The Georgia Trustees visited the first group of settlers on November 16, 1732, the day before they were scheduled to depart England for the New World.
On November 16, 1737, the Georgia Trustees learned that England’s King George II would send 300 soldiers, along with 150 wives and 130 children to the settlement in Georgia.
On November 16, 1864, Sherman left Atlanta in smoking ruins.
A 2010 Wired article argues that Sherman’s rampage through Georgia and the Carolinas changed modern warfare.
Vengeance aside, the real objective of Sherman’s march was to cut the Confederacy in two, cripple Southern industrial capacity, destroy the railroad system and compel an early Confederate surrender. It was also intended to break Southern morale — in Sherman’s words, to “make Georgia howl.”
Sherman was vilified for his barbarism, but the Union commander was a realist, not a romantic. He understood — as few of his contemporaries seemed to — that technology and industrialization were radically changing the nature of warfare.
It was no longer a question of independent armies meeting on remote battlefields to settle the issue. Civilians, who helped produce the means for waging modern war, would no longer be considered innocent noncombatants. Hitting the enemy where he ate and breaking him psychologically were just as important to victory as vanquishing his armies in the field.
Sherman grasped this and, though he wasn’t the first military proponent of total war, he was the first modern commander to deliberately strike at the enemy’s infrastructure. The scorched-earth tactics were effective. The fragile Southern economy collapsed, and a once-stout rebel army was irretrievably broken.
Meanwhile, the marshals of Europe watched Sherman’s progress with fascination. And they learned.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
Smoke-induced breathing problems are sending more folks, yours truly among them, to seek medical care.
State health officials said Monday that significant increases in the number of emergency room visits for asthma occurred in the Dalton, Gainesville, Jasper and metro Atlanta areas last week, at a time when smoke from wildfires drifted over those areas.
Piedmont Healthcare told GHN on Monday that its hospital in Jasper, Piedmont Mountainside, said the average number of patients seen in its emergency department with respiratory issues (per day) increased by 8 percent from September to October. But then those visits jumped by more than 50 percent in the first 14 days of November, Piedmont officials said.
Paige Tolbert, chair of the Department of Environmental Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, said Monday that its research has found that in the past, “on days when we have higher biomass burning, or wildfires, we do see increases in ER visits for respiratory outcomes.”
These conditions include bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. “It’s really a public health burden,’’ she said.
Qualifying continues today for the December 13, 2016 Special Election in Senate District 54 which includes Gordon, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties. Qualifying papers will be accepted until 5 PM tomorrow and again tomorrow from 8 AM to 2 PM. Three candidates have qualified already:
Chuck Payne, Republican, website: chuckforsenate.com
Conda Lowery Goodson, Republican, website: www.condagoodson.com
Debby Peppers, Non-partisan
The Dalton Daily Citizen has more on the Special Election:
Conda Lowery Goodson, former Whitfield County Republican Party chairman Chuck Payne and former Whitfield County commissioner Debby Peppers qualified in Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office in Atlanta.
[Senator Bethel] did not face opposition in the general election and defeated Goodson with 75 percent of the vote in the May Republican primary.
Early voting will begin on Nov. 28.
The League of Women Voters of the Dalton Area and The Daily Citizen will host a candidates forum for the individuals seeking the District 54 seat on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Dalton City Hall. The public is invited. For more information, call Jackie Renfroe at (706) 278-8166 or Virgelia Meek at (706) 226-6774.
Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) was elected yesterday to the House leadership team, winning the position of Vice Chair of the House Conference over Texas Congressman Bill Flores.
Collins, who will succeed Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, said he ran to help expand the conference’s messaging and to ensure that members in both red and swing districts can communicate conservative ideas in a way that will resonate with their constituents.
“What we’re looking for is communication between our members — how they go to the floor, how we actually take the debate and the argument to the Democrats on the floor,” he said.
Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr is in a runoff to retain his job.
As incumbent Sheriff John Darr defends his position against challenger Donna Tompkins, he will also have to defend against some extra firepower. Two key endorsements could give Darr some difficulty.
“I think the voters spoke loud and clear,” Tompkins said.
[On election day] 20% of Muscogee County voters selected Republican Mark LaJoye. 33% voted for Darr, an Independent. Tompkins took home 46% of the vote. Since no candidate garnered 50% plus one vote, the top two vote earners, in this case Tompkins and Darr, will compete in a runoff election December 6. Tompkins will have the support and endorsements from LaJoye and Robert Smith, a former candidate who was one of four candidates disqualified in March.
“We’ve shared a lot of the same vision all throughout the campaign,” LaJoye said.
December’s runoff will determine if Darr gets a third term or if change is coming to the sheriff’s office. Darr believes Tompkins’ endorsements won’t make a difference in the way he runs his campaign.
“It doesn’t impact me either way,” Darr said. “My job is to continue for the next three weeks to work as hard as I can, get out here and touch as many people in this community.”
Darr says despite the triple-headed challenge, he likes his chances in a runoff.
“Hopefully people will recognize the things we’re doing out here within the sheriff’s office and in the community making a difference,” Darr said.
Henry County Commission candidates June Wood and Carlotta Harrell are headed to a December 6 runoff.
Henry County’s final Nov. 8 General Election results on Monday have confirmed that the Henry County Board of Commissioner chair race will head to the Dec. 6 runoff.
Republican June Wood received just 97 votes more than Democrat Carlotta Harrell.
“I give God all the glory for all the people who have volunteered for this campaign,” said Wood. “As an outsider to politics, I’m humbled and appreciative of the support.”
Both candidates secured just under the 50 percent of votes required to win. Wood received 47,255 votes, or 49.39 percent, while Harrell received 49.28 percent.
The incoming Trump-Pence administration is looking to hire 4000 or more into policy positions.
Mr. Trump, who until now had no experience in the federal government, is under immense pressure to find 4,100 qualified people to lead it.
On Sunday, Mr. Trump chose as his chief of staff Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, who is a good friend of Mr. Pence and of Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and who has good relations with Congress.
The Partnership for Public Service, an advocacy group for effective government that has analyzed generations of good and bad transitions, and its Center for Presidential Transition have been working with Mr. Trump’s team. The transition team has hired some experienced transition leaders from the George W. Bush and Romney teams that the center recommended.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is heading the transition team, is removing lobbyists from the effort.
Lobbyists are being purged from official roles in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, sources told Fox News late Tuesday.
The move to get rid of lobbyists in key roles was one of the first decisions made by Vice President-elect Mike Pence in his role overseeing the construction of a Trump administration.
One source said the decision to remove the lobbyists “makes good on [Trump's] vision of how he wants his government constructed.”
A short time later a tweet appeared on Trump’s account: “Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!”
Maybe they’ll institute an Apprentice-style tryout for finalists for senior positions.
Congressman Tom Price is being seriously considered for Secretary of Health and Human Services, according to Politico.com.
Rep. Tom Price is being considered for Donald Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services, two sources tell POLITICO.
“Tom Price has been loyal to Donald Trump from the outset and his knowledge of health care is second to none,” said a Republican source on the Hill close to the Trump campaign. “Him being in contention for HHS secretary makes perfect sense.”
The Georgia Republican, who chairs the House Budget Committee, was an early Trump supporter. He and several other House committee chairmen endorsed Trump in May. Price also campaigned with Trump at an Obamacare repeal rally a week before the election.
Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has been one of the GOP’s top voices on Obamacare repeal and other health care issues. He was one of the first Republicans to introduce an alternative to Obamacare when Democrats were debating health care reform in 2009 and 2010.
Randy Evans is being mentioned as a new Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
The current front runners of the fledgling race: Matt Pinnell – the national party’s current liaison to state parties, David Bossie – an RNC member and served as Trump’s deputy campaign manager, Georgia RNC Committeeman Randy Evans, and Ronna Romney McDaniel – chair of the Michigan Republican Party and niece of Mitt Romney.
I have no doubt that Randy Evans would be a great RNC Chair, and that his ascent would bring an RNC meeting to Atlanta. But here’s a twist. Former DNC Chair and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is seeking the Chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.
Both Randy Evans and Howard Dean work at the Dentons mega law firm, and it might present an uncomfortable situation to have both major party chairs at the same law firm. It would certainly play into the narratives spun by conspiracy theorists.
State Rep. Christian Coomer (R-Cartersville) has been elected as the new State House Majority Whip.
“I am honored to have been voted by my colleagues to serve as House majority whip. I am thrilled to immediately get to work making sure our state stays on a path to greater prosperity and our majority caucus effectively represents the interests and values of our constituents,” Coomer said.
“Due to the steady hand of leadership we have enjoyed in the state House, we are already ahead of our neighboring states in our recovery. When the engine of the U.S. economy begins rolling once more, Georgia will be catapulted into even greater heights.”
As majority whip, Coomer will be responsible for monitoring legislation as it moves through both chambers of the General Assembly and helping the members of the Majority Caucus to better understand the details of bills and resolutions.
State Rep. Stacey Evans joined the Democratic house leadership, as she was elected Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.
Cobb County’s flip to Hillary Clinton continues to cause politicos to
flap their gums wring their hands. From the Marietta Daily Journal:
Kerwin Swint, political science professor at Kennesaw State University and chair of the political science and international affairs department, said he was surprised by Clinton winning Cobb.
“We are accustomed to thinking of Cobb County as sort of Republican central in Georgia,” Swint said. “It’s been a very important county for Republican candidates running statewide to run up the vote in Cobb County. So yeah, it was surprising to see that Clinton actually carried Cobb.”
“You can’t deny that the nature of the two candidates in this campaign changed some voting calculations on the part of some Cobb County residents. They ordinarily would have voted for a more traditional Republican, say Marco Rubio. They weren’t comfortable voting for Donald Trump,” Swint said.
“A lot of those Rubio voters were not going to vote for Donald Trump, at least a significant percentage of them probably didn’t vote in that race — they may have skipped that part and gone to other races — or they just didn’t vote at all,” Swint said.
From the AJC:
Cobb hadn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential race since Georgia’s own Jimmy Carter swept the county in 1976 — and even he was defeated in Cobb four years later. It was the launching pad for the political careers of Newt Gingrich, Sam Olens and Johnny Isakson. And it’s long been one of the most reliable sources in Georgia for GOP cash, votes and volunteers.
Cobb GOP Chairwoman Rose Wing and other local party leaders cast it as a one-off, driven by Trump’s high unfavorable ratings, crude comments about women and a history of tepid support in the county, where his anti-establishment campaign didn’t play as well in a bastion of the state’s GOP establishment.
“As our Republican leaders implement common-sense, conservative solutions to get our nation back on track, we look forward to running on that record in four years,” said Cobb GOP Vice Chairman Justin Tomczak, who pointed to down-ticket wins in the county.
Republican state Sen. Hunter Hill held on to his seat despite getting shellacked in the Cobb part of his district. State Rep. Rich Golick’s 19-point win over a Democrat two years ago melted to a 6-point win over the same opponent this year. And state Rep. Sam Teasley’s margin of victory shrank from 25 points to 14 in the past two years.
“We need to be reaching out not only to the people who traditionally agree with us, but also those not inclined to support Republicans,” said Teasley of Marietta. “I don’t think Republicans have to compromise what they believe in to show we are concerned with the issues that they are concerned about.”
Stonecrest and South Fulton will form city governments after voters approved referenda last week.
About four years ago, DeKalb County resident Jason Lary noticed a trend:
“Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Peachtree Corners. Every city that branched off flourished. Flourished. And without raising taxes,” said Lary.
So in 2012, Lary, chairman of the Stonecrest YES Committee, launched a campaign with his neighbors to form the city of Stonecrest.
Stonecrest will be the fourth new city to form in DeKalb County in last decade, following Tucker, Brookhaven and Dunwoody.
Columbus City Council will ask the General Assembly for the opportunity to hold a referendum to bring casino gambling to the city.
By a 7-2 vote with Councilors Glenn Davis and Mike Baker opposed and Councilor Mimi Woodson absent, council approved asking the local legislative delegation to “introduce and/or support legislation to authorize a referendum to allow Georgia citizens to vote as to whether they want to allow casino gaming in Georgia for the purpose of Hope Scholarship funding.”
Council’s discussion followed five leaders in the black community who supported including the suggestion on the legislative agenda.
Local entrepreneur Robert Wright Jr. said Monday that he would like to see a $200-million casino go up in south Columbus. He and several other leaders came to Council on Tuesday to ask councilors to include the request on its legislative agenda.
Addressing councilors during the Public Agenda portion of the meeting, Wright was joined by attorneys Teddy Reese, Stacey Jackson and Katonga Wright, who is Wright’s niece, and Rev. Ralph Huling, pastor of St. James Missionary Baptist Church and president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.
Davis, one of two lone opposing votes, said he supports people’s right to vote on issues, but he said the councilors have not had a chance to adequately educate themselves on the issue.
“I think it’s premature to vote on this now,” Davis said.
The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s department received a grant from the USDOJ for housing illegal aliens who are accused of crimes.
County commissioners agreed to accept a $118,091 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, through its State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. The money will be split between the Sheriff’s Office and corrections department, who applied for the grant jointly.
It’s not a new thing. Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Boyd said the agencies jointly apply for the grant each year. It’s not a request from the federal government to house the undocumented residents either. It’s just the federal government paying the county back for assistance that’s been provided, according to Boyd.
“What this grant does is it reimburses local agencies a percentage of the cost of housing undocumented criminal aliens in the jail and at corrections,” he said.
Macon-Bibb County Commission voted to turn over parking management to the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority.
Chatham County voter turnout reached an all-time high of 73.1 percent last week with 113,551 ballots cast.
The Augusta Commission approved a nearly $790 million FY2017 budget that includes a cut of more than $700,000 from EMS services.