Government & Politics

Probe of Coffee County’s 2020 election conduct revives Georgia voting machine lawsuit

BY: - August 1, 2022

This post was updated 1:45 p.m. Aug. 2 to include the correction below. A long-running federal lawsuit challenging the security of Georgia’s voting system is now entangled in a dispute over the handling of an investigation into allegations that 2020 election skeptics illegally breached a county’s voting system. Attorneys representing the Coalition for a Good […]

U.S. Senate Democrats dive into details of surprise 725-page reconciliation bill

BY: - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden took a preliminary victory lap Thursday to celebrate Democrats striking a surprise deal on a sweeping legislative package that renewed hopes of historic action on the party’s health care, tax and climate goals. But just down Pennsylvania Avenue, Senate Democrats said they needed to read through the bill text to […]

Legislation to boost U.S. computer chip production heads to Biden’s desk 

BY: - July 28, 2022

Congress has passed a $280 billion proposal designed to lift domestic semiconductor production – after chip shortages caused shutdowns at plants like West Point’s Kia campus – and boost the country’s competitiveness globally. The bill was voted out of the House Thursday with a 243-187 vote, with two dozen Republicans supporting the proposal. Among Georgia’s […]

Strong economy, declining gas prices have escaped notice, White House says

BY: - July 27, 2022

After making a fight against inflation its “top priority,” the Biden administration says aspects of the economy are robust, even if headlines haven’t reflected that. Senior administration officials promoted Biden’s economic record on a call with local reporters Wednesday on positive economic indicators — mainly low unemployment and falling gas prices — ahead of a […]

Gun company CEOs tell Congress they’re not to blame for mass shootings

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The CEOs of major gun manufacturing companies told a U.S. House panel on Wednesday that their production of AR-15-style guns did not contribute to recent mass shootings that left 29 people dead, and that the killings were due to the actions of individual shooters. Ahead of the hearing, the House Oversight & Reform […]

Georgians scramble for monkeypox-fighting vaccine as supply lags spike in cases

BY: - July 26, 2022

Georgia health experts are on high alert as the number of people infected with monkeypox surges following a slow rollout of vaccinations for a virus that’s just been declared a global public health emergency. The World Health Organization issued the emergency declaration late last week in response to the more than 16,000 cases and five […]

Union Carbide wants out of land deal for coastal spaceport

BY: - July 24, 2022

A rift between Camden County and the owner of the property planned for Spaceport Camden may spell disaster for the venture that’s about to take center stage before Georgia’s Supreme Court in a couple of weeks. A statement from Union Carbide Corp. claims that the company is no longer contractually bound to an option agreement […]

State regulators OK Georgia Power long-term plan to keep coal plants, cap solar growth

BY: - July 21, 2022

State regulators have signed off on a roadmap that bolsters Georgia Power’s shift away from fossil fuels, but critics argue it doesn’t go nearly far enough to attack a growing climate crisis. The Georgia Public Service Commission Thursday voted unanimously to approve the utility’s updated long-term plan that outlines how the company will spend billions […]

First Lady visits Athens summer learning program, plugs Biden administration COVID relief aid

BY: - July 21, 2022

ATHENS – First Lady Jill Biden came to Athens Thursday to promote a key educational piece of her husband’s American Rescue Plan. The first lady’s visit came hours after the White House announced President Joe Biden has contracted COVID-19. Jill Biden did not mention her husband’s diagnosis during her brief remarks, but at a previous […]

Republicans in Congress shy away from campaigning on national abortion platform

BY: - July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans, hoping to flip control of Congress in the November elections, appear to have decided against campaigning on a unified abortion platform that would specify exactly what conservatives plan to do if given control of the U.S. House and Senate. Yet Republicans in Congress have written dozens of proposals that, if passed, would […]

Judge orders Rudy Giuliani to testify before Fulton special grand jury

BY: - July 21, 2022

A court has ordered former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to testify in Fulton County about his Georgia crusade to overturn Republican Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election. A New York judge ruled Wednesday that the former Trump attorney is required to appear before a Fulton County special grand jury on Aug. […]

Members of Congress arrested after protest for abortion rights in front of Supreme Court

BY: - July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen members of Congress were arrested Tuesday alongside abortion rights activists after they sat down and blocked an intersection between the U.S. Capitol building and the Supreme Court to protest conservative justices’ decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The act of civil disobedience came as backers of abortion rights urge more […]