A normally a quick and controversy free Friday at the Capitol was instead filled with fireworks as members of the Senate tried to make changes to a bill dealing with the state ethics commission. What started as a so–called "simple bill" became a political grudge match as Senate Democrats tried to make changes to the state's ethics policies.
Sponsors are moving to finalize a gun rights bill that will not include a controversial "campus carry" provision.
Parts of downtown Atlanta are being torn up as the city builds a $100 million streetcar line. Metro Atlanta officials say the trolley will be good for business. But it's not the only Georgia city looking to "clang clang" into its future. Chatham County also has a streetcar desire.
Georgia Democrats have little power these days. They hold no statewide offices, and have forceless minorities in both chambers of the state legislature.
A provision that would have allowed students to carry weapons on public college campuses will be dropped from a revised gun bill. The provision would have opened the door for students age 21 and older with permits to carry firearms on college property. The measure has been strongly opposed by the university system and the state board of regents.