Georgia Republican lawmakers again file casino, horse racing bills

Supporters say an expansion of the gambling industry could bring thousands of jobs and pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE scholarship. Conservative groups and religious organizations oppose expanding any form of gambling because they find it immoral and an addictive habit that breeds crime.

For years, Stephens and other gambling supporters have pushed the Legislature to expand the industry to allow casinos or horse racing. And a 2019 U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened an opportunity for states to legalize sports betting. So far, more than a dozen states have.

Adding casino gambling or horse racing would require Georgians to approve a constitutional amendment allowing the expansion. Stephens and other sports betting supporters said the resolution is not needed to allow sports betting.

That difference is important. A bill only requires that more than half of each chamber support a measure to make it to the governor’s desk. Constitutional amendments need two-thirds of each chamber to clear the General Assembly — a tall ask from the Legislature — and then a majority vote in an election.

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I want to address the event that happened today at the Capitol. When I arrived this morning, I came prepared to follow…

Posted by David Clark on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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States across the country had expected massive shortfalls because of the recession, but Georgia has seen its tax collections rise, rather than fall, in large part because of massive federal spending on the unemployed and businesses.”},{“_id”:”XTY4IMGPQJDAXAC5DSWLN7HDHM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559711},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The job market has suffered, though.”},{“_id”:”FJSJ3UYU4RGCDMDGFRAVIBTZ2E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559712},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state had 123,000 fewer jobs in November than it did the same month a year before, Dorfman said.”},{“_id”:”MJNSNTSWBNG65PWZMOMVME5MOQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559713},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But even that wasn’t quite as bad as it first sounds. 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As for Biden, “I’ll pray for him as our president, but I don’t think I’ll have too much support for him.””},{“_id”:”HBH52LIQIRELJAPR5JGZTW7LPY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611270227443},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A woman who works in a health products store said the combination of politics and the pandemic has her anxious and smoking more cigarettes.”},{“_id”:”V53P4PCAQBEP3LO2YGJOAU5VOQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611270227444},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“You feel like you are sitting on a warhead,” said the woman, who didn’t want to give her name because, she said, you never know how people will react to things these days.”},{“_id”:”TFBCCFITPNGYLP4F43XL4B3H4Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266338481},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Nobody knows what is ahead,” she said. 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But he didn’t buy into contentions that there was so much voter fraud that it changed who won the election. And what he considers Trump’s failure to quickly and forcefully speak out about the attack on Congress made him regret voting for him.”},{“_id”:”KCV5CO4LO5C4JCMGIKFBBUUH5I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266338490},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“That deal in Washington when they stormed the Capitol, I was ashamed to be a Republican,” he said.”},{“_id”:”3DQBIQCPLZFLZLI4VHH5Y6J3UE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266338491},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Democrats are too liberal for him, though. “I’ve always been a Republican. I’ve gotten to the point now that if there was a third party, I’d probably vote for them.””},{“_id”:”UZVZLVRYPRDCBAE2FT7POFTWVQ”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”VFYXQBQAFVCL7MDAZZRBVGNKJQ”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/atlantans-quietly-celebrate-bidens-inauguration/DGDT7QBABFALBE3QXLOW2JYNNM/”,”content”:”Atlanta quietly celebrates inauguration of Joe Biden”},{“_id”:”M6DDN6LLRVG6ZFCYD5YA36QS6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266338492},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Others interviewed also volunteered openness to voting for some party other than Democrats or Republicans.”},{“_id”:”FP2FDZADIBHC3K72HYPM7RJX2I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266338493},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Banks County Republican Party Chairman Jerry Boling, a 77-year-old local farmer and businessman, predicts “only a very small group of people” would make such a move locally. “Some of those people are never happy with anything.””},{“_id”:”B7VJX65GMFCC5OCVDTU2JGUJQE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266338494},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Republicans will regroup and come out the same in Banks, he said. More broadly, “the election is over, and Biden won. It is time to move on. There’s no point in looking back.” He is hopeful, though, that state legislators will tighten rules on absentee ballots.”},{“_id”:”7WLKBYXN6NBCTKGIK6K733KN2Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266338495},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It’s not unusual for people to get uneasy when their party loses power.”},{“_id”:”7BHKNFXHHJDZZLOTHCM7TUQI7U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266338496},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Financial planner Michael Housworth witnessed that when clients who are Democrats saw Trump win the presidency. They called wanting assurances about their investments. 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nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/RepBuddyCarter/status/1351977799565914117″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611251033407},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”FMKMWCFDCJHPTF7Q7BJNVOJGKU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174502908},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The outlier from the many messages of unity today is U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who did not attend the inauguration and who has called for Biden’s impeachment, even when he held no government office.”},{“_id”:”Q3T4Y5ULBBH4VCO4JWJVIIGC7M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174502909},”type”:”text”,”content”:”2:50 pm – As President Biden and Vice President Harris visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery (pictured above), a reader reminds us that another Georgian, Carlyn Reichel, will be senior director for speechwriting and strategic initiatives for the Biden administration’s National Security Council.”},{“_id”:”EFNMBGPEV5H7FCFSIQ3PH3FLXA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174502910},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Reichel was director of speechwriting and foreign policy director on Biden’s presidential campaign. And way back in 2001, she was the Rome High School Class valedictorian.”},{“_id”:”W4YMMHGX3ZEYJKWNH3CJRICHBU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174502911},”type”:”text”,”content”:”2:35 pm – U.S. Rep. Jody Hice posts this message about President Biden today:”},{“subtype”:”twitter”,”referent”:{“referent_properties”:{“additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611251033412}},”provider”:”https://publish.twitter.com/oembed?url=”,”service”:”oembed”,”id”:”https://twitter.com/CongressmanHice/status/1351957028269416449″,”type”:”twitter”},”_id”:”X2GI35G2TJA4BDZE7ZNFJ4DPSU”,”raw_oembed”:{“author_name”:”Rep. Jody Hice”,”cache_age”:”3153600000″,”provider_url”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”twitter”,”version”:”1.0″,”url”:”https://twitter.com/CongressmanHice/status/1351957028269416449″,”author_url”:”https://twitter.com/CongressmanHice”,”width”:550,”html”:”

nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/CongressmanHice/status/1351957028269416449″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611251033412},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”UIIGRC2FHZGSTM7PV4WC5BKXCI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174502913},”type”:”text”,”content”:”2:20 pm – The new staff of the Biden administration has now been allowed into the West Wing to unpack their boxes and get to work.”},{“_id”:”N7RBMZI5IRGGNNPBRUIYA6K3CI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174502914},”type”:”text”,”content”:”One top staffer will be White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield. The Atlanta native attended Sandy Springs Middle School and Riverwood High School and now oversees the White House’s first all-female communications team.”},{“_id”:”HIYZVLXNOBCK3CCJHCCK4VJ57E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174502915},”type”:”text”,”content”:”White House press secretary is expected to hold her first on-camera press briefing from the White House briefing room later today.”},{“_id”:”77DWIARCFVBX7J3ZZJRAYC2VFI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174502916},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Bedingfield posted a message to Twitter earlier Wednesday about the work ahead.”},{“subtype”:”twitter”,”referent”:{“referent_properties”:{“additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611251033417}},”provider”:”https://publish.twitter.com/oembed?url=”,”service”:”oembed”,”id”:”https://twitter.com/KBeds/status/1351869720140640256″,”type”:”twitter”},”_id”:”DTX5A4W3G5HZRBYL6TPALQSU3M”,”raw_oembed”:{“author_name”:”Kate Bedingfield”,”cache_age”:”3153600000″,”provider_url”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”twitter”,”version”:”1.0″,”url”:”https://twitter.com/KBeds/status/1351869720140640256″,”author_url”:”https://twitter.com/KBeds”,”width”:550,”html”:”

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“},{“_id”:”KPQYWT5TVNCQNO26Y7WB3YJCQU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611169770741},”type”:”text”,”content”:”2:00 pm – The main event is over for most Americans, but Georgia still has two new U.S. senators to be sworn in later today – about two and a half hours from now.”},{“subtype”:”twitter”,”referent”:{“referent_properties”:{“additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611251033424}},”provider”:”https://publish.twitter.com/oembed?url=”,”service”:”oembed”,”id”:”https://twitter.com/ossoff/status/1351967310505005057″,”type”:”twitter”},”_id”:”CFQQ2PLTMZFMJEHGZJLCOHIMGQ”,”raw_oembed”:{“author_name”:”Jon Ossoff”,”cache_age”:”3153600000″,”provider_url”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”twitter”,”version”:”1.0″,”url”:”https://twitter.com/ossoff/status/1351967310505005057″,”author_url”:”https://twitter.com/ossoff”,”width”:550,”html”:”

nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/ossoff/status/1351967310505005057″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611251033424},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”RAQ5NHXVDVEC5HNRJO3M7PRXHA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611169770743},”type”:”text”,”content”:”1:50 pm – From Rep. Calvin Smyre, the longest serving member of the Georgia House and a voice of leadership in the chamber for both parties, about today’s events:”},{“_id”:”NOSNRHG4NBBJPHU6E73E6OOFTQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611169770744},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Inaugurations in America are longtime majestic traditions and a necessary core of our democracy. The peaceful transfer of power in these United States. The words “We the people” remain a sacred honor of our constitution in seeking a more perfect Union.“},{“_id”:”FSQAHJTYNJBNBPR6Y7MBPIRPJM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611169770745},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In the strong words of President Joe Biden, “Inaugurations should not be a celebration of a campaign but a celebration of a cause.” During these perilous times America is bruised, the significant cause on today should be bringing America back together. America needs a healing process.“},{“_id”:”BCMSCCTEH5F5DDN555RUUQNUOQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611169770746},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We the people” can play the leading role in that process. History tells me that America has met its many challenges through the years and we can overcome challenges facing us today. We must put Unite back into United States. In my mind it starts today for the world is watching us.”“},{“_id”:”65S6X4BD4JBURF2CEBDSIH6K64″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611169770747},”type”:”text”,”content”:”1:45 pm – Reactions to the inauguration are coming in, including from Republican lawmakers from Georgia. U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk thanked former president Donald Trump, but also offered a word of congratulations to President Joe Biden.”},{“subtype”:”twitter”,”referent”:{“referent_properties”:{“additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611251033430}},”provider”:”https://publish.twitter.com/oembed?url=”,”service”:”oembed”,”id”:”https://twitter.com/RepLoudermilk/status/1351958917291642880″,”type”:”twitter”},”_id”:”ZTRTW47R45BJLF2JFCD6ESXU4Y”,”raw_oembed”:{“author_name”:”Rep. Barry Loudermilk”,”cache_age”:”3153600000″,”provider_url”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”twitter”,”version”:”1.0″,”url”:”https://twitter.com/RepLoudermilk/status/1351958917291642880″,”author_url”:”https://twitter.com/RepLoudermilk”,”width”:550,”html”:”

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So this has been four years in the making. We are beyond excited to have a woman as our first vice-president,” said Amy Bryant, 46, who set up a red, white and blue-themed spread of apple pie and ice cream, chicken salad and fruit and veggie platters.”},{“_id”:”NN4VCKDPPNHJZACYHHPETOD33U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275660},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We are super excited to watch that history and excited to watch Biden,” she said.”},{“_id”:”P6BMJ3BKAND2JGRJNFWHEQ7CGM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275661},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Bryant knows some of her fellow Americans are not celebrating as she is, including members of her own family, but she believes Biden has the experience and understanding to make a difference.”},{“_id”:”RANKGJCSORHXND46HOAVCPJWPI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275662},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I do believe in unity and I think the division in this country in the last couple of years has been very hard,” she said. “I think (Biden) will come in today and try to bring everyone together.””},{“_id”:”ZN6KHV5IWBDKRGB5TZOXMI63CA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611169770755},”type”:”text”,”content”:”– by Nedra Rhone“},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”caption”:”President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)”,”source”:{“system”:”arc i/o”,”name”:”Associated Press Photo Stream”,”source_type”:”wires”,”source_id”:”12c02eaed724492aab0c436e493cc5b9″,”additional_properties”:{“editor”:”photo center”}},”type”:”image”,”distributor”:{“mode”:”reference”,”reference_id”:”425c44eb-5b03-4ce5-89fa-69e74b50003b”},”version”:”0.10.3″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/WXOL6PBMKVDY6LKWUQQMANTILY.jpg”,”licensable”:false,”credits”:{“by”:[{“name”:”Patrick Semansky”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Biden Inauguration”,”width”:5451,”_id”:”WXOL6PBMKVDY6LKWUQQMANTILY”,”additional_properties”:{“fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/photo/resize/JI-FT_kbjnJ0CJFdHwOgxm0-Eg0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WXOL6PBMKVDY6LKWUQQMANTILY.jpg”,”comments”:[],”proxyUrl”:”/photo/resize/JI-FT_kbjnJ0CJFdHwOgxm0-Eg0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WXOL6PBMKVDY6LKWUQQMANTILY.jpg”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/WXOL6PBMKVDY6LKWUQQMANTILY.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/JI-FT_kbjnJ0CJFdHwOgxm0-Eg0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WXOL6PBMKVDY6LKWUQQMANTILY.jpg”,”expiration_date”:”2021-02-19T17:16:00Z”,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/ulGqGZzXXbZNjY8zYvrClVTUhOc=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WXOL6PBMKVDY6LKWUQQMANTILY.jpg”,”version”:0,”originalName”:”12c02eaed724492aab0c436e493cc5b9″,”mime_type”:”application/octet-stream”,”restricted”:false,”galleries”:[],”_id”:”DYKHUGRU4BDZDCRTA5YPOPJBQE”},”created_date”:”2021-01-20T17:16:01Z”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-20T17:16:01Z”,”height”:3634},{“_id”:”DP5NFZWCEZE5JJTFDQLLE5LNAY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275664},”type”:”text”,”content”:”12:21 pm With what is sure to be an iconic moment in American inaugural history, poet Amanda Gorman, 22, electrifies the audience with her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” which reads in part:”},{“_id”:”OCLRTSU26BHONA47GZJIBJLJZM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275665},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,”},{“_id”:”4647ZZEWX5BXNDHB4MWO7A2YHY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275666},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.”},{“_id”:”D44ASFXAS5BHZJPW2ETRBZ3YSQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275667},”type”:”text”,”content”:”And this effort very nearly succeeded.”},{“_id”:”TLDMIIJSJJC5RHHELSADKBZNPQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275668},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But while democracy can be periodically delayed,”},{“_id”:”JO6HCMHWNJHDTP4DUAVC3ISUMY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275669},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It can never be permanently defeated.”},{“_id”:”HDWWDIOUN5DFBCPWTKBLHE7AEY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275670},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In this truth, in this faith, we trust.””},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”caption”:”American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. 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President John F. Kennedy featured Robert Frost, while Maya Angelou spoke at the inauguration of Bill Clinton. 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On Wednesday, she turned on the television at 8 a.m. at home in Cumming to watch President Trump board Air Force One as he left the White House. She had planned to be there in person. “I had no doubt in my mind I would be going for Trump’s inauguration,” said Davidenko, 49 of Cumming, who attended the presidential inauguration in 2016.”},{“_id”:”CKOGV2FAUBAQLPI2FS4F5IEFJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275680},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I canceled (hotel reservations) the day of the rally at the Capitol. That is when I realized this was over and I need to accept that he is not going to be our president.””},{“_id”:”UDU3CDPL4NCETMRPCGEBLWLYHI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275681},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Trump brought people together, Davidenko said, but the country has since become too divided because of the election. She feels Biden has his work cut out for him.”},{“_id”:”MA2V6G62CVHUBJJJU7A2TITDWU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275682},”type”:”text”,”content”:””I think everybody just wants the same thing which is the best for our country. I don’t know how you make that happen,” Davidenko said.”},{“_id”:”6UR6M4CSKJA7VDVGDK33PFT2YA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275683},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I pray for him and his administration that he is doing the best thing for America always.” But for her, today is a somber day. “I will be tears in the beers,” she said.”},{“_id”:”B53ZSUEHJJFSBEP6OFEPETVPZ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611165275684},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Biden said in his address WEdnesday, “I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as I will for those who did.””},{“_id”:”PYRRMK3CKJDWJMLPKGZ7QEYQLY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611169770778},”type”:”text”,”content”:”-by Nedra Rhone“},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”imageId”:”OPXTGEN6TSDOOLI6EKA264F3Y4″,”tooltip”:{“displayDate”:”2021-01-20″,”locality”:null,”photographer”:”Patrick Semansky”,”distributor_name”:”Associated Press Photo Stream”,”title”:”Biden Inauguration”,”usage_instructions”:null},”caption”:”President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. 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Because Ossoff comes before Warnock in alphabetical order, he is considered Georgia’s senior senator.”},{“_id”:”RQHZBICHGZBYFENT56NNJT6AWE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611186760871},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The two participated in their first Senate votes Wednesday evening, joining with an overwhelming majority to confirm Biden’s pick for director of national intelligence, Avril Haines.”},{“_id”:”5XQSD7ZJGJHCBNNRJSJ4OAZPIM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611184676594},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Newly minted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had earlier vowed to tackle big issues quickly.”},{“_id”:”WTZR2VTQARFXDFG67EK3GXKBFY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611183504958},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“As the majority changes in the Senate, the Senate will do business differently,” he said.”},{“_id”:”RQHZBICHGZBYFENT56NNJT6AWE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611186760874},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Warnock and Ossoff also allow Democrats to lead an impeachment trial of Trump on charges that he incited a deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, the day after the Georgia runoffs. Schumer has pledged to move forward with the trial even though Wednesday was Trump’s final day in office. Conviction would require agreement by two-thirds of the Senate — that means if all Democrats are in favor, 17 Republicans would still need to join them. The Senate could also vote to bar Trump from seeking public office again.”},{“_id”:”PTHPF4YE25FI3JCAZ6BMMYTE3A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611156520128},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Democratic victories in Georgia were powered by soaring turnout from Black voters, including many who typically don’t participate in statewide runoffs, along with a continuing leftward shift in Atlanta’s suburbs.”},{“_id”:”LZSIY4EZ7NEUTERAQU6R6IYYCI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611156520129},”type”:”text”,”content”:”During the swearing-in ceremony, Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine escorted in Warnock. Ossoff was led in by U.S. Sen. 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His path to office began in earnest four years ago, when he launched a campaign for an open U.S. House seat in Atlanta’s northern suburbs that attracted national attention and record-setting spending.”},{“_id”:”YIWKN2SETNCTVCI3ZMX5INM5YQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611156520132},”type”:”text”,”content”:”After narrowly losing that 2017 bid to Republican Karen Handel, he marshaled the endorsements of civil rights hero John Lewis and other Democrats to mount a challenge against Perdue. He forced the former Fortune 500 chief executive into a runoff in November before defeating him by about 55,000 votes.”},{“_id”:”YLKWUYSFGRE6PF7NOUQPE33BDA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611156520133},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The route that Warnock, 51, took to the Senate differed from Ossoff’s. The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the historic Atlanta congregation where the Rev. 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His sister Valencia Warnock-King accompanied him for the day, and he noted in a press release that Wednesday would have been his father’s 104th birthday.”},{“_id”:”HKEVSBNHH5CI5AWVPOULYOPFKM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611156520134},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Warnock said the last time he had visited the U.S. Capitol complex, it was to protest alongside other pastors against GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He was arrested that day in 2017. 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Ballooning federal debt threatens the nation’s economy, and the pandemic’s grisly toll is mounting daily.”},{“_id”:”IQCGQMT2MJCPDB6EEFMKN6PGEI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611153053463},”type”:”text”,”content”:”And the Senate is on the cusp of a second impeachment trial targeting Trump, this time over charges that he incited the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. 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At 78, he becomes the oldest president inaugurated, joined by Harris, who will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in U.S. government.”},{“_id”:”H3GT4MFKYVEU5FYQTO3QWHKQGQ”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”SRUBXKGPHBBHZFB5RXHCCSWZSY”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/photos-atlanta-reacts-to-joe-biden-inauguration/MVSEXRYBQNAZBEYJ776577BTVE/”,”content”:”PHOTOS: Atlanta reacts to Joe Biden inauguration”},{“_id”:”SBTRW7XTRBDMFHUSPAKBKFH4UA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611154230074},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Biden’s campaign, his third bid for the presidency, focused more on rallying voters behind his promise to restore normalcy and decency to the White House rather than pursuing the more strident left-leaning policies of his Democratic rivals.”},{“_id”:”42TO4EW57BFNRBSYJKLPIR2QY4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611164379859},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The theme of his speech, “America United,” struck a similar message of American cohesion during a cavalcade of crises. In his first act in office, he poignantly asked Americans for a moment of silent prayer for the victims of the pandemic. And he outlined a vision of a national story of “hope, not fear; unity, not division; light, not darkness.””},{“_id”:”5KAKBPCX2VCFNAUBC64FJ5QSFQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611164379860},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. But I also know that they are not new,” he said, invoking a list of earlier challenges that strained the republic’s foundation. “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge. 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Washington has been transformed into a fortress amid the threat of domestic attacks, and state and federal officials have struggled to effectively distribute the coronavirus vaccine.”},{“_id”:”5Q3MMZEYXJHTBLLLGXPQ3SW4BI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726106},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Biden will also have to thread narrow Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, and sidelined, fractious Republicans are eager to unite against any hints that Biden and his allies are overplaying their political hands.”},{“_id”:”TLJJPN2ZZ5FLHDKTTESUY5ZI54″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726107},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The incoming president aims to move with urgency to “reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration,” his top aide, Ron Klain, said in a memo that laid out a blueprint for executive and congressional action in the first 100 days of the administration.”},{“_id”:”UD26GCS4WREZXIM6442RX4JFJM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726108},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Here’s a look at what to expect:”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”GKYIUV2NBRGD5HSUM4DQMYL6JI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:”VNSQTD3CFVDENC26QJ5WF7464Q”},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Coronavirus“},{“_id”:”6IWXFG3GKRDPJOVORW2NCCGE3Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726110},”type”:”text”,”content”:”After months of demanding a more robust stimulus package, Biden last week proposed a $1.9 trillion plan that Democrats had been clamoring to pass. He talked of a “crisis of deep human suffering in plain sight,” adding “there is no time to waste.””},{“_id”:”HYHESESXU5F6HLTORCW2ZOL6M4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726111},”type”:”text”,”content”:”He also plans to issue a mask mandate for federal property and interstate travel, such as airplanes, and set a goal of administering 100 million vaccine shots in the first 100 days of his presidency.”},{“_id”:”PAE6R2EEYZHH5AEVP6W2ACINFY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726112},”type”:”text”,”content”:”More than 11,000 Georgians have died from the disease contracted by hundreds of thousands in the state.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”E3H2H4HRTNBDZAFIBBLQW2NLS4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:”K4HHGE6MKJGMZMGR3R64SKGFTU”},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Economy“},{“_id”:”L345WRTLZBDARPU4TNU2FDONFI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:”XXCFQB4N4NDABKVWQSECUTPN2Y”},”type”:”text”,”content”:”As part of Biden’s plan to reverse the economic downturn, his coronavirus relief package includes additional direct payments of $1,400 to most Americans and a revival of a $400 weekly boost in unemployment benefits. He’s also calling for $350 billion to help states and local governments cover funding shortfalls and $35 billion in small-business lending programs.”},{“_id”:”Y4G6IUQT4RCJPNSQDBXBAKOAKY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726115},”type”:”text”,”content”:”And during the general election, he promised a “Build Back Better” platform that would spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure projects and bolstering the nation’s health care network. He also called for increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.”},{“_id”:”WFJ2WL2IUJB3BPEZTRFQINX6ZU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611093441258},”type”:”text”,”content”:”To finance the spending, Biden said he would roll back the 2017 tax cuts signed into law by Trump and raise taxes on wealthier Americans.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”NRYQWSRS3FHARASVBOE4LP6H4E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:”PXN7IS27NVB37DEZQXQ2N7RRB4″},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Voting rights“},{“_id”:”WMGHHJ6UC5HZ3M7D6ILV66HLEY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726117},”type”:”text”,”content”:”With a new majority in place, Senate Democrats have already signaled they will move quickly to pass new voting measures. Similar legislation was approved in the House during the last congressional session, only to be blocked from the Senate floor by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.”},{“_id”:”O7PXPE4FEREE3PUSWK3IY2MTHA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611096195237},”type”:”text”,”content”:”These are the types of new voter protections that Biden had pledged to support. The package is likely to be named after Georgia Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights icon who died in July.”},{“_id”:”KWZNKUV62NDIZE7L7J5IMIKQEU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611096195238},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Biden as a candidate also pledged to offer incentives to states to automatically restore voting rights for people with felony records once they completed their sentences, and he said he would empower the Department of Justice to act as a protector of voting rights.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”Y6EUMO5XKNHZRDFRRJR5X7L3FE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611096195239},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Immigration“},{“_id”:”WMGHHJ6UC5HZ3M7D6ILV66HLEY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726119},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Biden plans to unveil legislation Wednesday that offers a path to citizenship for about 11 million immigrants now living in the U.S. without legal status, which could also include a fast track for so-called “Dreamers” who have lived in the country since they were children.”},{“_id”:”AI27EE2Z2BCXTCP5I3SX45CD4E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726120},”type”:”text”,”content”:”More than 21,000 Georgians have participated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program established during the Obama administration, according to federal officials, and many have no memories of the country in which they were born.”},{“_id”:”A3Z4ZPBXR5CULL6F2YE6WFJIOE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726121},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The legislation is also expected to promote new foreign aid for Central American countries that are the source of much of the migration, as well as new penalties for those smuggling people and drugs across the U.S. border.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”UPWN2PFZ7REJNBVUA4IOP6TSTE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:”73NNMPIFIVB43DU4OPNOM5CLQI”},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Environment“},{“_id”:”7BJWUKL2YBAM3D5AUPT23NZFJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611092726123},”type”:”text”,”content”:”One of Trump’s first acts in office was to pull out of the Paris climate accord, an international agreement that aims to curb climate change. One of Biden’s first moves when he’s sworn into the presidency is to rejoin the pact, which was signed with support from then-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other local leaders.”},{“_id”:”RX3VCNXNBZA7BNV6VUL7NDIJSY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611093441267},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Biden also plans to organize a “world summit” devoted to slowing climate change and to pressure China to eliminate subsidies on coal and other fossil fuels. And he’s set to terminate the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that stretches from the prairies of Canada to Texas.”},{“_id”:”A3C4ZYWFPFBFRHALKAVRYFBXQU”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”NZCDKPH5JRC2VIMNUPJLUGCMEY”},”type”:”divider”},{“level”:2,”_id”:”GWGNMJNLZZFLROGLJ5VA22ZONQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611096195247},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Biden’s inauguration gets a Georgia touch“},{“_id”:”VWASKY2XZRBHFO2FHCS4ESNADU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611096195248},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Cities across Georgia, including Atlanta, will light their buildings Tuesday night to honor those who died of COVID-19 as part of a ceremony leading into Joe Biden’s swearing in. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said both City Hall and the canopy at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will be lit up amber.”},{“_id”:”UH7UW4OZZZAEXJVCO6G6INAJYE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611096195249},”type”:”text”,”content”:”South Fulton firefighter Andrea Hall will lead the Pledge of Allegiance during Wednesday’s swearing-in. Hall, the first Black woman to make the rank of captain in her department, is also president of the local union.”},{“_id”:”NQG3NQUCMBH6XBTM4RVWCHVM3Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611096195250},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Later in the afternoon, there will be a virtual “Parade Across America” that features a 12-year-old trumpeter from Decatur. Jason Zgonc gained notoriety this summer when he played his instrument for hospital workers during the coronavirus pandemic. His performance will include a virtual duet with the trumpeter from the New York Philharmonic who inspired his outreach.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”TPFG7HF22NC5NFVQ2QWGNU727U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611099193456},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Guide to the AJC’s inauguration coverage“},{“_id”:”AARYFGYCMNA2LJPV47JKOYXVGQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611099193457},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday.”},{“_id”:”O74DNHPSIRFURPYYALB5G54YNA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611099193458},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has two reporters on the ground in Washington to document the events of this historic weekend, including the swearing-in of Georgia’s newest U.S. senators: Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Four years ago, we had eight staffers in Washington for the inauguration of Donald Trump, but the unprecedented lockdown of the U.S. Capitol and the coronavirus pandemic have greatly limited access and the inaugural events themselves.”},{“_id”:”6K2GAHXARRGJHKJZ5V3KPMBK64″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611099193459},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Still, our Washington correspondent, Tia Mitchell, and senior political reporter Greg Bluestein will be there to bring you live coverage, with an emphasis on Georgia connections. In Atlanta, Patricia Murphy and others will be following Georgians who are marking the day.”},{“_id”:”KCTHXRPHQJEZRIH7UDUIFLBDAE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611099193460},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Check ajc.com for updates.”},{“_id”:”LR2LUAEMA5EK7I4E3YLYAZ6X7I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611099193461},”type”:”text”,”content”:”You can follow Mitchell on Facebook and on Twitter at @ajconwashington, Bluestein on Facebook and on Twitter at @bluestein, and Murphy at @1PatriciaMurphy .”},{“_id”:”BS4LCDU76ZBEHNYB6O6ZKRXVSQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611099193462},”type”:”text”,”content”:”And if you are hosting or attending virtual events or celebrating in other ways, please let us know. 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But the state hasn’t defined which felonies involve “moral turpitude,” and election officials interpret the state constitution to mean that all felonies limit voting rights.”},{“_id”:”JXJHA5OO6JD25PRUH3NTGMH65Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611090278528},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The secretary of state’s office clarified its position on the issue shortly before the November election, saying that those who have completed their sentences but still owe fees, court costs and restitution are eligible to vote.”},{“_id”:”XVXHDOTV4JFVPPMI7RLUKFWTWE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611090278529},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It is unlikely the measure will become law this year. A bipartisan Senate panel in 2019 studied the possibility of reinstating the voting rights of some convicted felons, who had not committed violent crimes, but the Republican members decided they wouldn’t pursue it as a committee.”},{“_id”:”3B2SLTYUSVEGJHAB7GM6HH2ZIE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611090278530},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“What always gets lost in these discussions is the victims of the crime,” said state Sen. Randy Robertson, a Cataula Republican and former police officer. “All we’re asking the convicted to do is just to once you complete your sentence, then your voting rights are restored in Georgia.””},{“_id”:”XIMP74OYDVDNNKX4XEE2JJDLFA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611090278531},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Kareemah Hanifa, 43, said after serving 26 years for convictions on murder and kidnapping charges, she works two jobs, is in school and has become a community organizer for the Inner-City Muslim Action Network.”},{“_id”:”4TXRJZJHBJCDNJ6OUUX3SSQ3NA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611090278532},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Because I was sentenced to life in prison in 1993, I won’t vote for the rest of my life,” she said, adding that she was convicted for a crime that occurred when she was 15. “I’m out here being a taxpaying, law-abiding citizen, but I still don’t have my right to decide who is going to be my representation.””},{“_id”:”H4XNIPBK6ZDOHHUUA2HUWC7NFI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611090278533},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Reenfranchisement of former felons has been hotly debated in Florida, where a federal appeals court recently ruled they’re ineligible to vote unless they’ve paid back all outstanding fines, fees and restitution.”},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”copyright”:”© 2021 Rebecca Wright”,”address”:{},”caption”:”State representative Josh McLaurin speaks at a press conference at the John Lewis mural on Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. 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