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7
Aug

Governor Chris Christie at the Red State Gathering

Chris Christie Red State

7
Aug

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 7, 2015

The first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence arrived in Savannah on August 8, 1776 and was read publicly for the first time on August 10, 1776.

General George Washington created the Purple Heart on August 7, 1782. Click here for an interesting history of the award.

On August 7, 1790, a delegation of Creeks met with the United States Secretary of War and signed the Treaty of New York, ceding all land between the Ogeechee and Oconee Rivers to Georgia.

On August 8, 1863, General Robert E. Lee offered his resignation in a letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, following the Battle of Gettysburg.

Theodore Roosevelt, who served as President from 1901 to 1909, was nominated for President by the Progressive Party, also called the Bull Moose Party, on August 7, 1912.

Herman E. Talmadge was born on August 9, 1913, son of Eugene Talmadge, who later served as Governor. Herman Talmadge himself served as Governor and United States Senator from Georgia.

The first Georgia state Motor Fuel Tax was enacted on August 10, 1921, when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation imposing a one-cent per gallon tax.

On August 8, 1925, Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation outlawing the brazen act of dancing publicly on Sunday.

On August 8, 1929, Georgia Governor Lamartine Hardman signed legislation placing on the ballot for Fulton and Campbell County voters a merger of the two.

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The old Campbell County Courthouse still stands in Fairburn, Georgia.

On August 7, 1942, Marine forces landed at Guadalcanal.

Voters ratified a new version of the State Constitution on August 7, 1945. Among the new features was the establishment of the State Board of Corrections to ensure humane conditions.

The board was directed to be more humane in its treatment of prisoners and abolished whippings, leg irons, and chains. Until 1945, prisoners in Georgia could expect to have heavy steel shackles put on by a blacksmith upon arrival. They were then taken out to work under severe conditions.

The caravan bearing 43 ounces of Dahlonega gold to be used in covering the Georgia State Capitol dome reached the Capitol and delivered it to Governor Marvin Griffin on August 7, 1958.

On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which would be used as the legal basis for U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew were nominated for President and Vice President by the Republican National Convention on August 8, 1968.

On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned, effective at noon the next day.

On August 9, 1988, President Ronald Reagan announced his nomination of Dr. Lauro Cavazos as Secretary of Education, succeeding William Bennett. Cavazos was the first Hispanic to serve in a Presidential Cabinet position. Interestingly, he was born on the King Ranch.

On August 9, 1990, voters in the City of Athens and Clarke County chose to unify the two governments into Athens-Clarke County government.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

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I’ll be live from the Red State Gathering today on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind.” You can tune in on 88.5 FM in the Metro Atlanta area, listen live online, or on your local GPB radio station.

This weekend, the epicenter of the 2016 GOP Presidential campaign comes to town as the Red State Gathering convenes at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead. Full weekend tickets have been sold out for some time, but Party Passes are still available. That’s probably the hot ticket anyway, as Donald Trump will be speaking at Saturday night’s Tailgate at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Check out the full Gathering agenda here. Presidential candidates in Atlanta this week include: WI Governor Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, LA Governor Bobby Jindal, former TX Governor Rick Perry, former FL Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, former AR Governor Mike Huckabee, and Senator Ted Cruz. Atlanta’s own former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran will speak as well.


The Ted Cruz presidential campaign has named its Georgia leadership:

The group, led by Ralph Hudgens and Congressman Jody Hice, will aid in building Cruz’s grassroots network in the Peach State, which will vote in the March 1st “Super Tuesday” primary. State Sens. Mike Crane, Marty Harbin, William Ligon, and Josh McKoon will co-chair.

This Saturday, Sen. Cruz will speak at the 7th Annual Red State Gathering in Atlanta and then take his “Cruz Country” bus tour through Newnan and Midland. Event schedule may be found at https://www.tedcruz.org/cruzcountry/.

“Sen. Cruz is the kind of principled conservative we need to stop the Washington Cartel of establishment politicians and special interests who govern to enrich themselves before the American people,” said Georgia Chairman Ralph Hudgens. “I am proud to serve as his Georgia Chairman and lead this incredibly strong team of Georgia leaders.”

“I’ve known Sen. Cruz as a man of great strength of character and I’m deeply honored to serve in this role,” said Congressman Jody Hice.

In addition to top-level electeds, Cruz announced a full statewide grassroots team. Click here for the full roster.

The AJC Political Insider writes that Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) will chair Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Peach State team.

“We believe Georgia’s March primary will prove to be a critical contest on the path to the Republican nomination, and we intend to campaign hard in the state. We appreciate Congressman Collins’ gracious support and look forward to working alongside him as we share our message of fighting and winning with the people of Georgia and America.”

“Gov. Walker represents the best of America,” said Collins. “He is a man who lives the values of faith and hard work that make this country great. He has not only fought for conservative values, but he has actually won. That is why I am proud to announce my support for Gov. Walker.”

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7
Aug

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 7, 2015

Springer

Springer is a 6-7 year old female Golden Retriever mix who loves everyone she meets and is available for adoption from Adopt-A-Golden Atlanta.

Cuddles

Cuddles is a 10-month old male Labrador/Golden Retriever mix who likes cats and dogs and can learn who likes to play and who likes to be left alone. Cuddles is available for adoption from Labrador Friends of the South Inc. in Cumming, GA.

Brutus

Brutus is a 12-year old male Golden Retriever who lost his home when his owners got divorced. He is everything you would expect a 12-year old Golden Retriever to be: mellow, gentle, and loving. He is also neutered, heartworm negative, up to date on all vaccinations, and good with dogs, cats and children.

Brutus is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA. For more information about this wonderful senior, email [email protected]

6
Aug

A new letter from Mike Bowers to Lee May

Letter to May

6
Aug

Cruz for President Announces Georgia Leadership Team | Cruz for President

Sen. Cruz Names Ralph Hudgens and Jody Hice Georgia Campaign Chairmen, plus numerous co-chairs, district chairs, and grassroots influencers to lead Georgia campaign

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced his Georgia Leadership Team, a collection of top activists, current and former state officials, and faith leaders from across the state. The group, led by Ralph Hudgens and Congressman Jody Hice, will aid in building Cruz’s grassroots network in the Peach State, which will vote in the March 1st “Super Tuesday” primary. State Sens. Mike Crane, Marty Harbin, William Ligon, and Josh McKoon will co-chair.

This Saturday, Sen. Cruz will speak at the 7th Annual Red State Gathering in Atlanta and then take his “Cruz Country” bus tour through Newnan and Midland. Event schedule may be found at https://www.tedcruz.org/cruzcountry/.

“Sen. Cruz is the kind of principled conservative we need to stop the Washington Cartel of establishment politicians and special interests who govern to enrich themselves before the American people,” said Georgia Chairman Ralph Hudgens. “I am proud to serve as his Georgia Chairman and lead this incredibly strong team of Georgia leaders.”

“I’ve known Sen. Cruz as a man of great strength of character and I’m deeply honored to serve in this role,” said Congressman Jody Hice.Continue Reading..

6
Aug

Jeb Bush Reception August 8th in Forsyth County, GA

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6
Aug

Georgia Manufacturers Add Jobs for a Fifth Straight Year | Business Wire

Manufacturing employment increased in Georgia for a fifth straight year, reports the 2016 Georgia Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, Georgia manufacturers added 5,555 jobs from May 2014 to May 2015, an increase of 1.1%.

Manufacturers’ News reports Georgia is now home to 9,325 manufacturers employing 487,158 workers.

“Georgia’s industrial base has reinvented itself following the recession’s steep losses,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The double-digit growth of the state’s transportation equipment sector over the past several years is among the highest in the nation, while its large labor pool and business-friendly environment continue to fuel growth and attract investment in a variety of sectors.”

Job growth was led by the transportation equipment sector, which climbed 6.2% over the year, overtaking industrial machinery as the state’s third largest sector by employment. MNI data shows employment in the industry rose 26% over the past five years, and currently accounts for 45,405 jobs.

via Georgia Manufacturers Add Jobs for a Fifth Straight Year | Business Wire.

6
Aug

Nancy Jester responds to Bowers letter calling DeKalb Gov’t Rotten to the Core

DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester sent out the following statement this morning:

DeKalb County is a great county with amazing people. Among those are many good and dedicated public employees of the DeKalb County government who, everyday, work hard for the taxpayers with honor and professionalism.

It is both the taxpayers and these many honest employees of DeKalb County who are the victims of an out of control, corrupt DeKalb County government that is rotten to the core.

It does not serve the taxpayers nor employees of DeKalb County for elected officials to deliberately mischaracterize and misquote the initial update from the DeKalb County Special Investigators. Instead of living in denial and attempting to cover up the stunning reality we face at this point in the investigation, the Administration should – with all due haste – ensure the taxpayers and honest employees that those stealing taxpayer dollars will face the full force of the law.

Instead of criticizing the DeKalb County Special Investigators, the Administration should order every county employee to fully cooperate and make all information and documents available or face immediate termination.

Instead of criticizing the DeKalb County Special Investigators, the Administration should acknowledge that when employees refuse to cooperate by withholding information and documents, it is the employees who refuse to cooperate that delay the investigation and raise the cost of the effort.

As long as the Administration fails to send a clear and direct message that every employee will cooperate with the investigation, taxpayers and honest employees will continue to endure the consequences of the few who are acting outside the law.

It is unacceptable for some of my fellow Commissioners to both refuse to make their records and documents available and refuse to support this investigation while giving away millions of tax dollars for a soccer complex.  If there are millions for billionaires, there is money to expose waste, fraud, and abuse.

6
Aug

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 6, 2015

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George is a beautiful young Labrador Retriever mix who lost his home because of his owner’s illness, and now is in the dog pound. He is in urgent need of a foster or forever home and needs a commitment by 3 PM on August 10, 2015 or he may be euthanized. If you’re interested in helping George, contact Jan S. Granai,  Rescue Coordinator for Etowah Valley Humane Society via Facebook or by email at [email protected]

Bo0706

Bo is an American Bulldog/Boxer mix about a year old, who is available for adoption from the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga.

Luke0706

Bo is a 2-year old chocolate-and-white Retriever mix boy who is available for adoption from the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga.

Jethro

Jethro is a small 1.5 year old Terrier mix boy who is available for adoption from the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga.

Ninja

Ninja is a nearly 2-year old Italian Greyhound mix boy who is available for adoption from the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga.

6
Aug

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

On August 6, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began debating the first draft of the Constitution of the United States.

On August 6, 1958 the wagon train carrying gold from Dahlonega to gild the State Capitol dome reached Atlanta, where city officials were not prepared to receive them.

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act; Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in attendance and was given one of the pens Johnson used to sign the Act. Here is an auction for one of the pens used in the VRA signing.

John Hughes, director of every meaningful teen angst movie of the 1980s (except Say Anything) died on August 6, 2009.

Presidential Politics this Weekend

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Attorney General Sam Olens have both endorsed former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for President, according to the AJC Political Insider.

The statement from Cagle, via the Bush campaign:

“Governor Bush is a proven leader with the right vision and skills to strengthen our country and transform Washington. His commitment to reforming education and encouraging private sector job growth is just what we need from our next President. Now, more than ever, we need somebody that can tackle our challenges head on, bring about real solutions, and restore our faith in those elected to represent us in Washington. There’s no doubt in my mind that Governor Bush will be that kind of President and I’m proud to support him.”

And from Olens:

“Our country is in need of a strong leader who can bring us back from the massive federal overreach we have seen for the last six years. Governor Bush’s proven conservative record and can-do style exemplify the qualities we need in the White House in order to get our economy growing and encourage job creation.”

Word on the street, or perhaps on the dirt road, is that Congressman Jody Hice (R-Walton) will be joining the Ted Cruz presidential campaign’s Georgia Leadership team.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will make an appearance at Lovie’s Barbecue, 3420 Piedmont Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30305 in Buckhead for lunch on Saturday. Click here to sign up for free tickets.Continue Reading..