The year that transit became a potent election-year issue in metro Atlanta

There are times when it’s right and proper to stop, look back at where we’ve been, and acknowledge the new territory before us. This is one of them. For the first time, in the spring, summer and fall of 2018, commuter rail will be a legitimate campaign and policy issue in suburban Atlanta — not just the racial wedge it has been for the last half-century. Yes, some Republicans are...
There are times when it’s right and proper to stop, look back at where we’ve been, and acknowledge the new territory before us. This is one of them. For the first time, in the spring, summer...

Bill blocks Georgia cities from outlawing puppy sales at stores

The Georgia Senate is considering legislation that would prohibit local governments from regulating the sale of pets. Animal-rights lobbyists say the measure would strip local control from cities that want to crack down on pet sales and encourage adoption instead. Canton became the first city to enact a local ban last year shortly after a puppy mill was discovered in Cherokee County. Senate Agriculture...
The Georgia Senate is considering legislation that would prohibit local governments from regulating the sale of pets. Animal-rights lobbyists say the measure would strip local control from cities that...


It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class

It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class

Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal Enforcement, who explained that flying first class helped...
Cagle is the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor

Cagle is the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor

In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan Deal, according to a review of campaign filings by The Atlanta...
Capitol Recap: Ballots have positions open, so hunt on for candidates

Capitol Recap: Ballots have positions open, so hunt on for candidates

Help wanted: Republican legislative candidates in Gwinnett County. Normally, they shouldn’t be that hard to find. Gwinnett, like other suburban Atlanta counties, is traditionally a GOP stronghold. But this time around, Democrats sense an opportunity in the ‘burbs, thanks to a combination of President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings in some of those areas and changing...
Georgia governor to back limited medical marijuana expansion

Georgia governor to back limited medical marijuana expansion

Gov. Nathan Deal came out against a measure to allow medical marijuana to be grown in the state, but his administration is backing a smaller expansion of the program. Deal's top aide, Chris Riley, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the governor will endorse adding post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, a condition includes diagnosed migraines, to the list of illnesses...
Torpy at Large: Propping up the boonies, Atlanta’s thankless burden

Torpy at Large: Propping up the boonies, Atlanta’s thankless burden

A bill proposed in the state House would require city dwellers like myself to pony up extra when watching movies on Netflix so they can run high-speed internet out to the boonies. It turns out that it’s not worth it for companies to deliver broadband out to these far-flung localities. The free market system, the cornerstone of conservative thought on business, is working against them. You...
Cagle makes a monster ad buy in Georgia gov race 

Cagle makes a monster ad buy in Georgia gov race 

Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle shelled out $4.4 million for six weeks of TV ads to boost his campaign for governor, enough cash to flood the airwaves ahead of the crowded GOP primary. Cagle’s campaign said Friday the ad buys include broadcast TV purchases in markets across the state - Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah - as well as radio, cable and satellite spots. The ad...
Georgia lawmakers required to receive sex harassment training

Georgia lawmakers required to receive sex harassment training

Georgia legislators must receive mandatory sexual harassment training every two years, according to a policy approved by leaders of the state House and Senate on Thursday. The Georgia General Assembly’s new sexual harassment policy also was expanded to include lawmakers’ dealings with lobbyists and part-time employees. The expanded sexual harassment requirements come as a result of...
How Georgia’s Perdue, Isakson voted on Senate’s immigration bills

How Georgia’s Perdue, Isakson voted on Senate’s immigration bills

The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before sprinting out of town for a week-long recess, leaving the fate...
Georgia Senate backs bill to create new city of Eagle’s Landing

Georgia Senate backs bill to create new city of Eagle’s Landing

Henry County residents hoping to create a new city got one step closer after the Senate approved measures Thursday that put the decision before voters. The legislation that would carve out a southern portion of Stockbridge and unincorporated areas of Henry County to create a new city of Eagle’s Landing, with vastly different racial demographics drew several hours of debate before being approved...
Georgia 2018: Democrats ratchet up calls for gun restrictions after Florida shooting   

Georgia 2018: Democrats ratchet up calls for gun restrictions after Florida shooting   

The two Democratic candidates for governor ratcheted up pledges Thursday to back new firearm restrictions after a Florida gunman opened fire at a Florida high school in one of the deadliest school shootings in modern U.S. history. Stacey Abrams, the former top Democrat in the Georgia House, said the shooting was a reminder that “the opportunity for America to protect lives from gun violence...
Why Georgia governor’s last criminal justice push may be his toughest

Why Georgia governor’s last criminal justice push may be his toughest

Gov. Nathan Deal may have saved one of the hardest parts of his plan to remake the criminal justice system for last. With little opposition, the Republican spearheaded legislation over his two terms that kept more nonviolent offenders out of prison and set up a system of accountability courts. But his proposal this week to give judges new flexibility to forgo cash bail for poor defendants has sparked...
Alternative testing bill passes Georgia Senate

Alternative testing bill passes Georgia Senate

Legislation that would let school districts experiment with home-gown alternatives to Georgia’s state standardized tests advanced through the state Senate Thursday. The Georgia Milestones come at the end of a school year,  or in some cases at the end of a semester. That means teachers get the results after their students have moved on, so they complain that the tests don’t help them...
Ga. lawmakers fighting Air Force proposal to kill prized surveillance plane

Ga. lawmakers fighting Air Force proposal to kill prized surveillance plane

Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a program to upgrade the aging fleet of E-8C Joint Surveillance...
Carving a city of Eagles Landing from the city of Stockbridge

Carving a city of Eagles Landing from the city of Stockbridge

The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, who represents nearly all of Stockbridge. We&rsquo...
Deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history: What do we tell kids? 

Deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history: What do we tell kids? 

Here is a letter to Marietta families from Grant Rivera, the superintendent of Marietta City Schools. Rivera wrote the letter in the wake of the high school shooting in Florida Wednesday that killed 17 students and sent 15 others to the hospital.  The rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the deadliest high school shooting in American history. The suspected assasilant is a former...
DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana

DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana

DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are changed at the state Capitol. The board voted 6-1 on Tuesday...
Georgia Legislature Today: Senators consider new city of Eagles Landing

Georgia Legislature Today: Senators consider new city of Eagles Landing

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Thursday, Day 22 of the 2018 legislative session: Eagles Landing: Bills that would create a new city of Eagles Landing by carving out a portion of Stockbridge are scheduled to be debated on the Senate floor on Tuesday. Stockbridge leaders say the move is unprecedented, with the new city taking half of it’s tax base if it is created. Senate Bill...
Deal's cash bail proposal gets him a comparison to Lucifer 

Deal's cash bail proposal gets him a comparison to Lucifer 

Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice system overhaul might be his defining policy initiative. But the response from one prominent sheriff about his final push offers a hint at the opposition he still faces.  Hours before Deal gave a hearty endorsement to his measure, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills sent a note to leaders of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association trying to rally...
Could north Fulton MARTA tax concerns scuttle November transit vote?

Could north Fulton MARTA tax concerns scuttle November transit vote?

Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann expressed her support for the General Assembly’s efforts to aid transit expansion at a press conference Tuesday. But in an interview with the AJC, Hausmann questioned whether Fulton County should hold a planned transit referendum in November. BOB ANDRES/AJC As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday...
PolitiFact: Number of immigrants is highest but number needs context

PolitiFact: Number of immigrants is highest but number needs context

We wondered if Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was correct in saying the United States has more immigrants than ever. Carlson linked us to reports from the Center for Immigration Studies and Pew Research Center on the growing foreign-born population in the United States, which is now at a record high. The U.S. Census Bureau began asking people where they born in 1850. Large-scale immigration from Europe...
PolitiFact: Blame debatable but Paul is right on rising debt

PolitiFact: Blame debatable but Paul is right on rising debt

“George W. Bush doubled the debt from $5 trillion to $10 trillion. President Obama doubled the debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion. Now we’re on course to exceed $30 trillion in the next seven years or so.” — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 in a Senate floor speech As the House and Senate were rushing to head off a government shutdown during a late-night...
Watchdog: if your car’s been booted in Georgia, read this

Watchdog: if your car’s been booted in Georgia, read this

Several months ago, I wrote about a legal effort to end booting as a parking enforcement practice in Georgia. Since then I’ve gotten a regular stream of complaints from metro area drivers who are enraged at booting companies and the businesses that hire them. I told many of them I would keep an eye out to see if state lawmakers addressed the issue. They have, but not as I expected. ...
Ga. Legislature: Child sex abuse bill fails to make it out of subcommittee, again

Ga. Legislature: Child sex abuse bill fails to make it out of subcommittee, again

Adults who believe they were molested as children could sue later in life under legislation debated by Georgia lawmakers again Wednesday. The bill that would extend the statute of limitations for adults to file lawsuits against their abusers and the institutions that failed to protect them as children. The sponsor of House Bill 605, Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, said the law needs to be amended...
Deal plan to reduce Georgia tax hike from fed plan gets cold reception

Deal plan to reduce Georgia tax hike from fed plan gets cold reception

Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to reduce the revenue windfall the state will receive from federal tax changes approved by Congress in December is getting a frosty reception in the General Assembly. The measure, House Bill 918, aims to slice into the estimated $4.7 billion income tax windfall over the next five years that Georgia would receive if lawmakers don’t make changes to the state...
Around Georgia: GSU could be a funding winner

Around Georgia: GSU could be a funding winner

Report: Georgia State University could benefit from law rewrite A rewrite of the Higher Education Act could benefit Georgia State University, insidehighered.com reported Wednesday. Under the PROSPER Act — as House Republicans have deemed their bill — elite private colleges in the Northeast that were criticized as having an advantage under the work-study formula could be losing the most...
Deal’s final stab at criminal justice overhaul takes aim at cash bail in Georgia   

Deal’s final stab at criminal justice overhaul takes aim at cash bail in Georgia   

Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled the final phase of his criminal justice overhaul on Wednesday, outlining a plan that would give judges more leeway to forgo cash bail for poor defendants accused of low-level offenses.  The legislation, Senate Bill 407, would require that judges consider a defendant’s ability to pay in setting bail and would give law enforcement officials flexibility to issue...
Senators approve bill studying local police officer pay

Senators approve bill studying local police officer pay

The Georgia Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require local police departments to conduct salary surveys, which could help them determine how best to increase officer salaries. Lawmakers are trying to help local law enforcement departments retain their officers after passing a drastic pay hike for state police two years ago. One of those ways could be through a yet-to-be-created ...
Georgia House backs ‘truth-in-fee’ constitutional amendment

Georgia House backs ‘truth-in-fee’ constitutional amendment

It’s now up to the Georgia Senate to decide whether voters in November will be able to limit lawmakers’ raids on fee money meant for things such as cleaning up tire dumps and landfills. The Georgia House voted 166-1 Wednesday for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to mandate that fees go toward their intended purposes. That sets up a Senate vote during...
Abrams nonprofit faces liens; campaign blames clerical error

Abrams nonprofit faces liens; campaign blames clerical error

A nonprofit created by Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams tallied four liens worth $13,000 from the Georgia Department of Labor for unpaid unemployment contributions between 2014 and 2016, according to state tax records. The records show the tax liens were filed against Third Sector Development, a nonprofit Abrams created in 1998 that was later expanded to oversee her New Georgia Project...
Georgia 2018: Evans presses medical pot expansion after Deal shuts door

Georgia 2018: Evans presses medical pot expansion after Deal shuts door

A day after Gov. Nathan Deal effectively ended the push this year to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, a top Democratic contender for his job outlined a policy that would make it vastly easier for patients to obtain the drug. Former state Rep. Stacey Evans said Wednesday she would press to legalize the in-state cultivation of medical marijuana and give doctors more leeway to prescribe...
Man arrested at Georgia Capitol after allegedly pulling gun on crossing guard

Man arrested at Georgia Capitol after allegedly pulling gun on crossing guard

While Georgia lawmakers were making laws inside the state Capitol last week, a man was allegedly breaking them outside. The suspect allegedly displayed a handgun to a security officer at a pedestrian crosswalk on Thursday morning, drove off the wrong way on a one-way street and was later arrested after a confrontation with an FBI special agent, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta...
Accusations fly in tax tiff between Clayton schools and Delta

Accusations fly in tax tiff between Clayton schools and Delta

The tax fight between a Georgia school system and Delta Air Lines took a nasty turn Wednesday, with the local school superintendent alleging that the multi-billion dollar company is accusing his administration of “sharing falsehoods.” Clayton County schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley issued a statement Wednesday morning about a letter to Delta employees. “The communication...
The Jolt: The two new faces of the shifting metro ATL attitude on transit

The Jolt: The two new faces of the shifting metro ATL attitude on transit

On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A Senate version of the legislation gets underway at 2 p.m. this...
Democratic newcomer builds hefty warchest in hunt for Georgia’s No. 2 job

Democratic newcomer builds hefty warchest in hunt for Georgia’s No. 2 job

First-time candidate Sarah Riggs Amico sent a message to other Democrats eyeing a race for lieutenant governor with one of the biggest fundraising hauls of any down-ticket candidate.  The trucking executive, who formally entered the race in December, raised the brunt of her $386,000 in contributions over the span of one month. She added a loan of $186,000 and reported about $300,000 in cash...
Georgia Legislature Today: Will Talmadge Bridge get a new name?

Georgia Legislature Today: Will Talmadge Bridge get a new name?

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Wednesday, Day 21 of the 2018 legislative session: Talmadge Bridge: Girl Scouts are lobbying lawmakers to change the name of Savannah’s Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge — which honors the former governor, who was also a segregationist — to instead honor their founder Juliette Gordon Low. A House panel will meet Wednesday afternoon...
Republican John LaHood elected to south Georgia House seat

Republican John LaHood elected to south Georgia House seat

John LaHood won a special election Tuesday for a south Georgia seat in the state House of Representatives. LaHood, a Republican and the CEO of Fellowship Senior Living, defeated three opponents to represent House District 175 on the Georgia-Florida border. LaHood received about 71 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. He will replace former Rep. Amy Carter, R-Valdosta...
Sonny Perdue proposes swap of ‘harvest box’ for some food stamps

Sonny Perdue proposes swap of ‘harvest box’ for some food stamps

Welfare reform advocates and local groups catering to the poor and hungry spent Tuesday wrapping their heads around an unorthodox policy proposal from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Was his idea to replace some food stamp payments with boxes of federally picked foods visionary or draconian? The proposal at hand was tucked deep within the Trump administration’s 2019 budget request released...
Piedmont hospitals sue Blue Cross over new limits to ER and imaging

Piedmont hospitals sue Blue Cross over new limits to ER and imaging

A major Georgia hospital group has sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and its parent company, accusing it of “a national scheme” to save money at the expense of patient safety. Last fall, the lawsuit states, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia stopped paying when some of its outpatient policyholders undergo imaging, such as MRIs and CAT scans, in hospitals rather than in cheaper free-standing...
John Ellington’s plan to escape Georgia’s political tribalism

John Ellington’s plan to escape Georgia’s political tribalism

Tribalism is the current catch phrase with cachet in American politics. Our discourse has become polarized and insular. We have embraced moral and legal relativism with all the enthusiasm of a 50-yard line spectator at a Georgia-Alabama game. Never mind those lying eyes, whether they’re lodged in your head or mine. My team can do no wrong. Yours can do no good. What started at the top has trickled...
Georgia colleges say campus speech bill unnecessary

Georgia colleges say campus speech bill unnecessary

Georgia college officials and the presidents of its two largest universities told state lawmakers Tuesday that legislation aimed at protecting the rights of people invited to speak on campuses is unnecessary and could increase security costs and raise liability. The bill’s supporters, though, argued the legislation, Senate Bill 339, is needed because current speech rules do not offer enough...
Tax cut for Delta, other airlines fuels protest by Clayton schools

Tax cut for Delta, other airlines fuels protest by Clayton schools

A Georgia proposal to eliminate sales taxes on jet fuel could delay or force the cancellation of building renovations, air conditioning system overhauls and new construction work by Clayton County Public Schools. “I have several projects that I would have to delay, re-prioritize or maybe not do,” school Superintendent Morcease Beasley said Tuesday afternoon. To drive that point home, he...
Opinion: Here’s a curious thing

Opinion: Here’s a curious thing

The indictment of 13 Russian nationals released Friday tells us that the Kremlin’s effort to interfere with and influence the 2016 U.S. election was launched in Russia by early 2014. The Trump administration has seized upon that timeline as proof that it had no involvement in or knowledge of the Russia intervention. For example, in the first sentence of its response to the indictment, the Trump...
Bill limiting Georgia Power profits would not apply to Vogtle delays

Bill limiting Georgia Power profits would not apply to Vogtle delays

A newly proposed Senate Bill that would have limited charges on Georgia Power customer bills for the Vogtle nuclear expansion project has been amended, to apply only to future nuclear projects. The amended version of Senate Bill 355, which received unanimous support from members of the Regulated Industries and Utilities committee Thursday, will target projects commissioned after January 1, 2018. The...

Opinion: Memphis Monday morning ...

I’m glad the week is over, except for the fact that these days, in this business, the week is never really over. The good news is that we have music, and music has long served as my five o’clock whistle, my psychological reset button, no matter what time it finally blows.  This is one of my favorite all-time cuts, and always succeeds in changing my mindset. Take a listen: <iframe...
Digging inside the details of the new indictments in the Russia probe

Digging inside the details of the new indictments in the Russia probe

The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for President on Friday presented some of the first official government evidence of actions taken in the campaign, as a federal grand jury returned an indictment against 13 Russians and 3 Russian entities, alleging that they used social media to support President Donald Trump, and oppose Democratic nominee ...
Opinion: Russia’s meddling has consequences

Opinion: Russia’s meddling has consequences

His name was “Jermaine,” and based on his Twitter profile picture, he was a young black male. In early November of 2015, Jermaine was angry about racial tensions and violence on the campus of the University of Missouri. “The cops are marching with the KKK!” he claimed on Twitter. “They beat up my little brother! Watch out!” Attached was a picture of a black child...
Mueller investigation charges 13 Russians in investigation over 2016 election interference

Mueller investigation charges 13 Russians in investigation over 2016 election interference

The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced Friday that thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian groups had been charged with violating U.S. criminal laws for interfering with the 2016 election, detailing a string of efforts to help President Donald Trump’s campaign, and sew doubt about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “Defendants, posing as U...
The left wants you to know: It’s not mental health, it’s not society, it’s the guns

The left wants you to know: It’s not mental health, it’s not society, it’s the guns

The left is asking when people will realize the root of the problem of mass shootings is access to guns. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: You can’t shoot up a school – or concert, or night club – if you don’t have access to powerful guns and a lot of ammunition. From the Chicago Tribune: Events like the Florida high...
Arming teachers or fixing society? The right ponders the question

Arming teachers or fixing society? The right ponders the question

Whether it’s arming teachers or working on what’s wrong with our society we have to make some progress toward ending such violence. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From The National Review::Teachers could be taught to be a first line of defense against someone firing a gun at school. From columnist Patrick Buchanan: We can’t expect an end to such violence...
Congress goes home for 10 day break with no deal on DACA, Dreamers

Congress goes home for 10 day break with no deal on DACA, Dreamers

With the Senate failing to make any headway on how to deal with the status of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” lawmakers in the Congress went home for a ten day break Thursday with no clear path forward on the politically difficult issue of immigration, with a deadline to deal with DACA set by the President less than three weeks away. “It’s safe to say...
Nikolas Cruz's social media pages had 'disturbing' material; have been deleted from Facebook, Instagram

Nikolas Cruz's social media pages had 'disturbing' material; have been deleted from Facebook, Instagram

Social media sites Facebook and Instagram issued a statement Thursday saying they had deleted the profile of accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz. The 19-year-old gunman, who was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, had posted photos and at least one video that law enforcement officials called “very, very disturbing.” Cruz is charged with...
Opinion: It’s not ‘we can’t.’ It’s ‘we won’t’

Opinion: It’s not ‘we can’t.’ It’s ‘we won’t’

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Those are the Parkland dead, and with some still fighting for life, we may not be done counting yet.  Each of those numbers is -- more accurately, was -- a human being; each was the center of a universe, a world, comprising friends and brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and sons and daughters. Each of those worlds today knows a gaping, bleeding...
The right wonders where the media is on Clinton, the FBI and President Obama

The right wonders where the media is on Clinton, the FBI and President Obama

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at ties between the Obama administration and the mess at the FBI and Justice Department.Opinions from the right:Media Ignoring Ties Between Clinton Campaign & RussiansFrom The Washington Post: The Democrats need to get past the Russian collusion story. Scandals Claiming a Lot of Bodies at FBI and JusticeFrom Investor's Business Daily: Why has the media...
What is the left to do about immigration? Maybe take a step back for the time being

What is the left to do about immigration? Maybe take a step back for the time being

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Programs, immigration and what Democrats should be focusing on. From The Los Angeles Times: We need to stop violations of the Fourth Amendment by ending the use of warrantless detainers. From Politico: Democrats should wait to cut a deal on DACA. From Real Clear Politics: The speaker of the House needs to take...
NO DEAL: Senate hits immigration deadlock on DACA, Dreamers

NO DEAL: Senate hits immigration deadlock on DACA, Dreamers

Unable to find an acceptable middle ground on the politically explosive issue of immigration, and the future of well over a million illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” Senators of both parties on Thursday voted to filibuster a pair of plans from each side, as a high profile legislative effort achieved only failure. “This is it. This is your last chance to vote for...
After Florida school shooting, Democrats in Congress plead for action on gun violence

After Florida school shooting, Democrats in Congress plead for action on gun violence

The mass shooting that killed 17 people Wednesday at a high school in Florida plunged Capitol Hill back into a debate over gun restrictions, as Democrats cried out for some type of legislative response, criticizing the response of President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in the Congress. “Mr. President, are you listening?” said Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) on the House...
VA chief faces call to resign after report questions why feds paid for his wife to go on 2017 trip to Europe

VA chief faces call to resign after report questions why feds paid for his wife to go on 2017 trip to Europe

Veterans Secretary David Shulkin is facing increased scrutiny from Congress, after the release of an internal watchdog report today which found Shulkin’s 9-day government trip to Europe in the summer of 2017 was more like a personal vacation, as investigators said Shulkin’s top aide misled ethics officials, which allowed his wife’s travel costs to be paid...
The left wants to know how that populist agenda is going

The left wants to know how that populist agenda is going

What happened to Trump’s promises to populists? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Guardian: A populist wave can be turned back. Here’s how you can do it. From The New Republic: Trump is not realigning anything. He’s throwing bones to the middle class and steak to the rich. From The Washington Post: Trump was never a friend of the working class...
The right wonders when the government will start treating us like grownups

The right wonders when the government will start treating us like grownups

The Democratic memo should be out, and we should see everything that was used to produce that memo and the Republican one. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The thing we have to do is open up the process to the light of day.  From The National Review: Keep Mueller’s investigation honest by opening another one. From the Journal-Times...
Senate Republicans unveil DACA/Dreamers plan with nearly $100 billion immigration price tag

Senate Republicans unveil DACA/Dreamers plan with nearly $100 billion immigration price tag

Pressing Democrats to accept an immigration plan along the lines of one endorsed by President Donald Trump, GOP Senators unveiled the details of their plan to address the future of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” a 592 page, nearly $100 billion measure that focuses mainly on new efforts at border security, limits on family migration, and an end to the Diversity Visa...
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