Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 7, 2021

Jan. 7, 2021 GPB

Georgia Officials, Organizations React to Insurrection At US Capitol

Sarah Rose reports that an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol mounted by pro-Trump extremists led to tear gas being fired inside the Rotunda, the floor of the Senate being breached by protesters, and shots being fired inside the building leaving one woman dead from an apparent gun shot wound. The violence comes as Congress was attempting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Donald Trump.


Jan. 7, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Diversity Focus

Ben Young writes, diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are hot topics in 2021. In many ways Georgia is at the vanguard in successful corporate and civic practices.


Jan. 7, 2021 Saporta Report

Housing prices: No dips in sight as demand, lumber, labor costs push prices higher

David Pendered reports that the prospect of falling home prices – affordable units or market-based – shows no signs of appearing at the start of 2021. Demand for dwellings exceeds supply, and prices for lumber and labor remain above expectations.


Jan. 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

$100 million aimed at affordable housing at MARTA rail stops

Andy Peters reports that New York investment bank Morgan Stanley and a Chicago housing investor have pledged $100 million to preserve affordable housing near MARTA rail stations. Morgan Stanley, Chicago-based National Equity Fund and MARTA have partnered to manage a $100 million fund to help low-income families stay in their homes.


Jan. 7, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Savannah businesses disappointed, but understand St. Patrick’s Day cancellation

Katie Nussbaum reports, for the second year in a row, the streets of Savannah will not be filled with the sound of bagpipes or revelers sporting their green attire on St. Patrick’s Day. And the decision to cancel the celebrated annual parade is drawing mixed reactions from the hospitality industry, a major driver of Savannah’s economy.


Jan. 7, 2021 Brunswick News

Oil spill crews kept busy during stern lifting

Larry Hobbs reports, when the spotter in the overhead helicopter saw the thick black formation stretching large across the surface of the St. Simons Sound, an alert immediately went out to crews on the water below. The spotter reported the location of a cloud of heavy oil drifting swiftly from the shipwrecked Golden Ray as salvors lifted the vessel’s severed stern section from the water Monday morning.


Jan. 7, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia rural hospital tax credit program gets more favorable state audit

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s rural hospital tax credit fared better in a new state audit than the critical evaluation the program received from the state Department of Revenue just more than a year ago. “Hospitals, taxpayers and third parties were largely compliant with statutory provisions,” the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts concluded in an audit released this week.


Jan. 7, 2021 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Ossoff, Warnock will likely avoid recount in Georgia Senate runoffs, election official says

Lauren Gorley and Nick Wooten report that as Georgia counties continue processing ballots in the state’s three runoff races Wednesday, here’s the latest election news you need to know. Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager, told reporters Wednesday morning that Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff will likely avoid recounts in Georgia’s twin Senate runoffs.


Jan. 7, 2021 USA Today, Athens Banner-Herald

Democrats will control US Senate after Ossoff, Warnock win Georgia runoffs

Ledyard King and Joey Garrison report that Democrats recaptured control of the U.S. Senate by winning both Georgia seats up for election Tuesday, giving the party complete control of Congress and President-elect Joe Biden a much easier path to carry out his legislative agenda on climate change, health care and racial justice.


Jan. 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Strict absentee voting limits proposed after record Georgia turnout

Mark Niesse reports that voting was never easier in Georgia than in November’s presidential election. But it might not last. Republican legislators plan to crack down on voting access after record turnout helped Democrat Joe Biden win Georgia, flipping the state after 24 years of GOP presidential wins.


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