Georgia Democrats have little power these days. They hold no statewide offices, and have forceless minorities in both chambers of the state legislature. So when House and Senate Democrats rolled out their agendas in separate press conferences Thursday, it’s not an exaggeration to say little of what they proposed will come to pass. Much of it will fail to even garner a committee vote, much less make it to the floor of either chamber for a vote.
The Georgia Federation of Democratic Women is conducting a letter-writing campaign trying to convince Governor Nathan Deal to expand Medicaid in the state. They say accepting $40.5 billion from the federal government will help hundreds of thousands of Georgians without healthcare and could generate 70 thousand jobs. Federation President Gail Buckner says too many poor people in Georgia have no health insurance. She says they wait until they are really sick, then go to the emergency room, which puts pressure on hospitals who provide care with no reimbursement.
The Whistleblower lawsuit that sparked an investigation into Governor Nathan Deal's 2010 campaign may take years to resolve. Federal authorities are looking into allegations made by two former employees of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The pair is currently suing the state under the Georgia Whistleblower Act. They claim the commission forced them out after they tried to look into ethics allegations involving the Deal campaign. Reports Wednesday revealed that a federal grand jury has subpoenaed a handful people to appear next month, none of whom work in the Governor’s Office.
The graduation rate in Georgia’s public high schools is up nearly two percent this year, according to figures released Wednesday. For the first time in three years, 71 percent of Georgia high school students received a diploma. This is the third year Georgia has used the adjusted Cohort Graduation rate, a more rigorous measure that allows the state to compare itself to the rest of the country.
Dalton Mayor David Pennington officially launched his bid to unseat Gov. Nathan Deal Monday. He says he’s the race’s true conservative because Deal is a lifelong politician who’s expanding government. And some of Georgia’s most conservative voters agree. Pennington first floated the idea of running over the summer. He wanted to see if there was enough support for a candidate to the right of Deal.
This week, Gov. Nathan Deal suspended a state Senator under indictment. Don Balfour allegedly claimed reimbursements when he wasn't on Senate business. At his suspension hearing Wednesday, his attorney said the errors were inadvertent.
Governor Nathan Deal said Tuesday he has set aside the final $35 million needed from the state to deepen the Savannah harbor. Deal made the announcement at a State of the Ports luncheon hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
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.
State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta) will challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 election. The 38-year-old is the grandson of Jimmy Carter, who also served in the state Senate before ascending to the governor’s office and the presidency. The Atlanta Democrat told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday he will make a formal announcement Thursday.