Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 13, 2018

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 13, 2018

On July 13, 1787, Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance, in which states ceded some claims to the west, and a process was set up for admitting new states.

Happy Birthday to the French, who on Sunday celebrate the anniversary of Bastille Day, 14 July 1789, when citizens stormed the Bastille, a prison in Paris.

On July 14, 1798, the Alien and Sedition Act became federal law.

The first three acts took aim at the rights of immigrants. The period of residency required before immigrants could apply for citizenship was extended from five to 14 years, and the president gained the power to detain and deport those he deemed enemies. President Adams never took advantage of his newfound ability to deny rights to immigrants. However, the fourth act, the Sedition Act, was put into practice and became a black mark on the nation’s reputation. In direct violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech, the Sedition Act permitted the prosecution of individuals who voiced or printed what the government deemed to be malicious remarks about the president or government of the United States. Fourteen Republicans, mainly journalists, were prosecuted, and some imprisoned, under the act.

On July 14, 1864, General Sherman issued Special Field Order 35, outlining the plan for the Battle of Atlanta.

On July 15, 1864, Sherman’s army began crossing the Chattahoochee River and would take the better part of three days to complete the crossing. Georgia Public Broadcasting has a series on Sherman’s Georgia campaign, and you can watch this week’s episode here.

Major General George Stoneman’s cavalry had come to the area south of Atlanta. On July 15, 1864, Stoneman wrote from camp near Villa Rica, Georgia.

As I indicated to you in my last note, we completed the bridge (Moore’s), and were ready to cross at daybreak yesterday morning, but before we essayed it a report came from Major Buck, in command of a battalion seven miles above, that the enemy had been crossing above him on a boat or a bridge, and that his pickets had been cut off.

Colonel Biddle, who was left with his brigade at Campbellton, reports the enemy quite strong at that point, with two guns of long range in each of the two redoubts on the opposite bluff, which are opened upon him whenever any of his men show themselves.

I was very anxious to strike the railroad from personal as well as other considerations, but I became convinced that to attempt it would incur risks inadequate to the results, and unless we could hold the bridge, as well as penetrate into the country, the risk of capture or dispersion, with loss of animals (as I could hear of no ford), was almost certain.

On July 13, 1865, James Johnson as provisional Governor of Georgia, issued a proclamation freeing slaves and calling an election in October of that year to elect delegates to a state Consitutional Convention. Johnson had previously opposed Georgia’s secession and after the war was appointed Governor by President Andrew Johnson.

On July 15, 1870, Georgia was readmitted to the United States, with the signature by President Ulysses Grant of the “Georgia Bill” by the U.S. Congress.

Savannah, Georgia-born John C. Fremont, who was the first Presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 1856, died in New York City on July 13, 1890.

On July 15, 1948, President Harry Truman was nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to run for a full term as President of the United States.

On July 14, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Former Georgia Congressman Pat Swindall has died, according to WSB-TV.

An attorney and former student body president of the University of Georgia, Swindall stormed onto Georgia’s political scene in 1984, when — as a 34-year-old Republican — he ousted five-term incumbent Democrat Elliott Levitas, who represented northeast metro Atlanta.

It was Swindall’s first attempt at elected office. His upset victory was built on a wide, suburban network of church activists driven by their opposition to abortion.

The strength of what would become known as the “religious right” was still untested, and the approach was largely foreign to Democrat-dominated Georgia. Swindall attacked Levitas, who was Jewish, as an out-of-control Washington liberal.

A DeKalb County resident, Swindall joined Newt Gingrich as one of only two Republican members of the U.S. House from Georgia. Mack Mattingly, a third Republican, was finishing out his single term in the U.S. Senate.

Cagle Ollie North

Incoming NRA President Oliver North will headline three events for the Casey Cagle campaign on July 14th.

Never Back Down Rallies:

11:30-1:00 pm
Rally at the Oldest Gun Club in Georgia
Forest City Gun Club, Savannah

2:30-4:00 pm
Rally at the Largest Indoor Gun Club in the World
Governors Gun Club, Kennesaw

5:00-7:00 pm
Fish Fry in Hall County
Smithgall Art Center, Gainesville

Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp met in a cage match debate yesterday at Georgia Public Broadcasting, according to the Associated Press.

Kemp continued his attack on Cagle over a secret recording released last month in which Cagle can be heard saying he backed what he called “bad public policy” in order to deny a political opponent monetary support.

Cagle punched back, saying that Kemp had “colluded” with former candidate Clay Tippins to record the private conversation and release portions to the media.

He also accused Kemp of taking campaign contributions from people with ties to businesses regulated and licensed by his office. Cagle specifically pointed to a chain of massage parlors and said that past Secretaries of State had given back similar contributions.

When the candidates got to ask each other questions, Kemp asked Cagle about the conversation Tippins had recorded: “Were you trading legislation for money?”

Cagle responded, saying “Let’s be honest, the only person that has been trading anything for money has been the Secretary of State,” referring to campaign contributions made to Kemp.

Gubernatorial primary loser Clay Tippins has more recordings up his sleeve, according to the Macon Telegraph.

“Yeah, there will be more things released,” Clay Tippins, who finished fourth in May’s Republican primary, told McClatchy, which owns The Telegraph in Macon and the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Warner Robins City Council Member Daron Lee said a city employee threatened him, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Lowndes County Public Schools is undergoing energy efficiency upgrades that could save them up to $800,000 per year, according to the Valdosta Times.

Northwest Georgia law enforcement have not been citing many drivers for hands-free violations, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

“The media has done a good job of letting people know about the new law and it seems like people have taken it to heart,” Tunnel Hill Police Department Chief Trey Rider said. “We haven’t had to write any citations and are giving warnings for the first month, but really haven’t had many issues with the exception of out of state drivers.”

Capt. Clay Pangle of the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office patrol division said his department has written just one citation under the new law, and that was on an incident that involved other charges. The sheriff’s office has issued 13 courtesy warnings.

A Peach County peach might be in line for the world record at 1.8 pounds, according to the Macon Telegraph.

“Some of our crew leaders in the field are always looking for big peaches, and they found this one and brought it to our attention about 11:30 yesterday morning,” Al Pearson, owner of Pearson Farm, said Thursday.

The farm contacted Guinness World Records since the peach outweighs the current record holder. That peach is from Roseridge Orchards in Canada, according to the Guinness World Records website.

Guinness requires the weight of the peach to be verified by an independent state agency. That happened Thursday when University of Georgia Cooperative Extension County Coordinator Jeff Cook checked the weight of the peach on a set of verified scales.

“A little over a pound is about the biggest you’re normally going to get. It was definitely impressive,” Cook said. “From a commercial production standpoint it’s just a novelty, but it’s exciting to see something that big from right around here.”

Brian Kemp‘s gubernatorial campaign continues a swing through South Georgia, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp met with dozens of supporters at the old Lowndes County Courthouse, part of a seven day, 37-stop tour leading up to a GOP runoff vote July 24. Kemp is running against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the runoff, with the winner facing Democrat Stacey Abrams in November.

Earlier in the day he made appearances in Thomasville, Moultrie and Adel.

After mingling with supporters on the sidewalk next to his tour bus, Kemp spoke from the courthouse steps about the race with Cagle.

“This race has tightened up, and we have seized the momentum since May 22,” when the primary election was held, he said.

The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education is considering changes to the recess policy after parent comments, according to the Savannah Morning News.

At the meeting, the school board heard from parents and health experts about proposed new language for the school system’s policy for recess, or “unstructured break time” as it is officially referred to. A new policy, prepared by the wellness committee for the school board’s consideration, states, the school board “encourages” the scheduling of unstructured break time for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

But it also gives principals and teachers the option of skipping recess. [School Board President Jolene] Byrne advocated for a policy that would essentially mandate recess because she said the word “encourage” was too weak to be effective as a policy or regulation. She encouraged members of the community to continue to offer their opinions and suggestions before the next board meeting, when the board is expected to vote on a revised policy.

The Hall County Republican Party will hold its annual cookout on Saturday, July 14 at Longwood Park in Gainesville from 11 AM to 2 PM, according to AccessWDUN.

Lawrencevile City Council adopted a rollback property tax millage rate by a narrow margin, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The decision sets the city’s millage rate for the 2018-2019 fiscal year at 1,826 mills, which is down from 1.909 mills. Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson and Councilman Bob Clark voted against the rate while Councilmen Tony Powell, Keith Roche and David Still voted for it.

The taxes owed by Lawrenceville property owners are determined by three millage rates: one set by the city, one set by the county and one set by the school board.

“The City’s portion of all property taxes collected in Gwinnett is only five percent of the total collected,” Lawrenceville Mayor Pro Tem David Still said in a statement. “We understand that the purpose of tax revenue is to support strategic progress for the City.

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