Government & Politics

McBath takes center stage in Congressional gun control debate

BY: - September 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — In the early 1990s, Georgia Republican Rep. Newt Gingrich voted against two major landmark gun violence prevention bills — an assault weapons ban and the so-called Brady Bill to require background checks for firearms sales. But the 6th District U.S. House seat isn’t occupied by Gingrich anymore. The somewhat reconfigured suburban Atlanta district […]

COMMENTARY

Georgia’s low-income college students deserve need-based aid

BY: - September 4, 2019

Georgia lawmakers should open up a new source of money to help college students from low-income families start and finish school. And limited online sports betting might be a better way to do that than today’s state-sponsored lottery and the other gambling options on the table. Some of the old gaming standbys like casinos and […]

All-GOP runoff in Coweta/Fayette state House special election

BY: - September 4, 2019

A hard-line Republican came out on top in Tuesday’s contest to replace state Rep. David Stover, narrowly edging out the apparent favorite in the race who had attracted support from several high-profile elected Republicans. Both Republicans will meet again next Oct. 1 for a runoff, which was the expected outcome of the four-way race. Philip […]

Senate study panel considers requiring everyone in car to buckle up

BY: - September 3, 2019

Most Georgians are familiar with the “Click It or Ticket” public safety campaign that urges people in the front seats of vehicles to wear seat belts or run the risk of getting pulled over. Now, a Georgia senator says the law should be extended to all backseat passengers to help protect them from injury or […]

Kemp urges coastal residents to fend off hurricane evacuation fatigue

BY: - September 3, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp urged “hurricane-weary” coastal Georgians to take seriously his call to evacuate Monday evening even as Hurricane Dorian churned in place off the coast of south Florida. About 400,000 people are affected by Kemp’s mandatory evacuation order, which took effect noon Monday for residents in six counties who lives east of I-95. As […]

Runoff likely after special election for suburban SW Atlanta House seat

BY: - August 30, 2019

Jill Prouty remembers when the debut of the children’s book Captain Underpants – which features a superhero clad in only a cape and tighty-whities – prompted complaints at the Peachtree City library just a couple decades ago. So she was pleasantly surprised when library staff set up its first ever LGBTQ pride display this year […]

COMMENTARY

Bookman: Isakson an honest man, too much of a legislator for modern D.C.

BY: - August 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is an honest man, and he deserves honesty in return. So as he announces his reluctant retirement from public life, I offer honest admiration, an honest hope that he enjoys many years still to come in private life, and an honest and significant degree of disappointment. At 74, with a 40-year […]

Lawmakers study new state authority to boost sagging farmers’ markets

BY: - August 29, 2019

A new $11 million staging area inside the Atlanta State Farmers Market stands out from the rest of the aging buildings that sit on a 150-acre open air facility that debuted in 1959. The 72,000 square-foot addition provides Phoenix Wholesale Foodservice more space to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables. The new project is a rarity […]

Isakson resignation sets up two Georgia Senate elections in 2020

BY: - August 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, whose career as an elected official from Georgia spanned four decades, has announced he will resign at the end of this year as he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. The 74-year-old’s resignation sets up two elections for the Senate in Georgia next year  after he steps down on Dec. 31. Republican Gov. […]

Senate panel considers expanding gambling to sports, horses, casinos

BY: - August 28, 2019

Georgia lawmakers angling for new revenue from legalized gambling in the state launched a fresh look Tuesday to consider  whether sports betting, horse racing and casino gambling can drum up new revenue for the state’s HOPE Scholarship. Supporters of legalized gambling tout a regulated gaming industry’s potential to shore up the state’s popular lottery-supported scholarship. […]

Lawmakers pay tribute to long-time House Clerk Robbie Rivers

BY: - August 28, 2019

The tributes poured in for a former long-time clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 68. Robbie Rivers was clerk for two decades before retiring in 2013. “No one loved serving others as much as Robbie Rivers,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “He loved this state and […]

State DOT rolls out 20-year transportation plan for freight growth

BY: - August 28, 2019

With the freight industry booming in Georgia, state officials are hashing out how to boost port, rail and trucking freight commerce in the state even more through billions of dollars in infrastructure projects. Plans are taking shape for dozens of projects from the coast to the mountains. They’re meant to bolster freight infrastructure in the […]