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The Peach State - ratified Constitution 2 Jan 1788

Georgia is a state in the southeastern United States. It began as a British colony in 1733, the last and southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies to be established. Named after King George II of Great Britain, the Province of Georgia covered the area from South Carolina down to Spanish Florida and Louisiana (New France), also bordering to the west towards the Mississippi River. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on 2 January 1788. In 1802-1804, western Georgia was split to the Mississippi Territory, which later split to form Alabama with part of former West Florida in 1819. Georgia declared its secession from the United States on 19 January 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states. It was the last state to be readmitted, on 15 July 1870. Georgia is the 24th largest and the 8th most populous of the 50 states. From 2007 to 2008, 14 of Georgia's counties ranked among the nation's 100 fastest-growing, second only to Texas. Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta is the state's capital and most populous city.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 33° N — Longitude: 83.5° W

Area: 153,909 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-GA

Carole Ann Rand, 1990 candidate for Governor

Birthplace of

Jimmy Carter, James Earl Carter Jr., in Plains, on 1 Oct 1924
Paul Craig Roberts, in Atlanta, on 3 Apr 1939
Henry Grady Weaver, in Eatonton, on 24 Dec 1889

Deathplace of

Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Warm Springs, on 12 Apr 1945
Richard Timberlake, in Athens, on 22 May 2020

Web Pages

Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: Sharon Harris - Libertarian
Includes photo, biographical profile and quotes about and by Harris
In 1994, she was the party's candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, receiving 23% statewide and 34% in 3 metro-Atlanta counties — a total of over 300,000 votes in a two-way race against Georgia's most entrenched incumbent. ... Also in 1994, she was one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Georgia which challenged the Constitutionality of Georgia's law which required candidates for office to take a drug test. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Georgia libertarian attorney Walker Chandler won the case, thus overthrowing the law.
Related Topic: Sharon Harris

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Georgia | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 22, fiscal policy rank: 14, regulatory policy rank: 14, personal freedom rank: 43, economic freedom rank: 12
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 753


Ending America's Domestic Quagmire, by Paul Armentano, Freedom Daily, Dec 2007
Compares the War on Drugs to the U.S. military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and counsels reassessment of the domestic "war"
Americans are also dying in greater numbers a result of drug-war enforcement. For example, members of Georgia's narcotics task force shot and killed 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston in November 2006 during a no-knock drug raid of her home. Two officers in the raid eventually pled guilty to manslaughter and admitted that they planted drugs in Ms. Johnston's house as a cover story for their actions.
Related Topics: War on Drugs, Maryland
End the Other War Too, by Sheldon Richman, 1 Dec 2006
Discusses the case of an 88-year old woman killed by police based on a false report from an informant, quoting from a Radley Balko report covering the increasing use of SWAT teams in drug war raids
[A]n 88-year-old Atlanta woman who lived alone was shot dead November 21 by police raiding her home on the basis of a confidential informant's claim that he had bought crack cocaine from a man at that location ... Kathryn Johnston ... was "described by neighbors as feeble and afraid to open her door after dark," was killed as police, executing a no-knock warrant, forcibly entered her home ... The police story has changed several times ... [T]he police said they found narcotics in Johnston's home, but later they said they found only a small amount of marijuana, which is not regarded as a narcotic.
Related Topics: War on Drugs, Moral Repression
Lessons learned: Libertarian reflects on his campaign and offers advice, by Richard H. Timberlake, Libertarian Party News, Jan 1994
Describes the background to "retired fuddy-duddy economics professor" Timberlake's campaign for city-county commissioner against a Democrat incumbent, campaign activities, analysis of results and suggestions for other LP candidates and the Party itself
Just more than a year ago, [I] ran a political campaign as a Libertarian in an effort to unseat an incumbent, female, Democrat, statist, city-county commissioner in Athens-Clarke County Georgia ... The proposed Athens-Clarke civic center became a much more serious threat to the community's welfare than the ongoing, almost riderless bus system ... By circulating petitions ..., our "coalition" established the fact that a very large popular majority of city-county residents no longer wanted any civic center, and certainly not the expensive plan currently on the drawingboard.
Related Topics: Libertarian Party, Taxation, Voting
The NFL is Not for Libertarians, by S. M. Oliva, 26 Apr 2012
Examines various statist aspects of the National Football League
Without direct government financing in the form of taxes and municipal bonds ..., most of the NFL stadiums erected over the past 20 years would not exist, at least in their present form ... And the NFL will continue to gorge itself on taxes and cheap debt. Just today, political officials in Atlanta proposed spending at least $300 million in taxes—which means the actual number will be much higher—to build a new stadium for the Falcons. Which is overdue, of course, because the team's present home was built all the way back in 1992.
The think tank boom, by Peter Orvetti, Libertarian Party News, Feb 2000
Discusses the proliferation of state-level "libertarian/conservative think tanks" between 1985-2000, the activities in pursuit of their goals and various examples and quotes from some of the public policy organizations
The Southeastern Legal Foundation in Georgia ... engages in legal action on Constitutional issues ... "We focus on Constitutional issues, like private property rights, affirmative action, tax issues, and free speech," said President Matthew J. Glavin. "We recently successfully challenged the Clinton Census 2000 statistical sampling plan in defense of a Constitutional count ... Right now [we are] engaged in affirmative action litigation against Atlanta's set-aside program for public contracting. We are also assisting government officials in Georgia with the implementation of a four-year, $1 billion unemployment insurance tax cut."

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Georgia (U.S. state)" as of 5 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.