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GOP lawmakers pitch new plan to provide health care for poor

BY: - October 11, 2019

Georgia leaders have long grappled with ways to fairly distribute the responsibility of treating patients who can’t afford to pay, a provision known as indigent and charity care provided by hospitals.  House lawmakers and health care officials are now studying a proposed system that some Republican backers say could better serve uninsured Georgians and the […]

Hospitals want clarity on nonprofit hospital transparency law

BY: - October 11, 2019

The state’s health care regulatory board is fleshing out the details of a plan that requires most of the state’s hospitals to publicly post financial information on their websites. State lawmakers approved the new requirements this year as a way to require more transparency from hospitals that enjoy the perks of non-profit status but prefer […]

McBath calls for Ga. Senators to support gun background check bills

BY: - October 11, 2019

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath Thursday urged Georgia’s two senators to push their Republican colleagues to support legislation designed to toughen background checks for gun purchases, and she asked for broader support for a so-called red flag firearm safety bill she sponsored recently. A pair of bills expanding federal background checks for gun sales is languishing […]

Protesters at McBath district office oppose, support Trump impeachment

BY: - October 10, 2019

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump converged on the Sandy Springs district office of U.S. Congresswoman Lucy McBath Tuesday to shout objections to an impeachment inquiry she helped launch against him. Several Trump supporters said the Georgia Democrat should canvass her north metro Atlanta district more often to determine if the bulk of her […]

Hurricane Michael hangover lingers one year later in SW Georgia

BY: - October 10, 2019

DONALSONVILLE – Other people may be praying for rain after a string of miserably dry weeks in Georgia, but for Ryan Austin, the clear skies have given him a reprieve from the rainwater that has been relentlessly trickling into his bedroom for the last year. To Austin, it seemed as though the rain always fell […]

Let voters decide on expanded gambling, study committee chair says

BY: - October 9, 2019

A Georgia lawmaker pushing for new forms of legal gambling in Georgia to pay for HOPE scholarships said Tuesday that he favors letting voters decide the issue at the ballot box.  That is a bit of a switch for state Sen. Brandon Beach, an Alpharetta Republican who has entertained the idea of using the existing […]

U.S. Supreme Court appears split as justices weigh landmark LGBTQ case

BY: - October 9, 2019

WASHINGTON – Key conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appear open to the argument that federal law prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  That issue was at the crux of a trio of cases heard by the court on Tuesday — the second day of its new term. The court’s […]

Case of citizen watchdog with a camera lands in Ga. Court of Appeals

BY: - October 9, 2019

Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale was so welcome she was treated to a slice of pumpkin pie prior to a rally for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other Republican candidates in August 2014. Soon Tisdale found herself rousted by an officer, who arrested her on charges of criminal trespassing and felony and misdemeanor counts of obstruction […]

This Georgia Republican once led the charge on impeachment

BY: - October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON – Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr was trying to oust President Bill Clinton from office even before the news broke about Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. In November 1997, months before Clinton’s scandal became public, Barr had introduced a broad resolution directing the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to launch an impeachment […]

New U.S. citizens small in number, big on excitement for 2020 vote

BY: - October 8, 2019

Citizenship was a long time coming for Jeimy Soto Leon. She left Costa Rica in the summer of 2005 on a work visa to teach Spanish language in Gwinnett County public schools, with her three-year-old son Hasari in tow. Last month, after more than 14 years in her adopted home, Soto Leon said the pledge […]

U.S. Supreme Court to hear LGBTQ rights cases on Tuesday

BY: - October 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — Can employers legally fire people simply because they’re gay, lesbian or transgender? That is the question at the crux of a trio of cases – including one brought by a Georgia man – that will come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the second day of its new term. Plaintiffs argue that […]

Ga. pols take break from budget tension at Georgia National Fair

BY: - October 7, 2019

PERRY – Moments after a host of top Republican leaders celebrated the opening day of the Georgia National Fair, those same public officials gave way to pregnant cows and hogs and mothers of newborn piglets and calves. About 200 people came out last week to the fairground’s Georgia Grown Building to hear Gov. Brian Kemp […]