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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 6, 2016


Chloe is a senior female Shar Pei & Australian Shepherd Mix who is available for adoption from Georgia Pet T.A.I.L.S. Inc. in Rydal, GA.

Chloe is a sweet, sweet girl who loves attention. Chloe has spent her entire life in a hoarding envirnoment and was forgotten. She gets a little intimated by bigger dogs and becomes shy but does get along with everyone. This girl deserves to enjoy her later years being spoiled. Georgia Pet TAILS offers a foster-to-adopt program to make sure Chloe is the right fit for you and your home.


Rivers is a young female Black Mouth Cur who is available for adoption from Georgia Pet T.A.I.L.S. Inc. in Rydal, GA.

Rivers is very sweet and loves to “mother” other pups especially smaller dogs. She is a calm, lower energy girl. She loves cuddles and enjoys being with her family. She was rescued from Bartow county AC and is currently in a foster home and is thriving. She is ready for her furever home! Please contact for more information about Rivers.


Todd is a male Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from Georgia Pet T.A.I.L.S. Inc. in Rydal, GA.

Todd is a happy-go-lucky pup. He loves everyone and everybody. He is afraid of motorcycles! He gets a little spooked when he hears them rumble. He loves to play and romp around the yard. His age is estimated to be five years, but this guy is one big puppy! He loves being a part of the family and being with people.


Baby is a young female Labrador Retriever and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Georgia Pet T.A.I.L.S. Inc. in Rydal, GA.

Baby is a sweet girl whotakes her time warming up to new people but once she opens up and trusts you, you are given a gift of a lifetime. This girl has been through such rough circumstances and still is able to love. Baby is available for foster or adoption through


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 6, 2016

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.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Muscogee County voters go to the polls today to choose between two candidates for Sheriff in a runoff election.

All of Muscogee County’s neighborhood voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the runoff between Independent incumbent John Darr and his Democratic challenger Donna Tompkins, a retired sheriff’s captain.

The official results on Nov. 8 left Tompkins with 29,866 votes to Darr’s 21,608, or 44.3 to 32 percent. With Republican Mark LaJoye taking 20.2 percent and write-in candidate Brown drawing 3.4 percent, neither of the top two had the majority needed to win outright.

Runoffs are also being held in Henry County for Commission Chair, in Oconee County, and in DeKalb County Commission District 7.

Speaker David Ralston reiterated his desire to avoid revisiting religious liberty legislation in 2017.

“I’m content letting Congress have a go at it,” Rep. Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) said Thursday at a pre-legislative conference at the University of Georgia.

Ralston says a vigorous Republican majority in Congress ought to be able to pass a law that provides for religious freedom in Georgia and the rest of America.

“Let’s see if they can fix whatever defect there might be in the current federal law,” Ralston said, before addressing a question about religious freedom “fatigue” in the legislature.

“Well, I don’t know that I would call it fatigue,” Ralston said.  “But we’ve debated the bill for three sessions.”

“This is a priority for a lot of us,” said state Sen Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), a vocal backer of religious freedom.  He says he expects another full-throated religious freedom debate at the Capitol starting in January.

“I certainly intend to prosecute the case for this vigorously in this legislative session,” McKoon said. “And if we don’t get anything done in 2017, my goal is that any candidate for governor of this state, I hope one of the first questions people…ask them is, what’s your position on religious freedom?”

Legislators at the Biennial Institute in Athens heard about how economic development works with the various public agencies.

The institute is jointly sponsored by the university’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the leadership of the Georgia General Assembly. It is designed to give newly elected state lawmakers some background on the legislature, which convenes on the second Monday in January, and to help both new and old legislators explore a number of public policy areas.

The state’s economic development efforts extend beyond the high-profile, high-technology stories like Axion BioSystems, lawmakers learned Thursday from Josh Walton, director of the Macon office of the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center, a network of 17 offices across the state providing training, consulting services and research assistance to the state’s smaller businesses.

For 2015, Walton told lawmakers, the SBDC assisted more than 4,100 clients, hosting more than 21,000 counseling sessions, and the center is on pace to at least meet those numbers this year. Over the last five years, Walton said, the SBDC has been involved with starting more than 1,600 new businesses employing almost 12,500 people.

Among the businesspeople who received assistance from the SBDC, and continue to rely on it, is Hawkinsville-based Hardy Farms Peanuts. Brad Hardy, president of the company, told lawmakers Monday about how his family began selling peanuts straight from the field from the back of a truck, and is now working out of a 45,000-square-foot processing facility.

In its first year, Hardy said, the business sold 10,00o pounds of peanuts; today, the company is selling 5 million pounds of peanuts.

Georgia legislators are also considering how to address failing schools after voters rejected Amendment 1.

At the legislative biennial conference in Athens, House Education Committee Chairman Brooks Coleman said Monday there will be legislation outlining a “six-step” plan to give the state more power to address the schools.

He wouldn’t talk specifics, referring questions to state Rep. Kevin Tanner, a Dawsonville Republican who will be championing the measure. Tanner was tight-lipped, too, but said he’s already met with state School Superintendent Richard Woods, educators groups and state administrators to lay the groundwork. Deal’s office has also been consulted.

“We want to brief some other folks on this before we talk publicly. We want to work within the existing system we already have, working with the state board of education and the school superintendent,” he said. “We’re not creating a new bureaucracy, it doesn’t require a constitutional amendment.”

He indicated the measure would give the State Board of Education – whose members are appointed by the governor – more power to intervene.

He also said it would avoid the constitutional questions raised by the 2011 Georgia Supreme Court ruling that concluded that only county and area school boards have the explicit authority to create and maintain charter schools. Deal has said that ruling is why he pushed for a constitutional amendment rather than the simpler route of a legislative change.

“We feel like we’d be on good constitutional ground,” said Tanner, a member of the House education committee. “We think there’s a route.”

Floyd County Hospital officials spoke to the Rome News-Tribune about the future of healthcare as the federal government prepares for turnover in the executive branch.

“Both of these individuals have markedly different philosophies toward health reform than what’s in the (Affordable Care Act),” said Kurt Stuenkel, president and CEO of Floyd Medical Center.

Republicans in Congress say they are gearing up to quickly repeal and replace the ACA, known as Obamacare, but Stuenkel said it’s too early to do more than keep an eye on the proposals floating around.

He and Redmond Regional Medical Center CEO John Quinlivan both touted the current law’s provisions that gave coverage to about 20 million formerly uninsured Americans.

“Our biggest concern under a repeal and replace scenario is that the expanded health insurance coverage accomplished under the ACA be continued in some form,” Quinlivan said. “If we don’t do this, millions of citizens who’ve gained coverage will find themselves once again uninsured.”

Trump has said he favors making block grants to the states, and that could provide the flexibility Georgia needs, Stuenkel said.

“We’re a large Medicaid provider and would like to see more coverage there,” Stuenkel said. “The Georgia Chamber of Commerce had proposals we had hoped would be considered this year. Now, we’ll have to wait to see how that unfolds.”

Judy Fitzgerald was sworn in as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).

The Marietta Daily Journal takes a look at how Tom Price’s appointment as Secretary of HHS could affect local elected offices.

Last week, state Sen. Judson Hill, R-east Cobb, announced he’ll seek Price’s 6th District seat. On Monday, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick, a 30-year Cobb resident, announced she’ll run for Hill’s state Senate seat.

Kirkpatrick, a Republican, is former president of Resurgens Orthopeadics. She and her husband, Thomas, an emergency physician, have two adult children, live in the Ashebrooke subdivision and attend East Cobb United Methodist Church.

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, expects five or six candidates to enter the congressional race.

“It’s open, and it’s a special election, so it’s a shorter campaign. It favors people with name ID and money, normally,” Swint said.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the special election to fill Price’s seat could be held with the March 21 SPLOST vote already on the books? While that would save taxpayer money and resources, Eveler says it’s unlikely. There’s simply not enough time between an expected confirmation and the March election. While it’s mathematically possible, Eveler doubts the political machine can move that quickly.

Atlanta taxi owners have sued the state over allowing Uber to compete without the same regulatory burden.

The taxi companies told the Georgia Supreme Court Monday they spent tens of thousands of dollars to buy exclusive certificates needed to offer rides in the city, only to see lawmakers undermine that investment when they opened the door to ride-sharing services last year. The state said the taxi owners should have known the regulations could change.

In 2015 Georgia lawmakers approved House Bill 225 to regulate ride-sharing services. Among other things, HB 225 required drivers to pass background checks and said the companies must pay taxes and fees and carry insurance on their drivers.

Taxi owners say the bill also opened them up to less-regulated competition and undermined their business.

Under state law, taxicab drivers have long had to buy a special certificate – dubbed a “medallion” – to operate in Atlanta. The city capped the number of medallions at 1,600.

State law also allows drivers to sell or lease the medallions, to give them as gifts and even use them as collateral to secure a loan. On Monday attorney William Pannell told the Supreme Court his clients paid up to $80,000 for medallions.

But after HB 225 allowed the new ride-share services to compete, Pannell said the value of medallions plummeted to as little as $2,000.

Matt Kempner of the AJC does a good job of describing the cab owners’ plight.

One of the plaintiffs I spoke with is a cabby with a economics degree from Georgia State University and a minor in public policy.

Mohamed Hussein said he’s not complaining about market forces. He assured me he’s a big believer in capitalism. He’s owned a restaurant, a cell phone store and a phone-card business in the past. Recently, he started a tax service firm to make up for the diminished money in taxi driving.

“If I lose the business fair and square, I’m OK with that,” Hussein told me.

But Hussein and his fellow plaintiffs contend that by letting Uber and Lyft skirt costly regulations they slashed the market value of a government certificate, known as a medallion. Atlanta taxicab drivers are required to have them. Ride-sharing drivers are not.

“It was an investment for me, for my kids,” he said. He stuffed it in a bank security box.

“They told us you need to buy this to work in the city. Now, let them keep their word or let them reduce our money.”

“This idea of medallions, to me that was an impediment to the free enterprise system,” [State Rep. Alan] Powell, the state legislator, [said]. “If their medallions lost value, it is because of an outdated system.”

The issues at play in the Uber v. Taxi cabs market are the same that confront many Georgia industries when a traditionally regulated industry faces deregulation. This is occuring in healthcare, alcohol sales, and utilities. If there’s an app for that, there’s an upcoming economic fight.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 5, 2016


Jack is a 1-2 year old male Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix who is available for adoption from the Washington-Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

He is a very friendly, energetic, playful boy. Unfortunately, he is heart worm positive.He is currently in foster care receiving treatment for his heart worms.


Black Magic is a 4-6 year old male Black and Tan Coonhound mix who is available for adoption from the Washington-Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

He is a sweet boy with lots of life and love. He gets along with other dogs and kids.


Bristol is a 2-3 year old Boxer and Pointer mix female who is available for adoption from the Washington-Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

She is a fun, energetic girl who currently weighs 59 lbs. She can sit, “kennel up”, loves to ride, loves to play ball, gets along with most dogs, kids. Not sure about how she feels about cats. She needs improvement on leash walking and is currently in foster care.


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


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

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections


Last night at the legislative Biennial Institute in Athens, I heard State Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) say, “I’m in,” with respect to the campaign for the Sixth Congressional District that Tom Price will vacate when he’s confirmed Secretary of HHS.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 2, 2016


Martin is a young male Pointer who is available for adoption from Augusta Animal Services in Augusta, GA.


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


Raeburn is a young male German Shepherd Dog mix who is available for adoption from Augusta Animal Services in Augusta, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 2, 2016

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

Karen Handel leads to field of potential Republican candidates in the Sixth Congressional District, according to a poll released by WSB-TV.


From the AJC Political Insider:

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel has carved out an early lead in the wide-open race to replace Rep. Tom Price, according to a Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll commissioned by WSB-TV.

Handel, who has not yet announced but appears likely to run, is one of about a dozen Republicans considering a bid for the seat after Price was tapped as Donald Trump’s health secretary. The only declared Republican so far is state Sen. Judson Hill, who hopes to take the 6th District back to its Cobb County roots.

Congressman Tom Price told The Daily Caller he expects the district to elect a Republican to succeed him.

Price assured that he thinks the chances of Democrats pulling off an upset are unlikely in a special election if his nomination is confirmed.

“I don’t think so, we’ll be fine,” he told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Price said he doesn’t have any favorites in terms of successors either as a congressman or chairman of the Budget Committee, but hopes to stay in the role until he assumes his next position.

“We’ll let that play out,” he said. “There are a lot of good folks looking at each.”

Senator David Perdue travels to New York today.

“As a fellow businessman and outsider himself, Sen. Perdue was invited to Trump Tower to discuss working together to advance President-elect Trump’s 100-day plan in the Senate and changing the direction of our country,” said Perdue spokeswoman Caroline Vanvick said in a statement.

Perdue, who chaired Trump’s election campaign in Georgia, was one of the Republican president-elect’s earliest, staunchest and most vocal supporters. Because of that, he is widely viewed to be a valuable conduit between the new administration and the Senate.

In announcing the meeting on Thursday, Jason Miller, communications director for the Trump transition team, told reporters that Perdue “was a big supporter of ours on the campaign trail. He’s a fantastic ally for the president-elect.”

Sonny Perdue spoke to The Macon Telegraph about his meeting in Trump Tower.

Perdue described his meeting with Trump as “a very businesslike-type interview. Really kind of a job interview. It was not political. It was about the essence of the job and trade and agricultural potential and productivity, and I think he was trying to really find some content-expertise people to put in rather than political appointees. So I was encouraged by that.”

Asked Thursday if a cabinet position and a job in Washington is something that interests him at this stage in his life, Perdue, a grandfather of 14 who turns 70 later this month, said, “That had to be contemplated and answered before I would agree to be interviewed. I think it would have been very duplicitous to go up for an interview, get the cameras and then to turn down somebody.”

He added that he and his wife, Mary, are not “looking forward to having our lives disrupted again, but honestly at this stage of America, I think it is truly one of those serve-your-county kind of deals. And if we get drafted, then we’re gonna report for duty.”

Perdue said he was told that a decision on the agriculture post could be made “in a week or two.”

Nick Ayers, an alumnus of Governor Sonny Perdue’s campaigns and administrations, is being spoken of as a candidate for Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

A person close to Mr. Trump said the president-elect’s allies are coalescing around Nick Ayers, a member of the transition team, to be the party’s chairman. Mercedes Schlapp, another Republican operative, is being considered for a role as co-chairwoman.

Politico also writes about Ayers.

Pence, meanwhile, has been supportive of Nick Ayers, a Georgia-based operative who advised Pence during the presidential campaign. Ayers, a former RGA executive director, is currently helping the transition. During internal conversations, the vice president-elect has told aides that Ayers would be a solid pick.

Once Trump makes his choice, that person must get final approval from the 168 members who comprise the national committee. The vote is expected to take place in January, when the RNC meets for its annual winter meeting.

WMAZ-13 in Macon gives some background on Ayers and Sonny Perdue.

James Nicholas Ayers is a Cobb County native and major operative of the Republican Party. In 2010, Time Magazine listed Ayers as one of its 40 most influential Americans under 40.

But Perdue put Ayers on his high-speed trajectory when he tapped Ayers to manage his 2006 re-election campaign. Ayers was 22.

Since then, Ayers has led the national Republican Party and also worked on several GOP campaigns. That includes the senatorial campaign of U.S. Sen. David Perdue, Sonny Perdue’s first cousin. More recently, Ayers was a political advisor to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s re-election campaign.

Pence ended his re-election efforts when Trump chose Pence as his running mate. Because of Ayers and his Sonny Perdue connections, Pence made a campaign stop in Perry during the presidential race. Perdue introduced Pence to the crowd and afterwards stood with Pence backstage while he greeted supporters and fielded questions from reporters.

Now, Ayers sits on Trump’s transition team, a group that’ll recommend a person for Secretary of Agriculture. In their first interview meeting, Perdue questioned Ayers. On Tuesday, Ayers and the other transition team members questioned Perdue.

When making their bets, professional gamblers would rate the Ayers/Pence/Perdue connection as a positive in the Secretary of Agriculture sweepstakes.

Muscogee County voters have been streaming to the polls in early voting for a runoff election in the Sheriff’s race.

The early vote in Tuesday’s runoff for Muscogee County Sheriff may top 3,000.

When the fourth day of early voting ended Thursday, 2,686 had cast ballots in the race between incumbent John Darr and challenger Donna Tompkins, with 712 voting Monday, 627 Tuesday, 577 Wednesday and 770 Thursday.

Friday is the last day to vote early 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the community room on the ground floor of the City Services Center, 3111 Citizens Way, off Macon Road by the Columbus Public Library. Voters must enter through the building’s rear because the front entrance is locked for security reasons.

Christopher Sanders will take the reins as Executive Director for the East Metro DeKalb Community Improvement District.

The House Study Committee on Judicial Qualifications Commission Reform issued recommendations for reforming the Board after the adoption of Constitutional Amendment 3 last month.

Study committee chairman Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, said the commission had done good work for most of its four decades but that in the past few years had “strayed off the tracks a little bit.” A report adopted Wednesday by the committee cited concerns about what it called “coercive investigatory practices” and a failure to provide due process to judges who faced complaints.

The study committee report recommends making commissioners subject to discipline for improper conduct; enshrining commissioner term limits in law; making any discussion of the use of commission funds and a commission decision to file a judicial complaint subject to disclosure under the state Open Records Act; not allowing a commissioner to initiate an investigation without presenting it to the other commissioners first, except in emergency cases; and providing for the removal of commissioners for misconduct.

The commission has always acted under a shroud of secrecy, and the report’s recommendations largely preserve that. They allow the commission to go into private executive session to talk about the investigation of a judge or to meet with a judge or a judge’s attorneys.

Willard said he also expects to expand the commission from its current seven members to either nine or 12 members. Those members would be split into separate panels so that the members responsible for investigating complaints against judges are not also responsible for adjudicating the complaints.

Tupac Shakur and Jesus both received write-in votes in Chatham County.

Jesus, in some form or another, was written in for nearly all of the 27 races on the ballot in Chatham County. Across races, he was written in more than 100 times. God was written in about 30 times and Harambe about 45 times. Choices weren’t necessarily animate either: “Rum Ham,” a booze-soaked piece of meat that was featured in an episode of comedy series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” made an appearance five times. Someone else, meanwhile, voted for “Breaking Bad,” the name of a TV drama.

U.S. House District 1: Recently deceased Savannah celebrity Lady Chablis, Luke Skywalker and 1990s rapper Tupac Shakur.

Chatham County Commission District 2: “Ghost Buster” – no indication which one or whether the voter meant the original films or the 2016 remake.

Chatham County Commission District 4: “a robotic finger” and horror movie monster “Babadook.”


Of the two mentioned above, I only expect one of them to return from the grave, and “King of Kings” won’t be on the ballot.

Georgia Ports Authority is super-sizing it’s dockside capacity, with four new large cranes arriving.

“We’re excited to welcome these newest cranes to our fleet,” [Georgia Ports Executive Director Griff] Lynch said. “Savannah is already the most efficient gateway port on the U.S. East Coast. This new equipment will ensure the world-class service our customers have come to expect, with unmatched reliability and no congestion.”

Designed by Konecranes of Finland, the cranes in this latest shipment bring the Port of Savannah’s fleet at Garden City Terminal to 26 – the most at any single terminal in the U.S.Chris Rice, GPA’s general manager of ship operations, notified ships’ agents and stevedores that the Teal will start her inbound transit at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) contributed language to The 21st Century Cures Act, which is moving in Congress.

The 21st Century Cures Act, passed Wednesday by the House, would help drug and medical device companies win swifter government approval of their products and boost disease research, but it also calls for mental health reform.

The bill includes language from Collins’ Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

That aspect of the bill calls for “supporting mental health courts and intervention teams and increasing training for law enforcement officers who are often the first to engage individuals with mental health conditions,” Collins said.

“The ongoing mental health crisis affects all of our communities, and we designed this legislation to bring relief to a system in which jails care for more mental health patients than medical facilities do,” he said.

“The common-sense approach to mental health treatment complements criminal justice reform efforts and ultimately serves the law enforcement community, overburdened court systems, mental health sufferers and the taxpayers, whose money goes to public health and safety measures.”

The bipartisan, 996-page bill moves to the Senate, where approval is expected next week.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for December 1, 2016


Tara (#53217) is a female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

I’m Tara, a crazy, playful, cuddle bug Lab mix. I have some manners and am willing to learn some more if you would be willing to teach me. I promise to love you and bring you lots of joy, if you will just give me a chance. You can come and meet me at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter today!

Tara is in urgent need of a foster or permanent home.


Faline (#52931) is a female Lab and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Faline has been at the shelter since October and loves to be around people. She loves to play with toys and will sit for treats. Beautiful Brindle face and loves converstaion. Please help Faline find her forever home for the holidays.

Faline is in urgent need of a foster or permanent home.


Bronwen (#53580) is a 10-month old female Beagle who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.


Number 53705 is a young male Dachshund who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

The Gwinnett Shelter has received 25 beagles and beagle mix dogs from a criminal case.

The dogs range from 7 weeks to 3 years old, according to a Gwinnett County Police Department press release.

“Each of them appear to have (a) great temperment and would make a great addition to any family,” the release reads.

Despite the house’s conditions, each of the dogs were declared in good health by the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. Each can be adopted from the shelter for $30. Potential new owners who bring in five canned goods to help support local food banks can adopt the dogs for $20.

By the way, those discounted dog adoption fees are good all month for any dog adoption from Gwinnett County.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 1, 2016

General George Washington set up winter headquarters at Morristown, New Jersey on December 1, 1779.

On December 1, 1824, the election for President of the United States, in which no candidate received a majority of electoral votes, went to the United States House of Representatives.

Andrew Jackson of Tennessee won 99 electoral and 153,544 popular votes; John Quincy Adams–the son of John Adams, the second president of the United States–received 84 electoral and 108,740 popular votes; Secretary of State William H. Crawford, who had suffered a stroke before the election, received 41 electoral votes; and Representative Henry Clay of Virginia won 37 electoral votes.

As dictated by the Constitution, the election was then turned over to the House of Representatives. The 12th Amendment states that if no electoral majority is won, only the three candidates who receive the most popular votes will be considered in the House. Representative Henry Clay, who was disqualified from the House vote as a fourth-place candidate, agreed to use his influence to have John Quincy Adams elected.

The City of Sandy Springs began operations at one second after midnight on December 1, 2005. Three years later, Dunwoody became a new city, on December 1, 2008.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Former Governor Sonny Perdue visited President-elect Donald J. Trump yesterday.

Perdue — who, per the pool report, wore a tie with small tractors on it — said his talk with Trump focused on agriculture, trade and productivity.

But when asked if he was up for agriculuture secretary, Perdue said that he and Trump did not discuss a specific position.

“He asked me what my skills sets were and I told him what they were, aside from having been governor, as a business person and primarily in agricultural commodities, trading domestically and internationally, and he lit up,” Perdue said.

State Senator Judson Hill (R-East Cobb) became the first Republican candidate to throw his hat in the ring for the Sixth Congressional District.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for November 30, 2016


Peaches is a male Pug and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from BarkTown Dog Rescue and Sanctuary in Jasper, GA.

Peaches is approximately a year old. He is medium energy – loves other dogs – well behaved – walks very well on a leash – house trained and crate trained. He is basically ready to join your family!


Pippa is a female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from BarkTown Dog Rescue and Sanctuary in Jasper, GA.

Hi, I’m Pippa. My foster mom says my best features are my very sweet eyes. I have learned a lot with my foster mom. I am fully house trained and have learned to snuggle up and rest in my crate overnight and during the day when everyone is at work.

I am extremely playful and love to play with other dogs. I would be just as content as your only dog if you don’t already have dogs, but would also enjoy a home with other dog friends.

Notes from foster mom: She is not in a home with cats or kids, so Pippa has not been tested for cats or kid compatibility. She is extremely playful, full of energy and will need an owner willing to give her the amount of exercise she needs. Once she has been exercised her energy level decreases and she is ready to cuddle. Her favorite game is fetch and she loves long hikes and runs.


George Allen is a male Rhodesian Ridgeback and Shar Pei mix who is available for adoption from BarkTown Dog Rescue and Sanctuary in Jasper, GA.

George Allen is a very sweet middle aged gentleman who enjoys exploring out his fenced yard and playing with other dogs. George is a big guy but his calm and laid back mannerisms make him the perfect size for any home/family. George Allen walks nicely on a leash and is happy to go in his crate with a soft blanket. This handsome boy is most deserving of a wonderful home to enjoy his golden years.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 30, 2016

On November 30, 1782, British and American signed a preliminary treaty in Paris to end the American Revolution, which included withdrawal of British troops and recognition of American independence.

On November 30, 1819, the SS Savannah returned to Savannah, GA from its trip as the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Yesterday, Congressman Tom Price was announced as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

In choosing Representative Tom Price of Georgia to be his health secretary, President-elect Donald J. Trump has signaled an undiminished determination to repeal President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, and replace it with a health law that would be far less comprehensive.

And Mr. Trump is handing Republicans and their base voters what they have clamored for since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010 — a powerful force to reverse course.

Mr. Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs, was one of the first lawmakers to draft a full replacement for the Affordable Care Act. His proposal would take health care in a fundamentally different direction, away from mandated coverage and care and toward a free-market approach, with fewer consumer protections and more freedoms for doctors.

“The president-elect has made it very clear: He wants the Congress, when they convene in early January, to take up the task of repealing and replacing Obamacare first,” Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Tuesday on Fox News. He described Mr. Price as “someone who literally, for the last half a dozen years, has been in the forefront of efforts, not only to repeal Obamacare, but put forward common sense, free-market solutions that will lower the cost of health insurance, without growing the size of government.”

Mr. Trump said Tuesday that he had chosen Seema Verma, a health policy expert in Indiana, to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Working in state government and then as president of a consulting company, she helped Indiana expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, with conservative policies that emphasized “personal responsibility.”

Ms. Verma worked closely with Mr. Pence, the Indiana governor, who honored her this year with a Sagamore of the Wabash award, for Hoosiers who have made outstanding contributions to the state. She has won praise from health care providers and state legislators of both parties in Indiana, and has provided technical assistance to Medicaid officials in other states.

In his campaign manifesto, Mr. Trump said Congress should give each state a lump sum of federal money — a block grant — for Medicaid, the program for lower-income people. Regardless of whether they can achieve that goal, Mr. Price and Ms. Verma would almost surely make it easier for states to obtain Medicaid waivers, the vehicle for a wide range of state innovations and experiments, which could include new eligibility rules and cost-sharing requirements.

Senator Johnny Isakson praised Trump’s choice of Price for HHS.

“Tom Price is a true leader in Congress and an exceptional choice to head up the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With his background as a practicing physician, Tom will bring real world experience and a single-minded focus on the needs of patients to this vital role. I fully support his nomination and am confident that he will put the department back to work for the American people.”

“Tom doesn’t just talk about replacing Obamacare — he’s put years of thought and hard work into developing a plan that can actually make health care more affordable and accessible. By nominating Tom to fill this post, President-elect Trump is signaling his commitment to repealing Obamacare. With Tom at the helm, we can begin implementing free-market principles that will increase choice and lower the cost of health care for families and businesses.”

“I congratulate my good friend and a great Georgian, Tom Price.”

Senator David Perdue also had kind words for Price’s appointment.

“Tom is a fellow Georgian who understands that we need to stop Washington’s takeover of our health care system. As a doctor, he is seen as a leading voice on health care policy and has a common-sense plan to replace Obamacare that will lower costs and put patients in charge of their health care choices. I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Tom, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will do a fantastic job improving our nation’s health care system and the lives of all Americans.”

Dr. Louis Sullivan was the last Georgian to serve in a presidential cabinet, having served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993. At least he served more recently than any of the reader submissions. Sullivan was also the last physician appointed to head HHS.

State Rep. Betty Price (R-Roswell), also a physician, had a few words to share about her husband’s appointment.

The Marietta Daily Journal looks at what will happen once Price is confirmed.Continue Reading..