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Dec

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

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16
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 16, 2020

Cooper Gwinnett Animal Shelter

Cooper is a 3.5 year old male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Addison Gwinnett Animal Shelter

Addison is a 2 year old female Golden Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Hype Gwinnett Animal Shelter

Hype is a 1-2 year old male mixed breed dog 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 16, 2020

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.

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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. National Geographic has an interesting article published for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle.

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

Early voting has begun in the Runoff Elections for United States Senate and Georgia Public Service Commission, according to the Athens Banner Herald.Continue Reading..

15
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 15, 2020

Juniper Rose Carpathia Paws Hinesville

Juniper Rose is a female Border Collie mix who is available for adoption from Carpathia Paws, Inc. in Hinesville, GA.

Juni, a 30 pound border collie mix, is about 3 years old. She has done well with children, cats, and other dogs and behaved very well in a crowded public adoption event. She was pulled from a high kill shelter and is now safe and vetted and ready to find a lifetime home. Juniper is spayed, vaccinated, chipped, and heartworm negative.

Simon Carpathia Paws Hinesville

Simon is a male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from Carpathia Paws, Inc. in Hinesville, GA.

Simon is a 3-4 year old Beagle mix who would enjoy a large fenced yard to follow his beagle nose around in and time indoors on the couch. He prefers female canine companionship, if any; he would also be happy as an only dog. We do not think he was ever socialized with cats. Simon is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and heartworm negative. 

Goober Carpathia Paws Hinesville

Goober is a male Hound mix who is available for adoption from Carpathia Paws, Inc. in Hinesville, GA.

Goober is an aptly named energetic three year old Plott Hound who loves to be outdoors to see the world and be around people as well. We hope to find him a family who would enjoy doing some training with him as he really aims to please his human companions. He likes other dogs as well although his exuberance will not make him a great companion for small children. He is crate trained, neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and heartworm negative. Six foot fencing of adopter’s yard will be a requirement for adoption.

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Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 15, 2020

On December 15, 1791, Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights, giving the first ten Amendments a three-quarter majority required to become law.

On December 15, 1859, Georgia Governor Joseph Brown signed legislation outlawing public execution of criminals. The previous day he signed legislation prohibiting slave owners from freeing their slaves on the owner’s death.

On December 15, 1939, Gone With the Wind held its world premiere at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta.

President Jimmy Carter announced on December 15, 1978 that U.S. diplomatic recognition of the People’s Republic of China would begin on January 1, 1979.

The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee released a report on December 15, 1998 that recommended impeachment against President Bill Clinton and introduced H.Res. 611.

On December 15, 2016, Republican Tim Echols was sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal to a second term on the Georgia Public Service Commission.

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Santa Claus has become a COVID-19 Super Spreader, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.Continue Reading..

14
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 14, 2020

Stella Atlanta Canine Adoption Project Monticello

Stella is a young female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Monticello, GA. Stella must be adopted with her puppy, Rosie, below.

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Andy Atlanta Canine Adoption Project Monticello

Andy is a young male Dachshund mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Monticello, GA.

Andy is a year old and weighs 12 pounds.

Cagney Atlanta Canine Adoption Project Monticello

Cagney is a female Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Atlanta Canine Adoption Project in Monticello, GA. Cagney is 3 years old and weighs 65 pounds.

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Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 14, 2020

President George Washington died at Mount Vernon on December 14, 1799. Here’s an article about the nation’s mourning for our first President.

The Congress, in session at the capital of Philadelphia when Washington’s death was announced, immediately adjourned. The House of Representatives assembled the next day and resolved to shroud the Speaker’s chair in black and have members wear black during the remainder of the session. On December 23, John Marshall speaking for the joint committee of both houses, presented five points that became the foundation for the United States’ first “state” funeral. Resolutions structured mourning events around public commemorations that fostered unity and a sense of national identity among grieving Americans.

President William McKinley addressed the Georgia General Assembly on December 14, 1898.

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On December 14, 1939, a parade was held through downtown Atlanta with stars from Gone With the Wind and the Junior League held a ball that night. The next day, December 15, 1939, Gone With the Wind held its world premiere at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Early Voting in the January runoff elections begins today, according to the Statesboro Herald.Continue Reading..

11
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 11, 2020

Sid Royal Animal Refuge Tyrone

Sid is a young male German Shorthaired Pointer and American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from Royal Animal Refuge in Tyrone, GA.

Sid is a goofy boy who loves tennis balls and playing outside! He is a sweet boy who is dog friendly. Sid is a big boy with an even bigger personality.

Mork Royal Animal Refuge Tyrone

Mork is a young male Labrador Retriever and Pointer mix who is available for adoption from Royal Animal Refuge in Tyrone, GA.

Destiny Royal Animal Refuge Tyrone

Destiny is a female Plott Hound and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Royal Animal Refuge in Tyrone, GA.

Meet Destiny! She is an independent, sweet and athletic girl. She would be an excellent fit for someone looking for a hiking buddy as she thrives the most when she is kept active.

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Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 11, 2020

On December 13, 1636, the Massachusetts Bay Colony General Court organized three regiments of militia to guard against attacks by the Pequot Indians. That day is recognized as the birth of the National Guard.

On December 11, 1777, during their movement to Valley Forge for the winter, Washington’s colonial forces engaged British troops under General Cornwallis as the Americans were crossing the Schuylkill River.

Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the Constitution on December 12, 1787.

Indiana became the 19th State on December 11, 1816.

Governor Charles McDonald signed legislation on December 11, 1841 to prevent a person from having his or her testimony excluded in court because of the individual’s religious beliefs.

The first use of nitrous oxide as a dental anesthetic took place on December 11, 1844.

Echols County, Georgia was created by the Georgia General Assembly on December 13, 1858.

On December 11, 1872, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback took office in Louisiana as the first black Governor in the United States.

A memorial service for Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America, was held in the Georgia State Capitol on December 11, 1889 while his funeral was that day in New Orleans.

Guglielmo Marconi completed the first transatlantic radio transmission from Cornwall, England to Newfoundland on December 12, 1901.

On December 11, 1941, Germany declared war on the United States.

Dickey Betts, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, was born on December 12, 1943.

On December 11, 1960, a civil rights demonstration including 8000 African-American citizens was held in Atlanta as part of the movement to boycott stores that remained segregated.

The Libertarian Party was founded on December 11, 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jimmy Carter announced he would run for President of the United States on December 12, 1974.

Former Georgia Governor Ellis Arnall died on December 13, 1992. Arnall served in the State House, as Speaker, Attorney General, and in 1942 at the age of 35, was elected Governor.

Arnall also led the fight to outlaw the poll tax and the white primary, and is noted for making Georgia the first state to allow 18-year-olds to vote. He is further remembered for his role in obtaining a new state constitution for Georgia in 1945.

The United States Supreme Court released its decision in Bush v. Gore on December 12, 2000, stopping manual recounts of contested ballots in Florida.

Al Gore conceded the presidential election to George W. Bush on December 13, 2000.

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President Trump’s Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, criticized Governor Brian Kemp, according to The Hill.Continue Reading..

10
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 10, 2020

Destiny Cocos Cupboard Rescue

Destiny is a female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Coco’s Cupboard in Peachtree City, GA.

Ralphie Cocos Cupboard Rescue

Ralphie is a male Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from Coco’s Cupboard in Peachtree City, GA.

Gemma Cocos Cupboard Rescue

Gemma is a female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Coco’s Cupboard in Peachtree City, GA.

Gemma was found as a stray at Southern Conservation Trust with her brother Jericho. Gemma and Jericho had apparently never been around humans until now; she is feral and fearful and will need a dedicated family who will show her the structure she needs to overcome whatever atrocities she suffered. She will need to learn that people mean her no harm. She is currently being fostered to help her recover.