The lawmaker behind a bill to legalize medical marijuana for seizure patients said Wednesday the state should go one step further. Earlier this year, Representative Allen Peake, R-Macon, championed a bill that would legalize cannabis oil for patients with seizure disorders. That effort ultimately failed in the final hours of the 2014 legislative session. Peake's resolve, however, did not. Representative Peake and other members of the new Medical Cannabis Study Committee met for the first time at the state Capitol Wednesday. The committee heard testimony from Paige Figi, a Colorado mother whose daughter Charlotte has become a symbol of the medical marijuana fight.
The only professional teacher organization in Georgia that endorses political candidates has swung its weight behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Jason Carter. The Georgia Association of Educators announced its endorsement Wednesday outside of Grady High School in Atlanta where Carter’s wife, Kate, taught for six years. The endorsement wasn’t a surprise. The group normally backs Democrats. But GAE president Sid Chapman said the group sometimes withholds endorsements, and considered not endorsing anyone this year. GAE notably did not endorse Democratic Governor Roy Barnes in 2002, and he went on to lose to Republican Sonny Perdue.
Botched executions across the country have people talking about the death penalty again. While that trend hasn’t touched Georgia, another rare occurrence occurred on the state’s Death Row. Tommy Lee Waldrip’s clemency in July was only the ninth in Georgia since the resumption of executions in the 1970s. So, how does an inmate escape execution in Georgia?
In July, Tommy Lee Waldrip became only the ninth Georgia Death Row inmate to be granted clemency from execution since the resumption of executions in the 1970s. How does clemency work in Georgia? And why is set up so that we will never really know? By Grant Blankenship
Today we kick off Macon and Eggs, a new series examining issues, ideas and politics in Middle Georgia. This week, we talk about the issues in Ferguson, Missouri. As Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old black teenager shot by police, is laid to rest Monday, protests continue.
Blackshear, a former state representative from Savannah, attended a student protest in Savannah’s Reynolds Square over the weekend. He recalled the civil rights protests of the 1950s and '60s.
Organizers say the march was meant to raise awareness of racial injustice across the United States. Unlike in Missouri, the protest in Savannah proceeded without incidents of violence or conflicts between protestors and police.
U.S. Senate Candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue met on the same stage together for the first time in Macon Thursday. And both Nunn and Perdue spent plenty of time tying each other to political leaders in Washington. During the one-hour forum, Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn repeatedly linked David Perdue to Republican inaction in Congress. One opportunity she was used was immigration reform. “David embraces what I believe is the attitude of gridlock in Washington that has not enabled us to get this done,” said Nunn. Perdue responded not by challenging Nunn’s characterization or defending congressional Republicans, but criticizing the President.
Organizers say the march on Saturday will protest the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri by a white police officer.
An Atlanta pastor criticizes some evangelicals for not being as vocal following the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri.