On April 30, 1886, Jefferson Davis is said to have spoken in Newnan, Georgia during a stop between LaGrange and Atlanta.
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.
On May 2, 1886, Jefferson Davis left Atlanta, headed to Savannah.
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.
The Weather Channel began broadcasting from Cobb County, Georgia on May 2, 1982.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
In-person early voting begins today and runs through Friday, May 20, 2016. The best way to learn where you can vote early is to login to the Secretary of State’s MVP webpage.
Paulding County voters are encouraged to vote early, due in part to elections being held early enough that school is still in session.
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.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is dropping hints that he’d be open to serving as Donald Trump’s Vice Presidential candidate.
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 Gainesville Times spoke to UGA Political Science professor Charles Bullock about ballot questions in party primary elections.
“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.
Columbus, we may have a problem. It appears that qualifying to run for Muscogee County Sheriff may be more technical than some think.
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.
He could also decline to sign or veto the bill and let it become law without his action.
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)
The Macon Telegraph notes that the Committee will hold at least five hearings this year before passing recommendations for next year’s legislature.
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.