Tonight, I’ll be speaking to Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta at their Annual Salad Supper at 7 PM at Magnolia Bakery Café, 5175 S. Old Peachtree Road, Norcross, GA 30092.
Also speaking will be Teresa Cantrell, discussing the 9/11 National Prayer Day and Prisca Villa on Victory 2014 and how you can help.
I hope you’ll join us.
On August 18, 1795, President George Washington signed a treaty with Great Britain called the Jay Treaty, after Supreme Court Justice John Jay who negotiated it. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison led opposition to the treaty.
On August 18, 1862, Confederate Major General of Cavalry J.E.B. Stuart was nearly captured, losing his distinctive hat and cloak and written copies of Lee’s orders near Verdiersville, Virginia.
The Georgia General Assembly adopted a joint resolution urging the creation of a federal Health Department on August 18, 1908.
On August 18, 1916, the Cherokee Rose was designated the official state flower of Georgia by a joint resolution of the State House and Senate.
The practice of tipping service employees was outlawed by legislation signed on August 18, 1918.
Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation regulating the practice of architecture and licensing practitioners on August 18, 1919.
The Georgia Board of Public Welfare was also created on August 18, 1919 when Gov. Dorsey signed legislation establishing that body and a companion bill that created the Community Service Commission.
On August 18, 1924 Gov. Clifford Walker signed legislation that would allow a referendum on a Constitutional Amendment to allow Atlanta, Savannah, or Macon to consolidate their respective municipal governments with their county governments. Macon-Bibb County merged in 2014 after voters passed a referendum in July 2012.
The Beatles played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on August 18, 1965.
On August 18, 1991, hardline Commies in the Soviet Union arrested Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev as part of a coup against Gorbachev’s reforms.
Gould B. Hagler has written a book, Georgia’s Confederate Monuments: In Honor of a Fallen Nation, which is a treat for students of Georgia’s history.
By his kind permission, we’ll be including some of his photos and notes on monuments and memorials across our state, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. From Gould Hagler’s Facebook page for his book:
Everyone is familiar with the carving on Stone Mountain. Most people are probably not aware that Solon Borglum, who began the Stone Mountain carving, also was the sculptor of the equestrian statue of Gen. Gordon at the Capitol.
Republican Rick W. Allen is approaching the one million dollar mark for self-financing his campaigns in 2012 and 2014 against incumbent Democratic Congressman John Barrow in the Twelfth District – Augusta Chronicle.
As of June 30, Allen’s campaign had raised a total of $1.2 million – with his personal money accounting for a dollar out of every $3. The crowded GOP primary forced Allen to spend most of his money, whereas Barrow was uncontested and able to stockpile cash for the fall campaign. Allen at the end of June had $225,567 left in the bank, compared to $1.8 million remaining in Barrow’s account.
InsiderAdvantage showed Gov. Deal (43%) with a 4-point lead over Jason Carter (39%) and Libertarian Andrew Hunt (7%) and Republican Senate candidate David Perdue (47%) leading Democrat Michell Nunn (40%) and Libertarian Amanda Swafford – Augusta Chronicle.
Democratic candidate for State Senate in District 9 Timothy Swiney is planning to marry his partner in a Virginia ceremony after the Commonwealth’s ban on gay marriages was overturned in court – GaVoice.com.
“I’ve been warned that this is a ‘gift’ to my Republican opponent and that seeking a marriage license at this time could damage my election chances come November,” Swiney said in a press release.
The Ninth Senate District is so solidly Republican that GOP nominee P.K. Martin doesn’t need a gift to win the race in a walkaway. In 2012, Swiney ran unsuccessfully against Republican State Representative Valerie Clark in House District 104.
“This is a popular issue with the people but not with most legislators. It’s time for Georgia to reclaim her citizen-led Legislature,” Cantrell said. “This will be a difficult process, but I am determined to do everything in my power and to work with others to see this happen. Our governor is term-limited. Thank goodness our current president is term-limited. State legislators should be term-limited.”
The irony is that the only conceivable way for Cantrell to succeed in this quixotic quest would be to spend at least the next twenty years in office and gain a leadership position.
To donate online to MUST Cherokee, click here. You may drop off food donations from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday at 111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, GA 30114.
For the 10 months following Dec. 3, 2009, a special grand jury met every other Friday to investigate land acquisitions by the Gwinnett County government. Ten everyday women and 13 everyday men heard testimony from more than a dozen people, including county staffers, elected officials, attorneys, land owners and an investigator from the district attorney’s office.
They were provided documents enough to necessitate Porter establishing a secure website to hold it all.
At the end, the grand jury chose, among other things, to indict Kenerly on two counts of failure to disclose a financial interest and one count of bribery — the latter stemming from its belief that it was likely he accepted $1 million from Jenkins in exchange for his influence over the county’s purchase of land to expand Dacula’s Rabbit Hill Park.
Kenerly maintained his innocence and chose to fight. He was indicted twice before accepting last Tuesday the controversial “no contest” plea that gave him 10 years on probation but no prison time.
Jenkins testified that, within a few days, Kenerly approached him again, asking for $1 million in connection with their Silver Oaks project.
“When — when he came in, he wanted to be — he asked me if I could pay him $50,000 a month for 20 months, like you said, a million dollars, just to — and get him out of the deal,” Jenkins told the grand jury. “You know, we had anticipated making, you know, 3- or $4 million in the development part of that deal. He said, I’ll take a million and get out, I’m tight on cash right now, if you could, pay me $50,000 a month. And we agreed to do — I agreed to do that.”
In the aftermath of the Kenerly indictment, near-indictment of a then-Commission Chairman and guilty plea by Commissioner Shirley Fanning-Lasseter, current Chair Charlotte Nash led the County Commisison to adopt a new, more stringent ethics policy – Gwinnett Daily Post.
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will speak to the Muscogee County School Board about economic development at 6 PM tonight at the Muscogee County Public Education Center at 2960 Macon Road – Ledger-Enquirer.
More suggestions for Jason Carter
I live in Jason Carter’s Senate District, and while I have always disagreed with his liberal agenda, I previously respected him as a thoughtful and hard-working legislator who was responsive to his constituents.
I lost all respect for his bid for Governor when he showed he’s not a serious candidate by saying he would increase the money available for education by cutting waste that “everybody knows” is in the state budget without actually identifying one expense he could cut. That’s a lightweight answer and shows that if his name were Jason Smith nobody would be taking him seriously.
In the spirit of bipartisanship, we have some more suggestions for how to save money in the education budget.
4. Extreme couponing
5. Amazon Prime
Random Things I like
This weekend, I attended the Caffeine & Exotics car show at Lenox Square, which is becoming a monthly attraction. My favorite: a replica of a Porsche 550 Spyder that was built on a custom chassis.