Political Notes — Georgia is number one?  Not so fast . . .

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal likes to brag that Georgia has been ranked as the “number one state for business,” as if it were an indisputable fact.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is now making a similar claim, remarking recently, “for four years in a row, we are the No. 1 state to do business in.”

The folks at Politifact decided to examine the veracity of that statement and concluded that Cagle is only telling half the truth:

In saying Georgia is the No. 1 state to do business, Cagle was citing a list put together by Site Selection, a magazine that specializes in business relocation and expansion, campaign spokesman Joseph Hendricks told us.

Site Selection said Georgia had the best business climate in the country for the fourth year in a row.

As evidence of Georgia’s success, the Site Selection article pointed to growth in foreign direct investment and the film, health and auto industries. It also listed several major corporations that have recently decided to expand in Georgia: athletic shoes manufacturer Adidas, health benefits company Anthem, diversified technology company Honeywell, and tire manufacturer Sentury Tire. . . .

Site Selection is a credible source, experts told us — but they added it’s not the only one.

Among the better-known and respected rankings, CNBC places Georgia second, while Forbes places it seventh. Those aren’t first-place rankings, but they’re still pretty high.

Other credible rankings, though, have Georgia lower. The Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research, for instance, placed Georgia 24th.

Indeed, when researchers at Ball State University created a composite score for each state using a number of these best-state-for-business rankings, their measure placed Georgia No. 15 in 2016. That’s basically in the top one-third of states. . . .

A well-regarded business magazine, Site Selection, has listed Georgia as its best state for business for the past four years. But that’s just one publication’s ranking; others offered different ratings, and it’s impossible to say that one methodology is the perfect one.

Cagle’s statement is partially accurate. We rate it Half True.

Sheriffs endorse

Cagle, meanwhile, released a list this week of 58 Georgia sheriffs who he says have endorsed him in the governor’s race.

“The sheriffs are among the most respected and trusted leaders in communities all across our state,” Cagle said. “I am humbled to have the support of these selfless public servants.”

The endorsers include Keith McBrayer of Henry County, Frank Reynolds of Cherokee County, Butch Conway of Gwinnett County, Neil Warren of Cobb County, Mike Yeager of Coweta County, and Gary Gulledge of Paulding County.

Not on the list of endorsers:  DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann, who was recently arrested by Atlanta police on charges that he exposed himself and then tried to run away from the arresting officer.

And more endorsements

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who’s running against Casey Cagle for governor, also released a list of endorsements from various mayors and city council members across the state.

Most of the endorsers represent small towns like Centerville, Lakeland, and Tallapoosa, but there was a familiar name to capitol observers on the list:  Demorest Mayor Rick Austin, formerly a member of the Georgia House.


The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has named the Georgia Chamber as the 2017 State Chamber of Year.

“We’re proud of this affirmation that our engaged investors, talented staff, local chamber partnerships, and our world-class networks who continue to lead Georgia forward,” said Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark.

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