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


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

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.

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

Georgia Republicans turned out for the annual Fish Fry in Perry this weekend, according to 13WMAZ in Macon.

Several Republican candidates seeking statewide office attended the function. They included gubernatorial hopeful Brian Kemp, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Attorney General Chris Carr.

As he’s done throughout the campaign, Kemp stressed better health care in rural Georgia and enhancing economic opportunities to get better paying jobs.

“That’s what this race is all about,” Kemp told WMAZ reporters during an interview. “It’s about the future. We can’t rely on the great place that we are now and the things that have happened under 16 years of Republican leadership. We need to maintain that. I promise that we’ll move that to the next level.”

In addition to shaking hands and campaigning, Black promoted Georgia agriculture products and busied himself slicing watermelons for those attending the event.

“Lot of momentum and we’re very excited about November 6,” Black said. “Believe it’s going to be good for the future of Georgia.”

Vice President Mike Pence will return to Georgia to campaign for Republicans, according to 13WMAZ in Macon.

U.S. Sen. David Perdue and his cousin, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, told 13 WMAZ reporters about Pence’s expected return to Georgia Saturday at the annual 8th District Republican Fish Fry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

David Perdue said details of the vice president’s return visit weren’t available yet, but Pence should be returning in early September.

Perdue also said Georgia Republicans should expect President Donald Trump to make some campaign swings through Georgia prior to the Nov. 6 general election.

Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams criticized Republicans at the Democratic Convention, according to WSB-TV.

Although Abrams never mentioned Kemp by name, she took several swipes at the secretary of state’s record. She criticized the “antiquated computers that may be running our elections” and invoked his provocative TV ads to press for new gun restrictions.

“We will proudly demand responsible gun ownership in the state of Georgia,” she said. “We are going to be a state where those who exercise their right to bear arms will know we don’t point our guns at children, and we arm our teachers with resources and not with .45s.”

She left the audience with a plea to reject worries that she stands little chance of winning in a state where Republicans control every statewide office and commanding majorities in the Legislature.

“We have to fight old and new enemies in this campaign. We have to fight trickery and complacency,” she said. “And worse, we have to fight the paralyzing fear that comes with the promise of hope. But we know it is possible.”

Abrams also spoke to the Union-Recorder.

Stacey Abrams says she fully believes she will be the next governor of the state of Georgia.

“I’m not just running for governor as a candidate; I truly want to be and believe I will be elected the next governor of this great state,” Abrams said.

She plans to visit Milledgeville and Baldwin County sometime in September and again in late October.

She recently completed a campaign swing in Pooler, Hinesville, Savannah, Chatsworth, Dalton, Macon, and Atlanta and in each of those places, the talk focused on how to create more and more opportunities not only for the young people finishing high school, but making sure those students have the opportunity to enter into apprenticeship programs and technical colleges, etc.

She lauded the efforts of current Gov. Nathan Deal when it comes to the state’s economic success that has been seen in recent years.

“The problem is that success hasn’t reached everywhere,” Abrams said. “You know this in Milldgeville and Baldwin County that there are pockets that are doing exceptionally well, but there are places that have been left out and left behind by economic progress – places that haven’t quite figured out how to recover from the state hospital.”

Abrams does not target President Trump in her comments, according to the AJC.

Stacey Abrams, the party’s nominee for governor, studiously avoids mentioning the president as she stumps across the state. And many of the down-ticket candidates have followed her lead, instead focusing on their policies — or their GOP opponents’ stances.

At Saturday’s Democratic Party of Georgia convention, where hundreds of delegates gathered at the Omni Hotel, that strategy was in full throttle. Trump’s name was hardly invoked on the stage.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a possible U.S. Senate candidate in 2020, spoke broadly of a biblical battle against “this present darkness.” Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin talked about expanding Medicaid and sparking more economic growth across the state.

Few would have predicted this more delicate approach to Trump a year ago. His election sparked a level of political activism not seen in Georgia since the early days of the conservative tea party, with activists hoping to channel the grass-roots fury into a movement to resist the president.

Floyd County Commissioners will consider new appointees to the county board of elections, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

[Commission Chair Rhonda] Wallace oversees the citizen-board appointment process, with input from the other Commissioners. She’s on the agenda to fill five vacancies Tuesday.

For the elections board: Clint Wilder, an officer of the Floyd County Republican Party and vice president at State Mutual Insurance; and Melanie Conrad, a lecturer in University of West Georgia’s department of mass communications.

They’ll start four-year terms in January, to replace Steve Miller and Mardi Haynes-Jackson. Miller, who chairs the elections board, asked the Commission to appoint the new members early so they can learn the ropes during the upcoming general election.

Other pending appointments are Jonathan Bartleson to a two-year term on the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission; Dick Taylor, to fill an unexpired term through 2020 on the Board of Tax Assessors; and Sandra Lindsey to fill a vacant post through 2019 on the Floyd-Rome Urban Transportation Study Citizens Advisory Committee.

A proposal to rename the John C. Calhoun Expressway in Augusta may meet legislative resistance, according to the Augusta Chronicle’s reporting.

Although the Augusta Commission voted to ask for John C. Calhoun Expressway to be renamed, that request likely faces an uphill battle in the Georgia Legislature, said a Savannah lawmaker who tried to get a bridge renamed earlier this year.

Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, and other Savannah lawmakers found out how difficult it was last year when they tried to follow a request from the Savannah City Council to name a bridge after Girls Scouts founder and Savannah native Juliette Gordon Low.

The circumstances are a little different than what Augusta lawmakers would face – while signs on the bridge identify it as Talmadge Bridge, those signs were from a previous bridge that the current one replaced, and the current bridge was never named, Stephens insisted. Eugene Talmadge was a former Georgia governor and staunch segregationist.

Though the Savannah request made it out of a subcommittee, it died in the Special Rules committee, where naming requests go, Stephens said.

Rome police report greater numbers of deer v. car collisions, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

Officials with the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division sent out an alert this week urging motorists to pay extra attention to the roadsides as the season of peak deer activity approaches.

“Keep in mind that deer often travel in groups, so if a deer crosses the road ahead of you there is a good chance that another will follow,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist. “In many cases, that second deer is the one hit as the driver assumes the danger has passed and fails to slow down.”

Deer mating season occurs between October and late December, and male deer in rut start searching for mates. Rush hour for most commuters tends to fall during the same hours in which white-tailed deer are most active — dawn and dusk.

Killmaster said drivers should keep in mind that deer are wild and unpredictable. A deer calmly standing on the side of a road may bolt into or across the road rather than away from it when startled by a vehicle.

Carol E. Cookerly is the only candidate on the ballot in a Special Election for Milton City Council, according to

Milton originally received three candidates who formally qualified for the seat: Cookerly, Thomas J. Upton and Marty Littleton. However, both Upton and Littleton have since informed Milton’s city clerk that they will be withdrawing from the race, city spokesperson Shannon Ferguson said.

Cookerly is set to replace Bert Hewitt, the longtime City Councilman who resigned in April due to his move out of the city. The term for the seat will end Dec. 31, 2019. Qualifying for the seat was held Aug. 2-22, and those who wanted to formally enter the race had to pay a $390 qualifying fee.

Robert “Bob” Ingham is seeking to run as a write-in candidate for the 12th Congressional District, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

After losing a bid for Congress in the May Democratic primary, perennial candidate Robert “Bob” Ingham is trying to run as a write-in for the 12th Congressional District.

Ingham, the deputy treasurer of the Richmond County Democratic Party, announced his plan in an email sent to Democratic officials across the 12th District Sunday.

“No person shall be eligible as a write-in candidate in a general or special election if such person was a candidate for nomination or election to the same office in the immediately preceding primary,” state election law states.

Twelfth District Democrats cast 32,141 votes in the May 22 primary, an increase over the 25,915 who voted in the 2016 primary. Republicans cast 49,714 votes in this year’s primary, down from 59,127 in 2016.

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