BRIAN P. KEMP
Pence navigates Trump's shadow during New Hampshire visit
Former Vice President Mike Pence visited early-voting New Hampshire, where he delivered a speech railing against President Joe Biden’s handling of the economy, schmoozed with local activists, dropped by holiday parties, shopped at a local bakery and raised money for state Republicans.
The Latest: 92% of Denver’s municipal employees vaccinated
At least 92% of Denver’s municipal employees were vaccinated against COVID-19 Friday, a day after the city’s vaccine mandate took effect in a bid to slow the spread of the virus during the fall and winter, according to a review of city compliance data.
Atlanta is home to 2 potential contenders for Biden's VP
Neither public rivals nor personal friends, Bottoms and Stacey Abrams spent years climbing parallel ladders from nearby outposts at Atlanta City Hall and the Georgia Capitol. Now the Atlanta mayor and the former Georgia governor candidate find themselves at the same political intersection on Joe Biden's list of potential running mates. Bottoms, the 50-year-old Atlanta mayor, is a top surrogate for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Now, the pair occupy the same political intersection: Bidens list of potential running mates. Bottoms, conversely, had the backing of outgoing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, himself once viewed as a potential governor.
GOP govs offer states as alternative RNC convention host
WASHINGTON Two GOP governors are offering up their states to host the Republican National Convention a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that states Democratic governor doesn't assure him that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears. With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention," Kemp tweeted Tuesday. We want to have it in North Carolina, the president wants to have it in North Carolina," she told Fox News on Tuesday morning. Like North Carolina, the City of Atlanta is following a phased, data-driven approach to reopening. We would be proud to host the Republican National Convention.Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce declined to answer questions about the hasty bid and instead referred questions to Shafer.
Official: Investigation of Arbery slaying finished soon
William Roddie Bryan Jr., 50, was arrested Thursday on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan's neighbors, Gregory and Travis McMichael, were arrested on felony murder and aggravated assault charges after the video spread on social media, more than two months after the slaying. Along with the investigation into Arberys killing, Reynolds said he expects the GBI's investigation into the handling of the case by two local prosecutors to be completed soon and turned over to the attorney generals office. Gregory McMichael told police he suspected Arbery was a burglar and that Arbery attacked his son before being shot. Gough declined to discuss Bryan's actions the day of the shooting but said authorities overreached in charging him with felony murder.
Perry's studio moves toward reopening while industry waits
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, actor-filmmaker and author Tyler Perry poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES Tyler Perry is planning to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first domestic filming grounds to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. But while Perry is looking to restart production in July, other studios in Georgia and beyond are anxiously waiting for Hollywoods green light. The studio has been home to big-budget films such as The Avengers: Endgame and Ant-Man along with the television show The Walking Dead." Theres not one place in the industry thats making the decisions about when we get back to work, he continued.
Stacey Abrams endorses candidates in 7 US Senate contests
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo former Georgia House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has already narrowed the field by saying he will pick a woman. Gretchen Whitmer, other names that have been part of the speculation are Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Abrams. On Thursday, Abrams announced that she was backing Democratic candidates in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. For Arizona, Abrams said former astronaut Mark Kelly has a proven record of service to our country. John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor and 2020 presidential candidate, is the one to help us cross the finish line for a Democratic Senate majority, Abrams said.
Back to business, but not business as usual as nations open
In Connecticut, restaurants are reopening with outdoor-only dining and tables 6 feet (2 meters) apart. As the U.S. and other countries loosen their coronavirus restrictions, its back to business, but not business as usual. Everything is changed.Corsi reopened this week with half its tables removed to ensure the mandated 1-meter (3-foot) spacing. In Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Max Fish restaurant opened for lunch with 16 tables on outdoor patios. Business was slow at a Paris farmers market with a mixed mood among the masked, gloved vendors.
Tensions rise as Gov. Greg Abbott readies to lift more rules
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas Two weeks into the reopening of Texas, coronavirus cases are climbing. Nevertheless, Wisconsin's courts tossed out the state's stay-at-home orders, throwing communities into chaos as some bars opened immediately while strict local restrictions were kept elsewhere. City leaders said their local orders, which include more stringent emphasis on face coverings in public and restaurant protocols that aren't strictly enforced, don't conflict. Testing for most of May has fallen well short of Abbotts stated goal of 30,000 per day, although testing numbers have surged in recent days, according to state health officials. In Austin, restaurants have grumbled over recommendations to log dine-in customers for the purposes of contact tracing, coupled with a warning that health officials otherwise might have to publicly out eateries if outbreaks spread.
Some US schools are pulling the plug on distance learning
The small district in rural Georgia is among many around the U.S. that have pulled the plug on distance learning, all citing familiar reasons. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)CUSSETA, Ga. After the Chattahoochee County school district called an early end to the school year, seniors lined up one day last week to complete their graduation paperwork. Honestly, remote learning, I dont think was my favorite thing, said 18-year-old Isabella Branson. We didnt cut any class time out, Chattahoochee County High School Principal Josh Kemp said. But Chattahoochee County Superintendent Kristi Brooks was already trying to think about the next school year, despite uncertainty on whether in-person classes will resume.