House Republicans slam treatment of Jan. 6 defendants held at D.C. jail

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Four House Republicans held a Tuesday press conference to complain about the poor conditions at a District of Columbia jail housing inmates charged with violence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But a District of Columbia advocate for prison reform in an interview said that jail and another […]

Advocates rally against plan to bypass as feds seek public input

BY: - December 7, 2021

Advocates are calling on the public to weigh in – again – on the governor’s plan to bypass Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care proposal would divert consumers looking for insurance to a privately run process. His plan was approved by the Trump administration last year but is now being scrutinized by the Biden administration, […]

Georgia judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

BY: - December 7, 2021

This story was updated at 6 p.m.  A federal judge in Augusta has temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate set to go into effect for federal contractors next month. The decision, which will have a nationwide impact, comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Attorney General Chris Carr, Agriculture […]

Perdue’s candidacy quickly complicates 2022 governor’s race

BY: - December 7, 2021

Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue has joined the race to become the state’s next governor, setting up a bruising primary against sitting Republican governor Brian Kemp before the eventual victor can challenge likely Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams. “It will be like a cage match,” said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock. “World heavyweight […]

Raffensperger defends record, voting law heading into busy 2022

BY: - December 6, 2021

Embattled Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger defended his record Monday as he faces continued criticism from his own party heading into next year’s election. In an appearance before the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Republican state official pushed back on accusations that he is to blame for 2020 election losses. Raffensperger remains under siege more […]

Investigation urged of doctor who operated on immigrant women in detention

BY: - December 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two congressional panels are calling for Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to investigate a doctor who was accused of performing gynecological procedures on immigrant women in a Georgia detention center without their consent or full understanding of the treatment being performed. In a Dec. 3 letter, Democrats on the House Homeland Security and Oversight […]

Perdue challenges Kemp, upending Georgia’s race for governor

BY: - December 6, 2021

Former Georgia U.S. Senator and Trump ally David Perdue has now publicly declared he will challenge Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, setting the stage for a messy – and expensive – race for governor next year. Perdue – who held one of the two seats flipped by Democrats in January – announced his campaign in a […]

Women would sign up for the military draft under defense bill in Congress

BY: - December 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the Senate works to complete a major annual defense measure, there is a bipartisan push to include a requirement that all young Americans — including women — for the first time register for the military draft. The $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, also would allocate millions to cleaning […]

Biden’s oil and gas policy falls short on climate goals, House Democrats say

BY: - December 6, 2021

Democrats on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee are encouraging President Joe Biden to take stronger action to limit oil and gas production, while Republicans said reducing domestic production would only increase global emissions from overseas suppliers. In a hearing last week after the U.S. Interior Department released a report that called for fiscal updates to the […]

Racial motivation of Arbery’s murderers more explicit when case returns to court

BY: - December 3, 2021

Criminal law experts predict that when the three men convicted in Georgia state court over Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death stand trial in February on federal hate crime charges, the way prosecutors attempt to add new convictions is sure to focus more on racism as a motivation than last month’s trial. Gregory and Travis McMichael, along […]

At-home COVID tests to be covered by insurance—but details still to come

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — State health officials on Thursday welcomed the Biden administration’s plan to require private health insurers to reimburse Americans for the cost of rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests—though the officials also raised questions about whether the process will be burdensome. Making those tests more accessible will allow Americans to get results quickly and in the privacy […]

New U.S. cases of omicron COVID variant detected in at least four states

BY: - December 2, 2021

At least four states reported U.S. cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 by late Thursday, with New York reporting multiple infections soon after California, Colorado and Minnesota confirmed the virus’s arrival from overseas. Minnesota’s governor responded by asking residents to renew their efforts to slow the spread. “This news is concerning, but it is […]