The only professional teacher organization in Georgia that endorses political candidates has swung its weight behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Jason Carter. The Georgia Association of Educators announced its endorsement Wednesday outside of Grady High School in Atlanta where Carter’s wife, Kate, taught for six years. The endorsement wasn’t a surprise. The group normally backs Democrats. But GAE president Sid Chapman said the group sometimes withholds endorsements, and considered not endorsing anyone this year. GAE notably did not endorse Democratic Governor Roy Barnes in 2002, and he went on to lose to Republican Sonny Perdue.
Botched executions across the country have people talking about the death penalty again. While that trend hasn’t touched Georgia, another rare occurrence occurred on the state’s Death Row. Tommy Lee Waldrip’s clemency in July was only the ninth in Georgia since the resumption of executions in the 1970s.
So, how does an inmate escape execution in Georgia?
In July, Tommy Lee Waldrip became only the ninth Georgia Death Row inmate to be granted clemency from execution since the resumption of executions in the 1970s. How does clemency work in Georgia? And why is set up so that we will never really know? By Grant Blankenship
Today we kick off Macon and Eggs, a new series examining issues, ideas and politics in Middle Georgia. This week, we talk about the issues in Ferguson, Missouri. As Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old black teenager shot by police, is laid to rest Monday, protests continue.
Blackshear, a former state representative from Savannah, attended a student protest in Savannah’s Reynolds Square over the weekend. He recalled the civil rights protests of the 1950s and '60s.