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Redistricting Maps Move Toward Vote

State Republicans handling redistricting rejected alternative district maps presented by Democrats late Tuesday. That's even though the Democratic maps would have kept Republican strongholds. Instead the House GOP passed its own redistricting plan which now heads to the full House for a vote.

Healthcare Exchange Moves Forward

The state is moving forward to satisfy part of the national healthcare reform act. A panel voted to begin creating an online exchange Tuesday. The exchange is an online resource that would help people without health insurance get a good deal on coverage.

Barrow, Kingston Watch Redistricting

U.S Representatives Jack Kingston and John Barrow are both from Savannah. One's a Democrat. One's a Republican. But they're both watching the redistricting process closely. Each has much to lose.

Commuter Rail Project Nearly Dead

A major commuter rail project that would involve a quarter of the state’s transportation districts—is on life support. The proposed Atlanta-to-Griffin-to-middle Georgia line might not go before voters next year. The state’s 12 region roundtables had until midnight Monday to pare-down their project lists to fit within projected revenues from a proposed regional penny sales tax. While the two regions south of Atlanta ok’d the projects (Middle Georgia and Three Rivers) needed to link the passenger line together, Atlanta’s did not.

Tensions Mount At Capitol

In only the second day of the state's legislative redistricting process, tensions erupted in the Georgia Senate Tuesday as Democrats accused their Republican colleagues of shutting them out and not allowing them to present alternate maps to a plan that could see a vote as soon as this week.

Georgia Appeals Block On Immigration Law

Attorneys for the state of Georgia say they've appealed a federal judge's decision blocking parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration. Spokeswoman Lauren Kane says the appeal was filed Monday with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Public Redistricting Meeting Held Tuesday

A once-a-decade redistricting session got underway Monday at the state Capitol to re-draw legislative maps. Lawmakers will hold the first public meeting on proposed maps Tuesday. But watchdog groups are already concerned that the public is being shut out of the process.

Macon Voters Heading To Polls

Runoff election will decide next mayor and state senator. Early voter turnout has been heavy. Current mayor facing off against former mayor.

Special Session Starts

Legislators return to the state Capitol Monday for a special session to re-draw legislative maps. It will determine the lines of both state legislative and congressional districts. The process will affect how Georgians vote for the next ten years.

11th Circuit Strikes Health Care Mandate

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against a portion of the Affordable Care Act. By a 2 to 1 ruling, judges struck down the mandate that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties. The judges ruled the mandate exceeded the government’s power to control interstate commerce.  

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