Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 11, 2018


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 11, 2018

On December 11, 1777, during their movement to Valley Forge for the winter, Washington’s colonial forces engaged British troops under General Cornwallis as the Americans were crossing the Schuylkill River.

Indiana became the 19th State on December 11, 1816.

Governor Charles McDonald signed legislation on December 11, 1841 to prevent a person from having his or her testimony excluded in court because of the individual’s religious beliefs.

The first use of nitrous oxide as a dental anesthetic took place on December 11, 1844.

On December 11, 1872, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback took office in Louisiana as the first black Governor in the United States.

A memorial service for Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America, was held in the Georgia State Capitol on December 11, 1889 while his funeral was that day in New Orleans.

On December 11, 1941, Germany declared war on the United States.

On December 11, 1960, a civil rights demonstration including 8000 African-American citizens was held in Atlanta as part of the movement to boycott stores that remained segregated.

The Libertarian Party was founded on December 11, 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Nathan Deal announced yesterday that state government offices will delay opening today.

Acting on the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that state government will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The National Weather Service has warned that counties basically north of I-20 may have black ice on roads as temperatures drop below freezing overnight.

“Out of an abundance of caution and following the latest update from the National Weather Service, state government will delay opening for non-essential personnel until 10 a.m. tomorrow,” said Deal. “Our top priorities are to ensure the safety of Georgians and to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to keep our roads as safe as possible. I encourage those in affected areas to remain off of the roads early tomorrow morning. We will continue monitoring the weather and will provide updates as necessary.”

Gwinnett County government offices will also delay opening, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Gwinnett schools and colleges, trials and hearings in the county and state government offices will operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday out of concerns that potential black ice may form overnight on roads in north Georgia.

County spokesman Joe Sorenson said trials and hearings in the county will be delayed until 10 a.m. as well.

Meanwhile, Buford City Schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools announced their schools will also open two hours later than usual.

“Morning buses will run two hours later than the regularly scheduled pick-up time,” Gwinnett schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said. “This means if your bus usually comes at 6:30 a.m. it will be at the stop at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. All schools will end and release at their normally scheduled time.

“All after school and evening activities on Tuesday will be held as scheduled,” she added.

Some of Gwinnett’s cities have already announced morning delays or cancellations. Officials in Duluth and Loganville announced Monday night that they will delay opening their respective city offices until 10 a.m., and Suwanee announced its 9 a.m. municipal court session has been cancelled. Cases scheduled for that session will be rescheduled for Jan. 22, according to announcement the city’s Facebook page.

Governor-elect Brian Kemp and Lieutenant Governor-elect Geoff Duncan will address the Biennial Institute in Athens today. From the AJC:

The Republican is set to address lawmakers Tuesday at the legislative biennial in Athens, and he’s likely to strike a vastly different tone than he did during the divisive race against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Kemp’s allies say he won’t depart from his stance on key policy debates, from guns to “religious liberty,” but that he’ll signal a more conciliatory approach to the lawmakers he’ll need to corral to pass his agenda.

Several Democratic lawmakers have pledged to boycott the event, saying they won’t forget his “hateful” rhetoric during the campaign and don’t want to lend legitimacy to him by attending his first address.

United States Senator David Perdue spoke to the Golden Isles Republican Women on Monday, according to The Brunswick News.

Lunch attendees asked him a number of questions, including about the recently-announced closure of four U.S. General Motors manufacturing plants.

He referenced investments the U.S. government made in car manufacturers from in 2008 to 2010. Bailing out the automakers just prolonged the inevitable, he said.

“I know what those factories looked like in the 1970s when every small town in South Georgia had an operator plant that had 200 operators in it … We don’t have those anymore. I don’t know how to bring those back, frankly, when you’re dealing with $3 an hour labor in China,” Perdue said.

One member of the Republican women asked him if a border wall along America’s border with Mexico has a chance of receiving funding before Christmas.

Perdue said around $1.6 billion for the project is included in one of the final U.S. Senate appropriations bills of the year, but that he wasn’t sure it would get the votes necessary to pass.

Whitfield County Board of Commission Chairman Lynn Laughter was surprised by a move to remove term limits for county commissioners, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

In a move that Whitfield County Board of Commission Chairman Lynn Laughter said “completely blindsided” her, the other four members of the commission voted Monday night to ask local state legislators to remove term limits on county commissioners.

Local resident Ed Painter presented a plan to the board in November to allow a commissioner on the board to run for a fourth term in office if that fourth term would be served as the commission chairman. Commissioners currently can serve only three consecutive, full four-year terms.

But at Monday’s meeting, Painter recommended the board do away with term limits completely.

Commissioners are term-limited by state law, which was put in place in 1993. Only the Legislature can change that state law, and Monday’s vote is only asking local legislators to propose new legislation in the upcoming session.

Lowndes County Board of Elections meets today at 4:30 PM, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Buford City Schools is searching for a new superintendent, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The Gainesville Times looks at when changes in brunch service laws will go into effect.

Oakwood City Council tweaked its alcohol ordinance Monday night to reflect voters’ Nov. 6 OK of earlier Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants.

Voters in Hall County, Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Oakwood approved allowing sales to begin at 11 a.m. instead of 12:30 p.m.

Moving forward, the cities and county “are looking at the implementation date” of Feb. 3, City Manager Stan Brown told the council at its Dec. 10 meeting.

“We’re just trying to eliminate confusion between different jurisdictions,” he said.

The Augusta Commission will consider appointing an interim District 5 commissioner, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Last week, three commissioners’ nominations for an interim commissioner to replace Andrew Jefferson, who died Nov. 4, each failed to garner six supporting votes. The interim will serve until a March special election but would appear on the ballot as the incumbent if he or she chooses to run.


Floyd County Commissioners meet today to discuss the county budget, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

Floyd County Commissioners will hold a public hearing this morning on the proposed 2019 operating and capital projects budgets.

The board also is expected to elect the chair and vice chair for the coming year.

Commissioners are scheduled to caucus at 9 a.m. and start their regular meeting at 10 a.m. in the County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave. Both sessions are open.

The board normally meets at 6 p.m. but moved today’s meeting to the morning when it looked like the Rome Wolves would be playing in the GHSA state football championship in Atlanta. The Wolves lost in the semi-finals, but it was too late to change the public notice time.

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