One year after Trump’s inauguration, Georgia women plunge into politics

One year ago, Essence Johnson was walking. Now she’s running. This weekend, Johnson will announce her candidacy as a Democrat for a Georgia House seat that hasn’t changed hands in 15 years. For the 35-year-old east Cobb County resident, the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Matt Dollar — who last faced a general election opponent in 2010 — was too important to pass up...
One year ago, Essence Johnson was walking. Now she’s running. This weekend, Johnson will announce her candidacy as a Democrat for a Georgia House seat that hasn’t changed hands in 15 years...

Nathan Deal and ‘The Georgia GOP Guide to Surviving an Anti-Trump Tsunami’

Last Wednesday in Washington, U.S. Rep. Karen Handel was invited to lecture her fellow House Republicans and their strategists on how to win in a decidedly anti-Donald Trump climate. Thirty-one Republicans have already announced their retirements rather than run for re-election to the U.S. House this year. A Democratic takeover of the chamber is a distinct possibility. In a 2017 that ended with the...
Last Wednesday in Washington, U.S. Rep. Karen Handel was invited to lecture her fellow House Republicans and their strategists on how to win in a decidedly anti-Donald Trump climate. Thirty-one Republicans...


Trump’s anniversary: Thousands of women rally at Power to the Polls in Atlanta 

Trump’s anniversary: Thousands of women rally at Power to the Polls in Atlanta 

Thousands of women gathered in Atlanta on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration to pledge they would build on a movement that began a year ago with a wave of marches around the nation.  The crowd gathered at The Bakery in south Atlanta, waving signs with famed quotes from Democratic lawmakers and quips aimed at Trump. Many in the crowd said they had hardly...
Disappointed tourists visit (mostly) closed King historic site

Disappointed tourists visit (mostly) closed King historic site

A smattering of people wandered the grounds of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Park, trying to figure out what to do since most of the grounds were closed due to the government shutdown.  Freedom Hall, which is privately owned, remained open Saturday for visitors to take in exhibits about Rosa Parks, Ghandi and Kng and his wife, Coretta. Employees of the site said attendance had dropped...
In Savannah, GOP gov candidate pushes offshore drilling 

In Savannah, GOP gov candidate pushes offshore drilling 

This week’s forum in Savannah for Republican candidates for governor had little in the way of fireworks. But it offered a debut of sorts for businessman Clay Tippins, who entered the race weeks ago, and gave his rivals a chance to sharpen their arguments. One of the biggest rifts opened when the candidates were asked about the Trump administration’s decision to allow new offshore oil and...
MLK sites closed, Kennesaw Mountain park barred to motorists: Updates on government shutdown in Georgia

MLK sites closed, Kennesaw Mountain park barred to motorists: Updates on government shutdown in Georgia

Many federal government services ground to halt and some historic attractions — including Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home — were closed in Georgia Saturday after Congress failed to reach a short-term budget deal, prompting furious finger pointing on Capitol Hill. The Senate needed 60 votes to advance the temporary spending measure late Friday night but got only 50, as Democrats...
Is Atlanta really a contender for Amazon HQ?

Is Atlanta really a contender for Amazon HQ?

If metro Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 jobs, it likely will be on the strength of its workforce, globally connected airport, ease of doing business and the capacity of Georgia Tech and other research universities to pump out talent. But the Atlanta area will have to tangle with Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles for brain power, overcome cities like Austin...
PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact recently checked out claims including boasts by Atlanta’s new mayor about the city’s financial condition and by New York’s mayor about that city’s high school graduation rate; and a criticism by Democrats regarding the effect of the new tax cut. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “Atlanta is on its strongest...
Feds approve Georgia’s “ESSA” plan for schools

Feds approve Georgia’s “ESSA” plan for schools

Gov. Nathan Deal wouldn’t sign it, but U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved Georgia’s plan to comply with the new federal education law. The U.S. Department of Education announced the approval of Georgia’s plan and the plans of five other states -- Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Montana and New Hampshire-- in a bulletin released at 7:45 p.m. Georgia’s report...
Georgia lawmaker considers bill to create state-run airport authority

Georgia lawmaker considers bill to create state-run airport authority

A Butts County lawmaker said he thinks legislators should have oversight of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. State Sen. Bert Jones, R-Jackson, is drafting a bill that would create a state-run airport authority with appointees from business and aviation fields from across Georgia. “The airport is the largest economic engine in the Southeast,” he said. “It’s got international...
Anti-abortion activists rally in downtown Atlanta

Anti-abortion activists rally in downtown Atlanta

It started with a recording of a 12-week-old baby’s heartbeat, the echo of its thumping vibrating through the speakers at Liberty Plaza across from the Capitol as hundreds of anti-abortion advocates met Friday for a memorial service and silent march. As the recording slowed to a stop, over 200 people marched through the streets of downtown Atlanta, walking hand-in-hand, holding up signs or folding...
DeKalb commissioners add moratorium on municipalities to session goals

DeKalb commissioners add moratorium on municipalities to session goals

DeKalb commissioners will ask members of their legislative delegation to support a bill that creates a three-year moratorium on new municipalities and annexations in the county. Commissioners are also asking legislators to require that future cityhood referendums include all voters in unincorporated DeKalb, not just those living within the proposed borders of a new city. Additionally, they say, the...
State auditors find costs rising for Georgia’s dual enrollment program

State auditors find costs rising for Georgia’s dual enrollment program

Georgia higher education leaders need to better define the mission and monitor the operations of the increasingly popular, and expensive, program that allows students to take college courses while still in high school, a new state review has found. State general fund spending for the dual enrollment program — the state pays for the high schoolers’ college classes — has increased...
Here’s what to expect in Georgia in case of a government shutdown

Here’s what to expect in Georgia in case of a government shutdown

Georgians could be in for some pain, if President Donald Trump and Congress can’t work out a budget deal by midnight Friday and cause a government shutdown.  Social Security checks, Medicare reimbursements and food stamps would continue flowing. And the mail would continue to be delivered. But it’s possible thousands of federal employees could be furloughed and national parks could...
Want to sue the state over a bad law? This would give you permission

Want to sue the state over a bad law? This would give you permission

As it now stands, no one can ask a state court judge to overturn a law that is blatantly illegal or clearly unconstitutional, such as a law that bars gun ownership or bans interracial marriage. But state lawmakers are now moving to permit lawsuits that challenge whether a statute is unconstitutional. It would allow limited waivers to the legal doctrine of sovereign immunity, rooted in the centuries-old...
Like predecessors, Deal lets Georgia’s scorned school formula persist

Like predecessors, Deal lets Georgia’s scorned school formula persist

When Georgia leaders wrote a groundbreaking formula in 1985 to change the way the state subsidizes public schools, most students were writing term papers on typewriters and only dreamed of using a “videophone,” like the one in the futuristic cartoon show called “The Jetsons.” More than three decades later, tablets and cellphones are commonplace in schools. Yet Georgia still...
Metro Atlanta, Georgia officials to present united front to nab Amazon

Metro Atlanta, Georgia officials to present united front to nab Amazon

Georgia’s full-fledged competition for Amazon’s second headquarters has entered a new and unpredictable phase now that it’s on the tech giant’s short list. But the state’s hunt for another major headquarters three years ago could provide valuable clues into its strategy for winning the project. Georgia’s long courtship of Mercedes-Benz for its USA&rsquo...
What President Jimmy Carter said about the death of Stansfield Turner

What President Jimmy Carter said about the death of Stansfield Turner

Stansfield A. Turner, who served as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter, has died at age 94, The Associated Press reported. President Carter on Thursday praised Turner for his reforms at the CIA. “Rosalynn and I join countless Americans in mourning the loss of a truly great man,” Carter said in a statement released by The Carter Center in Atlanta. Here is the full text of President...
Full slate of speakers set to mark anniversary of Atlanta women’s march

Full slate of speakers set to mark anniversary of Atlanta women’s march

The final list of speakers at a Saturday rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women features two organizers of the 2017 national march in Washington, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, and a key catalyst of the #MeToo movement, actress Alyssa Milano. The three women will share the stage at the Power to the Polls rally in southwest Atlanta with U.S. Reps....
Jimmy Carter to start cutting back on teaching Sunday school

Jimmy Carter to start cutting back on teaching Sunday school

Former President Jimmy Carter says he plans to start reducing his Sunday school teaching schedule in a few months.  But he’ll continue attending class and services at Maranatha Baptist Church and taking photos with visitors whenever he’s in Plains, according to a statement released by the Carter Center on Friday. The statement, which said that Carter would continue teaching &ldquo...
The Jolt: Celebrating Donald Trump’s inaugural anniversary with a federal shutdown

The Jolt: Celebrating Donald Trump’s inaugural anniversary with a federal shutdown

Washington appears ready to celebrate the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration by shutting down the federal government. The 7 a.m. Tweet from the White House: <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Government Funding Bill past last night in the House of Representatives. Now...
Georgia considering penalizing people with ‘fake service dogs’

Georgia considering penalizing people with ‘fake service dogs’

State Sen. Renee Unterman is concerned about what she calls “fake service animals.” The Buford Republican told a Senate committee Thursday that a woman who contacted her said she took her trained service dog to the doctor. There, they met up with someone with another dog wearing a vest identifying it as a service dog. But, Unterman said, that dog had not been properly trained and attacked...
Georgia Legislature Today: What’s next for the adoption bill?

Georgia Legislature Today: What’s next for the adoption bill?

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Friday, Day 6 of the 2018 legislative session: Adoption bill: The Senate on Thursday afternoon passed an amended version of a bill designed to make adoption easier in Georgia with a 40-12 vote. House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said he was concerned with the amended language, which insert a provision that grants temporary powers of attorney...
Capitol Recap: Some in GOP see Handel’s campaign as the winning formula

Capitol Recap: Some in GOP see Handel’s campaign as the winning formula

Some top Republicans believe Karen Handel set the course GOP candidates should take in this year’s congressional midterm elections in a political climate dominated by President Donald Trump and his low approval ratings. Handel, according to Politico.com, attended a closed-door meeting this past week in Washington that was apparently organized by the National Republican Congressional Committee...
In search for new campus, Apple takes an anti-Amazon route 

In search for new campus, Apple takes an anti-Amazon route 

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters has set off a bidding war in state capitals across the nation. But it has also may have inspired another tech giant to take a starkly different path to finding a new corporate home. On the same day Amazon listed metro Atlanta as one of 20 finalists for its massive development, Apple confirmed through a spokesman it would not hold an open bidding...
PolitiFact: N.Y. mayor right about graduation rate increase

PolitiFact: N.Y. mayor right about graduation rate increase

Schools in New York City have one feature the rest of the state’s schools do not: They’re under the exclusive control of the mayor. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed graduation rates have soared by 50 percent since that power was granted. The New York State Legislature gave then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg control over the city’s schools in 2002. Before 2002, only about half...
Moody’s: Congress’ inaction on kids’ health insurance imperils hospitals

Moody’s: Congress’ inaction on kids’ health insurance imperils hospitals

The bond-rating agency Moody’s has issued a report declaring an expiring federal program for children’s health insurance to be a threat to the financial credit of children’s hospitals. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, which insures children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to buy insurance, expired last fall. It’s now operating...
HHS move protects health workers who refuse care based on conscience

HHS move protects health workers who refuse care based on conscience

The Trump administration on Thursday announced a new federal health division designed to protect doctors, nurses and others who object to providing medical care such as abortions and sex-change operations, prompting intense reactions among Georgia activists, health care providers and patients. All of them, even organizations for medical providers, were still trying to digest the news Thursday afternoon...
Georgia Senate approves adoption bill despite governor’s concerns

Georgia Senate approves adoption bill despite governor’s concerns

The Georgia Senate passed a bill Thursday designed to unite more children with adopted families, moving forward despite Gov. Nathan Deal’s objections to legislative add-ons. Senators voted 40-13 for the adoption legislation, House Bill 159, which would make it easier and faster to adopt children and place more of the state’s 14,000 foster children with families. The bill now returns...
Betty Russell Vandiver, former Georgia first lady, died

Betty Russell Vandiver, former Georgia first lady, died

Betty Russell Vandiver, a former first lady of Georgia, died Wednesday in Lavonia. As the wife of Gov. Ernest Vandiver, she championed the founding of Milledgeville’s Central State Hospital, the first state institution for the mentally ill. She had during recent years helped First Lady Sandra Deal in creating “Memories of the Mansion: the Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion...
Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Amazon narrowed its list of potential communities for its massive second headquarters on Thursday to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 others in the U.S. and Canada, setting off a battle royale for a project promising prestige and 50,000 high-paying jobs. Georgia and metro Atlanta leaders hailed the news, while noting much work remains to hone the pitch for the project known as HQ2...
PolitiFact: DNC post ignores tax cut’s immediate impact

PolitiFact: DNC post ignores tax cut’s immediate impact

The Democratic National Committee said one of President Donald Trump’s proudest achievements from his first year is really a giveaway to the country’s wealthiest people. “Trump and his party spent the better part of the year trying to take away health care from tens of millions of Americans to pay for a tax cut for the rich, and when that failed, they passed a tax bill that gave...
Deal: Georgia has ‘talent, transit and logistics’ to land Amazon

Deal: Georgia has ‘talent, transit and logistics’ to land Amazon

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that metro Atlanta has the “talent, transit and logistics” to land Amazon’s second headquarters and the 50,000 jobs it could bring. His statement Thursday came shortly after Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive second headquarters to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the U.S. and Canada...
Georgians have to wait for income tax refunds

Georgians have to wait for income tax refunds

Georgia income tax refunds might not be issued until more than 90 days after returns are filed this year as the state guards against the threat of tax fraud. The Georgia Department of Revenue blocked more than $212 million in fraudulently filed refund requests last year. Meanwhile, the IRS is warning of an ongoing email scam in which people pose as potential clients to trick tax professionals into...
House Speaker David Ralston gets a GOP challenge -- again

House Speaker David Ralston gets a GOP challenge -- again

House Speaker David Ralston will once more face competition in May to retain his solidly-conservative north Georgia seat.  Margaret Williamson said in a statement to the hyperlocal site Fetch Your News that she would square off against the Blue Ridge Republican in the GOP primary.  “I have actively participated in legislative issues, in support of or in opposition to, learning...
Atlanta named to Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2

Atlanta named to Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2

Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive second headquarters to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the U.S. and Canada, the company said Thursday. The shortlist also includes Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Toronto and Washington, D.C. and its suburbs. Amazon’s finalists will vie for the massive project, known...
Georgia Legislature Today: Senate tackles adoption bill

Georgia Legislature Today: Senate tackles adoption bill

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Thursday, Day 5 of the 2018 legislative session: Canceled committees: Winter weather threw the week’s agenda off a bit, causing lawmakers to cancel budget presentations scheduled for Wednesday. Presentations from the Georgia departments of community supervision, human services, transportation and planning and budget have yet to be rescheduled. Session...
Democrats gear up to race against Handel in Georgia 6th 

Democrats gear up to race against Handel in Georgia 6th 

They don’t have the eye-popping financial figures that Jon Ossoff boasted, but the Democratic challengers following in his footsteps have collected six-figure hauls as they gear up to challenge Republican Karen Handel.  Bobby Kaple, a former Atlanta TV anchor, said he’s raised about $255,000 since he entered the race in mid-October through the end of the year. He did not yet report...
Guns are legal in parks. So why did police ban them at Peach Drop?

Guns are legal in parks. So why did police ban them at Peach Drop?

Atlanta city officials had two concerns as they prepared for the first New Year’s Eve Peach Drop at Woodruff Park. First, it was going to be bone-chillingly cold. Second, the event was a soft target — an attractive venue for terrorists, foreign and domestic. As a result, officials told revelers to bundle up and abide by security restrictions. Attendees were subject to search and all...
Price joins board of medical company with political ambitions

Price joins board of medical company with political ambitions

Tom Price, the recently resigned U.S. secretary of health and human services and former congressman and Georgia legislator, has joined the advisory board of a company with ambitions. Jackson Healthcare, a medical staffing and technology company based in Alpharetta, announced the addition in a news release Tuesday. The company also boasts former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a member of its board. Price...
‘Political Rewind’ replay: David Perdue plunges into a D.C. septic tank of controversy

‘Political Rewind’ replay: David Perdue plunges into a D.C. septic tank of controversy

A frost-bitten edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” today focused on U.S. Sen. David Perdue and his remarks in defense of President Donald Trump during that immigration meeting last week. Yours truly is in the neighborhood of a roaring fire in far-off Kennesaw, and thus no part of the discussion, but the shout out regarding a recent column on the topic was much appreciated. If you...
The right is standing firm on reforming immigration, ending chain migration

The right is standing firm on reforming immigration, ending chain migration

No, a solution on DACA is not going to be part of a bill to keep the government running. Why would it? From Townhall: Why is the left willing to hurt American citizens by shutting down the government in favor of the issues of non-citizens? From Sens. Tom Cotton, (R-Ark.), David Perdue, (R-Ga.), and Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa): A bad immigration bill that doesn’t address chain migration would do...
A year in and the left finds Trump as bad as they first thought

A year in and the left finds Trump as bad as they first thought

On the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, some are left asking if we really saw what we saw with this president.   From Leon Panetta, CNN: The values of America do not solely rest in the person who is leading the country. From USA Today: A group of contributors grade the president on his performance on the eve of the anniversary of his inauguration. From columnist...
Look who’s talking about Georgia lawmakers

Look who’s talking about Georgia lawmakers

A new blog post from Mark Martin, a reporter and anchor at CBN News, is headlined: “Georgia GOP Siding With the Secular Left in the Culture War.” In the blog, Martin declares that the Peach State is “turning sour on religious liberty,” and the effects of that “could be felt by some of Georgia’s most needy citizens: orphans.” He’s referring to action...
Will Democratic ideals get in the way of a fair decision for ‘Dreamers’?

Will Democratic ideals get in the way of a fair decision for ‘Dreamers’?

As the threat of a government shutdown looms, will the left stick with their vision for immigration, or compromise with Trump for the “Dreamers” sake? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the choice the left faces. 1. Democrats hitch their party to immigrants From Bloomberg: The commitment to the issue of immigration is politically risky for Democrats, but now they must...
Why is the left ditching the DACA compromise?

Why is the left ditching the DACA compromise?

It looks like a plan that would have allowed “Dreamers” to stay in the United States is off the table for the moment. Why are Democrats backing away from a compromise that would help those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. 1. Here’s why Democrats are sabotaging the DACA compromise ...
AJC poll: Georgians back medical marijuana expansion

AJC poll: Georgians back medical marijuana expansion

More Georgia voters than ever support changing state law to allow harvesting and distribution of medical marijuana, according to a poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Over three-quarters of those surveyed said Georgia’s medical marijuana program should be expanded, an increase from previous years. This year’s AJC poll showed that 77 percent want greater access to medical...
Georgia pension systems have good year as stock holdings rise

Georgia pension systems have good year as stock holdings rise

Gov. Nathan Deal asked lawmakers last week to pump more than $360 million extra into teacher pensions to strengthen the fund, but the state’s two biggest retirement systems actually had a pretty good year because of the strong stock market, according to new reports. The Teacher Retirement System and the Employees’ Retirement System provide pensions to teachers, university staffers and...
Georgia’s recent trims to state workforce spared University System

Georgia’s recent trims to state workforce spared University System

Gov. Nathan Deal calls it an example of state government doing more with less. Deal told House and Senate budget writers this week that the number of state employees dropped from 70,716 in fiscal 2008, just as the Great Recession began hammering government finances, to 58,642 in 2017. But those figures don’t include the state’s biggest employer — the University System of...
The left just wants a DACA deal done and finished

The left just wants a DACA deal done and finished

The fate of thousands of Dreamers should not depend on the political whims of the members of Congress and the president. From the Orlando Sentinel: Both parties need to step up their game on DACA and avert a government shutdown. From Cleveland.com: Message to party leaders – both Democrats and Republicans will be blamed if there is no DACA deal and the government shuts down. From the St. Louis...
The right is ready for DACA as long as there is a strong border behind it

The right is ready for DACA as long as there is a strong border behind it

Is diversity really what we want in the United States? Plus, a look at DACA from a Dreamer’s perspective and from the governor of Florida. From The Citizen Times: A DACA recipient argues his case for a deal to keep Dreamers in the U.S. From Florida Gov. Rick Scott: How can someone be against securing our borders in this day and age? From the National Review: Exactly what kind of diversity makes...
State political reports from across Georgia

State political reports from across Georgia

Augusta: Deal “changed us” Some of the state’s editorial writers have been heaping praise on Gov. Nathan Deal as he begins his final year in office. One of the most gushing editorials came from The Augusta Chronicle, which declared Deal “one of the most impactful governors in this region in memory.” The paper wrote: “In believing in us and investing in us, he has...
Religious groups renew effort for greater protections in Georgia

Religious groups renew effort for greater protections in Georgia

Pastors and faith-based groups are pushing for a “religious liberty” bill to be approved this year, arguing it wouldn’t result in discrimination or hurt the economy of Georgia, which is bidding to become Amazon’s second headquarters. They said during a press conference in the state Capitol on Tuesday that Georgia should join the 21 other states that have passed legislation...
Atlanta mayor announces plan to resolve APS deed dispute

Atlanta mayor announces plan to resolve APS deed dispute

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she would submit an ordinance Tuesday to the city council to give Atlanta Public Schools deeds to properties the school district has sought for years.  The mayor’s office announced Tuesday that Bottoms had reached an agreement to transfer deeds for 50 properties to APS “without restriction or condition,” according to a news release...
PolitiFact: Atlanta mayor’s fiscal boast holds up

PolitiFact: Atlanta mayor’s fiscal boast holds up

In large measure, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ boast about the city’s solid financial situation holds up. There are some caveats about the exact numbers that support it. Plus, measures of financial strength are always somewhat subjective. A few key indicators give a broad picture of how well any municipality is doing. One is the bond rating, which indicates the risk of lending money...
5 things to know: The Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal

5 things to know: The Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal

It’s been about a year since contractor Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr. admitted to paying more than $1 million in bribes to a still unnamed person under the belief some of the money would go to people with authority over city contracts. A second contractor, Charles P. Richards Jr., also admitted paying bribes.  Throughout 2017, the cash-for-contracts scandal has brought...
Deal, fiscal analyst see strong Georgia economy ahead

Deal, fiscal analyst see strong Georgia economy ahead

Gov. Nathan Deal and the state’s chief fiscal analyst painted an optimistic picture of Georgia’s economy for legislative leaders Tuesday, although the impact of new federal tax changes remain unclear. Ken Heaghney, Georgia’s fiscal economist, told members of the House and Senate budget committees that the state is projecting a 3.7 percent increase in revenue in fiscal 2019, which...
Elderly kept in ‘dungeons’ in alleged Georgia Medicaid fraud scheme

Elderly kept in ‘dungeons’ in alleged Georgia Medicaid fraud scheme

Three people have been arrested on allegations that they confined 14 elderly or disabled adults in middle Georgia residences, denying them food and stealing their government benefit payments, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said the defendants participated in “an organized web of abuse” by targeting the elderly in Albany and Macon...
On the left, the deal for the Dreamers should be the only thing that matters

On the left, the deal for the Dreamers should be the only thing that matters

Should you care about giving in on a wall if those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals get to stay in this country? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The Los Angeles Times: Fixing DACA has become a fight to cover both parties sins when it comes to illegal immigration.   From U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D-Texas): Forget the wall, put all that money...
The right is urging Trump not to give in on the wall

The right is urging Trump not to give in on the wall

President Donald Trump needs to hold firm to his call for a wall across the country’s southern border whether there is a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or not. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From the National Review: Democrats should give Trump the wall in exchange for a DACA deal. They can always take it back if they win back the House. From columnist...
4 candidates join race for south Georgia House seat

4 candidates join race for south Georgia House seat

Three Republicans and a Democrat are running in a Feb. 13 special election for a state House seat representing a district on the Georgia-Florida border. The candidates are competing to replace former Rep. Amy Carter, R-Valdosta, who resigned from House District 175 in November to take a position with the Technical College System of Georgia. Candidate qualifying for the race...
At MLK Day service, Ebenezer pastor calls for Trump to repent

At MLK Day service, Ebenezer pastor calls for Trump to repent

Bernice King called for a peaceful revolution, while the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church said the president needed to repent, as President Donald Trump’s recent words cast a shadow over Monday’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the historic church. Her father, she said, gave the country “a philosophy, a way of thinking, a methodology” for moving...
AJC poll: Georgians have positive outlook on Deal, state’s direction

AJC poll: Georgians have positive outlook on Deal, state’s direction

Georgians have a dim view on the broader direction of the nation and President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House. But when it comes to state politics, voters have a much rosier outlook.  An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows a majority of registered voters – 53 percent – give Republican Gov. Nathan Deal favorable reviews in his final year in office...
AJC poll: Georgians pessimistic about GOP tax cut

AJC poll: Georgians pessimistic about GOP tax cut

Georgia voters are broadly suspicious of President Donald Trump’s signature accomplishment in his first year in office: the package of $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that Republicans will take to the campaign trail for midterm elections this year. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows only about one-third of voters approve of the legislation that delivered a major tax cut to corporations and...
Opinion: Deal still sees education as Georgia’s biggest challenge

Opinion: Deal still sees education as Georgia’s biggest challenge

Nathan Deal has embarked on his final year as governor, so he is undertaking some rituals of the office for the final time. Such was the case this past week when he delivered one last State of the State address to legislators. For Deal, who warns he’s no lame duck but has a modest legislative agenda for this eighth and final year, it was largely a trip down memory lane. Or to adopt his metaphor...
AJC poll: Georgians support enticing Amazon to the state

AJC poll: Georgians support enticing Amazon to the state

Georgians strongly support giving incentives worth more than $1 billion to Amazon if the company brings tens of thousands of jobs to the state, according to a new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The public’s support bolsters the state’s bid to land Amazon’s second headquarters, which could employ 50,000 people and change the economy of the city it chooses. About...
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