Black Politics

Supreme Court justices wade into Georgia water wars dispute

Georgia scored a major victory last month in the decades-long legal dispute with Florida when a judicial official rejected strict new water consumption limits that could have hobbled the state’s economy. Now Georgia officials hope the U.S. Supreme Court agrees. The High Court’s justices will meet on Friday to discuss the recommendation from special master Ralph Lancaster that found Florida ...

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Georgia governor race: The 2018 contest is about to heat up

Georgia’s race for governor is expected to formally kick off within weeks, but the emerging contest is still shrouded in mystery. Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Democratic House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams are all but guaranteed to enter the 2018 race, likely after the legislative session ends. They’ve lined up supporters, pitched to donors and signed up campaign staffers, ...

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Georgia Democrats turn to KSU for answers on voter data hack

The Democratic Party of Georgia appealed to Kennesaw State University for details about an alleged breach of confidential data that could affect millions of Georgia voter records, after the state’s top elections official rebuffed a similar request. Party chair DuBose Porter demanded Thursday that KSU president Sam Olens reveal data about the extent of the attack, and urged him to ...

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SonnyWatch: Perdue’s confirmation hearing date set

WASHINGTON — Former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Senate confirmation hearing will come nine weeks after President Donald Trump first tapped the Republican to lead the Department of Agriculture. The Senate Agriculture Committee will consider Perdue’s nomination on March 23, the committee announced Thursday evening. The hearing is not expected to be a particularly contentious one. The Ag committee is fairly bipartisan and ...

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Georgia police chiefs slam effort to give state income tax credits to all cops

Senate Resolution 377, introduced early this month, is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would offer income tax credits to law enforcement officers across the state. The measure may be a response to the 20 percent raise that this year’s state budget includes for state troopers – a raise that local government officials, county sheriffs included, say they ...

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Ex-aide calls cops on GOP candidate in Georgia special election

Tea party activist Amy Kremer’s bid for a suburban Atlanta congressional seat is in turmoil after her campaign manager and the rest of the staff resigned Friday because he said she can’t afford to pay her bills. Another ex-staffer who was staying at her home said he called the police to help him get his valuables out after she changed ...

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Separating dream from reality in Trump’s budget, and what it could mean for Ga.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first budget has no shortage of potential impacts on Georgia’s economy. Released Thursday, the blueprint proposed bumping up funding for the Pentagon by 10 percent, which could be a boon for the state’s eight military bases and web of defense contractors. It called for slashing 18 percent from the coffers of the Department of Health and Human Services, ...

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Loudermilk gets on board with GOP health bill after Trump meeting

WASHINGTON — One of Georgia’s two Republican holdouts on the party’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill now says he’s a ‘yes’ after huddling with President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, was one of about a dozen members of the conservative Republican Study Committee to huddle with Trump at the White House this morning to discuss the GOP’s American Health Care ...

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Report: Fired U.S. attorney was investigating Tom Price’s stock trades

WASHINGTON — ProPublica is out with an eye-popping story this afternoon. The nonprofit journalism outlet is reporting that former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating the stock trades of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price when the White House fired him last week. Here’s an excerpt: The investigation of Price’s trades by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern ...

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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Erin go Bragh, and a documentary on the Egyptian Jon Stewart

Where to begin on today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind”? We began comparing St. Patrick’s Day wardrobes, but thankfully shifted to a report that a dismissed U.S. attorney in New York had been investigating former Georgia congressman Tom Price’s stock trades – thence to strange stuff going on in the Sixth District contest. President Donald Trump’s budget proposal was a ...

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