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24
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 24, 2020

Queen Humane Society Camden County

Queen is a female Basset Hound (and Labrador Retriever?) mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

Baby Girl Humane Society Camden County

Baby Girl is a young female German Shepherd Dog mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

Coco Humane Society Camden County

Coco is a female Yorkshire Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 24, 2020

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Nate Silver of 538 is out with new estimates in the Georgia Senate races.Continue Reading..

23
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 23, 2020

Mitch Saved by Grade Pet Adoption

Mitch is a 4-year old male Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from Saved By Grace Pet Adoption Services Inc in Covington, GA.

Mitch and Mylo’s owner died recently, leaving the boys homeless. They are bonded to each other and would prefer to be adopted together.

Mylo Saved by Grade Pet Adoption

Mylo is an 11-year old, 23-pound male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Saved By Grace Pet Adoption Services Inc in Covington, GA.

Checkers Little Nuggett Rescue

Checkers is a 9-year old male Rat Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Little Nuggets Rescue in Snellville, GA.

23
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 23, 2020

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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.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The death rate from COVID-19 is considerably higher among black patients, according to the Augusta Chronicle.Continue Reading..

22
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 22, 2020

Viper PAWS Humane

Viper 2648 is a male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Bruno PAWS Humane

Bruno 3847 is a senior mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Sable PAWS Humane

Sable 6907 is a female mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

22
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 22, 2020

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.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

A Special Election is being held September 29, 2020 to fill the remainder of the current term in office of the late Congressman John Lewis. From the Center Square:

The special general election for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District is on September 29, 2020. A runoff election is scheduled for December 1. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote in September, the top-two vote recipients will advance to the runoff.

Seven candidates are competing in the special election:

• Robert Franklin (D)
• Kwanza Hall (D)
• Barrington Martin II (D)
• Mable Thomas (D)
• Keisha Sean Waites (D)
• Chase Oliver (L)
• Steven Muhammad (Independent)

The winner of the special election will serve until January 3, 2021. The seat is also up in a regularly scheduled election on November 3.

Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Order 09.21.20.01, renewing the order relating to unlawful assemblage, originally issued July 6, 2020. Under the latest order, the state of emergency ends on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Both United States Senators from Georgia favor moving forward with the nomination of a new Supreme Court Justice, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Albany Herald.

“I am confident that President Trump will nominate another highly qualified candidate who will strictly uphold the Constitution,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said during the weekend. “Once the president announces a nomination, the United States Senate should begin the process that moves this to a full Senate vote.”

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., called for a Senate vote during an appearance Saturday on Fox News.

“We need to bring forward a conservative justice – someone who will be a strict constructionist, who will protect innocent life, who will bring those Second Amendment cases and make sure we’re protecting our right to bear arms in this country,” Loeffler said. “And we need to keep that process moving – regardless of it being an election year.”

Athens-Clarke Mayor Kelly Girtz is asking Governor Kemp to strengthen his executive order on some businesses, according to the Athens Banner Herald.

Clarke County’s new COVID-19 case rate (recorded as cases per 100K people) over the previous two weeks was 800 as of Sunday, higher than all but three small Georgia counties, Wheeler, Chattahoochee and Stewart.

In a Monday letter to Kemp, Girtz asked Kemp for more clarity in the state executive orders restricting how bars and restaurants operate “to ensure that seated environments and table service are the only manner of operation allowed.”

Girtz also asked Kemp to change the maximum number of people allowed in a gathering to 10 from its current 50.

“House gatherings continue to be problematic,” Girtz wrote. “The 50 person gathering limit simply allows much greater opportunity for spread.”

The Ledger-Enquirer looks at how the Columbus mask mandate is working.

While new cases were declining in the weeks before, city leaders and state health officials said the lack of a coronavirus surge following Labor Day weekend is a sign that Columbus’ mask mandate is doing its job.

Hospitalizations and test positivity rates are down as well, suggesting the virus is spreading at a lower level than it was earlier in the summer. However, fewer coronavirus tests are being performed in Columbus and across the state, bringing concerns that health officials won’t be able to detect or track potential outbreaks before they become bigger problems.

“I think the mask mandate obviously is having some effect but the masks are not a magic bullet,” Mayor Skip Henderson told the Ledger-Enquirer. “It’s a big part of the overall prescription to try to hold down the spread. But I do think I think it has contributed to our numbers continuing to decline a little bit.”

Republicans prefer in-person voting, while Democrats favor absentee ballots, according to the AJC.

How Georgians vote increasingly aligns with their political preferences, with Republicans more likely to show up in-person and Democrats preferring absentee ballots, according to a new poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The partisan divide in voting method could result in Republicans showing larger leads from initial counts of in-person votes on election night, with Democrats catching up as more mail-in ballots are tallied in the days afterward. Election outcomes might not be known for days in close races.

About 34% of Georgia voters surveyed said they plan to vote on Election Day, according to the AJC poll of 1,150 likely voters. The poll had a 4-point margin of error.

Among voters who identified themselves as Republicans, nearly half said they’ll show up on Nov. 3. Just 19% of Democrats — amid concerns about the coronavirus — intend to vote on Election Day, with 44% saying they plan to cast absentee ballots and 33% during three weeks of early voting.

The Republican preference for Election Day voting comes after Trump has repeatedly cast suspicion on the potential for fraud with mail-in voting. In Georgia, absentee voting fraud has been rare in recent years, though Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger recently opened an investigation into about 1,000 people suspected of double-voting by casting both absentee and in-person votes.

On the other side of the political spectrum, Democrats have been pushing absentee voting as a way to get votes in and avoid the possibility that voters would stay home rather than stand in line.

Of voters who cast partisan ballots in this year’s primary and have requested an absentee ballot for the general election, 61% used Democratic Party ballots in the primary and 39% pulled Republican Party ballots, according to an AJC analysis of election data.

During the primary, each party’s voters cast absentee ballots at about the same rate, 49%.

Help is on the way! The Georgia Department of Revenue issued rules governing home delivery of alcohol, according to the Capitol Beat News Service.

The state Department of Revenue has issued rules governing home deliveries of alcohol based on legislation the General Assembly passed in June.

“The Department of Revenue has done an outstanding job putting together regulations that prioritize the safe sale, secure transportation and timely delivery of alcohol to residents who are over the age of 21 throughout the state,” said KC Honeyman, executive director of the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of Georgia.

The bill, which Gov. Brian Kemp signed last month, gives local governments the ability to opt out of home deliveries if they choose.

The bill also expands the current state law allowing tastings of beer, wine and sprits from just wineries and distilleries to package stores.

The Trump Administration announced new funding for anti-human trafficking efforts, according to Fox5Atlanta.

Attorney General William Barr and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump took part in a round table discussion with Gov. Brian Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, and others at the office of U.S. Attorney BJay Pak.

“I’m very proud that these resources are going to help law enforcement officers and victim service providers hold perpetrators accountable and give the victims of these crimes a place to turn for refuge and support,” Barr said.

Earlier in the day, Barr and Trump visited the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, which helps child abuse victims from DeKalb and Fulton counties.

“Georgia has become a model in terms of how to approach the problem,” said Barr.

U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler’s latest ad says she’s to the right of Atilla the Hun, according to the AJC.

In the ad, released Monday, a couple lounging on a couch compare notes about Loeffler’s conservative record backing President Donald Trump before a khaki-wearing actor remarks: “Yep, she’s more conservative than Attila the Hun.”

The screen darts to a re-imagining of the ruthless leader, who was ruler of the Hunnic Empire during a reign of terror that pushed back Roman expansion and conquered vast parts of Asia and eastern Europe.

Then comes a narrator: “More conservative than Attila the Hun. Kelly Loeffler, 100% Trump voting record.”

Once, Loeffler was promoted as a candidate who could help win over wavering moderates and independents in Atlanta’s suburbs, particularly on-the-fence women. Now her campaign is tongue-in-cheek comparing Loeffler, a wealthy former financial executive, to a murderous despot from the 400s.

Florida Man Congressman Matt Gaetz criticized Loeffler, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Athens Banner Herald.

Rallying with U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, the Gainesville Republican aiming to unseat Loeffler, Gaetz riled up a raucous crowd at the Cobb County GOP headquarters by calling Loeffler a “country club” Republican who owed her seat to a governor’s appointment and wealthy background.

“I understand that Kelly Loeffler has a lot of money,” Gaetz said at Friday’s rally. ”[But] a seat in the United States Senate should not be a reverse dowry paid in the greatest country in the world.”

Loeffler, who as a new senator voted against impeachment in February, has embraced the support of Georgia’s governor. Kemp joined her on the campaign trail earlier this month and was featured prominently in a new campaign ad released this week.

“She’s not a politician, not a political insider,” Kemp says in the ad. “She has earned my vote.”

Democrat Jon Ossoff said he will work on rural healthcare and funding for historically black colleges and universities, according to WALB.

“We have two crises here in this state,” Ossoff said. “First of all, an affordability crisis.”

Ossoff describes prescription medication and healthcare costs in one word: “It’s a scandal.”

“It’s because the health insurance and drug companies have bought off Congress, and Congress lets them rip off our families,” Ossoff said.

If he’s elected in November, Ossoff promises to crack down on price-gouging, strengthen coverage for pre-existing conditions and expand Medicaid by adding a nonprofit public option.

“If you’re an hour or even two hours from a hospital or from a primary care physician, that’s not good enough,” he said, calling for more physicians in rural communities and federal assistance to fund new clinics.

“Georgia’s HBCUs are vital, they’re underappreciated, under served and they’re under resourced,” Ossoff said. “The Senate and Congress need to provide immediate relief to HBCUs as part of the next relief package.”

Ossoff said his plan promises “to deliver substantial federal resources to make tuition affordable and debt free for all H-B-C-U attendees. Think about how transformative that will be.”

Former State Senator and U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver (D) said he won’t drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Senator Kelly Loeffler, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

“We must have a candidate in the runoff who can win based upon his or her demonstrated record and experience when compared to their opponent in the runoff,” Tarver said.

The announcement comes as other Democrats urge Tarver and Matt Lieberman to back out and support Atlanta pastor Raphael Warnock. Former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson said it was time for Democrats to “coalesce” around Warnock.

“Convincing Democrats to withdraw from the Special Election does nothing to bolster another candidate’s lack of experience,” Tarver said.

State Rep. Richard Smith (R-Columbus) endorsed Congressman Doug Collins for the U.S. Senate seat held by Kelly Loeffler, according to WRBL.

Rep. Richard Smith had been on the sideline until recently. Smith — the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee and a lieutenant to Speaker of the House David Ralston — is backing the challenger Collins.

“In my case, it was relatively simple,” Smith said “I have known Doug Collins since 2006. I think that’s when he got elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. Over the next four or five years I had the chance to work with him before he ran for Congress. He’s a very bright young man.”

Congressman Drew Ferguson, is also on team Collins. But two local General Assembly members — Senator Randy Robertson and Representative Vance Smith — are backing Loeffler.

“She’s doing a great job and she’s showed she’s willing to push back against forces,” Robertson said. “And she’s a strong female leader. And I am excited to support her for those reasons.”

The General Election is November 3rd. Advance voting starts Oct. 12th. If there is a runoff, it will be January 5th.

Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-Albany) hosted a farm tour with local leaders last week, according to WGXA.

The Dougherty County Commission will fund additional absentee ballot drop boxes, according to the Albany Herald.

Dougherty County voters will have three additional locations to drop off absentee ballots with the approval on Monday of the drop boxes and additional staffing for the Voter Registration and Elections Office.

The Dougherty County Commission approved the $158,000 package that includes two full-time employees, extra money for a busy election year and three drop ballot drop boxes by a 5-1 vote after lengthy discussion on the issue.

Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson requested that the two additional full-time staff members be included in the 2020-2021 county budget.

Fulton County Elections will spend a $6.3 million dollar grant to help with November elections, according to the Saporta Report.

[Elections Director Richard] Barron detailed Fulton County’s plan for a more efficient voting process, which includes increasing the number of precincts and poll workers, adding mobile voting buses and offering a voting app ahead of the Nov. 3 election. The increased measures are funded by a $6.3 million grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life.

“One of the silver linings from June is we have been able to count on community partners to step forward and say ‘we want to be involved in this election,’” Barron said. “And that has enabled us to get a lot more facilities involved to be polling places for this election.”

This time around, the county has increased its number of polling places to 255 precincts, including State Farm Arena which will have about 300 polling stations and 60 check-in areas. The Georgia International Convention Center in College Park and the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex in Sandy Springs were also added as precincts and will hold 50 polling stations each.

As the number of precincts increased, the county is also adding more poll workers to staff the Nov. 3 election. More than 6,000 people applied to be poll workers, but Barron said the county only needs to train and assign about 2,900 poll workers. That number is an increase from the 2,100 who worked the polls in 2016.

Augusta is down to two finalists for the new city manager, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

John Elger resigned from the Habersham County Board of Education for District 5, according to AccessWDUN.

21
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 21, 2020

Damon Humane Society South Coastal GA

Damon is a young male Hound and Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia
in Brunswick, GA.

Stefan and Damon arrived together and appear to be brothers. At 6 months of age, they have a lot to learn about manners such as housebreaking, walking on a leash, and other basic obedience. They have also apparently been pretty hungry at some point, as they are beginning to be a little protective of their food. We would not recommend that they stay together, as they have not shown themselves to be kissing cousins in any way. However, they may do quite well with other dogs, where they would also learn some doggie manners. We always recommend a meet and greet to get an idea how dogs would do together. Stefan and Damon are wonderful with people; come and see them for yourself.

Stefan Humane Society South Coastal GA

Stefan is a young male Hound and Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia
in Brunswick, GA.

Melody Humane Society South Coastal GA

Melody is a young female Labrador Retriever and American Bulldog mix puppy who is available for adoption from the The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia
in Brunswick, GA.

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 21, 2020

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.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Television spending in the campaign between Senator David Perdue (R-Glynn County) and Democrat Jon Ossoff (Atlanta) has exceeded $83 million dollars, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Total TV/radio ad spending in the race, including future bookings, is now more than $83.4 million, political advertising broker Medium Buying reported last week.

“Money is being poured into Georgia because it could go either way,” said Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia.

[Kennesaw State Political Scientist Kerwin] Swint said the outcome of the Perdue-Ossoff contest will go a long way toward deciding whether Georgia Democrats continue building on the momentum of the 2018 elections. Two years ago, Democrat Lucy McBath won a suburban Atlanta congressional seat the GOP had held for decades, while former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams lost the gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp by a narrow margin.

On the other hand, a Perdue reelection victory could key a Republican rebound in Georgia from 2018, Swint said.

Georgia also will play a large role in which party controls the Senate next year. Besides the Perdue-Ossoff race, a second Georgia Senate seat will be up for grabs Nov. 3, with 21 candidates on the ballot in what is essentially a special election to replace retired GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Atlanta) and Republican Congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-14th) both appeared at a rally with Catoosa County Republicans, according to News Channel 9.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is the Republican nominee for Georgia’s 14th congressional district and is hoping to become the first woman to be elected for that district on November 3rd. She spoke with Senator Kelly Loeffler about the upcoming election.

“I refuse to be the generation of Americans that were too complacent, too lazy and too busy to step up to the plate and allow our country to be pulled down into the depths of socialism,” Taylor Greene said.

Saturday afternoon, she explained her campaign slogan Save America, Stop Socialism.

“Their policies will wreck our economy, destroy our jobs and crush our children’s futures and dreams. I can’t bare the thoughts of looking into my grandchildren’s eyes and tell them the story about how America fell into a pit of socialism,” Taylor Greene said.

Georgia Senator Kellie Loeffler spoke about her time in Washington. She told the crowd that President Trump wanted her to say hi to Georgia for him.

“I’m pro life, pro gun, pro trump and they are never going to silence me,” Senator Loeffler said.

Senator Loeffler also said she is the most conservative U.S senator around today.

Riley Bunch writes about the Trump campaign’s ground game in the Tifton Gazette.

This cycle, the Trump Victory volunteers have knocked on more than 900,000 doors, according to the campaign, and made of 5.6 million phone calls. A feat that may not have been necessary in Georgia in the last general election.

“We understand that boots on the ground matter,” Brian Barrett, regional political director for the campaign, said. “That can be the difference maker in a campaign.”

While time continues to edge closer to what is being hailed on both sides of the aisle as “the most important election of our lifetime,” Republicans have amped up their canvassing in Georgia and other states where they haven’t always had to fight for the vote.

Although Trump hasn’t added a stop in Georgia to his ongoing string of massive rallies, he’s made numerous visits as president and wooed high-profile state politicos. But senior advisors say their strategy to build excitement for the president isn’t always flying him to the Peach State in Air Force One, but dispatching senior advisors and family members as surrogates to reach a larger number of voters at once.

“Whenever these folks come in to the state,” Billy Kirkland, senior advisor to the president, told CNHI, “they help to add to the excitement, to build the excitement and recruit more and more volunteers that in turn, become trained activists for the president.”

“Trump Victory’s volunteer army has been growing exponentially throughout the cycle, yielding thousands of Georgians who are trained, tested and ready to get out the vote for President Trump and Republicans up and down the ticket,” Savannah Viar, campaign spokesperson, said in a statement. “The unbridled enthusiasm behind President Trump and his pro-growth, America-first agenda will keep the Peach State red in November.”

Gwinnett County voters will have more voting options than ever before, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Gwinnett County commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to offer three weeks of advance in-person voting at nine locations ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. Commissioner Tommy Hunter cast the lone vote against the request, which came to the commission from the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections.

“In the past, the highest number (of early voting locations) we had was eight locations,” Gwinnett elections supervisor Kristi Royston said.

Early voting, or advance in-person voting as it is officially called, for the general election will be held from Oct. 12 to Oct. 30.

The line-up of advance in-person polling sites this fall includes the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville for a second time this year. The fairgrounds, which has seen several of its events canceled or postponed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was previously drafted to serve as an early voting site ahead of the state primary election in June.

“The fairgrounds are going to give us an opportunity to offer a larger facility that will have more check-in stations and more voting machines,” Royston said.

The elections office will be open daily, including two weekends, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the fairgrounds and the county’s seven traditional satellite polling sites will be open daily, also including two weekends, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We are increasing all satellite locations to be open the entire three weeks, which includes two weekends, and we’ve not previously had the satellites open for the entire time,” Royston said.

Augusta area election offices are preparing for November, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Richmond County is likely to see the largest number of voters ever, around 100,000, participate in the Nov. 3 vote, Elections Director Lynn Bailey said.

While another record number – Bailey said around 40,000 – is expected to request absentee ballots, those who don’t will head to the polls to vote in person on or before Election Day.

With a hazard-pay bonus, poll workers make at least $175 for the election. They must be 16 years or older, a U.S. and Richmond County resident and not an immediate family member of a candidate or public official.

Some groups are asking Governor Brian Kemp to use some federal aid funds for direct microgrants for families with educational needs, according to the Rome News Tribune.

In a letter sent Sept. 15, groups including the American Federation for Children, the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta and GeorgiaCAN urged Kemp to reserve more than $20 million in federal COVID-19 funds for microgrants, which cover small one-time expenses.

The letter says families could use those grants to purchase technology needed for virtual learning, tutoring services, specialized therapies and for so-called “pod” settings in which students meet in small groups for online classes.

“We believe that offering direct assistance to parents at this time is a necessary lifeline to help prevent those with the greatest need from falling further behind their peers,” the letter says.

The letter also asks Kemp to reserve part of any approved microgrant funding for families whose students have special needs and are currently in virtual-learning environments.

The City of Brunswick will receive $148,000 in federal funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, according to The Brunswick News.

According to Mary Carpenter, a spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, the funding will be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the pandemic.

“Public services include those for people experiencing homelessness or elderly people, and services related to employment, crime prevention, child care, health, drug abuse, education, fair housing counseling, and energy conservation,” she said. “Previous tranches of funding have been used to partner with non-profits to provide homeless services, increase PPE availability, increase testing, and make available food assistance for low- or moderate- income children.”

Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey said the funding will also help pay for personal protection equipment for public safety responders and sanitizing equipment for staff and the public.

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Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 18, 2020

Charlotte Humane Society Houston County

Charlotte is a female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County in Warner Robins, GA.

This mom has had a rough life! Found pregnant as a stray, had puppies and now we find out she has heartworms. We will treat them but she will have to be on LOW activity for a few months. Scared of the dark – needs a nightlight. Snuggle bunny. She is in a foster home at the moment and not at the facility so she will require an appointment to be seen.

Boomer Humane Society Houston County

Boomer is a male Dachshund and Boston Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County in Warner Robins, GA.

Boomer is about 6 years old and 15 lbs. A total lap dog! Sweet!

Duke Humane Society Houston County

Duke is a male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County in Warner Robins, GA.

Duke was hit by a car and had to have surgery. He has recovered well with us! He gets along with some other dogs. He prefers kids over the age of 6 because the activity of smaller children makes him nervous. He is a sweet guy and loving! He does not show well inside a kennel. He is not a fan! But once he is out he is great!

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 18, 2020

The United States government took out its first loan on September 18, 1789, the proceeds of which were used to pay the salaries of the President, and First Congress. Was that the first payday loan? On the same day, future President Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to E. Rutledge in which he requested that a shipment of olive trees be sent via Baltimore.

President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the United States Capitol on September 18, 1793.

We know from that newspaper article, and from Masonic ritual, that Washington placed an inscribed silver plate under the cornerstone at the southeast corner of this building. However, we do not know whether that meant the southeast corner of the Senate wing, the first section of the building to be completed, or the southeast corner of the whole building as intended, which would locate it over on the House side. Two centuries later, the Architect of the Capitol is still searching for that cornerstone. Metal detectors have failed to locate the silver plate.

President George Washington gave his farewell address on September 19, 1796.

The period for a new election of a Citizen, to Administer the Executive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person, who is to be cloathed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those, out of whom a choice is to be made.

I beg you, at the sametime, to do me the justice to be assured, that this resolution has not been taken, without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation, which binds a dutiful Citizen to his country–and that, in withdrawing the tender of service which silence in my Situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness; but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.

President Millard Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Act on September 18, 1850, requiring that slaves be returned to their owners even if they were in a free state.

General Robert E. Lee retreated from Antietam Creek on September 18, 1862, following the bloodiest day of fighting in the Civil War.

On September 19, 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga was joined between the federal Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans and the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Braxton Bragg. On September 20, 1863, the Confederate Army of the Tennessee under General Braxton Bragg repelled Union forces under General William Rosencrans at the Battle of Chickamauga. After Gettysburg, Chickamauga is generally considered the second-bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with 18,500 Confederate casualties and 16,100 Union dead.

Thirteen marchers were shot and killed and forty more wounded in Camilla, Georgia at the Camilla Massacre on September 19, 1868 as marchers to a Republican Party rally were gunned down.

President James Garfield died on September 19, 1881, of wounds sustained on July 2d of that year. Garfield is one of seven Presidents born in Ohio – he and William McKinley were both killed by assassins.

Chickamauga National Battlefield was dedicated September 19, 1895.

The first classes at Oglethorpe University under it’s current non-denominational charter were held on September 20, 1916. Happy 104st Anniversary to the Stormy Petrels. The university was originally affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Midway, Georgia. In 1870, after a period of closure during the Civil War they relocated to the Atlanta area.

On September 18, 1973, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter filed a report claiming that he saw an Unidentified Flying Object in the sky above Leary, Georgia in 1969.

Carter was preparing to give a speech at a Lions Club meeting. At about 7:15 p.m (EST), one of the guests called his attention to a strange object that was visible about 30 degrees above the horizon to the west of where he was standing. Carter described the object as being bright white and as being about as bright as the moon. It was said to have appeared to have closed in on where he was standing but to have stopped beyond a stand of pine trees some distance from him. The object is then said to have changed color, first to blue, then to red, then back to white, before appearing to recede into the distance. Carter felt that the object was self-luminous, but not a solid in nature. Carter’s report indicates that it was witnessed by about ten or twelve other people, and was in view for ten to twelve minutes before it passed out of sight.

Click here to view a copy of the report, allegedly on file at the Carter Center.

On September 20, 1976, Playboy magazine released an interview with Jimmy Carter, then a candidate for President.

The Georgia General Assembly approved a new state Constitution on September 18, 1981, which was placed on the 1982 ballot and after approval by voters, went into effect in 1983.

On September 18, 1990, Atlanta was announced as the location for the 1996 Summer Olympic games.

Ted Turner announced on September 18, 1997 his intent to donate $1 billion to the United Nations.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Brian Kemp yesterday announced that Tim Fleming will leave as Chief of Staff at the end of the month. From the press release:Continue Reading..