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Bottles of Wild Heaven Brewery's Ode to Mercy brown ale are bottled and capped at the Decatur  brewery. AJC file/David Tulis

Your tip sheet: House panel to vote on brewery-distillery bill

7:30 am Feb. 14, 2017

Days remaining in the 2017 Legislative session: 24

The House and Senate will be back in session at 10 a.m. today. Both chambers have relatively minor bills on their agendas, although the Senate will also consider a constitutional amendment that eases the rules for how local school districts handle ESPLOST referendums (local sales taxes used to pay for school construction and renovation).

A House meeting to watch is the 2 p.m. Regulated

That time Sonny Perdue prayed for rain

6:00 am Jan. 10, 2017

Nearly 10 years ago, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue stepped to a podium outside the state Capitol and led a solemn crowd of a few hundred people in prayer. Demonstrators chanted in protest as he spoke, while

State Rep. Sam Teasley, left, and House Speaker David Ralston engage in an intense conversation during the debate over H.B. 170, the transportation funding bill. Ben Gray, bgray@ajc.com

Contest emerges for spot in Georgia House GOP leadership

1:58 pm Nov. 11, 2016

With the election in the rear view mirror, Georgia legislators are turning their attention to January’s return of the General Assembly.

First stop for House Republicans: Monday’s caucus meeting where officers will be elected and the party’s choice for speaker of the House nominated. That last bit will apparently have little drama as Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, is expected to cruise to another term. (Yes, technically he won’t officially be re-elected

October 17, 2016 - Atlanta - Voters take a photo with  state Rep. Park Cannon (center), D-Atlanta, as they wait to vote at the Fulton County Government Center.  Congressman John Lewis, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and state Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, led young Democrats on a march from the Nelson Street Bridge to the Fulton County Government Center where the first day of early voting had begun.   BOB ANDRES  /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Half a million Georgians have already voted in 2016 election

10:55 am Oct. 24, 2016

The first full week of advance, in-person voting in Georgia saw long lines across Metro Atlanta.

Now we know why.

Nearly 500,000 voters cast ballots in the state last week, in addition to the nearly 90,000 mail-in absentee ballots the state has received thus far.

According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, 578,539 ballots have been cast as of today.

Fulton County continues to lead the way with nearly 80,000 votes cast. DeKalb is

A voter comes in to cast his ballot at an early vote location in DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Office on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. There have been 44 statewide Democratic primaries in Georgia since 1996 and 60 for Republicans. Among the former, DeKalb County Democrats have voted for the winner 42 times. Among the latter, Dawson County Republicans went for the winner 55 times. It's clear then: Any presidential candidate who wants to win in Georgia better win in the right place. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

ACLU sues Georgia to re-open voter registration in storm-hit counties

2:26 pm Oct. 18, 2016

Yet another group has filed suit against the state of Georgia demanding that voter registration be re-opened in counties where Hurricane Matthew forced evacuations and government closures.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in federal court Monday.

“The state’s failure to extend the voter registration deadline, despite the massive disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew, means that thousands of Georgians will be prevented from participating in the November election. This is unethical

October 17, 2016 - Atlanta - The line for voting extends out of the building at the Fulton County Government Center where the first day of early voting had begun.   BOB ANDRES  /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Nearly 150,000 Georgians have already cast ballots ahead of Nov. 8 election

11:45 am Oct. 18, 2016

More than 146,000 Georgians have already cast ballots in the 2016 election after just one day of early in-person voting.

The total includes more than 61,000 absentee ballots cast by mail and more than 85,000 ballots cast in person, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office.

More: All about Georgia’s voting system and ballot security

In 2012, more than 1.9 million ballots were cast ahead of the actual Election Day.

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