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Ga. Senate leader sets 2022 legislative agenda as Trump casts long shadow

BY: - January 5, 2022

Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan’s to-do list during his final year includes a tax credit to boost law enforcement, more resources for foster care, and higher wages for correctional officers. Duncan said Wednesday that his focus will remain on completing his duties and getting his priorities passed before his time in the Senate concludes at […]

Here’s what’s happening in D.C. on the Jan. 6 anniversary

BY: - January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to deliver a speech Thursday in the heart of the U.S. Capitol to mark the first anniversary of the insurrection there. One year ago, former President Donald Trump incited a mob of his supporters, and encouraged them to storm the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying […]

Federal judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for Head Start workers in 24 states

BY: - January 3, 2022

A Louisiana federal judge has put a hold on President Joe Biden’s mandate that Head Start workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, who previously ruled against a vaccine mandate for health care workers, issued a preliminary injunction on New Year’s Day restricting the executive branch from enforcing in 24 states a mandate for […]

Greene decries ‘arrogant puppet masters’ after Twitter permaban

BY: - January 3, 2022

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene fired back at Twitter Monday after the platform permanently suspended her account, finding her in repeated violation of its COVID-19 misinformation policies. “The arrogant puppet masters should have learned over this last year that silly punishments like kicking me off committees and permanent Twitter bans don’t work on me, they […]

Legal challenges filed after Kemp signs new district maps into law

BY: - December 30, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s new political maps into law Thursday, immediately sparking legal challenges over plans that would solidify the GOP advantage in the state legislature and congressional delegation. Lawmakers approved the new maps along party lines during a special session last month. The nonpartisan Princeton Gerrymandering project gave the state House map a […]

Kemp will challenge feds’ decision to reject key parts of his Medicaid plan

BY: - December 27, 2021

The state will challenge the federal government’s recent decision to reject major elements of Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to slightly expand Medicaid in Georgia. The future of the Republican governor’s health care plan has been uncertain since earlier this year when the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services raised concerns about a work requirement […]

End of child tax credit is a financial setback for Georgia’s working moms

BY: - December 22, 2021

For Pasha Benjamin, a disability adjudicator from Conyers, and her now-18-month-old son Chance, the federal expanded child tax credits came at the perfect time. “I was previously working from home and keeping him, but then my office was starting to come back to work,” she said. “Unfortunately, I don’t get paid enough to truly justify […]

Georgia lags in emission-cutting policies even as it lands major EV maker

BY: - December 20, 2021

Electric truck manufacturer Rivian’s announcement last week that it would build a $5 billion plant in Georgia makes it the latest in a string of businesses promising green jobs in the state.  But while Georgia has welcomed solar companies, a large battery manufacturer and now Rivian, the state lags on policies that would help cut […]

Former Sen. Johnny Isakson, a giant in Georgia politics, dies at 76

BY: - December 19, 2021

While bitter partisanship and fierce ideological battles may define today’s political landscape, former Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson had two categories for people: friends and future friends. Isakson, a statesman beloved by Republicans and respected by Democrats, champion of veteran’s affairs and public servant for more than four decades, died in his sleep overnight Sunday at […]

Arizona Sen. Sinema opposes filibuster carveout to advance voting rights legislation

BY: - December 16, 2021

Arizona’s enigmatic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema remains opposed to weakening the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for moving ahead on legislation, even as other Democrats are floating the idea of making an exception to the chamber’s rules to pass major voting rights measures. In a statement to States Newsroom, a Sinema spokeswoman said the senator supports the […]

How an election denier’s fan club got its start in the states

BY: - December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The suddenly famous election denier behind the circulation of a PowerPoint filled with plans to overturn the 2020 election has a long history of election subversion attempts in Georgia and other battleground states. Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron also has close ties to former President Donald Trump’s legal team and served as one […]

The Dirty Dozen: Coal ash and shipwreck on infamous water polluter list

BY: - December 14, 2021

Massive amounts of toxic coal ash will be left in unlined pits – where they sit submerged in groundwater at five sites – under Georgia Power’s current plans for the toxic waste left behind after decades of burning coal to generate electricity. Those plans, which state regulators are reviewing, were flagged again as one of […]