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State economist tells lawmakers recession next year is as likely as not

BY: - September 27, 2019

Georgia’s new state economist warned state lawmakers Thursday that there is a fifty-fifty chance that a “mild recession” awaits next year, likely beginning early in the year. If that happens, the downturn would not be as severe as what was experienced a decade ago, when state lawmakers were forced to make deep cuts across the […]

Ga. lawmakers flagged for ethics violations blame website, typing skills

BY: - September 27, 2019

Georgia lawmakers ensnared in a state audit of campaign finance disclosures blamed the electronic filing process, their own procrastination and the person who keeps track of donations as some of the reasons they might have fallen afoul of state ethics laws. Georgia’s ethics panel Thursday named a dozen state lawmakers who stand accused of campaign […]

Ga. Republicans seek civility in partisan times

BY: - September 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — The tasks of reducing partisan rancor on Capitol Hill and making Congress run more smoothly were never going to be easy, but the prospect of a presidential impeachment makes those goals both harder to achieve and more important to get done, several experts told members of Congress Thursday. “Impeachment is the most volatile, […]

Shaky state finances, looming income tax cut take stage at Capitol

BY: - September 26, 2019

Georgia lawmakers will soon get an earful about the economic outlook for the state as the governor targets spending cuts, but it remains to be seen whether the uncertainty surrounding the state’s revenues will put a damper on plans to pass a costly tax break that is teed up for next session. Legislators baked a […]

McBath maintains public silence on impeachment stance

BY: - September 26, 2019

Congresswoman Lucy McBath remains relatively quiet more than a day after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her chamber will launch an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump. McBath, a freshman member of Congress, is the only House Democrat from Georgia to abstain from taking a public stance since Tuesday’s announcement. No GOP members of […]

Most Ga. House Dems join calls for impeachment inquiry

BY: - September 25, 2019

As four Georgia U.S. representatives added their names to a growing list of congressional leaders Tuesday who said they support starting an impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump, Georgia’s congressional Republicans roundly condemned the move toward a formal impeachment inquiry. Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson issued a statement Tuesday morning, and shortly after, U.S. Rep. John […]

U.S. House launches official impeachment inquiry

BY: - September 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — It’s official: President Donald Trump is the subject of a U.S. House impeachment inquiry.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, announced Tuesday that they’re moving forward with an “official impeachment inquiry” into the president in the wake of reports that he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate his political opponent, former Vice […]

Book bans at Georgia jails, prisons focus of week’s reading advocacy

BY: - September 25, 2019

The Atlanta-area feminist bookstore Charis Books and More regularly sends books to Georgia inmates purchased by family members and friends. But over the last several months more of those books are being rejected, said Errol “E.R.” Anderson, executive director of Charis Circle, the nonprofit arm of the bookstore. “We think books are a lifeline for […]

Georgia senators aim for hands-on state regulation of scooters

BY: - September 24, 2019

Electric scooters are banned from the state’s Georgia World Congress Center campus, but some riders still get in the way of downtown Atlanta visitors while cruising on sidewalks. A state Senate study committee met at the big Atlanta convention facility Monday to discuss potential statewide regulation of the electric scooter industry. The convention center’s police […]

Anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ bill injunction awaits federal judge decision

BY: - September 24, 2019

The fate of a law banning most abortions in Georgia is in the hands of a federal judge following a court hearing Monday as he considers a request to temporarily halt the law before it is set to take effect Jan. 1. Judge Steve Jones, of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of […]

U.S. House passes Rep. Johnson’s bill to ban forced arbitration

BY: - September 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday passed a Georgia Democrat’s legislation that would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer and civil rights cases. If enacted, the bill would empower more workers and consumers to challenge employers and corporations in court. Forced arbitration clauses — often found in the fine print of agreements — […]

ACLU to argue against anti-abortion law in Atlanta federal court today

BY: - September 23, 2019

Oral arguments in a lawsuit seeking to stop a controversial law banning most abortions in Georgia from being implemented start Monday morning in federal court in Atlanta. The law, which would prohibit nearly all abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, would take effect on Jan. 1 without a preliminary injunction. A host of abortion […]