Both chambers of the Legislature are controlled by Republicans, and the governor and other statewide leaders are also Republicans. That means that issues and bills they push have a far greater chance of becoming law. As a result, we typically write more stories examining and vetting Republican initiatives than we do bills sponsored by Democrats if they have little chance of passing. When Democrats controlled the Legislature before 2003, the reverse was true.
Our scrutiny of elected officials is not based on personal political views or preferences but on our responsibility to make sure Georgians know what their leaders are doing and how their tax money is spent. As a team of professionals, we hold each other accountable for being evenhanded and fair.
The core Statehouse group is directed by James Salzer, a Capitol veteran and expert on the state budget and taxes. Maya T. Prabhu covers the state Senate, with a focus on hot-button issues such as abortion and guns. Mark Niesse covers the state House and specializes in elections and voting issues. Because it is an election year and Georgia is replacing its voting system, reporter Amanda Coyne will help Niesse out in the House. Greg Bluestein covers the governor and state politics, including campaigns for state and federal offices. Jim Galloway, our longtime political columnist, provides perspective and commentary. David Wickert is our expert on transportation; Ariel Hart reports on health care, Ty Tagami on public education. Jim Denery edits and writes our weekly Capitol Recap column. Isaac Sabetai creates digital features. Several additional reporters follow specific bills and issues. Bob Andres is the lead photographer covering the session.
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Susan Potter is the Senior Editor for State Government and Politics.