Category: Georgia Politics


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 9, 2020

Hayden Bainbridge Decatur County Humane

Hayden is a female Treeing Walker Coonhound mix who is available for adoption from the Bainbridge – Decatur County Humane Society in Bainbridge, GA.

One year old as of 9/4/2020 old, spayed and Heartworm positive. Hello I am Hayden. I was brought in by my owner who could no longer take care of me. I am a beautiful girl and very friendly. I am super sweet and full of life!. I would love to find a new home to call my own.

Hutch Bainbridge Decatur County Humane

Hutch is a senior male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Bainbridge – Decatur County Humane Society in Bainbridge, GA.

Hey guy’s, I’m Hutch! I’m currently in foster care. This is what my foster family has to say about me. “Hutch is a super sweet and gentle older guy that is about 10 years old. He does great with other dogs and doesn’t even seem to notice the cat. He walks well on a leash and is house broken. He loves treats, bones, and long naps on his dog bed. He’s great with people and has shown no aggression since he’s been with us. He rarely barks and is an overall laid back fellow.”

Todd Bainbridge Decatur County Humane

Todd is a male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Bainbridge – Decatur County Humane Society in Bainbridge, GA.

Handsome Todd enjoys playgroups with other dogs. Todd was found roaming by Animal Control. He is not only absolutely adorable, but also very friendly and sweet. He is a big fan of milk bones! He is about 51 lbs, 2-3 years old and HW positive. PLAYS WELL with others in playgroups, females, younger males.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 9, 2020

The Continental Congress renamed their new nation the United States of America, from the previously used “United Colonies” on September 9, 1776.

On September 9, 1933, WSB Radio in Atlanta was upgraded to broadcasting via 50,000 watt transmitter. The first broadcast included Will Rogers and a letter from President Roosevelt.

On September 9, 1939, an audience at the Fox Theater in Riverside, California watched a preview of Gone With the Wind.

The first actual computer bug was identified on September 9, 1947, when Grace Hopper removed a moth from an electrical relay in the Harvard Mark II computer. Hopper received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale in 1934 and attained the rank of Rear Admiral, Lower Half in the United Stated Navy. USS Hopper (DDG-70) was named after her.

On September 9, 1954, Marvin Griffin won the Democratic Primary election over Melvin Thompson. Below is a photo of the monument to Gov. Griffin in Bainbridge.

Marvin Griffin Monument

Elvis Presley first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956.

Happy 78th birthday to former Congressman John Linder. Linder served in the State House from 1974-1980 and 1982-90. In 1990 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress against incumbent Democrat Ben Jones; in 1992, after redistricting, Linder was elected to Congress from the 7th District and served until his retirement after the 2010 election.

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Early voting has opened in the Fifth Congressional District for a placeholder to serve out the remainder of Congressman John Lewis’s term, according to CBS46.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 8, 2020

The Georgia General Assembly appropriated $1 million for construction of a new State Capitol on September 8, 1883.

The Fulton County Courthouse was dedicated on September 8, 1914.

On September 8, 1966, viewers of the Star Trek debut first heard the monologue opening, “Space, the final frontier…”

On Sept. 8, one of the most enduring franchises in TV and movie history celebrates its 50th birthday. Star Trek debuted on NBC in 1966, developed by Roddenberry, a former Los Angeles cop who wanted to make a TV series which could sneak past the rampant escapism of most programs back then.

At a time when scripted TV rarely dealt directly with the turbulence of the times, Star Trek set its social messages against a space opera backdrop. Swashbuckling Captain Kirk ran the Enterprise, backed by cerebral first officer Mr. Spock and emotional Southern medical officer Dr. Leonard McCoy.

On the surface, the show’s plots dealt with exotic alien worlds in a future where space travel was commonplace. But Roddenberry and his writers slipped in subtle messages.

One classic story pointed out the absurdity of racism by depicting a war among members of an alien race, where one faction was colored black on the left side of their face and body and white on the right. The other faction had the colors reversed.

And as the end of state-sanctioned segregation rattled America, Roddenberry featured TV’s first interracial kiss: Aliens forced Captain Kirk to smooch his African American communications officer Lt. Uhura.

President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon on September 8, 1974 for“all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.”

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I’ll go ahead an apologize for something that’s not my fault. Every YouTube clip I try to watch begins with a Stacey Abrams fundraising pitch. I’m sorry if you have to watch those in order to see any of today’s clips.

If you want to see more of Vice President Governor Stacey Abrams, you can head to Bulloch County for a showing of a documentary about her. From the Statesboro Herald:

A pop-up drive-in premiere of “All In: The Fight for Democracy,” the Amazon Original movie featuring 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and others campaigning against voter suppression, is scheduled for Tuesday night at the Bulloch County Agricultural Complex.

Gates to the viewing area at the complex, 44 Arena Boulevard off Langston Chapel Road and U.S. Highway 301, will open at 7 p.m. for the screening set to begin at 8:30 p.m. Organizers ask that everyone wishing to attend go to to register for a free ticket, or “car pass.” Registration is required in case attendance reaches the maximum number of viewing spaces.

The documentary, written by Jack Youngelson and directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes, will simultaneously premiere at two other locations, the Starlight Drive-In Theatre in Atlanta and the Jesup Drive-In in Jesup. Bulloch’s Ag Complex is the only pop-up location. The Southern Poverty Law Center is billed as a partner for the premiere events.

The description provided with the premiere announcement states: “With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know are threats to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.” Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 4, 2020

The Mayflower left Plymouth, England for a voyage to America on September 6, 1620.

On September 4, 1682, Edmund Halley first sighted the comet that bears his name.

On September 5, 1774, the Continental Congress convened for the first time at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia; delegates attended from all the colonies except Georgia.

Scheduled steamship service first began on September 4, 1807, when Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began plying the trade on the Hudson River.

General William T. Sherman ordered all civilians out of Atlanta on September 4, 1864.

On September 7, 1864, General William T. Sherman sent a letter to his Confederate counterpart, General John Bell Hood, offering to transport civilians out of Atlanta for their safety.

President William McKinley was shot on September 6, 1901. He is buried in Canton, Ohio, not far from the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Alonzo Herndon founded the Atlanta Life Insurance Company on September 6, 1905, one of Georgia’s great success stories.

The first supermarket, a Piggly Wiggly, opened on September 6, 1916 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Vince Dooley was born on September 4, 1932. Happy birthday, coach!

On September 6, 1941, Margaret Mitchell christened the cruiser USS Atlanta – Atlanta would later sink after being hit by 50 shells and a torpedo during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

The Heart of Atlanta Motel opened at 255 Courtland Street in downtown Atlanta on September 5, 1956. It included a three-story diving platform reached by spiral stairs and a pool large enough to hold a ski boat. African-Americans were not allowed at the Heart of Atlanta. [Photos © Georgia State University]

heart of atlanta

After passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned racial discrimination in interstate commerce, the Heart of Atlanta’s owner sued the federal government, asserting that the Act was an overly broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.

The resulting decision by the United States Supreme Court upheld the Act, finding that Congress was within its authority to ban racial discrimination in businesses affecting interstate commerce.

Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called out National Guard troops to prevent the desegregation under court order of Little Rock’s Central High School on September 4, 1957.

The Professional Football Hall of Fame opened on September 7, 1963 in Canton, Ohio.

The Summerhill Race Riot broke out in Atlanta on September 6, 1966.

On September 5, 1969, United States Army Lieutenant William Calley was charged with murder in connection with the deaths of 109 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. An Army inquiry listed 30 people who knew of the event and charges were filed against 14; Calley was the only conviction. Later, President Nixon paroled Calley. From 1975 to 2005 or 2006, Calley lived and worked in Columbus, Georgia, before moving to Atlanta. In 2009, Calley apologized for the events at My Lai while speaking to a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus.

Future Atlanta resident Curtis Mayfield saw his song, “Superfly” turn gold on September 7, 1972.

Here’s my favorite song by Curtis Mayfield, “People Get Ready.”

Former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter returned to the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, on September 6, 1976 to kick off the final phase of his presidential campaign.

On September 7, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty, which promised to turn over control of the canal to Panama by 2000.

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on September 7, 1998.

On September 6, 2014, USS John Warner (SSN-785), a mighty Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine, was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding. Big John calls Naval Station Norfolk its homeport. USS John Warner was commissioned on August 1, 2015 at Norfolk Naval Station.

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Governor Brian Kemp is touring the state today to encourage Georgians to keep fighting the pandemic through the Labor Day weekend. From 11Alive:

According to a release, the governor will be reinforcing his message to do “Four Things for Fall” that will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Those four things include wearing a mask, socially distancing, washing hands and following public health guidelines that have been issued by his office and the Department of Public Health.

According to the release, the fly-around tour will set out from DeKalb Airport at 7:30 a.m. this morning and head to Valdosta, Savannah and Augusta.

From WSB-TV:

Kemp did a similar tour just before the Fourth of July, urging people to recommit to wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

“We have to work together to end this pandemic, and we can’t do it without your help,” Kemp said during his July tour.

The number of new cases appears to be dropping across the state, and the governor doesn’t want that to change over the holiday weekend that usually entails family gatherings to celebrate the unofficial end to summer.

From WTOC in Savannah:

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will join Savannah Mayor Van Johnson for a news conference on Friday in Savannah.

According to the City of Savannah, the pair will “encourage best practices and adherence to public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 ahead of Labor Day weekend.”

The news conference is scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m. WTOC will show it live on TV and stream it online.

From the AJC:

The governor warned that recent gains against in the fight against the disease, including a sharp drop in new coronavirus cases and the hospitalization rate, will be reversed if “people forget that we are battling an invisible enemy and, unfortunately, some let their guard down.”

“This progress can be erased very quickly if we grow complacent and ignore the guidance and public safety measures that we have in place,” he said. “Our state’s health and well-being rest on what Georgians choose to do over this Labor Day weekend.”

Gov. Kemp discussed the COVID-19 Executive Orders at an economic development announcement earlier this week, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

“There’s a lot of things that the public health state of emergency state of emergency allows us to do as a state, to have uniformity in many ways with what we’re opening, what we’re doing with the national guard in testing, a lot of funding type issues that we’ve been able to do and so I don’t really see that going away in the foreseeable future,” Kemp said. “Certainly not until we can get a vaccine or whether we reach herd immunity, or whatever that point is, and I couldn’t tell you whether that’s going to be in late November, January, this coming spring or next summer.”

Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-Albany) toured Fort Benning and said they’re adequately protecting personnel, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

He visited Martin Army Community Hospital, watched troops undergo socially-distanced training and had lunch with the new commander, Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe.

Following his tour, Bishop said the Army post has put in place what he feels are “adequate protocols” to protect the trainees, those who are conducting the training and to protect the community from the spread of the virus.

“They have special procedures to meet the trainees in Atlanta at the airport, bring them in separate conveyances to Fort Benning, to isolate them, to test them as soon as they arrive, to quarantine them…and separate out those who may have a positive infection as they prepare to begin their military training,” he said.

The New York Times reports Chattahoochee County had the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days in the United States, as of noon Thursday.

Residents and soldiers in training who test positive for the novel coronavirus are counted among Chattahoochee County’s totals, officials at Martin Army Community Hospital and the Georgia Department of Public Health have previously said.

Bibb County public schools is offering meals for students during distance learning, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Georgia State House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) has endorsed Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) in the race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Buckhead), according to the Capitol Beat News Service.

Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, handed Collins his endorsement Thursday in an announcement that characterized the four-term congressman from Gainesville’s conservative values as “like a tree planted by the water.”

“[Collins] and his family live those values every single day: a strong Christian faith, a tireless work ethic and a public servant who serves with honor and integrity,” Ralston said in a statement.

Likewise, Collins held a rally in Gainesville last week that drew attendance from former Gov. Nathan Deal, who has not yet endorsed the congressman but whose presence nonetheless created the appearance of a former Georgia governor lined up against Kemp.

Meanwhile, Loeffler has held a spate of campaign events since last week featuring Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, and big-name Washington, D.C., backers including U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

Black Lives Matter supporters interrupted an event for Senator Kelly Loeffler, according to the Forsyth County News.

A campaign event for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., in North Forsyth was interrupted by Black Lives Matter supporters on Thursday afternoon.

About four individuals began chanting “Black lives matter” during Loeffler’s remarks at the Sawnee Mountain Park community building during a campaign event attended by several local officials and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

“There is no place for racism in this country. The life of every African American matters and is important. We have to root out racism wherever it exists,” Loeffler said. “That’s not what the BLM organization is about.”

Loeffler said the organization wanted to “defund the police” and “erode the nuclear family.”

One of the BLM supporters, Trinia Arnold James, then asked Loeffler whether she knew why those chanting “Black lives matter were protesting.” After some back and forth between the two, supporters of Loeffler began chanting, “Kelly! Kelly!” over the protesters, who responded by chanting “Black lives matter.”

The disruption ended the meeting, though some of Loeffler’ssupporters were able to speak and get pictures with her and Cotton as other members of the crowd continued to argue with the protesters.

I’m having trouble thinking of something that could help Loeffler’s campaign more than for this to continue.

From AccessWDUN:

A former state Senate candidate and one other woman shouted down Loeffler when she made a campaign appearance with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in a northern Atlanta suburb. The protesters began to chant “Black lives matter!” after one of them shouted questions critical of Loeffler’s description of Black Lives Matter.

Police refused to remove the women from the event, saying it was in a public park building.

The bigger disruption came hours later in Forsyth County, a suburban Republican bastion. The last words of Loeffler’s never-completed speech to about 60 people discussed her brush with Black Lives Matter, with her saying “I had to draw the line.”

“The left’s radical agenda of defunding the police is costing lives. It’s absolutely crazy. I’ve introduced legislation that would defund cities that defund the police,” Loeffler said. “But even more, I’ve stood up against an organization whose No. 1 goal is to defund and dismantle the police.”

[Eugene] Yu said later he had come to the meeting unsure about who he was voting for, but was impressed with Loeffler’s cool demeanor. “I think I will support her,” Yu said.

Senator Loeffler also campaigned in Hall County, according to AccessWDUN.

“That’s why I’m in Washington. I am your voice, you could always depend on me not to be politically correct, but to defend American ideals and values for future generations,” said Loeffler.

Loeffler made her remarks to a crowd of around 100 people at Smoke House BBQ in Gainesville. The stop was a part of her “All About Georgia” campaign tour, which began late last month.

Gwinnett County will not send out absentee ballot applications, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Gwinnett County will not send out applications for absentee-by-mail ballots to the county’s nearly 600,000 registered voters.

The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 against sending out the applications. The two Democrats on the board, Commissioners Ben Ku and Marlene Fosque voted in favor of sending out the applications. The three Republicans on the commission, Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and Commissioners Jace Brooks and Tommy Hunter voted against it.

“I was a little disappointed (but) not too surprised,” Gwinnett County Board of Elections and Registration Chairman John Mangano said. “It was going to be expensive for them to do that and it wasn’t part of our original budget request for the year.”

Glynn County Commissioners adopted a resolution against allowing voters to decide whether to dissolve the county police department, according to The Brunswick News.

Glynn County commissioners passed a resolution Thursday condemning a referendum on the Nov. 3 ballot asking voters if they want to abolish the police department and the state bills allowing the referendum to happen.

Echoing the language in a lawsuit filed last week to stop the referendum, Commission Chairman Mike Browning, reading from a prepared statement, said the bills “impermissibly seek to defund and abolish the Glynn County Police Department and force the transfer of county property and assets through an unlawful referendum and election process in violation of the Georgia Constitution and state election law.”

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will not allow gatherings of more than 50 people as a protest was planned against a Confederate memorial, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

“This applies to any group wanting to protest, for or against, with an estimated crowd above 50,” the office said in a statement.

“Discussions were held with the protest group, who were advised that permitting would be required to insure the safety of all parties,” the sheriff’s office said. “Accordingly, the protesters agreed to postpone said event to insure the safety of the community.”

The Augusta Commission is working on a project list for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum previously planned for November but now moved to March 16 [presumably 2019?], according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Floyd County government computers are being brought back online after a virus infection, according to the Rome News Tribune.

The Savannah Morning News looks at the $2 billion dollar expansion of the Elba Island Liquified Natural Gas Terminal.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 3, 2020

The Stars and Stripes first flew in battle on September 3, 1776 at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware.

A fleet of 22 French ships arrived off the coast of Savannah on September 3, 1779 to help wrest control of the city from the British.

On September 3, 1862, the writ of habeas corpus was suspended in Atlanta and within five miles of its border by the Confederate government. Two years later, September 3, 1864, General William T. Sherman would occupy Atlanta.

The Georgia General Assembly expelled 25 of 29 African-American members from the State House on September 3, 1868, arguing that Georgia’s constitution did not allow them to hold office.

Anne Frank, age 15, and seven other Jews who were hiding together in Amsterdam were the last Dutch prisoners transported to Auschwitz on September 3, 1944.

Having received the Democratic nomination for President, Jimmy Carter began the General Election with an address from his front porch in Plains, Georgia on September 3, 1976.

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Governor Brian Kemp is not considering further tightening COVID-19 orders, according to WABE.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 2, 2020

Atlanta Mayor James Calhoun surrendered the city to federal forces on September 2, 1864.

Calhoun’s two-sentence letter, directed to Brig.-Gen. William Ward stated: “Sir: The fortune of war has placed Atlanta in your hands. As mayor of the city I ask protection of non-combatants and private property.”

The cornerstone of the Georgia State Capitol was laid on September 2, 1885.

Author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien died on September 2, 1973.

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Governor Brian Kemp announced that Georgia was named “Top State for Doing Business” for the seventh consecutive year by Area Development magazine, according to a press release.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 1, 2020

The last hanging in Atlanta took place on September 1, 1922 outside the Fulton County jail.

On September 1, 2004, United States Senator Zell Miller, a Democrat, spoke at the Republican National Convention.

The University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research in the Special Collections Libraries Building is hosting a free exhibit called “Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844-2012,” according to the Athens Banner Herald.

The exhibit’s nearly 50 posters stretch across nearly two centuries, from the 1840s, the earliest days of political posters, up nearly to the present. Two 1844 hand-colored posters promoting Whig Party candidate Henry Clay and Democrat James K. Polk are the earliest of the political works of art, while posters from 2012, when incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney faced off for the presidency, bring the show up nearly to the present.

The show also features work by some of the United States’ best-known artists who lent their skills to political campaigns, such as Ben Shahn’s posters for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and limited-edition campaign posters produced by Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol for Democratic candidate George McGovern in 1972 and by Roy Lichtenstein for the Bill Clinton-Al Gore team in the 1990s.

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Dove season opens Saturday, according to the Albany Herald.

Georgia’s dove hunting season opens Saturday, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“The start of September brings one of my favorite times of the year,” Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams said. “Georgians span out across our great state to enjoy a sporting tradition that goes back generations – the dove hunt. With over 50 DNR-managed dove fields and some of the best habitat around, Georgia presents our great sportsmen and sportswomen significant opportunity to enjoy the upcoming season. This year more than ever, it is time to head outdoors and have a distanced way to be together with family and friends. I wish everyone a good hunt and safe season.”

The official 2020-2021 dove seasons are Sept. 5-30, Nov. 21-Nov. 29, and Dec. 8-Jan. 31. Shooting hours are noon until sunset on opening day (Sept. 5) and one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the season dates.

Governor Brian Kemp yesterday issued Executive Order renewing the Public Health State of Emergency and Executive Order, providing guidance on addressing the pandemic.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 31, 2020

On August 31, 1864, Confederates charged Union forces at the Battle of Jonesboro, in which the CSA suffered more than 1400 casualties in one hour.

On August 31, 1955, the first solar powered car was demonstrated by William Cobb of General Motors.

On August 31, 1965, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which the Senate had previously passed.

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Governor Brian Kemp will make an economic development announcement on Tuesday at Amazon’s Gwinnett fulfillment center, according to a press release.Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 28, 2020

General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates met General John Pope’s federal forces at the Second Battle of Manassas on August 29, 1862.

Union General William T. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864.

On August 30, 1888, Asa Griggs Candler bought one-third interest in the Coca-Cola company, bringing his total ownership to more than two-thirds of the company.

Georgia native Ty Cobb debuted with the Detroit Tigers on August 30, 1905.

August 28, 1929 saw Governor Lamartine Hardman sign a Constitutional Amendment authorizing the levy of a state income tax.

Advertising in the rights of way of state roads and placing signs on private property without the owner’s approval were prohibited in the first Georgia law regulating outdoor advertising, which was signed by Governor Richard Russell on August 27, 1931. Over the years, both practices would become enshrined in Peach State political strategy.

The United States Air Force Academy moved to its permanent home in Colorado Springs on August 29, 1958.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the “I Have a Dream Speech” on the Mall in Washington, DC.

The Beatles played their final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.

On August 29, 1971, Hank Aaron broke the National League record for most seasons with 100 or more RBI, as he drove in his 100th run to make 11 seasons hitting that mark.

An obscure college professor named Newt Gingrich began his political career on August 28, 1974, as he kicked off his first campaign against Congressman Jack Flynt.

Old Newt Pic

Former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox was nominated for President on the American Independent Party ticket on August 27, 1976, making the race probably the only one to ever feature two former Georgia governors. During the campaign, Maddox described Jimmy Carter as “the most dishonest man I ever met.”

On August 29, 1977, Lou Brock stole his 893d base, to surpass the record set by Georgia-born Ty Cobb.

On August 30, 1979, President Jimmy Carter reported being attacked by a rabbit near Plains, Georgia. Here’s an interview in which President Carter was asked about the rabbit incident.

On August 27, 1982, Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson broke the record for stolen bases in a season, nabbing number 119 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Georgia Governor Zell Miller addressed the Democratic National Convention on August 27, 1996. In 2004, Miller would address the Republican National Convention, likely becoming the first Georgian to address both major parties’ national conventions. Congressman John Lewis and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney also addressed the ’96 DNC. That day, President Bill Clinton signed a Welfare Reform bill, called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell was indicted on August 30, 2004 on racketeering, bribery and wire fraud charges and would later plead guilty to tax evasion.

On August 27, 2008, Barack Obama became the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, the first African-American nominee of a major United States political party.

On August 28, 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked the accreditation of the Clayton County Public Schools. Later that day, Governor Sonny Perdue removed four members of the Clayton County Board of Education upon the recommendation of an administrative law judge.

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First Lady Marty Kemp and Tyler Perry released a Public Service Announcement on sex traficking, according to a Press Release.

In partnership with First Lady Marty Kemp and the GRACE Commission, Tyler Perry – a world-renowned filmmaker and philanthropist – released a public service announcement (PSA) urging Georgians to join the fight against human trafficking. The PSA calls viewers to action by imploring them to participate in the First Lady’s Human Trafficking Awareness Training to learn about warning signs and who to contact for help.

“We are deeply grateful to Tyler Perry for his dedicated work and leadership to support survivors and raise awareness about human trafficking,” said First Lady Marty Kemp. “With his partnership, more Georgians will be equipped with the knowledge to identify potential instances of trafficking – but most importantly, they will be equipped with the ability to save lives.”

The PSA was produced by Tyler Perry Studios.

An article in the Wall Street Journal looks at business shutdowns and the COVID pandemic.

In response to the novel and deadly coronavirus, many governments deployed draconian tactics never used in modern times: severe and broad restrictions on daily activity that helped send the world into its deepest peacetime slump since the Great Depression.

Five months later, the evidence suggests lockdowns were an overly blunt and economically costly tool. They are politically difficult to keep in place for long enough to stamp out the virus. The evidence also points to alternative strategies that could slow the spread of the epidemic at much less cost. As cases flare up throughout the U.S., some experts are urging policy makers to pursue these more targeted restrictions and interventions rather than another crippling round of lockdowns.

“We’re on the cusp of an economic catastrophe,” said James Stock, a Harvard University economist who, with Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina and others, is modeling how to avoid a surge in deaths without a deeply damaging lockdown. “We can avoid the worst of that catastrophe by being disciplined,” Mr. Stock said.

The impact of lockdowns on families, the economy and mental health also mattered, he said: “When you see unemployment numbers going through the roof, businesses not just threatened week to week but potentially [never] being open again, you have to take that into account,” said [California secretary of health and human services] Dr. Ghaly.

The experience of the past five months suggests the need for an alternative: Rather than lockdowns, using only those measures proven to maximize lives saved while minimizing economic and social disruption. “Emphasize the reopening of the highest economic benefit, lowest risk endeavors,” said Dr. Mina.

Social distancing policies, for instance, can take into account widely varying risks by age. The virus is especially deadly for the elderly. Nursing homes account for 0.6% of the population but 45% of Covid fatalities, says the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a free market think tank. Better isolating those residents would have saved many lives at little economic cost, it says.

And this Wall Street Journal Editorial lauding Gov. Kemp’s approach:

Remember when the national press corps portrayed Georgia Governor Brian Kemp as a villain for reopening the state’s economy too soon? Well, more than a few states would like to be in the Peach State’s pandemic and fiscal position now.

Start with the state’s economy, which had a relatively low jobless rate of 7.6% in July. Construction was never shut down, and schools in much of the state are opening for classroom instruction. The state expected a budget shortfall of $1 billion for the year but the actual deficit was $210 million. Mr. Kemp says sales tax revenue is rebounding and the state hasn’t exhausted its $700 million reserve fund.

Georgia saw a surge in coronavirus infections in June and July, which the Governor attributes to people “letting down their guard” during holiday weekends, graduation parties and the like. But new cases have fallen 30% since July 26, hospitalizations by 23.4%, and test positivity to 9% from 13.1%.

Georgia saw a surge in coronavirus infections in June and July, which the Governor attributes to people “letting down their guard” during holiday weekends, graduation parties and the like. But new cases have fallen 30% since July 26, hospitalizations by 23.4%, and test positivity to 9% from 13.1%.

Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan announced the formation of a Senate Law Enforcement Reform Study Committee, according to a Press Release:

The study committee will examine the techniques, patterns, and practices of law enforcement and was established pursuant to SR 1007 – adopted during the 2020 legislative session.

“Law enforcement officers across our state put their lives on the line for us every day, and are generally underpaid and oftentimes not provided with tools for success. This committee will engage in a comprehensive study of our law enforcement practices in order to examine whether we are adequately equipping officers with the necessary training to protect our communities,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan. “I look forward to the committee’s work on this issue, and believe this coalition will continue to build upon the work accomplished this past session.”

“Recent events involving the use of force by law enforcement across our country has brought certain policing practices into question,” said Sen. Bill Cowsert (R – Athens). “While law enforcement officers are here to protect and serve the citizens of our state, they are sometimes put into situations where they have to make a split-second decision that could cost them their life. In this study committee, our goal is to closely examine law enforcement techniques and patterns in order to ensure the safety of our citizens, as well as our first responders, and identify areas where current practices may need to be revised. I am honored to serve as chairman on this committee and I look forward to working with my fellow committee members over the next few months to study possible solutions to this critical issue.”

The Study Committee on Law Enforcement Reform will be chaired by Senator Bill Cowsert (R – Athens). The following Senate members were also appointed to serve on this committee:

Senator Jesse Stone (R – Waynesboro)

Senator John Albers (R – Roswell)

Senator Harold Jones (D – Augusta)

Senator Gail Davenport (D – Jonesboro)

Senator Randy Robertson, Ex-Officio (R – Cataula)

Georgia Gwinnett College Professor Fang Zhou spoke to WABE about being a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

“The National Republican party has to understand Georgia is a battleground state. Georgia is going to be extremely competitive,” he said. “I am honored in the sense that the Georgia Republican Party understands the Asian voters, although a small demographic group, are going to be oftentimes in a very close election, could be the decisive voters. Or a very close margin victory in a very very close election. I am honored they understand this demographic”.

Zhou explained why he is in Atlanta and not in Charlotte. He said he does miss being physically at the convention and misses seeing and physically experiencing many parts of the process.

“This is my first time as a delegate. The disappointing aspect is not having the opportunity to be on the convention floor and not have the opportunity to network with delegates with other states,” he said. “They’re doing the best they can to engage the delegates with the speakers. But it is not the same.”

The Georgia State Elections Board referred issues related to absentee ballot processing by the Fulton County elections office to the Attorney General’s office, according to WABE.

Frances Watson, investigations supervisor with the secretary of state’s office says they received 250 complaints from voters who had problems receiving their absentee ballots for June. She said of those complaints, about half were about applications sent in by mail and half were by email.

The investigation found that Fulton had violated Georgia code regarding processing and mailing a requested absentee ballot.

“If one person being denied their right to vote is to many, 250 is certainly too many,” said state elections board member David Worley, who added that there is “no margin for error when it comes to processing absentee ballot requests.”

“Our job is to decide whether there is probable cause to refer to attorney general,” said Worley. “Beyond that, this is going to be a severe problem in November if it’s not fixed.”

Georgia’s Secretary of State certified the results of the August 11 Primary Runoff elections, according to the Griffin Daily News.

The League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia raised $30k to provide eight ballot drop boxes for Chatham County to use in the November election, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The drop boxes have already been ordered, and are set to be delivered on Sept. 9. Rolfes said they’re hoping to have the boxes in place and installed by the end of September.

“I think people see that it’s very urgent, and it is something tangible that you can do that you know is going to make a difference,” Rolfes said. “And that just really resonated with people.”

The Glynn County Board of Elections reversed an earlier decision on voting procedures for a referendum to dissolve the county police department, according to The Brunswick News.

The Glynn County Board of Elections voted Wednesday to rescind its earlier decision to hold a special election on a referendum on whether to abolish the Glynn County Police Department, deciding instead to place it on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Board Chairwoman Patricia Gibson said board members made the best decision they could with the information they had last week when the five-member body voted 4-1 to hold the referendum separately but parallel to the November general election.

The board reversed its decision after further discussions with Ryan Germany, legal counsel for the office of Georgia Secretary of State. Germany said in a letter to the board’s attorney, Mark Johnson, that he saw no reason to hold a special election for the referendum.

“While I understand that the referendum question itself is controversial in Glynn County, I am trying to consider this issue from an election administration standpoint,” Germany wrote. “I don’t see anything in election law that requires the board to hold it separate and apart and thereby make the entirety of the November election more difficult for Glynn County.”

Whitfield County will ask the Dalton Building Authority to float a bond and speed up projects to be funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax that voters approved in June, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen News.

County Administrator Mark Gibson said officials want a bond to finance the Tier 1 projects (repairs at the courthouse and jail), as well as construction of the planned Riverbend Park, near Southeast Whitfield High School, and renovations to Westside Park, including adding two turf/soccer fields and resurfacing of the Miracle Field, a special turf field for baseball for those with special needs, as well as retiring the bond indebtedness on Fire Station 12.

“These are the major projects the bond will cover,” he wrote in an email.

Gibson said the bond will not exceed $26.5 million.

The four-year SPLOST is expected to raise $66 million and will start collections on Oct. 1. A SPLOST is a 1% sales tax on most goods sold in the county.

Without a bond, county officials would have to wait for the money to come in to start the projects. The bond will borrow against that revenue to allow the projects to be started more quickly.

New federal unemployment benefits may take 3-4 weeks to come online for Georgia residents, according to the Center Square.

Unemployed Georgians may have to wait three to four weeks to receive an additional $300 weekly federal jobless benefits, Georgia labor officials said Thursday.

GDOL Commissioner Mark Butler said the state can’t use the same application to process the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) payments because its flagging criteria are different from the U.S. Department of Labor’s.

Among other things, unemployment applications can be flagged for back taxes, child support or overpayments. FEMA’s system does not screen for those scenarios.

The program, called Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), supplements benefits for people who already receive at least $100 a week in unemployment benefits. GDOL still will apply for the payments regardless of the delays.

Initial claims for unemployment are down, according to the Albany Herald.

Initial unemployment claims in Georgia fell below 100,000 last week for the fifth week in a row, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

For the week ending Aug. 22, 56,768 jobless Georgians filed first-time unemployment claims, down 1,331 from the previous week.

Democrats in the Georgia House of Representatives complained this week that the state’s backlog of unprocessed unemployment claims is unacceptable and called on Gov. Brian Kemp to boost staffing at the labor department to speed up the processing of claims.

But Butler said simply hiring temporary workers lacking experience in the complexities of handling unemployment claims wouldn’t solve the problem.

“Our big issue is not processing claims,” Butler said Thursday. “Besides fraud, it’s dealing with appeals and redeterminations. … You cannot program a computer to do that. It takes a very experienced, well-trained [Department of Labor] person.”


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 26, 2020

On August 26, 1864, having withdrawn from trenches and fortifications outside Atlanta the previous day, U.S. General Sherman sent most of his forces westward around Atlanta and toward the south of the city. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864.

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. Ratification took place on August 18, 1920, as the Tennessee House of Representatives adopted it, but adoption became official on August 26, when United States Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the Amendment. It reads:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

On August 26, 1939, the first televised major league baseball game aired, as the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader in Ebbets Field.

On August 26, 1961, the 718th Engineer Light Equipment Company of Fort Valley and the 210th Signal Base Depot Company of Augusta were called up to take part in the American response to the crisis in Berlin.

President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 26, 1964.

On August 26, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe.’

On August 26, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a Welfare Reform bill, called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Protests in Downtown Atlanta went wild last night, according to Fox5Atlanta.

Atlanta police said an officer was injured, eight people were arrested and an Atlanta precinct was damaged.

The crowd started to gather around 8 p.m. at Woodruff Park shouting for justice for Jacob Blake, a Black man shot multiple times by police in Wisconsin.

Fireworks were set off as the crowd wound its way through the Downtown area.

“This was not a peaceful protest as fireworks were discharged, frozen water bottles and rocks were thrown at police officers,” Atlanta police wrote in a statement to FOX 5.

Members of the crowd were seen busting out at least one of the windows at the Atlanta Police Department Zone 5 Precinct and scrawling graffiti over on the building.

“The Zone Five Precinct sustained property damage to include broken windows and graffiti sprayed on the building,” police stated.

“One officer was injured from being sprayed with Mace,” police wrote.

MARTA suspended Streetcar service and closed the Five Points and Dome Station ahead of the protests as well as rerouted buses to avoid the area.

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