AJC blog about Atlanta politics, Georgia politics, Georgia and metro Atlanta election campaigns. Because all politics is local.
Blog
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., , flanked by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., left, and Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., participate in a news conference on gun legislation, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Report: John Lewis orchestrating protest of GOP plan to punish sit-ins

1:25 pm Jan. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Lewis is expected to lead a Democratic protest of the House GOP’s plan to punish future sit-ins on the House floor Tuesday afternoon, according to a report.

Politico reported that the protest will come when the House of Representatives votes on its rules package for the new Congress later this afternoon. The package includes a provision that would garnish lawmakers’ wages for taking pictures, recording audio or

Protesters rally at North Carolina statehouse. AP/Gerry Broome.

N.C. GOP lawmakers say bathroom deal proves effort was a Dem ‘political stunt’

9:00 am Dec. 20, 2016

North Carolina just can’t seem to quit legislating. 

Four days after Republican lawmakers there hammered through measures in a special session designed to cripple incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, N.C. legislators are set to again return to Raleigh tomorrow.

The purpose? Supposedly to scrap the controversial House Bill 2, aka “the bathroom bill” that has roiled Tar Heel politics.

Veteran N.C. scribe Jim Morrill and his colleagues at the Charlotte Observer break

This photo provided by Rep. Chillie Pingree,D-Maine, shows Democrat members of Congress, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. as they participate in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Rep. Chillie Pingree via AP)

John Lewis shrugs as GOP promises punishment for sit-in

6:00 am Sep. 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis is unmoved by a Republican effort to punish Democrats for participating in a headline-grabbing sit-in over gun control earlier this summer.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV on Thursday, the Atlanta Democrat and civil

Rep. John Lewis. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

John Lewis calls for unity after police shootings, says racism, guns must be addressed

11:25 am Jul. 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement and the country’s leading proponent for non-violent forms of protest, said Americans must take action to address racism and access to firearms after string of brutal police shootings this week once again called into question the police’s treatment of African Americans.

But the Atlanta Democrat also said unity was essential during a Congressional Black Caucus press conference (see above video courtesy of C-SPAN) and in a series of

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, following his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

House GOP leaders plan gun vote after sit-in

3:55 pm Jun. 30, 2016

WASHINGTON —  Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told House Republicans on Thursday to expect a vote next week on legislation that would prevent people suspected of terrorism from buying guns.

The vote would come as part of a package