Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 30, 2017

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 30, 2017

On August 30, 1888, Asa Griggs Candler bought one-third interest in the Coca-Cola company, bringing his total ownership to more than two-thirds of the company.

Georgia native Ty Cobb debuted with the Detroit Tigers on August 30, 1905.

On August 30, 1979, President Jimmy Carter reported being attacked by a rabbit near Plains, Georgia. Here’s an interview in which President Carter was asked about the rabbit incident.

Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell was indicted on August 30, 2004 on racketeering, bribery and wire fraud charges and would later plead guilty to tax evasion.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal has issued writs setting Special Elections for House District 89 (formerly Stacey Abrams), House District 117 (formerly Regina Quick), and House District 119 (formerly Chuck Williams). Those special elections will be held November 7, 2017, along with municipal elections in many jurisdictions.

Tom Lord became the first announced candidate for House District 119.

Local funeral home owner Tom Lord became the first person to announce his candidacy Tuesday to fill the State House of Representatives District 119 to be vacated by Chuck Williams.

A special election will be held in November to fill not only this seat, but the District 117 seat that became vacant when Rep. Regina Quick was appointed to a Western Judicial Circuit judgeship.

House District 119 includes a part of Clarke County and much of Oconee County.

A native of Athens, Lord currently lives in Oconee County, where both of his parents were raised. As a youth his family moved to Columbia County, but Lord said he moved back to Athens in 1977.

“I look forward to meeting with voters over the next few weeks to hear their concerns, learn what issues matter most to them and how I can work to find solutions,” Lord said in his official announcement.

“As a business owner, I appreciate the support of this community in years past,” he said, “and I look forward to earning your support and your vote in this new endeavor.”

Blake Fulenwider will be appointed Deputy Commissioner of Community Health and administer the state’s Medicaid program.

Frank W. Berry, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) announces the hire of Blake T. Fulenwider as Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Medicaid Chief, effective September 15, 2017. Fulenwider brings broad-based health care policy knowledge to his new role.

Prior to this appointment, Fulenwider was Partner and Georgia Director of Total Spectrum, a policy consulting practice that provided in-depth guidance to clients regarding federal and state-level legislative health care reform developments. He also worked directly with private sector clients and state officials throughout Georgia, providing critical policy analysis and guidance on a wide range of health care issues.

“Blake’s extensive background in health care policy and its implementation encompasses the experience we were looking for in filling this position,” said Berry. “With the changing landscape of health care, it was important that we bring someone on board who understands the intricacies of Medicaid; someone who can hit the ground running in making sure the agency is providing the best possible options for Georgians. I have the upmost confidence that Blake is that person, and look forward to working with him as he assumes this role.”

From 2006-2010, Fulenwider served with then-Congressman Nathan Deal handling health care policy issues in the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Fulenwider has also held previous roles with the agency as Deputy Commissioner from 2011-2013, and was the Healthcare Reform Administrator with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget from 2013-2015, providing budget and policy support to the Governor, Chief Financial Officer and senior staff.

Fulenwider received his Bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

The French container ship CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt is expected to call on the Port of Savannah on Friday.

At 1,200-feet, the vessel is the length of four football fields placed end-to-end and can carry the equivalent of 14,400 20-foot-long cargo containers, or TEUs. That’s nearly 10 percent more than the COSCO Development, a huge ship that was the first to arrive here with a capacity of 10,000 TEUs or more.

The Port of Savannah is one of only four East Coast ports the Roosevelt will visit. After leaving Savannah, it will call on Charleston, then New York/New Jersey, where a four- year, $1.6 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to 215 feet was recently completed, allowing pas

With the arrival of the latest Neopanamax ship Friday, the Port of Savannah will have served 13 vessels with capacities of 13,000-plus TEUs since the first call of the COSCO Development in May.

While it’s in port, the Georgia Ports Authority expects to complete approximately 4,500 container moves on and off the Roosevelt.

The Gwinnett County Board of Elections is asking for the budget to hold Sunday voting in 2018.

The elections office had two issues to address in their 2018 budget requests. One was compliance with a new federal mandate to provide assistance to non-English speaking voters. The other was avoiding a repeat of last November’s early voting issues when voters waited hours at the county’s main elections office to cast early votes in the presidential election.

Those two issues are at the core of three funding requests elections officials made to a citizens budget review committee on Tuesday. Officials want to add new employees to handle Voting Rights Act issues, add an extra week of early voting at Satellite polling locations and begin a half-day of Sunday voting.

“We’re trying to be proactive, and not reactive,” Elections Board Chairman Stephen Day told the committee.

the proposed addition of Sunday voting is another eye-catching request from elections officials. It would only be offered for six hours at the main elections office on the Sunday before the final week of early voting for the November 2018 general election.

It would cost the county $13,252 to do it, and make it one of the rare counties that offers voting on Sundays.

Hall County is watching Gwinnett’s experience with bilingual ballot information.

Hall County elections officials are closely monitoring the actions of cities in Gwinnett County that are scrambling to comply with providing voting materials in Spanish to the county’s large Hispanic population that comprehends little or no English.

Gwinnett municipalities holding local elections Nov. 7 are under the gun to get instructions, directions and ballots translated in time for the start of early voting Oct. 1., said Kim Wolfe, the clerk for the city of Buford.

Gwinnett County and its cities are compelled to provide language assistance to Hispanic residents under Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Census Bureau determined late last year that Gwinnett County must comply based on demographic data showing that more than 5 percent or 10,000 citizens of voting age are members of a single-language minority.

In April, the Hall County Board of Elections and Voter Registration voted 2-1 to voluntarily comply with Section 203 of the VRA and not wait to be forced into compliance. The vote was taken along party lines at a time when the board had three members. Two Democrats voted in favor of providing bilingual ballots, and the lone Republican voted against it.

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