Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 9, 2019

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 9, 2019

On August 10, 1774, a group calling itself the “Sons of Liberty” met at Tondee’s Tavern in Savannah, the first move in Georgia toward what would become the Revolutionary War. The Sons of Liberty adopted eight resolutions, among those one that reads,

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That we apprehend the Parliament of Great Britain hath not, nor ever had, any right to tax his Majesty’s American subjects; for it is evident beyond contradiction, the constitution admits of no taxation without representation; that they are coeval and inseparable; and every demand for the support of government should be by requisition made to the several houses of representatives.

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That we concur with our sister colonies in every constitutional measure to obtain redress of American grievances, and will by every lawful means in our power, maintain those inestimable blessings for which we are indebted to God and the Constitution of our country–a Constitution founded upon reason and justice, and the indelible rights of mankind.

The first copy in Georgia of the Declaration of Independence was read publicly in Savannah on August 10, 1776.

On August 10, 1787, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

Missouri was admitted as the 24th State, and the first entirely west of the Mississippi River, on August 10, 1821.

On August 11, 1862, Confederate General Braxton Bragg declared martial law in Atlanta.

On August 10, 1864, the bombardment of Atlanta by Union force continued, with Sherman writing, ““Let us destroy Atlanta and make it a desolation.”

Sherman-and-Cannon Atlanta

Herman E. Talmadge was born on August 9, 1913, son of Eugene Talmadge, who later served as Governor. Herman Talmadge himself served as Governor and United States Senator from Georgia.

The first Georgia state Motor Fuel Tax was enacted on August 10, 1921, when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation imposing a one-cent per gallon tax.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the summer commencement address at the University of Georgia on August 11, 1938. Later that day, Roosevelt endorsed Lawrence Camp over incumbent Governor Walter F. George, saying George had not been sufficiently supportive of the New Deal.

Japan accepted unconditional surrender on August 10, 1945, one day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

The Atlanta Braves signed legendary Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige on August 11, 1968.

Red Dawn, the first movie rated PG-13 was released on August 10, 1984.

Wolverines!

On August 11, 1984, Ronald Reagan jokingly announced that he had “signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever…we begin bombing in five minutes,” without knowing he was speaking into a live microphone.

On August 9, 1988, President Ronald Reagan announced his nomination of Dr. Lauro Cavazos as Secretary of Education, succeeding William Bennett. Cavazos was the first Hispanic to serve in a Presidential Cabinet position. Interestingly, he was born on the King Ranch.

On August 9, 1990, voters in the City of Athens and Clarke County chose to unify the two governments into Athens-Clarke County government.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley told Savannah Mayoral candidate Anthony Allen Oliver he is not credible, according to the Savannah Morning News.

In his latest run-in with a judge, Oliver appeared before Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley on Monday. Oliver entered a formal plea of not guilty to aggravated stalking and related charges and addressed several pre-trial motions.

Walmsley, after a series of questions from the bench, told Oliver that, “Sir, I don’t believe a word you’re saying. You are not a credible witness.”

Oliver announced his candidacy for Savannah mayor on Jan. 17, with a pledge to reduce crime. He has a history of running afoul of federal court judges and has been chastised by two judges in federal court in Savannah.

I believe Mr. Oliver could fulfill his campaign pledge of reducing crime in Savannah by relocating.

Federal agents raided the home of Augusta Commissioner Sammy Sias, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

FBI agents raided the home of Augusta Commissioner Sammie Sias on Thursday morning, spending approximately five hours removing boxes of materials and computers from his Sandridge subdivision house.

The city government is the subject of an active FBI criminal investigation of unknown scope. The raid follows recent accusations by Sias’ long-time lover, next-door neighbor Willa Hilton, who sent the city commission a long list of allegations against Sias on July 22. The allegations included theft of government funds intended for Jamestown Community Center, child abuse, sexual harassment and using alcohol and pornography at Jamestown.

The commission referred Hilton’s criminal allegations to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which opened a criminal investigation Friday, and sent the child-abuse claims to the Division of Family and Children Services.

A former Congressional candidate pled guilty to reduced charges in the death of her husband, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Kellie Lynn Collins, 33, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 30 years in jail. In a hearing Thursday, she originally rejected the deal, stating she didn’t have enough time to make a decision on it.

After speaking with her lawyer, she decided to accept the deal. A grand larceny charge was dismissed as part of the deal.

She was facing murder charges in the death of Curt Cain, 41, last summer. Cain and Collins got married a week before he was found dead at his home in the 3000 block of Old Powderhouse Road on Aug. 4, 2018.

The City of Atlanta will ban electric scooters at night, according to the Associated Press.

Atlanta is banning electric scooters in the nighttime hours during what’s been a deadly summer for riders.

In Atlanta, three riders have died since May in crashes that involved a public bus, an SUV and a car. Police in the Atlanta suburb of East Point say a fourth rider was killed there Tuesday in a collision involving his scooter and a truck.

“Sadly, we have seen a pattern in the recent and tragic fatalities involving scooters — they all occurred after sunset,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement Thursday.

City officials on Thursday announced a ban on electric scooters and electric bikes from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. daily. The ban takes effect Friday.

City officials have asked e-scooter vendors to disable the devices during the hours they’re banned, the mayor said. The companies are cooperating, and “I’ve heard no pushback at all,” Keane said.

“We think it’s a reasonable step as a temporary measure while the scooter program is re-examined,” said Nima Daivari, Lime’s community affairs manager for Georgia. San Francisco-based Lime has one of the largest fleets in Atlanta, with an average of about 1,800 available for rent last month. “They see the value here, and Atlanta is a city that’s notorious for traffic congestion.”

Implementing new voting machines in time for the 2020 elections may be a challenge, according to the Athens Banner Herald.

Georgia elections officials have no time to spare as they hustle to replace thousands of outdated voting machines statewide while fending off lawsuits in the wake of a much criticized gubernatorial election.

Even if the state manages to implement the $106 million purchase of new voting machines on schedule, some county officials worry the tight timeline could lead to another round of confusion as presidential politics drives high voter turnout.

“There is concern from my board and myself that we won’t have enough time to get our training in for ourselves, our poll workers and the voters,” Elections Supervisor Jennifer Doran of Morgan County said in an interview Wednesday.

Under Raffensperger’s timeline, state and county election officials have less than eight months to follow through on the purchase of 30,000 electronic touchscreen voting machines and 3,500 ballot scanning devices for delivery to polling sites across 159 counties. They’ll need to be certified by the state, programmed and tested, and county election officials and poll workers need to be trained to use them.

“The timeline looks pretty tight for us to even start getting our first round of equipment and get training on it, much less fully implement it by March,” said Doran, whose elections challenges, in a midsize rural county east of Atlanta, are typical for Georgia.

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