Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 15, 2016


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 15, 2016

The Magna Carta was sealed by King John on June 15, 1215.

The charter consisted of a preamble and 63 clauses and dealt mainly with feudal concerns that had little impact outside 13th century England. However, the document was remarkable in that it implied there were laws the king was bound to observe, thus precluding any future claim to absolutism by the English monarch. Of greatest interest to later generations was clause 39, which stated that “no free man shall be arrested or imprisoned or disseised [dispossessed] or outlawed or exiled or in any way victimised…except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.” This clause has been celebrated as an early guarantee of trial by jury and of habeas corpus and inspired England’s Petition of Right (1628) and the Habeas Corpus Act (1679).

On June 15, 1740, Spanish troops attacked the English who were led by James Oglethorpe, at Fort Mose, two miles north of St. Augustine, Florida. With 68 English killed and 34 wounded, it was the heaviest losses sustained by Oglethorpe during his campaign against St. Augustine.

George Washington accepted the assignment of leading the Continental Army on June 15, 1775.

The Oregon Treaty was signed on June 15, 1815 between England and the United States, establishing the border between the U.S. and Canada.

On June 15, 1864, a funeral was held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta for Confederate General Leonidas Polk, who was killed the day before at Pine Mountain near Marietta.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections


The best image today in Georgia politics comes from where they were discussing the chances that Georgia will be in play for Hillary Clinton in the General Election this year.

micah: All right, what other states? How about Georgia?

julia: I think you’re right, Micah, that Georgia is kind of like the football and the Democrats are Charlie Brown.

natesilver: I, too, am somewhat more skeptical about Georgia than, say, Arizona. Georgia’s sort of competitive viewed from the top down, but there aren’t all that many swing voters there. Instead, you have a very Democratic African-American vote and some very conservative whites.

micah: It’s not elastic! (Elasticity is my favorite made-up FiveThirtyEight concept/term.)

harry: The question in Georgia is whether or not the heavy migration of African-Americans into the state can outpace the movement of whites away from the Democratic Party.

natesilver: Right. If Clinton wins Georgia, it’s probably going to be as a result of newly registered voters, newly moved voters and a big ground game. It’ll be about turnout more than persuasion.

julia: The thing about Georgia that keeps me coming back to the competitiveness thesis is that so many other states follow that model: big city turns the whole, otherwise pretty conservative state blue.

Former Congressman Jack Kingston has penned an op-ed on the terrorist attack in Orlando.

Now comes the parade.

In the days ahead, following the sickening attack in Orlando, we will see a sympathetic press circling Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as they wring their hands and with sober voices denounce hatred, call for unity and make convincing statements that we have to “learn more” about violence.

They will vaguely suggest the Orlando tragedy is more the fault of intolerance in the Christian community and the NRA than with ISIL or any global threat.

They will act as if it can be blamed on a Bush or some previous decision maker.

They will whine as if they were victims of forces they have no control over.

But you will never hear from them or their adoring press the problem: that the President has been ineffective and absentee when it comes to ISIL and radical jihadist extremism.

Take a minute to read the entire piece.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton shared an Atlanta stage yesterday, according to the Saporta Report.

The venue was the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, where nearly 1,000 leaders from around the country have been convening since Sunday.

The conversation between Clinton and Carter culminated the event – and provided a window on two leaders who have made the most of their post-presidencies.

“Both of us have been blessed to live far longer out of office than we did in office,” observed Clinton.

“It didn’t take me long to live longer than the time I was in office,” Carter, a one-term president, quickly chimed in. “I was good at being elected, but not good at being re-elected.”

Fulton County is considering partnering with ride-sharing service Uber to provide mobility for seniors.

The county is slated to vote Wednesday on a $10,000 pilot program that would give elderly people rides to senior centers.

The county’s own system for getting seniors around is over-burdened, according to a proposal. Uber created a special program that allows a third party to book rides for senior citizens who might not be proficient at using cellphones. The county and the company put it to use during a three-month trial at one senior center.

If the small-scale pilot program is approved, the county will continue to study the cost and efficiency of the program, including whether a better transportation network exists.

Lee County may build a $50 million hospital, according to the Albany Herald.

Lee County sources say the hospital will offer “state-of-the-art health care along with affiliations with some of the best specialty medical services in the country.”

The county will finance construction of the hospital with proceeds obtained through bonds issued by the Lee County Development Authority. Once constructed, a real estate development company working under the authorization of the Development Authority will sublease the hospital to an experienced operator, that officials described as “well-qualified.”

The county will apply for a Certificate of Need through the Georgia Department of Public Health under the sole community provider provision that is part of state law. Under that provision, any municipality in a county that has no hospital within its borders may establish such a health care facility for its residents.

The Sea Island Company has been bought by Denver’s Anschutz family, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The family bought out Oaktree Capital Management of Los Angeles, Capital Avenue Group of New York, Starwood Capital Group of Greenwich, Conn. The four bought Sea Island out of bankruptcy in 2010 for $212 million.

“We are extremely excited about this news and believe that this is the best possible scenario for the future of Sea Island – for our residents and club members, our team members, our guests, and for the Golden Isles community as a whole” said Scott Steilen, president of Sea Island Co. “Being solely owned by the Anschutz family will once again bring a level of stability, continuity, and long term commitment of ownership to Sea Island.”

Steilen said the ownership consolidation will not impact Sea Island’s operation. But it does bring together the ownership of Sea Island and Colorado Springs, Colo.-based resort The Broadmoor.

The Anschutz family is headed by Philip Anschutz, No. 108 on Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires with a net worth of $10.5 billion. He made his fortune in oil.

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