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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Lawmakers can expect face-to-face meetings
   with Girl Scouts from across Georgia next month at the state
   Capitol, where the young scouts plan on treating legislators to a
   milk-and-cookie reception. These girls bearing gifts of Thin Mints and Samoas will also come
   packing an agenda. They want to see Savannah’s towering
   suspension bridge renamed in honor of Juliette Gordon Low, who
   Founded the Girl Scouts in the coastal area Georgia city more than a
   century ago. The Girl Scouts saw an opening last fall when Savannah’s city
   council formally asked state lawmakers during their 2018 session
   to strip the name of segregationist form Gov. Eugene Talmadge
   from the bridge. Georgia scouts are getting support from the Girl
   Scouts’ National headquarters in New York, which has hired a
   lobbyist to help sway lawmakers in Atlanta. Rep. Ron Stephens, Republican from Savannah, is on board with
   the switch. He said he plans to introduce a bill on Feb. 6, when
   Girl scout leaders plan to bring as many as 300 scouts to the
   Capitol. “I can not think of a person
   Savannah River that would mean more, “Stephens said of Low,
   though he’s not optimistic fellow lawmakers will agree if that
   means rescinding an honor bestowed on a governor training. “My
   opinion is chances of passage are slim to none. ” Since 1956, the span crossing the Savannah River at the
   Georgia-South Carolina line has been named for Talmadge, a
   populist Democrat who served three terms between 1933 and 1942.
   Talmadge railed against the New Deal
   economic parity with whites. He defended whites-only primary
   elections in Georgia. And he o’clock proclaimed a black man’s place
   was “at the back door with his hat in his hand.”

In September, Savannah’s city council unanimously called on the
   legislature to take Talmadge’s name off the bridge. Mayor Eddie
   DeLoach sought the change following the violence in
   Charlottesville, VA, as white supremacists rallied to
   protect Confederate statues. DeLoach said Savannah’s bridge
   should “no longer be named for a man who divided us.” By law, only Georgia lawmakers can name or rename state roads and
   bridges. Girl Scouts Leaders say it’s an ideal chance to honor
   Low, who insisted Girl Scouts have a place for all girls
   regardless of race, religion or disabilities. “All her life, Juliet sought to bring people together to solve
   make a better place, “Girl Scouts CEO
   Sylvia Acevedo told The Associated Press by email. “And I can not
   think of a better symbol
   connects people to others. ” Low recruited the first troop girl Scouts over tea at her
   Savannah home in March 1912. In their first year, the girls
   learned to cook and care for babies. But Low also taught them how
   to shoot rifles and tie up burglars. While Low started with only 18 Girl Scouts, 1.8 million are
   enrolled today. Acevedo said scouts from across the U.S.
   Attending an October Convention embraced their Savannah
   colleagues’ cause. Roughly 10,000 Girl Scouts and Alumnae Have
   signed a petition asking the lawmakers to rename the bridge for Low. In December, Acevedo joined the leaders of Georgia’s two Girl
   Scout councils at the state Capitol in Atlanta to meet with Gov.
   Nathan Deal. While the meeting focused on boosting girls’
   interest in science and math, Girl Scout leaders also told
   the governor they want Low’s name on the bridge. “I’m not sure that he ever came out and said, ‘I’m supportive of
   this, ‘”said Sue Else, chief executive of the Girl Scouts of
   Historic Georgia, who attended the meeting with Deal. “But he’s
   been very supportive of Girl Scouts in general. ” Meanwhile, Girl Scouts National Leaders hired Savannah lobbyist
   Amy Hughes for the legislative session that began last week.
   Hughes was hired specifically to lobby lawmakers on the bridge
   issue, said Alice Hockenbury, the Girl Scouts’ vice president for
   advocacy in Washington. Stephens doubts fellow lawmakers will take action. A prior
   attempt to strip Talmadge’s name from the bridge
   2013. He said it could be tougher this year, as the
   Republican-controlled legislature tries to avoid election-year
   backlash from GOP voters amidst controversies over Confederate
   statues and memorials. “As far as I can tell, just by the conversations I’ve had with
   people, they’re going to run from anything that’s extremely
   controversial, “Stephens said.

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