Georgia Trend Daily – March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019 GPB

U.S. House Seeks Documents About ‘Unprecedented Challenges’ With Georgia’s Voting

Stephen Fowler reports that a U.S. House committee has issued a sweeping call for documents from the governor and secretary of state to learn more about what it calls serious problems with voting in Georgia. In a letter dated Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) asked Gov. Brian Kemp information related to voter roll purges, the so-called “exact match” policy and polling place closures from the beginning of 2017 to now.

Harold Melton

Q&A Coverstory: Georgia’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton


March 7, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From The Publisher: Taking on Healthcare Reform

Ben Young writes, I hope new momentum to support rural Georgia will bring true change in our approach to finally tackling our healthcare problems. Healthcare reform is a confusing issue, but the reality is that access to care is a huge problem in rural parts of the state, and people are facing higher costs that are outstripping their means.


March 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why Atlanta’s airport is facing a state takeover bid

Greg Bluestein and Kelly Yamanouchi report that the Georgia Senate is set to vote Thursday on whether to approve a measure that would give the state control of Atlanta’s airport, a move that Atlanta’s mayor said is tantamount to declaring war on the city. The bill’s Republican supporters say the switch is needed to protect the state’s economic engine from corruption and mismanagement, and the indictment Wednesday of a longtime Atlanta contractor on bribery charges added fuel to the fire.


March 7, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

‘We’re not going to strip-mine Turner,’ WarnerMedia chief says

Eric Mandel reports, WarnerMedia executives gave more details Wednesday about plans for Turner Broadcasting under AT&T’s rule.


March 7, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Jekyll Island named a top travel destination

Staff reports that Money magazine has ranked Jekyll Island as the number one U.S. travel destination on its list of “The 20 Best Places to Go in 2019.” The top ranking follows the island’s selection for the second position on a list of “19 best beaches for families and kids,” by NBC-TV’s “Today” program last week.


March 7, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Chick-fil-A is selling fish sandwiches for Lent

Staff reports that Chick-fil-A is bringing back its cod sandwich for Lent. Select Chick-fil-A locations will offer the seasonal menu item for a limited time between Wednesday, March 6 and Saturday, April 20 during Lent. The Fish Sandwich will join the Chick-fil-A menu, along with the Deluxe Fish Sandwich and boxed 2- and 3-count fish entrees and meals, served with Waffle Potato Fries.


March 7, 2019 CNN

Refugees and Americans find community — over a cup of coffee

Chrisopher Dawson reports, Would you like a cup of coffee? It’s a hospitable gesture with a universal meaning: You are welcome here. At a small coffee shop in Clarkston, Georgia, you hear that question asked in imperfect English and thick accents. The employees at Refuge Coffee know what it feels like to long for a welcoming word. So do many of their customers, who fled wars and violence around the world.


March 7, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Recycling batteries

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that last year, Georgians collected over 650,000 pounds of batteries in support of Call2Recycle, the country’s first and largest consumer battery recycling program. That effort earned the Peach State a No. 3 national ranking for battery recycling. Since Call2Recycle was founded in 1994, Georgia residents have kept more than 3.8 million pounds of batteries out of landfills, helping make the environment cleaner and safer.


March 7, 2019 University of Georgia

Gifts from SunTrust Foundations to launch idea accelerator

Kate Lovin reports that a $500,000 gift from the SunTrust Foundation and the SunTrust Trusteed Foundations will support the University of Georgia’s Entrepreneurship Program. The gift will help launch a student incubator/accelerator space and provide support for the student-led UGA Kickstart Fund.


March 7, 2019 Georgia Health News

Showdown approaches in Georgia House over CON proposal

Andy Miller reports that a regulatory revamp in Georgia health care is hanging in the balance. A pointed TV ad and the fiery tweet that it provoked show the passions swirling around the issue. The state House on Thursday will consider a somewhat trimmed-down version of its originally proposed overhaul of the state’s certificate-of-need (CON) laws. The highly anticipated vote on House Bill 198 is expected to be close, experts say.


March 7, 2019 Valdosta Daily News

Bill would ban local design rules

Jill Nolin reports that a controversial push to stop local officials from imposing limits on the color a homeowner is allowed to paint the outside of their house — among other design choices — has stirred heated debate over private property rights under the Gold Dome. The measure would prohibit local governments from adopting residential home design standards that dictate such things as exterior paint color, siding material and style and location of windows.


March 7, 2019 Brunswick News

Rep. Jones fears he cost McIntosh County $400K for visitors center

Terry Dickson reports that State Rep. Jeff Jones, R-Brunswick, recently pulled his name from coal ash bills fearing his support would weaken their chance of passage. Jones fears his name may have cost McIntosh County a $400,000 allocation for a new visitors center. Late in February, Jones joined nine other House members in urging Speaker David Ralston to resign after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Ralston, a lawyer, had used his legislative position to stall court actions in cases involving his clients.


March 7, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Airport control, Abortion and Gambling are the bills to watch on Crossover Day

Thom Chandler reports, one of the two biggest days for Georgia lawmakers is upon us. Thursday marks Day 28 of the legislative session, also known as Crossover Day. This is for all intents and purposes the last chance for a bill to pass in one chamber so that it can move to the other for consideration.


March 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stacey Abrams keeping her options open for 2020

Greg Bluestein reports that Stacey Abrams has dropped hints in a string of recent appearances that she’s not ruling out a bid for president next year. But she might be leaving the possibility open for another White House prize. The Democrat instantly emerged as a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. David Perdue after she narrowly lost last year’s vote to Gov. Brian Kemp.

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