Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 10, 2014

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 10, 2014

The United States Naval Academy opened at Annapolis, Maryland on October 10, 1845.

The first tuxedo was worn to a dinner at the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, New York on October 10, 1886.

On October 10, 1920, Bill Wambsganns of the Cleveland Indians made an unassisted triple play in Game 5 of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Chiang Kai Shek took office as Chairman of the Chinese National Government on October 10, 1928.

On October 10, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Ghana’s Finance Minister after the diplomat was refused service at a restaurant in Delaware.

Vice President Spiro Agnew pled guilty to federal tax evasion charges and resigned his office on October 10, 1973.

A Time magazine survey released October 10, 1976 showed Democrat Jimmy Carter with a 2-1 lead in electroral college votes over Republican President Gerald Ford.

Fleetwood Mac received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on October 10, 1979.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

In-person early voting starts Monday – check your local board of elections for information on where and when to cast your ballot.

In Northwest Georgia, some voters will decide on ballot issues, while others vote in local races – Dalton Daily Citizen.

In Whitfield County, however, voters don’t have any contested races to choose from. But they do have several ballot measures to vote on. Whitfield County, as well as each individual city, will be asking voters to give local governments the power to create tax allocation districts. Whitfield County residents will also vote on whether to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink and the package sale of malt beverages and wine on Sunday.

In Murray County, Democrat Tim Howard will face Republican Heath Jones for the District 6 seat on the Board of Education. District 7 incumbent Republican Jackie Rogers will face Democrat David Long.

Some voters in Chatsworth and central and southeast Murray County will choose between Republican incumbent Rick Jasperse and Democrat Chuck Hendrix for state House of Representatives District 11.

 

Earlier this week, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Georgia signed the Project Partnership Agreement to move forward with the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project – WSAV.com

Col. Thomas Tickner, commander of the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells News 3 that the “partnership agreement signifies how cost sharing will be accomplished but the momentous part of it is that we’re moving toward construction.”

Tickner says there will be two contracts decided in the near future.  One will be to dredge the entrance channel in the ocean.  He says decisions on that should be made in the next two months and work could begin in early 2015. Another project now being bid is what’s termed the “dissolved oxygen injection system.”  That is a system where large cones (sometimes referred to as bubblers) will be placed at two locations along the river (near Plant McIntosh in Effingham County and on Hutchinson Island).  The cones will capture oxygen from the air and mix it with river water and then return the oxygen rich water back into the Savannah River.  The system is needed to try to ensure that fish will not be harmed by the dredging. That’s because the project is removing fresh water wetlands nearby and that depletes oxygen, thus the cone system to replace it.

Meanwhile, Tickner says up to 39 miles (outer and inner harbor) will be dredged and that the project could take up to five years.

The estimated cost of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, which will allow larger post-Panamax ships to reach the Port, is $706 million – Progressive Railroading.

Georgia’s entire political structure – both Democrat and Republican – supported the agreement to allow dredging to move forward for the Savannah Harbor Project – AJC.com

Republican legislators ponied up $550,000 to Governor Deal’s reelection campaign – AJC.com.

“He’s proven he’s been there for our folks, he’s always come to our fundraisers,” said House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn. “It was time to turn around and return the favor. Everybody kind of woke up and said, ‘the election is only a few months away’ and sat down and wrote a check.”

Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter campaigned for her grandson, Democrat Jason Carter, at the Lowndes County Courthouse yesterday – Valdosta Daily Times.

Carter said that if her grandson was elected, he would be the first governor to have ties to the southwestern part of the state since her husband, Jimmy Carter.

“He cares about Georgia and all of rural Georgia, which he says the governor has ignored, and I agree with him,” the former first lady said. “South Georgia is losing clout and Jason is a champion for us in Atlanta. He’s worked very hard in the state Senate for middle-class families, improving the economy for them, and for education, his main subject.”

Carter took several shots at the incumbent governor, Nathan Deal.

 

Because nothing says “courage” like sending your grandmother out on the road as your political hit-person.

Canton City Council is considering actually enforcing campaign sign rules – Cherokee Tribune.

“I had a couple of residents mention the campaign signs in the public right of way — as well as a council member — so I wanted to remind everyone what the UDC says,” Hobgood said Monday. “We passed the UDC, which clarified the rules for campaign signs and that is the law right now.”

The signs must be on private property, not located in the public right of way, and no more than one sign can be on a parcel of land with the exception of the corner of a property, where a sign can face each street, according to the city’s ordinance.

The campaign signs must also be no larger than six square feet on residential property and no larger than 16 square feet on commercial or industrial property, according to the UDC section on temporary signs.

An ordinance on campaign signs was not enforced last year because there were no specific regulations or definitions for political signs. Now there are rules set in motion for all local, county and state campaign signs within the city, it should be enforced, Hobgood said.

Woodstock City Council Member Tessa Basford died at the age of 48 following a two-year fight with cancer – Cherokee Tribune.

The CEO of Moon River Studios, which is building a movie studio in Effingham County, lauded Georgia’s business environment in a speech to the Effingham County Rotary Club – Savannah Morning News

“Georgia is so business friendly compared to the rest of the country,” Shapiro said.

He said Georgia is No. 1 in the country in growth in film production, with $3.3 billion generated last year and movies such as “Hunger Games” and “Anchorman” filming in the state.

“It’s a pro-business climate we really appreciate because we’ve seen the other side of it as well,” he said.

Last week, Moon River began posting job opening for the new studio – Savannah Morning News

Moon River told the IDA at its Sept. 25 meeting that it plans to create 527 jobs at its movie studios in Effingham County, with an average wage of $46,200.

That breaks down into 335 crew jobs at an average salary of $55,700 and 192 studio jobs at an average salary of $40,300.

Shapiro said those are only the jobs related to making movies. He said he

expects more jobs to be created in support areas such as hotel, restaurant and retail workers.

The latest development schedule calls for ground to be broken in January and the first phase of construction to be completed in December 2015, including an entry road, studio, offices, workshops and some recreation facilities.

Savannah Fire & Emergency received a $300,000 federal matching grant to fund maritime and hazard preparedness at the Port – Savannah Morning News

I-75 will see toll express lanes in parts of Henry and Clayton Counties starting in 2017 – Macon.com

The Georgia Department of Transportation is building two reversible toll lanes stretching 12 miles in the current median of Interstate 75 in Henry and Clayton counties.

Toll costs will vary depending on demand and will be shown on signs approaching the lanes.

Bids went out on the $176 million project in June of last year, and the project entered the final design phase about eight months ago.

The lanes will stretch from Ga. 155 near McDonough to Ga. 138 around Stockbridge.

Drivers can use them going north in the morning and headed south in the late afternoon.

The lanes can also be managed during NASCAR races at Hampton and during high travel periods around holidays.

The Professional Standards Commission has revoked the education license of former Bibb County Superintendent Romain Dallemand – Macon Telegraph.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer editorial board has endorsed the Revelopment Powers referendum on local ballot in November – Ledger-Enquirer.

Carroll County has received a $900,000 federal grant to expand alcohol and drug abuse services offered through the Carroll County Juvenile Wellness Court – Times-Georgian.com.

Motorcycle enthusiasts can preview the new Harley-Davidson electric model at Great South Harley-Davidson in Newnan – Times-Herald.com

“With such a light, nimble, and narrow bike, it’s ideal for an urban market,” said Urban. “Allowing the public to test our prototype is important for product development, and we’ve been getting some great feedback from our riders.”

While the motorcycle is still in the development stage and not for sale, the project is designed to gather insight into the expectations and experiences of the test riders.

The test drive allows for six riders at a time to take part in an eight-mile ride, originating from the event tent set up at Great South. Following their drive, each rider submits their feedback to a Harley-Davidson representative.

Coweta County property tax bills have been mailed and are due December 1 – Times-Herald.com.

Redistricting plans for Gwinnett County Schools will affect 14,000 students – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid worked to open an additional Saturday early voting location in South Cobb – Marietta Daily Journal.

Through her efforts, there will be early voting Oct. 25 at the South Cobb Community Center for voters in the area.

Cupid said she saw the county only had Saturday early voting locations in east and west Cobb, so she addressed the issue at the Sept. 23 Board of Commissioners meeting, but didn’t get any support.

“When I made my comment at the Board of Commissioners (meeting), nobody responded. Nobody jumped on it and said it’s a good thing. Nobody said they wanted it too. And in fact, nobody has communicated any support for me going this route,” she said.

So, the commissioner worked with members of the community and officials on the Board of Elections to make sure south Cobb voters had an opportunity to vote early on a Saturday.

Educators First, a 5000-member organization, has endorsed Governor Nathan Deal for reelection – Marietta Daily Journal.

Page said while it’s been a grueling economy, education is “a top priority” for Deal.

“I want to tell you he has listened to us on the health care issue, he has listened to us about accountability, stakeholders, and that means not just the teachers and the principals and the custodians and the bus drivers in the classroom,” Page said. “Stakeholders are anybody involved in the system, so he has listened to us on that, and he has also listened with an open ear for talks on the economy and increasing education spending.”

Page said her group is strongly behind Deal for refusing to invest teacher retirement money in venture capital.

“I understand that his opponent has come out in favor of that,” Page said, referring to Democrat Jason Carter. “We are strongly opposed to that for teachers in our state and we do not want to see that happen.”

Deal, who was flanked by such supporters as state Sen. Judson Hill (R-east Cobb), Rose Wing, 1st vice chair of the Cobb GOP, and former congressional candidate Tricia Pridemore, thanked the group for its endorsement.

The 2014 State Fall Games of the Special Olympics will be held this weekend in Gainesville – Gainesville Times.

The athletes will compete in bocce, softball, cycling and golf at various locations, including North Hall Park, Laurel Park, Chicopee Woods Golf Course and Gainesville Middle School.

Scott Crain, Hall County Schools’ special education parent mentor, coordinates activities for Hall County students and is the parent of an athlete in this weekend’s games. He said Special Olympics gives athletes like his son the opportunity to compete and socialize while improving their health and physical abilities.

“It builds their self-confidence and gives them a great outlet for socialization,” Scott Crain said. “But the athletic part of it and the skill-building are important too. … Looking at these kids when they started these different sports and what their skill level was, we can see them grow physically and grow in their ability level. It’s amazing.”

Fall Games Director David Crawford said Special Olympics Georgia aims to bring people with intellectual disabilities into society under conditions in which they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become productive citizens.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy led the live auction and First Lady Sandra Deal spoke at a fundraiser for My Sister’s Place, a shelter for women and children – Gainesville Times.

Click here to learn more and support My Sister’s Place.

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