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Georgia leaders demand Congress fund Hurricane Michael relief
 Gov. Brian Kemp and other state leaders demanded Friday that Congress immediately take action to fund relief for Hurricane Michael, which has stalled for months as federal lawmakers debate President Donald Trump’s border wall. In a letter sent to each member of the Georgia congressional delegation, Kemp and Agriculture Secretary Gary...

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Gov. Brian Kemp and other state leaders demanded Friday that Congress immediately take action to fund relief for Hurricane Michael, which has stalled for months as federal lawmakers debate President Donald Trump’s border wall. In a letter sent to each member of the Georgia congressional delegation, Kemp and Agriculture Secretary Gary...
Atlanta’s suburban U.S. House seats are back in the crosshairs
 Atlanta’s northern suburbs have played host to the nation’s most expensive congressional race and, most recently, its closest. Originally drawn to be safe Republican seats, Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts have transformed into the political front line as the parties scramble for suburban dominance in the era...

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Atlanta’s northern suburbs have played host to the nation’s most expensive congressional race and, most recently, its closest. Originally drawn to be safe Republican seats, Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts have transformed into the political front line as the parties scramble for suburban dominance in the era...
The Jolt: Why a conservative split on medical pot could have MARTA implications
 Legislation filed Thursday would allow medical marijuana oil to be sold to patients in Georgia. The author of House Bill 324 is state Rep. Micah Gravley of Douglasville, vice-chairman of the House Republican caucus. Four other prominent Republicans have also put their name to the measure, along with Calvin Smyre of Columbus, the most...

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Legislation filed Thursday would allow medical marijuana oil to be sold to patients in Georgia. The author of House Bill 324 is state Rep. Micah Gravley of Douglasville, vice-chairman of the House Republican caucus. Four other prominent Republicans have also put their name to the measure, along with Calvin Smyre of Columbus, the most...
Kemp signs school bus safety bill
 Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation that fixes a flaw in Georgia law that allowed drivers on some highways to keep moving even when a school bus is boarding or releasing students.  It is the first measure the Republican signs into law since he was sworn in as governor, and he held a signing ceremony surrounded by legislators and...

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Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation that fixes a flaw in Georgia law that allowed drivers on some highways to keep moving even when a school bus is boarding or releasing students.  It is the first measure the Republican signs into law since he was sworn in as governor, and he held a signing ceremony surrounded by legislators and...
What does Amazon’s decision to ditch New York mean for Atlanta?
 Could New York’s loss be Atlanta’s gain?  On Thursday, the hearts of economic developers in Atlanta and across the country likely skipped a beat with the stunning news that Amazon was abandoning plans to add 25,000 jobs in New York City. In the announcement, which hit the airwaves just before noon, Amazon said it didn&rsquo...

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Could New York’s loss be Atlanta’s gain?  On Thursday, the hearts of economic developers in Atlanta and across the country likely skipped a beat with the stunning news that Amazon was abandoning plans to add 25,000 jobs in New York City. In the announcement, which hit the airwaves just before noon, Amazon said it didn&rsquo...
Georgia launches new app for mental health counseling
 State health officials launched a new mobile app Thursday that offers free and confidential access to people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and other issues. The My GCAL app, which works on Apple and Android phones, caters to younger Georgians who are more comfortable sending texts than picking up the phone. It’s run...

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State health officials launched a new mobile app Thursday that offers free and confidential access to people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and other issues. The My GCAL app, which works on Apple and Android phones, caters to younger Georgians who are more comfortable sending texts than picking up the phone. It’s run...
The Jolt: Gwinnett’s MARTA vote and the search for a GOP champion
 One of the more important referendums in the history of metro Atlanta is little more than 10 days away. Early voting to determine whether MARTA and heavy rail should be extended into Gwinnett County begins on Feb. 25. Election day is March 19. The original plan had been to conduct the referendum as part of last November’s general...

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One of the more important referendums in the history of metro Atlanta is little more than 10 days away. Early voting to determine whether MARTA and heavy rail should be extended into Gwinnett County begins on Feb. 25. Election day is March 19. The original plan had been to conduct the referendum as part of last November’s general...
Waivers and power plays: Key moments of Kemp’s first month 
 Gov. Brian Kemp took office one month ago after an intensely partisan race that ended with a record number of votes – and the slimmest margin of victory for any Georgia governor in decades.  He took office on Jan. 14 with a pledge to put aside polarizing acrimony and work to unite Georgia, and has largely steered clear...

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Gov. Brian Kemp took office one month ago after an intensely partisan race that ended with a record number of votes – and the slimmest margin of victory for any Georgia governor in decades.  He took office on Jan. 14 with a pledge to put aside polarizing acrimony and work to unite Georgia, and has largely steered clear...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Kemp unveils plan seeking health care waivers
 Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled legislation Wednesday that could remake health care for hundreds of thousands of Georgians. Or just a few. The Patients First Act would give the governor wide latitude to approve a range of options in pursuit of federal “waivers” with the aim of improving government-funded health care access for the poor...

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Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled legislation Wednesday that could remake health care for hundreds of thousands of Georgians. Or just a few. The Patients First Act would give the governor wide latitude to approve a range of options in pursuit of federal “waivers” with the aim of improving government-funded health care access for the poor...
The Jolt: Attempted health care rollback cost GOP the U.S. House, top Republican says
 In print editions of today’s AJC, you’ll see a column on the changing attitude of Georgia Republicans toward the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Or waivers. “We don’t care if they call it manna from heaven. Whatever works for them,” one wag at the state Capitol told us. In that article, we note that...

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In print editions of today’s AJC, you’ll see a column on the changing attitude of Georgia Republicans toward the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Or waivers. “We don’t care if they call it manna from heaven. Whatever works for them,” one wag at the state Capitol told us. In that article, we note that...
Kemp, sans chainsaw, assigns allies to slash regulations
 Gov. Brian Kemp liked to brandish a chainsaw on the campaign trail to demonstrate his determination to slash state regulations. This week he assigned a group of 18 people to rev up that machinery. The Georgians First Commission is tasked with coming up recommendations to streamline government and devise ways to cut taxes to help foster...

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Gov. Brian Kemp liked to brandish a chainsaw on the campaign trail to demonstrate his determination to slash state regulations. This week he assigned a group of 18 people to rev up that machinery. The Georgians First Commission is tasked with coming up recommendations to streamline government and devise ways to cut taxes to help foster...
Abrams’ nonprofit faces new liens; she calls them ‘contractor error’
 State regulators filed three liens worth about $3,500 in the past year against a nonprofit created by Stacey Abrams. The Democrat said through a spokeswoman that the liens were “entirely due to third-party contractor error” and that records still haven’t been updated despite timely payments. The filings involve Third Sector...

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State regulators filed three liens worth about $3,500 in the past year against a nonprofit created by Stacey Abrams. The Democrat said through a spokeswoman that the liens were “entirely due to third-party contractor error” and that records still haven’t been updated despite timely payments. The filings involve Third Sector...
Georgia settles tax dispute with firm with ties to Deal
 A long dispute over millions of dollars in back taxes between the state of Georgia and a Texas-based auction firm that bought a salvage yard once co-owned by Gov. Nathan Deal was recently settled after years of legal wrangling. The firm, Copart, said through a spokeswoman Tuesday that the company is “pleased that the matter has been...

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A long dispute over millions of dollars in back taxes between the state of Georgia and a Texas-based auction firm that bought a salvage yard once co-owned by Gov. Nathan Deal was recently settled after years of legal wrangling. The firm, Copart, said through a spokeswoman Tuesday that the company is “pleased that the matter has been...
The Jolt: Stacey Abrams welcomes a GOP shift on Medicaid
 We’ve got something of a theme this morning. For years, Stacey Abrams and her fellow Democrats have assailed Republicans for their refusal to expand Medicaid under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. So she is taking the news that Gov. Brian Kemp is set to back legislation to allow “waivers” that...

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We’ve got something of a theme this morning. For years, Stacey Abrams and her fellow Democrats have assailed Republicans for their refusal to expand Medicaid under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. So she is taking the news that Gov. Brian Kemp is set to back legislation to allow “waivers” that...
David Ralston and the ‘cold, hard reality’ of Georgia GOP politics
 House Speaker David Ralston issued a forceful call to protect vulnerable Republican incumbents ahead of next year’s presidential election by urging conservatives not to demand ideological purity from candidates.  Speaking Saturday at the Fannin County GOP dinner, Ralston told an audience of dozens of supporters that the Democratic...

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House Speaker David Ralston issued a forceful call to protect vulnerable Republican incumbents ahead of next year’s presidential election by urging conservatives not to demand ideological purity from candidates.  Speaking Saturday at the Fannin County GOP dinner, Ralston told an audience of dozens of supporters that the Democratic...
Kemp budget proposal targets mental health problems in Georgia schools
 Gov. Brian Kemp visited a pair of schools Monday to shine a spotlight on a new initiative tucked into his state budget proposal aimed at addressing mental health problems at Georgia schools. The spending plan steers an extra $8.4 million to the Apex program, an organization that the Kemp administration views as crucial to identifying...

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Gov. Brian Kemp visited a pair of schools Monday to shine a spotlight on a new initiative tucked into his state budget proposal aimed at addressing mental health problems at Georgia schools. The spending plan steers an extra $8.4 million to the Apex program, an organization that the Kemp administration views as crucial to identifying...
The Jolt: Democrats are coming, warns spokesman for a city of East Cobb
 Over the weekend, the Marietta Daily Journal noted that Phil Kent, the conservative pundit and anti-illegal immigration activist, had been hired to do some spokes-personing for supporters of a proposed city of East Cobb. Arguments for the new city has focused on law enforcement and roadways, but according to Kent, there’s another...

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Over the weekend, the Marietta Daily Journal noted that Phil Kent, the conservative pundit and anti-illegal immigration activist, had been hired to do some spokes-personing for supporters of a proposed city of East Cobb. Arguments for the new city has focused on law enforcement and roadways, but according to Kent, there’s another...
Meet Donald Trump’s new Georgia-bred political guru 
 Brian Jack proved himself to Donald Trump in 2016 as the lead operative charged with locking down Republican delegates during a dramatic nomination fight. Now, the Georgian has earned a higher-profile gig ahead of another testy election cycle.  Jack, a sixth-generation Georgian who graduated from Woodward Academy, was named...

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Brian Jack proved himself to Donald Trump in 2016 as the lead operative charged with locking down Republican delegates during a dramatic nomination fight. Now, the Georgian has earned a higher-profile gig ahead of another testy election cycle.  Jack, a sixth-generation Georgian who graduated from Woodward Academy, was named...
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to visit Georgia next weekend


U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is headed to Gwinnett County next week to meet with activists, becoming the first presidential candidate to make a public visit to Georgia after formally entering the 2020 race.
The Massachusetts Democrat will appear at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville on Feb. 16 for what’s billed as an...

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is headed to Gwinnett County next week to meet with activists, becoming the first presidential candidate to make a public visit to Georgia after formally entering the 2020 race. The Massachusetts Democrat will appear at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville on Feb. 16 for what’s billed as an...
Georgia’s new leadership flexes muscles, and regents undergo shake-up
 Three mainstays of the powerful board that oversees Georgia’s public colleges and universities were effectively ousted as Gov. Brian Kemp and his allies try to assert more control over the state’s higher education system. Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan leveraged a technical error Nathan Deal made in his last days as governor to...

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Three mainstays of the powerful board that oversees Georgia’s public colleges and universities were effectively ousted as Gov. Brian Kemp and his allies try to assert more control over the state’s higher education system. Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan leveraged a technical error Nathan Deal made in his last days as governor to...
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