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Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, a bipartisan package that will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. In a 65-33 vote, the bill, comprised of eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the Senate’s bill 234-193, […] The post Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
UVALDE, TX
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What happens now to Georgia’s 2019 anti-abortion law?

This story was updated at 5:45 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2022.  The Supreme Court’s decision Friday overturning Roe v. Wade began a major shift in Georgians’ future access to abortion, but how exactly that shift will play out remains to be seen.  Abortion remains legal in Georgia up until 20 weeks into a pregnancy, but […] The post What happens now to Georgia’s 2019 anti-abortion law? appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
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Georgia officials, groups mobilize for abortion rights fight

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday decision to overturn Roe v. Wade quickly reverberated throughout Georgia and beyond as the reaction ranged from ‌outrage and frustration among abortion rights supporters to jubilation from anti-abortion activists.  With the landmark ruling throwing out a constitutional right to an abortion, regulating access to the procedure will now be left […] The post Georgia officials, groups mobilize for abortion rights fight appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
GEORGIA STATE

Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

Republicans in Congress were jubilant at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of precedent to revoke a constitutional right to an abortion, while Democrats were equally despondent about what they called an extremist decision that revoked a long-held right and represented an attack on women’s autonomy. The party-line reaction – including among Georgia’s congressional delegation – […] The post Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
GEORGIA STATE

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

This story was updated at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24.  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. The decision by five of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of […] The post UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
CONGRESS & COURTS

‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed

President Donald Trump sought to use the U.S. Justice Department to create the illusion of a legitimate investigation into the validity of the 2020 election results, the Jan. 6 committee and former Justice Department leaders said Thursday in the panel’s fifth hearing this month. In the weeks between Election Day 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, […] The post ‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed appeared first on Georgia Recorder.

Shootings hot topic in Columbus during state’s school safety conference

COLUMBUS – The 2022 Georgia School Safety and Homeland Security Conference started like a normal work conference with handshakes and backslaps as more than 700 law enforcement officers and others who work in school safety gathered in a Columbus ballroom. But the mood quickly turned somber when two large screens at the front of the […] The post Shootings hot topic in Columbus during state’s school safety conference appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
COLUMBUS, GA

Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are pushing to increase access to abortion for members of the military, concerned a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could end the constitutional right will harm troops. The U.S. House’s annual funding bill for the Defense Department would require the Pentagon to provide leave to troops and civilian employees seeking […] The post Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
CONGRESS & COURTS

U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that made it illegal to carry a firearm in public without showing a special need for protection. The court ruled that the state’s concealed carry law violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — a major decision that expands the Second […] The post U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
NEW YORK CITY, NY

This week’s primaries continued skid for GOP’s anti-CRT school board candidates

Voters in Cherokee and Coweta counties rejected three school board candidates backed by a right-wing federal PAC Tuesday, following similar losses in last month’s primary. It’s uncommon for political action committees to weigh in on local races, so voters were surprised to open up their mailboxes and find flyers from the 1776 Project PAC endorsing […] The post This week’s primaries continued skid for GOP’s anti-CRT school board candidates appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA

Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress and state legislatures to provide a temporary reprieve from gas taxes — but members of his own party and Republicans appeared opposed, making it look unlikely on the federal level. In addition, many state legislatures are out of session for the year and aren’t expected […] The post Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
GEORGIA STATE

U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to be passed by […] The post U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
CONGRESS & COURTS

Trump Republican loyalists not enough as Trump grip slips

Two Trump-backed congressional candidates came up far short in Tuesday’s runoff election, serving as further evidence of the former president’s waning influence in Georgia.   Former Democratic state Rep. Vernon Jones left the governor’s race to run for Congress in a deep red east Georgia district with former President Donald Trump’s blessing. Jones was a close […] The post Trump Republican loyalists not enough as Trump grip slips appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
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Georgia Democrats now set sights on decisive November statewide races

State Rep. Bee Nguyen became the Democratic Party’s nominee Tuesday for Georgia’s elections chief, pitting her against incumbent Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the Nov. 8 general election. Nguyen skated to victory over former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler‌ in Tuesday’s runoff by a three-to-one margin, according to unofficial election results. Also Tuesday, Democratic […] The post Georgia Democrats now set sights on decisive November statewide races appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
GEORGIA STATE

Trump led pressure campaign on state election officials, Jan. 6 panel says

Former President Donald Trump was directly involved in efforts to pressure state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 election results in their states, according to evidence the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack presented Tuesday at the panel’s fourth hearing this month. Trump and his attorneys knew that […] The post Trump led pressure campaign on state election officials, Jan. 6 panel says appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
GEORGIA STATE

Five things to know as you head to the polls in Tuesday’s Georgia primary runoffs

On Tuesday, Georgia voters will choose party nominees in runoffs for a host of statewide, congressional and other races ahead of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nov.‌ 8 general ‌election.  The‌ ‌Democratic runoffs will decide the party’s nominees for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner and Congress, while the Republican runoffs feature a pair of U.S. […] The post Five things to know as you head to the polls in Tuesday’s Georgia primary runoffs appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
GEORGIA STATE

The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

This article is published through a collaboration between States Newsroom and Bolts. WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence. “It was on a communal TV, and […] The post The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S. appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
WASHINGTON, DC

In a first, 2 rooms in U.S. Capitol named for women who served in the Senate

WASHINGTON — The first woman joined Congress more than a century ago, but not until this month have any of the 540 rooms in the U.S. Capitol been officially named for women who served in the U.S. Senate. Following a dedication ceremony last week, Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, the first woman elected to both chambers, and Barbara […] The post In a first, 2 rooms in U.S. Capitol named for women who served in the Senate appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
MARYLAND STATE

Boaters clobber rare whale and calf, but they avoid legal consequences

There’s nothing like a good shipwreck story. The battle against the elements, the human drama, the deadly consequences — those elements make for some compelling telling. Doesn’t matter whether the story involves the doomed sailors of the USS Indianapolis, the desperate passengers of the SS Poseidon,or the fearless crew of the SS Minnow. Florida has had so many […] The post Boaters clobber rare whale and calf, but they avoid legal consequences appeared first on Georgia Recorder.
PALM BEACH, FL