Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 18, 2015


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 18, 2015

The United States government took out its first loan on September 18, 1789, the proceeds of which were used to pay the salaries of the President, and First Congress. On the same day, future President Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to E. Rutledge in which he requested that a shipment of olive trees be sent via Baltimore.

President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the United States Capitol on September 18, 1793.

We know from that newspaper article, and from Masonic ritual, that Washington placed an inscribed silver plate under the cornerstone at the southeast corner of this building. However, we do not know whether that meant the southeast corner of the Senate wing, the first section of the building to be completed, or the southeast corner of the whole building as intended, which would locate it over on the House side. Two centuries later, the Architect of the Capitol is still searching for that cornerstone. Metal detectors have failed to locate the silver plate.

President George Washington gave his farewell address on September 19, 1796.

The period for a new election of a Citizen, to Administer the Executive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person, who is to be cloathed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those, out of whom a choice is to be made.

I beg you, at the sametime, to do me the justice to be assured, that this resolution has not been taken, without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation, which binds a dutiful Citizen to his country–and that, in withdrawing the tender of service which silence in my Situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness; but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.

President Millard Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Act on September 18, 1850, requiring that slaves be returned to their owners even if they were in a free state.

General Robert E. Lee retreated from Antietam Creek on September 18, 1862, following the bloodiest day of fighting in the Civil War.

On September 19, 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga was joined between the federal Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans and the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Braxton Bragg.

Thirteen marchers were shot and killed and forty more wounded in Camilla, Georgia at the Camilla Massacre on September 19, 1868 as marchers to a Republican Party rally were gunned down.

President James Garfield died on September 19, 1881, of wounds sustained on July 2d of that year. Garfield is one of seven Presidents born in Ohio – he and William McKinley, were both killed by assassins.

Chickamauga National Battlefield was dedicated September 19, 1895.

On September 18, 1973, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter filed a report claiming that he saw an Unidentified Flying Object in the sky above Leary, Georgia in 1969.

Carter was preparing to give a speech at a Lions Club meeting. At about 7:15 p.m (EST), one of the guests called his attention to a strange object that was visible about 30 degrees above the horizon to the west of where he was standing. Carter described the object as being bright white and as being about as bright as the moon. It was said to have appeared to have closed in on where he was standing but to have stopped beyond a stand of pine trees some distance from him. The object is then said to have changed color, first to blue, then to red, then back to white, before appearing to recede into the distance. Carter felt that the object was self-luminous, but not a solid in nature. Carter’s report indicates that it was witnessed by about ten or twelve other people, and was in view for ten to twelve minutes before it passed out of sight.

Click here to view a copy of the report, allegedly on file at the Carter Center.

On September 18, 1997, 50.3% of voters in Wales cast ballots in favor of independence from the United Kingdom.

The Allman Brothers Band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on September 19, 1998.

One year ago today, September 18, 2014, voters in Scotland rejected indepedence from the United Kingdom.

Georgia Politics and the SEC Primary

Here’s Brian Kemp on how the SEC Football Schedule could affect the SEC Primary and ultimately, the Presidential elections.

Tomorrow in Athens, Secretary of State Kemp’s hometown, the Jeb! Bush campaign will roll into town for a tailgate at Herty Field. The Red and Black talked to UGA College Republicans Chair Abbie Frye about the event:

In light of Bush’s visit, the College Republicans have more than just a football game to plan for.

Abigail Frye, the chairman of the College Republicans, said the group has put together a tailgate, and Bush plans to stop by.

“Our tailgate will begin at noon and will be hosted on Herty Field,” Frye said. “This will be a typical tailgate — [Bulldog] fans enjoying each other’s company and prepping to cheer the [Bulldogs] to victory. The governor will be dropping by the tailgate mid-afternoon to join the fun.”

Frye said students will have the opportunity to meet Bush and ask him questions.

“This opportunity is an amazing way to allow our members and interested students to engage with a candidate who is carrying our party’s message on a national level through a presidential campaign,” Frye said.

She said Bush’s visit shows Kemp’s SEC Primary is already getting the attention of the biggest names in politics, and that it could mean big things for Georgia and other states this election.

“The fact that 2016 presidential candidates are coming to Georgia implies that the state of Georgia carries weight in the primary election, which is all the more reason for college students to have an interest in the process,” Frye said.

Get your free tickets to the UGA-USC tailgate with Jeb Bush here.

Also coming to Georgia on the SEC Primary campaign trail in the coming week is Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who will hold a meet and greet at 10:15 in Buckhead on Monday. Tickets are required but free.

State and Local Politics


Savannah-Chatham County Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin reported that crime is up for the year.

Lumpkin reported that violent crime was up through Aug. 31 by 109 incidents compared to the same period last year. In addition, property crime was up by 494 incidents.

“The numbers — we don’t like them,” Lumpkin said. “Just like the citizens.”

To counteract the trend, Lumpkin outlined a number of initiatives and tools the department had launched or were expected to be implemented.

He said the department was planning on purchasing license-plate readers that would help identify stolen vehicles and reduce auto thefts, which he said are often used while committing burglaries.

The amount of auto thefts has increased by 253 incidents so far this year.

The Georgia Ports Authority signed a renewal of the memorandum of agreement with ports in Liberia.

The Port of Savannah is the highest-volume exporter to Liberia among U.S. south Atlantic ports and the highest in imports from Liberia.

The Port of Savannah’s total container trade with Liberia increased 19 percent between 2013 and 2014, with imports and exports increasing 45 and 13 percent, respectively. During calendar year 2014, the Port of Savannah handled the most container trade with Liberia among U.S. southeast ports.

Liberia is a producer and exporter of basic products, primarily raw timber and rubber. Other agricultural products include coffee, cocoa, rice, sugar cane and bananas. Imports from Liberia to the southeastern United States include metalware, fruits, rubber and rubber products.

Exports from Savannah to Liberia include apparel, automobiles, plastic products, grocery products and other miscellaneous general cargo, while imports via Savannah primarily include natural rubber and empty containers.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds continues to investigate whether grant funds for Cobb County Juvenile Court were misappropriated.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson held a public forum on Thursday night.

Bob Andrews asked, with all the new commercial development and with two permanent sales taxes, why isn’t the city’s income growing enough to cover its budget without the city always being in a budgetary bind every year?

Tomlinson said, as for the sales tax revenue, it is sent to the state and then supposedly all sent back to the municipalities. But because of the way the system is set up, the city has no way to check whether it is getting all of the proceeds that it is due. They just have to take the state government’s word for it.

The city has asked its legislative delegation to pass a law that would allow cities and counties access to the necessary information, but no such law has been passed, Tomlinson said.

Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge said that the city’s tax digest grew 2.86 percent last year due to new development, but that is barely enough to keep up with the constantly rising costs of doing business.

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Joe Mullins, one of four candidates in the HD 122 Special Election, is under fire over his residency.

State Rep. Jesse Petrea will introduce legislation to exempt military retirement income from the state income tax.

Rep. Jesse Petrea, R-Savannah, said he would pay for his plan by boosting the tax on cigarettes by 28 cents per pack, leaving the 65-cent total below the national average of $1.60.

After the UGA Game on Saturday, the second greatest event this weekend is JapanFest, Saturday and Sunday at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

Organized by JapanFest Inc., the event aims to promote understanding between Japanese and Americans living in the Southeast. The eight regions and 47 prefectures of Japan are known to be rich in unique cultures, dialects, arts and cuisine, which is why this year’s theme is “Re-Discover Japan.” The festival will celebrate and highlight cultures and characteristics from different regions of Japan.

Festival-goers can experience numerous musical performances such as J-Rock and J-Pop, taiko drumming and classical music. Tehre will be both modern and traditional dance performances, including Okinawan dance. Martial arts fans can watch aikido, karate, kendo, kyudo and sumo demonstrations.

Visitors can browse an array of Japanese goods like kimonos, Japanese tea dolls, rice paper ceramics, masks, toys and much more. The Children’s Area will give young visitors the chance to make a Japanese top, and the Suburban Atlanta Kite Enthusiasts will be on hand to teach them how to make a Japanese kite. The Ginza Dori shopping arcade will also have a selection of kid’s games and activities, such as ring toss, water yo-yos and more.

Attendees can shop local from the approximately 550 Japanese companies based in Georgia in the Made in Georgia exhibition. Local Japanese restaurants will offer a menu of sushi rolls, bento boxes, ramen noodles, takoyaki, shaved ice, curry rice, yakisoba, torikaraage and more.


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