Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia moving forward with mass voter purge Monday

Dec. 13, 2019 6:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials are set to begin a mass purge of inactive voters from the state’s voting rolls on Monday. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in October released a list of over 313,000 voters whose registrations were at risk of being cancelled, about 4% of the...

Georgia gov. issues emergency after Atlanta hospital flooded

Dec. 13, 2019 3:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor has issued an emergency declaration because of capacity issues at Atlanta-area hospitals after a flooding incident at the state’s largest trauma center last week. Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta started diverting patients to other hospitals on Dec. 7...

Judge recommends Georgia prevail in water war with Florida

Dec. 12, 2019 4:09 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge is recommending that Georgia prevail in a longstanding legal battle with Florida over water consumption from rivers shared by the states, though the final decision rests with the U.S. Supreme Court. The neighboring Southern states have been fighting since the 1990s over...

Georgia gov ordered to answer questions in election lawsuit

Dec. 10, 2019 4:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will have to sit for questioning about comments he made that seemed to express concern about minority voter registration, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled that the Republican governor will have to answer questions as part of a lawsuit...

Voting site reopened in Georgia after grassroots fight

Dec. 7, 2019 5:26 PM EST

HAZLEHURST, Ga. (AP) — When local election officials shut down a polling site in a predominantly black area of a rural Georgia county, displaced voters couldn’t look to the federal government to intervene as it once did in areas with a history of racial disenfranchisement. So residents banded...

Voting site reopened in Georgia after grassroots fight

Dec. 7, 2019 8:28 AM EST

HAZLEHURST, Ga. (AP) — When local election officials shut down a polling site in a predominantly black area of a rural Georgia county, displaced voters couldn’t look to the federal government to intervene as it once did in areas with a history of racial disenfranchisement. So residents banded...

Georgia GOP Rep Tom Graves to retire

Dec. 5, 2019 1:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves said Thursday he'll retire after his current term in Congress, joining a larger-than-typical group of lawmakers taking their leave from an increasingly partisan and unproductive Washington. The six-term congressman is the 21st House Republican to...

Georgia governor picks political newcomer for U.S. Senate

Dec. 4, 2019 4:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor announced Wednesday that he will appoint a wealthy businesswoman to the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump and highlighting a division within the GOP over whether moderate suburbanites or base voters are their key to victory in 2020 and beyond....

Georgia’s US Sen. Isakson bids farewell to Senate colleagues

Dec. 3, 2019 6:26 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson made a plea for bipartisanship in a farewell speech Tuesday that took aim at the bitter division between the GOP and Democrats embroiled in a presidential impeachment investigation and nearing the start of a high-stakes election year. Stating bluntly that...

Kemp expected to pick newcomer to succeed Isakson in Senate

Dec. 2, 2019 8:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor is expected to appoint a wealthy business executive to replace an outgoing U.S. senator, according to a GOP political consultant, bypassing President Donald Trump’s preferred pick and betting instead that a moderate woman can garner enough support to hold...