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8
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 8, 2021

Giblet is a young female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County in Warner Robins, GA.

Travis is a young male Chiweenie (Dachshund and Chihuahua mix) who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County in Warner Robins, GA.

Travis is friendly, gentle, playful, brave, smart, funny, and loves kisses. Travis’s sister, Tracey, is also available for adoption.

Donnie is a young male Labrador Retriever and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County in Warner Robins, GA.

Donnie is a big boy who loves to play! He was adopted as a puppy but returned when his family moved and couldn’t take him with them. He does like other dogs, but can be selective. Not sure about cats. Loves to play with his toys and ball! He was once house trained but may need a refresher course.

8
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 8, 2021

President Abraham Lincoln issued his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction on December 8, 1863.

First, it allowed for a full pardon for and restoration of property to all engaged in the rebellion with the exception of the highest Confederate officials and military leaders.

Second, it allowed for a new state government to be formed when 10 percent of the eligible voters had taken an oath of allegiance to the United States.

Third, the Southern states admitted in this fashion were encouraged to enact plans to deal with the freed slaves so long as their freedom was not compromised.

On December 8, 1899, Georgia Governor Allen Candler signed legislation to levy a tax on all dogs older than four months.

The United States declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941. Montana Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin, the first female elected to the United States House of Representatives, cast the sole dissenting vote. Rankin later moved to Athens, Georgia.

Gregg Allman was born December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee.

John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment building in New York City on December 8, 1980.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

United States District Court Judge R. Stan Baker, serving on the Southern District of Georgian and based in Augusta, enjoined enforcement of the federal vaccine mandate as it applies to employees of federal contractors, according to AccessWDUN.Continue Reading..

7
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 7, 2021

A litter of abandoned puppies was found in Midway, Georgia, according to WSAV.

13 puppies were found dumped in the area of Jones Creek Park and Isle of Wight Road in Midway, according to Liberty County Animal Services.

[Liberty County Animal Services Director Steve] Marrero said the department sees animal abandonment almost daily, but it’s uncommon to see it with this many dogs.

Patricia Durham, owner of K9 Battle Buddies in Hinesville, said one question went through her mind when a witness called to tell her what happened.

“Why?” Durham asked. “There are so many rescues that would take these puppies. We stay full all the time. There’s such a problem, people don’t spay and neuter and there’s so many rescue dogs but even I would’ve been able to take them in, reached out to other rescues and worked together.”

“I honestly can’t come up with an answer as to why,” Durham said. “I myself could never do something like that, I don’t know what makes them do it. We never get to the dumpers, we only get to the ones who find them.”

The eight dogs that were rescued are currently being held at Liberty County Animal Services. Marrero said police and the Department of Agriculture were made aware of the incident.

K9 Battle Buddies is a rescue group that works to train dogs and place them with combat veterans or first responders who suffer from PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injuries.

It is our honor to rehabilitate, train, and place dogs with a Combat Veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI.

Our goal is to get the Veteran involved in training their dog, starting with basic obedience, and then specific training based on their individual needs. This proven method allows a closer bond between the dog and their Veteran. The Veteran is given a list of short and long-term goals for their dog, and practice what they have learned when they are home. Our volunteer trainers then test the progress of the dog and Veteran upon the return to the training class. We believe this will create a stronger bond between dog and their Veteran.

Our Mission covers three main purposes

1) We utilize rescued dogs in our program, saving the life of an animal.

2) Promote a Positive Breed Image for German Shepherds, American Staffordshire terrier’s, Staffordshire terrier’s, American Pit Bulls, American Bullies, English Bulldogs, and other molosser breeds.

3) To show the loyalty, willingness to learn, and please not only the Veteran, but to the public as well.

The late Mrs. GaPundit would undoubtedly have supported K9 Battle Buddies, as she loved dogs, military veterans and first responders, and she worked for years with the Georgia Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission, serving Georgians who suffered from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Click here to support K9 Battle Buddies.

I believe the following dogs currently cared for by K9 Battle Buddies are for adoption only by combat veterans or first responders with PTSD or TBI, though I believe that they’ll allow fosters who don’t meet those criteria, and they have dogs in need of a foster home today.

Keco is a 10 month old Husky and Rottweiler mix who was an owner surrender to Long County Animal Control and is available for adoption from K9 Battle Buddies in Hinesville, GA.

Hooch is a 1.5 year old male Mastiff and Labrador Retriever mix available for adoption from K9 Battle Buddies in Hinesville, GA.

Hooch’s previous owner was incarcerated and a friend took him to prevent him from going to Animal Control. He is a good boy, loves kids and other dogs! Sadly, he has never been to the vet. His new owners only wanted to help find him a good forever and there is nothing better for him then to make him a Battle Buddy!

Allie is a three-year old female mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from K9 Battle Buddies in Hinesville, GA.

Masha is a female German Shepherd dog mix who needs an emergency foster to work with K9 Battle Buddies in Hinesville, GA.

She is a very smart girl and is crate trained, unfortunately she is fear dog aggressive. She needs a home with no other dogs. If you are a dog free home and are willing to at least foster her to give her a safe place until we find her a forever home please comment on this post, message the page, or fill out the foster application on our website, www.k9bb.org. K9 Battle Buddies covers all expenses for our furbabies, all you need to provide is a roof over her head and love.

7
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 7, 2021

On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

On December 7, 1801, Georgia’s United States Senator Abraham Baldwin was elected President Pro Tem of the Senate.

On December 7, 1864, federal troops under W.T. Sherman engaged Confederate forces at Jenks’ Bridge on the Ogeechee, and Buck Creek and Cypress Swamp, near Sister’s Ferry, Georgia Confederates burned the bridge over the Ogeechee.

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Japanese bombing attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

GeorgiaInfo has the reactions of Georgia leaders to the Pearl Harbor attack,

U.S. Sen. Walter F. George stated: “Japan’s deed is an act of desperation by a war-mad people. The attack on Hawaii is a deliberate act of the Japanese government. I am utterly amazed. It is unthinkable… . An open declaration of war will give us greater freedom of action.” Noting the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, George optimistically predicted that “it may take two or three years to fight this war to the end.”

U.S. Sen. Richard B. Russell responded to the attack by stating: “Japan has committed national hari-kari. I cannot conceive of any member of Congress voting against a declaration of war in view of the unpardonable, unprovoked attack on us. I am utterly astounded.”

U.S. Rep. Carl Vinson, chairman of the House Naval Affairs Committee, added: “Of course we will have to declare war. There is nothing else for Congress to do. This is a concerted action by the Axis Powers, but I am confident our Navy is ready and will render a glorious account of itself. It probably means we will be drawn into the world conflict on both oceans.”

On December 7, 1946, the Winecoff Hotel in downtown Atlanta, previously considered fireproof, burned in the worst hotel fire to date.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Former President Donald Trump endorsed former United States Senator David Perdue for Governor of Georgia, according to The Hill.Continue Reading..

6
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 6, 2021

Daisy is a female Hound mix who is available for adoption from TLC Pet Rescue in Stockbridge, GA. From other photos, she looks to be on the small-to-medium size.

Levi is a male Catahoula Leopard Dog and Collie mix who is available for adoption from TLC Pet Rescue in Stockbridge, GA.

Meet Levi! This boy is stunning! He is a Catahoula mix (we think may be also mixed with Collie) and this boy gets compliments everywhere he goes! Levi came to us back in January of this year. Levi is dog friendly but prefers the ladies. Catahoula’s are known to not be friendly towards males and he definitely gets along better with the female dogs in his foster home than the males so a home with another female dog would be best for Levi. He is house and crate trained. He LOVES toys and entertains himself with them. He also loves the car but plays chase when you try to put a leash on him. He would be best in a home with children 10+ due to his excited jumping.

Dasher is a male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from TLC Pet Rescue in Stockbridge, GA.

Dasher is a 1-2 year old black lab mix (maybe mixed with a little hound dog as well)! This boy is the total package and has the energy level typical of a lab so he is looking for an active home that will provide the physical activity he needs daily! Dasher plays great with other dogs and would do well with a dog similar to his energy level. He doesn’t have much of a shut off button so if he is placed with another dog it needs to be a dog that will tolerate him wanting to play quite a bit. He would be fine as an only dog too. He is also kid friendly, cats unknown.

Dasher is crate and house trained. He knows his basic commands such as sit, paw and lay down. He would prefer a fenced in yard- he can jump a fence! So with that being said, he would need a 6 foot privacy type fence either wood or vinyl that he cannot jump over. He also loves car rides and loves to be by your side. He is going to make the perfect companion! He would enjoy hikes, walks and runs as well.

6
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 6, 2021

On December 6, 1847, Dr. William White spoke to a group of Atlanta residents about a proposal to move the state capital to Atlanta and was met with cheers.

The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on December 6, 1865, when Georgia ratified the Amendment outlawing slavery.

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

The Washington Monument was completed on December 6, 1884.

On December 6, 1932, the legislation repealing Prohibition was introduced by Senator John Blaine of Wisconsin. It was ratified on December 5, 1933. Georgia never took action on the Amendment.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Merry Christmas to Stacey Abrams.

At 10 AM, former Senator Perdue announced his campaign for Governor. From WTOC:

The former U.S. Republican Senator announced Monday morning on social media that he’s challenging incumbent Brian Kemp in the 2022 Georgia governor’s race.

From the Gwinnett Daily Post:Continue Reading..

3
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 3, 2021

Champ is a young male Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Burke County Animal Services in Waynesboro, GA.

Lula is a young female Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Burke County Animal Services in Waynesboro, GA.

Ann is a young female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Burke County Animal Services in Waynesboro, GA.

3
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 3, 2021

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On December 3, 1775, the Grand Union Flag, comprising the Union Jack with thirteen red-and-white stripes was raised for the first time by Lieutenant John Paul Jones over the USS Alfred, a colonial warship. The flag would be used by Continental forces thorugh 1776 and early 1777.

USS Alfred

On December 3, 1776, General George Washington wrote Congress that he had moved most of his army across the Delaware River from Trenton, New Jersey to Pennsylvania.

On December 4, 1783, General George Washington told his officers he would resign his commission and return to his life at Mount Vernon.

On December 3, 1864, Union forces under the command of Gen. William T. Sherman skirmished against Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry at Thomas’ Station in Burke County, Georgia. The Battle of Waynesboro, Georgia was fought between Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry and Kilpatrick’s federal troops on December 4, 1864.

On December 5, 1887, Georgia voters approved a new State Constitution and voted to keep the state capital in Atlanta instead of moving it back to Milledgeville.

Governor William Northen signed legislation placing on the statewide ballot a constitutional amendment to increase the number of Georgia Supreme Court Justices from 3 to 5 on December 4, 1893.

On December 4, 1932, a 12-foot tall statue of Tom Watson, former state legislator, Congressman, and United States Senator from Georgia, was placed on the State Capitol Grounds.

On December 5, 1933, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment, repealing the 18th Amendment and ending prohibition. Earlier that day, Pennsylvania and Ohio had ratified the Amendment. Georgia never took action on the Amendment.

On December 4, 1945, the United States Senate voted to approve full U.S. participation in the United Nations. Georgia’s Senators voted in favor.

On December 5, 2000, the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou was released.

On December 4, 2018, Brad Raffensperger won the General Election Runoff for Georgia Secretary of State.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Democrat Stacey Abrams spoke about her upcoming campaign for Emperor Governor, according to Fox5Atlanta.Continue Reading..

2
Dec

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 2, 2021

Gambit is a young male Great Pyrenees & Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA.

“It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas.” Gambit and his 9 siblings will be ready just in time to spend the holidays in their forever home. These puppies are full of puppy exuberance and patiently waiting for Santa to bring them a family to call their own!!! If you would like the rewarding experience of helping, training and loving a puppy into an adult dog please come meet Gambit and his 9 siblings today!!!

Gabe is a young male Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA.

Lively describes these 6 puppies perfectly!!! At only 4 months old they are extremely playful and always on the go. They have an easygoing nature and will make great family dogs, all the effort you put in now will ensure that your puppy grows into a loyal and obedient dog in the years to come.Please read the animal bios completely before requesting additional information as we do our best to answer the most frequently ask questions in these bios.

Selleck is a young male German Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA.

This little guy is looking for a forever home of his own. Selleck is an energetic dog that loves to run, jump and play. He know several commands and wants nothing more than to make the humans happy with him. He will be best suited for a home that can keep him busy and active but with no children under 13 years old.

Peppa is an adult female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA.

2
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 2, 2021

John Wesley left Savannah on December 2, 1737.

John Wesley’s strict discipline as rector of Christ Church in Savannah irritated his parishioners. More trouble followed when he fell in love with Sophia Hopkey, the niece of Georgia’s chief magistrate. When she married another man, Wesley banned her from Holy Communion, damaging her reputation in the community.

His successful romantic rival sued him; but Wesley refused to recognize the authority of the court, and the man who would eventually found a major Protestant denomination in America left Georgia in disgrace on December 2, 1737.

Touro Synagogue, the oldest existing synagogue in the United States, was dedicated on December 2, 1763 in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church took place near Waynesboro, Georgia on December 2, 1864.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Democrat Stacey Abrams announced yesterday that she will run for Emperor Governor in 2022. From the AJC:

Stacey Abrams launched a campaign for Georgia governor Wednesday with a pledge to fight for economic equality and expand health care access, setting up a potential rematch against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in one of the nation’s most competitive political battlegrounds.

The Democrat announced her campaign with a video that highlighted her work in the state since her narrow 2018 defeat to Kemp, along with a message that “opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by your ZIP code, background or access to power.”

Abrams lost to Kemp by less than 1.4 percentage points in 2018, the closest Georgia gubernatorial election in decades, and her refusal to concede defeat because of what she called an “erosion” of voting rights made her an icon to many Democrats and a villain to conservatives.

Kemp might as well have ripped a page from his 2018 playbook with his reaction to her announcement, which repeated a stark warning that Abrams’ “far-left agenda” doesn’t reflect Georgia’s values.

“Next November’s election for governor is a battle for the soul of our state,” he said. “I’m in the fight against Stacey Abrams, the failed Biden agenda and their woke allies to keep Georgia the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Click here for the Twitter announcement and video.

From Fox News:

The announcement, which was long expected, sets up a potential rematch with Kemp in the one-time solidly red state that’s morphed into a key electoral battleground. President Biden defeated former President Donald Trump in Georgia in last year’s election by a razor thin margin, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state in nearly three decades. And the Democrats swept Georgia’s Jan. 5 twin Senate runoffs, giving them the majority in the chamber.

But despite her party’s recent successes in Georgia, which were aided by Abrams, she’ll be running in a difficult political environment for her party, as the Democrats hope to defend their narrow House and Senate majorities. Abrams will be on the top of the Georgia ballot along side Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who narrowly won one of the two Senate runoff contests nearly a year ago and faces reelection next year. Republicans are targeting Warnock, whom they view as one of the most vulnerable Democratic Senates on the ballot in 2022.

Trump has vowed to return to Georgia to campaign against Kemp, to punish his onetime ally for refusing to help the then-president’s efforts last year to overturn the election results in Georgia. The ballots in Georgia were counted three times – the original Election Day count, a mandatory hand recount and a recount requested by the president’s campaign.

The former president is urging former Sen. David Perdue, who was narrowly defeated by now-Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff in last January’s Senate runoffs, to challenge Kemp in a GOP primary. Former state Rep. Vernon Jones – a Democrat turned Republican and major Trump supporter – earlier this year launched a primary challenge against Kemp.

But the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is firmly backing Kemp.

“Over the past four years, Governor Kemp has exhibited courageous leadership for Georgians and guided his state through a turbulent time,” RGA spokesperson Maddie Anderson said. “Stacey Abrams spent her time touring the country in search of fame and fortune. The RGA looks forward to ensuring Abrams is once again soundly defeated.”

From Newsweek:

Former President Donald Trump has taunted Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat who narrowly lost in the governor’s race in 2018, after she announced her intention on Wednesday to run in the 2022 gubernatorial elections.

In a statement issued later on Wednesday evening, Trump said: “Stacey ‘The Hoax’ Abrams has just announced that she’s running for Governor of Georgia. I beat her single-handedly, without much of a candidate, in 2018. I’ll beat her again, but it will be hard to do with Brian Kemp, because the MAGA [Make America Great Again] base will just not vote for him what he did with respect to Election Integrity and two horribly run elections, for President and then two Senate seats.”

Further discussing the 2022 gubernatorial election in Georgia, Trump added in his statement: “But some good Republican will run, and some good Republican will get my endorsement, and some good Republican will WIN!”

From Georgia Health News:

Democrat Stacey Abrams’ entry Wednesday into the 2022 Georgia gubernatorial race almost guarantees that health care will be a leading issue in the campaign.

Abrams, who narrowly lost to Brian Kemp in the 2018 race, pushed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act as a top priority in that campaign.

As governor, Kemp has taken a much narrower path toward increasing the Medicaid rolls, and has opposed expanding the program in the standard ACA fashion, as most states have done.

Instead, he has proposed a plan to extend Medicaid to more low-income adults, but this plan has strict eligibility requirements – such as holding a job or fulfilling some alternative obligation. That means it would cover far fewer people than standard expansion would. And the Biden administration, which must approve such a state plan, has raised questions about those requirements.

Georgia is one of 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid, as Republican leaders have called the move too costly.

Amazon announced a 70-megawatt solar project in Burke County, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Amazon is bringing a 70 megawatt solar farm to Burke County, according to a news release from the company Wednesday. The facility will be the first solar project from Amazon in Georgia.

According to a press release, the internet giant is rolling out 18 new wind and solar projects around the world as part of an initiative to power the business entirely with renewable energy by 2025. The project in Burke County is one of eight announced today, along with projects in Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Arizona. Together, they will add 1 gigawatt of power to the company profile.

The projects will supply power to Amazon’s corporate offices, its fulfillment centers and data centers sometimes referred to as server farms. Details about the new project in Burke County remain vague, however.

The project is not associated with Georgia Power, and the Georgia Public Service Commission had no additional information. Other energy co-operatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

A spokesperson for Amazon declined to answer any questions beyond confirming the size and location of the facility. Local officials in Burke County could not be reached for comment.

I believe 700 megawatts will make it about the fifth largest capacity power generator in Burke County, assuming the third and fourth Vogtle reactors ever come online.