Government & Politics

Shaky state finances, looming income tax cut take stage at Capitol

BY: - September 26, 2019

Georgia lawmakers will soon get an earful about the economic outlook for the state as the governor targets spending cuts, but it remains to be seen whether the uncertainty surrounding the state’s revenues will put a damper on plans to pass a costly tax break that is teed up for next session. Legislators baked a […]

McBath maintains public silence on impeachment stance

BY: - September 26, 2019

Congresswoman Lucy McBath remains relatively quiet more than a day after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her chamber will launch an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump. McBath, a freshman member of Congress, is the only House Democrat from Georgia to abstain from taking a public stance since Tuesday’s announcement. No GOP members of […]

COMMENTARY

Bookman: U.S. House’s Collins about to make his reputation, for better or worse.

BY: - September 26, 2019

“The times have found us,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week, explaining that in light of new revelations she felt she had no choice but to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump. In much the same way, the times have also found U.S. Rep. Doug Collins. They’re about to make the north […]

Most Ga. House Dems join calls for impeachment inquiry

BY: - September 25, 2019

As four Georgia U.S. representatives added their names to a growing list of congressional leaders Tuesday who said they support starting an impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump, Georgia’s congressional Republicans roundly condemned the move toward a formal impeachment inquiry. Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson issued a statement Tuesday morning, and shortly after, U.S. Rep. John […]

U.S. House launches official impeachment inquiry

BY: - September 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — It’s official: President Donald Trump is the subject of a U.S. House impeachment inquiry.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, announced Tuesday that they’re moving forward with an “official impeachment inquiry” into the president in the wake of reports that he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate his political opponent, former Vice […]

Georgia senators aim for hands-on state regulation of scooters

BY: - September 24, 2019

Electric scooters are banned from the state’s Georgia World Congress Center campus, but some riders still get in the way of downtown Atlanta visitors while cruising on sidewalks. A state Senate study committee met at the big Atlanta convention facility Monday to discuss potential statewide regulation of the electric scooter industry. The convention center’s police […]

Anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ bill injunction awaits federal judge decision

BY: - September 24, 2019

The fate of a law banning most abortions in Georgia is in the hands of a federal judge following a court hearing Monday as he considers a request to temporarily halt the law before it is set to take effect Jan. 1. Judge Steve Jones, of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of […]

U.S. House passes Rep. Johnson’s bill to ban forced arbitration

BY: - September 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday passed a Georgia Democrat’s legislation that would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer and civil rights cases. If enacted, the bill would empower more workers and consumers to challenge employers and corporations in court. Forced arbitration clauses — often found in the fine print of agreements — […]

ACLU to argue against anti-abortion law in Atlanta federal court today

BY: - September 23, 2019

Oral arguments in a lawsuit seeking to stop a controversial law banning most abortions in Georgia from being implemented start Monday morning in federal court in Atlanta. The law, which would prohibit nearly all abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, would take effect on Jan. 1 without a preliminary injunction. A host of abortion […]

State senators meet today to weigh easing felon voting constraints

BY: - September 20, 2019

A group of state senators will look at ways to restore the voting privileges of non-violent convicted felons when they are freed instead of waiting until parole and other sentencing terms are complete. State Sen. Harold Jones says he filed legislation this year to relax felon voting rights because thousands of Georgians are penalized for […]

Chair of house study committee questions Georgia’s rank for maternal deaths

BY: - September 20, 2019

State lawmakers are taking a new look at why Georgia consistently ranks so poorly – and sometimes last – when it comes to maternal deaths and what can be done about it.  But a new group’s first blush at addressing the problem started Thursday with a focus on how accurately Georgia has been graded when […]

Lawyers, talkers and Realtors – online resumes to replace Isakson stack up

BY: - September 19, 2019

A security officer. A talk show host with political ties. Multiple educators. A physician. A Realtor. An airline pilot. Business executives. A lawyer. They were all among the first wave of applications to pour into the governor’s office immediately after Gov. Brian Kemp announced late Tuesday that he would open up the process to replace […]