State officials have confirmed that they have settled for $225,000 a lawsuit filed by a hiring prospect who alleged a job offer was withdrawn after videos of his sermons against homosexuality and evolution surfaced. But state officials deny the sermons had anything to do with the decision to withdraw the job offer and admit no wrongdoing. Here’s your copy of the settlement. In 2014, Dr. Eric Walsh, a Pasadena, Cal., health department official, was about to be hired by the state Department of Public Health to run its operations in northwest Georgia. Videos surfaced in California of sermons that Walsh had given as a SeventhRead More →

President Donald Trump signed a trio of executive orders he said would reduce drug crime and violence against police officers on Thursday shortly after the swearing-in of Jeff Sessions, his administration’s new top law enforcement official. The Republican said one executive order would “break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth” by directing the FBI and other federal agencies to make targeting drug trafficking a top priority. A second would create a task force that aims to reduce violent crime, while the third instructs Sessions, now the Attorney General, and the DepartmentRead More →

WASHINGTON — Initial hours of Senate debate over the health and human services nomination of Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price fell along familiar partisan lines Thursday as leaders worked behind the scenes to cut an agreement on when to confirm several of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks. Without a deal between the two parties, the chamber is expected to hold a final vote on Price’s nomination after 1:30 a.m. Friday. Republican leaders are seeking to push that vote earlier on Thursday or delay it until a more reasonable hour on Friday. Price’s confirmation is essentially a foregone conclusion at this point, but Democrats took turns Thursday toRead More →

WASHINGTON – Senators voted early Friday to confirm Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price as the 23rd secretary of health and human services, elevating the former orthopedic surgeon to a Cabinet-level position that will be at the crux of efforts to remake health care policy in America. The 52-47 party-line vote was cast shortly after 2 a.m. Every Republican supported the seven-term congressman, while all Democrats and both left-leaning Independents voted to reject him, making Price the most polarizing health and human services nominee in at least 40 years. Friday’s events capped a whirlwind journey for the Roswell Republican that vaulted him from the wonky chairman ofRead More →

Greensboro, Ga. – The protests that have rocked Republican town hall meetings across the nation have arrived in Georgia. Dozens of protesters packed a meeting on Friday in Greensboro hosted by aides to U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson and Rep. Jody Hice. The trio of Republicans, though, won’t be there. The meeting – which a Hice spokesman characterized as a “constituent service day” featuring private sessions with local residents – is one of the first Republican congressional events in Georgia since Donald Trump’s inauguration. Trump opponents pack Greensboro, Ga. this morning for a GOP congressional event. https://t.co/xjCX78rR2A #gapol pic.twitter.com/yu6QFA56Cu — Greg Bluestein (@bluestein)Read More →

The race to represent U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s affluent suburban district is shaping up to be an early test of Donald Trump’s popularity, and the field of candidates range from liberal Democrats running against the new president to conservatives who promise to be his biggest ally. With Price’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Trump’s health secretary, the contest to fill his 6th District seat is poised to be one of the first congressional elections since the presidential vote. And while the timing of the race is still uncertain — Gov. Nathan Deal hasn’t yet scheduled the election — the shadow campaign is over. ManyRead More →