Latest Georgia state government News

The Latest: Georgia Democrats rally at Capitol for Abrams

Nov. 13, 2018 1:06 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Georgia governor's race (all times local): 1 p.m. Democratic state lawmakers rallied Tuesday at the Georgia Capitol in support of gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, insisting that thousands of uncounted votes could still tip the governor's race into a Dec. 4 runoff....

Final count delayed, Georgia election turns to the courts

Nov. 13, 2018 12:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's still undecided race for governor will remain in legal limbo for several more days after a federal court put the brakes on final certification of the vote totals in one of the nation's hottest midterm matchups. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg late Monday ordered state officials...

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...

In Georgia, black voters see echoes of voter suppression

Nov. 11, 2018 12:13 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — When Barbara Williams arrived at the Pittman Park Recreation Center just before noon on Election Day to cast her vote, she saw a line so long that the end wasn't in sight. "There were so many people, you couldn't count them," Williams recalled. "They were looped around. The line started at...

Kemp pushes Abrams to concede in Georgia gubernatorial race

Nov. 11, 2018 12:10 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp is pressing Democrat Stacey Abrams to concede Georgia's tight gubernatorial race as civil rights groups urge her to stay and fight. Kemp's campaign issued a statement Saturday that said it was mathematically impossible for Abrams to even force a runoff, much less win...