Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 10, 2020

Nov. 10, 2020

October Net Tax Revenues Up 1.8 Percent

Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections in October totaled nearly $2.02 billion, for an increase of $35.2 million, or 1.8 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled $1.98 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $8.21 billion, for an increase of $400.2 million, or 5.1 percent, compared to October FY 2020.


Nov. 10, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economy: Three-phase National Recovery

Jeffrey Humphreys reports that the pandemic that brought about an economic recession may still be with us, but absent another lockdown of the population and shutdown of businesses, the 2020 COVID-19 recession is over. It lasted three months – March through May – making it the shortest U.S. recession on record thanks to massive fiscal and monetary policy responses.


Nov. 10, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia businesses cautious about apparent Biden win

Michael E. Kanell and Christopher Quinn report that some local business leaders Monday were cautiously hopeful that a Biden administration will be good for Georgia, sticking with the current policies that have pumped up profits and ratcheting back those that have hurt. Other companies considered the divisive election and results that are still contentious and simply chose to stay mum.


Nov. 10, 2020

Explore Georgia Launches ‘Georgia’s Great Escapes Giveaway’ to Showcase Safe Travel

Staff reports that Explore Georgia, the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, has launched a new vacation giveaway, “Georgia’s Great Escapes Giveaway.” The Georgia’s Great Escapes Giveaway showcases safe travel in the state through inspirational safecation guides and a chance to win a two-night, three-day getaway to one of five distinctive Georgia destinations – Atlanta, Blue Ridge, Milledgeville, Savannah and Thomasville.


Nov. 10, 2020 Saporta Report

Portman Architects names Robert Halverson CEO, chairman

Maria Saporta reports that Portman Architects on Monday announced the succession Robert Halverson in the dual position of CEO and chairman. Halverson takes over the Atlanta-based 67-year leading architectural design firm at an important time of transition following the death of its founder nearly three years ago and the death of his son, Jack Portman, in August.


Nov. 10, 2020 Rome News-Tribune, Capitol Beat News

State elections manager debunks claims after Perdue, Loeffler call for secretary of state to resign

Beau Evans reports that U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republicans in tight runoff races to hold their seats, called on Georgia’s Republican secretary of state Monday to resign as state election officials continued brushing aside unproven claims of ballot fraud. The joint call from Perdue and Loeffler came shortly after the top elections manager in Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office dismissed a string of theories on ballot harvesting and computer glitches that President Donald Trump’s allies floated recently to sow doubt in Georgia’s election results.


Nov. 10, 2020 WABE 90.1

Despite Biden’s Lead, Georgia Republicans Held Onto Power In General Assembly

Emma Hurt reports, while at the presidential level, Joe Biden is leading in Georgia by more than 10,000 votes, in the state House and state Senate, Republicans held their majority. Democrats flipped one state Senate seat and three state House seats, and Republicans flipped one in the House, for a net gain of three seats between the chambers, though votes are still being tallied in some races.


Nov. 10, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia House Republicans nominate Ralston to return as speaker

Dave Williams reports that Georgia House Republicans renominated Speaker David Ralston Monday to another two-year term as the chamber’s leader and reelected their entire leadership team. Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has served as speaker since 2010.


Nov. 10, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post

Rich McCormick appears to acknowledge Carolyn Bourdeaux victory in 7th Congressional District, but casts doubts on Gwinnett results

Curt Yeomans reports that Republican 7th Congressional District candidate Rich McCormick appeared to acknowledge his Democratic opponent, Carolyn Bourdeaux, had won the congressional race, but also cast doubt on election results from Gwinnett County.


Nov. 10, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Georgia Rep. David Scott bids to lead U.S. House Agriculture Committee

Ariana Figueroa reports that U.S. Rep. David Scott, an Atlanta Democrat, is a leading candidate the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee after a  longtime congressman’s re-election defeat opened up a contest for the post. Scott has announced that he’s seeking to run the influential panel after the current chair, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, lost Tuesday to his Republican challenger, Michelle Fischbach.


Nov. 10, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Which Georgians might be in line for roles in Joe Biden’s administration?

Tia Mitchell reports, now that all the major news organizations have declared Joe Biden the president-elect, focus is shifting to his transition and speculation about whom he will pick for his inner circle. President Donald Trump selected several Georgians for his team, including U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and former Health Secretary Tom Price.

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