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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

Monday, Oct. 22, 2012

Officials defend charter campaign

High-profile elected officials are on both sides of the debate over a proposed amendment on charter schools, and their campaigning has led to lawsuits.
By Bill Barrow

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012

Charter amendment would tilt power

ATLANTA — The debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand state influence over charter schools has been fierce. But the details can get lost in the back-and-forth.
By Bill Barrow

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Judge allows officials' charter school actions

Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob declined to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the Fulton County system from publishing an online Q&A about the charter school referendum.
By Bill Barrow

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Ground game key in charter school fight

The increasingly bitter fight in Georgia over a constitutional amendment to allow more state charter schools isn't likely to play out in expensive television ads before the Nov. 6 referendum. ...
By Bill Barrow
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