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

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

The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland on October 10, 1845.

Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned on October 10, 1973 and pled guilty to federal income tax evasion charges.

On October 10 1976, a poll by Time magazine showed Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter with a 2-1 electoral vote margin.

Carter led in 21 states and the District of Columbia, with 273 electoral votes (three more than necessary to win), while President Ford led in 17 states with 113 electoral votes.

The online Georgia archives at UGA has a collection of campaign materials, including a 1976 Carter for President brochure.

On October 10, 1980, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site was established in Atlanta.

On October 10, 2015, Donald Trump made his first campaign stop in Georgia.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Donald Trump, Jr. and Senator Elizabeth Warren visited Georgia seperately to boost their respective parties’ candidates for Governor, according to the Associated Press.

Trump Jr. headlined an event for Kemp on Tuesday evening in Athens.

Earlier in the day U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with Ayanna Pressley, fresh off her primary victory over 10-term U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in Massachusetts, were in Jonesboro with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, manning phones and firing up volunteers. Abrams is vying to become the first black female governor of any state.

In Athens, Trump Jr. said that electing Republicans like Kemp to positions of power in states was key to the success of his father, President Donald Trump. He touted policies implemented by his father including recent federal tax cuts and negotiations with North Korea before complimenting Kemp’s leadership in Georgia.

“As successful as my father has been, he cannot do it alone. He needs all of your help. We can keep this going,” Trump said.

Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan met Democrat Sarah Griggs Amico in a debate, according to the AJC.

Both business executive Sarah Riggs Amico, a Democrat, and Republican former state Rep. Geoff Duncan said their “outsider” status best suits them to lead the Georgia Senate as lieutenant governor.

Duncan served five years in the state House before resigning last year to focus on his campaign.

Duncan said the voters he encounters call him an outsider because of his approach to shaping policy.

“In my five quick years in the General Assembly … I looked for opportunities to look through the lens of a small-business owner,” he said. Duncan said his experience as an employer makes him approach governing differently than a longtime politician.

Governor Nathan Deal yesterday declared a state of emergency for 92 counties.

“The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Michael,” said Deal. “In light of the storm’s forecasted track, I encourage Georgians in the affected counties to be prepared and remain vigilant. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Michael’s path and GEMA/HS is leading our preparedness efforts. We are also working with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states. I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Michael.”

The 92 counties under emergency declaration are: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Hancock, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth counties.

Middle Georgia residents are being warned to “shelter in place.” according to the Macon Telegraph.

“The worst part of it is going to be an overnight event,” Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Spencer Hawkins said. “Stay inside. Stay close to home and stay safe.”

Tornadoes could spin up and the strongest winds are expected along and south of a line from Columbus to Macon to west of Augusta.

Sustained winds of 25-45 mph are possible with gusts up to 70 mph across parts of central Georgia.

Widespread rainfall totals of up to 8 inches are expected in southwest Georgia with the potential for locally higher amounts.

Middle Georgia could see about 6 inches of rain.

A Board of Visitors meeting planned for Fort Benning was canceled due to the expected storm, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

The Board of Visitors annual session at the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation has been postponed due to Hurricane Michael, a Fort Benning spokesman for the institute said Tuesday.

Made up of chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, six civilians and military commanders, the 14-member board was scheduled to meet 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday at Bradley Hall on Baltzell Avenue but has been postponed until Nov. 29, said spokesman Lee Rials.

The Muscogee County School District considered school closures, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

MCSD will release students and personnel 1 hour early Wednesday and cancel or postpone all after-school activities, communications director Mercedes Parham said in a news release.

Tybee Island beaches are closed to swimmers due to weather conditions, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education hosted a summit in Brunswick on workforce development, according to The Brunswick News.

Glynn County is preparing for the storm, according to The Brunswick News.

Jay Wiggins, head of Glynn County’s emergency management agency, said Michael may hit the Florida panhandle by Wednesday morning, citing the National Weather Service. He expects the Golden Isles will begin to feel the effects of Michael by Wednesday around 6 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will close the Sidney Lanier Bridge at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Wiggins said the GDOT will open it again when conditions are safe.

Glynn County likely won’t call for an evacuation. Instead, Wiggins said residents should shelter in place for the duration of the storm. Glynn County Schools said on Twitter on Tuesday schools will be closed Thursday. Schools will dismiss an hour early Wednesday.

College of Coastal Georgia will be closed all day Wednesday and Thursday, according to Christy Lynn Wilson, a college spokeswoman.

Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools are open today and will decide whether Thursday closures are necessary, according to the Savannah Morning News.

AirBNB activated its Open Homes Program for people fleeing the storm, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Columbus City Council heard about options for the aging Government Center, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

This summer’s multiple flooding incidents in the building, which houses city departments as well as most of the Muscogee County court operation, have left more than half the courtrooms unusable and forced some judges to move their offices to another building.

The picture that was painted for council was not a pretty one and will likely come with a costly price tag.

“I think it got everyone’s attention that a decision has to be made,” said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who leaves office early next year. “I am pleased with council’s intensity to come back in short order with directions on how to get courts up and running, as well as find a long-term solution.”

McBride stressed to council that the situation in the courts is urgent and needs to be addressed.

“Our main concern is being able to do our constitutional duties and being able to have a place to be able to work,” [Chief Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Gil] McBride said. “That’s what it all comes down to. Our interest in going back to those floors is not because we fail to grasp at some point we must move out. We understand that. And under any scenario that has been presented today … have us moving out. We get that. The big question is where do we have court tomorrow? Where do we have court next week?”

Whitfield County Commissioners met with local municipalities to discuss extending the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

Members of the county Board of Commissioners met Tuesday night at the Edwards Park community center with officials from the county’s four cities to discuss projects that could be funded from the SPLOST, which would last six years and would be expected to bring in $100 million.

“Our list is not finalized yet,” said board Chairman Lynn Laughter. “I don’t know if the cities have finalized their lists yet. This is just to discuss projects that might be funded.”

The current four-year SPLOST expires June 30, 2019. It is projected to collect $64 million.

While commissioners may not have completely finalized their project list, Laughter said their priority projects will be new administrative buildings, repairs to the old part of the courthouse and other projects that will come to some $34 million.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved new cyber security degree programs at Augusta University, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Augusta University was allowed Tuesday to add the state’s first cybersecurity engineering degree and take two existing degrees that emphasized cyber and make them standalone degrees of their ownthat focus on the field.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents held its monthly meeting at AU on Tuesday and because of Hurricane Michael decided to take care of all of its business then and cancel Wednesday’s meeting. The regents decided to grant requests from AU for three degree programs…

The Augusta Commission voted 7-3 to resume discussions with an ambulance provider, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Gwinnett County broke ground on a new $60 million dollar Water Innovation Center, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The 60,000-square foot center is designed to be a hub of education, research, professional development and business built on 700 acres. It’s an idea that has been in the works for years, and county officials say they aren’t aware of any other facility like it.

County officials broke ground on the Water Innovation Center amid the trees that line Woodward Mill Road at Interstate 985 on Tuesday afternoon. The facility is expected to take three years to complete, with an opening expected to happen in October 2021.

Among the features of the facility are wet and dry laboratory spaces, conference rooms, a three-story demonstration bay, an auditorium with seating for 250 people and classrooms.

It will have space for research institution and water-related organizations to study water-related issues. There will also be a business incubator for startup companies that work within the water industry.

“This is one of those things that while it’s fun and certainly exciting to be a part of, we also know it’s going to serve a very important purpose, not just for Gwinnett County, but for a broader area too,” Gwinnett County commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said.

In Gwinnett County Commission District Two, incumbent Republican Lynette Howard faces Democratic challenger Ben Ku, according to the AJC.

“I feel like if I provide the solutions, people will see that, and people will recognize it,” said Ku, a metro Atlanta native who moved to Gwinnett in 2014. “I bring skills and perspective that never has existed on the Board of Commissioners.”

Howard, meanwhile, has campaigned primarily on what she’s done and helped do during her eight years on the commission. She referenced her willingness to work with residents and other stakeholders so everyone “has a voice.”

She touted the collaboration involved in the development of the county’s comprehensive transportation and transit plans, which will guide how those services are rendered for the next several decades.

“The Gwinnett standard, which we’ve worked really hard to build, is doing things effectively, efficiently, with the taxpayers’ money in mind,” Howard said. “That’s what I’ve done for the past eight years. And, if I’m lucky enough, I get to do it for another four.”

Howard is in favor of transit expansion in Gwinnett, which will be on the ballot in a special March election.  The commission voted earlier this year to approve a potential contract with MARTA.

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