Takeaways: Trump’s Big Defeat; Election Denial Backfiring
2022 Elections
Takeaways: Trump's Big Defeat; Election Denial Backfiring

Former President Donald Trump's crusade for vengeance suffered two devastating blows after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won their primaries Tuesday despite rejecting Trump's entreaties to reverse his 2020 election loss. It's a huge warning sign for... Read More

2020 Elections
Greene Seat, Two Democratic Primaries Among Top US House Races

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the last anti-abortion Democrats in Congress is in a primary runoff in Texas to hold on to his seat. In suburban Atlanta, two Democratic congresswomen are vying for the same House seat after Georgia's Republican-dominated Legislature tinkered with their... Read More

2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Georgia, Texas, Elsewhere

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia takes center stage in Tuesday's primary elections as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fight back challengers endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who is seeking revenge for his 2020 election defeat in the state. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor... Read More

Deep South Primaries a Test of Conservative Credibility
2022-05-21 15:26:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — If any common themes are emerging from the primaries being held on Tuesday in Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas, it is that the voters in each state appear to be highly motivated and they’re looking for candidates — in... Read More

Political News
Marjorie Taylor Greene Deemed Qualified to Seek Reelection
2022-05-06 20:56:42
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — Georgia's secretary of state on Friday evening accepted an administrative law judge’s finding that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is qualified to run for reelection. Earlier in day, Administrative Law Judge Charles Beaudrot held that Greene is qualified... Read More

In The States
Record Number Turn Out for First Day of Georgia Early Voting
2022-05-03 21:14:21
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — A record 27,298 Georgians turned out to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting for the 2022 primary election, almost double the number for the June 2020 primary, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced on... Read More

Campaign Finance
Judge Says Abrams Campaign Fund Can’t Raise Unlimited Cash
2022-04-15 14:34:37
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a fundraising committee affiliated with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams can’t begin raising unlimited campaign contributions. The ruling is based on a state law passed last year that allows Georgia lawmakers... Read More

From 'Sister' to Rival: Dem Rising Stars Fight for Ga. Seat

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Reps. Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux flipped two longtime Republican congressional districts in Atlanta's northern suburbs by running against then-President Donald Trump and his divisive brand of politics. But as they fight to keep their House seats this year, they're... Read More

Political News
Georgia Voters File Complaint in Bid to Toss Marjorie Taylor Greene From Ballot
2022-03-25 21:19:30
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — A group of voters has filed a complaint with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office arguing that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is “constitutionally disqualified from congressional office" and must be blocked from seeking reelection due to her... Read More

Some GOP States Seek New Police Units for Election Probes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans responding to the myth of widespread voter fraud are turning to a new tactic to appease voters who believe the claims: election police. The efforts to establish law enforcement units dedicated to investigating election crimes... Read More

Civil Rights
Ahmaud Arbery's Mother: Hate Crimes Plea Deal is a Betrayal

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The son and father convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have reached a plea agreement that could avoid their trial on federal hate crime charges. Arbery's parents denounced the deal as a betrayal, and called on the judge to... Read More

Biden to Back Filibuster Changes to Push Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will use a speech in Georgia to endorse changing Senate filibuster rules that have stalled voting rights legislation, saying it’s time to choose “democracy over autocracy.” But some civil rights groups won’t be there, in protest of... Read More

In Memory
Bipartisan Politicians Packed the Pews for Jan. 6 Isakson Memorial
2022-01-07 19:05:52
by Kate Michael

ATLANTA — Many of those not taking part in Jan. 6 proceedings on Capitol Hill were instead coming together in the spirit of commemoration to honor the late Sen. Johnny Isakson at his memorial in Atlanta on Thursday.  Pews at... Read More

In The States
Georgia Lawmaker Proposes Doing Away With Ballot Drop Boxes
2021-12-15 15:10:20
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — Georgia’s widely panned new voting restrictions would reduce the number of election drop boxes in key Atlanta counties from 111 to 23. Now, a prominent Republican lawmaker is pushing to get rid of them altogether. Drop boxes have... Read More

In The States
Former Sen. David Perdue Announces Georgia Gubernatorial Campaign
2021-12-07 20:39:18
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA — Former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., announced on Monday he will enter the Georgia gubernatorial race in a bid to oust incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp. Perdue narrowly lost a January runoff election to Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., but was... Read More

Wealthy Atlanta District Vying for Cityhood
2021-10-04 20:29:34
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s affluent uptown residential district, Buckhead, is making a push to secede from the city and create its own government. The Georgia Senate’s local government operations committee is set to convene hearings on legislation that would allow Buckhead... Read More

2022 Elections
Herschel Walker to Run for Senate Seat Held by Raphael Warnock
2021-08-25 18:25:01
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Herschel Walker has filed paperwork to enter the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, the Heisman Trophy winner joins other Republicans seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in 2022. Walker, who came to national prominence in the... Read More

Political News
Georgia Gov. Rips DOJ Lawsuit as ‘Politically Motivated Assault’
2021-06-27 12:15:26
by Dan McCue

SAVANNAH -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wasted no time on Friday responding to word the Justice Department is suing the state over a newly implemented voting law that critics believe restricts Black voter access to the polls. At a hastily... Read More

In The States
After 9 Years and $10M, Georgia Spaceport Nears FAA Approval

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject... Read More

Kasim Reed Files to Campaign for Comeback as Atlanta Mayor

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed filed paperwork Wednesday to run again for his old job just four years after leaving City Hall.  A document Reed's campaign team filed with the Georgia ethics commission opens the door for... Read More

Political News
Biden Sells Economic Plan in GA, Calls for Rich to Pay More

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — President Joe Biden took his pitch to Georgia Thursday night for $4 trillion in spending to rebuild the nation's aged infrastructure and vastly expand the federal social safety net, choosing a new political battleground to make... Read More

In The States
Georgia's Abrams Navigates Voting Law Fight With Eye on 2022

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden called Georgia's new voting law an "atrocity." A leading Black bishop called for a national boycott of companies headquartered in the state. But when Stacey Abrams, the state's well-known voting rights advocate, is asked... Read More

In The States
Companies Unite to Join Voting Rights Battle

WASHINGTON - Nearly 200 companies have come out against Republican voting legislation critics say is simply a blatant attempt to disenfranchise millions of Black and minority voters. The chief executives of Dow, Levi’s Survey Monkey, PayPal and Uber were among... Read More

In The States
Major League Baseball Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia
2021-04-02 20:31:46
by TWN Staff

Major League Baseball said Friday it would move its annual All-Star Game out of Georgia, citing the state government’s recent decision to put in place more restrictive measures on who is able to vote in coming elections. “Major League Baseball... Read More

Political News
Outrage Over State Election Laws Grows as Congress Takes Action
2021-04-02 13:51:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The backlash continued Thursday against Georgia’s new elections law while Congress moved ahead with a bill that could eliminate much of states’ rights to determine the conditions for which residents vote, when they vote and where.  Civil rights... Read More

Supreme Court
Georgia Prevails in Water War With Florida
2021-04-01 20:52:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A cross-border battle over water rights extending back some 27 years came to an abrupt end on Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled Florida failed to show its once-thriving oyster region was destroyed by Georgia’s unrelenting thirst for... Read More

In The States
Georgia's New GOP Election Law Draws Criticism, Lawsuits

ATLANTA (AP) — Critics of Georgia's new Republican-backed election law issued fresh calls Monday to boycott some of the state's largest businesses for not speaking out more forcefully against the law, a day after advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit in... Read More

In The News
Election Reform Facing Republican Impasse in Polarized Senate
2021-03-29 18:12:58
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans have painted their Democratic colleagues’ push for election reform legislation as a devastating grab for power ahead of its consideration for passage in the Senate.  The bill, entitled the “For the People Act of 2021,” seeks... Read More

Lessons Learned on Motivating Voters from the 2020 Election Cycle
2021-03-26 18:03:28
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, Change Research, a polling research firm, and New Georgia Project, a voting advocacy group, hosted a joint webinar discussion on how polling data was used to motivate and engage the American voting public during the 2020 election cycle.  ... Read More

In The States
Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Rolling Back Voting Access

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest.  The bill comes after... Read More

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