Davis … defend[ed] the South’s cause in the Civil War, stating, “In 1776 the colonies acquired State sovereignty. They revolted from the mother country in a desperate struggle. That was the cause for which they fought. Is it a lost cause now? Never. Has Georgia lost the State sovereignty which … she won in 1776? No, a thousand times no.” Davis’s fiery remarks were captured by reporters for the New York Times and other northern newspapers.
Because of the national attention generated over his visit to Alabama and Georgia, Davis took a more conciliatory tone in a speech that evening, noting, “There are some who take it for granted that when I allude to State sovereignty I want to bring on another war. I am too old to fight again, and God knows I don’t want you to have the necessity of fighting again… . The celebration today is a link in the long chain of affection that binds you and the North together. Long may it be true.”
For years, so many athletes had tried and failed to run a mile in less than four minutes that people made it out to be a physical impossibility. The world record for a mile was 4 minutes and 1.3 seconds, set by Gunder Hagg of Sweden in 1945. Despite, or perhaps because of, the psychological mystique surrounding the four-minute barrier, several runners in the early 1950s dedicated themselves to being the first to cross into the three-minute zone.
At 6 p.m., the starting gun was fired. In a carefully planned race, Bannister was aided by Chris Brasher, a former Cambridge runner who acted as a pacemaker. For the first half-mile, Brasher led the field, with Bannister close behind, and then another runner took up the lead and reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 3 minutes 0.4 seconds, with Bannister at 3 minutes 0.7 seconds. Bannister took the lead with about 350 yards to go and passed an unofficial timekeeper at the 1,500-meter mark in 3 minutes 43 seconds, thus equaling the world’s record for that distance. Thereafter, Bannister threw in all his reserves and broke the tape in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. As soon as the first part of his score was announced–”three minutes…”–the crowd erupted in pandemonium.
A “sub-four” is still a notable time, but top international runners now routinely accomplish the feat. Because a mile is not a metric measurement, it is not a regular track event nor featured in the Olympics. It continues, however, to be run by many top runners as a glamour event.
Below is a press release from Governor Nathan Deal announcing that State Rep. Dustin Hightower will be appointed to Superior Court for the Coweta Judicial Circuit. Because Hightower is the only qualified candidates for State House District 68, we believe that will require a Special Election. Stay tuned….
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointments of Dustin W. Hightower to a Superior Court judgeship within the Coweta Judicial Circuit and Bradford L. Rigby as district attorney of the Cordele Judicial Circuit. The appointments will take effect upon swearing in.
The vacancy within the Coweta Judicial Circuit was created by the resignation of the Honorable A. Quillian Baldwin Jr. The Coweta Judicial Circuit is comprised of Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether and Troup Counties.
The vacancy within the Cordele Judicial Circuit was created by the resignation of the Honorable Denise Fachini. Ms. Fachini resigned in order to run for a Superior Court judgeship. The Cordele Judicial Circuit is comprised of Ben Hill, Crisp, Dooly and Wilcox Counties.
Dustin W. Hightower
Hightower is a partner at Miller & Hightower, Attorneys at Law, while also representing the 68th District in the Georgia House of Representatives. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia and a law degree from John Marshall Law School. He and his wife, Christina, have two children and reside in Carrollton.
Bradford L. Rigby
Rigby is the chief assistant district attorney from the Cordele Judicial Circuit. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a law degree from the Lamar School of Law at the University of Mississippi. He previously served as a special assistant district attorney in the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia and as an assistant district attorney in the Tifton Judicial Circuit. He resides in Cordele.
The British band played in Hanner Fieldhouse to an overflow crowd of more than 3,500 people, according to a retrospective by Jim Hilliard in the Statesboro Herald. The gym’s capacity was about 1,500.
Hilliard said organizers figured they could sell 1,800 tickets at $2.50 each, which would be enough to pay the band and have some money left over for expenses.
The Stones had played on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Sunday, May 2, and advance ticket sales were brisk the Monday and during lunch Tuesday, the day of the concert.
Hilliard said he signed the contract booking the Stones on behalf of Sigma Epsilon Chi fraternity. The contract called for the new fraternity to pay the band $3,000 for the appearance. Hilliard said he got a $1,500 loan from First Bulloch Bank to make the deal happen.
The Stones were expected to take the stage at 8:30 p.m. and play for at least an hour, but Hilliard had lined up three front bands, and “it proved to be a fatal flaw in plans for the concert,” he said in his retrospective.
The noise was deafening as the original Stones lineup — Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts — hit the stage nearly an hour late.
Jagger and the other band members were “openly hostile” at having to wait so long to play.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
Local political parties in Columbus, GA are gearing up for the fall elections, according WTVM.
“We’ve got the building and we’re trying to get it ready because we want it to be the focal point for the democratic party in Columbus Georgia and Muscogee County,” said Saundra Ellison, Chairman of the Muscogee Democrats.
While local partisan elections are in full swing, Democrats and Republicans in the Valley are looking towards the November election, making sure they have a place to call home for campaigning.
Rick Allen, head of the Muscogee Republicans said, “We’re getting more and more calls about people wanting material and wanting to know where headquarters is so we’re moving in that direction.”
Republicans in the Valley were divided earlier this year, as a list of candidates attracted different voters, but now as the scope narrows in on Donald Trump, Muscogee Republicans hope to unite.
“There will be a consolidation towards Trump and some of the people who have been for other candidates, Cruz and Kasich, will be trying to decide what we’re going to do and hopefully we will all get together and come on board and have a unified front,” said Allen.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal redirected $100,000 in state funding designated for a Global War on Terror memorial at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus earlier this week when he signed next year’s budget.
Republican state Rep. Richard Smith of Columbus said he has been told by the governor and the chief of staff for Speaker of the House David Ralston that the funding for Columbus’ projects is being withheld because of Republican Sen. Josh McKoon. The three-term Columbus state senator has been a leading and vocal proponent of ethics reform, “religious liberty” legislation and other matters that have put him at odds with leading Republicans.
The budget that recently passed the General Assembly included $100,000 for the infantry museum memorial. Smith said at the time he was told the governor, who has line-item veto authority, would remove that money from the budget. On Monday, Deal directed the state Department of Economic Development to convert the money to other uses within the department.
“It was part of an $11.7 million package that included other projects so he could not veto it,” Smith said. “But he has directed it for other uses.”
McKoon, who represents a district that runs from north Columbus into Troup County, pointed out the museum was not in his district.
“The National Infantry Museum is in Sen. (Ed) Harbison’s Senate district and Rep. (Calvin) Smyre’s House district,” McKoon said. “No. 1, I would be disappointed if Gov. Deal tried to punish either of those legislators by harming the memory of the infantry men and women who served our country. No. 2, if Rep. Smith had information that the governor was intending to politicize the National Infantry Museum, I am surprised he did not do anything about it.”
Gwendolyn Johnson, 68, told Channel 2 Action News that the woman who oversees senior programming at Old Adamsville Rec Center in northwest Atlanta gave her “Jamila’s Picks,” a list of candidates for whom she should vote this week.
“I do just like the Atlanta Constitution and The New York Times,” vendor Jamila Jones said. “I give my picks and they can use them the way they want to.”
The list names the preferred candidates of Jones, 71, a city of Atlanta vendor who works at the Rec Center, and independently provides transportation and voting talks to older residents in their homes.
Channel 2 Action News obtained lists going back as far as 2013.
One list shows that Jones is a paid political consultant for one of her picks, receiving more than $4,000 in the last two months.
“Because she works here, she has access to all the senior high-rises. She’s able to go pick them up and give them this,” candidate Duwon Robinson said.
No formal complaints against Jones have been filed with the secretary of state or the Fulton County Board of Elections.
Among Gov. Deal’s vetoes this week was House Bill 216, which would have allowed some firefighters diagnosed with cancer to file workers’ compensation claims. Firefighters sounded off on the veto. From 11Alive.
“It’s really disheartening that you ask firefighters to protect you, and then, the firefighters, when we need help, you turn your back on us,” Travis Boatright of Paulding County said, his voice trembling with frustration.
Boatright, the Professional Fire Fighters of Georgia president, can’t understand Governor Nathan Deal’s veto.
He worked with other firefighters for months at the Capitol to draft the legislation that would have expanded their workers’ compensation coverage if they could prove, in court, that they got cancer because of their job.
“We understand what our job hazards are, but why should our job hazards not be covered by workers’ comp?” he asked.
Thirty-eight other states have similar protections for firefighters and they thought passing a law in Georgia would be common sense.
But Governor Deal vetoed the bill Tuesday, calling the legislation unnecessary.
In a statement he said it would be too expensive for the state and that he had never seen a firefighter file a workers’ compensation claim for cancer.
State Rep. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville said he understood Deal’s position even though he supported the bill “because of Second Amendment rights.”
“(Deal is) looking out for the welfare of all involved,” Hawkins said.
Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gainesville, also said he respected the governor’s decision even if he disagreed.
“He’s elected by the people to make this decision, and as the governor that’s his right,” Dunahoo said. “However, I’m very disappointed as a law-abiding citizen with my Second Amendment rights.”
Dunahoo said the screening process for receiving a concealed carry permit is strenuous and that because it is limited to individuals 21 and older, that means the number of students on campus with guns would be inherently limited, and not likely include anyone living in a dormitory.
Sen. Butch Miller, who voted in favor of the bill, said one of its flaws that led to the veto was that it didn’t provide schools with an opt-out provision.
“If a campus wants to be gun-free, this bill takes that ability away,” he said.
Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed into law a bill dissolving the Judicial Qualifications Commission and reconstituting the judicial watchdog organization with expanded appointment power from the legislative and executive branches of government.
The law cannot go into effect unless voters approve a related constitutional amendment in November.
House Bill 808, introduced by Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, accompanied a house resolution proposing to abolish the existing JQC through constitutional amendment and allow the General Assembly to re-create and re-compose the body. The resolution also requires that all appointees to the JQC be confirmed by a Senate majority.
The bill creates the new appointment structure for the JQC, if the amendment passes, stripping the State Bar of Georgia of its three appointments to the commission and redistributing them between the speaker of the House and president of the Senate.
Should voters adopt the constitutional amendment, the JQC will be composed of two judges appointed by the Supreme Court, a citizen and a bar member appointed by the speaker of the House, a citizen and a bar member appointed by the president of the Senate, and a bar member appointed by the governor to serve as chairman.
Whatever the merits may otherwise be, Stephone Johnson’s campaign for DeKalb County Superior Court will likely go down as it has come to light that the candidate plead guilty to a battery charge in 2008.
Superior Court judge candidate Stephone Johnson was arrested and pleaded guilty to a simple battery charge in 2008 after his estranged wife accused him of abuse. He faced charges of sexual and simple battery, but they were effectively dismissed after he completed a pretrial diversion program in Rockdale County.
According to the final disposition, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of “family violence simple battery” in May 2008. He was required to complete 20 hours of community service work and a conflict resolution counseling program before his guilty plea could be withdrawn and the charges nolle prossed in October 2008.
Johnson, a solo practitioner, is challenging Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger in the May 24 nonpartisan election.
Seeliger said the eight-year-old case raised serious concerns about Johnson’s candidacy. “I’m distressed by it because of my own feelings about domestic violence. It’s tough. It’s difficult for victims of domestic violence to get any justice in the courts.”
If all goes as expected, the nest will be the first of thousands. Last year, Peach State beaches had a record 2,319 loggerhead nests, continuing an apparent upward trend in the population of this species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Loggerheads, which grow up to 4 feet long and weigh 200 to 400 pounds, are the main sea turtle visitors to Georgia beaches. They nest at night, typically at the base of the dunes every two or more years, laying up to 150 eggs at a time in multiple nests over the season.
As the southernmost and largest of Georgia’s barrier islands, it’s no surprise that Cumberland claimed the first nest. It routinely does, although the 200 or so professionals and volunteers who patrol the state’s beaches all the way up to Tybee take pride in finding that first nest on “their” beach. Loggerhead nesting usually begins in early May and hits full stride by June.
Mary Jane is a friendly and loving 40-pound terrier mix girl who needs a new home due to a change in her owners’ living situation. She’s described as very protective and loyal and currently lives with two adults and a young child, with whom she gets along very well. The family is attached to Mary Jane and are looking for a private placement into a new permanent or foster home. If you think you might be able to help Mary Jane, contact me directly and I’ll put you in touch.
Mary Jane has until the end of the month to find a new home. She’s an inside dog, but would love to have a fenced backyard to play in with her new family.
Yoda is an adult male Pug who is available for adoption from Puglanta in Atlanta, GA. He is healthy but has some behavioral issues that prevent him from going to a home with children – the rescue group is looking for a special adopter who is either an experienced trainer or who is willing to invest the time and effort to help Yoda become less fearful and more well-behaved in his new home.
So far, the most controversial of the newly-announced vetoes is that of Campus Carry. Deal released a lengthy veto statement on HB 859:
Some supporters of HB 859 contend that this legislation is justified under the provisions of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution which provides in part that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Identical words are contained in Article I, Section, I, Paragraph VIII of the Constitution of the State of Georgia. It would be incorrect to conclude, however, that certain restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms are unconstitutional.
In the 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller, United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, writing the opinion of the Court, reviews the history of the Second Amendment and sets forth the most complete explanation of the Amendment ever embodied in a Supreme Court opinion. While the subject matter of HB 859 was not before the Court in the Heller case, the opinion clearly establishes that “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” Justice Scalia further states that “nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on…laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings…”
Perhaps the most enlightening evidence of the historical significance of prohibiting weapons on a college campus is found in the minutes of October 4, 1824, Board of Visitors of the newly created University of Virginia. Present for that meeting were Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, along with four other members. In that meeting of the Board of Visitors, detailed rules were set forth for the operation of the University which would open several months later. Under the rules relating to the conduct of students, it provided that “No student shall, within the precincts of the University, introduce, keep or use any spirituous or venomous liquors, keep or use weapons or arms of any kind…”
The approval of these specific prohibitions relating to “campus carry” by the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the principal author of the United States Constitution should not only dispel any vestige of Constitutional privilege but should illustrate that having college campuses free of weapons has great historical precedent.
If the intent of HB 859 is to increase safety of students on college campuses, it is highly questionable that such would be the result.
I have today issued an Executive Order directed to the Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia and the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, requesting that they submit a report to me, the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House by August 1, 2016, as to the security measures that each college within their respective systems has in place. I hereby call on the leaders of the municipalities and counties in which these colleges are located, along with their law enforcement agencies to review and improve, if necessary, their security measures in areas surrounding these colleges. Since each of these municipalities and counties receive significant revenue by virtue of the location of these colleges in their jurisdictions, I believe it is appropriate that they be afforded extra protections.
Since much of the motivation for HB 859 is the commission of crimes involving the use of firearms on college campuses, I suggest to the General Assembly that it consider making the unauthorized possession and/or use of a firearm on a college campus an act that carries an increased penalty or an enhanced sentence for the underlying crime.
I am deeply disappointed by Governor Deal’s decision to veto House Bill 859 – the Campus Safety Act. While I respect the Governor and his right to act as he has, I believe this measure is sound and reasonable. This bill was thoroughly debated. At no time before final passage by the Senate were any concerns raised that were not addressed.
“At a time when our Second Amendment rights are under attack, I believed and still believe that it is very important that we do all that is necessary and proper to strengthen our constitutional protections. Georgians should not be required to give up their constitutional rights when they set foot on a college campus.
“This is not the end of this discussion. I will continue to defend and protect the rights of law-abiding Georgians under our Second Amendment.
“I want to again thank Rep. Rick Jasperse, Rep. Mandi Ballinger, Rep. John Meadows and Rep. Alan Powell for their leadership and tireless efforts on behalf of this bill.”
“The General Assembly saw fit to craft a measure that allows adults over 21 with a concealed weapons permit to lawfully carry on college campuses, and passed a measure that would provide students with a greater sense of security. I anticipate you will see continued efforts to increase safety on college campuses.”
The veto carries political consequences for the governor. He has already alienated many in his party’s base with his “religious liberty” veto — Republicans in grass-roots meetings across the state expressed their deep disappointment with Deal, and one group moved to “censure” him — and now he’s enraged another group of reliable Republicans.
As a term-limited governor with no further political ambitions, he has the freedom to defy his party’s base with a veto. But it is likely to make it harder for Deal to carry out the linchpin of his second-term agenda: a 2017 push to “revolutionize” how the state’s education system is funded.
“Those two bills have attracted more attention than pretty much any attention we’ve had in my previous years as governor, and both represent very divided opinions,” Deal said before his decision. “This has not been an easy year to be governor.”
“I have long stated a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus, and I again expressed this concern throughout the legislative process this year,” Haslam said in a statement. “Although SB 2376 does not go as far as I would like in retaining campus control, the final version of the bill included input from higher education and was shaped to accommodate some of their concerns.”
“I don’t walk away from bills,” [Deal] said. “I either sign them or veto them.”
The response from Deal is markedly different than Haslam’s approach to Tennessee’s campus carry bill, but the two measures have significant differences.
Tennessee’s law, which takes effect in July, allows full-time faculty, staff and other employees of public colleges and universities who have handgun-carry permits to carry weapons on campus. Guns could also not be brought into a stadium or gymnasium during school-sponsored events or in meetings regarding discipline or tenure.
The Georgia bill would have allowed anyone 21 or older, including students, with a valid permit the ability to carry anywhere on a public college campus, including inside classrooms. Guns would have still been prohibited in dorms, fraternity and sorority houses and at athletic events.
Both pieces of legislation required permit holders to conceal their weapons.
“If you look at Georgia, for example, Obama got 45% of the vote,” she said. “The demographics have changed in Georgia, and minority populations — both African-American and Hispanic — are growing there.”
Trump could galvanize the electorate in ways Democrats never really thought possible just a few cycles ago, Wasserman Schultz said, and the Democratic Party has the resources and the message to battle Trump across the country.
Trump’s supporters have said his coalition includes disaffected Democrats who could put Rust Belt states and reliable blue states like Michigan in play for the GOP. Many Republican elites fear a Trump nomination all but seals the election for the Democrats, however.
“With a nominee as extreme and bigoted and as misogynist as Donald Trump is, you know you not only have the opportunity for us to turn out voters that maybe would have been sitting on the sidelines in those minority communities the he’s alienating, but also who we have the potential to win over from the Republican side,” she said. “Or, who will stay home because they can’t bring themselves to vote for a nominee like him. So with those dynamics, in a state like Georgia, in a state like Arizona, for example, [Democrats could do well],” [said Wasserman Schultz].
If the Muscogee County Board of Education were a warplane, it would now have an elephant and three donkeys painted on its fuselage. The Muscogee County Board of Elections has now disqualified every challenger to the incumbent Sheriff, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.
The Muscogee County elections board disqualified two more candidates for sheriff Monday, leaving incumbent John Darr unopposed in the November general election.
The board voted three to one to disqualify Democrat Donna Tompkins and Republican Mark LaJoye for failing to file affidavits swearing they graduated from high school and failing to file certified copies of their birth certificates by a March 16 deadline.
The board disqualified Democrats Pam Brown and Robert Keith Smith on March 30, so Tompkins was the only Democrat still in the race. Unless challengers mount successful independent or write-in campaigns, Darr will return to office in January. He was first elected as a Democrat in 2008, but now is running as an independent.
When Darr last ran as a Democrat in 2012, he narrowly defeated Brown in the primary. A recount showed only about 60 votes separated the two.
Today, Governor Nathan Deal is expected to sign HB 768, the ABLE Act, today at the Capitol. The act will allow individuals with disabilities to save money up to a set amount in a tax-advantaged account to pay for their own care. It helps parents and other family members provide for future needs without reducing the individual’s government benefits.
Gov. Deal is also expected to sign HB 34, the Georgia Right to Try Act, which will allow some terminal patients access to new treatments that have passed the first stage of federal review but are not yet approved for general use.
Gov. Nathan Deal has only struck down one piece of legislation [religious liberty] so far this year.
Jim Denery [of the AJC] ran the numbers, and found that the governor has averaged about eight vetoes each year, along with a scarcer number of line-item vetoes. He’s never rejected more than 11 pieces of legislation.
Asked yesterday at a bill signing for the FY 2017 budget whether he would sign the Campus Carry bill, Deal demurred.
“Tomorrow (Tuesday) is even a better day to answer that question,” Deal responded, “and that’s when the answer to that question will be provided.” The governor added that he did not have a press conference planned for announcing his decision.
Gov. Nathan Deal used Gwinnett’s Lanier High School as a backdrop to highlight the emphasis that was put on education in the new state budget as he signed it into law on Monday.
The 2017 budget includes $23.7 billion in state appropriations, including pay raises for many state employees. Among the budget items highlighted by the governor were the pay raises for teachers: $300 million for k-12 teachers and another $26.2 million for pre-k teachers.
The Move on When Ready dual-enrollment program also received an additional $29.4 million in funding.
“An education that is cherished and applied can be a catalyst of opportunity,” Deal said during his visit to the Sugar Hill area. “However, if we know the right answers, but never say them, then education becomes a dangerous silence. If we learn old solutions, but never apply our learning to come up with new ones, then education becomes scholarly stagnation.
“If we learn valuable skills, but never put them to use, then education becomes unfinished masterpieces.”
Deal said education has been a priority of his administration because it can give students better opportunities later in life and break cycles of poverty. He called the offering of a quality education that inspires students something “we must strive to.”
Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown has been posting signs urging voters to oppose two of his fellow commissioners and a third candidates for an at-large seat on the Commission, according to Fayette-News.com.
The signs highlight “No Haddix, No Barlow, No Oddo,” referencing three candidates up for the May 24 primary. The sign is referring to Don Haddix, a candidate for the at-large commission seat, David Barlow, the sitting commissioner for District 1, and Charles Oddo, the current commission chairman.
Barlow is running against Eric Maxwell in the Republican primary. The winner would face Pamela Devonne Reid in November.
Oddo is running for the at-large seat. He is being opposed by Haddix, Greg Clifton, Alan McCarty, and Emory McHugh.
Late last week, photos surfaced on Facebook showing commissioner Steve Brown placing copies of that same sign, catching the interest of many, in particular for its stance against his fellow commissioners. Steve Brown is not up for re-election until 2018.
“The public response to the signs has been overwhelmingly positive and are causing some of the politically apathetic to pay attention, which is why Oddo and Barlow are concocting these conspiracy theories, but I have been making my complaints for several years in the public meetings, letters to the editors, and in the County Administrator’s annual reviews,” said Brown. “I am just one in a large group that supported Oddo and Barlow four years ago and deeply regret that effort, watching helplessly as they grind our efforts to protect our quality of life to a halt. The May 24 primary election is where we all say ‘NO.’”
Commissioner Steve Brown being photographed placing the ‘No Barlow’ signs around the county is the epitome of hypocrisy,” said Barlow. “Commissioner Brown is bitter that he is no longer the chairman of the Board of Commissioners, and he will stoop to any level to regain that position.”
Former District 3 Commissioner Steve Gailey and former Hall County Board of Education member Richard Higgins are vying for this seat in the Republican primary, with the winner likely running uncontested in the November general election.
Current Chairman Richard Mecum is not seeking re-election.
Gailey said his first priority, if elected, is to facilitate partnerships.
“I think we’ve got to try to come to a better working relationship with local municipalities,” he said.
Higgins said his reason for getting in the race is simple: He just wants to serve, whether in church, business or politics.
“I felt like I could make a difference,” he said. “You can’t go through life sitting on the sidelines.”
Candidates running for Georgia House District 123 and Senate District 24 took part in a panel discussion Monday that was preceded by a meet-and-greet and statements from four others running for county commission and school board seats. The forum was held by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County News-Times.
Two candidates — attorney Karin Vinson and Probate Court employee Kim Wilson — are in the running for Peach County Probate Court judge.
Longtime Judge Deborah W. Hunnicutt is retiring at the end of May. And while her successor will be determined in the May 24 election, an associate judge will fill in until either Vinson or Wilson takes office in January.
Fontana has scruffy hair and is cute as a bug. She is the leader of the pack and enjoys playing. Her estimated date of birth is 02-01-2015. She and her siblings were dropped off at a shelter when they were just two weeks old.
Jefferson Finis Davis was born on a Kentucky plantation in 1808. He served in the military and was a congressman and senator, as well as secretary of war, before the nation split over the issue of slavery in 1861.
He served as president of the Confederacy from Feb. 22, 1862–May 10, 1865. Davis reviewed troops at Palmetto – in his role as commander-in-chief – on Sept. 25, 1864.
Davis spoke from the back of a train in Newnan on April 30, 1886, and received a floral tribute from a group of Newnan women.
Local legend also maintains Jefferson and Varina Davis and their daughter, Winnie, were once guests at the Virginia House Hotel in downtown Newnan. Davis reportedly made a speech from a balcony – which no longer exists – on the Washington Street side of the hotel. The building now houses offices and shops.
Savannah officials had successfully solicited Davis to attend a variety of special ceremonies and events being planned in Savannah. On the way, the train stopped briefly in Forsyth and Macon, where the ex-Confederate president was greeted by crowds and spoke briefly from the back of his train. Although he didn’t leave the train, Davis would return to Macon the following year for a more formal visit.
County election supervisor Deidre Holden told the Paulding County Commission earlier this week voters will need about 10 to 15 minutes to complete the general primary ballot. As a result, May 24 voters may encounter long lines and should consider coming early to vote because schools being used as voting locations will be in session that day, she said.
However, early voting begins Monday in the Election Office, Holden said.
Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, as well as Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, said in interviews that they would consider joining the ticket if Mr. Trump offered. Two governors, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, have also told allies that they were open to being Mr. Trump’s running mate.
“If a potential president says I need you, it would be very hard for a patriotic citizen to say no,” Mr. Gingrich said. “People can criticize a nominee, but ultimately there are very few examples of people turning down the vice presidency.”
“The answers to these things are preordained,” Bullock said. But it does give “a chance to register your opinion.”
Bullock said state Republicans started adding questions to primary ballots to gauge voter interest in an issue about 20 years ago when the GOP was the minority party in Georgia.
It was seen then as a way to persuade voters to choose a Republican ballot over a Democratic ballot in primary elections.
The Democrats have taken cue, lobbing several questions onto their own ballot this year. It poses several questions to voters compared with just the one for Republicans.
The biggest one, perhaps, may give insight into the chances Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed Opportunity School District has of passing in the general election.
That ballot referendum, if approved, would amend the Constitution and allow the state to take over “failing” schools.
Republicans tend to support the proposal, placed on the November ballot after clearing a vote in the General Assembly last year, while Democrats oppose it.
The Democratic ballot also asks whether voters think the state should expand Medicaid rolls; approve paid family leave; automatically register voters when they receive a driver’s license; and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The list of official candidates for the Muscogee County Sheriff’s race is still up in the air. Two more candidates are at risk of being disqualified after the Board of Elections held a special meeting Thursday.
The qualifications of candidates Donna Tompkins and Mark LaJoye are at stake. A complaint was filed about these candidates not having the proper documents, but the board decided the complaint was not filed in a timely manner. However, the board did decide they will challenge the candidates qualifications.
The Board of Elections is challenging whether or not sheriff candidate Mark LaJoye turned in proper documentation. LaJoye says he turned in his birth certificate and high school diploma on the 11th, which were certified by the Elections Office.
Mark Shelnutt represents Pamela Brown who was previously disqualified. Brown was disqualified with Robert Smith after the board said they did not submit finger prints in a timely manner.
Today, Governor Deal will fly around the state and hold ceremonial bill-signings for House Bill 751, the FY 2017 budget.
Schedule of events
8:15 AM in Hall County
Future site of Lanier Technical College
The closest physical address is the Racetrac on the corner of GA 365 and Howard Road.
2410 Cornelia Highway
9 AM in Gwinnett County
Lanier High School media center
918 Buford Highway NE
*At 10:30 AM, Deal will attend the Kumho Tire grand opening event in Macon. Please note that this is not a budget signing ceremony.
1:30 PM in Glynn County
6835 Highway 99
3:45 PM in Dalton
Georgia Department of Transportation District Area Office
1313 North Tibbs Road
After signing the budget, the Governor will have one major remaining decision: whether to sign the Campus Carry legislation passed by the General Assembly. From Greg Bluestein at the AJC:
[F]or Deal, who has repeatedly aired concerns about the legislation, there are no simple answers.
He could shove aside his misgivings and sign the proposal even after legislative leaders rejected his handwritten appeal for changes.
He could veto the measure and widen the rift between him and rank-and-file Republicans still peeved at last month’s rejection of legislation that would have extended legal protections to opponents of same-sex marriage.
Or he could try to straddle the divide — and risk alienating both sides — with some sort of executive action.
Deal will make his move by Tuesday, the last day of the 40-day bill-signing period.
Speaker of the House David Ralston appointed fifteen Representatives to a House Study Committee on Base Realignment & Closure:
Dave Belton – Chair (R-Buckhead)
Shaw Blackmon (R-Bonaire)
John Carson (R-Marietta)
Mike Cheokas (R-Americus)
David Clark (R-Buford)
Heath Clark (R-Warner Robins)
John Corbett (R-Lake Park)
Darrel Ealum (D-Albany)
Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro)
Bill Hitchens (R-Rincon)
Brian Prince (D-Augusta)
Ed Rynders (R-Albany)
Richard Smith (R-Columbus)
Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus)
Al Williams (D-Midway)
Days after dropping out of the election for Macon-Bibb County Mayor, former County Commissioner Lonzy Edwards died.
In recent weeks, Edwards, a former Bibb County commissioner, had mounted a campaign to unseat Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert in next month’s elections, but his push to become the second mayor of the consolidated city and county government ended April 19 when undisclosed health problems forced him to suspend his campaign.
Edwards’ friends and former colleagues described him Friday as a man of principle who was willing to fight for the common man.
“He was a man of true character, and he only wanted to do what he believed was right, what was best — not for himself but for others,” said Brenda Youmas, his partner at the Edwards & Youmas law firm.