William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England on September 28, 1066.
General George Washington led continental troops into the siege of British forces under General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on September 28, 1781.
On September 28, 1863, two Union generals lost their commands after the Confederates routed federal forces at the Battle of Chickamauga.
On September 28, 1889, Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation designating January 19th a state holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Lee’s birthday is still a state holiday, though it has become “a moveable feast.”
On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.
Atlanta-born Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones won his first Grand Slam on September 27, 1930.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
Tonight at 7:30 PM, First Lady Sandra Deal and co-authors Dr. Jennifer Dickey and Dr. Catherine Lewis will speak at the Atlanta History Center about their new book, Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion.
“I didn’t know a lot about the mansion when we moved here,” she admits, although they had been frequent visitors during the governor’s time in the state Senate.
After the 2010 election, she remembers walking the gardens, admiring the fountains and wondering about elements of the house and property. She became curious about the seven families who lived there before her.
Gardeners and docents were able to answer few of her questions about the mansion’s past.
Sandra Deal invited former governors and their wives to dinner to “pick their brains” about the history of the mansion.
“I didn’t want it to be a political book,” insists Deal, “I wanted it to be about the families and life here. I wanted it to be something that can continue if other governors wish to add to it in the future.”
“With the history, we started with Oglethorpe’s tent in 1733,” says Lewis, “But what really sets this book apart — and this was Mrs. Deal’s idea — was that each family that has lived here had a full chapter to tell their experience.”
“We were able to interview members of all eight families that lived here,” says Dickey, who would sometimes accompany former residents in a walk through and “talk through” of the mansion.
At the Democratic Party of Georgia’s fundraising dinner Saturday, Rev. Raphael Warnock spoke about the possibility he will challenge Republican.U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson next year.
[T]he senior shepherd of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic church made crystal clear he was leaning toward challenging Republican Johnny Isakson, and he outlined what would be his platform in a campaign against the two-term incumbent.
A call for the expansion of Medicaid. A push to raise the minimum wage. A demand to expand voting rights. A promise to end wage inequality between men and women. And a vow to “defend the dignity” of gays and other minorities.
In short, it was a blueprint for a Democratic campaign that tries to supercharge the party’s base by appealing to core issues – a campaign that would veer from the more moderate-leaning bid for office last year from Michelle Nunn.
“It has been rumored that I am considering a run for the United States Senate. It’s true, I’m thinking about it. I’m mulling it over,” said Warnock to cheers, adding: “I’m sick and tired of seeing the people I serve every day as a pastor work harder and longer and have less to show for it.”
“Let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s expand Medicaid. Because when we expand Medicaid, we expand Georgia’s economy. And protect voting rights. Protect worker rights. Give women equal pay for equal work … Raise the minimum wage. Defend the dignity and equality of our gay and lesbian sisters and brothers.”
Since the announcement that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will resign at the end of October, the question for Georgia Republicans is what it will mean for Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell). Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) currently serves as Majority Leader and appears to be the early favorite to succeed Boehner in the Speaker’s seat. Thatt would open the Majority Leader position and there’s no shortage of ambitious pols in Washington.
Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is now the Republican whip, No. 3 in the leadership, has told colleagues he wants McCarthy’s current job. Others said to be considering bids for the No. 2 spot include Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia, Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas, and the No. 4 Republican, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.
Representative Dennis Ross of Florida has told colleagues he’ll seek to become whip. Challengers may include Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, currently Scalise’s top deputy, and Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma. Peter Roskam of Illinois and Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas may also seek leadership positions.
Tom Price emailed his fellow Republicans, according to Politico.com,
Georgia Republican Tom Price sent an email Sunday afternoon to his fellow lawmakers reflecting on the future of the House Republican Conference.
“I am hopeful for the opportunity to talk with all of you about the best path forward,” Price wrote. “There are many questions and real concerns that must be aired and addressed so that we all have stock in the decisions that will be made in the days ahead.”
Price, chairman of the Budget Committee, is said to be considering a bid for House Majority Leader, but his message did not announce a formal bid.
“At the end of the day, we have the opportunity, and the obligation, to champion a bold, positive vision for our nation – one that is built on honest, principled, common sense solutions to achieve a more limited and accountable government, consistent with the greatness of our nation,” Price wrote. “I look forward to working with you to achieve that vision and to serve our team in the best capacity possible.”
An impasse over whether to pass a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood is at the center of events that lead to John Boehner’s resignation.
Most recently, Mr. Boehner was trying to devise a solution to keep the government open through the rest of the year, but was under pressure from conservatives who told him that they would not vote for a bill that provided funding for Planned Parenthood.
Mr. Boehner’s announcement lessened the chance of a government shutdown because Republican leaders joined by Democrats will almost certainly go forward with a short-term funding measure to keep the government operating, and the speaker will no longer be deterred by those who threatened his job.
And Tom Price’s current job as Chairman of the House Budget Committee puts him in the mix over any budget deal. It may also provide him an opportunity to show how he could work with members of the Republican caucus to provide more of the progress that the right wing of the party seeks.
The Floyd County Republican Party picked up two new members this weekend, as District Attorney Leigh Patterson and Coroner Barry Henderson joined the GOP.
“I have been thinking about this for about five years and I just decided that it was time to make it official,” said Patterson.
Patterson cited the National Democratic Party’s movement away from her personal values and beliefs as the main reason behind her decision to switch parties.
“I am just more conservative fiscally and I’m conservative about law enforcement, and I don’t like the way I see things moving in that direction nationally,” said Patterson.
While Henderson also cited growing differences with the Democratic Party as a reason for the switch, he said he believes that the coroner’s position should be non-partisan and he considered running as an independent. He decided that the Republican Party is more in line with his values as a born-again Christian.
“I differ so much with the national Democratic party it had just come to a time where the change was necessary,” said Henderson.
Two other constitutional officers switched to the GOP earlier this year — Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Clerk of Superior Court Barbara Penson.
The Gwinnett County Commission has approved a permit for a fireworks store at Pleasant Hill Road.
The commission unanimously granted Phantom Fireworks’ request to stay at its location on Pleasant Hill Road. The store opened July 1 on a temporary permit which was supposed to extended permanently a month ago, but a vote was pushed back to this past Tuesday.
It is the only fireworks store in Gwinnett that has permission to operate year-round. Year-round fireworks stores began pushing their into the Georgia market after the state legislature legalized fireworks sales earlier this year. The legalization went into effect on July 1.
Peach State Presidential Politics
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee released his Georgia leadership team for 2016:
Governor Sonny Perdue, Huckabee for President State ChairU.S. Representative John Linder, State Steering CommitteeState Representative Sam Teasley, Co-Chair State Legislative CommitteeState Representative Tom Kirby, Co-Chair State Legislative CommitteePhil Dacosta, State Grassroots Co-ChairColonel Larry Mrozinski, State Grassroots Co-Chair
Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the architect of the SEC Primary, is talking about the next step to
world domination greater influence for Georgia voters on the 2016 Presidential election.
People flock to the Georgia National Fair at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry for food and rides, but to cast a vote?
That’s the idea this October 8th through the 18th.
Secretary of State Brian Kempplans to organize the first-ever “Peanut Poll”.
Similar to the Iowa Straw Poll, Georgians will be invited to drop a peanut in a Mason jar, as a vote for their favorite presidential candidate during the fair.
During a visit to 13WMAZ, Kemp said, “You come up, and we’ll have an undecided, all 15 Republican candidates. We’ll have all five Democratic candidates. We’ll have an undecided for people who haven’t made up their mind. And obviously, this is not scientific, but it’s a reason to excite people about this race, raise awareness to it.”
He said he has invited all of the presidential candidates to come and speak at the fair. Kemp said some candidates have shown interest, but not officially committed to attending.