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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.

U.S. Health Secretary questions Georgia’s Trump-approved Medicaid plan

By: - August 3, 2021

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra says he hopes to soon wrap up the federal review of the governor’s health care plans even as state officials again push back the launch of Georgia’s slight expansion of Medicaid. Becerra participated in a series of panel discussions Monday during a visit to the Atlanta area, including […]

Federal loan program to help farmers reclaim generational land enriched by $67M

By: - July 29, 2021

The federal government is at last rolling out a loan program meant to help farmers reclaim portions of property lost when the land changed hands over generations, leaving the ownership rights unclear. The program, called the Heirs’ Property Relending Program, was included in the 2018 Farm Bill but not implemented until this year. About $67 […]

Feds side with Black voters in suit that says rights violated by at-large PSC elections

By: - July 28, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice has waded into a voting rights lawsuit that challenges how Georgia elects its utility regulators. “This case presents important questions regarding enforcement of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” wrote Acting U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Georgia Kurt R. Erskine in the agency’s Wednesday filing. […]

State Democratic lawmakers want Medicaid expansion on special session agenda

By: - July 27, 2021

State Democrats are trying to hitch full Medicaid expansion onto the agenda for this year’s special session when lawmakers gather to draw new district lines. State Rep. Matthew Wilson, a Brookhaven Democrat, hand-delivered a letter Tuesday to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp urging him to open the door for state lawmakers to consider expanding the state’s […]

Mask-up ordered again inside Savannah as COVID spreads; schools OK bare-faced students

By: and - July 27, 2021

Last year, Savannah became the first city in Georgia to require face masks as COVID-19 began to spread around the state. Now, as cases and hospitalizations are once more on the rise, Mayor Van Johnson is again requiring residents and visitors to mask up after ending the original order in May. “We’ve come too far […]

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson arrested at Capitol Hill voting rights protest

By: - July 22, 2021

Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson was arrested Thursday during a protest over voting rights, making him the second lawmaker arrested on Capitol Hill this month during a demonstration. Johnson was arrested outside of the Hart Senate Office Building. Video clips taken by an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter and posted to Twitter showed the congressman holding a “Black Voters […]

Bourdeaux joins congressional Dems backing Medicaid look-alike option

By: - July 21, 2021

More Democrats are lining up behind a plan to create a federal Medicaid look-alike option for low-income adults in Georgia and other GOP-led states that have not expanded the government-run insurance program. Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux has filed a House version of a proposal introduced in the Senate earlier this month by U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock. Georgia U.S. […]

Kemp picks new PSC member as Eaton leaves for superior court judgeship

By: - July 20, 2021

This story was update at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.  The head of a state board that regulates Georgia’s public utilities is set to become a superior court judge this summer, and the governor appointed a Cobb County businessman to the panel to replace him Wednesday. Gov. Brian Kemp tapped commission Chairman Chuck Eaton for a judgeship […]

Two Georgia special election runoffs deliver two GOP Statehouse seats

By: - July 13, 2021

Cobb County voters overwhelmingly backed Republican Devan Seabaugh in a runoff Tuesday that was seen as a prelude to next year’s high-stakes elections. The race to replace Marietta Republican state Rep. Bert Reeves was one of two state House contests settled Tuesday, making the pair of special elections the first held since Georgia’s controversial election law fully […]

Mental health called Georgia’s ‘next pandemic’ as substance abuse rises

By: - July 13, 2021

Mental health advocates are warning of a coming mental health and substance abuse crisis on the heels of a pandemic that brought isolation to many and heartache to those who lost loved ones to COVID-19. “We’re looking at this – as mental health – as being the next pandemic,” said Abdul Henderson, executive director of […]

Money pours into statewide races, fueling 2022 Georgia showdown

By: - July 9, 2021

The slow drip of campaign fundraising reports culminated Thursday with a few surprises as state-level politicking begins to ramp up again with Georgia poised for a return to the national spotlight. It’s still early to draw many conclusions, and some races – most notably, the governor’s race – are not even fully set. But Thursday’s […]

Solar industry reps urge Georgia PSC to expand popular rooftop program

By: - July 1, 2021

A program that has made rooftop solar more affordable for homeowners in Georgia will soon hit a cap, which has solar industry representatives urging state officials to expand capacity. Georgia Power, which is the state’s largest electricity provider, agreed in 2019 to let 5,000 customers participate in a pilot program as part of the lengthy […]