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Saturday, March 30, 2013

A near-solid block against 'Obamacare' remains in South

ATLANTA - As more Republicans give in to President Obama's health-care overhaul, an opposition bloc remains across the South, including from governors who lead some of the nation's poorest and ...
By Bill Barrow

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lawmakers face deadline on budget, lobbying and guns

ATLANTA - The clock is running out on the Georgia legislative session, with representatives and senators yet to agree on a state budget, changes to gun regulations and an overhaul of lobbying rules.
By Bill Barrow

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lawmakers face looming deadline on ethics proposals

ATLANTA - As the Georgia General Assembly's legislative session winds toward a close, members of a key Senate committee next week will consider a plan from House Speaker David Ralston to limit ...
By Bill Barrow

Friday, March 8, 2013

City, Falcons agree on stadium terms

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s mayor and Falcons owner Arthur Blank have agreed to financing terms for a new $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome.
By Bill Barrow

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Deal suspends DeKalb school board members

The move, which could still be subject to the outcomes of lawsuits in state and federal court, is the latest in a high-profile controversy over the management of the metro Atlanta system, which ...
By Bill Barrow

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

Juvenile justice overhaul progresses

The latest proposal is intended to place nonviolent youth offenders into community based programs that treat root causes of criminal behavior rather than putting perpetrators behind bars.
By Bill Barrow

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Deal signs hospital tax bill

The new law empowers a panel of governor's appointees to do what lawmakers wanted to avoid doing themselves: levy a tax on Georgia hospitals' net patient revenue.
By Bill Barrow

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Broun to seek Senate seat

Republican Paul Broun is the first, but not the last, to enter the 2014 field officially, as several congressmen mull a race that blew wide open when Sen. Chambliss announced that he would not ...
By Bill Barrow

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Georgia House adopts Medicaid financing fix

Gov. Nathan Deal scored a key budget victory as the House of Representatives approved his plan to avoid losing more than $450 million in federal money for the Medicaid insurance program.
By Bill Barrow

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013

State cautious about gun proposals

There's been a lot of talk at the Georgia Capitol about gun laws since a shooter killed 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school. However, there's been little action.
By Bill Barrow

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Deal would keep Ga. spending relatively flat

The Republican governor's priority list, presented to a joint session of the House and Senate, includes public safety, education, health care and economic development, all pursued within tight ...
By Bill Barrow

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Hospital tax bill on fast track

A Senate committee approved a slightly altered version of the governor's plan Tuesday, with only a handful of audible objections.
By Bill Barrow

Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Gov. Deal pitches Medicaid money fix

Gov. Nathan Deal has settled on a proposal that could allow lawmakers to avoid voting directly to extend a high-profile hospital tax that helps provide a significant part of state health-care ...
By Bill Barrow

Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Bill would allow parents to vote on charter schools

Georgia Rep. Edward Lindsey plans to push a bill that would allow parents in a public school to vote whether their campus should be converted into an independent charter school.
By Bill Barrow

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

Health care will dominate Ga. legislature

ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers will convene Jan. 14 with a familiar theme: a budget shortfall explained mostly by an economy not keeping pace with rising health care costs.
By Bill Barrow

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Georgia hospitals craft plan to save Medicaid tax

Georgia Hos­pi­tal Association officials say the industry has agreed on a plan that calls for extending and tweaking an expiring hospital tax that provides a key chunk of state health care ...
By Bill Barrow

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

State Senate leader resigns

Outgoing Georgia Senate majority leader Chip Rogers is resigning to take a job in public broadcasting.
By Bill Barrow

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Recession hit Georgia hard

Georgia's poverty rate is at its highest point in 30 years. The typical Georgia household's annual income, in terms of purchasing power, is about what it was in 1990.
By Bill Barrow

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

Deal: Ga. unlikely to run insurance plan

A day after Barack Obama's re-election, Gov. Nathan Deal suggested that he will not implement a Georgia health insurance exchange as part of the 2010 federal health care overhaul that ranks as the ...
By Bill Barrow

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

Charter school amendment divides tea party

The political movement that spread in opposition to corporate bailouts and health care overhaul cannot find a unified voice on Georgia's proposed amendment on charter schools.
By Bill Barrow

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Property tax increase OK'd

Augusta commissioners broke a seven-year trend Wednesday and agreed 7-0 to raise property taxes by 1.75 mills to cover a deficit and provide employees a small bonus.
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