State Roundup-2 2/13/2024 More Ga. guard members to Texas

*Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that he’s sending in more troops to Texas border country in addition to the National Guardsmen already stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border. But Democratic State Rep. Sam Park told the AJC it’s a shame that this is the priority of the majority party, adding that the action was a waste of time and was (aimed at condemning) President Biden.  More on the story here: Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp says he will aid Texas governor’s border standoff with Biden – SRN News

*Income and sales tax collections are up in Georgia, but there is a caveat. State officials say numbers rose more than two percent in January compared to the same month last year. Collections are also 1.7 percent higher for the first seven-months of the fiscal year. The totals are a bit skewed, though, because fuel sales taxes were being collected for part of the year after they had been suspended before. Otherwise, there would have been a drop of 2.7 percent.
 *A hearing will go on as scheduled later this week into the relationship between Fulton County’s district attorney and the special prosecutor at the head of the election interference case. Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee denied a request to call off the hearing by D-A Fani Willis Monday. One of the defendants in the interference case claims that Willis benefitted from an improper relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade. Testimony and arguments will be heard both Thursday and Friday.  

(Georgia News Network contributed to this report.)