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Your Ga Pundit correspondent talking with Georgia Republican Party State Chair John Padgett about the visit of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to Georgia
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The Evans Report from Randy Evans
Desperate people do desperate things, whether in sports or politics. As Democrats concede that they face “strong headwinds” in the upcoming November midterm elections, most pollsters and pundits concede that 2014 could be another historic election year with huge gains for Republicans. Meanwhile, Republicans have adopted a bunker mentality hoping to avoid the kinds of catastrophic gaffes that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in years past.
Notably, even though the 2014 election year began with Republicans laser-focused on one issue – Obamacare – President Barack Obama’s political challenges this year have changed all that. Unlike virtually every other midterm election year in modern times, where one issue tends to dominate, polls show that most Americans believe that everything is wrong with no one issue driving; the growing consensus is that the country is clearly headed in the wrong direction.
The combination of all of these political dynamics has translated into a game of political chance by both Democrats and Republicans with heightened risk-taking at levels unheard of in the modern political era. As in football, this type of risk-taking can lead to skewed lopsided election results.
President Obama and Democrats need three important election dynamics to survive the 2014 midterm election. First, Democrats need to drive up voter intensity among key voting groups, including African-Americans, unions and liberal white women. Second, Democrats need to maintain and/or increase margins among Latino voters. (more…)
A new poll shows incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal leading Democrat Jason Carter, and Republican David Perdue ahead of Democrat Michelle Nunn. Early voting begins in two months.
The poll was conducted by SurveyUSA August 14-17 for Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV. Likely voters were asked, “If the election were held today, who would you vote for?”
Deal received 48 percent of support, while 39 percent of poll participants said they would vote for Carter. Libertarian Andrew Hunt received a 4 percent nod. Eight percent said they are not sure how they would vote.
In the race for U.S. Senate, 50 percent said they would vote for Perdue. Forty-one percent said they would vote for Nunn. Libertarian Amanda Swafford received 3 percent of support.
Betty is a two-year old Hound who is playful, energetic, and affectionate. Betty is listed as a German Shepherd mix, probably because of her saddleback coat, but that’s also a common marking for a coonhound. She’s also the spitting image of our dog, Dolly. Betty is available for adoption from Fulton County Animal Services.
Betty the Basset is a tri-colored female Basset Hound adult who is currently in Middle Georgia waiting for a foster home and available for adoption from Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia in Marietta, GA.
Black and white Betty is a young female Lab mix, one-year old and 36 pounds who is described as “sweet, well-behaved, and loving.”
She’s a little scared now because she’s wondering why her loving family left her at the shelter on August 1st. It wasn’t anything Betty did, that’s for sure. Her former owners say that she is GOOD WITH KIDS, HOUSEBROKEN, and GOOD WITH OTHER ANIMALS.
Betty is available for adoption from Cobb County Animal Shelter, 1060 Al Bishop Drive Marietta, Georgia 30008, where she can be found in run 835 and her ID is 568189.
Yellow Betty is a young female Lab mix who loves the water and giving hugs. Loving and affectionate, Betty takes a little time to get to know you, a few minutes, a cookie, then she is your best friend. Betty is available for adoption from the Dolly Goodpuppy Society Inc in Barnesville, GA.
USS Constitution earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” in battle against the British ship Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia on August 19, 1812. Launched in 1797, Constitution is today the oldest commissioned vessel in the United States Navy. Live oak from St. Simons Island were cut and milled for timber used in the constructions of Constitution. From a 1977 New York Times article:
The Constitution won her way into Americans’ hearts in 1812, when she defeated the British Guerriere off Nova Scotia in an exchange of broadsides. The spirit of the Constitution crew was noted by the Guerriere’s commander, James Dacres, who boarded the Constitution to present his sword in surrender.
”I will not take your sword, Sir,” the captain of the Constitution, Isaac Hull, replied. ”But I will trouble you for your hat.”
In the battle, a sailor — whether British or American is disputed by historians — is said to have cried out, ”Huzzah, her sides are made of iron!” as he watched an English cannonball bounce off the side of the Constitution. It was the birth of her nickname.
Part of the ship’s secret lay in the wood used in the design by Joshua Humphreys. He picked live oak, from St. Simons Island, Ga. The wood has proved so strong and resistant to rot that the original hull is intact, said Anne Grimes Rand, curator of the Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Mass.
The Georgia Department of Insurance was created on August 19, 1912 when Governor Joseph Brown signed legislation regulating companies selling policies in the states.
Governor Nathaniel Harris signed the first state law requiring school attendance for children 8-14 years of age on August 19, 1916; on the same day, Harris also signed legislation authorizing women to practice law in Georgia.
“Georgia” was designated the official state song on August 19, 1922 with Gov. Thomas Hardwick’s signature on a joint resolution passed by the General Assembly; in 1979, “Georgia On My Mind,” replaced it.
Adolf Hitler became President of Germany on August 19, 1934.
The United States Central Intelligence Agency supported a coup in Iran that restored the Shah of Iran on August 19, 1953.
On August 19, 1976, President Gerald R. Ford was nominated for President by the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Ford received 1,157 (52.6%) delegates to 1,087 for Ronald Reagan (47.4%). Georgia’s 48 delegates voted for Reagan on the first ballot.
Dr. Betty Siegel became the first female President of a state college or university in Georgia when she was named President of Kennesaw College on August 19, 1981; under her leadership, it became Kennesaw State University in 1996. Siegel served until 2006. Kennesaw State was recently named the 4th best college for food in the nation.
On August 19, 1984, President Ronald Reagan was nominated for reelection by the Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas.
Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
I’ve been speaking to groups lately with a presentation called, “Seven things we learned from the 2014 Georgia Primary Elections,” and last night I added item number eight. The 2014 United States Senate election in Georgia is not about Michelle Nunn or even about control of the United States Senate: it’s about Hillary Clinton. On September 14, 2014, Hillary and Bill Clinton will return to Iowa for the annual Steak Fry, her first trip to the Hawkeye State since her 2008 campaign.
Georgia’s importance for 2016 is twofold. In 2008, Obama’s ability to shut her out of the Deep South Democratic Primary elections that were dominated by African-American voters was a key to his winning the nomination. I’d be willing to bet we’ll see her in Georgia this year in support of Michelle Nunn, unless Nunn’s political consultants tell her it would be a political liability. (more…)
Land acquisition, ethics policies changed following special grand jury investigating land deals | Gwinnett Daily Post
The special grand jury tasked with investigating Gwinnett County land deals did not result in any criminal prosecutions, but its findings did bring about some very tangible changes.
On Nov. 15, 2011, the county approved a “stronger and clear ethics ordinance,” covering everything from “aspirational standards for government service” to more specific definitions of conflict of interest. Four months before that happened, the county enacted a land acquisition policy — “enacted” meaning that there had never before been formal procedures in place.
“Part of that’s just the maturity of an organization,” said Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, who took office in March 2011. “It worked OK for a long time the way it was previously, but clearly it became a case where there needed to be some very specific parameters that were laid out in a written policy that everybody ought to know that they’re going to abide to.”
The policy addresses a number of issues brought up by the grand jury that met in 2009 and 2010.
Unsealed testimony offers insight into bribery case against Kevin Kenerly, David Jenkins | Gwinnett Daily Post
For the 10 months following Dec. 3, 2009, a special grand jury met every other Friday to investigate land acquisitions by the Gwinnett County government. Ten everyday women and 13 everyday men heard testimony from more than a dozen people, including county staffers, elected officials, attorneys, land owners and an investigator from the district attorney’s office.
They were provided documents enough to necessitate Porter establishing a secure website to hold it all.
At the end, the grand jury chose, among other things, to indict Kenerly on two counts of failure to disclose a financial interest and one count of bribery — the latter stemming from its belief that it was likely he accepted $1 million from Jenkins in exchange for his influence over the county’s purchase of land to expand Dacula’s Rabbit Hill Park.
Kenerly maintained his innocence and chose to fight. He was indicted twice before accepting last Tuesday the controversial “no contest” plea that gave him 10 years on probation but no prison time.
Violators of the downtown Canton parking ordinance will soon be fined, but the City Council and Canton Police Department are giving fair warning before any citations are written.
The City Council discussed ways to educate the public about the parking fine enforcement during last week’s meeting. City Manager Glen Cummins said a sign will be erected and make notice of the parking fines ordinance once the council votes to adopt the ordinance at the Aug. 21 meeting.
Assistant Police Chief Mark Mitchell said a press release will be sent to the public when the ordinance goes into effect.
“We are taking the necessary steps before we enforce the fines. We want to insure the public’s safety and that violators are warned of the parking ordinance violations. It’s important that all citizens have the available space to park for lunch, business or events downtown,” Mitchell said. “We want to consistently enforce the parking ordinance so all citizens can enjoy the quality of life downtown.”
In a statement released Thursday, former Ball Ground Recycling operators Jimmy and David Bobo said they welcomed the news of an investigation by the Cherokee District Attorney’s office into their deal with the county to fund the operation was closed and no prosecutable crimes were found.
Attorney Buddy Parker, who represents the Bobos, released the statement from his clients in response to the Cherokee County May 2014 grand jury recommendations and District Attorney Shannon Wallace’s decision to drop the case.
The statement said the Bobos feel a heavy burden has been lifted.
“Jimmy and David Bobo welcome this conclusion and find that it has lifted a heavy burden of suspicion, speculation and belief of criminality promoted by some members of our community,” the statement said. “Every person in the United States is presumed innocent, as a matter of law, unless and until proven to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”
The statement said the Bobos agree with the grand jury’s recommendation no county or state resources should be expended to further any criminal investigation or attempted criminal prosecution.