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9
Apr

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 9, 2021

Jekyll is a 2-year old male Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Maggy is a 2-year old female Mastiff mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

King is a year-old male terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

9
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Politics for April 9, 2021

Button Gwinnett, one of Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, was born on April 10, 1735 in Gloucester, England, though some authorities say it was his baptism that was recorded that day. Gwinnett also served in the Georgia legislature, where he wrote the first draft of the state Constitution and served as Speaker.

On April 11, 1768, Benjamin Franklin was named Georgia’s agent “to represent, solicit, and transact the affairs of this province in Great Britain.” Arguably, this makes Benjamin Franklin the first American lobbyist. This is what his lobbyist badge looked like:

Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, was exiled to Elba Island in the Mediterranean, on April 11, 1814.

On April 11, 1853, John Archibald Campbell was appointed Justice of the United States Supreme Court by President Franklin Pierce. After graduating from the University of Georgia at 14, he attended West Point, where his fellow cadets included Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. After the beginning of the Civil War, Campbell resigned from the Court and was appointed Assistant Secretary of War for the Confederacy by Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Confederate troops surrendered Fort Pulaski, on Cockspur Island off Savannah, on April 11, 1862. Part of the construction of Fort Pulaski was overseen by a young Second Lieutenant in the United States Army named Robert E. Lee.

After two days of exchanging letters with his Union counterpart, Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee agreed to meet and make arrangements for the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia. At 2 PM on April 9, 1865, Lee and Grant met in a private home owned by Wilmer McLean at Appomattox Court House, Virginia and Lee agreed to the surrender of his army.

Lee was resplendent in his dress uniform and a fine sword at his side. Grant arrived wearing a simple soldier’s coat that was muddy from his long ride. The great generals spoke of their service in the Mexican War, and then set about the business at hand. Grant offered generous terms. Officers could keep their side arms, and all men would be immediately released to return home. Any officers and enlisted men who owned horses could take them home, Grant said, to help put crops in the field and carry their families through the next winter. These terms, said Lee, would have “the best possible effect upon the men,” and “will do much toward conciliating our people.” The papers were signed and Lee prepared to return to his men.

From the account by Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain:

“At such a time and under such conditions I thought it eminently fitting to show some token of our feeling, and I therefore instructed my subordinate officers to come to the position of ‘salute’ in the manual of arms as each body of the Confederates passed before us.”

“When General Gordon came opposite me I had the bugle blown and the entire line came to ‘attention,’ preparatory to executing this movement of the manual successively and by regiments as Gordon’s columns should pass before our front, each in turn.”

“The General was riding in advance of his troops, his chin drooped to his breast, downhearted and dejected in appearance almost beyond description. At the sound of that machine like snap of arms, however, General Gordon started, caught in a moment its significance, and instantly assumed the finest attitude of a soldier. He wheeled his horse facing me, touching him gently with the spur, so that the animal slightly reared, and as he wheeled, horse and rider made one motion, the horse’s head swung down with a graceful bow, and General Gordon dropped his swordpoint to his toe in salutation.”

“By word of mouth General Gordon sent back orders to the rear that his own troops take the same position of the manual in the march past as did our line. That was done, and a truly imposing sight was the mutual salutation and farewell.”

General Robert E. Lee gave his last address to the Army of Northern Virginia on April 10, 1865.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded on April 10, 1866.

The American Third Army liberated Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany on April 11, 1945. Among the survivors of Buchenwald was Elie Wiesel; in 1986, Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize.

On April 10, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American professional major league baseball player when the Brooklyn Dodgers bought his contract.

On April 9, 1968, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta held the funeral for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More than 100,000 mourners reportedly showed up for the funeral, which could accomodate only 800; 200,000 mourners followed the mule-drawn hearse to Morehouse College.

Apollo 13 was launched on April 11, 1970.

The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 CST from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) depended. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17.

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On April 11, 1977, President Jimmy Carter hosted the Easter Egg Roll on the lawn of the White House. In the finest tradition of Georgia Democrats, Carter added a circus to the event.

Winners of the Masters Tournament on April 10 include Sam Snead (1949), Gary Player (1961), Tom Watson (1977) and Tiger Woods (4th – 2005). Congratulations to the following winners of the Masters Tournament who donned the green jacket on April 11: Seve Ballesteros (2d – 1983), Jack Nicklaus (2d in 1965; 3d in 1966), Ray Floyd (1976), Nick Faldo (1996), Jose Maria Olazabal (2d – 1999), Phil Mickelson (1st -2004; 3d – 2010), and Claude Harmon (1948), the first Georgian to win the Masters.

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Governor Brian Kemp called on President Joe Biden to overturn a ruling that threatens a Georgia manufacturing plant, according to AccessWDUN.Continue Reading..

8
Apr

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 8, 2021

Cash is a 16-week old, 25-pound male Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Hands to Paws Rescue in Augusta, GA.

Cash is sweet, loving and likes his toys and treats. He is dominant with his siblings when it comes to food and the bed, but plays well with them.

Fiona is a young female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Hands to Paws Rescue in Augusta, GA.

Fiona is a sweet girl who steals the hearts of everyone she meets. This special girl needs a strong, dedicated leader who can give her the structure she needs. She is friendly with all dogs and all people. She has a lot of anxiety due to her past that comes out through high energy, so she benefits from strict structure and direction.

She is incredibly smart and obedient and has good door manners. She loves to run and explore but will also cuddle you and give hugs. She is good off-leash and in the house. She is an amazingly kind and loyal dog who just needs a leader to follow.

Donny is a young male Hound and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Hands to Paws Rescue in Augusta, GA.

8
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 8, 2021

On April 8, 1917, U.S. President William Howard Taft (R-Ohio) spoke in Augusta, Georgia, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Former President William Howard Taft spoke on the precarious world situation for more than an hour to an Easter Sunday crowd at Augusta’s Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Taft, who had lost the White House four years earlier to Woodrow Wilson, defended the actions of his former rival.

“Our national conscience is entirely void of offense in this war. We have been forced to vindicate our rights,” Taft told an enthusiastic audience.

Hank Aaron hit home run number 715 on April 8, 1974 to become the all-time home run champion, a title he arguably holds to this day.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig wrote about what Aaron meant to baseball and America.

As the last major league player who was a part of the Negro leagues, he was one of the game’s most prominent bridges to integration. For 23 years on the field, this humble native of Mobile, Ala., represented the game with unfailing grace, overcoming obstacles that most of us could not even imagine. In the years since then, Hank has remained one of the most distinguished and revered figures in American public life.

Aaron himself spoke to the Associated Press about the 40th anniversary of his record-breaking home run.

Aaron’s record-breaking homer will be celebrated tonight before the Atlanta Braves’ home opener against the New York Mets.

Hate mail and threats made it impossible for him to savor the chase of Ruth’s revered record, but on Monday he said he’ll enjoy the anniversary because such old friends as former teammate Dusty Baker will return for the pregame ceremony.

Aaron, 80, said he has a greater appreciation for fans who still celebrate his career.

“It does. It means an awful lot to me,” Aaron said.

“I’m not one to go around bragging about certain things. I played the game because I loved the game. … I am quite thrilled that people say that he, whatever he did, should be appreciated. That makes me feel good.”

The Braves will wear an Aaron 40th anniversary patch on their uniform sleeves this season. An outfield sign at Turner Field also will mark the anniversary.

Before hitting the homer into the Braves’ bullpen beyond the left-field wall, Aaron told [Dusty] Baker what was about to happen.

“That I can remember like it was yesterday,” Baker said. “It was a cold, cold night in April. Hank told me, ‘I’m going to get this over with now.’ He knew every pitch that was coming. He had total recall of pitch sequences. He was as smart as they came.”

Aaron confirmed Baker’s tale on Monday: “I think that was right. I think I made that remark and made it to Dusty maybe three or four times. I just felt within myself that eventually before the night was over I was going to hit a home run.”

Kurt Cobain was found dead by his own hand on April 8, 1994.

Governor Zell Miller signed legislation proclaiming Gainesville, Georgia the Poultry Capital of the World on April 8, 1995.

The Square Dance became the official state folk dance on April 8, 1996, when Gov. Zell Miller signed legislation recognizing it.

On April 8, 2005, Eric Rudolph agreed to plead guilty to the fatal 1996 bombing at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.

The Masters Tournament was won on this date by Gene Sarazen (1935), Jack Burke, Jr. (1956), Nick Faldo (2nd win – 1990), Tiger Woods (2nd win – 2001), and former University of Georgia player Bubba Watson in 2012.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Augusta National Golf Club just put on a master class on how to deal with politics as a private organization. From the Associated Press via the Valdosta Daily Times:Continue Reading..

7
Apr

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 7, 2021

Princess is a female mixed breed dog who is available for adoption through Athenspets and the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control in Athens, GA.

Her name is Princess, but she’s the Queen of Squeaky Toys! When you first meet Princess, she might be a little shy, but pull out some toys, and you’ve got a new best friend. Princess loves stuffed toys and fetch. She could have played all afternoon. I’m the one that needed a break. She was patient and sat right beside me enjoying pets and treats and waiting until I tossed the next toy. What a fun dog!

Prince is a young male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption through Athenspets and the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control in Athens, GA.

Prince is a sweet, loving dog. I’ve heard that he can be reactive to dogs that bark at him, but I’ve also seen him run and play with others at the fence. He may not be a dog park dog, but he can be your very best friend once he knows you love him.

Kirby is a young male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption through Athenspets and the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control in Athens, GA.

7
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 7, 2021

On April 7, 1776, the United States warship Lexington captured a British warship, HMS Edward, for the first time.

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On April 7, 1798, President John Adams signed legislation authorizing negotiations between three representatives of Georgia and three Presidential appointees over Georgia’s claim to land west of what is now the Georgia-Alabama state lines. Georgia would continue to claim most of what is currently Alabama and Mississippi until 1802.

Map by Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA

Map by Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA.

Georgia Map 1795

Above: a 1795 map showing Georgia extending west to Louisiana. “These Parts are little known.”

On April 7, 1995, Governor Zell Miller signed legislation recognizing the peach as the official state fruit of Georgia.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has declared herself above the law and will enforce only those state laws she agrees with and will impede those with which she disagrees. From CNN via the Gwinnett Daily Post:Continue Reading..

6
Apr

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 6, 2021

Draco is a 3-year old, 68-pound male Boxer who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

Meet Draco! This stunning 3 year old, 68 pound boy landed in the shelter on 03/05 after his family said he had bitten one or more persons. Since Draco arrived at the shelter none of that behavior has been seen so it is not known what caused his bites. . Draco is just a playful hunk of love through and through. He loves squeaky toys and to play ball. He just acts like a big puppy. Draco also knows sit, shake and lay down.

Due to the situation in the home poor Draco is now rescue only which means he cannot be adopted from the shelter, only through a rescue. So if you know a rescue who can help sweet Draco please reach out to them and share his story. Draco is current on vaccines, neutered and tested negative for heart worms. Draco is waiting in run 120 and his ID# is 627654.

Juju is a 5-month old male Australian Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

JuJu is as cute as can be and knows how to show it! He is very playful and wants a family as soon as possible so he can play and share his love. He just loves, loves, loves to play ball! He is a smart boy that is ready to learn more tricks beyond sitting on command. JuJu likes to lead his person on the leash, but with a little training, he will become a wonderful adventure partner! Stop by the shelter to meet and fall in love with this 31 pound sweetheart in run 332. His ID number is 627949.

Ramona is a two-year old, 40-pound female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

She is smart and knows how to sit but was afraid to stay in one place for too long. With a little TLC, bonding time, cuddle time, and play time, Ramona will surely relax and let her personality shine bright! Don’t let her pictures fool you; Ramona is much smaller in person than she looks in her pictures. Stop by the shelter to get to know and fall in love with this loving and sweet girl in run 852. Her ID number is 627599.

6
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 6, 2021

On April 6, 1776, the Continental Congress announced that all ports in America would be open to trade with other countries not ruled by the British. The action was taken several months after Britain passed the American Prohibitory Act which forbade trade with the colonies and was intended to punish colonists for the growing rebellion.

John Tyler was sworn in as the tenth President of the United States on April 6, 1841.

Tyler was elected as William Harrison’s vice president earlier in 1841 and was suddenly thrust into the role of president when Harrison died one month into office. He was the first vice president to immediately assume the role of president after a sitting president’s untimely exit and set the precedent for succession thereafter.

The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece on April 6, 1896.

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, when the US House of Representatives voted 373-50 on a declaration of war that passed the Senate two days earlier.

2001: A Space Odyssey was released on April 6, 1968.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Brian Kemp announced that more than four million COVID vaccine doses have been administered in Georgia, according to a press release.

As of Saturday, April 3, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) vaccine dashboard reported that Georgia has administered over 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Georgia crossed over the 3 million mark on Friday, March 19, meaning over 1 million doses of vaccine were administered in just 15 days in the Peach State. Currently, Georgia has administered 89% of total doses shipped to the state.

“We continue to make steady progress in our vaccine administration here in Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “The life-saving COVID-19 vaccine is our key back to normal, and with all Georgians ages 16 and over now eligible to receive the shot we are well on our way as we head into spring and summer. I continue to ask all Georgians to follow best practices, public health guidance, and most importantly, schedule their vaccine appointment with a local provider or at one of our state-operated sites using MyVaccineGeorgia.com.”

Vaccine eligibility in Georgia is now open to everyone ages 16 and over. Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 16 and older.

Georgia’s vaccine dashboard and more information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available on the DPH website. Georgians can schedule an appointment at a state-operated mass vaccination site by visiting MyVaccineGeorgia.com.

Governor Kemp had some choice words for Demcrat Stacey Abrams, according to FoxNews.

Kemp told “The Story” that Abrams is appearing to have buyer’s remorse after watching Major League Baseball decide to pull the lucrative All-Star Game out of Georgia — and a flood of boycott promises from liberal voters and activists.

“Obviously [MLB] didn’t care what was said because they folded to the pressure. President Biden’s handlers couldn’t even get him a note card that told him what this bill did. Somebody is lying to you. It’s not me. You can read the bill and prove that out.” In that regard, host Martha MacCallum pointed to comments from Abrams, a high-profile Democrat in the state:

“Black, Latino, AAPI and Native American voters that are the most suppressed over [the new law] are the most likely to be hurt by potential boycotts of Georgia. To our friends, please do not boycott us. To my fellow Georgians, stay and fight, stay and vote,” Abrams said.

Kemp accused Abrams of “profiting millions off of this” politicking.

“People need to follow the money and see why they’re doing this and so effective and, quite honestly why they’re working so hard at this. It has nothing to do with the merits of the bill. It’s political pressure from a minority group of people, the cancel culture. They’re shaking people down for a long time,” he said.

“I think just the contrary [of Abrams’ remarks],” said Kemp. “I think people are ready to double down and get the truth out there.”

“You know, that is the biggest flip-flop since John Kerry I have ever seen. For someone that has been pressuring these corporations, pressuring Major League Baseball to now come out after the fact and say don’t boycott? People are getting screwed in this, Martha.”

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has some choice words for the CEOs of some of Georgia’s largest companies.

The public debate on Georgia’s new voting law has become a stew of falsehood, propaganda and panic. Part of the blame lies with the partisan distortion of Democrats, part with their media echoes, and now part with CEOs of major companies who are uninformed at best or cowardly at worst.

Start with President Biden, the great unifier, who on Wednesday to ESPN called the law “ Jim Crow on steroids,” while saying he’d “strongly support” moving the Major League Baseball all-star game out of Atlanta. He’s picking up the smear about Georgia from Stacey Abrams, who still hasn’t accepted that she lost the race for Peach State Governor in 2018.

“You’re going to close a polling place at 5 o’clock, when working people just get off?” he said to ESPN. “This is all about keeping working folks, and ordinary folks that I grew up with, from being able to vote.” Mr. Biden either doesn’t know what’s in the Georgia bill or he is lying about it. We’d like to believe it’s the former, but that gets harder to credit as his falsehoods multiply.

On Election Day in Georgia, anyone in line by 7 p.m. gets a ballot. The new law requires an extra Saturday of voting, while specifying early voting hours: The minimum is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but counties may run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In metro areas, “you might not notice a change,” explains Georgia Public Broadcasting. Elsewhere, “you will have an extra weekend day, and your weekday early voting hours will likely be longer.”

Then there are the big companies racing out PR statements of condemnation, though what’s often most conspicuous is their vagueness. The voting law “is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values,” said the airline’s CEO, Ed Bastian. He groveled that he’d had “time to now fully understand all that is in the bill.”

What a clumsy emergency landing. Last week Mr. Bastian said that “concerns remain” about the law, while he explained—accurately—that it “expands weekend voting, codifies Sunday voting and protects a voter’s ability to cast an absentee ballot without providing a reason.” He added: “For the first time, drop boxes have also been authorized for all counties statewide.”

Or take Coca-Cola’s watery statement. “We are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation,” said CEO James Quincey. “Our focus is now on supporting federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country.” He cited no specifics about either bill. Apparently Coke’s secret ingredient is pandering.

When woke progressives target a company with tactics like a “die-in,” as Coke received last month, CEOs seem to view a mealy-mouthed statement as cheap insurance. But surely we should expect more from senior business executives, who are supposed to have some backbone and concern for the facts. They’d react with high dudgeon if similar falsehoods were spread about their companies.

CEOs may think there’s no downside to hopping on a bandwagon that insinuates that Georgia’s GOP leaders are inveterate racists. But far from dodging our partisan political warfare, they’re taking a side and promoting more division. They and their companies may pay the price when the woke mob decides to turn on them and they need GOP protection.

United States Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) takes aim at one of the greatest perks of being a corporate titan – membership at the Augusta National Golf Club, according to The Hill.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday sent a letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred asking if Manfred would give up his membership at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club in the wake of the league’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s controversial new voting law.

Rubio took a personal shot at the head of MLB after Manfred said the decision to pull the All-Star Game and the MLB Draft from Georgia was “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”

“I write to ask you whether you intend to maintain your membership at Augusta National Golf Club. As you are well aware, the exclusive members-only club is located in the State of Georgia,” Rubio wrote to Manfred.

Augusta National, the annual host of the Masters Tournament, one of the most prestigious tournaments in golf, didn’t invite a Black player to compete at the Masters until 1975, and the club itself didn’t admit its first Black member until 1990.

Rubio said the decision to move the All-Star Game “will have a bigger impact on countless small and minority owned businesses in and around Atlanta, than the new election law ever will.”

And he said it “reeks of hypocrisy.”

Rubio also said he has “no illusion” that Manfred will end his membership at August National because “to do so would require a personal sacrifice, as opposed to the woke corporate virtue signaling of moving the All Star Game from Atlanta.”

“Will Major League Baseball now end its engagement with nations that do not hold elections at all like China and Cuba? Will you end your lucrative financial relationship with Tencent, a company with deep ties to the Communist Party and actively helps the Chinese Government hunt down and silence political dissidents?” Rubio wrote.

“Taking the All-Star game out of Georgia is an easy way to signal virtues without significant financial fallout. But speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party would involve a significant loss of revenue and being closed out of a lucrative market,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, the Apex Predator of American Politics, United States Senator Mitch McConnell, had some advice for the newly-woke according to The Hill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) weighed in more generally on Monday by warning corporate America not to get involved in high-profile political fights.

“I found it completely discouraging to find a bunch of corporate CEOs getting in the middle of politics,” he said. “My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights.”

From another article in The Hill:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened “serious consequences” for corporations that retaliate against Republican-led efforts to pass new state election laws, as Republicans in Washington and elsewhere intensified criticism over big corporations’ political stances.

“It’s jaw-dropping to see powerful American institutions not just permit themselves to be bullied, but join in the bullying themselves,” Mr. McConnell (R., Ky.) said in a statement Monday, warning against what he described as private-sector advocacy for progressive policy goals, from environmental regulation to gun control.

Mr. McConnell accused companies of “dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government,” and said that they “will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”

Delta’s CEO has publicly clashed with Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp over the state’s voting law, and Coca-Cola’s chief executive publicly criticized the law, saying the company had always opposed the legislation. But civil-rights groups also accused both companies and other Georgia-based corporations of not doing enough to push back against the law.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a news release on Monday announcing that he would decline to throw a ceremonial first pitch at a Texas Rangers baseball game over MLB’s decision to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia.

“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives,” Mr. Abbott wrote in an open letter to Neil Leibman, president of business operations for the Texas Rangers.

Meanwhile, Gwinnett County’s Democratic Solicitor General announced that he will substitute his own judgment for that of the Georgia General Assembly. From 11Alive:

In a statement released on Monday, the office took issue with a portion of Georgia Senate Bill 202, signed into law late last month, which makes it a misdemeanor to give away water within 150 feet of the outer edge of the polling place or within 25 feet of any voter in line.

“The Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office will not prosecute individuals arrested for distributing nonpartisan beverages and/or food to voters waiting in line for long hours on Election Day in Gwinnett County as there is no rational, legal basis for this law.”

The response comes in direct response to the section of the law that reads: “No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method…or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to an elector.”

From the AJC:

[Gwinnett County Solicitor General Brian] Whiteside, a Democrat, said in and interview that he was “not going to be part of” punishing people for sharing food or water in long voting lines.

“It’s unjust to criminalize giving someone some water,” he said. “The state law is not constitutional, what they did.”

In a press release, Whiteside said the provision that makes it a misdemeanor to give away food or water within 150 feet of the outer edge of a polling place or within 25 feet of any voter in line has “no rational, legal basis.”

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler (R-Carrollton) may face opposition in 2022, according to the AJC.

State Rep. William Boddie, an East Point Democrat, said Monday he’s running for the statewide post with promises to dramatically speed up how quickly unemployment claims are processed and to improve workforce retraining programs.

“It’s time for a change at the Georgia Department of Labor,” said Boddie. “We need a labor commissioner who puts Georgia workers first and will make sure the jobs lost during the pandemic can be recovered.”

He’s one of several Democrats angling to challenge Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, the incumbent Republican who was first elected to the position in 2010. State Sen. Lester Jackson is expected to soon announce a run. And Republican state Sen. Bruce Thompson has filed paperwork to campaign for the seat.

From the Savannah Morning News:

[State Senator Lester Jackson, (D-Savannah)], said he decided to run largely because of two issues: the expansion of Medicaid and the public-facing side of the labor department. Jackson cited constituent issues with delayed unemployment checks and communication woes from the labor department.

“It is time for someone to step up to address the needs of the citizens of this great state,” Jackson said. “So I’m sticking my head in so that Georgians can have a labor office that is technologically savvy, and people can get their concerns addressed in a timely fashion.”

He just entered his 13th year as a senator, and will complete his 14th before the 2022 election. Before that, he was a Georgia House representative for 10 years. He served as Chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and is currently the chairman for the Senate Committee on Urban Affairs.

Gwinnett County Public Schools confirmed that teachers will receive a $1000 bonus from the state in their paychecks, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials confirmed that $1,000 bonuses for educators that Gov. Brian Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced earlier this year will indeed show up in paychecks set to go out at the end of this month.

The bonuses are designed to thank school employees for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be available to active benefits-eligible employees such as teachers, paraprofessionals, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, custodians, bus drivers, school nutrition staff, media specialists, clerical staff, school principals, assistant principals and instructional coaches.

GCPS officials said employees who fit the criteria and were employed as of last Thursday will get the bonus.

Jeremy Baker was sworn in as a new Valdosta Municipal Court Judge, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Cumberland Island National Seashore has opened all its docks, according to The Brunswick Times.

Public docking is now allowed at Plum Orchard, Dungeness and Sea Camp at the north dock extensions. Any docking that interferes with the ferry or National Park Service boats is prohibited.

The docks were damaged by hurricanes Matthew and Irma in 2016 and 2017, limiting the number of vessels that could be safely docked there. The work forced the closure of the docks while the repairs were done.

The main passenger ferry dock in downtown St. Marys has also been rebuilt after it too sustained heavy damage from the hurricanes. Passengers to the island, accessible by boat, had to walk two blocks to the St. Marys Gateway property to board the ferry until the new dock was completed in March.

5
Apr

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for April 5, 2021

Chunkapretzel is a young female Basset Hound and Dachshund mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeless Pets Foundation in Marietta, GA.

Chunkapretzel was injured as a small puppy ultimately rendering her without the use of her back legs. She has a wheelchair for mobility and can move and play like any other doggie. Because Chunkapretzel is in a wheelchair it may be better to have a one story home.

Additionally, very young children may not be optimal as that is how she was initially injured (a child fell on her back).
The very beginning of her little life was not easy so we are hoping the rest of her long life will be filled with cushy beds, a cozy home and unconditional love! She is such a happy girl that is full of light and love. There is a video posted of Chunkapretzel, the day she was rescued and her recovery story on Homelesspets.com Facebook page.

Please, consider opening your home to this little ray of sunshine!!

Bella is a young female German Shepherd dog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeless Pets Foundation in Marietta, GA.

Bella is a young girl, only around 8 months old. She is humble puppy that would like to know what it’s like to have a home she can call her very on…filled with fluffy beds and lots and lots of LOVE!!

Sadie is a young female Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from Homeless Pets Foundation in Marietta, GA.

Sadie is a boxer mix around 3 months young. She is a very happy girl…even after being abandoned. She is a playful and energetic baby. Sadie is ready for a new home that will love her and offer her the forever she deserves. Consider opening your heart and home to this most perfect puppy!

5
Apr

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 5, 2021

President George Washington exercised the veto power for the first time on April 5, 1792.

The bill introduced a new plan for dividing seats in the House of Representatives that would have increased the amount of seats for northern states. After consulting with his politically divided and contentious cabinet, Washington, who came from the southern state of Virginia, ultimately decided that the plan was unconstitutional because, in providing for additional representatives for some states, it would have introduced a number of representatives higher than that proscribed by the Constitution.

The Brown Thrasher was first recognized as the official state bird of Georgia on April 5, 1935 through an Executive Order signed by Governor Eugene Talmadge. Later the designation of official state symbols through executive fiat was challenged and the General Assembly would recognize the Brown Thrasher again as official state bird in 1970.

On April 5, 1962, Governor Ernest Vandiver called a Special Session of the Georgia General Assembly to revise the state’s election code following a decision by the United States Supreme Court in the case of Baker v. Carr.

On April 5, 1968, amid racial tension following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., musician James Brown helped keep the peace in Boston.

On April 5, 1977, Wyche Fowler won a runoff election over John Lewis for the Fifth Congressional District, following the appointment of Andrew Young as Ambassador to the United Nations. Fowler would win election to the United States Senate in 1986, and ironically, lose his seat in a 1992 runoff election to the late Paul Coverdell.

On April 5, 1980, the band that would come to be known as R.E.M. played their first show as Twisted Kites in Athens, Georgia.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Major League Baseball announced they the All Start Game and Draft will not take place in Georgia due to Senate Bill 202’s passage, according to the Associated Press via the Statesboro Herald.Continue Reading..