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Key Republican wants Ga. as early primary state — in 2028

Feb. 06, 2023 21:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wants his state to become an early presidential primary host — just not in 2024, as President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party are pushing. The Republican election chief, who garnered attention for rebuffing...

Georgia bills aim at prosecutors who refuse to charge crimes

Feb. 02, 2023 20:40 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's elected prosecutors could face disciplinary sanctions, removals or easier voter recalls for declining to bring charges for misdemeanors under two bills introduced Thursday. Although one of the bills, which would set up an oversight commission, has failed...

Warnock, deal-maker yet party loyalist, settles into Senate

Feb. 01, 2023 17:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly reelected Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia is promising to use his first full term to cut deals where possible with Republicans and deliver for his home state. But he’s adding a new role: unapologetic supporter of President Joe Biden. Warnock,...

Hyundai supplier plans $76M Georgia plant, hiring 500

Feb. 01, 2023 15:17 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Hyundai Motor Group supplier announced Wednesday that it will invest $76 million in a new plant near Savannah to manufacture parts for the automaker's upcoming in plant in nearby Ellabell, hiring more than 500 workers. Seoyon E-HWA said it will build the...

Banker tops Ralston widow in Georgia House race; Watson wins

Jan. 31, 2023 21:57 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A north Georgia banker defeated the widow of late House Speaker David Ralston to win Ralston's old House seat in a Republican runoff Tuesday, while a Republican former House member cruised to victory in a state Senate seat in south Georgia. In other final, unofficial...

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...