Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 2, 2022
Sept. 2, 2022 The Center Square
Kemp signs another gas tax holiday extension that expires on Oct. 12
T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has again extended the suspension of state taxes on motor and locomotive fuel. On Thursday, Kemp signed an executive order to suspend the taxes and extend a supply chain state of emergency. The orders are valid through Oct. 12.
Sept. 2, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Happy Labor Day
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Our offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, but we will return to our labors on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Sept. 2, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia employment strong, but at risk of slowdown as Labor Day nears
Michael E. Kanell reports that the employment market in Georgia is arguably as strong as it’s ever been. According to the state Department of Labor, there were 285,000 open jobs last month and just 150,000 people actively searching for work.
Sept. 2, 2022 Cartersville Daily Tribune News
Paxton Media Group acquires DTN, four other newspapers
Staff reports that on Aug. 29, Paxton Media Group will acquire the Chatsworth Times, The Cleveland (TN) Daily Banner, The Cookeville (TN) Herald-Citizen and The Cartersville Daily Tribune News, and The Jasper (AL) Daily Mountain Eagle. The operations had been owned by Cleveland Newspapers, Inc. and Cookeville Newspapers, Inc., for more than 65 and 47 years respectively.
Sept. 2, 2022 WABE
Dragon Con director anticipates fun, food and fanfare as Atlanta’s largest convention returns
Kenny Murray reports that the return of Dragon Con has garnered international recognition in both social media activity and attendance rates, with Director of Media Engagement Dan Carroll estimating over 60,000 visitors to the festivities this upcoming weekend. It begins Thursday and stretches various events throughout the AmericasMart campus and five “host” hotels connected within the metro Atlanta area until Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Sept. 2, 2022 GlobalAtlanta.com
Global Payments Gains Access to Even More of the World With $4B EVO Acquisition
Trevor Williams reports that a $4 billion combination of two Atlanta payments firms will leave the purchaser, with an even bigger international footprint. Global Payments has already benefited from consolidation within the state, creating a mega-payment-processing firm by buying Georgia-founded TSYS, based in Columbus, in 2019.
Sept. 2, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal
Marietta eyes building homes for city workers
Jake Busch reports that with buyers facing high home prices in Marietta and across Cobb, the Marietta City Council is considering spending some of its federal COVID funds on two affordable housing programs. The two initiatives staff proposed are down payment assistance to qualified homebuyers in the city limits and construction of four to six affordable homes in Marietta that would house city employees.
Sept. 2, 2022 The Brunswick News
Organization asking to extend comment period for proposed right whale rule
Hank Rowland reports that an organization representing renewable energy is asking NOAA to extend the comment period on the proposed North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule. Alexandra Carter, director of environment and wildlife policy offshore for the American Clean Power Association, is requesting a 60-day extension.
Sept. 2, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times
First Among Thirds: VSU prof considered third-party expert
Staff reports that Valdosta State University’s Dr. Bernard Tamas has researched third parties in United States politics for more than a decade. Tamas was recently featured in The Conversation’s “A New Third Party for U.S. Politics: Three Essential Reads on What That Means,” on C-Span’s Washington Journal with Bill Scanlan, on CNN’s Full Stop with Mark Preston, where the other guest was former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, and in The Guardian’s “Forward! Is America’s Latest Third Party Marching to Power — or Oblivion?”
Sept. 2, 2022 Georgia Recorder
Georgia’s top of the ticket candidates pair up campaigns as more voters start to tune in
Ross Williams reports that a bus bearing the face of U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock pulled in to the Cobb County Civic Center parking lot Wednesday, but the freshman senator was not the only Democratic leader to deliver a speech in Marietta. Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, whose name will join Warnock’s near the top of Georgians’ ballots this November, tagged along to stump for the senator.
Sept. 2, 2022 Capitol Beat News
State labor department settles lawsuit over pandemic-era jobless claims
Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Labor has settled a lawsuit over the payment of unemployment claims during the pandemic. An agreement the state agency reached with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) this week calls for improvements to the processing of jobless claims, subject to adequate state funding.
Sept. 2, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
U.S. House January 6 committee seeks testimony from Newt Gingrich
Tia Mitchell reports that the U.S. House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol wants to hear from former Speaker Newt Gingrich. The committee on Thursday announced that it has requested Gingrich to appear before the committee for questioning regarding his contact with then-President Donald Trump’s inner circle regarding the 2020 general election and efforts to overturn the results.