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Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., arrives for a re-enactment of her swearing-in, Monday Jan. 6, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bill would add primaries to special Georgia U.S. Senate vote

Jan. 27, 2020 6:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Newly appointed U.S. Sen Kelly Loeffler could face an unexpected GOP primary later this year in her quest to hold onto her seat under a bill passed Monday by a Georgia legislative committee against the wishes of the state's Republican governor. The move could ease the way for GOP U.S. Rep....

Progressive mayor Ted Terry exits Georgia US Senate race

Jan. 26, 2020 10:56 PM EST

A young, progressive mayor of an Atlanta-area city on Sunday dropped out of the Democratic race to challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue in a contest that could dictate the fate of the Senate in 2020. Ted Terry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he struggled to raise enough money to compete in the...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Jan. 19 The Augusta Chronicle on the Lt. Governor's picks for a new technology innovation task force: This month, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced 12 Georgia leaders who have agreed to serve on his new Georgia Innovates Taskforce. Its members have been asked to...

Gov. Brian Kemp, center, is flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, right, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as he speaks during the State of the State address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A look at week 1 of Georgia's 2020 legislative session

Jan. 18, 2020 9:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s 2020 legislative session opened Monday, bringing a flurry of activity back to the state Capitol. As lawmakers returned, they saw quick movement on legislation seeking to protect consumers from unexpected medical bills and tighten sales tax collection by online businesses....

Gov. Brian Kemp, center, is flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, right, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as he salutes former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., during the State of the State address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp pushes teacher pay raise in Georgia State of the State

Jan. 16, 2020 3:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said raising teacher pay is one of his top goals as he gave his second annual State of the State address Thursday, a stance that could put him on a collision course with legislative leaders who want to cut income taxes. The Republican governor announced that his...

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger holds a press conference after the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce - Eggs & Issues Breakfast Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Atlanta. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia elections chief wants law changed for US Senate race

Jan. 15, 2020 1:56 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top elections official is seeking a last-minute change to state law to ensure he's authorized to set the deadline for candidates to sign up to challenge newly appointed Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the November election. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wants to hold...

FILE- In this March 23, 2016 file photo, U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver addresses a news conference in Savannah, Ga.  The former federal prosecutor who served under President Barack Obama says he plans to run for the seat of newly sworn-in Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia.  Tarver of Augusta confirmed Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 that he plans to announce soon his campaign for the seat vacated by GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News via AP)

Former U.S. prosecutor plans to oppose Georgia's new senator

Jan. 10, 2020 2:23 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor who served under President Barack Obama said Friday he plans to join the race to challenge newly sworn-in Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia. Ed Tarver of Augusta, who served as U.S. attorney for Georgia's Southern District during Obama's two terms,...

Kansas Sen. Moran is new chairman of veterans committee

Jan. 7, 2020 6:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran is the new chairman of the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. Moran's office announced Tuesday that his fellow GOP senators had confirmed his appointment to lead the panel. Moran will replace former Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, who retired from Congress at...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., left, with her husband Jeffrey Sprecher, center, participates in a re-enactment of her swearing-in Monday Jan. 6, 2020, by Vice President Mike Pence in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Georgia's new GOP senator sworn into office amid impeachment

Jan. 6, 2020 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wealthy Republican businesswoman Kelly Loeffler was sworn in Monday as the newest senator from Georgia, a political newcomer who takes office amid a presidential impeachment, swirling tensions with Iran and at the dawn of what looms as a bruising national election. Georgia GOP Gov. Brian...

U.S. Sen.-designate Kelly Loeffler, a Republican businesswoman who will soon become Georgia's newest U.S. senator, answers questions at a press conference at the Georgia Ports Authority administrative offices Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at the Garden City Terminal in Garden City, Ga. Loeffler, who is scheduled to be sworn in when the Senate convenes Monday, Jan. 7,  in Washington, said Thursday she plans to vote against removing President Donald Trump from office. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News via AP)

Georgia's new GOP senator plans 'no' vote on removing Trump

Jan. 2, 2020 4:35 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Republican businesswoman who will soon become Georgia's newest U.S. senator said Thursday she plans to vote against removing President Donald Trump from office. Kelly Loeffler is scheduled to be sworn in when the Senate convenes Monday in Washington. Her first vote she casts as a...