Unlike the Democratic Convention a week before, the Republican National Convention did not feature many Georgians in its prime time speaking slots. It’s a move that may seem odd for a red state with two Republican U.S. Senators and a GOP majority at the state Capitol, including governor.
Only two Georgians spoke in prime time at the RNC, former University of Georgia (and NFL) football star Herschel Walker and state Rep. Vernon Jones, who made national news when he bucked his party and endorsed President Donald Trump earlier this year.
Being a Remote Delegate…
Georgia Gwinnett College Professor Fang Zhou was elected to serve as a delegate at the Republican National Convention this week, representing Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Zhou, a Chinese immigrant, is not without some controversy. His stance on undocumented immigration is considered by some as inflammatory and out of touch.
On our coronavirus podcast– “Did You Wash Your Hands?” —Martha Dalton, who covers education for WABE, told host and health reporter Sam Whitehead that school districts all over metro Atlanta have faced challenges as they’ve tried to start the year. Some have seen COVID-19 outbreaks that have led to school closures; others have had problems rolling out remote learning.
Atlanta Most Vulnerable Tenants on Edge Over Evictions…
Nelson is a cosmetologist whose business shut down during the pandemic. Then the Department of Labor denied her unemployment. Her appeal is still pending. (By the way, the Labor Department is behind in processing appeals to denied unemployment claims.) Nelson was sent a 30-day notice of eviction that ran out this week, and she says she doesn’t know how she’ll come up with the money to stay in her home.
Shelters Helping Pet Owners…
In an effort to help keep pets with their owners, a number of animal welfare groups nationally banded together in a pilot program called Human Animal Support Services, which helps owners and foster families with the cost of pet supplies and food.
At the beginning of the pandemic, metro Atlanta shelters say adoptions and fosterings at a record pace with some animal shelters nearly empty as so many people were stuck at home and looking for companionship. The fear from advocates emerged that those animals may be put back in the system as people returned to work. Although that scenario hasn’t happened, the crushing COVID-19 economy has many worried pets will be too expensive for some families.