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8
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 8, 2018

Gauge Ruff

Gauge is a young male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Ruff Redemption Rescue, Inc. in Woodstock, GA.

Hey! My name is Gauge cuz I’m super cool! I am a REALLY sweet 4 mo. old lab mix puppy and I’m going to be honest, I have stunning good looks, I’m an all around great guy! I love other dogs, and I love kids, too! I’m a smart little guy who is working hard on crate and potty training! My rescue, Ruff Redemption, covers the cost of neutering, shots (current with my age) and Microchip

Peter Ruff

Peter is a young male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Ruff Redemption Rescue, Inc. in Woodstock, GA.

Who doesn’t love a playful pup?? This stunning creature is a 6 mo. old lab/mix. Already crate and potty trained…and he is great with kids, dogs and cats! Peter was born without a foot but he doesn’t let that slow him down from running and playing just like every other pup! Be still my heart!!

Dobe Ruff

Dobe is a young male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Ruff Redemption Rescue, Inc. in Woodstock, GA.

Meet sweet Dobe! This 12 week old male lab/mix is OH-SO-CUTE, smart as can be…already crate and potty trained. Done has an awesome personality (can you see it in his pics??), loves children and other dogs!! What are you waiting for?

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Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 8, 2018

The Chicago Fire began on October 8, 1871. A completely different kind of Chicago Fire is underway now.

On October 8, 1895, the Liberty Bell arrived in Atlanta for the Cotton States Exposition.

The famously–cracked 2,000 pound pealer left Philadelphia on seven trips between 1885 and 1915. Each time it came home with more cracks. It turned out the men hired to guard the Bell were taking liberties, literally: chipping off pieces and selling them as souvenirs.

Cheering crowds greeted the Bell in Atlanta. A two–mile parade took it to Piedmont Park, where 50,000 people lined up to see it.

Liberty Bell in Atlanta

Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Georgia Historical Society have an interesting video on the Liberty Bell’s trip to Atlanta. You can view a photo of the Liberty Bell Parade at the Atlanta History Center.

Polling released on October 8, 1976 indicated that Democrat Jimmy Carter won the second debate against President Gerald Ford by a 50-27 margin.

On October 8, 1981, former Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter visited with President Ronald Reagan at the White House before heading to Egypt to represent the United States at the funeral of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

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Long-time Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro won his 300th game on October 8, 1984, though he wore Yankees pinstripes for that game.

The first C-5A airplane arrived at Robins Air Force Base on October 8, 1997.

C-5 at Robins

On October 8, 1998, the United States House of Representatives voted 258-176 to authorize an impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton.

President George W. Bush issued an Executive Order establishing the Department of Homeland Security on October 8, 2001.

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Governor Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s state revenue for September was up 7.4% from the previous year.

Georgia’s net tax collections for September totaled $2.23 billion, for an increase of $153.1 million, or 7.4 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled nearly $2.08 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $5.81 billion, for an increase of $329.9 million, or 6 percent, compared to September 2017.

Donald Trump, Jr. will headline an event for Republican Brian Kemp in Athens tomorrow, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.Continue Reading..

5
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 5, 2018

Chester BARC

Chester is a young adult male Labrador Retriever and Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County in Valdosta, GA.

Dante BARC

Dante is a 6-month old male Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from BARC Humane Society in Valdosta, GA.

Dante is a 6 month-old mixed breed. He is a very timid fella and may never be a social butterfly, but what he will be is a great companion. Dante loves to snuggle. He will need a home with a confident dog to assist him in learning and trusting.

Mickey BARC

Mickey is an adult male Dachshund who is available for adoption from BARC Humane Society in Valdosta, GA. He is good with children.

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Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 5, 2016

King George, III issued the Proclamation of 1763 on October 7, 1763.

With respect to Georgia’s official boundaries, the proclamation expanded Georgia’s southern boundary by giving the colony all lands between the Altamaha and St. Marys rivers. Previously, the Altamaha had served as Georgia’s southern boundary.

So, the impact of the Proclamation of 1763 was to set Georgia’s official southern boundary as the St. Marys River from its mouth to the headwaters, then north to the Altamaha River, then north to the headwaters of that river, and then westward to the Mississippi River. Georgia’s northern boundary was the Savannah River from its mouth to its headwaters.

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Patriot militia defeated Loyalists at the Battle of King’s Mountain in North Carolina, near the South Carolina border on October 7, 1780.

On October 5, 1864, the Battle of Allatoona Pass was fought in Bartow County, Georgia.

On October 7, 1916, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College in the most-one-sided college football game in history, by a score of 222-0.

The Engineers led 63–0 after the first quarter and 126–0 at halftime. Tech added 54 more points in the third quarter and 42 in the final period.

Tech Cumberland Scoreboard Tech Cumberland Ball

Recently, a Georgia Tech alumnus paid $44,388 for the game ball with the intention of donating it to the trade school.

The first televised Presidential address from the White House was broadcast on October 5, 1947.

The Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany) was created by the Soviets on October 7, 1949.

Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Vice President Richard Nixon met in the second televised Presidential debate on October 7, 1960.

President Richard Nixon proposed a structure for peace and eventual withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam on October 7, 1970.

The Georgia Supreme Court outlawed use of the electric chair as “cruel and unusual punishment” on October 5, 2001.

President George W. Bush (43) announced military action in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001.

In a televised address that evening, Bush informed the American public that “carefully targeted actions” were being carried out to crush the military capability of al-Qaida and the Taliban, with help from British, Canadian, Australian, German and French troops. An additional 40 nations around the world provided intelligence, as well as bases from which the operations were conducted.

Bush touted the multinational effort as proof that America, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, was “supported by the collective will of the world.” He also warned that the war in Afghanistan would likely be only the first front in a long struggle against terrorism. He vowed to continue to take what he called the “war on terror” to those countries that sponsored, harbored or trained terrorists.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California on October 7, 2003.

Gwinnett County will host the 40th annual Elisha Winn Fair in Dacula this weekend, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

This year will mark 40 years since the Gwinnett Historical Society first held a fair at the Elisha Winn Fair to both celebrate the history of the house — one of the oldest, if not the oldest, structures in Gwinnett — and raise money for the society.

Now in Gwinnett’s bicentennial year, the county and the fair will celebrate milestone birthdays by combining them together. This year’s Elisha Winn Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Elisha Winn House, which is located at 908 Dacula Road in Dacula.

“We have been so busy celebrating Gwinnett’s bicentennial, we have not planned anything extra special for the 40th year of the fair,” Gwinnett Historical Society co-president Betty Warbington said. “The two celebrations really go together well! And this year’s fair is turning out to be the best one, in my opinion, that we have had.”

The Elisha Winn House, which is believed to have been built in about 1812, holds a special significance in Gwinnett County because it is where the county’s founding father laid out the plans for setting the county up. It was also the county’s first voting poll site and housed the Inferior and Superior Courts for a time in the county’s early years.

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At this week’s debate among candidates for the Public Service Commission, Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton asked Libertarian Ryan Graham about Graham’s writings advocating legalizing all drugs and eliminating public schools. Watch the question and answer here or below:

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4
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 4, 2018

Sirius Jasper

Sirius is a young male Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Animal Shelter of Pickens County in Jasper, GA.

This sweet young boy was surrendered by an elderly lady who was a bit overwhelmed by his energy. At 1 year old he would make a wonderful addition to a active family or hiking companion! Just like most young pups , he will need a little direction and with all of them a whole lot of loving…. which he will return 10 fold. Come by and meet Sirius, he will melt your heart!

Champ Pickens

Champ is a young male Vizsla & Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Animal Shelter of Pickens County in Jasper, GA.

This handsome boy is looking for a furever home. He is sooo sweet and would make a wonderful addition to a loving patient family. with some training he would be a great hiking companion.

Ginger Pickens

Ginger is a female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Animal Shelter of Pickens County in Jasper, GA.

Ginger is a beautiful brindle coated girl who is a bit shy at first. After she warms up to you, she loves to snuggle! She enjoys the company of an older male gentleman, but should be fine with other congenial dogs. She would make a wonderful companion or complete a family.
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Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 4, 2018

On October 4, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegram to the Georgia Democratic Party Convention delegates in appreciation for their support of his admininstration.

The Savannah River Bridge opened on October 4, 1925.

Beverly Hills, 90210 debuted on October 4, 1990.

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In-person early voting begins October 15, according to The Brunswick News.

The Macon Telegraph writes about Sunday early voting.

Sunday voting is coming to Macon for the upcoming election.

The chance for residents to cast their ballots on a Sunday will be Oct. 28 as part of the early voting period for the Nov. 6 general election.

The push to get Sunday voting could bring the after-church crowd out to the polls for what could be a close gubernatorial election between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, along with a myriad of other races.

The hurdle to Sunday voting was cleared Tuesday when the Macon-Bibb County Commission approved $4,500 to fund the extra day. The elections board voted last month to have Sunday voting if the county provided the money.

Sunday voting will be held at the Board of Elections office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28. The early voting period runs from Oct. 18-Nov. 2.

Mail-in early voting has increased ahead of the November election, according to the AJC.

Almost twice as many absentee ballots have been mailed to Georgia election officials so far compared to the same point before midterm elections in 2014.

Election officials received 17,436 absentee ballots through Tuesday, according to numbers from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Four years ago, 8,819 ballots had been recorded at this point in the election cycle.

By voting early, Georgians are already starting to decide the race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, along with many other contests. Election Day is Nov. 6.

With so much time left before Election Day, it’s unclear whether the sharp increase in early voting will continue. In the 2014 election, a total of 954,010 people voted early, either by mail or in-person. Early voting accounted for 37 percent of turnout four years ago.

Some African-American churches are encouraging their congregations to vote by mail, according to the Courthouse News Service.

Organizers hope to register 20,000 people to vote during the registration drive and plan to promote the use of absentee ballots in African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia.

The New Georgia Project, a non-partisan Georgia-based partner of Faith in Action, launched the campaign on September 25, the annual holiday recognized as National Voter Registration Day. Called the “Vote By Mail” campaign, the initiative is co-sponsored by Justice Clergy 100 and by the three largest AME churches in Georgia.

“This is the first time that the bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal bodies in Georgia [African Methodist Episcopal, Christian Methodist Episcopal and African Methodist Episcopal Zion] have united to encourage their congregants to ‘Vote by Mail,’” New Georgia Project Executive Director Nse Ufot said in a statement.

The New Georgia Project was founded by Stacey Abrams, the current Democratic candidate for governor, in 2013 while she was serving as the Democrats’ minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Republican Brian Kemp rolled-out his health care reform plan, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Outside of the Cook Medical Center, Kemp introduced his plans to help rural Georgians handle “skyrocketing premiums” and “surprise medical bills.”

Standing before a crowd of about 100 people, he said his solution did not involve pouring more tax dollars into government programs. He said as governor he would lower insurance costs, cover people with pre-existing conditions and insure access to quality care.

“I have a better plan, a patient-centered system that’s right for Georgia — not California,” Kemp said. “Above all, I will put patients first.”

As governor, he said he would fund more residency positions in family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.

He also said he would grow the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program, increasing the cap from $60 million to $100 million that rural hospitals could earn from individual or corporate tax credits.

Kemp criticized his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, for her support of expanding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“There is a clear contrast in this race, especially when it comes to health care,” Kemp said. “If you like high-sky insurance premiums, if you enjoy driving or waiting for hours to see a doctor, if you want to pay more but get less, then you should vote for my opponent.”

“If you want innovation and market-based solutions, if you want lower costs and better coverage, if you want folks with pre-existing conditions to have access to affordable, quality care, then I humbly ask for your vote.”

Kemp also campaigned in Pickens County, according to Fetch Your News.

Georgia Governor candidate Brian Kemp stopped at the Appalachian Gun, Pawn, and Range to visit locals and connect with Georgians during his campaign.

Kemp stated about the tour, “We’ve been having to really work hard on our fundraising to offset the billionaires in California and New York that are funding my opponent’s campaign. We’ve done that. Now, we’re hitting the road and we’re going to keep moving …”

Stopping into his Pickens location a little after 10 a.m., Kemp was joined by U.S. Congressman Doug Collins, State Senator Steve Gooch, and State Representative Rick Jasperse, who all spoke on his behalf at the stump speech. Additionally, State Senator Chuck Payne was also present.

Even local Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones attended the event as he said yes he is officially supporting Kemp saying, “He knows where we are at, he knows who we are, and he knows what kind of support we’ve got here.”

Gooch welcomed citizens to the event and called for support for electing Republicans across the state offices, spearheaded with Brian Kemp’s campaign for Governor saying, “We all have to get our families, our friends, and our selves to the polls and elect these good conservatives that are running.”

The event turned out over 400 people to hear Kemp speak and support the campaign. One citizen, Dianne Traynham, said she was there because she was interested in what Kemp has said and his support for rural Georgia. She added that her daughter is a teacher and Kemp’s pledge to take care of the state’s teachers was a major reason for her support.

Donald Trump, Jr. will campaign in Georgia for Brian Kemp, according to McClatchy.

Trump Jr. will then head to Athens, Ga., that evening for a fundraiser to boost Brian Kemp, the GOP candidate for governor, who is running in a tight, high-profile race against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Tickets to the Kemp fundraiser start at $50 and go up to $1,000, according to another invitation.

Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle are also slated to appear at two rallies next week with the conservative student-focused group Turning Point USA: One on Oct. 9 in Athens, Ga., and one on Oct. 10 in Davie, Fla.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on Phase Two of the shoreline rehab plans for Jekyll Island, according to The Brunswick News.

Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah announced an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to remain in-network for insured patients, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Brunswick City Council members deferred voting on changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance, according to The Brunswick News.

Brunswick city commissioners on Wednesday backed down from a plan to require restaurant servers and bartenders to apply for permits to sell alcohol.

Brian Corry, city attorney, told commissioners backlash on social media about the proposed permits — also called “bar cards” — “ranged from extremely negative to slightly negative.”

He also noted Savannah tried to impose bar cards a few years ago and the program was so onerous and “untenable” the local government there repealed the local ordinance earlier this year.

“The aim of this ordinance update is to take an old, antiquated ordinance and modernize it to encourage more businesses in Brunswick,” Corry said. “We want this to be a positive change more than a negative connotation.”

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Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 3, 2018

Charlie Habersham

Charlie is an adult male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Habersham County Animal Shelter in Clarkesville, GA.

Cassie Habersham

Cassie is a female Hound and Pointer mix who is available for adoption from the Habersham County Animal Shelter in Clarkesville, G.

Little G

Little G is a young male Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Habersham County Animal Shelter in Clarkesville, GA.

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Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 3, 2018

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be observed on November 26, 1863 and on the fourth Thursday in November every succeeding year.

This announcement harkened back to when George Washington was in his first term as the first president in 1789 and the young American nation had only a few years earlier emerged from the American Revolution. At that time, George Washington called for an official celebratory “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” While Congress overwhelmingly agreed to Washington’s suggestion, the holiday did not yet become an annual event.

Thomas Jefferson, the third president, felt that public demonstrations of piety to a higher power, like that celebrated at Thanksgiving, were inappropriate in a nation based in part on the separation of church and state. Subsequent presidents agreed with him. In fact, no official Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by any president between 1815 and the day Lincoln took the opportunity to thank the Union Army and God for a shift in the country’s fortunes on this day in 1863.

On October 3, 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton was appointed to the United States Senate from Georgia following the death of Senator Tom Watson. After initially being rebuffed by the Senate, Felton was sworn-in on late in November, becoming the first woman to serve in the United States Senate.

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Governor Nathan Deal swore-in former State Senator and Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Bethel to his new seat on the Georgia Supreme Court, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

 Dalton’s Charlie Bethel was sworn in Tuesday as a Georgia Supreme Court justice, becoming Gov. Nathan Deal’s fifth appointee on the state’s highest court.

Bethel, who served on the state Court of Appeals for nearly two years, was a city councilman before representing Whitfield and Murray counties for several years in the state Senate, where the Republican was a floor leader for Deal.

“The Declaration (of Independence) says we are to resist tyrants, and the Constitution says, ‘God, please help us from becoming tyrants ourselves,’” Bethel said.

“So a good judge must have enough self-doubt to stay in their own lane, to believe in separation of powers, to understand the job of judge is to apply the law as it is, not as the judge would have it be,” he added.

“You are important because of how you treat people, because of how you do what you do, not what you do,” Bethel said. “That’s the important thing in this world.”

When asked afterwards if he planned to spend the rest of his career on the state Supreme Court, Bethel had this to say: “I have a faith that teaches me that my job is to respond to ‘call’ and so I don’t ever like to think in terms of ‘forever’ because that’s not really my call. But I don’t have any other plan to be anywhere else. My plan is to do this job for as long as I’m called to this place.”

Republican Congressman Buddy Carter (Pooler) and his Democratic opponent will meet in a public forum later this month, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St, Savannah.

The event is free and open to the public, but only those who register at www.LWVCGA.org or on the League’s Facebook page are guaranteed a seat. Ticket registration will go live at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Seating is very limited, and registrants will be asked to check in before they enter the Coastal Georgia Center.

The League asks that participants do not bring signs or hand out campaign literature at the event. In the spirit of civil discourse, a primary tenet of the League, attendees also are asked to refrain from disrupting the candidates’ responses or demonstrating in any way.

Participants can submit their questions for the candidates via the website. Questions also may be submitted in writing the night of the event. WTOC news anchor Dawn Baker will serve as the forum moderator. She will pose the public’s questions to the candidates and manage the proceedings.

Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah will no longer be in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield patients, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The current contract between (Memorial’s parent company] HCA and BCBSGa expired on Sept. 30 and any claims filed starting Oct. 1, for all care provided by HCA, will be considered out-of-network and reimbursed as out-of-network under the terms of your health plan.

Through spokesperson Colin Manning, BCBSGa said they are engaged in active discussions with HCA as they work together to finalize an agreement that ensures in-network coverage for their consumers.

Any claims dating back to Oct. 1 will be covered as in-network.

Several major employers in the Savannah area that offer BCBSGa plans include, Chatham County, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Georgia Southern University and some State of Georgia employees.

Two Chatham County judges received awards for running their courts, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Superior Court Judge James F. Bass Jr. earned the 2018 STAR Award from the Council of Accountability Court Judges for his work with the Chatham County Drug Court he started in 2001.

The court, which deals with drug offenders through treatment alternatives outside of a jail/prison setting, established the benchmark for similar courts here and nationally.

Bass’s drug court last year was designated as an adult mentor drug court to assist other courts nationally in startups or to provide general improvements.

Meanwhile, Juvenile Court Presiding Judge LeRoy Burke III was named winner of a 2018 Big Voice for Children Award for his efforts at effective prevention and early intervention efforts to make a long-term difference in kids’ lives.

Brunswick City Commissioners are considering updating their alcohol ordinance, according to The Brunswick News.

The new ordinance is an overhaul aimed at bringing the local code in line with state laws, which have changed in recent years as the popularity of breweries has grown nationwide.

One change to the updated ordinances is that bartenders and restaurant servers will have to obtain individual permits to serve alcohol within the city limits. The permits would cost $25, be valid for two years and would be issued to the person, not the establishment; if a server leaves and goes to work at another restaurant, the permit carries with him or her.

[T]he new ordinance would create whole new classes and licensing fees for manufacturers who sell and could serve their products.

One other notable change is the permitting for alcohol sales in some public places, like parks or squares.

Oyster harvesting off the Georgia coast remains closed due to high water temperatures, according to The Brunswick News.

Oyster harvesting is typically closed June-September by the state Department of Natural Resources because of water temperatures higher than 81 degrees.

“This extended closure ensures that Georgia continues to meet the requirements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program to protect public health by implementing a Vibrio parahaemolyticus — Vp — control plan,” Dominic Guadagnoli, shellfish fishery manager for DNR’s Coastal Resources Division, said in a statement. “We expect this extended closure to have little adverse impact on recreational and commercial oyster harvesters since most individuals refrain from eating freshly harvested oysters during the warmer months when the combination of spawning and warm water makes oysters less desirable as seafood.”

DNR announced that while the closure continues to affect oysters, clams from approved areas are OK for harvesting.

“Unlike oysters, which are frequently consumed raw, clams are traditionally cooked with high heat — a process that kills the Vp bacteria,” Guadagnoli said.

Recreational oyster harvesting, when the season is open, requires a fishing license and in Glynn County is only allowed in an area south of Downing Musgrove Causeway leading to Jekyll Island.

Stateboro’s South Main Street Corridor Tax Allocation District advisory board met for the first time this week, according to the Statesboro Herald.

Statesboro City Council and the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners created the TAD Advisory Board last winter after the commissioners agreed to assign growth in county property tax revenue from the district to the redevelopment fund.  The city had established the TAD, originally allocated only the growth in city property taxes, on Dec. 31, 2015. Taxes on the value of property as appraised in the district before that date continue to go to the city’s regular budget, but added revenue from new construction or rising values goes to the TAD fund to back redevelopment projects in the district.

“A tax allocation district is a type of development district, and those are hot these days,” McRae told the advisory board. He  observed that they were also “hot before 2007” but not during the recession that followed, when property tax revenues declined.

“TADs depend on growth,” he said.

Former Dougherty County Commissioner Harry James wants his name on the November ballot as an Independent against incumbent Republican Chairman Chris Cohilas, according to the Albany Herald.

Harry James stood in the lobby of the Dougherty County Courthouse Monday, waiting patiently for a second hearing before Alapaha Circuit Judge Albert Perkins to determine if his petition to get on November’s ballot would pass muster.

In August, James turned in more than the required number of voter petition signatures to run as an independent candidate. The signatures were verified or rejected by county Elections officials. The Dougherty Elections Board was told by Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson at a called meeting that James fell 256 verified signatures short of the required number. The Elections Board, based on Elections numbers, denied James’ attempt to get on November’s general election ballot.

At that point James decided to sue the board and Nickerson.

“This never has been about getting Harry James’ name on the ballot,” James said. “This (lawsuit) is about due process and fixing a flawed elections process before, during and after me. The current system is not working, and we have to correct what’s wrong if it isn’t right.”

In July, James turned in 2,956 petition signatures, needing 2,524 verified registered voters’ support to allow his campaign to move forward. Nickerson said the Elections office had determined that 2,268 of the signatures were valid. She said that 390 of the signatures were not registered voters, and 297 were rejected for other reasons, leaving James short.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted to name a new fire station after the late Commissioner Reid Bowman, according to the Henry Herald.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners lent its unanimous approval at Tuesday’s meeting to a renaming of the new Fire Station No. 16 that was recently opened in the Kelleytown area.

The new fire station will be named in honor of Reid Bowman, a former Henry County commissioner who died in June. The station was a SPLOST IV project, which Bowman was instrumental in getting passed during his time on the Board of Commissioners.

His successor, Blake Prince, spoke about Bowman and the impact he had while serving on the Board of Commissioners.

“When you run against someone, it’s difficult to become friends afterward,” Prince said. “It’s a testament to Reid’s Christian background that after the election, Reid let bygones be bygones. After I called Reid, he answered the phone and he answered anything I asked him.”

Prince defeated Bowman in 2014 for the District 4 seat on the Henry County Board of Commissioners.

“In 50 years, people will still remember Reid,” Prince said. “That’s saying something. All we have is memories, and all we can do is remember. He was a great man and a good Christian.”

The Georgia Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools will meet next week to discuss uniform school starting dates, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

When the committee was announced last month, its chairman, Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, called on school systems to not start their school years before Labor Day.

“As we celebrate Labor Day each year as the unofficial end of summer, most of our public schools have been back in full swing for nearly a month,” Gooch said at the time. “Additionally, August is typically the hottest time of year when energy bills reach their peak and student athletes’ safety is a big concern.

“I believe that for these reasons and others, it is a good time to take a look at how we compare to other states who still utilize a more traditional school calendar with their start dates after Labor Day.”

In addition to Gooch, other senators serving on the commitee include Mike Dugan, R–Carrollton, John Wilkinson, R–Toccoa, and Jack Hill, R–Reidsville.

Gainesville City Council unanimously adopted two new ordinances, according to AccessWDUN.

City Manager Bryan Lackey said the ordinances arose out of complaints received by the city that both issues were happening in the downtown area.  As Gainesville Police dealt with those complaints questions began to arise as to what was the department’s best-practice procedure.

“When Chief (Carol) Martin went to address these two different situations she expressed concern that her officers felt we didn’t have the right tools or ordinances in place to address this so we’re not violating the civil rights of the people involved,” Lackey explained.

Lackey said the objective of the new ordinances is “to address this in the right way where it’s something where we’re not criminalizing what people are doing, but we can get them the resources they need (and) our officers feel like they have the right tools so that they’re not doing something wrong and violating the civil rights of an individual.”

The City of Cornelia held a public meeting to discuss a property tax millage rate higher than the rollback rate, and no citizens showed up, according to AccessWDUN.

No members of the public attended Tuesday night’s city commission meeting, where the first of three public hearings on the proposed tax increase was held.

“It is not technically a millage rate increase,” [City Manager Donald] Anderson said. “It’s just that based on the inflationary digest it’s recommended that we roll our millage rate back 0.251 percent, but my recommendation is to leave it at 8.5 mills. Reason being is, and this was our goal all along, was to increase our tax revenue without increasing taxes. We saw a big increase in our property values — that’s from development.”

The tentative tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $80,000 would be $7.74, while a non-homestead property with a fair market value of $200,000 would be $19.36, according to figures released by the city, but Ward 1 Commissioner Wes Dodd pointed out that properties that saw no increase in valuation would see no increase in taxes over 2017.

Floyd County Republican Women discussed the importance of voter turnout in November, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

“Vote. Vote,” urged state Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, who is facing a challenge from Democrat John Burnette II.

“In my district alone, there are 4,000 Republicans who only vote in presidential elections, but your local and state governments are so much closer to you,” Dempsey said. “You can catch us, you can find us, you can see us in the grocery store.”

Floyd County Commission Chair Rhonda Wallace is up against Democrat Stephanie Wright.

“If you live in Rome, if you live in Floyd County, I’ll be on your ballot,” Wallace reminded the crowd of about 40 women and men.

Several speakers warned that every vote will count in the statewide races, especially the closely watched contest for the governor seat between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Rural black voters could be an important voting bloc in November, according to the Statesboro Herald.

These were not the rural voters who have gotten so much attention after helping elect President Donald Trump in 2016. They are the black rural voters living in red states. They’re staunchly Democratic even as they’re surrounded by white voters who are almost all Republicans. And they’re often overlooked by big-name candidates from both parties.

“There’s a narrative that is out in the world right now around what rural America looks like, and it completely erases the existence of black rural folks,” said Tamika Middleton, organizing director for Care in Action, a domestic workers advocacy group, in attendance at the church gathering. “We exist. There’s never been black folks who were not fighting and resisting in the rural South.”

The Black Belt’s overlap with Trump country could factor into the elections across the South next month, including competitive races for the governor’s mansion in Florida and the Senate in Mississippi. That raises the possibility that black rural voters will have an unusual opportunity to make an impact on statewide races.

But it’s Georgia where black rural voters could be especially important as Stacey Abrams campaigns to become the nation’s first black female governor. A Mississippi native who moved to Georgia as a child, Abrams is the first Democrat in years to have a real chance of winning the governor’s race. And from the beginning, when she launched her campaign in south Georgia’s Dougherty County, she’s made outreach to rural voters a key part of her strategy.

“Since the beginning of the campaign, Stacey Abrams has been focused on reaching out to a broad coalition of voters in every part of the state, including rural communities of color who have been left behind for too long,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’ campaign manager.

It’s an excellent article worth reading in its entirety.

A group supporting passage of Amendment 1 has formed and will advocate for passage of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment, according to the Albany Herald.

The coalition supporting the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment, which is constitutional amendment No. 1 on the 2018 general election ballot, kicked off its paid advertising campaign earlier this week with a digital strategy designed to reach targeted voters between now and Nov. 6.

If passed, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment will protect Georgia’s waters and lands by constitutionally dedicating a portion of the existing tax on sporting goods for conservation purposes, including the protection of lands critical to clean drinking water, support for the creation and maintenance of parks and trails, and the improvement of areas to hunt and fish. It will also support Georgia’s growing outdoor recreation industry, which has a $27 billion annual economic impact, as well as other economic sectors that rely on waters and land.

Legislation placing the amendment on the ballot received overwhelming, bipartisan support from the General Assembly earlier this year.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 2, 2018

MBCAW Stephanie

Stephanie is a young female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Macon Bibb County Animal Welfare in Macon, GA.

Paige Carroll

Paige is a young female Pointer and American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, GA.

Paige Yorkie

Paige is a young female Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie & Schnauzer mix puppy who is available for adoption from Hero Dog Rescue in Cumming, GA.

lottie 3658

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

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 2, 2018

On October 2, 1789, President George Washington signed a resolution transmitting the (then-twelve) amendments constituting the Bill of Rights to the states that had ratified the Constitution. Click here for the letter from Washington to Governor Charles Pinckney of South Carolina that accompanied the amendments.

On October 2, 1835, Texans and Mexicans met in the first military battle of the Texas Revolution, the Battle of Gonzales.

In 1831, Mexican authorities gave the settlers of Gonzales a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. Over the next four years, the political situation in Mexico deteriorated, and in 1835 several states revolted. As the unrest spread, Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea, the commander of all Mexican troops in Texas, felt it unwise to leave the residents of Gonzales a weapon and requested the return of the cannon.

When the initial request was refused, Ugartechea sent 100 dragoons to retrieve the cannon. The soldiers neared Gonzales on September 29, but the colonists used a variety of excuses to keep them from the town, while secretly sending messengers to request assistance from nearby communities. Within two days, up to 140 Texians gathered in Gonzales, all determined not to give up the cannon. On October 1, settlers voted to initiate a fight. Mexican soldiers opened fire as Texians approached their camp in the early hours of October 2. After several hours of desultory firing, the Mexican soldiers withdrew.

Texas Cannon Flag 600

On October 2, 1879, Wallace Stevens was born. Stevens would become a renowned poet and insurance industry lawyer. My favorite poem of his is “Connoisseur of Chaos.”

A. A violent order is disorder; and
B. A great disorder is an order. These
Two things are one.

President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke at the White House on October 2, 1909.

Thurgood Marshall was sworn-in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 2, 1967.

Betty Talmadge, then wife of Senator Herman Talmadge, hosted a fundraiser with Rosalynn Carter and Joan Mondale on October 2, 1976.

Ground was broken for The Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta on October 2, 1984.

The last Braves game at Turner Field was played on October 2, 2016, with the Detroit Tigers besting the Braves by 1-0.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

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