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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 22, 2018

Jake Boxer

Jake is a 6-year old, 60-pound male Boxer who is available for adoption from Out of the Box Boxer Rescue in Loganville, GA.

Rennet Puppy

Rennet is a young male Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from Out of the Box Boxer Rescue in Loganville, GA.

Dagny Puppy

Dagny is a young female Hound & American Bulldog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Circle of Friends Animal Society Inc. in Loganville, GA.

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Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 22, 2018

The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act on February 22, 1766.

Georgia’s first Governor Archibald Bulloch died mysteriously on February 22, 1777.

[Bulloch] became a leader in the state’s Liberty Party and was elected to the Commons House of Assembly in 1768, to the post of speaker of the Georgia Royal Assembly in 1772 and finally to the Continental Congress in 1775.

On June 20, 1776, Bulloch was elected the first president and commander in chief of Georgia’s temporary government, posts he held until February 5, 1777, when Georgia adopted its state constitution. Just over three weeks later, on February 22, 1777, Georgia faced a British invasion, and the state’s new government granted Bulloch executive power to head off the British forces. A few hours later, Bulloch was dead. The cause of his death remains unknown but unsubstantiated rumors of his poisoning persist.

[H]e is also known as the great-great-grandfather of America’s 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt.

The first Georgia state law allowing divorce was signed on February 22, 1850 by Governor George Towns.

The Cyclorama painting of the Battle of Atlanta went on display on Edgewood Avenue on February 22, 1892. The Atlanta History Center recently began the process of moving the Cyclorama to a new building from its long-time home in Grant Park.

On February 22, 1976, a series of U.S. Postage stamps commemorating the Bicentennial was issued, featuring the state flags.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Three months from today, voters will go to the polls for the May 22d General Primary Elections.

Governor Nathan Deal yesterday appointed Tricia Pridemore to the Public Service Commission seat vacated by the resignation of Stan Wise.

“I would like to thank Stan Wise for his more than two decades of dedicated service to our state and I wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Deal. “Tricia has significant experience in both the private and public sectors, and I am confident she will be an effective member of the Public Service Commission.”

Tricia Pridemore – Public Service Commission, District 5
Pridemore is a businesswoman with experience in technology, consulting and workforce development. She is a co-founder of Accucast, a software company. Pridemore is the former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and helped to establish Georgia’s skilled trade initiative, which encourages workforce growth in the fields of energy, transportation and construction. She is a former member of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Board of Governors and the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority. Pridemore was a member of Deal’s 2011 transition team and co-chaired Deal’s Inaugural Committees in 2011 and 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University. Pridemore and her husband, Michael, reside in Marietta and attend Mount Paran Church in Atlanta.

Under the Gold Dome

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

8:00 AM HOUSE GAME, FISH AND PARKS 403 CAP

8:00 AM HOUSE NATL RES & ENVT 606 CLOB

9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP

UPON ADJOURNMENT SENATE RULES 450 CAP

1:00 PM SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SVCS 450 CAP

1:00 PM SENATE EDUCATION AND YOUTH 125 CAP

1:00 PM HOUSE JUVENILE JUSTICE 406 CLOB

1:30 PM HOUSE JUDY (NON-CIVIL) 415 CLOB

2:00 PM SENATE BANKING AND FINANCE MEZZ 1

2:00 PM SENATE AGRICULTURE 125 CAP

2:00 PM SENATE REGULATED IND 450 CAP

2:00 PM SENATE STATE AND LOCAL GOVTAL OPS 307 CLOB

2:00 PM HOUSE Transportation Sub Resolutions 506 CLOB

2:00 PM HOUSE EDUCATION 606 CLOB

2:00 PM HOUSE JUDY (CIVIL) 132 CAP

2:00 PM HOUSE Ways & Means Sub Public Finance 133 CAP

2:00 PM HOUSE BANKS & BANKING 341 CAP

2:00 PM HOUSE Insurance Life & Health Sub 515 CLOB

2:15 PM HOUSE Transportation Sub Transit 506 CLOB

3:00 PM SENATE GOVT OVERSIGHT 125 CAP

3:00 PM SENATE ETHICS 307 CLOB

3:00 PM HOUSE WAYS & MEANS 406 CLOB

3:00 PM HOUSE ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TELECOM 403 CAP

3:00 PM HOUSE DEFENSE AND VETERANS AFFAIRS 515 CLOB

3:00 PM HOUSE TRANSPORTATION 506 CLOB

3:30 PM SENATE ECON DEV & TOURISM 450 CAP

4:00 PM SENATE TRANSPORTATION 450 CAP

4:00 PM SENATE JUDY 307 CLOB

4:00 PM SENATE NATL RES & ENVT 310 CLOB

4:00 PM HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS DEV 515 CLOB

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 397 – Real and Personal Property; municipalities to hire state licensed real estate brokers to assist in sale; allow (SLGO(G)-1st)

SB 401 – Individual Graduation Plans; guidance in career oriented aptitudes and career interests; provide (Substitute) (ED&Y-37th)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Modified Open Rule
HB 714 – Motor vehicles; reference date to federal regulations regarding the safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles; update (Substitute)(MotV-Rogers-10th)
HB 743 – Jeremy Nelson and Nick Blakely Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act; enact (Substitute)(Ed-Clark-98th)
HB 785 – Solid waste management; certain definitions; modify and enact (Substitute)(NR&E-Nix-69th)
HB 814 – Coroners; county governing authority may establish salaries and benefits; provide (Substitute)(GAff-Williams-145th)
HB 876 – Buildings and housing; counties and municipalities proscribing the use of wood in the construction of certain buildings when state minimum standard codes are met; prohibit (A&CA-Corbett-174th)

Modified Structured Rule
HB 695 – Special license plates; Georgia Forestry Foundation; establish (MotV-Epps-144th)
HB 721 – Motor vehicles; criteria by which the Department of Driver Services shall authorize licensed driver training schools to administer on-the-road driving skills testing; revise (Substitute)(MotV-Powell-32nd)
HB 787 – Education; certain provisions relative to charter schools; revise (Substitute)(Ed-Hilton-95th)
HB 826 – Law enforcement; alarm monitoring company may contract out certain requirement; provide (Substitute)(RegI-Cauble-111th)
HB 835 – Revenue and taxation; issuance of special event tobacco permits to licensed dealers; provisions (RegI-Lott-122nd)
HB 853 – Quality Basic Education Act; children placed in psychiatric residential treatment facilities may not be charged tuition; provide (Ed-Dempsey-13th)
HB 907 – Public officers and employees; appointment and election of successor in event of vacancy in the office of district attorney; provide (GAff-Fleming-121st)

Structured Rule
HB 840 – Revenue and taxation; penalties and interest in the event of military service in a combat zone; provide exemption (Substitute)(W&M-Hitchens-161st)
HB 918 – Revenue and taxation; Internal Revenue Code; provisions (Substitute)(W&M-Efstration-104th)

Moms Demand Action rallied at the Capitol yesterday seeking stricter gun laws. From The Signal:

Over 1,500 protesters gathered outside of the Georgia Capitol on Feb. 21, 2018 to protest for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Parkland massacre. The protesters were mostly mothers and grandmothers representing the organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. They protested outside until around 11:30 a.m., and then entered the golden domed building to bring their claims to representatives, at the time breaking from session.

“We are standing in support of common-sense gun legislation being passed here in the Georgia General Assembly. We want to make our representatives aware that us as young people and also moms, parents around the country and specifically here in Georgia fighting to end the killing and end the violent and to prevent the bloodshed,” [Chamblee Charter High School Senior Jake] Busch said.

House Bill 673 by State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) passed out of the House Judiciary (Non-Civil) committee yesterday. From the Associated Press:

In Georgia, it is illegal to text behind the wheel, but drivers are currently allowed to dial and hold their phone. Law enforcement officers have testified that they often cannot tell whether a driver is texting or merely dialing, making it difficult to enforce the law.

Under Carson’s measure, drivers would still be allowed to use GPS navigation and talk via a hands-free device. Violators would be fined at least $300.

Carson said the issue caught his attention when he found out that auto insurance rates had been rapidly rising across the state, in conjunction with an increasing number of fatal crashes. In 2016, Georgia personal auto insurance rates went up an average of 12 percent, the most in the nation, Carson said. Drivers who are texting, surfing the internet or using social media apps behind the wheel, are largely to blame for the rise in accidents, Carson believes.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a federal lawsuit seeking to throw out 2015 district line changes in two  Georgia State House districts.

Chatham County began demolishing the old jail to make room for a new courthouse.

Chatham County and local municipalities collected $60 in federal assistance after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Columbus has the state’s largest prison work camp. From the Ledger-Enquirer:

On any given weekday, hundreds of prisoners hit the streets to collect trash, clean city buildings, dig ditches, maintain roadways and other locations such as golf courses.

“You need to understand that our work camp yields about $17 million in value to this city,” [Mayor Teresa Tomlinson] said while answering a question at her last State of the City address. “So right now your garbage fee is $17 a month. That’s because the labor is largely free.

“If the work camps were to go away, you need to start thinking in the range of $32 to $35 a month,” she added. “And that’s just sort of the beginning.”

The Muscogee County Prison has 576 prisoners. Of that amount, 528 are state prisoners and 48 belong to the county.

Glynn County Commission candidate Julian Smith was led out of a public meeting in handcuffs, according to the Brunswick News.

Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood has called for the resignations of Canton Housing Authority members after staff misuse of agency credit cards, according to the Tribune-Ledger News.

Bleckley County Public Schools are considering allowing staff members to carry guns, according to the Macon Telegraph.

The Bleckley County school district is considering letting some employees carry guns on school property, according to a Twitter post from the district.

“In light of recent events in FL, we are reviewing security & emergency plans, booking active shooter training updates for all schools, and considering a policy to allow certain staff members at each school to be armed. Our prayers go out to everyone affected,” the tweet said.

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Floyd County Public Schools are reviewing security policies and may fund security upgrades with E-LOST (Local Option Sales Tax for Education) proceeds, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The Hall County Planning Commission adopted new regulations governing short-term rentals, according to the Gainesville Times.

New regulations for vacation rental properties being proposed by county planners make deep changes to the county code, including banning vacation rentals from the Residential-I zone and stepping up requirements to rent out homes in the Vacation-Cottage zone bordering Lake Lanier.

The new rules also try to address the fact that the vast majority of vacation rental properties are operating without business licenses or county oversight. If approved by the Hall County Board of Commissioners, the code changes would direct the Hall County Marshal’s Office to troll through popular rental sites like VRBO and AirBnb to make contact with homeowners renting their properties without licenses.

“It looks to me like it’s hard to hit everybody,” said Planning Commission Chairman Don Smallwood at the end of the meeting. “What we’re trying to do is cut out some of the problems that have surfaced.”

Homeowners operating without a license would face fines of up to $1,000 under the proposed regulations.

Democrat John Barrow campaigned for Secretary of State in Columbus.

Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp campaigned in Cartersville.

State Rep. Jan Tankersley (R-Brooklet) announced she is running for reelection.

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Feb

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 21, 2018

Mandy Hound

Mandy is a 2-year old female Hound and Beagle mix who is available for adoption from Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Inc. in Ellijay, GA.

Mandy is very friendly and likes other dogs. When you see her you will immediately fall in love.

Gucci Hound

Gucci is a 5-year old male Plott Hound who is available for adoption from Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Inc. in Ellijay, GA.

When you first meet him, he is a little shy and stand-offish but gets to be friendly if you give him a few moments to get to know you. He likes to “talk” to you when you talk to him. He is afraid of new experiences so he needs a home that will gently encourage him to try a few new things. Gucci had to be surrendered because his family moved into a new home where they don’t allow dogs. We recommend a home with no other male dogs or cats and a fenced yard.

Noops

Noops is a young male Redtick Coonhound who is available for adoption from Dogs Paws Until Adoption in Ellijay, GA.

 

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Feb

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

The Washington Monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885.

Happy Birthday to Congressman John Lewis, who was born on this date in 1940 in Pike County Alabama. In 1963, Lewis became President of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, based in Atlanta. In 1981, Lewis was elected to an at-large seat on the Atlanta City Council, and in 1986, he was elected to Congress, defeating Julian Bond in the Democratic Primary.

On February 21, 1958, Governor Marvin Griffin signed legislation creating the Stone Mountain Memorial Association to oversee construction and operation of a Confederate memorial and public park at the site.

On February 21, 1998, Julian Bond was selected as Chairman of the NAACP. Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, but the House initially refused to seat him due to his opposition to the war in Vietnam. The United States Supreme Court eventually ruled against the House and Bond was sworn in on January 9, 1967, serving there until his election to the Georgia State Senate. In 1986, Bond left the Senate to run for Congress.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal yesterday introduced proposed changes to the tax code:Continue Reading..

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Feb

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 20, 2018

Moose WW

Moose is a 12-week old, 16-pound male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

Carter WW

Carter is a 12-week old, 12-pound male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

Houston WW

Houston is a 16-week old, 20-pound male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.

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Feb

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

On February 20, 1792, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, creating the United States Postal Service.

The act allowed for newspapers to be included in mail deliveries and made it illegal for postal officials to open anyone’s mail.

On February 20, 1970, Georgia ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.The Amendment states:

Section 1. The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Seriously. 1970. Luckily ratification occurred when Tennessee approved adoption of the Amendment on April 18, 1920.

Interestingly, the only case in which the United States Supreme Court has addressed the Nineteenth Amendment arose in Georgia. Breedlove v. Suttles was a suit brought in Fulton County Superior Court concerning the poll tax. Here’s an excerpt:

The tax being upon persons, women may be exempted on the basis of special considerations to which they are naturally entitled. In view of burdens necessarily borne by them for the preservation of the race, the state reasonably may exempt them from poll taxes.

The laws of Georgia declare the husband to be the head of the family and the wife to be subject to him. To subject her to the levy would be to add to his burden. Moreover, Georgia poll taxes are laid to raise money for educational purposes, and it is the father’s duty to provide for education of the children. Discrimination in favor of all women being permissible, appellant may not complain because the tax is laid only upon some or object to registration of women without payment of taxes for previous years.

Privilege of voting is not derived from the United States, but is conferred by the state and, save as restrained by the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments and other provisions of the Federal Constitution, the state may condition suffrage as it deems appropriate.

It is fanciful to suggest that the Georgia law is a mere disguise under which to deny or abridge the right of men to vote on account of their sex. The challenged enactment is not repugnant to the Nineteenth Amendment.

Bless their hearts.

On February 20, 1974, Reg Murphy, an editor for The Atlanta Constitution was kidnapped and held until managing editor G. James Minter delivered $700,000 in ransom. I’m not sure if they’d pay 700 cents to get any employee back nowadays.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Speaker Ralston and others will hold a press conference today in the North Wing of the State Capitol at Noon to discuss changes to tax code legislation.Continue Reading..

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Feb

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 19, 2018

Ponch Canton

Ponch is a young male Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from the Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton, GA.

Jon Canton

Jon is a young male Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption from the Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton, GA.

Jasper Canton

Jasper is a senior Manchester Terrier who is available for adoption from the Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton, GA.

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Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 19, 2017

On February 19, 1807, Aaron Burr was arrested in the Mississippi Territory, in what is now Alabama. Burr had served as Vice President during the first term of President Thomas Jefferson, leaving the administration after the 1804 election; later Jefferson issued a warrant accusing Burr of treason.

On Febrary 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the military to remove from military areas any people whose exclusion was “necessary or desirable.” By June 1942, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans had been interned in concentration camps in the western United States.

Union College in New York may have discovered a sample of hair from George Washington. From the Augusta Chronicle:

While college officials can’t say for sure it’s the real deal, the historical evidence is there. The hair was discovered in a pocket-sized almanac for the year 1793 that belonged to Philip J. Schuyler, son of General Philip Schuyler, who served under Washington during the Revolutionary War and founded Union College in 1795.

Susan Holloway Scott, an independent scholar and author, said locks of hair were frequently given as gifts during Washington’s day and it’s likely Martha Washington gave the snip of her husband’s hair to Eliza Schuyler, daughter of the general and wife of Alexander Hamilton.

Eliza passed it on to her son, James A. Hamilton, as noted by the handwriting on the envelope: “from James A. Hamilton given him by his mother, Aug. 10, 1871.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Georgia flu deaths are now up to 79 this season, according to Georgia Health News.

That total easily surpasses the 58 deaths the state reported in 2009, the first year that all flu deaths were required to be reported to Georgia Public Health.

The Department of Public Health on Friday also reported 165 hospitalizations in the eight-county metro Atlanta area during the week of Feb. 4 through Feb. 10. That’s the highest number of flu hospitalizations reported this season.

Three of four children who died had not received the flu shot, the CDC’s acting director said.

About half of the children who died had underlying medical conditions that made them more vulnerable to severe complications from the flu, and 60 percent had been admitted to the hospital before they died, WebMD reported Thursday.

CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said Friday that flu activity is still high, but it did not increase significantly over the past week.

“While this may mean that we’ve peaked, we won’t know until know more until we see the data for the coming weeks,” Nordlund said.

Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter is recovering from surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The Georgia General Assembly will convene for Legislative Day 23 at 10 AM on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The House Public Safety Committee will meet at 1 PM today in Room 606 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.Continue Reading..

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Feb

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for February 16, 2018

Poppy PAWS

Poppy is a young female mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Lexy PAWS

Lexy is a female mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

Lou PAWS

Lou is an adult male mixed breed dog who looks like a Golden Retreiver mix and  is available for adoption from PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

My name is Lou, and I was once surrendered to PAWS when my previous owner could no longer care for me, but since then I’ve bounced around a few homes and have landed back here at PAWS. I love a good walk and affection from my humans. I have been through some obedience training classes and I know sit, down, and stay. I get along with adults and some male dogs. I would rather not live in a home with young children; for some reason, they really frighten me and I don’t always have the best response. I also don’t life to share my food, so please give me my own space so I can enjoy my dinner alone.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 16, 2018

On February 17, 1739, Thomas Jones wrote to the Georgia Trustees in London of the appalling conditions in Savannah.

“The profanation of the Lord’s Day. When at church in the time of divine service, can hear continual firing of guns by people that are shooting at some game, others carrying burdens on wheelbarrows by the church door.

“The uncommon lewdness practiced by many and gloried in.

“The negligence of officers in permitting several in this town to retail rum and strong liquors, unlicensed, who have no other visible way of livelihood, where servants resort and are encouraged to rob their masters… .

“I need not mention profane swearing and drunkenness, which are not so common here as in some other places, and few are notorious therein, besides Mr. Baliff Parker, who I have seen wallow in the mire….

The Georgia legislature, on February 17, 1783, passed legislation granting land to veterans of Georgia militia who served during the Revolutionary War.

On February 17, 1784, the Georgia legislature passed a bill to increase an earlier formula for settling the state, allotting 200 acres to each head of a family, plus 50 acres for each family member (including up to 10 slaves) up to a maximum of 1000 acres.

Thomas Jefferson was elected Third President of the United States on February 17, 1801. The election was deadlocked for three months between Jefferson and his running-mate Aaron Burr.

On November 4 [1800], the national election was held. When the electoral votes were counted, the Democratic-Federalists emerged with a decisive victory, with Jefferson and Burr each earning 73 votes to Adams’ 65 votes and Pinckney’s 64 votes. John Jay, the governor of New York, received 1 vote.

Because Jefferson and Burr had tied, the election went to the House of Representatives, which began voting on the issue on February 11, 1801. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality–handing Jefferson victory over his running mate–developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. Jefferson needed a majority of nine states to win, but in the first ballot had only eight states, with Burr winning six states and Maryland and Virginia. Finally, on February 17, a small group of Federalists reasoned that the peaceful transfer of power required that the majority party have its choice as president and voted in Jefferson’s favor. The 35th ballot gave Jefferson victory with 10 votes. Burr received four votes and two states voted blank.

On February 17, 1820, the United States Senate passed the Missouri Compromise to govern the admission of new states as either slave-holding or not.

On February 17, 1854, Georgia Governor Herschel Johnson signed legislation by the Georgia General Assembly placing on the ballot for the next generation the question of whether to move the state capital from Milledgeville to Atlanta.

Alexander Stephens, who was born in Crawfordville, Taliaferro County, Georgia, was inaugurated as Vice President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861. Stephens graduated from Franklin College, later known as the University of Georgia, and served in the Georgia legislature. Stephens opposed Georgia’s secession. One year later, Georgia’s delegation to the Confederate Congress, numbering ten members, was sworn in.

Ina Dillard was born on February 18, 1868 in Oglethorpe County Georgia. She married Richard Russell, who served on the Georgia Court of Appeals and as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Their son, Richard B. Russell, Jr., would be elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker and became the youngest Governor of Georgia in the 20th Century. In 1932 he ran for United States Senate and was elected.

In 1936, Russell was elected to his first full term in the Senate over former Governor Eugene Talmadge. In 1952, Russell ran for the Democratic nomination for President and he was an early mentor for Lyndon B. Johnson, who later served as President. Russell served on the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President Kennedy.

Russell served as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee for many years. Russell was an acknowledged leader within the Senate, and especially among Southern members, and he led much of the opposition to civil rights legislation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

On February 16, 1923, Howard Carter and his archaeology party entered the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen.

The steps led to an ancient sealed doorway bearing the name Tutankhamen. When Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb’s interior chambers on November 26, they were thrilled to find it virtually intact, with its treasures untouched after more than 3,000 years. The men began exploring the four rooms of the tomb, and on February 16, 1923, under the watchful eyes of a number of important officials, Carter opened the door to the last chamber.

Inside lay a sarcophagus with three coffins nested inside one another. The last coffin, made of solid gold, contained the mummified body of King Tut. Among the riches found in the tomb–golden shrines, jewelry, statues, a chariot, weapons, clothing–the perfectly preserved mummy was the most valuable, as it was the first one ever to be discovered. Despite rumors that a curse would befall anyone who disturbed the tomb, its treasures were carefully catalogued, removed and included in a famous traveling exhibition called the “Treasures of Tutankhamen.”

On February 16, 1948, the United States Air Force renamed Robins Air Field to Robins Air Force Base. Robins AFB and the City of Warner Robins are named for Air Force General Augustine Warner Robins.

On February 19, 1953, Governor Herman Talmadge signed legislation creating the Georgia State Literature Commission to investigate and refer for prosecution anyone selling obscene materials. In 2014, the Washington Post wrote about the State Literature Commission.

Georgia created the nation’s first censorship board.

The vote was unanimous. The Georgia State Assembly approved House Bill 247 on Feb. 19, 1953, with no dissent, establishing the Georgia Literature Commission. Despite being born into controversy, it lived on for 20 years surviving legal and legislative challenges until the administration of then-Gov. Jimmy Carter defanged it, setting off its slow death.

After years of support, then-Gov. Jimmy Carter cut the commission’s annual appropriation by about 20 percent in 1971, while simultaneously fighting a public battle against pornography. His administration then implemented zero-based budgeting, in which each governmental organization had to justify itself, which had become increasingly hard to do for the commission.

Fidel Castro was sworn-in as Prime Minister of Cuba on February 16, 1959.

On February 16, 1968, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representative Rankin Fite placed the first 911 call from Haleyville City Hall to Congressman Tom Bevill at the Haleyville police station.

The first portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to hang in the state capitol was unveiled on March 17, 1974 and was replaced in 2006 by the current portrait.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

President Donald Trump will nominate Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick as the next United States Marshal for the Middle District of Georgia, according to the Macon Telegraph.Continue Reading..