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Feb

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 17, 2017

Cassie Meeker

Cassie Meeker is a female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Douglas County Animal Shelter in Douglasville, GA.

Pleakley

Pleakley is a male Chihuahua & Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie mix who is available for adoption from Douglas County Animal Shelter in Douglasville, GA.

Adopt this dog should you.

Honey

Honey is a brindle-coated young female Boxer and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Douglas County Animal Shelter in Douglasville, GA.

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Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 17, 2017

On February 17, 1739, Thomas Jones wrote to the Georgia Trustees in London of the appalling conditions in Savannah.

“The profanation of the Lord’s Day. When at church in the time of divine service, can hear continual firing of guns by people that are shooting at some game, others carrying burdens on wheelbarrows by the church door.

“The uncommon lewdness practiced by many and gloried in.

“The negligence of officers in permitting several in this town to retail rum and strong liquors, unlicensed, who have no other visible way of livelihood, where servants resort and are encouraged to rob their masters… .

“I need not mention profane swearing and drunkenness, which are not so common here as in some other places, and few are notorious therein, besides Mr. Baliff Parker, who I have seen wallow in the mire….

The Georgia legislature, on February 17, 1783, passed legislation granting land to veterans of Georgia militia who served during the Revolutionary War.

On February 17, 1784, the Georgia legislature passed a bill to increase an earlier formula for settling the state, allotting 200 acres to each head of a family, plus 50 acres for each family member (including up to 10 slaves) up to a maximum of 1000 acres.

Thomas Jefferson was elected Third President of the United States on February 17, 1801. The election was deadlocked for three months between Jefferson and his running-mate Aaron Burr.

On November 4 [1800], the national election was held. When the electoral votes were counted, the Democratic-Federalists emerged with a decisive victory, with Jefferson and Burr each earning 73 votes to Adams’ 65 votes and Pinckney’s 64 votes. John Jay, the governor of New York, received 1 vote.

Because Jefferson and Burr had tied, the election went to the House of Representatives, which began voting on the issue on February 11, 1801. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality–handing Jefferson victory over his running mate–developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. Jefferson needed a majority of nine states to win, but in the first ballot had only eight states, with Burr winning six states and Maryland and Virginia. Finally, on February 17, a small group of Federalists reasoned that the peaceful transfer of power required that the majority party have its choice as president and voted in Jefferson’s favor. The 35th ballot gave Jefferson victory with 10 votes. Burr received four votes and two states voted blank.

On February 17, 1820, the United States Senate passed the Missouri Compromise to govern the admission of new states as either slave-holding or not.

On February 17, 1854, Georgia Governor Herschel Johnson signed legislation by the Georgia General Assembly placing on the ballot for the next generation the question of whether to move the state capital from Milledgeville to Atlanta.

Alexander Stephens, who was born in Crawfordville, Taliaferro County, Georgia, was inaugurated as Vice President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861. Stephens graduated from Franklin College, later known as the University of Georgia, and served in the Georgia legislature. Stephens opposed Georgia’s secession. One year later, Georgia’s delegation to the Confederate Congress, numbering ten members, was sworn in.

Ina Dillard was born on February 18, 1868 in Oglethorpe County Georgia. She married Richard Russell, who served on the Georgia Court of Appeals and as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Their son, Richard B. Russell, Jr., would be elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker and became the youngest Governor of Georgia in the 20th Century. In 1932 he ran for United States Senate and was elected.

In 1936, Russell was elected to his first full term in the Senate over former Governor Eugene Talmadge. In 1952, Russell ran for the Democratic nomination for President and he was an early mentor for Lyndon B. Johnson, who later served as President. Russell served on the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President Kennedy.

Russell served as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee for many years. Russell was an acknowledged leader within the Senate, and especially among Southern members, and he led much of the opposition to civil rights legislation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

On February 19, 1953, Governor Herman Talmadge signed legislation creating the Georgia State Literature Commission to investigate and refer for prosecution anyone selling obscene materials. In 2014, the Washington Post wrote about the State Literature Commission.

Georgia created the nation’s first censorship board.

The vote was unanimous. The Georgia State Assembly approved House Bill 247 on Feb. 19, 1953, with no dissent, establishing the Georgia Literature Commission. Despite being born into controversy, it lived on for 20 years surviving legal and legislative challenges until the administration of then-Gov. Jimmy Carter defanged it, setting off its slow death.

After years of support, then-Gov. Jimmy Carter cut the commission’s annual appropriation by about 20 percent in 1971, while simultaneously fighting a public battle against pornography. His administration then implemented zero-based budgeting, in which each governmental organization had to justify itself, which had become increasingly hard to do for the commission.

The first portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to hang in the state capitol was unveiled on March 17, 1974 and was replaced in 2006 by the current portrait.

On February 19, 2014, Elana Meyers (now Elana Meyers Taylor) from Douglasville, Georgia, won the Silver Medal in bobsled in the Sochi Olympics. Her father Eddie Meyers was a standout running back at the Naval Academy who served six years in the Navy and signed with the Atlanta Falcons after his service.

The Newnan Times-Herald writes about the real “Sister” Schubert, whose rolls are at most holiday dinners in our home.

Patricia “Sister” Schubert Barnes says women should find their passion and follow it with enthusiasm.

“I do believe I was put on this world to bake bread,” she told a mostly female crowd of about 130 on Feb. 5 at the Carnegie Library’s upstairs meeting room. Barnes’ talk was part of the 2017 Edgar B. Hollis Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation.

Barnes opened her talk with a short prayer. She reflected on the story of how her grandmother’s Everlasting Bread recipe grew from a family favorite into a national staple.

“I did take a recipe, a family recipe that I made those for years for my family and turned that into a business,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been successful because I found my purpose.”

She said her bread brings families together in the kitchen and around the table. “I believe our world needs a lot more of that, don’t you?,” she asked.

Amen, Sister.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal appointed David L. Mincey III to the Superior Court for the Macon Judicial Circuit, filling the vacancy created when the Governor appointed Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self, III to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Under the Gold Dome

Committee Meetings – Legislative Day 20Continue Reading..

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Feb

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 16, 2017

Hainey

Hainey is a young male Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from Second Chance Animal Rescue in Cairo, GA.

Haizel

Haizel is an adult female Hound mix who is available for adoption from Second Chance Animal Rescue in Cairo, GA.

Kona Guiness

Kona (left, female) and Guiness (right, male) are 7-week old Shepherd mix puppies who are available for adoption from Best Friends Dog Rescue in Cairo, GA.

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Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 16, 2017

On February 16, 1923, Howard Carter and his archaeology party entered the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen.

The steps led to an ancient sealed doorway bearing the name Tutankhamen. When Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb’s interior chambers on November 26, they were thrilled to find it virtually intact, with its treasures untouched after more than 3,000 years. The men began exploring the four rooms of the tomb, and on February 16, 1923, under the watchful eyes of a number of important officials, Carter opened the door to the last chamber.

Inside lay a sarcophagus with three coffins nested inside one another. The last coffin, made of solid gold, contained the mummified body of King Tut. Among the riches found in the tomb–golden shrines, jewelry, statues, a chariot, weapons, clothing–the perfectly preserved mummy was the most valuable, as it was the first one ever to be discovered. Despite rumors that a curse would befall anyone who disturbed the tomb, its treasures were carefully catalogued, removed and included in a famous traveling exhibition called the “Treasures of Tutankhamen.”

On February 16, 1948, the United States Air Force renamed Robins Air Field to Robins Air Force Base. Robins AFB and the City of Warner Robins are named for Air Force General Augustine Warner Robins.

Fidel Castro was sworn-in as Prime Minister of Cuba on February 16, 1959.

On February 16, 1968, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representative Rankin Fite placed the first 911 call from Haleyville City Hall to Congressman Tom Bevill at the Haleyville police station.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

COMMITTEE MEETINGS – LEGISLATIVE DAY 19

7:30 AM HOUSE APPROP FULL COMMITTEE 341 CAP

8:00 AM HOUSE NATURAL RES & ENV’T 606 CLOB

8:30 AM SENATE FINANCE – Ad Valorem Sub 122 CAP

9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP

10:00 AM HOUSE SESSION (LD 19) HOUSE

12:00 PM SENATE RULES- Upon Adjourment 450 CAP

1:00 PM SENATE HIGHER ED 450 CAP

1:00 PM SENATE REGULATED IND & UTIL 310 CLOB

1:00 PM SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY 307 CLOB

1:00 PM HOUSE JUVENILE JUSTICE 406 CLOB

1:00 PM HOUSE TRANSPORTATION 506 CLOB

2:00 PM SENATE SCIENCE AND TECH 310 CLOB

2:00 PM SENATE HEALTH AND HS 450 CAP

2:00 PM HOUSE EDUCATION 606 CLOB

2:00 PM HOUSE JUD’Y (CIVIL) 132 CAP

2:00 PM HOUSE Life & Health Sub Insurance 403 CAP

2:30 PM HOUSE REGULATED INDUSTRIES 515 CLOB

3:00 PM SENATE STATE INST & PROP – CANCELED

3:00 PM SENATE TRANSPORTATION 310 CLOB

3:30 PM SENATE ETHICS 125 CAP

3:00 PM HOUSE Telecommunications Sub Energy, Util & Telecom 605 CLOB

3:00 PM HOUSE Industry and Labor Sub 506 CLOB

3:00 PM HOUSE INTRAGOV’TAL COORD 415 CLOB

3:00 PM HOUSE WAYS & MEANS 406 CLOB

4:00 PM SENATE FINANCE – Income Tax Sub 125 CAP

4:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY 307 CLOB

 

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 15 – Crimes and Offenses; weapons carry license; add to the category of former law enforcement officers (Substitute) (JUDY-33rd)

SB 16 – Low THC Oil; definition; provisions relating to conditions eligible for use; change (Substitute) (H&HS-1st)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Modified Structured Rule

HB 1 – Georgia Space Flight Act; enact (Substitute)(Judy-Spencer-180th)

HB 160 – Mass transportation; create Georgia Commission on Transit Governance and Funding, provisions (Substitute)(Trans-Tanner-9th)

HB 198 – Elementary and secondary education; influenza vaccine; provide information (Ed-Dempsey-13th)

HB 214 – Crimes and offenses; consistent punishment for the unlawful manufacture, sale or distribution of a proof of insurance document; provide (Substitute)(JudyNC-Golick-40th)

HB 231 – Controlled substances; Schedules I, II, IV and V; change certain provisions (Substitute)(JudyNC-Broadrick-4th)

Structured Rule

HB 73 – Income tax credit; incentives to promote the revitalization of rural Georgia downtowns; provide (Substitute)(W&M-Houston-170th)

HB 125 – Sales and use tax; certain tangible personal property sold or used to maintain a boat; create exemption (Substitute)(W&M-Stephens-164th)

LEGISLATION

Governor Nathan Deal signed a $24.3 billion dollar FY 2017 Amended Budget.Continue Reading..

15
Feb

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 15, 2017

Shiloh

Shiloh is a male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

Lobo

Lobo is a male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

Heidi

Heidi is a female Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

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Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 15, 2017

On February 15, 1796, Georgia Governor Jared Irwin and legislators gathered with a crowd for the burning of the “Yazoo Act.”

On February 15, 1898, the battleship U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana harbor, Cuba.

On February 15, 1952 Gov. Herman Talmadge signed a joint resolution directing the purchase of Stone Mountain for development as a Confederate Memorial.

On February 15, 2011, Georgia Congressman John Lewis was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the civil rights movement.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

COMMITTEE MEETINGS – LEGISLATIVE DAY

7:00 AM HOUSE ALL HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBS 341 CAP

8:00 AM HOUSE Reeves Sub Jud’y Non-Civil 415 CLOB

8:00 AM HOUSE INSURANCE 606 CLOB

8:00 AM HOUSE AG & CONSUMER AFFAIRS 403 CAP

9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP

10:00 AM HOUSE FLOOR SESSION (LD 18) HOUSE CHAMBER

12:00 PM SENATE RULES -Upon Adjournment 450 CAP

1:00 PM SENATE INSURANCE AND LABOR MEZZ

1:00 PM SENATE NATURAL RES & ENV’T 450 CAP

1:00 PM HOUSE Ways & Means Income Tax Sub 403 CAP

2:00 PM SENATE FINANCE 125 CAP

2:00 PM SENATE EDUCATION AND YOUTH 307 CLOB

2:00 PM HOUSE Env’tal Quality Sub Nat’ Res & Env’t 403 CAP

2:00 PM HOUSE Ways & Means Sub Public Finance & Policy 133 CAP

2:00 PM HOUSE RETIREMENT 515 CLOB

2:00 PM HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS DEV 606 CLOB

2:00 PM HOUSE Regulations Sub Regulated Industries 514 CLOB

2:30 PM HOUSE Tags & Titles Sub Motor Vehicles 505 CLOB

2:30 PM HOUSE Education Sub Innovation & Workforce Dev 415 CLOB

3:00 PM SENATE AG AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS 450 CAP

3:00 PM SENATE BANKING AND FINANCIAL INST 310 CLOB

3:00 PM SENATE STATE AND LOCAL GOV’T OPS – CANCELED MEZZ

3:00 PM HOUSE HIGHER ED 403 CAP

3:00 PM HOUSE INDUSTRY AND LABOR 506 CLOB

3:00 PM HOUSE Special Sub on Transportation 515 CLOB

4:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY – Sub B 307 CLOB

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 45 – Invasions of Privacy; to film under or through a person’s clothing; prohibit the use of a device (Substitute) (JUDY-20th)

SB 46 – Torts; space flight activities; provide facilitation; definitions; exceptions (Substitute) (S&T-3rd)

SB 89 – Transportation Department Officers; railways and railroad facilities and equipment; provide for state investment (Substitute) (TRANS-48th)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Modified Open Rule
HB 139 – Education; provide transparency of financial information of local school systems and schools; provisions (Substitute)(Ed-Belton-112th)
HB 185 – Probate court; associate judges; change provisions (Judy-Coomer-14th)

Structured Rule
HB 61 – Sales and use tax; certain retailers to either collect and remit or notify purchaser and state; require (Substitute)(W&M-Powell-171st)
HB 117 – Sales and use tax; certain voluntary contributions; exclude from definition of retail sales (Substitute)(W&M-Watson-172nd)
HB 195 – Taxation; certain for profit corporations to participate in the indirect ownership of a home for the mentally disabled for primarily financing purposes; allow (Substitute)(W&M-Harrell-106th)

 

Medical cannabis backers oppose a Senate bill to reduce the allowable percentage of THC in cannabis oil.

Senators wanting to reduce the maximum THC level in the cannabis oil now allowed here from 5 percent to 3 percent say the move would bring the state more in line with others that also allow limited forms of the oil. Federal officials continue to classify the oil as an illegal drug.

Under the 2015 law, patients and, in the case of children, families who register with the state are allowed to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of eight specific illnesses, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

The Senate’s proposal would add one more condition, autism, to that list. But only if the allowable THC is reduced.

Many of the more than a dozen states that have low-THC programs only allow percentages of 1 or lower.

[Dr. Ben Thrower] does not want to see the permissible percentage of THC lowered because it could have a direct effect on patients. Some may be fine with an oil at 3 percent THC, he said, but others respond better to cannabidiol with a higher percentage THC. He sees having a greater range of options as a plus, not a minus.

House Bill 271 by Rep. Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah) would update the Shore Protection Act.

That law protects Georgia’s network of dunes, beaches, shoals and sandbars — what’s known collectively as the sand sharing system — from adverse impacts from human activity. A healthy sand sharing system protects barrier island property from erosion and hurricane damage.

The current method of defining the landward boundary of where the Shore Protection Act applies is a line based on the presence of either a live native tree at least 20 feet tall, or a structure existing on or before July 1, 1979. That definition creates a zig-zag line that leaves out areas that should be in the state’s jurisdiction and pulls in areas that shouldn’t be there, Petrea said. Instead, he’s proposing that the landward boundary be defined as a line that runs 25 feet inland of the most landward of the following as determined by the Ga. Department of Natural Resources:

• the ordinary high water mark;

• the landward toe of the most landward sand dunes; or

• the crest of a visible and functional structure associated with a shoreline stabilization activity.

“It’s going to create a jurisdictional line that’s reasonable, that property owners and regulators can predict and stand on,” Petrea said.

State Senator John F. Kennedy (R-Macon) proposed Senate Resolution 146, enacting protections for crime victims as a Constitutional Amendment.

“Georgia’s crime victims’ bill of rights constitutional amendment would ensure that victims have same coequal rights as the accused and convicted, nothing more, nothing less,” said state Sen. John F. Kennedy, R-Macon, to a panel of fellow state senators at the state Capitol on Tuesday.

His legislation would add seven new rights to the Georgia Constitution, guaranteeing crime victims things such as the right to be heard at proceedings involving the person accused or convicted of wrongdoing.

Georgia law already contains a victims’ bill of rights. Kennedy’s Senate Resolution 146 asks Georgia voters to put those rights in the state’s highest law. Separately, his Senate Bill 127 outlines how a victim could go to court and ask for redress if those rights were not honored.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter held a tense meeting with NAACP members.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter walked out of a Gwinnett NAACP meeting Tuesday night after audience members began arguing with each other and the group’s president over his presence.

The meeting with the NAACP had been billed as an opportunity for the group’s members to ask him questions. Some attendees said the chapter’s membership was never asked if it wanted to hear from Hunter and ended up calling for local NAACP President Marlyn Tillman’s resignation as well as Hunter’s.

“You were not invited (and) you are not welcome,” Penny Poole told Hunter during the meeting. “The only thing we will take is your resignation and, now, the resignation of President Tillman.”

Special Master Ralph Lancaster, overseeing the Georgia-Florida water lawsuit, recommended the United States Supreme Court decline to hear the suit.

The recommendation from Special Master Ralph Lancaster, who was appointed by the court to oversee Florida’s suit against Georgia, isn’t a final decision. The court’s review of Lancaster’s report and responses from each state could take months. The states’ battle over water use dates back to 1990, and includes drawn-out negotiations and several lawsuits.

Lancaster [wrote] that Florida provided “no evidence” that a cap would help the state outside of drought periods and that any benefits “are likely rare and unpredictable.” He also questioned Florida’s decision not to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages dams that affect the river basin, in its lawsuit.

“Without the ability to bind the Corps, I am not persuaded that the court can assure Florida the relief it seeks,” Lancaster wrote.

Governor Nathan Deal said he was “encouraged” by the news.

“We are incredibly pleased with the special master’s recommendation to the Supreme Court of the U.S.” said Deal. “Georgia remains committed to the conservation efforts that make us amicable stewards of our water. We are encouraged by this outcome which puts us closer to finding a resolution to a decades-long dispute over the use and management of the waters of the basin.”

“The special master’s decision is a major step toward securing a victory for Georgia citizens,” said [Georgia Attorney General Chris] Carr. “The State of Georgia put forth a remarkable and unified effort in this case, and bringing closure to this long-running dispute will ensure that our state has adequate resources to grow and flourish, ensuring economic prosperity for years to come.”

The Official Trout Festival and Outdoor Adventures will be held in Blue Ridge, Georgia on April 28 and 29, 2017.

“The Festival is built around the fact that Fannin County has become a trout-fishing destination for fishermen from all over the nation,” says House Speaker David Ralston.

Cobb County Commissioners approved a pay schedule that includes raises for 2000 employees.

DeKalb County Commissioners voted to hire an outside firm to audit water billing.

Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt may not seek reelection this year, according to Forsyth County Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills.

Mills confirmed after the meeting that she was told by Gravitt that he would not be seeking reelection due to personal reasons.

When asked, Gravitt’s office said he would be making an official statement on the topic at the city’s next council meeting Feb. 21.

Stockbridge City Council Member Elton Alexander has been the target of several citizen complaints.

BBQ Masters owner Arick Whitson filed a complaint on Jan. 31 alleging that Alexander used his power as a council member to attempt to bribe Whitson for free food, though he did not give a date of the alleged incident.

According to Whitson, Alexander asked him if he wanted to do business with the city, to which Whitson responded he “would love to.”

Alexander then proceeded to order food and was asked to pay. Whitson alleged that Alexander stated, “I thought you understood…I thought you wanted to do business with the city.”

Whitson said he responded that he does, but that Alexander must still pay for his food like other customers. Alexander then left the building without his meal, according to Whitson. Whitson alleges that Alexander later retaliated by calling code enforcement to report a violation of a grill outside his building.

That must be some tasty barbecue of somone is (allegedly) willing to shake down the owner for a rib plate.

Columbus Recorder’s Court Judge Mike Cielinski will retire, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Sixth Congressional District Update

Check the Secretary of State’s Qualifying Database here. Candidate in bold have qualified.

Republican
David Abroms | website | Facebook | Twitter
Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan | website | Facebook | Twitter
Keith Grawert | website | Facebook | Twitter
Bob Gray | website | Facebook | Twitter
Judson Hill | website | Facebook | Twitter
Bruce LeVell | website | Facebook | Twitter
William Llop| website | Facebook | Twitter
Dan Moody | website | Facebook | Twitter
Kurt Wilson | website | Facebook | Twitter

Democratic
Ragin Edwards | website | Facebook | Twitter
Richard Keatley | website | Facebook | Twitter
Jon Ossoff | website | Facebook | Twitter
Rebecca Quigg | website | Facebook | Twitter
Former state Sen. Ron Slotin | website | Facebook | Twitter

Independent

Alexander Hernandez | website | Facebook | Twitter

Republican Bruce LeVell told the AJC Political Insider, “I am running for Congress to be President Trump’s strongest ally on Capitol Hill in making his America First agenda a reality.”

Although Trump won Georgia by a 5-point margin, the president’s embrace could prove riskier in Price’s establishment-friendly district.

Trump lost the district in Georgia’s March primary and eked out a 1-point victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in November. Price, who was confirmed last week as Trump’s health secretary, won re-election by a more convincing 62 percent of the vote.

He seems more than willing to take that risk. In his campaign announcement, LeVell said he would fight to break the “establishment’s stranglehold of power and end the progressives’ assault on our Constitution.”

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel will qualify for Congress today.

Bill Barrow of the Associated Press takes a crack at explaining the dynamics in April’s Special Election.

Democrats are looking for an upset in the GOP-leaning district where Trump underperformed among the affluent, well-educated residents of the northern Atlanta suburbs. Trump narrowly topped Democrat Hillary Clinton, but fell shy of a majority even as Price cruised to re-election with more than 60 percent of the vote.

It’s a dynamic Democrats must capitalize on around the country if they hope to reclaim a House majority next year, and it leaves a wide-open Republican field in Georgia to decide whether to run alongside the president or establish some independence from a White House off to a rocky start.

Adding to the mix is a quirk of Georgia election law that makes special congressional elections a “jungle primary” with all candidates on the same ballot, regardless of party. If no candidate wins a majority on April 18, the top two finishers — again regardless of party — would advance to a second ballot set for June 20.

Chip Lake, who has run previous campaigns for Tom Price, said Republicans trying to succeed the new secretary must “tread very, very carefully” with Trump. “It’s risky aligning yourself with this president,” Lake said, “but it’s not easy to distance yourself from a figure like him either.”

National Democrats’ House campaign committee lists the Georgia district among its 59 targeted seats in the 2018 election cycle. Still, it’s not clear how much the party will invest; the district was not among the 20 where the party recently dispatched full-time field staff members.

Here’s my quasi-prediction. Unless someone else qualifies as an Independent today, Alexander Hernandez may have the best shot at a ticket to the runoff.

14
Feb

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 14, 2017

Nadia

Nadia is a young female Flat-Coated Retriever who is available for adoption from You Lucky Dog Rescue in Alpharetta, GA.

Nadia is great with kids, other dogs, sits on commands, is house trained and walks nicely on leash. Who could resist a beauty like this with such beautiful manners?

Callie

Callie is an 8-year old female Flat-Coated Retriever who is available for adoption from Canine Crusaders of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

Callie is wonderful in the house, is completely housebroken and a non-chewer. She does great with kids, cats and other dogs and is very mellow. She gets most excited at feeding time and will talk to you and jump up and down to let you know! If you’re wanting to adopt a sweet soul, Callie is your girl.

Georgia Flattie

Georgia is a female Flat-Coated Retriever mix who is available for adoption from BullsEye Rescue, Inc. in Atlanta, GA.

Paul Flattie

Paul is an adult male Flat-Coated Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Pound Puppies ‘N Kittens Incorporated in Social Circle, GA.

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Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 14, 2017

On February 14, 1779, Lt. Col. Elijah Clarke led a charge against British forces at the Battle of Kettle Creek.

On February 14, 1956, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation calling for the protection, cleaning and maintenance, and display of historic Confederate flags at the State Capitol.

On February 14, 1958, the Georgia General Assembly passed a resolution purporting to censure President Dwight D. Eisenhower for using National Guard troops in the integration of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.

On February 14, 1977, the B-52s played their first gig at a Valentine’s Day party in Athens.

Later that year, the group began making regular runs in the Wilson family station wagon up to New York City for gigs at seminal New Wave clubs like Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s. With Kate and Cindy in their mile-high beehive wigs and 60s thrift-shop best, and Fred looking like a gay, demented golf pro, the B-52s made an immediate impression on the New York scene, and their independently produced single, “Rock Lobster,” became an underground smash.

The B-52s are still in business three decades later, minus Ricky Wilson, who died of AIDS in 1985. Significantly, their success is widely credited for establishing the viability of the Athens, Georgia, music scene, which would produce many minor successes and one massive one—R.E.M.—in the years immediately following the breakthrough of the B-52′s.

On February 14, 2012, we published the first edition of the GaPundit daily political news, featuring dogs. We originally thought that the dogs would be temporary until enough people complained about them that we felt the need to go to once a week. We were surprised that the adoptable dogs have become the signature of GaPundit’s otherwise-political offerings and our greatest success.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS – LEGISLATIVE DAY 17

9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP

10:00 AM HOUSE FLOOR SESSION (LD 17) HOUSE CHAMBER

12:00 PM SENATE RULES -Upon Adjournment 450 CAP

1:00 PM SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY 307 CLOB

1:00 PM SENATE INS AND LABOR 310 CLOB

1:00 PM HOUSE Education Sub Early Learning & K-12 606 CLOB

1:00 PM HOUSE Ways & Means Ad Valorem Sub 133 CAP

1:30 PM HOUSE Ways & Means Sales Tax Sub 133 CAP

1:30 PM HOUSE Env’tal Quality Sub Nat’l Res & Env’t 403 CAP

2:00 PM SENATE ECON DEV AND TOURISM MEZZ

2:00 PM SENATE HEALTH AND HS 450 CAP

2:00 PM HOUSE GAME, FISH AND PARKS 403 CAP

2:00 PM HOUSE HEALTH & HS 606 CLOB

2:00 PM HOUSE REGULATED INDUSTRIES 506 CLOB

2:00 PM HOUSE Fleming Sub Jud’y (Civil) Committee 132 CAP

3:00 PM SENATE TRANSPORTATION – CANCELED 310 CLOB

3:00 PM HOUSE SCIENCE AND TECH 506 CLOB

4:00 PM SENATE JUD’Y – Subcommittee A 307 CLOB

4:00 PM HOUSE Local Gov’t Sub Gov’tal Affairs 515 CLOB

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 41 – Pharmacists and Pharmacies; durable medical equipment suppliers; provide for the licensure; definition; requirements; discipline and revocation (Substitute) (H&HS-45th)

SB 87 – Bankruptcy; judgments against exempt property; provide for the discharge (B&FI-23rd)

SR 95 – Sales and Use Tax; net proceeds; educational purposes; county school system; independent school systems; provide for distribution-CA (Substitute) (ED&Y-8th)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Modified Open Rule
HB 143 – Financial institutions; provide for definitions; provisions
(B&B-Williamson-115th)
HB 183 – Community Affairs, Department of; Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council; recreate (SP&CA-Dickey-140th)

Modified Structured Rule
HB 42 – Elections; election superintendents to correct mistakes and omissions on ballots for a primary or election; authorize (Substitute) (GAff-Lumsden-12th)
HB 169 – Charlton County; probate judge; provide nonpartisan elections
(IGC-Corbett-174th)

Congratulations to former State Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs), whom Governor Deal appointed to the Jekyll Island State Park Authority.Continue Reading..

13
Feb

Dan Moody Enters 6th District Congressional Race

Dan Moody

“The time for talking is over and the time for doing has arrived.”

JOHNS CREEK, GA – Saying that Congress needs to match their actions to their campaign promises, former State Senator Dan Moody today announced that he will be a candidate for Georgia’s Sixth congressional district. The seat was left open with Tom Price’s confirmation as President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“We talked the talk on the campaign trail, now Republicans need to walk the walk and make good on our promises,” Moody said. “This is an historic opportunity to deliver on tax cuts, job creation, repealing Obamacare and shrinking the massive size of the federal government. The time for talking is over and the time for doing has arrived.”

Moody is a retired Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, an electrical engineer by trade and a small business owner. He lives in Johns Creek with his wife, Stephanie.

Dan was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2002. He was known for taking on the hard jobs no-one else wanted and helped deliver on the promises made by the GOP in its historic takeover of state government. A strong believer in term limits, Dan led by example. He chose to leave office in 2010 and has since become a champion for small business leadership and growth across Georgia.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 13, 2017

Champ

Champ is a 1.5-year old male German Shorthaired Pointer & Pit Bull Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter in Dahlonega, GA.

Champ is a sweet and playful 1 1/2 year old. What a love he is.

Lisa Dahlonega

Lisa is a young female Mountain Cur mix who is available for adoption from the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter in Dahlonega, GA.

This 1-1/2 year old is quite the character. She is super sweet, playful and active.

Jena

Jena is a 9-month old female Spaniel mix (or Flat-Coated Retriever mix?) who is available for adoption from the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter in Dahlonega, GA.