Aaleah McConnell

Aaleah McConnell

Aaleah McConnell covers the Georgia Capitol as an intern for the Georgia Recorder. She covered the Georgia General Assembly in 2022, focusing primarily on voting rights and higher education. With a background in podcast producing, Aaleah is opening the platform up to offer engaging and listenable coverage of the 2023 legislative session.

Young legislative helpers return to post-pandemic Georgia Capitol

By: - February 17, 2023

The Georgia House’s page program has long provided students as young as 12 the opportunity to interact with their state representatives and to see the legislative process firsthand. That Gold Dome tradition came to an abrupt halt the second week of March 2020. The program was shut down when the Legislature abruptly adjourned at the […]

Banker Johnny Chastain defeats Ralston widow in special election; N.E. Georgia House seat goes to runoff

By: - February 1, 2023

North Georgia banker Johnny Chastain will be the newest Republican state representative from north Georgia, winning Tuesday’s runoff election and ending Sheree Ralston’s bid to succeed  her late husband in the House chamber. House District 7 – which encompasses Blue Ridge, Ellijay and several surrounding communities in north Georgia – was led by late House […]

New blood at the Georgia Capitol and veteran lawmakers in new roles could get Legislature out of ‘rut’

By: - January 23, 2023

As new leadership and a slew of freshman lawmakers set out to make their mark under the Gold Dome this session, changes from last year’s “brain drain’” are unfolding at the Capitol. Much of the changeover at the Capitol is due to lawmakers either retiring or resigning to pursue higher political office. While others were […]

Asian American state lawmakers debut caucus with priorities for 2023 Georgia Legislature

By: - January 17, 2023

Georgia’s first Asian American Pacific Islander caucus took to the podium Tuesday to roll out legislative priorities for the year.  Included in the caucus’ legislative agenda are measures to increase AAPI voter engagement and outreach, to support legislation that enables students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival protections to immediately qualify for in-state tuition and […]