Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 10, 2016


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 10, 2016

Bridget Bishop was the first person hanged after being convicted of practicing witchcraft in the Salem witch trials on June 10, 1692.

On June 10, 1793, Washington, DC officially replaced Philadelphia as the Capital of the United States. To honor Washington, today we will adopt a smugly superior attitude, name-drop constantly, and speak condescendingly to those who currently live in the states we used to live in.

Rebecca Latimer Felton was born on June 10, 1835 in Decatur, Georgia and later became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate after being appointed by Governor Thomas Hardwick to fill a vacancy in 1922.

The United States Naval Academy graduated its first class on June 10, 1854.

The Girl Scouts of America were incorporated in Washington, DC on June 10, 1915.

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland became the first political convention broadcast on the radio on June 10, 1924.

Alcoholics Anonymous was founded on June 10, 1935.

President John F. Kennedy signed the 1963 Equal Pay Act on June 10, 1963.

I AM delighted today to approve the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits arbitrary discrimination against women in the payment of wages. This act represents many years of effort by labor, management, and several private organizations unassociated with labor or management, to call attention to the unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job. This measure adds to our laws another structure basic to democracy. It will add protection at the working place to the women, the same rights at the working place in a sense that they have enjoyed at the polling place.

While much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity–for the average woman worker earns only 60 percent of the average wage for men–this legislation is a significant step forward.

Apple Computer shipped the first Apple II computers on June 10, 1977.

Coca-Cola introduced Classic Coke on June 10, 1985.

Ray Charles, who was born in Albany, Georgia died on June 10, 2004.

Those of you who attended the 2003 Inaugural of Governor Sonny Perdue will remember that Ray Charles played that night.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Sam’s BBQ-1 just made my list of places to try after rave reviews of the barbecue they served at the United States Capitol. From the AJC Political Insider,

For the eighth year, Isakson commissioned Sam’s BBQ-1 in Marietta to truck the stuff up for his annual barbecue lunch, an increasingly rare bipartisan occurrence here on Capitol Hill. Senators dined in a private dining room upstairs, while staffers and other guests lined up through several rooms of Isakson’s office suite on the first floor of the Russell Senate office building.

Senators from the two parties eat lunch together separately most days on Capitol Hill, and Republicans on Thursdays take turns bringing food from their home states to share. But a bipartisan meal is rare.

“I don’t play the one-upsmanship, but nobody’s ever complained about ours,” said Isakson, who divulged that the brisket and the macaroni and cheese are his favorites. “Our food speaks for itself. I don’t have to brag about it.”

The team from Sam’s made the more than 600-mile trek to Washington on Tuesday and camped out across the river in Arlington to smoke more than 800 pounds of carnivorous offerings overnight on Wednesday

“It’s a major production,” said Sam Huff, chef and owner of Sam’s BBQ-1. “We bring everything from Georgia: all of our meat, our wood, our barbecue bits, our smokers, all of our equipment. It’s all brought in.”

Congratulations to Dallas, Georgia Mayor Boyd Austin, who will serve as the next President of the Georgia Municipal Association.

“The position is an opportunity to be out in the state and see what other communities are doing,” Austin said. “This will bring a lot of credibility and notoriety to Dallas.”

The Georgia Municipal Association is an organization that provides educational and employee benefit services and advocates for in the Georgia General Assembly for 521 city governments statewide.

Austin said his plans for his time as president include focusing on education of the members, find ways to help newly elected officials transition into their positions, be more proactive with legislative efforts and secure and expand home rule.

Home rule is a local city or county’s power and ability to set up its own system of self-government under plans approved by the General Assembly.

Tax equity is another topic Austin is passionate about and would like to see addressed during his time leading the association.

“Our voices need to be heard and our citizens need fair treatment in regards to taxes,” Austin said.

Austin said “tax equity” refers to how city residents also pay county property taxes but do not have access to many services their county taxes support.

We also congratulate Holly Springs Police Chief Ken Ball, who will serve as Chief Deputy Sheriff under incoming Sheriff Frank Reynolds.

Senator Johnny Isakson is working on federal legislation to move the St Marys, Georgia airport.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has filed an amendment to the defense budget this week to provide federal funding to relocate the St. Marys Airport away from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, the Georgia Republican’s office said.

The Navy has said the airport’s location near the base poses safety and security concerns. In the past, planes taking off and landing at the airport have crossed into the base’s restricted airspace.

The amendment, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., would provide for the move to be completed through the coordinated efforts of the Georgia Department of Transportation, the FAA and the Department of Defense, Isakson’s office said.

Because Kings Bay is home to Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, the base is a “critical player in one-third of our strategic nuclear arsenal,’’ Isakson’s office said in a release.

“Camden County is home to a key front line in our nation’s defense,’’ Isakson said of Kings Bay. “I am fighting to ensure this critical asset to our national defense remains threat-free while also helping the city of St. Marys with the financial burden of relocation costs.”

The amendment is similar to one that U.S. Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter introduced in the House to provide $6 million for the relocation.

St Marys Airport Authority member Dick Russell wants to ensure the existing airport remains open until any relocation is completed.

“I think if they close this airport before a new one opens, I won’t see another airport in Camden County in my lifetime,” he said. “I think everyone will sit around and ask why we need another airport. I think the sense of urgency will be totally gone.”

He is urging supporters to contact the offices of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to ask for a change to an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act announced Tuesday. The amendment, sponsored by Isakson, allows city officials to close the St. Marys Airport with no penalties from the Federal Aviation Administration. The legislation also provides funding to build a new airport at a location to be determined outside city limits.

Russell said it will take at least five years for a new airport to be built because of the many required studies that would have to be conducted.

Rising property values in Chatham County mean that keeping the same millage rate requires the Board of Commissioners to advertise it as a tax hike.

A notice distributed this week by the Chatham County Board of Assessors that indicated the county commission intended to increase property taxes is a requirement of state law, he said, and can be misleading.

The current budget proposal is to maintain the current millage rate at 11.543 mills for the maintenance and operations fund, which is paid by taxpayers countywide. The commission intends to maintain the millage rate for the special service district, which is paid only by residents of the unincorporated area, at 4.13 mills.

But because the county opted to leave these rates the same, rather than roll them back, some property owners will notice an increase to their property tax bills. This increase is reflective of an increase in property values, not the property tax rate, Smith said. The county’s 2016-17 budget year starts July 1.

The new City of Tucker is gearing up and has hired Flowery Branch community development director John McHenry to oversee planning.

St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA is being bought by Tennessee-based LifePoint Health, offering financial stability for the Columbus facility.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Reuben Green, who won reelection last month, is being scrutinized by the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission over allegations that he’s too close to law enforcement.

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