Briefs

Georgia Democratic leaders brim with optimism at annual fundraising dinner

BY: - October 24, 2019

Hundreds of Georgia Democrats eyeing 2020 as the year when they might finally end the GOP’s grip on the levers of state government gathered for a dinner fundraiser in downtown Atlanta that reeled in more than $365,000 in donations. Democratic leaders and political pundits project Georgia to be a battleground state during the 2020 state […]

Lawmaker pitches bill allowing college athletes to be paid

BY: - October 23, 2019

A Georgia Democrat says he plans to file a bill that would allow Georgia Bulldogs and other college athletes to be paid for the commercial use of their name, likeness and image. State Rep. Billy Mitchell announced Wednesday that he would model his bill after California’s “Fair Pay to Play Act,” which allowed the Golden […]

Ga. DOT rolls out plan for high speed rail from Atlanta to Charlotte

BY: - October 23, 2019

Georgians got their first up-close look Tuesday night at the possible paths a high-speed rail line might take to put passengers on a fast track from Atlanta-to-Charlotte, as the state Department of Transportation presents a new study’s findings for public comment. The price estimates for the three potential routes for the rail line range from […]

President Carter recovering after fall, his second this month

BY: - October 22, 2019

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is recovering at home after falling Monday evening at his home in Plains. Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment for a “minor pelvic fracture,” Carter’s spokeswoman, Deanna Congileo, said Tuesday. She said Carter “is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at […]

Presidential candidate Warren goes after charter school industry

BY: - October 22, 2019

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the Democratic presidential frontrunners, is going after controversial charters schools that have been blossoming nationwide and enjoy significant legislative support in Georgia — as part of a broad education plan released Monday. The plan titled, A Great Public School Education for Every Student, would end federal funding for […]

ACLU follows court delay of Ga. anti-abortion law with health messages

BY: - October 16, 2019

A Georgia nonprofit that is spearheading the legal challenge of the state’s anti-abortion law is launching a campaign designed to counter what the group calls misrepresentations about the issue. A series of 34 short videos, produced by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, feature physicians from different disciplines – including some who do not […]

Ga. First Amendment group honors late Chief Justice Harris Hines

BY: - October 11, 2019

Advocates for free speech and government transparency honored a late state Supreme Court chief justice while continuing to sound the alarm over what a proposed journalism ethics bill represents. Chief Justice Harris Hines, who served on the state’s highest court for more than two decades, was honored posthumously for decisions in his career that protected […]

Hospitals want clarity on nonprofit hospital transparency law

BY: - October 11, 2019

The state’s health care regulatory board is fleshing out the details of a plan that requires most of the state’s hospitals to publicly post financial information on their websites. State lawmakers approved the new requirements this year as a way to require more transparency from hospitals that enjoy the perks of non-profit status but prefer […]

McBath calls for Ga. Senators to support gun background check bills

BY: - October 11, 2019

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath Thursday urged Georgia’s two senators to push their Republican colleagues to support legislation designed to toughen background checks for gun purchases, and she asked for broader support for a so-called red flag firearm safety bill she sponsored recently. A pair of bills expanding federal background checks for gun sales is languishing […]

Protesters at McBath district office oppose, support Trump impeachment

BY: - October 10, 2019

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump converged on the Sandy Springs district office of U.S. Congresswoman Lucy McBath Tuesday to shout objections to an impeachment inquiry she helped launch against him. Several Trump supporters said the Georgia Democrat should canvass her north metro Atlanta district more often to determine if the bulk of her […]

Let voters decide on expanded gambling, study committee chair says

BY: - October 9, 2019

A Georgia lawmaker pushing for new forms of legal gambling in Georgia to pay for HOPE scholarships said Tuesday that he favors letting voters decide the issue at the ballot box.  That is a bit of a switch for state Sen. Brandon Beach, an Alpharetta Republican who has entertained the idea of using the existing […]

Coweta-based House seat won by anti-establishment Republican

BY: - October 2, 2019

An anti-establishment Republican soundly won a run-off election held Tuesday to decide who would replace state Rep. David Stover under the Gold Dome. Philip Singleton, an airline pilot and U.S. Army veteran, clinched about 59% of the vote. With that, he bested Marcy Sakrison, who enjoyed a significant fundraising advantage and support from several high-profile […]