Georgia’s Attorney General says the state cannot enforce some provisions of a new law requiring food stamp recipients to submit to drug testing before receiving benefits. In a letter, Sam Olens said that’s because federal law prohibits states from adding its own requirements to the Food Stamp program. The decision comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved Monday to block the new law.
Jason Carter’s shot at becoming Georgia’s next Governor could hinge on the fallout from a trio of ethics cases involving Republican governor Nathan Deal. That’s according to experts on the heels of reports from the AJC and WSB that a former ethics commission employee is close to settling a whistleblower lawsuit against the state for $1 million.
Nathan Deal swept to victory on Tuesday night, securing the Republican nomination for governor of Georgia. Unofficial tallies showed the incumbent governor with a sizeable lead Tuesday night ahead of former Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State Schools Superintendent John Barge. Gov. Deal celebrated the victory early Tuesday night. Thanking his supporters in a press release, the governor said he was looking toward to Georgia’s future and reiterated his accomplishments, including making Georgia the number one place in the nation to do business.
In an interview with GPB ahead of Tuesday's Republican gubernatorial primary, Gov. Nathan Deal said his first term record is the best indication of how he stacks up to his GOP opponents, whom he has declined to debate.
In case you haven't noticed, it's an election year for the governor as well as many other statewide offices. Democrat Jason Carter isn't the only gubernatorial hopeful Republican Nathan Deal has to worry about. From roundtables to kitchen tables, State School Superintendent John Barge and former Dalton mayor David Pennington are hitting the campaign trail hard in their bids to represent conservatives in the November governor's race.
One of the candidates at the top of the Georgia GOP’s ticket this year is 71 years old. That’s Governor Nathan Deal. He faces a 38-year-old Democratic challenger, Jason Carter. And in the contentious U.S. Senate race, Democrat Michelle Nunn has used a highly-visible TV campaign ad to show off her young family as her older Republican opponents duke it out for the primary. But many Republicans say the Democratic candidates’ youth won’t be as much of a factor in the midterm elections later this year. That’s partly because turnout in nonpresidential, off-year elections skews older.
Governor Nathan Deal will announce what his office called “paths forward” this afternoon for cannabis oil and a foster care pilot project. A media advisory on the Governor’s news conference was vague, but many activists have called for Deal to take executive action after lawmakers failed to pass legislation addressing both issues this session.
Hundreds of protesters met outside Governor Nathan Deal’s office Tuesday morning to present a petition calling for Deal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The group is part of a movement called “Moral Mondays,” which started in North Carolina with a similar goal. The Georgia group organized several events during this the legislative session, but this protest was the first one since lawmakers adjourned. GPB reporter Claire Simms has been following Moral Mondays Georgia activities since this year’s session. She joined All Things Considered host Ellen Reinhardt to discuss Tuesday’s protest.
Gov. Nathan Deal has until April 29 to sign or veto bills passed this year by the state legislature. But some experts say he may not veto anything. That’s partly because Gov. Deal works extensively behind the scenes to signal to lawmakers what he will and won’t sign. But politics may also play a role in the potential low veto count this year. Deal faces two challengers in the May 20 Republican primary.
Last month, 119 state legislators in the House voted for a sweeping gun bill that, if Gov. Nathan Deal signs it into law, would loosen restrictions on taking firearms into churches, government buildings and other places previously off-limits. Republicans pushed the measure, after failing to pass a similar bill in the waning moments of the 2013 legislative session. But three Democrats were among those ratifying the bill in the House. And another person supporting gun legislation was state Senator Jason Carter, a Decatur Democrat who’s running against Republican Governor Nathan Deal.