Briefs

Transgender students, allies decry Georgia’s ban on sports participation

BY: - June 15, 2022

This story was updated at 11 a.m. June 16, 2022.  Transgender students and their allies said Wednesday they will not be silent in the face of a new state policy they say discriminates against transgender athletes on school teams. “We are at a point where Republicans are using children as political fodder, and we deserve […]

Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQI+ rights under attack in GOP-led states

BY: - June 15, 2022

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aiming to curtail conversion therapy, expand health care access and promote safe learning for LGBTQI+ people. The order is meant to counter laws in Republican-led states that restrict the rights of LGBTQI+ kids and their families. A senior administration official referenced Texas and Florida as two states […]

3 things from the second Jan. 6 hearing you might have missed

BY: - June 14, 2022

A “definitely intoxicated” Rudy Giuliani. Conspiracy theories in Pennsylvania. Fundraising for a non-existent Trump “Election Defense Fund.” The second hearing in the series held by the Jan. 6 U.S. House panel to present its findings focused on claims repeatedly voiced by former President Donald Trump that fraud occurred in the 2020 election. Members of the […]

COVID cases tick up in Georgia, but at-home tests could mask true spread

BY: - June 14, 2022

Georgia’s COVID-19 cases continue to inch upwards as the pandemic’s latest wave quietly persists in the background.   Cases have increased by about 20% in the last week, and hospitalizations are also up about 17%, but both remain relatively low.  “The numbers are dramatically lower than really they have almost ever been during the pandemic, prior […]

Georgia Rep. Ferguson wants student borrowers to pay off debt themselves

BY: - June 14, 2022

If you’ve been looking forward to paying off that student loan debt, Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson has some good news for you. He’s introduced a bill he says will prevent the Biden administration from canceling student loan debt, ensuring the more than 43 million Americans who owe a total $1.6 trillion will have the right […]

Former Georgia prosecutor denies ‘black suitcase’ voting fraud at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena

BY: - June 13, 2022

BJay Pak, the former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia who refused to certify former President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, on Monday told the U.S. House Jan. 6 committee that there was no evidence of fraud in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Pak did not detail for the panel the […]

Democrats in runoff for Georgia Labor Commissioner ding GOP incumbent

BY: - June 9, 2022

When everything is going well, few Georgians keep track of goings on at the state labor department. Things haven’t been going well the past few years. The initial pandemic shutdowns of 2020 caused Georgia businesses to lay off workers in record-breaking numbers, leading to record-breaking problems for people trying to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Jobless […]

Dems running for state elections chief aim debate attacks at Raffensperger

BY: - June 6, 2022

The two remaining Democratic candidates for Georgia’s secretary of state took to the debate stage Monday to make their case for selection as the party nominee ahead of the June 21 runoff. But rather than go after each other, state Rep. Bee Nguyen of Atlanta and former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler of DeKalb trained their […]

Advocates for $15-an-hour federal minimum wage press Biden for a meeting

BY: - June 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign is urging President Joe Biden to meet with low-income workers before the organization’s march on Washington, D.C., on June 18 to advocate for a $15 federal minimum wage. “What we cannot do is be silent anymore,” Rev. William Barber II, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said during a […]

Fourth grader who survived Uvalde school shooting will testify before Congress

BY: - June 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of two horrific mass shootings in New York and Texas will appear before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday to relate their experiences with gun violence. The witnesses will include fourth grader Miah Cerrillo of Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two adults were gunned down at Robb Elementary […]

Feds intervene in proposed mining project near Okefenokee Swamp, citing lack of input from tribal community

BY: - June 4, 2022

A proposal to mine near the Okefenokee Swamp was dealt a setback Friday after a federal agency determined the Alabama company behind the plan did not consult the Muscogee Creek Nation about the project.  The Okefenokee Swamp lost federal protection under the Trump administration, leaving the fate of the project in the hands of state […]

Ga. federal judge rules against employer that denied transgender health coverage

BY: - June 3, 2022

A federal judge in Georgia has ruled a veteran Houston County sheriff’s deputy was wrongfully denied health insurance coverage for gender-affirming care.   Anna Lange informed longtime Sheriff Cullen Talton, her coworkers and the county director of personnel in 2018 that she intended to live openly as a woman and planned to have gender reassignment surgery. […]