Category: Governor

Georgia Seeks Medicare & Medicaid Waivers To Streamline Covid-19 Response

From a press release: Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Kemp and the Department of Community Health (DCH) submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for an 1135 Medicaid waiver. Concurrently, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) submitted a request to CMS for a 1135 Medicare waiver. “As we continue fighting COVID-19, these

Governor Kemp Signs FY20 Amended Budget With Covid-19 Funding

From a press release: Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp signed House Bill 792 – Georgia’s amended fiscal year 2020 budget – with $100 million in emergency funding to address the spread of novel coronavirus and COVID-19. “Over several months, I have worked closely with lawmakers to develop an amended fiscal year 2020 budget that reflects

Carr Rejects Kemp Campaign Hacking Claim, Clears DPG

Attorney General Chris Carr’s office says there was no attempt from the DPG to hack election information during the 2018 election. Two days before the election in a totally-not-politically-motivated case based off totally-not-specious claims that Democrats had committed “possible cyber crimes” with online election databases. The AG’s memo about the state’s investigation said in short:

Governor Kemp Appoints Former Tift County Sheriff As Interim Public Safety Commissioner

From a press release: Atlanta, GA – Today the Board of Public Safety voted unanimously to approve former Tift County Sheriff Gary Vowell to serve as the interim commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Governor Kemp applauded the board’s decision, citing Vowell’s lifelong career in law enforcement and dedication to integrity and public service. Vowell

Eggs & Issues Recap

This morning some of us had to be dressed up and downtown for a program that started at 7:30am. I’m not bitter, just tired. To be honest, not a lot of news and fewer than normal tea leaves were provided with the now traditional Chick Fil A chicken biscuits. Governor Kemp mostly recapped successes of

Leaders Reveal Priorities For Legislative Session

This week’s Courier Herald column: Legislators from across the state reconvened in Atlanta this week for the 2020 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Tensions remain higher than average among Georgia’s leaders as tight budgets force competition among everyone’s priorities.  They’ll have to work harder than normal to present a unified front for the majority’s