Government & Politics

Marjorie Taylor Greene lands on committees two years after House Democrats exiled her

BY: - January 17, 2023

This story was updated at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 a statement from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s office. With Republicans regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives, controversial Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has had her committee privileges restored after Democrats stripped them in early 2021. Greene has been tapped for the House Oversight and […]

Georgia’s circa 1985 K-12 school funding formula set for a redo

BY: - January 17, 2023

Georgians who started kindergarten the year the state adopted its K-12 education funding formula are now in their forties, but the formula remains essentially unchanged. The 1985 Quality Basic Education Act guides the state in distributing nearly $11 billion to its 1.6 million public school students, but calls for change have been growing louder in […]

U.S. to hit debt limit much sooner than expected, thrusting Congress into showdown

BY: - January 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government will hit its borrowing limit this week, forcing the new, divided Congress into negotiations over the debt limit much sooner than expected, though a potential date for the nation to default isn’t expected until this summer. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen wrote to Congress on Friday afternoon, telling leaders the United […]

Kemp pledges more school spending, tough-on-crime policies as he’s sworn in for second term as Georgia governor

BY: - January 13, 2023

Gov. Brian Kemp officially got four more years Thursday to call the Georgia governor’s mansion home. He was sworn in for his second term by state Supreme Court Justice Carla Wong McMillian after defeating Democratic rival Stacey Abrams in November’s election. In his remarks to the crowd at Georgia State University’s Convocation Center in Atlanta, […]

U.S. attorney general names special counsel for classified docs found in Biden’s garage

BY: and - January 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House revealed Thursday morning that more classified documents from President Joe Biden’s time as vice president were discovered outside of secure government facilities, this time in the garage at his Wilmington, Delaware home. The files have since been turned over to the U.S. Justice Department, which opened a special counsel investigation into […]

Georgia House, Senate adopt ‘problematic’ new rules that reduce public accountability

BY: - January 12, 2023

The Georgia House and Senate gaveled in for a second day of lawmaking Wednesday. Both chambers passed resolutions laying out rules for the rest of the session, but one change has First Amendment advocates concerned. Both chambers’ rules have new provisions shielding communication between lawmakers and third parties under legislative privilege. “I expected the way […]

Kemp to push Georgia lawmakers to OK income and property tax breaks, bar local zoning standards

BY: - January 11, 2023

Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled plans Wednesday to provide Georgians a $1.6 billion tax refund, relax local housing rules to attract first-time home buyers and pull money from reserves to restore funding lost during a 2022 suspension of state gas taxes. The Republican governor outlined his legislative priorities before more than 2,000 corporate leaders and elected […]

Georgia lawmakers plan to ease path to occupational license for workers with criminal records

BY: - January 11, 2023

Dozens of job opportunities might open up for people with criminal records if a legislative push successfully removes barriers for professional licenses that are required for one out of every seven jobs in Georgia. Georgia Justice Project’s criminal justice reform efforts are targeting the occupational licensing process that prospective employees must go through to work […]

U.S. House Republicans roll out a slew of new committee chairs to steer agenda

BY: - January 10, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans filled their top committee seats this week, choosing the leaders who will set the course for bills and issues for the new majority in the 118th Congress. Veteran GOP lawmakers from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri were among those who won the right to head up […]

U.S. House GOP plan calls for federal spending cuts, conditions on debt limit increase

BY: - January 10, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republican leaders during a closed-door meeting Tuesday shared more details of the secret agreements Speaker Kevin McCarthy made with conservative lawmakers last week to secure the votes he needed to hold the gavel. The so-called handshake deal, displayed on slides during the GOP weekly conference meeting, if adhered to could have […]

Georgia lawmakers kick off 2023 session with new House speaker, UGA football on their minds

BY: and - January 10, 2023

The state Capitol was bustling Monday with first-day-of-school energy as lawmakers returned to Atlanta for this year’s legislative session. The General Assembly got off to a quick start, swiftly electing a new speaker after the death of longtime House Speaker David Ralston in November. There was another reason for the fast tempo, though: Some lawmakers […]

U.S. House GOP backs rules plan without disclosing deals made with hard-right members

BY: and - January 9, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House adopted rules for the 118th Congress on Monday, though several of the concessions Speaker Kevin McCarthy made with more conservative members of the Republican Party to secure the gavel weren’t included in the document, or publicly circulated ahead of the vote. The 55-page rules package the House voted nearly party-line 220-213 to adopt sets […]