Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 29, 2014

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 29, 2014

General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates met General John Pope’s federal forces at the Second Battle of Manassas on August 29, 1862.

Union General William T. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864.

The United States Air Force Academy moved to its permanent home in Colorado Springs on August 29, 1958

The Beatles played their final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.

On August 29, 1971, Hank Aaron broke the National League record for most seasons with 100 or more RBI, as he drove in his 100th run to make 11 seasons hitting that mark.

On August 29, 1977, Lou Brock stole his 893d base, to surpass the record set by Georgia-born Ty Cobb.

Georgia Politics

A State Senate Study Committee met yesterday to hear about disciplinary issues in Georgia schools.

In Milledgeville, two years ago, a kindergartner was handcuffed at school. Last year in DeKalb County, a child was beaten at middle school. A few months ago, a child was confronted by another child with a knife in Newton County.

In each case, it wasn’t just the just the incident, but how the school handled it that angered parents. Either over-reaction – or no punishment at all.

Now, the state Senate committee is looking into criticism that the disparities and discipline across the state are harmful to certain kids.

There are five more public hearings planned across the state in the coming months.

The Study Committee is chaired by Sen. Emanuel Jones and includes Senators Hardie Davis (D-Augusta), Bill Heath (R-Bremen), Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) and John Wilkinson, (R-Toccoa).

Kennesaw State University has unveiled its inaugural football uniforms – Marietta Daily Journal.

Construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is meeting scheduling issues, but completion of the project is not expected to go over schedule or over budget – Augusta Chronicle.

Facebook chats took an ugly turn as a 25-year old man shot at a 17-year old girl he met on Facebook – Augusta Chronicle.

A Fort Stewart soldier is charged with vandalizing Battlefield Memorial Park in downtown Savannah – Savannah Morning News.

Democratic-leaning Georgia Association of Educators has endorsed Jason Carter for Governor despite his laughable lack of qualifications, accomplishments in office, and actual, concrete proposals for improving education other than throwing more money at it that he’ll find with his secret waste-eliminating ring.

Deal’s spokesman Brian Robinson pooh-poohed the endorsement.

“Gov. Deal has increased education spending every year he’s been in office, even during the hard times of the Great Recession when most state agencies were still taking cuts,” Robinson said. “His budgets show education is his priority. Jason Carter agreed. He voted for all of the governor’s budgets until he decided to run for governor.”

Robinson notes that this during this year’s legislative session was the only time he voted against Deal’s budget.

“Ironically, this year he voted against more than half a billion dollars in new spending for schools, ending furlough days, raising teacher salaries and extending broadband internet service to every school in Georgia,” Robinson said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin issuing new dock permits for Lake Lanier – AccessNorthGa.com.

The Shoreline Management Section at Lanier will begin accepting requests for new dock permits after 8:30 a.m. on September 16 on a first come, first serve basis. Requests received before this time will not be accepted.

All requests must be made to the Shoreline Management Help Desk at Buford Dam only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 770-945-9531 ext. 3262. Walk-In requests will also be accepted on those days.

The Sheriff’s Deputy who arrested Nydia Tisdale at a Dawson County political event has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the incident – Gainesville Times.

The Columbus community is rallying to support Fort Benning as the military considers cutting up to 11,000 jobs at the installation – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Columbus High School in Muscogee County has been rated as the top high school in Georgia by DailyBeast.com – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle addressed supporters in Dalton this week – Dalton Daily Citizen.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle reaffirmed his commitment to ensure that every Georgia student have access to a college and career academy by 2020, if they choose to attend.

“We have got to finish the goal and meet the mark. People are depending on us, and it’s important,” Cagle said. “I really believe in this kind of workforce development. I believe there is a real skills gap and we’ve had a one-size-fits-all educational system for too long. We need more kids to get excited about education, and when you look at these academies, kids are fighting to get in. They love what they do and want to be there all day long.”

Cagle is a major proponent for College and Career Academy schools, which attempt to prepare students for the work force by partnering with businesses and technical colleges to allow students to receive a technical certificate upon graduation and begin employment. The schools offer specific training and teach relevant, specialized job skills.

“We look at some of these instances at academies, where kids are leaving school with an industry certified certificate or an associates degree, and we’re doubling their income right out of high school,” he said. “This leads to better lives and a better Georgia. That is what we all need to be about.”

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard spoke at the first Albany-Dougherty Chamber of Commerce State of the Community luncheon – Albany Herald.

I am excited about the possibilities for Albany,” Hubbard said. “We are working on a five-year plan for the city where efficiency is the key. We are looking at ways to make $6 million in cuts in the way we do business. If all goes well, we think we can create an environment for growth. As the economic hub of the region, other communities look to us to help lead the way. We can be a big brother to the rest of the region.

“Economic development and public safety are our number one priorities.”

Georgia’s Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2015 Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Awards – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Walmart is opening its first Georgia in-store primary care clinics at locations in Carrollton and Columbus – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn met separately with the state board of the Georgia Farm Bureau yesterday – Macon Telegraph.

When it comes to the farm bill, Nunn supports it, noting that it is one of the few successful bipartisan efforts in Washington lately. Perdue said he opposed the measure, saying it didn’t do enough.

Lawmakers passed the $956 billion farm bill in February and President Barack Obama signed it after four years of sharp debate about farming subsidies and Republican efforts to reduce financing for food stamps.

The final bill replaced direct crop payments with an insurance program, and it also cut $8 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years. That was far less than the $40 billion reduction that some Republicans had called for.

Nunn criticized Perdue’s opposition to the bill, noting that Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both R-Ga., supported it.

“We know that it was not a good thing for us to languish two years without the certainty of the bill, and that it actually was the kind of bipartisan compromise that Washington does too rarely,” she said. “I think that the bipartisan bill was not perfect, but what it did was ensure that we continue to create a safety net of nutritional supplement, support for families that need it, many of whom are seniors and elderly or disabled.

“At the same time, it provided the critical crop insurance support that farmers want and said is important, invested in research and innovation, and by the way, cut the deficit by a significant margin,” she said.

Perdue said he opposed the measure because it could have done far more, particularly for the Peach State.

“First of all, on the farm side, I don’t think it went far enough to protect the interests of our farmers in Georgia,” he said. “Second, on the nutrition side, I felt like it needed to be bifurcated, that the problems and the abuses on the nutrition side needed to be dealt with separately.

“And that’s what I would like to do (in Washington), to make sure we get the items in the farm bill that protect the farmers of Georgia, make sure that they can stay healthy and fulfill their mission.”

Peach County Commissioners are considering raising property taxes 1 mill, and have delayed a decision on whether to spend money to help build an entrance road for a proposed private water park – Macon Telegraph.

Bill Ferguson writes that Michelle Nunn’s newest campaign ad is a cheap shot by political mercenaries – Macon Telegraph.

Any hope I had that she would stick to her early message about reaching across the aisle to address our country’s big issues was dashed to pieces by the TV spot her campaign is currently running in frequent rotation.

The ad makes it obvious that Nunn is employing the same type of campaign hit-men that all politicians seem to utilize these days. Their strategy never changes. They search through every nook and cranny of their opponent’s personal and professional life, identify something they have done or said that puts them in a bad light, and then try to drum that negative image into the voters’ minds via endless repetition.

It’s true that Perdue was CEO of Pillowtex for a short time and that they folded not long after he left. What the ad doesn’t tell you is that Pillowtex was in bad financial shape already and attempting to emerge from bankruptcy when Perdue came on board. He had a plan to turn the company around, but it obviously didn’t work out.

What the ad also doesn’t tell you is that after Perdue took over the company it was discovered that it had $40 million to $50 million in unfunded pension liabilities that were not discovered during their original bankruptcy proceedings. Perdue has said that the massive unaccounted liability torpedoed his plan to turn the company around.

But political campaigns are not about telling the whole truth. They are about smearing your opponent more effectively than they smear you. It is how the game is played and Nunn is playing the game just like everyone else does.

She has proven herself to be just another politician who will use the same intelligence-insulting, underhanded tactics to try to win her office that all the rest of them use.

Event Calendar


Sen. Johnny Isakson: Young Harris – Public Town Hall Meeting

August 29 @ 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Young Harris College, 1 College Street, Young Harris, GA 30582

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Public Town Hall Meetings As a part of his constituent outreach efforts, Senator…

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Fayette County GOP – Dance the Night Away

August 30 @ 5:30 PM8:30 PM

Fayette Event Center, 174 N. Glynn St., Fayetteville, GA 30214+ Google Map

The Fayette GOP is proud to present an evening of good food, fun times and fello…

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Central DeKalb GOP Women: Meeting with Bonnie Perdue

September 2 @ 2:00 PM3:00 PM

Northlake/Barbara Loar Library, 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084+ Google Map

Bonnie Perdue, wife of Senatorial Candidate David Perdue, will speak to the Cent…

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DeKalb County GOP: Take The Senate Tuesday

September 2 @ 5:00 PM9:00 PM

DeKalb GOP HQ, 1532 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA

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GATHER AT THE DeKalb GOP HQ to make phone calls for VICTORY. HELP US FIRE HARRY …

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West Point Society of Atlanta: College Football Hall of Fame Gala

September 2 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
The College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30313+ Google Map

Celebrate the opening of the College Football Hall of Fame museum with USMA Supe…

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Cobb County YR: Meeting with Sen. Hunter Hill & Rep. – Elect Bert Reeves

September 2 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM

The Cobb County Young Republicans are excited to announce our September Regular …

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Savannah Area GOP Women: Monthly Luncheon Meeting

September 3 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM

Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404+ Google Map

The Savannah Area Republican Women are looking forward to hosting Roy Harris, Ch…

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Brunswick – Public Town Hall Meeting

September 4 @ 2:30 PM3:15 PM

College of Coastal Georgia, 1 College Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520+ Google Map

Public Town Hall Meetings As a part of his constituent outreach efforts, Senator…

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Fulton County GOP: Road To Victory Dinner

September 4 @ 6:00 PM9:00 PM

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, 866 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308+ Google Map

Governor’s VIP Roof-Top Reception: 6:00 pm With Governor Nathan Deal, Former Con…

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Hinesville – Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meeting

September 5 @ 10:45 AM11:30 AM
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Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meetings As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs C…

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