Government & Politics

State Capitol grounds ringed by foreboding steel fence spurred by 2020 protests

BY: - October 5, 2021

The new 8-foot tall steel fence surrounding the state Capitol will give a fortress-like feel as lawmakers, lobbyists and visitors return in force in early November for a special legislative session. The Georgia Building Authority completed the extensive security fence project this month after crews painted the bars and put finishing touches on the gates […]

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

BY: and - October 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress may have kept the federal government operating with an 11th-hour flurry of votes on Thursday, but several key pieces of the Democratic agenda remain in limbo. Here are some questions and answers on where negotiations stand with two massive Democratic-drafted bills — and the status of other looming challenges for federal lawmakers: President Joe […]

Protection against violent threats could be legit Georgia campaign expense

BY: - October 1, 2021

The recent spate of violent threats against elected officials has a state oversight panel rethinking its position on whether home security systems should qualify as a legitimate campaign-related expense. Just seven years ago, the state ethics commission ruled candidates and officeholders could not use campaign funds to help secure their homes. But after a tumultuous […]

Georgia public health officials roll out COVID boosters, warn of virus resurgence

BY: - September 30, 2021

The governor and the state’s top public health official Thursday warned Georgians not to become complacent after a couple of weeks of declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as another surge may be on the way. Infection rates are on the decline in Georgia after numbers surged with the delta variant. And the fight to limit […]

Congress passes bill to prevent government shutdown, send out $28.6B in disaster aid

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress made a last-minute dash to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, with the U.S. Senate and House approving a short-term spending bill just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. Every Democratic and independent senator and 15 Republicans supported the bill in the 65-35 vote. The House later passed the federal spending bill — which will […]

Republicans win congressional dustup on the baseball diamond, amid DC turmoil

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Wednesday night were the victors in an annual charity baseball game against Democrats, 13-12, even as a bitterly divided Congress struggles to pass major legislation this week. There were some feel-good moments, like when President Joe Biden passed out ice cream bars in the dugouts and Republican Rep. Greg Steube […]

COMMENTARY

Opinion: Threats to Roe from Georgia, other red states require congressional response

BY: and - September 28, 2021

Recently, Texans functionally lost their constitutional right to an abortion. Senate Bill 8 prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, making it the most regressive reproductive rights law to take effect in modern American history. The law shows blatant disregard for Supreme Court precedents like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the […]

Kemp announces $1,000 bonuses for police, EMTs as spotlight on crime remains

BY: - September 28, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp Monday announced a $1,000 bonus for police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders as part of ongoing efforts to support frontline workers during the pandemic. As part of the grant supplement program, up to $100 million in federal coronavirus relief money will be set aside to cover an estimated 80,000 Georgians […]

Senate GOP halts U.S. government funding bill, raising odds of federal fiscal crises

BY: - September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked an attempt by Democrats on Monday evening to begin debate on a broad bill that would avert multiple looming fiscal crises for the federal government. The measure to briefly keep the government operating past the end of the fiscal year on Thursday, as well as to increase the borrowing limit […]

Georgia’s strict anti-abortion law remains on hold after federal court order

BY: - September 27, 2021

A federal court has postponed a decision on Georgia’s stalled anti-abortion law until after the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on a Mississippi ban on procedures after 15 weeks into a pregnancy. The decision was not unexpected. Chief Judge William Pryor suggested several times during a hearing Friday that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit […]

Georgia secretary of state decries ‘disinformation campaign’ over 2020 election

BY: - September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who took the brunt of former President Donald Trump’s attacks over Georgia’s 2020 election results, said during a virtual panel that he hopes election disinformation starts to dissipate. “People weren’t questioning the (election) process before, but there was a huge disinformation campaign which really destabilized […]

Federal judge hints court might wait to rule on Georgia appeal of anti-abortion law

BY: - September 24, 2021

A decision on whether a federal judge was right to rule Georgia’s anti-abortion law unconstitutional may not come until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Mississippi’s own restrictive measure. The state’s appeal of the federal judge’s ruling went before a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The presiding […]