Government & Politics

Georgia’s top of the ticket candidates pair up campaigns as more voters start to tune in

BY: - September 1, 2022

A bus bearing the face of U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock pulled in to the Cobb County Civic Center parking lot Wednesday, but the freshman senator was not the only Democratic leader to deliver a speech in Marietta. Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, whose name will join Warnock’s near the top of Georgians’ ballots this November, tagged […]

‘Fund police’: Biden pushes plan to build public trust in officers

BY: - August 31, 2022

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. —President Joe Biden knocked defenders of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol while touting his recent public safety policy wins in a visit to Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. “You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurrection,” Biden said. The president also referenced the FBI search at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence […]

State subpoenas media texts and emails from critic of Georgia electronic voting system 

BY: - August 31, 2022

A plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the state’s electronic voting system is being subpoenaed by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the State Election Board for information that would include her communication with reporters.  A subpoena filed Monday in U.S. District Court of Northern Georgia requests Marilyn Marks, executive director of Coalition for Good […]

Georgia hemp farming, health of state farms on menu heading into next session

BY: - August 30, 2022

PERRY – After years of lobbying by the agricultural industry, state lawmakers this year passed a controversial measure meant to help keep farmers out of the courtroom. So, what’s next for ag-minded policy movers and shakers under the Gold Dome? With the legislative session still five months away – and a major election standing in […]

COMMENTARY

Child poverty estimates point to a record low in 2021

BY: and - August 30, 2022

The U.S. government will likely report in September 2022 that for 2021 its most accurate measure of child poverty was the lowest on record. This was due, in large part, to generous government benefits. Our research suggests child poverty in 2021 would have been even lower had the government made it easier for families to […]

Kemp must testify in Fulton special grand jury proceeding after Nov. 8 election

BY: - August 29, 2022

A Fulton County judge has ordered Gov. Brian Kemp to testify in a special grand jury investigation into former President Donald Trump and associates’ attempts to interfere in the 2020 election. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled Monday that Kemp will appear before the grand jury following the Nov. 8 election in which […]

Court releases partially redacted affidavit for Mar-a-Lago search

BY: - August 26, 2022

This post was updated throughout 4:50 p.m. August 26. WASHINGTON — A judge granted the Federal Bureau of Investigation a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s home earlier this month after agents found 184 documents with classified markings had been kept at Mar-a-Lago. The property — which hosts Trump’s private residence, a golf club […]

Judge to rule soon if Kemp can be forced to comply with Fulton grand jury subpoena

BY: - August 26, 2022

A Fulton County judge will decide whether Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp must testify before a special grand jury after prosecutors and state attorneys sparred in court Thursday over the investigation into possible interference in the 2020 election. Kemp’s attorneys argued before Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney that Kemp is protected under state law from forced […]

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene targeted in swatting for second night in a row, police say

BY: - August 25, 2022

For the second night in a row, armed police showed up at the Rome house of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Thursday after an anonymous caller made a false report of a dangerous situation. According to a Rome Police Department report, officers were contacted shortly before 3 a.m. from an internet suicide prevention chat about a […]

Caregiver shortage extends wait for Georgians needing help with intellectually disabled

BY: - August 25, 2022

Celeste Chippero moved from Michigan to Georgia feeling confident she would find support services for her son Peter, who has cerebral palsy. Instead, her now 32-year-old son has spent the last five years on a waiting list for services through a Medicaid program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which now includes more than […]

Transgender connection to Marjorie Taylor Greene swatting call unclear as police investigate

BY: - August 24, 2022

Rome Police officers responded to the home of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a false report of a shooting. Nobody was injured in the incident. Officers are calling it an attempted swatting, a harassment technique where the perpetrator attempts to summon a large number of armed police to a […]

Georgia communities mobilize against expansion of foul-smelling wood-burning energy

BY: - August 24, 2022

A group of residents and environmentalists are fighting to prevent the world’s largest wood pellet plant from coming to a predominantly Black and Hispanic community in south Georgia. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Concerned Citizens of Cook County are asking a judge to revoke an air quality permit for the planned Adel plant on […]