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Ga. Gov to Veto 'Religious Liberty' Bill

'Georgia is a welcoming state ... full of loving, kind, generous people': Nathan Deal

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he'll veto the "religious liberty" bill passed by his state's Legislature nearly two weeks ago, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Deal said in a press conference Monday at the state Capitol that House Bill 757 —which would have allowed religious leaders... More »

Georgia Gov Signs 'Guns Everywhere' Bill

Guns now allowed in schools, bars, churches, government buildings, and more

(Newser) - If you want to pack heat at your local bar, church, school or government building, then Georgia is now the state for you. Gov. Nathan Deal today signed a law allowing firearms in all of those places and more, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The law allows schools and churches to... More »

Georgia Senate: We're Annexing Slice of Tennessee

State says boundary blunder denies it access to key source of water

(Newser) - Georgia's Senate has voted 48-2 to shift the state's northern border to include a sliver of land it says was wrongly given to Tennessee by a surveyor's blunder in 1818. Georgia says the "mismarked boundary lines" have denied it access to the Tennessee River as a... More »

Ga. Superintendent Covered Up Rampant Cheating

Report says administrators hid evidence, punished whistleblowers

(Newser) - For years, Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall has been considered one of the best in the country—thanks in part to students’ lofty test scores. But that was all a lie, according to a state investigation released today, which finds that Hall’s administration covered up rampant, systematic cheating, and even... More »

Ex-Cons Can't Keep Up With Migrant Farm Workers

Georgia's immigrant worker crackdown gives jobs to unemployed criminals

(Newser) - With farmers complaining that a crackdown on illegal immigrants has scared away their migrant workforce, authorities in Georgia are trying to see whether they can get unemployed ex-cons into the fields. The results so far are mixed at best after about a week. Mexican and Guatemalan workers will generally keep... More »

Tough Immigration Bill Becomes Law in Georgia

Governor signs Arizona-style measures into law

(Newser) - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed some of the country's toughest anti-illegal immigration measures into law. The Georgia law—largely modeled on Arizona's—allows local police to question certain suspects about their immigration status, penalizes people who knowingly transport illegal immigrants, and makes using fake ID to get... More »

Georgia Passes Arizona-Style Immigration Bill

Governor Nathan Deal noncommittal about signing

(Newser) - Georgia lawmakers passed a bill in the mold of Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration measure yesterday, over strident objections from immigration advocates and the state’s powerful agriculture industry. The bill will force employers with 10 or more workers to check new hires’ immigration status, and give police the power... More »

One Mama Grizzly Concedes in Georgia

Palin-backed Karen Handel concedes to Newt-backed Nathan Deal

(Newser) - Sarah Palin still has a formidable record of backing winning candidates, but she's lost a close one in Georgia. Karen Handel has conceded the GOP's gubernatorial primary to Nathan Deal, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . The race became a bit of a proxy fight among potential Republican presidential candidates, with Palin... More »

McMahon Wins in Conn.; Bennet Survives in Colo.

Former WWE exec will be GOP candidate for Senate

(Newser) - Linda McMahon easily won the GOP nomination tonight to run for Senate in Connecticut. The former World Wrestling Entertainment exec bested two rivals—including former congressman (and onetime favorite) Rob Simmons—and will face Democrat Richard Blumenthal in the fall to succeed the retiring Chris Dodd. McMahon will be the... More »

Congressman Calls for End to 'Birthright Citizenship'

Says policy encourages illegal immigration

(Newser) - A Georgia Congressman wants an end to a US policy granting citizenship to anyone born on American shores, the AP reports. “Birthright citizenship” granted by the 14th Amendment, helps fuel illegal immigration, says Republican Nathan Deal, who’s running for governor. But immigration advocates argue that a change wouldn’... More »

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