Category: Georgia Politics

19
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 19, 2022

British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781,  ending the American Revolution.

On October 19, 1790, Lyman Hall, one of three signers of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia, died in Burke County, GA. Hall was elected Governor of Georgia in 1783, holding the position for one year, and was an early advocate for the chartering of the University of Georgia.

On October 19, 1983, the United States Senate voted 78-22 to create a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., to be celebrated on the third Monday of January. The House passed the King holiday bill, sponsored by Reps. Katie Hall (D.-IN) and Jack Kemp (R-NY), by a vote of 338-90 in August. President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation on November 3, 1983.

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From the Secretary of State’s Absentee Voting Database:

Total ballots cast: 293,454

Total mail ballots cast: 24,223

Total in-person ballots cast: 268,262

cast October 17, 2022: 134,156

cast October 18, 2022: 134,106

Total Electronic ballots cast (overseas and military voters): 969

Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Order #10.18.22.01, naming three members to a commission to review the indictment of Miller County Sheriff Richard Morgan and recommend whether he should be suspended.Continue Reading..

18
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 18, 2022

The Mason-Dixon line separating Pennsylvania from Maryland was established on October 18, 1767.

In 1760, tired of border violence between the colonies’ settlers, the British crown demanded that the parties involved hold to an agreement reached in 1732. As part of Maryland and Pennsylvania’s adherence to this royal command, Mason and Dixon were asked to determine the exact whereabouts of the boundary between the two colonies. Though both colonies claimed the area between the 39th and 40th parallel, what is now referred to as the Mason-Dixon line finally settled the boundary at a northern latitude of 39 degrees and 43 minutes. The line was marked using stones, with Pennsylvania’s crest on one side and Maryland’s on the other.

Twenty years later, in late 1700s, the states south of the Mason-Dixon line would begin arguing for the perpetuation of slavery in the new United States while those north of line hoped to phase out the ownership of human chattel. This period, which historians consider the era of “The New Republic,” drew to a close with the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which accepted the states south of the line as slave-holding and those north of the line as free. The compromise, along with those that followed it, eventually failed.

On October 18, 1867, the United States took over Alaska from Russia and ran up Old Glory there for the first time.

Separated from the far eastern edge of the Russian empire by only the narrow Bering Strait, the Russians had been the first Europeans to significantly explore and develop Alaska.

Seeing the giant Alaska territory as a chance to cheaply expand the size of the nation, William H. Seward, President Andrew Johnson‘s secretary of state, moved to arrange the purchase of Alaska. Agreeing to pay a mere $7 million for some 591,000 square miles of land-a territory twice the size of Texas and equal to nearly a fifth of the continental United States-Seward secured the purchase of Alaska at the ridiculously low rate of less than 2¢ an acre.

On October 18, 1870, Rockdale and McDuffie Counties were created when Georgia Governor Rufus Bullock signed legislation creating them.

On October 18, 1972, the Clean Water Act became law after Congress overrode President Nixon’s veto.

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Governor Brian Kemp ordered flags flown at half-staff today on state properties in honor of the late State Representative Henry “Wayne” Howard.

Governor Kemp met Democrat Stacey Abrams in a debate last night, according to the Savannah Morning News.Continue Reading..

17
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 17, 2022

Five thousand British and Hessian troops surrendered to patriot militia on October 17, 1777, ending the Second Battle of Saratoga, and leading to France recognizing American independence and sending military aid.

An editorial published pseudononymously by Alexander Hamilton on October 17, 1796, accused Thomas Jefferson, then a Presidential candidate, of having an affair with a slave.

Happy birthday to the Texas Rangers, created on October 17, 1835.

In the midst of their revolt against Mexico, Texan leaders felt they needed a semi-official force of armed men who would defend the isolated frontier settlers of the Lone Star Republic against both Santa Ana’s soldiers and hostile Indians; the Texas Rangers filled this role. But after winning their revolutionary war with Mexico the following year, Texans decided to keep the Rangers, both to defend against Indian and Mexican raiders and to serve as the principal law enforcement authority along the sparsely populated Texan frontier.

Paul Anderson, known as the “World’s Strongest Man,” was born in Toccoa, Georgia on October 17, 1932. From his New York Times obituary:

As the unknown substitute for the injured American champion at the first Soviet-American dual athletic competition, in Moscow in 1955, the 5-foot-9-inch Anderson was scorned by his hosts.

The scorn turned to snickers when Anderson called for a weight of 402.4 pounds, more than 20 pounds above the world record. The snickers stopped when the 340-pound Anderson lifted the weight. By the time he set another record, in the clean and jerk, he was being hailed by Soviet fans.

The stunning achievement at the height of the Cold War made Anderson an instant American hero, and it was largely an anticlimax when he set three more world records at the world championships in Munich, Germany, later that year.

Although virtually conceded the gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, Anderson was stricken with a severe inner-ear infection.

Competing at 304 pounds and with a 103-degree fever, he fell so far behind his chief rival that on the final of three required lifts, he needed to clean and jerk 413.5 pounds, an Olympic record, to claim the gold. Twice he tried and failed. On the third attempt he asked God for a little extra help and got it.

“It wasn’t making a bargain,” he said later, “I needed help.”

Paul Anderson Memorial Park in Toccoa is a private park supported by a 501(c)(3) organization.

Note this: it’ll come in handy when you get to the items below about FLOTUS Jill Biden rooting for the Phillies.

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Georgia leads the nation in flu cases, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weekly influenza map shows Georgia leading the U.S. in positive flu cases, a significant shift after flu activity was unusually low in 2020 and 2021.

Explanations for the unusually low flu activity pointed toward lockdown measures implemented to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. With those restrictions lifted, Dr. Lawton Davis, health director for the Coastal Health District, said the U.S. is predicted to have a potentially bad flu season this year.

“Most of the health experts feel that the reason we didn’t have a very significant flu, or RSV season, back in 2020 and 2021 is that everybody was practicing those social distancing mitigation practices like wearing a mask and watching washing your hands and staying out of crowds, etc. and all that is pretty much gone by the wayside now,” Davis said.

In Chatham County, the Coastal Health District is hosting drive-thru vaccination clinics, with two upcoming clinics on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Savannah Civic Center and the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Governor Brian Kemp outlined a public safety agenda, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..

14
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 14, 2022

Friday, October 15, 1582 marked the beginning of the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar – the previous day was Thursday, October 4th.

On October 14, 1735, John and Charles Wesley sailed with James Oglethorpe from Gravesend, England, for Georgia and John Wesley wrote the first entry in his journal that would eventually cover 55 years. On that date, John Wesley wrote,

Our end in leaving our native country, was not to avoid want, (God having given us plenty of temporal blessings,) nor to gain the dung or dross of riches or honour; but singly this, to save our souls; to live wholly to the glory of God.

The Pennsylvania Gazette published a criticism against the British Tea Act on October 16, 1773.

The Tea Act of 1773 was a bill designed to save the faltering British East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as yet another example of taxation tyranny. In response, the “Philadelphia Resolutions” called the British tax upon America unfair and said that it introduced “arbitrary government and slavery” upon the American citizens. The resolutions urged all Americans to oppose the British tax and stated that anyone who transported, sold or consumed the taxed tea would be considered “an enemy to his country.”

The First Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 14, 1774.

George Washington left New York, the nation’s capital, on October 15, 1789, embarking upon the first Presidential tour to New England.

On October 16, 1854, Abraham Lincoln, a candidate for Congress, spoke against the Kansas-Nebraska Act and called the practice of slavery “immoral.”

Lincoln, who was practicing law at the time, campaigned on behalf of abolitionist Republicans in Illinois and attacked the Kansas-Nebraska Act. He denounced members of the Democratic Party for backing a law that “assumes there can be moral right in the enslaving of one man by another.” He believed that the law went against the founding American principle that “all men are created equal.”

The world’s first combat submarine, CSS Hunley, sunk during testing in Charleston Harbor on October 15, 1863.

Then-former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 14, 1912.

Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.” He spoke for nearly an hour and then was rushed to the hospital.

On October 16, 1918, visitors to the Southeastern Fair at the Lakewood Fairgrounds were required by the Georgia State Board of Health to don face masks in order to prevent the spread of the Spanish flu.

A.A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh on October 14, 1926. E. H. Shepard illustrated the Pooh books.

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The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution took effect October 15, 1933, changing the Presidential term of office to begin and end on January 20th following each quadrennial election and Senate and Congress to January 3d following biennial elections, both from March 4th.

The War Department renamed Wellston Air Depot to Warner Robins Air Force Depot to honor Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins on October 14, 1942.

Billy Graham launched his national ministry on October 15, 1949 in Los Angeles, California.

On October 14, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. was announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming Georgia’s first native-born winner. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a story on how King’s Nobel Prize effected Atlanta.

The honor wasn’t just a watershed for King and the civil rights movement but also for Atlanta. It set off a series of events that some say fundamentally changed the city’s business, religious and racial cultures by bringing blacks and whites together for the first time to share a meal in public.

That simple act, holding a multi-racial banquet in the new Nobel laureate’s honor, tested the will and even the nerves of those determined to make Atlanta a more just and inclusive place.

“It was a defining moment in the history of the city, and it should go down in the city’s documented memory,” said Janice R. Blumberg, the widow of Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, who was instrumental in organizing the event.

King’s three surviving children are due in court in December to determine if the 23-karat gold medal — along with a Bible their father once owned — should be sold at auction. Brothers Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, representing the King Estate, plan to sell the items. Sister Bernice King has opposed the sale.

Mayor Allen and J. Paul Austin, chairman of Coca-Cola, gathered the business elite at the Piedmont Driving Club. Allen warned then he would be taking notes on who did not attend the dinner. But Austin delivered the crushing blow.

According to Young’s written account, Austin said: “It is embarrassing for Coca-Cola to be located in a city that refuses to honor its Nobel Prize winner. We are an international business. The Coca-Cola Company does not need Atlanta. You all have to decide whether Atlanta needs the Coca-Cola Company.”

On October 15, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation creating the United States Department of Transportation. May God have mercy upon his soul.

Interstate 285 around Atlanta was completed on October 15, 1969.

The Omni opened in Atlanta on  October 15, 1972, as the Hawks beat the New York Knicks by a score of 109-101.

Maynard Jackson was elected Mayor of Atlanta on October 16, 1973. Jackson was the first African-Amercian Mayor of Atlanta; he served eight years, and was elected for a third, non-consecutive term in 1990.

On October 16, 1976, Jimmy Carter campaigned in Youngstown, Ohio.

On October 14, 1980, Republican candidate for President Ronald Reagan announced he would name a woman to the Supreme Court if elected.

To achieve those ends, we need the best people possible at the highest levels of Government regardless of sex, race or religion. I am also acutely aware, however, that within the guidelines of excellence, appointments can carry enormous symbolic significance. This permits us to guide by example, to show how deep our commitment is and to give meaning to what we profess.

One way I intend to live up to that commitment is to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court. I am announcing today that one of the first Supreme Court vacancies in my administration will be filled by the most qualified woman I can find, one who meets the high standards I will demand for all my appointments.

It is time for a woman to sit among our highest jurists. I will also seek out women to appoint to other Federal courts in an effort to bring about a better balance on the Federal bench.

Former Secretary General of the Communist Party of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 15, 1990

Georgia-born Clarence Thomas was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 15, 1991.

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United States Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Atlanta) and Republican challenger Herschel Walker will debate in Savannah tonight, according to the Savannah Morning News.Continue Reading..

12
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 12, 2022

Former Confederate President Alexander Stephens was released from federal prison on October 12, 1865 and returned to Georgia.

On October 13, 1870, Governor Rufus Bullock signed legislation creating the Georgia State Board of Education.

On October 13, 1885, Governor Henry McDaniel signed legislation authorizing the creation of a state school of technology as a branch of the University of Georgia; the school would open in Atlanta in October 1888, and in 1948 was renamed the Georgia Institute of Technology.

On October 13, 1918, the ban on public gatherings in Atlanta to prevent spread of the Spanish flu, was extended an additional week.

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The first game in Sanford Stadium was played on October 12, 1929, with the University of Georgia Bulldogs beating the Yale Bulldogs. Here is ten minutes of the game.

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On October 12, 1958, The Temple was bombed after a phone call to WSB warned that Black churches and Jewish temples would be blown up.

On October 13, 1976, Democrat Jimmy Carter received a post-debate bump against President Gerald Ford, with polls showing Carter at 50%-40% over the incumbent, up from 47%-45% before the debate.

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Quote of the Day comes from Vienna Mayor Eddie Daniels after he rescued a family from a trainwreck. From 13WMAZ:

“It knocked me foolish for a few minutes,” Daniels said.

A new poll by the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs show Governor Brian Kemp with a wider lead over Democrat Stacey Abrams, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has opened a double-digit lead over Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, according to a poll released Wednesday.

However, Georgia’s U.S. Senate race is in a dead heat, the Capitol Beat/Georgia News Collaborative Poll found in a survey of 1,030 likely general election voters conducted Sept. 15-Oct. 4 by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.

The survey found state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, with a slight lead for the open lieutenant governor’s seat over Democrat Charlie Bailey.

Kemp drew the support of 51% of poll respondents to 40.7% for Abrams, giving the governor a lead of 10.3%. Libertarian Shane Hazel was a distant third with 2.3%, while 6% of those surveyed were undecided.

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., was favored by 46.4% of the poll respondents, to 43.4% for Republican challenger Herschel Walker. Given the poll’s margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, the race is essentially tied.

Support for Jones stood at 43.5%, with 38.8% of survey respondents favoring Bailey. Factoring in the margin of error left Jones with a slight lead over his Democratic rival for lieutenant governor. Libertarian Ryan Graham was third at 4.0%, and 13.8% of respondents were undecided.

The survey found Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger well ahead of state Rep. Bee Nguyen, 47.9% to 33.9%

Likewise, GOP Attorney General Chris Carr held a strong lead over Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan, 47.4% to 38.8%.

Black voters who responded to the poll overwhelmingly preferred Democrats Abrams and Warnock, not surprising since most Black voters support Democratic candidates. But Warnock outperformed Abrams among that group of voters, 89% to 80.7%.

Walker, a former University of Georgia football star, drew only 2% support among Black voters, while Kemp was preferred by 8% of Black survey respondents.

From the AJC:

The results reinforced a trend of lagging support among Black voters that has dogged Abrams’ campaign. It shows that 81% of Black voters back the Democrat, 8% support Kemp and 10% are undecided. Strategists say Abrams must be at least 10 points higher among Black voters, the most reliable Democratic constituency.

Warnock, the state’s first Black U.S. senator, outperformed Abrams among African American voters with 89% of the vote. That’s a 12-point gain compared with the last UGA poll in September, while Abrams’ support in the demographic grew by about 2 percentage points.

Kemp’s approval rating hit 54%, fueled by broad backing from conservatives and older Georgians. It’s the latest poll that shows Kemp has largely consolidated the Republican base after humbling a Donald Trump-backed opponent in the May GOP primary.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reports lower numbers for COVID and monkeypox statewide, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Rome News Tribune.

COVID cases in Georgia are down about 80% since mid-August, Dr. Cherie Drenzek, the agency’s epidemiologist and chief science officer, told members of the state Board of Public Health.

Hospitalizations are down 89% since the omicron variant hit its peak last winter, while the number of deaths from the virus in Georgia has fallen to about 100 per week, she said.

However, three new omicron subvariants are starting to show up in Georgia and around the country, Drenzek said. Together, they account for about 23% of the current caseload in Georgia, she said.

Drenzek said cases of monkeypox have declined consistently during the last few weeks both in Georgia and nationally.

Georgia has 1,839 cases of the virus in 64 counties, she said. However, 85% of those cases are concentrated in metro Atlanta, she said.

The vast majority of cases are in men who have sex with men, Drenzek said. In fact, 98% of the Georgia cases are in men.

Only 5% percent of the state’s monkeypox patients are hospitalized, Drenzek said.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R-Johns Creek) said he expects high turnout in November, according to WTVM.

Many have criticized Raffensperger and other Republicans for passing Georgia’s new “Election Integrity Act.”

Critics call the law restrictive, saying it will make voting more difficult, but Raffensperger says the numbers speak for themselves.

“Under the Election Integrity Act, we had 800,000 more voters than ever before. We’ll make sure we have fair and honest elections. It’s never been easier to register to vote. It’s never been easier to vote.”

Raffensperger predicts a high voter turnout for the upcoming midterms, driven by several national issues, including the economy and abortion — not to mention the important congressional, state and local offices.

WTOC misspelled his surname eight times in two different variations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency changed rules that will help Gullah Geechee communities to access aid, according to WTOC.

Until recently, FEMA required documentation like a deed or title to prove residency causing problems for those whose land goes back generations but without much paperwork being filed.

“This has a huge impact on Gullah Geechee populations from North Carolina to north of Jacksonville,” said Meldon Hollis, a retired emergency management professor.

At a community meeting Monday, the former emergency management professor explained a change in FEMA guidelines that’ll allow the native island community to sleep better during summer storms.

Instead of needing a deed or title to their homes, FEMA is now accepting alternative paperwork to recognize land ownership like tax receipts, bills, or addressed mail from the government.

”We may not all have the documents readily available, but if it’s as simple as a utility bill or something like that then that makes it a lot easier.”

Thanks to the easier path to proving ownership, Hollis wants native islanders to know an initial rejection to an insurance claim will now be easier to overturn.

Former Georgia Governor and current Chancellor of the University System of Georgia Sonny Perdue spoke with the Dalton Daily Citizen News.

“Our job is to help them (students) succeed in their lives,” said Chancellor of the University System of Georgia Sonny Perdue. “Higher education is that important. It can change lives. We call it a million-dollar deal. Over their lifetimes, people who receive a college degree will make an average of $1 million more than if they hadn’t earned that degree.”

Perdue and members of the university system’s Board of Regents, who oversee the system, are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday at Dalton State College.

Perdue, a former Georgia governor, said in today’s job market, where some low-skilled jobs are paying up to $20 an hour, it can be tempting for someone graduating from high school to go to work.

“We want them to take the long view and see that a college degree is a pretty good investment,” he said.

Perdue said the university system is also trying to increase the number of articulation agreements between schools in the system and schools in the Technical College System of Georgia or between different schools in the university system.

For instance, students with associate degrees in engineering technology or information technology from Georgia Northwestern Technical College can transfer into a related bachelor’s degree program at Dalton State College.

“We want to give them a clear path to career advancement,” Perdue said.

Perdue said holding the cost of higher education down is one of the Board of Regents’ highest priorities. There have been no tuition increases in the last three years and none in five of the past seven years.

Fewer than half of voters watch traditional over-the-air stations, according to The Hill via WSAV.

The poll found that only 49 percent of registered voters nationwide have traditional TV subscriptions, and the figure falls to 39 percent in 10 key battleground states.

But more than 80 percent of registered voters nationally and in key battleground states indicated they stream television.

Those 10 battleground states were Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida and Colorado.

“The story this election season is the same whether you are looking nationally or at the key battleground states. Voters have left traditional linear television in droves,” Ashwin Navin, co-founder and CEO of Samba TV, said in a statement.

“Only 39 percent of independent swing voters in battleground states have traditional TV,” Navin continued. “With so many elections now being determined by the slimmest of margins, campaigns need to dramatically rethink how they reach voters in the closing weeks to ensure they are not just saturating the same shrinking number of households with ads while leaving the vast majority of the electorate under-reached.”

The poll found millennials and Gen Z voters were more than twice as likely to stream than having a traditional linear television subscription. The gap only grew when polling those younger voters in battleground states.

“The data points very clearly that the future king of political ad spending will be streaming. Voter eyeballs are more likely to be present there by a factor of almost two to one,” said Dritan Nesho, founder and CEO of HarrisX.

The pollsters also looked at respondents’ social media use, finding that Facebook remains the most used platform nationally by registered voters, although Gen Z voters are staying away from the platform in larger proportions and moving to TikTok and YouTube.

Thirty-seven percent of Democratic voters indicated they use TikTok weekly, compared to 27 percent of Republicans.

Friday’s debate between U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker will be invitation only for the live show, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The long-anticipated showdown will be held before a live audience of approximately 440 attendees at Plant Riverside’s District Live event venue. But attendance is by invitation-only – with the campaigns issuing the invites.

The general manager of Nextar’s local TV station, NBC affiliate WSAV, said the tickets were split amongst the two campaigns, who will be responsible for filling the seats.

“There were no tickets sold,” said WSAV’s David Hart. “There was a relatively small allotment. It’s not a large venue compared to an auditorium. Less than 200 tickets are available, the vast majority of them were divided equally between the two campaigns, and those tickets are in their hands now.”

The rest of the tickets, Hart said, were split among WSAV and Nexstar.

Election officials vow to enforce “no phone” rules in voting precincts, according to The Brunswick News.

People are asked to leave their cellphones in their vehicles before entering a polling place. Cellphones brought into a polling place must not be visible and must be turned off.

Violators will be asked to put their phones in their vehicles if they ring or are seen inside a polling place.

Chris Channell, supervisor of the Glynn County Board of Elections and Registration, told board members at Tuesday’s meeting that the new state law will be enforced without exception.

“This is something strictly enforced this year,” he said. “If they talk back, fight, argue, this is something we are going to enforce.”

The board is also close to achieving its goal of having no polling places in public schools.

“Hopefully, we’ll be out of all the schools by the end of the year,” Channell said. “Unfortunately, some schools could become backups in case of an emergency.”

The Georgia General Assembly’s Joint Study Committee on Georgia Music Heritage heard suggestions for fostering the music industry in Georgia, according to the Center Square via the Albany Herald.

State lawmakers could soon consider increasing the state’s tax incentives for music or creating a state-run music office to help performers, managers, songwriters and producers.

The state office’s staff would advocate in Georgia and at the federal level on behalf of issues that affect songwriters and performers, such as royalties, David Lowery, an Athens-based musician, told the committee. The office could potentially partner with state offices in other states to study relevant issues.

“Most musicians are hard-working entrepreneur types and not really looking for a handout,” Lowery, a University of Georgia Music Business School professor, told lawmakers. “What they’re really looking for is to be treated fairly under the rules and regulations and how business is supposed to work in the United States.”

“The Texas music office, as well as the city of Austin music office, have weighed in quite helpfully on behalf of songwriters and performers when we’re getting the short end of the stick with royalties,” Lowery said.

Brian Hudson, a musician and Georgia Music Partners advisory board member, urged lawmakers to consider changes to its tax incentives for the music business, including lowering the thresholds and making the credits transferable.

Hudson suggested lawmakers consider lowering the spending threshold for a “tour origination” to $100,000 and lowering the other spending thresholds to $50,000.

“It’s not working because the thresholds are too high,” Hudson told lawmakers. “…The cost of recording has come down dramatically and so the thresholds under the current law are just way too high, and the fact that the credits are not transferable, which they are in post-production film and video games, that’s the other reason it’s not working.”

McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup and McIntosh County Commissioner-elect Davis Poole received ethics complaints filed by a losing candidate, according to The Brunswick News.

Both men have been given 30 days to respond to the complaints filed by Tim Gardner, a candidate for McIntosh County Commission who lost in the primary election earlier this year.

Gardner complained that Jessup actively campaigned for Poole prior to the primary election, driving the candidate to different locations on county time in a county vehicle.

In more than one instance, county employees were required to attend meetings on county time, where Poole gave a campaign speech, Gardner said.

Robert Lane, deputy executive director and general counsel for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, told Jessup and Poole in his letter that staff will review the complaint to determine if there is a “basis to proceed forward with prosecution.”

Gardner said the problem he has with Jessup actively campaigning against his opponent was him doing it on county time.

There is also a complaint against the McIntosh County Republican Party filed by Poole regarding a rally on Sept. 17, where party resources were allegedly used for the promotion of non-Republican candidates in violation of party rules.

The Gainesville Times profiles Hall County Board of Education District 2 member Republican Mark Pettitt and his opponent, Democrat Isabel Martinez Flynn.

In April, Gov. Kemp signed HB 1084, a law that limits what teachers can say about race in the classroom.

Flynn: “I do not support it. I will follow it,” she said. When asked why she doesn’t support the law, she said, “Because I think it leads to ignorance. Let’s keep in mind that racism is a fact in our history, and this fact is supported by the evidence.” She said the law “is going to limit (teachers), what they can teach. And if they limit your knowledge, they are leading you to be ignorant.”

Pettitt: “The good thing about this is that it really doesn’t have a whole lot of effect on Hall County Schools because CRT and divisive concepts and things of that nature have not been a part of our culture, and parental rights have been a part of our culture. And if parents and students are offended, or parents have issues with what’s being taught in our classroom, we’ve got processes to work that out at the school level. We’ve always honored those,” he said. On whether the bill could stifle teacher discussion, he said, “I graduated in Hall County 11 years ago, and we’ve had some pretty robust political and philosophical discussions in some of our government and history classes … but I never really felt like any of my teachers were inserting their own agendas onto students, and, for the most part, I don’t hear about that in Hall County today as a board member.” He doesn’t think teachers should express their own political beliefs in the classroom unless an individual student asks. “I think it’s safer not to have a teacher express their political beliefs. When you have a class of 28 kids, they are not asking for that.”

The City of Savannah will clear out a homeless encampment, according to WSAV.

Mayor Van Johnson says it’s a matter of health and safety.

An outreach team from the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless is already set up at the encampment, signing up people for services to help them relocate. That includes providing storage units, mental and physical health resources, and space at local shelters.

Johnson said The Salvation Army and the Union Mission have opened up 30 additional triage bed spaces in their emergency shelters. The city and the homeless authority are even making it easy for some to leave the Hostess City.

“Individuals who want to reconnect with their family or friends in other areas, because of this relocation, will be eligible for free Greyhound bus tickets once contact is made,” Johnson said during his weekly media briefing Tuesday.

After the encampment is cleared, the city plans to fence it off and cut down much of the brush around it, to provide better visibility of the area.

From WTOC:

The City of Savannah is evicting the approximately 35 to 40 people living under Truman Parkway on President Street. They have until this Thursday to leave the place they call home.

The day center that is expected to open at Union Mission in November should give people somewhere to go, according to Darsey.

“So you’ll have night shelter emergency crisis bed space at night for different shelters and then you’ll have actual day centers for people to go get respite care, do their laundry, take a shower, get hot meals.”

People can also get free Greyhound bus tickets to reunite with family and Renegade Paws Rescue will take in pets that also living under the bridge.

The city will be sending crews to clean the area once it’s vacated.

Savannah City Council will likely vote on whether to strike the name of John C. Calhoun from a public square, according to WTOC.

The Mayor of Savannah says the city council will vote later this month to remove the name of former slave owner John C. Calhoun from a downtown square.

A coalition has actually been heading the effort to change the name of Calhoun square for years. Mayor Van Johnson says the city is trying to do their part to get Calhoun’s named removed from this square since Calhoun was a slave holder and defender of slavery.

John C. Calhoun is a former U.S. Vice President, but he had no connection to Savannah, according to Mayor Johnson.

Johnson says in order to change the name of the square, they have to get signatures from the businesses that surround the square.

“He was also a chief architect of the political system that allowed slavery to persist. Regardless of what the square is named or renamed, one of our squares should not be named in honor of a man like John C. Calhoun,” said Mayor Van Johnson.

Mayor Johnson says the square will be unnamed until a new name is chosen. When a new name is picked, the mayor says there will be information in the square on who John C. Calhoun was and why he should not be honored by people in Savannah.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 11, 2022

Casimir Pulaski, a Polish aristocrat who fought with the colonists in the American Revolution, died in Savannah on October 11, 1779.

Former Georgia Governor and President of the United States Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 11, 2002.

Bobby Cox managed his last game in Game Four of the NLDS on October 11, 2010.

President Biden signed a proclamation recognizing October 11 as “General Pulaski Memorial Day,” according to WTOC.

The proclamation was made in honor of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish American hero of the American Revolution.

General Casimir Pulaski is celebrated across the nation in schools, landmarks, and parks such as the Fort Pulaski National Monument. It was established as a national monument in October of 1924.

In the proclamation released by the White House, saying the day is to celebrate his life and the “values shared by the United States and Poland, which underpin the enduring bond of friendship between our countries.”

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Today is the voter registration deadline to be eligible to vote in November General Elections and runoffs. From the Macon Telegraph:Continue Reading..

10
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 10, 2022

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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Rising numbers of minors committing suicide are horrifying. From the AJC:Continue Reading..

7
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 6, 2022

The first Mennonites arrived in America on October 6, 1683 aboard the Concord.

King George, III issued the Proclamation of 1763 on October 7, 1763.

With respect to Georgia’s official boundaries, the proclamation expanded Georgia’s southern boundary by giving the colony all lands between the Altamaha and St. Marys rivers. Previously, the Altamaha had served as Georgia’s southern boundary.

So, the impact of the Proclamation of 1763 was to set Georgia’s official southern boundary as the St. Marys River from its mouth to the headwaters, then north to the Altamaha River, then north to the headwaters of that river, and then westward to the Mississippi River. Georgia’s northern boundary was the Savannah River from its mouth to its headwaters.

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Patriot militia defeated Loyalists at the Battle of King’s Mountain in North Carolina, near the South Carolina border on October 7, 1780.

The Chicago Fire began on October 8, 1871. A completely different kind of Chicago Fire is underway now.

On October 8, 1895, the Liberty Bell arrived in Atlanta for the Cotton States Exposition.

The famously–cracked 2,000 pound pealer left Philadelphia on seven trips between 1885 and 1915. Each time it came home with more cracks. It turned out the men hired to guard the Bell were taking liberties, literally: chipping off pieces and selling them as souvenirs.

Cheering crowds greeted the Bell in Atlanta. A two–mile parade took it to Piedmont Park, where 50,000 people lined up to see it.

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Cy Young threw his last professional baseball game as a member of the Boston Braves on October 6, 1911.

On October 7, 1916, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College in the most-one-sided college football game in history, by a score of 222-0.

The Engineers led 63–0 after the first quarter and 126–0 at halftime. Tech added 54 more points in the third quarter and 42 in the final period.

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Recently, a Georgia Tech alumnus paid $44,388 for the game ball with the intention of donating it to the trade school.

The Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany) was created by the Soviets on October 7, 1949.

On October 6, 1953, WTVM-TV began broadcasting in  Columbus, Georgia.

Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Vice President Richard Nixon met in the second televised Presidential debate on October 7, 1960.

On October 9, 1963, the Board of Regents approved a new junior college in Cobb County that is today Kennesaw State University. The next year, Cobb County voters approved a bond referendum to fund construction.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience held its first rehearsal on October 6, 1966.

President Richard Nixon proposed a structure for peace and eventual withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam on October 7, 1970.

The second Presidential debate between Republican incumbent Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter took place on October 6, 1976. During the debate, Ford said, there was “no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe”. Polling released on October 8, 1976 indicated that Democrat Jimmy Carter won the second debate against President Gerald Ford by a 50-27 margin.

Pope John Paul II became the first Pope to visit the White House on October 6, 1979. Carter’s notes from the meeting are at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.

Democrat Jimmy Carter challenged President Gerald Ford to make his income tax returns public on October 9, 1976.

On October 8, 1981, former Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter visited with President Ronald Reagan at the White House before heading to Egypt to represent the United States at the funeral of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

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Long-time Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro won his 300th game on October 8, 1984, though he wore Yankees pinstripes for that game.

The last four B-52 bombers stationed at Robins Air Force Base in Warner-Robins left the base for the last time on October 6, 1983.

United States Senator Sam Nunn announced on October 9, 1995 that he would not run for reelection. From CNN’s contemporary story:

“I know in my heart it is time to follow a new course,” Nunn told reporters gathered in the Georgia State Capitol. He said his decision followed “a lot of thought and prayer” and he expressed enthusiasm about meaningful days ahead in the private sector.

“Today I look forward to more freedom, to more flexibility,” he said, adding he planned to spend time with his family, to write, and “devote a substantial amount of time” to public policy and public service. He said he has no immediate plans for a presidential bid.

Nunn hailed America as “the greatest country in the world,” but cited problems that need attention, including education concerns, illegitimate children, and widespread violence and drugs. He expressed optimism on such items as the strong military and entitlement reform.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said of Sam Nunn’s retirement,

“For those who listened carefully, it is clear that the Democratic Party is not the vehicle for the values outlined by Sen. Nunn.”

Nolan Waters of Knight-Ridder wrote of the announcement,

Nunn’s departure is a watershed.

“Nunn is the last of the great moderate Southern Democrats. This creates a huge hole for the party,” said Merle Black, a specialist on Southern politics at Emory University in Atlanta.

Nunn, like President Clinton, helped organize a group of moderate Democrats, the Democratic Leadership Council, in an attempt to move the party rightward after the 1984 landslide re-election of President Reagan.

“He has been fighting the liberal wing of his party for over two decades,” Black said. “It’s been a losing battle.”

In place of Nunn, the state’s most prominent politician is becoming House Speaker Newt Gingrich – whose futuristic, activist style of conservatism seems radical along-side Nunn’s traditionalism.

The first C-5A airplane arrived at Robins Air Force Base on October 8, 1997.

On October 8, 1998, the United States House of Representatives voted 258-176 to authorize an impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton.

President George W. Bush (43) announced military action in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001.

In a televised address that evening, Bush informed the American public that “carefully targeted actions” were being carried out to crush the military capability of al-Qaida and the Taliban, with help from British, Canadian, Australian, German and French troops. An additional 40 nations around the world provided intelligence, as well as bases from which the operations were conducted.

Bush touted the multinational effort as proof that America, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, was “supported by the collective will of the world.” He also warned that the war in Afghanistan would likely be only the first front in a long struggle against terrorism. He vowed to continue to take what he called the “war on terror” to those countries that sponsored, harbored or trained terrorists.

President George W. Bush issued an Executive Order establishing the Department of Homeland Security on October 8, 2001.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California on October 7, 2003.

October 9th is Leif Erikson Day, celebrating the Norse explorer being the first European to visit North America. From Mental Floss:

While the actual date of Leif Erikson Day doesn’t have anything personally to do with Leif, it was picked for the holiday because it’s the anniversary of the day that the ship Restauration arrived in New York from Stavanger, Norway, back in 1825. The arrival of the Restauration marked the beginning of organized immigration from Scandinavia to the USA. The holiday was first recognized by Wisconsin in 1930, eventually becoming a nationally observed holiday in 1964.

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Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry warns of impending traffic cluster congestion, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry did not mince words as he talked about the expected traffic delays and headaches expected from the upcoming Interstate 285 bridge replacement at State Route 400 in north Fulton County on Wednesday.

Georgia DOT will spend the next eight months replacing the bridges, and the work is expected to start as soon as this weekend. Initially, inside lanes will be closed in each direction — the east-bound side first followed by the west-bound side two weeks later — so part of the existing bridge can be removed and replaced. Once those lanes are placed, traffic will shift onto them while the same process is done with the remaining existing lanes.

That means I-285 will be reduced to three lanes in each direction at one of the busiest interchanges in metro Atlanta. Georgia DOT is warning drivers that the closures will likely add at least an hour to commute times.

“Stay off 285 and 400,” McMurry told the Gwinnett Chamber during a luncheon at the 1818 Club in Duluth on Wednesday. “You heard it here first. The original 285 bridges are sitting in the middle of the lanes at 285 and 400, right like a bullseye. We need to replace those original vintage bridges and the only way to get there is to reduce 285 to three lanes in each direction for about eight months.”

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Camden County Commissioners are bound by the results of a referendum designed to kill the Camden Spaceport, according to The Brunswick News.Continue Reading..

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 5, 2022

On October 5, 1864, the Battle of Allatoona Pass was fought in Bartow County, Georgia.

The first televised Presidential address from the White House was broadcast on October 5, 1947.

At the time of Truman’s food-conservation speech, Europe was still recovering from World War II and suffering from famine. Truman, the 33rd commander in chief, worried that if the U.S. didn’t provide food aid, his administration’s Marshall Plan for European economic recovery would fall apart. He asked farmers and distillers to reduce grain use and requested that the public voluntarily forgo meat on Tuesdays, eggs and poultry on Thursdays and save a slice of bread each day. The food program was short-lived, as ultimately the Marshall Plan succeeded in helping to spur economic revitalization and growth in Europe.

The Georgia Supreme Court outlawed use of the electric chair as “cruel and unusual punishment” on October 5, 2001.

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Governor Brian Kemp raised $30 million dollars in the last quarter combined for his reelection campaign and the independent Georgians First Leadership Committee, according to FoxNews.Continue Reading..

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 4, 2022

On October 4, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegram to the Georgia Democratic Party Convention delegates in appreciation for their support of his admininstration.

The Savannah River Bridge opened on October 4, 1925.

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, on October 4, 1957.

Beverly Hills, 90210 debuted on October 4, 1990.

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Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Order # 10.03.22.01, Renewal of State of Emergency for Supply Chain Disruptions, and E.O. #10.03.22.02, Suspending Fuel Taxes During the State of Emergency for Supply Chain Disruptions. From the Press Release:Continue Reading..