Georgia legislature

Two Georgia special election runoffs deliver two GOP Statehouse seats

BY: - July 13, 2021

Cobb County voters overwhelmingly backed Republican Devan Seabaugh in a runoff Tuesday that was seen as a prelude to next year’s high-stakes elections. The race to replace Marietta Republican state Rep. Bert Reeves was one of two state House contests settled Tuesday, making the pair of special elections the first held since Georgia’s controversial election law fully […]

U.S. Justice Dept. suit says new Georgia voting law rules violate rights

BY: and - June 25, 2021

This story was updated June 25th at 5:27 p.m. WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The federal […]

States poised to let college athletes profit off their name and likeness

BY: - June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images. It’s been against the rules governing collegiate sports for student athletes to make a profit off their name or image — a practice that’s […]

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Broadband internet expansion no silver bullet for rural Georgia

BY: - May 20, 2021

Four years ago, I spoke to the opening day session of the House Rural Development Council about my research into the alarming decline of rural Georgia. Once I finished my presentation, the first question I got was about a subject I hadn’t even mentioned: rural broadband. Since that meeting, it’s become clear that the deployment […]

Trump critic Lt. Gov. Duncan says he won’t run for reelection in 2022

BY: - May 17, 2021

A high-ranking GOP critic of former President Donald Trump officially announced Monday that he will not seek another term. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan’s public announcement Monday makes his decision official and throws open Georgia’s 2022 lieutenant governor’s race. Duncan has held the role since 2018, when the former professional baseball pitcher upset the establishment party […]

Decision time for police funding and other law and order legislation

BY: - May 7, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp is set to sign a controversial bill to block local governments from slashing police budgets Friday as a Monday deadline looms for him to sign, veto or get out of the way of legislation passed in 2021.  The legislation aims to preempt local governments from reducing law enforcement budgets by more than […]

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Bookman: GOP uses government power to cancel First Amendment

BY: - April 15, 2021

Last month, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian took the bold step of daring to criticize the actions of the Georgia General Assembly. As Bastian put it in a memo to Delta employees, Georgia had just enacted legislation “that could make it harder for many Georgians, particularly those in our Black and brown communities, to […]

Georgia environmentalists score scrappy Capitol win on trust funds

BY: - April 14, 2021

Environmental advocates rounded up 500 scrap tires and set to work building a rubber replica of the Gold Dome in the shadow of the real thing as the 2017 legislative session was underway. It was christened the “scrapitol,” complete with painted gold tires sitting atop the carefully constructed mound that conjured up images of the […]

Georgia’s Carr and 21 other state AGs call for halt to D.C. statehood push

BY: - April 13, 2021

Georgia’s top prosecutor has joined a coalition of GOP attorneys general in opposing the push for Washington D.C. to become a state. Attorney General Chris Carr co-authored a letter to President Joe Biden and congressional leadership expressing “serious concerns” about reports that Biden and others have backed D.C.’s campaign for statehood. “This coalition has one […]

Ga. voting law controversy follows overhaul’s point man to Washington

BY: - April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Washington City Council voted Monday to ask state Rep. Barry Fleming to resign his city attorney job for his key role in passing sweeping voting legislation that detractors say will disenfranchise Black people and other minorities. Tensions flared throughout Monday night’s meeting, when four city councilmen said they no longer wanted Fleming […]

Quest for D.C. statehood finds new friends and foes: Other states

BY: - April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress had yet to even schedule a hearing on a measure granting statehood to the District of Columbia when a panel of state lawmakers in Arizona voted in February to take a stand against D.C’s plea to become the 51st state. From their committee room some 2,300 miles from the nation’s capital, members […]

Trump rips Kemp for Georgia election overhaul that ‘didn’t go further’

BY: - April 6, 2021

A rift remains between former President Donald Trump and Gov. Brian Kemp even after the governor backed an overhaul of voting laws that responds to a number of the baseless conspiracy theories claiming widespread irregularities plagued last year’s presidential election. Trump attacked Kemp in a press release Tuesday for supporting legislation that the former president […]