Latest Georgia state government News

Voting site reopened in Georgia after grassroots fight

Dec. 7, 2019 5:26 PM EST

HAZLEHURST, Ga. (AP) — When local election officials shut down a polling site in a predominantly black area of a rural Georgia county, displaced voters couldn’t look to the federal government to intervene as it once did in areas with a history of racial disenfranchisement. So residents banded...

Voting site reopened in Georgia after grassroots fight

Dec. 7, 2019 8:28 AM EST

HAZLEHURST, Ga. (AP) — When local election officials shut down a polling site in a predominantly black area of a rural Georgia county, displaced voters couldn’t look to the federal government to intervene as it once did in areas with a history of racial disenfranchisement. So residents banded...

Georgia GOP Rep Tom Graves to retire

Dec. 5, 2019 1:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves said Thursday he'll retire after his current term in Congress, joining a larger-than-typical group of lawmakers taking their leave from an increasingly partisan and unproductive Washington. The six-term congressman is the 21st House Republican to...

Georgia governor picks political newcomer for U.S. Senate

Dec. 4, 2019 4:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor announced Wednesday that he will appoint a wealthy businesswoman to the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump and highlighting a division within the GOP over whether moderate suburbanites or base voters are their key to victory in 2020 and beyond....

Georgia’s US Sen. Isakson bids farewell to Senate colleagues

Dec. 3, 2019 6:26 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson made a plea for bipartisanship in a farewell speech Tuesday that took aim at the bitter division between the GOP and Democrats embroiled in a presidential impeachment investigation and nearing the start of a high-stakes election year. Stating bluntly that...

Kemp expected to pick newcomer to succeed Isakson in Senate

Dec. 2, 2019 8:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor is expected to appoint a wealthy business executive to replace an outgoing U.S. senator, according to a GOP political consultant, bypassing President Donald Trump’s preferred pick and betting instead that a moderate woman can garner enough support to hold...

AP Source: Georgia governor has chosen GOP donor and financial services executive Kelly Loeffler for US Senate

Dec. 2, 2019 1:13 PM EST
ATLANTA (AP) — AP Source: Georgia governor has chosen GOP donor and financial services executive Kelly Loeffler for US Senate.

Georgia governor fumes at ‘attacks’ over Senate appointment

Nov. 27, 2019 4:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp pushed back on Wednesday against speculation over whom he’ll appoint to replace retiring Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. The Republican governor took to Twitter to slam what he called “attacks and games” and said more information about his choice...

Abrams’ campaign pushes back against demand for emails

Nov. 27, 2019 11:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams’ 2018 campaign for Georgia governor says a state ethics commission demand for their communications is overly broad and would have implications for every future political campaign if granted. Abrams’ campaign filed their response Wednesday to a lawsuit...

Black Georgia lawmakers to push for state hate crimes law

Nov. 21, 2019 4:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Black lawmakers in Georgia said Thursday that they will push for a state hate crimes law after a white 16-year-old girl was accused of plotting to attack black churchgoers. In a statement, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus said it will push for a state hate crimes law “that...