Latest Georgia state government News

Republicans talk unity in Georgia but censure Kemp, others

Apr. 17, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Kelly Loeffler had a warning. The former U.S. senator from Georgia, defeated in a January runoff amid Republican infighting, told her hometown GOP committee Saturday that only a unified party can avoid a repeat in the 2022 midterms. ...

Georgia state retirees to get bonuses of up to $1,800

Apr. 17, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's state workers participating in the Employees Retirement System will get bonuses of up to $1,800 this year, but will once again not get permanent increases in their pensions. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Employers Retirement...

Another Georgia electric co-op to offer high-speed internet

Apr. 16, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Another Georgia electric cooperative will work with a partner to extend broadband internet. The Washington Electric Membership Corp. announced Friday that it will invest $52 million to reach more than 12,000 customers in Baldwin, Emanuel,...

Georgia governor gets GOP primary challenge from former Dem

Apr. 16, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Democrat Vernon Jones crowd-surfed across adoring Trump supporters in October after speaking at one of the former president's campaign rallies. Now the scandal-plagued politician hopes to surf their discontent to a Republican primary victory over Gov. Brian Kemp. ...

Hank Huckaby dies at 79 after 'unparalleled' Georgia career

Apr. 15, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Henry “Hank” Huckaby, for decades a consummate insider called on by Georgia governors from both parties to oversee finances and make tough choices, died Wednesday at age 79. Huckaby's death was announced by Gov. Brian Kemp and House Speaker David...

Benson: Michigan voting bills more restrictive than Georgia

Apr. 15, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top election official on Thursday blasted Republican-backed voting bills that are pending in the Legislature, calling them an “un-American" affront to voters and saying some would be more restrictive than a controversial new law in Georgia. ...

Big-business pushback against voting measures gains momentum

Apr. 14, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation." The letter, published Wednesday in The New York Times and The...

Jordan announces Democratic bid for Georgia attorney general

Apr. 14, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — State Sen. Jen Jordan on Wednesday became the second Democrat to announce a race for Georgia attorney general in 2022. Jordan, a Sandy Springs lawyer who represents a district covering parts of Fulton and Cobb counties, made her bid official with an...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Apr. 14, 2021 06:58 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ April 14 The Daily Citizen-News on the federal income tax filing deadline extension: For many people who have procrastinated, panic sets in during the middle of...

Senator calls on Kemp to remove Stonecrest mayor from office

Apr. 13, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

STONECREST, Ga. (AP) — A state lawmaker is calling for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to remove Stonecrest's mayor from office amid a report into the city's use of $6 million in COVID-19 relief funds. Democratic Sen. Emanuel Jones, of Decatur, said he plans to provide the full...