Morning Reads — May 16th

Our Morning Reads don’t normally feature dogs, but this story about Daisy, the new mascot for the Savannah Bananas, is worth retelling.

The AJC released the results of a big poll this weekend. Trump leads Hillary (barely), Johnny Isakson is likely to keep his Senate seat, and voters are evenly split on Governor Deal’s veto of the religious liberty bill. Take a look at the Interactive results and full crosstabs.

The world’s largest Relay for Life event took place this weekend at the Gwinnett County fairgrounds. Participants hope to raise $2 million to fight cancer by August. They are over halfway there.

New graduates at UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs got to hear former Gov. Roy Barnes talk about bathroom gender issues and southern racial animus in a pre-graduation convocation on Friday. Mercer University grads, on the other hand, got to see former Gov. Jimmy Carter present an honorary doctorate to Gregg Allman.

After the New York Times publishes an exposĂȘ of Donald Trump’s dalliances with women, GOP Chair Reince Priebus says, “Move along, nothing to see here.”

What do you think of as being a “normal” American city? Chattanooga? Greenville, SC? Indianapolis? Nah, those were the normal American cities in the ’50s. For today’s normal, think New Haven CT, Tampa, or Chicago.

At GOP state party conventions over the weekend, party leaders tried to crush the #NeverTrump movement. That worked in some places. Others, not so much.

25 year old Evan Spiegel’s obsession with privacy gave us Snapchat, used by almost 65% of 18-24 year olds.

How the 1968 presidential election of Richard Nixon, the 1979 peak in manufacturing employment, and the 2008 election of Barack Obama led to the 2016 GOP nomination of Donald Trump.

Instagram changes its logo, and the internet freaks out.

Editor’s note: We told you last week that Will Kremer, the normal author of the Monday Morning Reads, was taking a few weeks off so he could come to his senses following some inappropriate remarks about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. What we didn’t know at the time was that Kremer was fixing to drop an ethics complaint against one of the candidates in the GOP primary for House District 80. The subject of the complaint got upset, and we understand she was working to replace Will’s boat shoes with cement shoes. We hope, but cannot guarantee, that Will will be back next Monday. Meanwhile, have a great week!

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