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5
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 5, 2016

Georgia and American History

On February 7, 1733, the first Georgia colonists had been here a week and they finished building a hand-operated crane to move heavy supplies and livestock from their boats to the top of the forty-foot high bluff where they were building a settlement.

John and Charles Wesley arrived at Tybee Roads, at the mouth of the Savannah River on February 5, 1736, along with James Oglethorpe and 254 other colonists.

On February 5, 1777, Georgia’s first Constitution was adopted in Savannah, creating the first eight counties. Happy birthday to Wilkes, Richmond, Burke, Effingham, Chatham, Liberty, Glynn, and Camden counties.

The 1777 Constitution was progressive for the time, outlawing primogeniture and entail, English common law doctrines that controlled inheritance of land.

Primogeniture ensured that the eldest son in a family inherited the largest portion of his father’s property upon the father’s death. The practice of entail, guaranteeing that a landed estate remain in the hands of only one male heir, was frequently practiced in conjunction with primogeniture. (Virginia abolished entail in 1776, but permitted primogeniture to persist until 1785.)

Georgians restructured inheritance laws in Article LI of the state’s constitution by abolishing entail in all forms and proclaiming that any person who died without a will would have his or her estate divided equally among their children; the widow shall have a child’s share, or her dower at her option.

The House of Assembly, Georgia’s legislative body, held its second meeting after statehood on February 6, 1788 in Savannah.

The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its “Sunset Route” from New Orleans to California on February 5, 1883, giving the SP a dominant position in transcontinental railroading.

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. In 1980, Reagan would be elected President of the United States, beating incumbent Jimmy Carter. When he was born, his father said, “he looks like a fat little Dutchman.  But who knows, he might grow up to be president some day.”

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced his “court packing” plan on February 5, 1937. After the United States Supreme Court found some of his “New Deal” legislation unconstitutional, Roosevelt’s proposal would have encouraged the retirement of justices older than 70 and for those who did not retire, appoint an assistant Justice with full voting rights on decisions by the Court.

On February 5, 1945, Governor Ellis Arnall signed legislation abolishing the poll tax, making Georgia the first Southern state to do so.

Georgia’s 1877 constitution authorized the tax, which limited voter participation among both poor blacks and whites. But most whites got around the provision through exemptions for those whose ancestors fought in the Civil War or who could vote before the war.

In 1937, the U.S. Supreme court upheld Georgia’s poll tax as constitutional. But in 1942, Georgia voters chose Ellis Arnall for governor and the progressive Arnall ushered in a wave of reforms, including abolishing Georgia’s poll tax.

Nigel Tufnel, of the band Spinal Tap, was born on February 5, 1948.

On February 6, 1952, Governor Herman Talmadge signed resolutions of the General Assembly that included:

A resolution calling on Congress to call a convention to propose a constitutional amendment to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment and instead allow a maximum rate of 25 percent on any federal income, transfer, gift, or inheritance tax.

A resolution urging U.S. Senator Richard B. Russell to run for the presidency.

On February 6, 1956, Governor Marvin Griffin addressed a joint session of  the Georgia General Assembly, asking their support for House Resolution 1185, which introduced the idea of “interposition,” in which the State of Georgia would declare the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 and 1955 Brown v. Board of Education decisions “null and void” in Georgia. That day Griffin also signed a raft of legislation for his “massive resistance” agenda against integration of state schools.

On February 5, 1974, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” by Barry White reached #1 on the charts.

Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” began a 92-week run on the best-seller charts on February 5, 1983. Rock on.

On February 6, 1985, Reagan gave the State of the Union. During the speech he announced what would be known as the “Reagan Doctrine.”

Reagan began his foreign policy comments with the dramatic pronouncement that, “Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few; it is the universal right of all God’s children.” America’s “mission” was to “nourish and defend freedom and democracy.” More specifically, Reagan declared that, “We must stand by our democratic allies. And we must not break faith with those who are risking their lives—on every continent, from Afghanistan to Nicaragua—to defy Soviet-supported aggression and secure rights which have been ours from birth.” He concluded, “Support for freedom fighters is self-defense.”

With these words, the Reagan administration laid the foundation for its program of military assistance to “freedom fighters.”

On February 7, 1990, the Communist Party Central Committee of the Soviet Union agreed to a proposal by Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev that is should give up its political monopoly.

The response from the United States was surprise and cautious optimism. One State Department official commented that, “The whole Soviet world is going down the drainpipe with astonishing speed. It’s mind-boggling.” Former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger indicated that he was “personally gratified and astonished that anyone would have the chance to say such things in Moscow without being shot.” President George Bush was more circumspect, merely congratulating President Gorbachev for his “restraint and finesse.”

Ironically, the fact that the Communist Party was willing to accept political challenges to its authority indicated how desperately it was trying to maintain its weakening power over the country. The measures were little help, however–President Gorbachev resigned on December 25, 1991 and the Soviet Union officially ceased to exist on December 31, 1991.

Georgia Politics

State Rep. Tom Rice (R-Norcross) announced yesterday that he will not run for reelection, and will endorse Scott Hilton to succeed him.

Tom Rice Retiring

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4
Feb

Marsy’s Law aims to put victims’ rights in constitution

Rep. Don Parsons (R-Marietta) and Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) on Thursday introduced Marsy’s Law for Georgia to elevate crime victims’ rights to the state constitution.

“In Georgia, people convicted or accused of crimes have constitutional rights, but their victims do not,” said Parsons. “In 2010, I sponsored and passed a bill that put comprehensive victims’ rights into state law. In these six years, we’ve shown we can prioritize the needs of victims and their families without putting an undue burden on the criminal justice system. We know it works; now it’s time to join the majority of states by putting victims’ rights in the state constitution.”Continue Reading..

4
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 4, 2016

Lucky

Lucky is a senior female Labrador Retriever who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

Lucky is a super sweet and cute girl and even much prettier in person. She is very friendly and sits when told. She does have some skin allergies, but a good diet and medicated baths should take care of that. Lucky was brought to the shelter as an owner turn in on 1/19/2016. She is about 10 years old and 60 lbs.

Lucky’s ID at the shelter is 581719 and she is in run 17. Her run number could change, so please make a note of her ID and ask for assistance if you don’t find her in run 17.

Abigail

Abigail is an adult female Flat-Coated Retriever who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

If you are looking for a fun companion then this 2 year old, 58 pound girl is for you. She loves to play ball, she knows sit, stay, shake, and lay down on command. She would make an excellent running partner. Abigail has been spayed and tested negative for heart worms and is current on vaccines. She is waiting to meet her new best friend in cage 806 and her ID# is 581756.

Lady

Lady is a senior female Dachshund who is available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, GA.

Lady is a sweet, sweet 13 year old, 11 pound baby doll. Her family left her at the shelter on 02/03 because they said she did not like small children bothering her any longer. How can she be blamed for that? How sad for her to have a home for 13 years and then dumped in a big, loud and scary shelter. At this point she has not figured out her family is not coming back for her.

Lady is quiet in her cage and is a very loving girl who wants to sit on your lap. The family said she is house trained. Lady is spayed and current on her vaccines. She is hoping not to spend much of her senior years stuck in a cage. She is waiting in cage 327 and her ID# is 581962.

4
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 4, 2016

On February 4, 1789, George Washington was unanimously elected by the Electoral College as the first President of the United States; Washington’s runner-up John Adams served as Vice President. Washington would repeat the feat four years later on February 4, 1793.

On February 4, 1801, John Marshall took office as Chief Justice of the United States. Marshall continued to hold the post of Secretary of State until March 4th. In one of American history’s rich ironies, Marshall, who served at the same time in the judicial and legislative branches of the federal government, would write the Court’s opinion in Marbury v. Madison, establishing the supremacy of the Supreme Court in matters of applying the Constitution through judicial review and establishing the doctrine of separation of powers. Marshall would serve during the terms of six Presidents.

On February 4, 1861, the Provisional Confederate Congress convened in Montgomery, Alabama, where it would draft a Constitution for the Confederate States of America, beginning with a near-verbatim copy of the United States Constitution.

On January 4, 1976, the Georgia Senate approved a resolution previously passed by the State House proposing a Constitutional Amendment to allow Governors of Georgia to serve two consecutive terms and voters approved in November 1976. Then-Governor George Busbee won reelection in November 1978, and since then Democrat Roy Barnes is the only Georgia Governor to not win reelection.

Under the Gold Dome

Senate Committee Meetings

12:00 PM RULES — UPON ADJ’MNT 450 CAP

1:00 PM INSURANCE & LABOR 450 CAP

2:00 PM URBAN AFFAIRS 125 CAP

2:00 PM JUDICIARY 310 CLOB

2:30 PM Health Care Delivery Sub – HHS 122 CAP

3:00 PM TRANSPORTATION- CANCELED

3:00 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL- CANCELED

4:00 PM BANKING & FIN. INST. – CANCELED

4:00 PM NAT’L RES. & ENV’MNT 450 CAP

House Committee Meetings

8:00 AM NAT’L RES. AND ENV’T 606 CLOB

8:00 AM Approp. Econ. Dev. Sub 506 CLOB

8:30 AM Judiciary Non-Civil Setzler Sub 132 CAP

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

12:00 PM Tags & Title Sub 606 CLOB

1:00 PM Approp. Human Res. Sub 403 CAP

1:00 PM Approp. Education Sub 606 CLOB

1:30 PM Jud’y Non-Civil Pak Sub415 CLOB

1:30 PM Resolutions Sub on Transport. 506 CLOB

1:30 PM JOINT SMALL BUS DEV, BANKS & BANKING 341 CAP

2:00 PM WAYS & MEANS 406 CLOB

2:15 PM TRANSPORTATION 506 CLOB

3:00 PM Judiciary Civil Caldwell Sub 132 CAP

Senate Rules Calendar

SB 230 – ‘Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act’; enactment (Substitute) (H&HS-52nd)

House Rules Calendar

Modified Open Rule

HB 593 Low-voltage Contractors, Division of; require continuing education; authorize (Substitute)(RegI-Hawkins-27th)

HB 730 Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council; commissioner of juvenile justice as a voting member; add (Substitute)(JuvJ-Powell-32nd)

HB 747 Motor vehicles; safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles; update reference date to federal regulations (MotV-Rogers-10th)

HB 800 Veterinarians; veterinarian-client-patient relationship; clarify scope (A&CA-Jasperse-11th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 228 Sheriffs; collect and deposit certain fees; provide (Substitute) (Judy-Jones-167th)

Legislation

At least eight pieces of legislation seeking to expand the state’s protection of religious liberty have been dropped in the offering plate legislative hopper.Continue Reading..

3
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 3, 2016

Old Man Cobb

Bishop is a senior male Labrador Retriever and Box mix who was abandoned by his family at the Cobb County Animal Shelter. He needs a new foster or forever home.

Bishop was turned into the shelter on 1/28 because they had a new baby. But they did say he is good with kids. Poor Bishop was so distraught when his owner walked away, he was scratching the floor and door to try to get his attention to please not leave him. It was such a sad scene, it had 2 of our staff members in tear and needless to say they have seen and heard everything.

Bishop is 10 years old, his ID is 581861, he is in run 828 and he weighs 80 lbs. Bishop is a really sweet boy, and can’t imagine why his whole world has been turned upside down. Please, please, please consider adopting this older boy, he has lots of love left to give some lucky person.

This beautiful pet and many others need a forever, loving home and are available for adoption from the Cobb County Animal Shelter.1060 Al Bishop Drive Marietta, Georgia 30008, call (770) 499-4136 for more information. Our Shelter hours for Adoptions are: Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., CLOSED Mondays and Holidays.

Hat tip to Tim Darnell of Patch.com for bringing this boy to our attention.

Gwinnett Urgent

Gwinnett County Animal Shelter has an urgent overcrowding situation and will be forced to euthanize dogs for space if folks don’t come in and take some home. If you’ve been considering adopting or fostering, today is a great day to find your new BFF.

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48998 is an adult male Golden Retriever who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

49005

49005 is a 10-year old female Miniature Pinscher who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Gwinnett49001

49001 is a 1-year old Great Pyrenees male who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Gwinnett49007

49007 is a male Plott Hound/Irish Wolfhound mix male who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

3
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 3, 2016

In Today’s Politics, Campaigns, and Elections Update:

1. Under the Gold Dome

2. Public Servants Gone Wild

3. Georgia Elections

4. Peach State Presidential Politics – What’s next for Trump, Cruz, and Rubio

5. Nuke News

On February 3, 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, prohibiting racial discrimination in voting.

On February 3, 1887, Congress adopted the Electoral Count Act to clarify how Congress was to count electoral votes.

Electoral vote counting is the oldest activity of the national government and among the oldest questions of constitutional law. It was Congress’s first task when a quorum appeared in the nation’s new legislature on April 6, 1789. It has happened every four years since then. Yet, electoral vote counting remains one of the least understood aspects of our constitutional order.

The Electoral Count Act of 1887 (ECA) lies at the heart of this confusion. In enacting the ECA, Congress drew on lessons learned from its twenty-five previous electoral counts; it sorted through innumerable proposals floated before and after the disastrous presidential election of 1876; and it thrashed out the ECA’s specific provisions over fourteen years of sustained debate. Still, the law invites misinterpretation. The ECA is turgid and repetitious. Its central provisions seem contradictory. Many of its substantive rules are set out in a single sentence that is 275 words long. Proponents of the law admitted it was “not perfect.” Contemporary commentators were less charitable. John Burgess, a leading political scientist in the late nineteenth century, pronounced the law unwise, incomplete, premised on contradictory principles, and expressed in language that was “very confused, almost unintelligible.” At least he thought the law was constitutional; others did not.

Over the nearly 120 years since the ECA’s adoption, the criticisms faded, only to be renewed whenever there was a close presidential election. Our ability to misunderstand the ECA has grown over time. During the 2000 presidential election dispute, politicians, lawyers, commentators, and Supreme Court justices seemed prone to misstate or misinterpret the provisions of the law, even those provisions which were clear to the generation that wrote them. The Supreme Court, for example, mistakenly believed that the Supreme Court of Florida’s erroneous construction of its election code would deny Florida’s electors the ECA’s “safe harbor” protection; Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s hasty submission of his state’s Certificate of Ascertainment was untimely under the Act; and Democratic members of Congress framed their objections to accepting Florida’s electoral vote on the wrong grounds. Even Al Gore, the presidential candidate contesting the election’s outcome, misread the federal deadline for seating Florida’s electors.

Only the United States Congress could so obfuscate a matter as seemingly simple as counting that its Act remained undecipherable for more than one hundred years.

The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by Delaware on February 3, 1913, giving the Amendment the requisite Constitutional supermajority of three-fourths of the states. The text of the Amendment reads, in its entirety,

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

President Woodrow Wilson died on February 3, 1924 in Washington, DC. Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia (pronounced Stan-ton) and spent most of his youth to age 14 in Augusta, Georgia. Wilson started practicing law in Atlanta, Georgia in 1882, leaving the next year to pursue a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. His wife, Ellen Louise Axson, was from Savannah, and they married in Rome, Ga in 1885.

On February 3, 1959, a chartered Beechcraft Bonanza carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson crashed near Mason City, Iowa, killing all aboard.

Jimi Hendrix recorded Purple Haze on this date in 1967.

Under the Gold Dome

Senate Committees

12:00 PM RULES — UPON ADJMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM REGULATED IND & UTIL. – CANCELED

1:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY 125 CAP

1:00 PM EDUCATION & YOUTH 307 CLOB

2:00 PM Joint HEALTH & HMN SVCS and HIGHER ED. 307 CAP

2:00 PM SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 310 CLOB

2:00 PM DOT Delegations- CD 4 Senate Chamber

2:00 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Public Safety Sub 341 CAP

3:00 PM STATE INST & PROP – CANCELED

3:00 PM DOT Delegations-CD 11 Senate Chamber

3:30 PM Approp Gen’l Gov’t Sub 341 CAP

4:00 PM HEALTH AND HUMAN SVCS SUB 318 CLOB

4:00 PM FINANCE – CANCELED

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2
Feb

Iowa proves Cruz ground game heading toward SEC Primary

The headline to a column by Charles Hurt in the Washington Times today, “Ted Cruz wins Iowa, but he won’t be the GOP nominee for president,” plays on the Hawkeye State’s less-than-stellar track record of picking GOP nominees, but a closer look at the Southern states due to choose in rapid succession after New Hampshire suggests the Texas Senator has done much of the groundwork to bring his precision-guided ground game to the southern states of the “SEC Primary,” which I prefer to call the “Waffle House Primary.”

Those of us in the Peach State, where Secretary of State Brian Kemp coined the concept of a Southern Super Tuesday he dubbed “SEC Primary,” have seen much of Ted Cruz since his bus tour that began in Savannah before the RedState Gathering in Atlanta and continued afterwards to head south toward Newnan and Columbus ,Georgia before heading West through Alabama and much of the rest of the SEC states.

Ted Cruz Newnan from behind side

He was also back in Georgia in December with wife Heidi and their two girls as part of a fly-around. In the meantime, he’s piled up significant endorsements and built the best grassroots presidential campaign I’ve seen in twenty years of Republican politics here.

What Iowa offered Cruz, more valuable than the one-delegate lead he now enjoys over Donald J. Trump and Marco Rubio, was much needed proof. Proof that Trump can be beaten despite a stranglehold on the mainstream media’s attention, and that the rules of politics still apply to the same extent that the law of gravity does.

Iowa provided the proof of concept that a well-executed ground game, buttressed by sufficient media buys and all the latest and greatest in targeting can still win elections, even against what Newt Gingrich calls “the Kardashian model of social media” in Presidential politics.

Many of the Cruz campaign’s trips across the South began in South Carolina, where voters go to the polls in 18 days, and where the electorate is likely to be closer to that of Iowa than of New Hampshire. Trump too has spent time in the Palmetto State, typically in-and-out, drawing huge crowds. Since at least August of last year, it’s been clear the Cruz campaign sees the bloc of Southern states that vote on March 1 as a firewall and has invested in boots on the ground in those states.

The lesson Cruz can draw from Iowa is to continue building-out and refining the ground game that landed him the top slot in Iowa, while Trump may be trying to figure out how to effectively build a get out the vote machine starting months later than his rival.

Some analysts see David Perdue’s “outsider” victory in the 2014 Georgia Senate race as the beginning of a trend that will be fully manifested in Trump’s campaign. Perdue himself sees the link. But having seen the 2014 Senate race up close in Georgia, I draw a different conclusion. For all the airtime afforded Perdue by his campaign warchest, and the outsider dynamics of his campaign, it remained a nearly-flawless integration of television advertising and new media with a relentless and well-organized ground component that was required for Perdue to eke out a runoff margin of less than two percentage points.

Whether Iowa has any predictive value for the identity of the eventual nominee remains to be seen, but the road to the GOP nomination goes through the SEC.

 

2
Feb

Former State Rep. Delvis Dutton seeks return to House

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DELVIS DUTTON LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 157

(Glennville, GA) – Today, Delvis Dutton announced his intent to run for State House in District 157, serving Tattnall, Evans, and a portion of Wayne counties. The Tattnall County businessman pledged to run a campaign focused on fiscal responsibility, ethical transparency in government, and a return to the founding principles of our state and nation.

“I want to return to Atlanta to not only finish what I started with the Appeal to Heaven movement, but to continue to push for a state government that is transparent and accountable to Georgians.”Continue Reading..

2
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 2, 2015

CPR Puppies

In recent weeks, Coastal Pet Rescue has adopted four mother dogs with a total of 19 puppies and is holding a “Puppy Shower” to raise funds for their care. You may donate via their online fundraiser, or donate online via their website.

You can also donate goods and food via their Amazon wishlist and have it delivered directly to Coastal Pet Rescue or send a check to:

Coastal Pet Rescue
PO Box 30462
Savannah, GA 31410

miracle1

Miracle is a six-week old Female Boston Terrier/American Bulldog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

joy1

Joy is a six-week old Female Boston Terrier/American Bulldog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

noel1cpr

Noel is a six-week old Male Boston Terrier/American Bulldog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

claus1

Claus is a six-week old Male Boston Terrier/American Bulldog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

A Garden City canine police officer (meaning the dog, not his handler) received a bulletproof vest from a nonprofit that donates the vests called Vested Interest in K9s.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office received two vests for their police dogs, donated by local citizens.

“The final two vests are being ordered thanks to a very generous Forsyth County resident,” the Sheriff’s Department said.

K-9s Edd and Lycan will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

The vests are sponsored by Joe Radack, of Cumming, and will be embroidered with the sentiment.

Since its start, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,700 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $1.6 million.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age.

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for law enforcement K9 is $1,050.

Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 pounds.

A couple thousand dollars ($1050 if through the charity) to protect a police dog that can cost upwards of $50,000 seems like a prudent move.

2
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 2, 2015

The first recorded reference to Groundhog Day was in 1841; the first Punxsutawney observance was in 1870.

The first recorded reference to Groundhog Day was in 1841; the first Punxsutawney observance was in 1870.

Atlanta City Council met for the first time on February 2, 1848.

On February 2, 1870, the Georgia General Assembly ratified the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states, “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

On February 2, 1932, Al Capone was sent to federal prison in Atlanta.

On February 2, 1988, the Georgia Senate ratified the 22d Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provides that pay raises for Members of Congress shall not go into effect until the next term.

Get Ready to Vote

In-person early voting for the “SEC Primary” will begin on Monday, February 8, 2016 in many locations.

Advanced, in-person voting in Cobb begins Feb. 8 but anyone can request a mail-in ballot at any time.

Georgia is one of seven Southern states — the others being Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — holding its presidential primaries on March 1, leading many to refer to the contest as the “SEC Primary,” named after the collegiate athletics’ Southeastern Conference.

According to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office, the SEC primary will be the largest group of Southern states in a presidential primary since Super Tuesday in 1992.

“Because of the SEC Primary, candidates are drawn here much earlier to learn about issues important to our state and Georgia citizens, such as our agricultural industry, ports, military installations, and thriving technology and manufacturing industries,” Kemp said in a news release. “It’s important we make sure every Georgian knows about the SEC Primary on March 1, 2016. The larger the voter turnout, the greater the impact Georgia will have in future presidential primaries.”

Advanced voting for Georgia’s presidential primary begins Monday, Feb. 8, at three locations around the county. From Feb. 8 through Feb. 26, voters can cast ballots at three locations around Marietta:♦ The Cobb Board of Elections’ main office at 736 Whitlock Ave., open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday;

♦ The Switzer Central Library at 266 Roswell St., open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; and

♦ The Cobb Senior Wellness Center at 1150 Powder Springs St., open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, each of these three locations will be open to voters from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the final week of advanced voting, Feb. 22-26, additional advanced voting locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at four locations around the county:

♦ The East Cobb Government Service Center at 4400 Lower Roswell Road in east Cobb;

♦ The South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton;

♦ The Boots Ward Recreation Center at 4845 Dallas Highway in Powder Springs; and

♦ NorthStar Church at 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw.

Sign into the Secretary of State’s MVP system to check your local early voting options or check with your county voter registration and elections office.

If you live in Tucker, you can begin voting for the first-ever Mayor and City Council beginning March 8, 2016. Locations include:Continue Reading..