Several news items to start off the day:
District 113 Update:
As reported in this earlier post, the campaign to fill Hank Huckaby’s seat in District 113 is well underway. I’ve been informed that June 8th will mark the first forum of the season. For those interested, it will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Oconee County Library in Watkinsville.
Additionally, I was in attendance at the Oconnee County GOP meeting last week. Chuck Williams was unfortunately unable to attend due to a medical emergency (he’s fine now) but his campaign spokesman (Ed Perkins) spoke in addition to Sarah Bell and Alan Alexander. My notes on their statements:
Chuck Williams: “Community-based values, common-sense government.”
Sarah Bell: “I’m for any form of standard to be put on the HOPE Scholarship, be it the SAT or anything else, because kids come into my classroom and don’t know what a noun is.” (This is pretty close to a direct quote)
Alan Alexander: “I don’t know how I feel about that because I haven’t researched it enough yet, I won’t shut the door on a grocery tax, and when a church is having trouble paying for something, you ask the members to give more. That’s just the way it works.”
The Dodge County Courthouse Issue:
I don’t believe this has been touched on in a post on here yet, so I wanted to do the thing any Dodge County native would do: get more attention for my county.
As has been reported on numerous occassions by numerous sources, the Dodge County Courthouse displays a Confederate flag at the Confederate Memorial outside the courthouse grounds. In recent weeks, there has been quite a stir about this matter after the County Commissioners voted 4-1 to keep the flag flying. See the following for their reasoning:
§ 50-3-10. Use of flag for decorative or patriotic purposes
Nothing in this article shall be construed to prevent the use of the flag of the United States or any flag, standard, color, shield, ensign, or other insignia of the State of Georgia or of the Confederate States of America for decorative or patriotic purposes, either inside or outside of any residence, store, place of business, public building, or school building.
I’ve spent a good bit of time in Dodge County recently, have talked to people in many walks of life, and the overal consensus I have found is an overall idea of indifference. The flag has been flying there since 2001-2002. I’m in no way, shape or form willing to debate the pros and cons of this matter (I understand both) but this is a very noteworthy.
King Roy, a Boquet of Flowers and More Convention Fallout:
According to this report from the AJC, newly re-elected Georgia GOP Chairman Sue Everhart arrived home to a boquet of flowers from former Governor Roy Barnes last week.
Everhart stated that if Barnes really liked her, he would vote Republican.
Full disclosure: I supported Tricia Pridemore but the reasonable thing to do is move on. It’s over and done with, now the best thing to do is move forward, make peace and plan for the future. Period.