The Georgia Legislature


  Hospitals, beer distributors give to Deal funds that shield donors

 Hospitals, beer distributors give to Deal funds that shield donors

Gov. Nathan Deal’s political team has set up big-money funds to push his agenda during his final few years in office, similar to the $1 million Real PAC it used leading up to his re-election.
New sculptor selected for MLK statue at Georgia Capitol

New sculptor selected for MLK statue at Georgia Capitol

A plan to put a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the statehouse grounds got a boost Monday when a new sculptor was tapped to honor the civil rights icon at the Gold Dome.
 Gun rights groups have spent millions on Georgia campaigns since 2009

Gun rights groups have spent millions on Georgia campaigns since 2009

Gun rights groups have spent more than $2.16 million to sway Georgia voters in federal campaigns since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of campaign spending reports found.
Capitol concert to honor Orlando victims

Capitol concert to honor Orlando victims

State Rep. Karla Drenner on Monday will host a memorial concert at the state Capitol to honor victims of the Orlando shooting.
Georgia governor’s pick for ethics panel turns down appointment

Georgia governor’s pick for ethics panel turns down appointment

Rick Thompson said he was “honored” Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him to the state ethics commission last month, but in a letter to the governor Thompson said he must refuse the position before ever being sworn in.
ACLU: Orlando shooting a powerful reminder to tone down gay rhetoric

ACLU: Orlando shooting a powerful reminder to tone down gay rhetoric

In the wake of this weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando that left 50 people dead and dozens more injured, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday it hoped both state and national lawmakers would tone down rhetoric on issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Ex-West Point mayor gains key endorsement in 3rd District GOP runoff

Ex-West Point mayor gains key endorsement in 3rd District GOP runoff

The battle lines are now complete in the 3rd Congressional District Republican runoff. Jim Pace, the Peachtree City businessman who finished a close third in the May 24 primary, has endorsed former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson for the July runoff against state Sen.
Top staffers of Gov. Nathan Deal won’t get raises July 1

Top staffers of Gov. Nathan Deal won’t get raises July 1

Many of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aides got hefty raises after he won re-election in 2014, but they won’t benefit from the pay hikes being doled out to state employees and most teachers on July 1.
Social studies changes include kindergarten lessons about Christmas

Social studies changes include kindergarten lessons about Christmas

Georgia school board members unanimously approved changes Thursday they said were overdue to how social studies is taught in public school, despite a teacher organization’s objections to one of the changes: teaching kindergarten students about Christmas.
  Special interests poured last-minute money into Georgia’s May primary

 Special interests poured last-minute money into Georgia’s May primary

Special-interest groups in Georgia spent more than $600,000 in the final month before the state’s May 24 primary election, with most of the money going to protect vulnerable Republican incumbents, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of campaign records found.
Report: Augusta water improperly tested for lead

Report: Augusta water improperly tested for lead

The Augusta utilities director said Monday his agency properly tests for lead in drinking water after a newspaper reported that the East Georgia city, and 32 others, “cheats” to avoid reporting potentially dangerous levels of lead.
Strong May continues to boost Georgia revenue

Strong May continues to boost Georgia revenue

Georgia tax collections remained strong in May and provided the possibility of double-digit growth for the fiscal year, which ends June 30.
Muhammad Ali helped Atlanta shine as he inspired generations

Muhammad Ali helped Atlanta shine as he inspired generations

Muhammad Ali was a champion before he was a pariah, a hero before he was an activist. He was an icon before he was a patient, a global presence before he lit up the Atlanta sky.
Work requirements thin food stamp ranks

Work requirements thin food stamp ranks

The state has dropped thousands of able-bodied people from the food stamp rolls until they find jobs, but the state has had little success helping these people find work, according to a review by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Fraud, security breaches delay state tax refunds

Fraud, security breaches delay state tax refunds

State tax officials say that the processing of income tax returns are taking longer than normal due to a variety of outside forces, including increased attempts to cheat the system.
Georgia House veterans face runoffs but are promised colleague support

Georgia House veterans face runoffs but are promised colleague support

Two prominent Georgia House incumbents facing runoffs after failing to get enough votes Tuesday are being promised help from the chamber’s Republican leadership, including colleague cash expected to flow into their campaigns ahead of the July 26 election.
Georgia House veterans face runoffs but are promised colleague support

Georgia House veterans face runoffs but are promised colleague support

Two prominent Georgia House incumbents facing runoffs after failing to get enough votes Tuesday are being promised help from the chamber’s Republican leadership, including colleague cash expected to flow into their campaigns ahead of the July 26 election.
Crane, Ferguson draw battle lines quickly in 3rd District runoff

Crane, Ferguson draw battle lines quickly in 3rd District runoff

The presumed finalists for the Republican nomination to Georgia’s 3rd District seat in the U.S. House moved quickly Wednesday to consolidate support from their vanquished rivals and to define the race moving forward.
Chandler defeats Republican rival in Gwinnett House race

Chandler defeats Republican rival in Gwinnett House race

State Rep. Joyce Chandler cleared the first hurdle in her bid to seek a third term Tuesday. Chandler defeated Republican David Crocker by a sizable margin in House District 105 in the Grayson area of Gwinnett County.
Georgia’s GOP congressmen beat back anti-establishment challengers

Georgia’s GOP congressmen beat back anti-establishment challengers

Georgia’s sitting Republican congressmen won their party’s nominations Tuesday, adding more doubt about the strength of the anti-incumbent sentiment that has gripped American politics on the right since the rise of Donald Trump.
Georgia statehouse leaders breeze, but big business misses on Turner

Georgia statehouse leaders breeze, but big business misses on Turner

Many state House and Senate leaders faced Republican primary opposition Tuesday and most if not all were headed to easy re-election, including House Speaker David Ralston, House Majority Leader Jon Burns and Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert.
Chamber, Georgia Power spend big to protect leaders Tuesday

Chamber, Georgia Power spend big to protect leaders Tuesday

The Georgia Chamber and its allies are spending big to protect House and Senate leaders and defeat a metro Atlanta legislator who voted against gas and hotel tax hikes for transportation in 2015.
Big jump in early voting this year in Georgia

Big jump in early voting this year in Georgia

More than 329,000 Georgia voters cast early ballots ahead of Tuesday’s primary, a significant increase over the last big state elections season two years ago.
  Top GOP lawmakers face rare campaign challenges in Georgia’s primary

 Top GOP lawmakers face rare campaign challenges in Georgia’s primary

In Barrow County, Terry England has been pushed into an unusual position: campaigning.The 10-year veteran of the House heads the budget-writing Appropriations Committee and has not had a primary opponent since being sworn into office in 2005.
Where do Gwinnett candidates stand on religious liberty?

Where do Gwinnett candidates stand on religious liberty?

Religious liberty legislation – which would have would have strengthened legal protections for opponents of same-sex marriage – sparked a heated debate in this year’s legislative session.
Where do Gwinnett candidates stand on campus carry?

Where do Gwinnett candidates stand on campus carry?

Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of legislation that would allow firearms on Georgia college campuses has provoked a backlash from gun rights advocates and praise from others.
Sandy Springs House race to be decided in May primary

Sandy Springs House race to be decided in May primary

The Republican candidates to replace a long-term Sandy Springs legislator both agree the governor was right to veto two of the most controversial Republican-backed bills of the year.
Senate campaign battle in N. Fulton, Cherokee among roughest

Senate campaign battle in N. Fulton, Cherokee among roughest

Trina Kemp has lived in Alpharetta’s tony Windward Community for 17 years, watching as the rolling, wooded hills of North Fulton County have increasingly given way to more homes, shopping areas and people — the place is so popular she doesn’t take a breath when asked what issue tops her list as a voter.
Two members of Georgia ethics board resign

Two members of Georgia ethics board resign

Two members of the Georgia state ethics commission have resigned from office.Hillary Stringfellow, who had been serving as the board’s chair, and Heath Garrett submitted their resignations this month, commission director Stefan Ritter said.
Senator: Parents should be able to sue government for bathroom crimes

Senator: Parents should be able to sue government for bathroom crimes

Senate Judiciary Chairman Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, a leading proponent of “religious liberty” legislation, is calling on state attorney generals across the country to fight the Obama administration’s directive on public school bathrooms.
Poll: Overall rating steady for Georgia’s Deal, but GOP support falls

Poll: Overall rating steady for Georgia’s Deal, but GOP support falls

Georgia voters have split almost evenly on Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of so-called “religious liberty” legislation but generally agree he was right to turn away a bill allowing guns on college campuses, an exclusive new poll from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.
Georgia doctors, nursing homes get $140 million pay boost

Georgia doctors, nursing homes get $140 million pay boost

Doctors, nursing home owners and others who provide health care services to Georgians in public health programs will get about a $140 million boost in payments after a key state board gave final approval to the increase Thursday.
State payments to Georgia doctors, nursing homes to rise in July

State payments to Georgia doctors, nursing homes to rise in July

Doctors, nursing home owners and others who provide health care services to Georgians on public health programs will get a $140 million boost in payments after a key state board gave final approval to the increase Thursday.
Transportation tax puts some Georgia incumbents on rocky road

Transportation tax puts some Georgia incumbents on rocky road

As bulldozers and pavers rumble across Georgia building and repairing roads, many Republicans lawmakers are getting pounded in their primaries because they voted to raise taxes to pay for the transportation projects.
Expecting labor help, South Georgia farmers get inspections instead

Expecting labor help, South Georgia farmers get inspections instead

Federal inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor conducted spot inspections of farms across South Georgia on Tuesday, a week after many farmers complained the agency has failed to properly process visa applications for migrant workers.
Expecting labor help, farmers get inspections instead

Expecting labor help, farmers get inspections instead

Federal inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor are conducting spot inspections of farms across south Georgia, a week after many farmers complained the agency has failed to properly process visa applications for migrant workers.
State review won’t be done before Allstate raises auto insurance rates

State review won’t be done before Allstate raises auto insurance rates

The state’s review of Allstate Insurance’s plan to raise auto insurance rates 25 percent later this month won’t be completed in time to stop the rates from taking effect, Georgia Department of Insurance officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
State of Georgia tax take rises again as economy improves

State of Georgia tax take rises again as economy improves

State revenue collections were up 7.4 percent in April over the same month last year, with much of the gain again coming from new hotel and gas taxes lawmakers approved during the 2015 General Assembly session.
N. DeKalb-based House districts give voters rare choice of red or blue

N. DeKalb-based House districts give voters rare choice of red or blue

While Georgia’s majority political party typically draws voting boundaries to ensure support for their own candidates and limit competition, two races for legislative House districts in and around Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville will be hard-fought in both this month’s primary and the November general election.
State lawmaker seeks dramatic cuts in welfare, food stamps

State lawmaker seeks dramatic cuts in welfare, food stamps

This week I wrote about how Georgia won’t be requiring photos on food stamp cards. But that’s just a proxy for the real battle underway to dramatically scale back the food stamp program in Georgia.
Firefighters slam Georgia governor over veto of cancer legislation

Firefighters slam Georgia governor over veto of cancer legislation

Georgia firefighters sharply rebuked Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday after he vetoed legislation to help them get workers’ compensation benefits if they could provide “a preponderance” of evidence that their work caused cancer.
Georgia firefighters blast Gov. Deal after veto of cancer legislation

Georgia firefighters blast Gov. Deal after veto of cancer legislation

Georgia firefighters sharply rebuked Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday after he vetoed legislation to help them get workers’ compensation benefits if they could provide “a preponderance” of evidence that their work caused cancer.
Besides campus carry, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a little spending

Besides campus carry, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a little spending

Gov. Nathan Deal took a light touch to the state’s $23.7 billion budget this week, vetoing money for a coastal seawall and what was supposed to be one-time funding for the National Infantry Museum just outside Ft.
Campus gun veto could carry consequences for Georgia governor

Campus gun veto could carry consequences for Georgia governor

Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of “campus carry” legislation that would have legalized firearms on public college campuses sets the stage for another battle next year between conservatives and more mainstream Republicans over the party’s direction.
Georgia governor vetoes drone bill, ethics amnesty for local officials

Georgia governor vetoes drone bill, ethics amnesty for local officials

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed more than a dozen bills Tuesday besides the highly publicized measure that would have allowed guns on college campuses, including legislation that would have regulated the use of drones, given local officials amnesty from back ethics fines and made it easier for firefighters to get workers’ compensation benefits if they get cancer.
Deal rejects Georgia’s ‘campus carry’ bill

Deal rejects Georgia’s ‘campus carry’ bill

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation Tuesday that would allow college students to carry concealed guns onto campuses after lawmakers defied his personal request for changes that would exempt child-care centers and make other exceptions to the gun rights expansion.

‘Move over’ for utility workers

Utility workers will soon join police, firefighters and transportation personnel as a protected group requiring motorists to slow down or move over one lane if they see them working on the side of the road.
Georgia governor’s influence on state’s judiciary set to expand

Georgia governor’s influence on state’s judiciary set to expand

Gov. Nathan Deal will have the chance to expand his imprint on Georgia’s most powerful court — and another opportunity to reshape Georgia’s legal system — under a monumental judiciary makeover he’ll sign into law Tuesday.
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