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USS Constitution, named by President George Washington, was launched in Boston Harbor on October 21, 1791.

During the War of 1812, the Constitution won its enduring nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British warship Guerriére in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shots merely bounced off the Constitution‘s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. The success of the Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous morale boost for the young American republic.

Today, Constitution serves as a museum ship, and has sailed under her own power as recently as 2012. Southern live oak, harvested and milled on St. Simons Island, Georgia, is a primary construction material for Constitution.

Dizzy Gillespie was born on this day in 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina.

President Warren G. Harding spoke in Alabama on October 21, 1921, and publicly condemned the practice of lynching.

Harding was a progressive Republican politician who advocated full civil rights for African Americans and suffrage for women. He supported the Dyer Anti-lynching Bill in 1920. As a presidential candidate that year, he gained support for his views on women’s suffrage, but faced intense opposition on civil rights for blacks. The 1920s was a period of intense racism in the American South, characterized by frequent lynchings. In fact, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) reported that, in 1920, lynching claimed, on average, the lives of two African Americans every week.

On October 21, 1976, Billy Carter spoke to an audience in Albany, Georgia, about his brother’s campaign for President.

On his brother Jimmy’s drinking habits, Billy said, “Jimmy used to drink liquor. Now he’s running for president he drinks Scotch, and I’ve never trusted a Scotch drinker.” Billy preferred the alcohol choice of his brother’s running mate, Walter Mondale – “I liked him the best of all the ones who came to Plains. He’s from a small town and he’s a beer drinker.”

The Atlanta Braves won the first game of the 1995 World Series on October 21, 1995, as Greg Maddux dominated the Cleveland Indians, allowing only two hits. Native American groups protested the names of both teams.

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PHOTOS – On The Georgia Campaign Trail 20 October, 2014 http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/photos-georgia-campaign-trail-20-october-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=photos-georgia-campaign-trail-20-october-2014 http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/photos-georgia-campaign-trail-20-october-2014/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:51:21 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=43594 GaPundit:

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VIDEO – GA GOP: Jason Carter’s Freudian Slip Is Telling http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/ga-gop-jason-carters-freudian-slip-telling/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ga-gop-jason-carters-freudian-slip-telling http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/ga-gop-jason-carters-freudian-slip-telling/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:09:17 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=43583 GaPundit:

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GAGOP CHAIRMAN: CARTER’S FREUDIAN SLIP IS TELLING 

During last night’s televised debate hosted by the Atlanta Press Club, liberal Democrat Jason Carter declared that government was responsible for “doling out rights” (23:50) to the people.  In response to Carter’s misguided comments, Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett issued the following statements:

“Jason Carter is wrong about a lot of things – Obamacare, Medicaid Expansion, income caps on HOPE Scholarships, and bigger more expensive government – but his belief that government grants rights and freedoms to the people is unconscionable.

“Our rights and freedoms come from God – not government.  As the Declaration of Independence clearly states, ‘we have been endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.’

“But I guess Senator Carter’s Freudian slip isn’t too shocking.  Another Senator from Chicago believes that government is the originator and allocator of rights and freedoms.  And just like the state of Georgia rejected the candidacy of Barack Obama, Georgia voters will reject the candidacy of Jason Carter.”

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Questions on the 2014 Ballot

While most voters are aware of the candidates on the general election ballot November 4th, many are unaware of the three questions also on the ballot.

Two of the questions are constitutional amendments, meaning that, if approved by the majority of voters voting in this election, our state’s constitution will be amended to include these changes.

The other question is a statewide referendum involving a tax exemption that requires approval of a majority of voters voting in this election in order to be implemented.

Here’s a look at the questions and a brief explanation of each.

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

YES

NO

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To prohibit an increase in the state income tax rate in effect January 1, 2015 (Senate Resolution 415). Act No. 592

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to prohibit the General Assembly from increasing the maximum state income tax rate?”

     Currently, the top income tax rate in our state is 6 percent.  Although we don’t always set the rate at this level, 6 percent is the highest we can currently set it at.  If passed, this would amend our constitution capping the top income tax rate at 6 percent.

     Although somewhat symbolic, capping the rate at this level would improve Georgia’s competiveness while bringing certainty to businesses contemplating expansion decisions in our state.

     While Georgia’s total tax liabilities (income taxes, corporate taxes and sales taxes) are very competitive, we have one of the highest income tax liabilities of any of our southeastern neighbors.  In fact, our 6 percent rate is the highest in the southeast when compared to the 5.8 percent in North Carolina and 5 percent in Alabama.  Tennessee only taxes dividend and interest income and Florida has no state income tax.

     By passing this amendment, Georgia would become the first state to cap the income tax in its constitution and would prevent any future income tax increases above 6 percent.

YES

NO

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Adding reckless driving penalties or fees to the brain and spinal injury trust fund (House Resolution 1183). Act No. 589

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional reckless driving penalties or fees to be added to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative services for Georgia citizens who have survived neurotrauma with head or spinal cord injuries?”

     Currently our constitution allows additional fines for DUI offenses to go to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund, a fund set up to assist victims of head and spinal cord injuries.  However, because many DUI offenses are now being reduced to reckless driving charges, the solvency of the fund is being threatened.  In fact, testimony during the last legislative session indicated that, while demands on the fund have increased, the fund’s assets have decreased by almost 25 percent since 2008.

     If passed, the constitution will be amended to allow the courts to assess an additional 10 percent of the fine imposed under the reckless driving offense to go toward the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund.

PROPOSED STATEWIDE REFERENDUM

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NO

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Allows property owned by the University System of Georgia and operated by providers of student housing and other facilities to remain exempt from taxation.

House Bill No. 788, Act No. 613

“Shall property owned by the University System of Georgia and utilized by providers of college and university student housing and other facilities continue to be exempt from taxation to keep costs affordable?”

     Currently, student housing and other facilities owned by the University System of Georgia are exempt from ad valorem taxes.  If passed, this would allow the tax exempt status to be passed on to a private party who is contractually obligated to operate the property.

     The purpose behind this proposal is to control the amount of debt that the University System has accumulated.  As a result of building projects on University campuses undertaken in the past few years, the University System has accumulated over $3.6 billion in debt.  By allowing private companies to benefit from the ad valorem tax exemption, they can build the buildings and incur the debt obligation.

     Agreements between the University System and private companies would be from a competitive procurement process, would include measures to prohibit the costs of rents being raised and passed on to students and could be terminated if breached.

     Allowing these agreements would help the University System maintain their favorable bond ratings by containing debt while continuing to provide world-class facilities on University campuses.

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Gov. Nathan Deal: Acuity Brands To Create 700 Jobs in DeKalb, Rockdale Counties http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/gov-nathan-deal-acuity-brands-create-700-jobs-dekalb-rockdale-counties/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gov-nathan-deal-acuity-brands-create-700-jobs-dekalb-rockdale-counties http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/gov-nathan-deal-acuity-brands-create-700-jobs-dekalb-rockdale-counties/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:49:05 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=43563 GaPundit:

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Deal: Acuity Brands to create 700 jobs in DeKalb, Rockdale counties

Georgia-based lighting company will invest $16 million into new engineering and technology center

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Acuity Brands, a Georgia-based global leader in lighting solutions for indoor and outdoor applications, will expand its operations, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into DeKalb and Rockdale counties over the next five years.

“When a successful Georgia operation such as Acuity Brands decides to expand its facility and its employment roster, it’s a win for all concerned, especially for our workforce,” Deal said. “I have no doubt that our top-ranked business climate and cutting-edge logistics sector will continue to support Acuity Brands for many years to come, and we look forward to its continued success.”

As part of a plan to create a workplace that will drive collaboration, innovation and technological advances, Acuity Brands will build a world-class engineering and technology center at a site it owns in Decatur and will also invest in facility upgrades at its complex in Conyers.



“We have great people who drive our success and have helped make us the industry leader,” said Acuity Brands President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Vernon J. Nagel. “Our goal with these investments is to provide our people with the best work environment possible and the tools and technologies necessary to drive our future success. We also believe that a world-class workplace and our team-centered culture will help us continue to attract the best talent to come work with us. We greatly appreciate the support of the state of Georgia and DeKalb and Rockdale counties, for their assistance to help make these projects possible.”

In the Decatur project, Acuity Brands will retrofit an existing 167,000-square-foot building to become its new state-of-the-art Engineering and Technology Center. The building, located at One Lithonia Way, will undergo a total transformation that will incorporate leading workplace design, technology and systems into the new facility. The company’s goal is to provide an open work environment that enhances collaboration, spark innovation and help associates bring new technologies to market at a faster rate. The $11 million Decatur project will begin immediately, with completion scheduled for mid-2015.

In Conyers, beginning later this year and over the next several years, Acuity Brands will make significant investments in redesigning and retrofitting the four main buildings on its campus to include open workspace design, new infrastructure, enabling technologies and new furnishings.

Acuity Brands has a corporate affiliate office for the Georgia Tech Denning Technology and Management Capstone program and works very closely with Georgia Tech students. With the establishment of its Center of Excellence office, the company seeks to further its relationship with Georgia Tech.

Lauren Salas Lambiase, senior project manager at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), assisted the company on behalf of the state of Georgia, along with the Development Authority of DeKalb County, Conyers Rockdale Economic Development and Charles Stallworth at Georgia Power.

“It is exciting to be a part of this great business announcement,” said Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council Chairman Richard Oden. “Acuity Brands has been a strong business partner in Rockdale County, so we look forward to their expanded workforce here because we know that this wise, strategic move spurs our economic growth in many ways. Their employees will shop, live and work here for many years to come.”

“DeKalb County and our citizens are proud that that Acuity has chosen our county for its engineering and technology center,” said DeKalb County Government Interim CEO Lee May. “Creating well-paying jobs in our community will stimulate further growth not just for our citizens and Acuity, but also economic expansion and R&D growth for the industry. We warmly embrace Acuity and welcome them to our community.”

“The fact that a leading global company has chosen Georgia to expand, as well as establish its technology innovation operations, speaks volumes about our thriving technology environment and pro-business climate,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “More than 3,500 engineering graduates came from our universities and technical colleges in FY 2013. This, coupled with a strong network of companies and a highly skilled workforce, will keep Acuity Brands ahead of advancements in technology and global competition.”

About Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands, Inc. is a North American market leader and one of the world’s leading providers of lighting solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. With fiscal year 2014 net sales of $2.4 billion, Acuity Brands employs approximately 7,000 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The company’s lighting solutions are sold under various brands, including Lithonia Lighting®, Holophane®, Peerless®, Gotham®, Mark Architectural Lighting™, Winona® Lighting, Healthcare Lighting®, Hydrel®, American Electric Lighting®, Carandini®, Antique Street Lamps™, Sunoptics®,  RELOC® Wiring Solutions, Acculamp®, eldoLED® and Acuity Controls.

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David Perdue: Kicks Off Statewide Tour Highlighting “A New Direction” In Washington http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/david-perdue-kicks-statewide-tour-highlighting-new-direction-washington/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=david-perdue-kicks-statewide-tour-highlighting-new-direction-washington http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/david-perdue-kicks-statewide-tour-highlighting-new-direction-washington/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:38:23 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=43558 GaPundit:

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This week, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, David Perdue, will kick off a ten-day statewide tour highlighting how Washington is not working and why Georgians want a new direction. The tour will start on Thursday, October 23 and include nearly 50 public events across the state. Stops for the first leg of the tour are included below:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

7:30 am – Coweta
Redneck Gourmet
11 North Square
Newnan, GA

9:30 am – Fayette
Broadway Diner
535 Glynn Street South
Fayetteville, GA

11:00 am – Spalding
Southern Pit BBQ
2964 North Express Way
Griffin, GA

2:00 pm – Butts
Countryside Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
846 East 3rd Street
Jackson, GA

3:30 pm – Monroe
Dairy Queen
200 North Lee Street
Forsyth, GA

6:00 pm – Clayton
101 North Main Street
Jonesboro, GA

Friday, October 24, 2014

1:00 pm – Henry
Early Vote Rally With Senator Rand Paul
McDonough Square
McDonough, GA

5:00 pm – Douglas
Hudson’s Hickory House
6874 Broad Street
Douglasville, GA

7:00 pm – Cobb
Rally with Governor Nathan Deal
Cobb County Republican Headquarters
799 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA

Saturday, October 25, 2014

9:00 am – Cherokee
Saturday Early Vote Rally with Senator Ted Cruz
New Life Church
154 Lakeside Drive
Canton, GA

12:00 pm – Chatham
BBQ and GOTV Rally with Senator Ted Cruz & Congressman Jack Kingston
Ottawa Farms
702 Bloomingdale Road
Bloomingdale, GA

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VIDEO – Michelle Nunn: No Respect for President Bush – No Respect For Georgia Voters? http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/video-michelle-nunn-respect-president-bush-respect-georgia-voters/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=video-michelle-nunn-respect-president-bush-respect-georgia-voters http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/video-michelle-nunn-respect-president-bush-respect-georgia-voters/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:42:23 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=43550 GaPundit:

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“Michelle and her team have been clearly, repeatedly and consistently told that President Bush did not want them to use his photo as part of this campaign. Apparently, the Nunn team feels they can repeatedly disregard the former president’s wishes, which is very disappointing because it’s so disrespectful.”

This is the disrespectful commercial – if Michelle Nunn has no respect for President Bush – does she have any for Georgia voters?

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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: Climate Change a National Security Threat? http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/rep-lynn-westmoreland-climate-change-national-security-threat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rep-lynn-westmoreland-climate-change-national-security-threat http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/rep-lynn-westmoreland-climate-change-national-security-threat/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:10:45 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=43535 GaPundit:

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Climate Change a National Security Threat?

While the U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was attending a conference in Peru earlier this month, he released a report stating the biggest threat is climate change because it “poses immediate risks to U.S. national security.” With all the war and disease going on in the world at this moment, Hagel’s statement once again goes to show how out of touch the Obama Administration is with reality.

ISIL, the West Africa Ebola outbreak, our nation’s debt, the instability in Russia and Ukraine – these are the national security issues that are our biggest threat and what we should be combating – not the climate.

National security threats should be viewed by the Department of Defense (DoD) by their immediate threat towards our freedom and way of life in the United States. Climate change, while inconvenient, does not cause an immediate threat to American lives in the US; however, terrorists, international instability, out of control spending, and disease do.

 

The DoD’s priority should be defending our nation above all else, not another mouthpiece for the liberal agenda. While the Obama Administration continues to try and distract the American people from their failures, We the People must stand up and fight for the real issues that will keep us safe at home.

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David Perdue: Commends University Of Georgia’s Ebola Precautions http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/david-perdue-commends-university-georgias-ebola-precautions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=david-perdue-commends-university-georgias-ebola-precautions http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/david-perdue-commends-university-georgias-ebola-precautions/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:59:41 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=43532 GaPundit:

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The University of Georgia recently cancelled the visit of a Liberian journalist out of concern for the spread of Ebola. Regarding the University’s decision, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, David Perdue, made the following statement:

“The Ebola crisis continues to be a serious concern here in Georgia. The President’s lack of leadership on the matter is putting American lives at risk. The national response to Ebola must be a comprehensive, well-coordinated effort that includes a travel ban from Ebola-stricken countries. I’m encouraged to see The University of Georgia take additional precautions to prevent the spread of this disease and protect our students and communities. Our federal government must follow their lead and enact a travel ban immediately.”

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Gov. Nathan Deal: Team To Combat Risks of Ebola Should The Need Arise http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/gov-nathan-deal-team-combat-risks-ebola-need-arise/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gov-nathan-deal-team-combat-risks-ebola-need-arise http://gapundit.com/2014/10/20/gov-nathan-deal-team-combat-risks-ebola-need-arise/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:52:29 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=43524 GaPundit:

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Deal: Team to combat risks of Ebola should the need arise

Advisory group comprised of leaders in health and research communities, state agencies

Gov. Nathan Deal today named the members of the Georgia Ebola Response Team, which was created by executive order to assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia.

“Those that have been chosen to serve on the panel are leaders in their respective fields, and I’m confident that their combined talents and experience will allow them to effectively examine state preparedness and provide all necessary recommendations,” said Deal. “By opening up lines of communication between the private and public sector, Georgia is uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise and protect the health of the people of our state. An informed public and a prepared group of first responders and health care professionals can save lives. Let me reiterate: As a state, we are taking every precaution to make certain Georgia stands prepared.”

The Ebola response team will be chaired by Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. A full list of team members below:

Name Position Organization
Brenda Fitzgerald, MD Commissioner Georgia Department of Public Health
William Bornstein, MD, PhD Chief Quality and Medical Officer Emory Healthcare
Susan Grant, MS, RN, NEA-BC,

FAAN

Chief Nurse Executive;

Associate Dean

Emory Healthcare; Nell Hodgson

Woodruff School of Nursing

Frederick Quinn, MS, PhD Professor of Infectious Diseases University of Georgia
Charley English Director Georgia Emergency Management Agency
Major General Jim Butterworth Adjutant General Georgia National Guard
Miguel Southwell General Manager Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Michael Geisler Chief Operating Officer City of Atlanta
Scott Kroell CEO/Administrator Liberty Regional Medical Center
Courtney Terwilliger Chairman Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services
Brenda Rowe, M.N., RN, JD Associate Professor Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University
Jody Barrow Superintendent; President Fayette County Schools; Georgia School Superintendent Association
Doug Patten, MD Chief Medical Officer Georgia Hospital Association

The team will meet this week and immediately begin issuing recommendations to the governor.

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