Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for January 14, 2014


Georgia Politics, Campaigns and Elections for January 14, 2014

On January 14, 1733, James Oglethorpe and the rest of the first colonists departed Charles Town harbor for what would become Savannah, and the State of Georgia.

On January 14, 1835, James M. Wayne took the oath of office as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. A Savannah native, Wayne had previously served in the Georgia House of Represestatives, as Mayor of Savannah, on the Supreme Court of Georgia, and in Congress. His sister was the great-grandmother of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, and his home is now known as the Juliette Gordon Low house. When Georgia seceded from the Union, Wayne remained on the Supreme Court.

Julian Bond was born on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee, and was one of eleven African-American Georgians elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965. After his election, on January 10, 1966, the State House voted 184-12 not to seat him because of his publicly-stated opposition to the Vietnam War. After his federal lawsuit was rejected by a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States Supreme Court ordered Bond seated.

True story: Julian Bond was the first Georgia State Senator I ever met, when I was in ninth grade and visited the state Capitol.

On January 14, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Presidential Proclamation No. 2537, requiring Japanese-Americans, including American-born citizens of Japanese ancestry, as well as Italians and Germans to register with the federal Department of Justice. The next month, Roosevelt would have Japanese-Americans, including my grandfather, Joe Yamamoto, interned in concentration camps in the western United States.

Elections certified

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has certified the results in State House Districts 2 and 22, setting the contestants in the February 4 runoff elections.

Last week, I discussed the fact that District 22 candidate Meagan Biello is a pro-life conservative in the runoff election. Her opponent, Sam Moore, and the head of the local Young Republicans both contacted me to claim that Moore also is pro-life. I asked if Moore would support the Personhood Amendment and vote for it in the State House and he evaded the question, which leads me to distrust his statement of support for Pro-Life. Evasiveness by a candidate does not speak well of him and I can neither trust nor support Sam Moore.

I also received on January 8, 2014 an email from the Chair of the Cherokee Young Republicans stating:

Thank you for your report on Sam Moore. Liberty folks do support him. I do as well, as Chairman of the Young Republican….

I thought that elected leaders in the Young Republicans were prohibited from using their titles in endorsing candidates in contested races involving multiple Republicans. Is this now allowed?

In House District 2, (Upper Left-hand Corner) runoff candidates Steve Tarvin and Neal Florence are trading charges. From,

The Tarvin campaign said, “Within hours of the final results from the Special Election on January 7th, candidate Neal Florence ignored the opportunity to focus on the issues that affect the people of this district.  He immediately engaged in political mud-slinging and innuendo through a press release issued by his campaign.”

The Florence campaign claimed that Mr. Tarvin was in violation of the law and stated, “With the ethical problems we have seen from some of our elected leaders, it is extremely disappointing to have a candidate for State House refuse to show where his money came from and how he spent it.”  The statement was in reference to Mr. Tarvin’s campaign being five days late filing his financial disclosure.

On Facebook, Tarvin accused Florence of repeated campaign finance reporting violations, stating,

As of 8:30PM on January 10th, Neal Florence currently owes $875 in unpaid fines for non-filed or late-filed campaign disclosures. According to public information available on the official website, Neal Florence has failed to file four financial disclosures that are more than twelve-months overdue. He also has unpaid fines for two disclosures that were filed six-months late and an additional fine for a financial disclosure that was three-months late. In total, Neal Florence has seven unpaid fines with the Georgia State Ethics Commission.

Here’s the Late/Non-filers page to which Tarvin is referring.

Today’s first pro-tip: if you are going to accuse your election opponent of being all kinds of a bad person for filing his campaign finance disclosures late, first check that your own are shown as having been timely-filed.

Doug Woodruff, the third candidate in the race, who didn’t make the runoff, has endorsed Neal Florence, stating.

“I am proud to lend my full support to Neal Florence. Neal and I share a commitment to putting the people first and believe in servant leadership. I ask you to join me in voting for Neal Florence in the runoff on February 4th.”


The time for convening having arrived

As we stated yesterday, the General Assembly will be in Session every day this week, and Tuesday through Friday of next week.

Senate Convening

Today’s schedule

House and Senate convene at 10 AM.

1:30 PM Lt. Governor’s Foster Care Initiative Working Group meets in Room 307 of the CLOB.

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM House Insurance Committee meets in Room 606 of the CLOB. On the agenda is HB 606, the Patient Injury Act. The meeting is a hearing only with no vote scheduled on the legislation.

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Setzler Subcommittee of the House Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee meets in Room 132 of the Capitol. On the agenda is House Bill 671.


Events Calendar

Rep. Austin Scott: Valdosta Mobile Office

January 14, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College – Brooks Hall, 4089 Val Tech Road Valdosta, GA 31602

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Rep. Austin Scott Our office will be hosting the first 2014 Mobile Office next Tuesday, January 14th, in Valdosta from 9am-12p. I encourage you to drop by and meet with one of my district representatives if you need assistance with a number of federal issues ranging from Medicare and Social Security to Veterans’ benefits. View additional details here:

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Muscogee County GOP: Meeting with Colin Martin & Richard Woods

January 14, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ben’s Chop House, 5300 Sidney Simons Blvd Columbus , GA 31909

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2014 is starting off with a bang with newly announced candidates and some really great upcoming events that we know you’ll be excited about!  Please join us as we will have our fellow member, and Conservative Republican, Colin Martin speaking to our party about his newly announced Mayoral Campaign. We are also very pleased to announce that our additional special Guest Speaker will be Richard Woods, a Candidate for State School Superintendent, who will share information about his campaign.

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Habersham County GOP: Meeting

January 14, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center, 120 Paul Franklin Road Clarkesville, 30523

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Habersham GOP Regular Meeting of the Habersham GOP

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Georgia Chamber: 2014 Eggs & Issues Breakfast

January 15, 2014 from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center – Thomas Murphy Ballroom – Building B, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd Atlanta, GA 30313

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2014 Eggs & Issues Breakfast Eggs & Issues Breakfast: 7:30 AM (Doors open at 7:00 AM) Member Breakfast Ticket: $100 Non-Member Breakfast Ticket: $120 Member Breakfast Table (10 seats): $1,000 Non-Member Breakfast Table (10 seats): $1,200 To receive preferred table location placement, please purchase your table byDecember 20, 2013. Tickets purchased prior to Dec. 20 will be mailed on Jan. 3. Tickets purchased after this date will be placed at will call on the day of the event under your company…

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January 15, 2014 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Savannah Marriott Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Blvd Savannah , GA 31401

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Economic Outlook Luncheon   Contact: Margaret Mary Russell Email: Phone: 912.644.6432 Registration Link: Click Here To Purchase Tickets The state, regional and national forecast will be given by Dr. Knapp, Dean, Terry College of Business, and the local forecast will be presented by Dr. Michael Toma, Armstrong Atlantic State University.

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Colin Martin For Mayor: Fundraising Reception

January 15, 2014 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

THE COMMERCE CLUB, 191 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta , GA 30303 United States

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Colin Martin For Mayor Fundraising Reception David Burge, Event Chairman Sen. Josh McKoon, Rep. Buzz Brockway, Rep. John Pezold, Brandon Hembree, and Mark Wortham Request the honor of your presence at a reception honoring Colin Martin Candidate for Mayor of Columbus, GA   Suggested contribution – $100

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Camden County GOP: Meeting

January 15, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Camden Library Annex Building, 1430 Hwy 40 E. Kingsland, GA 31548

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Camden GOP monthly meeting

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Sportsmen’s Day at State Capitol

January 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia State Capitol – South Wing, 206 Washington St SW Atlanta, GA 30334

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Sportsmen and women directly support more than 31,000 jobs and generate more than $3 billion annually in Georgia

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Fulton County GOP: Midtown Breakfast with RNC National Committeewoman Linda Herren

January 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Empire State South, 999 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309

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The Midtown Republican Breakfast is pleased to welcome RNC National Committeewoman Linda Herren. We’ll start 2014 with a look into the inner workings of the Republican National Committee from Georgia’s National Committeewoman Linda Herren. In addition to representing Georgia at the national level, Linda is also our neighbor and lives in the 5th Congressional District. Along with discussing RNC national activities she will  talk about how the RNC impacts us here in Midtown.

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Gwinnett County: 2014 State of the County Luncheon

January 16, 2014 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy Duluth , GA 30097

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Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash will provide an overview of the County’s efforts in economic development, public safety, revitalization and transportation. Nash will also review 2013 achievements as well as unveil the vision for 2014 and beyond.This annual favorite is co-hosted by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the Council for Quality Growth. Space is limited – secure your seat to this informative luncheon by registering today! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Chamber and/or Council Members: $75  | …

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Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce: Annual Dinner

January 16, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Courtyard by Marriott, Warner Robins, 589 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins , GA 30188+ Google Map


Oconee County GOP: Meeting with Karen Handel & Donna Sheldon

January 16, 2014 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Watkinsville Community Center, 191 VFW Drive Watkinsville , GA 30677+ Google Map

Meal: Barbecue from Hot Thomas’ Barbecue Cost: $5 per person Guest Speakers: Karen Handel, candidate for U.S. Senate and Donna Sheldon, candidate for U.S. Congress (NOTE: Reservations requested. Please RSVP to Secretary Tammy Gilland at or call (706) 248-7008 if you plan on eating dinner.)

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Gwinnett YR: Happy Hour

January 16, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Las Costas Nayaritas Marisqueria, 1555 Pleasant Hill Road Duluth, 30096+ Google Map

  Come socialize! This will be our Happy Hour event for January. There will be no program, no speaker, just Young Republicans having FUN!!!!

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Cobb YR: Happy Hour

January 16, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Old Vinings Inn, 3011 Paces Mill Road Atlanta , GA 30339+ Google Map

Old Vinings Inn was built in the 1880′s and served as the village post office. Over the years, the building was purchased and renovated, used as an apartment building, a general store, a filling-station with a family residence upstairs. This unique setting is full of warmth and of history. Today’s Old Vinings Inn is inviting and sophisticated while preserving its rich history — the perfect setting for an evening out.

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Georgia Tea Party: Meeting with David Wellons on Obamacare

January 16, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Unnamed Venue, 900 Roswell St Marietta , GA 30060+ Google Map

David Wellons, a 25-year veteran of the health care industry, will speak on “Obamacare and what we can do about it.”

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Rep. Rob Woodall: Telephone Town Hall

January 16, 2014 from 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Congressman Rob Woodall Telephone Town Hall Please join me for a Telephone Town Hall Meeting on January 16th. Dail-in: 877-229-8493 Password: 17849

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January 18, 2014 from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The Golden Corral, 2136 Lawrenceville Hwy Decatur, GA 30033+ Google Map

Fulton GOP: BuckSprings Breakfast with Commissioner Ralph Hudgens & Dr. Hal Scherz

January 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sandy Springs UMC – Hitson Activities Center, 85 Mt. Vernon Highway Sandy Springs , GA 30328+ Google Map

Commissioner Ralph Hudgens & Dr. Hal Scherz, founder of Docs4Patient Care Effects of Obamacare in Georgia

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Senator John Albers: Mountain Park/Woodstock Town Hall

January 18, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mountain Park City Hall, 118 Lakeshore Drive Mountain Park, GA 30075+ Google Map

Senator John Albers Mountain Park/Woodstock Town Hall

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Hall County GOP: Meeting with Governor Nathan Deal

January 18, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Gainesville – Lanier Centre, 400 EE Butler Parkway Gainesville , GA 30501

Governor Nathan Deal will be joining us. This is a combined event with the Republican Women of Hall. Please watch for more details to come soon.

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