Briefs

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. […]

Biden picks ‘dean’ of Georgia House to serve as ambassador

BY: - September 22, 2021

A distinguished career as a state legislator is likely nearing its end with President Joe Biden’s nomination of Rep. Calvin Smyre as ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The White House announced Wednesday Smyre’s nomination for ambassador, which if accepted by the U.S. Senate will leave a major void in the Legislature in which he has […]

U.S. House Dems pass $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. The bill was passed by the House on a party-line vote Tuesday night, 220-211. But it faces a battle in the evenly divided Senate, […]

Georgia parents welcome prospect of COVID vaccine OK for young children

BY: - September 20, 2021

The first results of a COVID-19 vaccination study found the treatments are safe and effective for children between 5 and 11, Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday after a study of more than 2,200 children. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer vaccine for ages 16 and up, and people between 12 to 15 […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has been […]

Immigration reform blocked from Congress’ reconciliation bill, Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Carr, 23 other Republican AGs urge Biden administration to drop vaccine mandates

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is joining with more than 20 other Republican state attorneys general threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. “In yet another example of blatant disregard for the rule of […]

Fulton County Commission adds new lead actor to 2022 election drama

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Fulton County Commission appointed Cathy Woolard to its election board on Wednesday, rejecting GOP complaints that her connection to Democratic champion Stacey Abrams’ voter advocacy group could create conflicts. Woolard, who was president of the Atlanta City Council in the early 2000s, is now the chairperson of a county election board at a time […]

Georgia’s college-bound students hit SAT highs despite pandemic turmoil

BY: - September 15, 2021

Georgia’s class of 2021 showed significant increases in their SAT scores and performed better than the national average, though significantly fewer students took the test than in previous years. Public school students across the state increased their average math score from 511 to 531 over last year’s class, and evidence-based reading and writing went from […]

State judge sides with EPD on tougher limits for dumping sewage into Chattahoochee

BY: - September 15, 2021

A state judge has ruled against a middle Georgia water utility that has spent years waging a costly battle against a state permit requiring tougher water quality standards. Judge Ronit Walker, an administrative law judge, backed state regulators’ decision to issue a permit last year imposing stricter limits on the amount of pollution that can […]

Public health official urges vigilance as delta wave shows signs of easing

BY: - September 14, 2021

A top state public health official says the fourth wave of the pandemic – brought on by the more easily transmissible delta variant – may have already peaked in Georgia. But state epidemiologist Dr. Cherie Drenzek said Tuesday it’s too soon to know for sure whether the recent decline represents the start of a lasting […]

Justice Department investigates Georgia prisons over inmate deaths, LGBT attacks

BY: - September 14, 2021

A new federal civil rights investigation is looking into prisoner deaths, rampant violence and abuse of gay, lesbian, and transgender people held in Georgia prisons. Civil rights organizations that have pushed for federal intervention in Georgia’s prisons welcomed Tuesday’s announcement that the Department of Justice has launched a probe into a correctional system where murders […]