Government & Politics

COMMENTARY

Bookman: Ga. Chamber signs on to GOP’s new love of tariffs, free money

BY: - September 12, 2019

When Democrat Jon Ossoff announced this week that he will run against incumbent David Perdue for the U.S. Senate next year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Chamber of Commerce were ready to pounce. Citing a poll they commissioned earlier this year in Georgia, the two groups pointed out that Ossoff’s name recognition remains […]

Initial state rural broadband mapping shows less coverage than FCC

BY: - September 12, 2019

A federal map shows Lumpkin County with just a smattering of dark zones where residents and business owners lack access to broadband internet access. But that has proven to be a rosy view of internet connections in this mountain community. State mapping now shows most of the north Georgia county living without broadband-level service, meaning […]

Ga. Board of Regents approves budget cuts to farming programs

BY: - September 11, 2019

Georgia university programs were trimmed by about $27 million over the next two years after the state Board of Regents voted to approve the staff’s recommendations. The regents’ vote, which happened with no public discussion Tuesday, cuts funding for several agricultural, medical and library programs. The state board oversees the university system’s 26 schools. The […]

Time running out for public to weigh in on Okefenokee area mining plan

BY: - September 11, 2019

A proposed mining operation near the Okefenokee Swamp is sparking a great deal of interest with thousands of organizations and people sounding off on the plan ahead of tomorrow’s public comment deadline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logged more than 12,000 public comments on the Twin Pines Minerals’ application to conduct deep-surface mining along […]

Ga. lawmakers split as U.S. House advances McBath ‘red flag’ bill

BY: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee committee advanced three gun safety bills on Tuesday despite unified Republican opposition.  The committee voted along partisan lines to approve “red flag” legislation that seeks to limit access to firearms for those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The committee also voted to advance legislation that would […]

University system’s rural programs on Board of Regents cut list today

BY: - September 10, 2019

Agricultural, medical and library programs run by Georgia’s state-funded universities are poised for budget cuts in response to the statewide belt tightening Gov. Brian Kemp ordered last month. In all, the University System of Georgia plans to shave around $11 million off its roughly $2.6 billion budget through next June, and another $16.5 million the […]

Hurricane-ravaged SW Ga. farmers cheered by federal aid news

BY: - September 10, 2019

Some of the long-awaited federal disaster relief funding will soon begin to make its way down to southwest Georgia farmers, arriving nearly a year after Hurricane Michael ripped through the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that producers can start signing up for a piece of the $3 billion aid package on Wednesday. […]

Opponents of Ga. ‘tampon tax’ vow to press lawmakers in 2020

BY: - September 9, 2019

Deborah McCarthy’s school district chipped in some money for tampons, pads and other period products, and when that didn’t cover the requests coming from her high school’s menstruating students, she would dip into her own wallet. And then this year, the Bibb County school nurse found help – a lot of it. She banded with […]

Cyber attack headaches linger at state patrol, other Ga. agencies

BY: - September 9, 2019

Cyber attacks that hit some state agencies in Georgia earlier this summer continue to ripple through the system, particularly for law enforcement and the courts. Meanwhile, security officials work to boost software safeguards and train thousands of employees to avoid triggering future attacks. Over the course of a month starting in late June, three separate […]

Kemp rebuffs legislators’ plan for budget cut input

BY: - September 6, 2019

An edict from Gov. Brian Kemp will prevent Georgia lawmakers from officially weighing in anytime soon on cuts to this year’s state budget that will affect more than half of the current year’s spending plan. It’s a decision that shows the governor’s muscle, but also likely puts him at odds with powerful members of his […]

COMMENTARY

Bookman: Get ready for GOP calls to cut Medicare, other “socialism”

BY: - September 5, 2019

With two seats up for grabs next year, control of the U.S. Senate may be decided right here in Georgia. That condemns us to hearing the word “socialism” hurled at us repeatedly over the next 14 months in Republican campaign speeches and TV ads. In a speech earlier this summer in Washington, U.S. Sen. David […]

Senate seat belt study panel hears it’s tough to close back seat ‘loophole’

BY: - September 5, 2019

Georgia lawmakers studying new seat belt rules heard Wednesday that it could be a challenge to require passengers to buckle up in a vehicle’s back seat and questions remain about how well officers could enforce a new law. Some senators raised the enforcement question as they met with state public safety officials. The verdict: Seat […]