Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 20, 2017

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 20, 2017

On January 20, 1788, the First African Baptist Church was established in Savannah, Georgia, one of the first black churches in the United States.

John Marshall was nominated as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President John Adams on January 20, 1801.

On January 20, 1920, DeForest Kelley was born in Atlanta and he grew up in Conyers. Kelley sang in the choir of his father’s church and appeared on WSB radio; he graduated from Decatur Boys High School and served in the United States Navy. Kelley became famous as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the original Star Trek series.

On January 20, 1928, Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia for the tenth time, staying through February 11th. During the visit, he spoke to the Chamber of Commerce of Americus and Sumter County, telling them

“In Georgia the movement towards the cities is growing by leaps and bounds and this means the abandonment of the farms or those farms that are not suited to the uses of agriculture. It means that we will have vacant lands but these can and should be used in growing timber.”

January 20th became Inaugural Day in 1937; when the date falls on a Sunday, a private inauguration of the President is held, with a public ceremony the following day. The Twentieth Amendment moved inauguration day from March 4 to January 20. Imagine six additional weeks of a lame duck President.

Roosevelt was sworn-in to a fourth term as President on Jauary 20, 1945 and died in Warm Springs on April 12, 1945.

On January 20, 1939, Paul D. Coverdell was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Coverdell was one of the key figures in the development of the Georgia Republican Party.

On January 20, 1977, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States.

On January 20, 1981, Ronald Wilson Reagan was inaugurated 40th President of the United States.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Georgia State Patrol troopers were sworn in temporarily as Deputy United States Marshals to help with security at today’s inauguration.

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Former Georgia Governor and President Jimmy Carter flew commercial and shook hands on the plane.

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Seventy of Georgia’s deplorables rode buses wrapped in “Make America Great Again” to Washington for the inauguration.

[M]ore than 70 Trump enthusiasts left Atlanta, arriving early Thursday morning at an RV campsite in College Park, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.

“We got a bunch of folks that’s really enjoying what we’re doing and it ain’t breaking the bank and we’re just having a good time,” said Wallace Mathis of Cordele, Ga.

“I think it’s going to be one of the greatest moments in history for the United States,” said Kim McCarthy of Alpharetta, Georgia. “I think he’s going to be one of the best presidents we’ve ever had.”

Sonny Perdue was introduced as the next Secretary of Agriculture by President-elect Donald Trump.

“Today, as you know, we appointed a secretary of agriculture. He happens to be a farmer. He happens to be… Oh, there his is. Look at that man. Sonny Perdue,” Trump said.

“He came into my office two months ago. Since then, I saw 10 people that everybody liked. Politically correct. And I kept thinking back to Sonny Perdue, a great, great farmer.”

Trump said he questioned the other candidates about their farming knowledge.

“Do you have any experience with farms or agriculture?” he asked one unnamed gentleman.

“No sir, I don’t.”

“Have you ever seen a farm?” the future president followed up.

Trump praised the applicant as a “great guy” but said “I can’t make him secretary of agriculture.”

It was the literal dirt on Perdue that set him apart.

“He loves the farms. Knows everything about farming. Knows everything about farming. He’s been successful in farming,” Trump said. “He knows the good stuff and the bad stuff.”

AJC Columnist Kyle Wingfield writes that he is optimistic for the Trump Presidency.

Education: As a candidate, Donald Trump promised a large federal school-choice program.

Tax reform: Trump talked a lot about fixing the U.S. tax code, and the area most in need of reform is the corporate income tax….Lowering that rate while reducing the number of exemptions would make the tax code, and companies’ tax-conscious decisions, more efficient.

Infrastructure and debt reduction: Yes, you read that correctly. One of Trump’s big talking points was the need to update our infrastructure, from roads and rails to airports….Use the money to reward states and cities that are also putting their own money into such projects, and it’d go even farther.

Ronna McDaniel was elected Chair of the Republican National Committee and Bob Paduchik was elected Co-Chair.

McDaniel is the second woman ever elected Chair of the RNC. Outgoing Chairman Reince Priebus gave his final remarks to the RNC capping the most successful run as Chairman in RNC history.

The votes electing McDaniel and Paduchik to their respective positions were both unanimous.

About Ronna McDaniel

This November, Ronna McDaniel helped deliver Michigan for Donald Trump and the GOP for the first time in decades. She was elected as the State Chairman from Michigan in February of 2015.

Ronna served as a Trump delegate and chaired the Michigan Delegation to the 2016 Republican National Convention. She has served as a Precinct Delegate, as a District Committee Executive Member and State Committeewoman in Michigan and served as National Delegate to the Tampa Convention representing Michigan’s 11th District.

In 2013, she served as Co-Chair for the Mackinac Leadership Conference and was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve on the Board of Marriage and Family Therapists.

In her local community of Northville, Ronna has served on land planning and public safety committees and is actively involved in her local PTA. She received her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. Ronna is married to Patrick McDaniel and has two children, Abigail and Nash.

About Bob Paduchik

Bob Paduchik most recently served as the Ohio State Director for the Trump-Pence presidential campaign. He was the Campaign Manager for Ohio Senator Rob Portman’s successful campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010, and was the Ohio State Director for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign in both 2000 and 2004, helping President Bush carry the state both times. From 2011 through 2015, Bob worked in a variety of roles at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade association representing the coal-fueled electricity industry. From October 2001 to January 2003, Bob served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols hosted another “Unholy Tour” to help Georgia leaders understand the extent of the sex trafficking problem in Metro Atlanta.

I think all elected officials in this state should be concerned about something that is a blight on our state where kids are being sold and their lives are being ruined,” he said.

Echols is among those who see strong connections between Atlanta’s reputation as a strip club mecca and its designation as a top city for sex trafficking.

Georgia voters appear to make the same conclusion. In November, 83 percent of voters agreed to a constitutional amendment requiring strip clubs and other adult businesses to contribute $5,000 annually to a fund for exploited children.

Echols’ tour began downtown, cruising the bus stations that organizers say are commonly used to bring minors in and out of the city for illicit reasons. From there the tour went west to Fulton Industrial, then north to strip clubs in Sandy Springs recently raided by police there.

That the purveyors of sex with children are mostly local makes some common sense as well. An Urban Institute study from 2014 found Atlanta’s sex trade generated nearly $300 million annually. It’s unlikely anything other than a fraction of that trade could be coming from out-of-towners.

You can watch a video of the Unholy Tour on Commissioner Echols Facebook page.

A Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney was arrested in an anti-prostitution sting in Dunwoody.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Wednesday he’s aware of the arrest and awaiting more information.

Quinn’s attorney, Noah Pines, has declined to comment on the facts of the case. But he described Quinn as “an outstanding lawyer who finds himself caught up in the system.”

Quinn turned himself in Tuesday and has been charged with pandering and violation of Georgia’s felony racketeering statute.

He is considered on leave from the DA’s office, where he works in the appeals section after years with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Porter said.

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