It took 16 minutes to park, vote and leave in McDonough, GA today at lunch time. I dare say November 6, 2012 will take much longer. Recall the early voting period has been shorten so more voters will go on election day. From the AJC:
“The state is not on track to beat that record. As of Thursday, the state’s typical top five counties for ballots returned early — Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Henry — were on average tracking about 72 percent below their final early-voting turnout from four years ago.
Fulton and DeKalb, traditionally Democratic strongholds, were both down about 65 percent. Gwinnett, dominated by the GOP, was down about 77 percent. Cobb, also largely Republican, was down about 84 percent. Henry was down about 68 percent.
One likely explanation is the shorter period for early voting — legislators in 2011 shortened the period from 45 days to 21 days. It is also true that those gaps narrow every day and will narrow more through next week, although no one knows by how much. The state stopped short this year of publicly setting an overall early-voting goal. In a poll conducted recently for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, nearly 40 percent of likely Georgia voters said they plan to cast a ballot during early voting.”
Early voting has become extremely efficient and time saving. Janet Shellnutt has done an excellent job in making the process easy. Jim Henry Jr., Arch Brown, Andy Callaway and the rest are providing the citizens with one of the best run processes in the state. It is why Henry County, GA has one of the highest turnouts for early voting on a regular basis. Theses people who serve on this board should be congratulated and told a big thank you. It is a very crucial element and many times overlooked unless something goes really wrong.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp continues doing a great job providing information to voters. If you need a sample ballot before heading out to the polls stop in on the website of the sos.ga.gov and get your own sample ballot. It very easy. Just fill in a little information, click and scroll. You’ll see a link to your very own sample ballot.
The suspension will last from the end of October to the end of November and will affect 340 hourly workers. It’s another blow to the local economy here in Henry County, GA.
Henry is in need, like many other areas, of career opportunities known as local jobs. It’s easy to identify and difficult to fix. A new crop of commissioners are on the way in January and it will be interesting to see what is in store for the county. Tommy Smith or Carlotta Harrell will have to lead the county out of difficult times. One is supposed to be Republican and pro-growth and the other is Democratic and most likely prone to tax and spend on social issues.
Being conservative I know I’ll not vote for Harrell and Obama. That crap aint working already. If and when Smith wins the chairmanship he better be ready to lead this county and have some idea of what is needed. So far Smith has not provided any clue to what lays ahead for us as a county in the way of economic plans. His campaign was more in line with I am not the incumbent and government spent too much. It’ll be interested to see how he pulls a rabbit out of a hat to fix things.
The aftermath of the failed banks in Henry is still being investigated and some are prosecuted. Over at the Atlanta Business Chronicle (ABC)they report Mark Conner of failed FirstCity Bank in Henry, County, GA just received 12 years for his role in the failure, embezzlement and mismanagement of FirstCity.
Mark Conner, who headed up FirstCity Bank in Henry County, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in federal prison for fleecing the failed FirstCity Bank of Stockbridge and other banks.
He also must pay $19.5 million in restitution to the FDIC and victim banks, will forfeit $7 million and is banned for life from the banking industry.
We’ll continue to see more on Henry county banks as time goes by. the county had several failures and who knows what will come of all of them. Hopefully there wasn’t as much negligence and fraud as FirstCity seems to have gone through with the other failed banks.
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of Flint Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney John A. (Trea) Pipkin III to fill the solicitor-general vacancy in Henry County. The vacancy was created by the resignation of the Honorable Charles A. Spahos who now serves as executive director of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Counsel of Georgia.
Congratulations to Trey Pipkin being appointed by the Governor to the solicitor-general of Henry County. With his appointment it leaves Brian Strickland as the Republican Candidate for the 111th new district. Strickland is a conservative minded young man who would represent Henry very well.
With the possibility of Strickland, Welch, Rutledge, Jeffares, Knight and Yates down at the capital Republican values will be strongly supported with these gentlemen. Henry has much to be excited about after the elections.
I am a member of the Henry County 912 group that held this event and I refused to go because the organizers invited McBerry. I am ashamed that he was allowed to speak and had even asked the group leaders to uninvited him and they refused. I was very suprised that Doug McGinnitie and Gerry Purcell did not cancel. I wish they would have. You’re doing the right thing By speaking out. And I will no longer be a member of th Henry 912 group.
Joanie Scott is one of the largest mouth pieces Steve Davis has and is best buds with Larry Stanley. She is constantly telling us how righteous her candidates are, how we all need to listen to her and vote for them. Davis himself claims to have “never done anything unethical, immoral, or illegal.” Scott soaks it up and lashes out at anyone that says otherwise.
Last night with a crowd of 10s, as Beau Kelley mentioned, Davis took stage with Ray McBerry at the super rally event on the square. Funny thing I have not seen Joanie Scott’s outrage with Davis, Stanley and event organizers.