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Jun

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for June 1, 2021

Duke is a ten-year old male Hound and Shar Pei mix who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

Duke is as sweet as can be and has quite an infectious smile. He’s pretty chill and laid back – in less there are treats involved – he gets pretty excited about those. But he’s a good boy and knows to sit and wait for it. Duke enjoys his daily walks and getting head and butt scratches and lots of attention. 

Duke and Roxy found their way to rescue when their parents were divorced.

Both Duke and Roxy are really just wonderful dogs who would be a great addition to any family. In a perfect world, they would be adopted together since they’ve been together for so long but they can also be adopted separately.

Roxy is a ten-year old female Husky mix who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

Roxy has the most beautiful and unique coat with lines in it that look like you ran your fingers down her back. With lots of personality, she loves chatting it up with you, as most Husky’s do, but isn’t a howler. Roxy is also laid back and loves belly rubs and her chew toys.

When it comes to patience – [Roxy and Duke] lived with eight cats! So felines are fine for this dynamic duo, and so are other dogs, and kids too! They both get along with everyone they meet.

Sam is a year-old male Staffordshire Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

Sam has lots of energy and loves to play! Especially tug-of-war. With his leash. So he will need someone strong who can handle him because he’s not a small guy. He is also very inquisitive and likes to hunt lizards and other bugs he finds, so a fenced in yard would be best for him. Unfortunately, he also thinks cats are something you can hunt, so cats are a definite No Go for this guy.

So are other dogs. While he has had one doggie friend that he came into rescue with, Sam needs to be your one and only. But you won’t need another dog because he’ll be your BFF. Seriously; Sam loves to be near you and would make a great companion! Do you like to walk? So does Sam! If you need to travel, Sam is fine with that too and does well in the car. Want to watch a movie, or need to get some work done? Sam is perfectly content relaxing and laying near you. What about a good night’s sleep? That will work for Sam too; he’s housebroken and sleeps through the night, ideally near you.

He’s not much of a barker. If something catches his eye, he’ll let you know, but he’s not one to just randomly bark at imaginary things or to excess.

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Jun

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 1, 2021

Benjamin Franklin became Georgia’s agent in England on June 1, 1768, making him also Georgia’s first lobbyist.

On June 1, 1775, Georgia patriots sent a care package to their brethren in Massachusetts comprising 63 barrels of rice and £122 after the battles at Lexington and Concord.

The court martial of Benedict Arnold convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 1, 1779.

Arnold negotiated his defection to the British and the subversion of West Point over several months. The British already held control of New York City and believed that by taking West Point they could effectively cut off the American’s New England forces from the rest of the fledgling nation.

In August 1780, Sir Henry Clinton offered Arnold £20,000 for delivering West Point and 3,000 troops. Arnold told General Washington that West Point was adequately prepared for an attack even though he was busy making sure that that it really wasn’t. He even tried to set up General Washington’s capture as a bonus. His plan might have been successful but his message was delivered too late and Washington escaped. The West Point surrender was also foiled when an American colonel ignored Arnold’s order not to fire on an approaching British ship.

Arnold’s defection was revealed to the Americans when British officer John André, acting as a messenger, was robbed by AWOL Americans working as pirates in the woods north of New York City. The notes revealing Arnold’s traitorous agreement were stashed in his boots.

On June 1, 1942, a Polish newspaper first published information about the gassing of Jews at Nazi concentration camps in Poland.

The Beatles released Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on June 1, 1967. The album is listed as #1 on the Rolling Stone top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time. From the title song’s regal blasts of brass and fuzz guitar to the orchestral seizure and long, dying piano chord at the end of “A Day in the Life,” the 13 tracks on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are the pinnacle of the Beatles’ eight years as recording artists. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were never more fearless and unified in their pursuit of magic and transcendence.

Issued in Britain on June 1st, 1967, and a day later in America, Sgt. Pepper is also rock’s ultimate declaration of change. For the Beatles, it was a decisive goodbye to matching suits, world tours and assembly-line record-making. “We were fed up with being Beatles,” McCartney said decades later, in Many Years From Now, Barry Miles’ McCartney biography. “We were not boys, we were men… artists rather than performers.

“It was a peak,” Lennon told Rolling Stone in 1970, describing both the album and his collaborative relationship with McCartney. “Paul and I were definitely working together,” Lennon said….

Rolling Stone should stick to writing about music.

The Savannah-Chatham County Historic Site and Monument Commission will meet Thursday and consider what to do with some remaining Confederate memorials on public display in Forsyth Park, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The group’s most recent report, which was completed last October, recommends that the busts of Bartow and McLaws be removed and placed in storage until a proper location can be found. The previous recommendation, which council approved in 2018, was to relocate the busts to Laurel Grove Cemetery.

The legality of what the city can do when it comes to removing or relocating the busts has been muddied in recent years due to state law, which tightened restrictions in 2019. The law prevents the busts from being relocated to a cemetery, mausoleum or museum.

Despite the state law at least two counties have relocated monuments in the last year. Last June, DeKalb County County Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger ruled that a 30-foot obelisk Confederate moment that had stood in the downtown Decatur square was a public nuisance. It was removed shortly after Seeliger’s ruling.

That same month the Athens-Clarke Commission voted to remove a Confederate memorial monument that lists the names of Athens soldiers who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War. The monument was removed in August.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Erratum: I was reminded that Peter Steckel withdrew from the election for Mayor of Watkinsville, leaving Brian Brodrick the only remaining candidate. I don’t know if Steckel’s name will still appear on ballots.

Governor Brian Kemp suspended Waynesboro Mayor Gregory Carswell, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

The order cites Carswell’s indictment last December on one count of identity fraud, one count of theft by taking, one count of theft by deception and one count of forgery in the second degree. All the charges are from his arrest last year in Statesboro.

Carswell will be suspended until final disposition of the case or until his term expires, the order states.

Carswell, who took office in 2017, had turned himself in last July after being contacted by the Statesboro Police Department and was released on a $10,000 bond. He is accused of taking $11,920 from Check Into Cash, where he was employed, by fraudulently refinancing a title pawn account and creating a fictitious title pawn account.

He was fired from the pawn shop, and the case remains open. According to the executive order, Carswell voluntarily authorized his suspension after the governor’s office received a certified copy of the indictment May 17.

Governor Kemp also issued Executive Order #05.28.21.02, which contains revised guidance on COVID-19 protocols.

From the Capitol Beat News Service via the Athens Banner Herald:

Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order Friday prohibiting schools from requiring students or employees to wear masks.

“As hospitalizations, cases, deaths, and percent positive tests all continue to decline – and with vaccinations on the rise — Georgians deserve to fully return to normal,” Kemp said.

“With safe and effective vaccines widely available and the public well-aware of all COVID-19 mitigation measures, mandates from state and local governments are no longer needed.”

The order lifting mask mandates in Georgia schools comes as school districts are wrapping up their 2020-21 terms. Most students won’t return to the classrooms for the fall semester until early-to-mid August.

From the Gainesville Times:

Though some school districts in northeast Georgia have already eased masking mandates, this executive order will likely affect Gainesville City Schools, Superintendent Jeremy Williams said in a phone interview Friday morning before the order’s signing.

This executive order will likely affect whether students must wear masks indoors at Gainesville schools, Williams said.

“We continue to monitor anything that’s happening at the state and local level,” he said. “We’re still processing all of it as we speak to determine what will be best when we start back.”

Hall County Schools have rolled back requirements further than Gainesville City Schools as of Tuesday May 25. Hall County no longer requires masks for anyone in schools, including staff, students and visitors, Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield said Friday in a phone interview.

Because of this recent policy change, the executive order from Kemp will not affect Hall County, Schofield said.

From Fox5Atlanta:

“We’re not going to have a mask mandate for our kids,” Kemp said. “Our teachers have had the ability to get vaccinated. It certainly doesn’t keep anyone from wearing a mask.”

The actual order adjusting Georgia’s few remaining coronavirus restrictions isn’t so strongly worded.

Instead, Kemp’s order says his COVID-19 emergency declaration “does not include the authority for local school districts to rely on the Public Health State of Emergency as a basis for requiring students or workers to wear a face covering” on school campuses.

In other words, Georgia school districts can no longer claim their authority to require masks comes from the governor.

Jason Esteves, chairman of the Atlanta school board and the state Democratic Party treasurer, said his district will continue requiring masks when 11,000 students return for summer classes next week.

He said the wording of Kemp’s order clearly shows the limits of his power over local school systems.

“We actually amended the dress code to require masks,” Esteves said. “And we did it without consideration of what the governor or the political winds told us to do at the time.”

I think the Fox5 analysis is correct.

The AJC asserts that new restrictions on mail-in voting will disproportionately impact African-American voters.

Over 272,000 registered voters don’t have a driver’s license or state ID on file with election officials, meaning they’d have to submit additional documents to vote by mail under Georgia’s new voting law, state election records show.

The ID requirements disproportionately affect Black voters, who are much less likely than white voters to have ID numbers matched to their voter registrations, according to election data.

Voters who lack a driver’s license or state ID number linked to their registrations will have to verify their identities to vote absentee. Georgia’s voting law requires them to provide a utility bill, bank statement or other form of ID in future elections.

Overall, about 3.5% of Georgia’s 7.8 million registered voters are missing a driver’s license or state ID number, according to records obtained from the secretary of state’s office under Georgia’s open records law.

More than half are Black. Most live in large, Democratic-leaning counties. Some are homeless or poor. And roughly 80,000 of them actually may have IDs but their information isn’t yet matched to election data, an issue state election officials are working to correct.

The secretary of state’s office plans to soon update voter registration records to include more ID numbers based on information provided by the Department of Driver Services. Rough estimates indicate that 80,000 of the 272,000 voters currently listed as lacking ID will have an ID number added to their registrations.

But that doesn’t mean Black turnout will decline because of more stringent ID requirements, said Trey Hood, a University of Georgia political science professor who published research on the effects of Georgia’s photo ID law for in-person voting that went into effect in 2008.

“The effects of these laws, at least from my research, are very, very small,” Hood said. “People make adjustments if they don’t have an ID. They can get a free ID or get another kind of ID, and they vote.”

Free voter ID cards are available to registered voters at county election offices and through the Department of Driver Services.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Kirkland Carden (D) wants to politicize education to score points for his reelection teach Asian-American History, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Carden issued a proclamation calling for that inclusion during the county commission’s May 25 public hearing.

“It’s time we put a renewed focus on enhancing our knowledge of history,” Carden said. “Too often, the history of the AAPI community has been overlooked and under appreciated.”

Carden has a key reason to pay attention to the issue: his district includes Duluth and Suwanee, which have two largest Korean-American communities in Georgia. He said there are several Asian-Americans that students could learn about, including Patsy Takemoto Mink, who was the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress, and Filipino-American labor leader Larry Dulay Itliong, who led the Delano Grape Strike in 1965.

“Sadly, our nation is facing a significant increase in acts of hate, violence and discrimination toward Asian-Americans,” Carden said. “It will take all of us to work together to defeat this recent wave of hate and bring our community together. I truly believe if more people learned about the accomplishments and the contributions of the AAPI community to our community … it would help combat the foreignization and otherization that takes place toward our Asian-American community.”

I note there was no discussion of Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sending American citizens of Japanese heritage to concentration camps. I guess there aren’t enough Japanese-American voters in the district.

State Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) will Chair a House Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure, according to the Rome News Tribune.

The appointment was made Friday by Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge. Other members are Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates; Rep. Matthew Gambill, R-Cartersville; Rep. Mesha Mainor, D-Atlanta; and Rep. Mark Newton, R-Augusta.

Dempsey, R-Rome, heads the House human services budget subcommittee and has long advocated for ways to head off societal problems rooted in childhood illness, deprivation or trauma.

She sponsored House Resolution 52, which created the study committee this past session. Initially, she had hoped for a joint committee with Senate participation as well. However, she said it’s been a difficult year with COVID-19 meeting restrictions combined with the creation of other study committees.

Hall County Commissioner Shelly Echols will run for the Senate District 49 seat being vacated by State Senator Butch Miller, according to the Gainesville Times.

“The 49th Senate district, that district has a long history of effective and strong leaders,” Echols said in a phone interview. “And with my background of being a wife and a mom, and a small biz owner and now as a county commissioner, I think I have a unique perspective that I can take to the Gold Dome.”

During her tenure on the county commission, Echols said she focused on keeping taxes low, putting county employees first with updated policies and a pay raise, and supporting law enforcement and first responders.

She has served on the commission since 2018, when she defeated Scott Gibbs for the District 3 seat. That was the first time she had run for public office.

Echols said she is not a single-issue candidate, but in her May 26 morning campaign announcement she stressed her commitment to, “champion pro-life policies, protect our Second Amendment rights, fight for less government, and never cave to the radical left and their cancel culture.”

“While I’ve been on the county commission, we’ve given pay raises to our first responders — and that includes our sheriff’s deputies,” Echols told The Times. “But I think the encouragement, the moral support, the appreciation — all of those things are even more important than financially supporting their paychecks.

“On a state level, I’m not opposed to passing legislation that police departments can’t be unfunded. That it’s a necessary thing to protect the citizens of the state.”

Georgia Revenue Commissioner David Curry, who previously was elected Henry County Tax Commissioner, will run for the Tenth District Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Jody Hice, according to the AJC.

Georgia Revenue Commissioner David Curry will get into the contest to replace Hice, citing a “recent alarming leftward shift.” In a statement, the Republican also warned of the perils of communism and societies that “treat criminals better than our police.”

“We reward – even encourage – people to be on the public dole rather than honoring and rewarding ingenuity, risk and a hard day’s work,” he said. “These values aren’t us.”

Other contenders include Mike Collins, who narrowly lost to Hice in 2014; wealthy demolition man Matt Richards; former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun and state Rep. Timothy Barr.

Gov. Brian Kemp tapped Curry to be the state revenue commissioner in May 2019.

Gwinnett County’s new noise ordinance also limits hours for fireworks, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The county has a new noise ordinance going into effect Tuesday that changes how officials will determine whether a noise can be considered a violation of the ordinance. The ordinance was adopted May 18.

“To balance the needs of both residents and businesses in our county, staff has completely rewritten the Noise Control Ordinance,” Deputy County Attorney Theresa Cox told commissioners on May 18. “Like the (previous) ordinance, the (new) ordinance uses the plainly audible standard for determining wether a sound is a violation.”

Under Gwinnett’s new noise ordinance, officials will use location, time of day and the distance from which the noise can be plainly audible to determine whether residents are in violation. The only exemptions for fireworks are those days that are exempt under state law.

That means the ordinance does not apply to fireworks that are set off between 10 a.m and 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, on the last Saturday and Sunday in May (i.e. the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day), July 3 and July 4 and Labor Day. There is also an exemption from midnight until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Augusta Commissioners are considering spending some federal aid on a new homeless shelter, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Plans are in the works but details not finalized for Augusta to build, repurpose or acquire and operate a homeless shelter using American Rescue Plan funds.

The item was a last-minute add to an Augusta Commission committee agenda last Tuesday. Approximately $3.5 million in federal HOME funds headed to Augusta Housing and Community Development would be used for a “non-congregate” shelter, meaning each resident or family would have a separate room and bathroom in a compact community of units.

The HOME funds allocated in the rescue plan are separate from the large amounts Augusta is poised to receive directly from the plan. On Wednesday, officials put that number at $84.25 million, with a first payment in by May 15.

A budget recommendation included with the agenda item showed $522,480 for staff to gather data, conduct studies and prepare plans of action plus their salaries, supplies and equipment. The shelter itself is allocated $2.2 million. A remaining $760,721 would go to affordable housing activities such as homelessness prevention among at-risk populations, including veterans.

The Muscogee County Board of Education previewed its FY 2022 budget, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

The property tax millage rate would remain the same, no employees would be furloughed, and the pay scale would increase.

Those nuggets of news are among the expected highlights when the Muscogee County School District finalizes its fiscal year 2022 budget.

The administration is scheduled to present the board its tentative FY 2022 budget during the June 7 work session and called meeting, when the board also will vote on the tentative millage rate for property taxes.

Final adoption of the budget and the millage rate is set for the June 21 meeting.

Savannah City Council adopted a resolution aimed at eliminating single-use plastics from county operations, according to the Savannah Morning News.

“(T)he City of Savannah shall phase out purchasing of single use plastics and expanded polystyrene foam where practicable and transition to acceptable packaging and products by one year from the date of this resolution within City of Savannah buildings,” the resolution reads in part.

>Mayor Van Johnson said City Manager Michael Brown is being tasked with identifying where single use plastics can be eliminated and creating a timeline to implement the resolution.

“There are some areas in which we are aspiring but we’re just not gonna be there yet,” Johnson said, citing printer cartridges as an example.

“The technology is just not there yet; we still need to print stuff,” he said. “But I think that there are a variety of ways that we can be leaders in this and a variety of ways we look at our own operations.”

Some parents of Savannah-Chatham County public schools students want a COVID grade bump for students, according to the Savannah Morning News.

When she saw her daughter’s grades last December and how much they had fallen, she said, “It was like [the grades from] another kid. It was like I didn’t know who this person was. And, we realized that we had all not been paying attention, and she had just gone through all of the things teenagers are going through right now which is loneliness, [and] alienation.”

She believes the school district should consider the effect the pandemic has had on students’ emotional well-being, which affects their motivation to do schoolwork and ultimately grades. For a student such as Batchelor’s daughter who is used to earning A’s to be suddenly failing, the additional emotional toll creates the downward spiral and a lack of motivation.

Batchelor addressed the school board with her concerns at its regular meeting on March 3, just before the end of the third-quarter grading period, asking for leniency in fourth quarter grading.

She reminded the school board about last year when, just as the effects of COVID-19 were being felt, the fourth quarter was all but considered optional and students’ grades from the previous three quarters were averaged for a fourth quarter grade. Batchelor added that as more colleges and universities drop SAT and ACT scores for admission, high school grades are more important than ever.

Holly Adams, who has a rising senior at Islands High School, is not in favor of dropping the lowest grade and averaging the other three because she said it wouldn’t be fair to students, such as her son, who have high scores. Adams recalled students last year were told if they “did everything” in the fourth quarter, which was virtual, they would earn an extra seven points. She added students who were in the low 90s would suddenly have a 97, or an A grade. Her son, who was already scoring 98 in all of his classes, would get only two points up to 100.

Statesboro City Council will consider a referendum to allow liquor stores, according to the Statesboro Herald.

City Council may vote Tuesday to place a referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot to allow liquor stores in Statesboro. It’s on the agenda for the 9 a.m. regular meeting.

Because the office of mayor is up for election, a citywide election would have to occur on that date anyway, unless Mayor Jonathan McCollar emerges unopposed from the Aug. 16-20 candidate qualifying period. The council seats in District 1, where Phil Boyum is the incumbent, and District 4, where incumbent John Riggs is not seeking re-election, are also up for election.

A brief resolution that would initiate the referendum “to authorize the issuance of licenses for the package sale of distilled spirits” is included in Tuesday’s agenda packet. Bringing a referendum to legalize liquor stores in this way was impossible until May 4, when Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia Senate Bill 145 into law. Previously, a referendum for this purpose could only be initiated through a petition signed by at least 35% of the registered and qualified voters in a city or county.

Muscogee County Board of Education member Mark Cantrell  has been hospitalized, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Oyster harvesting season in Georgia closes for the summer today, according to WTOC.

Recreational and commercial harvesting of oysters in Georgia is set to end Tuesday and remain closed until the fall. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced the closure. The agency says the closure is in line with its plan to control a naturally occurring bacteria found in filter-feeding shellfish.

People will still be allowed to harvest clams in approved shellfish harvesting areas. Oyster harvesting is set to reopen on Oct. 1.

28
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 28, 2021

Cache and Alaska are young male Husky and Labrador mix puppies who are available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia in Dalton, GA.

Brothers Alaska and Cache are ten week old male Husky/Labrador mix pups with charming personalities. These cute cuddly blonde bears weigh twenty-one pounds and will be large dogs someday. An adult or family with older children is best suited for this pair. They are looking for a loving family that has the time to spend raising and training a puppy.

Darth is a young male Australian Shepherd & Catahoula Leopard Dog puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia in Dalton, GA.

Darth, Han, Rey, Rose, Sabine, and Yoda are fat, sassy and full of spunk! These adorable pups are nine weeks old and come in a variety of coat colors. All have charming personalities and are very affectionate. Darth, Han, and Yoda are boys and Rey, Rose and Sabine are girls. All weigh less than ten pounds and will be medium size dogs when full grown.

Minnie is a young female German Shepherd Dog & Australian Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia in Dalton, GA.

Daisy, Della, Minnie and Mickey are ten week old adorable German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix pups. These affectionate fuzzy butterballs weigh less than eighteen pounds now but will be large dogs when full grown. There are three girls and one boy with various tricolor coats. All will make fabulous pets for some lucky family. Fun-loving and rambunctious, these pups have boundless energy and are a blast to watch play.

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May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 28, 2021

Lt. Colonel George Washington fought French and Indian scouts on May 28, 1754, beginning the Seven Years War.

The Treaty of Augusta was signed on May 31, 1783, between the Creek Indians and Georgia Commissioners. A second, identical document would be signed on November 1 of that year.

The first graduation ceremony for the University of Georgia was held on May 31, 1804.

On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, requiring all Native Americans to relocate west of the Mississippi River.

On May 29, 1836, the United States Senate ratified the Treaty of New Echota, which required the movement of all Cherokee out of Georgia and led to the “Trail of Tears.”

The Battle of Dallas, Georgia began on May 28, 1864. Click here to watch Week 6 of the Georgia Public Broadcasting/Atlanta History Center series on the Civil War in Georgia.

Savannah-born John C. Fremont was nominated for President of the United States by the Radical Republicans on May 31, 1864. Fremont had previously been nominated for President by the Republican Party as their first presidential candidate in 1856.

The Capital City Club in Atlanta was chartered on May 31, 1889.

United States Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan certified the 17th Amendment as part of the Constitution on May 31, 1913, authorizing the direct election of United States Senators. Georgia never ratified the Amendment.

On May 30, 1922, Chief Justice of the United States William H. Taft dedicated the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Inside the memorial is a seated statue of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French carved from 175 tons of Georgia white marble.

French also created the statue of Jame Oglethorpe that stands in Chippewa Square in Savannah and a seated statue of Samuel Spencer considered to be a prototype of the Lincoln carving. Samuel Spencer was the first President of Southern Railway and was originally located at the rail station in downtown Atlanta before moving to the Southern Railway passenger station in Buckhead in the 1970s and is currently at 1200 Peachtree Street in front of Norfolk Southern.

On May 29, 1942, Adolf Hitler ordered all Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris to wear a yellow Star of David on their coats.

Happy Birthday to Gladys Knight, born in Atlanta on May 28, 1944.

On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese Sherpa, became the first to summit Mount Everest.

On May 28, Tenzing and Hillary set out, setting up high camp at 27,900 feet. After a freezing, sleepless night, the pair plodded on, reaching the South Summit by 9 a.m. and a steep rocky step, some 40 feet high, about an hour later. Wedging himself in a crack in the face, Hillary inched himself up what was thereafter known as the Hillary Step. Hillary threw down a rope, and Norgay followed. At about 11:30 a.m., the climbers arrived at the top of the world.

News of the success was rushed by runner from the expedition’s base camp to the radio post at Namche Bazar, and then sent by coded message to London, where Queen Elizabeth II learned of the achievement on June 1, the eve of her coronation. The next day, the news broke around the world. Later that year, Hillary and Hunt were knighted by the queen. Norgay, because he was not a citizen of a Commonwealth nation, received the lesser British Empire Medal.

Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter appeared on the cover of Time magazine on May 31, 1971.

Carter Time Cover 1971

A summit between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ended on May 31, 1988. Four years later, in 1992, Gorbachev was dancing for dollars in the United States, including the keynote address at Emory University’s graduation.

On this day in 1992, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion by Georgia-based The Black Crowes reached number one on the Billboard US Album chart.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Voters are going to the polls in Muscogee County Board of Education DIstrict 2 to vote early in a June 15 special election, according to WTVM.

Early voting is currently underway for a seat on the the Muscogee County School Board.

The seat will fill the void left by former District 2 representative Mike Edmondson who died in February after a battle with cancer.

You can cast your ballot at the City Services Center on Macon Road.

The candidates are Bart Steed and Nickie Tiller.

Early voting is also underway in special elections for Henry County Commission District 3, State House District 34, Rockdale County Probate Court Judge, and Mayor of Watkinsville, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..

27
May

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 27, 2021

Reba is an adult female Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.

Reba is one of the sweetest southern bells you ever will meet. She loves to be pampered and loved on and will always have your back. Reba is heart worm positive but does not let that get in her way. She loves the spotlight and will use her beautiful vocals to let you know what she wants and when she wants it. If you are looking for another band member to add to your group then look no further!

Zoey is an adult female Dachshund and Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.

Zoey was born on August 4th 2011. She is playful and is energetic. She loves to be pet, loved, and cuddled. She is ready to part of a family who will play with her and love her!

Jiminy is an adult male Hound and Great Pyrenees mix who is available for adoption from the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.

Jiminy is a fun and loveable boy. He loves to play with his toys and run all around the parks. He gives the best dog hugs and just like the character, he is loyal to the end. Jiminy is looking for his loyal companion to be with forever!

Learn more about TLC Humane Society on their website or their Facebook page.

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May

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 27, 2021

On May 27, 1813, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to John Adams to let Adams know of the death of a mutual friend.

On May 27, 1863, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a federal district court judge, issued a decision in Ex parte Merryman, which challenged President Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of the right of habeas corpus. Lincoln ignored the ruling.

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Pickett’s Mill in Paulding County, Georgia, where Sherman’s forces attacked Johnston’s Confederates on May 27, 1864. Among the combatants on the Union side was Ambrose Bierce, who would later write The Crime at Pickett’s Mill. Pickett’s Mill is the site of annual reenactments.

On May 27, 1864, the Federal Army, having been stopped in its advance on Atlanta two days earlier by the Battle of New Hope Church, attempted to outflank the Confederate position. Some 14,000 Federal troops were selected for the task, and General Howard was given command. After a five-hour march, Howard’s force reached the vicinity of Pickett’s Mill and prepared to attack. Waiting were 10,000 Confederate troops under the command of General Cleburne.

The Federal assault began at 5 p.m. and continued into the night. Daybreak found the Confederates still in possession of the field. The Federals had lost 1,600 men compared to the Confederate loss of 500. The Confederate victory resulted in a one-week delay of the Federal advance on Atlanta.

Here are some photos of the battlefield and links to additional material.

On May 27, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the United States was in an unlimited national emergency and laid out conditions under which Germany’s expansionism would constitute an attack on the United States.

On May 27, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter blasted the “Stop Carter” movement in a speech in Cincinnati.

On May 27, 1995, actor Christopher Reeves was thrown from his horse in an equestrian competition in Culpepper, Virginia, becoming quadriplegic.

Seven years ago, a poll by Rasmussen showed Democrat Michelle Nunn beating both Jack Kingston and David Perdue in a General Election matchup and Democrat Jason Carter beating Gov. Deal.

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Marietta may have to change the name of their most prominent landmark. Fitzgerald, Georgia is building a 62-foot steel-framed topiary Big(ger) Chicken. From WTOC:

The Fitzgerald 62 foot tall topiary chicken is taking form but not flight as begins to look more like a bird and less like a chicken coup.

Fitzgerald Mayor Jim Puckett said the wings will be added next. He said construction did slow down over the last year because of the pandemic and that the Tennessee-based artist, Topiary Joe, was recovering from surgery. Puckett said they’re still working on a timeline for completion.

The money to build the chicken comes from SPLOST dollars that could only be used for tourism projects.

Wikipedia says that Marietta’s Big Chicken is 56-feet high.

It’s a good story about priorities in local government, but the chicken part stole the show for me.

Atlanta City Council member Antonio Brown got a lesson in irony crime wave politics. From the AJC:

An Atlanta city councilman and mayoral candidate running on a campaign of “reimagining public safety” became a victim of the city’s crime wave Wednesday when his car was stolen while he was attending an event.

Four people jumped into Councilman Antonio Brown’s car and took off while he was attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Atlanta police confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they are investigating the vehicle theft.

The incident happened along Verbena Street in northwest Atlanta about 11:45 a.m., police said. The victim told officers he had gotten out of his car to speak with someone. That’s when “several males entered his unlocked car and drove away with it,” police said.

The theft comes within weeks of Brown announcing his mayoral campaign amid an increase in violent crime across the city. Brown threw his hat into the contentious race May 14, joining the ranks of Councilman Andre Dickens, attorney Sharon Gay and City Council President Felicia Moore, who previously pointed to Atlanta’s “out of control” crime as her motivation for running.

Brown kicked off his run for mayor with a platform of “reimagining” public safety and policing in Atlanta. Earlier this year, he sponsored a City Council ordinance to look into the feasibility of restructuring Atlanta’s public safety agencies and creating a new city department focused on “wellness.”

The councilman was also among the seven councilmembers who voted in support of an ordinance to withhold $73 million of the Atlanta Police Department’s budget until Bottoms’ administration drafted a plan to reinvent the culture of policing in the city. The ordinance, which was narrowly voted down, came in the aftermath of mass demonstrations nationwide sparked by the deaths of numerous Black people at the hands of police officers.

Brown is under indictment on several federal fraud charges. Prosecutors said the councilman lied about his income on applications to obtain loans and credit cards used for personal purchases. All of the alleged incidents occurred years before he won the council seat in 2019.

Governor Brian Kemp announced the award of more than $6.7 million dollars in Law Enforcement Training Grants, according to a press release:

Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp and Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Executive Director Jay Neal announce the award of 63 grants in the amount of $6,756,389 for the Law Enforcement Training Grant Program. During the 2020 legislative session, Governor Brian Kemp recommended and lawmakers approved the creation of a law enforcement training grant program through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for state and local law enforcement agencies.

“We are committed to giving law enforcement officers across the state specialized training and resources needed to provide the best possible public safety to Georgia’s citizens,” said Governor Kemp. “This grant program will help pay for essential training – including in use of force and de-escalation – for state and local law enforcement officers and give them the tools they need to keep our communities safe.”

“Governor Kemp and the Georgia legislature have made it a priority to provide our law enforcement officers with the training and resources they need to better serve the people of Georgia, and we at CJCC are pleased to be a part of this effort,” said CJCC Executive Director Jay Neal.

Governor Kemp is expected to issue an Executive Order limiting the ability of schools to require masks, according to the AJC.

The Republican disclosed his plan during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News where he railed against “pandemic politics,” the latest in a series of decisions to curry favor with conservatives ahead of a challenging reelection campaign.

“We’re not going to have a mask mandate for our kids. Our teachers have had the ability to get vaccinated. It certainly doesn’t keep anyone from wearing a mask,” he said, adding: “The time for mandates is over. Our numbers have plummeted.”

Georgia’s fight against the pandemic has dramatically improved as the vaccine became widely available. Hospitalizations have plummeted in recent months, and more than 3.2 million Georgians – or roughly one-third of the state – have been inoculated.

Anthony Kreis, a constitutional law professor at Georgia State University, said it was “questionably unconstitutional.”

“The governor doesn’t have the inherent authority to dictate local school policies unilaterally,” he said. “I am unaware of any statute that would empower him to usurp power delegated to school authorities.”

Georgia Power Company announced that Chris Womack will serve as the new Chairman and CEO, according to a press release:

Georgia Power today announced that Chris Womack will assume the roles of chairman and CEO, effective June 1. He will now officially lead the company as chairman, president and CEO. Womack succeeds Georgia Power Chairman and CEO Paul Bowers; whose retirement is also effective June 1. For more than a decade, Bowers has led Georgia Power to a premier position in the industry, from storm response and customer satisfaction, to the growth of a diverse fuel portfolio and a deep commitment to the communities the company serves.

“As I shared eight months ago when I came back to Georgia Power, it is an exciting time to be a part of this company. We’re not only making history as we move closer to bringing online the first new nuclear units in the U.S. in decades, we’re also growing and evolving as a company,” said Chris Womack, president of Georgia Power. “We’re focused on finding new, innovative ideas and energy solutions that we believe will help build a sustainable energy future for our state and bring incredible value to our customers. Our company has a legacy of providing world class customer service and reliability to Georgians, and we are committed to continuing that great work.”

“Furthermore, our company, our communities and our country are all engaged in important work around social justice and racial equity. We will continue to stand together with our neighbors to address these issues because we want to be a part of shaping a future where all Georgians can thrive. Every day our team works to be a positive force in our communities in so many ways, whether it’s financial investments or volunteerism, because we believe that together we can make a bigger impact. I’m excited to see us continue and grow those efforts,” added Womack.

On Monday, Georgia Power announced the company and the Georgia Power Foundation are committing to invest $15 million annually from 2021-2025, $75 million over the five-year period, to help advance racial equity and social justice efforts in Georgia. The social justice funding supports initiatives focused on education equity, criminal justice reform and economic empowerment.

“I am supremely confident Chris is the type of extraordinary person to lead Georgia Power,” said Tom Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company. “His depth of experience across our system, the energy industry as a whole, and his record of public service within Atlanta, the state of Georgia, the entire Southeast and nationally will prove to be incredibly valuable as Georgia Power continues to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy for millions of Georgians. I look forward to working with Chris as he bolsters Georgia Power’s great legacy of service and citizenship.”

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr spoke to the local media in Albany, according to the Albany Herald.

Carr is seeking a second full term in office and has so far drawn the challenge of Democrats Jen Jordan and Charlie Bailey, both Atlanta attorneys. He said while in southwest Georgia he plans to “meet with Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards, a couple of sheriffs in the area and a group that is involved with my campaign.”

“The virus did not stop criminals from committing crimes,” the attorney general said. “So we’ve had to stay vigilant. Although our plans were impacted by the virus, our (statewide) Security Threat Group (Gang) Unit and our efforts to impact Human Trafficking have been successful. We’ve rescued around 144 people who were being trafficked, we’re targeting 120 more, and we’ve had 18 indictments, I believe. We’ll send you the actual stats, but they show we’ve had some successes.

Carr said that getting out into other parts of the state is one of the things he likes best about campaigning for office.

“I love to be around people,” he said. “I like having the opportunity to sit down and have conversations, look people in the eye. I recognize that it’s a digital world now, but I enjoy getting together with business owners who put in the long hours to make their businesses work. I’m energized by that.”

“I stand on rule of law,” Carr said. “I was elected to do a job, which is to uphold the constitution of the United States and of the state of Georgia. I do believe that any viable complaints should be investigated, and that’s what we did. Sixteen times — by Trump judges and non-Trump judges — the complaints were looked into, and there was not enough evidence to overturn the election.”

“First of all, you do what’s right,” he said. “Politics are important to our state and country, but politics can’t be the driving force when you hold public office. In the end, the government — serving the people who put you in office — is what matters.”

The Democratic Party of Georgia Chair spoke about how they affected the 2020 elections here, according to the Associated Press via AccessWDUN.

The short answer: time, money and plenty of staff and volunteers using “tailored outreach” to make Georgia’s electorate younger, less white and more focused on absentee and early voting than it’s ever been.

“These victories weren’t random … the result of some miracle,” Georgia Democratic chairwoman and U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams told party donors on a conference call Tuesday evening.

Williams described years of organizing and a deliberate timeline of ramping up staff ahead of 2020, insisting that Georgia’s growth alone didn’t ensure record presidential and Senate vote totals for Democrats. Rather, she said, it was tapping into that changing population to maximize votes.

For example, the party began its push toward vote-by-mail in the spring, ahead of the primary.

The party aimed events, most online because of the coronavirus pandemic, at specific demographic groups. The campaign spent at least $1.5 million on “in-language” advertising, including digital, radio and print, for the general election, plus another $2.5 million ahead of the Senate runoffs. Democrats matched surrogates to specific communities, and those targeted events, party officials said, were led by paid staffers who reflected the various races and ethnicities.

A spike in absentee voting benefited Democrats. The party reported that Biden managed an 8 percentage point advantage over Trump in absentee support, compared with an essential draw between Trump and Hillary Clinton four years earlier.

Younger and nonwhite participation increased to Democrats’ advantage. The party’s analysis found turnout by 18- to 24-year-olds was 51% in 2020, compared with 46.4% in 2016. For 25- to 29-year-olds, turnout jumped from 42% to 46%. Black turnout in November topped 66%, compared with 61.5% in 2016. Asian American voters and Latino voters also increased their combined share of the electorate to 5.5% in November, up from 3.7% four years earlier.

Those numbers meant Democrats widened their advantage in metro areas, including suburbs closest to Atlanta. The party’s analysis did not detail the apparent shift toward Democrats by some white, college-educated voters in those metropolitan and suburban counties because of dissatisfaction with Trump.

Democratic U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff (both Atlanta) want to force Georgia into Medicaid expansion, according to the Associated Press via AccessWDUN.

Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock on Wednesday wrote a letter saying they want the federal government to find a way to provide health insurance coverage to people in Georgia and 11 other states that haven’t agreed to expand the Medicaid program.

“The federal government, which already funded coverage for these individuals through the Affordable Care Act, has a responsibility to step in and help these citizens who have been left behind by their state leadership,” Ossoff and Warnock wrote. “We cannot continue to allow Americans with low incomes to suffer any longer just because they live in a state that has been overcome by political obstruction.”

In the letter to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Georgia’s senators said they were working on legislation to create a federal workaround or “pursue other strategies” to provide coverage in holdout states. The two said they want the legislation attached either to President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal or his proposal to provide additional education and family support benefits.

They said any alternative should not require insurance premiums and should require people who are insured to cover a low share of costs, like the traditional Medicaid program. Warnock and Ossoff didn’t outline how they would make up for the state share of the costs over the long term, though.

An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found the additional federal money offered under the coronavirus relief incentives would send Georgia about $1.4 billion over two years, and the state’s share of expanding coverage would be about $640 million. Georgia would end up $700 million ahead. More than 450,000 people in the state could become eligible for coverage.

But Republican leaders in Georgia and other states have ignored the enticement. Instead, Gov. Brian Kemp has been pursuing a more limited expansion that would impose work or education requirement to receive the benefits. The plan seeks to add an estimated 50,000 poor and uninsured Georgia residents to the Medicaid rolls in its first two years, with Republicans saying it’s a more narrowly tailored, fiscally responsible alternative to a full expansion.

President Joe Biden’s administration froze former President Donald Trump’s approval of Kemp’s plan, although Georgia lawmakers provided money for it anyway in the budget beginning July 1.

From the AJC:

Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock penned a letter calling for provisions to “close the coverage gap” in Georgia and other states that have refused to expand Medicaid to be included in any federal legislation that addresses health care and the economy.

“We can no longer wait for states to find a sense of morality and must step in to close the coverage gap and finally ensure that all low- and middle-income Americans have access to quality, affordable health care,” the senators wrote.

“Closing the coverage gap and providing more Americans with quality, affordable health care coverage is the most effective policy to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities and would be a major step towards decreasing the high rates of uninsured Americans in non-expansion states,” the two wrote.

“We have a duty to our constituents and a duty to those suffering from a lack of access to health care to provide for them when they are in need,” the senators wrote.

Six metro Atlanta cities will receive fewer federal stimmie-bucks than they thought, according to the AJC.

At least six metro cities will receive drastically lower amounts — up to 73% less — than the initial estimates released when the American Rescue Plan Act was pitched to Congress. Alpharetta will only receive about $6.6 million instead of the original estimate of $21.2 million. Johns Creek will receive $7.1 million, down 73% from the initial estimate of $26.6 million.

“We certainly are disappointed with the negative impact caused by the Treasury’s interpretations and final allocation methodology especially in light of the initial projected allocation,” said Tom Harris, finance director of Alpharetta.

Other metro Atlanta cities that also expect to receive significantly reduced pandemic relief: Brookhaven, Smyrna, South Fulton and Stonecrest.

The city [of Atlanta] is expecting $170.9 million from the American Rescue Plan. Atlanta’s Finance and Executive Committee learned on Wednesday that $64 million in relief funds will be sent to the city “in the next few weeks” that could be used to balance an expected $38 million revenue shortfall in their current fiscal year 2021 budget.

Brookhaven, which was expecting to get $17.5 million, found out three weeks ago that it was getting roughly half that amount, City Manager Christian Sigman said. The north DeKalb County city was among the wave of cities that found out their funding had been slashed under complicated financial formulas buried deep within the 242-page piece of legislation passed by Congress.

“It was probably a good 30 days or 60 days after the legislation was signed before people started realizing their allocation was going to be using another method,” Sigman said, “and it wasn’t exactly going to be the number that was bantered around in the House committees.”

Congressman Jody Hice (R-Monroe) is running against the mainstream media in addition to other candidates in his campaign for Georgia Secretary of State. From CNN via the Albany Herald:

Rep. Jody Hice says former President Donald Trump would’ve won the 2020 election in Georgia if it were “fair.” He says that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sent out 700,000 ballot applications to “illegal voters,” and that there’s going to be “some fraud mixed up in there.”

Hice’s various misleading and false claims attempt to undercut the validity of Biden’s victory. But Hice, with Trump’s support, is now the leading Republican candidate to oust Raffensperger in 2022 and run the 2024 elections for the state of Georgia. It’s a trend in battleground states across the country as Trump loyalists seek to become their state’s top election officials, which could give them outsized influence in a close race in the 2024 presidential election.

“I believe if there was a fair election, it would be a different outcome,” Hice told CNN when asked if he believed Trump won Georgia. “Absolutely.”

“I do not believe for one moment that Georgia is a blue state,” he added.

Trump’s Big Lie that he was the true victor has taken hold of many Republicans. A CNN poll last month found that 70% of Republicans say they do not think Biden won enough votes to be president.

Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican eying a Senate bid in Georgia, backs Hice for the job — and was critical of a settlement reached between the Georgia secretary of state’s office and Democratic organizations over signature matching, an issue Trump railed against even as Georgia election officials said it had no influence over the race.

“The Constitution is quite clear that it’s the responsibility of the legislative branch, of the state legislative branch, to run the elections and certainly I would have hoped that he would have gone through and gotten input from them before he did that,” Carter said.

The Georgia State House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee heard testimony about a crime wave in Atlanta, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Rome News Tribune.

“There’s going to be politics in this,” state Rep. J Collins, [R-Villa Rica], chairman of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security, told committee members. “(But) this committee wants to dig down and look at the facts.”

Murders in the city of Atlanta are up 50% so far this year over the same period in 2020, while rapes have increased by 82%. The city also has seen a surge in incidents of illegal street racing, prompting the General Assembly to pass legislation this year to criminalize organizing, promoting or participating in street races.

Wednesday’s kickoff meeting was to begin developing a list of witnesses who will be called to testify during a series of hearings the committee plans to hold next month and in July.

“We need to find out what it would take to put this ship back right in the water,” said Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell. “If you don’t have strong public safety, you have chaos.”

COVID inflation is affecting the costs of more than just my political opinions. Agriculture is being hit with increased costs, according to the AJC.

In 2020, the state’s farmers had strong sales because Americans working from home and government aid programs purchased more. But this year, growers are contending with increased expenses for everything from workers to cardboard boxes.

The costs of “our boxes are up 20%,” said Sam Watson, co-owner of the 700-acre Chill C Farms in Moultrie. “We are paying double for wooden pallets. Our chemical costs are up. Labor’s up. Fertilizer’s up.”

At the same time, Watson said, “we sold squash today for $6 a box. That is what I sold it for in our first crop in 2007.”

Increased transportation costs means the buyer will spend $8 to ship that $6 box of squash to some place like Philadelphia.

Agriculture is still Georgia’s largest single industry. In many counties, farmers are major employers and buyers of goods that keep local economies floating and taxes coming in. A bad year in farming could impact everything from local school spending to the state budget.

The pandemic’s effects on supply chains already have been felt in other industries. Lumber prices have skyrocketed due to a pandemic-related slowdown at Georgia’s mills as well as a surge in demand because of home improvements.

Albany City Commissioners voted to adopt a new noise ordinance that limits the hours for fireworks, according to the Albany Herald.

Commissioners unanimously approved the new ordinance, which will set the hours for use of fireworks from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The action was part of an overall noise ordinance that addresses other sounds that can be a disturbance, including car stereos.

State law does not allow for local governments to pass legislation that applies only to fireworks, but covering the topic under a blanket noise ordinance is allowed.

Several commissioners had identified fireworks as an issue that drew complaints from constituents whose sleep was disturbed. Other residents were concerned about whether the bangs were from firearms or legal explosive devices.

Under the state’s fireworks legislation, the cutoff time for fireworks is set at midnight, but cities and counties can set an earlier time as part of a general noise ordinance.

State [law] allows for setting off fireworks later on holidays, including the upcoming Memorial Day celebration, with the cutoff time of midnight. Other holidays that allow for fireworks later in the night include New Year’s Eve and Day and the 4th of July.

Local ordinances may not supersede those holiday guidelines set by the state.

CMA CGM Marco Polo, the largest container ship to call on East coast ports, called on Savannah yesterday, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The CMA CGM Marco Polo attracted thousands of onlookers to the banks of the Savannah River on Wednesday morning. The 1,300-foot vessel slipped past River Street at approximately 9 a.m., helped along by four tugboats, three of them spraying geysers of water skyward in welcome.

The Port of Savannah was the Polo’s third destination in its inaugural call on the U.S. East Coast. The ship, which is carrying cargo from Southeast Asia, already visited ports in New York and Norfolk, Virginia, in recent days and will sail for the Port of Charleston after unloading cargo in Savannah.

The Polo has a 16,000-container capacity, surpassing the last record-setting ship to call on Savannah, the COSCO Development in 2018.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 26, 2021

Little Butch is a young male Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from Animal Ark in Columbus, GA.

Butch (Spark) is a large male pit bull Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter in Danielsville, GA.

From the Foster family currently caring for Butch:

“He’s 6 or 7 yrs old. Good around other dogs though expects to be the alpha dog. Not so good around cats. Loves humans and his teddy bear. Wants to be near his master sleeping in your lap or slobbering on your face. He wants to be indoors sleeping on the couch but he doesn’t mind sleeping in a crate at night. But needs a fenced yard for when he’s outdoors. He’s smart but needs someone that has the time and abilities to train him, right now he’s just a big goofball.” Come give this big hunk a hug! 

Butch is a large mixed breed male dog who is available for adoption from Dekalb County Animal Services in Chamblee, GA.

Butch loves life! He’s energetic and playful, an enthusiastic, happy-go-lucky boy full of potential and personality. He knows his sit command and is young enough for you to train to be the best boy ever. He has enjoyed the company of other dogs in our play groups. Butch loves life and would love someone to share it with. Is that you?

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 26, 2021

Georgia Militia under General John Floyd began rounding up Cherokee Indians on May 26, 1838.

General Robert E. Lee wrote a letter dated May 26, 1861 to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown asking the state to send any weapons available for Georgia volunteers who arrived in Virginia unarmed.

The Battle of New Hope Church was fought near Dallas, Georgia May 25-26, 1864 between Confederates under General Joseph E. Johnston and Federal troops under General William T. Sherman.

President Calvin Coolidge signed the “Comprehensive Immigration Act” on May 26, 1924.

Many Americans saw the enormous influx of largely unskilled, uneducated immigrants during the early 1900s as causing unfair competition for jobs and land. Under the new law, immigration remained open to those with a college education and/or special skills, but entry was denied to Mexicans, and disproportionately to Eastern and Southern Europeans and Japanese. At the same time, the legislation allowed for more immigration from Northern European nations such as Britain, Ireland and Scandinavian countries. A quota was set that limited immigration to two percent of any given nation’s residents already in the U.S. as of 1890, a provision designed to maintain America’s largely Northern European racial composition. In 1927, the “two percent rule” was eliminated and a cap of 150,000 total immigrants annually was established.

The law particularly angered Japan, which in 1907 had forged with U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt a “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” which included more liberal immigration quotas for Japan. By 1924, strong U.S. agricultural and labor interests–particularly from California, which had already passed its own exclusionary laws against Japanese immigrants–favored the more restrictive legislation signed by Coolidge. The Japanese government viewed the American law as an insult, and protested by declaring May 26 a national day of humiliation in Japan.

Fort Frederica National Monument was established on St Simons Island, Georgia on May 26, 1936.

Fort Frederica National National Monument on St. Simons Island Fort Frederica National National Monument on St. Simons Island

May 26, 1949 was named Clay Day in Marietta, Georgia in honor of General Lucius Clay, who spoke at the courthouse square.

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Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Order #05.25.21.01, prohibiting Georgia state government , prohibiting Georgia state government from requiring a “vaccine passport.”Continue Reading..

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for May 25, 2021

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

Hey, I’m Jan! I’m one of the Brady Bunch pups. My mom was a puppy herself and was super scared. She did a really great job though! After getting us through our first months, it’s time for us to find a family to call our own. I’m a playful girl who loves to sleep during my downtime. So, if you’re looking for a pup who can do both, I’m your girl!

Reid is a young male Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler & Black Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Furever Match Inc in Dallas, GA.

Hi my name is Reid! I’m a 6 month old ball of fun! I love adventures and to play with others! I love kids, dogs and cats! I’m still a puppy so I will need redirection and someone who wants to work with me! My brother and I were dumped at a vet office and we would love to find our own home.

Bosco is a young male Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler & Black Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Furever Match Inc in Dallas, GA.

Hey guys! I’m Bosco! I’m dog friendly and would be a great addition to a family! I’m crate and house trained and I loveeeee car rides! I would love to find someone who wants to take me on all kinds of fun adventures and then let me snuggle up on your lap! Think it could be with you?

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for May 25, 2021

The Constitutional Convention of 1787 convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787.

With George Washington presiding, the Constitutional Convention formally convenes on this day in 1787. The convention faced a daunting task: the peaceful overthrow of the new American government as it had been defined by the Article of Confederation.

The process began with the proposal of James Madison’s Virginia Plan. Madison had dedicated the winter of 1787 to the study of confederacies throughout history and arrived in Philadelphia with a wealth of knowledge and an idea for a new American government. It featured a bicameral legislature, with representation in both houses apportioned to states based upon population; this was seen immediately as giving more power to large states, like Virginia. The two houses would in turn elect the executive and the judiciary and would possess veto power over the state legislatures.

William Patterson soon countered with a plan more attractive to the new nation’s smaller states. It too bore the imprint of America’s British experience. Under the New Jersey Plan, as it became known, each state would have a single vote in Congress as it had been under the Articles of Confederation, to even out power between large and small states.

Alexander Hamilton then put forward to the delegates a third plan, a perfect copy of the British Constitution including an upper house and legislature that would serve on good behavior.

Confronted by three counter-revolutionary options, the representatives of Connecticut finally came up with a workable compromise: a government with an upper house made up of equal numbers of delegates from each state and a lower house with proportional representation based upon population. This idea formed the basis of the new U.S. Constitution, which became the law of the land in 1789.

The Battle of New Hope Church was fought near Dallas, Georgia May 25-26, 1864 between Confederates under General Joseph E. Johnston and Federal troops under General William T. Sherman.

On May 25, 1907, an equine statue of John B. Gordon was unveiled on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia held on May 25, 1962 that the Georgia General Assembly was malapportioned and ordered the reapportionment of the State House and Senate.

Star Wars opened on May 25, 1977.

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Governor Brian Kemp has moved $5 million dollars in discretionary funding to fight street racing in Atlanta, according to WTOC.

The Republican said Monday that the money will come from the emergency fund he controls.

Kemp spokesperson Cody Hall says it could pay for overtime and other expenses incurred by state troopers and other state agencies.

The state budget year ends June 30. State troopers say they and Atlanta police jointly stopped 691 vehicles during the weekend in an effort to suppress crime and stop street racing.

The United States Department of Agriculture will pay out $4 billion dollars in COVID relief funds for African-American farmers, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.Continue Reading..