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Aug

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30
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 30, 2016

wally-chow

Wally is an adult male Chow who is available for adoption in Dallas, Georgia via Chow Chow Rescue Of Central New York, Inc.

wally-gainesville

Wally is a young male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

pen-225-52741

Number 52741 in Pen 225 is a small, friendly male Chihuahua with a handsome brindle coat who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

30
Sep

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

On October 2, 1789, President George Washington signed a resolution transmitting the (then-twelve) amendments constituting the Bill of Rights to the states that had ratified the Constitution. Click here for the letter from Washington to Governor Charles Pinckney of South Caroling that accompanied the amendments.

Original Communist (O.C.) Karl Marx published Das Kapital on October 1, 1867.

On October 2, 1879, Wallace Stevens was born. Stevens would become a renowned poet and insurance industry lawyer. My favorite poem of his is “Connoisseur of Chaos.”

The pensive man . . . He sees the eagle float
For which the intricate Alps are a single nest.

Wyoming adopted the first state constitution to allow women to vote on September 30, 1889; voters in the state of Washington adopted the state constitution on October 1, 1889.

The first World Series of baseball opened on October 1, 1903.

On October 1, 1908, Ford introduced the Model T.

President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke at the White House on October 2, 1909.

President Woodrow Wilson spoke in favor of Women’s Suffrage in an address to Congress on September 30, 1918. The bill to pass the 19th Amendment would die in the Senate that year after passing the House.

Former President Jimmy Carter was born on October 1, 1924 at Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia, the first American President to be born in a hospital.

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia for the 21st time beginning on October 1, 1931.

In a Special Election October 1, 1940, Florence Gibbs became the first woman elected to Congress from Georgia, completing her late husband’s term and serving through January 3, 1941, but not standing for a full term of her own.

Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong proclaimed the Communist People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949.

Thurgood Marshall was sworn-in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 2, 1967.

On September 30, 1976, Democrat Jimmy Carter led the Harris Poll for President over President Gerald Ford by a 50-41 margin. In November 1976, the popular vote tallied 50.08% for Carter to 48.01% for Ford, with an Independent taking nearly a point.

Betty Talmadge, then wife of Senator Herman Talmadge, hosted a fundraiser with Rosalynn Carter and Joan Mondale on October 2, 1976.

Ground was broken for The Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta on October 2, 1984 and the Carter Center was dedicated on October 1, 1986.

Mikhail Gorbachev named himself Chairman of the USSR’s Supreme Soviet on October 1, 1988.

President George H.W. Bush condemned Iraq’s takeover of Kuwait in a speech to the United Nations on October 1, 1990.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

GOP Absentee ballot requests outnumbered requests by Democratic voters.

According to data released by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, 91,905 absentee ballots have been requested. Of those, 46,431, or more than 50%, of the requests come from people who voted in a Republican Primary (including Presidential Preference Primary, General Primary, or General Primary Runoff). Past Democratic Primary voters in the same period number 27,420.

Absentee ballot requests by race/ethnicity

White               68,413
Black                18,397
Hispanic               859
Asian                   1,513
Other                      317
Unknown          2,406

Several folks have asked me about issues in the 2017 Georgia General Assembly, so I’ll go ahead and speculate wildly. In no particular order:

Retroactive property tax refunds for disabled veterans whose disability finding was delayed by the VA.
Casino/parimutuel gambling
Medicaid Expansion
National Anthem
Religious Liberty
Medical Marijuana
Airbnb/Uber/Other disruptive technology
Moving nurses licensing out of the Secretary of State’s office
Make pimping a felony
Bathroom use by transgender people
Opioid abuse

Craft beer brewers and aficionados are determined to make direct beer sales to consumers a legislative issue next year.Continue Reading..

29
Sep

GOP absentee ballot requests outnumber DEM

So far, according to data released by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, 91,905 absentee ballots have been requested. Of those, 46,431, or more than 50%, of the requests come from people who voted in a Republican Primary (including Presidential Preference Primary, General Primary, or General Primary Runoff). Past Democratic Primary voters in the same period number 27,420.

Absentee ballot requests by race/ethnicity

White               68,413
Black                18,397
Hispanic               859
Asian                   1,513
Other                      317
Unknown          2,406

Make of it what you will.

29
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 29, 2016

jill

Jill is a 3-year old female Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from the Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

kayra

Kayra is a 2-3 year old, 50-pound female Lab mix who is available for adoption from the Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

pearly

Pearly is a 4-month old, 20-pound female Lab mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

29
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 29, 2016

On September 29, 1526, 600 Spanish colonists led by Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon landed on the Georgia Coast, the first European colonists in Georgia.

Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on Sapelo Sound in present–day McIntosh County. He sailed north from Hispaniola during the summer and first landed in present–day South Carolina. Meeting no natives, he traveled south along the coast before settling in Georgia.

To help establish the colony, Ayllon brought with him the very first group of slaves.  But hunger, disease, and conflict with the natives all took their toll, and the settlement survived for only three months.

Other sources say that the September 29, 1526 landing was in South Carolina and Vasquez de Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on October 8, 1526.

WSB-TV took to the airwaves for the first time on September 29, 1948.

Personal Issues

Annette Bowling, long-time Albany doyenne, advocate and policy expert on disability issues has died.

“With great sadness, we announce the passing of Annette Bowling,” [Albany Advocacy Resource Center] Executive Director Sonny Slate said Wednesday. “The State of Georgia has lost a tremendous advocate and leader who dedicated most of her life to serving people with disabilities. We are fortunate to inherit Annette’s legacy and are challenged to carry on her good work in her honor. We will announce memorial details as they become available.”

Bowling, who retired from ARC after 40 years of service in 2014, was an ardent supporter of the needs of disabled citizens. Throughout her career, she worked as a transformative figure, turning a fledgling resource center that had an operational budget of $56,000 into an organization spanning 34 counties with more than 450 employees (more than 150 of them with disabilities) and an operating budget of $11 million.

“When Ms. Bowling took over as executive director in 1973, there were only a handful of parents taking care of their kids,” said ARC Director of Marketing and Public Relations Eddie McCarty. “As far as Albany and Southwest Georgia, there were no programs. There were no services and there was no support, but she was a visionary all of her life and she envisioned what ARC could be. Then she set about doing it.”

n 1978, with the help of then-Gov. George Busbee and legislators Charles Hatcher, Al Holloway and others, Bowling was awarded the first-ever line item for a nonprofit in the State of Georgia, for Project ARC.Bowling was also an influential figure in getting House Bill 100 passed, a bill that changed the course of mental health services in Georgia by making regional Community Service Boards the responsible agents and removing state bureaucracy from the process. With the passage of HB 100, individuals and their families were able to have a direct voice and opinion in the services and support that people with disabilities would receive.

Annette Bowling also was a friend, confidant, and mentor to many women working in government and advocating for people with disabilities, including Mrs. GaPundit. She will be sorely missed.

I also want to weigh-in with my two cents on the departure of Brandon Philips from the Trump Campaign.

Brandon did more to move the Georgia Trump Campaign forward than anyone else I’m aware of, showing creativity, discipline, and a strong work ethic. His work for Mike Collins in 2014 was of the highest caliber. I’ve worked with him over the years and always found him to be professional and mature.

I don’t think he would have had trouble over something that happened 8 years ago and was resolved if he were working in the private sector. But the cardinal sin for political professionals is to take the spotlight off the candidate for even a moment. This was clearly inside baseball. I hope Brandon will continue to work in Georgia politics, and I look forward to the chance to work with him again.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

By the numbers: as of last night, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office had mailed out 90,197 absentee ballots.

For comparison, in the 2014 U.S. Senate General Election, 104,023 mail-in absentee ballots were cast and the Gubernatorial election garnered 106,807 early voters.

In 2012, mail-in ballots accounted for 212,695 votes for President, with nearly 58% of those cast for John McCain, about 4.5% stronger than the GOP nominee did overall.

The Georgia Hispanics for Trump Coalition will hold a press conference today at 6 PM at the Gwinnett County Republican Party headquarters in Gwinnett Place Mall.Continue Reading..

28
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 28, 2016

William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England on September 28, 1066.

Washington Yorktown

General George Washington led continental troops into the siege of British forces under General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on September 28, 1781.

On September 28, 1863, two Union generals lost their commands after the Confederates routed federal forces at the Battle of Chickamauga.

On September 28, 1889, Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation designating January 19th a state holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Lee’s birthday is still a state holiday, though it has become “a moveable feast.”

On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.

Atlanta-born Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones won his first Grand Slam on September 27, 1930.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle spoke yesterday at a legislative meeting to kick ff the Rural Healthcare 180 task force.

Andy Miller of Georgia Health News wrote about the kickoff.

The chief executive of two financially stressed hospitals in southwest Georgia looks forward to the promise of donations under a new state tax credit program.

“The tax credit legislation is a lifeline for us, helping us keep essential services in our rural communities,’’ said Kim Gilman, who runs Phoebe Worth Hospital in Sylvester and Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert.

Since the beginning of 2013, five rural hospitals in the state have closed, and many others are struggling financially, such as Phoebe Worth and Southwest Georgia Regional.

Gilman’s remarks illustrated how small hospitals often feel caught between forces they can’t control. Each of her hospitals, she said, has had to sink more than $1 million into an electronic medical records system to comply with federal regulations. Meanwhile, “we are unable to improve our facility infrastructure.”

The tax credit program can help sustain the state’s rural health care network, said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who is honorary co-chairman of the new task force. “We have way too many of our rural hospitals closing.”

The big news yesterday was supposed confirmation that Attorney General Sam Olens will be appointed President of Kennesaw State University, leaving a vacancy to which Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr is expected to be appointed.

No source is named nor timing. Make of it what you will.

I texted the AG at about 10 PM last night asking for comment, to which he replied, “no comment.” So, I’d say the party balloons are premature at this time. If this were to happen, I would expect no announcement until at the earliest November 1, 2016.Continue Reading..

28
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 28, 2016

butts-labs

These seven sweet little Lab mix puppies will be available for adoption in early to mid October from Butts Mutts in Jackson, Butts County, GA.

finchie

Finchie is a sweet and friendly young Bull Terrier mix male who is available for adoption from Butts Mutts in Jackson, Butts County, GA.

Finchie is heartworm positive and being treated. Sweet young male who is neutered and loves to cuddle and play. Great with other dogs and is currently in foster care with other dogs. Great manners.

My experience with owning a brindle Dachshund mix is that you’ll be stopped frequently when walking Finchie for people to tell you how beautiful his coat is.

butts-coonhound

Tom (above) and Jerry (below) are Coonhound brothers who are available for adoption separately or as a pair from Butts Mutts in Jackson, Butts County, GA.

Tom is just a happy go lucky type of guy! Loves to play – chase and loves to be loved on! He’s a hugger so we’re working on his manners! He came in with his brother jerry and they are fun to play with!

Jerry was picked up as a stray running with his brother Tom! He is a coonhound blend with a neat pattern to his fur that looks like angel wings! HE loves people – other dogs – loves to play! Very laid back with a great temperament! Vetted, neutered and heartworm negative.

butts-jerry

27
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 27, 2016

magnolia

Magnolia is a purebred 3-year old female American Bulldog who is available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Fort Valley, GA.

Magnolia was sadly dumped after a life of abuse and neglect. The vet thinks she possibly may have had her jaw broken at one point. Although she may have had a rough start at life, she surely holds no grudges. She is a very sweet and gentle girl. She would make a great companion to any family.

gracie

Gracie is a young female purebred Chihuahua who is available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Fort Valley, GA.

Gracie was saved from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare. She’s a young (1-2 years old, August, 2016), purebred, smooth coat Chihuahua. She is very sweet and gets along well with other dogs and children (cats unknown, but can tested). She is a tiny baby…she only weighs 6.6lbs! If you are interested in meeting and adopting Gracie please request an adoption application at: [email protected]

jade

Jade is a beautiful 11-month old German Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Fort Valley, GA.

Jade is really smart and friendly. She learns fast and is easy to correct. She can be quite the goofball. She loves water.

santana

Santana is a friendly 9.5 year old female Vizsla who is available for adoption from Peach County Animal Rescue in Fort Valley, GA.

Santana needs a quiet and loving home to retire in. She was sadly neglected and is a great dog looking for a family to live the rest of her life out with.

27
Sep

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

On September 27, 1779, John Jay, who previously served as President of the Continental Congress, was appointed minister to Spain to seek Spanish support for the revolution.

President Franklin Roosevelt made his ninth visit to Warm Springs, Georgia on September 27, 1927.

September 27 is a red-letter day for the Atlanta Braves and pitcher John Smoltz. The team won a record 14th straight Division Championship on this day in 2005. Smoltz set a team record for regular season wins (24) on September 27, 1996 and extended his team record for strikeouts hitting 276. On September 27, 2002, Smoltz set a National League record with 54 saves.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Feds approved a restart of the Colonial Pipeline scheduled for Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a written approval for restart of the line late Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Reuters reported that the approval was forthcoming, citing an official familiar with the matter.

When Line 1 restarts, it will take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal, and some markets served by the pipeline may experience “intermittent service interruptions,” Colonial said.

Retail prices may continue to climb until supply kinks are straightened out.

Dark money groups are responsible for one-third of television ad spending in United States Senate races, according to a study by the Center for Responsive Politics and Wesleyan University’s Media Project.

[A] type of political group that does not have to disclose its donors is responsible for $80 million in ads nationally.

That’s 35.8 percent of all advertising in Senate races, according to the study out this week.

Without knowing who is paying for the ads, voters are robbed of “an important clue” that allows them “to take a claim made in an ad with a grain of salt,” said Travis Ridout, a Washington State University political science professor who works with the Wesleyan University project that analyzes campaign donations.

Robert Maguire, a Center for Responsive Politics investigator, said voters should know the identities of those supporting their elected representatives.

“If you, as a voter, are watching an ad about a certain candidate’s stance on environmental regulations, it makes a difference if that ad is funded by a true grassroots organization or if it’s bankrolled by an energy company that has a financial incentive in certain policy outcomes,” Maguire said.

Six weeks before the November 8 General Election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp agreed to register voters whose information did not match precisely records from state driver’s license and social security databases.Continue Reading..

26
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 26, 2016

boxer-mom

Number 52839, Pen H15, is a female Boxer with her seven puppies who are at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. The little family is available only for rescue, but most rescue groups needs fosters, so the best way to help this mama and her pups is to volunteer to foster them. I’d imagine a foster would also get the pick of the litter for permanent adoption. If you’re interested and need a rescue referral, please email me directly.

52768-dachshund-female

Number 52768, Pen 179, is a young female Dachshund who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

dachshund-pen-212-52799

Number 52799, Pen 212 is a male long-haired Dachshund who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.