Norwood questions 2009 mayoral vote as another Atlanta runoff looms

Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood accused Mayor Kasim Reed and his campaign of using widespread voter fraud to help him eke out a narrow 2009 runoff victory. In remarks to a group in June, and obtained this week by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the councilwoman said she suspected many of the voters in the contest eight years ago were fraudulent, based partly on her conversations with an elections...
Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood accused Mayor Kasim Reed and his campaign of using widespread voter fraud to help him eke out a narrow 2009 runoff victory. In remarks to a group in June, and obtained...

Atlanta mayoral race: Bottoms campaign disclosures under scrutiny

The head of the state’s ethics commission said on Wednesday that his agency was investigating Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms’ failure to report exactly who has been paid by her campaign. Bottoms’ campaign disclosures lists several lump sum payments of $5,000 or more to “campaign staff.” The payments total more than $180,000. According to state law anyone...
The head of the state’s ethics commission said on Wednesday that his agency was investigating Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms’ failure to report exactly who has been paid by...


Georgia proposal would make it harder for state to cancel voter registration

Georgia proposal would make it harder for state to cancel voter registration

Early voters cast their ballots at the Buckhead Library in Atlanta. Curtis Compton,ccompton@ajc.com The Georgia House’s top Democrat introduced legislation to repeal a state law that has allowed elections officials to remove thousands of voters who haven’t recently cast ballots and had any contact with local or state officials from Georgia’s voter rolls. Georgia House...
Paper ballots pass Election Day test in Georgia

Paper ballots pass Election Day test in Georgia

The results are in from this month’s test run of a voting system that could bring paper ballots back to Georgia: It was easy to use and fast, but it would come with a high cost to taxpayers. The trial of the touch screen-plus-paper ballot voting system “came off without a hitch” when it was tried during the Nov. 7 election for Conyers’ mayor and City Council, Georgia...
Oxendine suit claims ethics charges are rooted in unconstitutional law

Oxendine suit claims ethics charges are rooted in unconstitutional law

Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine has filed a federal lawsuit against the state ethics commission saying its newest charges against him — that he illegally benefited personally from campaign funds raised for his unsuccessful 2010 gubernatorial run — stem from an unconstitutionally vague state law. Oxendine has been battling ethics complaints since a year before he lost...
Arthur Blank on NFL kneelers: ‘Players have no interest in being disrespectful to flag’

Arthur Blank on NFL kneelers: ‘Players have no interest in being disrespectful to flag’

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank joins arms with his players during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field earlier this season. Leon Halip/Getty Images President Donald Trump has Tweeted up a storm this morning, on topics ranging from basketball patriarch LaVar Ball, whose son was picked up for shoplifting in China...
Georgia agency plays keep away with Medicaid records

Georgia agency plays keep away with Medicaid records

A diabetic woman with an amputated leg fell from a wheelchair in this van in 2012. Her injuries caused her to lose her left arm. SPECIAL Should Georgians have the right to see how state government contractors plan to rectify contract violations? Not if the contractor in question says no. That’s how the Georgia Department of Community Health sees it, anyway. In light of ...
Sally Yates dips into legal fight over Georgia town’s bail practices

Sally Yates dips into legal fight over Georgia town’s bail practices

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is getting involved in a legal fight over the city of Calhoun’s bail practices. Yates, whom President Donald Trump fired in January for refusing to carry out his travel ban, joined more than two-dozen current and former prosecutors earlier this week urging an Atlanta-based federal appeals court to strike down the Northwest Georgia...
Andrew Young picks a new candidate in Atlanta mayor race

Andrew Young picks a new candidate in Atlanta mayor race

Andrew Young, former Atlanta mayor and ambassador to the United Nations. AJC/Phil Skinner Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young will endorse Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottom’s campaign for mayor as she readies for a Dec. 5 runoff against Councilwoman Mary Norwood. Bottoms’ campaign said the endorsement from Young, a former Atlanta mayor and civil rights...
Questions, answers on American mass shootings

Questions, answers on American mass shootings

The massacre of 26 worshipers at a rural Texas church is the latest in a series of mass shootings across America in recent years. Each tragedy spurs arguments about gun violence, mental health, how much firearms should be regulated and what’s driving the prevalence of mass shootings. PolitiFact has worked for years to research these topics. Here are answers to some questions you may have. How...
Atlanta mayor candidates piling up endorsements

Atlanta mayor candidates piling up endorsements

The two rivals for Atlanta mayor scrambled Tuesday to lock up support from political power brokers, each jockeying to secure in the runoff election the giant chunk of the city’s electorate that declined to back them in the first round of the vote. Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the endorsements of several well-known white Democrats in a series of events that included a celebratory...
The Atlanta mayoral race and an election season in search of opposites

The Atlanta mayoral race and an election season in search of opposites

Atlanta mayoral candidates Mary Norwood (right) and Keisha Lance Bottoms at the Atlanta Press Club debate last week. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM I can tell you who will be the next mayor of Atlanta. She’ll be the candidate who doesn’t stop talking about neighborhoods. Which is to say, Keisha Lance Bottoms or Mary Norwood. One of the two. Whether out of fatigue or mere contrariness...
Lawsuit seeks to end Georgia’s restrictions on third-party candidates

Lawsuit seeks to end Georgia’s restrictions on third-party candidates

Georgia’s restrictions on third-party candidates trying to run for the U.S. House of Representatives should be declared unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday by the Libertarian Party of Georgia. No third-party candidate in Georgia has ever collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot for the U.S. House since the state passed an election qualifying...
Deal taps former aide to coveted Georgia board position

Deal taps former aide to coveted Georgia board position

Brian Robinson is a former aide to Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file. Gov. Nathan Deal appointed his former spokesman to the board of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, a coveted position that oversees the sprawling convention center and the sparkling new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The governor announced the appointment of Brian Robinson on Tuesday. A former aide to Rep. Lynn Westmoreland...
Atlanta mayor calls rivals ‘losers’ as Mitchell backs Norwood

Atlanta mayor calls rivals ‘losers’ as Mitchell backs Norwood

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed unleashed another volley of insulting rhetoric in the race to succeed him, Tuesday, calling two political rivals “losers” at a City Hall press conference.  Asked about City Council President Ceasar Mitchell’s expected endorsement of Councilwoman Mary Norwood over Reed’s hand-picked candidate, Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, Reed unloaded. The...
Inmates transcribe textbooks into braille, saving Georgia money

Inmates transcribe textbooks into braille, saving Georgia money

Deep inside Central State Prison, more than a dozen men spend hours each day hunched over a computer keyboard, transcribing math, literature and political science textbooks into braille. The murderers, sex offenders and other criminals — one of them a former cop who shot and wounded a fellow off-duty officer while in a drunken rage — have set up their respective work stations with photographs...
Stacey Evans to endorse Keisha Lance Bottoms in Atlanta mayoral runoff

Stacey Evans to endorse Keisha Lance Bottoms in Atlanta mayoral runoff

Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Evans in this October file photo. Curtis Compton,ccompton@ajc.com You’re about to witness the birth of a partnership that could carry deep into the 2018 Democratic race for governor. A cryptic note arrived from the campaign of Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday evening, plugging a next-day “joint announcement regarding...
Council targets ruling that blocks Georgia from being sued without consent

Council targets ruling that blocks Georgia from being sued without consent

Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file. A panel created by Gov. Nathan Deal recommended a range of options to counter a landmark Georgia Supreme Court ruling that effectively bars citizens from suing the state when trying to overturn a law they believe is constitutional. The findings submitted to Deal on Tuesday by the Court Reform Council also suggested the creation of a statewide business ...
Georgia attorney general warns holiday shoppers to protect themselves

Georgia attorney general warns holiday shoppers to protect themselves

Before shopping for the holidays, Georgia customers should take precautions against fraud, rip-offs and identity theft. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr says the prevalence of online gift buying makes it more important than ever for customers to safeguard their wallets and identities. He provided several tips: Shoppers should consider using credit cards, which provide refunds for defective...
Major work begins on one of metro Atlanta’s worst traffic bottlenecks

Major work begins on one of metro Atlanta’s worst traffic bottlenecks

After months of preliminary work, construction has begun in earnest on a fix for one of metro Atlanta’s worst traffic bottlenecks. The new I-285 interchange at Ga. 400 will take almost three more years to complete. When it’s done, state transportation officials say it will make commuting easier for hundreds of thousands of people. But they say the immediate traffic relief is just...
Georgia 2018: Abrams gets backup from progressive powers

Georgia 2018: Abrams gets backup from progressive powers

Democrat Stacey Abrams. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM Democrat Stacey Abrams bid for governor welcomed some reinforcements from her party’s progressive wing. The Working Families Party, a national progressive advocacy group, on Tuesday endorsed her bid for higher office. And MoveOn.Org said a majority of its members – about 83 percent – voted to back Abrams’ campaign...
Georgia GOP faces $700K in debt amid tide of legal bills

Georgia GOP faces $700K in debt amid tide of legal bills

Georgia GOP chair John Watson. AJC file The Georgia Republican Party reported it faced about $700,000 in debt, much of it from mounting legal bills linked to a racial discrimination lawsuit that was recently settled after about three years of litigation. The state party’s federal financial disclosure, filed late Monday, shows in stark details the financial toll of the...
PolitiFact: Cuomo’s assessment of GOP tax intent incomplete

PolitiFact: Cuomo’s assessment of GOP tax intent incomplete

When some Republican senators pushed to end a key part of the Affordable Care Act as part of their tax-overhaul bill, Democratic critics including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pounced. We examined his characterization and found his phrasing misses some important points, including this one: Many Americans would be choosing to give up their health insurance if the individual mandate were lifted. That&rsquo...
Atlanta mayoral candidate Norwood releases 9 years of tax returns

Atlanta mayoral candidate Norwood releases 9 years of tax returns

Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood released nine years of her and her husband’s federal tax returns on Monday, arguing that an ongoing federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall required greater transparency. Norwood is in the Dec. 5 runoff against Keisha Lance Bottoms, who said she was open to releasing her returns as well, but first wanted to talk to her accountant. Norwood&rsquo...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: The Atlanta constants of traffic and Confederate symbolism

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” began with a discussion of the expansion contemplated for I-285 and whether room should be reserved for a transit option. Not commuter rail itself, but a kind of reserved space – just in case we get around to it. Then there’s the topic of streets named for Confederate leaders in Atlanta, and the thing itself...
Federal tax overhaul plans target bonds widely used in Georgia

Federal tax overhaul plans target bonds widely used in Georgia

Congressional proposals to change the U.S. tax structure may have a major impact in the future on infrastructure projects in Georgia — from road construction to how much students pay to live in college dorms. The tax overhaul that the U.S. House passed last week would eliminate the kind of bonds the University System of Georgia has used to build more than $3 billion worth of dorms, parking decks...
Candidates in Roswell runoff to debate next week

Candidates in Roswell runoff to debate next week

A week before Roswell residents head back to the polls, they’ll have a chance to hear from the candidates vying for their vote. On Tuesday, Nov. 28, a debate will be held at the Cultural Arts Center in Roswell and feature candidates in the runoff election for the mayoral and city council seats. In the mayor’s race is Lori Henry and Lee Jenkins. The winner will succeed Jere...
Georgia’s Democratic establishment starts to rally behind Bottoms in Atlanta mayor race

Georgia’s Democratic establishment starts to rally behind Bottoms in Atlanta mayor race

Atlanta Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms was endorsed by state Rep. Pat Gardner, former state Sen. Jason Carter, state Sen. Elena Parent, state Rep. David Dreyer and former state Rep. Kathy Ashe. (AJC/Greg Bluestein) Georgia’s Democratic establishment is stepping up its efforts to rally supporters behind Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms’ campaign for Atlanta mayor, a technically...
Medicaid patients’ deaths didn’t prompt state action

Medicaid patients’ deaths didn’t prompt state action

Georgia’s Department of Community Health apparently handed down no sanctions against a state contractor after a 58-year-old paraplegic died from falling off a wheelchair lift in May. Before that, there’s no record of sanctions after a 34-year-old double amputee died following a wheelchair spill in 2015. And so the pattern of avoidable injuries continues within the system charged...
First American title pawn pays $225K for alleged violations against Georgia customers

First American title pawn pays $225K for alleged violations against Georgia customers

A Georgia title pawn company is paying about $225,000 to settle allegations that it sued customers who defaulted on loans, threatened customers with arrest warrants and misrepresented itself in advertisements. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced last week that First American Title Lending of Georgia will make the payment in response to allegations that it violated consumer protection...
The Jolt: Say good-bye to Confederate Avenue in Atlanta

The Jolt: Say good-bye to Confederate Avenue in Atlanta

Confederate flag runner Alan Keck (left) debates Grant Park resident Katie Kurumada (right) about the petition to change the name of Confederate Avenue last August. Keck runs in the park three days a week and is concerned about the heritage aspect of Confederate names and symbols. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed today will take formal possession of...
Some ACA premiums fall while others spike; enrollment keeps surging

Some ACA premiums fall while others spike; enrollment keeps surging

Tyrone Jenkins sat in his insurance agent’s office on Friday, relieved about his health insurance. After all the upheaveal and news over skyrocketing Obamacare premiums, Jenkins will actually see his coverage costs plummet next year. He’ll pay less than half in 2018 what he did in 2017 for similar coverage. How can this be? Jenkins doesn’t like the answer. Thanks to decisions made...
New metro Atlanta express lanes: Traffic relief if you pay by the mile

New metro Atlanta express lanes: Traffic relief if you pay by the mile

Imagine driving 30 miles on metro Atlanta highways at the height of rush hour – and arriving at your destination in less than an hour. Imagine knowing your morning commute will consistently take 45 minutes – instead of worrying that a fender-bender will snarl traffic and make it twice as long. Imagine running late for work, but knowing there’s a wide-open lane of traffic that will...
The Supreme Court sets a date for Georgia’s water wars dispute

The Supreme Court sets a date for Georgia’s water wars dispute

How much water Georgia can withdraw from Lake Lanier to meet its growth needs has been the subject of a long legal battle between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. (AJC/Bob Andres) The U.S. Supreme Court has set a Jan. 8 date to hear arguments in Georgia’s ongoing water rights dispute with Florida, in what could be a final round of arguments in an increasingly expensive...
Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal

Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal

Earlier this month, Mayor Kasim Reed boasted on his very active Twitter account that his town is immigrant friendly. “Atlanta is proud to be a welcoming city,” he wrote. “Pleased to be a part of the Safe Cities Network offering legal representation for those individuals facing deportation.” Fighting for the rights of immigrants is now an important battleground for Dems and...
Ex-DNC chief Brazile in Atlanta: Answers still needed about 2016 election

Ex-DNC chief Brazile in Atlanta: Answers still needed about 2016 election

Former Democratic party chief Donna Brazile said Sunday she “totally agrees” with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s assertion that we need to “get to the bottom of what happened” in the 2016 election. “She’s absolutely right that we have to take a backstep and get a full accounting of what happened with the hacking of our voting systems, with the hacking...
Democrats aim for suburbs in Alabama ahead of Deep South votes

Democrats aim for suburbs in Alabama ahead of Deep South votes

Amanda Wilson has watched with a mix of glee and uncertainty as the imposing homes along this wealthy suburban town’s zigzagging streets has suddenly sprouted Democratic signs. “I’m a blue dot in a big red state,” said Wilson, a 64-year-old retiree. “But I don’t feel as lonely anymore.” Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s struggles have transformed...
PolitiFact roundup: guns, tax bill, Obamacare

PolitiFact roundup: guns, tax bill, Obamacare

Recent claims PolitiFact checked out included a Georgia legislator’s claim that the Las Vegas mass killer’s use of a bump stock may have kept his death toll lower; President Trump’s characterization of a key Obamacare provision as “highly unpopular;” and a Democratic senator’s claim that Republicans haven’t followed usual, proper procedures for having their...
Atlanta mayoral candidates feel the heat at Spelman debate

Atlanta mayoral candidates feel the heat at Spelman debate

The AJC’s Stephen Deere keeps you updated on the latest in the Atlanta mayoral race and everything else going on at City Hall. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:  Atlanta mayoral candidates battle for city's progressive vote Atlanta mayoral runoff candidates seek support of former opponents Bottoms, Norwood in runoff to become Atlanta's next mayor
Getting ready for metro Atlanta’s next transportation revolution

Getting ready for metro Atlanta’s next transportation revolution

An electric driverless shuttle produced by EasyMile drives, as part of an experiment, in Paris on Friday. The fully electric autonomous vehicle is made by French company EasyMile, one of multiple French driverless car projects. AP/Christophe Ena Please seal this column in an envelope and give it a place on a back shelf for the next 20 years. On Nov. 19, 2037, open the envelope. If the...
Recount shows Michael Julian Bond might retain Atlanta Council seat

Recount shows Michael Julian Bond might retain Atlanta Council seat

Michael Julian Bond will apparently retain his at-large council seat, but just barely, according to the unofficial results of a Fulton County vote recount on Friday. For the past couple of weeks, the outcome of the race wasn’t clear. First, there was supposed to be a recount, then a runoff, then a recount again. Earlier this week, election officials in DeKalb and Fulton counties indicated they...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Shirley Franklin on the ATL race for mayor

With former mayor Shirley Franklin in the house, today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” couldn’t help but start out with a look at the Atlanta mayor’s race between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. Franklin repeated her contention that trust was a basic issue in the campaign – pointing to the federal investigators currently...
The Left is condemning the culture of harassment; calls for Conyers to go

The Left is condemning the culture of harassment; calls for Conyers to go

More people are calling for U.S. Rep. John Conyers to resign in the wake of the news of secret payments for congressional sexual harassment claims. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Detroit Free Press: Voters in Michigan should have been told of the payoffs to women who claimed Conyers sexually harassed. From The Atlantic: Don’t be surprised by more news...
The Right is calling for Congress to end secret payments for bad behavior

The Right is calling for Congress to end secret payments for bad behavior

It’s morals run amok in some corners of Congress. And, guess what? Taxpayers get to foot the bill to hush it up. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the secret settlement fund. Opinions from the Right: From The Detroit News: Voters were cheated when they were kept in the dark about payments to silence women who accused Conyers of assault. From The New York Post: Harassers in Congress...
Trump promises Americans ‘huge tax cut’ for Christmas

Trump promises Americans ‘huge tax cut’ for Christmas

President Donald Trump on Monday promised a tax overhaul by Christmas, a day after the White House signaled its willingness to strike a health care provision from Senate tax legislation if it’s an impediment to passing the tax bill. Speaking before a Cabinet meeting, Trump said: “We’re going to give the American people a huge tax cut for Christmas — hopefully that will be a...
President Trump discounts accusations against Roy Moore

President Trump discounts accusations against Roy Moore

President Donald Trump discounted allegations of sexual assault against Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and said Tuesday that voters should not support Moore’s “liberal” rival. Trump addressed the swirling controversy surrounding Moore for the first time since top Republican leaders called on Moore to step aside more than a week ago. “We don’t need a liberal...
Warden for troubled Georgia prison hospital reassigned

Warden for troubled Georgia prison hospital reassigned

The warden who has been in charge at Augusta State Medical Prison for the last 18 months has been reassigned, a signal that state corrections officials want new leadership at the facility as it deals with the sanitation and safety concerns recently brought to light by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joan Heath confirmed Tuesday that at...
The Left questions the reasons behind deporting Haitians who were here legally

The Left questions the reasons behind deporting Haitians who were here legally

Thousands of Haitians have now lost their Temporary Protected Status, the deportation protection that allowed them to live and work in the United States following the devastating earthquake of 2010. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The New York Daily News: Trump’s decision is not about undocumented immigrants. The Haitians are here with permission to stay. From...
The Right may need to dump Roy Moore, but they want to see the Left dump Al Franken first

The Right may need to dump Roy Moore, but they want to see the Left dump Al Franken first

Is it OK when it’s our guy involved in sexual misconduct, but not when it’s theirs? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The Resurgent: Do you think Republicans are going to condemn Roy Moore if Democrats are not doing the same with Al Franken? From Townhall: Roy Moore has to go, but, then, so does Sen. Al Franken. In the end, it’s all about politics. ...
The Left warns that GOP tax reform will help no one but the rich

The Left warns that GOP tax reform will help no one but the rich

Tax reform bills offer a break, the left says, but they are a break for businesses, not families. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the Left:1. For tax reform worthy of the name, make it pro-employmentFrom The Hill: Now, just how is this plan going to help American workers? 2. Tax-Cut Bill to Make Scrooge McDuck ProudFrom The New York Times: Does this...
The Right looks forward to the relief promised by tax reform

The Right looks forward to the relief promised by tax reform

Will tax reform bills in Congress offer Americans families a break? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Oregonian: Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley warns that the tax reform bill isn’t what you may think it is. From The Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert says the tax reform plan is the best shot for reinvestment into small businesses, new jobs. From The...
Georgia Senate meetings will be live-streamed after Thanksgiving

Georgia Senate meetings will be live-streamed after Thanksgiving

Beginning the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday, Georgians who are interested in watching state senators at work can live-stream committee meetings being held in the statehouse. Members of the Georgia Senate on Friday held a mock committee meeting led by Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, R-Duluth, to test out the new wiring and equipment. “The work of the General Assembly should be...
Atlanta mayor under fire amid debate over illegal immigration

Atlanta mayor under fire amid debate over illegal immigration

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is drawing fire from multiple sides in the hot-button debate over illegal immigration after recently announcing the city had joined a nationwide effort in finding legal help for immigrants facing deportation. When Reed announced the city’s new policy this month, he called Atlanta a “welcoming city that stands up for the civil and human rights of every person.&rdquo...
The Right points to Franken as a symptom of the Left’s hypocrisy

The Right points to Franken as a symptom of the Left’s hypocrisy

The Right has always questioned Franken’s qualifications for the Senate. The revelations of sexual misconduct by the Minnesota  Democrat have added fuel to the fire. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From The Boston Herald: It’s “physician heal thy self” when it comes to sexual harassment in Congress. From The Weekly Standard: Al Franken has a lot...
In the light of the news about Al Franken, will the Left own its own sexual misconduct issues?

In the light of the news about Al Franken, will the Left own its own sexual misconduct issues?

Will Sen. Al Franken’s conduct call into question Democrats’ commitment to championing women who have been sexually harassed? A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. The Week: Do the Democrats take sexual harassment seriously? We’ll see. From The New Yorker: As the two apologies from Franken show, men still need to work on the conversation about gender and power...
The Week: A Moore win in Alabama could thrust Isakson into spotlight

The Week: A Moore win in Alabama could thrust Isakson into spotlight

If Republican Roy Moore wins Alabama’s special election to the U.S. Senate next month, and if fellow senators choose to expel him from the chamber over accusations of sexual misconduct involving the candidate and teenagers when he was in his 30s — so a couple of huge “ifs” — Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson could be a key cog in the process. As chairman of the Senate...
Opioid epidemic’s ripple effects: Hepatitis C spreading in Georgia

Opioid epidemic’s ripple effects: Hepatitis C spreading in Georgia

Georgia’s opioid epidemic isn’t just destroying families and local economies, it’s also spreading other diseases. For the first time in history, Georgia’s level of hepatitis C infection has surpassed 14,000 victims in one year, the state epidemiologist on Thursday told a study committee in the Georgia House of Representatives. And the likely main culprit, she said, was heroin...
The Right wonders if the ‘Jeff Sessions option’ can save a Senate seat

The Right wonders if the ‘Jeff Sessions option’ can save a Senate seat

What can be done about Alabama’s Senate race? Maybe Jeff Sessions has the answer. A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Roy Moore mess. From The Federalist: Don’t be fooled by Moore. Even if there were no allegations of sexual misconduct, he is not what he claims to be. From The Daily Caller: When it comes down to it, does Washington really need someone else with a problem?...
The Left says silence on Moore is as damning as support is for him

The Left says silence on Moore is as damning as support is for him

Is one TV commentator’s comment, “Better a deviant than a Democrat,” one that voters in Alabama want to embrace? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at what has kept Roy Moore in the race for Senate. From The Peoria Journal Star: How can Alabama voters defend sending this man to the Senate? From The Washington Post: Aren’t believers called on to speak the truth?...
Decatur lawmaker proposes bill to ban bump stocks in Georgia

Decatur lawmaker proposes bill to ban bump stocks in Georgia

A Decatur lawmaker filed legislation that would ban bump stocks like those used last month in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, filed the bill Wednesday, the first day lawmakers could present legislation to be considered when the Legislature returns in January. “There is no justification for this kind of device being easily sold and easily implemented...
Abrams proposes ‘bold’ scholarship to boost early child care in Georgia

Abrams proposes ‘bold’ scholarship to boost early child care in Georgia

Democrat Stacey Abrams unveiled a program Wednesday that she proposed as a way to make quality child care more affordable through a new scholarship, tax credits for teachers in early childhood jobs and an initiative to expand child care options to more rural areas. Abrams said the proposals will be central to her run for governor, and she portrayed them as essential for Georgians struggling with high...
The Right may be a little too excited about a possible Clinton special counsel

The Right may be a little too excited about a possible Clinton special counsel

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee suggesting his department is looking into a possible investigation into Hillary Clinton’s time in the State Department. The news excited some conservatives, but should it have? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Associated Press: What will weigh heaviest on Sessions – doing...
Former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile in Atlanta on Sunday

Former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile in Atlanta on Sunday

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile will be in Atlanta Sunday to discuss and sign copies of her new book, “Hacks:  The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.” The free event , moderated by Mo Ivory, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the ZuCot Gallery, 100 Centennial Park Drive NW. Brazile’s book...
The Left wonders when conservatives will realize there is nothing there on Clinton

The Left wonders when conservatives will realize there is nothing there on Clinton

When will conservatives let it go? Hillary Clinton did nothing to be investigated for. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at what people are saying about a proposed special counsel. From Newsweek: Sessions may be hearing from his boss if a special counsel investigation into Hillary Clinton’s time at the State Department doesn’t come to pass. From The Washington Post: Sessions...
Georgia Senate panel seeks slowdown in passage of tax credits

Georgia Senate panel seeks slowdown in passage of tax credits

A Georgia Senate panel is expected to recommend what would be a fairly revolutionary change in the way lawmakers have traditionally passed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of special-interest tax breaks at the end of each General Assembly session. A special committee reviewing whether to continue tax breaks — such as those given to filmmakers, developers, research companies and, this past...
Georgia immigration enforcement board weighs hiring outside help

Georgia immigration enforcement board weighs hiring outside help

Georgia’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board is considering hiring a private investigator or a paralegal to help it get through a backlog of complaints, most of them filed by longtime anti-illegal immigration activist D.A. King. Appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker, the seven-member board — which has a $20,000 annual budget — is now tracking 14 pending...
Republicans race for attention early in Georgia governor race

Republicans race for attention early in Georgia governor race

Republican candidates in Georgia routinely race to the party’s right flank, but the leading contenders in next year’s GOP race for governor have set a new pace as they try to outdo each other with attention-grabbing moves a year from the vote. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle opened a nasty feud with the liberal stronghold of Decatur, and he relayed every twist and turn of the fight to his supporters...
Adult clubs sue, calling new Georgia tax unconstitutional

Adult clubs sue, calling new Georgia tax unconstitutional

A coalition of adult entertainment venues is suing Georgia’s attorney general and Department of Revenue commissioner over a new tax that aims to curb child trafficking. The Georgia Association of Club Executives filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court against Attorney General Chris Carr and Department of Revenue Commissioner Lynn Riley arguing that the tax is unconstitutional because...
The Left wonders why the U.S. president seems to be cheering for the wrong team

The Left wonders why the U.S. president seems to be cheering for the wrong team

So what do you do with a president who believes the Russian president over his own intelligence community? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From CNN: Sure, the president may have sounded good on the Asia trip, but the results were just not there. From The New York Times: Trump won’t acknowledge the crime because Trump was the beneficiary of the crime. Trump won&rsquo...
The Right doesn’t think Trump was ‘played’ in Asia. Just the opposite.

The Right doesn’t think Trump was ‘played’ in Asia. Just the opposite.

Was President Donald Trump ‘played’ by Russian President Vladimir Putin? A roundup of conservative editorials begs to differ. From The American Thinker: Both James Clapper and John Brennan lied to Congress, and these are the men the left wants to hear say Trump was played for a fool? From McClatchy Newspapers: Trump can do presidential, but it seems to happen only on foreign trips. From...
Hillary Clinton says this month’s elections show ‘tide is turning’

Hillary Clinton says this month’s elections show ‘tide is turning’

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the Democratic wave in last week’s elections was a sign that the “fever is breaking and the tide is turning” after her stunning defeat by Republican Donald Trump. Clinton said Monday that the Democratic victories in statewide elections in New Jersey and Virginia, along with down-ballot gains in Georgia and elsewhere, were a &ldquo...
Gov. Deal suspends indicted sheriff behind controversial school search

Gov. Deal suspends indicted sheriff behind controversial school search

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday suspended a south Georgia sheriff who made national headlines earlier this year when he ordered invasive body searches of hundreds of high school students in a bizarre drug search gone awry. Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby was temporarily removed from office pending the outcome of the criminal case against him related to the searches, during which some students said...
McConnell calls for Moore to drop out of Senate race; new accuser comes forward

McConnell calls for Moore to drop out of Senate race; new accuser comes forward

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, said Monday that Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, “should step aside” and that he believes the women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers. “I believe the women, yes,” McConnell, R-Ky., said at a news conference in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell also said that...
Visa lottery draws scrutiny in Georgia following N.Y. terror attack

Visa lottery draws scrutiny in Georgia following N.Y. terror attack

Banji Oyebisi felt a heavy weight lift off his shoulders when he learned he had won America’s diversity visa lottery. His native Nigeria beset with political upheaval and violence, Oyebisi immigrated to Georgia in 1996 and worked his way up from washing dishes to employing four people at his own technology consulting business in Sandy Springs. The program that brought Oyebisi to America is now...
It’s up to Alabama voters to decide Roy Moore’s fate, the Right says

It’s up to Alabama voters to decide Roy Moore’s fate, the Right says

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is facing allegations of sexual misconduct as the election to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat draws near. Moore says he’s staying in the race. The Right says it’s up to Alabama voters to decide if he will be their representative in Washington. Washington Times: Moore will face the allegations against him, and it will happen on Dec. 12...
The Left says using Mary and Joseph to defend Roy Moore’s behavior is unacceptable - and creepy

The Left says using Mary and Joseph to defend Roy Moore’s behavior is unacceptable - and creepy

After the bombshell allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore became public, some in that state defended the former chief justice using a comparison to Mary and Joseph. Here’s a look at the effrontery of that argument. From NOLA: What are Alabama officials thinking when they use Mary and Joseph to defend someone accused of pedophilia? From CNN: A Southerner explains the Right&rsquo...
Some Georgia school retirees see health coverage costs skyrocket

Some Georgia school retirees see health coverage costs skyrocket

Chuck Trader decided to become a middle-school math teacher in 2007 after years in corporate finance, in part because he believed that as an educator, he’d be able to retire in his early 60s with good, affordable, state-subsidized health insurance. When he retired 10 years later he found out he was wrong. Very wrong. His family’s State Health Benefit Plan coverage nearly tripled, and his...
A GOP proposal would change voting process after Senate stunner

A GOP proposal would change voting process after Senate stunner

The surprising all-Democratic runoff for a state Senate seat long held by Republicans would never have happened under legislation set to be introduced before next year’s legislative session. State Sen. Josh McKoon, a Republican candidate for secretary of state, said he’ll file legislation next week that would require both parties to nominate their own candidates in a special election....
Food distributor: NAFTA helps his business, makes for good neighbors

Food distributor: NAFTA helps his business, makes for good neighbors

The business he knows best is food and NAFTA has been very good for his business, said Rene Diaz, the chief executive of Diaz Foods. Started as Diaz Market in 1969 and transformed in 1980 into Diaz Foods, the Atlanta-based company has grown to be one of the nation’s leading distributors of Hispanic foods, with customers in 25 states. His pro-NAFTA views meld practicality and ideology: &ldquo...
In Georgia, NAFTA has hurt some while lifting others

In Georgia, NAFTA has hurt some while lifting others

Rebba Storey slid a cup and a blueberry muffin across the smooth, maroon counter at the Jam-N-Java Bakery, smiling at her only customer on a recent sunny afternoon. She skated a hand across the shiny top, pointing to cuts in the dark-stained surface, notches long ago seared into the wood that were later sanded and shellacked. “This was part of Lanett Mill,” Storey said. That plant wasn&rsquo...
Georgia peach farmer says changes to NAFTA could help boost business

Georgia peach farmer says changes to NAFTA could help boost business

Robert Dickey is interested in seeing what comes out of negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement. Dickey Farms in Musella, which has been in his family for five generations, could benefit from a few tweaks, he said. Though the 15-year-old trade deal helped increase the peach farmers’ business with Canada, Mexico does not allow the crop to be imported into the country. The...
Timber manager: U.S. courts need a place in resolving NAFTA disputes

Timber manager: U.S. courts need a place in resolving NAFTA disputes

Trees have been Blake Sullivan’s business for more than three decades, mostly as a manager of forestland. “I’m kind of like an orchestra leader,” he said. Landowners “tell me what they need to do with their land. They tell me their goals.” It’s not enough to simply stand back, not when those goals are human-made or when value is shaped by the market, he said...
ICE moves to close South Georgia detention center, then re-evaluates

ICE moves to close South Georgia detention center, then re-evaluates

The Trump administration moved this week to close a federal immigration detention center in South Georgia just months after it opened, and then said it was re-evaluating that decision, leaving 170 jobs, $4 million in private investments, and a big chunk of local tax revenue up in the air. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s change of direction Friday came after Republican U.S. Rep. Buddy...
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