Political Notes — Georgia’s only No. 2 in this business ranking

The financial news channel CNBC is out with its annual ranking of states and their attractiveness to business, and Georgia has moved up almost, but not quite, to the top spot: it ranks second, behind Washington state.

That was an improvement over last year’s eighth place showing.

Said CNBC:

The Peach State finished with 1,616 (finishing one point above the No. 3 state, Minnesota), rising six spots this year due in part to its economy — the best in the nation, according to our study — boasting solid state finances and solid growth. The state also finishes near the top for Workforce (No. 3) and Infrastructure (No. 4).

However, there is room for improvement in the categories of Education, where it holds steady at No. 33, due to low test scores and spending; and Quality of Life, where it comes in at the bottom half of the category, at No. 28.

Carter has opposition

U.S. Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-Pooler) has picked up some Democratic opposition — a Bernie Sanders supporter — for next year’s election in the 1st Congressional District.

Lisa Ring, 49, of Bryan County is a volunteer worker who says she is “a former corrections officer (Lehigh County Prison in Pennsylvania) and the former Executive Director of the Allentown Day Reporting Center — an anti-recidivism program for convicted felons out on parole — also in Pennsylvania.”

She is chairman of the Bryan County Democratic Committee and was co-chair, along with state Sen. Vincent Fort, of the Georgia Sanders Delegation in 2016.

Quick on the way out?

Blake Aued reports in Flagpole that state Rep. Regina Quick (R-Athens) will not run for a fourth term in House District 117.  She is rumored to be in line for appointment to a Superior Court judgeship.

Candidates are already lining up to run for Quick’s House seat, including the person she ousted in the 2012 GOP primary: Doug McKillip, a Democrat who switched to the Republican Party during his previous legislative tenure.  Houston Gaines, a consultant, is also running as a Republican, while Athens attorney Deborah Gonzalez is running in the Democratic primary.

Film industry spends big

The state Department of Economic Development says that feature films and TV shows produced in Georgia resulted in $2.7 billion worth of direct spending during fiscal year 2017.

That film industry spending has increased from $67.7 million in fiscal year 2007 to $2.7 billion in the just-concluded fiscal year.

“As one of the top places in the world for film, Georgia hosted a remarkable 320 film and television productions during the last fiscal year,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a news release. “These productions mean new economic opportunities and real investments in local communities.”

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