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What is Georgia’s proposed police protections bill? And why is it controversial?

Georgia House Bill 838 passed the legislature in June and is on Governor Brian Kemp's desk. While proponents say it provides necessary protections for police and first responders, some civil rights groups argue that it is a tool to muzzle protestors. Here's how the legislation quickly came to be and what people are saying about it.
Rep. David Clark Georgia

Meet the young Republican challenging one of the most powerful politicians in Georgia

Georgia state Rep. David Clark asked God for guidance before deciding to call foul on alleged abuses of power by House Speaker David Ralston. After all, Clark tells Atlanta magazine, it’s “definitely intimidating” to challenge a man some consider the state’s most powerful—and certainly popular—politician.
Jen Jordan Georgia State Senator

The Passion of Jen Jordan: How an unlikely politician became the new voice of Georgia’s Democratic party

Jen Jordan is now approached constantly by women—“it’s almost always women,” she says—telling her how much her speech meant to them and sharing their own stories of reproductive trauma: infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion. Still, although she is strongly pro-choice, Jordan says she never wanted to be known as “the abortion speech lady.”
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The 40-day headache: Your guide to the 2020 Georgia General Assembly

On January 13, lawmakers from across Georgia will converge under the Gold Dome downtown for the annual session of the General Assembly. Here are the major issues they'll be discussing in 2020.
Defining Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

Keisha’s no Kasim: Inside Bottoms’s very different City Hall

Her critics worried she would be an extension of Kasim Reed. But after more than a year in office, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wants you to know she’s leading the city on her own terms.

Five bills on Governor Kemp’s desk that could affect you the most

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has until May 12 to sign or veto the bills that cleared the Legislature during this recent General Assembly. Some proposals will be a no-brainer for the governor, others are marred in controversy. Here’s a look at some of the most impactful measures.
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Regional transit, adoption, brunch: Where the biggest bills of the 2018 Georgia legislative session ended up

What happened to the Georgia adoption bill? The brunch bill? The "distracted driving" bill? Here's a brief look at some important bills that passed, some that didn’t, and whether lawmakers will make a rare summertime return to the Gold Dome to woo Amazon.
How to bring Amazon HQ2 to Atlanta

A modest proposal to get Amazon’s HQ2 in Atlanta: Make stuff up

Atlanta really, really, wants to be the site of Amazon’s HQ2, but we've got some problems that could halt that. How do we fix our issues before the Amazon delegation arrives to inspect our city? Like a steel plate over a pothole, let's cover 'em up.
Atlanta transit expansion bills The ATL MARTA

What you need to know about the metro Atlanta transit expansion bills

On Wednesday, Georgia lawmakers in the House and Senate approved their chambers’ versions of legislation that would create a new regional agency that could kickstart a long-awaited expansion of bus and rail lines throughout metro Atlanta.

Georgia Capitol’s Martin Luther King Jr. statue unveiled on 54th anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

"This day was no accident," said Bernice King. "[The dedication] had to happen at this day, at this time, with everything that's happening in this nation because once again Martin Luther King Jr. is providing a sense of direction as we deal with the current controversial climate."

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