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General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates met General John Pope’s federal forces at the Second Battle of Manassas on August 29, 1862.

Union General William T. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864.

The United States Air Force Academy moved to its permanent home in Colorado Springs on August 29, 1958

The Beatles played their final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.

On August 29, 1971, Hank Aaron broke the National League record for most seasons with 100 or more RBI, as he drove in his 100th run to make 11 seasons hitting that mark.

On August 29, 1977, Lou Brock stole his 893d base, to surpass the record set by Georgia-born Ty Cobb.

Georgia Politics

A State Senate Study Committee met yesterday to hear about disciplinary issues in Georgia schools.

In Milledgeville, two years ago, a kindergartner was handcuffed at school. Last year in DeKalb County, a child was beaten at middle school. A few months ago, a child was confronted by another child with a knife in Newton County.

In each case, it wasn’t just the just the incident, but how the school handled it that angered parents. Either over-reaction – or no punishment at all.

Now, the state Senate committee is looking into criticism that the disparities and discipline across the state are harmful to certain kids.

There are five more public hearings planned across the state in the coming months.

The Study Committee is chaired by Sen. Emanuel Jones and includes Senators Hardie Davis (D-Augusta), Bill Heath (R-Bremen), Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) and John Wilkinson, (R-Toccoa).

Kennesaw State University has unveiled its inaugural football uniforms – Marietta Daily Journal.

Construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is meeting scheduling issues, but completion of the project is not expected to go over schedule or over budget – Augusta Chronicle.

Facebook chats took an ugly turn as a 25-year old man shot at a 17-year old girl he met on Facebook – Augusta Chronicle.

A Fort Stewart soldier is charged with vandalizing Battlefield Memorial Park in downtown Savannah – Savannah Morning News.

Democratic-leaning Georgia Association of Educators has endorsed Jason Carter for Governor despite his laughable lack of qualifications, accomplishments in office, and actual, concrete proposals for improving education other than throwing more money at it that he’ll find with his secret waste-eliminating ring.

Deal’s spokesman Brian Robinson pooh-poohed the endorsement.

“Gov. Deal has increased education spending every year he’s been in office, even during the hard times of the Great Recession when most state agencies were still taking cuts,” Robinson said. “His budgets show education is his priority. Jason Carter agreed. He voted for all of the governor’s budgets until he decided to run for governor.”

Robinson notes that this during this year’s legislative session was the only time he voted against Deal’s budget.

“Ironically, this year he voted against more than half a billion dollars in new spending for schools, ending furlough days, raising teacher salaries and extending broadband internet service to every school in Georgia,” Robinson said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin issuing new dock permits for Lake Lanier – AccessNorthGa.com.

The Shoreline Management Section at Lanier will begin accepting requests for new dock permits after 8:30 a.m. on September 16 on a first come, first serve basis. Requests received before this time will not be accepted.

All requests must be made to the Shoreline Management Help Desk at Buford Dam only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 770-945-9531 ext. 3262. Walk-In requests will also be accepted on those days.

The Sheriff’s Deputy who arrested Nydia Tisdale at a Dawson County political event has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the incident – Gainesville Times.

The Columbus community is rallying to support Fort Benning as the military considers cutting up to 11,000 jobs at the installation – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Columbus High School in Muscogee County has been rated as the top high school in Georgia by DailyBeast.com – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle addressed supporters in Dalton this week – Dalton Daily Citizen.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle reaffirmed his commitment to ensure that every Georgia student have access to a college and career academy by 2020, if they choose to attend.

“We have got to finish the goal and meet the mark. People are depending on us, and it’s important,” Cagle said. “I really believe in this kind of workforce development. I believe there is a real skills gap and we’ve had a one-size-fits-all educational system for too long. We need more kids to get excited about education, and when you look at these academies, kids are fighting to get in. They love what they do and want to be there all day long.”

Cagle is a major proponent for College and Career Academy schools, which attempt to prepare students for the work force by partnering with businesses and technical colleges to allow students to receive a technical certificate upon graduation and begin employment. The schools offer specific training and teach relevant, specialized job skills.

“We look at some of these instances at academies, where kids are leaving school with an industry certified certificate or an associates degree, and we’re doubling their income right out of high school,” he said. “This leads to better lives and a better Georgia. That is what we all need to be about.”

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard spoke at the first Albany-Dougherty Chamber of Commerce State of the Community luncheon – Albany Herald.

I am excited about the possibilities for Albany,” Hubbard said. “We are working on a five-year plan for the city where efficiency is the key. We are looking at ways to make $6 million in cuts in the way we do business. If all goes well, we think we can create an environment for growth. As the economic hub of the region, other communities look to us to help lead the way. We can be a big brother to the rest of the region.

“Economic development and public safety are our number one priorities.”

Georgia’s Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2015 Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Awards – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Walmart is opening its first Georgia in-store primary care clinics at locations in Carrollton and Columbus – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn met separately with the state board of the Georgia Farm Bureau yesterday – Macon Telegraph.

When it comes to the farm bill, Nunn supports it, noting that it is one of the few successful bipartisan efforts in Washington lately. Perdue said he opposed the measure, saying it didn’t do enough.

Lawmakers passed the $956 billion farm bill in February and President Barack Obama signed it after four years of sharp debate about farming subsidies and Republican efforts to reduce financing for food stamps.

The final bill replaced direct crop payments with an insurance program, and it also cut $8 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years. That was far less than the $40 billion reduction that some Republicans had called for.

Nunn criticized Perdue’s opposition to the bill, noting that Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both R-Ga., supported it.

“We know that it was not a good thing for us to languish two years without the certainty of the bill, and that it actually was the kind of bipartisan compromise that Washington does too rarely,” she said. “I think that the bipartisan bill was not perfect, but what it did was ensure that we continue to create a safety net of nutritional supplement, support for families that need it, many of whom are seniors and elderly or disabled.

“At the same time, it provided the critical crop insurance support that farmers want and said is important, invested in research and innovation, and by the way, cut the deficit by a significant margin,” she said.

Perdue said he opposed the measure because it could have done far more, particularly for the Peach State.

“First of all, on the farm side, I don’t think it went far enough to protect the interests of our farmers in Georgia,” he said. “Second, on the nutrition side, I felt like it needed to be bifurcated, that the problems and the abuses on the nutrition side needed to be dealt with separately.

“And that’s what I would like to do (in Washington), to make sure we get the items in the farm bill that protect the farmers of Georgia, make sure that they can stay healthy and fulfill their mission.”

Peach County Commissioners are considering raising property taxes 1 mill, and have delayed a decision on whether to spend money to help build an entrance road for a proposed private water park – Macon Telegraph.

Bill Ferguson writes that Michelle Nunn’s newest campaign ad is a cheap shot by political mercenaries – Macon Telegraph.

Any hope I had that she would stick to her early message about reaching across the aisle to address our country’s big issues was dashed to pieces by the TV spot her campaign is currently running in frequent rotation.

The ad makes it obvious that Nunn is employing the same type of campaign hit-men that all politicians seem to utilize these days. Their strategy never changes. They search through every nook and cranny of their opponent’s personal and professional life, identify something they have done or said that puts them in a bad light, and then try to drum that negative image into the voters’ minds via endless repetition.

It’s true that Perdue was CEO of Pillowtex for a short time and that they folded not long after he left. What the ad doesn’t tell you is that Pillowtex was in bad financial shape already and attempting to emerge from bankruptcy when Perdue came on board. He had a plan to turn the company around, but it obviously didn’t work out.

What the ad also doesn’t tell you is that after Perdue took over the company it was discovered that it had $40 million to $50 million in unfunded pension liabilities that were not discovered during their original bankruptcy proceedings. Perdue has said that the massive unaccounted liability torpedoed his plan to turn the company around.

But political campaigns are not about telling the whole truth. They are about smearing your opponent more effectively than they smear you. It is how the game is played and Nunn is playing the game just like everyone else does.

She has proven herself to be just another politician who will use the same intelligence-insulting, underhanded tactics to try to win her office that all the rest of them use.

Event Calendar


Sen. Johnny Isakson: Young Harris – Public Town Hall Meeting

August 29 @ 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Young Harris College, 1 College Street, Young Harris, GA 30582

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Fayette County GOP – Dance the Night Away

August 30 @ 5:30 PM8:30 PM

Fayette Event Center, 174 N. Glynn St., Fayetteville, GA 30214+ Google Map

The Fayette GOP is proud to present an evening of good food, fun times and fello…

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Central DeKalb GOP Women: Meeting with Bonnie Perdue

September 2 @ 2:00 PM3:00 PM

Northlake/Barbara Loar Library, 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084+ Google Map

Bonnie Perdue, wife of Senatorial Candidate David Perdue, will speak to the Cent…

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DeKalb County GOP: Take The Senate Tuesday

September 2 @ 5:00 PM9:00 PM

DeKalb GOP HQ, 1532 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA

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West Point Society of Atlanta: College Football Hall of Fame Gala

September 2 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
The College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30313+ Google Map

Celebrate the opening of the College Football Hall of Fame museum with USMA Supe…

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Cobb County YR: Meeting with Sen. Hunter Hill & Rep. – Elect Bert Reeves

September 2 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM

The Cobb County Young Republicans are excited to announce our September Regular …

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Savannah Area GOP Women: Monthly Luncheon Meeting

September 3 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM

Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404+ Google Map

The Savannah Area Republican Women are looking forward to hosting Roy Harris, Ch…

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Brunswick – Public Town Hall Meeting

September 4 @ 2:30 PM3:15 PM

College of Coastal Georgia, 1 College Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520+ Google Map

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Fulton County GOP: Road To Victory Dinner

September 4 @ 6:00 PM9:00 PM

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, 866 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308+ Google Map

Governor’s VIP Roof-Top Reception: 6:00 pm With Governor Nathan Deal, Former Con…

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Hinesville – Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meeting

September 5 @ 10:45 AM11:30 AM
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Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meetings As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs C…

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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face “challenges” sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future.

The Southern Co. subsidiary and its co-owners are building two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, southeast of Augusta. That plant and a sister facility under construction in South Carolina are the first in a new generation of nuclear plants built in the United States.

Georgia Power has so far spent $2.8 billion on the project, according to company filings. The other owners, Oglethorpe Power Corp., the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and the city of Dalton, do not report their spending to the Public Service Commission.

The latest cost estimates are uncertain.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Construction time uncertain for Georgia nuclear plant.

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Ty is an American Bulldog puppy who is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA. His sister, Tallulah (below), is also looking for a new home.

Tallulah

Brock

Brock is an adult German Shepherd who is calm and sweet, and gets along with other dogs. He is available for adoption from Dekalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.

 

Hank

Hank is a year-old, 36-pound Boxer Lab mix who loves to smile, is very social and gets along with the other dogs. He loves to play and romp. Hank is available for adoption from SANG – Save the Animals of Northeast Georgia in Cleveland, GA.

The Savannah Morning News features local dogs available for adoption.

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April is an eight-week old Boxer/Basset Hound puppy who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.

Starbuck

Starbuck is a two-year old female Chocolate Lab mix, who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.

Volley

Volley is a year old female Hound mix, maybe with a Golden Retriever or Lab. She is a young dog – about a year old – and has a nice personality. She’s been trained to walk on a leash in her past and is well-behaved. On a hot day, she likes nothing better than to get into a kiddie pool to cool off. Volley is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.

Danny

Danny is a 4-year old, petite little male Dachshund. He has a merle pattern in his coat which is sometimes called ‘dapple’ in the Dachshund breed. Danny is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.

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August 28, 1929 saw Governor Lamartine Hardman sign a Constitutional Amendment authorizing the levy of a state income tax. On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the “I Have a Dream Speech” on the Mall in Washington, DC. http://youtu.be/jw1R_JBuHEQ If you’re interested in the structure of speeches, Nancy Duarte has done an excellent analysis of the speech, which you can watch here: http://youtu.be/1nYFpuc2Umk?t=11m49s

An obscure college professor named Newt Gingrich began his political career on August 28, 1976, as he kicked off his first campaign against Congressman Jack Flynt.

Old Newt Pic On August 28, 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked the accreditation of the Clayton County Public Schools. Later that day, Governor Sonny Perdue removed four members of the Clayton County Board of Education upon the recommendation of an administrative law judge.

What have Republicans done?

My friend, Leo Smith, serves as Minority Engagement Director for the Georgia Republican Party. He wrote on Facebook:

As I travel the state to speak with civic organizations, churches, and black leadership groups about the Republican Party, the most prevalent question is this: “What have Republicans done to better the lives of African Americans in Georgia?”

And, of course, he went on to answer the question. I’d like to offer my own answer of three things the Georgia Republican Party has done to improve the lives of African-Americans. 1. Creating 250,000 new jobs in Georgia – nationally, unemployment rates among African-Americans have been significantly higher than among whites, so it’s not surprising that many African-Americans name jobs as their most important issue. Governor Deal’s proven record of bringing more than 250,000 new jobs to Georgia by making it the #1 state in which to do business will benefit all Georgians, regardless of race. Additionally, word-readiness programs like the expansion of the HOPE Grant for Technical Colleges helps Georgians seeking jobs by helping them gain needed skills for new industries. 2. Sentencing reform – Governor Nathan Deal has instituted sentencing reform to concentrate more on “accountability courts” to address issues like psychological problems, alcohol- and drug-dependency, and persistent poverty that underlie much criminal behavior, rather than simply “warehousing” a substantial number of Georgians. Among other effects, this has helped lower the number of African-Americans as well as Georgians of all other races who are being incarcerated and helped put them on a path to recovery.

“Accountability court funding and improved rules for probation detention centers have successfully addressed the large jail backlog and high costs paid to counties housing state offenders. By identifying low-risk, nonviolent offenders and more effective ways to rehabilitate them, we are steering these offenders away from a life of crime and reserving our expensive prison beds for the violent offenders who pose a public safety risk,” said Governor Deal.

3. Removing members of the Clayton and DeKalb County School Boards that threatened our childrens’ education – When SACS, the regional accrediting agency, placed DeKalb County’s accreditation on probation, Gov. Deal moved decisively and quickly to remove the Board of Education members whose lack of leadership led to the crisis (ironically, along with the member who first brought to light the issues that led to the probation). DeKalb County serves a student body more than 70% African-American, and Gov. Deal’s leadership put the school system back on track to improving the quality of education these students receive. Additionally, much of the tax burden to support DeKalb County schools falls on African-Americans, who were being cheated of the effective use of their tax dollars, and whose children were being cheated of the education they deserve. Similarly, in 2008, former Gov. Sonny Perdue acted swiftly to put Clayton County schools under new leadership after SACS revoked that system’s accreditation. In other areas of education, Governor Deal has led strongly, expanding the HOPE Grant, saving the HOPE program from financial ruin, and investing an additional $500 million in education in this year alone. I don’t believe that is an exhaustive list of what Republicans have done to improve the lives of African-Americans in our state, but those three things are absolutely vital to improving the lives of all Georgians.

New State Rep. Candidate in HD 98

The Georgia Republican Party named David Clark to fill the vacancy created when GOP nominee for House District 98 Michael Brown died unexpectedly.

“Congratulations to David Clark and best wishes as he prepares to serve House District 98 in the Georgia General Assembly,” said GAGOP Chairman John Padgett in a released statement. “We appreciate everyone who offered themselves up for public service and look forward to working together this fall to secure victory for the Republican ticket.”

More DeKalb Commission shenanigans

WSB-TV reports that questions have arisen about DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton paying her boyfriend for political advice and consulting from taxpayer funds.

Documents indicate DeKalb County taxpayers paid a commissioner’s boyfriend tens of thousands of dollars for his consulting services. Sharon Barnes Sutton is a commissioner for District 4. Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution secured documents which show Warren Mosby received more than $34,000. Channel 2′s Erica Byfield asked Barnes Sutton via phone on Wednesday if she and Mosby had a personal relationship. “That does not matter because I have not broken any laws or violated any county policies,” said Barnes Sutton.

Between an ongoing federal investigation and an Atlanta news media apparently looking into the public documents, I would be surprised if we don’t have more shoes dropping in the future.

Yet another DeKalb election in November

A special election to fill the DeKalb County Commission seat from which Elaine Boyer resigned has been scheduled to coincide with the General Election on November 4, 2014.

Qualifying for the special election will begin Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m. and close Sept. 10 at noon and will be in the office of the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections, 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur. The fee to qualify is $1,151.24.

GOP to control Senate?

Senator Johnny Isakson told the Gwinnett Rotary this week that he expects the Republican Party to gain control in the United States Senate after November’s elections.

Georgia, he said, will play a key role in that battle. According to Isakson, Georgia and Kentucky are two seats the GOP currently controls which must be protected. Both Republican candidates, he said, are in competitive races putting those seats in danger of being lost. “Our first line of defense is to re-elect Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and elect a Republican Senator in Georgia,” Isakson said. Winning those races is necessary just to maintain the current total of 45 Republicans in the Senate. To improve the margin, Republicans would have to gain ground in the remaining 31 races, of which, Isakson said, only 12 are in play. Three of those dozen seats are more or less decided and should be a net gain for the Republicans — West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota. If those races end as expected, Republicans would go from 45 to 48 seats. Isakson believes the party has a good chance to reach a 50-50 split with the races in Louisiana, North Carolina and Arkansas. “None of those are a shoo-in, but I would think probably two out of three of them probably will go Republican,” he said.

RealClearPolitics.com is increasingly bullish on GOP chances of gaining the upper hand in the senior chamber.

The momentum appears to be on the Republicans’ side, as Obama’s approval rating is low, dissatisfaction with Washington is high, incumbents are showing signs of weakness, and the midterm dynamics and climate are favorable. Three Democratic-held states already appear to be in the Republicans’ column: Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia. If the GOP can hang on to Georgia and Kentucky, they would need to pick up just three more to win the majority. And there are a few different pathways that get them there. Perhaps most significantly, Republicans survived what could have been a problematic spring and summer: With most of the primaries over, the party has avoided the selection of flawed, stumble-prone candidates, a tendency that cost them seats in previous years. Part of Democrats’ strategy in difficult races was tied to a repeat of this history of picking weak candidates itself. The GOP’s feat bolstered Republicans’ prospects in several races — for now. “For the last five months, Democrats have been saying that their ‘legacy candidates’ provide an advantage, but the data shows it’s irrelevant,” said Brad Dayspring, the spokesman for the [Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee]. “If it were true, Landrieu, Begich, Udall, and Pryor would be at or above 50 percent.”

The New York Times writes that Republicans have crossed the 65-percent threshold in probability of winning a Senate majority.

Recent polls are one big reason. As we discussed last week, the latest evidence from Georgia has been favorable for Republicans. In West Virginia, polling continues to suggest that Natalie Tennant, the Democratic secretary of state, is a long shot to win. In Alaska — an important state for Democrats to hold — a Rasmussen poll released on Monday suggested the race was close. Another reason for the Republican gains in our model is the mere passage of time. Every day that passes with things remaining roughly as they are will gradually increase the leading candidate’s forecasted probability of winning. This is simply because there are incrementally fewer opportunities for a campaign-changing gaffe, or some other event that could swing the polls. It’s analogous to a football game in which one team is up by 3 points with the ball at its 40-yard line. Given this situation at the start of the second half, we can forecast, based on historical outcomes, that the leading team has a 67 percent chance of victory. But that 67 percent morphs into an almost certain victory with only one minute left on the clock.

In The Fix column at the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza writes that the major online models for Senate elections are converging on a conclusion that the GOP is likely to win a majority in the Senate.

First, the Post’s Election Lab, run by George Washington University professor John Sides, gives Republicans a 58 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to be in the majority come 2015. Writes Sides: “The Republicans are very likely to control at least 48 seats after the elections, including Georgia. With just three seats out of the [six] discussed above, they would take control of the Senate. That’s why we still see them as having a better than 50:50 chance to do it.” Leo, the New York Times’ Senate model, shows Republicans with a 67 percent chance of taking the majority. The third major modeler, 538′s Nate Silver, hasn’t issued a prediction from his model of late but as of early August he wrote that Republicans were “60-40″ favorites to win the Senate majority. Georgia: WaPo 84 percent GOP win/NYT 82 percent GOP win

 

Events Tonight


DeKalb County GOP: FREE Social Media Tech Boot Camp 

Seating is Limited. Please RSVP to maryann.langford@gagop.org

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August 28 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM
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Valdosta State CR: Interest Meeting

August 28 @ 7:00 PM8:00 PM
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UC Theater, Valdosta, GA United States

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From the Joint Study Committee on Prescription of Medical Cannabis at the state Capitol 

Your Ga Pundit correspondent spoke to Representative Allen Peake who is co-chairing the committee

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Governor: Georgia businesses say skilled computer programmers, software developers in demand

Gov. Nathan Deal today recommended the State Board of Education amend state policy to allow computer programming courses to satisfy core requirements — math, science or foreign language — for receiving a high school diploma. Deal is asking the Board of Regents of the University System to follow suit by accepting these courses for admission into institutions of higher education.

“Students need to acquire the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the modern workforce,” Deal said. “Computing is currently one of the fastest growing occupations in the country with average salaries nearly twice the national rate. In fact, more than half of the projected job growth in the STEM fields will be in computing occupations. We must begin training our young people in these areas prior to their post-secondary education so they are prepared to fill these high-wage, in-demand positions.”

“This change will support our STEM efforts — science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “It is a recognition of the evolving dynamics of our increasingly technologically dependent world.”

“If Georgia is to maintain a world-class workforce, then we must ensure that our students can understand and apply sophisticated technology,” said Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson. “I applaud Governor Deal for this change that will improve the education of students and build a better future for Georgia.”

Deal this year created the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative, which regularly brings together the heads of Economic Development, our university and technical college systems and key leaders in some of our private-sector industries to hear directly from the employers of our state about what they expect their future needs will be. It also give our institutions of education the chance to get ahead of the curve in preparing tomorrow’s workforce.

“As Georgia’s workforce and education leaders have traveled the state meeting with businesses, they have heard repeatedly that there is a need for skilled computer programmers and software developers in the state,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our goal with the High Demand Career Initiative is to support Georgia companies with their workforce needs and provide our students with the resources and programs to secure job opportunities in Georgia.”

“As the state’s leading voice dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, the Technology Association of Georgia recognizes that we all have to do more to meet the future demand for a tech-ready workforce,” said TAG President and CEO Tino Mantella. “It’s imperative that we prepare Georgia’s kids today for the jobs of tomorrow. To that end, TAG supports this initiative to strengthen coding and programming for k-12 students in the state.”

Currently, Georgia allows Advanced Placement Computer Science to satisfy the fourth and final science credit in high school. Only 18 percent of Georgia high schools offer this class and less than one percent of students took the course in 2013. Other coding courses can count only as elective credit and access to these courses is limited.

“I am working to keep Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation for business and we must have a strong education system that responds to the needs of companies across our state in order to do so,” Deal said. “Computer science should no longer be just a high school elective. With the help of strong partners like Georgia Tech, we can develop these valuable courses and better prepare our students for college and the workforce.”

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Advertising in the rights of way of state roads and placing signs on private property without the owner’s approval were prohibited in the first Georgia law regulating outdoor advertising, which was signed by Governor Richard Russell on August 27, 1931. Over the years, both practices would become enshrined in Peach State political strategy.

Former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox was nominated for President on the American Independent Party ticket on August 27, 1976, making the race probably the only one to ever feature two former Georgia governors. During the campaign, Maddox described Jimmy Carter as “the most dishonest man I ever met.”

On August 27, 1982, Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson broke the record for stolen bases in a season, nabbing number 119 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Georgia Governor Zell Miller addressed the Democratic National Convention on August 27, 1966. In 2004, Miller would address the Republican National Convention, likely becoming the first Georgian to address both major parties’ national conventions. Congressman John Lewis and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney also addressed the ’96 DNC.

On August 27, 2008, Barack Obama became the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, the first African-American nominee of a major United States political party.

Elaine Boyer indicted

A day after she resigned from the DeKalb County Commission, federal wire fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud charges were filed against Elaine Boyer.

The information charges Boyer with participating since at least September 2009 in a scheme to defraud the county by submitting false invoices for consulting services that were supposedly performed by an unnamed adviser whom Boyer had hired to assist her with her public duties.

According to the information, for at least two years invoices were submitted to Boyer’s office for the adviser’s consulting services, but no such services were performed. Boyer used the invoices to authorize payments—and mail 35 checks totaling more than $78,000—to the adviser who, the information said, funneled about 75 percent of the funds, an estimated $58,000, into Boyer’s personal bank account.

Boyer then used the money to pay personal expenses, including purchases at hotels and high-end department stores, the information said.

The criminal information also charges Boyer with using a county-issued Visa purchasing card, which was intended for county-related purchases, to make more than 50 personal purchases totaling more than $15,000 that included airline tickets and hotel rooms for personal travel for herself and her family.

United States Attorney Sally Q. Yates said she intends to ask for prison time.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the consultant in questions is likely Marion Rooks Boynton.

[A]n Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation that began months ago found that only one consultant received those kinds of payments from Boyer.

It’s Marion Rooks Boynton, a 72-year-old evangelist who ran unsuccessfully for DeKalb County offices 30 years ago. In recent weeks, the AJC had been asking Boyer for proof of the work Boynton had performed.

She could produce none.

Tuesday afternoon, Boyer told a federal magistrate judge she will plead guilty to a mail fraud charge in connection with that scheme. Boynton has not been charged.

Boyer also plans to plead guilty to another scheme first revealed in the AJC in March: using her county purchasing card to pay for personal expenses.

It is my personal hope that Nancy Jester will run for DeKalb County Commission to fill the seat vacated when Boyer resigned. During her service on the DeKalb County Board of Education, Nancy Jester uncovered millions of dollars in fraud, and sacrificed her political career on the School Board to bring the fraud to light. DeKalb County deserves an honest, principled public servant, not another political hack with ties to Elaine Boyer.

More on Polling

Yesterday, I wrote about a difference between the recent poll released by Landmark Communications, and those by other polling firms.

The Landmark poll projects a 29% ‘black vote.’  Frankly, anywhere from 28% to 30% would be reasonable, but we believe 26% is too low and has caused other polls to incorrectly display higher support for Republican candidates at this stage of the election.

The Republican National Committee apparently wrote to a member of the RNC from Georgia:

Having said that the poll you site does have African American turnout #’s at 29%. That is about 4 pts higher than the historic average but I don’t know that it is impossible.

So, there seems to be a difference in opinion on the historic figures for African-American turnout as a percentage of all voters. The difference between the RNC’s 2010 figure or 25% and Landmark’s 2010 figure of 28.5% is very significant in this setting.

It might be correct that an historic average of the percentage of Georgia voters in a General Election who are African-American is 25%, but that’s the wrong number to use as a predictor for 2012 turnout. The clear trend among the Georgia electorate is rising African-American turnout. Additionally, as Mark Rountree of Landmark Communications pointed out,

Since 2010, there have been 925,000 newly registered voters (net) in Georgia. Based on voting behavior by all demographic groups, this registration has added approximately 200,000 net new behaviorally Democratic voters to Georgia’s voting rolls. This means approximately 50,000 net registered voters added each year to the voting rolls in Georgia since the 2010 election.

The most relevant actual numbers are from the 2010 General Election, in which at least 28.29% of voters were African-American, and the 2012 General Eleciton, in which at least 29.89% of voters were African-American. On that basis, I’d say that if your pollster is using 25% as the percentage of the 2014 General Election that is likely to be African-American voters, they’re clearly wrong, essentially more than doubling the margin of error.

Here are three fundamental facts to understand when you’re looking at polling:

1.) the nature of polling is such that you can be wrong in the weighting and still have numbers that accurately represent the state of the electorate

2.) you can have everything absolutely correct methodologically and still be dead wrong on the numbers that count – the margin of error you read about whenever you see a poll is calculated at the 95% confidence interval, meaning that one in 20 polls will be outside the margin of error. Another word for “outside the margin of error” is “dead wrong.” Read that again – 1 in 20 polls is wrong.

3.) a single poll, even if absolutely correct, is a reflection of a point in time, and not a predictor of the future.

Governor Deal in Braselton

Governor Deal Braselton

Yesterday, Governor Nathan Deal spoke to a lunch held by the Jackson County Republican Party in Braselton, Georgia. Lunch was catered by Higher Grounds Coffee House, a very nice shop that I’ll visit again when in Braselton. Second from the right, next to Gov. Deal is Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum.

I’ll listen to the recording later today and see if I can pull out a couple segments to transcribe, but here’s what I took away from what Governor Deal said:

Voter turnout is absolutely critical, Republican voters must go to the polls….I’m afraid [changes in the primary schedule] may have desensitized people in this election cycle to the point where they just stay home, and we can’t afford to have that happen. Our base needs to turn out…. I would urge you to try and make sure that your family, and anybody you have any kind of contact or influence with, please stress to them the importance of this election.

Now this is a precursor to [2016], where we have a Presidential election. So, if Georgia shows any signs of vulnerability, then we are going to be deluged as a state that can no longer be counted on in the Republican column, and that has rather devastating effects for us, so we need to make sure that we do get the [voter] turnout this time.

Sam Olens notches a win for open government

Yesterday, Attorney General Sam Olens announced that his office prevailed in a lawsuit under the Open Records Act against the City of Cumming and Mayor Ford Gravitt.

Judge Adamson ordered the defendants to pay $12,000 in penalties, the highest amount possible under the law. Defendants have also been ordered to pay attorney’s fees in an amount to be determined at a later hearing.

“This ruling is a major victory for government transparency,” said Olens. “Georgians deserve a government that operates openly and honestly. The essence of our democracy is that elected officials are held accountable to the citizens and that citizens are allowed to exercise their rights granted by the First Amendment.”

At a Cumming City Council meeting on April 17, 2012, Mayor Gravitt demanded that citizen Nydia Tisdale cease filming the meeting and subsequently ordered her to leave the meeting. Ms. Tisdale returned to the meeting with another hand held camera and was again told to stop recording the meeting. Georgia’s Open Meetings Act expressly provides that visual and sound recording during open meetings shall be permitted.

“My office takes very seriously our responsibility to enforce the Open Meetings and Open Records Acts. The actions by the mayor in this circumstance were egregious, and it is essential that he be held responsible for his actions.”

Nydia Tisdale, who was ordered to stop video recording a public meeting was also at the center of the dispute this past weekend at an event held on private property, where she was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and obstruction.

Here’s the lesson for folks in politics: video recording devices are everywhere, and if you’re holding a public meeting at which candidates or elected officials are speaking, they will be recorded. In fact, the whole incident at Dawson County was recorded, and at least audio and photos are available. See, there’s this thing called an iPhone that combines a video recorder, audio recorder and camera.

If the candidates speaking this week had simply ignored Ms. Tisdale, there would be no issue. Instead, some well-meaning folks handed Gov. Deal’s opponent, Jason Carter, yet another stick with which to scourge our Republican Governor over something he and his campaign had nothing to do with.

The Democratic Party of Georgia, through spokesman Michael Smith, sent us word last night that they, too have seized on the issue. Smith coupled the reporter’s ouster with the GOP’s all-white ticket to try to make the case that Republicans are “rejecting huge swaths of the public.”

Said Smith: “They continue to alienate women, people of color, the LGBT community, and immigrants with hostile rhetoric and policies. Just this year, the Georgia Republican Party overwhelmingly rejected women and people of color on their Primary ballot. And now—in an apparent attempt to conceal what they say behind closed doors—it seems the GA GOP is purging itself of the press as well.”

This is nothing less than a political amateur hour blunder.

Pro-tip: the media can’t hold a circus if you don’t act like a clown.

Here’s a video shot a couple weeks ago by the lady who was forcibly removed from the Dawson County event. It’s well done and embarrasses no one. In fact, if I were one of the candidates in the video, I’d be grateful, and I’d be forwarding it to my friends and supporters to share with their friends and family.

Best of all, nobody embarrassed themselves or their fellow Republicans.

Professionals on-stage do not get flustered or distracted by video recordings, or even hecklers. They continue with their remarks, and for goodness sake, they don’t embarrass their Governor with whom they share a ticket in November.

Computer Programming as a foreign language

Earlier this week, Governor Deal announced that he is asking the State Board of Education to allow computer programming classes to satisfy part of the requirements for a high school diploma.

“Students need to acquire the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the modern workforce,” Deal said. “Computing is currently one of the fastest growing occupations in the country with average salaries nearly twice the national rate. In fact, more than half of the projected job growth in the STEM fields will be in computing occupations. We must begin training our young people in these areas prior to their post-secondary education so they are prepared to fill these high-wage, in-demand positions.”

“This change will support our STEM efforts — science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “It is a recognition of the evolving dynamics of our increasingly technologically dependent world.”

“If Georgia is to maintain a world-class workforce, then we must ensure that our students can understand and apply sophisticated technology,” said Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson. “I applaud Governor Deal for this change that will improve the education of students and build a better future for Georgia.”

Currently, Georgia allows Advanced Placement Computer Science to satisfy the fourth and final science credit in high school. Only 18 percent of Georgia high schools offer this class and less than one percent of students took the course in 2013. Other coding courses can count only as elective credit and access to these courses is limited.

“I am working to keep Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation for business and we must have a strong education system that responds to the needs of companies across our state in order to do so,” Deal said. “Computer science should no longer be just a high school elective. With the help of strong partners like Georgia Tech, we can develop these valuable courses and better prepare our students for college and the workforce.”

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Enos

Enos is a hound dog, about 2 years old who loves everyone and plays well with other dogs. He especially love to play in the water. If it is a nice day outside, you might find him playing in the kiddie pool at the shelter. Enos is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, Georgia.

Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae is a 2-year old Treeing Walker Coonhound. Ellie Mae is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, Georgia.

Lulu

Lulu is a nearly-five year old Treeing Walker Coonhound who is available for adoption from the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter in Blairsville, Georgia.

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2010 General Election Voters by Race

Black White Asian-PI Hisp-LT NativeAm Other Unknown All non-W/B Total Voters
2010 General 740,997 1,738,521 16,596 19,320 402 17,407 89,284 143,009 2,622,527
28.26% 66.29% 0.63% 0.74% 0.02% 0.66% 3.40% 5.45%

2010 Data Source: Secretary of State

 

2012 General Election Voters by Race

Black White Asian-PI Hisp-LT NativeAm Other Unknown All non-W/B Total Voters
2012 General 1,168,287 2,399,345 39,699 51,829 1029 33,962 213,899 340,418 3,908,050
29.89% 61.39% 1.02% 1.33% 0.03% 0.87% 5.47% 8.71%

2012 Source: Secretary of State

 

Note: in each of the above tables, “All non-W/B” combines the numbers for Asian-Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, “Other,” voters and voters whose race in unknown.

 

 

 

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