The Supreme Court of Georgia held its first meeting on January 26, 1846 at Talbotton, Georgia.
John Sammons Bell was born on January 26, 1914 in Macon, Georgia. He would go on to serve as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, as a Judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals, and as chief judge of the appellate court. He is today best known as the designer of the state flag featuring the Confederate battle flag, which was adopted by the General Assembly in 1956.
On January 26, 2001 a new state flag, first designed by Atlanta architect Cecil Alexander, passed out of committee in the General Assembly by a 4-3 vote and would be voted on later that week. Click here to view the floor debate from 2001.
Senate Committee Meetings
12:00 PM RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
1:00 PM ETHICS 307 CLOB
1:00 PM GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT 125 CAP
2:00 PM RETIREMENT 307 CLOB
2:00 PM JUDICIARY 310 CLOB
2:00 PM STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS – CANCELED 125 CAP
3:00 PM NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT 450 CAP
4:00 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 310 CLOB
4:00 PM TRANSPORTATION – CANCELED 125 CAP
House Committee Meetings
7:30 AM APPROPRIATIONS SUB 341 CAP
9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP
1:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 403 CAP
1:00 PM Judiciary Non-Civil Hightower Subcommittee 132 CAP
1:00 PM STATE PLANNING & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS 606 CLOB
1:30 PM Motor Vehicles Tags & Titles Sub 406 CLOB
2:00 PM ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS 403 CAP
2:00 PM HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES 606 CLOB
2:00 PM Judiciary Civil Fleming Sub 132 CAP
2:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES 506 CLOB
3:00 PM GAME, FISH, AND PARKS 415 CLOB
3:00 PM Industry & Labor Pruett Sub 515 CLOB
3:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 506 CLOB
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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..
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, 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..
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.
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
8:00 AM JOINT SUBCOMITTEES’ HEARINGS 341 CAP, 406 CLOB, 506 CLOB, 606 CLOB
1:00 PM JOINT SUBCOMMITTEES’ HEARINGS 341 CAP, 406 CLOB, 506 CLOB, 606 CLOB
2:00 PM JUDICIARY CIVIL 132 CAP
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
3:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 125 CAP
4:00 PM NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT 450 CAP
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..