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Speaker Defends Europe Trip

Georgia House Speaker, David Ralston today defended taking a trip to Europe paid for by a lobbyist . The $17,000 Thanksgiving trip that included family and staff members has come under scrutiny from ethics watchdog groups.

Grocery Tax Could Return

Lawmakers will consider reinstating the grocery tax this session. It’s perhaps the most controversial part of a broad plan to overhaul the tax code.

Rev. Bernice King Rejects SCLC Presidency

The Rev. Bernice King says she will not assume the presidency of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King was elected in October 2009 to lead the organization co-founded by her father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., more than 50 years ago.

Deal Wants Better Storm Prep

Governor Deal met with the head of Georgia's Emergency Management Agency as well as transportation and public safety commissioners on Thursday.

Ethics Watchdogs Push Changes

Ethics reform is not on the minds of many lawmakers this year, but ethics watchdog groups and the Georgia Tea Party have banned together to get their attention. Now a lobbying effort is underway to push for more changes.

Sharing Nuclear Expansion Costs

Last month the Georgia Public Service Commission approved a surcharge to help Georgia Power pay for construction of the first nuclear reactors to be built in the country in thirty years.

Medicaid Faces $1 Billion Hole

Loss of stimulus dollars has created a gaping hole in the state's budget. The agency that administers Medicaid is facing a billion dollar shortfall. The program will be supported by cuts to other state agencies, but some Medicaid services may be lost.

Wildlife Areas Could Dwindle

Georgia’s Wildlife Management Areas are at risk because of dwindling state funds, and hunters and anglers may have to pay more to access the recreational lands. The Department of Natural Resources proposes spending $200,000 less on leasing land for Wildlife Management Areas.

New Book Highlights Civil War Sites

150 years ago, Georgia legislators voted to secede from the Union. Three months later, the nation entered a 4-year Civil War that left 600-thousand men dead and millions wounded. A new book illustrates Georgia sites that commemorate the war.

Georgia Reflects on Secession

A half dozen white men dressed in mid-19th century waistcoats and blouses re-enact the political debate of 150 years ago.

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