Latest Georgia State General Assembly News

Warnock raises $9M as cash flows in 2022 Georgia Senate race

Oct. 19, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock raised an eye-popping $7.2 million this spring. For his encore in the three months ended Sept. 30, he opened the firehose a little wider. Warnock raised more than $9 million during the quarter, leaving him with $17.2...

Former state lawmaker, regent pleads guilty to racketeering

Oct. 08, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia state lawmaker and university regent was sentenced to eight years in prison for racketeering, the state attorney general's office announced. Dean Alford was indicted in May in Rockdale County on charges of racketeering, fraud and...

Supporters pledge hearings on letting Buckhead leave Atlanta

Sep. 29, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of state senators say the Georgia Senate will hold hearings on allowing the upscale Buckhead neighborhood to secede from the city of Atlanta in a November special session on redistricting. However, the senators, including Republican Brandon Beach...

Democrat Shannon joins race for Georgia lieutenant governor

Sep. 28, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Democratic Georgia state House member who has been among the most outspoken opponents of some Republican policies has joined the race for lieutenant governor. Renitta Shannon, a three-term House member from Decatur announced her candidacy Monday. ...

Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps

Sep. 27, 2021 23:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing up to Texas' booming suburbs turning bluer, Republicans on Monday proposed new U.S. House maps that would fortify their slipping grip and shrink the number of seats where the majority of voters are Hispanic — even as they fuel the state's blistering growth. ...

Some Georgia dairy farmers see cash cow in raw milk sales

Sep. 27, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

Family dairy farms in Georgia are fighting to survive, and some farmers say selling raw milk could be the answer, despite public health concerns. White House Dairy Farm owner Marvin Yoder said that because of the oversaturation of the milk market, prices have been driven...

Kemp: Session to redraw Georgia districts to start on Nov. 3

Sep. 23, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is calling Georgia lawmakers back to the Capitol on Nov. 3 to redraw congressional and legislative districts, he announced Thursday. Legislators are already busy drawing new lines, with majority Republicans looking to increase the number...

Biden taps Georgia's Smyre as Dominican Republic ambassador

Sep. 22, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated a key Georgia state lawmaker to become the United States ambassador to the Dominican Republic. State Rep. Calvin Smyre, a Black Democrat from Columbus first elected in 1974, must be confirmed by the Senate before...

Biden taps two fundraisers, ex state rep as ambassadors

Sep. 22, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that's he's nominating two major Democratic fundraisers and a former Georgia state lawmaker to serve as ambassadors. Erik Ramanathan, chairman of the public health nonprofit organization Heluna Health and an...

Investigation finds no residency violation by Walker's wife

Sep. 21, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election investigators found that U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s wife did not commit any residency violation by voting in Georgia in the 2020 general election after requesting an absentee ballot be sent to Texas. The secretary of...