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Gov. Deal Explains Why Aides Contacted Ethics Commission Head

Governor Nathan Deal is offering an explanation as to why his staff contacted the head of Georgia's ethics commission. Holly LaBerge claims that Deal's top aides pressured her to end an investigation into Deal's 2010 campaign.

CDC Director Calls Safety Lapses 'Unacceptable'

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to testify about what he called an “unacceptable” series of safety breaches. Dr. Tom Frieden, who heads the Atlanta-based federal health laboratories, was in Washington to address the mishandling of potentially lethal anthrax spores in June. Since that episode, the agency has revealed there have been other occasions in which scientists at the CDC have mishandled small pox and avian flu virus samples.

In The GOP Battle For State School Superintendent, The Dividing Line Comes Down To The Common Core

Candidates are still criss-crossing the state, campaigning ahead of the July 22 primary runoff. Two political hopefuls are battling for the Republican nomination for State School Superintendent, and the biggest dividing line between the two candidates is over educational standards. Next week , GOP voters will have to decide a run-off between two longtime educators—Mike Buck and Richard Woods. Buck is the Chief Academic Officer at the Georgia Department of Education under current Superintendent John Barge. Woods is a small business owner and former teacher and administrator.

Carter Calls On Olens To Investigate Deal On Ethics

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter is renewing calls on the state Attorney General to investigate whistleblower complaints that involve Republican Governor Nathan Deal filed by ethics commission workers.

Deputy Fired For Insubordination Wants His Job Back

A Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s Deputy who was fired for disobeying direct orders from the Sheriff is asking to get his job back. Clayton Sutton was placed on desk duty and told not to act as a law enforcement officer in public earlier in the year. That order followed a patrol call where Sutton’s use of a his firearm was called into question and where a dog was killed while Sutton pursued a suspect. That call was what landed Sutton on desk duty. Later when he attempted to stop suspected metal thieves on the south side of Bibb County, Sheriff David Davis released him from the force.

Should Taxpayers Fund Confederate Memorials? Activists Say 'No'

Should taxpayers fund commemorations of the Confederacy? That's the conversation sociologist Mark Patrick George and Reverend Floyd Rose are hoping to start with a letter they sent last month to Georgia lawmakers. They argue that Georgia’s secession ordinance of 1861 proves the Confederacy fought in order to preserve slavery, and therefore taxpayers shouldn’t pay to glorify it. George and Rose say heritage groups like the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy are obfuscating history by suggesting the Confederacy only fought for states’ rights and southern pride.

Kingston, Perdue Tar Each Other With 'Manufactured' Scandals In GOP Senate Debate

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue clashed Sunday in the only televised debate ahead of their July 22 Republican U.S. Senate primary run-off.

Carter Courts Small Businesses, After Fundraising Spike

Fresh off the news this week that he outraised his incumbent opponent, Jason Carter said Friday that the state is not doing enough to cultivate small businesses, especially startups. The state Senator and gubernatorial candidate made the comments while visiting Opportunity Hub, a business incubator in downtown Atlanta.

This Week With Tom Barton: Is The Savannah-Chatham Police Department Like A Troubled Marriage?

Tom Barton of the Savannah Morning News joins GPB Savannah's Sarah McCammon.

Mayor Kasim Reed: Carter And Nunn Need To Reach Out To Minority Voters Sooner

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says in order for Democrats Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn to win in November, they will have to spend campaign funds reaching out to the 600,000 to 900,000 minority voters in Georgia. “And if they haven’t invested, I would say somewhere between 3 to 5 million in their registration efforts and in their voter contact efforts, I don’t believe they are going to prevail,” Reed told GPB’s Bill Nigut. Reed says the typical Democratic strategy of waiting until September to reach out to black voters won’t work.

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