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Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 24, 2021

Finley is a four-year old male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Clarinet (Pen 227) is a young female Bichon Frise mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Pen 211 is a three-month old, female mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Domino (Pen 199) is a young male Anatolian Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

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Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 22, 2021

James Edward Oglethorpe was born in London, England, on December 22, 1696. He was elected to Parliament, where he worked on prison reform and had the idea of a new colony where “worthy poor” Brits could be sent. In 1732, Oglethorpe was granted a charter to create a colony of Georgia in the new world.

On December 22, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Continental Navy.

On December 25, 1776, Continental forces under General George Washington began crossing the Delaware River and the next day launched a surprise attack on Hessian soldiers at Trenton, New Jersey.

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Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony premiered on December 22, 1808 in Vienna, Austria.

The War of 1812 ended on December 24, 1814 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, Belgium by British and American representatives.

Happy Birthday to Columbus, Georgia, founded on December 24, 1827 when Gov. John Forsyth signed legislation incorporating the new town.

Governor George Gilmer signed legislation that prohibited teaching slaves or free African-Americans to read or write on December 22, 1829.

Wesleyan College in Macon was chartered on December 23, 1836, becoming the first college chartered specifically to grant degrees to women.

Martha Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. were married at Bulloch Hall in Roswell, Georgia on December 22, 1853. Their son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. would later be elected President of the United States.

On December 22, 1864, General William T. Sherman wired to President Abraham Lincoln from Savannah, Georgia,

His Excellency President LINCOLN:

I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.

W.T. Sherman,
Major General.

On December 23, 1864, the Georgia General Assembly passed a resolution specifying that the Senate chamber should be lit by electricity for the next Session. That is the last time the legislature sought enlightenment before passing laws.

On December 25, 1868, President Andrew Johnson issued an unconditional pardon of all Confederates.

President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree on the White House grounds on December 24, 1923.

U.S.S. Atlanta was commissioned on December 24, 1941 at the New York Navy Yard as the lead ship of a new class of Light Cruisers. USS Atlanta (CL-51) was sponsored by Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind.

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Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the USSR on December 25, 1991, signalling the end of the Godless Communist regime.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 24, 2021

Governor Brian Kemp this week proposed a proposal to boost food banks in the state, according to a press release.

Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday joined the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Department of Human Services, members of the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Food Bank Association, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Georgia Farm Bureau, the Georgia Agribusiness Council, and the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to announce a proposal which will benefit Georgia farmers and food banks.

“At a time when demand for Georgia food bank services has increased, we are proposing legislation to support and leverage an underutilized law that combats agricultural waste and addresses fresh produce shortages in regional food banks,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Together, we will continue to fight hunger and support our farm families.”

Regional food banks currently receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). At the state level, funds have not been appropriated to a complementary program since its inception in 1998. Governor Kemp is proposing legislation which will improve the applicable Georgia code and provide a more clear path for the implementation of this program at the state level.

To complement legislative updates, Governor Kemp will also include funding in his budget proposal to support this program. Ultimately, these actions will allow more farmers to enter the market and be compensated at a level equal to input costs plus half of appreciation for unsold produce rather than wasting 4-5 million pounds of surplus produce, as has been the case in recent years.

This program also helps food banks by giving them more resources to purchase Georgia Grown fresh produce, open the market for increased bartering, and better serve their clients. By opening this market, food banks can stretch program funding over more purchases. Additionally, implementation of this program will increase the amount of matching funds Georgia is eligible for under the TEFAP.

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Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 21, 2021

Tera is a young female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coffee Cause for Paws in Douglas, GA.

Beautiful 6mth old Tera is ready for her furever home! Tera is a lab mix and oh so sweet. She gives great hugs and loves attention. Tera is completely vetted and spayed.

Jade is a young female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coffee Cause for Paws in Douglas, GA.

Sweet little Jade was rescued from the local animal shelter, 11/11/21. She has been in our rescue since she was 5 weeks old. Jade is now 11 weeks old, vetted (has completed her 3rd round of vaccines), and spayed. She is super friendly. 95% pee pad trained which is impressive and house training has just began since she is just now of age to go outside. Her mother is a very small pit bulldog mix. Father unknown. She is small for a puppy so we believe she will be medium size.

Lilly is a female Black Mouth Cur mix who is available for adoption from Coffee Cause for Paws in Douglas, GA.

Lilly is a sweetheart. She enjoys meal time and LOVES her treats. She walks well on a leash and is housetrained. Lilly has a pretty laid back personality, but will perk up when a cat crosses her path. It gets her some kind of excited. Fortunately, it’s all about the chase. 

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Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 21, 2021

On December 21, 1829, Georgia Governor George Gilmer signed legislation outlawing the teaching of African-Americans to read or write. One year later to the day, he signed legislation claiming for the state all territory occupied by the Cherokee tribe.

On December 21, 1835, Oglethorpe University was incorporated near Macon, later moving to Atlanta.

On December 21, 1863, the Confederate government selected a site in Sumter County for construction of Camp Sumter, which would be better known by the name Andersonville Prison.

General William Tecumseh Sherman received the surrender of Savannah, Georgia on December 21, 1864.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Brian Kemp ordered flags at state buildings and properties to fly at half-staff in honor of the late Senator Johnny Isakson until the day of his interment.

Governor Kemp also issued Executive Order #12.17.21.01 for the continuing COVID-19 economic recovery.

A majority of Georgia Republican State Senators asked David Perdue not to run against incumbent Governor Kemp, according to Axios.

A majority of Georgia’s Republican state senators quietly sent former Sen. David Perdue a letter last month asking him not to run for governor, Axios has learned. Weeks later, Perdue forged ahead and announced his primary challenge to incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp.

In the letter, 25 of the state Senate’s 34 Republicans told Perdue he “made us proud” during his time in the U.S. Senate — but asked him to join them in endorsing Kemp for re-election for the sake of preserving their chances in the November general election.

“Our GOP and state must be unified behind our governor with a positive message to keep Georgia conservative and moving forward,” they wrote.

Thirty-one state senators had already endorsed Kemp in early September.

Asked about the letter, Perdue acknowledged he’d received it but said it never affected his decision.

He said that “it was kind of funny that they thought it might.”

“This is what career politicians do,” he told Axios, pointing to the 2014 Republican Senate primary when his opponent, then-Rep. Jack Kingston, received much of the support of Georgia’s political establishment.

“They think that endorsements among each other can elbow an outsider out of a race,” he said. “People who vote don’t care about that. You know who cares about that? Career politicians.”

“And that’s what’s so ironic, ludicrous, for 20-something state senators to send a letter like that, thinking that I’m going to be moved one way or the other,” he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration granted a favorable Record of Decision for the Camden County Spaceport, according to The Brunswick News.

“This once-in-a-generation opportunity will provide a new frontier of economic prosperity for Camden, the region and the state of Georgia,” [Camden County Administrator Steve] Howard said. “Georgia is part of the new space race, and we will become one of the leaders.”

Spaceport Camden becomes the nation’s 13th licensed spaceport but only the third vertical lift facility.

“It has been a long time coming, but Camden County is immensely proud of this accomplishment,” said Camden County Commission Chairman Gary Blount. “With this license, Spaceport Camden offers coastal Georgia over 100 miles of opportunity. We are no longer a one-dimensional economy solely reliant on the brave sailors and contractors at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay for economic prosperity.”

Opportunity — that is what Spaceport Camden’s LSOL is providing Camden County,” said U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1. “Our already world-class economy is now diversifying in a way that will catapult Georgia into the 21st century and beyond.

“I am immensely proud of Spaceport Camden for their hard work and innovation that made this possible. With this announcement, Georgia’s First District has solidified itself as a global leader.”

From WTOC:

A statement the FAA sent Monday said, in part, “After completing an environmental and safety review, the FAA is issuing a license for Spaceport Camden in Georgia. This license does not authorize a single launch.”

The FAA made it clear this license only allows the county to start operating the site as a potential launch location. That’s the next phase for the county, but some people want it to stop.

Blount says they’re in discussions for a possible launch in 18 months.

An injunction was filed in the Camden County Superior Court to stop the project until citizens can have the vote. A probate court judge has 90 days from Dec. 14 to verify the signatures for a referendum election.

From News4Jax:

“This once in a generation opportunity will provide a new frontier of economic prosperity for Camden, the region and the state of Georgia,” Steve Howard, Camden County Administrator and Spaceport Camden executive project lead, said in a statement after the FAA’s decision was announced.

“Georgia is part of the new space race, and we will become one of the leaders,” Howard added.

United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg spoke about supply chain issues, according to the AJC.

In a visit to the Port of Savannah Friday, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg promised to push initiatives that will ease two crucial bottlenecks in the supply chain: the shortage of truckers and the lack of capacity at the nation’s shipping terminals.

Buttigieg toured the facility with officials of the Georgia Ports Authority and the International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents many of the workers who unload ships and move cargo around the terminal.

“One of the reasons we are here is that we think that what the Georgia ports have done could be a model for other places around the country,” Buttigieg said during a press conference in Savannah.

Thousands of truckers retire or quit each year, Buttigieg told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution during a phone interview. “We have been working the issue all year and our focus is two-fold. We need to recruit more people and we need to retain more people.”

The department is looking for ways to entice more veterans into trucking, but also to add more women, he said. “We should not be leaving so many excellent drivers on the table. We want to make it easier for people who want a career in trucking to have that opportunity.”

From the Savannah Morning News:

“If you hear about strains in the supply chain, it’s not because workers or ports, especially in a place like Savannah, are slowing down,” Buttigieg said at a press conference Friday afternoon. “Quite the contrary. They are moving the most we have ever seen move. It’s just that the demand is so far off the charts that it’s going to take even more to keep up.”

“We cannot only make up for lost time investing in our ports and waterways and our roads and bridges and our rail and transit, but also get ready for the growth opportunity in the future,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg visited the port to view the expansion projects — including the new Mason Mega Rail — and discuss how the newly passed bipartisan infrastructure bill will further alleviate backlogs and high demand at the ports and related sites. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will funnel billions into improvements for ports, roadways, railroads and airports to improve travel and supply chain congestion.

Carter, the U.S. Representative for the Savannah-Chatham area, voted against the bill and would “vote against it again,” he said. Carter participated in the roundtable to hear ideas and solutions to the supply chain issues from business owners directly, not to help Buttigieg promote the infrastructure bill.

“What this bill included was more than that, only about 56% of it was true infrastructure,” Carter said. “The other were Green New Deal initiatives. And not only that, but it was very disappointing, it was a missed opportunity for us to work in a bipartisan fashion.”

Buttigieg said his department is working with unions and private businesses to “clear the red tape” around licensing and training to bring in new truck drivers, while retaining the stringent safety protocols that are required of people driving commercial vehicles.

“This is crucially important for the entire supply chain,” Buttigieg said. “In order for these goods to efficiently move to where they need to go, we need to have the right kind of trucking workforce. But we don’t have the capacity that we need right now…”

Buttigieg said he and the president will continue to advocate for union jobs, especially in states such as Georgia, which is one of the least-unionized states in the nation.

“These are workers who don’t get to work from home, you can’t Zoom into your job at the Port of Savannah or when you’re driving a truck. We need to support them,” Buttigieg said. “And I think unions are an important part of that support structure.”

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Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 20, 2021

Gabby is a young female Pointer and Cattle Dog mix who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

Gabby  is a very energetic and playful one year old girl that got lost and came to the shelter on 12/01/2021. Gabby loves toys and treats and will sit for them. Playtime is her favorite activity and she’s all in for it, so she forgets sometimes to “stay” when asked. Sweetheart Gabby currently weighs 38 pounds and is already spayed and microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations, and she hopes to find a very active home where she gets lots of exercise, fun activities and adventures. Meet Gabby in run 6 and see if this adorable cutie can pull your heartstrings, her ID # is 633541. Gabby is up to date on vaccinations and will be heartworm tested upon adoption.

Max is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

Eight-month old Max has been in the shelter since 12/17. Max’s family brought him in because they could no longer care for him. This loving boy is full of energy and love! He is a darling boy that was taught how to sit on command; Max is ready to learn lots more tricks! Max loves to go on long walks and adventures. He can’t wait to play, love on, and cuddle with his new best friends! Max is house-trained and good with kids! He will become a wonderful and affectionate family member to a family that is willing and patient with him. Stop by the shelter to meet, fall in love, and scoop up this adorable, 42 pound, sweetheart from run 30. His ID number is 633801. Max is up-to-date on vaccines, and he will be neutered, microchipped, and heart worm tested upon adoption. Max can’t wait to start loving his new family!

Kody is a male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

Kody is a 3 year old Hound mix and currently weighs 95 pounds. Kody has been frightened since arriving but has come around and now just wants love. He also has an ear infection that the shelter vet will take care of. Handsome Kody is a very good boy and sits when told. If you are looking for a big cuddle bug, stop by at the shelter and meet Kody in Run 109, his ID # is 633688. He is up to date on vaccinations and is already neutered and microchipped. He will also be tested for heartworms upon adoption.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 20, 2021

On December 20, 1864, Confederate forces in Savannah retreated ahead of Sherman’s army, crossing over into South Carolina, four years to the day after South Carolina’s secession.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Former United States Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) has died. From the New York Times:

Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican who succeeded Newt Gingrich in the House of Representatives, and in 15 years in the Senate was a moderate conservative, often championing bipartisan cooperation, until his resignation for health reasons in 2019, died on Sunday at his home in Atlanta. He was 76.

His death was confirmed by the Isakson Initiative, which he founded to raise money for research into neurocognitive diseases.It did not specify a cause, but when he resigned, Senator Isakson had cited progressive Parkinson’s disease and surgery to remove a growth on a kidney.

Mr. Isakson made a fortune as a real estate executive before going into politics at 32. He served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature, lost a race for governor and another to succeed Senator Sam Nunn, a retiring Democrat who had been in office for 25 years. As a consolation, the governor named Mr. Isakson to head the state Board of Education. It seemed his political career was over.

But Mr. Gingrich, the mercurial House speaker from Georgia, was facing a revolt in his caucus over midterm election losses. He resigned as speaker and announced that he would not take his seat for an 11th term starting in January 1999. A month later, Mr. Isakson, well-liked in the state for his legislative and education work, won a special election and took Mr. Gingrich’s seat.

In 2003, another opportunity arose. Senator Zell Miller, a Georgia Democrat and former governor, chose not to run for re-election. Mr. Isakson jumped into the race and easily defeated the Democratic candidate, Representative Denise Majette, for a Senate seat.

From the AJC:

In Congress, Isakson helped craft the No Child Left Behind education law and, later, its replacement. He worked to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, immigration policy and health care.

“If you had a vote in the Senate on who’s the most respected and well-liked member, Johnny would win probably 100 to nothing,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., an Isakson confidant, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2019. “His demeanor is quite different from what most people expect of politicians.”

“If all Republicans were like Johnny,” former Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat, once said, “I would be a Republican.”

His first campaign was for Cobb County Commission in 1974. He lost, and not for the last time.

Isakson won a seat in the state House in 1976, as the rest of the state voted big for Democrat Jimmy Carter. He arrived at the Gold Dome along with fewer than two dozen Republicans.

“He was very amicable and approachable,” said state Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, who was floor leader for Gov. Joe Frank Harris when Isakson was minority leader. “He’s been the same to me whether or not he was in power or out of power, and I think that’s key when you’re consistent with how you carry yourself.”

Isakson’s reputation as a savvy dealmaker was cemented early in his D.C. tenure. He was months into his first Senate term when Delta Air Lines filed for bankruptcy, leaving the pension plans for some 91,000 Georgians on the line.

He quickly got to work on legislation allowing the carrier to stretch out payments on its pension plans. He negotiated with individual lawmakers even as he faced resistance from then-President George W. Bush and powerful congressional leaders who were opposed to special carve-outs for airlines as part of a broader pension overhaul.

From Greg Bluestein at the AJC:

He was the only Georgian to serve in both chambers of the Legislature and in Congress. He helped build the state Republican Party into the dominant power in the 2000s.

He was beloved on both sides of the aisle as a champion of the Isakson Way ideology that meant finding compromise where possible – and not vilifying his political adversaries when it was not.

But he might be most remembered for exemplifying his motto: “There are two types of people in this world – friends and future friends.”

For some, that was an empty promise. For Isakson, it was a way of life.

He was the Senate’s only “double chairman” for a time – leading both the Ethics and Veteran Affairs committees.

There was one more thing, Isakson added, he wanted on his epitaph:

“That he always worked for the best interests of the people,” Isakson said. “As long as that’s the case, I’m happy.”

From a statement by Governor Kemp:

“Georgia has lost a giant, one of its greatest statesmen, and a servant leader dedicated to making his state and country better than he found it.”

“Johnny Isakson personified what it means to be a Georgian.”

“Johnny was also a dear friend of Marty, the girls, and me — as he was to so many. He answered the call to public service many times over his career as a state legislator, minority leader in the Georgia House, chair of the State Board of Education, Congressman, and finally as Senator.”

“His work to champion our veterans, deliver disaster relief for Georgia farmers after Hurricane Michael, and always stand up for Georgia’s best interest in the U.S. Senate will live on for generations to come,”

“As a businessman and a gifted retail politician, Johnny paved the way for the modern Republican Party in Georgia, but he never let partisan politics get in the way of doing what was right.”

“Above all, Johnny was a wonderful father to his three children and a devoted husband to Dianne. Our family is sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the Isakson family, his former staff, and all lucky enough to call Johnny a friend. Georgians across our state join them in mourning the loss of one of our best.”

From WSB-TV:

“My senior year of college I got a diploma and a draft notice on the same day. I joined the National Guard, of which I’m very proud — I’m still a Guardsman to this day,” Isakson said during a 10-minute speech on the Senate floor paying tribute to his friend Sen. John McCain in August 2018 “I consciously did that because I wanted to do everything I could to stay here and get married.”

From the Associated Press:

“He was a great man and I will miss him,” John Isakson said.

President Joe Biden, who served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with Isakson, said in a statement Sunday that he and the late senator “found common ground built on mutual respect for each other and the institutions that govern our nation.”

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, on Sunday referred to Isakson as “one of my very best friends in the Senate.”

“His infectious warmth and charisma, his generosity, and his integrity made Johnny one of the most admired and beloved people in the Capitol,” McConnell said in a statement.

State Attorney General Chris Carr was the former senator’s chief of staff. “When I was a young man just getting started in politics, I wanted to be like Johnny Isakson,” Carr said Sunday.

Democratic Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock said “all of Georgia” grieves Isakson’s death. Warnock, who took over Isakson’s old seat after defeating Republican Kelly Loeffler in a January runoff, had a special connection to Isakson, who attended an annual service in honor of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The church’s pulpit was King’s and later became Warnock’s.

Isakson’s “model of public service is an example to future generations of leaders on how to stand on principle and make progress while also governing with compassion and a heart for compromise,” Warnock said Sunday.

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Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 17, 2021

Goldie is a 2-year old female German Shepherd dog mix who is available for adoption from Newton County Animal Control in Covington, GA.

11991-1-H is a female Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from Newton County Animal Control in Covington, GA.

Yooka is an 8-month old female German Shepherd Dog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Newton County Animal Control in Covington, GA.

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Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 17, 2021

The British ship Mayflower landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 18, 1620.

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Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley who founded Methodism, and one of the great hymn-writers, was born on December 18, 1707. Wesley accompanied James Oglethorpe to Georgia in 1736.

France formally recognized the United States as an independent nation on December 17, 1777.

The first national day of thanksgiving was observed on December 18, 1777 commemorating the American victory over the British at Saratoga the previous month.

Congress wrote, “It is therefore recommended to the Legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES, to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for solemn THANKSGIVING and PRAISE; That at one Time and with one Voice the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor.”

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George Washington’s Continental Army entered winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on December 19, 1777.

During 1777, Patriot forces under General Washington suffered major defeats against the British at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown; Philadelphia, the capital of the United States, fell into British hands. The particularly severe winter of 1777-1778 proved to be a great trial for the American army, and of the 11,000 soldiers stationed at Valley Forge, hundreds died from disease. However, the suffering troops were held together by loyalty to the Patriot cause and to General Washington, who stayed with his men.

When Washington’s army marched out of Valley Forge on June 19, 1778, the men were better disciplined and stronger in spirit than when they had entered.

In her youth, Mrs. GaPundit continually reminded her parents that the area in which she grew up, literally down the street from Valley Forge National Historic Park, was well known for causing frostbite.

On December 18, 1834, Governor William Lumpkin signed legislation chartering the Georgia Methodists Conference Manual Labor School at Oxford, Georgia, which would later become Emory College in 1836 and Emory University in 1915.

On December 19, 1860, the Georgia General Assembly adopted Resolution 14, which read in part,

Resolved 4th. That, should any or all of the Southern States determine in the present emergency to withdraw from the Union and resume their sovereignty, it is the sense of this General Assembly that such seceding States should form a confederacy under a republican form of government; and to that end they should adopt the Constitution of the United States, so altered and amended as to suit the new state of affairs.

General Ulysses S. Grant expelled all Jews from his military district, which covered parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky on December 17, 1862. President Lincoln ordered Grant to rescind the order.

On December 18, 1865, U.S. Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlawed slavery in the United States.

On December 19, 1868, Congress opened hearings into barriers African-Americans faced to voting in Georgia, which included threats, violence, and death.

The office of Superintendent of Public Education and Georgia Schools was created on December 18, 1866 when Gov. Charles Jenkins signed legislation passed by the General Assembly; on December 18, 1894, Gov. William Atkinson approved a resolution for a Constitutional Amendment to make the State School Commissioner elected statewide.

President William McKinley visited Savannah, Georgia on December 17, 1898. While there, McKinley attended church at Wesley Monumental Methodist Church and visited Georgia Agricultural and Medical College (now Savannah State University) and the Seventh Army.

On December 17, 1902, legislation changed Georgia’s state flag changed to include the coat of arms on the blue band.

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On December 17, 1944, Major General Henry C. Pratt ordered the end of the imprisonment of American citizens of Japanese descent in prison camps.

WTBS began broadcasting under new call letters on December 17, 1976 and uplinked its programming to satellite to become “America’s Super Station.”

On December 19, 1998, the United States House of Representatives voted to approve two of four Articles of Impeachment against President Bill Clinton.

Article I was approved 228-206. Voting in favor were 223 Republicans and 5 Democrats. Voting against were 200 Democrats, 5 Republicans, and one Independent.

Article II was defeated 229-205. Voting in favor were 200 Republicans and 5 Democrats. Voting against were 200 Democrats, 28 Republicans, and one Independent.

Article III was approved 221-212. Voting in favor were 216 Republicans and 5 Democrats. Voting against were 199 Democrats, 12 Republicans, and one Independent.

Article IV was defeated 285-148. Voting in favor were 147 Republicans and one Democrat. Voting against were 203 Democrats, 81 Republicans, and one Independent.

On all four impeachment articles, Georgia’s congressional delegation voted exclusively along party lines. Republican congressmen Jack Kingston (1st district), Mac Collins (3rd district), Newt Gingrich (6th district), Bob Barr (7th district), Saxby Chambliss (8th district), Nathan Deal (9th district), Charlie Norwood (10th district), and John Linder (11th district) voted in favor of all four articles. Democratic congressmen Sanford Bishop (2nd district) and John Lewis (5th district) and congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (4th district) voted against all four articles.

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Governor Brian Kemp announced that Rivian Inc will build a campus in Georgia, according to a press release.

At an event with company leaders, Governor Brian P. Kemp [yesterday] announced that Rivian Inc. (Rivian) will invest $5 billion in a carbon-conscious campus in Georgia for its electric adventure vehicles. Across operations, Rivian will create approximately 7,500 jobs on just under 2,000 acres located at the site known as the East Atlanta Megasite, represented by the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton, and Walton counties. Once manufacturing operations are fully ramped up, the Georgia facility will be capable of producing up to 400,000 vehicles per year. Rivian’s manufacturing plant represents the single-largest economic development project in state history.

“We are so proud that Georgia will now be home to Rivian’s largest manufacturing facility,” said Governor Kemp. “This single investment – the largest in state history – represents the future of automotive manufacturing and establishes the leading role the Peach State will play in this booming industry for generations to come. In addition to Georgia’s long-term focus on logistics, talent, workforce, and responsive government that significantly contributed to today’s pivotal announcement, my administration’s more recent emphasis on innovation and development in the electric mobility ecosystem has equipped our state with a new tool in the tool box to deliver big wins for hardworking Georgians.”

“In the top state for business, we value our partners in the private sector and the jobs and investment they provide countless communities. Our Georgia Quick Start workforce training resources, world-class higher education institutions, and statewide logistics infrastructure assets are prepared to meet Rivian’s production and research and development needs. As one of the world’s most dynamic, innovative companies, Rivian’s exciting announcement today begins a new chapter for Georgia, and we are honored to welcome them to the Peach State!”

Construction on the facility, located at Stanton Springs North, is expected to begin in summer 2022, and the start of production is slated for 2024. Rivian’s technology centers at the new campus will support the company’s research and development programs. The company is actively working to ensure that both the construction process and future facility meet Rivian’s high standards of conservation and sustainability for a cleaner, wilder future. The entire project will support the expansion of the U.S. electric vehicle industry and will serve to decarbonize the transportation and energy sectors.

Rivian is the latest success in Georgia’s push to recruit the entire electric mobility ecosystem to the state. In August, Governor Kemp announced the launch of the Electric Mobility and Innovation Alliance, a statewide initiative between government, industries, electric utilities, nonprofits, and other relevant stakeholders focused on growing the electric mobility ecosystem in the state and strengthening Georgia’s position in electrification-related manufacturing and innovation. In addition to bringing new investments to the state, Georgia is committed to ensuring the state’s existing industry and accompanying 55,000 automotive manufacturing jobs receive the support for retraining and expansions needed to transition to meet the new demands of electrified transportation.

“We’re happy to partner with Georgia on our next manufacturing site, which will allow us to meet demand for Rivian products and to scale our business rapidly,” said Rivian Chief People Officer Helen Russell. “Our work together is rooted in collaboration, transparency, fairness, and a strong sense of belonging. We’re excited for Georgians to bring their creativity and ideas to Rivian. We’re confident that, alongside Illinois, Georgia is the place for Rivian to scale and thrive.”

Rivian has developed and vertically integrated a connected electric platform that can be flexibly applied to a range of applications, including the company’s adventure products as well as B2B products such as its last-mile delivery vans, launched in partnership with Amazon. Rivian’s launch products, the R1T and R1S, provide an unmatched combination of performance, off-road capability, and utility. Earlier this week, the Rivian R1T all-electric truck earned the coveted 2022 truck of the year from MotorTrend, calling it “the most remarkable pickup truck we’ve ever driven!”.

“On behalf of the Joint Development Authority of Stanton Springs, we are overjoyed with Rivian’s decision to call Stanton Springs home, and we welcome them to the country’s premier joint economic development partnership,” said Joint Development Authority of Stanton Springs Chairman Jerry Silvio. “Rivian will now join two revolutionary leaders in their respective fields to make east Atlanta a beacon of technology and employment potential. The Joint Development Authority of Stanton Springs began over 25 years ago with the goal of creating high-tech, regional-focused jobs for generations to come. We are thankful for the dedication and steadfast focus from our economic development directors, Shane Short and Serra P. Hall, and our attorney, Andrea Gray, to ensure this vision is met and exceeded. Through the years, the four counties and our utility partners have planned strategically to ensure minimal impact on the local environment. With Rivian’s announcement today, the continued collaboration between the State of Georgia, the JDA, and now Rivian will be unprecedented.”

Rivian’s strategic location on the I-20 corridor will enable the company to access resources and speed its products to market. Offering 1,200 miles of highway and 5,000 miles of rail, Georgia is equipped to move product quickly and efficiently. Further, with investments such as the newly opened Mason Mega Rail Terminal at the Port of Savannah, which is the largest on-terminal rail facility in North America, Rivian will be able to efficiently tap into supply chain needs.

“We are excited to welcome Rivian to the Peach State’s manufacturing community,” said Griff Lynch, Executive Director for the Georgia Ports Authority. “As we expand our facilities for processing containers and finished vehicles, we look forward to the opportunity of providing supply chain solutions to Rivian, a world-class manufacturer of electric vehicles.”

“Georgia’s exceptional multimodal transportation network is foundational for the future of transportation and has led to our state being recognized as a national leader in EV corridor readiness, which is critical for further EV development,” said Russell McMurry, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation. “We look forward to providing the transportation infrastructure necessary to make this project successful for a company that will transform transportation as we know it, and are excited to know that Georgia will be home to such a vital partner.”

Rivian’s just under 2,000-acre parcel will include abundant natural space. Open job postings in Georgia will be immediately available at www.rivian.com/careers. Inquiries about project RFIs, RFPs listing, and supply chain outreach can be directed to georgia@rivian.com.

“The Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority is grateful to partner with Rivian and once again the Joint Development Authority of Stanton Springs for a landmark opportunity. We view this venture as a once-in-a-lifetime moment where our most important resource, water, must be managed in a way that it becomes the standard that all future projects aspire to achieve,” said Mike Hopkins, Executive Director of the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority. “The State of Georgia is a beacon of preservation and a steward for water protection. Our water system is uniquely designed to support our citizens, businesses, and natural environment in the Southeast – Rivian’s focus on environmental excellence fits perfectly within our vision here.”

Additionally, Georgia’s strong and diverse talent pool is bolstered by one of the largest state university systems in the country. Eighty-five accredited public and private universities in the state award more than 132,000 degrees and certificates to its graduates annually. A key driver in Georgia’s seamless system of higher education, the Technical College System of Georgia, consists of 22 colleges offering education and training in numerous industries that keep Georgia competitive in the global economy.

“Metro Atlanta is ideally suited for Rivian’s new operations and will allow the company to benefit from our region’s diverse and highly skilled workforce. Access to our unique community of innovative businesses and collaborative higher education institutions will also be a great asset for this significant new facility,” said Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Katie Kirkpatrick. “Congratulations to the team at Rivian and all of the organizations that supported this decision that will bolster the continued growth and prosperity of our region.”

To further assist the company with its workforce requirements, Georgia Quick Start will build and operate a state-of-the-art manufacturing training center that will provide Rivian with a fully customized training program that meets the company’s start-up needs. This will also build capacity and curricula within the Technical College System of Georgia to maintain a long-term pipeline of highly skilled employees who are trained specifically in these operations. In addition, the Georgia Department of Labor will assist the company in identifying and recruiting workers.

Director of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Aerospace, Defense, and Advanced Manufacturing team Hank Evans represented GDEcD’s Global Commerce division on this competitive project in partnership with numerous partners across the state. Partners include the Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton, and Walton Counties; the Georgia Ports Authority; the Georgia Department of Transportation; Georgia Quick Start; the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; and Georgia Power.

“Rivian’s decision to locate in Georgia will have a tremendous impact on the entire state,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “As I have said, we will see more change in the automotive industry in the next 10 years than we have seen in the past 100, and with this announcement, Georgia will be home to one of the main drivers of this transformation. For Rivian, sustainability doesn’t stop with just making EVs, it is carried throughout their work, going so far as to carefully plan construction efforts at the site to preserve and protect the beauty and uniqueness of their new home. This is to be applauded and makes us proud to become part of their story. Rivian will be an outstanding corporate citizen and community partner, and we look forward to a strong future together as the jobs and investment they create will change lives and accelerate Georgia’s sustainable and electrified future.”

Georgia is at the center of the rapidly expanding Southeast Automotive Alley, and Rivian’s investment accelerates the evolution of Georgia’s automotive ecosystem. Within the last five years, 78 automotive-related companies have located or expanded operations in Georgia, creating thousands of new jobs. While existing companies in Georgia have expanded their portfolios to include parts for EVs, companies from Korea, Germany, Turkey, and the Netherlands have also recently announced plans to build EV-related facilities in the state.

Georgia’s prime location, extensive infrastructure, skilled workforce, and business-friendly climate has made it an attractive location for a diverse array of rapidly developing industries focused on creating a sustainable future. Through fostering healthy industry practices and encouraging collaboration and innovation, the state is leading in the development and use of emerging technologies for the evolving automotive and mobility industries.

About Rivian

Rivian exists to create products and services that help our planet transition to carbon neutral energy and transportation. Rivian designs, develops, and manufactures category-defining electric vehicles and accessories and sells them directly to customers in the consumer and commercial markets. Rivian complements its vehicles with a full suite of proprietary, value-added services that address the entire lifecycle of the vehicle and deepen its customer relationships. Learn more about company, products, and careers at rivian.com.

Republican Chris West announced he will run for Congress in the Second District, currently held by Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Albany), according to the Capitol Beat News Service.

Chris West, general counsel to a Southwest Georgia real estate company, announced Thursday that he will challenge the longest-serving member of Georgia’s congressional delegation, Democratic U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop.

West, an officer in the Georgia National Guard, is pointing to Bishop’s age – 75 – and longevity in Congress as reasons for change. Bishop was elected to the House in 1992.

“Southwest Georgia deserves a political outsider, job creator and problem solver who will push back against overreach of the federal government, get our economy back on track and deliver real results,” West said.

“I’ve spent my career creating jobs, serving my country and delivering results for communities across South Georgia. I’ll bring that same energy and determination to Washington to deliver for Southwest Georgia families.”

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 16, 2021

Dumpling is a young male Redbone Coonhound mix puppy who is available for adoption from Augusta Animal Services in Augusta, GA.

Long droopy ears, eyelashes that just flutter and personality plus! That is our Dumpling! This hound mix is almost 3 months old!

Lou is a male Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from Augusta Animal Services in Augusta, GA.

Dumbo could actually fly with his ears. Lou can’t fly but he looks like he could flap those ears of his and sail away. Cute as can be, he is 12 pounds of sweetness. He was born on April 19th seven (7) years ago. Not only is he good with other dogs but also cats. He is housebroken and loves to go for walks. He likes to hide under blankets and sleep in bed. Lou does not seem to be interested in toys.

Morty is a male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Augusta Animal Services in Augusta, GA.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 16, 2021

On December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty, led by Patriot Sam Adams, boarded three British ships in Boston harbor and threw tea worth $700,000 to $1 million in today’s money into the water in what came to be known as the Boston Tea Party.

Boston Tea Party

Governor George Towns signed legislation on December 16, 1847 to build a State School for the Deaf and Dumb. The institution now known as the Georgia School for the Deaf was begun with a log cabin, $5000 from the legislature and four students and is still in operation in Cave Spring, Georgia.

On December 16, 1897, Gov. William Atkinson signed legislation recognizing June 3, the birthday of Jefferson Davis, as a state holiday.

On December 16, 1944, a German counterattack in the Ardennes region of Belgium created a “bulge” in Allied lines with particularly difficult fighting near the town of Bastogne. During the Battle of the Bulge, 89,000 Americans were wounded and 19,000 killed in the bloodiest battle fought by the U.S. in World War II.

President Jimmy Carter announced on December 16, 1976, that he would name Andrew Young, then serving as Congressman from Georgia’s Fifth District, as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson (D) will give away 400 gift cards worth $100 each to voters senior citizens, according to the AJC.

DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson will give away free $100 grocery gift cards to the first 400 seniors who attend her Holiday Health, Wellness and Food Festival on Dec. 21. The festive event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lou Walker Senior Center, located at 2538 Panola Road.

Demetrius McCoy, Johnson’s chief of staff, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the commissioner is using the last of her allotment of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to purchase the gift cards. Each DeKalb commissioner received $1.4 million in CARES Act funds to fund initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To qualify, you must be at least 60 years old and be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Attendees need to bring their vaccination card to enter the event.

In addition, attendees need to register in advance. To register, visit form.jotform.com/2133260609252147. Each attendee must register individually.

Georgia State Representative Matthew Wilson (D-Brookhaven) was fined after a pizza-delivery incident in the 2018 general election. From the AJC:Continue Reading..