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Deal signs special tax breaks into Georgia law, more to come

Gov. Nathan Deal signed one measure into law Tuesday that expands tax credits for the gaming and film industries and another to help pay for renovations at the Woodruff Art Center. House Bill 199, the tax credits for video-gaming and post-production companies, which do things such as editing, will save the businesses and cost the state about $82.5 million over the next five years, according to...


A primer on Georgia's gun carry laws ahead of the NRA convention in Atlanta

A primer on Georgia's gun carry laws ahead of the NRA convention in Atlanta

Some 80,000 people are expected in downtown Atlanta later this week for the National Rifle Association’s annual conference.  It shouldn’t be a shocker that many of them are likely to be lawfully armed and wanting to know where they can legally carry their gun.  Here’s a rundown of what Georgia law allows and doesn’t allow:  Who can carry? Georgia residents...
Many Georgia students feel overburdened by rising college costs

Many Georgia students feel overburdened by rising college costs

Athens resident Jessica Hembree, who wants to become a doctor, began her college career last year but she took this semester off. Why? She wanted, needed, to save money to pay the additional thousands of dollars it will cost her to attend the University of Georgia this fall. Hembree, 19, is working three part-time jobs, putting in about 40 hours a week, yet she hasn’t saved up as much as she&rsquo...
What Sonny Perdue’s Cabinet promotion could mean for Georgia

What Sonny Perdue’s Cabinet promotion could mean for Georgia

When Matt Coley left his job on Capitol Hill a few years back, he decided to return to his family’s decidedly un-Washington business of growing cotton and peanuts. He now tends to roughly 3,400 acres about 45 minutes south of Bonaire, the Middle Georgia town called home by the soon-to-be most powerful man in agriculture. That man is former Gov. Sonny Perdue, whom the Senate is expected to confirm...
From power to prison, Walker still dispensing advice on politics

From power to prison, Walker still dispensing advice on politics

He reveled in the nickname. The Hammer. A share-cropper’s son turned millionaire Augusta businessman, Charles Walker rose to become the Georgia Senate’s first African-American majority leader. He had the power to make sure most anything he wanted for his community made it into the state budget — and the political muscle to get things done at the Capitol. When the feds came after...
How the 6th District went from red to purple

How the 6th District went from red to purple

Democrat Jon Ossoff’s trail of blue through Georgia’s 6th District flowed from the working-class Tucker suburb to the antique shops of Chamblee through the southern stretch of fast-urbanizing Dunwoody and blossomed across much of Sandy Springs. It darted north from there, hugging the spine of Ga. 400 — and the MARTA line — curving to the doorsteps of downtown Roswell and into...
Statewide internet outage disrupts, delays Georgia Milestones tests

Statewide internet outage disrupts, delays Georgia Milestones tests

An internet outage today disrupted Georgia Milestones testing across the state. As a result, some districts including Gwinnett and Clayton had to delay testing and will resume their exams next week. In an email response to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution tonight, state Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said, “PeachNet (state internet provider) went down for a little while this...
Georgians send Trump nearly $2.4 million for inauguration

Georgians send Trump nearly $2.4 million for inauguration

Georgians ponied up at least $2.39 million for President Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities in January. More than two dozen companies and individuals from the state helped Trump raise $107 million for 20 inaugural events, shattering the fundraising record set by President Barack Obama in 2009, according to new federal filings released this week. Georgia contributions ranged from the small...
Trump’s EPA could derail tougher pollution rule at Georgia Power plant

Trump’s EPA could derail tougher pollution rule at Georgia Power plant

The Trump administration has decided to delay Obama-era wastewater rules for coal-fired power plants, possibly scuttling environmental groups’ efforts to get tougher water quality standards for a Georgia Power plant near Rome. Last week, Scott Pruitt, head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said it was “in the public interest to reconsider” a rule finalized in 2015 that...
Why Georgia’s Ossoff-Handel runoff could be costliest House race ever

Why Georgia’s Ossoff-Handel runoff could be costliest House race ever

The ad blitz in the race for Georgia’s 6th District started up anew on Thursday as outside groups began to pour millions more into winning what could become the most expensive U.S. House election in the nation’s history. After a one-day respite, the bombardment of advertisement that already has cost well over $14 million resumed with biting attack pieces on Republican Karen Handel and...
VA leaders botched plan to fix backlog for health benefits

VA leaders botched plan to fix backlog for health benefits

Leaders of a Veterans Affairs project to clear a backlog of hundreds of thousands of health care applications deliberately suppressed critical information from VA hospitals that would have allowed them to help veterans gain access to care, according to interviews, internal records and recordings of private meetings obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  VA officials acted in their own...
Suit claims Georgia voter registration violates federal law

Suit claims Georgia voter registration violates federal law

A Washington-based advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Georgia of violating federal law by reducing the amount of time residents have to register to vote. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the complaint in federal court in Georgia on behalf of five civil rights and voting rights organizations. It claims Georgia law cuts off voter registration for federal...
See how the 6th District voted

See how the 6th District voted

The maps tell the story.  The image above is just one side of it.  What the map shows is how every precinct in the 6th Congressional District voted in Tuesday’s special election. It breaks the vote down not by candidate, but by political party.  It’s fascinating stuff and it’s interactive. Visit this page to go see how your precinct voted and how your neighbors...
6th District runoff voting starts soon

6th District runoff voting starts soon

The first round is over, but voting in the runoff for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is right around the corner.  May 2 is the first day for absentee voting by mail in the match-up between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office said.  Advance in-person voting will begin May 30 while June 16 is the last day to mail or...
Cobb makes arrest in stolen voting equipment — which is in a landfill 

Cobb makes arrest in stolen voting equipment — which is in a landfill 

Cobb County announced Wednesday that police have made an arrest in the theft of elections equipment containing voters’ personal information taken from a precinct manager’s car last week. Cobb officials don’t think the theft was an attempt to tamper with the voting process ahead of the Tuesday election, which drew national attention. “It was a random theft...
Hopefuls took different paths seeking Cobb-Fulton state Senate seat

Hopefuls took different paths seeking Cobb-Fulton state Senate seat

Democrat Christine Triebsch will compete against Republican Kay Kirkpatrick in a May runoff after both fell short of an outright victory in Tuesday’s special election to represent portions of Cobb and Fulton counties in the state Senate. The vote was splintered among eight candidates seeking to replace longtime state Sen. Judson Hill, who vacated his seat to run for the U.S. House, with no individual...
Winner and loser in Tuesday’s 6th District vote a matter of opinion

Winner and loser in Tuesday’s 6th District vote a matter of opinion

Democrat Jon Ossoffwon all but a handful of precincts in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in Tuesday’s special election. So what does that make him headed into June’s runoff with Republican Karen Handel? An underdog. No, the favorite. Wrong! It’s a Republican district and will stay that way. #Fakenews! The 6th, like Georgia as a whole, is trending Democrat. The...
How did your Cobb neighbors vote in the 6th District special election?

How did your Cobb neighbors vote in the 6th District special election?

North DeKalb County Democrat Jon Ossoff won every Cobb County precinct included in the 6th District special election, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a runoff against Fulton County Republican Karen Handel. The runoff is set for June 20. Unofficial numbers show that 192,000 votes were cast in Tuesday’s race, which garnered national attention. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
6th District: Bob Gray won in these three North Fulton precincts

6th District: Bob Gray won in these three North Fulton precincts

If there are such things as moral victories, Bob Gray can take one from Tuesday’s special election. In the race to fill Tom Price’s seat in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, Gray was the only other candidate outside of Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel to win a precinct. Gray, a former Johns Creek councilman, took home wins in three north Fulton County neighborhoods. Still, he fell...
Karen Handel won 8 precincts — and they were all in N. Fulton

Karen Handel won 8 precincts — and they were all in N. Fulton

Karen Handel should be thanking voters in Milton. In Tuesday’s election, there were just 11 precincts in Georgia’s 6th congressional district where Democrat Jon Ossoff didn’t carry the vote and eight of those were in Milton, won by Handel. An AJC map illustrating how neighborhoods voted shows a ton of blue for precincts won by Ossoff and a little yellow for the three precincts...
Here’s how every DeKalb precinct voted in the 6th (for Jon Ossoff)

Here’s how every DeKalb precinct voted in the 6th (for Jon Ossoff)

Jon Ossoff, the Democrat who led Tuesday’s special election for the 6th District Congressional seat, won every precinct in DeKalb County. Not that he didn’t have an upper hand facing a crowded pool of Republican contenders.  Karen Handel, the Republican former Georgia secretary of state, was second in most precincts, as detailed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution map below....
Hopefuls enter next phase in Georgia special election with work to do

Hopefuls enter next phase in Georgia special election with work to do

The nation’s premier 2017 political race entered a bruising new stage Wednesday, as Karen Handel sought to rally skeptical Republicans while Democrats supporting Jon Ossoff prepared for a grueling second round of votes to represent a north Atlanta district in Congress. The two will square off in a June 20 runoff that is seen as a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency, a perception that...
6th District: Turnout was mighty

6th District: Turnout was mighty

Georgia’s 6th District voters put the “special” in special election.  According to unofficial results, more than 192,000 votes were cast in Tuesday’s congressional election in parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties.  Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel finished first and second, respectively, and will face-off again in a June runoff. ...
Who is Jon Ossoff?

Who is Jon Ossoff?

Jon Ossoff, 30, was until recently unknown to most Democrats even in metro Atlanta, but he entered the crowded race in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in January with endorsements from U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson and John Lewis and $250,000 in cash. He parlayed that into an unprecedented $8.3 million fundraising haul, with donations from across the country. Ossoff’s interest in politics...
Who is Karen Handel?

Who is Karen Handel?

Karen Handel promised to cut spending, repeal Obamacare and reduce regulations when she announced her candidacy in the 6th Congressional District special election. “I have a record of standing up and fighting the status quo to get things done,” Handel said, “and I will take that fight to Washington.” After serving as Georgia’s first Republican secretary of state...
Next state Senator for Cobb and Fulton to be decided in runoff

Next state Senator for Cobb and Fulton to be decided in runoff

Voters will determine the next state Senator to represent portions of Cobb and Fulton counties in a runoff election May 16. Democrat Christine Triebsch, a family and juvenile attorney, and Republican Kay Kirkpatrick, a retired orthopedic surgeon, will compete to replace longtime state Sen. Judson Hill, who vacated his seat to run for the U.S. House. The race attracted eight candidates — five...
Georgia special election heads for a runoff

Georgia special election heads for a runoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff is headed for a June runoff against Republican Karen Handel after falling short of an upset victory Tuesday in the nationally watched special election to represent a suburban Atlanta district in Congress. The 30-year-old investigative filmmaker aimed for an outright win in the 6th District race, but a furious Republican counterattack joined by President Donald Trump appeared to...
6th District vote: Fulton extends polling hours; DeKalb and Cobb smooth

6th District vote: Fulton extends polling hours; DeKalb and Cobb smooth

Voters in Georgia’s 6th congressional district have reported few problems Tuesday across the three-county region, although flare-ups have occurred.  The most concerning is in Fulton County, where a judge agreed to let Fulton County keep two precincts open past 7 p.m.  Problems at Centennial High School and the Johns Creek Environmental Campus led county leaders to seek...
Fulton extending voting hours at two polling places

Fulton extending voting hours at two polling places

UPDATE: Eligible voters whose designated polling locations are Centennial High School or the Johns Creek Environmental Campus will have a few extra minutes to cast their ballots Tuesday due to the polling locations not opening on time. Eligible voters can only vote on provisional paper ballots during the extended hours. All other polling locations will close at 7:00 p.m. Centennial is open until...
Cobb hits the polls in special Georgia 6th district race

Cobb hits the polls in special Georgia 6th district race

A Mercedes, a BMW and a Tesla all jockeyed for position at 7:20 a.m. in the parking lot of the Cobb County Government Service Center. It’s Election Day. Each car carried a voter trying to voice their opinion on who they want to fill Georgia’s 6th Congressional district vacancy left by Tom Price, now serving as health and human services secretary under President Donald Trump....
Many metro Atlantans confused whether they can vote in 6th District 

Many metro Atlantans confused whether they can vote in 6th District 

Elections boards around metro Atlanta have been slammed with calls for the past few weeks from voters who are confused about whether they can vote in the 6th congressional district. For all Gwinnett County callers with that question, the answer is always the same: No.  "Elections has fielded several dozen voter calls over the past two weeks asking about voting in the 6th ... . But as you...
Georgia’s 28 public colleges will see 2% tuition  increase 

Georgia’s 28 public colleges will see 2% tuition  increase 

The Board of Regents today announced a 2 percent tuition increase at Georgia’s 28 public colleges and universities for full-time, in-state students. “With the generous support of the governor and legislature, we continue to focus on college affordability, while providing quality education,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Keeping tuition increases to a minimum allows the University...
“Tax Freedom Day” was Monday in Georgia, is April 23 nationally

“Tax Freedom Day” was Monday in Georgia, is April 23 nationally

Taxes are due today, but Georgians have already apparently paid their fair share. The Washington D.C.-based Tax Foundation does an annual report this time of year on “Tax Freedom Day,” the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year. As a nation, that day is April 23, the group said, but folks pay different state and local taxes, and it...
North Fulton voters cast ballots in Ga. 6th District race

North Fulton voters cast ballots in Ga. 6th District race

A Fulton County school bus driver honked his horn as he drove by the Milton Public Library on Tuesday morning. Rhoda Mayfield, proudly waving a sign for Jon Ossoff, giggled. "He gave me a thumbs down," she said. Mayfield just politely waved back. Mayfield, 68 of Milton, voted a week ago during the early voting period. But on a cloudy April morning, the day of a special election to fill Georgia's...
Can you vote in the 6th district special election?

Can you vote in the 6th district special election?

Today’s special election for Georgia’s 6th congressional district is just for those voters who live in parts of Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties.  Here’s a map of the district. If you don’t live within the red borders, you don’t get to vote in this election to succeed Tom Price in the House of Representatives. A field of 18 candidates is running in the special election...
What to know about the Georgia Senate race in Cobb and Sandy Springs

What to know about the Georgia Senate race in Cobb and Sandy Springs

Voters in east Cobb and Sandy Springs, in addition to influencing the fate of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race, will also decide in Tuesday’s special election who they want as their next state Senator. The race to replace longtime state Sen. Judson Hill, who vacated his seat to run for the U.S. House, attracted eight candidates who will be on the same ballot for the...
Polls open as DeKalb helps decide Georgia 6th District race

Polls open as DeKalb helps decide Georgia 6th District race

The polls opened at 7 a.m. in the northern reaches of DeKalb County, where voters are asked to choose the new representative in the 6th Congressional district. The race, particularly consequential with the current make-up of Congress, is a crowded field, which will likely head into a runoff. There are 18 candidates vying for the seat stretching from east Cobb County across north Fulton County...
Donald Trump to speak this month at NRA conference in Atlanta

Donald Trump to speak this month at NRA conference in Atlanta

Donald Trump will speak in Atlanta this month at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, making him the first president to address the group since Ronald Reagan. Trump’s April 28 speech at the NRA’s Leadership Forum is the highlight of a four-day conference that is expected to attract 80,000 people and hundreds of exhibitors to the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown...
Voters’ personal data at risk in Cobb theft

Voters’ personal data at risk in Cobb theft

State officials are investigating the theft last week of equipment from a Cobb County precinct manager’s car that could make every Georgia voters’ personal information vulnerable to theft.  The equipment, used to check-in voters at the polls, was stolen Saturday evening, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Monday.  Cobb County elections director Janine Eveler said the stolen machine...
Trump weighs in on Georgia special election

Trump weighs in on Georgia special election

A tidal wave of advertisements. A field of 18 candidates all sharing the same ballot. A Democratic rising star who came from out of nowhere to threaten a GOP stronghold. And a string of irascible last-minute tweets from a president tuning into the race. Those factors will collide Tuesday for the special election to represent a suburban Atlanta district in Congress that has fast become the center of...
Do you live in the 6th District? Not if you’re in Bartow

Do you live in the 6th District? Not if you’re in Bartow

Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th congressional district is a private affair just for those voters who live in parts of Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties.  At least some folk in Bartow County were disappointed to learn they aren’t invited to the party. That county, in the northwestern Metro Atlanta exurbs, is wholly in the 11th District.  Bartow County elections...
6th District early voting soars

6th District early voting soars

Nearly 55,000 voters cast ballots ahead of Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat, data from the Secretary of State’s office show.  Early voting in the race to replace former Rep. Tom Price ended Friday.  Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office said almost 50,000 ballots were cast in person while another 5,000 were mailed-in absentee...
A guide to the candidates in Georgia’s special election

A guide to the candidates in Georgia’s special election

A field of 18 candidates is running in Tuesday’s special election to represent the 6th Congressional District, which stretches from east Cobb County across north Fulton County to north DeKalb County. The seat opened when Tom Price vacated it to become President Donald Trump’s secretary of health and human services. With such a large number of candidates, a runoff is almost certain. It...
Early voting for Senate District 32 race begins May 6 in Sandy Springs

Early voting for Senate District 32 race begins May 6 in Sandy Springs

Voters in north Fulton County will be able to cast ballots as early as May 6 for the runoff election to fill Judson Hill’s state Senate seat. The North Fulton Service Center at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs will be home to the lone early voting polling place for the District 32 election. Early voting will be available Saturday, May 6 through Friday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hill...
At least 20 members of the House are registered to vote outside their districts

At least 20 members of the House are registered to vote outside their districts

While voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District were headed to the polls during Tuesday's special election, President Donald Trump shared a factoid that had just been brought to his attention. "Just learned that Jon Ossoff, who is running for Congress in Georgia," he tweeted, "doesn't even live in the district. Republicans, get out and vote!" Trump was correct. Ossoff, a Democrat...
Georgia special election will go to runoff

Georgia special election will go to runoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff is headed for a June runoff against Republican Karen Handel after falling short of an upset victory Tuesday in the nationally watched special election to represent a suburban Atlanta district in Congress. The 30-year-old investigative filmmaker aimed for an outright win in the 6th District race, but a furious Republican counterattack joined by President Donald Trump appeared to...
Georgia’s Perdue targets Obama-era regulation for pre-paid credit cards

Georgia’s Perdue targets Obama-era regulation for pre-paid credit cards

Special legislation being fast-tracked by U.S. Sen. David Perdue would take a swipe at a federal agency championed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren while also aiding a Georgia company that has donated to his campaign. The first-term Republican senator recently used a procedural maneuver to try to speed up passage of a bill that would nullify an Obama-era prepaid credit card regulation before it goes...
Democrats go for broke to win Georgia’s special election

Democrats go for broke to win Georgia’s special election

Republicans and Democrats have spent $14 million on a nonstop ad blitz to sway Georgia’s special election. But the outcome of Tuesday’s vote may come down to a more personal touch. The leading contenders in the 18-candidate race have unleashed a flood of volunteers and paid staffers to target voters in the final days of the election, and they’re making last-ditch phone calls, waving...
Georgia Senate hopefuls eye health care, transportation and schools

Georgia Senate hopefuls eye health care, transportation and schools

Before Tom Price was appointed to be health and human services secretary, before he was a member of the U.S. House and chairman of the House Budget Committee and before he was a state senator, he was a doctor. In east Cobb County and Sandy Springs, a subregion of Price’s former congressional district, an election for an open state Senate seat that has drawn wide interest from the medical community...
Outages force two North Fulton early voting places to stay open late

Outages force two North Fulton early voting places to stay open late

Two early voting locations in north Fulton County have stayed open late Friday due to Internet outages that have caused delays in checking voters into the polls. Complaints about the resulting long lines at early voting locations sites at Roswell Library and Ocee Library in Johns Creek have been received by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. A spokeswoman said the office is in a fact-finding...
Georgia special election’s early voters older, white — but split by party

Georgia special election’s early voters older, white — but split by party

White, older voters dominated early voting ahead of Tuesday’s 6th Congressional District special election, a fact that would normally bode well for Republican candidates in the district’s northern Atlanta suburbs. These voters’ political allegiance, however, may be more split than those numbers show. An analysis of state voter data by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows...
National implications push Georgia special election into spotlight

National implications push Georgia special election into spotlight

It’s a sultry weekend afternoon, and passing cars in a traffic-choked Brookhaven intersection are honking their support — and sometimes disdain — for the crowd of Jon Ossoff supporters waving his campaign’s bright-blue signs. There stands Adriane Cooper, a Sandy Springs teacher wielding a “Vote Your Ossoff” placard and a chip on her shoulder from Donald Trump&rsquo...
Cobb County Elections Board throws out case against Kirkpatrick

Cobb County Elections Board throws out case against Kirkpatrick

The Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration voted to deny a challenge against Kay Kirkpatrick’s eligibility for state Senate. A complaint was filed with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office Monday that alleged she used a different name other than her legal name to run for office. According to online records, the Republican and retired hand surgeon previously used the name Kay...
Lobbyists give Georgia lawmakers a $400,000 buffet

Lobbyists give Georgia lawmakers a $400,000 buffet

Lobbyists spent more than $400,000 on group events over three months during the 2017 legislative session which ended in March. Those group expenditures ranged from large, open-invitation buffets at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot across from the Capitol to dinners hosted at some of Atlanta’s best restaurants, where entire committees were feted by special interests. While individual gifts...
Ad citing Al Jazeera payments to Ossoff uses selective information

Ad citing Al Jazeera payments to Ossoff uses selective information

Jon Ossoff is a Democratic candidate to replace Republican Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, a seat no Democrat has held since 1979. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, posted a web video that ties Ossoff to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news organization. The focus of this fact-check is the ad’s statement that Al Jazeera...
Trump commends I-85 first responders at White House meeting

Trump commends I-85 first responders at White House meeting

President Donald Trump huddled Thursday at the White House with first responders from Atlanta’s I-85 bridge collapse, commending them for preventing any casualties following the March 30 blaze that claimed an elevated portion of the highway near Buckhead. He also repeated previous pledges to greenlight more money for infrastructure spending and law enforcement. “Georgia state police and...
Despite attention, Georgia’s 6th District doesn’t have many new voters

Despite attention, Georgia’s 6th District doesn’t have many new voters

Millions of dollars, hundreds of volunteers and dozens of national pundits have all made Tuesday’s 6th Congressional District special election a must-watch race nationally, but the one thing missing may be the most important: Crowds of new voters stirred by President Donald Trump’s victory in November. An analysis of state voter data by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that...
A closer look at individual donors to Georgia District 6 campaigns

A closer look at individual donors to Georgia District 6 campaigns

With less than a week remaining for the special elections for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the AJC decided to look at where donations are coming from.  To answer this question, we combed through Federal Election Commission campaign filings for five candidates -- Democrat Jon Ossoff, and Republicans Dan Moody, Bob Gray, Judson Hill and Karen Handel -- to produce...
Georgia lobbyists, lawmakers dine out on weak ethics law

Georgia lobbyists, lawmakers dine out on weak ethics law

Asking lawmakers at the State Capitol to give up the freebies they receive from lobbyists is like asking an alcoholic to stop drinking. They first have to admit they have a problem. In 2013, the General Assembly passed a significant lobbying reform bill, answering the loud complaints of voters across the political spectrum. With four years of perspective, I think we can admit that parts of it don&rsquo...
Georgia Democrats, Republicans seek lessons in tight Kansas race

Georgia Democrats, Republicans seek lessons in tight Kansas race

Republicans survived a scare in Tuesday’s special congressional election in Kansas, the first major vote since Donald Trump’s presidential victory. And Democrats hope the vote portends good news for them in the next election — next week’s contest in Georgia to succeed Tom Price. Republican John Estes’ single-digit victory over Democrat James Thompson came in a Kansas...
Hearing set for Georgia state Senate candidate over name discrepancy

Hearing set for Georgia state Senate candidate over name discrepancy

A hearing will be held Friday to determine whether state Senate candidate Kay Kirkpatrick is qualified to remain on the ballot. The Georgia Secretary of State Office received a complaint Monday against Kirkpatrick that alleges she used a different name other than her legal name to run for office. The case, now under investigation, alleges a problem with Kirkpatrick’s voter registration status...
Georgia lawmakers’ tax break tab: $483 million over next five years

Georgia lawmakers’ tax break tab: $483 million over next five years

State lawmakers failed to pass legislation to give most Georgians a tax cut, but they did approve breaks for select industries and areas of the state that will cost the state treasury about $483 million over the next five years, according to a new report. The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute added up estimated price-tags of a dozen tax breaks state lawmakers approved, mostly on the final day of the...
Little uncertainty among voters as Georgia special election nears end

Little uncertainty among voters as Georgia special election nears end

Early voting in the northern Atlanta suburbs has been underway since March 27 in a steady if uneven stream, raising expectations of a better than average turnout for the 6th Congressional District special election. Both major parties have pulled out all the stops in a ramped-up effort to get people to the polls. Now, with less than a week to go before Election Day, it’s working well...
Protesters continue to press Georgia’s Perdue to hold town halls

Protesters continue to press Georgia’s Perdue to hold town halls

For 12 straight weeks, dozens of protesters have gathered outside U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s downtown Atlanta office to demand that he hold an in-person town hall meeting. This week, however, they decamped to a grassy strip outside a Brookhaven hotel where he was speaking to make a more personal appeal. The crowd of more than 50, frustrated by Donald Trump’s young presidency and attempts...
Little uncertainty among voters as Georgia special election nears end

Little uncertainty among voters as Georgia special election nears end

To show you how hot the 6th Congressional District special election is in the northern Atlanta suburbs, Lynn and Sheila Keeney made the five-minute drive to Cobb County’s main elections office in Marietta only to sheepishly turn around without voting. The nationally watched race to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price has drawn 18 candidates in what many have described as an early barometer...
Lobbyists spend $21,000 to keep Georgia lawmakers fed on final day

Lobbyists spend $21,000 to keep Georgia lawmakers fed on final day

Lawmakers worked about 15 hours - with a few breaks - on the final day of the 2017 session last month. Lobbyists worked their wallets almost as hard to keep them fed. From mid-morning on March 30 to almost 1 a.m. the next day, lawmakers voted about 145 times, while also holding backroom meetings, welcoming family members and guests to the House and Senate floor, getting their ears bent by lobbyists...
Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley: 7 things to know

Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley: 7 things to know

Alabama’s now-former Gov. Robert Bentley is making headlines this month, as lawmakers and public officials called for his resignation after a 2016 sex scandal involving one of his top aides resurfaced. Bentley was reportedly booked into Montgomery County Jail Monday with a $300 bond and later pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.  Around 6 p.m. Monday, Gov. Bentley delivered his...
In Georgia special election, Republicans fight Ossoff and each other

In Georgia special election, Republicans fight Ossoff and each other

Republicans are sharpening their attacks on each other even as they scramble to block Democrat Jon Ossoff from scoring an upset victory with one week to go until the nationally watched special election to represent a suburban Atlanta district in Congress. The all-out scramble is taking place in all corners of the 6th District, which stretches from east Cobb County to north DeKalb County. And as the...
Carr outlines his priorities as Georgia’s attorney general

Carr outlines his priorities as Georgia’s attorney general

Five months into office, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr sees his primary responsibility as protecting the state’s residents against unlawful overreach. “To ensure that government remains within its limited powers, there needs to be an Attorney General’s Office willing to challenge actions that overstep those limits,” Carr said. While other attorneys general have interpreted...
Early voting in Georgia’s April 18 special election surpasses 21,000

Early voting in Georgia’s April 18 special election surpasses 21,000

A solid turnout Saturday has pushed early voting totals past 21,000 for a key April 18 special election that includes the nationally watched race to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price. Early voting in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties for the election started two weeks ago and ends Friday, with each county as of this week opening at least two polling locations where eligible residents can cast...
Georgia tax collections up slightly, third slow month in last four

Georgia tax collections up slightly, third slow month in last four

State tax collections were up 2.1 percent in March, the third relatively slow-growth month in the last four. That was largely because the sales tax take was flat and corporate income tax collections plummeted for the fourth consecutive month. State officials blamed the 46.1 percent drop in corporate tax collections, in part, on the IRS moving the filing deadline from March 15 to April 15. That could...
Georgia Republicans rally around Trump after Syria strikes

Georgia Republicans rally around Trump after Syria strikes

Georgia’s Republican congressmen rallied around President Donald Trump in the hours after he launched missile strikes Thursday evening at an airfield in Syria. Trump’s response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack earlier this week was also quick to ignite a debate among the special election candidates in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. U.S. Sen...
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