Culture & Society

U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says

BY: - April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month in Georgia and Colorado. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said in remarks […]

What’s in a name? For musical posers bill could bring hammer of justice

BY: - March 24, 2021

Georgia is known for having lots of artists who are making waves within the music industry today, but a bill backed by a local organization hopes to bring protection to legacy artists living in the state. A Senate bill, SB 157, seeks to outlaw the “deceptive practice of musical performance groups advertising and appearing as […]

Mass shootings spur calls for state gun laws; limits face stiff headwinds

BY: - March 24, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic, the state budget and voting rights have dominated this year’s legislative session, but with days to go before lawmakers return to their districts, the battle over gun laws has resurfaced after horrific mass shootings in the past week. Eight people were killed in an Atlanta-area shooting spree targeting Asian-owned spas last week, […]

Warnock offers to help Wisconsin colleague see past ‘moral blindness’

BY: - March 22, 2021

Atlanta Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock said in an interview on SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show that he would like to sit down with Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson and talk to him about his incendiary comments expressing comfort with the Capitol rioters and fear of Black Lives Matter protesters. “I’d like to talk to the brother,” Warnock said. “He is […]

Asian American lawmakers denounce spa shootings, rise in violence

BY: - March 18, 2021

Georgia’s five Asian American lawmakers — Sens. Michelle Au and Sheikh Rahman, and Reps. Sam Park, Marvin Lim and Bee Nguyen — and their allies are calling for action against racism and misogyny after a 21-year-old white man was charged with killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in three shootings across the metro Atlanta area Tuesday. Park, a […]

State lawmakers push bills to unwind spring forward, fall back ritual

BY: - March 12, 2021

This story was updated at 5 p.m. Friday.  If you feel out of sorts next week, you won’t be alone. People across Georgia will likely feel groggy and mixed up after setting their clocks to jump forward an hour for daylight saving time on Sunday, but the biannual time change is more than just an […]

Guess which legal gambling oversight the GBI wants to shed? Bingo!

BY: - March 6, 2021

On any given night, you can find Carol Smith hanging out and playing bingo at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2681 in Marietta. The Smyrna resident said she’s there seven nights a week hoping to win a big jackpot. Thursday evening, she was cracking jokes and laughing with some other ladies as they spread […]

Sports gambling bill gaining traction, could get committee vote next week

BY: - February 18, 2021

Legislation to legalize online sports betting in Georgia could come to a vote in a state Senate committee as soon as next week. Expanding legal gambling beyond the Georgia Lottery has long been a topic of debate under the Gold Dome, but the odds of progress improved last week when a group of powerful lawmakers […]

How Marjorie Taylor Greene ascended from Atlanta suburbs to D.C. spotlight

BY: - February 15, 2021

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s short career as a politician has not lacked for drama. The woman known as the QAnon-supporting congresswoman has been a source of puzzlement for liberals and headaches for mainstream conservatives, but her supporters call her a champion. Voters say they love her not only for her strong pro-gun and anti-abortion stances, […]

Online sports betting could defy odds against new Georgia legal gambling

BY: - February 10, 2021

The odds are looking better for online sports betting in Georgia after a group of high-ranking state senators filed a bill Tuesday night that would expand legalized gambling beyond the state’s decades-old lottery. The bill, filed by Republican Senate Rules Committee Chair Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga, would bring the practice of wagering on professional sports […]

COMMENTARY

Praise the Lord and pass the pipe bomb

BY: - January 14, 2021

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker singing “Praise the Lord” on the TV was the soundtrack of my childhood. As I’d get ready for school or play, Tammy Faye and her big fake eyelashes, painted-on eyebrows and glowing tan cheeks would grin and sit next to Jim, who looked like he belonged in the principal’s office. […]

Congress set to strip Confederate names from U.S. military bases

BY: - December 7, 2020

WASHINGTON—Congress this week is expected to pass a massive defense policy bill that President Donald Trump has threatened to veto because it would remove the names of Confederate generals from military bases across the South, including Fort Benning near Columbus and Fort Gordon near Augusta. Members of the House and Senate forged a bipartisan agreement […]