Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 10, 2017


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 10, 2017

On August 10, 1774, a group calling itself the “Sons of Liberty” met at Tondee’s Tavern in Savannah, the first move in Georgia toward what would become the Revolutionary War. The Sons of Liberty adopted eight resolutions, among those one that reads,

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That we apprehend the Parliament of Great Britain hath not, nor ever had, any right to tax his Majesty’s American subjects; for it is evident beyond contradiction, the constitution admits of no taxation without representation; that they are coeval and inseparable; and every demand for the support of government should be by requisition made to the several houses of representatives.

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That we concur with our sister colonies in every constitutional measure to obtain redress of American grievances, and will by every lawful means in our power, maintain those inestimable blessings for which we are indebted to God and the Constitution of our country–a Constitution founded upon reason and justice, and the indelible rights of mankind.

The first copy in Georgia of the Declaration of Independence was read publicly in Savannah on August 10, 1776.

On August 10, 1787, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

Missouri was admitted as the 24th State, and the first entirely west of the Mississippi River, on August 10, 1821.

On August 10, 1864, the bombardment of Atlanta by Union force continued, with Sherman writing, ““Let us destroy Atlanta and make it a desolation.”

Sherman-and-Cannon Atlanta

The first Georgia state Motor Fuel Tax was enacted on August 10, 1921, when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation imposing a one-cent per gallon tax.

Japan accepted unconditional surrender on August 10, 1945, one day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Red Dawn, the first movie rated PG-13 was released on August 10, 1984.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The State of Georgia’s lawsuit against Florida over water flow in the Chattahoochee River gained stream as several county governments filed an amicus brief.

A deluge of counties and cities on Monday joined in the war for water among Georgia and Florida that centers on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River basin.

Gainesville joined with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Forsyth, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Fulton counties and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority in filing an amicus brief on Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court. It argues that Florida had not proved that tighter water-use restrictions on Georgians would benefit Florida residents.

Florida is aiming for a cap on water consumption in Georgia, arguing that the resource is overused in the Peach State on its way to Florida and that the state’s environment and oyster industry in the Gulf of Mexico are being damaged.

The brief filed on Monday by Gainesville and other municipalities and organizations in Georgia supports Lancaster’s decision.

“Florida challenged two basic water uses in this case: municipal and industrial water use in Metropolitan Atlanta and agricultural water use in Southwest Georgia,” the brief states. “In neither region would the damage inflicted on Georgia be remotely justified by the benefits of a consumption cap.”

It’s estimated such a consumption cap would cost Georgia’s economy billions of dollars.

Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard was elected Chief Judge of the Western Judicial Circuit, which comprises Oconee and Clarke Counties.

Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) held a Town Hall in Gainesville that was disrupted by angry Democrats.

Right out of the gate, Democratic protesters jeered and debated Collins on congressional Republicans’ failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. President Donald Trump was none too popular with the group, either.

The Public Safety Center on Queen City Parkway, where the town hall was held, was overflowing and late attendees were turned away at the door.

The climax of the protests came close to the end of the town hall, which lasted about 80 minutes. Protester Marisa Pyle, who at various points argued health care points with Collins, stood and unfurled a sign proclaiming “Collins voted to kill me.” The sign was seized by local law enforcement and Pyle was escorted out of the courtroom.

At this point, the rest of the protest group walked out of the town hall in solidarity with Pyle, who was present at the May protest in Gainesville. She has met with Collins and his staff to talk about health care in the past.

Collins left on a positive note.

“I’m just glad that they were here, and I’m glad that you were here,” he said, noting to loud applause that America’s best days are ahead of it and that disagreements along the way will happen. “But I do not believe evil on anyone who was here who disagrees with me and I would pray they would not believe evil on me because I disagree with them.”

Congressman Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) continues his tour of Town Hall meetings.

Some residents of Georgia’s First Congressional District were surprised to find out late Monday that their tickets to town halls with U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, this week had been canceled.

Carter, a second-term Republican, scheduled nine town halls throughout the First District this week. By the time online registration ended Monday, four of the town halls – Savannah, Richmond Hill, Rincon and Darien – were listed on Carter’s site as “sold out.” In a statement sent Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Carter said that “less than 1 percent” of tickets for at-capacity venues were canceled for people who requested tickets to multiple town halls.

“The only instance where this happened was if a constituent was still guaranteed an opportunity to attend another meeting they requested,” Mary Frances Carpenter, Carter’s deputy chief of staff, said in an email.

In her statement, Carpenter said the decision to switch to ticket-based registration was made to “ensure that constituents in the First District are able to attend town hall meetings in an orderly and efficient fashion.” Carter exited his last town hall meeting in Savannah through a back door, avoiding a lobby full of chanting protesters.

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) will hold a Town Hall meeting at Kennesaw State University on Monday, August 14, 2017.

The doors for the town hall open at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center located on Prillaman Way. Space is limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Isakson has held three telephone town hall events in 2017, two in March and one in July, according to Marie Gordon, spokesperson for Isakson.

Liberal agitators are expected to make an appearance at Isakson’s event.

A local chapter of the progressive group Indivisible indicated it’s planning to make its presence known when the Republican takes the stage at Kennesaw State University on Monday evening.

“THIS IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN TRAINING FOR!!!” read the description of the Facebook event inviting members of Indivisible Sea Change, the 6th Congressional District chapter of the Trump resistance group, to the town hall.

Georgia is the second-most strict state in punishing DUI convitction, according to WalletHub.

Columbus City Council adopted a resolution urging the Muscogee County Board of Tax Assessors to refrain from changing assessments from last year’s values.

The impetus for this resolution, of course, is an unprecedented spate of tax increases, some of them as high as tenfold, that recently hit local property owners. The resolution presented by Councilor Glenn Davis rightly notes that some of these increases “are a burden on the citizens … and are, in many cases, far in excess of that which is appropriate.”

With a Monday deadline for filing appeals, a Sept. 1 deadline for the Muscogee Tax Commissioner to submit the tax digest to the state and a Dec. 1 deadline for people with unresolved appeals to pay either their 2016 taxes or 85 percent of this year’s while they wait for a decision, this process is nothing short of frantic.

After state Rep. Richard Smith, R-Columbus, confirmed with the Georgia Department of Revenue that the Board of Tax Assessors is indeed empowered to roll back the assessments to 2016 levels, it became likely that the city governing body would propose a “freeze” of another kind, in this case a short-term rather than a permanent one.

Augusta Commissioners will not have offices in the Augusta Municipal Building.

2018 Elections

Former President Jimmy Carter says “hopefully,” Stacey Abrams will win the 2018 elelction for Governor.

The Georgia Democrat was introducing former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams at a July 25 fundraising dinner in Americus for the Boys and Girls Club when he went off script.

“I shouldn’t say it, but she’s going to be – possibly, and hopefully for me – our next governor of Georgia,” he said to applause. The Plains native goes on to call her a “remarkable” politician who “knows how to reach out to both sides.”

Clay Tippins, nephew of State Senator Lindsey Tippins and a former Navy SEAL, is considering a bid for Governor, according to the AJC Political Insider.

He joined the elite Navy SEALs shortly after graduating and later moved to Silicon Valley to work for several startups. In the mid-2000s, he re-enlisted in the Navy Reserves and was recently dispatched to Iraq for a counter-terrorism tour of duty.

He’s now an executive vice president of Capgemini, the global consulting firm, and lives with his wife and two kids in Atlanta.

Should he run, Tippins would face significant hurdles. He would have to build non-existent name recognition up quickly in a field that includes Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams.

But there are also decided advantages to coming to the race as a blank slate – namely, he has no voting record, little history of public statements to scour. He could fill a lane as an outsider in a Republican race replete with candidates trying to position themselves the same way despite elected experience.

Democrat Lindy Miller will take on John Noel in the 2018 Democratic Primary for Public Service Commission.

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