Ga. House members pay tribute to Cummings: ‘We have lost a warrior’

BY: - October 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elijah Cummings sat next to Rep. G. K. Butterfield on the floor of the U.S. House a few weeks ago, when Cummings cast what would be his last vote in Congress.  The Maryland Democrat “didn’t know it was his last [vote], but it was,” Butterfield said. Cummings’ staff helped him get out […]

Ga. DOT rolls out plan for high speed rail from Atlanta to Charlotte

BY: - October 23, 2019

Georgians got their first up-close look Tuesday night at the possible paths a high-speed rail line might take to put passengers on a fast track from Atlanta-to-Charlotte, as the state Department of Transportation presents a new study’s findings for public comment. The price estimates for the three potential routes for the rail line range from […]

President Carter recovering after fall, his second this month

BY: - October 22, 2019

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is recovering at home after falling Monday evening at his home in Plains. Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment for a “minor pelvic fracture,” Carter’s spokeswoman, Deanna Congileo, said Tuesday. She said Carter “is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at […]

Presidential candidate Warren goes after charter school industry

BY: - October 22, 2019

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the Democratic presidential frontrunners, is going after controversial charters schools that have been blossoming nationwide and enjoy significant legislative support in Georgia — as part of a broad education plan released Monday. The plan titled, A Great Public School Education for Every Student, would end federal funding for […]

Columbia County Schools take unusual step to remove best-selling novel

BY: - October 22, 2019

A Georgia-born author of a 2017 New York Times bestseller says Columbia County Schools are doing students a disservice by removing her book and two others from a supplemental reading list. “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone is one of three novels removed from a list of 17 books proposed by teachers and a selection committee […]

Rural Georgians hold their nose as sludge is dumped nearby

BY: - October 21, 2019

The stench – reminiscent of a porta potty – was so bad that Donna Blanton would sprint from her front door to the car. Mowing the lawn required donning a mask. Cookouts at the house were no longer possible, since even her grown children avoided her home. And then there were the flies. “We have […]

Has impeachment quashed gun control prospects?

BY: - October 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — Gun control policy, not impeachment, was supposed to dominate the discourse on Capitol Hill this fall.  In early August — just two months ago — lawmakers on both sides of the aisle promised a debate on federal efforts to curb gun violence in the wake of the back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton and […]

Regulators balk at Georgia Power’s request for steep rate hike

BY: - October 18, 2019

Georgia Public Service Commission staffers are pushing back on a steep rate increase that Georgia Power had requested start as soon as January. The staff on Friday endorsed a one-time $2 base rate increase starting in 2021, instead of Georgia Power’s plan to incrementally raise the fee from $10 to $17.95 over the next three […]

Ga. House members return from recess with minds on impeachment

BY: - October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Georgia Republicans are using procedural arguments to dismiss the relevance of the U.S. House impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump. Asked if he has any concerns about the president’s actions, GOP Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville — ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, one of six committees conducting the impeachment investigation — […]

Southside I-75 truck lanes on faster track, DOT delays other big plans

BY: - October 18, 2019

Morning commuters along I-75 from Macon to McDonough are accustomed to weaving in and out of lanes to avoid the frequent blockade of tractor-trailer trucks.  The erratic traffic pattern not only slows down a commute but also put drivers at risk of colliding with the 18-wheel behemoths. To help relieve the conflict the state plans […]

Ga. House health chair laments maternal death research budget cut

BY: - October 18, 2019

A proposed budget cut to planned think tank research focused on Georgia’s high rate of maternal death loomed large at a legislative meeting focused on the problem. “Let me tell you right before – yesterday, I lobbied the governor’s office to get the $500,000 back for (Morehouse),” state Rep. Sharon Cooper, who chairs the House […]

U.S. House votes broadly to condemn Trump’s Syrian troop withdrawal

BY: - October 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.  The resolution passed the House with broad bipartisan support, delivering a stinging rebuke to the president. The final vote was 354-60.  All of Georgia’s Democrats voted for the resolution. Georgia Republicans split, with Rick […]