Latest Georgia state government News

Governor again suspends Georgia gas taxes into mid-November

Oct. 03, 2022 21:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor is extending the suspension of the state's motor fuel tax through Nov. 11. Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday signed an executive order extending the suspension for a fifth time, meaning the suspension will be in place through the Nov. 8 election when Kemp,...

Georgia election probe enters new phase with search warrants

Oct. 03, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia prosecutor investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies broke the law trying to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state is seeking search warrants in the case, a sign that the wide-ranging probe has entered a new phase. The...

GOP attacks Georgia's Abrams on voting as judge rejects suit

Oct. 01, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — When Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race to Republican Brian Kemp four years ago, she didn’t go quietly. She ended her campaign with a nonconcession that acknowledged she wouldn't be governor, while spotlighting her claims that Kemp...

Efforts falter to develop new Georgia K-12 state tests

Oct. 01, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An effort to transform how Georgia tests its K-12 public school students is faltering and may not achieve its goals. One of two groups involved in the effort told the state Board of Education on Wednesday that it has suspended work after a testing company pulled out....

Judge rules against Abrams group in voting rights lawsuit

Sep. 30, 2022 20:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Friday found that Georgia election practices challenged by a group associated with Democrat Stacey Abrams do not violate the constitutional rights of voters, ruling in favor of the state on all remaining issues in a lawsuit filed nearly four years ago. ...

Stacey Abrams looks to win Black men in bid for Ga. governor

Sep. 30, 2022 00:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams was on stage for an hour with radio and television host Charlamagne tha God and rapper 21 Savage when she faced a question from a skeptical audience member. “A lot of politicians speak about their plan and what they plan to do, but I also...

Prosecutor might seek sharecropper's posthumous exoneration

Sep. 25, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia district attorney said he may revisit a decades-old case in which the state Supreme Court overturned three murder convictions of a Black sharecropper in the killing of a white man to determine whether the sharecropper deserves to be formally exonerated posthumously. ...

Huge surplus leaves Georgia with $6.6B in cash to spend

Sep. 23, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia ran a surplus of more than $6 billion in the budget year that ended June 30, meaning the state's next governor and lawmakers could spend or give back billions. The State Accounting Office, in a Friday report, said Georgia ran a $6.37 billion surplus even...

Georgians say $350 payments start rocky, state defends push

Sep. 22, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Georgia residents say they're having a hard time accessing and spending $350 payments the state is making to more than 3 million residents who benefit from Medicaid, subsidized child health insurance, food stamps or cash welfare assistance. Others have been able...

Education takes an unusual back seat in Georgia election

Sep. 22, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) — Like schools nationwide, those in Georgia face some big decisions in coming years. But polls show K-12 education trailing among voter concerns this year, and candidates are spending more time talking about inflation, the economy, abortion and guns. ...