Rome News-Tribune. November 20, 2021.
Editorial: With Redistribution, Does Cobb County Become a Powerhouse for the 14th District?
Expect the congressional election to be a little different depending on the redistributed constituency map that will be in effect for the mid-terms of 2022.
While the 14th Arrondissement remains solidly Republican, even with the addition of cities like Austell and Powder Springs, it will certainly dilute that pool of support.
So far Whitfield and Floyd counties, and in the last congressional election Paulding County, have been the driving force behind the 14th District.
The new map dropped Haralson County in solid red along with the Pickens County portion. Now that is countered by what could best be described as areas of a deep blue Cobb.
A sample of districts in the Cobb area showed broad support for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. The 14th District chose former President Donald Trump with 73.4% of the vote, according to Ballotpedia.
That leaves 25.3% more who voted for Biden, with the rest going to libertarian Jo Jorgensen.
These votes may not all come from the woolen Democrats, but an infusion of Democrats from southwest Cobb could easily shift the balance of power in a staunchly, if not unconditional, Republican district.
We estimate this takes the needle in the district from 75% Republicans to around 68-69% Republicans. It’s much closer to the middle of the road and the Cobb County Division is probably helping the GOP in this bluer (and rapidly growing) part of metro Atlanta.
It’s also worth pointing out that Paulding County, which is also growing quite rapidly, seems to be increasingly taking on a red-purple hue. In 2020, 63.9% of the population opted for Trump compared to 34.8% for Biden. Is this a victory for the Democrats? Well, not really … at least not yet.
Overall, the setup gives Georgia Republicans a 9-5 advantage in the House of Representatives after losing both seats in the U.S. Senate in 2020 to the Democrats.
We did some math, always a worrying task for writers, but what we found is interesting.
We went through the 2020 election records and added up the registered voters from the ridings we identified in this district and there are approximately 74,000 registered voters in this part of Cobb County.
For reference, there were 60,650 registered voters in Floyd County and 54,749 registered voters in Whitfield County.
Again, that’s an estimate, but it looks like this little part of Cobb could have a big impact on the 14th Arrondissement.
The addition of this part of Cobb and the withdrawal and Haralson and Pickens also adds to the diversity of the 14th district by increasing the number of people of color in the district by approximately 5%.
What this means for 14th District Representative Marjorie Greene is hard to say. She has several candidates from her own party interested in the seat. Now Greene won 74.7% of the vote in the 2020 election, but she was also running unopposed after the Democrat dropped out of the race. Even then, the Democrat got over 25% of the vote.
Since then, his congressional antics have remained a staple in the cable news circuit and sometimes in the headlines as well. She continued to embark on the path of extremist political dogma, and it came to the detriment of her district.
The first litmus test of how much that matters will be in the Republican primary in March. We won’t be surprised if she wins the primaries and then wins the general election. She is still very popular in large parts of her neighborhood.
The question is whether the same issues that turned some Republican voters against Trump will do the same for Greene. The answer to this question and how much the area has changed is unlikely to be answered until 2024.
Please get vaccinated and thank you for reading.
Dalton Daily Citizen. 23 November 2021.
Editorial: Take These Precautions to Keep Thanksgiving Safe
COVID-19 has wiped out many Thanksgiving in 2020. With the wide availability of COVID vaccines, public health officials say these Thanksgiving gatherings can resume safely as long as some precautions are taken.
“The COVID vaccine has helped make it possible to celebrate the upcoming holidays with family and friends,” according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. “To ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones, the Georgia Department of Public Health urges all Georgians to plan ahead and take action to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and influenza while they celebrate… Holiday traditions are important to families and children. By working together, we can enjoy safer vacations and trips, and protect our own health as well as that of our family and friends. “
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends several ways to enjoy holiday traditions while protecting your health and the health of those around you.
• The best protection against COVID and the flu is vaccination, and vaccines can be given at the same time. People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID vaccines, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J COVID-19 vaccine. Likewise, it takes about two weeks after receiving a flu shot for the antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.
• For young children who are not yet eligible for the COVID vaccine, reduce the risk of exposure by making sure those around them are vaccinated.
• Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in indoor public places if you are not fully immunized. Fully immunized people should wear a mask in indoor public places in communities with high to high transmission.
• Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities.
• Avoid overcrowded and poorly ventilated spaces.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and lukewarm water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• If you are sick or have symptoms of COVID or the flu, do not organize or attend a rally.
• Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID or have close contact with someone with COVID.
• If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID and need to travel, follow the CDC’s recommendations.
• Everyone, even those fully vaccinated against COVID, are required to wear a mask on public transport and follow international travel recommendations.
Valdosta Daily Times. November 21, 2021.
Editorial: Vacation Travel Can Be Dangerous
Thanksgiving travel is expected to increase significantly this year.
We hope all of our readers stay safe on the roads, but sadly every year we have to report on the holiday tragedies.
The main factors that contribute to fatal road accidents while on vacation are, of course, impaired driving, excessive speeding and distracted driving.
Quite simply, don’t drive drunk.
And, of course, never text or drive.
Distracted driving is one of the main factors contributing to the high number of road fatalities despite numerous public information campaigns. Road safety experts explain that distracted driving comes in many forms, the most common being texting and driving, but even hands-free devices contribute to traffic accidents, according to safety experts.
The AAA Road Safety Foundation said devices meant to keep drivers less distracted and more focused just don’t do the job. According to the foundation, dangerous mental distractions can linger for almost half a minute after dialing, changing music, or texting using voice commands. AAA said that “hands-free technology can mentally distract drivers even with their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.”
Some in-car systems may be slightly less distracting than others, but all hands-free car systems and cellphone apps exhibit varying degrees of distraction and could compromise the driver’s ability to concentrate. Hands free does not mean distraction free, as mental distraction can be the most dangerous diversion of all when driving.
Studies have indicated that dangerous levels of mental distraction can last for up to 27 seconds after completing a distracting task in the least performing systems studied, according to one study. At 25 miles per hour, researchers said drivers were driving nearly three football fields during the same time. When using the less distracting systems, drivers can remain weak for more than 15 seconds after completing a task, a study found.
“Drivers should exercise caution when using voice-activated systems, even at seemingly safe times when there is a lull in traffic or the car is stopped at an intersection,” said Marshall Doney, President and CEO of AAA. “The reality is that mental distractions persist and can affect the driver’s attention even after the light turns green.
“The massive increase in voice-activated technologies in cars and phones represents a growing safety concern for drivers,” Doney said. “We are concerned that these new systems invite driver distraction, even as overwhelming scientific evidence concludes that hands-free are not without risk.”
As you travel, put the phone down, slow down and stay safe.
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