On March 11, 1861, the Confederate Congress, assembled in Montgomery, Alabama, adopted the Constitution of the Confederate States of America. Today the original signed manuscript of the Confederate Constitution is in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries.
On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols shot and killed Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes and court reporter Julie Brandau in the Fulton County Courthouse, leading to a lockdown of the state capitol and a number of nearby buildings. Nichols killed two more before taking a young woman hostage in Duluth; that woman, Ashley Smith, would talk Nichols into surrendering the next day. Nichols was eventually convicted for four murders and is serving consecutive life sentences.
Happy Birthday to former Governor Roy Barnes, who served from 1999-2003, and lost to Republican Sonny Perdue in 2002, and to current Governor Nathan Deal in 2010.
Under the Gold Dome Today
|TBD||RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT||450 CAP|
|8:00 AM||FINANCE – Subcommittee||125 CAP|
|12:30 PM||FINANCE Subcommittee||125 CAP|
|1:00 PM||BANKING & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS – CANCELLED||310 CLOB|
|1:00 PM||JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL||307 CLOB|
|1:00 PM||NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT||450 CAP|
|2:00 PM||INSURANCE & LABOR – Subcommittee||MEZZ 1|
|2:00 PM||EDUCATION & YOUTH||310 CLOB|
|2:00 PM||PUBLIC SAFETY||125 CAP|
|4:00 PM||ETHICS||125 CAP|
|4:00 PM||GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT||307 CLOB|
|4:00 PM||RETIREMENT||310 CLOB|
|4:00 PM||INSURANCE & LABOR||MEZZ|
HB 153: Local option sales tax; taxes to be imposed at a rate of less that 1 percent; allow (Substitute) (FIN-32nd) Carson-46th
HB 459: Speed restrictions; impeding traffic flow and minimum speed in left-hand lanes; modify provisions (PUB SAF-53rd) Hitchens-161st
HB 513: Education; Georgia Medical Center Authority; abolish (Substitute) (H&HS-13th) Houston-170th
HB 658: Revenue and taxation; repeal Chapter 12 relating to estate tax (Substitute) (FIN-54th) Pak-108th
HB 766: Work Based Learning Act; enact (Substitute) (ED&Y-50th) Lumsden-12th
HB 777: Watercraft; suspension of privileges to operate a vessel for violations of vessel laws of this state and other states; provisions (NR&E-24th) Powell-32nd
HB 790: Civil practice; four-year statute of limitations for actions involving removal of timber from the property of another; provisions (Substitute) (JUDY-46th) Williams-119th
HB 791: Taxation; redrawing census tracts shall not disqualify a designated military zone as a less developed area; provide (FIN-1st) Stephens-164th
SCHEDULING NOTE FOR MEDIA: Senator Renee Unterman has placed House Bill 885 (“Medical Cannabis”) on the agenda for Wednesday’s Health & Human Service Committee meeting, at 2 PM in Room 450-CAP.
|10 AM||FLOOR SESSION (LD 36)||HOUSE|
|9:00 AM||RULES||341 CAP|
|9:00 AM||Academic Innovations Subcommittee of Education||415 CLOB|
|9:00 AM||Conference Committee- HB 744||403 CAP|
|1:00 PM||Income Tax Subcommittee of Ways & Means||133 CAP|
|2:00 PM||INSURANCE||606 CLOB|
|2:00 PM||TRANSPORTATION||506 CLOB|
|2:00 PM||JUDICIARY CIVIL||132 CAP|
|2:00 PM||Atwood, Welch Subcommittees of Juvenile Justice||406 CLOB|
|2:00 PM||Academic Achievement Subcommittee of Education||515 CLOB|
|2:30 PM||Game, Fish & Parks Subcommittee||403 CAP|
|3:00 PM||MOTOR VEHICLES||606 CLOB|
|3:00 PM||HIGHER EDUCATION||406 CLOB|
|3:00 PM||GAME, FISH & PARKS||403 CAP|
Modified Open Rule
HR 1332 House Study Committee on Compensating Wrongfully Convicted Persons; create (JudyNC-Hugley-136th)
SB 305 Fire Protection and Safety; written notification prior to the denial of a permit; buildings/structures required to meet the state minimum fire safety standards (PS&HS-Powell-32nd) Tippins-37th
SB 320 Veterans Court Divisions; create (D&VA-Willard-51st) Harbison-15th
SB 325 Fire and Protection Safety; regulation of fire protection sprinkler contractors, fire extinguisher and suppression systems; provisions (Judy-Harrell-106th) Albers-56th
SB 333 Natural Resources Dept.; establish that persons are not aggrieved by listings on the hazardous site inventory (NR&E-McCall-33rd) Tolleson-20th
SR 847 Heritage Preserve; dedicated real property located in Rockdale and Henry Counties; authorize the change of use (SProp-Rutledge-109th) Jeffares-17th
SR 896 Georgia Legacy Program; create Joint Study Committee (NR&E-Smith-70th) Tolleson-20th
Modified Structured Rule
SB 240 Alcoholic Beverages; provide for the licensing of the production of distilled spirits; educational purposes by non-profit museums (Substitute) (RegI-Golick-40th) Hill-6th
SB 286 Alcoholic Beverages; change the maximum percent by volume of wine; change definitions; authorize wineries to buy and use certain products (RegI-Harrell-106th) Murphy-27th
SB 288 Education; provide no high school which receives funding under the “Quality Basic Education Act”; shall participate in/or sponsor interscholastic sport events conducted by any athletic association (Substitute)(B&FAO-Martin-49th) Bethel-54th
SB 296 State Park Authority; revise the powers and responsibilities (NR&EHamilton-24th) Tolleson-20th
Georgia Senate Race
Atlanta-based Cameron McWhirter wrote for the Wall Street Journal about the recent Gainesville Senate Debate held by the Georgia Republican Party, and the lay of the land for the Peach State this year.
At a recent debate in this city about 50 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, four of the five called for elimination of the Internal Revenue Service. Some called for elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency. U.S. Rep. Paul Broun said the U.S. should pull out of the United Nations and kick it out of the country. He also called for elimination of the Department of Education. “I directly challenge the constitutional legitimacy of today’s federal government,” he said.
Many of these positions drew applause at the debate, held in one of the most conservative areas of this red state. But even here, Republicans worry that swinging too far right in the primary may hurt the GOP’s chances in a general-election contest likely to feature a formidable Democratic challenger.
Dean Rowan, a 62-year-old handyman in the audience, said he liked Mr. Broun, who said in 2012 that evolution and the Big Bang Theory were “lies straight from the pit of hell.” But Mr. Rowan said he wasn’t sure whom he would vote for. While he supports Mr. Broun’s views, “that’s not the way to get elected,” he said.
In the race to fill the seat of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a two-term Republican who isn’t seeking re-election, many Georgia Republican voters are looking for the most conservative candidate who they think can win a general election. The leading primary candidates are Mr. Broun, U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston and Phil Gingrey, former Dollar General Corp. Chief Executive David Perdue and former Secretary of State Karen Handel. The primary will be held May 20, likely followed by a July runoff between the two top vote-getters.
Greg Bluestein, of the AJC, wrote in the Political Insider about a recent poll commissioned by Democratic third party Better Georgia from Public Policy Polling.
A poll released Monday conducted by left-leaning Public Policy Polling is showing some separation in the wide-open GOP contest to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
The poll, commissioned by the lefty guerrilla group Better Georgia, has Rep. Paul Broun of Athens at 27 percent in the GOP contest. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta is at 14 percent, Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah is at 13 percent and businessman David Perdue is at 12 percent. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel notches 9 percent in the question, which involved only those who identified themselves as GOP primary voters. About a quarter were undecided.
It gets more interesting in head-to-head matchups with Democratic front-runner Michelle Nunn. Respondents had Nunn and Broun at a 38 percent deadlock, and Nunn with slight leads over Kingston, Handel and Gingrey. (A matchup between Nunn and Perdue was apparently not one of the questions.)
The poll involved 580 voters surveyed between March 5-6. Roughly half of the respondents said they generally vote in GOP primaries and 41 percent vote in Democratic contests. Some 49 percent favored Mitt Romney in 2012, compared to 43 percent who backed Barack Obama.
The polling results memo embedded in the AJC story is formatted in a way that makes it difficult to read – so, here is a link to the poll results in a different format.
Two salient points emerge from this article, to the extent that we take the polling results at face value. Before we get to that, one note about methodology. The stated universe is 580 voters, which gives about a +/-4.1 margin of error, but the sample size for questions about the Republican Primary is 324 voters, yielding a margin of error of +/-5.44 points.
First, Paul Broun has an early lead, with nearly twice the vote total (27%) of the next competitive candidates, Phil Gingrey (14%) and Jack Kingston (13%). But, with a +/-5.44 margin of error, everyone except Broun is essentially even.
Second, Paul Broun is the only Republican candidate in the survey who is even with presumed Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn, splitting the vote 38-38. All other Republican candidates trail Nunn, though we aren’t shown a head-to-head between David Perdue and Nunn.
Last night, I was listening to “Tell Me More” on NPR and heard an interesting segment about CPAC, but one point stood out as being. Paul Orzulak, a Democratic speech writer, said this about Rand Paul’s winning the CPAC straw poll, “the candidates that can throw the most red meat, who can say the most outrageous things, usually vault ahead.” I think that’s the dynamic you’re seeing right now with Paul Broun.
I believe that Paul Broun has a hard core of support from the most-Conservative elements of the base electorate whose support for him has such an intensity that they will show up to vote for Broun no matter what, but as the other candidates start spending their warchests in earnest, at least one will pass Broun.
Today, if I were a betting man, I’d put down $250 on Paul Broun to show, meaning to come in first or second, and head into a runoff. Among the other major candidates – Kingston, Gingrey, Handel, and Perdue, it’s still a jump ball, with each candidate’s height determined by the stacks of cash on which they stand. In a jump ball situation, stature conveys an advantage, but you still have to get your hands on the ball.
Highland Country Club, 1001 Country Club Dr , LaGrange, GA 30240+ Google Map
Troup County Republican Women Guest speaker will be Brad Hughes from the Georgia GOP Office. Call Judy Heine for lunch reservation. 706 884-3039
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Joel Aaron, Grassroots Coordinator at AFP, will discuss current legislative issues, including the impact on GA of Obamacare.
Irwin County Library, 310 South Beech Street, Ocilla, GA 31774+ Google Map
The Irwin County Republican Party Meeting - our bi-monthly meeting.
Sixes Tavern, 3568 Sixes Road, Canton, GA 30114+ Google Map
We were snowed in before, but not again! Let’s meet up and discuss changes and updates in the YR group, where we want to take this group, and what we want to see change in the upcoming year!
Briarlake Baptist Church, 3715 Lavista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033+ Google Map
Briarlake Church will host a Dekalb Community meeting featuring Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday evening March 11 at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. The Governor will share his priorities for Georgia and Dekalb County as well as how his faith affects his personal life and leadership decisions. The hour long meeting will include a time where attendees can submit questions to the Governor in writing, many of which will be answered during the meeting.
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Eugene Yu For Congress Rally
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Please join the Cherokee County Republican Party and all 8 announced candidates for an informational forum in Cherokee County. They will discuss their ideas and strategies for education in Georgia and take both pre-submitted and live questions. Order tickets via Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ccrp-superintendent-forum-tickets-10569183713?aff=efbevent
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This month’s speakers are: Billie Gingrey – Wife of U.S. Senatorial candidate Phil Gingrey; Mike Collins – 10th Congressional candidate Join us for an evening of fellowship with local conservatives. Meeting is open to public. Please bring a friend. Buffet style dinner is $13 per person
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March brings both St. Patrick’s Day and AYR’s regular second Thursday Happy Hour.
Happy Birthday – Mr. Speaker David Ralston