Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 2, 2017


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 2, 2017

On June 2, 1774, Britain’s Parliament passed the Quartering Act, the last of the Coercive Acts, meant to punish the American colonies and reassert British control. Eventually, the Third Amendment to the United States Constitution would prohibit the forcible quartering of soldiers in private homes.

On June 4, 1785, James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, met with John Adams, the first ambassador from the new United States to Great Britain.

Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commanding forces west of the Mississippi, surrendered on June 2, 1865, and this date is generally considered the end of the Civil War.

On June 4, 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to always be right vote. In August 1920, enough states had ratified the 19th Amendment that it took effect.

On June 3, 1941, Georgia voters ratified a Constitutional Amendment extending the term of office for Governor and the other Constitutional Officers from two years to four. Governor Eugene Talmadge campaigned for the Amendment, hoping to serve a four-year term after the two-year term he currently held, but was defeated in the 1942 Democratic Primary by Ellis Arnall. Remember this phrase: legislation almost always has unintended consequences.

On June 3, 1942, Curtis Mayfield was born in Chicago, Illinois and would later live in Atlanta, dying in Roswell in 1999.

The Battle of Midway began on June 4, 1942. During the battle, four Japanese aircraft carriers that had participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor and one cruiser were sunk at the cost of one American carrier and one destroyer.

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953.

On June 2, 1962, Georgia-born Ray Charles hit #1 on the charts with “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

On the morning of June 3, 1962, a plane carrying 106 Georgians crashed on take-off from Orly near Paris, the deadliest crash in aviation to that date.

On June 3, 1980, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter had amassed enough delegates to assure his nomination in the Democratic Primary for President.

Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Tiananman Square Massacre in Beijing, China. Pro-democracy protests had begun on April 15, 1989 and on May 20, martial law was declared. The People’s Liberation Army began taking the square back on the evening of June 3d.

Jim Galloway was in Beijing during the protests and crackdown and wrote about it at the AJC Political Insider Blog.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

As of the latest absentee voter file from the Secretary of State’s office, 33,957 early and advance votes have been cast to date in the Sixth Congressional District Special Runoff Election.


State Senator Michael Williams announced yesterday that he is running for Governor in 2018. From his press release email:


Businessman and Georgia State Senator Michael Williams formally launches his campaign for Governor of Georgia. His will be a campaign focused on radical conservative reform and opposition to politics as usual.

June 1, 2017 – Businessman Michael Williams is officially running to be the next Republican Governor of Georgia. Mr. Williams is running on a message of fearless conservative reform, exposing the political games played by the establishment in Atlanta. It’s time for more results, less talk, and no excuses.

Taking on the establishment is nothing new for Mr. Williams, he challenged a career politician for State Senate in 2014. He self-financed his campaign by spending over $300,000 of his own money, beating the incumbent 66% – 34%. Williams is committed to spending a significant sum of his personal wealth on his campaign for Governor.

Mr. Williams stated, “Voters are tired of the political games and the false promises of career politicians. People want someone willing to take a stand for what they believe, someone who will relentlessly pursue fearless conservative reform.”  He continued, “If you want more politics as usual, vote for my opponents. If you want fearless conservative reform, vote for Michael Williams.”

Georgia has had a Republican Governor for almost 16 years and a Republican controlled House and Senate for over a decade. Yet we have not passed basic conservative legislation. We have yet to pass tax reform, school choice legislation, constitutional carry, spending cuts, and many other bedrocks of the Republican Party. The gamesmanship of “election year conservatives” will end under Governor Williams. More results, less talk. No excuses!

As the first Georgia elected official to endorse Donald Trump for President, Mr. Williams has witnessed the passion of voters who are fed up with politics as usual. He looks forward to sharing more of his conservative, outsider message to voters across the state of Georgia. To learn more about his campaign and to get involved, visit

A fundraising email sent later in the day adds more:

As the first Georgia elected official to endorse Donald Trump for President, I’ve witnessed the passion of voters who are fed up with politics as usual. Voters are tired of the political games and the false promises of career politicians. People want someone willing to take a stand for what they believe, someone who will relentlessly pursue fearless conservative reform.

If you want more politics as usual, vote for my opponents. If you want fearless conservative reform, vote for Michael Williams.

You and I both know that the establishment and career politicians oppose our fearless conservative message. They know that if I am elected Governor we will implement the conservative policies they have long opposed.


  • Support a Georgia FairTax, eliminating the state income tax and replacing it with state sales tax similar to what they have in Florida.
  • Support important legislation defending the 2nd Amendment, known as “Constitutional Carry”.
  • Support term limits for all statewide elected offices. Currently, the Governor is the only term limited office in the state. Our current Lt. Governor has held his office for 12-years!
  • Support Religious Freedom legislation. Georgia has tried for several years to enact this legislation. I am already working to bring all the stakeholders together in order to pass and sign this legislation into law as Governor
  • Support Law Enforcement Pay Raises. Georgia law enforcement officers are some of the lowest paid in the nation. I have teamed up with Duane “Dog The Bounty Hunter” Chapman to bring attention to  legislation to increase the minimum salary for all officers. As Governor, I will ensure this becomes law.
  • Improve Homeschooling Laws. Allow home-schooled students access to school athletic programs and facilities. This has been successfully implemented in Florida and can be done here. Home-school parents pay the same school taxes as everyone else and should receive equal services.
  • Always Stand for Pro-Life Causes.
  • Keep Casinos Out of Georgia. Casino gambling is not right for Georgia. It is now being proposed to “save” the HOPE scholarship. Yet we are currently not collecting over $400 million a year that is owed from the state lottery. The lottery was supposed to contribute 35% of proceeds to HOPE. Currently, HOPE is only receiving approximately 23%. This money will be immediately recovered when I am elected Governor.
  • Many more important issues that I will share as we spread our message across this state!

The Georgia Republican Party State Convention is being held in Augusta this weekend.

Last year’s convention was also held in Augusta. Delegates from nearly all 159 Georgia counties will be at the two-day event beginning at 10 a.m. today at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. State party spokesman Ryan Mahoney said about 3,000 are expected to attend.

Herman Cain, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate, is the featured speaker at a “Victory Breakfast” on Saturday.

Four men, including Evans plant manager and 12th District GOP Chairman Mike Welsh, are running for state chairman.

Gov. Nathan Deal and other state Republican officials are scheduled to attend. One of the goals for delegates and party officials will be to garner support for next year’s statewide and legislative elections.

From the AJC on the State Convention.

A tumultuous fight is underway to lead the cash-strapped state party, and its outcome could determine whether the party veers to the right or aims for a more mainstream message. And candidates in the pitched battle for governor and other 2018 races face an early test from grass-roots activists.

It’s a fraught time for Republicans, and many of the hundreds of activists gathering for the two-day event have poured their energy into the vote over the party’s leadership. W. John Wood, the chairman of the Savannah-based 1st Republican District, said the mood is undeniably “anxious.”

“Across the state, you have this feeling where you are in the locker room, lights out trying to stay focused — but you know once you walk out the tunnel there is no going back,” he said. “The party has the resolve, but the real question is who we will follow out of that tunnel.”

Republican leaders complain about an ineffective party operation that provides them little help. Contributions have largely dried up, and the Georgia GOP’s balance sheet is mired in red ink. The latest federal filings show the party has $223,000 in the bank — and $317,000 in debts.

Each of the announced candidates in the governor’s race — Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams — is expected to speak. So will Attorney General Chris Carr and a gaggle of candidates seeking to replace Kemp and Cagle.

“There is a lot of momentum going into the state convention as we look forward to a fresh start and new beginnings,” said Jade Morey, a Republican activist from Middle Georgia and Handel volunteer who called it an opportune time to “come together and coalesce around our message” behind the candidate.

Flowery Branch officials complain that Hall County tax assessors valuations are causing issues for the municipality.

Some members of the city council had hopes of lowering the rate in order to remain revenue neutral, but an unexpected re-evaluation of one property in particular by the Hall County Tax Assessor’s Office is forcing council members to rethink that move and assume a defensive posture.

“My problem is the bigger issue of the problems within the tax accessor’s office,” Miller said.  “I don’t see how a property that’s been there for over ten years…can overnight double in value.”

“We’re living on a hope and prayer of an office that can’t even get an estimate right,” Miller added.

Moon was asked if she knew if the owners of Tree Park had appealed their tax appraisal with the county, hoping to get it reduced.  Moon said she did not know.

Miller said that because the city council did not know if Tree Park would be granted a lower appraisal, compounded by the unknown of how much other revaluations granted by the Hall County Tax Assessor’s Office might affect their revenues, keeping the millage rate the same as last year was pragmatic.

Columbus police targeted distracted drivers, issuing nearly 100 citations.

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