President George Washington gave his farewell address on September 19, 1796.
The period for a new election of a Citizen, to Administer the Executive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person, who is to be cloathed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those, out of whom a choice is to be made.
I beg you, at the sametime, to do me the justice to be assured, that this resolution has not been taken, without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation, which binds a dutiful Citizen to his country–and that, in withdrawing the tender of service which silence in my Situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness; but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.
On September 19, 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga was joined between the federal Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans and the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Braxton Bragg.
Thirteen marchers were shot and killed and forty more wounded in Camilla, Georgia at the Camilla Massacre on September 19, 1868 as marchers to a Republican Party rally were gunned down.
President James Garfield died on September 19, 1881, of wounds sustained on July 2d of that year. Garfield is one of seven Presidents born in Ohio – he and William McKinley, were both killed by assassins.
Chickamauga National Battlefield was dedicated September 19, 1895.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
Protests at Georgia Tech last night included setting a police vehicle on fire.
Three people were arrested Monday night during a protest after a vigil for a Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police, a university spokesman said.
Police shot and killed Scout Schultz late Saturday night after the 21-year-old student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said.
After a peaceful vigil, about 50 protesters marched to the campus police department, university spokesman Lance Wallace said. A police vehicle was damaged and two officers suffered minor injuries, with one taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police restored order relatively quickly, and three people were arrested and charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer, Wallace said.
Governor Nathan Deal made some changes in his senior staff yesterday.
Deal recommended Christopher Nunn to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Nunn’s appointment follows current DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles’ announcement that she will depart at the end of September for a position in the private sector. Pending DCA board approval, this change will take effect October 1.
Deal also appointed Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) President Shawn Ryan to fill the position of Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). The appointment will take effect on October 1. Pending board approval, GSFC Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Caylee Noggle will fill the vacancy left by Ryan’s departure as interim President of GSFC, also effective October 1.
“I would like to thank Commissioner Knowles for her service to our state,” said Deal. “Her efforts at DCA have helped build and grow strong, vibrant communities around Georgia, especially her work helping to revitalize rural areas in our state. I wish her the best in her future endeavors as she transitions to the private sector. I’m confident the incoming leadership at DCA, along with DOAS and GSFC, will continue advancing the needs of and serving Georgians throughout the state.”
Camila Knowles is leaving state government to work at Cornerstone Government Affairs.
Cornerstone Government Affairs announced Monday that Camila Knowles will join the firm October 1 as Senior Vice President and Counsel in the company’s Atlanta office.
Knowles comes to the firm after serving in Governor Nathan Deal’s cabinet as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) since 2015. She led that agency’s work for community development, ensuring that through workforce housing, community infrastructure, downtown development and economic development financing, communities are prepared for opportunities to meet Governor Deal’s top priority: creating jobs across the state. DCA provides funding and technical assistance throughout Georgia, partnering with local communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses. The Agency also manages millions of state and federal dollars through its 65 programs, 24 of them funding programs.
“I would like to thank Camila for her service,” Governor Deal said. “I appreciate her focus at DCA on building strong, vibrant communities around Georgia, and her particular attention to revitalizing rural communities. I wish her the best in her future endeavors as she transitions to the private sector.”
Prior to her service in the Deal Administration, she was chief of staff to U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. She began her career with Senator Chambliss in 2003 as one of the Senator’s designees on the Senate Judiciary Committee focusing on immigration law and policy. After serving as a legislative assistant and chief counsel for the Senator in Washington, she moved in 2009 to his Atlanta office as state director and was named chief of staff in 2013.
“I have known Camila her entire life, and had the pleasure of spending 12 of those years working closely with her at the forefront of policy issues that impact our state and our country,” Senator Chambliss said. “Camila has a clear, analytical approach and a true servant’s heart. I am fortunate to have benefited from her friendship, intelligence, focus and counsel. Cornerstone is fortunate to have her joining their team.”
She holds an A.B. in History from Harvard, from which she graduated with cum laude distinction, and a law degree from Georgetown University.
“Camila joining our Georgia team offers our clients new legal and policy research capabilities unmatched in our market,” Cornerstone Senior Vice President Jerry Usry said. “Her experience in every facet of government expands Cornerstone’s drafting, analysis and strategic advisory services to a new level. We are excited to see how far her knowledge and skills sets will advance our firm.”
San Francisco liberals are looking for the next Jon Ossoff to throw millions at.
New billboards popping up in greater Atlanta and Northwest Georgia this week will have a different sort of message than the typical plugs for local eateries and colleges: run for office.
The San Francisco-based political startup Crowdpac is launching a new national campaign in Georgia urging citizens to consider challenging their local congressmen using their crowdfunding website.
The nonpartisan company is homing in on the three-dozen or so U.S. House districts with members of Congress who did not face major party opposition in November — representatives who were “automatically reelected,” per the group’s assessment. It is kicking off its initiative in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, the home base of fifth-term Republican Congressman Tom Graves.
This isn’t Crowdpac’s first foray into Georgia. The left-leaning Atlanta super PAC My Ride to Vote used the site to crowdfund more than $75,000 to give free rides to the polls to “traditionally underrepresented” voters during the 6th Congressional District special election earlier this year.
The site lets users mulling a run for office post their policy pitches and solicit pledges from potential donors. The candidates see the money only if they formally jump into the race.
Federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are at risk pending congressional action.
And while experts believe that much of the funding, if not all, will be renewed by Oct. 1 or afterward, there are no guarantees, with a fractious Washington dealing with the bitter aftermath of votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The money at risk includes funding for a popular children’s health insurance; Medicaid funds for hospitals that deliver a high level of indigent care; and financial support for community health centers.
And there’s about $10 million at risk for rural hospitals in Georgia that have a low number of Medicare patients.
Another big chunk of money involves Medicaid “disproportionate share’’ (DSH) funding being cut by $43 billion between fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2025. Under the ACA, these cuts for facilities serving a large number of Medicaid and uninsured patients were supposed to be offset by expanded health coverage and the creation of more paying patients. But for many reasons, that has not always worked out as envisioned, especially in states, such as Georgia, that have not expanded their Medicaid programs under the ACA.
Under the radar among the imperiled funding streams involves another potential financial setback to rural hospitals.
The “low-volume adjustment’’ money from Medicare helps rural hospitals that are at least 15 miles from a similar hospital and have fewer than 1,600 Medicare discharges annually.
Three candidates qualified for the Smyrna City Council open seat.
Travis Lindley is a partner/owner of Capitol Strategy Group and has cofounded three small businesses. He is a current member of the Smyrna Downtown Development Authority and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.
Lindley has been campaigning since earlier this year and has already gotten an endorsement from Ward 1 Councilman Derek Norton, who called Lindley an “old friend” and Smyrna native who has served the city well in the Downtown Development Authority.
Marshall A. Moon works security at Adventures Outdoors. He said he decided to run earlier this year.
Moon said he is running to give voice to the regular people of Smyrna, and he hopes to do that by increasing the amount of time residents are given during public comment at government meetings from three minutes to between 15 and 30. He also said he believes Smyrna residents should be able to vote directly on issues, rather those issues being decided solely by the council.
“It’s time that Smyrna had a voice instead of the people sitting up on the board,” Moon said. “They’re doing all the voting. The people that’s in the meetings, they don’t have that right. And they should have the right to … voice their opinions through voting, and it’s not right for the people who are sitting behind the desk, that they’re doing all the voting, and the people in the meeting, they don’t have a voice, and I think that’s wrong. And that’s my personal opinion.”
Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash is asking residents for input on transit.
We are considering different kinds of transit systems, new routes, and, of course, the cost and value of potential improvements. Ultimately, all of the information and analysis will be available to the community for use in deciding whether to support funding an expanded transit system for Gwinnett.
But for the study to be worthwhile, we need to hear from you, the residents of Gwinnett County. We currently have a quick online survey through Sept. 25 for people to complete that will help guide the decision-making process. It is available on the website www.ConnectGwinnettTransit.com/survey. Our team of consultants and in-house professionals are going to community events to talk to people and get their feedback and their vision for transit in Gwinnett.
But now is the time for you to get involved while the plans are still being formed. So go to www.ConnectGwinnettTransit.com/survey and take the survey. Follow Connect Gwinnett: Transit Study on Facebook. We also have lots of valuable information on www.ConnectGwinnettTransit.com.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Gainesville and Hall County schools are back in session after missing a week during Irma and its aftermath.
Augusta officials are assessing local efforts to prepare for Hurricane Irma.
Camden, Chatham and Glynn county residents may register for FEMA aid after Irma.
Warner Robins City Council adopted a slight millage rate increase for FY 2018.
The Muscogee County School District voted to borrow up to $50 million dollars to address delays in property tax billing and revenue.
Corporate Executives ranked Georgia number three in the nation for favorable business climate.