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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 14, 2014

General Sherman’s army prepared for the March to the Sea on November 14, 1864. The March to the Sea began on November 15, 1964.

The planned route for the 17th Corps was to march from White Hall to Stockbridge, McDonough, Jackson, Monticello, and Gordon and encountered Confederate regiments from Kentucky at the Battle of Stockbridge. To the west, one or two Kentucky regiments engaged the 15th Corps in another skirmish.  [E]arlier that morning, Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum had led the 20th Corps eastward out of Atlanta with instructions to follow the Georgia Railroad eastward to Decatur, Lithonia, Covington, and Madison, tearing up the railroad along the way.

With three of his four columns on the road, Gen. Sherman remained in Atlanta with the 14th corps to oversee the destruction of anything with possible military value to the Confederacy. The next day, they would then proceed east on the road to Lithonia, then in a southeastern direction to Milledgeville, where the 20th and 14th corps would reunite in seven days.

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.

On November 14, 1944, the Constitutional Convention working on a revised document for Georgia reversed its position on home rule that had been adopted the previous day on the motion of Governor Ellis Arnall

Three astronauts with connections to Georgia – Eric Boe, Robert Kimbrough, and Sandra Magnus – were aboard the space shuttle Endeavor when it lifted off on November 14, 2008.

Earlier this week, a new monument commemorating the beginning of Sherman’s March to the Sea was placed on the grounds of The Carter Center in Atlanta. Walter Jones of Morris News brings the details.

The Georgia Historical Society is to unveil its latest monument today in a small ceremony on the grounds of the Carter Presidential Library, a quiet, tree-studded sanctuary that was the site of Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s departure from Atlanta along a nearby road. He had seized that city after a series of summer battles and then systematically destroyed its factories, banks and railroads to prevent their continued use in support of the Confederate army. His next destination would be Savannah, but Southerners didn’t know that at the time because he divided his troops and sent some toward Macon and others toward the munitions factories in Augusta to hide his true target.

Cities along the way that resisted were destroyed as Atlanta had been. Those that surrendered peacefully were spared.

The campaign would become the subject of songs, family tales, history books and military instruction. Modern commanders would copy it in the bombings of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Hanoi for its demoralizing effect on civilians.

“What scholars have discovered is that the families along the route of the march, and those who feared they were along the route of the march, wrote to their husbands and said ‘come home,’” said Todd Groce, president of the Historical Society. The resulting flood of desertions crippled the crumbling rebel army.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Perhaps Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee is pursuing a divide an conquer strategy, publicly apologizing to one critic, while seeking the removal of a member of Cobb County’s Ethics Board.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 14, 2014

Six Walton Puppies

These six little puppies (2 female, 4 male) were dropped off at Walton County Animal Shelter yesterday and need foster or adoptive homes. They’re about two months old, and weigh about 8 pounds each. If you’re interested in helping one of more of them, contact:

Walton County Animal Control
1411 S. Madison Ave
Monroe, Ga. 30655
Office (770) 267-1322
Fax (770) 267-4033
[email protected]


Brutus is a 12-year old Golden Retriever who ended up homeless when his parents got divorced. His mom moved out and when she went back a few weeks or months later to get the rest of her things, she found Brutus and the other dogs tied up in the backyard, all looking malnourished. She wasn’t in a position to take them so she called animal control and surrendered them right away. Brutus is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, Ga.


After Max, a senior Lab mix, was homeless, he got adopted, but his new dad died and Max needs help again. Max is a mellow 55-pound lab mix. He is a young senior (8-10 years old) who loves to go for long walks and play fetch, but when he’s at home he enjoys just lounging around. He is good with other dogs. His current rescue group hasn’t seen him around kids or cats, but will test him for that. He’s such a laid back guy that we can’t imagine him causing any trouble for anyone. Please consider giving Max another chance at love! Max is available for adoption from Retired Retrievers in Savannah, Ga.

Six Danes

These six Great Dane puppies (3 male, 3 female) are expected to be ready for homes around Christmas, but won’t leave their rescue until their spay/neuter surgeries are complete. If you’d like to get on the list for a special Christmas treat for your family, you can fill out an adoption application with Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.


VIDEO – U.S. Senate GOP: Getting the Senate Working Again

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From The U.S. Senate Republican Conference 

Getting the Senate Working Again


VIDEO – House GOP Leadership Election Press Conference

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From The House Republican Caucus 

“Americans have entrusted Republicans with the responsibility of leading both the House and Senate. We are humbled by this opportunity and take it seriously. I’m proud of our leadership team assembled here. Together, our focus will continue to be listening to the people and making their priorities our priorities. We have an opportunity to do some important things in the months ahead. We have made clear that we’ll start with the jobs bills the outgoing Senate majority ignored for too long. We’ve decided not to wait on one of them: the Keystone pipeline. The House will vote tomorrow to build the Keystone pipeline, and we’re hopeful the Senate will approve it as well. This is a vote to lower energy costs for families and create more American jobs. Finding common ground won’t always be easy, but for the sake of America’s workers, we hope the president will sign this bipartisan bill without any further delay.”

-Speaker John A. Boehner

The Leadership Team:

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR)
Policy Chair Luke Messer (R-IN)
Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Conference Secretary Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Sophomore Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO)
Freshman Representative-elect Mimi Walters (R-CA)

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Sen. Brandon Beach: Joins Transportation Leaders for Panel on Metro Connectivity

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From Senator Brandon Beach


Sen. Beach Joins Transportation Leaders for Panel on Metro Connectivity

State Senator Brandon Beach (R- Alpharetta) was a member of the Metro Region Connectivity Transportation panel during the Council for Quality Growth’s 5th Annual Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) Breakfast on Wednesday, November 12.

“Transportation is vital for the success of thriving cities,” said Sen. Beach.  “This is why leaders in the industry must continue to have these discussions to provide easier commutes for both Georgians and visitors and more accessibility to public transportation.  We are seeing signs of success with the expansion of MARTA into Clayton and the comradery of the major players in our public transportation system, but we still have a way to go until our fragmented system is resolved.  I look forward to ongoing discussions with each regional entity and relevant parties to ensure our state’s transportation sets the standard for transportation initiatives throughout the country.”

Senate Transportation Chairman, Senator Steve Gooch (R- Dahlonega), MARTA General Manager/CEO, Keith Parker, and 11th District DOT Board Member Jeff Lewis were also on the panel.  Michael Sullivan, President and CEO of The American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia), served as the moderator.Continue Reading..


Randy Evans – The Evans Report: Election Night 2014: What happened?

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From Randy Evans – The Evans Report

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Election night 2014: What happened?

On a night when Republicans were expected to do well, they did. Well, to be more accurate, on a night when Democrats were expected to do poorly, they did – losing in places they never expected to lose (like Iowa and Colorado) and slipping further and further behind in state capitols and legislatures around the country (including governorships in traditionally dark blue states like Maryland and Massachusetts).

At the national level, disgusted and angry voters vented in a very direct way on President Barack Obama, taking their concerns to the ballot box. Before all of the votes are counted, and runoffs completed, Democrats will definitively lose control of the United States Senate (losing from seven to 10 Senate seats) and Republicans will increase their margin of control in the United States House of Representatives (picking up 12 seats).

Contrary to a Republican self-proclaimed resurgence at the national level, the 2014 midterm elections were not as much validations of a Republican national agenda as repudiation of the Obama Administration’s policies. The moment President Obama weighed in and nationalized the election by stating that his policies were on the ballot, the political landscape fundamentally and irreversibly changed.

Make no mistake, this election was transformed into a referendum on President Obama. Any hope that candidates like Michelle Nunn may have had quickly disappeared when President Obama described her and others as votes for him in the U.S. Senate.Continue Reading..


Rep. Allen Peake and Rep. Micah Gravley: Announce Online Release of “Growing Hope” Documentary

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From Representatives Allen Peake and Micah Gravley

Growing Hope

Rep. Allen Peake and Rep. Micah Gravley Announce Online Release of “Growing Hope” Documentary

State Representatives Allen Peake (R-Macon) and Micah Gravley (R-Douglasville) today announced that the Growing Hope film, which recently premiered in Dallas, Georgia, is now available in full length online.  Growing Hope is a documentary that follows the life of HB 885 and focuses on decisions parents in Georgia are making to receive treatment for their children.

“Now that the film is available for all to access online, I encourage everyone to take 45 minutes to watch this documentary,” said Rep. Peake.  “Growing Hope helps our efforts to increase awareness of the need for medical cannabis for our families here in Georgia, and I hope that you will help us spread this message by viewing and sharing the film.”

The documentary film, produced by filmmaker, Drew Alexander, follows Georgia’s fight to provide medical cannabis to children suffering from various forms of Epilepsy, as well as other Georgia patients who would benefit from the medicinal use of cannabis oil.  The Growing Hope film features many Georgia families who have been fighting for their children.  The film also includes interviews from Georgia legislators including Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs), Rep. Micah Gravley (R-Douglasville), and Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville).

“It is extremely important that we keep this conversation about medical cannabis alive as we continue our fight for this treatment in Georgia,” said Rep. Gravley. Continue Reading..


Senate Republican Conference: Elects Leadership for 114th Congress

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From The Republican Senate Caucus 

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Senate Republican Conference Elects Leadership for 114th Congress

This morning, the Senate Republican conference elected the following leadership team for the 114th Session of Congress: Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) as Senate Republican Leader, John Cornyn (R-Texas) as Senate Republican Whip, John Thune (R-South Dakota) as Senate Republican Conference Chairman, John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) as Senate Republican Policy Chairman, Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) as Senate Republican Vice Conference Chairman, and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) as National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman.

“We’ve assembled a great leadership team that will focus on getting the Senate working again, and passing legislation to help create jobs, improve the economy and continue moving our nation towards energy independence,” said McConnell. “We are eager to work towards bipartisan agreements and to implement real legislative accomplishments.”

“I’m humbled to have been chosen by my colleagues to help lead the new majority in the U.S. Senate, and I pledge that those fundamental Texas values of personal liberty and limited government will continue to be my guide,” said Cornyn. “After years of gridlock and dysfunction in the Senate the work before us is considerable, but Republicans approach this opportunity with determination, with humility, and above all with a firm commitment to address the top priorities of the American people.”Continue Reading..


Election results certified; turnout at 50 percent |

State Public Service Commission member Doug Everett, a Republican incumbent, was the top vote-getter. His 1,532,652 votes were the most of any candidate.

State incumbent Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, was the top vote-getter among those vying to join or stay in the General Assembly. Hill, who was unopposed, received 55,758 votes.

via Election results certified; turnout at 50 percent |


Early voting in Special Runoff Election in DeKalb County Commission District One

From DeKalb County Board Voter Registration & Elections:

Advance Voting – 4380 Memorial Drive Location Only, Monday – Friday, November 17-26, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

(Office closed for Thanksgiving 11/27-28)