My Voter Guide, pt 2: Georgia Attorney General

Sorry for the delay!  Here’s part 2.  But first, for those who haven’t seen the first guide here is a little basic info:

In this guide, you will find brief explanations of the offices and/or amendments up for grabs this election.  For each office, I have provided summaries of the candidates’ political positions, voting records, and histories.  After the summaries, you will find my pick for the office and my reasoning.  For ballot measures, you will find an explanation of the measure, along with my vote and reasoning.

Important things to know:

  1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO VOTE THE WAY I DO.  We may not have the same politics.  That’s okay.  You may not agree with my picks.  That’s okay too.  Just disregard my picks, and use the summary information to inform your own vote.
  2. You can take this guide with you when you vote.  Let this remind you of how you decided to vote so that you are not flustered when you get in the booth.  Alternatively, you can jot down your votes on a sample ballot or a sheet of paper to bring with you.
  3. Share with your people.  This is free info!  Make copies, pass them around, spread far and wide.

Attorney General

The attorney general is basically the lawyer for the state.  The AG represents the state in legal cases, and also provides legal opinions on matters concerning the state.  Additionally, the AG prosecutes public corruption cases (which we know is a problem in our fair state), negotiates contracts, and initiates civil or criminal actions on behalf of the state.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. Courtesy of law.ga.gov

Georgia’s current Attorney General, Sam Olens (Republican), is running for reelection.  He has been in office since 2011. In addition to looking at his campaign platform, let’s take a look at his record. Olens has proudly led the state’s legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act and cap and trade environmental regulations.  He has also been a player in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  His flagship accomplishment has been legislation to end child sex trafficking in Georgia.  Olens has defended Georgia’s immigration laws.  He has also strengthened open records laws, though he has been criticized for not enforcing the laws often enough by seeking punishments for those who violate them.  Though he has not taken a stand on same sex marriage, he has stated that he will defend the ban on same sex marriage unless courts rule it unconstitutitonal.  He is being supported by the gun rights folks and most of the state’s district attorneys, regardless of party.  He is also supported by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Benevolent Association.

Democratic Candidate Greg Hecht. Courtesy of greghecht.com

Olens is being challenged by Democrat Gregory Hecht.  The former assistant district attorney, state senator, and state rep is campaigning on fighting to protect consumers from identity fraud, fighting against ethics violations, and working against child abuse and neglect.  He has stated that he will not defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban.  As a legislator, his work focused heavily on preventing child and elder abuse.  Greg Hecht is pro-Death Penalty, and does not believe in early release being granted to people who are incarcerated.  He touts his record as ADA of having represented cops in a number of lawsuits, including lawsuits alleging excessive force, and plans to “work closely with law enforcement” if elected.  He says he will support a Georgia Peace Officer’s Bill of Rights (as would his opponent), which in other states has made it nearly impossible for folks to get justice when assaulted by police.

My Vote

I almost endorsed Hecht.  I was so close.  And then I found the questionnaire he completed for the Fraternal Order of Police.  Though he didn’t win their endorsement, his answers were telling enough that he also doesn’t win my vote.   Should have known, considering his former role as a Special Prosecutor for the DEA. Nonetheless, we’ll have to watch our backs with either of these guys.

I’m writing in Attorney Mawuli Davis.  

My October ATL Homeschool Field Trip Master List

Alright, Here is the October list.  There’s a lot more here to choose from than last month.  I tried to include more information to make the calendar more user friendly.  I would love to hear any feedback from you all.

Hope you guys find something fun to do!!

I’ll be posting some updates from some of the things we did last month over the next few days.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, October 1

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Improv in the Park at Atlantic Station, 8-9, http://atlanticstation.com/event/improv-in-the-park-2/

Thursday, October 2

Annual Cherokee Powwow, http://www.cherokeeofgeorgia.org/cherokee/node/42#.VCpCNyldXFo

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Sky Zone Kennesaw Home School Day, 11:30-2:30, http://www.skyzone.com/kennesaw/Calendar/ctl/Details/Mid/12817/ItemID/31753

Friday, October 3

Annual Cherokee Powwow, http://www.cherokeeofgeorgia.org/cherokee/node/42#.VCpCNyldXFo

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Booth Museum Homeschool Day, 1-2:30, $10, http://boothmuseum.org/homeschool/

Sky Zone Roswell Home School Day, 2-4, http://www.skyzone.com/roswell/Calendar/ModuleID/12950/ItemID/30888/mctl/EventDetails

Fairy Tale Fridays at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room, 6-7, $20 RSVP REQUIRED, https://www.facebook.com/OliviasDollhouseTearoomAtlanta

Saturday, October 4

Maker Faire Atlanta, http://makerfaireatl.com/

Annual Cherokee Powwow, http://www.cherokeeofgeorgia.org/cherokee/node/42#.VCpCNyldXFo

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Home Depot Kids Workshop, 9-12, http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

Students Day at the National Weather Service, Peachtree City, 10-4, http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/ffc/pdf/StudentsDayatNWS_Flyer2014.pdf

Parent’s Day Out Art & Ice Cream Social at Grant Park, 12-4, $20/sibling, http://grantpark.org/event/101618?dateid=4179

Candler Park Movie Night, http://www.candlerpark.org/events

Despicable Me 2 at Emory Point, 6 pm, http://emory-point.com/special-events#OCTOBER

Sunday, October 5

Maker Faire Atlanta, http://makerfaireatl.com/

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Monday, October 6

Bartow History Museum Homeschool Day, 1:30-3, $5/student, $3/parent, http://bartowhistorymuseum.org/education/homeschool-days/

Gaming for Homeschoolers at Powder Springs Library, 12-2, http://atlantawithkid.com/Location/powder-springs-library/

Tuesday, October 7

Ink Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Homeschool Day, 10-5, $4, http://www.inkfun.org/events/

Zoo Atlanta Homeschool Day, $9, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/book_a_program/schools_and_groups/homeschoolers#rZzdO

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Library, 1-2

Georgia Aquarium Homeschool Day, 1:45, $13, http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/education/home-school.aspx

Wednesday, October 8

Museum of History and Holocaust Education Homeschool Day, 9-12, http://historymuseum.kennesaw.edu/educators/homeschool_days.php

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Atlanta History Center Homeschool Day, 1-4, $8.50, http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/program/homeschool-day-villains-history

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Thursday, October 9

Atlanta Greek Festival, http://www.atlantagreekfestival.org/

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days,11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Friday, October 10

Atlanta Greek Festival, http://www.atlantagreekfestival.org/

Ice Skating Homeschool Day at Ice Forum, 10-12, $6/ student (includes skate rental), regular price for others, http://www.iceforum.com/Page.asp?n=23041

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Saturday, October 11 

Day of the Cowboy at Rock Ranch, http://therockranch.com/test-fffds-w-table/

Atlanta Greek Festival, http://www.atlantagreekfestival.org/

Atlanta Parent Family Block Party, 10-4, $5, http://www.atlantaparent.com/article/detail/523

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, 10-11, http://lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/fullschedule.aspx

Video Games Live at Cobb Energy Centre, 8 pm, http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/event/video-games-live/

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Sunday, October 12

Atlanta Greek Festival, http://www.atlantagreekfestival.org/

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Monday, October 13

Cochran Mill Nature Center Homeschool Day, 10 am or 1 pm, $7/ student, $3.50/ adult, REGISTRATION REQUIRED, http://www.cochranmillnaturecenter.org/calendar/calendar_day/7278910/2014-9-22.htm

Chattahoochee Nature Center Homeschool Mondays, 11:30-12:30, http://chattnaturecenter.org/includes/education/HomeschoolMondayFlyer14-15.pdf

Gaming for Homeschoolers at Powder Springs Library, 12-2

Tuesday, October 14

Masterpiece Mixers Braselton Homeschool Class, 10-11, https://masterpiecemixers.com/event-registration/?ee=83

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Library, 1-2

Children’s Museum Free Day, 1-7

Wednesday, October 15

Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert, 9:45, $2 in advance, $5 day of, http://www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/storybook-alive-wendy-bennett

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Cochran Mill Nature Center Homeschool Day, 1 pm, $7/ student, $3.50/ adult, http://www.cochranmillnaturecenter.org/calendar/calendar_day/7278910/2014-9-22.htm

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Thursday, October 16

*NASA Space Center Houston Homeschool Day, http://spacecenter.org/education-programs/school-visits/homeschool-day/

Rock Climbing Homeschool Day at Escalade Rock Climbing Gym, 12-2, $8/ climber, http://www.escaladegym.com/page.aspx?id=148

Friday, October 17

Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, http://business.dahlonega.org/events/details/gold-rush-days-3174

Decatur Root Beer Festival at Little Shop of Stories, http://www.littleshopofstories.com/events.php

Saturday, October 18

Hot Air Balloon Rally at the Rock Ranch, http://therockranch.com/test-fffds-w-table/

Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, http://business.dahlonega.org/events/details/gold-rush-days-3174

Boo at the Zoo, 9:30-3, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/article_content/boo#oYLrg

Little Five Points Halloween Parade and Festival, Noon-11 pm, http://l5phalloween.com/

Art on the Beltline at Gordon White Park, 2-9:45, http://beltline.org/event/art-on-the-atlanta-beltline-performances-3/

Sunday, October 19

Boo at the Zoo, 9:30-3, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/article_content/boo#oYLrg

Play Day at 4th Ward Skatepark, 1-4, http://beltline.org/event/play-day-on-the-atlanta-beltline/

Art on the Beltline at 4th Ward Park, 1-9:45, http://beltline.org/event/art-on-the-atlanta-beltline-performances-2/

Monday, October 20

Gaming for Homeschoolers at Powder Springs Library 12-2

Tuesday, October 21

Ice Skating Homeschool Day at the Ice Forum, 10-12, $6/ student (includes skate rental), regular price for others, http://www.iceforum.com/Page.asp?n=23041

Children’s Museum Homeschool Day, 1-4, $8/ student, http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/teachers/programs/homeschool

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Library, 1-2

Lego Club at Alpharetta Branch Library, 4pm

Wednesday, October 22

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Thursday, October 23

Booth Museum Homeschool Day, 9-1, $5 for students, $3 for adults, http://boothmuseum.org/homeschool/

Carlos Museum Free Day, 1-4, http://www.carlos.emory.edu/visit/hours-admission

Friday, October 24

Grant Park Conservancy Halloween Lantern Parade, 6:30-9:30, https://www.facebook.com/events/284944418380174/

Mummies and Milkshakes at the Carlos Museum, 6:30-9:30, $5

Magic Tree House Trunk Trivia Tour at Little Shop of Stories, 7 pm, http://www.littleshopofstories.com/events.php

Saturday, October 25

Train or Treat at Southeastern Railway Museum, http://www.srmduluth.org/events.html

Boo at the Zoo, 9:30-3, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/article_content/boo#oYLrg

Fernbank Boo-seum Trick or Treat, 10-2, http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/calendar-of-events/fernbank-boo-seum-trick-or-treat/

Kids Origami Club at Peachtree Branch Library, 4:00 pm

Trick or Treat at the Children’s Museum, 6:30-8:30, https://16707.blackbaudhosting.com/16707/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=cd0795d1-5932-4868-86ad-54bcae0fa071

Sunday, October 26

Boo at the Zoo, 9:30-3, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/article_content/boo#oYLrg

Haints and Saints Halloween Parade in Decatur Square, 4 pm, http://parade.homegrowndecatur.com/

Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum, 4 pm, Free, http://www.carlos.emory.edu/education/public-programs/child-family-programs#education-item-158

Monday, October 27

Reptile Explorer Plus show at Sandy Springs Library, 4:30, http://www.socialweb.net/Clients/AFPL/index.lasso?id=174449

Tuesday, October 28

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Library, 1-2

Wednesday, October 29

High Museum Homeschool Day, 10-5, $6/students, $8.50/adults, https://www.high.org/Programs/Programs/Events/2014-Events/Family-Programs/Homeschool-Day-10292014.aspx

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Thursday, October 30

Indian Festival and Pow wow at Stone Mountain Park, 9-3, http://www.stonemountainpark.com/events/Indian-Festival-and-Pow-Wow.aspx

Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert, 11:15, $2 in advance, $5 day of, http://www.spiveyhall.org/events/colorofmusic/

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Pumpkin Decorating at Hapeville Branch Library, 4-5

Friday, October 31

Indian Festival and Pow wow at Stone Mountain Park, 9-3, http://www.stonemountainpark.com/events/Indian-Festival-and-Pow-Wow.aspx

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

City of Woodstock Kids Fest, 3-7, http://www.woodstockga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4911

Trunk-o-Treat for Halloween at Panola Mountain State Park, 4-6, http://gastateparks.org/event/220957?c=5169697

Fright Night at Fernbank Museum, 7-11, http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/calendar-of-events/fright-night-2014/

My September ATL Homeschool Field Trip Master List

Painting piggy banks during Creative Wednesdays at the West End Library.

Painting piggy banks during Creative Wednesdays at the West End Library.

So I’m practicing planning mindfully the things that I would love for us to do together in our lovely unschool life.  Often, I will know things are coming up, then forget about them and accidentally plan something else, or forget to budget accordingly.  This “school year”, with encouragement from my homeschooling friends over at Kid Cultivators Homeschooling Community, I have decided to do some planning.  As unschoolers, we don’t use curricula, and try to flow with our interests as much as possible, so planning for us is not developing workplans or daily schedules.  What it is looking like is thinking about all the possibilities, and making sure that we are prepared to jump on them when they come up.

With that in mind, I scoured the internet (tee hee, not really) for all the special events that are coming up and dropped them into our family calendar.  And now I’m sharing them all with you :).  Mind you, when I started out, I hadn’t really thought about sharing, so there are some things that I didn’t think my kid would be so interested in that aren’t included here.  Sorry about that :/  Also, not all of these are specific to homeschooling.

Hope you find something to enjoy!

Monday, September 8

Georgia Aquarium Homeschool Day:  $13/student; one free chaperone per every 2 students; homeschool activity at 1:45; MUST MAKE A RESERVATION

Tuesday, September 9

Children’s Museum Free Day, 1-7

Wednesday, September 10

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Friday, September 11

Ice Forum Homeschool Day:  $6/homeschooled child, $8/ adult

Saturday, September 12

Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop, 10-11 am

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, 12 pm

Monday, September 15

Museum of Design Atlanta Homeschool Day:  $4/person; a number of activities happening at different times; check website

Tuesday, September 16

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History Homeschool Day, 10-12:30:  $5

Wednesday, September 17

Atlanta Botanical Garden Homeschool Day, 9-12:  $10/person

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3 pm

Thursday, September 18

Escalade Rock Climbing Gym Homeschool Day, 12-2 pm:  $8/climber, $6 for children under 4; pizza available at 1pm for $1/slice

Michael C. Carlos Museum Complimentary Admission, 1-7 pm

Friday, September 19

Georgia Homeschooler Lost Sea Adventure:  Sweetwater, TN; $10.50/child, $18.50/adult; see the Georgia Homeschooler site for more info

Saturday, September 20

Georgia Aquarium Educator Open House:  free with declaration of intent or teacher id; also includes free admission to World of Coke and National Civil Rights Center; MUST REGISTER

Japan Fest, 10 am – 6 pm:  $8

Sunday, September 21

Japan Fest, 10 am – 5 pm:  $8

Play Day at Adair Park, 1-5 pm

Tuesday, September 23

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Branch Library, 1-2 pm

Wednesday, September 24

Medieval Times Homeschool Day, 11 am – 1 pm:  $28/person

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library

Thursday, September 25

Southeastern Railway Museum Homeschool Open House, 10 am – 1 pm:  $5/person, MUST REGISTER

Create Your Own Puppet Show at Adams Park Library, 4 pm

Friday, September 26

Stone Mountain Homeschool Day, 10:30 am- 5 pm:  $18/person

Anime Weekend Atlanta

Saturday, September 27

Anime Weekend Atlanta

Smithsonian Museum Day (check the website for participating museums)

Kids Origami Club at Peachtree Branch Library

Sunday, September 28

Anime Weekend Atlanta

Tuesday, September 30

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Branch Library, 1-2 pm

 

Look out at the end of the month for October’s list!!