Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 7, 2014


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 7, 2014

On March 7, 1861, delegates to the Georgia Secession Convention reconvened in Savannah to adopt a new state Constitution. A resolution offering to host the Confederate Capitol did not pass.

On March 7, 1965, a group of marchers led by Martin Luther King, Jr., met Alabama State Troopers on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

“I was hit in the head by a state trooper with a nightstick… I thought I saw death.”

—John Lewis, SNCC leader

As a student of Southern politics at Emory, we were immersed in reading about the Civil Rights Movement and its effect on Southern politics, and American politics. But it was not until years later that I saw the PBS series called “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1956-1985.” It’s chilling to see American citizens turned away by armed police from attempts to register to vote.

Earlier this week, John Lewis qualified to run for reelection to Congress from Georgia’s Fifth District.

Under the Gold Dome

The Senate Insurance and Labor Committee will meet at 2 PM in the Mezzanine. The House Rules Committee meets at 8:30 in 341-CAP and the Pak Subcommittee of Judiciary Non-Civil is scheduled to meet from 1-3 PM in 132-CAP.


HB 646 Magistrates Retirement Fund of Georgia; part-time chief magistrates may become members of such fund; provide (As Passed House) (RET-24th) Fleming-121st

HB 740 Game and fish; full-time military personnel on active duty and dependents be considered residents of state for procuring certain hunting and fishing licenses; provide (As Passed House) (NR&E-30th) Tanner-9th

HB 764 Georgia State Employees’ Pension and Savings Plan; certain employees make contributions at rate of 5 percent unless otherwise specified; provide (As Passed House) (RET-40th) Maxwell-17th

HB 786 Game and fish; Type I nonresident infant lifetime sportsman’s license; add (As Passed House) (NR&E-7th) Knight-130th


Modified Open Rule

HR 1279 Savannah River Basin; development of water management plan; encourage

HR 1599 Joint Study Committee on the Georgia Alcoholic Beverage Code; create (Substitute)(RegI-Maxwell-17th)

SB 65 Mental Health; authorize licensed professional counselor to perform certain acts; secure certification (Substitute)(H&HS-Houston-170th) Unterman-45th

SB 117 Blasting or Excavating Near Utility Facilities; revise/add definitions (EU&T-Roberts-155th) Jeffares-17th

Campaigns and Elections

Deal Mail One Front

Yesterday, I received the first direct mail I’ve seen this campaign season from Governor Nathan Deal’s campaign.


Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer has drawn a Democratic opponent in his bid for re-election. Richard A. “Rick” Underwood is a Union Representative with the AFL-CIO and Aircraft Electrician at Lockheed Martin.

Senator Mike Dugan has drawn two opponents – former State Representative Bill Hembree will take a second shot at the seat. In 2012, Mike Dugan pulled an upset win in the Special Primary Election Runoff for Senate District 30 over former State Representative Bill Hembree. Later, Dugan beat the Libertarian candidate as well.

The upset came weeks after Hembree led the field in the Special Primary Election with 48.4 percent and narrowly missed winning without a runoff.

Dugan also has a Democratic opponent, James Harrison Nixon, a professional body piercer, seen below. Ladies and gentlemen, the new face of the Georgia Democratic Party.

James Harrison Nixon

After rumors to the contrary, Senator Jack Murphy qualified for reelection yesterday. Murphy faces at least three opponents in the Republican Primary.

Columbus, Georgia attorney Stacey Jackson qualified as a Republican for State House District 137, one of the only competitive seats, currently held by Democrat Debbie Buckner.

One of the other competitive seats, House District 81 in DeKalb, has a single Republican qualified as of yesterday, Jim Duffie, a leader in the FairTax movement.

In South Georgia’s House District 156, former Navy SEAL Lee Burton qualified against incumbent Republican Greg Morris.

AV Club

John McCallum: Qualifies For Congress in GA – 1

Lee Burton Qualifies For State House District 156

Events Calendar

Morgan County GOP: House District 112 Debate

March 7, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Peachtree Academy, 14101 Hwy 278 E, Covington, GA 30014

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Morgan County GOP House Seat 112 Debate this Friday

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The Tysinger Breakfast Forum

March 8, 2014, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Panera Bread in Briarcliff Village, 2100 Henderson Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA 30345

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The Tysinger Breakfast Forum Meets every Saturday

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Coweta County GOP: Breakfast with Bacallao & Woods

March 8, 2014, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Golden Corral, 605 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan, GA 30265

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Please join us for the monthly Coweta GOP breakfast meeting. This month’s speakers will be State School Superintendent candidates Mary Kay Bacallao and Richard Woods.

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Fulton County GOP: Breakfast With Reps. Jack Kingston & Phil Gingrey

March 8, 2014, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Drive, Roswell, GA 30076

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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from TWO U.S. Senate Candidates: Congressman Jack Kingston and Congressman Phil Gingrey And as always, enjoy a great breakfast and meet various other candidates and elected officials PLEASE Register online at:

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Sen. Steve Gooch: Town Hall Meeting – Ellijay

March 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Mike’s Restaurant, 351 Tails Creek Rd., Ellijay, GA 30540

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Sen. Steve Gooch to Host Ellijay  Town Hall Meeting on Saturday ATLANTA (March 6, 2014) – Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) will hold a town hall meeting to answer questions about legislative efforts at the Georgia State Capitol in 2014. During the 2014 legislative session, Sen. Gooch will travel through District 51 to meet with constituents and discuss common questions and concerns, both locally and at the state level. Additional meeting times and dates will be set in the weeks…

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Dawson County GOP: Training Day

March 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Ryan’s, 126 Georgia 400, Dawsonville, GA 30534 United States

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Training Day! This Saturday is an opportunity to learn how to effectively communicate our message of freedom and opportunity. And why do we want to effectively communicate? So, we can win 51 seats in the US Senate, win state races, and make a difference!

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Cherokee County GOP: Breakfast with Barry Loudermilk, Karen Handel, & Allan Levene

March 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Winchester Woodfire Grille, 110 Mountain Vista Blvd, Canton, GA 30114

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Karen Handel, Barry Loudermilk and Allan Levene will be joining us to talk about their respective campaigns for US Senate and US Congress.

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Chatham County GOP: Breakfast with Rep. Ron Stephens

March 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 E. Victory Drive, Savannah, GA 31404

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Representative Ron Stephens will be joining us to discuss happenings in Atlanta.

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David Perdue: Grand Opening Middle Ga Campaign HQ

March 8, 2014, Noon – 1:00 PM

David Perdue For Senate Middle GA HQ, 1824 Watson Blvd, Warner Robins, 31093

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David Perdue – U.S. Senate Join ‪#‎TeamPerdue‬ on Saturday in Middle Georgia! Grand Opening of our Middle Georgia Campaign Office If you have any questions or want to join us please call our office at (678) 248-6444.

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David Perdue: Tailgate in Macon

March 8, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy, Macon, GA 31206

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Join #TeamPerdue on Saturday in Middle Georgia! Perdue Tailgate at GOP Debate

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March 8, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy, Macon, GA 31206

GEORGIA REPUBLICANS TO HOST US SENATE DEBATE IN MACON WHAT: The Georgia Republican Party, in conjunction with local GOP organizations, will host their fourth U.S. Senate candidate debate in Macon at the Anderson Conference Center. WHO:  Candidates vying to fill the seat of retiring United States Senator Saxby Chambliss will participate in a structured debate.

CONTACT:  Adam Pipkin, Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party, 404.257.5559cor

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The Senior Network and Central DeKalb GOP Women: Meeting With Nancy Jester, SOS Brian Kemp, & David Pennington

March 10, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Embry Hills Library, 3373 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta , GA 30341

The Senior Network and Central DeKalb GOP Women will host candidates: Nancy Jester for State School Superintendent Brian Kemp for Secretary of State David Pennington for Governor Refreshments are provided and all are invited.

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