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Tim Kaine to Georgia Latinos: ‘We are all Americans’

Tim Kaine to Georgia Latinos: ‘We are all Americans’

Democratic vice presidential hopeful Tim Kaine on Sunday urged Georgia Latinos to vote for Hillary Clinton for president and told them they can “make the difference.
Gwinnett House district gets voting rights scrutiny

Gwinnett House district gets voting rights scrutiny

Georgia’s decision to redraw state House of Representatives districts last year is getting new scrutiny as the battle over voting rights heats up in federal courts across the country.
Judge orders Georgia to release database records on voter registration

Judge orders Georgia to release database records on voter registration

A federal judge has ordered Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to release more detailed public records about why the state decides to reject applicants trying to register to vote, granting a temporary victory to voter advocates as a lawsuit over the records continues.
Oxendine could face new allegations from Georgia ethics commission

Oxendine could face new allegations from Georgia ethics commission

State ethics officials may file new allegations against former insurance commissioner and gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine in the coming months over his decision to “invest” $237,000 in leftover campaign money in his law firm.
Jobs to be issue in religious liberty rematch

Jobs to be issue in religious liberty rematch

General Electric executives scouting Atlanta as a possible home for the corporate giant’s digital division reacted swiftly when Georgia legislators passed the controversial “religious liberty” bill in March: They canceled the trip.
Former judges complain of treatment by judicial commission

Former judges complain of treatment by judicial commission

A former DeKalb County Superior Court judge said Thursday she was duped and “sucker punched” when she met with the commission that oversees Georgia’s judiciary — a meeting that led to her indictment and, finally, to her agreement never to return to the bench.
Atlanta-based app connects people to their politicians

Atlanta-based app connects people to their politicians

Atlanta software developer Horace Williams traces the inspiration for his new mobile app to the outpouring of anger and activism that occurred in the wake of the 2012 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Georgia’s budget reserves swell to record $2.05 billion

Georgia’s budget reserves swell to record $2.05 billion

Gov. Nathan Deal’s goal of leaving his successor flush with $2 billion in the state’s savings account is way ahead of schedule, thanks to a strong economy and relatively tight spending plans.
Georgia’s budget reserves swell to record $2.05 billion

Georgia’s budget reserves swell to record $2.05 billion

Gov. Nathan Deal’s goal of leaving his successor flush with $2 billion in the state’s savings account is way ahead of schedule, thanks to a strong economy and relatively tight spending plans.
Ex-chiefs offer option in defense of Georgia judicial watchdog

Ex-chiefs offer option in defense of Georgia judicial watchdog

Two former directors of the state agency that investigates judges defended the Judicial Qualifications Commission before a key legislative committee Thursday, but they also conceded there was room for improvement.
Deal plans big boost in state officer pay, revamp of police training

Deal plans big boost in state officer pay, revamp of police training

Gov. Nathan Deal proposed Thursday a 20 percent pay increase for state law enforcement officers and an overhaul of police training to include more courses on use of force and community policing after a summer of violence and unrest in the nation’s streets.
Gov. Deal lays out education plans and lashes out at critics

Gov. Deal lays out education plans and lashes out at critics

Gov. Nathan Deal told Georgia educational leaders Thursday that his final two years in office will see a pivot to education policy, and he lashed out at critics of his budgets and his push for a state takeover of “chronically failing” schools.
Georgia Chamber pitches Medicaid expansion options

Georgia Chamber pitches Medicaid expansion options

Georgia business leaders revealed on Wednesday three Republican-friendly alternatives to expanding the state’s Medicaid program — a move that would extend health coverage to hundreds of thousands of poor Georgians and bring billions of dollars in new federal funding to the state.
Is Georgia’s voting system safe from hackers?

Is Georgia’s voting system safe from hackers?

Warnings that hackers appear to have targeted elections systems in Arizona and Illinois have served as a wake-up call for Georgia officials, who began investigating Tuesday how the state’s public agencies can get a better handle on data security.
Bipartisan group will push amendment to aid trafficking victims

Bipartisan group will push amendment to aid trafficking victims

A bipartisan group of current and former elected officials will lead an effort to urge voters to approve a constitutional amendment in November that would fund services for children who are victims of human trafficking.
Retired Georgia ports director left with big-money payout

Retired Georgia ports director left with big-money payout

When he retired as head of the Georgia Ports Authority, Curtis Foltz left with $2 million. The money paid to the 56-year-old shipping and logistics expert included salary, bonuses, pension and other fees, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
More will have to work to keep food stamps

More will have to work to keep food stamps

Georgia plans to significantly expand the number of counties that require food stamp recipients with no children to find a job, extending the program from three to 24 counties across the state.
DEA decision on medical marijuana ‘could be huge’ for Georgia families

DEA decision on medical marijuana ‘could be huge’ for Georgia families

The announcement Thursday by federal officials to keep marijuana on the list of most dangerous drugs has stunned Georgia advocates, who called it “insane” and said it would hurt families trying to access a form of medical marijuana legally allowed here.
AJC poll: Voters split on weapons ban, support anti-terrorism measures

AJC poll: Voters split on weapons ban, support anti-terrorism measures

Georgians are split on whether the U.S. should ban the sale of assault weapons, but they overwhelmingly support efforts aimed at stopping would-be terrorists from buying guns, a new poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.
Controversial tax paying off for rural Georgia transportation

Controversial tax paying off for rural Georgia transportation

Four years ago this month Atlanta voters sent a regional transportation tax down in flames. But other, more rural communities across the state, though also apprehensive about the tax proposal, decided their transportation needs outweighed their hesitations.
5 things to watch tonight at the Democratic convention

5 things to watch tonight at the Democratic convention

Hillary Clinton will officially accept the Democratic nomination for president tonight, culminating a historic week that ends with the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.
Two Latino women seeking election to the Georgia General Assembly

Two Latino women seeking election to the Georgia General Assembly

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported recently, Brenda Lopez of Norcross is poised to become the first Latino woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly after winning the May Democratic primary election in House District 99.
Two Latino women seeking election to the Georgia General Assembly

Two Latino women seeking election to the Georgia General Assembly

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported recently, Brenda Lopez of Norcross is poised to become the first Latino woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly after winning the May Democratic primary election in House District 99.
Rising seas to impact Georgia military bases

Rising seas to impact Georgia military bases

Coastal military bases in Georgia are threatened by rising seas prompted by climate change, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Georgia’s largest online school paid millions, earns a D

Georgia’s largest online school paid millions, earns a D

Georgians spend tens of millions of dollars a year on one of the biggest online schools in the nation, yet nearly every measure indicates the high-tech, online education model has not worked for many of its more than 13,000 students.
Ted Cruz stumps for Mike Crane in Newnan

Ted Cruz stumps for Mike Crane in Newnan

Fresh off a defiant appearance at the Republican National Convention where he refused to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, U.
A World War II veteran battles for re-election in Georgia

A World War II veteran battles for re-election in Georgia

The knock at the front door sets Karen Mathiak into a blur of motion, not least because she doesn’t know the man peering in from the porch of her chiropractic practice in this small town south of Atlanta.
Cruz snub revives Trump rift in Georgia GOP

Cruz snub revives Trump rift in Georgia GOP

Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s striking snub of Donald Trump — and the cascade of boos that followed it — has ratcheted up the tension around his scheduled visit to Georgia on Friday to stump for an anti-establishment congressional candidate.
Georgia Lottery raises a record $1 billion for education

Georgia Lottery raises a record $1 billion for education

The Georgia Lottery raised more than $1 billion last year for the state’s pre-kindergarten program and HOPE scholarships for college students, the first time ever in the lottery’s 23-year history it has crossed the “B” mark in profits for a single year.
GOP makes it official: Trump the nominee

GOP makes it official: Trump the nominee

Donald J. Trump officially became the Republican presidential nominee Tuesday evening, as the convention crowd celebrated not just the naming of a standard-bearer, but the welcomed end of a primary campaign that has forced the party to confront its own future.
Deal calls for boosting police salaries, training

Deal calls for boosting police salaries, training

Cleveland — Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he was considering a legislative package that could include more pay for state police officers as well as a new training regimen for law enforcement authorities in the aftermath of violence and unrest in the nation’s streets.
RNC 2016: First night targets Obama, Clinton on Benghazi, immigration

RNC 2016: First night targets Obama, Clinton on Benghazi, immigration

Donald Trump made a brief appearance at the Republican National Convention late Monday to introduce his wife, Melania, a bright moment in an opening day that was nearly derailed by a raucous attempt to expose the lingering divisions in the party.
Medical marijuana turns 1 in Georgia, but obstacles and risk remain

Medical marijuana turns 1 in Georgia, but obstacles and risk remain

Medical marijuana turned 1 this month in Georgia, but not everybody is celebrating.While the state’s official registry of patients allowed to legally use a limited form of cannabis oil continues to grow, some parents of children with intractable diseases have started their own underground network to get the oil into Georgia illegally because they are barred by federal law from shipping it here.
Georgia’s medical marijuana law just turned one year old

Georgia’s medical marijuana law just turned one year old

The phones at the Georgia Department of Public Health no longer ring off the hook with people calling to find doctors or asking questions about how the state’s medical marijuana registry works.
Meet Georgia’s delegation to the Republican National Convention

Meet Georgia’s delegation to the Republican National Convention

There’s a professional storyteller. A teenage activist trying to build a national profile. A former presidential candidate, a medical marijuana activist, one of the nation’s most prominent Republican attorneys, and a gaggle of ambitious politicians and rising GOP stars.
Georgia GOP delegate to press for medical marijuana on party platform

Georgia GOP delegate to press for medical marijuana on party platform

One of the leading advocates in Georgia for medical marijuana is headed to Cleveland this month on a crusade to persuade other delegates to the Republican National Convention to endorse medical marijuana as part of the party’s platform.
Georgia school spending not keeping up with inflation, population

Georgia school spending not keeping up with inflation, population

Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers have poured hundreds of millions of extra tax dollars into Georgia’s K12 education system the past few years in hopes of giving teachers raises and making sure students get 180 days of schooling.
Ga. nurses say Secretary of State Kemp putting ‘patients at risk’

Ga. nurses say Secretary of State Kemp putting ‘patients at risk’

Three years ago, I reported that the nursing board had a backlog of more than 3,000 unanswered complaints against nurses ranging from medical errors to unlicensed people posing as nurses to drug-addicted nurses stealing narcotics from patients.
New laws that go into effect July 1 in Georgia

New laws that go into effect July 1 in Georgia

Legal use of stun guns on Georgia’s college campuses, unlimited daily bingo prizes and state licenses for “lactation consultants” — all are among scores of new state laws going into effect Friday, the beginning of the state’s new fiscal year.
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