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FILE- In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference for the signing of HB 481 at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta,. he law, signed by Brian Kemp in May, was set to become enforceable Jan. 1, 2020. But a lawsuit challenging it was filed in June on behalf of Georgia abortion providers and an advocacy group, and U.S. District Judge Steve Jones in October temporarily blocked the law. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Judge asked to decide permanent fate of Georgia abortion law

Feb. 21, 2020 12:19 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After a federal judge temporarily blocked Georgia's restrictive abortion law, lawyers for the state and for opponents of the measure are battling in court over whether the law should be permanently barred from taking effect. The law bans abortions once a "detectable human heartbeat" is...

Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams talks to reporters after campaigning for District 1 Commission candidate Jordan Johnson at the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center in Augusta, Ga., Friday, Jan. 31, 2019.  (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

Judge denies document request in Abrams ethics investigation

Feb. 14, 2020 6:18 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge handed Democrat Stacey Abrams’ 2018 campaign for Georgia governor a victory in a legal skirmish Friday, denying a request from the state ethics commission for the campaign to hand over more records. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Fulton County Superior Court...

FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2020 file photo, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., smiles before a re-enactment of her swearing-in, by Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington. An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 that her initial concerns were based on information

Anti-abortion group flips views on new Georgia senator

Feb. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Friday that her initial concerns were based on...

Georgia's public safety chief resigns after cheating scandal

Feb. 13, 2020 12:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s public safety chief says he’s stepping down just weeks after an entire graduating class of the State Patrol’s Trooper School was fired or resigned after being accused of cheating on an online exam. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Col. Mark McDonough...

Judge rules against Georgia elections chief in records case

Feb. 11, 2020 4:19 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Georgia officials' arguments in an election-related lawsuit and ruled that information being sought by a journalist and an activist is subject to public disclosure. Investigative journalist Greg Palast and civil rights activist Helen Butler are seeking lists that...

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. Both Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins were in the audience as Trump spoke for more than an hour at the White House, where the 2020 election rivals were among a number of GOP lawmakers the president thanked by name for supporting him throughout his impeachment that ended with his acquittal Wednesday by the Senate. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump praises 2 Republicans seeking Georgia Senate seat

Feb. 6, 2020 5:41 PM EST

In his post-impeachment victory lap, President Donald Trump had high praise Thursday for Georgia's newest senator as well as a fellow Republican Congress member challenging her in an election where Trump's endorsement could give either a potent advantage. Both Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins were in...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., speaks during a Kiwanis Club of Atlanta luncheon. Campaign finance disclosures show that Georgia's incumbent Republican U.S. senators have built a healthy fundraising advantage over their rivals in the state's dual Senate races. (AP Photo/Andrea Smith, File)

Republicans lead fundraising in Georgia's dual Senate races

Feb. 3, 2020 3:58 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s incumbent Republican U.S. senators have built a healthy fundraising advantage over their rivals in the state’s dual Senate races, newly filed campaign finance reports show. Sen. David Perdue, who is seeking a second term in November, reported raising nearly $1.9...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., arrives for a re-enactment of her swearing-in, Monday Jan. 6, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Crowded Senate battle in Georgia likely won't end until 2021

Feb. 1, 2020 9:25 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Less than a month after being sworn in as Georgia's new U.S. senator, Republican Kelly Loeffler faces a 2020 election battle that's already shaping up to be so contentious that odds are it won't be over until 2021. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer, is running her...

National Democrat group backs Georgia's Warnock for Senate

Jan. 31, 2020 3:15 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Friday endorsed the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, over two fellow Democrats in the Georgia race to challenge newly sworn-in Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. "When there is a...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2009 file photo, U.S billionaire media proprietor Anne Cox Chambers, center, smiles after being awarded

Anne Cox Chambers, wealthy newspaper heiress, dies at 100

Jan. 31, 2020 12:42 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Anne Cox Chambers, a newspaper heiress, diplomat and philanthropist who was one of the country's richest women, died Friday at the age of 100. Chambers' nephew James Cox Kennedy announced her death to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her company's flagship newspaper. “Aunt Anne was...