Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 3, 2022
Jan. 3, 2022 Georgia Recorder
Wild Hog Supper, other legislative events to tee up state lawmakers’ 2022 return
Stanley Dunlap reports that the signature January events that usually mark the start of a new Georgia legislative session are set to return in 2022 with a mixture of in-person and virtual options. This year, state leaders will resume hobnobbing over a smorgasbord of barbecue and other Southern fare to raise money for the Georgia Food Bank Association as the Wild Hog Supper returns.
Jan. 3, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
2022 Georgian of the Year: Team Captain
Mary Ann DeMuth reports, growing up on Long Island, N.Y., sea water was in Griff Lynch’s veins. From the time he was a kid, he dreamed of being a tug boat captain in New York Harbor. There was just one problem. While studying at the state Maritime College, he discovered that he got seasick.
Jan. 3, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2400 U.S. flights cancelled; Atlanta affected
Matt Bruce reports that for air travelers, the new year picked up where the old left off – with lots of frustration. At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, 93 flights had been canceled and another 109 delayed by midday Saturday, according to tracking service FlightAware.
Jan. 3, 2022 Gainesville Times
King’s Hawaiian expands, hires more workers during pandemic
Ben Anderson reports, as the pandemic picked up steam in May 202, King’s Hawaiian was preparing for a “deep recession,” especially during the holidays. But in the time since, the company has added a fourth production line at its Oakwood facility and business has remained strong.
Jan. 3, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times, Ga.Fla.News
Groups advocate increasing Black teachers
Asia Ashley reports that educational groups across the country are joining forces to increase the number of teachers of color by 1 million by 2030. Black Teacher Collaborative in Georgia received $750,000 from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to develop a research plan that evaluates teaching practices that foster racially affirming learning environments for Black children.
Jan. 3, 2022 11 Alive
Inauguration ceremony details released for Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens
Jessica Brown reports that Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens will be sworn in Monday at 1 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium. “In an effort to advance sustainability and technological efforts, there will not be a physical Inaugural Program. It will be digital-only and will be accessible on MovingATLForward.com,” a release stated.
Jan. 3, 2022 The Center Square
New Georgia laws address juvenile justice, sales tax on vehicles, medical transactions
Nyamekye Daniel reports that three Georgia laws go into effect at the start of the new year that impact juvenile justice, sales tax on vehicles and medical transactions. House Bill 63 changes the way the fair market value of a vehicle is estimated.
Jan. 3, 2022 GPB
Lawsuits claim Georgia’s redistricting maps ignore Black population growth
Stephen Fowler reports, it did not take long after the proverbial ink to dry before lawsuits were filed against Georgia’s new political redistricting maps covering the state House, state Senate and U.S. House district boundaries. Gov. Brian Kemp quietly signed the new maps into law Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, after a special legislative session that ended in November, codifying Republican dominance in a state that has seen a rapid political and demographic shift toward Democrats.
Jan. 3, 2022 Savannah Morning News, USA Today
Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal Twitter account permanently blocked
Chelsey Cox reports that Twitter again blocked the personal account used by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. – this time permanently. The account “@mtgreenee,” was cited for repeated violations of the social media platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy told USA TODAY, The New York Times and The Hill, among other media outlets.
Jan. 3, 2022 New York Times
Language Mistake in Georgia Death Penalty Law Creates a Daunting Hurdle
Adam Liptak reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear a case which requires that defendants in capital cases who are intellectually disabled prove it “beyond a reasonable doubt” — a phrase that was inserted in error. The Georgia law at issue in the case, unique in the nation.
Jan. 3, 2022 Capitol Beat News
Georgia lawmakers looking to beef up rural hospital tax credit
Dave Williams reports, heading into the 2022 General Assembly session, a push is on to raise the annual cap on Georgia’s rural hospital tax credit from $60 million to $100 million. In 2021, the program reached that cap by August, giving rural lawmakers and advocates for rural hospitals reason to believe more money will be needed in the coming year.
Jan. 3, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Movement would ban LGBTQ books, online materials from school libraries
Ty Tagami reports, three years ago, on his first day of eighth grade, James Liming wrote his new name on a school form. During his first two years at DeSana Middle School in Forsyth County, everyone had known him by the name that his parents had given him at birth. A girl’s name.