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Podcast: Voting machines and election security in Georgia

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. Host Greg Bluestein and The AJC’s state government reporter Mark Niesse discuss voting machines and election security in Georgia. If you liked this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, you may also like: Listen: Podcast: GOP women in Trump era; Black women and the governor’s election Listen: Analyzing results...


Biden to campaign with Abrams in Georgia next week

Biden to campaign with Abrams in Georgia next week

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.
The problem with putting a number on Georgia's gang population

The problem with putting a number on Georgia's gang population

Every now and then, I will look up from the keyboard and suddenly realize that I’m in an argument. If you’re married, the same thing has probably happened to you once or twice. Some days ago, I focused on a joint press release on gang activity issued by Brian Kemp and Chris Carr, the Republican candidates for governor and attorney general, respectively.
The Jolt: Dithering over SCOTUS pick could cost GOP the Senate, Reed warns

The Jolt: Dithering over SCOTUS pick could cost GOP the Senate, Reed warns

The transactional relationship between evangelicals and Republicans is on full display in Washington, as frustration grows among religious conservatives over Senate hesitation to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Warnings are being given, should Senate Republicans fail to deliver a high court justice who anti-abortion and pro-choice forces alike believe will topple Roe v.
Abrams antes up with ‘community safety plan’ 

Abrams antes up with ‘community safety plan’ 

More community-oriented policing. Stricter enforcement of sex trafficking laws. Additional training for school resource officers. Democrat Stacey Abrams rolled out a “community safety plan” this week that leans toward preventing crimes before they happen to pair with her pledge to continue Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice initiative.
Coming soon: The ‘Nathan Deal Judicial Center’ 

Coming soon: The ‘Nathan Deal Judicial Center’ 

A towering judicial complex that is one of the most expensive building projects in Georgia history could soon bear the name of the politician who has reshaped the state judiciary.  House Speaker David Ralston said this week at the State of the Ports gathering in Savannah that he’ll propose legislation next year that names the new state courts building after outgoing Gov.
From Hillary to evolution: Who decides what’s taught? 

From Hillary to evolution: Who decides what’s taught? 

When the Texas State Board of Education voted to boot Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from its social studies standards a week ago, critics around the country blasted the decision as small-minded and provincial. Now, Clinton is taught in Texas high school history classes, while Keller is discussed in third grade.
Trump administration gives grant for Georgia to fight opioid abuse

Trump administration gives grant for Georgia to fight opioid abuse

Georgia this week received $29.3 million to treat opioid addiction, intended to fund medication-assisted treatments as well as mental health services combined with substance use treatment. Congress approved the money in March, and the Trump administration is distributing it. The Georgia grants are part of $1 billion that the administration gave out nationwide.
Handel, Woodall try to focus campaigns on themselves instead of Trump

Handel, Woodall try to focus campaigns on themselves instead of Trump

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.
For Brian Kemp, suit over bad loan reveals political, financial perils

For Brian Kemp, suit over bad loan reveals political, financial perils

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.
State’s weak response to sexual harassment makes reporting risky

State’s weak response to sexual harassment makes reporting risky

Emboldened by #MeToo, a half dozen state emergency management employees came forward about a supervisor putting his hands on women who didn’t want to be touched, making locker-room jokes they didn’t want to hear. His punishment: A talking-to. No written reprimand. No disciplinary action.
She said she’d been sexually harassed. Then she got fired for it.

She said she’d been sexually harassed. Then she got fired for it.

The woman said she wasn’t even looking to file a formal complaint. But griping to her supervisor about how the leader of an elite environmental cleanup team had passed her over for a promotion, the words slipped out of her mouth. “You know, I should have reported him for sexual harassment,” the woman said, “but I just couldn’t put myself through that.
Can Georgia’s electronic voting machines be trusted?

Can Georgia’s electronic voting machines be trusted?

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.
Abrams, Kemp both face heat in ads involving sex offenses

Abrams, Kemp both face heat in ads involving sex offenses

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.
On the Georgia trail: White supremacists, sex offender crackdowns and school safety 

On the Georgia trail: White supremacists, sex offender crackdowns and school safety 

Earlier this week, Brian Kemp pounced on the quasi-endorsement that the Metro Atlanta chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America bestowed on Stacey Abrams.  But there is another side to this coin. Abrams could just as easily tie Kemp to the racist fringe groups backing his bid for governor who have taken aggressive and inflammatory action against her campaign.
The Jolt: ‘Election’ campaign erupts ahead of Plant Vogtle nuke votes

The Jolt: ‘Election’ campaign erupts ahead of Plant Vogtle nuke votes

We figured that election season would see the unfinished construction of two new nuclear reactors become an issue. But not like this. Full-page ads, which ran in newspapers in Marietta and Newnan on Wednesday, referred to Georgia Power’s effort to complete the Plant Vogtle project as “one of the most expensive and mismanaged construction projects in history.
MARTA chairman’s role in Emory annexation draws scrutiny

MARTA chairman’s role in Emory annexation draws scrutiny

Some transit advocates say a top MARTA official should recuse himself from deciding how the agency spends $2.5 billion for an Atlanta transit expansion, citing what they claim is a potential conflict of interest.
Congrats to schools and parents on rising high school graduation rate

Congrats to schools and parents on rising high school graduation rate

The climb in Georgia’s high school graduation rate reflects two concomitant actions: Schools are working harder to push kids over the finish line, and parents are realizing their children have no future without at least a high school diploma. The Georgia Department of Education announced today the grad rate rose again in 2018, to 81.6 percent from 80.6 percent in 2017.
Redo of Georgia House election ordered after voters cast wrong ballots

Redo of Georgia House election ordered after voters cast wrong ballots

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.
The Jolt: A Democrat loses a billboard fight in Forsyth County

The Jolt: A Democrat loses a billboard fight in Forsyth County

Steve Smith is a Democrat in what might be called a challenging climate. He’s running against Republican Greg Dolezal for the District 27 seat in the state Senate being vacated by Michael Williams, the unsuccessful GOP candidate for governor. The district is based in Forsyth County, which means Smith will be lucky to see even the foam from any November blue wave.
Torpy at Large: Gulch Giveaway a wonder of equal-opportunity outrage

Torpy at Large: Gulch Giveaway a wonder of equal-opportunity outrage

A familiar but amplified voice boomed through Atlanta’s City Hall atrium as I walked toward City Council chambers on Monday. “Don’t sell the city down the drain!” it bellowed. Entering the chambers, I could see Derrick Boazman, a former councilman/rabble rouser at the podium. Boazman, first up for citizen comment, was setting the stage for a three-hour public harangue.
On the beat: Of Deal’s pointed words, good timing and socialism 

On the beat: Of Deal’s pointed words, good timing and socialism 

Gov. Nathan Deal is hosting a private fundraiser for Brian Kemp’s campaign in Gainesville on Thursday. The two might want to huddle about a key part of the Republican’s platform beforehand. Deal told reporters after an Atlanta Press Club event that he’s “hopeful” to hear more about what education plans Kemp and his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, have put forward.
In Georgia, Republican women try to navigate Trump era

In Georgia, Republican women try to navigate Trump era

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.
Defeated Georgia Democrat sues for new election against Senate leader

Defeated Georgia Democrat sues for new election against Senate leader

A defeated state Senate candidate is suing DeKalb County elections officials over her loss to the Senate Democratic leader, alleging that people were allowed to vote in the race in at least one precinct after state law requires polls to close.
Jimmy Carter plunges into Georgia race, underlining a Democratic shift

Jimmy Carter plunges into Georgia race, underlining a Democratic shift

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.
When Hurricane Florence met Hurricane Fake News

When Hurricane Florence met Hurricane Fake News

Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Fake News have been jostling for dominance these last few days. And that’s dangerous. Because in times of crisis, trust and truth can become one and the same thing.
Judge says Georgia elections at risk but rules against paper ballots

Judge says Georgia elections at risk but rules against paper ballots

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.
Isakson, Perdue tread cautiously following Kavanaugh allegations

Isakson, Perdue tread cautiously following Kavanaugh allegations

Last month, both of Georgia’s Republican U.S. senators emphatically vowed to support Brett Kavanaugh, but new sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee have the duo taking a new look at the federal judge.

Democrats hit Kemp in new ad for saying little about health care

State Democrats are ramping up their attacks on Brian Kemp over health care with a new ad, saying the GOP nominee for governor has failed to present a detailed plan to address the issue critical to millions of Georgians. The ad keys off a recent television news report, saying the “issue” page on Kemp’s campaign website devotes only seven words to health care.
New Abrams TV ad stresses record of working across the aisle

New Abrams TV ad stresses record of working across the aisle

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.
Georgia 7th: Woodall, Bourdeaux tangle on fundraising, health care

Georgia 7th: Woodall, Bourdeaux tangle on fundraising, health care

In their first direct encounter of a campaign that’s attracted increased national interest, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall and Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux sat behind a plastic table Monday night in an overcrowded conference room in Peachtree Corners.
The Jolt: Judge says Kemp, others had ‘heads in sand’ over hacking threat

The Jolt: Judge says Kemp, others had ‘heads in sand’ over hacking threat

A federal judge ruled late Monday that Georgia can continue using electronic voting machines in November’s election despite concerns they are vulnerable to hacking. From our AJC colleague Mark Niesse: Click here to read the entire ruling, or scroll through it below.
Federal judge rejects paper ballots for 2018 Georgia election

Federal judge rejects paper ballots for 2018 Georgia election

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.
Abrams showcases ‘pragmatic’ side in new TV ad

Abrams showcases ‘pragmatic’ side in new TV ad

Trying to present herself as a pragmatic progressive, Democrat Stacey Abrams released a new campaign ad Monday highlighting praise from Republicans to boost her bid for governor.  As her allies pummel Brian Kemp with attack ads, Abrams’ new 30-second spot invokes Republican Gov.
While in Georgia House leadership, Abrams was also a per diem leader

While in Georgia House leadership, Abrams was also a per diem leader

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.
Georgia GOP assails Abrams for not voting on sex trafficking crackdown

Georgia GOP assails Abrams for not voting on sex trafficking crackdown

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.
Podcast: GOP women in Trump era; Black women and the governor’s election

Podcast: GOP women in Trump era; Black women and the governor’s election

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. Host Greg Bluestein and The AJC’s Tamar Hallerman discuss how Republican women in Georgia are navigating politics in the Trump era. The AJC’s Maya T. Prabhu joins the podcast to talk about how black women will impact the governor’s election.
PAC’s new ad takes aim at Kemp’s oversight of elections

PAC’s new ad takes aim at Kemp’s oversight of elections

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.
Georgia’s black women key to Stacey Abrams’ bid for governor

Georgia’s black women key to Stacey Abrams’ bid for governor

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 Jolt: Mayor Bottoms makes a jobs case for ‘Gulch’ makeover

The Jolt: Mayor Bottoms makes a jobs case for ‘Gulch’ makeover

Atlanta City Hall will be a dramatic focal point today. From our AJC colleague Scott Trubey: Bottoms needs eight votes from the 15-member council to proceed. One hint about where she thinks some of those votes lie can be found in an op-ed, under her own byline, that appeared this weekend in the Atlanta Voice, a newspaper and website aimed at the city’s African-American audience.
GOP House member: Our teachers feel ‘harassed and disrespected’

GOP House member: Our teachers feel ‘harassed and disrespected’

A former school board member and father of a teacher, state Rep. Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, has written several pieces for the AJC Get Schooled blog. Today, he addresses the reasons behind the dwindling teacher pipeline in Georgia and his concerns over falling morale in the profession.
On anniversary of student’s death, what has changed at Georgia Tech?

On anniversary of student’s death, what has changed at Georgia Tech?

Today marks the year anniversary of the shooting death of Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz by a campus police officer.  The 21-year-old student died after calling 911 to report "a suspicious person on campus" .... a white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip," according...
Kemp demands TV stations pull attack ads 

Kemp demands TV stations pull attack ads 

Brian Kemp’s campaign demanded that TV stations stop airing an attack ad that criticized his handling of sexual assault complaints, calling it a “demonstrably false” attack on the Republican candidate for governor.
Business backlash: Why some Georgia firms face political fallout

Business backlash: Why some Georgia firms face political fallout

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.
Jimmy Carter to hit the campaign trail with Abrams in Plains

Jimmy Carter to hit the campaign trail with Abrams in Plains

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are set to campaign with Democrat Stacey Abrams in Plains next week as she unveils her rural healthcare platform. The ex-president will appear with Abrams in his hometown of Plains on Tuesday to discuss what the campaign calls “the importance of supporting rural medical facilities and rural healthcare professionals across Georgia.
House Democrats bolster Woodall challenger in 7th District

House Democrats bolster Woodall challenger in 7th District

House Democrats are upping their support of U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s challenger less than eight weeks before voters head to the polls in the Gwinnett- and Forsyth-based 7th Congressional District.
The Jolt: A biscuit backlash in the ‘religious liberty’ debate

The Jolt: A biscuit backlash in the ‘religious liberty’ debate

The owner of a Flying Biscuit restaurant in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most vibrant gay neighborhoods is under pressure to renounce his support for the Republican candidate for governor.  The folks at Project Q reported that Joseph Hsiao claims the backlash over his $2,000 in contributions to Kemp is a “misunderstanding.
Georgia GOP leader: We’re not neglecting schools or teachers 

Georgia GOP leader: We’re not neglecting schools or teachers 

A leading House Republican says I’ve been unfair in my characterization of school funding in Georgia and a few other education issues, including teacher pay and status. In a guest column, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn, details what he considers misrepresentations of how well Georgia funds schools and teachers.
Voter drive raised millions, but Abrams won’t say from whom

Voter drive raised millions, but Abrams won’t say from whom

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.
Deal to cement his imprint on Georgia’s top court 

Deal to cement his imprint on Georgia’s top court 

In short order, Gov. Nathan Deal will lay claim to a rare distinction: He will have appointed a majority of the justices on Georgia’s Supreme Court.  Whomever he taps to replace retiring Justice Harris Hines - the decision is expected as soon as Friday - will be the fifth of nine justices he’s selected for the state’s top court.
Coast Guard seeks comment on safety zones near proposed spaceport

Coast Guard seeks comment on safety zones near proposed spaceport

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a request to create launch safety zones around a proposed rocket launch pad in Camden County. The county is pursuing the creation of Spaceport Camden, a commercial launch pad proposed on a 12,000-acre facility in Kingsland. Camden officials have spent about $3.
Dems step up attack on Kemp over massage parlor sex-assault claims

Dems step up attack on Kemp over massage parlor sex-assault claims

State Democrats are stepping up TV attack ads, claiming a link between the state’s inaction on massage parlor sex-assault claims and money flowing to Republican Brian Kemp’s gubernatorial campaign. The ad, paid for by the Democratic Party of Georgia, is now airing in the Atlanta television market.
The Jolt: Kemp cracks the door open to Medicaid waivers

The Jolt: Kemp cracks the door open to Medicaid waivers

Republican Brian Kemp has yet to roll out an in-depth healthcare policy, but he said his soon-to-be released plan won’t exclude the possibility of Medicaid waivers that would bring vast changes to the state’s medical system. “I’m not going to rule out anything that’s innovative,” the GOP candidate for governor said.
Battle over when to start school in Georgia begins again

Battle over when to start school in Georgia begins again

Call it the calendar conundrum. The great date debate, the fray over Labor Day: When should school start? For some, August is sacrosanct — a month made for family vacations, summer jobs and books on the beach. Others are just fine with the early August start date favored by many metro Atlanta districts. September is too late to resume classroom instruction, they say.
Trump calls Deal to offer federal help with Florence nearing

Trump calls Deal to offer federal help with Florence nearing

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.
Federal judge weighs throwing out Georgia electronic voting machines

Federal judge weighs throwing out Georgia electronic voting machines

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.
Pence to visit Delta, Red Cross ahead of Atlanta fundraiser

Pence to visit Delta, Red Cross ahead of Atlanta fundraiser

Vice President Mike Pence plans to make two Hurricane Florence-related pit stops in Atlanta on Thursday before headlining a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp.  Pence will visit Delta Air Lines shortly after landing at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport tomorrow afternoon, a White House official said Wednesday.
Gov. Nathan Deal endorses Geoff Duncan in lieutenant governor’s race

Gov. Nathan Deal endorses Geoff Duncan in lieutenant governor’s race

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.
The Jolt: In the governor’s race, it’s all offense -- and no defense

The Jolt: In the governor’s race, it’s all offense -- and no defense

There’s a sharp trend emerging in the Georgia race for governor. One candidate hits another candidate, and the other candidate swipes back on another topic -- while refusing to address the first attack at all costs.  Even if they have a perfectly good answer to the first attack in their pocket. Let’s take this week as an example.
Reviving a health care sisterhood in Georgia

Reviving a health care sisterhood in Georgia

Historically, a political sisterhood has stood behind expanded health insurance coverage in Georgia. The alliance has fallen into disrepair. Rebuilding it has become a crucial part of Stacey Abrams’ Democratic bid for governor, marked by a nonstop call for Medicaid expansion.
Incorrect Georgia voter registration forms remain in use

Incorrect Georgia voter registration forms remain in use

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.
Government funding agreement sets aside more money for Savannah port

Government funding agreement sets aside more money for Savannah port

A bipartisan spending deal Congress is expected to pass in the days ahead would set aside millions for deepening work at the Savannah harbor while leaving the door open for more federal money for one of Georgia’s top economic development projects. A group of House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $147.
Kemp ad calls Abrams too extreme for Georgia,

Kemp ad calls Abrams too extreme for Georgia,

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.
Debate nights: Abrams and Kemp set two showdowns before November vote 

Debate nights: Abrams and Kemp set two showdowns before November vote 

The Georgia candidates for governor are set for at least two televised debates before the November general election.  Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp agreed to an Oct. 23 debate organized by the Atlanta Press Club that will be aired statewide on Georgia Public Broadcasting. The two candidates also confirmed a Nov.
How voting issues became a big issue in Georgia’s governor race

How voting issues became a big issue in Georgia’s governor race

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.

Georgia signs off on voting suit settlement

The state of Georgia has settled a lawsuit by agreeing to provide the opportunity to register to vote every time people apply for public assistance benefits, a coalition of civil rights groups said Thursday. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who signed off on the agreement, condemned the litigation.
Petition for paper ballots in Georgia denied by state board

Petition for paper ballots in Georgia denied by state board

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.
Georgia being flooded by outside political money this election season

Georgia being flooded by outside political money this election season

A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid. And a D.C.
The data driving Kemp, Abrams’ appeal to center

The data driving Kemp, Abrams’ appeal to center

Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp have been honing their pitches on some kitchen table issues. A new Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll explains why.  One-quarter of likely Georgia voters listed jobs and the economy as the most important issue determining their vote in November.
Abrams’ health care plan centers on Medicaid expansion for poor

Abrams’ health care plan centers on Medicaid expansion for poor

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.
Georgia 2018: A look at the ads of the campaign for governor

Georgia 2018: A look at the ads of the campaign for governor

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.
Voter registration deadline approaches for Georgia election

Voter registration deadline approaches for Georgia election

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.
The Jolt: Going to the mattresses over health care

The Jolt: Going to the mattresses over health care

Partisan allies of Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, are set to sharpen the debate over health care today by pointing to a series of long-forgotten votes cast by GOP rival Brian Kemp while in the state Senate.
Podcast: Analyzing results of a Georgia voter poll 

Podcast: Analyzing results of a Georgia voter poll 

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.
Democrat plans to continue congressional bid from jail 

Democrat plans to continue congressional bid from jail 

A Democratic candidate for a north Georgia congressional seat will remain on the ballot this fall, even as he was urged to step down from the race and faces the prospect of being jailed through Election Day.  Steven Foster on Tuesday will go before a Whitfield County judge, who he’s hoping will free him on bond as he appeals his conviction for driving under the influence.
Do we know yet how to recognize or replicate great teaching?

Do we know yet how to recognize or replicate great teaching?

In 2010, the Los Angeles Times outraged educators nationwide with an ambitious and never-before-attempted project rating 11,500 teachers in Los Angeles by mining student test scores. The ratings purportedly reflected the value teachers added to their students’ academic performance.
Latest on Obamacare lawsuit: Five things to know

Latest on Obamacare lawsuit: Five things to know

The opposition to Obamacare got a breath of new life last week in a federal courtroom in Texas. The health insurance options of hundreds of thousands of Georgians, perhaps up to 1 million, may be in play again as a result of a federal lawsuit brought by Texas, Georgia and other Republican-led states.
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