Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 28, 2016

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 28, 2016

King Henry VII of England was crowned on October 30, 1485.

Christopher Columbus “discovered” Cuba on October 28, 1492.

Sir Walter Raleigh, founder of the first permanent English settlement in America, was beheaded on October 29, 1618 for conspiring against King James I.

King Charles I of England granted a charter for a new colony called Carolana that included much of present-day Georgia, along with the current states of North and South Carolina, on October 30, 1629.

Georgia’s first Royal Governor, John Reynolds, arrived at Savannah on October 29, 1754.

John Hancock resigned as President of the Continental Congress on October 29, 1777.

Stephen Douglas of Illinois campaigned in Atlanta for President of the United States on October 30, 1860. Douglas had defeated Abraham Lincoln for United States Senate in 1858, giving rise to the Lincoln-Douglas style of debate.

The Battle of Wauhatchie, one of a handful of night battles in the Civil War, began along the Georgia-Tennessee border on October 28, 1863.

On October 30, 1871, Republican Benjamin Conley became acting Governor of Georgia after Republican Governor Rufus Bullock resigned; Conley served as President of the state Senate before taking office as Governor.

Conley took the oath of office on Oct. 30, 1871. Two days later, the new General Assembly convened and elected a new Democratic president of the Senate, but Conley refused to give up the office. The General Assembly then passed a law over Conley’s veto to hold a special election for governor on the third Tuesday in December. In that election, Democratic House speaker James M. Smith defeated Conley and assumed office Jan. 12, 1872.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886; the first ticker tape parade followed.

The United States Senate overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto of the Volstead Act on October 28, 1919.

The New York Stock Exchange crashed on October 29, 1929, beginning the spiral to the Great Depression.

On October 30, 1938, a science fiction drama called War of the Worlds was broadcast nationwide in the form of a series of simulated radio broadcasts.

The first ballpoint pen went on sale at Gimbel’s Department Store on October 29, 1945.

Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 30, 1945, becoming the first African-American professional baseball player in the major leagues.

The Cuban Missile Crisis ended on October 28, 1962 as Kruschev agreed to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba if the United States would respect Cuban sovereignty.

On October 30, 1970, a fastball from Nolan Ryan was timed at 100.9 miles per hour, putting him in the record books. On the same day, Jim Morrison of the Doors was sentenced to six months in prison and a $500 fine for allegedly exposing himself during a Miami concert. Morrision died before the case was heard on appeal.

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia on October 29, 1971.

Democratic President Jimmy Carter debated Republican Ronald Reagan in Cleveland, Ohio on October 28, 1980.

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The Atlanta Braves beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 to win the World Series on October 28, 1995.

On October 29, 1998, at 77 years of age, John Glenn became the oldest human to travel in space, on the shuttle Discovery.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

A Democratic voting machine in Bryan County has been removed from service after allegations that it changed a voter’s choice in the Presidential race.

A voter told the [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] that it took three tries Tuesday before his choice of Clinton was correctly recorded.

The voter, who requested anonymity from the paper to discuss his experience, said the touchscreen initially selected Trump. He said his wife had a similar problem on the same machine.

Merle King, the executive director for Georgia’s Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University, told CNN the machine will be evaluated after the election.

King said a calibration error may be at fault. If improperly calibrated, the screen could be off 3/8th to 1/2 an inch, and other factors — including whether voters have long fingernails, were wearing jewelry, had long sleeves or were leaning on the machine — could be responsible as well.

The Bryan County Board of Elections said in a statement that all machines were successfully tested ahead of this cycle’s elections, and it was not immediately known why the machine in question wasn’t initially working.

We know it’s a Democratic machine because it’s accused of flip-flopping.

The “Trump Bus” is touring South Georgia.

The Trump Bus made its way from Leesburg to Tifton Thursday night, attracting big crowds all along the way.

The group was eagerly awaiting the arrival of a bus full of people campaigning for the GOP presidential candidate and, eventually, it pulled in.

“Integrity, honesty, intelligence. The political system, the status quo, political incorrectness,” said Trump supporter Joel Cawthon said.

Those are the reasons Cawthon said Trump is the leader the country needs.

Despite the criticism the candidate has received related to his treatment of women, many were in the crowd, with ‘Women for Trump’ signs in hand.

And, the bus, which isn’t part of the official Trump campaign, is captained by Danny Hamilton.

He’s a business owner who said that he thinks highly of Trump’s work ethic and values.

“Everything trump talks about, I believe in and my dad believed in. I’m just a part of my dad. That’s why I’m out here on this road,” said Hamilton.

Don Trump, Jr. will be making appearances in Georgia on Friday, October 28th.

Henry County: 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM

Join the Henry County Republican Party and Team Trump Georgia this Friday for a morning of phone banking and a visit from Donald Trump Jr.!

Henry County GOP Headquarters, 1345 McDonough Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253.

Doors open at 10:30am.

Rock Springs Church: 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM

Join Team Trump Georgia as we welcome Donald Trump Jr. to Rock Springs Church for a Get Out The Vote Rally! Space is limited so reserve your ticket here.

Rock Springs Church, 219 Rock Spring Road, Milner, GA 30257

Doors will open at 11:00am; the event will begin at 12:00pm. Parking will be available at the church.

Fayette County: 10:00 AM doors open for phone banking; Trump, Jr. arrives at 1:30 PM

Join the Fayette County Republican Party and Team Trump Georgia this Friday for day of phone banking and a visit from Donald Trump Jr.!

Fayette County GOP Headquarters, 174 Glynn Street N, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

Parking will be located at the event center.

Senator Renee Unterman held a press conference at the Capitol yesterday to discuss Senate Resolution 7 and Senate Bill 8, which put the Safe Harbor Amendment on the November ballot.

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From the Gwinnett Daily Post:

Unterman, R-Buford, said during a press conference at the state Capitol, however, that the fees and fines are more like impact fees developers pay when their projects have an effect on a community and its resources.

“Let me tell you, the adult entertainment industry has an impact on the children of Georgia and I have absolutely no problem assessing them so that they can step up to the plate and help take care of these children,” she said.

Georgia voters will decided whether to approve state constitutional Amendment No. 2 when they go to the polls in the upcoming general election. The proposal has broad bipartisan support among lawmakers, law enforcement officials, prosecutors in the Attorney General’s office and non-profit groups that work with victims of sex trafficking.

The Georgia NAACP had originally announced in its voter guide that it is recommending Georgians vote against the amendment, only to change its position on Thursday.

That suddenly changed late Thursday afternoon when the group announced on Facebook that it would support the amendment.

“The GEORGIA NAACP changed policy position on Constitutional Amendment 2 and Encourages Citizens to VOTE YES,” the group announced. “Support for survivors of sexual exploitation outweigh serious concerns over new regressive tax and spend powers.”

Tennessee Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn will appear in Gwinnett County on Saturday, October 29th at Isa Guven’s TURKISH KITCHEN, 2720 MALL OF GEORGIA BLVD., BUFORD, GA 30519 from 3-6 PM

Hosted by Isa Guven, Julianne Thompson, GAGOP 4th District – Rachel Little, Chair, and GAGOP 7th District – Jason Thompson, Chair.

For more information, please contact Julianne Thompson at 404-798-4663 or jthompsongop@yahoo.com.

Some school districts are closing some schools over Election Day concerns.

Some Georgia districts have also decided to cancel class, but school will be in session as usual across the midstate on Nov. 8, based on a sampling of five school districts. Representatives of Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Peach county schools also said they had not heard of any other systems canceling class either.

“(Houston County schools have) been polling places for many years, and we’ve not closed in the past,” said Beth McLaughlin, director of community and school relations for Houston County. “We did not consider canceling school for the election.” There are seven polling sites at schools in Houston County.

In Bibb County, seven polling sites are located at schools. The Bibb County school system and the mayor’s office have not received any reports of potential violence, and they have no reason to be concerned about the safety of students and staff on Nov. 8, said Bibb County schools communications director Stephanie Hartley.

Tybee Island City Manager Diane Schleicher is retiring effective March 3, 2017. Sounds like a cool job.

Savannah City Council will not move forward with a proposed moratorium on new hotels.

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