Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 28, 2020

Sept. 28, 2020

New Directory: International Buyers, Meet Georgia Exporters

Mary Waters reports on the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) new marketing tool, the Export Georgia, USA Directory. This free resource provides a platform for international buyers to connect with Georgia suppliers who want to explore new business opportunities.


Sept. 28, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Marta Chapman Memorial Foundation

Candice Dyer reports, Marta Chapman was known as a life-changing Hall County teacher who sprang into action in extraordinary ways to help her students. “One girl was being ridiculed for her old clothes, so Marta bought her a new wardrobe,” says her husband, artist Jim Chapman.


Sept. 28, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta to retire Boeing 717s, some 767s by end of 2025

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines said it will retire more jets earlier than planned as it cuts costs amid weakened travel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta-based airline outlined the revised plans in a regulatory filing Friday announcing the completion of $9 billion in financing, including a $6 billion debt offering backed by its SkyMiles frequent flier program and a $3 billion loan.


Sept. 28, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post

Eclipse Gaming expanding operations with new headquarters in Gwinnett County

Curt Yeomans reports that casino game producer Eclipse Gaming is expanding its footprint in Gwinnett County by moving into a new headquarters in the Duluth area that will expand its space by seven times and allow the company to consolidate some operations in one location. Eclipse announced the relocation to the new headquarters, which is located at 2236 Northmont Parkway, in partnership with Partnership Gwinnett and the Georgia Department of Economic Development on Thursday.


Sept. 28, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Regulators seek no remedy for false claims on Okefenokee mining permit request

Mary Landers reports that state and federal regulators in Georgia say they won’t pursue penalties against a company that falsely claimed to control land it planned to mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. About a quarter of the Charlton County land that Alabama-based Twin Pines Minerals planned to mine for titanium and other minerals is owned by The Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, or TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services company.


Sept. 28, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

A sit down discussion with Gov. Brian Kemp

Ryan Kolakowski reports that Gov. Brian Kemp said he feels good about Georgia’s current status amid the pandemic, and he has an optimistic outlook as the temperatures cool and flu season begins in earnest. In an interview with the Times-Journal Inc., the parent company of the Rome News-Tribune, Kemp said shutting down the state and forcing businesses to close a second time is not an option this fall, even if Georgia sees a second wave of COVID-19, although he said, “I never say never to anything, because who knows what’s coming?”


Sept. 28, 2020 Georgia Secretary of State

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Launches Quick and Convenient Absentee Ballot Tracking System

Staff reports that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is launching a quick and convenient system that voters can use to track absentee ballots and get updates on the status of the ballots. Once voters sign up on the new BallotTrax system, they’ll get either email or text message alerts on the status of their ballots.


Sept. 28, 2020 GPB

Error Found In Election Testing Causes Georgia Counties To Pause Some Prep

Stephen Fowler reports that Georgia counties are temporarily pausing the Logic and Accuracy testing of voting equipment for November’s election after testing found an error with how two counties displayed the 21-candidate U.S. Senate special election. The obstacle comes as a federal judge is set to issue the latest order in a years-long lawsuit that seeks to force Georgia to ditch electronic voting machines and move to hand-marked paper ballots.


Sept. 28, 2020 Saporta Report

Gwinnett County transit vote: Local control is the watchword

David Pendered reports, in Gwinnett County, local control is the watchword in the campaign for a proposed 1 percent sales tax to expand transit. MARTA will be involved only because state law requires it – and the role is restricted to heavy rail.


Sept. 28, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald

Constitutional amendments and referendum on Nov. 3 ballot

Sarah Fay Campbell reports, in addition to voting for president and U.S. Senator, Georgians will get to decide on two amendments to the Georgia Constitution and vote in one state referendum on Nov. 3. The two constitutional amendments are based on resolutions that passed the Georgia Senate and Georgia House of Representatives.


Sept. 28, 2020 Washington Post

The six political states of Georgia

David Weigel reports, when they sifted through the wreckage of the 2016 election, and reckoned with their losses in the Midwest, Democrats were surprised by what they found in Georgia. In defeat, Hillary Clinton had won more raw votes out of Georgia than any Democratic nominee in history, and she had carried the GOP’s longtime stronghold — the fast-growing counties just outside of Atlanta.


Sept. 28, 2020 Capitol Beat News

President Trump courts Black voters in Atlanta

Dave Williams reports that Black Americans will recognize President Donald Trump’s historic achievements for the Black community by supporting the Republican’s re-election bid in record numbers, Trump told a mostly Black audience in Atlanta Friday. In a speech at the Cobb Galleria Centre, the president cited the economic gains Black Americans have made on his watch, including the most job gains in U.S. history, the lowest poverty rate and the largest increase in home ownership.


Sept. 28, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stay in! Get out! Dizzying messages in Georgia U.S. Senate race

Greg Bluestein reports, even though the race for Georgia’s Senate special election features 21 candidates who qualified to run for the same seat, the top Democrats and Republicans in the contest might as well be in parallel universes. And nothing exemplified that as much as the events Friday. President Donald Trump wants U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her top GOP rival, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, to both stay in the messy free-for-all.


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