Morning Reads for Thursday, February 16, 2012

[UPDATED] The adoption fee for this puppy is covered if any of our readers want to adopt her.

Today’s adoptable dog is “Ruby” at the Walton County Animal Shelter. She is a 4-5 month old retriever mix puppy who weighs about 20#, and is dewormed and current on her vaccinations. Walton County’s adoption fee is $40 and I’ll pay $10 to anyone who adopts her and then lets me know or donate it to the charity of your choice. Maybe some of our commenters will chip in too.

More than 2000 Georgians are expected to visit our State Capitol today for Disability Day, coordinated by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. Governor Nathan Deal will address the rally for the second year in a row. Also speaking will be Mark Perriello, president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and former White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of the Interior, as well as the Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta and a recent inductee into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame for his contributions during the 1960s civil rights movement.

The Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 127 by Sen. Bill Hamrick (R-Carrollton) with a do pass recommendation. The bill, which will make its next appearance in the Senate Rules Committee, is part of a comprehensive rewrite that joins House Bill 641 by Rep. Wendell Willard (R- Get Off My Lawn), Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Simpson) and Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta). These bills are the result of a six-year process that included stakeholders at all levels. Among the stated goals of the legislation are to

•    Enhance public safety
•    Help abused and neglected children transition from foster  care to successful adulthood
•    Prohibit using juvenile jails and prisons for children who have not committed a crime
•    Promote accountability in juvenile court proceedings
•    Protect millions  in federal funding by ensuring compliance with federal laws on abused, neglected and other at-risk children

The Newt Gingrich campaign will be putting on a substantial show in the weeks leading up to our March 6th Presidential Primary. On Saturday, Herman Cain will join Gingrich for a Cobb County Rally at 3 PM, and at precinct meetings in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties. Friday night, Gingrich will be in Peachtree City for a rally at 7:30 PM. Callista Gingrich will attend a meet and greet following the GOP precinct meeting in House District 54 at Peachtree Pres. Gingrich is also looking at a return to Carrollton to visit West Georgia College the University of West Georgia. Augusta is feeling left out.

Rick Santorum has announced he is buying ad time in Georgia in the runup to Super Tuesday and will speak at a “Faith and Family” Rally at First Redeemer Church in Cumming at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The SuperPAC supporting Mitt Romney has bought ad time.

In news to no one, Georgia’s Republican Primary electorate is overwhelmingly white, conservative and evangelical. Twenty-seven percent identify with the Tea Party movement.

The AJC reports that Georgia State’s Rialto Center for the Arts is the likely venue for the March 1 Presidential debate.

The state Board of Education has released a report suggesting that charter school graduation rates are similar to those at traditional public schools. Currently, 162 charter schools serve more than 98,000 students.

Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-There’s No Such Place as Ashford) is holding a Town Hall Meeting at 7 PM tonight in the Talmage Room of Oglethorpe University’s Student Center. Among the topics will be renaming the City of Ashford Brookhaven. NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT 80 AND HAVE NOT BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK, YOU WILL NOT BE HANDED THE MICROPHONE EVEN IF YOU ARE A STATE REPRESENTATIVE!

Georgia had the fourth-highest foreclosure rate in the nation last month, while tax revenue grew slightly in January.

Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash delivered the State of the County speech on Wednesday and the Gwinnett Daily Post has comprehensive coverage. At the time of this writing, an online poll showed interesting results with 40% of respondents optimistic that the new chairman is making a difference, and 20% cautiously optimistic that the county is making strides but economy isn’t cooperating. Forty percent were pessimistic, seeing a new chairman but the same old problems.

State Rep. B.J. Pak (R-Lilburn) has proposed a version of “Caylee’s Law” to require parents or guardians to report a child’s disappearance or death in a timely manner. Some Georgians have questioned the wisdom of criminalizing parental behavior that falls short of abuse or neglect, while Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Scheming to Kill Jobs and Steal Your Right to Vote in Runoff Elections) has previously noted that sensational media cases don’t always lead to great lawmaking. I consider the latter to be a corollary to the law school dictum that “hard cases make bad law.”

The Senate Redistricting Committee has passed a new plan for the State House, tweaking districts in Hall and Carroll counties.

Carroll County is considering implementing the next step in the rise of SkyNet as the Board of Education will vote today on whether to equip school buses with external video cameras.

Hall County voters will pass on two questions related to Sunday sales of packaged alcohol and of liquor by the drink in the March 6th election. Voters in the City of Atlanta will be asked to extend a SPLOST for water and sewer system upgrades that is estimated to bring in more than $400 million. Two taxes on the ballot in Atlanta may make things trickier for TSPLOST advocates unless they change the date.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu visited Georgia yesterday to tour the construction at Plant Vogtle‘s reactor units 3 and 4.

“The choice for our country is clear: We can make these technologies today or import them tomorrow,” the Nobel laureate physicist told work­ers and guests after a tour of the construction site of units 3 and 4.

If you click through to the full story, the place where he’s standing is where I had my picture made a couple weeks ago. It’s pretty cool.

Camden County is considering acquiring a bankrupt mill site for potential development into a third ocean port. Located only three miles upstream of a 48-foot deep shipping channel, with no bridges and with large-scale utilities and served by the CSX railroad, it’s not as crazy as it sounds at first.

Clint Eastwood will be filming in Dawsonville next month and possibly Macon also.

Several members of the Peach Pundit staff are taking up a collection in hopes of raising enough money to pay the Georgia Democratic Party to take Rep. Doug “Flip” McKillip back in trade. So far we have twenty-seven dollars, a baseball card signed by the San Diego Chicken, half a bucket of cold fried chicken and four beers that Charlie didn’t like the taste of. Make that three beers. If we can just find a working kidney that fits Daniel Fullerton, I think we can make that deal happen! Donate today!

One of four Porsche 928s used in the filming of Risky Business is being sold. JD Powers has named Porsche the “Best European Car Brand.” One of the greatest collections of Porsche race cars will be auctioned at this year’s Amelia Island Concours.

And finally, here’s your gratuitous internet meme for the day. And just a note: if you describe what you do as “Political Operative,” the word you’re looking for is “tool.”

22 comments

  1. Steve Golden says:

    Wanted to thank you for two things, Todd:

    1) Thanks for plugging Daniel’s kidney again. I’ll keep spamming you up until the event, but next Saturday, the 25th, YDG is doing a fundraiser for him. 100% goes to him, so don’t worry, us horrible Democrats don’t touch the money.

    2) Thanks for posting a dog of the day. I just wanted to alert you to HB 782, as well, which aims to help rescue animals from shelters while reducing the financial burden animals in shelters pose to the taxpayer (to the tune of $105/animal and $7.5 million per year in Metro Atlanta).

    • Todd Rehm says:

      And if I’m not mistaken, donations made online are tax-deductible, as the donation is actually made to the Kidney Foundation, which will use the money to help Daniel.

      Somebody correct me if I’m wrong.

  2. CobbGOPer says:

    Damn you for posting that picture of Ruby. There’s no possible way I can adopt her, and I feel outrageously ashamed and depressed for that.

    Thanks for the downer.

  3. objective says:

    In the article about the evangelical makeup of GA Republicans, there were some numbers on Ron Paul- polling at 6%, and bottom ranking for “integrity”. This surprised me, as I thought the LP had more of a showing. So what level are the Libs going to vote in the primary?

  4. SallyForth says:

    Good round-up of items, Todd. Re the pup, we have an old Black Lab that our family is busy helping deal with arthritic hind-quarters and declining health, dreading the day we lose him to “doggie heaven” — the pup’s sweet eyes are just like his, put a lump in my throat thinking of his younger years. Glad it looks like her adoption is taken care of; you did a good thing.

    • Todd Rehm says:

      I can highly recommend acupuncture and chiropractic for senior dogs. Seriously. With Reggie, my faithful old Golden, he had gotten to where he could barely go out to do business without some help. Within three visits, he was good to walk all the way around the block. It was miraculous.

      http://www.lovingtouchac.com/ is where we took Reggie. They’re “traditional” western-style vets who also are certified in acupuncture and chiropractic for animals. I can’t tell you how much Reggie actually enjoyed going to see Dr. Pat because he felt so much better afterwards.

      And while the adoption fee is covered, someone needs to actually go get this puppy!

      • SallyForth says:

        Thanks, Todd – I’m willing to give it a try with our sweet old guy, Nox, that we’ve had since he was only five weeks old. He’s almost 17 years old, is like you describe with Reggie. The vet gave him Rimadyl, but that gave him a bad upset stomach, had to stop and now we give him his arthritis chews and a dogie analgesic every day. But he still has trouble roaming around the back yard, and the acupuncture/chiropractic is worth trying. The extra care required for our geriatric dogs is the payback for all the great years of their unqualified love, huh?

        I misunderstood, thought someone was going to get the pup! We’ve got our hands full with Nox right now, but I’ll spread the word and see if I can help round up a home for Ruby.

        • Todd Rehm says:

          Ruby also appears to have a sister, and someone else has offered to pay to spring the sister if qualified home or homes can be found.

          Reggie was on Rimadyl, but it wasn’t a miracle for him and we had concerns about keeping him on it long-term.

          One thing we appreciated with the chiro/acupuncture place was that they told us up front that you’ll usually know whether it’s going to work well for the dog within 3-5 treatments, so it’s not just an open-ended “see if it works” until you run out of money or out of dog. With Reggie it was so dramatic that I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself.

          We actually found Loving Touch when we were walking Reggie and a neighbor was walking her dog. I said something about him being a cute pup, and she told me he was 12 years old. Told us how much pain and difficulty her dog had before the chiro and acupuncture and we decided pretty much on the spot to try it out.

          We also supplemented Reggie with Glucosamine and Chondroitin, which seemed to help, but the acupuncture and chiro was like a fountain of doggie youth.

  5. SallyForth says:

    Thanks for the additional info. Yes, G & C are what’s in Nox’s arthritis chews (or as we call them, his “bonbons”). I know that coming up on 17 years, he’s headed down the home stretch and won’t be the young studly dog he once was, but we want him to be as happy as possible to the very end. Sounds like this acupuncture and chiro can help us make that happen.

    And Ruby has a sister! I’ll do a blast to friends and neighbors this evening, cy/paste her pic, tell folks about the sister too, see if I can help rustle up good homes for the girls. Hopefully they’ll get adopted this weekend.

    • Todd Rehm says:

      A senior dog is a great blessing and you’re fortunate that Nox has lived as long as he has. If they can improve his comfort and quality of life as much as they helped Reggie, you’ll be very pleased.

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