Government & Politics

U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

BY: - January 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 19, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]

Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols

BY: - January 19, 2022

As Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney walked the halls of the Kansas Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session this month, she was taken aback by what she saw. In the hallways, where “people are chatting and hugging and all that stuff, there were probably less than half of the people wearing masks … You definitely wouldn’t […]

Georgia corrections prepares to spend $600M to replace older prisons

BY: - January 18, 2022

Georgia’s prison system could undergo a radical change with Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal to spend $600 million to open two new prisons that would replace four outdated correctional facilities with the aim to make prisons safer and cut costs. The governor recommended in his spending plans that the state purchase a newer prison and build […]

Georgia’s boom should soon slow to ‘more normal pace,’ state economist says

BY: - January 18, 2022

The state economist predicts Georgia’s economic growth will slow this year as federal coronavirus aid dries up and the state’s economy works to pick up the slack. “Not a recession, just a slowdown as we sort of struggle with replacing all the free money with actual productive income earned in the economy, but we should […]

Will false Trump electors’ attempt to hijack the Georgia vote be punished?

BY: - January 18, 2022

The 16 Georgia Republicans who assembled at noon on Dec. 14, 2020, in the state Capitol and falsely certified that Donald Trump had won the state’s electoral votes were not the nation’s only bogus electors. They made up just one of seven groups falsely claiming Trump was the victor in states where the majority of […]

Senate filibuster on voting rights criticized by advocates for the poor

BY: - January 14, 2022

ASHINGTON — Progressive lawmakers Friday joined a virtual news conference with organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign and said they are not giving up on the push to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the virtual meeting to kick off its plans for a […]

Sinema won’t support changes in the Senate filibuster, in setback for voting rights

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Thursday appeared to end a drive by Democrats to change the Senate’s filibuster rules and pass major voting rights legislation. Sinema said during a Senate floor speech that she believed any changes to the filibuster would continue to create political division, despite her concerns over a wave of […]

Governor pitches more spending for education, health care in election year budget

BY: and - January 13, 2022

The state budget will swell under Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposed spending plan as a surge in revenues clears the way for the rest of a promised teacher pay raise, a salary hike for state workers and $1.6 billion in refunds for taxpayers. The governor, who is in a tough reelection battle, released his proposed $30.2 […]

Georgia Senate committee advances amendment to ban noncitizen voting

BY: - January 13, 2022

Legislation that proposes a constitutional amendment barring noncitizens from voting cleared the Senate Ethics Committee Thursday, becoming the first voting-related measure to advance since the legislative session started Monday. Senate Republicans moved forward Senate Resolution 363 with a 7-2 vote for the measure whose supporters say it would provide states with greater protection from legislators […]

East Cobb first out of the gate in Georgia Legislature’s 2022 cityhood charge

BY: - January 13, 2022

Update: This story was updated Thursday morning at 10:30 to indicate the bill had passed committee. East Cobb could be the first of several new Georgia cities to emerge from this year’s legislative session as a House committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss whether residents of the affluent Atlanta suburb should have the opportunity to […]

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

BY: - January 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday to push for the swift passage of two voting rights bills, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are applying pressure for action as well. During a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, caucus Chair Joyce Beatty said that members […]