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7:28 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Carter And Nunn Stump At Labor Day Luncheon

Jason Carter stumps in south Atlanta Monday.
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More than a hundred workers celebrated Labor Day in south Atlanta at a luncheon hosted by the AFL-CIO’s local affiliate.

Several high-profile Democrats attended, including gubernatorial nominee Jason Carter and U.S. Senate nominee Michelle Nunn.

Carter seemed to shake every hand in the union hall. He criticized Republican Gov. Nathan Deal for not doing enough to address the state’s unemployment rate, which is second highest in the U.S.

“There’s no reason for middle-class families in this state to make $6,000 less than they did ten years ago,” said Carter.

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4:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Push to Register Korean-American Voters as Deadline Nears

AALAC staffers showcase new logo and campaign swag as part of an effort to register more Korean-American voters.
Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

With just over a month left to register to vote in November’s General Election, a local advocacy group is making a final push to help Korean-Americans sign up.

The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center wants to help 10,000 Korean-Americans register to vote in Gwinnett County. AALAC executive director Helen Kim Ho says the group has helped 2,000 voters sign up since launching the campaign last month.

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6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Immigration Reform Activists Confront Deal at UGA Event

University of Georgia students with the group Undocumented Student Alliance ask Gov. Nathan Deal about a state policy that bans undocumented immigrants from attending the state's top five public universities Tuesday in Athens.
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Earlier this week a video surfaced of a controversial exchange between Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and members of the University of Georgia student group Undocumented Student Alliance Tuesday night in Athens.

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6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

State Lawmakers Examine Medical Marijuana

The Joint Study Committee on Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions meets at the Georgia Capitol Wednesday,
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

State lawmakers began studying the effects of marijuana as a medical treatment Wednesday. The meetings come after a bill that would have allowed Georgians with seizure disorders to legally use an oil-based form of marijuana did not become law this year.

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6:02 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Reed Acknowledges "Error" But Insists Payouts To Senior Staff Were Legal

Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore and Mayor Kasim Reed.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and City Councilwoman Felicia Moore sparred Wednesday over big cash payouts given to members of Reed's senior staff. Critics claim the payouts, which where issued in exchange for unused sick and vacation days, violate city code. 

At a Council finance committee, Reed denied the payouts were illegal, saying they were given through what he called a grey area of city policy.

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5:55 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Watchdog Group Asks for Investigation into Deal Staffers Over Ethics Investigation

Georgia Watchdogs head Sabrina Smith
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

A local watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Georgia Inspector General’s Office, asking for an investigation into two of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top staffers over an ethics investigation.

The group Georgia Watchdogs, a coalition of watchdog groups from across the state, says the complaint stems from a recently revealed 2012 memo from State Ethics Commission Chief Holly LaBerge.

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4:45 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Carter Nabs Big Education Endorsement

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Jason Carter snagged an endorsement from the Georgia Association of Educators Wednesday. GAE president Sid Chapman is behind Carter. Democratic state school superintendent candidate Valarie Wilson is to his left.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter nabbed a key endorsement Wednesday. The Georgia Association of Educators announced they’re backing the state senator.

GAE president Sid Chapman said Carter has the right vision for education. Carter said his plan, which is focused on funding, is simple.

“The first thing we must do is have a separate education budget, which will force the politicians in Atlanta to be politically accountable for the way that they do their job on education funding,” he said.  

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6:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Sen. Isakson Supports Surveillance and Potential Military Action in Syria

Credit Evan Jang / WABE

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) says he supports President Barack Obama’s decision to order U.S. surveillance flights over Syria. The action could potentially lead to airstrikes and comes after the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State militant group also known as ISIS is threatening to kill additional Americans it is holding captive in Syria.

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4:04 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Gov. Deal Defends Board Appointees

Gov. Nathan Deal
Credit Governor's Office

Gov. Nathan Deal this week dismissed recent criticism from Democratic opponent Jason Carter. Carter took issue with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that showed members of three state boards contributed to the governor’s re-election campaign.

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4:17 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Judge Hears Request To Sanction AG's Office Following Ethics Case

Stacey Kalberman at Monday's hearing.

A Fulton County judge Monday said he’ll decide by week's end whether the state Attorney General’s office should be sanctioned for withholding documents during a high-profile whistleblower case.

A lawyer for former state ethics commission chief Stacey Kalberman accuses the state of illegally concealing key information in the lead-up to her whistleblower trial. She won that case earlier this year after alleging she was forced from her job for investigating Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign.

After the hearing, Kalberman was pleased.

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7:42 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The CIA's Access to Senate Computers: Part 2 with Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), on the left, speaks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the station's studios on August 21, 2014.
Credit Rose Scott/WABE News

  In part 2 of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Georgia Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss answered questions about recent disclosures that the CIA got access to computers used by staffers at the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Chambliss is the ranking GOP member of the committee.  Chambliss was also asked whether he was bothered by the fact that Republican candidates who wanted to succeed him barely mentioned him during this year's GOP primaries and runoffs.

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4:53 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

US Labor Secretary Pushes Minimum Wage Increase On Pre-Labor Day Tour

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urged support for President Barack Obama's agenda to raise the minimum wage during a speech to the Atlanta Regional Commission Friday in Atlanta.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

U. S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Friday wrapped up a week-long Pre-Labor Day tour in Atlanta with speech to the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Speaking to a crowd that included U. S. Democratic Representative John Lewis,  Perez compared labor rights to civil rights in urging support for President Barack Obama’s agenda to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

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3:42 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Jason Carter Blasts Gov. Deal Over Donations From Appointees

State Sen. Jason Carter Friday at the Capitol.

State Sen. Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor, cried foul Friday over a report showing members of three state boards donated big sums to Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign.

At a press conference in front of the state Capitol, Carter called the report disturbing and said it represented “another in the long line of Gov. Deal’s ethics problems.”

"It just goes to show again what comes first for the governor are his campaign contributors, his wealthy friends, and what comes second or last is average Georgians," said Carter. 

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6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Perdue Sidesteps Whether He'll Accept Campaign Contribution from U.S. Chamber

Georgia Republican U.S. Senate Nominee David Perdue takes questions from the media after a candidate forum hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Thursday in Macon.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

Georgia Republican U.S. Senate Candidate David Perdue skirted questions Thursday on whether he’d accept a campaign donation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after a recording surfaced in which he said he wouldn’t.

Earlier this week the newspaper The Atlanta Journal Constitution posted an audio clip that it says was sent by a supporter of Perdue’s opponent, Democrat Nominee Michelle Nunn.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
8:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

A Failed U.S. Military Raid in Syria - and Military Gear at Home: Part 1 with Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), during an interview with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the station's studios on August 21, 2014.
Credit Rose Scott/WABE News

  Georgia Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, who is not seeking re-election this year, is the ranking GOP member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.  In part one of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the station's studios, Chambliss talked about the recently-revealed U.S. raid in Syria, which failed to find Americans held captive by the terror group the Islamic State.  

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5:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Deal Says He Would Propose Hope Grant Expansion if Re-elected

Gov. Deal visits Utopian Academy for the Arts in Clayton County.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

Governor Nathan Deal visited a state approved charter school Thursday that started its school year in turmoil. Deal announced if reelected he would like to expand a grant program for the state’s technical college students.

Utopian Academy for the Arts students greeted the governor with a song about hard work, and that’s what Governor Deal says it took for the school to open.

“Your school has been born out of a struggle and because of that what you have as a school will be stronger.”

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4:42 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Perdue, Nunn Square Off In First U.S. Senate Forum

Georgia’s two U.S. Senate nominees squared off for the first time Thursday during a forum hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce at the Marriott City Center in Macon.

While Republican candidate David Perdue mainly took aim at national Democrats, saying Nunn would be a proxy for their failed policies, Nunn went after Perdue, framing him as an obstructionist Republican who’d only add to Washington gridlock.

Nunn’s attacks started with the first question, posed to her, about why she doesn’t fully support the Affordable Care Act.

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3:59 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Democratic National Committee to Devote Additional Resources to Georgia Races

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Atlanta on Thursday.

The Democratic National Committee kicked off a three-day conference in downtown Atlanta Thursday. The head of the DNC says Georgia is key to the midterm election and will get new resources.

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she’s committed to getting a Democrat voted into the governor’s office and U.S. Senate.

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11:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Nunn-Perdue Candidate Forum: Live Tweets

GOP Senate candidate David Perdue (left) and Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn (right).

  U.S. Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue have just wrapped up a joint appearance at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce meeting being held in Macon.

The video of the entire candidate forum was streamed live by WABE.org.  That live stream has now concluded. 

This was billed as a a forum, not a debate.  Each candidate gave opening remarks and then independently answered a series of questions posed by moderator John Pruitt.

Our live stream of the forum began at 12:15 p.m. today and has now concluded.

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3:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Jason Carter Selects Campaign Committee

State Sen. Jason Carter
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State. Sen. Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, has selected a 20-member campaign committee aimed at defeating Gov. Nathan Deal.

Prominent state Democrats are on the list including Ambassador Andrew Young, former U.S. Senator Max Cleland, state Rep. Scott Holcomb, and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

One person not on that list is arguably the state’s most powerful Democrat - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

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12:51 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

President Obama Gave Brief Comments on ISIS and the Execution of American Journalist James Foley

President Obama just finished speaking about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which released a video purporting to show the execution of American journalist James Foley.  

NPR is reporting that U.S. intelligence analysts have confirmed that the video is authentic.

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7:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A Fact Check on Some Early Ads in the Senate Race, with PolitiFact Georgia Editor Jim Tharpe

Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  Georgia's U.S. Senate contest has already sparked a blitz of television ads from Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn, Republican hopeful David Perdue--and from the groups allied to both (Libertarian Amanda Swafford is also in the race).  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a fact check on some of the more visible ads, from Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, the non-partisan fact-checking project of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and myAJC.com.  (The expanded version also features a check on one of the ads in the race for Governor.)

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5:57 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

PSC Approves Latest Round Of Vogtle Spending, Minus Cost Overruns

Construction of the two new reactors as of February 2014.
Credit Georgia Power

State regulators Tuesday signed off on the latest round of spending for Georgia Power’s nuclear expansion project at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

Advocates say ratepayers should prepare for higher bills due to construction delays and cost overruns.

Georgia’s five-member Public Service Commission unanimously approved $389 million to continue construction, bringing total costs so far to $2.6 billion. The now-$15.5 billion project is at least 21-months behind schedule and around $1.5 billion over budget.

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5:27 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

RNC Chair Stumps For Perdue, State's GOP Candidates

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate David Perdue, left, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
Credit Michell Eloy

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Tuesday campaigned with the party’s Georgia U.S. Senate nominee David Perdue, and said he feels confident about Republicans winning both in Georgia and nationwide in this year’s Midterm election.

Priebus and Perdue spoke to a friendly crowd of staffers, volunteers and party officials at the GOP’s Cobb County headquarters in Marietta.

While a few other state candidates were there, Priebus focused primarily on Perdue, citing Republican efforts to regain the majority in the U.S. Senate this year. 

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3:28 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ethics Agency Changes Board Leadership, Announces New Hires

Ethics commission chief Holly LaBerge.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

The board of the state ethics commission Tuesday held its first meeting in five months, voting in new leaders and introducing two new attorneys.

The changes come as the agency faces intense scrutiny over its independence and questions about its ability to carry out basic functions.

One hundred and ninety ethics complaint cases -- that’s roughly the size of the backlog the two new attorneys are now taking on.

Commission chief Holly LaBerge says she’s obviously pleased.

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10:54 am
Tue August 19, 2014

State Unemployment Rate Latest Topic in Gubernatorial Race

It’s a war of words and numbers from Jason Carter about Georgia’s unemployment rate and who’s at fault.
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Georgia’s July unemployment rate is the latest topic that has gubernatorial candidates firing shots at one another.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its July 2014 labor report and it indicates Georgia has the 50th worst unemployment rate in the country.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, that sparked claims from Democratic candidate state Senator Jason Carter aimed at republican Governor Nathan Deal.

It’s a war of words and numbers from Jason Carter about Georgia’s unemployment rate and who’s at fault.

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8:15 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Libertarians Running in Some of Georgia's Big Races

Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt is challenging Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter in Georgia's gubernatorial race.
Credit Andrew Hunt Campaign

Most Georgia voters know the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate. But both races also have Libertarian candidates. And some poll watchers say those nominees could affect the outcome.  

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger state Sen. Jason Carter have taken swipes at each other. But neither has really acknowledged Georgia’s third gubernatorial candidate: Libertarian Andrew Hunt.

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5:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Congressman Hank Johnson to File Bill for More Controls on Military Equipment to Local Police Forces

Rep. Hank Johnson

 After an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri, the police there used tear gas and armored vehicles to respond to protest demonstrations.

 That has raised new questions about the increased presence of military-style equipment in local police departments around the nation.

 Many Georgia police agencies have used a U.S. Defense Department program to obtain all kinds of gear--from boots to armored vehicles.  But do they really need the heavy armor and high-powered weapons?

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8:52 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Plaintiffs in Georgia Same Sex Marriage Ban Lawsuit Keep Close Watch on Recent Rulings

This is the most current map detailing same-sex marriage laws according to Mother Jones, the nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.
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A recent ruling, from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, is another good sign for those challenging bans on same-sex marriage in state constitutions.

That court denied the request asking to delay its ruling to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban…while it’s being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

And as WABE’s Rose Scott reports, plaintiffs in Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban lawsuit continue to remain optimistic.

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