Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 30, 2020

Sept. 30, 2020 Saporta Report

Trump’s ban on offshore oil drilling also halts development of offshore wind farms to 2032

David Pendered reports that resident Trump’s new ban that protects the coast of Georgia and other southern states from offshore oil and gas drilling also bans offshore wind farms until June 30, 2032, reported Monday.Wind farms appear to be collateral damage of Trump’s announcements on the campaign trail to ban the extraction permits that have been roundly criticized by the general public and elected officials.


Sept. 30, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Angling Adventure

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that two hours north of Atlanta, a serene haven and a successful fly-fishing business await anglers hoping to land wild trout in the 3- to 12-pound range. Blackhawk Fly Fishing offers a private angling experience along about two miles of the Soque River’s spring-fed waters near Clarkesville.


Sept. 30, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb suit against Bank of America moves forward

Arielle Kass reports that metro Atlanta counties that sued Bank of America and its subsidiaries for discriminatory lending practices they say resulted in lower home values following the 2008 recession can continue their quest to recoup lost revenue from the bank, a federal judge said.


Sept. 30, 2020 WABE 90.1

Port Of Savannah Gains Record Growth In September

Maria White Tillman reports that Port of Savannah officials say they’re maintaining a “record pace” for September. The Georgia Ports Authority is recording an all-time volume this month in activity at the Savannah port. This is despite a global pandemic and a less-than-stellar economy.


Sept, 30, 2020

Online Platform to Link Dutch Fintech Startups With Atlanta Mentors

Trevor Williams reports that the Dutch Consulate General in Atlanta has launched an online platform to connect emerging startups in the Netherlands with mentors here who can help them make the leap into the U.S. market.  OrangeXchangeUSA started as an answer to COVID-19, which halted transatlantic travel just as the consulate was set to host a delegation of fintech companies this spring.


Sept. 30, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Molson Coors enters into exclusive agreement with Coca-Cola for hard seltzer production

Margaret Naczek reports that Molson Coors Beverage Co. entered into an exclusive agreement with The Coca-Cola Co. to manufacture, market and distribute Topo Chico Hard Seltzer in the U.S. After debuting the drink in Latin America, Coca-Cola said it would launch Topo Chico Hard Seltzer in 2021.


Sept. 30, 2020 Albany Herald

Supreme Court rules on Lowndes sovereign immunity case

Staff reports that the Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled in favor of the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners and reversed a decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals that would have blocked the county’s lawsuit against the commissioner and board members of the state Department of Community Affairs on sovereign immunity grounds in the Board of Commissioners of Lowndes County v. Mayor and Council of the City of Valdosta et al case.


Sept. 30, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Georgia Supreme Court allows couple to pursue case of sperm donor ‘fraud’

Ross Williams reports that a Georgia couple can continue its lawsuit against the Atlanta-based sperm bank that helped them conceive a son, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday, allowing them to pursue claims the donor lied about his mental and criminal history. The high court partially reversed a ruling by a Fulton County Superior Court judge and the Georgia Court of Appeals allowing Wendy and Janet Norman of Peachtree City to seek damages from the sperm bank operated by Xytex Corp. after they discovered the genetic father of their son lied about his health and criminal background.


Sept. 30, 2020 GPB

State Outlines Fix For Error That Halted Election Testing

Stephen Fowler reports that Georgia elections officials say they will quickly be able to fix a software error that caused half of the 21-person U.S. Senate special election candidates to not show up on voting machines during mandatory testing. The snafu in the state’s new $104 million voting system came to light after attorneys representing an election integrity group shared an email from the state ordering counties to halt Logic and Accuracy testing to prepare for the November election because of a database issue.


Sept. 30, 2020 Gainesville Times

On the issues: Dee Daley vs. Bo Hatchett for Georgia Senate District 50

Megan Reed reports that the The Times will be publishing candidate information over the next few weeks for contested races. The Times is also offering virtual forums for select races: state House District 29 and 30 and U.S. House District 9.


Sept. 30, 2020 11 Alive

Runoff set in special election for John Lewis’ 5th district seat: Results

Staff reports that former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin are advancing to a Dec. 1 runoff in the special election to fill the remainder of the term of the late John Lewis. Hall and Franklin led five other candidates Tuesday in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District.


Sept. 30, 2020 Macon Telegraph

Former President Jimmy Carter endorses Warnock for Senate, following Obama and Abrams

Jenna Eason reports that the Rev. Raphael Warnock received another endorsement from a former U.S. President in his campaign to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate, and this endorser is a Georgian himself. Former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter endorsed Warnock on Tuesday because of Warnock’s history of fighting for economic opportunities for all Georgians, according to a news release from Warnock’s campaign.


Sept. 30, 2020 Capitol Beat News

New poll has Warnock leading U.S. Senate race for first time

Dave Williams reports that a new poll for the first time shows Democrat Raphael Warnock leading the crowded field vying to complete the U.S. Senate term of retired Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson. Support for Warnock, the pastor at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, stood at 31% in a poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.


Sept. 30, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A day after first debate, Pence to rally conservatives in Atlanta

Greg Bluestein reports that Vice President Mike Pence will headline a conservative religious conference in Atlanta on Wednesday as Republicans intensify their efforts to carry Georgia in November. The vice president is set to arrive in Atlanta around noon Wednesday and then will head to the Cobb Galleria Centre to speak at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Policy Conference.


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