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 […]

Atlanta ‘Climate strike’ rally draws hundreds of demonstrators to Capitol

BY: - September 20, 2019

Several hundred protesters, many of them students, skipped school and work Friday afternoon to rally against climate change outside the Georgia State Capitol. The rally coincided with the Global Climate Strike movement that saw thousands of youth-led events across the country, including about a dozen across Georgia. More climate rallies are scheduled through next Friday. […]

Georgia students plan to attend statewide ‘Climate strike’ rallies today

BY: and - September 20, 2019

Nicole Pontzer’s anxiety over climate change is old news in her circle of friends in Athens and now hundreds of strangers are about to get an earful as well. She’ll be the one bringing the new 50-watt bullhorn to the Athens Climate Strike rally at the University of Georgia’s north lawn behind the school’s iconic […]

State senators meet today to weigh easing felon voting constraints

BY: - September 20, 2019

A group of state senators will look at ways to restore the voting privileges of non-violent convicted felons when they are freed instead of waiting until parole and other sentencing terms are complete. State Sen. Harold Jones says he filed legislation this year to relax felon voting rights because thousands of Georgians are penalized for […]

Chair of house study committee questions Georgia’s rank for maternal deaths

BY: - September 20, 2019

State lawmakers are taking a new look at why Georgia consistently ranks so poorly – and sometimes last – when it comes to maternal deaths and what can be done about it.  But a new group’s first blush at addressing the problem started Thursday with a focus on how accurately Georgia has been graded when […]

Lawyers, talkers and Realtors – online resumes to replace Isakson stack up

BY: - September 19, 2019

A security officer. A talk show host with political ties. Multiple educators. A physician. A Realtor. An airline pilot. Business executives. A lawyer. They were all among the first wave of applications to pour into the governor’s office immediately after Gov. Brian Kemp announced late Tuesday that he would open up the process to replace […]

Four qualify to compete for SW Georgia House seat in November

BY: - September 19, 2019

Four candidates will compete to replace long-time Republican lawmaker Ed Rynders in a special election set for Nov. 5. The race will feature two southwest Georgia mayors, a military serviceman and a retiree. It includes a Democrat but the solidly conservative district, which includes parts of Lee, Sumter and Worth counties, is expected to stay […]

Mental health aid for Georgia school kids might be spared budget ax

BY: - September 18, 2019

A north Georgia school superintendent lamented at an August gathering of lawmakers in Jasper that some of his 3,600 students often arrive for classes with mental health needs that outstrip the capacity of the part-time counselor’s ability to help. “It’s a struggle,” Dawson County Superintendent Damon Gibbs said by phone recently. “It’s not something that’s […]