Political Notes — More special elections are coming in January

[private]So you think you’ve seen the last of the special elections for a while? Well, you haven’t.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said special elections have been set for Jan. 9 — the day after the legislative session convenes — in Senate District 17 and House District 111. If runoffs are necessary, they will be held Feb. 6.

The winners of those special elections could miss most of the legislative session, but they’ll be just in time to qualify to run again for the 2018 primary elections, which are scheduled for May 22.

The incumbent in Senate District 17, Rick Jeffares, resigned last week to concentrate fulltime on running for lieutenant governor. The incumbent in House District 111, Brian Strickland, resigned to run for Jeffares’ Senate seat.

Qualifying for the special elections will be held in the state elections division starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continuing through Thursday before ending at 1 p.m. Friday.

Senate District 17 covers parts of Henry, Newton, and Rockdale counties. House District 111 covers a portion of Henry County and presents an opportunity for Democrats to poach another legislative seat — the district has become more Democratic-leaning in recent elections.

Split decision for Tisdale

Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale won a split decision Monday in a Dawson County trial.

Tisdale, 54, was acquitted of the most serious charge of felony obstruction along with a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing.  However, the jury did convict her of a misdemeanor obstruction charge, which could mean a maximum jail time of 12 months.’

Tisdale often shows up for political and government events, even at the state capitol, and videotapes the proceedings for later display online.

But in 2014, she attended a Republican rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawson
County and started videotaping speeches by political candidates, including Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.  Gov. Nathan Deal and then-attorney general Sam Olens were in the audience waiting to speak.

Halfway through the program, Tisdale was told to stop videotaping and when she didn’t, a Dawson County sheriff’s deputy brutally removed her from her seat and arrested her. It took more than three years for the case to finally come to trial.

Final approval for Emory annexation

The Atlanta City Council voted final approval Monday of the annexation of a 744-acre tract in DeKalb County that includes Emory University, the Center for Disease Control, and a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospital.

“At 744 acres, this will be the largest expansion of the city since the annexation of Buckhead in 1952,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said.

Reed said the annexation “presents the rare opportunity to bring a world-class teaching and research institution, and two of the leading national public health institutions of the United States into the City of Atlanta.”

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