Georgia Trend Daily – July 2, 2021
July 2, 2021 Georgia.gov
Gov. Kemp Announces Amcor, Inc. Expanding InFlex Manufacturing Operations to Bacon County, Creating 100 Jobs
Staff reports that on Thursday, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that InFlex, a subsidiary of Georgia-based plastics manufacturing leader Amcor, Inc., will invest nearly $8 million in expanding its operations to Bacon County. The new advanced manufacturing facility will create 100 jobs in Alma, Georgia.
July 2, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Have a fun holiday weekend
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that it’s Independence Day weekend and that means parades, fireworks and races. For those looking for an adrenaline-pumping way to celebrate, why not trot over to the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry for the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) Summer Run Super Show?
July 2, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia jobless claims hold steady as pandemic recovery continues
Michael E. Kanell reports that the Georgia Department of Labor processed 20,749 new claims for unemployment benefits last week, far below the stratospheric levels of a year ago but still almost four times the pre-pandemic average. Since most were not new layoffs, but were refilings of claims, as required once a year by labor department rules, it is a sign of an economy haltingly moving toward health.
July 2, 2021 Brunswick News
Developer closes on mill site deal
Gordon Jackson reports, after many failed attempts to repurpose the old Gilman Paper Co. site in St. Marys, a developer has closed on a deal to purchase the 721-acre site. Atlanta-based Jacoby Development Inc. completed the deal with the Camden County Joint Development Authority Wednesday, paving the way for the site to be developed.
July 2, 2021 Capitol Beat News
Work search requirements about to kick in for unemployed Georgians
Dave Williams reports, starting July 4, unemployed Georgians will have to submit evidence they’re looking for work to the state Department of Labor. Reinstatement of the work search requirement comes as Georgia ends its participation in the various pandemic-related federal unemployment insurance programs Congress has passed during the last 15 months.
July 2, 2021 Georgia Recorder
Supreme Court ruling on Arizona law could hinder Georgia court challenges
Stanley Dunlap and Jeremy Dude report that the U.S Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld provisions in Arizona’s election law because they did not violate the Voting Rights Act could make it more difficult for federal lawsuits challenging Georgia’s voting law to succeed. Election law experts say Thursday’s ruling raises new doubts in most of the eight federal lawsuits alleging Georgia’s new rules will have a disparate impact on minorities.
July 2, 2021 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Columbus servant leader Pete Robinson, a former Georgia legislator, dies at 66
Mark Rice reports that whether it was out front as a state legislator or behind the scenes as a lobbyist, Pete Robinson worked to bridge divergent views, find common ground and build community consensus for a greater good. That’s why he made a major impact on the modern history of the Columbus area. And that’s why those who know him well say the Chattahoochee Valley and the state of Georgia have lost a vital servant leader.
July 2, 2021 Polk County Standard Journal
Report: Rep. Trey Kelley steps down from Ga. House leadership role
Staff reports that Rep. Trey Kelley has reportedly told colleagues that he is stepping down from his leadership role in the state General Assembly but intends to keep his seat in the Georgia House. The information, first reported by the AJC’s Greg Bluestein, came Thursday night, July 1, as the decision by a judge whether to quash Kelley’s indictment on a charge of misdemeanor reckless conduct in connection with a 2019 hit and run is expected in the next week or so.
July 2, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Jolt: Rudy Giuliani’s back in Georgia to knock out Brian Kemp
Tia Mitchell, Patricia Murphy and Greg Bluestein report that just days after he was suspended from practicing law in New York in part because he was promoting lies about the 2020 election in Georgia, Rudy Giuliani was back in Atlanta to hold court with Vernon Jones. Giuliani stood with Jones at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead on Wednesday night to rip into Gov. Brian Kemp, whom Jones is challenging in the 2022 GOP primary.