Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 2, 2016


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 2, 2016

On September 4, 1682, Edmund Halley first sighted the comet that bears his name.

On September 5, 1774, the Continental Congress convened for the first time at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia; delegates attended from all the colonies except Georgia.

The Stars and Stripes first flew in battle on September 3, 1776 at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware.

A fleet of 22 French ships arrived off the coast of Savannah on September 3, 1779 to help wrest control of the city from the British.

Scheduled steamship service first began on September 4, 1807, when Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began plying the trade on the Hudson River.

On September 3, 1862, the writ of habeas corpus was suspended in Atlanta and within five miles of its border by the Confederate government. Two years later, September 3, 1864, General William T. Sherman would occupy Atlanta.

Atlanta Mayor James Calhoun surrendered the city to federal forces on September 2, 1864.

Calhoun’s two-sentence letter, directed to Brig.-Gen. William Ward stated: “Sir: The fortune of war has placed Atlanta in your hands. As mayor of the city I ask protection of non-combatants and private property.”

General William T. Sherman ordered all civilians out of Atlanta on September 4, 1864.

The Georgia General Assembly expelled 25 of 29 African-American members from the State House on September 3, 1868, arguing that Georgia’s constitution did not allow them to hold office.

The cornerstone of the Georgia State Capitol was laid on September 2, 1885.

Vince Dooley was born on September 4, 1932. Happy birthday, coach!

Anne Frank, age 15, and seven other Jews who were hiding together in Amsterdam were the last Dutch prisoners transported to Auschwitz on September 3, 1944.

The Heart of Atlanta Motel opened at 255 Courtland Street in downtown Atlanta on September 5, 1956. It included a three-story diving platform reached by spiral stairs and a pool large enough to hold a ski boat. African-Americans were not allowed at the Heart of Atlanta. [Photos © Georgia State University]

heart of atlanta

After passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned racial discrimination in interstate commerce, the Heart of Atlanta’s owner sued the federal government, asserting that the Act was an overly broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.

The resulting decision by the United States Supreme Court upheld the Act, finding that Congress was within its authority to ban racial discrimination in businesses affecting interstate commerce.

Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called out National Guard troops to prevent the desegregation under court order of Little Rock’s Central High School on September 4, 1957.

On September 5, 1969, United States Army Lieutenant William Calley was charged with murder in connection with the deaths of 109 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. An Army inquiry listed 30 people who knew of the event and charges were filed against 14; Calley was the only conviction. Later, President Nixon paroled Calley. From 1975 to 2005 or 2006, Calley lived and worked in Columbus, Georgia, before moving to Atlanta. In 2009, Calley apologized for the events at My Lai while speaking to a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus.

Author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien died on September 2, 1973.

Having received the Democratic nomination for President, Jimmy Carter began the General Election with an address from his front porch in Plains, Georgia on September 3, 1976.

Today at noon, UGA Professor Charles Bullock will discuss the Three Governors Controversy in a lunch-time lecture at the state archives.

Bullock, the University Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens, co-authored “The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia’s Progressive Politics,” with Scott E. Buchanan. The book was published last year.

“The three-governor dispute of 1946 arose immediately after the death of governor-elect Eugene Talmadge in December 1946,” noted Jill Sweetapple, reference archivist for the Georgia Archives.

Bullock “will be … providing a brief overview of the claims of Ellis Arnall, Herman Talmadge and M. E. Thompson to be the governor of Georgia in 1947,” Sweetapple said. “The talk will cover the elections that led to these claims and the resolution first by the General Assembly and then, ultimately, by Georgia’s Supreme Court.”

Bullock will speak at the archives, 5800 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow. The program is part of the archives’ free Lunch and Learn lecture series and starts at noon.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

In Macon, a 23-year old man is accused of trafficking a 16-year old Warner Robins girl, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Akeem Lawrence Taylor of Warner Robins was indicted Tuesday by a Houston County grand jury on a charge of trafficking persons for sexual servitude.

Other charges in the indictment included pimping out a minor for the purpose of prostitution, sexual exploitation of children and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Taylor is accused of harboring a 16-year-old, who had run away from her Warner Robins home, and pimping her out at two motels between Aug. 2 and Aug. 4, according to the indictment and police reports.

Yesterday, Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 56 counties in South and Central Georgia.

“Georgia is expected to receive severe weather related to Tropical Storm [now Hurricane] Hermine through Saturday,” Deal said. “We are working to ensure counties in south, central and coastal Georgia have access to the state resources necessary to prepare and respond when Tropical Storm Hermine enters Georgia. Our Emergency Operations Command will continue closely monitoring this storm and additional counties may be included in this declaration as needed.”

The declaration includes the following counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan,  Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson,  Lanier, Laurens, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, McIntosh, Mitchell, Montgomery, Pierce, Richmond, Screven, Seminole, Tattnall, Telfair, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Ware, Wayne, Wheeler, Wilcox and Worth counties.

The Georgia Ports Authority will be closed today due to the weather, according to the Times-Free Press.

Closed facilities include Garden City Terminal and Ocean Terminal in Savannah; and the Colonel’s Island Bulk Facility and Mayor’s Point Terminal in Brunswick.

The GPA said it may resume field operations as early as Friday evening.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and for the safety of our employees, local residents, customers and service providers, we are closing our facilities until the storm has passed,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “The GPA would like to thank our port users, stakeholders and employees for their continued support.”

Attorney General Sam Olens issued an official opinion in the dispute between Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the Georgia Board of Nursing over the Board’s authority to accept or reject an Executive Director named by the SOS.

Based upon my review of the applicable law, I conclude that the Secretary of State and the Board have related but separate, distinguishable roles with respect to the selection of the executive director of the Board.  The Secretary of State has the authority to select which candidate or candidates to submit to the Board for its approval, and the Board has the authority to approve who may be appointed to serve as its executive director.  Only a qualified person who has been submitted for approval by the Secretary of State and approved by the Board can be appointed to serve as its executive director.

Since the Board’s approval of its executive director is required, the Board’s disapproval of a candidate precludes that candidate from serving as the Board’s executive director.

The Secretary of State has the authority to select which candidate or candidates to submit to the Board for its approval, and the Board has the authority to approve from the submitted candidate or candidates who may be appointed to serve as its executive director.  Only a qualified person who has been approved by the Board can be appointed to serve as its executive director

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce offered three options for Medicaid expansion, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Georgia Chamber of Commerce Presi­dent Chris Clark called the options released Wednesday a “kick-start” for conversations with Gov. Nathan Deal and legislators.

“Any of these plans would serve as a game-ready playbook for lawmakers seeking a fiscally responsible and sustainable path to cover Georgia’s uninsured, revitalize a rural health care network in crisis and undergird our safety net hospitals,” Clark said.

All three options suggest Geor­gia require recipients to pay something for insurance premiums and expand work requirements statewide for people receiving food assistance, sweeteners for conservative lawmakers who hold legislative majorities.

Adam Sweat, a spokesman for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, said Cagle is interested in “conservative proposals” that increase access to care. House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, said the options “will add to ongoing conversations on how to mitigate the continuing fallout from Obama­care in our health care system.”

Congressman David Scott (D-Atlanta) addded another Republican to the list of candidates he is supporting this year, according to

Freshman Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), the only female black Republican in Congress, says she received a campaign donation from an unlikely source: one of her Democratic colleagues in the House.

Love tells The Salt Lake Tribune that Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) sought her out in House Republicans’ Capitol Hill Club to give a $1,000 check from his campaign committee to help her win in November.

A startled Love said she asked if it was a joke. Scott, a black member of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, insisted that it wasn’t, saying that “it is important for us to have people of color on both sides of the aisle.”

A startled Love said she asked if it was a joke. Scott, a black member of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, insisted that it wasn’t, saying that “it is important for us to have people of color on both sides of the aisle.”

Senator Johnny Isakson will start a three-day tour of military bases in Albany on Monday, according to the Albany Herald.

In Albany, Isakson will meet at 1:30 p.m. with the Georgia House of Representatives Military Affairs Study Committee meeting, which is being hosted by Albany Area Chamber of Commerce at the Albany Welcome Center, 112 N. Front St.

The senator will meet with the committee Tuesday at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus and with Robins Air Force Base leadership on Wednesday in Warner Robins.

Senator David Perdue released a statement about Donald J. Trump’s trip to Mexico and immigration speech.

“What we’ve seen from Donald Trump today is nothing short of presidential, as he demonstrated bold leadership during his visit to Mexico. The plan he unveiled tonight is consistent with his efforts to restore law and order to our country. Trump has been clear since day one that he will make America safe again by first securing our borders and enforcing current immigration laws.”

“National security is a top priority for Georgians and all Americans. For too long, President Obama has ignored the real national security risks associated with illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Instead, Obama has consistently circumvented Congress and the American people to implement his executive amnesty agenda. Trump’s leadership is sorely needed as we cannot allow Hillary Clinton to continue this legacy of lawlessness.”

Four amendments to the Georgia Constitution are on the 2016 ballot, and the Marietta Daily Journal takes a quick look at them.

Gwinnett County government employees are leaving at an high rate, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Human Resources Director Scott Fuller told a citizen’s budget review committee on Thursday that it’s a widespread problem across county government. The issue hits close to home for Fuller’s department as it’s had it’s own share of employees lured away by jobs in other governments, agencies and businesses.

“The economy has stepped up so there’s more competition for county employees,” Fuller told the committee. “We’ve got some folks that are leaving at a little higher level, but we’re doing our best. We’re doing a very good job at filling our positions, as challenging as it is, but our goals remain the same for next year.”

“It’s a good thing and a bad thing,” county commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said. “From the standpoint of hiring and developing the great employees that we have in Gwinnett County, they are viewed typically — particularly in local government around here — as having a reputation for being professional and knowing what they’re doing with their particular areas.

The Georgia Department of Labor will help find 100 new employees for Shaw Industries.

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Shaw Industries recruit 100 lift truck operators for its plant in Adairsville.

The recruitment will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College-Gordon County Campus located at 1151 Highway 53 Spur S.W. in Calhoun. GDOL staff will be on site to help screen applicants.

For more information about the jobs, or to apply online, visit to create an account and upload, or prepare, a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process.

Floyd County Superior Court Judge Walter J. Matthews retires today after 28 years on the bench.

Matthews was appointed to his seat in 1988 by former Gov. Joe Frank Harris to fill the unexpired term of then Judge John A. Frazier Jr. He was made chief judge in 2003 when Chief Judge Robert G. Walther retired.

Matthews doesn’t plan to take it easy in his retirement. He’ll serve as a senior judge, presiding over cases around the state when local judges are absent or have to recuse themselves. He also plans to do some private mediation work.

Gov. Nathan Deal will appoint a judge to serve the rest of Matthews’ term, which ends in 2018.

Martha Jacobs, chief assistant district attorney, Billy Sparks, attorney at law, and Mark Webb, a partner at Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis, have made the short list to replace Matthews.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan ruled that the Atlanta Botanical Gardens can ban firearms from its facilities.

Judge Gail Tusan ruled Thursday that despite the public ownership of the land, the botanical garden is a private entity and can lawfully prohibit guns.

Court records show Phillip Evans, a group member with a state firearms license, was escorted out of the botanical garden in 2014 for wearing a handgun in a waistband holster. His attorney argued that the garden leases land from the city of Atlanta and cannot keep properly licensed people from carrying weapons there.

The federal move away from using private prisons means a project in Decatur County, Georgia will not be finished, according to the Post-Searchlight.


On Saturday, September 17, 2016, the Ninth District Georgia Republican Party will hold a free rally in Commerce, GA.

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