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Goodbye to a rough, tough 2020 . . . and musings on 2021
s James enters its 17th year, the 157th General Assembly convenes in January and once again
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For a glimpse at what a prominent Republican and
Democrat think about General Assembly policy issues
and the ramifications, in this James we feature columns by attorneys Josh Belinfante and Ceasar Mitchell.
And our own Matt Towery analyzes the controversial
roles of Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad
Raffensperger regarding the November 3rd election
and vote fraud allegations.
REMEMBER THAT 2017 VOTE FRAUD PROBE?
Put aside, for a minute, all the vote fraud allegations, lawsuits and investigations involving the 2020
elections. As we went to press, your publisher was
amazed to learn that the secretary of state’s office has
been investigating the results of the 2017 Atlanta mayoral election. What? According to defeated candidate
Mary Norwood, “During 2018 and 2019, I met several
times with members of the Secretary of State office’s
staff, giving them additional information and asking for
their findings… To date, I have not received any report
or conclusions about what they found— two and a half
years later.” Incredible. Especially since Norwood lost
to now-Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms by a few hundred
votes. Just one more reason why Raffensperger, shall
we say, isn’t too popular right now.
EDUCATION & ECONOMIC SUCCESS STORIES
Education is a major focus in every James, so check
out what is happening at two fine institutions—the
University of West Georgia and Georgia Gwinnett College (both of which have new presidents). And a mustread is Dr. Dana Rickman’s essay on Georgia’s top 10
education issues to watch.
As we measure Georgia’s economic progress
after a tough year dealing with COVID-19, staff writer
Baker Owens highlights a bright spot: Georgia’s film
industry is bouncing back! We also often report on a
Georgia city, county or region and this time staff writer
Tal Wright reveals another economic success story—
Georgia’s third populous county, Cobb County. Staff
writer Cindy Morley also writes about seven self-taxing
Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) that continue
to be successful in funding vital projects and services
(thus generating jobs) that otherwise might have been
delayed or neglected.
Healthcare remains an important public policy
issue impacting everyone, so it’s timely that our “CEO
Spotlight” shines on the leader of one of our state’s major healthcare management operations— Amerigroup
Georgia’s Melvin “Mel” Lindsey. Along with its mission
of serving families, it’s interesting to learn that the
company’s philanthropic arm does amazing work ranging from foster care assistance to dispensing grants to
community healthcare centers and programs.
Finally, the James team always appreciates the
support of our readers and advertisers. We wish all a
happy and prosperous 2021!
PHIL KENT CEO & PUBLISHER
JANUARY/ FEBRUA RY 2021