For too long, Georgia’s conservative supermajority has been the mouthpiece of corporations, the ultra-rich and the radical Right. They push legislation intended to strip rights away from gays and lesbians, disenfranchise minority voters and hurt Georgia families. They slash Georgia’s education budget, do nothing as our infrastructure crumbles and block common-sense health care policies. That’s… [Read More]
Rural hospital closures continue to decimate local communities in Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal, House Speaker David Ralston and House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, among other policymakers, have all publicly addressed the issue. In other words: Everyone knows it’s a problem. But partisan politics once again gets in the way of implementing a common-sense solution. Gov. Deal… [Read More]
The hotly contested education reform championed by Gov. Nathan Deal will be on the November ballot. Called the “Opportunity School District (OSD)” by supporters, the measure is really a school takeover plan, designed to benefit for-profit charter schools and their proponents, at the expense of funding a public education for all students. Gov. Deal claims… [Read More]
Why is Gov. Deal threatening a state representative for helping families get the medical marijuana their children so desperately need?
Last year, with great fanfare, Gov. Deal signed a law allowing some Georgia patients to legally possess medical marijuana oil prescribed by their physicians.
The truth is, this law was broken from the beginning – a false hope that forced patients or their family members to risk violating federal law by transporting the medicine across state lines.
Now, Gov. Deal has threatened Rep. Allen Peake, patients and their family members with “punishment,” he called it, for doing the only thing they can to get the needed medicine the governor championed last year.
The bipartisan rollback of the federal No Child Left Behind law has returned power to the states to decide whether and how to use high stakes tests to hold teachers and students accountable.
Now, we need to hold our lawmakers and Gov. Deal accountable by asking them to act now to reduce the number of precious classroom hours that are spent on testing.
Gov. Deal’s State of the State address Wednesday delivered what we’ve come to expect from this Governor’s office: more of the same. Just like every year before, Gov. Deal used his annual speech to showcase a Georgia that works for Gov. Deal and his buddies, but nobody else.
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) talks about Gov. Nathan Deal’s education “reform” proposals: “the state should not invest in private schools with public money.”
You did it! Together, we killed Sen. Josh McKoon’s “License to Discriminate” bill. When we started this session in January, Georgia was on the fast track to pass this bill. This session could easily have been different. We could have been Indiana. But you spoke up, took action and refused to let that happen. Georgia… [Read More]
If you’ve lived in Georgia long enough, you’ve no doubt heard about Coca-Cola’s historic role in the Civil Rights movement. If not for Coca-Cola, the story goes, Georgia would have been the Alabama of that era. During one important moment, after Martin Luther King, Jr. won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, Atlanta’s plans to honor… [Read More]
In this year’s state budget, Gov. Nathan Deal made it clear that he wanted to take health care coverage away from Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other “non-certified school employees.” Thanks to your actions, the governor now knows that he can’t make these cuts head-on. Instead, he’s created a shell game that would hurt… [Read More]