Georgia

Georgia Voters to be Made ‘Inactive’ After Absentee Mail Undeliverable
State News
Georgia Voters to be Made ‘Inactive’ After Absentee Mail Undeliverable

ATLANTA — Tens of thousands of Georgia voter registrations are on track to be changed to inactive status because absentee ballot applications mailed to them in the spring were undeliverable. These voters will still be able to vote in November’s... Read More

QAnon Supporter Wins GOP’s US House Runoff in Georgia
2020 Elections
QAnon Supporter Wins GOP’s US House Runoff in Georgia

ROME, Ga. — Marjorie Taylor Greene was victorious in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District Republican runoff, and she is likely to become the first QAnon supporter to earn a seat in Congress. Addressing supporters shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern, she credited... Read More

Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor
Law
Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor

ATLANTA — Shortly after U.S. Rep. John Lewis died, grieving Democrats were faced with two difficult choices: tap a replacement for the late civil rights icon on the ballot within days or slow the process and risk a legal challenge.... Read More

Extreme Voting Lines Expose Where Georgia Primary Failed
2020 Elections
Extreme Voting Lines Expose Where Georgia Primary Failed

ATLANTA — The last polling place in Georgia closed well after midnight. Voters had waited over five hours at Christian City, an assisted living community south of Atlanta. The line twisted far down the street, the most egregious example of... Read More

Cuomo, N.Y. Task Force Head to Georgia to Help in COVID-19 Fight
State News
Cuomo, N.Y. Task Force Head to Georgia to Help in COVID-19 Fight
2020-07-20 19:49:27
by Dan McCue

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of the state's COVID-19 task force traveled to Savannah, Ga., Monday to help officials there cope with a surge in coronavirus cases. While in Savannah, Cuomo will host a roundtable meeting with the New... Read More

Georgia Dems Choose State Chair to Replace Lewis on Ballot
Political News
Georgia Dems Choose State Chair to Replace Lewis on Ballot
2020-07-20 19:40:39
by Dan McCue

Georgia Democrats have selected state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the state party, to replace Rep. John Lewis on the ballot in November. The executive committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia voted overwhelmingly on Monday for Williams to take... Read More

Georgia Governor’s Office Seeks to Block Atlanta Mask Mandate in Court
State News
Georgia Governor’s Office Seeks to Block Atlanta Mask Mandate in Court

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration went to court Thursday seeking to block Atlanta from enacting coronavirus restrictions and requiring residents to wear masks, setting up a legal showdown between the state and local governments over efforts to contain... Read More

Georgia Legislators Advance Bill That Would Curb Mail Ballot Requests
State News
Georgia Legislators Advance Bill That Would Curb Mail Ballot Requests
2020-06-24 19:08:15
by Dan McCue

A Georgia House committee Wednesday gave its blessing to a bill that would prevent election officials from acting on their own to send mail ballot request forms to voters ahead of any election. If the bill clears both Republican controlled... Read More

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux Wins Primary for Open Seat in Georgia Suburbs
2020 Elections
Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux Wins Primary for Open Seat in Georgia Suburbs

WASHINGTON — Public policy professor Carolyn Bourdeaux was declared the outright winner Tuesday of a crowded Democratic primary in suburban Atlanta, as absentee ballots continued to be counted a week after the chaotic June 9 elections. Bourdeaux had 52.7 percent... Read More

Jon Ossoff Avoids Runoff to Win Democratic Nomination for Senate in Georgia
2020 Elections
Jon Ossoff Avoids Runoff to Win Democratic Nomination for Senate in Georgia

ATLANTA — Jon Ossoff captured the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, emerging from a crowded field that included two well-financed rivals to win an outright victory in the race to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Ossoff, 33,... Read More

Outcomes Uncertain in a Slew of Federal Primary Races in Georgia
Voting
Outcomes Uncertain in a Slew of Federal Primary Races in Georgia

ATLANTA — None of the most hotly contested congressional races in Georgia could be called Tuesday night, leaving most candidates waiting to see who would make the runoffs or whether any had won their primary outright. A few favorites jumped... Read More

Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
2020 Elections
Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
2020-06-09 19:44:19
by Dan McCue

Georgians who overcame concerns about the coronavirus to participate in Tuesday's primary election encountered long lines, extended waits and a new touch screen voting system that experienced widespread problems. So bad did the situation become that by mid-morning one lawmaker,... Read More

GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
Political News
GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
2020-06-09 14:10:35
by Dan McCue

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina plan to vote Tuesday on a measure that would allow President Donald Trump to speak in front of a capacity crowd at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte without the restrictions officials have imposed on... Read More

GOP Governors Offer States as Alternative Sites for GOP Convention
Political News
GOP Governors Offer States as Alternative Sites for GOP Convention
2020-05-26 18:16:34
by Dan McCue

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has offered his state and its "world-class facilities" to serve as host of the Republican National Convention in August, a day after President Donald Trump threatened to move the event from North Carolina unless he is... Read More

Social Distancing Leads to Lines as Georgia Early Voting Begins
2020 Elections
Social Distancing Leads to Lines as Georgia Early Voting Begins

ATLANTA — Some voters encountered lines when early voting began Monday for Georgia’s primary as election workers kept people 6 feet apart, allowed only a few inside at a time and cleaned touchscreens after each voter. Turnout appeared to be... Read More

Georgia Gov. Kemp Excludes Abortion Providers From Legal Liability Protections
State News
Georgia Gov. Kemp Excludes Abortion Providers From Legal Liability Protections

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp used his emergency powers to extend an executive order that limits legal liability for Georgia’s hospitals and medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic, while also including a provision that specifically excludes abortion providers from the... Read More

Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
Political News
Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
2020-02-28 16:51:51
by Dan McCue

It's the race President Donald Trump hoped would never happen. When Sen. John Isakson announced last summer that he would be vacating his seat at the end of the year due to health reasons, the president was sure he had... Read More

Georgia City Sues Drug Company Over Medicine That Went from $40 to $39,000
Litigation
Georgia City Sues Drug Company Over Medicine That Went from $40 to $39,000

ATLANTA — The city of Marietta, Ga., has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price of a decades-old medicine went from $40 a vial to more than $39,000. The city, which covers health care costs... Read More

Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020 Elections
Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020-01-24 16:31:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this election cycle. Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump’s razor-thin wins and Hillary Clinton's narrow losses in 2016, and the... Read More

Precinct Closures Harming Voter Turnout in Georgia, Analysis Finds
State News
Precinct Closures Harming Voter Turnout in Georgia, Analysis Finds

ATLANTA — Until her old concrete-block precinct shut down, Maggie Coleman lived about a mile from a place to cast her ballot in rural Georgia. Now, she has to drive nearly 10 miles, past cotton fields and fallow farms, to... Read More

Kelly Loeffler to Have Powerful Ally After She’s Tapped to Fill Georgia Senate Seat
State News
Kelly Loeffler to Have Powerful Ally After She’s Tapped to Fill Georgia Senate Seat

ATLANTA — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Wednesday that he’s picked financial executive Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S. Senate seat, she’ll have some powerful backup to help defend her new post. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will support... Read More

Democratic Candidates Text Georgia Voters Who May be Purged
Voting
Democratic Candidates Text Georgia Voters Who May be Purged

ATLANTA — Democratic presidential candidates sent text messages to some of the 313,000 people Thursday whose voter registrations could be canceled in Georgia, emphasizing their support for voting rights a day after their debate in Atlanta. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker,... Read More

Federal Judge Hears Arguments to Halt Georgia’s New Anti-Abortion Law
State News
Federal Judge Hears Arguments to Halt Georgia’s New Anti-Abortion Law

ATLANTA — A federal judge said Monday that he hoped to determine soon whether the court should block Georgia’s new anti-abortion law from going into effect, but he hinted at the potential long road ahead for the case. It’s unclear... Read More

Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election
Health
Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election

ATLANTA — On a recent sweltering August morning, Congresswoman Lucy McBath headlined a rally extolling the Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients. But the freshman Democrat, who represents a fast-changing swath of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, took care not to mention... Read More

Isakson to Resign From Senate, Adding Competitive Seat to 2020 Docket
2020 Elections
Isakson to Resign From Senate, Adding Competitive Seat to 2020 Docket
2019-08-28 19:48:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Johnny Isakson, D-Ga., announced Wednesday that he will step down from the Senate at the end of the year, adding a competitive seat to the highly anticipated 2020 battle for control of the chamber. "After much prayer... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?
Litigation
Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?

ATLANTA — In the spring of 2016, a cyber thief calling himself the “Dark Overlord” hacked into the databases of a Clarke County medical clinic and emerged with the personal information of an estimated 200,000 patients. The Athens Orthopedic Clinic... Read More

Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections
Voting
Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections
2019-08-15 17:04:02
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia to stop using its "unsecure ... and grossly outdated" voting machines after this year and to have hand-marked paper ballots at the ready if new, more secure machines aren't in place by the... Read More

Stacey Abrams Launches National Expansion of Voting Rights Group
Voting
Stacey Abrams Launches National Expansion of Voting Rights Group

LAS VEGAS — Before a convention hall packed with left-leaning union members, Stacey Abrams unveiled a plan Tuesday to expand her Georgia-based voting rights group across the nation by training staffers in 20 competitive states to protect against threats of... Read More

Abrams, Georgia Democrats Team Up to Flip State House
State News
Abrams, Georgia Democrats Team Up to Flip State House

ATLANTA — The Democratic Party of Georgia teamed with an arm of the voting rights group founded by Stacey Abrams to launch a high-dollar effort to flip the Republican-controlled state House. The Legislative Victory Fund, unveiled on Wednesday, is a... Read More

Georgia House Races Could Be Ground Zero for Abortion Debate
Georgia
Georgia House Races Could Be Ground Zero for Abortion Debate

WASHINGTON — The sponsor of Georgia’s so-called heartbeat law is launching a congressional bid this week, which is likely to keep the abortion debate alive in a crucial state for both parties up and down the ballot in 2020. State... Read More

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