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DNC 2016: Five things to watch on Day Three

DNC 2016: Five things to watch on Day Three

The third day of the Democratic National Convention gets underway at 4 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.
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.
More Georgia Republicans want to expand Medicaid, but it will be tough

More Georgia Republicans want to expand Medicaid, but it will be tough

A growing number of Georgia Republicans want to expand the Medicaid program — a notion many of them once vilified as too expensive — though they face significant hurdles to push through even modest changes to the health care network.
Georgia ethics commission gives its chief $16,000 raise

Georgia ethics commission gives its chief $16,000 raise

While thousands of teachers and state employees will be getting 3 percent raises July 1, the state ethics commission voted Thursday to boost the pay of its chief executive by 10 percent.
Dunwoody legislator pleads guilty to DUI

Dunwoody legislator pleads guilty to DUI

State Rep. Tom Taylor pleaded guilty Monday in Rabun County to driving under the influence of alcohol and an open container violation, according to Channel 2 Action News.
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.
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.
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