatened by the owner of the large dogs — who’d twice been cited for letting the animals run free — and had been told, essentially, to “walk somewhere else” by Animal Control and Albany Police officers.

“I think maybe the time has come for us to take a closer look at the city’s dangerous dog ordinance and see if we can’t make some changes to protect our citizens,” Fletcher said.

“These are questions the city (commission) must answer. The Humane Society’s contract does not cover dangerous dogs. That’s something for Animal Control and our Animal Control Board to decide, and then for a Superior Court judge to rule on.” [said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley].

“Right now, up to and including euthanization, we’re doing what we’re contracted to do,” [Humane Society Attorney Joe Dent] said. “I don’t think our City Council — our commissioners — understand how these procedures work. And then, you have an issue where the city drops the ball in a hearing in which people were seriously injured, and the Humane Society gets the blame.”

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 27, 2021

On September 27, 1779, John Jay, who previously served as President of the Continental Congress, was appointed minister to Spain to seek Spanish support for the revolution.

President Franklin Roosevelt made his ninth visit to Warm Springs, Georgia on September 27, 1927.

September 27 is a red-letter day for the Atlanta Braves and pitcher John Smoltz. The team won a record 14th straight Division Championship on this day in 2005. Smoltz set a team record for regular season wins (24) on September 27, 1996 and extended his team record for strikeouts hitting 276.

On September 27, 2002, Smoltz set a National League record with 54 saves.

Glynn County is seeking federal recognition of its role during World War II, according to WTVM.

Officials in Glynn County have applied to the U.S. Department of the Interior to be named an American World War II Heritage City.

The Brunswick News reports the effort is being supported by 14 members of Congress from Georgia, as well as Gov. Brian Kemp.

Glynn County has a unique history during the war. Thousands of workers in Brunswick built ships to supply U.S. troops overseas. And 22 sailors died in April 1942 when a German U-boat torpedoed two merchant ships off St. Simons Island.

Governor Brian Kemp spoke at the Bicentennial celebration for Monroe County, according to 13WMAZ.

This weekend was a huge moment for everyone in Monroe County as it celebrated its bicentennial, and folks came out to Main Street in Forsyth to celebrate.

The two-day event brought out some VIP guests, like Senator John Kennedy, Governor Brian Kemp and Representative Susan Holmes, who gave the county credit.

“I’ve had the honor of speaking at a county’s 100th year celebration, but 200 is saying a lot,” Kemp said. “Throughout your long-standing history, you have made great contributions to our state, and for that, we are grateful. So, as you celebrate your 200th birthday and enjoy the festival, I hope that you not only look back at the history of this county and what you’ve contributed to our state, but also that you would consider the bright future this county has.”

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Zunzi’s restaurant in downtown Savannah is giving away free Conquistador sandwiches to fight childhood cancer, according to WTOC.

The celebration called Zunzifest! usually falls on the 26th day of each month, in honor of Z, the 26th letter of the alphabet. On Sunday, September 26, the restaurant gave away 500 sandwiches in the first Zunzifest! since February, when staffing shortages canceled the promotion.

Every month, the restaurant also partners with a different charity for Zunzifest! and 26 percent of the day’s other sales are donated to the cause. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sunday Zunzi’s partnered with CURE Childhood Cancer, a charity that helps thousands of families in Georgia battling cancer.

Zunzi’s owner Chris Smith said he hopes the restaurant will be able to donate $2500.

To ensure social distancing, Zunzi’s allocated 20 slots every 15 minutes from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests presented their time slot receipt when ordering a free regular sandwich in person at the restaurant for takeout.

The Conquistador is a delicious sandwich and I make an effort to get one every single time I go to Savannah.

Former President Donald Trump came to Georgia on Saturday for a Save America rally. Here are some headlines:Continue Reading..

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Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 24, 2021

Ralph is a year-old male Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

Ralph is a little lover! Don’t let his high energy fool you. He just craves attention and love and wants to be held and lay in your lap. You wouldn’t believe he came to us from a hoarding situation and terrified of people, because now he just craves human touch and loves to sit in your lap and give kisses.

Jimmy is a year-old male Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

Jade is a 7 week-old female Great Dane mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

Jade came into rescue with her 8 siblings. She is litter box trained, current on shots, and will be spayed and micro chipped prior to adoption. She is a playful puppy that likes to spend her days chewing on toys and siblings. She has a sweet disposition. She is going to be a very large girl when full grown. She gets along with her foster siblings (dogs) and plays great with kids.

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 24, 2021

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President George Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

On September 25, 1789, Congress adopted the first twelve amendments, called the Bill of Rights, to the United States Constitution. A little more than two years later, in 1791, enough states had ratified ten of the Amendments, with two not receiving sufficient support.

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Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

On September 25, 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis met with General John Bell Hood and visited troops at Palmetto, Georgia.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

White vigilantes seeking to assault African-Americans after reports of four white women being assaulted led to the Atlanta Race Riots on September 22-24, 1906, which would claim the lives of at least 25 African-Americans and one white person.

On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first Galaxy-class starship nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012 and decommissioned on February 3, 2017.

The first televised debate between major party candidates for President took place on September 26, 1960 between Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon.

Kennedy emerged the apparent winner from this first of four televised debates, partly owing to his greater ease before the camera than Nixon, who, unlike Kennedy, seemed nervous and declined to wear makeup. Nixon fared better in the second and third debates, and on October 21 the candidates met to discuss foreign affairs in their fourth and final debate. Less than three weeks later, on November 8, Kennedy won 49.7 percent of the popular vote in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, surpassing by a fraction the 49.6 percent received by his Republican opponent.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.

On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

Ronald Reagan appointee Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female Justice of the United States on September 25, 1981. In an interview with Terry Gross, she recalled receiving the call from President Reagan:

“I was working in my office on the Arizona Court of Appeals,” she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I was at the court in my chambers when the telephone rang. And it was the White House calling for me, and I was told that the president was waiting to speak to me. That was quite a shock, but I accepted the phone call, and it was President Reagan, and he said, ‘Sandra?’ ‘Yes, Mr. President?’ ‘Sandra, I’d like to announce your nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow. Is that all right with you?’ Well, now, that’s kind of a shock, wouldn’t you say?”

The Princess Bride was released on September 25, 1987. Inconceivable!

Nirvana’s Nevermind was released on September 24, 1991.

On September 25, 2008, the last car came off the line at GM’s Doraville Plant.

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On Saturday, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held in Savannah, according to WTOC.Continue Reading..

23
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 23, 2021

Raggedy Ann (female) and Raggedy Andy (male) are a bonded pair of Labradoodles who can be adopted together as a pair only from the Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Monticello, GA.

Clementine is a young female Beagle mix who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Monticello, GA.

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 23, 2021

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John Paul Jones, at the helm of US ship Bonhomme Richard, won a naval battle off the coast of England on September 23, 1779.

After inflicting considerable damage to the Bonhomme Richard, Richard Pearson, the captain of the Serapis, asked Jones if he had struck his colors, the naval sign indicating surrender. From his disabled ship, Jones replied, “I have not yet begun to fight,” and after three more hours of furious fighting the Serapis and Countess of Scarborough surrendered to him.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned to St. Louis Missouri from their exploratory trip to the Pacific coast on September 23, 1806.

On September 23, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was speaking at a dinner with the Teamsters union and addressed attacks that had been made by Republicans, including the allegation that after leaving his dog, Fala, behind in the Aleutian Islands, he sent a Navy destroyer to fetch the dog. This would become known as the “Fala speech.”

These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family don’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I’d left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars—his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.

The idea for the joke was given to FDR by Orson Welles. The political lesson here is that any time you get an audience laughing at your opponent, you are winning.

A statue of former Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol was unveiled on September 23, 1949, the 65th anniversary of Talmadge’s birth near Forsyth, Georgia in 1884.

On September 23, 1952, Senator Richard M. Nixon was under fire for allegedly accepting $18,000 and using it for personal expenses. To salvage his place as the Vice Presidential candidate on Eisenhower’s Republican ticket, Nixon took to the airwaves in the first nationally-televised address and delivered what came to be known as the “Checkers Speech. From The Atlantic:

[A] 1999 poll of leading communication scholars ranked the address as the sixth most important American speech of the 20th century — close behind the soaring addresses of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The “Checkers” speech wins this high rank for one stand-out reason: It marked the beginning of the television age in American politics. It also salvaged Nixon’s career, plucking a last-second success from the jaws of abject humiliation, and profoundly shaped Nixon’s personal and professional outlook, convincing him that television was a way to do an end-run around the press and the political “establishment.”

Click here for the full text of the “Checkers Speech.”

The last game played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium took place on September 23, 1996.

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Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Order #09.22.21.01, empaneling a commission to consider the latest indictment of Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Mark Jones (D). From the Ledger-Enquirer:Continue Reading..

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Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 22, 2021

The Hall County Planning Commission rejected an application to rezone land to permit a dog rescue group, according to the Gainesville Times.

The applicant, Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, wants to rezone a 38.4 acre property at 5473 and 5453 Will Wheeler Road from agricultural residential use to planned residential development on land where there are already facilities for dogs such as kennels, a barn and ample space for dogs to exercise.

The nonprofit organization wants to fortify these existing facilities with improved fencing and add one additional building in order to create its rescue center for pitbulls and other kinds of dogs. When complete, the facility would be able to hold 100 dogs.

The organization spays and neuters dogs and tries to find foster homes for rehabilitated pets.

“No one’s going to want to move in next to a humane society type of deal,” said Jerry Young, an adjacent property owner. Young said they often hear dogs barking late at night and a huge increase in dogs on the property would disturb neighbors.

Four speakers from Paulding County, where the rescue has its current facility, spoke in favor of the application, and Paulding’s Commission Chairman, Dave Carmichael, wrote a letter to the Hall County Planning Commission encouraging it to accept the plans.

“I hold Mr. Flatt in high regards and feel confident that his contributions will be of value to your citizens,” Carmichael wrote.

Flatt told the Times Tuesday, Sept. 21, he would regroup with his board and see if it was worth continuing to pursue the application. They may decide to stay in Paulding County, he said.

You can learn more about Friends of the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue from their website or Facebook page.

Eggy is a male Pitbull Terrier who is available for adoption from Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue Inc in Dallas, GA.

Eggy is strong, sweet, and wagging his tail (or shall we call it a nub!). Eggy loves his shenanigans and his favorite game is ‘keep-away,’ where he will merrily zoom around the yard with his Kong in his mouth, leaving the Palace workers to chase after him when it’s time to come inside. He is looking for a forever family where he can keep on enjoying the good life of a beloved house pet. Eggy has been through more than we can imagine and he is not suited for a home with other pets or small children. If you think you can give Eggy the life he so desperately wants and deserves, contact the rescue group for more information!

Eggy has his own photo album on Facebook!

Chipper is a male Pitbill Terrier who is available for adoption from Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue Inc in Dallas, GA.

Chipper is almost 5 years old and he is such a cool dog and absolutely beautiful! Chipper is a super smart and happy boy. He is medium energy, loves a good zoomie in the yard and loves a good couch snuggle fest. Chipper went into a foster home back in April 2017 when he first came into our rescue from the shelter. Chipper listens well and would do best with an adult(s) that are alpha owners. Although he gets along well with Snow (his doggie sister) he probably would do best as an only dog. Another dog is a possibility with slow introductions but it may take work. He does not do well with cats or children under 16. He walks OK on a leash but hasn’t been regularly walked in a while. He is housebroken, crate-trained and loves riding in the car. 

Moxie is a female Pitbull Terrier who is available for adoption from Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue Inc in Dallas, GA.

Due to her deafness, Moxie does startle if she cannot see you coming, however she is extremely loving. Moxie adores people and is getting all the TLC she needs in foster care. She is housebroken and crate-trained. She is an active girl who loves to chase a Kong and play fetch. Sometimes when she runs, she throws both legs back at the same time and looks like a bunny! Although she is deaf, she already knows sit, down, kennel-up, and fetch as she is food-motivated and really wants to make her people happy. She knows how to fetch and doesn’t mind people taking the ball away from her. Once she burns off some energy, Moxie is happy to cuddle and is incredibly sweet. Moxie would LOVE a forever family that can show her the joys of being surrounded by love and stability. She needs someone patient and willing to work with her as learning takes longer due to her hearing loss.

Moxie has her own great photo album on Facebook.

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 22, 2021

On September 22, 1862, Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which stated,

“. . . on the first day of January [1863] . . . all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

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President Rutherford B. Hayes visited Atlanta on September 22, 1877. Click here to read the text of his speech in Atlanta.

White vigilantes seeking to assault African-Americans after reports of four white women being assaulted led to the Atlanta Race Riots on September 22-24, 1906, which would claim the lives of at least 25 African-Americans and one white person.

On September 22, 1918, the City of Atlanta gasoline administator prohibited non-emergency Sunday driving to conserve fuel for the war effort.

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Clayton County voters elected a new District 8 Board of Education member and sent two candidates to a runoff for County Commission District 1, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..

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Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 21, 2021

The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office has gone to the dogs since Democrat Flynn D. Broady, Jr. took office. From the Associated Press via WTOC:

District Attorney Flynn Broady announced Friday that Rose, a 3-year-old black Labrador retriever, is joining the office. The victim witness unit has been working to bring Rose on board, according to a news release from the office.

Rose received specialized training from Rucker Dog Training to prepare her to help crime victims in court, the release says.

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Stella is a young female Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter in Athens, GA.

Ollie is a young male mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from the Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter in Athens, GA.

Donkey is a large male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter in Athens, GA.

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 21, 2021

On September 21, 1780, General Benedict Arnold met with British Major John Andre and began plotting to surrender West Point to the British.

On September 21, 1863, the federal Army of the Cumberland retreated to Chattanooga after its defeat at Chickamauga.

Bert Lance resigned as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter on September 21, 1977. After a jury acquitted him on ten federal charges in 1980, Lance served as Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia from 1982 to 1985.

General Colin Powell was confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 21. 1989. Powell served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan before being appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President George H.W. Bush; in 2000, Powell was nominated by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State, the first African-American to hold that post.

On September 21, 2011, R.E.M. announced on their website that they were quitting as a band.

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Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Order #09.20.21.01, renewing the State of Emergency for contined economic recovery from the COVID pandemic, and Executive Order #09.20.21.02, continuing regulatory suspensions made for continued economic recovery.

Yesterday, I wrote that when Governor Kemp misspoke about an “AIDS vaccine,” it was clear to me he meant a vaccine for “HPV,” the human papillomavirus, but I didn’t explain that. We’ll go back to 2007 for that.

In the 2007 Session of the Georgia General Assembly, State Senator Don Balfour (R-Liburn) introduced Senate Bill 155, which would have required an HPV vaccine for female students entering the sixth grade. Spirited debate ensued. From the Augusta Chronicle dated February 15, 2007:

Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, introduced a bill Wednesday calling for the vaccination, adding Georgia to a growing list of states taking up the controversial issue of mandatory HPV shots.

Senate Bill 155 would add the vaccine to other childhood immunizations against measles and mumps, but the newly approved shot would cost more than all the other required ones combined.

Similar measures in other states this year have met criticism from parents wary about unknown side effects and from conservative groups arguing that the vaccine would encourage young girls to become sexually active.

In Georgia, 120 women die of cervical cancer each year, a statistic prompting support from both political parties for Mr. Balfour’s legislation.

“We’ve had a breakthrough on addressing cervical cancer and vaccines that protect young women,” said Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta. “I think Sen. Balfour’s bill merits a close look, and I’m supportive.”

Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry bypassed the Legislature and issued an executive order requiring the HPV vaccine for schoolgirls, but 32 lawmakers have asked him to rescind it.

Roughly 30 bills dealing with the vaccine are being debated in other states.

From the Associated Press dated March 1, 2007:

A new national estimate released on Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in four U.S. women ages 14 to 59 is infected with the sexually transmitted virus that in some forms can cause cervical cancer. The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that girls between ages 11 and 12 should be vaccinated.

“I think it’s a great thing for the health of women in the state of Georgia,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Don Balfour of Snellville. “It’s good for your daughters.”

But the issue is controversial in large part because the HPV virus is transmitted through sexual contact. Religious conservatives lined up to speak against the bill at a hearing Tuesday arguing the decision to require the vaccine for 11-year-old girls should be made by their parents – not the state.

Carolyn Garcia of the Georgia chapter of Americans United for Life said the bill might encourage promiscuity.
“It comes from behavior,” Garcia said of the virus. “It’s a moral issue.”

Sadie Fields, director of the Georgia Christian Alliance, said state lawmakers were “rushing to judgment” on a vaccine before the full picture was known on potential risks and side effects.

“We believe this decision should be made between parents and their doctors,” Fields said.

Balfour allowed that this is the first time state lawmakers have stepped in to mandate a vaccine. The state Department of Human Resources typically uses regulations to do so. But Balfour said the department showed no signs it was moving forward.

The bill passed 8-3 and now goes to the full Senate.

After the bill passed out of committee, it never made it to the floor of the Senate for a vote on final passage. Given that the sponsor was then Chairman of the Rules Committee, I suspect the decision to kill the bill was made at a higher level.

Some of the arguments about parental choice and against mandates in healthcare were very similar to the arguments about mask and vaccine mandates today.

Governor Kemp served in the State Senate from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2008 until he was appointed Secretary of State by Governor Perdue. While he was not in the Senate during the 2007 session, he was very much politically active and in the beginning part of his career in Georgia government. So this was a very hot issue during his formative period in politics. Clearly it made an impression on him. And that’s why when I read he referred to an “AIDS vaccine,” I immediately understood he misspoke and said AIDS, which is caused by the HIV virus, when he meant to say “HPV vaccine”. But unless you were obsessively involved in Georgia politics in 2007, you wouldn’t necessarily understand this context.

Salon writes of the current kerfluffle:

When reached for comment by the station, Kemp’s office said he meant to mention the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine. But even this statement raises eyebrows — the HPV vaccine is also mandated in a number of states to attend public schools (among other inoculations), a campaign that has been largely effective in getting school-age children vaccinated, 11 Alive reported.

That’s why history and context are so important to understanding what happens in Georgia politics or anywhere else. If you went through the 2007 Session, you probably understood exactly what Gov. Kemp meant when he misspoke. And why Georgia is all the poorer for the loss of political journalists like Jim Galloway. Greg Bluestein is an excellent reporter (I pre-ordered his book on the 2020 and 2021 elections – maybe it will be the first GaPundit book club selection), but Greg didn’t join the AJC until 2012, and before that was not on a political beat, so he wouldn’t have been at the Capitol frequently during 2007.

Republican Georgia State Senator Burt Jones will campaign for Lieutenant Governor with Donald Trump, Jr. tomorrow, according to the Rome News Tribune.

Donald Trump Jr. and state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, a candidate for lieutenant governor, will campaign at the Strand Theatre this week.

Advertised as “an event about the state of America,” the two will share the stage at the Strand starting at 6 p.m., Wednesday.

Jones, one of several Republicans vying for the lieutenant governor’s seat in 2022, received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump earlier this month. Incumbent Geoff Duncan is not seeking reelection.

Interested parties should visit https://events.donjr.com/events/donald-trump-jr-event-in-marietta-ga to learn more.

Senator Jones will also join former President Donald Trump on stage at the Trump rally this weekend, according to the AJC.

[Herschel] Walker, who announced his campaign last month with Trump’s blessing, is set to address the crowd.

So are state Sen. Burt Jones, a candidate for lieutenant governor who earned Trump’s endorsement, and Rep. Jody Hice, his pick for secretary of state. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right first-term Republican who Trump labeled a “rising star,” will also speak. Not on the list of scheduled speakers: Either of Gov. Brian Kemp’s longshot challengers. Nor, of course, the governor himself.

We wouldn’t be surprised if the entire pro-Trump ticket lines up for a photo on stage with the former president.

Governor Brian Kemp joined 25 other Republican Governors in urging President Joe Biden to meet with them to discuss the Southern Border, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a letter on Monday with 25 other Republican governors requesting a meeting with President Joe Biden in the next 15 days to discuss the southern border crisis.

The GOP letter to Biden was spearheaded by Govs. Doug Ducey of Arizona and Greg Abbott of Texas.

“As chief executives of our states, we request a meeting with you at The White House to bring an end to the national security crisis created by eight months of unenforced borders,” it said.

“The negative impacts of an unenforced border policy on the American people can no longer be ignored. Border apprehensions are up almost 500% compared to last year, totaling more than 1.3 million—more people than the populations of nine U.S. states,” they wrote.

“We must end the current crisis and return to border operations that respect the laws of our land and the lives of all people, including those in our states looking to the federal government to enforce and protect our nation’s borders,” it said, concluding “due to the emergent crisis, we respectfully request a meeting as soon as your schedule allows within 15 days.”

Georgia has a large revenue surplus, according to the AJC.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in July that state tax collections for fiscal 2021, which ended June 30, were up a record $3.2 billion.

The state saw revenue grow 13.5% in 2021 over 2020.

A new state report shows that the surplus for the year was even bigger — about $3.7 billon — once state agencies returned leftover money. The report says the state was able to increase its rainy day reserve from $2.7 billon to almost $4.3 billion — enough to run the state government for two months.

That left nearly $2.2 billon in surplus money that didn’t, by law, have to go into the reserve.

“Thanks to the conservative leadership and fiscal responsibility of the governor and the General Assembly, Georgia is on strong financial footing,” Kemp press secretary Katie Byrd said. “By budgeting wisely — despite an unpredictable global pandemic — the state was able to fund its priorities of education, public safety and health care, and avoid draconian cuts or significant reductions in essential services.”

“Looking ahead to the next legislative session, the governor looks forward to working with both the House and Senate on a number of their priorities — in addition to the governor’s previous commitments from the campaign trail to raise educator pay, exempt military and first responder retirement pay from state income tax, and make it more affordable for Georgia families to send their kids to college.”

Kemp will receive pressure from his fellow Republicans to use the money to cut taxes on Georgians. Kemp has also promised teachers a pay raise that will cost about $350 million a year.

However, because the surplus is a one-time windfall, some state officials are reluctant to back any ideas that have annual, year-after-year costs attached to them.

Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Mark Jones (D) beat The Man. Or he is The Man. Or something. Anyway, criminal charges related to the filming of a campaign commercial were dismissed, according to WTVM.

“I no longer believe it is in the interest of justice to move forward with this matter,” said special appointed Prosecutor Brian Patterson.

More from WTVM:

During a brief virtual hearing presided by Judge Jeffrey Monroe from his Macon office, with lawyers from both side in attendance, Attorney Brian Patterson gave the state’s position on the case.

Patterson said after talking with jurors whom expressed their frustrations with the case, he plans to filed a detailed motion called, Nolle Prosequi, a Latin term that means, “not to wish to prosecute”  to the court by Friday.

As the hearing proceeded Patterson did not absolve Jones of guilt, but did confirm that the jurors’ dissatisfaction did influence the decision.

“My review revealed that there is direct and circumstantial evidence that tends to point to the guilt Mr. Jones and Mr. Whittington,” said Patterson.

Patterson added the state no longer believes it is in their interest to move forward with the case.  This does not mean the case is over, however. Judge Monroe still has the final decision on whether or not to retry the case. He said he will make that decision after the state’s motion is filed before the court.

From the Ledger-Enquirer:

Patterson said he still believes that “direct and circumstantial evidence” indicates Jones and Whittington are guilty of the charges of interfering with government property and first-degree criminal damage to property, but the sentiments of the jurors in the case weigh against further prosecution.

“They were concerned about how politics have come to bear on this case, that this is a felony prosecution, that it appears that some other individuals similarly situated have not been prosecuted in a similar manner for this kind of conduct, and that Muscogee County has other pressing criminal justice matters and concerns,” Patterson told the court during the online hearing.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia announced his office will look into the death of Julian Lewis, who was shot by a Georgia State Trooper, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Lewis died from a single shot from on Aug. 7, 2020 on Stoney Pond Road, a country dirt roadway in Screven County. [State Patrol Trooper] Thompson began pursing Lewis due to a non functioning tail light, stopped Lewis’s car with a PIT maneuver, forcing the vehicle into a ditch. Thompson said he feared for his life when Lewis revved his Nissan engine and wrenched the steering wheel. Lewis was Black and Thompson is white.

Thompson was dismissed from the Georgia State Patrol after being charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. A Screven County Grand Jury failed to indict Thompson on June 28.

Dougherty County vaccinated more than 500 local residents in a drive that provided $100 gift cards to recipients, according to the Albany Herald.

A Saturday COVID-19 vaccination clinic that included $100 gift cards to entice reluctant or procrastinating Dougherty County residents to roll up their sleeves brought out 538 people to get shots.

Of those, 493 received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and 45 got second shots of the two-dose product, Sam Allen, director of Dougherty County Emergency Medical Services, said Monday.

Numbers were not available on Monday for how many of those vaccinated were eligible to receive a $100 Visa gift card. The incentive was only available to Dougherty County residents 18 and older, although vaccines were available to children 12 and older and to residents of other counties.

The Dougherty County Commission approved last week spending up to $338,000 in federal COVID relief funds on the $100 incentives.

The county, working with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany Area Primary Health Care and Georgia Department of Public Health, will hold another clinic in about a month. Gift cards also will be awarded during that event.

“It was great,” Dougherty Commissioner Russell Gray said of the clinic. “I’m really impressed with the turnout. It could have gone either way. I don’t think it was a flop by any stretch of the imagination.”

Atlanta voters will decide in November whether to make permanent a temporary property tax homestead exemption against school taxes for some homeowners, according to the AJC.

If approved, eligible property owners would continue to receive a homestead exemption from school taxes in the amount of $50,000 of their home’s assessed value, while requiring them to pay taxes on at least $10,000 of the assessed value.

The tax break was initially given to homeowners a few years ago to provide temporary relief as rising Fulton County property values pushed tax bills higher.

Republican former State Representative Jeff Jones will run for State Senate against fellow Republican Sheila McNeill, according to The Brunswick News.

Jeff Jones said he will be a candidate in 2022 for the Senate 3 seat now held by Republican Sheila McNeill. Jones served three two-year terms in the House District 167 post before losing the seat to Buddy DeLoach, R-Townsend, in the 2020 Republican primary.

McNeill indicated in August she will run for another two-year term.

The Senate 3rd District post takes in Glynn, Camden, McIntosh, Brantley and Charlton counties.

In a press release emailed to The News on Monday, Jones said managing the state’s multi-billion dollar budget is important, but it’s not the only challenge facing Georgia.

He said he would push to replace the Dominion voting system with a secure paper ballot system, including a true “voter-verifiable paper trail (VVPT),” ideally in time for next year’s elections.

“A fundamental problem with Dominion is that the VVPT voting record is in machine-readable barcode, not human-readable form,” he said.

Jones would like to strengthen penalties for individuals who violate voting integrity laws and voter trust.

“I also want to, once and for all, ban Critical Race Theory from our public schools by law, not just by an executive order,” he said. “If there is one thing we’ve learned under the Biden Administration (it’s) the importance of enacting laws, not simply issuing executive orders.

“Our future generations deserve an honest look at the history of our country, not the distorted lies of Critical Race Theory. Gov. Kemp banned Critical Race Theory by an executive order, and I applaud him for that. But if Stacey Abrams has her way and becomes governor, she’ll do away with the executive order and push Critical Race Theory in our schools.”

Primary elections in Georgia are set for May 24, 2022. The general election will be held roughly six months later on Nov. 8.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger‘s staff is writing a book to be published on election day, according to the AJC.

“Integrity Counts” will be published by Simon & Schuster and hit bookstores Nov. 2.

Simon & Schuster describes the book as, “Raffensperger’s inspiring story of commitment to the integrity of American democracy,” and says he’ll speak out in the book, “against the former president’s false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.”

But it the Secretary of State won’t be limiting his criticisms to just Trump and Republicans. He’ll also take Stacey Abrams and Democrats to task for refusing to concede the governor’s race in 2018.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will host a webinar for small businesses, according to the Albany Herald.

The webinar will offer an opportunity for [Disadvantaged Business Enterprises], small business owners and veteran-owned small businesses to gain insight into the agency’s procedures and goals and to establish themselves as qualified contractors with the state. They will learn about available free supportive services and become acquainted with the Georgia DOT personnel and supportive service staff.

Chatham County District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones (D) announced the formation of a Cold Case Unit, according to WTOC.

The new Cold Case Unit will be led by Chatham County District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones, and veteran prosecutor and Court Operations Chief Jennifer Parker. Parker says while prosecutors have investigated cold cases and taken them to trial in the past, this is the first dedicated Cold Case Unit in the history of the office.

“Just in the last few years I have been involved in the prosecution of a 14-year old homicide, and a 40-year old homicide. And so, I don’t think with those cases you can ever give up hope. There is always hope. There’s always hope that someone will come forward with information that they wouldn’t share before. But after enough time has passed, circumstances change, they’ll be willing to talk,” said Parker.

Whitfield County Commissioners voted to hire Robert Sivick as the new County Administrator, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen News.

“We’ve got some big agreements coming up that we have to renegotiate,” said Commissioner Greg Jones. “We’ve got the LOST (Local Option Sales Tax) and service delivery agreements coming up, and he’s got experience in those kinds of negotiations.”

The LOST is a 1% tax on most goods sold in the county. Every 10 years, following the U.S. census, the county and the cities within it must reach an agreement on how they will split the revenues from the LOST.

The service delivery agreements outline which services each government will provide and how they will be funded. They, too, must be renegotiated every 10 years.

Negotiations will start next year.

Warner Robins City Council voted to raise property taxes for some residents but will vote again later to try to get it right unanimity, according to 13WMAZ.

They took a vote on whether the millage rate would remain the same, but since the vote was not unanimous, it’s been moved to a second reading.

Council’s special called meeting is on the September 27 at 5 p.m. If council approves to keep the current millage rate, which is 9.98, some people will see an increase in property taxes.

In Monday’s council meeting, members voted 4 to 2, with councilmembers Derek Mack and Larry Curtis voting “no.”

Reis says he hopes council will make the best decision for the city, “The reason why I’m against raising taxes is because we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. We’re also in the middle of a financial crisis. Both of those put together does not spell tax raise.”

Stella did the math and says for a fair market home of $150,000, homeowners in Houston County would see an increase from last year of about $22., and those homeowners in Peach County would see an increase of about $55.

Monday’s vote had to be unanimous for the first reading, but it wasn’t, which means they will have a second reading next week.

A new restaurant in Columbus named The Animal Farm will offer “house-butchered” meat, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

The Animal Farm, 105 12th St., will officially open to the public Wednesday, co-owner Hudson Terrell told the Ledger-Enquirer. The restaurant, run by Terrell and his business partner Landon Thompson, will focus on house-butchered meats and seasonal local produce.

“I just want people to have a good time,” Terrell said. “I don’t want it to be a place where you go for a nice dinner and it feels stuffy and serious. We don’t want to take ourselves serious. We want all the food to be fun. Really, I just want people to have a communal dining experience.”

“The whole premise of (Animal Farm) is we focus on local, whole-animal butchering,” Terrell said. “So, it’ll be a lot of interesting cuts.”

“It’ll have a communal, fun dining experience,” Terrell said. “You’ll see a lot of interesting cuts of meat that you won’t see anywhere else. … We’re trying to bring all the stuff that we learned from Atlanta and Athens, and bring it here. That’s the idea.”

The kitchen is “right smack in the middle” of the space, with a long window allowing diners to view the scene on the other side. It’s “basically an open kitchen,” Terrell said.

Their motto should be “All Animals are Equally Tasty. Some are more equally tasty than others.”

We’re waiting for someone to open a fraternity themed cafeteria called “The Animal House.”