Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 23, 2015


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 23, 2015

On the Presidential campaign trail, Franklin Delano Roosevelt arrived in Atlanta on October 23, 1932, speaking to 10,000, and continued on to his “second home” at Warm Springs, Georgia.

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FDR campaigning in Atlanta and Georgia in 1932.

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When he arrived at Warm Springs, FDR gave a short speech:

“Two more weeks to go. . . . First, let me say this: this old hat, a lot of you people have seen it before. It’s the same hat. But I don’t think it is going to last much longer after the 8th of November. I have a superstition about hats in campaigns, and I am going to wear it until midnight of the 8th of November. . . . Well, it’s fine to see, and I’m looking forward to coming down here for the usual Thanksgiving party at Warm Springs, and having a real old-fashioned Thanksgiving with my neighbors again. I thank you!”

On October 23, 1971, the Coca-Cola Company launched the advertising campaign “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”

Georgia-born Clarence Thomas was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 23, 1991.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados will take the ice as the first female player in the Southern Professional Hockey League, playing goalie for the Columbus Cottonmouths.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

It’s candidate forum time in cities across Georgia. Brookhaven had a forum for Mayoral and City Council candidates earlier this week. It got interesting about 36 minutes in.

Smyrna also hosted a local candidates forum.

Congratulations to the first class to graduate from Cobb County Superior Court’s Mental Health Court.

The program launched under the direction of Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley in 2012.

It is a 24-month treatment-based program for defendants with a documented mental illness that brings together the resources of the mental health and the criminal justice systems. According to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, 33 percent of the current inmate population is diagnosed with a mental illness, and an estimated $300,000 is spent annually on medications to treat these illnesses. The mental health court seeks to stop the revolving door of people diagnosed with a mental illness, and address the problem instead of the symptom. The court strives to improve mental health, promote self-sufficiency, reduce recidivism and offer cost-effective alternatives to incarceration and hospitalization, according to Staley.

Standing before the audience, Tim said he once believed success was not final and failure was not fatal.

“But for many of us, failure can be fatal,” he said. “I’ve known a lot of people that died from this horrible addiction whether it be heroin, alcoholism, mental health, suicides and yet, I’m very thankful for this program because I don’t know where I’d be — probably not alive. I definitely wouldn’t have my family back.”

Gwinnett County commissioners approved nearly $8 million dollars to purchase 13.98 acres to expand Gwinnett Center Infinite Energy Center.

Georgia DOT has placed a hold on federally-funded projects due to be bid out in December because of uncertainty over federal transportation funding.

Tybee Island continues to consider banning public consumption of alcohol.

In Henry County, former Senior Assistant Solicitor General Chaundra Lewis will run for State Court Judge.

The Georgia State House Democratic Caucus is taking their calls for Medicaid Expansion on the road, and made a stop in Columbus.

More than 65 people joined state Rep. Debbie Buckner in Columbus Council Chambers Wednesday for a Medicaid Expansion Town Hall meeting as part of the House Democratic Caucus.

Stacey Abrams of House District 89 said legislation will be introduced in the General Assembly next year for Medicaid expansion just as lawmakers passed a transportation tax this year.

“Georgia can’t afford not to expand,” said Abrams of Atlanta. “We have 15 rural hospitals that are in jeopardy in north and south Georgia that are facing ruin if we don’t step up. We have millions of dollars we can generate for this state and thousands of jobs. Democrats and Republicans have to stand up.”

State Rep. Calvin Smyre, leader of the local delegation, said the task of getting Medicaid expanded is more difficult after the Gov. Nathan Deal gave that authority to the General Assembly.

“The General Assembly would have to institute a Medicaid expansion, which would make it very difficult,” Smyre said of the Republican controlled General Assembly. “They are throwing the ball into another court.”

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Corruption Everywhere

In Kennesaw, City Council member Leonard Church faces a trial in which obscene photos of children that were in his possession will be among the evidence presented after an evidentiary hearing.

DeKalb County Sanitation Director Billy Malone was suspended after admitting on camera to a number of accidents in county vehicles and then filing the accident reports himself, a violation of the usual process.

DeKalb County paid a $7500 invoice by a “Candace Sunshine,” who does not appear to exist and lived at an address that also doesn’t appear to exist.

Investigators’ notes from the Bowers-Hyde report suggest that some DeKalb County sanitation workers were accepting cash to provide extra pickups from some businesses, and when the “tips” stopped, so did all trash service.

Epic craziness in Savannah.

Bell and Savannah-Chatham police officers had been trying to track [Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson] down to relay an urgent message from school board President Jolene Byrne about a disturbing student-produced video that was being circulated on social media.

The video showed a night sky. Six smiling, giggling Savannah Arts Academy students — four girls and two boys — illuminated by the light of a fire. Their hands were raised as if taking a pledge, and there was a strange chanting sound in the background. A caption at the bottom of the screen read, “Greetings from the cult.”

The camera then panned past each of the students as a distorted voice shouted, “Sacrifice it,” followed by “Burn in hell, Edna! Burn.”

The camera paused on a boy holding a lighter fluid container then zoomed in on an “Edna Jackson for Mayor” campaign sign that was fully engulfed. The caption beneath it read, “RIP to Edna Jackson.”

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