The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a front-page report on federal Judge Leigh May holding a Friday hearing on the lawsuit Cochran v. City of Atlanta involving the firing of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran by Mayor Kasim Reed for writing a book on Christian faith. A headline read: “His book calls non-Christian gay men ‘naked.’”read more
The U.S. Department of Commerce and its Bureau of Economic Analysis released a new year’s worth of personal income data on Thursday. Pew Charitable Trusts broke down some of the data and also released their own report.read more
On an almost strict party line vote, with only 13 Republicans crossing the line and voting no and not a single Democrat voting yes, House Republicans passed their tax reform bill on Thursday. There are a number of cuts across the board contained in the bill – notably slashing the corporate tax rate to 20%, down from 35%, ending the medical expenses deduction and student loan deductions.read more
The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) got unanimous approval from the U.S. Senate Thursday, and it has a major impact on Georgia’s military installations.read more
The 2018 legislative session officially kicks off on January 8th, but on Wednesday the window for prefiling legislation opened, giving ambitious legislators an opportunity to get their out ahead of the game and let the public see what issues they want to push.read more
It’s been a long time since a political newcomer advanced to the governor’s office in Georgia. In fact, the last governor to have not held previous office was Lester Maddox. It’s not a very common route. But as Clay Tippins said during his kick off on Wednesday, he’s faced “impossible situations” before and responded “why not?”.read more
Earlier this year Georgia State Rep. Matt Dollar introduced legislation that would forbid local government bans on Airbnb Inc. and other short-term rental businesses in the state.read more
On the November 19th edition of The Georgia Gang the panel discusses all the latest political news from around the Peach State, including the upcoming runoff elections, tax issues in Fulton County, and how a national tax bill could affect Georgians.read more
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Despite recent gains, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals count themselves among the least represented members of American government at the local, state, and national levels. But all that started to change last Tuesday.
Though the Atlanta mayor’s race has sucked much of the electoral oxygen out of the room for the last few months, there were many other races on the ballot yesterday. All told, there were 400 seats up for grabs – most municipal, though a few for the Georgia Legislature. Going into yesterday, five of those eight legislative seats were held by Republicans.