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Cracking the door on medicinal marijuana in Georgia | Political Insider blog

Watkinsville driver hit in Athens

From: "Athens-Clarke County Police Department" <>
Date: Jan 9, 2014 10:52 AM
Subject: ACCPD Media Release 010914

09 January 2014 – prepared by Hilda Sorrow


CHRISTINA HOWELLS of Watkinsville, driving a 2002 Honda Civic, was south bound on Milledge Ave around 2140 January 8. KENTAVIOUS DEVOM BURGESS of Norwood Cir, driving a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, was north bound on Milledge. As BURGESS attempted a left turn onto Springdale St, he turned in front of the HOWELLS vehicle causing them to collide. Both drivers as well as passengers in the BURGESS vehicle were transported to St. Mary's Hospital. The passengers were BRANDON BELL of Sycamore Dr, QUENTIN BURGESS of Norwood Cir, and KEENAN JAMAAL WATKINS of Berlin St. BURGESS was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way Turning Left. (01-0457)

Captain Melanie Rutledge will be on call for emergency managem…


From: Democratic Party of GA Date:01/10/2014 10:03 AM (GMT-05:00) To: Subject: D-E-V-A-S-T-A-T-I-N-G: WSAV COUNTS KINGSTON'S "FREE LUNCHES"

Pivoting off Congressman Jack Kingston's "sweep the floors" proposal, WSAV brutally exposes how many free meals and trips Kingston has billed to taxpayers.   Check out the devastating clip below: 
WSAV: Congressional Free Lunch? WSAV, Savannah - Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, raised eyebrows nationwide with comments about the National School Lunch Program to the Jackson County Republican Party in December.
"Why don't you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel, to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch," Kingston said.
The outcry over the comments sent Kingston quickly to CNN's "New Day" to clarify his remarks, saying he did not mean to single out a particular socioeconomic group. Instead, he hoped we could have a conversation about work e…

interesting historical event with the OCAF story

From: psommer Date:01/10/2014 11:27 AM (GMT-05:00) To: Subject: interesting historical event
OCAF is celebrating their first 20 years with an exhibit entitled The OCAF Story.  They did a lot of research and collected oral histories that have been edited to create a video.  The opening reception is Friday January 24 6-8pm.  If you can't make that the exhibit will be up January 11 through January 31.  Don't forget our annual meeting at Ashford on Main January 21 7pm Peggy

Watkinsville Blues

Wake up momma, turn your lamp down low;
Wake up momma, turn your lamp down low.
You got no nerve baby, to turn Uncle John from your door.

I woke up this morning, I had them Watkinsville Blues,
I woke up this morning, had them Watkinsville Blues.
Well, I looked over in the corner, and Wilson seemed to have them too.

Well my momma died and left me,
My poppa died and left me,
I ain't good looking baby,
But I'm somewhat sweet and kind.

I'm goin' to the country, baby do you wanna go?
But if you can't make it baby, your sister Lucille said she wanna go.
(and I sure will take her).

I love that woman, better than any woman I've ever seen;
Well, I love that woman, better than any woman I've ever seen.
Well, now, she treat me like a king, yeah, yeah, yeah,
And she look like a dog gone queen.

Wake up momma, turn your lamp down low.
Wake up momma, turn your lamp down low.
You got no nerve babe, to turn Uncle John from your door.

Victory in 2014 for the 10th Congressional District

From: Kenneth Dious Date:01/08/2014 4:54 PM (GMT-05:00) To:,Raven Bennett Subject: Victory in 2014 for the 10th Congressional District

I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We have had such an incredible year in 2013 during the initial launch of our campaign. I'd like to thank everyone for the support and commitment to my campaign for the 10th Congressional District. As we move forward in 2014, I'd like to update my fellow Democrats as to how our campaign is moving ahead and my plans for victory on November 4th, 2014. We are looking forward to Democratic Victory in 2014.
As you are aware, the 10th Congressional District of Georgia is comprised of twenty five counties. This is a unique area that covers boundaries of the Savannah River in Columbia County, to Athens and parts of Metro Atlanta with Henry, Newton and Gwinnett counties.  Although my campaign headquarters is located in Clarke County, it is imperative that my grass r…

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Oconee-area legislators predict short General Assembly session, more education funding

Sam Nunn plays down his role in Michelle Nunn’s campaign | Political Insider blog

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Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson pitch unemployment fix | Political Insider blog

The Pastures of Rose Creek: This Week's Harvest

Sincerely,  Dan Matthews

Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:25:22 -0500
Subject: The Pastures of Rose Creek: This Week's Harvest

Hi there folks and greetings from the Sunny East Antarctic Plateau!   Here we are caught in the icy grasp of the arctic's polar vortex and I write to you, appealing to you to come out for the Bishop Central Market this Saturday 10 am – 2 pm (only two markets left for the winter season!).  By this weekend, we will be released from the blustery clutches of the vortex and ready ourselves for a heat wave, with temperatures reaching as high as 66!   Can you imagine??  (Anyone to show up in a bathing suit will receive a high five and a free bag of veggies.)
Although many of our winter veggies may not have survived the sub-freezing temps – our hardier greens, like collards and kale still abound…and some root veggies may have made it too!  And of course the already frozen beef didn't mind the cold.  But it is the hardy greens that…

"The Black Count": an award-winning biography is this month's Oconee Book Club group

Subject: RE: [oconee] "The Black Count": an award-winning biography Date: January 7, 2014 at 4:08:05 PM EST To: Reply-To:

From: [] On Behalf Of
Pat Priest
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 2:14 PM
To: Oconee County Democrats
Subject: [oconee] "The Black Count": an award-winning biography

UGA and Athens-Clarke Young Dems Volunteer Training, and Moral Monday

From: UGA Young Democrats Date:01/07/2014 11:42 PM (GMT-05:00) To: YDEM-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Young Democrats Weekly Update - First Meeting, Volunteer Training, and Moral Monday
Hello, fellow Democrats!

We hope you all had a great break and are ready to get back into the swing of things. Here is everything you need to know about upcoming events and our weekly updates.
Our first weekly meeting of the semester will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15th from 6:15 PM in MLC 267. We will be setting off the year by sharing our plans for the semester and discussing any upcoming events in the future. We will also be helping you learn about how you can become involved in campaigns and who the different candidates are that you can support. As usual, pizza and drinks will be provided and you can RSVP by following the link below:
Secondly, we encourage you to attend the Athens Volunteer Training day being held on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 4-7 PM

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Rep. Chuck Williams announces he'll seek re-election

I attended the Spencer Frye reception at the Normal Bar instead.
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Opportunity for volunteer training with Michelle Nunn Campaign in Athens 1/14/14

To build off of our successes in 2013, the Michelle Nunn for Senate campaign
will be hosting volunteer trainings throughout Georgia later this month.
These events will be an opportunity for supporters to learn about Michelle
and the campaign and to receive training from senior staff in fieldwork,
communication, finance, and other important topics. We will be doing a
training in Athens on Tuesday, January 14th from 4pm to 7pm in Room 142 of
the Tate Student Center at UGA (45 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30602). We are
reaching out to the surrounding counties, and we want people from Oglethorpe
County to attend this training.

The registration page is here:

Can you help us recruit volunteers for this training? Our goal is to have
over 150 people registered for the training. Do you have a county email list
that you can send the training information to? And are there any social
media accounts where you can post the link and information about the

FINAL NOTICE: Athens Area Democrats Breakfast - January 11th

From: Denise Ricks Subject: FINAL NOTICE: Athens Area Democrats Breakfast - January 11th Date: January 5, 2014 at 5:21:41 AM EST To: Denise Ricks
Steen Miles Branko Radulovacki Todd Robinson
Candidates for the U.S. Senate SATURDAY, JANUARY 11TH AT 9:00AM
BRETT'S 3190 ATLANTA HIGHWAY * ATHENS, GA (in the Ingles shopping center – near Phil Hughes Honda)
Brett's offers a full buffe…

Your local ‘crack addict’ is what the Georgia GOP thinks of your local hospital

From: "Bryan Long, Better Georgia" <> Subject: Your local 'crack addict' Date: January 6, 2014 at 8:07:30 AM EST

Think for a second about your local hospital and the nurses and doctors who provide medical care for you when you're sick.
What comes to mind?
For one Georgia lawmaker, he thinks, "They are like addicts on crack."

State Rep. Jason Spencer believes our hospitals arelike crack addicts because the Georgia Hospital Association would like for Georgia to join the rest of the nation and plan for the new way of paying for health care.
Under the Affordable Care Act,federal laws have changed. ButGeorgia has done nothingto make sure our hospitals move smoothly into the new rules.
That must end now. It's time that our state leaders work to put the national laws to work here in Georgia.
State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams has put the blame exactly where it belongs: on Gov. Na…

Oconee County Board of Education candidates for filling open post 4 slot.

Let's hope this does not turn out like the last time when a Democratic candidate announced as the lone candidate for an appointment and the BOE changed the process halfway through the contest to appoint someone as a replacement. Right now I would suggest that Gilland and Mansberger are the prohibitive favorites (based on nothing but my gut feeling), but it basically boils down to who has the most pull with the current BOE members. I think Kapczynski deserves consideration as well. From the Oconee Enterprise Twitter feed:BOE names Post 4 candidates: John Barnette Sr., Stephen Bingham, Andrew Bowers, Timothy Burgess, James Daniel, Tammy Gilland, John Haddon, Darrell Kapczynski, Dorann Mansberger and Kenneth Wells. The links represent a very superficial Facebook search. I look forward to your comments concerning who you think should be appointed. We need to learn more about our candidates for public office, but please keep it germane and polite.

Gary Gerrard for Congress commercial goes first in the 10th District

So I basically decided to end my third term as chair of the Oconee County Democratic Committee because of a personal decision to endorse Gerrard in the REPUBLICAN primary here in Oconee, of which you need to vote in if you are to have any say so in local elected input.

As our imprint in the Regina Quick-Doug McKillip 63-vote political race shows, you have to do what you have to do to keep the religious zealots and opportunists out of office. I do not pretend prescribe what is best for you. I know what I needed to do to remain true to myself and look myself in the mirror in the morning. So outside of Presidential primary years, I tend to vote in the local GOP primary to attempt to keep the GOP from veering too far right.

I sincerely hope Democratic candidate Ken Dious of Athens wins in November, but have yet to see anything that would lead me to realistically expect him to raise enough money right now in order to do so.

I do pray that we do not get the Reverend Jody Tice leading us int…

Paul Broun digging his own political grave one voter at a time

Paul Broun needs a swift kick in the ass, but let's just vote him out of office instead

Barry Goldwater once said about Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass." I would suggest the same of good Georgians needing to punt Dr. Broun in the rump, especially after this gaffe. Keep belching forth the hateful rhetoric Paulie, you are going to lose, and hopefully not even make the run off.
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Oconee County schools cancel classes frigid Tuesday

Paul Broun questions need for climate office on coldest day in 40 years

UPDATE: UNG to delay opening, Clarke schedule unchanged

OCSO weather post should be a little less snarky in times of concern

I am not complaining about a little humor, symparthy, or any politically correct language or anything like that, BUT there are plenty of dolts out there who cannot handle or process any kind of comments or comedy in their public service announcements. The following was from a post just sent out. I would just prescribe the Joe Friday attitude from the old Dragnet series: "Just the Facts." The following is from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office this morning, and I appreciate their communication with the masses. We all sometimes need an editor or filter, and Lord knows I am just as guilty on that charge as well. I have already seen conflicting info on Twitter and Fox 5 regarding local school closings this morning. The following is from the Sheriff's much appreciated Nixle account, all is correct but again I would suggest at least one other set of eyes going over EVERYTHING they send out.

Issues needing immediate response should be reported to 911 and not to the Facebook…

Don Balfour's back from the political graveyard -- and...

Michelle Nunn raises $1.6M in last quarter of 2013

Farmland protection advocates looking for community support

Scientists seek sustainability on UGA's newest farm