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Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin has spent nearly 15 years reporting on state and local government in four states, focusing on policy and political stories and tracking public spending. She has spent the last five years chasing stories in the halls of Georgia’s Gold Dome, earning recognition for her work showing the impact of rising opioid addiction on the state’s rural communities. She is a graduate of Troy University.

Georgia lawmakers toast fond memories of courtly GOP state House speaker from Blue Ridge

By: and - November 16, 2022

Longtime House Speaker David Ralston, a consensus builder molded by his beloved north Georgia mountains, died Wednesday afternoon just a little more than a week after announcing he would not run again for speaker because of his health. Ralston, who was the longest currently serving state House speaker in the country, died following an extended […]

Veteran state lawmaker named to lead Georgia’s mental health reform efforts

By: - November 16, 2022

The governor has appointed the head of an influential behavioral health reform panel to lead the state agency responsible for Georgia’s safety net system for people with disabilities and behavioral health needs. A week after winning another term, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that he has appointed Kevin Tanner as commissioner of the state Department […]

Updated: Fulton judge overturns Georgia’s six-week abortion ban as unconstitutional

By: and - November 15, 2022

Abortion is legal again in Georgia – for now – after fetal cardiac activity is detected, which is usually after about six weeks and before many women know they are pregnant. The six-week ban had been in effect since July but was thrown out Tuesday along with a requirement that physicians report to the state […]

Ralston heir apparent as Georgia House Speaker emerges over election overhaul architect

By: - November 14, 2022

This story was updated at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022.  House Republicans tapped majority leader Jon Burns to lead the chamber Monday, elevating Burns to one of the most powerful roles in state government. Burns beat out a more polarizing candidate, state Rep. Barry Fleming, who is best known as the author of last […]

Georgia’s sitting Republican office holders ran the table in statewide races Tuesday

By: - November 9, 2022

Georgia’s U.S. Senate race may be headed for a runoff, but Republicans swept all other statewide races Tuesday and dashed Georgia Democrats’ hopes of building on recent electoral wins to loosen the GOP’s grip on state government. In addition to sending Gov. Brian Kemp back for another term, voters re-elected Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, […]

Abrams concedes as Kemp wins rematch for governor’s mansion

By: and - November 8, 2022

This story was updated at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.  Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has clinched another term outright and defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams in a nationally watched – and long-anticipated – rematch between the two rivals. Kemp went into Tuesday the favorite to win after consistently leading in the polls. Abrams called Kemp late […]

Election Day on the line: Georgia candidates for Senate, governor crisscross state with closing arguments.

By: and - November 8, 2022

Whether you kept your eyes on the skies, the road or the screen Monday, there’s a good chance they caught a peek of your favorite candidates as they crisscrossed the state in a last-minute bid for votes. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s bus took him to Macon and Columbus, while his Republican rival Herschel Walker’s bus […]

Longtime House leader says he will not seek another term as speaker for health reasons

By: - November 4, 2022

This story was updated with additional comment at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.  The longtime leader of the Georgia House of Representatives announced Friday that he will not seek another term as speaker. House Speaker David Ralston, who has led the chamber since 2010, said in a statement that he needs to focus on […]

Party heavyweights cheer for Abrams and Kemp to land knockout in countdown to Election Day

By: and - November 2, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp and his rival Stacey Abrams are crisscrossing the state in the last week of voting in hopes of rallying supporters to the ballot box.    Kemp enters the homestretch with a lead in recent polls that show him potentially winning a second term without a runoff in his rematch with Abrams, who narrowly […]

Abrams, Kemp sharpen attacks on abortion, crime in last debate before midterm election

By: - October 31, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams sparred over abortion access and other key issues in the last debate before Georgia voters finish casting their ballots in this year’s midterm election. Most notably, a lengthy exchange during WSB-TV’s debate led to the most substantive discussion on the issue of abortion between two candidates who hold […]

Obama to the rescue? Georgia Democrats pin hopes on 2020 mojo

By: - October 28, 2022

Former President Barack Obama stopped in Georgia Friday to fire up Democrats in a state poised to once again play a role in deciding the balance of power in Washington. The popular national Democratic figure packed the Gateway International Convention Center in College Park as he campaigned for U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, Stacey Abrams and […]

Second woman says Herschel Walker paid for her abortion after pressuring her to end pregnancy

By: - October 26, 2022

Another woman has come forward with claims that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker – who has expressed anti-abortion positions – pressured her to have an abortion nearly three decades ago. The woman, who was not identified or shown on camera, shared her story Wednesday afternoon at a press conference held in attorney Gloria Allred’s […]