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Abrams urges Congress to update federal voting rights protections
 Stacey Abrams urged members of Congress to bolster federal voting protections on Tuesday, six years to the day after the U.S. Supreme Court nullified key sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for being outdated. The Democratic runner-up for governor said the court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder opened the door for states...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Stacey Abrams urged members of Congress to bolster federal voting protections on Tuesday, six years to the day after the U.S. Supreme Court nullified key sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for being outdated. The Democratic runner-up for governor said the court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder opened the door for states...
The Jolt: Georgia’s most gay friendly city isn’t Atlanta. Or Savannah.
 The website Thrillist has conducted a search for the most LGBT-friendly cities in the 31 red states won by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential contest – islands of acceptance, so to speak, in less than ideal settings. In Georgia, Atlanta, Savannah, and Columbus won only honorable mentions. The winner was tiny Blue Ridge...

Posted: 13 hours ago

The website Thrillist has conducted a search for the most LGBT-friendly cities in the 31 red states won by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential contest – islands of acceptance, so to speak, in less than ideal settings. In Georgia, Atlanta, Savannah, and Columbus won only honorable mentions. The winner was tiny Blue Ridge...
The Jolt: Delayed ICE raids become a campaign issue in Georgia
 Over the weekend, President Donald Trump postponed a massive sweep of raids that would have targeted undocumented immigrants in Atlanta - and set up a dicey showdown with local Democratic leaders. The operation was to take aim at 2,000 families who had received deportation orders because members were in the country illegally. And the raids...

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Over the weekend, President Donald Trump postponed a massive sweep of raids that would have targeted undocumented immigrants in Atlanta - and set up a dicey showdown with local Democratic leaders. The operation was to take aim at 2,000 families who had received deportation orders because members were in the country illegally. And the raids...
Ga. ports chief warns Chinese tariffs could cost state millions
 The head of the Georgia Ports Authority is warning that the Trump administration’s latest round of proposed Chinese tariffs could take a nearly $18 million bite out of the state’s booming ports.  The White House is currently mulling whether to add ship-to-shore cranes to its fourth batch of Chinese tariffs. The state&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

The head of the Georgia Ports Authority is warning that the Trump administration’s latest round of proposed Chinese tariffs could take a nearly $18 million bite out of the state’s booming ports.  The White House is currently mulling whether to add ship-to-shore cranes to its fourth batch of Chinese tariffs. The state&rsquo...
John Lewis defends Biden amid segregationist controversy
 Atlanta Congressman John Lewis on Friday stood by former Vice President Joe Biden, who has recently faced withering criticism from some corners of the Democratic Party after he discussed working with segregationists while in the Senate.  The civil rights leader and 17-term House member told reporters he did not find Biden’s comments...

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Atlanta Congressman John Lewis on Friday stood by former Vice President Joe Biden, who has recently faced withering criticism from some corners of the Democratic Party after he discussed working with segregationists while in the Senate.  The civil rights leader and 17-term House member told reporters he did not find Biden’s comments...
McBath amends disclosure form to show much higher net worth last year
 Federal documents recently amended by Marietta Congresswoman Lucy McBath show the Democrat ran for Congress last year with a net worth that was at least 175 percent higher than initially reported. The gun control advocate and former flight attendant stated in her original financial disclosure, filed a day before the Democratic primary...

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Federal documents recently amended by Marietta Congresswoman Lucy McBath show the Democrat ran for Congress last year with a net worth that was at least 175 percent higher than initially reported. The gun control advocate and former flight attendant stated in her original financial disclosure, filed a day before the Democratic primary...
The Jolt: Georgia could be majority-minority by 2028
 Every newspaper needs a number-cruncher, someone who can dive into a sea of digits and pop up with the stuff that matters. Jennifer Peebles does that for the AJC. This morning, we point you to a series of Twitter posts on new U.S. Census data she’s come across. The first: But this one is just as interesting: That’s right...

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Every newspaper needs a number-cruncher, someone who can dive into a sea of digits and pop up with the stuff that matters. Jennifer Peebles does that for the AJC. This morning, we point you to a series of Twitter posts on new U.S. Census data she’s come across. The first: But this one is just as interesting: That’s right...
The Jolt: A generational, geographic test for Joe Biden
 Geography and a generational divide – never mind a Democratic presidential primary contest on the verge of a first series of televised debates – appear to be driving the backlash against former Vice President Joe Biden’s citation of his work with Southern segregationists as proof of lost civility in Washington. U.S. Sen...

Posted: 5 days ago

Geography and a generational divide – never mind a Democratic presidential primary contest on the verge of a first series of televised debates – appear to be driving the backlash against former Vice President Joe Biden’s citation of his work with Southern segregationists as proof of lost civility in Washington. U.S. Sen...
The Jolt: Parsing Joe Biden’s relationship with Southern history
 At a Tuesday night fundraiser in New York, former Vice President Joe Biden defended his own reputation for comity by invoking the names of two Southern Democrats whose political careers spanned the region’s transition from Jim Crow to desegregation. This morning, both the New York Times and the Washington Post address the...

Posted: 6 days ago

At a Tuesday night fundraiser in New York, former Vice President Joe Biden defended his own reputation for comity by invoking the names of two Southern Democrats whose political careers spanned the region’s transition from Jim Crow to desegregation. This morning, both the New York Times and the Washington Post address the...
The Jolt: Georgia’s smaller cities are in trouble, too
 Charlie Hayslett, as we’ve written in this space before, is a former AJC journalist who spent decades doing penance for this dark past, primarily as a public relations specialist. But in retirement, he has back-slid into form. As the author of a blog entitled “Trouble in God’s Country,” Hayslett has documented...

Posted: 7 days ago

Charlie Hayslett, as we’ve written in this space before, is a former AJC journalist who spent decades doing penance for this dark past, primarily as a public relations specialist. But in retirement, he has back-slid into form. As the author of a blog entitled “Trouble in God’s Country,” Hayslett has documented...
Impeachment divide grows between Georgia’s Dem candidates, incumbents
 Roughly 60 House Democrats have called for Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but so far none of their Georgia colleagues have publicly joined the push.  It’s a different story among the gaggle of Democratic challengers seeking to establish a foothold in the state’s most competitive...

Posted: 8 days ago

Roughly 60 House Democrats have called for Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but so far none of their Georgia colleagues have publicly joined the push.  It’s a different story among the gaggle of Democratic challengers seeking to establish a foothold in the state’s most competitive...
The Jolt: In leaked poll, Trump also trailed Biden in Georgia, North Carolina
 President Donald Trump may have a Southern problem. On Sunday, NBC News reported that the president’s re-election campaign would cut ties with some of its own pollsters after leaked internal polling showed Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020 battleground states. Much of the attention was given to results in Wisconsin...

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President Donald Trump may have a Southern problem. On Sunday, NBC News reported that the president’s re-election campaign would cut ties with some of its own pollsters after leaked internal polling showed Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020 battleground states. Much of the attention was given to results in Wisconsin...
The Jolt: This is why Stacey Abrams went to Hollywood
 The actress Alyssa Milano, who spent much of this year in Georgia filming the Netflix series “Insatiable,” has a thing for boycotts. Last November, in the wake of Democrat Stacey Abrams’ defeat in the race for governor, Milano proposed a film industry boycott of the state. The immediate word from Abrams: Please...

Posted: 11 days ago

The actress Alyssa Milano, who spent much of this year in Georgia filming the Netflix series “Insatiable,” has a thing for boycotts. Last November, in the wake of Democrat Stacey Abrams’ defeat in the race for governor, Milano proposed a film industry boycott of the state. The immediate word from Abrams: Please...
The Jolt: With two appointments, Brian Kemp tries to widen the GOP tent
 Gov. Brian Kemp, who only a year ago bragged that he had a pickup truck big enough to round up “criminal illegals” all by himself, on Wednesday named a Mexican-born police chief to become interim insurance commissioner -- and thus the first Hispanic to serve as a state constitutional officer. For good measure, on the same...

Posted: 12 days ago

Gov. Brian Kemp, who only a year ago bragged that he had a pickup truck big enough to round up “criminal illegals” all by himself, on Wednesday named a Mexican-born police chief to become interim insurance commissioner -- and thus the first Hispanic to serve as a state constitutional officer. For good measure, on the same...
Perdue floats budget overhaul with ‘draconian’ penalties
 Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue on Wednesday renewed his push for Congress to overhaul its government funding process, introducing a bill he hopes will be the first step toward tackling Social Security, Medicare and other growing parts of the federal budget.   The first-term Republican unveiled a bill that would make major changes...

Posted: 13 days ago

Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue on Wednesday renewed his push for Congress to overhaul its government funding process, introducing a bill he hopes will be the first step toward tackling Social Security, Medicare and other growing parts of the federal budget.   The first-term Republican unveiled a bill that would make major changes...
The Jolt: Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams act with a 2022 rematch in mind
 We are only eight months past the 2018 race for governor, but the possibility of a rematch between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams appears to be dominating the decision-making of both players. On Tuesday, Abrams was in Los Angeles – in the odd position of trying to preserve a longstanding, successful Republican initiative to bring Hollywood...

Posted: 13 days ago

We are only eight months past the 2018 race for governor, but the possibility of a rematch between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams appears to be dominating the decision-making of both players. On Tuesday, Abrams was in Los Angeles – in the odd position of trying to preserve a longstanding, successful Republican initiative to bring Hollywood...
WORTH KNOWING: News outlets seek Congress’ aid in talks with tech firms
 News industry officials, including Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editor Kevin Riley, testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill in favor of legislation they say would help recover advertising revenue lost in recent years to tech behemoths such as Google and Facebook. The group urged lawmakers on a House antitrust subcommittee to pass the Journalism...

Posted: 14 days ago

News industry officials, including Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editor Kevin Riley, testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill in favor of legislation they say would help recover advertising revenue lost in recent years to tech behemoths such as Google and Facebook. The group urged lawmakers on a House antitrust subcommittee to pass the Journalism...
The Jolt: Tackling a maternal death rate that puts Georgia on par with Uzbekistan
 Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, on Monday named the members of the House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality, likely to be one of the more important panels drawing up legislation this summer. From the press release: The problem isn’t a new one. It’s been bad and is getting worse. Our AJC colleague Ariel Hart wrote...

Posted: 14 days ago

Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, on Monday named the members of the House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality, likely to be one of the more important panels drawing up legislation this summer. From the press release: The problem isn’t a new one. It’s been bad and is getting worse. Our AJC colleague Ariel Hart wrote...
‘Heartbeat’ law makes abortion a top issue for Georgia in 2020
 As she announced her bid for Congress last week, state Sen. Renee Unterman made only two passing references to her desire to promote “a culture that honors life.” But it was lost on no one in the crowd, including the Buford Republican herself, that abortion would be a dominant theme in the hotly contested suburban Atlanta...

Posted: 15 days ago

As she announced her bid for Congress last week, state Sen. Renee Unterman made only two passing references to her desire to promote “a culture that honors life.” But it was lost on no one in the crowd, including the Buford Republican herself, that abortion would be a dominant theme in the hotly contested suburban Atlanta...
The Jolt: Impeachment rears its head as an issue for Georgia Democrats
 Two Democratic candidates offered two vastly different strategies over whether to begin U.S. House proceedings to impeach President Donald Trump over the weekend. In Athens, Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson -- the only major Democrat so far in the race for U.S. Senate -- reinforced her position that House lawmakers have a “duty&rdquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

Two Democratic candidates offered two vastly different strategies over whether to begin U.S. House proceedings to impeach President Donald Trump over the weekend. In Athens, Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson -- the only major Democrat so far in the race for U.S. Senate -- reinforced her position that House lawmakers have a “duty&rdquo...
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