Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 7, 2022

Jan. 7, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Johnny Isakson celebrated as compassionate bipartisan

Dave Williams reports, former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was remembered Thursday as a bipartisan leader in partisan times who believed in doing the right thing regardless of politics. “I saw the real Johnny up close and personal,” former Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who served with Isakson in the Senate for a decade, said during a memorial service at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

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Jan. 7, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: The Ups, Downs and In-Betweens

Susan Percy writes, Gov. Brian Kemp picked up two high-profile challengers last month, one a Democrat and one a fellow Republican, each hoping to make him a one-term governor. Stacey Abrams, the Democratic voting rights activist, announced that she will run; just days later, Republican former U.S. Sen. David Perdue said he will challenge Kemp for the Republican nomination.

Jan. 7, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Some regional airlines still canceling flights

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that some major airlines are canceling fewer flights now that the holiday rush has passed, but many travelers with seats on planes operated by regional carriers are still experiencing significant disruptions. Passengers on Delta Connection, United Express and American Eagle flights are among the hardest hit by cancellations nationally.

Jan. 7, 2022 Macon Telegraph

Marriott on fairgrounds, Amici Café & Brewery & more; Check out Perry’s business boom

Becky Purser reports, from a dual Marriott property at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter to an Amici Italian Café & Brewery on Perry Parkway, the city of Perry is booming with new developments. “The growth is just continuing,” said Ashley Hardin, Perry’s economic development administrator.

Jan. 7, 2022 GPB

What ratepayers should know about the Plant Vogtle expansion

Mary Landers reports, if you feel like you keep reading the same story about the expansion of Plant Vogtle, the only new nuclear power under construction in the U.S., you’re not exactly wrong. Reactors No. 3 and 4 at Vogtle on the banks of the Savannah River near Waynesboro are more than five years overdue and $14 billion over budget.

Jan. 7, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Publix Offers Grocery Delivery Through Business Partnerships, Powered by Instacart

Julia Robert reports that the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the United States, Publix employs 225,000 workers and has a proud 90-year history serving communities in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee, now with over 1200 locations. Publix has recently partnered with Instacart to make it even easier to get fresh groceries directly to its customers.

Jan. 7, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia Republican legislative leaders to push more funding for public safety, mental health

Nyamekye Daniel reports that boosting public safety and mental health are top priorities for House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, in the upcoming legislative session. The 40-day session starts Monday. State lawmakers will return to the state Capitol in Atlanta to carve out new laws and the state’s spending plans.


Jan. 7, 2022 Albany Herald

State House candidate Tracy Taylor looks to keep it close to home in bid for District 153 seat

Alan Mauldin reports that Albany firefighter and political figure Tracy Taylor thinks veteran U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop is beatable, but instead of continuing his campaign to challenge the Albany Democrat Taylor is retooling to seek an office closer to home. The Dougherty County Republican Party chairman has suspended his U.S. House District 2 campaign in lieu of pursuing the District 153 Georgia House seat.

Jan. 7, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Ga. congressional Dems urge feds to end Kemp’s plan to skirt

Jill Nolin reports that Georgia’s congressional Democrats are asking the Biden administration to abandon the governor’s plan to bypass, calling the move “callous and cruel.” Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal to divert consumers looking for insurance to a privately run process is part of a health care plan that was approved by the Trump administration in late 2020 but has since faced federal scrutiny.

Jan. 7, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Greene, Gaetz target feds in ‘Republican response’ to Jan. 6 anniversary

Diane Wagner reports that Northwest Georgia’s U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, held a sparsely attended press conference at the Capitol Thursday with Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. The two said they wanted to give the “Republican response” in opposition to President Joe Biden’s address to the nation on the first anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2020, attack on the Capitol.

Jan. 7, 2022 WABE 90.1

On Jan. 6 anniversary, Cobb County Republicans wrestle with GOP’s future

Sam Gringlas reports that a year ago, a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, trying to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory. What’s happening at the Cobb County GOP says a lot about how the Republican Party is wrestling with its identity.

Jan. 7, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Speaker Ralston endorses legalized gambling constitutional amendment

Dave Williams reports that if the devil is in the details when it come to legalizing gambling in Georgia, House Speaker David Ralston wants to leave the details out. “We’ve tripped over the details of this thing for years,” Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said Thursday during his annual pre-General Assembly session news conference. “Maybe we should just ask Georgians whether they want to allow gaming and, if so, move forward with the details.”

Jan. 7, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Stacey Abrams lays out plan for 2022 campaign

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, “I’m not running a doom and gloom campaign because I don’t feel gloomy.” That’s how Stacey Abrams described her second bid for Georgia governor at an inflection point for state Democrats. She fleshed out more details of her campaign – and outlined a policy proposal – before about 800 supporters.


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