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.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
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.
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 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.