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A Trumpian bill makes its debut in the state Capitol

6:00 pm Mar. 1, 2017

The most Trumpian bill in the Legislature, the one that may best reflect the political angst that our new president has tapped, made its debut in the state Capitol on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 195 was greeted mostly with awkward silence from members of the Senate economic development committee, and will not move this session. But it is the kind of measure that could bedevil Republicans next year — an

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

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

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

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

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.

Michael McDonald,