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Georgia Democrats seize new power, run for statewide offices

Jun. 11, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For more than a decade, Georgia Democrats struggled to lure highly qualified, big-name candidates to run for statewide office. With Republicans firmly in control of all constitutional positions and the state legislature, none wanted to take the risk. ...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jun. 09, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

Brunswick News. June 1, 2021. Editorial: Politics should be kept out of crime rates discussion When state lawmakers begin studying rising crime rates in Atlanta and elsewhere around Georgia, they must use a clear magnifying glass, one not fogged by...

Georgia monitors predict more Vogtle nuclear delays

Jun. 08, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Already years behind schedule, Georgia Power Co.'s nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle is even further behind than the company recently acknowledged, independent state monitors and state regulators said. The first of two new reactors likely won't be in...

Georgia parole board chair reelected by fellow board members

Jun. 08, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's parole board on Tuesday reelected its chairman for a seventh term. Terry Barnard is set to begin serving his next one-year term as chairman on July 1, according to a news release from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Board member...

Fate of planned mine near Okefenokee left to Georgia agency

Jun. 07, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — More than 160 years after her great-great-grandfather settled on a patch of land surrounded by water in the Okefenokee Swamp, Sheila Carter takes visitors on guided canoe tours for firsthand looks at the swamp's abundant alligators and stilt-legged birds wading among...

Indicted Georgia sheriff's lawyer blasts leak of report

Jun. 06, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The attorney for a Georgia sheriff charged with federal civil rights violations on Sunday blasted the public release of a review panel’s report urging the governor to suspend the sheriff from office. Attorney Drew Findling told reporters the three-page...

Shrimp season set to open in Georgia's coastal waters

Jun. 06, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Shrimp season is set to open this week in waters off the Georgia coast. The commercial and recreational shrimp season opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Data collected by the...

In Trump's shadow, Ga's. Kemp draws boos from GOP faithful

Jun. 05, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

JEKYLL ISLAND, Georgia (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp drew jeers and boos at his state party’s annual convention Saturday, laying bare the bitterness that remains among Republicans over his role in certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race. ...

Georgia's COVID-19 statewide judicial emergency to end soon

Jun. 05, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top judge says he expects the statewide judicial emergency he declared last year because of the coronavirus pandemic to be over at the end of this month. Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton said Friday that he plans to issue an...

State Sen. Bruce Thompson begins bid for labor commissioner

Jun. 04, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Georgia state Sen. Bruce Thompson is beginning his campaign for commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor. The Republican from White, Georgia, made the announcement Friday at the Georgia Republican Party state convention in Jekyll Island....