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Stacey Abrams joined the chorus of Democrats who criticized Donald Trump for challenging Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, calling the president’s words “appalling” in a tweet.
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 Georgia Ports Authority’s need to expand capacity at its Savannah terminal could require a replacement for the city’s Talmadge Memorial Bridge.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp slipped a new addition into his campaign trail speech this week: A reference to “shutting down” massage parlors that violated the law.
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.
In advocating tax dollars for private schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos criticized public schools in America as a dead end. A new major study suggests the private-school edge is an illusion and family factors, rather than school factors, determine student outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
The emerging debate over summer break in Georgia heats up with the Cherokee County school board surveying its parents and staff. The verdict: An overwhelming preference to keep Cherokee’s current school calendar and local control of it.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Brian Kemp struck like a thunderclap just six days before the Republican runoff for governor, propelling the secretary of state to a runaway victory over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With open enrollment for Obamacare plans seven weeks away, the Trump administration has de-funded largest “navigator” organization in the state that helps people to enroll. Instead, after cutting Georgia’s navigator allotment from $1.
Declaring gang violence a public safety “crisis,” two of the state’s top Republican candidates united Wednesday behind a plan to create a new unit in the state attorney general’s office devoted to fighting the crime.
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 declared a state of emergency for all of Georgia on Wednesday as the latest projections showed Hurricane Florence taking a potential left-turn toward the northern half of the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Is this an appropriate activity for a public campus in Georgia? A gun raffle? On the anniversary of 9/11? The Twitter announcement of the raffle by the University of North Georgia College Republicans is raising concern on social media.
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.
On Monday, the Georgia GOP again plunged deeply into the legislative record of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, launching an ad that assailed her vote against a sex offender crackdown as “too extreme for Georgia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
If you want to see one of the starkest fault lines in Georgia politics, look no further than the gender gap.
Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price returned to the political public eye in Georgia on Friday, weighing in on the state’s plans around Medicaid.