They are also urging Congress to move forward with a bill named after U.S. Representative John Lewis that would reinstate federal review of changes to election laws at the state level.
These lawmakers aren’t the only Georgian presence pushing for the right to vote in Washington today. Stacey Abrams’ advocacy group Fair Fight Action is teaming up with the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a press conference featuring voters in Georgia and other states.
We expect these types of events and protests to increase in number and size as Democrats and voting rights activists show growing impatience with Congress over lack of progress on voting bills. .
In June, a group of Georgian pastors also visited Washington with a similar program. A few weeks ago, U.S. Representative Hank Johnson was arrested during a voting rights protest on Capitol Hill.
At the stop Monday in Atlanta, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra praised Democrats in Georgia for seeking a “workaround” to force the state to expand the Medicaid program.
âThere is a proposal that the state has put on the table, and we are looking at it. We would like to work with them. We would like it to work, âhe said, adding,â Georgia is in the conversation. We just have to do it right. “
Becerra spoke at a panel discussion focused on black maternal health at the Center for Black Women Wellness in Atlanta. Doctors, midwives and advocates have called for more federal funding to reduce the state’s glaring disparity in the maternal mortality rate, which leaves black women four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related problems than white women.
Many participants said that while the expansion of Medicaid would be a welcome step, state and federal leaders need to take more drastic action to close the gap. They called for more money for pilot programs and research initiatives, as well as new laws that allow midwives greater medical powers.
Becerra has vowed to heed the advice, calling on Governor Brian Kemp and others to take stronger action to reduce the number of uninsured Georgians. He said the onus was on the state’s GOP leaders to prove that the Medicaid waiver they had requested, which would allow them flexibility in how the program would operate, could reach key thresholds.
âUltimately, Medicaid is about enabling people to access quality health care at an affordable price,â the secretary said. âIf you want an exemption from falling into these laws, you have to prove to us that you are going to expand access to more people with better care at a better price. “
PUBLISHED: Even without a clear idea of ââwho all will challenge US Senator from Georgia Raphael Warnock next year, we have a pretty good idea of ââhow Republicans plan to attack him on his case.
The themes will be familiar to anyone who watched last year’s special election. Republicans will say Warnock’s positions are too liberal for Georgian voters, rendering him unfit to represent the state.
But we also know that he remains popular with Democrats. Next year’s elections, which are expected to be close, will depend heavily on which side does the best job at building its base.
Learn more about this first analysis of next year’s Georgia Senate race.
US Senator Ron Johnson gets noticed for spreading unfounded theories about the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill after her conversation was recorded by an Atlanta woman who then shared the video with the Washington Post. The words of Republicans in Wisconsin show how some conservatives are going to spread a false narrative not only about the insurgency but also about the coronavirus pandemic.
Video of Johnson’s remarks was taken by Bridget Kurt, a 49-year-old Atlanta resident and hospice worker who was staying at the Radisson Hotel in Wauwatosa while visiting family. She said she approached Johnson at the hotel bar after the political event ended and the premises reopened to the public.
Kurt said she was forced to confront Johnson as a longtime Republican who was appalled by the party leaders’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the Jan.6 attack.
Here’s how Johnson responded after Kurt mentioned working at a Georgia hospice and asked the senator to encourage people to get vaccinated:
“I’m not going to do this,” Johnson replied as his supporters mocked Kurt. âI neither encourage nor discourage.
Before leaving the room, Kurt said, âBut you say things that are counterproductive and unscientific. So, I just wanted you to know.
Republican Senate candidate Gary Black is describing his anti-crime platform at the Georgia Sheriffs Association meeting on Jekyll Island this morning.
He plans to call for a “national effort to refinance law enforcement” and to recruit more police officers and sheriff’s deputies.
“Some politicians put the election above public safety and our police and sheriff staff are literally caught in the crossfire,” he said in prepared remarks. âCrime devastates families – minority and poor families disproportionately. “
Congressman John Lewis wrote his latest graphic novel with Andrew Aydin even while undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer that claimed his life last year.
A sequel to the three-part series of the duo “March”, the new comic is titled “Run: Book One” and focuses on Lewis’ activism after the enactment of the Civil Rights Act in 1965. It officially hits stores today.
When we spoke to Aydin about the book last month, he described Lewis’ trajectory as similar to a classic superhero story, but with messy elements that should remind readers that he was a real person. He hopes this will help them realize that they can be the agent of change they want to be in their own lives, inspired by Lewis.
Fort Benning prepares to dedicate a memorial to a black soldier who was lynched 80 years ago, reports AJC’s Jeremy Redmon.
Pvt. Felix Hall volunteered to join the United States Army as America ramped up its forces in the midst of World War II. At just 19, he disappeared in February 1941, 10 months before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. The other troops eventually found his body hanging in a ravine at Fort Benning.
Federal authorities investigated for months but never solved the crime. Of the many blacks who have been lynched in America, Hall is the only one known to have been killed in a military installation, according to the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University, which has done extensive research on the case.
In other news:
Tyler Adams, former political adviser to Governor Brian Kemp, has joined Connect Public Relations as senior vice president.
Former State Senator Fran Millar was celebrated in a bipartisan ceremony in Dunwoody to celebrate the renaming of a section of I-285 in his honor.