Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 23, 2014

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 23, 2014

On December 23, 1783, George Washington resigned as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Georgia Female College was chartered when Gov. William Schley signed legislation incorporating the school on December 23, 1836, later changing its name to Wesleyan College.

Governor George Gilmer signed legislation appropriating $20,000 to build the Georgia State Insane Asylum in Milledgeville on December 23, 1837

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site was created in Plains, Georgia on December 23, 1987.

Southern Super Tuesday

After my article on the Southern Super Tuesday Presidential Primary in 2016, James Hohmann published an article at Politico arguing that the Southern Super Tuesday might result in a GOP nominee who is “too conservative” to win a general election.

The joint primary, which appears increasingly likely to happen, would present a crucial early test for Republican White House hopefuls among the party’s most conservative voters. It could, in theory, boost a conservative alternative to a Republican who has emerged as the establishment favorite from the four states that kick off the nominating process. But one risk is that the deep-red complexion of the Southern states’ primary electorates would empower a candidate who can’t win in general election battlegrounds like Ohio and Colorado.

Republicans from the South say their states make up the heart of the GOP and that it’s only fitting the region should have commensurate say over whom the party puts forward to compete for the White House. Proponents are already dubbing March 1 the “SEC primary,” after the NCAA’s powerhouse Southeastern Conference.

“We think it’s important that the next president of the United States — he or she, Democrat or Republican — come through our states and speak with our citizens about our issues,” said Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “My gut feeling is this will happen, and you’ll see candidates start to spend a lot more time in the South in the next six months.”

“It gives them a real power punch right after the early states get out of the way,” said former Tennessee Republican chairman Chip Saltsman, who managed Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Someone who can come out of February having won two of the four early states and then run the table in the South would be set up with huge momentum.”

“If it’s limited to six or eight states, I think it would bring candidates to the Southern part of the United States,” said [Alabama Secretary of State Jim] Bennett. “The problem with the old Super Tuesday is … that it really didn’t accomplish the goal of bringing candidates before our voters. It was too spread out.”

President Obama did indeed nominate Sally Q. Yates for Deputy Attorney General, the number two job at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Yates, 54, would replace Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, who steps down in January. Her appointment must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

John Horn, Yates’ chief assistant, will become acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia until Obama appoints a successor.

Yates’ nomination drew praise from Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss. Isakson and Chambliss called her “an exceptionally skilled attorney with a strong record of public service and a well-qualified nominee to be deputy attorney general.”

Sen.-elect David Perdue said he has “heard very positive things about Ms. Yates” but stopped short of a full-throated endorsement.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, a former U.S. attorney, worked with Yates on a several high-profile cases.

“I think Sally is as good a federal prosecutor as there is in the country,” Nahmias said. “She’s smart and a very talented advocate. More importantly, she has great judgment and a real sense of fairness.”

David Perdue dropped another $200k into his campaign in the final days of the election, bringing his total personal spend to $3 million. Total candidate spending in that election was just under $47 million. OpenSecrets.org tallied the outside spending on the Georgia Senate race at just under $29 million, for a total of nearly $76 million spent on a single Senate seat in a state that wasn’t really even competitive.

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