WASHINGTON — On many issues, U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, fashions himself as a man in the middle on Capitol Hill, ready and willing to use his moderate credentials to broker agreements across the aisle. The question has always been whether there were any Republicans to meet him halfway. When it comes to the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill, Scott, like virtually every Democrat, isn’t pleased. He thinks President Barack Obama’s signature policy achievement has largely done its job. Republicans are “painting a very warped, bad picture of the Affordable Care Act in order to use this issue as a political punching bag, and the American people deserve better,” ScottRead More →

Some Georgia sheriffs have fumed for months that a 20 percent raise for state law enforcement officers bypassed local deputies. But few have done it quite as bluntly as Sheriff Butch Reece of Jones County. The sheriff was among hundreds of law enforcement officials at the Capitol this week for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. And the caption below his picture of stone-faced deputies on the statehouse steps minced no words. “I don’t think that King Nathan and his merry band had much love in his heart for us locals,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “He was however reminded that the Gold Dome is stillRead More →

Days remaining in the 2017 legislative session: 10 It’s another getaway day in the General Assembly and both chambers start earlier than normal: The Senate convenes at 9 a.m.; the House at 9:30. Neither has much heavy lifting on the floor, although the House will consider — and easily pass — House Resolution 389, which creates the Rural Development Council. While it’s sponsored by Rep. Sam Watson, R-Moultrie, it is the baby of  Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge. The council will travel the state and recommend legislation in years to come to bolster economic development across rural Georgia. Among the two bills up in theRead More →

Several advocacy groups came together to send state lawmakers one united message on Thursday–they oppose the sanctuary campus bill. “Shame on all of us for allowing Georgia to target young people,” said Laura Emiko Soltis, executive director of Freedom University, an underground school for undocumented students. WATCH: Advocates have harsh words against a proposed ‘sanctuary campus’ bill House Bill 37 would strip any state funding and state administered federal funding from any private college or university in Georgia that adopts a “sanctuary” policy or that interferes with federal officials or law enforcement on immigration issues. “It will take away scholarships from all students from stateRead More →

Police have released video of a bank robbery which happened last month in hopes someone will recognize the man. It happened at the SunTrust Bank in the 4800 block of Lavista Road in Tucker on Friday, February 17 around 3:15 p.m. DeKalb County police said the man entered the bank, went up to a teller and demanded money. WATCH: Police release video of man robbing bank in DeKalb County Police said the man threatened to kill everyone in the bank. He left the money with an undisclosed amount of cash. The man was wearing a hat and sunglasses, but did flash a side-profile without hisRead More →

Music teacher Ian Kellen wants what others want for McNair Middle School in DeKalb County after a weapon was found on campus Tuesday morning, safety. “I decided to be a teacher because it’s hard, it’s difficult,” said Ian Kellen. WATCH: Teacher and parent express concern over weapon found on middle school campus He said teaching is a challenge he tries to meet head as a 6th, 7th and 8th grade music teacher at McNair Middle School. On Tuesday morning a student was taken into custody with a weapon there. “It’s a ton of children coming on and so I don’t know more than the factRead More →