Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 28, 2017

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 28, 2017

William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England on September 28, 1066.

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General George Washington led continental troops into the siege of British forces under General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on September 28, 1781.

On September 28, 1863, two Union generals lost their commands after the Confederates routed federal forces at the Battle of Chickamauga.

On September 28, 1889, Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation designating January 19th a state holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Lee’s birthday is still a state holiday, though it has become “a moveable feast.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Macon Bacon was announced yesterday as the name of the middle Georgia city’s new baseball team. From 1996 through 2002, Macon hosted a minor league hockey team called the Macon Whoopee.

Governor Nathan Deal announced yesterday that Nestle Purina Pet Care will hire as many as 240 and invest $320 million in a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Hartwell, GA.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will open a disaster response center at Ballard Park in Brunswick today.

Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration will also be available at the recovery center. The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses, renters and homeowners. The SBA also opened a business recovery center at the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Center at 715 Bay St. in Brunswick.

FEMA opened centers in Camden, Chatham and Liberty counties as well. They are in the Camden County Recreation Center at 1050 Wildcat Blvd. in Kingsland; in the Tybee Island YMCA gym at 202 5th Street on Tybee Island; and 9397 E. Oglethorpe Hwy. in Midway. They adhere to the same schedule as Ballard.

Ballard Park is at 323 Old Jesup Rd. For more information, call 800-621-3362 or visit FEMA’s website at disasterassistance.gov.

President Trump’s voter fraud panel will pay the standard $250 fee to the Georgia Secretary of State for a copy of the voter registration file.

State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) and former State Rep. LaDawn Jones (D-Douglasville) offer suggestions for addressing Confederate monuments.

In what Spencer calls the meat of the bill, control of Confederate monuments would be vested with the cities and counties that have monuments on their properties. Other states — North Carolina, for example — passed laws doing the opposite, putting all the control with the legislature. Jones said they made a conscious decision to make sure people did not have to go back to the General Assembly regarding monument removal.

“(Local governments) can do one of two things in this bill — they can decide if they want to remove a monument that they consider offensive, that’s a Confederate monument, they can decide to move that to an interested private party to sell it or auction it, but it would have to be to a person who has a bonafide interest in preserving that monument and that history,” Spencer said.

He said the other part is that if a local government cannot find a buyer, they can send the monument to Stone Mountain to be a part of the park, and Stone Mountain “would serve as the repository” of the removed monuments. The bill also includes tougher penalties for defacing Stone Mountain, and changes Stone Mountain Park from a “memorial to the Confederacy” to a “historical memorial.”

“We don’t need a Confederate park in Georgia,” Jones said. “What we do need is a historical park that talks about all the Civil War. This will allow us to expand the history there, will allow us to discuss the contributions of not just the Confederate war or Confederate army soldiers, but the African-Americans who were free and enslaved that contributed, to the women who contributed, to the Native Americans who contributed during the Civil War era.”

She added, “I believe that when that when history is not erased, but put into full context, is given to the state, it makes it all better.”

Army veteran Carmen Baldrich is walking every day this month to raise money for, and awareness of, homeless veterans.

The event is part of her larger campaign to “Ruck for a Good Cause.”

“The purpose behind the marches for this month is to bring people together, talk about any issues us veterans are facing, and to bring awareness about our homeless vets out there and to hopefully help them as much as we can,” she said.

In 2016, there were more than 39,000 homeless veterans across the country, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

And while that number has been on a steady decrease, it’s still a concerning statistic locally, according to Chris Lancia, community engagement director of Team Red White and Blue, which joined Baldrich during a march around Forsyth Park on Wednesday afternoon.

“Our mission is to enrich the lives of veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity,” he said. “Social activity can be hard for veterans when they return home. While you’re in (the service) you do everything together. But it’s different when you come home and it can be difficult.”

The Georgia State Ethics Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission will hold a special called meeting today at 10 AM to discuss issuing an Advisory Opinion on “Independent Expenditures and Coordination between Candidates and Non-Candidate Committees.”

Georgia College and State University will host a debate on October 7 among Republican candidates for Governor in 2018.

Five hopefuls on the Republican side are scheduled to attend a gubernatorial forum scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in Georgia College’s Arts & Sciences Auditorium.

The public is invited to attend the event sponsored by the 10th District Republican Party and hosted by Georgia College’s chapter of College Republicans.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Sec. of State Brian Kemp, state Sen. Hunter Hill (6th District), state Sen. Michael Williams (27th District), and Marc Urbach are all vying to be the Republican candidate for governor and will be in attendance.

“This is the first forum of its kind for this election and voters have to decide which candidate they believe is the best for the state of Georgia,” said Baldwin County Republican Party Chairman Joannah Hollis. “It’s the first opportunity of its kind with this election cycle to hear directly from them face-to-face and see how it is that they interact with the other candidates. It won’t just be based on hearsay or how someone looks on TV — this is an opportunity to see them live and in person.”

Hollis said that although it seems early in the process to hold an event such as this it’s important for the candidates to get a jumpstart so their messages can reach as many voters as possible.

“It’s something that the Georgia GOP has endorsed because it’s good to have things throughout the state so some of the more rural areas have access to these candidates and be able to meet them in person,” she said.

“I really want it to be positive thing for Milledgeville because it’s not every day that we get this much political attention and concentration in our community,” she said. “I hope that we will have a good turnout and I hope that people will be respectful and learn something. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Carla Wong McMillian spoke to AP Government students in Columbus.

Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks so you can seize opportunities during your career, and make sure you take time to thank and help others along the way. That’s the main message the Southeast’s first Asian Pacific American state appellate judge gave students at a Columbus private school Wednesday.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Carla Wong McMillian, who in 2014 also became the first Asian American to be elected to statewide office in Georgia, visited the Advanced Placement Government class at Calvary Christian School. The teacher, Craig Johnson, invited her because he’s been following her career since he taught her history at Westminster School of Augusta in the late 1980s.

“She was a top student, a very hard worker, sharp, inquisitive and just an academic leader, so it’s not a surprise that she has succeeded in the legal profession,” Johnson, also Calvary’s upper school principal, told the Ledger-Enquirer before McMillian’s presentation. “It’s important for students to have someone they can look to and say, ‘Maybe I can do that.’ It’s inspirational. They get kind of locked into thinking their world is the next week or two versus many things they could be doing in the future.”

Andy Miller of Georgia Health News reports that Georgia insurance officials approved rate increases for plans offered on the federal exchange.

The Georgia ACLU disputes accusations that Bryan County has more registered voters than eligible citizens.

Marietta City Council members declined to move forward with a measure that would allow some open alcohol containers in public.

Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid will hold a Town Hall Meeting on October 3d at 7 PM.

Gwinnett County Commissioners deferred action on a proposed farm-oriented development near Grayson.

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