Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia's Kemp claims 'insurmountable lead;' Dems cast doubt

Nov. 14, 2018 3:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrats ratcheted up their attacks on Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, he claimed Wednesday that results certified by county election officials confirm he has an "insurmountable lead" in the governor's race. At a news conference, Georgia Democrats cast doubt on the legitimacy of any...

The Latest: 158 of 159 Georgia counties certify election

Nov. 14, 2018 1:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the still unresolved election for Georgia governor (all times local): 1:45 p.m. All but one of Georgia's 159 counties have certified their election results. Secretary of State's office spokeswoman Candice Broce said in an email that only Gwinnett County had not yet certified...

Amid legal wrangling, Georgia election uncertainty lingers

Nov. 13, 2018 11:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After two federal court rulings and a flurry of legal filings over a 24-hour period, uncertainty still hangs over Georgia's midterm elections, including the still undecided race for governor. Unofficial results in one of the nation's hottest midterm contests give Republican Brian Kemp a slim...

The Latest: 15 arrests at Georgia Capitol vote demonstration

Nov. 13, 2018 6:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Georgia governor's race (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Georgia public safety officials say police arrested 15 protesters during a demonstration inside the state Capitol as they called for uncounted ballots from last week's election to be tallied. The Georgia Department of...

Georgia lawyer accused of sexually exploiting children

Nov. 13, 2018 4:48 AM EST

MONROE, Ga. (AP) — A lawyer who serves as an assistant attorney general and part-time judge is accused of sexually exploiting children. News outlets report 58-year-old George Randolph Jeffery was arrested Friday on child exploitation charges. Federal and state agents also raided his Monroe home that day....

Kemp-Abrams feud highlights new landscape in divided Georgia

Nov. 12, 2018 6:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — His election still undecided, Republican Brian Kemp is proceeding as a victorious candidate and promising to be a governor for all Georgians. That might not be so easy. Should his narrow lead hold over Democrat Stacey Abrams and send him to the governor's mansion, Kemp would face lingering...

The Latest: New guidelines issued for Georgia mail ballots

Nov. 12, 2018 6:26 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Georgia governor's race (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Georgia's secretary of state has ordered county election officials to count absentee ballots even if voters have not included their year of birth if there is enough other information to verify their identity. Secretary of...

3 killed as van collides with police car chasing other car

Nov. 12, 2018 2:55 PM EST

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a police car pursuing a stolen vehicle has collided with a work van in metro Atlanta, killing three people inside. Georgia State Patrol tells news outlets in a statement that the van and a South Fulton police officer's car crashed Sunday night and three passengers...

Democrat Abrams files new suit in Georgia governor's race

Nov. 11, 2018 8:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams' Democratic campaign filed a federal lawsuit Sunday asking a judge to delay vote certifications in Georgia unsettled governor's race by one day and to make officials count any votes that were wrongly rejected. If successful, the suit would prevent officials from certifying...

Florida, Georgia testing strength of new Dem coalition

Nov. 11, 2018 3:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For much of the country, the 2018 midterm season is over. But unresolved races for governor in Georgia and Florida are raising major strategic questions for Democrats as they turn their attention to the upcoming battle for the White House. As in other states, Democrats in Florida and...