Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 4, 2016


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 4, 2016

Georgia and American History

On March 4, 1762, legislation was passed by the Georgia General Assembly requiring church attendance on Sundays.

On March 3, 1779, British troops met Continental militia from North Carolina and a combination of Georgia militia and Continentals under Samuel Elbert in Screven County, Georgia at the Battle of Brier Creek. In 2013, key geographic features were identified to better determine the exact location of the battle and some period military artifacts were found. Currently, a group of descendants of Brier Creek soldiers is actively trying to persuade the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board to conserve the area in which the Battle of Brier Creek took place. If you’re interested in Georgia’s revolutionary history, the Descendants of Brier Creek page on Facebook is a treasure trove.

The rout of Americans by the British at Brier Creek was a considerable setback that changed the momentum in the Brits’ favor and gave them control over Georgia, which they would retain for three years.

The first Session of the United States Congress was held on March 4, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York City. Congress would not have a quorum for another month.

On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as President of the United States.

In his inaugural address, Lincoln promised not to interfere with the institution of slavery where it existed, and pledged to suspend the activities of the federal government temporarily in areas of hostility. However, he also took a firm stance against secession and the seizure of federal property. The government, insisted Lincoln, would “hold, occupy, and possess” its property and collect its taxes. He closed his remarks with an eloquent reminder of the nation’s common heritage:

“In your hand, my fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect, and defend it… We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Also on March 4, 1861, the Confederate Congress adopted a first national flag.

Confederate 1st National Flag 1

This flag is depicted with varying numbers of stars – originally adopted with seven stars, by December 1861, a version with thirteen stars was flying.

Confederate 1st National Flag 2

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married on March 4, 1952 in Los Angeles, California.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

In the South Georgia Judicial District, comprising Baker, Calhoun, Decatur, Grady and Mitchell counties, Chief Assistant District Attorney Mike Bankston will run for the Superior Court seat being vacated by Judge A. Wallace Cato.

In Savannah, Tammie Mosley is running as a Democrat for Chatham County Superior Court Clerk in a seat being vacated by Dan Massey. Brenda Kennedy previously announced her campaign for Clerk of Court.

The Chatham County Democratic Party adopted a policy to prevent the qualification for local office of anyone who “openly supported a Republican or an opponent to a Chatham County Democratic Committee-backed candidate within the past two election cycles.

An attorney for Georgia’s Democratic party, however, rather quickly advised the local crew that their newly adopted policy was in violation of “several” provisions and bylaws of both the state and national parties.

“The Democratic Party prides itself on being a diverse party that is tolerant of many positions,” state party general counsel Michael Jablonski wrote to Claiborne on Thursday morning.

Jablonski said the Chatham Democrats’ new rules — which defined open support as endorsing, donating and being featured in ads — were void and “cannot be enforced next week.”

Claiborne, who says as chairman he did not vote on the matter, maintains the policy does not violate any local committee bylaws, but the state party’s mandate will be respected.

Mike Smallwood announced his candidacy for Sheriff of Macon-Bibb County.

So far, he is the only challenger to emerge against incumbent David Davis. Davis is seeking his second term in the May 24 election.

Smallwood was critical of Davis’ administration for not yet releasing crime statistics for 2015, though the numbers were made public about 15 minutes before Smallwood’s news conference.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter will run for a second term.

Hunter was the last of three commission members whose seats will be on ballots later this year to announce a re-election bid. Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks previously announced plans to run for re-election.

Like Nash and Brooks, Hunter will run as a Republican.

“I have tried my best to be the most accessible commissioner in Gwinnett and hope I have succeeded during this term,” Hunter said in a statement. “I truly love this place. I want to continue to focus on making this a place where people go for good jobs, work on our transportation issues, and continue to fight the battle to win the water wars.”

Hunter had been on the fence about whether to run for another term on the commission, but he recently decided to go ahead with a campaign and began raising money for his bid. He’s raised approximately $78,000 for his re-election bid so far, according to Dwight Roberts, who is working with the commissioner’s campaign.


DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester announced that her reelection campaign has been endorsed by the Mayors of five cities within her district.

Nancy Jester for DeKalb County Commissioner is pleased to announce the endorsement of all five mayors of DeKalb County District One for Commissioner Nancy Jester.

Mayor Denny Shortal of Dunwoody, Mayor Donna Pittman of Doraville, Mayor Eric Clarkson of Chamblee, Mayor John Ernst of Brookhaven, and Mayor-elect Frank Auman of Tucker have all endorsed Nancy Jester for DeKalb County Commissioner.

“It is with great excitement and humility to announce that the five mayors, who represent taxpayers across DeKalb County District One, have endorsed our positive campaign. It is an honor to work on a daily basis, with our five Mayors, for the taxpayers of DeKalb County, and I look forward to the next four years as we work to create a better DeKalb,” stated Commissioner Nancy Jester.

Cool News Today

A member of the Harlem Globetrotters visited the Houston County Sharks wheelchair basketball team, who will be playing for the state championship.

Anthony “Buckets” Blakes, a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, stopped by the Northside High School gym to talk to the players, and he even joined them for practice.

“It’s awesome,” Blakes said. “Just to see that kids are staying active despite their disabilities is awesome.”

The visit was organized through a series of conversations earlier this week between Christy Jones, one of the Sharks’ coaches, and the staff at the Macon Coliseum, where the Sharks will play their championship game. Blakes was going to be in town ahead of the Globetrotters’ game there Tuesday, so Jones got in contact with the team’s staff.

The 6-foot-2 guard also told the story of the Globetrotters, which began as an outlet for black athletes in Chicago held out of teams and leagues that were open only to white players. From there, it grew into the traveling organization known to fans around the world.

That message resonated with 16-year-old Braxton Robinson.

“They started from the bottom and if they do it, if you put your mind to it and put a team together, anybody can do it,” he said.

Blakes said he was impressed with what he saw from the Sharks, whose championship game against Gwinnett County tips off Friday at noon at the Macon Coliseum, where the Globetrotters will play Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Seven Ty Cobb baseball cards printed as tobacco company ads, and worth more than $1 million dollars were found in a paper sack.

“The pound-for-pound power of this find is unprecedented,” he said.

“When you factor in rarity, value, quantity and quality, it can be argued this is the single greatest baseball card find the hobby has ever witnessed,” said Rick Snyder, an authorized PSA dealer in South Carolina who was the first to examine them.

The Lucky 7 date from 1909 to 1911, part of a larger set designated the T206 series – affectionately known by collectors as “The Monster” – and originally distributed as tobacco brand promotions with cards of all the era’s baseball stars.

Several far more common Ty Cobb designs exist, bearing variations of artwork portraits of the famed Detroit Tigers slugger, nicknamed “the Georgia Peach.” The newly found cards belong to an extremely scarce version – now numbering just 22 – that also came printed with his name on the reverse side, above the phrase “King of the Smoking Tobacco World.”

They were found face down beneath some postcards and other papers at the bottom of a ripped paper bag on the floor of a dilapidated house by members of a family rummaging through belongings of their deceased great-grandparents.

The bag was almost discarded as trash before someone peeked inside.

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