Georgia Politics


Evacuations urged in Georgia ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Evacuations urged in Georgia ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Officials ordered the mandatory evacuation of one coastal Georgia community Wednesday and urged others to do the same as Hurricane Matthew neared Florida and threatened death and destruction up through the Carolinas.
Kaine and Pence debate, but spotlight on Clinton and Trump

Kaine and Pence debate, but spotlight on Clinton and Trump

Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine on Tuesday largely aimed their fire not at one another during this year?셲 first and only vice presidential debate, but at the opposing side?셲 larger-than-life presidential nominees.
Technology error rejected some Georgia voter registration applications

Technology error rejected some Georgia voter registration applications

Any Georgian who tried to register to vote online using his or her driver’s license number between Friday evening and midday Monday is being encouraged to re-register, after state officials found a problem over that weekend that likely rejected many of the applications.
Olens sole candidate for Kennesaw State president

Olens sole candidate for Kennesaw State president

The state’s top public college official said Tuesday that Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens’ political background and ties to Cobb County were major factors in him being the lone candidate for president of Kennesaw State University, which the state’s Board of Regents will decide upon next week.
Georgia?셲 coast placed on alert in case hurricane strikes

Georgia?셲 coast placed on alert in case hurricane strikes

Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for much of coastal Georgia on Tuesday as Hurricane Matthew menaced the nation?셲 East Coast, forcing state officials to ready evacuation plans and sending residents along the shore scurrying for supplies.
Voter advocates launch national election hotline in Georgia, elsewhere

Voter advocates launch national election hotline in Georgia, elsewhere

Georgia is one of 26 states being tracked by on-the-ground volunteers for the Election Protection coalition of civil rights and voting access groups, as the coalition on Tuesday also officially launched a national toll-free hot line for voters to ask questions or report problems.
Georgia judge says clean up Altamaha River

Georgia judge says clean up Altamaha River

An Atlanta judge sided with environmental groups in ruling that a huge pulp mill in Southeast Georgia discharges too much pollution into the Altamaha River, known fondly as ?쐔he Little Amazon.
Gov. Deal considers 13 for 3 seats on Georgia Supreme Court

Gov. Deal considers 13 for 3 seats on Georgia Supreme Court

Gov. Nathan Deal is reviewing a list of 13 jurists nominated for the Georgia Supreme Court, including two positions the Legislature created this year and a third slot that will be vacated in January when the chief justice retires.

What to watch for in Tuesday night's vice presidential debate

The first and only head-to-head matchup between vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on Tuesday evening will almost certainly lack the fireworks — and viewership — that the first debate between their running mates generated last week.
Cory Booker woos younger voters at Tech rally to back Hillary Clinton

Cory Booker woos younger voters at Tech rally to back Hillary Clinton

Cory Booker had quite a 24 hours in Atlanta. The 47-year-old U.S. senator, a New Jersey Democrat, Snapped, stumped and raised cash for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and, befitting his role as the party’s millennial in chief, he did it all to help pull younger voters to the polls.
Nearly 200 Georgians restored to voter rolls after discovery of glitch

Nearly 200 Georgians restored to voter rolls after discovery of glitch

Georgia accidentally kicked 171 voters off the state’s voting rolls two years ago due to a data glitch, catching the problem only in late August when Athens-Clarke County elections officials noticed that a voter requesting an absentee ballot had wrongly been marked as “canceled,” according to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
MGM CEO pitches casino gambling as boon to HOPE, economy

MGM CEO pitches casino gambling as boon to HOPE, economy

The debate about casino gambling in Georgia is about to return in a big way.On Monday, the Chairman and CEO of casino and hotel operator MGM Resorts International told metro Atlanta business and civic leaders that Las Vegas-style gambling, including a $1 billion-plus resort in Atlanta, could be an economic engine for the state and could boost the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship.
A Trump-Clinton battle royale in must-win North Carolina

A Trump-Clinton battle royale in must-win North Carolina

Donald Trump was 90 minutes late and the crowd packed into the basketball arena on the campus of High Point University was bored, antsy and numbed to the irony of repeated playings of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
Trump tweets keep beauty queen in the campaign spotlight

Trump tweets keep beauty queen in the campaign spotlight

The race for the White House took another surreal turn Friday, with Donald Trump inviting supporters to find a “sex tape” of a former beauty queen who has fast become a symbol of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s narrative that the Republican is unfit for the presidency.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump look to ground game to win Georgia

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump look to ground game to win Georgia

Adrienne White stood in the middle of the downstairs bar of a trendy Westside bakery and told the 100 women around her to take out their phones and prepare to receive a script and a list of phone numbers to call.
Georgia DOE seeks public advice on state education blueprint.

Georgia DOE seeks public advice on state education blueprint.

In leaving No Child Left Behind and embracing the Every Student Succeeds Act last year, the federal government gave back more control of schools to states, some of which are trying to figure out how to use that new control to develop their own improvement plans and benchmarks.
Appeals court backs federal say-so on proof of citizenship for voting

Appeals court backs federal say-so on proof of citizenship for voting

A federal appeals court panel, which earlier this month blocked Georgia, Alabama and Kansas from requiring proof of citizenship for residents registering to vote using federal forms, has issued an opinion saying only a federal elections agency — and not the states — should have final say over the matter.
Liberal group issues report hitting Georgia over voting issues

Liberal group issues report hitting Georgia over voting issues

The liberal group Allied Progress, a new nonprofit led by Democratic strategist Karl Frisch, has joined a chorus of progressives trying to keep Georgia in the political spotlight over voting issues ahead of the November presidential election.
Trump, Clinton get more personal day after first debate

Trump, Clinton get more personal day after first debate

The presidential race ventured deeper into profoundly personal territory Tuesday as Hillary Clinton seized on Donald Trump’s criticism of a former beauty queen and the Republican indicated he would step up his attacks on her husband’s infidelities.
Turtles ??and the Sea Island spit ??back in court

Turtles ??and the Sea Island spit ??back in court

Coastal and environmental groups are appealing a judge?셲 ruling allowing development of posh Sea Island homes claiming harm to loggerhead turtles and pristine beaches.
Is state takeover the answer to failing schools in Georgia?

Is state takeover the answer to failing schools in Georgia?

Is the governor?셲 plan to take over failing local schools and gather them in a special state district headed by his appointee a power grab or a necessary response to an entrenched public school system resistant to change?
Clinton, Trump finally face off on same stage

Clinton, Trump finally face off on same stage

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton unloaded on each other Monday in the first presidential debate, clashing from the start of the much-anticipated showdown after months of sniping and taunting each other on the campaign trail.
Georgia agrees to add thousands to voter rolls ahead of Nov. election

Georgia agrees to add thousands to voter rolls ahead of Nov. election

Georgia has agreed to temporarily suspend a requirement that has prevented tens of thousands of residents from registering to vote as it works toward a possible settlement in a federal lawsuit that accused Secretary of State Brian Kemp of disenfranchising minorities ahead of the presidential election.
Alabama water utility sues Dalton carpet makers

Alabama water utility sues Dalton carpet makers

The Gadsden, Ala. water utility is suing 32 North Georgia carpet makers and suppliers claiming they release toxic chemicals into streams which eventually flow into Alabama.
In South Carolina, Democrats enjoy ever brief moment of parity

In South Carolina, Democrats enjoy ever brief moment of parity

For a few weeks in August, South Carolina Democrats had that battleground state smell.It was likely the happiest the beleaguered party had been since 1998, when it won the governor?셲 office and protected a U.
African-American museum opens with joy, reflection on recent violence

African-American museum opens with joy, reflection on recent violence

On the heels of a tense and bloody week that brought racial inequality roaring to the national forefront once again, President Barack Obama on Saturday called on the country to reflect on its checkered past while celebrating the contributions of African-Americans.
What to look for in the first presidential debate

What to look for in the first presidential debate

The first of three high-stakes presidential debates is set for Monday, giving millions of voters who did not cast their ballots for either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton their closest look at the contest for the White House.
Trump eyes Georgia judge as a Supreme Court contender

Trump eyes Georgia judge as a Supreme Court contender

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released an expanded list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees on Friday that includes the name of a conservative Georgia jurist.
Georgia?셲 judicial watchdog in leadership crisis, member says

Georgia?셲 judicial watchdog in leadership crisis, member says

A member of the state commission that investigates allegations of misconduct by judges told a Georgia House committee Thursday that his panel is in the midst of a ?쐏erfect storm of dysfunction,??providing ammunition to lawmakers aiming to make changes in the system.
Atlanta mayor on CNN: ?쁃onald Trump is lying??about black communities

Atlanta mayor on CNN: ?쁃onald Trump is lying??about black communities

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed went toe-to-toe Thursday with a Cleveland pastor over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments that “our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever.

Judicial watchdog: Georgia panel in ?쐏erfect storm of dysfunction.??

A member of the state commission that investigates allegations of misconduct by judges told a Georgia House committee Thursday that his panel is in the midst of a ?쐏erfect storm of dysfunction,??providing ammunition to lawmakers aiming to make changes in the system.
Georgia PTA: State takeover of schools would silence parents

Georgia PTA: State takeover of schools would silence parents

The governor is at odds with Georgia PTA over his proposal to take over failing schools. In a strong statement this week, the president of the statewide PTA condemned Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District, which will be decided by voters in November.
Oxendine could face new allegations from Georgia ethics commission

Oxendine could face new allegations from Georgia ethics commission

State ethics officials may file new allegations against former insurance commissioner and gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine in the coming months over his decision to “invest” $237,000 in leftover campaign money in his law firm.
One of the nation?셲 most unique election partnerships is in Georgia

One of the nation?셲 most unique election partnerships is in Georgia

The brains of Georgia’s elections sit in a nondescript former residential home in Kennesaw, where bedrooms and living areas are now offices and the former garage houses a training room where election official run through mock elections.
Gov. Nathan Deal opens 1960s time capsule to find ??meh

Gov. Nathan Deal opens 1960s time capsule to find ??meh

The state is preparing to tear down its old archives on Capitol Avenue, but on Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal got a peek at what officials in the 1960s put into the ?쏻hite Ice Cube?셲??time capsule.
Georgia veterans left in the lurch by ITT Tech closure

Georgia veterans left in the lurch by ITT Tech closure

Some 400 students affected by the shutdown earlier this month of ITT Technical College are expected to get help from the Georgia Department of Veterans Service to see if they can recoup tuition or get a waiver on college debt payments through the federal Veterans Affairs Department.
Atlanta-based app connects people to their politicians

Atlanta-based app connects people to their politicians

Atlanta software developer Horace Williams traces the inspiration for his new mobile app to the outpouring of anger and activism that occurred in the wake of the 2012 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Federal lawsuit alleges Georgia blocked thousands of minority voters

Federal lawsuit alleges Georgia blocked thousands of minority voters

A federal lawsuit accuses Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Wednesday of disenfranchising thousands of minorities ahead of the presidential election, alleging that the state?셲 ?쐓trict matching??requirement for information on registration forms blocked them from voter rolls.
Suit alleges Georgia blocked thousands of minority voters from rolls

Suit alleges Georgia blocked thousands of minority voters from rolls

Less than a week before early voting starts in Georgia’s presidential election, a coalition of voting advocates filed suit Wednesday accusing Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp of disenfranchising thousands of residents by blocking their access to vote.
Suit alleges Georgia blocked thousands of minority voters from rolls

Suit alleges Georgia blocked thousands of minority voters from rolls

Less than a week before early voting starts in Georgia’s presidential election, a coalition of voting advocates filed suit Wednesday accusing Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp of disenfranchising thousands of residents by blocking their access to vote.
Would you be willing to gamble on casinos in Georgia to preserve HOPE?

Would you be willing to gamble on casinos in Georgia to preserve HOPE?

The HOPE Scholarship has become a victim of its own popularity with Georgia families. Increased demand and rising tuition have led the state to reduce the amounts of the award, which used to pay 100 percent of tuition, along with books and fees.
Why can?셳 state figure out how to fund schools fairly?

Why can?셳 state figure out how to fund schools fairly?

Over the last 15 years, seven panels have attempted to change how Georgia funds education and essentially failed, a record not atypical for school finance reform across the country.
Appeals court nixes proof of citizenship for voting in Georgia

Appeals court nixes proof of citizenship for voting in Georgia

A federal appeals court ruling late Friday blocked Georgia and two other states from requiring proof of citizenship when residents registered to vote using federal forms, a victory for voting rights group that had little immediate effect in Georgia since the state had not been enforcing the requirement.
Guns a motivator for both Trump, Clinton voters in Georgia

Guns a motivator for both Trump, Clinton voters in Georgia

Kevin Anderson smiled broadly when Kellie White Weeks handed over the big cardboard box. Inside was a brand-new AR-15 rifle that the 34-year-old Anderson had just bought at the Georgia Gun Store in Gainesville.
Lewis shrugs as GOP promises punishment for sit-in

Lewis shrugs as GOP promises punishment for sit-in

U.S. Rep. John Lewis is unmoved by a Republican effort to punish Democrats for participating in a headline-grabbing sit-in over gun control earlier this summer.
Georgia group spends $125,000, so far, to fight school takeover plan

Georgia group spends $125,000, so far, to fight school takeover plan

The campaign for Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed Opportunity School District constitutional amendment this fall is heating up, and one of the state’s biggest teacher groups is opening its checkbook to make sure critics of the plan are heard.
Georgia ratchets up drought alert

Georgia ratchets up drought alert

Metro Atlanta’s sustained hot weather and paucity of rain prompted state officials Friday to issue the year’s first drought alert, with the prospect of warm and dry days continuing well into the fall.
Georgia?셲 budget reserves swell to record $2.05 billion

Georgia?셲 budget reserves swell to record $2.05 billion

Gov. Nathan Deal’s goal of leaving his successor flush with $2 billion in the state’s savings account is way ahead of schedule, thanks to a strong economy and relatively tight spending plans.
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