Warnock win makes it official: Georgia is a '24 battleground
Fresh off Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s runoff victory, Georgia Democrats are embracing -- and Republicans are reluctantly accepting -- the state’s transition from GOP stronghold to premier battleground as the political calendar turns to the 2024 presidential cycle.
Walker, Kemp campaign in Ga. together for the 1st time
Fresh off his commanding re-election victory, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Saturday is playing the role of dutiful Republican soldier campaigning for the first time alongside Senate hopeful Herschel Walker after spending months steering clear of his ticket-mate.
Judge says Michael Flynn must testify in Ga. election probe
A Florida judge has ruled that former national security adviser Michael Flynn must testify before a special grand jury in Atlanta that’s looking into whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia.
Democrats sue for Saturday voting in Georgia Senate runoff
U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s campaign and Democratic groups are suing the state of Georgia to overturn guidance by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that counties can’t offer Saturday voting ahead of next month’s Senate runoff election.
Warnock, Walker in tight race in Georgia; runoff possible
Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker were locked in a tight race night in Georgia as elections officials continued to count ballots in the state that determined partisan control of the Senate nearly two years ago and could do so again in these midterm elections.
Meadows trying to avoid testifying in Georgia election probe
Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, is trying to avoid having to testify before a Georgia special grand jury that’s investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies illegally tried to influence the state’s 2020 election.
Groups mobilize to help voters confronting new election laws
Voters in Georgia, Texas and some other states are facing new hurdles to cast a ballot during the midterm elections under laws passed by Republican-led legislatures following President Donald Trump’s false claims that voter fraud cost him reelection in 2020.
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.