Evans for Governor?

The latest name to pop up in the rumor mill for the 2018 Governor’s race is Democratic state Representative Stacey Evans of Smyrna.  The popular lawyer has been a key figure in HOPE Scholarship legislation, and would immediately be a frontrunner in a Democratic field that will also likely include Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.  There are still many twists and turns to go in this race but Evans’ name being floated for the state’s top spot has her ship...

Georgia rises on health scorecard, but still lags

The Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 health scorecard had some good news and some bad news for Georgia, which moved up 5 spots in the rankings from the 2016 version.  Unfortunately it was moving up from 46, so a 5 spot jump only puts it at 41st in the nation.  The scorecard ranks states based on health care access, quality, avoidable hospital use and costs, health outcomes, and health care equity.  A small jump is good, but being 41st out of 50 has Georgia’s health ship...

Tuesday’s election winners

It may not have been high profile, but there were a handful of election results Tuesday across Georgia.  Jason Lary will be the first mayor of the new city of Stonecrest, while in the also-new city of South Fulton Bill Edwards and Benny Crane will race in the runoff.  Cobb County passed an education SPLOST, and Fayette County passed their first SPLOST in a decade.  For all the winners of this low-key election day the ship is...

Clayton Sheriff loses certification

Beleaguered Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has had his law enforcement suspended by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.  The organization voted to suspend Hill’s certification for two years following an incident two years ago where he accidentally shot a female co-worker in a model home.  While he will remain sheriff, he will have to retake certain courses, notably ones involving ethics.  More trouble looming for the embattled Hill has his ship...

Atlanta History Center Opens Bobby Jones Exhibit

He was the Atlanta’s “favorite son” for quite awhile– he’s also famous in Augusta, too– and now the late, great golfer Bobby Jones is the only individual for whom a permanent exhibit at the Atlanta History Center is dedicated. On the anniversary of what would have been his 115th birthday on Friday, Jones was saluted at the opening ceremony of the exhibit “Fair Play, The Bobby Jones Story.” Dr. Bob Jones IV, grandson and namesake of amateur golf’s greatest champion, says the room includes replicas of all four of Jones’ Grand Slam trophies as well as the only replica of the U.S. Amateur gold medal, which the late golfer requested from the USGA and the family provided to the museum. The boats of the Atlanta History Center and the Jones legacy continue...

House passes ‘Craft beer’ bill

Yet another big step forward for Georgia breweries this week as the House passed Senate Bill 85, which will allow them to sell their beers on site to consumers.  Lawmakers lauded the success of the bill, which came after much deliberation between brewers and their advocates and the powerful liquor distributors who in recent years had been leery of such an arrangement.  For the breweries and the legislators who supported such a sensible law that levels the playing field with neighboring states, the ship is...

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