Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 15, 2016

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 15, 2016

On July 16, 1790, Congress declared Washington, DC the new capital city.

On July 15, 1864, Sherman’s army began crossing the Chattahoochee River and would take the better part of three days to complete the crossing. Georgia Public Broadcasting has a series on Sherman’s Georgia campaign, and you can watch this week’s episode here.

Major General George Stoneman’s cavalry had come to the area south of Atlanta. On July 15, 1864, Stoneman wrote from camp near Villa Rica, Georgia.

As I indicated to you in my last note, we completed the bridge (Moore’s), and were ready to cross at daybreak yesterday morning, but before we essayed it a report came from Major Buck, in command of a battalion seven miles above, that the enemy had been crossing above him on a boat or a bridge, and that his pickets had been cut off.

Colonel Biddle, who was left with his brigade at Campbellton, reports the enemy quite strong at that point, with two guns of long range in each of the two redoubts on the opposite bluff, which are opened upon him whenever any of his men show themselves.

I was very anxious to strike the railroad from personal as well as other considerations, but I became convinced that to attempt it would incur risks inadequate to the results, and unless we could hold the bridge, as well as penetrate into the country, the risk of capture or dispersion, with loss of animals (as I could hear of no ford), was almost certain.

On July 15, 1870, Georgia was readmitted to the United States, with the signature by President Ulysses Grant of the “Georgia Bill” by the U.S. Congress.

On July 16, 1914, Asa Griggs Candler, retired President of Coca-Cola, wrote his brother Warren, who was a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, a letter offering one million dollars and 72 acres of land in Atlanta for the church to establish a new university in the East.

On July 15, 1938, the first recorded use occurred of the name “Alcoholics Anonymous” in a letter from Bill W. Next July, the organization will gather in Atlanta to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

The United States performed the first test of an atomic bomb on July 16, 1945 at the Trinity site in New Mexico.

Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the project, watched the mushroom cloud rise into the New Mexico sky. “Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds,” he uttered, reciting a passage from an ancient Hindu text.

On July 15, 1948, President Harry Truman was nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to run for a full term as President of the United States.

Georgia Congressman Carl Vinson set a new record for longevity in office on July 16, 1963, having served 48 years, 8 months, and 12 days since his election in 1914. Vinson’s record held until 1992 and his tenure is now sixth-longest.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Amid reports that IN Governor Mike Pence would be the GOP nominee for Vice President, Donald Trump delayed the announcement.

Trump was due to make his official announcement on his choice on Friday at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) in Manhattan. But he tweeted on Thursday night that the attack in Nice, where a truck slammed into a crowd, killing dozens of people, prompted him to delay.

“In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow’s news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement,” said Trump. He said in a Fox News interview: “We will announce tomorrow when it will be.”

As I wrote earlier this week about the Veepstakes:

Here’s my two-cent analysis on Trump’s VP pick. Everyone’s still centering their speculation on who would make a solid VP choice under traditional political analysis. That kind of analysis has brought people like me to the point where we’re collectively about 0-for-2000 in predicting what Trump is going to do.

Trump is not a traditional politician. He’s a reality TV star, so use that frame for your analysis and think what any good reality TV producer would do.

Hype and tease, and raise the drama level before the big reveal. That’s what we’re seeing now. A dance of seven veils that shows peeks at what might happen without giving too much away.

Each major political party in Georgia is sending an 18-year old delegate to their national conventions.

Georgia delegates and politicos are beginning to make the trek to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention next week.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said the carnivallike aspect of this year’s convention — and the unpredictability of the race — is part of the draw.

“I want the experience of being at one, and what better one to have an experience at than this one?” the Pooler Republican said. “I don’t really know what to expect.”

And for Perdue, one of the most popular GOP politicians in Georgia, it could be a way to burnish his reputation. He is the honorary chairman of the state delegation at next week’s confab and is Trump’s most prominent surrogate in Georgia, though he is not on the list of convention speakers. Instead, he is expected to take part in panels on the national debt and foreign policy throughout the meeting.

“I’ve never done one of these, but I’m going to be there supporting our delegation in Georgia, supporting our nominee,” Perdue said Thursday on the Athens radio station WGAU. “I like our chances right now, and I think these polls are going to reflect that in the next few months.”

The Newnan Times-Herald spoke to Judy Griffin, who is heading to Cleveland as an RNC delegate.

Woodstock resident Judy Griffin, who loves politics, horseback riding and the Republican Party, says she’s thrilled to represent the 11th Congressional District and looks forward to casting her vote for Donald Trump to ensure he gets the nomination.

Her extensive political record dates back to the ’60s when she first became involved in conservative politics. Since then, she’s worked just about every election cycle to get Republicans elected, both locally and at the national level.

“To become a national delegate, you really have to be involved and work your way up,” she said. “You have to put on galas and park cars, pour drinks, decorate, run campaigns, put up fliers and signs … You’ve got to be involved at the grassroots level.”

Griffin was chosen to serve as an at-large delegate this year for the second time in a row. She also attended the 2012 convention in Tampa to nominate then-candidate Mitt Romney.

Polk County Commission District 2 voters continue early voting, passing the 271-vote mark in advance and early voting earlier this week.

Kenneth Zachary submitted 3000 signatures, more than twice the 1487 necessary to be placed on the ballot as an independent in House District 155.

State Democrats enticed Zachary, who had previously been ruled ineligible to run for sheriff in Calhoun County because of past legal issues, to sign up for an independent run at the House District 151 seat when Kemp and later an administrative law judge ruled that Democratic qualifier James Williams, of Albany, was ineligible to run for the seat because he does not live in the district.

Kemp’s office issued a statement saying the Dougherty County Elections Office had erred in allowing Williams to qualify for the HD 151 seat.

Greene, R-Cuthbert, said Tuesday he would not challenge Zachary’s independent candidacy even though he has reservations about his meeting state qualifications.

“Here’s a guy who was disqualified from running for sheriff, so they turn around and run him for the state House,” Greene, who was at a speaking engagement in Kentucky, said. “There are certainly issues with his candidacy, but I’m not going to challenge him. We’ll just let the people decide.”

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin vetoed a measure by city council to narrow the municipality’s financial disclosures for elected officials.

First Lady Sandra Deal toured the Austrian headquarters of Voestalpine Group, which employs more than 200 Georgians near Cartersville.

Governor and Mrs. Deal have meetings scheduled with German manufacturing companies that have operations in Georgia including Dusseldorf, Nuremberg, Munich, Linz and Regensburg, to learn about German and Austrian  workforce development practices.

Gov. Deal will also participate in the RLS annual conference in Munich giving him an opportunity to promote Georgia’s competitiveness and attractiveness as the number one state in the U.S. in which to do business. The Deals will return on July 19.

Napleon Jenkins, former Mayor of Tennille, Georgia, was arrested and charged with stealing more than $6600 from the city.

The Gwinnett County Board of Education has scheduled three public meetings to discuss the property tax millage rate, expected to stay at the same level as last year’s.

The meetings are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 21, and at 8 a.m. on Aug. 1. All of the meetings are scheduled to happen in the board room of the district office at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee.

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ enrollment is expected to grow by nearly 1,800 students, which would take the projected enrollment to 177,800 students. Two new schools in Duluth and Norcross are expected to open to make way for the growth.

Local revenue also is budgeted to increase by about $28.6 million because of a projected net growth of five percent in the property tax digest. But the school district is collecting about $51 million less in local property tax compared to what was collected for the 2009 budget.

All employees will see the equivalent of a three percent raise and there’s also a longevity step salary increase. Those raises cost $46.7 million.

Former Columbus Mayor Bob Poydasheff was inducted into the Army Rangers Hall of Fame.

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