Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 14, 2020

Dec. 14, 2020

Northern Irish Tech Firm to Employ 137 at Buckhead Office

Trevor Williams reports that a software and digital technology from the United Kingdom is to invest $1.2 million at a new Fulton County office employing 137 people. Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kainos builds customized digital services for public, corporate and health care clients, with a particular focus on enterprise resource planning systems.


Dec. 14 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

TCSG Foundation receives $1 million for Last Mile Fund

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Foundation recently received a $1-million grant from the Atlanta-based Robert W. Woodruff Foundation to provide financial assistance to students at the system’s 22 colleges. The grant will be used for TCSG’s Last Mile Fund, which was established four years ago to close students’ funding gap.


Dec. 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With latest coronavirus surge, Georgia job market struggling

Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia officials said Thursday that they processed more than 33,000 new jobless claims last week, a 70% jump from the prior week and a sign of trouble in the state’s economic recovery. Last week’s claims number — the highest since October — reversed what had been a steady decline in layoffs, said the Georgia Department of Labor.


Dec. 14, 2020 WABE 90.1

Two Atlanta Nonprofits Receive 2020 Bank Of America Neighborhood Builders Award

LaShawn Hudson reports that the Atlanta Beltline Partnership and Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are among several nonprofits from across 50 communities throughout the United States awarded with the 2020 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award. Wendy Stewart, Bank of America’s Atlanta Market President, says a selection committee selects awardees for the competitive Neighborhood Builders program based on their proposal and commitment to addressing challenging economic mobility issues and creating community development solutions.


Dec. 14, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Congressman Buddy Carter explains why he signed Texas lawsuit against his own state

DeAnn Komanecky reports that the U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday evening that it had rejected an attempt by Texas to overturn presidential election results in Georgia and three other states. U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter of the 1st District (R) had joined 125 other Republican members of Congress in signing an amicus brief, a friend of the court brief, supporting the Texas lawsuit.


Dec. 14, 2020 11 Alive

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms turns down Biden’s cabinet offer, spokesman says

Jason Braverman reports that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was once on a long list of potential Vice President nominees, has turned down an offer to be a part of President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet, a spokesman said. “Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was honored to have been offered a role in the Cabinet, which she respectfully declined,” a Bottoms spokesperson said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.


Dec. 14, 2020 Georgia Recorder

U.S. Senate campaigns deploy team effort to win ‘unprecedented’ stakes

Ross Williams and Jill Nolin report that last time two U.S. Senators from Georgia were up for election at the same time, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover were at the top of the ballot. Nearly a century ago, it was the death of a sitting senator that made way for the rare appearance of dual Senate races.


Dec. 14, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Amid U.S. Senate runoffs, lawsuit aims to restore 198,000 Georgia voters

Beau Evans reports that 200,000 Georgia voters may have been improperly purged from the state’s voter rolls and should be restored by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office before the Jan. 5 runoff elections, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges. The suit filed by four voting-rights groups comes as Raffensperger’s office fends off separate litigation from President Donald Trump’s allies seeking to overturn Georgia’s presidential election, after certified results show President-elect Joe Biden won by 11,779 votes.


Dec. 14, 2020 The Center Square

House Republicans in Georgia continue push for change before U.S. Senate runoff elections

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Republican Georgia lawmakers increased their push for election changes Friday ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff elections for U.S. Senate. House Majority Leader Jon Burns, R-Newington, sent a second letter to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday asking him to respond to an initial letter calling for two specific changes to the election process.


Dec. 14, 2020 Politico

Georgia runoffs become high-stakes GOP fundraising experiment

Elena Schneider reports that top Republicans are using the expensive Georgia Senate runoffs to sell their party on a deeper investment in digital fundraising, pointing to the surge in donations for next month’s races in Georgia as an example of what GOP candidates could reap in 2022 and beyond — if they put the right infrastructure in place early.


Dec. 14, 2020 GPB

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Last-Minute Request To Toss Election Results

Stephen Fowler reports that the Supreme Court of Georgia dismissed an appeal filed by President Trump seeking to have the court overturn his defeat before the Electoral College meets Monday. In a Saturday night order, the court wrote that it lacks the jurisdiction to hear the appeal and the Trump campaign failed to follow proper steps in the legal process.


Dec. 14, 2020 Washington Post

Inside the ‘nasty’ feud between Trump and the Republican governor he blames for losing Georgia

Ashley Parker, Amy Gardner and Josh Dawsey report that the first major fissure in the relationship between President Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp came a year ago, when Kemp paid Trump a clandestine visit in the White House residence. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Kemp flew up to Washington to introduce Trump to Kelly Loeffler, an Atlanta business executive he wanted to appoint to fill his state’s open U.S. Senate seat.


Dec. 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What to expect with Georgia’s Electoral College vote

Greg Bluestein reports, shortly after noon on Monday, Georgia’s 16 electors will cast their ballots for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, formally sealing the former vice president’s win in Georgia and marking the first time since 1992 a Democratic White House hopeful carried the state. The oft-overlooked process, which will also play out in every other state and the District of Columbia, is magnified this year as President Donald Trump continues making false claims of widespread fraud as he tries to undermine Biden’s incoming administration.

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