Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 16, 2017

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 16, 2017

On June 16, 1736, General James Oglethorpe arrived in England with Tomochichi, the Yamacraw Indian chief, Tomochichi’s wife and several other members of the tribe on a trip to meet the Georgia Trustees and King George II.

On June 17, 1759, Sir Francis Drake claimed California for England.

On June 17, 1775, British forces under General William Howe engaged American colonists at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

On June 17, some 2,200 British forces under the command of Major General William Howe (1729-1814) and Brigadier General Robert Pigot (1720-96) landed on the Charlestown Peninsula then marched to Breed’s Hill. As the British advanced in columns against the Americans, Prescott, in an effort to conserve the Americans’ limited supply of ammunition, reportedly told his men, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” When the Redcoats were within several dozen yards, the Americans let loose with a lethal barrage of musket fire, throwing the British into retreat.

After re-forming their lines, the British attacked again, with much the same result. Prescott’s men were now low on ammunition, though, and when the Redcoats went up the hill for a third time, they reached the redoubts and engaged the Americans in hand-to-hand combat. The outnumbered Americans were forced to retreat. However, by the end of the engagement, the Patriots’ gunfire had cut down some 1,000 enemy troops, with more than 200 killed and more than 800 wounded. More than 100 Americans perished, while more than 300 others were wounded.

A distant ancestor of mine, John Logue, fought with the Americans at Bunker Hill, though he was not yet an enlisted soldier.

British forces under General Sir Henry Clinton left Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1778 after occupying the former capital for nine months.

Creek Indians signed the Treaty of Fort Wilkinson on June 16, 1802, ceding two parcels of land in Georgia to the United States.

On June 18, 1807, commissioners from Georgia and North Carolina agreed to recognize the 35th parallel as the boundary between the two states. North Carolina conducted a survey that placed the boundary further South than the 35th parallel, though Georgia never accepted the survey and continues to argue that the 35th is the proper boundary against both North Carolina and Tennessee.

As of today, the dispute with Tennessee continues.

The War of 1812 began on June 18, 1812, as President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain passed by the House and Senate.

On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln addressed the Illiniois Republican Convention as a candidate for U.S. Senate and warned that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

President Andrew Johnson appointed John Johnson (no relation) provisional Governor of Georgia after the Civil War on June 17, 1865; John Johnson had opposed secession.

The Atlanta Constitution was first published on June 16, 1868.

On June 18, 1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for illegally voting in Rochester, New York. At the conclusion of her trial, the judge read a statement that, “The Fourteenth Amendment gives no right to a woman to vote, and the voting by Miss Anthony was in violation of the law,” and directed the jury to convict her. Anthony responded,

“Yes, your honor, I have many things to say; for in your ordered verdict of guilty, you have trampled underfoot every vital principle of our government,” Anthony said. “My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject; and not only myself individually, but all of my sex, are, by your honor’s verdict, doomed to political subjection under this, so-called, form of government.”

The Southern Railway Company was organized on June 18, 1894 and through predecessor railroads traces its heritage to the nation’s first regularly-scheduled railroad service, The Best Friend of Charleston. Samuel Spencer, of Columbus, Georgia, was the first President of the Southern. In the 1980s, the Southern merged with Norfolk & Western Railway to form Norfolk Southern.

France announced its intention to surrender to Germany on June 17, 1940.

Bob Dylan recorded “Like a Rolling Stone” on June 16, 1965.

The Monterey Pop Festival opened at the Monterey Fairgrounds on June 16, 1967, often considered one of the opening events of the “Summer of Love.” Among the artists playing the Festival were the Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Macon-born Otis Redding.

Six Flags Over Georgia opened on June 16, 1967.

Five men were arrested for burglary of the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate office and apartment complex in Washington, DC on June 17, 1972.

The affair began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) connected cash found on the burglars to a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President, the official organization of Nixon’s campaign.

In July 1973, as evidence mounted against the president’s staff, including testimony provided by former staff members in an investigation conducted by the Senate Watergate Committee, it was revealed that President Nixon had a tape-recording system in his offices and he had recorded many conversations.

After a protracted series of bitter court battles, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the president had to hand over the tapes to government investigators; he ultimately complied.

Recordings from these tapes implicated the president, revealing he had attempted to cover up the questionable goings-on that had taken place after the break-in.

Facing near-certain impeachment in the House of Representatives and equally certain conviction by the Senate, Nixon resigned the presidency on August 9, 1974. His successor, Gerald Ford, then issued a pardon to him on September 8, 1974.

Atlanta Braves player Otis Nixon tied the modern record for steals in one game with six stolen bases agains the Montreal Expos on June 16, 1991.

Newton Leroy Gingrich was born on June 17, 1943 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Gingrich graduated from college at Emory University, where he founded the Emory College Republicans. Gingrich’s congressional papers are collected in the the Georgia’s Political Heritage Program at West Georgia College, where he taught before being elected to Congress. Also at West Georgia are the papers of former Congressmen Bob Barr, Mac Collins, and Pat Swindall, along with a near-perfect replica of Georgia Speaker Tom Murphy’s office.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal thanked law enforcement officers who helped capture two Georgia prison escapees who allegedly murdered two Department of Corrections officers.

“Earlier tonight, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, dangerous fugitives were captured and taken into custody,” said Deal. “Rest assured, justice will be served. My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe. The pain endured by the families and loved ones of Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue endures, however. We will do everything in our power to support their loved ones, and we will not forget their sacrifice and service.”

Deal also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the Corrections officers who lost their lives. Flags will fly at half-staff on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in honor of Sergeant Curtis Billue and on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in honor of Sergeant Christopher Monica.

Today is the last day of early voting in the Sixth Congressional District Special Runoff Election between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Click here for early voting locations and hours.

From the Marietta Daily Journal:

The two candidates vying to fill the seat vacated by Health Secretary Tom Price have raised nearly $30 million in the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. And political action committees campaigning both for and against the two have raised millions more, campaign disclosures show.

With just four days remaining until Tuesday’s runoff, members of both campaigns are ramping up their efforts to get voters from the three-county district out to the polls.

East Cobb resident Fran Cameron stood next to coolers full of bottled water and snacks as she passed out refreshments to voters waiting to cast their early ballots.

“We want to take care of our neighbors,” she said. “I’m here because this race is so important. I want everybody to vote and I don’t want anybody passing out in line.”

The Republicans and Democrats the MDJ spoke with at the government center seemed to agree on one thing: they were ready for the phone calls and advertisements to stop.

“It’s really aggressive the way that they’ve been contacting people,” said Christine Holt. “I get three or four calls a day and it’s the same people calling back time and time again.”

Early Voting Tally

Runoff Election early voting so far:

Cobb 25346 19.39%
DeKalb 30554 23.37%
Fulton 74850 57.25%

Special Election total early and election day:

Cobb 61229 31.80%
DeKalb 44299 23.00%
Fulton 87041 45.20%

Special Election total early voting:

Cobb 14169 24.93%
DeKalb 11752 20.67%
Fulton 30924 54.40%

My concern is that Cobb County appears to be underperforming proportionately compared to the Special Election, while DeKalb is overperforming. But isolating early voting from the two periods shows that Cobb County early voting is ahead of where it was in the Special Election. And Fulton County is killing it. Put me down as cautiously optimistic

Please mind your manners if you’re voting early today or on Tuesday. Apparently, it’s becoming a problem.

Local poll workers in two of the district’s three suburban counties say they have seen noticeably aggressive behavior among people coming to cast ballots in the runoff election between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Among the transgressions being reported local officials during the runoff’s early-voting period are voters wearing campaign paraphernalia and arguing when told to take it off, not getting off their mobile phones when asked to do so, and otherwise barking at poll workers when they’re approached.

The worst behavior appears to be in Fulton County, where officials decided to post retired marshals this week at five of its six early-voting locations as both a precaution and deterrent. The sixth, the county’s North Annex in Sandy Springs, is a location that regularly has sheriff’s deputies for security.

“It’s slightly disturbing that people are losing their civility over voting,” said Richard Barron, Fulton’s director of registration and elections. “The election is really getting heated. Poll workers are feeling insecure over these incidents. People are being aggressive.”

….Yet another voter, who was registered in Gwinnett County and not qualified to vote in the 6th District runoff, got so upset that he yelled at everyone in the precinct, then went outside and tore the “Vote Here” signs out of the ground and threw them back into the room.

Karen Handel and several of her neighbors received nastygrams that included an unidentified white powder.

Authorities were called to the neighborhood where Karen Handel lives in Roswell after suspicious envelopes were found in mailboxes Thursday afternoon.

At least five homes in the neighborhood received an envelope with a “white powdery substance” in it.

The FBI was called in to take the lead on the investigation.

One woman opened the envelope, found a white powdery substance inside and called police Thursday afternoon. Neighbors said the envelope also contained a threatening letter.

From the AJC:

One of Handel’s neighbors, Melissa De Feis Lentz, provided a copy of a letter that she received. It said “your neighbor Karen Handel is a dirty fascist” expletive, and to take a “whiff of the powder and join her in the hospital.”

The Coweta County Board of Education tentatively adopted a $196 million budget for FY 2018.

Hall County Commissioners heard from residents opposed to an increase in the property tax millage rate.

Flowery Branch adopted a FY 2018 budget that keeps the same millage rate as last year, but results in higher revenue due to increasing property values.

The Georgia Department of Insurance announced it will monitor Blue Cross Blue Shield after the state’s largest health insurance company said it will tighten reimbursement for emergency room visits.

Blue Cross recently told policyholders that starting in July, it will stop covering ER visits it considers to have been unnecessary. The health insurer, Georgia’s largest, said it’s pursuing the move, involving its coverage of individual policies, due to the costs of routine primary care being administered in an ER setting. Physician groups, meanwhile, have been critical of the policy.

Jay Florence, deputy state insurance commissioner, said in a statement that the agency supports insurers’ attempts to reduce “unnecessarily high premiums.”

But Florence added, “You buy health insurance to make sure you are protected when something bad happens. We are tracking our phone calls and have created a specific code for complaints related to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s new policy. . . . We will closely monitor this new policy to make sure that it is not abused to the disadvantage of Georgia policyholders.”

Blue Cross has cited the high cost of care in formulating its policy.

“We’re hoping that patients go to the most appropriate setting’’ for care, said Blue Cross spokeswoman Debbie Diamond. The company “has a 24/7 nurse line and online tools that are always available to help members find the right care option for their neighborhood,’’ she added. Urgent care and retail health clinics are other alternatives for patients, Diamond told GHN.

Former Cobb County Republican Party Chairman Joe Dendy will appear in court again, facing molestation charges.

The attorney for former Cobb County Republican Party chairman Joe Dendy, who faces charges that he molested two children, is set to argue today that most of the charges against his client be dropped. Cobb prosecutors, however, are seeking to introduce evidence that Dendy committed a number of similar acts against six other alleged victims, potentially over the span of nearly seven decades.

Dendy faces charges in Cobb that he allegedly molested two young boys in separate incidents as far back as late 2004.

Partnership Gwinnett Chief Economic Development Officer Nick Masino criticized the current owners of Gwinnett Place Mall.

Partnership Gwinnett Chief Economic Development Officer Nick Masino said Moonbeam Capital Investments has continually offered promises of big plans for the mall since the company bought it in 2013. Masino’s problem with Moonbeam, however, is that he said they have not delivered on any of those plans.

Gwinnett’s top economic development official is fed up and now wants to see someone else running the mall.

“When I talk to developers and investors about coming to Gwinnett, I intentionally try to strike up their interest in buying Gwinnett Place Mall because (Moonbeam) has done nothing with it,” Masino told the Daily Post.

Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District Executive Director Joe Allen agrees with Masino.

“We are also very frustrated that they do seem to say ‘We’re going to be doing something’ and then nothing ever occurs,” Allen said.

Upcoming Political Events

GAGOP Invite2

Former Sixth District Congressman, now Secretary of HHS, Tom Price and former Governor Sonny Perdue, currently serving as Secretary of Agriculture will rally with Karen Handel to Get Out the Vote on Saturday at 9:30 AM at Peachtree DeKalb Airport.

Gwinnett GOP Logo

Next Saturday, June 24, the Gwinnett County Republican Party will hold it’s annual Chairman’s Cookout, beginning at 11 AM at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville.

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The Cherokee County Republican Party will hold a Candidate forum for the 2018 elections on July 27 at 6:30 PM at Cagle’s Family Farm.

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