Government & Politics

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 […]

Afghans likely to find Georgia a more welcoming place than prior refugees

BY: - September 17, 2021

Eleven-year-old Heval Mohamed Kelli thought his family was going on vacation after crossing the Syrian border into Turkey in 1996 as his father paid smugglers to fly them to safety in Germany. He was unaware at the time of the political persecution his father, an attorney, faced in Syria or of how life would change […]

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

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 […]

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor of […]

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 […]

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill budgets for climate change fight, enhanced research

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday advanced its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming. The $66 billion agriculture measure passed along party lines […]

Billions in federal rental aid remains stalled in Georgia, other slow-moving states

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those are among the proposals that U.S. House members are weighing to better help states and local governments that have moved far […]

Biden travels to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 11, 2021

WASHINGTON—To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden is visiting the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday is observing the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people. He’ll also visit Shanksville, Penn., where 40 people were […]

Kemp urged to order elective surgery halt as some Georgia hospitals already hitting pause

BY: - September 8, 2021

Hospitals are once again pausing non-essential procedures as the number of COVID-19 patients in Georgia medical facilities surpasses January’s highs and as congressional leaders press the governor to do more to ease the strain caused by the surge in cases. Grady Hospital System in downtown Atlanta became the latest Wednesday to announce it would temporarily […]

Will state and business crime crackdown efforts undo Georgia’s new justice reforms?

BY: - September 8, 2021

Updated 9:15 a.m. Sept. 8 with comment from the Greater Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce. If Gov. Brian Kemp persists with his tough-on-crime plans during an anticipated special session late this fall, powerful business lobbyists with statewide sway will likely have his back in spite of  corporate diversity pushes that followed Georgia’s recent criminal justice […]

White House seeks at least $24B to aid states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief costs, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during the last […]