Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 22, 2015

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 22, 2015

Georgia and American History

James Edward Oglethorpe was born in London, England, on December 22, 1696. He was elected to Parliament, where he worked on prison reform and had the idea of a new colony where “worthy poor” Brits could be sent. In 1732, Oglethorpe was granted a charter to create a colony of Georgia in the new world.

On December 22, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Continental Navy.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony premiered on December 22, 1808 in Vienna, Austria.

Governor George Gilmer signed legislation that prohibited teaching slaves or free African-Americans to read or write on December 22, 1829.

Martha Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. were married at Bulloch Hall in Roswell, Georgia on December 22, 1853. Their son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. would later be elected President of the United States.

On December 22, 1864, General William T. Sherman wired to President Abraham Lincoln from Savannah, Georgia,

His Excellency President LINCOLN:

I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.

W.T. Sherman,
Major General.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Donald J. Trump campaign has opened an office in Cobb County. From a visit by WSB-TV,

Walk through the doors of the brand new Georgia campaign office for Trump and there’s no mistaking where you are: a golden bust of Trump donated by a Georgia artist.

“I’ve been supporting Trump probably since he announced,” [campaign volunteer Erik] Johnson said. “I like what he stands for, I do believe he can bring our country back.”

Critics say one of Trump’s weaknesses is his ground game. Jeanne Seaver is Trump’s grassroots coordinator and she disagrees. She says his message is resonating because of the gridlock in Washington.

“They totally threw us under the bus, they made promises and they’re not keeping them,” Seaver said.

Trump’s state director, Brandon Phillips, says they’re serious about Georgia.

“We’re a very well organized campaign, we’re very serious about Georgia, particularly the south,” Phillips said.

“I’ll tell you the pressure is actually off because we don’t have to go around chasing donors for one, that’s nice. Energy level from the supporters is remarkable, really is unbelievable,” Phillips said.

CNN dinged the Ted Cruz campaign for not focusing enough on SEC football tailgates.

“There’s a heavy evangelical base down there and they think his focus on those states sets him apart,” said Mattingly. “There’s not a lot of time after those early states to really refocus and rejigger your team. Ted Cruz is already there.”

“One problem with his strategy though: Jeb Bush probably had the best way of doing this — going to SEC football games. That’s where you should focus. It’s not where Ted Cruz is focused but his team is down there and in full effect right now.”

The latest offering from Right to Rise USA, supporting Jeb Bush.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has dropped out suspended his campaign for President.

Graham’s bid, which never cracked 1 percent in primary polls, locked up an unusual amount of elite support. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), his closest friend in the Senate, immediately endorsed Graham and campaigned with him throughout New Hampshire. Scores of South Carolina donors, who might have otherwise jumped to higher-polling candidates, stayed on Graham’s team out of loyalty — and on the chance that his moderate campaign broke through.

“I think we all owe him a debt of gratitude,” said David Wilkins, the South Carolina chairman of Graham’s finance committee, who served as ambassador to Canada under George W. Bush. “His decision frees up a lot of very strong Lindsey Graham supporters here to make new endorsements, but it’s too soon for me. This is Lindsey’s day.”

State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) will not rejoin Governor Deal’s Floor Leader team for the 2016 Session, which begins January 11.

State Rep. Allen Peake was appointed to the role only a few months ago. Being a governor’s floor leader involves helping carry the chief executive’s legislation through the House. It also involves staying on the same policy page with the governor.

However, the two disagree on Peake’s No. 1 priority. The Macon Republican is the Legislature’s chief cheerleader for medical cannabis and authored this year’s new state law that allows possession of certain liquid medical marijuana. Now he wants in-state cultivation and manufacture of the liquid.

Deal is not willing to go that far and has said he is not confident that Georgia can control a medical marijuana industry.

Peake, who owns several restaurants, said he is stepping aside because of the business obligations of opening three new restaurants next year and a “passionate desire” to move forward with cultivation legislation.

He said Deal deserves someone totally focused on his agenda, and “I look forward to supporting his initiatives in the House this next session, when I can.”

The “Opportunity School District” Constitutional Amendment on next November’s General Election Ballot will have some vocal opposition, according to the AJC.

At a Capitol press conference Thursday, Clarke County Superintendent Philip Lanoue, the national superintendent of the year, laid out the basics of the appeal to voters to reject the state-takeover plan.

“We need to help you build your community around your school and we can do that outside the Opportunity School District,” he said. “But if you vote this in, what you’ve said is that you’re giving the responsibility to educate your children to someone else.”

In November 2016, Georgians will vote on authorizing the Opportunity School District. The proposed change would allow the state to take over “failing” schools and close them, run them or convert them to charter schools.

“Choice and greater accountability are very weak levers to sustain success across all schools,” said Warren Simmons, executive director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and a Southern Education Foundation board member. The groups released a report Thursday outlining alternatives to the state takeover plan and analyzing the performance of similar state-supervised districts in other states.

“We are presenting an alternative vision for Georgia’s citizens and lawmakers that includes input from actual classroom teachers, the practitioners, and proven research-based alternatives,” said Sid Chapman, president of the Georgia Association of Educators. “We feel these options would be more successful in addressing and influencing the actual underlying causes of low academic achievement.”

Floyd County will have a passel of elections this year, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The first election on the calendar is the presidential preference primary, set to take place on March 1. Voters will choose who they want as the Democratic or Republican presidential candidates.

Voters must be registered by Feb. 1. Advanced voting will begin Feb. 8 and end Feb. 26.

A general primary election will be held on May 24, with the registration deadline on April 26.

The Floyd County district attorney, two Floyd County Commission seats, Floyd County Sheriff, state House and Senate seats and U.S. House seats will be among those up for election.

Advanced voting for this election will begin on May 2 and end on May 20.

If needed, a general primary runoff will be held July 26.

Advanced voting for the runoff would begin on July 5 and end on July 22, if needed.

The general election will be Nov. 8. Voters have to be registered to vote by at least Oct. 11. Advanced voting will begin on Oct. 17 and end on Nov. 4.

Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson and two City Council members were sworn in Monday night.

Brookhaven’s new Mayor, the third in its three-year history, and the second elected by the voters, will be sworn in on January 4, 2014.

 The City of Brookhaven will swear in Mayor-Elect John Ernst, Jr. during a ceremony to be held at City Hall.

The Honorable Mike Jacobs will administer the Oath of Office.

Ernst was elected in November when he defeated challenger Dale Boone 87% to 13%.

The event will be held at 10:30 AM, January 4, 2016 at City Hall located at 4362 Peachtree Rd.

 

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