Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 4, 2016

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 4, 2016

On October 4, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegram to the Georgia Democratic Party Convention delegates in appreciation for their support of his admininstration.

The Savannah River Bridge opened on October 4, 1925.

Beverly Hills, 90210 debuted on October 4, 1990.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Brandon Philips went fishing after being thrown overboard by the Trump campaign. Some might say he became a fisher of men. From the Tallahassee Democrat.

Brodley put in his 28-foot power boat at Carrabelle in the morning. Accompanying him on the boat were his friend Brandon Phillips, Phillips’ girlfriend and another friend.

“We met down at Carrabelle early, loaded up with ice and everything. We were out and about, hitting several dive spots,” said Phillips, who began spearfishing about a year ago. “We were coming back in and were going to hit one more dive spot when I saw something I didn’t recognize.”

Brodley said Phillips pointed to an object off the boat’s starboard.

“He spotted what looked like a buoy, just floating. And on a whim, we headed in that direction just to see what it was,” Brodley said. “About halfway to them, we could see them splashing.”

As they approached, the men couldn’t believe the sight of four men, exhausted, hanging on to a floating Igloo cooler. They were 23 miles offshore.

According to the men’s account, their boat sank just after they had set out at 8 that morning. Phillips spotted them at 4 p.m., after they were floating for eight hours. They were only about three and a half hours from sunset when the situation could have turned deadly.

Attorney General Sam Olens will interview today for the presidency at Kennesaw State University.

“There has been speculation about this for some time, and up until now, I have remained silent on the matter. Initially, I was planning to conduct a national search to find the next president of Kennesaw State,” University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in a statement to KSU students and faculty Monday. “Yet, through sincere and earnest conversations with Mr. Olens, I now believe he should be considered at this time.”

The Judicial Nominating Commission has released its list of recommended candidates for three seats on the Georgia Supreme Court. Governor Nathan Deal will likely appoint from the list, but is not limited to doing so.

Charlie Bethel – Senator, Georgia State Senate
Michael P. Boggs – Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
Elizabeth L. (Lisa) Branch – Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
John J. Ellington – Presiding Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
Stephen S. Goss – Judge, Dougherty Judicial Circuit
Britt Grant – Solicitor General, Office of Attorney General
Carla Wong McMillian – Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
M. Yvette Miller – Presiding Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
Nels S.D. Peterson – Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
William M. (Billy) Ray, II – Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
Eric Richardson – Judge, Fulton County State Court
Lawton E. Stephens – Judge, Western Judicial Circuit
Paige Reese Whitaker – Deputy District Attorney, Fulton County District Attorney’s Office

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle unleashed his book “Education Unleashed” at Johnson High School in Gainesville yesterday.

“Education is the great equalizer,” Cagle said. “We are not bound by our circumstances.”

He said he has lived that life — going to eight elementary schools before the sixth grade, being raised by a single mother, being poor.

“You’re not defined by where you are,” Cagle said.

He called for education reform that focuses on charter schools and college and career academies, two ideas he has promoted as lieutenant governor.

He said local communities should “come together to strategically determine” the course of education for themselves.

He emphasized that education should not be “one size fits all” and said it “should focus on the needs of the individual student.”

Cagle touted the technical jobs of the future that will not require a four-year degree — not liberal arts, anyway.

So, will we see a full book tour of Georgia complete with a custom-wrapped tour bus? I’d do it if I were him.

Casino giant MGM appears poised to make another push into Georgia after its President spoke to the Atlanta Rotary.

On Monday, the Chairman and CEO of casino and hotel giant MGM Resorts International told local business and civic leaders that Las Vegas-style gambling, including a $1 billion-plus resort in Atlanta, could be an economic engine for the state and could boost the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship program.

MGM chief Jim Murren’s visit to the Rotary Club of Atlanta came weeks after a study by an education coalition, backed in part by gambling interests, found that the program could face financial challenges in the years ahead despite a record $1 billion pumped into education programs last fiscal year.

Murren told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview if his company were allowed to operate in Georgia, MGM could spend more than $1.4 billion on “an integrated resort” featuring a casino, hotel, concert hall, restaurants and shopping.

The complex would employ perhaps 4,000 people and complement Atlanta’s hospitality industry, he said.

Senator Judson Hill also serves as a Captain in the Georgia State Defense Force, and spoke to WTOC-TV about training exercises for natural disasters in Savannah.

The Georgia State Defense Force trained for natural disaster response Saturday, in their most involved and complicated exercise to date. It was also their largest training exercise – with more than 300 dedicated troops, three aircraft, and support from the Army National Guard.

“Education is important on the back end but training is important on the front end,” said Commanding General Thomas Danielson, Georgia State Defense Force. “Usually there’s not much time if there is an event. There’s very little time to get ready and get all your gear ready and go out.”

“We’ll come in and assist the local community alongside the guard and personnel to bring security and safety back to the community and also go out and search and find those people who may have been injured,” said Georgia State Senator Captain Judson Hill of the Georgia State Defense Force.

Johnny Isakson and Jim Barksdale meet in the November General Election for United States Senate, and WABE looks at how each is appealing to Democratic voters.

“Probably it required a novice like Barksdale to be maybe willing to take the challenge,” said University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock.

Bullock said Barksdale needs to make himself known.

“Most Georgians don’t have a fix on him either positive or negative. So the thing Jim Barksdale has to do first is introduce himself to most voters before he can hope to win over their support,” Bullock said.

[Johnny Isakson] has the endorsement of Georgia Congressman David Scott, and support from former Sen. Sam Nunn.

“Johnny Isakson’s been a friend of mine for a long time,” said Nunn, the father of Michelle Nunn, the Democrat who ran for Senate in 2014. Two years later, the former long-time senator has donated to Isakson’s campaign. Nunn said he hasn’t forgotten a time in the 1970s when Isakson showed up to one of his first campaign rallies.

“My campaign manager at that time rented a great big ball room that would have held about 600 people,” Nunn said. “There were about eight people there. Johnny was one of them. So that friendship goes back a long way.”

Bullock said Isakson has the tricky task of attracting independents and Democrats without alienating Trump supporters. Isakson quietly endorsed Trump, but says he won’t apologize for him.

Democratic Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey) came to Atlanta to hoover up cash for Clinton and also spoke to voters.

The 47-year-old U.S. senator, a New Jersey Democrat, Snapped, stumped and raised cash for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and, befitting his role as the party’s millennial in chief, he did it all to help pull younger voters to the polls.

On his way to a rally at Georgia Tech on Monday, Booker did a “carpool karaoke” on Snapchat and rallied young voters for the Democrats’ presidential campaign.

Once on campus, Booker cajoled, pleaded and downright begged the 50 or so students there to get to the polls and share their experience on social media.

“I wouldn’t be here now in Georgia if this wasn’t a state that’s in play,” he said. “And I was sent to a college campus here because we want to energize young people to know all that’s at stake.”

Republican staffers in the United States Senate may be hostages pawns eligible for extra unpaid vacation in Sen. David Perdue’s plan to reduce the national debt.

After less than two years in Congress, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., thinks he’s figured out what’s needed to fix the cumbersome way lawmakers fund the federal government: teeth.

More specifically, the freshman senator from Georgia wants members of both the Senate and the House and their staff to suffer “severe consequences” if Congress fails to pass a budget. He proposes mandatory pay cuts and canceled recesses as a way to keep the lawmakers on track.

A successful businessman, Perdue admitted that a smaller paycheck probably wouldn’t hurt him or many of his wealthy Senate colleagues. But he told reporters Thursday that lawmakers “don’t want to see their staff blown up.”

That’s a harsh but necessary consequence for Congress as the nation faces a looming debt crisis, Perdue said as he released the broad strokes of his plan to overhaul the budget process.

“Right now, we have a budget crisis,” he said. “Fixing the budget process will not solve the debt crisis, but we will not solve the debt crisis unless and until we address the dysfunction in our budget process.”

Don Cole has his own take on Perdue’s plan to attack the budget and national debt.

Last week, Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina referred to Freshman Georgia Senator David Perdue as a “Two year old politician.” The context of that reference was a series of speeches on the Senate floor about the budget process.

Senator Perdue has spent months quietly working with his senate colleagues to address the budget process.Then, on September 28, he scheduled the time for the Freshman Senators to join him.

In the fashion of a learned professor, he lectured the seasoned Senators about the budget. He used plain, common sense language.

Senator Perdue, then introduced speaker after speaker to address the issue. Most speakers were in their first term. All had run on the platform of rebuilding the economy and getting the deficit under control. Like many before them, they discovered that the culture and philosophy in DC had no resemblance to the culture and philosophy of the voters who sent them to DC.

Senator Perdue was clearly the leader of this group. He introduced each speaker. Each speaker thanked him for leading the way to get a serious conversation going. The entire colloquy lasted an hour.

Political signs are a menace to society, or at least to drivers, according to WALB-TV.

Kyle Collins with the Department of Transportation said the signs can be a distraction for drivers.

“Look and think before you place these campaign signs. And a general rule of thumb, is looking where the utility pole or telephone pole is. If you place it even or behind the telephone pole, you’re generally going to be okay, ” said Collins.

The Troup County Republican Party opened a joint office with the Trump campaign in LaGrange.

“Right now they have us listed as a battleground state, they don’t even have us leaning republican,” chairman Rayna Casey said. “There again, the reason we need places that are so important to us like the Troup County GOP headquarters is to get the vote out.”

Casey says Donald Trump, Jr. is expected to stump in Georgia in the next couple of weeks to mobilize more GOP voters in the state. The last time the state of Georgia went to a Democrat, Bill Clinton won the 1992 presidential election. Several polls currently have Trump ahead of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by about five points in Georgia.

The LaGrange News has more:

“I think the significance is that we have a lot of volunteers that want a headquarters to come to gather together to come up with strategies to reach out to their neighbors and get the word out,” Casey said. “We just want people to come and volunteer. This is a great opportunity and a perfect location. It’s so easy to find because it’s right downtown and there’s parking next door. So, this is the place to be.”

She said the opening of the headquarters will have an impact on the election.

“The office is only as good as the volunteers. It’s just a brick structure, it’s not going to turn out the vote,” she said. “It’s these dedicated people that are obviously passionate about this campaign, and I’m very sure that Troup County will turn out the vote when it comes to the election voting.”

Joanna Flynn, the chair of the Troup County Republican Women; Peter Alford, chair of the Troup County Republican Party; and Troup County Commissioners’ Chair Patrick Crews also addressed the crowd.

Early voting begins Oct. 17 and ends Nov. 4. Election Day is Nov. 8.

The Georgia Ports Authority had yet another record-breaking month in August, according to the Times-Herald.

Former Carroll County Commission Chair Bill Chappell died Saturday at the age of 69.

Carroll County Commissioner Trent North asked officials at West Georgia Technical College to consider building dorms for students.

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