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Lawsuit Challenges Fayette Co. Voting

This week, civil rights attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Fayette County. They say the county’s at-large elections violate the Voting Rights Act.

Transportation Tax Vote in Special Session

Gov. Nathan Deal officially issued the call for the special legislative session on redistricting Wednesday. And when legislators return to the state Capitol Monday, they will also tackle changing the date of a regional transportation tax vote.

Squabbling Over Redistricting Begins

State lawmakers will begin a special legislative session Monday for the once-a-decade redistricting. Democrats are already accusing Republicans of trying to reduce the number of white Democratic lawmakers.

Congressional Lunch Draws Hundreds

Hundreds of the state’s business leaders and politicians gathered in Perry today for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’ annual congressional luncheon. The federal budget was on everyone’s mind.

Deal Orders Agencies To Cut 2%

Governor Nathan Deal is directing state agency heads to cut their budgets by 2%. Deal wants spending cuts in the current fiscal year budget that began last month and in next year's fiscal year budget, as well. The instructions come even though state revenues are up.

Immigration Law Impact Spreads

Georgia’s new crackdown on illegal immigration has been law since July 1. Farmers say it’s scaring away both documented and undocumented workers. And now other sectors are beginning to feel the pinch. Some businesses say without these workers, they can’t get the job done.

Water War In Court Friday

Lawyers will update a federal judge on the status of negotiations in a water dispute between Alabama and Georgia.

Ethics Commission Unveils Overhaul

The state’s ethics commission unveiled a plan Friday to overhaul the way it operates.

Ethics Chair Won't Resign

The chairman of Georgia's ethics commission says he won't resign. A complaint was filed alleging Patrick Millsaps is illegally serving on the commission, citing state law which says that members of the panel may not serve more than one complete term.

AG Wants to Overhaul Sunshine Law

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens wants a revamped state Sunshine law that would stiffen penalties and increase enforcement. He spoke Thursday at the Atlanta Press Club about changes he has proposed.