Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 6, 2019

Dec. 6, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream delivers 400th aircraft from G650 family

Katie Nussbaum reports that Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. delivered its 400th jet from the G650 fleet this week, the company announced on Thursday. The extended-range Gulfstream G650ER will be based in the U.S.


Dec. 6, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-Betweens

Susan Percy reports that the city of Atlanta expects to rebid restaurant contracts for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport starting this month, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contracts for retail shops should start early in 2020.


Dec. 6, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gwinnett primed for Amazon center

Tammy Joyner reports, a year from now, the first of hundreds of thousands of toys, books, electronics and other consumer goods will begin shipping from Amazon’s first robotics fulfillment center in Georgia. Once the facility is fully operational, more than 1,000 employees will work alongside robots packing and shipping products.


Dec. 6, 2019 The Center Square

Georgia committee says state needs more affordable housing to keep up with jobs growth

Kim Jarrett reports that Georgia is among the top states for attracting businesses but has a shortage of affordable places for new residents to live. The Special House Study Committee on Workforce Housing’s report says the state is short by at least 350,000 housing units.


Dec. 6, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett schools looking for legislative assistance to address early learning gaps

Taylor Denman reports that Gwinnett County Public Schools and the Board of Education’s concerns are shifting to students that aren’t in their schools yet. J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools, presented the school district’s 2020 legislative priorities to the delegation of Gwinnett County state representatives and senators at Thursday’s pre-session meeting.


Dec. 6, 2019 GPB

Georgia Secretary Of State Rolls Out New ‘Secure The Vote’ Education Initiative

Stephen Fowler reports that the Georgia Secretary of State’s office has unveiled a new education program to help voters acclimate to a new $104 million election system that prints out a paper record of your vote that is then scanned and stored for counting.


Dec. 6, 2019 Georgia Health News

Danger in the ground: Lead contaminates neighborhood

Andy Miller reports that Rosario Hernandez regularly gardens with her grandchildren at her two Atlanta properties in the English Avenue district, about a mile from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. So Hernandez, who works with Historic Westside Gardens, was alarmed when an Emory University team analyzed the soil in July 2018 and discovered it contained unsafe concentrations of lead — a potent neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to children.


Dec. 6, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Provisionals will determine mayor

Chris Herbert reports that Friday is for all the marbles. Scott James Matheson leads J.D. Rice for mayor of Valdosta by 123 votes, and the winner will be determined by provisional ballots. Precincts delivered provisional ballots to the Lowndes County Board of Elections late Tuesday.


Dec. 6, 2019 Report

Judge in Transgender Case Asks: Why Have Separate Boys’ and Girls’ Restrooms?

Jonathan Ringel reports that a federal appellate judge and a lawyer for a transgender student engaged in a tug of war Thursday over how far a decision in his favor would or should extend. Judge William Pryor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit focused repeatedly on whether the underlying ruling, which held that a Florida school district could not bar a transgender boy from the boys’ restroom, suggested students shouldn’t be separated by gender at all.


Dec. 6, 2019 Saporta Report

Abortion galvanized as 2020 campaign issue as Georgia’s WIN List unveils slate

David Pendered reports that Georgia’s WIN List announced Thursday its slate of 12 women who are running for the state Legislature – pro-abortion rights candidates who are expected to spark Democrats’ energy and turnout as Gov. Brian Kemp’s anti-abortion Republican pick for the U.S. Senate will be trying to retain her seat in 2020.


Dec. 6, 2019 Dalton Daily-Citizen News

Graves’ decision not to seek reelection brings ‘surprise’

Ryan Anderson reports that Tom Graves, a Republican from Ranger who has been a member of Congress since 2010, said Thursday he won’t seek reelection in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. “As we all do, I’m entering a new season in life. An exciting season. So, the time has come for me to pass the baton,” Graves wrote in a letter to his constituents, which includes residents of Whitfield and Murray counties.


Dec. 6, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Georgia campaign ethics panel fines lawmakers, investigates Abrams

Stanley Dunlap reports that the Georgia agency charged with enforcing campaign finance laws Wednesday handed out five-figure fines to state legislators, made public an investigation into finances for the 2017 campaign for Atlanta mayor and advanced an investigation into a voting rights nonprofit connected to former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.


Dec. 6, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Kelly Loeffler says she’ll erect a $20 million wall to fend off challengers

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that shortly after Gov. Brian Kemp made Kelly Loeffler’s U.S. Senate appointment formal came another, more surprising, development: She declared her willingness to seed her campaign with a $20 million infusion of her own money.


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