Category: Georgia History

24
Mar

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 24, 2015

On March 24, 1970 the largemouth bass was recognized as the official state fish of Georgia.

On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound in Alaska, eventually spilling 11 million gallons of oil and polluting 700 miles of coastal Alaska.

Under the Gold Dome Today

8:00 AM SENATE FINANCE Sub B 122 CAP
8:15 AM SENATE FINANCE Sub A 125 CAP
9:00 AM Jacobs Sub House Judiciary Civil 133 CAP
9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP
10:00 AM HOUSE FLOOR SESSION (LD 35) CHAMBER
12:00 PM SENATE RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE INTERSTATE COOP – CANCELED 123 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE SCIENCE & TECH 310 CLOB
1:00 PM SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SVCS 450 CAP
1:00 PM HOUSE JUDICIARY CIVIL 132 CAP
1:00 PM HOUSE Academic Innov. Sub of Education 506 CLOB
1:00 PM HB 76 Conference Committee 403 CAP
2:00 PM SENATE URBAN AFFAIRS 328 CLOB
2:00 PM SENATE BANKING AND FIN. INST. 307 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE Subcommittee of Judiciary Civil 132 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE Acad. Achievement of Ed. 415 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE REGULATED INDUSTRIES 506 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE Special Sub. Energy, Utilities & Telecom 216 CAP
3:00 PM SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION 310 CLOB
3:00 PM Senate Legis Oversight 307 CLOB
3:00 PM SENATE NAT’L RESOURCES AND ENV’T 450 CAP
3:00 PM SENATE VETERANS, MILITARY, HOMELAND 125 CAP
3:00 PM HOUSE WAYS & MEANS 606 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE JUVENILE JUSTICE 506 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE PUBLIC SAFETY 406 CLOB
4:00 PM SENATE ECON. DEV. & TOURISM MEZZ 1
4:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY 307 CLOB
5:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY Sub – adj of full 307 CLOB
5:00 PM SENATE FINANCE MEZZ 1

Senate Rules Calendar

HB 1 – Haleigh’s Hope Act; enactContinue Reading..

11
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 11, 2014

Coming Soon – GaPundit Pro App for iPhone/iPad 2.0 and for Android

The elves in the GaPundit.com workshop are working on developing Version 2.0 of our iPhone/iPad app and the first-ever Android version. It combines a cool directory of your State Senators and Representatives with tools to help get in touch with them, and delivery of the latest political news right to your smartphone.

We’re committed to keeping the free version available for our readers, and we have sponsorship opportunities to help keep it free – email me if you’re interested in sponsoring our App. It’s great for political junkies and professionals alike, as well as associations with active memberships who are involved in the political process.

We’re also interested in hearing what kind of features you’d like to see integrated into the latest version of Georgia’s Power Tool for Politics.

Georgia and American History

On December 11, 1777, during their movement to Valley Forge for the winter, Washington’s colonial forces engaged British troops under General Cornwallis as the Americans were crossing the Schuylkill River.

Indiana became the 19th State on December 11, 1816.

Governor Charles McDonald signed legislation on December 11, 1841 to prevent a person from having his or her testimony excluded in court because of the individual’s religious beliefs.

The first use of nitrous oxide as a dental anesthetic took place on December 11, 1844.

On December 11, 1872, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback took office in Louisiana as the first black Governor in the United States.

A memorial service for Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America, was held in the Georgia State Capitol on December 11, 1889 while his funeral was that day in New Orleans.

On December 11, 1941, Germany declared war on the United States.

On December 11, 1960, a civil rights demonstration including 8000 African-American citizens was held in Atlanta as part of the movement to boycott stores that remained segregated.

The Libertarian Party was founded on December 11, 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Tonight at 7 PM at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) will lead a candlelight vigil in support of “Safe Harbor” legislation for victims of sex trafficking. in conjunction with Street Grace, Wellspring Living, youthSpark and Georgia Cares.

Candlelight Vigil

This morning, Sen. Unterman will pre-file legislation in the Georgia Senate to further the protection of child victims. The “safe harbor” legislation will address inconsistencies in the prosecution of human trafficking cases at the state level, impose harsher punishments on those convicted of this terrible crime, and create a funding mechanism to provide for the care and rehabilitation of child sex trafficking victims.

“It has been a long four-year journey of advocacy, education, and sincere determination explaining to Georgia citizens exactly what is happening to vulnerable children in the child sex trafficking trade. House Bill 200, authored by former state Rep. Ed Lindsey, was a historic change to Georgia law that punishes criminals who prey on children by selling them for profit in the sex trade. This bill increased criminal penalties with prison terms and fines, as well as allowed confiscation of assets and affirmative defense,” said Sen. Unterman.Continue Reading..

8
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 8, 2014

President Abraham Lincoln issued his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction on December 8, 1863.

First, it allowed for a full pardon for and restoration of property to all engaged in the rebellion with the exception of the highest Confederate officials and military leaders.

Second, it allowed for a new state government to be formed when 10 percent of the eligible voters had taken an oath of allegiance to the United States.

Third, the Southern states admitted in this fashion were encouraged to enact plans to deal with the freed slaves so long as their freedom was not compromised.

On December 8, 1899, Georgia Governor Allen Candler signed legislation to levy a tax on all dogs older than four months.

The United States declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941. Montana Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin, the first female elected to the United States House of Representatives, cast the sole dissenting vote.

John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment building in New York City on December 8, 1980.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

CANDIDATE FORUM TONIGHT FOR HD50 SPECIAL ELECTION: The Johns Creek Community Association is hosting a Candidate Forum today, Monday, December 8, 2014 for the special election to fill the Georgia House District 50 seat. The election will be held on January 6, 2015 and early voting begins on December 15 at the Johns Creek Environmental Center.

This forum will be your only opportunity to hear all 5 candidates answer your questions. The Forum will be held at the Thornhill Clubhouse.

You can meet the candidates at 6:30 PM and the Q&A will begin at 7:00 PM.

Former President George W. Bush (43) was in Valdosta last week at Moody Air Force Base, signing copies of his book, 41: A Portrait of My Father.

Hundreds of people lined up at Moody’s Base Exchange for hours, just to get the opportunity to shake George W. Bush’s hand and get a signed copy of his new book.

“It’s an opportunitiy of a lifetime to come and get the chance to shake his hand and thank him for his service to the country”, says Marla Haag, a Book Signing Attendee.

“I’m most excited to hopefully shake his hand. That was my ultimate goal”, says Staff Sergeant, Kyle Pantermoller.

41: Portraits Of My Father is the Former President’s second book, and is a biography of his father, George Bush Senior. Though politics aren’t discussed in the book, it gives a unique look in to presidential life… which is one reason why Staff Sergeant Pantermoller says he was excited to read it.

Continue Reading..

5
Dec

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 5, 2014

On December 5, 1765, the British ship Speedwell arrived in Savannah with supplies for implementing the Stamp Act.

Georgia voters approved a new state Constitution, the seventh in state history, on December 5, 1877; also approved on the statewide ballot was to keep the state capital in Atlanta instead of returning it to Milledgeville. Notably, Section II, Paragraph V of the 1877 Constitution read:

“Lobbying is declared to be a crime, and the General Assembly shall enforce this provision by suitable penalties.”

On December 5, 1933, the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Utah ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition under the 18th Amendment. FDR ran for President in 1932 supporting repeal.

On December 5, 1941, ten state institutions of higher learning, including the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, lost their accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools due to political meddling by Gov. Eugene Talmadge.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Today at 10 AM, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will hold a meeting to introduce Commissioner-elect Nancy Jester, who will be the only Republican on the County Commission.

25
Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 25, 2014

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.

On November 25, 1920, the first play-by-play broadcast of a college football game took place at College Station as Texas A&M (then Mechanical College of Texas) took the field against Texas University.

President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 25, 1963.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its first show at the Bag O’Nails Club in London on November 25, 1966.

Ferguson

A rally will be held at Five Points in Downtown Atlanta today from 5 to 9 PM to address concerns about the Ferguson decision. Will reporters outnumber protesters?

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Michelle Nunn told the AJC that she’s not quite Dunn with politics and might be up for a future Runn for office.

“I feel we ran a good campaign. I feel proud of it. We had a great team – volunteers and staff,” she began. “You spend the first few days being disappointed. Then you spend the next few days feeling a lot of gratitude for the experience. And then you start to get into the analysis of it. I think that will go on for some time.”

When asked if she had another statewide race in her, Nunn’s reply was again studied.

“I will stay involved in service. That’s been the trajectory of my whole career,” she said. But politics?

“I’m certainly invested in continuing to build the kind of Georgia electorate that I think would be most healthy for our state – a two-party dialogue, one that engages more and more people,” Nunn said. “I’ll just leave open the possibility of electoral office.”

Continue Reading..

24
Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 24, 2014

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.

Milledgeville-Old-Governor-Mansion-3

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

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.

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.

Paul_D.Coverdell

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Early voting continues this week in the runoff election for DeKalb County Commission District One.

Advance Voting – 4380 Memorial Drive Location Only
M-F November 17-26, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Office closed for Thanksgiving 11/27-28)

Early voting also continues in the runoff election for Columbia County Commission District 3.

Elections Director Nancy Gay said early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 26 at the Board of Elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, in Evans.

Elections Director Nancy Gay said the last day for absentee ballots to be mailed out is Wednesday, November 26; they must be turned in by Dec. 2.  There will be no weekend voting, Gay said.

The election will be limited to voters who live in District 3 and were eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 election. District 3 polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

Trip Derryberry, a Martin­ez businessman, and Mack Taylor, a lawyer and former assistant district attorney, were the top two vote-getters Nov. 4 in the field of four vying to fill the seat vacated by Charles Allen, who resigned in March.

The funeral for the late Governor Carl Sanders this weekend included a who’s who of the state’s political luminaries and was written up nicely by Walter Jones of Morris News:

A large crowd filled a downtown Atlanta church Saturday for the memorial service for Carl Sanders, an Augusta native who had served as governor in the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

All living former governors, including ex-President Jimmy Carter, were present. But only Roy Barnes spoke.

Sanders was elected the same day as George Wallace was in Alabama, Barnes noted. And where Wallace was defiant in opposing desegregation, Sanders was accepting. And although Birmingham and Atlanta were similar sizes at the time, they aren’t any long thanks to Sanders’s approach, Barnes said.

“Business does what it always does: it seeks safety and security and stability, and it came here to Atlanta and Georgia,” he said.

“Because of Carl Sanders, this metropolitan area has 3 1/2 million people, and the metropolitan area of Birmingham, Ala., has 700,000.”

Gov. Nathan Deal, who has described Sanders as a mentor, spoke barely a minute.

“Greatness is history’s label of approval, and it is bestowed on very few,” he said. “As we remember the life of Gov. Carl Sanders, we are also laying history’s wreath of greatness at his feet.”

Sanders served as governor 1963-67 as a Democrat. A political moderate, he chose not to fight court-ordered racial desegregation as neighboring governors did. As a result, he often said, Northern businesses considered Georgia a more friendly place to locate their factories and warehouses, helping the state to prosper and outpace surrounding states.

He appointed many blacks to positions within state government, and there were many blacks on hand at the memorial service to say their thanks and chat with the family afterward.

Last week, while taping “Political Rewind,” I got to listen to former Gov. Barnes and former Congressman Buddy Darden talk about Gov. Sanders and his legacy to the state. Click here to listen.

Christina Cassidy of the Associated Press spoke to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp about the proposed SEC Presidential Primary in 2016.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is among those pushing a regional March 1, 2016, contest dubbed the “SEC Primary,” named after the Southeastern Conference and which would include Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi and possibly Alabama and Louisiana.

“As someone who went to the University of Georgia and lives in Athens and understands how powerful the Southeastern Conference is in football today, that is exactly what we want to be when it comes to presidential politics,” Kemp said.

With the South being a strong voting bloc for Republicans, officials say an early primary date would give them an important say in who the GOP nominee should be and would comply with rules put forward by the Republican National Committee that allows states willing to carve up their delegates proportionally to hold their nominating contests March 1. States that prefer winner-take-all must still wait until March 15.

Both Georgia and Tenn­essee are set on the March 1, 2016, date. Tennessee lawmakers passed legislation in 2011 designating the first Tuesday in March for presidential primaries. Officials in Arkansas and Mississippi say they are working to move their primary.

Part of the draw, says Kemp, is that a cluster of states would make it easier for candidates to visit multiple states at a time and spend money on advertising in TV markets that cross state lines. And because they would be early states, candidates might be lured into hiring local staff who will become key assets if they secure the nomination, Kemp said.

“It gives the South a lot of influence in national political decisions,” Kemp said.

General Assembly 2015

Normally, we wouldn’t spend too much time on legislation that’s unlikely to pass, but two bills that have been dropped by Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) will be in the spotlight because the further the Democratic party’s national narrative.

House Bill 8, co-sponsored by Rep. Dewey McClain (D-Lawrenceville) would raise the state minimum wage.

Except as otherwise provided in this Code section, every employer, whether a person, firm, or corporation, shall pay to all covered employees a minimum wage which shall be not less than $5.15 $6.20 per hour for each hour worked in the employment of such employer. As of the effective date of this Code section, the minimum wage shall be not less than $15.00 per hour for each hour worked in the employment of such employer. On January 1, 2016, and on January 1 of each successive year thereafter, the minimum wage shall be increased by the increase in the cost of living, if any.

In reading legislation, strikethrough is used to convey irony show deletions and underlining indicates language added to statute. HB 8 also deletes several exemptions from the state minimum wage law.

House Bill 9, co-sponsored by Rep. Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta) would “Ban the Box,” or remove any questions about an applicant’s criminal history from job application forms, though such information could be sought in an interview. Last year, a spokesperson for Gov. Deal told local media that an Executive Order would issue prohibiting state agencies from making such inquiries on job applications. I couldn’t locate an actual Executive Order that has been issued.

Here’s some background on the issue in Georgia:

Deal was inspired to ban the box on the recommendation of the Criminal Justice Reform Council, Dlugolenski said, which the governor established in 2011 with the goal to “protect public safety and hold offenders accountable while controlling state costs.”

One of its members was former state Rep. Jay Neal, a Republican from LaFayette, Ga.

Neal stepped down from the council after the governor appointed him last year as executive director of the state’s new Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry. That agency works to reduce recidivism among criminals, enhance public safety and ensure that the state’s convicted offenders can successfully re-enter society.

Georgia wants to “lead by example,” Neal said, and restrict ban the box to state jobs, instead of making private business comply.

“We did not want to tell private business what they could put on job applications,” Neal said.

No legislation has been proposed yet by the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding, though a proposal is expected by the end of this month.

The panel has traveled the state, holding eight public hearings, but now it must actually produce a set of recommendations that leaders of the House and Senate have promised will be “significant” and “bold.”

While there were few clues given at Thursday’s final committee meeting, panelists heard a variety of concerns and suggestions, especially about the growing impact that hybrid and electric vehicles have on the state’s bottom line. The more fuel-efficient the car, the less gasoline is purchased. The less gasoline purchased means the less collected in gas taxes for transportation projects.

“All of these new types of vehicles are coming on the market, and we as a state and a country are offering tax incentives for people to buy them on one hand,” Rome City Commissioner Buzz Wachsteter said. “But on the other hand, what are we doing? We’re taking away the revenue that was being produced by conventional vehicles that use motor fuel to provide revenue.”

Lawmakers on the panel seemed sympathetic. State Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, said afterward that the committee heard a presentation from leaders in Florida, where electric vehicle owners are charged an annual fee to make up for the loss of gas taxes. While Hamilton mentioned a $250 fee during Thursday’s meeting, he said later that the number was just an example and not a proposal.

Event Calendar


Joint Study Committee: Property Tax Digest Impact on Education Funding

November 24 @ 1:00 PM2:00 PM

State Capitol – Room 450, 18 Capitol Square, Atlanta, GA 30339

+ Google Map

MEETING NOTICE TO:     JOINT STUDY COMMITTEE – PROPERTY TAX DIGEST IMPACT …

Find out more »

December 2014


$10

Barrow County GOP: Holiday Dinner with Rep. Paul Broun

December 1 @ 7:00 PM8:00 PM

Winder Woman’s Club, 15 W Midland Ave, Winder, GA 30680

+ Google Map

Annual Barrow County GOP Holiday Dinner Contact Ken Young for details. Guest Spe…

Find out more »


Election Day: GA State and Local General Runoff

December 2
Find out more »

General Election Run-Off

December 2 @ 7:00 AM7:00 PM
Find out more »

Barry Loudermilk Congress: Holiday Reception & Canned Food Drive

Louder
December 4 @ 5:00 PM7:00 PM

Loudermilk For Congress Office, 9898 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA

+ Google Map

Find out more »

Gilmer County GOP: Christmas Dinner

December 5 @ 6:00 PM8:00 PM

JJ’s Restaurant, 24 River Street, Ellijay, GA 30540

+ Google Map

You Are Invited to… The Gilmer County Republican Party’s Christmas Dinner …

Find out more »


$15 / $20

Fayette County GOP: Christmas Celebration

December 5 @ 6:30 PM7:30 PM

Fayette Event Center, 174 North Glynn St, Fayetteville, GA 30214

+ Google Map

Fayette County Republican Party cordially invites you to Event Center Ann…

Find out more »


35 / 40

Atlanta YR: Holiday Party

December 5 @ 8:00 PM

City Club of Buckhead, 3353 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

+ Google Map

  Mark your calendars for the best holiday event of the year, and get ready…

Find out more »


22nd Annual Dallas Christmas Parade, Walk/Ride with Rep. Gravley and Friends.

December 6 @ 12:00 PM3:30 PM

Dallas Elementary School

+ Google Map

Please join me and my campaign for the 22nd Annual Invitational Christmas Parade…

Find out more »


Greater Gwinnett GOP Women: Christmas Party

December 8 @ 6:30 PM9:00 PM

Long Horn Steakhouse, 800 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

+ Google Map

GGRW Christmas Party Bring a wrapped gift for the Gift Grab. Contact Peg Murray:…

Find out more »


Happy Birthday – Congressman Austin Scott

December 10

Happy Birthday – Congressman Austin Scott

Find out more »


Cherokee County GOP: Christmas Party

December 12 @ 6:30 PM9:00 PM

Towne Lake Hills HOA, 1007 Towne Lake Hls E, Woodstock, GA 20189

+ Google Map

  (This event will take the place of our December meeting!)Please join the …

Find out more »


Paulding County GOP: Christmas Party

December 12 @ 7:00 PM8:00 PM

Audrey’s Cafe, 105 Village Walk, Dallas, GA 30132

+ Google Map

Please join us on Friday, December 12th as we celebrate the Christmas holidays w…

Find out more »


Gwinnett County GOP: Christmas & Hanukkah Brunch

December 13 @ 10:00 AM12:00 PM

Summit Chase Country Club, 3197 Classic Drive, Snellville, GA 30078

+ Google Map

Christmas and Hanukkah Brunch

Find out more »


Rockdale County GOP: Christmas Luncheon

December 13 @ 12:00 PM3:00 PM

Honey Creek Golf Club, 635 Clubhouse Dr SE, Conyers, GA 30094

+ Google Map

Rockdale GOP Christmas Luncheon Contact: [email protected] for more infor…

Find out more »


FREE / UN-wrapped Gift

Jackson County GOP: Christmas Party

December 13 @ 6:00 PM7:00 PM

Jefferson Club House, 302 Longview Drive, Jefferson, GA 30549

+ Google Map

THE JACKSON COUNTY CHRISTMAS (YES FOLKS I SAID CHRISTMAS)  SANTA & MRS CLAUS…

Find out more »


Dedication of the Nativity Scene at the Capitol

December 15 @ 12:00 PM1:00 PM
State Capitol
Find out more »

Columbia County GOP & CSRA GOP Women’s Club: Christmas Party

December 15 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM
CCRP CCFR

GAGOP 12th District Field Office, 2834 Washington Road,, Augusta, GA 30909

+ Google Map

Find out more »

Cobb Commissioner – Elect Bob Weatherford: Community Swearing-In Ceremony

December 17 @ 4:00 PM5:00 PM

bob w

Cobb County Board of Commisioners, 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, GA 30090

+ Google Map

Find out more »

DeKalb County GOP: Ringing For Rick on Christmas Eve

December 24 @ 9:00 AM2:00 PM

Northlake Mall, 4800 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30345

+ Google Map

Join the DeKalb County GOP on Christmas Eve for Ringing For Rick O…


21
Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 21, 2014

Georgia History

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-one 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.

On November 21, 1860 Governor Joseph Brown called a Secession Convention following the election of Abraham Lincoln as President.

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.

Here are two TV ads from the 1970 campaign by Carl Sanders for Governor.

Yesterday, we taped Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Political Rewind early and it began with special guests former Governor Roy Barnes (D) and former Congressman Buddy Darden (D) discussing their experiences in Georgia politics with Carl Sanders. It was fun to hear first-hand stories of a time in Georgia politics that I’d only read about. The show will air today at 3 PM on WRAS 88.5 FM in Atlanta and statewide on the GPB radio network. If you enjoy Georgia history, you’ll enjoy the show.

Buddy Darden Roy Barnes

In the context of a movement to legalize the medicinal use of an oil derived from cannabis in Georgia, this clip of Jimmy Carter from 1977 is interesting.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The first legislation of the 2015 Session of the Georgia General Assembly, House Bill 6, has been introduced by State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, to allow grades higher than 4.0 for AP, International Baccalaureate or dual credit courses. It would take a real overachiever to come up with something like that.

The Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting nominations for three vacancies on state courts:

Northern Judicial Circuit comprising Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, and Oglethopre Counties

Coweta Judicial Circuit comprising Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup Counties

Waycross Judicial Circuit comprising Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Coffee, Pierce, and Ware Counties

Nominations for all three of the vacancies are due on or before December 29, 2014.

In Washington, Congressman Tom Graves (R-Upper Left-hand Corner) will serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.

“I joined this committee because of the unique opportunity to fight for taxpayers and reform the federal government,” said Rep. Graves. “I want the Appropriations Committee to be known as a place where taxpayer dollars are saved, not spent. As the Legislative Branch Subcommittee chairman, I’ll have a prime opportunity to walk the conservative talk. It’s an honor to have Chairman Rogers and the House Majority entrust me with this major responsibility.”

Immigration

Yesterday’s big news mainly revolved around President Obama’s immigration speech. Here are reactions from some of Georgia’s members of Congress.

Continue Reading..

18
Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 18, 2014

Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 18, 1863.

Carl Vinson was born on November 18, 1883 in Baldwin County, Georgia. At noon on that day, U.S. and Canadian railroads implemented four time zones for the first time.

Efficient rail transportation demanded a more uniform time-keeping system. Rather than turning to the federal governments of the United States and Canada to create a North American system of time zones, the powerful railroad companies took it upon themselves to create a new time code system. The companies agreed to divide the continent into four time zones; the dividing lines adopted were very close to the ones we still use today.

Most Americans and Canadians quickly embraced their new time zones, since railroads were often their lifeblood and main link with the rest of the world. However, it was not until 1918 that Congress officially adopted the railroad time zones and put them under the supervision of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Mickey Mouse debuted in a black-and-white film called “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928.

On November 18, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled from Washington, DC to Savannah, Georgia by train for Georgia’s Bicentennial and delivered a speech at Municipal Stadium.

Carl Vinson was honored on his 81st birthday in Milledgeville, Georgia on November 18, 1964; Vinson did not run for reelection in 1964 and retired after 50 years in office.

President Richard M. Nixon flew into Robins Air Force Base for Carl Vinson’s 90th birthday on November 18, 1973; on the trip he announced the next American nuclear supercarrier would be named USS Carl Vinson.

On November 18, 1989, Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey signed the Abortion Control Act, the first abortion restrictions enacted after Roe v. Wade.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Flags Half Staff Barrow County 11172014

Flags will fly at half-staff on Georgia state buildings and facilities in honor of Governor Carl Sanders, who has died at age 89.

“Sandra and I are greatly saddened by the passing of Gov. Carl Sanders,” said Deal. “The bond we shared was more than the mutual possession of a public office; Gov. Sanders was a mentor and friend whose bright example of compassionate leadership was unsurpassed. During his tenure as governor, he transformed Georgia by building thousands of classrooms, improving our transportation system, increasing state income and bringing a competitive spirit to the state through the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves. But more than anything else, Gov. Sanders showed true leadership and character by supporting civil rights for all during a time when many were not. It is this legacy that I remember with a heavy heart today, and his lasting positive impact on our state will be felt by many future generations of Georgians. We will continue to pray for the Sanders family during this difficult time.”

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, NE. The family has asked that donations in memory of Gov. Sanders be made to either the Metropolitan YMCA or the University of Georgia Law School.

Yesterday, the Republican Caucus nominated Senator David Shafer (R-Duluth) for reelection as President Pro Tem, the highest-ranking member of the State Senate; the position will be formally elected by the entire Senate.

“I am grateful to my fellow Republicans in the Senate for their vote of renewed confidence today. I look forward to working with Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert and our new Caucus leadership team in making Georgia the best place to work, worship and raise children,” said Shafer.

Continue Reading..

11
Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 11, 2014

The first twenty-three cadets at Virginia Military Institute began their service on November 11, 1839.

On November 11, 1918, word reached Georgia that an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending World War One. Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsery declared a state holiday. Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I, was first celebrated on November 11, 1919 and is celebrated on November 11th every year.

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated on November 11, 1921.

On Armistice Day, in the presence of President Harding and other government, military, and international dignitaries, the unknown soldier was buried with highest honors beside the Memorial Amphitheater. As the soldier was lowered to his final resting place, a two-inch layer of soil brought from France was placed below his coffin so that he might rest forever atop the earth on which he died.

The Tomb of the Unknowns is considered the most hallowed grave at Arlington Cemetery, America’s most sacred military cemetery. The tombstone itself, designed by sculptor Thomas Hudson Jones, was not completed until 1932, when it was unveiled bearing the description “Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God.” The World War I unknown was later joined by the unidentified remains of soldiers from America’s other major 20th century wars and the tomb was put under permanent guard by special military sentinels.

On November 11, 1942, the draft age was lowered to 18 and raised to 37. At the time, African-Americans were excluded from the draft over concerns about a racially-diverse military.

In 1945, the idea was put forth to expand Armistice Day to honor all veterans and in 1954, Congress made the change to “Veterans Day” official.

The “General Lee” first left the ground, using a ramp to clear a police car, during filming of “The Dukes of Hazzard” on November 11, 1978.

Ronald Reagan became the first President of the United States to address the Japanese Diet in Tokyo on November 11, 1983.

On November 11, 1988, the Georgia Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in front of the Sloppy Floyd state government building across the street from the Georgia State Capitol.

On November 11, 1997, a monument to Georgia’s World War I veterans was dedicated, also in front of the Sloppy Floyd building.

One year ago today, on November 11, 2013, the Atlanta Braves announced they would move from downtown Atlanta to Cobb County.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Yesterday, I assumed that the City Council seat vacated by the death of Red McDaniel would be filled in the usual method by a Special Election, but the city charter specifies how vacancies are filled:

If a vacancy occurs within one and one-half years after the date of a regular election for the office of mayor or councilor, then the board of elections shall, within ten days after the occurrence of such vacancy, call a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term of such office by giving notice in one or more newspapers of general circulation including the newspaper with the largest circulation in Columbus, Georgia. If vacancy occurs more than one and one-half years after the date of a regular election for the office of mayor or councilor, then a person shall be appointed by a majority vote of the total membership of the Council to serve until a successor is elected and qualified at a special election held concurrently with the next regular election for the office of mayor or councilor. The successor elected at such special election shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term of such office.

Here’s what the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer thinks that means:

The city’s charter sets out how McDaniel will be replaced, according to City Attorney Clifton Fay.

If a councilor leaves office within a year-and-a-half of being elected, there is a special election to elect an interim to serve out the term. If the councilor leaves after a year-and-a-half, which is the case with McDaniel, Council will appoint an interim to serve out the rest of the term, Fay said.

However, because the person is serving as an interim, and because Columbus holds municipal elections in the spring or summer, the person elected at the next municipal election would take office immediately instead of waiting until the next January, Fay explained.

Read that again, I think they may be wrong. Continue Reading..

7
Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 7, 2014

Georgia and American History

Georgia Governor Joseph Brown addressed the Georgia legislature calling on them to consider Georgia’s future on November 7, 1860, the day after Abraham Lincoln’s election as President.

Jeanette Rankin was elected to Congress, the first female Member, on November 7, 1916 from Montana. After leaving Congress, Rankin moved to Watkinsville, Georgia in 1925. The Jeanette Rankin Scholarship Foundation, based in Athens, Georgia provides college scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a record fourth term on November 7, 1944.

Democrat Sam Nunn was reelected to the United States Senate on November 7, 1978.

On November 7, 1989, David Dinkins was elected the first African-American Mayor of New York and Douglas Wilder was elected the first African-American Governor of Virginia.

On November 7, 2006, Georgia reelected its first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Sonny Perdue, and elected its first GOP Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle.

Georgia Politics – Seven Things You Should Know

1. Welcome to the 2016 and 2018 election cycles. Several months ago, when I first started saying that the 2014 Georgia elections were partly about jockeying for position in the 2016 Presidential race, it was a novel idea. But after campaign visits by Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie (2x), and Rand Paul, it is clear that Georgia will play an important role in the Presidential election.Continue Reading..