Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 22, 2016

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 22, 2016

The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act on February 22, 1766.

On February 20, 1792, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, creating the United States Postal Service.

The act allowed for newspapers to be included in mail deliveries and made it illegal for postal officials to open anyone’s mail.

The first Georgia state law allowing divorce was signed on February 22, 1850 by Governor George Towns.

The Cyclorama painting of the Battle of Atlanta went on display on Edgewood Avenue on February 22, 1892.

On February 21, 1958, Governor Marvin Griffin signed legislation creating the Stone Mountain Memorial Association to oversee construction and operation of a Confederate memorial and public park at the site.

On February 20, 1970, Georgia ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.The Amendment states:

Section 1. The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Seriously. 1970. Luckily ratification occurred when Tennessee approved adoption of the Amendment on April 18, 1920.

Interestingly, the only case in which the United States Supreme Court has addressed the Nineteenth Amendment arose in Georgia. Breedlove v. Suttles was a suit brought in Fulton County Superior Court concerning the poll tax. Here’s an excerpt:

The tax being upon persons, women may be exempted on the basis of special considerations to which they are naturally entitled. In view of burdens necessarily borne by them for the preservation of the race, the state reasonably may exempt them from poll taxes.

The laws of Georgia declare the husband to be the head of the family and the wife to be subject to him. To subject her to the levy would be to add to his burden. Moreover, Georgia poll taxes are laid to raise money for educational purposes, and it is the father’s duty to provide for education of the children. Discrimination in favor of all women being permissible, appellant may not complain because the tax is laid only upon some or object to registration of women without payment of taxes for previous years.

Privilege of voting is not derived from the United States, but is conferred by the state and, save as restrained by the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments and other provisions of the Federal Constitution, the state may condition suffrage as it deems appropriate.

It is fanciful to suggest that the Georgia law is a mere disguise under which to deny or abridge the right of men to vote on account of their sex. The challenged enactment is not repugnant to the Nineteenth Amendment.

Bless their hearts.

On February 22, 1976, a series of U.S. Postage stamps commemorating the Bicentennial was issued, featuring the state flags.

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Under the Gold Dome Today

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

8:00 AM APPROP – Transportation sub 341 CAP

12:00 PM RULES – UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM APPROP – Education sub 341 CAP

1:00 PM REGULATED IND & UTIL 310 CLOB

1:00 PM AG & CONSUMER AFFAIRS 125 CAP

1:15 PM APPROP – Insurance Sub MEZZ 1

2:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY 125 CAP

2:00 PM INSURANCE AND LABOR 450 CAP

2:00 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Higher ed sub 341 CAP

2:00 PM EDUCATION AND YOUTH 307 CLOB

3:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 310 CLOB

3:00 PM VETS, MILITARY, & HOMELAND SEC 125 CAP

3:00 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Econ Dev Sub 341 CAP

3:00 PM HEALTH AND HUMAN SVCS 450 CAP

4:00 PM ECON DEV & TOURISM 310 CLOB

4:00 PM FINANCE MEZZ

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

8:00 AM INSURANCE 606 CLOB

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 506 CLOB

1:00 PM Resource Management Sub 514 CLOB

1:30 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 132 CAP

1:30 PM HUMAN RELATIONS & AGING 515 CLOB

2:00 PM Fleming Sub 403 CAP

2:00 PM Academic Support Sub 515 CLOB

2:00 PM STATE PLANNING & COMM AFF 406 CLOB

3:00 PM JUVENILE JUSTICE 406 CLOB

3:00 PM Elections Sub 506 CLOB

4:00 PM Professions-Boards-Comms Sub 403 CAP

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 271 – Mental Health; provide reasonable standards for providing patients notice; admission to an emergency receiving facility (HHS – Burke)

SB 275 – Local Government; governing body shall not adopt policy that has effect of preventing free exercise of freedom of speech of members (ETHICS – M. Williams)

SB 316 – Bingo; remove the daily permissible prize limitation while preserving the weekly permissible prize limitation (PUB SAF – Gooch)

SB 337 – Medical Assistance; require Department of Human Services to provide certain dependents of military service member; eligibility (HHS – Walker)

SB 348 – Education; provide for colleges and career academies as charter school or schools within a strategic waivers school system (ED & YOUTH – Tippins)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Modified Open Rule

HB 784 Insurance; advertising and promotional items not exceeding $100 will not be considered an unfair trade practice; provide (Substitute) (Ins-Carson-46th)

HB 831 “Protecting Guardmen’s Employment Act”; enact (Substitute) (D&VA-Smyre-135th)

HB 910 Health records; provisions relating to costs of copying and mailing patient records apply to psychiatric, psychological, and other mental health records; provide (H&HS-Frye-118th)

HB 965 “The Honorable Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act”; enact (Ins-Cheokas-138th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 808 Courts; Judicial Qualifications Commission; create (Substitute) (Judy-Willard-51st)

Pursuant to House Rule 33.3, debate shall be limited to one hour on HB 859. Time to be allocated at the discretion of the Speaker.

HB 859 Firearms; weapons carry license holders; carrying and possession of certain weapons in certain buildings or real property owned or leased to public institutions of postsecondary education; authorize (Substitute) (PS&HS-Jasperse-11th)

HB 903 Labor and industrial relations; employment security; prevent fraud and abuse of the Unemployment Trust Fund (I&L-Strickland-111th)

HB 904 Labor and industrial relations; employment security; change certain contribution rates and credits (I&L-Strickland-111th)

HR 1113 Judicial Qualifications Commission; create – CA (Substitute) (Judy-Willard-51st)

Structured Rule

HB 763 Sales and use tax; exemption regarding certain food and food ingredients; remove sunset (Substitute)(W&M-Houston-170th)

About that Company Moving out of Georgia

The reaction was swift to news that the Georgia Senate passed a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act with Sen. Greg Kirk’s First Amendment Defense Act transplated into the bill.

“Telecom startup to bolt Georgia after ‘religious liberty’ vote,” read the AJC Political Insider headline,

The executives of 373k, a telecom startup based in Decatur, decided to move to Nevada immediately after the Georgia Senate approved a measure Friday allowing opponents of same-sex marriage to cite religious beliefs in denying services to gay couples.

Founder Kelvin Williams said in an interview Saturday that he knew the legislation is not yet law – and may be substantially changed or halted – but that he was so disgusted by the legislation that he decided to call the moving vans.

It makes no sense. It’s absolutely unnecessary. We are a startup and we are trying to get the best talent we can,” said Williams, who is gay. “And I don’t want to be in a state where it is hard to attract the best talent.”

Williams’ company, which started in April, has about 20 employees, including five in Georgia. He’s giving them the option to stay here – but he’s headed out.

And who is this “Telecom startup”? It turns out they’re a vendor to the Democratic Party.

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Peach State Presidential Politics

Early Voting stats as of Friday’s file release by the Secretary of State’s Office:

Presidential Early Ballots Issued

Democratic    32,609     25.8%

Republican    93,782     74.2%

Presidential Early Ballots Completed

Democratic    26,850    25.3%

Republican    79,275    74.7%

Absentee statistics provided by Brian Keahl at PoliticalDataSystems.com, where you can order your lists for voter absentee ballot and absentee chase programs.

Donald J. Trump made his third campaign appearance in Atlanta yesterday at the World Congress Center. From 11Alive,

The businessman front-runner has now won two of the first three primaries, so he’s looking to capture yet another win in the Peach State.

Trump gloated about his recent victories in South Carolina and New Hampshire.

He spoke about the economy, foreign policy and the military.

But the surprise of the night came from Jeb Bush, who announce he’s leaving the race altogether. This comes after dismal poll numbers and zero wins in any of the primaries.

Trump will also reportedly hold a rally at Valdosta State University – 1500 North Patterson Street Valdosta, GA 31698 on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6 PM. Click here for free tickets to the Trump rally in Valdosta.

A number of straw polls were held at GAGOP Precinct Mass Meetings on Saturday:

County Bush Bush% Carson Carson % Cruz Cruz % Kasich Kasich % Rubio Rubio % Trump Trump % Other Other % Total
Lowndes 2.50% 63.40% 7.30% 7.30% 19.50%
Forsyth 3 2.13% 4 2.84% 86 60.99% 2 1.42% 25 17.73% 20 14.18% 1 0.71% 141
Paulding 1 1.82% 0.00% 43 78.18% 0.00% 8 14.55% 3 5.45% 0.00% 55
Carroll 1 2.17% 40 86.96% 1 2.17% 4 8.70% 46
Bibb 5 12.50% 17 42.50% 3 7.50% 5 12.50% 9 22.50% 1 2.50% 40
Cherokee 0 1 0.81% 77 62.60% 4 19 15.45% 22 17.89% 123
Muscogee 0.12% 60.00% 3.30% 6.60% 15.00% 1.60%
Coweta 0.01 3.00% 80.00% 3.00% 7.00% 6.00%
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