Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 27, 2018

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 27, 2018

On April 27, 1773, the British Parliament enacted the Tea Act, granting a monopoly on selling tea to the American colonies.

On April 28, 1776, Colonel Lachlan McIntosh wrote from Savannah to General George Washington.

he concluded his letter with the report that because the South had limited manufacturing capability, the price of needed goods was two or three times higher than in the North, making procurement of clothing and arms for the new recruits difficult.

This last tidbit would prove prescient as lack of manufacturing proved an insuperable problem for the Confederacy. On May 16, 1777, McIntosh dueled against Button Gwinnett, scoring a fatal wound against one of Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. McIntosh was acquitted at trial but forced to leave Georgia and eventually served under Washington at Valley Forge.

On April 26, 1866, the Atlanta Ladies’ Memorial Association held a Confederate memorial observance at Oakland Cemetery for the first time.

In 1874, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation designating April 26th of each year as “Confederate Memorial Day,” choosing the day of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s surrender to Union General William T. Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina. There is no longer a statutorily-recognized Confederate Memorial Day, but it has become custom for Governors to issue a proclamation yearly designating April 26th as Confederate Memorial Day or to make it the Monday or Friday closest to the 26th.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt made his fourth trip to Georgia on April 29, 1926, closing on the purchase of property at Warm Springs, Ga.

Dachau concentration camp was liberated by American troops on April 29, 1945. At least 31,951 prisoners died there, more than 30,000 survivors were found on liberation day, and more than 250,000 passed through the camp and its subcamps.

Dobbins Air Force Base was dedicated on April 29, 1950, named for in honor of the late Capt. Charles M. Dobbins and in memory of the other servicemen from Cobb County. Dobbins was shot down over Sicily in 1943 and his family attended the opening of the base.

Hank Aaron hit his first home run in Atlanta against the Houston Astros on April 29, 1966, providing the winning margin as the Braves won 4-3.

Atlanta was selected as the host city for the 1996 Summer Olympics on April 29, 1988.

On April 29, 1993, Barry White guest-starred on The Simpsons. I guess that makes Sunday “Whacking Day.”

On April 28, 2014, the earliest ever Primary Elections in Georgia began, as in-person early voting started across the state.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit by Clayton County, according to the AJC.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit by Clayton County to uphold airport fuel tax collections that the Federal Aviation Administration says the south metro community is not entitled to.

Clayton County and its school district split $18 million annually from fuel taxes levied on the Atlanta-owned Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is located in Clayton. But the FAA last year indicated it could begin enforcing a policy it upheld in a 2014 decision prohibiting the use of taxes collected at an airport for any purpose other than for the airport.

The court on Tuesday ruled that it did not have jurisdiction in the case because the FAA had not yet enacted the policy, making it difficult to judge something that hadn’t happened.

Republican Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle visited a charter school in Albany this week, according to the Albany Herald.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the presumptive GOP leader in the race to replace outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal, made a campaign stop in Albany earlier this week at the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (4C Academy). Fitting, since he helped launch the college and career academy concept 11 years ago.

“Well, as you know I created the college and career academy network in 2007,” Cagle said.”The reason I did that is because fundamentally not every kid needs to go off to college and get a four-year liberal arts degree. We need to have education better aligned to the workforce needs of local industry, and give kids choices to find out early what they want to do in life. So this is why the college and career academies have been so unbelievably successful.”

“Remember right here in Albany there is a waiting list for this college and career academy. This is a value added proposition. A student can come out of this college and career academy prepared to be a dental hygienist making $40,000 a year, or a radiological technician also making $40,000 a year. That’s versus a normal high school diploma at $16,000 a year.”

“Having been raised in a single-wide trailer, by a single mother, I was not supposed to be Lt. Governor,” Cagle said. “But, my public school education allowed me to transcend challenging circumstances and realize incredible success in the public and private sectors. I look forward to working with the educators across our state to empower teachers and principals to take control of their own classrooms.”

Former Governor Roy Barnes has endorsed Democrat Bobby Kaples in the Sixth District challenge to U.S. Rep. Karen Handel (R-Roswell), according to the AJC.

The Georgia State House Study Committee on School Security will hold its first meeting on May 14th in Dawsonville.

DeKalb County Commissioners are still discussing how to get rid of a Confederate monument without violating state law, according to the AJC.

DeKalb Commissioner Jeff Rader said the board is still committed to removing the monument that was erected in 1908 and sits outside the Old Courthouse at the center of town.

Commissioners, who will discuss options at their Tuesday meeting, want to find a location where the obelisk can be displayed with context about its origins and the “Lost Cause” movement. State law prohibits Confederate memorials from being taken down, but the goal is to move it to a place that isn’t so prominent.

“At the very least, it’s going to move from that particular spot,” Rader said. “We have committed to doing that.”

The county has spent months trying to find takers for the monument. Officials purchased advertisements and cold called museums and parks. No one took the bait.

Gwinnett County elections officials discussed how they will comply with federal requirements for bilingual ballots, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Gwinnett County officials said they are taking several steps to comply with a federal mandate that they provide voting materials in Spanish as well as English, beginning with this year’s primary election. That means election paperwork, voter registration forms, voting signs, ballots and even the stickers given to voters after they cast ballots are now bilingual.

It stems from a U.S. Census Bureau designation issued in December 2016, in which the federal government said Gwinnett’s Spanish-speaking population was now large enough that elections have to be done in English and Spanish.

The changes will be on full display when advance voting for the primary begins Monday.

Polls will have election signs in both English and Spanish, and when voters insert their cards into voting machines, they will be asked to choose a language for the ballot. If they chose Spanish, all ballot questions and office titles will appear in that language instead of English.

Gwinnett County residents wanting to dispose of old prescription drugs can drop them off at the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

“Confused, angry and flippant,” is how the Savannah Morning News describes members of the City Council debating a budget surplus.

Often unsure of what they were voting for due to the number of amendments proposed, the Savannah City Council was confused, angry and flippant as they debated how to spend a $10 million surplus Thursday, with some aldermen making failed attempts to use the funding to lower the city’s controversial new fire services fee.

And the dispute is set to resume in two weeks since the 6-2 vote for the spending plan was considered a first reading, after the initial proposal to officially adopt the budget amendment failed due to not obtaining unanimous support.

Columbus Mayoral candidates Beth Harris and Zeph Baker will meet in a courtroom over Harris’s challenge to Baker’s residency, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Harris’ April 16 appeal from the board to Muscogee Superior Court initially was assigned to Judge Maureen Gottfried, but she and other judges in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit recused.

Appointing an outside judge to hear the appeal fell to the senior judge of the Third Judicial Administrative District, R. Rucker Smith, who appointed Senior Judge Gary McCorvey of the Tift Judicial Circuit.

Lisa Jenkins and her son, George, helped cut the ribbon at a new autism program in the Muscogee County School District, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

A decade after suing the Muscogee County School District to get better autism treatment for her son, George, they participated in Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the $1 million renovation that created a classroom wing dedicated to educating students with autism at Double Churches Middle School.

“We owe a thank-you to the community,” Lisa told the Ledger-Enquirer. “… Nobody else in the state of Georgia has anything like this. We are a model.”

George is one of 34 students in the school’s autism program. When the Jenkins family came to MCSD in 2005, Lisa was told the district had 32 children with autism; now, that number is nearly 700, she said.

That’s why she started the Anchors for Autism Parents Coalition in Columbus. And that’s why she campaigned for the 2015 referendum that renewed the 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The SPLOST has funded the autism classroom wings at Double Churches and Jordan Vocational High School and will fund one at a yet-to-be-announced elementary school.

Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor will open the new county morgue to the public on Tuesday, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

Two Democrats running against Republican Congressman Drew Ferguson (LaGrange) spoke at a forum hosted by the Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.

Chuck Enderlin and Rusty Oliver, Democratic candidates for the U.S. Congress District 3 post, outlined their platforms at the Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce forum on Tuesday.

Enderlin, who lives in Newnan, and Oliver, who lives in Columbus, will face each other in the May 22 Democratic Primary. The winner of that race will face the winner of the Republican primary, which has incumbent Drew Ferguson and Philip Singleton running.

Oliver and Enderlin both said there is a need for Democrats and Republicans in Congress to talk to each other and find areas of agreement.

Candidates for Athens-Clarke County Mayor discussed their priorities in a forum this week, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Two candidates for Lieutenant Governor are campaigning on the issue of being “political outsiders,” according to the Gainesville Times.

After Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, more candidates are finding value in their outsider status — and not just on the right.

See: Georgia’s race for lieutenant governor and the candidacies of Republican Geoff Duncan and Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico. The two are running in their respective primaries as business-minded professionals with either little or no history in politics — once a liability now forged into real currency in the race to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who has had the job for more than a decade.

Amico presented herself as a moderate, though she’s staunchly supportive of unions, Medicaid expansion and the social welfare net.

But her brightest contrast to her party came on the culture war raging between left and right, though she did take a shot at President Donald Trump.

“Our system is so well designed that it can survive the idiocy of any one individual, including the president, but here’s what it can’t withstand: apathy. Our enemy is not Donald Trump, it’s not the Republicans — it’s a lot of fun to poke them in the eye every now and then, but they’re not the enemy. Our enemy is a system that has told us in this current day, our politics telling us, we have less in common with our neighbor than we do the (things that) divide us.”

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