Georgia Democrats see hope in Jones’ Senate win in Alabama

The stunning victory Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race has Georgia liberals hopeful they can re-create the same cocktail of enthusiastic black turnout mixed with a minor rebellion among white Republicans to capture that office for the first time in two decades. Within hours of Jones’ upset win over Roy Moore, little-known contenders for Republican-held seats...
The stunning victory Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race has Georgia liberals hopeful they can re-create the same cocktail of enthusiastic black turnout mixed with a minor...

The Jolt: Alabama has become nothing but trouble for Donald Trump

Democrats are relishing a rare victory this morning. And Republicans? They’re wondering if they can tack on a few extra months after Dec. 31 to keep 2018 from arriving. Here’s the official word from the Associated Press:          But the most insightful paragraph of the morning may have been written by      ...
Democrats are relishing a rare victory this morning. And Republicans? They’re wondering if they can tack on a few extra months after Dec. 31 to keep 2018 from arriving. Here’s the...


Georgia 2018: Republican Tippins stakes positions on RFRA, gambling

Georgia 2018: Republican Tippins stakes positions on RFRA, gambling

Republican Clay Tippins. Campaign photo. Republican political newcomer Clay Tippins is presenting himself as the sole true outsider in next year’s race for Georgia governor, hoping to borrow a page from the same playbook that helped David Perdue win a U.S. Senate seat in 2014. Tippins, an Atlanta businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL, announced his campaign in November...
Democrat Jones scores once-unthinkable victory in Alabama Senate race

Democrat Jones scores once-unthinkable victory in Alabama Senate race

Doug Jones and Roy Moore. AP file. Democrat Doug Jones scored a once-unthinkable victory, several media outlets projected Tuesday, winning a U.S. Senate seat in deep-red Alabama fueled by a surge in turnout and a wave of Republicans who couldn’t support former judge Roy Moore’s candidacy after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Jones pulled off the upset by scoring huge margins...
Stewart County, among nation’s poorest, illustrates rural Georgia’s woes

Stewart County, among nation’s poorest, illustrates rural Georgia’s woes

Stewart County’s students quietly filed into their cafeteria this week for a lunch complete with chicken, multigrain waffles, broccoli and milk. The meals are free for all of the South Georgia county’s 515 public school students. So are their breakfasts. And if the county wins a federal grant, its students could start receiving free dinners as soon as next year. A rural community with...
To end the 2017 race for mayor of Atlanta, put the 2009 race to bed

To end the 2017 race for mayor of Atlanta, put the 2009 race to bed

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms on election night. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL The 2017 race for mayor of Atlanta is over. And yet it continues. The election boards of Fulton and DeKalb counties have declared Keisha Lance Bottoms to be mayor-elect, on a slim runoff margin of 832 votes out of more than 90,000 cast. The defeated Mary Norwood is entitled to a recount, and is expected...
Sonny Perdue signals he’s open to major food stamp changes

Sonny Perdue signals he’s open to major food stamp changes

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday hinted that vast changes to federal food stamps, one of the biggest safety net programs under his purview, could be on the way. The former Georgia governor said the purpose of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, was to help needy people pay for their groceries on a temporary basis — not permanently...
Middle Georgia’s opioid overdose outbreak remains unsolved 

Middle Georgia’s opioid overdose outbreak remains unsolved 

In his nightmares, Jamarco Gibson doesn’t know where he is, why he is there and where he is going. He feels as if he is dying, just like when he swallowed the yellow “Percocet” pill he bought from a stranger six months ago. When the 24-year-old Macon resident wakes up from his nightmares, he is drenched in sweat, jobless, deep in debt and worrying how he will provide for his five-year-old...
Deal’s key staff helped coordinate response to storm from South Africa

Deal’s key staff helped coordinate response to storm from South Africa

Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aides wrestled with the fallout of last week’s snowstorm while they were about 8,500 miles away on a state-sponsored trip to South Africa. Deal chief of staff Chris Riley and the governor’s chief spokeswoman, Jen Talaber Ryan, were part of an economic development mission that traveled to South Africa on Dec. 6 and is set to return Wednesday to Atlanta. Other...
Georgia governor’s panel calls for more cash for mental health services

Georgia governor’s panel calls for more cash for mental health services

Gov. Nathan Deal. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM A report released Tuesday by a commission created by Gov. Nathan Deal is likely to create a framework for funding and legislative proposals that would expand mental health services and target opioid abuse in Georgia. The Commission on Children’s Mental Health’s report recommended an expansion of a state program for school-based...
PolitiFact: Blunt has a point on Congress’ sex harassment policy

PolitiFact: Blunt has a point on Congress’ sex harassment policy

The U.S. Senate needs to clean up its own house when it comes to sexual harassment charges, regardless of whether Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore wins his Dec. 12 election, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt has argued. Accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore have dominated his campaign. Sexual misconduct claims were also made against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who announced his resignation on Dec....
Alabama shakes: On eve of a nail-biter, Steve Bannon disses the University of Roll Tide

Alabama shakes: On eve of a nail-biter, Steve Bannon disses the University of Roll Tide

Steve Bannon speaks in support of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore during a campaign rally on Monday in Midland City, Ala. AP/Brynn Anderson For his last event of the campaign, former Alabama chief justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore imported a host of conservative activists, including U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, former Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke...
PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Trump’s denial of Russian meddling

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Trump’s denial of Russian meddling

A mountain of evidence points to a fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those included the cyber-theft of private data, placement of propaganda against particular candidates, and an overall effort to undermine public...
Senator raises conflict of interest questions about Georgia health official

Senator raises conflict of interest questions about Georgia health official

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the Senate health committee is raising conflict of interest questions about Brenda Fitzgerald, Georgia’s onetime top health official who now leads the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Fitzgerald’s federal ethics agreement raises doubts about whether she can fully tackle ...
Five things to watch in today’s Alabama U.S. Senate race

Five things to watch in today’s Alabama U.S. Senate race

Former Alabama chief justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks in Vestavia Hills, Ala. AP/Hal Yeager Heflin, Ala. – Alabama voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the race for U.S. Senate between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, and the outcome is being closely watched across the nation. No Democrat has been elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama since...
ICE: Hotel power, water outages caused deportation flight to turn back

ICE: Hotel power, water outages caused deportation flight to turn back

Power and water outages at a Senegalese hotel triggered a bizarre episode last week when a U.S. deportation flight returned to America with all its 92 Somali nationals onboard, including some who resided in Georgia, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. En route to Djibouti — a country adjacent to Somalia — the plane first landed in the Senegalese capital of Dakar to pick...
Last WWII veteran in Georgia Legislature, John Yates, dies

Last WWII veteran in Georgia Legislature, John Yates, dies

John Yates, the last World War II veteran to serve in the Georgia General Assembly, has died. He was 96. Yates became one of a small number of Republicans in the Georgia House at the time he was first elected in 1988. After losing re-election, he ran again in 1992 and remained in office until 2016 representing a district based in Griffin. Yates flew more than 200 missions near or over enemy lines...
Some Georgians unaware that Obamacare enrollment will end Friday

Some Georgians unaware that Obamacare enrollment will end Friday

As the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s 2018 health insurance plans enters its frantic final week, some Georgians still don’t know the time is almost up. “It’s very important that people pay attention this week if they haven’t enrolled yet and get it done,” said Marc Jenkins, who helps people enroll in the plans. “We’re still running...
Atlanta Gulch project could include nine high-rises, new streets

Atlanta Gulch project could include nine high-rises, new streets

A Los Angeles developer wants to fill 27 acres of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch with new streets and high-rises that would fundamentally alter the landscape of the city’s core. CIM Group filed documents this month with regional planners detailing what would be the largest single development downtown since Portman’s Peachtree Center started in the 1960s. CIM wants to build more than...
8 candidates file to run for vacant Ga. House and Senate seats

8 candidates file to run for vacant Ga. House and Senate seats

Four candidates are running in each of the two special elections Jan. 9 to fill vacancies in the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives. The elections are being held to fill the seats of former Sen. Rick Jeffares and former Rep. Brian Strickland. Jeffares, R-McDonough, resigned to run for lieutenant governor, and Strickland, R-McDonough, stepped down to seek Jeffares’ Senate position...
Poll shows Georgia Republicans support medical marijuana cultivation

Poll shows Georgia Republicans support medical marijuana cultivation

In-state harvesting of medical marijuana enjoys solid support among Georgia Republican voters, according to a poll released Monday by Rep. Allen Peake, the state Legislature’s strongest backer of medical marijuana. The telephone poll of 511 likely Republican primary voters by the Tarrance Group found 71 percent were in favor of Georgia allowing cultivation of marijuana for medical...
myAJC: A gut-check moment for Alabama voters in U.S. Senate race

myAJC: A gut-check moment for Alabama voters in U.S. Senate race

Sonny Martin was asked what it would mean to Alabama Republicans like him if Roy Moore lost Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. Senate. He barely hesitated. “It would be devastating,” said the pawnshop manager in downtown Heflin. “If Republicans can’t win this race, then they have some real big things to worry about.” When Alabama voters head to the polls Tuesday...
A short gift list for the nerd in your life: Four new books on Georgia politics

A short gift list for the nerd in your life: Four new books on Georgia politics

State Reps. Joe Mack Wilson, D-Marietta, and Sam Nunn, D-Perry, later a U.S. senator from Georgia, examine maps showing the new boundaries of legislative districts in 1971. AJC file That holiday crisis is bearing down, again, and the impossible decision looms: What to get the political nerd in your life. Amazon.com and I are here to help, with a quartet of new books that delve into...
Results in Atlanta mayor’s race certified, Norwood to request recount

Results in Atlanta mayor’s race certified, Norwood to request recount

Keisha Lance Bottoms’s victory over Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayor’s race was officially certified on Monday morning by the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections. Norwood lost by 759 votes. Norwood, who attended the board’s meeting, said she would seek a recount. State law provides her with two business days to make that request.
The Jolt’s Roy Moore edition: Trump engages, Obama might, and ‘ritual defamation’

The Jolt’s Roy Moore edition: Trump engages, Obama might, and ‘ritual defamation’

Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones (Center, L) arrives with U.S. Rep.Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., (L-R) at a Jones field office on Sunday in Birmingham. Joe Raedle/Getty Images We’re 24 hours and change away from settling the Alabama race for U.S. Senate, which could very well set the tone for the 2018 election cycle. Republican...
Georgia retirees file class-action lawsuit over health plan

Georgia retirees file class-action lawsuit over health plan

A state board’s decision five years ago to change health insurance policies so that some recently retired educators would pay dramatically more for coverage is now the subject of a class-action lawsuit. Some of the retirees — who have seen their rates about triple since they retired this year — argue in the lawsuit filed last week in Fulton County Superior Court that the Department...
Icy roads still pose a threat for Monday commute

Icy roads still pose a threat for Monday commute

The storm that coated metro Atlanta in layers of snow and ice was long gone by Sunday, but forecasters warned plunging temperatures could complicate road conditions across parts of metro Atlanta and North Georgia on Monday as residents prepared to return to work and school. With temperatures set to drop below freezing overnight before warming up to the low 50s later in the day, forecasters warned...
Five things to know about Alabama’s U.S. Senate election

Five things to know about Alabama’s U.S. Senate election

Alabama voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the race for U.S. Senate between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, and the outcome is being closely watched across the nation. No Democrat has been elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama since 1992 and President Donald Trump won the state by nearly 30 percentage points. But allegations that Moore pursued sexual relationships with teenage...
U.S. deportation flight returns from Africa with all on board

U.S. deportation flight returns from Africa with all on board

The government’s efforts to deport 92 Somali nationals — including some who lived in Georgia and Minnesota — did not go as planned this week, when the flight encountered some snags in Senegal and returned to the U.S. with all on board. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released statement Saturday, saying relief flight crew members were “unable to get sufficient rest...
Stacey Evans: Casey Cagle couldn’t find a woman lawmaker for a sexual harassment panel?

Stacey Evans: Casey Cagle couldn’t find a woman lawmaker for a sexual harassment panel?

Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Evans in an October file photo. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com Democrat Stacey Evans was the first candidate for governor to exceed room temperature this frigid Saturday, blistering Republican rival Casey Cagle for failing to appoint a woman to a select state House-Senate committee on sexual harassment. Said Evans, one of women vying for the Democratic...
Uncertainty about federal tax overhaul clouds Georgia’s budget process

Uncertainty about federal tax overhaul clouds Georgia’s budget process

Georgians won’t know how much they’ll pay in federal taxes until after Congress decides how it will alter the tax code. They may wait even longer to find out what they’ll pay in state income taxes. Income taxes are the state’s No. 1 source of revenue, and because of the uncertainty, Gov. Nathan Deal is trying to put final touches on the budget he will propose to lawmakers in...
PolitiFact: U.S. crime, Jerusalem policy and immigrants’ papers

PolitiFact: U.S. crime, Jerusalem policy and immigrants’ papers

Recent claims PolitiFact checked out included the Albany, N.Y. mayor’s comment that being in the U.S. without documentation is not a crime; Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ characterization of rising crime rates; and President Trump’s statement that Congress has long held that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www...
Atlanta weather: Friday’s traffic no SnowJam, but painful all the same

Atlanta weather: Friday’s traffic no SnowJam, but painful all the same

Metro Atlanta averted another traffic disaster from a few inches of snow — but just barely. Friday’s winter storm had all the ingredients for a sequel to the region’s “Snowjam ‘14,” when a mere 2.6 inches of snow paralyzed the region and turned the area into a national laughingstock. By early afternoon, snowfall had already surpassed predictions. Schools...
Fulton County budget spends to improve property taxes, elections

Fulton County budget spends to improve property taxes, elections

In 2018, Fulton County leaders want to focus on fixing things. The property tax system, which was inundated with complaints about too-high assessments. The elections system, which has been plagued by errors that often lead to slow returns. And the jail, which has a stubbornly high inmate count, despite attempts to reduce the population. On top of that, county leaders still expect to spend...
Suicides rise among Georgia inmates; Is solitary confinement to blame?

Suicides rise among Georgia inmates; Is solitary confinement to blame?

The number of Georgia inmates killing themselves has increased this year, surpassing the national average and leading some to question whether the rise is linked to the state’s increased use of solitary confinement in its prison system. Thirteen state prisoners killed themselves through Nov. 9; one was on Death Row and two were being held in strict isolation, according to documents compiled...
Decision on fate of Plant Vogtle might come by the end of the month

Decision on fate of Plant Vogtle might come by the end of the month

Recent corporate tax reforms passed by the Senate and the House could prompt a decision on the fate of embattled nuclear power plant Vogtle by the end of this year. The decision on Vogtle was initially set for February but in letter exchanges this week between the CEO of Georgia Power Paul Bowers and the chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, Stan Wise, the outcome may come faster than...
Atlanta snow: ‘The governor trusts his team’

Atlanta snow: ‘The governor trusts his team’

Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file. Gov. Nathan Deal treated Friday’s snow differently than previous wintry weather: There were no executive orders declaring preemptive states of emergency and no public statements or press conferences professing a better-safe-than-sorry attitude that have prefaced other recent storms. Ahead of Friday’s wintry weather, Deal said Thursday...
East Atlanta precincts swung mayoral race for Bottoms

East Atlanta precincts swung mayoral race for Bottoms

A little west of the Beltline, a concrete truck blocked Sampson Street as workers poured the foundation for yet another new home. Nearby, 3,000-plus square-foot, tri-level residences tower over 1930s bungalows with clapboard siding. The changing landscape of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward and demographic data tell an undeniable story: Over the past decade, this historically black neighborhood, once...
Georgia tops most states in Senate resignations — but not for the reason you think

Georgia tops most states in Senate resignations — but not for the reason you think

WASHINGTON — It’s an interesting moment to be in the Nation’s Capital. Sexual assault allegations here have been flying at head-spinning speed. So have the resulting resignations. Yesterday was bookended by two of them: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. In general, the early exit of sitting U.S. senators has been a rarity throughout...
Sexual harassment review ordered for Georgia General Assembly

Sexual harassment review ordered for Georgia General Assembly

The leaders of the Georgia House and Senate are re-evaluating how they handle sexual harassment at the state Capitol in response to nationwide allegations of inappropriate conduct by politicians and media figures. House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle recently created a subcommittee to review internal rules for elected officials’ behavior. The subcommittee, made up of...
Soldier injured during ‘live fire’ training exercise at Fort Stewart

Soldier injured during ‘live fire’ training exercise at Fort Stewart

The U.S. military is investigating how a soldier was injured in a “live fire” training exercise this week at Fort Stewart in South Georgia. Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson declined to identify the soldier or say how the injury occurred Wednesday evening, citing the continuing investigation. But Larson confirmed the soldier is a member of the Fort-Stewart-based 3rd Infantry Division...
Republicans say they have a deal on tax bill

Republicans say they have a deal on tax bill

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Republicans reached an agreement, in principle, on a consensus tax bill Wednesday, keeping the party on track for final votes next week with the aim of delivering a bill to President Donald Trump’s desk by Christmas, according to people briefed on the deal. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the majority whip, told reporters that Republicans will be briefed on the...
Trump sends tweet about female senator that critics say is sexually suggestive, demeaning

Trump sends tweet about female senator that critics say is sexually suggestive, demeaning

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting an immediate backlash. "Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long...
In Alabama, the left wonders if there can even be a winner

In Alabama, the left wonders if there can even be a winner

What is the race for the Alabama Senate seat really about? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The New York Times: The race isn’t necessarily between Roy Moore and Doug Jones. From ABC: If we gather in our own tribes can we ever get to a consensus on anything? From St. Louis Post Dispatch: What would be next? Firing Robert Mueller? 
Is the price for a vote in the Senate one the right wants to pay?

Is the price for a vote in the Senate one the right wants to pay?

Election Day is here, and we have to look at the cost of Roy Moore as a United States senator. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From Newsmax: The RNC is trading its soul for a vote in the Senate. From The National Review: Alabamians, Moore has done nothing to earn your vote. From al.com: Will Alabama be remembered as a place of decency after Tuesday’s vote?
The left continues to question who could support Roy Moore in Tuesday’s election

The left continues to question who could support Roy Moore in Tuesday’s election

A day before the Alabama Senate election, the left wonders why people in Alabama think Roy Moore is the right  person for the job. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From CNN: The one person people in Alabama would likely listen to about Moore has remained quiet. From USA Today: Has Jones waited too late to try to fire up the base? From NBC News: What chance does Jones...
Here’s why the right should embrace Robert Mueller’s investigation

Here’s why the right should embrace Robert Mueller’s investigation

As Mueller’s investigation heats up, the right would do well to support the special counsel’s work. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Wall Street Journal: A president can obstruct justice, but this one hasn’t as far was what we’ve seen. From the National Review: Why doesn’t Trump just order the Justice Department to reveal how the dossier...
The right is still waiting for Al Franken to admit he did something wrong

The right is still waiting for Al Franken to admit he did something wrong

Did Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s resignation speech ring hollow? Some on the right sure thought so. A roundup of editorials Friday critiques Franken’s comments and the meaning behind them. From The American Spectator: From his speech, it seems Franken was the victim. If he wasn’t guilty, why did he resign? From Fox News: Maybe we missed it. Did Franken ever admit he did something...
The left is calling on Congress to do the right thing with the CHIP program

The left is calling on Congress to do the right thing with the CHIP program

Congress missed a Sept. 30 deadline to extend funding for The Children’s Health Insurance Program. Now they are fighting over how to fund it. A roundup of editorials Friday calls on Congress to do the right thing by these children and their families.  From The New York Times: A bipartisan group of governors reminds legislators that CHIP isn’t just another government spending program...
The left remains stunned at the GOP’s support of Roy Moore

The left remains stunned at the GOP’s support of Roy Moore

Can the Republicans claim any high ground – or separation from the president -- after the party decided to support Roy Moore? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From nj.com: How is there a place for Roy Moore in the Senate if he got kicked out of an Alabama mall? From U.S. News and World Report: Why would the GOP choose to support a man with such allegations against...
The right wonders why Democrats had such a hard time condemning Al Franken

The right wonders why Democrats had such a hard time condemning Al Franken

What took the left so long to call Al Franken out? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From The Washington Examiner: Why are the Democrats calling for Franken to resign? They want to grab the moral high ground. From azcentral.com: One too many accusations tip the balance against Franken. From The Boston Herald: The GOP’s one upside from Al Franken’s troubles? Elizabeth...
Census: Atlanta region among the worst for traffic as poverty grows

Census: Atlanta region among the worst for traffic as poverty grows

If the hours you spend idling on the Atlanta region’s congested highways aren’t enough evidence, a new U.S. Census Bureau report confirms the metro area has some of the nation’s worst traffic. To be released Thursday, the new American Community Survey’s five-year estimates show residents in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metropolitan area last year spent an average of 31...
Georgia EPD considering changes to water quality regulation

Georgia EPD considering changes to water quality regulation

Georgia officials are proposing changes to water safety regulations that could lead to more pollution in the state’s waterways, environmentalists say. But state Environmental Protection Division officials say the tweaks are meant to clarify rules that regulate how much waste can be dumped into Georgia waters. Jac Capp, the chief of the EPD’s Watershed Protection Branch, said the Department...
Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City. “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said Trump, speaking from the Diplomatic...
Democrats in Senate call on Al Franken to resign

Democrats in Senate call on Al Franken to resign

WASHINGTON —Eleven Senate Democratic women — and multiple Democratic men, including the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat — called for Sen. Al Franken to resign Wednesday, after a sixth woman came forward to charge that the Minnesota Democrat had made an improper advance on her. “Enough is enough,” declared Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Franken scheduled an...
The left sees Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a peace talk fumble

The left sees Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a peace talk fumble

Later Wednesday, President Donald Trump will name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Will that be the death knell for the peace process? From The New York Times: What kind of Middle East peace do we have if we pretend that Israel has no capital? From CNN: If we don’t’ have a sensible plan for peace, why are we lighting this fuse? From the Los Angeles Times: What the president needs to...
The right sees Trump’s ‘recognizing the obvious’ as no block to Mideast peace

The right sees Trump’s ‘recognizing the obvious’ as no block to Mideast peace

As President Donald Trump moves to “recognize the obvious,” will his administration’s efforts toward peace in the Middle East be damaged? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the right: 1. How Trump's move makes peace more likely  From The Federalist: Chances of peace between Israel and Palestine are slim, but speaking the truth won&rsquo...
Report: Lax rules in U.S., Georgia lead to legislator conflicts

Report: Lax rules in U.S., Georgia lead to legislator conflicts

When a powerful state House leader pushed legislation to set a minimum commission for his industry, many of his colleagues didn’t think twice about backing the bill. It eventually died on the final night of the session, and a senator told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it was “terrible legislation,” but it still made it through one chamber. Such legislation is far from uncommon...
Georgia General Assembly gets first Vietnamese-American member

Georgia General Assembly gets first Vietnamese-American member

Bee Nguyen on Tuesday became the first Vietnamese-American to win a state House seat in Georgia as she took a closely contested runoff in DeKalb County. Nguyen, a nonprofit founder, beat Sachin Varghese, an attorney, to become the new representative for House District 89, a seat vacated when Stacey Abrams, the former House Democratic leader, quit to run for governor. The district includes...
ICE arrests, deportations way up in Georgia, Carolinas amid Trump era

ICE arrests, deportations way up in Georgia, Carolinas amid Trump era

Arrests and deportations have risen sharply in Georgia and the Carolinas amid the Trump administration’s clampdown on illegal immigration, according to new figures the government released Tuesday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made 13,551 arrests during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 in its Atlanta area of operations, which includes Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina...
Conyers will leave Congress in wake of harassment claims

Conyers will leave Congress in wake of harassment claims

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Conyers Jr., who faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, announced Tuesday that he will leave Congress immediately, and he endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him. Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House and the longest-serving African-American in history, called into a local radio show Tuesday to break the news. &ldquo...
Journalist’s conviction reveals deep mistrust of media in Trump era

Journalist’s conviction reveals deep mistrust of media in Trump era

This week, a Dawson County jury acquitted citizen-journalist Nydia Tisdale of felony charges of obstruction of an officer three years after she was dragged screaming from a GOP political rally at a local pumpkin farm. Tisdale was convicted on misdemeanor obstruction charges and still faces the prospect of jail time or a fine, but the verdict came as a modest relief to advocates for press freedoms...
The left questions the motives of Trump’s monuments move

The left questions the motives of Trump’s monuments move

President Donald Trump’s decision to reduce two national monuments in the West is coming under fire. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From Slate: Cutting the monuments will do nothing but make the rich a lot richer. From The Salt Lake Tribune: If the president can do this without regard to what the people of the state want, what else will he do? From The World: What...
The right is still waiting for any sign that Mueller has the goods on Trump

The right is still waiting for any sign that Mueller has the goods on Trump

Robert Mueller investigation has yet to point to Russian collusion during the campaign. Is this all there is or is the other shoe about to drop? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at what we expect to hear from Mueller and what we will believe. From The Wichita Eagle: Will either side believe the outcome of Mueller’s investigation? From The National Review: Mueller’s investigation...
Atlanta mayoral runoff: Bottoms claims victory; Norwood seeks recount

Atlanta mayoral runoff: Bottoms claims victory; Norwood seeks recount

GET THE FULL STORY: Find in-depth coverage on myAJC.com. SEE THE ELECTION RESULTS: Vote totals for Atlanta mayoral election, Fulton County Commission chairman, metro Atlanta mayoral elections and other runoff elections.  12:31 a.m.: Norwood just canceled all appearances for tomorrow to wait for the recount. Bottoms said she finished her day campaigning with stops at the Piccadilly...
More elections scheduled for January to fill state Senate and House seats

More elections scheduled for January to fill state Senate and House seats

Two special elections will be held Jan. 9 to fill the seats in the Georgia General Assembly left vacant by former Sen. Rick Jeffares and former Rep. Brian Strickland. Jeffares, R-McDonough, resigned to compete in a crowded field for Georgia lieutenant governor to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who is running for governor. Besides Jeffares, other Republican candidates for lieutenant governor include ...
Audit: Barriers prevent adequate treatment for opioid abuse in Georgia

Audit: Barriers prevent adequate treatment for opioid abuse in Georgia

Georgia does not provide adequate access to medical treatment for opioid abuse, whether it is because it’s difficult for those in rural areas to get to a facility or state agencies that supervise people don’t have clear guidance on providing the medicine, an audit found recently. The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts on Monday released a study of the state’s efforts to help...
Perdue says further health care changes ‘absolutely’ needed

Perdue says further health care changes ‘absolutely’ needed

As House and Senate lawmakers open another phase of negotiations over a $1.5 trillion federal tax overhaul, some Republicans are emboldened about pursuing new cuts to the system of health care entitlements. U.S. Sen. David Perdue said Monday that lawmakers should “absolutely” seek changes to the Medicaid and Medicare programs to help maximize the impact of the tax cuts. He echoed other...
Trump formally endorses Moore for Alabama’s Senate seat

Trump formally endorses Moore for Alabama’s Senate seat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday offered a strong endorsement of Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama embroiled in accusations that he had inappropriate sexual relations with underage girls. While many Republicans called for Moore to drop out of the race after several women came out with their stories, Trump has defended him, saying that Moore denied the accounts...
Not everyone on the Left believes Flynn’s indictment is the beginning of the end for Trump

Not everyone on the Left believes Flynn’s indictment is the beginning of the end for Trump

Does Flynn’s indictment  spell real trouble for Trump’s presidency? Or is that just a pipe dream from the Left? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at what’s next. The Hill: If you’re looking for a smoking gun in Flynn’s indictment, you may be doing so for a long time. From The Los Angeles Times: Flynn’s deal may not be the end of Trump’s administration...
The Right says it’s way too early to celebrate Trump's downfall

The Right says it’s way too early to celebrate Trump's downfall

Is  the Left dancing on Trump’s political grave yet? They may want  to watch their step.  A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the Flynn indictment. From Townhall: When will the Left realize there is no evidence of collusion? From The Wall Street Journal: Remember what Flynn was indicted for – talking to the Russians after the election, not before. From Fox News...
Audio: Analysis of Atlanta mayoral debate

Audio: Analysis of Atlanta mayoral debate

Sunday’s Channel 2 Action News mayoral debate was the final faceoff between candidates Keisha Lance-Bottoms and Mary Norwood before Tuesday’s runoff vote.  The debate mostly focused on three big questions:  Who is best equipped to lead the city during an ongoing federal bribery investigation?  Would a Lance-Bottoms administration be a third term for Mayor Kasim Reed? Is...
Senate tax plan doesn’t target Delta’s Mideast rivals

Senate tax plan doesn’t target Delta’s Mideast rivals

Senate Republicans dropped language from their tax overhaul late Friday targeting airline carriers in the Persian Gulf, a major blow to Delta Air Lines on one of its top D.C. policy priorities. An amendment U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., had added to the bill last month codifying Atlanta-based Delta’s wishes was not included in the final text of the measure passed by the Senate on...
Isakson, Perdue back Senate tax bill, dismiss feds’ economic analysis

Isakson, Perdue back Senate tax bill, dismiss feds’ economic analysis

Georgia’s two Republican U.S. senators are planning to back their party’s tax overhaul, despite an official analysis showing the proposal would add $1 trillion to federal deficits even after accounting for economic growth they say will occur because of the measure. Both David Perdue and Johnny Isakson have been viewed as safe “yes” votes for GOP leaders for the duration of...
The Right calls Democrats out on the tax reform bill

The Right calls Democrats out on the tax reform bill

Why are Democrats spreading disinformation about the tax reform bill? A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. The National Review: Getting rid of the individual mandate should be a selling point for the plan. Fox News: The tax-cut bill offers tax relief no matter what Democrats say.   From Townhall: Why is the Left painting the tax reform bill as a mess? 
The Left questions women who enable serial abusers

The Left questions women who enable serial abusers

Are women the problem in the sexual harassment “reckoning?” A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From CNN: Why do women excuse the actions of men who misbehave?  The Guardian: It’s time to embrace the ones who come forward, not give the abusers comfort.  From USA Today: Stop putting blame on Democrats or Republicans. It’s not a political issue...
The Week: Career-minded politicians look ahead

The Week: Career-minded politicians look ahead

This Tuesday’s runoffs undoubtedly played a part in a week when lots of people seemed to have that next job in mind, but the theme of career enhancement played out on several levels. Setting some high bars: Becoming the nation’s first black female governor would seem like a lofty goal, but Stacey Abrams has her eyes on bigger things. The former state House Democratic leader&rsquo...
Two Democrats face off to replace Republican in Georgia Senate

Two Democrats face off to replace Republican in Georgia Senate

Democrats in Fulton and Cobb counties are celebrating the fact that they flipped Georgia’s 6th Senate District, forcing a runoff election between two members of their party to replace former Sen. Hunter Hill. Now they are trying to attract Republican voters to their cause. Strategists expected the runoff to feature one Democrat and one Republican, matching what candidates say is the political...
Tax package: Atlanta businesses want cuts, fret about other impacts

Tax package: Atlanta businesses want cuts, fret about other impacts

As Congress wrangles its way toward what could be dramatic change in the nation’s tax structure, Atlanta-area businesses await with a range of hopes — and worries. Pretty much everybody likes getting a tax cut, but an Atlanta Journal-Constitution sampling of entrepreneurs and executives showed that other provisions raise concerns about the legislation chilling the region’s all-important...
Bottoms begins to distance herself from Reed in Atlanta mayoral race

Bottoms begins to distance herself from Reed in Atlanta mayoral race

It seemed the perfect opportunity for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to slam a bitter rival. Days earlier, he had called Atlanta mayoral contender Mary Norwood and City Council President Ceasar Mitchell “losers” after they appeared together at a joint press conference. And just as he was wrapping up an event Monday, news broke that former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also backed...
Why does it take so long to get election results in Georgia?

Why does it take so long to get election results in Georgia?

In many states, voters find out who will win and lose on election night soon after the polls close. Not in Georgia. Georgia voters must wait and wait and wait — often until the wee hours of the morning. The bigger the county, the longer it takes to count votes, with Fulton County earning a reputation for getting its results in well after midnight. That likely won’t change Tuesday...
NIH study: Is your home making you sick?

NIH study: Is your home making you sick?

Wonder why your eyes water and you sneeze a lot of home? Your home may be making you sick. Ninety percent of homes were found to have three or more detectable allergens and 73 percent had at least one allergen at elevated levels. That’s according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health, which recently conducted the largest indoor allergen study to date. Their findings were published...
The Left says corporate America should be cleaning its own house when it comes to sexual misconduct

The Left says corporate America should be cleaning its own house when it comes to sexual misconduct

Who knew that capitalism was the answer to fixing bad behavior. A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From the New York Times: You can thank capitalism for Lauer’s downfall. But you shouldn’t have to. From The Los Angeles Times: Businesses (and politics) need to take complaints of sexual misconduct seriously. From CNN: As painful as it must be for some, maybe the...
The Right wants to know why the Left stayed silent when it came to condemning sexual misconduct

The Right wants to know why the Left stayed silent when it came to condemning sexual misconduct

Democrats could have swooped in to take the lead on reform – at least in politics – when it comes to harassment. Why didn’t they? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From Cook Politics: The Left could have gained the high ground on dealing with sexual misconduct, but they chose to defend the wrong people. From The National Review: The media took obvious glee...
Tisdale’s camera pits free speech against property rights

Tisdale’s camera pits free speech against property rights

Citizen-journalist Nydia Tisdale is in the fight of her life. For most of this decade, Tisdale has been a fixture in Georgia’s civic life, largely a silent fixture. An open government purist, Tisdale attends public meetings, press conferences and various community event and points her video camera at them. Then she puts them on her website and YouTube, largely unedited and without commentary...
Metro Atlanta’s LGBT voters flex muscle, see power grow in new ways

Metro Atlanta’s LGBT voters flex muscle, see power grow in new ways

Cathy Woolard’s forum was so packed that some of the voters who hoped she would be Atlanta’s first openly gay mayor were turned away. Inside, a rapt audience erupted into laughter when she interrupted a long-winded answer about the Atlanta electorate to note one group that can’t be overlooked. “Gay people,” she said, “are really different.” Metro Atlanta&rsquo...
Georgia tosses challenge to candidacy of state Senate hopeful

Georgia tosses challenge to candidacy of state Senate hopeful

Linda Pritchett, a Democratic candidate in next week’s runoff election, is eligible to appear on the ballot Tuesday. The Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday evening responded to a request from a Senate District 39 voter who asked Secretary of State Brian Kemp to challenge Pritchett’s qualifications, alleging she had lied on her declaration of candidacy. In a letter to Erin Glynn...
Insured damages from Irma now up to $670 million in Georgia

Insured damages from Irma now up to $670 million in Georgia

Estimates of the damage caused when Hurricane Irma hit Georgia as a tropical storm in September continue to grow months after the winds and rain dissipated. The state Department of Insurance estimates that insurance claims from damage caused by the storm are now up to $670 million. That total comes from about 130,000 claims of storm damage in Georgia. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office...
Citizen-journalist trial begins in North Georgia

Citizen-journalist trial begins in North Georgia

DAWSONVILLE – Prosecutors in the trial of Nydia Tisdale on Wednesday painted the citizen-journalist as dismissive of instructions to stop filming a 2014 Republican rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm and said she threw a “tantrum” when physically removed by a police officer. The organizer of the rally asked Tisdale “to stop recording on at least three occasions,” Assistant...
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