Sinema won’t support changes in the Senate filibuster, in setback for voting rights

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Thursday appeared to end a drive by Democrats to change the Senate’s filibuster rules and pass major voting rights legislation. Sinema said during a Senate floor speech that she believed any changes to the filibuster would continue to create political division, despite her concerns over a wave of […]

Federal prosecutors file seditious conspiracy charges against Oath Keepers in Jan. 6 attack

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, was charged with seditious conspiracy in organizing an attack on the U.S. Capitol and disrupting the Electoral College certification of the president, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Edward Vallejo, 63, of Phoenix is charged along with Rhodes in connection with events leading up to […]

Governor pitches more spending for education, health care in election year budget

BY: and - January 13, 2022

The state budget will swell under Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposed spending plan as a surge in revenues clears the way for the rest of a promised teacher pay raise, a salary hike for state workers and $1.6 billion in refunds for taxpayers. The governor, who is in a tough reelection battle, released his proposed $30.2 […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

Updated 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13 with full write through. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a […]

Georgia Senate committee advances amendment to ban noncitizen voting

BY: - January 13, 2022

Legislation that proposes a constitutional amendment barring noncitizens from voting cleared the Senate Ethics Committee Thursday, becoming the first voting-related measure to advance since the legislative session started Monday. Senate Republicans moved forward Senate Resolution 363 with a 7-2 vote for the measure whose supporters say it would provide states with greater protection from legislators […]

East Cobb first out of the gate in Georgia Legislature’s 2022 cityhood charge

BY: - January 13, 2022

Update: This story was updated Thursday morning at 10:30 to indicate the bill had passed committee. East Cobb could be the first of several new Georgia cities to emerge from this year’s legislative session as a House committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss whether residents of the affluent Atlanta suburb should have the opportunity to […]

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

BY: - January 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday to push for the swift passage of two voting rights bills, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are applying pressure for action as well. During a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, caucus Chair Joyce Beatty said that members […]

Kemp to propose tax refund for Georgians, no taxes on veteran retirement income

BY: - January 12, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp is set to propose $1.6 billion in refunds for taxpayers and the elimination of the tax on retirement income for military veterans as the state sits on a record budget surplus. And the governor said he remained open to proposals to cut the state’s income tax, which has been cut twice in […]

Schumer insists ‘failure is not an option’ as voting rights fight intensifies

BY: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the Senate will act as soon as Wednesday to attempt to again pass voting rights legislation. “Failure is not an option for the democracy of America,” the New York Democrat said at a Tuesday press conference with other Senate Democrats. “We’re running out of time.” Schumer […]

 At MLK alma mater, Biden pitches Senate rule change to safeguard voting rights

BY: - January 11, 2022

President Joe Biden called for an end to the Senate filibuster during a visit to Atlanta’s Morehouse College campus, arguing Senate Democrats can push past GOP opposition now blocking major voting rights legislation. The visit by Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to Atlanta was the latest sign of Georgia’ central role as a battleground […]

Georgia Power coal ash storage plans in limbo after new EPA crack down

BY: - January 11, 2022

The Biden administration unveiled federal coal ash plans Tuesday that could complicate Georgia Power’s plans to leave massive piles of coal ash in unlined pits, where the toxic waste left behind after decades of burning coal for energy sits in groundwater. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced several proposed steps on coal ash, including […]

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange between […]