Government & Politics

Advocates see Democrat gains as Kemp calls special redistricting session Nov. 3

BY: - September 24, 2021

An unbiased redrawing of Georgia’s congressional and legislative maps would likely put more state House and Senate seats in Democratic hands, but not enough to give them a majority in the state, according to an analysis by Fair Districts Georgia and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. “The partisan gap has very clearly narrowed, we’re much closer […]

Georgia congressional Dems keep drumbeat for Medicaid expansion in holdout GOP states

BY: - September 23, 2021

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and other congressional Democrats are vowing to keep pushing for some form of Medicaid expansion for low-income residents living in hold-out states like Georgia to be included in the reconciliation package. Warnock, who is up for reelection next year, centered his 2020 campaign for the Senate on expanding health care access. […]

Biden picks ‘dean’ of Georgia House to serve as ambassador

BY: - September 22, 2021

A distinguished career as a state legislator is likely nearing its end with President Joe Biden’s nomination of Rep. Calvin Smyre as ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The White House announced Wednesday Smyre’s nomination for ambassador, which if accepted by the U.S. Senate will leave a major void in the Legislature in which he has […]

Advocates press for action in Congress on voting rights, despite grim outlook

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Activists are ramping up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to move on his chamber’s version of a voting rights bill, even though there’s no sign there will be enough Republican support to advance it. Alternatively, they’re pressing for an end to the filibuster, though there’s no indication there would be […]

Herschel Walker heads to Perry Trump rally with wife cleared of improper voting

BY: - September 22, 2021

U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker is expected to be a major attraction Saturday with his recent ringing endorsement from former President Donald Trump as the two attend a “Save America” rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. In the last year, Walker has emerged as a prominent Republican supporting Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that widespread […]

U.S. House Dems pass $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. The bill was passed by the House on a party-line vote Tuesday night, 220-211. But it faces a battle in the evenly divided Senate, […]

Judge keeps 2020 presidential litigation alive with request for state info

BY: - September 21, 2021

A judge delayed a decision Monday in a lawsuit seeking to inspect Fulton County’s 147,000 absentee ballots from 2020 in order to get more information from state investigations into allegations of counterfeit ballots. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero called for the 20-day break in the lawsuit filed by VoterGa self-described watchdog Garland Favorito […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has been […]

Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill

BY: - September 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding for now a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and search for ways […]

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 […]