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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 19, 2015

Georgia and American History

President Abraham Lincoln delivered an 87-word speech at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

On November 19, 1864, as Sherman marched toward Savannah, the Georgia delegation to the Confederate Congress in Richmond, Virginia, sent a message to the state,

“Let every man fly to arms! Remove your negroes, horses, cattle, and provisions from Sherman’s army, and burn what you cannot carry. Burn all bridges and block up the roads in his route. Assail the invader in front, flank, and rear, by night and by day. Let him have no rest.”

The first issue of National Review magazine was published on November 19, 1955.

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President Ronald Reagan met for the first time with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev on November 19, 1985.

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Yesterday, the AJC ran a story about a lawsuit filed over an inadvertent release by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office of personal identifying information for 6.1 million registered voters. The information included Social Security Numbers and Drivers License numbers as well as the usual voter registration data.

Two Georgia women have filed a class action lawsuit alleging a massive data breach by Secretary of State Brian Kemp involving the Social Security numbers and other private information of more than six million voters statewide.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court, alleges Kemp’s office released the information including personal identifying information to the media, political parties and other paying subscribers who legally buy voter information from the state.

In response, Kemp’s office blamed a “clerical error” and said Wednesday afternoon that they did not consider it to be a breach of its system. It said 12 organizations, including statewide political parties, news media organizations and Georgia GunOwner Magazine, received the file.

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Secretary of State Brian Kemp on voter data release

Statement from SOS Kempclick here for .pdf


Georgia’s voter registration system was not breached. The system has been and remains secure. This was a clerical error that has been remedied.

“Our office shares voter registration data every month with news media and political parties that have requested it as required by Georgia law. Due to a clerical error where information was put in the wrong file, 12 recipients received a disc that contained personal identifying information that should not have been included. This violated the policies that I put in place to protect voters personal information. My office undertook immediate corrective action, including contacting each recipient to retrieve the disc, and I have taken additional administrative action within the agency to deal with the error,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A § 50-18-72(a)(20)(A), personal identifying information cannot be withheld from news media when they verify they are using the information for news purposes. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-225(c), no person that receives this data may use it for any commercial purposes.

Letter from SOS Kemp to County Voter Registrarsclick here for .pdf:

Dear Georgia Voters:

On Friday, November 13, my office learned that voters’ personal information was inadvertently included on a statewide voter file that was sent to twelve groups on October 13.

As a standard practice, these twelve groups, comprised of Georgia’s news media and political parties, receive a computer disc with an updated list of all of Georgia’s registered voters every month. This information is available to them per existing Georgia law.

However, in October, a clerical error in the IT Division led to these discs containing personal identifying information that should not have been included. The IT employee has been terminated for breaking internal rules governing the release of this information.

Upon learning of this mistake, my office took immediate action to retrieve the discs and to confirm that the recipients had not copied or otherwise disseminated the data.

All twelve discs have been accounted for. Each recipient, including the Georgia Republican Party and the Georgia Democratic Party, has confirmed that the data was not retained or diseminated to any outside parties.

To reiterate, the Georgia Voter Registration System was not breached. The system has been and remains secure, and I am confident no voter’s personal information has been compromised.

I want to assure Georgia’s citizens that it is my top priority to protect their personal information. I have put in place additional safeguards to ensure this situation does not happen again.



Brian P. Kemp


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 18, 2015

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.

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal quit his presidential campaign. I’d forgotten he was still running.

The Weekly Standard dives into the weeds of Alabama’s presidential primary process and sees an enthusiasm gap for Jeb Bush.

With less than four months to go before the state’s primary, the Bush campaign has declared, committed delegates for just 29 of 47 available spots—a sign the former Florida governor may be lagging in organization and enthusiasm in the Yellowhammer State.

Even with an incomplete slate, Bush can still fully compete for all of Alabama’s delegates to the Republican National Convention. According to the Alabama GOP’s rules, candidates running in the March 1 primary competing for 47 declared delegates, 3 for each of the state’s 7 congressional districts and an additional 26 “at-large” delegates. The registration deadline for prospective delegates was November 6, but even if Bush performs well enough in the primary to earn more than 29 delegates he currently has spots for, the state party will find enough delegates to make up the difference.

That won’t be an issue for the four presidential candidates who have at least one pledged delegate for each of the 47 spots: Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump. In fact, all 4 of those candidates have more committed delegates than the 47 spots available. One other candidate, Rand Paul has 45 out of 47 committed delegates. Bush, however, has 32 delegates running for just 29 spots, with several of the at-large spots and a few congressional district spots unfilled as of the Friday deadline.

If the state party can make up the difference, why do declared delegates matter, and why did the Carson, Rubio, Cruz, and Trump campaigns even bother filling their slots? For one, more declared delegates means more on-the-ground activists touting your candidacy. For another, it can be a good indicator—to donors, to rival candidates, and to the media—of the organizational strength of a campaign. When Bush secured a full slate of Tennessee’s delegates in October, for example, the campaign touted this on their own website.

Early voting in Columbia County for the December 1 runoff elections for House District 122 and County Commission District 3 will be open beginning November 25th.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 18, 2015


Mecca is a 12-week old baby Yellow Labrador Retriever mix girl who is available for adoption from Baldwin County Animal Control in Milledgeville, GA.


Paisley is a 12-week old female baby Boxer mix. She has some skin loss that will need to be treated. Paisley is available for adoption from Baldwin County Animal Control in Milledgeville, GA.


Rodney is an adult male Chocolate Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from Baldwin County Animal Control in Milledgeville, GA. According to the shelter, he’s a very happy, active(but not hyper) typical lab guy!


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 17, 2015


King is a two-year old male black-and-white Hound mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington is a male, one year old, Treeing Walker Coonhound who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

He still has a lot of his puppy qualities and will need to go to a family that is patient while he learns his potty manners and receives some basic training. He is very energetic and social. Jack came from Animal Control, so his background is a mystery to us, other than what we have observed while he has been here. He loves people and children and enjoys the company of the other dogs here. He likes playing and the outside very much. He enjoys toys, treats and any love that he can find.

Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow is a young, one year old, Hound mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

He was owner surrendered to us because of his owners illness. Jackis a shy, yet charming boy that is searching for a patient owner with a relaxed lifestyle. He would love to be your lap buddy. He will need gentle guidance to help him come out of his shell. But with some time, he should blossom right before your eyes. Jack is a tad more shy around men because there were no men in his home. He has been neutered, micro-chipped and is current on his vaccinations. Come and meet this well behaved and loving boy. He sure would love to become a part of your family!


Beenie is a two-year old male Beagle mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Beenie was found as a stray in a local park having himself a very good time! He was taken to Animal Control to search for his owners but none could be found. That is when Beenie found his way to PAWS! Beenie is full of energy and very curious! He would love to find a home where he could explore and run but still be part of his loving family. He loves to chase squirrels and bark at kitties! Beenie can be choosey about the dogs he likes, so if you have another furry companion at home, he would need to meet them before considering going home with you. Beenie does not have a background with us because he was a stray but since he has been at PAWS he has stolen a few hearts! We would love for Beenie to find his forever home very soon. Could that be your home? He has been neutered, micro-chipped and is current on his vaccinations.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 17, 2015

On November 17, 1732, the first English headed to colonize Georgia set off from Gravesend, England, down the Thames. Their supplies included ten tons of beer.

On November 17, 1777, Congress submitted the Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification.

Abraham Lincoln began the first draft of the Gettysburg Address on November 17, 1863.

Herman Talmadge was sworn in as Governor of Georgia on November 17, 1948, ending the “Three Governors” controversy. Click here for a review of the “Three Governors” episode by Ron Daniels.

Richard Nixon declared before a television audience, “I’m not a crook,” on November 17, 1973.

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Governor Deal issued an Executive Order after terrorist attacks in Paris.

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he will not accept Syrian refugees in Georgia and called upon President Obama to suspend the resettlement program in the United States. Since 2012, Deal has demanded that the federal government limit the number of refugees sent to Georgia.

“In light of the terror attacks in Paris, I’ve issued an executive order directing state agency heads to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia,” said Deal. “Further, I call upon the Obama administration to work with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security to confirm the backgrounds of the 59 Syrian refugees recently resettled to ensure they do not pose a security threat to our citizens. Until the federal government and Congress conducts a thorough review of current screening procedures and background checks, we will take every measure available to us at the state level to ensure the safety of Georgians.”

Read the executive order here.

Heidi Cruz spoke to Cobb County Republicans yesterday, and the Marietta Daily Journal covered the story.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 16, 2015

PAWS Humane is a private charitable group that works with the Columbus Animal Care and Control to reduce the need for euthanizing dogs and cats by moving them to a private shelter and from there, into forever homes. They do not receive any government money, but you can donate online here. You may send a check to PAWS Humane, 4900 Milgen Road, Columbus, Georgia 31907 if you prefer.


Henry is a three-year old German Shorthaired Pointer who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Henry was previously adopted but was too energetic for his new family. Often with high-energy dogs, firm and consistent discipline will help them learn to be better family members, and their energy level also tends to lower over time. If you made this boy your running buddy and took him with you, I think that would go a long way to helping him settle into family life.

Henry is a super happy and active dog. He enjoys his time outdoors investigating his surroundings. He does tend to jump up on you when he greets you to gain attention. He is good with other dogs and children, but cats we do not know about. Henry would love to find a family that will include him in their family activities and give him the love that he deserves. He has been neutered, micro-chipped and he is current on vaccinations. Please come and meet this sweet boy. He loves attention and just wants to be a part of someones life.


Flanders is a three-year old Golden Retriever mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.


Daisy is a year-old Terrier mix who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

She is a sweet and delightful girl that just wants to make your day! Daisy is happy with everything and loves to wiggle her tail when she sees you! She would like a family that has plenty of time to teach her all of the new things that pups should learn. She has been spayed, micro-chipped and is completely vetted.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 16, 2015

The Georgia Trustees visited the first group of settlers on November 16, 1732, the day before they were scheduled to depart England for the New World.

On November 16, 1737, the Georgia Trustees learned that England’s King George II would send 300 soldiers, along with 150 wives and 130 children to the settlement in Georgia.

On November 16, 1864, Sherman left Atlanta in smoking ruins.

A 2010 Wired article argues that Sherman’s rampage through Georgia and the Carolinas changed modern warfare.

Vengeance aside, the real objective of Sherman’s march was to cut the Confederacy in two, cripple Southern industrial capacity, destroy the railroad system and compel an early Confederate surrender. It was also intended to break Southern morale — in Sherman’s words, to “make Georgia howl.”

Sherman was vilified for his barbarism, but the Union commander was a realist, not a romantic. He understood — as few of his contemporaries seemed to — that technology and industrialization were radically changing the nature of warfare.

It was no longer a question of independent armies meeting on remote battlefields to settle the issue. Civilians, who helped produce the means for waging modern war, would no longer be considered innocent noncombatants. Hitting the enemy where he ate and breaking him psychologically were just as important to victory as vanquishing his armies in the field.

Sherman grasped this and, though he wasn’t the first military proponent of total war, he was the first modern commander to deliberately strike at the enemy’s infrastructure. The scorched-earth tactics were effective. The fragile Southern economy collapsed, and a once-stout rebel army was irretrievably broken.

Meanwhile, the marshals of Europe watched Sherman’s progress with fascination. And they learned.

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Early voting begins this week for the runoff elections on December 1, 2015.

Former Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) on Friday wrote on Facebook that he supports businessman Eddie DeLoach in the runoff election for Mayor of Savannah.

Kingston Endorses DeLoach

Kingston wrote:

Savannah has an important election coming up on December 1st. I’m supporting my friend Eddie DeLoach in this runoff election for Mayor.

I’ve worked with Eddie when he was a County Commissioner and as a businessman. He is a dedicated, thoughtful leader who is not afraid to make tough decisions. If Eddie disagrees with you, he’ll tell you upfront; and if he tells you he’s going to do something, take it to the bank that it’s going to get done.

Savannah has had over 11,000 “shots fired” incidents this year, with an average of 16 shots per incident. We’ve had 39 murders. That’s why addressing crime is Eddie’s number one issue. But he can’t do it without your vote.

Elections during the holidays are always difficult, but you can vote early before Thanksgiving from Nov 23 – 25. A runoff election during the holiday season means we’ll probably see low turnout, making every vote that much more important. Eddie needs you. Please vote early Nov 23-25, or on Election Day Dec 1.

For information on runoff election voting, please visit Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s MVP website and sign-in.

Heidi Cruz is traveling across Georgia today and tomorrow. If you’re able to go to one of the events, I’d be interested your thoughts and see any photos or video you take.

Cobb Meet & Greet, Monday, November 16th, 3-5 PM
Cobb GOP Headquarters
799 Roswell St, Marietta GA 30060

Conservative Republican Woman Reception, Monday, November 16th, 7-9 PM
550 Trackside
550 N Clayton St, Lawrenceville GA 30046

Houston County Breakfast, November 17th, 8-9:30 AM
Bare Bulb Coffee
1117 GA Hwy 96, Kathleen GA 31047

Ladies Luncheon in Blackshear, Tuesday, November 17th, 1-2:30 PM
Okefenokee Golf Club
1204 S River Oaks Dr, Blackshear GA 31516

Brunswick Meet & Greet, November 17th, 5-7:00 PM
Old City Hall
1229 Newcastle St, Brunswick 31520

The Savannah Morning News takes a look at the process for using eminent domain for a petroleum pipeline like the one envisioned by Kinder Morgan.

Georgia law governs petroleum pipelines — including this one — with a stringent set of rules that don’t apply to the more common natural gas pipelines. Initially written in the ‘90s to protect wealthy and influential landowners whose quail plantations were threatened by an oil pipeline, the law erects extra hurdles for petroleum pipelines that natural gas pipelines don’t need to jump.

A pipeline carrying gasoline, diesel and ethanol, as this one proposes, must first get DOT approval and then another go-ahead from the state Environmental Protection Division before it can force the sale of easements from unwilling sellers.

This eminent domain process doesn’t exist in most states although South Carolina is among those looking into beefing up restrictions in the face of new pipeline projects.

Kinder Morgan has indicated it is willing to spend more freely than in the past to ensure the opportunity to build Palmetto but won’t discuss how much it’s spent already on its public relations effort.

Kinder Morgan advertised heavily in the Peach State over the summer, but it hasn’t abandoned old-fashioned lobbying. The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission lists 12 lobbyists working for Kinder Morgan or the Palmetto Products Pipe Line, each of them making at least $10,000.

“They spend the bulk of their time doing, I really call it education,” Fore said. “Education focused on elected officials and making sure they understand who we are, what we do, why we’re doing what we’re doing and being a resource for them because as elected officials they get questions, and we want to make sure those questions are answered.”

Among those dozen lobbyists are at least five who have previously worked in state government, some in high positions.

In April, the Palmetto Products Pipe Line engaged the services of Joe Tanner and Associates, an Atlanta lobbying firm full of former top environmental regulators, including former EPD director Harold Reheis and two former assistant EPD directors.

If the pipeline gets its DOT certificate, its next and final stop is DNR before it can exercise eminent domain. Tanner and Associates may be particularly helpful on a petroleum pipeline. Company founder Joe Tanner, who helped create the DNR and twice served as its commissioner, also wrote the current petroleum pipeline law. Kinder Morgan in August hired a former GDOT staffer, Stephanie Carter Kindregan, to work for the company directly.

Meanwhile, William Morris, whose family company owns the Savannah Morning News, the Augusta Chronicle and several other newspapers, took to his bully pulpit unapologetically to discuss his opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Confronted with growing opposition, the vice president of public affairs for Kinder Morgan had this explanation: “What’s different about this project – unprecedented – is that a landowner controls three major newspapers along the pipeline route.”

Given that I am this unidentified landowner, allow me to respond.

Yes, my company does publish three major newspapers along the route.

Yes, the pipeline would run through our property.

No, I do not want it.

But allow me to add this as well. The opposition forming in Geor­gia and South Carolina to this project may be as wide a coalition as I’ve seen. It includes state and local politicians, led by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, as well as business leaders, environmental groups and families whose property has been in their families for generations.

I acknowledge my conflict of interest on this issue and have been wholly transparent in disclosing it.

But because of my personal situation, I am not going to hold back the news staffs of our newspapers in aggressively covering a story that is of great importance to our region.

And in that coverage, Kinder Morgan will be given ample opportunity to present its case for the pipeline.

Neither am I going to hold back my personal views in forums such as this one, which will be clearly delineated from the newspapers’ standard editorial content.

I readily concede that I have a privileged platform. But I do not apologize for making use of it given the circumstances.

Today, Gov. Nathan Deal will visit Jekyll Island after $200 million in renovations, including $75 million in state funds.

Gov. Nathan Deal will visit the beachside park on Monday for what he bills as a “rededication” ceremony to celebrate the sprawling new convention center, cluster of retails shops and restaurants and 200-room hotel. In all, the makeover cost nearly $200 million, with most of the money coming from private partners.

It’s a decade-long gamble for Georgia officials, who began to consider an overhaul of the island’s dilapidated hotels and crusty convention center in the early 2000s.

The Jekyll Island Authority, with about $75 million in state-backed financing, picked up where they left off. The authority redid the island entryway, remade the public beach and underwrote the $36 million convention center, which overlooks the beach.

The Westin secured financing for a new hotel, and Holiday Inn remodeled an aging hotel into a new oceanfront resort. A new Jekyll Island Youth and Learning Center to replace a faded 4-H Center is in the works with the help of $16 million in tax dollars.

For Deal, who signed legislation that rewrote Jekyll’s development guidelines, Jekyll’s turnaround is as much a legacy project as his criminal justice overhaul or his bid to expand the judiciary.

In the runoff election for Mayor of Powder Springs, first-place finisher Al Thurman picked up the support of former candidate Alison Feliciano.

Miss America Betty Cantrell took to the stage at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA to perform “Georgia on my Mind.”

Gwinnett County Commissioner Jace Brooks and Loganville City Council member Rey Martinez endorsed Marco Rubio for President.

Brooks said he decided to endorse Rubio after studying each of the Republican candidates and listening to what they said in debates. The commissioner called Rubio a “visionary.”

“His comments are almost Reagan-esque in the sense of (saying) ‘Yes, we have some issues that need to be dealt with, here’s my plan to deal with those issues, but we have a great vision,’” Brooks said.

“He has a great vision and I’m for that vision. That’s what drives me. I love big vision and I love positive vision.”

There are now five known endorsements for Rubio from Gwinnett County. Sen. P.K. Martin, R-Lawrenceville, and state Reps. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, and Chuck Efstration, R-Dacula, previously endorsed Rubio’s campaign and serve on the candidate’s state leadership team.

New legislative endorsements for Rubio include state House Majority Whip Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, and state Reps. Bill Werkheiser, R-Glennville, Michael Caldwell, R-Woodstock, Brian Strickland, R-McDonough, and Mike Dudgeon, R-Cumming.

Also joining the team supporting Marco Rubio was Gainesville-based Ashley Bell, a former supporter of Rand Paul.

Gainesville and Hall County have seen a dramatic rise in the number of children running away, according to the Gainesville Times.

Bell broke the news to Rubio campaign manager Terry Sullivan when Sullivan was in Atlanta last week. Bell will be among the hosts for Rubio’s Dec. 2 fundraising visit to Atlanta.


Jack Kingston endorses Eddie DeLoach in Runoff for Mayor of Savannah


Via Facebook:

 Savannah has an important election coming up on December 1st. I’m supporting my friend Eddie DeLoach in this runoff election for Mayor.
I’ve worked with Eddie when he was a County Commissioner and as a businessman. He is a dedicated, thoughtful leader who is not afraid to make tough decisions. If Eddie disagrees with you, he’ll tell you upfront; and if he tells you he’s going to do something, take it to the bank that it’s going to get done.

Savannah has had over 11,000 “shots fired” incidents this year, with an average of 16 shots per incident. We’ve had 39 murders. That’s why addressing crime is Eddie’s number one issue. But he can’t do it without your vote.

Elections during the holidays are always difficult, but you can vote early before Thanksgiving from Nov 23 – 25. A runoff election during the holiday season means we’ll probably see low turnout, making every vote that much more important. Eddie needs you. Please vote early Nov 23-25, or on Election Day Dec 1.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 13, 2015

President George Washington returned to the City of Washington on November 13, 1789, ending the first Presidential tour.

On the same day, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his friend Jean-Baptiste LeRoy, in which he said,

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

General Sherman’s army prepared for the March to the Sea on November 14, 1864. The March to the Sea began on November 15, 1964.

The planned route for the 17th Corps was to march from White Hall to Stockbridge, McDonough, Jackson, Monticello, and Gordon and encountered Confederate regiments from Kentucky at the Battle of Stockbridge. To the west, one or two Kentucky regiments engaged the 15th Corps in another skirmish.  [E]arlier that morning, Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum had led the 20th Corps eastward out of Atlanta with instructions to follow the Georgia Railroad eastward to Decatur, Lithonia, Covington, and Madison, tearing up the railroad along the way.

With three of his four columns on the road, Gen. Sherman remained in Atlanta with the 14th corps to oversee the destruction of anything with possible military value to the Confederacy. The next day, they would then proceed east on the road to Lithonia, then in a southeastern direction to Milledgeville, where the 20th and 14th corps would reunite in seven days.

On November 13, 1865, the United States government issued the first Gold Certificates.

The Georgia General Assembly adopted a resolution against ratifying the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution on November 13, 1866.

In deciding not to ratify the 14th Amendment, the General Assembly adopted a committee report explaining that: “1. If Georgia is not a State composing part of the Federal Government known as the Government of the United States, amendments to the Constitution of the United States are not properly before this body. 2. If Georgia is a State composing part of the Federal Government … , these these amendments are not proposed according to the requirements of the Federal Constitution, and are proposed in such a manner as to forbid the legislature from discussing the merits of the amendments without an implied surrender of the rights of the State.”

Excavation began for a new Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on the site of the former City Hall/Fulton County Courthouse on November 13, 1884.

Walt Disney released “Fantasia” on November 13, 1940.

Georgia Governor and Constitutional Commission Chair Ellis Arnall moved that a home rule provision be included in the new draft of the state Constitution and his motion passed 8-7 on November 13, 1944.

On November 14, 1944, the Constitutional Convention working on a revised document for Georgia reversed its position on home rule that had been adopted the previous day on the motion of Governor Ellis Arnall

On November 13, 1956, the United States Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that struck down a law requiring segregation on buses in Montgomery, Alabama.

Ronald Reagan announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States on November 13, 1979.

“The people have not created this disaster in our economy; the federal government has. It has overspent, overestimated, and over regulated. It has failed to deliver services within the revenues it should be allowed to raise from taxes. In the thirty-four years since the end of World War II, it has spent 448 billion dollars more than it has collection in taxes – 448 billion dollars of printing press money, which has made every dollar you earn worth less and less. At the same time, the federal government has cynically told us that high taxes on business will in some way “solve” the problem and allow the average taxpayer to pay less. Well, business is not a taxpayer it is a tax collector. Business has to pass its tax burden on to the customer as part of the cost of doing business. You and I pay the taxes imposed on business every time we go to the store. Only people pay taxes and it is political demagoguery or economic illiteracy to try and tell us otherwise.”

“The key to restoring the health of the economy lies in cutting taxes. At the same time, we need to get the waste out of federal spending. This does not mean sacrificing essential services, nor do we need to destroy the system of benefits which flow to the poor, the elderly, the sick and the handicapped. We have long since committed ourselves, as a people, to help those among us who cannot take care of themselves. But the federal government has proven to be the costliest and most inefficient provider of such help we could possibly have.”

“I believe this nation hungers for a spiritual revival; hungers to once again see honor placed above political expediency; to see government once again the protector of our liberties, not the distributor of gifts and privilege. Government should uphold and not undermine those institutions which are custodians of the very values upon which civilization is founded—religion, education and, above all, family. Government cannot be clergyman, teacher and parent. It is our servant, beholden to us.”

“We who are privileged to be Americans have had a rendezvous with destiny since the moment in 1630 when John Winthrop, standing on the deck of the tiny Arbella off the coast of Massachusetts, told the little band of pilgrims, “We shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.”

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on November 13, 1982 in Washington, DC.

On November 13, 2006, groundbreaking began for a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Three astronauts with connections to Georgia – Eric Boe, Robert Kimbrough, and Sandra Magnus – were aboard the space shuttle Endeavor when it lifted off on November 14, 2008.

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Our prayers and condolences go out to Sen. Josh McKoon and his family on the passing of his mother, Sharon McKoon. The service will be held Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1 PM at Trinity Methodist Church in Phenix City, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. McKoon asked that donations be made to PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

A Gwinnett County grand jury has indicted Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill for reckless conduct after he shot a friend earlier this year, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.Continue Reading..