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Tax changes, reading instruction top Georgia Senate GOP aims

Jan. 26, 2023 17:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in the Georgia Senate on Thursday announced goals to further lower state income tax rates and improve reading instruction for young public school students, although tax changes are unlikely to occur before the 2024 legislative session and leaders could be find...

State of emergency declared over Atlanta 'Cop City' protest

Jan. 26, 2023 17:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday, giving him the option of calling in the Georgia National Guard in response to a violent protest in downtown Atlanta over the killing by authorities of an environmental activist said to have shot a state trooper. ...

Georgia's Kemp emphasizes crime-fighting efforts in speech

Jan. 25, 2023 15:35 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp emphasized efforts to fight crime in his State of the State speech Wednesday, saying he would back up what had been a major theme of his reelection campaign with legislation. The Republican, triumphantly sworn in for a second term, devoted a...

Text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State speech

Jan. 25, 2023 12:24 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State speech given on Jan. 25, 2023. Remarks as prepared: Lt. Governor Jones, Speaker Burns, President Pro Tem Kennedy, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, Constitutional Officers, Mayor Dickens,...

Georgia election probe report to remain secret for now

Jan. 24, 2023 20:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge said Tuesday that a final report produced by a special grand jury tasked with investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke the law as they tried to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia will remain under wraps for now. Fulton...

Democrat resigns from Georgia House; special election set

Jan. 24, 2023 18:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Clayton County Democrat resigned from the Georgia House of Representatives, triggering a March special election, according to a proclamation issued Monday by Gov. Brian Kemp. Rep. Mike Glanton, of Jonesboro, served 14 years in the House in two separate stints. The...

New Georgia House speaker not making many policy commitments

Jan. 19, 2023 17:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — New Georgia House speaker Jon Burns says he doesn't want to pass any laws on abortion while awaiting court action, isn't interested in fully expanding Medicaid, and leans toward giving Atlanta more time to reduce crime before allowing citizens in its Buckhead area to secede. ...

Survivors emerge from wreckage after US storms kill 9 people

Jan. 13, 2023 22:46 PM EST

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Stunned residents tried to salvage belongings, and rescue crews pulled survivors from beneath collapsed houses Friday in the aftermath of a tornado-spawning storm system that killed at least nine people as it barreled across parts of Georgia and Alabama. The...

Kemp begins second Georgia term with new pay raise pledge

Jan. 12, 2023 13:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov Brian Kemp pledged a low-drama conservative agenda after being sworn in Thursday for a second term, calling for $2,000 pay raises for all state and university employees and public school teachers and more job growth focused on manufacturing electric vehicles. ...

Whitmer headed to Europe, Davos to tout economic development

Jan. 11, 2023 13:28 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will travel to Europe next week for a five-day trip to promote the state's recent economic developments and with hopes of attracting new businesses in the automotive and clean energy industries. The Democratic governor will...