Government & Politics

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson arrested at Capitol Hill voting rights protest

BY: - July 22, 2021

Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson was arrested Thursday during a protest over voting rights, making him the second lawmaker arrested on Capitol Hill this month during a demonstration. Johnson was arrested outside of the Hart Senate Office Building. Video clips taken by an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter and posted to Twitter showed the congressman holding a “Black Voters […]

Georgia’s new voting law takes the stage again as access rules are tightened

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—State Democratic legislators on Tuesday outlined their efforts to not only protect voting rights, but also expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures. During a panel discussion, state lawmakers from Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida discussed how they’ve fought against restrictive elections measures introduced and passed in their legislatures. This year alone, nearly 400 […]

Kemp picks new PSC member as Eaton leaves for superior court judgeship

BY: - July 20, 2021

This story was update at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.  The head of a state board that regulates Georgia’s public utilities is set to become a superior court judge this summer, and the governor appointed a Cobb County businessman to the panel to replace him Wednesday. Gov. Brian Kemp tapped commission Chairman Chuck Eaton for a judgeship […]

Kemp names Verda Colvin to fill Georgia Supreme Court seat

BY: - July 20, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp picked a Georgia Court of Appeals judge to become his newest appointee to the state Supreme Court, making Verda Colvin the second Black woman to serve on the state’s highest court. The Republican governor announced Tuesday that Colvin will fill the vacancy of the former Chief Justice Harold Melton, whose departure early […]

Governor wants lawmakers to take on crime in special session this fall

BY: - July 20, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp wants lawmakers to take on crime around Atlanta this fall when they meet for a special session. At a special House public safety committee hearing Monday, the panelists said lawmakers could also increase the budget for state police around Atlanta, restrict local governments from establishing more moderate prosecution policies and institute better […]

Senate Democrats push voting rights bills, lambast Georgia election law

BY: - July 19, 2021

If the rules in Georgia’s controversial 2021 voting overhaul were in place before last November’s historic U.S. Senate races were pushed to Jan. 5 runoffs, then 76,000 residents who cast their ballots would’ve been unable to register in time for the second round. A U.S. Senate committee gathered in downtown Atlanta Monday to hear how […]

‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in D.C. voting rights protest

BY: - July 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Diane Howard of Cleveland traveled to the nation’s capital with hundreds of other women to urge Congress to pass an elections overhaul and undo new state laws that restrict voting access. A community activist for half a century, Howard said that this is not the first time she’s seen voting rights under attack. “What we […]

Recalling the ‘dead cat’ district, other remapping lessons of Georgia’s past

BY: - July 19, 2021

The Democratic Party appears on the rise in Georgia, with big gains over the past few election cycles, but the GOP still has its hands on the levers of government, and its power brokers will likely do whatever they can to stay in charge. That’s the situation today as lawmakers travel the state in advance […]

Conflicting versions of tree-spiking case delay Stone-Manning nomination

BY: - July 18, 2021

Tracy Stone-Manning and a former federal investigator during the past few days shared widely varying accounts of her involvement in a 1989 tree-spiking in an Idaho national forest, as the fight over the Montanan’s nomination to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management escalated. Stone-Manning’s confirmation remains stuck in a divided U.S. Senate Energy & […]

Ga. lawmakers study ways to balance ‘Big Tech’ bans vs. business rights

BY: - July 16, 2021

What should be the balance between the free speech rights of large social media companies and those of the people who use their platforms, and should the Georgia Legislature create rules to strike that balance? That’s what members of the House Science and Technology Committee want to know as they discussed the idea of tech […]

Georgia jobless claims fall to COVID-era low, weekly decrease leads U.S.

BY: - July 15, 2021

The latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor has some good news for Georgia.  The state’s unemployment rate dropped 0.1% to 4% in June, lower than the national rate of 5.9% and down 8.5% from the worst of the pandemic in April, 2020. “We have gained back 76%of the jobs lost in the […]

Election skeptics suing to ‘audit’ 2020 Fulton ballots running short of options

BY: - July 15, 2021

Ten Fulton County voters looking to prove the baseless claims that widespread fraud factored in President Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 general election victory are banking on their review of public records to provide ammunition in their quest for an in-depth inspection of absentee ballots. But even with their revelation this week that they’ve identified nearly […]