Government & Politics

Voting rights tops U.S. Senate agenda as Jan. 6 anniversary nears

BY: - January 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday stressed that Democrats are prepared to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation — and linked the move to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. “The election subversion efforts we’re seeing all across the country today are […]

Greene decries ‘arrogant puppet masters’ after Twitter permaban

BY: - January 3, 2022

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene fired back at Twitter Monday after the platform permanently suspended her account, finding her in repeated violation of its COVID-19 misinformation policies. “The arrogant puppet masters should have learned over this last year that silly punishments like kicking me off committees and permanent Twitter bans don’t work on me, they […]

Wild Hog Supper, other legislative events tee up state lawmakers’ 2022 return

BY: - January 3, 2022

This post was updated 10 p.m. Jan. 9 to add 2022 Wild Hog Supper photo. The signature January events that usually mark the start of a new Georgia legislative session are set to return in 2022 with a mixture of in-person and virtual options. This year, state leaders resumed hobnobbing over a smorgasbord of barbecue […]

Legal challenges filed after Kemp signs new district maps into law

BY: - December 30, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s new political maps into law Thursday, immediately sparking legal challenges over plans that would solidify the GOP advantage in the state legislature and congressional delegation. Lawmakers approved the new maps along party lines during a special session last month. The nonpartisan Princeton Gerrymandering project gave the state House map a […]

Candidates fighting 2020 misinformation run to administer local elections

BY: - December 30, 2021

As a chemist and immigrant from Vietnam, Linh Nguyen never thought she could have a role in U.S. politics. But then Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 and he “unknowingly inspired minority leaders, women of color like me, to be more actively engaged in politics,” she said. She joined the nonpartisan League of Women […]

State lawmakers to take aim at racial history in public schools, partisan school boards

BY: - December 29, 2021

Teachers and administrators from across the state agree critical race theory is not discussed in Georgia grade school classrooms, but it likely will be a hot topic under the Gold Dome in January as lawmakers return for an election-year legislative session. But with restrictions on schools teaching about racism and other cultural issues dominating the […]

State lawmakers poised to add expanded gun access to 2022 legislative agenda

BY: - December 28, 2021

Each new legislative session brings the opportunity for lawmakers to bring home a victory for their constituents, and for Georgia Republicans, passing an expansion of gun rights in 2022 could be just the thing to make their base happy in an election year. The General Assembly declined to pass new firearm legislation last session, though […]

Kemp will challenge feds’ decision to reject key parts of his Medicaid plan

BY: - December 27, 2021

The state will challenge the federal government’s recent decision to reject major elements of Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to slightly expand Medicaid in Georgia. The future of the Republican governor’s health care plan has been uncertain since earlier this year when the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services raised concerns about a work requirement […]

Rearview mirror: Georgia’s 2021 rocked by COVID controversy, election rage

BY: - December 27, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic pitted parents against school boards. A high-profile murder trial played out in coastal Georgia, roiling racial tensions. And embittered fights over an overhaul of the state’s voting law were spurred by baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Before we turn the calendar to 2022 when election-year shenanigans are […]

Biden extends student loan repayment pause three more months

BY: and - December 23, 2021

President Joe Biden will continue a pandemic-spurred pause on student loan repayments until May 1, he said Wednesday. Loan repayments were set to restart Jan. 31, following months of the U.S. Education Department not requiring payments during the pandemic. Biden told the department to extend the moratorium initially placed by President Donald Trump’s administration. It […]

End of child tax credit is a financial setback for Georgia’s working moms

BY: - December 22, 2021

For Pasha Benjamin, a disability adjudicator from Conyers, and her now-18-month-old son Chance, the federal expanded child tax credits came at the perfect time. “I was previously working from home and keeping him, but then my office was starting to come back to work,” she said. “Unfortunately, I don’t get paid enough to truly justify […]

Schumer vows U.S. Senate action on voting rights and social policy, as Manchin rift deepens

BY: - December 20, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday he plans to force votes on voting rights, a sweeping social policy bill and a change to Senate rules early next year — even as members of his caucus have made clear in recent days Democrats lack the support to pass those proposals. In a letter to […]