Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 11, 2014


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 11, 2014

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in what is now Albemarle County, Virginia. Jefferson served as Governor of Virginia, United States Secretary of State, delegate to the Second Continental Congress, and Third President of the United States. Jefferson is credited with writing the first draft of the Declaration of Independence

On April 11, 1768, Benjamin Franklin was named Georgia’s agent “to represent, solicit, and transact the affairs of this province in Great Britain.” Arguably, this makes Benjamin Franklin the first American lobbyist.

Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, was exiled to Elba Island in the Mediterranean, on April 11, 1814

On April 11, 1853, John Archibald Campbell was appointed Justice of the United States Supreme Court by President Franklin Pierce. After graduating from the University of Georgia at 14, he attended West Point, where his fellow cadets included Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. After the beginning of the Civil War, Campbell resigned from the Court and was appointed Assistant Secretary of War for the Confederacy by Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

On April 12, 1861, Confederates in Charleston, SC opened fire on Federal-held Fort Sumter opening the Civil War.

During the next 34 hours, 50 Confederate guns and mortars launched more than 4,000 rounds at the poorly supplied fort. On April 13, U.S. Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort. Two days later, U.S. President Abraham Lincolnissued a proclamation calling for 75,000 volunteer soldiers to quell the Southern “insurrection.”

“The General” Locomotive was hijacked at Big Shanty (now Kennesaw), Georgia on April 12, 1862, leading to “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The locomotive is now housed in the Southern Museum in Kennesaw.

The American Third Army liberated Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany on April 11, 1945. Among the survivors of Buchenwald was Elie Wiesel; in 1986, Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia.

On April 12, 1961, Russian Commienaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to go to outer space and the first to orbit earth.

The triumph of the Soviet space program in putting the first man into space was a great blow to the United States, which had scheduled its first space flight for May 1961. Moreover, Gagarin had orbited Earth, a feat that eluded the U.S. space program until February 1962, when astronaut John Glenn made three orbits in Friendship 7.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama on April 12, 1963; while there he would write his famed, “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

The Braves played their first home game in Atlanta on April 12, 1966.

Apollo 13 was launched on April 11, 1970.

The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 CST from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) depended. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need tojury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17.

The Space Shuttle Columbia became the first reusable orbital vehicle when it launched on April 12, 1981.

The Vidalia Sweet Onion was named Georgia’s official state vegetable when Gov. Joe Frank Harris signed legislation designating it such on April 11, 1990.

Congratulations to the following winners of the Masters Tournament who donned the green jacket on April 11: Seve Ballesteros (2d – 1983), Jack Nicklaus (2d in 1965; 3d in 1966), Ray Floyd (1976), Nick Faldo (1996), Jose Maria Olazabal (2d – 1999), Phil Mickelson (1st -2004; 3d – 2010), and Claude Harmon (1948), the first Georgian to win the Masters.

The Augusta Chronicle wrote a great “day in the life” piece in 1967 about Jack Nicklaus’s attempt to take a third straight green jacket.

It is almost like a 1960s-era TV sitcom, with golf-playing Jack trying to get ready for the big tournament while wife Barbara and kids tag along. The family even drops him off at the Augusta National Clubhouse for his round.

To me, one of the funniest parts is of the then-27-year-old Golden Bear enjoying his breakfast of Masters champions, described as “an attack on half of a melon, ‘lots of bacon,’ … two eggs and some rye toast.”

Campaigns & Elections

What do Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston, and Paul Broun have in common other than four-letter first names? They all voted against the Paul Ryan Budget.

This is the first year Kingston has voted against the House Republican budget since the party gained control in 2011. Broun voted for the 2011 Ryan budget but did not vote one way or another on a similar budget in 2012 and voted against the budget last year. Gingrey had supported the Ryan budgets in 2011 and 2012, but voted against it last year as well.

Despite the 12 Republican defections Thursday, the budget passed the House, 219 to 205.

The Hill looked at the other nine Republicans who voted against the Ryan Budget and found this:

Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) also voted against the budget despite backing previous Ryan budgets.

Other “no” votes include Republicans facing primaries who voted against the bill from the right and others in swing districts who may have opposed it from the left. Democrats often use the Ryan budget plan’s changes to Medicare to attack GOP candidates.

Despite a starring role in Democrat Michelle Nunn’s first commercial, former President George H.W. Bush (41) said that he will endorse the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, whomever that may be.

Likely Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn, a former executive at the Bush-inspired Points of Light Foundation, uses images of the former president in her first campaign ads that try to paint her as a bipartisan leader.

“While leading President Bush’s Points of Light Foundation, we grew it into the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service,” Nunn says in the ad.

Hoping to head off confusion, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath on Thursday tweeted that “TV ads notwithstanding, @GeorgeHWBush looking forward to endorsing GOP nominee in #gasenate race.” He added that it is “critical that @GOP retake the Senate.”

Republicans are in the middle of a seven-way primary race in Georgia, with no clear front-runner emerging as voters start paying attention ahead of the May 20 primary.

Republican Reps. Paul Broun, Jack Kingston and Phil Gingrey are facing former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and attorney Art Gardner. Conservative activist Derrick Grayson and businessman David Perdue are also in the race to replace Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring.


Nonprofit Quarterly has an unique take on the possibility of a Karen Handel v. Michelle Nunn matchup in November.

On the Democratic side of the ledger competing for the Senate in Georgia is Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn. Although on leave as CEO of the nonprofit, Nunn is using her Points of Lights home base to project an image of bipartisan reasonableness in the otherwise red state, including running her first television ad with George H.W. Bush, the forty-first president and the founder of Points of Light, highlighted. (George W. Bush’s brother Neil is actually the current chairman of the Points of Light board of directors.)

Nunn appears to be the candidate of choice for Democrats, but Republicans have a big slate of choices, one of whom is former Susan G. Komen for the Cure executive Karen Handel, who generated plenty of press headlines for her role in trying to separate Komen from a funding relationship with Planned Parenthood. Having some difficulties in raising money compared to better-known GOP opponents in the upcoming primary, Handel’s campaign was languishing until this past week’s endorsement by the American Future Fund, one of the big-money conservative groups that puts big money behind favored candidates. AFF’s endorsement may be more of a positive jolt to Handel’s campaign than the recent campaign swing she did in the company of endorser Sarah Palin.

Although Nunn is no liberal, a campaign between her and Handel would reflect somewhat different wings of the nonprofit world. The brief discussion of “issues” on Handel’s campaign website touches on nearly every hard-right policy position she might support….

Nunn is just about assured the Democratic nomination, while Handel is running well behind her primary opponents at the moment. It would be interesting, however, to see the two of them face off, particularly to watch how much Nunn tries to avoid sounding too Democratic and pro-Obama and how Handel tempers (or doesn’t) her beyond-the-pale right-wing positions.

If you really think Karen Handel’s positions are “beyond-the-pale right-wing,” you might want to consider leaving your ivory tower once in a while and experiencing “the real world.”

Speaking of Karen Handel, she wins the college debate with “Bless his heart.”

Governor Nathan Deal spoke yesterday in a press conference about two paths to allowing the use of medicinal CDB oil for Georgia patients suffering from intractable seizures.

Deal has consulted with the federal Food and Drug Administration on how the state can begin legal clinical trials with cannabis oil products at Georgia Regents University Augusta.

“So far we have identified two tracks worthy of pursuit,” Deal said. “Our most promising solution involves pairing GRU with a private pharmaceutical company that has developed a purified liquid cannabinoid currently in the FDA testing phase. The product contains no THC, which is the component in marijuana that intoxicates a user. The university would create a well-designed trial for children with epileptic disorders, and in order to serve as many children as we can, we would like to pursue a statewide investigational new drug program through a multicenter study that would allow GRU to partner with other research facilities across the state. We have talked with the pharmaceutical company to gauge interest, and the company is willing to continue those initial talks.

“Georgia will also possibly pursue a second clinical trial at GRU that would use cannabidiol oil obtained from cannabis product grown by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at its farm located at the University of Mississippi. This road would perhaps take more time because it would require GRU to work through an approval process with NIDA and the FDA.

“We do not see these options as mutually exclusive, and we’re looking to move forward on both options at this time.

“The General Assembly this year gave serious consideration to legislation that would pave the way for patients in need of cannabis to receive it safely and legally. An issue that could have triggered controversy instead yielded teamwork and a commitment to see this through, as legislators – and I as well – learned the stories of these brave families who are desperately seeking relief for their children’s debilitating conditions. The legislation earned significant levels of support in both houses and in both parties but didn’t make into any bills that reached my desk.

“Even if the legislation had passed, we still would need to take these steps, so we haven’t lost any time. As we progress, we’ll determine if the General Assembly needs to take additional action next year.”

Georgia Regents University expressed its excitement about the clinical trials.

“As the state’s academic health center encompassing a 154-bed children’s hospital, we have a responsibility to address the needs of families whose children are suffering,” said Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz. “We are appreciative of Gov. Nathan Deal for this vote of confidence and look forward to working with the state to establish clinical trials to research the benefits of treating epilepsy and other neurological conditions with cannabidiol oil.”

The realities of clinical trials are that it is likely to be years before patients are actually receiving CBD oil as therapy in a trial, and that numbers of patients will likely be severely restricted once trial begin. The Augusta Chronicle has more on how this would work at GRU.

The news release doesn’t name the company but GW Pharmaceuticals is testing a drug called Epidiolex that is a purified cannabidiol oil. GRU has already submitted information about its patient population and its center to the company and is waiting to hear back from them, said Dr. Yong Park, who heads the pediatric epilepsy program.

“Hopefully they will select our center to participate in this study,” he said. “That’s the first step.”

The first study would be limited to children with Dravet syndrome who suffer from difficult to control seizures. Even if GRU gets the nod, it could take a while, Park said.

“Hopefully they go fast track but you have to have a contract with the pharmaceutical company” and the university, he said. “Contract issues, usually in my experience, take about three to four months, sometimes six months to get the contract.”

The other route Deal mentioned would be to get the oil from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s marijuana farm at the University of Mississippi, which would probably take longer because it would mean going through that agency and the FDA for approval, Deal said in a news release.

You can keep up with the progress of Haleigh, the namesake of the Haleigh’s Hope legislation this year on Facebook.

Neighboring South Carolina will have a ballot question in the Democratic Primary election asking about legalizing marijuana for medicinal uses.

[South Carolina State] House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said Wednesday he wanted it on the ballot so the Legislature’s Republican leaders could see what voters think of the issue.
He has proposed legislation allowing patients certified by a doctor as suffering a debilitating illness to use marijuana. Last week, the House rejected his effort to attach it to a bill allowing patients with severe epilepsy to legally possess nonpsychoactive cannabidiol, known as CBD oil, which is derived from marijuana.

That limited bill, sponsored by Republicans, passed the chamber 90-24, a week after the Senate passed a similar – but even more restrictive – version.

While the House defeated Rutherford’s amendment, legislators of both parties encouraged him to re-introduce his measure next year. Patients it would allow to use marijuana include those suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and chronic pain.

“I don’t know how we can continue to deprive families of what many consider miracle medicine,” said Rutherford, D-Columbia. Let’s “put patients in the hands of a doctor, not the Legislature.”

Republicans in South Carolina will see different ballot questions:

Question 1: Should Article I, Section 3, of the S.C. Constitution be amended to include the following language? The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception.

Question 2: Should S.C. law be amended to replace the state income tax imposed on individuals, estates, trusts and others by reducing the rate of taxation by 1.4 percentage points each year until the state income tax rate for all brackets is zero percent?

Former State Senator Miriam Paris (D) opened her campaign office in the rematch against Senator David Lucas, who defeated her in 2012.

Paris says she’s learned a lot from that loss, and hopes to use that to win the election this year.
“You learn a tremendous amount of knowledge when you lose,” said Paris. “I really learned a lot. You know how hindsight is 20/20. But it was amazing. It was a great thing. I think I grew a lot. I really realize and understand the importance of really staying in touch with the constituency.”
Paris hopes to be aggressive at the grassroots level with voters.

The FBI arrested five in Augusta in a sting targeting prostitution and sex trafficking around a major sporting event.

Former President Jimmy Carter is also speaking against sex trafficking,

89-year-old Carter rattled off statistics about employment discrimination, sexual assault, human trafficking, sex-selective abortion, and female genital mutilation everywhere from Atlanta, Georgia to Egypt to China, calling violence against women “the worst human rights violation on Earth.”

Since founding the Carter Center in 1982, a global human rights organization, Carter said he’d traveled around the world and seen “an almost unbelievable prejudice and persecution of women and girls.”

Serious question: why is abortion for gender selection any worse than any other abortion? Why is it worst than abortion for convenience? Why is there no discussion of the role of pressure by men and other women in abortion decisions made by women?

Selected Events this Weekend

The Georgia Conservative Summit

April 11, 2014, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

GA State Capitol, 206 Washington Street, S.W., Atlanta, 30334

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Real people. Real Leaders. Real Answers. Come and hear and exchange with business and government experts that can and do impact your every day lives. Click Link To Register

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Jack Kingston Senate: Event With Vince Dooley

April 11, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Home of Barbara & Vince Dooley, 755 Milledge Circle, Athens , GA 30606

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Jack Kingston Senate – Event With Vince Dooley

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DeKalb County GOP: Breakfast with Todd Rehm – oh, also Jack Kingston & Karen Handel

April 12, 2014, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

DeKalb County GOP, 532 Dunwoody Village Parkway , Atlanta , 30338

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We are looking forward to continuing our series of “Meet the Candidates” with US Senate candidates Jack and Karen. Todd Rehm from the GaPundit will emcee the morning activities and we will look forward to hearing all of the latest news from two of the most exciting senate candidates.  Come ready to ask questions. RSVP Required – Click here We look forward to seeing you Saturday. Sincerely, Linda Kelley Smith DeKalb Republican 404-287-4412

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Cherokee County GOP: Breakfast with Gov. Nathan Deal, Rep. Phil Gingrey, & Bob Barr

April 12, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Winchester Woodfire Grille, 110 Mountain Vista Blvd, Canton, GA 30114

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Governor Nathan Deal, Phil Gingrey and Bob Barr will be joining us to talk about their respective campaigns for Georgia’s Governorship, US Senate and US Congress Brandon Beach will be our sponsor for this month’s Breakfast.

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Jody Hice Congress: Coffee and Doughnuts

April 12, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Jasper County High School, 14477 Hwy. 11 North, Monticello, GA 31064

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The Jasper County GOP will be hosting a debate this Saturday Come to the high school an hour before the debate to start your morning off right with coffee and doughnuts provided by Jody Hice for Congress. We hope to see you there!

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Hall County GOP: Conservative Forum with Mark Rountree

April 12, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1755 Browns Bridge Road,, Gainesville , GA 30501

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April Conservative Forum Theme: Campaign Training Speaker: Mark Rountree, Landmark Communications

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GA GOP District 10: Congressional Debate

April 12, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Jasper County High School, 14477 Ga Highway 11 N, Monticello, GA 31064

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David Perdue Senate: Alpharetta Meet & Greet

April 12, 2014, Noon – 1:00 PM

das Gallery, 2225 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30009

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I hope you will join me and my campaign as we meet with voters in Alpharetta to discuss the important issues facing our state and nation today. I hope to see you there

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Lanier Tea Party Patriots: Tax Day Rally

April 12, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Poultry Park, 444 Jesse Jewell Parkway, SW , Gainesville , GA 30501

The Lanier Tea Party Patriots will host the 3rd Annual Tax Day Rally Patriots from Hall and the surrounding counties are encouraged to join the Lanier Tea Party Patriots as they rally to stop IRS targeting, increase awareness of local, state and federal taxes, and inform the public our our constitutional rights.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or blanket to sit out on the lawn.  This is a family event, so children and grand children are encouraged to…

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AFP – GA: Hosts Day of Action To Combat Government Spending

April 12, 2014, @ 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Marietta / Savannah

AFP Hosts Day of Action To Combat Government Spending “Activists in GA compete against others nationwide in Freedom Phone Marathon sessions”   Americans For Prosperity Georgia (AFP), the state’s premiere grassroots organization for economic freedom, is launching a Day of Action this Saturday in response to Tax Day. The events, part of AFP’s Freedom Phone Marathon, are a series of phone bank parties going on around the State. AFP Georgia activists at the Atlanta headquarters will compete against activists in…

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