As tempting as it might be to leave coverage of the Sixth District congressional race solely to national outlets, or even large-ish organizations like the AJC, this is no time to give up on smaller, neighborhood-oriented news operations. They do good work – essential work. Tuesday provided a pair of examples. You know that, during this year’s session of the Legislature, state Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, floated the first rewrite of Georgia’s adoption laws in 23 years. After passing the House unanimously, the measure stalled in the Senate when a “religious liberty” amendment was added. The provision would have offered legal protection for child placementRead More →

A reporter who was arrested after yelling questions at Health Secretary Tom Price during a stop in West Virginia said he was “trying to do my job” when he was detained by authorities. The Washington Post reports that Dan Heyman, a veteran reporter with Public News service, was holding up his phone to Price trying to ask him questions as he was walking through a hallway Tuesday in the West Virginia state capitol. More from the Post: Heyman, a journalist with Public News Service, repeatedly asked the secretary whether domestic violence would be considered a preexisting condition under the Republican bill to overhaul the nation’sRead More →

Republican Karen Handel applauded President Donald Trump’s decision to abruptly fire the director of the FBI amid a criminal probe into whether his campaign colluded with the Russian government, saying in a statement Wednesday that James Comey’s ouster was “probably overdue.” Her support for the president’s stunning move to fire Comey came a day after her opponent in the 6th District runoff, Democrat Jon Ossoff, called for a special prosecutor to “investigate Russian interference” in last year’s vote. In her statement, Handel makes no mention of the calls from Democrats, and a growing number of Republicans, for an independent investigation into whether Russia tried toRead More →

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has decided against running for governor or any other statewide office, though she’s exploring a U.S. Senate bid in 2020. Tomlinson told The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Wednesday that she came “pretty close” to launching a campaign to succeed Republican Gov. Nathan Deal but decided instead to focus on her final stretch as the west Georgia city’s mayor and her stint as chair of Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She told the Ledger-Enquirer she was surprised by the positive reception she received after flirting for a run at statewide office – along with the public’s perception of her city. She told the newspaper:Read More →

WASHINGTON — Most of Georgia’s members of Congress dodged the spotlight in the hours after President Donald Trump’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday evening. With the House on recess this week, the majority of the state’s 14 congressmen avoided the media entirely on Wednesday, ignoring requests for comment or relaying through spokespeople that they were still processing the previous night’s news. The latter was the line out of Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office on Wednesday. The Republican, who is undergoing physical therapy following a pair of back surgeries earlier this spring, was in Washington for the day for meetings and a committee hearing onRead More →

Public corruption was not the issue for DeKalb’s County recent media attention; however, it is one most are describing as embarrassing. DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann was charged with indecency and obstruction recently. Mann calls the event a misunderstanding. Newsmakers Live Moderator, Maynard Eaton got down to business when discussing the Mann’s incident with Former District Attorney of DeKalb County and partner in the law firm of Morris Shim and James. Robert James, assuming the incident is real, believed someone should not be scarred the rest of his or her life over a mistake. Anyone who allegedly sought sexual contact in public should have aRead More →