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Past articles by Mark:

Georgia state Rep. Tish Naghise dies

State Rep. Tish Naghise, a first-term Democrat from Fayetteville, has died at age 59, according to Georgia House Democrats. → Read More

5 bills to watch in the final days of the Georgia legislative session

Now that many bills failed and some survived, the major issues facing the Georgia General Assembly have become clearer during the home stretch of this year’s legislative session. Lawmakers will turn their focus to topics including prosecutor oversight, elections and transgender treatments after a long day of voting Monday. → Read More

Sports betting, voter bills could see legislative action on Crossover Day

A barrage of votes will take place at the Georgia Capitol on Monday, a critical deadline for bills to stay alive on topics such as gambling and voting rights. → Read More

Georgia panel approves bill to restrict ‘Zuckerbucks’ elections money

A Georgia Senate committee voted Monday to make it illegal for local governments to take donations to help them run elections, a reaction to millions of dollars contributed in 2020 by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. → Read More

New wave of Georgia election bills target ‘Zuckerbucks’ and bar codes

Republican Georgia senators rolled out a package of bills Thursday that continue to focus on perceived flaws in the 2020 election, attempting to restrict outside money, eliminate votes scanned from bar codes and ban foreigners from being hired as election workers. → Read More

Georgia ‘religious liberty’ bill proposed that matches federal law

A “religious liberty” bill introduced Tuesday calls for greater legal protections for religious Georgia residents, a proposal that gay rights advocates say could be used to justify discrimination. → Read More

Proposed kratom ban stalls in Georgia House

Georgia legislators declined to move forward Monday with a bill that would have banned kratom, a mostly unregulated herb. Several people said it contributed to the deaths of their family members, while others in a packed hearing at the Georgia Capitol told lawmakers that kratom helps ease their pain and anxiety. → Read More

Medical marijuana rules approved in a ‘milestone’ for sales in Georgia

The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to pass medical marijuana rules, one of the last hurdles before registered patients would finally have a legal way to purchase the medicine that state law has already allowed them to use since 2015. → Read More

Public weighs in on medical marijuana rules before Georgia sales begin

Medical marijuana companies urged Georgia regulators Wednesday to quickly approve rules for production and distribution to registered patients, while skeptics of the drug asked for stronger protections against illegal use. → Read More

Elections might move faster with new Georgia registration system

An upgraded Georgia voter registration system is finally ready to launch, an improvement that officials say will speed up elections, make it easier for voters to change their addresses and ultimately reduce lines. → Read More

Georgia legislators pass rules on shielding their speech

Rules that aim to shield lawmakers from being compelled to testify in court proceedings passed both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly along a mostly party-line vote, with nearly all Democrats voting against the change and nearly all Republicans voting in favor. → Read More

Lawmakers elect Georgia House Speaker Burns on quick first day

Georgia lawmakers elected a new speaker of the House and a leader of the Senate on the first day of the state’s annual legislative session Monday — without the kind of fights recently seen in Washington. → Read More

What you need to know about Georgia’s General Assembly

A regular session of the Georgia General Assembly is limited to 40 official days, but those days can be spread out over a longer calendar period. Here are some key dates for the 2023 session: → Read More

Runoffs targeted in latest effort to tweak Georgia elections

Georgia’s unusual system of requiring a runoff whenever candidates fall short of a majority could be changed by the Republican-run General Assembly during this this year’s legislative session after a third straight runoff win by Democrats, when U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Herschel Walker. → Read More

Talk show host and Georgia House candidate accused of illegal voting

Conservative North Georgia talk show host Brian K. Pritchard, a candidate for state House who rails against election fraud, allegedly voted illegally nine times while serving a felony sentence in a $33,000 forgery and theft case. → Read More

Runoff for US Senate will cost Georgia taxpayers millions of dollars

The runoff for U.S. Senate is expected to cost taxpayers over $10 million in the Atlanta area alone and many millions of dollars more across Georgia. Critics of Georgia’s runoff system say it’s wasteful and unnecessary. → Read More

Georgians encouraged to vote in-person rather than by mail in runoff

Election officials and voting groups are urging most Georgia voters to go to the polls instead of returning ballots by mail in the U.S. Senate runoff. → Read More

BREAKING: Saturday voting upheld in Georgia U.S. Senate runoff

The Georgia Court of Appeals has denied an attempt to stop early voting on Saturday for the U.S. Senate runoff, a ruling that allows counties to open polling places two days after the Thanksgiving holiday. → Read More

Judge allows Saturday voting before U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia

A Fulton County judge ruled Friday that Georgia law allows voting on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in U.S. Senate runoffs between Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker. → Read More

Georgia elections chief picks his own race for an audit

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Thursday that election officials will audit his own race to confirm the results were correct. This will be the first statewide election audit since a hand tally of all 5 million ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election. → Read More