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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.

Warnock: ‘fix’ to help expand Medicaid in Georgia and other holdout states

By: - June 29, 2021

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock says he is finalizing a proposal that would extend Medicaid coverage to more Georgians and bypass GOP state leaders who have rejected calls to expand the insurance program for the poor. Warnock, who is in Georgia this week while the Senate is on break, said Tuesday he has urged the White […]

Predicted ‘electric vehicle revolution’ in Georgia arriving at a crossroads

By: - June 23, 2021

Shelley Francis was trying to get from one meeting to the next in DC when she pulled out her phone to request an Uber driver. A few minutes later, a Nissan LEAF showed up. She knew the vehicle escorting her to the next stop was electric powered, but wasn’t the car’s range limited? “I spent […]

Ossoff pushes new solar tax credit to boost Georgia, U.S. clean energy jobs

By: - June 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff says he will push for a new tax credit designed to quickly boost solar panel production in the United States. The senator told reporters Tuesday his goal is to have the proposal added later to the broader infrastructure plan that continues to undergo behind-the-scenes bipartisan negotiations, which have centered on the scope of […]

Supreme Court ends challenge by Georgia, other states to Obamacare

By: - June 17, 2021

Health care advocates cheered a U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday rejecting a challenge of the Affordable Care Act pushed by Texas and more than a dozen other GOP-led states, including Georgia. The justices ruled with a 7-to-2 majority that the states lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. […]

Two Georgia lawmaker jobs still up for grabs after special elections

By: - June 15, 2021

A special election that will decide who represents a portion of Cobb County at the state House will go to a July runoff. Republican Devan Seabaugh, who was the top vote-getter Tuesday, fell short of the 50% threshold he needed to avoid a runoff. He ended the night with 47% of the vote in a […]

Advocates press for state to serve more Georgians with disabilities

By: - June 10, 2021

The head of a state agency said Thursday she wants to start a conversation about how Georgia can address the list of people with developmental disabilities trying to gain services through a Medicaid program. “Really, we’re in this together,” Judy Fitzgerald, who is the commissioner of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, […]

Plant Vogtle monitors predict more nuclear plant expansion delays

By: - June 8, 2021

Plant Vogtle’s first new nuclear reactor may not start producing energy for Georgia consumers until at least next June, which would be a longer delay than Georgia Power predicted just last month. An independent monitor, Donald Grace, said in written testimony filed this week that the two new reactors at the Waynesboro plant will likely […]

Camilla home where Black midwife delivered 6,000 babies endangered

By: - June 6, 2021

The women came from all over rural south Georgia to have their baby delivered by Beatrice Borders, a Black midwife known as “Ms. Bea.” When Borders ended her run as a midwife, she had helped bring into the world as many as 6,000 babies at what is the only known birthing center of its kind […]

Biden administration stalls Kemp plan to bypass fed’s health care website

By: - June 3, 2021

This story was updated with additional comment at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4.  The Biden administration has flagged another significant part of Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care plan, with the latest federal pushback focused on the governor’s plan to bypass healthcare.gov and send consumers directly to insurance companies or brokers. The setback comes as the governor awaits […]

Georgia public health board to resume regular meetings after COVID pause

By: - June 1, 2021

The advisory board for the state’s public health agency plans to resume its regular public meetings this fall after not holding any since before the COVID-19 pandemic first reached Georgia early last year. The public health board met virtually during a special meeting Tuesday to approve a bond spending package. The public could listen to […]

Waiting is hard part for Georgians with disabilities lined up for services

By: - May 25, 2021

The move into a nursing home in Royston was supposed to be temporary for Nick Papadopoulos, who was a 38-year-old living in Athens when an infected bedsore landed him in the rural northeast Georgia facility. Four years have now passed, which brought a pandemic that was particularly ruthless inside long-term care facilities. Papadopoulos has fought […]

Buttigieg pitches $1.7 trillion plan in Georgia tour of planes and trains

By: - May 21, 2021

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Atlanta Friday to highlight President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure plan even as the president agreed to scale back his ambition. Biden unveiled a $1.7 trillion counteroffer Friday afternoon as he tries to win over Republicans who have scoffed at the level of spending and reach of the proposal. That is […]