More items from the political notebook:
•Ray Boyd officially began his drive Saturday to become the first independent candidate for Georgia to be on the ballot since the 1940s. Boyd kicked off his effort in his hometown of Folkston, where a large crowd gathered to hear him speak about the state of politics in both Georgia and the country.
For those who may not be keeping track or those who are late to the party, Boyd originally planned to run in the Republican primary but would not sign a loyalty oath. Boyd felt he should be able to disagree with party officials on certain issues, but the representatives of the state Republicans who were at the state capital would not agree to it.