A grandson of former President Jimmy Carter has announced he will run for Governor of Georgia. Jason Carter, a Democratic state Senator from Decatur, near Atlanta, filed paperwork Thursday to become Deal’s highest profile challenger. He seeks to unseat incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal at a time when Democrats hold no statewide offices in Georgia.
Georgians will be paying about $101 million more in Medicaid costs next year. According to the state Department of Community Health (DCH), the additional expenses are due to changes to the program under the Affordable Care Act.
Voters across Georgia went to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections. In two special elections, they were there to elect two new state lawmakers. Both Representative Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, and Senator Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, stepped down from their positions earlier this fall to run for U.S. Congress.
Georgia is now officially the number one place to do business, according to Site Selection magazine. Gov. Nathan Deal announced the ranking at the state Capitol Monday, touting it as one more fulfilled campaign promise. But critics call the designation ‘meaningless,’ saying it doesn’t give an accurate description of Georgia’s economic health.
Georgia could be missing out on $35 billion in federal money over the next 10 years, according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. The group held a forum Thursday to discuss why the state could benefit from expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
On Saturday night, several hundred politically-active Georgians will gather in Atlanta. They won’t be meeting to talk about Tuesday’s election. Rather they’ll be focusing on future Election Days. And they’ll be asking what it will take to elect more women to political office at every level in Georgia.
Two weeks after Congress passed the continuing resolution that reopened the shuttered federal government, Democrats claim the shutdown will cost Georgia at least $324 million dollars this quarter (October, November and December.)
Georgia officials have chosen the attorneys who will represent the state in the ongoing “water war” between Georgia and Florida. Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens announced Monday that they appointed Seth Waxman of WilmerHale and Chris Landau and Craig Primis of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to head up the legal effort.
Congress passed a continuing resolution just under the wire Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and avoid default. Georgia's Representatives and Senators in Washington cast votes both for and against the bill.