Government & Politics

COMMENTARY

Bookman: Removing one evil man rarely solves the problem

BY: - January 9, 2020

It’s plausible, even likely, that with Tuesday night’s missile attacks we’ve seen the extent of Iran’s overt, immediate retaliation for the targeting of Qasem Soleimani, one of its most important government officials. Open warfare has probably been averted. However, the long-term, less obvious consequences will play out over months and years to come, and are […]

New Georgia House gatekeeper knows insurance, health care

BY: - January 8, 2020

Richard Smith just got one of the most important and unknown jobs in Georgia politics. He’s the new chairman of the Georgia House Rules Committee, which decides if a bill gets to the Georgia House floor for a vote. If Smith doesn’t see the point of a bill, that hurts its prognosis. The Columbus Republican […]

No more studying, gambling, scooters and more now on lawmakers’ agenda

BY: - January 8, 2020

Several days before Georgia’s next legislative session begins Monday, lawmakers considering the expansion of legalized gambling are set to tour the Atlanta Motor Speedway where the racetrack’s president dreams of opening a $1 billion casino and entertainment operation. Thursday’s field trip to the Hampton racetrack is the House’s Special Committee on Economic Growth’s last meeting […]

State audit says companies abuse generous film tax credit program

BY: - January 8, 2020

A new state report delivered a searing critique of the state’s popular film tax credit, offering up a portrayal of a program with little guardrails or consequences for those who misreport spending or fail to provide required paperwork. The state’s audit of the 15-year-program, which is often credited with attracting the film industry to Georgia, […]

Trump has appointed judges at a breakneck speed. More are coming

BY: - January 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate heads into 2020 with few major legislative victories but a significant one on the judicial front: a dramatic reshaping of the federal bench. Over the past three years, the Senate has confirmed 185 of President Trump’s judicial nominees, more than any of the last five presidents at the same […]

Wild Hog Supper an appetizer before legislative calendar fills up

BY: - January 3, 2020

This story was updated at 11 a.m. Friday. The smell of barbecue will soon waft from the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta. For Georgia politicos, that means one thing: Lawmakers are about to return to the halls of the Gold Dome. For nearly six decades, the Wild Hog Supper has signified the official kickoff of the […]

Special election to fill south Georgia senate seat set for February

BY: - January 2, 2020

This story has been updated to clarify that Jan. 9 is the last day for voters to register.  A special election is set for early February for a conservative south Georgia district to replace a state senator who died just days before Christmas. State Sen. Greg Kirk, an Americus Republican who was first elected in […]

Congressman John Lewis vows to fight after cancer diagnosis

BY: - December 30, 2019

Civil Rights leader and long-time Georgia Congressman John Lewis says he has a “fighting chance” of overcoming his recent cancer diagnosis and plans to continue to serve his Atlanta district while he undergoes treatment. The 79-year-old announced Sunday evening that he was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer after a routine medical visit. “I […]

COMMENTARY

Bookman: Republicans’ fear of Trump keeps others off primary ballots

BY: - December 26, 2019

If any Georgian Republicans are feeling a little queasy about Donald Trump and the direction that he’s taking their party and their country, they won’t have a chance to express it at the primary ballot box. That option has been slammed shut. In a quiet decision earlier this month, the state GOP’s executive committee rejected […]

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected ahead of 2020 election

BY: - December 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an effort […]

As Isakson exits, former colleagues mourn end of an era

BY: - December 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson and former Democratic congressman Buddy Darden have been political opponents since they met in college.  They were on different sides of a fraternity divide in student government at the University of Georgia in the 1960s. Later, they were on opposite sides of the aisle as a Republican and […]

Newly elected lawmaker files bill to restrict transgender athletes

BY: - December 20, 2019

A Republican lawmaker elected in October filed a bill this week that proposes to ban sports teams from using public facilities if transgender children are competing in single-sex events that differ from their biological sex assigned at birth. State Rep. Philip Singleton’s legislation proposes to prohibit people of different biological sexes from interscholastic competition in […]