On the morning of March 28, 2016, Gov. Nathan Deal cemented his legacy as a Georgia governor who chose inclusion over discrimination. Gov. Deal has indicated that he will veto this year’s religious “freedom” bill, HB 757, which would have allowed nonprofits to discriminate against members of the gay community, among others. We applaud Gov…. [Read More]
On the TBS show Full Frontal this week, comedian Samantha Bee aimed her stinging political satire at Ga. Sen. Renee Unterman, who is blocking a rape kit bill that would help deliver justice for rape victims. The bill has unanimous, bi-partisan support in the House, but Unterman insists that we don’t need a the law… [Read More]
An open letter from guest blogger Molly McWilliams Wilkins Dear Sen. Renee Unterman, I read an old article about you recently. The Gwinnett Daily Post wrote about you in January 2012. They mentioned your divorce, losing custody of your daughter and the death of your son. The headline of the article was “Unterman’s heartache gives… [Read More]
A powerful Republican state Senator is blocking a crucial bill that would require police to account for the backlog of untested rape kits — evidence of sexual assault, sometimes including DNA, gathered when victims report the crime to authorities in Georgia. Many rape kits sit on shelves and remain untested for years or are even… [Read More]
They always say these things come in threes. First, Georgia state Representative Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) defended the Ku Klux Klan earlier this year, saying that the Klan “wasn’t so much a racist thing” and “made a lot of people straighten up.” Then Sen. Greg Kirk (R-Americus), while debating his bill that would allow religious groups to… [Read More]
Most of us have seen Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on TV during his speeches in early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But as Georgia’s presidential primary approaches, Trump is becoming a bigger presence here, having made appearances already in Macon and — just this past weekend — in downtown Atlanta. The rhetoric was… [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.
This year, state lawmakers will consider an unprecedented seven marijuana-related bills, signaling a marked shift in priorities for a state long-considered to be among the nation’s most conservative. One of the more bold proposals, Senate Bill 254 (or SB 254), would abolish felonies for certain marijuana possession cases. Sen. Harold Jones (D-Augusta) talked about his bill… [Read More]
Better Georgia’s communication director Brandon Hanick sat down with The Athens Banner-Herald’s Andrew Shearer to talk about Cause + Effect, the new Georgia progressive film festival hosted by Alliance for a Better Georgia. Here’s what they had to say about the Georgia issues-based film festival, documentary filmmaking and the Athens art scene.