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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 27, 2016


Ellie Mae is a small female Dachshund mix who is available for adoption at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.


Freddie is a 7-month old male Beagle mix who is available for adoption at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.

You just can’t get any cuter than this 7 month old. Freddie is a typical Beagle with his nose to the ground. He does have some amazingly long ears.


Bessie is a sweet and playful 1-year old female Feist mix who is available for adoption at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, dba TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 27, 2016

On October 27, 1775, King George III addressed Parliament, raising concerns about an American rebellion.

The First of the Federalist Papers, an essay by Alexander Hamilton published under the pseudonym Publius, was published on October 27, 1787.

The United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo, also called Pinckney’s Treaty on October 27, 1795, setting the 31st parallel as the border between Georgia and Florida.

The nation’s first Gold Rush started after Benjamin Parks discovered gold in what is now Lumpkin County, Georgia on October 27, 1828.

Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 27, 1858.

President Woodrow Wilson vetoed the Volstead Act, which implemented the Eighteenth Amendment prohibition on alcohol, on October 27, 1919; the House overrode his veto that same day.

Navy Day was established on October 27, 1922.

October 27 was suggested by the Navy League to recognize Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day. In addition, October 27 was the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy.

Ronald Reagan delivered the “A Time for Choosing” speech on October 27, 1964.

And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down—[up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.

We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

Jimmy Carter campaigned in New York on October 27, 1976.

Gladys Knight and the Pips reached #1 with “Midnight Train to Georgia” on October 27, 1973.

Andrew Young was elected Mayor of Atlanta on October 27, 1981.

Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy accepted the last Ford Taurus built in Hapeville, Georgia on October 27, 2006.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Mark your calendar to early vote on Saturday if you haven’t already cast your ballot. From the AJC:

Georgia, which is nearing 1 million ballots cast during the state’s early voting period, will open its polls this Saturday for a mandatory weekend voting day ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

It’s worth noting that polls in some counties including Fulton will also voluntarily be open this Sunday.

Click here to visit the Secretary of State’s office for listings of early voting locations in your county.

Nearly one million Georgia voters have cast their ballots already for the November 8th General Election.

Total ballots cast: 941,414
In-person ballots cast: 826,859
Electronic ballots cast: 12,826
Mailed ballots requested: 203,160
Mailed ballots cast: 110,698
Mailed ballots outstanding: 92,462


Nearly 50,000 voters cast ballots in just the first three days of early voting in Fulton County. North Fulton alone had 12,315 votes cast early for the Nov.8 election.

Fulton Director of Elections and Registration Rick Barron said he expects 400,000 to 450,000 votes to be cast out of 550,000 registered voters. That would be a turnout of more than 80 percent.

Fulton has received some 7,000 absentee ballots as well and received 20,000 requests for absentee applications.

“We expect 270,000 people to vote early, and it may be as many as 300,000 voters,” Barron said.

Early voting will continue until Nov. 4.

Early voting got a real shot in the arm from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners which has substantially beefed up early voting. Early voting runs 19 days for this election, and each Fulton Commission District has four polling places. For those looking for the fourth polling place in District 1, it is the North Fulton Service Center on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs which falls in District 1.

“The highest number of votes cast in early voting was in 2012 when 152,000 votes were cast. We should crush that record,” Barron said. “Of course there were only six early voting sites in the whole county for that election.”

Ivanka and Tiffany Trump made appearances in Cobb County yesterday.

Ivanka and Tiffany Trump, daughters of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, made two stops in Cobb County on Wednesday, one at a rally at the Cobb GOP headquarters followed by a roundtable discussion of female business owners in west Cobb.

Prior to their appearance, volunteers lined the walls, making phone calls to encourage residents to vote for Republican candidates. Cobb GOP Chair Rose Wing said about 200 people were in the building and another

100 were outside.

“We had to stop by and see you because we hear that Georgia volunteers are just so incredible,” said Ivanka Trump, encouraging everyone to turn out and vote.

She went on to speak of her father and how she’s had the good fortune to work at his side in the Trump organization for over a decade, watching him build business after business in multiple industries. He will bring that same talent to the White House, she said.

Tiffany Trump said her family lives just an hour away near the Tennessee border.

“My accent has actually become stronger as we landed,” she quipped.

Trump supporter Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren was among those in attendance.

“I think they’re amazing,” Warren said of the sisters. “From what I’ve heard about them, they’re just awesome. The oldest daughter is very active in the corporation and they got outstanding leadership.”

Warren said he was thrilled they visited Cobb County.

Following the rally, the Trump sisters headed out to west Cobb where they were hosted by Trump supporter Shannon Perren, who owns an insurance agency and real estate investment company by The Avenue West Cobb

She hosted 15 female small business owners at her west Cobb office during a roundtable with the Trump sisters.

More from the AJC:

Women at the Cobb County events were eager to trumpet their support for the GOP nominee. Many said the media have blown out of proportion Trump’s crude comments about women, and they cast him as a changed man who could shake up an ossified Washington.

“Look around. Do you think there’s a gender gap here?” Margaret Williamson, a Gilmer County volunteer for Trump, asked while pointing at the crowd. “This war on women stuff is nonsense. He’ll win Georgia. The only way he will do better with women is to pander to us. And I don’t want a candidate who will do that.”

Linda Lucas, a textile designer from Acworth, said the narrative that Trump struggles with women “annoys me to death.”

“I am very well educated, and this place is full of women like me. We are not stupid redneck mamas,” she said. “I understand the consequence of the vote. And I am just done with corruption. That’s why both sides are so afraid.”

Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced yesterday that insurance company Anthem will bring 1800 IT-related jobs to midtown Atlanta.

“As Georgia continues to grow its reputation as the nation’s top destination for the health IT industry, major companies like Anthem continue to strategically position themselves here,” said Deal. “Georgia’s qualified workforce and the collaborative partnerships on both state and local levels will allow Anthem to improve customer outreach while maintaining its competitive edge on a national scale. We value Anthem’s investment in Georgia and look forward to the company’s plans for renewed growth and significant expansion.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of Life Sciences and Corporate Solutions E. Jane Caraway represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Invest Atlanta, Deloitte, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

“Anthem’s announcement represents the eighteenth information technology or software development operation to set roots in Georgia within the last year, representing approximately 4,500 new quality Georgia jobs,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “We are excited about this new growth, and we look forward to helping Anthem fill these quality jobs with Georgia’s highly-skilled talent.”

Deal and Reed part company, however, on the question of supporting Opportunity School District Amendment 1.

The governor said Wednesday that he stands by his failing schools plan, despite growing opposition.

“I’m concerned about those children that are in these chronically failing schools,” said Governor Nathan Deal.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued a statement late Wednesday voicing his opposition. It reads in part:

“A constitutional amendment is the wrong vehicle for reform in an area where so much uncertainty exists. By amending the constitution, the public will be restricted in its future ability to make the many adjustments a program like this will surely need. By creating a new bureaucracy accountable only to the executive branch, parents are disempowered and discouraged from being active and engaged in their local school system.”

Thomas County is getting high-tech in tracking early voters.

They say they’ve had a record number of voters, and this year it’s easier than ever to keep up with the numbers thanks to a new technology system.

The new technology allows them to see how many people have voted and where they are located within the county. It also allows them to see what days people are voting more frequently.

A record number of voters coming out early to place their vote; 5,000 people have already visited the polls.That’s almost 20% of the Thomas County’s 30,000 registered voters.

“It’s been a very brisk one, we’ve anticipated the lines and kept those to a minimum and I’ve not had any unhappy voters as far as waiting so we’re moving them through,” Scoggins said.

“If there is a doubt, please don’t cast your ballot. Speak up immediately, and we can take care of it. We can avoid anything that I can imagine would come up.”

Patricia Murphy writes for Daily Beast about Georgia’s Senate race and Jim Barksdale’s flailing campaign:

Former governor Roy Barnes and former senator Sam Nunn have both donated to Isakson. Rep. David Scott, a leading African-American voice in the state, said he’d vote for Isakson instead of Barksdale. “I’ve always voted for Johnny Isakson. He’s my friend. He’s my partner,” Scott said in August. “And I always look out for my partners.”

The latest Atlanta Journal Constitution poll showed the Democrats-for-Isakson phenomenon isn’t unique to elected officials. Among Hillary Clinton supporters, 18 percent said they’ll split their ticket and vote for Isakson, too. That poll shows Clinton trailing Trump by just two points but Isakson ahead of Barksdale by 15.

Barksdale’s failure to launch has kept outside money largely absent from the Senate race. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has invested no money in the state, while overall outside spending in the race is less than $2 million, all for Isakson, compared to $6.8 million of outside spending in John McCain’s race in Arizona, $30 million in Richard Burr’s race in North Carolina, and $90 million in the race to unseat Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania. The departure of three of Barksdale’s top aides since August hasn’t helped.

Democrat Jim Barksdale drew about a dozen veterans to an event in Columbus yesterday.

Democrat Jim Barksdale was in Columbus on Wednesday to meet with about a dozen Vietnam War veterans at the Columbus Public Library.

Barksdale said he doesn’t have a specific policy plan for veterans if he’s elected but noted problems for some date back to the Korean War, World War II and the Vietnam War.

“On the other hand, some are new,” he said. “Records get lost, and they aren’t getting the same kind of service they use to get from the standpoint that doctors don’t stay as long with the rotations of doctors, use of opiates and the psychological care.”

Fulton County voters will decide whether to add additional sales taxes to pay for transportation improvements.

In the highest-profile transportation initiatives since the 2012 failure of a regional tax, Fulton County and the city of Atlanta are betting big on residents’ interest in making improvements to the way they get around.

The three proposed taxes, if approved, could be a bellwether for other counties that are still wary after the 2012 defeat. They are eager to see if there is interest in paying for transportation fixes in their own areas.

“All over the state, they want to see what we’re doing,” said Todd Long, Fulton County’s chief operating officer. “They’re all watching to see if there’s an appetite for it.”

In Fulton County outside of Atlanta, residents will vote on a three-quarter penny sales tax that would pay for repavings and other road and bridge improvements. The tax would raise up to $655 million over five years. The projects range from more than $50 million to widen roads and increase capacity in Johns Creek to $2 million to resurface streets in Chattahoochee Hills.

In Atlanta, voters will decide Nov. 8 whether they want to increase taxes by half a penny to fund an expansion of MARTA — which would raise $2.5 billion over 40 years — and by four-tenths of a penny to pay for other transportation improvements, including synchronization of traffic signals. That tax would collect between $280 million and $320 million over a five-year period.

When Atlanta voters get to the ballot, will they be willing to raise taxes twice, for both MARTA and roads? And will they understand what they’re voting on?

Governor Deal spoke yesterday at the dedication of a hangar door refurbished with tax funds raised by the T-SPLOST in Augusta.

Gov. Nathan Deal took a moment Wednesday to plug new state funding streams making projects like the $1 million refurbishment of hangar doors at Daniel Field possible.

The project was funded by Transportation Investment Act dollars and dedicated to Augustans who voted for the legislation.

The Central Savannah River Area region, comprised of 13 Georgia counties, voted in 2012 to approve the TIA, an additional 1 percent sales tax now budgeted for some $728 million in projects, in 2011 dollars, over 10 years. Many projects are under way now.

“Your region was one of three that had the foresight to take advantage of that,” Deal said. Now, “other regions are looking – and having a little bit of buyer’s remorse.”

Voters in Lula are considering whether to approve liquor sales by the drink in the November election.

Technically, the vote doesn’t cover beer and wine sales, as voter approval isn’t needed to allow them. However, they could be part of a comprehensive alcoholic beverages ordinance that would need to be crafted if the city wants to enact voter-approved liquor by the drink.

Currently, only beer and wine package sales are allowed in Lula Monday through Saturday. The city has decided to not put on the ballot a separate referendum asking voters if they want liquor sales on Sunday.

What the ballot question says: “Shall the governing authority of the City of Lula be authorized to issue licenses to sell distilled spirits for beverage purposes by the drink, such sales to be for consumption only on the premises?”

The City of Jackson in Butts County also has a liquor referendum on the ballot.

Voters in the city of Jackson will be deciding in November whether to allow packaged liquor sales.

Voters in unincorporated Butts County voted in 2010 to allow beer, wine and liquor sales by the drink on Sundays in local restaurants. Supporters noted that permitting Sunday drink sales could remove a potential roadblock in attracting major chain restaurants to Butts County, especially around its interstate interchanges, which are in unincorporated areas.

Sunday package sales of beer and wine also came to Butts County for the first time in recent years, but the packaged sale of liquor has remained prohibited.

Until 2011, Georgia was one of three states in the U.S. with so-called “blue laws” that barred the packaged sale of alcohol on Sundays. After years of wrangling in the state legislature, lawmakers voted to let communities across Georgia decide on their own whether to permit Sunday package sales.

The ballot question in Jackson reads: Shall the issuance of licenses for the package sales of distilled spirits be approved?

Early voters in Jackson will be able to vote on two separate ballots – one for the General Election featuring the Presidential and United State Senate elections, and a separate ballot for the municipal referendum. From the city’s website:

On General Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016, voters in the General Election will vote at their usual voting precinct, AND vote in the city’s Special Election at the Municipal Court Building, 132 South Mulberry Street, Jackson, Georgia. While you are encouraged to vote in both elections, you do not have to vote in the General Election to be eligible to vote in the Special Election.

At Fort Benning, ten women graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Leadership Course.

In a ceremony that was not open to media, 166 lieutenants graduated from the course and became infantry officers. The 10 women join Capt. Kristen Griest as the only female infantry officers.

Thomasville officials closed two schools after a threatening note was found.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 26, 2016


Farah is a senior female Labrador Retriever & Hound Mix who is available for adoption from Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County Marietta, GA.

Farah is about 10 years old and weighs 32 lbs. She is sweet and quiet and just a lovely girl.


Rufus is a male Redbone Coonhound who is available for adoption from Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County Marietta, GA.

He is really sweet, super cute, and very quiet.


Dee is a female Terrier & Corgi Mix who is available for adoption from Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County Marietta, GA.

Dee is a very sweet and cute 3 year old, 31 pound girl. She is reported to be good with kids and house trained. Her owner left her at the shelter on Oct. 21st saying that she kept getting out of the fence.

Other dogs kept digging holes to get in the fence to get to her. This won’t happen once Dee is spayed so the other dogs are not so eager to get in to her.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 26, 2016

Colonists in Georgia signed a letter allowing the beginning of the slave trade in Georgia on October 26, 1749.

Georgia Sons of Liberty protested against the British Stamp Act on October 26, 1765.

A state Constitutional Convention at Milledgeville, Georgia repealed the state’s Ordinance of Secession on October 26, 1865.

President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act on October 26, 2001.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections

Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump will join volunteers at the Cobb County Republican Party today. From the Trump-Pence campaign.

Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump, daughters of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump, will be in metro Atlanta on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The Trumps will first visit Cobb County GOP headquarters, where they will meet with volunteers and thank them for their hard work on the campaign. Following the meeting with Cobb County volunteers, Ivanka and Tiffany Trump will hold a discussion event with a group of professional women at a private, female-owned business for a roundtable discussion. Both events are open press.

Cobb County GOP Headquarters Visit

Where: Cobb County GOP Headquarters, 799 Roswell St NE, Marietta, GA 30060

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 4:20 PM to 5 PM (Pre-set from 2:00pm-2:45pm. Security sweep at 3:00pm.)

Who: Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump, Herman Cain, State Rep. Betty Price


Roundtable of Working Women

Where: State Farm Insurance Agency, 3475 Dallas Hwy #520, Marietta, GA 30064

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 5:50 PM to 7:15 PM

Who: Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump, Trump Georgia Chairman Rayna Casey, female business owners, and others

FoxNews takes a look at what Georgia early voting turnout may mean.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 25, 2016


Billie Sue (above, left) and Peggy Sue (below, right)  are female Pomeranian mixes who available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Fort Valley, GA. Both girls are friendly, but shy, having come from a neglect case, and both are good with kids, and good with dogs. They can be adopted separately or together.



Jane is a young female Bull Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Fort Valley, GA. Jane is good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.


Annabelle is a year-old female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Fort Valley, GA. Annabelle is very friendly and loves everyone.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 25, 2016

On October 25, 1774, the First Continental Congress addressed a petition to King George III raising concerns about the Coercive Acts passed by Parliament and asserting its loyalty to the monarch.

The wooden keel of USS Monitor was laid at Continental Iron Works at Greenpoint, New York on October 25, 1861.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Molly Shannon said Savannah is a Superstar!

Shannon said she had grown fond of Savannah since her arrival Sunday, and joked about potentially filming here in the future. She said she even purchased her orange J. Crew dress from the Savannah store on Broughton

“Everybody’s been so warm and friendly. I got to speak to the students today, the drama students and the writing students, I’m staying at this beautiful hotel. It’s a dream. It’s all so cute,” Shannon said as Leopold’s Ice Cream grabbed her eye. “Look at this ice cream place. I love everything about it.”

Early Voting Numbers through October 24th.

Ballots cast: 704,872
In-person: 604,310
Mailed: 97,196
Electronic: 3,366

Donald Trump won a University of North Georgia straw poll, according to the Gainesville Times.Continue Reading..


Correction: Early Voting Numbers

The item in read has been updated from this morning.

Early Voting Numbers

From the latest early voting file from the Secretary of State’s office:

In Person votes: 490,412

Mail-in ballots requested: 186,725

Mail-in ballots returned: 88,697

Mail-in ballots outstanding: 98,028

Electronic ballots requested: 12,348

Electronic ballots returned: 3,039

Electronic ballots outstanding: 9,309

TOTAL Absentee/Advance votes cast: 582,390


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 24, 2016


Zander is a male Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County, Inc in Warner Robins, GA.


Stacey is a 5-year old, 17-pound female Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County, Inc in Warner Robins, GA.


Herman is a little male Dachshund & Chihuahua Mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Houston County, Inc in Warner Robins, GA.

They say he’s a precious little boy and a great kisser too! Very sweet.



Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 24, 2016

On October 24, 1733, the Georgia trustees ordered a ship to Rotterdam to pick up a group of Lutherans expelled from Salzburg, Austria, and then send the Salzburgers to Georgia.

On October 24, 1775, Lord John Murray Dunmore, British Governor of Virginia, ordered the British fleet to attack Norfolk, VA.

On October 24, 1790, the Rev. John Wesley wrote the last entry in his journal, which he began keeping on October 14, 1735.

The first American “Unknown Soldier” was chosen on October 24, 1921 in Chalons-sur-Marne, France.

Bearing the inscription “An Unknown American who gave his life in the World War,” the chosen casket traveled to Paris and then to Le Havre, France, where it would board the cruiser Olympia for the voyage across the Atlantic. Once back in the United States, the Unknown Soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

The Charter of the United Nations took effect on October 24, 1945.

On October 24, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower pledged the United States’ support for the South Vietnam government led by President Ngo Dinh Diem.

On October 24, 1976, Newsweek released a poll showing Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter leading President Gerald Ford in 24 states, with a combined 308 electoral voters.

Patricia Murphy writes in Roll Call about the time House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt turned over the gavel to Newt Gingrich after the Georgia Congressman was elected Speaker of the U.S. House.

I have a surprising cure for you if you’re looking for a more inspiring example of American statesmanship — the moment in 1995 when House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt gave the speaker’s gavel to Newt Gingrich after the GOP won control of the chamber for the first time in 40 years.

If you haven’t watched the video of the handoff lately, you should. There in the grainy C-SPAN footage, you’ll see two adversaries rising together to a level of great leadership after a bitter campaign. Gephardt, magnanimous in defeat, told Gingrich, “with faith and with friendship and the deepest respect, you are now my speaker.”

Gingrich, who some remember only for his bareknuckled partisan brawls, was equally gracious in victory. He thanked Gephardt and outgoing Speaker Tom Foley for their hard work in the House before him and gently scolded his own caucus for cheering the Democrats’ defeat on the House floor moments earlier.

The two men went on to spar with each other as leaders for the next four years, but they had a mutual respect for each other then and remain friends today. At an event that they headlined together in Atlanta last week, Gephardt remembered his thoughts on the morning he prepared to lead the same peaceful transition of power that had defined American democracy for more than 200 years before that day.

Gingrich remembered walking from his apartment in the Methodist Building that morning to the Capitol, choking up as he described the moment he looked from the Speakers balcony toward the Lincoln Monument.

“I thinking, ‘I’m a lieutenant colonel’s son, who has been awarded by the people of Georgia 16 years representing them and selected by his colleagues, and I’m not about to have this burden,’” Gingrich said. “‘And my job is to represent the country for as long as the country wants me to.’”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Early Voting Numbers

From the latest early voting file from the Secretary of State’s office:

In Person votes: 490,412

Mail-in ballots requested: 186,725

Mail-in ballots returned: 88,697 [Note this has been corrected from earlier.]

Mail-in ballots outstanding: 98,028

Electronic ballots requested: 12,348

Electronic ballots returned: 3,039

Electronic ballots outstanding: 9,309

TOTAL Absentee/Advance votes cast: 582,390

Changes to the federal Voting Rights Act mean fewer election observers in Georgia and elsewhere.

After the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder weakened a core provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the U.S. Department of Justice could deploy special election observers from the Office of Personnel Management only where authorized by a court order.

Because of that requirement, the department will send a smaller number of its own staff attorneys and other personnel to monitor elections next month in roughly half the states. Unlike the special observers, the department staffers won’t have the authority to view activity inside polling places and locations where votes are tallied unless they get approval from local officials.

That potential loss of access to real-time voting operations is causing concern among civil- and voting-rights activists about the integrity of Georgia’s vote process.

The Voting Rights Act allowed the attorney general to send observers to Georgia and eight other states with persistent histories of widespread voting discrimination if there were “meritorious complaints from residents, elected officials or civic participation organizations” that efforts to deny or hinder the right to vote “on account of race or color or (membership in a minority language group) are likely to occur.”

A total of 153 counties in 11 states have been certified for federal observers since 1965. Mississippi’s 51 certified counties lead all states. Georgia is next, with 29 of its 159 counties – about 18 percent – authorized for federal monitors at least once since 1965.

The New Georgia Project says delays in processing voter registration applications could suppress voting in the Peach State.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 22, 2016


Howard is a male American Bulldog and Husky mix puppy who is available for adoption from Rotts ‘n Pups Rescue Douglasville, GA. Howard also has several brothers and sisters who are adoptable.


Howard is an 4-year old, 51 pound adult male Pit Bull Terrier who is available for adoption from Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue in Acworth, GA.

Howard spent the first year or more of his life on a chain. He had very little human interaction. When we found him, we were trying to catch some puppies that had been dumped behind his house. The puppy was curled up with Howard sleeping.

Howard has matured a lot since we got him several years ago. Howard used to love to play but now it is in short spurts. He has a male pit friend who hangs out with him all day in his pen. We have finally graduated to being able to let Howard run free to the house each night to get into his crate. Each morning we do the same. he runs free to the water bowl then outside to his pen. He bounces through about 6 dogs trying ot get him to play but he just wants to get to his place and go potty. :)

He spends all day hanging out with his buddy, watching squirrels and the other dogs. At night he gets to come inside after we have put all the dogs away and spend some one on one human time. He loves to be petted and give kisses. He loves to go for walks. He is so smart and easy I just can’t believe no one has given him a chance. It is b/c we just don’t know what dog he will like and which one he won’t.


Howie is a 5-6 year old male Basset Hound who is available for adoption from Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia in Marietta, GA.

Howie is working on his “fear” issues with grown men. He does well with “almost-grown” men, as he has a college-aged foster brother (human) who spends lots of time walking him and spoiling him. Howie, known as “Roger” in his foster home, has made significant improvement since coming to his foster home but will need some patience acclimating to men – preferring women and older kids. Roger is a GREAT leash walker and enjoys his fine Designer collar and dog beds (which are his for keeps).

He’s also VERY snuggly, loves to be rubbed on his shoulders and we find him so sweet. He only seems to have an “accident” if he is startled by something or confused or fearful.