Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 24, 2021

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 24, 2021

On November 28, 1777, Congress appointed John Adams as commissioner to France, replacing Silas Deane.

President George Washington declared November 26, 1789 the first “public day of thanksgiving and prayer.”

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Go. Washington

Georgia ratified the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution on November 29, 1794, which reads,

The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.

On November 25, 1864, Sherman’s 14th and 20th Corps moved toward Sandersville while the 17th Corps fought briefly against a mix of Kentucky Militia, Georgia Military Institute cadets, and Georgia convicts.

On November 27, 1864, Sherman ordered the courthouse in Sandersville, Georgia burned.

On November 25, 1867, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel filed a patent for dynamite. On November 25, 1895, Nobel wrote his will, leaving the equivalent of roughly $186 million (2008 dollars) to endow the Nobel prizes.

The Grand Ole Opry began live radio broadcasts from Nashville, Tennessee on November 28, 1925.

On November 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Fourth Thursday in November as the modern Thanksgiving celebration.

[I]t was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally.

With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration. For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.

On the same day, a Japanese navy fleet left port headed toward Pearl Harbor.

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations passed a resolution to partition Palestine and allow the creation of a Jewish state of Israel.

President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 25, 1963.

On November 29, 1963, President Lyndon Johnson appointed the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, referred to as the Warren Commission. Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. of Georgia was appointed to the Commission.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its first show at the Bag O’Nails Club in London on November 25, 1966.

The Tawana Brawley case began on November 28, 1987; the greatest lasting impact would be the rise to celebrity of community activist the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Construction on the Georgia Dome began on November 24, 1989.

On November 24, 1992, Republican Paul D. Coverdell defeated Democratic incumbent Wyche Fowler in the runoff election for United States Senate. We are thankful that Georgia has runoff elections, not something silly like drawing straws or instant runoff voting.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Supply chain problems divide Georgia politicians, according to the AJC.

As Georgia Democrats fanned out across the state this week to tout the benefits of the bipartisan infrastructure package, Gov. Brian Kemp convened top state officials to paint a grim picture of supply chain issues triggered by congestion.

“Supply chain interruptions don’t just hurt job creators,” Kemp said, “it also hits Georgia families in their wallets.”

Democrats counter that the intricate supply chain problems are symptom of systemic problems that the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure will begin to fix. Biden has recently tapped a special port envoy and announced around-the-clock hours for the Port of Los Angeles to help clear the backlog.

State Democrats, meanwhile, have embarked on an extended victory lap to promote the infrastructure measure, which will pour billions of dollars into roads, bridges, utilities, public transportation and initiatives to combat climate change.

All eight Georgia Republicans in the U.S. House opposed it, raising concerns about the cost and programs aimed at cutting carbon emissions. At stops around the state, Democrats have highlighted projects that would benefit from the funding – and reminding audiences of the GOP opposition.

From the Ledger-Enquirer:

The recently-passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure package will bring to Columbus millions of dollars in projects and push the long-discussed Interstate 14 proposal closer to reality.

More than $11 billion will come to Georgia over the next five years as the result of the bill, according to Sen. Jon Ossoff’s office. Columbus will get a portion of those funds for public transportation, the airport and several other projects.

According to Ossoff’s office, key portions of the bill include:

• $1.36 billion in funding to improve and expand public transportation statewide

• $8.9 billion to repair Georgia roads and highways

• $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs statewide

• At least $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across Georgia

• $135 million to build an electric vehicle charging network across Georgia, as well as funding to replace transit vehicles and buses with clean, low- and zero-emissions vehicles

Language in the infrastructure bill designates I-14, including the proposed Georgia section, as a high-priority corridor. Sen. Raphael Warnock previously told the L-E that the bill provides no funding to the project.

Muscogee County will receive at least $20.7 million to improve and expand its public transportation, Ossoff said during his Tuesday visit to the METRA Transit System’s administrative office on Linwood Boulevard.

From the Augusta Chronicle:

More than $20 million from the federal bipartisan infrastructure act should be arriving in Augusta to support public transportation, clean water, internet access and bridges as soon as next year.

“Across all of these areas, transportation, education, high speed internet, and the infrastructure we need to upgrade our daily quality of life, there will be real resources flowing to the Augusta area next year,” Ossoff said.

The total amount coming to Richmond County remains unclear at the moment.

“Those figures are fluid at this point,” said Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. who introduced Ossoff.

“I expect this bill will deliver more than $20 million for transit for Augusta, and possibly significantly more,”” Ossoff said. “It will be the most significant investment for public transit in this community ever made.”

“We see an opportunity for the 13th Street Bridge, with this money, coming into the city of Augusta, for us to move that forward in a very significant way,” said Davis.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will halt lane closures for the Thanksgiving travel holiday, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen News.

To allow for increased holiday traffic, Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending lane closures on Georgia interstates and roadways near shopping centers beginning today at 5 a.m. until Sunday at 10 p.m. These statewide lane closure restrictions will help to reduce traffic congestion during the Thanksgiving holiday. Similar restrictions will be in place for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

“By limiting lane closures during the holiday season, we hope to promote a safer, less congested traveling experience,” said John D. Hancock, Georgia DOT state construction engineer. “Unfortunately, we have seen a noticeable increase in motor vehicle fatalities nationwide due to distracted driving, speeding and driving under the influence. This holiday season we encourage all drivers to put down the cellphones, buckle up, slow down and drive sober.”

Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms and his runoff opponent, LaRhonda Patrick, disagree on crime, according to 13WMAZ.

 “A lot of things that people don’t understand about the crime rate in Warner Robins is they think they can read it in a magazine and take that for the truth and it’s just not the truth. l think the crime rate in Warner Robins is actually pretty low compared to some of the other cities that could have been prepared,” Toms said.

“Crime is definitely at a space where we need to reel it in. It’s not as bad as it could be and it’s not as bad as people speculate it is, but if we’re having the conversation, that means it’s bad enough that we need to address it, so proactive crime prevention is what I would recommend,” Patrick said.

Toms took out an ad that says Patrick wants to defund the police. He said that he has added at least 20 positions to the force.

“My opponent made the statement that some people would say that we need more police officers, and I don’t think that’s the answer. It’s pretty cut and dry to me. I think the answer is more police officers and my opponent thinks it’s not the answer,” Toms said.

Congressman Andrew Clyde (R) was surprised at being drawn out of his district, according to AccessWDUN.

Clyde currently resides in, and represents, Jackson County as part of the 9th District. During the recent redistricting process, Jackson County was drawn out of the 9th District and will now be a part of the 10th District along with Barrow, Jackson, Madison and other counties south and southeast.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Clyde says that he believes the redrawing was intentional.

“Over the next few days, you will hear many reasons as to why the decision to draw Jackson County out of the 9th was unavoidable. Some will be based on numbers, and some will be based on process, but I contend that all of them are false,” Clyde wrote.

“I believe this was a purposeful decision made by a handful of establishment politicians in Atlanta. I knew when I was elected that being a hardcore conservative would come at a steep price in Washington. I have always happily paid that price in the name of freedom. What I never anticipated was the unprecedented act of being drawn out of my own district by a Republican Lieutenant Governor and a Republican Speaker of the House.” [said Clyde]

“While it will break my heart to no longer have the opportunity to represent Jackson, Elbert, Clarke, Dawson, Pickens, Madison, and Forsyth Counties, I will continue to stand in the gap for the same conservative values which they elected me to safeguard just over a year ago.” [said Clyde]

The new 9th District includes Hall, Dawson, Lumpkin, Banks, Habersham, White, and other surrounding counties. Forsyth County will no longer be in the 9th District but will be in the 6th District, along with part of Fulton County.

Eleven candidates have declared for the 2022 election for Mayor of Augusta, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Two State Representatives in Southwest Georgia were drawn into the same district, according to the Albany Herald.

As the current second-longest-serving Georgia House member, redistricting is nothing new to state Rep. Gerald Greene.

Elected as a Democrat in 1983, the representative from Cuthbert switched to the Republican Party after winning re-election in 2010.

Albany Democratic Rep. Winfred Dukes also has a lengthy period in office. First elected to District 154 in 1996, he has rarely had an opponent, either in a primary or general election.

For Dougherty County, the urban hub of the region, the changes will mean Greene’s district moving to the west and incorporating more of the county. District 152 state Rep. Bill Yearta, a Sylvester Republican, will lose the portion of his district in Sumter County, and the new district will incorporate part of Dougherty County.

With the reshuffling, Dukes and Greene will find themselves both within the borders of the new House District 154, which will be the largest in terms of area in the state as it includes low-population counties including Baker and Clay.

District 154 will now consist of all or parts of Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Dougherty, Early, Miller, Quitman, Randolph and Seminole counties.

State Rep. Gregg Kennard (D-Lawrenceville) introduced legislation for the 2022 session addressing mental health coverage for first responders, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Kennard pre-filed a bill last week to ensure first responders, such as police and firefighters, can get workers’ compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological injuries that they suffer from as a result of the stresses from their jobs.

That bill, House Bill 855, will be taken up when legislators convene for their next regular session in January.

Tifton voters approved a liquor sales in November, according to WALB.

Tifton city leaders told WALB News 10 on Tuesday that the city is working to get a solid plan for those who can qualify for the liquor license.

“They are going to draw the city out into four different zones and they are going to pick one application from each zone, and those four people will be the ones that can open up the liquor stores,” said Heather Cheek of 41 Beverage.

WALB News 10 asked city leaders a number of questions about what happens now, like how much liquor licenses will cost, who will get them and when those licenses would have to be renewed.

Tifton City Manager Pete Pyrzenski said the city is still trying to figure it all out and they’re not yet ready to answer those questions just yet. City officials said there would be a detailed plan before the new year.

Labor shortages are affecting trash pickup for some Hall County residents, according to the Gainseville Times.

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