Latest Georgia state government News

Kemp announces leader for rural economic development effort

Oct. 21, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The state is hiring a south Georgia economic developer to lead its efforts to bring more jobs and commerce to rural parts of the state. Gov. Brian Kemp and Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson announced Wednesday that Tift County's Brian Marlowe will be the new deputy commissioner...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Oct. 21, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Oct. 18 The Valdosta Daily Times on Gov. Brian Kemp extending Georgia's coronavirus restrictions: Gov. Brian Kemp’s extension of COVID-19 restrictions is hollow and of little consequence. His gutted restrictions are meaningless unless enforced. Going on...

FILE - In this March 20, 2020, file photo, U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, waits to speak in a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. Candidates in the special election for the U.S. Senate seat held by Loeffler are set to square off in their first debate Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Loeffler faces a large field including Democrat Raphael Warnock and fellow Republican Doug Collins in a race for the seat she was appointed to 10 months earlier. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Loeffler, Warnock, Collins spar in 1st Georgia Senate debate

Oct. 19, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins both accused the other of lying and touted their own conservative credentials in their first debate, while Democrat Raphael Warnock assailed Loeffler for associating herself with a congressional candidate who has embraced baseless QAnon...

FILE - Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux, shown in a Nov. 12, 2018 file photo in Lawrenceville, Ga., is running for a U.S. House seat representing suburban Atlanta’s 7th Congressional District, after narrowly losing the 2018 general election.  She debated Tuesday with her general election opponent, Republican Rich McCormick, as both vie for an open seat that includes parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Bourdeaux seeks Democratic gain in Georgia's 7th District

Oct. 19, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) — Even after gaining 41 seats in the U.S. House in 2018, Democrats believe there are chances to pick up more this year, including in the fast-growing suburbs northeast of Atlanta that make up Georgia's 7th Congressional District. College professor Carolyn Bourdeaux almost stunned...

Georgia high court: Votes cast for dead candidate are void

Oct. 19, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court ruled Monday that votes cast for a candidate who dies before Election Day are void. The Georgia Supreme Court's unanimous opinion upheld a lower court ruling that said votes cast for a candidate who died three days before the June election for a seat on the...

FILE - Former gubernatorial candidate and former state Rep. Stacey Abrams speaks to the congregation at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma , Alabama, on March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Stacey Abrams' zeal for voting began with preacher parents

Oct. 17, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

(RNS) — Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House minority leader who lost a razor-thin race for governor in 2018, voted on Thursday (Oct. 15), driving her ballot to a local drop box. Jeanine Abrams McLean, a former biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who now helps her sister run the...

Panels named to search for new president of Savannah State

Oct. 17, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Two panels have been tasked with finding a new president for Georgia’s oldest historically Black university. Savannah State University has been overseen by an interim leader since its last president, Cheryl Dozier, retired in the summer of 2019. The state Board of Regents,...

Georgia unemployment rate rises as economic rebound sputters

Oct. 16, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's economic recovery from the pandemic sputtered in September, with the unemployment rate raising and employers adding few jobs. The jobless rate rose to 6.4%, up from 5.7% in August. More people flooded back into the labor force, but fewer people reported having jobs. The slowdown...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, left, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma sign health care waivers at the state Capitol in Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Georgia's plans would provide Medicaid access to adults who make less than poverty level incomes who meet work requirements, and leave private brokers as the only avenue to buy federally-subsidized private insurance for people with above-poverty incomes. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Feds approve Georgia health insurance changes sought by Kemp

Oct. 15, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia will become the first state to offer federally subsidized health insurance to its residents only through private brokers under a plan being approved by President Donald Trump's administration. A separate part of the plan would offer Medicaid to some of the state's poorest able-bodied...

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, shown in a Thursday Dec. 12, 2019 file photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, is seeking re-election in suburban Atlanta’s 6th Congressional District. She debated Tuesday with her general election opponent, Republican Karen Handel, who McBath narrowly beat in 2018 to claim the seat in an affluent district that includes parts of Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties. (Alex Edelman/Pool via AP)

Georgia's McBath seeks 2nd win in once-famed GOP district

Oct. 15, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Karen Handel is looking for Republicans to mobilize in Georgia's 6th District, once an incubator of high-profile Republicans. But Democrat Lucy McBath, who unseated Handel in 2018, is trying to show that Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs have changed. The rematch in the district, covering parts...