Aaron Gould Sheinin

Aaron Gould Sheinin has covered politics and government in the South for nearly two decades, including the past eight for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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‘Broadband deserts’ hinder growth in rural Georgia
 When bells ring at the end of the day in schools across rural Georgia, the local fast-food joints know what to expect. Gobs of students descend on the McDonald’s, Burger Kings and Wendy’s in small towns across the state. But it’s not a Big Mac, Whopper or Frosty many of the kids are after. It’s Wi-Fi. Sixteen percent...

4:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017

When bells ring at the end of the day in schools across rural Georgia, the local fast-food joints know what to expect. Gobs of students descend on the McDonald’s, Burger Kings and Wendy’s in small towns across the state. But it’s not a Big Mac, Whopper or Frosty many of the kids are after. It’s Wi-Fi. Sixteen percent...
Georgia 6th: Special interests dump cash in race ahead of debate

10:09 PM Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2017

As Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel prepare for their first debate tonight on WSB-TV, special interest groups opened the spigots again on Tuesday. Republican and Democratic groups reported spending at least $1.3 million on the race Tuesday. Gabriel Debenedetti, a national political reporter for Politico, first announced the cash dump on Twitter...
Metro Atlanta’s air quality improves despite population growth
 Just in time for summer smog season, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday reported that metro Atlanta’s air quality has met an important standard for pollution. The federal agency said the 15-county metro region has “reached a significant milestone … in the midst of significant population growth.” Officially...

9:20 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

Just in time for summer smog season, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday reported that metro Atlanta’s air quality has met an important standard for pollution. The federal agency said the 15-county metro region has “reached a significant milestone … in the midst of significant population growth.” Officially...
Florida asks Supreme Court to dump pro-Georgia water ruling
 The state of Florida has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a special master’s refusal to cap what it said is Georgia’s insatiable thirst for water.  In its filing, first reported by Politico, Florida says the high court is its “last remaining, legal remedy to save the Apalachicola Region—one...

2:42 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

The state of Florida has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a special master’s refusal to cap what it said is Georgia’s insatiable thirst for water.  In its filing, first reported by Politico, Florida says the high court is its “last remaining, legal remedy to save the Apalachicola Region—one...
Sonny Perdue endorses former aide in race for GOP chair

3:07 PM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

John Watson was Sonny Perdue’s campaign consultant when the Bonaire Republican upended Georgia politics by becoming, in 2003, the first Republican governor since Reconstruction and was later Perdue’s chief of staff. So it may not be a surprise that now-Agriculture Secretary Perdue has endorsed Watson, now a lobbyist, in his...
Georgia peach crop decimated after warm winter
 Georgia’s peach farmers have lost up to 80 percent of their crops after a combination of a mild winter and an early spring freeze, state agriculture officials said. The losses could near $50 million, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black’s office said. The news follows an estimated $250 million in losses from blueberries...

5:14 PM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

Georgia’s peach farmers have lost up to 80 percent of their crops after a combination of a mild winter and an early spring freeze, state agriculture officials said. The losses could near $50 million, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black’s office said. The news follows an estimated $250 million in losses from blueberries...
Georgia peaches: 80 percent of state’s crop lost
 It will not be a peachy summer for Georgia growers of the iconic fruit. Nearly 80 percent of the state’s peach crop was wiped out this year by a combination of an overly warm winter and a hard freeze in early spring, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. The loss comes after a similarly...

9:17 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

It will not be a peachy summer for Georgia growers of the iconic fruit. Nearly 80 percent of the state’s peach crop was wiped out this year by a combination of an overly warm winter and a hard freeze in early spring, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. The loss comes after a similarly...
Cobb Democrat files ethics complaint against Barry Loudermilk
 A prominent Cobb County Democrat has filed an ethics complaint against Barry Loudermilk, claiming the 11th District Republican congressman has used his old state campaign account to funnel money to his congressional fund. A Loudermilk campaign spokesman dismissed the complaint as merit-less and “partisan hooey.” Will Fowlkes...

1:00 PM Monday, May. 29, 2017

A prominent Cobb County Democrat has filed an ethics complaint against Barry Loudermilk, claiming the 11th District Republican congressman has used his old state campaign account to funnel money to his congressional fund. A Loudermilk campaign spokesman dismissed the complaint as merit-less and “partisan hooey.” Will Fowlkes...
Georgia lawmaker uses power of the purse to influence colleges
 Some call him the 20th member of the Board of Regents. He regularly uses his political power to influence policies he doesn’t like at Georgia’s colleges and universities, whether they be public or private. Kennesaw State, Georgia Tech, Georgia Gwinnett and Emory have all felt his wrath. He is Earl Ehrhart, a veteran state...

4:00 AM Monday, May. 29, 2017

Some call him the 20th member of the Board of Regents. He regularly uses his political power to influence policies he doesn’t like at Georgia’s colleges and universities, whether they be public or private. Kennesaw State, Georgia Tech, Georgia Gwinnett and Emory have all felt his wrath. He is Earl Ehrhart, a veteran state...
Georgia 2018: Rick Jeffares joins race for lieutenant governor

2:10 PM Friday, May. 26, 2017

It’s been whispered about for a while now, but state Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-McDonough, has filed paperwork to run for lieutenant governor. Jeffares, first elected in 2010, is chairman of the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee and a member of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee. A small business owner, he is...
Panel named to study Georgia transit
 House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, announced Thursday the members of the House Commission on Transit Governance & Funding.  The panel will study the state’s existing transit infrastructure and its future needs. It will also explore ways to pay for transit expansion.  “Transit is becoming more and more important...

3:20 PM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, announced Thursday the members of the House Commission on Transit Governance & Funding.  The panel will study the state’s existing transit infrastructure and its future needs. It will also explore ways to pay for transit expansion.  “Transit is becoming more and more important...