Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign with Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia next week. A spokeswoman for the Abrams campaign said that Biden will stump with Abrams on Thursday, though the location of the visit is still unclear. He’s the latest in a string of big-name Democrats to support Abrams’ November race for governor against Republican Brian Kemp.
At 9 a.m. on July 19, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp sat in his lawyer’s office in Carrollton. In just five days, the state’s Republicans would choose either Kemp or Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as their candidate for governor. The race was widely viewed as a toss-up.
When Georgia voters cast their ballots this fall, some will wonder whether the state’s outdated touchscreen voting machines are safe and accurate. Election officials say voters have nothing to fear, but election integrity advocates say there’s good reason to worry. Electronic voting machines could be hacked if someone got around security measures.
Many Democrats want to make this year’s midterm elections a referendum on President Donald Trump, but some of the state’s GOP lawmakers are concentrating on something else entirely: themselves. Georgia’s two most-targeted Republican members of Congress have sought to neutralize their opponents’ attacks by keeping their re-election campaigns locally focused. U.S. Reps.
The construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle may be five years behind schedule and well over its initial budget, but at least it’s generating ad revenue and rhetorical heat.
State Republicans are out with another ad assailing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for voting against a sex offender crackdown. The ad began airing in the Atlanta television market Wednesday night and is funded by the Georgia Republican Party. Dueling ads suggest Abrams and GOP rival Brian Kemp have been soft on sex offenders, charges both candidates deny.
A judge on Wednesday ordered a redo of an election for a North Georgia state House district where dozens of voters cast ballots in the wrong race. The repeat election will give state Rep. Dan Gasaway, a Republican from Homer, a second chance to retain his seat in the General Assembly after he had appeared to lose the party’s May 22 primary election by just 67 votes to Chris Erwin.
Just about every weekday after working hours are over, DeAnna Harris bolts from her real estate marketing gig to knock on doors for her other job: trying to flip a state House seat in Democratic territory.
Gov. Nathan Deal urged the Atlanta City Council to break an impasse over an incentive package that could be worth $1.75 billion to redevelop the derelict Gulch in downtown Atlanta.
Stacey Abrams had one consistent message when she joined former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday outside a rural health center in his hometown of Plains: Expanding Medicaid in Georgia will be her top priority if elected governor. But her campaign event with Carter sent another signal, too, of the shifting political winds that have swept up Democrats both nationally and locally.
Georgia voters will continue to use touchscreens to cast their ballots this fall, perhaps for the last time. A federal judge found a “concrete risk” that Georgia’s electronic voting system is vulnerable to tampering, but she ruled against a quick switch to paper ballots less than four weeks before early voting begins for November’s election. U.S.
Democrat Stacey Abrams is out with a new television ad, suggesting outside groups are distorting her record of working with state GOP leadership on key issues. “Republican groups from outside Georgia spend millions attacking Stacey Abrams. But Republicans in Georgia say that doesn’t match her record,” the ad begins.
Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show.
A federal judge ruled Monday that Georgia can continue using electronic voting machines in November’s election despite concerns they could be hacked. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg denied a request for an injunction that would have forced the state’s 6.8 million voters to switch to hand-marked paper ballots.
The Republican sponsor of a crackdown on sex trafficking said Democrat Stacey Abrams “deliberately avoided taking a public position” on the debate, highlighting her decision twice not to vote on the measure even though she was at the Capitol.
The gloves are coming off in Georgia’s race for governor with a new elections-centered ad that challenges the trustworthiness of Republican Brian Kemp. The ad is funded by PowerPAC Georgia, a Democratic-backed political action committee that’s supporting Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader in the Georgia House and Kemp’s opponent in the November general election.
As soon as Stacey Abrams announced she was running for governor, Marlene Taylor-Crawford knew she was going to give the Kirkwood Democrat her vote. The president of the Gwinnett County nonprofit the United Ebony Society, Taylor-Crawford sings the praises of the former House Democratic leader to anyone she comes across.
The founders of Monday Night Brewing sat in a boisterous beer hall to issue a mea culpa: Yes, they had allowed the brewery to hold an event for Republican Brian Kemp’s campaign. And no, they didn’t fully think that decision through.
Stacey Abrams’ name was nowhere to be found on statewide ballots in the 2014 elections. In Georgia’s House District 89, which she had represented since 2007, she didn’t even have an opponent. But Abrams was nonetheless directing a sprawling, well-funded campaign, one that established her as a major political figure in Georgia and beyond. Abrams raised $12.
President Donald Trump called Gov. Nathan Deal to offer federal help in case Hurricane Florence wallops the state. The governor said in an interview that Trump called him late Wednesday to urge him to contact the White House with any requests for aid as Florence veers toward Georgia.
Vice President Mike Pence postponed a trip to Georgia on Thursday as updated forecasts show Hurricane Florence is expected to threaten the state.
A federal judge said in court Wednesday she’s considering whether the threat of election hacking and foreign interference justifies replacing Georgia’s electronic voting system with paper ballots just weeks before the general election. U.S.
President Donald Trump warned Georgians to “be ready, be prepared” for Hurricane Florence as the latest projections show the Category 4 storm shifting slightly to the south.
Gov. Nathan Deal endorsed former state Rep. Geoff Duncan in Georgia’s lieutenant governor’s race. Deal said Duncan is more than just talking points. “Geoff Duncan presents solutions, not sound bites and brings a fresh, conservative innovative approach to policy making,” the outgoing Republican governor said in a statement. “He will be a great Lt.
Georgia election officials are continuing to use inaccurate paper voter registration applications until replacement forms arrive. These outdated applications incorrectly say proof of residence is required when someone registers to vote. Under federal election law, applicants don’t have to verify their names and addresses until they vote for the first time.
Republicans are out with a new attack ad, calling Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, “too extreme for Georgia.” The ad — paid for by the Georgia Republican Party and approved by GOP nominee Brian Kemp — debuted Monday in the Atlanta television market.
From voting security to hacking to precinct closures, voting issues have become a major topic in Georgia’s campaign for governor. The candidates — Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams — sparred in 2014 over Abrams’ project to register minorities before the election. Kemp’s office has been the target of several lawsuits.
The Georgia State Election Board voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a request to require hand-marked paper ballots in November’s election. The board’s 4-0 vote came one day before a federal judge will consider a lawsuit seeking to mandate paper ballots in the Nov. 6 general election.
Democrat Stacey Abrams on Monday announced her plans for health care should she win the governor’s seat in Georgia, and they weren’t just to expand Medicaid. Abrams promised to explore a program to stabilize health insurance premiums, to offset some policyholders’ soaring insurance costs.
With polls showing a close race for Georgia Governor, the candidates will be looking to convince every voter to choose them at the ballot. Ads on TV and online become important ways for the candidates to get their message out. But political ads have sometimes been known to stretch their case or gloss over relevant context.
There’s less than a month left to register to vote in November’s election for Georgia governor, Congress and more. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9 for Georgians who want to participate in the Nov. 6 general election.
Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. Host Greg Bluestein and The AJC's Tamar Hallerman analyze the results of a recent poll of Georgia voters and discuss what those results mean for the next two months leading up to the November election.
A federal judge could rule Wednesday on a far-reaching request to switch Georgia from electronic to paper ballots just eight weeks before November’s election.
State Democrats were back out Friday with another ad accusing Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp’s state office of ignoring sex assault claims against massage clinics.
In an attack ad released Wednesday, a political action committee backing Democrat Stacey Abrams for governor accuses GOP rival Brian Kemp of “making it harder for rural Georgians to vote.
State Democrats hit the airwaves Wednesday with an attack ad accusing Brian Kemp, the GOP candidate for governor, of failing to act against a state licensee who admitted assaulting a woman during a massage. The 30-second ad is funded by the Democratic Party of Georgia and authorized by Stacey Abrams, Kemp’s rival in the November general election.
Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, launched a new television ad Tuesday aimed at softening his image as a gun-toting, “politically incorrect conservative.
President Donald Trump has already proved he can remake a Georgia primary for governor with a single tweet. But his polarizing influence also seems destined to shape the final two months of the general election between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
There’s nothing unique about Stacey Abrams having debt, even as a candidate for higher office. An analysis OZY conducted of the 56 most competitive U.S. House districts showed that roughly two-thirds of the candidates owed money to somebody, and at least 65 of those aspiring Congress dwellers carried more than $50,000 in non-mortgage debt.
The race for Georgia governor couldn’t be closer just two months before the election, as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll showed Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp deadlocked at 45 percent.
The AJC-SPIA Poll was conducted Aug. 26 to Sept. 4 and included a total of 1,020 likely general election voters in Georgia. Likely voters were respondents who had voted in the 2018 May primaries and/or the 2016 general election, who indicated they were currently registered to vote in Georgia, and were definitely or probably going to vote in the 2018 November election.
It’s been nearly eight years since Nancy Pelosi was speaker of the House, but her name is still an ubiquitous slur in Georgia politics. The California Democrat was featured prominently in countless television ads during last year’s 6th Congressional District special election, which framed her as a radical liberal intent on overwhelming Georgia’s values.
Georgia voters can study several possible changes to the state’s constitution after the Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday released summaries of proposed amendments that will be on the November ballot.
George Soros isn’t the only mega-donor pouring big money into this year’s elections in Georgia. Henry Nicholas, a California billionaire who founded the semiconductor company Broadcom Corp., and his victim’s rights foundation have already put $8.
Everywhere Stacey Abrams campaigns for governor, she brings up Medicaid expansion. The question — of whether to expand Medicaid to Georgia’s poorest adults — is now 6 years old and no more advanced than it was when the state’s GOP leaders first shot it down.
Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman joined host Greg Bluestein to discuss how the Richard B. Russell renaming conversations may play out in the future, McCain’s legacy and what’s next for Georgia’s lawmakers in Washington.
Georgia’s race for governor will reach a new fever pitch after Labor Day, as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp scramble to seize distracted voters’ attention as summer fades and a final two-month stretch to November begins.
When a passionate crowd rallied to save polling places in rural Randolph County, it won a high-profile battle for voting access. But voters trying to preserve their local precincts are losing the war as voting locations are vanishing across Georgia. County election officials have closed 214 precincts across the state since 2012, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.