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Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal.Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. His work earned recognition from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Georgia Press Association, including beat reporting, business writing and non-deadline reporting. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Voting rights advocates, Democrats urge voters to cast a ballot early and avoid mailing it in

By: - November 24, 2022

Democratic-leaning groups are urging Georgians to cast their ballots in person if they can for the Dec. 6 runoff election. “As you know, the mail is slow,” reads a recent email from the Gwinnett County Democratic Party. “If you want the Gwinnett County Elections office to send you a request for an Absentee Ballot, it […]

Updated: Georgia Supreme Court restores state’s strict six-week abortion ban, for now

By: - November 23, 2022

Most abortions are once again illegal in Georgia pending a state Supreme Court decision. A one-page ruling from the court Wednesday forced abortion providers to send patients home without treatment. The legal question hinges on the state’s ability to pass laws that are invalid at the time the Legislature approves them . Last week, Fulton […]

Georgia leaders pay tribute to Speaker David Ralston as he lies in state at Capitol

By: - November 23, 2022

House Speaker David Ralston made his final journey to the Georgia Capitol Tuesday as throngs of lawmakers and staff gathered to say goodbye to the fixture in state government. “At times, he governed the House with an iron first, but also with a big soft heart,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “That is why he was […]

Georgia’s on-again, off-again abortion restrictions create doubt for future of fertility treatments

By: - November 22, 2022

On Friday, Zach Binney, an assistant professor at Emory University’s Oxford College, brought his work stuff to the temple where his six-month old son Jacob goes to daycare. He spent the day working in the temple library instead of his office so he could spend 20 minutes with the baby during midday Shabbat services. “I […]

Democrats stress continued importance of Georgia’s U.S. Senate race despite party’s majority control

By: - November 18, 2022

With Senate seats in Arizona and Nevada going to Democrats, the party will be assured of a slim majority regardless of whether Herschel Walker defeats Sen. Raphael Warnock in next month’s runoff election, now less than three weeks away. When Warnock and fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff won their runoffs in 2021, they allowed Democrats […]

Georgia lawmakers toast fond memories of courtly GOP state House speaker from Blue Ridge

By: and - November 16, 2022

Longtime House Speaker David Ralston, a consensus builder molded by his beloved north Georgia mountains, died Wednesday afternoon just a little more than a week after announcing he would not run again for speaker because of his health. Ralston, who was the longest currently serving state House speaker in the country, died following an extended […]

Updated: Fulton judge overturns Georgia’s six-week abortion ban as unconstitutional

By: and - November 15, 2022

Abortion is legal again in Georgia – for now – after fetal cardiac activity is detected, which is usually after about six weeks and before many women know they are pregnant. The six-week ban had been in effect since July but was thrown out Tuesday along with a requirement that physicians report to the state […]

Georgians’ high stroke rate combined with string of hospital closings hurts chances of survival

By: - November 14, 2022

Desric Seecheran felt strong. He exercised nearly every day after work, had a good job and generally took good care of himself. One day, he was in his Douglasville home getting ready to go to the mall with a friend, but something didn’t feel right. “I stood up, and then I fell,” he said. “And […]

Georgia Senate candidates hit campaign trail as Trump factor could again aid Warnock

By: - November 11, 2022

It’s already started. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker were back on the campaign trail Thursday, two days after an election in which neither of them received a majority of votes. The two are set to face off in a Dec. 6 runoff that is likely to be brutal and expensive. Depending on the outcome […]

Georgia’s short runoff election turnaround to spark frenzied ground game to capture U.S. Senate prize

By: - November 10, 2022

Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock may be enjoying a break from their hectic campaign schedules for now, but they will soon be back on the roads and the airwaves hoping to convince Georgians to vote for them in the Dec. 6 runoff election. So will the grassroots organizations that aim to help them. On […]

Georgia U.S. Senate race headed for a Dec. 6 runoff 

By: and - November 9, 2022

Updated 5 p.m. Nov. 9.  WASHINGTON — Control of the U.S. Senate once again might hinge on Georgia, as voters in the Peach State will head back to the polls next month in a runoff election. Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and former professional football player and GOP nominee Herschel Walker are in a dead heat in […]

Election Day on the line: Georgia candidates for Senate, governor crisscross state with closing arguments.

By: and - November 8, 2022

Whether you kept your eyes on the skies, the road or the screen Monday, there’s a good chance they caught a peek of your favorite candidates as they crisscrossed the state in a last-minute bid for votes. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s bus took him to Macon and Columbus, while his Republican rival Herschel Walker’s bus […]