Latest Georgia state government News

Former Georgia Congressman Jack Brinkley dies at 88

Jan. 23, 2019 9:14 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Jack Brinkley, a strong supporter in developing a highway in Georgia and improving training at Fort Benning, has died. He was 88. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said Brinkley was pronounced dead at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday in the emergency room at St....

Georgia official seeks to replace criticized voting machines

Jan. 23, 2019 6:11 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's new elections chief asked lawmakers Wednesday for $150 million to replace the state's outdated electronic voting machines. In doing so, he all but closed the door on a hand-marked paper balloting system that experts say is cheapest and most secure. Secretary of State Brad...

NAACP objects to Georgia lawmaker serving in leadership role

Jan. 23, 2019 3:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's NAACP branch is criticizing the leadership appointment of a Georgia lawmaker who it says has supported "racist institutions and white supremacy." In a statement this week, the group said Rep. Tommy Benton has also praised the Ku Klux Klan. Benton did not respond to phone and email...

Georgia candidate behind 'deportation bus' pleads not guilty

Jan. 16, 2019 5:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges. Ex-state Sen. Michael Williams was indicted last month in Hall County northeast of Atlanta on charges of insurance fraud and lying to investigators. The Atlanta...

Georgia Senate weakens internal harassment investigations

Jan. 15, 2019 9:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As one of his first acts after being sworn in as Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp issued an executive order Monday strengthening and standardizing sexual harassment reporting processes across state agencies and implementing mandatory sexual harassment training for agency employees....

Photographer sues Kemp campaign, Georgia GOP over photo use

Jan. 14, 2019 4:57 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-based photographer is suing the campaign of Georgia's new governor and the state Republican party, saying a copyrighted photo he shot was used in a campaign ad without authorization. Kevin Liles, who regularly shoots photos featured in national news outlets, filed the federal...

Governor Kemp conciliatory in Georgia inaugural address

Jan. 14, 2019 4:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Gov. Brian Kemp pledged Monday to work for all Georgians, striking a conciliatory tone in his inaugural address as he sought to leave behind a bitter election contest with Democrats who are pursuing a legal challenge to the state's balloting methods. Kemp, 56, was sworn in as...

The Latest: Kemp sworn in as Georgia's 83rd governor

Jan. 14, 2019 3:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Republican Brian Kemp as Georgia's 83rd governor (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has struck a conciliatory tone in his inaugural address, saying he will work hard to represent all Georgians. After his swearing-in Monday, Kemp said...

Kemp prepares to lead Georgia after rough, partisan campaign

Jan. 12, 2019 8:49 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's new governor campaigned as a self-described "politically incorrect conservative" who sealed support among fellow Republicans with an endorsement from President Donald Trump and eked out a close November victory after lobbing a last-minute accusation that the state Democratic Party...

Commission recommends machine-marked ballots for Georgia

Jan. 10, 2019 9:18 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After Georgia's 2018 elections focused stinging criticism on the state's outdated election system, a study commission voted Thursday to recommend the use of machines that record votes and print a record. Members of the panel tasked with considering a potential replacement chose that option...