On August 26, 1864, having withdrawn from trenches and fortifications outside Atlanta the previous day, U.S. General Sherman sent most of his forces westward around Atlanta and toward the south of the city.
On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. Ratification took place on August 18, 1920, as the Tennessee House of Representatives adopted it, but adoption became official on August 26, when United States Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the Amendment. It reads:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
On August 26, 1939, the first televised major league baseball game aired, as the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader in Ebbets Field.
On August 26, 1961, the 718th Engineer Light Equipment Company of Fort Valley and the 210th Signal Base Depot Company of Augusta were called up to take part in the American response to the crisis in Berlin.
President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 26, 1964.
On August 26, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’. Bono would later be elected to Congress as a Republican in 1994 and served from 1995 until his death in 1998.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
Alfredo’s Italian restaurant is closed. Long live Alfredo’s.
Today is the voter registration deadline for the May 24, 2016 Primary Election. Check your registration to ensure it is correct and current by logging in to the Secretary of State’s MVP webpage.
If you have a driver’s license or ID issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services, you can register online to vote.
In Savannah today, voters will choose between Carl Gilliard and Alicia Blakely to serve out the remainder of the term of the late State Representative Bob Bryant. The two candidates will also meet on May 24 in the Democratic Primary, along with Josey Sheppard, Jr. for the term beginning in January.
Governor Nathan Deal has signed House Bill 951, providing an exemption from sales tax for “the National Football League championship game; any semifinal game or championship game of a national collegiate tournament; a Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, or National Basketball Association all-star game; or any other nonrecurring major sporting event determined by the commissioner of economic development and the state revenue commissioner to be a major sporting event,” with the threshold for “major” set at “expected to generate over $50 million in the host locality.”
The NFL says the exemption is required. Opposing legislators criticized the change as a giveaway to the league
The state is expected to forgo $10 million in sales taxes on game tickets. The law gives the same exemption on tickets to other sporting events expected to generate at least $50 million in other revenue.
And from WSB Radio,
House Bill 951 also gives Georgia back-to-school shoppers a sales tax break for a late July weekend and restores an incentive to buy energy efficient products. But the provision that helped splashy sporting events and their team owners sparked the most debate.
Gov. Deal also signed Senate Bill 208, which put incorporation of the new City of Stonecrest in DeKalb County on the May 24 ballot.
From the DeKalb Neighbor,
Senator JaNice VanNess, R- Conyers, carried SB 208, which allows for a voter referendum that would incorporate and constitute a charter for the city of Stonecrest in DeKalb County if the measure is approved by voters during elections May 24.
“SB 208 is important to the local community and citizens of District 43,” said VanNess. “Since this is a referendum and gives citizens the authority to make a local decision and direct the future of their community, I encourage everyone to come out and vote and ensure your voice is heard.”
The initial mayor and city council members will be elected during the November 2016 general election.
Drivers must move over one lane or slow down and be ready to stop when passing electric power line crews and other utility workers working beside the road, according to a bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law last week.
State law already extends the same sort of safety margin to other vehicles and workers stopped by the roadside, including police, ambulances, wreckers and garbage trucks.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will hold a press conference today unveiling a new Public Service Announcement campaign against sex trafficking.
Sex trafficking is considered modern day slavery in which children are bought and sold for sex. It happens throughout Georgia, from the streets of Atlanta to the back roads of small towns, and is often perpetrated in plain sight.
The “Unmasked” campaign targets the customers and in a gritty way shows that they are not anonymous – we see who they are and they are being unmasked every day.
The Polk County Republican Party has opened an office at 126 Piedmont Ave. in Rockmart that will open from daily 10:30 AM to 2 PM.
Volunteers are welcome to help, if interested, contact Mike Davenport at 804-564-6370.
Candidates may drop off materials for the public, and if they wish, make themselves available to talk with visitors. Since there are no local Democrats running for office, the upcoming primary on May 24th will determine all local elections.
Delegates to the Third Congressional District Convention of the Georgia Republican Party approved a resolution calling for expansion of the conditions eligible for medical marijuana and in-state cultivation and processing, according to the Times-Herald.
The resolution passed on a voice vote. Dale Jackson, Third District chairman for the Georgia Republican Party and a lobbyist for medical cannabis, said there were approximately 200 delegates and he only saw about three ‘no’ votes.
“It was extremely overwhelming,” said Jackson, whose son has autism.
Jackson wasn’t surprised to see the resolution pass so strongly. Polls show more than 70 percent of Georgians are in favor of expanding access to medical cannabis, Jackson said.
He feels support is particularly strong in the Third District, where many of those active in Republican Party politics “know me, know my story. I feel like they have given me the benefit of the doubt,” Jackson said.
“The Republican Party is supposed to stand up for and believe in states rights and in the Tenth Amendment,” Jackson said.
Congressman Doug Collins (R-9) gave an interview to WDUN covering a wide swath of issues for his district.
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins has again defended his controversial vote in December for a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, a vote that has become the rallying cry for his opponents in the upcoming primary.
Collins said he believes the vote was the right decision for the people of the 9th Congressional district, which he represents, and he reiterated previous statements that none of the money Planned Parenthood got from programs funded by the bill paid for abortions.
In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with AccessWDUN on Saturday, Collins also discussed his votes for former Speaker of the House John Boehner, immigration, guns, religious liberty bills, the tristate water wars, North Korea and Donald Trump.
Collins, a two-term Republican representative from Gainesville, is facing four Republicans – former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, Roger Fitzpatrick, Bernie Fontaine and Mike Scupin – in the May 24 primary. A runoff, if necessary, will be July 26. The winner faces no Democratic opposition in November.
State Senator Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) and Rep. Dusty Hightower (R-Carrollton) spoke at a Legislative Update Town Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of Carroll County.
State Sen. Mike Dugan feels that people who have committed non-violent crimes or are proven to suffer from mental illness can pay their debt to society without going to jail. He agrees with state Rep. Dusty Hightower that Georgia does not have enough in the budget for long-term health care for residents.
Dugan touched on legislative reform, saying there are some crimes that do not fit the harsh sentences imposed and there are alternatives to consider instead of filling up the jails.
“There are other ways that you can pay your debt to society without being in a jail,” he said. “If you are someone who is violent and anti-social and if we can’t trust you to be a member of society without you harming others then you ought to be locked up. But for those that are non-violent offenders, they ought not be in prison. For those that are suffering from mental illness, they ought not be in prison. Instead, they ought to be in a facility where they can get the mental health care that they need.”
“I want to caution you not to look at everything through the lens of Carroll County or the Atlanta area,” said Dugan. “If you go down to Baker County and Mitchell County, and some of those counties in southwest Georgia, they don’t have the assets at their disposal that we have here. Their population is low, the medium income level is low and their education level needs improvement. And we have put a lot of effort into increasing the (Internet) bandwith in the schools so that if they can’t find a teacher in a particular subject, they can have access to virtual instructors while someone on faculty is physically there to facilitate.“
Hightower answered several health care-related questions from those who expressed concern with age, and even with how the Religious Freedom Act might affect trips to the pharmacy for people who might want something as simple as birth control, or people who might end up encountering doctors who do not want to perform certain procedures due to their personal faith. Hightower cited several variations of the legislation and explained what stages it has gone through over time.
Savannah City Council will consider issuing bonds to fund a $33 million parking garage.
After the disqualification of two candidates for Muscogee County Sheriff, a challenge has been filed against the sole remaining candidate.
Disqualified candidate Pam Brown’s campaign is challenging retired Sheriff Capt. Donna Tompkins’ qualifications, alleging Tompkins missed the deadline for filing an affidavit that swears she meets all the standards to run for sheriff.
The complaint from Patricia Kiley, Brown’s campaign manager, claims Tompkins’ “Declaration of Candidacy and Affidavit” should have been filed by the close of qualifying at noon, March 11. An image of Tompkins’ affidavit posted to the elections office website shows the affidavit is dated March 15.
But that is within the deadline, said Nancy Boren, executive director of the Muscogee Board of Elections & Registrations. The law that once set the affidavit deadline at the close of qualifying later was amended to give candidates three business days after qualifying ended, Boren said.
Brown’s attorney, J. Mark Shelnutt, said the law requires a candidate to file the affidavit when he or she qualifies for office:
“Each person offering his or her candidacy for the office of sheriff shall at the time such person qualifies, swear or affirm before the officer before whom such person has qualified to seek the office of sheriff that he or she meets all of the qualifications required by this subsection….”
Marine scientists wrote an open letter to President Obama saying that oil exploration off the coast from Delaware to Florida could endanger Right Whales, the official marine mammal of the State of Georgia.
An international group of 28 leading right whale researchers wrote an open letter to President Obama last week stating that seismic oil and gas surveys planned in the waters between Delaware and Florida would significantly impact right whales, an endangered species numbering about 500 animals, and “would jeopardize its survival.”
They cite other increasing dangers to this species, whose coast-hugging habits earned it the nickname of the “urban whale.” The whales already face entanglement in fishing gear and injuries from boat strikes. Recent studies suggest its population is no longer increasing and may be declining.
Georgia designated the critically endangered right whale as its official state marine mammal in 1985, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Georgia’s coastal waters are a calving area for the right whale, and it’s the only great whale native to Georgia waters. A below average count of fourteen baby right whales were spotted in the most recent calving season, which ended at the beginning of April.
The Obama administration recently excluded the Atlantic from oil and gas leasing over the next five years, but that decision didn’t extend to the ongoing permitting process for seismic exploration. Eight permits are awaiting approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Nesting season for sea turtles officially begins May 1st.
“Last year we had 18 nests on Tybee … When I first started 15 years ago, he had three nests and now we average about 10 nests each season. She said during the season, the organization encourages “the darkest beach as possible.”
“Any light source can cause a deterrent to female turtles and to the hatchlings,” Smith says. “We ask people to pick up trash to keep beach and waterways clear … and to fill in any holes on the beach and knock down sand castles before you leave. These obstacles can cause problems for babies after they are born because they can get stuck in those holes or blocked by trash.”
Is that a primate in your pocket, or are you just glad to see her? A man in Oregon paid a prostitute with money stolen from a pet store and a girl scout cookie donation jar and then tipped her with a Galago, a small nocturnal primate also called a bush baby.
Let’s hope no Emory students were terrified by
threatening chalk markings sidewalk art in Savannah.