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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 4, 2018

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.

Beverly Hills, 90210 debuted on October 4, 1990.

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In-person early voting begins October 15, according to The Brunswick News.

The Macon Telegraph writes about Sunday early voting.

Sunday voting is coming to Macon for the upcoming election.

The chance for residents to cast their ballots on a Sunday will be Oct. 28 as part of the early voting period for the Nov. 6 general election.

The push to get Sunday voting could bring the after-church crowd out to the polls for what could be a close gubernatorial election between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, along with a myriad of other races.

The hurdle to Sunday voting was cleared Tuesday when the Macon-Bibb County Commission approved $4,500 to fund the extra day. The elections board voted last month to have Sunday voting if the county provided the money.

Sunday voting will be held at the Board of Elections office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28. The early voting period runs from Oct. 18-Nov. 2.

Mail-in early voting has increased ahead of the November election, according to the AJC.

Almost twice as many absentee ballots have been mailed to Georgia election officials so far compared to the same point before midterm elections in 2014.

Election officials received 17,436 absentee ballots through Tuesday, according to numbers from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Four years ago, 8,819 ballots had been recorded at this point in the election cycle.

By voting early, Georgians are already starting to decide the race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, along with many other contests. Election Day is Nov. 6.

With so much time left before Election Day, it’s unclear whether the sharp increase in early voting will continue. In the 2014 election, a total of 954,010 people voted early, either by mail or in-person. Early voting accounted for 37 percent of turnout four years ago.

Some African-American churches are encouraging their congregations to vote by mail, according to the Courthouse News Service.

Organizers hope to register 20,000 people to vote during the registration drive and plan to promote the use of absentee ballots in African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia.

The New Georgia Project, a non-partisan Georgia-based partner of Faith in Action, launched the campaign on September 25, the annual holiday recognized as National Voter Registration Day. Called the “Vote By Mail” campaign, the initiative is co-sponsored by Justice Clergy 100 and by the three largest AME churches in Georgia.

“This is the first time that the bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal bodies in Georgia [African Methodist Episcopal, Christian Methodist Episcopal and African Methodist Episcopal Zion] have united to encourage their congregants to ‘Vote by Mail,’” New Georgia Project Executive Director Nse Ufot said in a statement.

The New Georgia Project was founded by Stacey Abrams, the current Democratic candidate for governor, in 2013 while she was serving as the Democrats’ minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Republican Brian Kemp rolled-out his health care reform plan, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Outside of the Cook Medical Center, Kemp introduced his plans to help rural Georgians handle “skyrocketing premiums” and “surprise medical bills.”

Standing before a crowd of about 100 people, he said his solution did not involve pouring more tax dollars into government programs. He said as governor he would lower insurance costs, cover people with pre-existing conditions and insure access to quality care.

“I have a better plan, a patient-centered system that’s right for Georgia — not California,” Kemp said. “Above all, I will put patients first.”

As governor, he said he would fund more residency positions in family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.

He also said he would grow the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program, increasing the cap from $60 million to $100 million that rural hospitals could earn from individual or corporate tax credits.

Kemp criticized his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, for her support of expanding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“There is a clear contrast in this race, especially when it comes to health care,” Kemp said. “If you like high-sky insurance premiums, if you enjoy driving or waiting for hours to see a doctor, if you want to pay more but get less, then you should vote for my opponent.”

“If you want innovation and market-based solutions, if you want lower costs and better coverage, if you want folks with pre-existing conditions to have access to affordable, quality care, then I humbly ask for your vote.”

Kemp also campaigned in Pickens County, according to Fetch Your News.

Georgia Governor candidate Brian Kemp stopped at the Appalachian Gun, Pawn, and Range to visit locals and connect with Georgians during his campaign.

Kemp stated about the tour, “We’ve been having to really work hard on our fundraising to offset the billionaires in California and New York that are funding my opponent’s campaign. We’ve done that. Now, we’re hitting the road and we’re going to keep moving …”

Stopping into his Pickens location a little after 10 a.m., Kemp was joined by U.S. Congressman Doug Collins, State Senator Steve Gooch, and State Representative Rick Jasperse, who all spoke on his behalf at the stump speech. Additionally, State Senator Chuck Payne was also present.

Even local Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones attended the event as he said yes he is officially supporting Kemp saying, “He knows where we are at, he knows who we are, and he knows what kind of support we’ve got here.”

Gooch welcomed citizens to the event and called for support for electing Republicans across the state offices, spearheaded with Brian Kemp’s campaign for Governor saying, “We all have to get our families, our friends, and our selves to the polls and elect these good conservatives that are running.”

The event turned out over 400 people to hear Kemp speak and support the campaign. One citizen, Dianne Traynham, said she was there because she was interested in what Kemp has said and his support for rural Georgia. She added that her daughter is a teacher and Kemp’s pledge to take care of the state’s teachers was a major reason for her support.

Donald Trump, Jr. will campaign in Georgia for Brian Kemp, according to McClatchy.

Trump Jr. will then head to Athens, Ga., that evening for a fundraiser to boost Brian Kemp, the GOP candidate for governor, who is running in a tight, high-profile race against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Tickets to the Kemp fundraiser start at $50 and go up to $1,000, according to another invitation.

Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle are also slated to appear at two rallies next week with the conservative student-focused group Turning Point USA: One on Oct. 9 in Athens, Ga., and one on Oct. 10 in Davie, Fla.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on Phase Two of the shoreline rehab plans for Jekyll Island, according to The Brunswick News.

Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah announced an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to remain in-network for insured patients, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Brunswick City Council members deferred voting on changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance, according to The Brunswick News.

Brunswick city commissioners on Wednesday backed down from a plan to require restaurant servers and bartenders to apply for permits to sell alcohol.

Brian Corry, city attorney, told commissioners backlash on social media about the proposed permits — also called “bar cards” — “ranged from extremely negative to slightly negative.”

He also noted Savannah tried to impose bar cards a few years ago and the program was so onerous and “untenable” the local government there repealed the local ordinance earlier this year.

“The aim of this ordinance update is to take an old, antiquated ordinance and modernize it to encourage more businesses in Brunswick,” Corry said. “We want this to be a positive change more than a negative connotation.”


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 3, 2018

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be observed on November 26, 1863 and on the fourth Thursday in November every succeeding year.

This announcement harkened back to when George Washington was in his first term as the first president in 1789 and the young American nation had only a few years earlier emerged from the American Revolution. At that time, George Washington called for an official celebratory “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” While Congress overwhelmingly agreed to Washington’s suggestion, the holiday did not yet become an annual event.

Thomas Jefferson, the third president, felt that public demonstrations of piety to a higher power, like that celebrated at Thanksgiving, were inappropriate in a nation based in part on the separation of church and state. Subsequent presidents agreed with him. In fact, no official Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by any president between 1815 and the day Lincoln took the opportunity to thank the Union Army and God for a shift in the country’s fortunes on this day in 1863.

On October 3, 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton was appointed to the United States Senate from Georgia following the death of Senator Tom Watson. After initially being rebuffed by the Senate, Felton was sworn-in on late in November, becoming the first woman to serve in the United States Senate.

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Governor Nathan Deal swore-in former State Senator and Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Bethel to his new seat on the Georgia Supreme Court, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

 Dalton’s Charlie Bethel was sworn in Tuesday as a Georgia Supreme Court justice, becoming Gov. Nathan Deal’s fifth appointee on the state’s highest court.

Bethel, who served on the state Court of Appeals for nearly two years, was a city councilman before representing Whitfield and Murray counties for several years in the state Senate, where the Republican was a floor leader for Deal.

“The Declaration (of Independence) says we are to resist tyrants, and the Constitution says, ‘God, please help us from becoming tyrants ourselves,’” Bethel said.

“So a good judge must have enough self-doubt to stay in their own lane, to believe in separation of powers, to understand the job of judge is to apply the law as it is, not as the judge would have it be,” he added.

“You are important because of how you treat people, because of how you do what you do, not what you do,” Bethel said. “That’s the important thing in this world.”

When asked afterwards if he planned to spend the rest of his career on the state Supreme Court, Bethel had this to say: “I have a faith that teaches me that my job is to respond to ‘call’ and so I don’t ever like to think in terms of ‘forever’ because that’s not really my call. But I don’t have any other plan to be anywhere else. My plan is to do this job for as long as I’m called to this place.”

Republican Congressman Buddy Carter (Pooler) and his Democratic opponent will meet in a public forum later this month, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St, Savannah.

The event is free and open to the public, but only those who register at or on the League’s Facebook page are guaranteed a seat. Ticket registration will go live at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Seating is very limited, and registrants will be asked to check in before they enter the Coastal Georgia Center.

The League asks that participants do not bring signs or hand out campaign literature at the event. In the spirit of civil discourse, a primary tenet of the League, attendees also are asked to refrain from disrupting the candidates’ responses or demonstrating in any way.

Participants can submit their questions for the candidates via the website. Questions also may be submitted in writing the night of the event. WTOC news anchor Dawn Baker will serve as the forum moderator. She will pose the public’s questions to the candidates and manage the proceedings.

Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah will no longer be in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield patients, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The current contract between (Memorial’s parent company] HCA and BCBSGa expired on Sept. 30 and any claims filed starting Oct. 1, for all care provided by HCA, will be considered out-of-network and reimbursed as out-of-network under the terms of your health plan.

Through spokesperson Colin Manning, BCBSGa said they are engaged in active discussions with HCA as they work together to finalize an agreement that ensures in-network coverage for their consumers.

Any claims dating back to Oct. 1 will be covered as in-network.

Several major employers in the Savannah area that offer BCBSGa plans include, Chatham County, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Georgia Southern University and some State of Georgia employees.

Two Chatham County judges received awards for running their courts, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Superior Court Judge James F. Bass Jr. earned the 2018 STAR Award from the Council of Accountability Court Judges for his work with the Chatham County Drug Court he started in 2001.

The court, which deals with drug offenders through treatment alternatives outside of a jail/prison setting, established the benchmark for similar courts here and nationally.

Bass’s drug court last year was designated as an adult mentor drug court to assist other courts nationally in startups or to provide general improvements.

Meanwhile, Juvenile Court Presiding Judge LeRoy Burke III was named winner of a 2018 Big Voice for Children Award for his efforts at effective prevention and early intervention efforts to make a long-term difference in kids’ lives.

Brunswick City Commissioners are considering updating their alcohol ordinance, according to The Brunswick News.

The new ordinance is an overhaul aimed at bringing the local code in line with state laws, which have changed in recent years as the popularity of breweries has grown nationwide.

One change to the updated ordinances is that bartenders and restaurant servers will have to obtain individual permits to serve alcohol within the city limits. The permits would cost $25, be valid for two years and would be issued to the person, not the establishment; if a server leaves and goes to work at another restaurant, the permit carries with him or her.

[T]he new ordinance would create whole new classes and licensing fees for manufacturers who sell and could serve their products.

One other notable change is the permitting for alcohol sales in some public places, like parks or squares.

Oyster harvesting off the Georgia coast remains closed due to high water temperatures, according to The Brunswick News.

Oyster harvesting is typically closed June-September by the state Department of Natural Resources because of water temperatures higher than 81 degrees.

“This extended closure ensures that Georgia continues to meet the requirements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program to protect public health by implementing a Vibrio parahaemolyticus — Vp — control plan,” Dominic Guadagnoli, shellfish fishery manager for DNR’s Coastal Resources Division, said in a statement. “We expect this extended closure to have little adverse impact on recreational and commercial oyster harvesters since most individuals refrain from eating freshly harvested oysters during the warmer months when the combination of spawning and warm water makes oysters less desirable as seafood.”

DNR announced that while the closure continues to affect oysters, clams from approved areas are OK for harvesting.

“Unlike oysters, which are frequently consumed raw, clams are traditionally cooked with high heat — a process that kills the Vp bacteria,” Guadagnoli said.

Recreational oyster harvesting, when the season is open, requires a fishing license and in Glynn County is only allowed in an area south of Downing Musgrove Causeway leading to Jekyll Island.

Stateboro’s South Main Street Corridor Tax Allocation District advisory board met for the first time this week, according to the Statesboro Herald.

Statesboro City Council and the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners created the TAD Advisory Board last winter after the commissioners agreed to assign growth in county property tax revenue from the district to the redevelopment fund.  The city had established the TAD, originally allocated only the growth in city property taxes, on Dec. 31, 2015. Taxes on the value of property as appraised in the district before that date continue to go to the city’s regular budget, but added revenue from new construction or rising values goes to the TAD fund to back redevelopment projects in the district.

“A tax allocation district is a type of development district, and those are hot these days,” McRae told the advisory board. He  observed that they were also “hot before 2007” but not during the recession that followed, when property tax revenues declined.

“TADs depend on growth,” he said.

Former Dougherty County Commissioner Harry James wants his name on the November ballot as an Independent against incumbent Republican Chairman Chris Cohilas, according to the Albany Herald.

Harry James stood in the lobby of the Dougherty County Courthouse Monday, waiting patiently for a second hearing before Alapaha Circuit Judge Albert Perkins to determine if his petition to get on November’s ballot would pass muster.

In August, James turned in more than the required number of voter petition signatures to run as an independent candidate. The signatures were verified or rejected by county Elections officials. The Dougherty Elections Board was told by Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson at a called meeting that James fell 256 verified signatures short of the required number. The Elections Board, based on Elections numbers, denied James’ attempt to get on November’s general election ballot.

At that point James decided to sue the board and Nickerson.

“This never has been about getting Harry James’ name on the ballot,” James said. “This (lawsuit) is about due process and fixing a flawed elections process before, during and after me. The current system is not working, and we have to correct what’s wrong if it isn’t right.”

In July, James turned in 2,956 petition signatures, needing 2,524 verified registered voters’ support to allow his campaign to move forward. Nickerson said the Elections office had determined that 2,268 of the signatures were valid. She said that 390 of the signatures were not registered voters, and 297 were rejected for other reasons, leaving James short.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted to name a new fire station after the late Commissioner Reid Bowman, according to the Henry Herald.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners lent its unanimous approval at Tuesday’s meeting to a renaming of the new Fire Station No. 16 that was recently opened in the Kelleytown area.

The new fire station will be named in honor of Reid Bowman, a former Henry County commissioner who died in June. The station was a SPLOST IV project, which Bowman was instrumental in getting passed during his time on the Board of Commissioners.

His successor, Blake Prince, spoke about Bowman and the impact he had while serving on the Board of Commissioners.

“When you run against someone, it’s difficult to become friends afterward,” Prince said. “It’s a testament to Reid’s Christian background that after the election, Reid let bygones be bygones. After I called Reid, he answered the phone and he answered anything I asked him.”

Prince defeated Bowman in 2014 for the District 4 seat on the Henry County Board of Commissioners.

“In 50 years, people will still remember Reid,” Prince said. “That’s saying something. All we have is memories, and all we can do is remember. He was a great man and a good Christian.”

The Georgia Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools will meet next week to discuss uniform school starting dates, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

When the committee was announced last month, its chairman, Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, called on school systems to not start their school years before Labor Day.

“As we celebrate Labor Day each year as the unofficial end of summer, most of our public schools have been back in full swing for nearly a month,” Gooch said at the time. “Additionally, August is typically the hottest time of year when energy bills reach their peak and student athletes’ safety is a big concern.

“I believe that for these reasons and others, it is a good time to take a look at how we compare to other states who still utilize a more traditional school calendar with their start dates after Labor Day.”

In addition to Gooch, other senators serving on the commitee include Mike Dugan, R–Carrollton, John Wilkinson, R–Toccoa, and Jack Hill, R–Reidsville.

Gainesville City Council unanimously adopted two new ordinances, according to AccessWDUN.

City Manager Bryan Lackey said the ordinances arose out of complaints received by the city that both issues were happening in the downtown area.  As Gainesville Police dealt with those complaints questions began to arise as to what was the department’s best-practice procedure.

“When Chief (Carol) Martin went to address these two different situations she expressed concern that her officers felt we didn’t have the right tools or ordinances in place to address this so we’re not violating the civil rights of the people involved,” Lackey explained.

Lackey said the objective of the new ordinances is “to address this in the right way where it’s something where we’re not criminalizing what people are doing, but we can get them the resources they need (and) our officers feel like they have the right tools so that they’re not doing something wrong and violating the civil rights of an individual.”

The City of Cornelia held a public meeting to discuss a property tax millage rate higher than the rollback rate, and no citizens showed up, according to AccessWDUN.

No members of the public attended Tuesday night’s city commission meeting, where the first of three public hearings on the proposed tax increase was held.

“It is not technically a millage rate increase,” [City Manager Donald] Anderson said. “It’s just that based on the inflationary digest it’s recommended that we roll our millage rate back 0.251 percent, but my recommendation is to leave it at 8.5 mills. Reason being is, and this was our goal all along, was to increase our tax revenue without increasing taxes. We saw a big increase in our property values — that’s from development.”

The tentative tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $80,000 would be $7.74, while a non-homestead property with a fair market value of $200,000 would be $19.36, according to figures released by the city, but Ward 1 Commissioner Wes Dodd pointed out that properties that saw no increase in valuation would see no increase in taxes over 2017.

Floyd County Republican Women discussed the importance of voter turnout in November, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

“Vote. Vote,” urged state Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, who is facing a challenge from Democrat John Burnette II.

“In my district alone, there are 4,000 Republicans who only vote in presidential elections, but your local and state governments are so much closer to you,” Dempsey said. “You can catch us, you can find us, you can see us in the grocery store.”

Floyd County Commission Chair Rhonda Wallace is up against Democrat Stephanie Wright.

“If you live in Rome, if you live in Floyd County, I’ll be on your ballot,” Wallace reminded the crowd of about 40 women and men.

Several speakers warned that every vote will count in the statewide races, especially the closely watched contest for the governor seat between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Rural black voters could be an important voting bloc in November, according to the Statesboro Herald.

These were not the rural voters who have gotten so much attention after helping elect President Donald Trump in 2016. They are the black rural voters living in red states. They’re staunchly Democratic even as they’re surrounded by white voters who are almost all Republicans. And they’re often overlooked by big-name candidates from both parties.

“There’s a narrative that is out in the world right now around what rural America looks like, and it completely erases the existence of black rural folks,” said Tamika Middleton, organizing director for Care in Action, a domestic workers advocacy group, in attendance at the church gathering. “We exist. There’s never been black folks who were not fighting and resisting in the rural South.”

The Black Belt’s overlap with Trump country could factor into the elections across the South next month, including competitive races for the governor’s mansion in Florida and the Senate in Mississippi. That raises the possibility that black rural voters will have an unusual opportunity to make an impact on statewide races.

But it’s Georgia where black rural voters could be especially important as Stacey Abrams campaigns to become the nation’s first black female governor. A Mississippi native who moved to Georgia as a child, Abrams is the first Democrat in years to have a real chance of winning the governor’s race. And from the beginning, when she launched her campaign in south Georgia’s Dougherty County, she’s made outreach to rural voters a key part of her strategy.

“Since the beginning of the campaign, Stacey Abrams has been focused on reaching out to a broad coalition of voters in every part of the state, including rural communities of color who have been left behind for too long,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’ campaign manager.

It’s an excellent article worth reading in its entirety.

A group supporting passage of Amendment 1 has formed and will advocate for passage of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment, according to the Albany Herald.

The coalition supporting the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment, which is constitutional amendment No. 1 on the 2018 general election ballot, kicked off its paid advertising campaign earlier this week with a digital strategy designed to reach targeted voters between now and Nov. 6.

If passed, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment will protect Georgia’s waters and lands by constitutionally dedicating a portion of the existing tax on sporting goods for conservation purposes, including the protection of lands critical to clean drinking water, support for the creation and maintenance of parks and trails, and the improvement of areas to hunt and fish. It will also support Georgia’s growing outdoor recreation industry, which has a $27 billion annual economic impact, as well as other economic sectors that rely on waters and land.

Legislation placing the amendment on the ballot received overwhelming, bipartisan support from the General Assembly earlier this year.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 2, 2018

On October 2, 1789, President George Washington signed a resolution transmitting the (then-twelve) amendments constituting the Bill of Rights to the states that had ratified the Constitution. Click here for the letter from Washington to Governor Charles Pinckney of South Carolina that accompanied the amendments.

On October 2, 1835, Texans and Mexicans met in the first military battle of the Texas Revolution, the Battle of Gonzales.

In 1831, Mexican authorities gave the settlers of Gonzales a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. Over the next four years, the political situation in Mexico deteriorated, and in 1835 several states revolted. As the unrest spread, Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea, the commander of all Mexican troops in Texas, felt it unwise to leave the residents of Gonzales a weapon and requested the return of the cannon.

When the initial request was refused, Ugartechea sent 100 dragoons to retrieve the cannon. The soldiers neared Gonzales on September 29, but the colonists used a variety of excuses to keep them from the town, while secretly sending messengers to request assistance from nearby communities. Within two days, up to 140 Texians gathered in Gonzales, all determined not to give up the cannon. On October 1, settlers voted to initiate a fight. Mexican soldiers opened fire as Texians approached their camp in the early hours of October 2. After several hours of desultory firing, the Mexican soldiers withdrew.

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On October 2, 1879, Wallace Stevens was born. Stevens would become a renowned poet and insurance industry lawyer. My favorite poem of his is “Connoisseur of Chaos.”

A. A violent order is disorder; and
B. A great disorder is an order. These
Two things are one.

President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke at the White House on October 2, 1909.

Thurgood Marshall was sworn-in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 2, 1967.

Betty Talmadge, then wife of Senator Herman Talmadge, hosted a fundraiser with Rosalynn Carter and Joan Mondale on October 2, 1976.

Ground was broken for The Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta on October 2, 1984.

The last Braves game at Turner Field was played on October 2, 2016, with the Detroit Tigers besting the Braves by 1-0.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 1, 2018

Original Communist (O.C.) Karl Marx published Das Kapital on October 1, 1867.

Voters in the state of Washington adopted the state constitution on October 1, 1889.

The first World Series of baseball opened on October 1, 1903.

On October 1, 1908, Ford introduced the Model T.

Former President Jimmy Carter was born on October 1, 1924 at Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia, the first American President to be born in a hospital.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia for the 21st time beginning on October 1, 1931.

In a Special Election October 1, 1940, Florence Gibbs became the first woman elected to Congress from Georgia, completing her late husband’s term and serving through January 3, 1941, but no standing for a full term of her own.

Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong proclaimed the Communist People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949.

The Carter Center in Atlanta was dedicated on October 1, 1986.

Mikhail Gorbachev named himself Chairman of the USSR’s Supreme Soviet on October 1, 1988.

President George H.W. Bush condemned Iraq’s takeover of Kuwait in a speech to the United Nations on October 1, 1990.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 28, 2018

William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England on September 28, 1066.

On September 29, 1526, 600 Spanish colonists led by Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon landed on the Georgia Coast, the first European colonists in Georgia.

Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on Sapelo Sound in present–day McIntosh County. He sailed north from Hispaniola during the summer and first landed in present–day South Carolina. Meeting no natives, he traveled south along the coast before settling in Georgia.

To help establish the colony, Ayllon brought with him the very first group of slaves.  But hunger, disease, and conflict with the natives all took their toll, and the settlement survived for only three months.

Other sources say that the September 29, 1526 landing was in South Carolina and Vasquez de Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on October 8, 1526.

On September 27, 1779, John Jay, who previously served as President of the Continental Congress, was appointed minister to Spain to seek Spanish support for the revolution.

Washington Yorktown

General George Washington led continental troops into the siege of British forces under General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on September 28, 1781.

On September 28, 1863, two Union generals lost their commands after the Confederates routed federal forces at the Battle of Chickamauga.

On September 28, 1889, Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation designating January 19th a state holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. In 2015, Robert E. Lee’s birthday and Confederate Memorial Day were stricken from the Georgia calendar.

Wyoming adopted the first state constitution to allow women to vote on September 30, 1889.

President Woodrow Wilson spoke in favor of Women’s Suffrage in an address to Congress on September 30, 1918. The bill to pass the 19th Amendment would die in the Senate that year after passing the House.

President Franklin Roosevelt made his ninth visit to Warm Springs, Georgia on September 27, 1927.

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season.

WSB-TV took to the airwaves for the first time on September 29, 1948.

On September 30, 1976, Democrat Jimmy Carter led the Harris Poll for President over President Gerald Ford by a 50-41 margin. In November 1976, the popular vote tallied 50.08% for Carter to 48.01% for Ford, with an Independent taking nearly a point.

September 27 is a red-letter day for the Atlanta Braves and pitcher John Smoltz. The team won a record 14th straight Division Championship on this day in 2005. Smoltz set a team record for regular season wins (24) on September 27, 1996 and extended his team record for strikeouts hitting 276. On September 27, 2002, Smoltz set a National League record with 54 saves.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 26, 2018

On September 25, 1789, Congress adopted the first twelve amendments, called the Bill of Rights, to the United States Constitution. A little more than two years later, in 1791, enough states had ratified ten of the Amendments, with two not receiving sufficient support.


On September 25, 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis met with General John Bell Hood and visited troops at Palmetto, Georgia.

On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.

Ronald Reagan appointee Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Justice of the United States on September 25, 1981. In an interview with Terry Gross, she recalled receiving the call from President Reagan:

“I was working in my office on the Arizona Court of Appeals,” she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I was at the court in my chambers when the telephone rang. And it was the White House calling for me, and I was told that the president was waiting to speak to me. That was quite a shock, but I accepted the phone call, and it was President Reagan, and he said, ‘Sandra?’ ‘Yes, Mr. President?’ ‘Sandra, I’d like to announce your nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow. Is that all right with you?’ Well, now, that’s kind of a shock, wouldn’t you say?”

On September 25, 2008, the last car came off the line at GM’s Doraville Plant.

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Republican Brian Kemp rallied voters in Columbus, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

“We have got to work harder than we ever have because this is a national race,” said Kemp, who has been Secretary of State for the last eight years. “Literally the socialists — the socialists believe it or not from California — billionaires, are throwing millions and millions of dollars to my opponent. Thankfully, they don’t vote here. But you all do.”

There was loud applause and people shouting, “You got my vote” and “Right on.”

“Double down on the phone calls, double down on the doors you are knocking on, double down on texting your friends in your network,” he said. “… We got to get our folks out and we got to get them out early.”

State Rep. Richard Smith, who has been a Kemp supporter throughout the primary and runoff landslide defeat of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in July, was impressed with the turnout on short notice.

“It shows you that there is an excitement,” Smith said. “It is 90 degrees and there are 175-200 people here. That tells you a lot. It tells me they are going to the polls.”

Kemp had a three-stop visit in Columbus on Monday. He participated in a 30-minute Facebook live interview at the Ledger-Enquirer, stopped at the Muscogee County Republican headquarters on River Road, then attended a private fundraiser at Green Island Country Club.

Former Bartow County Probate Judge Mitch Scoggins will run for House District 14, being vacated by State Rep. Christian Coomer, according to the Cartersville Daily Tribune News.

“After serving as probate judge of Bartow County for almost 28 years and working a total of 35 years with Bartow County,” Scoggins said, “I am announcing my bid for the State House of Representatives for District 14.”

“With my experience in county government, I am qualified for the job and will represent the citizens of Bartow and Floyd counties with transparency and accountability.”

Scoggins describes himself as a conservative candidate who is anti-abortion and supports the Second Amendment as well as freedom of religion.

Scoggins joins Ken Coomer, father of Christian, in the race.

The Gainesville Times looks at the changing fight against opioid misuse and overdose.

Roughly a decade ago, states surrounding Georgia with doctors overprescribing painkiller medication passed tough laws that pushed these “pill mills” into the Peach State.

“To give you an example of how bad this was, we raided a pill mill in Bartow County that had so many people coming in to get their prescriptions filled for illegitimate purposes that they had to have a security guard in the parking lot to direct traffic. They had busloads of people coming down from Kentucky to get prescriptions filled for the opioids,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan in a forum Tuesday at the University of North Georgia. Keenan and others gathered Tuesday morning for the Opioid Problems in Our Community forum hosted by the university’s criminal justice department.

GBI Medical Examiner Jonathan Eisenstat said the opioid problem has caused a strain on death investigators, who are now doing roughly 350 autopsies a year per doctor.

“If you’re doing 350 autopsies, you have much less time to do the casework, the reports, talk to the families and things are starting to get delayed. And that causes a delay in the law enforcement as well,” he said.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, who presides over the Drug Court in Hall and Dawson counties, shared more positive information of his “friends” and program participants, who came from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Deal said a Carl Vinson Institute of Government study showed each accountability court graduate had a $22,129 positive impact to the state in fiscal year 2017.

The Macon Telegraph looks at the continuing problem of access to medical cannabis oil for patients and caregivers.

Georgia is one of the few states where medical marijuana is legal but cultivation and distribution are not. That means the 6,421 Georgia residents with medical cards have virtually no legal way to get the medication they need.

“We really have set up a law that is potentially forcing Georgia citizens to break federal law in order to obtain the product,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon who spearheaded the 2015 medical marijuana legislation.

Peake said Georgia residents looking for medical marijuana have few options. Any oil with a THC concentration of more than .3 percent can’t legally be shipped to another state, so they can’t order it online. They also can’t buy the medical marijuana elsewhere and transport it themselves across state lines without breaking federal drug laws.

The only other choice, he said, is to buy marijuana off the street and make the oil from scratch, which is both illegal and medically risky, since consumers have no way of knowing the THC level in the product they’re buying.

Peake decided to offer an alternative. He’s created what he calls an “underground network” to bring the medication in from out of state.

“What we decided to do was try and find a reputable manufacturer who we knew was providing a safe, lab-tested product, see if we could work out an arrangement of getting the product here to Georgia,” he said. “And we’re not involved in that process, so I have no idea how it gets here.”

Valdosta City Schools has earned a $2.9 million dollar grant from the Georgia Department of Education for enhancing literacy, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Hall County Commissioners will consider a dog-tethering ordinance at their next meeting, according to the Gainesville Times.

Lt. Colonel Allen West will deliver the keynote address at a fundraiser for Camp Amplify, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Georgia Gwinnett College President Stas Preczewski announced he will retire at the end of the current acadmic year, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Glynn County volunteers registered new voters to celebrate National Voter Registration Day, according to The Brunswick Times.

Women’s Voices of Glynn County, and other volunteers stopped students as they walked past the group’s tent and encouraged those who were not registered to vote in Glynn County to fill out the forms the volunteers had on hand.

“We’re grabbing every student that walks by and asking, ‘Are you registered to vote?’” Galland said. “And if they say yes, we say, ‘In Glynn County?’”

The nationwide campaign is held annually on the fourth Tuesday of September and aims to create awareness of voter registration opportunities and to push the importance of voting.

In Glynn County, several local groups canvassed the community in hopes of increasing the local number of registered voters.

“We have sites all over Brunswick — here at the college, at Wrap Happy, at the two high schools and at Job Corps,” said Cathy Simprini, a member of Women’s Voices of Glynn County, a local nonpartisan group.

Several groups in Savannah also held voter registration drives, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The Floyd County Commission approved plans to create a new dog park, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The board unanimously backed County Manager Jamie McCord’s recommendation to put more money in the budget and issue a call for bids, with an eye to getting it done before the end of the year.

“We need to just go ahead and build this,” McCord said, on the heels of a successful pop-up dog park held Sunday at Riverside Park.

The 2013 special purpose, local option sales tax package contains $25,000 for the project. However, the lowest construction bid submitted in June was close to $30,000 — and none of the proposals were exactly what officials had been looking for.

McCord said the county was notified last week it did not get a national grant it sought to boost the budget. He requested, and received, permission to add another $20,000 from excess SPLOST collections and try again.

“With $45,000, we’ll get the fences, gates, security cameras, a fob entry system and water features, for sure,” he predicted. “We may even get some agility options.”

The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Isles Association of Realtors hosted a forum for citizens to hear from local candidates in the November general elections, according to The Brunswick News.

The Brunswick News talked to Charlie Bailey, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General.

“The vast majority of the people get up every day and they go to work in Georgia, and if they’re lucky, they’re working one job,” Bailey said. “But many of them — far too many of them — are working two and three jobs. And they’re doing that to try to provide a little better life for their kids than they had, and they can’t quite do it. And they can’t quite do it because there’s powerful forces arrayed against them, and they come in the form of organized crime, gangs, human trafficking. They come in the form of special interests, pharmaceutical companies, payday lenders, predatory debt collectors, oil companies.

“They exploit them and they come in the form of the insider politicians that care more about their seat in government and protecting those special interests than they do about protecting the people of Georgia. What I am saying, because the one entity, if you were to say, ‘Who is the one person that is supposed to be standing in-between those Georgians who are getting up every day and going to work and trying to make life a little bit better, and these forces that make it harder for them to do that,’ and that’s the attorney general.”

In regard to medical marijuana, Bailey said the message from his office would be that district attorneys should exercise prosecutorial discretion. He said that if elected, he would advocate for “the legalization of the cultivation, development, distribution, sale and use — with a doctor’s prescription — of medicinal marijuana and cannabis oil.”


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 24, 2018

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President Georgia Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

White vigilantes seeking to assault African-Americans after reports of four white women being assaulted led to the Atlanta Race Riots on September 22-24, 1906, which would claim the lives of at least 25 African-Americans and one white person.

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.

On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 21, 2018

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

Bon Homme Richard

John Paul Jones, at the helm of US ship Bonhomme Richard, won a naval battle off the coast of England on September 23, 1779.

After inflicting considerable damage to the Bonhomme Richard, Richard Pearson, the captain of the Serapis, asked Jones if he had struck his colors, the naval sign indicating surrender. From his disabled ship, Jones replied, “I have not yet begun to fight,” and after three more hours of furious fighting the Serapis and Countess of Scarborough surrendered to him.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President Georgia Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 25, 1789, Congress adopted the first twelve amendments, called the Bill of Rights, to the United States Constitution. A little more than two years later, in 1791, enough states had ratified ten of the Amendments, with two not receiving sufficient support.


Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned to St. Louis Missouri from their exploratory trip to the Pacific coast on September 23, 1806.


On September 22, 1862, Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which stated,

“. . . on the first day of January [1863] . . . all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

On September 21, 1863, the federal Army of the Cumberland retreated to Chattanooga after its defeat at Chickamauga.

President Rutherford B. Hayes visited Atlanta on September 22, 1877. Click here to read the text of his speech in Atlanta.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

White vigilantes seeking to assault African-Americans after reports of four white women being assaulted led to the Atlanta Race Riots on September 22-24, 1906, which would claim the lives of at least 25 African-Americans and one white person.

On September 22, 1918, the City of Atlanta gasoline administator prohibited non-emergency Sunday driving to conserve fuel for the war effort.

On September 23, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was speaking at a dinner with the Teamsters union and addressed attacks that had been made by Republicans, including the allegation that after leaving his dog, Fala, behind in the Aleutian Islands, he sent a Navy destroyer to fetch the dog. This would become known as the “Fala speech.”

These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family don’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I’d left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars—his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.

The idea for the joke was given to FDR by Orson Welles. The political lesson here is that any time you get an audience laughing at your opponent, you are winning.

A statue of former Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol was unveiled on September 23, 1949, the 65th anniversary of Talmadge’s birth near Forsyth, Georgia in 1884.

On September 23, 1952, Senator Richard M. Nixon was under fire for allegedly accepting $18,000 and using it for personal expenses. To salvage his place as the Vice Presidential candidate on Eisenhower’s Republican ticket, Nixon took to the airwaves in the first nationally-televised address and delivered what came to be known as the “Checkers Speech. From The Atlantic:

[A] 1999 poll of leading communication scholars ranked the address as the sixth most important American speech of the 20th century — close behind the soaring addresses of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The “Checkers” speech wins this high rank for one stand-out reason: It marked the beginning of the television age in American politics. It also salvaged Nixon’s career, plucking a last-second success from the jaws of abject humiliation, and profoundly shaped Nixon’s personal and professional outlook, convincing him that television was a way to do an end-run around the press and the political “establishment.”

Click here for the full text of the “Checkers Speech.”

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012.

The Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was delivered to President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 24, 1964.

On September 23, 1976, President Gerald Ford and former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter met in their first televised debate. On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.

Bert Lance resigned as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter on September 21, 1977. After a jury acquitted him on ten federal charges in 1980, Lance served as Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia from 1982 to 1985.

On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

General Colin Powell was confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 21. 1989. Powell served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan before being appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President George H.W. Bush; in 2000, Powell was nominated by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State, the first African-American to hold that post.

Friends debuted on NBC on September 22, 1994.

The last game played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium took place on September 23, 1996.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

On September 21, 2011, R.E.M. announced on their website that they were quitting as a band.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 20, 2018

On September 20, 1863, the Confederate Army of the Tennessee under General Braxton Bragg repelled Union forces under General William Rosencrans at the Battle of Chickamauga. After Gettysburg, Chickamauga is generally considered the second-bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with 18,500 Confederate casualties and 16,100 Union dead.

The first classes at Oglethorpe University under it’s current non-denominational charter were held on September 20, 1916. Happy 101st Anniversary to the Stormy Petrels. The university was originally affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Midway, Georgia. In 1870, after a period of closure during the Civil War they relocated to the Atlanta area. Currently, a collection of more than 20,000 pieces of political campaign materials is on display at the Weltner Library on Oglethorpe’s campus.

On September 20, 1976, Playboy magazine released an interview with Jimmy Carter, then a candidate for President.

During the 1976 campaigns, a 13-foot tall smiling peanut sculpture was created by the Indiana Democratic Party for Carter’s presidential campaign.

Since 1976, the Jimmy Carter Smiling Peanut has held its position as the world’s second largest peanut, “the most photographed thing in Plains”, and one of the oddest monuments to a politician worldwide. Unfortunately, in 2000, a reckless driver crashed into the peanut, whose wooden hoops, chicken wire, and aluminum foil weren’t enough to keep it upright. After the accident, the peanut was moved from the Plains train depot to the Davis E-Z Shop in Plains, where it remains today. Although the peanut has been kept in pristine form, the fence surrounding it has become dilapidated as a result of over a decade of tourists posing for photos on it.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 19, 2018

President George Washington gave his farewell address on September 19, 1796.

The period for a new election of a Citizen, to Administer the Executive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person, who is to be cloathed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those, out of whom a choice is to be made.

I beg you, at the sametime, to do me the justice to be assured, that this resolution has not been taken, without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation, which binds a dutiful Citizen to his country–and that, in withdrawing the tender of service which silence in my Situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness; but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.

On September 19, 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga was joined between the federal Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans and the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Braxton Bragg.

Thirteen marchers were shot and killed and forty more wounded in Camilla, Georgia at the Camilla Massacre on September 19, 1868 as marchers to a Republican Party rally were gunned down.

President James Garfield died on September 19, 1881, of wounds sustained on July 2d of that year. Garfield is one of seven Presidents born in Ohio – he and William McKinley, were both killed by assassins.

Chickamauga National Battlefield was dedicated September 19, 1895.

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