Today is Georgia Day, celebrating the founding of the Thirteenth Colony on February 12, 1733.
After years of planning and two months crossing the Atlantic, James Oglethorpe and 114 colonists climbed 40 feet up the bluff from the Savannah River on this day in 1733 and founded the colony of Georgia.
George II granted the Georgia trustees a charter for the colony a year earlier. The trustees’ motto was Non Sibi Sed Allis—not for self but for others. Georgia would be a philanthropic and military enterprise that would provide the “worthy” poor a new start and serve as a buffer between Spanish Florida and the English colonies.
The trustees prohibited slavery and large landholdings….
Congress enacted the first fugitive slave law, on February 12, 1793 requiring states to return runaway slaves to their owners, even if the state in which the slave was captured did not permit slavery.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
On February 12, 1867, the editor of the Milledgeville Federal Union expressed dismay at the rapidity with which Atlanta was growing and basically everything about Atlanta.
“Atlanta is certainly a fast place in every sense of the word, and our friends in Atlanta are a fast people. They live fast and they die fast. They make money fast and they spend it fast. They build houses fast, and they burn them down fast… . They have the largest public buildings, and the most of them, and they pass the most resolutions of any people, ancient or modern. To a stranger the whole city seems to be running on wheels, and all of the inhabitants continually blowing off steam.”
George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was performed for the first time on February 12, 1924. The piece was written for solo piano and jazz band.
On February 12, 1999, the United States Senate voted 55-45 against convicting impeached President Bill Clinton on a charge of perjury. Senator Paul Coverdel voted guilty and Senator Max Cleland voted not guilty. On the second charge of obstructing justice, Coverdell and 49 other Republicans voted guilty and Cleland joined 49 other senators in voting not guilty. A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required to convict a President, so Clinton was acquitted on both counts.
One year ago, on February 12, 2014, most of Georgia state government was closed by Executive Order because of an ice storm.
On February 10, 2015, on the anniversary of the United States House of Representatives passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation proclaiming February as Black History Month.
Pixie Dust is a sweet little female American Bulldog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Okefenokee Humane Society Inc. in Waycross,GA.
MILWAUKEE — Scott Walker was gone. Dropped out. And in the spring of his senior year.
In 1990, that news stunned his friends at Marquette University. Walker, the campus’s suit-wearing, Reagan-loving politico — who enjoyed the place so much that he had run for student body president — had left without graduating.
To most of the Class of 1990 — and, later, to Wisconsin’s political establishment — Walker’s decision to quit college has been a lingering mystery.
Walker’s own explanation has been short and simple. He got a job. He meant to go back. But he just never found the time.
Today, Walker, 47, is the governor of Wisconsin and a strong contender for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. He is known for an astounding political hot streak: Since 1993, he has run 11 races for state legislature, county executive and governor — including a highly unusual recall election in 2012 — and he has won them all.
But before that streak came a string of defeats — the campus election, his failure to finish college and his first campaign for state office.
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From Senator David Perdue
Senator David Perdue Applauds Bipartisan, Bicameral Passage of Keystone Jobs Bill
U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today applauded the House of Representatives for once again passing legislation to create the Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill passed the House 270-152 and passed the Senate with a 62-36 vote.
“Now it’s official: the bipartisan Keystone jobs bill that I cosponsored in the Senate has overwhelming support from the House. Georgians, and all Americans, have demanded that Congress function again and pass bills that get our economy going, and the Keystone bill does just that. With its creation, the Keystone XL pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs, it will get us closer to energy independence, and will help lower energy costs for families and small businesses.
“This bipartisan, bicameral jobs bill is a commonsense approach to jumpstart our economy. The President has simply run out of excuses. It’s time the President sign this bill into law instead of playing politics and pandering to special interests.
Your Washington – GA 6 – Desk
Price: Thousands of Jobs Await President’s Signature
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to approve the Senate’s Keystone XL pipeline authorization and send the legislation to President Obama:
“With today’s vote, authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline will finally travel to the president’s desk. After years of delays and the previous Democrat-controlled Senate running interference for the White House, the bill to authorize thousands of jobs and increase our energy independence will have an opportunity to become law. The president should sign it. The bipartisan support this legislation has secured reflects the American people’s desire to see Congress work together on concrete solutions. Keystone is part of a broader, ongoing effort to achieve energy independence and expand economic opportunity and job creation. President Obama ought to see the benefit of working with Congress on this issue.
Your Washington – GA 7 – Desk
Woodall Paves Way for Passage of “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act”
Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) managed the rule for debate of the Keystone Pipeline bill on the floor of the House, clearing the final hurdle for this bill to be sent to the President’s desk for his signature. Woodall issued the following statement regarding his work on behalf of the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.”
“The new American Congress is committed to delivering results to the American people, and that’s exactly what we’ve done as the House and Senate worked together to pass this important bipartisan legislation,” said Rep. Woodall. “Americans deserve representation that searches for solutions and acts; 40,000 American jobs, increased energy independence, and lower daily living costs for families across the country are good results. Americans, through their elected representatives, made their voices heard on this one, and President Obama’s decision to support or veto the bill will send a clear message to Americans as to whether or not he believes they are still in charge.”
Your Washington – GA 1 – Desk
Carter Supports Sending Keystone Bill to the President
Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter released the following statement today after the United States House of Representatives passed S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, with Carter’s support. The legislation would remove bureaucratic hurdles that stand in the way of construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“I am proud to vote again today to approve this important project that will create over 40,000 jobs without a dime of taxpayer funding to help pull eager American workers out of the unemployment line. In addition to job creation and reducing energy costs, this project is vital to our national security. The construction of this pipeline will reduce our dependence on oil from often hostile foreign sources leading to reduced funding for both sides of the War on Terror. That is of special importance to me as the Representative for four major military installations that have borne the brunt of this fight, especially as the President requests Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL.
“Six years since the application was submitted, Americans are ready to see this project move forward.
Your Washington – GA 12 – Desk
Rep. Rick Allen Applauds Approval of Keystone XL Legislation in Congress, Urges the President to Reconsider Veto Threat
U.S. Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) today applauded action by the House to pass S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The legislation immediately authorizing construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline recently passed the Senate and will now be sent to the President, who has threatened to veto the measure. Congressman Allen released the following statement:
“For more than six years, the Keystone XL pipeline has been stalled, and today Congress acted to approve this bipartisan infrastructure project for America’s economy and energy security. At a time when millions of Americans are struggling, the Keystone XL pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs and help lower energy prices for families.