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11
Nov

Dave Baker takes the reins at Faith & Freedom Coalition Georgia

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The Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Georgia organization has named former Public Service Commissioner Dave Baker as Executive Director. From the release:Continue Reading..

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Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 11, 2015

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.

Two 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

Georgia State Representative John P. Yates is the last World War II veteran to serve in our state legislature, and he can often be found giving short history lessons to students touring the Capitol, according to Kristina Torres of the AJC.

His office sits on the second floor of the state Capitol just off the center rotunda, a prime spot given its proximity to the governor’s office. On busy days, when school tours pack into the building, state Rep. John P. Yates will quietly slip into the hall, wave at a teacher and then gather her students around him.

Sometimes, he’ll just talk. For a man from Spalding County who started his life with just 11 grades of schooling, education is one of his passions. Other times, he’ll gather them around his desk and show them what he likes to call “my museum” — the framed war medals, honoring resolutions and personal photos of an airplane and handsome young U.S. Army officer lining the walls.

And in a storied building where political giants including former Democratic House Speaker Tom Murphy could boast of their service during the war (Murphy was in the Pacific in the Navy), none still work under the Gold Dome except for Yates — a Griffin Republican who turns 94 on Thanksgiving Day.

“He tells these stories of flying over German tanks and dropping these 5-gallon tanks of gas on them and getting away before they could fire on him,” said state Sen. Ed Harbison, D-Columbus, a Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient who has spent hours happily ensconced in Yates’ green office chairs swapping stories.

It’s a great article, worth reading in its entirety.

United States Senator Johnny Isakson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement:Continue Reading..

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Nov

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 11, 2015

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Patriot Paws is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises, trains, and provides service dogs at no cost to veterans and others who need a helping paw.

You can donate online in honor or memory of the veteran in your life or mail a check to:

Patriot Paws
254 Ranch Trail
Rockwall, TX 75032

Every Veterans Day, Mrs. GaPundit makes a donation to Patriot Paws in member of her Grandfather, and she highly recommends the organization.

General

General is an adult male Hound and Pointer mix who was found roaming around by animal control. He’s a little shy, but loving. He needs an understanding new owner! Handsome, unique markings and 1-2 years old. General is available for adoption from Bainbridge – Decatur County Humane Society in Bainbridge, GA.

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Major is a young male Labrador Retriever and Terrier mix, about a year-and-a-half old who lost his home when his owner was dying from leukemia and could no longer care for her dogs. The rescue group took in Major and his five siblings, and they are now available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA. It appears that Major does not have a problem with cats.

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Lieutenant Dan is a young tri-pawed Hound & Terrier Mix, about one year old and weighing 45 pounds. Lt. Dan is a happy fella who looooooves people and gets along well with other dogs. Lt. Dan is looking for an active home that can give him the exercise he requires and training he needs to be the ultimate dog. Lt. Dan is housebroken, and ready to work his way in to his new family’s hearts! Lieutenant Dan is available for adoption from the Society of Humane Friends of GA Inc. in Lawrenceville, GA.

10
Nov

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 10, 2015

For November, LifeLine is waiving 50% of the adoption fees for all dogs 25 pounds of more and all cats at its Fulton and DeKalb County shelters.
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Regg

Regg is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption (half-price) at Fulton County Animal Services.

Scout

Scout is a 2-year old Labrador Retriever mix male who is available for adoption (half-price) at Fulton County Animal Services.

Hey everyone, my name is Scout and I am quite the lovable fella! I have been at the shelter for a few months and have not let it make me too sad. I am ready for my own home though and am hoping you will come meet me today! I love to play and cuddle. I am so cheerful and love both people and dogs. I have been caught spooning my kennel mates pretty regularly :). Come meet me today and see what a good boy I am!

Mona

Mona (above, right) is a young and small female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption (half-price) at Fulton County Animal Services.

This is what her foster family has to say about her in the home:

Mona is taking her time coming out of her shell. She lives with 4 dogs, and seems to like them, or at least takes their lead. I have a dog door, and she has never had any accidents from day 1. She has yet to do any playing, bit we have seen her wag her tail. She mostly lays in a dog bed in the corner of the living room. She is crate trained, but we let her sleep free in the living room. She allows me to pick her up and force her to snuggle in my lap, but she still get up, since she prefers to do her own thing. This past week she has laid right next to my smallest dog. I have cats (seperated from my dogs), but she hasn”t seen them yet. She really doesn”t venture around the house. She sticks to the living room, kitchen, and backyard.. her choice.

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Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 10, 2015

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

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Local attorney Meagan Hanson announced her campaign for the Republican nomination in House District 80 in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs.

“Over the past few years, House District 80 has experienced incredible growth and transformation. Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Chamblee have each seen home values increase, local businesses succeed, and families choose this community to raise their children.

“Maintaining these advancements presents serious challenges – especially with prevalent corruption in county governance. Ensuring that our community and our state continue to move in the right direction should be our first priority. To do this, our community needs an effective, principled leader who shares our community’s values and will champion our causes. This is why I am excited to announce my candidacy to represent House District 80.

“In the State House, I will work every day protect what we have built in our community. I will work with my colleagues to find solutions to our transportation challenges, fight to keep taxes low, foster successful schools for our children, and hold county governments accountable,” said Hanson.

Meagan Hanson is an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle. In 2014, James Magazine listed her as one of Georgia’s most influential attorneys.

As a homeowner and active community leader in Brookhaven, Hanson was deeply involved in the grassroots effort for the Brookhaven cityhood movement as a board member for BrookhavenYES.

Hanson is an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta, where her service earned her the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award.

As a Republican leader, Hanson is the immediate past chair of the Georgia Young Republicans, having served three years as Chair. She was awarded the Georgia Young Republicans’ 2015 Woman of the Year.

Hanson is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. She and her husband, David, also an Atlanta attorney, are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and live in Brookhaven with their two chocolate labs, Beau and Lucy.

Politics and Elections Across Georgia

Initial election results from DeKalb County were incomplete, as some votes were not included, according to the AJC.

DeKalb elections officials added 41 votes countywide Monday that they had overlooked when they certified the election three days ago, changing the vote count in the LaVista Hills cityhood referendum that’s already under investigation by state officials.

The margin of defeat for LaVista Hills grew as a result, with the city effort falling short by 139 votes instead of 136 votes. The previously uncounted votes were all on provisional ballots, which are cast when there are questions about a voter’s eligibility.

Elections Director Maxine Daniels said the votes weren’t misplaced or lost, but election officials neglected to include them in Friday’s vote tabulation.

“We were aware of them — they just weren’t in that tabulation,” Daniels said. “I can’t even explain how it happened. … I take responsibility for it as the director. There were a lot of things happening and we didn’t follow our procedures and get it right.”

Also having problems running elections was Chatham County, according to the Savannah Morning News.

“There were allegations of campaigning within 150 feet of the polls, there were questions about newly approved district lines, and there were lots and lots of questions of county residents who don’t live in municipalities who wanted to vote for the mayor, or council or the pool or whatever,” he said. “We responded to those questions we received, and we were able to resolve most of those concerns.”

Left unresolved at the close of Election Day, however, were the allegations of unlawful campaigning activity at eight precincts in the city of Savannah last week.

Speaking on behalf of a group of citizens, John McMasters, a former Chatham County commissioner, asked the Elections Board to specify who is responsible for ensuring that Georgia code is not violated during elections, its procedures when someone alleges such a violation and whether the board would commit to filing charges against anyone suspected of violating the law.

The Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity ranked Georgia 24th among the states for ethics and transparency laws, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

A national advocacy group has awarded Georgia a D-minus for laws dealing with campaign finance, government ethics and openness in an assessment released today.

I don’t think that a D-minus is a fair assessment,” said Stefan Ritter, the executive secretary of the Georgia Government Trans­parency Commission and Cam­paign Finance Commis­sion. “I don’t know what that means if you’re not grading on a curve.”

Rep. Joe Wilkinson, an Atlanta Repub­lican who has headed the House Ethics Com­mit­tee for the past 11 years, said a review of the previous report card found that Georgia was graded lower than other states that had substantially identical laws.

“The report in 2012, I think, was fraudulent,” he said.

That report came in the middle of a legislative election that made ethics an issue.
Both political parties polled their voters during a primary and found overwhelming support for limits on lobbyists’ gifts to public officials.

The next year, the General Assembly enacted a $75 cap. It also required candidates and lobbyists to file reports more frequently while boosting fines if they don’t.

Don’t look for an endorsement from former Carrollton Mayor Fred O’Neal in the December 1 runoff, as his employment terms prohibit it.

The City of Ellijay will continue election season to fill two seats on City Council after filling three seats last week.

With the election only 3 people obtained sufficient votes to obtain a spot on the Council. These three candidates were:

David Westmoreland (Incumbent) with 189 votes.
Al Fuller (Incumbent) with 167 votes.
Ruth Caudell (Incumbent) with 155 votes.

This means that three of the five seats have been filled. Now, what happens next?

There will be a run-off on December 1st. No need to worry though, all citizens of Ellijay are allowed to vote again in the run-off. This election will fill the final 2 seats of the council and will include the next four highest voted candidates:

Lynelle Reece Stewart with 142 votes.
Katie Lancey (Incumbent) with 136 votes.
William Jerry Baxter with 130 votes.
Roy “Smitty” Smith with 129 votes.

Ellijay appears to have goofy non-standard elections, and I’ll try to unravel it before tomorrow’s edition.

Allen Brown and Charles Frasier will be on the ballot in the runoff election for Mayor of Hinesville after no candidate secured a majority vote.

A tie vote in another jurisdiction with goofy non-standard elections puts Willie Morgan and Charlie Fish, Jr., each of whom earned 77 votes, in a runoff for the second contested City Council seat in Flovilla, GA.

Because all of the Flovilla council seats are at-large posts, when there are two seats to fill, the top two vote-getters win. James C. Hosford, who has previously held office on the council, picked up the most votes Nov. 3 — 88 — and won one of the seats outright.

But Morgan and Fish tied for the second-highest total, setting up an unusual runoff.

Butts County Elections Director Avery Smith, whose office certified the results of the Nov. 3 election on Nov. 4, said it was the first time she can recall a tie in a local city election in her 39 years of elections work.

The aptly-surnamed Jack Smith will serve as the next Mayor of Smithville, GA, after a provisional ballot was disqualified, handing him the majority of votes and the Mayor’s gavel.

Joe McGoogan died from a heart attack two days after winning his election to Clermont Town Council.

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Nov

Meagan Hanson Announces for House District 80

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Republican Meagan Hanson announced today that she is running for Georgia State House District 80.

“Over the past few years, House District 80 has experienced incredible growth and transformation. Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Chamblee have each seen home values increase, local businesses succeed, and families choose this community to raise their children.

“Maintaining these advancements presents serious challenges – especially with prevalent corruption in county governance. Ensuring that our community and our state continue to move in the right direction should be our first priority. To do this, our community needs an effective, principled leader who shares our community’s values and will champion our causes. This is why I am excited to announce my candidacy to represent House District 80.

“In the State House, I will work every day protect what we have built in our community. I will work with my colleagues to find solutions to our transportation challenges, fight to keep taxes low, foster successful schools for our children, and hold county governments accountable,” said Hanson.

More about Meagan Hanson
Meagan Hanson is an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle. In 2014, James Magazine listed her as one of Georgia’s most influential attorneys. For the last two years, Hanson has regularly appeared on Fox 5′s ‘The Georgia Gang’ as a guest panelist.

As a homeowner and active community leader in Brookhaven, Hanson was deeply involved in the grassroots effort for the Brookhaven cityhood movement as a board member for BrookhavenYES.

Hanson is an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta, where her service earned her the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award.

As a Republican leader, Hanson is the immediate past chair of the Georgia Young Republicans, having served three years as Chair. She was awarded the Georgia Young Republicans’ 2015 Woman of the Year.

Hanson is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. She and her husband, David, also an Atlanta attorney, are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and live in Brookhaven with their two chocolate labs, Beau and Lucy.

9
Nov

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 9, 2015

Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare and SAFE Adoption Center has two needs today. The first is the easy one, all it takes is money to save a mother dog and her four puppies. You can either donate online via PayPal or send a check to:

Happy Tails
4280 Interstate Dr
Macon, GA 31210

To donate online via PayPal with your account, simply login, click “Send Money” and then enter [email protected] as the recipient.

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The second great need is for a Monday Miracle of ten adoptions by 5 PM so they can avoid euthanizing any dogs.

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Carnelian is a 7-year old female German Shepherd and Labrador Retriver mix female. She looks so much like my Roxy, who died last month that if anyone is interested in rescuing her, I’ll sponsor her adoption fee. Just email me if you’re that person.

Jamie

Jamie is a sweet 3-year old Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

Larry

Larry is an 8-month old black-and-white Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

Thorn

Thorn is a handsome 5-year old Black-and-Tan Coonhound (labeled by the shelter as a Catahoula Leopard Dog) who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

Bunny

Bunny is a 9-week old female Black Mouth Cur puppy, one of a litter of eight, who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

Catie

Catie is a 9-week old Black Mouth Cur puppy, one of a litter of eight, who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

Eddy

Eddy is a 9-week old male Black Mouth Cur puppy, one of a litter of eight, who is available for adoption from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

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Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 9, 2015

On November 8, 1860, Savannah residents protested in favor of secession following the election of Abraham Lincoln.

President Abraham Lincoln (R) was reelected on November 8, 1864.

General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 120 on November 9, 1864.

Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi, in the Field, Kingston, Georgia, November 9, 1864

5. To corps commanders alone is intrusted the power to destroy mills, houses, cotton-gins, etc.; and for them this general principle is laid down: In districts and neighborhoods where the army is unmolested, no destruction of such property should be permitted; but should guerrillas or bushwhackers molest our march, or should the inhabitants burn bridges, obstruct roads, or otherwise manifest local hostility, then army commanders should order and enforce a devastation more or less relentless, according to the measure of such hostility.

6. As for horses, mules, wagons, etc., belonging to the inhabitants, the cavalry and artillery may appropriate freely and without limit; discriminating, however, between the rich, who are usually hostile, and the poor and industrious, usually neutral or friendly. Foraging-parties may also take mules or horses, to replace the jaded animals of their trains, or to serve as pack-mules for the regiments of brigades. In all foraging, of whatever kind, the parties engaged will refrain abusive or threatening language, and may, where the officer in command thinks proper, given written certificates of the facts, but no receipts; and they will endeavor to leave with each family a reasonable portion for their maintenance.

7. Negroes who are able-bodied and can be of service to the several columns may be taken along; but each army commander will bear in mind that the question of supplies is a very important one, and this his first duty is to see to those who bear arms.

8. The organization, at once, of a good pioneer battalion for each army corps, composed if possible of Negroes, should be attended to. This battalion should follow the advance-guard, repair roads and double them if possible, so that the columns will not be delayed after reaching bad places.

Former Confederate General John B. Gordon was sworn-in as Governor of Georgia on November 9, 1886.

Franklin D. Roosevelt made his 15th trip to Warm Springs, Georgia on November 8, 1928 after winning the election for Governor of New York.

Richard B. Russell, Jr. was elected to the United States Senate on November 8, 1932 and would serve until his death in 1971. Before his election to the Senate, Russell served as State Representative, Speaker of the Georgia House, and the youngest Governor of Georgia; his father served as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. On the same day, part-time Georgia resident Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States.

The next day, November 9, 1932, President-elect FDR addressed a national broadcast to the American people and mentioned that he would spend Thanksgiving at his “second home” in Georgia.

On November 9, 1938, Kristallnacht began the organized destruction and looting of Jewish businesses and homes in Munich, Germany.

On November 9, 1989, the former East Germany announced that citizens could cross the border to West Germany. That night, crowds began tearing down sections of the wall that divided the city. Earlier this year, former State Senator Chuck Clay spoke to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation about his grandfather’s role in leading the Berlin Airlift that kept the western part of the city supplied during the beginning of its Cold War blockade. Hans Rueffert of The Woodbridge Inn in Jasper, Georgia told of his father’s experience in East Germany and his flight across the wall to freedom in the west.

On November 8, 1994, Republicans won control of the United States House of Representatives and Senate in what came to be called the “Republican Revolution.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

State Senator Renee Unterman was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Georgia Chiropractic Association in recognition of her work against human trafficking in Georgia.

“This is a very, very special award,” Georgia Chiropractic Association legal counsel Aubrey Villines said in a statement. “All of (Sen.) Unterman’s accomplishments, before she even ever got to the legislature, are absolutely amazing. She’s just a wonderful person and we’re pleased to honor her for her work preventing sex trafficking.”

The Safe Harbor and Rachel’s Law toughens laws that deal with human trafficking, including the addition of hefty fines for adults and adult entertainment businesses who violate the law. It also lets the criminal justice system treat sexually exploited children as victims instead of criminals.

The age-based statute of limitations for sex trafficking victims was also raised from 23 to 25 under the law, which went into effect July 1.

“The issue of human trafficking is something that’s been near and dear to my heart for eight years now,” Unterman said in the association’s announcement. “At that time, Georgia was one of the worst in the nation for human trafficking and specifically for child sex trafficking. And now, we actually have other states replicating our efforts.”

State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) and Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) will lead a fact-finding group to Colorado to learn about the production of CBD oils that were made legal for treatment of certain medical conditions earlier this year. After the fact-finding trip, the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis will meet on December 9, 2015 to forumulate recommendations for legislation.

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Speaking of Senator Butch Miller, a writer for his hometown Gainesville Times notes speculation that he may be looking at a run for higher office in 2018.Continue Reading..

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Nov

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 6, 2015

Slash

Slash is a 6-month old female Boston Terrier mix female puppy who is fully vetted, spayed, microchipped, housebroke, and crate trained, dog and cat friendly. She is available for adoption from Pawsome Southern Rescue in Warner Robins, GA.

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Theodore (above, male) and Erin (below, female) are four-month old Airedale Terrier mix puppies. They are both playful and like other dogs, and are available for adoption from Pawsome Southern Rescue in Warner Robins, GA.

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Nov

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 6, 2015

Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th President of the United States and the first Republican to hold the office on November 6, 1860. By his inauguration in March, seven states had seceded.

Georgia Governor Joseph Brown addressed the Georgia legislature calling on them to consider Georgia’s future on November 7, 1860, the day after Abraham Lincoln’s election as President.

On November 6, 1861, one year after Lincoln’s election, Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens of Georgia were elected President and Vice President of the Confederate States of America.

President Teddy Roosevelt left for a 17-day trip to Panama on November 6, 1906 to inspect work on the Panama Canal; he was the first President to take an official tour outside the continental United States.

Jeanette Rankin was elected to Congress, the first female Member, on November 7, 1916 from Montana. After leaving Congress, Rankin moved to Watkinsville, Georgia in 1925. The Jeanette Rankin Scholarship Foundation, based in Athens, Georgia provides college scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a record fourth term on November 7, 1944.

A dam on the campus of Toccoa Falls Bible College burst on November 6, 1977 under pressure from heavy rains, killing 39 students and faculty.

Democrat Sam Nunn was reelected to the United States Senate on November 7, 1978.

On November 7, 1989, David Dinkins was elected the first African-American Mayor of New York and Douglas Wilder was elected the first African-American Governor of Virginia.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA) resigned his office and his Congressional seat on November 6, 1998, effective in January 1999, despite having been reelected three days earlier.

On November 7, 2006, Georgia reelected its first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Sonny Perdue, and elected its first GOP Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

After the very narrow defeat of the LaVista Hills incorporation referendum, allegations surfaced of voting irregularities and possible fraud in the election.

The LaVista Hills cityhood proposal failed by 136 votes. If a judge finds any irregularities that could change the outcome, Tuesday’s results could be invalidated.

From WSB-TV in Atlanta,

Reports of intimidation and criminal activity have led to a state investigation into voting fraud in LaVista Hills.

Only Channel 2 Action News was there as investigators with the GBI removed a computer and voting machine from the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office on Memorial Drive.

Leonard Piazza, the second in command at DeKalb County’s office of voter registration and elections, says there were very serious irregularities regarding the LaVista vote.

Piazza says in addition to voters being turned away at their polling place, voter material wasn’t properly secured.

He also told Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston, there was a memory card that collects citizen votes loose in the office.

According to Piazza, when he told his boss Maxine Daniels, he says she told him not to worry about it and sent him home.

Piazza is now on paid leave.

Daniels says that she can guarantee to the voters that nothing irregular happened. She blames the investigation on a disgruntled employee.

And from CBS 46,

“It’s a complete disappointment as a voter that one of our most sacred rights would be violated,” said Mary Kay Woodworth with LaVista Hills Alliance, a group that supported LaVista Hills becoming a city. “We need to have government we can trust and if indeed this is true, we have a government we can’t trust.”

The complete statement from the Georgia Secretary of State is below:

“As Secretary of State I take any allegations of elections fraud seriously.  Our office has opened an official investigation of possible criminal activity during the November 3rd elections in DeKalb County.  Given the serious nature of these allegations, I have asked the Center for Elections at Kennesaw State University and the GBI to assist in this investigation.  I asked the GBI to assist due to the alleged theft of secured memory cards and fraud allegations.  Once completed, the investigation will be presented to the State Elections Board.  We will have no further comment until that time.”

The Secretary of State’s office said that in addition to possible fraud, they are also looking into a potential theft of a memory card following the election. There’s also a probe into why nearly 50 people who qualified to vote on LaVista becoming a city were given ballots without the proposition on it.

“The DeKalb County voter registration has had since April 2 to get this right and now here we are on Nov.5 or [Nov 6] and they didn’t get it right, but it really boils down to anger and frustration with DeKalb County government,” Woodwoth added.

In Smyrna City Council Ward 6, former Democratic State Senator Doug Stoner bested first-time candidate Tara Simon by a 637-623 margin, with the 14-vote difference putting it just outside the 1% window that entitles candidates to a recount. But on election night, 34 provisional ballots were uncounted, with the potential to change the election or put it in the recount window.

Crisp County passed an E-SPLOST by a 75:25 margin, and in Worth County, the E-SPLOST garnered 71% yes votes.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard won reelection with 57% of the vote against two challengers.

The cities of Ocilla and Sylvester passed liquor by the drink referenda by more than 60% each.

In Unadilla, Myron Mixon defeated incumbent Mayor Dr. Bobby West by 241-221. Mixon is a renowned Barbecue competitor.