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Federal trial starts claiming Black voters disenfranchised by Georgia PSC elections

BY: - June 28, 2022

Georgia‌ ‌Power’s plan to saddle its customers with a 12% electricity rate hike over the next three years will be decided by a Public Service Commission that’s the focus of a federal trial this week that claims Black residents suffer disproportionately from higher utility bills and are disenfranchised by the state regulator’s candidacy rules.  On […]

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

BY: - June 27, 2022

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington and […]

Abortion foes push for Kemp to call special session to expand Georgia restrictions

BY: - June 27, 2022

With the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v. Wade Friday, abortion access is poised to face strict limits in Georgia, but Gov. Brian Kemp is facing calls to do more sooner than later to prevent abortions in the state. Abortion remains legal in Georgia up to 20 weeks. That’s likely to shrink to around […]

Georgia’s strict abortion law could take effect soon. Here’s what the law does.

BY: and - June 27, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Roe v. Wade has ushered in a new era for women’s health and legal rights, potentially far beyond the right to an abortion. Under the decision released Friday, the states will be left to decide limits on abortion access. Georgia does not have a trigger law like some […]

Abortion rights supporters gather in Atlanta after Supreme Court decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

Hours after the Supreme Court released its decision overturning the federal right to an abortion, a crowd of hundreds gathered in Atlanta to express their anger at the decision. “There’s a recognition that we’re in a very important moment in history, and what we do right now will determine for generations what women and girls’ […]

Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

BY: - June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, a bipartisan package that will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. In a 65-33 vote, the bill, comprised of eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the Senate’s bill 234-193, […]

Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

BY: - June 24, 2022

President Joe Biden on Friday called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates on “a sad day for the country” after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved […]

What happens now to Georgia’s 2019 anti-abortion law?

BY: - June 24, 2022

This story was updated at 5:45 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2022.  The Supreme Court’s decision Friday overturning Roe v. Wade began a major shift in Georgians’ future access to abortion, but how exactly that shift will play out remains to be seen.  Abortion remains legal in Georgia up until 20 weeks into a pregnancy, but […]

Georgia officials, groups mobilize for abortion rights fight

BY: - June 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday decision to overturn Roe v. Wade quickly reverberated throughout Georgia and beyond as the reaction ranged from ‌outrage and frustration among abortion rights supporters to jubilation from anti-abortion activists.  With the landmark ruling throwing out a constitutional right to an abortion, regulating access to the procedure will now be left […]

Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

BY: - June 24, 2022

Republicans in Congress were jubilant at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of precedent to revoke a constitutional right to an abortion, while Democrats were equally despondent about what they called an extremist decision that revoked a long-held right and represented an attack on women’s autonomy. The party-line reaction – including among Georgia’s congressional delegation – […]

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

This story was updated at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24.  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. The decision by five of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of […]

‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed

BY: - June 24, 2022

President Donald Trump sought to use the U.S. Justice Department to create the illusion of a legitimate investigation into the validity of the 2020 election results, the Jan. 6 committee and former Justice Department leaders said Thursday in the panel’s fifth hearing this month. In the weeks between Election Day 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, […]