News of the Morning, 11.30.16

The Georgia Wonk’s Thought of the Day:

When I die, let my ashes float down the green river,
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam.
I’ll be halfway to heaven, with paradise waiting,
Five miles away from wherever I am.

John Prine, “Paradise”

Water If you haven’t been following the story, “The Georgia/Florida Water War” sounds way cooler than it actually is. Regardless, it might be over soon; according to the AJC, there might be some resolution in the next few days. In other water news, lead has been found in the drinking water in some DeKalb County schools. (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Education Emory has knocked around the possibility of becoming a “sanctuary campus;” the Georgia Legislature respectfully has some words about that. Rep. Earl Ehrhart says:

Private institutions can do what they want, but there are consequences to actions. And it can’t be an option to choose not to follow state and federal laws…There’s a raft of state taxpayer dollars for private institutions, and I’m very sanguine about being able to pass a piece of legislation that says if you’re picking and choosing which laws you’re going to follow, state dollars aren’t going to follow.

And while we’re on the subject of education, “watchlist” has labeled George Yancy of Emory and Matthew Boedy of the University of North Georgia as “college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Courts The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled, in a unanimous decision, that three payday lenders are in violation of a Georgia law that prohibits “unlicensed loans of $3,000 or less, including small consumer loans made to Georgia residents over the Internet and telephone, which is how the three companies—all of which are based outside of the state—communicated with borrowers there.” (via Pay Before)


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