Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 25, 2017


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 25, 2017

On August 25, 325, the Council of Nicea adopted the Nicene Creed.

On August 25, 1864, Union troops stopped artillery bombardment of Atlanta and withdrew from fortifications around the city. On the same day, in Virginia, Confederate forces attacked Federals under Gen. Grant at Ream’s Station.

On August 26, 1864, having withdrawn from trenches and fortifications outside Atlanta the previous day, U.S. General Sherman sent most of his forces westward around Atlanta and toward the south of the city. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864.

On August 25, 1877, delegates to the state Constitutional Convention approved a new post-Reconstruction state Constitution, the seventh in state history, to be submitted to the voters on December 5, 1877.

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. Ratification took place on August 18, 1920, as the Tennessee House of Representatives adopted it, but adoption became official on August 26, when United States Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the Amendment. It reads:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The all-time highest score in a professional baseball game was recorded on August 25, 1922, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies by 26-23.

Advertising in the rights of way of state roads and placing signs on private property without the owner’s approval were prohibited in the first Georgia law regulating outdoor advertising, which was signed by Governor Richard Russell on August 27, 1931. Over the years, both practices would become enshrined in Peach State political strategy.

On August 26, 1939, the first televised major league baseball game aired, as the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader in Ebbets Field.

Paris was liberated from German army control on August 25, 1944.

On August 25, 1950, President Harry S. Truman ordered the seizure of the nation’s private railroads by executive order.

On August 26, 1961, the 718th Engineer Light Equipment Company of Fort Valley and the 210th Signal Base Depot Company of Augusta were called up to take part in the American response to the crisis in Berlin.

President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 26, 1964.

On August 26, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.

On August 25, 1973, the Allman Brothers of Macon, Georgia released “Ramblin’ Man” as the first single from the album “Brothers and Sisters.” From the Wall Street Journal,

Dickey Betts: In 1969, I was playing guitar in several rock bands that toured central Florida. Whenever I’d have trouble finding a place to stay, my friend Kenny Harwick would let me crash at his garage apartment for a few days in Sarasota. One day he asked me how I was doing with my music and said, “I bet you’re just tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best you can.”

Then one day in 1972, I was sitting in the kitchen of what we called the Big House in Macon, Ga.—where everyone in the band lived—and decided to finish the lyrics.

My inspiration was Hank Williams’s “Ramblin’ Man,” from 1951. His song and mine are completely different but I liked his mournful, minor-chord feel.

Except for Kenny’s line, the rest of the lyrics were autobiographical.

The WSJ article is worth reading in its entirety if you’re a fan of the Allmans.

Former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox was nominated for President on the American Independent Party ticket on August 27, 1976, making the race probably the only one to ever feature two former Georgia governors. During the campaign, Maddox described Jimmy Carter as “the most dishonest man I ever met.”

On August 27, 1982, Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson broke the record for stolen bases in a season, nabbing number 119 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Georgia Governor Zell Miller addressed the Democratic National Convention on August 27, 1996. In 2004, Miller would address the Republican National Convention, likely becoming the first Georgian to address both major parties’ national conventions. Congressman John Lewis and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney also addressed the ’96 DNC. That day, President Bill Clinton signed a Welfare Reform bill, called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

On August 27, 2008, Barack Obama became the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, the first African-American nominee of a major United States political party.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal appointed Margaret L. Spencer as a Judge in the State Court of Clayton County and Jeffery O. Monroe as Judge of the State Court of Bibb County.

This past Wednesday, Gov. Deal appointed Regina M. Quick as Judge of the Superior Court for the Western District of Georgia.

On Monday at 10 AM, Gov. Deal will unveil a new statue of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Capitol grounds.

Gov. Nathan Deal will be joined by members of the King family, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Rep. Calvin Smyre, Capitol Arts Standards Commission members and other dignitaries to unveil the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue at the Georgia State Capitol on Monday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

David Perdue Sandy Springs Chamber

Senator David Perdue spoke to the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

“It’s no secret Georgia is the best state to do business, and our state chambers deserve much credit for this success,” said Senator Perdue. “In order for Georgia to continue benefiting from pro-growth policies, Washington must work at a business-pace. President Trump has approached his new role with a business-like mindset and the results so far are nothing short of encouraging. While there is still a lot to do, I’m committed to advancing our Georgia priorities and getting government out of the way so we can unleash our full economic potential.”

“The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber was honored to have U.S. Senator David Perdue meet with the business leaders of Sandy Springs,” said Tom Mahaffey, President and CEO of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber. “Our members were impressed with his candor regarding health care, infrastructure, debt crises, and immigration. We were encouraged to hear Senator Perdue say that while he believes Congress can do a much better job of working together across the aisle, there are bipartisan efforts happening now, especially at the committee level. Georgia is privileged to have an outsider and businessman like Senator Perdue representing our state in the U.S. Senate.”

Congressman Rick Allen (R-Augusta) co-hosted a forum on the region’s growth in Cyber Security.

U.S. Reps. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Rick Allen, R-Ga., held the forum at the North Augusta Municipal Building.

As the post prepares to become the new home to U.S. Army Cyber Command by 2020, an estimated 4,000 soldiers and their families are expected to boost the area’s population.

Said Allen: “Obviously, education is going to be so important to what we can actually do economically with what’s been handed to us here.”

Brig. Gen. Joseph McGee is the U.S. Cyber Command’s deputy commander for operations. In a matter of months, he said, the post “is going to be the absolute center of gravity for all things cyber-related in the U.S. Army.”

Carmen Foskey, new Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party, is profiled by the AJC Political Insider.

The new executive director of the Georgia GOP is a 21-year-old part-time college student who is already something of a legend in state Republican circles. She turned down her admission to an Ivy League school to help pull off a string of improbable GOP victories.

“I’m a keep-my-head-down kind of person who just lets my credentials speak for themselves,” she said. “I’m a firm believer that hard work beats strategy. It doesn’t matter how grand the strategy is, if there’s not someone there to execute it.”

Carmen will make us proud.

Augusta hosted a peaceful rally calling for the removal of a Confederate memorial.

Coweta County Commissioners voted 4-1 to raise the property tax millage rate.

The Muscogee County School Board will meet today at 5 PM to consider changing the millage rate ahead of expected revenue gains.

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson will not run for reelection, stepping down after his term.

Norcross is one of two Gwinnett cities that won’t wrap up qualifying until Friday — Auburn is the other — but five-term Mayor Bucky Johnson told the Daily Post on Thursday that he won’t seek re-election, saying he was ready for a change after leading the city for 10 years.

“I’ve really enjoyed being mayor, but my wife has retired and I’m retired, and we have a new grandchild on the way,” Johnson said. “We also like to do a lot of traveling so it seemed like the right time to move on to another chapter in my life.”

Councilman Craig Newton is the only candidate who has so far qualified to run for mayor. If Newton remains unchallenged in the mayor’s race, he will have a clear path to become Gwinnett County’s only African-American mayor.

The changes in Norcross extend beyond the mayor’s office, though. Since Newton, whose seat was already up for election this year, is running for mayor, that leaves his council seat up for grabs. Meanwhile, Councilman Pierre Levy told the Daily Post that he too will not seek re-election.

So far, Chuck Paul and Hoyt Hutcheson are running for Newton’s seat while Daniel Watch and Thad Thompson are running for Levy’s seat.

Senoia Mayor Larry Owens is not running for reelection, and Council member Jeff Fisher is the only candidate to succeed him.

In Grantville, Sandra Luttrell, Dee Berry and Alan Wacaser are running for the Post 4 seat currently held by Leonard Gomez, who did not qualify for re-election. Barham Lundy, a former member of the Grantville City Council, is challenging Post 3 Councilman Mark King.

In Turin, Mayor Alan Starr is being challenged by Tony Crunkleton.

In Moreland, only one person, Jim Lane, qualified for the two council seats that are up for election. Unless someone qualifies as a certified write-in candidate, a special election will have to be held to fill that seat. Mayor Dick Ford is unopposed for re-election.

Will Byington is running for Rome School Board, after being appointed in 2016.

In Hall County, the Mayors of Clermont, Flowery Branch, and Lula all drew opposition.

Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller … is being challenged by Michael Justice, who has made a couple of unsuccessful runs at a city council seat.

Two challengers in Lula — Jim Grier and Felton Wood — will attempt to end the 16-year hold on power by Mayor Milton Turner. Grier is a Lula businessman and civic leader making his first attempt at elective office. Wood made an unsuccessful run for Lula City Council in 2015.

Also getting tested is Clermont Mayor Jim Nix, who is being challenged by Steve Reeves. Meanwhile [Clermont City Council] incumbents Margaret Merritt and Kristi Crumpton are not running, leaving newcomers to take their seats.


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