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 Confederate Monuments Committee in Atlanta held its final meeting on Tuesday. They settled on a number of recommendations that will be presented to the full city council and the mayor. There is still time for the committee to change the recommendations as the final plan will be presented next week.read more
In the aftermath of the 11-candidate Atlanta mayoral battle royale that saw Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood advance to a December 5th runoff, the 9 losing candidates have begun to pick up the pieces and take sides in what figures to be a hotly contested final stretch.read more
Continuing his emphasis on education in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal Monday announced six award winners who will receive funds to develop innovative programs that address challenging and complex educational issues.read more
Last week Senate Republicans were able to confirm four of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees and Georgia’s two Republican US Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson praised the choices.read more
The Fulton County Board of Elections as well as elections director Richard Barron remain under intense criticism due to the Nov. 7th final county election results being posted at 1:41 am the next day. For perspective, entire states counting election returns posted results between 10 and 11 pm. In any event, the board and Barron are (again) promising reforms.read more
Camden County is developing plans for the first commercial spaceport in the state of Georgia. The site originally operated as an aerospace rocket testing facility and was considered as a potential launch site for the Apollo Space Missions.read more
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Jeff Bezos is known as a creative genius, taking a cardboard box and disrupting the world’s entire retail industry, making Amazon worth more than twice what the state of California spends in a year. But channeling Bezos’ plans for Amazon for the next 10 to 20 years takes bold vision. And Bezos is a very big thinker – now exploring everything from getting into pharmaceutical sales to allowing a deliveryman access to your home.
It’s been half a century since Atlanta, the birthplace of the American civil rights movement, last elected a white mayor. But the trend, threatened by a dramatic reshuffling of local demographics amid a surge of younger, white voters to the capital city’s urban center, is poised to boomerang.
In the childhood fairy tale Snow White, the magic mirror from which the evil queen seeks reassurance of her beauty never lies, much to her ultimate fury. In a contemporary story – definitely not a fairy tale – an expert on opioid abuse is forcing the Congress to look into the mirror, and realize that it is to blame, at least in part, for the tragedy of opioid abuse that is ravaging our nation.