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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
President Donald Trump visited middle Georgia yesterday to learn about hurricane damage, according to WMAZ.
President Trump’s first stop was at a Red Cross distribution center off Eisenhower Parkway. He addressed first responders and volunteers, thanking them for their relief efforts.
“In Florida, it was housing and other things, and over here in Georgia, the farmers, well, the crops were really uprooted and we’re going to get it taken care of,” says Trump.
After the Red Cross visit, the motorcade headed south to a farm on the edge of Bibb County. President Trump shook hands with local farmers, promising to help replenish crops and infrastructure.
President Trump visited the Georgia State Farmers Market, according to the Macon Telegraph.
During a visit to Macon on Monday, President Donald Trump was told that Georgia farmers suffered “generational losses” as a result of Hurricane Michael.
Trump asked for further explanation.
“I don’t like the sound of generational damage,” he said. “What does that mean and how long does that take to get back?”
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, former Georgia governor, said pecan trees typically take seven years to produce and 10 years to become profitable.
“Many pecan trees across the state in southwest Georgia have toppled,” Perdue told the president. “They were looking for a bumper crop — cotton, pecans and peanuts — and the devastation there is heart breaking.”
Trump, Perdue, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Brock Long, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, praised the hurricane response before a group of press at the Macon State Farmers Market.
Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas was the lone county representative to meet with Donald Trump during a presidential visit and Georgia briefing on Hurricane Michael with State Leadership at a Red Cross Shelter in Macon late Monday.
According to a White House press release, participants were:
· The President
· The First Lady
· Governor Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia
· Secretary Sonny Perdue, Department of Agriculture
· Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security
· Administrator Brock Long, Federal Emergency Management Center
· Representative Sanford Bishop, United States Representative from Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District
· Representative Austin Scott, United States Representative from Georgia’s 8th Congressional District
· Commissioner Gary Black, Agriculture Commissioner for Georgia
· State Senator Dean Burke, State Senator from Georgia’s 11th Senate District
· Chris Cohilas, County Commissioner for Dougherty County, Georgia
· Homer Bryson, Director, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
· Virginia Mewborn, Operations Center Director, American Red Cross
· Charles Blake, Division Disaster Executive, American Red Cross
· Paul Bowers, Chief Executive Officer of Georgia Power
Later today, Bishop, Perdue, and Black will be joined by Vice President Mike Pence as they meet with farmers and agribusinesses in some the hardest hit areas of Southwest Georgia.
“Responding to natural disasters and helping our communities recover is a responsibility we all share regardless of ideology or political affiliation,” said Congressman Bishop. “We need robust and expedient assistance, and I am working tirelessly to secure relief for all those impacted by Hurricane Michael. Agriculture was particularly devastated by Hurricane Michael, causing enormous damage to Georgia’s pecan, cotton, and peanut crop. Some farmers are facing a total loss.”
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said workers in these affected counties may qualify for the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance to compensate for income lost as a direct result of Michael.
“The heavy damage that resulted from last week’s storm forced businesses to close for repairs, leaving owners and employees without incomes,” Butler said. “These federal benefits help provide a financial bridge until their incomes resume.”
Those who were directly impacted by Michael and inside the authorized counties must first apply for regular unemployment insurance on the Georgia Department of Labor website at dol.georgia.gov or in person at any career center.
A transcript provided by the White House reported Trump as saying, “I want to thank FEMA. First responders, the law enforcement has been so incredible. Secretary Nielsen, you worked so hard. I don’t think — have you gone to sleep in the last two weeks? I don’t think so. (Laughter.) But your whole team has been fantastic. And, Governor, I’d like to thank you on behalf of the country. What a job you’ve done in Georgia. And I have to say Rick Scott in Florida, likewise. The two of you have really done something.”
Governor Nathan Deal announced yesterday that Georgia’s request for federal emergency aid has been approved after Hurricane Michael.
Gov. Nathan Deal received notice from the White House that Georgia’s request for federal aid has been approved, including individual assistance for six counties impacted by Hurricane Michael. Thirty-one counties have been approved for public assistance. Deal made the request for federal assistance on Friday, Oct. 12, and the request was granted on Sunday, Oct. 14.
“On behalf of Georgians, I’m tremendously grateful for the immediate attention and extremely quick assistance President Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have given Georgia’s requests for federal aid, as well as the president’s concern for our citizens,” said Deal. “I look forward to welcoming President Trump to Georgia this afternoon as federal, state and local partners continue our efforts to work together and rebuild communities devastated by Hurricane Michael. This declaration will provide much-needed assistance in the most heavily impacted areas to help families and businesses recover as quickly as possible. I am also encouraged by the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in response and recovery efforts, including emergency management officials, first responders, recovery teams, law enforcement and citizens helping their neighbors.”
Individual assistance makes funding available to individuals and households in the six following counties: Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller and Seminole counties.
FEMA and the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency are continuing to conduct individual assistance assessments in other counties, and the president may add additional counties for designation based upon the assessments. Individual assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the hurricane.
Public assistance includes assistance for emergency work and debris removal. The 31 counties approved for public assistance include: Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Grady, Houston, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Treutlen, Turner, Wilcox and Worth counties.
All counties in Georgia are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provides assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance online here or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Gov. Deal also issued Executive Orders allowing Miller and Seminole Counties to delay opening early voting due to storm damage and closings, and extending the voter registration deadline for the November election in Clay, Grady, Randolph, and Turner Counties due to storm closings.
The Statesboro Herald reports that parts of South Georgia still suffer cell phone outages and gasoline shortages.
The Augusta Chronicle reports on the start of early voting.
Six-hundred and thirty-six voters cast ballots on the first of 20 advance voting days available to Richmond County voters.
“When we opened our doors (Monday) at 8:30 a.m., approximately 30 people were in line waiting to vote and there was a steady stream all day,” said Lynn Bailey, executive director for Richmond County Board of Elections. “Citizens have been enthusiastic about this election for months now.”
Bailey said other evidence of interest in the Nov. 6 midterm elections shows in the number voting by mail and in voter registration, which hit a record high of 122,939 for the election.
The first-day turnout is far higher than the 187 Augusta voters who voted on the first day of advance voting in the May 22 election, but lower than the 1,110 who cast ballots on Day 1 of early voting in the 2016 presidential contest.
Richmond County turnout on the first day trailed that in Columbia County, where 1,380 cast ballots on “an exciting and busy day” of early voting, said Nancy Gay, executive director of elections for the county.
The Georgia Supreme Court declined to stop two refedendums that would split the City of Stockbridge and form a new City of Eagles Landing, according to the Henry Herald.
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to allow the referendum to proceed on Monday, the day that early voting got underway in Henry County.
Justices Harold Melton, David Nahmias, Keith Blackwell, Michael Boggs, Nels Peterson and Charles Bethel, along with Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Kight of the Waycross Judicial Circuit who was serving in place of Justice Sarah H. Warren, ruled against staying the referendum, while justices Robert Benham and Carol Hunstein dissented.
Democrat Stacey Abrams will speak in Brunswick today, according to The Brunswick News.
Dalton City Council voted to approve the sale of the historic depot, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.
Brunswick City Commissioners will discuss proposed changes to the alcohol ordinance, according to The Brunswick News.
The Muscogee County Board of Education approved a package designed to help hire more bus drivers, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.
Effingham County State Court Judge Ronald K. “Ronnie” Thompson received the Champion of Justice Award from the Georgia State Council of State Court Judges, according to the Savannah Morning News.
Two Savannah-Chatham County middle schools have been added to the state’s turnaround program, according to the Savannah Morning News.
Board president Jolene Byrne said Georgia’s Chief Turnaround Officer Eric Thomas encourages schools identified as “turnaround eligible” to work with the state on ways to improve the schools.
“It’s important for the community to understand what this process is,” Byrne said. “We are not being forced into a partnership. We could be, but thankfully that’s not the relationship that we have.”
Schools are deemed “turnaround eligible” based on the state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index scorecard. Schools that receive CCRPI scores in the bottom 5 percent in the state are placed on the turnaround eligible list, said Rosalie Tio, director of policy, research and evaluation for Georgia. Three years of CCRPI scores are considered.
In addition to Hubert and Mercer middle schools, Brock and Shuman elementary schools and Savannah High School’s School of Liberal Studies are turnaround schools.