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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.

Pence and Trump hold competing rallies to boost rival Georgia GOP campaigns

By: - May 24, 2022

Georgians will head to the polls Tuesday for the last day of voting in a primary election that is doubling as a proxy battle for the future of the national Republican party. Election eve brought split-screen campaigning as former Vice President Mike Pence stumped for Gov. Brian Kemp inside a Cobb County airport hangar. Shortly […]

Democratic voters make ‘painful choice’ in McBath vs. Bourdeaux U.S. House race

By: and - May 20, 2022

LAWRENCEVILLE – Thomas Jonah has no complaints about Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux, who has represented Georgia’s 7th congressional district since she flipped it in 2020. But the Lawrenceville resident says he also admires Congresswoman Lucy McBath, who currently represents Georgia’s 6th district but jumped into the Gwinnett County-based district after Republicans redrew her territory to […]

Kemp OKs expanded Medicaid coverage for new moms, rejects coverage for HIV

By: - May 17, 2022

Low-income moms will be eligible for a year of Medicaid coverage under a bill Gov. Brian Kemp just quietly signed into law. But the governor caught advocates by surprise when he rejected language and funding in next year’s budget that would have started the process of expanding Medicaid eligibility to cover low-income Georgians living with […]

Klobuchar to Georgia Democrats: ‘Get mad and vote’ in response to potential overturn of Roe v. Wade

By: - May 14, 2022

Georgia Democrats face major headwinds going into this year’s midterm elections, but they are looking to the not-so-distant past for inspiration: the 2020 election when Georgia voters flipped control of the U.S. Senate and helped elect Joe Biden as president. “Do you know how many Republicans voted for the American Rescue Plan? Zero, zilch, zippo, […]

Juliette residents tap into new county water line, but coal ash concerns remain

By: - May 9, 2022

Andrea Goolsby speaks wistfully about the taste of water fresh from the well at her childhood home in Juliette. “There’s just something about getting well water from a water hose on a hot summer day,” Goolsby said in an interview. But the days of cooling off with well water are just a bittersweet memory now […]

Georgia election-year politics jolted by Supreme Court draft abortion opinion

By: and - May 4, 2022

A leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated ruling on abortion rights suggests the nation’s highest court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade and unleash states like Georgia to severely restrict access to the procedure. The unofficial ruling, which was obtained by Politico, became public a couple months before a decision was expected, […]

Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

By: and - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion.   “I believe that a woman’s right […]

Kemp plan to replace Obamacare website blocked for now

By: - April 29, 2022

The governor’s stalled health care plan hit another roadblock Friday when the Biden administration notified state officials it could soon block a proposal to bypass healthcare.gov. The state has so far not responded to three letters seeking additional information, which “alone constitutes a sufficient basis” to suspend implementation of the program, according to a letter […]

Columbus water utility loses court bid to exceed state pollution limits

By: - April 28, 2022

A superior court judge has rejected a middle Georgia public utility’s latest legal challenge in a years-long fight against stricter pollution limits, but she did so reluctantly. The Columbus Water Works is objecting to new pollution limits on the amount of fecal coliform bacteria it can release from the city’s sewer system into the Chattahoochee […]

Governor drops by GOP rival’s old haunt for tax cut jab

By: - April 27, 2022

BONAIRE – Gov. Brian Kemp brought his bill-signing tour to the heart of Perdue country Tuesday. The governor traveled to his GOP challenger David Perdue’s hometown Tuesday, and sat at a table inside the cramped quarters of Perdue’s favorite restaurant, the White Diamond Grill in Bonaire, to sign into law a tax cut plan as […]

Carter Center to celebrate life of Dr. John Gates, state mental health care reformer

By: - April 18, 2022

A former director of state mental health and disability services who was a long-time adviser to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is being remembered for his work lifting consumer voices. Dr. John Gates, a former head of what is now known as the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, died in January from […]

Georgia lawmakers leave gambling, medical marijuana, abortion pill laws unchanged

By: , and - April 6, 2022

This year’s legislative session was packed with headliner bills like the speaker’s mental health reform bill and plenty of homages to the culture wars brewing on the GOP home front. Many of those bills now sit on the governor’s desk, kicking off a month-long signing period. Some of them eked it out in the final […]