Don't Forget Senator Rhett!
Senator Rhett will be available to answer individual
one on one
Tuesday, April 4th
5:30 -6:30 pm
Zion Baptist Church
160 Lemon Street
Senator Doc Rhett passed the following bills
Free weapon permit for
law enforcement officers who had to retire honorably because of a disability
It will increase the personal allowance allotted for
people in nursing homes to purchase personal hygiene and toiletry items to $70 dollars.They will now have more money for their personal needs
It was attached to House Bill 206 and adopted.
The last increase was about 10 years ago!
Posting in government buildings the hotline phone number for
human trafficking. House Legislation was attached to this bill I co-sponsored.
This bill which I co-wrote and co-sponsored will allow
veterans who work for the state to receive
credit in the state retirement system based on their years of active duty military service.
It is going through a financial review and will come up for a vote next session
2017 Georgia Legislative Session
Campus gun bill passes, adoption update stuck at Sine Die
Marietta Daily Journal
For the second year, Republican majorities in the legislature approved legislation allowing people with concealed handgun permits to carry on public college campuses.
Deal vetoed a similar bill last year but senators involved in the last-minute negotiations say they are "confident" that the bill will get signed into law this time. Deal's office didn't immediately comment.
Under the bill, guns would still be banned from dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and buildings used for athletic events.
Additionally, offices where student disciplinary hearings are held, on-campus childcare centers and areas where high school students attend college classes would be excluded.
Deal was concerned about those issues in last year's bill.
Opponents say they plan to lobby the governor for another veto.
ADOPTION LAW UPDATE
Changes to Georgia adoption law that proponents call long overdue stalled in the Senate despite a last-minute effort to force a vote.
he 100-page bill, filed by state Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, made dozens of technical changes to the state's 27-year-old law governing adoptions, including the elimination of a six-month residency requirement for adoptive parents and allowing adoptive parents using a private adoption agency to pay for a birth mother's prenatal care and other living expenses. Supporters say it would make adoption easier and protect the rights of all involved.
Two weeks ago, Republican senators amended the bill letting adoption agencies refuse placements based on religious belief or other priorities.
Gov. Nathan Deal and House leaders called for the Senate to act on a bill without amendments, to no avail. On Tuesday night, House members added the adoption language to another bill, preserving its chance of passing.
Senators brought that measure up for a vote past 12:30 a.m. and after a testy debate, sent it to a committee for further debate. The move killed the bill for the year.
Information on Georgia voters' registration forms would have to match state or federal databases for them to be eligible to cast a ballot under legislation sent to Deal's desk.
Voting-rights advocates opposed the bill, arguing that the requirement will disproportionately affect minorities and undermine the recent settlement of a lawsuit against Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
An expansion of Georgia's program allowing patients with certain conditions to possess an oil derived from marijuana is headed to the governor's desk
After House and Senate leaders announced a compromise, the bill adds new diagnoses to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis oil, including autism, AIDS, Tourette's syndrome, and Alzheimer's disease.
However, many diagnoses will be restricted to when the condition is severe or in the end-stage.
Additionally, anyone in a hospice program, regardless of diagnosis, will be allowed access to marijuana oil as long as it's low on THC, the chemical responsible for the marijuana high.
Self-driving vehicles could be used legally in Georgia under another measure.
Supporters said car and technology companies, insurance providers and injury attorneys signed off on the proposal and warned that Georgia would be left behind as other states pass similar legislation.
The proposal requires drivers of the vehicles to have a higher amount of insurance coverage than what is required for traditional vehicles until the end of 2019.
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How the Cobb Senators Voted
School Takeover HB 338
Hill 6th Yes
Rhett 33 No
Tate 38 No
Thompson 14 Yes
Tippins 27 Yes
Campus Cary Guns
Hill 6th Yes
Rhett 33 No
Tate 38 Excused
Thompson 14 Yes
Tippins 27 Yes
2017 Officer Installation & Awards Celebration
Thursday, April 13
Yvette M. A. Daniel
City of Kennesaw Council Member
Provino's Family Italian Restaurant
440 W Barrett Pkwy NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Meet the 2017 CDW Executive Board
Celebrate Outstanding Contributions by Women
In Our Community
Elected Official of the Year
Activist of the Year
Business Woman of the Year
Educator of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
RSVP by Saturday, April 8
Make your dinner reservation now!
Cash or check payment,
On-line credit card payment,
Please call Jessica Brooks at 404-983-2986 with questions.
This Saturday at 10:00am we will kickoff our next "Donuts with Democrats monthly meeting..
This event will take place at Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, GA.
The address is 492 N Marietta Pkwy NE, Marietta, Georgia 30060.
This monthly meeting is without question the "go-to" event for Democratic politics in Cobb county. This month we look forward to having another great event!
▪ This will be your last chance to hear from our candidates at a CCDC meeting before the April 18th Election!
▪ We will also hear from some of our Subcommittees about the activities that they are putting together and how you can get involved and active!
▪ Potential Candidates and those who want to learn how to win elections will hear about how you can get training this year that will help us win races in 2018!
We will have a CALL TO ACTION at this meeting!
6th District Task Force
will be on-site to help us FlipThe6th starting at 11:00am!
Cobb Democrats in Action!
A special election will be held April 18 in 52 northeast Cobb precincts for United States Representative District 6 and Georgia State Senate District 32. Cobb County voters who are registered in these voting districts may vote at any advance voting location. Hours vary by location:
- Elections Office (West Park Government Center) 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta
- 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, April 3-7
- 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 8
- 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, April 10-14
- East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
- 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 8
- 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, April 10-14
Kennesaw State statement regarding
Center for Election Systems
KENNESAW, Ga (Mar. 31, 2017) -
Kennesaw State officials report there is no indication of any illegal activity and no federal laws were violated following unauthorized access of a dedicated server at the Center for Election Systems. KSU officials were briefed yesterday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
University officials were first notified of the situation on March 1 and immediately isolated the server. Officials also contacted the Office of the Secretary of State and federal law enforcement, which prompted the FBI investigation. According to the FBI, the server was accessed by an external security researcher. No student data was involved.
"We are working with experts within the University System of Georgia and a nationally- renowned outside firm to validate that KSU's systems are secured and meet best practice standards," said KSU President Sam Olens. "We greatly appreciate the speed and dedication of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in helping us resolve this issue."
Amanda D. Seals, MEd.
Associate Vice President - Government Relations
Kennesaw State University
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H. Benjamin Williams, Ed. D
President, Cobb County Chapter
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Cobb County religious and civil rights leaders have formed what they call a "Social Justice Ministry," aimed at combatting racism, bigotry and police brutality.
Ben Williams, head of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference chapter, said Wednesday these issues are an "epidemic" in the area and getting worse.
The formation of the new task force was announced Tuesday night at the Zion Baptist Church in Marietta.
Rev. Eric Beckham, new pastor at Zion Baptist, said he hoped the Social Justice Ministry would soon involve other religious institutions in the area.
He said the Social Justice Ministry will seek "to educate and mobilize residents, churches and others to help tackle social ills," like homelessness, discrimination and criminal justice reform.
"It is the moral and spiritual responsibility of the church to engage and partner with the community in addressing the current societal challenges," Beckham said. "Jesus traveled far and wide to spread the gospel of love in action to the lost, the weak, the disenfranchised, the incarcerated and those ignored and abused in society."
No less should be done today, he said.
The task force's creation was not directly related to two recent racial incidents that have stirred controversy and aroused fear in Cobb County, Williams said, but "in response to the whole matter of social injustice and treatment of minorities by authorities."
But at the press conference it was clear the two incidents helped spur the Cobb leaders to action.
The most recent incident involves a social media post by a student at North Cobb High School. The post used racial slurs and said the unnamed student wished they "could personally (have) assassinated Lincoln for freeing blacks from slavery." It also mentioned a firearm and implied it could have been, or could be, used against black people.
Charter high school an option for Marietta students
Marietta Daily Journal
Claims to the contrary, Marietta City Schools does not force minority students to enroll in a local charter high school, the head of that charter school says.
"Marietta City Schools does not come to us and give us children. The kids are provided information, and they come to us and ask to be enrolled," said Dr. Monica Henson, superintendent and CEO of Graduation Achievement Charter High School. "There's oftentimes an effort to politicize and mischaracterize programs for students that's based on the demographics that come through the program."
Last week, the Cobb County chapters of the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference accused the school district of pushing minority students out of Marietta High School to enroll in the charter high school in order to increase Marietta's graduation rates.
District officials have denied the allegations, and Superintendent Grant Rivera told the MDJ that no official would intentionally let students be forgotten or pushed out of the district to help increase the district's graduation rate.
View Vaughan Elementary Newsletter Here!
Nonprofits should attend workshop on grant funding
Applications are being accepted from nonprofits seeking grant funds for phase 34 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and program year 2017 of the Justice Assistance Grant Program. Interested applicants should plan to attend a grant application workshop 11 a.m., Thursday,
, in the BOC Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. All applications should be submitted to the Cobb Community Development Block Grant office by
5 p.m., Friday, April 28
. Download a copy of the application at
. For more information, call 770-528-1455 or email
You can now register your organization's Mableton Day participation online at
Mableton Day 2017 is set for May 13th - hours of 8am to 4pm.
Mableton Day Grant Program
Register your non-profit to earn up to $1,000 in the annual Community Spirit
Program challenge. Participation is fun, FREE and rewarding for your
Find out how to earn points and raise funds for your cause.
Mableton Day is a great event to promote a new product, find new customers, and reach out to the community.
We invite your organization to join in the fun of the 12th Annual Mableton Day community celebration by promoting and advertising your products and services to a broad cross section of over 3000 South Cobb customers.
2017 we will build the prospects of the community events to do the following:
- Attract over 3000+ attendees annually.
- Promo the event to 50,000 South Cobb residents.
- E-blast to 5,000+ patrons in our database monthly.
- Attract over 450+ (K-12) students annually.
|Please take note of the following:
Vendors are limited to the first 100 vendors.
- We also except exclusive vendor agreements
- Vendor space and opportunity will not last.
|Registration Click Here
Before April 15th - $150.00
After April 15th - $200.00
Free fishing clinic Saturday at Hyde Farm
A free fishing clinic for youth will be held at Hyde Farm 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., April 8, 15 and 29. Fishing gear and lunch will be provided. "Teach a Child to Fish" is a nonprofit organization with the mission of mentoring youth through fishing programs and helping them find their own true value of life, while preserving and protecting the great outdoors. Hyde Farm is located at 721 Hyde Road, Marietta. For more information, call 770-528-8840 or visit teachachildtofish.net.
Easter Egg Hunt
Cobb County's largest egg hunt will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, April 15, at Al Bishop Softball Complex. This free family-friendly event will include egg hunts, art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, a hula-hoop contest, tug-of-war, musical chairs, a food truck and vendors.
There will be five egg hunts which will be broken down into age groups. Event schedule:
- 10 a.m.: park opens
- 10-11 a.m.: games, activities and entertainment
- 11 a.m.: ages 3 and younger hunt
- 11:30 a.m.: ages 4 and 5 hunt
- Noon: ages 6 and 7 hunt
- 12:30 p.m.: ages 8 through 10 hunt
- 1 p.m.: purple hunt (all age groups)
Please bring your own baskets for the hunt. Special needs participants are included in all activities. The softball complex is located at 1082 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. For more information, call 770-528-4333.
Pastor Lockhart's Final Sermom
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church!
Thank you and Happy Trails!
Word of Faith in Mableton
Pastor, elder and AME Bishops celebrate
Burn's their mortgage after the final payment
Hosley Chalpel Women's Day
COMMISSARY ON SITE
Just a quick reminder the next On-Site Sale in Marietta is scheduled for
20-22 April 2017.
Times are Thursday and Friday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and
Saturday - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Directions to the sale are: I-75 North to
Windy Hill Rd (Exit 260). Turn left onto Windy Hill Rd and drive
approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto Cobb parkway. Travel
approximately 1/4 mile and turn right into Marietta Plaza. We are located
next door to Burlington Coat Factory.
All special orders must be received no later than Monday, 3 April.
Special orders must be placed in full cases only. Special orders of meat
items may be made for the quantity you need. Remember to be specific with
your meat order so we get it right. Please include your telephone number
in case we have questions we can contact you.
If we can answer any questions, please feel free to e-mail or call.
Susan M Edmonds
Project Stand Down
WHEN & WHERE - Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 10 am - 2 pm at Freedom Church,
500 Underwood Road, Milledgeville, Georgia.
Project Stand Down is a one-stop shop model for delivering services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, are at risk of becoming homeless, and the at-risk working poor. Starting this year, through partnerships with service providers, businesses, citizens, and faith congregations, we are able to bring multiple resources to one central location where these individuals can come to access the services they need. These services include food, housing, employment, medical care, mental health care, social services benefits, legal assistance, eye exams, dental care, haircuts, showers, and much more.
Meets every 1st Monday at the South Cobb Recreation Center in Austell
Meets every 4th Monday at the Ron Anderson Recreation Center in Powder Springs
Anna Maria Chávez
1st woman of color appointed to be the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA
Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 / Time: 8:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Location: Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina,
4000 Summit Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia, 30319.
You wouldn't want to miss this event!
History on Video!
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