While attention focused on the Iowa caucuses last night, there was a Georgia election, too. And the winner here was Dustin Hightower, who will take his seat in the Georgia House as the District 68 representative.
A report, released by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Tuesday confirms that some Georgia farmers lacked enough workers last spring, and sustained crop losses as a result. Officials say the state’s new immigration law played a role but they’re looking to Washington for the solution.
Some Georgia lawmakers want to toughen the state’s stance on illegal immigrants in public colleges and universities. A bill before the state legislature would widen a ban approved last year.
The Board of Regents already has barred illegal immigrants from certain in-demand schools.
Former U.S. Rep. Ed Jenkins, a Democrat who represented Georgia in Congress for 16 years, has died after a long illness. He was 78.
Janice Jenkins said early Monday that her father died Sunday afternoon at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
Voters in Albany and Savannah elected female mayors this year. They join Columbus and Athens as major Georgia cities led by women.
When Dorothy Hubbard takes the oath of office on January 9, she will be Albany’s first female mayor.
Georgians who lose their jobs next year could see smaller unemployment checks. Cutting back benefits would be part of the state’s plan to re-pay $700 million it borrowed from the federal government to cover unemployment reserves.