Category: Law

Supreme Court Decisions Have Georgia Impact

This week’s Courier Herald column: The surprise retirement announcement from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has served to remind us once again that there is a third and equal branch of government to the ones that get most of the coverage in political columns such as this. His announcement came as the court ended its

A Lesson On Distracted Driving

This week’s Courier Herald column: Sunday was Father’s Day, and I spent the morning giving my niece a driving lesson. She’s been doing quite well, and is almost ready for her driver’s test next month – even if her mother and grandmother are not. She’s not terribly interested in politics at her age, but she

Attorney General Carr Q&A On Open Records

Attorney General Chris Carr sent out the following email Q&A on Open Records law and procedures this morning. We’re sharing here for your information. ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia constitution states that public officials are “servants of the people,” and the Office of the Attorney General has a long and proud tradition of encouraging openness

Deal on Douglas – No Voting for You

Yesterday, Douglas County learned that Governor Deal is appointing someone to the vacant District Attorney seat in Douglas County.  The seat was opened due to the appointment of Brian Fortner, the former elected District Attorney, to an open State Court Judge seat.  The Governor emailed a statement which included in part, “The governor looks forward

Moving On From The Adoption Bill

The Senate today has passed a compromise adoption bill today 53-2, along the lines of an agreement reached last Thursday. The bill can now move to the Governor’s desk for signature, and Georgia’s children can become permanent members of their new families sooner and with less government bureaucracy involved. Representative Bert Reeves of Marietta needs

NARAL to Karen Handel: You’ve Gone “Too Far”

When does the debate on abortion begin? Probably not with tax bills. Certainly not with tax bills if you are NARAL, which took issue over Karen Handel’s “pushing” the new GOP tax bill*. In other words: NARAL views Handel’s seat as vulnerable and on that we agree. In a statement released ahead of Thursday’s vote

“Insidious and Highly Suspicious” Data Destruction of Election Server

You’d like to think no one in Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office or the KSU Center for Election Systems would be so glaringly inept as to wipe the data off a server that is the center of a lawsuit over election security. And that they wouldn’t do so immediately after said lawsuit was filed.