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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.

Court witnesses debate role of exceptions in Georgia abortion law; judge’s decision to come later

By: - October 26, 2022

Health care providers at the center of a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s six-week abortion ban say the new law has limited their ability to care for patients whose wellbeing may be at risk.  But attorneys for the state invited out-of-state medical providers – including a Texas obstetrician and gynecologist whose credibility was questioned by a Florida […]

Georgia’s right to privacy law argued as state’s defense of 2019 anti-abortion law reaches Fulton courtroom

By: - October 25, 2022

A Fulton County judge began to hear arguments Monday on the constitutionality of Georgia’s six-week abortion ban, but a decision won’t come until after the Nov. 8 midterm election. The two-day trial will continue Tuesday at the Fulton County courthouse with Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C. I. McBurney presiding over the case. Attorneys […]

Could Abrams ride Georgia’s record midterm early-vote surge to outperform the polls?

By: and - October 21, 2022

This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, to correct the in-person early voter turnout total.  Turnout in the first three days of in-person early voting approached presidential election level, with Black voters – who have become the recent focus in the race for governor – especially turning out in force.  Republican […]

Abrams, Kemp pitch vastly different visions for state in first debate of 2022 rematch

By: - October 17, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams met on the debate stage Monday night for the first time in their closely watched rematch as a record number of voters turned out for the first day of early voting. The Republican incumbent touted his record and emphasized the strength of the state’s economy coming out of […]

Georgia leader of state safety net agency for people with disabilities to retire

By: - October 14, 2022

The head of Georgia’s safety net system for people with disabilities and behavioral health needs has announced she will retire after six years leading the agency. Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, will stay on through the end of the year to allow time to name a successor […]

New poll finds nearly two-thirds of Georgia voters object to state’s new abortion restrictions

By: and - October 12, 2022

A new poll released Wednesday shows that a majority of Georgians – particularly Black voters – continue to oppose the state’s new restrictive abortion law. Nearly 62% objected overall, with about 54% saying they strongly opposed it. Black respondents were the most adamantly against it, with 86.4% of them saying they firmly disapprove of the […]

Millions flow to top Georgia campaigns and candidates down the ballot as midterms near

By: - October 10, 2022

Candidates for statewide office just reported their latest fundraising haul as they enter the homestretch of Georgia’s midterm election. Here’s a quick-and-dirty rundown on the size of these candidates’ war chests in Georgia’s marquee races. Early voting starts next Monday.  In the tumultuous Senate contest, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is winning the money race. Warnock […]

Republican allies want to change subject after Herschel Walker abortion story bombshell

By: and - October 4, 2022

Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker faced the toughest challenge of his candidacy so far Tuesday as twin scandals rocked his bid to unseat freshman Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Late Monday night, the Daily Beast published a report alleging that Walker encouraged a former girlfriend to get an abortion and wrote a check to pay for […]

Georgians with disabilities quiz statewide candidates on labor issues, waiver access

By: - September 30, 2022

As he spoke into the microphone, Carmine Vera posed a question that may be unusual at any other candidate forum: What is your position on the practice of paying people like him below minimum wage? Vera elevated an issue that is on the mind of many people with disabilities ahead of Georgia’s closely watched midterm […]

Virginia governor rallies with Kemp to aid bid for suburban Atlanta votes

By: - September 28, 2022

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp hit the Atlanta suburbs Tuesday in hopes of firing up conservative voters in an area that has been moving toward Democrats in recent elections. Kemp took the stage in Alpharetta’s City Center with Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, whose narrow win last year and success in suburban areas made him a rising […]

Warnock pitches plan to extend veteran benefits to surviving Gold Star spouses who remarry

By: - September 27, 2022

David McCracken made it back safely to his home in Tyrone after being deployed to Iraq, but he came back complaining of headaches and coughing. More than a year after his return, the 30-year-veteran who had been exposed to toxic burn pits while serving in Baghdad was diagnosed with brain cancer.  At the end of […]

Brantley County residents still hope to lay waste to landfill OK’d by state EPD

By: - September 23, 2022

By the time the residents of rural Brantley County realized a promising new project was a 100-acre landfill, it may have already been too late. Local officials say they were led to believe the project was a waste-to-energy plant. When prompted, top county leaders issued letters in 2014 and again in 2015 saying a solid […]