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24
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 24, 2018

Riley Walton

Riley is a young female Dachshund mix puppy who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

Willow Walton

Willow is a young 6-8 month old, 45-pound female mix breed (Weimaraner mix?) who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

Coco Walton

Coco is a 4-year old, 70-pound female mixed breed Retriever who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

24
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 24, 2018

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President Georgia Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

White vigilantes seeking to assault African-Americans after reports of four white women being assaulted led to the Atlanta Race Riots on September 22-24, 1906, which would claim the lives of at least 25 African-Americans and one white person.

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.

On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

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Vice President Mike Pence rescheduled his trip to Georgia in support of Brian Kemp’s campaign, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..

21
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 21, 2018

Gracie Valdosta

Gracie is a young female Labrador Retriever and Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County in Valdosta, GA.

Ruby Valdosta

Ruby is a young female Shepherd dog mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County in Valdosta, GA.

Kate Valdosta

Kate is a female Shepherd dog mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County in Valdosta, GA.

21
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 21, 2018

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

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John Paul Jones, at the helm of US ship Bonhomme Richard, won a naval battle off the coast of England on September 23, 1779.

After inflicting considerable damage to the Bonhomme Richard, Richard Pearson, the captain of the Serapis, asked Jones if he had struck his colors, the naval sign indicating surrender. From his disabled ship, Jones replied, “I have not yet begun to fight,” and after three more hours of furious fighting the Serapis and Countess of Scarborough surrendered to him.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President Georgia Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 25, 1789, Congress adopted the first twelve amendments, called the Bill of Rights, to the United States Constitution. A little more than two years later, in 1791, enough states had ratified ten of the Amendments, with two not receiving sufficient support.

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Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned to St. Louis Missouri from their exploratory trip to the Pacific coast on September 23, 1806.

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On September 22, 1862, Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which stated,

“. . . on the first day of January [1863] . . . all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

On September 21, 1863, the federal Army of the Cumberland retreated to Chattanooga after its defeat at Chickamauga.

President Rutherford B. Hayes visited Atlanta on September 22, 1877. Click here to read the text of his speech in Atlanta.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

White vigilantes seeking to assault African-Americans after reports of four white women being assaulted led to the Atlanta Race Riots on September 22-24, 1906, which would claim the lives of at least 25 African-Americans and one white person.

On September 22, 1918, the City of Atlanta gasoline administator prohibited non-emergency Sunday driving to conserve fuel for the war effort.

On September 23, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was speaking at a dinner with the Teamsters union and addressed attacks that had been made by Republicans, including the allegation that after leaving his dog, Fala, behind in the Aleutian Islands, he sent a Navy destroyer to fetch the dog. This would become known as the “Fala speech.”

These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family don’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I’d left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars—his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.

The idea for the joke was given to FDR by Orson Welles. The political lesson here is that any time you get an audience laughing at your opponent, you are winning.

A statue of former Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol was unveiled on September 23, 1949, the 65th anniversary of Talmadge’s birth near Forsyth, Georgia in 1884.

On September 23, 1952, Senator Richard M. Nixon was under fire for allegedly accepting $18,000 and using it for personal expenses. To salvage his place as the Vice Presidential candidate on Eisenhower’s Republican ticket, Nixon took to the airwaves in the first nationally-televised address and delivered what came to be known as the “Checkers Speech. From The Atlantic:

[A] 1999 poll of leading communication scholars ranked the address as the sixth most important American speech of the 20th century — close behind the soaring addresses of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The “Checkers” speech wins this high rank for one stand-out reason: It marked the beginning of the television age in American politics. It also salvaged Nixon’s career, plucking a last-second success from the jaws of abject humiliation, and profoundly shaped Nixon’s personal and professional outlook, convincing him that television was a way to do an end-run around the press and the political “establishment.”

Click here for the full text of the “Checkers Speech.”

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012.

The Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was delivered to President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 24, 1964.

On September 23, 1976, President Gerald Ford and former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter met in their first televised debate. On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.

Bert Lance resigned as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter on September 21, 1977. After a jury acquitted him on ten federal charges in 1980, Lance served as Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia from 1982 to 1985.

On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

General Colin Powell was confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 21. 1989. Powell served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan before being appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President George H.W. Bush; in 2000, Powell was nominated by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State, the first African-American to hold that post.

Friends debuted on NBC on September 22, 1994.

The last game played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium took place on September 23, 1996.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

On September 21, 2011, R.E.M. announced on their website that they were quitting as a band.

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Georgia State House Speaker David Ralston suggested naming the new judicial complex near the Capitol in honor of Governor Nathan Deal, according to Fox5Atlanta.Continue Reading..

20
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 20, 2018

Rex Brunswick

Rex is an adult male Great Pyrenees & American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA. Rex was evacuated from the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach just before Hurricane Florence.

Blanche Brunswick

Blanche is a female Pit Bull Terrier mix who is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA. Blanche was evacuated from the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach just before Hurricane Florence.

Kodak Brunswick

Kodak is a young male Labrador Retriever & Pit Bull Terrier mix who is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA. Kodak was evacuated from the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach just before Hurricane Florence.

20
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 20, 2018

On September 20, 1863, the Confederate Army of the Tennessee under General Braxton Bragg repelled Union forces under General William Rosencrans at the Battle of Chickamauga. After Gettysburg, Chickamauga is generally considered the second-bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with 18,500 Confederate casualties and 16,100 Union dead.

The first classes at Oglethorpe University under it’s current non-denominational charter were held on September 20, 1916. Happy 101st Anniversary to the Stormy Petrels. The university was originally affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Midway, Georgia. In 1870, after a period of closure during the Civil War they relocated to the Atlanta area. Currently, a collection of more than 20,000 pieces of political campaign materials is on display at the Weltner Library on Oglethorpe’s campus.

On September 20, 1976, Playboy magazine released an interview with Jimmy Carter, then a candidate for President.

During the 1976 campaigns, a 13-foot tall smiling peanut sculpture was created by the Indiana Democratic Party for Carter’s presidential campaign.

Since 1976, the Jimmy Carter Smiling Peanut has held its position as the world’s second largest peanut, “the most photographed thing in Plains”, and one of the oddest monuments to a politician worldwide. Unfortunately, in 2000, a reckless driver crashed into the peanut, whose wooden hoops, chicken wire, and aluminum foil weren’t enough to keep it upright. After the accident, the peanut was moved from the Plains train depot to the Davis E-Z Shop in Plains, where it remains today. Although the peanut has been kept in pristine form, the fence surrounding it has become dilapidated as a result of over a decade of tourists posing for photos on it.

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Western Judicial Circuit Senior Judge David Sweat ordered a December 4 election for State House District 28, comprising parts of Habersham, Banks and Stephens counties, according to AccessWDUN.Continue Reading..

19
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 19, 2018

Brooke Statesboro

Brooke is a young female Greyhound & Whippet mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County in Statesboro, GA.

Brooke is a super sweet pup who would love her forever home! She is vet examined and vaccinated to age. She will be spayed soon and ready to go!

Dexter Statesboro

Dexter is a young male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County in Statesboro, GA.

Axel Statesboro

Axel is a young Belgian Shepherd/Malinois and Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from Fixing the Boro in Statesboro, GA.

Axel is an extremely snuggly guy, who is on the quiet side of the spectrum. He will heavily excel in a home with other, outgoing and friendly dogs! His favorite thing in the world is to curl up with his person in bed or on the couch. Axel will do wonderfully in a laid back home, with or without children, and will definitely become a stupendous family dog. He is quite smart, and extremely trusting.

19
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 19, 2018

President George Washington gave his farewell address on September 19, 1796.

The period for a new election of a Citizen, to Administer the Executive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person, who is to be cloathed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those, out of whom a choice is to be made.

I beg you, at the sametime, to do me the justice to be assured, that this resolution has not been taken, without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation, which binds a dutiful Citizen to his country–and that, in withdrawing the tender of service which silence in my Situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness; but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.

On September 19, 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga was joined between the federal Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans and the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Braxton Bragg.

Thirteen marchers were shot and killed and forty more wounded in Camilla, Georgia at the Camilla Massacre on September 19, 1868 as marchers to a Republican Party rally were gunned down.

President James Garfield died on September 19, 1881, of wounds sustained on July 2d of that year. Garfield is one of seven Presidents born in Ohio – he and William McKinley, were both killed by assassins.

Chickamauga National Battlefield was dedicated September 19, 1895.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Voters in State House District 28 will go to the polls at a yet-undecided date to re-vote in the Republican Primary, according to The Northeast Georgian.Continue Reading..

18
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 18, 2018

Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is hosting 24 refugees evacuated from South Carolina, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Rosie Gwinnett

Rosie is a young female Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Leo Gwinnett

Leo is a 7-year old male American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

Bree Gwinnett

Bree is a female Catahoula Leopard Dog puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.

18
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 18, 2018

The Mayflower left Plymouth, England, for the New World on September 16, 1620. Thirty-five of 102 passengers were members of the English Separatist Church seeking religious freedom from the Church of England. Originally aiming to reach Virginia, Mayflower eventually landed at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Forty-one delegates signed the United States Constitution, including Abraham Baldwin and William Few representing Georgia, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787 before adjourning sine die. Constitution Day was celebrated yesterday and the National Archives has some great background materials.

The United States government took out its first loan on September 18, 1789, the proceeds of which were used to pay the salaries of the President, and First Congress. On the same day, future President Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to E. Rutledge in which he requested that a shipment of olive trees be sent via Baltimore.

President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the United States Capitol on September 18, 1793.

We know from that newspaper article, and from Masonic ritual, that Washington placed an inscribed silver plate under the cornerstone at the southeast corner of this building. However, we do not know whether that meant the southeast corner of the Senate wing, the first section of the building to be completed, or the southeast corner of the whole building as intended, which would locate it over on the House side. Two centuries later, the Architect of the Capitol is still searching for that cornerstone. Metal detectors have failed to locate the silver plate.

On September 17, 1796, George Washington began working on the final draft of his farewell address as the first President of the United States of America.

Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner” on September 14, 1814.

On September 15, 1831, Dr. Samuel Worcester and Dr. Elizur Butler – missionaries – were tried in a Lawrenceville courtroom for living as white people among the Cherokee and refusing to take an oath of loyalty to Georgia, convicted and sentenced to hard labor. Some historians refer to this case, which went to the United States Supreme Court on appeal, as the beginning of the events that led to the forced removal of the Cherokee people from Georgia on the “Trail of Tears.”

HMS Beagle, carrying Charles Darwin, arrived at the Gallapagos Islands on September 15, 1835.

President Millard Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Act on September 18, 1850, requiring that slaves be returned to their owners even if they were in a free state.

The Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee met the Army of the Potomac under General George McClellan at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.

The Battle of Antietam actually consisted of three battles. Beginning at dawn on September 17, Union General Joseph Hooker’s men stormed Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s troops around the Dunker Church, the West Woods, and David Miller’s cornfield. The Federals made repeated attacks, but furious Rebel counterattacks kept the Yankees in check. By early afternoon, the fighting moved south to the middle of the battlefield. Union troops under General Edwin Sumner inflicted devastating casualties on the Confederates along a sunken road that became known as “Bloody Lane,” before the Southerners retreated. McClellan refused to apply reserves to exploit the opening in the Confederate center because he believed Lee’s force to be much larger than it actually was. In the late afternoon, Union General Ambrose Burnside attacked General James Longstreet’s troops across a stone bridge that came to bear Burnside’s name. The Yankees crossed the creek, but a Confederate counterattack brought any further advance to a halt.

The fighting ended by early evening, and the two armies remained in place throughout the following day. After dark on September 18, Lee began pulling his troops out of their defenses for a retreat to Virginia. The losses for the one-day battle were staggering. Union casualties included 2,108 dead, 9,540 wounded, and 753 missing, while Confederate casualties numbered 1,546 dead, 7,752 wounded, and 1,108 missing.

General Robert E. Lee retreated from Antietam Creek on September 18, 1862, following the bloodiest day of fighting in the Civil War.

On September 14, 1885, Georgia Governor Henry McDaniel signed legislation granting up to 200 acres in Fulton and DeKalb Counties to the federal government to be used in the constuction of Fort McPherson, which was named after Union Maj. Gen. James McPherson, who was killed in the Battle of Atlanta in 1864.

On September 14, 1901, President William McKinley died of an infection from gunshot wounds suffered eight days earlier.

On September 15, 1904, Wilbur Wright made the first in-flight turn in an airplane.

A single pistol shot on September 16, 1920 opened former Cherokee land in Oklahoma to white settlers in a “land run” to claim property.

On September 17, 1932, the Georgia Division of the Roosevelt Business and Professional League was created to work with the Georgia Democratic Party to support FDR’s Presidential campaign in the Peach State.

The original stimulus act was announced to bring $70 million in federal money to Georgia to build roads and public buildings on September 16, 1933.

On September 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Service and Training Act requiring males 26-35 years of age to register for the draft. On the same day, Sam Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and would go on to hold the post for 17 years total, the longest tenure of any Speaker.

Early on the morning of September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls.

On September 18, 1973, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter filed a report claiming that he saw an Unidentified Flying Object in the sky above Leary, Georgia in 1969.

Carter was preparing to give a speech at a Lions Club meeting. At about 7:15 p.m (EST), one of the guests called his attention to a strange object that was visible about 30 degrees above the horizon to the west of where he was standing. Carter described the object as being bright white and as being about as bright as the moon. It was said to have appeared to have closed in on where he was standing but to have stopped beyond a stand of pine trees some distance from him. The object is then said to have changed color, first to blue, then to red, then back to white, before appearing to recede into the distance. Carter felt that the object was self-luminous, but not a solid in nature. Carter’s report indicates that it was witnessed by about ten or twelve other people, and was in view for ten to twelve minutes before it passed out of sight.

Click here to view a copy of the report, allegedly on file at the Carter Center.

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Jimmy Carter received the first ever endorsement of a national ticket by the National Education Association in his bid for President on September 17, 1976.

The Georgia General Assembly approved a new state Constitution on September 18, 1981, which was placed on the 1982 ballot and after approval by voters, went into effect in 1983.

On September 18, 1990, Atlanta was announced as the location for the 1996 Summer Olympic games.

Ted Turner announced on September 18, 1997 his intent to donate $1 billion to the United Nations.

On September 15, 1996, the Texas Rangers retired #34 in honor of the most dominant pitcher in professional baseball history, Nolan Ryan.

R.E.M. and Gregg Allman were among the inductees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on September 16, 2006.

The Georgia Historical Society displayed the hand-written draft of the United States Constitution used by Georgia signer Abraham Baldwin, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Monday marked the 231st anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution, and Georgia Historical Society displayed Abraham Baldwin’s draft copy of the document to celebrate.

Baldwin’s draft is one of 13 surviving copies of the document and includes the handwritten margin notes made by Baldwin during the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Along with the draft, the tables on the first floor of the building displayed other items from the Revolutionary era, including a drum that was used in Revolutionary War battles and the dueling pistols used by Button Gwinnett and Lachlan McIntosh.

The draft has been in the GHS collection since the 19th century, but to this day, nobody knows how it got here.

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United States District Court Judge Amy Totenberg did not order the use of paper ballots for Georgia’s November elections, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

A federal judge ruled late Monday that forcing Georgia to scrap its electronic voting machines in favor of paper ballots for the upcoming midterm elections is too risky, though she said she has grave concerns about the machines that experts have said are vulnerable to hacking.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg’s ruling means the state won’t have to use paper ballots for this year’s midterm elections, including a high-profile gubernatorial contest between the state’s top elections official, Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and Democrat Stacey Abrams, a former state House minority leader who’s trying to become the country’s first black, female governor.

State elections director Chris Harvey testified at a hearing last week that the state doesn’t have enough optical scanners to handle such an increase in the volume of paper ballots and likely can’t secure enough in time. It would also be tough to get enough ballots and to conduct necessary election worker training and voter education, he testified.

But paper-ballot elections are easier, and costs would be offset by huge savings because election officials wouldn’t have to test, program, transport, set up, take down and secure the state’s 27,000 voting machines and account for all the memory cards, lawyers for the [plaintiffs] argued.

From the AJC:

Her 46-page order Monday said she was concerned about “voter frustration and disaffection from the voting process” if she had prohibited electronic voting machines just weeks before the election.

“There is nothing like bureaucratic confusion and long lines to sour a citizen,” Totenberg wrote.

Following State Rep. Christian Coomer‘s nomination to the Georgia Court of Appeals, his father, Ken Coomer will seek to keep the seat in the family, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The father of state Rep. Christian Coomer has filed paperwork to seek his son’s District 14 seat — and he comes with endorsements and cash from top Republican leaders in the House.

“After a lifetime of service to others as a United States Marine, pastor and counselor and local leader, I am no stranger to getting the job done for my community,” Ken Coomer said in a press release.

The 14th District covers the southeast quadrant of Floyd and northern half of Bartow County.

A special election will be called to fill Christian Coomer’s seat and there will be an open qualifying period, but the dates have not yet been set, according to Candice Broce, press secretary for the Georgia Secretary of State.

The Port of Savannah chalked another record month, which will increase as rail access to the port is built out, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Containers moved in August in Savannah grew 8 percent over the same month in 2017.

For the fiscal year of 2018, that ended on June 30, the ports handled 4.2 million TEUs and 8.4 percent over fiscal year 2017.

“A strengthening economy and a greater reliance on GPA in major inland markets is driving growth at the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We expect this trend to continue as more customers take advantage of Garden City Terminal’s central location and efficient terminal operations.”

GPA board members approved $92 million for the [Mason Mega-Rail] project at Monday’s board of directors meeting held in Atlanta. The project will double Savannah’s annual rail capacity to 1 million containers and will be the largest on-terminal rail facility in North America by 2020, port officials said.

The Mega Rail expansion is funded in part by a $44 million U.S. Department of Transportation FASTLANE grant administered by the Maritime Administration. The GPA board approved $42.2 million for the project last year. Almost $100 million has been allocated for the project.

GPA estimates the new terminal will take more than 200,000 trucks off the road annually. The rail project will extend the port’s reach along an arc of cities, ranging from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati.

The United States House of Representatives adopted a compromise budget that includes funding for the ports at Brunswick and Savannah, according to The Brunswick News.

“The ports of Brunswick and Savannah are critical economic drivers for our area, state and nation and they need adequate federal support,” U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, said in a statement.

The 2019 fiscal year budget for the Army Corps of Engineers delineates a total of $5,258,000 for Brunswick, with more than $4.3 million earmarked for dredging activities, $777,000 for operations and $177,000 for area maintenance. The plan is for the removal of 30 percent of the sediment presently residing in the bar channel.

It passed the House by a vote of 377-20 after passing the Senate by a vote of 92-5 on Wednesday.

Both chambers approved earlier versions of the legislation in June, but didn’t work out the differences in the bills passed until the conference committee met last week.

Gwinnett County Public Schools is dealing with growth issues, as the state’s largest public school system is projected to continue growing enrollment, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

As the largest school system in Georgia and continuously growing, Gwinnett’s school system focuses on ensuring issues such as overcrowding don’t take away from instructional learning.

It’s a balancing act that will continue with the county, already estimated to have more than 900,000 residents and expected to add another 600,000 residents by 2040.

As part of a referendum that will be voted on in November, the school board included the construction of a new cluster high school in the Mill Creek area as part of a projects list for a $350 million general obligation bond.

“We knew the Mill Creek growth is ongoing and are looking at the long-range expectations,” Flynt said. “It’s problematic to do an exact forecast for an individual school, but rather we do long-range projections for school clusters and age ranges.”

Muscogee County Board of Education members rejected a proposal to recruit more bus drivers and asked the administration to prepare a recommendation, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

The proposal came from representatives John Thomas of District 2 and Frank Myers of District 8, the nine-member board’s most outspoken critics of the administration. They want the Muscogee County School District to raise the minimum pay for bus drivers to $17 per hour. That’s an increase of 16 percent from the current rate of $14.66 per hour.

“Thereafter, every bus driver employee shall be rewarded with a $1 raise per year for each year he or she serves the district,” the proposal says.

After a 70-minute discussion at last week’s work session and nearly another hour of debate at Monday night’s meeting, the proposal failed in a 2-6-1 vote. Myers and Thomas were the lone yes votes. Vanessa Jackson of District 3 abstained.

Myers vowed to bring back the proposal, or a tweaked version of it based on board member comments, for another vote next month.

[Board Member Pat Hugley] Green emphasized the administration’s proposal should also include “every other employment category.”

The Bulloch County Board of Education hired a new director of school safety, according to the Statesboro Herald.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee upgraded its participation in Carolyn Bordeaux’s challenge to Congressman Rob Woodall, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Bourdeaux is now part of the DCCC’s Red to Blue Program, which focuses on supporting candidates who the committee feels have a high chance of flipping Republican-held seats in Congress in November.

“A teacher and public servant, Carolyn Bourdeaux has never sat on the sidelines in the face of a problem, and now is no different,” DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan said in a statement. “It is clear that Carolyn has put together a strong, people-driven campaign, and her impressive finish in the competitive primary showed she has what it takes to give the people of Georgia’s 7th Congressional District a real voice in Congress.”

By virtue of being added to the program, Bourdeaux will receive organizational and fundraising assistance from the DCCC. Staff resources, candidate training and strategic guidance will also be offered to Bourdeaux’s camp, according to her campaign.

Savannah will hold public meetings for input on the 2019 budget, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The city is partnering with Open Savannah to give residents a chance next month to offer feedback on how their tax dollars should be spent before the Savannah City Council begins its 2019 budget deliberations.

The day-long event at the Savannah Civic Center on Oct. 20 will also give city staff an opportunity to inform the community about the limitations — financially and otherwise — they face in developing the city’s annual spending plan, said Melissa Carter, Office of Management and Budget director.

Open Savannah is also planning to launch a game-based smartphone app in the next couple of weeks that will simulate the city budget and allow users to determine their spending priorities.