Latest Georgia state government News

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. ...

Abrams' strategy to boost turnout: Early voting commitments

Sep. 17, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, Georgia Democrats' nominee for governor, is launching an intensive effort to get out the vote by urging potential supporters to cast in-person ballots the first week of early voting as she tries to navigate the state’s new election laws. The...

Warnock, Walker set on 1 debate in Georgia Senate race

Sep. 13, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters will see at least one fall debate between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker. Warnock on Tuesday evening accepted Walker’s proposal for an Oct. 14 debate in Savannah, but the senator renewed his call for an additional...

After pay raise led Kemp's 2018 bid, he offers new K-12 plan

Sep. 12, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

STATHAM, Ga. (AP) — Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday that he wants Georgia to provide grants to school districts to help students catch up on what they might have missed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, expand the number of school counselors, encourage teacher aides to become full-fledged...

GOP candidates in Georgia split over Trump's election lies

Sep. 12, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — When asked about his decision to rebuff Donald Trump and certify Joe Biden's narrow victory in his state, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says he has no option but to defend his actions. “We are all held accountable by the voters,” the Republican...

Georgia's shifting politics force GOP to look beyond Atlanta

Sep. 12, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

TOCCOA, Ga. (AP) — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp made one of his first general election campaign swings in August, he went straight to the modern heartland of the state's Republican Party. It wasn't Buckhead, the glitzy Atlanta neighborhood where Kemp lives in a governor's mansion...

Georgia trooper trainee dies after collapsing after training

Sep. 09, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia state trooper cadet has died during training. The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that Trooper Cadet Patrick Dupree died at a hospital after collapsing Thursday at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forysth. The...