This week Patrick Sharkey, a sociology professor at New York University, unveiled a project that aims to be a resource on violence in America accessible to a wider range of the public.read more
Speaker, House Rural Development Council Leadership Announce Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation
As part of their continuing efforts to address issues impacting rural Georgia, House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) and the leadership of the House Rural Development Council (RDC) Tuesday announced the creation of the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation. The center, created by HB 951 during the 2018 Legislative session, will be housed at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton.read more
Under a new policy just adopted by the Georgia Building Authority protesters will now be allowed to bring large poster-sized signs inside the Georgia Capitol, excluding House and Senate chambers. InsiderAdvantage is told by several Capitol law enforcement officers that the change could be a “nightmare” during the 2019 General Assembly session.read more
Late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a public-health advisory against the herbal supplement Kratom, citing 36 deaths linked to products containing the substance. While many people have never heard of Kratom, it seems to be drawing a lot of national attention.read more
A Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access will hold its first meeting Wednesday, August 29th in Atlanta before heading across the state, according to State Rep. Micah Gravley (R-Douglasville), co-chair of the committee.read more
Officially, the brown thrasher is the state bird. Eugene Talmadge declared it so in 1935. The Georgia legislature succumbed to the demands of the Garden Clubs of Georgia and recognized the thrasher as the state’s official bird in 1970.read more
On Friday, Senator David Perdue, R-GA, got to tour the Budweiser plant in Cartersville. The plant opened in 1993 and sits on some 1,700 acres in Bartow County. The total area of the floor at the facility is approximately 900,000 square feet. It ships out some 250 trucks of beer per day.read more
Last week the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) as the recipient of a $500,000 federal challenge grant to go toward its Next Century Initiative Capital Campaign. The campaign, launched in 2015, seeks to renovate and expand the GHS Research Center to protect its archival and library collections, which are housed in one of the oldest purpose-built libraries in the U.S.read more
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The most recently released Georgia Budget and Policy Institute “study” aimed at an end to voluntary local government cooperation with federal immigration authorities should move GBPI from a “left-leaning on immigration” description to solidly “anti-enforcement.” And it should be long remembered.
On July 8th outside of Atlanta’s posh Capital City Club, 34-year-old Christian Broder was shot during a robbery and later died. His alleged killer, 17-year-old Jayden Myrick, now faces a life prison sentence. However, there’s a bigger picture to this horrible crime: The case underscores the weak link of Georgia’s criminal justice system.
Approximately 95 percent of incarcerated individuals will eventually be released from prison. This reality underscores the importance that they must receive the treatment that they need to safely re-integrate into society.