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Rachel Garbus is an editorial contributor to Atlanta magazine.
A rally at DeKalb County courthouse condemns domestic terrorism charges for “Stop Cop City” protestors

A rally at the DeKalb County courthouse condemns domestic terrorism charges for “Stop Cop City” protestors

For many in attendance, it was a fitting way to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “They arrested Dr. King 29 times—29 times!” Kamau Franklin told a crowd of around 70 protestors assembled in front of the DeKalb County courthouse, many of them part of a loose coalition of activist groups, environmentalists, and concerned citizens united against a planned 85-acre, $90 million Atlanta police and firefighter training facility in the South River Forest.
5 things to know as Georgia’s 2023 legislative session kicks off

5 things to know as Georgia’s 2023 legislative session kicks off

It was a busy first week back for Georgia’s elected officials. Freshmen lawmakers were sworn in, new congressional leadership was elected, and Governor Brian Kemp was inaugurated for his second term. Now, with the 2023 legislative session in full swing, here are five new developments that will likely shape this year’s lawmaking agenda.
Whiskey Bird’s signature frosé

A love letter to the wine slushie

Some wines are born great, some achieve greatness, and some are thrust into slushie machines and emerge as frosé.
Avenue East Cobb is getting a refresh. Here’s a peak at the plans for the Marietta shopping center.

Avenue East Cobb is getting a refresh. Here’s a peek at the plans for the Marietta shopping center.

The developers behind Atlantic Station and Colony Square are redesigning the Marietta shopping center. Here’s what it will look like.
Thanksgiving Throwback: Check out these vintage photos of Georgia's past turkey days

Thanksgiving Throwback: Check out these vintage photos of Georgia’s past turkey days

The Roosevelts dine in Warm Springs, Georgia Tech takes on Auburn, Joseph E. Lowery helps lead a sit-in protest, and more.
What’s the future of legal abortion in Georgia?

Here’s what’s going on with Georgia’s abortion law

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled that because Georgia’s six-week abortion ban was unconstitutional at the time it became law in 2019, it remains so today, even though the protections provided by Roe v. Wade have been overturned. It was a technical procedural ruling, leaving unanswered larger questions about whether the six-week ban itself violates state law, which was the primary focus at a court trial earlier this fall.
Brian Kemp campaigned—and won—at a distance from Herschel Walker. What does that mean for Walker’s Senate runoff?

Brian Kemp campaigned—and won—at a distance from Herschel Walker. What does that mean for Walker’s Senate runoff?

Despite a high-profile challenge from Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp won re-election by seven points, a wider margin than in 2018. The rest of the Republican ticket rode his coattails to victory—everyone but Senate candidate Herschel Walker, who’ll head to a runoff against incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock, in a race that could, once again, decide party control of the Senate.
Generation Z Georgia’s youngest voters step up to the ballot box

Georgia’s Gen Z voters prepare to step up to the ballot box

There are, at last count, more than 7 million registered voters in Georgia; roughly an eighth of them—more than 800,000—are between the ages of 18 and 24. The state’s youngest voting cohort, all members of Generation Z, is distinct from the rest of the electorate by several measures.
Georgia's 2022 midterm election ballot questions, explained

Georgia’s 2022 midterm election ballot questions, explained

Curious about those ballot questions this midterm? Here’s what they mean, from constitutional amendments to the City of Atlanta special referendum.
A guide to Georgia's down-ballot races, what each job does, and why they matter

Commissioner of What? Your guide to the lesser-known officers on your ballot, what they do, and why it matters

Political positions like State School Superintendent and Commissioner of Agriculture may not get the same level of airtime as the big-ticket races, but these offices are vitally important, and the elected officials who win them influence the lives of millions of Georgians. Check out this guide to Georgia’s down-ballot races: the office, what it does and doesn’t do, and why it matters for you and your neighbors.

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