Politics & Government

Political Notebook: Lucas takes heart in a little soul music

Had David Lucas focused on music when he was a youth instead of athletics, who knows how the state senator’s career might have turned out.

After all, Lucas -- who went to the Tuskegee Institute for college to play football -- saw one of his fellow dorm residents do pretty well for himself. He was a fellow by the name of Lionel Richie.

Lucas has sung for years at local clubs and events, including the long-running Soul Jam festival which returns Sunday to Henderson Stadium. This year, however, Lucas will perform one of his own songs called “I Wanna Thank You!”

The song, he said, is dedicated to wives and girlfriends who do sometimes thankless tasks for their men.

“We sometimes forget to thank our significant others,” Lucas said. “They want to do their own things, but they are raising our families.”

The song itself was created by folks with pretty good pedigrees. Terry Jenkins, brother of the late Johnny “Guitar” Jenkins, wrote most of the song, and Dexter Redding, the eldest son of Otis Redding, produced it.

Redding didn’t take it easy on Lucas.

“We started at 2 a.m.,” Lucas said. “He made me sing one verse 15 times before he decided which one he was going to use.”

Lucas said the song has gotten a lot of play on local radio stations. It’s also been played on stations in Athens and in Memphis, Tennessee, he said, and should be available soon on iTunes, he said.

“Women start singing it to me in the grocery,” Lucas said. “That tells me they are at least listening to it.”

Gates for Soul Jam will open at 1:30 p.m., with music to begin at 4 p.m. Among the acts besides Lucas are Brick, the Rick James Stone City Band, Jeff Floyd and Vic Allen. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Al Lucas Memorial Scholarship fund.

BISHOP GLIMPSED ON HBO COMEDY SERIES

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., had his name and picture appear very briefly Sunday during the closing moments of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.”

Oliver’s main segment for that episode centered on a controversial amendment recently brought in front of a 51-member congressional committee, which includes Bishop.

The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, wants to protect farmers from retaliation if they speak against chicken processing companies.

Small farmers tend to have difficulty keeping up with the level of capacity required by large chicken companies and can lose money as the costs to upgrade is borne by the farmers. The USDA proposed rule attempted to level the playing field by providing relief to all farmers.

Oliver came out in strong support of the Kaptur amendment, and noted that any member of the committee who didn’t support it was ... well, a name too inappropriate for a family newspaper, but suggestive that naysayers may want inappropriate relations with chickens.

Maxwell Gigle, Bishop’s spokesman, said the staff was amused by the segment. Bishop had previously supported the amendment and likely will do so again if it comes up. So at the very least he shouldn’t have to worry about being labeled by Oliver.

Gigle said the segment got significant response, both through social media and in the number of calls Bishop’s office received in support of the measure.

“We welcome it,” Gigle said. “We got a number of calls from people encouraging us to support it.”

Because the chicken industry in Georgia is quite large, the amendment could have an important impact, Gigle said.

JONES COUNTY CERTIFIED FOR HISTORICAL PRESERVATION

Jones County became the 90th local government in Georgia to be certified by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior for its ordinance that is consistent with the Georgia Historic Preservation Act.

A three-person citizens board serves as the Historic Preservation Commission for the county. The board’s function is to undergo training in order to preserve historic sites in Jones County.

ARTS BREAKFAST

The Macon Arts Alliance invited members of the Macon-Bibb County Commission to its arts advocacy breakfast June 4 at the Douglass Theatre. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Jennifer Cole, executive director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

To RSVP for the event, visit www.artsbreakfast2015.eventbrite.com.

BIBB POLLING STATIONS

A citizens advisory committee will hold public hearings about a proposed plan by the Bibb County Board of Elections to close or change locations of some of the county’s polling stations.

The first public meeting will take place Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 990 Taylor St. A second meeting will take place Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Macon-Bibb County Government Center, 700 Poplar St. For questions, call Chairman Quinton Tard at 478-320-2051 or Assistant Chairwoman Gwenette Westbrooks at 478-390-7759.

SAVE THE DATE

A benefit for Warner Robins Animal Control, “A Night With Elvis,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 25 at Wellston Center, 155 Maple St., Warner Robins. Elvis tribute artist Owen Roberts will perform at the event, which also will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and food. The $10 tickets are available at Warner Robins Animal Control, Pet Plantation Funeral Home, Southwood Animal Hospital and Critter Fixers in Bonaire. For more information call 478-929-7290.

MILLEDGEVILLE HOLDS FORUM FOR MAYORAL CANDIDATES

The Georgia College American Democracy Project is sponsoring a student-facilitated forum for the Milledgeville candidates for mayor.

The forum will be held June 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Georgia College Peabody Auditorium.

The public is invited to attend the forum, and a meet-and-greet with the candidates will follow. Community members can submit questions for the candidates at the “Question Booth” in front of the auditorium between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Questions also can be submitted via Facebook at bit.ly/MvilleMayor15 or through Twitter using #MvilleMayor15.

In addition, WRGC has made available recordings of mayoral candidate interviews. This will be useful to inform local residents about the candidates running for public office. The audio recordings are available at soundcloud.com/wrgc.

For more information, contact Julia Metzker at ccyv@gcsu.edu or call 478-445-8534.

Telegraph writers Oby Brown and Phillip Ramati compiled this report.

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