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Duncan says no to re-election bid

May 17, 2021

Georgia's Lieutenant Governor is not running for re-election.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Geoff Duncan confirmed what a number of political insiders had suspected for several months, that he would not be a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in next year's election.

Athens News Matters: 5/14/21

May 15, 2021

This week on Athens News Matters:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Years of underfunding of public health programs delayed the COVID-19 pandemic response in the United States and made its impact worse, according to a report by Trust for America’s Health. ANM's Alexia Ridley spoke with Dara Lieberman, Director of Government Relations at Trust for America’s Health about their findings, why public health programs matter, and more. 

New research from the University of Georgia suggests that beefed-up contact tracing and testing could be a viable alternative to lockdowns and quarantines.
UGA Today

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., the reaction was sweeping -- schools closed, restaurants were shuttered, many descended into self-quarantine, and mask wearing and social distancing were touted as ways to prevent the spread of the disease. But those measures came at a massive societal and economic cost.

This week on Athens News Matters, Chris Dowd from Athens Politics Nerd and Gwen O'Looney from WXAG join us to talk about the controversy aomg ACC Commissioners over Project RESET, and the possible construction of a public restroom in downtown Athens.