Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 17, 2018

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 17, 2018

On July 17, 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman set up headquarters in Fulton County on Powers Ferry Road near the Chattahoochee River. Late that night, Confederate General Joseph Johnston was replaced by newly-commissioned Gen. John Bell Hood.

For nearly three months, Johnston and Sherman had maneuvered around the rugged corridor from Chattanooga to Atlanta. Although there was constant skirmishing, there were few major battles; Sherman kept trying to outflank Johnston, but his advances were blocked. Though this kept losses to a minimum, there was also a limit to how long Johnston could maintain this strategy as each move brought the armies closer to Atlanta. By July 17, 1864, Johnston was backed into the outskirts of Atlanta. Johnston felt his strategy was the only way to preserve the Army of Tennessee, but Davis felt that he had given up too much territory.

Georgia-born Ty Cobb died on July 17, 1961.

The Beatles premiered The Yellow Submarine on July 17, 1968 in London.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal yesterday endorsed Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle in the Primary Runoff Election. From the AJC:

The governor called Cagle the best candidate to continue his “tradition” of conservative leadership, making the announcement during a question-and-answer session at the end of an unrelated press conference at the state Capitol.

“My point of view is not personal. I have known both of these candidates in our Republican runoff, and I think very highly of both of them,” Deal said. “My concern is, let’s not undo, or transform in a negative fashion, the good reforms that we’ve put in place.”

The governor added: “That will be the challenge for the next governor of this state: To not go backwards, but to go forward. And for that reason, I believe Casey Cagle will be the best candidate.”

“This is a man with great integrity and great character,” said Cagle, who cast himself as an extension of Deal’s legacy. “To have his confidence reflects exactly the type of governor that I’ll be.”

From the Gwinnett Daily Post:

“In order to get those major changes through the General Assembly, I had two partners,” Deal said. “Because he has had a part in making these reforms happen, I think he is the best one to continue this tradition.

“My concern is let’s not undo or transform in a negative fashion the good reforms that have been put in place. For that reason, I believe that Casey Cagle will be the best candidate for that position as the next governor of our state.”

From the Augusta Chronicle:

“I want to build on the foundation that Gov. Deal has created,” Cagle said. “Eight years ago no one would have thought that we would grow by nearly 700,000 jobs and 40,000 businesses, become the No. 1 state in the nation for business and cut taxes by billions. But that’s what happens with rock-solid conservative leadership.”

The Valdosta Daily Times looks at early voting.

Lowndes County elections office reported that 887 people cast ballots as of Friday, July 13, during the first 10 days of early voting, according to election officials.

Deb Cox, Lowndes County election supervisor, said recently runoff voting is open to all registered voters. A voter did not have to vote in the May primary to vote in the runoff.

“If they voted in the primary, they will vote the same party in the runoff,” Cox said recently. “If they voted non-partisan or didn’t vote in the primary, they can choose either party in the runoff.”

In Lowndes County, all runoff races are for statewide offices.

The LaGrange Daily News reports on early voting in Troup County.

As of Monday morning, there have been a total of 718 ballots cast for the run-off, according to elections supervisor Andrew Harper. The majority of those ballots — 597, or 83 percent — are Republican ballots. The other 121 are Democratic ballots.

The majority of ballots cast have been in-person, with 569 being cast that way. The other 149 have been absentee by mail.

In May, during the general election, less than 17 percent of Troup County’s 37,775 voters went to the polls to take part in the election.

Run-off elections generally have a low voter turnout as well.

The Henry Herald writes about early voting in local elections.

According to Tina Lunsford, Henry County’s director of elections and voter registration, a total of 1,796 voters cast their ballots between Monday and Friday, while 325 voters cast their ballots during the special Saturday polling event.

A week before, a total of 1,289 voters participated in early voting, which means that 3,410 voters have participated in early voting since the start of the month. There is a total of 160,292 registered voters in Henry County.

On the local level, a seat on the Henry County State Court and the District 4 seat on the Henry County Board of Education are up for grabs.

The Albany Herald covers early voting turnout:

County Elections Sections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said Monday the in-person voting numbers have been lighter than during the primary.

“When we opened the door this morning, we’d only had about 300 come in here and vote in person,” Nickerson said, adding, “but that’s not unusual in a primary runoff and it’s the month of July.”

According to numbers released Monday by Kemp’s office, Dougherty County had tallied just 559 voters in person and through mail-in ballots. Early voting will end at 5 p.m. Friday.

From the Rome News-Tribune:

Floyd County Election Technician Donna Maldonado said 636 people had cast ballots through Friday at the two early-voting sites in the county.

Of those, 559 chose the Republican ballot and 77 picked the Democratic ballot. The Elections Department also mailed out 107 Republican absentee ballots and 45 containing the Democratic race. Forty-six of the 152 absentee ballots were still out Monday.

“But, remember, mail-outs have until 7 p.m. on July 24 to return their ballots,” Maldonado said.

Any eligible Floyd County voter can walk in between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to vote at the County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave., or Garden Lakes Baptist Church, 2200 Redmond Circle. All 25 precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Floyd County’s turnout for the May primary barely topped 20 percent. A total of 9,659 votes were cast in the Republican and Democratic governor races. About 69.6 percent of the voters pulled the Republican ballot and 25 percent voted in the Democratic primary. The rest voted only in the nonpartisan judges’ races.

A jury has been seated in the federal trial of Isaac J. Culver III, who is accused of defrauding Macon-Bibb County, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Culver, 48, president and CEO of Progressive Consulting Technologies Inc., faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to launder money as part of a $3.7 million deal in late 2012 to put new computers in Macon schools.

While Romain Dallemand, ex-superintendent of Bibb schools, could be called to testify, Judge Marc T. Treadwell explained to prospective jurors that Dallemand is not accused by federal prosecutors of conspiring to commit any wrongdoing in this case.

Alabama will have a sales tax holiday weekend, while Georgia won’t, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Alabama is offering a tax-free weekend, to include Phenix City and the nearby shopping hub of Auburn-Opelika, the latter having a major power shopping center in Tiger Town, as well as a mall.

The sales tax holiday kicks off bright and early at 12:01 a.m. Friday, then runs until midnight Sunday. Alabama is among 16 states this year offering such tax breaks leading up to the start of school later this summer, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Georgia last held a tax holiday in 2016, but lawmakers in the Peach State failed to pass legislation in 2017 and again this year to make the event happen.

The Glynn County Commission will hear a proposed tree ordinance for St Simons Island on Thursday, according to The Brunswick News.

Glynn County Public Schools will add an administrator to oversee mental health services for students, according to The Brunswick News.

Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held Monday for the Statesboro/Bulloch County Public Safety Training Building, according to the Statesboro Herald.

The GBI said meth and marijuana-laced edibles are among the most-confiscated illicit drugs, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Based on data from 3,954 drug cases investigated by GBI from January to May 22, the six most confiscated drugs in Georgia are methamphetamine, cocaine, alprazolam (Xanax), oxycodone, heroin and hydrocodone.

GBI’s Chemistry Section Manager Deneen Kilcrease said meth has been the most tested substance for GBI since 2011, when it topped the former leader, cocaine.

Only four counties in the state — Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett and DeKalb — had a higher number of opiates tested than Chatham.

A total of 11 different variations of fentanyl were seized by law enforcement and tested by GBI.

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis raised more than $50,000 in the last quarter of his reelection campaign, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

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