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Gold Dome culture wars: GOP bills aim to limit school sex ed, remove books and install chaplains

In the final scheduled hearing of the Senate Committee on Education and Youth before Crossover Day Wednesday, senators passed bills aimed at removing “harmful materials” from school libraries and eliminating sex education for fourth-graders and younger. In a separate meeting, the Senate Committee on Government Oversight passed bills aiming to cut ties with the American Library Association, as well as authorizing schools to display the Ten Commandments and employ school chaplains.

Democrats in state Legislature pitch Georgia public ballot initiatives for popular policies blocked by Republicans

Every year, Georgia lawmakers come to Atlanta to make laws. But what if regular Georgians could directly participate in drafting legislation? That’s what some Democratic House members are asking with longshot legislation seeking to amend the state constitution and allow voters to directly weigh in on state laws during elections.

Georgia 2020 election interference case sidetracked by courtroom drama over DA’s romance

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee is expected to decide in the coming days whether District Attorney Fani Willis can continue prosecuting the case against former President Donald Trump that charges him with leading a conspiracy to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election.

Former Willis friend testifies DA’s relationship with Wade started earlier than claimed

Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade on Thursday disputed the claim made by a former friend of the district attorney, Fani Willis, that Wade and Willis had a romantic relationship prior to Wade’s appointment to work on the 2020 presidential election interference case.