Georgia ethics panel to begin auditing candidates in governor’s race

After years of mainly investigating issues raised by Georgians, the state’s ethics watchdog agency plans to aggressively audit campaign filings from all the major statewide races coming up. Stefan Ritter, the executive secretary of the ethics commission, said that while some details still have to be worked out, the agency will be auditing the campaigns for governor, attorney general and other...
After years of mainly investigating issues raised by Georgians, the state’s ethics watchdog agency plans to aggressively audit campaign filings from all the major statewide races coming up. Stefan...

Graham-Cassidy obscures deadlines for other key actions on health care

Nearly one hundred and fifty million dollars to keep Georgia hospitals’ indigent care afloat. Funding for the PeachCare program that along with Medicaid covers about half of Georgia’s kids. Clear answers on Obamacare subsidies that Blue Cross said it needed to keep selling individual plans in metro Atlanta. Those are some things that Congress has not taken care of — or even, in some...
Nearly one hundred and fifty million dollars to keep Georgia hospitals’ indigent care afloat. Funding for the PeachCare program that along with Medicaid covers about half of Georgia’s kids...


Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax linked people to a fake online site that mimicked the link for its site on its massive Sept. 7 security breach that affected 143 million Americans. After the breach, which involved Social Security numbers and other key identifying information, Equifax set up a site, equifaxsecurity2017.com, that directed people to information on the hacking incident and links to sign up for free credit monitoring...
Georgia opens its first office for women veterans 

Georgia opens its first office for women veterans 

Georgia’s first women veterans office has officially opened in Atlanta, a nod by officials to one of the state’s fastest growing segments of veterans. The state Department of Veterans Service has long sought to create the program, which seeks to address the unique needs of a population that numbers to just under 100,000, or about 15 percent of veterans in Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal this...
Feds surveying Irma damage, aid expected

Feds surveying Irma damage, aid expected

Tropical Storm Irma left cities and counties across Georgia with millions of dollars in damage and tons of debris to haul away. This looks like a job for the federal government. Teams of disaster experts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency fanned out across the state this week to survey the damage, the first step in unlocking disaster aid under President Donald Trump&rsquo...
Sarah Palin squares off against Donald Trump in Alabama senate race

Sarah Palin squares off against Donald Trump in Alabama senate race

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally, Thursday in Montgomery, Ala. Palin is in Montgomery to support Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate candidacy. AP/Brynn Anderson The Associated Press has coined a good, quick description for the GOP end of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama: Donald Trump vs. Trumpland. The president will be in Huntsville this evening, the...
Torpy at Large: The crazy foam board caper, only at ATL City Hall

Torpy at Large: The crazy foam board caper, only at ATL City Hall

On Wednesday, someone filed an ethics complaint against Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office for spending city time and using city resources to print up placards that could be seen as campaign materials. Later that afternoon, the Mayor had those same 28-by-18-inch foam boards posted in the atrium at City Hall outside his office. The placards beat up on City Council President Ceasar Mitchell...
Jimmy Carter: I might not have become president if Twitter had been around

Jimmy Carter: I might not have become president if Twitter had been around

Jimmy Carter said Wednesday night that he might not have become president if Twitter had been around back when he was a candidate in the mid-1970s -- but it wouldn’t have been for any lack of trying on his part. “If it had existed, I would certainly have tried to use it.” Carter, 92, grinned as a crowd of students packed into an Emory University gym burst into applause. “I...
Georgia 2018: Jimmy Carter meets with Stacey Evans

Georgia 2018: Jimmy Carter meets with Stacey Evans

Former President Jimmy Carter. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com Former President Jimmy Carter isn’t picking sides in Georgia’s race for governor, but he’s now met with both Democratic candidates vying to succeed Republican Nathan Deal. State Rep. Stacey Evans tweeted pictures of her family breaking bread with the former president and his wife Rosalynn at a ...
Atlanta mayor’s race: Sen. Bernie Sanders to stump for Fort in Atlanta election

Atlanta mayor’s race: Sen. Bernie Sanders to stump for Fort in Atlanta election

Former state Sen. Vincent Fort said at a campaign event Thursday that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will be in Atlanta to campaign for Fort later this month. Fort said Sanders, the popular independent who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, will be in Atlanta Sept. 30. Details haven’t been nailed down yet. “We are on the cusp of getting...
Police charge campaign volunteer with swiping Reed’s provocative sign

Police charge campaign volunteer with swiping Reed’s provocative sign

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s placard targeting Atlanta City Council president Ceasar Mitchell. AJC/Scott Trubey Atlanta police arrested a volunteer for Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell’s mayoral campaign Thursday on charges that he swiped a provocative sign at City Hall slamming the candidate. The placard went missing hours after Atlanta Mayor Kasim...
Can fast buses help ease Atlanta’s traffic nightmare?

Can fast buses help ease Atlanta’s traffic nightmare?

LOS ANGELES – For decades metro Atlanta residents have debated whether to expand MARTA rail service into the suburbs – a debate that usually ended with suburban residents saying “no.” But another form of public transportation – bus rapid transit – has quietly captured the imagination of many public officials. Though it does not exist yet in Georgia, it’s already...
Atlanta mayoral candidates deal with issues of race at bicycling forum

Atlanta mayoral candidates deal with issues of race at bicycling forum

An Atlanta mayoral forum this week about the city’s bicycling infrastructure turned into a discussion on race and the lack of transit options and economic development in underserved parts of Georgia’s capital. The candidates, speaking at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition meeting, unanimously praised the benefits of bicycling as a transportation alternative — especially on the city&rsquo...
Mayor 2017: Keisha Lance Bottoms ad takes on Mary Norwood “racial profiling” reply

Mayor 2017: Keisha Lance Bottoms ad takes on Mary Norwood “racial profiling” reply

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms is taking on opponent Mary Norwood over Norwood’s response last week on the existence of racial profiling. In a radio ad that began running Wednesday, Bottoms, an Atlanta City Councilwoman, criticizes Norwood, also a member of the Atlanta City Council, for initially signaling that she did not believe police “target or racially profile black...
Feds investigating Plant Vogtle nuke project’s twin in South Carolina

Feds investigating Plant Vogtle nuke project’s twin in South Carolina

SCANA Corp. said Thursday that federal investigators are seeking information on a South Carolina nuclear plant project that was shut down in late July. The South Carolina utility said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office seeking “a broad range of documents related to the project.” The company said it would “cooperate with the government’s investigation...
Atlanta software company says it’s adding 500 jobs

Atlanta software company says it’s adding 500 jobs

Atlanta software company OneTrust said it expects to add 500 jobs locally over the next several years and to invest $5 million in a Fulton County expansion. The company, which currently has about 200 employees in Atlanta, London, and other locations, including Asia, produces privacy management software that helps companies comply with privacy laws in various nations. Gov. Nathan Deal and the company...
Testing remains key part of Georgia’s education plan

Testing remains key part of Georgia’s education plan

Georgia hopes to embark on a new education plan that shifts away from the tough test-and-punish regime of the past that some say was unrealistic and unfair but others say held schools accountable for all students, including their worst performers. On Monday, the state will submit its plan for compliance with the latest updates to the federal education law, known as the No Child Left Behind Act under...
Politifact roundup: Trump, Kemp, Cruz: false, half true, mostly false

Politifact roundup: Trump, Kemp, Cruz: false, half true, mostly false

PolitiFact last week looked at claims by the president on stagnant wages, by a Georgia gubernatorial candidate on campaigns to remove statues of some historical figures, and by a Texas senator on disaster relief previously allocated after Hurricane Sandy. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. Wages “haven’t gone up for a long time.&rdquo...
Equifax’s rapid growth probably added to its hacking risk, experts say

Equifax’s rapid growth probably added to its hacking risk, experts say

Until a dozen years ago, Equifax Corp. quietly made most of its money helping banks and other lenders figure out which U.S. customers were a safe bet for a mortgage, auto loan or credit card. Then Richard Smith, was hired on as the Atlanta company’s new chief executive in 2005. The former General Electric executive quickly embarked on a plan to rev up Equifax’s growth. These days, thanks...
Atlanta mayor’s race: A wide-open contest that will shape the region

Atlanta mayor’s race: A wide-open contest that will shape the region

The contest for mayor of Atlanta is as volatile as ever. Polling shows four leading candidates gunning for two spots in a probable December runoff — and several other credible contenders still in the running. The 13-person field runs the gamut, from a Bernie Sanders-style liberal dangling free college tuition to a self-styled independent who proudly poses with local Republican heavyweights....
Norwood, Mitchell pick up endorsements from Atlanta firefighter groups

Norwood, Mitchell pick up endorsements from Atlanta firefighter groups

Atlanta mayoral candidates Mary Norwood and Ceasar Mitchell picked up endorsements Tuesday from two fire fighting organizations. The International Association of Fire Fighters local 134 endorsed Atlanta City Councilwoman Norwood while Progressive Firefighters of Atlanta threw their support to Mitchell, who is president of the Atlanta City Council. The two candidates are among more than a dozen hopefuls...
Shirley Franklin backs APS’ Courtney English in Atlanta council race

Shirley Franklin backs APS’ Courtney English in Atlanta council race

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin on Thursday threw her support behind Atlanta Board of Education Chairman Courtney English in his bid to get on the Atlanta City Council. Franklin, who has been mum on any favorite candidates she might have in the mayoral race, said English’s leadership at Atlanta Public Schools is sorely needed on the City Council. She praised English’s willingness...
Companies have returned, but job growth overall has not surged

Companies have returned, but job growth overall has not surged

We found that Trump exaggerated the job growth (it’s not unprecedented), but he has a point about companies moving back to the country. The most obvious way to look at this claim is to look at recent job growth rates. So we looked up month-to-month increases in jobs since 2011, when the economy started gaining jobs consistently after the Great Recession. The monthly gains since Trump became...
Georgia recruiters crowdsourcing for sites to pitch Amazon for HQ2

Georgia recruiters crowdsourcing for sites to pitch Amazon for HQ2

Got 100 acres or more to sell? Is it near a bus or MARTA rail line, and within 45 minutes of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport? If the answers are yes to those questions, the Georgia Department of Economic Development wants to hear from you. The state’s top recruiting agency has set up a web page to essentially crowdsource locations to pitch to e-commerce giant Amazon as part of the state&rsquo...
With polls shaky for Luther Strange, Donald Trump heads to Alabama

With polls shaky for Luther Strange, Donald Trump heads to Alabama

Republicans Roy Moore and Luther Strange, the incumbent, will hold a debate on who should hold the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general. Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, Butch Dill The Republican race for U.S. Senate in Alabama is closing in on next Tuesday’s runoff vote, and it has become a strange thing indeed. Incumbent Luther Strange,...
AJC Watchdog: Keep a close eye on Irma disaster aid

AJC Watchdog: Keep a close eye on Irma disaster aid

Disasters assistance experts have fanned out across Georgia to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the next step in freeing up millions of dollars in federal aid. Some of the heaviest damage is in Glynn County , where last week Irma flooded the streets of Brunswick and St. Simons Island, leaving a huge mess in its wake. County spokeswoman Kathryn Downs was in a...
The internet doesn’t like Gwinnett’s proposed new logo. Do officials?

The internet doesn’t like Gwinnett’s proposed new logo. Do officials?

To be fair, citizens of the internet are not generally known for using politeness behind the keyboard, so re-branding anything is a task that can bring haters out of hibernation. But if 160 (and counting) comments on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Facebook page are any indication, the online crowd really doesn’t like the front-runner for Gwinnett County’s new logo and slogan...
Battle over the fate of Dreamers flares in Georgia

Battle over the fate of Dreamers flares in Georgia

Jaime Rangel vividly recalls the day the letter arrived five years ago in his family’s mailbox in Chatsworth, an event that prompted his mother to burst into tears. A Mexican native who was brought to America as an infant, Rangel learned from the letter that he had been accepted into the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program would make...
Accenture project a ‘milestone’ for Atlanta’s tech scene

Accenture project a ‘milestone’ for Atlanta’s tech scene

Global consulting giant Accenture will locate a new innovation hub in Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta, a lab where the company will help their clients bring new technologies to market and “a milestone” for the region’s technology scene, state and city leaders said Wednesday. In confirming the project, Accenture said it plans to create 800 new high-paying jobs in the city...
Georgia AG gets 53 forms in probe of voter registration group

Georgia AG gets 53 forms in probe of voter registration group

Fifty-three allegedly forged voter applications are being referred to the state Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, a decision by the State Elections Board that effectively closes the Secretary of State Office’s 2014 fraud investigation involving an attention-grabbing registration drive by the New Georgia Project. The unanimous vote Wednesday came as the case&rsquo...
Candidates set for Fulton commission chair, polls to stay open later

Candidates set for Fulton commission chair, polls to stay open later

Fulton County voters will get an extra hour at the polls in November as they elect a new county commission chair and local representatives. Polls will close at 8 p.m., not 7 p.m., Nov. 7 following a request from the county’s elections director. State law says that when a city with more than 300,000 people — like Atlanta — has an election, the polls will stay open until 8 p.m. It...
Ethics complaint targets Reed’s attack of a mayoral candidate at press conference

Ethics complaint targets Reed’s attack of a mayoral candidate at press conference

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed responds to Atlanta City Council president Ceasar Mitchell. AJC/Scott Trubey Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office faces an ethics complaint alleging his administration misused city resources when he attacked a candidate for mayor during a press conference at City Hall. The complaint, filed anonymously last week, said the press conference arranged by two city...
How will GOP’s last run at health care overhaul impact Georgia

How will GOP’s last run at health care overhaul impact Georgia

The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare seemed all but dead this summer. Now it’s not. Again. Against all odds, Georgians both for and against the effort are watching warily as GOP leaders try one last pass at taking down the signature health care law of the Obama administration before their ability to do so expires Sept. 30. What exactly the legislation’s impact would be...
Atlanta mayor pleads for patience after Georgia Tech shooting

Atlanta mayor pleads for patience after Georgia Tech shooting

Mayor Kasim Reed talks with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial board. Kent D. Johnson/AJC file Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called for patience Wednesday as investigators probe the shooting death of a 21-year-old student who was killed in a confrontation with campus police. The mayor said the city would not “pile on” as Georgia Tech grappled with the aftermath of Scout...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Two mayors and another health care debate

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” featured two Georgia mayors – a Republican from Sandy Springs and a Republican from Columbus. Among the topics: — The decision by the State Election Board to hand several voter fraud cases involving the New Georgia Project, once headed up by state lawmaker Stacey Abrams, now a Democratic candidate...
Georgia AG gets 53 forms in fraud probe of Stacey Abrams' voter registration group

Georgia AG gets 53 forms in fraud probe of Stacey Abrams' voter registration group

The State Elections Board on Wednesday referred 53 allegedly forged voter applications to the Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, essentially closing a 2014 fraud investigation involving a massive registration drive by the upstart New Georgia Project.  The decision allows the office to decide whether to prosecute those involved. It provided little drama compared with the...
Polls back Pelosi’s claim of DREAM Act popularity

Polls back Pelosi’s claim of DREAM Act popularity

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., recently announced a deal with President Trump on protecting “Dreamers,” young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and temporarily shielded from deportation under the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. This week, Pelosi claimed three-quarters of Americans support the...
Metro Atlanta schools brace for impact from DACA decision

Metro Atlanta schools brace for impact from DACA decision

Metro Atlanta school districts are scrambling to figure out how the decision to rescind the Deferred Action and Childhood Arrivals program affects them, as thousands across the state are eligible for deportation deferments through the program. For 26-year-old Jaime Rangel, one of the “Dreamers” the program covers, anything short of congressional intervention could see him depart the only...
Georgia gov candidates split over Trump’s move to end DACA

Georgia gov candidates split over Trump’s move to end DACA

Donald Trump speaks during a news conference. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Georgia’s Republican candidates for governor praised President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era program that prevents young undocumented immigrants from being deported, largely focusing their responses on the need to enforce the rule-of-law. Democrats unleashed a torrent of criticism of the decision...
Fulton County transit study details where bus, rail might go

Fulton County transit study details where bus, rail might go

From MARTA-like heavy rail to a flex bus that changes its route depending on the day, residents in the north and south parts of Fulton County are warming to the idea of expanding transit in their cities. The only questions are what kind, and where it should go. Residents have answered the second half of the question, telling planners in a series of public meetings where they’d most...
Accenture Midtown Atlanta innovation hub to bring 800 new jobs

Accenture Midtown Atlanta innovation hub to bring 800 new jobs

Global consulting giant Accenture on Wednesday confirmed its plans to create an innovation hub at Technology Square in Midtown, where the company plans to create 800 new jobs by 2020. The innovation hub, part of a planned network of 10 such facilities around the nation, will be designed to that Accenture technologists can aide their Fortune 500 clients and other major companies in designing and testing...
From the Right, the advice for Trump is to try diplomacy

From the Right, the advice for Trump is to try diplomacy

A roundup of editorials Friday looks at the idea that kicking North Korea out of the UN would go a long way toward helping the current situation, and that having President Donald Trump negotiate instead of threaten would be the best move to make.  Here are some opinions from the Right. From The Wall Street Journal: If the world community is serious about isolating North Korea, kick them out of...
What the Left is saying about the North Korean threat

What the Left is saying about the North Korean threat

A roundup of editorials Friday includes a suggestion on bringing the North Korean conflict under control, the irrationality of Donald Trump’s policy toward Pyongyang and the idea that pressuring China will help ease tensions. Here are some opinions from the Left. Newsday: If China is going to continue to shore up North Korea, they should expect to pay a price. 2. The Trump policy toward...
The Right reacts to Graham-Cassidy

The Right reacts to Graham-Cassidy

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal. Will the bill strike the right balance between the federal government’s role in health care and what states will be expected to do? Here are some opinions from the Right. From Roll Call: The problem with the Graham-Cassidy plan is lack of momentum. A majority of people think it’s time to move on from...
The Left slams Graham-Cassidy health care bill

The Left slams Graham-Cassidy health care bill

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal. Despite a heavy agenda, the bill is likely to come up on the Senate floor next week. Here are some opinions from the Left. 1. Cassidy-Graham is attractive in theory. But it has a giant flaw. From The Washington Post: An experiment in democracy is interesting, but this bill doesn’t provide a fair one...
Opinion roundup from the Left: Why what Trump said at the U.N. won’t work; a speech that was all bluster

Opinion roundup from the Left: Why what Trump said at the U.N. won’t work; a speech that was all bluster

A roundup of editorials Wednesday includes a look at President Donald Trump’s speck to the United Nations on Tuesday.  Here are some opinions from the Left. 1. Motormouth Trump warns 'rocket man' Kim From the Chicago Tribune: Trump was blunt in his comments about North Korea during his U.N. speech. Here’s hoping his approach pays off. From Esquire: Charles Pierce thought Trump&rsquo...
Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump gave fair warning to U.N.; speech was perfect example of America first

Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump gave fair warning to U.N.; speech was perfect example of America first

A roundup of Wednesday editorials includes a look at President Donald Trump’s Tuesday speech to the United Nations. Here are some opinions from the Right. From The Washington Times: President Donald Trump took it to the U.N. on Tuesday with a fair warning that the North Korea situation needs to be dealt with. From Fox News: Trump gave two speeches-in-one on Tuesday, praising the UN in one breath...
Opinion roundup from the Right: How good a hire was Manafort; Obamacare repeal plan; Trump and the U.N.

Opinion roundup from the Right: How good a hire was Manafort; Obamacare repeal plan; Trump and the U.N.

A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at ‘hiring the best’ when it comes to Paul Manafort; the latest effort to repeal Obamacare and what President Trump means when he addresses the United Nations Here are some opinions from the Right.  From The Resurgent: Eric Erickson questions the president’s hiring skills as the investigation into Paul Manafort’s actions continue...
Accenture to add more than 800 jobs in Atlanta

Accenture to add more than 800 jobs in Atlanta

Business consultancy Accenture plans to expand its operations in Atlanta in a move that will create more than 800 largely tech-related jobs over the next few years, people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The announcement is expected to come during a Wednesday press conference with Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The Accenture expansion would be the latest...
Opinion roundup from the Left: Ferguson’s legacy; surviving climate change; a ‘funeral’ to take note of

Opinion roundup from the Left: Ferguson’s legacy; surviving climate change; a ‘funeral’ to take note of

A roundup of editorials Tuesday includes a look  at the lingering damage from Ferguson; the argument of climate control; and a ceremony in Columbus, Georgia, that people across the country should take note of. Here are some opinions from the Left. From the New York Times: The 2014 police shooting in the Missouri town led to the discovery of systemic bigotry. That discovery still haunts the city...
Georgia AG joins 36 states to demand answers from insurers on opioids

Georgia AG joins 36 states to demand answers from insurers on opioids

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday joined three dozen other states’ attorneys general in firing a shot across the bow of insurance companies in regards to the opioid crisis. Opioid addiction among Americans is at epidemic proportions. This weekend, ProPublica and The New York Times published an investigation into the role insurance companies have played in the opioid epidemic...
How Jane Fonda's 1972 trip to North Vietnam earned her the nickname ‘Hanoi Jane’

How Jane Fonda's 1972 trip to North Vietnam earned her the nickname ‘Hanoi Jane’

On a hot, sticky May afternoon in 1970, a crowd of several thousand students and protesters took over the University of Maryland mall. Many were there to protest the Vietnam War. Others were hoping to catch a glimpse of a famous Hollywood actress. Her name was Jane Fonda. As the war raged, the one-time blonde bombshell cut her naturally brown hair short, trading sex appeal for liberal activism and...
Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump’s tax plan; Sanders’ Medicare for All; Burns’ ‘Vietnam’

Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump’s tax plan; Sanders’ Medicare for All; Burns’ ‘Vietnam’

A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at President Donald Trump’s plans for tax cuts; Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan for “Medicare for All” and Ken Burns’ new documentary, “The Vietnam War.” Here are some opinions from the right. From George Will: “The Vietnam War” reminds viewers of the lunacy of blindly going into a war thousands of miles...
Opinion roundup from the Left: Why Harvard dropped Chelsea Manning; the ghost of Comey; Jemele vs. Donald

Opinion roundup from the Left: Why Harvard dropped Chelsea Manning; the ghost of Comey; Jemele vs. Donald

A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at why Harvard asked Chelsea Manning to take a fellowship then took it back; what ESPN’s Jemele Hill said about President Donald Trump and what James Comey’s role was in this presidential election. Here are some opinions from the Left. From The Daily Beast: Margaret Carlson wonders if former FBI Director James Comey cost both Hillary Clinton...
Georgia wants to honor its Vietnam War veterans

Georgia wants to honor its Vietnam War veterans

The hourlong honor ceremony had just ended when William White, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, burst into tears. His emotion caught him unexpectedly. It left his wife, Patricia, almost speechless — it was not something she had ever seen him do. But having his service appreciated was something he wasn’t used to. “It was terrible when I came back home,” White...
Equifax hack reveals that little has been done to protect consumers

Equifax hack reveals that little has been done to protect consumers

The massive data breach at the Atlanta-based credit reporting firm Equifax has thrust into the spotlight the country’s patchwork system of cybersecurity rules and laws that often allow businesses to escape significant penalties for leaving sensitive consumer information at risk. Congress has done little over the past two decades to put broad standards in place for how companies with reams of...
After Irma, Georgia faces a ‘new normal’ of devastating storms

After Irma, Georgia faces a ‘new normal’ of devastating storms

Georgia’s coast had long dodged one epic storm after another, but the catastrophic one-two punch delivered by hurricanes Irma and Matthew in less than a year may be a sign of what’s to come. Climate scientists warn that warming oceans will fuel more hurricanes, meaning once-in-a-lifetime storms are likely to become more regular occurrences. Experts and local officials say it’s time...
Obamacare navigators see deep cuts in funds to guide recipients

Obamacare navigators see deep cuts in funds to guide recipients

In a letter she just received, Trinh Pham saw the yearly funding for her organization’s work guiding Obamacare enrollees drop from about $150,000 to roughly $10,000. Starting right now. “I’m shocked,” she said. She’s not the only one. Her organization, Boat People SOS-Atlanta, is one of a handful that employs “navigators” to educate Georgians on signing up...
Atlanta and Georgia leaders to make big Amazon push for HQ2

Atlanta and Georgia leaders to make big Amazon push for HQ2

In a once-in-a-generation sweepstakes to win Amazon’s $5 billion second headquarters — and 50,000 jobs — the state and Atlanta are all in. Legislative leaders are open to new incentives to lure the tech firm. Recruiters are scouting potential mega-sites close to transit and highways. And Gov. Nathan Deal said he’s ordered his economic team to make a “big push” to...
Hot on the right: How the border wall hinders immigration enforcement; Democrats’ Bernie problem and a tax plan for today

Hot on the right: How the border wall hinders immigration enforcement; Democrats’ Bernie problem and a tax plan for today

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes on how Donald Trump’s push for a border wall comes at the expense of other actions that could deter illegal immigration more, why push for single-payer health care will hurt the Democrats and how Republicans can craft an effective tax plan.  From The Patriot Post: “If Democrats were smart, they’d let Trump build whatever...
Obamacare insurers’ 2018 rate increases to rise even more

Obamacare insurers’ 2018 rate increases to rise even more

Customers of the Obamacare exchange markets in Georgia got bad news this summer when insurers first disclosed the rates they want to charge next year. Not only were double-digit increases on the table — well over 50 percent for some plans — but some insurers flat-out said they might rise even more. Now the final deadline for rates is approaching. And according to state officials,...
Mar-a-Lago bills taxpayers $1,092 for an official's two-night stay at Trump's club

Mar-a-Lago bills taxpayers $1,092 for an official's two-night stay at Trump's club

The bedroom suites at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, available only to members and their guests, feature hand-painted Moorish ceilings, antique Spanish-tiled mosaics and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.  On a weekend in early March, during one of seven trips by Trump and his White House entourage to the posh Palm Beach property since the inauguration, the government paid the Trump-owned...
Georgia store owner sued for calling employees the N-word

Georgia store owner sued for calling employees the N-word

Each day, the owner of the East Point grocery store would call three of his African American employees the n-word or “monkey” or some other racial slur, the employees allege. The three worked in the meat department at GNT Foods and complained to their boss regularly about the epithets, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court on behalf of the men by the U.S. Equal Employment...
Tommy Irvin, whose politics spanned a generation of changes, dies

Tommy Irvin, whose politics spanned a generation of changes, dies

Tommy Irvin, a sharecropper’s son who rose to the top ranks of Georgia Democratic politics and stayed there for more than four decades, died Thursday. He was 88. Irvin served 10 terms as Georgia’s commissioner of agriculture, from 1969 until January 2011. He was elected to his final four-year term in November 2006. Irvin holds the record as the longest-serving state commissioner of agriculture...
Advocates: Transgender patients face barriers to healthcare

Advocates: Transgender patients face barriers to healthcare

Patients who are transgender face uncommon obstacles in daily medical care, a new study by advocacy groups found. In Georgia, 33 percent of transgender patients had some kind of negative experience in medical care, up to and including being refused care. The other types of negative experiences included being assaulted, being verbally harassed, or having to educate the caregiver on transgender healthcare...
Irma aftermath: Georgia governor promises more help is on the way

Irma aftermath: Georgia governor promises more help is on the way

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday toured some of the areas hardest hit by the remnants of Hurricane Irma as the state grappled with the enormous recovery — and mounting cost — of cleaning up from the monstrous storm. The governor surveyed felled trees and blocked roads in North Georgia’s mountains, visited flooded areas and wrecked docks on the state’s coast, and flew over metro...
The Right reacts to DACA and other issues of the day 

The Right reacts to DACA and other issues of the day 

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes why Republicans shouldn’t make a deal with Democrats on DACA, why Trump’s nomination for the administrator of NASA is qualified for the position, liberals are having ‘red pill’ moments which are enlightening them to the lies of the alt-left. From The Hill: “President Trump’s decision to wind...
South Dakota ruling may boost Georgia online tax push

South Dakota ruling may boost Georgia online tax push

A state Supreme Court ruling Thursday in South Dakota may prove a boost to Georgia’s efforts to get all retailers to collect sales taxes when they sell products online. South Dakota officials were hoping for a quick ruling in their state Supreme Court on legislation requiring internet companies to remit sales taxes. The bill was passed as a legal challenge to a 25-year-old U.S. Supreme Court...
The Left reacts to DACA and other issues of the day

The Left reacts to DACA and other issues of the day

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes how young Americans leaving the G.O.P. can help Democrats at the polls, the numbers behind Trump’s voter fraud claims don’t add up, and why the RAISE act is not the solution to America’s immigration problem. From USA Today: “Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia have a plan, endorsed...
Georgia governor tours Irma’s damage, pledges more help on the way

Georgia governor tours Irma’s damage, pledges more help on the way

Gov. Nathan Deal surveyed some of the areas hardest-hit by the remnants of Hurricane Irma on Thursday as the state grappled with the enormous recovery – and mounting cost – of cleaning up from the monstrous storm. The governor surveyed felled trees and blocked roads in north Georgia’s mountains, and later was to visit flooded areas on the state’s coast in Brunswick and fly...
FDA panel: Teens risk breathing trouble from codeine cough syrup

FDA panel: Teens risk breathing trouble from codeine cough syrup

Cough medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone may sometimes help a teen get through a cold, but it’s not worth the dangers, a federal panel advised this week. The panel’s biggest focus wasn’t addiction, though addiction is a significant problem with opioids. According to a report in Stat, the panel members expressed greatest concern about the medicine’s ability...
Equifax, company in data breach, holds Obamacare customer info

Equifax, company in data breach, holds Obamacare customer info

The historic data breach at Atlanta-based Equifax is now raising stress levels in the world of health care. Equifax holds the federal contract to verify personal incomes for policyholders on the insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. A spokeswoman for the federal government told Bloomberg News that the Obamacare data wasn’t part of the hack, though...
Irma aftermath: Georgia farmers face heavy losses in pecans, cotton

Irma aftermath: Georgia farmers face heavy losses in pecans, cotton

Georgia pecan and cotton farmers face heavy losses and early reports suggest more than a dozen other row crops and vegetables were damaged in Tropical Storm Irma’s treacherous path.  Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said he will tour areas of South Georgia on Friday with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to assess the storm’s impact, giving producers a chance...
Hot on the Right: Private citizens lead the way in Hurricane Irma relief, Trump and Congress abusing the Constitution

Hot on the Right: Private citizens lead the way in Hurricane Irma relief, Trump and Congress abusing the Constitution

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes how private citizens are leading the relief effort behind Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Trump and Congress quietly abusing the Constitution, and how Hillary Clinton doesn’t get George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ which she references in her new book. From Investor’s Business Daily: “But the...
Hot on the Left: Why we need health care for all, the unexplained and growing wage gap between blacks and whites

Hot on the Left: Why we need health care for all, the unexplained and growing wage gap between blacks and whites

A roundup of today’s editorials includes an op-ed about universal healthcare from Bernie Sanders, the unexplained and growing wage gap between blacks and whites, and how Steve Bannon’s intellectual reputation is a charade.  From The New York Times: “This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee...
DeKalb asks federal government for help, money to clean up after Irma

DeKalb asks federal government for help, money to clean up after Irma

DeKalb County has declared a local state of emergency as crews restore power to 60,000 people and clear dozens of down trees after being hit by Tropical Storm Irma. The county announced Wednesday that DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond had signed state of emergency the night before. President Donald Trump had already OKed federal funding for Georgia ahead of the storm, but DeKalb’s declaration...
Georgia dips into emergency account to fund Irma recovery

Georgia dips into emergency account to fund Irma recovery

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal transferred $3 million from his emergency fund to help pay the up-front costs of sending state resources to help Florida with storm recovery from Hurricane Irma. The governor shifted the funds to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to pay the tab for the 600 Georgia National Guard troops helping storm-ravaged Florida recover. It could also help fund the costs for 50 Georgia...
First insurance “claims village” set for Georgia coast post-Irma

First insurance “claims village” set for Georgia coast post-Irma

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced Wednesday that his office will open its first “claims village” in Brunswick next week to help homeowners and business owners get their insurance claims expedited. Hudgens was touring coastal areas Wednesday assessing damages from Irma, meeting with storm victims and local officials. The commissioner set up similar mobile &ldquo...
Hot on the Left: With retirements of Republican members of the House could open seats be picked up by Democrats; should we restrict Trump’s nuclear power

Hot on the Left: With retirements of Republican members of the House could open seats be picked up by Democrats; should we restrict Trump’s nuclear power

Here is a roundup of editorial that includes who will take control of the open seats left by Republicans who have announced retirement, should we restrict Trump’s nuclear power, how a GOP bet went wrong. From Daily Kos: “We’re currently up to 17 empty seats for Republicans, a number they did not reach until December of 2007 in the 2008 cycle, the last big Democratic wave year...
Hot on the Right: how does our infrastructure hold up during a natural disaster; the dangers of the great American unchurching; Bannon wants Democrats in control of Congress

Hot on the Right: how does our infrastructure hold up during a natural disaster; the dangers of the great American unchurching; Bannon wants Democrats in control of Congress

Here is a roundup of editorials from Tuesday that includes how and where we should be investing in our infrastructure, Americans are abandoning religion, Steve Bannon wants Democrats to retake Congress From Saporta Report: “In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the stress on our nation’s infrastructure is now more pronounced than ever as collapsed roads and bridges in Texas and Louisiana...
Georgia lawmakers defend surveillance plane based in Warner Robins

Georgia lawmakers defend surveillance plane based in Warner Robins

The Pentagon has been eyeing alternatives to a long-standing plan to upgrade a fleet of surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force Base, according to members of Georgia’s congressional delegation, who excoriated the news. The state’s two U.S. senators and three House members wrote to Defense Secretary James Mattis late last week voicing their opposition to what they said were...
After 9 months, federal offices are still waiting to hang Trump's picture

After 9 months, federal offices are still waiting to hang Trump's picture

WASHINGTON — In the lobby of every federal building, just inside security turnstiles and before the elevator banks, a framed photograph of the president has always hung on the wall. Not so, anymore. Nine months after Donald Trump's inauguration, pictures of the president and Vice President Mike Pence are missing fromthousands of federal courthouses, laboratories, military installations...
Congress expected to move quickly to approve Irma recovery money

Congress expected to move quickly to approve Irma recovery money

Congress is expected to act soon to send more federal money to Irma recovery efforts as the Southeast begins the long damage-assessment process following the record-setting storm. Sources on Capitol Hill expect lawmakers to act within weeks to approve more money for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal offices such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Small...
Georgia governor warns of ‘slow’ recovery from Irma

Georgia governor warns of ‘slow’ recovery from Irma

Gov. Nathan Deal urged the state’s residents – and the tens of thousands of evacuees from Florida sheltering in Georgia – to stay put on Tuesday as workers remove debris and clear roads damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Irma.  The governor warned that recovery is “going to be a little more slow” because the massive storm touched every corner of the state, knocking...
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