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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."
Lobbyists

Friends in the Hall: How lobbyists use influence to help their clients

“You can’t name me a profession that doesn’t have a lobbyist, from the church house, to the house of prostitutes."
Sine Die

Sine Die 2016 recap: MARTA expansion, rape kits, grand juries, and medical marijuana

If you didn’t keep track of what bills lived and died in the session’s final days, we’ve got you covered.
State judicial complex

Behold! A look at the most expensive Georgia government building ever

The future home for the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will have a “prominent and iconic” design. It won’t be cheap either.
Gold Dome

Gold Dome Preview: Eleven issues to watch during the 2016 legislative session

Many more details will be revealed in the next few weeks. But here are some of the key questions the lawmakers on their way to Atlanta face coming into the 2016 legislative session.

A look inside Atlanta’s halls of power

We take a look behind the scenes were the strings are pulled and the wheels are turned

Rep. Stacey Evans: ‘The HOPE grant should equal full tuition’

In a recent interview, Rep. Evans chatted with us about how she would like to see the scholarship program retooled, the potential role of casinos in shoring up the state’s academic scholarship program, and why the state would benefit from providing some students with needs-based aid.
Taylor Bennett

How a former Georgia Tech quarterback could break the state’s GOP supermajority

Democratic attorney Taylor Bennett and Republican ex-Mayor J. Max Davis battle over Brookhaven statehouse seat.

Lobbyists seek journalists’ opinion on new ethics reform bill

Does Georgia’s new ethics reform bill (as yet unsigned by Gov. Nathan Deal) create more new opportunities for abuse than it eliminates? How can a $75 cap on meals and gifts be considered meaningful when a lobbyist can give several, separate $75 meals to the same official on the same day? And what can lobbyists possibly do to seem, well, less scuzzy?

Guns fail, ethics bill passes on Legislature’s final night

The final night of the Georgia General Assembly always has something of a party atmosphere. After a dinner break during which senators, House members, Gold Dome staffers and lobbyists sit at communal tables in the soaring lobby of the state Capitol and feast on donated barbecue and sweet tea, everyone goes back upstairs and gets down to business—more or less.

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