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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...

Charges dropped for GA senator, 14 more arrested at Capitol

Jun. 10, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Georgia state senator and 14 others arrested while protesting at the state Capitol. Sen. Nikema Williams of Atlanta is also chairwoman of the state Democratic Party. She was arrested Nov. 13 while calling for uncounted ballots from the Nov. 6 election to...

$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...

Abrams' nonprofit donates to abortion rights groups

Jun. 10, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate's nonprofit group is donating $10,000 each to 11 abortion rights organizations. Fair Fight Action announced Monday that it's giving the money to Georgia-based organizations which it says "protect the right to safe, legal abortion."...

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...

Backer of Georgia abortion bill announces bid for Congress

Jun. 6, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — When Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia's "heartbeat" abortion ban into law on May 7, one of the most high-profile women by his side was Republican state Sen. Renee Unterman, who proudly donned a baseball cap reading "PRO LIFE." Unterman announced Thursday evening she will run for Congress in...

Feds to test North Carolina election computers for hacking

Jun. 5, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than two years after North Carolina check-in software failed on Election Day, federal authorities will finally examine equipment from a company targeted by Russian military hackers to determine if intentional tampering aimed at disrupting voting occurred. The U.S. Department of...