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Georgia secretary of state decries ‘disinformation campaign’ over 2020 election

BY: - September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who took the brunt of former President Donald Trump’s attacks over Georgia’s 2020 election results, said during a virtual panel that he hopes election disinformation starts to dissipate. “People weren’t questioning the (election) process before, but there was a huge disinformation campaign which really destabilized […]

Federal judge hints court might wait to rule on Georgia appeal of anti-abortion law

BY: - September 24, 2021

A decision on whether a federal judge was right to rule Georgia’s anti-abortion law unconstitutional may not come until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Mississippi’s own restrictive measure. The state’s appeal of the federal judge’s ruling went before a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The presiding […]

Advocates see Democrat gains as Kemp calls special redistricting session Nov. 3

BY: - September 24, 2021

An unbiased redrawing of Georgia’s congressional and legislative maps would likely put more state House and Senate seats in Democratic hands, but not enough to give them a majority in the state, according to an analysis by Fair Districts Georgia and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. “The partisan gap has very clearly narrowed, we’re much closer […]

Who can get a booster shot after CDC sign-off? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 23, 2021

This post was updated at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 24 to reflect late-breaking CDC recommendations WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for […]

Georgia congressional Dems keep drumbeat for Medicaid expansion in holdout GOP states

BY: - September 23, 2021

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and other congressional Democrats are vowing to keep pushing for some form of Medicaid expansion for low-income residents living in hold-out states like Georgia to be included in the reconciliation package. Warnock, who is up for reelection next year, centered his 2020 campaign for the Senate on expanding health care access. […]

Huge uptick in pandemic ‘air rage’ hits flight attendants, Delta bans 1,600

BY: - September 23, 2021

Flight attendants have been subject to unprecedented harassment over masks and more during the pandemic, and a U.S. House panel on Thursday heard the raw details of those “air rage” incidents. While there’s no hard data, the leader of the flight attendants’ union said the most aggression appears to occur in Southern states where there’s […]

Biden picks ‘dean’ of Georgia House to serve as ambassador

BY: - September 22, 2021

A distinguished career as a state legislator is likely nearing its end with President Joe Biden’s nomination of Rep. Calvin Smyre as ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The White House announced Wednesday Smyre’s nomination for ambassador, which if accepted by the U.S. Senate will leave a major void in the Legislature in which he has […]

Advocates press for action in Congress on voting rights, despite grim outlook

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Activists are ramping up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to move on his chamber’s version of a voting rights bill, even though there’s no sign there will be enough Republican support to advance it. Alternatively, they’re pressing for an end to the filibuster, though there’s no indication there would be […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing children

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

Herschel Walker heads to Perry Trump rally with wife cleared of improper voting

BY: - September 22, 2021

U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker is expected to be a major attraction Saturday with his recent ringing endorsement from former President Donald Trump as the two attend a “Save America” rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. In the last year, Walker has emerged as a prominent Republican supporting Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that widespread […]

U.S. House Dems pass $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. The bill was passed by the House on a party-line vote Tuesday night, 220-211. But it faces a battle in the evenly divided Senate, […]

Judge keeps 2020 presidential litigation alive with request for state info

BY: - September 21, 2021

A judge delayed a decision Monday in a lawsuit seeking to inspect Fulton County’s 147,000 absentee ballots from 2020 in order to get more information from state investigations into allegations of counterfeit ballots. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero called for the 20-day break in the lawsuit filed by VoterGa self-described watchdog Garland Favorito […]