Government & Politics

Protesters at McBath district office oppose, support Trump impeachment

BY: - October 10, 2019

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump converged on the Sandy Springs district office of U.S. Congresswoman Lucy McBath Tuesday to shout objections to an impeachment inquiry she helped launch against him. Several Trump supporters said the Georgia Democrat should canvass her north metro Atlanta district more often to determine if the bulk of her […]

Hurricane Michael hangover lingers one year later in SW Georgia

BY: - October 10, 2019

DONALSONVILLE – Other people may be praying for rain after a string of miserably dry weeks in Georgia, but for Ryan Austin, the clear skies have given him a reprieve from the rainwater that has been relentlessly trickling into his bedroom for the last year. To Austin, it seemed as though the rain always fell […]

Let voters decide on expanded gambling, study committee chair says

BY: - October 9, 2019

A Georgia lawmaker pushing for new forms of legal gambling in Georgia to pay for HOPE scholarships said Tuesday that he favors letting voters decide the issue at the ballot box.  That is a bit of a switch for state Sen. Brandon Beach, an Alpharetta Republican who has entertained the idea of using the existing […]

Case of citizen watchdog with a camera lands in Ga. Court of Appeals

BY: - October 9, 2019

Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale was so welcome she was treated to a slice of pumpkin pie prior to a rally for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other Republican candidates in August 2014. Soon Tisdale found herself rousted by an officer, who arrested her on charges of criminal trespassing and felony and misdemeanor counts of obstruction […]

This Georgia Republican once led the charge on impeachment

BY: - October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON – Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr was trying to oust President Bill Clinton from office even before the news broke about Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. In November 1997, months before Clinton’s scandal became public, Barr had introduced a broad resolution directing the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to launch an impeachment […]

Ga. pols take break from budget tension at Georgia National Fair

BY: - October 7, 2019

PERRY – Moments after a host of top Republican leaders celebrated the opening day of the Georgia National Fair, those same public officials gave way to pregnant cows and hogs and mothers of newborn piglets and calves. About 200 people came out last week to the fairground’s Georgia Grown Building to hear Gov. Brian Kemp […]

State budget cuts put mentally ill people at risk, detailed records say

BY: - October 4, 2019

Georgia’s agency charged with protecting people with mental illness reports the $21.1 million in budget cuts it plans to make to its community service boards could land more people in the local emergency room. The state’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities detailed its belt-tightening plan in response to a Georgia Recorder open records […]

Georgia’s new voting machines rolled out for demonstrations and training

BY: - October 3, 2019

About 70 elections officials from 20 counties in north Georgia this week attended a two-day session in Calhoun to get acquainted with Georgia’s new voting machine system. Top county elections officials, including supervisors and administrative staff, gathered at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center in Calhoun Tuesday and Wednesday to test the equipment as the […]

COMMENTARY

Bookman: Determined minority dictated ‘heartbeat’ law to majority

BY: - October 3, 2019

Not surprisingly, a federal judge this week temporarily suspended a new Georgia law that proclaims that an embryo “at any stage of development” is a “natural person” with all the rights and protections of a human being. That law, House Bill 481, would also outlaw most abortions more than six weeks into a pregnancy. For […]

U.S. House lawmakers fume after Interior sends them useless pages

BY: - October 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike are irked by how the U.S. Department of the Interior has responded — or failed to respond — to their oversight requests.  “The Trump administration has declared open war on Congress’ constitutional authority to conduct oversight,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the chairman of the House Natural Resources […]

Coweta-based House seat won by anti-establishment Republican

BY: - October 2, 2019

An anti-establishment Republican soundly won a run-off election held Tuesday to decide who would replace state Rep. David Stover under the Gold Dome. Philip Singleton, an airline pilot and U.S. Army veteran, clinched about 59% of the vote. With that, he bested Marcy Sakrison, who enjoyed a significant fundraising advantage and support from several high-profile […]

Georgia’s anti-abortion law on hold after Atlanta federal judge’s ruling

BY: - October 1, 2019

Updated at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday in Atlanta that blocks Georgia’s strict new anti-abortion law from taking effect Jan. 1. Judge Steve Jones, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, issued his ruling Tuesday, putting a halt to the law while a court challenge […]