Georgia Trend Daily – May 3, 2022

May 3, 2022

Gov. Kemp Signs Major Opioid Legislation to Secure $636 Million for Treatment and Prevention

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp signed major opioid legislation to secure $636 million for state and local governments to bolster critical treatment and prevention efforts (SB 500). The funds are made available by the $26 billion multistate opioid settlement with Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen – the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – and opioid manufacturer and marketer Johnson & Johnson.

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May 3, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: The Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports, former Atlanta Mayor and Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell, who led the city from 1970 to 1974, died in March at age 94. He was the city’s first Jewish mayor and is credited with guiding the changeover from White to Black leadership.

May 3, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State, local officials offer $1.5B to land Rivian project

J. Scott Trubey and Greg Bluestein report that state and local officials promised electric vehicle maker Rivian nearly $1.5 billion in tax breaks and other incentives to build a factory east of Atlanta, the most lucrative package of inducements Georgia has ever offered for what Gov. Brian Kemp calls the largest economic development project in state history. The record package includes free land, a state-owned training center, a new interchange along I-20 between Social Circle and Rutledge and a bounty of local and state tax breaks.

May 3, 2022 WABE, Grist

Georgia ‘refilleries’ are having a resurgence, helping customers cut back on plastic

Emily Jones reports, outside a Savannah apartment building last Thursday, next to a food truck serving up po’boys sat a small box truck emblazoned with green leaves. Inside are wooden shelves of reusable cleaning products and a wall of big pump bottles. This is the LiteFoot Company, which owner Katie Rodgers-Hubbard calls a “refillery.”

May 3, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Case Western Reserve University alumna makes $5.5M commitment to provide scholarships to support nurse anesthetist students

Staff reports that a decorated Air Force officer, Case Western Reserve University alumna Cheryl E. McRae-Bergeron of Marietta has spent a lifetime advancing the critical role of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in healthcare. On April 28, through a transformative $5.5 million estate commitment to Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, McRae-Bergeron’s legacy will continue, ensuring that generations of nursing students can follow her path into this growing field.

May 3, 2022 Saporta Report

Helene Gayle is looking ‘to bring Spelman to the world and the world to Spelman’

Maria Saporta reports that as the next president of Spelman College, Helene Gayle is boomeranging back to Atlanta — her on-again, off-again home for decades. Gayle, in an exclusive Zoom interview with SaportaReport, Gayle recounted all the times she’s come and left Atlanta — never intending to return.

May 3, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Voters suing to block Marjorie Taylor Greene from ballot want ‘Marshall law’ text considered

Ross Williams reports that lawyers representing voters challenging the candidacy of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene want to introduce new evidence they say undermines Greene’s testimony in a state hearing last month. The attorneys say a text message from Greene to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sent Jan. 17, 2021, in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol show Greene was less than honest in her responses during cross examination.

May 3, 2022 Augusta Chronicle

‘Let Herschel be Herschel’: Walker’s icon status brings him out of Trump’s shadow in U.S. Senate race

Abraham Kenmore reports, Herschel Walker is the Donald Trump-endorsed candidate in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. To Georgia voters though, the biggest influence in the race is Walker himself and not the former president. According to a recent poll from Hood, first reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Walker is polling at 64.3% among likely Republican primary voters.

May 3, 2022 GPB

Democrats clash in primary debate for new 7th District

Stephen Fowler reports that after Republicans drastically overhauled metro Atlanta’s congressional boundaries, two sitting Democratic congresswomen are facing off in a primary to serve a growing segment of the party’s core constituency in an important state for future elections. Neither Rep. Lucy McBath nor Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux technically live in the new 7th District, but in a debate Sunday they laid out their arguments for why they should represent most of Gwinnett and part of Fulton counties in Congress.

May 3, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Republican secretary of state hopefuls assail incumbent Raffensperger for ignoring 2020 election fraud

Dave Williams reports that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s three Republican challengers accused him Monday to failing to adequately investigate allegations of voter fraud following the 2020 presidential election. Raffensperger shot back during an hourlong debate livestreamed by Georgia Public Broadcasting that his office examined every allegation and found nothing that would have affected the results.

May 3, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Leaked abortion opinion could herald seismic changes in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that a draft opinion that suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to strike down the Roe v. Wade case could herald seismic political and legal changes in Georgia if the landmark 1973 decision is overturned. draft opinion that suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to strike down the Roe v. Wade case could herald seismic political and legal changes in Georgia if the landmark 1973 decision is overturned.


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