Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 17, 2015

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 17, 2015

On November 17, 1732, the first English headed to colonize Georgia set off from Gravesend, England, down the Thames. Their supplies included ten tons of beer.

On November 17, 1777, Congress submitted the Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification.

Abraham Lincoln began the first draft of the Gettysburg Address on November 17, 1863.

Herman Talmadge was sworn in as Governor of Georgia on November 17, 1948, ending the “Three Governors” controversy. Click here for a review of the “Three Governors” episode by Ron Daniels.

Richard Nixon declared before a television audience, “I’m not a crook,” on November 17, 1973.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Deal issued an Executive Order after terrorist attacks in Paris.

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he will not accept Syrian refugees in Georgia and called upon President Obama to suspend the resettlement program in the United States. Since 2012, Deal has demanded that the federal government limit the number of refugees sent to Georgia.

“In light of the terror attacks in Paris, I’ve issued an executive order directing state agency heads to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia,” said Deal. “Further, I call upon the Obama administration to work with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security to confirm the backgrounds of the 59 Syrian refugees recently resettled to ensure they do not pose a security threat to our citizens. Until the federal government and Congress conducts a thorough review of current screening procedures and background checks, we will take every measure available to us at the state level to ensure the safety of Georgians.”

Read the executive order here.

Heidi Cruz spoke to Cobb County Republicans yesterday, and the Marietta Daily Journal covered the story.

“We are so grateful for the state of Georgia,” Heidi Cruz said. “You serve an absolutely pivotal role in this election for a number of reasons. One, you share our values, we share your values. Secondly, you do have a lot of delegate votes, and lastly, you’re an early state; you’re a March 1 state.”

Cruz shared how she met her husband while working on George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign.

“I’m not a big risk taker, and it really was love at first sight,” she said.

With Gov. Nathan Deal announcing he will not accept Syrian refugees on Monday, Cruz was asked if she believed the U.S. should accept them.

“Ted has said from the beginning that the countries surrounding Syria are able and should absorb much of the refugee community,” she replied. “He has talked about — and I don’t want to get into specifics because I don’t know all the details of what he’s said — but he’s talked about Christians coming to this country and it being a little bit different there, but by and large the volume of refugees coming, his policy has always been that the neighboring countries around Syria should take them in. Why should we have a different policy than all the neighboring countries?”

Heidi Cruz used much of her time with the group to talk about why women in particular should support her husband’s campaign. She said there is no gender divide that creates a set of issues specific to women, or men. Issues such as national defense, education and the economy are as important to women as they are to men, she said.

“I am reminded of those who are speaking out on a so-called Republican War on Women, and who insist that all women respond by rejecting our conservative values,” Cruz said. “They tell us that we must vote a different way, their way, in order to safeguard our rights as women. They say we must depend on Uncle Sam instead of ourselves.

“Here is my response: Good luck in selling this because we’re not buying it.”

“He’s running because he knows our constitutional rights are under assault, and because America has receded from the world and this has made the world a much more dangerous place as we’ve seen in the last few days,” Cruz said.

While the senator has been speaking to voters in early primary and caucus states, his wife has been busy in her own right to help cover southern states who joined together for a March 1 “SEC Primary” day. Most of the south, from Georgia and North Carolina, to Texas and Oklahoma, will hold primaries that day.

“Just like (Interstate) 85, national politics runs through Gwinnett because Gwinnett is great,” county GOP Chairman Rich Carithers told audience members.

The Runoff Election for Mayor of Savannah continues to hinge on public safety concerns, according to the Savannah Morning News.

[Incumbent Mayor Edna] Jackson told media representatives she and the Savannah City Council are trying to do everything they can to improve public safety.

“We want those families to know we are not giving up,” she said.

But Eddie DeLoach, Jackson’s opponent in the upcoming runoff on Dec. 1, said Jackson was once again reacting to something to make herself look better while running for office, rather than taking care of something in a timely manner.

“It’s just another example of failed leadership,” he said. “If Savannah wants something different, they have to be able to vote for somebody different.”

Solar energy is widely considered “green,” but still has environmental impacts, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

A solar farm in Glynn County will produce 17.6 megawatts of “green” power early next year, but ironically environmental activists are complaining.

James Holland, who monitors construction projects along the coast, said the company that is building the farm on a 100-acre tract owned by the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority is filling wetlands and not properly controlling silt in runoff.

“The questions I have is why do these eco-friendly folks destroy the ecosystem to get eco-friendly?” Holland asked.

Holland, the retired Altamaha Riverkeeper, said that during flights over the project he believed he saw some environmental issues.

“They’ve got some water quality violations out there,” he said.

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