Georgia's General Assembly arrives at the halfway point with Day-20 on the Legislative calendar. Of activity expected this week -- a House committee hearing on a bill to crack down on illegal immigration. And Governor Nathan Deal's plan to save the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship could get a full House vote.
The mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, says he won’t try to take over the Atlanta School Board...for now. Infighting among board members has put the Atlanta Public School system in danger of losing its accreditation.
Voters might have resuscitated the push for increased tobacco taxes when they rejected increased car tag fees this November. The car tag fees were on the ballot to fund a statewide trauma care network. Now business groups -- who campaigned for the trauma care measure -- are urging lawmakers to increase the tobacco tax in the upcoming legislative session
Macon Sunday released details of its bid to try to keep the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in the middle Georgia city. The state’s Legislature has said it will stop funding both the Music and Sports halls, both of which are in Macon.
Middle Georgia lawmaker James “Bubber” Epps Monday became the latest Democrat to jump ship to the state Republican Party. He is the eighth to do so since the general election. Kennesaw State political scientist Kerwin Swint says these moves aren’t philosophical or ideological.