Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 2, 2016

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 2, 2016

On March 2, 1807, the Congress passed legislation outlawing the importation of slaves from Africa or anywhere outside the United States.

On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

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The United States Congress passed the first Reconstruction Act on March 2, 1867.

On March 2, 1874, Gov. Smith signed legislation allowing anyone fined for a criminal conviction to arrange for a third party to pay the fine in exchange for the convict’s labor.

On March 2, 1850, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the beginning of construction of Buford Dam, which would create Lake Lanier.

President Lyndon B. Johnson attended ceremonies at Lockheed in Marietta for the first C-5A aircraft to come off the assembly line on March 2, 1968.

Under the Gold Dome Today

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

12:00 PM RULES – UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM EDUCATION AND YOUTH 307 CLOB

2:00 PM HEALTH AND HUMAN SVCS 450 CAP

3:00 PM ECONOMIC DEV & TOURISM 310 CLOB

3:00 PM JUDICIARY 307 CLOB

4:00 PM FINANCE MEZZ 1

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

9:30 AM RULES 341 CAP

11:30 AM W&M Pub.Fin. and Policy Sub 133 CAP

1:00 PM Fleming Sub Judiciary Civil 415 CLOB

1:00 PM Pak Sub Judiciary Non-Civil 132 CAP

1:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 606 CLOB

2:00 PM STATE PLANNING 403 CAP

3:00 PM Caldwell Sub Judiciary Civil 403 CAP

3:00 PM EDUCATION 606 CLOB

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

HB 172 – Watercraft; operation while under the influence of alcohol, toxic vapors or drugs; revise types of vessels (NR&E – Gooch) (Lumsden)

HB 370 – Elections; provide for waivers of certain civil penalties and fees incurred by candidates for local elected office; provisions (ETHICS – Burke) (Fleming)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Open Rule

HR 979 House Study Committee on Programs That Provide Services for the Reading to the Blind and the Visually Impaired; create (SRules-Houston-170th)

Modified Open Rule

HR 978 House Study Committee on Historic Site Preservation; create (SRules-Buckner-137th)

HR 1135 House Study Committee on Base Realignment and Closure; create (SRules-Belton-112th)

HR 1341 House Study Committee on Professional Employer Organizations; create (SRules-Smith-134th)

Presidential Primary Wrapup

Part of Clayton County still remains unreported.

Total Votes Percentage
Trump 499,385 38.80%
Rubio 314,826 24.46%
Cruz 303,849 23.61%
Carson 80,119 6.22%
Kasich 72,077 5.60%

Presidential Preference Primary Turnout

GOP DEM
2000 643,188 284,431
2004 161,374 626,738
2008 963,541 1,060,851
2012 901,470 139,273
2016 1,287,168 740,246

The GOP turnout in yesterday’s election represents a high-water mark, and more than a 43% increase over the last contested Presidential Primary and 1/3 more voters than the previous highest level of GOP Presidential Preference turnout this century.

That augurs good news for November and probably makes it more difficult for Democrats to recruit a viable candidate against Senator Johnny Isakson this year.

Yesterday, Frank Auman was elected the first Mayor of the new City of Tucker, taking nearly 70% of the vote in a three-candidate race.

Honey Van De Kreke and Michelle Penkava were officially elected to City Council without opposition.

Anne Lerner, Bill Rosenfeld join them on City Council, having won their elections without runoffs.

District 2 will host two runoff elections. In Post 1, Katherine Atteberry led with nearly 43% to 24.8% for second-place finisher Matt Robbins. In Post 2, Susan Wood (19.7%) will meet Noelle Monferdini (18.7%) in a runoff.

Chatham County will host a runoff election for Sheriff on March 29th.

[T]he two most popular candidates, Roy Harris and John Wilcher, are headed to a runoff March 29 after none of the five contenders managed to get more than 50 percent of the vote in a special election to fill out the remainder of the late Al St Lawrence’s term.

Harris, who has been serving as sheriff since St Lawrence died in November, and Wilcher, a 40-year department veteran who retired in 2014, will no doubt be back to campaigning.

Harris said he was ready to “move forward” in the coming weeks. He said he’ll still keep a grasp on official duties, such as working to put together the 2017 fiscal year budget for the sheriff’s office.

“I can’t just abandon the job to go out and campaign,” Harris said. “I’ve been doing both and will continue to do both to the best of my ability.”

And Wilcher, who was watching returns with supporters at Fiddler’s Seafood on the southside, said he’d be back at it today.

“We’re going to hit the streets running in the morning,” Wilcher said by phone. “I think Chatham County voters have spoken. They are tired of the status quo.”

Preliminary results Tuesday night showed Harris with 33 percent of the vote, Wilcher with 29, Holmes with 21, Middleton with 14 and Williamson with 3 percent. About 55,500 voters hit the polls for the special election.

Also on March 29th, a Special Election will be held to fill the seat vacated by the death of State Rep. Bob Bryant.

[Q]ualifying for the special election will be held in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 802 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther Kin, Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30334. Qualifying hours will be Wednesday, mArch 2 from 9-5 p.m.; Thursday, March 3 from 9-5 p.m.; and Friday, March 4 from 9-12 p.m. There is a $400 qualifying fee.

If you aren’t registered to vote and want to cast a ballot in the special election you must be registered to vote before the close of business Monday. March 7. Polls will be open from 7-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. I there’s a need for a  run-off election, it will take place Tuesday, April 26.

A Houston County E-SPLOST passed with nearly 74% approval by voters.

A reported 27,115 voters went to the polls Tuesday, a number buoyed by the presidential primary races. Still, that was well ahead of the expected turnout, according to Scott and other officials.

Hoke Morrow said he wasn’t surprised with the approval margin. More than 20,000 voters supported the ESPLOST.

Trae Kemp was elected to Laurens County Commission District 2, and Harvey Curry will take office on Irwinton City Council.

Putnam County voted on a Level 2 Freeport Exemption, but we have no idea what happened or what it means.

State Senator Bill Jackson (R- Appling) will not seek reelection in Senate District 24, which includes Elbert, Hart, Lincoln, Oglethorpe, Taliaferro, Wilkes counties and part of Columbia County.

In Cobb County, District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott may face a challenge from local attorney Jonathan Page, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

Page said he was still discussing whether to run for office with his wife, but would make a decision soon. The county is in a unique position, he said.

“And I believe it needs a unique type of leadership, a leadership that’s going to work collaboratively with the business leaders, with the community, with the neighborhoods,” he said.

Former Gwinnett County Commissioner John Dunn is out of the race for State House District 108, being vacated by State Rep. BJ Pak.

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul will seek reelection, for a third term.

T. Wilbur Gamble, whose 48-year tenure as Terrell County Commissioner makes him the longest-serving in the state, will not seek reelection.

Gamble said he is most proud that his county is free of long-term debt.

“I had no administrative experience, I had no administrative education. I knew if you spend more than you make you would end up in a tight, and you will end of in life not doing well,” said Gamble.

Commission Chairman Gamble will retire at the end of this year.

His son, T. Gamble, an attorney, has announced his candidacy for the seat.

In Columbus, City Council member Skip Henderson will seek reelection.

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