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Equifax beefs up lobbying efforts following data breach

7:00 am Oct. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON —The Atlanta credit bureau Equifax ramped up its spending over the last three months to lobby the federal government and protect its image as it took fire for exposing the personal records of more than 145 million Americans.

Its two main competitors, meanwhile, shifted their resources in order to do the same.

New federal records released this week show Equifax increased its budget to lobby Congress and agency regulators by 12

Sonny Perdue coops up Obama-era poultry regulations

7:00 am Oct. 19, 2017

WASHINGTON —U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to kill a set of Obama-era regulations on Wednesday that was designed to level the legal playing field between poultry farmers and the large processing companies that ultimately deliver that chicken to America’s dinner plates.

His decision will have major implications for Georgia, which leads the nation in broiler chicken production, and the ability of small farmers to take legal action against the

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Kneeling at KSU, Sputnik, and bump stocks

4:41 pm Oct. 18, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” hits a wide range of topics. The first is the flap over cheerleaders (and now Scrappy the Owl) taking a knee at Kennesaw State University.

Then we have the departure of the deputy campaign manager for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, after an AJC report that he had appeared on Sputnik, a Russian news organization now under investigation by the FBI.

Then

The race for Atlanta mayor is about to heat up

6:00 am Oct. 17, 2017

The race for Atlanta mayor enters an unpredictable new phase Monday with the start of early voting framing a make-or-break dash to November for the crowded field of contenders.

The airwaves will soon crackle with more

‘Political Rewind’ replay: ‘Obamacare is dead.’ Long live Trumpcare?

5:39 pm Oct. 16, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” begins with President Donald Trump’s Cabinet-meeting declaration today that “Obamacare is dead.”

“You shouldn’t even mention it. It’s gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore,” Trump said.

Luckily, host Bill Nigut and I had Andy Miller of Georgia Health News in our midst to explain that, while Obamacare isn’t yet dead, it’s about to become very expensive for one particular set of people.

Also

Georgians scramble after Trump kills health insurance subsidies

7:00 am Oct. 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours.

An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried about how much their monthly health care premiums would increase due to the latest headlines coming out