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23
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 23, 2020

Rita Humane Society Harris County GA

Rita is a female Shepherd dog mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Harris County in Hamilton, GA.

Lucy Humane Society Harris County GA

Lucy is a female Pointer and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Harris County in Hamilton, GA.

Alex 2 Humane Society Harris County GA

Alex is a senior male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Harris County in Hamilton, GA.

23
Oct

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

On October 24, 1733, the Georgia trustees ordered a ship to Rotterdam to pick up a group of Lutherans expelled from Salzburg, Austria, and then send the Salzburgers to Georgia.

On October 25, 1774, the First Continental Congress addressed a petition to King George III raising concerns about the Coercive Acts passed by Parliament and asserting its loyalty to the monarch.

On October 24, 1775, Lord John Murray Dunmore, British Governor of Virginia, ordered the British fleet to attack Norfolk, VA.

On October 24, 1790, the Rev. John Wesley wrote the last entry in his journal, which he began keeping on October 14, 1735.

The wooden keel of USS Monitor was laid at Continental Iron Works at Greenpoint, New York on October 25, 1861.

The first American “Unknown Soldier” was chosen on October 24, 1921 in Chalons-sur-Marne, France.

Bearing the inscription “An Unknown American who gave his life in the World War,” the chosen casket traveled to Paris and then to Le Havre, France, where it would board the cruiser Olympia for the voyage across the Atlantic. Once back in the United States, the Unknown Soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

On the Presidential campaign trail, Franklin Delano Roosevelt arrived in Atlanta on October 23, 1932, speaking to 10,000, and continued on to his “second home” at Warm Springs, Georgia.

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FDR campaigning in Atlanta and Georgia in 1932.

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When he arrived at Warm Springs, FDR gave a short speech:

“Two more weeks to go. . . . First, let me say this: this old hat, a lot of you people have seen it before. It’s the same hat. But I don’t think it is going to last much longer after the 8th of November. I have a superstition about hats in campaigns, and I am going to wear it until midnight of the 8th of November. . . . Well, it’s fine to see, and I’m looking forward to coming down here for the usual Thanksgiving party at Warm Springs, and having a real old-fashioned Thanksgiving with my neighbors again. I thank you!”

The Charter of the United Nations took effect on October 24, 1945.

On October 24, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower pledged the United States’ support for the South Vietnam government led by President Ngo Dinh Diem.

On October 23, 1971, the Coca-Cola Company launched the advertising campaign “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.”

On October 24, 1976, Newsweek released a poll showing Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter leading President Gerald Ford in 24 states, with a combined 308 electoral voters.

Georgia-born Clarence Thomas was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 23, 1991.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Here are today’s General Election stats, drawn from the Absentee voter file released daily by the Secretary of State’s office:

Total votes cast:       2,479,268

Mail-in votes cast:        1,001,874

Electronic votes cast:          7,961

In-person votes cast:   1,469,433

Electronic ballots are only available in elections that include federal candidates, and are available to U.S. service members or citizens residing overseas.

We’ll pass 2.5 million total votes cast today.Continue Reading..

22
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 22, 2020

Duke Humane Society of Camden County

Duke is a male Beagle who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

Tiger Humane Society of Camden County

Tiger is a young male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

Batty Humane Society of Camden County

Batty is a young female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

22
Oct

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

General James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, signed a treaty with the Spanish government of Florida on October 22, 1736.

On October 22, 1832, the Cherokee Land Lottery began in Milledgeville, with more than 200,000 Georgians competing for 53,309 lots of land.

Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation on October 22, 1887 that increased the number of justices on the Georgia Supreme Court from 3 to 5.

President Grover Cleveland arrived in Atlanta for the Cotton States and International Exposition on October 22, 1895.

On October 22, 1991, the Braves played Minnesota in the first World Series game in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves won Game 2 of the 1995 World Series, beating Cleveland 4-3, on October 22, 1995.

Georgia artist Howard Finster died on October 22, 2001.

One of my dogs is named Finster, after the artist.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Here are today’s General Election stats, drawn from the Absentee voter file released daily by the Secretary of State’s office:

Total votes cast:       2,035,409

Mail-in votes cast:          873,061

Electronic votes cast:          6,643

In-person votes cast:    1,155,705

A million new voters have joined the rolls in Georgia since 2016, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..

21
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 21, 2020

Ana Furever Match

Ana is a young female Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from Furever Match Inc in Dallas, GA.

Hi, my name is Ana. I’m the sweetest most submissive little girls you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. I love all dogs and kids and would probably do just fine with cats too! I was adopted when I was a little pup but my family is having a human pup of their own and decided they didn’t want me anymore.. They say its not my fault but I’m just so sad. I have so much love to give and no family to give it to anymore. Will you help me find my new family? I would love to find someone ready for commitment that wont just give me up when times get tough. I need to find my Furever Match, could that be you?

Copper Furever Match

Copper is a young male Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from Furever Match Inc in Dallas, GA.

Oh hey! I’m Copper! I’m just a young guy looking for his Furever Match. These nice humans found me starving at a flea market and decided to get me into rescue (whatever that means)! All I know is I’m not starving anymore and they’re SUPER nice! They told me they would find me a nice family to spend Furever with. I can’t wait to meet them! I love everybody; humans, dogs, cats, you name it! Do you think you could be my Furever Match?! If so, hit up my matchmakers at matchmakers@furevermatch.com

Schmitt Furever Match

Schmitt is a young male German Shepherd Dog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Furever Match Inc in Dallas, GA.

Hey Guys! My name is Schmitt! I’m just a pup, around 6 months old! Me and my littermates were abandoned by our owner and I don’t know why. I tried to give him all the snuggles and kisses I could! I’m a little timid at first, but once I warm up I’m a sweet and spunky guy who loves to play! I’m a little scared of small children and would do best in a home without them, but I do love other dogs! I can’t wait to find my Furever Match. Is that you? I hope so!

21
Oct

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

USS Constitution, named by President George Washington, was launched in Boston Harbor on October 21, 1791.

During the War of 1812, the Constitution won its enduring nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British warship Guerriére in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shots merely bounced off the Constitution‘s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. The success of the Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous morale boost for the young American republic.

Today, Constitution serves as a museum ship, and has sailed under her own power as recently as 2012. Southern live oak, harvested and milled on St. Simons Island, Georgia, is a primary construction material for Constitution.

On October 21, 1888, the Augusta Chronicle published a letter from General William Tecumseh Sherman.

Pleasant Stovall, editor of The Augusta Chronicle, wrote the famous old general, and what do you know? He answered, in perhaps the most famous letter to the editor ever printed in the newspaper.

It was published Oct. 21, 1888, and basically, the old warhorse said he didn’t attack Augusta because he didn’t have to. He wanted to get to Savan­nah where the Union Navy could bring him supplies.

However, he offered to correct the oversight if Augusta felt neglected, writing: “I can send a detachment of 100,000 or so of Sherman’s Bummers and their descendants who will finish up the job without charging Uncle Sam a cent.”

Dizzy Gillespie was born on this day in 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina.

President Warren G. Harding spoke in Alabama on October 21, 1921, and publicly condemned the practice of lynching.

Harding was a progressive Republican politician who advocated full civil rights for African Americans and suffrage for women. He supported the Dyer Anti-lynching Bill in 1920. As a presidential candidate that year, he gained support for his views on women’s suffrage, but faced intense opposition on civil rights for blacks. The 1920s was a period of intense racism in the American South, characterized by frequent lynchings. In fact, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) reported that, in 1920, lynching claimed, on average, the lives of two African Americans every week.

On October 21, 1976, Billy Carter spoke to an audience in Albany, Georgia, about his brother’s campaign for President.

On his brother Jimmy’s drinking habits, Billy said, “Jimmy used to drink liquor. Now he’s running for president he drinks Scotch, and I’ve never trusted a Scotch drinker.” Billy preferred the alcohol choice of his brother’s running mate, Walter Mondale – “I liked him the best of all the ones who came to Plains. He’s from a small town and he’s a beer drinker.”

Today, Billy Carter’s service station is preserved as a museum in Plains, Georgia.

The Atlanta Braves won the first game of the 1995 World Series on October 21, 1995, as Greg Maddux dominated the Cleveland Indians, allowing only two hits. Native American groups protested the names of both teams.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Macon Telegraph has five takeaways from President Trump’s visit to Middle Georgia last week.Continue Reading..

20
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 20, 2020

Duke Paws and Stars Animal Rescue

Duke is an adult male Great Dane who is available for adoption from Paws and Stars Animal Rescue in Lawrenceville, GA.

This handsome boy was listed on a facebook backyard page and we were able to convince the previous owner to surrender him to us together with his female companion who is a year older than him. He is a 1 and half year old Great Dane and so handsome. He is crate trained and house broken, very sweet and gets along with all dogs. He is actually depending on other dogs and need a leader.  He is a bit of a hesitant with new things because they were kept under socialized but he is a very sweet boy with not a mean bone in his body. He weighs about 140 lbs but could stand to gain some more weight. We are working on that currently.

Duke loves to be petted and cuddled with which is totally new to him and he enjoys it. He would do well with another dog in the home or as an only dog where he can blossom while making humans his new pack.

Athena Paws and Stars Animal Rescue

Athena is an adult female Great Dane who is available for adoption from Paws and Stars Animal Rescue in Lawrenceville, GA.

Athena is a 2 and half years old Great Dane and such a good girl. She is crate trained and house broken, very sweet and gets along with all dogs. She is outgoing and likes to explore new things and travels fantastic in the car. She weighs about 130 lbs and is in terrific shape.She is pretty social and climbs over our 5 ft chain link fence to get to the other dogs to play. This is important to know!!!! Athena is a fence climber when unsupervised. She would do well with another dog in the home or as an only dog.

Lady Paws and Stars Animal Rescue

Lady is an adult female Morkie (Maltese and Yorkie) mix who is available for adoption from Paws and Stars Animal Rescue in Lawrenceville, GA.

This beautiful mama dog is a 3 year old Morkie ( maltese/yorkie mix) with the name LADY, weighing 10lbs. She is a very sweet little lady, loves to snuggle and was very interested to go for a little walk already. She is a but shy at first due to the lack of socialization but will warm up quickly. She does well with other dogs, kids and people. She is NOT house trained and does have to learn how to properly walk on the leash.

20
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 20, 2020

The United States Senate ratified a treaty with France on October 20, 1805, closing the deal on the Louisiana Purchase.

On October 20, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt stopped in Roswell to visit his mother’s girlhood home at Bulloch Hall.

Lewis Grizzard was born on October 20, 1946 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

On October 20, 1977, a small twin-engine plane carrying members of Lynyrd Skynyrd from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana crashed in a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray died in the crash.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Here are today’s General Election stats, drawn from the Absentee voter file released daily by the Secretary of State’s office:

Total votes cast:       1,803,006

Mail-in votes cast:          806,326

Electronic votes cast:          6,159

In-person votes cast:     990,521

A previously deported man was arrested for allegedly possessing $3 million dollars worth of meth in Hall County, according to the Gainesville Times.

One of the men previously accused in a $3 million methamphetamine bust was previously deported from the U.S., according to court documents.

The Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad and the Department of Homeland Security partnered in the investigation that led to the two men and 67 pounds of the drug, which has an estimated street value of $3 million.

According to the indictment, Bustis-Padilla was previously deported and removed from the country and had not “obtained the express consent” from government officials to reapply for admission into the country.

Both men are also being held at the Hall County Jail for the Department of Homeland Security to review their immigration status.

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen E. Toomey recommends flu shots for all Georgians, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen News.

“Now more than ever, influenza vaccination is critical not only to protect people from getting sick, but to reduce the burden on our healthcare system already caring for COVID-19 patients,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “Even if the vaccine doesn’t prevent illness from flu completely, it can help reduce the severity and risk of serious complications — and keep people out of the hospital during this COVID-19 pandemic.”

Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.

Every individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine, not just for their own protection, but to protect others around them who may be more vulnerable to the flu and its complications.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting an annual flu shot by the end of October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that votes cast for a dead candidate do not count, in an issue that arose from a local election, according to the Athens Banner Herald.

In a two-man race, [Jesse] Houle lost to incumbent Jerry NeSmith in nonpartisan elections in June.

NeSmith, 71, easily won the election with 1,866 votes to 1,405 for Houle. NeSmith died just days before the election, however, and under Georgia law, votes for NeSmith were declared void, leaving Houle the winner of the seat.

The law places only “minimal burdens” on the right to vote, according to the Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Charlie Bethel and released Monday.

Voiding a deceased candidate’s votes “is a reasonable and non-discriminatory exercise of the state’s power to regulate elections in furtherance of these goals,” according to the Supreme Court decision. The issue is one for the state legislature, the high court noted.

Ordering a new election “is one of several options that the General Assembly could have selected in determining how to resolve this unfortunate and, thankfully, rare scenario,” Bethel wrote. “That policy did not target the appellants or other voters on the basis of any political affiliation or viewpoint, membership in a protected class, or other impermissible basis.”

Wait times to vote are down in most places in Georgia, according to the AJC.

By Monday afternoon, waits were 30 minutes or less in most early voting locations in metro Atlanta, with a few polling places reporting 1 1/2-hour voting times.

By the end of Monday, over 1.5 million Georgia voters had cast their ballots, putting the state well on its way toward a total turnout exceeding 5 million. By comparison, a total of 4.1 million Georgia voters cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election.

An all-time high number of voters, 128,000, cast their ballots on the first day of early voting, but that was just the beginning. Turnout rose each day last week, peaking at 167,000 on Friday.

As of Monday, 880,000 voters had cast in-person early ballots and 676,000 had returned absentee ballots, according to the secretary of state’s office.

Over 1.6 million voters have requested absentee ballots, which will be counted if they’re completed and received at county election offices by 7 p.m. Nov. 3.

DeKalb County says that in-person voters previously issued Absentee Ballots to cancel out before voting are slowing voting, according to the AJC.

Erica Hamilton, the director of DeKalb’s Department of Voter Registration and Elections, said line length during the first week of early voting was mostly due to two things: the state’s bandwidth issues and residents turning in absentee ballots to vote in-person instead.

However, the county’s leaders worry delays caused by absentee ballot exchange could continue until early voting ends on Oct. 30. Hamilton said that it takes poll workers about 15 to 20 minutes to clear someone to vote if they received an absentee ballot but did not bring it to the polls.

“Voters need to know that if you change your mind, bring your absentee ballots,” she said. “And I think that if we get that message out, it will be a great service to the voters of DeKalb and will make the election day process go much quicker.”

Gwinnett County in-person early voting totals have already exceeded 2016 levels, according to the AJC.

Between Monday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 18, 70,226 people voted at nine early voting locations across Gwinnett. In 2016, 58,708 advance in-person ballots were cast; only one location, the Gwinnett County elections office, was open for three weeks, with seven more locations opened later in the early voting period.

On the first day of early voting last Monday, turnout was robust as soon as polls opened, and multiple county voting sites saw hours-long waits to cast a ballot. Some voters waited more than eight hours at the main elections office.

By Sunday afternoon, the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds had no wait to vote, and most locations had an estimated wait of less than 30 minutes. Most estimated waits were under an hour Monday afternoon.

The busiest day in the county was Friday, Oct. 16, when 12,732 people cast ballots. Tuesday, Oct, 13, when there were still estimated wait times of eight hours at the elections office, saw the fewest ballots cast all week: 7,865.

Fulton County has deployed two mobile voting units, according to the AJC.

Fulton has spent $750,000 on two customized vehicles serving as mobile voting precincts. Each vehicle holds eight ballot-marking devices that voters are using to select candidates, one scanner where voters feed their printed selections and two places to check in on polls pads.

The county unveiled the first bus in early October, saying it would help support busy early voting sites and tour around the county. Early signs show support might be needed, as statewide technical problems and excited voters are making for sometimes long lines.

United States Senator David Perdue (R-Glynn County) campaigned in Statesboro, according to the Statesboro Herald.

In 2014, Perdue ran for the then-open Senate seat after four decades in business, including tenures as CEO of Reebok and Dollar General. He and his cousin, former Georgia governor and current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, were riding in the senator’s “Original Outsider” campaign bus Saturday morning when they stopped at Anderson’s General Store and spoke briefly to a crowd of about 100 people.

But he had called the Statesboro Herald for an interview earlier in the week.

“Well, first of all, I was an outsider to this whole process and I got involved because I believed that we needed to change the direction of the country,” Perdue said in the Oct. 14 interview. “Under President Obama we had eight years of the worst economic output in U.S. history, and I could see that coming, so I got involved because of the debt crisis and the global security crisis.”

Perdue credits the tax reform plan President Donald Trump signed into law in 2017 and other measures taken by Republican lawmakers for leading to a boom.

“We have the greatest economic turnaround going in U.S. history,” Perdue said. “We created seven and a half million new jobs and allowed six and a half million people to pull themselves out of poverty. I was an architect of what we worked on there: regulation, energy, taxes and Dodd-Frank.”

By “Dodd-Frank” he means the 2018 rolling back of banking regulations that had been established under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted in July 2010.

“I went to Washington and I’ve done exactly what I said I would do and that is to fight for the people of Georgia,” Perdue said. “We’ve got the Port of Savannah deepened down there in your area. I fought like crazy and got that funded, and President Trump broke through the regulations that were holding it up and we will now finish that port next year. That is so huge for our state.”

Senator Perdue also campaigned in Savannah, according to the Savannah Morning News.

“I created tens of thousands of jobs in my work environment,” said Perdue, whose business career also included stints as a vice president at Sara Lee Corp. and Hagar Clothing. “Then, [after joining the Senate], we created 7½ million new jobs before COVID.

“After 60 years of failure of the Democrat Party’s Great Society, in 3½ years, 2.5 million people pulled themselves out of poverty.”

Perdue said Trump’s decision to shut down the U.S. economy during the pandemic’s early days took a lot of courage.

“He shut down travel from infected areas and quarantining people coming back into the country,” Perdue said. “He started a task force to work on PPP (personal protective equipment) and testing.”

Perdue said it wasn’t easy for him – as a fiscal hawk – to step up and vote for $2.9 trillion in federal relief for businesses and workers affected by COVID-19, including the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

“We saved 1.5 million jobs in Georgia because of the PPP,” he said. “Our community banks did a tremendous job getting this money to the businesses.”

“I did vote against the Affordable Care Act a number of times,” Perdue said. “But I also voted to protect pre-existing conditions a number of times. … This is a total misrepresentation by the Democrat side.”

Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Atlanta) met several of her 20 opponents in an online debate, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Athens Banner Herald.

Sixteen candidates including Loeffler took the stage in two separate debates hosted back-to-back by the Atlanta Press Club, marking a split format that several candidates said did not give them a real shot at taking on the incumbent senator.

Loeffler, an Atlanta businesswoman and Republican who was appointed to replace retired U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson in January, continued her war of words with GOP rival U.S. Rep. Doug Collins in the marquee debate.

The two Republicans also stepped up attacks during the debate against the race’s Democratic frontrunner, Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, who is poised for a runoff in January against either Loeffler or Collins.

Gwinnett County Democrats followed their leader with an online-only event, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

State Reps. Pedro Marin, D-Duluth, Shelly Hutchinson, D-Snellville, and Beth Moore, D-Peachtree Corners, as well as Gwinnett County Board of Education member Everton Blair Jr. and Georgia Filipino Americans for Biden Chairman Bryan Ramos participated in a “Gwinnett Knows Joe” virtual press conference with Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Georgia campaign group on Monday. They tackled COVID-19 and it’s impact on public health and local school systems, as well as Biden’s work with the Latino community and women.

As far as support for Democrats up and down the ticket, however, they were unanimous that they a blue wave will wash through the county next month, building gains the Democratic Party made in Gwinnett two years ago.

Hutchinson said a diverse group of people began mobilizing in local communities after Trump was elected president in 2016. Locally, several offices in Gwinnett, including two county commission seats, a school board seat, the solicitor general’s office and several seats in the Gwinnett legislative delegation — flipped from Republicans to Democrats in the 2018 midterm election.

“Gwinnett County will deliver the state of Georgia to Joe Biden,” Moore said.

Access WDUN looks at the candidates in State House District 31, currently held by Republican State Rep. Tommy Benton (Jefferson) and HD 29, held by Republican Rep. Matt Dubnik.

Voter turnout continues to rise, according to The Brunswick News.

After the first week of early voting in 2016, a comparatively small 699,768 ballots were cast. In-person votes accounted for 603,711 and 96,057 were mailed.

By percent, the difference amounts to a 156 percent increase overall. Far and away the biggest difference is between mail-in ballots which, according to the secretary of state’s office, increased by 653 percent from 2016 to 2020.

The Glynn Board of Elections reported similarly drastic increases in mail-in voting, prompting Elections and Registration Supervisor Christina Redden to declare the Golden Isles was already breaking records before the first week of early voting had concluded.

In Glynn County, 2,000 people voted in person Monday, pushing local numbers past 10,000 total. This is the county’s largest turnout in a day for early voting.

Columbus area voters may be able to get a ride to the polls, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Expanding broadband access is a tricky , according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Albany Herald.

Rural Georgians from business owners to teachers to elected officials know one of the region’s biggest challenges is inadequate internet connectivity, particularly amid a pandemic that is forcing people to stay home.

But the lack of population density in rural areas and high rates of poverty are combining to make extending high-speed broadband service into rural communities a daunting task.

House Bill 244 is a follow-up to a bill lawmakers enacted last year that authorized EMCs to enter the broadband business for the first time. Under this year’s legislation, the state Public Service Commission will decide how much EMCs can charge telecom providers for broadband attachments to their utility poles.

“COVID has shown the vulnerability of these folks who have to stay home from school and the businesses that can’t expand,” state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, the chief sponsor of House Bill 244, said. “If they don’t have broadband, they might as well not have power.”

Dennis Chastain, president and CEO of Georgia EMC, the trade association representing the local EMCs, said the sparse populations of rural communities in Georgia make broadband deployment into those areas difficult.

“Our density per mile is around 10 customers on average,” he said.

Augusta City Commissioners may consider raising their own pay, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Despite looming budget shortfalls and a reduction in CARES Act funding, some city leaders want to increase commissioners’ salaries as much as three-fold, to $40,000. Others question any new spending in light of the pandemic.

Commissioner Bill Fennoy, who made the request in an addendum to the Tuesday meeting agenda, said increasing commissioner salaries would attract candidates who can’t afford to leave their full-time jobs for the hectic part-time role of commissioner.

“It would allow people that have not retired from a full-time job to be able to run for office and support their families at the same time,” Fennoy said.

The Consolidation Act set annual commissioner salaries at $12,000, the mayor pro tem’s at $20,000 and the mayor’s at $65,000, although all make substantially more because of state cost-of-living adjustments, training supplements, free gas and other perks.

The salaries range from newest member Bobby Williams at $15,006 up to Mayor Pro Tem Sean Frantom with $26,522. Most commissioners take home around $17,000 plus up to 125 gallons of gas per month. The commission voted last year to replace the gas cards with a $500 monthly travel stipend to be effective in January.

Valdosta City Schools will return to in-person instruction beginning November 3d, and parents have a deadline, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Parents of students in grades kindergarten through eighth who wish to return their children to the traditional, face-to-face model will need to email their child’s school between Monday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 23.

DeKalb County Schools pushed off in-person reopening, according to the AJC.

School districts in Cobb, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett and Henry counties have brought or plan to bring back students to classrooms. But Atlanta Public Schools, City Schools of Decatur and Clayton County are sticking with virtual learning for now.

Peachtree Corners City Council member Phil Sadd will hold an online forum Wednesday, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Sadd will host a virtual town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Gwinnett County commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash is expected to join the councilman for at least part of the online meeting with residents as she talks about the referendum, which is appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot.

“It is important that voters are provided with information about this referendum so they can make an informed decision,” Sadd said. “I have invited Gwinnett County Chairwoman Charlotte Nash to join me during the Town Hall to provide an overview of the referendum.

Warner Robins City Council member Daron Lee resigned his seat, according to WMAZ.

“I have indeed prayed and meditated on this decision in order to weigh the pros and cons leading to what is best for my well-being,” wrote Lee.

He told WMAZ that the reason for his resignation was family health issues. He said he felt he couldn’t divide his time between the city and his family to take care of them.

A special election will need to be held to fill the vacant seat. The city will release more information on the election when the city finalizes them, but it’s expected to be in March 2021.

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Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 19, 2020

Jojo One Love Animal Rescue

Jojo is a male Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from One Love Animal Rescue, Inc in Savannah, GA.

JoJo is a dachshund mix, senior, neutered male. This fella was treated for heartworms, current on vaccines and microchipped. JoJo loves to go on walks and car ride. He does well with other small dogs with the proper introduction. He lives with cats in his foster home as well. Older children please as this older fella can’t quite keep up the the busy bodies.

Sunny Grace One Love Animal Rescue

Sunny Grace is a female Golden Retriever mix who is available for adoption from One Love Animal Rescue, Inc in Savannah, GA.

Meet Sunny Grace! She was all smiles today as she made her way into our foster family. She does well with other dogs, house trained and we already know she is a loyal companion. Sunny Grace craves loves and affection even though she is still and less confident when meeting new people. She requires lots of patience when meeting new people (both men and women). She would do best with older children since quick hands can be very scary for our sweet girl. If you want a bone loving, and champion nap taker, apply to meet Sunny Grace today!

Drifter One Love Animal Rescue

Drifter is a female Coonhound (or Bloodhound?) mix who is available for adoption from One Love Animal Rescue, Inc in Savannah, GA.

Meet Drifter, the gorgeous hound! One of 29 dogs found living outside on a chain in the country. Drifter miraculously survived a past gunshot wound to the head, and is all healed from her corrective surgeries. She is thriving being an indoor dog, and is ready to find her forever family that will love her and make her feel safe. Drifter walks great on a leash, and is crate and house trained. She loves other dogs, car rides, and trips to the dog park to play.

Elly One Love Animal Rescue

Elly is a female Retriever mix who is available for adoption from One Love Animal Rescue, Inc in Savannah, GA.

Elly is a very sweet and gentle girl. She likes to chew on bones and play with the king. Cuddling with people and belly rubs are her favorites. She is currently working on her manners and so far, she can follow the commands of sit and stay. She does have anxiety when she is around other dogs and we are working on that with her. Back for the time being she prefers to be the only animal. She is very curious and likes to explore around the house. She is house broken and enjoys short walks.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 19, 2020

British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781,  ending the American Revolution.

On October 19, 1790, Lyman Hall, one of three signers of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia, died in Burke County, GA. Hall was elected Governor of Georgia in 1783, holding the position for one year, and was an early advocate for the chartering of the University of Georgia.

On October 19, 1983, the United States Senate voted 78-22 to create a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., to be celebrated on the third Monday of January. The House passed the King holiday bill, sponsored by Reps. Katie Hall (D.-IN) and Jack Kemp (R-NY), by a vote of 338-90 in August. President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation on November 3, 1983.

The Ledger-Enquirer looks at the beginning of what would eventually become Fort Benning.

100 years ago, Camp Benning raised its flag on Oct. 19, 1918, almost two weeks after the first Army troops arrived on Macon Road where the Columbus Public Library and other public buildings stand. The only evidence from the MidTown site that housed 300 tents is a nearby monument in the neighborhood at South Dixon Drive and Mimosa Street.

That small camp led to a bigger location 8 miles down the road and redesignated Fort Benning on Feb. 18, 1922. The Maneuver Center of Excellence is home of the Infantry and Armor schools as the sixth largest military installation in the United States.

“Columbus has been a good neighbor to us and wanted us here,” said Scott Daubert, director of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. “They wanted us here. They courted the government.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Here are today’s General Election stats, drawn from the Absentee voter file released daily by the Secretary of State’s office:

Total votes cast:       1,577,434

Mail-in votes cast:          745,140

Electronic votes cast:          5,611

In-person votes cast:     826,683

President Trump visited Macon on Friday. From the Ledger-Enquirer:Continue Reading..