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Sheriff slams ‘King Nathan’ over law enforcement pay

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 ...

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Your tip sheet: Rural Georgia represent, y’all

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. ...

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Your tip sheet: Firefighter cancer bill up in the Senate

Days remaining in the 2017 legislative session: 11 The House and Senate return from two days of committee meetings for its 30th day of the 40-day session. The House’s calendar is light, but the Senate will take up legislation offering firefighters special insurance policies to cover treatment of certain cancers tied to their work. House Bill 146, sponsored by state Rep. ...

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The Ga. Republicans on the fence about the GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s 10 Republicans serving in the House of Representatives often take great pains to be on the same page, meeting weekly when Congress is in session to catch up and share notes on legislation coming down the pike. And generally speaking, the GOP side of the delegation — they call themselves the G-10 — sticks together on major bills. ...

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House Republicans unveil their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

We teamed up with the AJC’s health care guru Misty Williams for this quick take on the Obamacare replacement bill that just dropped: Dubbed the “American Health Care Act,” the House GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would strike at the heart of the seven-year-old law, stripping away its mandates and rebuilding in its place a system that rewards health care coverage through income-based ...

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Nathan Deal keeps the door open for campus carry measure

Gov. Nathan Deal has kept the door open for legislation that would legalize firearms on the state’s college campuses despite his vigorous veto of the legislation last year. The Republican said this week he is continuing to have conversations with the House supporters on the legislation, House Bill 280, though he did not elaborate on his concerns with the measure. ...

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Democrats press for details on alleged breach of Georgia voter data

A Democratic candidate for Congress urged Secretary of State Brian Kemp to release details of an alleged breach of confidential data that could affect millions of Georgia voter records. Democrat Jon Ossoff pressed Kemp’s office to disclose the nature and suspected origin of the attack, the type and quantity of data that may have been disclosed and an assessment of ...

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John Lewis revives bid to bolster fed protection of MLK site

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Lewis is renewing an effort to upgrade federal protections for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in downtown Atlanta, a bipartisan endeavor that could face resistance from the White House given the Democrat’s recent scuffles with President Donald Trump. The civil rights hero and 16-term lawmaker has pushed for years to designate the site as a national ...

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Mary Norwood Back By Popular Demand

“When the people want to vote for you, it’s hard to make them not. And when they don’t want to vote for you, it’s hard to make them do.”      Councilwoman Mary Norwood is back with a vengeance; and this time, better than before. Norwood sat down with Newsmakers Live moderator Maynard Eaton to discuss what inspired her to ...

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Senate bill could close off passenger rail service to Cobb and beyond

The state  Senate Transportation Committee meets at 3 p.m. today. Among the House bills it will take up is HB 160, a measure that could create the outline of a regional transit system in metro Atlanta – the beginning of a GOP-backed shift away from cars to something else. But some key decisions may already be underway to pre-empt that ...

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