Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Tiananman Square Massacre in Beijing, China. Pro-democracy protests had begun on April 15, 1989 and on May 20, martial law was declared. The People’s Liberation Army began taking the square back on the evening of June 3d.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
The 2016 Georgia Republican State Convention convenes today at the Augusta Convention Center. Among the highlights will be:
11 AM – Speech and Book Signing with John “Tig” Tiegen sponsored by Linda Clary Umberger
The election for National Committeewoman took a turn for the crazy yesterday, as an email from Dr. Bill Hudson, Susan E. Stanton, and Joyce Schumacher went out in response, so it said, to some stuff attributed to Debbie Dooley. From that email:
Debbie Dooley has been casting aspersions and falsehoods about many good GOP activists including Maria Zack. Enough is enough. Maria has been assisting conservative organizations, including ours, at the capitol, when we needed her guidance. She received no compensation for her services to us.
Meanwhile, Debbie has been depicting herself as a grassroots volunteer trying to do the right things for our state and country while prostituting her “principles” to the highest bidder.
Some examples include:
• Taking money (along with others from Tea Party Patriots from Univision not to oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. (What would Donald Trump think of this?)
• Taking money from solar companies to convince the PSC that public utilities must buy a certain percentage of power from solar companies. (Free market policies dictate that we should purchase from the most cost effective suppliers and not pick winners and losers.)
• Pushing the telephone tax which many GOP activists and Maria helped us to defeat.
While we support a person earning a living at whatever pursuit, we abhor two faced liars purporting to have one set of beliefs and taking money to oppose them.
What Debbie did in bragging about cutting the deal with the Jason and Julianne Thompson in the 7th on the delegate slate (two of which were establishment and one to Debbie) weeks before many even attended their interviews then falsely accusing Cruz people of taking over the 7th to cover their tracks was deceptive and despicable. She proudly announced her love of implementing Saul Alinsky tactics.
We, the GOP, should never support anyone for a GOP position if they incite fear, bullying and death threats on other GOP activists. Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots never disavowed the actions. which should have been immediate. The Thompson’s shenanigans did not go unnoticed and all delegates need to know the truth. Furthermore, Debbie’s recent attacks on Maria are total fabrications and totally unfounded. Maria has the experience and the integrity to lead the GAGOP within the state as well as on the national stage.
It is extremely unfortunate that a candidate for Georgia Republican National Committeewoman, Maria Strollo Zack, is spreading ridiculous rumors that I took money from Univision to not oppose illegal immigration.
It is an outrageous, slanderous lie that I took money from Univision. I have never, ever received one dime from Univision. I call on those making such ridiculous accusations to issue a retraction immediately. She also accused Tea Party Patriots of taking money from Univision to not oppose illegal immigration even though Tea Party Patriots was on the front line opposing the Gang of Eight Amnesty Bill.
I have always been a very strong advocate against amnesty and illegal immigration. I have always been on the front line fighting the open borders crowd. Just read my FaceBook posts about it and those of Atlanta Tea Party.
This email supports Rep. Matt Ramsey’s anti-illegal immigration Bill 87 4 or 5 years ago
Ask those fighting illegal immigration in Georgia if I am soft on illegal immigration and amnesty. They will tell you no way.
It is a shame that some will resort to outright lies in order to win an election. Haven’t we had enough of that in Washington D.C. ?
I will be sending out an email later on today addressing the false accusations.
Seventh District GAGOP Chair Jason Thompson also took to mass email to dispute some of the statements,
Earlier today you received an email from a man named Bill Hudson with a “reply to” email address of Maria Strollo Zack – a woman running for Republican National Committee Woman.
In a section of the email Hudson accused my wife and I of a “weeks-long” deal cutting conspiracy regarding national delegates. I would like to not even dignify such a gross display of trash with a response, but I will not stand idly by while my and my wife’s integrity is called into question. Especially when we went out of our way to ensure fairness…even giving up my own slot as a national delegate at the District Convention. And with all of the vile and threatening things said to my wife.
These actions are unacceptable, and this must be said, we need a National Committee Woman who will bring honor, dignity, and and a spirit of truthfulness to the office. Shame on Bill Hudson and an even bigger shame on Maria Strollo Zack, who knows the truth, but is choosing to promote a lie for personal and political gain.
Jason Thompson, Chairman
Georgia Republican Party Seventh District Committee
We can also expect some drama over the religious freedom and campus carry bills that were vetoed by Gov. Deal.
I’ll be going to the Convention later today, but I’m not happy about it, and I’ll be avoiding as much of it as I can. The one beam of sunshine I see in this whole thing is the RLG/CLI Alumni event at 5:30 today. I hope to see you there.
Yates is the oldest member of a state legislature in America, according to the National Council of State Legislatures. John Yates’ father was born in 1869 – four years after the Civil War ended. But Yates says at age 94, he’s young enough to serve two more years at the Capitol.
“There’s nobody in the legislature in better health than I am,” Yates said at his home Wednesday.
Yates is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, a World War II veteran and he says, a health enthusiast to whom his age, 94, is merely a number. He is running for a thirteenth term in the House of Representatives – after which, he says, he plans to retire.
“That’s what I’m trying to try to do,” Yates said, “if I can whup this woman.”
Karen Mathiak is the woman trying to unseat Yates. She is a longtime Republican activist in Spalding County who says she has happily voted for John Yates many times—but now thinks, enough.
“I do believe in term limits,” Mathiak said. “And twenty plus years is a long time to be in office. How stale do we get after that many years?”
CBS46 learned that the county budgeted $262,000 in 2014 to operate the red light cameras. They also set aside more than $1.4 million for the past five years. Not to mention it was going to cost them another $30,000 to relocate cameras.
Gwinnett County Police told CBS46 they will reevaluate the program in a few years to see if it’s worth bringing back. That said, statistics did show a decrease in accidents at intersections with the cameras.
A group called “Farmers for Trump,” launched recently in Georgia, has been working with the campaign to answer farmers’ questions about where the real estate mogul stands on their issues — topics he has mostly avoided on the campaign trail.
Chad Etheridge, who founded the group after learning how Trump saved a Georgia farm from foreclosure in 1986, made a YouTube video about the little-known episode. Since then, Etheridge’s group has made about 300 calls to farmers asking them if they would support the businessman, and all but 10 have answered “yes.”
“I am positive not all farmers support Trump,” Etheridge said, “but it sure seems like the numbers are in his favor.”
Efforts by such fledgling groups to turn out the rural vote could be crucial to the presumptive nominee’s hopes of winning Rust Belt states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania in November — all of which also happen to be big farm states. Rural residents account for 25 percent of Michigan’s population, 22 percent of Ohio’s and 21 percent of Pennsylvania’s, according to the 2010 census — and agriculture remains an anchor of rural economies.
“When you look at the states that Trump wants to put in play … agriculture could play a bigger role in this election than in the recent past,” predicts Marshall Matz, principal at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz, a law and lobbying firm, who chaired Obama’s rural council in 2008. “People don’t realize those states have significant agricultural economies.”
“With Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, the farm vote is in play,” Matz contends.
The view from the ground is different: From the rural South through Nevada, the magnate has polled especially well in rural counties — notwithstanding his hardline positions on illegal immigration and trade, which might have ruinous consequences for farmers.
“Donald Trump says things that I would never say but the voters want change,” John Block, an Agriculture Secretary under Ronald Reagan who works for the same firm as Matz, wrote in a recent column.
Brandon Phillips, the director of the Trump campaign in Georgia, saw the video — which has been viewed almost 127,000 times — and reached out to Growing America with “an interest in developing a deeper relationship with farmers,” said Etheridge.
Etheridge, who said he has never worked for a campaign, was receptive, later founding Farmers for Trump and chairing the Georgia Farm Team for Trump — roles he’s assumed as a private citizen.
Leonard Ware, a Democrat from Gwinnett County, is working to challenge incumbent Jody Hice as an independent for Georgia’s 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the upcoming Nov. 8 general election. The northeast Georgia district includes the cities of Athens, Evans, Augusta, Watkinsville and Toccoa.
The 52-year-old Ware is an ordained minister with 30 years of political campaign experience, including grassroots work on Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential campaign, John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s campaigns. Additionally, Ware has worked for a number of public interest research groups.
Ware did not meet the qualifying deadline for the May 24 Democratic primary election, but he plans to file and qualify later this month as an independent candidate in the 10th District contest.
The Savannah-Chatham Public School Board tentatively adopted a $530.75 million budget and a millage rate increase of .5 mills on Wednesday — with the expectation that they meet again in the coming weeks to look for possible budget cuts.
A lower than expected county tax digest forced the school board to choose between raising school property taxes and cutting planned expenses.
“The board will have to decide what they want the most,” said Budget Director Larry Jackson.
A newly created school board budget committee spent months working with district staff to carefully plan out a $530.75 million expenditure budget for 2017. That plan called for leaving the millage rate at the same level as last year — 16.631 mills. That would have enabled them to add several new expenses, from hiring nurses, school resource officers, a Latin teacher and grant writer to funding the DEEP writing program, buying bus cameras and offering 2 percent cost of living increases.
But the state informed staff late Tuesday that the county tax digest revenue for 2017 will be $1 million less than anticipated.
The $40 million facility, built in about two years after it gained the required state approval, has 134,000 solar panels over more than 240 acres off 101st Airborne Road near the Uchee Creek recreational area on the Alabama side of the post.
Brig Gen. Eric Wesley, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, said the expanded use of renewable energy sources is a national security issue.
“First, every dollar that we save goes to the readiness of soldiers and training,” Wesley said. “There is no doubt that a number of shared interests aligned here. There were very few road blocks and that tells you it was the right thing to do.”
It will produce about 17 percent of the electricity needed to power Fort Benning, officials said. The project is a response to a directive from President Barrack Obama to secure renewable energy sources on U.S. military installations. In addition to Fort Benning, similar Georgia projects are underway at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart and the Naval submarine base at Kings Bay.
There is also one planned for the Marine Corps Logistic Base in Albany. Georgia Power invested $70 million in the Fort Benning project and will put about $400 million in the combined Georgia military projects. The government has provided a 35-year easement on the property for Georgia Power to construct the facilities.
In at least one neighborhood in Columbus, GA, the feral cat population is getting out of hand, according to WRBL.
This morning, some neighbors in an east Columbus neighborhood tell News 3 feral cats have taken over their neighborhood. They now want city leaders to revisit the Trap, Neuter, and Release program policy.
Under the city’s TNR program, feral cats are caught and given a rabies vaccination and released. The goal is to save the lives of the animals while helping the city rid itself of vermin.
While some Columbus residents say they appreciate the city’s efforts to find a compassionate solution to deal with feral cats, they add it’s not working. The residents of this particular east Columbus neighborhood contacted News 3 On Your Side because they say the situation has gotten out-of-control. They say the cats are taking over their neighborhood, destroying their yards, coming into their homes, and even attacking their own pets.
The DeKalb County School District announced last week its intention to increase property taxes this year by 8.71 percent.
When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced.
Without the tentative tax increase, the rollback millage rate will need to be no more than 21.829 mills.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Administrative & Instructional Complex, J. David Williamson Board Room, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, Stone Mountain, Georgia
June 06, 2016
5:45pm – 2nd Public Budget Hearing
6:15pm – 1st Public Millage Rate Hearing
6:45pm – Community Input Session
He’s a good boy and will sit on command. His family said he is HOUSE TRAINED. They also said that he is not good with kids but a toddler was holding him as they signed him over to the shelter on May 24th.
Imagine being taken to a loud scary place, held by a toddler, and you still manage to be on your best behavior. Jackson did better than a lot of human adults would have done. Please come see Jackson soon! He is up to date with shots,neutered, and micro-chipped. He will be heartworm tested upon adoption. Jackson is in Run 325 in the puppy room and his ID is 585586.
She’s a gorgeous chocolate coated sweetheart who was found as a stray on 5/17/16. She is about 2 years old and medium sized. She is very scared at the moment but the shelter volunteers are working very hard to make her feel safe and loved. Lola’s coat is nice and silky soft. She is current on her vaccines and upon adoption will be spayed, heartworm tested and micro chipped. Lola’s ID # is 584326 and can be found in cage 113. Come meet her today!
Sandy is a gorgeous tall and lanky lady! She is very sweet, but definitely scared given her current situation.
She was picked up as a stray on 5/27/16. Her owners were found, but they choose to sign her over to the shelter instead of take her home. So now she’s homeless and hoping for a second chance at happiness. Sandy is about 4 years old and weighs 63 lbs. Her coat is very soft and she is an obedient, well mannered girl. She is current on her vaccines and upon adoption will be spayed, heartworm tested and micro chipped. Sandy’s ID # is 585718 and she can be found in cage 851.
Arnold negotiated his defection to the British and the subversion of West Point over several months. The British already held control of New York City and believed that by taking West Point they could effectively cut off the American’s New England forces from the rest of the fledgling nation.
In August 1780, Sir Henry Clinton offered Arnold £20,000 for delivering West Point and 3,000 troops. Arnold told General Washington that West Point was adequately prepared for an attack even though he was busy making sure that that it really wasn’t. He even tried to set up General Washington’s capture as a bonus. His plan might have been successful but his message was delivered too late and Washington escaped. The West Point surrender was also foiled when an American colonel ignored Arnold’s order not to fire on an approaching British ship.
Arnold’s defection was revealed to the Americans when British officer John André, acting as a messenger, was robbed by AWOL Americans working as pirates in the woods north of New York City. The notes revealing Arnold’s traitorous agreement were stashed in his boots.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time. From the title song’s regal blasts of brass and fuzz guitar to the orchestral seizure and long, dying piano chord at the end of “A Day in the Life,” the 13 tracks on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are the pinnacle of the Beatles’ eight years as recording artists. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were never more fearless and unified in their pursuit of magic and transcendence.
Issued in Britain on June 1st, 1967, and a day later in America, Sgt. Pepper is also rock’s ultimate declaration of change. For the Beatles, it was a decisive goodbye to matching suits, world tours and assembly-line record-making. “We were fed up with being Beatles,” McCartney said decades later, in Many Years From Now, Barry Miles’ McCartney biography. “We were not boys, we were men… artists rather than performers.
“It was a peak,” Lennon told Rolling Stone in 1970, describing both the album and his collaborative relationship with McCartney. “Paul and I were definitely working together,” Lennon said….
Rolling Stone should stick to writing about music.
The committee is chaired by Rep. Amy Carter, a practicing teacher in Lowndes County, and is comprised of 90 educators throughout the state. These teachers have experience from kindergarten through high school across a wide range of subject areas including STEM fields, fine arts and special and gifted education. Deal announced his intention to create the Teacher Advisory Committee earlier this year.
“Last year, I charged the Education Reform Commission with studying the state’s education system and making recommendations on how it can more effectively prepare our students for postsecondary programs and the workforce,” said Deal. “The responsibility of the commission was to think beyond the confines of the current system, look into the future and recommend changes that will make that level of educational preparation possible in Georgia. They fulfilled that responsibility and I’m grateful for their hard work and diligent efforts. Now I would like to hear from those on the front lines.”
“Georgia’s teachers educate, train, mentor and encourage our children each and every day, and they are dedicated to providing a quality education and shaping the minds of Georgia’s future leaders. I have tasked the Teacher Advisory Committee with reviewing these recommendations and providing input and feedback. Their experience in the classroom will help guide our efforts as we seek to improve educational outcomes for students, retain the best and brightest teachers and address critical needs in Georgia’s K-12 system. I look forward to meeting with them to discuss how we can continue to improve outcomes for Georgia’s educators,” said Deal.
The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission began investigating the matter this winter after Stephens himself filed amendments to correct the reporting issue — something the Savannah Republican says he realized during estate planning.
“Nobody complained that I wasn’t reporting it,” Stephens said Tuesday. “I just did it on my own to be transparent. If I had done nothing at all, nobody would have ever known.”
Staff for the commission began a formal complaint in February after Stephens amended disclosures to include business interests not previously reported. After an audit, staff determined that Stephens had violated [ethics laws] by not listing four businesses — Branch Investors LLC, Citizens Investors LLC, Tybee Condo Investors LLC and Wilmington Island Partners LLC — in disclosures for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Georgia law requires that public officials or those running for office disclose businesses in which they have direct or ownership interests. Stephens, a pharmacist who is involved in several business ventures, said he just lost track.
“Although (Stephens) did amend his calendar year 2012, 2013 and 2014 personal financial disclosure statements, said amendments do not excuse (his) failure to properly report his business and investment interests as required,” reads a complaint filed by commission staff on Feb. 5.
The Hall County Board of Education will increase the millage rate by about one percent over the rollback rate. The AccessWDUN story on this has a great explanation of how property tax assessment increases and the “rollback rate” work.
Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment.
When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred. The rollback rate for this year is 18.599 mills, according to a press release from the Hall County School System. The Board of Education is proposing a rate of 18.80 mills which is an increase of .201 mills. The current millage rate is 18.80 mills.
Whether or not the taxes of an individual property increases or decreases depends on the amount of reassessment, if any, that property receives. The budget tentatively adopted by the school board requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate, therefore, before the board may finalize the budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings before the board can act.
The board tentatively approved the new budget, which includes an across-the-board pay hike for employees, Monday night. More information about the proposed budget and tax increase and timeline for adopting both is on the Hall County Schools website.
In its new credit outlook publication, Moody’s Investors Service called the two May 24 referendum votes “credit positive” for Atlanta Public Schools (APS), the Fulton County School System, the DeKalb County School District and the Decatur City School District.
“The renewals are credit positive for all four districts because, without the extension, the districts would have had to find alternative methods to fund extensive capital programs,” Moody’s stated in the report.
The board so far is standing firm in a majority decision not to participate, with many saying any tax dollars generated should go to funding education, their main goal.
“We want to make sure we make a rational decision,” school board Chairman Melvin Johnson said. “We did send a list of questions to (the developer). We’re awaiting response so we can make a final decision.
In a letter to Atlanta-based Integral Group CEO Egbert Perry, whose firm is behind the development, school officials seek answers on funding the project without a tax district, the cost schedule for infrastructure needs and whether private funding had been secured for the project, among other things.
The school board would control 56 percent of the expected [TAD] funding.
The board held another budget work session for the 2016-17 school year Tuesday. The initial budget that was presented met other goals but did not include an increase in salary for teachers and other employees.
“Me personally, I think we need to give the 3-percent raise,” said board President Lester Miller.
That led Miller to suggest that the board look at raising the millage rate, which Collier said would be set in August. He estimated that, to cover a continuing pay increase of 3 percent for all school employees, a 2-mill increase would be needed. That would raise property taxes about $80 per year on a $100,000 home, but it could take that deficit in 2019 and turn it into a positive balance of $18.4 million.
“I never thought I’d come to a day I was advocating that,” Miller said.
Tybee is a 7 year old lab mix who is much in need of a new home since he has been in rescue for 3 years now. We acquired him from another rescue when it closed. He is sweet and gets along with Sophie who has been with him for about 2 years. He does not get along with other dogs except for Sophie. He can be adopted with Sophie (for a reduced adoption fee!) or by himself.
She is really in need of a new home since she has been in rescue for 3 years now. We acquired from another rescue when it closed. She is sweet and gets along with Tybee who has been with her for about 2 years but is also good by herself or with other dogs. We are unsure if she gets along with cats. (Tybee does not so we just have not tried her.)
Chumina is a wonderfull IG. She is a little on the large size for a female but that means more of her to love ! She would fit into just about any household but would probably like another dog to play with. She gets along with all dogs, big or small. I don’t know how she would do with cats though.
Chumina only has 3 legs but it does not slow her down in any way whatsoever. She is overall one of the easiest going iggys her foster has ever had the pleasure of fostering. Not only does she have brains but she is absolutely gorgeous.
On May 28, Tenzing and Hillary set out, setting up high camp at 27,900 feet. After a freezing, sleepless night, the pair plodded on, reaching the South Summit by 9 a.m. and a steep rocky step, some 40 feet high, about an hour later. Wedging himself in a crack in the face, Hillary inched himself up what was thereafter known as the Hillary Step. Hillary threw down a rope, and Norgay followed. At about 11:30 a.m., the climbers arrived at the top of the world.
News of the success was rushed by runner from the expedition’s base camp to the radio post at Namche Bazar, and then sent by coded message to London, where Queen Elizabeth II learned of the achievement on June 1, the eve of her coronation. The next day, the news broke around the world. Later that year, Hillary and Hunt were knighted by the queen. Norgay, because he was not a citizen of a Commonwealth nation, received the lesser British Empire Medal.
In 1953, Kanchha Sherpa was just a young boy and had little idea that he would be part of history.
“I didn´t know much,” says Kanchha, now the lone survivor of the first successful expedition to the Mount Everest. “What I knew was I was on a very risky journey.”
Until then, no human being had ever set foot on the Everest. Edmund Hillary was on a risky mission to achieve that unprecedented feat. He was backed by a group of 16 Sherpas from Darjeeling, India. And Tenzing Norge was the leader of the Sherpas.
“Tenzing was a friend of my father,” says Kanchha, now 83. “So, he took me on his expedition. He treated me like his son. So did Hillary.”
Millennials-Minorities-Mavericks: Convention luncheon featuring nationally recognized speakers, media personalities, policy and political leaders. Make your contribution to Georgia’s success at winning elections and impacting legislative leadership. Hear from Keynotes including Miami’s Kierstin Koppel, D.C.’s Karin Agness and a special message from Newt Gingrich. This is Georgia GOP’s first fundraiser for strategic minority engagement as we plan for election 2016.
Marshal-elect Ramone Lamkin, head of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Traffic Division, said his team took advantage of three weeks of advance voting with a tactic to overcome confusion about the election’s move by the state legislature from November to May.
“I had a van going every day during early voting,” said Lamkin, who garnered 52 percent of votes Tuesday. “Everybody said people wouldn’t come out and vote in May. I set out to prove them wrong.”
Lamkin said the Mercedes van’s driver didn’t tell voters how to vote but made them aware of the election and provided easy transportation to the polls.
The effort paid off, according to results. While he and Smith were close in regular voting Tuesday, 9,235 to 9,129, and in mailed absentee ballots, 435 to 453, Lamkin also outpolled Smith in advance, in-person voting.
Results showed that Lamkin garnered 971 more advance in-person votes than Smith, with 3,597 to Smith’s 2,626.
“After a great deal of prayerful consideration and for professional reasons related to opportunities recently presented to me, I have decided that I will withdraw from seeking re-election to the Bibb County Board of Education Seat for District 6,” Downey said in a statement.
Downey was set for a runoff on July 26 against Bob Easter, who picked up 48.54 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election to Downey’s 39.44 percent.
“I’d just like to thank Jason Downey for his service to our community and look forward to bring our community together for the kids for the next four years,” Easter said.
Pam Brown today would be the Democratic nominee for Muscogee County sheriff, had she not been disqualified.
She got 5,798 votes in Tuesday’s primary, more than any other candidate on either party’s ballot.
Next came Republican Mark LaJoye with 3,599, then Democrat Donna Tompkins with 2,358, and finally, with 1,702, Robert Keith Smith, whom the county elections board disqualified along with Brown on March 30, a decision a Superior Court judge upheld on April 21.
The board disqualified LaJoye and Tompkins, too, on May 2, but a Superior Court judge reversed that decision last week.
Now as LaJoye and Tompkins go on to face incumbent John Darr in the Nov. 8 General Election, Brown needs about as many people who voted for her to sign a petition to get her back on the ballot: 5,226.
That’s the precise number needed to qualify as an Independent candidate, if not an incumbent like Darr, who has said he will run as an Independent this year. Incumbents are exempt from the petition requirement.
In the Augusta Commission District 1 race, won by incumbent Bill Fennoy, they’re OK with letting the whole county pay the rain tax to try to fix District 1 flooding problems. It’s still going to flood there, though, because that’s what happens when you live on flat land next to a river.
After years of complaining about Richmond County schools, voters in District 5 elected former school board president Andrew Jefferson to fix city government.
In the Super District 9 contest between two mad men, incumbent Commissioner Marion Williams trounced challenger Ronnie Battle, who as usual had nothing to say. In defeating Battle, Williams killed two birds with one stone – Battle and his friend Commissioner Sammie Sias, who encouraged Battle to run against Williams. Nobody was actually killed, of course. It’s just a convenient figure of speech.
JUDICIOUSLY SPEAKING: In the Richmond County clerk of court race, Sheriff Richard Roundtree’s secretary Hattie Sullivan soundly defeated Earnest Thompson, which shows that secretaries really do run the world.
State Court Judge John Flythe defeated attorney Evita Paschal in the race for Superior Court judge. In each of her speeches, Paschal asked people to “punch Paschal” when they voted, but since voters don’t really punch anything anymore, they must have been looking around for something to punch and forgot to vote.
I can’t vouch for the accuracy of Ms. Cooper’s analysis, but I can vouch that she has a way with words and certainly makes local politics that doesn’t affect me interesting.
Fulton County officials got caught by surprise when a data glitch caused some voters to cast the wrong ballot in Tuesday’s primary. Turns out, Georgia officials and state Democrats knew of the problem since February but no one told the county until Election Day.
According to emails shared with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, officials with the Democratic Party of Georgia emailed the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office on Feb. 17 after noticing voter maps for House District 59 and House District 60 — seats held by two Democrats on the south end of Atlanta that stretch into East Point — were coded incorrectly, putting some voters in the wrong district.
That means some voters may have received the wrong ballots and voted in the wrong race.
[Fulton County] officials … on Wednesday said they believe fewer than 40 voters may have cast the wrong ballots. Officials were also able to get the correct ballots to an additional 53 voters before the polls closed Tuesday evening, preventing any further problems. The issue was isolated to one polling location and precinct in East Point.
The race for House District 59 resulted in a runoff between the top two vote-getters, but the number of voters affected by Tuesday’s problem would not have made a difference in that outcome.
This morning, we learned from Tim Bryant via Facebook that Athens-Clarke County Tax Commissioner Mitch Schrader died. Schrader had earlier this year decided against running for reelection because of his health. His Deputy Tax Commissioner, Toni Meadows, won the Democratic Primary on May 24 for the seat, apparently without General Election opposition.
Meadow said she has no immediate plans for the tax commissioner’s office, which she will take in January.
Meadow decided to run after incumbent Tax Commissioner Mitch Schrader opted not to seek re-election for health reasons. Meadow ran for the seat with Schrader’s endorsement, along with the endorsement of Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson, herself a former county tax commissioner.
Meadow, an 11-year veteran of the tax office, said she “always thought I’d retire under Mitch,” but decided to seek the office with his encouragement.
South Carolina and North Carolina have redrawn the line between the two states with GPS technology that allows them to confirm the boundary lines established under an English king in the 18th century down to the centimeter.
Nineteen homes are changing states. Three currently in North Carolina will end up in South Carolina, while [Dee] Martin and 15 others are going to change residency to North Carolina.
Bills finalizing the boundary change are currently in the North Carolina and South Carolina legislatures.
North Carolina’s Senate has passed its bill, sending it to the House. South Carolina’s Senate also took action, although with three days left in South Carolina’s annual session it isn’t clear whether the bill has time to pass in that state’s House.
The bills in both states include several items meant to make it easier for people switching states. North Carolina is allowing their soon-to-no-longer-be residents and their dependents in-state tuition at schools in the University of North Carolina system for the next 10 years, provided they live on the same property.
Children who attend a North Carolina K-12 public school but wind up in South Carolina can keep attending that school for free.
Between August 2014 and last February, girls between the ages of 13 and 17 were followed, grabbed, [assaulted or worse] as they walked through secluded areas on Savannah’s westside. Most were headed to or from school.
All 11 reported attacks and disturbing encounters within a mile and a half of each other.
The descriptions and circumstances weren’t always the same, but it was obvious young girls in the area were being targeted. Yet the attacks went on and on.
“It should have been known that this was going on so the community could have done more to protect their girls,” said Ruby Jones, a Savannah-Chatham Public School Board member who grew up and attended school in the area. “I had no idea that this was going on for this long. … There is a tendency to overlook what happens with our inner-city students because the attitude is that inner-city violence is normal.”
On May 27, 1863, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a federal district court judge, issued a decision in Ex parte Merryman, which challenged President Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of the right of habeas corpus. Lincoln ignored the ruling.
On May 27, 1864, the Federal Army, having been stopped in its advance on Atlanta two days earlier by the Battle of New Hope Church, attempted to outflank the Confederate position. Some 14,000 Federal troops were selected for the task, and General Howard was given command. After a five-hour march, Howard’s force reached the vicinity of Pickett’s Mill and prepared to attack. Waiting were 10,000 Confederate troops under the command of General Cleburne.
The Federal assault began at 5 p.m. and continued into the night. Daybreak found the Confederates still in possession of the field. The Federals had lost 1,600 men compared to the Confederate loss of 500. The Confederate victory resulted in a one-week delay of the Federal advance on Atlanta.
Building on efforts from high profile mid-term gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races in 2014, Democrats are investing in ambitious field program, “helmed by a pair of veterans from battleground states” that are already at work to “identify voters, recruit volunteers, [and] rally them around base-pleasing issues and corral them into votes in November.”
Georgia will inevitably turn blue on demographic changes alone, but it is the impact of the top of the ticket on both non-white and white voters that makes the ground in 2016 fertile.
Donald Trump won Georgia in the Republican primary as a populist outsider taking on the Washington establishment on economic grounds. Many white voters, driven into a frenzy by Trump, will be anti-establishment and looking to change Washington from top-to-bottom. Or white Independent and Republican voters who don’t like Trump may not vote at all. In a recent Atlanta Constitution Journal poll, 27% of Republicans and 61% of Independents viewed Trump negatively.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, once seen as a sure bet for an easy reelection, now faces an opponent that will unite the Democratic base, can spend his own resources, and is well positioned to take on Isakson’s “Gone Washington” record of bad trade deals, raising the age for Social Security eligibility, and a $12.7 trillion increase in the national debt has left him with just 42% believing he deserves reelection and 42% approval, both well under the 50% threshold long seen as a bellwether mark for incumbents.
Investment manager Jim Barksdale, winner of yesterday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, is an anti-establishment outsider with a simple message: Our national debt is too high, wages are stagnant and government needs to start working for the people instead of special interests and their lobbyists. Jim’s message is both authentic and extremely appealing to voters across the ideological spectrum. The contrast between an outsider with a fresh voice and the longtime incumbent frames Johnny Isakson in a very bad light.
So the Democratic recipe for success looks like this: one-part David Perdue outsider appeal, one-part Bernie Sanders populism. Add a dash of demographics changes, top it with a goofy hat, and bake in the oven for five months. Okay. Got it. Good luck and let me know how that turns out.
Frankly, at this point, Johnny Isakson still looks like he might get a vote percentage equal to or exceeding his age (71) in November.
The governor said the Obama administration flouted local control in drafting guidance that directed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, saying a “one-size-fits-all solution to this is totally inappropriate.”
“We thought that this was an appropriate time to challenge that authority. Nothing has officially happened in terms of withholding funds, but the threat was made that it could happen,” said Deal, who said he consulted with Attorney General Sam Olens before the lawsuit was filed. He added: “It’s important enough for us to not allow an arbitrary overreach by the president to take away or jeopardize that constant funding.”
Crane, who currently serves as state senator from District 28, which includes Coweta, received 15,568 votes, for 26.92 percent. Ferguson was close behind with 15,480 votes, 26.77 percent.
Crane said he appreciates the race Ferguson and “really all the other candidates ran. For the most part it was issue driven.”
“We stuck with a positive message and we’ll continue to do so” in the runoff, Crane said.
“This race is about restoring America to Constitutional government and when you do that, everything else works out. You want to have prosperity and economic growth. You don’t do it by picking winners and losers. You do it be creating a marketplace everyone can compete in and you do that by broad-bases, lower tax rates instead of special tax breaks to one industry or the other.”
“We are excited to be in the runoff,” said Ferguson. “We started with very low name ID and some doubts as to whether or not we would be able to be competitive and we worked and we worked, and that’s a testament to our campaign team and the folks around us.
Ferguson said he feels “we’ve got a group of voters out there who really are excited about the future. As tough as things may appear in America, I think they see the opportunities. I think they’ve seen what we have been able to do in West Georgia. They’re hungry for success. They want to know what the formula is.”
Runoffs used to be 21 days after an election. Now the runoff is a full two months away.
Grantville resident Angela Pendley has narrowly won the Democrat nomination for the U.S. Congress District 3 race.
The Democratic race was about as close as it could be: Newnan pastor Tamarkus Cook trailed Pendley by a mere 56 votes, out of a total 12,930 votes.
The vote margin was close enough for a recount, and Cook is requesting one.
State Representative-Elect J. Collins, after a twelve-day campaign, has a great idea: fix the election code to eliminate absurdities like twelve-day campaigns.
J. Collins said Wednesday he’ll work to change state law that led to a confusing Georgia House of Representatives District 68 contest that allowed just one day of candidate qualifying and, as one candidate put it, “disenfranchised” some early voters.
The seat became vacant when former state Rep. Dusty Hightower, R-Carrollton, was appointed by Gov. Deal as a Superior Court judge. Hightower, at the time, was the only candidate on the ballot for District 68, and early voting had already begun. Those early voters were not allowed, by law, to vote again after the three new candidates qualified.
“If the numbers hold at this time, I would like to congratulate J. Collins for winning the District 68 House race,” said [candidate Tim] Bearden. “However, I do wish the citizens of District 68 in Carroll and Douglas counties had more time than just 10 days so that they could actually hear the platforms of the candidates, all three of us, for the very important issues that are going to be discussed in this upcoming session of the General Assembly. Everything from religious liberty to campus carry, transportation and infrastructure, I just wish the voters and the candidates, all of us, had more than just 12 days to get that out to the citizens.”
Bearden said he is standing behind his statement of ensuring what happened to the “disenfranchised” voters of District 68 does not happen again to any other citizens across the nation.
Collins agrees the issue needs to be addressed.
“I certainly didn’t like the one day qualifying and few days to campaign,” he said. “But by having to play by those rules, I will try to do something at the state level to get it changed so that no one has to go through it again.”
With 1,907 ballots counted, none of the five candidates vying for the City Council seat received a majority of the total votes plus one.
In accordance with state law, voters will choose between the candidates receiving the two highest numbers of votes: Chris Burnett and Joe Houseman.
The runoff election will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 between the hours of 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Hammond Park, Round Program Building, located at 6005 Glenridge Drive. Advance voting will take place June 13-17, 2016 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Hammond Park, Round Program Building.
[Lee] Anderson has been a member of the Columbia County School Board and County Commission before election to the Georgia House of Representatives. In 2012, he won a crowded primary to earn the right to face Democratic Congressman John Barrow, only to lose in the general election that year.
“I think it’s just people know that I have the experience to be a good senator and be a good servant and not a politician,” he said.
Grzybowski has been unsuccessful in his quest for office, losing in 2015 in his try for a seat on the Columbia County Commission.
But that defeat may have helped him in this race, according to Edge, who narrowly lost a spot in the runoff to Grzybowski.
“He had established name ID from when he ran last year,” Edge said.
In a closely-watched Tuesday race, physician and businessman Mark Newton eked out a win with 51.8 percent of votes over attorney Wright McLeod for the state House District 123 seat.
Polling was very close in McLeod’s hometown of Augusta, where he garnered 89 fewer votes than Newton.
Newton polled better in Columbia County…. In all, Newton received 456 more votes than McLeod in Columbia County.
Overall totals were Newton with 3,930 votes to McLeod’s 3,385. Candidate Lori Greenhill garnered 269 votes.
McLeod said he expected to win and was unsure whether his work as an attorney for area homeowners’ associations, a sign-stealing incident involving one sign citation or some other factor cost him support.
“We’re still trying to determine what occurred and what we could have done differently,” he said. “All I can say is hats off to the guy that won.”
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Bosco is the cutest little low rider! He looks like a little foot stoo! Just as cute as cute can be. He seems to love other dogs as he gave one sweet kisses. Bosco sits when you ask him to. He arrived at the shelter as a lost dog on 5/17 and no one ever came to find their little boy. But the good news is now he can be your new best!
Bosco is up to date on shots, neutered, heartworm tested negative and will be microchipped when adopted. He is 1 1/2 years old, his ID is 584368, he is in run 54 and weighs 48 lbs. Hurry on in to meet him!
Shiloh is sweet and shy. She has the cutest little face. She has not made a sound in her run, she just sits quietly watching everything going on around her taking it all in. She will be so happy to get out and into a home with a nice soft bed. She was brought to the shelter on 5/15/2016. She is only about 2 years old and 44 lbs.
Shiloh is current on her vaccines, spayed, and has tested negative for heartworms. Shiloh will be microchipped when adopted. Her ID at the shelter is 584303 and she is in run 18. 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 18.
Piper is a happy and playful pup who has lost his home through no fault of his own. His family said they had no time for him and were making him live in a cage all day while they worked and the kids did their thing. They said he is house trained, crate trained, good with kids and other pets. He will sit when he is told and takes a treat very gently from your hand. Being just a youngster he will be easy to train to do just about anything you want him to do.
Piper is already neutered, current on his vaccines and micro-chipped. He will be tested for heart worms when adopted. You will find this sweet baby in run 801 and his ID# is 585511. Hurry in to meet him.
Daisy is super sweet, good with kids, and very cute. She knows basic commands also. Daisy’s family is moving out of the country and they will not be taking her with them because of the cost. Daisy was brought to the shelter as an owner turn in on 5/21/2016, and she seems a little confused by this change, but she is ready to go home with her new family as soon as you come to adopt her. She is current on her vaccines and spayed.
She is about 3 years old and 38 lbs. She will be microchipped and heartworm tested when adopted. Daisy’s ID at the shelter is 585469 and she is in run 848. Her run number could change, so please make a note of her ID number and ask for assistance if you don’t find her in run 848.