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Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 15, 2018

Smith Wesson Dachshunds

Smith and Wesson are 8-month old bonded male Dachshunds who are available for adoption from Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue in Acworth, GA. They are good with kids, other dogs, and cats.

Snickers Forgotten Paws

Snickers is a 7-month old male Shepherd & Corgi mix puppy who is available for adoption from Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue in Acworth, GA.

Snickers is a super happy, active boy. He loves to run and play and will need an ACTIVE HOME with time to work with and train a puppy. He has always had other dogs to play with and he loves it. It is a great way to burn off his energy. He loves other dogs but when he sees dogs he doesn’t know he wants to get to them. Just to sniff, but his excitement and how fast he runs at the other dogs can upset them. We are working on this and maybe if he found a home that took him on walks and dog parks to help socialize him, he would be great. He has always lived in a foster home with other dogs and comes and goes from the kennel house so he can attend adoption events. He adjusts to the changes and is so smart.

Snickers is crate trained and housebroken. He needs to be crated when no one is home b/c he is still a puppy and will chew on things. We keep him stocked with tons of bones and toys to keep him occupied. At night he sleeps free. He lays on his dog bed or under the bed.

Virginia Forgotten Paws

Virginia is a 7-month old female Pibble puppy who is available for adoption from Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue in Acworth, GA.

Virginia loves to carry toys around when she is happy. We call them her “babies”. Her mother does the same thing. Virginia is always happy. She wiggles her butt and loves to play with the other dogs. When I let her out of her crate she runs to find a baby and happily carries it outside to go potty. She is also that dog who will carry her baby on walks if you let her. LOL

She also loves to cuddle. She will climb up on the bed and lay her head in my lap to take naps and get cuddles. She is great with dogs of all sizes. She is a little skittish of new dogs and will bark at them at first, all while moving backwards away from them. It takes her a little time to adjust so she will need someone with patience. Once she knows the dogs she just wants to play. Honestly, Virginia just needs to get out and be socialized more outside of her comfort zone. Sadly, since she has been raised at the kennel house, we just don’t have the manpower to do this.

15
Oct

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

Friday, October 15, 1582 marked the beginning of the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar – the previous day was Thursday, October 4th.

George Washington left New York, the nation’s capitol, on October 15, 1789, embarking upon the first Presidential tour to New England.

The world’s first combat submarine, CSS Hunley, sunk during testing in Charleston Harbor on October 15, 1863.

The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution too effect October 15, 1933, changing the Presidential term of office to begin and end on January 20th following each quadrennial election and Senate and Congress to January 3d following biennial elections, both from March 4th.

Billy Graham launched his national ministry on October 15, 1949 in Los Angeles, California.

On October 15, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation creating the United States Department of Transportation. May God have mercy upon his soul.

Interstate 285 around Atlanta was completed on October 15, 1969.

The Omni opened in Atlanta on  October 15, 1972, as the Hawks beat the New York Knicks by a score of 109-101.

Former Secretary General of the Communist Party of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 15, 1990

Georgia-born Clarence Thomas was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 15, 1991.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

GOP Slate Landscape

President Donald J. Trump will visit Georgia today to view hurricane damage, according to the Macon Telegraph.

The White House says President Donald Trump plans to visit Georgia on Monday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Michael.

Trump, who will also visit Florida, will be accompanied by first lady Melania Trump. The White House isn’t identifying areas the president will visit.

From the AJC:

Trump spoke with Gov. Nathan Deal on Saturday to discuss recovery efforts. The president “expressed his concerns and said the federal government is fully available and committed to helping state and local agencies,” the White House said.

“People have no idea how hard Hurricane Michael has hit the great state of Georgia,” Trump tweeted Friday. “I will be visiting both Florida and Georgia early next week. We are working very hard on every area and every state that was hit – we are with you!”

Trump declared a state of emergency in Georgia on Wednesday, a designation that allows the state to tap into federal money, debris removal and other services to supplement local cleanup and rebuilding efforts.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Black took an aerial tour of the damage earlier Sunday.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black met with farmers, according to the Cordele Dispatch.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black met with area farmers on Sunday afternoon at the Cordele Farmers

Sec. Perdue, a former two-term governor of Georgia, told those gathered at the market, “I don’t want to make false promises or get anyone’s hopes up. We are just now learning the extent of the damages and we want to hear your concerns.”

Expectations for area row crops and specialty commodities like pecans were good just 10 days ago. Many growers were looking at bumper crops for this year.

Now losses for some producers could reach as high as 85 percent.

Early voting begins today for the November 6 General Election, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.

There are federal, state and local races on Coweta ballots, as well as several ballot questions, including five proposed constitutional amendments. Senoia voters will also decide whether or not to allow Sunday alcohol sales to begin at 11 a.m. instead of the current 12:30 p.m.

Absentee voting looks to be quite popular for this election – there has been a surge of absentee voting applications coming into the Coweta Voter Registration Office.

As of Friday afternoon, the office had already mailed out 1,818 absentee ballots – and gotten 693 returned, said Coweta Elections Superintendent Jane Scoggins.

Two years ago at this time, for the presidential election, her office had received “maybe 600 applications at the most,” Scoggins said. For the May 2018 primary, there were fewer than 300 applications received by the start of early voting.

Scoggins thinks one reason for the dramatic increase in absentee ballot requests is that some organizations are sending applications to voters. The applications are pre-filled, and the voter only has to sign and mail it. “People think it looks official so they sign it and they send it in,” Scoggins said. Because multiple organizations are sending out the applications, some people may receive more than one. If more than one application is submitted, only one ballot will be mailed to an individual voter.

If you get an absentee ballot in the mail but prefer to vote in-person, simply bring the ballot with you to the early voting locations or to your polling place on election day. The absentee ballot will be canceled, and you can vote on the electronic voting machine.

From the Statesboro Herald:

In Bulloch County, the state and county ballot also includes a countywide referendum for a five-year extension of the existing Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, expected to raise $62 million for projects of the county and the four towns. Statesboro, meanwhile, has a “Brunch Bill” referendum, on a separate city ballot, to move the start time that alcoholic drinks can be served in restaurants on Sundays up from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m.

But the statewide ballot presents five proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution and two statewide referendums. Some could have statewide impact, but two of the questions would have no direct effect in Bulloch and neighboring counties.

Beginning Monday, in-person early voting will be available statewide for 16 days, including 15 weekdays and one Saturday.

Governor Nathan Deal announced on Friday that the Technical College System of Georgia will create an Aviation Academy in Paulding County.

[T]he Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will establish an Aviation Academy to operate at Silver Comet Field at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. Chattahoochee Technical College will oversee operations and build a new facility to house the Aviation Academy, where students will train in aviation mechanics and maintenance.

“Here in the No. 1 state for business five times over, we are strategically building upon the economic assets that set us apart from other states and investing in academic resources to produce a highly skilled workforce,” said Deal. “With an investment of approximately $35 million, Chattahoochee Tech’s Aviation Academy at Silver Comet Field is yet another example of a partnership between the state and local levels creating a resource that will benefit both the economy of the local community and that of our entire state.

“Aviation industry leaders including Delta Air Lines, Gulfstream and Pratt & Whitney call Georgia home or have had major operations in our state for decades, and air traffic in Georgia continues to rapidly increase thanks to the world’s most-utilized airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. To remain a suitable home for employers such as these and to connect Georgians with high-paying, quality jobs, we are investing in aviation mechanics and maintenance training through TCSG, which has a proven record of success in providing specialized training.”

With the new facility at the Paulding County Northwest Atlanta Airport, Chattahoochee Tech will offer FAA-certified programs to earn an Aviation Maintenance Technician – Airframe technical certificate of credit (TCC), which allows a student to become certified in all parts of an aircraft except the engine, and the Aviation Maintenance Technician – Power Plant TCC, which certifies a student in all aspects of the engine of an aircraft. Additionally, Chattahoochee Tech will offer diplomas and associate of applied science degrees in Aviation Maintenance, both of which include airframe and power plant training. The HOPE Career Grant funds tuition for eligible students studying aviation through TCSG.

Deal was joined by TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur, Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Ron Newcomb, Paulding County Commission Chairman Dave Carmichael, Paulding County commissioners and members of the Paulding County legislative delegation at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport for the announcement. Paulding County donated the land that will house the Aviation Academy.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal visited her 900th school since Gov. Deal took office.

“My goal has been and continues to be encouraging children to want to learn to read,” said Mrs. Deal. “I plan to continue my visits to schools as long as I have the opportunity to serve and I hope to visit many of the schools I have not yet been to. Reading is the gift that keeps on giving and education is essential for any student to achieve lifelong success. Knowledge is power, and when we teach students to love reading at an early age, we give them the confidence to acquire that power for the rest of their lives.”

As a former teacher of 15 years in Georgia public schools, Mrs. Deal is dedicated to promoting statewide childhood literacy. In total, Mrs. Deal has completed 900 school visits in all 159 counties and all 181 public school districts during her time as Georgia’s first lady.

“Early in Gov. Deal’s administration, Mrs. Deal quickly set a high standard of work ethic among the staff,” said Chris Riley, Gov. Deal’s chief of staff. “As a passionate advocate for student achievement, Mrs. Deal cares for each of the students she meets and she has inspired countless young people to love reading. Come Jan. 14, 2019, I would not be surprised if Mrs. Deal has visited 1,000 schools across Georgia.”

When visiting a school, Mrs. Deal typically meets with the office staff, reads to a class of students, recognizes educators and discusses the importance of childhood literacy. From Oct. 1-5, Georgia observed Georgia Pre-K Week, during which time Mrs. Deal visited 24 schools. She has visited as many as eight schools in a single day.

Mrs. Deal is a co-chair of the Georgia Literacy Commission, which hosts a series of symposiums to examine and improve low literacy rates. She also plays a significant role in “Read Across Georgia Month” during March and has partnered with the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, an initiative that aims to have all of Georgia’s students reading on grade-level by the end of the third grade.

Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp fired back at Stacey Abrams over allegations of voter suppression, according to the Gainesville Times.

The Kemp campaign is returning fire with charges of a “manufactured … crisis” and a “publicity stunt” as early voting ramps up before one of the premier matchups nationally in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Abrams told CNN on Sunday that Kemp is “eroding the public trust” because his office has held up 53,000 new voter registration applications, questioning their legality under Georgia law. She’s called for Kemp to resign as chief elections officer.

Any voter with a legitimate state-issued ID who filled out the registration form by the deadline, he said, would have no problems, and he rejected any claims that a significant number of would-be voters might have to cast provisional ballots that ultimately aren’t counted.

Kemp discussed the 53,000 “pending” voter registration applications with the Gwinnett Daily Post.

“They should go rally all the 53,000 people and tell them to go vote because they can,” Kemp said. “All they’ve got to do is show their photo ID and they can vote.”

But Kemp disputed the claims that he is suppressing votes while he explained how the affected Georgia residents can cast ballots in the general election.

“First of all, it is a completely manufactured story,” Kemp said. “Every single one of those people can vote, just like you if you’re registered. They just … go down to the polling location, show their photo ID and they can vote. If you look back at about this time in 2016, and this time in 2014, these same groups did the same type things.”

Another issue Kemp answered questions about during his visit was the use of foreign language ballots. Gwinnett County is the only county in Georgia that is currently mandated by the federal government to provide election materials in English in Spanish.

The county has to provide the dual language materials, including registration forms and ballots, because the number of voters in the county whose primary language is Spanish reached a threshold set by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“I believe that most of those folks that are citizens and that are voting can deal with the English-only ballot,” Kemp said. “If they can’t, they certainly need to be able to do that. You know, this is our country and they should be able to do that. I know that’s been frustrating but (Gwinnett) really didn’t have any choice because if they hadn’t done it, they would get sued.”

From the Valdosta Daily Times:

Kemp stopped by Valdosta Sunday afternoon and called the story a “manufactured headline.”

He said his office is only following a state law passed in 2017 known as the “exact match” law. It requires information on a voter’s registration application to exactly match information on file with the Georgia driver’s license agency or the Social Security Administration.

“You know the only thing those people have to do to go vote? They just have to show up, show their photo ID and go vote,” Kemp said. “That’s what every other Georgian has to do. That’s state law, and for them to blame me is outrageous.”

Kemp redirected the blame back on Abrams’ canvassers, who go door to door registering people to vote.

He said her canvassers are not filling out the paperwork correctly, making it impossible for election officials to verify who they are, he said.

“She’s blaming me for a problem that she created,” Kemp said. “We had a record number of people on our voter rolls. I don’t think they mentioned that in their lawsuit.”

“This is a politically motivated, manufactured story, and we will prevail in court,” he said.

Democrat Stacey Abrams will speak in Statesboro on Tuesday, according to the Statesboro Herald.

Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico is under fire over lawsuits over the family company she led, according to the AJC.

Current and former employees of the truck-hauling business headed by the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor are suing the company and a supervisor, alleging an environment of racial hostility.

Ten employees, all but one of them black, filed a lawsuit in April against yard supervisor Kevin Tumbleson, Auto Handling Corp. and Jack Cooper Transport Co. The Democratic nominee, Sarah Riggs Amico, is the executive chairwoman of Jack Cooper and touts her business experience in her campaign.

In the lawsuit, 10 current and former employees working at a company location in Indiana allege that Tumbleson and other supervisors and employees discriminated against black employees and promoted white employees more quickly.

“Mrs. Amico has based her campaign on her leadership of this company,” Duncan spokesman Dan McLagan said. “Employing an openly racist and sexist supervisor long after being sued over his behavior means she was either an incompetent leader, overstated her role, or she just didn’t care, none of which are acceptable.”

Joshua Silavent of the Gainesville Times looks at the complexity of school safety.

Law enforcement certainly doesn’t want to deter students from reporting potential threats or criminal activity, but there is a balance they must identify, as well.

“While the (Hall County) Sheriff’s Office takes reports of threats on social media seriously, it’s important for citizens to understand that rumors spread quickly on the platforms, whether accurate or not,” Derreck Booth, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, told The Times in a statement. “Of course, if students see a threat or other potential criminal activity on a social media platform, they’re urged to report it to their (school resource officer) and school officials.”

In the most recent incident, Schofield said, rumors morphed over the course of a few days into something unfounded. It was like a game of “telephone” where the story changes each time it’s told to someone new.

“Given the change in times, and the use of social media and technology, we’ve kind of adapted things to include (social media education),” said Sgt. Kevin Holbrook, spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department. “The new generation has kind of grown up behind a screen name.”

The Sheriff’s Office also takes a proactive role in educating students about online behavior through a 10-week Internet safety and cyberbullying program for fifth-graders in the county’s elementary schools.

Curt Yeomans of the Gwinnett Daily Post looks at Constitutional Amendments on the November ballot.

Three amendments involve authorization for the state to create a business court, a trust fund designed to benefit parks, wildlife habitats and water quality, and a tax subclassification and grants to encourage working forest conservation and sustainability. Another amendment would establish rights for crime victims during the judicial process.

One other amendment would spell out new rules for how education special purpose local option sales tax referendums can be called and how the proceeds would be distributed in counties that have more than one school system.

Republican State Senator Ben Watson faced Democratic challenger Sandra Workman in a public forum, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Glynn County Board of Elections will meet tomorrow, according to The Brunswick News.

Gwinnett Republican Commissioners Lynette Howard and John Heard are addressing transportation issues in their reelection campaigns, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Howard said she is running for another term on the commission because there are several projects that she wants to finish. She sees water innovation as the biggest issue facing the county right now.

“We must address providing safe, clean water for 1 million people with minimum impact to our environment while dealing with the ever increasing influx of complex medications,” she said.

Howard pointed to the Water Innovation Center that county leaders broke ground on earlier this week as one way to address the issue, but water is not the only issue she believes the county must grapple with in the years to come.

She also pointed to integrated transportation as something that Gwinnett must address as it inches closer to becoming the state’s most populous county.

“We all need goods to move fluidly for business and for our consumers,” Howard said. “We have to get people to their jobs. We also have an independent elderly population that may not be confident to drive and needs a way to get groceries, be with friends or see a doctor.”

The City of Rome is considering banning pedestrians and bicyclists from the Veterans Memorial Parkway, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The City of Columbus has posted a job notice seeking a new Clerk of Council, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Columbus Riverwalk‘s last two sections are nearing completion, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Some Tybee Island residents have raised safety concerns over a casino boat, according to the Savannah Morning News.

“My biggest concern is that that boat is going to hit that bridge. That boat is so big and that opening under the bridge is so small,” said Tybee resident Laura Schulz.

“After (Hurricane) Matthew and (Hurricane) Irma we couldn’t come back onto the island and no one could leave until the federal inspectors came to inspect the bridge and in both cases it was two to three days for the federal inspector to get here.”

Schulz is one of more than 790 people who have signed an online petition created on Moveon.org to protest the boat, which is owned by Cruises to Nowhere, LLC. On Thursday the residents submitted multiple pages of information, which outlined their concerns, to Tybee Island City Council. No votes were taken and there was no formal discussion from council members.

In August, representatives from Cruises to Nowhere petitioned the Tybee Planning Commission for approval of a site plan for a small office and parking spaces at 3 Old Highway 80 for the 135-foot boat to run off-shore gambling cruises. The item was tabled after the commission found that the plan was incomplete.

12
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 12, 2018

Rooney Gainesville

Rooney is an adult male Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

Bahama Gainesville

Bahama is an adult female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

Salazar Gainesville

Salazar is an adult male Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

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Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 12, 2018

On October 14, 1735, John and Charles Wesley sailed with James Oglethorpe from Gravesend, England, for Georgia and John Wesley wrote the first entry in his journal that would eventually cover 55 years. On that date, John Wesley wrote,

Our end in leaving our native country, was not to avoid want, (God having given us plenty of temporal blessings,) nor to gain the dung or dross of riches or honour; but singly this, to save our souls; to live wholly to the glory of God.

The First Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 14, 1774.

Former Confederate President Alexander Stephens was released from federal prison on October 12, 1865 and returned to Georgia.

On October 13, 1870, Governor Rufus Bullock signed legislation creating the Georgia State Board of Education.

On October 13, 1885, Governor Henry McDaniel signed legislation authorizing the creation of a state school of technology as a branch of the University of Georgia; the school would open in Atlanta in October 1888, and in 1948 was renamed the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Then-former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 14, 1912.

Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.” He spoke for nearly an hour and then was rushed to the hospital.

On October 13, 1918, the ban on public gatherings in Atlanta to prevent spread of the Spanish flu, was extended an additional week.

A.A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh on October 14, 1926. E. H. Shepard illustrated the Pooh books.

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1929 UGA vs Yale Tix

The first game in Sanford Stadium was played on October 12, 1929, with the University of Georgia Bulldogs beating the Yale Bulldogs. Here is ten minutes of the game.

1929_Georgia_vs_Yale

The War Department renamed Wellston Air Depot to Warner Robins Air Force Depot to honor Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins on October 14, 1942.

On October 12, 1958, The Temple was bombed after a phone call to WSB warned that Black churches and Jewish temples would be blown up.

On October 14, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. was announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming Georgia’s first native-born winner. In 2014,  the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran a story on how King’s Nobel Prize affected Atlanta.Continue Reading..

11
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 11, 2018

Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is offering fee-waived adoptions through October 20th.

Trillian Gwinnett Puppy

Trillian is a 10-month old female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Gwinnett Vizsla Puppy

SD-17 is a 9-month old male Vizsla mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Biscuit Gwinnett Puppy

Biscuit is an 8.5-week old male Coonhound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

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Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 11, 2018

Casimir Pulaski, a Polish aristocrat who fought with the colonists in the American Revolution, died in Savannah on October 11, 1779.

Former Georgia Governor and President of the United States Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 11, 2002.

Bobby Cox managed his last game in Game Four of the NLDS on October 11, 2010.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

At 5:22 AM, more than 350,000 homes were without power in Georgia. Click here for Georgia Power’s outage map. Click here for EMC outages.

President Donald Trump may visit Georgia next week to survey storm damage, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

President Donald Trump told reporters on Air Force One he planned to visit the areas affected by Hurricane Florence early next week, according to the White House.

The president spoke with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal during the flight Wednesday, and pledged to offer any federal resources necessary to help the states in their response.

“We want to get down there as soon as possible,” the president said at a press briefing with FEMA administrator Brock Long. “At the same time, I don’t want to go down where we’re interfering with the people — first responders, the FEMA people. I want them to focus on the storm, not me. So we’ll probably look to Sunday or Monday to go down and meet with the governors, meet with everybody, and do what we have to do, like we did in North Carolina, South Carolina, where that worked out really well.”

“It’s a tough situation. We’re with them. We’re with Georgia. We’re with Florida. We’re with Alabama,” President Trump said, according to POLITICO. “Everybody that will be hit, we have covered. I just say God bless everyone because it’s going to be a rough one.”

Governor Nathan Deal announced yesterday that the Georgia State Patrol and National Guard were prepared to assist during Hurricane Michael, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

State troopers had loaded up their patrol cars with sleeping bags and pillows, 1,500 Georgia National Guardsmen stood ready and search-and-rescue teams were on standby as Hurricane Michael crashed ashore on the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.

“We’re not accustomed to the magnitude of a hurricane such as this hitting in the direction that it is traveling and with the intensity with which it will hit our state,” Deal said during a media briefing Wednesday.

“It’s not going to be a simple walk-away-from-it-with-no-damage,” he added. “It’s going to be one with serious damage, and life should be the primary concern. Protect yourself, protect your family. Help those who need assistance.”

The governor and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said they are particularly concerned about the state’s pecan groves in south Georgia, where this year’s harvest has only just begun. The storm also poses a serious threat for cotton and peanut growers who are in the midst of their harvest.

“This storm, Michael, will strike deep into the heart of Georgia agriculture,” Black said Wednesday, referring to southwest Georgia.

Deal expanded his state-of-emergency declaration on Wednesday to include more than a dozen additional counties, broadening the designation to encompass a total of 108 counties and reaching as far north as Athens and Elberton.

Georgia’s congressional delegation has also requested that President Donald Trump sign off on an expedited emergency declaration to speed up the availability of federal aid in the counties affected.

“Georgians are great people. They have big hearts, and they reach out to help their neighbor in need. This is a time when that is going to be called upon without any doubt,” Deal said. “People on the ground doing what they can do in their own community — that’s going to be an important part of solving this problem successfully.”

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Georgia on Thursday to boost Republican Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial race, according to the AJC.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit on Atlanta on Thursday, where he will visit a Delta Air Lines maintenance facility and headline a fundraiser for the Georgia Republican Party and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Brian Kemp.

Air Force Two is scheduled to arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 1:40 p.m., according to a White House official, where Pence will be greeted by Kemp, state House Speaker David Ralston and Attorney General Chris Carr.

Pence is then scheduled to visit Delta’s TechOps maintenance facility near the airport, which is home to a massive new engine repair shop. He’ll also huddle with company leadership and speak to company employees.

Later in the day he’ll head to the Georgia GOP’s “Victory Dinner” in Buckhead, which will also feature Gov. Nathan Deal, Ralston and U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue.

Pecan and cotton crops might be affected by Michael, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

The state’s pecan growers, who suffered major losses last hurricane season, could stand to lose the most if Hurricane Michael – a category 2 storm that was expected Tuesday to strengthen to a category 3 – brings its devastating winds and rain to Georgia.

“If we lose trees like we did last year, it’s going to be a sad day,” Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said, referring to pecan trees.

It’s unclear what the economic impact could be at this point, but farmers are only about one-fifth of their way into picking cotton and the pecan harvest has only just begun, Black said. The peanut harvest is halfway finished.

“I’m real concerned about southwest Georgia,” Black said. “If we take it on the chin again, it’s going to be tough.”

Georgia’s Congressional Delegation wrote in support of Gov. Deal’s request that a state of emergency be declared for Georgia, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., along with the entire Georgia congressional delegation, wrote this week to President Donald Trump to request expedited emergency resources to aid counties in Georgia expected to be impacted by Hurricane Michael.

“We write in full support of Gov. Nathan Deal’s request for an emergency declaration for the state of Georgia in anticipation of Hurricane Michael,” wrote the Congressional members. “As the current projections indicate, this major hurricane will significantly impact Georgia communities, and we urge you to approve requests to ensure that full federal resources are made available for counties currently under the declaration and those that may be determined to be in need of emergency federal assistance in the coming days.”

The Statesboro Herald covers Georgia visits by Donald Trump, Jr., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

In Athens, Trump Jr. said that electing Republicans like Kemp to positions of power in states was key to the success of his father, President Donald Trump. He touted policies implemented by his father including recent federal tax cuts and negotiations with North Korea before complimenting Kemp’s leadership in Georgia.

“As successful as my father has been, he cannot do it alone. He needs all of your help. We can keep this going,” Trump Jr. said.

“For the first time in a long time we see actual progress,” he said. “And what do the Democrats want to do? They want to reverse all of that.”

Warren, meanwhile, made several campaign stops in Georgia for Abrams, and even made a few phone calls to rally support.

Warren told Abrams’ supporters that the race was about more than just the future of the Peach State.

“Every now and again you watch what’s going on in Washington, and as my daddy used to say, ‘a fish rots from the head,’” Warren said, portraying President Trump as a corrupt and inept leader.

“We’re gonna return power to the people and call out what’s going on in Washington. It’s corruption pure and simple and it’s going to stop,” Warren said

Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA), in her Georgia trip, spoke about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to ABC News.

“It’s time to turn our pain into power,” Warren said, in an example of how Democrats are hoping to capitalize on the anger over Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

The Massachusetts Democrat and potential 2020 presidential candidate called the FBI background investigation of Kavanaugh a “sham.”

“I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” Warren added, referring to the California professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her when they were both in high school.

“The system is rigged and Republicans are trying to keep it that way,” Warren said, adding, “You have the power to make Stacey Abrams the next governor of Georgia”

Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and his Democratic opponent have different views on healthcare, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico said that as Georgia lieutenant governor, she’d work to expand Medicaid — publicly subsidized health insurance — to more low-income Georgians.

“We’re in a health care crisis in Georgia,” Amico said, speaking at a Tuesday debate in Atlanta.

Dozens and dozens of Georgia counties lack medical specialists such as pediatricians. Rural hospitals are closing, in part due to the cost of caring for patients who have no insurance and no means to pay for care. Amico said that a Medicaid expansion would put insurance cards in more Georgians’ pockets, create jobs and help shore up the health care system.

As it happens, Republican Geoff Duncan’s most high-profile legislative initiative in his five sessions in the state House was a rural hospital tax credit: donate to a struggling rural hospital and get some discount off your state taxes. He said Medicaid is bad health care and that Georgia needs to leverage innovation and technology to help solve the health care problem.

“Expanding Medicaid doesn’t lure doctors into rural Georgia,” Duncan said.

“Georgia’s going to decide if we’re going continue to be recognized as a shining city … or we’re going to elect folks like my opponent who wants to import California’s values and their problems,” Duncan said. The “shining city” was a phrase often used by Ronald Reagan to describe a place that’s a light for the rest of the world.

South Georgia has significant numbers of school closures, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Savannah‘s Talmadge Bridge closed to traffic yesterday in advance of Michael, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The predicted strength of the wind at the bridge elevation will render vehicles susceptible to incidents. Motorists attempting to navigate vehicles across the bridge in conditions with the high wind levels anticipated from Hurricane Michael may not be able to properly control the vehicles. The bridge is being closed for the safety of the public.

An extensive inspection of the Talmadge Bridge must be performed after Hurricane Michael passes therefore the closure will remain in place until further notice.

Evacuees should allow themselves extra time to reroute due to bridge closure; remain patient; and exercise caution in their travels.

Savannah will also delay Thursday garbage pickup until Friday, according to the Savannah Morning News.

An Augusta Commission subcommittee discussed the municipality’s zero-tolerance drug abuse policy and “Ban the Box,” according to the Augusta Chronicle.

United States Postal Service employees protested at Congressman Drew Ferguson’s office, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.

Bipartisan resolutions to prevent privatization have been proposed in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Senate Resolution 633 has 41 co-sponsors and House resolution 993 has 219 co-sponsors.

“Congressman Ferguson is not on the list,” Pacci said.

The Trump Administration commissioned a task force to look into privatizing the post office a few months ago, according to Pacci. The president received the report in July but isn’t expected to release the findings until after the midterm elections.

“Hopefully we can send a message to Congressman Ferguson and the Senate as a whole. U.S. Mail is not for sale, and privatization is not the answer,” said Eric Sloan, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers branch 73.

The AJC looks at the election for State House district 80, currently held by Republican Meagan Hanson.

Incumbent state Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, is facing a challenge from Democratic newcomer Matthew Wilson in a district that has see-sawed between the two parties over the past three years.

Hanson unseated Rep. Taylor Bennett, a Democrat, winning by 1 percentage point in 2016. Bennett had flipped the seat blue in a 2015 special election when he defeated Republican J. Max Davis with 55 percent of the vote.

Voter turnout for the gubernatorial race is expected to have some impact on the House District 80 race in the Nov. 6 election. If Brian Kemp’s supporters in that district show up in greater numbers than Stacey Abrams’ supporters, Hanson will likely be a beneficiary.

More than half of voters in the district supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. She earned 54 percent of voters compared to 40.6 percent for Donald Trump and 5.4 percent for Gary Johnson.

“I trust that the voters of House District 80 will evaluate me based on my record, what I have done, and what I am doing to improve their quality of life,” she said. “People I talk to in Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Atlanta want a state representative who can deliver real results, not partisan bickering.”

Two Athens-area Republicans are attempting to win back seats surrendered to the Democrats last year, according to the AJC.

As soon as the votes were counted on election night in November, Republicans began readying the troops to reclaim two Athens-area state House seats the Democrats just won for the first time since lines were drawn creating the districts in 2011.

And Democratic state Reps. Deborah Gonzalez and Jonathan Wallace, who won special elections last year after incumbent Republicans left when they were appointed to other positions in the state, said they are ready for the fight.

“I was canvassing after I won last year to get to the neighborhoods I didn’t have a chance to visit during the (short) special election window,” Wallace said.

“Our House Republican Caucus and Georgia GOP are already working to reclaim those seats lost last night in next year’s elections when a greater percentage of Georgians will go to the polls,” the [Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge)] said.

Wallace, 40, is facing off against Republican Marcus Wiedower, who placed third in the four-man special election last year. Gonzalez will again face her opponent from last year’s head-to-head matchup, Republican Houston Gaines.

Voting Statistics

Absentee ballot requests are at higher than usual levels, according to WSB.

Numbers show requests from African-American voters for absentee ballots are coming in to county elections offices at a rate not seen since Barack Obama was elected president in 2008.

According to the GeorgiaVotes.com website, which compiles data made available by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, 41.9% of all absentee ballot requests are coming from African-American voters, while 44.7% are coming from white voters.

African-Americans make up roughly 30% of the electorate in Georgia. In all, requests for absentee ballots are running 131% higher than they did for the 2014 election.

Glynn County posted a new all-time high for registered voters, according to The Brunswick News.

A little more than 60,000 people are currently registered to vote in Glynn County, according to Elections and Registration Supervisor Monica Couch.

Couch said the election office is also likely to hit a record number of absentee ballots for a midterm election.

During the 2014 midterm election, the board sent out 1,076 absentee ballots and got 830 back. Couch said she didn’t know how many absentee ballots the board sent out for the 2010 midterms, but the number they got back indicated it was close to 1,200.

As of Tuesday, it had sent out 1,200 and had gotten 230 back. Both numbers will likely grow as the 2018 midterm election is still two weeks away, Couch said.

Meanwhile, 53,000 voter registration applications are on hold because information did not exactly match state records, according to the AJC.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that voter registrations were flagged because of Georgia’s “exact match” law, which requires voter registration information to match a driver’s license, state ID card or Social Security records. The AP obtained the list of pending voters through Georgia’s Open Records Act.

Voter registration applications can be put on hold because of a missing hyphen in a last name or data entry errors. Mismatched voter registrations remain pending unless applicants correct discrepancies within 26 months.

Voters whose registrations are placed on hold can still participate in elections if they verify their information.

The “exact match” law has drawn criticism from voting rights groups that say it could suppress voters in the upcoming election for Georgia governor between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams. Kemp is Georgia’s secretary of state, responsible for oversight of elections and voter registration.

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Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 10, 2018

Charlie Brown Oconee

Charlie Brown is a young male Labrador Retriever and Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA.

Charlie Brown and his siblings arrived at their foster mommy’s home one night without an owner in sight. They are enjoying their foster home but are ready to find their forever homes. Their foster mommy is just starting to learn about them and their personalities.

Lucy Oconee

Lucy is a young female Labrador Retriever and Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA.

Peppermint Patty Oconee

Peppermint Patty is a young female Labrador Retriever and Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro, GA.

The Whitfield County Animal Shelter received a $3000 dollar grant to help pay for pet sterilization, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

“Local communities often have citizens who are burdened by the high costs of having their pets spayed or neutered,” Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black said. “This grant program does a wonderful job in targeting these communities all across Georgia in an effort to aid them as they strive to keep strays off the street and control the animal population in a humane manner.”

Black said this is the fourth set of grants to be issued through the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program, which is funded by the purchase of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Auto Tag, income tax checkoff and direct contributions to the program.

Since its inception, the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program has been used to sexually alter more than 100,000 companion animals. The future of the program is now much more optimistic, according to Black, thanks to the restoration of full funding during the 2018 legislative session. As it stands now, $19 from the $25 purchase of a new plate and $20 of the $25 renewal is appropriated toward the program.

Black announced Monday the issuance of $425,000 in grants through the program, with 71 state-licensed animal shelters and animal rescue organizations being awarded the funds.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 10, 2018

The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland on October 10, 1845.

Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned on October 10, 1973 and pled guilty to federal income tax evasion charges.

On October 10 1976, a poll by Time magazine showed Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter with a 2-1 electoral vote margin.

Carter led in 21 states and the District of Columbia, with 273 electoral votes (three more than necessary to win), while President Ford led in 17 states with 113 electoral votes.

The online Georgia archives at UGA has a collection of campaign materials, including a 1976 Carter for President brochure.

On October 10, 1980, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site was established in Atlanta.

On October 10, 2015, Donald Trump made his first campaign stop in Georgia.

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Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 9, 2018

Pebbles WR

Pebbles is a 4-month old female Black Mouth Cur mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Warner Robins Animal Control in Warner Robins, GA.

Sweet Pebbles is a happy , playful, puppy. She is probably 4 months old.

1640 WR

1640 is a young male Boxer and Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Warner Robins Animal Control in Warner Robins, GA.

Typical happy, playful, puppy. He’s just waiting to meet his forever family. Could you be the answer to his prayers?

Bertha_WR

Bertha (1597) is a female American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from the Warner Robins Animal Control in Warner Robins, GA.

Bertha is a very strong girl, but she is well behaved.

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter will waive dog and cat adoption fees in October, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The shelter announced it is celebrating Adopt-a-Dog Month by waiving all adoption fees through Oct. 20. Despite the canine-centric theme of the month, county officials said the fee waiver will also apply to cats and kittens.

Still, the shelter is highlighting the variety of dogs it has available for adoption, including large and small mixed breed and purebred dogs.

“During Adopt-a-Dog Month, we encourage residents to visit the Gwinnett animal shelter to meet a potential new sidekick,” Animal Welfare and Enforcement Director Alan Davis said. “You can discover the many benefits of having a dog: happiness, companionship and improved physical and mental health.

“Dogs also enhance family and social relationships, encourage people to exercise and promote laughter.”

The fee waiver is not the only special plans that Animal Control and Welfare has planned for this month. The staff will handout Halloween candy to kids and have other trick-or-treat refreshments for people visit the shelter from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31.

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Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 9, 2018

Today is Leif Erikson Day, celebrating the Norse explorer being the first European to visit North America. From Mental Floss:

While the actual date of Leif Erikson Day doesn’t have anything personally to do with Leif, it was picked for the holiday because it’s the anniversary of the day that the ship Restauration arrived in New York from Stavanger, Norway, back in 1825. The arrival of the Restauration marked the beginning of organized immigration from Scandinavia to the USA. The holiday was first recognized by Wisconsin in 1930, eventually becoming a nationally observed holiday in 1964.

On October 9, 1963, the Board of Regents approved a new junior college in Cobb County that is today Kennesaw State University. The next year, Cobb County voters approved a bond referendum to fund construction.

Democrat Jimmy Carter challenged President Gerald Ford to make his income tax returns public on October 9, 1976.

United States Senator Sam Nunn announced on October 9, 1995 that he would not run for reelection. From CNN’s contemporary story:

“I know in my heart it is time to follow a new course,” Nunn told reporters gathered in the Georgia State Capitol. He said his decision followed “a lot of thought and prayer” and he expressed enthusiasm about meaningful days ahead in the private sector.

“Today I look forward to more freedom, to more flexibility,” he said, adding he planned to spend time with his family, to write, and “devote a substantial amount of time” to public policy and public service. He said he has no immediate plans for a presidential bid.

Nunn hailed America as “the greatest country in the world,” but cited problems that need attention, including education concerns, illegitimate children, and widespread violence and drugs. He expressed optimism on such items as the strong military and entitlement reform.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said of Sam Nunn’s retirement,

“For those who listened carefully, it is clear that the Democratic Party is not the vehicle for the values outlined by Sen. Nunn.”

Nolan Waters of Knight-Ridder wrote of the announcement,

Nunn’s departure is a watershed.

“Nunn is the last of the great moderate Southern Democrats. This creates a huge hole for the party,” said Merle Black, a specialist on Southern politics at Emory University in Atlanta.

Nunn, like President Clinton, helped organize a group of moderate Democrats, the Democratic Leadership Council, in an attempt to move the party rightward after the 1984 landslide re-election of President Reagan.

“He has been fighting the liberal wing of his party for over two decades,” Black said. “It’s been a losing battle.”

In place of Nunn, the state’s most prominent politician is becoming House Speaker Newt Gingrich – whose futuristic, activist style of conservatism seems radical along-side Nunn’s traditionalism.

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