Political Notes — For part of Georgia, it’s runoff election day

[private]Today is runoff election day in Georgia, although voters in more than a third of the state’s 159 counties don’t have to bother with going to the polls.

There are primary and non-partisan runoff elections in just 96 counties, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, so today’s balloting could set an all-time record for lowest voter turnout on a statewide election day.

There are no runoffs for any statewide offices and just one congressional runoff in the 3rd Congressional District’s Republican primary between state Sen. Mike Crane (R-Newnan) and Drew Ferguson.

There are runoffs in 13 legislative districts, three of which involve incumbent lawmakers:  Reps. John Yates (R-Griffin), Tom Dickson (R-Cohutta), and Darryl Jordan (D-Riverdale).

Among local elections, the most closely watched is probably the Republican runoff between Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee and his challenger, Mike Boyce.

Boyce has criticized Lee for his private dealings to build a stadium for the Atlanta Braves baseball team and the issue has been a potent one.  Boyce nearly won the primary outright and led Lee by 49-40 percent going into the runoff.

Ports Authority approves inland port funding

The Georgia Ports Authority has voted to approve a funding package of $19.7 million to construct the Appalachian Regional Port, an inland port facility, in Chatsworth.

The package includes $10 million from the state and $9.7 million from the GPA.  CSX railroad is also making improvements to facilitate the new inland port. Murray County purchased the land for the facility for $700,000 and deeded the site to GPA.

“The Appalachian Regional Port will create a new gateway to the Port of Savannah for our customers serving Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and beyond,” Executive Director Griff Lynch said. “We estimate the ARP will offset more than 350 truck miles per container, or close to 18 million miles every year.”

Humana-Aetna hearing delayed

The Georgia insurance department has postponed a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on the proposed merger of insurance giants Aetna and Humana.  The delay was attributed to last week’s announcement that the U.S. Justice Department is suing to stop the merger.

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