Six special legislative elections set for June, July

Six special elections have been scheduled to replace former members of the Georgia House of Representatives . . .

Tags: Georgia House , special elections

Political Notes – Welcome aboard, Mr. Roberts

Former lawmaker Jay Roberts started his new job this week as the Department of Transportation’s planning director . . .

Tags: Brian Kemp , DOT , Georgia Southern nursing students , Jay Roberts , Josh McKoon , planning director , Sam Olens

Jobless rate holds steady at 6.3%

Georgia’s unemployment rate has stayed level at 6.3 percent for three consecutive months . . .

Tags: Labor Department , Mark Butler , unemployment rate

The state’s adding jobs, but how good are they?

Georgia’s economy is generating additional jobs, but compared to the 1990s, a larger percentage of these positions are low-paying jobs, according to Georgia State economic forecasters . . .

Tags: Economic Forecasting Center , Georgia State , quarterly forecast , Rajeev Dhawan

Regents approve 40% pay hikes, create two ‘millionaire’ presidents

Some of Georgia’s college presidents will get salary increases that amount to more than 40 percent, and two of them will be paid “millionaire” salaries by the University System . . .

Tags: Board of Regents , college presidents , salary increases , University System

Political Notes: Woods says teachers can move away from ‘funny math’

State school Supt. Richard Woods says public school teachers don’t have to teach “funny math” if they don’t want to . . .

Tags: Common Core , death penalty , funny math , Norman Fletcher , Richard Woods

Colleges will emphasize training to deal with sexual misconduct

The Board of Regents adopts a new plan for confronting the issues of campus safety and sexual violence at Georgia’s public colleges . . .

Tags: Board of Regents , campus safety , immigrant students , tuition rates , University System

DOT decides against Palmetto Pipeline permit; court appeal expected

Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said a permit will not be issued for the proposed Palmetto petroleum pipeline . . .

Tags: DOT , Kinder Morgan , Palmetto Pipeline , Russell McMurry

Political Notes – What’s a few rules among friends?

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce got some top-level help from Gov. Nathan Deal to throw an expensive fundraising dinner at the capitol . . .

Tags: Alex Atwood , Chad Nimmer , DeKalb school superintendent , Georgia Chamber of Commerce , Nathan Deal , state capitol , Stephen Green

Peake will chair state commission on medical cannabis

Rep. Allen Peake will chair the state commission that develops a regulatory model for the growth and distribution of medical marijuana in Georgia . . .

Tags: Allen Peake , medical marijuana , state commission