ATLANTA -- A portrait commemorating a former Associated Press reporter who covered Georgia politics for decades has been unveiled at the state Capitol.
Pettys began working for the AP at the Capitol in 1970, covering the waning days of Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox's administration and later Jimmy Carter's presidential run in 1976.
Decades later, Pettys reported on the 2002 election of Gov. Sonny Perdue, Georgia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. He retired from the AP in 2005, but spent several more years writing on Georgia politics for the website InsiderAdvantage Georgia. His portrait will be hung outside the Capitol press offices, where Pettys spent much of his career.
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate has passed a bill criminalizing "revenge porn," a trend involving explicit photographs being posted without permission to the Internet.
Lawmakers voted unanimously to pass the bill Monday. A Senate committee made some changes to the proposed legislation and it must now be reapproved in the House for final passage.
By RUSS BYNUM
SAVANNAH -- Running his first race for Congress, Eugene Yu found a generous supporter in his friend and fellow Augusta businessman Wayne B. Brown. Last summer and fall, Brown and his company gave the Republican candidate $54,500 for his campaign.
The problem is that's far more cash than the $5,200 limit one person can legally give a single candidate seeking federal office in the upcoming primary and general elections. Yu had to refund $50,000 of the money given to his U.S. Senate campaign. He recently abandoned that race to run for a U.S. House seat in eastern Georgia.
"This is the first time I'm running in an election," Yu said in a phone interview Monday. "If anything, it was an honest mistake."
Fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Yu's campaign waited three months to disclose any of the prohibited contributions. Instead, the campaign first reported most of the cash as a $45,000 personal loan of Yu's own money.