The Georgia and Florida governor’s races have so many parallels that we can expect them to be paired in a lot of stories analyzing politics over the next couple of months. Whether the two races have a parallel outcome is another question.
Every year, the partisans of countless causes push for state funding; some win and some lose. A question on Georgia ballots would put land conservation and stewardship a step above that fight, by setting aside part of an existing tax to pay for it.
The president is asking for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s advice on prison reform, while some members of Congress demand a bill that also includes remaking sentencing rules. On a trip to Georgia, Trump’s attorney general warned against too much change.
Federal weather forecasters have lowered their prediction for hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean this year, which is welcome news in Georgia as water levels in many rivers and lakes are at or above normal and recovery continues from last year’s Hurricane Irma.
After both parties (mostly) picked their candidate teams this week, Democrats were quick to make a pitch as the party of jobs in a business-friendly Georgia. And Republicans talked about jobs too, but the GOP kicked off its unified campaigning with a rally heavy on conservative values.
Georgians have been promised a look at least one gubernatorial candidate’s tax returns, maybe two. But while challenging one’s opponents to publish their taxes is becoming a campaign-season standard, it’s not part of the law.
As the day of the primary election gets closer, Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial hopefuls are looking to grab the attention of people headed to the ballot boxes. The candidates are talking a lot about illegal immigration.
By January, one of the people running for lieutenant governor will hold one of the most powerful posts in state politics. That’s because the winner presides over the state Senate, giving them great influence over what bills move through — and which don’t.
The state Legislature closed its business this year without authorizing a BeltLine idea to raise some $100 million via a new tax on commercial and multifamily residential properties near the trail. But they did approve Atlanta votes on property taxes and extending a sewer sales tax.
It took until very last hour of Thursday for final passage, but the Georgia House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that they mean to be the first step toward a more seamless and robust transit network in metro Atlanta.
A state House panel has approved a bill that supporters say is a fairly narrow proposal to help federal immigration agents eject bad guys from the country. But critics say the bill will have dire consequences.
“I can tell you, the money that has been spent on the Atlanta BeltLine needs help. It’s not going to get completed without this, I don’t see how it’s going to happen,” said state Rep. Chad Nimmer, R-Blackshear, asking a state Senate committee to approve his bill.
The giant red cardboard letters spelling the word “moms” stood out in the gray Atlanta drizzle Wednesday, held up between the state Capitol and more than one thousand people rallying outside, demanding that the lawmakers inside tighten up gun laws.