July 31, 2020

The Holland Report

Greetings! I hope each of you are finding your own way to enjoy summertime, even as we take extra precautions in the era of COVID-19. I’ve greatly enjoyed seeing everyone’s creative summer solutions, from inflatable pools in the backyard to “across the street” socially distanced cocktails with neighbors. At the Re-Elect Betsy for Georgia headquarters, we are entering election season. …

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June 30, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 24

Legislative Wrap-Up! The 2020 Georgia legislative session was the longest in modern General Assembly history, clocking in at over five months. Several friends and lobbyists commented that this is the strangest session they’ve ever experienced – and many of them have been working at the Capitol for decades! After the long suspended break, the special session to grant the governor emergency powers, and …

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June 22, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 23

This week, the Georgia legislature reconvened for the first time since March 16th for legislative days 30-35. With five legislative days to go, we expect to have Sine Die (the last day of session) this Friday.  It’s been a strange time under the Gold Dome – masks are mandatory at all times, and many committee meetings now allow virtual participation. …

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June 15, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 22

Last week started with a rocky Election Day and ended with 200+ legislators preparing to return to the Capitol for resumption of session. In between, the state experienced rising numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, social justice rallies and protests continued around the city, and another police shooting devastated our community. ELECTION UPDATES From long wait times to unprepared precincts to …

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June 8, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 21

Friends: It was another eventful week in the news around Georgia. Peaceful protests continued around the Atlanta area, including a meaningful gathering in Buckhead on Sunday organized by students in our community. Lines snaked around the block as voters faced long waits at early voting locations. Thousands of absentee ballots went missing in Fulton County, forcing many to make a …

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June 2, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 20

Friends: I struggle to find the words to talk about the tumult facing our community right now. I am so proud of Atlanta’s Chief of Police, Erika Shields, and her determination to listen to peaceful protestors and manage the APD response. I am saddened by the increased use of force as protests continue and fear sometimes overrides understanding. I’m grateful …

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May 24, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 19

As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, I am reflecting on the powerful freedoms that so many have died to protect for us. Central to our freedoms as Americans is our access to a representative democracy. I hope you’ll remember to submit your absentee ballot, vote at an early voting location, or make a plan to vote in the primary …

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May 18, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 18

Tests for COVID-19 and COVID-19 Antibodies – What Should You Do? When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, two current hot topics are testing for the virus and testing for antibodies. Right now, we encourage you to consider getting a COVID-19 test, even if you are not exhibiting symptoms. You can find more information here. Meanwhile, coronavirus antibody tests have also …

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May 12, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 17

It’s hard to believe, but we are beginning week nine of quarantine in the Holland household. Some things continue to be hard – we celebrated Mother’s Day only seeing my mom from a distance in our yard and not being able to visit my grandmother at all. Juggling working and helping our son with school and answering a slew of …

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May 4, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 16

Each week as I sit down to share thoughts and updates with you during the COVID-19 crisis, I search for an overriding thought or emotion to describe the past few days. In the past, I have felt sadness and fear, hope and encouragement, frustration and even outrage. So, how do I feel this week? Disappointed.  I am disappointed in our …

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