Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 10, 2017

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 10, 2017

The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland on October 10, 1845.

On October 9, 1963, the Board of Regents approved a new junior college in Cobb County that is today Kennesaw State University. The next year, Cobb County voters approved a bond referendum to fund construction.

Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned on October 10, 1973 and pled guilty to federal income tax evasion charges.

Democrat Jimmy Carter challenged President Gerald Ford to make his income tax returns public on October 9, 1976.

On October 10 1976, a poll by Time magazine showed Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter with a 2-1 electoral vote margin.

Carter led in 21 states and the District of Columbia, with 273 electoral votes (three more than necessary to win), while President Ford led in 17 states with 113 electoral votes.

The online Georgia archives at UGA has a collection of campaign materials, including a 1976 Carter for President brochure.

On October 10, 1980, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site was established in Atlanta.

United States Senator Sam Nunn announced on October 9, 1995 that he would not run for reelection. From CNN’s contemporary story:

“I know in my heart it is time to follow a new course,” Nunn told reporters gathered in the Georgia State Capitol. He said his decision followed “a lot of thought and prayer” and he expressed enthusiasm about meaningful days ahead in the private sector.

“Today I look forward to more freedom, to more flexibility,” he said, adding he planned to spend time with his family, to write, and “devote a substantial amount of time” to public policy and public service. He said he has no immediate plans for a presidential bid.

Nunn hailed America as “the greatest country in the world,” but cited problems that need attention, including education concerns, illegitimate children, and widespread violence and drugs. He expressed optimism on such items as the strong military and entitlement reform.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said of Sam Nunn’s retirement,

“For those who listened carefully, it is clear that the Democratic Party is not the vehicle for the values outlined by Sen. Nunn.”

Nolan Waters of Knight-Ridder wrote of the announcement,

Nunn’s departure is a watershed.

“Nunn is the last of the great moderate Southern Democrats. This creates a huge hole for the party,” said Merle Black, a specialist on Southern politics at Emory University in Atlanta.

Nunn, like President Clinton, helped organize a group of moderate Democrats, the Democratic Leadership Council, in an attempt to move the party rightward after the 1984 landslide re-election of President Reagan.

“He has been fighting the liberal wing of his party for over two decades,” Black said. “It’s been a losing battle.”

In place of Nunn, the state’s most prominent politician is becoming House Speaker Newt Gingrich – whose futuristic, activist style of conservatism seems radical along-side Nunn’s traditionalism.

On October 10, 2015, Donald Trump made his first campaign stop in Georgia.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal announced that September tax revenues were up 3.1% over September 2016.

Gov. Nathan Deal [] announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for September totaled nearly $2.08 billion, for an increase of approximately $62 million, or 3.1 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled roughly $2.01 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $5.48 billion, for an increase of $171.5 million, or 3.2 percent, compared to September 2016, when net tax revenues totaled $5.31 billion.

Ken Wright, first Mayor of Dunwoody, announced he will run for State House District 79, which will be vacated by State Rep. Tom Taylor, who previously announced he will not run for reelection.

“During my tenure as Dunwoody’s first mayor, we started a first-class city that offers great service to its residents while keeping taxes low,” Wright said. “Now, I want to take the lessons about smart investment and cutting waste that I’ve learned as a businessman and as mayor to the Georgia General Assembly.

“I want to help our community at the state Capitol by continuing to work for low taxes, new transportation capacity such as the improvements to the 285/400 interchange, transit system enhancements, access to great schools for our kids and a strong jobs climate that brings even more prosperity to our community. Just as important, I’ll work to keep DeKalb County government accountable to the taxpayers.”

“Bringing the city to life and establishing a solid and lasting foundation was one of the most prized times in my public service life,” Wright said. “The pride, solidarity and dedication my fellow council members showed during this difficult start up period was immeasurable. Over these last 20-plus years, I have been honored to lead this community in numerous public service ways. I would welcome the opportunity to serve Dunwoody and all areas of the 79th House District if it is the pleasure of the voters.”

Taylor, chairman of the MARTA Oversight Committee in the House and a leader in the efforts to retain and attract the film industry to the state, announced last week that he will finish his term that includes the coming legislative session, but will not seek re-election in the fall.

State Democratic Party officials have made District 79 a priority for next year after Jon Ossoff narrowly lost the 6th Congressional District special election this summer. Taylor was considered vulnerable after a drunk-driving arrest, despite winning re-election after that in 2016.

A Democratic trial lawyer new to Dunwoody, Michael Wilensky, has said he was running for the seat.

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