Georgia

AARP report: FL has one of the lowest rates nationwide for vaccinations among nursing home staff

BY: - July 19, 2021

With health officials and the Biden administration continuing to push Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Florida ranks second worst in the nation for vaccination rates among staff at nursing homes, according to a new report by AARP. Data from the AARP Public Policy Institute, collaborating with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Ohio’s Miami University, […]

Election skeptics suing to ‘audit’ 2020 Fulton ballots running short of options

BY: - July 19, 2021

Ten Fulton County, Ga., voters looking to prove the baseless claims that widespread fraud factored in President Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 general election victory are banking on their review of public records to provide ammunition in their quest for an in-depth inspection of absentee ballots. But even with their revelation this week that they’ve identified […]

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting. The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, (R-La.), said that the legislation is not needed and that the […]

U.S. Department of Justice takes Georgia to court over its elections law

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The federal lawsuit is the latest in a series of challenges to Senate Bill […]

U.S. Senate panel grapples with fast-approaching state laws on rights of student athletes

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their personal brands. But the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing shed little light on what a potential federal law […]

States poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness

BY: - June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images. It’s been against the rules governing collegiate sports for student athletes to make a profit off their name or image— a practice that’s commonplace […]

State will protect Floridians regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation

BY: - February 5, 2021

Earlier this week, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, a state agency responsible for addressing civil rights violations and discrimination, confirmed its responsibility to protect Floridians experiencing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And Florida’s LGBTQ community is celebrating. Equality Florida, an advocacy group, held a virtual town hall over Facebook live on […]

COMMENTARY

Living in a dangerous time: We have a President willing to do anything, legal or illegal, to remain in office

BY: - January 4, 2021

His phone call to Georgia Saturday is just as blatantly a crime as it would be to start shooting. Trump once bragged he could shoot someone in the middle of Manhattan and not lose voters. Heck, Congress would probably support him. Trump made 18 attempts to talk to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger before […]

Ossoff aims to connect John Lewis legacy with a new generation

BY: - December 22, 2020

AMERICUS — When 15-year-old Georgia Blue found out Democrat Jon Ossoff would be in Americus, she and a friend decided to shiver together at an outside campaign event to see someone they have come to know through social media. “I stalk his account,” Blue said, referring to Ossoff’s presence on the video-sharing network TikTok. She […]

Georgia election chief under siege as Trump loyalists attack vote count

BY: - November 17, 2020

Georgia’s counties neared the end of an audit of 5 million votes in the presidential election Monday just as 2,600 new ballots turned up to add fuel to a continuing war of words over the outcome of Georgia’s GOP-run election. Poll workers did not scan the ballots at first and adding them to Georgia’s total […]

Georgia’s runoff elections for U.S. Senate lure big PACs ready to spend cash

BY: - November 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — With two concurrent runoff elections that could swing the balance of the U.S. Senate, Georgia is about to become the center of the political universe, and a flurry of new super PACs are primed to get in on the action amid predictions of huge spending in the two races. Some come from political […]

Georgia voters could determine control of the U.S. Senate

BY: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON—Control of the U.S. Senate may depend on two runoff races in Georgia, where the outcome won’t be known until early January—opening the door to a fresh round of massive campaign spending in the Peach State. One runoff between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock is already set. While the second runoff between Republican […]