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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.

State House members to return to Gold Dome with masks, COVID testing

By: - October 21, 2021

The process of law-making will continue to look a little different when state legislators return to the Gold Dome next month to draw new district maps. House Speaker David Ralston, a Blue Ridge Republican, sent a memo to the 180 state representatives on Thursday saying face masks and routine testing will still be required, as […]

Georgia’s solar boom applauded in Clean Water Coalition’s ‘Clean 13’ report

By: - October 19, 2021

A large manufacturer is busily cranking out solar panels in Dalton. A leading manufacturer of school buses based in Fort Valley says it will be nearly all electric by 2030. And a group of north Georgia residents rallied to stop biomass plants from burning creosote-soaked railroad ties. Georgia clean water advocates are pointing to these changes […]

Race permeates day one of jury selection in trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s accused killers

By: and - October 19, 2021

The difficult and time-consuming process of selecting impartial jurors who will decide the fate of the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery began Monday in a case that is bringing national attention to racial justice in the South. Arbery was a 25-year-old Black man who was jogging through a suburban Brunswick neighborhood on […]

Majority of Georgians fear inability to pay for COVID treatment if infected, survey finds

By: - October 14, 2021

About two-thirds of Georgians who participated in a new survey said they had trouble paying for health care in the last year and that affordability concerns factored into their health care decisions. A consumer health survey from Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub and Georgians for a Healthy Future found people who said the cost of care […]

State politics fuel Atlanta Press Club mayor candidate debate as early voters cast ballots

By: - October 12, 2021

Candidates jockeying to lead Georgia’s capital city clashed over crime and ethics at a Tuesday debate held as voters across the state went to the polls for the first day of early voting for nonpartisan municipal elections. Atlanta voters have more than a dozen candidates to choose from in the open race to replace Mayor […]

Golden Ray wreck fished out of St. Simons Sound, leaves pollution questions in its wake

By: and - October 11, 2021

At 656 feet long and big enough to haul more than 4,000 automobiles, the hulking Golden Ray ship has been hard to miss in the St. Simons Sound, where it laid on its side for more than two years. Now, after years of setbacks from oil spills, a fire, hurricanes and a change in contractors, […]

Georgia faith leaders appeal to officials to spare ‘sacred’ Okefenokee from mine

By: - October 6, 2021

A group of more than 100 faith leaders in Georgia have come out in opposition to a proposal to mine near the Okefenokee Swamp and are calling on religious-minded state and local decision makers to reject any plans to mine close to the swamp. Dozens of faith leaders, including Christian ministers, rabbis and imams, added […]

Protection against violent threats could be legit Georgia campaign expense

By: - October 1, 2021

The recent spate of violent threats against elected officials has a state oversight panel rethinking its position on whether home security systems should qualify as a legitimate campaign-related expense. Just seven years ago, the state ethics commission ruled candidates and officeholders could not use campaign funds to help secure their homes. But after a tumultuous […]

Georgia’s disability support staffing shortage now at ‘epic proportions’

By: - September 29, 2021

As a nurse working at a metro Atlanta hospital, Becky Turner is part of a workforce experiencing well-known staffing shortages as the pandemic persists. But as the sister of a 58-year-old woman with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease who uses a wheelchair, the Lawrenceville resident and her family are also at the mercy of another […]

Georgia’s strict anti-abortion law remains on hold after federal court order

By: - September 27, 2021

A federal court has postponed a decision on Georgia’s stalled anti-abortion law until after the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on a Mississippi ban on procedures after 15 weeks into a pregnancy. The decision was not unexpected. Chief Judge William Pryor suggested several times during a hearing Friday that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit […]

Federal judge hints court might wait to rule on Georgia appeal of anti-abortion law

By: - September 24, 2021

A decision on whether a federal judge was right to rule Georgia’s anti-abortion law unconstitutional may not come until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Mississippi’s own restrictive measure. The state’s appeal of the federal judge’s ruling went before a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The presiding […]

Georgia congressional Dems keep drumbeat for Medicaid expansion in holdout GOP states

By: - September 23, 2021

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and other congressional Democrats are vowing to keep pushing for some form of Medicaid expansion for low-income residents living in hold-out states like Georgia to be included in the reconciliation package. Warnock, who is up for reelection next year, centered his 2020 campaign for the Senate on expanding health care access. […]