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Some Good Nuclear News for Georgia

It received virtually no media coverage in Georgia but H.R. 1551 – the Modifying Advanced Nuclear Power Tax Credit— passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday and prospects are good for Senate passage. Enactment of this legislation into law would be an especially huge boost to the troubled Plant Vogtle construction of its two additional nuclear electricity-generating units.

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Tyson Foods Announces $59 Million Expansion in Macon

Tyson Foods, the world’s second largest processor of chicken, beef and pork, announced that it is investing $59 million to expand its distribution center in Macon. The project will include a 152,000-square foot facility in addition to the existing facility. The distribution center in Macon serves retail and foodservice customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

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A Post-Mortem on the GA 6th CD Runoff

In analyzing the Georgia 6th District congressional runoff results, it is clear that north Fulton County’s Republican clout has not been diminished. And with the east Cobb County past of the district additionally flexing its GOP muscle, it is clear now-incumbent Karen Handel is in very good shape for her re-election next year. (She’ll be filling out the two-year term of now-HHS Secretary Tom Price.)

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Gwinnett board reprimands Hunter

Nobody came to speak for Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter on Tuesday, and it likely would not have mattered if someone did. After listening to an hour’s worth of speakers call for a public reprimand against Hunter, his colleagues on the board delivered that reprimand by a 4-0 vote.

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Handel takes down Ossoff in CD-6

On a rainy election night that never got quite as close as many anticipated, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff 53% to 47% to win Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

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Group pushes for transit in Cobb

A new group has given a tangible vision to the Cobb transit whispers, offering an extensive outline of what the future could hold for the state’s third most populous county in terms of public transportation.

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Gwinnett board got it wrong

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners simply got it wrong on Tuesday. In deciding to follow the recommendations of an ethics board, the commissioners trampled on the First Amendment rights of their colleague Tommy Hunter.

Charity evaluator exhibits bias; whitewashes SPLC

Of the 500 million pieces of mail processed and delivered by the United States Postal Service each day, many are solicitations from non-profit organizations. In fact, if you’re above a certain age and have been an active donor to non-profits in the past, there is a good chance much of your daily mail constitutes such appeals. To help donors intelligently navigate among so many requests, online tools are available that rate charities based on financial health, transparency, and accountability.

Red, Purple, and Blue – Election Day

Today is the day. Today, voters will go to the polls for the final time to decide who they want to represent them in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Democrat Jon Ossoff or Republican Karen Handel. Everyone has heard the endless ads, seen the yard signs across thousands of lawns both inside and outside of the district, and had their dinners interrupted by robocalls.

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Philips Arena to get facelift

It may not be a new stadium, but the home of the Atlanta Hawks is getting a major facelift.  The Atlanta City Council voted Monday in favor of a $192.5 million renovation of downtown’s Philips Arena, that money coming from a combination of an extension of the city’s rental car tax, the sale of Turner Field, and money from the Hawks themselves.  A deal to renovate the arena had already been agreed to, but the money wasn’t officially set until this week.  Construction began immediately, and the arena will be closed for the rest of the Summer before re-opening for the start of Hawks season.  For the Hawks and one of the city’s crown jewels, this renovation has the ship RISING…  

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