The Republican healthcare plan swiftly moving through the U.S. House has divided the GOP candidates in the race for Georgia’s 6th District. But the leading Democrat in the race to represent the suburban Atlanta district said one part of the plan should unite all the contenders. Jon Ossoff on Monday seized on a provision to gut the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund, which would deal a $891 million blow to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At a press conference with a former CDC director, he called on the other 17 candidates in the April 18 election to oppose the cuts, whichRead More →

As Rex Tillerson, the understaffed U.S. secretary of state, wings his way to Asia for crucial visits to Japan, South Korea and China, Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) dropped in on former U.S. senator Sam Nunn. Nunn said the recent spate of missile launches by North Korea, coupled with last week’s successful ouster of the president of South Korea, has created a dicey diplomatic situation. In his interview, Nunn recommended direct, if informal, talks with North Korea. Which prompted this particular exchange toward the end: O’Hayer: “Is the Trump administration staffed and ready to do that?”   Nunn: “If this was an easy problem, itRead More →

Jon Ossoff has soaked up the lion’s share of Democratic attention in the race for Georgia’s Sixth District. He claims to have raised more than $3 million in campaign cash across the nation, has attracted the interest of national Democratic groups and has fast become the target of Republicans in the race. Which is to say the other four Democrats in the April 18 special election are none too happy about what one calls the “coronation” of the 30-year-old former Congressional aide. “This is not going to be a coronation. You have to earn it,” said former state Sen. Ron Slotin. “He stands no chanceRead More →

WASHINGTON – Many Georgia Republicans scrambled to re-frame the health care conversation Monday on Capitol Hill after the release of a nonpartisan report that estimated that 24 million fewer people would be on the health insurance rolls by 2026 under GOP leaders’ Obamacare replacement plan compared to the current law. Several Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation emphasized the more flattering aspects of the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the GOP’s American Health Care Act and ignored the uglier ones in a bid to keep the proposal afloat. Others sought to return the spotlight to rising premiums under the Affordable Care Act. At least one Georgia Republican, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, was quotedRead More →

Days left in the 2017 legislative session: 8 The House and Senate both return to action today at 10 a.m. While the Senate has begun to pick up the pace on bills on the floor, the House has just a pair of minor matters. Much more action is happening in committee. The House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee has Senate Bill 191, Sen. Rick Jeffares’ bill rewriting the rules of how companies can seize private property to build new petroleum pipelines. It meets at 3 p.m. in Room 403 of the Capitol. The House Banks and Banking Committee meets at 1 p.m. in Room 406Read More →

Aliyah Mickens is one of many North Cobb High School students offended by the social media post that has gone viral in the days since it was posted days March 9. “It was about being afraid. It was just so disrespectful because it was threatening to us as African Americans,” said the 18-year-old student. WATCH: Students say they are scared after a profanity-laced social media post surfaces The post was saved with a screenshot by one offended student who then shared it, setting off a social media firestorm. In a tirade littered with profanity and the “N” word, the male student referred to pulling “aRead More →