Morning Reads for National Middle Child Day (August 12)

Good morning! How fitting that hump day this week also happens to be National Middle Child Day, right? Here are a few fun facts about middle children in honor of their collective belief they’ve been shortchanged for all eternity.

Full results from yesterday’s primary runoff election can be found here.

Now, the news:

Pat Conroy

  • Governor Kemp told POLITICO that school openings were going well, minus the kids taking pictures of crowded hallways.
  • Meanwhile, North Paulding High, where the aforementioned pictures were taken, is closed for a third day today after several reported COVID cases.
  • Similarly, Etowah High School is now closed until August 31st due to over 900 students and teachers being in quarantine due to exposure to COVID at school.
  • Georgia’s rate of infections per 100,000 children under the age of 18 years old is 571, higher than the national average.
  • The state reported 137 new fatalities on Tuesday, a record number.
  • Democratic state legislators are demanding answers from Labor Commissioner Mark Butler about the agency’s slow response to the nearly 100,000 unresolved unemployment cases, some of which have been pending since March. (Alternate link.)
  • The primary runoff election ran much more smoothly than the June primary election due to modifications made in the past three weeks and lighter turnout. (Alternate link.)
  • The most nationally discussed runoff saw racist, conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene handily beat her opponent.

Alice Walker

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