Georgia state school superintendent candidates lay out visions for teacher retention, funding

BY: - August 19, 2022

The two candidates vying to lead Georgia’s public schools shared a stage Thursday to sound off on the top issues facing teachers and students at a forum sponsored by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. Incumbent Republican Superintendent Richard Woods listed his achievements over his eight years in office and pledged to build on […]

Superior court judge puts Echols’ Democratic PSC challenger back on November ballot

BY: - August 18, 2022

A Fulton County judge has reversed Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s decision to disqualify Democrat Patty Durand as a candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission. Superior Court Judge Melynee Leftridge ruled Thursday that a 12-month residency requirement for PSC candidates was unconstitutionally applied to Durand.  The state commission regulates Georgia’s utilities and plays an […]

Biden administration asks state, local officials to boost monkeypox vaccine outreach

BY: - August 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — Federal public health officials said Thursday they are working with state and local health departments to boost messaging and vaccinations for those most likely to contract monkeypox, including at large-scale events. But Biden administration officials at a press briefing also struggled to explain differing statements about how the vaccines should be administered, a […]

State rolls out plan to use federal cash for Georgia’s EV charging network

BY: - August 18, 2022

Georgia’s multiyear plan to spend $135 million in new federal funding to boost electric vehicle charging will focus on the state’s rural and underserved communities, where fast public charging can be hard to come by. But many details – such as where exactly the chargers will go and what private groups might partner with the […]

Former Trump attorney worked with Atlanta tech firm to hack Coffee voting system

BY: - August 17, 2022

An attorney connected to former President Donald Trump coordinated with experts from an Atlanta-based computer firm to hack into Coffee County’s voting system in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, according to records obtained in a federal lawsuit challenging the security of Georgia’s voting system. The subpoenaed documents indicate that former Trump attorney Sidney […]

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

Twenty states, D.C. join in opposing Texas lawsuit on emergency abortion care

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in federal court on Tuesday, challenging Texas’ assertion that states shouldn’t have to comply with a federal law that protects doctors who end a pregnancy to save the patient’s life. The brief argues the judge in the case shouldn’t grant […]

It’s the economy: Kemp, Abrams campaign on competing visions for Georgia’s surplus billions

BY: - August 16, 2022

Georgia has got a lot of extra money right now. If the state’s estimated $5 billion budget surplus were printed out in dollar bills, it would come up to just under 20 square miles, enough bills to carpet every square inch of the state’s five busiest airports, with enough singles left over to buy five […]

Giuliani, Graham striking out in bids to avoid date with Fulton grand jury

BY: - August 15, 2022

Former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is now the target of a criminal investigation into the crusade to overturn the 2020 election to keep Trump in power, has been ordered to testify before a Fulton County special grand jury on Wednesday.  A lawyer for Giuliani confirmed on Monday that a prosecutor from […]

Superior court judge declines to immediately block Georgia’s abortion ban

BY: - August 15, 2022

The state’s six-week abortion ban will remain in affect while a judge hears arguments that the law violates the state constitutional right to privacy. Health care providers and advocates who filed the constitutional challenge had asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C.I. McBurney to block the law while their legal challenge was being resolved. […]

Farm bill season arrives: What’s the outlook for 2023?

BY: - August 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Over the course of the next year, lawmakers on the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture committees will draft a new federal farm bill that will shape food, farm, conservation and nutrition programs across the country for the next five years. The omnibus law that began 90 years ago as crop supports now has […]

Court ruling puts utility regulator races back on the ballot; Georgia plaintiffs eye appeal

BY: - August 12, 2022

Two statewide races are back on the November ballot after a federal appeals court blocked a lower court’s ruling that would have postponed the elections until after the state Legislature adopted a new process that no longer diluted Black voting power. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday stopped the U.S. District Court injunction […]