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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 16, 2016

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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Smoke-induced breathing problems are sending more folks, yours truly among them, to seek medical care.

State health officials said Monday that significant increases in the number of emergency room visits for asthma occurred in the Dalton, Gainesville, Jasper and metro Atlanta areas last week, at a time when smoke from wildfires drifted over those areas.

Piedmont Healthcare told GHN on Monday that its hospital in Jasper, Piedmont Mountainside, said the average number of patients seen in its emergency department with respiratory issues (per day) increased by 8 percent from September to October. But then those visits jumped by more than 50 percent in the first 14 days of November, Piedmont officials said.

Paige Tolbert, chair of the Department of Environmental Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, said Monday that its research has found that in the past, “on days when we have higher biomass burning, or wildfires, we do see increases in ER visits for respiratory outcomes.”

These conditions include bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. “It’s really a public health burden,’’ she said.

Qualifying continues today for the December 13, 2016 Special Election in Senate District 54 which includes Gordon, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties. Qualifying papers will be accepted until 5 PM tomorrow and again tomorrow from 8 AM to 2 PM. Three candidates have qualified already:

Chuck Payne, Republican, website: chuckforsenate.com

Conda Lowery Goodson, Republican, website: www.condagoodson.com

Debby Peppers, Non-partisan

The Dalton Daily Citizen has more on the Special Election:

Conda Lowery Goodson, former Whitfield County Republican Party chairman Chuck Payne and former Whitfield County commissioner Debby Peppers qualified in Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office in Atlanta.

[Senator Bethel] did not face opposition in the general election and defeated Goodson with 75 percent of the vote in the May Republican primary.

Early voting will begin on Nov. 28.

The League of Women Voters of the Dalton Area and The Daily Citizen will host a candidates forum for the individuals seeking the District 54 seat on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Dalton City Hall. The public is invited. For more information, call Jackie Renfroe at (706) 278-8166 or Virgelia Meek at (706) 226-6774.

Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) was elected yesterday to the House leadership team, winning the position of Vice Chair of the House Conference over Texas Congressman Bill Flores.

Collins, who will succeed Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, said he ran to help expand the conference’s messaging and to ensure that members in both red and swing districts can communicate conservative ideas in a way that will resonate with their constituents.

“What we’re looking for is communication between our members — how they go to the floor, how we actually take the debate and the argument to the Democrats on the floor,” he said.

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr is in a runoff to retain his job.

As incumbent Sheriff John Darr defends his position against challenger Donna Tompkins, he will also have to defend against some extra firepower. Two key endorsements could give Darr some difficulty.

“I think the voters spoke loud and clear,” Tompkins said.

[On election day] 20% of Muscogee County voters selected Republican Mark LaJoye. 33% voted for Darr, an Independent. Tompkins took home 46% of the vote. Since no candidate garnered 50% plus one vote, the top two vote earners, in this case Tompkins and Darr, will compete in a runoff election December 6. Tompkins will have the support and endorsements from LaJoye and Robert Smith, a former candidate who was one of four candidates disqualified in March.

“We’ve shared a lot of the same vision all throughout the campaign,” LaJoye said.

December’s runoff will determine if Darr gets a third term or if change is coming to the sheriff’s office. Darr believes Tompkins’ endorsements won’t make a difference in the way he runs his campaign.

“It doesn’t impact me either way,” Darr said. “My job is to continue for the next three weeks to work as hard as I can, get out here and touch as many people in this community.”

Darr says despite the triple-headed challenge, he likes his chances in a runoff.

“Hopefully people will recognize the things we’re doing out here within the sheriff’s office and in the community making a difference,” Darr said.

Henry County Commission candidates June Wood and Carlotta Harrell are headed to a December 6 runoff.

Henry County’s final Nov. 8 General Election results on Monday have confirmed that the Henry County Board of Commissioner chair race will head to the Dec. 6 runoff.

Republican June Wood received just 97 votes more than Democrat Carlotta Harrell.

“I give God all the glory for all the people who have volunteered for this campaign,” said Wood. “As an outsider to politics, I’m humbled and appreciative of the support.”

Both candidates secured just under the 50 percent of votes required to win. Wood received 47,255 votes, or 49.39 percent, while Harrell received 49.28 percent.

The incoming Trump-Pence administration is looking to hire 4000 or more into policy positions.

Mr. Trump, who until now had no experience in the federal government, is under immense pressure to find 4,100 qualified people to lead it.

On Sunday, Mr. Trump chose as his chief of staff Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, who is a good friend of Mr. Pence and of Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and who has good relations with Congress.

The Partnership for Public Service, an advocacy group for effective government that has analyzed generations of good and bad transitions, and its Center for Presidential Transition have been working with Mr. Trump’s team. The transition team has hired some experienced transition leaders from the George W. Bush and Romney teams that the center recommended.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is heading the transition team, is removing lobbyists from the effort.

Lobbyists are being purged from official roles in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, sources told Fox News late Tuesday.

The move to get rid of lobbyists in key roles was one of the first decisions made by Vice President-elect Mike Pence in his role overseeing the construction of a Trump administration.

One source said the decision to remove the lobbyists “makes good on [Trump's] vision of how he wants his government constructed.”

A short time later a tweet appeared on Trump’s account: “Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!”

Maybe they’ll institute an Apprentice-style tryout for finalists for senior positions.

Congressman Tom Price is being seriously considered for Secretary of Health and Human Services, according to Politico.com.

Rep. Tom Price is being considered for Donald Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services, two sources tell POLITICO.

“Tom Price has been loyal to Donald Trump from the outset and his knowledge of health care is second to none,” said a Republican source on the Hill close to the Trump campaign. “Him being in contention for HHS secretary makes perfect sense.”

The Georgia Republican, who chairs the House Budget Committee, was an early Trump supporter. He and several other House committee chairmen endorsed Trump in May. Price also campaigned with Trump at an Obamacare repeal rally a week before the election.

Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has been one of the GOP’s top voices on Obamacare repeal and other health care issues. He was one of the first Republicans to introduce an alternative to Obamacare when Democrats were debating health care reform in 2009 and 2010.

Randy Evans is being mentioned as a new Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The current front runners of the fledgling race: Matt Pinnell – the national party’s current liaison to state parties, David Bossie – an RNC member and served as Trump’s deputy campaign manager, Georgia RNC Committeeman Randy Evans, and Ronna Romney McDaniel – chair of the Michigan Republican Party and niece of Mitt Romney.

I have no doubt that Randy Evans would be a great RNC Chair, and that his ascent would bring an RNC meeting to Atlanta. But here’s a twist. Former DNC Chair and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is seeking the Chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.

Both Randy Evans and Howard Dean work at the Dentons mega law firm, and it might present an uncomfortable situation to have both major party chairs at the same law firm. It would certainly play into the narratives spun by conspiracy theorists.

State Rep. Christian Coomer (R-Cartersville) has been elected as the new State House Majority Whip.

“I am honored to have been voted by my colleagues to serve as House majority whip. I am thrilled to immediately get to work making sure our state stays on a path to greater prosperity and our majority caucus effectively represents the interests and values of our constituents,” Coomer said.

“Due to the steady hand of leadership we have enjoyed in the state House, we are already ahead of our neighboring states in our recovery. When the engine of the U.S. economy begins rolling once more, Georgia will be catapulted into even greater heights.”

As majority whip, Coomer will be responsible for monitoring legislation as it moves through both chambers of the General Assembly and helping the members of the Majority Caucus to better understand the details of bills and resolutions.

State Rep. Stacey Evans joined the Democratic house leadership, as she was elected Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

Cobb County’s flip to Hillary Clinton continues to cause politicos to flap their gums wring their hands. From the Marietta Daily Journal:

Kerwin Swint, political science professor at Kennesaw State University and chair of the political science and international affairs department, said he was surprised by Clinton winning Cobb.

“We are accustomed to thinking of Cobb County as sort of Republican central in Georgia,” Swint said. “It’s been a very important county for Republican candidates running statewide to run up the vote in Cobb County. So yeah, it was surprising to see that Clinton actually carried Cobb.”

“You can’t deny that the nature of the two candidates in this campaign changed some voting calculations on the part of some Cobb County residents. They ordinarily would have voted for a more traditional Republican, say Marco Rubio. They weren’t comfortable voting for Donald Trump,” Swint said.

“A lot of those Rubio voters were not going to vote for Donald Trump, at least a significant percentage of them probably didn’t vote in that race — they may have skipped that part and gone to other races — or they just didn’t vote at all,” Swint said.

From the AJC:

Cobb hadn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential race since Georgia’s own Jimmy Carter swept the county in 1976 — and even he was defeated in Cobb four years later. It was the launching pad for the political careers of Newt Gingrich, Sam Olens and Johnny Isakson. And it’s long been one of the most reliable sources in Georgia for GOP cash, votes and volunteers.

Cobb GOP Chairwoman Rose Wing and other local party leaders cast it as a one-off, driven by Trump’s high unfavorable ratings, crude comments about women and a history of tepid support in the county, where his anti-establishment campaign didn’t play as well in a bastion of the state’s GOP establishment.

“As our Republican leaders implement common-sense, conservative solutions to get our nation back on track, we look forward to running on that record in four years,” said Cobb GOP Vice Chairman Justin Tomczak, who pointed to down-ticket wins in the county.

Republican state Sen. Hunter Hill held on to his seat despite getting shellacked in the Cobb part of his district. State Rep. Rich Golick’s 19-point win over a Democrat two years ago melted to a 6-point win over the same opponent this year. And state Rep. Sam Teasley’s margin of victory shrank from 25 points to 14 in the past two years.

“We need to be reaching out not only to the people who traditionally agree with us, but also those not inclined to support Republicans,” said Teasley of Marietta. “I don’t think Republicans have to compromise what they believe in to show we are concerned with the issues that they are concerned about.”

Stonecrest and South Fulton will form city governments after voters approved referenda last week.

About four years ago, DeKalb County resident Jason Lary noticed a trend:

“Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Peachtree Corners. Every city that branched off flourished. Flourished. And without raising taxes,” said Lary.

So in 2012, Lary, chairman of the Stonecrest YES Committee, launched a campaign with his neighbors to form the city of Stonecrest.

Stonecrest will be the fourth new city to form in DeKalb County in last decade, following Tucker, Brookhaven and Dunwoody.

Columbus City Council will ask the General Assembly for the opportunity to hold a referendum to bring casino gambling to the city.

By a 7-2 vote with Councilors Glenn Davis and Mike Baker opposed and Councilor Mimi Woodson absent, council approved asking the local legislative delegation to “introduce and/or support legislation to authorize a referendum to allow Georgia citizens to vote as to whether they want to allow casino gaming in Georgia for the purpose of Hope Scholarship funding.”

Council’s discussion followed five leaders in the black community who supported including the suggestion on the legislative agenda.

Local entrepreneur Robert Wright Jr. said Monday that he would like to see a $200-million casino go up in south Columbus. He and several other leaders came to Council on Tuesday to ask councilors to include the request on its legislative agenda.

Addressing councilors during the Public Agenda portion of the meeting, Wright was joined by attorneys Teddy Reese, Stacey Jackson and Katonga Wright, who is Wright’s niece, and Rev. Ralph Huling, pastor of St. James Missionary Baptist Church and president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

Davis, one of two lone opposing votes, said he supports people’s right to vote on issues, but he said the councilors have not had a chance to adequately educate themselves on the issue.

“I think it’s premature to vote on this now,” Davis said.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s department received a grant from the USDOJ for housing illegal aliens who are accused of crimes.

County commissioners agreed to accept a $118,091 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, through its State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. The money will be split between the Sheriff’s Office and corrections department, who applied for the grant jointly.

It’s not a new thing. Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Boyd said the agencies jointly apply for the grant each year. It’s not a request from the federal government to house the undocumented residents either. It’s just the federal government paying the county back for assistance that’s been provided, according to Boyd.

“What this grant does is it reimburses local agencies a percentage of the cost of housing undocumented criminal aliens in the jail and at corrections,” he said.

Macon-Bibb County Commission voted to turn over parking management to the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority.

Chatham County voter turnout reached an all-time high of 73.1 percent last week with 113,551 ballots cast.

The Augusta Commission approved a nearly $790 million FY2017 budget that includes a cut of more than $700,000 from EMS services.

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Nov

Brandon Phillips on South Georgia Support for Donald J. Trump

brandon-philips-headshotDonald Trump did a lot of things people didn’t expect last Tuesday. For starters, he won. Just as important, however, he did so with a path as non-traditional as his candidacy. For example, not too many pundits would have predicted Trump would outperform Mitt Romney with black and Hispanic voters, but that’s exactly what NBC News exit polls showed.

Among the Georgia pundit crowd, the big talk is Trump not carrying the traditional Republican stronghold of Cobb County, or it’s sister county, the demographically changing Gwinnett County. I can understand why Republicans are quick to fixate on this. Cobb County, after all, helped to send Georgia’s first Republican to the U.S. Senate for the first time since Reconstruction in Mack Mattingly during the Regan Revolution of 1980. It delivered 70 percent of its 99,000 votes in a race Mattingly carried statewide by only 27,000. Republicans have been on a roll ever since thanks to suburban counties like Cobb.

So how can Trump lose Cobb County, underperform in other traditional Republican suburbs, and still carry Georgia by a comfortable 231,000 vote margin? Simple. Rural Georgia showed up to vote overwhelmingly for Trump.

In South Georgia, for instance, Trump outperformed Senator David Perdue’s 2014 General Election margins in 46 counties, sometimes by as much at 9 points. He carried several rural counties with over 80 percent. With that kind of margin and breadth of support, even the small counties start to add up.Continue Reading..

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for November 15, 2016

sassy

Sassy is a small, young, 10-pound female Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Little Orphan Animals in Stockbridge, GA.

She has done well with other dogs and children; no experience with cats. She is housebroken (uses puppy pads but can easily be trained to go outdoors–supervised, of course).

jewel

Jewel is a young adult female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Praying For Paws Inc in McDonough, GA.

molley

Molley is an adult female German Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from K9 Angels (small dog rescue) in Stockbridge, GA.

Molley is a 9 year old very sweet German Shepherd……she is such a perfect girl. Molley deserves a loving family where she is well care for. The owners had to give her up due to health problems but almost killed her with treats so Molley is trying to lose some weight. She is house trained and great with other dogs. Please consider Molley for your family. For more information, contact Corinne at 770 957 1115.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 15, 2016

James Oglethorpe left London on November 15, 1732 headed to a Thames River port named Gravesend, where he would board the ship Anne and lead the first colonists to Georgia.

On November 15, 1777, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union were adopted in York, Pennsylvania.

Congress was a single house, with each state having one vote, and a president elected to chair the assembly. Although Congress did not have the right to levy taxes, it did have authority over foreign affairs and could regulate a national army and declare war and peace. Amendments to the Articles required approval from all 13 states. On March 2, 1781, following final ratification by the 13th state, the Articles of Confederation became the law of the land.

Edward Langworthy of Savannah, Edward Telfair, and John Walton signed the Articles of Confederation for Georgia.

Stephen Heard Conan OBrien

On November 15, 1815, Patriot leader Stephen Heard died in Elbert County, GA. Heard served on Georgia’s Executive Council during part of the American Revolution and as its President from 1780 to 1781. He later served in the Georgia House of Representatives, as a judge in Elbert County, and as a delegate to Georgia’s 1975 Constitutional Convention. The above portrait of Conan O’Brien Stephen Heard hangs in the basement (pied a terre) level of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion.

On November 15, 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman’s army left Atlanta on its March to the Sea.

On November 15, the army began to move, burning the industrial section of Atlanta before leaving. One witness reported “immense and raging fires lighting up whole heavens… huge waves of fire roll up into the sky; presently the skeleton of great warehouses stand out in relief against sheets of roaring, blazing, furious flames.” Sherman’s famous destruction of Georgia had begun.

On November 15, 1977, President Jimmy Carter hosted the Shah of Iran in Washington, where they spent two days discussing U.S-Iranian relations.

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Trump Farmers Rally

Brandon Phillips, who served most of this year as Georgia State Director for the Trump campaign, writes about Trump’s strength across South Georgia.Continue Reading..

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Nov

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for November 14, 2016

cannon

Cannon is a three-year old male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Cannon is a happy boy that can’t wait to find his very own person. He is a long and lanky dude with a soft feathery coat and a knack for making you smile. Cannon is in urgent need of a foster or permanent home.

bella

Bella is a sweet senior female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

She would love to go home with you, she promises she won’t be much trouble. Bella is a shy, gentle girl who lives in the shelter’s front office. She has free range in the office and never makes a peep or gets into anything. She prances around the office and checks people out and occasionally asks for pets. She is fine around other dogs, but keeps her distance so she can check them out before approaching. She is a great listener and is very obedient. She is even housetrained! She stands by the door to let you know that she needs to go outside.

Bella’s favorite activities include sleeping on her giant orthopedic bed, checking new things out, and eating duck-flavored treats. If you are looking for a laid back, quiet, and sweet companion, look no further than Bella! She would love to meet you here at LifeLine’s DeKalb Animal Services!

amslie

Amslie is a 7-year old female Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services.

Amslie is a sweet, shy girl who would love a comfy bed to rest on, a family to shower with love, and maybe even a few toys. Amslie gets along great with other dogs and may enjoy sharing a canine companion in her forever home. Her wrinkly face is sure to win you over the second you see it! She is seven years old and weighs about 47 pounds. Meet her at LifeLine’s DeKalb Animal Services!

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 14, 2016

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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President-elect Donald Trump has selected RNC Chairman Reince Preibus as his Chief of Staff.

President-elect Donald Trump named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, a selection that suggests the Republican is interested in a more conventional approach to governing after his insurgent campaign.

Mr. Trump on Sunday also named Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counsel. Mr. Bannon, who was chief executive of the Trump campaign, was in consideration with Mr. Priebus for the White House’s top personnel position.

“Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again.”

The selection of Mr. Priebus will, by definition, help organize the transition. This decision allows Mr. Trump and his team to focus on identifying 15 cabinet positions and more than 1,000 top posts that must be confirmed by the Senate.

While Mr. Priebus’s elevation is a nod to the Washington establishment, Mr. Bannon brings a more disruptive political force into the White House.

Some Georgians cheered the announcement of Priebus as Chief of Staff, with Republican National Committeeman Randy Evans writing on Facebook,

“Reince is a great choice for President-elect Trump as Chief of Staff.” and “Good for Georgia; good for America.”

Meanwhile, Debbie Dooley took to Twitter, writing

Clear D.C Insider @Reince is thumbing his nose at the message voters sent 11-8. We want an outsider. @realDonaldTrump#NoPriebus

and

Talk to a few folks about Priebus. Bannon has the real power, not Priebus. The people won that… @realDonaldTrump made a good decision

Some folks in Cobb County are looking to cast blame for Hillary Clinton carrying what has traditionally been a GOP bastion.

Gwinnett County also went for Hillary Clinton, with 51% of ballots cast for her.

“It’s a county I’ve been keeping my eye on, along with others, in terms of the increasing diverse registration figures coming out of the county, but I thought Republicans would hold onto it this year and probably 2020 would be when it flipped,” [UGA Political Science Professor Charles] Bullock said. “It’s four years earlier than I thought anyway.”

Tuesday’s results are a sign of a major shift taking place in Gwinnett politics where Republicans hold a lot of power, but are gradually losing ground to Democrats at the ballot box.

Gwinnett Democrats biggest victory was Hillary Clinton winning the county in the presidential race with nearly 51 percent of the vote. Not even her husband, who narrowly won Georgia in 1992, ever won Gwinnett.

There were other victories for Democrats this year, though. They flipped one seat in the Gwinnett County Legislative Delegation when Sam Park beat incumbent state Rep. Valerie Clark.

Meanwhile, the House District 101 race between Republican incumbent Joyce Chandler and Democrat Donna McLeod is so close that it still isn’t clear who won. The candidates are waiting on the counting of provisional ballots, and an expected recount, before they know who won.

“Given the diversity in the county’s population, the fact that the Democrats are doing better there isn’t surprising,” Bullock said. “That suggests this may very well continue into 2018 when we vote on all of the (state) constitutional officers.”

“Although the county went Democrat for president and added one more Democrat in the legislature, there are still an awful lot of Republican voters there,” Bullock said. “The county is one that both parties are going to want to contest very seriously and try mobilize their followers within the county.

“Gwinnett’s one of the most populous counties in the state and some project it will become the most populous county in the state. Even though it’s tipped from more red to now more blue, neither party is going to just write it off.”

There were other signs of lower support for Republican candidates on Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson got nearly 49.8 percent of the vote this time. When he first ran for the seat in 2004, he got 64.8 percent of Gwinnett’s vote, and he later got 62 percent of the county’s vote when he ran for re-election in 2010.

Hall County voter turnout set a new record with 78.5% of registered voters casting ballots.

But turnout among Latino and African-American minorities did not materialize as strongly as Democrats had hoped.

It’s a result seen in Hall, across the state and nationwide that was as significant to Republican Donald Trump’s victory as was his support among white working-class voters.

Hall Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee said results would be formally certified Monday after counting a few dozen provisional ballots. But there are even less of these cast than there were in 2012.

Trump won Hall County overall with 72.73 percent of the vote while Clinton received 22.73 percent and Johnson managed 3.24 percent.

Johnson performed better with voters on Election Day than he did in early voting, while Clinton and Trump fared stronger in early voting totals.

Columbus provided a rare bright spot for Opportunity School District Amendment 1 proponents.

But while the referendum failed by a wide margin statewide (60-40 percent), a slim majority of Muscogee County’s voters favored the proposal (51-49 percent). The difference is significant, insists John Thomas, the District 2 representative on the Muscogee County School Board.

“This result indicates the majority of local citizens are so frustrated with our failed local public system that they are willing to relinquish control of schools to the state,” Thomas told the Ledger-Enquirer in an email. “This result validates the position (District 8 representative) Frank Myers and I have been taking, and I continue to be proud to stand with Frank on the short end of many, many 7-2 votes that continue to rubber-stamp our schools into failure. We will continue our fight, and now it is clear, with the support of the majority of the people.

“Perhaps this local result will finally provide the wake-up call the administration needs to join us in these efforts.”

Board chairman Rob Varner of District 5 replied in an email to the Ledger-Enquirer, “I categorically reject the suggestion that the local vote to support the amendment was, in any way, a negative reflection on our district.”

But Hillary Clinton carried Columbus votes by a wide margin.

Overall, Trump got 26,901 votes to Clinton’s 39,602 in Columbus, or 39 percent to 57 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson drawing 2.6 percent and write-ins 1.2 percent.

Columbus’ results were not alone in reflecting a racial divide. The pattern held statewide and across the nation, said Jacob Holt, a political science professor at Columbus State University.

“Really Clinton did well in areas where you had a larger African-American population,” he said.

Extremely well, in Columbus, but not always as well as Barack Obama in 2012.

Cobb County Commission Chair-elect Mike Boyce will speak to the Cobb County Republican Assembly tonight at 8 PM at Rib Ranch, located at 2063 Canton Road in Marietta.

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach would like the general assembly to take another crack at eminent domain, revisiting some of the limitations added in recent years.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach recently expressed an interest in continuing the effort [to address blight], despite the potential challenges posed by lawmakers’ concerned about property rights. And the city may have a better chance at getting something passed as next year’s legislative session approaches.

Rather than going it alone, the city will have the Georgia Municipal Association on its side. And at least one state representative, the dean of the Chatham County legislative delegation, has indicated he supports the push for changes.

DeLoach called for the council to pursue the matter after the issue was raised on Oct. 27, when staffers presented the Savannah City Council with the 2017 housing and community development plan.

The Office of Chatham County Surveyor will cease being an elected office in 2017.

Earlier this year, [incumbent Surveyor Bert] Barrett asked Georgia Rep. Jesse Petrea, R-Savannah, to introduce legislation that would do away with the elected surveyor post in Chatham County. After getting the full support of the Savannah delegation, the bill was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and subsequently signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The bill abolishes the post of the elected Chatham County surveyor and declares that the person serving in the post on Jan. 1 of this year — Barrett — serve until the expiration of the current term, which is the end of this year.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for November 11, 2016

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Jill is one of three female Labrador Retriever mix puppies who are available for adoption from Pound Puppies ‘N Kittens Incorporated in Social Circle, GA.

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Pecan is a young male Boxer mix who is available for adoption from Pound Puppies ‘N Kittens Incorporated in Social Circle, GA.

barney

Barney is an adult male Beagle who is available for adoption from Pound Puppies ‘N Kittens Incorporated in Social Circle, GA.

Today Mrs. GaPundit makes her yearly donation to PatriotPAWS, a fine organization that trains and provides service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and PTS in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.

Healing4Heroes is a Peachtree City, GA based group that helps veterans by saving shelter dogs and training them to be ADA-compliant trained service companions and providing them at no cost to veterans.

Veterans K9 Solutions, Inc in Augusta, GA also saves shelter dogs and trains them to serve veterans.

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is offering free pet adoptions for veterans during November.

In addition, the shelter will be extending its special on pet adoptions through the end of this month. The special includes adoption fees, the first round of vaccines, microchip, and spaying/neutering for $20.

The Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. The hours of operation are every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.com or follow @Gwinnett Animal Shelter to see adoptable pets, upcoming events, and details on caring for your pet.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 11, 2016

The first twenty-three cadets at Virginia Military Institute began their service on November 11, 1839.

On November 11, 1918, word reached Georgia that an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending World War One. Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsery declared a state holiday. Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I, was first celebrated on November 11, 1919 and is celebrated on November 11th every year.

In 1938, Congress recognized November 11th as Armistice Day, making it a legal holiday, and in 1954, at the urging of veterans, Congress renamed the holiday “Veterans Day.”

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated on November 11, 1921.

On Armistice Day, in the presence of President Harding and other government, military, and international dignitaries, the unknown soldier was buried with highest honors beside the Memorial Amphitheater. As the soldier was lowered to his final resting place, a two-inch layer of soil brought from France was placed below his coffin so that he might rest forever atop the earth on which he died.

The Tomb of the Unknowns is considered the most hallowed grave at Arlington Cemetery, America’s most sacred military cemetery. The tombstone itself, designed by sculptor Thomas Hudson Jones, was not completed until 1932, when it was unveiled bearing the description “Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God.” The World War I unknown was later joined by the unidentified remains of soldiers from America’s other major 20th century wars and the tomb was put under permanent guard by special military sentinels.

On November 11, 1942, the draft age was lowered to 18 and raised to 37. At the time, African-Americans were excluded from the draft over concerns about a racially-diverse military.

In 1945, the idea was put forth to expand Armistice Day to honor all veterans and in 1954, Congress made the change to “Veterans Day” official.

The “General Lee” first left the ground, using a ramp to clear a police car, during filming of “The Dukes of Hazzard” on November 11, 1978.

Ronald Reagan became the first President of the United States to address the Japanese Diet in Tokyo on November 11, 1983.

On November 11, 1988, the Georgia Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in front of the Sloppy Floyd state government building across the street from the Georgia State Capitol.

On November 11, 1997, a monument to Georgia’s World War I veterans was dedicated, also in front of the Sloppy Floyd building.

Three years ago today, on November 11, 2013, the Atlanta Braves announced they would move from downtown Atlanta to Cobb County.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Chuck Payne, an experience Georgia Republican Party leader is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring to succeed Sen. Charlie Bethel in the 54th Senate District. Payne wrote on Facebook,

Because the compassions, the care and the concerns of a lifetime have brought me to this day, and with my wife, my children and my family and friends standing with me, today, I announce that I WILL seek the Georgia State Senate in the 54th District of Georgia.

From the time that I was 18 years old and signed my name to join the US Army, and throughout my 30 years of service to kids and families with the GA Department of Juvenile Justice, and of my 26 years of committed efforts with Georgia Republican Party, a single voice of purpose has driven me in seeking a better tomorrow for ourselves and the next generation, and only, “Because the Future Matters!”

As, generations before us had committed themselves to insure the very freedoms we have known, so is it our great responsibility; that we do the same for the next. So, just as a family friend had recently shared, “The time has come; the door has opened”, so, faithfully, I step forward seeking to serve my neighbors, and our communities of the 54th District of Georgia.

I hope you will join us, as we move forward to the Special Election of December 13th, and graciously, I would appreciate your support, your prayers and certainly your vote!

I pray, may God’s Blessing be upon us, all.

Oconee County Commission Post 3 voters will return to the polls for a December 6 runoff election.

Oconee County voters sent the three-way race for the Post 3 seat on the Board of Commissioners to a runoff. The race is to fill the the unexpired term of Republican John Daniell, who resigned and is unopposed for the commission chairman’s seat. Daniell’s unexpired term continues through 2018.

Seeking the seat were Republicans Ben Bridges, 50, production manager at a chicken-processing facility; Chuck Horton, 62, the director of parking in downtown Athens who is also a former Oconee County commissioner and former Oconee County Board of Education chairman; and Marcus Wiedower, 40, the president of BluePrint Builders, 3 BH Inc., and Bulldawg Builders.

Horton led balloting with 45.4 percent of the vote, or 7,701 of the 16,945 votes cast. Wiedower, who will join Horton in the runoff, garnered 5,201 votes for almost 31 percent. Bridges received almost 24 percent of the vote in his losing effort, claiming 4,043 ballots.

Oconee also voted to legalize Sunday package sales of liquor and in favor of a 1% E-SPLOST.

Jackson, Georgia Mayor Kay Pippin is prepared to issue liquor store licenses after voters approved a referendum on Tuesday.

The vote was 858 in favor and 508 against, or 62.81 percent to 37.19 percent, according to uncertified results.

Campaigns had been waged on both sides of the issue with proponents pointing, in radio ads, to jobs and development. One opposition group, the Foundation For Life Change, argued package stores will hinder development and harm the community.

“The voters have made their support of the referendum abundantly clear with nearly 63 percent of the vote. The city is ready to issue business licenses to the first applicants prepared to meet the criteria required by the city’s ordinance governing the sales of packaged spirits,” Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin said. “This new retail business in our city will be held to high standards.”

The Jackson City Council voted in August to call for the referendum after being notified a petition had collected enough signatures to put the vote on the ballot. In the months since then, the city crafted a new ordinance to regulate package stores.

Democrat Hillary Clinton appears to have won the popular vote, while the Electoral College will deliver the presidency to Republican Donald J. Trump. I hope this means all that silliness about the National Popular Vote will fade away, at least among Georgia Republicans. The LA Times reminds us that in November 2012, Donald Trump tweeted, “The electoral college is a disaster for democracy.”

Georgia Congressman Tom Price (R-6) could be at the center of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare in coming months.

The fast-track procedure Republicans will most likely use to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate puts Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price at the center of the effort to undo the law.

“What the American people understand is that the only person standing in the way of Obamacare repeal is President Obama,” the Roswell Republican said in an interview Wednesday. “So when President Obama is gone, there’s a great opportunity to work together.”

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Price will be in charge of authoring and shepherding a special type of legislation that will allow the GOP to strike broad sections of the Affordable Care Act — the same mechanism Democrats used to advance key portions of the health care law six years ago without the help of the GOP.

Price, who worked as an orthopedic surgeon before being elected to Congress in 2004, estimated there would be a transition period between the repeal vote and when a replacement plan could be crafted and advanced.

“You can’t just change it overnight,” he said. “What we believe is important is to allow individuals voluntarily to move to the kind of health coverage that they seek for themselves and for their families. We’re not going to force anybody to do anything like the Obama administration has done.”

Senator David Perdue is urging his colleagues to take a hard line on dealing with Obamacare after the national elections.

“If we have the majority, they don’t need to compromise, we don’t need to compromise on one thing, that’s Obamacare,” the Georgia senator said on Trending Today USA with Rusty Humphries Wednesday.

“We repealed Obamacare this year without the Democrats. We can do it again early next year and it will become law — we will repeal it from law, because we’ll have a president that won’t veto it. I believe that we’ll repeal the Waters of the US, we’ll repeal the Clean Air Act, and we’ll pass Keystone Pipeline again. And all three, all four of those things will get signed into law by President Trump, so that’s with the votes we already had. That’s no new Democrats. That’s just what we did this year. So I’m hopeful that that will set a tone.”

“All four of those things will get done in the first 100 days, I think,” he said.

Purdue added Republicans would take aim at the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill as well.

Four hundred residents of Atlanta took to the streets to protest Trump’s electoral win.

Upson County voted more than 2-to-1 for Donald Trump, as the Republican demonstrated great strength through South Georgia.

“For our community I think we see a future. We heard the things we wanted to hear again. He knows that we are hurting and he’s going to help us,” said Trump supporter Kayla Thompson.

Thompson, a longtime Thomaston resident, and her friends voted for Trump, encouraged in part by his economic plan which includes creating 25 million jobs over the next decade, and what that might mean for their own families.

“He’s going to create jobs. There’s no jobs where we live. You have to go out of state to work,” said Trump supporter Megan Epps.

“Many good people around here, especially in this town, in this county, they want a good job and I think President-Elect Trump will be the one who can help bring some of this back to America,” said Thomaston Mayor John Stallings.

The Thomaston mayor is an ardent Trump supporter. He believes Trump will make good on his campaign promise to repeal NAFTA and bring jobs back to the United States, back to economically depressed communities.

“We’ve had high unemployment rates here and I think having someone in the presidency that’s a businessman and that’s mentioned doing away with NAFTA bringing these jobs back from overseas putting these people , that’s what people want,” said Stallings.

CBS News visited Dublin, Georgia to hear from voters about the Presidential election.

We sat down with three Trump voters at the Minute Grill, where diners have chewed over politics since 1963.

“If Donald Duck had been running against Hillary Clinton, I would have voted for Donald Duck,” said Harold Martin, who is retired Navy.

Joe May is a soybean farmer. They’re both lifelong Democrats. Not this year.

How can Trump make Dublin great again?

“By helping the economy,” May said. “Putting more money in here. Money is everything.”

That was their big issue.

Trump’s message of America-in-decline resonated in Dublin, Georgia, population 16,000. This midpoint between Atlanta and Savannah was once a manufacturing hub.

On Election Night, America’s rural areas voted overwhelmingly for Trump. Urban areas were Clinton country: She won 81 percent of Georgia’s metro vote.

Lance Hooks is a 39 year-old registered Republican. He remembers when Trump campaigned in rural Georgia back in February.

“He was smart enough to come rally his base,” Hooks said. “His base was the working-class America and that is the reason he got the electoral vote he got.”

Butts County District 2 Commissioner Robert L. Henderson Sr. was reelected to a third term in office.

Gwinnett County Judge Melodie Snell Conner extended voting hours an additional twelve minutes at the Sweetwater Middle School precinct due to the precinct opening late. Your humble narrator attended Sweetwater Middle School.

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for November 10, 2016

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Lucille is a 3-5 year old female beagle mix who is available for adoption from Hart Co. Animal Rescue Inc. in Hartwell, GA.

Lucille was found with a 2 inch puncture wound in her chest. She is house trained, good with other dogs and adorable. Please apply at hartcountyanimalrescue.org to adopt this sweetie.

charlie

Charlie is a 5-6 year old male Yellow Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from Hart Co. Animal Rescue Inc. in Hartwell, GA.

Charlie is a sweetheart in spite of the fact that he has had a very tough life…when rescued, he was only 40 lbs; was starved, abused, heartworm positive, and had had his vocal cords cut….but he’s a tough guy and has bounced back with lots of TLC.

Charlie has been fulled vetted, and his heartworms have been treated. He is now a healthy, happy, boisterous 85 lb lap dog and is great with everyone. He would,d make a wonderful addition to any family. For more information on this super dog, please call Judy Partain @ 706-436-3476 or apply at hartcountyanimalrescue.org

tony

Tony is an adult male American Bulldog & Labrador Retriever Mix who is available for adoption from Hart Co. Animal Rescue Inc. in Hartwell, GA.

Tony was surrendered to the shelter back in May after he nipped a child that was taking a freshly caught squirrel away from him. Can you blame him? He worked hard for the catch, squirrels are fast! He has been with us for far too long! Tony is the sweetest guy we have ever met. He loves to snuggle & play keep away with his toys. All of the kids who come to visit are his best friends. He is great on car rides & leash walks.

Tony enjoys when the shelter volunteers take him on shopping trips & field trips to the lake. He is always a perfect gentleman. We would love to see him in a home with plenty of outdoor space & older children who understand the mind of a dog. Please help our shelter favorite find his home!! Apply at hartcountyanimalrescue.org

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 10, 2016

Today we celebrate the birth of the United States Marine Corps, which traces its lineage to the Continental Marines, formed by a resolution adopted by the Second Continental Congress on November 10, 1775. Here, former Georgia Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller tells of his decision to join the Marine Corps and the change it made in his life.

A monument to Nancy Hart was dedicated in Hartwell, in Hart County, Georgia, on November 10, 1931. Hart was an active Patriot in the American Revolution.

On November 10, 1934, two years after his election as President, FDR made his 28th trip to Georgia.

United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Moultrie) was born on November 10, 1943. Chambliss was elected to Congress in 1994 as part of the “Republican Revolution” led by Newt Gingrich.

The iron ore freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sunk in a winter storm on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.

Former State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko was indicted by federal prosecutors on November 10, 2004 on eighteen counts.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Senator Johnny Isakson was reelected without a runoff, but several other elections will go into extra innings.

Judy B. Neal and Regina Lewis-Ward head to a special runoff election for Mayor of Stockbridge.

Neal garnered 3,088 votes, or 31.94 percent, while Lewis-Ward earned 3,760 votes, or 38.9 percent. As of 10:30 p.m. 10,450 votes were cast from a pool of 14,304 registered voters.

The mayor will be decided in the Dec. 6 runoff election since none of the four candidates earned 50 percent plus one vote to claim victory.

Other opponents in the race include Alphonso Thomas who earned 1,731 votes or 17.91 percent. Partha Chakraborty trailed with 1,018 votes or 10.53 percent of votes cast.

DeKalb County Commission Super District 7 also heads to a runoff election in December.

With all but absentee-by-mail votes counted, Adams and Mangham had received the most votes for DeKalb Super District 7, which represents about 350,000 residents in the eastern half of the county. The district includes Doraville, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Lithonia, Pine Lake and unincorporated areas.

Because neither candidate received more than half of votes case, a runoff will be held Dec. 6.

Whoever wins the runoff will take the seat previously occupied by Commissioner Stan Watson, who resigned in March to make an unsuccessful run for county tax commissioner.

In another DeKalb Commission race, Democrat Steve Bradshaw defeated Republican Willie Willis to represent District 4, which covers about 145,000 people in the Stone Mountain area.

Berrien County Interim Sheriff Ray Paulk won the special election to finish the current term but is in a runoff election against Frank Swanson for a full term.

Paulk beat out two other candidates in a special election to stay in office through the end of the year, finishing former Sheriff Anthony Heath’s term. Heath left office after pleading guilty to civil rights violations for beating two suspects.

“A candidate must have 50 percent plus one of the votes to take the election,” said Melanie Ray, Elections Supervisor.

In the general election vote, Paulk pulled in just under 49 percent of the vote in a four-man race. “Ray Paulk and Frank Swanson took the top two percentages. So they will both be in a runoff,” said Ray.

Paulk and Swanson will face off in December to see who will serve a full term as Berrien County Sheriff. “In the end, I was banking on a runoff and that’s what we were dealt with,” said Swanson.

WABE spoke to one of Trump’s most prominent Georgia supporters about what the Presidential election means for Georgia.

Trump’s win “sends a signal” to the state Legislature, said Republican state Sen. Michael Williams of Cumming. He called himself the first Republican official in Georgia to endorse the now president-elect.

“I think the discussions that we have are going to dramatically change based on the leadership that we see from Donald Trump,” Williams said.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce released a report outlining three ways the state might use federal money to get health care for people who are poor or disabled.

“I think that talk needs to kind of just be shelved until we see what President-elect Donald Trump does with Obamacare,” Williams said.

Sen. David Perdue, one of the first Georgia Republicans and senators to support Trump, may have the most to gain.

“Americans sent a strong message,” Perdue said, using language similar to what he might have used during his own 2014 campaign. “I hope the political class in Washington will learn the right lessons from this latest election.”

Georgia Republicans helped deliver Peach State electoral votes for Trump by putting boots on the ground statewide.

At a final pre-election rally on Monday, Georgia GOP chair John Padgett scoffed at a report that Democrats made more than 420,000 calls and knocked on nearly 100,000 doors. He wasn’t the only one. We quickly received numbers from Trump operatives showing their volunteers made contact with nearly 2 million voters. And they said they staked a nearly 100,000 vote advantage in absentee ballots and early voting. It showed on Tuesday, when Trump won the state by about 250,000 votes.

Jefferson Riley, the Mayor of Mansfield, GA got himself into hot water with an old joke.

A mayor outside Atlanta says he was wasn’t serious when he posted on social media telling his followers to remember that Democrats should vote on Wednesday.

“Remember the voting days: Republicans vote on Tuesday, 11/8 and Democrats vote on Wednesday, 11/9,” Jefferson Riley, the mayor of Mansfield, Ga., wrote on his personal Facebook page on Tuesday.

Social media users were quick to criticize the mayor for the post, which widely circulated via screenshots even after Riley deleted it. Some also defended the mayor.

Riley, who in 2014 became mayor of the small city about 50 miles southeast of Atlanta, called the post a joke in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“People take things so seriously. You can’t joke about anything anymore — especially on social media,” he told the newspaper.

Columbus voters overwhelmingly rejected the “tax freeze thaw” championed by Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

With 23 of 26 precincts and 56 percent of the early vote counted, the referendum to thaw the freeze is losing by about a 61-39 percent spread. No votes total 27,515 while Yes votes total 17,325.

Supporters and opponents of the referendum to thaw the freeze have disagreed on whether the new law would be constitutional and what would happen if it were tossed out by the courts. Supporters said the city would just revert to the tax freeze. Opponents say the freeze would have been repealed, so all homestead property would go into the fair market system, instantly lifting the freeze completely.

They have also disagreed about the potential impact on the city’s second Local Option Sales Tax, the OLOST. Opponents have said that because the initial legislation allowing the OLOST referendum had the freeze as an enabling requirement, if the freeze went away, so would the OLOST and its $30 million in revenue annually. Supporters say that is not the case, because the freeze would remain on the books forever, even though eventually, no property in the county would qualify to be under it.