Government & Politics

Voting rights advocates, Democrats urge voters to cast a ballot early and avoid mailing it in

BY: - November 24, 2022

Democratic-leaning groups are urging Georgians to cast their ballots in person if they can for the Dec. 6 runoff election. “As you know, the mail is slow,” reads a recent email from the Gwinnett County Democratic Party. “If you want the Gwinnett County Elections office to send you a request for an Absentee Ballot, it […]

Updated: Georgia Supreme Court restores state’s strict six-week abortion ban, for now

BY: - November 23, 2022

Most abortions are once again illegal in Georgia pending a state Supreme Court decision. A one-page ruling from the court Wednesday forced abortion providers to send patients home without treatment. The legal question hinges on the state’s ability to pass laws that are invalid at the time the Legislature approves them . Last week, Fulton […]

Georgians can start voting Saturday after Thanksgiving with state Supreme Court ruling in Warnock lawsuit

BY: - November 23, 2022

Early voting is set to take place in more than a dozen Georgia counties both days on Thanksgiving weekend after the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch attempt by Republican groups to block the polls from opening on Saturday for the runoff for the U.S. Senate. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court justices unanimously denied the […]

Georgia leaders pay tribute to Speaker David Ralston as he lies in state at Capitol

BY: - November 23, 2022

House Speaker David Ralston made his final journey to the Georgia Capitol Tuesday as throngs of lawmakers and staff gathered to say goodbye to the fixture in state government. “At times, he governed the House with an iron first, but also with a big soft heart,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “That is why he was […]

Georgia’s on-again, off-again abortion restrictions create doubt for future of fertility treatments

BY: - November 22, 2022

On Friday, Zach Binney, an assistant professor at Emory University’s Oxford College, brought his work stuff to the temple where his six-month old son Jacob goes to daycare. He spent the day working in the temple library instead of his office so he could spend 20 minutes with the baby during midday Shabbat services. “I […]

Georgia appeals court denies GOP state election chief’s bid to ban early voting the Saturday after Thanksgiving

BY: - November 21, 2022

The story was updated 1:53 p.m. Nov. 22 with news that an emergency petition has been filed with the Georgia Supreme Court. Georgia’s Court of Appeals has rejected Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s attempt to keep Georgians from voting in the U.S. Senate runoff on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, On Monday evening the appeals […]

Saga of proposed mine at Okefenokee Swamp’s edge still mired in legal challenges, regulatory reviews

BY: - November 21, 2022

Conservationists are waging another legal challenge against a company’s strip-mining plans near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia.  The Southern Environmental Law Center is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for removing federal wetlands protections on 600 acres where Twin Pines Minerals is awaiting permission from Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division to begin […]

Judge rules in favor of Georgia early voting in Senate runoff on Saturday after Thanksgiving

BY: - November 18, 2022

A Fulton County judge is clearing the path for Georgia’s local election officials to have the option of offering early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving ahead of the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff. Late Friday afternoon, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cox ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by Sen. Raphael Warnock’s […]

Democrats stress continued importance of Georgia’s U.S. Senate race despite party’s majority control

BY: - November 18, 2022

With Senate seats in Arizona and Nevada going to Democrats, the party will be assured of a slim majority regardless of whether Herschel Walker defeats Sen. Raphael Warnock in next month’s runoff election, now less than three weeks away. When Warnock and fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff won their runoffs in 2021, they allowed Democrats […]

Nancy Pelosi, first woman to serve as speaker of the U.S. House, steps down from leadership

BY: - November 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who became the first woman in history to hold the gavel, shepherding landmark bills across four presidencies, announced Thursday she’ll step aside from leadership though she’ll remain in Congress. “With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” she […]

Georgia lawmakers toast fond memories of courtly GOP state House speaker from Blue Ridge

BY: and - November 16, 2022

Longtime House Speaker David Ralston, a consensus builder molded by his beloved north Georgia mountains, died Wednesday afternoon just a little more than a week after announcing he would not run again for speaker because of his health. Ralston, who was the longest currently serving state House speaker in the country, died following an extended […]

Republicans win control of the U.S. House with 218th seat

BY: - November 16, 2022

Republicans clinched a majority in the U.S. House on Wednesday night after a Republican won reelection to a California seat that put the GOP over the top, according to Associated Press projections. Though not as decisive a victory as GOP leaders had hoped, Republican candidates flipped key seats in New York, Virginia, Oregon and Arizona […]