Government & Politics

Superior court judge puts Echols’ Democratic PSC challenger back on November ballot

BY: - August 18, 2022

A Fulton County judge has reversed Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s decision to disqualify Democrat Patty Durand as a candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission. Superior Court Judge Melynee Leftridge ruled Thursday that a 12-month residency requirement for PSC candidates was unconstitutionally applied to Durand.  The state commission regulates Georgia’s utilities and plays an […]

Former Trump attorney worked with Atlanta tech firm to hack Coffee voting system

BY: - August 17, 2022

An attorney connected to former President Donald Trump coordinated with experts from an Atlanta-based computer firm to hack into Coffee County’s voting system in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, according to records obtained in a federal lawsuit challenging the security of Georgia’s voting system. The subpoenaed documents indicate that former Trump attorney Sidney […]

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

It’s the economy: Kemp, Abrams campaign on competing visions for Georgia’s surplus billions

BY: - August 16, 2022

Georgia has got a lot of extra money right now. If the state’s estimated $5 billion budget surplus were printed out in dollar bills, it would come up to just under 20 square miles, enough bills to carpet every square inch of the state’s five busiest airports, with enough singles left over to buy five […]

Giuliani, Graham striking out in bids to avoid date with Fulton grand jury

BY: - August 15, 2022

Former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is now the target of a criminal investigation into the crusade to overturn the 2020 election to keep Trump in power, has been ordered to testify before a Fulton County special grand jury on Wednesday.  A lawyer for Giuliani confirmed on Monday that a prosecutor from […]

Superior court judge declines to immediately block Georgia’s abortion ban

BY: - August 15, 2022

The state’s six-week abortion ban will remain in affect while a judge hears arguments that the law violates the state constitutional right to privacy. Health care providers and advocates who filed the constitutional challenge had asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C.I. McBurney to block the law while their legal challenge was being resolved. […]

Farm bill season arrives: What’s the outlook for 2023?

BY: - August 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Over the course of the next year, lawmakers on the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture committees will draft a new federal farm bill that will shape food, farm, conservation and nutrition programs across the country for the next five years. The omnibus law that began 90 years ago as crop supports now has […]

Court ruling puts utility regulator races back on the ballot; Georgia plaintiffs eye appeal

BY: - August 12, 2022

Two statewide races are back on the November ballot after a federal appeals court blocked a lower court’s ruling that would have postponed the elections until after the state Legislature adopted a new process that no longer diluted Black voting power. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday stopped the U.S. District Court injunction […]

U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […]

Fair Fight kicks off statewide tour to push early voting ‘gold standards’ in Georgia

BY: - August 12, 2022

Voting rights organization Fair Fight began a statewide tour Friday as it teams up with state and local leaders to press county election boards to extend early voting hours, expand weekend voting and open more polling locations. The “Vote Gold Georgia” tour kicks off today in Augusta and Savannah with Fair Fight hosting roundtable discussions […]

Georgia advocates, Democrats hail long-sought climate bill as pivotal

BY: - August 12, 2022

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to take up a bill Friday that many environmental groups and Democratic legislators say represents a historic investment in clean energy that will create jobs and make solar panels and electric vehicles more affordable for years to come. The Democrats’ climate, health and tax bill, dubbed the Inflation […]

Kemp counters Abrams economic plan with tax rebates

BY: - August 11, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp proposed a combined $2 billion in tax rebates Thursday that could return about $1,000 to taxpayers if approved by state lawmakers early next year. Kemp, who is facing a November rematch election with Democrat Stacey Abrams, made the announcement at the state Capitol just days after Abrams unveiled her economic plans for […]