Republicans down at the Capitol are angling to become champions of public transit. What’s going on? This doesn’t exactly strike me as a bread and butter Republican issue. While there are strong economic development arguments to be made for investing in public transit, Republicans tend to shy away from anything with the word “public” attached… [Read More]
The legislative session has begun! For the next several months, our elected legislators will be drafting, vetting and voting on new laws. GOP leaders in both the House and the Senate have already begun talking up their legislative priorities. The first week is mostly ceremonial, but priorities are beginning to emerge. Expect that some leaders are also… [Read More]
Education is going to be a hot issue down at the Gold Dome during the upcoming legislative session. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrote a book on education reform, Education Unleashed, and it’s not promising. Cagle, the ranking Republican overseeing the Senate, primarily promotes the standard Republican model: less government, less regulation and more privatization (in the form… [Read More]
Have Georgia’s conservative lawmakers finally seen the light on Medicaid expansion? Maybe. Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) (the lawmaker who made national headlines for blocking a bill to test rape kits) has been speaking publicly about moving in the direction of Medicaid expansion. This is an issue that we’ve already dissected in-depth on this blog in… [Read More]
Franklin Graham is famous for his anti-gay bigotry. He believes that gay people don’t adopt — they “recruit” children into their “cause.” So why is Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle waiting to get on Franklin Graham’s tour bus? Connect with Casey Cagle on Facebook and on Twitter @CaseyCagle and ask him if shares Graham’s beliefs.
The chairman of the Georgia Civil War Commission told 11Alive reporter Doug Richards that linking to a white supremacist website from a state government Facebook page was a mistake — but it’s a mistake he can’t explain. “We’re not… trying to put anything on that Facebook page that’s racist, hurtful or in bad taste. I’m not saying… [Read More]
Georgia’s Civil War Commission is a real thing. Our state government, it turns out, runs a commission to “coordinate planning, preservation, and promotion of structures, buildings, sites, and battlefields” related to the Civil War. The vice-chair of Georgia’s Civil War commission — reappointed in 2012 by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle — is Charles Kelly Barrow. He is also… [Read More]