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Georgia Dept of Public Health

Where do our tobacco settlement dollars go?

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News – Reprinted with Permission Twenty years ago, Georgia and 45 other states reached an agreement with tobacco companies that settled all future claims against the firms about smoking. A major goal of the pact was to reduce cigarette smoking in the nation. The Master Settlement Agreement has provided Georgia […]

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Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Secretary of State opens potential voter fraud investigation

(ATLANTA) — Following a series of accusations related to the race for House District 28, The Secretary of State’s Investigations Division is continuing to pursue an ongoing investigation into potential instances of voter fraud. “Eliminating voter fraud is essential to strengthening the integrity of Georgia’s elections, which is why I am committed to fighting against […]

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Stacey Abrams delivers Democrat response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Stacey Abrams: I don’t want Trump to fail, but ‘we need him to tell the truth’

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS Stacey Abrams stepped onto the biggest stage of her political career Tuesday and accused President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans of abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord. The Georgia Democrat introduced herself to the nation months after narrowly losing her bid to become America’s first black female governor. […]

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Russian Trolls Release Fake Dirt on Robert Mueller

Evidence that was reportedly shared only with lawyers representing Russia’s Internet Research Agency was altered in a bid to “discredit the investigation,” Mueller warns. Kevin Poulsen, THE DAILY BEAST Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s case against Russian trolls accused of sowing disinformation to sway the 2016 election has itself fallen victim to what appears to be […]

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President Trump speaks to the nation in 2019 State of the Union address

President Trump speaks to the nation in 2019 State of the Union address

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject “the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.” He warned emboldened Democrats that “ridiculous partisan investigations” into his administration and businesses could hamper a surging American economy. Trump’s appeals for bipartisanship in his State of […]

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks back to his office after a vote January 28, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate backs McConnell’s rebuke of Trump’s military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan

By Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post The vast majority of Senate Republicans backed Majority Leader Mitch Mc- Connell on Thursday (Jan. 31) in a rebuke of President Trump’s rationale for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, voting to declare that the Islamic State’s continued operations in both countries poses a serious threat to the United […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. ALEXEI NIKOLSKY, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Why US, Russia pulling out of INF Treaty raises fears of accidental nuclear war

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Feb 2, 2019 MOSCOW — Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday. U.S. President Donald Trump accused Moscow on Friday (Feb. 1) of violating the 1987 […]

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More Georgia Electric Co-Ops might offer Internet Service

State Sen. Steve Gooch is working to make Internet Service available in North Georgia ~ By Elaine Owen, Editor ~ State lawmakers continue their push to expand broadband in rural Georgia this year. One way is to explicitly allow electric membership co-ops (EMCs) to provide not just electricity but also internet service. In the North […]

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First Fannin Habitat homeowner pays off mortgage early

By Elaine Owen, Editor Almost 20 years ago, Paula Behrens applied for a Habitat for Humanity loan. The length and terms of a Habitat mortgage is based on affordability. In Behren’s case, she and her three boys, twins Paul and Stephen and John Henry, a 20 year note was the best option. Chris Hall, Executive […]

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Representative Matt Dollar

Speaker David Ralston creates group to support Georgia’s film industry

Names Rep. Matt Dollar chair By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced earlier this month that he’s starting a legislative effort to boost the state’s film, TV and entertainment industry. Ralston created the House Working Group on Creative Arts & Entertainment, which will review the state’s tax incentives and other […]

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