President Trump endorses Brian Kemp for governor

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. Presidential Donald Trump took to Twitter today to let Georgia voters know that he supports Secretary of State Brian Kemp to become the state’s next governor.

“Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement,” the president wrote.

The announcement came just two days after Kemp’s opponent, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, picked up the endorsement of outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal. Two other former gubernatorial candidates have also endorsed Kemp – Hunter Hill and Clay Tippins.

 

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858 voters have taken advantage of early voting

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – With two days left in the advanced voting period, Lumpkin County’s Chief Registrar and Elections Manager Ashley Peck said the turnout has been about what she expected for a runoff election.

Runoffs do not generally attract a large turnout. Thus far 858 Lumpkin County voters have taken advantage of shorter lines of advanced voting. That is compared to 1,312 who voted in person during advanced voting for the general primary in May.

There are three statewide contests at the top of the ballot. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are hoping to replace outgoing governor Nathan Deal.

Kemp received a major endorsement today when President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that he is endorsing Kemp.

“Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement,” the president wrote.

Kemp had already received the endorsement of two former gubernatorial candidates who failed to make the runoff – Hunter Hill and Clay Tippins.

There are two other statewide races to be decided. David Shafer and Geoff Duncan have waged a no-holds barred battle for the position of Lt. Governor. Shafer just missed winning without a runoff when he received 48.38 percent of the vote in a three-way race with Duncan and Rick Jeffares in the general primary.

In the secretary of state election, voters must choose between Brad Raffensperger and David Belle Isle.

There is also an important local race on the ballot. Clarence Grindle and Jeff Moran are competing for a spot on the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners.

Advanced voting continues Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

 

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Georgia General Assembly Back in Session

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ATLANTA — The Georgia General Assembly convened today.

Legislators say there is a long list of issues to consider, including how to proceed following President-elect Donald Trump’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, regional transportation planning, expansion of the medical marijuana bill and a renewed effort by Gov. Deal to pass an altered version of the Opportunity School District (OSD) that was soundly defeated by Georgia voters last year.

It is unclear what Republicans plan to dismantle with regard to Obamacare since Georgia did not expand Medicaid or create an exchange.

Republicans have placed crafting a regional transportation plan at the top of their agenda. But there will also be a strong push for an initiative to bolster job training programs in high schools as well as an effort to get the Georgia Lottery to reduce the prize money it offers to winners in order to direct extra funding to the HOPE scholarship program.

As they have in the past, Democrats are likely to push for gun safety, voting rights an expansion of the medical marijuana bill passed in 2015, and added protection for the environment.

Deal, who is in his final year in office, appears determined to ignore the will of the voters and pass some form of his unpopular OSD.

The governor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week he is working with lawmakers on a plan that would give the state more power to let students transfer from the 153 schools on the state’s failing list.

Conservatives may push for a religious liberty bill for the fourth year in a row. House Bill 757 passed both the House and Senate last session before Deal sided with the LGBT and Chamber of Commerce lobbies and vetoed it in April.

The bill protected pastors from having to perform a same-sex wedding ceremonies and allowed businesses to refuse service to couples if they cited a sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions regarding marriage.

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Schools Close at Noon Today as Storm Approaches

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ATLANTA — The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a storm warning just after midnight as schools, road crews and public safety officials in Dawson, White and Lumpkin counties prepared for the first winter storm of 2017.

Schools in White and Lumpkin counties announced they will close at noon today and some schools have altered their athletic contests scheduled for today.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal plans to declare a state of emergency for 79 counties – including Dawson, Lumpkin and White.

The NWS said that some areas could get up to four inches of snow. Lumpkin County Emergency Services Director David Wimpy said one official told him the higher elevations of Lumpkin could get up to eight inches.

The winter weather is expected to begin early Friday evening as rain, snow or a mixture of both, becoming all snow overnight tonight. Officials say snow should end Saturday morning. Temperatures Friday evening will be in the low to mid 30s, making roads slick and travel hazardous.

White County is expecting snowfall of between four and five inches. White County Public Safety Director David Murphy advises the county Emergency Operation Center will activate at 7 PM Friday and will remain on partial activation until the weather threat has ended.

All fire stations will be manned beginning Friday evening and until such time the response phase of this event is completed. According to Murphy, all Public Works crews are prepared and ready to respond and pre-treat if necessary, they will begin shift operations Friday as well.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will begin pre-treatments for our area and region at 7 a.m., Friday morning. First focus will be on interstate highways, and main state routes such as US Hwy 129. The DOT will work 12 hours shifts beginning Friday morning for 24 hours operations.

Fetchyournews.com will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

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School Superintendent Opposes State Takeover of Public Schools

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Georgia voters will decide in November if they would like to maintain local control of “low performing” public schools or place them in state-run system for up to 10 years.

Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District (OSD) would enable a state takeover of public schools that score below 60 on the Georgia Department of Education’s accountability measure, the College and Career Performance Index for three consecutive years. State legislators approved the idea in the 2015 General Assembly. Now, it’s up to the voters.

Lumpkin County School Superintendent Rob Brown made it clear Wednesday where he stands. During Wednesday’s work session, he introduced a resolution that strongly opposes OSDs and said he will ask Board members to ratify the resolution during Monday’s regular meeting.

In introducing the document, Brown said, “It’s an avenue that is not good for public education in Georgia. I don’t know that any of our schools would ever make the list (for state takeover) but we’re not real sure who would because they have yet to define what constitutes a chronically failing school. But the reality is that this is a state takeover of public schools across the state of Georgia that eliminates local decision-making authority.”

The resolution reads in part: “Whereas, if approved , the administration of schools placed in the Opportunity School District (OSD) would be overseen by a state-appointed superintendent to be confirmed by the senate, with the authority to waive State Board of Education rules, regulations, policies, procedures or provisions.

“Be it resolved, that the Board of Public Education for Lumpkin County, opposes the creation of a state-run school district, otherwise known as the Opportunity School District and that we shall strive to fully educate our community about the issues raised by this proposed amendment.”

 

 

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