Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 10, 2018

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 10, 2018

Millard Fillmore was sworn in as the 13th President of the United States on July 10, 1850, following the death of President Zachary Taylor.

On July 10, 1864, Conferderate forces retreated south across the Chattahoochee and burned the bridge behind them. General Sherman wrote later of the day,

General Garrard Moved rapidly on Roswell, and destroyed the factories which had supplied the rebel armies with cloth for years.

Over General Garrard was then ordered to secure the shallow ford at Roswell and hold it until he could be relieved by infantry, and as I contemplated transferring the Army of the Tennessee from the extreme right to the left, I ordered General Thomas to send a division of his infantry that was nearest up to Roswell to hold the ford until General McPherson could send up a corps from the neighborhood of Nickajack.

General Newton’s division was sent and held the ford until the arrival of General Dodge’s corps, which was soon followed by General McPherson’s whole army.

The Scopes “Monkey Trial” began on July 10, 1925, in which a Tennessee public school teacher was tried for teaching evolution, against state law. Three-time Democratic candidate for President William Jennings Bryan volunteered to help the prosecution, and famed lawyer Clarence Darrow defended John Thomas Scopes.

On July 10, 1985, “Classic“ Coke returned, joining the new formula on store shelves.

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games broke ground for Atlanta Olympic Stadium on July 10, 1993; after the Olympics, the stadium was modified for baseball and became Turner Field.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal yesterday announced the appointment of Shukura Ingram Millender to a vacancy on the Fulton County Superior Court.

Governor Deal also announced state revenues for June.

Gov. Nathan Deal [] announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for June totaled $1.98 billion, for an increase of $20.5 million, or 1 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled nearly $1.96 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled roughly $22.71 billion, for an increase of $961.3 million, or 4.4 percent, compared to June 2017, when net tax revenues totaled almost $21.75 billion.

Changing Georgia’s Future, a political action committee backing Casey Cagle for Governor, reported more than $1 million raised so far this year, according to the AJC.

An “independent” group has raised more than $1 million to run TV ads in support of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s campaign for governor, much of it coming from a fund run by top statehouse lobbyists, according to disclosures filed Monday.

Changing Georgia’s Future reported spending $600,000 so far, mostly on media ads, and has an additional $400,000 available to use before the July 24 Republican runoff between Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Citizens for Georgia’s Future and the Georgia Conservatives Fund, a separate group created under federal tax law that raised more than $2 million leading up to the 2017 General Assembly session, share the same CEO and CFO: top contract lobbyist Jay Morgan and nursing home lobbyist Russel Carlson.

Besides the $500,000 that came from the Citizens’ group, Changing Georgia’s Future reported receiving $100,000 from nursing home giant PruittHealth.

Changing Georgia’s Future reported raising about $780,000 in June. Of that, $500,000 came from Citizens for Georgia’s Future.

Alpharetta City Council has scheduled three meetings on the property tax rate, which is unchanged, according to the AJC.

The Internal Revenue Service filed a $1.5 million lien against the Camden County Public Service Authority, according to the Associated Press.

The Brunswick News reported Monday that the lien against Camden County’s Public Service Authority is for $1.5 million and an estimated $500,000 of sales tax money spent on unapproved projects.

The authority’s director, William Brunson, was fired this year and charged with government property theft after a probe revealed some financial problems. Brunson built a park at the wrong location about a decade ago, costing the Authority $309,000. The investigation focuses on Brunson, but some have asked local officials for a grand jury investigation.

Stores in unincorporated Chattooga County are now able to sell alcohol on Sundays, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The Floyd County Board of Education will rollback property taxes slightly, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

Flowery Branch will hold a Special Election for City Council Post 3 (at-large) on November 6 to fill a vacancy, according to the Gainesville Times.

Lilburn City Council raised fines for most municipal violations, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

To bring the city up to speed with other jurisdictions, Lilburn has decided to hike most of its municipal fines by a base fee of $50.

A recent study showed that the city fines were low compared to neighboring jurisdictions, according to Police Chief Bruce Hedley. For four more serious charges – possession of marijuana, shoplifting, reckless driving and improper use of a center turn lane – an even higher increase in the fine schedule was approved.

In other business, the millage rate for homeowners will remain the same at 4.43 following action by the council. This rate applies to both real and personal property within the city’s corporate limits.

“The volume of our digest has increased, so the millage rate can stay the same,” said Councilman Tim Dunn.

Augusta Commissioner Sean Frantom wants the Commission to consider an entertainment district, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Frantom said he wanted to study the feasibility of creating a zone, perhaps downtown or somewhere else that might make sense, that would allow people to carry drinks outside establishments and for bars to put tables and chairs out front. For instance, if you were dining downtown and then going to a show, you could walk to the show with a drink, he said.

“Throughout downtown, we’re eventually going to have a sculpture tour, we’re eventually going to have things down at the (Augusta) Common, so the ability to go from an establishment to a destination and drink is what the discussion will be,” Frantom said.

Currently, that is not allowed, and the only ones that are supposed to have seating outside are restaurants, Sherman said. But the city’s new smoking ordinance going into effect Jan. 1, which bans smoking in virtually all enclosed public spaces, might raise an immediate question about that, he said.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller will give up the administrative responsibility of Chief Judge, while retaining his seat on the bench, according to the Gainesville Times.

Kathlene Gosselin will assume the role, according to a letter from Fuller dated July 9, 2018.

Fuller will continue as a judge serving the circuit that includes Hall and Dawson counties.

In the letter, Fuller noted the “wealth of knowledge and leadership that the other superior court judges possess” in his decision to step down. “I, along with Judge (Bonnie) Oliver, Judge (Jason) Deal and Judge (Clint) Bearden, look forward to continuing to be a part of, and contributing to, the judicial circuit that Judge Gosselin will now lead as our chief judge.”

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School Board is having trouble hiring an “academic auditor” to develop plans for assessing academic programs, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The Muscogee County School District is converting the old Muscogee Elementary School into a STEAM academy, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

The Whitfield County Republican Party and NWGA Young Republicans hosted a meet the candidates cookout, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is in a July 24 runoff for the GOP nomination for governor; Secretary of State candidate and former Alpharetta mayor David Belle Isle; and Public Service Commission incumbent Tricia Pridemore all worked the crowd and gave brief speeches during a “Meet the Candidates Cookout” hosted by the Whitfield County Republican Party and the Northwest Georgia Young Republicans.

Kemp faces Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the runoff, with Democrat Stacey Abrams awaiting the winner in the November general election. The stop in Dalton was part of the second day of a week-long bus tour around the state for Kemp, who is seeking to hit 37 counties in seven days. Earlier in the day, he made a campaign visit in Chatsworth at Spring Lakes Golf Club.

In the primary, Kemp finished third in Whitfield County with 18.7 percent of the vote, while Cagle was first with 30.9 percent. Hunter Hill, who finished third in the statewide primary, was second with 29.7 percent. Hill, a former state senator from Smyrna, has a connection to Dalton. His mother, Dicksie McCutchen Hill, is from Dalton, and he is the grandnephew of Jack Bandy, one of the co-founders of Coronet Industries.

Coastal legislators discussed this year’s session and legislation at the Golden Isles Republican Women’s Club, according to the Brunswick News.

The Glynn County state legislative delegation spoke Monday at the Golden Isles Republican Women’s Club meeting, sharing a look at the last session and a preview of the one to come in 2019, but in-between the two, voters of the state will get the chance to approve spending of sales tax revenue under the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act.

“That Stewardship Act, what it’s doing is taking a portion of the sales tax collected from the sale of sporting goods and allocating them for outdoor-type projects, like conservation projects, and that can be very helpful to us and our area, and there are projects where those funds can be used,” said Sen. William Ligon, R-White Oak. “Dredging the intercoastal waterway along where Jekyll Island is — which is filling in — the money could be used to possibly help that, which would open up more tourism because right now our boats, our larger boats have to go outside and go around Jekyll Island, so that would be helpful.

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