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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 25, 2016

On January 23, 1775, the Georgia Commons House elected three delegates to the Second Continental Congress.

On January 23, 1861, Georgia’s members of the United States House of Representatives resigned following passage of the Secession Ordinance; her Senators had resigned earlier. The next day, the secession convention in Milledgeville elected ten delegates to a conference of Southern states in Montgomery, Alabama

On January 24, 1915, the first transcontinental telephone call was placed from Jekyll Island, Georgia

On January 25, 1915, a charter was issued in DeKalb County Superior Court to Emory University.

On January 23, 1923, Georgia ratified the Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution, which ended Presidential terms on January 20th following an election and those of Congress to January 3d.

January 24, 1933 saw the first sales tax in Georgia proposed to fund schools and aid for farmers.

On January 25, 1943, Georgia Gov. Ellis Arnall signed legislation governor as an ex officio member of the State Board of Education, State Board of Regents, Department of Public Safety, and State Housing Authority, as part of a proposal to reduce the Governor’s power over education.

On January 24, 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr. became co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, sharing the pulpit with his father.

On January 23, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced that terms had been reached to settle the Vietnam War, a document known as the “Paris Peace Accords.”

On January 24, 1987, some 12,000 to 20,000 civil rights protesters marched in Forsyth County, a week after a smaller protest. From the New York Times reporting:

CUMMING, Ga., Jan. 24— This small town in Forsyth County was overwhelmed today by civil rights marchers, members of the Ku Klux Klan and their sympathizers and an army of National Guardsmen and law-enforcement officers who kept the opposing groups separated.

Guarded by what a spokesman for the Governor’s office called ”the greatest show of force the state has ever marshalled,” a crowd of marchers estimated at 12,000 to 20,000 funneled slowly into Cumming, where a week earlier counterdemonstrators, throwing stones and bottles, disrupted an interracial ”walk for brotherhood” prompted by the all-white county’s racist legacy.

As the marchers headed into Cumming, which has a little more than 2,000 people, they found waiting for them, behind a stern-faced force of 2,300 guardsmen and police officers, a group of hundreds if not thousands of white, mainly young, rural men and women, repeatedly shouting, ”N***er, go home!”

Whatever the final figure, the march was one of the largest civil rights demonstrations since a 1965 rally that followed a march from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery. The rally, led by Dr. King, drew 25,000 people.

Seriously, read the Times report.

On January 24, 2001, the Georgia House of Representatives approved legislation changing the state flag to the Barnes design with the state seal on a blue background and a banner depicting five previous flags that flew over Georgia.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The House and Senate passed an Adjournment Resolution setting the schedule for the rest of the Session. Under that document, Day 30 “Crossover Day” will be Monday, February 29, and the last day of the Session is scheduled for March 24, 2016, two months before General Primary elections.Continue Reading..


Former State Rep. Jeff Brown will not run for Congress in GA-3

Via email:

After much deliberation and input by many, former State Representative Jeff Brown has decided that he will not seek the seat being vacated by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. The estimated $400,000 needed to get sufficient name recognition by the May 24, 2016 primary, the likelihood of a primary runoff and possibly a general election and not being led to do this are several of many factors for his decision. Brown indicated that he will use his next opinion column to detail his reasoning.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 22, 2016


This adult female Chihuahua mix is available for adoption from Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Mauk, GA.


Elvis is an adult male Pointer mix who is available for adoption from Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Mauk, GA.


Rosie is an adult female Chihuahua/Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Mauk, GA


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 22, 2016

On January 22, 1733, James Oglethorpe arrived at Yamacraw Bluff, where the colony of Georgia would be founded.

Following the passage of Georgia’s Secession Resolution, six delegates, including both from Gwinnett County, signed a statement protesting the decision to secede.

On January 22, 1866, Georgia Governor Charles Jenkins signed a resolution by the legislature asking for federal troops to be removed from Georgia.

On January 22, 1959, Atlanta buses were integrated after a federal court decision.

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court issued its 7-2 decision in the case known as Roe v. Wade.

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At the time we write this morning, Gov. Deal has issued an emergency order anticipating significant winter weather for North Georgia into parts of Metro Atlanta.

The emergency declaration extends to 21 counties under a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service. They include Banks, Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield Counties. Deal continues to monitor an additional 24 counties, including those in metro Atlanta, under a winter storm advisory.

“In order to prepare for the second round of storms, I’ve directed state agency heads to encourage employees to telecommute where appropriate,” Deal said. “Capitol Hill agencies and other state government offices will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday to allow time for roads and bridges to be treated in advance of possible freezing rain and snow. I encourage municipal governments and private businesses in metro Atlanta and other affected areas to follow suit. I will continue to monitor those counties under a winter storm advisory and revise my executive order as needed.”

The National Weather Service has issued the advisory for Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Polk, Rockdale and Walton Counties.

The Georgia General Assembly gavels in this morning with the House at 9:30 and the legislature should be clear of the building well before noon today.

A House Judiciary Subcommittee chaired by Rep. Johnnie Caldwell (R-Thomaston) is scheduled to meet at 8:30 AM today in Room 132 of the Capitol.

As of 7:15 this morning, the Georgia Right to Life March for Life is still scheduled for today at the Capitol.

GRTL March 20162

American Airlines has cancelled all flights out of Augusta today over concerns with winter weather in Charlotte, NC.

The federal lawsuit brought by the NAACP and some local residents over County Commission and Board of Education voting districts has been settled with an agreement on four district seats and one at-large.Continue Reading..


State Sen. Mike Crane announces for 3d Congressional District

via Press Release

[On Wednesday], State Senator Mike Crane announced his candidacy for Congress in Georgia’s Third Congressional District to succeed retiring Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.

Crane Announcement Podium

Crane, who quickly became known for his willingness to stand up to the political establishment, said he his running to send reinforcements to conservatives currently fighting for small government principles in Washington.

“The message is we are tired of vending machine politics.” Crane said. “You put in enough money, you push a button and you get what you want. That ends today.”Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 21, 2016


Sable is a female Chihuahua and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Harris County Humane Society in Hamilton, GA.


Miguel is a male Chihuahua and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Harris County Humane Society in Hamilton, GA.


Juan is a male Chihuahua and Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from Harris County Humane Society in Hamilton, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 21, 2016

Lieutenant William T. Sherman was ordered to Georgia for the first time in his military career on January 21, 1844.

United States Senator and former Georgia House Speaker and Governor Richard B. Russell, Jr. died on January 21, 1971.

On January 21, 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned draft resistors from the Vietnam War era and urged Americans to conserve energy.

On January 21, 1978, the Bee Gees Saturday Night Live album hit #1 on the sales charts, where it would stay for 24 weeks.

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GRTL March 20162

Georgia Right to Life will hold its annual Georgia March for Life tomorrow, beginning at 11 AM in Liberty Plaza across the street from the Capitol. Click here for more information.

House Committee Meetings




2:00 PM Ways & Means Sub on Income Tax 133 CAP

2:30 PM Judiciary Civil Fleming Sub 132 CAP

Senate Committee Meetings

8:00 AM APPROPRIATIONS – Subcommittees schedule 341 CAP, 406 CLOB, 506 CLOB, 606 CLOB



Like Heisenberg with a heart, State Rep. Allen Peake spoke on the record with the AJC’s Political Insider Jim Galloway about the issues surrounding procurement of medical cannabis oil for parents in Georgia.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 20, 2016


Dapple is a young male Dachshund who is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services.


Zeus is a young male Dachshund mix, about a year-and-a-half old. He’s good with kids and weighs 17 pounds.


Khloe is a 5-year old, 19 pound female Dachshund who is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta. She’s a very sweet little lapdog and a favorite of the staff and volunteers.

Attorneys for an Atlanta kennel face off in the Georgia Supreme Court against the owners of a dachshund who died in their care over how the value of a dog is computed in legal proceedings.

The Monyaks sued [the kennel] for negligence, fraud, and deceit (they claimed the kennel tried to cover up their mistake). They sought to recover more than $67,000 in veterinary and emotion-based damages for the death of Lola. Attorneys for Barking Hound Village argued the damages should be capped at Lola’s “market value”. They argued that value would be “non-existent or nominal”, because Lola was an 8-year-old mixed-breed rescue dog.

“This dog was a rescue dog. There was no purchase price. Lola, while very much beloved by the Monyaks didn’t have any specialized, pecuniary (monetary) value,” Attorney Joel McKie argued in court Tuesday.

Lower courts issued conflicting rulings about whether or not the family could present evidence about the actual value of their pet as well as intrinsic and emotional value. The issue before the Georgia State Supreme Court is how the legal system can measure damages for the death of a family pet.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for January 20, 2016

On January 20, 1788, the First African Baptist Church was established in Savannah, Georgia, one of the first black churches in the United States.

John Marshall was nominated as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President John Adams on January 20, 1801.

On January 20, 1920, DeForest Kelley was born in Atlanta and he grew up in Conyers. Kelley sang in the choir of his father’s church and appeared on WSB radio; he graduated from Decatur Boys High School and served in the United States Navy. Kelley became famous as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the original Star Trek series.

On January 20, 1928, Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia for the tenth time, staying through February 11th. During the visit, he spoke to the Chamber of Commerce of Americus and Sumter County, telling them

“In Georgia the movement towards the cities is growing by leaps and bounds and this means the abandonment of the farms or those farms that are not suited to the uses of agriculture. It means that we will have vacant lands but these can and should be used in growing timber.”

Rooesevelt was sworn-in to a fourth term as President on Jauary 20, 1945 and died in Warm Springs on April 12, 1945.

On January 20, 1939, Paul D. Coverdell was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Coverdell was one of the key figures in the development of the Georgia Republican Party.

On January 20, 1977, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States.

On January 20, 1981, Ronald Wilson Reagan was inaugurated 40th President of the United States.

Georgia Politics

If you’re waking up in North Georgia today, you may be in a weather emergency as declared by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 15 counties in north Georgia, saying that the state was “well prepared” for a wave of snow and ice expected over the next two days.

In a statement Tuesday, Deal said that the order extends through Thursday and frees up state employees and equipment to respond to the wintry weather.

The executive order covers Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Chatooga, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.

The General Assembly gavels in at 10 AM today, and most of the day’s work will be in Appropriations Subcommittees. Click here for the full listing of subcommittee meetings.

Brian Kemp SEC Sticker

Secretary of State Brian Kemp told the joint budget committees yesterday he is confident that information from last year’s inadvertant release of social security numbers of Georgia voters did not result in the data falling into the wrong hands.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 19, 2016

On January 17, 1733, Georgia’s Trustees in London voted to ban Jews from the colony.

On January 18, 1776, James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, was arrested by John Habersham, a member of the Provincial Congress.

Delegates to the Secession Convention in Milledgeville voted 208-89 in favor of seceding from the United States on January 19, 1861.

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 at at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia the son of a former Congressman and Governor of Virginia. On January 19, 1871, Savannah, Georgia became the first city to recognize Robert E. Lee’s Birthday as a public holiday.

L.Q.C. Lamar, born near Eatonton, Georgia, was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on January 18, 1888.

Martin Luther King, Jr. began the Chicago civil rights campaign on January 17, 1966.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The legislature is not in Session today and will convene tomorrow at 10 AM.

Joint Budget Committee Hearings begin at 9:30 AM this morning in Room 341 of the State Capitol. Click here for the Budget Meeting agenda. Governor Nathan Deal will speak to the Joint Committee at 9:45 AM.

Gov Deal Budget Speech

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