Tip sheet: A day devoted to dirt, swamps and Uber

6:00 am Mar. 26, 2015

Number of working days left until the end of the 2015 session: Four.

After a busy day, lawmakers appear to be taking a breather. The Senate has a dozen bills on the calendar, including HB 225, the Uber bill; and HB 397, which revises the state Soil and Conservation Commission to the concern of farmers and environmentalists.

The House has several bills on the floor, the most interesting of which

Johnny Isakson tussles with a Democrat on Senate floor: ‘I don’t believe climate change is a religion’

12:55 pm Mar. 18, 2015

WASHINGTON – It’s unusual to see a U.S. Senator call out a colleague by name in a negative manner on the floor, and it’s certainly unusual to see Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson so fired up, so this video is worth watching.

Over the weekend, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; wrote an op-ed in USA Today ripping Republicans for not taking action on

President Obama is coming to Georgia Tech

4:37 pm Mar. 6, 2015

President Barack Obama will visit Georgia Tech on Tuesday to give a speech and later attend a fundraiser to raise money for the Democratic National Committee.

The White House announced the trip this afternoon, saying only that he will deliver remarks at a Tech event that will be open to students. (If you’re a student you can find ticket information here for the visit to McCamish Pavilion.)

A Missouri eulogy: ‘Words do hurt. Words can kill’

9:39 pm Mar. 3, 2015

We’ll let this one speak for itself. From the Associated Press:

CLAYTON, Mo.  — Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth denounced the ugly nature of American politics Tuesday while eulogizing Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, suggesting that political

Tip sheet: Cracking the secrecy around the state Board of Pardons and Paroles

6:00 am Mar. 2, 2015

With just seven working days remaining until the Crossover Day deadline (when most bills must pass the House or Senate to stay alive), lawmakers appear to have reached cruising altitude.

The House calendar has 18 bills, eight of which were carried over from Thursday. The biggest are HB 71, which would require greater transparency from the Pardon and Paroles Board, and HB 233, which would revise civil forfeiture laws.