Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 22, 2017

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 22, 2017

On November 21, 1620 (November 11 under the calendar used then), the first governing document of the English colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts, the Mayflower Compact, was signed by most of the male passengers of the Mayflower.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

The Georgia Trustees outlawed rum in the colony on November 21, 1733 after James Oglethorpe wrote them that it was responsible for sickness and death in Georgia. Two-hundred eighty-three years later, Richland Rum is being distilled with Georgia-grown sugar cane in Richland, Georgia.

North Carolina ratified the Constitution on November 21, 1789, becoming the twelfth state to do so.

President George Washington declared November 26, 1789 the first “public day of thanksgiving and prayer.”

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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On November 21, 1860 Governor Joseph Brown called a Secession Convention following the election of Abraham Lincoln as President.

The only major battle on Sherman’s March to the Sea occurred at Griswoldsville on November 22, 1864; on the same day, federal troops marched into Milledgeville.

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On November 23, 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman himself entered Milledgeville, where used the Governor’s Mansion as his headquarters. Sherman’s forces left the capitol city on November 24th.

On November 25, 1864, Sherman’s 14th and 20th Corps moved toward Sandersville while the 17th Corps fought briefly against a mix of Kentucky Militia, Georgia Military Institute cadets, and Georgia convicts.

On November 25, 1867, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel filed a patent for dynamite. On November 25, 1895, Nobel wrote his will, leaving the equivalent of roughly $186 million (2008 dollars) to endow the Nobel prizes.

November 21, 1922 was the first day of Rebecca Latimer Fulton’s service in the United States Senate from Georgia as the first woman to serve in that chamber.

On November 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Fourth Thursday in November as the modern Thanksgiving celebration.

[I]t was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally.

With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration. For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.

President John F. Kennedy became the fourth President of the United States to be assassinated in office on November 22, 1963. The next day, Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, who had been arrested for shooting Kennedy. President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 25, 1963.

On November 22, 1988, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was first unveiled publicly at Palmdale, California.

Construction on the Georgia Dome began on November 24, 1989.

On November 24, 1992, Republican Paul D. Coverdell defeated Democratic incumbent Wyche Fowler in the runoff election for United States Senate.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

U.S. Senator David Perdue writes an outstanding editorial about the federal tax code from his perspective as a former Fortune 500 CEO.

In business, it all comes down to your return on investment (ROI). Decisions are made based on what is best for the company’s bottom line. Unfortunately, America’s current tax code is telling companies they will get a better ROI by investing their resources in another country.

First, within the United States, we don’t have a level playing field across all industries. I led two Fortune 500 companies. One of them, Dollar General, today pays an effective tax rate of 37 percent. The other, Reebok, pays an effective rate of 19 percent. This is not because of loopholes exploited by these businesses. It is an amalgamation of 100 years of Washington toying with the tax code to incentivize certain industries without ever revisiting whether these incentives actually accomplished their intended goal, or were still relevant.

By design, the United States tax code dictates how business decisions are made. Because of Congress’s failure to continually update the code to keep up with the changes in the global economy, American consumers, companies and workers are being significantly disadvantaged.

The United States is on the cusp of an economic turnaround. Consumer confidence is at a 16-year high and manufacturer optimism is at a 20-year high. There is an expectation being priced into the bond and stock markets that something will happen on tax this year, and it’s imperative that Congress act accordingly. Changing the tax code by Christmas is the single greatest thing we can do to ignite economic growth next year.

This sense of urgency is sorely missing in Congress. In the real world, you have to get things done as fast — or faster — than your competitors. As a former Fortune 500 CEO, I competed with other major companies like Nike and Walmart. In the business world, you don’t think about things theoretically, you act instinctively.

Countries around the world have already lowered their corporate rates. Now the United States is playing catch up and we cannot wait any longer to deliver results. We need to change the tax code to grow the economy, put people back to work, increase wages, and over the long-term, help reduce the national debt. Otherwise we will continue to be outpaced by our competitors and American workers will pay the ultimate price.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted his agreement with Perdue’s statement.

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The Georgia Republican Party is $750k in debt, according to recent filings.

The Georgia Republican party reports that it faces about $700,000 in debt, much of it from mounting legal bills linked to a racial discrimination lawsuit that was recently settled after three years of litigation.

The state party’s federal financial disclosure, filed late Monday, shows in stark details the financial toll of the lawsuit.

That lawsuit targeted former GOP chair John Padgett, who didn’t seek another term as the state party’s leader this summer.

[New GAGOP Chairman John] Watson inherited a party mired in tough financial straits.

The new chairman has also stepped up fundraising efforts and has slashed expenses since winning the post in a heated June election. The party has raised about $760,000 from June 5 to Nov. 20, including about $300,000 in pledges from a recent annual fundraiser featuring Ben Carson. It has about $235,000 cash on hand.

In contrast, the party’s raised about $380,000 during the same time period in 2015.

Having been involved in Georgia Republican Politics for more than 25 years, I can say I feel good about the GAGOP’s current posture. While the settlement of the lawsuit will lead to a short-term blemish on the balance sheet, it dramatically reduces the risk of a potentially larger debt and ongoing legal costs. The fact that GAGOP fundraising is so strong in the most recent quarter is probably due in large part to donors feeling reassured about the party’s finances by the Chairman’s quick moves to settle the lawsuit and cut monthly expenses. This is cause for Georgia Republicans to cheer.

In lieu of pardoning turkeys, Governor Nathan Deal announced four appointments two days before Thanksgiving.

Brian Robinson, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Deal was appointed to the Board of Governors of the George L. Smith II World Congress Center Authority.

Three former lawyers for Governor Deal or Governor Perdue, W. Ryan Teague, David R. Werner, and W. Thomas Worthy, were appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Sandy Springs City Council adopted an ordinance that restricts the retail sale of puppies.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the council approved an ordinance which bans the sale of dogs and cats obtained from large-scale commercial breeders — commonly knowns as “puppy mills” — by pet stores.

The ordinance allows pet stores to host pet adoptions with the animals obtained from an animal care facility, such as a shelter, or animal rescue organization. The ordinance was first introduced at a city work session on Nov. 7 by assistant city clerk Kelly Bogner and city attorney Dan Lee.

“By limiting pet stores to adoptions only, we reduce the opportunity for unethical, large-scale breeders — those operating puppy mills — to profit on the inhumane treatment of animals,” Lee said. “In addition, the ordinance promotes animal adoption, helping those animals in our shelters find loving homes.”

The ordinance does not include any language that would prevent someone from purchasing a dog or cat directly from a private breeder.

In a letter of support of the ordinance, the Humane Society of the United States wrote that it has worked with more than 240 localities to enact similar ordinances. Sandy Springs is the sixth city in Georgia to adopt this type of ordinance, joining cities like Canton and Holly Springs.

from an earlier story by the Reporter Newspapers:

“The rationale is, take away the profits, you get rid of those puppy mills” where animals are raised in “terrible conditions,” said Councilmember Gabriel Sterling.

“I think this is a good idea,” Mayor Rusty Paul said of the proposed ordinance.

“I strongly support this ordinance,” said Councilmember Ken Dishman, adding that “this particular issue hits close to home” because his daughter supports the concept and they recently adopted a dog.

The Libertarian Party of Georgia has filed a lawsuit seeking to have Georgia’s ballot access laws lifted.

No third-party candidate in Georgia has ever collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot for the U.S. House since the state passed an election qualifying law in 1943.

That law requires at least 5 percent of registered voters to sign a petition — that’s about 19,000 signatures needed to field a third-party candidate in any of Georgia’s 14 congressional districts. Meanwhile, candidates nominated by the Republican and Democratic parties automatically appear on the ballot.

“Georgia’s elections for U.S. representative(s) are among the most uncompetitive in the nation,” according to the lawsuit. “In the three election cycles from 2012 through 2016, Georgia has had 15 unopposed races for U.S. representative — more than any other state in the nation.”

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