Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 27, 2020

Oct. 27, 2020 The Center Square

Kemp ranks near top in economic freedom report on U.S. governors

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ranked second among U.S. governors in a new conservative think tank report for his policies regarding economic freedom. The American Legislative Exchange Council released its first-ever governors’ rankings in the Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom: Grading America’s 50 Governors.


Oct. 27, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Southern University: Catalyzing Regional Growth

Patty Rasmussen reports that any institution that’s been around 114 years is bound to go through more than a few life-changing events. Georgia Southern University (GSU), founded in 1906, has certainly seen its share.


Oct. 27, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dunkin’ deal? How a metro Atlanta fast-food giant keeps feasting

Matt Kempner reports, a little less than three years ago, the CEO of Sandy Springs-based Arby’s laid out a dreamy plan: Grow beyond the We-Have-The-Meats fast-food brand to gobble up other restaurant chains, a move that he said would bring more corporate jobs to metro Atlanta.


Oct. 27, 2020 Georgia Recorder, Savannah Morning News

Georgia film production action picks up as COVID intermission wraps up

Ross Williams reports that Gloria Bishop of Decatur is back on the job after seven months off work. She walked off set March 13, the day before Gov. Brian Kemp declared a public health state of emergency, and didn’t return to work until Sept. 30.


Oct. 27, 2020

Japanese Auto Supplier to Make Sixth Expansion in Rome

Trevor Williams reports that a Japanese supplier of auto parts to the likes of Honda and Nissan in the Southeast U.S. is set to embark on its sixth expansion over two decades in Rome, Ga. The latest expansion from F&P Georgia isn’t the flashiest — it is to create 15 jobs on $22.8 million in investment, much of which will go toward a massive new stamping press and robotic equipment  — but it represents a story of how a solid international investment can develop into a transformative one with the right care over time.


Oct. 27, 2020 Capitol Beat News

New Georgia law aims at transparency in health insurance plans

Dave Williams reports that health-care transparency legislation aimed at filling a gap in Georgia’s new surprise billing law will take effect this Sunday, in time for the annual insurance enrollment period. House Bill 789 will establish a rating system Georgians can use to determine which physician specialty groups in their insurance plan’s provider network serve a given hospital.


Oct. 27, 2020 New York Times

Georgia, Once Reliably Red, Is Suddenly a Battleground. What Happened?

Richard Faussett reports, for years, state House District 119 was a safely Republican seat in the Georgia Legislature, having been carved out of conservative suburbs along the south side of Athens, a liberal college town, to maximize Republican votes. This year, Jonathan Wallace, a Democrat, could win it.


Oct. 27, 2020 Washington Post

Can Biden pull off a win in Georgia?

Sean Sullivan and Toluse Olorunnipa report, the last time a Democratic nominee for president won Georgia, “Wayne’s World” was a box office hit, Boyz II Men topped the charts and Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff was 5 years old. On Tuesday, Joe Biden will campaign there, sending the strongest signal yet that Democrats are serious about trying to shake the Republican Party’s decades-long grip on the second most populous state in the Deep South.


Oct. 27, 2020 WABE 90.1

Nearly 1 Million And Counting: Georgia Counties Tackle Processing Absentee Ballots

Emil Moffat reports, in an industrial warehouse attached to the DeKalb County elections office, dozens of workers wear N95 protective masks and sit at spaced-out tables. They’re a mix of county employees, poll workers and volunteers.  In front of them are bins of absentee ballots.


Oct. 27, 2020 Politico

Georgia’s legacy of voter suppression is driving historic Black turnout

Maya King reports that almost every Black Georgia voter queuing up at the polls has a story about 2018. Most waited for hours in lines that wrapped around their voting locations.


Oct. 27, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Biden races to expand election map with today’s Georgia visit

Greg Bluestein reports that Joe Biden will visit Georgia on Tuesday for the first time since clinching the party’s presidential nomination, raising hopes among Democrats that they could be on the verge of carrying the state for the first time in nearly 30 years. Biden will first deliver remarks in Warm Springs, the tiny Georgia town that was once the home of President Franklin Roosevelt’s private retreat.


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