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Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 2, 2020

Pringles Evelyns Place Rescue

Pringles is a young male Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from Evelyn’s Place Rescue in Gainesville, GA.

Pringles is 7 weeks old. He will be available to go into his home in one more week. He’s very playful and loves to be held. He gets along well with other dogs and loves toys.

Evelyn’s Place also has several other adoptable puppies.

Buddy Evelyns Place Rescue

Buddy is a young male Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from Evelyn’s Place Rescue in Gainesville, GA.

Buddy is a sweet Bloodhound mix. He is 10 months old and is house trained. He is good with kids and adults. He guards his food and would need to be fed separate for other pets and small children. Look at that face. How can you not fall in love.

Yogi Evelyns Place Rescue

Yogi is a young male Corgi and Collie mix who is available for adoption from Evelyn’s Place Rescue in Gainesville, GA.

Yogi is a finicky boy. He takes time to get to know and prefers men. He is getting better with our female staff. He would need to go to patient home and definitely no kids.

If you’re going to miss Georgia football games this season, at least you’ll be in good company. UGA will be watching from home as well, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Georgia’s famed English Bulldog mascot, Uga X, will not be present on the sidelines Saturday night for the team’s first home game against Auburn. SEC guidelines ban live mascots in stadiums this season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charles Seiler, Uga’s owner and handler, understands the decision. He called the dog a “magnet” for attention, something that isn’t necessarily a good thing when trying to limit the spread of a disease.

Instead, the dog named the greatest mascot in college football history by Sports Illustrated in 2019 will spend Saturday like countless other pooches across the state.

He’ll don his classic red Georgia jersey, find a cool spot on Seiler’s hardwood floor (“We don’t allow him to climb up on anything,” Seiler said) and watch his team with the volume turned up so he can stay accustomed to the noise.

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Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 2, 2020

On October 2, 1789, President George Washington signed a resolution transmitting the (then-twelve) amendments constituting the Bill of Rights to the states that had ratified the Constitution. Click here for the letter from Washington to Governor Charles Pinckney of South Carolina that accompanied the amendments.

On October 2, 1835, Texans and Mexicans met in the first military battle of the Texas Revolution, the Battle of Gonzales.

In 1831, Mexican authorities gave the settlers of Gonzales a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. Over the next four years, the political situation in Mexico deteriorated, and in 1835 several states revolted. As the unrest spread, Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea, the commander of all Mexican troops in Texas, felt it unwise to leave the residents of Gonzales a weapon and requested the return of the cannon.

When the initial request was refused, Ugartechea sent 100 dragoons to retrieve the cannon. The soldiers neared Gonzales on September 29, but the colonists used a variety of excuses to keep them from the town, while secretly sending messengers to request assistance from nearby communities. Within two days, up to 140 Texians gathered in Gonzales, all determined not to give up the cannon. On October 1, settlers voted to initiate a fight. Mexican soldiers opened fire as Texians approached their camp in the early hours of October 2. After several hours of desultory firing, the Mexican soldiers withdrew.

Texas Cannon Flag 600

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be observed on November 26, 1863 and on the fourth Thursday in November every succeeding year.

This announcement harkened back to when George Washington was in his first term as the first president in 1789 and the young American nation had only a few years earlier emerged from the American Revolution. At that time, George Washington called for an official celebratory “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” While Congress overwhelmingly agreed to Washington’s suggestion, the holiday did not yet become an annual event.

Thomas Jefferson, the third president, felt that public demonstrations of piety to a higher power, like that celebrated at Thanksgiving, were inappropriate in a nation based in part on the separation of church and state. Subsequent presidents agreed with him. In fact, no official Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by any president between 1815 and the day Lincoln took the opportunity to thank the Union Army and God for a shift in the country’s fortunes on this day in 1863.

On October 2, 1879, Wallace Stevens was born. Stevens would become a renowned poet and insurance industry lawyer. My favorite poem of his is “Connoisseur of Chaos.”

A. A violent order is disorder; and
B. A great disorder is an order. These
Two things are one.

President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke at the White House on October 2, 1909.

On October 4, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegram to the Georgia Democratic Party Convention delegates in appreciation for their support of his admininstration.

On October 3, 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton was appointed to the United States Senate from Georgia following the death of Senator Tom Watson. After initially being rebuffed by the Senate, Felton was sworn-in on late in November, becoming the first woman to serve in the United States Senate.

The Savannah River Bridge opened on October 4, 1925.

Thurgood Marshall was sworn-in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on October 2, 1967.

Betty Talmadge, then wife of Senator Herman Talmadge, hosted a fundraiser with Rosalynn Carter and Joan Mondale on October 2, 1976.

Ground was broken for The Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta on October 2, 1984.

Beverly Hills, 90210 debuted on October 4, 1990.

On October 3, 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder.

The last Braves game at Turner Field was played on October 2, 2016, with the Detroit Tigers besting the Braves by 1-0.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Brian Kemp appointed Lt. Col. Chris Wright as Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and colonel of the Georgia State Patrol, according to the Albany Herald.

The Board of Public Safety voted Thursday to approve Lt. Col. Chris Wright to serve as the next Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and colonel of the Georgia State Patrol, following interim Commissioner Gary Vowell’s planned departure.

“I want to thank Col. Vowell for his service to the people of Georgia,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a news release. “When he took over as interim Public Safety Commissioner, none of us could have imagined the challenges we would face in the coming months. He has been an exemplary public servant, and my family and I wish him the best in the days ahead.

Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp announced a new Human Trafficking hotline, according to the Albany Herald.Continue Reading..

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Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 1, 2020

Remington Humane Society Northeast GA

Remington is a male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

Turbo Humane Society Northeast GA

Turbo is a male Chow and Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

Benny Humane Society Northeast GA

Benny is a 6-month old, male German Shepherd Dog mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, GA.

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Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 1, 2020

Original Communist (O.C.) Karl Marx published Das Kapital on October 1, 1867.

Voters in the state of Washington adopted the state constitution on October 1, 1889.

The first World Series of baseball opened on October 1, 1903.

On October 1, 1908, Ford introduced the Model T.

Happy 96th Birthday to former President Jimmy Carter, who was born on October 1, 1924 at Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia, the first American President to be born in a hospital.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia for the 21st time beginning on October 1, 1931.

In a Special Election October 1, 1940, Florence Gibbs became the first woman elected to Congress from Georgia, completing her late husband’s term and serving through January 3, 1941, but no standing for a full term of her own.

Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong proclaimed the Communist People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949.

The Carter Center in Atlanta was dedicated on October 1, 1986.

Mikhail Gorbachev named himself Chairman of the USSR’s Supreme Soviet on October 1, 1988.

President George H.W. Bush condemned Iraq’s takeover of Kuwait in a speech to the United Nations on October 1, 1990.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Governor Brian Kemp yesterday issued Executive Orders 09.30.20.01, renewing the Public Health State of Emergency, and 09.30.20.02, providing guidance. From the AJC:Continue Reading..

30
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 30, 2020

Prince Charming Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia

Prince Charming is a male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA.

Prince Charming has led a not so charmed life so far. However, he still has all the bearing and charm you would expect from royalty, without any stuffiness at all. He truly is charming with people. Although he has never been taught the niceties of housebreaking, we feel he is smart enough and eager enough to catch on quickly! Prince Charming appears to be good with other dogs and with children; we are not sure how he feels about cats yet.

Cinderella Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia

Cinderella is a female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA.

Cinderella came in with Prince Charming. However, they have totally different personalities, as you would expect. Cinderella is the quiet one, a little on the shy side, but warms up quickly. She wants nothing more than for someone to sit quietly with her, while she thinks things over. She has done well with children and other dogs, but the jury is still out on cats so far. Cinderella is not housebroken, but is so eager to please that we believe she will learn quickly what it’s all about. She takes nothing for granted, and is so grateful for any love and attention you give her!

Roxie Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia

Roxie is a female Beagle (and Hound?) mix who is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA.

Roxie is only 4 1/2 months of age, and so cute! She was surrendered for having too much energy, so she will need a fairly active family. Experience with beagles would be a plus (but not required). Roxie is all puppy all the time, and so young she will definitely need some time, attention and training. She is not housebroken, but is definitely the age to start learning potty training, basic obedience and how to train her family as well. Roxie is eager to please, and just a lot of fun to be around!

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 30, 2020

Wyoming adopted the first state constitution to allow women to vote on September 30, 1889.

President Woodrow Wilson spoke in favor of Women’s Suffrage in an address to Congress on September 30, 1918. The bill to pass the 19th Amendment would die in the Senate that year after passing the House.

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season.

On September 30, 1976, Democrat Jimmy Carter led the Harris Poll for President over President Gerald Ford by a 50-41 margin. In November 1976, the popular vote tallied 50.08% for Carter to 48.01% for Ford, with an Independent taking nearly a point.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

October 5, 2020 is the voter registration deadline for the November general election. You can sign into the Secretary of State’s MVP webpage to check that your registration is up-to-date.

Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Atlanta around noon today, according to the AJC.

The vice president is set to arrive in Atlanta around noon Wednesday and then will head to the Cobb Galleria Centre to speak at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Policy Conference.

His visit comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Atlanta on Friday to court Black voters – and polls that show the state has become increasingly competitive.

Aside from Pence, this year’s agenda includes U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler; Gov. Brian Kemp; anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist; and local pastor Benny Tate.

Kwanza Hall and Robert M. Franklin, both Democrats, took the top slots in yesterday’s election for the Fifth Congressional District, and head to a December runoff.

From the Associated Press via AccessWDUN:

Voters will be called back to the polls for the Dec. 1 runoff, deciding whether Hall or Franklin will get only a month in Congress representing the Atlanta-centered district. The November general election between Republican Angela Stanton King and Democrat Nikema Williams will decide who serves the full two-year term that begins in January. Neither was on Tuesday’s ballot.

Franklin, now a professor at Emory University, raised the most money of anyone running — almost $130,000, including $20,000 of his own. The 66-year-old reemphasized Tuesday as results came in that his experience and training would allow him to pick up Lewis’ mantle and bring “moral clarity” to Congress, saying he would focus on COVID-19 relief, voting rights and reducing police violence against African Americans. The latter two of those issues are unlikely to make any progress in Congress before January.

Hall, who lost a race for Atlanta mayor after three terms on the City Council, said he was called to the race by a sense of “personal obligation.” The 49-year-old said he would try to make the district a pilot site for efforts to fight COVID-19 and to spend more on infrastructure.

Governor Brian Kemp made several stops yesterday in North Georgia, according to AccessWDUN.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said this afternoon that having 200,000 rapid COVID-19 tests coming to the state is a “game-changer” during a stop at the the Dawsonville Pool Room as part of a North Georgia tour.

“One of the frustrations for parents has been having to quarantine just because you’re close to somebody who that maybe had a positive test,” said Kemp. “If we could test those individuals that they’re in that position every day, or every couple of days, it may be where you could change that guidance.”

“One of the things that Dr. Toomey and I have tried to do is to make sure that we are putting things out there that people can buy into,” said Kemp. “And to go backwards on that, I just don’t think people would be able to comply with it.”

Kemp was expected to make four more stops at small businesses today during the North Georgia tour. These included CAIRE in Ball Ground, Geraldine’s Bodacious Food Company in Jasper, CORE Center in Ellijay and Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge.

From the Gainesville Times:

Gov. Brian Kemp paid a visit to North Georgia on Tuesday, Sept. 29, making a stop in northeast Hall to laud Kubota Manufacturing of America Corp.’s expansion at a groundbreaking ceremony for an $85 million engineering and design center.

“I think it’s important in these tough times … to stop and celebrate the good things we have going on in our state, not only for our people to see but for the rest of the country and the world to see,” Kemp said to a group of government and business officials. “It makes a difference on decision makers from an economic development perspective.”

“The only thing I would ask is when you get the facility finished, I would like to come up and try some Kubota vehicles and other things,” Kemp said to the crowd, drawing laughter. “And I heard you’re building this in a very friendly way to the neighbors, so I won’t be causing any disruption.”

Gwinnett County has issued nearly 120,000 absentee ballots for the November general election, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

“With this year, we’re not confident we could come up with even a pretty accurate estimate of turnout just because everything is so different,” Gwinnett Elections Supervisor Kristi Royston said. “We’re not sure — is it absentee-by-mail, is it individuals who do vote in person during advance (voting) or is it election day — you know, where are we going to see the higher participation.”

One indicator that turnout is going to be high is the number of absentee-by-mail ballots that have been requested in the county. Gwinnett officials said they have issued about 118,650 absentee ballots, including overseas and military ballots, as of Tuesday morning.

By comparison, Gwinnett sent out about 100,000 absentee ballots for the primary election, but got back roughly 85,000 ballots, Royston said.

“We had said, when we were prepping and planning for this, that it wouldn’t surprise us if we did 250,000 (absentee ballots sent out for the general election),” Royston said. “That being said, a large number of the ones we would expect are already here. It’s the ones that were on file, the ones that individuals are starting early.”

Royston did warn that voters who go to the My Voter Page system provided by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office need to understand there is a difference between the date an absentee ballot is “issued,” and the date on which it is mailed to the voter.

“If we’re working today and (elections staff workers) key in the application, that’s the issue date,” Royston said. “The issue date is not reflective of the mail date. As far as what is issued today, it’s not going to be mailed today.”

Royston said Gwinnett will have 23 absentee ballot drop boxes around the county for the general election. The boxes will be located at all 15 libraries in Gwinnett as well as at all eight early voting, or advance-in-person voting, sites in the county. Ballots put in the drop boxes are expected to be picked up by elections staff on a daily basis.

Chatham County announced the locations for eight new absentee ballot drop boxes funded by the League of Women Voters, according to the Savannah Morning News.

At a press conference Tuesday, Board of Registrars Chairman Colin McRae said seven of the eight new boxes have been installed, though they won’t be accessible for “about a week” because of the installation of surveillance cameras.

“We’re going to announce the date that they formally come online. We’re hoping that it will be either late this week or early next week,” McRae said. “That will give us time to get all the logistics in place to have the footage available to us.”

Absentee ballot boxes are required to be in a location with 24-hour video surveillance. Additionally, the boxes will be affixed to the ground. They have to be emptied every 72 hours prior to the early voting period. During the early voting period — from Oct. 12 through Oct. 30 — they have to be emptied every 24 hours.

“Several of these locations are still in the process of getting the [surveillance cameras]. We are in the process of getting the hardware installed to ensure our access to the security cameras footage,” McRae said.

The Gainesville Times profiles the candidates in State Senate District 50, currently held by Republican Bo Hatchett.

Bulloch County notched its first full week with fewer than 100 COVID-19 cases since June, according to the Statesboro Herald.

Clayton County public schools will stay online-only for the time being, according to the AJC.

Several members of the 55,000-student south metro Atlanta community’s school board made it clear at a Monday meeting that they are uncomfortable sending teachers and students to brick-and-mortar classrooms due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Right now, I am not for going back,” said Alieka Anderson, board vice chairwoman. “We need to look at things a little bit more. We need to see how this flu season is going to carry out.”

Clayton Schools leaders say they have been deluged with emails and calls from parents and faculty worried that the south metro district would feel pressure to follow Cobb, Fulton, Henry and other metro school systems in allowing students the option of returning to classrooms for in-person instruction.

Gov. Brian Kemp weighed in on the subject Tuesday, saying his administration has provided the tools to make going back easier, but that the decision to reopen is up to local leaders.

Richmond County will hold jury selection at the James Brown Arena, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Move over rock stars, barrel racing pros and graduates — James Brown Arena is to be the new setting for Richmond County residents to become trial jurors.

Since the pandemic, all courts statewide have been under emergency orders imposed by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton that prohibited juror trials and grand jury sessions. But his latest order earlier this month cleared the way for the resumption of grand jury sessions and planning for jury trials.

Richmond County Court Administrator Noland Martin said Tuesday that the county’s plans must be approved by the Supreme Court, but the judicial staff is confident it will be and that jury trials can resume by the end of November.

Because of the need for social distancing, there wasn’t a space big enough in the Augusta-Richmond County Judicial Center for selecting juries. But there is in the arena. Superior Court Chief Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. signed an emergency order designating the arena as a courthouse annex, which allows jury selection to take place there.

Glynn County is moving forward with consideration of new rules for short-term rentals, according to The Brunswick News.

At the heart of the issue, according to [Commissioner Peter] Murphy, is a desire to put a stop to unruly renters in residential neighborhoods who disturb the peace, impose safety requirements on short-term rentals and collect taxes from those who aren’t paying.

Complaints abound from county residents who have had negative experiences with large groups renting homes in their neighborhoods, Murphy said. In addition, many short-term rentals operate on an uneven playing field, gaining an advantage over hotels, motels and other forms of lodging by dodging the 5 percent nightly bed tax on room rentals.

A short-term rental ordinance has been kicked around for so long — the entire four years of Murphy’s tenure, in fact — that he feels there’s not much left to discuss.

“We need to take a vote up or down,” he said.

The Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner‘s Office is sending property tax bills beginning Thursday, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Oconee County received a $750,000 grant of federal funds from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to expand the Senior Center, according to the Athens Banner Herald.

Savannah City Council deadlocked on a choice of three candidates for city manager and may restart the hiring process, according to the Savannah Morning News.

“At this point we could not get consensus on a singular candidate,” Mayor Van Johnson said Tuesday morning. “It appears we are at an impasse.”

The council and mayor met Monday in a closed session to discuss the finalists. The meeting lasted more than three hours.

Johnson said the council was “nowhere near” an overwhelming majority in favor of any one of the candidates. In fact, none of the three had the support of at least five council members — a simple majority — during the discussion, according to Johnson.

29
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 29, 2020

Oreo Castaways Pet Rescue

Oreo is an extra-large male Mastiff and American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

Mocha Castaways Pet Rescue

Mocha is a male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

What a great little boy he is! Mocha is eager to please and very intelligent. He gets along great with other dogs. He loves the water and to chase a ball.

Annabell Castaways Pet Rescue

Annabell is a young female American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from Castaways Pet Rescue in Darien, GA.

Annabell is as sweet as she can be. She is completely crate trained and very eager to please her humans. She is smart and she is easy to train.

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 29, 2020

On September 29, 1526, 600 Spanish colonists led by Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon landed on the Georgia Coast, the first European colonists in Georgia.

Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on Sapelo Sound in present–day McIntosh County. He sailed north from Hispaniola during the summer and first landed in present–day South Carolina. Meeting no natives, he traveled south along the coast before settling in Georgia.

To help establish the colony, Ayllon brought with him the very first group of slaves.  But hunger, disease, and conflict with the natives all took their toll, and the settlement survived for only three months.

Other sources say that the September 29, 1526 landing was in South Carolina and Vasquez de Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on October 8, 1526.

WSB-TV took to the airwaves for the first time on September 29, 1948.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Today is election day for the Fifth Congressional District to fill out the remainder of the term of the late-Congressman John Lewis. It’s so meaningless that the Democratic nominee in the November election for a full term, isn’t running.Continue Reading..

28
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 28, 2020

Lucy Humane Society NWGA

Lucy is a young female Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia in Dalton, GA.

Lucy is happy, healthy, and loves to play. She would be perfect for a family with older children that enjoy an active lifestyle. Lucy is a chunky monkey who loves toys of all kinds and enjoys a rough and tumble play style. Lucy makes friends easily with other dogs. If you already own a young playful dog, Lucy would make a good playmate.

Ethel Humane Society NWGA

Ethel is a young female Boxer mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia in Dalton, GA.

Ethel is a three month old, female Boxer mix with a playful happy-go-lucky personality. This girl is a sweetheart any family would enjoy. Ethel is very affectionate and outgoing. She will be a large dog when fully grown and is full of youthful energy. Her best fit would be a family with older children that enjoy an active lifestyle. Daily walks or rambunctious outdoor play are all part of her daily routine. Ethel enjoys playing ball and chasing around the play yard with the other dogs in her playgroup. She loves making new friends and is never one to cause a fuss.

Iggy Humane Society NWGA

Iggy is a young male Boxer and Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia in Dalton, GA.

Iggy is a handsome, six month old, brindle Boxer/Lab mix that was relinquished by his owner after they decided their busy schedules didn’t leave much time for him. This adolescent pup needs an adult only home with a confident dog-savvy owner who has time to spend with him. Outside the shelter, Iggy is much more relaxed and has a blast playing with volunteers. He especially loves running in the open field next to our pond. If you enjoy an active lifestyle, Iggy would love to be your faithful companion. He has lots of energy and is always ready for adventure. 

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Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 28, 2020

William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England on September 28, 1066.

Other sources say that the September 29, 1526 landing was in South Carolina and Vasquez de Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on October 8, 1526.

Washington Yorktown

General George Washington led continental troops into the siege of British forces under General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on September 28, 1781.

On September 28, 1863, two Union generals lost their commands after the Confederates routed federal forces at the Battle of Chickamauga.

On September 28, 1889, Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation designating January 19th a state holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. In 2015, Robert E. Lee’s birthday and Confederate Memorial Day were stricken from the Georgia calendar.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

From the AJC:

On the defensive in Georgia, President Donald Trump on Friday unveiled proposals in Atlanta that include promises to secure more lending for Black-owned businesses and a pledge to create a federal Juneteenth holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

Speaking to a cheering crowd of hundreds of Black Republicans, Trump spoke less about the individual policies and issued a broader challenge to Joe Biden’s supporters to question Democratic initiatives as polls show the two are locked in a tight race in Georgia.

The Trump campaign has focused intensely on Georgia, a state that’s crucial in his bid for reelection. Republicans have carried Georgia in every presidential election since 1996, but Biden’s campaign has forced Republicans to shift resources to the state.

And even as Trump prepared to speak at the Cobb Galleria Centre, the White House announced that Vice President Mike Pence would return to Georgia next week to headline a religious conference in another indication of the state’s battleground status.

[President Trump] credited U.S. Sen. David Perdue for persuading him to endorse Brian Kemp in the 2018 Republican runoff for governor against Casey Cagle. And he urged Republican rivals U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins to stay in the free-for-all special election in November.

“I want to congratulate you both for fighting the good fight,” he said, adding that their intense competition will help drive turnout that could boost his campaign.

“Don’t anybody get out,” he said, turning to their conservative supporters. “The only thing I know for sure: They’re all going to vote for me.”

From WSB-TV:Continue Reading..