Georgia Political News for March 7, 2012

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Georgia Political News for March 7, 2012

Mary and Martha are small sisters, weighing 25 pounds each, with long, droopy ears and short legs. Like sleek, black basset hounds. They have been vaccinated and dewormed but have not been spayed; and come with a referral for discounted spaying.

These sweethearts are available at Walton County Animal Services and will be available for adoption on Thursday, March 8, 2012. If someone wants to adopt these dogs, I have pledges to pay one adoption fee. More dog news below.

Election Results

With 98% of precincts reporting (2786 of 2814), Newt Gingrich won big in Georgia’s Presidential Primary last night.

Gingrich 47.3%
Romney 25.9%
Santorum 19.5%
Paul 6.6%

Gingrich took more than 50% of votes cast in Congressional Districts 3, 4, 9, 10, 13 and 14; Romney’s greatest strength was in the 5th and 6th districts. At this point, Santorum remains below 20%, the threshold for receiving any of the 34 at-large delegates from Georgia. Gingrich receives 18 delegates for the six Congressional districts in which he received more than 50%.

Three delegates from each of the eight Congressional districts in which Gingrich was under 50% will be divided between the first and second place candidates. It’s too early in the morning for me to do the math necessary to figure out the final vote totals, so I’ll pretend I’m waiting until all precincts are in.

Jim Galloway notes that in 2008, Romney won Gwinnett County with 35%, but was losing the county to Gingrich’s strong 48% showing.

Ron Paul gets nothing, not even a parting gift, but remains defiant in the face of a Super Tuesday shutout; many of his supporters remain crazy.

Atlanta voters renewed the MOST sales tax that will fund sewer upgrades, and that was pushed by Mayor Kasim Reed.

Richmond County voters approved the school board sales tax referendum, which will raise $140 million. Coweta County voters extended their SPLOST by 52.8% vote. Floyd County voters rejected their SPLOST, which won in Rome and Alto Park but lost in Cave Spring and unincorporated portions of the county. Murray County’s SPLOST passed by more than a 2-1 margin. Bryan County’s E-SPLOST will remain in place, passing handily. Banks County voters approved the local SPLOST but voted against a redevelopment measure.

Congratulations to Tom Kirby, newly elected State Representative from the 107th District, who succeeds former Rep. Len Walker.

Four seats on the first Peachtree Corners City Council will be filled in runoff elections; only two candidates won more than 50% last night in Georgia’s newest city.

Doris Devey appears to have been elected Mayor of Hiram by a slim 13-vote margin.

Bobby Cartwright was elected Mayor of Lovejoy in Clayton County.

Robert Patrick will join the Doraville City Council.

Todd Higdon was elected Mayor of Danielsville, winning by a two-vote margin, 70-68.

Bosie Griffith will retire from the Jefferson City Council effective April 1.

State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam will leave the legislature and run for Chairman of the Clayton County Commission, joining former Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner in efforts to unseat incumbent Eldrin Bell

Sunday Sales

Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Harris, Henry, Richmond, Rockdale County voters approved Sunday Sales of alcohol.

Effingham County rejected Sunday Sales of packaged alcohol but supported liquor by the drink.

Voters in Arcade, Austell, Buford, Conyers, Cumming, Haralson, LaGrange and Lovejoy, Marietta, Powder Springs, Rome, Sharpsburg and Shiloh appear to have approved Sunday Sales.

Legislative

Today marks the 30th day, or Crossover Day for the General Assembly. The House convenes at 10:30 AM and its Rules Calendar is available here. The Senate convenes at 10 AM Senate Rules Calendar is available here.

Under the most current resolution, the General Assembly calendar for the next two weeks is:

Monday, March 12 Day 31
Tuesday, March 13 Day 32
Wednesday, March 14 Day 33

Monday, March 19, Day 34
Tuesday, March 20 Day 35
Wednesday, March 21 Day 36
Thursday, March 22 Day 37

The Senate passed SB 483, which will allow the Public Service Commission to elect its own Chairman by a 34-18 margin. Commissioner Tim Echols emailed some legislators noting that the defeat of the bill would ensure a Democrat on the Commission, if one is ever elected again, had a chance to chair the body. Half of Echols’s support in the Senate came from Democratic members.

Executive Branch

Governor Nathan Deal announced $9 million in OneGeorgia grants designed to assist local governments in economic development and job creation projects.

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens estimates that Friday’s storms caused $40 million in insured losses.

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