Government & Politics

Democrats, Trump declare victory on massive trade deal

BY: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats have worked out key differences with the Trump administration over a massive trade deal, allowing both sides to declare a legislative victory on the same day the House unveiled articles of impeachment against the president. If ratified, the deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which took […]

Democrats’ impeachment articles charge abuse of power, obstruction

BY: - December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders to formally lay out their charges against the president: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A vote on the articles is expected […]

GOP unmoved as Dems say evidence for impeachment ‘overwhelming’

BY: - December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for U.S. House Democrats laid out their best case for impeaching President Donald Trump on Monday, warning that his behavior continues to pose an “imminent threat” to national security. Democrats are pushing ahead with impeachment proceedings against Trump after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) directed committee leaders to draft formal impeachment articles.  […]

Georgia food banks brace for 54,000 people to lose food stamps

BY: and - December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pursuing a series of policies that could knock 54,000 Georgians off food stamp benefits and send them to Georgia’s community food banks for relief.  The administration last week finalized one of three controversial policies that aim to limit nationwide eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly called […]

Trade deal presents political conundrum for Democrats

BY: - December 9, 2019

[perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] In Georgia, though, some of the public opposition to the trade deal has bubbled up from Republican officials who want to see more protections for fruit and vegetable farmers who are struggling to contend with the onslaught of cheaper government-subsidized produce coming from Mexico.   As of […]

U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

BY: - December 9, 2019

The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the […]

Lawmakers might remove local constraints on home construction

BY: - December 6, 2019

A state House committee supports taking away much of the discretion local officials have to prohibit inexpensive materials in new home construction. The workforce housing committee’s final report essentially revives a controversial bill that earlier this year pitted many cities and county governments against home builders, realtors and the construction industry. The committee approved a […]

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves won’t run for re-election in 2020

BY: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — Georgia Republican Tom Graves announced Thursday he won’t seek another term in the U.S. House.  “The time has come for me to pass the baton,” Graves said in a letter to his constituents on Thursday. He said he would join his family in their “new and unique journeys.”  His announcement comes the day […]

Ga. Senate panel recommends statewide 20 mph scooter speed limit

BY: - December 6, 2019

Georgia lawmakers studying potential electric scooter regulations recommend that the state set speed limits and cap impound fees but allow local governments to decide if riding one on sidewalks is legal.  A state Senate study committee produced a report to balance free market inclinations with public safety and sensibilities if legislation to regulate electronic scooters […]

Report: Government isn’t ensuring safe housing for military families

BY: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is failing to ensure that all military families have access to safe, quality housing, according to a new government watchdog report. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) oversees private-sector developers who build, renovate, manage and maintain military housing.  But it doesn’t collect data about military housing conditions reliably or consistently and […]

Financial exec Kelly Loeffler named to fill Isakson’s U.S. Senate seat

BY: - December 5, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp Wednesday appointed financial executive Kelly Loeffler to become the second woman in Georgia history to join the U.S. Senate. Soon after the announcement at the state Capitol, Loeffler staked her positions as staunchly anti-abortion and a strong supporter of President Donald Trump as she prepares to replace U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Isakson […]

Georgia campaign ethics panel fines lawmakers, investigates Abrams

BY: - December 5, 2019

The Georgia agency charged with enforcing campaign finance laws Wednesday handed out five-figure fines to state legislators, made public an investigation into finances for the 2017 campaign for Atlanta mayor and advanced an investigation into a voting rights nonprofit connected to former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. The commission approved settlements as high as $8,500 […]