Political Notes — Deal declares emergency in coastal counties

[private]As a rare winter storm with heavy snow closes in on Savannah, Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in 28 counties along the Georgia coast.

“The state has begun preparations for potential winter weather in the 28 counties, including sending all Georgia Department of Transportation brine trucks and 75 additional plows to the impacted areas,” Deal said.

“The emergency declaration ensures all state resources are available if necessary. We will continue monitoring the weather and provide updates as needed,” the governor said. “I encourage all Georgians in the potentially impacted areas to stay informed, get prepared and be safe.”

The counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Candler, Coffee, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Echols, Effingham, Evans, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Lanier, Lowndes, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Ware and Wayne.

Weather forecasters were predicting as much as four to six inches of snow in Savannah, which would be a record for the coastal city.

“This could be one of the heaviest one-day snowfalls on record in both Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina,” said Weather.com.

Gingrich predicts

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich says the experts predicting a “Blue Wave” in the 2018 elections have it all wrong.

“After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock,” Gingrich said in an op-ed piece for Fox News.

“Democrats who voted against the [tax cut] bill will live to regret it as people look at their family budgets and realize Democrats in the House and Senate wanted Washington bureaucrats to have more money, rather than hard-working Americans,” Gingrich wrote. “This will certainly be a losing proposition for the 10 Senate Democrats up for re-election in states President Trump won in 2016. In fact, the stage is being set for a definitive election.”

Tomlinson honor

Chris Tomlinson, executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the State Road and Tollway Authority, will serve as first vice president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). In 2019, Tomlinson will serve as president of IBTTA, a worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators.

“Chris’s transportation, transit and legal experience will be a tremendous asset to our Board at this critical time when we address major infrastructure needs, challenges and advances in transportation,” said Patrick Jones, executive director of IBTTA.

Personnel notes

Jerry Keen, a former House majority leader in the state legislature, has been named president and CEO of Joe Tanner & Associates, a government affairs and lobbying firm.

Keen will oversee day-to-day operations of the firm, while Joe Tanner will retain the title of founder and chairman of the firm that he launched in 1997.

Keen had been a senior consultant for Troutman Sanders since 2010, when he stepped down from the General Assembly.

© 2018 by The Georgia Report

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