Morning Reads for Wednesday, February 22, 2012 the “Save a Yellow Dog” edition

I like writing “Morning Reads” so much that even when someone else handles them over here, I publish my own version at and will begin emailing them out every morning around 7 AM. If you want to receive the emails and help save adoptable dogs, head on over and sign up. Everything below is in today’s edition, plus a little lagniappe.

Rhoda is a one-year old yellow dog who weighs 40 pounds. Unfortunately, she is heartworm positive, so there will be an added expense for prospective adopters for the meds required to de-worm her. She is available now from Walton County Animal Control.

Speaking of yellow dogs, Daniel Fullerton still needs a kidney and it’s still incredibly expensive to pay for the transplant surgery and the ensuing lifetime supply of immune-suppressive drugs. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.

Governor Nathan Deal is considering exercising his power to suspend an automatic gas tax increase, which kicks in when the price of gas increases by 25 cents or more. Deal has previously exercised this power last summer.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved an $18.5 billion mid-year supplemental budget for the fiscal year ending July 30 that includes a modest bump in spending based on higher tax receipts. Minor differences from the House-passed version may set up a conference committee.

Georgia’s Department of Community Health is looking at ways to slow growth in the cost of health care for Georgia’s poor, in part by recommending that seniors and disabled Georgians who receive state care be transitioned to Care Management Organizations, which have been successful in slowing the growth of costs since Georgia moved to CMOs for Medicaid. Some health care providers say those savings came only by refusing to pay providers money owed.

Congressman Tom Price appeared at a reception for BrookhavenYES! last night, in territory that will join his Sixth Congressional District in the 2012 election.

Newt Gingrich will go to church twice on Sunday, first visiting Cumming’s First Redeemer, where Rick Santorum appeared earlier this week at 10:30 AM, and in the evening at Rock Springs Church in Milner. On Tuesday he will visit the University of West Georgia in Carrollton for a meet-and-greet fundraiser. Gingrich will also be presented with a key to the City by Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner.

Athens Mayor Nancy Denson is facing a recall petition accusing her of colluding with developer Sembler to bring a controversial mixed-use development to downtown Athens. If the initial petition is approved by the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections and the Superior Court, proponents will have to obtain more than 17,000 valid signatures during a 45-day period to move forward with a recall election.

The Augusta Commission rejected a measure to tighten the city’s anti-smoking ordinance. Meanwhile, Cobb County Commissioners will consider banning smoking in county parks. A study of indoor air quality following a smoking ban in Savannah bars and restaurants documents dramatic improvement in the air quality.

Voters in the City of Moreland will go to the polls on July 31, 2012 to decide whether Aldermen and the Mayor should serve four-year terms.

If Charlie was appalled by the 99% sticker on a 3-series over at Emory, he ought to check out what the kids at George Washington University are pedaling around campus.


  1. John Vestal says:

    Latching on to this morning’s reads to let those not already aware that, yes, I’m once again giving up hair for Lent (well, in a couple of weeks anyway….and just the hair on my head as far as you know).

    I’ll be getting my head shaved March 11 at the 2012 St. Baldrick’s event at the Harp Irish Pub in Roswell. You can click on my byline or accompanying visage (or even here) to go to my St B’s page to learn more about St. Baldrick’s……the world’s fastest growing volunteer-driven fundraising op benefitting childhood cancer research.


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