Latest Brian P. Kemp News

Judge: Georgia must allow inspection of election databases

Jul. 11, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Georgia election officials to allow computer experts and lawyers to review the databases used to create ballots and count votes. The ruling came Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenges Georgia's election system and seeks statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots....

Voting group founded by Georgia's Abrams raises $3.9 million

Jul. 9, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The political action committee for a group founded by former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has reported raising $3.9 million in the past six months. Abrams founded Fair Fight to support voting rights after narrowly losing to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in November....

Server image mystery in Georgia election security case

Jul. 3, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

The case of whether hackers may have tampered with elections in Georgia has taken another strange turn. Nearly two years ago, state lawyers in a closely watched election integrity lawsuit told the judge they intended to subpoena the FBI for the forensic image, or digital snapshot, the agency made of a crucial...

Lawsuit seeks to block Georgia law that bans most abortions

Jun. 28, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday in Atlanta is the latest effort by abortion providers and advocacy groups to challenge a wave of restrictive abortion laws passed in conservative-controlled state legislatures. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center...

Georgia's Abrams to testify on effect of 2013 voting ruling

Jun. 19, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is set to testify before a congressional panel about the effect of a 2013 Supreme Court opinion that gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act. Abrams will appear before a civil rights subcommittee on June 25. During her...

Stacey Abrams not ruling out a presidential run

Jun. 13, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Thursday she has not ruled out running for another political office. Abrams, who spoke at the Women's E3 Summit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, said she has not yet settled on the next...

Georgia's governor fills insurance post after indictment

Jun. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area police chief was appointed by Georgia's governor Wednesday to head the state's insurance commission after the previous commissioner was indicted on federal charges. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Doraville Police Chief John King will fill the office while...

Georgia gov. sets economic development trip to South Korea

Jun. 12, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced plans Wednesday for an economic development trip to South Korea, his first overseas trip as governor. Kemp said the trip will include four days of business meetings with existing partners and companies considering investing in Georgia, as well as a meeting...

$117M raised for charity in honor of a Home Depot founder

Jun. 10, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A fundraising bash honoring the 90th birthday of philanthropist Bernie Marcus, one of Home Depot's founders, has raised more than $117 million for Georgia charities. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sunday's star-studded gathering at the Atlanta Aquarium, which Marcus built, quickly...

Correction: Election Security-North Carolina story

Jun. 7, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story published June 5 about a federal forensic analysis of electronic poll books in Durham County, North Carolina, The Associated Press reported erroneously that paper ballots were issued after poll books malfunctioned in the county on Election Day in 2016. In fact, paper ballots...