Latest Georgia state government News

Lt. Gov. Duncan aims to make state East Coast tech capital

Sep. 15, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's lieutenant governor is aiming to make the state the "technology capital" of the East Coast. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan outlined his plans at the University of North Georgia's recent Regional Education and Economic Development Summit, The Times of Gainesville reports . Duncan...

Former state lawmaker running for Georgia high court

Sep. 13, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A third candidate has announced a bid for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports former Republican state lawmaker Beth Beskin is running for the upcoming vacancy. A nonpartisan election in May 2020 will decide who will take over for retiring Justice...

Georgia port reopens 4 days after overturned ship closed it

Sep. 12, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia seaport that shut down when a cargo ship overturned while returning to sea was allowed to reopen Thursday after the Coast Guard agreed it was safe for vessels to slowly sail one by one past the capsized freighter. The decision to open the shipping channel to the Port of...

Georgia universities, exempt from Kemp cuts, seek more money

Sep. 10, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's public universities could see overall state funding increase next year, despite guidance from Gov. Brian Kemp to trim budgets this year and next. The state Board of Regents voted Tuesday to recommend a $75 million increase in the system's budget for the year that will begin next...

Ossoff to challenge Perdue for US Senate seat in Georgia

Sep. 10, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Pledging to "root out corruption in politics," Jon Ossoff, a former long-shot congressional candidate who rose to prominence two years ago riding a wave of dissatisfaction with Washington, says he's challenging Republican Sen. David Perdue in 2020. Ossoff, the fourth Georgia Democrat to join...

Georgia courts affirms conviction of man who killed a doctor

Sep. 10, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man who killed a doctor he lured to his home through a Craigslist ad for sex. The Augusta Chronicle reports the court on Monday affirmed the murder and armed robbery conviction of Glenn V. Riggs II in the 2013 death of Dr. Charles...

Abrams tells Democrats: Go after Georgia, irregular voters

Sep. 9, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Stacey Abrams dove headlong Monday into Democrats' debate over how to win in 2020, urging her party to treat her diversifying state as a key battleground and replicate her effort to bring new minority and younger voters to the polls nationwide rather than chasing white voters lost...

Georgia lawmakers again consider gambling to pay for HOPE

Sep. 8, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state lawmakers again are exploring the idea of new legalized gambling to help fund the HOPE scholarship program. If gambling in the state is expanded, the type of activity allowed will greatly determine how much money can be raised. Casino gambling brought in record numbers last...

Chief judge of south Georgia circuit retiring after 25 years

Sep. 8, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The chief judge of a five-county circuit in south Georgia is retiring after 25 years on the bench. Superior Court Judge Harry Jay Altman II said in a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp that he plans to step down at the end of 2019. The 68-year-old Altman is chief judge of the Southern...

Shellfish harvest in Georgia waters back open

Sep. 7, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the harvest of shellfish in state waters is now open. WSAV-TV reports the harvest was suspended on Tuesday as a precautionary to Hurricane Dorian. It reopened at 6 a.m. Friday. DNR Commissioner Mark Williams signed an administrative order...