Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 28, 2014

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 28, 2014

On February 28, 1784, John Wesley executed a document titled “The Rev. John Wesley’s Declaration and Establishment of the Conference of the People called Methodists.”

On February 28, 1827, the first American railroad organized to transport people and freight commercially, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, was chartered. At the time, Baltimore was the second largest city in the nation.

On February 28, 1854, 30 anti-slavery opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which would repeal the 1820 Missouri Compromise, met in Ripon, Wisconsin and called for the creation of the Republican Party.

On February 28, 1885, the American Telephone and Telegraph company was incorporated, though some accounts says March 3d.

On February 28, 1991, the First Gulf War ended, as President George H.W. Bush declared a ceasefire and that Kuwait was liberated.

Georgia Campaigns and Elections

Qualifying for most elected offices in this year’s elections will take place beginning on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 9 AM and closes Friday, March 7, 2014 at noon. Visit the Secretary of State’s website and download the 2014 Qualifying Information Packet.

A poll conducted by GaPundit and InsiderAdvantage.com shows Speaker of the House David Ralston with an insurmountable lead in his reelection campaign.

The non- partisan news poll pitting Ralston against his Republican primary opponent, Sam Snider, shows David Ralston leading his opponent by a 61%-to-26% margin, with very few likely voters (13%) in the district left undecided.

InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery: “This is good news for a weary state GOP. With the U.S. Senate in play and Governor Deal holding on to a somewhat precarious lead in November, David Ralston may be the solid rock that other Republicans cling to…And this points to a general strategic theme I have mentioned in recent days. That being that this is not the year of the challenger against Republican incumbents. The individuals running against Governor Deal in a primary are only knocking down their own inevitable nominee. And in David Ralston’s case the candidate opposing him is really only diverting his (Ralston’s) attention from helping other conservative Republicans. Given that Ralston is all but assured of reelection, the primary battle only serves to potentially hurt his ability to help Republicans win in November by taking time and attention away from helping other districts. And that’s not good for the statewide GOP effort.”

Join us in welcoming new Fulton County Republican Party Executive Director Joseph Cortes.

Joseph brings with him over a decade of experience in Republican politics and public affairs. His diverse background, including work in New Mexico, Indiana, and Iowa will help drive results and recruit a broader base of volunteers and party members.

Decorum

It makes us wonder what’s going on out there when we see news stories of two different cities having to consider legislation to maintain decorum during public meetings.

A city council meeting that went nearly four hours might be enough to make the most even-tempered among us a little stabby.

A boisterous, overflow crowd at [Temple] city hall weighed in on a variety of issues throughout the night, filling the room with enough ideas and public comment that two full hours passed before the council took a first vote. Members of the audience did not need to give their names or addresses or come to a podium, and had no time limit, with some speaking more often than some of the council members that night.

The meeting caused the city’s rules of decorum to come under question.

Those rules state that public comment only happens during a certain part of the meeting, after the invocation and before invited guests are recognized. They also state that when audience members make public comments, “the speaker shall come to the podium and state their name and address … the speaker will have three minutes to speak and … a citizen may speak for or against agenda items during public comment by signing in before the assigned items for the meeting to begin.”

In Grantville, heated language among members of City Council is causing some to consider reining in behavior.

At the most recent council meeting on Monday, Councilman Barham Lundy said there were so many police in the council chambers it was “like the gestapo.” Mayor Jim Sells told Lundy he was “a shame and a disgrace.”

“I could say the same about you,” Lundy replied.

“We all know that Grantville is often viewed as a laughing stock in Coweta County,” City Manager Johnny Williams stated in an email sent to city officials on Tuesday. “We should all be ashamed.”

Now Williams has proposed a decorum ordinance — a concept heartily endorsed by Sells. “After last evening’s session of city council, I am more convinced than ever that some measures must be implemented to maintain proper order and decorum during these important meetings,” Williams observed.

The ordinance would make it a misdemeanor for an individual to break decorum at a city council meeting or committee meeting. “This would give the police the power to arrest anyone breaking our decorum,” Williams explained.

The ordinance would apply to members of the public attending meetings, but also to the mayor, council members and committee members.

Williams said he is having a police officer placed behind the council bench next to the clerk “at all regular, special and committee meetings” of the council. “They will be instructed to remove any of our officials who do not come to order after being asked to do so by the presiding officer,” Williams stated.

“I know I’m part of the problem,” Sells said. He said he is willing to work at improving civility and sees a need for more decorum.

Carroll County won’t move quickly enough to put Sunday Sales on the May 20th ballot, so imbibers there will have to wait until November to vote on the issue.

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