Thursday, May 16, 2013
Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday overturned a decision from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to remove Bibles from the cabins and lodge rooms of state parks. Tell us what you think of the decision.
If you stay in a cabin or lodge room at a Georgia state park, you can take in the native flora and fauna outside. Inside, you shouldn’t have to look hard to find a Bible—at least for now. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources this week had been set to remove Bibles from such rooms across the state following a citizen’s complaint. "Recently, due to a citizen concern, Georgia Department of Natural Resources management directed Parks staff to remove Bibles from cabins and lodge rooms until management can fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision," a DNR spokeswoman told the news station. On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal instructed DNR officials to return the Bibles to cabins and lodge rooms. His…
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The governor signed House Bill 349, which he called “another step in the right direction in making Georgia smarter on crime.”
Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed a second round of criminal justice reforms, and Cobb was his backdrop. Following remarks at the Marietta Kiwanis Club, Deal signed House Bill 349, which he called “another step in the right direction in making Georgia smarter on crime.” HB 349 restores judicial discretion, allows a departure from mandatory minimum sentences in very limited circumstances; creates a commission that will monitor the effectiveness of the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems; contains provisions to keep communities safer; and permits people who have earned a HOPE GED voucher while incarcerated to use it within two years of release. “Public safety will be improved by giving prosecutors leverage in certain cases and by…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A nonprofit organization is taking Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to task for his neutral position on teens in Wilcox County organizing an integrated prom. Tell us what you think, if anything, Deal should do.
Better Georgia, a progressive nonprofit organization, is criticizing Gov. Nathan Deal for "not taking sides" on an effort by four teenage girls to organize its first integrated prom in Wilcox County, Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal was asked last week whether he'd supported the high school students' efforts, which he declined through a spokesman. "This is a leftist front group for the state Democratic party and we're not going to lend a hand to their silly publicity stunt," spokesman Brian Robinson said. Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The passage of House Bill 372 lowers the required GPA to receive the HOPE Grant from 3.0 to 2.0 for students at technical colleges.
Representative Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) says she is pleased with the passage of House Bill 372, which lowers the required GPA for students at technical colleges from 3.0 to 2.0 to receive the HOPE Grant. Gov. Nathan Deal announced a proposal in February to lower the required GPA of the HOPE Grant to its original level—2.0. The proposed change is aimed at strengthening Georgia’s workforce development efforts by expanding access to the HOPE Grant, which goes to students in the technical college system. The provision is applied to The Restore and Build HOPE Act (HB 54), originally sponsored by District 163 Representative Craig Gordon and Rep. Evans. House Democrats are pleased with the bi-partisan support for this legislation, according to a …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed lowering the required GPA for the HOPE Grant back to 2.0. Tell us what you think of the proposal.
Students pursuing technical school degrees could soon face a lower GPA threshold. Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced a proposal to lower the required GPA of the HOPE Grant from its current 3.0 back to its original level—2.0. The aim of the proposed change is to strengthen Georgia’s workforce development efforts by expanding access to the HOPE Grant, which goes to students in the technical college system. “After talking with many members of the General Assembly and crunching the numbers at our budget office, I’m glad to report that we’ll be able to lower the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant back to 2.0 after raising it to 3.0 for budgetary reasons two years ago,” Deal said in a release from his office on Thursday. “I believe this …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Georgia's Governor cites unknown costs, lack of flexibility in federal regulations.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Gov. Nathan Deal recently told the Obama administration that Georgia will not set up its own health care exchange, citing the administration's "one-size fits all" approach and the high cost that the law places on states. “I remain committed to common sense health care solutions that empower consumers to take responsibility for their own health, motivate the private sector and drive efficiencies for consumers, employers and governments alike,” Deal said in a press release. “I continue to hope that we might finally engage in a serious conversation about restoring meaningful flexibility to states around health care programs.” Deal said the federal government needs to loosen regulations that restrict states’ options. He said he would support a…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Read Patch's live coverage of Nathan Deal's State of the State speech Tuesday night.
Here is your chance to share your thoughts and ask questions about the Governor's speech.