U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue is launching his general election kick-off rally Sunday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds’ Miller Murphy Howard Building in Perry. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the rally begins at 3 p.m. for Perdue, who was raised in Middle Georgia and is a cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue.
A week and a half ago, Perdue won the Republican nomination for the Senate race, after a tough runoff race against U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston. The two were forced into the runoff after splitting much of the vote in a seven-way primary election in May. It’s safe to expect Perdue will be trying to bridge gaps with supporters of other Republican candidates.
With the Republican nomination, Perdue is lined up for a November general election against Michelle Nunn, who was born in Macon and whose midstate ties include being the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn. Nunn easily won the Democratic nomination to the Senate seat, collecting three-quarters of the vote in a four-way fight.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, is retiring.
In the coming months, Georgians will be blasted with more advertising and speculation about the race, which could help determine whether Republicans get a majority of the U.S. Senate. Some speculation may be less about specific candidates and issues than turnout, crossover voters, moderate voters and the rates of demographic change.
You were warned.
Judge to mayor: Follow the law
A judge’s order to Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue and other members of the government is notable not for what it says, but for what it repeats.
Wilkinson County Superior Court Judge Robert S. Reeves barred four or more members of the city government, in any mix of city council members and mayor, from meeting privately. That’s already illegal under the state’s open meetings laws. The judge barred the mayor and council members from threatening people, which is also illegal.
The mayor can only vote in limited circumstances, such as to break a tie, which is from the city charter. The mayor can’t sign a contract without council approval, also from the charter. The mayor can’t fire employees without following the charter, as well as state and federal law. Nobody can destroy documents kept in the regular course of public business, which is also supported by state law.
Also, the mayor can’t block people with business on city property, and she can’t bar emergency workers from getting fuel for public safety vehicles.
Houston superintendent on state panel
Among the appointees to the Georgia House’s Role of Federal Government in Education Study Committee: one Mark Scott of Bonaire.
House Speaker David Ralston appointed the Houston County school superintendent to the committee, along with five politicians, two other superintendents, three teachers, three parents or grandparents, and the state school board chairwoman.
The first committee meeting was held Wednesday in Atlanta. Among the committee’s charges are to “evaluate whether a recommendation should be made that the United States Department of Education should be abolished and any funding derived thereby returned to the states in the form of block grants for the purpose of education spending” and to review the Common Core standards.
The U.S. Department of Education will almost certainly outlast the committee, which is to be abolished Dec. 1. It was created under House Resolution 550.
Clean air group to host open houses
The Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition is planning a pair of open houses to talk about ongoing projects, a strategic plan and how clean air efforts help protect Robins Air Force Base.
The first is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Houston County Annex, 200 Carl Vinson Parkway in Warner Robins. The second, from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, 175 Emery Highway Suite C in Macon, will be followed by a 3:30 p.m. meeting of the coalition.
Writer Mike Stucka compiled this report.