Government & Politics

GOP-weighted congressional district map threatens Rep. Lucy McBath’s hold on seat

BY: - November 18, 2021

Georgians got their first chance to weigh in on a newly proposed Congressional map Wednesday at a pair of legislative committee meetings convened to discuss it a few hours after it was released. If approved by both chambers of the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, the new maps will shape Georgia politics […]

U.S. House censures Arizona’s Paul Gosar, boots him from committees

BY: and - November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House voted 223-207 Wednesday to censure Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and strip him of his committee assignments, following his social media post of a manipulated cartoon that depicted him attacking Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden. Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois voted […]

Georgia sues over fed’s nursing home vaccine mandate; staff shortage persists

BY: - November 17, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr continued Georgia’s feud over federal vaccine mandates that now extend to workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the state’s two ranking Republican officials challenges the legality of the Biden administration’s requirement that the majority of health care workers […]

Lawmaker to revive protester bill critics say could infringe on 1st Amendment rights

BY: - November 16, 2021

A bill aimed at curtailing violent protesters is poised for a return engagement at the Gold Dome early next year when lawmakers convene for their 2022 legislative session. In a committee hearing Tuesday, Democrats and civil rights groups said the measure could chill free speech. The bill’s author, Republican Sen. Randy Robertson of Cataula, said […]

Federal judge sides with GOP states over limits on tax cuts in COVID relief law

BY: - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Alabama has ruled in favor of Republican attorneys general in 13 states — including Iowa, Florida, New Hampshire, Kansas and Montana — that sued the federal government over a section of a coronavirus relief bill that barred states from using relief money to offset tax cuts. The ruling, which granted […]

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

BY: , and - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. But Democrats also emphasized that there is more to come—a $1.85 trillion […]

GOP lawmakers stake out wins in Atlanta suburbs as state-level redistricting wraps

BY: - November 15, 2021

New district maps for both chambers of Georgia’s Legislature await Gov. Brian Kemp’s pen after the House gave its approval to the Senate’s mapping plan 96-70 Monday, largely along party lines. Lawmakers from both parties have honed their arguments since the once-a-decade special session began Nov. 3, and Monday’s debate on the House floor struck […]

Louisiana’s Mitch Landrieu tapped by Biden to oversee infrastructure law

BY: - November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday named former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to serve as a senior adviser tasked with implementing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. The president is scheduled to sign the infrastructure bill late Monday, and Landrieu will attend. “Our work will require strong partnerships across the government and with state […]

Deadline day for Georgia’s new plan to improve delivery of federal rental aid

BY: and - November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing emergency federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded—with yet more cash. Their new funding would be drawn from sluggish states like Georgia and localities that didn’t move as swiftly to help people facing eviction and homelessness, who were targeted for […]

State lawmakers reach across aisle, say 2022 is ‘the year of mental health’

BY: - November 11, 2021

Bipartisan momentum for action on mental health in the wake of the pandemic appears to be building ahead of next year’s legislative session. A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and both chambers gathered this week at the state Capitol for a press conference, with several declaring 2022 to be “the year […]

House Dems urge probe of 11th Circuit judge for hiring clerk with ‘racist’ history

BY: - November 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are urging the chief justice of the Supreme Court to investigate decisions by federal judges in Georgia and Alabama to hire a law clerk who allegedly has “a history of nakedly racist and hateful conduct.” The letter says the Democrats have “grave concern” about the […]

U.S. House Democrats to introduce censure of Gosar over violent video

BY: - November 11, 2021

Nearly 30 Democratic U.S. House members plan to introduce a resolution censuring their Arizona Republican colleague Rep. Paul Gosar for social media posts that depicted him killing New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. On Sunday, Gosar tweeted from both his official and personal accounts and posted on Instagram a video showing an anime sequence with the faces […]