On his big day, polarized politics chases down Sam Olens at KSU

KSU President Sam Olens at commencement exercises in May. HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM At Kennesaw State University today, Sam Olens will be formally invested as the institution’s fourth president in a well-robed ceremony. When Republican attorney general was named to the post one year ago, many saw a man happily escaping the black/white, my-way/highway excesses of GOP primaries...
KSU President Sam Olens at commencement exercises in May. HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM At Kennesaw State University today, Sam Olens will be formally invested as the institution’s fourth...

Perdue abandons Obama regs meant to aid small poultry farmers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to kill a set of Obama-era regulations on Wednesday that was designed to level the legal playing field between poultry farmers and the large processing companies that ultimately deliver that chicken to America’s dinner plates. His decision will have major implications for Georgia, which leads the nation in broiler chicken production, and the ability...
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to kill a set of Obama-era regulations on Wednesday that was designed to level the legal playing field between poultry farmers and the large processing companies...


Torpy at Large: Mayor’s race heats up as bribery probe keeps cookin’

Torpy at Large: Mayor’s race heats up as bribery probe keeps cookin’

As the election comes to its final weeks, and as the corruption scandal dumps a new load of fertilizer at City Hall, Mayor Kasim Reed has moved to ensure he’ll have as close to a third term in office as possible. Hizzoner is term-limited, but he wants to keep his hand in his pet project — running Atlanta. So last week he made official what has been known for months: He wants...
As race to succeed Kasim Reed sizzles, two ex-mayors call for big changes

As race to succeed Kasim Reed sizzles, two ex-mayors call for big changes

Former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in August. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM A pair of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s predecessors called for sweeping changes – and fast – in the race to succeed him. First came ex-Mayor Shirley Franklin, who told our WSB colleague Mark Winne that she supported the calls from several of the candidates...
GOP candidates for governor raise concerns about bump stock ban

GOP candidates for governor raise concerns about bump stock ban

Shooting instructor Frankie McRae demonstrates the grip on an AR-15 rifle fitted with a bump stock at his 37 PSR Gun Club in Bunnlevel, N.C. AP file/Allen G. Breed Several Republican candidates for Georgia governor raised concerns about a potential legislative push to ban “bump stock” devices that investigators said could have helped the Las Vegas gunman kill...
Georgia Democratic candidate deletes ‘embarrassing’ Facebook posts

Georgia Democratic candidate deletes ‘embarrassing’ Facebook posts

A Democratic candidate for a metro Atlanta state Senate seat last week deleted years-old comments made on social media after being accused of being anti-gay and misogynistic. Jaha Howard, a dentist who last year was the only Democrat to run against state Sen. Hunter Hill and came within 4 percentage points of the incumbent, said he was embarrassed and disappointed by comments he posted on Facebook...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Kneeling at KSU, Sputnik, and bump stocks

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” hits a wide range of topics. The first is the flap over cheerleaders (and now Scrappy the Owl) taking a knee at Kennesaw State University. Then we have the departure of the deputy campaign manager for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, after an AJC report that he had appeared on Sputnik...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered mayorship of new city for company’s HQ2 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered mayorship of new city for company’s HQ2 

If creating a city for Amazon isn’t enough to recruit the company to Georgia, maybe making the company’s CEO its permanent mayor will be. How does Amazon Mayor Jeff Bezos sound? Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said Wednesday he will seek state legislation to install Bezos as the unelected leader of Amazon, Ga. — if the company chooses to bring its giant corporate...
Family: Zell Miller’s public life has come to an end

Family: Zell Miller’s public life has come to an end

Former Gov. Zell Miller and former first lady Shirley Miller are introduced in the balcony during the second inauguration of Gov. Nathan Deal in 2015. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com In politics, “zig-zag” can be considered a pejorative, until you realize that this is also how we describe a bolt of lightning. A streak of energy darts this way and that, the air boils and...
Amazon bid kicks off another Olympics-like chase for Atlanta

Amazon bid kicks off another Olympics-like chase for Atlanta

Amazon triggered more than a bidding war when it publicly aired its search for a second headquarters. It set off a once-in-a-generation competition. Atlanta is smack in the middle of an international sweepstakes with just about every other major city in North America, each pitting its own civic touchstones and cultural treasures against one another for the crown jewel in the tech giant’s treasury...
GSU to study yoga’s impact on juvenile offenders

GSU to study yoga’s impact on juvenile offenders

Researchers at Georgia State University’s school of public health will launch a study on the effectiveness of yoga and mindfulness in juvenile justice facilities. The researchers hope to see whether their new program can provide young offenders with coping skills, and reduce the chances of them re-offending after they leave. According to the school, the National Institutes of Health gave GSU...
This may be Gwinnett’s new logo and slogan. What do you think?

This may be Gwinnett’s new logo and slogan. What do you think?

Gwinnett County may have its new logo and slogan, the product of more than a year’s worth of effort. Representatives from Perkins and Will, the architecture and design firm tasked with Gwinnett’s new branding, revealed what they’ve come up with during a Tuesday afternoon briefing with the county’s Board of Commissioners. The potential new logo is a series of colorful,...
The internet doesn’t like Gwinnett’s proposed new logo. Do officials?

The internet doesn’t like Gwinnett’s proposed new logo. Do officials?

To be fair, citizens of the internet are not generally known for using politeness behind the keyboard, so re-branding anything is a task that can bring haters out of hibernation. But if 160 (and counting) comments on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Facebook page are any indication, the online crowd really doesn’t like the front-runner for Gwinnett County’s new logo and slogan...
Georgia picks leader to improve schools

Georgia picks leader to improve schools

A private job interview is stressful enough, but Tuesday the three finalists for Georgia’s new school “turnaround” position had to perform before a panel of potential bosses, in a meeting that was open to the public. Winning the job after the daylong event was Eric Thomas, a Savannah native who consults with schools across the country in his role with the University of Virginia....
PolitiFact: Abrams’ claim on Evans, vouchers leaves information out

PolitiFact: Abrams’ claim on Evans, vouchers leaves information out

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial front-runners Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans have both taken a firm stance against privatized public education and especially school vouchers. But at a recent forum featuring the two candidates, Abrams accused Evans of voting for vouchers when she was a state representative. “You voted for vouchers. You didn’t vote for it the last two times, but you voted...
Georgia 2018: Abrams staffer touted campaign on Russia-owned media

Georgia 2018: Abrams staffer touted campaign on Russia-owned media

Georgia Governor candidate Stacey Abrams. Chad Rhym/Chad.Rhym@ajc.com A high-level staffer for Democrat Stacey Abrams promoted the gubernatorial candidate on a Russian government-funded media outlet that the FBI is investigating as part of a potential Kremlin-backed operation to influence last year’s presidential election. Marcus Ferrell, an Abrams deputy campaign manager, was ...
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal rejects state’s education plan

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal rejects state’s education plan

Gov. Nathan Deal refused to sign Georgia’s plan for complying with the latest federal education law, highlighting a conflict with state school Superintendent Richard Woods. Deal wrote to Woods that Georgia’s plan, required under the Every Student Succeeds Act, “falls short in setting high expectations for Georgia students and schools” and is too restrictive on how local districts...
Fox News poll says U.S. Senate race in Alabama now a dead heat

Fox News poll says U.S. Senate race in Alabama now a dead heat

In this September file photo, former Alabama chief justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore rides in on a horse to vote during the Alabama Senate primary race in Gallant, Ala. AP/Brynn Anderson It’s not just the state that raises the eyebrows. It’s the news organization behind the poll. A survey conducted by Fox News and released Tuesday shows anti-establishment Republican...
Nashville – an Atlanta competitor – ups the ante on transit investment

Nashville – an Atlanta competitor – ups the ante on transit investment

Nashville’s mayor has proposed a $5.2 billion mass transit expansion. (Alan Poizner / The Tennessean) Metro Atlanta political leaders are beginning to sing the same song in support of mass transit. But the region’s economic competitors are not standing back to watch. On Tuesday Nashville Mayor Megan Barry unveiled a $5.2 billion mass transit plan. According to...
Karen Handel stocks up for reelection bid

Karen Handel stocks up for reelection bid

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, is beginning to stock up for her  re-election bid next year. The Republican had roughly $482,000 in the bank going into October, according to new federal filings, a formidable war chest for a first-term lawmaker. She raised $113,000 between July and the end of September, per those disclosures. Handel&rsquo...
Advocates to Georgia panel: Arresting homeless won’t solve homelessness

Advocates to Georgia panel: Arresting homeless won’t solve homelessness

Members of churches and other organizations that work with Georgia’s homeless people said police should stop arresting people for crimes such as camping or sleeping in public because it not only exacerbates whatever issue that person is facing, but also increases costs to the state. Elizabeth J. Appley, a lobbyist with Presbyterians for a Better Georgia, told a panel of lawmakers and other...
Texts show Cobb sheriff, lawmaker pushed KSU president on cheerleaders

Texts show Cobb sheriff, lawmaker pushed KSU president on cheerleaders

Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and state Rep. Earl Ehrhart boasted in a series of text messages about pressuring the president of Kennesaw State University into keeping the school’s cheerleaders off the field during the national anthem in response to several kneeling in protest. The text messages, which The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained under the Open Records Act, appear to contradict...
Obamacare rollbacks a political weapon in Georgia

Obamacare rollbacks a political weapon in Georgia

Hours before U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray announced a bipartisan deal on health care subsidies, in Atlanta the state’s Legislative Black Caucus held a press conference on just that issue. The gathering of legislators, who assembled to lambaste President Donald Trump’s announcement late Thursday that he was canceling key Obamacare subsidies, underscores just how potent a...
Exclusive: ICE’s top official in Atlanta details enforcement priorities

Exclusive: ICE’s top official in Atlanta details enforcement priorities

The man in charge of immigration enforcement for Georgia and the Carolinas has a message for immigrants living here without proper papers: Stay out of trouble, be careful about who you hang out with and get ready to return to your homeland. “They know that at any point while they are in the country illegally that they could be subject to enforcement,” said Sean Gallagher, the Atlanta field...
Georgia’s DACA immigrants fight for their lives in U.S.

Georgia’s DACA immigrants fight for their lives in U.S.

The freshly painted mural on a Buford Highway liquor store may seem an unlikely spot for a political statement. But to its creator, Roberto Hernandez, the many-hued hands that reach upward along the once-drab exterior of Atlanta Package tell his chapter in a story that a gutsy immigrant generation wants the nation to hear. Hernandez, 31, was born in Mexico and lived there until 1999, when he and his...
Georgia’s first school turnaround chief picked

Georgia’s first school turnaround chief picked

Eric Thomas of the University of Virginia will lead Georgia’s school turnaround program. The Savannah native emerged as the preferred candidate after he and two other former Georgians interviewed in public Tuesday with the state Board of Education. Eric Parker, who grew up in DeKalb County and is the superintendent for laboratory schools on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, and Lannie...
IRS suspends Equifax contract, cites ‘new information’

IRS suspends Equifax contract, cites ‘new information’

The Internal Revenue Service has suspended its $7.25 million contract with Atlanta-based Equifax, the agency announced Friday. The decision came a day after the company was forced to shut down one of its customer service web sites, a page that had been manipulated by hackers who had apparently placed malicious software on the site. That hijacking was acknowledged by Equifax after the misuse of...
Some candidates for school turnaround chief worked in Atlanta

Some candidates for school turnaround chief worked in Atlanta

The three finalists to lead Georgia’s experiment to improve its lowest-performing public schools are working in Kentucky, Texas and Virginia, and two have experience as school administrators in metro Atlanta. Monday’s announcement by the Georgia Department of Education comes just ahead of the public interview of the finalists to be conducted Tuesday morning. The candidates are competing...
PolitiFact: Cagle links ‘sanctuary cities,’ homicides; data doesn’t

PolitiFact: Cagle links ‘sanctuary cities,’ homicides; data doesn’t

Casey Cagle, who is running for governor, told an Atlanta news station that the City of Decatur may be in violation of a state law prohibiting sanctuary cities. “Sanctuary city” is a term commonly used for a jurisdiction that limits its cooperation with immigration authorities. “Well, they are not cooperating with (U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement), and the important feature...
GOP candidate for governor: Bump stock ‘prevented more casualties’ in Las Vegas

GOP candidate for governor: Bump stock ‘prevented more casualties’ in Las Vegas

Shooting instructor Frankie McRae demonstrates the grip on an AR-15 rifle fitted with a bump stock at his 37 PSR Gun Club in Bunnlevel, N.C. AP file/Allen G. Breed We are told that it is bad manners to discuss the causes of gun violence after one-man massacres that kill scores and wound hundreds like the one in Las Vegas. The apparent exception to this rule: Republican candidates for...
Democrats outraise Rob Woodall in scrambled 7th District field

Democrats outraise Rob Woodall in scrambled 7th District field

WASHINGTON — Lawrenceville Republican Congressman Rob Woodall hasn’t faced major Democratic opposition since he was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010. But two Democratic challengers outraised the Republican during the third quarter in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, new federal filings show. Democrats Carolyn Bourdeaux, a GSU professor, and business...
Kempner: One Atlanta suburb’s goal? Ditch ugly; embrace charming

Kempner: One Atlanta suburb’s goal? Ditch ugly; embrace charming

Lawrenceville, the county seat of Gwinnett and the oldest incorporated city in metro Atlanta, doesn’t have a monopoly on ugly. For decades, though, it didn’t seem like it opposed the concept. The historic square downtown was nicely rehabbed years ago. Good restaurants and a popular theater have taken root there. But pawnshops, used-car lots, disjointed development and loud signs contorted...
Georgia high court upholds law governing health care facilities

Georgia high court upholds law governing health care facilities

In a win for politically powerful hospital interests, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state’s “certificate of need” law in an opinion issued Monday that said a surgical center could not expand without state approval. Two doctors who own the Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women in Cartersville had challenged the state law that governs health care facilities. Dr. Hugo D....
KSU students march in support of cheerleaders

KSU students march in support of cheerleaders

“Land of the free, but we can’t take a knee?” That was the rallying cry of a few hundred students at Kennesaw State University who marched through the campus Monday in support of five cheerleaders who ignited a firestorm when they took a knee during the national anthem at a Sept. 30 football game. The young women said the gesture was intended to draw attention to racism and...
Candidate Aman: Contractors pledged money if he took care of ‘friends’

Candidate Aman: Contractors pledged money if he took care of ‘friends’

Atlanta mayoral candidate Peter Aman says there’s plenty of Chicago-style politics happening in the Atlanta mayor’s race. Aman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News that he was assured city contractors would contribute to his campaign if, as mayor, he took care of his “friends.” The city’s chief operating officer during the first two years of...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: ‘Obamacare is dead’ Long live Trumpcare?

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” begins with President Donald Trump’s Cabinet-meeting declaration today that “Obamacare is dead.” “You shouldn’t even mention it. It’s gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore,” Trump said. Luckily, host Bill Nigut and I had Andy Miller of Georgia Health News in our midst...
Georgia close to picking school turnaround chief

Georgia close to picking school turnaround chief

A search committee has winnowed a list of candidates to lead Georgia’s school turnaround effort, and the state education board will interview the finalists Tuesday. The Education Turnaround Advisory Council has been meeting since June, soon after it was established under a new state law for improving low-performing schools. Members conducted telephone and Skype interviews to reduce...
Diverse candidate field vies to fill Stacey Abrams’ vacant House seat

Diverse candidate field vies to fill Stacey Abrams’ vacant House seat

Four first-time candidates hope to fill the shoes of former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams of Atlanta, who resigned in August to run for governor. One of the state’s best known Democrats, Abrams was the first woman to lead either party in the Legislature and the first African-American to hold a House leadership position. She became minority leader in 2010. The candidates hoping to...
Why Georgia’s governor is in Europe this week

Why Georgia’s governor is in Europe this week

Gov. Nathan Deal is in Europe for a weeklong trade mission to drum up more business in Italy and France. The governor departed for Paris on Saturday with several economic development aides and will head to northern Italy on Tuesday. He will meet with several businesses that already have operations in Georgia, such as Luxottica and Pirelli, and sit down with potential prospects. The trips include a...
Finances force some Georgia school systems to still furlough teachers

Finances force some Georgia school systems to still furlough teachers

Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers were unhappy last year when only 40 percent of Georgia school districts gave teachers the salary hikes the General Assembly promised. This year most gave at least the 2 percent increase approved by lawmakers, according to a state Department of Education survey obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But the survey found something else: Eight years after the...
Georgia certificate of need law upheld by Supreme Court

Georgia certificate of need law upheld by Supreme Court

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state’s “Certificate of Need” law in an opinion issued Monday that said a surgical center could not expand without state approval. Two doctors who own The Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women in Cartersville had challenged the state law that governs health care facilities. Dr. Hugo D. Ribot, Jr. and Dr. Malcolm...
The Left wonders why the president can’t even get a condolence call right

The Left wonders why the president can’t even get a condolence call right

A roundup of editorials Thursday questions President Donald Trump’s decision to make a soldier’s death a political issue. Washington Post: What was needed was a moment of grace and dignity. From The Miami Herald: How did the death of an American hero dissolve into a political fight? From the Los Angeles Times: The families of those who lost their lives deserve better, Mr. Trump.
The Right reminds the president that, in the end, it’s all about the grieving families

The Right reminds the president that, in the end, it’s all about the grieving families

A roundup of editorials Thursday points out that the issue isn’t who said what, it’s that four soldiers were killed serving their country. From The Washington Examiner: Don’t make the death of a serviceman a political football. Remember the grieving families. From The Reason: It’s difficult to honor the dead when U.S. foreign policy leads members of our military to needless...
The Right is cheering Trump’s latest efforts to find an alternative to Obamacare

The Right is cheering Trump’s latest efforts to find an alternative to Obamacare

A roundup of editorials Wednesday lauds President Donald Trump’s plan to cut portions of the Affordable Care Act. From Sens. Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey: Sens. Cotton and Toomey have introduced a bill to exempt many from the individual mandate, killing the penalty Obamacare imposed. From Townhall.com: Trump's new regulation would give people the choice they are asking for.   From the...
The Left wonders why Trump is targeting his own base on health care

The Left wonders why Trump is targeting his own base on health care

A roundup of editorials Wednesday questions President Donald Trump’s reasoning for changes to the Affordable Care Act. The Detroit Free Press: Maybe Trump’s attacks on health care coverage are linked to a new study that shows those who live longer vote Democratic.  From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: It is up to the Republicans in Congress to fix what the president has done to health...
The Left warns Trump that any strike on North Korea could well start World War III 

The Left warns Trump that any strike on North Korea could well start World War III 

A roundup of editorials Tuesday warns President Donald Trump about the severe and lasting damage to which a nuclear conflict with North Korea will lead. 1. Don't comfort yourself with talk of a 'preemptive' strike on North Korea From The Hill: When it comes to war, there are more than the obvious things to consider. From Time: What do we do About North Korea? Six experts give their opinion. ...
The Right counsels Trump that a war of words is better than one with nukes 

The Right counsels Trump that a war of words is better than one with nukes 

A roundup of editorials Tuesday looks at the consequences of President Donald Trump’s decision in North Korea. Straits Times: While the U.S., China and Russia have their own interests, it’s the United States alone that can force North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons.  From The National Interest: Trump can solve the North Korea issues if he will take some measured steps. 3. ...
The Right wonders if Congress will have Trump’s back on the Iran deal

The Right wonders if Congress will have Trump’s back on the Iran deal

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal and the question of whether Congress step up to make sense of what’s left? From The Sun-Sentinel: Could the best thing that comes out of Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran deal be that he no longer has to recertify it? From Fox News: For America to stay strong in Iran&rsquo...
The Left wonders why Trump is virtually handing Iran a nuclear weapon

The Left wonders why Trump is virtually handing Iran a nuclear weapon

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, and the feeling he’s helping to arm Iran with nukes. 1. Editorial: Trump's step backward on Iran nuclear pactFrom The Tampa Bay Times: Doesn’t Trump’s decision on the Iran deal marginalize the U.S. in the region and around the world?  2. Trump Is Handing...
Atlanta mayor race moves into final sprint

Atlanta mayor race moves into final sprint

The race for Atlanta mayor enters an unpredictable new phase Monday with the start of early voting framing a make-or-break dash to November for the crowded field of contenders. The airwaves will soon crackle with more ads. Mailboxes in Atlanta will get more stuffed with flyers, households with landlines more inundated with robocalls. And the candidates competing to succeed a term-limited Kasim Reed...
First test starts Monday for new paper-ballot machines in Georgia

First test starts Monday for new paper-ballot machines in Georgia

A crucial test for the future of Georgia elections begins Monday when early voting opens across the state ahead of the Nov. 7 local and special elections. Voters in Conyers will begin casting paper ballots along with new voting and tabulating machines as they decide on a new mayor and two City Council seats. The pilot program comes as advocates have sued to force the state to dump its aging all-electronic...
Georgia customers scramble after Trump stops Obamacare subsidies

Georgia customers scramble after Trump stops Obamacare subsidies

Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours. An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried about how much their monthly health care premiums would increase...
Kennesaw State cheerleaders take a knee; some in Cobb take offense

Kennesaw State cheerleaders take a knee; some in Cobb take offense

The nervous cheerleaders prayed, hoping they were doing the right thing before Kennesaw State University’s Sept. 30 football game. As the opening bars of the national anthem rang out and the crowd rose, five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders knelt, siding with National Football League players in a gesture intended to draw attention to police brutality and racism that has drawn the ire of...
The Week: A wall comes between Delta CEO and Donald Trump

The Week: A wall comes between Delta CEO and Donald Trump

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian earlier this month played the role of wingman to President Donald Trump, but that was because they shared an interest in overhauling the tax code. Now they appear set to hit a wall. Atlanta-based Delta in May acquired a 49 percent stake in Aeromexico when it launched a joint venture with the Mexican airline. The deal gave Delta greater access to Mexico, as...
New executive order on health has Left worried for the sick

New executive order on health has Left worried for the sick

A roundup of editorials Friday looks at the executive order President Donald Trump signed Wednesday that cuts health care insurance subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act. From US News and World Report: Trump's executive order kills the subsidies Obamacare promised working-class Americans. From Bloomberg News: Trump’s executive order was born of frustration, not concern for sick...
The Right rallies ‘round Trump’s tax plan

The Right rallies ‘round Trump’s tax plan

A roundup of editorials Friday cheers on the idea of President Donald Trump’s tax plan, and suggests it will be another step toward draining the swamp in D.C. From The Hill: If, as some studies suggest, 75 percent of the corporate tax is borne by labor, any reduction would benefit the middle class. From PennLive: U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, (R-Pennsylvania), sees the president’s tax reform...
Georgia cities limiting cooperation with ICE amid Trump’s crackdown

Georgia cities limiting cooperation with ICE amid Trump’s crackdown

Civil rights activists are pushing communities across the nation to limit their cooperation with federal deportation officers. They are keeping their phone lines ringing. They are packing their City Council meetings. And they are drafting model rules for them to adopt. Those efforts are catching fire in the Atlanta area now that President Donald Trump is carrying out a broad crackdown on illegal immigration...
Legislative committee takes look at Georgia’s rules for stream buffers

Legislative committee takes look at Georgia’s rules for stream buffers

Citing confusing regulation of development near streams, Georgia Senate Natural Resources Chairman Frank Ginn said the state needs to look at potential changes to how it approves buffers near the bodies of water. The Danielsville Republican said he hopes a 17-member panel of lawmakers, officials with the state Environmental Protection Division and other water quality experts is able to sort out...
Trump eases health care regulations

Trump eases health care regulations

President Donald Trump’s move to loosen some of the federal rules governing so-called associated health plans and short-term insurance on Thursday garnered mixed reaction in Georgia. Republicans lauded the changes for increasing flexibility and competition and providing more lower-cost options to locals with few or no alternatives to Obamacare. Democrats and some health groups, meanwhile, warned...
Hurricane Irma forces halt to marketing of homes on Sea Island spit

Hurricane Irma forces halt to marketing of homes on Sea Island spit

Developers have halted marketing of the site of proposed upscale housing on an undeveloped piece of land on Sea Island after Hurricane Irma damaged the property. Sea Island President Scott Steilen said the storm damaged part of the unprotected area of the island off the Georgia coast. Environmentalists counter that at The Reserve at Sea Island, the damage is man-made — by Sea Island Co...
What Georgia thinks about...

What Georgia thinks about...

Introducing the Politically Georgia panel: We invited Georgians to weigh in on big questions facing the state. It’s not a scientific sample, but we did our best to get a cross section of folks – they come from across the state and across the political spectrum. Our group of about 50 includes teachers, tech industry workers, retirees, stay-at-home moms and one farmer. Each week we will...
Customers may soon get curbside pickup for beer, wine sales in Georgia

Customers may soon get curbside pickup for beer, wine sales in Georgia

Georgians may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup” at their local grocery and liquor stores. The state Department of Revenue put the proposed regulation out for public comment earlier this week, and the agency will hold a Nov. 17 hearing on it before making a final decision. “We recognize that this is the new normal, that today so much commerce is happening...
From the Right, a word of caution about decertifying the Iran nuclear deal

From the Right, a word of caution about decertifying the Iran nuclear deal

A roundup of editorials Thursday warns President Donald Trump that ditching the Iran nuclear deal could have consequences he doesn’t want to deal with now. From Fox News: Trump has way too many things on his plate now to consider ditching the Iran deal. From Newsmax: There are too many economic reasons for Trump to consider decertifying the Iranian nuclear deal. From The Nation: The president...
The Left wonders why Trump would run the risk of war over the Iran nuclear deal

The Left wonders why Trump would run the risk of war over the Iran nuclear deal

A roundup of editorials Thursday looks at the folly of killing the nuclear deal with Iran. From McClatchy News: There will be no chance for a peaceful solution to the North Korean problem if Trump decertifies the Iran nuclear deal. From CNN: The president runs the risk of war with Iran if he doesn’t have the skills to effectively communicate or the options to de-escalate.  From the Chicago...
Prison doctor resigns after lawsuit with amputee is settled

Prison doctor resigns after lawsuit with amputee is settled

Two weeks after Georgia agreed to pay $550,000 to a diabetic inmate who lost his leg, the prison doctor responsible for his treatment has informed her supervisor that she will resign. Dr. Chiquita Fye will leave her position as medical director at Macon State Prison by the end of the month, according to an Oct. 1 letter she wrote to Dr. Billy Nichols, the medical director for Georgia Correctional...
Gov. Deal on Supreme Court water case: Georgia has ‘a good story to tell’

Gov. Deal on Supreme Court water case: Georgia has ‘a good story to tell’

A day after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear oral arguments in ongoing water rights litigation between Georgia and Florida, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal seemed to like his state’s chances. During an annual environmental address held Wednesday at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Deal rattled off statistics about Georgia and metro Atlanta’s reduction in per capita water...
Smell of hypocrisy wafts from the other side on Harvey Weinstein story, Right says

Smell of hypocrisy wafts from the other side on Harvey Weinstein story, Right says

A roundup of editorials Wednesday asks where is the outrage from the Left over what Harvey Weinstein is accused of doing. From The Wall Street Journal: Will the liberals in Hollywood tone down the smugness now? From the National Review: The message from some of the victims is that silence on such assaults pays off in the workplace. From The Weekly Standard: What’s left to ask in the Harvey Weinstein...
The Left supports Republican Sen. Bob Corker and wonders why you don’t

The Left supports Republican Sen. Bob Corker and wonders why you don’t

A roundup of editorials Wednesday cheers Sen. Bob Corker, (R-Tennessee), for his warning about President Donald Trump’s fitness to serve. From The Charlotte Observer: Where is your spine, congressional Republicans? From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Corker says the “vast majority” of his Republican colleagues agree with him that President Trump is dangerous. So, why aren’t...
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Georgia-Florida water rights case

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Georgia-Florida water rights case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said it plans to hear Georgia’s water rights case with Florida this term, teeing up what could be final arguments in the state’s expensive legal fight that has consumed officials from the Chattahoochee River to Capitol Hill for years. In a brief order issued Tuesday, the high court did not set a date for oral arguments but said it would hear them &ldquo...
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Georgia water rights case

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Georgia water rights case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said it plans to hear Georgia’s long-running water rights case with Florida this term, setting up what could be final arguments in the state’s expensive legal fight that has involved officials from Maine to Capitol Hill. In an order issued on Tuesday morning, the high court did not set a date for oral arguments but said it would hear them “in due...
Georgia lawmakers: Don’t politicize Vegas, but new gun laws possible

Georgia lawmakers: Don’t politicize Vegas, but new gun laws possible

Georgia is a haven for gun owners, hunters and collectors, and state officials have long issued protections for those individuals: Almost every year, a bill is pushed in the Legislature to make it easier to buy or carry weapons. State lawmakers don’t expect that to change, even as they have decried efforts to politicize the Law Vegas shootings. “What happened in Las Vegas is a horrific...
If you like dirty air, then repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Left says

If you like dirty air, then repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Left says

A roundup of editorials Tuesday warns that killing the Clean Power Plan will give us no economic boost. It will, however, give us dirty air. From The New York Times: Will the savings from killing the CPP end up killing us all? From CentralMaine.com: Reversing the CPP won’t give us freedom from regulations, it will give us dirty plants. From Greentechmedia.com: The coal industry has a problem...
The Right is celebrating the announcement of the rollback of the Clean Power Plan

The Right is celebrating the announcement of the rollback of the Clean Power Plan

A roundup of editorials Tuesday celebrates the impending death of the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era regulation that sought to reduce pollution from power plants to help fight climate change. From Richmond.com: Forget the funeral for the Clean Power Plan, we should be celebrating its demise. From The Reason: The battle over regulation of coal mining is moving to a new battleground – an economic...
In Atlanta mayor’s race, contest for campaign cash is a tight one

In Atlanta mayor’s race, contest for campaign cash is a tight one

If the jumbled race for campaign cash is any indication, the race for Atlanta mayor is as competitive as ever. Five candidates in the hunt to succeed Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Nov. 7 have collected more than $1 million, with some digging deep into their wallets to finance their own bids. And seven said they stockpiled at least $200,000 for the final stretch. In all, the cost of the race has already...
Suicides rose through economic recovery, especially in rural areas

Suicides rose through economic recovery, especially in rural areas

A disturbing new report on suicide in the U.S. raises serious questions about despair and resources among rural residents, white men and in the population generally. The report, by the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, simply looked at the number of suicides over 15 years, in different places among different demographic groups. They all kept rising. As one might expect...
At GOP forums, governor hopefuls race to the right

At GOP forums, governor hopefuls race to the right

The four leading Republican candidates for governor said no dice to legalized gambling. They stood in unison behind Georgia’s perennial debate over “religious liberty” legislation. They spoke enthusiastically about plans to cut taxes and spending, and their willingness to fight for gun rights. In short, the first Republican gubernatorial forums, held over the weekend in Milledgeville...
Expansion of birth control exemption was blow for religious freedom, the Right says

Expansion of birth control exemption was blow for religious freedom, the Right says

A roundup of editorials Monday congratulates the administration for striking a blow for religious liberty by expanding the exemption to providing birth control under the Affordable Care Act. From The National Review: Companies that do not wish to provide contraceptive coverage in health care plans shouldn’t have to, and the administration did the right thing in rolling the provision back. From...
'Cheap stunt' by Pence has Left calling foul

'Cheap stunt' by Pence has Left calling foul

A roundup of editorials Monday calls out Vice President Mike Pence’s protest at the Colts-49ers game as .a ‘cheap’ stunt orchestrated by the president. From The Mercury News: Sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach didn’t care for the vice president’s NFL protest on Sunday, but does admire the way he got out of watching the 49ers and Colts. From USA Today: Pence’s planned...
Birth control coverage rule rolled back

Birth control coverage rule rolled back

The Trump administration’s decision Friday to roll back the Obamacare mandate that insurance plans cover contraception sparked strong reactions in Georgia, driving home a fundamental rift in the state and the nation. The long-expected move by the Department of Health and Human Services could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge. It allows a much...
The Left wants Trump, Congress to let the Dreamers stay

The Left wants Trump, Congress to let the Dreamers stay

A roundup of editorials Friday urge the president and the Congress to honor the promise made to the Dreamers by extending DACA or passing lasting immigration reform. Opinions from the Left: From Delawareoonline: The Dreamers aren’t someone else, they are part of our communities and our lives. From US News and World Report: Henry Cisneros and Michael Chertoff urge Congress to pass legislation...
The Right wonders if we will get a lasting immigration policy that includes the Dreamers

The Right wonders if we will get a lasting immigration policy that includes the Dreamers

A roundup of editorials Friday calls on the president and Congress to find a way to pass immigration reform and let the Dreamers stay. Opinions from the Right: From the Fort Worth Star Telegram: The DACA executive order was signed because Congress could not pass immigration reform. Are we at the same spot again?  The Detroit News: The president claims the executive order that created DACA is...
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