Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for February 4, 2014

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for February 4, 2014

Today in Georgia History

On February 4, 1789, George Washington was unanimously elected by the Electoral College as the first President of the United States; Washington’s runner-up John Adams served as Vice President. Washington would repeat the feat four years later on February 4, 1793.

On February 4, 1801, John Marshall took office as Chief Justice of the United States. Marshall continued to hold the post of Secretary of State until March 4th. In one of American history’s rich ironies, Marshall, who served at the same time in the judicial and legislative branches of the federal government, would write the Court’s opinion in Marbury v. Madison, establishing the supremacy of the Supreme Court in matters of applying the Constitution through judicial review and establishing the doctrine of separation of powers. Marshall would serve during the terms of six Presidents.

On February 4, 1861, the Provisional Confederate Congress convened in Montgomery, Alabama, where it would draft a Constitution for the Confederate States of America, beginning with a near-verbatim copy of the United States Constitution.

On January 4, 1976, the Georgia Senate approved a resolution previously passed by the State House proposing a Constitutional Amendment to allow Governors of Georgia to serve two consecutive terms and voters approved in November 1976. Then-Governor George Busbee won reelection in November 1978, and since then Democrat Roy Barnes is the only Georgia Governor to not win reelection. Thus we are able to say, “Four More Years for Governor and Mrs. Deal.”

Happy birthday to Congressman Sanford Bishop, who shares this date with the late Rosa Parks (b. 1913), German theologian Dietrich Bonhoffer (b. 1906) and Facebook, which turns ten years old today.

Essie Mae Washington-Williams died one year ago today, the eldest child of United States Senator Strom Thurmond (DR-SC). Mrs. Washington-Williams was the daughter of Thurmond and the Thurmond family maid, Carrie Butler, whom Thurmond did not marry. She had a distinguished career as a librarian and did not reveal the identity of her birth father until after his death. Her life illustrates the complexity of relations between individual white and black people in the post-slavery South.

Under the Gold Dome today

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

TBD RULES – TO BE ANNOUNCED 450 CAP
1:00 PM NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT 450 CAP
1:00 PM BANKING & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS – CANCELED
2:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY MEZZ
2:00 PM EDUCATION & YOUTH 307 CLOB
4:00 PM ETHICS 125 CAP
4:00 PM GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT – CANCELED

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

TBD FLOOR SESSION (LD 16) HOUSE CHAMBER- 10:00am
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM RULES 341 CAP
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Academic Support Subcommittee of Education 515 CLOB
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM INFORMATION & AUDITS 403 CAP
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Appropriations General Government 506 CLOB
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Appropriations Education 341 CAP
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BANKS & BANKING 606 CLOB
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Appropriations Health 515 CLOB
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM INTRAGOVERNMENTAL COORDINATION 406 CLOB
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Highway Regulations Subcommittee of Transportation 403 CAP
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY 415 CLOB
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM JUDICIARY CIVIL 132 CAP
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Appropriations Human Resources 415 CLOB
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM GAME, FISH & PARKS 403 CAP
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 406 CLOB
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sales Tax Subcommittee of Ways & Means 133 CAP

CLICK HERE FOR THE SENATE RULES CALENDAR

CLICK HERE FOR THE HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Retirement Planning

Over at InsiderAdvantage.com, I write that Senator Cecil Staton is expected to announce around 10 AM that he will not run for reelection.

We had heard rumors for several weeks that Senate Majority Whip Cecil Staton was considering retiring from his legislative post, but recently the pitch increased until last night several sources appear to confirm that the legislator who represents parts of Bibb, Houston, Jones and Monroe counties will announce today at 10 AM that he will not run for reelection in the May 20th Republican Primary.

In 2012, Staton won reelection in the GOP Primary by 203 votes out of nearly 21,000 ballots cast, and opponent Spencer Price had announced he would run again. Macon attorney John F. Kennedy also announced his campaign for the Senate District 18 seat and appeared to present a serious challenge.

Read the story at InsiderAdvantage for more baseless rumors and innuendo about potential Senate retirements.

McCallum brings the money in First Congressional District

Conservative entrepreneur and former Newt Gingrich aide John McCallum proved his fundraising prowess by raking in more than $350,000 in his first quarter as a congressional candidate.  McCallum’s haul was not only the largest in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, but it also topped every Republican candidate for U.S. House in the entire state of Georgia.

While there is a crowded field of Republican candidates vying to replace Congressman Jack Kingston, who is in a hotly contested race for the United States Senate, the latest campaign finance reports indicate a two-man battle between McCallum and Carter to represent Coastal Georgia in the United States House of Representatives.

 

  • The newest top tier candidate in the GA-1 race, John McCallum raked in $363,658.67 in contributions (including a $100,000 loan) in the last quarter of 2013. Coming in a distant second was Sen. Buddy Carter who reported  $168,072.03 in campaign contributions.
  • With a strong fundraising network and a growing number of grassroots activists joining the campaign, John McCallum will have the resources needed to spread his message of bold, common sense, conservatism across Georgia’s 1st Congressional District.
  • As Election Day draws near, McCallum is peaking at exactly the right time.  With strong fundraising support and a growing grassroots army, McCallum will have the momentum needed to get out the vote and secure victory at the ballot box.

As the field shrinks, McCallum is emerging as the only Republican candidate with the fundraising network and grassroots operation strong enough to deliver victory on Election Day.  While Sen. Buddy Carter boasts Name ID and a sizeable war chest, John McCallum has clearly earned his frontrunner status.

Events Calendar


Americans For Prosperity: Day At The Capitol

February 4, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington St SW Atlanta, GA 30334

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  Join Americans For Prosperity GA for a day of learning the step-by-step process of how to be a citizen watchdog for good government in the Peach State! .Do citizen lobbyist training on the step-by-step process to affect legislation .Do on site citizen lobbying .Get legislative briefings from bill sponsors and legislative leaders in the Capitol .Have in office meetings with legislators Some of the issues we will be lobbying: Opposing Common Core Supporting Civil Forfeiture Reform Supporting Fractional-percentage SPLOST…

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February 4, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

State Capitol, 206 Washington St SW Atlanta, 30334

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Attend Feburary 4th at the Georgia State Capitol for autism day. Let your voice be heard and speak directly to your legislators…and bring 50 of your closest friends!

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February 4, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

State Capitol, 206 Washington St SW Atlanta, GA 30334

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The Capitol Coalition of Conservative Leaders will be holding a press conference Tuesday 2/4 at noon in the Senate Press Office to announce the legislative priorities of the CCCL for this legislative session. The CCCL is a coalition of the leaders of Georgia’s conservative organizations including Tea Parties, Georgia Conservatives in Action, CWA, GRTL, GBA, and many more united together on select issues we agree on. There are strength in numbers and we appreciate the conservative activists all around Georgia…

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Sen. William Ligon: “Stop the Common Core” Rally and Press Conference

February 4, 2014 from1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

The Georgia State Capitol, South Wing, 206 Washington Street, S.W. Atlanta , GA 30334

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  Sen. William Ligon ( R – Brunswick) will join grassroots leaders and elected officials from throughout the state at a “Stop the Common Core” rally and press conference at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. The rally will begin at 1:30 p.m. and a press conference will promptly follow at 2 p.m. on the South Wing Steps of the Georgia State Capitol. During the event, Sen. Ligon and others will call on the Governor as well as the State Legislature to…

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Savannah Area YR: January General Meeting with Eugene Yu

February 4, 2014 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr Thunderbolt, GA 31404

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US Senate Candidate Eugene Yu for US Senate will be our speaker. For more information about Mr. Yu you can go to: www.facebook.com/eugeneyuforsenate www.yuforsenate.us *The Savannah Area Young Republicans does not endorse any Candidate or Candidate’s Committee in a contested Republican Primary*

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Cobb YR: Meeting with AG Sam Olens

February 4, 2014 7:00 PM @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Johnnie Maccracken’s,

15 Atlanta St SE Marietta, GA 30060 United States

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For the second year in a row the Cobb County Young Republicans are kicking off our meeting schedule with Cobb County’s Constitutional Officer, GA Attorney GeneralSam Olens! We are also going to have a special legislative update by the House Republican Caucus Vice-Chairman Sam Teasley. This will be a great meeting, so make sure you put us on your calendar!

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