Good morning, and welcome to a quickly compiled version of the Morning Reads.
It’s National Gardening Day. My seedlings have been started (though, admittedly, I’m still adding like the addict I am), and I am not yet ready to put things in the ground, so this is kind of a bust of a gardening day for me, but hopefully it won’t be for you! That’s more that my April has been crazy than anything else. The average last frost date for my area was the 5th. Anyway, plant something if you haven’t already, and if you’re nervous about trying, I recommend zinnias if you want to grow a flower or okra if you want to grow a vegetable because they’re both easy peasy.
To honor the day, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library shared this gem on Twitter:
Moving on to the headlines…
- If you’re a student at one of Georgia’s 26 public colleges and universities, you will see no increase in tuition or fees for Fall 2021.
- More than 40,000 Georgians have signed up for health insurance via the exchange since the special enrollment period opened in February, the third highest among states with federally-run insurance exchanges.
- Republican officials in Whitfield and Murray Counties voted unanimously to censure Governor Brian Kemp, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for “doing nothing to help Mr. Trump” win in November. (Alternate link.)
- Already removed as county attorney for Hancock County, State Rep. Barry Fleming is now facing a push to remove him as the city attorney for Washington (in Wilkes County) due to his crafting the state’s new restrictive voting law.
- Will Smith’s new film, Emancipation, now will not be filmed in Georgia due to the new voting law.
- State Senator Jen Jordan has announced a run for Attorney General next year.