Early Voting Underway in Sixth District

Early voting has begun in the hotly contested race to replace new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s sixth district. Eleven Republicans, five Democrats and two independents are hoping to win on April 18 and make a runoff scheduled for June 20th. Democrats seem to have coalesced around Jon Ossoff as local and national supporters hope to turn dissatisfaction with President Trump into grabbing a seat normally reserved for Republicans into a shocking blue pick-up.

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Debate Over Role of Schools’ Chief Turnaround Officer

​The education turnaround legislation being debated before the General Assembly, now labeled the First Priority Act, has gone through several revisions. But on the second-to-last day of the session one section has remained: creation of a public school system “chief turnaround officer” who would report to the state Board of Education.

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Stonecrest mayor sees big opportunities

Jason Lary, who was elected first mayor of Stonecrest on Tuesday, knows his city got the biggest break possible about a month ago when developers announced plans for a massive sports complex in his city. Now, the city has its identity that is more than a shopping mall. “It is the best thing that could have happened,” he said of the complex. “Now, we are a city of destination.”

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Big field lines up for state Senate seat

The race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District may have garnered national attention, but it’s not the only contest on the ballot in Cobb County on April 18th. An 8 person field is competing for the seat of former state Sen. Judson Hill, who vacated the position earlier this year to run for Congress.

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Ga. 6th Congressional District GOP Forums

The 6th District Republican Party organization will conduct three forums with the “top five” Republican candidates for the U.S. congressional seat that was held by the resigned Dr. Tom Price. The five selections will be determined by current polling, according to Chairman Michael Fitzgerald.

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State Takes Another Step Opening Up Alcohol Laws

Day 36 at the Gold Dome saw the passage of Senate Bill 85, relating to malt beverages (some of which are known as beer) and also distilled spirits, “so as to provide for the limited sale of malt beverages at retail by manufacturers (sometimes known as craft brewers) of malt beverages.” The bill passed the Senate and House nearly unanimously, by votes of 49-2 and 147-14, respectively.

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Time to play ball at Suntrust Park

After five years of planning, campaigning, and backroom deal-making, Suntrust Park is finally ready for some baseball. The Braves open the park up this Friday in an exhibition against the New York Yankees before going on the road to start the regular season until their official opening day at home on April 14th.

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March Madness on Campus and in the Courts; Remembering When We Defeated Georgia Tech

College basketball’s March Madness officially started Thursday, but this month’s stories of campus controversies have already been lighting up the scoreboard. A renowned conservative scholar and liberal professor are shouted down and physically abused by a mob. Students are caught on camera openly admitting to double standards when it comes to religious freedom.

Senate leaders: Support equitable charter school funding

Ask any elected leader and they will tell you that one of the most important things we can do for our state is improve education. Given that universal sentiment, it is very frustrating as a parent to see one of the best solutions we have for improvement– charter schools– receive far fewer dollars per student than traditional public schools.

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State looks to experiment with healthcare
Following the U.S. Congress' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare last week some states', including Georgia, indicated their desire to explore their own changes to health care.  While light on specifics, GA Governor Nathan Deal this week indicated that his state would look at alterations to programs including Medicaid in coming months.  While these proposals are just getting started, the state's willingness to move forward on health care has its ship...
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