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Emma Hurt
Jan 21, 2022 - Politics

Perdue proposes "election law enforcement division"

Voter casts ballot in dropbox
A voter casts an absentee ballot early in October 2020 in Athens. Photo: John Bazemore/AP

Former senator and gubernatorial hopeful David Perdue says he wants to create an “Election Law Enforcement Division” within the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to enforce election laws, investigate election-related crimes and arrest offenders.

Why it matters: This is the latest Republican proposal circulating in response to the 2020 election, in which the U.S. attorney general found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

North Georgia's best winter hikes

Georgia's Springer Mountain
The view from the Len Foote Hike Inn near Dawsonville. Photo: Thomas Wheatley/Axios

Why stay in town where forecasts say the temperatures will be (relatively) warm when you can head toward the North Georgia cold?

  • We think hiking uphill, getting your heart rate up and having a picnic at the top of Springer Mountain (and then Waffle House on the way home) is a wonderful way to feel refreshed after a tough week.
Oriana Gonzalez
Jan 20, 2022

Georgia prosecutor requests special grand jury in Trump election probe

Picture of Donald Trump
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Thursday requested special grand jury help in her investigation of former President Trump and his alleged attempt to interfere with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

Driving the news: Willis sent a letter to Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Christopher Brasher asking for the jury, because "a significant number of witnesses and prospective witnesses have refused to cooperate with the investigation absent a subpoena requiring their testimony."

Emma Hurt
Jan 20, 2022 - Politics

Kemp and Perdue clash over campaign finance law

Animated gif of two elephants involved in a tug of war with their trunks
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

This week, Gov. Brian Kemp filed an ethics complaint against primary opponent former Senator David Perdue, alleging that his campaign improperly coordinated with a political action committee, which solicited money and phone numbers on Perdue’s behalf. That’s a no-no in campaign finance law.

Kristal Dixon
Jan 20, 2022 - News

Agreement calls on sheriff to improve South Fulton jail conditions

Photo of a jail fence with barbed wire.
Photo courtesy ferencziviktoria21/Getty Images

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is poised to accept a settlement agreement that would require it to improve conditions at one of its jails.

Why it matters: The preliminary settlement comes nearly three years after a federal lawsuit alleged detainees at the county's South Annex Jail were being held in solitary confinement in cells littered with urine, feces and toilet water.

Emma Hurt
Jan 19, 2022 - News

ATL broke the record of total guns stopped at airports last year

TSA airport checkpoint at Atlanta
Photo: Jeff Martin/AP

TSA stopped more guns at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson than at any other U.S. airport in 2021.

Driving the news: Nationwide, TSA prevented nearly 6,000 firearms from getting through airport security. It's the highest number in TSA's two-decade history.

Thomas Wheatley
Jan 19, 2022 - News

Dickens builds a bridge to block Buckhead cityhood

Mayor Andre Dickens, wearing a gray suit, sits in a white chair in front of blue backdrop that says "City of Atlanta"
Photo: Thomas Wheatley/Axios

The first part of derailing the Buckhead cityhood push, Mayor Andre Dickens told reporters at his inaugural media roundtable on Tuesday, is to run the city well.

  • The second: educate state lawmakers about how Buckhead cityhood could, among other things, ripple to their hometowns.

Why it matters: Dickens’ ability to follow through on any of his campaign promises and vision — housing affordability, public safety, transportation — depends partly on squelching the secessionist movement that would wallop City Hall’s budget.

Study: 20% of Black mortgage applicants in Ga. rejected

Data: Zillow analysis of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA); Map: Baidi Wang/Axios
Data: Zillow analysis of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA); Map: Baidi Wang/Axios

Mortgage applications submitted by Black people in Georgia were rejected nearly two times the rate of their white counterparts in 2020, according to Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data analyzed by Zillow.

Why it matters: Home ownership is the primary way to build wealth, and Black Americans have historically been shut out of this opportunity due to systemic racism and segregation policies.