Tia Mitchell

Local Government reporter

Tia Mitchell covers DeKalb government. She previously covered the Florida State Legislature for the Florida Times-Union.

Latest from Tia Mitchell

Abrams plans suit to seek cure to problems in Georgia’s voting process
 Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020. But before she considers a new campaign, she is throwing her energy behind a new federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement and malfeasance...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020. But before she considers a new campaign, she is throwing her energy behind a new federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement and malfeasance...
Abrams preps lawsuit alleging systemic issues with Georgia elections
 Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams said she is not done voicing concerns about how the mid-term elections were carried out in Georgia. Working under her new organization, Fair Fight Georgia, Abrams said she is preparing a federal lawsuit that alleges mismanagement of the election and the larger voter system.  &ldquo...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams said she is not done voicing concerns about how the mid-term elections were carried out in Georgia. Working under her new organization, Fair Fight Georgia, Abrams said she is preparing a federal lawsuit that alleges mismanagement of the election and the larger voter system.  &ldquo...
Stacey Abrams’ defiant speech delights supporters, irks critics
 Stacey Abrams chose to end her gubernatorial campaign the way she ran it: by bucking conventional wisdom. Where other losing candidates have been subdued and conciliatory, she was defiant and bold. Traditionally, when a candidate ends a bid for office, it comes with a speech praising the winner and calling for unity. Abrams acknowledged...

Posted: a day ago

Stacey Abrams chose to end her gubernatorial campaign the way she ran it: by bucking conventional wisdom. Where other losing candidates have been subdued and conciliatory, she was defiant and bold. Traditionally, when a candidate ends a bid for office, it comes with a speech praising the winner and calling for unity. Abrams acknowledged...
Stacey Abrams bows out of gubernatorial race with fiery speech
 Stacey Abrams said her speech bowing out of the gubernatorial race was not one of concession. A concession speech would have indicated she agreed with how the election was carried out and its outcome, she said. Instead, she announced that she was bowing out of the race knowing that the interim Secretary of State was poised to certify...

Posted: a day ago

Stacey Abrams said her speech bowing out of the gubernatorial race was not one of concession. A concession speech would have indicated she agreed with how the election was carried out and its outcome, she said. Instead, she announced that she was bowing out of the race knowing that the interim Secretary of State was poised to certify...
DeKalb CEO, former lawmaker elected to new ATL regional transit board
 DeKalb County will have at least two representatives on the new regional transit board known as “the ATL.” County CEO Mike Thurmond and former state Rep. Howard Mosby were selected for two of the 10 transit district seats. So was Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Both Thurmond and Mosby said they looked forward to joining...

Posted: a day ago

DeKalb County will have at least two representatives on the new regional transit board known as “the ATL.” County CEO Mike Thurmond and former state Rep. Howard Mosby were selected for two of the 10 transit district seats. So was Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Both Thurmond and Mosby said they looked forward to joining...
Abrams ends run for governor against Kemp
 Stacey Abrams halted her run for Georgia governor Friday, but the Democrat said she would not concede the contest to Republican Brian Kemp and planned to launch a voting rights group to file “major” litigation challenging election policies. As state officials prepare to certify the vote, Abrams acknowledged the law &ldquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stacey Abrams halted her run for Georgia governor Friday, but the Democrat said she would not concede the contest to Republican Brian Kemp and planned to launch a voting rights group to file “major” litigation challenging election policies. As state officials prepare to certify the vote, Abrams acknowledged the law &ldquo...
Peachtree DeKalb Airport master planning underway
 A workshop will be held tonight as part of the Peachtree DeKalb Airport master planning process. The general-aviation facility is owned by DeKalb County and averages 230,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Formally, its name is the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.  As part of the two-year process of outlining the airport’s long-term goals...

Posted: 2 days ago

A workshop will be held tonight as part of the Peachtree DeKalb Airport master planning process. The general-aviation facility is owned by DeKalb County and averages 230,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Formally, its name is the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.  As part of the two-year process of outlining the airport’s long-term goals...
Absentee ballots missing birth dates must be counted, judge orders 
 A federal judge has ruled that Georgia counties must count absentee ballots even if the voter’s date of birth is incorrect or missing, and he is preventing the state from finalizing election results until that happens. Although U.S. District Judge Steve Jones agreed with the Georgia Democratic Party and Stacey Abrams’ campaign...

Posted: 3 days ago

A federal judge has ruled that Georgia counties must count absentee ballots even if the voter’s date of birth is incorrect or missing, and he is preventing the state from finalizing election results until that happens. Although U.S. District Judge Steve Jones agreed with the Georgia Democratic Party and Stacey Abrams’ campaign...
In unsettled Georgia gov race, judge mandates more ballots be counted
 The fate of the Georgia race for governor remained uncertain Wednesday as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp clashed bitterly over pending lawsuits that seek to count more ballots that were rejected by local officials. With the latest tally showing Abrams’ deficit shrinking slightly, her campaign raced to hold a press...

Posted: 3 days ago

The fate of the Georgia race for governor remained uncertain Wednesday as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp clashed bitterly over pending lawsuits that seek to count more ballots that were rejected by local officials. With the latest tally showing Abrams’ deficit shrinking slightly, her campaign raced to hold a press...
New ruling on absentee, provisional ballots expected Wednesday
 A federal judge said he hopes to decide by noon Wednesday whether he will order Georgia counties statewide to count absentee ballots cast, even if the voter failed to include their correct date of birth on the envelope. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones also will rule on whether people who tried to vote in a county where they were not registered...

Posted: 4 days ago

A federal judge said he hopes to decide by noon Wednesday whether he will order Georgia counties statewide to count absentee ballots cast, even if the voter failed to include their correct date of birth on the envelope. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones also will rule on whether people who tried to vote in a county where they were not registered...
New Abrams ad: Count every vote
 The Georgia Democratic Party and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams are out with a new ad focused on encouraging Georgia to count more votes. The “Behind Every Vote” ad asks people who struggled to cast ballots or aren’t sure whether their votes were thrown out to contact the Abrams campaign. Abrams currently trails...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Georgia Democratic Party and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams are out with a new ad focused on encouraging Georgia to count more votes. The “Behind Every Vote” ad asks people who struggled to cast ballots or aren’t sure whether their votes were thrown out to contact the Abrams campaign. Abrams currently trails...