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Georgia Democrats finally face off in high-stakes U.S. Senate primary

WASHINGTON — Georgia Democrats are increasingly bullish that their candidate will oust Republican Sen. David Perdue in November.

But it may still be months before they know who that candidate is.

Georgia’s primary election is scheduled for next Tuesday — it was delayed from its initial May 19 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The stakes are high for the Democrats vying to take on Perdue in the fall. An outright victory next week could spur voters to rally around a Democratic candidate sooner. But political observers expect the primary contest to head to an August runoff, shortening the time frame for Democrats to coalesce around their eventual nominee and focus exclusively on beating Perdue.

The Democratic contenders include investigative journalist Jon Ossoff, a former 6th District congressional candidate; former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson; and Sarah Riggs Amico, a businesswoman who ran for lieutenant governor in 2018. They’re each making the case that they’re the best person to beat Perdue.

Read more: https://georgiarecorder.com/2020/06/04/georgia-dems-finally-face-off-in-high-stakes-u-s-senate-primary/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 05:44 AM (0 replies)

More lawmakers push for quick repeal of Georgia's citizen's arrest law

As momentum builds for a hate crimes law in Georgia, there also now appears to be growing legislative support to repeal a controversial citizen’s arrest law that a prosecutor recently cited after the death of an unarmed black jogger.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced Thursday that they plan to file a bill this month that would repeal the 19th Century-era law that a prosecutor referenced when he decided not to charge the men behind the Glynn County shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.

Republican Reps. Don Hogan and Gerald Greene plan to stand in front of the Chatham County Courthouse Friday with Democrat Reps. Carl Gilliard, Roger Bruce and William Boddie to discuss the proposal.

“This legislation’s focus is to prevent civilians from taking the law into their own hands,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Carl Gilliard, a Garden City Democrat, said in a statement Thursday.

Read more: https://georgiarecorder.com/brief/more-lawmakers-push-for-quick-repeal-of-georgias-citizens-arrest-law/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 05:29 AM (0 replies)

Athens officials want to push Confederate monument off pedestal

Recent protests following the death of a black Minnesota man have revived long-simmering debate over whether a prominently placed Confederate monument in Athens should be ushered away from the town center and the University of Georgia’s iconic Arch.

Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz called for the monument to be moved at a Tuesday commission meeting and tasked the county attorney with finding the “most effective plan for movement” this year.

The mayor – who attended and spoke at a recent local protest – said he was struck by comments made by a recent UGA graduate who expressed her dismay over repeated crossings on Broad Street by the memorial, which pays tribute to local soldiers who died in the Civil War. Several commissioners also voiced their support for the monument’s removal.

“We believe we can move it to a location where it will be safe, and more appropriate than a prominent public space,” Girtz told the Georgia Recorder on Wednesday. “I don’t feel like we can crow about this … I’m embarrassed that it has taken this long to move it.”

Read more: https://georgiarecorder.com/2020/06/04/athens-officials-want-to-push-confederate-monument-off-pedestal/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 05:06 AM (0 replies)

Homeowners association on private SC island received federal bailout funds amid pandemic

The homeowners group on another private island near Charleston — Dewees Island — has accepted money from the federal bailout fund meant to assist small businesses and nonprofits financially damaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

An email obtained The Post and Courier shows the property owners association on Dewees, north of Charleston, received a $218,315 Paycheck Protection Program loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The group isn’t the first local property or homeowners association to tap into the emergency loan program, to which Congress appropriated $649 billion.

Kiawah Island, south of Charleston, also received funding through its private community association, but later returned the money following public outcry.

Read more: https://www.postandcourier.com/business/homeowners-association-on-private-sc-island-received-federal-bailout-funds-amid-pandemic/article_ff80218a-a5a6-11ea-80c1-839f86bfe0d7.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 04:46 AM (0 replies)

SC's flag had no formal design for 80 years. Here's what experts say it should look like.

South Carolina’s state flag is pretty simple: A palmetto tree and a crescent on dark blue background.

What can be so hard about making that? Well, a lot.

The state flag has not had an official design for 80 years. So manufacturers have taken some creative liberties.

Palmetto tree trunks on flags can be thin like a telephone pole or thick like a building column. Tree tops can range from looking like someone who has not gotten a haircut in months to something close to a tennis ball.

The crescent comes in various thicknesses (take your pick — a croissant or a thin smile). And then there’s variations in shade of the blue background.

Read more: https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/scs-flag-had-no-formal-design-for-80-years-heres-what-experts-say-it-should/article_d7683830-9c51-11ea-aeb7-bb22d18e4301.html

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 04:26 AM (2 replies)

Another protest set for SC Capitol; curfew in Charleston planned for start of weekend

Protesters and leaders in Charleston and Columbia prepared for another day of demonstrations Saturday, a week after violence followed peaceful marches in both cities.

On Friday, shouts for justice, police accountability and racial equity continued for a seventh consecutive day, as hundreds of people, including members of the University of South Carolina football team, converged on the S.C. Governor’s Mansion.

In downtown Charleston, the peaceful protests took place just before an overnight curfew kicked in, as city leaders left open the possibility of calling for another one Saturday night.

Columbia leaders did not have a curfew as demonstrators there gathered on Friday outside the heavily barricaded governor’s mansion chanting “We will not kneel.” Gov. Henry McMaster was at an event in the Upstate when the protesters arrived.

Read more: https://www.postandcourier.com/news/another-protest-set-for-sc-capitol-curfew-in-charleston-planned-for-start-of-weekend/article_9de538e2-a75a-11ea-b8f0-87506b83b162.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 04:16 AM (0 replies)

After George Floyd's death, USC alumni circulate petition to rename buildings

University of South Carolina alumni are circulating a petition to rename two buildings on campus whose namesakes were tied to segregation or slavery.

The two online petitions, calling for the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center and Sims at Women’s Quad, a dormitory for female students, to be renamed, have each received more than 2,000 signatures, according to the petitions.

The petitions cite Thurmond’s long opposition to racial integration and J. Marion Sims — considered to be the father of modern gynecology — experimenting on enslaved women without anesthesia.

“I Googled his name and was immediately infuriated that the most prominent building on campus was named after a racist politician,” said Heather Armel, a 2014 USC graduate who started the petition to rename the Strom Thurmond center.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/education/article243313561.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 04:04 AM (1 replies)

Second man tied to Boogaloos arrested, sheriff says. Ex-EMS worker faces riot charge

A Richland County emergency medical services worker, who authorities say is connected to an extremist group known as the Boogaloos, has been arrested and fired in the aftermath of last weekend’s protest-related chaos in Columbia, authorities said Friday afternoon.

Kevin Ackley, 22, faces charges of inciting a riot and aggravated breach of peace after being arrested Friday in Lexington County for his actions during the mayhem.

“It’s disgusting that a man who is supposed to be protecting the lives of citizens and law enforcement officers alike would participate in a riot that injured people,” Sheriff Leon Lott said in a prepared statement. “He is now where he needs to be — in jail. And he’ll be held accountable for what he’s done.”

The Sheriff’s Department did not explain how it thinks Ackley might be connected to the Boogaloos, a group of agitators known for wearing Hawaiian shirts and inciting trouble at public protests.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/environment/article243315231.html

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 03:51 AM (2 replies)

After public outcry, feds will conduct extensive study of SC nuclear fuel plant

Following state concerns about previously unknown pollution at an atomic fuel plant near Columbia, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Friday that it will conduct an extensive environmental study of the Westinghouse fuel factory.

The detailed study is expected to delay by a year any decision on a new license for the plant while the agency looks into problems that have surfaced in recent years.

Westnghouse’s plant has polluted groundwater, and some of that contamination has only been discovered since 2018. Neighbors have raised concerns about safety and well water contamination.

Friday’s NRC decision marks the first time the agency has ever conducted a full environmental impact statement before deciding if a nuclear fuel fabrication plant should be relicensed, NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said. The plant’s owner, Westinghouse, wants a new 40-year-operating license for the plant, built in 1969.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/environment/article243310956.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 03:31 AM (0 replies)

Black Columbia leaders incensed by Walgreens closing in area with few other options

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that has disproportionately affected African Americans, it is “unconscionable” for Walgreens, a national corporate giant, to close one of the only pharmacy options available to several majority black Columbia neighborhoods, local leaders say.

“One of the key factors when they talk about health disparities is having access to health care,” said J.T. McLawhorn, president and CEO of the Columbia Urban League, speaking at a news conference Friday at the NAACP headquarters on North Main Street. “This community is considered a community with vulnerable adults, older people, people who have challenges like high blood pressure, diabetes and so forth. And we think it’s just really unconscionable for a store to move out of this neighborhood.”

The Walgreens drug store at 5900 North Main St. is slated to close next Thursday, June 11, a move that has surprised and disappointed many nearby residents and loyal customers. The company could not be immediately reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Thomas Mackey, who lives just about a mile from the store and shopped there Friday, said people in the area are “dependent on this store.”

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article243298976.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 03:22 AM (1 replies)
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