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  • Trump’s bid to reshape GOP faces biggest hurdles in Georgia

    ATLANTA (AP) — Donald Trump hoped to avoid a stinging defeat in the Georgia governor’s race on Tuesday as Republican primary voters decided the fate of the former president’s hand-picked candidate to lead one of the most competitive political battlegrounds in the U.S. In all, five states were voting, including Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Minnesota. But none had been more consumed than Georgia by Trump and his lie that the 2020 election was stolen. After incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp refused to accept Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in Georgia, the former president sought retribution by personally recruiting former Republican Sen. David Perdue to mount a primary challenge. But Kemp emerged as a powerful fundraiser who tapped into the benefits of incumbency. In the final days of the campaign, he unveiled plans for a $5.5 billion, 8,100-job Hyundai Motor plant near Savannah. Perdue’s allies were bracing for a lopsided defeat, the only question being whether Kemp would win the 50% majority he needed to avoid a runoff election next month. “We’re not going to have a runoff,” said Matha Zoller, a longtime Republican activist and northeast Georgia talk show host with ties to both Trump and Perdue. “It’s going to be embarrassing.” The results could raise questions about where power resides within the GOP. While Trump remains deeply popular among the party’s most loyal voters, the opening stage of the midterm primary season has shown they don’t always side with his picks. Other prominent Republicans, meanwhile, are growing increasingly assertive. Trump’s own vice president, Mike Pence, rallied with Kemp in the Atlanta suburbs on Monday evening. “Elections are about the future,” he told the crowd, adding that “when you vote for Brian Kemp tomorrow, you will say yes to a future of freedom here in Georgia. You will say yes to our most cherished values at the heart of everything we hold dear.” Trump, meanwhile, held a telephone rally for Perdue, describing him as “100% MAGA.” As 19-year-old Brody Nelson voted Tuesday in the Atlanta suburb of Woodstock, he said Trump’s influence in the governor’s race was a “big deal” in his decision to back Perdue. “When Trump was in office, he did a lot for this country, and he did a great deal to help small businesses and the people who were struggling in the world compared to the rich and the powerful,” he said. But Nathan Johnston, a 42-year-old land surveyor, said he was voting for Kemp because of his leadership during “a tough four years.” “Our economy has been doing good in Georgia,” he said. “We didn’t stay shut down any longer than we had to and worked our way through the pandemic, and the economy is doing pretty good, so I think that reflects well on him.” Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats elsewhere were grappling with ideological and strategic divisions that will determine what kind of candidates to nominate and which issues to prioritize for the November general election. Democrats were especially focused on a runoff election in south Texas, where longtime incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar was facing a fierce challenge from progressive Jessica Cisneros in a race where abortion was a prominent issue. Cuellar is the last anti-abortion Democrat serving in the House. Republicans were deciding a series of lower-profile primaries. In Arkansas, former Trump aide Sarah Huckabee Sanders was expected to claim the Republican governor’s nomination. And in Alabama, conservative firebrand Rep. Mo Brooks was running to represent the GOP in the race to replace retiring Sen. Richard Shelby. Brooks, a leading figure at the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the Capitol attack, initially won Trump’s endorsement, although Trump rescinded it after watching Brooks struggle in the polls. No state had more consequential elections this week than Georgia, a longtime Republican stronghold that has shifted Democratic in recent elections. Biden defeated Trump in Georgia by less than 12,000 votes in 2020, and Democrats narrowly won both Senate seats two months later. This year, Trump’s obsession with his 2020 loss has loomed over Republican primary elections for governor, Senate and secretary of state. Trump-backed former NFL star Herschel Walker was poised to win Georgia’s GOP Senate nomination after fending off conservative opponents who raised questions about his history of domestic violence. Walker would face the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Raphael Warnock, this fall. Leading Trump ally Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was also expected to win her primary election in the state’s 14th congressional district, despite a first term notable for her conspiracy theories and controversy. On the Democratic side in Georgia, two congressional incumbents, Reps. Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux, were running against each other in suburban Atlanta, forced into a rare incumbent-on-incumbent primary after Republicans re-drew the congressional map. Meanwhile, the Georgia Republican primary for governor — and the GOP’s secretary of state contest — will have a direct impact on Georgia’s election system for the 2024 presidential contest. In the GOP primary for secretary of state, Trump has railed against GOP incumbent Brad Raffensperger, who refused support the former president’s direct calls to overturn the 2020 election. Raffensperger faces three primary challengers, including Trump-backed Rep. Jody Hice. The winner will serve as Georgia’s chief election officer in the 2024 presidential election. Tuesday marked the first Georgia election under a new voting law adopted by the Republican-backed state legislature in response to Trump’s grievances. The changes made it harder to vote by mail, which was popular among Democrats in 2020 amid the pandemic; introduced new voter identification requirements that critics warned might disenfranchise Black voters; and expanded early voting in rural areas that typically vote Republican. The new law also bans handing out food or water within 150 feet of a polling place, a practice common in urban areas where there are typically long voter lines. By afternoon, no major or systemwide issue had been reported in Georgia. There were sporadic reports of polling locations opening late, minor equipment troubles and some voters finding themselves at the wrong location. Early voting totals in Georgia suggested enormous voter interest — especially on the Republican side. Through last Friday, 857,401 voters had cast early ballots, including 795,567 who voted early in-person, according to the secretary of state. That included 483,149 votes cast by Republicans and 368,949 by Democrats. Those figures shattered early voting turnout in the 2020 presidential election, when a total of 254,883 Georgians voted early. Democrats downplayed the voting disparity, noting that the state’s highest-profile contests were playing out on the Republican side. “While Democrats are uniting behind our candidates, Republicans are in chaos as they run on an extreme agenda and try to outdo each other as the most MAGA candidate,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison. The post Trump’s bid to reshape GOP faces biggest hurdles in Georgia appeared first on The Atlanta Voice.

  • NVR Enters Atlanta as Ryan Homes

    NVR has entered the Atlanta market as Ryan Homes. This story has been writing itself for a couple of years as NVR has quietly amassed land in the metro Atlanta area and prepared to launch.  At present the public company has a website landing page up encouraging folks to join the VIP list for exclusive updates on communities in the Atlanta area.  They say townhomes, two-story homes, ranches and more coming to the greater Atlanta area this spring. NVR, Inc. ranks as No. 4 on the Builder 100 with 19,766 closings in 2020. One of America’s leading homebuilders, currently builds homes in 15 states with the addition of Georgia.  States include Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Florida, Delaware, West Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia, as well as Washington, D.C. Within these states, the home builder builds in 35 metropolitan areas! NVR, Inc. operates in two business segments: homebuilding and mortgage banking. The homebuilding unit sells and constructs homes under the Ryan Homes, NVHomes and Heartland Homes brands. As a corporate entity, NVR, Inc. provides various support functions for each of its sub-entities. These include sales and marketing support, vital human resource specialists, and an advanced information technology department, which provide a network of resources utilized by NVR, Inc. holdings. In Atlanta the builder will build as Ryan Homes. Ryan Homes was founded in 1948 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to provide housing in the expanding post-war economy. To date the builder has constructed more than 460,000 homes. Ryan Homes offers housing styles to suit a wide range of consumer needs, including single-family, townhouse, or garden condominium. With offices based in Norcross, Ryan Homes is led by Todd Hickman, Regional Manager and Vice-President Atlanta Region at NVR, Inc. and Aaron VanDyke, Division Manager and Vice President. Todd has been in the Atlanta area since March 2021 looking for land and building the company.  With more than 30 years in the home building industry with national companies, his track record is extensive. In fact, other than a two-year stint as a project manager at Toll Brothers, he has been at NVR since 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from High Point University. Aaron has been with the NVR family of companies since 2004. He has worked for both NVR and Ryan Homes. Aaron is an experienced Manager skilled in negotiation, budgeting, customer service, sales, and real estate development. He holds a Bachelor of Science focused in Integrated Social Sciences from James Madison University. Ryan Homes in the Carolinas are priced from the $300,000s and up, we expect to see similar pricing in Atlanta – depending on land position. Welcome to the ATL Ryan Homes! Looking forward to seeing what you build. Check out our local news for other exciting stories. The post NVR Enters Atlanta as Ryan Homes appeared first on Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

  • How the University of West Georgia’s new Stone Center will help students participate in today’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

    When Bob Stone was pursuing an industrial management degree at Georgia Tech in the early 1960s, he took a course that taught him about the computer programming language FORTRAN. Considered the world’s first high-level programming language, it originally was used as part of the IBM 704 data processing system designed for commercial applications. At the time, programmers were in high demand as computing technology became embraced by business, industry, science education and government. Stone used…

  • Sandy Springs men die in separate shootings

    Two Sandy Springs men are dead from gunshot wounds that Sandy Springs Police said are the result of separate domestic violence incidents at two Roswell Road addresses. The first 911 call came just after midnight on May 23 at 8350 Roswell Road. A 26-year-old man was found dead just inside the doorway of his apartment from an apparent gunshot wound, an SSPD spokesperson said. The SSPD said this was not a random act of violence. Contact Det. S. Voronkov at svoronkov@sandyspringsga.gov or 770-551-2562 with any information on this incident. Police responded to a second 911 call at 10:15 p.m. of a person being shot at 8017 Roswell Road. When officers arrived, they located the 21-year-old male victim dead from multiple gunshot wounds, the SSPD said. Investigators determined the shooting resulted from a domestic-related incident and was not a random act of violence. A male suspect, who lived with the victim, has been identified by detectives, the SSPD said. Notify Det. B. Davidson at bdavidson@sandysprinsgsga.gov or 770-551-3327 with any information about this incident. The identities of the victims were being withheld pending the notification of their next of kin. The post Sandy Springs men die in separate shootings appeared first on Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta Intown.

  • Your Next Home Could Be In… Hapeville

    Downtown Hapeville Where is it? Hapeville is a 15-minute drive from Downtown on I-75 south and next door to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. What’s the history? The village was officially chartered in 1891 by Dr. Samuel Hape, one of the local landowners who, along with other families, purchased 500 acres of land two decades earlier to create a settlement along the Macon and Georgia Central Railroad.  What’s the city known for? It used to be home to the giant Ford Assembly Plant, which was demolished to make way for the Porche Experience Center and headquarters. Perhaps its most famous resident is comedian Jeff Foxworthy. It’s also known as the home of the original Chick-fil-a Dwarf House, which was recently enlarged and modernized, and the Delta Flight Museum. Chick-fil-A Dwarf House in Hapeville. What’s going on now? After decades of being rundown and a depressed industrial area, Hapeville was rediscovered by young professionals looking for inexpensive homes near the airport and Downtown Atlanta. In the last 15 years or so, it’s become a hotbed for artists, while its main street – Central Avenue – has been restored to historic glory and is full of restaurants and shops.  What about homes? Like everywhere else, inventory is low, but there was a wide range of prices at press time, including a two-bedroom fixer-upper for $170,000 and new townhomes priced at $450,000. New townhomes near Hapeville. The post Your Next Home Could Be In… Hapeville appeared first on Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta Intown.